A former JPMorgan derivatives trader is suing one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges for $300 million after it allegedly failed to deliver his equity.
According to filing with the Superior Court of the State of California in San Francisco dated Dec. 4, Frank Amato and RGB Coin are now pursuing action against BitMEX, its CEO Arthur Hayes and owner HDR Global Trading.
Investor: BitMEX prevented recognition of entitlement
Amato says he was among the first seed investors in BitMEX in 2015, contributing $30,000 on the understanding he would later receive equity in the company. Amato alleges that this has not happened as of the present day.
Following Amato’s initial investment, the exchange purportedly received another $30,000 from startup accelerator SOSV, which would trigger Amato’s contracted equity conversion. However, the filing states that Hayes “sought to conceal information” from Amato specifically to “prevent recognition of his equity.”
According to unofficial estimates, Amato’s share of the company is now worth $50 million. In total, the investor is seeking a giant $300 million settlement. The filing summarizes:
“Through this action, Plaintiffs seek damages representing the value of their equity interest in BitMEX, which is conservatively estimated to exceed $50,000,000, together with punitive damages of $250,000,000. Plaintiffs also seek injunctive relief and other remedies, together with their attorneys’ fees and costs.”
Exchange brushes off setbacks
The move is the latest headache for BitMEX, which has seen its popularity endure despite a major data leak in November. As Cointelegraph reported, executives appeared little concerned by the blunder, which saw user email addresses sent en masse to other users.
Nonetheless, business remains brisk. Daily trade volume for its Bitcoin (BTC) derivatives was $1.6 billion at press time.
In July, sudden volatility hit Bitcoin markets as traders withdrew funds from BitMEX after reports that it was under investigation by regulators in the United States.
The days leading up to Christmas are fewer and fewer, and many are already panicking that they have no idea what gifts should they get for their friends and family. For those of you that are having issues finding the perfect Bitcoin gifts for your crypto enthusiast friends, we have put together a list with some items they might like to receive as presents.
If your friend has expressed his concerns about the security issues of the crypto world, then put his mind at ease by getting him one of the most secure forms of storage for digital assets.
A hardware wallet is a physical cryptocurrency wallet that keeps the user’s private keys in a hardware device. Compared to software or web wallets, they are practically invulnerable to hacks. The most recommended two products from this category are Ledger Nano X and Trezor Model T, but you can also opt for their older models Ledger Nano S and Trezor Model One, as they are much more affordable.
Books About Bitcoin and Crypto
Knowing the ins and outs of the crypto and blockchain is sometimes difficult on your own, and scouring the many blogs and articles available online can be tiresome. Why not get a book that covers all the aspects in-depth?
Andreas Antonopoulos, a prominent figure in the industry and a well-known blockchain educator, has written a series of books available both in paperback and ebook format. His book “Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain” features a comprehensive glossary of blockchain lingo and explains how bitcoin came about and its underlying functions. This book is also great for those that want to learn the coding aspects of blockchain.
Of course, there are many other books that are about bitcoin, such as “Early Bird Gets The Bitcoin” by Andrew K. Courey, “Bitcoin For Dummies” by Prypto, “Bitcoin From Beginner To Expert” by Christian Newman, and “Bitcoin: The Ultimate Guide to the World of Bitcoin” by Ikuya Takashima.
Even if not the most exciting of Bitcoin gifts, socks are definitely the most classic of Christmas gifts. You can buy online various sock models that feature the Bitcoin logo on them. They come in a variety of colors, material blends, and lengths, so you will never be short of options.
If your friend loves both fashion and bitcoin, then why not get a clothing item that reflects their passion. There are a variety of shirts and pants that can be purchased from different sites.
One popular model features the bitcoin logo stylized on NASA t-shirts. Of course, you can also go for a Bitcoin hoodie for the ultimate Mr.-Robot-Hacker- vibe.
You may not have the money to buy your friends bitcoin, but you could get them an ASIC mining rig to help them mine their own BTC. Bitmain, Halong, GekkoScience, Pangolin, Baikal, Ebang, and Canaan are all popular mining hardware producers, and their product line includes some of the best AISC miners for bitcoins.
