Apples and oranges? How the Ethereum Merge could affect Bitcoin (With additional commnets)

Apples and oranges? How the Ethereum Merge could affect Bitcoin (With additional commnets)

Additional comments by Anndy Lian on top of what CoinTelegraph has mentioned.

The Merge is the right direction for cleaner crypto mining. The more direct impact I see after the transition is that bitcoin becomes the biggest target for green activists. There were more reports about bitcoin’s energy usage and mostly negative.

And because of the switch, many experts also said miners would forgo POW mining, but I say otherwise. I see the ETH POW Forks projects are working hard. The miner communities are now more united now than ever. For example, Bitmain also brought down the prices of their Antminers to help the miners get back into profits. These various factors helped the miners offset their operating costs in this bear market, keeping them alive.

Additionally, a good point to highlight is bitcoin’s hash rate. The hash rate continues to surge, recording new all-time high daily. The chip shortage has turned around, and the price of GPU is now at a more reasonable value. Taking GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, for example, the MSRP is $2,000, and it came down to $1,030 in September. These are positive signs for bitcoin.

As I have said before the transition, the impact of The Merge will not have too much boost for the crypto industry in the short run. What Vitalik has planned for Ethereum is a long-term vision. As for bitcoin, it is another kind of animal; it is the big brother. If bitcoin drops, the impact on every other cryptocurrency is inevitable.

 

Apples and oranges? How the Ethereum Merge could affect Bitcoin

While the Ethereum Merge failed to move Bitcoin from a price standpoint, the industry believes we have yet to see the effects of its shift from PoW to PoS.

It’s been a month since Ethereum said goodbye to an essential feature its blockchain shared with Bitcoin. Called the Ethereum Merge, the long-hyped upgrade was widely celebrated, with the blockchain ecosystem. However, for the mainstream audience or even for the average trader, it felt more like a Star Wars Day celebrated by sci-fi geeks than an early Christmas.

As the Ethereum Merge occurred on Sept. 15, the most extensive blockchain ecosystem parted ways with the proof-of-work (PoW), the energy-hungry consensus mechanism that makes Bitcoin tick. The Ethereum blockchain now works on a more eco-friendly proof-of-stake (PoS) mechanism that doesn’t require any mining activities, leaving thousands of miners worldwide scratching their heads.

Price-wise, Bitcoin is yet to take a hit from the fundamental shift of its closest competitor. A whole month has passed since the Ethereum Merge, and the BTC price is still stuck between $18,000 and $20,000.

However, the overarching mainstream narrative of “Bitcoin should contribute to the world, not destroy it by depleting energy resources” is rekindled with Ethereum’s significant switch to a system that keeps blockchain alive with minimal resource consumption.

Ethereum avoided a dead end

Cointelegraph reached out to industry insiders to get a clearer picture of the Ethereum Merge’s impact on Bitcoin.

“PoW was a dead end for Ethereum,” says Tansel Kaya, a lecturer at Kadir Has University and the CEO of blockchain developer Mindstone, “Because an Ethereum network that doesn’t scale can not live up to its promise.”

However, the Bitcoin community is not happy with the way its biggest price competitor took, according to Kaya. The BTC community often criticizes PoS for being vulnerable to censorship, he remarked, adding:

“If what [Bitcoin maximalists] say is true, Ethereum will either turn into a docile fintech network that is censored by governments, or a centralized structure like EOS, controlled by wealthy investors.”

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Gregory Rogers, CEO and founder of crypto-based gifting platform Graceful.io, noted that the Merge solidified the two distinct blockchains’ positions in the market. “Ethereum remains the transaction chain of choice with its increased speed and reduced fees,” Rogers said, adding, “Bitcoin is now the store of value of choice. They were already headed in this direction, but the Merge simply clarifies it.”

From a price point, though, multichain marketplace UnicusOne founder and CEO Tashish Raisinghani believes that Bitcoin price will take a hit. “The crypto industry had a hard time because of macro-level challenges which resulted in the current bear market,” he said, adding that the Merge would make Ethereum more sustainable compared to Bitcoin, “Which hasn’t yet been able to recover from the Chinese mining crackdown in 2021.”

PoW is unrivaled in network security

Addressing the energy side of the argument, John Belizaire, CEO of eco-focused data center company Soluna Computing, told Cointelegraph that even though Ethereum’s switch to PoS could save energy, “It will also undermine the core decentralization aspect of cryptocurrency.”

Although Bitcoin’s PoW consensus mechanism is energy-intensive, it is also fundamental to the blockchain and “is the best choice for any cryptocurrency that prioritizes network security.”

Co-locating flexible crypto mining centers with renewable energy plants can help stabilize the electric grid, solve renewables’ wasted energy issue, and provide an abundant source of cheap energy to crypto miners, Belizaire added.

