Ethereum Cofounder Joseph Lubin Doubts Tether Bitcoin Price Manipulation 3852

Ethereum cofounder Joseph Lubin said on Yahoo Finance’s Final Round August 28, that he doubts manipulation accusations against stablecoin Tether (USDT). Founded in 2014, Tether was “the first” blockchain-powered platform that allows for the tokenization of fiat-backed cryptocurrencies.

In June, after the publication of a study conducted by analysts from the University of Texas, USDT fell under suspicion of Bitcoin (BTC) price manipulation in 2017, when the BTC price surged to an all-time high of $20,000. The paper claims that “purchases with Tether are timed following market downturns and result in sizable increases in Bitcoin prices.”

While many cryptocurrency enthusiasts are convinced Tether is lying about its backing assets, Lubin is unconvinced of manipulation accusations against the token and the company behind it. He said that “based on our analysis, which involves just talking to a bunch of people in the space, we do believe that [USDT] are backed 1:1 by U.S. dollars in bank accounts” although it is “still not 100 percent solid in terms of a story, from my perspective.” He added:

“…with respect to market manipulations, I’m not sure that market manipulations are related to Tether directly, if they do exist. It has been an unregulated market set of exchanges that enable big players to do what they want to do […] Ideally we’ll get a little better regulation of those centralized exchanges at least.”

In June, law firm Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP conducted an unofficial audit of Tether’s accounts, where it was discovered that USDT did indeed have enough funds to back each token 1:1 with U.S. dollars. However, the firm noted that it is, “not an accounting firm and did not perform the above review and confirmations using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.”

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Max Dilendorf Serves as a Bitcoin Expert Witness in USCIS EB-5 Green Card Adjudication Proceedings 19869

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has frequently denied EB-5 applications that list Bitcoin exchange-traded-funds as a legitimate “source of funds”. Yet, in an unprecedented approach that included forensic reporting analysis, attorney Max Dilendorf provided an expert legal opinion and due diligence report proving that a green card applicants’ source of funds met the standards to be qualified under this program.

Because USCIS only requires a “preponderance of evidence” showing the legal acquisition of investment funds in EB-5 petitions and offers little guidance for applicants whose funds originated in cryptocurrency, Dilendorf’s confirming evidence was a significant achievement.

The Dilendorf Law Firm, NYC’s top law firm for the digital age, represented several clients in EB-5 matters with the USCIS concerning the clients’ EB-5 investments funded with cryptocurrencies. By submitting blockchain and cryptocurrency expert reports in these cases, the firm has provided evidence to support the legitimate “source of funds”.

The firm’s clients were software engineers and early cryptocurrency adopters who, in the opinion of the crypto compliance law firm, are legally qualified for obtaining EB-5 investor green-cards, as there was little doubt on the legality of the source of the clients’ cryptocurrency funds.

Dilendorf’s legal opinions and blockchain forensic reports, as submitted to the USCIS, included an expert assessment of the following:

  • legality of the specific digital assets and regulatory framework for the involved financial institutions dealing with cryptocurrencies;
  • origin and flow of cryptocurrencies funding the EB-5 investments;
  • mechanism and sufficiency of digital wallets, private cryptographic keys, crypto trading platforms and accounts establishing ownership of the clients’ cryptocurrency funds;
  • KYC/AML compliance measures taken at each point of the funds’ journey by clients and third parties, including crypto exchanges and OTC traders.

Max Dilendorf, Esq. is also a top forensic Bitcoin and crypto expert witness. His expertise has also made him one of the top cryptocurrency consultants for Fortune 500 companies.  Mr. Dilendorf’s recent speaking engagements have included the Thailand SEC, IBM, Berkshire Hathaway, and New York University, to name a few.

