New price records Bitcoin will show in July 2018, says the well-known financial expert and ex-analyst of financial holding company JPMorgan Chase, Tom Lee. Recall that the historical maximum of $ 19 511 Bitcoin rate reached in mid-December 2017. The period from December 18, 2017 to February 6, 2018 marked a significant correction, which resulted in Bitcoin fell by 70%. In the last week, the Bitcoin rate is recovering and on February 15 it rose again above $ 10,000, and at the end of the day on February 17 there is about $ 10,800. Tom Lee believes that such dynamics of Bitcoin prices correspond to the "V-shaped" pattern.
The executive director of the international fast-food chain Starbucks, Howard Schultz, surprised several colleagues when he raised the issue of cryptocurrencies during a conference call, discussing the company's last quarterly profits. The former CEO told the audience that, in his opinion, the publicly received cryptocurrency will come in the next few years, says the CCN edition. Schulz also doubted that Bitcoin would become one of such currencies, saying: "I do not believe that Bitcoin will become a currency today or in the future." Schultz joins a group of well-known Bitcoin skeptics, such as the legendary investor Warren Buffett, Nobel Laureate in Economics Robert Shiller and JP Morgan Chase executive Jamie Dimon, who went so far, calling Bitcoin a "fraud", although later he apologized for such comments.
One of the operators of the now defunct bitkoin exchange Coin.mx was sentenced to 16 months in prison. According to Reuters, the Ukrainian software engineer Yuri Lebedev, who lives in Florida, was found guilty of assisting in the management of an unlicensed bitcoin exchange. From the time of his arrest to the verdict handed down by District Judge Alison Nathan, more than two years have passed. Initially, he was arrested and charged with violating laws on money laundering. Pastor Trevon Gross, like Lebedev, was found guilty in March, although in the case of Gross he was charged with bribery in connection with the recently closed credit union in New Jersey, which was allegedly used to transfer funds from Coin.mx abroad.
The largest bank consortium in the US, , is launching a new platform for interbank payments, built on the basis of a blockchain. The Interbank Information Network (IIN) will be launched with the participation of two other banks - the Royal Bank of Canada and the Australian and New Zealand banking group and is built on Quorum, the corporate blockchain network JPMorgan based on the Etherium, which was first introduced last fall. It is expected that during the coming months other participating banks will join this initiative.