The last few months since March this year have been trying for any XRP HODLer who probably got in due to the spectacular highs the digital assets experienced in early January. Everyone was expecting a moon landing with price predictions of $10 by mid this year and $20 by the end of the year. Yes. It is heartbreaking. But do not despair for here is a real reason that XRP is simply recharging for taking off.
To begin with, we need to observe the price history of XRP prior to the excitement of last November up until January. XRP was pretty much unknown from 2013 up until around May 2017 when it started spiking a bit in the markets. It rose from $0.03 to $0.30 in a matter of a few weeks from April to May, then once again relaxed up until November when the crypto-wide bull run was initiated. XRP is once again to its old ways of consolidating volumes to once again zoom past the charts. Judging by its past, the next increase in volume and price will probably not last long, just like the last few times it has mooned. But once done, it will settle at higher levels of perhaps closer to $1.
So how will it do this?
The SBI Holdings crypto exchange of VCTRADE will be a major factor of XRP mooning in the next few months. It will not be Coinbase to release the full potential of XRPas everyone thinks. No. It is SBI for they have even devised plans to offer XRP derivatives in the future and probably through their new venture with Charlotte (NC) based Clear Markets Firm. SBI has invested $9 Million in the firm that also has offices in New York, London and Tokyo.
Through this new venture at Clear Markets, SBI plans on building a derivatives market that will allow institutional investors to buy investment products based on XRP and other prominent digital assets. But XRPwill be a breath of fresh air from all the BTC products available. The hype and excitement will cause a knee-jerk reaction to the price of XRP.
Knowing this, there is only one thing a savvy HODLer can do: come up with a grand master plan. When XRP shoots up, know when to sell and at what margin of profit. Yes. This might sound contrary to what a HODLer would do but the main point of selling high is to buy back XRP at a lower price when the excitement declines. This way, your profits are in XRP.
In conclusion, it can be said that the SBI Holdings company is the key to making XRP great in the markets once again. The name of the firm – Holdings – can be interchanged to mean HODLing, and this can be an indirect sign that this is the firm that will change it all for XRP HOLDers.
Brazilian Authorities Arrest Suspect Of Running Potential Crypto Money Laundering Scheme
Brazilian police arrested a man that was apparently running a crypto money laundering scheme in Brazil.
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Suspect Arrested of Running Crypto Money Laundering Scheme
According to the report, police found mining equipment valued at R$ 250,000, close to $63,000. These devices were switched on and running 24 hours a day mining Bitcoin. The room in which the equipment was found had little ventilation and no other security objects to run the operations.
The man claims that he owns the equipment to mine virtual currencies and that he entered the market in order to mine digital assets. At the same time, he said that he is not involved in illicit organizations dealing with drugs. The individual was also accused of stealing electricity to mine virtual currencies. Bitcoin mining requires large amounts of electricityand, depending on its price, it could be profitable or not to perform mining activities.
Adriano Nonnemacher, a police officer, commented:
“The flat is well-hidden. We are going to investigate further. Everything points to a Bitcoin mining operation. They could be exchanging the money and use it to fuel drug trafficking. Here is also a possibility that they are using the funds derived from drug trafficking to buy Bitcoin.”
At the same time, police officers decided to seize the mining equipment that could have entered the country in an illegal way from China.
Bitcoin has been several times linked to illegal activities around the world and in many different situations. However, there are some reports that show that most Bitcoin transactions are not related to illicit and criminal activities.
New York State Sees First Conviction for Crypto Money Laundering
A case involving millions of dollars in bitcoin and Western Union payments has resulted in New York State’s first conviction for cryptocurrency money laundering.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that defendants Callaway Crain and Mark Sanchez, both 35, laundered $2.8 million earned through sales of controlled substances carried out over the internet.
Between 2013 and 2018, the two men sold steroids and other drugs including Viagra across the U.S. via their website “NextDayGear” and on the dark web. They sold over 10,000 packages and accepted payments in cryptocurrency and fiat currency via Western Union, which they then laundered.
Customers usually paid in bitcoin, the Attorney’s Office said, with the defendants laundering the proceeds via one or more “intermediary” cryptocurrency wallets to obfuscate the source of the funds. The bitcoin was then converted to U.S. dollars using a cryptocurrency exchange platform before the cash was deposited into their bank accounts.
Western Union payments, on the other hand, were laundered through the use of false identities or international wire transfers from receivers outside of the U.S..
The duo has now pleaded guilty and faces a jail term of 2.5–7.5 years, with sentencing expected to take place on July 12.
Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said:
“These defendants raked in crypto and cash worth millions on their full-service website that sold prescription-free counterfeit steroids and other controlled substances to customers in all 50 states.”
“Online drug sellers who do business in New York should take note: whether you’re operating in plain sight or in hidden corners of the dark web, my Office has the skills and resources to follow the money, shut down your business, and hold you accountable,” Vance warned.
Just last week, the same DA’s office also indicted three individuals for dealing in drugs and laundering $2.3 million in cryptocurrency by using preloaded debit cards and withdrawing cash at ATMs in Manhattan and New Jersey.
Galaxy Digital CTO Out at Novogratz-Led Crypto Fund
Mike McMahon, chief technology officer at crypto merchant bank Galaxy Digital, has left the firm, CoinDesk has learned.
“I have already left Galaxy Digital and looking for my next opportunity,” he told CoinDesk Wednesday, declining to provide further details.
Galaxy didn’t respond to CoinDesk’s request for comment by press time, but it’s actively looking for McMahon’s replacement, according to a new job posting on LinkedIn.
The CTO should, among other things, “build, coach and provide hands-on leadership to the technology team” an “build a strong partnership with the business to ensure technology is supporting revenue-generating, client-facing business initiatives.”
McMahon joined Galaxy a year ago following a career at traditional financial institutions and mainstream companies, including Bank of New York-Mellon, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He also spent more than two years at ENSO Financial Analytics, a fintech company owned by Chicago futures exchange operator CME Group.
Galaxy Digital, founded by former hedge fund manager Michael Novogratz, is one of the most active investors in crypto startups. In recent months, it backed staking startup Bison Trails and crypto analytics firm CipherTrace.
In January, Galaxy announced it had raised $250 million to “offer loans in U.S. dollars to struggling crypto firms.” Before that, Novogratz signaled his own confidence in the enterprise despite the bear market when he bought 2.7 percent of Galaxy’s shares, increasing his total stake to about 79.3 percent.
Although based in New York, Galaxy Digital is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange’s TSX Venture Exchange, where it went public via a reverse merger with a pharmaceutical company.