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UK’s CCLA Charity Fund Executive Thinks Bitcoin Bear Market Just a ‘Bump in the Road’ for Cryptos

It seems that the cryptocurrency crash that the crypto market has recently experienced is just a ‘bump in the road,’ according to a major UK charity fund executive. James Bevan, the chief investment manager at CCLA, talked during the Bloomberg Crypto Summit in London about the current sentiment around the cryptocurrency market. He said to the audience that he does not see the market crash as ‘an existential crisis’ in virtual currencies. Instead, he believes that this is just a ‘bump in the road.’ He went on comparing the cryptocurrency market with traditional finance. He explained that institutional investors have also different problems with conventional currencies and transaction systems. CCLA is one of the largest fund managers in the country and has around £7,842 million in assets under management until the last day of March 2018. According to an article released by Bloomberg, he also believes that the future of virtual currencies will entail greater regulation. Additionally, there will be more financial institutions, lower volatility and greater integration with other traditional assets in the space. There are several companies such as Nasdaq that are entering the virtual currency space. At the same time, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has also decided to launch a cryptocurrency-related platform for institutions called Bakkt. Marieke Flament, the global chief marketing officer at Circle, noted that it is beneficial to ‘getthe wheels in motion for crypto regulations.’ In this way, it will be possible to learn from mistakes and other potential challenges. It seems that there are several bullish individuals in the market about the future of the cryptocurrency space. Although Bitcoin is in a bear trend since the beginning of the current year, the future looks bright for Bitcoin and other virtual currencies.
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EXP Asset: Is Exp Asset Crypto MLM a Legit Bitcoin Investment Scheme?

The world of cryptocurrency is suffering from the endless scams and pyramid schemes cropping up daily. In this article we focus on the Exp Asset scheme that promises a 120% return on investment (ROI) in 120 days. Is the company a legit business or is it a Ponzi scheme that chokes up your investment? The history behind Exp Asset Exp Asset claims on its website that it is incorporated in Nevis as Silesia Capital Management. The website ( was first registered on March 10th 2018 privately raising questions on the legitimacy of the business. The website is not regularly updated and no information of the team members and founders is given on the site. This raises even more doubt as it claims to be legitimate but no one is responsible for the scheme. The company is a Multi-level marketing (MLM) scheme hence there is no legitimate reason to be incorporated in Nevis. The owners of the site point towards China, U.S and Korea as most of the website traffic comes from these three countries. How the Exp Asset MLM scheme works It crucial to note that Exp Asset has no live products or services they are offering to users other than marketing the affiliate program. The scheme promises a 1% daily on your investment for 120 days totaling 120% ROI. For a new investor to participate in the MLM they should invest a minimum of US$100. It however remains unclear how the company makes a profit to pay off their obligations. The company pays out the commissions in two major sets: referral commissions and residual commissions. The two are discussed below. Residual commission This is carried out through a binary compensation model. At the top is an affiliate with lower levels beneath. The first level has two other affiliates who are then divided into two on the next level (now with four affiliates). Each new level is twice the size of the previous level. Each day new the total amount from new recruits is added up and commissions are paid out. Affiliates are paid 10% of generated volume on their weaker binary team side. Note: To qualify for residual commissions, an Exp Asset affiliate must recruit and maintain two active affiliate investors (one on each side of the binary team). Referral commission This is reserved for investors who invest over US$1000 in the scheme. These investors enjoy an 8% referral commission on every recruit they personally integrate to the scheme. The commission is calculated daily according to the amount raised by your personal recruited affiliates. Should you invest in Exp Asset? The project looks more of a Ponzi scheme rather than an actual investment opportunity. The lack of identities of the leading team members and ambiguous nature of their selling points should raise a red flag. As is with most pyramid schemes, only a few of the investors actually profit since the MLM business depends on finding active affiliates. If affiliate do not join the profits dwindle and the pyramid collapses leaving investors with huge loses. Always be cautious before investing in such projects.
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SEC Slaps $50,000 Fine on Delaware-Based Crypto Investment Fund

On December 7, 2018, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a cease and desist order and a penalty of $50,000 against Delaware-based crypto assets fund firm CoinAlpha Advisors LLC. SEC Hits Crypto Fund for Violating Securities Law   According to the filing published on the commission’s website, the SEC charged CoinAlpha Advisors LLC for acting as an...Read More. The post by Pratik Makadiya appeared first on BTCManager, Bitcoin, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency News
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The Daily: Trustology Raises $8 million, SEC Fines Crypto Fund Coinalpha

