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$2,300,000,000 Worth of Bitcoin in Limbo Amid OKEx Investigation




Researchers estimate that an ongoing “public security bureau” investigation has left $2.3 billion worth of Bitcoin (BTC) at the Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange OKEx in limbo.

Crypto withdrawals at the exchange remain frozen and official details on exactly what’s happening are sparse. Chinese media group Caixin reports that OKEx’s founder, Xu Mingxing, was taken away by the police at least a week ago. Two unnamed sources “close to OKEx” tell Caixin that Mingxing is the person in question. According to one of the sources, Mingxing’s disappearance impacts the withdrawal of crypto assets from the exchange.

OKEx has issued a press release on the matter but the statement is light on details.

“One of our private key holders is currently cooperating with a public security bureau in investigations where required. We have been out of touch with the concerned private key holder. As such, the associated authorization could not be completed.

Pursuant to 8.1 Service Change and Interruption of the Terms of Service, OKEx may change the Service and/or may also interrupt, suspend or terminate the service at any time with or without prior notice. In order to act in the best interests of customers and deliver exceptional longtime customer service, we have decided to suspend digital assets/cryptocurrencies withdrawals as of [October 16, 2020 at 11:00 (Hong Kong Time)].”

OKEx assures customers that their assets remain secure and that the exchange’s “other functions remain normal and stable.” The exchange’s CEO, Jay Hao, reiterates that the investigation does not involve OKEx as it focuses only on the personal issue of a private key holder.

On-chain analytics platform Glassnode reveals that OKEx holds hundreds of thousands of BTC worth over $2 billion dollars.

“According to our data, around 200,000 BTC (1.1% of the circulating Bitcoin supply) are currently held in OKEx wallets. That is around $2.3 billion worth of $BTC stored in the exchange’s vaults.”

Source: Glassnode/Twitter


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Stellar Lumens, Cosmos, Nano Price Analysis: 22 October



To the delight of bullish investors, a surging market was the highlight of the day, with many of the industry’s altcoins closely aping Bitcoin’s own price movements.

At press time, Bitcoin was being traded near the $13,000-level, having risen by over 4.5% in the last 24 hours. Further down the cryptocurrency charts, Stellar Lumens, Cosmos, and NANO followed suit, recording bullish movements of their own.

Stellar Lumens [XLM]

Source: XLM/USD on TradingView

Up by 2.5 % over the past 24 hours with a valuation of $0.0857 at press time, the digital asset marked a notable high from its recent lows seen over the previous week.

In fact, the dotted markers of the Parabolic SAR were below Stellar Lumens’ price candles and underlined an uptrend for the coin. The Relative Strength Index, while noting a slight downturn, was still near 60 and pointed to buying pressure in the market.

The present scenario, being bullish, may see the digital asset further rise well above its support level at $0.0852. At the same time, price stabilization along this level also remains a likely scenario.

Cosmos [ATOM]

Source: ATOM/USD on TradingView

The Chaikin Money Flow was noted to rise above zero, underlining a surge in buy liquidities as the level of capital inflows became greater than the outflows and established a strong bullish trend in the Cosmos market.

The simple moving averages were bullish too, with the 9 SMA (yellow) seen above the 20 SMA (cyan). The golden cross thus confirmed a bullish ATOM market as it approached the $5.557-level of resistance.

In related developments, Cosmos recently released an upgrade for Stargate, an open-source community bounty rewards program for finding low, medium, and high-risk vulnerabilities in the Cosmos ecosystem.


Source: NANO/USD on TradingView

NANO, at the time of writing, was trading comfortably above the 50% retracement level marked by the Fibonacci retracement tool.

With near-term technical indicators painting a bullish picture, NANO’s price was closing in on its September highs.

The Awesome Oscillator also displayed a clear bullish zero-line crossover, signaling a positive trend for the short-term.

A flip of the 23.6% region or the $0.919-resistance level to support may solidify the bullish trend further, a scenario that may unfold after brief price corrections over the next few days.


