Hong Kong’s ZA Bank to Offer Custody Accounts for Stablecoin Issuers

ZA Bank, a virtual bank in Hong Kong, will offer cash custody accounts for institutions that want to issue stablecoins. The organization is in talks with several parties seeking to issue their stablecoins, and this service would be available for them after receiving a license from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). ZA Bank to…Read full story at >

Charles Hoskinson Criticizes Cardano ‘Dunking,’ Expresses Concern Over ‘Carnival Barkers’ Dominance

Charles Hoskinson has criticized “all the dunking of Cardano,” and asserted that the protocol offers the “optimal route for scalability, governance, and innovation.” According to Hoskinson, the crypto industry’s problem is that it allows “carnival barkers [to] dominate the conversation.” Cardano FUD Charles Hoskinson, co-founder of Input Output Global Inc., has criticized “all the dunking…Read full story at >

Ripple CEO Expects Crypto Market Cap to Double This Year — ‘I’m Very Optimistic’

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse says he is “very optimistic” about the crypto market, predicting it could double its market cap this year. The executive explained that the macro trends, such as the spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), are driving “real institutional money” into the crypto space for the first time. Ripple’s CEO: Macro Factors Fuel…Read full story at >

Coinbase Anticipates Bitcoin Dips to Be ‘More Aggressively Bought’ Than Previous Cycles

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase says bitcoin dips are likely to be “more aggressively bought compared to previous cycles, even as volatility persists during price discovery.” The crypto firm noted that the impact of U.S. spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and the larger inflow of institutional demand can be seen in the open interest of bitcoin futures….Read full story at >

Ark CEO Cathie Wood Sees Bitcoin as a Hedge Against Currency Devaluations and Rogue Regimes

Ark Invest CEO Cathie Wood sees bitcoin as a hedge against currency devaluations and wealth erosion. “I think this is an insurance policy against rogue regimes or against just horrible fiscal and monetary policies,” she explained, attributing the recent bitcoin price surge to a “flight to safety.” ‘I Think This Is a Flight to Safety’…Read full story at >

Detained Binance Executive Pleads Not Guilty; Nigerian Judge Sends Him to Prison

The Binance executive detained by Nigerian authorities for nearly six weeks has pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering. Binance expressed deep disappointment that Tigran Gambaryan, who holds no decision-making power within the company, remains in detention. Judge Dismisses Tigran Gambaryan’s Arguments Tigran Gambaryan, a detained executive from Binance, pleaded not guilty to money…Read full story at >

South Korea’s Democratic Party to Introduce ETF and Digital Finance Reforms

South Korea’s Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) is eager to relax regulations on exchange-traded funds (ETFs), including those tied to spot bitcoin, despite resistance from the People Power Party (PPP). Although election concerns have temporarily halted the initiative, a crucial poll is set for April 10, and the parliament is predominantly controlled by the DPK-led…Read full story at >

10 US Bitcoin ETFs Amass Over 519,000 BTC, With Blackrock Leading at 50.81%

The latest data reveals that Blackrock’s spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) has increased its bitcoin portfolio, now encompassing 263,937.48 bitcoins valued at $17.88 billion. Spot Bitcoin ETF Reserves Reach New Heights Several U.S. spot bitcoin ETFs have bolstered their bitcoin (BTC) holdings, bringing the total for ten ETFs, excluding Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), to 519,440.22…Read full story at >

Global AI Show and Global Blockchain Show Premier in Dubai

PRESS RELEASE. Dubai, April 8th, 2024: VAP Group is pleased to announce the inaugural edition of the Global AI Show and the Global Blockchain Show scheduled to take place on April 16 and 17, 2024 at the Grand Hyatt, Dubai. The Global AI Show is a power stage hosting international and regional thought leaders in…Read full story at >

Central Banks Kept Purchasing Gold in February; China Continues Gold Run

Central banks kept up demand for gold in February, registering net purchases of 19 tonnes. Albeit the purchasing trend continued, purchases fell 58% compared to January’s demand, according to IMF and World Gold Council numbers. China reported the largest gold accumulation, acquiring 12 tonnes to maintain a 16-month gold purchasing streak. Gold Demand Still High…Read full story at >

China’s Largest Fund Managers Eye Spot Bitcoin ETFs in Hong Kong’s Financial Markets

Two of China’s largest fund management firms have recently been reported to be filing applications for spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), according to regional sources on Monday. Harvest Global Investments and Southern Fund are seeking approval from Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), aiming to obtain authorization to introduce spot bitcoin ETFs. China’s Investment…Read full story at >

Meme Coins Surge While NFTs Navigate a Rough Patch

As the crypto landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation in early 2024, meme coins have taken center stage, delivering unprecedented gains. Against this backdrop, the NFT market contends with a downturn, setting the stage for a potential comeback fueled by innovative projects and a reinvigorated focus on utility and technology. The Tale of Two Trends: Meme…Read full story at >

Ethereum Technical Analysis: ETH Rides a Bullish Surge Amidst Cautionary Signals

In a demonstration of resilience and bullish momentum, ethereum’s price spiked over the $3,600 threshold, marking a significant increase within a 24-hour range that saw lows of $3,372 and highs of $3,644. This uptrend is underpinned by a strong trade volume of $13.40 billion and a market capitalization of $434 billion, indicating sustained interest in…Read full story at >

