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Wheel Chocks – Protecting Mine Workers – It’s the Little Things That Matter

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Wheel chocks safety is established by more than just OSHA, the US government’s main federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety administration. MSHA, the US Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration, also has rules in place to help prevent accidents and fatalities from occurring on the job, specifically at above ground and below ground mines. Mining refers to both above ground and underground operations, as well as coal mines and metal/non-metal mines. The first mining regulations took place in 1891, when children under the age of 12 were prohibited from working the mines. The US government has certainly gotten much deeper with the mining standards in recent history to incorporate wheel chocks safety, as well as many other rules and regulations.

In 2010, MSHA introduced “Rules to Live By,” an outreach and enforcement program designed to strengthen efforts to prevent mining fatalities. 2009 marked the lowest number of deaths in mining history, yet in 2010, with a mining explosion that killed 29 at Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia, the numbers of fatalities almost doubled. The Rules to Live By spotlights the health and safety standards that are most frequently stated after a fatality investigation. Focused enforcement was another goal to be reached.

The Rules were derived from an analysis of the most common violations that caused fatalities, as well as the most common violations of safety standards and root causes associated with these deaths. Eleven coal and 13 metal/non-metal health standards were identified and were grouped into nine categories. Included in one category relative to wheel chocks safety is blocking against motion, with another related category as struck by mobile equipment, both requiring wheel chocks for the safety of individuals.

For the metal/non-metal mining, 30 CFR § 56.14207, titled “Parking procedures for unattended equipment,” states, “Mobile equipment shall not be left unattended unless the controls are placed in the park position and the parking brake, if provided, is set. When parked on a grade, the wheels or tracks of mobile equipment shall be either chocked or turned into a bank.” A similar, yet more extensive rule exists for Coal mining. Other standards include reference to safety belts, using equipment properly, power, warning signs and safety lines.

To see that wheel chocks are mentioned in a MSHA document aimed at protecting mine workers is a great responsibility, and it just emphasizes that sometimes it’s the little things that matter.

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ARK Invest: Why Bitcoin Could Be Worth $1 Million Per Coin By 2030

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ARK Invest: Why Bitcoin Could Be Worth $1 Million Per Coin By 2030

ARK Invest, the brainchild of savvy investor Cathie Wood, has had a rough go over the past few months. The flagship fund ARKK is down nearly 60% from it’s record high last year, however Wood and her team of analysts aren’t stopping their full-focus on innovative and forward-thinking investments – even when fundamental investments are running the show.

This week was host to ARK’s ‘Big Ideas Summit,’ and ARK crypto analyst Yassine Elmandjra supplemented that material with a boisterous bitcoin tweet that will be music to BTC maxi’s ears.

Cathie Wood & ARK Invest: Notorious Bulls

Elmandjra’s tweet, which can be found below, showcases how a single BTC unit could hit $1M in value, with a couple prime assumptions:

Let’s take a look at that graphic specifically to drill down on the assumptions being made here, and why they’re important:

The core key assumption here, of course, is the staggering growth in bitcoin’s market cap over the next 9 years. In this model, the ARK team is projecting growth from a current market cap of $1.1T to a $28.5T market cap. How does this scale? According to an October 2021 report from securities trade group SIFMA, the U.S. equity markets carry a market cap around $50T – making a $28.5T market cap for a global bitcoin market seem not all that unreasonable. Elmandrja’s graphic also states anticipated breakdown of the use case allocated within the market cap, and it’s representative contribution towards the price per BTC.

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ARKK, the flagship innovation fund behind ARK Invest, has had a difficult year following strong success. Can growth stocks and innovative investments turn around? | Source: NYSE: ARKK on TradingView.com

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Elmandrja and the ARK Invest team continue on to note that even assuming a $28.5T market cap could be more conservative than ambitious. Elmandrja added, “If Bitcoin does hit $1 million, it will still only represent a fraction of global asset values” and also highlighted the notorious ‘diamond hands’ that bitcoin holders often exhibit, stating that “market participants are maturing and remain long term focused. Aggregate cost basis (realized cap) is at all time highs and more than 13.5 million btc are held by long-term holders.”

This, of course, isn’t likely anything groundbreaking to those who have studied the bottom-line extensively. Compared to other relative global markets, a $28.5T bitcoin market cap today would even be trading at multiples less than comparable markets, such as the global real estate market, global bond market, or global equities market.

Elmandrja’s full thread is a worthy read for these reasons and several others that take deep dive into ARK’s optimism around bitcoin (and crypto at large) as an investment vehicle. You can also read their broader Big Ideas 2022 report here.

Related Reading | Bitcoin Whales Take Advantage Of Market Crash To Gobble Up Millions In BTC

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The writer of this content is not associated or affiliated with any of the parties mentioned in this article. This is not financial advice.

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Bitcoin Whales Take Advantage Of Market Crash To Gobble Up Millions In BTC

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The bitcoin crash rocked the market to its core when the digital asset had lost over 50% of its all-time high value to bottom out at $33,000. It was as a result of market sell-offs across the financial space, sparking a ripple effect that was felt heavily in the crypto market. Market sentiment had crumbled during this time as investors had scrambled to sell their holdings.

However, not everyone saw the declining prices as a signal to sell before prices tank even more. Whales, who control a large portion of the circulating supply, took this as a cue to buy and have been filling their bags with all of the bitcoin being dumped on the market by panicking investors.