U.K.-based startup Trustology, which develops storage solutions for digital assets, has raised $8 million in funding and we’ve got the news in this edition of The Daily. We also look at the SEC’s decision to fine another crypto company for breaching U.S. securities laws and HTC’s decision to have Brave as the default web browser on its Exodus 1 smartphone.   Also read: Binance Offers Multiple Accounts, Huobi Plans Institutional Exchange Crypto Security Startup Raises $8 million London-headquartered crypto startup Trustology has received $8 million in seed funding in a round led by Two Sigma Ventures, Reuters reported. The company develops a technology that helps investors enhance the security of their digital assets. According to CEO Alex Batlin, Trustology plans to use the capital to expand globally and provide support for more cryptocurrencies. The product offered by the British company is designed to secure crypto assets. It provides investors with a simple solution to safeguard the private keys that give them access to their cryptocurrencies – hardware security modules. These are specialized processors that store passwords and digital keys. Alex Batlin noted that Trustology’s product had been initially designed for banks but the startup is currently focusing more on crypto hedge funds and individual investors. He commented: The original thinking was we would build the tech and sell to the banks. They are not moving as quickly as we are and we have quite a lot of demand from individuals, as well as crypto funds. According to Matt Jacobus, a venture partner at Two Sigma, similar solutions are needed to develop a larger trading ecosystem around digital assets for institutional investors. Blockchain technology developer Consensys also participated in the funding round. SEC Fines Cryptocurrency Fund Coinalpha The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has gone after another crypto company that, according to the regulator, sells securities without registration. The SEC, which has determined that Coinalpha does not qualify for an exemption, has fined the cryptocurrency fund manager and issued a cease and desist order on Dec. 7, 2018. The California-based Coinalpha Advisors, registered as a Delaware limited liability company, had been operating two digital asset funds – Coinalpha Falcon and Coinalpha Index, Finance Magnates reported. According to an announcement by the commission, the owners of the company have agreed to pay a civil money penalty of $50,000. Coinalpha also agreed to halt its offerings and pay back the fees it had collected from customers. The digital asset fund has already raised more than $600,000 from 22 investors in five states. The company has also promised to conduct a review of its online platform and marketing materials. Although the regulatory status of cryptocurrencies in the United States is still unclear, the SEC has already fined and issued cease and desist orders to a number of crypto businesses after concluding that securities laws apply to the tokens they were issuing. Brave Is the Default Browser on HTC Exodus 1 Privacy-oriented web browser Brave, which supports opt-in ads and cryptocurrency payments between users, has been announced as the default browser on the new HTC Exodus 1 phone, according to posts on crypto forums and social media. The application supports a crypto tipping system which relies on Brave’s basic attention token (BAT) and enjoys growing popularity in the crypto community. HTC has made its new smartphone available for buyers willing to pay in cryptocurrency. The device, which has been advertised as a blockchain-powered phone, can be purchased with three major digital coins. It has been offered at fixed prices in bitcoin core, ethereum and litecoin – 0.15 BTC, 4.78 ETH, and 19.84 LTC (around $500 at the time of writing). However, a message on HTC’s website reads “This product is currently out of stock.” The news comes days after the launch of another blockchain smartphone called Finney, which has been developed by Sirin Labs. The device has an integrated cold storage cryptocurrency wallet and can be purchased on the company’s website for $999. What are your thoughts on today’s news tidbits? Tell us in the comments section. Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Trustology, HTC. Make sure you do not miss any important Bitcoin-related news! Follow our news feed any which way you prefer; via Twitter, Facebook, Telegram, RSS or email (scroll down to the bottom of this page to subscribe). We’ve got daily, weekly and quarterly summaries in newsletter form. Bitcoin never sleeps. Neither do we. The post The Daily: Trustology Raises $8 million, SEC Fines Crypto Fund Coinalpha appeared first on Bitcoin News.
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$1 Million Bet: Crypto Hedge Fund Wagers Crypto to Outperform Stock Market This Decade