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As Corporations Build Bitcoin Treasuries, We All Win



The last three months in Bitcoin have been marked by large corporate entities transitioning significant portions of their treasury holdings into bitcoin. In August, software intelligence company MicroStrategy announced that it purchased 0.1 percent of the total BTC supply (its CEO Michael Saylor has since gone full maxi, and become a bit of a celebrity in the space). Major payments company Square, which has been offering BTC exposure to users of its mobile payments platform for some time, allocated $50 million of its assets to bitcoin in early October. And just yesterday, U.K. fintech company Mode allocated 10 percent of its cash reserves to buy BTC as a treasury asset.

To compile this trend into a single, easily-digestible database, Coinkite’s Rodolfo Novak, a.k.a. NVK, launched It lists companies that have made the transition to hold bitcoin as a treasury asset, along with their market caps, the base price of their investment vs. today’s value, the amount of BTC they hold and, critically, the percentage of the total supply of BTC that each has bought up. The allocations listed total a whopping 3.74 percent of all of the bitcoin that will ever exist.

“I always assumed that there was a place where you could see, not a complete list, but some list of large holders of bitcoin that are not private entities,” Novak explained to Bitcoin Magazine. “Especially with publicly-traded companies, because they have all of their books public anyway and it’s all audited. But I couldn’t find anything and I’m a lover of buying domains, so I just started putting [] together in the hopes it would create more FOMO for other companies.”

Why Now?

The listing mostly consists of blockchain-focused companies that have divested into BTC some time ago as part of their larger business missions. Grayscale Trust, for instance, holds the highest proportion of bitcoin on the list by far at 2.17 percent of the total supply. 

But many of the purchases or filings listed on the site took place this year. Novak explained that, while it might seem like lots of companies are jumping into Plan B all at once, it’s likely that even the most recent purchases have been planned for a long time, demonstrating a HODLer’s understanding of the asset.

“Corporate governance, especially for publicly-traded companies, moves at a snail’s pace,” he said. “So there had to be some mechanisms in place — sort of like a template of how to go about this. And that took years to make and, you know, bitcoin goes up, bitcoin goes down. And if you haven’t been in this space for a decade, it’s hard for you to understand that after bitcoin goes down, it goes up again. Number go up.”

But the reasons for moving toward a bitcoin-heavy treasury should be clear, especially in recent months.

“You have this store of value, everything serves at the pleasure of store of value,” Novak said. “And, you know, you hold it because you still want to be above water 30 years from now…. It’s just like, ‘Hey, I have cash in the bank, it’s going to shit, I need to find a solution.’ And, you know, gold pet rocks are not a solution.”

What Does This Mean For Bitcoin?

Because there is a finite supply of bitcoin (there will only ever be slightly less than 21 million BTC released into circulation), when any entity snatches up a significant amount, it affects everyone who might want to get their hands on some as well. And, because a major value proposition for bitcoin is this scarcity, these corporate purchases have implications for the price of bitcoin relative to fiat as well.

As a Bitcoiner who is frontrunning corporate interest, Novak is bullish about the trend.

“Everything’s good for Bitcoin, right?” he asked. “Bitcoin scarcity comes from people buying, right, and you have a limited cap supply on it. So, the more these behemoths buy it, the price goes up for everybody else.”

He also pointed out that as more diverse types of entities begin to hold bitcoin, the more the network overall will benefit.

“You want your enemies to have bitcoin, you want your competitors to have bitcoin,” he said. “Because the more types of people with different sets of preferences, different sets of incentives, that have it, the more secure the network is… If Kim Jong-un has bitcoin and the U.S. has bitcoin and China has bitcoin, it’s in everybody’s interest to not make any change to Bitcoin, right? Because if one wants a change that’s beneficial to them, the other ones are going to want that change too. So, it’s a beautiful set of incentives.”

Some retail-sized investors might see this trend as a warning to stack sats while they’re still available. But Novak points out that, while the roster is growing, there’s still significant opportunity to get ahead of the bulk majority of corporations.

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Business intelligence firm MicroStrategy has invested $250 million dollars into bitcoin, accumulating about 0.1 percent of the total supply.

