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Summary The 9/29/22 article predicted the price of bitcoin would decline due to the weakness of the business cycle. The business cycle continued to deteriorate due to a sharp slowdown. Bitcoin declines when the business cycle slows down. THE BUSINESS CYCLE (The Peter Dag Portfolio Strategy and Management) The 9/29/22 article correctly predicted “ The tightening of the Fed and the inventory correction will force commodities and Bitcoin prices to continue to decline .” Let us see if monetary and economic conditions have changed enough to alter the downtrend of Bitcoin (BTC-USD). The business cycle is in Phase 4. This is the most treacherous phase for the economy, the financial markets, and investors. This is the time when all the excesses created in Phase 1 and Phase 2 are corrected. In 2022, for instance, the generous stimulus programs and the Fed’s aggressive injection of liquidity were followed by record breaking growth of the economy. M2 and GDP (FRED, The Peter Dag Portfolio Strategy and Management ) The money supply M2 soared 26.9% y/y and real GDP responded with a lag of several months with an unsustainable growth of 12.5% y/y (see above chart). Commodities responded promptly to the strengthening economy. Copper and crude oil soared in response to the extreme demand caused by government and Fed stimulus programs. CPI (The Peter Dag Portfolio Strategy and Management, FRED) Inflation quickly rose because of the stronger economy and sharply higher commodities (see above chart). As inflation started to impact real income, consumers’ sentiment collapsed. This was the signal the business cycle entered in Phase 3. This trend was further reinforced by a sharp slowdown in M2 (see first chart) and flattening of the yield curve (10s/2s). Business, however, continued to increase production responding to the sharp increase in demand following the lockdown. Inventories were accumulated at a double-digit pace when real inventory growth has historically been expanding in the 3%-6% range. Production is now slowing down as companies need to reduce the huge inventory levels. The business cycle is now in Phase 4. As mentioned above, this is the phase when all the excesses must be brought under control to reestablish consumers’ purchasing power. Inventories must be liquidated. This is achieved by reducing production and lowering prices. Raw material purchases are reduced, placing down pressure on commodities. Borrowing is curtailed as programs to improve or increase capacity are delayed with the immediate effect of facilitating lower interest rates. Phase 1 will begin when M2 starts rising again, the yield curve steepens, and interest rates and inflation decline in a major way, enough to lift consumers’ optimism. Bitcoin and Copper (The Peter Dag Portfolio Strategy and Management, StockCharts) Bitcoin, like commodities, responds to trends of the business cycle and liquidity. The above chart shows the main turning points of Bitcoin correspond to the same turning points of copper, one of the most sensitive commodities to business cycle trends. Bitcoin and Crude oil (The peter Dag Portfolio Strategy and Management, StockCharts) Bitcoin has also the same turning points of crude oil and of most other commodities (see above chart). The reason is commodities respond to changes in liquidity and business cycle trends. Commodities rise when the business cycle points to a strengthening economy. Commodities decline when the business cycle reflects a weakening economy. Key takeaways The sharp decline of the growth of M2 and the deep inversion of the yield curve point to much weaker economic conditions ahead. The business cycle is declining and is currently in Phase 4. The price of Bitcoin will decline and bottom when the business cycle moves into Phase 1. This is the time when most other commodities are also rising. This analysis suggests Bitcoin price behavior depends on the vagaries of a central bank monetary policy and changes of the business cycle. The reason is its price is affected by changes in the liquidity created by the banking system.
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Huobi, Poloniex announced strategic partnership despite initial denials of a merger

The exchanges will cooperate progressively in HT coin development, liquidity sharing and global compliance, plus Huobi will monitor Poloniex for new projects to list.

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Huobi, Poloniex announced strategic partnership despite initial denials of a merger

The exchanges will cooperate progressively in HT coin development, liquidity sharing and global compliance, plus Huobi will monitor Poloniex for new projects to list.
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Bitcoin mining stock report: Wednesday, November 30

Most bitcoin mining stocks tracked by The Block rose on Wednesday. Bitcoin was trading at around $17,000 by market close, roughly a 3.6% increase.
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Bankman-Fried claims: ‘I unknowingly commingled funds’ at DealBook Summit

Sam Bankman-Fried was speaking at the New York Times' DealBook Summit live on Nov. 30.

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Bankman-Fried claims: ‘I unknowingly commingled funds’ at DealBook Summit

Sam Bankman-Fried was speaking at the New York Times' DealBook Summit live on Nov. 30.
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UNI is ripe for buying opportunities after a bullish crossover, but…

Disclaimer: The information presented does not constitute financial, investment, trading, or other types of advice and is solely the writer’s opinion UNI could reach the 50% Fib level in the next few days or weeks if BTC maintains its uptrend UNI’s open interest is rising, which is a bullish outlook for derivatives markets Like the
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FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried: 'I never tried to commit fraud'

