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Tether bombshell leads to 5% wipeout of bitcoin price

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On Apr. 25, the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James alleged iFinex, the company behind Bitfinex and Tether, of misusing $900 million of Tether’s cash reserves to hide an $850 million loss. Immediately thereafter, the bitcoin price plunged by seven percent against the U.S. dollar.

On Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, the bitcoin-to-tether (USDT) pair dropped from around $5,500 to $5,102 at the day’s lowest point, recording a 7.2 percent drop.

Bitcoin has since recovered to $5,233 and is en route to close the day with a 5 percent decline.

Can the Bitcoin and Crypto Markets Recover?

The Tether allegation by the New York Attorney’s office goes further than the short-term price movement of bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies.

If Bitfinex did lose $850 million in a transaction the company sent to a company based in Panama called Crypto Capital Corp and granted itself access to $900 million worth of Tether’s cash reserves, it could have a long-lasting effect on the public image of the cryptocurrency market.

The case brought on by the Attorney General’s office can be divided into two main parts:

  1. Bitfinex losing $850 million by sending the funds to a firm in Panama which the firm struggled to recoup
  2. Tether allowing Bitfinex access to its cash reserves

If proven to be accurate, the allegations could deteriorate the confidence of investors in the cryptocurrency market, both towards the cryptocurrency exchange market and the stablecoin market.

Tether accused of minting almost $400 million in uncollateralized USDT to prop up bitcoin

Related: Tether accused of minting almost $400 million in uncollateralized USDT to prop up bitcoin

While some analysts expected the Tether scandal to lead to a plunge in the bitcoin price, the dominant cryptocurrency and the rest of the market recovered fairly well in a short time frame.

The recovery suggests that the cryptocurrency market’s dependence on Tether has somewhat dropped in recent months with the introduction of Gemini Dollar and Circle’s USDC.

The merit of stablecoins like GUSD and USDC is that they are fully regulated, audited, and based in the U.S. with reliable banking services.

On Binance, for instance, the most widely utilized crypto-to-crypto exchange, regulated stablecoins like PAX and USDC have started to account for a fairly large portion of the exchange’s daily bitcoin volume.

The noticeable decline in the market’s reliance on Tether and the increase in the usage of transparent stablecoins indicate the maturation of the market in the right direction.

Not as Bad as it Seems

Although the market has dropped and the bitcoin price sunk, some experts have suggested that the Tether scandal has revealed that Tether did, in fact, have a big cash reserve to support its 1:1 peg with the U.S. dollar.

Technically, Tether was backed by U.S. dollars but the troubles at Bitfinex may have hindered the ability of Tether to remain 100 percent backed purely with cash at all times.

As the official document released by the Attorney General’s office read:

“According to the filings, Bitfinex has already taken at least $700 million from Tether’s reserves. Those transactions – which also have not been disclosed to investors – treat Tether’s cash reserves as Bitfinex’s corporate slush fund, and are being used to hide Bitfinex’s massive, undisclosed losses and inability to handle customer withdrawals.”

Based on the swift recovery of bitcoin in the past hour, the market may be expected to rebound in the short-term, considering that the response of the investor community in crypto has been mixed; while some believe that it can be considered as evidence to prove Tether’s cash reserves, many remain skeptical about the practices of the company.

Bitcoin, currently ranked #1 by market cap, is down 3.52% over the past 24 hours. BTC has a market cap of $93.51B with a 24 hour volume of $17.95B.

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Bitcoin is down 3.52% over the past 24 hours.

Filed Under: , Bitcoin, Crypto Exchanges, Price Watch, Stablecoins

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First Since 2017: Bitcoin Price Logs Double-Digit Gains for Third Week

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  • Bitcoin has recorded double-digit gains for three consecutive weeks, a feat last seen during the height of the bull market in 2017.
  • BTC’s quick recovery from Friday’s low of $6,178 indicates “buy the dip” mentality is quite strong. Further, the daily and weekly charts are biased bullish. Prices, therefore, could rise to $8,500 (July 2018) this week.
  • Before such a rise, however, we may see a correction to $7,500–$7,200, according to the hourly chart.
  • The short-term outlook would turn bearish only if prices find acceptance below the 30-day moving average, currently at $6,239.

