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Tether Holders Heading To Kraken For Offloading USDT

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Tether (USDT) is one of the best-known stablecoins in the entire crypto market. As such, it promises to serve as a cryptocurrency with unquestionable stability, as each of its coins is supposedly backed by $1.

However, throughout its history, many have questioned if Tether coins are entirely backed, which has caused a lot of controversies, as well as a fear that investors are holding unbacked coins. These suspicions have increased recently after Tether’s price dropped far below $1.

At the same time, BitFinex, one of the largest exchanges that trade Tether, announced issues with deposits and withdrawals of fiat currencies. This, and similar reports, such as Noble bank losing Tether as their customers, seem to have sparked a desire among investors to offload their coins.

Tether holders unable to return USDT to Tether Ltd

According to Tether’s 2016 white paper, USDT holders should be capable of exchanging their Tether coins for USD by simply returning them to Tether Ltd. However, in the last several months, numerous users reported that they were unable to do so. As a consequence, investors turned to cryptocurrency exchanges in the hope that they will be able to sell their USDT there.

Since BitFinex already announced deposit and withdrawal issues, many have gone to Kraken exchange, as one of the few places where Tether can be converted to USD. Since then, Kraken’s wallet balance increased its Tether supply to almost 47.8 million coins. This has made it the eight-most valuable wallet that holds USDT.

Considering that only two weeks ago, the same wallet held the 22nd place on the list of wallets with the highest amount of USDT, it seems that the rumors are true. Kraken now serves as quite a notable outlier, and investors are indeed using it for exchanging their Tether coins for US dollars.

This indicates that doubts regarding USDT did not only blow over, and Tether holders are in a hurry to exchange their coins. Kraken, which offers only one trading pair for Tether — USDT/USD — claims that investors are merely exchanging Tether for dollars to buy other coins. In other words, the growth of their USDT supply is not a result of investors trying to get rid of Tether, but instead, they are only trying to get to other digital currencies.

This claim is backed by the fact that Kraken has no other trading pairs for USDT, as mentioned. However, back on October 15, when Tether’s price dropped to only $0.85, USDT trading volume spiked like never before. Despite Kraken’s claims, this is a clear sign that investors started seeking ways to offload USDT once its price started dropping.

It would seem that concerns regarding the USDT finally got through to even the most optimistic investors. While these suspicions have been around for a while, most Tether holders likely discarded them as just pessimistic speculation. However, many see the current situation as abandoning this so-called stablecoin in fear of an even larger crash.

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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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