A Man in Norway Was Killed after Selling Bitcoins

As reported by the Norwegian news outlet, a 24-year-old man was slaughtered to death after he sold Bitcoins for a big amount of money in person.

Supposedly, the victim met with the buyer and then brought the received money back to his apartment in Oslo. A few hours later, his body was discovered by one of his roommates.

The law-enforcement agencies are currently investigating the case. The police officer in charge of investigation claimed:

We know about possible connection with Bitcoin, but we cannot yet provide any information of the case.

Unfortunately, the number of Bitcoin-related crimes is growing. We remind you:

A Jealous Woman from the USA Wanted to Kill Her Rival, Having Paid in BTC for It

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Why None of Positive Forecast Has Come True: Three Main Reasons for Bitcoin Collapse

The stability of Bitcoin’s rate and other cryptocurrencies is a big question. At the moment , everything  that cryptocurrency does stably is rushing through the Hell into suspense.

Infernal flight started on November,14 at 11:34 UTC. At that time, BTC rate was around $6 365, and ETH was $206, according to CoinMarketCap.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

At the time of writing this article, November, 20 at 11:00 UTC, the same resource updated the data to an even more disastrous rate: the cost of one BTC is $4 459, and ETH $132.

At the same time, the Coin 360 monitoring resource shows a BTC rate of $4 460, and an ETH $131.

Source: https://coin360.io/

Apparently, the collapse of the coin rate is not going to stop, and this is clearly indicates, that a fateful event happened in the crypto industry, which collapsed the market.

Due to specifics of cryptocurrency, it is impossible to determine now what exactly the main cause of  the falling prices. However, The Coin Shark conducted its own, independent investigation and identified three most logical versions of why crypto “tends to zero”.

So, the reasons for the collapse of the market can be:

1.The split of Bitcoin Cash into BCH SV and BCH ABC;
2.The refusal of the China authorities to provide the miners with the cheapest electric power;
3.The theft of 600 BTC from the Bitmain company.

Now, let’s consider each reason in a more detailed way.

1. The split of Bitcoin Cash hard fork

It is possible, that the sudden collapse of the market is a consequence of the Bitcoin Cash hard forks. History has proved once again, that serious network updates provoke the panic within the crypto community. Especially among investors, who fitfully begin to sell their coins. Panic attacks are not so unprecedented, but rather very thoughtful. If during the fork there is a malfunction, it is guaranteed to have an impact on the future of the crypto market.  

Presumably, the cause of today’s “successes” of cryptocurrency is a backdoor, that hackers manage to discover and made a hashrate diversion from BTC.

We want to remind you, that now Bitcoin Cash is divided into Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV.  

In this regard, Australian programmer Craig Wright wrote on his Twitter:

The founder and CEO of BKCM, Brian Kelly, also considers that Bitcoin Cash is involved into collapse of BTC rate and and other cryptocurrencies. He shared this during an interview at CNBC Fast Money.

Most likely, this pseudo-war between BCH SV and BCH ABC in the nearest future will cause a decrease of hashrate in BTC, which in its turn, will reduce the network speed.

“People are concerned that both Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash markets, their networks might slow down, they might not work as well, the software upgrade may not go through or if it does go through, we will end up with some chaos. People started selling, that triggered stops, everybody got concerned. The entire market settled down. In my view, a very short-term event”,  – explained Kelly. 

 2. Insufficient speed of Bitcoin network

The authorities of provinces of Xinjiang and Guizhou stopped to provide the Chinese miners with cheap electricity. Now, the miners are forced to look for an alternative method of mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Because of this, main mining facility, located in China, suspend their activities in order to find an alternative resource for mining cryptocurrency. This caused the decrease of Bitcoin hashrate network by almost 20%.

3. Theft of 600 Bitcoins

A major Chinese company, Bitmain, has announced that its account has been hacked at Binance crypto exchange. At the time of the hack, more that 600 BTC were stolen – which is about 2.7 million dollars at the time of writing this article. The hacker has not been found yet, but it is known that he tried to increase the speed of a little-known cryptocurrency MANA with the help of this money.

