You’ve heard of Blockchain, Bitcoin and all of the cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) taking the world by storm.
But not everything is as it seems.
In fact, while many of you are piling onto the cryptocurrency bandwagon in hopes for massive returns, a few powerful groups have other things in mind.
Today, I am going to show you the dramatic changes coming that will directly affect you and the entire global financial system.
I’ll tell you why we could witness a potential crash in the world’s most popular cryptocurrency as early as November.
I’ll even tell you why all bitcoin miners could soon become obsolete.
And most importantly, I am going to give you a completely new perspective on the rise of Bitcoin.
I promise you, it’s something that NO ONE has talked about.
Let’s get started.
In 2012, there were around 6000 commercial banks in the US.
The top 12 controlled nearly 70% of all the US banking assets.
That means the top 0.2% of commercial US banks controlled nearly US$9 trillion.
Today, only 4,982 of these banks remain.
Yet banking assets have grown to nearly $16.5 trillion.
55% of these assets worth over $9 trillion now belong to the top 5 US-chartered banks.
That means the top 0.1% of the banks now control more than 55% of all the banking assets in the US.
In addition to these assets, these banks collect interest, fees, and make a lot of money by risking your savings.
And despite all-time low-interest rates, the banks represent the second-best performing sector in the market since March 2009 with quarterly earnings already beating the record-highs set in 2007.
In fact, many of them had record annual profits last year with 2017 looking to be even brighter.
In other words, the big banks are getting bigger, while making and risking more money than ever before.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Because there’s one bank that controls them all…
The Federal Reserve
Since 2008, the Federal Reserve has been the single largest buyer of US bonds, swapping out nearly $4 trillion worth of debt and converting it into cash for the banks.
But the Fed isn’t the only central bank injecting record amounts of cash into the system.
Since 2008, central banks around the world have been responsible for more than $12 trillion in money printing and nearly $10 trillion in negative-yielding global bonds, making them the biggest buyers (and eventually sellers) of financial assets.
Take the Bank of Japan, for example, who now owns more than 40% of the Japanese Government Bond market and has already offered to buy an unlimited amount of bonds.
And it’s not only bonds.
At the end of June, the Bank of Japan represented more than 71% of all shares in Japan-listed ETFs and have only added to their position since then.
All of this coming from the world’s third-largest economy. That’s scary.
Why are Central Banks Buying So Much?
From a sinister point of view, it’s so that they can indirectly own everything (see How to Seize Assets Without War).
But from a more public perspective, they are trying to stimulate or sustain the global economy by providing free cash infusions into the system.
That’s because – unlike what you’ve been told – the US and the world’s largest economies have been facing deflationary pressures since the end of the Bretton Woods system (see How Money Works).
By deflationary, I don’t mean the price action of currency. I mean specifically growth itself.
Take a look:
We are taught that the Fed lowers rates to stimulate the economy by creating inflation.
If that’s true, then the chart shows us we have been fighting deflationary forces for over 35 years because interest rates have only gone down.
Yet, housing and almost every consumer good has gone up in price. And every financial assets such as debt, stock markets, currency, and derivatives have all skyrocketed, too.
For example, take the financial assets of US government:
The logical explanation, but one that’s much more sinister and thus harder to digest, is that this was all done on purpose by the Fed to control the world by injecting “Fed” money across the globe.
Think about it.
The biggest lender to the US is now the Federal Reserve.
As I mentioned in my Letter, The Truth About the Fed:
“The reason experts are wrong in their inflation outlook is because they base their rationale that central banks – in particular, the Fed – want what is best for us.
I have discussed many times about the Fed’s plan to erode capital in order to preserve their system – not our economy – and that, “the Fed works only to pursue its own growth; to engulf more of society into its banking system.”
In other words, no matter how hard we try, the hamster wheel keeps spinning.
And people are finally catching on.
With the advent of the internet and the availability of information, people are finally realizing why the costs of living are so high.
They’re finally realizing why housing has become so expensive.
They’re finally realizing why their dollar simply doesn’t go as far as it used to.
They’re finally realizing that they have little control of their own money.
And they want it back.
The Rise of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies
There’s no doubt you have heard of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.
