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US Regulator Launches Investigation into Client Trades

The month of July has not been a particularly good one for cryptocurrencies, and if recent reports regarding BitMEX are to be believed, then the upcoming weekend might not be a great one either.

Report Details

In a sensational report from Bloomberg, it has been revealed that popular crypto exchange BitMEX is apparently being investigated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for allegedly allowing US residents to trade on the platform. Although US residents can trade in cryptocurrencies, the situation with BitMEX is a bit different. US residents are categorically excluded from using the platform since it is registered in Seychelles.

It is the same with any other crypto platform registered in that country. It has now emerged that some user might have used tools like VPN to get around those regulations and traded anyway. In such a situation, it is the responsibility of the platform in question to bar such users from the platform. It should be noted that no official confirmation has yet been made about the investigation by either BitMEX or the CFTC. The development came to light on social media through Bloomberg reporter Tim Culpan, who seems to have been briefed about the events.

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Once the news broke on social media, selling pressure was experienced in many cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin. The news brought immense pressure on Bitcoin, and soon enough, the token gave up as much as $500, bringing it close to $10,000. The recent report has also brought into focus the relentless attacks that both BitMEX and its Chief Executive Officer Arthur Hayes received from noted economist Nouriel Roubini over the course of the month so far. After a debate between the two in Taipei, the economist has been relentless in his attack, and on Wednesday he had even published an essay in which he stated that he has evidence that criminal activities are going on in the BitMEX platform.

What do you think of the whole debacle?

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altcoins

Altcoins Recovering | Ethereum (ETH) & Ripple (XRP) Lead Crypto Higher

Cryptocurrencies are trying to bounce back after a steep pullback from one-year highs. Bitcoin (BTC) is trying to bounce back after coming under immense pressure after rallying to highs of $13,000. Altcoins Ethereum (ETH) and Ripple (XRP) are also showing signs of bottoming out.

Cryptocurrency Analysis

Despite rallying by 2.6%, Bitcoin finds itself below the $10,000 psychological level. Below the mark, the flagship crypto remains susceptible to further drops given the short-term bearish momentum. While there were expectations that Bitcoin would skyrocket during the American Independence day, that never happened.

Ether, on the other hand, is trying to register steady gains after falling by more than $200 in one hour on July 14, 2019. An 8.3% rally has seen the altcoin find support above the $200 mark. After seven days of declines, Ripple might as well have hit bottom and is due for a correction higher. A 9% rally represents one of the biggest gains among the major cryptocurrencies at a time of growing concerns in the sector.

Cryptocurrency Uncertainty

Cryptocurrencies have come under pressure in recent trading sessions amidst regulatory concerns. Analysts have raised the red flag that governments and regulators may as well be planning to kill cryptocurrencies.

The decentralization aspect, which makes it impossible to track crypto transactions, is reportedly not going well with authorities. Banks are always in control of the circulation of money in the financial sector. However, with the increased use of cryptocurrencies, regulators will no longer be in control of how money moves in an economy.

>> Bitcoin Price Experiences Second Largest 24-Hour Drop of 2019

The fact that cryptocurrencies are poised to shape people’s livelihood and disrupt the status quo is something that is not boarding well with authorities. India and China have already cracked the whip on closing down all the channels for cryptocurrency and altcoin liquidity.

The US government has taken a keen interest in Libra, the newly launched Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) cryptocurrency. The move follows the creation of a task force to look into digital currency fraud, which the government insists is a threat to national security.

At the time of writing, Ethereum is trading higher by 7% at $211, and Ripple is up 6% at $0.319.

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Huobi

Partnership with Stable Universal & Paxos

There are plenty of crypto exchanges in the world, and some of them operate in the stablecoin system. As per the stablecoin system, cryptocurrencies are traded in stablecoin pairs, and Huobi (HT) is such an exchange—or rather, it was, until its most recent announcement.

The company has now announced that its HUSD token will no longer be used in the form of a stablecoin system; instead, it is going to be turned into an ERC-20 token. The ERC-20 token is going to be built in partnership with Stable Universal Limited and Paxos Trust Company, two startups in the crypto space. The press release in relation to this particular development was published on July 17.

Huobi has pointed out that the ERC-20 HUSD Token is going to be backed by the United States Dollar, and the token will be held securely by Paxos. Paxos is a company that is regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services and, because of this, is 100% secure.