Bitcoin Technical Analysis: BTC Eyes Previous Zeniths With Renewed Vigor

On April 8, 2024, bitcoin reached an impressive 24-hour peak of $72,573, marking a significant uptrend. With a 24-hour trading volume of $29.64 billion and a market capitalization soaring to $1.41 trillion, the cryptocurrency showcases strong market growth. Bitcoin Analyzing the daily chart, bitcoin (BTC) displays a bullish pattern with consistently higher lows and higher…Read full story at >

Latam Insights: Paraguay Targets Bitcoin Miners, Brazil Mulls Crypto Taxation Changes

Welcome to Latam Insights, a compendium of Latin America’s most relevant crypto and economic news during the last week. In this issue: Paraguayan lawmakers introduce a bill to ban cryptocurrency mining, Brazil to change crypto taxation framework, and a poll finds that Latam believes CBDCs might help combat corruption in the region. Paraguayan Lawmakers Introduce…Read full story at >

Bitcoin vs Gold: Peter Brandt Asks Peter Schiff to Put Things in Broader Perspective

Veteran trader and renowned chartist Peter Brandt has urged gold bug Peter Schiff to “put things in a broader perspective” when comparing gold to bitcoin. Schiff ramped up his criticism of the crypto this week as the price of gold rose and bitcoin dipped slightly. “I expect gold’s rise and bitcoin’s fall to accelerate. Don’t…Read full story at >

Skybridge Founder: Bitcoin Halving Not Priced in — BTC Has ‘a Lot More’ Upside

Skybridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci remains bullish on bitcoin, dismissing the notion that the potential benefits of the upcoming halving are already priced in. He emphasized that bitcoin has significant room for further growth, noting that the crypto could “trade to half of the valuation of gold,” which translates to a potential six to tenfold…Read full story at >

Solana Developers Rush to Address Network Congestion; Operativity Remains Impaired

Anza, a collective of Solana-focused developers, has announced the measures it is taking to mitigate the congestion issues the network has been facing. Anza stated that it has made significant progress in tackling these problems and hopes to release patches next week. Currently, 70% of users’ transactions in Solana are failing. Solana Dev Collective Anza…Read full story at >

8 Blockchain Giants Log $3.77 Billion in NFT Sales in Q1 2024

Despite experiencing a downturn for four straight weeks, eight blockchain networks logged $3.77 billion in non-fungible token (NFT) sales in the first quarter of 2024. Leading the charge, Ethereum-centric NFTs accounted for $1.4 billion or 37% of the NFT sales during Q1 2024. The Dual Forces of Organic NFT Sales and Wash Volume Across Several…Read full story at >

South Korea’s Crypto Market Continues to Defy Global Trends With Premium Prices

Metrics reveal that cryptocurrency premiums in South Korea consistently outpace the global average. As of now, bitcoin exchanges hands at $69,245 per piece globally, while on the South Korean platform Upbit, it’s being traded at $73,513 each. Additionally, March witnessed a notable increase in Upbit’s trade volume, skyrocketing by 172.25% from February’s data. Ethereum, Solana,…Read full story at >

Market of ‘Extreme Greed’ Persists Amid Unprecedented June Bitcoin Perpetual Futures Sell-Off

In the past 24 hours, the cryptocurrency market experienced a modest increase of 2.16% against the U.S. dollar, with bitcoin’s value lingering slightly above the $69,000 threshold. The Crypto Fear and Greed Index (CFGI) indicates that the market’s mood remains in an “extreme greed” phase. Market Sentiment Swings Between ‘Greed’ and ‘Extreme Greed’ Despite Bitcoin’s…Read full story at >

South Korea to Unveil Guidelines Barring the Listing of Hacked Coins

South Korean authorities are reportedly planning to release updated guidelines for virtual asset trading. These guidelines will prohibit the listing or relisting of coins that have previously been hacked. Additionally, the guidelines will require issuers of “foreign” virtual assets to release a whitepaper or a technical manual specifically for the Korean market. Guidelines for ‘Foreign’…Read full story at >

Grayscale Removes Cardano From Its Crypto Large Cap Fund

Grayscale Investments has removed cardano from its Digital Large Cap Fund. The crypto fund now holds bitcoin, ethereum, solana, XRP, and avalanche. The crypto asset manager also adjusted the holdings of its Smart Contract Platform Ex-Ethereum Fund. Cardano Removed From Grayscale’s Large Cap Fund Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest crypto asset manager, announced Thursday that…Read full story at >

JPMorgan Anticipates SEC Approving Spot Ethereum ETFs After Litigation Process

Global investment bank JPMorgan anticipates that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will eventually approve spot ether exchange-traded funds (ETFs). However, the firm pegs the chance of approval in May at 50%, foreseeing a potential litigation process if an ether ETF application is rejected at that time. JPMorgan on Potential SEC Approval of Spot…Read full story at >

Federal Reserve’s Neel Kashkari on Bitcoin: Still No Legitimate Use Case in an Advanced Democracy

