The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued five individuals for promoting BitConnect Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) via various mediums that helped the firm raise $2 billion. The five individuals are accused of promoting unregistered security, a common theme among many ICOs from 2017.
The chief regulatory body in a Friday briefing mentioned the promoters of the scheme received commission based on the cash and investment they brought in, and one of the promoters had allegedly bagged a commission of $2.6 million.
Lara Shalov Mehraban, an associate regional director for the SEC’s New York office said,
“We allege that these defendants unlawfully sold unregistered digital asset securities by actively promoting the BitConnect lending program to retail investors,”advertisement
Bitconnect was one among many ICO-era projects that managed to raise $2 billion from retail investors, but the exchange closed down soon after in January 2018, after receiving two cease and desist notices from state authorities over the sale of an unregistered security.
The SEC has continually sounded warnings for retail investors to refrain from investing in such projects as they qualify as a security. New projects that qualify as security are required to register with the chief regulatory body and get the approval of operations
BitConnect one of Many ICO-Era Projects to Face SEC’s Wrath
The ICO-era of 2017 was seen as a revolutionary way for new projects to raise capital and many including the likes of Telegram, Kik, and Bitconnect raised millions and in certain cases even billions of dollars from investors promising high returns once the project goes live. However, ICOs also became a target of scammers who used the popularity of cryptocurrencies in that time to raise millions of dollars for projects that would never make it to the listing stage.
Many countries including South Korea and few others banned ICOs completely in 2018 after research data indicated more than 90% of ICO projects turned out to be scams. Even the likes of BitConnect that did open up their platform didn’t register as Security and faced the wrath of the SEC. Telegram and Kik met a similar fate and were asked to return billions in raised funds to investors.
‘Bitcoin’s six-week run of outflows has been driven’ by these factors
The Bitcoin market was witnessing strong sell-offs for over a month now. On Monday, the largest digital asset plunged to its monthly lows of $31k, triggered by the ongoing crackdown by China. This has spread panic among investors.
Over the past week, Bitcoin outflows totaled a massive sum of $89 million, while the bitcoin outflows value hit $487 million for the year. This was 1.6% of assets under management as indicated by the data offered by CoinShares.
The above chart indicated that the top cryptos like Bitcoin and Ethereum were both noting a higher selling pressure in the current market.
This was the third consecutive week of outflows for the entire crypto market and it amounted to $79 million leaving the market. Researchers have termed this as ‘the longest bear run in outflows since February 2018’. Currently, for June, the net outflows remained high at $210.5 million with another week left of the month.
According to Matt Weller, global head of market research at Forex.com:
“Bitcoin’s six-week run of outflows has been driven by the combination of environmental concerns and an increasingly antagonistic regulatory environment in China. With these themes still in effect and prices subdued, it may be a while before we start to see another period of sustained fund inflows.”
Following China’s crackdown, authorities in one of the largest Bitcoin mining provinces, Sichuan ordered the closing of the cryptocurrency mining projects. Owing to such negative sentiments in the market, BTC value has remained low at $32k, at the press time.
Data from Alternative.me also suggested ‘Extreme Fear’ in the market and its value has fallen to 10, suggesting more fear than greed.
Bitcoin has now lost almost 50% of its value since the peak observed in April.
Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency was also seeing minor outflows of $1.9 million last week. In the previous week, it reported a total outflow of $14.6 million, which was restricted compared to Bitcoin’s outflows. Ether outflows represented only 0.14% of assets under management, suggesting the negative sentiment had remained focused on Bitcoin.
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Crypto Trader’s $20 Investment Explodes to $1,184,154,683,482 on Coinbase – But He’s Not Cashing Out
After investing $20 in the crypto markets, one crypto trader just woke up to a one-trillion dollar fortune in his Coinbase account.
Chris Williamson, a nurse from Georgia, says he invested $20 in Rocket Bunny (BUNNY) cryptocurrency on Coinbase last week. After the trade, his portfolio balance soon skyrocketed to a staggering $1,184,154,683,482.
On paper, this made Williamson the richest man in the world.
‘I woke up, it’s like 9:00 a.m. and I always check my phone to check how my crypto to see how it’s doing and I’m just like, ‘Naw, I’m sleeping.
I look at it again and I’m like… at that point I fall out of my bed, literally.”
Despite the big balance, Williamson says he was unable to cash out or send the crypto to a private wallet. He contacted both Coinbase and Rocket Bunny. A representative from Coinbase told him they were looking into the problem, while Rocket Bunny did not immediately respond.
Coinbase later confirmed the trader’s massive balance was a glitch, and would be corrected.
This isn’t the first time the crypto exchange giant had a glitch in its system. Back in April 2020, crypto analyst Captain Scio pointed out a massive blunder on the Coinbase Pro app, showing that someone had purchased 42,085 BTC, worth $306 million at the time, for just 18 cents.
Williamson is keeping a positive attitude on the situation.
“The ongoing joke right now between me and my friends in Coinbase and one of the emails I sent them was like: ‘Look, I need y’all to let me know what’s going on because I got a mega-yacht company ready to build me a penguin-shaped yacht.
‘So, you know, let me know.’”
BUNNY is a utility token on Binance Smart Chain. It’s used to power the broader Rocket Bunny ecosystem of dApps (decentralized applications), which includes Rocket Drop (launchpad), Rocket Swap (DEX) and Rocket Labs (testing ground).
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed at The Daily Hodl are not investment advice. Investors should do their due diligence before making any high-risk investments in Bitcoin, cryptocurrency or digital assets. Please be advised that your transfers and trades are at your own risk, and any loses you may incur are your responsibility. The Daily Hodl does not recommend the buying or selling of any cryptocurrencies or digital assets, nor is The Daily Hodl an investment advisor. Please note that The Daily Hodl participates in affiliate marketing.
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Binance Coin’s recovery hinged on this
Weekly losses piled up at 30% for Binance Coin on the back of high selling pressure persistent across the global cryptocurrency market. During this period, prices steadily declined from the upper ceiling of $380 to its press time level of $264. With bears in control for the moment, BNB would most likely register more losses over the coming hours. However, this could set the stage for the re-emergence of buyers back into the mix.
Binance Coin 4-hour chart
Binance Coin’s woes were elevated once bulls failed to defend $325 support from bearish pressure. A further 20% was noted from this defensive line as BNB seemed to shift towards the $260-mark. Prices were now below their 4-hour 50, 100, and 200 Simple moving average lines. An argument can be made that BNB’s short-term movement and hopes of a brief recovery now hinged on $260 support moving forward.
Visible Range’s point of control lay around $260. This meant that BNB saw peak interest by traders at this price level in the given timeframe- a reading that strengthened the area’s defense. Moreover, Relative Strength Index traded in the oversold region from where a reversal can be expected. According to the price-sensitive Stochastic RSI, some bullish resurgence had already seeped in as the index moved north after a bullish crossover. Successfully defending $260 from bears could even result in a minor jump back towards the $325-mark.
However, traders must be wary of an extended sell-off as well. Bearish momentum was building up on the Awesome Oscillator which showed no signs of a reversal just yet. A bearish outcome would likely drag BNB back towards its demand zone of $210-236
Selling pressure was dominant in the BNB market but there was a glimmer of hope at its press time price of $260. A bounce back in this region could provide a short-term push back towards $325. However, the chances of a further drawdown cannot be overlooked as well. A breakdown could see BNB trade within its demand zone of $210-236 over the coming days.
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