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The trustee in charge of the assets belong to defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has denied that his decision to sell more than $400 million worth of bitcoin (BTC) and bitcoin cash (BCH) had a meaningful impact on the global cryptocurrency market.

In an announcement dated March 17, Nobuaki Kobayashi — the Tokyo lawyer in charge of managing the infamous Mt. Gox exchange’s estate during its bankruptcy proceedings — addressed concerns that his handling of the estate has been callous and has had a materially-detrimental effect on the market price of bitcoin.

Earlier this month, Kobayashi announced that he sold $406.6 million worth of bitcoin and bitcoin cash from the infamous exchange’s estate, adding that the estate still held approximately $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrency assets. He also said that he had sold the coins on order-book cryptocurrency exchanges, rather than through the over-the-counter (OTC) markets that large-scale buyers and sellers generally use.

In Saturday’s statement, Kobayashi confirmed that he sold the coins between December and February — a period in which the bitcoin price plunged from nearly $20,000 to $6,000 — but he claimed that he did so in a way that did not have an effect on the market price of the assets.

“Following consultation with cryptocurrency experts, I sold BTC and BCC, not by an ordinary sale through the BTC/BCC exchange, but in a manner that would avoid affecting the market price, while ensuring the security of the transaction to the extent possible,” Kobayashi said. “Therefore, I believe that the sale of BTC and BCC by us did not affect their market prices.”

“I made efforts to sell them at as high a price as possible in light of their market prices at the time of sale. I believe that they were sold at a fair price, given the market prices at that time,” he added.

But though the Mt. Gox estate continues to hold nearly $2 billion in cryptocurrency assets, investors likely do not need to worry that these coins will be dumped onto the market — at least in the short-term.

As Bloomberg reporter Yuji Nakamura noted following the release of the initial statement, Kobayashi only sold enough coins to cover the exchange’s JPY liabilities.

He is now waiting for the court to rule on whether the exchange can enter civil rehabilitation, which would potentially allow the estate to distribute coins directly back to creditors — rather than selling them for cash and giving creditors the proceeds.

However, even if the court denies the civil rehabilitation plea, it would likely be several months before the trustee resumes selling the coins.

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This year’s bitcoin price decline has many investors contemplating whether they should scramble for the exits, but that, according to one futures trader, makes now the perfect time to buy.

Writing in a CNBC op-ed, Bill Baruch, president of Chicago trading firm Blue Line Futures, said that he is buying the bitcoin price dip because he believes the flagship cryptocurrency is on the cusp of a 70 percent rally that would restore the bitcoin price to $14,500.

“I am watching a key level at $8,650 and a continued close above that could signal immediate upside potential,” Baruch wrote on Friday. “The next level of resistance is $10,000, and a break back above that should bring further buying to the table, suggesting near-term upside to $14,500, a 70 percent jump from its current price.”

On Saturday, the bitcoin price was trading at $9,130, according to the BlockExplorer price index, which represented a roughly four percent recovery from its previous-day level.

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BTC Price Chart | Source: Bitcoin Wisdom

This, notably, was approximately $500 above the $8,650 level, which Baruch believes will be a key indicator of an imminent recovery.

If Baruch’s forecast is realized, it would restore bitcoin to where it was trading at the beginning of January, but it would still be trading well below the all-time high of $19,891 it set on cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex during the middle of December.

Wall Street strategy firm Fundstrat Global Advisors, however, believes bitcoin will break to a new all-time high by mid-2018 and ultimately surpass the psychologically-important $25,000 threshold by the end of the year.

“It has been a terrible few weeks but the fundamental positive story for crypto remains intact,” Fundstrat co-founder Tom Lee wrote in a note to clients this week, adding that “we think the risk/reward at these levels warrants adding here, even if there is additional downside.”