Morgan Creek puts up a $1 million wager, inviting investors who believe the crypto market won’t outperform the S&P 500 to put their money where their mouth is, according to a CNBC report. Morgan Creek operates an index fund called the Digital Asset Index Fund, in partnership with Bitwise Asset Management. The index funds offer high The post $1 Million Bet: Crypto Hedge Fund Wagers Crypto to Outperform Stock Market This Decade appeared first on CCN

Peter Mallouk, a $30 Billion Dollar Investment Firm CIO: ‘Bitcoin to Become “Worthless” in Future’

Bitcoin is closing the year as one of the most volatile assets having dropped from a high of US$18,000 at the start of 2018 to less than US$3,500 today. The huge drop has caused a lot of criticism on the digital asset with the latest call being “a drop to zero”. Peter Mallouk, the president and chief investment officer of Creative Planning Inc., a Kansas investment firm that manages $32 billion in assets said in an interview. Furthermore, Peter termed Bitcoin “a dead man walking” with no hope in future. In an interview with Forbes, the well affirmed Bitcoin critic further commented, “It won’t go quietly, but the recent precipitous drop may be the beginning of its inevitable and inexorable death spiral. Or there could be a dead cat bounce. Either way, I see bitcoin as a dead man walking.” ‘Bitcoin will become worthless in future’ Mr. Mallouk has had strong predictions of Bitcoin falling off its exorbitant prices given the asset is used for speculation and fraudulent activities. In an interview with Bloomberg, Peter reaffirmed his prediction of Bitcoin falling to zero due to the speculation that lacks any form of drive. Notwithstanding, he placed Bitcoin as a failure that future generations will look at in future for reference and caution on the dangers of bullish extremism. The failure will heavily affect those bullish investors that are ‘desperate to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear’. According to Mallouk, the end of Bitcoin enthusiasts will ‘not be pretty for them’. “I think the bottom for bitcoin is zero, and that’s where it’s heading. Everything about bitcoin is speculation or fraud.” – Mallouk, Bloomberg. The speculative curse for Bitcoin In his interviews and columns, Mallouk clearly calls out the speculative aspect of Bitcoin as the biggest factor that will destroy the asset, albeit fraud. He echoed the ‘greater fool theory’ that states that people buy Bitcoin in order to sell it to another investor at a higher rate by selling it to a “greater fool” than themselves. Instead of looking at the intrinsic value of the asset, investors buy the asset to turn a quick profit. The speculative curse is also heavily spoken about by Billionaire Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital who believes Bitcoin holds no substance. Marks sees a bleak future for Bitcoin due to the speculative nature of the asset. He said, “If you think it’s a fun way to try to make a big score, you’ll probably have better luck throwing darts at microcap stocks. But if you’re doing it purely speculatively, and you’re prepared to lose all your money, keep doing what you’re doing.” The rise of Altcoins and cryptocurrencies Peter remains skeptical on Bitcoin but has a soft spot for other cryptocurrencies and other blockchain technologies. In as much as Bitcoin is doomed to fail, Peter Mallouk agreed that blockchain will revolutionize the world and fundamentally change how industries do business, from traditional banking to supply chain management. The success of crypto and blockchain technology will however not save Bitcoin from collapse. He said, “Make no mistake, blockchain is the real deal. But just because blockchain technology is creating a new paradigm doesn’t mean that bitcoin shares that same distinction.” In conclusion, Mallouk summarized the failure of Bitcoin to arise from the speculative aspect of the coin, regulations from authorities and the government and the rise of other cryptocurrencies.
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Ethereum HARD FORK 2019? Biggest Challenge in Crypto...

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Brave Browser Confirmed as HTC Exodus’ Default Web Browsing App

