Wounded BTC Miner charges Trading Repressions in China

Constant repressions on bitcoin trading in mainland China has led to a Taiwanese bitcoin miner in being shot by local bandits
16 April 2018   1514

According to Liberty Times` report (Taiwanese news source), the incident happened  on Saturday night, when two local killers had planned to meet a bitcoin miner with whom they had made a substantial investment.

The miner who has the surname Wu, had preliminary accepted 10 million Chinese yuan (approximately $1.7 million) from the two - surnamed Li and Gao - in order to take part Wu's bitcoin mining procedure. While the exact whereabouts of the mining facility remains unknown, the report hinted that the provision could be inside mainland China.

With nearly $370,000 of benefit, Wu declared in the report that due to pressuring  regulations on bitcoin trading in China, the income could not be exchanged at once for fiat currency, as per the two gangsters' demands - a factor that sparked a dispute at the appointment.

With the further development of things, Wu was shot in his ankle. The gangsters left  the crime location, but found themselves into the police seven hours later this incident. The police then affirmed the suspects were from local gangs.

While not the first occasion of a crime related to bitcoin in Taiwan, the case is definitely notable for the involvement of participants in organized  misdeed. The news also reveals another incident where the surging price of bitcoin over the past year has led to crimes involving armed aggressors. For example, the two events in Canada and the U.K. in January, when the thieves robbed bitcoin investors at gunpoint.

Also last week, Singapore's police reported about a case in which bitcoin brokers were stealed of some $300,000.

Lawyer to Share His Thoughts on ETF Approval

According to the number of his observations, Jake Chervinsky assesses the probability of postponement at 75%, failure - at 24.9% and 0.1% for approval 
20 May 2019   99

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week extended the deadline for consideration of an application to launch Bitcoin-ETF of Bitwise. This week, the regulator will have to make another decision on Bitcoin-ETF - by VanEck / SolidX. According to lawyer Jake Chervinsky, the future decision will be made in “unusual” circumstances.

SEC had to say its word in connection with the application of Bitwise by last Thursday, and the deadline for VanEck falls on this Tuesday. As noted by Chervinsky, in previous similar cases, the SEC combined solutions for different ETFs and published them on the same day. For example, in March, a delay for ETF Bitwise and VanEck was announced on the same day. Last year, the SEC simultaneously issued three waivers for different ETFs, although their deadlines were separated by weeks, while the Bitwise and VanEck deadlines only 5 days apart.

Based on these observations, Chervinsky concludes that this week’s ETF VanEck decision may be different from the next extension. However, according to the lawyer, community members should not hope too much for a positive outcome.

First, I'd be shocked if the SEC approved the first ever bitcoin ETF after six years of denials without taking all the time allowed by law. Moving slowly makes the SEC appear thoughtful & thorough.

Jake Chervinsky


In addition, the current market situation is not conducive to ETF approval. Bitcoin has been volatile lately, and investigations related to fraud and manipulation, for example against Bitfinex, are only gaining momentum. Finding factors that would push the SEC to a positive decision in such conditions is not easy.

The third and most important thing: in the last decision on ETF Bitwise, the reasons are mentioned in excess, because of which it is impossible to count on approval in the near future. These are questions about the nature of the Bitcoin market, and its vulnerability to manipulation, and about fake trading volumes.

If the SEC thinks all of these topics are grounds for denying Bitwise, then it certainly must view them as grounds for denying VanEck too. As a result, if VanEck were to have any chance of approval, the SEC would need to delay & ask all these same questions to them as well.

Jake Chervinsky


He also does not exclude the possibility that SEC employees might simply not have time to prepare a solution for ETF VanEck last week. Thus, Chervinsky assesses the probability of postponement at 75%, failure - at 24.9%, approval - at 0.1%.