Report: Mood About Crypto Markets Changes Two Months After Trends

Report: Mood About Crypto Markets Changes Two Months After Trends

It takes about two months for the public sentiment to adjust to new trends in the cryptocurrency markets. That’s according to a recently published report whose authors have examined the changes in the opinions of thousands of active followers of crypto markets over a period of nine months. They found that the collective mood can be bullish long after a downward trend has started.

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Optimistic Mood Persists Despite Decline in Prices

Report: Mood About Crypto Markets Changes Two Months After TrendsInvestors, traders and market watchers need two months to adjust to new long-term trends in the cryptocurrency markets, a study conducted by the fintech company Cindicator has revealed. For example, one of the key findings is that in January and February of this year the collective mood was still bullish and most participants were forecasting growth, despite a clear downward trend. Sentiments changed in March after the total capitalization had already fallen below $300 billion during the previous month.

The “Collective Crypto Mood Swings” report is based on data from over 111,000 users of Cindicator’s mobile and web applications that allow them to make daily forecasts about a range of digital and traditional assets. They are asked almost 200 questions every month about the likelihood of certain events and are granted points for correct predictions but lose points in case of incorrect answers. At the end of each month, the “analysts” are rewarded in ETH if they have earned at least 1 point. The survey covers the nine-month period between September 2017 and May 2018.

The company also claims that 5,000 traders and investors are using indicators created by combining collective forecasts based on the opinions of these subscribers who come from more than 135 countries and are active followers of crypto markets from different age groups and backgrounds. Their inputs are enhanced by AI using machine learning algorithms and a neural network to produce predictions with high accuracy.

Report: Mood About Crypto Markets Changes Two Months After Trends

According to the authors, the expectations regarding crypto markets change similarly to those about other asset classes. It took investors 60 to 100 days on average to adapt to a new long-term trend in the markets of the different assets they were asked about. The researchers also found that the higher volatility leads to greater mood swings. They’ve provided an example with ethereum, noting the strongly polarized public view of the cryptocurrency in March when the price of ETH in US dollars dropped by more than 50%.

Bullish on BTC and ETH Months After the Peak

Cindicator reports that in the studied period the median opinions remained positive for both bitcoin core (BTC) and ethereum (ETH). More fluctuations were registered in the case of ethereum, while the median mood for bitcoin core remained consistent, despite the significant market ups and downs between September and May.

Report: Mood About Crypto Markets Changes Two Months After Trends

The analysis of the forecasts shows that the public was highly optimistic about the future of bitcoin (BTC) for two months after the leading cryptocurrency reached its peak of almost $20,000 in December, 2017. Then the distribution of opinions became more balanced in March, long after the four-month decline had started.

The situation with ethereum looks pretty similar. The polled subscribers were highly optimistic in February after the USD price of ETH peaked at $1,400 in January. In both cases, opinions were most positive during the months with the highest volatility: December, January and February. According to the report, this is likely due to expectations of mean reversion after the big drops.

Report: Mood About Crypto Markets Changes Two Months After Trends
Changes in opinions and prices.

The data for May, the last month covered in the study, shows that optimism for ethereum had returned to the levels recorded in February, while the mood about bitcoin core remained subtle as the price of BTC dropped to the low $7,000s. Ether markets were again volatile while the volatility of the bitcoin core markets dropped to its lowest level since September. Cindicator analysts have interpreted that as an indication of the new perceived norm – the range between $7,000 and $8,000.

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US Court Seizes 81 BTC, Sends Bitcoin Trader to Jail for 41 Months for Money Laundering

US Court Seizes 81 BTC, Sends Bitcoin Trader to Jail for 41 Months for Money Laundering

A U.S. district judge has ordered a bitcoin trader to forfeit 81 bitcoins and sentenced him to 41 months in prison for money laundering. Thomas Mario Costanzo, also known as Morpheus Titania, sold bitcoins to undercover federal agents pretending to be drug dealers, according to the Department of Justice.

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41 Months in Prison

US Court Seizes 81 BTC, Sends Bitcoin Trader to Jail for 41 Months for Money LaunderingThe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday, August 1, that District Judge G. Murray Snow has sentenced a bitcoin trader to 41 months in prison.

Thomas Mario Costanzo, also known as Morpheus Titania, has been sentenced to “41 months’ imprisonment, with credit for time served since his arrest in April 2017,” the notice reads. “Costanzo was found guilty by a federal jury on March 28, 2018, of money laundering.”

The 54-year-old Arizona resident advertised on Localbitcoins, a peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange website, “that he was willing to engage in cash transactions up to $50,000,” the DOJ described, stating:

When undercover federal agents approached Costanzo and told him that they were drug dealers, Costanzo provided them with bitcoin and told them it was a great way to limit their exposure to law enforcement.

81 Bitcoins Forfeited

US Court Seizes 81 BTC, Sends Bitcoin Trader to Jail for 41 Months for Money LaunderingThe jury learned at trial that, over the two-year period, “Costanzo took $164,700 in cash…from the agents,” according to the DOJ’s statement.

The agents claimed that Costanzo then “exchanged it for bitcoin in order to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, and control of the drug proceeds.” The Justice Department further noted that “the evidence at trial also showed that Costanzo used bitcoin to purchase drugs from others and that he provided bitcoin to individuals who were buying drugs via the internet,” elaborating:

At the sentencing hearing Judge Snow also ruled on the forfeiture of the 80.94512167 bitcoins provided by Costanzo to the undercover agent.

The agency elaborated, “The current value of the forfeited bitcoins is more than $600,000,” adding that “Costanzo had previously claimed an interest in 49.99363132 of the seized bitcoins, and his interest was forfeited at the sentencing hearing.”

Third Party Under Investigation

In addition, the US government separately investigated Dr. Peter Steinmetz for engaging in an unlicensed bitcoin trading business. He supplied more than 30 BTC to Costanzo.

The agency agreed not to prosecute Steinmetz “for his prior bitcoin trading activity,” as he agrees “that going forward, and for the next two years, he will only purchase or sell virtual currency on exchanges registered with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, also known as Fincen.” The Justice Department clarified:

Dr. Peter Steinmetz has agreed to forfeit the remaining 30.95149035 bitcoins, and to also forfeit an additional $54,000 in U.S. currency.

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Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Price Trends Turn from Bullish to Bearish

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Price Trends Turn from Bullish to Bearish

On Tuesday, July 31 a great majority of cryptocurrency prices dropped in value with many coins losing anywhere between 3-10 percent during the last 24-hours. Currently, with the sudden cryptocurrency market turbulence, bears have taken control of the exhausted bulls. In one intra-day of trading, the entire cryptocurrency market capitalization of all 1,600+ coins ($270Bn USD) has lost roughly $25Bn in value.

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Digital Asset Prices Turn Bearish as the Entire Cryptocurrency Economy Loses $25 Billion USD

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Price Trends Turn from Bullish to BearishBearish sentiment is starting to haunt cryptocurrency markets once again as many digital assets saw prices tumble today. Bitcoin Core (BTC) prices dropped to a low of $7,503 on July 31 as the currency’s trade volume had started to drift a bit lower after the price hovered around $8,125 the day prior. A large portion of other cryptocurrency markets followed suit with BTC as the top ten virtual currencies are seeing losses across the board of course except for tether (USDT).

Ethereum (ETH) continues to hold the second highest market valuation with a market capitalization that’s around $42.28Bn. One ETH is being traded for $418 and the market is down 7.6 percent today. ETH markets are followed by ripple (XRP) which is down 2.8 percent over the last 24-hours as one XRP is trading for $0.42 cents. Lastly, the fifth highest market capitalization held by EOS is also down 6.6 percent and the currency is trading at $7.13 per coin.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Price Trends Turn from Bullish to Bearish

Bitcoin Cash Market Action

This Tuesday bitcoin cash (BCH) markets are seeing losses as well as BCH is down 8 percent over the last 24-hours. Bitcoin cash markets are also down 13.2 percent for the last seven days. One BCH is trading for $741, and the decentralized cryptocurrency has a market valuation of around $12.8Bn. The last 24 hours show BCH trade volumes are around $432Mn at the time of publication. The top exchanges swapping the most BCH today include Coinex ($106.53Mn), Huobi Pro ($69.38Mn), Okex ($64.81Mn), Binance ($46.80Mn) and Hitbtc ($34.79Mn).

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Price Trends Turn from Bullish to Bearish

The top currency traded with BCH on July 31 is tether (USDT) with 55.2 percent of swaps. This is followed by BTC (28.5%), USD (7.6%), QC (2.8), ETH (2.4%) and the KRW (1.2%). Bitcoin cash holds the fifth highest volume over the past 24-hours among all 1,600+ other cryptocurrencies.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Price Trends Turn from Bullish to Bearish

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the daily and 4-hour charts on Bitfinex and Bitstamp shows bears have grabbed the reins and still have a good portion of control. RSI levels are screaming oversold conditions (33), while the MACd has swooped down to -85. The SMA 100 is far higher now above the longer-term 200 SMA trendline which means BCH bulls may lose a bit more grip over the short term. Many traders can see looking at charts that the price was rolling sideways for close to three days and many were convinced of a bull flag after the inverse head & shoulders. But just before the dip sell orders on popular exchanges worldwide began stacking up. Looking at order books from the current vantage point BCH bulls have some high walls up until $775 but if they can manage to break that resistance we could return to previous levels. On the back side there’s solid support between now and $710 but unfortunately, books are thinner until $650.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Price Trends Turn from Bullish to Bearish   The Verdict: Flat Volumes and Bearish Sentiment Brings Market Skepticism

Overall skeptics and bearish cheerleaders are hoping for some stronger dips and they just may get them. Volumes across the board for many cryptocurrencies has been getting flatter as each day passes. Traders and enthusiasts are now unsure the upcoming ETF decision will pull prices up until then for two reasons: One the Winklevoss Twins fund was denied again, putting a black cloud over positive vibes toward the Cboe ETF, and secondly everyone is unsure exactly when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will make their ultimate decision. This week the current market sentiment, and our price verdict, point to far more skepticism and shade towards bullish prices returning soon.

