Bitcoin has fallen below $35,000, and while given the asset’s recent highs sounds like a sizable correction, the price per BTC is still nearly 1000% higher than where it was less than one year ago. After such extreme moves to the upside, often come crashes that eliminate much of the progress made, until the parabola starts all over again.
Career trader Peter Brandt has shared a chart that subtly hints that the recent Bitcoin price parabola could begin to break down. The last time he did so, he accurately called an 80% decline in price. Here’s a look at what might come next if that’s the case.
Paying Attention To Peter Brandt Costs Nothing, Pays Out In Profits
Peter Brandt is a living legend, spending an entire career professionally trading commodities, stocks, and more recently, cryptocurrency. Brandt has long been interested in Bitcoin, has shared his commentary about the market and related price action via his Twitter, and has contributed to the Bitcoin.Live platform.
Because of Brandt’s reputation and experience level, when he speaks, it tends to be worth paying attention to. Those who wisely took profit during the last major Bitcoin rally after the trader claimed the parabola was violated, would have even been given almost the exact target to which the cryptocurrency fell to nearly a year later.
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The trader famously called for an 80% or more retrace following the 2017 peak of $20,000. In 2018, Bitcoin traded at $3,200. Brandt nailed it, and now he’s back at it again.
Peter Brandt calls attention to the current rally resembling this previous parabola breakdown | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
Brandt Brings Up Painful Reminder Of Past Bitcoin Parabola Broken
Brandt points out the last time he shared a price chart exhibiting a Bitcoin parabolic curve, just before the » Read more
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In the image, originally shared on January 8, 2018, a “bump, hump, lump, and dump” repeating pattern shows each parabolic base, just before the breakdown and resulting downtrend that follows. The chart above compares the rally Brandt references alongside the current parabolic rally.
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Price patterns and even ranges appear to line up eerily accurately, with the primary discrepancy being the Black Thursday pandemic-driven panic selloff. Aside from that, the similarities are striking.
Repeating price patterns like this are called fractals. If what follows this near flawless fractal is also similar, the chart below would demonstrate what comes next.
Here's what happened after the parabola breakdown | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
Remember, Brandt called for an 80% correction of the parabolic move, and was correct. And while he hasn’t brought up that dangerous data point since back then, even the short-lived parabolic phase in 2019 ultimately corrected over 70%.
However, any downside is contingent upon the current parabola breaking down, and the new “hump, slump, pump, and dump” pattern failing to repeat.
Featured image from Deposit Photos, Charts from TradingView.com
Members of WallStreetBets Forum Alleged in Telegram Crypto Scam Stealing $2M in BNB and ETH
Members of the popular WallStreetBets Reddit forum were suspected of a presumable cryptocurrency fraud that could have caused losses of no less than $2 million. By creating a designated Telegram group, they duped investors by guaranteeing remarkable returns through capitalizing on the recent crypto market rally.
The Core of the Hoax
Per a report by Bloomberg, alleged members of the WallStreetBets Reddit Forum used the Telegram messaging service to execute a blatant scam. A particular account by the name of ”WallStreetBets – Crypto Pumps” presented users the chance to purchase a new token certified as WSB Finance before it was listed on crypto exchanges. The operation is known as a pre-mine sale.
The essence of the fraud was connected to the recent cryptocurrency boom as bitcoin and most altcoins skyrocketed in value lately. With some of the digital assets reaching 1,000% gains, the targeted WSB members conned investors into sending money without asking questions and with the potential of netting huge profits.
The notorious account also urged users to transfer popular cryptocurrencies such as Binance Coin (BNB) and Ethereum (ETH) to a designated crypto wallet and then to reach its ”token bot” to gain WSB Finance coins.
However, the perpetrators never dispatched those coins. Furthermore, another message on Telegram revealed that the people who had already issued a payment had to send an equivalent amount again or they would risk losing their initial investment.
