Hong Kong
Bitcoin to Demand Rise in Hong Kong as ATMs Runs Out Of Money
October 7, 2019
Hong Kong
Bitcoin to Demand Rise in Hong Kong as ATMs Runs Out Of Money
October 7, 2019

The violence in Hong Kong is escalating with each passing week. On October 4 (Friday), the local government passed a martial law by banning to wear masks at public places, as local banks remained resilient in the face of mass protests that have now taken a hit as well.

As the social upheaval spilled over into the financial world, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the local central bank, has been forced to issue a warning against a “malicious attempt to cause panic among the public” after the rumors were spread about the government using emergency powers to impose foreign-exchange controls.

However, the central bank said that over 10% of 3,300 ATMs were damaged and couldn’t function and 5% of the cash machines have run out of money.

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), the largest bank in Hong Kong, has closed some of its branches on October 5.

As the local ATMs “run out” of money, the demand for gold and Bitcoin is further expected to rise and prices to edge higher.

ALSO READ :  Hong Kong Swivel Software joins Global eTrade Services' Open Trade Blockchain

The gold price has already soared to 6 year high driven by the Hong Kong protests, trade war, falling interest rate, quantitative easing, and slowing global economy.

As for Bitcoin, recently LocalBitcoins, a peer-to-peer Bitcoin trading platform posted its highest trading volume ever in Hong Kong.

During the week of September 21-28, 12,294,796 Hong Kong dollars were recorded in trading volume, the highest ever in its history. The previous record was 11,666,176 HKD in early January 2018.

However, in terms of BTC, only 173 BTC was traded during this record week while the all-time high is at 1,086 BTC in November 2015.

Likewise, the difference is while in 2015, one BTC was worth only about $300, for the past few weeks BTC is trading around $8,000.

Now, with ATMs running out of cash and demand for ATMs rising amidst the bank run and the local central bank jumping into the picture, the demand for physical gold and digital gold might see another spike.

ALSO READ :  Unregulated Cryptocurrency Betting Markets Poses A Threat To The Integrity Of Hong Kong Horse Racing

Disclaimer

Crypto News Point a news platform of Digital Notice Media Labs is primarily a regular publication of information, commentary and articles focused extensively on fintech, blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, blockchain-based tokens, cryptocurrency market trends, and trading strategies. We do not provide individually tailored investment advice and does not take a subscriber’s or anyone’s circumstances into consideration when discussing investments, nor is Crypto News Point registered as an investment adviser or broker-dealer in any jurisdiction. Information contained herein is not an offer or solicitation to buy, hold, or sell any digital assets.

Affiliate Disclosure: To help support the work we do here at CNP, we often link to products and deals from around the web. Should you buy some of these, we may get a portion of the sale.

We in generally gather content from the major websites. In every article there is always a clear link and attribution to the source publication. If you have any issue with any of our published content taken from your site, kindly let us know so that we can take appropriate action. In any case, the content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.

You May Also like

Ishita Bora

Ishita Bora is a Senior Content Creator at Digital Notice Media Labs with an experience of 1 year. She has completed her Master's Degree in Language and Linguistics in 2019 from Gauhati University, India. Her interest lies in blockchain technology and cryptocurrency space, as she loves writing about blockchain and other blockchain-related articles. Currently, she is working on blockchain-based news, reviews, featured articles, and guides.
Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!