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Cryptocurrency Prices Slide as Regulatory Fears Rise

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The bitcoin price has dropped below the psychologically important $9,000 level amid a raid by authorities on No. 1 South Korean bitcoin exchange Upbit. Bitcoin’s sell-off was exacerbated by reports that the trustee of Japan’s shuttered bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was unloading more BTC.

Investors fled Upbit and dragged the bitcoin price down with it to multi-week lows while the other leading cryptocurrencies fell in sympathy. The market cap of the broad cryptocurrency market fell to about $380 billion, shaving nearly $100 billion from last week’s total value, as Bloomberg reported. and revisiting March levels.

Source: CoinMarketCap

Upbit has reportedly been the target of an investigation since March on suspicions that customer funds were transferred from the exchange’s account to one owned by a Upbit official. The police and nearly a dozen investigators reportedly raided the offices of Upbit, the No. 3 cryptocurrency exchange globally based on volume in the past 24-hour period, on Thursday and Friday, combing through the offices in search of a smoking gun tied to allegations of defrauding investors, according to reports citing someone in the Seoul Southern District public prosecutors’ office.

“Upbit is currently under investigation by prosecutors and is cooperating,” said Upbit officials in a statement to customers cited in Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, the exchange noted that customer accounts were deemed “safe”, while transactions including deposits and withdrawals were officially unaffected. But with the nightmares of Mt. Gox and more recently Coincheck not too far in the rearview mirror, investors weren’t taking any chances.

Knee-Jerk Regulation

Cryptocurrency market participants have been trying to avoid any over-regulation in the market by engaging with policymakers, and regulators similarly have said they want to avoid rushing into adding laws that would ultimately stifle innovation. But incidents like this, where there are suspicions of fraud at one of the world’s leading bitcoin exchanges, doesn’t help the regulatory cause.

Making matters worse was the anticipated upcoming sale of thousands of bitcoin and bitcoin cash by the trustee of the now-defunct Mt. Gox exchange. Records indicate that some 8,000 BTC and 8,000 BCH were transferred from the exchange’s trust to cold storage in preparation of a sale.

Prior to the latest setbacks, the cryptocurrency markets were on the comeback trail after a volatile first quarter. South Korean regulators have been cracking down on bitcoin exchanges of late, but there are also murmurings that officials could lift the ban that’s currently in place on initial coin offerings (ICOs), which would be a boon for the market.

Bitcoin and the other leading digital currencies have weathered these types of storms in the past, and if anything it serves as a stark reminder to investors not to keep their funds on any trading platform and instead to transfer them to a hard wallet.

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Ethereum Price Rebounds from 14-Month Low; Long-Term Growth Still Intact, Says Co-Founder 

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Ethereum staged a large relief rally on Wednesday, as bargain hunters swept in to capitalize on extreme oversold conditions following a 35% weekly rout for the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency.

ETH/USD Update

The ether price surged 13.6% to $294, clawing back more than half the losses it incurred since Monday. Total trade volumes were $1.9 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.

At current values, Ethereum has a total capitalization of $29.8 billion.

Momentum has returned to the ether trade, with the monthly relative strength index (RSI) improving to 67. Ethereum’s RSI plunged to single digits twice over the past eight days.

The broader cryptocurrency market improved to $208.4 billion on Wednesday, which is a reversal of nearly $20 billion from the recent swing low.

Long-Term Growth Trajectory Still Intact: Lubin

Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin isn’t concerned about the latest downtrend in cryptocurrency prices. In fact, he believes the market is in better health today now that speculative investments have died off and bubble conditions have eroded.

“We’ve seen six big bubbles, each more epic than the previous one, and each bubble is astonishing when they’re happening but when you look back they look like pimples on a chart,” Lubin, who currently serves as CEO of ConsenSys Inc., said during an interview with Bloomberg. “With each of these bubbles we have a tremendous surge of activity and that’s what we’re seeing right now.”

Lubin believes Ethereum will play a pivotal role in the future alongside hundreds of other blockchain networks. This view is shared by other industry leaders, such as Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and Ted Rogers of Xapo, who believe the vast majority of tokens will go to zero.

Arthur Hayes Rips Ethereum

BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes launched a scathing criticism of Ethereum in a recent post on Crypto Trader Digest, where he attributed the cryptocurrency’s growth to the highly speculative ICO boom.

In Hayes’ view, Ethereum will soon go “from a 3-digit to a 2-digit shitcoin.”

In the crypto community, a ‘shitcoin’ is a pejorative term that describes an altcoin that has become worthless.

As Hacked reported on Tuesday, a large-scale cash-out of ICOs appears to have sparked the recent leg of the crypto market downturn. At its lowest point on Tuesday, the cryptocurrency market cap was valued around $189 billion. That’s a $220 billion reversal from three months ago.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Decentralization is a word that receives a ton of lip service in the blockchain community, but some companies are actually doing an amazing job getting their actions to back their words. OmiseGO is one such company.