In short, the idea of Bitcoin is simple: a digital currency with a limited supply.
Think of it as a gold-backed currency without the gold.
Like gold, you have to “mine” the currency by using resources such as computing power.
The biggest difference between Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) and gold is that you can spend Bitcoin using a smartphone instead of having to deliver physical gold.
You can literally send a Bitcoin from the US to Hong Kong in less than a second.
You just couldn’t do that with gold.
In our modern era of globalization, that’s powerful.
You may think, “How is that any different than our dollars?”
There is no such thing as a decentralized global banking system.
Do you believe in Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies?
When you send money from the US to Hong Kong, you must go through banks (centralized), payment systems such as SWIFT, and foreign exchange services, before that payment gets to the other side of the world.
For anyone that has tried to send money overseas, this can take many days and cost a lot of money.
That’s because each gateway in the transaction is required to verify the information against the other parties’ in order to balance out the transfer.
With gold it’s simple. If I gave you my gold coin, I would no longer have it; you would.
But with digital currency, that process is very difficult to replicate because you have to ensure that the digital file was not only unique but could be replicated on the other end.
In 2008, an anonymous person (or group) by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, created what is called Blockchain technology.
And Blockchain is the single biggest disruption to our world since the creation of the Internet.
What is Blockchain?
First and foremost, Blockchain is not Bitcoin and Bitcoin is not Blockchain – although both are assumed to have been created by the same person.
Bitcoin is simply the digital currency created using the Blockchain platform.
Blockchain is a software protocol that uses math and cryptography (encryption) to create a decentralized system.
This decentralized system distributes a digital ledger that is used to record transactions across many computers so that the record cannot be altered retroactively without the alteration of all subsequent blocks and the collusion of the network.
Let’s simplify this.
Imagine a computing block with a digital ledger.
Every time a transaction occurs, it adds the history of that transaction to the block.
This block is attached to the chain, so every other block on the chain sees it.
In other words, the block itself is managed by the network of all of the blocks and not by one individual system.
A truly decentralized system which, for the most part, doesn’t require a middleman such as a clearinghouse or bank. (More on this topic in a bit).
For example, everyone who owns a Bitcoin effectively has the entire Bitcoin bank and its ledger in their pocket.
The New Internet
Blockchain technology can change everything in the world that needs verification.
This not only includes the entire financial market such as stock trading but also processes like voting.
Imagine buying and selling shares directly with the owner or buyer of those shares in real-time without a clearinghouse (goodbye short sellers).
Imagine no more recounts on Presidential votes.
The power of Blockchain is transparency and that’s why it is the single most important technological development of our era.
I’ve simplified this but to truly understand how Bitcoin and digital currencies work on the Blockchain, I strongly suggest you take the following free online course from Princeton University:
The Potential Problems with Current Blockchains
While Blockchain could revolutionize entire industries, it’s not without its problems.
You see, the more information the “block” stores, the harder it becomes to scale the system.
For example, when Bitcoin was first introduced, it had only one megabyte (MB) blocks.
It takes the Bitcoin protocol around 10 minutes to mine all of the transactions that took place on every block.
But over the past year, the number of transactions occurring in each one of these blocks has grown tremendously.
So much so that the one MB amount of space allocated to each block wasn’t enough to record the many transactions that were taking place.
In other words, there is a serious problem on how to handle the potentially infinite number of transactions that could take place in the future.
The New Middle Man
Many other applications have been created to alleviate the Bitcoin protocol limits, including, for example, the Lighting Network.
The Lightning Network is a potential off-line solution to the bitcoin scalability problem.
In short, the Lightning Network transacts and settles Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies off the Blockchain by computing the transactions on its own before sending it back to the network.
But when you start adding these types of solutions, the costs associated with transacting in cryptocurrencies also goes up because these networks take a small fee for doing so.
That’s why over the past year, transaction costs for Bitcoin have gone up.
If that is the case, then the idea of Bitcoin itself is no better than the current fiat currency system because the middle man and their fees are back in play.
Now get ready because the scalability problem is one of the reasons why a potential crash in Bitcoin could be coming as early as next week.
Bitcoin to Crash in November?
