The Same Equity Firm That Owns Korbit Exchange Just Acquired Bitstamp

In a statement to customers, Luxembourg-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp announced its acquisition by Belgium private equity firm NXMH Holdings, whose parent company NXC also owns South Korean crypto exchange Korbit. The all-cash deal, which was signed by Bitstamp founder Nejc Kodrič on October 25, 2018, was announced today, October 29, 2018. NXMH has around 2 …

Cryptocurrency Trading Volume in South Korea Soars

After a quiet start to 2018 and a significant contraction in the middle of the year, there is a considerable increase in Korean won (KRW) cryptocurrency trades. Despite this increase, the “kimchi premium” that existed in 2017 has yet to surface in cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea. KRW Cryptocurrency Trading Increases Since the Start of …

Bitcoin Price Watch: BTC/USD Closing In Towards Next Move

Key Points Bitcoin price is trading above the $6,385 and $6,355 support levels against the US Dollar. There is a crucial contracting triangle formed with resistance at $6,420 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price could slide towards the $6,355 support if there is a break below $6,400 …

Crypto is Property: Chinese Court Upholds Citizens Rights to Own Bitcoin

The Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) has recently affirmed that cryptocurrencies, specifically bitcoin and several of its hard forks, are considered legal property and Chinese citizens have a right to own and transfer them. The SCIA recently published an analysis of a contract dispute over WeChat, describing the legal proceedings of a case in …

The SEC Wants to Engage the Crypto Community through FinHub

The launch of FinHub shows that the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) is increasingly focusing on 4th Industrial Revolution technologies. Among these technologies, Bitcoin and artificial intelligence (AI) continues to enjoy prominence. Crypto Enthusiasts Can Engage the SEC through FinHub On October 18, 2018, the SEC launched the Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub) to …

Bitcoin is Still in the Middle of a Bear Market

An inverse monetary velocity pattern indicates that bitcoin bulls are wrong about the market’s next bull run. Willi Woo, a prominent cryptocurrency market analyst, pitted the digital currency network value (or market cap) against the daily US Dollar volume transmitted through the blockchain. A proportion between the two equated into Bitcoin Network-to-Value (Bitcoin NV) Ratio, …

Belgium Regulator Blacklists 21 Crypto Firms Suspecting Fraud

The Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) has added 21 new websites of suspected cryptocurrency scams to its blacklist. Belgium’s financial regulator published the list on its official website, bringing their tally of suspected crypto scams in the country to 99. The agency found that despite their prior warnings concerning the risks associated with crypto …

IRS Advisory Committee Requests Clearer Guidance for Crypto Tax Code

On October 24, 2018, an advisory committee to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a report calling for clarity on the IRS’s position toward cryptocurrency taxation. The Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) recently released its annual report advising the IRS on possible areas to improve the tax code, specifically referring to data gathered throughout …