OFAC Blacklists Three Russians’ Crypto Addresses Linked to 2016 US Presidential Election

The Treasury Department of Foreign Assets Control, OFAC in short, announced sanctions for three Russian hackers involved in meddling in the 2016 Presidential elections. The statement further added cryptocurrency addresses attached to the Russian Troll group, Internet Research Agency, were also sanctioned.

The sanctions stretch to several crypto addresses, including Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Zcash (ZEC), and Bitcoin SV (BSV). As of the publishing of the sanctions, “all property and interests in property of these targets that are subject to U.S. jurisdictions are blocked,” the statement adds. U.S. citizens are also prohibited from engaging in transactions with the listed persons.

The three sanctioned persons – Artem Lifshits, Anton Andreyev, and Darya Aslanova – are listed for controlling the crypto wallet accounts and dealing with the IRA. The statement reads,

“Russian nationals Artem Lifshits, Anton Andreyev, and Darya Aslanova, as employees of the IRA, supported the IRA’s cryptocurrency accounts. The IRA uses cryptocurrency to fund activities in furtherance of their ongoing malign influence operations around the world.”

OFAC first listed IRA operations using cryptocurrency in 2018, accusing the firm of participating in meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Russia is not the only nation the U.S. agency is focusing on. In November 2019, BEG reported OFAC was accelerating its efforts to sanction cryptocurrency addresses from two Iran nationals in relation to ransomware attacks within the country.

The list of Russian cryptocurrency addresses that have been blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury Department.

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Binance Plays Catch Up, Launches DeFi Index Perpetual Contract With Up to 50x Leverage

“Trade DEFIUSDT. Trade the trend,” says Binance.

“Long or short the DeFi market, all in one contract,” it further states as the exchange announces the DeFi Composite Perpetual Contract with a leverage of up to 50x. The futures will start trading from August 28th, 7:00 AM (UTC).

That’s right, Binance is offering you 50x leverage to trade the explosive DeFi tokens which have been already surging like crazy.

Binance isn’t the first one to offer a DeFi index trading, except for the 50x leverage, of course. FTX first announced the launch of a DeFi Index perpetual contract, and just this week also introduced Uniswap index futures that cover the top 100 Uniswap pools. FTX also launched a decentralized derivatives platform, Serum.

This week, the exchange also acquired Blockfolio in a $150 million deal to attract retail traders. While the community celebrated the acquisition, “FTX didn’t pay for a portfolio tracker they could build in 5 minutes, they paid $150M for your data and bag info.”

What’s Available & Missing?

Binance’s DeFi index covers 10 DeFi projects that are currently popular in the market. This list comprises some of the hottest tokens that almost completely feed the DeFi appetite of a trader.

With names like Band Protocol (BAND), Compound (COMP), Kava.io (KAVA), Kyber Network (KNC), Aave (LEND), Chainlink (LINK), Maker (MKR), Synthetic Network Token (SNX), and 0x (ZRX), the index is attractive.

However, amidst this is Swipe (SXP), which has more weightage in this index than any other token except for Chainlink, Aave, and 0x.

The community didn’t appreciate that while this list lacks the DeFi darling YFI, it also covers Swipe, arguing it isn’t even a DeFi project. Swipe might not be a DeFi yet, but it is on its way to join the craze as it announced earlier this month that Swipe would be launching a decentralized finance lending/earn application on Binance Smart Chain.

Binance acquired Swipe last month; the latter one also added BNB making it spendable with fiat at over 50 million locations worldwide via the Swipe Visa Debit Card.

Reportedly, when Binance acquired CoinMarketCap, in the biggest ever deal of $400 million, first introduced DeFi project ranking, it published its native token BNB at the top, which has since then been removed.

Binance has constantly been listing new DeFi tokens to capture this hot trend and now advertising its Binance Smart Chain with EVM compatibility, rich & growing ecosystem of assets, cheap transaction fees, high performance, funding, and cross-chain DeFi mechanisms to be the perfect blockchain to launch DeFi projects.

