Bitcoin Price Analysis: Macro Resistance Could Push Price Down to $6,000s

Summary: The bitcoin market is seeing some pullback as the monthly and weekly resistance level has proven to be a tough level to crack. On the daily level we can see a couple of attempts to break the level, but ultimately this was matched with strong selling pressure. On bitcoin’s four-hour chart we can see that support that once held the market up is now turning into support with a failure to reclaim the level. If we fail to reclaim the $7,800s, we can expect to see a retest of…

Dutch Authorities Shut Down Bestmixer

The Dutch Financial Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) has shut down cryptomixing site Bestmixer.io. According to local media, Dutch authorities moved to shut down the site on May 22, 2019, as part of a joint operation with police agencies from several European nations, including France, Latvia and Luxembourg. Following concerns originally raised by the online security company McAfee in 2018, the FIOD has claimed that the service was used for money laundering. As Dutch media reported, no arrests have yet been made in the Bestmixer case, as Europol officials attempt…

Op Ed: A Summary of  NYAG vs. Bitfinex/Tether

In the latest on the ongoing legal dispute between the New York Attorney General (NYAG), cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex and stablecoin issuer Tether, the New York Supreme Court has modified an April 24, 2019, preliminary injunction and now Bitfinex is allowed to continue using the Tether reserves that were loaned to it to maintain its ordinary course of business, such as paying employees and consultants. But Bitfinex may not withdraw any further funds from the Tether reserve and must comply with all document requests pursuant to the NYAG investigation. This modified…

Coinbase CEO Teases Launch of Debit Card in the U.S.

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has announced that the company is working on introducing its debit card to customers in the U.S. Armstrong’s announcement came in a live AMA session on YouTube on May 16, 2019, during which he fielded questions and touched on various topics such as community trust ratings for altcoins and fraud prevention. While he did confirm that the debit card is coming to U.S. customers, he didn’t divulge a specific release date. Last month, Coinbase launched the Coinbase Card, a Visa-based debit card which, according to the…

Smell Something Fishy? The CFTC Will Pay You to Report Crypto Scams

Nestled in the exhibition room at this year’s Consensus conference, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) had a message for conference goers as they weaved in and out of booths representing various projects and startups in the space: “Be on the lookout for virtual currency fraud” and if you see it, let us know. “The Whistleblower Office of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is issuing this alert to inform members of the public about how they may make themselves eligible for both financial awards and certain protections while…

Minnesota Representative to Reintroduce Hard Fork Tax Reform Bill

Minnesota Congressional Representative Tom Emmer has announced plans to reintroduce a bill meant to “provide temporary safe harbor for the tax treatment of hard forks of convertible virtual currency in the absence of administrative guidance.” Representative Emmer participated in a panel on the relationship between government and the crypto industry at Consensus 2019 on May 13, 2019, wherein he first announced an attempt to continue the fight for his hard fork bill. Joined by industry leaders and government personalities, Emmer publicly acknowledged the sort of limbo that crypto holders find…

Blockstream Releases First Enterprise-Grade Product on Liquid

Security tokens are coming to Bitcoin, courtesy of Blockstream. The Bitcoin and blockchain technology company announced on May 15, 2019, the final day of the Consensus 2019 conference, that Liquid Securities, a platform for issuing and managing security tokens on its Liquid sidechain, is ready to go live. This platform will provide Liquid and its users with its first product to issue digital assets, a foundational milestone for bringing tokenization to the Bitcoin network. Launched in October 2018, the Liquid sidechain is an auxiliary network built on Bitcoin, primarily to…

Tether and Bitfinex Ask New York Attorney General for Fund Accessibility

Attorneys for Tether and Bitfinex are hoping to get the former access to its reserves amid a legal dispute with New York Office of the Attorney General (NYOAG). In a letter sent to the New York County Supreme Court, attorneys representing iFinex (the parent organization of Bitfinex) and Tether took issue with the restrictions that had been placed on Tether’s transactions with related parties as part of an ongoing case against them, stating that the NYOAG had no basis for disallowing tether (USDT) holders and other affiliated entities from redeeming…

Bitcoin Price Analysis: Where Is the Local Top for This Parabolic Run?

Summary: The bitcoin market has gone parabolic as we blasted off through two major weekly levels. The resistance got crushed due to a high amount of short positions that were force liquidated in an event known as a “short squeeze.” We are currently testing the $8,000 level but a major weekly resistance level looms directly overhead in the $8,150 area. The price structure is looking fairly climactic and we might see a strong round of selling hit the market that could potentially pull us down to retest the mid-$6,000s. If…

Op Ed: Understanding the Latest FinCEN Guidance for Cryptocurrencies

On May 9, 2019, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), issued new “interpretive guidance” about how its regulations apply to businesses that conduct money transmissions in virtual currencies. In summary, a money services business (MSB) needs to register with FinCEN, (which is free and done through Form 107); get an AML compliance policy that specifies what KYC information will be collected (and aims to catch and prevent money laundering and terrorism); designate a compliance officer to monitor transactions and file suspicious activity reports for activity that looks suspicious and file…