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Bitcoin is a Crouching Tiger!

Looking at the larger picture the price of bitcoin is not showing huge volatility in the past two weeks and is moving in the horizontal channel between 8900 – 9300.

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This is a very quick review of the BTC price for the upcoming week. Looking at the larger picture the price of bitcoin is not showing huge volatility in the past two weeks and is moving in the horizontal channel between 8900 – 9300. At the same time, the daily volume is carry on diminishing.  Bitcoin is acting like a crouching tiger that is ready for the jump. So we closely monitoring lower timeframes to be prepared for the huge BTC move.

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Crypto Exchange Binance Under Investigation by Department of Justice and IRS

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Crypto exchange giant Binance is allegedly under investigation by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as well as the Department of Justice (DOJ) for money laundering and tax evasion.

According to Bloomberg, the federal probe is confidential, with both the DOJ and IRS having “sought information from individuals with insight into Binance’s business.” The report accused Binance of succeeding without strong government oversight, with its lack of corporate headquarters and incorporation in the Cayman Islands — which levies no taxes and offers more lenient business practices. 

“We take our legal obligations very seriously and engage with regulators and law enforcement in a collaborative fashion. We have worked hard to build a robust compliance program that incorporates anti-money laundering principles and tools used by financial institutions to detect and address suspicious activity,” said a Binance spokesperson in response to the recent probe. 

Binance and Crypto Markets Continue to Face Regulatory Scrutiny

One of the biggest criticisms of Bitcoin and the crypto space at large has been their use for criminal activity. Back in January, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen raised concerns over cryptocurrencies being used in terrorist and illegal financing, with other major financial figures like Charlie Munger associating the industry with “kidnappers” and “extortionists.” 

Chainalysis, a blockchain-based data analytics firm used by U.S. federal agencies, reported in 2019 that Binance saw more funds tied to criminal activity than any other exchanges based on the transactions that it had analyzed.

Binance and Huobi, which are two of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world by volume, saw over 51% of total illicit transactions in the space. Source: Chainalysis Blog

“Binance and Huobi lead all exchanges in illicit Bitcoin received by a significant margin. That may come as a surprise given that Binance and Huobi are two of the largest exchanges operating, and are subject to KYC regulations. How can they be receiving so much Bitcoin from criminal sources? Let’s start by looking at the specific accounts receiving illicit funds at both exchanges.”

This is certainly not the first time Binance has been embroiled in legal troubles. Recently, the exchange’s venture into tradable stock tokens landed the company under the scrutiny of European regulators, including the U.K’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Germany’s BaFin. In March, Binance hired former U.S. senator Max Baucus as a regulatory advisor. 

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Mark Cuban Responds to Elon Musk, Says Bitcoin and Crypto Will Benefit Society and the Environment

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says his NBA franchise will continue to accept Bitcoin as payment despite Elon Musk’s recent announcement that Tesla will not.

Cuban tells his 8.4 million Twitter followers that, as a store of value, BTC is in fact a better environmental alternative to gold.

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The billionaire Shark Tank star also argues that the largest crypto asset by market cap will benefit society.

Cuban goes on to note that Mavericks fans are buying “thousands of dollars per week” in tickets and merchandise via Bitcoin. The professional basketball team is a relatively early cryptocurrency adopter, first enabling BTC payments in May 2019.

Musk made waves across the crypto space this week when he told his 54.4 million Twitter followers that Tesla will no longer accept Bitcoin for purchases. He cited concerns over Bitcoin’s extensive energy use as the reason for the sudden change.

“Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using Bitcoin. We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.”

Musk says the company is considering utilizing other crypto assets that consume less power in their business.

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“Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels and we believe it has a promising future, but this cannot come at great cost to the environment.

Tesla will not be selling any Bitcoin and we intend to use it for transactions as soon as mining transitions to more sustainable energy. We are also looking at other cryptocurrencies that use <1% of Bitcoin’s energy [per] transaction.”

Tesla began accepting Bitcoin back in February. That same month, Tesla announced it purchased $1.5 billion worth of BTC.

Bitcoin is trading at $48,845.76 at time of writing and is down 6.5% in the 24 hours since Musk’s announcement, according to CoinGecko.

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Source: https://dailyhodl.com/2021/05/14/mark-cuban-responds-to-elon-musk-says-bitcoin-and-crypto-will-benefit-society-and-the-environment/

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Kraken Daily Market Report for May 14 2021

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Overview


  • Total spot trading volume at $3.17 billion, 5.3% higher than the 30-day average of $3.01 billion.
  • Total futures notional at $638.8 million.
  • The top five traded coins were, respectively, Ethereum (+2.3%), Bitcoin (-1.4%), Tether (0%), Dogecoin (12%), and Polkadot (-0.6%).
  • Strong returns from Dogecoin (+12%) and Synthetix (8.5%).