Omise was founded in 2013 as a payment services company, and OmiseGO is an extension platform that operates separately. It is important you not confuse the two.

As an ERC-20 token that operates a smart contract platform, OMG is a high-performing proof-of-stake protocol with a massive mission to bring decentralization to trading.

What Need is OmiseGO Fulfilling

Ripple was originally seen to be the top solution in the payment providers sector, but its lack of decentralization has shown that there are significant downsides to their operating model. OmiseGO aims to become a decentralized Ripple, but operating a high-powered decentralized exchange (DEX), and has already become the top name in on-chain and cross-chain transactions.

With decentralization and the ability to connect fragmented payment processors, OmiseGO would also be able to help the unbanked gain access to the banking system.

There is currently a massive gap in the legacy financial network, since payment networks (such as SWIFT) have unilateral control over the flow of financial services on their network. Paypal and Venmo have proven to have similar centralization risks, even if they bring some competition to the table.

Not only would OmiseGO decentralize payment processing and create a DEX, but they have released a software development kit (SDK) to enable the creation of new applications and wallets on their system.

Meet the OmiseGO Team

OmiseGO is run by a well-reputed team (headed by Jun Hasegawa) who in the past have been referred to as “Fintech Rockstars” by Forbes. Their advisory board is packed with big names like Vitalin Buterin, Gavin Wood, and Joseph Poon, to name a few.

By contributing $100,000 to the Ethereum foundations DEVGRANTS program, they have indicated a strong commitment to the future of Ethereum and their investment within the community.

Every token needs to have its utility, and OMG is paid to holders in exchange for validating transactions. These holders have the right to confirm blocks, and effectively work as income producing assets in the course of the operation of the network.

The incentives here lie in the value of the network. The more transactions that need to be validated, the more token holders will need to confirm transactions, and therefore the more money is likely to be distributed to OMG holders in exchange for their confirmations.

OmiseGO’s Recent Performance

OmiseGO is now trading at around $3.30 USD, which is down an incredible amount from its high above $24 USD in January. This has been typical of many assets in the industry, but could be a sign that OMG is oversold.

There has also been a lot of news about OMG recently. In July a partnership with Status was announced that would result with the integration of the services of the two companies. Status is an open source dapp (decentralized app) for phones and browsers, and was one of the first clients to be developed on the Ethereum blockchain. Their core project is to link mobile chat and social media by using Ethereum tokenization.

With the goal of ultimate decentralization, OmiseGO has its work cut out for it. Although founded in 2013, they are still in the early stages of their expansions. More good news came in early June, when OMG was listed on Unocoin, one of the top asian exchanges located in India.

OmiseGO’s dream of connecting all the disparate financial systems and rails gives it the potential to become the DEX of the future. The question is whether they can displace the already dominant Ripple by going in a different strategic direction and sticking to their core tenets of decentralization and trustless networks.

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Bitcoin Price Defends $6,000 as Crypto Market Cap Returns Above $200 Billion

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Bitcoin rebounded sharply on Wednesday after a bear market breakdown dragged prices to within $100 of yearly lows. Although the technical indicators have improved, significant downside risks remain.

BTC/USD Update

Bitcoin’s price was up 4.6% on Bitfinex to trade at $6,483. The leading digital currency reached a session high of $6,483, having recovered more than 8% from Monday’s swing low. Bitcoin’s 24-hour trade volumes averaged $4.6 billion on Wednesday.

The $6,000 price point has emerged as an important support level for bitcoin. As Hacked previously reported, this level is not only psychologically significant, it represents more or less the break-even rate for miners.

The monthly technical chart shows improving conditions in the bitcoin price, though this should be taken with a grain of salt given the market’s extreme moves as of late.

At current levels, bitcoin has a total market capitalization of $109.8 billion, which represents 53.6% of the total cryptocurrency market.

Altcoins and tokens collectively rose by $8 billion on Wednesday to reach a total value of $94.4 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. The value of all digital assets was $204.6 billion.

The Market’s Next Move

Although predicting bitcoin’s next move is notoriously difficult, a successful defense of the $6,000 floor is an important step in facilitating the next rally. That the yearly low ($5,755) wasn’t breached during the latest downtrend suggests the bulls may be running out of steam.

That said, bitcoin’s dominance rate reveals structural weakness in the cryptocurrency market, not to mention damaged investor psychology. As Hacked reported Tuesday, cash-out from the ICO boom appears to be largely responsible for the latest reversal, a sign that investors were losing confidence in riskier assets. This is further corroborated by Ethereum’s dramatic selloff over the past seven days. The so-called developer’s cryptocurrency has been responsible for three-quarters of initial coin offerings.

According to BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes, investors shouldn’t expect a large price recovery at this stage given the general lack of momentum, volume and stability in the market. Trading volumes – a key proxy for demand in the cryptocurrency market – averaged $13.4 billion on Wednesday, based on latest available data.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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