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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.

BitMEX

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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ISW Holdings Negotiating Purchase of Additional 300 to 900 Cryptocurrency Miners in Preparation for Phase 3 Expansion in Mining Operations

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LAS VEGAS, February 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – ISW Holdings, Inc. (OTC: ISWH) (“ISW Holdings” or the “Company”), a global brand management holdings company with commercial operations in Telehealth and Cryptocurrency Mining, is pleased to announce that the Company is currently in negotiations toward the purchase of an additional large number of miners (between 300 and 900) in preparation for its coming Phase 3 expansion in mining volume.

The Company previously announced that it is currently launching its initial Pod5 Cryptocurrency Mining Pod, a fully self-contained high-PUE mining solution designed, assembled, and installed in partnership with Bit5ive, LLC, (“Bit5ive”) at the Bit5ive 100 MW renewable energy cryptocurrency mining facility in Pennsylvania.

Expansion involves assembling, equipping, and powering up additional Pod5 units, each of which houses 300 miners and is capable of driving roughly $2.9 million in annualized revenues at current cryptocurrency market pricing. Management is targeting the acquisition of 900 new miners capable of equipping three (3) new Pod5 units, which would lead to an additional $8.64 million in annualized revenues from mining activities at current market prices.

As noted in prior Company communications, the Company began a four-phase process last year.

  • Phase 1 (completed) was about integrating leading design solutions and establishing a supply chain to bring in industry-leading parts and equipment for the Pod5 mining solution.
  • Phase 2 (completed) was about assembling and shipping its initial Pod5 unit.
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Elon Musk Advises Crypto Users To Secure Their Crypto Keys Properly

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The crypto community has not gotten over the fact that the world’s richest man has now invested in Bitcoin and has been pretty active in the industry.

However, the community is now receiving security tips for storing cryptocurrencies from Tesla’s chief executive officer. While pointing the security of cryptocurrencies, Tesla also criticized Freewallet app, a crypto wallet for its slack in security.

He also added that crypto investors should not bother doing business with wallets that don’t provide them with private keys.

Users should store their private keys

The unique way cryptocurrencies are stored makes them not redeemable when the keys are lost. Whether the holder stores them with third-party custodians or exchanges, the owner can only claim them when they provide keys to the crypto funds.

That makes securing the keys the most important thing when dealing with cryptocurrencies. As a result, selecting the safest hot or cold wallet is a priority if users want to keep their crypto investments safe.

Elon Musk has come out to advise investors to always store their private keys personally. For a company to receive the attention of the world’s richest man is something to take advantage of to grow. However, FreewalletApp’s short conversation with Musk is a sort of negative publicity to them.

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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.

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