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DiversiFi, Formerly Ethfinex, Launches Its DEX 2.0 With Starkware; Processing 9,000 + TPS

  • Bitfinex sister decentralized exchange, DEX in short, DiversiFi, which relabeled from Ethfinex in August last year, announced a relaunch of their platform, now DiversiFi 2.0, on June 3rd, 2020.
  • The new platform will introduce Starkware’s zkSTARK layer 2 scaling solution, which will improve the privacy and reduce latency on the exchange.

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According to an official publication, DiversiFi 2.0 DEX will be able to process over 9,000 transactions per second by employing a ‘batching mechanism. The DiversiFi DEX is a non-custodial trading platform that targets high-frequency traders and the latest integration will allow the users to capitalize on arbitrage and real-time orders – a problem on centralized crypto exchanges.

The new launched platform will be powered by zero knowledge proof batch validation relying on zkSNARKS and ZK Rollups scalable solutions. The Starkware scaling solution will batch the trade transactions in large batches and securing each batch with a ZK verification signature.

Given that these transaction will be done off-chain, the transaction details only consume a small part of the Ethereum blockchain reducing the overall cost in transaction fees.

New solutions through Starkware’s integration

In a statement released following the re-launch of DiversiFi 2.0 with Starkware integration, the CEO of the company, Will Harborne, said the new platform will offer solutions to current scalability solutions. Deep liquidity, the instant transfer of trades between peers and withdrawal certainty through a partnership with BitFinex and ConsenSys are key on DiversiFi 2.0’s development agenda. Harbone said,

“The solutions born out [Starkware integration’s] will address the key issue of scalability – but without the usual traditional sacrifices of liquidity, speed, settlement and fees.”

Always certain to withdraw your funds

DiversiFi also formed the Data Availability Committee, DAC in short, who will maintain the copies of users account balances in case the DEX fails or faces a blackout. The DAC committee includes its sister company, BitFinex, Nethermind, StarkWare, and ConsenSys.

Furthermore, copies of the account balances allows easier distribution of users fund and maintains the withdrawal operations on the DEX when there is a failure in the system.

The platform records a second by second timer list showing users withdrawals and what time they will complete keeping arbitrage traders in a real time loop.

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Author: Lujan Odera

Bitcoin in the Re-accumulation Phase But Market Not Confident about Price Escalation

  • Long term sentiments bullish but in the short term, the market is still fearful of another decline

Since yesterday’s lowest point, Bitcoin has risen over 20%, going to nearly $6,900 on Bitstamp. At the time of writing, BTC/USD has been trading around $6,700 while managing $2.5 billion on top ten exchanges with real volume.

Bitcoin has made a good jump that according to some traders could go to $7,500 level with the “crucial area to break is still the $6,800-6,950 zone.”

Last week, before the weekend, the world’s leading cryptocurrency jumped to about $7,000 level but the same day we went down to below $5,700. So, there’s yet to be known if we would be holding this level this time.

According to Trader XO, this rally might not be a real one as bitcoin tends to revisit the previous levels after making a pullback. He said,

“Don’t be surprised if we see one more raid around $6,500s before a bigger drop – wiping out a large number of late shorts / tight stops.”

Another trader Jonny Moe, who is “bullish as hell” where Bitcoin is heading fundamentally in the next few months, sees a “large bear flag right into horizontal resistance” that could see us revisiting the $3,000 to $4,000 range.

Tuur Demeester of Adamant Capital is also “not sure” that bitcoin will hold the current levels and believes it to be in the re-accumulation phase.

Has Bitcoin Bottomed?

Over the past few weeks, the price of bitcoin has been in a downturn that saw the digital asset crashing to $3,850. Could it be the bottom of this cycle? According to many, it might not be and we could very well visit new lows.

