Bitfinex Struggles with Banks, Why Are Other Major Bitcoin Exchanges Just Fine?

On October 6, major bitcoin exchange Bitfinex obtained banking services from HSBC with a private account held by a Hong Kong corporation. Less than two weeks after establishing HSBC as its primary bank to handle deposits and withdrawals, Bitfinex has moved to Bank of Communications, the fifth-largest bank in mainland China and Hong Kong, according … Continued

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Emma Integrates Crypto Exchanges into Money Management App

UK Money Management App Emma Adds Cryptocurrency Exchange Integration

Emma, a London-based startup firm specializing in money management services, has launched cryptocurrency exchange integration for its new app. The platform, which the company describes as a kind of “financial advocate” service, is designed to help millennials gain a better understanding of their finances.

Also Read: Security Giant G4S Offers Protected Offline Cryptocurrency Storage

New ‘Emerging Asset Class’

UK Money Management App Emma Adds Cryptocurrency Exchange Integration Emma has integrated several cryptocurrency exchanges into the app, including Coinbase, Bittrex, Binance, Bitstamp, Kraken and Bitfinex. With its latest development, users can view all of their cryptocurrency investments from multiple exchanges in real time using a single interface. The free app also allows U.K. consumers to look at aggregated information from their credit cards and bank statements, in addition to the cryptocurrencies and tokens they hold.

“Emma was built to empower millions of individuals to live a better and more fulfilling financial life. Cryptocurrency is the next emerging asset class and we are thrilled to welcome it as part of our family of integrations. Our users can now manage and track their crypto holdings alongside more traditional finances to make wiser and more transparent decisions,” said Emma CEO Edoardo Moreni. “For Emma, this is one of the first steps toward a world where account aggregation doesn’t just refer to banking products, but opens the doors to several financial services.”

Consumer-Focused Banking Experience

UK Money Management App Emma Adds Cryptocurrency Exchange IntegrationEmma launched in January of this year, backed by a team of finance and technology experts. In July, the company raised £500,000 in a seed round led by Kima Ventures, one of the first investors in Transferwise. Aglaé Ventures — the early stage program of French investment firm Groupe Arnault, which has previously invested in Netflix and Airbnb — also participated in the seed round.

Emma is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority in the U.K. under the Payment Services Regulations 2017. With its new app, the company aims to build a mobile-only banking solution (iOS and Android) to help young consumers avoid overdrafts, cancel subscriptions, track their debts and save money. It said it is trying to provide a more consumer-focused banking experience that will improve the financial lives of its users, by serving as a sort of one-stop shop for all of their financial information.

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The Daily: Peak Blockchain and Stablecoin Drama

The Daily: Peak Blockchain and Stablecoin Skirmishes

Differentiating truth from fiction isn’t always easy, especially in the realm of blockchain. We’ve got distributed ledger stories both real and fanciful in this edition of The Daily, as well as hardware wallet news, an update on bitcoin futures, and the obligatory smattering of stablecoin drama.

Also read: Blockchain Surveillance Firm Partners With Cryptocurrency Exchange Binance

Blockchain.com Announces Airdrops

The Daily: Peak Blockchain and Stablecoin SkirmishesBitcoin wallet and blockchain analysis service Blockchain.com has decided to host airdrops. The platform, whose 29 million wallets make it the industry’s largest bitcoin wallet provider, unveiled its airdrop program on Oct. 17.

“We think that airdrops, when executed properly, have the potential to meaningfully drive decentralization and supercharge network effects,” they explained. “That’s why we’re thrilled to share a set of guiding principles that will inform Blockchain Airdrops.”

The service promises to be good news for token creators, who can tap into Blockchain.com’s network of ready-made cryptocurrency users. It remains to be seen, however, whether wallet owners will take kindly to being showered with largely worthless tokens. Just as the Coinbase-owned Earn.com allows emerging ICOs to get seen by influencers, Blockchain.com will place ICO tokens in the hands of core users.

“Since Blockchain users self-custody,” the company explains, “they have immediate control, ownership and use of their newly-airdropped crypto. They can participate directly in the network without going through a cumbersome intermediary.”

