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The US Justice Department Investigates: Who Stands Behind the Price of Bitcoin (BTC)?

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Bitcoin is the first and original digital currency that started the entire craze with blockchain technology. Almost 10 years ago, an anonymous hacker known under the alias Satoshi Nakamoto launched this crypto as the first digital coin ever. A couple of years later, there came new coins which followed by having over 1500 ICOs issued and launched over the mentioned period. As we all know, all currencies have their dev teams and CEOs, however, Bitcoin doesn’t.

So, how come its price has spiked up to the previous record of around 20.000$ per one unit, if Bitcoin can be marked as an abandoned project with over forty different forks derived from its system as basically, anyone with the matching tools can create a fork out of Bitcoin, and that is how we got Bitcoin Private, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, and even Bitcoin God and Bitcoin Pizza.

As much as crypto enthusiasts appreciate the first coin ever to be launched, the Department of Justice in the United State is interested in finding out who is behind the price of Bitcoin. That is why they have announced an investigation that would be conducted in the following period in order to trace the person or a team who stands behind the price of Bitcoin.

The US Justice Department: Is Bitcoin Going Under Pump-and-Dump?

Almost anyone who is following up with the crypto market knows about a notorious market scheme called pump-and-dump.

Apparently, some holders have acquired this technique in order to have their holding units pumped up to the maximum in the market with having a price that is usually off the charts of the realistic price of the given coin.

Once the pumping part is done and the coin has reached a flattering value, the pumpers then dump their coins, which means that they are selling the coins that have been pumped, and then selling them back to the interested traders while collecting profit.

Moreover, the US Justice Department believes that the signs of spoofing and possibly wash trades could also be discovered in the process of the mentioned investigation.

Spoofing is another way of pumping the market value of a certain coin. This is conducted in a way that a holder of a certain coin, in this case, BTC, goes ahead and opens an active trade.

The great turn out of events that makes up for spoofing lies in the fact that the active trade is never meant to be. So, a holder can open a trade, which consequently affects the price of the given coin to rise up, while the trade never actually occurs, which is considered to be a fraudulent action.

That is exactly why the US Justice Department is trying to come to the bottom of this story, which should allow them to discover the great mystery of who stands behind the price of Bitcoin.

Canada and the United States Investigating Beyond Bitcoin: Operation Crypto Sweep

The US Justice Department along with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and The Government of Canada are joining forces with a single project called Crypto sweep.

While SEC is conducting their own investigation on different ICOs that are suspected of violating securities laws, the SEC is in support of the newly announced project Crypto sweep, that way supporting the US and Canada in their investigation.

Besides from announcing an investigation on who stands behind the price of Bitcoin, the US Department of Justice is going to partner up with Canada with the goal of battling toxic ICOs and scam coins.

The US Justice Department will notify the public on their future progress regarding the Bitcoin investigation as well as their progress on Crypto sweep whether they joined their forces with Canada in an attempt to stop all fraudulent actions in the crypto market.

How is Bitcoin doing at the Current Moment?

Bitcoin has definitely seen better days, as we can see it at a pretty low price in oppose to its value in April and at the beginning of May.

As BTC is now worth around 7500$ per one unit, many reporters are linking this massive fall to the most recent announcement from the US Justice Department that there will be an investigation revolving around Bitcoin, however, if you go ahead and check the stats on CoinMarketCap or Coin Gecko, you will easily notice that the price of BTC went down before the original announcement.

Following the latest change in the market, BTC is up by barely over 1% at this moment, on May 26th, which means that the first crypto ever and number one on the global coin ranking list can be traded at the price of 7560$ per one unit, as it lost over 15% of its value in the course of the last month.

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The low volatility of Litecoin and Bitcoin on the spotlight

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Just like many other cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, as well as Litecoin, currently sit in vitality as much as the market is concerned. Will Bitcoin and Litecoin recover as much as many have been speculating? Apparently, it is hard to tell how the investors will react to all these recent events.

When looking at the current trend of the volatility of Litecoin and bitcoin prices in US dollars, it is quite clear to note that there is a decrease in volatility. The price of bitcoin stands at $6,574 with a slight change (24h) of +0.06%. On the other hand, Litecoin is trading at $53.94 with a difference (24h) of -1.45% at the press time. Basically, at the moment there isn’t a significant downward movement between the two cryptocurrencies.

Spectators Never Fail to Give Reasons

As always many spectators will seek to give some reasons for the trends and some think that the downward move is just a manipulation by some small group so that they can outscore the stock market. Perhaps, it is a bear market, and with the volatility of the coins being technically low, it means it is cheaper, which is definitely better.

The Real Meaning

What the trends literally mean is that there is an accountable resistance with both Bitcoin and Litecoin contrary to the expectations of many who were anticipating at least some positive movement after the sharp market rise last week.

However, that doesn’t mean that…

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If Tether crashes, will that money pour into Bitcoin?

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For a long time now, the so-called stablecoin, Tether (USDT) has been a topic of discussion within the crypto community.

Tether, as a stablecoin, is said to be fully backed by the USD. This allowed it to be one of only a handful of cryptos that can avoid volatility issues, due to the fact that it is backed by a stable fiat currency. However, for as long as it was around, Tether was very secretive of its bank accounts and funds in general.

While claiming to have the ability to back each of its USDT coins, many have questioned whether or not this can be true. At the time of writing (October 16, 2018), Tether has released 2,256,421,736 USDT in circulation. This means that it needs to have at least $2,256,421,736 in order to cover its circulating supply.

At this point, three questions emerge, and answering them could very well change the future of this stablecoin. The questions are as follows:

  1. Are all USDT coins fully backed?
  2. If yes, then where did that much money come from?
  3. If not, what will happen when the market discovers the lie?

Tether continues to keep secrets

As mentioned, Tether has always claimed to be able to back each of its coins. However, instead of operating on transparency, the coin used different tools, mostly opaqueness, misdirection, and playing the victim whenever someone tried to unveil what is truly going…

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Is Bitcoin (BTC) Better Than USD?

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Despite all its recent progress, cryptocurrencies still do not inspire trust in a lot of people. Many view them as unsafe money, with its very nature being doubtful. However, a recent report by the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Nuclear Physics shows that situation regarding cryptocurrencies may not be as bad as it seems. In fact, the report claims that Bitcoin might even be a better currency than it looks like.

Bitcoin vs traditional money

Bitcoin, as many are already aware of, is the first cryptocurrency. It was created a decade ago and was officially launched in 2009. But, even though it has been around for around 9 years at this point, it is still largely mistrusted by a lot of investors, especially when it comes to large institutions.

However, thanks to the Cracow-based Institute of Nuclear Physics’ recent report, this common opinion might actually be wrong. The Institute has conducted a detailed statistical analysis of the BTC market and has published the results in a scientific journal called Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science.

Surprisingly enough, the report portraits Bitcoin in a very positive light.

The report started by commenting on the credibility of traditional money. In the past, money that people have been using was backed by specific material commodities, such as gold. These commodities gave the money its value and served as a guarantee that the money actually has worth. This is…

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