If equities fall another 30%, BlockTower Capital CIO Ari Paul says, both bitcoin and gold could go lower. Although they are still risk assets, with Wall Street focusing on inflation and depreciation 10x as much as 2009 and Fed announcing “infinite” money supply, both the assets can “catch a sustainable bid even before equities start recovering.”

In the long term, the market is confident and bullish on cryptos while seeing the pullbacks as buying the dip opportunities. But in the short term, the market is having a mixed reaction, with some expecting the world’s leading digital asset to continue to see high volatility and fall back to $4,200 level while others believe it’s time for BTC to soar 50 days before the halving. Analyst with pseudonym Ceteris Paribus said,

“Bitcoin is going to pump so fucking hard at some point, but there can be some nasty swings before it happens. Cut down on your margin positions heavily, hold the majority spot. Don’t get wiped out.”

“You think the worst case scenario is being in cash during the BTC pump? It’s not. It’s being early, getting liquidated before the pump, and then missing out on all the gains you could have had if you played it conservatively.”

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dYdX Intends on Stopping Support for 0x Decentralized Exchange Markets

dydx, a non-custodial exchange based out of Ethereum blockchain which allows for derivatives and short selling may end its support for 0x protocol based markets. The main reason for the discontinuation of 0x is the success of ETH/Dai.

0x protocol is also a decentralized exchange protocol on the Ethereum’s network, but it seems liquidity has been a growing problem and dydx believe ETH/DAI resolved the liquidity issue quite fast and because of that they might shift their focus only towards that.

Zhuoxun Yin, head of operations at dydx said that the 0x protocol based market would be discontinued after 0x transitions to the third version of its protocol. He said, “We’ve been able to build meaningful liquidity on our markets so far, quite quickly, ”

Matteo Leibowitz, a market researcher for block analyzed dydx and its progress over the last three quarters and noted that dydx registered a volume of $60 million in the second quarter of 2019 which rose to $70 million in the third quarter and the number is expected to grow even further in the last quarter.

Although 0x markets would be discontinued after its switches to version 3, the new update would bring in several infrastructural updates as well as a new version of its token ZRX.

Leibowitz also presented the new updates coming to the 0x protocol stating,

“in 0x v3, traders using the 0x protocol must pay a fee to market makers, distributed pro-rata according to ZRX staked, equal to the transaction gas fee. This updated model is intended to attract more market liquidity, with the explicit user fee offset by tighter spreads. However, dYdX is confident that it can attract liquidity without burdening users with additional fees.”

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ZILLIQA Price Prediction Today: Daily (ZIL) Value Forecast – July 31

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• The short and medium-term outlook is in a range-bound market.
• Patience is required trading the consolidation.

Supply zone: $0.02500, $0.02600, $0.027000
Demand zone: $0.01600, $0.01500, $0.014000

ZILUSD remains in consolidation in the medium-term. The bulls maintained the momentum within the range as markets opened today at $0.01083. The rally got price initially at $0.01156 and later $0.01168, above the upper supply area of the range but the candle closed within the range.

The exhaustion denoted by wick at the supply area imply takeover of the market by the bears as price drops to $0.01056.

Price is below the two EMAs and the stochastic oscillator points down at 52% suggesting downward momentum in price within the range in the medium-term.

ZILUSD is in consolidation and trading between $0.01150 in the upper supply area and at $0.009500 in the lower demand area of the range. A breakout at the upper supply area or breakdown at the lower area may occur hence patience is required to allow this to happen before a position is taken.

ZIL/USD short-term Trend: Ranging

The cryptocurrency is in consolidation in its short-term outlook. The bulls broke the upper supply area and pushed the coin to $0.01154 shortly after today’s opening at $0.01073. The bulls pushed price further high after a minor correction the retested the broken upper supply area.

Price is below the two EMAs at $0.010865 and the stochastic oscillator signal points down at 20% suggesting a downward movement in price within the range in the short-term.