The Bitcoin community knew long ago that the limitations of the Bitcoin protocol were coming because transactions were already nearing the one-megabyte threshold for the block size for quite some time.
So the “developers,” whoever they are, have already looked at implementing solutions to this bottleneck.
This solution is called Segwit 2X.
Segwit 2X is a solution broken down into 2 parts.
- Segregated Witness (Segwit)
- Double the size of the block (2X)
The first part alters how some of the data is stored on the network so that more data can be stored in each block.
In essence, it allows people to do “off-block” transactions and then put them back on the chain after. This is already in play (but still developing) and includes networks like the Lightning Network which was adopted in August.
The second part is simply upgrading the size of the block. This protocol is expected to be triggered three months after the first part was activated, and it is assumed that the second part is to activate in November.
Since the first part of Segwit 2X has thus far been successful, many in the Bitcoin community want to avoid upgrading the Bitcoin protocol in November because the second part of Segwit 2X is much more difficult to implement.
Because upgrading the Block means having to introduce a new block altogether to replace the old one.
That means we could end up seeing two versions of the Bitcoin on the networks and they might not be compatible with one another.
If that happens, we could end up having two coins trading against each other which could lead to numerous issues.
Do you think Bitcoin will crash?
A similar scenario happened earlier this year to the cryptocurrency Ethereum, which resulted in a major loss of its core value after hackers stole more than $50 million worth of Ether coins due to the split.
Of course, there are all kinds of security systems in place to handle this sort of thing, including what is known as replay protection.
I won’t get into the details of this but what you should know is that the same thing that happened to Ethereum could happen to Bitcoin in November.
If you own Bitcoin, the simplest way to protect against this crash or the potential of a hack on your coins is to take your coins and store them away in a hardware facility off the grid before the fork potentially happens in early November.
Once the Bitcoin community and its developers figure it out, then you can pull them out and put them back on the chain.
I am not here to tell you to invest in Bitcoin, but rather the concept of it. But if you are looking at making the jump, it may be wise to wait and see what happens in November.
Why Bitcoin Miners Could Soon Be Out of Business
Now that you understand Blockchain and Bitcoin a little more, I want to tell you why Bitcoin miners and other cryptocurrency miners could soon be out of business.
Mining Bitcoins takes a lot of computing power. That’s why big computer facilities exist to mine these coins because your computer just isn’t powerful enough.
But what if, using the same decentralized concept as Bitcoin, computing power could be shared across the entire network? What if your computer’s power could be used to help mine these coins?
That’s precisely what’s happening now.
In fact, your computer could be helping hackers mine cryptocurrencies as we speak.
Last month, Kaspersky Labs revealed that 1.65 million computers had been infected with mining malware and placed in massive botnets this year.
They do this by installing “cryptocurrency mining malware” onto your computer and then using your computer’s resources to mine cryptocurrencies.
According to Checkpoint, hackers have likely made a lot of money doing it already because an attacker successful enough to average 1,000 concurrent users across all infected sites could generate $2,398 in monthly revenue.
Considering that Kaspersky Labs estimated that 1.65 million computers were infected last month (and likely more now), hackers could be easily raking in $3,956,700 worth of cryptocurrency every month.
Aside from hackers, there are already companies out there that pay a small fee to you if you let them use their mining code on your computer.
I suspect that as cryptocurrencies move forward, we’ll see more implementations of these programs in place whereby anyone can benefit from the mining of cryptocurrencies – especially as computers become faster and more powerful.
There’s going to be a lot of money made in the Blockchain space in the coming years and I am certainly looking at investing in a whole bunch of deals.
However, I warn you to be very careful when investing in the Blockchain space as there are numerous deals being launched to take advantage of this boom. And just like the dotcom bubble, it will likely end tragically for most.
Of course, the ones that succeed could make millionaires out of many and trading in and out of them based purely on market momentum can be very profitable.
Just. Be. Careful.
A New Perspective on Bitcoin
I promised that I was going to give you a completely new perspective on the rise of Bitcoin.
One that NO One has talked about.
Today, Bitcoin is worth is nearly US$6000.
With 21 million Bitcoins, that’s a market cap of US$126 billion.
That value is enough to challenge many world currencies.
