Markets Update: Bitcoin Recovers to Test $10,000 Area

The BTC markets have ramped up to test the $10,000 USD area on leading exchanges following a break above resistance at $9,000. Bitcoin has recovered by more than 60% since testing the $6,000 area on February 6th.

Also Read: Coinbase Develops Bitpay Competitor Supporting BTC, BCH, ETH and LTC

Bitcoin Tests $10,000

Bitcoin has produced bullish action in recent days, forming an inverse head and shoulders pattern on the 4-hourly chart before breaking above resistance at roughly $9,000 area yesterday.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Recovers to Test $10,000 Area

The bearish action of recent weeks saw bitcoin lose approximately 65% of its value – falling from approximately $17,000 at the start of January to the recent low of less than $6,000 on the 6th of February. When compared with the all-time high of approximately $19,700 from December 17th, the drop down to $6,000 comprised a 70% loss in the value of BTC in just seven weeks.

Bullish Recovery Signs for BTC

The recent bullish momentum has seen bitcoin break above the 23.6% retracement area of the crash when measuring from the all-time high area of $19,000 – $20,000. Many traders are anticipating that BTC may soon test the major descending trendline stemming from the all-time high should the markets continue on their bullish trajectory.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Recovers to Test $10,000 Area

When looking at the weekly chart, the stochastic RSI appears poised to retest the 20 threshold after having dropped below such for the first time since mid-2017.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Recovers to Test $10,000 Area

According to Cryptocompare, Japan’s markets are by far the most dominant – with JPY/BTC trade currently comprising over 51% of the total volume of BTC traded globally during the last 24 hours. USD and USDT trade is estimated to represent approximately 37% of global trade combined, followed EUR/BTC trade with just under 5%. The shifting regulatory sands in South Korea have significantly reduced the dominance of the KRW/BTC markets – which presently comprises just 3.5% of BTC traded in the last 24 hours.

Altcoin Markets Correlated to BTC

The dollar-value of most altcoins have shown a strong correlation to BTC in recent months, with nearly every cryptocurrency producing a strong bounce in unison with bitcoin during February.

Among the best performing altcoins boasting a high market capitalization have been Litecoin and Ethereum Classic – both of which appear to have benefited from FOMO leading up to their respective forks, gaining over 100% since early February.

According to Coinmarketcap, bitcoin is currently exerting a market dominance of approximately 35%. Ethereum is second largest cryptocurrency market, boasting a 19.5% market dominance, followed by Ripple with 9.5%, and Bitcoin Cash with almost 5%.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Recovers to Test $10,000 Area

Do you think the bitcoin markets will continue to recover? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Trading View, Bitcoin Wisdom


Need to calculate your bitcoin holdings? Check our tools section.

The post Markets Update: Bitcoin Recovers to Test $10,000 Area appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Bank of Thailand Bans Banks From Cryptocurrency Activities

Bank of Thailand Bans Banks From Five Cryptocurrency Activities

The Thai central bank has prohibited financial institutions in the country from five key cryptocurrency activities, including banning customers from buying cryptocurrencies with credit cards.

Also read: Japan’s DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies

Banks Banned From 5 Crypto Activities

Bank of Thailand Bans Banks From Five Cryptocurrency ActivitiesThe Bank of Thailand (BOT) issued a circular on Monday asking “financial institutions not to get involved in cryptocurrency transactions for fear of possible problems from the unregulated trading,” Reuters translated.

Mr. Wisit Santiprabop, the central bank’s governor, signed the circular which outlines five key cryptocurrency activities banks are banned from:

Investing or trading in cryptocurrency, exchanging cryptocurrencies, creating platforms for cryptocurrency trading, allowing clients to use credit cards to buy cryptocurrencies, and from advising customers on cryptocurrency investing or trading.

Bank of Thailand Bans Banks From Five Cryptocurrency Activities
Circular explaining five crypto activities banks are banned from.

The central bank stated that “cryptocurrencies were not legal tender in Thailand,” the publication conveyed, adding that “it was worried that they may be used in illegal activities such as money laundering or supporting terrorism.”

Recently, the Thai government announced that it will not ban cryptocurrencies and is developing a regulatory framework for them.

