Article: Binance Faces Probe by U.S. Money-Laundering and Tax Sleuths

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Binance Faces Probe by U.S. Money-Laundering and Tax Sleuths

Tom Schoenberg, 13 May 2021

Binance Holdings Ltd. is under investigation by the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service, ensnaring the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange in U.S. efforts to root out illicit activity that’s thrived in the red-hot but mostly unregulated market.

As part of the inquiry, officials who probe money laundering and tax offenses have sought information from individuals with insight into Binance’s business, according to people with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be named because the probe is confidential. Led by Changpeng Zhao, a charismatic tech executive who relishes promoting tokens on Twitter and in media interviews, Binance has leap-frogged rivals since he co-founded it in 2017. Continue reading “Article: Binance Faces Probe by U.S. Money-Laundering and Tax Sleuths”

Article: SEC Calls Bitcoin “Highly Speculative” With “Potential For Fraud”

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SEC Calls Bitcoin “Highly Speculative” With “Potential For Fraud”

DAVID DIERKING, 12 May 2021

It was thought that with the installation of the Biden administration we’d be looking at a more regulatory-friendly environment for cryptocurrencies. Multiple appointees to his staff have openly expressed at least a willingness to allow for greater acceptance of cryptocurrencies.

It looks like we may not be any closer after all. On Tuesday, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a statement regarding mutual funds taking positions in bitcoin futures. Keep in mind that this is the same bitcoin futures market that many thought was going to clear the path for an eventual bitcoin ETF approval since dozens of ETFs already invest in futures contracts. Continue reading “Article: SEC Calls Bitcoin “Highly Speculative” With “Potential For Fraud””

Article: SOS Stock May Boom and Bust in the Meme Stock Space Indefinitely

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SOS Stock May Boom and Bust in the Meme Stock Space Indefinitely

Chris MacDonald, 04 May 2021

Cryptocurrency miners have increasingly come into focus of late. Miners such as SOS Limited (NYSE:SOS) with extensive Bitcoin (CCC:BTC-USD) mining operations are becoming ever-more lucrative as Bitcoin prices remain elevated. That said, SOS stock has languished somewhat in recent weeks, to a greater degree than Bitcoin prices.

Investors in SOS stock have seen shares spike repeatedly in double-digit moves to the upside and downside in recent months. Continue reading “Article: SOS Stock May Boom and Bust in the Meme Stock Space Indefinitely”

Article: Bitcoin Mixing Tycoon Arrested for Alleged $336M Laundering

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Bitcoin Mixing Tycoon Arrested for Alleged $336M Laundering

Bilal Waqar, 02 May 2021

Another bitcoin mixing service fraud gets caught with the help of the International Revenue Service, this time catching a suspect of 336 million dollars.

A Bitcoin tycoon got arrested when he got into the net of the IRS. An agent from the department for enforcing tax laws played an undercover role acting as a narcotics dealer, catching the suspect of huge digital currency fraud. The guy had been in the business for the course of over a decade.

Roman Sterlingov, a Swedish and Russian citizen was involved in money laundering and money transmission without having a license. The revealed public court documents broke the news of his arrest, which in itself is an interesting story. Continue reading “Article: Bitcoin Mixing Tycoon Arrested for Alleged $336M Laundering”

Article: Crime goes cashless as Covid crisis drives underworld online

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Crime goes cashless as Covid crisis drives underworld online

Charlie Parker, 27 April 2021

Fraudsters, drug dealers and money mules have revealed how crime has gone cashless during the pandemic.

Coronavirus lockdowns have prompted criminals to abandon face-to-face cash transactions and to accept payments via bank transfers and sometimes bitcoin, PayPal or premium-rate telephone numbers. Continue reading “Article: Crime goes cashless as Covid crisis drives underworld online”

Article: Gary Gensler is now head of the SEC. What comes next?

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Gary Gensler is now head of the SEC. What comes next?

Kollen Post, 19 April 2021

As The Block reported last week, Gary Gensler is now chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after being sworn into office.

