Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA) Sees A Sharp Rise in Crypto-Related Fraud

Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA) Sees A Sharp Rise in Cryptocurrency Related Fraud

The Austrian regulator reported a record amount of potential frauds in 2020. And cryptocurrencies are at its center, with two-thirds of investment fraud reports related to digital assets trading products.

Besides cryptocurrencies, the frauds were related to gold and stocks, Financial Market Authority said in a statement.

A rise in scam offerings for digital assets was seen on “dubious” platforms that were often advertised on social media like WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook, or TikTok, the regulator said.

“We see a great need for stricter regulation,” FMA spokesman Klaus Grubelnik said on Friday.

He further said the prosecution of these cryptocurrency-related frauds was even more difficult because investigations have to be conducted across borders. While fake offerings for bullion and stocks have been around forever, the shaft has now been seen towards the digital assets “because of the hype,” Grubelnik said.

In 2021, so far, the price of Bitcoin has surged past $57,000, hitting a trillion-dollar market cap. The entire cryptocurrency has been enjoying a bull run, with the overall market capitalization going past $1.75 trillion.

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“Everything Going Up” Season Sees Cardano (ADA) Trumping Polkadot (DOT)

“Everything Going Up” Season Sees Cardano (ADA) Trumping Polkadot (DOT)

A new macro trend has begun for Cardano (ADA) after the network adds the ability to build decentralized applications (DApps) on it and teases “Ouroboros Omega.”

In the ongoing raging bull market, we are experiencing everything going up, which has been going on with the stock market, but in the cryptocurrency market, it is a lot more heightened.

Bitcoin has already gone past $48,000 BTC 9.58% Bitcoin / USD BTCUSD $ 47,030.03
$4,505.489.58%
Volume 100.01 b Change $4,505.48 Open $47,030.03 Circulating 18.62 m Market Cap 875.9 b
2 h BlockFi Officially Launches the Bitcoin Trust with Fidelity Digital Assets as Custodian 3 h It’s Not a Top, Bitcoin in a “Rational Bubble” says Allianz Economic Advisor 4 h “Everything Going Up” Season Sees Cardano (ADA) Trumping Polkadot (DOT)
, and Ether is trading well past $1,800 ETH 4.41% Ethereum / USD ETHUSD $ 1,773.18
$78.204.41%
Volume 46.29 b Change $78.20 Open $1,773.18 Circulating 114.6 m Market Cap 203.21 b
2 h Binance Backs Parachain Candidate, Plasm Network; Making First Investment in Polkadot Ecosystem 2 h BlockFi Officially Launches the Bitcoin Trust with Fidelity Digital Assets as Custodian 4 h “Everything Going Up” Season Sees Cardano (ADA) Trumping Polkadot (DOT)
, with altcoins experiencing even wilder price movement.

In 2021, so far, the notable leading cryptos include COVER (8,800%), BAO (2,972%), DOGE (1,290%), BADGER (1,272%), ALPHA (1,000%), LUNA (730%), ROOK (613%), AAVE (438%), CRV (386%), 1inch (354%), SOL (328%), SUSHI (313%), UNI (302%), and Cardano (300%).

The majority of these top gainers are DeFi tokens, which have been exploding into popularity and value.

Among the top altcoins, Cardano (ADA) is actually turning out to be an outlier for the past few days as its price started uptrending just this month. ADA started the year at around $0.175 and this month at just under $0.340, only to jump above $0.753 in the past 24-hours. ADA -0.22% Cardano / USD ADAUSD $ 0.70
$0.00-0.22%
Volume 6.42 b Change $0.00 Open $0.70 Circulating 31.11 b Market Cap 21.9 b
3 h Bitwise Files Application to Launch Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) for ‘Crypto Innovators’ 4 h “Everything Going Up” Season Sees Cardano (ADA) Trumping Polkadot (DOT) 1 d Cardano’s ADA Overtakes XRP to Become Fourth-Largest Cryptocurrency After ‘Mary’ Hard Fork

“ADA has confirmed the breakout from its multi-year triangle. After over 670 days of consolidation inside this pattern… A new macro trend has begun,” noted trader Rekt Analyst.