Banks Complying

Bank of Thailand Bans Banks From Five Cryptocurrency ActivitiesMs. Prasanee Auiyamaphan, a Bangkok Bank Executive Assistant, was quoted by Voice TV saying that the bank has “no policy to provide [crypto] exchange services,” emphasizing that cryptocurrencies cannot be exchanged for cash at her bank.

Bank of Thailand Bans Banks From Five Cryptocurrency ActivitiesMr. Thana Thienachariya, Senior Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer at Siam Commercial Bank said that its subsidiary, Digital Ventures Co. Ltd., has previously formed a strategic alliance with Ripple to offer a payment service between Japan and Thailand. He added that his bank will be discussing this issue with the central bank.

Bank of Thailand Bans Banks From Five Cryptocurrency ActivitiesMr. Thakorn Piyapan, Head of Krungsri Consumer Group and an executive of Digital Banking and Innovation at Bank of Ayudhya said, “although the bank will use the transfer service across the country through Ripple,” it is cooperating with the BOT and “does not provide any [cryptocurrency] services at all.”

He explained that there are some areas that banks need to examine before being able to comply. For example, to prevent customers from buying cryptocurrencies using credit cards, he elaborated:

In Thailand, people are buying digital currency. So the bank is asking for time to check the type of transactions that customers [make when they] swipe cards that are associated with digital currency. If applicable, the bank may have to suspend the service.

Recently, banks in the US and well as the UK have also banned their credit card customers from buying cryptocurrencies.

As for cryptocurrency traders, Poramin Insom, managing director of the Thai crypto exchange TDAX, said that “there is no impact on people who are investors of cryptocurrencies,” the news outlet quoted him. However, he explained, “TDAX is affected by this announcement, which makes the process of opening an account with the bank take longer. Bank of Thailand requests more documents.”

What do you think of the Bank of Thailand’s action? Let us know in the comments section below.


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Bangkok Bank, SCB, Krungsri, and Bank of Thailand.


Need to calculate your bitcoin holdings? Check our tools section.

The post Bank of Thailand Bans Banks From Cryptocurrency Activities appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Dubai Issues License to Cryptocurrency Firm

Dubai Issues License to Cryptocurrency Firm

The largest free economic zone in the UAE, with zero percent personal and corporate income tax, has started issuing licenses to firms trading cryptocurrencies. The first license has been issued to a gold trader that has recently started offering cryptocurrency services.

Also read: Japan Cracks Down on Foreign ICO Agency Operating Without License

Attracting Crypto Businesses

UAE’s Largest Free Economic Zone Issues License to Cryptocurrency FirmThe Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) is a government entity established in 2002 to enhance commodity trade flows through Dubai. DMCC Free Zone is the largest and fastest growing free economic zone in the UAE.

“We perform a range of roles which continue to position Dubai as the preferred destination for global commodities trade and DMCC as the world’s No.1 Free Zone,” offering zero percent personal and corporate income tax, the center’s website states. Today, more than 14,100 multinational corporations and startups call DMCC home, with almost 90,000 people living and working there.

UAE’s Largest Free Economic Zone Issues License to Cryptocurrency FirmThe Centre has started issuing licenses to allow firms trading in cryptocurrencies to operate from its free zone, Thomson Reuters Zawya reported on Monday.

DMCC’s executive director for commodities, Sanjeev Dutta, told the publication that the Centre is “beginning to facilitate” a market in cryptocurrencies which, he acknowledged, is unregulated. Citing that firms looking to set up in the zone would be considered on a “case-by-case” basis, he elaborated:

To me, what is important is the fact that you are still evaluating it as part of your innovation strategy. You are not saying ‘no’ to something. You are not saying ‘yes’ either, but you are exploring, so you are clearly ahead of the others when the time to make a decision comes.

Cryptocurrencies as Commodities

DMCC is a member of the Global Blockchain Council, which began as a Dubai Smart City project and has 46 member organizations globally today. The Centre’s director of innovation hub, Franco Bosoni, said that a global consensus is emerging which favors classifying cryptocurrencies as commodities, the news outlet detailed and quoted him explaining:

DMCC’s view is that these [cryptocurrencies] meet the test of a commodity. They’re priced based on supply and demand, produced and sold globally at a uniform quality and (are) indistinguishable between products.

