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What Part Did BitMex Play In The Ethereum Crash?

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Ethereum crash

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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Rewards Platform StormX Offers 50% Crypto Cashback Bonus for Thanksgiving

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Singapore, Singapore, 23rd November, 2020, // ChainWire //

Blockchain-based rewards platform StormX has released a seasonal promotion for its award-winning Crypto Cash Back App. The promotion will allow app users to earn a 50% bonus on top of their cashback between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday (November 26-30).

StormX has also introduced a brand-new staking service, allowing users to earn an additional 50% per year when they stake STMX tokens. The native ERC20 token of the StormX ecosystem, STMX has a total supply of 10 billion and is available to trade at many of the world’s top exchanges, including Binance and Bittrex.

“With Bitcoin’s price approaching its all-time high, interest in cryptocurrencies has renewed, though some people believe it’s now too expensive to buy in,” said StormX CEO and Co-Founder Simon Yu. “What we have done is create an easy way for such individuals to accumulate bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies via everyday shopping.

“We’re also excited to provide users with the ability to earn greater rewards simply by staking their tokens.”

Since the StormX mobile app launched its Shop feature with over 700 stores in February 2020, some 400,000 unique users have been added to the rewards platform. StormX has also witnessed over 50% month-on-month growth for sales. The app is available for download on the App and Google Play Stores, and can be downloaded as a browser add-on from the Chrome Web…

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BITTREX GLOBAL CONFIRMS FREE TRADING AND LISTING FOR TOP DEFI TOKEN

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Valduz, Liechtenstein, 17th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

International cryptocurrency exchange promotes free trading and no gas fees for leading DeFi tokens

17th November 2020 — Bittrex Global GmbH. announced today 8 new DeFi tokens will be listed this week including:

  • UMA (UMA)
  • Aave (AAVE)
  • Balancer (BAL)
  • REN (REN & renBTC)
  • Kyber Network (KNC)
  • Band Protocol (BAND)
  • YF Link – (YFL)

Bittrex Global’s users can trade all of their DeFi  tokens with no trading or gas fees until 2021. The decision to enable free trading on Bittrex Global for DeFi tokens  follows on from the 1,000% growth of the DeFi asset class over the course of 2020.

The decision to enable free transactions will see more investors enter the Blockchain Act’s digital asset regulatory system, supervised by the Financial Market Authority in Liechtenstein (FMA) under the Due Diligence Act which requires traders to comply with the KYC/AML/CFT standards.

“The last year has seen huge growth in DeFi as an asset class and a number of significant milestones completed,” said Bittrex Global’s CEO Tom Albright. “As the asset class matures and more institutional and professional investors look at the fundamentals, we are likely to see increased demand and higher trading volumes for DeFi in 2021.

We’re really excited about what we’re seeing in the space and want to see these DeFi projects grow and help them build stronger platforms through increased adoption. Offering free trading fees…

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Ready for Chaos? Swingby’s Chaos-Mainnet Launches on December 28th

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Singapore, Singapore, 9th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

Swingby is the “warp-speed” protocol for inter-blockchain swaps. It allows all DeFi users to move assets between blockchains without a trusted party. 

Today, Swingby announces its first mainnet network will be released on the 28th of December; it will bridge native Bitcoins onto Ethereum via Wrapped BTC (WBTC).

The initial bridge will enable the most liquid digital asset in the world (Bitcoin), currently valued at a $300 billion market cap, to be moved onto the Ethereum network to tap its $10b DeFi ecosystem.

“This launch will be pivotal to Swingby. After December 28th, Swingby will have a fully operational Chaos-Mainnet network which will be generating a tremendous amount of value to the world of DeFi and bringing in a large number of new users” – Yusaku Senga, CEO

Why is this big news for DeFi?

On December 28th, Swingby will be launching its first Chaos-Mainnet bridge, allowing users to easily move their bitcoins into WBTC on Ethereum without the need for a trusted party. Similarly, the bridge can be used in the opposite direction allowing WBTC-ERC20 tokens to be moved back into native BTCs.

What’s so special about it?

  1. Trustless: Swingby’s Skybridge will be the only way to trustlessly swap BTC into wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC).
  2. Simple to use: The Swingby bridge has been designed to work with standard transaction types removing the need for complex smart contract calls…
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