HTC is resolved to win the race for the best blockchain phone on the market. Its commitment to the community seems to be genuine and not only have they bet on accepting payment exclusively in cryptocurrencies to promote their use but also decided to include third-party software that makes use of these technologies. In a tweet published a few hours ago by Mr. Brendan Eich, CEO of Brave Software, he expressed his satisfaction after confirming HTC’s decision to include Brave as the Exodus’ default web browser. We are very happy to have @Brave as default browser & to be working with HTC on their Exodus phone: — BrendanEich (@BrendanEich) December 8, 2018 Brave Browser: Using Basic Attention Token (BAT) To Create a Better Internet Brave Browser uses blockchain technologies to improve the user experience and change the way content providers relate to consumers. The idea is to make browsing faster and more convenient by rewarding not only users for consuming content but also giving them the ability to benefit content creators. “Once you enable Brave Rewards, the Brave browser automatically and anonymously keeps track of sites each user visits. The more times that a user visits a site, the larger the proportion of the user’s monthly contribution is “ear-marked” for that content creator. When contributions for a content creator exceed $100.00 USD, an email is sent to both the webmaster of the site and the registered domain owner from your WHOIS information. The email explains how to verify the ownership of your website with Brave Software.” The token used by Brave Browser is the Basic Attention Token (BAT), a cryptocurrency that has recently gained considerable popularity, especially after the announcement that it has been supported by Coinbase to be traded on its platform. #brave the new browser from @BrendanEich @brave wants to reward users with #cryptocurrencies to see ads and make browsing cleaner and safer #DMT18 — ralfscharnhorst (@RalfScharnhorst) December 6, 2018 Blockchain-Phones: The New Trend For its part, the HTC Exodus 1 Phone is a phone created by HTC with blockchain technology focused on those users who want to manage their crypto coins from their mobile phone without additional hardware. To do this, HTC developed its own hardware wallet with multi-asset support. The wallet is named Zion and runs on independent hardware embedded into the phone. The main competition of the HTC Exodus, is the Sirin Labs’ Finney Phone, a device that has similar features but runs under a proprietary Operating System developed as an Android fork. The post Brave Browser Confirmed as HTC Exodus’ Default Web Browsing App appeared first on Ethereum World News.
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Bitcoin Cash on Gemini, Robinhood Hints at TRON - Today's Crypto News

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Mining Company Sues Roger Ver & Group for BCH Hard Fork Price Manipulation

The American company Unitedcorp has filed a lawsuit against "bitcoin cash ABC" supporters. The company accuses the supporters of hiring mining power in order to control the bitcoin cash network. The Bitcoin Cash hard fork that took place several weeks ago resulted in two version of Bitcoin Cash, supported by two opposing parties: the Bitcoin ABC version, which uses the ‘BCH’ ticker symbol; and Bitcoin Cash Satoshi’s Version, which uses the ticker symbol ‘BCHSV.’ The lawsuit claimed that Roger Ver,, Bitmain, and co-founder Jihan Wu, crypto exchange Kraken and founder Jesse Powell, and Bitcoin ABC developers Amaury Sechet, Shammah Chancellor and Jason Cox centralized bitcoin cash and manipulated the price during its contentious hard fork. Especially by dedicating mining power in theory assigned to mining the bitcoin blockchain to mining what was then referred to as the Bitcoin ABC chain.  After the split, supporters of both sides of bitcoin cash have been “fighting” against each other in order to become the biggest “bitcoin cash”.

Basic Attention Token [BAT]: Brave is now available as the default browser on HTC Exodus phone

In a recent tweet by Brendan Eich, the CEO and Co-Founder of Basic Attention Token [BAT] and Brave, announced that Brave has been made as the default browser on HTC Exodus phones. Tweet by Brendan Eich: “We are very happy to have @Brave as default browser & to be working with HTC on their Exodus phone” In October 2018, Brave introduced the newer version of the browser which is compatible with all Chrome extensions. This version was named as Brave 1.0, which is a desktop browser with 22% faster browsing speed compared to older versions of Brave. During this announcement, the team also mentioned that they were working on multi-core capacity on the browser speed, the performance of the browser on mobile devices etc. Recently, HTC announced Exodus 1 as their first cryptocurrency enabled smartphone. The phone provides a storage solution for cryptocurrencies and gives accessibility to blockchain-based applications. An Android application named Zion, which is separated from the operating system of the phone has the ability to store all the private keys of the users. A Redditor named jajarz says: “HTC is a dying company, but they are going all in on hardware the incorporates future developments like VR, and Crypto. If they pull this off theyll be the next Apple.” Another Redditor named Gromerando says: “HTC phones run on Android, having Brave as default browser will only prevent Google from getting ur browsing habits, only if Google is not the default search engine on the browser So don’t really see the excitement as Google will still be able to track your every move” Brendan Eich, who is also the Founder of JavaScript and the Co-Founder of Mozilla project created both the Brave browser and Basic Attention Token [BAT]. The cryptocurrency BAT is an ERC-20 utility token which is used for all the advertising purchases and revenue on the browser. The post Basic Attention Token [BAT]: Brave is now available as the default browser on HTC Exodus phone appeared first on AMBCrypto.
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