Whale Gobbles Up Traded Bitcoin

In a report from CC15Capital, the trading activities of a whale are outlined. In what came out to be a long document, it shows that the whale had been purchasing tens of thousands of bitcoin every few hours while traders dumped their coins. CC15Capital which is an asset allocator tracked the wallet and discovered that a single bitcoin wallet had been purchasing millions of dollars worth of bitcoin.

Related Reading | Market Sentiment Crumbles As Sell-Offs Drags Bitcoin To $33,000

In the event of the past week’s price crash, this single whale had accumulated millions in bitcoin. Each purchase ranged from $2 to $18 million worth of BTC every few hours, averaging 48,000 BTC per purchase.

It looked like the whale was buying up all coins being dumped on the market. By the weekend, the wallet had successfully increased its holdings by a couple of hundred thousand BTC. The more the price dropped, the more bitcoin the whale bought.

BTC trading above $36k | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

CC15Capital, in response, called for bitcoin investors to stop dumping their coins, which are being bought by whales, thereby increasing the concentration of bitcoin supply in the hands of large investors.

Tradable BTC On The Decline

CC15Capital also noted that the volume of bitcoin that is available for sale has gone down. Currently, 14.5 million of the total bitcoin supply is illiquid. This means that this supply has not moved, neither have they been traded. It is the highest concentration of supply which looks to be held for the long-term.

In the same tweet, the asset allocator explains that if the wallets holding this illiquid supply were to increase their holdings by a mere 27%, a total of 4 million BTC, there would be no coins left for sale, driving the supply to zero.

Related Reading | Has Bitcoin Reached Its Bottom? Analyst Says It Still Has A Long Way To Go

Other whales have also taken advantage of the sell-offs happening in the market. As the exchange supply is dwindling, these large investors are making sure there is no shortage on their end when a supply squeeze happens.

In two months, a whale wallet that had zero BTC in November has managed to gather an impressthatalance of over $1 billion in BTC. This account looks to have started buying with the crash and has continued to do so ever since. At the time of writing, the wallet balance sits at $1,013,777,643.51.

Featured image from TokeneoBit, chart from TradingView.com

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Bitcoin Recovers From Seven Month Low Of $33K

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Bitcoin broke out in a feeding frenzy during the January 24 afternoon, raking up over $37K after falling to its lowest point in the same morning. It’s almost as if they’re mirroring each other’s moves.

Bitcoin shot back up above $36,000 Tuesday morning after a day of heavy trading that saw the price drop below 33K for the first time since July 2021. Monday afternoon, it crossed $37,000 was staying pretty stable around 35k with some small increases here and there. 

Bitcoin Price recovered almost 7% from its seven-week low on January 24, 2022. Source: Tradingview.com

The crypto world has seen a lot of volatility over the last few years, but it’s still surprising when prices drop 50% or more. It has happened three times since 2018 alone! And this latest sell-off was no exception; from April through July 2019, Bitcoin fell 52%.

Cryptocurrencies have experienced major selloffs across the board, with cryptocurrency-related stocks being no exception. Analysts say that one primary driver of this trend is former Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen’s plan for stimulus removal and higher interest rate policies, which has negatively impacted many tech-related companies in recent months. For example, the Nasdaq has fallen 12% since January 1 alone.

“The Fed is currently buffeting the crypto market,” says Martha Reyes, head of research at Bequant. “This industry has been proliferating, and it’s not surprising that investors are taking risks with their capital.”

The decreased interest in crypto by retail investors is a sign that this market may have reached its peak. Glassnode, a blockchain data research firm, suggested there were two main reasons for the decline: regulatory uncertainty and low performance last year – both factors which will probably continue into 2022 as well.”

Bitcoin vs New Digital Assets

With the rise of NFTs, people are now more interested in investing their money into these new digital assets rather than Bitcoin. So it’s no wonder that people are starting to search for information on these non-fungible tokens. Google searches have shown a steady increase over last year, which is likely why we see more interest from investors worldwide as they seek out trends before others do.

Cryptocurrencies are down across the board, but some coins have fallen further than others. For example, ether is down 50% from its last high point, while Solana and Shiba Inu cryptocurrencies based on memes experienced even steeper losses with 64% and 74%, respectively.

Related Reading | Despite Decline In Bitcoin Price, Market Remains Greedy

Since November, the crypto market has lost about 44% of its value, with $1.65 trillion pulled down by widespread selling in both Bitcoin and other coins across the board.

Joel Kruger, a currency strategist, said,

“It makes sense to me for broad crypto to get hit hard. It’s all about innovation, which should correlate with risky assets.”

Crypto inevitably gets hit hard when innovation increases and risky assets follow suit. Sure enough, ether has followed this trend as well; it’s almost like an index for all these projects on ethereum – including NFTs, games, decentralized finance initiatives, or smart contracts – to see how they stack up against each other.”

The moves come as a surprise to some investors and analysts. Ryan Volden, an analyst from JPMorgan, predicted that Bitcoin could reach $146,000 in the future.

Traders To keep an eye on BTC $30K Level

Traders are focusing on $30,000 as a significant level for multiple reasons. First, that number represents the low point of last year’s bear market, and it also opened up close to where Bitcoin was trading in 2021 when we first saw prices fall during that period – which means there is some hope left.

It’s not just your investments that are at risk. For example, suppose Bitcoin falls below $5K. In that case, it will put Bitcoin prices into their 2020 levels and turn every investor who bought Bitcoins in recent months, as well as all those risking money on crypto markets, into losers.

With Wall Street panicking and a sell-off of Bitcoins reaching new heights, it’s essential to keep an eye on the $30k level. If this becomes unstable, more people may end up selling their coins, leading the market back down again.

                   Featured image from Pixabay, chart from TradingView.com
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