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Gerald Cotten faked his death? QuadrigaCX story fully uncovered.

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$190 million in cryptocurrencies may be lost forever. The owner of the QuadrigaCX died while he was in India due to complications from Crohn's disease.

$190 million in cryptocurrencies may be lost forever. The owner of the QuadrigaCX died while he was in India due to complications from Crohn’s disease and he was the only person with access to the cold wallets. What’s highly suspicious and insane here is that they did not have a multi-signature wallet set up for $190 million worth of customer’s cryptocurrency. 115,000 users are left without their money and that is tragic. Some of these users had very large balances on the exchange with one user apparently having up to $70 million worth of cryptocurrency on the exchange. The exchange has now filed for bankruptcy.

The exchange has been granted an order for creditor protection in Nova Scotia. This is basically a 30-day stay of proceedings in a way to stop any lawsuits from proceedings against the company at this point. It’s a tragic situation when someone dies, a company goes under, thousands of people lose their cryptocurrencies and thousands of bitcoin disappear forever. But then it starts to get weird because the QuadrigaCX case has got a lot of strange things going on in the background. These may be just rumors or things that people are talking about right now when it comes down to what’s going on with this exchange. The reality at the end depending upon what the investigation turns up may prove to be different.

 

The Series of Coincidences around QuadrigaCX and the death of Gerald Cotten:

Gerald Cotten, who was the only person who knew the passwords for the cold wallets. Before his sudden death, there were also quite a few reports of long delays in getting withdrawals. That itself is a bit of a red flag. There are of course acquisitions that basically you could only withdraw your money when someone else deposited their’s which means that there were serious solvency issues at the exchange if of course, that was true. The accounting of the exchange has been really bad which may be just bad business practices but the company was also hit with cease trading order for failing to file financial statements. Cotten’s wife has also said that she has been unable to find any corporate records.

It is unclear whether or not QuadrigaCX had all of the cryptocurrencies that they say they do which was millions in cryptocurrency at the time of closure and at the time of the founder’s death. QuadrigaCX never disclosed their cold storage wallet addresses. Taylor Monahan, the CEO of MyCrypto has been investigating the Ethereum’s side of this situation. She said that the company didn’t possess a significant amount of its Ethereum to make it liquid and the cold storage Ethereum addresses may not have existed at all. Then it comes to litecoin. It is unconfirmed whether these are the addresses of QuadrigaCX, research has indicated that QuadrigaCX’s litecoin cold storage wallets are moving litecoin after the claim that the keys were lost. However, it is not confirmed whether that is company’s litecoin addresses or not because they are not disclosing that information even now.

The Co-founder Michael Patryn might be a famous conman going by the name of Omar Dhanani who is a convicted scammer. Dhanani was a member of the shadow crew and pleaded guilty to numerous counts of identity fraud back in 2005. He also used the name Omar Patryn in a forfeiture case. These company corporates are the guys who have the KYC information of more than 100,000 users. So this proven identity scammer now have access to all this KYC information which would make it so easy for him to open up new accounts in other exchanges, cashing out using fake id’s. Michael Patryn apparently left QuadrigaCX back in 2016 but considering how fishy the rest of the story is, it would not be surprising if he maintained an influence or a relationship with
Gerald Cotten.

Some have speculated that Gerald Cotten faked his own death and basically got a knock-off death certificate in India or perhaps he was killed by his business partners but even the death itself is incredibly suspicious. Dying from Crohn’s disease when only 1.6% of sufferers from this disease die of it and to happen to die from Crohn’s disease in such a young age is incredibly rare. Gerald Cotten was cremated and his ashes were dumped into a river in India and to make it even better he filed a will 12 days before his death. In that will Gerald Cotten accounted for things like his dogs to be taken care of, his house etc. but he casually forgot to include any information about how to release the $190 million in user funds on his exchange which he had the sole access to. Also, QuadrigaCX did not announce his death or the missing keys for a month. With so many coincidences it’s crazy.

QuadrigaCX worked with CryptoCapital who also work with companies like EXMO and CEX which have been having withdrawal issues recently as well, Coinapult which basically stopped business overall on 10th December last year and Bitfinex. All of these have reported withdrawal issues in the recent past. In fact, Cryptocapital on the day of the announcement about QuadrigaCX delisted Bitfinex from their website. This adds to the fishiness of this whole story.

A court-ordered lawyer will be getting a hold of the encrypted laptop from QuadrigaCX and that laptop might actually provide access to $190 million worth of customer funds. An independent third party will be the one taking over the custody of that laptop during the bankruptcy procedures.

