Monthly Archives: November 2020

Price analysis 11/13: BTC, ETH, XRP, LINK, BCH, LTC, BNB, DOT, ADA, BSV

A few altcoins are trying to start a new up-move even though Bitcoin is struggling to pull above $16,300. Data shows that Bitcoin’s (BTC) current rally is supported by greater participation from retail and institutional investors. The CME Bitcoin futures open interest has moved closer to the previous all-time high, a sign that institutional investors are becoming more interested in cryptocurrencies. Similarly, Bitcoin’s spot volume has hit a new 52-week high, according to data from Arcane research.  However, during strong uptrends, traders tend to get greedy and […]

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6 Questions for Sheila Warren of the World Economic Forum

“If we’re not solving actual problems, what is the point of any of this?” Each week we ask the buidlers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for their thoughts on the industry… and we throw in a few random zingers to keep them on their toes!   This week our 6 Questions go to Sheila Warren, head of blockchain and DLT at the World Economic Forum. Sheila serves on the executive committee of the World Economic Forum and the leadership team of its Centre for the Fourth […]

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Privacy should be at the core of CBDCs, says Boston Fed research director

Privacy should be a key talking point from the beginning of CBDC development. Robert Bench, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s director of applied research, thinks privacy should be a focus during the creation of digital money, not an afterthought.  “Privacy is a question that we have learned is critical from a technical perspective,” Bench said during a Chamber of Digital Commerce panel on Friday: “One of our learnings is that the questions of privacy and identity must be considered at the earliest stage of the architecture. […]

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Keep dreaming! Options data suggest $560 Ethereum price won’t happen

Options data shows pro traders are not confident that Ethereum price will follow Bitcoin’s rally to new 2020 highs. This week Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) prices reached new highs as a slew of bullish news continued to pump investors’ hope that the next crypto-bull market will mirror the one seen in 2017.  Many novice traders simply follow spot prices on the major crypto exchanges to gauge the direction price might take. However, reviewing options markets data can provide additional relevant insights on market sentiment. Looking at […]

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CZ: Binance traders find ‘intelligent’ ways to circumvent US block

CZ admits it’s not always easy weeding out US traders from the global Binance exchange. Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao, or CZ, says he needs to do more to block “intelligent” US traders from illegally accessing his global exchange.  In an interview with Bloomberg, CZ said his exchange needs to be “smarter about the way we block” US traders from gaining access to the platform. He said: “Basically, we do continually try to improve our blocking. There are sometimes a few guys who want to circumvent our […]

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IMCoin (IMC) Flies High

PRESS RELEASE. IMCoin, known as the first Hybridcoin, closes a week with a record price increase in its history reaching a value of 1.83 USD per token. The IMC price is the result of the number of tokens sold divided by the balance of the audited reserve fund, which already has 417 days of history. This week IMC reached a total of 19,028,319 tokens sold and a reserve or underlying fund of $34,777,399. The goal of IMC is to reach the end of the year with a […]

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Bitcoin whale clusters show ‘institutional FOMO’ is behind the BTC rally

Data shows Bitcoin whales and institutions are behind the current rally, a signal that the next bull market may be stronger than the one seen in 2017. Data shows that institutions heavily accumulated Bitcoin in the $12,000–$15,000 range, and according to analysts at Whalemap, this is a positive trend because institutions and whales typically accumulate assets with a longer-term investment strategy in mind. The fact that larger hands are accumulating BTC instead of retail investors also explains the somewhat suppressed mainstream interest in Bitcoin, as Cointelegraph previously […]

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Law Decoded: Of AML and appointees, Nov. 6–13

In the U.S., all eyes are on Joe Biden’s planned appointees, while Europe is seeing progress under a new AML regime. Every Friday, Law Decoded delivers analysis on the week’s critical stories in the realms of policy, regulation and law. Editor’s note In the United States, as President Donald Trump stonewalls any efforts at transitioning to a new administration, all eyes are on Joe Biden’s potential team and any hints as to candidates for major appointed positions.  Further complicating the set up of a presidential roster is […]

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Printing $1.7 Trillion for Climate Change: How Joe Biden’s Administration Aims to Push the ‘Green New Deal’

In 2020, the U.S. Federal Reserve has injected an enormous amount of U.S. dollars to special interests in the banking sector in order to combat the economic effects stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. This week the central bank published its financial stability report and the Fed discussed addressing climate change for the first time. A number of economists and analysts now believe the Fed plans to help President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team print $1.7 trillion for the Democrat’s plan the “Green New Deal.” During World War II […]

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Video: Bitcoin Eclipse Attacks And How To Solve For Them

Listen To This Episode: Apple Spotify Google Libsyn Overcast In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors discuss Eclipse attacks. More specifically, they discuss the 2015 paper “Eclipse Attacks on Bitcoin’s Peer-to-Peer Network,” written by Ethan Heilman, Alison Kendler, Aviv Zohar and Sharon Goldberg, from Boston University and Hebrew University/MSR Israel. Eclipse attacks are a type of attack that isolates a Bitcoin node by occupying all of its connection slots to block the node from receiving any transactions, barring it from transactions other than […]

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