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Bitcoin [BTC]: Nouriel Roubini connects the fall of ‘criminal ICOs’ to the fall in BTC and ETH prices

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Bitcoin [BTC]: Nouriel Roubini connects the fall of 'criminal ICOs' to the fall in BTC and ETH prices
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The cryptocurrency market has had its fair share of proponents and naysayers who have spoken about major coins. Nouriel Roubini aka Dr. Doom is one such cryptocurrency critic who has previously called Bitcoin ‘crap’ and compared Ethereum Co-founder Vitalik Buterin to North Korean dictator Kim Jong–un.

In his latest tweet, Roubini cited a study that attacked ICOs and connected the shady functions of ICOs to the prices of Bitcoin and Ethereum. Roubini’s tweet read,



“81 percent of all ICOs were scams in the first place according to a reputable study. So it is no wonder that their price was highly correlated with that of BTC or ETH once the crypto bubble went bust in 2018. That price correlation confirms that they were mostly criminal scams.”

The study quoted by Roubini stated that ICOs were ‘fundamentally different but highly correlated.’ The study said,

“There are two interpretations of this pattern. The benign one is that the ICO market is still in its infancy and will need to mature. When ICOs grow up, we might expect them to be seen as very distant relatives of Bitcoin or Ethereum and to be priced according to their own merit. The alternative is that ICOs were just one of the children of the hype and are likely to share the fate of major cryptocurrencies.”

Roubini’s tussle with the cryptocurrency market has been ongoing since its inception, with Roubini being one of the first people to label it a ‘scam’ and a ‘fraud.’ He also commented on the 2017 Bitcoin bubble, labeling it the mother and father of all bubbles. The economist who shot to fame after he was one of the first people to predict the 2008 financial recession attacked Bitcoin’s underlying technology and lack of fundamental value.





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Bitcoin’s [BTC] dump may have triggered migration of BTCs worth hundreds of millions

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Bitcoin's [BTC] dump may have triggered migration of BTCs worth hundreds of millions
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Bitcoin dropped by 3.55% over 3 hours, an approximate drop of $200, causing many altcoins to dip by more than 8%. Although it might be a coincidence, thousands of Bitcoins started to migrate from wallets to exchanges, wallets to wallets, and exchanges to wallets.

Whale Alert, a Twitter user, pointed out the same in his tweets. A total of  25,000 BTC were sent in under 20 minutes, in multiples of 5000 BTC each, in a wallet to wallet transaction. Two of these transfers were initiated from an unknown wallet [3BYv2L9zCFYpvRQXakqkVWa7JyRw6Q9ZAm] to two other unknown wallets [3PWNGS2357TnjRX7FpewqR3e3qsWwpFrJH, 3CAF6ZjtJKaHiJixViXncTRwG3N5ss9vn4].

These 5 transfers were worth approximately $140 million. The third transfer took place from multiple wallets to a single wallet [3HuUiXmKN3beQSoM97kWjK1fesWWJvKvaZ].

Additionally, there were two massive transactions that took place two hours after the drop; the first transaction involved 14,999 BTC, while the second involved 11,000 BTC.

The former transaction was sent from two wallets to a single wallet [3GaB3nRWA1PLc3XQkkbpVtFwYYZEuMxD4i], which is the balance of the wallet. The latter transaction was similar to the one mentioned above, as the transaction originated from two wallets.

Another transaction containing 9,000 BTC was transferred from 357R3FeNmySYeHuRfyhFd6nMwzoLDdjfwV to 3NmHmQte2rP8pS54U3B8LPYQKkpG1pFF69. The sender has approximately 9,412 BTC after the transfer, while the recipient has 9,000 BTC.

All of the above transactions were worth approximately $332 million. The massive BTCs transferred could be due to the recent fall in the price. It can also be speculated that BTC whales were securing their profits earned from the shorts.

A Twitter user @Emperor_YZ commented,



“and who say the fee is high, just 30,360 sat ($1.67)🤔 for a $82.37 million transfer …”

Another user, @Omarin0, commented,

“It would have also been 1.67$ for a 1.67$ transfer. 100% fee. How nice”

@Emperor_YZ replied,

“wrong, you can use LN or other layer 2 apps to do small amount payments 😎 for BTC base layer, network security is always top priority, L2 is super cheap and can settle at base layer later”





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