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Austria’s Financial Market Authority Bans Activities Of Digital Currency Mining Firm

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According to an official statement, The Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA) stops the business operations of INVIA GmbH, which is a Vienna based cloud digital currency mining organisation.

The organisation was demanded to stop digital currency mining activities on the grounds of doubt of unapproved administration of an Alternative Investment Fund (AIF). The process related to the ban is as yet pending. The public statement states the INVIA is neither directed nor authorised by the FMA.

The organisation behind INVIA GmbH, INVIA World offers mining of coins like Bitcoin and Ethereum via an intelligent mining framework, making payments continues from mining activities to its clients. As opposed to the FMA’s assertions, the organisation claims that it works in association with Europe’s lawmaking body.

Prior this month, US blockchain startup ShipChain was given a cease and desist order from the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office for infringing the state’s securities law. Despite the fact that it was asserted that ShipChain was not registered with the securities controller as a broker, the organisation later negated the claim.

Additionally this month, a Bitcoin investment organisation from Texas was given a cease and desist order by the Texas State Security Board for distributing unregistered securities and putting forth misdirecting declarations that deceive financial investors.

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The Current Bitcoin Market Scenario: Price Manipulation by Whales

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The crypto markets started the last week with a different Euphoria. Each and every trader watched as Bitcoin rallied past $7000 to an astonishing $8000.

The crypto markets started the last week with a different Euphoria. Each and every trader watched as Bitcoin rallied past $7000 to an astonishing $8000. However, at the dawn of Friday, 17th May they woke up to a different scenario. The bitcoin gap just went lower by about 20% or over $1500. As a result of that, the rest of the crypto market was brought down. Some traders were caught unawares while others had foreseen it. The question on every person’s mind was what just happened and which direction should be taken now.

 

It all started on the Bitstamp exchange at about 10 pm ET on Thursday, 16th May. At that time, numerous crypto traders honed in the rather suspicious sell wall. The trader placed a sell order for 3,645BTC (c. $22m) on the exchange. It was formed at a moment when the Bitcoin market liquidity was at its lowest. It especially happens on a singular exchange.

 

The immediate reaction was to reduce the price of Bitcoin on Bitstamp. You could even view the spread in cost between other exchanges and Bitstamp. Such exchanges could include Kraken and Coinbase. As a result of the crypto market arbitrage, the prices on other similar exchanges followed the same track. Bitcoin would fall across the board. The rest of the market sank. It is due to the correlation of the other crypto assets with bitcoin. However, there was far more on the move than just a mere massive Bitcoin selling.

 

What occurred with the wall was an example of cryptocurrency spoofing. On a clear observation, one could notice that the selling wall decreased by the coming of more orders that matched it. This kept occurring as Bitcoin passed through $7500, then $7000 and thereby hitting around $6200. In the end, the sell was completely consumed albeit at a seemingly reduced price.

 

Then, once the cost had hit around the $6200 level, there was another massive buy well that was created on the same exchange ($11m). It could have brought about the sudden recovery that we have noticed in the price greater than $7000. It gave a clear evident of cryptocurrency spoofing in reality.

 

The gentleman or lady behind this doing was clearly attempting to impact the price. There are very few surplus explanations to answer why they would have issued an order of that magnitude at that moment. If an individual had the desire to trade a huge block of Bitcoin at the most suitable price, they would attempt to facilitate an OTC deal. It would be of minimum impact on the market.

 

Furthermore, the timing of a massive buy wall immediately after the trade wall coming to light is suspicious. It is either the orders were greatly coordinated or completed by rather the same party. Similarly, this can also occur on the reverse as sellers place large buy wells. Back in April, something of the sought happened. It was as an individual trader placed a massive order through. It was at a seemingly illiquid moment.

 

Spoofing is something that is considered illegal at the traditional financial markets. However, it is given the unlimited character of the cryptocurrency markets. On the other hand, whales tend to have free reign. However, a question pops up, why would a whale have an urge to tank the market in that way? The solution could lie in a completely distinct market.

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ETH to USD, 21 May: Ethereum Price Analysis, What’s Next?

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Ethereum price is currently trading in a positive momentum over the $245 support level. ETH will most likely test the $265 resistance again.

Technical Indicators:

Support Level: $240, $230, $225

Resistance Level: $265, $270, $280

Key Points:

  • Ethereum price tested $265 resistance level recently after which it started to correct downwards.
  • Ethereum price found decent support at $240 level which stopped further losses.
  • Currently, ETH is trading well above $240 support level and the 100 hourly SMA.
  • A bullish pattern line is also being formed on the hourly chart with the support between $240 and $245.

 

Ethereum Price Analysis:

SUMMARY: Ethereum price is currently trading in a positive momentum over the $240 support level. ETH will most likely test the $265 resistance again in order to move towards $270 and $280 levels.

