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South Korea: Crypto Exchange Bithumb Is Officially ‘Clear’

After months of investigation (three to be exact), the South Korean government has found no evidence of any wrongdoing regarding the operation of the popular crypto exchange Bithumb.

The news came from a local media report yesterday, where Bithumb is proud to be officially ‘clear’ and continue its operations as the largest cryptocurrency exchange in Korea and the 7th largest in the world by its trade volume.

What started as a serious investigation on January 10, 2018 – is now over. Conducted by multiple government agencies such as the National Tax Service (NTS), Financial Services Commission (FSC) and Korea Financial Intelligence Unit (KFIU), the investigation was looking for faulty things regarding the crypto exchange Bithumb’s operation.

The South Korean government described this investigation as an intense and extensive one, mounting a search and seizure operation on its headquarters as well as taking all equipment and information in order to run a full audit on the exchange’s dealings.

Meanwhile, the crypto exchange Bithumb became the target of the investigation after showing a 171-fold increase in profits in a 12-month period. The North Korean government, on the other hand, was looking to ensure that the company had settled all taxes and disclosed their holdings, profits as well as losses.

One official spokesperson for the NTS said that they had “initiated several investigations into Bithumb between 2014 and 2017, and over the past four years, Bithumb has continuously paid all of the taxes imposed to the company without any conflict with the NTS.”

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Analysis: Bitcoin And Ethereum Record New Gains After Mid-Week Drops

The past 12 hours have been positive for both Bitcoin and Ethereum. The two largest cryptocurrencies by market cap have risen more than 6% in value. Still, some analysts think that this is still not a confirmation that a positive short-term trend is coming.

The quick recovery was actually a correction which made the Bitcoin price climb to $6,445 and the price of Ether, the native cryptocurrency of Ethereum, to reach $295 (at press time).

Ether, which plunged by nearly 20% two days ago, has been in a stronger movement than Bitcoin and increased from $250 to $295 in less than 24 hours. Investors think that moving above $300 is the crucial level that ETH needs to secure right now. For Bitcoin, they believe that going anywhere near $6,700 will be a confirmation that a positive short-term trend is on its way.

Willy Woo is one of the investors and analysts who were right about the price of Bitcoin dropping below the $6,000 mark since May this year. As he recently stated, the market will likely experience another drop before the next mid-term rally.

Woo said that Bitcoin will test the $6,000 support level in the near future, even if it recovers beyond the $7,000 mark. As he stated:

“Leveraged short positions now near all time high. Anyone got a spare $35m in their trade account? Should be enough to trigger all those stops for a payday.”

Based on Woo’s analysis, a new drop would be a likely scenario for Bitcoin and the entire crypto market, before a proper rally comes on the way. This is mainly due to the lack of momentum, volume, and stability in the market.

Arthur Hayes, the CEO of BitMEX, has expressed his thoughts on the future of Ethereum, naming it a “sh*tcoin” and predicting “double-digit price levels” soon – mostly because of the market and its inability to support a huge spike with the current price trends.

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Pantera Capital CEO: ‘If Bitcoin Is Rat Poison, Banks Are The Rats’

Pantera Capital, which is one of the leading investment firms in the crypto space, seems to have an optimistic look at cryptocurrencies despite the current market downturn.

As the CEO and chief investment officer at the firm Dan Morehead stated during a digital asset funds conference this Tuesday, blockchains are the next step in the evolution of equity. In that way, cryptocurrencies are a superior form of currency.

Morehead also called Bitcoin “the biggest disruption of this generation”. As a well-known optimist who stated that the combined crypto market cap could climb to $40 trillion one day, he also pointed out some statements towards the regulation and adoption of cryptocurrencies by banks.

He addressed his thoughts in the same way as Warren Buffett did earlier this year, noting the ‘rat poison squared’ rumor about Bitcoin, stating:

“It is rat poison; it’s just the banks and credit card companies are the rats.”

When asked if now is a good time to buy crypto, Morehead stated:

“That’s actually a good time to increase your position. It is highly likely to be the low point for the industry. My normal view is that it is going to return to its trend”

Morehead remains positive and optimistic about the long-term scenario of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. As he said, blockchains are the “final piece” of the protocol structure that describes the Internet – and a way to move funds without paying high fees.

Bitcoin, according to him, is not a category killer but a “serial killer” which means that it will affect many different use cases.

“I think we’re heading towards a post-capitalist era. Now, we’re going to have ‘cooperatively owned’ technologies that are very valuable.” Morehead concluded.

 

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Crypto Market Struggles Around $200 Billion, Bitcoin And Ether Lack Momentum

The crypto market has slightly recovered over the past 24 hours but is still in the red, after the prices of Bitcoin and Ether led a new drop which saw the market go below $200 billion.

At press time, the total cryptocurrency market cap is somewhere around $203 billion, a number which can soon change. Since August 14th when every major cryptocurrency in the market has plunged, investors are finding it difficult to record gains off their investments.

Still, this may be a good time for buying cryptocurrencies – which is probably what has been happening over the past 24 hours – hence why the prices of Bitcoin and Ether rose. Currently, Bitcoin is standing still at $6,348 while Ether remains below the $300 mark, standing at $282.

Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Ethereum Classic, Ripple and other cryptocurrencies recorded a drop in the range of 15% to 20%, which was triggered by a massive sell-off across the major cryptocurrency exchanges.

There were three major drops in the cryptocurrency market this year. In February, April and June, Bitcoin tested the $6,000 support level and surged to the region of $9,000 to $11,000 over the past few months, only to fall back to $6,000 which is its current position.

If Bitcoin now falls below the $5,800 mark and moves below to the $5,000 region, it is expected that other major cryptocurrencies will suffer and follow the downside trends as well.

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$30,000 Penalty + Lifetime Trading Ban: SEC Smacks Fraudulent ICO Founder

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued an officer and director bar, a penny stock bar as well as a fine of $30,000 to one fraudulent ICO founder. As the official press release noted, SEC smacked David T. Laurence for taking part in deceitful security offerings.

As the LinkedIn profile of David T. Laurence shows, he is the president and CEO of the oil drilling company named Tomahawk Exploration LLC. He has been working in the company for over eight years.

In June 2017, Laurence started creating “Tomahawkcoins” in an attempt to raise $5 million in an initial coin offering (ICO). The project which he planned would then use the capital to drill ten wells in California.

What the SEC found suspicious here was the false information provided in Laurence’s ICO. As they stated, the ICO statements ”

used inflated projections of oil production” and claimed that Tomahawk had already obtained leases for drilling on the sites. The firm also tried to portray Laurance as a principled individual by claiming that he had a “flawless background”.

Even though the ICO was not successful in raising money – the company set up a bounty program to trade the Tomahawkcoins with online promotional services. As a result, both Laurance and Tomahawk were given cease and desist orders – and they chose to avoid denying or accepting the claims.

The SEC is now confident that scammers are luring people in their projects by offering high returns on investment (ROI) and this ‘trend’ is on the rise. This is why the agency also created a search tool at Investor.gov which contains all the details of various investment professionals – as well as a tool named SEC Action Lookup – Individuals (SALI) which will identify investors convicted by the SEC.

 

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