Wai Lum Kwok, head of capital markets for Abu Dhabi Global Markets Regulatory Authority, told the publication on Sunday that the regulator is “reviewing and considering the development of a robust, risk-appropriate regulatory framework” for crypto exchanges and intermediaries. Emphasizing that no timeframe has been set, he added:

As we develop our framework, we will also want to check in and have the conversations with, for example, US regulators, Japanese regulators and so on and so forth, so that there is some alignment of approach to avoid any regulatory arbitrage.

First License Issued

UAE’s Largest Free Economic Zone Issues License to Cryptocurrency FirmThe first license for the Free Zone reportedly went to Regal Assets, a gold trader and storage provider with offices in the US, Canada, and the UAE. The company added cryptocurrencies to its product line at the end of last year, offering brokerage services and an insured, high-security cold storage service for bitcoin, ether, bitcoin cash, ethereum classic, ripple, and dash.

According to Bloomberg, “Dubai gold trader Regal RA DMCC is the first company in the Middle East to get a license to trade cryptocurrencies.” The news outlet quoted DMCC acknowledging in a statement, “The company will offer storage of bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies in a vault located in DMCC headquarters in Almas Tower in Dubai.”

DMCC Executive Chairman Ahmed Bin Sulayem was quoted by the publication, “At the heart of DMCC’s long-term strategic growth plan is the use of technology and innovation to disrupt and connect new markets, industries and customers,” adding that “the announcement today embodies this approach.”

Do you think more crypto companies will move to this free economic zone? Let us know in the comments section below.


Images courtesy of Shutterstock and DMCC.


Need to calculate your bitcoin holdings? Check our tools section.

The post Dubai Issues License to Cryptocurrency Firm appeared first on Bitcoin News.

New Crypto Exchanges Launch in South Korea Despite Lack of Fiat Deposits

New Crypto Exchanges Launch in South Korea Despite Lack of Fiat Deposits

A number of new cryptocurrency exchanges are launching in South Korea despite being unable to provide full service due to regulatory challenges. Since the Korean government enforced the real-name system on cryptocurrency accounts, banks have only been providing fiat deposit services to the country’s four largest crypto exchanges.

Also read: Japan’s DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies

Exchanges Undeterred by Regulations

New Crypto Exchanges Launch in South Korea Despite Lack of Fiat Deposits
South Korean regulator talking about the real-name system.

A number of new cryptocurrency exchanges are opening in South Korea despite regulatory uncertainty and the inability to accept fiat deposits. The challenge comes from the new system, enforced on January 30, which requires cryptocurrency traders to use real-name accounts to deposit money for trading at crypto exchanges.

While six major banks have the ability to service cryptocurrency accounts, they “have been converting only existing virtual accounts to real-name accounts for four large cryptocurrency exchanges” – Bithumb, Upbit, Coinone, and Korbit. The Investor elaborated:

The banks have also been refusing to issue new real-name accounts for other cryptocurrency exchanges, citing uncertainties and security concerns.

Zeniex

New Crypto Exchanges Launch in South Korea Despite Lack of Fiat Deposit ServiceNew crypto exchange Zeniex announced last week that it will begin service on February 12. The company explained that its launch “has been delayed by a month due to the latest regulations designed by the Korean government to cool the overheated cryptocurrency market,” the news outlet reported. Initially, the exchange will support bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, ethereum classic, litecoin, quantum, eos, bytom, and 0x.

Zeniex CEO Choi Kyung-joon was quoted detailing:

It’s currently difficult to provide our complete services due to delays in issuing real-name bank accounts for trading…Despite these circumstances, we have decided to go ahead with the launch to service our customers who have been waiting for our opening.

With the bank account problem, traders “can only buy and sell cryptocurrencies with bitcoins because major banks are putting off confirming and issuing real-name bank accounts,” the publication added.

Dexko

New Crypto Exchanges Launch in South Korea Despite Lack of Fiat Deposit ServiceAnother crypto exchange named Dexko announced on Friday that it will start accepting pre-registration of users with the aim to launch its cryptocurrency exchange on March 15, the Investor also reported. Initially, the exchange will support 10 cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, ether, bitcoin cash, litecoin, and ripple. Pre-registration runs from February 5 to 25, according to the company’s website.