Maybe the official story is exactly what happened. Maybe the founder really died and no one has the access to the user’s funds and it’s just a case of coincidences about Dhanani, cremation of the body etc. but if the worst rumors prove to be true and the scammers get caught maybe some people will get a bit of their money back assuming that the lawyers are not able to get it out of the laptop. There is still some hope out there for people.

 

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  2. houdini

    February 6, 2019 at 10:32 am

    It is a scam, I see one, when there is on, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!!!!

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German’s Giant Derivatives Exchange to launch BTC, ETH and XRP futures.

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Eurex, a Germany based derivatives exchange is all set to launch cryptocurrency futures contracts tied to Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP.

Eurex, a Germany based derivatives exchange is all set to launch cryptocurrency futures contracts tied to Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP.

Eurex’s parent organization, Deutsche Börse, has allegedly been wanting to present crypto futures since December of 2017 when Bitcoin price was close to its record-breaking high of $20,000.

Addressing German news outlet Wirtschaftswoche, a Deutsche Börse representative stated,

 

“We are thinking about futures, with which private investors and institutional investors can protect existing investments in Bitcoin or set for falling prices of the cyber currency.”

 

Eurex crypto futures is one piece of Deutsche Börse’s endeavors to extend its blockchain-based applications. In Spring of 2018, the exchange declared cooperation with HQLAx, a fintech organization that has some expertise in providing liquidity solution for institutional customers. The organizations are building up a securities loan offering dependent on R3’s business blockchain product, Corda.

Deutsche Börse says the activity is gaining noteworthy ground with six banks affirming they’ll join the stage at dispatch date, which is planned for the starting months of the current year itself.

Eurex was established in 1998. It is the seventh-biggest derivatives exchange around the world, as per information by Statista, and the fifth-biggest exchange by a number of single stock futures contracts exchanged in 2017, as per information by the World Federation of Exchanges.

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The Mt.Gox Story: Where has it reached? What’s the future?

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A survey conducted on the users of Mt.gox revealed that nearly 70% of users have not received their funds yet even after complaining and placing the request

Mt.Gox was a Japanese based bitcoin exchange program, which stands for “Magic: The Gathering Online Exchange”. It handled over the 70% bitcoin transactions of the world. It was the largest ever bitcoin exchange. It held in 2014. In the February end, it was bankrupt. It was a massive hack happened ever in the history of transactions. It was the monetary massacre which has ever happened in history. On average, it lost about 740,000 bitcoins which is 6% of the total existence at that time. The monetary tangible value of that lost 740000 bitcoin was 460 million euro and above $3 billion of the amount had no records in the bank transactions. After meticulous sleuth somewhere near 200000 bitcoins got recovered but till date, there is no record of 650000 bitcoins, it has not been recovered yet.

 

Mt.Gox was hacked in the year 2011 June. The source is reported to be the computer of an auditor of the company. The hacker manipulated the monetary value of the bitcoin to one cent artificially and transferred 2000 bitcoin on an aggregate value and sold it. It was not just for once rather it was the spatial skulduggery of the hacker. Not just this, later on, the hacker purchased around 650 bitcoins from the exchange by artificially manipulating the price to be lower than that of the actual value and till date, the amount has not been returned.  

In spite of such a massacre, Mt.Gox re-established itself and turned up to become the largest bitcoin exchange in the world. It came to be the largest bitcoin exchange in the world but apparently, the event was facing the disturbing struggle. The security structure became poor on when it had to be strongest and it was disorganized in many of its sectors.

 

How did U.S.A react?

The US Department of Homeland Security sleuthed the matter meticulously and ramified that one of the subsidiaries operating in US of Mt.Gox was illegal and was operating on the not registered monetary transmitter. After the US discovered the skullduggery it seized $5 million from the company’s bank account. And Mt.Gox announced the temporary suspension of transactions in US dollars. This mischief leads to certain delays in the transactions and lost its position of the largest bitcoin exchange in the world. After the suspension of dealings in US dollars, Mt.Gox incurred significant losses because of credit deposits.

In February Mt.gox had to halt all the bitcoin withdrawals in order to receive the clear picture and identify the massive loopholes in the operations to draw the structured report and get a technical display of issues. The company after scrutiny stated that massacre was the result of transactional malleability. The company after such massacre was trying to grow gradually and one such concern reported again was of a security breach. After the accumulation of data the financial status of the investors still displayed the disparity. Coindesk indicated that 3000 customers reported that 68% were still waiting for the funds from Mt.Gox.

 

Where has Mt.Gox reached?