This kind of news has already changed the mood of the market, while reducing the rate. It’s likely, that this particular incident could undermine Bitcoin and other digital coins. 

Why none of the positive forecast did not come true?

It is impossible to predict the cryptocurrency rate in advance, as it can be done on the usual market for fiat. On the crypto market, we see the outcome and only than the reason. For example, the dollar increases after raising discount rate in the USA, but the cryptocurrency doesn’t. Since, its rate doesn’t depend on the ordinary economy and on decisions of the authorities.

The cryptocurrency rate is not backed up by anything. It depends  only on supply and demand. Therefore, it is impossible to predict the behaviour of the rate in advance. For instance, exactly one year ago, on November 20, 2017, the Bitcoin rate was $8 039.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

After just one month, the rate set the first historical record – $19 440.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

Based on the last year’s situation on the crypto market, it cannot be stated, that this year it is going to be the same. This market is sensitive and unpredictable.

In relation to the worsening situations, all cryptocurrency holders are worried about – “What to do next?” – that’s a good question. But unless the true  reason of the collapse of the rate is revealed, there will be no exact answer. As for now we can only guess how the events will unwrap.

For example, a financial analyst, Alexey Polovinkin, in an interview with OBOZREVATEL, shared the view, that the rate of the world’s most massive cryptocurrency by capitalization will increase by $40 000 for one coin.  The expert explained, that Bitcoin will grow due to the possible legalisation of cryptocurrencies, which will have an effect on institutions and investment companies. According to Alexey’s point of view, they will start considering the entering of cryptocurrencies in the marker in a large amount.  We want to remind you, that Polovinkin predicted the growth of Bitcoin in 2017.

Also, a venture investor Tim Draper is trying to make a good forecast, reports The Daily Hodl.  The investor is confident that in the 2022 the price of Bitcoin will rise to $250 thousand. While, an investment banker and millionaire Mike Novogratz, makes more modest forecasts, stating that the rate will reach only $10 thousand.

Not all sharks of the crypto world are optimistic about the future of the market. In this regards, CEO of the BitMEX exchange, Arthur Hayes, state that the next 18 months will be not the best period for cryptocurrency. He is confident that the interest in digital money will decrease, which will affect the rate of coins.

Vinny Lingham, CEO of the American startup Civic, state that Bitcoin had no chance of existence. Even if his rate rises , he will still fall to $100 per one BTC.


“Do i think we’ll have another bubble? Probably, because people just don’t learn. When it hits $20,000 again, it will fall back to $100 or something like that”, – said Lingham.

As you can see, the estimates are diverse, and there is no clear idea about the upcoming growth or reduce. Therefore, any forecast should be reasonably judged. Till then,  cryptocurrencies continue their hellish way to a stop “Anti-record rate of 2018”.

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Investors Lost $135 Million Due To OKEx’s Decision To Close BCH Futures Too Early

OKEx upset its customers once again, this time the crypto exchange cancelled their investments too early, as a result, they lost quite impressive amount of money – $135 million.

These investments include Bitcoin Cash futures; OKEx has implemented such investments recently, however, they were not approved by any regulated business.

The exchange took all the measures due to Bitcoin Cash hard fork last week:

“Due to the upcoming hard fork, strong volatility is observed in the BCH spot and futures markets. We expect an even greater volatility…The final outcome of the BCH hard fork is still unpredictable, and so are the responses of other constituent exchanges to the new forked coins.”

Nevertheless, the disruption happened and caused drastic drop in cryptocurrencies’ prices. The Hong Kong-based OKEx decided to deliver the contracts before their due dates. It caused losses to some investors. According to Bloomberg, Qiao Changhe, one fund manager, lost $700,000.

We remind you

Bitcoin Cash: Overview, Advantages and Disadvantages, Details of The Hard Forks

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A Communist Party Committee Will Be Opened Up in China by Huobi

As stated by South China Morning Post, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges Huobi, more specifically, its filial, will launch a special Communist Party Committee. This is the first time a crypto or blockchain-related enterprise has done so.

