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Smell Something Fishy? The CFTC Will Pay You to Report Crypto Scams

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Nestled in the exhibition room at this year’s Consensus conference, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) had a message for conference goers as they weaved in and out of booths representing various projects and startups in the space: “Be on the lookout for virtual currency fraud” and if you see it, let us know.

CFTC Booth at Consensus 2019

“The Whistleblower Office of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is issuing this alert to inform members of the public about how they may make themselves eligible for both financial awards and certain protections while helping stop [sic] fraud and manipulation relating to virtual currencies,” a handout from the booth reads.

The CFTC has long classified bitcoin as a commodity, and the document states that the CFTC considers all “virtual currencies [as] commodities under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA).”

This same act gives the agency regulatory power to prosecute virtual currency fraudsters. Since the 2017 price run-up, crypto scams have been on the agency’s radar and it’s been keen to keep investors privy to project warning signs. In cooperation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the CFTC has cracked down on illegal bitcoin brokers and dealers, as well as fraudulent crypto consultants and token rackets like My Big Coin.

In the whistleblowing briefing document, the CFTC uses My Big Coin and CabbageTech as textbook examples of scammy behavior. Among other red flags it warns potential whistleblowers against pump-and-dump schemes, wash/insider trading, unregistered derivatives platforms and “supervision failures or fraudulent conduct (e.g., creating or reporting fictitious trading) by virtual currency exchanges.”

If you notice any of these behaviors in practice, “you don’t have to be an ‘insider’ … to be a whistleblower,” the document reads. It continues to tell readers that they can tip off bad actors through the agency’s website, asking that they provide as much information on the alleged scams and orchestrators as possible (this includes “identifying information” like social media profiles, screenshots, bitcoin addresses, email addresses, etc.).

Anyone whose whistleblow ends in more than $1 million in sanctions against such companies are entitled to 10 to 30 percent of the monetary penalty.

A CFTC representative declined an interview, telling Bitcoin Magazine that each employee must be cleared by the agency to go on record. Bitcoin Magazine did learn that this was the CFTC’s first year at Consensus and that the agency has been making its rounds through the crypto conference circuit over the past year.

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Bitcoin Pizza Guy featured on Anderson Cooper’s 60 Minutes

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The beloved “Bitcoin Pizza Guy,” Laszlo Hanyecz, will be featured in the next airing of 60 Minutes where he will explain how he spent almost $800 million on pizza. Set to air on Sunday, it will be the first TV interview Hanyecz has ever given and will help bring Bitcoin to a much wider audience.

Bitcoin Pizza Guy to give the first interview on the 9th anniversary of Bitcoin Pizza Day

A computer programmer from Florida has been featured on 60 Minutes and the crypto industry has gone crazy. Set to air on Sunday, May 19th at 7 pm ET, the report has left many people wondering what the fuss is all about.

The Bitcoin Pizza is Worth $83 Million Today

Related: The Bitcoin Pizza is Worth $83 Million Today

The programmer in question is no other than Laszlo Hanyecz, the Bitcoin Pizza Guy, a legendary figure in the crypto industry. Hanyecz made history as being the first person to conduct a real-world transaction involving Bitcoin. However, a few years later, he also became known for spending a total of 100,000 BTC mostly on pizza when Bitcoin was worth less than 1 cent.

At the time of the interview, one Bitcoin was worth around $8000, which means Hanyecz spent $800 million worth of BTC on pizza. In the interview snippet, Anderson Cooper, the new host of 60 Minutes, looked flabbergasted, to say the least.

“Are there nights you wake up,” Cooper asks, “where you think, ‘I could have had $800 million… if I hadn’t bought those pizzas?’”

Hanyecz says:

“I think thinking like that is… not really good for me.”

60 Minutes brings more media attention to Bitcoin…and pizza?

Tomorrow’s 60 Minutes will be focused on cryptocurrencies and the ways they have shaped the world. Hanyecz isn’t the only well-known figure in the crypto industry that will be featured in the show – Lael Brainard, the US Federal Reserve Governor, Neha Narula, director of the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, and Marco Streng, the CEO of Genesis Mining are all interviewed as well.

Charlie Shrem, BitInstant founder and the first person to become convicted for crypto fraud, also makes an appearance.

While the report has caused quite a media frenzy among the crypto community, it put cryptocurrencies under the spotlight. Having a network like CBS focus on the industry so much will definitely increase interest in Bitcoin.