The Onion Does Blockchain

From one blockchain to another, and satirical publication The Onion has published a short guide to the technology. From the site that brought us such gems as “Man Who Thought He’d Lost All Hope Loses Last Additional Bit Of Hope He Didn’t Even Know He Still Had,” we learn that blockchain “Provides a more efficient way for you to lose all your money at once.” Other choice responses from The Onion’s Q&A include the following:

The Daily: Peak Blockchain and Stablecoin Skirmishes

Bitcoin Futures Volume Soars

Moving back into the realm of real news, CME has revealed that bitcoin futures volume rose 41 percent in the third quarter of this year. This trend attests to the growing interest in bitcoin from traditional financial markets.

Coolwallet S Adds ERC20 Token Support

Coolwallet S, which we’ve previously reviewed, is a fly credit card-sized hardware wallet for storing BCH, BTC, ETH, and other cryptocurrencies. The distinctive wafer-thin wallet, manufactured by Taiwan’s Coolbitx, has just added support for ethereum tokens. Users can now add any ERC20 token to the wallet and manage it via the accompanying iOS or Android app. Due to its portability, the wallet has proven popular with cryptocurrency holders who desire access to their digital assets while on the go.

Stablecoin Spat Breaks Out

And finally, The Daily’s news roundup wouldn’t be complete without some sort of stablecoin drama to report. Tether, whose Twitter account sees activity approximately once a month, broke its silence to take aim at Cameron Winklevoss, owner of Gemini exchange’s rival GUSD stablecoin. A war of words over Tether’s inability to publish a full audit of its USDT dollar-pegged token has erupted, with Bitfinex/Tether defender Whalepool asserting that no fiat-backed stablecoins are fully audited.

“Thank you for continuing the long-standing tradition in crypto where the default position is to go out half-cocked w/out any expertise or knowledge in an area and pretend to know what you are talking about,” Winklevoss retorted.

“While [other stablecoins] might not be able to get a full blown audit,” chipped in The Block’s Larry Cermak, the likes of Gemini, Paxos, and Truesd “are hiring real auditing firms. Now remind me what auditing firm is doing audits for Tether please. I forgot.”

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Bitfinex Introduces Top Secret Banking System

Bitfinex Introduces Top Secret Banking System

Bitfinex has restored the ability of customers to make fiat currency deposits. Details of its new deposit system remain shrouded in secrecy, however, with the exchange going to extraordinary lengths to conceal the identity of the bank(s) in question. Its “distributed” system, designed to circumvent censorship, has brought the critics out in full force.

Also read: The Daily: Tether Regains Ground, Coinbase Does Dublin

Convoluted Fiat Deposit Process

The Daily: Bitfinex Building Decentralized Exchange, Bitpanda Adding ZcashAfter being forced to suspend fiat currency deposits last week, when HSBC terminated its proxy banking relationship, Bitfinex assured customers that an alternative would soon be in place. And the exchange, the world’s second largest by trading volume, has been as good as its word, confirming its new banking relationship earlier today (Oct. 16). However, the opaque nature of the statement, and the odd language it was couched in, have raised more questions than they have answered.

“Today we are introducing a new, improved and increasingly resilient fiat depositing system for sending fiat currencies to Bitfinex,” began the blog post. “This new process will once again allow KYC-verified users from around the world to initiate deposits across USD, GBP, JPY and EUR.”

The exchange then proceeded to describe a complex process by which customers must deposit a minimum of $10,000 of fiat currency from now on. This involves creating a deposit request to signal interest, waiting up to 48 hours for Bitfinex to approve it, sending money to the bank account, and then waiting six to 10 days for the funds to clear. Coinbase, by way of comparison, takes an average of three to five days to clear bank transfers.

Customers Sworn to Secrecy

Bitfinex Introduces Top Secret Banking SystemBitfinex’s statement ends on a defiant note, with the exchange asserting: “We believe this system to be significantly more durable in the face of sustained attacks by our competition and their supporters. Ongoing campaigns against us will only result in our company becoming stronger and better.”

While Bitfinex undoubtedly has its share of haters who would like to see the platform toppled, most traders simply seek clarity. The inability of the exchange’s operators to publish a full audit of Tether, exacerbated by its own nebulous banking arrangements, has not helped matters. Still mindful of what happened to Mt. Gox, the crypto community would like reassurance that funds are safe.

There may be serious negative effects with this information becoming public.

The Block has revealed that Tether has obtained a new Caribbean bank, after recently severing ties with Nobles. It’s now believed to have shacked up with the Bahamas-based Deltec Bank. However, it is unclear whether the same bank will also handle Bitfinex’s customer deposits.