The firm Beijing Lianhuo Information Office, owned by Huobi’s CEO, will now operate a communist division. There are two reasons for that: firstly, the law of China dictates that any company that has more than 3 members of the Communist Party as employees must have such a committee for promoting the Party; secondly, this will strengthen Huobi’s position on the legislative level.

This might be a very wise decision, taking into consideration the attitude of the Chinese government towards cryptocurrency.

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Crypto Doomsday: Ripple Conquers ETH, While Its Taking Last Breath

The crypto industry is currently suffering one of the largest downtrends in a very long period of time. Cryptocurrencies are not just falling in price, they are absolutely and totally collapsing.


What catches your attention, besides the fact that all coins are in the deep red zone? Yes, you are right, the 2nd place after Bitcoin, which has always been occupied by Ethereum, now belongs to Ripple. XRP only lost 2.89%, whereas Ethereum plummeted by almost 15%.

Though XRP did outrun ETH before, the previous time it was not a convincing victory, since the things quickly went back to normal. This time, however, many crypto specialists believe that XRP might be here to stay.

Actually, this is not the first recent change in the rating of top digital coins. We remind you:

Stellar Has Outrun EOS and Became the 5th Top Cryptocurrency

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The Forecast of Bloomberg Analysts: Bitcoin Rate Will Drop to $1 500

Bloomberg Intelligence analysts claim, that at the moment Bitcoin has not yet established the final anti-record, but only “continue to fall”.
According to their forecasts, the rate is expected to fall to $1 500, which is 70% less than the current rate – $5 140 (at this point).

As one of the reasons for the fall of the course, the  publication notes the hard fork Bitcoin Cash network. After it the largest scale collapse of the cryptocurrency rate occurred, which was the beginning of the “boring life for Bitcoin” and inspired several industry experts to make forecasts.

Travis Kling, founder of the hedge fund Ikigai, made an assumption, that in the future BCH hard fork will no longer affect the market:  

“There’s a small chance that, it’s difficult to estimate, that something really bad could happen related to Bitcoin Cash that could then impact the entire crypto market.”

Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Mike McGlone gave a forecast for two versions of Bitcoin Cash, namely that because of them the investments of depositors and miners will continue to provoke a way out of rates to increase and further decline in market quotations.

The president and the main investment specialist of Creative Planning, Peter Mallouk, drew the attention of the crypto community to the financial result of the III quarter of  the GPU manufacturer – NVIDIA. Mining products of the company are losing its relevance, which is according to the analysts, signals about the deterioration of the whole cryptocurrency market in general.     


“The drop in the stock price of Nvidia is reflective of a future where cryptocurrency fueled demand has cratered,” said Peter Mallouk, president and co-chief investment officer of Creative Planning, in an email. “While this is, of course, bad news for NVIDIA, it is really the canary in the coal mine for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.”

We want to remind you, that the founder of Fundstrat Global Advisor, Tom Lee, is optimistic about the future of the world’s first cryptocurrency. At the beginning of the year, he made a prediction, in which Bitcoin will reach the $25 000 by December. However, in July Tom made an adjustments , changing the estimate rate by $22 000. Early in November, the forecast was changed again to $15 000. Eventually,  BTC should grow by more than 170% in a short term.

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Poloniex Crypto Exchange Adds 6 USD Coin Trading Pairs

One of the major crypto exchanges in the world, Poloniex, decided to implement six more trading pairs which include Goldman Sachs-backed stablecoin USDC.

Users can trade the following trading pairs since November 16:

XRP/USDC
XMR/USDC
STR/USDC
DOGE/USDC
LTC/USDC
ZEC/USDC

Moreover, Poloniex claimed in its blog post that it had become the first crypto exchange to offer users the ability to trade tokens linked to Bitcoin Cash (BCH): Bitcoin Cash SV (BCHSV) and Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCHABC).

We want to remind you that such crypto exchanges as OKEx, Huobi, BitPay, Coinbase, Binance have already listed USDC stablecoin on their listings.

The Stablecoins: What Is It and Why Is It So Popular Now?

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