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The Many Unanswered Questions about BitMEX

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As most crypto exchanges are having a hard time retaining business, BitMEX is posting record profits that are yet to be declared but will be highlighted below. Looking at the recent analysis of Coinbase, we find that the popular American exchange is having a hard time maintaining a customer base during a bear market. The exchange has experienced a plunge in the volume of 83% since the highs of December and January.

According to recent reports, Coinbase’s volume in July was around $3.9 Billion in trades as compared to $21 Billion back in January during the crypto bull run.

The only exchange that has partially survived the bear market from the above report is Binance. The exchange’s numbers in July stood at $11.3 Billion in July and those of OKEx reaching levels of $2.9 Billion. We can blame the general decline in trade volume on regulatory uncertainty, constant FUD, ETF blues as well as a natural market decline after an impressive rally.

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BitMEX was launched in 2014 but did not become popular in the crypto-verse up until around June this year, when traders realized they could make a killing shorting Bitcoin (BTC). The exchange offers perpetual contracts as well as futures contracts. The continuous contracts do not have an expiring date and have a funding rate that occurs every 8 hours. Futures contracts on the platform are settled at the contract’s settlement price.

This, in turn, means you can short the digital assets of Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), XRP, Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), EOS, Litecoin (LTC) and Tron (TRX) no the platform. This then opens the floodgates for potential market manipulation from someone or an organization that knows what they are doing.

Limited or No Access in Some Countries

The terms and conditions for using BitMEX indicate that trading is prohibited in a few countries. One country stands out: the United States. Evidence of this can be seen in the terms and conditions for use which state that:

“…that trading access to or holding positions BitMEX is prohibited for any person that is located in or a resident of the United States of America, Québec (Canada), Cuba, Crimea and Sevastopol, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, or any other jurisdiction where the services offered by BitMEX are restricted.”

Could it be they are avoiding SEC scrutiny and the long arm of the American Law? Perhaps the financial instruments on BitMEX would not hold water with the SEC.

Profits, Expensive Offices, and Billionaire Founders

The exchange has most recently rented the most expensive offices in Hong Kong in a move that raises more questions as to how much in profits the exchange is making by offering the unique trading instruments on their platform. The exchange will occupy the 45th floor of the Cheung Kong Center. Their average leasing expenses will add up to around $500k per month.

To add to the question as to how much the exchange is making in profits, Ben Delo, a co-founder of BitMEX, was recently been named Britain’s youngest Bitcoin Billionaire aged at just 34.

The Billion dollar question that now arises is how much is BitMEX making in profits?

In the case of Binance, the exchange has stated that it is eyeing $1 Billion in profits for the year of 2018. Binance does not use the extra leverage instruments on BitMEX, but it has attracted a majority share of global traders. Checking coinmarketcap.com, we find that the daily trade volume of BitMEX is three times that of Binance.

BitMEX vs. Binance trade volume. Source, coinmarketcap.com

Connecting the Dots

Doing the math from the daily trade volume of both exchanges, BitMEX could be targeting $3 Billion in profits at the end of this year or even more.

Therefore, the question as to whether they are getting the funds to rent the best office space in Hong Kong can now be answered. We can also understand how Ben Delo is a Bitcoin Billionaire.

However, there is still the unanswered question as to why trading in the United States is prohibited and as to whether the exchange has protection measures for their users against market manipulation.

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Blockchain technology outshines Bitcoin and Gold during global pandemic

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As the popularity of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin begins to level up with investments made in metals such as Gold, together they have both made significant advantages for investors who have taken a leap to invest in them.

However, thanks to the pandemic and the dynamic shift in investing and the economy, many investors have seen fluctuating losses and gains thanks to the uncertainty of the current business world. 

Many investors that backed companies who have exposure to blockchain technology have seen an approximate amount of 54% return on investments over the past year. This is even after considering how hard the global tech market and companies have been hit since the beginning of the pandemic.

What is blockchain technology?

Blockchain technology was first introduced as a supportive technology for Bitcoin. A blockchain is a simple, unchangeable and un-hackable digital ledger that holds transactions in little blocks attached to a chain. The transaction is duplicated and distributed across the entire network of systems on the blockchain, making it available for everyone on the network to see. 

Each block in the chain contains various transactions which are recorded on the participant ledger every time a transaction takes place. The database is decentralised and is managed by multiple participants known as Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).

Although blockchain technology was birthed from Bitcoin and was widely adopted for the use of cryptocurrencies, the way it works and its security has made…

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Bitcoin Surges After Tesla Bought $1.5 Billion Worth of BTC

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The sudden rise of Bitcoin has been connected to the decision taken by the Tesla electric car company to buy $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin.

The company explained in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it bought Bitcoin to diversify its cash returns and more flexibility.

Musk’s Tweets also impacted Dogecoin’s price

Tesla also added that it will start accepting Bitcoin payments for all its products, although this will be based on a limited basis and applicable laws. If the company concludes and starts accepting cryptocurrency, it will make it the first major car manufacturer to accept Bitcoin payments. The company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has developed an interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

He has been tweeting severally about the viability of the Dogecoin (DOGE), which doesn’t have an important market value attached to it.

Few hours after endorsing Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency rose by an impressive 50%. But regulatory authorities are still concerned about the risks in cryptocurrency investments, with several regulatory bodies warning traders and investors they could lose all their money from crypto investments.

But for Tesla, the company decides to diversify its funds and increased its cash returns. However, Tesla also warned investors about the volatility of Bitcoin’s price in its SEC filing. According to the SEC…

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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //

Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.

Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.

The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.

NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more.

NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…

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