If ASIC miners are a present that goes way over your budget, then you could get a graphics card from AMD or Nvidia as a gift. Graphics cards have the ability to mine various coins, but for bitcoin mining, the profits will be made much slower, as they have less computational power than ASICs. But, if the person you are giving this present to is not into serious mining, it should suffice.
The graphics card can also be used to upgrade the power of your computer when playing games, so it’s sort of a two-in-one gift.
For those who love to accessorize their outfit, there are a variety of Bitcoin-themed items that can be used to style up an outfit.
There are belt buckles made out of stainless steel, vintage bitcoin watches with genuine leather, cufflinks, ties, hats, and all sorts of other items that will enhance the style of the wearer.
One of the most expensive Bitcoin gifts on our list is jewelry. You can find rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings featuring the Bitcoin logo in various styles and designs. They can come in gold, silver, copper-toned, and in all sorts of shapes and sizes, be it dainty or chunky.
Of course, such jewelry is not only reserved for the ladies of the crypto revolutions; there are also many options for men.
If you are looking for something more fun and lighter, then an educational card game about bitcoin is a great option. Each card of the game features facts about bitcoin, and it is a great way of getting everyone to interact at Christmas parties.
For those looking to play more serious games, there are card games with Bitcoin with which you can play poker or blackjack. Why play a game of poker with spades, hearts, diamonds, or clubs, when you can get a royal flush with Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and NEO?
A Blockchain Phone
This is a tech product that was released a year or two ago, so you might find it at really steep prices. HTC and Sirin Labs are two of the companies that have launched a blockchain phone that also features cold storage functions, increased security, and other functionalities derived from blockchain technology.
A crypto enthusiast can store his bitcoin directly on his phone and has the same security of a hardware wallet, or makes payments with his digital funds.
The Exodus and Finney smartphones are around the $1,000 mark, which is a lot, but you have plenty of other budget-friendly Bitcoin gifts on our list.
A Phone Case
Most people will definitely not be able to afford a blockchain phone, but you can get a lovely bitcoin case at a very wallet-friendly price. Be it for Samsung, Nokia or iPhone, you will certainly be able to find a model with the bitcoin logo that will showcase your friend’s love for crypto, while also protecting his phone from scratches.
The Dallas Mavericks pro basketball team’s cryptocurrency payment option has not yet caught on with the majority of fans, the team’s chief technical officer said in a recent interview.
As sports business-focused media outlet Front Office Sports reported on Nov. 14, Mavericks CTO David Herr said that the team wants to provide its fans with a more flexible way to purchase tickets and merchandise, thus enabling them to pay with cryptocurrencies. However, Herr pointed out that the demand for such an option is still very low, saying:
“[Users] are pretty low, I don’t want to say infancy, but it’s a select group of people using it […] We did some research, heard some discussions and conversations and one comment was it’s still complicated to 99% of the population. Until it’s more widely accepted, it’s a cottage industry or a neat way to pay.”
As previously reported, the Mavericks became the second NBA team to accept Bitcoin (BTC) as a means of payment for match tickets and merchandise in mid-August. The team uses cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay to process their fans’ Bitcoin payments.
Herr said that the novelty of paying in cryptocurrency was part of the decision to introduce the payment option, stating, “We want to provide cool things for the fans and crypto was in response to some requests we’ve had.”
Sports adopting crypto and blockchain
Professional sports teams in various leagues and sports across the world have begun to dabble in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. In mid-October, the Sacramento Kings — the first NBA basketball team to adopt cryptocurrencies — partnered with creator of Ethereum-based Kaiju toys, CryptoKaiju, to launch crypto-collectibles. The collaboration followed the news that the team was launching a blockchain-powered rewards program within its gaming app Call the Shot.
In Germany, FC Bayern Munich became the latest football club to announce blockchain-based merchandise for fans, following a partnership with Stryking Entertainment to produce digital collectibles of its players.
The magic title of Satoshi Nakamoto—the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, seems to draw claimants from everywhere with the latest being a German entrepreneur and former DJ popularly known as “Jorg Molt.”