The president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Neel Kashkari, has expressed concern about consumer risk due to “fraud, hype, and confusion” surrounding bitcoin. Moreover, he said the cryptocurrency has been around for more than a decade but “there’s still no legitimate use case in an advanced democracy.” ‘I Am Worried From…Read full story at >

Genesis Sells Grayscale Shares, Buys $2.17 Billion in Bitcoin for Customer Reimbursement

Following Genesis Global Capital’s receipt of authorization to divest its Grayscale fund holdings, reports disclose that Genesis executed the sale last week. The proceeds were then used to procure 32,041 bitcoin, aimed at reimbursing its clientele. Genesis Liquidates Grayscale GBTC Holdings According to Bloomberg Law, court filings dated April 2 reveal that Genesis liquidated approximately…Read full story at >

Miners Offload Bitcoin in Anticipation of Reward Halving, Says Cryptoquant

Data from Cryptoquant indicates that bitcoin miners have been offloading their assets in anticipation of the upcoming Bitcoin network halving, slated to take place in two weeks. Cryptoquant highlighted a peak in daily sales to over-the-counter (OTC) trading desks, a figure unmatched since the summer of 2023. Record Sales to OTC Desks Mark Bitcoin Miners’…Read full story at >

NFT Sales Slide Continues Amid Record Crypto Volumes, Marking Fourth Week of Decline

Over the past week, sales volume for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) experienced another week-on-week decrease, marking a 13.72% reduction. This downturn marks the fourth consecutive week of declining NFT sales, a stark contrast to the record-breaking achievements witnessed throughout other sectors in March. During this period, the splendor of trading volumes did not extend to digital…Read full story at >

Bitcoin’s Path to Halving — Anticipated Increase in Difficulty Sets Stage

Based on current metrics, the Bitcoin blockchain is set to undergo another difficulty adjustment before the halving, with an anticipated increase of 1.2% to 2.16% around April 11, 2024. Following this adjustment, there will be 1,344 blocks remaining until the reward is halved. Estimated Increase in Difficulty Precedes Halving In April, bitcoin (BTC) miners face…Read full story at >

India’s Digital Rupee Expands: Non-Banks to Offer Central Bank Digital Currency Wallets

India’s central bank has announced that it will enable non-bank payment system operators to offer central bank digital currency (CBDC) wallets. Noting that “necessary changes will be made to the system to facilitate this,” the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said the initiative is expected “to enhance access and expand choices available to users.” Non-Bank…Read full story at >

Blackrock Adds Citi, Goldman, UBS, Citadel as Bitcoin ETF’s Authorized Participants — IBIT Holdings Near 260K BTC

Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager, now has nine authorized participants for its spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), the Ishares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT). They include JPMorgan Securities, ABN Amro, UBS Securities, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Citadel Securities. 9 Authorized Participants for IBIT Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager, filed an update to its Ishares Bitcoin…Read full story at >

IMF Urges Ukraine to Finalize Crypto Legislation, Government Official Reveals

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged Ukraine to finalize its crypto legislation, the country’s Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation for IT industry development has revealed. “In the face of war, we have to exploit the full range of opportunities and develop new sectors of the economy,” he stressed, adding that “Legalization of the crypto…Read full story at >

Nigerian Court Postpones Detained Binance Executive’s Tax Evasion Case to April 19

A Nigerian court has postponed the tax evasion case of the detained Binance executive to April 19, while the hearing for the cryptocurrency exchange itself is scheduled for April 8. The court also ordered that the executive Tigran Gambaryan be held in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Tigran Gambaryan Accused of…Read full story at >

FTX Nets $1.9B in Solana Sale at $64 per SOL, Discount Price Draws Creditor Scrutiny

In a report informed by individuals close to the situation, the FTX estate has successfully liquidated $1.9 billion by offloading a considerable amount of solana (SOL), including tokens that were not immediately available due to a vesting schedule. Insiders Say FTX Sold Millions of Locked Solana Tokens at a Deep Discount The bankrupt entity formerly…Read full story at >

Terraform Labs and Former CEO Do Kwon Found Liable for Civil Fraud by Jury

On Friday, Zack Guzmán, founder of Coinage Media, announced that Terraform Labs’ co-founder Do Kwon and his startup were deemed responsible for fraudulent activities in its legal battle against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The lawsuit spanned approximately two weeks. The trial culminated in the jury’s decision in a federal courtroom subsequent to…Read full story at >

Bitdeer Utilizes Chip Giant TSMC, Eyeing $60M in Bitcoin Mining Equipment Production

According to the publicly-listed mining corporation Bitdeer, the company is employing Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for its Sealminer A1 mining rigs for the third quarter. Bitdeer also disclosed that it extracted 294 bitcoins in March, marking a 28.4% enhancement over March 2023’s earnings. Ahead of Bitcoin’s Next Halving, Bitdeer Taps TSMC for Proprietary Mining…Read full story at >

Paraguayan Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Temporarily Pull the Plug on Bitcoin Mining Operations

A group of Paraguayan lawmakers is spearheading a bill that seeks to enact a temporary ban on cryptocurrency mining operations in Paraguay for 180 days or until the industry’s activities are properly regulated. The bill alleges that 28% of the energy losses of the National Power Administration (ANDE) correspond, in part, to illegal bitcoin mining…Read full story at >