 

Ethereum price declined sharply after testing the $265 resistance level yesterday. ETH moved below $250 support level and tested the $240 zone. However, the buyers were able to stop further declining at this point and moved ETH back above $242 level and the 100 hourly SMA. Ethereum price struggled hard to gain momentum and move above $250 level.

 

Currently, Ethereum price is trading well above $240 support level, however, it is facing a very strong resistance around $265 and $270 which might lead to a fresh decline and ETH might soon test $240 level again below which the momentum might turn bearish and Ethereum price might move towards testing the $225 and $200 levels. It is very essential for Ethereum price to break above $270 level in the short term in order to maintain the positive momentum.

 

A bullish pattern line is also being formed on the hourly chart with the support between $240 and $245. This might help in pushing ETH back upwards in case of a downward correction. However, below this level and the 100 hourly SMA, the momentum might turn bearish.

 

ETH to USD Price Chart 21st May

ETH to USD Price Chart 21st May

The chart shows that ETH price is currently struggling hard to gain momentum. If ETH price falls below $240 support level, it could decline towards $225 and even $200 in the short term. However, if the bulls are able to break above $270 level, there are chances that Ethereum price might test $280 and $290 levels.

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ETH Updates: Ethereum 2.0, Louis Vuitton, Chainlink and Price Analysis

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Joseph Lunbin recently commented on Ethereum 2.0 stating that we will see Ethereum become a 1000 times more scalable within 24 months.

Ethereum is showing a lot of strength currently doubling in price since March. At the time of publication, Ethereum is trading around $250. If the momentum continues, ETH might soon reach the $300 mark too however, the resistance around $280 where the price got rejected earlier is quite tough and may require a few tests before ETH is actually able to break through it.

ETHUSD Price Chart 20th May

ETH/USD Price Chart 20th May

A report came out a few days back that Ethereum Whales hold 1/3rd of all ETH in comparison to Bitcoin where the whales control 1/5th of it. Just 376 people have more than 30% of all Ether. The research did exclude all exchanges. So these 376 people are responsible for a relatively small volume of transactions which is approximately 7% and therefore don’t actually have a strong influence on the price of ETH. However, when these addresses do activate to sell off large amounts, they can actually have large effects on the cryptocurrency markets.

 

Ethereum 2.0 TestNet:

Joseph Lunbin recently commented on Ethereum 2.0 stating that we will see Ethereum become a 1000 times more scalable within 24 months. The time seems longer when we realize how many other blockchains are faster and cheaper than Ethereum and are in one way or another working today but Ethereum does maintain a very strong network effect with massive partnerships, a huge developer community, and various large projects.

The testnet for Ethereum 2.0 has been launched just a couple of weeks ago by Prysmatic Labs with staking implemented. It is just a testnet but it is worth remembering that Ethereum 2.0 is a multi-year effort to create a fully decentralized permissionless platform from programable cryptocurrency and that the move away from Proof of Work must be done correctly as billions of dollars in value are at stake here and retaining high security and decentralization must be adhered to.

 

The key pieces of the Ethereum 2.0 upgrade are as follows:

  • The Proof of Stake switching how Ethereum is mined, how the network is secured and how new coins are created.
  • Sharding: In order to increase scalability and transaction speed by splitting the large database into smaller and more manageable parts.
  • Ewasm: This allows for codes to execute faster among other things as well as expanding coding options and the capabilities for the Ethereum virtual machine.
  • Plasma: This is an extra layer that sits on top of the network that can essentially handle massive amounts of transactions. This is being approached by various teams at the moment. Scaling could be happening way sooner than we expected via Plasma.

All these are just a tip on the iceberg in terms of what’s actually happening in the background right now in terms of building Ethereum 2.0 and there is a lot more happening than these things.

 

Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior to use Ethereum:

In a recent announcement, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior revealed that Ethereum will be used to verify luxury goods for the fashion giants. ConsenSys has teamed up with the fashion houses and Microsoft in order to build a blockchain powered platform that allows customers to verify the authenticity of their luxury goods. The project is being called Aura.

 

It is based on the Ethereum blockchain & utilized Microsoft Azure and has been designed to serve the entire luxury industry with powerful product tracking and tracing services, and will also offer ethical and environmental information as well as for instructions related to product care and warranty services.

 

Chainlink Update: Oracles to go live

The decentralized oracles are scheduled to go live on the Ethereum mainnet this month. The decentralized oracles are designed to help smart contracts interact with real-world data. A key feature for many smart contracts which are being built that intend to have that crossover into the real world and require that real-world data. This is an important move for both Ethereum and Chainlink as it will be the largest and most reputable

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