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Poloniex To Repay Lenders In Bitcoin After Funds Lost To Flash Crash

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Traders on Poloniex have started receiving refunds of the funds they lost in May after the platform experienced a flash crash involving CLAM.  The announcement that the exchange has started crediting accounts belonging to lenders with the funds they lost came through an official blog post.

The exchange will pay back lenders by covering trading fees. The flash crash which hit the marketplace occurred on the 26th of May.

The crash was a result of the exchange allowing margin trading on CLAM, a coin which had been credited to traders who had holdings of Bitcoin, Dogecoin and Litecoin on the platform. CLAM lost 77% of its value in a 45-minute long market crash. The flash crash resulted in traders losing 1800 Bitcoin with a market value of $13.5 million during that period.

The total number of lenders who lost their funds on Poloniex is equal to 0.4% of Bitcoin holders and these lenders lost 16.2% of their holdings. The lost funds were held in a pool where they were meant to cover defaulted loans.

Cause Of the Crash and Remedies

According to Poloniex, the crash came about as a result of high-velocity sell orders, which combined with low levels of liquidity within CLAM’s trading margin. The low liquidity is a result of loan defaulters which the exchange says it was pursuing at the time. It is not clear whether the loans were paid back or whether Poloniexfound another solution to the challenge.

After the crash, the exchange stopped margin trading on CLAM, MAID, BTS, and FCT. This was done to protect the exchange and its users from the possibility of losing more funds through another flash crash.

Repayment to lenders started on the 14th of June. The repayments started with 180 Bitcoins being shared among 10% of the lenders who lost their funds. The exchange has come up with a policy which dictates that lost funds will be replaced as trading fees.

Lenders who lost funds will not pay any trading fees until their lost funds are fully recovered.

One of the Best Crypto Exchanges

Back in January, Poloniex was given an A rating as one of the best crypto exchanges in the business. The rating was given by ICORating, an independent analyst which assessed 135 crypto exchanges across the world.

The exchanges considered have a daily trading volume in excess of $100,000, and the factors considered include web security, account security, DoS attack protection, and registrar.

Source. bitcoinexchangeguide.

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC is On Price Recovery Mode; Gains 4.55% Overnight

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  • Bitcoin gained 4.55% in the last 24 hours and breached the resistance at 10,800 USD.
  • It may soon touch 12,000 USD and further, it is likely to get a price rally before the year ends.

Bitcoin has managed to reach its first resistance point at 10,800 USD with the help of a 4.55% hike. It is likely to rise more in the coming days and by the end of this year, the coin is likely to be near 15,000 USD. In the last three months, the journey of Bitcoin was full of shocks and volatility. The coin reached its peak towards the end of June and it has been trying to reach there since then. We will now analyze the current statistics of the coin before going into details of the price movement pattern.

Bitcoin Price Statistics-

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Bitcoin price chart August 20
Bitcoin Price Chart by TradingView

Bitcoin’s highest hike of this year has been the 85.70% hike between 04th June and 26thJune. This hike pushed the coin near 14,000 USD. From there, Bitcoin has been showing huge volatility. It was followed by a fall of almost 30% in the value against USD which deducted 4039 USD from the coin over just 5 days. After a week of growth, Bitcoin again took a dip to 9208.95 USD by 17th July. From there it has been a satisfying journey for the coin and it has risen to 12,196 USD by 06th August with the help of a 32% increase in the value. The market cap on 20th July was 186,505,443,026 USD and the value of the coin was 10,991.43 USD. The current market cap and the value of each coin are respectively 4.30 % more and 1.10 % less than the figures for the last month.

Bitcoin Price Prediction-

Bitcoin is consistently raging against 11,000 USD and the next big target should be 12,000 USD with so many little halts. But the coin is likely to get a good growth by the mid of next month. With the help of a price rally, the target of 15,000 USD by 2019 seems reasonable. The details of the resistance and support levels are given below.


