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Cryptocurrency Market Crashes – What to do?

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Last week of February 2019 was exceptional for crypto business. The optimism filled the investors as the rates kept rising for the whole week. It looked like February would end in a plus until Sunday afternoon. The cryptocurrency rate suddenly fell for an astonishing 10 billion dollars. Zilliqa, Litecoin, and Holochain suffered the largest losses. All other cryptocurrencies significantly lost value as well.

What are the new values after the sudden market descend?

With small fluctuations, the value on the cryptomarket kept increasing for the whole week, all the way up to 142 billion dollars. The sudden decrease at 13.30 GMT last Sunday caused the market value to fall to 130 billion dollars in just about one hour.

Different cryptocurrency websites show different rates but agree in general. Zilliqa (ZIL), Litecoin (LTC) and Holochain (HOT) were hit the most. According to the reports, Zilliqa ended up with 8.5%, Litecoin 7.5%, and Holochain 7.3% decrease. It is reported lesser decrease rates: 5.4% for ZIL, 4.2% for LTC and 4.3% for HOT. EOS and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) closely follow the previous three. Cryptocompare.com reported 3.5% rate drop for EOS and 3.5% for BCH.

Ether and Bitcoin are next in line by their rate drop. With the 3% rate descend, Ether is now worth less than 150 dollars each. Bitcoin price was fluctuating around 4000 dollars for the whole week. When it finally got over 4000 dollars, the decrease made it drop to 3800. Binance Coin (BNB) had one of the less affected rates about 1.5%, as well as the Tron (TRX). The two well-known remittance and settlement cryptocurrencies Stellar Lumens (XLM) and XRP also slid. The rates fell by about 4% for XLM and 3% for XRP.

Why did this happen?

Even though various statistics sources complicate making exact conclusions, they all agree that the cryptocurrency rate has fallen. In the same time last week, the cryptomarket was worth about 120 billion dollars. Sunday’s sudden decrease could return cryptomarket all the way to that value because it has abolished the increasing rates from last week.

Similar cryptomarket decrease happened in November 2018 but it had clear reasons. The traders remember BCH hard fork and two ICO projects SEC had requested to compensate the traders. Because in February 2019 there were no such events, there wasn’t any explanation why the rates fluctuate this much. Traders believe that the crypto winter has ended and that the market is on the edge of a new phase.

Recently, bots have been causing more and more market activity. Although this is a well-known practice, algos could also be used for wash trading.

Wash trading is when someone uses algos to deliberately boost cryptocurrency volumes and prices. The algos stop their activity when cryptocurrencies reach a specific value. This causes a sudden market crash like this one on Sunday. Knowing that cryptocurrencies increased in value last week and then unexpectedly crashed for no reason, to some investors this seems to mark the finishing phase of a wash trading process.

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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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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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