Pastel Network Announces the Listing of PSL on the Bitcoin.com Exchange 19140

Pastel Network, the first truly decentralized and scalable blockchain project designed specifically for rare digital art, has officially announced its pending listing on Bitcoin.com, scheduled for March 5, 2021. Pastel Network is a blockchain for rare digital art (also known as “NFTs”) that is built on the secure, battle-tested codebases of the Bitcoin, Dash, and ZCash cryptocurrency projects. Pastel introduces several important innovations to the world of blockchain art, such as the decentralized storage of art image files natively in the network, as well as a decentralized validation process for registering new artworks that prevents near-duplicate images from being added to the system. Pastel’s novel near-duplicate detection algorithm is based on robust image fingerprints that are generated using state-of-the-art deep learning image models and introduces a new form of digital scarcity which makes pixel patterns themselves “rare.”

Pastel takes a different technological approach than competing digital art blockchain projects, which are primarily built on top of the Ethereum platform. Because Pastel is an integrated platform specifically designed for the application of rare digital art, it has its own native Bitcoin-like currency (called the PSL coin). Having a native currency token makes the Pastel Network’s fees for registering, storing, and trading rare artwork very low, which makes it affordable to artists and collectors all over the world. Furthermore, the system includes a native mechanism based on changes in the mining difficulty of Pastel’s proof-of-work algorithm for maintaining these fees at affordable levels long into the future — even if PSL appreciates significantly in value. This is in stark contrast to Ethereum-based art projects, where the cost to create new artworks is currently hundreds of dollars, creating unnecessary financial risks for artists and making these other platforms out of reach for all but the wealthiest artists and the most expensive digital artworks. Even if an artist can afford to pay these egregious fees, the cost of simply transferring the artworks to users is prohibitively high. Pastel offers digital artists a secure and robust environment for registering their rare digital artworks with very low transactional costs, making digital art accessible to artists from anywhere in the world, and allowing a different business model for artists where they can sell larger numbers of their limited-edition digital art “prints” at a price point of under $5, while still making a healthy profit margin.

At the same time, Pastel allows art collectors and fans to purchase rare digital artworks directly from their favorite artists — with most of the value going to the artist instead of being wasted on unproductive network fees and overhead. This allows fans to participate in the long-term success of their favorite artists, creating a reciprocal relationship that transforms an artist’s fans into partners that have a financial stake in promoting the artist’s work. Furthermore, buyers of rare artworks on Pastel are able to trade their owned artworks with other Pastel users in a decentralized exchange that is native to the platform, all while paying modest trading commissions and transaction fees that are closer to the ~2% charged by payment processors such as Paypal and Stripe than the 15% or more charged by art dealers and auction houses, and other NFT platforms. Pastel Network’s low trading fees will lead to a much more dynamic and liquid marketplace for rare digital artwork that has the potential to radically transform the way art is created and collected. Best of all, the trading fees are sent by buyers and sellers to an unspendable PSL address, thus, “burning” them and removing them permanently from circulation. Over time, this natural deflation will offset the new PSL created through the mining process, making PSL scarcer and more valuable.

As Pastel Network’s founder Jeff Emanuel explains, “Today marks an exciting milestone for our project, which has been under continuous development since 2018 with the singular mission of serving the world’s artistic community. We have created an open platform that frees artists from the restrictions of the traditional art market, with its outrageous commissions and dealer fees, as well as its elitist ‘gatekeeping’ mentality that excludes the vast majority of talented artists around the world from earning a living as an artist. With the listing of Pastel on the Bitcoin.com exchange, as well as the public launch of our wallet software for artists and collectors in the next months, Pastel is now poised to disrupt the NFT space with a radically better network design that solves the high transactional fees and scalability issues that plague existing Ethereum-based NFT marketplaces and platforms.”

Pastel Network originated as a fork of the Animecoin blockchain project originally introduced in 2014. Animecoin was based on a modified version of the Bitcoin code and was fairly distributed with zero “pre-mine” to thousands of users around the world. After the fork, the Pastel team raised over $3 million from Innovating Capital and other blockchain investors to fund the development of the Pastel software and to further the goals of the project through community engagement and exchange listings, culminating in Pastel’s pending listing on Bitcoin.com.

