Report: Troubled Crypto Exchange Wex Finds New Owner

Cryptocurrency exchange Wex, successor of the infamous BTC-e, has a new owner. Dmitry Havchenko, a former Ukrainian entrepreneur turned separatist fighter, has reportedly bought the coin trading platform through a family member. He now wants to restore it and also to track down the lost “Vinnik’s treasure.” Also read: BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik to Go on Hunger Strike, Lawyer Says Wex Sold to Former Pro-Russian Fighter in Ukraine Wex’s operator, Singapore-based World Exchange Services, has been officially acquired by Havchenko’s daughter, 29-year-old Darya, BBC Russian Service reported. Local authorities did…

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Bithumb Overtook Binance as Largest Spot Exchange by Daily Volumes in November

Cryptocompare, the cryptocurrency market data aggregator, has published its monthly exchange review for November 2018, offering insights about the latest changes in the global market using transaction data from over 70 trading venues. Also Read: IRS to Face Record Number of Crypto-Related Loss Claims Key Findings in the Report The authors of the report found that spot volumes represented 75 percent of the total market volumes in November, with futures volumes making up the remaining 25 percent. Platforms that charge trading fees controlled almost 90 percent of the daily spot volume,…

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Crypto Accounting Firm Predicts Massive Loss Claims in IRS Tax Filings for 2019

With more people rushing into the cryptocurrency market since late 2017 and the subsequent year-long bear market in 2018, one accounting envisages a barrage of loss claims in cryptocurrency and Bitcoin tax filings next year. Record Loss Claims in Cryptocurrency Tax Filings In a press release by NODE40 – a cryptocurrency accounting firm, the company forecasts that the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will receive a record number of cryptocurrency tax filings. Commenting on this point, co-founder of the firm, Perry Woodin said: It is clear that, with the…

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What Grin and Mimblewimble Mean for the Future of Bitcoin Privacy

In a little over a month, one of the most eagerly anticipated cryptocurrency projects in recent times will launch. There will be no ICO or premine, and, like the transactions themselves, the project team are highly private. Grin, the first network to utilize Mimblewimble cryptography, has wide-ranging implications for privacy that could ultimately shape the future of the Bitcoin network. Also read: Previously Inactive Whales Are Moving Large Amounts of BTC Grin and Beam Will Give Privacy Purveyors a Lot to Smile About Grin and Beam are two projects that will…

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Previously Inactive Whales Are Moving Large Amounts of BTC

Earlier this week, armchair sleuths began pointing out that large amounts of cryptocurrency from long-dormant addresses have been on the move. For instance, one wallet that’s been inactive since its inception in 2013 moved 66,452 BTC — worth around $245 million — to an unknown address. Hours later, a few more addresses from the top 20 rich list moved another $728 million worth of BTC.       Also read: Eight Historic Bitcoin Transactions More Than $1.5B Moved From Dormant BTC Wallets Cryptocurrency markets have been dreadfully bearish lately and have lost considerable…

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Where Will Bitcoin Price Go as It Nears November Lows?

The Bitcoin price was hovering near its lowest levels in 14 months December 6 a fresh downturn continued to take its toll on investors. Another Grim Day For Bitcoin Traders Having lost support at $4000 Tuesday, 00 slipped further towards lows set last month around $3500, reaching $3680 before appearing to claim new support at $3700. In common with behavior which has prevailed since the Bitcoin Cash contentious hard fork November 15, altcoin suffered similar and often worse losses, led by Bitcoin Cash itself. The troubled asset, which split into…

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Nasdaq Confirms Plans to Launch Bitcoin Futures in First Half of 2019

Joseph Christinat, the vice president of Nasdaq’s media team, has confirmed that the exchange will soon launch bitcoin futures. In a recent interview with a newspaper in the U.K., Christinat revealed that the platform plans to start offering bitcoin futures contracts within the first half of 2019. Also Read: Chilean Court Rules in Favor of Closing Bank Accounts of Crypto Exchange Orionx Nasdaq Waiting for ‘Go-Ahead’ From CFTC Christinat told the Daily Express that the world’s second-largest stock exchange by market capitalization expects to launch bitcoin futures trading in the first six months…

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IRS to Face Record Number of Loss Claims, Says Crypto Accounting Firm

Node40, a developer of bitcoin tax-reporting software, expects the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to receive a record number of cryptocurrency-related tax return claims this year, as it predicts that many investors will decide to declare their losses. Also Read: G20 Leaders Declare Commitment to Regulate Crypto Assets Pros and Cons of Reporting Cryptocurrency traders hit by considerable price declines in 2018 now have a strong incentive to report their activities to the authorities, in order to offset their losses against other tax liabilities. However, Node40 warns that doing so…

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Bitcoin Lightning Network Capacity Quadruples Since November

Lightning Network continues to grow at a phenomenal rate, with capacity now topping 460 BTC, and a reported 16,000+ channels. Lightning Network Sees Accelerating Growth It feels like Lightning Network (LN), bitcoin’s energetic, frugal young apprentice, is in the news every other week. Certainly, LN is regularly breaking fresh milestones, although to be fair, there are multiple criteria to measure by. Last month alone saw the network top 4,000 nodes and then explode in capacity to over $2 million value of bitcoin. Though the value of bitcoin has since fallen, in…

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Chilean Court Rules in Favor of Closing Bank Accounts of Crypto Exchange Orionx

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of Chile has ruled that state-owned Bancoestado was justified in closing the accounts of cryptocurrency exchange Orionx without explanation. The judges ruled that the bank acted in compliance with laws on money laundering and terrorist financing, a threat allegedly posed by censorship-resistant, decentralized cryptocurrencies. Also read: Finma: Crypto Startups Can Handle up to $100M Deposits in Switzerland Cryptocurrencies Lack ‘Intrinsic Value’ Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are not legally recognized in Chile, but they are not banned, either. Nonetheless, the ruling has significant implications for…

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