BlockChain Report 12/6/18: Whales are Buying Ethereum and What Is Substratum?

Whales, huh? Oh-- THAT kind of whales!

Welcome to The Blockchain Report, your daily rundown for the latest in crypto, with your host Taylor Nikolai. Today: whale are accumulating Ethereum!

That’s right, cryptocurrency “Whales” have accumulated more Ethereum this year than ever before. According to The Next Web, cryptocurrency “whales” (i.e. cryptocurrency traders who own a significant amount of cryptocurrency) have accumulated more Ethereum in 2018 than any other year in history.

This information is based on research done by the Blockchain research group Diar. Diar analyzed over 5,200 Ethereum addresses and discovered that cryptocurrency whales who trade regularly have 80% more Ethereum than at the beginning of the year. These whales own 20% of the Ethereum supply, which is a four-fold increase on Ethereum held by whales since January 2017.

The main cause of this Ethereum hoarding is the collapse of the cryptocurrency market. Most traders are moving to Ethereum because most tokens are paired to Ethereum on cryptocurrency exchanges.

Although the total number of Ethereum these whales own has gone up since the beginning of the year, the value of these holdings in U.S. dollars has dropped significantly. At the start of the year, their holdings were worth $21 billion. Now, those same holdings are worth only $2.4 billion, an 89% drop.

Next up, the Blockchain Project Conflux raised $35 Million. According to Fortune, a new blockchain protocol called Conflux has raised $35 million from Sequoia China and other Chinese internet companies. Conflux claims that it is able to overcome a limitation that is found in other existing blockchain technologies.

This limitation is the fact that Bitcoin can only add one block at a time to the blockchain. Adding more than one block at a time would lead to a “fork”, creating separate chains.

Conflux claims that its system allows for multiple blocks to be added at the same time to the chain, without forking. This prevents any given organization from controlling the blockchain. One of the people working on Conflux is Andrew Yao, who is known as China’s “godfather of computer science”.

Another co-founder on the project is Fan Long, a University of Toronto professor. A Conflux press release claims that the platform is able to reach 6,500 transactions per second.

And finally on today’s show, South Korea might begin to tax cryptocurrencies.

According to Ethereum World News, the South Korean government is planning to tax cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Hong Nam-Ki, Finance Minister nominee of South Korea, recently submitted a proposal to have cryptocurrencies and ICOs be regulated and taxed.

Hong Nam-Ki was quoted as saying: “A task force consisting of experts from relevant government agencies including the National Tax Service and the private sector will be formed to examine overseas examples and hammer out the taxation plan.” However, Nam-Ki also stated that South Korea should be cautious when it comes to regulating the cryptocurrency industry.

Instead, he argued that regulation should be created that will nurture the cryptocurrency industry while weeding out fraudulent companies and organizations.

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