US Regulator Investigating Crypto Exchange BitMEX — Report

United States regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is reportedly investigating derivatives giant BitMEX. CFTC wants to know if Americans using BitMEX According to sources citing people familiar with the matter speaking to Bloomberg on July 19, the CFTC suspects that BitMEX, which is registered in the Seychelles, allowed U.S. residents to use its platform to trade. Under current law, the U.S. is one of the countries excluded from using BitMEX and similar crypto-based financial services, but users may have sought to circumvent the geoblock using services such as…

Short of Target: Bitcoin’s $1K Rally Still Leaves Bear Bias Intact

View Bitcoin’s short-term outlook will remain bearish as long as prices remain below $11,080 resistance. A break above that level would invalidate bearish lower-highs setup. The bulls may have a tough time forcing a break above $11,080 amid news of BitMEX exchange facing a regulatory probe and talks of harsher crypto regulation. Prices could drop below $10,000 in the next 24 hours with daily chart indicators continuing to report bearish bias. A weekly close (Sunday, UTC) above $12,000 is needed to revive the bullish view. Bitcoin (BTC) has rallied sharply…

Grin Cryptocurrency Executes First Hard Fork

Privacy-oriented cryptocurrency Grin has just executed its first backward-incompatible upgrade, also called a hard fork. Today’s planned upgrade introduces key changes to the nearly $60-million network that will optimize for maximum miner decentralization and usability. Grin launched in January 2019. “It was planned since way before Grin launched,” Grin developer John Tromp told CoinDesk. “We would do four hard forks in the first two years, at regular six-month intervals, to introduce new features.” Tromp said that today’s upgrade did not result in a network split. Rather, the old Grin network simply…

The Case $7.5K Could Become Bitcoin’s New Price Support

Amidst a decline in the price of bitcoin, the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency could find support at $7,500 – that is if it follows past patterns on the charts. Bitcoin has faced selling pressure over the last few days, despite an impending golden crossover on the three-day chart – a bullish crossover of the 50- and 200-candle moving averages, as discussed last week. As of writing, the 50-candle moving average (MA) is on an upward trajectory and looks set to cross above the 200-candle MA in the next few days.…

Key Bitcoin Price Indicator Turns Bearish in First Since December

View Bitcoin could fall to the July 2 low of $9,614 and may break lower in the short-term, as the widely tracked MACD (moving average convergence divergence) histogram on the three-day chart has turned bearish for the first time since December. Buyer exhaustion above $12,000, as seen on the weekly chart, also supports the case for a stronger correction. Dips below $9,000 could be short-lived, courtesy of an impending golden crossover on the three-day chart. A weekly close above $12,000 would indicate a resumption of the rally from April lows…

John McAfee Reiterates His $1 Million by 2020 BTC Price Prediction

In a rather haughty Tweet posted earlier today, American crypto enthusiast John McAfee wrote that he was “laughing his f—— ass off” at the concern over Bitcoin’s falling price this week. The entrepreneur went even further and reiterated his prediction that Bitcoin would reach $1 million by 2020. What has him so bullish? John McAfee Predicts Bitcoin $1 Million by 2020 Bitcoin price has fluctuated wildly in recent weeks. Unable to breach the $14,000 mark, Bitcoin topped out at approximately $13,650 and fell back below $10,000 at the end of…

Tether (USDT) Accidentally Creates $5 Billion in Crypto

Stable coins, which are backed by fiat currency, have become an integral part of the crypto ecosystem over the past couple of years, and in that regard, Tether (USDT) is possibly the most well known. However, the very fact that it is backed by fiat makes it possible for it to be prone to certain errors, and that is exactly what happened yesterday when the team behind USDT made a mistake that had an effect on the wider crypto market for some time. Administrative Error In an astonishing development, the…

Bitcoin News Summary – July 15, 2019

Here’s what happened this week in Bitcoin in 99 seconds.  The Fold mobile app, which allowed discounted Starbucks purchases for Bitcoin is now back with Lightning Network support. Fold now allows for almost-feeless purchases at Amazon, Starbucks, Uber, Home Depot, Target, and more.  Bitcoin got its first mention by a sitting US president. Trump tweeted that he is “not a fan” of Bitcoin, claiming that it’s volatile, un-backed, and can enable crime. He then bashed Facebook’s forthcoming “Libra” coin, saying the company will have to seek a banking charter…

Bitpoint Hacked for $32 Million, Another Example of Crypto’s Volatility

A Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange called Bitpoint has suspended operations after it lost $32 million to a hacking last night. The company that runs the exchange, Remixpoint, discovered that ¥3.5 billion worth of various digital currencies had disappeared under its management. Bitpoint Hacked and Suspends Operations According to the exchange, the funds went missing from a hot wallet (a wallet connected to the internet), but other funds held in cold wallets or offline haven’t been affected. The hacking was brought to light when an error appeared in the exchange’s outgoing funds…

Bitcoin’s 3-Day Price Charts Point to an Impending ‘Golden Cross’

A bitcoin price indicator is about to turn bullish for the first time since the early stages of the 2016-17 bull market. The 50-candle moving average (MA) on bitcoin’s three-day chart is in a solid upward trajectory and looks set to cross above the 200-candle MA in the next few days. That would be the first golden crossover on the three-day chart since early February 2016. CoinDesk reported on a golden cross for bitcoin’s daily chart back in April. Seasoned traders often refer to that long-term bull market signal as…