Kim Dotcom’s Next-Generation Content-Monetization Service K.IM Announces Bitcoin Cash Integration 17890

Dotcom, whose website Megaupload was once the 13th most popular site on the Internet and responsible for 4% of all Internet traffic, said K.IM turns “digital files into file shops. Users can use our service to package a file that they want to sell into an encrypted container file and then they can place it anywhere on the Internet. Customers who want to access the content inside the encrypted container can make a payment using cryptocurrency like Bitcoin Cash.”

Asked why he was excited about K.IM and Bitcoin Cash in particular, Dotcom said that while Bitcoin (BTC) has been a great tool for asset storage, Bitcoin Cash is “great for payments” for services like K.IM and offers new financial opportunities for consumers, vendors and investors. Kim had the following to say about the crypto market:

“My opinion is that crypto use is on the rise and BCH is in a good position to accumulate market share. For me it’s simple: The more users you have the more value you have.”

“The winners in the crypto race will be decided by vendors and users. Focus on the fundamental question: What do vendors and users want? Low fees, fast transactions, high security and ease of use.”

He went on to say that Bitcoin Cash was currently “undervalued” and that the “upside potential for those who missed the BTC train” is enormous. Bitcoin.com Founder and friend of Dotcom, Roger Ver, said that Dotcom has “always been ahead of the rest of the market and that people should pay attention to his predictions.” He went on further to say:

“When you look at interest in BTC these days, a lot of it comes in trying to chase its historic investment gains. As long as the price keeps going up, there is going to be a lot of interest. But what happens when people want to start actually using it to pay for things? They will discover the limitations of Bitcoin and look for an asset that can be both an investment and a true peer-to-peer payment system like Bitcoin was originally meant to be. That’s what Bitcoin Cash is.”

SwiftPass and Wallyt to Partner with Findora on Payments Network 18060

Findora announced today that the company will integrate their solutions with SwiftPass, a leading mobile payments service provider in Asia, and Wallyt, a Hong Kong based Fintech that provides international mobile payments and open banking solutions. Findora is a blockchain network that leverages zero-knowledge proof technology to ensure privacy for financial transactions while remaining auditable. Findora supports confidential transaction processing, verification and asset issuance for any cryptocurrency or financial asset, such as equities, derivatives, debt and cash.

“Among its peers, Findora has a unique approach to financial systems, with a balance between transparency and privacy for building a large-scale transaction network. We are excited to partner with Findora and, together, provide more Fintech solutions,” said CEO of Wallyt, Tong Liu.

Wallyt’s global presence and SwiftPass’ expansive platform and user base are ideally suited for Findora’s confidential ledger. The use of Findora is expected to provide enhanced data safety and privacy for the financial institutions and other clients they serve.

“Findora Development Foundation is excited to partner with two dynamic platforms in Wallyt and SwiftPass, in the constantly evolving Fintech and payments sector. The Findora blockchain’s unique approach to combining cryptography and blockchain will help Wallyt and SwiftPass achieve both confidentiality and auditability,” said F.I.R.S.T. Director of Findora Foundation, Paul Sherer.

Bitcoin SV support introduced at Beaxy Exchange in partnership with Fabriik Markets 19567

Beaxy Exchange, the popular Chicago-based digital asset exchange, today announces that it has introduced trading support for Bitcoin SV [BSV] on its platform. With immediate effect, BSV/USD and BSV/BTC trading pairs are listed and available for use. The introduction of Bitcoin SV comes as a result of a partnership between Beaxy Exchange and Fabriik Markets, a leading digital asset market-maker and liquidity provider. Fabriik Markets will provide market-making services to Beaxy Exchange for BSV-based trading pairs.

The move to launch BSV-based trading on Beaxy Exchange comes as demand for the digital asset continues to grow globally, with the utility of its massively scaling blockchain driving expansion of data use cases across many industry sectors. BSV also functions as a powerful payments network for both businesses and consumers, with its fast transaction times, low fees (sending a BSV payment costs less than 1/100 of a U.S. cent), and regulation-friendly approach providing an ideal payments platform.

As a U.S. Money Services Business [MSB] registered with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network [FinCEN], Beaxy Exchange offers a safe, compliant, and protected service for its customers. All digital assets on Beaxy Exchange are secured by Curv Institutional Custody, with USD deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC] up to $250,000.

