South Korea Drafting Legislation To Tax Individual Crypto Profits

Cryptocurrency and taxation laws are creating a great deal of confusion in South Korea. On Dec. 30, South Korea’s government stated that under current law, it cannot impose income taxes on individuals’ profits from transactions of cryptocurrency. This, however, contrasts with the National Tax Service’s recent imposition of an 80 billion won ($68.9 million) tax bill on local crypto exchange Bithumb Korea. On Dec. 29, The Korea Herald reported that South Korea’s local tax agency received 80 billion won ($68.9 million) in taxes from the exchange. The following day, Choi…

Another Year of Highs and Lows for Crypto

2019 may not go down as a year of breathtaking highs for cryptocurrency markets, but major strides have been made for mass adoption of digital payments and blockchain technology. A quick look at major headlines over the past 12 months highlight the shortcomings of the sector as well as the potential for cryptocurrencies to completely shake up the global payment system. One need look no further than social media giant Facebook announcing plans to launch its cryptocurrency Libra and digital wallet Calibra. The move sent shockwaves around the world and…

Mining Giant Bitmain May Lay Off Another 50% of Staff Before BTC Halving

Cryptocurrency mining giant Bitmain reportedly has plans to reduce its workforce by another fifty percent. On Dec. 2, Chinese news media outlet Wushuo Blockchain reported that Bitcoin (BTC) mining rig maker Bitmain has launched a “personnel optimization plan” that will layoff a significant portion of its employees before the next BTC halving, which is expected in May. The world’s largest producer of cryptocurrency mining machines will reportedly hold an annual meeting on January 17, and it is expected that the layoffs will have been completed before that date.  People familiar…

ETF Boom Leaves Thematic Funds Behind

Jan.02 — Thematic ETFs, which focus on industries like robotics, blockchain or cannabis, closed 2019 with about $51 billion under management, just 1% more than the previous high point for assets reached 15 months earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence. By contrast, the overall U.S. ETF industry has grown 20% during the same period and now oversees $4.4 trillion. Bloomberg’s Ritika Gupta has more on “Bloomberg Markets: The Close.” source

Bears In Control As Cryptocurrency Market Turns Lower

The broader cryptocurrency market came under pressure on the second trading day of 2020, as Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies slipped into negative territory for the month. The first cryptocurrency fell back towards $7,050 after being rejected from its 200-period moving average on the four-hour time frame. BTC/USD shorts on the Bitfinex trading exchange were at their highest level since Dec 20, while BTC/USD longs were at their weakest since Dec 16 Bitcoin Cash tested towards $200 and is currently the worst performer inside the top 5 with losses of…

Bitcoin Price Falls Below $7K But Bears Yet to Break Key Support Level

Today, Bitcoin (BTC) price abruptly dropped below the $7,100 support, declining 3.35% to rest near $6,900.  For the past few days, Bitcoin price traded between $7,300 and $7,100, testing the $7,100 and $7,050 support multiple times. Therefore, for many traders, it was no surprise when the price fell below $7,100 as frequent retests of support weaken it. BTC USD 6-hour chart. Source: TradingView It’s likely that traders anticipate a bounce at $6,800 and many will watch to see if the $7,100 support flips to a point of resistance. On the…

Senior Software Developer at Ripple Quits After 6.5 Years to Focus on Coil

Evan Schwartz, senior software developer at major crypto firm Ripple announced that he is leaving the cryptocurrency company after six and a half years. On Jan 2, the software engineer took to Twitter to announce that after working 2,328 days at the blockchain giant, today will be his last. Schwartz tweeted: “After 2328 days, or just under 6.5 years, today is my last day at @Ripple. Thank you to everyone who helped make it such an exciting ride; I’ll be cheering the team on from the outside. Keep on building…

Guangdong Blockchain Financing Platform Aims to Help Small Business

The Guangdong government launched a blockchain-based financing platform Thursday that will help small companies in the region receive loans faster from commercial banks.  The government-led project is supported by Alibaba’s fintech arm Ant Financial and OneConnect, a subsidiary of one of the largest Chinese insurers, Ping An Insurance, according to a media report from Sina Finance.  The platform aims to streamline the process for commercial banks to lend funds to small businesses with more detailed and reliable profiles, including credit ratings, provided by its blockchain network.  The new platform could…

Basic Attention/USD Technical Analysis | Crypto Briefing

Basic Attention has a bullish short-term trading bias and a negative medium-term bias The four-hour time frame shows that a bullish inverted head and shoulders pattern has formed The daily time frame shows that a bullish breakout from a falling wedge pattern is underway Basic Attention is searching for direction on Thursday after the cryptocurrency posted gains of around 5% on the first trading day 2020. On a year-to-date basis, the BAT/USD pair trades around 35% in the green, although the cryptocurrency finished 2019 with a modest loss of around…