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Huobi Informs Users on Decision to Launch P2P Trading in India

Huobi Informs Users on Decision to Launch P2P Trading in India

Following several announcements of plans for global expansion, this week crypto exchange Huobi has reportedly informed Indian users of its intentions to present them with a P2P platform that allows trading in Indian rupee. The email notice published by local media promises zero transaction fees for exchanging BTC, ETH, and USDT.

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Reports: Huobi to Launch P2P Platform for Indians

Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi has announced in an email to Indian users its decision to offer peer-to-peer trading services in their country, local crypto media reported. The notice states that they will be entitled to zero transaction fees for trades in bitcoin core (BTC), ethereum (ETH), and tether (USDT). Users will be able to buy and sell these cryptocurrencies with support for transactions in Indian rupees (INR), according to a copy of the correspondence published by Crypto News, India.

The exchange says that “[…] we do think it’s time that we provide a solution of buying/selling digital assets with INR for all Indian users: Huobi OTC – a proprietary peer-to-peer (P2P) platform that allow[s] users and merchants to trade digital assets with your local currencies.” The crypto company also notes that “every registered Indian user of Huobi can log in to https://otc.huobi.com to trade digital assets with INR.” Customers are also advised to transfer to Huobi Global if they want to trade more cryptocurrencies with high liquidity.

Huobi Informs Users on Decision to Launch P2P Trading in India

The announcement was made after Huobi recently sent a questionnaire to its Indian users. In another email, the exchange also invited them to become “Global Merchants”. The message read, “After becoming a global merchant of Huobi OTC, you will be entitled to: post-fiat-to-token advertisements to gain more earnings during “Buy & Sell” processes; enjoy zero transaction fee and obtain 24/7 customer support.”

The launch of the Indian P2P platform has yet to be officially announced by Huobi with a release expected on its social media channels. However, the authenticity of the emailed message has been confirmed already by a spokesperson reached by Crypto News: “For OTC supports INR currency. Yes. It’s legit,” the representative is quoted as saying.

Peer-To-Peer Trading Expands After Ban, Before Regulation

Huobi’s announcement comes in difficult times for the Indian crypto community. In recent months, Indian companies and individuals working with cryptocurrencies had to deal with a bank crackdown that followed a ban imposed by the Reserve Bank of India, the country’s central bank. The measure came into force on July 5, after the Supreme Court upheld it in a hearing on July 3, when it did not grant a stay before the compliance deadline, and then in another one on the 20th, when it did not overturn the ban. The final hearing on the matter was scheduled for September 11.

In April, the RBI ordered regulated financial institutions to quit providing services to entities and citizens dealing in cryptocurrency. The restrictions have since forced Indian crypto exchanges to suspend fiat transactions and offer crypto-to-crypto trading options. Comprehensive regulatory guidelines are expected in September, as news.Bitcoin.com reported earlier this week. A draft has been prepared already and consultations are underway to finalize the framework.

Huobi Informs Users on Decision to Launch P2P Trading in India

Until the important decisions are made this fall, P2P platforms are offering a viable option for Indian traders who want to exchange cryptos with rupees. Cryptocurrency exchanges, Koinex and Wazirx, are already offering peer-to-peer trading services.

If Huobi fulfills its promise to Indian users, the launch of its P2P platform will become the latest in a series of moves aimed at expanding its global reach. Huobi’s plans include Europe, Asia, America, and Australia. In June, the Singapore-based exchange confirmed its intentions to open an office in London. In early July, the third largest crypto trading platform launched a platform in Australia with 10 pairs against the AUD. Huobi is also eyeing opportunities in Toronto, San Francisco, and São Paulo.

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Fed Chairman on Crypto: “Not Real Currencies; Lack Intrinsic Value”

Fed chairman on crypto

Yesterday, bulls charged the crypto market, which caused Bitcoin to add $9B to its market capitalization in less than thirty minutes. But the Fed chairman on crypto is swinging the opposite way.

Today, we’ve seen a few bears emerge from the forest. Specifically, the head of the Federal Reserve spoke on cryptocurrencies today, providing comments that indicate he is bearish on virtual currencies. 

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Markets Update: Bitcoin Bulls Charge Forward

Markets Update: Bitcoin Bulls Charge Forward

Cryptocurrencies are seeing some good gains over the past two days after market capitalizations lost billions last weekend. Over the last six days, the entire digital asset economy has seen an increase of around $15Bn and now averages around $268Bn on Monday, July 16. Digital currency proponents are hopeful the past six months of bearish market sentiment is over and brighter days may be ahead.

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Bullish Optimism Creeps Into the Cryptocurrency Market Sentiment, With a Possibility of Brighter Days Ahead

Markets Update: Bitcoin Bulls Charge ForwardDigital asset traders and enthusiasts are optimistic cryptocurrency markets may reverse their downward trend over the next few weeks leading up to the Cboe ETF decision. Last weekend markets were seeing losses across the board as the top cryptocurrency values had dropped 5-25 percent fairly quickly. But since then over the course of the week, digital currency prices have gathered steam and regained at least 2/3rds of last week’s losses. Overall trade volume is about $12.8Bn and has been relatively weak over the past few months but has seen a slight increase today.

Bitcoin Core (BTC) Market Action

The current bitcoin core (BTC) spot price right now is around $6,687 per BTC at the time of publication. BTC 24-hour trade volume is about $4.4Bn over the last day and the cryptocurrency has a $114.5Bn market valuation. The top exchanges swapping the most bitcoin core today include Bitflyer (1.8Bn), Fcoin ($325Mn), Coinbene ($281Mn), Binance ($196Mn), and Bigone ($187Mn). On July 16, the most traded currency exchanged for BTC is the Japanese yen capturing 49 percent of the intraday’s trades. This is followed by tether (USDT 33%), USD (10.2%), EUR (2.4%), and the KRW (1.8%). Out of the 1600+ digital bitcoin core’s market dominance is about 42 percent.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Bulls Charge Forward

BTC/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the 4-hour BTC/USD charts on Bitstamp and Coinbase shows bulls are pushing markets forward attempting to challenge the $6,800-7,000 resistance. Around 1 pm EDT relative strength index (RSI) levels show overbought conditions at 76. The two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) have crossed hairs recently and the 100 SMA is above the 200 SMA. This indicates the path of least resistance is towards the upside. MACd is heading northbound and shows more upswing could be in the cards today. Looking at order books shows BTC bulls need to crack the $6,800-7,000 territory and after that is smoother seas up until $7,200. On the backside, if bears took the reigns again there is plenty of support down to $5600 for quite some time.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Bulls Charge Forward

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Market Action

Bitcoin cash (BCH) market action shows the price is around $800 per coin this Monday. The decentralized cryptocurrency’s overall market capitalization is about $13.77Bn and daily trade volume has increased to about $494Mn. BCH holds the fifth highest trade volumes today out of the top cryptocurrencies and is the fourth largest market cap. The top trading platforms exchanging the most BCH today include Bigone ($58Mn), Okex ($56Mn), Binance ($48Mn), Coinex ($48Mn), and Hitbtc ($41Mn). The top currency pairs traded with bitcoin cash today include tether (USDT 47%), BTC (28%), USD (12%), KRW (3.5%), ETH (2.7%). 

Markets Update: Bitcoin Bulls Charge Forward

BCH/USD Technical Indicators.

BCH/USD 4-hour and 30-minute charts look very similar to BTC/USD charts today and are performing similarly. However, the two SMAs are different with the 200 SMA above the 100 SMA indicating the path towards least resistance is the downside. Similarly to BTC/USD, RSI levels are about 79 right now showing overbought conditions. MACd looks like it could bump up more but might head southbound over the next hour. Looking at order books shows some very large walls between the current vantage point and $840. If BCH bulls can move past the $860 area then things may improve even more. On the backside charts show from now up until $650 there is strong support. 

Markets Update: Bitcoin Bulls Charge Forward

The Verdict: Traders Seem Positive and Hope for More Green Candles

The verdict this time around is far more positive as markets have improved a great deal this week. Most of the top cryptocurrencies have seen around 5 percent in gains over the past 24-hours but coins such as LTC, IOTA, and NEO have made notable increases. As mentioned above, a lot of traders think markets might continue to climb as the ETF decision approaches. The possible outcome of this upcoming decision may have blown a breath of fresh air into the cryptocurrency economy. 

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ATO to Target Crypto Traders Using International Data Agreements

ATO to Target Crypto Traders Using International Data Agreements

Australia’s financial press is expecting that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will take a hard stance on cryptocurrency investors this tax season, with the ATO recently vowing to leverage international data-matching agreements in order to track the taxation obligations of Australian cryptocurrency traders.

