With the European Unions greatest financial point set to leave the Union, how can the EU ensure the stability of the Euro?
Even without using the Euro, The United Kingdom has been the primary go “middle man” for purchasing and selling financial products priced in Euros. They handle transactions that could reach 1.5 trillion Euro a day. From the Start the European Central Bank urged this market to be distributed among it members but was never had any authority to force London, a member of the EU, to stop the business. But with Brexit assured, thing could now change.
“Euro Clearing” in London employees about 83,000 jobs directly or by its support network. This would greatly impact the UK if they are to lose their request to maintain the market. At the same time moving these businesses could unnecessarily damage the EU by pushing up costs for companies who use the financial products.
Recent cyber attacks have affected Bitcoin performance, causing a drop in trade value.
One of the suspected culprits is a a randsomware name WannaCry. This computer worm has spread worldwide, with about 150 countries, and Europol estimating around 200,000 computers being infected since its release in May 12, 2017.
Once infected, the computer files are encrypted and a prompt demanding payment fo $300 in bitcoin within 3 days or double on the 4th day. It is believed that as of 16 May 2017 at 12:00 UTC, a total of 238 payments and $65,970.35 in bitcoin had been transferred with no one recovering their information
The second cause for the drop in Bitcoin is attributed to expectations that withdrawal restrictions in Bitfinex exchange will soon be lifted. Analyst speculate this has caused Chinese trading volume to drastically increase its share, from 8.2 percent on May 1 to 22.8 percent Monday.
It is important to note that even with the resent decline, this volatile currency had doubled in value since March.