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Is Shorting Bitcoin (BTC) on BitMEX Hurting The Entire Crypto Market?

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The crypto exchange known as BitMEX has on two occasions traded over 1 Million Bitcoin (BTC) in a single day. The first time BitMEX made this milestone was on the 25th of July and they made the announcement via Twitter as follows:

This feat was again repeated on the 8th of August when the exchange once again traded over 1 Million BTC in a single day. This was after the SEC delayed their decision on a Bitcoin ETF. A screenshot of the daily volume on that day can be found below.

BitMEX 1 Million BTC trade volume. Source, coinmarketcap.com

The CEO and Co-founder of BitMEX, Arthur Hayes had this to say with regards to the 1 Million BTC milestone when it was reached for the second time:

“Once again meeting our own record of 1 million bitcoin traded within 24 hours is a major milestone for the crypto-coin market and testament to the strong community BitMEX is growing. In continuously engaging with, and truly listening to, the needs our customers, we’ve recognized an overwhelming demand for innovative financial products that give the crypto market greater versatility.”

So how is BitMEX doing 1 Million BTC trades in a day

Further dissecting Mr. Hayes last comment above, we find that the exchange has been offering innovative financial products that give the crypto market greater versatility. This includes products that short Bitcoin. Shorting involves the betting on the fact the price of an asset will continue to decline in a bear market. Rather than trading on an up-trend, you short your position and hope it continues to decline, thus profiting from it.

Further researching on the two dates that BitMEX experienced the 1 Million BTC trades (July 25th and 8th of August), we find that Bitcoin was going through phases of decline in the markets. Therefore, the big question is, is BitMEX to blame for the declining value of Bitcoin or are savvy traders making good use of their shorting capability?

The latter is a more plausible reason as to why BitMEX is trading such a high amount of BTC in a single day. What possibly happens during periods of Bitcoin decline, the majority of the crypto-communities communicate via Telegram and they all head to BitMEX to short Bitcoin en masse. There are plenty of chat groups and channels that advice traders on when it is the best time to short BTC.

Therefore, BitMEX is only providing versatile investment products that hinge on the decline of digital assets. Perhaps it is time we all learned how to short our favorite coins during periods of turmoil so we can also benefit.

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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor.  But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.

Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace.  The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information.  Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed.  Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve,…

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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New Tendencies of Bitcoin Gambling

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Gambling has always been an integral part of human nature. Nothing is sweeter than the money you win, and that’s why wagering games have always captivated people throughout history. Last couple of decades saw the gamblers switch increasingly towards virtual gaming, instead of physically being inside a casino. The popularization of online casinos led to the integration of Bitcoin Gambling into the systems and today a very large share of the casino industry is based on the virtual currency.

Reasons behind the transition

The tendency to switch from classic casino environment was dictated by the fact of mobility and accessibility. But the new age has brought us cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that revolutionized the gambling business. From now on, the gamblers of the world don’t have to rely on traditional banking transactions to be able to enjoy themselves online. A simple crypto-wallet and ownership of virtual currency is enough to engage in Bitcoin Gambling.

Bitcoin Gambling and Blockchain Technology

The big reason for the heavy shift towards Bitcoin Gambling is the fact that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are based on the blockchain technology. This means that the process is decentralized, resulting in a much faster speed of transactions, when it comes to depositing or withdrawal of funds in or from the casino accounts. It also makes gambling incredibly secure,…

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