Posts From Dezember 2020

Bitcoin registra il massimo storico di $ 28.000, ma non c’è interesse al dettaglio (ancora)

I prezzi dei bitcoin sono aumentati a $ 28.000 la scorsa settimana, ma manca un elemento chiave del mercato.

Dov’è la vendita al dettaglio?

I dati suggeriscono che un driver critico del mercato delle criptovalute dal 2017 deve ancora entrare nei regni viziosi dello spazio famigerato, volatile e spesso atroce.

Il servizio di analisi skew ha twittato domenica che „l’interesse per la vendita al dettaglio non è tornato indietro“ nonostante i prezzi del Bitcoin Era abbiano raggiunto livelli record e altre criptovalute abbiano visto aumentare i prezzi durante il fine settimana.

Citando i dati di Google Trends, Skew ha rilevato che le ricerche al dettaglio di „Bitcoin“ sono rimaste ai livelli precedenti al 2017, un momento in cui Bitcoin è passato da meno di $ 1.200 a oltre $ 19.000. L’asset è sceso di oltre l’80% a meno di $ 3.500 all’inizio del 2019, dopo che il mercato ha ripreso a crescere.

Le istituzioni sono qui e vogliono Bitcoin

Quindi, se non al dettaglio, chi acquista? Secondo i dati di skew, sono le istituzioni. I dati per il gestore di fondi istituzionali Grayscale hanno mostrato che gli asset in gestione per i suoi vari e popolari fondi negoziati in borsa hanno raggiunto i 16 miliardi di dollari quest’anno.

GBTC, l’offerta di Bitcoin dell’azienda, rappresenta solo $ 13 miliardi di quel warchest. Il prodotto è scambiato da banco ed è un mercato molto liquido, con oltre 12 milioni di dollari scambiati ogni giorno. Ogni „quota“ GBTC contiene una piccola quantità di bitcoin spot, con scala di grigi che addebita un piccolo premio in aggiunta a quel valore per quella comodità.

Il prodotto, offerto da Grayscale Investments, è una delle poche offerte di Bitcoin quotate in borsa per i cittadini statunitensi e ha guadagnato popolarità in mezzo a un sentimento positivo più ampio per Bitcoin tra fondi istituzionali, società tecnologiche e family office nel 2020.

Alcuni gestori di fondi, come Harris Kupperman di Praetorian Capital, affermano che il GBTC di Grayscale rappresenta gran parte del movimento dei prezzi di Bitcoin anche nel 2020. In un blog all’inizio di quest’anno, ha detto che il GBTC crea un ciclo infinito di acquisti di istituzioni che acquistano le azioni, in scala di grigi che acquistano Bitcoin spot per coprire quelle azioni (facendo salire i prezzi) e i partecipanti al mercato acquistano ulteriormente più Bitcoin quando i prezzi aumentano.

Nel frattempo, le aziende di Wall Street hanno mostrato un maggiore interesse per Bitcoin e si stanno affrettando a capitalizzare i suoi guadagni in mezzo a prospettive economiche tetre e timori di inflazione. Questi includono Guggenheim Partners, che ad esempio, ha recentemente affermato che potrebbe investire fino al 10% dei suoi $ 5,3 miliardi di Macro Opportunities Fund in un trust Bitcoin.

Alcuni altri sono già sul carro. Il software player MicroStrategy ha raccolto $ 1 miliardo in Bitcoin in tre acquisti quest’anno, mentre il gestore del fondo Paul Tudor Jones ha dichiarato a maggio di detenere oltre $ 70 milioni di asset tramite futures BTC.

ShipChain: Start-up gets into trouble after unauthorized ICO

Security or not? The SEC investigated this question in the case of ShipChain’s SHIP token. In the opinion of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the startup has failed to register and must now face the consequences.

The fintech startup ShipChain is shipwrecked

The US Securities and Exchange Commission ordered on Mondayto cease operations. A US $ 2.05 million fine was also imposed. ShipChain allegedly committed a violation of securities laws in 2017. At that time, ShipChain had raised 27.6 million US dollars through the ICO of its SHIP token. The company accepted the sentence and thus avoided charges.

„The penalty represents essentially the entire net worth of ShipChain,“ according to the SEC ruling. ShipChain decided to “stop all operations”, it said.

With this, a token project comes to an abrupt end that has been under an unfavorable star for a long time. Everything had started very promisingly. Bitcoin Investor tried to build an automated ledger for international trading on the Ethereum blockchain. The start-up sold 145 million SHIP tokens to over 200 investors in late 2017 to early 2018. In an early whitepaper of the project, ShipChain stated, „The proceeds will be channeled into research, development, marketing, and legal.

SEC classifies ShipChain Token as a security

But the first regulatory problems arose shortly after the ICO. The supervisory authorities in the US state of South Carolina claimed that the SHIP token is an unregistered investment that also violates applicable law. ShipChain, which is based in South Carolina, was initially able to fend off the allegations. But the SEC took up the fight again, arguing that investors should expect returns based on business practice.“,

The SHIP tokens could not be meaningfully used or consumed with any ShipChain product at the time of delivery. As ShipChain demonstrated on its website, on social media and to the press, the funds raised through the ICO would rather be used for future product and technology development, among other things.

states the disposition. The token had to be registered with the SEC as an investment, but this never happened.

The SEC is also launching heavy artillery against Ripple these days . The cryptocurrency XRP is also classified as a security by the stock exchange supervisory authority and there is a risk of a legal dispute. However, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse is playing the ball back and accusing the SEC of failing to take into account the natural conditions of the crypto market in their regulations.

Alexander Vinnik alias „Mr. Bitcoin“ appeals his conviction

Alexander Vinnik alias „Mr. Bitcoin“ appeals his conviction

  • Alexander Vinnik is appealing against his five-year prison sentence received on 7 December in Paris.
  • He is accused of money laundering via the BTC-e encryption platform.

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On 7 December, the court in Paris sentenced Alexander Vinnik to five years in prison for money laundering via the BTC-e cryptomoney exchange.

Alexander Vinnik is appealing

According to a report by the Russian news agency Kommersant of 18 December, Frédéric Belot’s lawyer has appealed against the court’s judgement, arguing that the defendant was not involved in money laundering operations.

Citing the judgment accusing Vinnik of „money laundering as a member of an organised criminal group“, Belot stressed that no „criminal group“ consists of a single person. „The court did not mention a single name, even though he is supposed to belong to the group. He went on to say:

Vinnik was only a full-time trader and he did not participate, at least not consciously, in any money laundering operation.

International network

In the United States, Alexander Vinnik is accused of being the mastermind of an international money laundering system that allegedly processed more than $4 billion in capital flows through the BTC-e exchange. He is also said to have had connections with Semion Mogilevich, the godfather of the Russian mafia.
Alexander Vinnik

Known colloquially as „Mr Bitcoin“, Alexander Vinnik was arrested for the first time in Greece in July 2017 for allegedly participating in BTC-e operations. He allegedly operated the exchange until his arrest at the tourist resort of Halkidiki in northern Greece, which triggered a triple extradition battle between the US, France and Russia.