After the survey conducted by CoinDesk on the users of Mt.gox revealed that nearly 70% of holders have not received their funds yet even after complaining and placing the request. The wait has not finished yet still people are waiting to receive returns of their amounts invested. After the mischief, that survey reported that Mt.Gox has lost many of its high-level executives vanished. This issue was faced not only by customers and but the banking associated faced the same concern too. After so long hold on Mt.Gox now it has become somewhat stable. But after such massive felonious transactions reported the Mt.Gox lost its credibility in the market of bitcoin exchange. There had been multiple prices reported in the nominal value of bitcoin. Too many fluctuations in the value of bitcoin is a breach and are considered a flagrant violation of the law of uniform price. In economics, the persistence difference in price is atrocious for the flow of bitcoin in the market. But according to the CoinDesk survey, the spatial failure of withdrawal of funds has been reported yet.  

Later on, it was transpired that Mt.Gox along with its founder Mark Kerpeles are ensnared in the US lead operation. The escalated volume of bids for bitcoin on Mt.Gox apparently the bitcoin price began to rise gradually. The way transactions are propagated in the network the company has lost its customers. And the scalability issue has exacerbated.

After the scrutiny, Mt.Gox’s books seem to have plenty of fiat currencies in the bank. But after so much of instability Mt Gox managed to stabilize itself and called the new customers on the platform by reintroducing its market credibility. It will definitely take a lot of time for the brand to be recovered completely. The impact of this skullduggery was gigantic on the operations of bitcoin exchange because of which Mt.Gox lost its title of largest Bitcoin exchange in this world.

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Warning: Disadvantages of Leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex

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Leverage trading has been a market strategy since old times. Let's discuss leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex and the disadvantages of leverage trading

Cryptocurrency trading has been a topic for discussion and argument for a very long time. It has both a huge section of analyst support this whereas a large set of traders are always opposing it. Apart from this argument by the two sets, one can’t deny that participating in a trade including cryptocurrencies is both risky as well as beneficial. One need to research and have a knowledge of related platform before investing his/her money in this space.

In this article, we will discuss particular trading known as leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex. Nextly, we will discuss the disadvantages and dark side of leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex.

 

Leverage Trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex:

Leverage trading has been a market strategy since very old times. In this type of trading, if you don’t have enough value to trade, you ask some value from someone else to complete your trade. The rules and regulations of this kind of trading are very simple and are used by many of the exchanges. This is also known as margin trading.

In crypto space also, the act of borrowing extra cryptocurrency to complete the trade is known as cryptocurrency leverage trading. Some of the cryptocurrencies like Bitmex and Bitfinex support this trading.

You can borrow at some leverage x:1 i.e. the lender will provide (1/x) of total investment. Suppose, the total desired investment is $100 then leverage of 4:1 means the lender will give you $25.

 

Let us understand with an example: Suppose, John wanted to buy bitcoin for $4000 but currently, has only $2000. Since alone he can’t do the desired trade, what he can do is to borrow $2000 from someone and trade it. Here, the leverage is 2: 1. This is an example of margin trading. Now, suppose, the trade gained a profit of 25%. The total worth is now $5000. He can give the borrowed $2000 to the lender and still can make a personal profit of $1000. Isn’t it amazing? But wait, it could be a trap for you!

 

The disadvantages of leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex:

Often, it is said that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Same applies to this trading. As we all know that the cryptocurrency industry is often fluctuating and risky too. Let us understand with the above example how margin trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex can be a trap for you.

Suppose after borrowing $2000 from someone, you completed the trade and due to some market downhill, the trade goes to a loss of 75%. Now the total value is $1000. If you had only invested your money, you still would have $1000 but in the current condition, the first responsibility would be returning the money to the lender. He/She will claim his/her full amount. So, firstly you would have to arrange $2000 for him/her and for your money, forget about that. All of your money would be lost.

So, you can see how you can lose all of your money and even go in debt if you trade using margin trading and the market doesn’t favor you. Cryptocurrency is market of risk and if you are using leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex and any crisis comes, you will be in great loss. So until you have a knowledge of margin trading, never try it. They can be rewarding too but are highly risky, so it is not advisable for the new joiner to invest in it. Also, even if you are using this trading, never invest the amount that you can’t afford to lose it.

Most of the people, in order to earn money at a very fast pace, try to use this margin trading and there have been instances where people have lost all their money in case of crisis and low price down of the cryptocurrency. In any condition of the market, the lender will ask for it complete money and you are bound to return the lender the complete amount plus some interest also. So, there is a very dark side of leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex.

 

We discussed how leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex could be the worst decision of your life. Like any other market, margin trading can be rewarding as well as it is very risky as you may lose all of your investment in case of crisis. In the worst condition, you may lose all of your money and may have to arrange the lender’s borrowed amount to be returned from your additional savings. This article focusses on disadvantages and dark side of leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex.

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