After executing the hoax, more than 3,451 Binance Coins were withdrawn on Tuesday (May, 4th) from the wallet inside the Crypto Pumps messages.
Since the price of BNB at that point was approximately $625, the fraud caused losses of more than $2.1 million. Following the scam, thousands of people expressed their frustration and tried to expose the individuals behind the account. Moreover, the quantity of the other cryptocurrency – ether – still remains a mystery.
Two weeks ago WSB admins warned about offers that might try to take advantage of the forum’s name in order to allure the crypto audience. The ”WallStreetBets – Crypto Pumps” account has been removed from Telegram but whoever managed it left a message that might stun the affected victims:
”Buying Lambo now.”
South Korean Crypto Exchange Accused Of $1.5 Billion Scam
The South Korean cryptocurrency exchange platform V Global was accused of luring 40,000 people into illicit multi-level deceit. The entire scheme amounts to more than 1.7 million won, which equals $1.5 billion.
As reported by the Korean officials, the police raided many places in the country related to a virtual cryptocurrency exchange, and its notorious CEO – known as LEE – alleged to fundraising without regulatory permission. The authorities blocked the exchange’s cash deposits as a part of the investigation.
In total, the Gyeonggy Nambu Police Agency reported that it searched the exchange’s headquarters in southern Seoul along with 21 other places and froze more than $214 million left in the account.
Another report from today shed more light on the developments. According to Yonhap News, the name of the organization is V Global. The Korean police are examining the accusations against them for fraud under the Certain Economic Crimes Weighted Penalty Act, the Similar Receiving Act, and the door-to-door sales business.
The main accusation against the exchange is gaining a deposit of 1.7 trillion won ($1.5 billion) from 40,000 members in the period between August 2020 and January 2021. The announcement revealed that most of the people were elderly or housewives with no experience in cryptocurrency trading.
Too Good To Be True
The investigation revealed that the exchange urged investors to entrust their funds to an account and lured the members that the expected return would be three times higher than the initial investment. According to the authorities, there was a pyramid element in the scam as the exchange promised to grant an introduction fee of 1.2 million won ($1,065) for every newly recruited member.
The report affirmed that the trading venue paid some members in the form of a block. Therefore, people who signed up earlier received funds from individuals who entered the exchange later.
Moreover, the Korean police seem confident to deal with the fraud case as it revealed its intention to confiscate 240 billion won ($214 million) left in the V Global account as of the 15th last month, even before the prosecution process.
Georgia’s central bank is exploring ‘Digital Gel’ CBDC
The National Bank of Georgia said that it is considering launching a central bank digital currency.
In an announcement today, the central bank hinted at the issuance of a central bank digital currency, or CBDC, in an effort “to enhance efficiencies of the domestic payment system and financial inclusion.” The National Bank of Georgia, or NBG, said it would be inviting fintech firms and other financial institutions to participate in the project, named Digital Gel after the symbol for the country’s fiat currency, the lari.
“CBDC holds the promise to unlock the tremendous value of innovative business models for the benefit of society,” said the announcement. “The introduction of CBDC could increase financial intermediation efficiency, help introduce new financial technologies, facilitate financial inclusion, and reach previously unbanked populations.”
However, the bank mentioned the possibility of risks in the launch of a CBDC in the Republic of Georgia given the “new and potentially disruptive technology.” The NBG said it may conduct extensive testing of the CBDC in a controlled environment to ensure a smooth rollout, but did not provide any details regarding a timeline for launch.
With a population of roughly 4 million and a gross domestic product of approximately $15 billion, a nation like Georgia falls at the smaller end of countries exploring CBDCs. The Bahamas officially rolled out its Sand Dollar central bank digital currency in October, while China has been piloting its digital yuan in select cities prior to a full-scale launch. In the United States, Fortune 500 company Accenture announced this week it would be partnering with the Digital Dollar Foundation to conduct CBDC trials.
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