Bitcoin (BTC) is looking strong, having registered double digit gains for three consecutive weeks.

The leading cryptocurrency by market value closed last week with 17.5 percent gains, having rallied 22.16 percent and 10.62 percent in the preceding two weeks, respectively, according to Bitstamp data.

The last time BTC witnessed a similar bullish run was in the final quarter of 2017, when the cryptocurrency had logged in double digit gains for five weeks straight to hit an all-time high of around $20,000 on Dec. 17.

The latest weekly winning streak could be extended further, as BTC’s quick recovery from Friday’s lows below $6,100 to a high of $8,299 on Sunday indicates a strong “buy the dip” mentality.

As of writing, BTC is changing hands at $7,903, representing a 1.36 percent drop on the day.

Other top cryptocurrencies like ether (ETH), litecoin (LTC), binance coin (BNB) and XRP are also reporting moderate losses, according to CoinMarketCap.

Weekly Chart

As can be seen, BTC has logged its first three week run of double digit gains since December 2017.

Notably, prices bounced up sharply from the 5-week moving average (MA) last week and closed on a positive note, reinforcing the bullish view put forward by that ascending average.

There have also been two bullish crossovers in the last week: one of the 5- and 100-week MAs, and another of the 10- and 50-week MAs, suggesting the path of least resistance is to the higher side.

What’s more, BTC closed well above September 2018 high of $7,411 last week. The cryptocurrency, therefore, appears on track to test the next resistance at $8,500 (July 2018 high).

Daily chart

Bitcoin closed with nearly 13 percent gains on Sunday, marking a strong follow-through to the dip demand highlighted by Friday’s long-tailed daily candle.

The short-term outlook, therefore, remains bullish with scope for a rally to $8,500, as suggested by the weekly chart.

Confirming the bullish case is the positive reading on the Chaikin money flow (CMF) index, indicating increasing buying pressure. Further, the 10-day moving average (MA) is also trending north in favor of the bulls.

The outlook as per the daily chart would turn bearish only if and when the price finds acceptance below the 30-day MA, currently at $6,239. That average resistance was breached with a high-volume rally upside move on Feb. 8 and has reversed pullbacks ever since.

While the weekly and daily charts are biased bullish, the short duration view below indicates a pullback to $7,500 may be in order before a rally to $8,500.

Hourly chart

On the hourly chart, BTC is currently trading above the head-and-shoulders neckline of $7,848, having dived out of a rising wedge – a bearish reversal pattern – in the Asian trading hours.

A head-and-shoulders breakdown would be confirmed if prices drop below $7,848, opening doors for a deeper correction to the $7,500–$7,200 support zone.

That said, with the longer duration charts biased bullish, any dips to $7,500 or below will likely be short-lived.

Disclosure: The author holds no cryptocurrency assets at the time of writing.

Bitcoin image via Shutterstock; technical charts by Trading View

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TRON Price Prediction Today: Daily (TRX) Value Forecast – May 20

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  • The short and medium-term outlook is in a bearish trend.
  • Traders may consider selling at key areas.

TRX/USD Medium-term Trend: Bearish

• Supply zones: $0.04000, $0.05000, $0.06000
• Demand zones: $0.01000, $0.00900, $0.00800

TRON is in a bearish trend in its medium-term outlook. After bullish exhaustion at $0.03319 in the supply area, the bears took control of the market. The cryptocurrency is in an ascending channel a correction pattern for downward price continuation.

The bulls manage a push to $0.02880 as the high of yesterday market before exhaustion and the bears stage a return.

The bearish 4-hour opening candle at $0.02830 sustained the bearish momentum with the cryptocurrency down at $0.02703 in the demand area.

The stochastic oscillator signal points down at 47% while price is between the two EMAs. These suggest downward momentum with more candle opened and closed below the two EMAs due to increased pressure by the bears.

$0.02655 in the lower line of the channel and a subsequent break may occur in the medium-term.