Molt claims he is the real Nakamoto, a co-creator of Bitcoin, and owns 250,000 BTC. He revealed this to attendees of a crypto industry event in Las Vegas USA, last week.
The Power in ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’
The name Satoshi Nakamoto is quite powerful. The pen name defines the coder (or a group of coders) that created Bitcoin—a decentralized network that remains revolutionary to-date. The network created by Nakamoto provides a transaction settlement layer, which is ultra-secure and functions as non-sovereign digital money.
Since it launched nearly 11 years ago, Bitcoin has removed the barriers that traditional mechanisms failed to jump over. According to estimates from research groups in the industry, those who claim to be Nakamoto own big chunks of coins valued at more than USD$5 billion.
However, while many have come out to claim the ownership of the name, they have fallen off the map and failed to prove that they are the creator or co-creator of the pioneer cryptocurrency. All the same, people still emerge claiming to be the real Nakamoto.
“Bitcoin co-founder” Jorg Molt
Last week, the Vegas Blockchain Week took place in Las Vegas USA, drawing industry members bearing all sorts of professional and entrepreneurial tags.
In attendance was also Jorg Molt, the self-proclaimed Bitcoin co-founder. Both Molt’s Twitter Handle and his biography link to Bitcoin. The handle is “@bitcoin_cofound” while the biography reads “co-founder of Bitcoin.” Besides, Molt claims to own 250,000 BTC, which is equivalent to $2.3 billion according to the current market price.
For the most part of the conference, Molt went under the radar but his statement left an array of criticism from various quarters. A famous crypto commentator Kenneth Bosak posted a videoterming Molt a “scammer.” Another prominent Bitcoin educator Andreas Antonopoulos alsocondemned Molt terming his sentiments “A LIE.”
In comments which have caught critics of fiat by surprise, the Dutch Central Bank, known as De Nederlandse Bank (DNB), said gold would be indispensable in the event of a fiat meltdown.
Retweeted on social media on Oct. 13, a statement from the bank’s website describes gold as “the trust anchor for the financial system.”
“If the entire system collapses, the gold stock provides a collateral to start over. Gold gives confidence in the power of the central bank’s balance sheet. That gives a safe feeling,” it continues.
While it is known that central banks have begun buying up gold since the 2008 financial crisis, it is the DNB’s phrasing that has excited Bitcoin (BTC) proponents in particular.
As a form of sound money with the highest stock-to-flow ratio of any commodity, gold previously ensured the sound functioning of economies before governments uncoupled their national currencies from its backing over the last century.
Since then, as Saifedean Ammous noted in his popular book, “The Bitcoin Standard,” telltale signs of decay have plagued most countries’ economies.
Central banks, notionally in charge of fiat currencies, use interventions to manipulate their supply artificially, something which is all but impossible to do with gold due to its stock-to-flow ratio.
This championing of the precious metal’s qualities over paper money thus did not go unnoticed among Bitcoin figures.
“It’s an established central bank! Speaks to the times we live in,” Gabor Gurbacs, digital asset manager at VanEck, tweeted in response to DNB.
The Bitpay card is the leading product of its kind in the U.S. and in fact one of the few remaining options for American crypto users after alternatives like Shift became unavailable. The card issued by the well-established crypto payment service provider supports bitcoin cash (BCH) and bitcoin core (BTC). Those who have a Bitpay wallet can convert their coins into U.S. dollars and spend them with any retailer accepting Visa.
U.S. residents can now also use a crypto debit card from Blockcard. Once you sign up, add digital money, and pass KYC, you’ll be able to get a virtual Visa card. You can fund your account with a number of major cryptocurrencies such as BCH, BTC, ETH, and LTC, as well as several stablecoins. Note that the deposited amount is converted to ternio (TERN) which is then sold for fiat at the time the purchase takes place.
According to the platform’s website, you can also use your account to make payments via Apple Pay and Google Pay. The Blockcard crypto debit card is currently available in the United States only but the company plans to launch in over 30 European jurisdictions in the future.
Coinbase, America’s leading cryptocurrency exchange, is already offering a debit Visa in 19 countries in Europe. The plastic Coinbase Card is currently available to customers in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and the U.K. The trading platform intends to add other markets.
