Coinbase counters WSJ claim its Risk Solutions group engaged in $100M proprietary trade

The Wall Street Journal and Coinbase are having differences over definitions. The newspaper published an alleged account of the digital asset exchange’s trading activities earlier this year that it claims amount to proprietary trading. Coinbase responded in a blogpost that it had done no such thing. Relying on information supplied by “people at the company,” the WSJ wrote on Sept. 22 that Coinbase made a $100-million transaction that was viewed inside the company as a test trade by the company’s Risk Solutions group, which had been formed for the purpose…

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Prosecutors want to claim NFTs as securities, alleges legal team of former OpenSea employee

Lawyers representing Nathaniel Chastain, the former OpenSea product manager accused of insider trading, have claimed United States authorities only filed charges in an attempt to set a legal precedent that nonfungible tokens (NFTs) are securities. In a Friday filing with the Southern District of New York court, Chastain’s legal team from Greenberg Traurig filed a motion to dismiss the indictment against him, which included allegations of wire fraud and money laundering related to an NFT insider trading scheme from June to September 2021. The lawyers argued that the charges against…

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Binance US will delist AMP following SEC claim token is a security

United States-based crypto exchange Binance.US said it will be delisting the AMP token “out of an abundance of caution” of possible enforcement by federal regulators.  In a Monday blog post, Binance.US said it will be closing deposits of Amp (AMP) and removing the AMP/USD trading pair on Aug. 15 following the token’s mention in a legal action from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC. The federal regulator filed a complaint against a former Coinbase product manager and two individuals in July that claimed that AMP and eight other…

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Celsius lawyers claim users gave up legal rights to their crypto

Celsius’s 1.7 million registered users across over 100 countries gave up title to the crypto they deposited into Earn and Borrow accounts, according to the firm’s lawyers. At the first bankruptcy hearing for Celsius on July 18, lawyers from the Kirkland law firm led by Pat Nash detailed how retail users with Earn and Borrow accounts transferred the title of their coins to the firm as per its terms of service (ToS). As a result, Celsius is free to “use, sell, pledge, and rehypothecate those coins” as it wishes. Terms…

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Scientists claim to have designed a fully decentralized stablecoin pegged to electricity

Researchers at the federally-funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have combined statistical mechanics and information theory to design a stablecoin they call Electricity Stablecoin (E-Stablecoin) that would transmit energy as a form of information. Livermore’s Maxwell Murialdo and Jonathan L. Belof say their innovation would make it possible to transmit electricity without physical wires or a grid and create a fully collateralized stablecoin pegged to a physical asset – electricity – that is dependent on its utility for is value.  According to the scientists, the E-Stablecoin would be minted…

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Tips to claim tax losses with the US Internal Revenue Service

Crypto volatility is nerve-wracking, and it may not be over yet. The turmoil may make crypto investors and crypto-related businesses less enthusiastic than when prices seemed ever to be climbing. With the market falling off a cliff, there will be big losses to claim on your taxes, right? Not necessarily. As your United States dollars shake out in the digital world, it is worth asking whether there is any lemonade you can make by claiming losses on your taxes. First, ask what happened from a tax viewpoint. If you’ve been…

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Bitcoin dives to fill CME gap amid claim new all-time highs will take 2 years

Bitcoin (BTC) stuck to “rangebound movements” into May 24 as price action avoided expected volatility. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView No joy for BTC bulls after DXY downmove Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD returning to circle $29,000 after failing to hold $30,000 support. On hourly timeframes, the pair thus continued a familiar pattern of swings between the two zones, refusing to explore more extreme territory either up or down. “The crucial breaker for Bitcoin is again the $29.4K area. If that breaks -> next test…

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Gnosis (GNO) price rallies 50%+ after CowSwap users claim COW airdrop

This week Gnosis (GNO) price notched a swift 50%+ rally after the project took another step forward in its transition to the Coincidence of Wants Procotol, or CoW, an interface that offers traders protection from miner extracted value (MEV). Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the price of GNO has gained 86% over the past seven days, rising from a low of $308 on March 21 to an intraday high at $574 on March 28. GNO/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView Three reasons for the rapid price increase…

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Nexo and Amber Group executives claim ‘exponential’ growth in crypto institutional investment

During the 8th edition of the Blockchain Africa Conference 2022, Cointelegraph’s editor-in-chief Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr moderated a virtual panel titled “Cryptocurrency Institutional Investment: Increasing Returns and Improving Diversification.” Panelists Kalin Metodiev, co-founder and managing partner at Nexo, and Dimitrios Kavvathas, chief strategy officer at Amber Group, focused on the opportunities that institutional investors perceive in the blockchain and crypto space, both in Africa and globally. Nexo is a crypto borrowing and exchange platform that recently began offering crypto custodial services, products and lending services to institutional investors, in partnership with the…

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Impermanent loss challenges the claim that DeFi is the ‘future of France’

Impermanent loss is one of the most recognized risks that investors have to contend with when providing liquidity to an automated market maker (AMM) in the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector. Although it is not an actual loss incurred from the liquidity provider’s (LP) position — rather an opportunity cost that occurs when compared with simply buying and holding the same assets — the possibility of getting less value back at withdrawal is enough to keep many investors away from DeFi. Impermanent loss is driven by the volatility between the two…

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