Last but not least, it is important to note that the token will be listed for the first time on the Huobi platform. The change in the system inside the Huobi exchange will take place gradually over the upcoming days. Stable Network will also be involved with third parties and create smart contracts.

>> Altcoins Recovering: Ethereum (ETH) and Ripple (XRP) Lead Crypto Higher

Burning 14 Million Tokens

However, that is not all. Earlier on this week, Huobi (HT) had also announced that it was going to regulate the supply of Huobi Token by burning as many as 14,011,700 tokens. That being said, it is important to note that a burning event is a quarterly event that is performed by the company in order to keep the supply of the token stable.

At the time, when the burning was done, the total supply of Huobi Token stood at 310,318,300. The totality of the burned tokens, however, rose by as much as 116% from the previous quarter and the company attributed it to improvement in market conditions at this point.

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Huobi Tokens

Huobi Tokens | Huobi Group Buys Back 14 Million HT Tokens

Huobi has withdrawn 14 million Huobi Tokens (HT) from the open market. The move is part of the cryptocurrency exchange’s plan that seeks to stabilize the altcoin price as well as create new incentives for users by curbing inflation. An Ethereum address is to store the withdrawn tokens expected to form a reverse fund.

By slashing down 14 million tokens, the exchange has essentially reduced the supply of tokens from their initial supply of 310 million coins. The reduction comes at a time when the altcoin has picked up some pace, its value having skyrocketed in recent months on the broader cryptocurrency sector turning bullish.

The Singapore-based exchange has not been able to burn the tokens at a consistent rate as revenues have continued to fluctuate quarter over quarter. Strong revenue in the recent quarter has allowed the firm to buy more tokens at a rate that is 116% greater.

This is not the first time that Huobi has moved to reduce the supply of Huobi Tokens from the market. Since early last year, the firm has slashed its HT supply in the market by 20% by using its revenues to buy back the tokens.

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Future Burn Cycle

Following the recent burn cycle, Huobi says it will no longer withdraw tokens from the market using the traditional buyback method. Instead, the crypto exchange intends to use tokens from the HT Tiered deduction program to reduce the Huobi Tokens supply in the market.

The next burn cycle will also target tokens from team holding as well as those held in the open market. Depending on how the token performs in the market, the firm intends to initiate monthly burns.

The Huobi network continues to grow at an impressive rate as evidenced by increased membership to the Huobi Prime and Fast Track programs. “The rest of 2019 will see even more improvements and innovations coming from Huobi,” said Huobi Group CEO Leon Li.

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Tether

Tether (USDT) Accidentally Creates $5 Billion in Crypto

Stable coins, which are backed by fiat currency, have become an integral part of the crypto ecosystem over the past couple of years, and in that regard, Tether (USDT) is possibly the most well known. However, the very fact that it is backed by fiat makes it possible for it to be prone to certain errors, and that is exactly what happened yesterday when the team behind USDT made a mistake that had an effect on the wider crypto market for some time.

Administrative Error

In an astonishing development, the members at Tether transferred $5 billion worth of USDT tokens to the TRON Blockchain from Omni Layer, instead of the $50 million that they had originally meant. All of a sudden, the market was flooded with billions of dollars in Tether that had been created out of the thin air due to an administrative error on the part of Tether team members.

However, the team got to work quickly, and just four minutes after the transfer had been made, $500 million worth of Tether tokens were destroyed. Later on, $4.5 billion worth of token were burned in order to neutralize the error that had occurred in the first place. The problem emanated from Polinex, a highly popular and well-regarded crypto exchange. Tether had actually requested the exchange to take care of the swap, and that is when the error took place. Polinex clarified the issue in a statement.

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On the other hand, the Chief Technology Officer of Tether, Paulo Ardaino, and crypto exchange Bitfinex stated that they proceeded to burn the tokens quickly enough. He took to Twitter and shared a tweet in which the burn transactions of Tether had been recorded. However, he conceded that such an error could have had a debilitating effect on the entire crypto market. It is the sort of error that can always happen when it comes to currency generation in which there is a human element, but such things usually do not happen with traditional cryptocurrencies.

At the time of writing, Tether is trading higher by 1% at $1.

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