And that’s why many argue the price of Bitcoin can go way higher – even if it crashes in November.
But while the world is on this Bitcoin craze, they have forgotten to ask the most important question:
“Who really created Bitcoin?”
The Conspiracy Behind Bitcoin
No one knows who created Bitcoin.
Right now, the creator of Bitcoin has been dubbed Satoshi Nakamoto.
Last year, Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright told the world he’s the inventor of the Bitcoin.
Of course, we already know that’s not true.
So who really created Bitcoin?
More importantly, how did the governments of the world and the powers that be allow it to become so big?
Remember, money/currency is the most highly regulated industry and the creation of digital currency is technically illegal in most parts of the world – especially the United States.
How does a digital currency created by no one grow to achieve a $126 billion in liquid value?
How does the total market cap of all cryptocurrencies grow to be worth over US$166 billion?
I don’t know the answer but I can tell you it’s not what it seems…
Who do you think created Bitcoin?
The Reality of Bitcoin
I’ll be honest, I never believed crypto-digital currencies and ICO’s to be real. Because when you look at it from an honest perspective, it really is creating something out of thin air.
Someone creates a new currency and markets that currency to everyone through an Initial Coin Offering.
Sure, it uses Blockchain technology so it can be tracked, but is it any different than say, Bestbuy Rewards points or points you collect on a Visa? Is it any different than creating baseball cards and saying you’re only creating a limited supply of them?
But when you think about it, cryptocurrencies are no different than our dollars today. The Fed and central banks around the world have already printed money at will and taken over our financial markets.
The only difference between fiat currencies and crypto-digital currencies is that the latter aren’t controlled by government or banks.
Or is that simply what we are led to believe?
Cryptocurrencies: The New QE
My goal of this letter is to have you look at things from different perspectives and not to fall into the habit of believing everything that you’re told.
What I am about to tell you may be true, but it could also be completely wrong. It is up to you to decide what is right and wrong given the information.
Over the past years, I have talked about how to solve the world’s debt problems by moving away from current fiat currencies and how countries around the world are preparing for a major reset.
I have written about these topics as far back as 2009 in my Letter, “A New World Currency: What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know,” and as recently as last month in my Letter, “How the US Dollar Will Collapse“.
While every economist and market guru questions how the world will move forward without economic stimuli such as QE or helicopter money, they have forgotten to ask the one most important question:
“Is Bitcoin/Cryptocurrencies the new QE?”
Think about it.
The effectiveness of central bank policies is already being questioned. So how can they stimulate the global economy without adding more to the already ballooned balance sheets?
Simple: With new currencies controlled by no one…cryptocurrencies!
Bitcoin itself has already added over $120 billion in free money without affecting a single balance sheet.
Could that be the reason why governments around the world have allowed cryptocurrencies to exist?
Is Bitcoin the new Stimulus?
Just remember, the powers-that-be and the governments of the world would never allow their control to slip…
Big Government Still in Control
Recall my Letter from last year, “Can the Fed Buy Stocks?“:
“Regardless of who is elected to head the US, world economic conditions will continue to deteriorate and we’ll begin to see central banks around the world openly coordinate policy.
And who will likely lead this charge?
The IMF – an organization with no debt, half a trillion dollars of SDRs (worth about $659 billion based on the devaluation of currencies within the basket), and a world of power (see A Simple Solution to the World’s Debt Problem).
As suggested during the Jackson Hole Conference, many central bankers are arguing for “new tools” to fight future fiscal downturns.
And since the idea of negative interest rates was not mentioned by the Fed, we could see them raise the inflation target, or adjust the relative value of currencies through agreements with other countries instead of allowing free markets to determine the value of currency.
…In other words, they could revalue currency and inflation through a single directive.
This strategy becomes even more apparent when you consider the role of the Bank for International Settlements.
The Bank for International Settlements is an international financial institution owned by central banks which “fosters international monetary and financial cooperation and serves as a bank for central banks”.
The reality is that central banks already coordinate policy privately, but it’s preparing to do it publicly – all it needs is that “economic reset.”
They would say, “desperate times call for desperate…”
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that just earlier this month, it was revealed that the IMF is looking into the idea of turning their Special Drawing Rights (SDR) into some form of Blockchain Cryptocurrency.