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ATO to Leverage International Data-Matching Agreements to Target Crypto Traders

ATO to Target Crypto Traders Using International Data AgreementsThe Australian Tax Office has announced that it will leverage data sharing agreements made between Australia and other nations to determine the tax obligations of Australian cryptocurrency investors.

“We’re alert to the potential compliance risks that arise from cryptocurrencies but we’re not really alarmed about them,” ATO acting deputy commissioner Martin Jacobs told Australian Financial Review.

“Where people attempt to deliberately avoid these obligations we will attempt to take action. We have a range of existing powers that are designed to address unexplained wealth and conspicuous consumption that may arise through profits derived through cryptocurrency investment,” Mr. Jacobs added.

Mr. Jacobs also emphasized that changes to anti-money laundering rules mandating that Australian crypto exchanges identify wallet holders “will enable data exchanges to collect cryptocurrency trading information, which we’ll be able to access and use in our engagement activities.”

Many Traders May be Unaware of Tax Obligations

ATO to Target Crypto Traders Using International Data AgreementsPaul Drum of accounting firm CPA Australia has speculated many Australian cryptocurrency users may not be fully aware of their tax obligations, stating “We’re at the pointy end of a financial year of seismic profits and if people were thinking they could fly under the radar, I’ve got bad news. […] People wrongly believe they’re getting a windfall gain that isn’t taxed. That could be a costly mistake.”

Mr. Drum also warned that many cryptocurrency traders are not aware of the tax event triggered by each “disposal” of virtual currency holdings, emphasizing that cryptocurrency-to-cryptocurrency trades require that traders declare any profits generated. “Even if you traded your ripples for bitcoin, you have to figure out whether you made a profit on the trade,” he said.

ATO Criticized Over Opaque Tax Guidance for Cryptocurrency Users

ATO to Target Crypto Traders Using International Data AgreementsAustralian Financial Review recently spoke to Adam Dimac of legal firm Hall and Wilcox, who are currently representing “Max” – an Australian lawyer who is currently in a dispute with the ATO regarding how his $7 million in cryptocurrency holdings should be taxed.

Mr. Dimac emphasized the lack of clarity surrounding the ATO’s regulations, stating “There are a lot of technical issues for which there is just no guidance at all. One example is initial coin offerings. From a tax point of view, there’s basically no guidance on how they are treated. It’s really new ground.”

Max’s lawyers are seeking to argue the personal use exemption. However, Mr. Dimac concedes that the team is “hearing it’s going to be hard to argue the personal use exemption. There are individuals who can genuinely say ‘yeah, I went into this out of intellectual curiosity and as a hobby. I’m a Millennial and this is how I think, I like to challenge the status quo. Five years later, it’s become $10 million.’ But nobody quite knows how the ATO is going to view it because everyone’s circumstances are different. And even then, the ATO is developing their thinking over time as they come to consider different scenarios and new cryptos come into the market.”

Laura Spencer of Sladen Legal also believes that the ATO has failed to provide sufficient guidance regarding the tax obligations of cryptocurrency investors, stating that “The insufficient guidelines and absence of case law in this area of tax leaves early adopters of cryptocurrencies in great uncertainty. As the treatment of cryptocurrencies will play an even greater role in the future, we await further comments from the commissioner.”

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Huobi Exchange Suspends Services for Japanese Residents

Huobi Exchange Suspends Services for Japanese Residents

Crypto exchange Huobi notified its Japanese customers via e-mail on Wednesday that it will be closing accounts of users who are residents of Japan. According to Huobi, their decision came up as a result of compliance issues with the Japanese law.

Also read: Huobi Creates Its Own Cryptocurrency Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)

No Japanese Traders on Huobi

Huobi Pro reportedly plans to remove the Japanese page from its website as of July 2, and stop providing trading services to Japanese residents. Although the announcement is not yet visible on the official company homepage, further details are expected to appear in the coming hours, a Telegram administrator for Huobi said.

Huobi Exchange Suspends Services for Japanese Residents
Huobi stops crypto trade for Japanese residents

On its disclaimer page, Huobi states that the company deals with electronic assets through the internet and telecommunication network, complying with the laws of each country when conducting business activities. Huobi Global Limited is a company registered and established in the Republic of Seychelles, under its relevant laws.

Huobi also notes that it is not registered as a virtual currency exchange business under the “funds settlement law of Japan.” Therefore, it does not conduct any virtual currency exchange business in the country. The company finally points out that it respects the Japanese law and has not solicited any persons who reside in Japan (individuals or corporations).

Over the past few months, the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA) kept imposing new sanctions on cryptocurrency exchanges, towards which some Japanese traders have expressed their frustration. Nevertheless, they also believe that government rules and crypto regulations will benefit the local crypto industry in the long run.

“It’s really problematic that the FSA doesn’t give us the heads-up before announcing business improvement orders for instance that lead to a temporary halt of business [of the company which was issued the business improvement order]. It messes up everything, suddenly,” said Mas Hihara, a Japanese blockchain technologist, ICO adviser and entrepreneur.

In China, despite authorities officially banning virtual currencies from trading in renminbi (CNY), it is rumored in the industry that the Chinese government is still showing interest in the virtual currency. According to some reports, there is a chance that Beijing would actually invalidate the ban on virtual currency trading.

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Indian Crypto Regulations Ready in July, Official Reveals

Indian Crypto Regulations Ready in July, Official Reveals

If you thought crypto in India was over, you were probably wrong. According to a recent statement by a high-ranking official, the long-awaited regulations are on the way. A draft framework has been prepared, and authorities in Delhi hope to “wrap this up” as early as the first half of next month. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has agreed to review a petition against the RBI ban earlier than expected, resetting the hearing for July 3.  

Also read: Taiwan’s Financial Regulator to Conduct Limited Oversight of Cryptocurrencies

Committee Decides the Fate of Bitcoin in India

The new Indian regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies is likely to be presented in the first half of July, according to a recent statement by Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance.

A draft has been put together and will be discussed in the first week of next month, the official said in an interview with the news channel ET Now. Garg, who is heading the committee tasked to determine the future of Bitcoin in India, explained:

We are fairly close to developing a kind of template which we think might be in the best interest of our country. We have prepared a draft which we intend to discuss with the committee members in the first week of July.

The Finance Ministry representative also noted that the committee has made a lot of progress in regards to determining “what part of business should be banned, what should be preserved, and what not.” In his words, the lower detail work has already happened. “We should be in the position to wrap this up in the first fortnight of July,” he elaborated.

Indian Crypto Regulations Ready in July, Official Reveals

Assets, Not Currencies, Still Valuable for Some

In previous comments, Mr. Garg said the Indian government “does not read this [cryptocurrency] as currency” and would not allow its use in the country’s payment system. This, he explained, means the executive power “would do something to eliminate” the illegal use of “crypto assets.” Nevertheless, he recognized that some people may still find value in cryptocurrencies and that would require introducing certain regulations so that crypto transactions are legal and transparent. Earlier reports that the roles of regulators had been decided and that the new rules were coming soon were not confirmed by concrete actions.

Subhash Garg also noted that cryptocurrency exchanges in India are not regulated and indicated that the upcoming regulations would introduce legal requirements for know your customer procedures and record keeping for transactions. In February, he expressed hope that his committee would finalize its recommendations within this financial year. Then, legal changes would have to be made and regulatory responsibilities assigned. Indian media points out, however, that the panel headed by Garg is the second body formed to come up with a solution, after the first committee failed to complete the task.

Indian Crypto Regulations Ready in July, Official Reveals

Indian authorities have been sending mixed signals about the future of cryptocurrencies, along with issuing warnings and applying restrictive administrative measures. In his budget speech in February, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reiterated the official position that cryptocurrencies are not recognized as legal tender and said the government will crack down on their use for illegal activities. Since then, the Income Tax Department has issued notices to thousands of crypto investors accusing them of tax evasion. For its part, the Reserve Bank of India ordered all regulated financial institutions to quit providing services to businesses and individuals dealing in cryptocurrencies. Nevertheless, there are voices within the Indian government that insist Bitcoin has its place in India.

Supreme Court Resets Hearing Date to July 3

The RBI gave commercial banks three months to comply with its directive formally motivated with the need to protect consumers and prevent money laundering. Recently, the central bank admitted it had done no proper research into cryptocurrencies before issuing its circular. In the past few weeks, local exchanges have been preparing for the ban by terminating fiat deposits and withdrawals while launching and expanding crypto-to-crypto trading.

Indian Crypto Regulations Ready in July, Official RevealsA number of Indian crypto companies filed petitions against the restrictions that eventually reached the Supreme Court, which barred all other courts from accepting new petitions. The hearing was initially set for July 20, two weeks after the RBI comes into effect, on July 5, which triggered protests by the members of the country’s crypto community.

One of the companies that has filed a petition challenging RBI’s measures is the operator of the Indian exchange Coinrecoil, Kali Digital Eco-Systems. Its co-founder and director, Kunal Barchha, told news.Bitcoin.com that the Supreme Court has rescheduled the hearing for an earlier date on request by one of the other petitioners – the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). The review is now set to take place on July 3, before the enforcement of the ban. Mr. Barchha also said that Coinrecoil’s lawyer will file a similar request on July 2 and he expects the court to honor it.

Do you think Indian authorities will eventually adopt looser regulations on cryptocurrencies and crypto transactions? Share your expectations in the comments section below.   


