November 29, 2017
By Samuel Haig - November 28, 2017 (news.bitcoin.com)
With all eyes on bitcoin’s meteoric break of $10,000, less attention has been paid to the price milestones recently established on leading international markets. In recent weeks, the CAD, AUD, NZD, and SGD pairings also surpassed $10,000, whilst a single bitcoin exceeds 500,000 RUB in Russia, 1 million JPY in Japan, 10 million KRW in South Korea, and 100 million IDR in Indonesia.
As Japan is currently host to more than 60% of global trading volume, reaching the seven-figure milestone on the JPY markets is a big deal for bitcoin. According to cryptocompare, bitcoin broke above one million JPY at approximately 7 pm on the 25th of November EDT. The current JPY/BTC price as of this writing approximately (1:30 am November 29th EDT) is roughly ¥1,300,000
Seven hours after bitcoin broke above one million JPY, the South Korean bitcoin markets reached 10,000,000 KRW for the first time ever. Currently, the Korean markets account for 10% of 24-hour trading volume, comprising the third-largest bitcoin market behind the United States. The current KRW/BTC price is approximately ₩12,600,000.
With the exception of an anomalous spike in the AUD/BTC price at the end of October, cryptocompare’s price index indicates that AUD trade convincingly exceeded $10,000 for the first time on November 16th at 4 pm EDT. AUD trade comprises the fifth largest national market with roughly 0.45% of 24-hour bitcoin trade. The current AUD/BTC price is approximately $14,400.
Singapore hosts the seventh largest national bitcoin market equating for roughly 0.34% of total trade. The SGD/BTC price broke above $10,000 for the first time at 11 pm on November 15th EDT and is now currently trading for $14,300 approximately.
Canadian trade presently accounts for 0.2% of 24-hour trading volume, comprising the ninth largest national market. The CAD price of bitcoin broke above $10,000 for the first time at 2 am on November 17 EDT, with CAD/BTC currently trading for $13,300.
At approximately 11 pm on the 25th of November EDT, the price of bitcoin exceeding 150,000 ZAR in South Africa for the first time. ZAR trade comprises the eighth largest national bitcoin market – comprising 0.25% of 24-hour trade.The current ZAR/BTC price is approximately ZAR167,000.
Indonesia’s bitcoin markets comprise approximately 0.1% of 24-hour trading volume, currently making such the fourteenth largest national market. The IDR/BTC price broke above 100,000,000 rupees at 9 am on November 1st EST, and at approximately midnight on November 29th EDT established a new milestone of over 150,000,000 rupees.
Russian bitcoin prices broke above RUB 500,000 for the first time at 11 pm on November 25 EDT. RUB/BTC trading presently comprises the fifteenth largest national market, representing approximately 0.1% of 24-hour trading volume. Bitcoin is currently trading for approximately RUB 600,000 in Russia.
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Samuel Haig is a cryptocurrency and economics journalist who has been passionately involved in the bitcoin space since 2012. Samuel has written about the disruptive potential of cryptocurrency with regards to the dialectical relations within contemporary neoliberal capitalism.
October 25, 2017
By Daniel Dob - October 25, 2017 (themerkle.com)
Recent reports indicate that Indonesia’s central bank has decided to crack down once again on Bitcoin, stating that it represents neither a legal nor recognized medium of exchange and payment in the country.
Indonesis resumes past position on digital currencies
Back in February 2014, Reuters reported that Indonesia had decided to ban the use of digital currencies. A press statement issued by the country’s central bank at the time read: “Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are neither currency nor legal payment tools in Indonesia. People are advised to be careful about Bitcoin and other virtual currencies”.
Shortly thereafter, the country decided to reconsider its position on digital currencies, and hence turned a blind eye to individual users, bitcoin exchanges, and business services involving digital currency use.
It seems the latest announcement has already led to the closure of Toko Bitcoin and Bitbayer, two Bitcoin payment platforms operating in Indonesia. Bitbayer, an alternative to services like BitPay, has announced it will cease its services as of November 1st. Users are encouraged to withdraw all of their funds before the end of this month. Additionally, Toko Bitcoin, which was popular for allowing customers to purchase electricity vouchers along with phone credits, has decided to stop accepting the digital currency as a means of payment.
While reports indicate that there was no official request made by the central bank towards these two companies, it is important to point out that its governor, Agus Martowardojo, stated that Bitcoin was not a legal method of payment and that if used as such, action would be taken. Not long beforehand, the digital currency could be used as a method of payment as long as prices were denominated in Indonesia’s national currency, the rupiah.
This decision is likely to have a negative impact on numerous fintech businesses and start-ups operating within Indonesia, as most will now have to reconsider their niche or move their operations somewhere else. However, Bitcoin exchanges will continue to operate freely in the region.
Based on these reports, what do you think about the central bank’s latest crackdown on digital currencies in Indonesia? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.
Daniel is a bitcoin investor and journalist for numerous news outlets in the financial sector. When he's not writing, trading, or interviewing people, you can find him swimming, reading or taking one of his hobbies to the next level.