Bitcoin Bear Market Could Last 18 More Months: BitMEX CEO

Twitter Facebook Bitcoin prices and trading volume might keep plummeting, and the current bear market could last another 18 months. That’s the sobering assessment of Arthur Hayes, the CEO of the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX), the world’s largest bitcoin derivatives trading platform. “My view is the volatility environment that exists right now could persist for another 12 to 18 months, the flatness,” Hayes told Yahoo Finance. “I’m just basing it off my previous experience.” Hayes started trading crypto full-time in 2013 after losing his job as an equities trader at Citibank.…

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‘Big Four’ Firm EY Builds DLT Product on Public Ethereum Blockchain

Twitter Facebook The big four accounting firms are pouring more resources into blockchain technology now more than ever, and now Ernst & Young (EY) has just deepened its commitment. The global professional services firm has unveiled a Public Edition (PE) prototype of its EY Ops Chain, using the public Ethereum blockchain to deliver what the company describes as the “world’s first implementation of zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) technology.” The technology offers the best of both worlds, giving businesses the opportunity to securely issue and sell ICO-like tokens tied to payments or…

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Tether’s Price Has Stabilized, But the Stablecoin’s Supply Is Still Shrinking

In what’s become a rarity over the past month, the price of the tether (USDT) stablecoin temporarily regained parity with the U.S. dollar Wednesday. The token traded in the $1.00-$1.01 range for the better part of an hour, according to CoinMarketCap. At the time of writing, it is trading around $0.987. The exchange rate has been steadily climbing towards its $1.00 target since the stablecoin – by far the most popular among a slew of rivals – dramatically lost parity with the dollar in mid-October, falling as low as $0.85…

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Tether’s Market Cap Has Dropped by More than $1 Billion in October

Twitter Facebook Tether (USDT), the embattled cryptocurrency token whose value is purportedly backed by US dollars, continues to see massive outflows as it struggles to maintain USD parity amid rising competition from other stablecoins launched by some of the crypto industry’s biggest names. Blockchain data from Omni Explorer shows that yesterday, on Oct. 30, Tether Limited redeemed another 100 million units of USDT, reducing the outstanding supply to about 1.8 billion. Source: Omni Explorer Since the beginning of October, Tether has redeemed a staggering 990 million tokens, more than double…

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Bitcoin Bull Tom Lee ‘Pleasantly Surprised’ by Drop in Crypto Volatility

Twitter Facebook Over the past several weeks, the bitcoin price has been uncharacteristically stable, even as equities have lost their footing and the global stock market has flirted with corrective territory. Tom Lee, the founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors and one of Wall Street’s most well-known bitcoin bulls, said that he was pleasantly surprised by the drop in crypto volatility, particularly when juxtaposed with the stock market’s recent swings. He told CNBC: “It’s surprising given how small bitcoin is in terms of market cap. The total crypto market cap is…

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Coinbase’s Head of Trading Resigns After Six Months on Job

The head of trading at Coinbase, Hunter Merghart, has resigned from the U.S. crypto exchange and wallet provider after just six months on the job, CoinDesk has learned. Merghart made the decision to leave the company last week and is now exploring other opportunities, according to people familiar with the situation. Coinbase declined to comment on the move when reached. His departure follows that of the executive who hired him, Adam White, who left Coinbase earlier this month to become the chief operating officer of Bakkt, the new institutional crypto trading…

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Bitcoin Price Could Hold $6,300 For Another Month Due to Low Volume

Twitter Facebook Over the last 24 hours, Bitcoin has slightly recovered from $6,230 to $6,260, unable to breakout of the $6,300 mark. Throughout the upcoming days, if Bitcoin fails to stabilize in the $6,300 to $6,400 range, the price of BTC is at risk of dropping to the lower region of $6,000 and possibly below the $6,000 mark. Major cryptocurrencies like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) have prevented extended losses below their low price range. But, ETH still remains below $200 and BCH is still at $416,…

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XRP Makes a 23% Monthly Decline, Among the Biggest in October

Twitter Facebook Ripple’s XRP was among the best performing cryptocurrencies in September. But the bullish sentiment hasn’t sustained well this month. The XRP-to-USD pair has recorded a 24 percent monthly loss as October heads to a close, falling from 0.5831-fiat to 0.4400-fiat. The coin got sold off to the tune of over $7 billion, despite being surrounded with strong fundamentals all month long. That includes the launch of the xRapid system, new partnerships with Viamericas, Moneytenint, and National Bank of Kuwait, and the release of Ripple’s Q3 report that showed XRP sales doubled…

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Israeli Blockchain Startup Concludes $30 Mln Financing Round That Included Intel, Sequoia

Israeli blockchain startup StarkWare Industries has completed a $30 million financing round, generating funds from such industry players as Intel Capital and Sequoia USA, according to an announcement published Oct. 29. Established in 2018, StarkWare Industries develops both software and hardware, with applications including transparent privacy in blockchains, increased transaction throughput, as well as off chain computation. The company offers a zero-knowledge protocol STARK, that purports to address the privacy and scalability challenges of the blockchain field. The firm has announced the completion of its $30 million financing round, which…

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Gov’t Taskforce Proposes Crypto Regulation Changes, Questions Crypto Definition

The U.K. Cryptoassets Taskforce has released a report Oct. 29 that proposes some changes for cryptocurrency regulation and raises concerns over how digital assets are traded and used. Launched in March, the Cryptoassets Taskforce is made up of of the Bank of England (BOE) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is charged to regulate and support crypto technologies. Since there is no widely agreed definition of a cryptoasset and given that cryptoassets significantly vary in the rights they provide to their holders, the Taskforce has developed a framework that…

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