The firm will exempt trading fees for a month for pre-registered users at launch, the news outlet detailed. Kim Yong-ho, the CEO of Korea Digital Exchange which operates the exchange, commented:

We worked hard to remove defects and minimize customer inconvenience by conducting in-depth analysis on other exchanges…Dexko has completed all the legal and systematic requirements and is preparing to introduce won-based trading soon.

Chinese Exchanges

Two Chinese exchanges are also planning to enter the South Korean market. Earlier this month, Okcoin reportedly reached a final investment agreement with South Korean game company NHN Entertainment Corp, which was previously part of Naver. “Under the agreement, Okcoin will provide its own trading system and NHN Entertainment will operate a domestic server and respond to customers,” Business Korea described. The company plans to trade more than 60 cryptocurrencies against the Korean won.

Huobi is also planning to enter the Korean market in the first quarter of this year, the publication noted. Before the Chinese government closed down all cryptocurrency trading last year, the two exchanges were among the very largest in the world as measured by volume.

What do you think of these new crypto exchanges launching in Korea? Let us know in the comments section below.


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, IHS, Zeniex, and Dexko.


Need to calculate your bitcoin holdings? Check our tools section.

The post New Crypto Exchanges Launch in South Korea Despite Lack of Fiat Deposits appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Thanks to Mainstream Media, the Public Are Clueless About Cryptocurrency

Thanks to Mainstream Media, the Public Are Clueless About Cryptocurrency

Did you hear that bitcoin’s dead? Or how about the new coin that’s going to be the next ethereum? Also, there’s this cryptocurrency called verge that experts are tipping to make huge gains this year. And let’s not forget ripple either. You should totally load up on $3 ripple. Navigating the cryptocurrency landscape is tricky enough for experienced heads. But for the general public, who take their news from traditional media outlets, the situation is far worse. Hopelessly misinformed reporting and PR puff pieces published as ‘news’ have left the public more clueless than ever.

Also read: Weiss Ratings Defends its Decision to Give Bitcoin Only a C+ Grade

Sowing the Seeds of Crypto Confusion

As bitcoin reached record highs in December, the mainstream coverage grew to a crescendo. Suddenly everyone from mom to the metaphorical shoeshine boy had an opinion on cryptocurrency as the masses wired their deposits to Coinbase to get some skin in the game. When the markets started to fall in January, these new adopters got burned the worst. Many were stunned to see their rapidly diminishing portfolios, and a number quit altogether, electing to sell at a loss rather than endure more financial agony.

Thanks to Mainstream Media, the Public Are Clueless About CryptocurrencyMainstream media aren’t to blame for the price of bitcoin, and can be forgiven for getting swept up in the crypto mania that was unavoidable for a while. Reporting on the news is their job after all, and for a while the news was “Everyone’s buying bitcoin and it keeps going up”. What’s less forgivable is the recklessness of much of the reporting. Established outlets such as the New York Times, Bloomberg, and Reuters, while not perfect, have the resources to provide proper coverage of the crypto space. But less reputable rags have also piled in, and their breathless reporting is often woeful.

Crypto Gibberish from the Tabloid Press

Thanks to Mainstream Media, the Public Are Clueless About Cryptocurrency
Spammy ads and senseless reporting

In the UK, three mainstream publications have excelled themselves when it comes to clueless crypto coverage – the Mail Online, Sky News, and the Express. In one article this week, detailing bitcoin’s slide, the Express featured related ads and articles that urged readers not to buy ethereum, to buy ripple, to look into a bitcoin pension and to learn more about bitcoin ‘skyrocketing’ 25% in 24 hours. Is it any wonder that casual readers have no idea what’s actually happening? The same ads aren’t unique to mainstream media sites either – Coindesk has also come into criticism for hosting similar clickbait ads alongside its news stories.

Even if the contradictory ads are overlooked, the quality of reporting from outlets such as the Express is hopelessly misinformed:

Thanks to Mainstream Media, the Public Are Clueless About Cryptocurrency
The Express delivers its expert opinion on the cryptocurrency market

This is the same publication that recently claimed ripple to be a mineable cryptocurrency. This week, Sky News also published – as straight news – a press release for a new ICO headed by notorious British businesswoman Michelle Mone. The Scottish lingerie entrepreneur has a string of failed ventures and dubious business practises to her name, but there was no mention of that in the story, which has since been deleted, but is still available as a cached version. Titled “I hope my new cryptocurrency encourages women to invest in tech”, it bears the strapline “Baroness Michelle Mone launches cryptocurrency Equi which will allow the public to invest in tech start-ups”.

