Fundstrat Expects 2019 to Bring Incremental Improvements Supporting Higher Crypto Prices

New York-based research company Fundstrat Global Advisors has released its 2019 crypto outlook on Friday, Feb. 8. The analysts describe incremental improvements that will purportedly support higher prices for cryptocurrencies. Tom Lee, Fundstrat’s co-founder and pro-crypto Wall Street analyst, commented on the study in his Twitter. He posted an introduction to the study and infographics that trace key market tendencies from 2017 to now. “We see 9 incremental improvements in the landscape that ultimately support higher prices,” Lee’s tweet states. The preview of the introduction chapter provides a brief assessment…

Lawyers for Israeli Crypto Entrepreneur Say White Paper Confers No Legal Responsibility

Moshe Hogeg, the Israeli entrepreneur behind blockchain firm Stox (STX), has denied misappropriating investors’ funds in a response to the lawsuit filed against him. Online newspaper The Times of Israel reported the development on Saturday, Feb. 9. As Cointelegraph wrote earlier in January, Chinese investor Zhewen Hu has sued Stox and its founder for $4.6 million. Hu claims to have invested a total of around $3.8 million worth of Ethereum (ETH) in an open source, Ethereum-based prediction market platform. According to the lawsuit, Hu’s anticipation was that the successful development…

Delay in Crypto Regulation May Allow More Freedom for Technology

A commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Friday, Feb. 8, that the delay in establishing crypto regulation may allow more freedom for the industry to move on its own. Heister Peirce, who is widely known as the “Crypto Mom” in the community for her dissent against the SEC’s decision to reject a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposed by the Winklevoss twins, made the comments in a speech on the issues of state regulation at the University of Missouri School of Law. Discussing the current delays…

NYSE Operator’s Crypto Platform Bakkt Finalizes Its First Acquisition

Bakkt, the much-anticipated digital assets platform operated by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), has closed its first acquisition, a tweet from the company revealed Feb. 8. The move marks the finalization of an acquisition of assets in futures commission merchant Rosenthal Collins Group (RCG). “With today’s closing of our transaction with Rosenthal Collins Group, we welcome great new team members to Bakkt,” the statement reads. By acquiring certain assets in the company, Bakkt said it hopes: “RCG’s remarkable heritage, culture and expertise will help us build out a trusted institutional infrastructure…

Bitfinex Resumes Trading After Unexpected 2-Hour Outage as Crypto Markets Surge

Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex notified users in a tweet Saturday, Feb. 9, that it had temporarily gone offline for all users, as crypto markets saw major gains. Initially, the company wrote that the platform was unavailable only “to some users” and apologized for the inconvenience, without specifying a cause for the outage. However, about thirty minutes later, Bitfinex clarified that it had gone offline for all of its users, citing a “poor […] choice of wording” as the reason for the misinformation. The full statement reads: “We apologise for…

Fake Bakkt Website Emerges but Fails to Scam Crypto Investors

A new Bitcoin (BTC) scam website has emerged. Back in 2017, when the cryptocurrency market hit mainstream news, scam sites began blowing up. Since everyone was so desperate to get their hands on digital currency or invest in a project that could give them 10X the return, the scammers often won. Now, cryptocurrency investors are much more cautious, and this new fake Bakkt website was easily identified. Fake Bakkt Website Caught In August of 2018, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced Bakkt would be launched in late-January 2019. ICE currently operates…

‘Swiss Leaks’ HSBC Whistleblower Plans to Launch ‘Clean, Ethical’ Crypto Token

Frenchman Hervé Falciani, a whistleblower who has been convicted of the largest leak in banking history, plans to launch an ethical cryptocurrency that would combat money-laundering and fraud, Reuters reported on Feb. 8. In 2015, Falciani was convicted in absentia by Swiss courts for aggravated financial espionage after leaking the details of ~30,000 accounts, holding almost $120 billion in assets at HSBC’s Swiss private bank. The evidence — which was alleged to have exposed a web of clients’ tax evasion, money laundering, and illicit financing schemes — has since triggered…

A Fight Is Brewing Among QuadrigaCX Crypto Exchange’s Creditors

Creditors of the failed cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX are bracing for a fight – among themselves. Customers who had fiat currency balances at the exchange before it went offline and sought protection from creditors in a Canadian court last week are beginning to argue they should be paid back first from recovered assets. But they expect customers who stored crypto at QuadrigaCX to push back on such demands. And even some fiat holders say such prioritization would be unfair. “There seems to be a conflict going on between creditors themselves,” Canadian resident and…

Japanese Financial Regulator Data Shows Queries About Crypto Continues to Decrease

Japan’s financial regulator has released Q4 2018 data on the number of enquiries about cryptocurrencies, showing further declines. The Financial Services Agency’s (FSA) report was published today, Feb. 8. The FSA, which is responsible for overseeing the country’s crypto ecosystem, published the latest data on enquiries from September to the end of December 2018. The Japanese watchdog received 788 enquiries regarding virtual currencies, which is a little more than half as many as the 1,231 enquiries in Q3 2018. The report states that 235 cases, or 29 percent, involve general…

South Korean Crypto Exchange Bithumb Launches Over-The-Counter Trading Platform

South Korea’s major virtual currency exchange Bithumb has officially launched an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk under the Ortus brand, according to a press release published on Feb. 7. Hong Kong-based entity Bithumb Global Limited owns the rights to the Ortus brand, which specializes in services for institutional investors. After completing Know-Your-Customer and Anti-Money Laundering inspections, institutional investors will be able to utilize Ortus services, including monitored funds transfers and access to an OTC trading desk. OTC trading is an option for institutional investors looking to perform large-volume trades, as it…