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The Connection Between Cryptocurrencies And The Equity Markets

June G. Bauer

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As you probably know the stock market went down hard, it’s been one of the I would say shocking pieces of what had happened when Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell decided to cut the interest rates in order to boost the economy, the reason why this is critical for you to know this is because this marks a turning point in the sentiment towards fiat currency.

Prior to the Fed cut that happened a couple of days ago, the Federal Reserve and our government officials had decided that the economy was doing well and the recent remarks that were shown by by mr. Powell indicated that perhaps there was a lot of weakness in the economy, something that people have already been talking about in the past about a recession but somehow never really materialized. If you take a look at the historical range for recessions, we usually get in recession once every six or seven years, we are actually long overdue for one and it has been delayed for so long, in fact we our last recession was almost 10 years ago is that this is really kind of not something normal. What had happened here was stock market beginning to react to the fact that there could be a possibility that this could be the end of the bull market run and the end of a bull economy as we’re heading into 2020.

Crypto plays a very critical and strategic role, the first one has been the fact that cryptocurrencies are considered to be a very different asset class and what I mean by that is that if you take a look at cryptocurrency as a whole it evolved as a payment system but what we are currently seeing is cryptocurrencies are becoming more and more like an asset that people are storing their wealth in. This has been a fundamental shift from Satoshi Nakamoto’s specific reference to payment channels he envisioned a world where you can bypass fiat completely clean and maybe we’re gonna get there at some point I just don’t feel that now it’s a time because there just isn’t enough awareness for Cryptos. I could be completely wrong and tomorrow the whole Fiat system goes down the tubes and the next thing you know cryptocurrencies are adopted it doesn’t matter whether that’s gonna happen or not but the big question is, is crypt going to be something that will continue to be here in the next ten years and the answer is I think yeah absolutely.

Going back to Bitcoin price in the next couple of weeks, you’re probably gonna see people talk about how Bitcoin probably gonna go up to 50k or even to hundred thousand or whatever the case is and that’s where we start getting into the FOMO event you probably will get some some massive gains if you are a BTC holder.

The Altcoin markets right now are facing something that we haven’t seen before in a while, the last time we’ve had something like this was back in 2012, in 2015 and 2016 most of the Altcoins are getting flushed out of the system and this has to do with a couple of things happening number one being the fact that the exchanges are getting fragmented we’ve had almost a 400 percent growth in exchanges in just the last two years alone in fact the exchange is now constitute are the source of a lot of the new cryptos and because of that the supply of cryptos is just rising exponentially which means as more exchanges are coming online there really isn’t enough demand to soak up that so at some point these exchanges are gonna start collapsing and when they do collapse there’s going to be a rush for the exits and I think this turmoil that we’re seeing right now in the equity market and also in the cash market is a canary in the coalmine to what’s coming ahead. Now crypto right now is facing a pretty nice run but I suspect that you know we’re gonna get some sort of action coming in in the next couple of weeks because as the market begins to consolidate both from the exchange perspective and also from these many cryptos you’re gonna start seeing a lot of cryptos literally kind of get off and die off and when that happens there’s going to be a lot of shift in wealth.

As an example many of these exchanges are running stable coins and sable coins there’s too many of them right now, I think there isn’t going to be a lot of the quiddity for them in the future because every exchange wants to have their own stable coins obviously you it’s kind of like having their own fiat currencies and you’re gonna have to switch between one or two of the other.

Either way the the roadmap for this rally this epic rally what a call for Bitcoin is going to really focus on stability and security and I think that bitcoin is in a very very special position that many of these other stable coins are not one being it’s been around for ten years second to is we already know the tech and three is the fact that we have a huge event coming up next year now stable coins are going to be its rival but the problem with stable coins as I mentioned is that you have way too many exchanges with questionable reserves and even if they issue up their own stable coins there’s no guarantee that another exchange gonna pick it up, it would br very similar to what ripple is encountering when they’re trying to sell the XRP token to banks because banks don’t want to be trading other bankss currencies.

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Drug Enforcement Administration Awards 130K Contract to Chainalysis

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The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has awarded Chainalysis with a $134,000 USD contract for a one year license to use their platform track cryptocurrencies used in drug related activities in Dark Web.

Cyber criminals are using Dark Web to hide their tracks when performing illegal activities like drug trafficking. Bitcoin and Monero cryptocurrencies are the preferred mode of payment for purchases on the dark web as they are hard to trace.

Authorities have deployed a wide array of different techniques to identify and ultimately convict dark web drug dealers, child pornographers, and more in the past several years.

Chainalysis has charting capabilities that have been used to show investigators how Bitcoin transactions are conducted and how they can be used as a tool to identify targets, the Bitcoin Exchanges they are using , and how to subpoena the exchanges for personally identifying information and bank information of targets . The identification of the wallets allows investigators to identify the level of trafficking conducted by the target , as well as the assets that can be seized when a search warrant takes placeChainalysis is currently being used to track targets in Canada , China , United Kingdom ,and within the United States.

Chainalysis has provided the authorities with cryptocurrency analytical tool used to help identify drug traffickers and trace their assets. This tool will be used by analysts in OSI and OSS to support field investigat i ons that involve the use of cryptocurrency . It will enhance other tools and techniques being currently used in OSS and OSI by helping to deanonyrnize the target and identify cryptocurrency exchanges the person is using.

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Egypt Might Issue Its Own Cryptocurrency

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A well-informed source in the Central Bank of Egypt told Al-Monitor (a popular online Middle Eastern news portal ) that CBE (Central Bank of Egypt) is currently studying the effects of cryptocurrencies and ways to regulate it. The source said that CBE might issue it’s own cryptocurrency in the near future.

If this turned out to be true, Egypt will be the fourth country in Middle East to issue its own official cryptocurrency. Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia and UAE announced that both countries will be implementing a new cross border payment system using cryptocurrency. The Turkish government revealed its upcoming plans to adapt blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

Last month, the Central Bank of Egypt announced that it is working on a draft law for cryptocurrency related activities and banned creating, promoting or operating platforms for issuing or trading encrypted currency or cryptocurrency without obtaining the necessary licenses in advance.

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Armanino Begins Accepting Cryptocurrency Payments

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Armanino accounting and consulting firm begins accepting cryptocurrency payments for its services. Armanino is one of the 25 largest accounting and business consulting firms in the U.S., It’s clients can pay using Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Litecoin.

Armanino has implemented a crypto onboarding service that includes preparing and consulting clients on the best practices for treasury, accounting, financial reporting, compliance and tax considerations, as well as the means to perform transactions in the new digital asset economy. 

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Armanino provides an integrated set of audit, tax, business management, consulting and technology solutions to companies in the U.S. and globally. The firm helps clients adapt and change in every stage of business, from startup through rapid growth to the sale of a company. Armanino emphasizes smart technology, leading a cloud revolution of financial, operational, sales and compliance tools that are transforming the way companies do business.

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