May 14, 2021 
 $3.17B traded across all markets today
 Crypto, EUR, USD, JPY, CAD, GBP, CHF, AUD 
ETH 
$3796.7 
↑2.3% 
$825.8M
XBT 
$48974. 
↓1.4% 
$779.3M
USDT 
$1.0009 
↑0.08% 
$508.9M
XDG 
$0.5503 
↑12% 
$407.6M
DOT 
$39.663 
↓0.6% 
$165.0M
ADA 
$1.8208 
↓6.1% 
$154.1M
USDC 
$1.0 
↑0.01% 
$95.7M
XRP 
$1.3287 
↓2.5% 
$79.3M
LTC 
$312.26 
↓1.4% 
$52.4M
ETC 
$88.401 
↓0.4% 
$51.6M
EOS 
$10.559 
↓0.07% 
$34.0M
BCH 
$1232.1 
↓1.5% 
$34.0M
LINK 
$43.633 
↑1.2% 
$33.6M
XLM 
$0.6651 
↑1.4% 
$30.2M
NANO 
$10.933 
↓5.4% 
$28.7M
AAVE 
$532.69 
↑4.9% 
$23.0M
KSM 
$510.58 
↓3.3% 
$19.2M
FIL 
$116.34 
↓0.9% 
$14.4M
SC 
$0.0307 
↑0.7% 
$13.3M
YFI 
$67698. 
↑2.6% 
$10.4M
TRX 
$0.1212 
↓0.19% 
$9.58M
ATOM 
$23.629 
↑0.7% 
$8.93M
SNX 
$19.964 
↑8.5% 
$8.79M
ALGO 
$1.3422 
↓0.6% 
$8.75M
XMR 
$398.66 
↓0.9% 
$8.7M
XTZ 
$6.0497 
↓0.9% 
$8.06M
ZEC 
$288.35 
↓2.5% 
$7.03M
UNI 
$37.991 
↑1.8% 
$6.93M
FLOW 
$24.679 
↑2.2% 
$6.27M
DASH 
$357.46 
↑0.18% 
$5.15M
DAI 
$1.0002 
↓0.01% 
$5.09M
OMG 
$9.7649 
↑1.4% 
$4.35M
OCEAN 
$1.1936 
↓0.3% 
$4.12M
KAVA 
$5.3777 
↑0.5% 
$3.99M
EWT 
$15.814 
↓4.4% 
$3.78M
QTUM 
$20.106 
↓3.0% 
$3.46M
CRV 
$3.3409 
↓0.4% 
$3.04M
WAVES 
$30.683 
↓3.4% 
$2.88M
MANA 
$1.2435 
↓0.5% 
$2.75M
GRT 
$1.2896 
↓1.7% 
$2.63M
ICX 
$2.0734 
↓0.8% 
$2.48M
PAXG 
$1852.2 
↓0.12% 
$2.45M
COMP 
$774.63 
↑1.1% 
$2.31M
BAT 
$1.1887 
↓0.12% 
$2.23M
KEEP 
$0.5042 
↑0.5% 
$2.19M
REPV2 
$36.097 
↓0.4% 
$2.06M
LSK 
$6.7568 
↓5.2% 
$1.98M
STORJ 
$1.6898 
↓0.4% 
$1.89M
KNC 
$2.9788 
↓0.21% 
$1.26M
OXT 
$0.5575 
↑1.7% 
$1.05M
BAL 
$60.560 
↑1.2% 
$979K
GNO 
$250.55 
↑3.0% 
$883K
ANT 
$8.0996 
↓0.8% 
$867K
MLN 
$105.13 
↑1.2% 
$864K
REP 
$39.528 
↑1.6% 
$423K
TBTC 
$50620. 
↓1.8% 
$95.5K



#####################. Trading Volume by Asset. ##########################################

Trading Volume by Asset


The figures below break down the trading volume of the largest, mid-size, and smallest assets. Cryptos are in purple, fiats are in blue. For each asset, the chart contains the daily trading volume in USD, and the percentage of the total trading volume. The percentages for fiats and cryptos are treated separately, so that they both add up to 100%.

Figure 1: Largest trading assets: trading volume (measured in USD) and its percentage of the total trading volume (May 14 2021)



Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (May 14 2021)



Figure 3: Smallest trading assets: (measured in USD) (May 14 2021)



#####################. Spread %. ##########################################

Spread %


Spread percentage is the width of the bid/ask spread divided by the bid/ask midpoint. The values are generated by taking the median spread percentage over each minute, then the average of the medians over the day.

Figure 4: Average spread % by pair (May 14 2021)



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#########. Returns and Volume ############################################

Returns and Volume


Figure 5: Returns of the four highest volume pairs (May 14 2021)


Figure 6: Volume of the major currencies and an average line that fits the data to a sinusoidal curve to show the daily volume highs and lows (May 14 2021)



###########. Daily Returns. #################################################

Daily Returns %


Figure 7: Returns over USD and XBT. Relative volume and return size is indicated by the size of the font. (May 14 2021)



###########. Disclaimer #################################################

The values generated in this report are from public market data distributed from Kraken WebSockets api. The total volumes and returns are calculated over the reporting day using UTC time.

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Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/9130/kraken-daily-market-report-for-may-14-2021/

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