Bitcoin, launched in 2009 by a person or group of people operating under the name Satoshi Nakamoto, and fast adopted by what has become a worldwide army of enthusiasts, currently has user dashboards looking like the silhouette challenge filter.
HOW BITCOIN WORKS
Bitcoin is a digital currency which has no ties to any bank or government. Bitcoins are basically lines of computer code that are digitally signed each time they are transferred from one owner to the next.
The coins are created by users who “mine” them by lending computing power to verify other users’ transactions and they receive Bitcoins in exchange. The coins however have monetary value as they can be bought and sold on exchanges with U.S. dollars and other currencies.
Since coming to light, cryptocurrency has been widely hailed as everybody’s “inroad” to financial independence, and though some businesses receive Bitcoin for payment and a number of financial institutions allow it in their clients’ portfolios, overall mainstream acceptance is still limited.
Leading cryptos Bitcoin and Ethereum have endured a turbulent time over the past week as share prices dropped by 37.10% and 42.23% respectively. The market crash follows a decision by Tesla to no longer accept Bitcoin as payment for its vehicles, as announced by the car company’s CEO Elon Musk.
More recently also, China banned financial institutions and payment companies from providing services related to cryptocurrency transactions and warned investors against speculative cryptocurrency trading.
WHAT TO DO?
- Don’t Panic. The most important thing you need to have in order to make the decision whether you are going to buy the dip, see the dip out or get out while you can, is your head. We are not telling you to not be afraid of losing your money, but, be sure you’re not just making an emotional decision.
- Assess and Evaluate. From a place of calm, make research, keep abreast of news and developments regarding cryptocurrency. It’s not the first time in recent times that the market is being hit. Just in February, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) banned Nigerian banks from dealing in all forms of cryptocurrencies, then Tesla, now China, and there have been conversations surrounding India.
- Make a Decision. When you assess the situation and what it means for the future and are about to make a decision, you will be making an informed decision and have an action plan that reflects your current view on the potential risks and opportunities of cryptocurrencies.
The plunge in cryptocurrency markets may have you unsettled, but remember, this is not the first time the market is dipping.