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The US launches an investigation into Bitcoin price manipulation

The criminal investigation focus on market misconduct and manipulation

The US launches an investigation into Bitcoin price manipulation

The US launches an investigation into Bitcoin price manipulation

A report from Bloomberg has claimed that the US Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, with plans to uncover market manipulation by traders. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is reportedly assisting the Justice Department with this probe. 

The investigation is set to look into practices like trade spoofing, or flooding, where fake orders are generated and cancelled to create the appearance of increased demand for specific cryptocurrencies. Other forms of illicit trading are also being investigated, like wash trades where traders trade with themselves to generate artificial market demand. 

These practices can be used to give buyers a false impression of activity, causing some to invest in cryptocurrencies. There have been claims that some traders have made $1 million spoof orders that are never executed.   

  

The US launches an investigation into Bitcoin price manipulation  

Today Bitcoin is worth $7,497.31, a $1000 reduction when compared to Sunday's value of $8500, showcasing the volatility of the cryptocurrency. Earlier today the currency was valued at $7,272, the lowest cost of the currency since April 12th. 

This investigation can be seen in one of two ways, depending on the outcome of the inquiry, if illegal market manipulation is found it will have a hugely negative impact on the cryptocurrency market, though if it isn't, it will act as legitimisation for the market, inviting further investment from financial analysts. The end of this investigation will likely bring with it regulations from the US government, who have already attempted to regulate ICOs (initial coin offerings) due to the sheer number of fraudulent groups who use them to take advantage of the cryptocurrency boom. 

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