Four Class-Action Suits Against Bitfinex Over 2017 BTC Price Now One

The four class-action suits against Bitfinex, Tether and parent company iFinex over alleged market manipulation leading to Bitcoin’s (BTC) 2017 bull market have been consolidated — with implications for every BTC buyer since April 2017. Per an order dated Jan. 24 and filed Jan. 27 from Judge Failla of the court of the Southern District of New York (SDNY), four complaints have been consolidated. Plaintiffs Leibowitz, Young, Faubus and Ebanks — as well as assorted sub-listed parties in each of those cases — will now have their cases heard jointly. …

China’s BTC Volume on LocalBitcoins Hits 2-Year Low

China’s Bitcoin (BTC) trading volumes have continued to drop, hitting a two-year low on peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins. According to Bitcoin statistics website Coin Dance, China’s BTC trading volumes have been gradually dropping from late 2019 to the present, touching to their lowest weekly volume in more than two years. During the week ending on Jan. 25, China traded just about 4.5 million yuan ($648,000) on LocalBitcoins, down over 90% from the intra-year weekly high of more than 45 million yuan ($6.4 million). The all-time high of China’s weekly Bitcoin trading…

A “Serious” Bitcoin Correction to Occur if BTC Drops to This Level: Top Trader

After a five percent increase overnight, the bitcoin price is vulnerable to a major correction. A prominent trader Peter Brandt warned that a fall below a key level may trigger a serious correction. Brandt named the 18 displaced moving average (DMA) as the important level bitcoin has to defend to prevent a large pullback. Currently, as of January 27, the 18 DMA is at $8,540 on BitMEX. What happens if bitcoin drops below $8,540 and resumes correction? If the bitcoin price drops below the 17 DMA at $8,540 and enters…

Effect of CME Futures Options on BTC Price Depends on Halving

CME Group launched new Bitcoin options on Jan. 14, which was revealed by the company’s global head of equity products Tim McCourt. The introduction of crypto options by a derivatives heavyweight in CME will further uplift the institutional infrastructure supporting the asset class. Over the long term, investors generally anticipate improvements in the infrastructure surrounding Bitcoin (BTC) to have a positive impact on the cryptocurrency market. CME Bitcoin options is a net positive for crypto Speaking to Cointelegraph, cryptocurrency technical analyst Eric Thies said that CME options will bring in…

Exchanges Hold More Bitcoin Than Ever as Coinbase Wallet Nears 1M BTC

United States cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase will soon hold a million Bitcoins (BTC) in its cold wallets in a controversial first for the industry. According to data from news and information resource Longhash released on Jan. 23, Coinbase’s cold wallets contained around 970,000 BTC ($8 billion) as of Jan. 1. Coinbase weeks away from 1 million BTC If current growth continues, the company will reach the 1,000,000 BTC mark by February. Coinbase cold wallet balance, 2019-present. Source: Longhash The trend underscores growing tendencies to interact with Bitcoin via exchanges, with the…

Craig Wright Still ‘99.9999%’ Sure That He’ll Get Access to BTC Fortune

Speaking with Cointelegraph’s video team on Jan. 20, Satoshi-claimant Craig Wright remained confident that he will get access to the Bitcoin fortune he famously claims to be locked up in the Tulip Trust.  Access to the Tulip Trust Regarding the controversial Tulip Trust, and his ultimate ability to access his reported bitcoin fortune, Wright told Cointelegraph:  “I’m 99.9999 and a few more 9s percent certain that I will be taking control of my BTC and whatever else.” Craig Wright is one of the more famous of the many people to…

BTC Could Hit $10K, ‘Stay Away from North Korea,’ Akon City: Hodler’s Digest, Jan. 13–19

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Bitcoin ready to push above key resistance to hit $10,000 The world’s biggest cryptocurrency has started 2020 fighting. For a time on Friday, Bitcoin hit $9,000 — with analysts claiming there are multiple signs that a “bullish transformation” is underway. This weekend also saw the…