Thanks to Mainstream Media, the Public Are Clueless About CryptocurrencyWhatever her ICO may be, it has nothing do with helping women. The piece is riddled with preposterous claims that crypto heads would see through instantly, but that could easily hoodwink newcomers including the women the project is supposedly designed for.

Accurately reporting on the cryptocurrency space requires journalists with the requisite knowledge and expertise. Otherwise, not only are these platforms misleading their readers – they’re potentially defrauding them. While the ‘fake news’ meme has caused the public to be more sceptical of the information they’re fed, the majority still presume that if a story’s on an established site, it must be true. If media outlets can’t tell the difference between vaporware and legitimate cryptocurrencies, and don’t understand things such as market cap and total circulating supply, they should refrain from dispensing investment advice or enlist reporters who can.

Do you think mainstream media coverage of the cryptocurrency space informs or confuses the public? Let us know in the comments section below.


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, the Express, and Twitter.


Why not keep track of the price with one of Bitcoin.com’s widget services.

The post Thanks to Mainstream Media, the Public Are Clueless About Cryptocurrency appeared first on Bitcoin News.

NY Regulator Demands Vigilance Against Market Manipulation from Bitlicense Firms

NY Regulator Demands Vigilance Against Market Manipulation from Bitlicense Firms

Accusations, rumors and fears of manipulation in the cryptocurrency market have been around for a long while now. The most recent one involves Tether supposedly artificially propping up the price of bitcoin by printing USDT. Now one regulator demands that companies in its jurisdiction will take action against such possible risks.

Also Read: Weiss Ratings Defends its Decision to Give Bitcoin Only a C+ Grade

Vigilant Against Market Manipulation

NY Regulator Demands Vigilance Against Market Manipulation from Bitlicense FirmsThe New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued a guidance paper on Wednesday, reminding all cryptocurrency companies licensed by it that they are required to implement measures designed to effectively detect, prevent, and respond to fraud, attempted fraud, and similar wrongdoing. In addition, it reminded Bitlicense holders that they must be especially vigilant against efforts at market manipulation. The regulator has granted six Bitlicenses so far, including to Bitflyer USA, Coinbase Inc., XRP II and Circle Internet Financial, and charters to Gemini Trust Company and itBit Trust Company.

“DFS took the lead in 2015 in regulating the virtual currency market, and we continue to be vigilant concerning risks in these markets. Market manipulation presents serious risks, both to consumers and to the safety and soundness of financial services institutions,” said Superintendent Maria T. Vullo. “As the cryptocurrency markets continue to evolve, DFS is directing virtual currency companies to take the necessary steps to guard against fraud, and to be extra vigilant about manipulation. By these actions, the market can evolve with strong regulatory supervision.”

All Bitlicense Firms to Report Risks

NY Regulator Demands Vigilance Against Market Manipulation from Bitlicense FirmsIn its guidance paper, the DFS also directed cryptocurrency firms to adopt measures that include effective implementation of a written policy to identify and assess the full range of fraud-related risk areas, including market manipulation. The policy should provides procedures and controls to protect against identified risks, allocate responsibility for monitoring those, and provide for the investigation of fraud and other wrongdoing, whether suspected or actual.

Immediately upon discovering any wrongdoing, a licensed cryptocurrency firm must submit a report to DFS with all the details. They must also submit, as soon as practicable, further reports of any developments along with a statement of the actions taken, and a statement of changes put in place in order to avoid repetition of similar events.

What could have prompted the regulator to suddenly fear manipulation in the crypto market? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


Images courtesy of Shutterstock.


Do you like to research and read about Bitcoin technology? Check out Bitcoin.com’s Wiki page for an in-depth look at Bitcoin’s innovative technology and interesting history.

The post NY Regulator Demands Vigilance Against Market Manipulation from Bitlicense Firms appeared first on Bitcoin News.