Anyone attempting to initiate the new fiat deposit process on the exchange is greeted by a disclaimer that warns in almost apocalyptic terms: “Divulging this info could damage not just yourself and Bitfinex but the entire digital token ecosystem … you are cautioned that there may be serious negative effects with this information becoming public.”

Bitfinex Introduces Top Secret Banking System

The status of Bitfinex/Tether is becoming a new battleground in the cryptocurrency community, with lines drawn and both tribes seemingly incapable of backing down. On the one hand, there are those who are certain of impropriety of some kind and are waiting to be vindicated when the house of cards topples. On the other hand, there are the defenders of Bitfinex, who are weary of fighting what they deem to be endless FUD. Today’s statement has done nothing to resolve the impasse.

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Newsflash: Bitfinex Unveils ‘Distributed Banking Solution,’ Resumes Fiat Deposits

Cryptocurrency exchange giant Bitfinex has unveiled a “distributed banking solution” that it says will be a “resilient” solution to its much-chronicled banking woes. Announced on Tuesday, the new system will allow KYC-verified users to immediately begin initiating fiat deposits across USD, GBP, JPY, and EUR, which had been paused for almost a week. Under the

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The Daily: Tether Regains Ground, Coinbase Does Dublin

The Daily: Tether Regains Ground, Coinbase Does Dublin

Today’s edition of The Daily starts where Monday’s left off: by looking at the latest on Tether, whose stablecoin anchors so much of the cryptoconomy. In related news, we detail Bitfinex’s banking situation and reveal why Coinbase has chosen Dublin to be its European headquarters.

Also read: Tether Sheds Its Peg

Tether Regains Ground

The chart below isn’t your average Binance altcoin experiencing some characteristic volatility. It is in fact that of two supposed stablecoins trading against one another: tether (USDT) and trueusd (TUSD). Following yesterday’s shenanigans, which saw tether slip to around $0.88 on some exchanges, the token has regained a little ground and now sits at $0.95, according to Blockmodo.

The Daily: Tether Regains Ground, Coinbase Does Dublin

The data remains skewed, however, by the fact that tether is valued at a flat $1 on Bitfinex, where it is the only U.S. dollar trading pair. Sites such as Coinmarketcap, which record tether’s seemingly perfect dollar parity on Bitfinex, create the impression that USDT’s global average is higher than it actually is. At the time of publication, 1 TUSD was trading for 1.06 USDT on Binance. While Binance offers a range of stablecoins, it remains heavily invested in tether, with holdings of ~$850 million, meaning it owns more USDT than even Tether itself. On Monday, Tether came out fighting, with chief compliance officer Leonardo Real insisting:

Although markets have shown temporary fluctuations in price, all USDT in circulation are sufficiently backed by U.S. dollars (USD) and that assets have always exceeded liabilities.

Huobi, the world’s fourth largest exchange, has now followed the lead of Okex and introduced a handful of new stablecoins to alleviate traders’ concerns. TUSD, USDC, GUSD and PAX will all be listed on Oct. 19. The market capitalization of Circle’s USDC has grown by 85% in the past week, surpassing $25M, with more than 40 platforms now supporting the stablecoin. Bitfinex, meanwhile, has confirmed that its fiat deposits are on course to be restored, a move that ought to restore a measure of confidence in the exchange:

Coinbase Seeks Dubliners to Join Irish Outpost

“Coinbase is expanding its European presence by opening a new office in Dublin,” revealed the serpentine exchange, whose tentacles span multiple continents and crypto sectors. “We look forward to tapping into the city’s diverse talent pool and contributing to its burgeoning crypto economy,” they added. What Coinbase didn’t mention is that Ireland’s famously low corporate taxes will have been pivotal in sealing the deal. The California-based firm will be joining the 700 other U.S. companies to date that have made Dublin the seat of their European operations, including Apple.

The Daily: Tether Regains Ground, Coinbase Does Dublin

“I am delighted that Coinbase is opening an office in Dublin,” said Ireland’s Minister for Financial Services and Insurance Michael D’Arcy. “This decision highlights the competitive offering and attractiveness of Ireland for financial services.” Coinbase has now embarked on a recruitment drive ahead of the opening of its Dublin office.

