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What does the January 15 deadline hold for Tether, the world’s biggest stablecoin

Tomorrow is an important date for the issuers of Tether, a USD-pegged stablecoin.

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Tomorrow is an important date for the issuers of Tether, a USD-pegged stablecoin. But what does it mean?

Tether, the crypto heartbeat

Tether Limited, the company behind the widely-used Tether (USDT) stablecoin, will submit several documents explaining its legality to the New York Prosecutor’s Office tomorrow, Jan. 15, before the deadline expires.

It is believed to contain information about Tether’s business practices, its issuance, its supposed one-to-one peg with the US dollar, and other information regarding Tether Limited. 

Stablecoins are one of the biggest use-cases of cryptocurrencies. They are usually pegged on a 1:1 basis with a fiat currency (or algorithmically controlled) and are said to be backed by a certain amount of reserve at all times.

USDT is among the first such stablecoins and the most widely used one. It was founded in 2014 as “realcoin”) by Reeve Collins, Brock Pierce, and Craig Sellers, before rebranding to its current form and stating that “every Tether+ token is backed 100% by its original currency, and can be redeemed at any time with no exposure to exchange risk.”

However, for a few years, several critics have questioned the reserve of Tether, given the company has not yet provided a verifiable audit of its dollar reserves or allowed a third-party auditor to reveal their findings to the public. This has resulted in people questioning the very existence of Tether.

But how does it matter? It’s because USDT’s issuance has reached over $23 billion in recent times, and with daily volumes exceeding even Bitcoin’s, some crypto users are ringing the alarm bells.

That said, however, the January 15 deadline is only the delivery of the required documentation to New York courts. No judgment or judicial charges are expected or levied tomorrow, meaning any fear in the market is likely a result of overreaction.

The controversial rise of USDT

Tether’s problems started after the Panama Leaks papers linked the executives of Bitfinex, Philip Potter and Giancarlo Devasini, to Tether Limited in 2015. This caused controversy at the time.

The second controversy came after USDT supply grew from $10 million to over $2.8 billion from January 2017 to September 2018. The rise was questioned by many, and by mid-2018, Tether accounted for over 80% of the overall Bitcoin volume.

Research suggested that an alleged price manipulation scheme involving tether accounted for about half of the price increase in Bitcoin in late 2017. However, that has not unfazed its backers yet. 

What 2021 holds for USDT is a guess at best. But crypto fanatics are likely praying the critics don’t turn out right.

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Source: https://cryptoslate.com/what-does-the-january-15-deadline-hold-for-tether-the-worlds-biggest-stablecoin/

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Co-Founder of Floyd Mayweather-Backed Centra Tech Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

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The co-founder of a fraudulent ICO project that duped more than $25 million from investors, Sohrab Sharma, has received a sentence of eight years in prison for his role.

The project itself, dubbed Centra Tech, was previously backed by several celebrities, including the boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and the producer DJ Khaled.

Centra Tech Co-Founder Behind Bars for 8 Years

Founded in 2017, Centra Tech marketed itself as a debit card provider that supposedly allowed purchases with cryptocurrencies at any businesses accepting Visa and MasterCard.

The trio behind the project, namely Robert Farkas, Raymond Trapani, and Sohrab “Sam” Sharma, claimed that a Harvard-educated CEO with over 20 of experience will run the project and that the card had licenses to operate in 38 US states.

However, an investigation from the Department of Justice concluded that the three co-founders had fabricated the information. Consequently, the authorities charged the three men with deceiving investors into allocating over $25 million in the fraudulent ICO project.

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Farkas and Trapani pled guilty to conspiring to commit securities fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud initially, while Sharma joined them last year, as reported. Now, several months later, he has received his sentencing – eight years in prison, according to the DOJ’s statement.

US Attorney Ilan Graff said that Sharma has “led a scheme to deceive investors by falsely claiming that the start-up he co-founded had developed fully functioning, cutting-edge cryptocurrency-related financial products.”

He added that “in reality, Sharma’s most notable inventions were the fake executives, fake business partnerships, and fake licenses that he and his co-conspirators touted to trick victims into handing over tens of millions of dollars.”

Mayweather and DJ Khaled Involved

Taking advantage of a common occurrence at the time, Cantra Tech received the endorsement of at least two celebrities – DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather. However, both failed to disclose that they had accepted funding for their actions.

Both received charges from the US Securities and Exchange Commission as a result of the investigation. Shortly after, they agreed to pay penalties without admitting to wrongdoing.

