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Scotcoin needs Bitcoin

Scotcoin needs Bitcoin!

Scotcoin needs BitcoinWe’ll buy your bitcoin for Scotcoin

Despite our new blockchain not needing Bitcoin, we will all need some Bitcoin in order to effect the migration from our present Counterparty Protocol.

It’s not very much per wallet but in order to send the existing coin to its new wallet, Bitcoin will be needed.

We are in the process of identifying those wallets where there is currently no Bitcoin. It is our intention that those that do not have any bitcoin in them will be sent enough to effect the migration.

To this end, we are making a special offer to people who HAVE some Bitcoin. If you buy Scotcoin for Bitcoin, we will give you a 15% discount to the present price on the exchange. The Bitcoin price will be at the GBP price as shown on Preev.com

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact [email protected]

Rigging the crypto currency markets

Rigging The Crypto Currency Markets

The news that US regulators are investigating crypto currency exchanges for illegal rigging activities should come as no surprise to anyone.

When you are in the Wild West, anything goes, and can go on for as long as no one pulls the plug on it.

But this particular move is all part of the worldwide efforts by regulators and central banks to bring some oversight and order to the crypto world. Think of the Wild West and how law and order came to it over a period once the abuses became so much that Washington got involved. The same is now happening with blockchain and crypto currencies – not a surprise to us at Scotcoin. We have been preaching about how regulation was coming and how this was a good thing for over two years now. Our new permissioned blockchain will handle all these requirements as a prerequisite.

What this also emphasises is how right we were to be happy to remove from Bittrex. The total speculation and pump and dump culture had no part in what we have been building.

There are still people who view cryptos as get rich quick schemes. Indeed I was looking at some exchanges on our Twitter (which please follow!) where someone was looking to buy something he could rapidly sell at a profit. That is actually counterproductive in terms of the evolution of digital currencies. If people are to have trust in them, they have to be sure of the value at any given point. Arguably, the worst offender is Bitcoin – A year ago $1000, Christmas $20,000, now $6500. How on earth can any business plan its forward sales and cash flows dealing with that?

Ideally you want a very slow and steady increase in price over time. Most people will by now have forgotten the German “Wirtschaftswunder” (Economic Miracle) of the 1950s ,60s and 70s. It is a given nowadays that Germany is one of the pre-eminent economies in the world. Not so after WW2 and into the early 60’s. Ludwig Erhard – the then German Economics Minister, equivalent to our Chancellor of the Exchequer – believed there was a way to guarantee economic growth. It wasn’t quantitative easing on a grand scale (as people seem to believe erroneously nowadays). He believed that what gave business the confidence to invest and grow was certainty. So he said categorically that the money supply would grow at 2% pa for the foreseeable future – no more and no less. And he stuck to that religiously for 20 odd years. He was so successful he ended up as German Chancellor.

We at Scotcoin have the same philosophy. We don’t want ups and downs destroying trade. We want trade to grow and grow with confidence, in the way that the German economy grew mightily from the 1950’s onward. If we could replicate that in Scotland we would, as the saying goes, be quids in.

Pennies to Pounds

In case you are a hermit (and even hermits have mobile phones a la Sue Perkins) and haven’t heard, Bitcoin is closing in on $20,000 or around £14,600.

If you’ve been actually following what’s going on, you may have come across a strange phenomenon. If you put in a very low transaction fee to send Bitcoin or crypto currency, after a while you discover a) it hasn’t gone and b) there is no trace of it ever having existed. It’s been mysteriously disappeared.

This is clearly because the transaction numbers keep going up – at last count over $27 BILLION a day – but also because the mem pool where transactions awaiting confirmation are stored keeps growing as well. The miners have decided, it would appear, that they don’t intend to work for pennies (as the ethos and basis of micro transactions at the outset would have you believe). They will now only work for pounds and quite a few at that. From empirical evidence you need to put a fee in of around $8 to get a transaction even INTO the mem pool. After all .0005BTC is now worth at least $9.50, and that will only get you to the back of the queue. Want it down in the next 10 minutes? You can pay as much as $30. And yes, I have actually seen a transaction where the required fee was more than $30 – that’s £23 plus.

The same applies to other crypto transactions. That is why we at Scotcoin are going to our own permissioned blockchain. Quicker, faster, cheaper.

It’s also why we are going to be putting up our exchange price very shortly. Not only is the transaction fee burgeoning but so is the Bitcoin price, making us cheaper and cheaper relatively speaking as each day goes by.

Don’t forget, existing holders of Scotcoin will be well treated when we move to our own permissioned blockchain.

 

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What will shape future demand for Cryptocurrencies?

bitcoin cryptocurrencyIn the past year, we have seen an explosion in the value of the global cryptocurrency market. Bitcoin’s price has increased by 850%, Ethereum’s by 2900%; and the market capitalisation of the cryptocurrency market has increased from around $13 billion to over $200 billion. Such a rapid increase reflects uncertainty surrounding the value of global currencies and increasing faith among investors in cryptocurrencies as an investment vehicle. While financial institutions and regulators now accept that crypto is here to stay, future demand will depend on widespread adoption and the response of policymakers. Read more

Cryptocurrency FAQs

What is block chain and what is cryptocurrency? Is there a difference?