Now at the helm of the agency that governs trading at the largest stock markets in the world, Gensler will obviously play a key role in the Biden administration’s oversight of the U.S. financial services sector. His ascent to office comes during what might be called a period of heightened scrutiny, a state of affairs that came in the wake of controversy over the GameStop stock craze and the role of platforms like Robinhood and firms such as Citadel Securities, which play significant yet publicly invisible roles in the proverbial engine room of Wall Street. As Congress scrutinizing activities like naked short selling and payment for order flow, Gensler’s agency comes into view — particularly as the Biden administration seeks to take a potentially different tack compared to the Trump years. Continue reading “Article: Gary Gensler is now head of the SEC. What comes next?”

Article: Robinhood Faces 458% Spike in Crypto Customers–Massive Increase from 1.7 Million to 9.5 Million in Q1 of 2021

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Robinhood Faces 458% Spike in Crypto Customers–Massive Increase from 1.7 Million to 9.5 Million in Q1 of 2021

Joen Coronel, 09 April 2021

On Thursday, Apr. 8, Robinhood announced a staggering surge in the number of its customers who engage in cryptocurrency trading. The financial services company which was founded on Apr. 18, 2013, has recorded that 9.5 million people have used the platform during the first quarter of this year.

The said number shoots up to a stupendous 458% increase in users, which only accounts for 1.7 million in 2020’s Q4.

How Robinhood Sudden Became Popular in Crypto Trading Continue reading “Article: Robinhood Faces 458% Spike in Crypto Customers–Massive Increase from 1.7 Million to 9.5 Million in Q1 of 2021”

Article: HSBC reportedly blacklists MicroStrategy’s stock for investing in Bitcoin

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HSBC reportedly blacklists MicroStrategy’s stock for investing in Bitcoin

OSATO AVAN-NOMAYO, 09 April 2021

Buying MicroStrategy stock is reportedly no longer possible for HSBC customers on the bank’s online trading platform — HSBC InvestDirect, or HIDC.

According to a supposed message from the bank to its customers, HSBC has directed users that already own MicroStrategy stock not to buy additional shares.

Twitter user Camiam claimed to have received such a message from the banking giant on March 29: Continue reading “Article: HSBC reportedly blacklists MicroStrategy’s stock for investing in Bitcoin”

Article: Bitcoin Shows Us That Not All Volatilities Are Created Equal

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Bitcoin Shows Us That Not All Volatilities Are Created Equal

Enrique Dans, 09 April 2021

For many people, the main obstacle to using cryptocurrencies is that they are volatile; their value fluctuates sharply across time depending on, apparently, many different factors. To put the issue in context, the original paper on bitcoin was published in late 2008 and the first transaction in early 2009: since then, its value in dollars or euros has risen by more than 15,000%.

In contrast, over the same period of time, the parity between the dollar and the euro, has varied by a few percentage points up or down. No surprise therefore that bitcoin is seen as highly volatile and unsuitable for transactions, and at best, a store of value, subject to the systemic risk that arises every time the authorities or a government make decisions that could affect it. China talks of banning bitcoin mining and its price falls. Elon Musk uses part of Tesla’s reserves to buy bitcoin? Bitcoin rises.

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Article: Peter Thiel Calls Bitcoin ‘a Chinese Financial Weapon’ at Virtual Roundtable

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Peter Thiel Calls Bitcoin ‘a Chinese Financial Weapon’ at Virtual Roundtable

Max Chafkin, 07 April 2021

Peter Thiel is “pro-crypto” and “pro-Bitcoin maximalist,” but he also thinks the cryptocurrency may be undermining America.

