New Zealand Rules for Crypto Salary — Have Hopes Been Answered?

The national tax authority of New Zealand, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), has recently published binding rulings and guidance for salaries and bonuses paid in crypto, made under s 91D of the country’s Tax Administration Act of 1994. This ruling applies only to salary and wage earners and not to self-employed individuals, and only for services performed by an employee for a fixed amount and as a regular part of his/her remuneration. While some may find this as proof that New Zealand has officially declared that income paid in cryptocurrencies is…

Crypto Markets Descending, With Bitcoin Price Sinking Below $10,200

Saturday, Aug. 17 —  Most major cryptocurrency markets have seen a slight drop today, with Bitcoin (BTC) falling below the $10,200 price point, according to data from Coin360. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 BTC is trading at around $10,197 at press time, down roughly 3% on the 24-hour period to press time. Today, BTC saw a drop to as low as $9,765 before trading sideways around its current level. Bitcoin is now down almost 14% on the week, while on its monthly chart the coin is up by 6.73%. Bitcoin 7-day…

South Korean Crypto Exchange Coinone Releases Criteria for Crypto Listing

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinone has released a set of criteria for determining whether to list new digital currency projects on the exchange. In a blog post published on Aug. 8, Coinone described nine criteria cryptocurrency projects should comply with in order to be listed on the exchange. Coinone will specifically consider such issues as sustainability of business models, transparency of governance, token distribution plan, vision and value, market size, use case, team formation, roadmap achievement rate and marketability. Focus on the South Korean market In detailing the criteria, Coinone…

A Different Look at Crypto Market and Top Assets, How Dominated Is It?

With Bitcoin regaining market dominance of over two-thirds of the entire combined cryptocurrency capitalization, discussions regarding market share of prominent altcoins have largely left the dominant cryptocurrency discourse. Here is a different outlook on the market and on how the top cryptocurrencies stack up with the rest. Market dominance flows from alts to BTC since 2018 Market dominance between the top cryptocurrencies by market capitalization has changed over the last year. As of Aug. 19, 2018, as seen in the chart below, the three largest coins comprised 71.95% of the combined…

Crypto Lender Nexo Pays Token Holders Over $2.4 Million in Dividends

Crypto lending firm Nexo has paid its token holders a total of $2,409,574.87 in dividends, reaching an annualized dividend yield of 12.73%. Nexo announced the completion of its dividend payments in a press release on Aug. 16. According to the press release, Nexo has a user base of over 250,000. Moreover, Nexo’s dividend yield is purportedly higher than every dividend-paying stock listed on the S&P 500 market index. Nexo apparently pays out its total dividend in two parts — 50% comes from the Nexo Base Dividend and the other 50%…

FinCEN Director Addresses Casino Compliance With Obligations Regarding Crypto

Kenneth A. Blanco, the director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), has urged casinos to follow the agency’s guidelines in regards to suspicious convertible virtual currency (CVC) activity. During his speech at the 12th Annual Las Vegas Anti-Money Laundering Conference on Aug. 13, Blanco addressed casinos’ compliance with the FinCEN’s guidance released in May. In their guidance, the FinCEN considered certain business models involving CVC financial institutions to help them comply with their existing obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The guidance, however, did not establish any new…

Biggest Crypto Hedge Funds and What They Tell About the Market

The total market cap for all cryptocurrencies stands at $293 billion, and while much of this value has been generated by individual traders buying and selling their own private stashes of crypto, it’s also largely the result of big investment funds. These are companies that have crypto assets under management worth as much as $1 billion or upward, with most of them qualifying as the whales the cryptocurrency community often talks about after every market movement. Yet, aside from simply trading Bitcoin, Ether or many other cryptocurrencies, funds also often invest venture…

The IRS has Words for Crypto Investors… Again: Tax Warnings

The cryptocurrency industry may still be going strong, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t had its share of problems. Nor does it mean everyone is a fan of virtual currencies. The IRS certainly isn’t, and crypto investors have learned that the hard way the past two months. Here’s what we know. IRS has Words for Crypto Investors At the start of last month, the IRS began mailing more than 10,000 crypto investors informing (well, it was more of a warning) that they may owe taxes on various cryptocurrency transactions. This…

Bitcoin And Crypto Market Rebound Facing Hurdles: BCH, XLM, EOS, TRX Analysis

The total crypto market cap declined to $242.0B and is currently correcting higher. Bitcoin price is currently correcting higher and is trading above the $10,200 level. BCH price stayed above the $300 support and it is currently near the $310 level. EOS price is currently consolidating above the key $3.500 support area. Stellar (XLM) price is slowly recovering higher towards the $0.0700 and $0.0720 resistance levels. Tron (TRX) price is trading in a strong downtrend below $0.0200 and $0.0180. Bitcoin (BTC) and the crypto market cap are recovering towards key…

Crypto Exchange Poloniex to Delist 23 Trading Pairs Due to Low Volume

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex is going to remove 23 trading pairs ostensibly due to low volume. In a tweet published on Aug. 15, Poloniex announced that it will be removing 23 trading pairs on August 16, 2019, due to low volume. After removing, each asset will continue to be independently tradable, the exchange notes.  The list of pairs slated for removal reads: LTC/XMR, DASH/XMR, ZEC/XMR, MAID/XMR, NXT/XMR, BCN/XMR, LSK/ETH, GNT/ETH, MANA/ETH, QTUM/ETH, STEEM/ETH, OMG/ETH, LOOM/ETH, SNT/ETH, CVC/ETH, KNC/ETH, GAS/ETH, BNT/ETH, LOOM/USDT, SNT/USDT, KNC/USDT, BNT/USDT and FOAM/USDC. Earlier this year,…