Ex-Terraform Labs CEO Do Kwon’s Extradition Case Reset

In the latest Montenegro Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office’s announcement, the legal proceedings concerning the extradition of Terraform Labs’ former CEO, Do Kwon, will revert to the first trial court. On April 3, 2024, a confidential meeting and vote resulted in the annulment of earlier judgments made by both the Podgorica Higher Court and the Court…Read full story at >

Ethena Labs Adopts Bitcoin to Back USDE Stablecoin; Supply Surpasses 2 Billion

On Thursday, Ethena Labs unveiled its new strategy to back USDE with bitcoin, enhancing the stablecoin’s foundation. The stablecoin, known for delivering yields in the double digits, has rapidly ascended to become the fifth-largest stablecoin by market capitalization, now valued at over $2 billion. USDE to Utilize Bitcoin as Collateral An update shared by Ethena…Read full story at >

Xuirin Finance Set to Revolutionize DeFi With KYC-Free Debit Cards, P2P Lending and Much More

Looking to get involved with a platform that can change the face of decentralized finance forever? Xuirin Finance is revolutionizing the DeFi landscape through its innovative offerings like KYC-free debit cards, P2P lending, and so much more. Supporters can take part in the first stage of its presale right now. Xuirin Finance to Offer Futuristic…Read full story at >

Pharrell, Lil Wayne, and Coi Leray to Voice Characters in Doodles’ Animated NFT Film

The team behind the Ethereum non-fungible token (NFT) collectible series Doodles revealed on Thursday its intention to debut an animated movie accompanied by music in the summer of 2024. The project shared that the film will showcase a soundtrack inclusive of three videos and voiceovers from Pharrell Williams, Dwayne ‘Lil Wayne’ Carter, and Coi Leray….Read full story at >

US Court Sentences Onecoin’s Head of Legal and Compliance to 4 Years in Prison

A U.S. court has sentenced Onecoin’s purported head of legal and compliance to four years in prison. She “facilitated and committed money laundering, aiding in the exploitation of millions of victims,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams. The Onecoin legal chief was also ordered to forfeit $111,440,000. Onecoin’s Irina Dilkinska Sentenced The U.S. Attorney’s Office for…Read full story at >

Brazil Eyes Crypto Taxation Changes in New Bill

Brazil is on the verge of presenting a new crypto taxation scheme proposed in a bill to be presented to the National Congress in the coming days. The bill proposes taxing cryptocurrencies the same way as shares and capital instruments with fluctuating exchange rates, instead of categorizing them as goods. Brazil to Change Cryptocurrency Taxation…Read full story at >

Banks Seek to Purchase Bitcoin Directly From BTC Mining Firm Hut 8, Says CEO

Per the CEO of Hut 8, a bitcoin mining company listed on the Toronto stock exchange, major financial institutions have made inquiries to purchase bitcoin directly from the firm. Additionally, the Hut 8 executive emphasized the forthcoming halving event’s “big impact,” noting a surge in demand juxtaposed with a reduction in available bitcoins. Financial Giants…Read full story at >

Binance NFT to Halt Bitcoin NFT Activities, Focus Shifts Away From BTC-Based Collectibles

In a recent announcement by Binance on April 4, 2024, the firm disclosed its decision to halt support for Bitcoin-based Ordinal non-fungible token (NFT) collectibles within its NFT marketplace. The directive from Binance calls for users of its NFT marketplace to withdraw their Ordinal inscriptions by May 18, 2024. Binance NFT Marketplace to End Ordinal…Read full story at >

Ripple Plans to Launch USD-Pegged Stablecoin, Expanding Token to XRP and Ethereum Ecosystems

Blockchain solutions company Ripple has unveiled its strategy to launch a stablecoin pegged to the U.S. dollar, aiming to boost liquidity on the XRP Ledger. Ripple Set to Introduce U.S. Dollar-Linked Stablecoin, Aiming for Wider Crypto Adoption In a statement released on Thursday, Ripple revealed its intention to introduce a stablecoin token linked to the…Read full story at >

Bitcoin Cash Demonstrates Resilience With Price Increase Post-Halving

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) experienced a notable fluctuation in its value surrounding its most recent block reward halving, initially dropping to $565 just before the halving but later recovering to around $676, marking an 11% increase for the day and nearly 20% for the week. The halving event, which reduced the reward for Bitcoin Cash miners…Read full story at >

Binance Establishes Its First Board of Directors, Remains Without Global Headquarters

After years of operating without a board, Binance recently established its first board of directors, chaired by a former diplomat from Barbados. The cryptocurrency exchange still lacks a global headquarters. Some critics argue that the board members do not possess the necessary experience for an organization like Binance. Binance Remains Without Global Headquarters Binance recently…Read full story at >

US Courts Have Serially Rejected Crypto Industry’s ‘Decade’s Worth of Arguments’ – SEC Director

Over the past decade, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has contended with “significant non-compliance” and “creative attempts” by cryptocurrency market participants to avoid its jurisdiction. According to the SEC’s enforcement director, the commission has regularly prevailed in its numerous court cases against these participants. A ‘Decade’s Worth of Arguments’ In the past decade,…Read full story at >