Eraswap and X Cloud Usher in
Censorship-Resistant Platforms

The Daily: Tether Regains Ground, Coinbase Does Dublin
Cloud X

We’ve written a lot lately about censorship and the tools being developed to thwart crackdowns by the dominant web platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Decentralized applications have the potential to ease some of the pain points that are afflicting web users, including account shutdowns and permabans. Eraswap, a platform that aims to refine social media via a social economy and marketplace dapp tailored to the user’s interests, can be added to that list. Then there’s Internxt, which has just released the beta of its X Cloud decentralized storage with 10GB provided for free.

Distributed storage is big business right now, with the likes of Akash also releasing its own cloud storage solution designed to thwart internet censorship. Having inked partnerships with Blackberry, Civic and Y Combinator, Internxt has already drummed up a fair bit of interest in its decentralized storage solution.

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The Fall of Tether and What It Means for the Cryptocurrency Markets

The Fall of Tether and What It Means for the Cryptocurrency Markets

The demise of Tether has been a car crash in slow motion. An unswervable event that has played out over the course of months, it has reached a crescendo in the past 24 hours, with tether slipping significantly from its dollar peg. It is possible, perhaps even probable, that it will regain parity with the U.S. dollar. But by then, the damage may have already been done.

Also read: The Daily: Tether Sheds Its Peg

The Beginning of the End
or the Start of a New Dawn?

The Fall of Tether and What It Means for the Cryptocurrency MarketsA cryptocurrency losing 10 percent of its value in a week would not normally be news. But when that cryptocurrency is a supposedly “stable” coin — and one whose very stability is relied on by a huge tranche of the market — its slippage is big news. One small slip for tether can result in a giant leap for other cryptocurrencies; it is no coincidence that BTC’s climb to $7,500 in the past 12 hours, as well as its subsequent decline, was triggered by tether’s instability.

A precis of the events that led to this state of affairs goes as follows:

  • Tether’s trading volume has built up over time, leading to it becoming the second most traded crypto after BTC (USDT 24-hour volume currently stands at $4.8B)
  • Bitfinex’s failure to publish an audit has led to fears that tether could be backed by nothing, or at least not enough to cover the 2.5 billion tethers in circulation
  • Bitfinex’s struggle to obtain a banking partner has exacerbated the problem
  • Rumors of Tether/Bitfinex being subpoenaed and potentially shut down have swirled for months
  • Last week Bitfinex lost its latest bank, HSBC, forcing it to suspend fiat deposits
  • A steady stream of criticism has poisoned the Tether brand, leaving confidence in the stablecoin at an all-time low
  • Wary of being trapped in an asset that’s a prime target for FUD (both real and false), traders have exchanged USDT for BTC or other stablecoins
  • This has caused the price of tether to slip and other stablecoins to trade at a premium

Which leads us to where we are today, which is a cryptocurrency market that doesn’t know what’s going on. Tether bears are loving the collapse of USDT, other stablecoins are relishing their time to shine, memers are meming, arbers arbing, and BTC is leading the market on a merry dance from the low $6000s to the high sevens.

 

The Fall of Tether and What It Means for the Cryptocurrency Markets
Tether’s drop-off has occurred sharply, as can be seen when viewed over a three-month window.

On cryptocurrency forums, traders shared apocalyptic predictions of what tether’s demise might do for the ecosystem, and whether it would presage Mt Gox 2.0. Hyperbole reigned supreme. “It took almost four years for people to regain some kind of confidence after Gox,” wrote one. “This is far worse than Gox, and will hurt crypto immensely in the eyes of even the bagholders and basic bitches.” They continued:

Without dumb money entering the system, you can’t offload your shitcoins, thus you’ll all be sitting on bags, and the market will become inert. It’s gonna be a bad, bad turn, regardless of what happens.

Exchanges Rush to Introduce New Stablecoins

The Fall of Tether and What It Means for the Cryptocurrency MarketsWith tether’s card marked, so to speak, cryptocurrency exchanges have sought to expedite the introduction of alternative stablecoins. Today (Oct. 16), Okex went stablecoin crazy, adding TUSD, USDC, GUDC, and PAX. On Binance, meanwhile, TUSD is trading at $1.12 against tether, having reached a high of $1.24 at one stage. At the time of publication, tether was averaging $0.93 across exchanges, but with some marked disparities between platforms. On Binance and Bittrex, for example, where there is a greater choice of stablecoins, tether has fared worse. On Kraken and Bitfinex, on the other hand, traders have little option but to trust in tether.