Thiel, the venture capitalist and conservative political donor, urged the U.S. government to consider tighter regulations on cryptocurrencies in an appearance on Tuesday. The statements seemed to represent a change of heart for Thiel, who is a major investor in virtual currency ventures as well as in cryptocurriences themselves. Continue reading “Article: Peter Thiel Calls Bitcoin ‘a Chinese Financial Weapon’ at Virtual Roundtable”

Article: BCH Price Prediction: Bitcoin Cash risks a price decline towards $500 as selling spree looms

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BCH Price Prediction: Bitcoin Cash risks a price decline towards $500 as selling spree looms

Robert Githinji, 07 April 2021

Over the past few days, Bitcoin Cash has been recording significant price surges, appreciating by over 30 percent in value. Despite the impressive bull run, Bitcoin Cash recently experienced a price correction towards the $600 region. At present, multiple technical indicators are showing BCH could experience further price declines. Continue reading “Article: BCH Price Prediction: Bitcoin Cash risks a price decline towards $500 as selling spree looms”

Article: Bitcoin’s ‘Kimchi premium’ slips as South Korean officials pledge action on illegal crypto market activities

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Bitcoin’s ‘Kimchi premium’ slips as South Korean officials pledge action on illegal crypto market activities

Kollen Post, 07 April 2021

South Korea’s government has pledged to focus on illegal activities in crypto markets.

The South Korean Financial Services Commission, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, among other regulators, met on April 7 to discuss virtual asset trading. In their announcement following the meeting, the authorities wrote: Continue reading “Article: Bitcoin’s ‘Kimchi premium’ slips as South Korean officials pledge action on illegal crypto market activities”

Article: RIPPLE’S XRP BLASTS PAST SEC LAWSUIT FEARS TO HIT THREE-YEAR HIGH

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RIPPLE’S XRP BLASTS PAST SEC LAWSUIT FEARS TO HIT THREE-YEAR HIGH

YASHU GOLA, 06 April 2021

XRP bulls are back!

The Ripple blockchain’s native token, which got embroiled in a legal controversy with the US Securities and Exchange Commission over its alleged securities status — and which led to the delisting of its highly traded financial instruments across many US-based crypto exchanges, reached its highest levels in three years this week.

XRP’s price against the US dollar hit $0.948 on Tuesday, up 66.15 percent into April 2021. The token’s major upside move surfaced partly due to a rally across the cryptocurrency market and else due to anticipations that it would walk through the SEC lawsuit unharmed. Continue reading “Article: RIPPLE’S XRP BLASTS PAST SEC LAWSUIT FEARS TO HIT THREE-YEAR HIGH”

Article: Could I be missing something? 4+ bear potential cases against gold and silver

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Could I be missing something? 4+ bear potential cases against gold and silver

Lobo Tiggre, 06 April 2021

Novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand famously admonished us to “check our premises.” That’s a fancy way of saying that it pays to ask ourselves if we might be missing something—especially when confronted with a situation that makes no sense.

The nonsensical investment reality of the day is that signs of rising inflation are causing the price of gold—the world’s best inflation hedge for thousands of years—to fall.

I’ve explained why this is happening several times: nominal rates are rising in response to expectations of higher inflation faster than CPI. Anyone can look at their budget over the years and see that official CPI is bunk, but it’s the number policymakers, businesses, and most investors use. Continue reading “Article: Could I be missing something? 4+ bear potential cases against gold and silver”

Article: The Nonfungible Token

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The Nonfungible Token

Scott H. Kimpel, 06 April 2021

A recent Bloomberg article reported that average prices for nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, are down approximately 70 percent from recent highs. NFTs are the latest innovation in digital assets and encompass digital representations of unique works of art, music, or other goods and experiences stored on blockchain. Unlike other digital assets such as bitcoin, in which each bitcoin is the same as every other one (and thus “fungible”), each NFT is theoretically unique and different from every other one (and thus “nonfungible”). A wide range of NFTs have begun to enter the marketplace over the past several months. A digital work of art represented by an NFT recently sold at auction for over $69 million, and even a professional sports league has begun to issue NFTs. A fascinating debate about the social and economic utility of NFTs has emerged, but what are some of the legal issues associated with this new digital asset class? Continue reading “Article: The Nonfungible Token”