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Crypto Analyst Warns 2019 Bitcoin Rally Set to ‘Blow Off’ – Plus Ethereum, Ripple and XRP, Litecoin, Stellar, Tron | The Daily Hodl

From a warning about Bitcoin’s 2019 rally to new support for Stellar Lumens, here’s a look at some of the stories breaking in the world of crypto.

Bitcoin

A prominent crypto analyst warns the 2019 Bitcoin rally is an “exchange driven pump” that’s due for a significant pullback. According to Willy Woo, Bitcoin’s Network Value to Transactions (NVT) ratio is now way out of whack.

“Presently the market price of BTC has outstripped organic investor flow unseen since the bull market mania phases of 2013 and 2017. Never before have we seen such a divergence so early in the bull market.”

The NVT ratio measures the utility value of Bitcoin according to the number of transactions on the network relative to the price. Because on-chain investor volumes are in the normal range, Woo says the only explanation is “a quant fund driven short squeeze devoid of any true investor volume.”

Whales can short squeeze a majority-short market by buying it up until the shorts are liquidated, forcing a torrent of buys that inflate the price, Woo explains.

“If you have sufficient capital. You can keep buying to liquidate the bears. It’s extremely profitable. You only stop when it’s no longer profitable. At the $8k-9k mark the market switched from short to majority long. This put a cap on the profitability of short squeezing.

“I’m awaiting this exchange driven pump to blow off, a proper retrace, and only then do I think real investor flows will come in and drive the true organic bull market.”

Ethereum

Ernst & Young’s global blockchain leader, Paul Brody, says blockchain is poised to trigger a fundamental transformation of how enterprises do business.

The accounting and consulting giant EY is building on Ethereum, and Brody says use cases for audits and supply chain management are some early examples of prime use cases for the technology.

“What I hope you’ll take away from this today is that blockchain is maturing. We have real products, real customers, real use cases, real value creation, stuff that’s in operations, and we also have a road map for where things can and should go in the future and how this can have an ever-bigger impact…

Blockchains we think are going to be the future way in which companies model and manage their business processes and, in particular, we can basically model any process between two enterprises or two agencies or two governments as a combination of tokens to represent assets and items of value and contract.”  

Ripple and XRP

A presentation from Ripple’s chief technology officer David Schwartz is now online. At the We Are Developers in Berlin, Schwartz talks about the future of blockchain beyond the hype.

Litecoin

The Litecoin Foundation’s unique methods for raising funds to support the LTC ecosystem continue.

The Foundation has started to ship custom Litecoin cufflinks and tie bars, with a signed certificate of authenticity from LTC creator Charlie Lee.

Stellar

Crypto.com has added Stellar Lumens (XLM) to its Wallet & Card app.

Users of the app can now purchase XLM at true cost with no fees, with both credit cards and bank transfers supported. People can also use XLM with Crypto.com’s MCO Visa Card, making it easier to convert Stellar’s token into fiat for purchases from everyday merchants.

Tron

Tron’s latest report on the network’s decentralized app ecosystem is out.

According to the report, four new gaming DApps launched on the network this week, along with a decentralized exchange called SunDex.

Source: Crypto Analyst Warns 2019 Bitcoin Rally Set to ‘Blow Off’ – Plus Ethereum, Ripple and XRP, Litecoin, Stellar, Tron | The Daily Hodl

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Billionaire John De Mol Takes Facebook to Court Over Fraudulent Bitcoin Ads

John de Mol, a Dutch billionaire and media magnate, has recently sued Facebook over fraudulent bitcoin ads that showed him next to quotes about how much money he purportedly made investing in BTC with a company that was swindling users.

According to Reuters, De Mol’s lawyer has claimed the businessman, who created the reality show ‘Big Brother’ and is one of brains behind the Endemol entertainment studio, is suing the social media giant over damages to his client’s reputation, and over Facebook’s inability to stop the ads from appearing altogether.

De Mol’s lawyers would, as such, like to see Facebook automatically block ads featuring him and cryptocurrencies. The businessman’s lawyer further claimed consumers sent a total of €1.7 million (around $1.9 million) to the scammers, before Facebook reacted to complaints and removed the ads from its platform.

De Mol is also looking to get the names of those behind the fraudulent bitcoin ads, so he can hand them over to authorities. Jacqueline Schapp, one of his lawyers, argued that Facebook’s system of reacting to users reporting problems isn’t good enough.

I don’t know what reality Facebook lives in, but that doesn’t work.