As May 22nd, the 9th anniversary of Bitcoin Pizza Day is getting nearer, it seems that pizza is also getting more media attention. Charlie Bilello, a cryptocurrency writer and investor, recently pointed out an interesting fact. Domino’s Pizza, which went public in July 2004, has a return of almost 4,200 percent.

Google, one of the largest companies in the world, went public a month later, in August 2004. Its investors, however, have only seen a return of 2,228 percent so far.

Many attribute the incredible ROI Domino’s has seen to the new and improved business model implemented by its retired CEO, Patrick Doyle. Others have also pointed out that Domino’s switch from a restaurant to a tech company, alongside its implementation of crypto payments, is what created the most value for investors.

Watch the interview with Laszlo Hanyecz below:

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Binance Coin Price Prediction: Long-term (BNB) Value Forecast – May 19

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  • BNB/USD trade has been on a slow and steady upswing over time until now.
  • The BNB/USD market may experience a line of variant correction around $32 and $28 price points, and that could result in range market movements.

BNB/USD Long-term Trend – Bullish

  • Distribution territories: $40, $42, $46
  • Accumulation territories: $16, $12, $8

Binance Coin market has been on a slow and steady increase as paired with the US dollar price valuation. On May 9, the crypto-trade declined slightly past the trend-line of the 50-day SMA indicator to record a low point around $20 mark.

On the succeeding trading day, May 10, the crypto notably made a weak come-back, and that has now featured as its actual turning point for its current visible upswing in the market to touch a high mark at $32 over the 14-day SMA’s trend-line. The 50-day SMA is situated underneath the 14-day SMA with a small space between them. The Stochastic Oscillators are now seemingly attempting to close hairs around range 80.

Observantly, the BNB/USD trade has been swinging upward mostly at the touch of its 14-day SMA’s trend-line from the top. Equally, The BNB/USD market may experience a line of variant correction around $32 and $28 price points, and that could give in to seeing other range market movements around those trading zones.

The views and opinions expressed here do not reflect that of BitcoinExchangeGuide.com and do not constitute financial advice. Always do your own research.

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC Surges $800 Back To $8K – A New 2019 High Soon?

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Corrections are part of the game. Two days ago, when publishing our recent analysis, we saw Bitcoin correcting violently down, even touching $6300 on some exchanges. This was anticipated following the surge from $5000 that went only in one direction.

If someone is looking for strength in the BTC market, he would definitely find it at recent hours’ Bitcoin behavior. The volatile coin had gone through a fabulous $800 bullish run, and now testing $8000 again.

Lastly, and not for the first time, this is for sure Bitcoin’s favorite TV show:

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Total Market Cap: $249 Billion

Bitcoin Market Cap: $140.9 Billion

BTC Dominance: 56.6%

Looking at the 1-day & 4-hour charts

– Support/Resistance:
From above, Bitcoin is now facing the $8000 resistance again. If Bitcoin succeeds in breaking, we would expect a retest of $8200 and 2019 high at $8400. Breaking up and $8500, $8800 and $9000 will become the next targets for the cryptocurrency.

From below, after the $7000 and $7250 – $7300 had proven to be strong support area, from below there is also the $7800 and $7600 support levels before reaching to the mentioned area.

– Trading Volume: The recent days had seen very high volume (and high volatility). The daily volume levels are starting to look like December 2018 numbers.

– Daily chart’s RSI: The RSI had also encountered a resistance zone of 70 – 73. However, a bullish sign might be coming from the Stochastic RSI oscillator. The last is moving toward a crossover in the oversold area; this can fuel up the market and assist in breaking up the $8000.

– BitFinex open short positions: Following the severe 40% drop of the short positions and the long squeeze, the shorts are slowly climbing and now stand on 17.6K BTC open short positions.

BTC/USD BitStamp 4-Hour Chart

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BTC/USD BitStamp 1-Day Chart

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC Surges $800 Back To $8K – A New 2019 High Soon?

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Corrections are part of the game. Two days ago, when publishing our recent analysis, we saw Bitcoin correcting violently down, even touching $6300 on some exchanges. This was anticipated following the surge from $5000 that went only in one direction.

If someone is looking for strength in the BTC market, he would definitely find it at recent hours’ Bitcoin behavior. The volatile coin had gone through a fabulous $800 bullish run, and now testing $8000 again.