Blockchain is the enabling technology that underpins cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency is money based on trust in cryptographic, mathematical proofs.

 

Why has block chain and cryptocurrency become so popular?

Crypto currencies are not inflationary. They are cheaper to transact and do not rely on third party involvement – it is straight peer to peer . Negative perceptions of future monetary trends have accelerated acceptance.

 

How many people are currently involved in cryptocurrency and will interest keep rising?

Approximately 16 million Bitcoin wallets and at least the same again in other crypto currencies. These figures are rising exponentially all the time. Interest will continue to rise as adoption and use continues to rise.

 

How safe is block chain?

Blockchain is based on incredibly complex cryptography. Mathematically it is safer than the chances of finding one specific grain of sand not just on earth but in the entire universe.

 

What is the difference between cryptocurrency and the money in my wallet?

The value of a crypto currency does not rely on issuance of money by governments or Central banks – hence no quantitative easing and falling value over time of your wallets content.

 

Will Cryptocurrency overtake money as we know it?

Indications are that it may eventually – growth will be exponential then explosive. Actual cash transactions are already disappearing fast.

 

What is an e-wallet?

A piece of software that allows you to transactyour crypto coins – it does NOT store them. A crypto wallet (e.g. freewallet.io) enables you to store and spend them.

 

Where can I spend my cryptocurrency?

Dell, Microsoft, Overstock, Expedia etc, all accept Bitcoin. Scotcoin will shortly be accepted in over 2000 places in UK. It was recently used to buy a flat.

 

How can I use my cryptocurrency?

With your crypto-wallet (e.g. freewallet.io)

 

Do I need to pay CGT on any gains made?

Yes HMRC treats any gains from any source in exactly the same way. Around 1000 people in the USA paid tax on their Bitcoin earnings last year.

 

Can I leave cryptocurrency in my Will?

Yes, make sure your beneficiaries get your pass phase(s) at the appropriate time. Lose the pass phrase and you lose the wallet and its contents. THERE IS NO RESET.

 

 

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Whither Scotcoin

bitcoin legislation Cryptocurrency a scam?

There have been quite a few gyrations in the Bitcoin market especially since China put the mockers on ICOs. This was then followed by Jamie Dimon – he of JPMorgan fame – saying Bitcoin was a scam. Yet today, one of the doyens of the London Gold market  – Sharps Pixley – has said they will accept Bitcoin for purchases.

Legislation surrounding Bitcoin & Digital Currency

Let’s just look at both of these. The Chinese are quite rightly saying we don’t want people to lose money through fraudulent or overhyped ICO offerings. They are also saying, if you are going to put money into stocks and shares, you have to be identifiable, so if you want to do this with crypto currencies, you will have to be identifiable as well. Personally, I don’t see why people would run away from Bitcoin because of these two eminently sensible announcements. In fact, they should enhance crypto currencies in general and Bitcoin in particular. Rather than an anonymous investment in something you don’t understand, where the principals may disappear with your cash, you can invest with confidence knowing who the other people are beside you. This is precisely why Scotcoin will be entirely AML and KYC compliant. The other thing to bear in mind is that – officially officially – nothing has been set in stone in China. There are “elections” coming up in October, and it is entirely possible that OFFICIALLY officially after these things might change.

Jamie Dimon is in my view being a bit naughty. He says “ It’s a scam”. But he also says, hey it will collapse, but maybe not until it reaches $100,000. So… is that a buy recommendation? Goldman Sachs don’t appear to have doubts – they say serious investors MUST hold some crypto currencies, if only because the growth in value has outpaced everything else by a mile. And he is after all in the business of getting his investors the best deal. Traders and market makers earn money by selling high and buying cheap, and he just may have created the last, best buying opportunity for Bitcoin. The present bounce up back above $4000 is in my view a trigger.

The Sharps Pixley announcement is way up there as far as a tipping point goes. Gold might trade $22 trillion a year but Bitcoin is already around $1 trillion. And that’s from a market not yet fully nine years old.

I have a view which is entirely personal. Bitcoin isn’t going to become the currency of choice for buying coffees and pizza. Apart from anything else the cost even after the recent fall is around £1.50 per transaction. That will only increase as its value rises. What Bitcoin MAY become is something like gold, a store of value and wealth. That leaves the field for “ currency” wide open, and Scotcoin is targeting that use. We may be “Scot” but that is not pejorative or limiting. We have holders in more than 40 countries. In fact, taking into account the diaspora of successful Scots worldwide, we all might just be on to a good thing.

If you want to help us spread the world and fund our on-going activities, go to https://scotcoinproject.com.