Nevertheless, although Blue Line’s Baruch is bullish on bitcoin’s short-term prospects, he believes that even better values can be found in the altcoin markets, where there are “cheaper and better technologies within the complex that are positioned for stronger gains.” Specifically, he believes that ethereum, ripple, stellar, NEO, and VeChain could emerge as major challengers to bitcoin within the near future.

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Bitcoin exchange and brokerage service Coinbase is back online following multiple outages that forced the company to suspend trading on Friday as the cryptocurrency markets endured their worst correction in at least a month.

Seemingly out of nowhere, the entire cryptocurrency market entered a severe corrective phase on Thursday, sending nearly every top 100 coin and token into a tailspin and spurring investors with weak hands to scramble toward the exits.

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Unfortunately, many traders were greeted with a message that has become all too familiar when they logged into their Coinbase accounts on Friday:

“Due to today’s high traffic, buys and sells may be intermittently offline. We’re working on restoring full availability as soon as possible,” a statement on the Coinbase website read this morning.

According to the company’s status page, the exchange suffered from two trading suspensions during the height of the frenzy, each lasting approximately one hour.

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Source: Coinbase

This was just the latest public relations headache for Coinbase, which is far and away the most popular cryptocurrency brokerage service in the US but has struggled to scale its operations to match rising consumer demand.

The company has suffered persistent outages throughout the year, including one as recently as yesterday, but the company has also incurred the ire of some bitcoin diehards for its support of the contentious SegWit2x scaling proposal, as well as its seeming reluctance to implement Segregated Witness (SegWit) now that it has been activated on the Bitcoin network.

Just this week, Coinbase garnered significant criticism for its messy rollout of support for bitcoin cash that saw the company suspend trading just minutes after its launch and many community members accuse employees of engaging in insider trading.

As of 4 p.m. ET, Coinbase’s trading platform had been operational for three consecutive hours, likely because traffic congestion tapered as the bitcoin price leveled out.

After dipping as low as $10,700 on Bitfinex, the bitcoin price appeared to recover to a point of relative stability, and at press time it was trading at a global average of $13,744, according to the BlockExplorer Bitcoin Price Index.

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Billionaire trader Mike Novogratz said that he had shelved plans to launch a $500 million crypto hedge fund after the cryptocurrency markets entered a $180 billion tailspin on Friday.

Novogratz Shelves $500 Million Crypto Hedge Fund as Bitcoin Price Retraces

Novogratz, a former Fortress principal, had stated on Dec. 12 that he intended to launch Galaxy Investment Partners “by the end of the week,” rapidly moving up a timetable that had originally planned the fund’s launch for the first quarter of next year. With a $500 million target, the crypto hedge fund was expected to be the largest of its kind.

However, on Friday the long-time bitcoin bull revealed that he had not only not launched Galaxy Investment Partners last week as planned but had also shelved the crypto hedge fund indefinitely, according to a Bloomberg report.

“We didn’t like market conditions and we wanted to re-evaluate what we’re doing,” Novogratz said in a phone interview. “I look pretty smart pressing the pause button right now.”

The revelation of the abrupt reversal comes as the cryptocurrency markets have entered a severe correction following a parabolic run-up. After reaching an all-time high of $19,891 on Dec. 17, the bitcoin price plunged to a nearly three-week low of $10,700 on Friday morning, according to data from Bitfinex.

‘When Insiders Sell It Always Is Important’

Novogratz — who recently predicted that the bitcoin price would hit $40,000 in 2018 — said that he now believes the bitcoin price could retrace as far as $8,000 before resuming its bullish rally.

“Looks to me like a short-term top is in,” he wrote on Twitter. “My hunch is we consolidate between 10-16k for a while. Extreme would be 8k. Bull market isn’t over. Just pausing.”

Elsewhere on Twitter, he appeared to lay part of the blame for the correction on Litecoin creator Charlie Lee, who revealed earlier this week that — to avoid a “conflict of interest” — he had sold his entire LTC balance and donated the proceeds to undisclosed organizations.

“When insiders sell it always is important,” Novogratz said.

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