Monthly Archives: January 2021

Hedge fund behind shorting GameStop reports 53% loss in January

A Melvin Capital client claims that the firm has “massively de-risked” its investment portfolio following the controversy involving short-selling GameStop stocks. Melvin Capital started 2021 with $12.5 billion in assets before retail investors from Reddit caused the firm to lose billions on its GameStop short positions. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the hedge fund has a little more than $8 billion in assets at the end of January, which includes a $2.75 billion investment from Citadel and Point72 Asset Management earlier this month. This represents […]

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Top 5 cryptocurrencies to watch this week: BTC, ETH, UNI, ATOM, COMP

Bitcoin price fell back into the descending triangle but this dip may attract buyers to altcoins and DeFi tokens in the short term. Over the past seven days, the crypto market saw an uptick in volatility as Bitcoin (BTC) and Dogecoin (DOGE) price rallied higher simply because of social media activity. In situations like these, traders who make their investment decisions based on emotions tend to incur heavy losses and this is exactly what happened last week. Dogecoin’s (DOGE) recent pump and dump caused several new traders […]

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‘When alt season?’ eToro may have some answers

In 2020, holding the top 100 altcoins equally was a more lucrative investment than Bitcoin up until Dec. 18, according to eToro. Investors who knew when to swap Bitcoin (BTC) and altcoins could have boosted their gains significantly in 2020, according to new research from eToro, the popular social trading platform. The challenge, of course, is pinpointing when the coveted alt season begins.  In its latest quarterly report, eToro breaks down various cryptocurrency investment themes related to the 2020 bull market. It also devotes an entire section […]

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Goldman and Interactive Brokers Execs Claim Wallstreetbets Trend Could ‘Take Down the System’

The heavy hitters in traditional finance have been concerned about the recent stock market action fueled by Redditors and a colossal number of retail investors. This week a Goldman Sachs executive warned that if these short squeezes continue it could “snowball through the market.” Moreover, Interactive Brokers founder Thomas Peterffy made similar comments this week saying these types of systemic risk can “take down the entire system, theoretically.” Wallstreetbets Trend Could ‘Snowball Through the Market’ 2021 has been an interesting year so far and this week a […]

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The future of crypto trading will be omni-chain

The only way for DeFi to realize its potential is through an omni-chain approach, enabling assets of any kind to flow freely through all platforms. It’s now virtually unarguable that decentralized finance is blockchain’s “killer use case.” Total value locked in DeFi grew by over 3,000% over the year leading up to January 2021. On the DApp Radar rankings, eight of the top 10 DApps on Ethereum are DeFi. Uniswap sees more users than any other application and is set to average $1 billion per day in […]

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Indian government looking to crack down on crypto scams with proposed ban: Cashaa CEO

Kumar Gaurav said “there is no way any government” can outright ban crypto given its nature as a global and decentralized system. Kumar Gaurav, founder and CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Cashaa, believes the Indian government’s latest efforts to regulate digital currencies are more of an attempt to prevent illicit activities in the industry rather than outright ban crypto. According to a bulletin released by the Parliament of India on Friday, the governing body will be considering a bill intended to “prohibit all private cryptocurrencies” while also creating […]

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Thanks Bitcoin, MicroStrategy stock is up 113% since being downgraded by Citigroup

MSTR stock has surged by roughly 113% since Dec. 8 when it was downgraded by a Citigroup analyst. On Dec. 8, 2020, Citigroup, one of the largest banks in the world, downgraded MicroStrategy’ss stock (MSTR). Since then, MSTR stock is up 113.27% from $289.45 to $617.31, as the price of Bitcoin (BTC) rallied. In the same period, the Citigroup stock has declined slightly by 0.63%, from $58.36 to $57.99. MicroStrategy stock vs. BTC and Nasdaq. Source: ecoinmetrics Why has MicroStrategy stock performed so strongly despite the downgrade? […]

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Ripple Formally Responds to SEC Allegations — Claims SEC Picking Winners and Losers, Distorting Facts About XRP

Ripple Labs has officially responded to the complaint by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Besides explaining that the XRP cryptocurrency is not a security, Ripple accuses the securities regulator of being out of step, picking winners and losers, as well as distorting facts regarding the cryptocurrency. In the court document filed on Jan. 29, Ripple claims that XRP is not an “investment contract,” insisting that the crypto “is a virtual currency and thus, outside the SEC’s jurisdiction.” Furthermore, the company stated that it never held […]

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Decentralized identity is the way to fighting data and privacy theft

In the digitizing world, identity is everything and blockchain is to make it safe for everyone: users, businesses and governments. Decentralized identity is a function of blockchain technology that delivers real-world benefits to users quickly and easily, allowing them to benefit from things such as easier logins, faster credit checks and an overall smoother online experience. The proliferation of websites, e-commerce hubs and social media platforms means we can all have a huge database of logins, passwords and usernames to remember. As these increase, the use of […]

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Bitcoin ‘ascendant’ as GameStop saga unfolds, Bitfinex CTO says

The GameStop short squeeze and Bitcoin have a lot more in common than appears at the surface, according to Paolo Ardoino. The sudden rise of stocks like GameStop (GME) have shined a positive light on Bitcoin (BTC), as more retail investors look to “rail against” the financial status quo, according to Bitfinex CTO Paolo Ardoino. Bitcoin’s price peaked north of $38,500 on Friday, just as U.S. stocks concluded their worst week of trading since October. The divergence between BTC and stocks was partly due to a massive […]

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