The Merge united crypto miners

Bitmain also brought down the prices of Antminers, its flagship crypto mining units, to help miners get back into profits, he added:

Despite the Merge, Ether miners won’t simply forgo PoW mining just because Ethereum Classic is not minted via mining anymore, according to Anndy Lian, author of the book NFT: From Zero to Hero. Lian told Cointelegraph that the EthereumPoW (ETHW) project — the result of a hard fork after the Merge — is working hard and the miner community is more united than ever.

“These various factors helped the miners offset their operating costs in this bear market, keeping them alive.”

Joseph Bradley, the head of business development for Web3 service provider Heirloom, likened Bitcoin to “a global risk asset that is correlated to TradFi markets.” Bradley told Cointelegraph that, although Ether may be traded similarly, it still has neither the market depth nor the size that Bitcoin has. “Do we expect the world to become more or less chaotic in the coming years?” he asks rhetorically, answering:

“Most people would lean towards more chaotic. Security will matter during this time. Bitcoin will become even more important. Expensive energy will create innovation with miners — They will most likely move toward positioning Bitcoin mining as an extension of the electrical grid itself.”

Bitcoin and Ethereum: “Apples and oranges”

Not everyone agrees that the Ethereum Merge will have an impact on Bitcoin, though. Martin Hiesboeck, head of research at crypto exchange Uphold, dismissed a direct comparison between Ethereum and Bitcoin as “apples and oranges.”

Hiesboeck told Cointelegraph that Ethereum is basically a “company controlled by venture capitalists,” that’s why the transition to proof-of-stake aims to improve its economic and environmental credentials:

“Bitcoin doesn’t need to do that. Bitcoin is not a brand. Bitcoin is a computer network. Its output represents money. Nobody owns it. There is no brand. No CEO.”

Khaleelulla Baig, the founder and CEO of crypto investment platform Koinbasket, supported Hiesboeck’s argument, telling Cointelegraph that the Merge won’t have any meaningful impact on Bitcoin as these assets serve different purposes.

Bitcoin’s purpose is “to prove itself as a superior store of value to fiat currencies,” according to Baig. The PoW mechanism goes well with the purpose of Bitcoin, “As it helps the network maintain the scarcity of 21 million BTC via its difficulty adjustment rate,” he added.

Bitcoin as a PoW and Ethereum as a PoS network are making significant contributions to the crypto-asset ecosystem by competing with their best features. Tansel Kaya summarizes: “Having two distinct approaches rather than one is more suitable for the spirit of decentralization.”

 

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/apples-and-oranges-how-the-ethereum-merge-could-affect-bitcoin

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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DeFi Live Virtual Stream: How Global Macro Trends Might Affect Crypto in the Near Future

DeFi Live Virtual Stream: How Global Macro Trends Might Affect Crypto in the Near Future

DeFI Live is a 2-day experience hosted virtually and in-person in London, showcasing the hottest DeFi Projects and biggest tech breakthroughs in the works. There were over 700 attendees, 200 speakers and more than 2000 global audiences at the event.

In this panel titled ‘How Global Macro Trends Might Affect Crypto in the Near Future’, the following speakers were present to share their insights: William Ralston Saul – Co-Founder, InCryptoHub; Barry Herbst – Snr VP Strategic Partnerships & growth. The Elliot; Anndy Lian – Chairman. Asia BigONE Exchange and Dan Beurthe – Director of communications, Zebu.

This panel discussion covered several trending topics and issues:
– Effects of over-regulation on personal and business banking activities
– Effects of inflation
– Effects of the developments in technology
– Thoughts on traditional companies moving into the tokenised space
– Key driving forces behind adoption of blockchain technology
– NFTs: how they are viewed vs its true purpose
– Utility coins vs memecoins

It is not rocket science that regulatory costs will continue to climb and remain a top concern for bankers. This all adds cost, with consumers ultimately bearing the burden. New technology will aid this process. “With all the over-regulation happening with personal and business bank accounts, the move to have all your financial activities done on the blockchain is inevitable.” – William Ralston Saul

“Cryptocurrency empowers people to rethink their typical career life.” – Anndy Lian. Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrency, has also finally taken a step towards the mainstream. Cryptocurrency provides many incentives for entrepreneurs across the globe. It has made it easier for entrepreneurs to reach international markets rather than strictly sticking to the national markets.

Web 3.0 is the next stage of the web evolution that would make the internet more intelligent or process information with near-human-like intelligence through the power of AI systems that could run smart programs to assist users. The combination of Web 3.0 and crypto will change things. “When people realise that they are the product – their data is the product – Web3 will take over in terms of people owning their data using protocols, blockchains, and DApps.” – Barry Herbst.