Facebook’s lawyer, Jens van den Brink, revealed the company couldn’t be forced to monitor every ad that goes through it all the time, and that it’s “technically impossible” to block ads with De Mol’s name on it, as other people have the same name.

Van den Brink also added Facebook has met with Dutch financial market regulator AFM this month to discuss ways to combat scammers on its platform. It’s worth noting that Facebook banned cryptocurrency-related ads last year to stop them, but later on lifted the ban.

A judge at the Amsterdam District Court gave both parties two weeks to come up with a reasonable solution. If they fail to reach an agreement, the judge noted he would rule on the case.

This isn’t the first time celebrities are used to get users to buy into fraudulent cryptocurrency schemes through Facebook’s ads.

Source: CryptoGlobe

Fee-Free Card Available for Users in the Eurozone

In a statement, 2gether revealed that the card “instantly” converts the cryptocurrency to fiat currency. Users within the 19-member Eurozone economic bloc can utilize the card without paying any fees. The Madrid-based banking startup believes that with its prepaid card it is solving problems associated with making purchases using virtual currencies…..

Source: Fee-Free Card Available for Users in the Eurozone

Crypto Prediction: Bitcoin (BTC) If $4,000 Isn’t Inbound, Test Of $3,000 Possible

2019 is finally upon the cryptosphere, which was beaten and bruised to hell and back during 2018. And with this new year, it seems that the powers that be — the whales, Wall Street institutions, industry insiders, and purported manipulators — have collectively decided that to impose a Bitcoin price lull. In fact, a recent report from CoinDesk revealed that BTC’s volatility is down 98% year-on-year, as crypto continues to sip on the proverbial sangria…….

Source: Crypto Prediction: Bitcoin (BTC) If $4,000 Isn’t Inbound, Test Of $3,000 Possible

Crypto exchange Huobi Russia launches legal lab – TokenPost

Earlier this month, Huobi Group officially announced the opening of its Russian office, launched in partnership with the VEB Digital Transformation Center and Russian experts in the field of blockchain and exchange trading. According to the latest announcement, the legal competence center has been launched with the support of VEB’s Digital Transformation Center. The legal lab will be led by Elina Sidorenko, Professor at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

Source: Crypto exchange Huobi Russia launches legal lab – TokenPost

Tokyo Police Shuts Down Cryptocurrency Pyramid Scam, Arrests 8 Men – Scott Jeffrey

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When investing in cryptocurrency it’s extremely important to be mindful of various scams that you could be targeted for. There are a number of individuals that are working to create scams that con people out of Bitcoins and other cryptocurrency. Because it’s quite easy to transfer crypto and because it could be difficult to receive a refund on cryptocurrency, it can be one of the perfect tools for the creation of financial scams.

A recent cryptocurrency pyramid scheme was highly successful in targeting around 6000 people internationally from a hub in Tokyo. Eight men were arrested and charged with stealing roughly $68.42 million in various cryptocurrencies.

The company that they were associated with was called Sener and they claimed to be an official United States investment firm. The company that they created was unregistered and they were collecting cryptocurrency from people to have it then reinvested at several levels of membership status. The group held a series of seminars and gatherings promising monthly returns of roughly 20% on any of the money invested through their system. Customers could receive a referral bonus for bringing in new investors to the system.

The company that they created was widely successful through their seminars as well as through a series of YouTube videos that were published on the subject of cyptocurrency investment with them. The group was able to work unimpeded over several months without for filling their promise and while operating illegally without registration.

Their practices would have continued if a lawsuit was not properly filed against them. A group of 73 of their members stepped forward to create a lawsuit in the Tokyo District Court. This group of individuals is seeking ¥370 million in damages for the funds that were taken from them in the illegal operation of this business.

There are a number of other members that bought into this company that have still yet to come forward or request any type of compensation for the scheme.

As news continues to spread about Sener, more of their victims are coming forward in an effort to seek damages. Because the company was not operating with a proper securities license it’s also quite possible that they will be unable to continue their operations in the United States as well as several other international locations.

When you are considering an investment in cryptocurrency or having your currency managed for investment is important to consider the validity of a company and its structure. If you are starting to see that there are levels of membership, ongoing referrals and an overall lack of publication on a company, this could represent a risky choice for your investment.

Asking the right questions such as whether a company is properly registered for the trade of securities can also help to make sure that they aren’t forcibly shut down in a hurry for operating illegally and that your money can remain safe in their hands.

 

 

 

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