Beaxy Exchange services customers in 42 U.S. states, in addition to serving an active global customer base in many international markets. Fiat currency on-ramps are offered by wire transfer in USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, CAD and AUD, as well as credit/debit card on-ramps offered through Simplex in USD, EUR, GBP, ILS, TRY, CAD, CHF, KRW, JPY, RUB, AUD, CZK, NOK, DKK, NZD, SEK, ZAR, HUF, and PLN.

Speaking on today’s announcement, Bay Abbott, Director and Co-President of Beaxy Exchange, said:

“There have been very limited options for those in the United States to buy or sell BSV safely and with convenience. For that reason, along with all of the interest we’ve seen from our community, Beaxy Exchange is thrilled to offer new markets for BSV that were otherwise inaccessible to a large portion of the total crypto market. This is a great opportunity for the global audience as well, as Beaxy will provide fiat on and off-ramps for traders using the USD, EUR, GBP, JPT, CAD, and AUD.”

Also commenting, Steven Walt, General Manager of Fabriik Markets, said:

“We are excited to partner with Beaxy to support their customers’ needs around BSV liquidity. Beaxy is an established and well-respected brand within the digital asset space, and we look forward to leveraging our technology and liquidity to support their growth.”

Also speaking on today’s announcement, Jimmy Nguyen, Founding President of Bitcoin Association, the Switzerland-based global industry organisation that supports Bitcoin SV, commented:

“Bitcoin Association welcomes the addition of BSV support by digital asset businesses that comply with applicable regulations and prioritise operating in a transparent manner, demonstrable qualities of both Beaxy Exchange and Fabriik Markets. With a U.S. base of operations and a strong international reach, Beaxy Exchange are an ideal partner to work with Fabriik Markets to expand the fiat on-ramps for and accessibility of BSV in the U.S. and around the world. I wish both businesses well for the future of their partnership and look forward to their contributions to the ongoing Bitcoin SV growth story and to advancing a more lawful digital currency industry.”

PrimeXBT: A bitcoin-based margin trading platform with a lot to offer (2020 review) 18629

PrimeXBT

PrimeXBT is a Bitcoin-based multi-asset margin trading platform that, while built on the foundations of the traditional market, is geared towards diversifying advanced trading tools, instruments and products. The platform allows its users to operate with more than 50 trading pairs, with leverages that can reach 100x in Cryptocurrencies and up to 1000x in other trading instruments, 24 hours a day.

This large number of trading instruments, as well as its high leverage, makes it stand out from many similar platforms with more time in the market such as Binance or Bitmex. It is important to note that, when choosing a trading platform like this, there are many variables that we must take into account, since not only the variety or quantity of products and instruments guarantee their quality and effectiveness.

Next, we will review this platform and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of trading with it.

PrimeXBT Overview

PrimeXBT is a margin trading and trading platform, founded in 2018 in the Seychelles Islands, which also has offices in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Switzerland. It enables its users to trade with leverage in Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and a wide variety of traditional financial instruments ranging from currency markets to precious metals.

In addition, it offers its users other elements including its friendly interface, a simple registration process (not KYC) that only requires an email, multiple languages ​​(including Spanish), high levels of security, very low commissions and a great liquidity.

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Recently PrimeXBT was voted the best Bitcoin margin trading platform in the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2020, it was also awarded as the best cryptocurrency trading application and the best Forex and Cryptocurrency broker.

Trading tools

PrimeXBT has a set of trading tools and features that make it a high-level and competitive option, supported by elements such as high leverage, risk management tools, and much more.

The platform offers 100X leverage on Cryptocurrency trading pairs such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, and EOS, as well as up to 1000X leverage for the currency markets (Forex), stock indices, and commodities.

Additionally, the platform allows you to place advanced Stop Loss, Take Profit and OCO orders, to adjust our trading strategies and at the same time manage risks without neglecting profits.

