Bitcoin is Like Dot-Com Bubble, Morgan Stanley Says

Bitcoin’s recent moves almost mirror to the Nasdaq Composite Index in the lead-up to and aftermath of 2000, but at x15 speed
20 March 2018   1414

A group of analysts of the American banking holding Morgan Stanley has published a new report, which draws parallels between the recent take-off of bitcoins and the boom of dotcoms that occurred in the late 90s, reports Bloomberg.

According to analysts, at present the movement of the bitcoin rate almost completely repeats the Nasdaq Composite Index on the eve and after 2000, but 15 times faster. Then the index rose by 278% in 519 days and peaked in March 2000. In turn, bitcoin jumped by 248% in just 35 days - down to a record $ 19 511 last December, the report said.

Nasdaq / BTC Compare
Nasdaq / BTC Compare

In addition, it is noted that since the end of last year bitcoin has experienced three waves of falls, when its price fell every time by 45-50%, before the rebound occurred. At the same time, the Nasdaq experienced five sharp falls after 2000, which were 44% on average.

Rising trade volumes are thus not an indication of more investor activity but instead a rush to get out.
 

Sheena Shah

Strategist, Morgan Stanley

Bear market is not something new for the Bitcoin. So, after the records of the end of last year in February, the price of bitcoin fell by 70%, and in this "there is nothing unusual," added Morgan Stanley. At the same time, since December 2017, trading volumes of bitcoin have grown by almost 300%.

Israeli BTC Investors to Face Catch 22

They need to pay taxes from Bitcoin investing in order to avoid their property arrest, but banks don't take their money due to AML issues
06 August 2019   188

Bitcoin investors in Israel are faced with the impossibility of paying taxes, as local banks refuse to accept funds received from the sale of cryptocurrencies because of the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing. About this writes the local edition of Haaretz on August 6.

Bitcoin is not recognized as a currency in Israel, therefore, individuals must pay 25% of the income from cryptocurrency trading to the treasury, and legal entities - 47%.

Investor Ron Gross told the publication that he acquired bitcoins in 2011 and reported his income to the tax office. In 2017, the bank that served Gross began to refuse to accept funds received from the sale of bitcoins. The investor met with representatives of the bank to demonstrate to them a 70-page history of bitcoin transactions as confirmation of the origin of the funds, but failed to convince them.

The tax authority is aware of the problem, but they say the ball isn’t in their courts. I’ve tried working with almost all the banks, but the minute they hear the word ‘Bitcoin’ they freeze up.
 

Ron Gross

Bitcoin investor from Israel

 

Since Gross was unable to pay taxes on time, his bank account, home, and even scooters were arrested. According to the investor, the tax authorities know about the problem, but can do nothing.

According to Haaretz, the tax office is aware of $ 86 million in unpaid taxes on income from cryptocurrency trading. It is possible that the real amount may be significantly higher.

Roy Arav, another Bitcoin investor, kept the proceeds from trading Bitcoin in an account with Israeli bank Discount under the control of the Bit2C exchange. The bank refuses to transfer money to Arava’s personal account under the pretext that its politicians forbid it to transfer funds related to virtual assets to client accounts due to the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Arav also could not pay taxes and was forced to sue the bank. According to the investor, the authorities entered his position and granted him a deferral of time for the consideration of the claim.