“The little guy still has a chance to frontrun a Berkshire Hathaway,” he said. “You can even DCA at $10 a week or whatever, and you can be buying before they do. So, I think it’s not an opportunity that people should waste. It’s criminal not to have bitcoin exposure at this moment.”

Where Is This Trend Going?

When asked about where the trend in corporate allocation of BTC is headed, Novak said that he thinks will no longer exist in 10 years because “every single publicly-traded company that has treasury management in assets that are not just the dollar, they will have some exposure to bitcoin.”

That seemed to be a matter of inevitable hyperbitcoinization, but in the shorter term, it may help that some groups already on this list have published their methodology for divesting into BTC. For instance, Square released a white paper detailing its investment. Novak could see this utilized by other groups that are interested in following it toward Plan B.

“They created a template that other publicly-traded companies in the U.S. can just sort of follow and be regulatorily compliant to get this done,” he explained. “Now, you just go to a [corporate] board, you show that paper. You go to your legal, you show that paper. Compliance, show that paper, done. You just make the transfer and buy the bitcoin.”

A near-future bull run will also likely motivate more companies to follow Square’s lead. But the ultimate motivator may just be Bitcoin’s end game. The companies that have already made the ranks of have adopted an incredible tool for opting out of the legacy financial system if and when that becomes necessary. Others will want to join them.

“Now they have an instrument that they can just send somewhere else,” Novak explained. “Let’s say the U.S. decides to go to shit, right? They could just send this BTC out, they don’t need permission.”

To listen to our full conversation with Novak, check out our podcast on this topic on these platforms:


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Bitcoin Price Paints A Fresh All-Time High Against Two National Currencies



While most cryptocurrency community members speculate when or if Bitcoin will ever top its all-time high against the dollar, the digital asset has already marked an ATH against other government-issued fiat currencies – the Brazilian Real and the Turkish Lira.

Bitcoin Smashes Through BRL ATH

The past several days have been significantly exciting for the cryptocurrency industry, especially for its most well-known representative. Compared to the US dollar, BTC dipped to $11,200 on Friday, but since then, it has been on an impressive ride, resulting in a new 2020 high.

As CryptoPotato reported earlier, BTC pushed above $13,000 and topped at above $13,200. Looking at its price developments from the past few years, it’s easy to spot that this is still $7,000 less than its highest level of nearly $20,000.

Naturally, Bitcoin is compared with the US dollar as the latter is the world’s reserve currency. However, since BTC operates internationally without border limits, it’s compelling to follow its performance against other national currencies.

For example, during the December 2017 boom, one bitcoin cost 69,000 BRL in Brazil. Despite being officially ranked as the world’s ninth-largest economy by nominal GDP, Brazil’s currency has suffered since then.

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BRL’s decline in value, combined with Bitcoin’s recent increase, has resulted in a new all-time high. According to data from TradingView, the trading pair BTC/BRL reached 72,000 BRL today.

BTC/BRL. Source: TradingView
BTC/BRL. Source: TradingView

Bitcoin Sees New High In Turkey As Well

The Turkish Lira is another national currency that has dumped in value lately. The country, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, experienced rising inflation and borrowing costs, resulting in loan defaults in 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated its economic decline.

As the virus infiltrated the nation in April, the central bank enhanced its efforts to keep credit flowing through the economy by cutting interest rates from 12% at the end of 2019 to 8.25% in May.

Despite Erdogan’s intentions, the loan growth increased by 40% and even 50% – record numbers not seen since the previous financial crisis in 2008.

Ultimately, this credit explosion, the need for foreign currencies, and the rising imports led to a near 12% domestic inflation increase in July alone.

Amid Turkey’s declining currency, Bitcoin took advantage and marked a fresh ATH in August this year. One bitcoin equaled 83,500 liras at the time.

The situation has only worsened for the TRY since then, while BTC has grown to new highs as described above. The chart below illustrates that BTC/TRY has surged to a six-digit territory at 101,200 TRY per one bitcoin.

BTC/TRY. Source: TradingView
BTC/TRY. Source: TradingView

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