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What Part Did BitMex Play In The Ethereum Crash?

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A month ago, traders were confident that the value of ETH would not fall below $300. But the recent fake news that Goldman Sachs was dropping plans for a Bitcoin and Crypto desk, proved to be the catalyst the digital asset needed to fall even further to current levels of $192 at the moment of writing this. All year long, analysts had predicted that ETH would plummet in the markets due to congestion issues on its network. This led to many investors shorting the digital asset through BitMEX. But many did not expect the fall to be overnight as experienced in the last week.

BitMEX Accused of Manipulating Ethereum’s Price

Information around the crypto trader community indicates that the crypto exchange of BitMEX might have had a hand in the Ethereum crash. This was after a conversation on the exchange surfaced of a BitMEX official account (supposedly of Arthur Hayes) advising traders to keep shorting ETH. A screenshot of the conversation has been provided below:

BitMEX CEO’s conversation with users. Source, trustnodes.com

The word ‘punt’ used in the conversation above, is used in informal terms to hint at attempts to make fast profits from an investment regardless of its underlying fundamentals. This means the trader carries a high risk in the trade by speculating instant high returns. In the case of ETH, the decline was inevitable, but the shorts on BitMEX might have contributed to the digital asset falling further.

With respect to BitMEX being accused of manipulating the value of ETH, the platform has barred trading for residents of the U.S, Québec (Canada), Cuba, just to name a few. This then can be interpreted as the exchange evading the corresponding regulatory authorities such as the American SEC. This theory further pushes suspicions that their back-end operations are not as they seem. There could be more to this than meets the eye with BitMEX. Here is the chart of Ethereum ever since it was added to BitMex on August 2nd at around $400.

Chart courtesy of tradingview.com

The Decline of ETH Might Not Be Over

Many crypto analysts believe that the cryptocurrency bear market will not be over till late October this year. Other’s have postulated that we have a long 6 to 12 months of either a bear market or pure sideways movement. Both schools of thought agree that in the short term, Ethereum’s price in the market might drop as low as $155. This is without factoring in any other FUD or fake news in the crypto space.

When we add the prospects of bad news from the SEC postponing or rejecting the CBOE sponsored Bitcoin ETF, we can clearly see that ETH could be headed to a double-digit value very soon. The last time Ethereum was valued at under $100 was back in May 2017 when many of us had not even got into the crypto trading space. All we knew was that there was this new revolutionary technology called blockchain and its biggest advocate was Bitcoin.

In conclusion, the cryptocurrency exchange of BitMEX could have had a hand in further pushing the value of ETH lower than was expected. This is due to the various investment instruments on the platform that allows traders to bet against their favorite digital asset. Further looking at the situation from the point of view of the exchange’s CEO, Arthur Hayes, ETH was ripe for the picking as the preferred coin to short in the markets. With the market still a bit shaky, ETH might decline a bit further.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

In the past few…

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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