Binance: Detained Executive Lacks Decision-Making Authority, Must Be Released

Tigran Gambaryan, the Binance employee detained by Nigerian authorities, is a stringent law enforcement professional with no decision-making authority, according to the crypto exchange. Through his Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) team, Gambaryan has responded to more than 600 information requests from Nigerian authorities. Gambaryan Hired to Assist Binance with Past Compliance Issues Tigran Gambaryan, an…Read full story at >

Coingecko Report: Meme Coins Eclipse AI and RWA Tokens With Stellar Q1 Performance

In the first quarter of 2024, meme coins significantly outshone all other cryptocurrency narratives by delivering an astonishing average return of 1312% across its leading tokens, as observed in a report by Coingecko. Among these, the newly launched tokens Brett (BRETT), BOOK OF MEME (BOME), and Cat in a dogs world (MEW) were notable for…Read full story at >

Chinese Government Launches ‘Ultra-Large Scale Blockchain Infrastructure Platform’

The Chinese government is reportedly launching an “ultra-large-scale blockchain infrastructure platform for the Belt and Road Initiative.” The platform will support the implementation of cross-border cooperation projects along the Belt and Road Initiative and provide the base for developing applications that showcase collaboration across borders. ‘Ultra-Large Scale Blockchain Infrastructure Platform’ The Chinese government has reportedly…Read full story at >

Bitcoin Cash Undergoes Halving Event, Sets Stage for May Upgrade

The Bitcoin Cash network has witnessed its halving event at block height 840,000, leading to a reduction in the miner reward to 3.125 coins per block from the previous 6.25 coins. Miner Rewards Halved on Bitcoin Cash Network The latest block data reveals that the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network has undergone its anticipated reward-halving event….Read full story at >

Double or Nothing: Proshares Unveils BITU and SBIT ETFs for Bullish and Bearish Bitcoin Bets

On Tuesday, Proshares introduced two new offerings: the Ultra Bitcoin exchange-traded fund, sporting the ticker BITU, and the Ultrashort Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), known as SBIT. While BITU is designed to deliver two times the daily returns of bitcoin, SBIT is structured to produce double the inverse of bitcoin’s daily returns. Proshares Introduces Leveraged and…Read full story at >

Byte Federal Launches Point of Sale System for Merchants Seeking to Accept Bitcoin

PRESS RELEASE. Byte Federal, a leading company in the global financial technologies space, is proud to announce the official launch of its point of sale (POS) system, ByteConnect. This product launch marks a significant expansion of Byte Federal’s “fintech focused” services, showcasing a commitment to building a full suite of financial tools for economic freedom….Read full story at >

Deribit’s Dubai Unit Receives ‘Conditional’ Virtual Asset Service Provider License

Deribit FZE, an entity owned by crypto derivatives platform Deribit, has secured a conditional virtual asset service provider from the Dubai virtual assets regulator. The license, which covers spot and derivative trading, will remain non-operational until Deribit meets the regulator’s localization requirements. Meeting Dubai’s Localization Requirements Deribit FZE, a wholly owned entity of the crypto…Read full story at >

Aave Proposal Aims to Safeguard Against DAI’s Rapid Market Cap Increase

The Aave Risk Framework Committee (ARFC) has proposed adjustments to the risk parameters of the dai (DAI) stablecoin to mitigate potential risks associated with Makerdao’s aggressive expansion of the DAI credit line. The proposal, initiated by the Aave Chan Initiative (ACI) team, suggests setting the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio for DAI to 0% across all Aave…Read full story at >

Fear of Retrospective IRS Regulation Changes Discourages Filing, Says Crypto Tax Expert

Many cryptocurrency users have not filed their tax returns, fearing that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) might change regulations after they submit their returns, according to a cryptocurrency tax expert. The expert stated that the IRS has the discretion to apply laws retroactively or retrospectively interpret them. Complex Filing Process Clinton Donnelly, CEO of Crypto…Read full story at >

Grayscale’s Bitcoin ETF Outflows Surpassed for the First Time

Cathie Wood’s ARK 21shares Bitcoin ETF experienced a daily outflow of $87.5 million on April 2, marking a historic event as it exceeded Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust’s outflow for the first time since the introduction of spot bitcoin ETFs in the U.S. Despite this outflow and a preceding day’s loss, ARKB remains the third-largest among the…Read full story at >

Arkon Energy Strikes Deal With Bitmain for 27,700 Bitcoin Mining Rigs

On Tuesday, the Ohio-based bitcoin mining and colocation company Arkon Energy announced its procurement of 27,700 bitcoin mining rigs from Bitmain, equaling a hashpower of 6 exahash per second (EH/s). Ohio’s Arkon Expands Mining Fleet With 6 EH/S Boost From Bitmain Arkon Energy has revealed its acquisition of 27,700 bitcoin application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) mining…Read full story at >

Hokkoku Bank Launches Tochika, Japan’s First Deposit-Backed Stablecoin

Hokkoku Bank, a regional financial institution in the Ishikawa prefecture, launched Tochika, Japan’s first deposit-backed stablecoin. Customers of the bank will be able to purchase the currency using Tochitsuka, an app developed by Digital Platformer, that previously allowed users to earn points from city services. Hokkoku Bank Reaches Milestone With Deposit-Backed Stablecoin Tochika Hokkoku Bank…Read full story at >

