Monthly Archives: June 2022

DeFi pulls the curtain on financial magic, says EU Blockchain Observatory expert

A researcher from the University of Nicosia elaborates on key controversies of decentralized finance. As decentralized finance continues its victorious march — although the road is sometimes bumpy — some significant questions on its nature remain. How can DeFi applications be protected from becoming nonoperational under extreme stress? Is it really decentralized if some individuals have way more governance tokens than others? Does the anonymous culture compromise its transparency? A recent report from the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum elaborates on these questions and many others around […]

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Huobi Launches Blockchain and Web3 Investment Arm Ivy Blocks

Huobi, a leading cryptocurrency exchange, has announced the creation of a new investment arm to tackle decentralized finance and Web3 projects. Ivy Blocks, as it was named by the exchange, will focus on finding projects in seed stages to aid them via financing and other supporting services with the objective of making a “better, more inclusive” Web3 ecosystem. Huobi Enters the Web3 Investing Scene With Ivy Blocks Web3 has become a thriving nascent industry with lots of crypto exchanges and VC firms joining the trend. Huobi, a […]

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Top 5 cryptocurrencies to watch this week: BTC, FTT, XTZ, KCS, HNT

Bitcoin managed to bounce off a critical support and if the higher levels sustain, FTT, XTZ, KCS and HNT could attract buyers. Bitcoin (BTC) is threatening to drop to its worst weekly close since December of 2020. The crypto markets are in are held firmly in a vice grip and the selling accelerated following a higher-than-expected inflation report from the United States on June 10.  It is not only the crypto markets that are facing the brunt, even U.S. equities markets finished the week ending June 10 […]

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EU Nears Agreement on Crypto Regulations, Report Reveals

Authorities in the EU are moving closer to a deal on a legislative package tailored to comprehensively regulate the crypto market and related activities in Europe. According a media report, an agreement on the key legislation is likely to be reached as early as this month. Deal on EU Crypto Law Expected by End of June, Sources Say Representatives of relevant institutions in the European Union are approaching consensus on the Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) proposal aiming to introduce union-wide rules for the crypto industry, Bloomberg […]

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Moneygram Launches USDC Crypto-to-Cash Program in Certain Markets

Moneygram, a remittance and payments company based in the U.S., has announced the integration of USDC, a dollar-pegged stablecoin, as a settlement asset for its cash to crypto and crypto to cash program. The company will first allow users to exchange USDC for cash and vice versa in certain markets, including Canada, Kenya, the Philippines, and the U.S., with expectations of extending it globally later. Moneygram Implements USDC Ramp Program Traditional remittance companies are now trying to include crypto in their operations and offer more crypto-related services. […]

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The CFTC’s action against Gemini is bad news for Bitcoin ETFs

The lawsuit against Gemini is not about an exchange-traded fund, it’s about how a particular Bitcoin futures contract is being represented. On June 2, 2022, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) initiated an action against Gemini, the crypto exchange founded by billionaire twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss. Among other things, the complaint alleges that Gemini made a number of false and misleading statements to the CFTC in connection with the potential self-certification of a Bitcoin futures contract, the prices for which were to be settled […]

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Stablecoin Market Nears 15% of the Entire Crypto Economy’s Market Valuation

Roughly two months ago on April 11, the stablecoin economy was valued at $190 billion and was getting closer to surpassing $200 billion in value. However, after the Terra stablecoin fallout, the fiat-pegged token economy lost $16.31 billion in value since then. While that value was erased from the stablecoin market, stablecoins themselves represented 9.35% of the entire crypto economy’s net U.S. dollar value at the time. 61 days later, the crypto economy is worth roughly $1.15 trillion and the stablecoin economy represents 13.8% of that total […]

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What are Bitcoin improvement proposals (BIPs), and how do they work?

Bitcoin improvement proposals are an essential part of cryptocurrency governance. Learn here what they are and how they work. What are the types of Bitcoin improvement proposals (BIPs)? There are three main kinds of BIPs: standard, informational and consensus BIPs. Standard BIPs They identify standards used by Bitcoin software like wallets or exchanges and aim at changing the protocol; therefore, they require consensus to be approved. For example, they might submit encoding methods for securing Bitcoin or are recommended in the case of interoperability, which means that […]

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The Dollar Has Been Inflating Against Bitcoin Since 2011

On a zoomed-out scale, the U.S. dollar has been rapidly inflating against bitcoin since the time one bitcoin reached parity with one dollar in 2011. It is my fervent wish that hyperinflation never reaches our shores. The probability that we will avoid that outcome is extremely slim. Put another way, our chances of experiencing hyperinflation are extremely high; the only question is timing. When will it happen? Many hope it’s a long way off. Some believe it’s here already and has been for quite some time. The […]

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Ethereum price enters ‘oversold’ zone for the first time since November 2018

Ether’s price rebounded by nearly 400% after its RSI turned oversold the last time. Will this time be different? Ethereum’s native token Ether (ETH) entered its “oversold” territory this June 12, for the first time since November 2018, according to its weekly relative strength index (RSI). This is the last time $ETH went oversold on the weekly (hasn’t confirmed here yet). I had no followers, but macro bottom ticked it. Note, you can push way lower on weekly rsi, not trying to catch a bottom. https://t.co/kLCynTKTcS — […]

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