George Soros Turns from Cryptocurrency Bear to Cryptocurrency Bull

Billionaire George Soros called cryptocurrencies a bubble in January, but he's now changing his tune.

His $26 billion family office is planning to trade digital assets, according to Bloomberg.

George Soros

Adam Fisher oversees macro investing at the Soros Fund, and he received internal approval to trade cryptocurrencies.

Soros has indirectly bet on the cryptocurrency market, investing in Inc. (Nasdaq: OSTK) in Q4 2017 and becoming its third-largest shareholder. Overstock accepts cryptocurrencies for its products.

In other news, the price of Bitcoin fell another 3.3% after one of the cryptocurrency market's most infamous former executives issued a bearish sentiment on the coin.

Mark Karpeles, the former CEO of the exchange Mt. Gox, said on Reddit that he doesn't believe in Bitcoin's long-term viability.

"The technology is definitely here to stay, but Bitcoin may have trouble evolving and keeping up," he said.

Karpeles also pinged Ethereum with a negative review. He said that Ethereum is "too untested" to have any widespread use in the future.

Meanwhile, markets were keeping a close eye on developments out of India.

The Economic Times openly questioned the motivations of the nation's president regarding cryptocurrency and whether India's government is preparing to launch its own token.

This theory has been floated in recent weeks after the nation's central bank banned Bitcoin and created a task force assigned with issuing a report by June on whether to launch a state-backed cryptocurrency.

Here is a recap of the top cryptocurrency prices at 12:30 p.m. EDT (returns in last 24 hours).

  • Bitcoin: $6,603.00, -3.37%
  • Ethereum: $368.25, -3.38%
  • Ripple: $0.474, -5.02%
  • Bitcoin Cash: $618.92, -3.88%
  • Litecoin: $113.75, -4.46%

Now that we know all of today's price movements, here's what has been moving these cryptocurrencies...

Cryptocurrency News Today

On Friday, the market capitalization of the global cryptocurrency sector fell to $248.59 billion.

Bitcoin comprised 45% of the total cryptocurrency market, with a market cap of $111.9 billion.

The top performer in the space was DigixDAO, which gained 14.48% over the last 24 hours.

Other top performers from the top 50 cryptocurrencies included EOS (up 3.45%), Ontology (up 2.11%), and Bytom (up 0.34%).

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The worst performers from the top 50 cryptocurrencies included Ardor (down -12.17%), ICON (down -7.24%), Komodo (down -6.83%), Stratis (down -6.36%), Lisk (down -6.26%), Stellar (down -6.16%), and Cardano (down -6.07%).

Get Ready for Tax Day

Tom Lee, the founder of Fundstrat Global Advisers, predicted this week that the recent sell-off in cryptocurrencies may generate a capital gain hit of up to $25 billion.

It's possible that many people sell off their coins in the coming week in order to obtain the cash required to fund their cryptocurrency tax bills.

Bitcoin Cash Fork Announced

Bitcoin Cash, a spin-off and product of a Bitcoin fork in 2017, is set for its own fork in the future.

According to reports, BTC will fork on May 15.

The fork is designed to permit larger block sizes and a few other key adjustments.

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Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, consultant, and political risk analyst with decades of trading experience and degrees in economics, cybersecurity, and business from Johns Hopkins, Purdue, Indiana University, and Northwestern.

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