Stablecoin Issuer Tether Completes SOC 2 Type 1 Audit

Tether, the USDT stablecoin issuer, announced on April 1 that it had completed the System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type 1 Audit, the highest level of security compliance achievable. Tether stated that the audit’s completion demonstrates the robust information technology control measures it has in place, ensuring the safety of its systems. Gold Standard…Read full story at >

Singapore Imposes New Rules for Digital Payment Token Services

Singapore’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has announced amendments to the Payment Services Act to impose additional requirements on digital payment token service providers and broaden the scope of regulated services. The central bank warned that entities that do not fulfill the requirements must cease the activities when the amendments come into…Read full story at >

B2Prime’s Q1 Fiscal 2024 Results Highlight Strong Growth and Regulatory Compliance

PRESS RELEASE. B2Prime, a renowned multi-asset Prime of Prime liquidity provider, disclosed financial results of its Parent Company B2B Prime Services EU for January and February 2024. The report aims to highlight the company’s dedication to transparency, regulatory compliance, and market leadership. Regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) and the Financial Services…Read full story at > Expands Into South Korean Crypto Market

Cryptocurrency trading platform is entering the South Korean crypto market with its app launch. “We spent significant time and resources tailoring our offering for this market and are honored to be the first and largest global cryptocurrency exchange to launch in South Korea,” said an executive of the crypto firm. ‘The First Product We…Read full story at >

Polygon CEO: L3s Might Represent a Threat to Ethereum’s Security

Marc Boiron, CEO of Polygon, an Ethereum-compatible sidechain scaling solution, gave his take on the rise of Layer 3 (L3) scaling structures in the Ethereum ecosystem. According to Boiron, L3s only take value away from Ethereum’s chain and concentrate it in their corresponding base L2, creating a security risk for the network. Polygon CEO Criticizes…Read full story at >

US Government Transfers Nearly $2B in Bitcoin to Coinbase, Arkham Data Reveals

On April 2, 2024, the U.S. government executed a transaction involving nearly $2 billion in bitcoin (BTC), channeling the assets to Coinbase Prime, as Arkham Intelligence’s data reveals. The transfer comprised 30,174.70 BTC, successfully processed at block height 837,413, incurring a fee of $1.57. In recent years, the U.S. has accumulated a noteworthy collection of…Read full story at >

How to Use Seasonal Tokens to Get Bitcoins

Like Bitcoin, the four Seasonal Tokens – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – are produced by proof-of-work mining, and become scarcer over time. Once every nine months, the rate of production of one of the tokens is cut in half. The token that was produced at the fastest rate becomes the slowest. As the market…Read full story at >

US Bitcoin ETFs See $85.7M Outflow After 4 Days of Gains; Grayscale’s GBTC Leads the Dip

After four days of consecutive inflows, the U.S. spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) experienced a downturn, with $85.7 million flowing out during Monday’s trading hours. U.S. Spot Bitcoin ETFs’ Momentum Halted With $85.7M in Outflows, Spotlight on GBTC Between March 25 and March 28, 2024, the U.S. spot bitcoin ETFs enjoyed an upward trend, amassing…Read full story at >

In 22 Days, Liquid Staking Platforms Witness a 340,000 ETH Decline

According to the most recent data, within the last 22 days, the volume of staked ether locked across various liquid staking derivative token platforms has seen a decline of 2.45%. This downward trend was observed across 27 unique platforms, culminating in a reduction of 340,000 ETH, valued at approximately $1.18 billion. $1.18 Billion Worth of…Read full story at >

Bitcoin Dips Below $66,000 Ahead of Fourth Halving, Loses Over 5% in 24 Hours

The price of bitcoin experienced a decline on Monday, near 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), tumbling to a position slightly over the $66,000 mark. By 6:30 a.m. the following day, it had edged down further to reach its intraday low of $65,480 per unit. In the wake of this downturn, the crypto derivatives markets saw…Read full story at >

Ethereum Issuance Reduction Proposal Prompts Fierce Crypto Community Criticism

Discussions about adjusting Ethereum’s issuance curve due to staking concentration and other factors are taking place on social media, with some developers in favor and some against this change. A recent article by Mike Neuder, an Ethereum Foundation researcher, highlights that Ethereum issuance should “preserve the viability and proportion of solo stakers.” Ethereum Issuance Curve…Read full story at >

Bank of Russia: Russians Transacted $51 Billion in Crypto During 2023

The Bank of Russia noted that Russian nationals transacted $51 billion (4.78 trillion rubles) in crypto during 2023. According to an annual report issued by the bank, its investigations found that volume flows equivalent to the number, especially in bitcoin and ether, were attributed to Russian nationals in large exchanges. Bank of Russia Reports High…Read full story at >

