Monthly Archives: April 2021

$420M in leveraged long traders liquidated after XRP rallies to $1.96

XRP price dropped by 20% shortly after making a 2021 high at $1.96, but have the altcoin’s bullish fundamentals changed? XRP holders couldn’t have asked for a better year as the cryptocurrency rallied almost 800% and flirted with a $2 level in the early hours of April 14.  In addition to achieving its highest level since January 2018, this robust price increase signals that investors are not worried about the ongoing SEC “unregistered securities offering” dispute. However, just 6 hours after rallying to $1.96, XRP price crashed […]

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Garry Tan’s 2013 investment of $300K in Coinbase is now worth $2.4B

Prominent angel investor Garry Tan invested $300,000 in Coinbase in 2013 and with today’s COIN listing it’s now worth $2.4 billion. Garry Tan, a prominent angel investor and the founder of Initialized Capital, was one of the first investors to provide seed funding to Coinbase eight years ago.  Less than a decade later, and after today’s highly anticipated Nasdaq listing for Coinbase’s COIN stock, Tan’s 2013 investment of $300,000 into Coinbase is now worth $2.4 billion. Coinbase debuted on the Nasdaq on April 14 at $381 per […]

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German software developer donated $1.2M in ‘undeserved’ Bitcoin to political party

“The donor has made it clear to us that he sees these profits as undeserved wealth,” said a spokesperson for the country’s Greens party. A German national who reportedly sees his Bitcoin profits as “undeserved wealth” has donated more than $1 million to the country’s green political party. According to Hamburg-based news outlet Die Zeit, Moritz Schmidt, a software developer from the northeastern town of Greifswald, has sent one million euro — roughly $1.2 million — to Germany’s green party, known as The Greens or Alliance 90. […]

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Price analysis 4/14: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOT, UNI, LTC, DOGE, LINK

Today’s Coinbase (COIN) listing is likely to remain a focal point that will dictate the short-term price action in Bitcoin and altcoins. Coinbase (COIN) listing on Nasdaq could eventually boost cryptocurrency adoption and attract droves of institutional investors. However, that is unlikely to happen immediately. In the first few days after the listing, volatility could be high as Wall Street tries to value Coinbase. This could also increase the volatility in cryptocurrencies.  Sharp movements in the price of Bitcoin (BTC) could also result in liquidations of leveraged positions […]

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US President Biden Pushes for More Stimulus, One Million ‘Plus-up’ Payments Go out This Week

U.S. politicians are talking about stimulus again in order to bolster American jobs and President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan. At the end of last week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki explained that Biden would meet with bipartisan members of Congress on Monday in order to push his proposal. According to reports, Biden’s proposed plan could be a touch smaller than the estimated $2.25 trillion. Biden Suggests Scaling Back the $2.25 Trillion ‘Build Back a Better America’ Infrastructure Proposal The U.S. government is talking about creating more […]

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Over 10,000 blacklisted BTC from 2016 Bitfinex hack on the move

While the hacker will find selling their BTC difficult, the transfers may be contributing to a volatile day in the markets. A tranche of long-dormant Bitcoin seized in the 2016 hack of the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange are on the move today, an over $620 million sum that has some market participants spooked and may be contributing to a downward slide for Bitcoin.  Blockchain analytics bot Whale Alerts was the first to raise the alarm, calling attention to a series of over five dozen transactions from wallets that […]

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Coinbase adds hidden message with political undertones to BTC blockchain on day of IPO

Brian Armstrong previously said companies “with great intentions can sometimes end up creating division and unwelcoming environments internally” by getting involved in politics. The crypto exchange, whose CEO has previously dissuaded employees from expressing political views, started its initial public offering off with a message referencing U.S. President Joe Biden’s stimulus package.  According to Coinbase, the crypto exchange had mining pool F2Pool embed the title of a New York Times article in the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain at 2:05 PM UTC today. The message in block 679,187 refers […]

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Bitcoin price drops to near $61K shortly after COIN lists on Nasdaq

A volatility-filled listing for Coinbase’s COIN stock coincided with a 5% drop in the price of Bitcoin. Following months of build-up and speculation, Coinbase (COIN) listed on the Nasdaq and in true cryptocurrency fashion, opening day trading was a volatile affair that may have had a widespread effect on the cryptocurrency market. COIN’s reference price was initially $250 but the stock opened at $381 and rapidly rose to a high of around $429.54 before reversing course to $310 once the initial frenzy died down. Typically, stocks are […]

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BENQI Closes $6M Round to Create Algorithmic Liquidity Market on Avalanche

PRESS RELEASE. BENQI, a liquidity market operating on the Avalanche network, has completed a private funding round. A total of $6 million was raised in a round led by Ascensive Assets. A number of leading investors on blockchain and the emerging Avalanche ecosystem also participated. These include Mechanism Capital, Dragonfly Capital, Arrington XRP Capital and The Spartan Group. Other backers were Morningstar Ventures, Vendetta Capital, TRGC, Genesis Block, Woodstock and Rarestone alongside Ava Labs and leading liquidity provider Skynet Trading. Built on Avalanche’s highly scalable network, BENQI […]

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Over $750 Million in Bitcoin from the 2016 Bitfinex Hack Moved Today

On Wednesday, after bitcoin prices touched a new all-time high, thousands of bitcoins from the August 2, 2016, Bitfinex hack were transferred to unknown wallets. The exact count of BTC moved from the hack is not entirely clear, but one blockchain parser shows that over 12,208 BTC from the 2016 Bitfinex breach worth $754 million today was moved to various addresses. On August 2, 2016, the exchange Bitfinex was hacked for approximately 119,756 BTC, which is worth $7.5 billion using today’s exchange rates. That day, the price […]

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