These gains helped the open-source, smart-contract platform become the 4th largest network with a market cap of $22.36 billion, as per Messari, a step above Polkadot (DOT), a blockchain network designed to support various interconnected, application-specific sub-chains called parachains, whose market capitalization is $21.64 billion. DOT 1.20% Polkadot / USD DOTUSD $ 23.01
$0.281.20%
Volume 3.8 b Change $0.28 Open $23.01 Circulating 908.48 m Market Cap 20.9 b
2 h Binance Backs Parachain Candidate, Plasm Network; Making First Investment in Polkadot Ecosystem 3 h Bitwise Files Application to Launch Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) for ‘Crypto Innovators’ 4 h “Everything Going Up” Season Sees Cardano (ADA) Trumping Polkadot (DOT)

As the price of ADA continues to increase, so does the number of traders for ADA, addresses that have held a crypto-asset for less than 30 days, which reached a multi-year high. In February, this value has increased to over 11.82b ADA, 33.8% of the circulating supply, as per IntoTheBlock.

The network has also been seeing regulator updates with its third phase, “Goguen,” focused on integrating smart contracts into the blockchain, launching in December.

While the Shelley era decentralizes the system, Goguen adds the ability to build decentralized applications (DApps) on Cardano, as per its roadmap.

Amidst all this, Cardano creator Charles Hoskinson, who also co-founded the second largest network Ethereum, announced “Ouroboros Omega.”

“If you think that we are rocking it now, just you wait until we talk about Ouroboros Omega…..” tweeted Hoskinson last week.

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Author: AnTy

Cryptocurrency Market Sees $1 Billion USD of Real Capital Flowing Out of Altcoins

Cryptocurrency Market Sees $1 Billion USD of Real Capital Flowing Out of Altcoins

For most of the altcoins, the deep losses have already been reverted in this week of Pump-Dump-Pump.

XRP has taken the entire crypto market down with it.

The cryptocurrency carnage that occurred on late Wednesday night wiped out about $62 billion from the market.

XRP has lost 63.5% of its value since Monday when Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse tweeted that SEC is going to sue them for selling unregistered securities in 2013.

XRP/USD went as low as $0.212 before recovering to the $0.263 level.

Still, shorting XRP won’t be as fun here as “Funding rate is absolutely insane. Similar to the funding rate for BTC during the March capitulation. This can short squeeze so hard,” noted trader CryptoSqueeze.

While the world’s largest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin barely felt the effect, as it only dropped to $22,600 and is already back above $23,000, the second-largest cryptocurrency wasn’t this lucky.

ETH went down hard, losing nearly 12% of its value as it crashed to $550, currently working on getting back to the $600 level.

When it comes to the DeFi market, the total value locked (TVL) in the space hasn’t seen much change from last weekend’s ATH of $14 billion, currently standing at $13.3 billion.

As for tokens, SUSHI nuked only to get back to the previous level soon after. Much like SUSHI, several altcoins fell hard. LINK is another example of losing easily 30% of their value only to move back halfway up.

Over the past week, the notable losers include HAKKA (51%), SWRV (35%), CRV (31%), bzrx (28%), COVER (26%), COMP (25%), YFI (18%), AAVE (9%), and UNI (8.40%).

This week, SNX was the outlier as it diverged from the rest of the DeFi world. SNX surged more than 42% in the first three days of the week only to feel the pressure and losing 24% of its value since then.

This altcoin carnage resulted in their collective market capitalization down approximately $31 billion. This amounts to about “$1b USD of real capital flows out of alt-coins using FundStrat estimations of crypto cap change per dollar invested,” noted on-chain analyst Willy Woo.

Altcoins’ loss has been Bitcoin’s gain as its dominance surpassed 70%, to reach a one-year high.

Overall, markets remain in the red going into the weekend ahead of the Christmas celebration.

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Thailand Excise Dept to Adopt Blockchain In 2021; Boosting Collection Efficiency

Blockchain technology sees significant increases in adoption, particularly from companies looking to leverage it and streamline their operations. Beyond companies, there has also been an increase in government blockchain applications. In Thailand, the official tax agency is hopping on the trend.

Streamlined Operations to Benefit the Bottom Line

The Thai Excise Department plans to use the blockchain to improve its revenue collection capabilities, the Bangkok Post reports.

Per the report, the move became necessary following the agency’s resolve to work on its tax collection modalities rather than increase taxes in a downturn.

Lavaron Sangsnit, the agency’s Director-General, says the agency could use the technology to assess tax liability for imported products and assess other government agencies’ revenue collection. Like other countries in Asia, Thailand is expecting a drop in income due to the impact of COVID-19.

The government projects a drop in tax revenues for 2020, with 530billion baht ($17.5 billion) expected to come in for the fiscal year. This marks a 3.3 percent reduction from the 548 billion baht ($18 billion) that it got last year. Looking to streamline operations and improve collection efficiency, the Department will now move into blockchain.

