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About Bitcoin

Created by the mysterious figure of Satoshi Nakamoto back in 2009, Bitcoin is the original cryptocurrency built on a decentralised ledger, known as the blockchain. This peer-to-peer network provides the ability to send and receive transactions in a permissionless, trustless manner, as detailed in its white paper, released a year earlier in 2008.

The project is built on open-source software, which means anyone in the world can audit, contribute, and improve its code and/or documentation.

How the price of BTC is determined

A common opinion about Bitcoin is that it has no intrinsic value.

However, while this may ring true with other traditional financial instruments, being a completely new asset class, Bitcoin, and blockchain technology, does in fact hold high perceived value. This greatly affects both positive and negative sentiment among traders, increasing short to medium-term volatility.

As a young, still growing industry, the size of the market remains relatively small, with equally low amounts of liquidity. With that being said, it is a known fact that volatility has been on a continuous decline in recent years, mostly due to Bitcoin's increasing adoption and network effect.

At the same time, BTC  is scarce; only 21 million UNITS will ever exist. Looking at the current Bitcoin price, the crypto already appears unaffordable to people in many parts of the world. But with crypto, You don’t have to buy a whole unit of BTC, in stark contrast to the traditional model for company stocks. You can buy fractions of a cryptocurrency, which makes it more accessible. In fact, a single BTC is divisible BY up to eight decimal points, with 0.00000001 being the smallest unit, known as a "satoshi".

1 BTC is therefore 100,000,000 satoshis. Bits is another popular denomination, with 1 BTC corresponding to 1,000,000 bits.

What the bears are saying

  • Bitcoin is too complex: After more than a decade, usability remains a big question mark. Sending, receiving, and securing large amounts of BTC is still too difficult for non-tech-savvy users. 
  • Transactions are slow and expensive: Bitcoin has unsolved scalability issues. None second layer solutions have been massively adopted yet.
  • Bitcoin has a murky history: From Silk Road to its very own mysterious creator, Bitcoin has too many questions left unanswered.

What the bulls are saying

  • Bitcoin is a better, digital version of gold: Scarce, non-confiscatable, highly divisible, and easily transportable.
  • A hedge to inflation: “All fiat currencies eventually go to zero value” resulting in the inevitable loss of purchasing power.
  • The internet of money: Just as we use one Internet, only one blockchain will succeed. Bitcoin’s blockchain is transparent, immutable, and highly secure.

How to buy BTC

With Uphold, you can set up an account, verify your identity and buy crypto with ease.

Here is how:

1. Go to Uphold.com and click ‘Sign up’

2. Enter your email address, phone number and your personal details

3. Tell us how you plan to use Uphold and provide some basic financial information (e.g., employment status and source of funds)

4. Verify your identity by providing an ID document and taking a ‘selfie’

… and you’re off to the races!

Just start trading.

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You should be aware that the risk of loss in trading or holding cryptoassets can be very high. As with any asset, the value of cryptoassets can go up or down and there can be a substantial risk that you lose all your money buying, selling, holding or investing in cryptoassets. Our cryptoasset services are not within the scope of the UK Financial Ombudsman Service and your cryptoassets are not subject to protection under the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme. You should carefully consider whether trading or holding cryptoassets is suitable for you in light of your financial condition.

Uphold Europe Limited (FRN: 900577) is registered under the Financial Conduct Authority’s Temporary Registration Regime for cryptoasset firms and complies with the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer for Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 as amended. The purchase, sale and custody of cryptoassets is regulated by the FCA for anti-money laundering purposes but this does not indicate any approval by the FCA of Uphold’s cryptoasset activities. Uphold Europe Limited is also an EMD agent of Optimus Cards UK Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority to issue e-money (FRN: 902034) pursuant to the Electronic Money Regulations 2011. 

The e-money services are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. E-money is not a deposit or investment account which means that your e-money will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. User funds will be held in a designated safekeeping account with a regulated financial institution. E-money will not earn any interest. Additional Risk Warning in Uphold’s Terms & Conditions.

This content is correct as of September 2021

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