Should Bitfinex succeed in restoring its banking arrangements this week, as the exchange has promised, it is conceivable that the move could restore faith in tether, which may regain the $1 peg it has adhered to so faithfully until this week. Whether tether is backed or unbacked, audited or unaudited, its status — from a technical perspective — has not changed in the past seven days. Psychologically, though, everything has changed. Like a cheating spouse, a stablecoin that’s been caught out once will always be suspected of straying again. While the markets will weather this period of uncertainty, for tether there may be no way back. Where tether and Bitfinex go from here is anyone’s guess.

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The Daily: Tether Sheds Its Peg

The Daily: Tether Sheds Its Peg

What kind of a world are we living in when bitcoin and tether, two of the stablest currencies in the cryptosphere, break out at the same time? Bitcoin is headed north while tether has taken a tumble in events that are closely linked. Of course, there’s other news in this edition of The Daily, like an NBA star selling his sneakers for bitcoin, but there’s only one story that’s got everyone talking: the crazy, topsy-turvy tale of tether, the stablecoin that couldn’t keep its peg.

Also read: Report: Barclays Drops Plan for Cryptocurrency Trading Desk

Tether Slides, Bitcoin Glides

After enduring months of scarcely moving — BTC because it was trapped within a tight range and USDT because that’s its job — both coins have made big moves over the past 12 hours. BTC began to soar around 2 a.m. EST, hitting $7,500 per coin before settling around the $6,900 mark. Tether, meanwhile, began to slide on Bitfinex, flash-crashing to as low as $0.88 after struggling to maintain dollar parity all week.

The Daily: Tether Sheds Its Peg
USDT dropped to under $0.90 against TUSD on Kraken.

“Watching tether die,” tweeted constant critic @Bitfinexed, who had likely been waiting for this moment all his life. In the midst of all the drama, Bitfinex issued a clarification, stating that fiat deposits should be re-enabled by Tuesday, Oct. 16. Meanwhile, the Kucoin exchange temporarily stopped USDT deposits and withdrawals due to “wallet system maintenance.” Needless to say, the movements of BTC and USDT are closely correlated, with traders seeking to escape the uncertainty of tether in favor of a safer haven. We’ll have more on this story, and what it means for Bitfinex, Tether and the cryptoconomy as a whole, later today.

 Muun Launches Bitcoin Core Wallet

A new everyday wallet for storing and sending bitcoin core has been released in beta. Muun is now available on Google Play, with an iOS version to follow soon. “Muun is designed for people who use at least a small portion of their bitcoins. Some use cases are introducing new people to cryptocurrencies, sending money to friends, paying for online services, or getting paid for a remote job,” its developers explain.

The Daily: Tether Sheds Its Peg

In action, the wallet is easy to use, but is short on the sort of features that more advanced users might desire. There’s no ability to paste in wallet addresses, for instance — it only works with a QR code — and users are obliged to register an email address upon signup. For sending and receiving BTC to friends and family, however, Muun looks just the ticket. That said, for a more feature-rich wallet that’s equally user-friendly, and accepts BTC and BCH, the Bitcoin.com Wallet has got you covered.

Spencer Dinwiddie Sells Sneakers for Bitcoin

The Daily: Tether Sheds Its PegBrooklyn Nets star Spencer Dinwiddie is big on three things: height, basketball and cryptocurrency. The first two go hand in hand for the 6-foot-5-inch NBA point guard — or hand on rim, rather. Since buying his first bitcoin at $3,000 last year, Dinwiddie’s been hooked. This season his signature K8IROS sneakers, developed in cooperation with a company called Project Dream, will be buyable in bitcoin.

Dinwiddie also had some interesting comments to make about cryptocurrency, and bitcoin adoption in general.

“Blockchain in essence is transparency. So if as humans we’re looking, searching for transparency, we’re gonna get there eventually,” he said. “Now, what does that mean for the price? I don’t know. Is it a $10K bitcoin, $5K, $500K? Nobody knows; I think everyone’s guesstimating. But the tech base in general, if we as a people — all seven-and-a-half or eight billion of us — say we want truth and transparency, it’s the next step.”