“The true value of cryptocurrency is not the price; it is how we use blockchain to do good for everybody.” – Anndy Lian. This will depend on the future of blockchain technology and how we position it now. The hype may fade, but the technology will continue to evolve if we keep building. Anndy also mentioned that the trends can be meme coin for example. This is a trend that is easily relatable to new users. It can be Shiba or Kishu, as long as they build products that people can use and their community is strong, this has already fulfilled the utility portion of blockchain.

The adoption of blockchain technology, especially cryptocurrencies, is truly inevitable and it’s approaching at a speed faster than we think. This industry is growing larger by the day and we’re glad to have had this board of panellists discuss what our future could hold. Are you ready?

To find out more, view the full video at https://youtu.be/ufrdOKFErEY.

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Anndy Lian Spoke at Global Roundtable Review: Short Selling: What is it? Why is it Risky and How this will affect Crypto?

Anndy Lian Spoke at Global Roundtable Review: Short Selling: What is it? Why is it Risky and How this will affect Crypto?

Anndy Lian, Advisory Board Member to Hyundai DAC participated in event “Global Roundtable Review” organised by Block Review. Anndy Lian talked about the recent short selling incident for Gamestop and investors worked through social media to gain an advantage.

The following is a summary of Anndy’s speech:

An overview of the Gamestop saga: What is a short squeeze?

The last week of events is unprecedented in my opinion.
When you buy a stock, you own it and the price goes up due to the company’s performance and all. But when you short it, you are basically betting on the stock to do badly. Some hedge funds are shorting a couple of stocks. They shorted more than a 100%.

The reddit group used publicly available information, went in to buy the stocks and driving the price up, they created a short squeeze. The group drove up the price of the stock, leading to the hedge fund paying more than what they had sold it for before returning the borrowed shares, at the cost of professional traders.

That led to stopping Robinhood app that is targeted at mass retail investors to buy the stock. Forcing a crash and despite all these, the stock went back up. The people are winning.

If Gamestop new shareholders were to hold them long enough, the hedge funds will go out of business. Melvin Capital lost 53% of their investment.
Elon Musk and many other celebrities are also tweeting asking all to buy and hold. This movement has become organic.

 

What should investors know before shorting stocks?

Investors need to know what kind of risk they are getting themselves in. If you’ve ever lost money on a stock, you’ve probably wondered if there’s a way to make money when stocks fall. There is, and it’s called short selling. Even though it seems to be the perfect strategy for capitalizing on declining stock prices, it comes with even more risk than buying stocks the traditional way. Investing in stocks in the usual way is risky enough. Short selling should be left to very experienced investors, with large portfolios that can easily absorb sudden and unexpected losses.

 

How risky is it to be following leads on forums (like reddit)

If you are in investment groups or on social media, there are many groups soliciting to jab individual stocks. This is not something new. Social influencers are also doing this, in the stocks and crypto market. I would say it is very dangerous to follow blindly to the “financial advice” on social media as many times the expected outcomes are not what you want. This time this Reddit group managed to make it, but what about the hundreds or even thousands of times where retailor investors got hurt.

 

In the Gamestop saga, was there institutional money (the other camp) pushing the squeeze? Will blockchain technology help?

I hope not, else we will be losing faith in this so call free, open market in USA. I would believe not all hedge funds are bad. There are a small handful of bad actors right now. Nasdaq CEO is calling regulators to come in and account for what has been done.

Regulators should get to the bottom of this, how is it possible for them to short more than 100% of the stocks. The system must be upgraded. In order to have a fair market, this is also a perfect time to look at blockchain technology, this the same technology that is backing up Bitcoin and many others. Blockchain technology will improve transparency and efficient too.

The reddit group – called SatoshiStreetBets – has driven up price of Doge, similar to how WallStreetBets did for GameStop. DOGE started rallying after a Twitter user calling himself the chairman of WallStreetBets (though who is not affiliated with the subreddit) asked followers about the cryptocurrency.

“What you are seeing on DOGE is not a short squeeze. It is the effects of social media gathering and working together. You cannot short sell or squeeze DOGE. It’s only rising because of speculation.”

This DOGE movement is used to demonstrate how users can manipulate prices if they move together. An individual cannot drive the prices but a group or a community of people who worked on the same goal can do that.

 

Can a similar short squeeze situation happen in Singapore?

Short-selling is not banned in Singapore, but SGX already requires investors to mark sell orders as “long” or “short” and publishes both daily and weekly reports on short-selling activity. “Abusive” short-selling – for example, with the spread of false rumours – could also be prosecuted as market manipulation or deception under the Securities and Futures Act.
Such policies will improve transparency on short-selling activities in the securities market and enable investors to make more informed trading decisions. With the added on help with technology such as blockchain, it reduces the chance of us being in this situation.

But then again, “Anything can happen.” Maybe less likely in Singapore.

 

Video:

https://youtu.be/KeoTRTKrwVA

 

About Anndy Lian:

www.anndy.com/about

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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