$0.001100 is the upper supply area while $0.001000 is the lower demand area. A breakdown or breakout in price may occur, hence patience should be exercised before taking a position after retest.

The views and opinions expressed here do not reflect that of BitcoinExchangeGuide.com and do not constitute financial advice. Always do your own research.

[Author Alert] The author’s opinions above are solely based on their own self-conducted research. Assume any and all authors are using, holding, trading and/or buying cryptoassets mentioned as a portion of his or her financial portfolio. Use information at your own risk, do you own research, never invest more than you are willing to lose.

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CHAINLINK Price Prediction Today: Daily (LINK) Value Forecast – July 30

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  • The short and medium-term outlook is in a bullish trend.
  • Traders may consider buying at pullback area.

Supply zone: $4.00, $4.50, $5.00
Demand zone: $2.00, $1.50, $1.00

CHAINLINK is in an uptrend in the medium-term outlook. The pinbar formation at $1.96 in the demand area suggests bearish exhaustion and trend reversal. $2.13 was the initial high. Increased bullish pressure pushed price further up at $2.20 with the breakout at the 10-EMA.

Price is above the two EMAs and the signal of the stochastic oscillator signal points up at 58%. These imply upward momentum in price with the target at $2.30 a key supply area in the medium-term.

LINK/USD Short-term Trend: Bullish

The short-term outlook of the cryptocurrency is in an uptrend. Though the bears had a brief control of the market as the market opens at $2.13 with a drop at $1.96 before exhaustion sets in. The bulls gradually set in with a breakout at the 10-EMA.

Price is up at $2.11 in the supply area. Increased momentum led to further upward price movement at $2.20 in the supply area above the two EMAs.

The signal of the stochastic oscillator points down at 60% an indication of minor drawdown reflected in the bullish flag currently been formed an indication of imminent bullish continuation.

$2.30 in the supply area is on the card as the pressure becomes stronger in the short-term.

The views and opinions expressed here do not reflect that of BitcoinExchangeGuide.com and do not constitute financial advice. Always do your own research.

[Author Alert] The author’s opinions above are solely based on their own self-conducted research. Assume any and all authors are using, holding, trading and/or buying cryptoassets mentioned as a portion of his or her financial portfolio. Use information at your own risk, do you own research, never invest more than you are willing to lose.

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HOLO Price Prediction Today: Daily (HOT) Value Forecast – July 29

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  • The short and medium-term outlook is in a bearish trend.
  • Responsible selling recommended.

Supply zone: $0.004000, $0.006000, $0.008000
Demand zone: $0.001000, $0.000900, $0.000800

HOLO is in a bearish trend in the medium-term outlook. The bears retain dominance in the market at the beginning of another trading week with $0.001002 as yesterday low of the day. Today market opened on a bullish note at $0.001144. The coin had a brief rally as price rises to $0.001167 in the supply area.

The bearish momentum may be sustained due to the pressure from the bounce of the trendline. With price below the two EMAs currently at $0.001029 in the demand area. A new low is imminent before the end of today session.

The stochastic oscillator signal points down at 22% suggesting downward momentum in price.

HOT/USD Short-term Trend: Bearish

The cryptocurrency is in a downtrend in the short-term outlook. $0.001150 in the supply area is key resistance. Price rejection occurred in this area over the last two days. The bullish momentum as the market opens today at $0.001046 was lost at $0.001167 in the supply area before the bears took over the control of the market.

Price is above the two EMAs but the stochastic oscillator signal points down at 32% suggesting divergence. This implies that the downward momentum may return in as more traders are in the sell position as suggested by the stochastic oscillator.

The views and opinions expressed here do not reflect that of BitcoinExchangeGuide.com and do not constitute financial advice. Always do your own research.