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Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

Cryptocurrency markets are slumping today as most digital asset markets are seeing losses between 8-20 percent over the past 24-hours. Lots of speculators are attributing the dump to the recent measures taken by Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA), asking cryptocurrency exchanges like Bitflyer to make improvements to the Japanese trading platforms’ anti-money laundering practices.

Also read: William Shatner Joins Bitcoin Mining Project, Admits He Doesn’t Quite Get It

The Crypto-Bears Are Back

Just a few days ago digital currency market prices were reversing northbound after the extremely bearish first two weeks of June. Now markets are once again being attacked by bears, and most of the top cryptocurrencies are seeing deep losses over the past day. Bitcoin Core (BTC) values have tumbled 8.5 percent over the last 24-hours and the currency is down 6.3 percent over the last week. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) markets are also down 12.5 percent during the past day, and over the last seven days BCH is down 11.7 percent. The decline in prices started after Japan’s FSA began telling exchanges they need to upgrade their systems and anti-money laundering procedures. We don’t really know whether or not this announcement is the true reason behind the dump, but traders and speculators have tethered the two together.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

Bitcoin Cash Market Action

Bitcoin Cash market prices are hovering around $759 USD per BCH at the time of publication. BCH is the fifth most traded cryptocurrency today as far as volume is concerned as the market has traded roughly $496Mn over the past day. At the moment the BCH market capitalization is 13.2Bn. The top exchanges swapping the most BCH today are Okex, Bitfinex, Huobi, Hitbtc, and EXX. The top currency traded with bitcoin cash today is BTC holding an average of around 42 percent of trades. This is followed by tether (USDT 22.8%), USD (21.2%), ETH (3.7%), and KRW (3.4%).

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the charts show things are uglier today than our last markets update. The two Simple Moving Averages (100 & 200 SMA) have a deep gap between each other looking at the 4-hour BCH/USD chart on Bitfinex. The short-term 100 SMA is well below the longer term 200 SMA which indicates the path of least resistance will likely be towards the downside. However, MACd is steadily heading southbound and could reverse and show improvement in the next few hours. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) levels are showing oversold conditions around -29 at the time of publication. This also reveals we could see a small trend reversal soon for a short period of time and volume indicates this as well. Looking at order books towards the upside bulls need to muster up strength and push past strong resistance at $800. There’s another upside pitstop at $875 if bulls really push it to the limit before getting exhausted. On the backside, bears will see some stops between the current vantage point and $680 as there are some strong foundations there for the time being.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

Bitcoin Core Market Action

Bitcoin Core (BTC) market prices are around $6,135 on Friday, June 22, 2018. The currency is the largest traded cryptocurrency as far as volume and BTC has traded $4.3Bn over the last day. The digital assets total market valuation today is 106Bn and BTC market dominance is 40.7 percent a slight increase since last week. The top exchanges trading the most BTC today include Binance, Bitfinex, Okex, Huobi, and Bitflyer. The Japanese yen accounts for over 60 percent of trades on June 22 as yen volume has decreased. This is followed by the USD (31%) USDT (7%), EUR (1.9%), and KRW (1.1%).

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

BTC/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the 4-hour BTC/USD chart on Coinbase and Bitstamp shows similar action taking place compared to the BCH/USD analysis. The 100 SMA is below the 200 moving average which shows again that bears may continue holding the reigns. MACd just saw a small push up but is now heading southbound once again. RSI levels are around -21 indicating oversold conditions as well. BTC bulls need to jump past the $6,400 range again and will see more resistance around $6,700 where the price hovered for a few days prior. On the backside, bears will need to crunch through buy orders between now and $5,400 which are mountainous walls, at least for now.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

The Top Crypto-Markets Tumble — EOS Suffers

Overall most of the top currencies are seeing losses, and the second highest capitalization belonging to ethereum (ETH) is down 10.7 percent today. One ETH is priced at $474 per coin, and the currency is down 5.2 percent over the last week. The second highest market, ripple (XRP), is down 7 percent today and one XRP is $0.49 cents per token. Lastly, the fifth largest valuation still belongs to EOS but the token is down 16.8 percent today. One EOS is priced at around $8.63, and markets have shaved 20.3 percent over the last week.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

The Verdict: Skepticism Remains Strong

The verdict today is far less positive then our last markets update as things are starting to look gloomy again as the weekend approaches. Traders are all calling newer and lower bottoms, and many are skeptical of brighter skies in the short term.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

Of course most are optimistic about the long-term but for now, no one is sure how long this bear run will last. With the naysayers saying 2018 is nothing like 2014 (including myself), it just may be that we are going through similar circumstances that may last just as long.

Where do you see the price of BCH, BTC, and other coins headed from here? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bitcoin Businesses Denied Banking Services in Ireland

Bitcoin Businesses Denied Banking Services in Ireland

Leading companies from the crypto sector in Ireland have complained they are being denied services by some of the country’s major financial institutions. Among the affected businesses are bitcoin exchange Bitcove, winner of the bank-sponsored “Best Business Startup” award, and Ireland’s “longest running” bitcoin broker, Eircoin.  

Also read: Swiss Crypto Company Acquires License to Distribute Funds to Investors

Banks Close Accounts of Award-Winning Startup

Several Irish businesses have been forced to either stop trading cryptocurrencies or seek partners abroad after local financial institutions refused to offer them banking services. Some of them have lost their bank accounts, while others have never been allowed to open one in the country, the local press reported.

Bitcoin Businesses Denied Banking Services in Ireland

Bitcoin exchange Bitcove, which has been operating since 2014 and had previously worked with Allied Irish Banks (AIB), Permanent TSB and Bank of Ireland, is one of the affected companies, The Irish Times reported. One of its co-founders, Peter Nagle, told the newspaper the banks closed its accounts stating they do not support companies offering cryptocurrency exchange facilities. The trading platform has since been using the services of “a more progressive banking partner” in Europe.

“Particularly disappointing was Bank of Ireland. We were participants on the Ignite startup program, which is backed by the bank. Our business and its progress were reviewed monthly by a panel which included Bank of Ireland representatives. At the end of the incubator Bitcove won the award, but then just a few months later our accounts were frozen and eventually closed,” Nagle explained.

One of Ireland’s First Bitcoin Brokers Also Hit

Bitcoin Businesses Denied Banking Services in IrelandAnother crypto firm that has suffered from the clampdown is Eircoin, one of Ireland’s oldest bitcoin brokers, which closed a couple of months ago. An affiliated consulting business was also refused banking services. “We are being shuttered due to a negligent and defensive banking system,” Eircoin’s cofounder Dave Fleming said, quoted by the Irish daily. He added that his company, along with other cryptocurrency sellers, had previously consulted with the Central Bank of Ireland which told them that as long as they were abiding by the regulations their operations were in line with the law.

Bank of Ireland, one of the four largest Irish commercial banks, admitted in a statement it was not providing banking services to virtual currency exchange platforms, but noted that its customers were not prevented from transacting cryptocurrency. AIB Group, another “Big Four” bank, denied it was refusing services to companies from the crypto sector. A spokesman was quoted as saying, “We don’t discriminate in relation to providing banking services to cryptocurrency companies nor have we been systematically exiting such companies.” According to the official, some of these businesses are unable to comply with the anti-money laundering and know your customer requirements that the bank is obliged to adhere to.

Bitcoin Businesses Denied Banking Services in IrelandThe Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland (BPFI) stated that it wasn’t aware of any policy to close accounts of companies trading cryptocurrencies. However, the organization presenting 70 traditional financial institutions noted that Irish lenders are expected to take measures to minimize the risk of facilitating “financial crimes which are enabled by cryptocurrencies,” such as money laundering and terrorism financing.

Sharp Contrast

The negative attitude of the legacy financial institutions towards crypto businesses sharply contrasts with the view of Ireland as a crypto-friendly jurisdiction in general. Recently, it was reported that a new government-backed platform will promote the country as a hub for developers of applications based on the technology behind cryptocurrencies. Blockchain Ireland was launched by the Irish Blockchain Expert Group in partnership with a young company called Consensys. The initiative is supported by Enterprise Ireland, the Department of Finance, members of the industry and representatives of academic institutions. The agency promoting foreign investment in the country, IDA Ireland, has also backed blockchain and crypto projects.

Bitcoin Businesses Denied Banking Services in Ireland

Cryptocurrencies and the related economic activities received another recognition by authorities in Dublin with the decision of the Irish revenue service to issue guidelines on the taxation of crypto transactions. The new “Tax and Duty Manual” clarifies related matters and confirms that in most cases the existing tax regulations apply to the crypto sector. According to the advisory, crypto incomes and profits are subject to direct taxes such as corporate tax, income tax, and capital gains tax. Officials have also stated that for VAT purposes bitcoin constitutes a currency. The Irish tax agency regards cryptocurrencies as “negotiable instruments” and exempts them from the value added tax.

Do you think the bank clampdown on crypto businesses in Ireland is temporary? Share your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below. 


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Six Fake Crypto Exchange Sites Busted by Ukraine’s Cyberpolice

Six Fake Crypto Exchange Sites Busted by Ukraine’s Cyberpolice

The cybercrime combating unit of the Ukrainian police has uncovered a network of fraudulent crypto trading websites. Four people are suspected of offering the fake online exchange services. They have maintained at least six platforms luring cryptocurrency traders with deceptive messages.