IMF to Create SDR Cryptocurrency?
“…The head of the International Monetary Fund has been musing about the future of money, and thinks there is a decent chance it will come from the guardian of the world’s monetary system.
IMF managing director Christine Lagarde held up the organisation’s special drawing rights as having a possible digital future at a Bank of England forum last week, and put what she said was a “question mark” over whether SDRs could replace existing international currencies.
“It’s not a far-fetched hypothetical,” she said, and the IMF needed to be ready.”
Furthermore, this could allow a one-central bank global system that could infuse the world directly with free money – a way to solve the world’s debt problem, as I mentioned in my Letter, “How to Solve the World’s Debt Problem“.
“Instead of representing a basket of currencies, the digital SDR would be a currency of its own, albeit one only used for international transactions.
A more limited alternative would try to speed global growth. At the moment, countries hold big piles of US dollars as a form of insurance against a balance of payments crisis, dampening growth and distorting the world economy. If the IMF was empowered to act more like a global central bank, whisking up new SDRs on its own blockchain in a crisis, it would reduce the need for countries to hold reserves.
Jose Antonio Ocampo, a Colombian central bank board member also on the IMF’s expert group considering the future of the SDR, thinks annual SDR issuance could be worth $US200 billion-$US300bn ($256bn-$385bn) a year. “Countries would not have to accumulate reserves, which generate a general contractionary effect on the global economy,” he says.
The prospect of giving the IMF the ability to execute global helicopter drops of money worries believers in strong currencies.”
In other words, there could be a reason why governments around the world are letting cryptocurrencies run rampant:
- To temporarily infuse free money into the system “off-the-books”.
- To implement Cryptocurrencies on their own once the technology is proven and accepted (or once it fails and they step in to save the day).
Even competing world powers such as Russia are getting involved.
The Russian Crypto-Ruble?
Despite Russian President Vladimir Putin calling for improved regulation of bitcoin trading, Russian cryptocurrency projects have been moving forward.
“…Despite the regulatory questions, some Russian cryptocurrency projects have been moving forward. A company co-owned by the president’s internet ombudsman, Dmitry Marinichev, had raised $43 million in an ICO to fund a domestic digital currency-mining operation.
Sberbank PJSC, Russia’s largest bank, is studying the possibility of opening cryptocurrency accounts at its Swiss unit, Tass reported last month, citing the head of Sberbank CIB Igor Bulantsev.
In June, Putin met with Vitalik Buterin, the founder of the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency after bitcoin, and gave his blessing for Russia to develop blockchain, the technology underlying the instruments.”
In fact, it seems that Putin is already on a path to launch a new crypto of his own.
Via Russia’s Sputnik:
“After months of speculation and conflicting messages, ministers have announced the Russian Federation is to issue its own official cryptocurrency – the CryptoRuble. The landmark development makes Russia the very first government in the world to officially pursue virtual tender.
The Russian Federation is to issue its own official cryptocurrency, the CryptoRuble – the virtual money will be blockchain-based, but regulated and tracked by the government.
… the state-issued CryptoRuble cannot be mined, and will be issued and controlled and maintained only by authorities.
They can be exchanged for regular rubles at any time, though if the holder is unable to explain the source of their CryptoRubles, a 13 percent tax will be levied. The same tax will be applied to any earned difference between the price of the purchase of the token and the price of the sale.
“I confidently declare that we run CryptoRuble for one simple reason: if we do not, then after 2 months our neighbors in the EurAsEC [Eurasian Economic Community] will,” Nikiforov said.
The CryptoRuble does appear to be blockchain-based, however, which ensures a degree of decentralization and could help prevent things like online fraud. The ability to freely exchange the currency for hard tender suggests an official exchange is likely, alongside unofficial markets.
The minister added the CryptoRuble will be based on Russian cryptography and its development is not going to take long.”
If you think Russia is alone, think again.
The New China Crypto-RMB?
Despite banning other ICO’s, the world’s second most powerful country, China, has already been testing its own state-run digital currency.
Via China Daily:
“The People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, has completed trial runs on the algorithms needed for digital currency supply, taking it a step closer to addressing the technological challenges associated with digital currencies, according to a top official associated with the project.