[Author Alert] The author’s opinions above are solely based on their own self-conducted research. Assume any and all authors are using, holding, trading and/or buying cryptoassets mentioned as a portion of his or her financial portfolio. Use information at your own risk, do you own research, never invest more than you are willing to lose.

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Author: Azeez Mustapha

RAVENCOIN Price Prediction Today: Daily (RVN) Value Forecast – July 26

Ravencoin Grows 20% And Continues to See RVN Token Surge in the Crypto Market
  • The bears are in control of the short and medium-term outlook.
  • Responsible selling recommended.

Supply zone: $0.07000, $0.08000, $0.09000
Demand zone: $0.01600, $0.01500, $0.014000

RVNUSD is in a bearish trend in the medium-term outlook. The bears stage a return as yesterday market opened at $0.05081 in the supply area and the 4-hour candle closed a bearish spinning top. $0.04545 in the demand area was the low as the session ended on a bearish note with an inverted hammer at the 50.0 fib a trend reversal zone.

Today 4-hour candle at $0.04735 sustained the bears’ pressure with a further drop in the cryptocurrency price to $0.04504 in the demand area.

Price is below the two EMAs and within the 38.2 fib a trend continuation zone, its suggest a continuation in the downward price movement in the medium-term. Furthermore, the signal of the stochastic oscillator points down at 33% a downward momentum in price been confirmed.

$0.04200 in the demand area is on the card as the bears’ journeys down south in the medium-term.

RVN/USD Short-term Trend: Bearish

The correction to the bearish impulsive movement that from $0.04881 in the supply area during yesterday session dropped the coin to $0.04514 after today’s opening session is currently ongoing.

The coin is in a consolidation phase, this is a confirmation of bearish continuation in the short-term.

Price is below the two EMAs an indication of bears pressure with the target initially at $0.04400 after the breakdown from the lower line of the range is anticipated in the short-term.

The views and opinions expressed here do not reflect that of BitcoinExchangeGuide.com and do not constitute financial advice. Always do your own research.

[Author Alert] The author’s opinions above are solely based on their own self-conducted research. Assume any and all authors are using, holding, trading and/or buying cryptoassets mentioned as a portion of his or her financial portfolio. Use information at your own risk, do you own research, never invest more than you are willing to lose.

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DECRED Price Prediction Today: Daily (DCR) Value Forecast – July 25

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  • The short and medium-term outlook is in a downtrend.
  • $26.00 remained a target for the bears.

Supply zone: $30.00, $32.00, $34.00
Demand zone: $15.00, $14.0, $13.00

DCRUSD continues in a bearish trend in the medium-term outlook. The bears lost momentum at $26.32 in the demand area on 24th July few pips short of $26.00 target predicted. The bulls gradually stage a returned that pushed the coin up at $28.26 in the supply area as today session opened on a bullish note.

The lack of momentum for upward continuation led to a drop in price with the bears taking control of the market.

DCRUSD fell initially to $27.05 and later to $26.64 in the demand area. The downward movement may continue to $26.00 in the demand area as confirmed by the signal stochastic oscillator pointing down at 32% suggesting downward continuation in the medium-term.

DCR/USD Short-term Trend: Bearish

The trendline was resistance against upward price movement as price rose to $28.19 in the supply area shortly after opening. A bounce to the downside expectedly occurred with a drop to $26.64 in the demand area.

A correction is ongoing with a rally to the trendline as indicated by the signal of the stochastic oscillator pointing up at 32% before the bears returned for continuation in the short-term.

$26.00 in the demand area is the bears’ target in the demand area in the short-term.

The views and opinions expressed here do not reflect that of BitcoinExchangeGuide.com and do not constitute financial advice. Always do your own research.

[Author Alert] The author’s opinions above are solely based on their own self-conducted research. Assume any and all authors are using, holding, trading and/or buying cryptoassets mentioned as a portion of his or her financial portfolio. Use information at your own risk, do you own research, never invest more than you are willing to lose.

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Author: Azeez Mustapha