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Bitcoin [BTC] creates new record; continues downward spiral for the sixth consecutive month

Namrata Shukla



Bitcoin [BTC] creates new record; continues downward spiral for the sixth consecutive month
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The cryptocurrency market has taken crypto users for a ride in terms of the performance of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin [BTC]. Once, the top token, Bitcoin has noticed a steep fall for the sixth month in a row. This is the longest recorded fall of the coin ever since its inception in 2010.

As per the data collated by Bloomberg, the coin was down 9% in January, dropping from $3,750 to $3,410 and has plunged 83% from its high of $19,511 in December 2017. On December 2017, the coin registered a market cap of $325 billion which has currently come down to $60.8 billion, at the time of press. The fall of the coin is costing other coins like Ethereum and XRP also to fall, as per the publication.

Source: Trading view

Source: Trading view

It has become difficult for the mainstream financial institutions to come out in support of Bitcoin, as the stigma of the token being used for illegitimate purposes is hard to shake. Recently, the terrorist organization Hamas requested support to donate in Bitcoin and the Austrian Financial Market Authority noted that investment fraud involving cryptocurrencies now sums up the bulk of reports to its whistleblower website, reported Bloomberg.

As per NewsBTC, the lack of sophisticated infrastructure is an important reason due to which Bitcoin’s penetration into the mainstream market is prevented. According to P.A.ID [Payments, Authentication, Identity and the Security and Connectivity of people, devices, objects and transations], 68% of Bitcoin exchanges across the US and Europe are not compliant with KYC. Most of these exchanges are unable to process larger transactions due to liquidity issues. John Devlin, chief analyst at P.A.ID said to the publication:

“Cryptocurrency wallets and exchanges want to enjoy the same trust as the wider traditional financial services, but for this to happen they need to rise above the sometimes-dubious reputation of cryptocurrencies’ past and be seen as ‘model citizens’ of the economy.”

At the time of press, Bitcoin [BTC] was valued at $3,474.64 with a market cap of $60.8 billion. The coin reported a 24-hour trade volume of $5 billion while registering a fall of 4.13%, over the past seven days. The coin saw a rise of 0.95% over the past day and is still registering a minimal growth of 0.01% over the past hour. The coin has been highly traded on BitMEX, with a volume of $830 million with BTC/USD pair.

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Namrata is a full-time journalist and is interested in covering everything under the sun, with a special focus on the crypto market.


HitBTC responds to allegations of insolvency, refutes claims made by Redditors




HitBTC responds to allegations of insolvency
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HitBTC, a Hong Kong-based exchange has been the center of accusations among users on Reddit, Twitter, and other forums. HitBTC users started complaining about issues regarding withdrawal and extensive procedures after one particular user @ProofofReserach put out a thread alleging insolvency of HitBTC.

To put an end to all the accusations, HitBTC has broken its silence with a blog post explaining their side of the story. According to HitBTC, their systems performed well during the winter of 2017-18, however, HitBTC mentioned that due to overwhelming demand for the services, they experienced bottlenecks at an operational level.

Referring to the BitcoinExchangeGuide article, HitBTC responded:

“A widely quoted article, in its entirety, is based on only 2 AML cases. One of them was initiated as part of the investigation into the December, 2018 BTCP security breach, at the request of the coin’s core team. Unfortunately, there is no clear indication of the nature of the second case that can be discerned from the article. The author of the article failed to track the deposit/withdrawal dynamics that did not uncover any irregularities. A simple block explorer or our public System Monitor would suffice for these purposes”

Additionally, referring to the altcoins being added and removed from the platform, the exchange said that they were honored to work with a diverse range of projects, however, since the crypto sphere was still nascent, there were lapses in their judgment in assessing the integration partners. With the above-mentioned prominent cases, HitBTC also addressed other topics.

@ProofofResearch replied to HitBTC’s blog:

“Is there a reason why you’re unable to tell people us where your Bitcoin storage is at? If what I published is as untrue as you claim it is, then providing a wallet address where your Bitcoin funds are stored will go a long way in *proving that*.”

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