Also read: Survey: 13% of Net-Savvy Ukrainians Own Cryptocurrencies

Police on the Lookout for More Fake Exchangers

Officers from Ukraine’s Cyberpolice have exposed an organized group of scammers who created a network of fake online exchangers offering conversion of cryptocurrencies. According to a press release issued by the National Police, a number of sites have been used to deceive and defraud unsuspecting citizens who wanted to trade their cryptos.

“The criminal group consisted of four people […] possessing specialized knowledge and skills in programming,” the NPU’s press service said. They had set up their own CMS-system to manage the websites’ content. The platforms imitated the activities of legitimate online cryptocurrency exchangers, supporting multicurrency conversion, and even displayed fictitious positive ratings and reviews.

The victims were invited to transfer their money to digital wallets registered with forged identification documents under false names of foreign citizens. After receiving some funds through a particular platform, the scammers would close it and open a new one, law enforcement officials explained.

Six Fake Crypto Exchange Sites Busted by Ukraine’s Cyberpolice

So far, Ukrainian police have found at least six fake websites: moneycraft.info, swapex.net, myexchanger.lv, iconvex.net, likechange.biz, and wowex.online, Financial Club reports. Most have been taken down already, with one now redirecting to sites with pornographic content. Investigators believe there are more undiscovered websites and have asked the public to report suspicious platforms to rv@cybercrime.gov.ua.

Six Fake Crypto Exchange Sites Busted by Ukraine’s Cyberpolice

Three of the suspects, aged between 20 and 26 years, have been implicated directly in the six established fraud schemes. They are all residents of the city of Dnepropetrovsk. The police have opened criminal proceedings against them under Section 3 of Article 190 (Fraud) of Ukraine’s Criminal Code.

Officers have already conducted authorized searches at the addresses of the suspects. They have seized computer equipment, including flash drives, as well as bank cards and mobile phones that were used by the scammers. The Cyberpolice unit is currently studying the identified websites to determine the size of the fraud.

Six Fake Crypto Exchange Sites Busted by Ukraine’s Cyberpolice

Ukraine’s Booming Crypto Trade

In the last couple of years, Ukraine has been experiencing a growing interest in cryptocurrencies with a rising trend in crypto trading volume. According to the latest reports, the estimated daily crypto-hryvnia turnover on the three major Ukrainian exchanges, Exmo, Kuna and BTC Trade UA, reaches $1.9 – $2 million USD (~$700 million, yearly). The total is likely to be even higher, as at least eighteen other trading platforms and more than 4,000 individual traders are believed to provide exchange services, both online and offline.

A recently conducted survey found that 72 percent of Internet-savvy Ukrainians know what cryptocurrency is and another 23 percent have heard about it. At least 13 percent of those using the world wide web possess digital coins, the poll confirmed. A number of Ukrainian officials have declared owning digital assets on their tax returns.

According to a new report titled “Green Book: Cryptocurrency Market Regulation”, Ukraine is among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of number of cryptocurrency users, while local companies have created 25 new digital coins, raising $132 million in less than two years.

Six Fake Crypto Exchange Sites Busted by Ukraine’s Cyberpolice

Cryptocurrencies, however, and the fintech industry as a whole, remain largely unregulated. Three draft laws have been introduced in the Rada since October, with no real progress so far. These are the bill “On the Circulation of Cryptocurrency in Ukraine”, the law “On Stimulating the Market of Cryptocurrencies and Their Derivatives”, and a supplementary draft amending the tax code to cover crypto incomes and profits.

Multiple government officials and institutions have insisted on adopting proper crypto regulations, and Ukraine’s Cyberpolice is one of them. In January, the cybercrime combating department shared its concerns about cryptocurrencies and called on the government to either ban them or legalize them “as soon as possible.”

Do you think regulations can effectively ban fraudulent platforms and support legitimate exchanges? Share your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below.


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Reserve Bank of India Admits Issuing Crypto Ban Without Research

Reserve Bank of India Admits Issuing Crypto Ban Without Research

RBI, the central bank of India, has not made a proper effort to thoroughly research the nature and usage of cryptocurrencies before issuing its crypto ban. This is according to a reply sent by the bank to a Right to Information query filed by a lawyer. Copies of the communication have been distributed on social media and published by local crypto outlets.

Also read: Pakistanis Find Ways to Trade Bitcoin Rendering Ban Ineffective

The Right to Know Why

On April 5 of this year, India’s central bank issued a controversial decree directing all regulated financial institutions to quit providing services to businesses dealing in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, giving banks three months to comply. The move was formally motivated by the need to protect consumers and prevent money laundering. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) also announced the formation of a working group to study the feasibility of issuing a state-backed cryptocurrency.

This week, however, it became evident that the RBI has not made any serious effort to thoroughly study and understand the nature, principles, and usage of cryptocurrencies before issuing the ban. No internal committee had been formed to investigate the purported risks associated with trading digital coins and no officer or team of experts had been tasked to produce a substantiated decision. Indian exchanges and individual traders were hit hard by the measure. The ban has been challenged in the Supreme Court, and some trading platforms have decided to leave the country in search of more favorable jurisdictions.

Reserve Bank of India Admits Issuing Crypto Ban Without ResearchEarlier today, a Twitter user, @Blockchainlaw91, posted the Right to Information enquiry filed with the RBI, along with the reply sent back by the central bank. According to Kunal Barchha, cofounder and director of the company behind the upcoming crypto exchange Coinrecoil, the author of the query is Mr. Varun Sethi, an Indian blockchain lawyer. Coinrecoil’s operator, Kali Digital Eco-Systems, has appealed to the High Court in Delhi against the recent RBI crackdown.

Q&A with a Central Bank

Mr. Sethi has asked the RBI several relevant questions, including if there was any committee constituted within the RBI that had determined the risks being associated with trading in virtual currencies. He also wanted to know how these risks were determined, and if any responsibility has been entrusted to an officer or a team to understand the nature, working of cryptocurrencies and the possibility of their usage in India, the local outlet Crypto News reported.

To all of these questions the RBI has replied negatively and done away with referencing its multiple circulars mentioned as justifications for its actions. The bank has also noted that it “was a member of the Inter Disciplinary Committee constituted by the Finance Ministry and the Indian government in March, 2017, to examine the status of virtual currencies and suggest regulations,” as if that provides enough legitimacy to issue a ban.

Reserve Bank of India Admits Issuing Crypto Ban Without Research

The RBI also admits it has done no research before reaching a conclusion on its stance when it released a circular on December 24, 2013, reading that “The Reserve Bank of India has today cautioned the users, holders and traders of virtual currencies (VCs), including bitcoins, about the potential financial, operational, legal customer protection and security related risks that they are exposing themselves to.”

The window provided by India’s central bank for financial services providers to comply with its directive ends on July 5. By now it’s obvious that the RBI has neither done any research in regards to cryptocurrencies, nor has it contacted any foreign counterparts in order to understand how the crypto technology works before taking its decisions.

Why the Fight

Reserve Bank of India Admits Issuing Crypto Ban Without Research
Kunal Barchha

Speaking to news.Bitcoin.com, Coinrecoil’s cofounder, Mr. Kunal Barchha, explained why the Indian crypto community is waging the struggle against the RBI’s ban: “The foremost reason we are fighting is because we know that banning is next to impossible and it will make things worse for everyone – for the Reserve Bank, for the government, for the tax department, and for the user. In addition, it will push India back in reference to blockchain adoption across the world. We always have an option to relocate to other country to carry our business, but that’s not the solution. If we cannot convince our own government, we cannot expect other governments to support us.”

Central banks do have authority to ban or restrict commercial banks from a certain industry only when it is declared as completely illegal, Barchha noted. “In the case of bitcoin or cryptocurrencies, that process is completely missing, as the government of India has not yet declared cryptocurrencies illegal and so we have challenged the RBI’s circular,” he explained.

Coinrecoil’s director also shared that “The Supreme Court of India has instructed every High Court in the country to transfer pending petitions against the circular to it and thus our petition is also now in the Apex court.” Kunal Barchha added that the next hearing is scheduled for July 20, which is two weeks after the deadline of the ban. “For the same, we are in talks with our lawyers to see if we can request the court to hear us before the circular comes into effect,” he revealed.

Do you think the failure of RBI to understand cryptocurrencies is the main reason for the crackdown on the industry in India? Share your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below.


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Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

Cryptocurrency markets are suffering from deep losses today, on June 10, 2018, as most digital assets are seeing 24-hour declines between 9 and 25 percent. The number one position, held by Bitcoin Core (BTC), dropped more than a $1,000 just a few hours ago, from $7,600 to $6,600, but prices have rebounded back to $6,787 per BTC. The fourth highest valued market, held by Bitcoin Cash (BCH), dropped around $225 in value after hovering around $1,150 for a while. The currency is now averaging $933 per BCH. It’s safe to say market participants are shaken and many are curious about why the market keeps sliding.

Also Read: CFTC Subpoenas Leading Exchanges for Trading Data

Crypto Markets Take a Jab to the Gut This Weekend

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend BeatingA dump took place today that hit markets below the belt, as most cryptocurrencies lost significant values. Last week, towards the beginning of the weekend, markets were pretty stable and consolidating tightly into a triangular formation. Then, on Saturday, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the U.S. Justice Department revealed they had subpoenaed four major exchanges while looking into their cryptocurrency price manipulation investigation. Just before that moment on June 9, just like last time when U.S. regulators initially announced the manipulation probe, markets slid about 1-hour before the announcement. Today’s drop was harder to put the blame on as it could have been an after effect from yesterday’s announcement, the fact that market volumes are extremely thin, or some blamed it on the small exchange from South Korea Coinrail being hacked this weekend for $40Mn worth of ICO tokens.