After Sam Bankman-Fried’s Sentencing, Spotlight Turns to Former FTX Associates

After Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced to nearly a quarter-century behind bars for his involvement in financial wrongdoings, Caroline Ellison, Gary Wang, Ryan Salame, and Nishad Singh are up next to face consequences for their roles in the FTX debacle. The Uncertain Road Ahead for FTX’s Co-Conspirators Post-conviction by a jury and subsequent sentencing by Judge…Read full story at >

HSBC Launches Tokenized Gold Product Targeting Hong Kong Market

HSBC, the London-based financial institution, launched the first bank-backed tokenized gold product for its customers in Hong Kong. HSBC Gold Token will allow retail investors to purchase tokenized gold from their smartphones using the bank’s online app, democratizing access to these gold contracts for retail customers and leveraging distributed ledger technology. HSBC Debuts Tokenized Gold…Read full story at >

48 US Lawmakers Ask SEC Chair Gensler to Clarify Whether ETH Is a Security — Warn of ‘Negative Repercussions’

Forty-eight U.S. lawmakers have sent a letter to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Gary Gensler asking him to clarify whether ether is a security. “The negative repercussions of the SEC implicitly or directly classifying ETH as a digital asset security will cascade throughout the digital asset marketplace both in the short and long…Read full story at >

Sam Bankman-Fried Breaks Silence: ‘Haunted’ by FTX Collapse, Vows to Appeal and Criticizes Legal Process

The fallen founder of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), broke his silence for the first time since being sentenced to 24.25 years in prison, engaging in an email conversation with ABC News. SBF expressed that he is “haunted” daily by the events that transpired, emphasizing his stance that he “never intended to hurt anyone.” Former FTX…Read full story at >

Tether Amplifies Bitcoin Holdings With Strategic 8,888.88 BTC Addition

Onchain data reveals the stablecoin giant Tether has once again bolstered its bitcoin reserves, making an addition of 8,888.88 bitcoins to its wallet as of March 31. Tether’s Bech32 address now ranks as the seventh-largest holder of bitcoin by volume. Tether’s Latest Acquisition Puts Stash at 75,354 Bitcoin Though Tether has not officially confirmed its…Read full story at >

Crypto Market Roundup — CORE and WIF Outshine in a Week of Market Volatility

On April 1, the overall cryptocurrency market witnessed a decrease, with a 2.2% drop over the last day, as bitcoin and ethereum fell by 2.4% and 3.2% respectively against the U.S. dollar. Despite this downturn, the past week saw 14 digital assets experience notable increases, with the crypto token CORE soaring by 174% and WIF…Read full story at >

Bitcoin Miners’ Earnings Hit Record $2 Billion in March Ahead of Halving Event

In March, bitcoin miners amassed an unprecedented level of revenue not seen in the previous 12 months, hitting a high of $2.01 billion from rewards and transfer fees. Of this total, $85.81 million was earned from transaction fees over the past month. Historic Month for Bitcoin Miners — Income Peaks at $2 Billion As we…Read full story at >

Ethereum Technical Analysis: A Pause in ETH Momentum Signals Reflective Market Phase

As ethereum hovers around $3,543, the cryptocurrency’s technical indicators and chart patterns present a nuanced picture of its current market dynamics. Amidst a blend of neutral oscillators and mixed moving average signals, ethereum’s technical analysis reveals key insights for traders. Ethereum Ethereum’s price dynamics on April 1, 2024, showcase a cryptocurrency in the throes of…Read full story at >

Bitcoin Technical Analysis: Upper Resistance Holds Strong Amidst Consolidation Phase

As bitcoin flirts with the $69,556 mark, its oscillation between $68,900 and $71,391 within the last 24 hours suggests a battleground for bulls and bears alike. Amidst a trading volume of $27.37 billion, the cryptocurrency giant showcases a current market capitalization of $1.36 trillion. Bitcoin Bitcoin’s current trading landscape, through the lens of oscillators and…Read full story at >

Bitcoin Halving Countdown Contest – $1000 Grand Prize

As the cryptocurrency community counts down to the 4th Bitcoin halving, expected to take place between April 18 to April 22, is launching an exciting new contest to bring attention to and educate about this critical moment in Bitcoin’s history. $1000 giveaway is thrilled to announce the Bitcoin Halving Countdown Contest. Anyone who…Read full story at >

44-Day Bitcoin Drain: Coinbase and Binance Shed 76,179 BTC in Less Than 2 Months

Recent figures show that over a span of 44 consecutive days, 76,179 bitcoins, worth $5.41 billion, have been moved out of Coinbase and Binance, the two leading cryptocurrency exchange and custodial firms by reserve size and total trade volume. Robinhood Bucks Trend With Bitcoin Inflows as Coinbase and Binance Face Outflows A significant volume of…Read full story at >

Solana Foundation Asserts Core Network Should Be Permissionless Regarding Offensive Meme Coin Issues

The Solana Foundation has given its take on the offensive meme coin issue that originates on the Solana blockchain. Austin Federa, head of strategy at the Solana Foundation, sustained that the core components of Solana should be permissionless while blocking some of these offensive assets should be left to individual applications. Solana Unlikely to Deal…Read full story at >

Buterin, Yakovenko and Gün Sirer: Crypto Creators Take on the Meme Coin Phenomenon

