Economist Nouriel Roubini wrote an article where he criticized crypto but also Haye’s business scheme accusing the exchange of money laundering. In the altcoin news below, we take a look at what he exactly stated.
After the debate during the Asia Blockchain Summit, Roubini addressed Arthur Hayes, the CEO of the BitMEX exchange saying that his exchange is involved in terrorist funding and money laundering. He wrote in the article about his major pessimism towards cryptocurrencies and other subjectivities but mainly his accusations quickly escalated:
“BitMEX insiders revealed to me that this exchange is also used daily for money laundering on a massive scale by terrorists and other criminals from Russia, Iran, and elsewhere; the exchange does nothing to stop this, as it profits from these transactions.”
Roubini noted that ‘’crypto land has become an unregulated casino where the unchecked criminals run riots.’’ However, a paper published by the economist and professor Edgar L Feige says that the majority of the crime is financed by cash-not cryptocurrencies. The Europol and the United States Senate also prove him wrong. His attack on Bitmex was based on the fact that the exchanges are unregulated businesses. For this reason, he noted:
“Hayes has denied this, but because BitMEX is totally unregulated, there are no independent audits of its accounts, and thus no way of knowing what happens behind the scenes.”
The Economist Nouriel Roubini believes that BitMEX only operates in the United States but in reality, it turns out that the exchange is not ‘’totally unregulated.’’ Every business decides to open where the laws are most convenient. This means that the exchange is not illegal and this has always been the case. There are also many companies and corporations around the world who pour money into Swiss accounts for example where there are low taxes.
Roubini kept on saying that BitMEX supports up to 1:100 leverage and that these operations can be very harmful. In many cases, the clients of the exchange could end up in transactions without being aware of the risks:
“Arthur Hayes, boasted openly that the BitMEX business model involves peddling to “degenerate gamblers” (meaning clueless retail investors) crypto derivatives with 100-to-one leverage…It is little wonder that, according to one independent researcher’s estimates, liquidations at times account for up to half of BitMEX’s revenue.”
As reported previously in the latest cryptocurrency news, Arthur Hayes has still not responded to these accusations.
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‘’It’s a language for writing (a subset of) Bitcoin Scripts in a structured way, enabling analysis, composition, generic signing and more.’’Wuille added that Miniscript was ‘’ designed for Bitcoin as it exists today’’ with no consensus changes were necessary to use it and the developers even stated that they even planned to ‘’support future script changes Bitcoin may include’’ as to evolve with the blockchain technology. Wuille later pointed out on Twitter that the new language could eventually be implemented into the Bitcoin Core repository if the Bitcoin community agreed to do it:
“I’ll work on incorporating parts of this in Bitcoin Core if that’s desired (I believe it could be very useful), but ideally it gets included in many pieces of wallet technology.’’The developers created a policy compiler for Miniscript and among other things tool will let the users get an idea for when the conditional bitcoin transactions will be spent. Pieter Wuille and Andrew Poelstra that worked on the new bitcoin programming language is now the rockstar developers in the Bitcoin community because they already built the new language but also because the technology they’re still working on something that could shape the future of bitcoin for the next few years. Some of the tech includes other developments such as Schnorr Signatures and Taproot which are an efficient algorithm for cryptographic signatures and the other one will make bitcoin smart contract transactions private by making them look like normal transactions. As noted in the latest cryptocurrency news, Wuille noted that the project wasn’t directly related to Taproot but did provide the participating developers with new insights on how to improve the script language itself:
“It’s also mostly unrelated to our work on Taproot, as Miniscript works with Bitcoin as it exists today. Of course, working on Miniscript did teach us a bunch of things about script that inform designs for future improvements to Script, and Miniscript can be extended as needed.”
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