BTC Market Action

On Sunday, June 10, Bitcoin Core (BTC) markets are down 9.8 percent and over the past seven days, BTC markets are under by 11 percent. This means most of the losses have taken place this weekend as BTC volatility was fairly nonexistent at the beginning of the week. Right now BTC’s overall market capitalization is around $115Bn with a dominance level of around 38 percent. Trade volume is super weak and this is why a lot of traders are skeptical these days because 24-hour volumes today were around $4Bn, but since the last drop volumes jumped to $5.5Bn over the past hour. The top exchanges today swapping the most BTC are Bitfinex, Binance, Okex, Huobi, and GDAX. The Japanese yen is dominating BTC currency pairs big time commanding more than 60 percent of BTC trades at the time of publication. This is followed by the USD (19.2%) tether (USDT 13.5%), EUR (2.7%), and the KRW (2.2%). Of course, there was a significant drop in South Korean won-BTC pair action today.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

BTC/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the charts shows BTC bulls had mustered up some strength to push above the $6800 zone but the fight was a real struggle. 4-hour charts show the two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) have a good sized gap between them with the 200 SMA well above the 100 SMA trendline. This means bearish sentiment may continue during the short term and markets are very close to a triple bottom. After the last push the MACd is heading downwards and RSI levels are very low too (15.78) indicating oversold conditions. Daily Bollinger Bands (B-bands) are seeing a significant coil and buyers below the current vantage point are itching for lower prices. Looking at order books shows bears will see pit stops around $6,400 and the triple bottom $5,900 region. If bulls can heal right now, after that intense beating, then they need to overcome big walls around $7,300 and 7,800 to at least catch some fresh air from the onslaught.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

BCH Market Action

After a few solid weeks of BTC being the dominant pair with Bitcoin Cash (BCH), today tether USDT has taken the lead at 31.77 percent. This is followed by BTC (31.5%), USD (21.9%), KRW (9.1%), and the EUR (1.9%). Bitcoin Cash has lost around 16.4 percent over the last 24-hours and 19 percent over the last seven days. This Sunday, the total market capitalization for BCH is around $15.9Bn with about $693Mn in 24-hour trade volume. The top trading platforms exchanging the most Bitcoin Cash today include Okex, Binance, Huobi, Bitfinex, and Lbank. The losses in BCH values have been very much correlated with BTC market tumbles but prices have still remained around 0.14 BTC per BCH.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at BCH charts on Bitfinex shows similar indicators, as the two Simple Moving Averages have a decent gap like BTC with the 100 SMA below the long-term 200 SMA. Again, this indicates the path of least resistance will be towards the downside. RSI levels show oversold conditions (30) and the MACd is sliding southbound as well at the time of writing. Daily B-bands are also extremely tight, showing a massive consolidation period taking place. Looking at order books indicates that bears will have a hard fight until 910 and then another pit stop at $860. If things go lower than that, markets are going to look ugly all around. BCH bulls need to recharge and bust past $985 but buyers will also be deterred around $1,020, as sell orders are piling up around that region.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

The Top Cryptocurrency Markets

Overall, the top cryptocurrencies are down, except for ‘stablecoins’ like tether and the various others allegedly pegged to the USD. The second largest market valuation today belongs to Ethereum (ETH) but its markets are down 13.9 percent. One ETH is trading for $517 and the currency is the most swapped coin on Shapeshift today, but traded for BTC. The third largest market, Ripple (XRP), is down 13.8 percent and one XRP is trading for $0.57 cents per token. Lastly, the fifth highest valued market commanded by EOS is down significantly at 21 percent this Sunday. At the moment, EOS is trading around $11.25 per coin and holds the fourth largest trade volume over the last 24-hours.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

The Verdict: Skepticism and the Search for That Confounded Bottom

You can probably guess what our market verdict is today without reading the sub-title above, as things are looking bearish and everyone knows this fact. Because markets keep sliding, then recovering, then sliding downwards, even more, has caused enthusiasts and traders to be skeptical of any bullish signals. Most traders are looking curiously for ‘the bottom’ and when that time will be, so right now many are just playing musical chairs looking for the right positions.

Where do you see the price of BCH, BTC, and other coins headed from here? Let us know in the comments below.

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Markets Update: Slight Comeback Shows Cryptocurrencies Press Forward

Markets Update: Slight Comeback Shows Cryptocurrencies Press Forward

Digital assets are seeing some recovery today on May 29, as cryptocurrency bulls are attempting to press market prices higher. Cryptocurrency values dropped pretty low this weekend once again after being unable to hold steady earlier last week. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) weighted price values are averaging $975-986 at press time, gaining 5.3 percent over the past 24-hours. Bitcoin Core (BTC) values are around $7,420-7,460 per coin, and have seen an increase of around 2.4 percent during today’s trading sessions.

 Also read: The Exahash Era: SHA-256 Mining is a Significant Achievement in Computer Engineering

Crypto-Markets Rally Back on Tuesday, May 29 — But Will the Gains Be Short-Lived?

Today we’re seeing a bit of a minor cryptocurrency rally after prices dipped to significant lows yesterday across the board. There’s definitely been a slight surge in purchasing as on-balance-volumes (OBV) showed a great divergence towards lower levels yesterday. At the moment the entire cryptocurrency market is hovering around $323 billion USD and 24-hour volume is around $17.6 billion. This shows that over the last 30 days the entire cryptocurrency economy has lost $106 billion USD in value. The May 29 minor recovery taking place today is testing major resistance across most digital asset market action, and the next day or so will decide where market values are headed.

Markets Update: Slight Comeback Shows Cryptocurrencies Press Forward

BTC Market Action

Bitcoin Core (BTC) markets are showing a bit of a comeback this Monday morning gaining around 2.4 percent. 24-hour trade volume has increased to $5.4Bn since our last markets update which has helped push the current rally. The top exchanges today swapping the most BTC are Binance, Okex, Bitfinex, Huobi, and Bitflyer. The Japanese yen commands the top position today traded with BTC capturing 53.9 percent. This is followed by other pairs traded with BTC by the USD (20.4%), tether (USDT 16.1%), KRW (3.5%), and the EUR (3.4%).

Markets Update: Slight Comeback Shows Cryptocurrencies Press Forward

BTC/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the 4-hour BTC/USD chart on Bitstamp shows BTC bulls are attempting to push through some major resistance. Currently, the two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) still show the longer-term 200 SMA above the 100 SMA trendline. This indicates the path to resistance is still looking towards the downside, and today’s intraday traders may feel like shorting at certain vantage points above this region. RSI levels are around 53 right now and meandering higher, indicating today’s rally could keep pressing onwards. Today’s trading sessions also show that BTC bulls need to surpass the 50-week Moving Average (MA) in order to see a more affirmative bullish signal. Right now order books on the upside have heavy resistance from the current price level to $8,100, and after that things are a bit smoother. On the back side, books show that bears will see resistance around $6,900 to $6,300, and if the market goes below that then things will look uglier.

Markets Update: Slight Comeback Shows Cryptocurrencies Press Forward

BCH Market Action

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) market action is seeing some bigger gains today, jumping 5.3 percent in value over the last 24-hours. BCH trade volume at the moment is $665 million amongst the world’s top exchanges. Today the trading platforms trading the most BCH include Okex, Hitbtc, Bitfinex, Huobi, and EXX. On the peer-to-peer exchange, Shapeshift.io, the most popular trade today is Dash for Bitcoin Cash swaps. BTC is the dominant pair with BCH on May 29 encompassing 39 percent of all trades. This is followed by tether (USDT 27.4%), USD (20.8%), KRW (8.7%), and the EUR (1.4%).

Markets Update: Slight Comeback Shows Cryptocurrencies Press Forward

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

4-hour BCH charts show bulls are pushing hard against resistance and have made some progress today. However, the 200 SMA is still well above the short-term 100 SMA, indicating when resistance is met there may be a downside break again. Unfortunately, other indicators reveal the same thing as the RSI oscillator at 75.9 shows overbought conditions and the MACd looks to be retreating as well. Order books show if buyers managed to press past $1,025 then there will be smoother seas up until $1,145. On the back side, it looks pretty decent for foundations and support between now and $885, but from there it won’t look pretty like we said in the aforementioned BTC charts.

Markets Update: Slight Comeback Shows Cryptocurrencies Press Forward

The Top Five Cryptocurrency Markets

A majority of the top cryptocurrency markets are seeing gains today and are in the green. The second highest valued market capitalization is still Ethereum (ETH) as prices hover today around $563 per ETH. Ripple (XRP) has shown some improvement as well seeing 2.5 percent gains with one XRP averaging $0.59 U.S. cents per coin. Lastly, the coin that’s been a forerunner this past couple of weeks, EOS, is seeing decent market losses on May 29. EOS is down 2.66 percent and the price per token is around $11.96. The downturn is likely due to the Chinese-based firm, Qihoo, releasing data on serious security “vulnerabilities” tethered to the EOS platform.

