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Cryptopia enters liquidation phase as it appoints Grant Thornton; investigation to take months

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Cryptopia enters liquidation phase as it appoints Grant Thornton; investigation to take months
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Cryptopia, the New Zealand-based cryptocurrency exchange, announced the appointment of Grant Thornton as its liquidators. This announcement was made hours after its customers raised concerns over a long unscheduled maintenance, resulting in some speculating another hack.

Notably, the firm chose to take the step of liquidation because of the hack that occurred earlier this year. In mid-January 2019, the exchange announced a security breach, leading to a massive loss of funds. The majority of the stolen funds belonged to its Ethereum wallets, with reports suggesting that the breach cost the exchange a whopping $16 million in ETH and ERC20 tokens.

However, the exchange soon fell victim to a second attack, which took place days after the first one. The second attack reportedly drained 17K wallets, resulting in the loss of $180K in Ethereum. This was soon followed by the exchange releasing a statement on the loss incurred due to the security breach, where the worst-case scenario was considered to be the loss of 9.4 percent of its total holdings. Following this, the exchange gradually re-opened its services in March 2019.

The latest announcement stated that two officials from Grant Thornton, David Ruscoe and Russell Moore, would be carrying out the liquidation process of the exchange.



David Ruscoe stated that the investigation process could take months instead of weeks, citing the “complexity” of the case. He further added,

“We realise Cryptopia’s customers will want to have this matter resolved as soon as possible. We will conduct a thorough investigation, working with several different stakeholders including management and shareholders, to find the solution that is in the best interests of customers and stakeholders”

@Donarito, a Twitter user, stated,

“So they give a partly possibility to withdraw funds, almost reopen exchange to show police that they are ok and them just start liquidation. I am far from NZ, but I will fight for my funds”





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Priya is a full-time member of the reporting team at AMBCrypto. She is a finance major with one year of writing experience. She has not held any value in Bitcoin or other currencies.

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JP Morgan: Big banks stand corrected as Bitcoin rally past intrinsic value; admits current surge mirrors 2017 rise

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Big banks are riding a FOMO wave as the Bitcoin bull-run is just beginning. Spearheaded by the changing colors of JP Morgan, which recently forayed into the digital assets world, the banking elite is now suggesting that their initial stance on Bitcoin and the larger cryptocurrency world might have been off.

A recent chart by JP Morgan shows the current BTC price veer upwards chiding the “intrinsic value” the big bank placed on the virtual currency.

Based on the article by Bloomberg, the price of the coin would reverse towards the end of December 2018 and then make marginal gains until May 2019, all under the $5,000 mark. In reality, the BTC price, after dropping to “rock bottom” at just above $3,100 in early December 2018, edged upwards.

Several spurts of growth were seen in early January and February, prior to a massive April ascendance. On April 2, Bitcoin did away with the bank’s value mode and amassed a daily gain of over 15 percent, fuelling its current rise. Breaking the $5,000 ceiling in the process, which was pegged to remain intact well into May 2019, the king coin is now almost $3,000 ahead of the mark and is not looking to stop.

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It should be noted that JP Morgan’s “intrinsic value” is calculated on the basis of the marginal cost of production, electricity prices, and hash rates. This model does not take into account, at least on absolute terms, the anticipatory effect of the 2020 halving, which, according to a slew of analysts is the behind the price rise.

Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, the MD in the Global Market Strategy team at JP Morgan stated that Bitcoin breaking through its “intrinsic value” showed signs of mirroring its 2017 bull run. He evidenced this move by comparing the pre-December 2017 slump to the one seen prior to the current bullish swing.

The analyst added:

“Over the past few days, the actual price has moved sharply over marginal cost. This divergence between actual and intrinsic values carries some echoes of the spike higher in late 2017, and at the time this divergence was resolved mostly by a reduction in actual prices.”

With the analyst admitting that the imparting of an “intrinsic or fair value” to a cryptocurrency, much less a volatile one like Bitcoin, is a “challenging” ordeal, a mere JP Morgan acknowledgement of a Bitcoin bull-run is a remarkable sign for the digital assets industry, especially given the bank’s and its CEO Jamie Dimon’s Bitcoin-bashing in the past.

Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro attested to the same, adding a key point that JP Morgan failed to take into account in their calculation. He stated:



“Great to see JPM finally admitting that Bitcoin has intrinsic value.
Now wait till they understand that miners who run a surplus tend to begin hording.”

Despite Bitcoin slumping at press time, recording a 1.23 percent decline against the dollar, the prospects look positive. After recording a massive gain on 19 May, briefly surging past $8,000 for the second time in a week, Bitcoin created a High-Low [HL] at $7,100, which many analysts look at with glee.

This HL immediately following last week’s pull-back caused due to post-Consensus bears, a Bitstamp sell-order and market correction showed the king coin’s bullish persistence and can even be a foundation for a $9,000 ascendance, defying any “intrinsic value” expectations.





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