Bitcoin (BTC)
1st Resistance11117 USD
2nd Resistance11317.95 USD
3rd Resistance11719.85 USD
1st Support Level10514.15 USD
2nd Support Level10112.25 USD
3rd Support Level9911.3 USD
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Winklevoss Twins Say They’re ‘In Talks’ About Joining Libra Association

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Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss — Bitcoin (BTC) bulls and founders of the Gemini crypto exchange — say they are open to partnering with archrival Mark Zuckerberg on Libra.

CNN Business reported on Aug. 19 that the twins are not allowing their notorious and drawn-outsettlement with Zuckerberg stand in the way of a potential collaboration.

In talks to join the Libra Association

Whether or not a partnership will finally materialize, Cameron told CNN that Libra represents a step towards mass adoption of cryptocurrency, underscoring:

“I think there is a day in the future where we can’t live without crypto, or imagine a world before crypto.” 

As CNN notes, the twins’ proactive promotion of crypto-regulatory matters could make the duo an attractive partner for Facebook, given the widespread alarm the latter’s Libra project has already sparked among governments and regulators globally. 

The twins revealed they have been in talks about joining the Libra Association — the newly-created, independent governance consortium for Facebook’s planned token —  which currently counts 28 founding members and should expand to 100 by the time of Libra’s launch.

Tyler and Cameron noted, however, that they still need to learn more about the details of the project before deciding whether or not to join the Association, as well as whether to list Libra on the Gemini exchange.

The Libra Association has reportedly declined to comment on any ongoing negotiations with partners.

All the internet titans will embrace crypto

According to Cameron, Facebook may be the first tech titan to attempt a native cryptocurrency launch — but it won’t be the last:

“I think that internet companies have to have a crypto strategy, and I think a lot of them are thinking about their own coin projects. They’re probably watching Libra and Facebook to see how that fares as they develop it.” 

He forecast that Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google will follow suit, isolating Amazon in particular as a solid contender:

“Amazon can probably get packages to literally any place in the world, even if the last mile is on a dirt bike or something […] very ironic, that the physical stuff we can move all around the world and we can’t get money to a lot of places around the world.”

Earlier today, Cointelegraph reported that the design for the Chinese central bank’s planned state-backed cryptocurrency is reported to have been influenced by Libra’s unveiling.

Source:cointelegraph

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Bitcoin Price Fails to Break Through $11K — Altcoin Bull Run Fizzles 1809

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Bitcoin (BTC) price slid from levels near $11,000 Aug. 20 as momentum which sparked bullish sentiment at the start of the week fizzled.

Market visualization

Market visualization. Source: Coin360

Bitcoin lingers below $11K resistance

Data from Coin360 showed BTC/USD abandoning its shot at passing $11,000, having risen from levels near $10,700 on Monday.

The pair was trading back at those levels at press time, having dropped $350 over the past few hours. 

24-hour gains for Bitcoin thus remained tapered at 2%, while weekly performance still revolved around an overall loss of nearly 6%. 

Bitcoin 7-day price chart

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: Coin360

Anticipation had run high as $11,000 approached, analysts rating chances for a definitive upward trend to recommence.

“I wanted to see it over $10,800 and it did close, short term bullish,” regular trader Josh Ragersummarized in his most recent update on Monday. 

He added that BTC/USD remains under its weekly opening level from two weeks previously, an area which will now act as resistance. 

Meanwhile, another fellow market analyst and trader, Filb Filb, was more buoyant, telling followers of his dedicated Telegram channel about the possibility of a break to $11,400.

Altcoins return to flat performance

Altcoins meanwhile failed once again to capitalize on previous gains. A look at the top twenty cryptocurrencies by market cap shows most reversing progress made on Monday, when some outperformed Bitcoin itself. 

Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin, then dropped 1.6% to slide back below $200. Litecoin (LTC) dropped more at 2.3%, while XRP shed almost 5%. 

Ether 7-day price chart

Ether 7-day price chart. Source: Coin360

Only Monero (XMR) and Bitcoin SV (BSV) showed signs of life, gaining 1.2% and 0.8% respectively. 

The overall cryptocurrency market cap was $276 billion on Tuesday, down $3 billion from the day before, while Bitcoin’s share remained over 69%.

Source:cointelegraph

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