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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Terror groups may turn to NFTs to raise funds and spread messages — WSJ

The first known case of a nonfungible token (NFT) created and shared by a “terrorist sympathizer” has come to light, raising concerns that the immutable nature of blockchain tech could help the spread of terrorist messages and propaganda.  In a Sept. 4 article in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), intelligence experts said the NFT could be a sign that Islamic State and other terror groups may also be using blockchain technology to evade sanctions and raise funds for their terrorist campaigns. The NFT in question was reportedly discovered by Raphael…

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0.3% fall in assets “could render Tether technically insolvent” — WSJ

An article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has claimed that Tether’s balance sheet is in a position that even a 0.3% drop in value of its reserve assets could “render Tether technically insolvent.” In an Aug. 27 report, WSJ journalists Jean Eaglesham and Vicky Ge Huang focused on the cloudy nature of Tether’s USDT reserves and its long-awaited audit that has been in the works since 2017. Eaglesham and Huang suggested that such a “thin cushion of equity” could cause mayhem in the market, if Tether’s liabilities were to…

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WSJ editorial slams SEC’s ‘bewildering’ Bitcoin ETF denials

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board has come out swinging against Gary Gensler’s “legendary” resistance to approving a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).  The hard-hitting opinion piece, published on Wednesday, July 6 called out the Gensler-led Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for overt inconsistencies in how the commission handles applications for Bitcoin-related exchange-traded products (ETPs) compared to more traditional assets and other commodities. So far, Gensler’s SEC has rejected every proposal for a spot Bitcoin ETP, including two in the last week from Grayscale and Bitwise, which resulted in Grayscale…

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WSJ says ‘the NFT market is collapsing’ but the data says otherwise

An article in the Wall Street Journal has claimed sales of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are “flatlining” — in the same week that the top five collections alone accounted for more than $1 billion in primary and secondary sales. The article cited data from NFT market analysis platform Nonfungible suggesting the number of NFT sales has fallen by 92% since an all-time high in September 2021. Wallets active in the Ethereum (ETH) NFT market were also said to have declined by 88% since a high in November 2021. “The NFT market…

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Federal attorneys are investigating meme-led trading in GME, AMC and silver: WSJ

The Department of Justice is reportedly the latest to turn up the heat on last month’s crazed markets. Citing unnamed sources, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the DoJ’s fraud division and the San Francisco district attorney’s office had launched probes into the brokers (read: Robinhood) and social-media platforms (read: Reddit) who were at the center of wild bull markets on stocks like GameStop and AMC weeks ago.  A number of agencies have announced that they are looking into market manipulation concerns. The Securities and Exchange Commission released a cryptic…

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Former Ripple advisor set to become Comptroller of the Currency: WSJ

According to the Wall Street Journal, a former member of Ripple’s board of advisors directors is likely to become the next Comptroller of the Currency. The report cites insiders “familiar with the matter” who expect President Biden to nominate former Treasury Department official, Michael Barr, to the top post overseeing national banks. The position as Comptroller of the Currency serves as the administrator of the federal banking system, and is the chief officer of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The WSJ described it as one of…

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