Markets Update: Slight Comeback Shows Cryptocurrencies Press Forward

The Verdict: The Song Remains the Same

During our last markets update the overall verdict was “uncertainty,” and unfortunately this short-term outlook still remains the same. Enthusiasts and traders throughout forums, social media, and Telegram trade groups still are skeptical of a significant reversal at this time. One of the biggest reasons being — Trade volume is just not as strong as it was weeks and months ago, and its been growing weaker. On a more positive note, cryptocurrency development continues in full swing and there have been a lot of optimistic announcements made over the past three weeks about growing infrastructure and new investment vehicles. Right now cryptocurrencies are at major resistance levels, and whether they’re surpassed or not will show a clearer indication of where the cryptocurrency economy is going from here.

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Five Petitions Pile Up Against India’s Crypto Crackdown – High Courts Ordered to Ignore

Five Petitions Pile Up Against India's Crypto Crackdown – High Courts Ordered to Ignore

Five writ petitions have now been filed against the order by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) banning banks from providing services to entities dealing with cryptocurrencies. The country’s Supreme Court has set a date to hear all petitions but has barred all other courts from accepting any new ones.

Also read: US State Issues Emergency Cease and Desist Orders to Two Crypto Investment Firms

Latest Writ Petition Against RBI Order

Five petitions have been filed with Indian courts against RBI’s order banning financial institutions under its control from dealing with cryptocurrencies and servicing entities that deal with them including crypto exchanges. RBI has set “a three-month deadline or by July 5 for financial institutions to comply with its notice, putting the cryptocurrency businesses in India in a disarray,” the Economic Times elaborated.

Five Petitions Pile Up Against India's Crypto Crackdown – High Courts Ordered to IgnoreThe latest writ petition was filed by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), a non-profit industry body representing the interests of online and mobile value-added services industry. It was filed on Tuesday according to IAMAI president, Subho Ray, and the Supreme Court website, Inc42 reported.

Crypto exchanges that are part of the association include Unocoin, Zebpay, and Coinsecure. They were originally part of another industry body called the Digital and Blockchain Foundation of India which merged with IAMAI, the publication detailed.

Four Other Writ Petitions

The fourth writ petition was “filed by a group of 11 different representatives from various crypto-related businesses,” the Economic Times conveyed on Monday. One of the petitioners told the news outlet:

Banking is an essential service. How can one deny access to an essential service when I am not doing anything illegal? You have not declared VCs (virtual currencies) illegal in the country.

Three more writ petitions were previously filed. One was by Kali Digital Eco-systems and another by Flinstone Technologies Pvt. Ltd, which conducts business under the trade name Money Trade Coin (MTC).

Moreover, a joint writ petition was filed by four cryptocurrency exchanges in the Supreme Court against the RBI circular on May 8. According to lawyer Mohammed Danish, the four exchanges are Coindelta Exchange run by Bitfair Technologies, Koinex Exchange run by Discidium Internet Labs, Throughbit Exchange run by Throughbit technologies, and Coindcx run by Neblio Technologies.

Supreme Court Taking Charge

Five Petitions Pile Up Against India's Crypto Crackdown – High Courts Ordered to IgnoreFollowing the petition by IAMAI, the Supreme Court on Thursday reportedly refused to stay RBI’s order. “However, it allowed cryptocurrency exchanges, their shareholders, traders and other individuals to present their cases within two weeks to the RBI, which will look into the issue in accordance with the law,” the Financial Express explained.

All petitions relating to RBI’s crypto directive will be heard by the Supreme Court; the hearing is set for July 20. Pending petitions have been transferred to the Supreme Court from two high courts – two in Delhi High Court and one in Calcutta High Court.

Furthermore, high courts have been ordered not to entertain any more petitions regarding RBI’s crypto order, Business Standard described, adding:

No court shall accept petitions on the subject of cryptocurrency.

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Thailand Waives 7% VAT for Individual Cryptocurrency Investors

Thailand Waives 7% VAT for Individual Cryptocurrency Investors

Thailand’s Revenue Department has announced that it will waive the 7% value-added tax for individual cryptocurrency investors. The country began regulating digital currencies and initial coin offerings on Monday, putting the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in charge of the regulations.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

VAT Exemption

The decree to provide the legal framework for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) in Thailand went into effect on Monday.

Cryptocurrency transactions are currently subject to income tax for both private companies and individual investors, Nation Multimedia explained. Saroch Thongpracum, Director of Legal Affairs of the country’s Revenue Department, announced at a press conference on Tuesday:

The Revenue Department will waive value-added tax for people trading in cryptocurrencies on exchange markets approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Thailand Waives 7% VAT for Individual Cryptocurrency InvestorsHowever, Mr. Saroch emphasized, “Individuals will still have to pay a 15 percent capital gains tax, also known as a withholding tax, on income earned in a transaction.”

The VAT waiver for individual cryptocurrency traders aims to “reduce their tax burden,” the publication noted, adding that the Revenue Department “would issue a regulation waiving the 7 percent VAT for individual investors.”

Furthermore, the news outlet detailed, “Under the new law, private companies launching ICOs have to pay corporate income tax on the funds they raise from the exercise.”

Full Regulations Expected Next Month

Thailand Waives 7% VAT for Individual Cryptocurrency InvestorsAccording to the decree, the Thai SEC will be the primary regulator of digital assets. Three groups of crypto operators will be regulated: brokers, dealers, and ICO portals. They must obtain licenses from the Finance Minister, according to the department’s spokesperson.

The SEC chief says that the Commission expects to issue regulations on cryptocurrencies and ICOs by the end of June after holding a public hearing. “The public hearing will take 2-3 weeks because investments in digital tokens are complicated and carry high risks,” the Bangkok Post reported SEC secretary-general Rapee Sucharitakul conveying. During this time, ICOs are banned in the country.

The news outlet then quoted Mr. Rapee elaborating:

The new regulation aims to provide protection for general investors since only investors who have knowledge of ICO issuance or digital-asset transactions should be allowed to engaging in this kind of trading.

Meanwhile, the Bank of Thailand (BOT) announced that it will wait for the SEC to release more details of the regulations before it will take any action, Assistant Bank of Thailand governor Chantavarn Sucharitakul told the publication. The central bank has previously requested financial institutions in the country to refrain from dealing with cryptocurrency transactions.

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Bitcoin in Brief Thursday: Crypto Traders in Troubled Waters

Bitcoin in Brief Thursday: Crypto Traders in Troubled Waters

In today’s Bitcoin in Brief – crypto traders are in trouble due to issues with the trading platforms they have trusted. Hacked Italian Bitgrail exchange is closed again after a brief reopening. It suspended operations on request from the court of Florence, following a petition  filed on behalf of one of its creditors. Also, beleaguered Romanian Btcxchange has shut down after multiple setbacks. A local bank recently closed its account.

Also read: Bitcoin in Brief Wednesday: Hacker Gets Trolled, Vertcoin Gets Hacked

Bitgrail Reopened, then Closed Again

Bitgrail, the Italian crypto exchange which suspended operations after losing 17 million XRB in a presumed hack this year, has briefly reopened and closed again. On May 1 the trading platform announced it will commence operations on the following day, May 2, 2018, with trading and withdrawals available for all supported coins, except Nano (XRB). Bitgrail also promised to restore the Nano market for users at a date to be announced shortly. “Our team is working hard on verifying all users who have submitted the documents in an expedited manner,” the statement read.

The reopening, however, did not last long. Yesterday, the exchange announced it was suspending operations again after receiving a notice from the court of Florence. The court  asked for the immediate closure of Bitgrail following a “precautionary suspension request” by lawyers representing one of the 3,000 users who suffered losses in the hack. Last week, the law firm Bonelli Erede  filed a petition on behalf of the creditor asking the court to declare the entities operating the exchange bankrupt. These are Webcoin Solutions di Francesco Firano and BG Services, formerly Bitgrail S.r.l.

Bitcoin in Brief Thursday: Crypto Traders in Troubled Waters

In February, Bitgrail’s owner, Francesco Firano, announced “that internal checks revealed unauthorized transactions which led to a 17 million Nano shortfall.” The market value of the lost cryptocurrency was estimated at around $170 million at the time. About a month later, Bitgrail stated in a Telegram post that it will refund users through the creation and issuance of BGS tokens and denied responsibility for the losses. 20 percent of the missing funds were to be returned in Nano, and 80 percent in the new BGS coin. The users who were willing to accept the offer had to restore their accounts and give up any legal claims. Almost 80 percent of the participants in a Twitter poll hosted by Francesco Firano himself voted to close the trading platform.

Romanian Btcxchange Closing for Good

Btcxchange, the oldest bitcoin trading platform in Romania, has closed down after multiple setbacks through the years. The platform informed its customers about the decision in an announcement published on its website. Btcxchange had already shut down some of its operations in February and crypto-fiat conversion was not available to its users. However, clients were allowed to deposit bitcoin and maintain their accounts. “Please withdraw all your balances before May 1,” the company said in a statement.

Bitcoin in Brief Thursday: Crypto Traders in Troubled Waters

The Romanian crypto exchange was launched in 2014. In December of that year, its team issued its first notice asking customers to withdraw their funds. The team claimed it had been denied access to the exchange servers by their lead programmer. Btcxchange shut down its operations again in August, 2016, after it was up for sale. Services were restored in November by the new owner. The latest episode of the drama unfolded in January this year when Idea Bank closed the platform’s account.

Chase Closes Erik Voorhees’ Credit Card Account

Bitcoin in Brief Thursday: Crypto Traders in Troubled WatersShapeshift CEO Erik Voorhees has announced in a tweet that Chase Bank has closed his credit card account. “Chase just closed my credit card account. No warning. No explanation of any kind. Won’t tell me why,” he said in a post on the microblogging platform.

