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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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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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