It also features charting tools such as trend lines, support, and resistance, multiple technical analysis indicators such as the Relative Strength Index, Ichimoku Cloud, MACD, and Williams Alligator, and integrated charting software.

The fact that the platform allows the opening of both long and short positions makes it possible for its users to obtain profits regardless of whether the market is high or low.

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Instruments

While the central focus of the platform is Cryptocurrency trading, it also offers its users the ability to trade a varied list of traditional assets such as currencies, commodities, and stock indices.

These are the instruments and trading pairs that can be traded on PrimeXBT:

Cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Waves, Litecoin, EOS, and Ripple.

Pairs: BTC / USD, ETH / USD, ETH / BTC, LTC / USD, LTC / BTC, XRP / USD, XRP / BTC, EOS / USD, EOS / BTC

Currency markets
US Dollar, Euro, Gold, Silver, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, British Pound, Japanese Yen, Turkish Lira, New Zealand Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Russian Ruble.

Pairs: AUD / CAD, AUD / CHF, AUD / JPY, AUD / NZD, AUD / USD, CAD / CHF, CAD / JPY, CHF / JPY, EUR / AUD, EUR / CAD, EUR / CHF, EUR / GBP, EUR / JPY, EUR / NZD, EUR / SGD, EUR / USD, GBP / AUD, GBP / CAD, GBP / CHF, GBP / JPY, GBP / NZD, GBP / SGD, GBP / USD, NZD / CAD, NZD / CHF, NZD / JPY, NZD / SGD, NZD / USD, USD / CAD, USD / CHF, USD / JPY, USD / RUB, USD / SGD, USD / TRY, XAG / USD, XAU / USD

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Commodities
WTI Crude Oil, Brent Oil and Natural Gas.

Stock indices
Dow Jones, Germany 30, Europe 30, NASDAQ, France 40, Spain 35, S & p 500, Nikkei 225 and Australia 200.

This great diversity of instruments reflects a point in favor of PrimeXBT over its closest competitors such as ByBit or Binance, which despite managing multiple instruments do not have a variety of options to trade as diverse as this, despite the fact that in the section cryptocurrency exchange Binance has more pairs to trade.

Deposits and Withdrawals

The PrimeXBT platform is based on Bitcoin, so all deposits are made with this currency and can be from 0.001 BTC. This makes the deposit process much easier by only requiring you to send the funds to the platform’s wallet, where with two confirmations you will already credit the amount.

Likewise, the withdrawal process is quite simple due to the use of BTC and only the address of the wallet that will receive the funds must be entered. The platform allows you to make a withdrawal per day, which is processed from 12 to 01 pm GMT and its commission is 0.0005 BTC.

Any withdrawal requested before 12 pm GMT is processed that same day. Likewise, any withdrawal request made after 12pm GMT will be processed the next day.

Since PrimeXBT uses hot wallets for immediate withdrawals, withdrawals for large amounts may take some time, as they may not have the amount in them and must withdraw from their cold wallets to complete the operation.

Commissions, Fees and Limits

The platform handles only two types of commission, per operation and overnight financing. The latter is applicable to leveraged operations that are kept open at night. Thus, if a user opens and closes a position with leverage during the day, he would only have to pay the commission per operation.

The fees for operations with Cryptocurrencies are 0.05%. Those of other instruments such as stock indices, raw materials or metals are 0.01% and those of currency markets or FOREX are 0.001%. The daily financing interest rates for Long or Short position are shown in the following table.

Regarding the limit of operations, PrimeXBT establishes a restriction on the size of the positions that a user can open, depending on elements such as the liquidity of the instrument, its volatility and other market conditions. The platform will not allow users to place orders that exceed the limit if they are executed.

In margin trading, PrimeXBT will lower the leverage limits for those traders who have more exposure to the market. Leverage limits based on position size. As you can see, larger positions will require more margin and thus reduce your exposure and consequently risk.

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Privacy & Security

PrimeXBT has banking-level security protocols that guarantee the security of its users’ funds. It uses Cloudflare to protect against DDoS attacks, SSL encryption that encrypts all information sent to the platform, two-factor authentication, and address whitelisting.