“No wonder people hate that company,” Voorhees added, correcting himself in a further comment: “Sorry, I shouldn’t have used the word ‘company.’ Company refers to a market-based organization that has to bring a product to market and compete openly.” He also notes that the bank is “more akin to a Soviet-style state-appendage that wraps itself in regulatory cronyism than a company.”

Coinbase Applauds New York Inquiry into Crypto Exchanges

Bitcoin in Brief Thursday: Crypto Traders in Troubled WatersUS-based cryptocurrency exchange and wallet Coinbase has greeted the actions recently taken by New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, in regards to crypto trading platforms. “We applaud […] the action to bring further transparency to the virtual currency markets,” Coinbase chief legal officer Mike Lempres wrote in a letter. The exchange, which is licensed under New York’s Bitlicense regime, has published part of its response to Schneiderman’s office. Lempres discloses information about the assets stored on the platform, $150 billion, and the funding it has received. The letter also notes the company’s cooperation with authorities and regulators around the world.

In April, the Office of the Attorney General of New York sent letters to 13 crypto exchanges as part of an inquiry into policies and practices employed by the trading platforms. Not all of them have responded positively to the questionnaire. “When I saw this 34-point demand […] I realized that we made the right decision to get the hell out of New York,” Kraken CEO, Jesse Powell, said in a Twitter post. Mr. Powell also described acceptance of the questionnaire as “placative kowtowing.” His reaction has been praised by other representatives of the industry. Shapeshift CEO Eric Voorhees thanked Powell for “taking the ethical stance and speaking up for what’s right”.

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Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Erase Two-Day Losses

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Erase Two-Day Losses

Cryptocurrencies are seeing some relief during today’s trading sessions just before the weekend, as the top ten digital assets are currently up 3-11 percent. Most of the losses that took place two days ago have been erased as the total market capitalization of all digital currencies now tops $420Bn USD.

Also read: Court Orders Chilean Banks to Re-Open Crypto Exchange Accounts 

Cryptocurrencies Rebound Erasing Most of the Week’s Losses

Digital currencies are showing bullish momentum today as the losses 48-hours ago seemed to be a ‘bear trap.’ BTC/USD markets reached a low of $8,647 yesterday but then rebounded back to the $9,380 region earlier this morning EDT. At the moment the current weighted average for BTC/USD prices is hovering around $9,250 per coin and trade volume has been around $7.9Bn over the last 24-hours. Daily BTC/USD values are up 4.6 percent at the time of publication and 9.8 percent over the last week. The top five exchanges today swapping the most BTC include Okex, Binance, Bitfinex, Bitflyer, and Huobi. Out of all 1591 cryptocurrencies, BTC has an overall market valuation dominance today around 37 percent. The Japanese yen currently commands the most BTC trades today, capturing 53 percent of the market. This is followed by the USD (20%), tether (USDT 15%), KRW (4.9%), and the EUR (3.6%). The most popular trade today on the peer-to-peer platform Shapeshift is ETH for BTC swaps.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Erase Two-Day Losses

BTC/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the 4-hour BTC/USD chart shows that bulls are trying to muster up the strength to break resistance at $9,500 and above. The two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) show the short term 100 SMA is well above the long-term 200 trendline. This indicates the path towards resistance should head towards the upside after some deep sell walls. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) shows the oscillator is meandering around 56.3, indicating consolidation is taking place. MACd looks poised to move northbound in the short term after dropping very low 8 hours ago. Order Books show BTC bulls need to smash past the $9,400 range all the to the $9,900 territory in order to surpass the $10K mark. At the moment this play could be in the cards unless the weekend brings a bunch of bear action. On the backside if bears do grab the reins again foundations look decent at $9,150 through $8,600, and after that things begin to thin.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Erase Two-Day Losses
BTC markets are hovering around $9,250 USD at 11:30 am EDT.

Bitcoin Cash Markets See Recovery

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) markets are doing quite well today as BCH values are up 3.8 percent. One BCH is hovering around the $1,388 territory and markets are still up by 31.7 percent over the last seven days. Trade volume has dipped a good amount since our last markets update down to close to $1Bn over the past 24-hours. The top exchanges swapping the most bitcoin cash during the April 27 trading sessions include Okex, Huobi, Bitfinex, Hitbtc, and Lbank. The top currency traded for BCH today is BTC as bitcoin core trades account for 35 percent of the 24-hour market volume. This is followed by tether (USDT 26%), USD (21%), the Korean won (11%), and the euro (1.7%). Alongside this, both ETH and BNB represent 1 percent of the BCH trades per coin.

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

BCH/USD charts show some similar activities taking place looking at indicators. The SMAs have a gap in between them but the 100 SMA and 200 SMA trendlines are not quite as wide as BTC charts. Still, with the 100 SMA above the long-term 200 trendline, the path to resistance for bitcoin cash should also be on the upside. 4-hour RSI indicates the oscillator is hovering around 58.6 while the MACd is around 36. This means currently BCH bulls are facing stiff resistance but should be able to chew through orders. Bulls will face some big sell orders around $1,420 and $1,500 again. Further, there are much tougher walls around $1,550-1,600 and after that is smoother sailing. On the backside, there are strong buy walls between now and $1,300 flat before things get thinner.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Erase Two-Day Losses
BCH markets are hovering around $1,388 USD at 11:30 am EDT.

The Verdict: The Past Four Months Left Traders Skeptical But Most Proponents Are Optimistic

Of course, the spikes during today’s trading sessions have created some confidence among traders today, and many believe some more price highs are coming. Some other notable increases today came from ETH markets, EOS, and Stellar. The past four months of bearish prices have added some skepticism towards price hikes but it seems a good majority of traders believe the bearish sentiment is over.   

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Chinese Merchants in Moscow Convert Most of Their Cash to Crypto

Chinese Merchants in Moscow Convert Most of Their Cash to Crypto

Chinese traders in Moscow’s huge wholesale bazaars have become the most active buyers and sellers of cryptocurrency in the Russian capital. The retail turnover there is estimated at almost $10 billion a month. Authorities say that most of it is converted to cryptocurrencies and sent back to China where it‘s exchanged to yuan.   

Also read: Cryptocurrency Is the Main Income for 12% of Russian Crypto Users

Crypto Flows Considered Easier To Track than Cash

The three largest bazaars in the Russian capital, “Moskva”, “Sadovod”, and “Food City”, make about ₽600 billion rubles each month (~$10 billion). That’s almost a quarter of the retail turnover in the Russian Federation. Practically none of it is deposited in bank accounts, according to Yuri Polupanov, head of the Central Bank’s Financial Monitoring and Currency Control Department. 90% of the businesses there are owned by Chinese merchants and producers, he said during the Thomson Reuters Forum in Moscow, RBC reported.

The retail centers have become pioneers in crypto trade. Russia’s Centrobank believes that Chinese traders convert most of their revenues to cryptocurrency and send it back home, where it is exchanged to yuan. Financial authorities have learned that crypto exchange bureaus are also operating there. Polupanov said that some of them are registered as financial services providers. Inspectors have found discrepancies between their accounting reports and the data gathered remotely by the CBR.

Chinese Merchants in Moscow Convert Most of Their Cash to Crypto
Food City, Moscow

There is no point in denying that cryptocurrency is used in wholesale and retail trade, thinks Elina Sidorenko, head of a working group at the Duma tasked with assessing crypto circulation. “It’s no secret that Chinese merchants are using cryptocurrencies through anonymous wallets. But as soon as they are defined legally in the civil code, these financial flows will be easily controlled. It’s easier to track them than cash,” she said.

Sidorenko believes the situation will improve in a few years. If the central bank has evidence of illegal crypto-fiat exchange, it should give it to the Prosecutor’s Office, she added. Elina Sidorenko noted that illegal activities in these bazaars are not a new phenomenon. Violations of immigration laws and crimes related to laundering of illicit proceeds are flourishing there, she said, admitting: “We should’ve dealt with all that long time ago.”

Relics from The ’90s

The story of improvised retail bazaars and flea markets in Russia dates back to the breakup of the Soviet Union. Many of them were set up in the capital in the ‘90s. They have been targeted by authorities since the early 2000’s. Trade there is often unregulated and untaxed. Government inspectors have found multiple violations of sanitary and fire safety standards, customs and migration regulations.

Chinese Merchants in Moscow Convert Most of Their Cash to CryptoIn the summer of 2009 Moscow authorities closed down the “Cherkizovskiy” bazaar, which was one of the biggest. Russian police found 6,000 containers of contraband worth an estimated $2 billion. The newer trade centers “Sadovod” and “Moskva” are now major wholesale markets for clothes and shoes, while “Food City” is the main food distribution center. The volume of retail trade in the Russian capital has been estimated at more than $72 billion dollars in 2017. The monthly turnover is between $5.5 and $7.8 billion. It reaches $49 billion USD a month on national level.

Cryptos like bitcoin have been gaining popularity in Russia, where 12% of crypto users now claim cryptocurrency is their main source of income. Two draft laws regulating the crypto sector have been introduced in the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament. The bill “On digital financial assets” legalizes activities like initial coin offerings and mining. A second draft aims to amend the civil code in order to legalize the use of “digital money” in payments. It’s still unclear whether the circulation of cryptos will be allowed in the country. Recently, Russian media reported that a new crypto exchange bureau is now buying and selling bitcoin for cash in Moscow.

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