TRX/USD Short-term Trend: Bearish

The cryptocurrency is in a bearish trend in its short-term outlook. The double-top10 formation at $0.02870 in the supply area favour the bears in the short-term. Confirmation to the downward movement occurred at the bread of the two EMAs by the large bearish candle at$0.02830.

TRXUSD is currently down at $0.02697 in the demand area with $0.02550 in the demand area is the initial bears’ target. This was confirmed by the signal of the stochastic pointing down at % in the oversold region coupled with price below the two EMAs.

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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Game Changer for Bitcoin? VanEck ETF Decision Tomorrow –  All You Need to Know

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One of the events the entire cryptocurrency community has its sights turned to is the VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal. It was published in the Federal Register back on February 20th, giving the SEC a legal timeframe of 90 days to make a further decision. This means that the Commission must come up with a decision tomorrow, May 21st.

May 21st – An Important Date for Bitcoin

The saga around VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal has been going on for quite a while now. Last year, their application was withdrawn after being delayed on multiple occasions by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). However, shortly after that, the application was submitted again, reigniting hope among those who believe that a Bitcoin ETF would catalyze a further increase in the price of the cryptocurrency, as well as further adoption.

The new application was filed with the Federal Register on February 20th, giving the SEC a binding term of 90 days to come up with a decision to approve, deny, or delay it. Interestingly enough, another Bitcoin ETF application was also filed with the Register on February 15th – that of Bitwise. The SEC delayed its decision on the latter, while even deciding to use the full 90 days term to make up its mind on the application of VanEck and SolidX. This is why May 21st is an important date to expect.

According to famous legal expert among the cryptocurrency community, Jake Chervinsky, however, the chances of a delay or denial are much higher than the chances of approval.

He bases his merit on the fact that the SEC is unlikely to approve the first-ever Bitcoin ETF without taking the full 240 days period that it legally can. Moreover, he also finds it rather unusual that the Commission didn’t delay the VanEck Bitcoin ETF together with that of Bitwise.

The lawyer also cited some of the reasons for the delay of the application of Bitwise, which include:

  • The nature of the market for Bitcoin
  • The efficiency of that market
  • The susceptibility of that market to manipulation
  • How the market is similar to markets for other commodities
  • Reports that a large percentage of reported volume is fake

Chervinsky pointed out that if VanEck has any chance of approval, then the SEC “would need to delay & aks all these same questions to them as well.”

What Does This Mean For Bitcoin?

While it’s anyone’s guess how a potential approval of a Bitcoin ETF would impact Bitcoin’s price and whether it would surge, the majority of the cryptocurrency community is undoubtedly sure of it.

According to Josh Roger, a well-known cryptocurrency trader and investor, the different scenarios will have different impacts on the price.

The upcoming VanEck ETF decision could certainly have a serious impact on BTC price.

Denial = Pull back the current price regardless of how good it looked this weekend.

Approval = push the price to new yearly high and create mass FOMO buying.

Delay = Expected & likely little change.

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Game Changer for Bitcoin? VanEck ETF Decision Tomorrow –  All You Need to Know

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One of the events the entire cryptocurrency community has its sights turned to is the VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal. It was published in the Federal Register back on February 20th, giving the SEC a legal timeframe of 90 days to make a further decision. This means that the Commission must come up with a decision tomorrow, May 21st.

May 21st – An Important Date for Bitcoin

The saga around VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal has been going on for quite a while now. Last year, their application was withdrawn after being delayed on multiple occasions by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). However, shortly after that, the application was submitted again, reigniting hope among those who believe that a Bitcoin ETF would catalyze a further increase in the price of the cryptocurrency, as well as further adoption.

The new application was filed with the Federal Register on February 20th, giving the SEC a binding term of 90 days to come up with a decision to approve, deny, or delay it. Interestingly enough, another Bitcoin ETF application was also filed with the Register on February 15th – that of Bitwise. The SEC delayed its decision on the latter, while even deciding to use the full 90 days term to make up its mind on the application of VanEck and SolidX. This is why May 21st is an important date to expect.

