Bloomberg Article On Tether Spooks Market

  • Bloomberg article reveals Bitfinex and Tether sent subpoenas
  • Lightning nodes grew on the bitcoin main net

Comment of the Day @Bitperplexed:

Bloomberg Article Causes Panic

A Bloomberg article that hit news yesterday is thought to be the cause of the recent bitcoin drop and other crypto-assets. It revealed that Tether and Bitfinex have been sent subpoenas from the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) to audit their banking.

Tether is a USD proxy that claims to issue 1 USDT for every 1 USD that it has banked. It is useful for exchanges as it allows customers to hold a cryptocurrency that has similar properties to USD but without the regulatory troubles of banking in the US.

However, these subpoenas were served on December 6th, almost two months ago, and the fact that it is causing such a drop shows signs of a nervous market. With bitcoin struggling to stay above $10,000, could this be the straw that broke the camels' back?

If it does, the value of USDT should drop to refelct the USD held in reserve. If it doesn't, then the escape route for USDT bagholders will be through bitcoin. The question on everyone's minds is whether Tether does indeed have a 1-1 USD reserve as it claims to have. Or if it is operating a fractional reserve system that is similar to say... all fiat money.

It will be interesting to watch the Tether and Bitfinex allegations unfold as it could have a significant impact on the price despite only making up 0.4% of the total crypto-asset market capitalisation. Whether Tether and Bitfinex actually need to respond to the subpoenas is another question:

 

Lightning Node Count Grows

The speed and enthusiam at which lightning has been adopted is remarkable despite the lack of a non-buggy GUI client. Estimates of the arrival of lightining over the summer of 2017 were mid to late 2018. To see it active on the mainnet is vindication for those that supported the non-hardfork route to scaling. 

Lightning represents a huge milestone in the development of scaling solutions for bitcoin, a topic that has been the center of heated debates over the last three years. It also comes at a time when fees are at 4 months lows after some extremelly high fee periods of over $50 at times.

However, the GUI clients are still buggy and people are losing money as a result of this. Many more months or even years will be needed to test and improve lightning before it is available to the masses in a secure and simple form.

 

Brazil’s Securities Watchdog Blocks Binance From Offering Derivatives

  • Brazil's SEC has blocked Binance from offering derivatives products in the country.
  • Brazilian regulators ruled that derivative contracts are securities, regardless of whether they involve crypto-assets. 

Brazil’s equivalent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM), has blocked leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance from offering derivative products in the country. 

According to an order published July 6, reported on by local news outlet Portal do Bitcoin, Brazilian regulators claimed derivative contracts are securities, regardless of whether the underlying assets are cryptocurrencies. 

The order reads, 

It remains evident that there are indications that the company BINANCE FUTURES, through the page '"www.binance.com" on the world wide web, captures customers residing in Brazil with a public offering of derivative intermediation services.

The order continued, adding that Binance “does not hold authorization” to act as an intermediary for securities in the country. 

The CVM determined that Binance must immediately suspend the “broadcasting of any public offering of securities intermediation services,” including derivatives products or else face a daily fine of R $1,000 ($186). 

The order fails to clarify whether Binance’s spot trading services will continue to be allowed to operate in Brazil, as opposed to only banning their derivative offerings. 

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