Arrests Making Headlines Across the Globe

Gone are the days when shady dealings in crypto were perceived as immune to the clutches of law enforcement. Illicit crypto proceeds can be shuttled between wallet addresses at the click of a mouse, and their obfuscation behind the multiple strings of numbers and letters of wallet addresses can create a dizzying — if not impenetrable — cryptographic maze for authorities to navigate. But the criminals themselves present a more concrete target, and as they interface with everything from crafty code to unwieldy hardware to ‘traditional’ firearms, there has been…

Bitcoin Price Rally Inbound in Q1 2019

Perennial bitcoin bull Mike Novogratz, founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital, claims bitcoin is positioned for major growth now that institutions are investing in it and big compananies are starting to accept it. Novogratz told CNNMoney’s “Markets Now” that big companies like Microsoft and Starbucks are allowing customers to use bitcoin and that, in the short term, more institutions will invest for fear of missing out (FOMO). Novogratz, a former principal at Fortress Investment Group, last week said bitcoin would post a 30 percent increase by the end of the year…

Ripple Leads Crypto Coalition Seeking Gov’t Oversight Encouraging Crypto, Blockchain

Ripple will lead a group of crypto startups to lobby lawmakers and financial regulators in D.C. to support crypto and blockchain innovation, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, September 27. According to the report, the coalition of San-Francisco-based crypto firms is planning to pay Klein/Johnson Group, a bipartisan lobby group, to assist the crypto and blockchain community in conveying to regulators that the industry needs support from the government. The new group, called the Securing America’s Internet of Value Coalition, aims to soften the government’s stance in order to encourage innovation and…

CFTC Shows Force Against Crypto Scammers, but Maintains ‘Do No Harm’ Approach

This week, a United States federal district judge ruled that an allegedly fraudulent crypto token meets the definition of a commodity. That brought the case under the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) purview, which has long argued that virtual currencies constitute commodities. Here what it means — and how the watchdog has been supporting its stance on cryptocurrencies’ legal status. Are cryptocurrencies commodities or securities? Well, they can be both The regulatory approach to cryptocurrencies in the U.S. is complex. While the Congress holds supreme power over federal regulatory agencies…

Cryptocurrency Markets Mainly See Red, Bitcoin Hovers Below $6,600

Saturday, September 29: crypto markets are mainly seeing red today, with only five out of the 20 top cryptocurrencies by market cap seeing some growth by press time, according to CoinMarketCap. The daily trade volume has dropped below $16 billion, currently amounting to $15.6 billion. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) has failed to hold $6,700 support, dropping below the $6,600 price point over the day. The top cryptocurrency is down around 1.8 percent over a 24 hour period, and is trading at around $6,539 at press time. Shortly after…

Bitcoin Price Intraday Analysis: BTC/USD Reaches Key Support

Bitcoin price on Saturday found a key support area near $6,464 after closing on the same level the previous day. The BTC/USD today rose as much as 2.5 percent from the intraday low in an upside correction attempt. Yesterday, the pair had broken below a critical near-term ascending trendline to target 6466-fiat as its primary downside, as was predicted here. It was the same level at where traders went long towards 6500-6600-fiat area, causing a corrective bounce back. By the time the market reached the mid-European session, BTC/USD had established an…

CFTC Charges Two Defendants for Defrauding Investors and Impersonation of CFTC Officials

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a suit against two defendants for the allegedly fraudulent solicitation of Bitcoin (BTC), according to an official press release published on Friday, September 28. The CFTC’s complaint — filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas — charges the two defendants with running two fraudulent businesses and misleading the public to invest in leveraged or margined foreign currency contracts, such as forex, binary options, and diamonds. The first defendant, who goes by the name Morgan Hunt, is…

Bitcoin Retraces to $6,500 After Decent Rally, Ripple Gains Another 5%

After rising to $6,700 on September 27, the price of Bitcoin has slightly retraced to $6,500. Ripple (XRP) still recorded a decent gain of 5 percent, extending its momentum. The volume of the crypto market has increased from $13 billion to $15 billion in the past week, demonstrating an increase in activity in the market. Interestingly, in the past 24 hours, the volume of Ethereum (ETH) has risen quite substantially to $2.2 billion. Last week, the volume of ETH hovered at around $1.3 billion. Strengthening Volume In September, especially over…

Why Experts Consider the Bill a Failure

Russia has been trying to pass cryptocurrency legislation since the beginning of January 2018, with no success as of yet. The government’s main bill, “On Digital Technologies,” which was expected to be passed by July 1 — according to the wishes of President Vladimir Putin — will instead most likely be pushed back until an October Duma session. According to Artem Tolkachev, the self-proclaimed “first” lawyer in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to begin working with Bitcoin (BTC) and blockchain startups, the reason the crypto bills didn’t make it…

Blockchain Could Help Africa’s Commodity Market, Claims Chinese Billionaire

Chinese billionaire and co-CEO of technology company Ideanomics Bruno Wu believes the blockchain could be the solution that helps African countries trade their minerals and natural resources efficiently and profitably. Wu made the comment while speaking to entrepreneurs and investors at the Africa House Collective event, held in New York recently. Wu’s company Ideanomics, formerly called Seven Starts Cloud Group, has invested heavily in artificial intelligence and blockchain companies through companies they acquired and partnered with. The tech company uses the new technologies to disrupt new markets. The U.S. based…