The meme coin phenomenon, where communities produce tokens with no other support than a meme behind it, has given rise to opposing opinions. These range from the most positive ones, which regard them as value-affirming elements, to the negative ones, which state that there is no value behind them. News examines the views of…Read full story at >

LMAX CEO Expects Bitcoin to Trade in Six Digits in the Future

The chief executive of LMAX Group says he expects bitcoin to trade in six digits in the future. He explained that based solely on supply and demand, with bitcoin allocation potentially reaching 3%-5% of global assets, “you should see the price of bitcoin being multiples of what it is today.” ‘This Democratizes the Asset Class…Read full story at >

Court Dismisses Custodia Bank’s Challenge Against Federal Reserve

In a significant ruling, a federal judge has dismissed Custodia Bank Inc.’s claim for entitlement to a Federal Reserve master account, marking a setback for the Wyoming-based depository institution. Custodia Bank argued that the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (FRBKC) was legally obliged to grant its application for a master account, a critical financial…Read full story at >

Bitcoin ETFs Experience Turnaround With $859M Inflows After Previous Outflows

U.S. spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have enjoyed a streak of positive inflows for four consecutive days, according to the latest figures. This rise in interest comes after a previous week that witnessed five straight days of outflows, totaling a substantial $887.6 million. After a Week of Outflows, Bitcoin ETFs Bounce Back Strong From March…Read full story at >

Bitcoin Halving Inches Closer With Fewer Than 2,900 Blocks Remaining

The next Bitcoin halving is on the horizon, drawing closer with each passing block and anticipated to take place anywhere between April 18 to April 22, 2024, at the milestone of block 840,000. Following this event, the reward for mining a block will halve from 6.25 bitcoins to 3.125 bitcoins. The following is a thorough…Read full story at >

Stablecoin Market Swells With Growth in March, Led by Ethena’s USDE

This month we have witnessed a continuous expansion in the stablecoin domain, eclipsing the $150 billion mark on March 20, 2024, with an infusion of an additional $1.4 billion into the arena since then. Leading the pack in supply growth for March was Ethena’s USDE, soaring by 194.9% over the last 30 days. Top Dollar-Pegged…Read full story at >

Consensys to SEC: Recognize the Advanced Safeguards Inherent in Ethereum’s Design

Consensys has told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that Ethereum’s proof of stake implementation “meets and even exceeds the security of Bitcoin’s Proof of Work (PoW).” The blockchain software company said the commission should recognize the advanced safeguards inherent in Ethereum’s design which exceed the “security and resilience safeguards underlying bitcoin-based exchange-traded products.” The…Read full story at >

Detained Binance Executive Sues Nigerian Anti-Graft Agency for ‘Fundamental Rights’ Violation

The Binance executive who is being held by Nigerian law enforcement has sued the country’s anti-corruption agency for violating his fundamental rights. The executive also wants the local court to declare the seizure of his passport “a violation of his fundamental right to personal liberty.” Violation of the Right to Personal Liberty The detained Binance…Read full story at >

Bitwise Sees ‘Raging’ Bitcoin Bull Market — Expects April Halving to Be ‘the Most Impactful We’ve Seen

Bitwise Asset Management believes that “bitcoin is in a raging bull market” in the long term. Its chief executive anticipates the upcoming bitcoin halving to be “the most impactful we’ve seen.” The firm’s chief investment officer explained that global wealth managers allocating just 1% of their portfolios to bitcoin would mean about $1 trillion of…Read full story at >

Robert Kiyosaki Urges Ditching US Dollar for Bitcoin — Warns Boomers’ Retirements Going Broke as Paper Assets Crash

Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki has urged investors to ditch the U.S. dollar and buy bitcoin alongside gold and silver. He warned that “baby boomers’ retirements are going broke as paper assets crash.” The famous author stressed: “I do not trust anything that can be printed.” Robert Kiyosaki’s Latest Warnings and Advice The…Read full story at >

Blackrock Spot Bitcoin ETF’s Holdings Soar Past 252K BTC — CEO Says He’s ‘Pleasantly Surprised’ by Retail Demand

Blackrock’s spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), the Ishares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT), has significantly increased its bitcoin holdings, which have now surpassed 252,011 BTC, representing an approximate notional value of $18 billion. This substantial increase reflects a stronger-than-anticipated influx of retail investor demand, exceeding even the CEO’s initial expectations. Blackrock CEO Larry Fink: ‘I’m Pleasantly Surprised’…Read full story at >

Market Resilience Tested as NFT Sales Fall for Third Consecutive Week

Sales of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have dipped once more, marking the third consecutive week of decline, with a 14.97% decrease compared to the previous week. Leading the charge in this week’s sales from March 23 to March 30, Bitcoin NFT transactions amassed $82.61 million, despite experiencing a 3.8% drop from the previous week’s figures. Despite…Read full story at >

Dogwifhat Rises to Become the Third-Largest Meme Coin by Market Valuation

This week, the crypto asset dogwifhat (WIF), a meme coin, ascended to the third-highest valuation among all meme tokens. In the last day, WIF appreciated by 17% against the U.S. dollar and saw a 435% increase over the past 30 days. WIF Surpasses Major Competitors, Securing Third Spot Among Meme Coins In the recent week,…Read full story at >