NCLA Fights IRS Crypto Investment Data Collection – Bitcoin Magazine

If you’re a bitcoin trader or investor, you’ve probably traded on multiple cryptocurrency exchanges and, for the most part, trusted that those exchanges are keeping your data secure from unlawful data collection just like a bank or credit card provider would. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.  On July 15, 2020 (Tax Day this year), New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) filed a lawsuit on behalf of James Harper against the IRS, challenging the agency’s unlawful collection of private cryptocurrency information. Harper decided to take this action against the…

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Institutional crypto platform Wootrade raises $10M in investment round

Wootrade, a Taiwan-based liquidity provider platform and crypto asset exchange aimed at institutions, has concluded a $10 million private investment round led by Dragonfly Capital.  Investors in the round include crypto notables including Haskey Capital, Three Arrows Capital, and DeFi Capital’s venture wing. The newly raised funds will be used to expand the Wootrade team, and to support the launch of future products. The platform is currently in closed beta, where roughly one dozen institutions and early investors are already driving seven-figure spot volumes for crypto assets on behalf of…

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Leaked Data Outs Bitcoin Investment Company as Scam: Founders Deny the Allegations

A South African group calling itself “Anonymous ZA” has published fresh information that seemingly supports long-standing allegations that Mirror Trading International (MTI), an ostensible bitcoin investment company, is running a multi-level marketing scam. The new information, which was reportedly obtained after a breach of MTI internal systems, shows that the investment company is “entirely structured around a tree/pyramid scheme.” According to a report, the leaked data suggests that MTI has a practice of distinguishing between “normal members and founder members.” Assessing the data, Anonymous ZA says it would appear that…

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South African Regulator Pressures Bitcoin Investment Company, Urges Clients to Request Refunds

An embattled bitcoin investment company, Mirror Trading International (MTI)’s troubles took another twist August 18 after the South African regulator, Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) said that it is investigating the investment company. MTI’s latest conflict with the regulator follows the cease and desist order issued against it by the Texas States Securities Board (TSSB) in July. In a press statement, the FSCA says it is of the “view that the current MTI business model requires it to be in possession of a financial service provider license.” TSSB similarly accuses…

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With Value Approach, Off The Chain Capital Is Changing The Bitcoin Investment Narrative – Bitcoin Magazine

When viewed from a traditional investing lens, bitcoin may seem like a risky bet. The technology is still relatively new, the price is notoriously volatile and it’s not uncommon to hear investors caution newcomers not to invest more than they can afford to lose in BTC. But the performance of Off The Chain Capital, a digital currency investment firm that focuses on value investing in bitcoin, tells a different story. As one of the best-performing funds in the space, it has shown that reliable performance and BTC can go hand…

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Major Investment Bank Oppenheimer Bullish on Bitcoin, Highlights Instead of Gold

U.S. investment bank Oppenheimer’s analyst says gold is “extended” and has “run up a bit,” bringing attention to bitcoin instead. He sees the cryptocurrency reversing its downtrend from the $20K peak, benefiting from the dollar’s weakness. Oppenheimer Analyst on Bitcoin vs Gold Ari Wald, head of technical analysis at Oppenheimer, a major American investment bank and financial services company, “highlighted” bitcoin this week on CNBC’s program Trading Nation entitled “Gold vs. Bitcoin.” He explained: “We’ve been recommending gold as a way to play the expansion of the Fed’s balance sheet…

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South African Bitcoin Investment Company Pushes Back Against Texas Scam Allegations

Mirror Trading International (MTI), a South African bitcoin investment company at the center of a cease and desist order issued by the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB), is pushing back allegations that it is running a Ponzi scheme or a scam. MTI CEO Johann Steynberg issued a statement assuaging MTI members that the organization is in discussion with the South Africa Financial Services Conduct Authority (FSCA). Steynberg, who was issued a cease and desist order alongside three other individuals who reside in the United States, also says he is in…

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HOPR Data Privacy Testnet to Launch Following Investment by Binance

Swiss data privacy startup HOPR is launching its first public testnet shortly after securing $1 million in investment from investors like Binance. HOPR said that the startup is preparing to launch the testnet and community support program on July 16.  The event will feature rewards in MakerDAO’s stablecoin Dai (DAI). Token sale date undisclosed The HOPR project was launched in response to increasing concerns over online data privacy. The Swiss company develops open-source tools for the Web 3 ecosystem and offers a new blockchain protocol for protecting user data.  …

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DeFi Offers Potential Investment Opportunities said HyperChain Capital

Decentralized finance, or DeFi, offers potential growth opportunities said the chief executive of digital assets management company HyperChain Capital. HyperChain CEO Stelian Balta said DeFi “has a huge opportunity to grow” and that digital currencies and blockchains are something the company continues to look on with interest.  “I believe DeFi space has a huge opportunity to grow and one of the leaders in DeFi space, Kyber Network, just crossed $1 billion dollars in trading volume and project market cap is worth more than $300 million dollars, which I think is…

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$10M Investment From Tether Won’t Change Celsius’ Mission of Sharing

Tether (USDT) makes a $10 million equity investment in the crypto lending platform Celsius Network (CEL) at a $120 million pre-money valuation, bringing the post-money valuation to $150 million.  The company has raised $30 million in its first equity round. In 2018, Celsius completed a $50 million ICO. Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky told Cointelgraph that his company has continued its policy of not fundraising from venture capital.  Investors will have no say Mashinsky also pointed out that the equity sold in this round does not come with voting rights. This…

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