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Newsflash: Bitfinex Suspends Fiat Deposits amid Bitcoin Selloff

warning light Bitfinex bitcoinDid cryptocurrency exchange giant Bitfinex play a role in last night’s bitcoin sell-off? As first reported by The Block, the British Virgin Islands-based but Hong Kong-operated exchange has “temporarily paused” EUR, USD, JPY, and GBP wire deposits, although screenshots from customer accounts circulated on social media suggest that the situation should “normalize within a week.”

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Newsflash: Bitfinex Suspends Fiat Deposits amid Bitcoin Sell-Off

warning light Bitfinex bitcoinDid cryptocurrency exchange giant Bitfinex play a role in last night’s bitcoin sell-off? As first reported by The Block, the British Virgin Islands-based but Hong Kong-operated exchange has “temporarily paused” EUR, USD, JPY, and GBP wire deposits, although screenshots from customer accounts circulated on social media suggest that the situation should “normalize within a week.” … Continued

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Fake News? Cryptocurrency Exchange Bitfinex Denies Rumors of Insolvency

bitcoin cryptocurrency richResponding to longstanding rumors of financial struggles and outright accusations of insolvency, major cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has provided a glimpse into its cryptocurrency balance sheet. The exchange, which is registered in the British Virgin Islands but headquartered in Hong Kong, sought to dispel these rumors in a blog post published on Sunday, which included links

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Bitfinex Strongly Refutes Insolvency Claims

Bitfinex Strongly Refutes Insolvency Claims

Bitfinex has vigorously refuted claims that it and its Tether stablecoin are on the brink of insolvency. Rumors have surrounded the opaque exchange for over a year, but have intensified in the past month. “Bitfinex is not insolvent, and a constant stream of Medium articles claiming otherwise is not going to change this,” asserts a strongly worded denial.

Also read: Total of 7 Crypto Exchanges and 158 Wallets Hacked in South Korea, Police Find

Bitfinex Comes Out With All Guns Blazing

Bitfinex Starts Sharing Customer Tax Data with AuthoritiesRumors of Bitfinex and Tether’s potential insolvency have been swirling through the cryptosphere in recent days. Such has been their virality that the normally uncommunicative exchange has taken the step of breaking its silence. In a blog post published today, Bitfinex emphatically refuted all such unfounded claims and took aim at critics who “are quick to scream insolvency, seemingly with little understanding of what this concept means and what they are generally talking about”.

As proof of this, Bitfinex posted the address of its BTC, ETH, and EOS cold wallets. They contain almost $1 billion of bitcoin core, $400 million of ether and $200 million of EOS. Since the bulk of these assets are presumably customer deposits, they do not in fact prove that Bitfinex is solvent. Besides, even the platform’s staunchest critics have not denied that Bitfinex has significant crypto assets under its control. Rather, they have raised concerns over its fiat banking arrangements, and specifically the enduring question of whether the $2.8 billion of tethers in circulation are backed by dollar deposits.

Bitfinex Strongly Refutes Insolvency Claims

“A Targeted Campaign Based on Nothing but Fiction”

Bitfinex hasn’t minced its words in seeking to rebut the many rumors regarding its business, excoriating a “a targeted campaign based on nothing but fiction”, and insisting that customer fiat deposits are working as normal. It’s also insisted that anything that might be going on with Puerto Rico-based Noble Bank, itself the subject of insolvency rumors, is none of its concern. It’s been revealed that Bitfinex is now banking with HSBC, via an intermediary, though it is unclear whether HSBC is aware of this due to funds being funneled through the private account of Global Trading Solutions.

Bitfinex, currently the world’s 12th largest crypto exchange by trading volume, has conceded that it has been suffering from banking issues, acknowledging:

Complications continue to exist for us in the domain of fiat transactions…However, we continue to do our utmost to minimise any waiting times associated with fiat deposits and withdrawals.

Bitfinex Strongly Refutes Insolvency Claims
The Bitfinex BTC cold wallet

Certain figures on crypto Twitter have been encouraging traders to get their funds off Bitfinex before the platform collapses or is shut down by authorities. Both predictions, at this time, are likely to be wide of the mark. Running a top 20 cryptocurrency exchange, especially one that has been established for as long as Bitfinex, ought to be a very profitable enterprise. Questions still remain over Tether, however; to date, no journalist has managed to unearth evidence of a customer depositing or withdrawing fiat currency in return for USDT. Until such a time, the rumor mill will continue to thrive.

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