Lastly, and not for the first time, this is for sure Bitcoin’s favorite TV show:

btc_bart_may19_v-min

Total Market Cap: $249 Billion

Bitcoin Market Cap: $140.9 Billion

BTC Dominance: 56.6%

Looking at the 1-day & 4-hour charts

– Support/Resistance:
From above, Bitcoin is now facing the $8000 resistance again. If Bitcoin succeeds in breaking, we would expect a retest of $8200 and 2019 high at $8400. Breaking up and $8500, $8800 and $9000 will become the next targets for the cryptocurrency.

From below, after the $7000 and $7250 – $7300 had proven to be strong support area, from below there is also the $7800 and $7600 support levels before reaching to the mentioned area.

– Trading Volume: The recent days had seen very high volume (and high volatility). The daily volume levels are starting to look like December 2018 numbers.

– Daily chart’s RSI: The RSI had also encountered a resistance zone of 70 – 73. However, a bullish sign might be coming from the Stochastic RSI oscillator. The last is moving toward a crossover in the oversold area; this can fuel up the market and assist in breaking up the $8000.

– BitFinex open short positions: Following the severe 40% drop of the short positions and the long squeeze, the shorts are slowly climbing and now stand on 17.6K BTC open short positions.

BTC/USD BitStamp 4-Hour Chart

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BTC/USD BitStamp 1-Day Chart

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Meteoric Crypto Recovery: Here’s What Triggered Bitcoin Price Above $8,000

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By CCN: The bitcoin price has surged by seven percent in the past several hours from $7,300 to around $8,000 in major markets including the U.S., demonstrating a strong recovery from its abrupt drop to $6,400.

The bitcoin price surges seven percent

The bitcoin price surges seven percent in less than four hours (source: coinmarketcap.com)

On May 17, as CCN reported, the bitcoin price briefly plunged to $6,400 by more than 18 percent against the U.S. dollar.

Market eating up an 18% bitcoin drop quickly is a sign of positive sentiment

Analysts including Dovey Wan, a founding partner at Primitive, stated that the brief price drop of bitcoin on Friday was likely due to manipulation engaged by a single investor.

As the investor sold 5,000 BTC on Bitstamp, it triggered contracts on BitMEX, which heavily relies on Bitstamp, to get liquidated.

Since dropping to $6,400, in less than two days, the bitcoin price has recovered to $8,000, by more than 25 percent within a 48-hour span.

The immediate absorption of the $13 billion decline in the market capitalization of bitcoin demonstrates the significant improvement in the sentiment around the cryptocurrency market.

Speaking to CCN on May 13, a cryptocurrency trader with an online alias “Satoshi Flipper” said that bitcoin is likely to face healthy retracement in the near-term coming off of a rally from $5,000 to $8,000.

But, the trader emphasized that once the retracement occurs, the dominant cryptocurrency is on track to sustain its momentum over the medium to long-term considering the momentum of the market in recent weeks.

The trader said:

I’ve been definitely vocal about a healthy BTC retrace, but I do not believe it will be a drastic 30% retrace back into the $4k’s. Once we form a local top, I believe we will 10% at the most, then settle down sideways.

That is when we’ll have a real altcoin season that everyone is expecting. Upon the immediate retrace, altcoins will take a small hit, but then when BTC settles down sideways, altcoins will rebound in a huge way.

Similarly, in an exclusive interview with CCN, Three Arrows Capital CEO Su Zhu stated that the brief fall of bitcoin to $6,400, which led investors to be cautious about the short-term trend of the asset, is unlikely to lead to a full-blown retracement.

“This is a purely market structure related move, I expect it to be bought up extremely quickly,” Zhu said.

As suggested by some investors, the market quickly absorbed the abrupt decline in the bitcoin price on May 17 and with volumes across the board on the rise, the momentum of the asset is expected to be sustained.

The real 10 volume of bitcoin, which estimates the legitimate volume of the asset using the methodology created by Bitwise Asset Management, hovers at around $1 billion. In comparison, in March, the real 10 volume of bitcoin was at $270 million.

What catalysts are on the horizon?

According to Josh Rager, a cryptocurrency technical analyst, if bitcoin finds stability over the $8,200 level, the $9,000 region could be considered a reasonable target in the near-term.

“Bitcoin certainly looks to be pumping, now over previous resistance Price is near $8,000 & looks to be heading toward the $8,200 1D resistance (might consolidate prior) A close above $8,200 on the daily/weekly would be very bullish and would target $9,600+,” said Rager.

With the block reward halving expected to occur in May 2020, which historically has been a fundamental catalyst for bitcoin, and the custodial infrastructure supporting the asset class noticeably improving, the sentiment around the market may continue to progress in the upcoming weeks.

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