According to famous legal expert among the cryptocurrency community, Jake Chervinsky, however, the chances of a delay or denial are much higher than the chances of approval.

He bases his merit on the fact that the SEC is unlikely to approve the first-ever Bitcoin ETF without taking the full 240 days period that it legally can. Moreover, he also finds it rather unusual that the Commission didn’t delay the VanEck Bitcoin ETF together with that of Bitwise.

The lawyer also cited some of the reasons for the delay of the application of Bitwise, which include:

  • The nature of the market for Bitcoin
  • The efficiency of that market
  • The susceptibility of that market to manipulation
  • How the market is similar to markets for other commodities
  • Reports that a large percentage of reported volume is fake

Chervinsky pointed out that if VanEck has any chance of approval, then the SEC “would need to delay & aks all these same questions to them as well.”

What Does This Mean For Bitcoin?

While it’s anyone’s guess how a potential approval of a Bitcoin ETF would impact Bitcoin’s price and whether it would surge, the majority of the cryptocurrency community is undoubtedly sure of it.

According to Josh Roger, a well-known cryptocurrency trader and investor, the different scenarios will have different impacts on the price.

The upcoming VanEck ETF decision could certainly have a serious impact on BTC price.

Denial = Pull back the current price regardless of how good it looked this weekend.

Approval = push the price to new yearly high and create mass FOMO buying.

Delay = Expected & likely little change.

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PSA: Bitconnect ‘2.0’ Triggers Countdown to Resurrect Greatest Crypto Ponzi Ever

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By CCN: In 2016 a cryptocurrency project named BitConnect came along offering 1% daily compounded interest for those who purchased and staked its token.

When the BitConnect (BCC) bubble inevitably burst, the owners, as expected, made off everyone’s money. The BCC token price sunk by 99.9%, and a previously $2.5 billion valued project became worthless.

Now, the greatest scam ever sold is back. Enter BitConnect 2.0.

Hey, Hey, Hey: BitConnect 2.0 Arrives for a Second Bite at the Cherry

A website and Twitter profile advertising the arrival of BitConnect 2.0 appeared in the last few days. The website shows a countdown to the rebirth of one of the worst cryptocurrency scams of all time.

Bitconnect countdown

The Twitter profile contains just two posts – one is a link to the new website; and the other is a Binance referral link with the directive ‘Buy Now’.

Of course, there are no BitConnect tokens (either 1.0 or 2.0) hosted on Binance. If we take a look at the domain registrar details for the new website – BitConnect.io – we see some strange peculiarities.

Despite the Twitter post promising a July 1st launch, the website’s domain name is set to expire two weeks before that date. The domain, which differs slightly from the original BitConnect.co website, was registered in 2017.

bitconnect domain

Scamception: A Scam Inside a Scam

All of this adds up to what looks like a scam inside a scam. Assuming the site domain isn’t renewed before the expiration on June 19th, then perhaps what we have here isn’t BitConnect 2.0 at all.

Rather, it appears someone with an old domain name is attempting to squeeze as much money out of their Binance referral link as possible before the site expires. The Twitter profile shows almost 1,000 followers already, despite the first post not appearing until one day ago. However, the new website is also registered in the same geographic location as the original – Panama.

One person who was able to see the funny side of the BitConnect revival was former BCC front-man, Carlos Matos. Famous for his exuberant and dramatic on-stage sale pitch, Matos continues to post memes about the BitConnect saga. Recently he revived his infamous ‘Hey, Hey, Hey…’ slogan to comment on BitConnect 2.0; which he apparently has no part in.

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Matos even posted this meme expressing a skeptical take on the project’s revival.

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Too Late for Skepticism

Ultimately, the same skepticism would have been useful several years ago, before gullible investors were taken for all they had. From the ICO price of $0.17, the value of BCC tokens shot up to $509.99 in one year – marking ridiculous gains of 299,894%.

bitconnect charts

Of course, those gains were never cashed out. When the exit scam hit in January 2018, the value of BCC dropped like a stone. Data for the token price continued to be tracked up until August 2018, when it held a value of just $0.263786, before being removed from all exchanges.

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