The boxer paid $300,000 in disgorgement, a $300,000 penalty, and $14,755 in prejudgment interest. He also agreed not to promote any securities, digital or otherwise, for a period of three years.

The musician paid $50,000 in disgorgement, a $100,000 penalty, and $2,725 in prejudgment interest while agreeing to avert any ICO promotions for two years.

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Mark Cuban’s Dogecoin decision is a mistake: Mike Novogratz

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Mike Novogratz thinks Mark Cuban’s decision to let people buy Dallas Mavericks tickets and merchandise with Dogecoin is a mistake. In an interview earlier today, the Galaxy Digital CEO told Bloomberg,

“I think Mark’s making a mistake there. He’d be better off with 15 other different ways to pay for his tickets.”

The exec also pointed out how the popular meme-coin isn’t exactly the safest bet, adding, “Let’s put people in the safest best stuff, not these joke coins.” To make his case, Novogratz also highlighted that he had actually made money betting on the value of Dogecoin falling on the price charts.

While many in the community were quick to fire back after the exec’s comments, Novogratz’s concerns are understandable, especially since Dogecoin is a meme-based cryptocurrency that was intended to be a joke according to its creator’s own admission. However, as is the case with most cryptocurrencies, the community belief system in a coin may be as important as the tokenomics of the coin itself.

In fact, data suggests that Dogecoin adoption is on the rise. According to crypto-Twitter analytics tracker Swarm Analytics, Dogecoin has consistently been the most mentioned cryptocurrency after Bitcoin and Ethereum.

With its adoption surging over the past few months, Mark Cuban isn’t the only one embracing DOGE as a means of payment. Crypto-merchant service provider Bitpay recently added DOGE to its list of supported currencies, with crypto-ATM operator CoinFlip also making DOGE available at 1800 crypto-ATMs worldwide.

“The rise in popularity and price of Dogecoin means that developers and entrepreneurs will take Dogecoin more seriously and contributions to the project will create a positive feedback loop that increases the popularity of the project,” Daniel Polotsky, CEO of CoinFlip, said.

As things stand, the most telling sign of the coin’s newly-found standing in the market may just be the timing of its most recent dip in price.

Despite last week’s tweets from DOGE’s most influential supporter, Elon Musk, the price of DOGE failed to pump higher, something that suggested that Musk’s influence on the cryptocurrency may be declining. At the time of writing, the altcoin was trading at $0.05151, up by 4.5% in the last 24-hours.


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Bitcoin Price Analysis: 06 March

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Disclaimer: The findings of the following analysis are the sole opinions of the writer and should not be taken as investment advice

In the short-term, Bitcoin flipped the $47,400-level from resistance to support. Bitcoin’s dominance has also been on a steady downtrend over the past few days, with the world’s largest cryptocurrency holding its own above the $45,000-mark, a sign that capital was flowing out of altcoins and into Bitcoin.

In fact, there were some signs that a bullish bias was back in the market as the correlation with the S&P 500 picked up too.

Bitcoin 1-hour chart

Bitcoin Price Analysis: 06 March

Source: BTC/USD on TradingView

The past two weeks have seen BTC trade within the range of $43,810 to $51,370. The mid-point of this range at $47,430 has been an important level of support and resistance over the same time period.

The descending trendline (cyan) was tested once more, and the bulls achieved a breakout as high as $49,400. However, there was some selling there that saw BTC pushed back lower to trade at $48,268, at the time of writing.

A move above $47,400 is an encouraging sign and another attempt to breach the $48,800-$49,350 area of supply is likely to be seen in the short-term.

Reasoning

On the hourly chart, the RSI was oscillating around the 50-mark, with market momentum not in favor of either side yet. The price dip from $49,350 over the past 12 hours was backed by low trading volume, indicating that it could be reversed.

The market’s bears were halted at $46,600 before a move above the trendline (cyan) was seen. Since then, the OBV has been making a series of higher lows to show that buying volume was rising. However, by and large, the OBV was pretty much in the same area it was before showing that short-term volatility notwithstanding, March has seen a deadlock between buyers and sellers.

A retest of $47,400 cannot be ruled out, but it is likely that this level will hold as support if tested. To the upside, a move beyond the aforementioned region of supply will likely see BTC test the $50,000-mark.

Conclusion

A retest of $47,400 or a hike above $49,350 can be an opportunity to enter a long position with a target of $52,000, based on the evidence at hand. Weekend volatility could also rear its head, making risk management all the more important.


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