Hedge Fund Execs Predict Bitcoin Price will Close 2019 at $9,659

The bitcoin price has surged a little above 114 percent in 2019 so far. But, according to a new poll, the cryptocurrency has extra fuel to sustain its upside action further. US comparison website Finder surveyed ten FinTech capitalists, including executives from hedge funds Arca and BitBull Capital, on Friday. The portal found that a majority of them expected that bitcoin would pullback from its recently tested $8,000-level. However, they forecasted a strong rebound in June, which would push the cryptocurrency’s rate to as high as $9,659 by the end…

Kraken $10 Million Equity Sale With BnkToTheFuture Seeks to Democratize Access

United States cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is offering equity to users in a fundraiser that raised over $6 million in its first day, statistics confirmed on May 21. Kraken, which is one of the world’s oldest exchanges, is using Cayman Islands-based platform BnkToTheFuture to offer equity to vetted investors. These, it said in an accompanying marketing email seen by Cointelegraph, can be any Kraken user, subject to a minimum purchase of $1000. At press time, Kraken had raised just over €6.04 million ($6.76 million) from almost 300 investors, taking it to…

NYSE Arca Files Proposed Rule Change with SEC for Bitcoin-, T-Bills-Backed Investment Trust

NYSE Arca has filed a proposed rule change with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an application to list shares in a bitcoin (BTC) investment trust that would be backed by the cryptocurrency and T-bills. The development was revealed in an SEC filing published on May 20. The Chicago-headquartered exchange — a subsidiary of the New York Stock Exchange Group — outlined that the proposed trust would invest solely in bitcoin and short-term U.S. Treasury securities with a maturity of less than one year, also known as…

Chinese Central Bank-Led Fintech Research Institute Seeks New Blockchain Talent

A fintech research institute established by China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), has posted several new job openings for blockchain talent. The three listings were published to Chinese recruitment website Lagou.com on May 21. As its profile on Lagou.com outlines, the Shenzhen Fintech Research Institute is a unit jointly organized by the PBoC’s Digital Currency Research Institute, the Shenzhen Local Financial Supervision Bureau and the Futian District People’s Government. It is tasked with spearheading fintech and digital currency-related development projects under the aegis of the central bank…

US Court Claims Rapper T.I. Sold Unregistered Securities in FLiK ICO

The Atlanta division of the United States district court of the northern district of Georgia claims in an order published on May 20 on Twitter by lawyer Stephen Palley that Rapper T.I. — real name Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. — sold unregistered securities in his FLiK initial coin offering (ICO). According to the document published by Palley, although the flik tokens had additional functionality (such as granting access to events), the token holders were promised profits from the work of the company. Harris’ business partner Ryan Felton allegedly said on…

Australian Government Employee Faces Court for Misusing Government IT Systems to Mine Crypto

An Australian government employee will reportedly face court today over his alleged misuse of government IT systems to mine cryptocurrency for personal gain. The news was announced by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on May 21. The AFP alleges that the 33-year old man, whose name was not disclosed, used his access as an IT contractor to “manipulate programs to use the processing power of the agency’s computer network for crypto currency mining.” The alleged profits from his illicit mining activities reportedly amounted to AU$9,000 (~$6,200). The man’s appearance before…

Crypto Exchanges Bitfinex and Ethfinex Jointly Launch Initial Exchange Offering Platform

Major cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex and its spin-off Ethfinex have launched a new initial exchange offering (IEO) platform dubbed Tokinex. The news was revealed in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 21. As reported, IEOs have recently emerged as an alternative model of token offering wherein a centralized crypto exchange acts as a form of underwriter. The exchange, besides operating the sales, ostensibly vets both the projects themselves and prospective investors. Tokinex will reportedly use Know Your Customer (KYC) checks powered by the Blockpass mobile app for each sale…

Police Arrest Dutch Cryptocurrency CEO in Rumored $25 Million Fraud Case

Disclaimer. This article has been updated to change the amount involved in the fraud case, as it was misreported in an English version of a Dutch article on the subject. Dutch police have arrested a former entrepreneur for fraud after alleging he conned investors in a fake bitcoin (BTC) mining operation out of €23 million ($25 million), Dutch daily news outlet De Gelderlander reported on May 21. According to reports, Barry van Mourik, who previously ran another cryptocurrency company also under suspicion, deceived clients into thinking they would earn money from bitcoin mining.…

Accept USD Coin with Coinbase Commerce – The Coinbase Blog

Today we’re excited to announce that businesses can now accept USD Coin with Coinbase Commerce. USD Coin (USDC) is a US dollar-backed stablecoin brought to you by Circle and Coinbase. Accepting USD Coin gives our merchants many of the benefits of accepting cryptocurrency but at a stable price: no transaction fees, no chargebacks, and full control over funds. Coinbase Commerce is a service launched early last year that enables merchants to accept multiple cryptocurrencies directly into a user-controlled wallet. Coinbase Commerce can be directly integrated into a merchant’s checkout flow…

Why JPMorgan Chase Suddenly Found “Intrinsic Value” in Bitcoin

Banking giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. is not much of a bitcoin fan. The $2.63-trillion behemoth found itself on the opposite side of cryptocurrencies ever since its chief executive officer, Jamie Dimon, called bitcoin a fraud. He said in 2017 that the cryptocurrency was “not a real thing,” and will eventually die. Two years later, bitcoin is well and alive, sitting atop a $141.8 billion valuation at press time. It is likely to grow further as a wave of mainstream financial institutions builds an investment-worthy infrastructure around it. Fidelity Investments…