This isn’t the agency’s first foray into blockchain. Last year, the department developed a new, blockchain-based tax refund method for oil exporters. At the time, former Director-General Patchara Anuntasilpa said the system was one of the three changes that the agency planned to incorporate in the near future.

Patchara highlighted that the future tax refund system would require oil exporters to pay excise taxes and only claim refunds after they had shipped their products. With blockchain, the Excise Department would be better suited to inspect tax payments and shipping processes.

The Director-General added at the time that the Department was also working on using blockchain for the distribution of playing card licenses and annual fee payments for liquor and tobacco.

Collaborating With Other Departments

Now, with countries looking to get back on their feet following the coronavirus, Thailand is also making changes to its entire tax system. Going into the 2021 fiscal year, the Revenue and Customs departments are also expected to incorporate blockchain for their operations. The Director-General added that the technology could help thoroughly assess each government department’s revenue collection, integrating all that data into a single database.

Thailand is one of the most blockchain-friendly countries globally, with the technology seeing rapid adoption in both the private and public sectors. With banks focusing on improving cross-border payments and the government using the technology to streamline revenue collection, the Southeast Asian country is taking payment efficiency more seriously.

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Author: Jimmy Aki

Reserve Bank of Australia Is ‘Closely Watching’ CBDC Research, Despite A ‘No Rush’ Attitude

Barely a month after saying it sees no rush in launching a central bank digital currency (CBDC), the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has confirmed that it is still following closely on the developments in this space. RBA’s head of policy payments, Tony Richards, said that the monetary authority is also considering going the ‘wholesale’ way where the CDBC would be limited to particular financial institutions.

Richards spoke at a Blockchain, Crypto, and FinTech conference held at the University of Western Australia. He highlighted some of the considerations that RBA will focus on as it continues to deliberate on the CBDC proposition,

“We will be continuing to consider the case for a CBDC, including how it might be designed, the potential benefits and policy implications, and the conditions in which significant demand for a CBDC might emerge.”

While RBA’s mid-September report was skeptical about issuing a CBDC, Richards noted that a public policy case for its issuance is yet to be made. He went on to add that the bank is currently looking at the design options that it could take if it eventually launches a CBDC. Unlike Bitcoin, whose foundation is on the blockchain, Richards anticipates that an Aussie CBDC will take the form of a centralized & permissioned digital ledger.

Other consideration factors include whether to develop the CBDC as a token-based or account-based ecosystem. The RBA is also looking at the retail case as part of its ongoing research on the policy and technological effects of launching a CBDC. Richards confirmed that they would continue to follow closely what CBDC advanced jurisdictions are doing,

“If some jurisdictions do move towards full implementations of CBDC, there will be many central banks like us who will be closely watching.”

With the current CBDC developments, it appears that these digital assets may soon become part of legal backed tenders in global circulation. The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) recently released a CBDC report in collaboration with seven major central banks. Russia has also issued a consultative paper on CBDCs, while Japan’s central bank is set to pilot its digital yen in 2021.

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Author: Edwin Munyui

Ripple (XRP) Price Analysis (May 1)

Key Highlights

  •  XRP/USD market still sees a continual process of price retracements.
  •  The US dollar is now a bit pressing harder against the crypto under a high value of $0.24.
  •  Traders should be cautious of keeping too long on shorting positions of this trade.

Ripple (XRP) Price Analysis

• Major distribution territories: $0.26, $0.28, $0.30
• Major accumulation territories: $0.20, $0.18, $0.16

There is still a continual process of price retracements in the valuation of XRP/USD market. The base-instrument had once prevailed over the worth-value of its counter currency during the yesterday’s day trading operations while a high mark at $0.24 was touched.

The buyers have to put all strength together from around a low price value at $0.22 territory. Meanwhile, a breakdown at a $0.20 accumulation territory may result in revisiting a lower point at $0.18.

Ripple Technical Indicators Reading

The 50-day SMA indicator with the Middle and Lower Bollinger Bands are bent pointing towards the north. The Upper Bollinger Band has a curved towards the south-east direction above the current market line. That suggests that the bears are slightly putting the crypto-trade under a small pressure. The Stochastic Oscillators are within ranges 0f 40 and 20. And, they now briefly point to the south-east direction. That signifies the possibility of seeing a line of choppy price movements in a near trading session.