Yao Qian, director-general of the Institute of Digital Money at the PBOC, said China’s central bank has successfully designed a prototype that can regulate the supply of its future digital fiat currency.
The successful simulation of money supply paves the way for the central bank to become the future sole regulator and policymaker governing the value of digital fiat currency, said Yao.
Digital fiat currencies are the digital forms of a sovereign currency that is backed by the central bank.
Unlike Bitcoin or other digital money issued by the private sector, the digital fiat currency has the same legal status as the Chinese yuan, the only fiat currency issued by the People’s Bank of China.
There is no timetable for the introduction of the currency, but once introduced, China is likely to become the first country that would deploy a digital fiat currency.
China’s central bank has been actively preparing for digital fiat currencies since last year.
Earlier in June, the central bank finished several digital money trials involving fake transactions between it and some of the country’s commercial banks.
“China has been at the forefront of digital payment technology development,” said Di Gang, a senior engineer of the institute.
“However, it would still be some time before the currency goes public,” said Di, adding that, “the central bank is proceeding very cautiously.”
…”The central bank might be able to start trials in some developed regions such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong province, and see how citizens respond to the digital currency,” he said.
The development of a digital currency comes at an opportune time for China, said Yao.
The rapid development of the electronic payment sector and thriving private digital currencies have made it imperative for China’s central bank to move quickly in digital finance.
Looking ahead, deploying the digital fiat currency is expected to be smarter and more intelligent compared to the payment providers using existing currencies, such as Alipay, according to Yao.”
Could it be coincidence that China’s central bank just told the world that the RMB’s reserve currency role will gradually emerge?
“The People’s Bank of China (PBOC), China’s central bank, said it will push forward the renminbi internationalization and its function as a reserve currency will gradually emerge, adding that more than 60 countries and regions have included the renminbi in foreign exchange reserves.
…”Looking ahead, the scope of international usage of renminbi will be further expanded in 2017 and usage channels will be further widened,” the central bank said in the report.”
Combine this with China’s new oil benchmark to be launched later this year, and this could be the start of the Crypto-RMB movement.
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are being used as a scapegoat to familiarize society with the concept of a cashless society.
And judging by its acceptance, it’s working.
Do you think governments will create their own cryptocurrency?
End of Chapter
Despite the Bitcoin movement being touted as an unstoppable force, governments around the world can at any moment put a ban and implement severe penalties on anyone trading Bitcoin or other digital currencies.
Why are they allowing these currencies to play out?
Could they be creating their own new monetary system as I described?
Could they be allowing everyone to pour money into these currencies, only to crash them so that the people will once again only rely on fiat, or rather digital, currencies controlled by central banks?
Furthermore, since Bitcoin ownership can’t really be traced, could the US, the Fed, or other central banks through private holdings be the biggest holders of Bitcoin?
Could the Fed, the IMF, or another major organization be the true creators of Bitcoin?
When you consider that civilization have always had leadership, whether it’s government or other entities such as banks or secret rulers, the idea of these central banks and their intervention makes sense.
As the population grows and technology allows us to live longer, the world becomes a smaller place and its resources become scarce.
In order to conserve these resources, the price of these resources have to increase; otherwise, we run out of resources rather quickly leading to the end of humanity.
Here’s an easy way to look at it.
If everyone could afford an acre of land, then we would run out of land extremely quickly and we would run out of places to live.
How do we solve that?
By making land more expensive so that not everyone can afford to buy an acre.
And that’s precisely what’s happening around the world; homes are getting smaller and the costs of living are rising.
Jobs are being taken over by robots, and basic income (See These Six Events Will Determine Our Future) is now a very real option for many parts of the world, including here at home.
An easy way to launch basic income is to create a new crypto-digital market whereby the entity controlling it can easily add money to its citizens at will – think IMF and its potential influence on removing the role of reserves.
The problem is that our generation only thinks of today and not tomorrow.
Today, we have Bitcoin and other digital cryptocurrencies.
Tomorrow, we’ll have CryptoRubles, CryptoYuans, and CryptoGovernment currencies.
Tomorrow we’ll have a cashless society.
Seek the Truth,