The Scotcoin Pizza… Mark this date!

Scotcoin PizzaAt our MeetUp in Dundee last night, intrepid blockchain enthusiasts joined our cryptocurrency development team for a momentous occasion.  We now have 250 regular guests at these events and we discuss all manner of things blockchain, Q&A for newbies, and it’s a chance to meet the team behind the Scotcoin Project and find out more about it.

The bitcoin pizza and its value today

Back on 22 May 2010,  an extremely fortunate pizza vendor sold two pizzas, for 10,000 Bitcoins. Nowadays, those 10,000 Bitcoins are worth $34,500,000! 

Ten thousand coins were then worth about $40 (£30).  A British user agreed to buy the pizza for this pizza-munching developer, and even at the time the buyer got a good deal out of it: The Brit paid only $25 (£19) for the two pizzas to be delivered to the developer.  The day has gone down in history as being World Bitcoin Pizza Day and so we’d like to record the first ever pizzas sold in Scotcoin too.

The Scotcoin Pizza and how Scotcoin is valued

Leading Italian restaurant Don Michelle in Perth Road, Dundee supplied the pizzas and are now accepting Scotcoin for pizzas at just 1,000 Scotcoin per pizza.  Restaurateur Patric Lochi “I am delighted to be involved with the Scotcoin Project. Quite apart from the iconic Bitcoin Pizza Purchase, we have just started using Scotcoin for our on-line offerings – Just Eat here we come!”

The details for posterity:

Date:                      19 September 2017

Price per pizza:     1,000 Scotcoin/£7

Supplier:                Don Michelle, Perth Road, Dundee

Our live feed from the event is available here:  http://productfor.ge/SDC0917

With thanks to Ronan Sandford for organising the venue, Don Michelle for the pizzas, Product Forge for the live broadcasting and everyone who came along!

KYC - Know your customer

China and the Bitcoin stumble

Chinese economy - BitcoinIf you’ve been following crypto currencies, you couldn’t help but notice a 20% slide in the Bitcoin dollar price. With the way these things work, that means the whole crypto market is down by a similar amount. Bitcoin is a bit like Rocky Marciano at the moment – groggy and not doing too well, then suddenly unleashing an unbeatable flurry of punches. Remember he retired undefeated.

By the way, Bitcoin is still up on a year ago. This from a blog post on 13th September 2016 : “In the past 2 weeks, the price of Bitcoin made a surprising run up, breaking past the famed $600 level to a $630 high”. Umm so that’s up 700% ( roughly). Read more

Keeping Scotcoin Scottish

When Scotcoin was created, our aim was to directly impact and assist those living in Scotland. Whilst digital cryptocurrency  such as Bitcoin has sought to make a huge impact on a global scale, we felt that there were huge opportunities to use this type currency effectively at a local level.

In recent years, many people have openly expressed displeasure at the handling of our financial systems. In fact, many Scottish citizens have been left feeling powerless and disenfranchised as a result. The goal of Scotcoin was and still is, to give the people of Scotland an alternative. However, as we all know, there is a tendency for Scottish innovation to be colonised by international investors. We have thought this over and have arrived at a strategy to prevent this from occurring.

Unproductive Speculative Behaviour

Recently, the issue of Scottish property not being used to benefit Scotland has featured heavily in the media. In addition to Scotland fighting for more control over its governing powers, the land registry has become a prominent issue. As it stands, there are far too many areas of derelict property in Scotland whose owners are benefitting from tax exemptions. This constitutes unproductive speculative behaviour, which is something that we do not want to see happening to our digital cryptocurrency.

Although the present team involved with Scotcoin differ from the original, we do know that large Scotcoin accounts are held by Scottish investors. The original distribution was to people with provable Scottish addresses. The hard fact is that Scotcoin is worth more if it is in active circulation. Hoarding coins will do little to increase the rate of widespread adoption. Therefore, by hoarding coins you are actively impeding the growth rate making a poor investment decision.

Encouraging Widespread Adoption

In the long term, a far better strategy would be to hold on to a few and trade the others in small amounts. By having the coins well-distributed, they become more available for everyday trading. As we’ve mentioned, this kind of consistent use is a far better way to gain value than restrictive trade on crypto exchanges.

To do this, we need merchants to accept Scotcoin. By doing so, you not only gain an efficient purchasing system but you will also be helping to increase the value of the coin.

In the short term, we are willing to buy back coins from retailers. We hope that this will provide a semblance of security in the minds of would-be merchants, that there will be no cash flow problems caused by accepting Scotcoin.

It has always been our aim to use Scotcoin to benefit the people of Scotland. In our previous post, we talked about our passion for helping small businesses thrive by providing start-up loans. However, for these to have significant value we need merchants willing to accept the coin. Setting up a wide network of traders and bringing the coin into mainstream trading will provide the people of Scotland with a viable alternative to the pound sterling.

For further information on how you can get involved or to answer any queries, contact us.