Conclusion

$0.20 price territory, has now come to serve as the key point that its breaking down will cause serious sell-offs. Nevertheless, there’ll still be a need to be cautious of keeping long on short-trading positions at a downward break of the market line mentioned earlier.

Disclaimer: The presented information is subjected to market condition and may include the very own opinion of the author. Please do your ‘very own’ market research before making any investment in cryptocurrencies. Neither the writer nor the publication (bitcoinexchangeguide.com) holds any responsibility for your financial loss.

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Author: Ben Jordan

Ethereum Price Crash Causes ‘Extreme’ Network Congestion; Gas & DeFi Shot Up

TLDR:

  • Ethereum price sees its biggest percentage drop ever
  • Borrowing demand for DAI is currently at record levels
  • ETH median gas price just spiked to the highest level it’s been in over 1 year
  • Ethereum network clogged while unconfirmed transactions rose because of this Binance increased ETH withdrawal fees by 100% and ERC20’s by 66%

Today’s crypto carnage saw the second-largest cryptocurrency losing 33 percent of its value and is currently trading at $141.44.

The price of Ether fell from about $200 to as low as $129, making it the biggest percentage drop in the digital asset’s price. Ever. And this has been on the back of substantial volume as currently, over a billion dollars worth of Ether are exchanging hands-on top ten exchanges with real volume.

This drop came amidst the broader market turmoil. For the first time since May, Bitcoin dropped to $5,700 level and the US stock market extended its losses on Thursday triggering yet again a trading halt within 10 minutes of the market opening.

The global markets are suffering because of the continued uncertainty and fear about the coronavirus (Covid-19) which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

This black swan event, however, had a lot more complications for Ether besides just price.

Massive network congestion

The crash in Ether price resulted in the price of Gas, the computation power on the Ethereum network to shoot up. Measured in gwei, Gas prices went to 100, making the cost of sending basic transactions in the next block north of $0.30.

“Ethereum’s price drop has lead to massive network congestion. ETH median gas price just spiked to 29 gwei – the highest it’s been in over 1 year,” noted crypto analysis company Glassnode.

Source: @glassnode

Similar spikes in gas prices have been seen during bouts of volatility in the past as well.

Apart from the gas price, the Ethereum Network is also having a considerable backlog, clogging transactions for as much as an hour and more. As per Etherscan, unconfirmed transactions on the Ethereum network jumped to 120k today, for which reportedly ERC20-based Tether (USDT), which crypto exchange Binance disabled for a short amount of time and DAI liquidations are responsible.

To run things faster, Binance increased the ETH withdrawal fees by 100% and ERC20 withdrawal fee by 66%.

“To better facilitate ERC20 and ETH withdrawals during this period of high congestion on the ETH network, we are making the following temporary adjustments: ETH withdrawal 0.003 ETH is now 0.006 ETH. ERC20 withdrawal 0.006 ETH is now 0.01 ETH. Withdrawals will re-open shortly,” announced the exchange.

Liquidation issues

Another impact of this price crash has been on the Decentralized Finance products (DeFi). The decline in Ether price caused liquidations of DeFi derivatives trading and collateralized debt.

As the network is congested, it means it is taking time for the collateral to get liquidated. With a dominance of 58% in DeFi, it affected the Maker users. MakerDAO participants are advised to repay, pay back debt, or add more collateral to increase their ratio.

For automation users, DeFi Saver, a management solution for decentralized finance protocols said they “cannot provide any guarantees regarding outcomes” in a scenario where the price in a user’s MakerDao drops below their liquidation price.

Not just in bear markets but in booming periods as well, Ethereum Network has gotten congested.

One positive thing that happened during today’s bloodbath is an increment of 6.7% in the ETH locked in DeFi. It yet again jumped above 3 million, according to DeFi Pulse.

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The WHO Labeled Pandemic, Coronavirus (Covid-19), Gets First Case in the Crypto Space

  • Crypto industry sees its first case of deadly coronavirus
  • The coronavirus still has its claws in the people, markets, and economy.

The Black Swan event has affected the crypto markets just as the global markets are affected. Since mid-February when the price of bitcoin was trading above $10,500, the digital asset has lost 25% of its value.

Altcoins are following the leading cryptocurrency, resulting in the crypto market losing $83 billion since then.

Today, Zhen Yu Yong co-Founder of Torus Labs, took to Twitter to share that he has been diagnosed with Covid-19. Since his diagnosis, from the symptoms of fever, breathlessness, cough, and a running nose, he has been settled into an isolated ward.