The card can be employed for online and offline payments, at all retail locations that accept Visa. Holders can also withdraw fiat at ATMs around the world. The daily spending limit is £10,000 or €10,000, while cash withdrawals are limited to £500 or €500 respectively.
More Options Available to Europeans
BCH enthusiasts on the Old Continent definitely have more options at their disposal than Americans. At least two other card providers support bitcoin cash. 2gether is a financial platform providing services in the Eurozone, where it allows users to send and receive euros and cryptos from the same wallet app. It also issues a Visa debit card linked to its wallet. As its website explains, your money is managed by Pecunia Cards, an electronic money institution regulated under EU law and supervised by the Bank of Spain.
Bitnovo, another Spanish platform, buys and sells more than 20 major cryptocurrencies. Besides facilitating trades, it has a mobile application and issues debit cards that don’t require a bank account and can be topped up with BCH and other coins with large market cap. Its Bitcard can be used to pay bills online and purchase items in brick and mortar stores as well as withdraw fiat cash at ATMs. It’s currently available only to EU residents.
Europeans can also order a virtual or plastic debit card from Uquid. The cards are powered by bitcoin cash among other cryptocurrencies that can be converted to British pounds, euros and U.S. dollars. The platform promises unlimited online spending, ATM withdrawals and fee-free POS purchases. But to find out if the card is available in your country, you need to create an account first. It’s free of charge but you’ll have to pay for the physical card itself.
Other cards that support bitcoin cash and are available to customers elsewhere include Crypto.com’s MCO Visa. The company started shipping its cards to clients in Singapore last year and added BCH this past May. It plans to introduce the card in the U.S. through a partnership with a local affiliate and the New York-based Metropolitan Commercial Bank.
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Elwood Asset Management, owned by billionaire investor Alan Howard, is building a new crypto investment platform for institutional investors, The Financial Times reported, citing CEO Bin Ren.
He sees this as a “very big growth opportunity” and hopes that the platform could eventually manage over USD 1bn of assets, the report said, adding that details of Elwood’s new fund have not been finalized.
However, it is already known that the system would design portfolios for each investor, based on their risk preferences, expected returns and the liquidity terms they want. It will also measure the potential correlation with other assets they own, according to the report. It noted that Elwood would then apply its own fee, in addition to the fees investors pay to access the underlying funds.
According to Ren, they have already identified up to 50 crypto hedge funds that “probably satisfy our due diligence”.
As reported in March, Elwood Asset Management, which also manages the personal crypto assets of Howard, is planning to launch a range of regulated investment products to lure more institutions into the crypto space.
The company plans “products that will cover the full spectrum of crypto-assets,” including direct exposure to major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. The company has already launched an exchange traded fund (ETF) that invests in companies involved with Blockchain technology, although they have so far avoided direct exposure to crypto assets.
Howard, who made sizable personal investments in cryptocurrencies in 2017, last year was one of the most high-profile investors participating in EOS’ “strategic investment round.” He has been ranked by Forbes as one of the 40 highest-earning hedge fund managers in the world, with a net worth of USD 1.35 billion (in 2018.)
The crypto hedge fund market:
It is estimated that there are 150 active crypto hedge funds collectively managing USD 1 billion in assets (excluding crypto index funds and crypto venture capital funds)
Over 60% of these funds have less than USD 10 million in assets under management (AuM) with fewer than 10% managing over USD 50 million
The average crypto hedge fund AuM as of Q1 2019 is USD 21.9 million
The median AuM of funds as of Q1 2019 (USD 4.3m) is 3X that of the median AuM at fund launch (USD 1.2m -January 2018), which indicates that funds have been relatively successful at fundraising despite difficult market conditions
52% of funds use an independent custodian, yet only 25% have independent directors on their board
The average size of fund team is 7-8 people
Typical crypto fund investment professionals have between 3-4 years of investment management experience
The majority of crypto hedge fund managers tend to be based in the United States (64%
The median fund returned -46% in 2018 vs a Bitcoin benchmark of -72%
The average fees for crypto hedge funds are 1.72% management fee and 23.5% performance fee