To store user passwords, Prime XBT claims it uses the “Bcrypt” algorithm, which prevents reading them even if a hacker had access to the exchange’s servers.

The vast majority of the platform’s funds are stored in cold wallets, which because they are offline represent an additional security measure. The hot wallets used by PrimeXBT are used for withdrawal operations and immediate payments, so the funds in them are limited.

On the other hand, in case of moving funds from a cold portfolio to a hot one, the authorization of several people will be needed, since they have a multi-signature access system.

Because the platform is non-KYC and does not require detailed personal information in its registration process, there is no risk of exposing the identity of users of the platform.

PrimeXBT Turbo

Recently PrimeXBT launched a new trading option called PrimeXBT Turbo, a Bitcoin contract that offers a binary options-like experience with greater speed and simplicity.

This product allows users to choose between upload or download contracts, with durations of 30 seconds, one minute and five minutes. While this option allows the profits of its users to multiply quickly, it also offers a high potential risk of loss.

Users can try PrimeXBT Turbo through the use of a demo account with 1 BTC, to trade without any risk and put this new product to the test.

Covesting Module

Another of the most recent PrimeXBT innovations is its new Covesting module, a product that is the result of the partnership between the financial software company Covesting and PrimeXBT that allows copy trading.

Copy trading allows inexperienced users to connect with experienced traders as followers. Then, they can copy the strategies and operations carried out by the expert traders, creating a kind of beneficial synergy for both, since the expert trader will get a percentage of the profits from his followers.

Followers will be able to trade with any experienced trader and strategy of their choice, based on the statistics supplied daily by PrimeXBT and even get a percentage of the profits generated by the creator of the strategy.

It should be noted that even an expert trader can generate losses, so it is important to be careful and attentive to the use of risk management tools when trading.

Aplicación Móvil

For users who want to review and carry out their operations from anywhere without depending on their computer, PrimeXBT developed its mobile application for Android and IOS.

This application offers functionality very similar to that offered in its traditional version of a web browser. It allows a comfortable management of the accounts and an easy execution of the operations. However, the first and most comfortable option to operate is the web version of the platform.

Support and Customer Service

PrimeXBT has a customer service and support system that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here, users can access multiple options such as live chat, email, and help desk.

It also has an extensive library of tutorials, video tutorials and trading guides, an innovative Telegram Bot that allows its users to get up-to-date information without having to log into their accounts.

Referral program

PrimeXBT has a four-level referral system that allows its users to obtain additional income from the commissions generated by the trading of their referrals. In addition, it has created a CPA referral program where people with high influence and followers, youtubers, influencers or webmasters can obtain even greater benefits.

Interested users have an easy-to-share reference link and allusive material to promote the process.

Advantages and Disadvantages
Among the main advantages of using PrimeXBT are:

  • Wide range of financial instruments. Being able to trade both crypto and traditional markets with a wide variety of instruments is definitely PrimeXBT’s main distinction.
  • Anonymous accounts. The simple registration process without KYC protects the privacy of users.
  • Security of funds. The platform provides strong banking-level security procedures to its users.
  • 100x leverage in crypto. While leverage enhances profits, it also does so with losses, so caution in its use is highly recommended.
  • Tools for trading. A robust offering of graphical and risk management tools makes trading easy for newbies and professionals.The main disadvantages of the platform are:
  • Recent creation. Despite its good reputation in the market, it has only been in operation for two years.
  • No client for PC. This prevents your users from operating without using the web browser.
  • No API functionality. Prevents users from programming their own bots or algorithms for automated trading.
  • Restrictions on use. It cannot operate in some countries such as the United States, Canada, Israel, Japan, Algeria, Ecuador, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

Conclusion

PrimeXBT is a solid and very complete platform that offers a wide variety of instruments to trade. It allows its users to diversify their operations, hand in hand with an easy-to-use interface, offering advanced and even professional tools.

Its high leverage and competitive rates, added to its advantages outlined above, make it an excellent option for any user, whether novice or professional, and these in turn make it stand out from its closest competitors.