The standard recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the spread of the infection include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. It is also strongly advised to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Yong also asked “everybody who had close contact EthCC or ETHLondon with me should take extra precautions and/or get tested” however, he said there is “a lesser chance that it could have been from Stanford Blockchain Conference or Ethereum Denver in mid Feb.”

The tally of coronavirus cases has reached 124,968 globally and 4,585 has lost their lives to this virus while 67,050 of the patients with coronavirus have been recovered.

While the situation in China, its epicenter, has gotten better, the situation is actually worsening in Italy and Japan.

Countries around the world are taking measures to stop the spread of the virus. From airport screening, schools and colleges getting closed to concerts and sporting events canceled, and museums and tourist attractions have been closed. The governments are also putting affected areas under quarantine.

To mitigate the impact of the virus on the economy, central banks are announcing emergency interest rate cuts while promising all the “necessary” steps to tackle the situation.

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Author: AnTy

Is Africa The Perfect Playground For Bitcoin? Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Believes It Is

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of two well-known companies – Square and Twitter – reportedly sees a future for Bitcoin, and it is in a country with a developing economy and that boasts 1.2 billion people: Africa.

Dorsey shared on Twitter that he has been in Africa and is sad to leave the continent – for now. More significantly though, he also tweeted that the country will “define the future (especially the bitcoin one!).”

In addition, he tweeted that he will be living there for 3 to 6 months in the middle of 2020 and that he is grateful that he was able to experience a small part.

CNN reported that Dorsey’s trip began on November 8 when he visited Ethiopia. The tour included stops in South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana.

The report also indicated that Dorsey met artists and entrepreneurs, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Twitter board member, economist, and former managing director of the World Bank. During Dorsey’s visit to Ghana, he reportedly met with bitcoin entrepreneurs.

These developments are perhaps part of the process of turning bitcoin into a more functional currency by increasing its accessibility. According to a report by CNBC in September, Dorsey shared with the Australian Finance Review that bitcoin is “not functional as a currency.”

And what needs to be done is to make the currency more usable and accessible. Nonetheless, the report also indicated that Dorsey supports bitcoin and the broader idea of an internet-based currency.

For instance, according to the report, Dorsey shared with the Australian Financial Review that his company Square is hiring five engineers who will solely work on making the crypto ecosystem better, and that he believes that the internet will have a “native currency” and anything that the company can do to make that happen, it’ll do.

Dorsey also tweeted in February 2019 that he only has Bitcoin, and in response to another tweet in that thread, he called Bitcoin “resilient,” “principled,” and “native to internet ideals.”

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Author: Rebecca Asseh

Nearly 19 Million EOS Coins, Valued Over $60 Million Today, Transferred on EOS Blockchain

An eventful week for EOS as the cryptocurrency sees a mysterious 19 million EOS tokens transferred across unknown wallets on November 10. This follows the recent congestion on the blockchain as an airdrop of the EIDOS project launched and EOS locked out most users from accessing the platform. On the peak of the cycle, the coin was named the best cryptocurrency project by Chinese authorities in the latest technological report.

The transaction summed up close to $64 million USD in the value of EOS tokens transferred between the unknown wallets (except for one transaction that was sent from the Gate.io cold wallet storage). The transaction was separated into 12 different transactions that included 10 successive transfers of 1 million EOS tokens, worth approximately $35.6 million USD, and two transactions of 3.6 million EOS tokens (from Gate.io) and 4 million tokens successively.

While the value of transactions on EOS has remained rather constant in the past few weeks, the number of users has dropped drastically citing a challenge with the recent congestion of the blockchain due to an airdrop. In the past 7 days, the blockchain experienced a lag as EIDOS token contract launched on EOS rewarding users with more than 0.0001 EOS in the airdrop.

The slow nature prompted some of the community members to ask for a boost in the number of tokens available in the ecosystem to smooth the lag. Could the recent silent injection be a cause of EOS development team?

EOS Remains a Top on China’s CCID Rankings

In a sustained effort by EOS blockchain, the blockchain remained top in the latest rankings by the China’s Center for Information and Industry Development (CCID) workgroup. The blockchain dropped slightly from its previous score at 153.8 to 151.3 in the latest ranking that includes the blockchain’s basic technology, applicability, and creativity. Tron (TRX), and Ethereum (ETH) took the second and third place respectively with the pioneer cryptocurrency coming in 11th in the CCID rankings.

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Author: Lujan Odera