"I made a lot of mistakes, but I never tried to commit fraud," Sam Bankman-Fried, founder and ex-CEO of the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX, said Wednesday at the New York Times Dealbook conference. His remarks come despite reports that FTX loaned out over half of its customer funds (some $10B) to Alameda Research, an FTX-affiliated trading firm, in an attempt to fund risky bets. "I wasn't trying to commingle funds," Bankman-Fried said, even though Bloomberg reported earlier this week that some FTX customers were told to send wire transfers through Alameda, highlighting their tangled relationship despite the fact that FTX and Alameda were entirely separate businesses. FTX and Alameda, which owned a ton of FTX Token ( FTT-USD ), the crypto issued by FTX, were "substantially more" connected than intended, SBF said, while noting his "massive failure of risk management and oversight." He touched on his poor internal labeling of bank-related accounts, saying the FTT and solana ( SOL-USD ) used as collateral was not marked "the way I wish I had from a risk perspective." Starting on November 6, when Binance tweeted that it will sell its position in FTX Token ( FTT-USD ), SBF knew there was a problem about the potential for "substantial losses for Alameda. I didn’t think it was going to be a massive loss for FTX customers, more like Alameda is going to be really tight on funds. FTX and its more than 130 affiliates filed for bankruptcy on November 11 after the discovery of a multi-billion dollar balance sheet shortfall that triggered massive customer outflows. When asked whether he's concerned about criminal liability, SBF responded, "I don't personally think I have... it's not what I'm focusing on. There will be a time and a place for me to think about myself and my future but this isn't it." 5:50 p.m. ET: SBF's political donations "were mostly for pandemic prevention, on both sides of the aisle," SBF said. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. In FTX's first court hearing on November 22, a counsel to FTX said SBF treated his trading platform as his own "personal fiefdom."
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Bitcoin Reclaims $17K, Stocks Soar Following Powell Speech In Washington

Bitcoin price quickly pushed above the $17,000 level and major US stock indices exploded higher on the heels of some of the most dovish remarks by Fed Chair Jerome Powell in nearly a year. Don’t Fight The Dovish Fed Tone Change The quote “don’t fight the Fed” has never been more proven than in recent
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Brazil’s Congress Passes Bill Legalizing Bitcoin, Ether Payments

Brazil’s lower house of Congress has finally passed the long-awaited crypto bill legalizing crypto payments in the country and enabling banks to start offering services in the sector.
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Total crypto market-cap hits $850M as Bitcoin and altcoins recover from FTX’s collapse

The total crypto market recovers some lost ground as the contagion risks associated with FTX’s collapse begin to look resolvable.

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Total crypto market-cap hits $850M as Bitcoin and altcoins recover from FTX’s collapse

The total crypto market recovers some lost ground as the contagion risks associated with FTX’s collapse begin to look resolvable.
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Kraken Slashes 30% of Workforce Amid Bear Market Pressure

Kraken joins Coinbase and CryptoCom in slashing a major portion of its workforce to survive the bear market.
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Top On-Chain Analyst Willy Woo Says Bitcoin Mirroring 2015 and 2018 Bottom Formation – Here’s His Forecast

Top on-chain analyst Willy Woo says that Bitcoin (BTC) is in an accumulation phase similar to the market bottoms of 2015 and 2018. In a new interview with Scott Melker, Woo says that buyers have recently stepped in to support Bitcoin, lowering its volatility and putting it in a sideways trend. “It’s that time in The post Top On-Chain Analyst Willy Woo Says Bitcoin Mirroring 2015 and 2018 Bottom Formation – Here’s His Forecast appeared first on The Daily Hodl .
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Markets Spike After Fed Chair Says It ‘Makes Sense to Moderate the Pace’ of Rate Hikes, Hints Easing Could Happen in December

Equities, precious metals, and cryptocurrencies shined on Wednesday following Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell’s speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington. The crypto economy increased 3.11% to $860 billion, while the top four stock indexes jumped between 2% to 5% higher on Nov. 30. Stocks, Crypto, and Precious Metal Markets Jump Higher Against the Greenback
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Sam Bankman-Fried tries to defend FTX collapse, apologizes (again)

The former FTX CEO speaks publicly, weeks after FTX filed for bankruptcy protection and Bankman-Fried resigned from his role at the company.
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US CFTC commissioner calls for new category to protect small investors from crypto

Speaking the FIA meeting in Singapore, Christy Goldsmith Romero compared the typical crypto investor, who may be of modest means, with the investors the CFTC is used to.
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US CFTC commissioner calls for new category to protect small investors from crypto

Speaking the FIA meeting in Singapore, Christy Goldsmith Romero compared the typical crypto investor, who may be of modest means, with the investors the CFTC is used to.

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The World’s Largest Asset Manager Was Also Exposed to FTX

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink admitted that he may have been misled by FTX, alongside Sequoia.
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Market maker Keyrock closes $72 million in Series B funding round

Investors in the round included Ripple, SIX Fintech Ventures, and Middlegame Ventures.
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Market maker Keyrock closes $72 million in Series B funding round

Investors in the round included Ripple, SIX Fintech Ventures, and Middlegame Ventures.

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Compound tightens its rules to prevent Aave-like exploit, details inside

Compound DAO had voted unanimously to implement changes in the rules of the protocol This move was motivated by the need to keep the protocol safe after the Aave exploit Recently, COMP holders at Compound Finance, a major player in the cryptocurrency loan industry, approved a proposition put out by the company. The current proposal
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Coinbase clarifies bug bounty policy in response to Uber extortion verdict

The policy clarification stated that participants cannot make threats, use extortion, or access customer data beyond what is accidental or occurs in good faith.
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Coinbase clarifies bug bounty policy in response to Uber extortion verdict

The policy clarification stated that participants cannot make threats, use extortion, or access customer data beyond what is accidental or occurs in good faith.

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Binance Coin (BNB) Price Analysis for November 30

Has Binance Coin (BNB) become bearish again?
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Why is the crypto market up today?

The crypto market is up today, possibly due to “positive” news from the United States Federal Reserve.
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Why is the crypto market up today?

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Why did bitcoin and ethereum jump today? Potential for slower rate hikes in December

Major cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin ( BTC-USD ) and ethereum ( ETH-USD ) along with crypto-linked stocks have turned higher after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signaled the pace of interest-rate increases could slow down as soon as next month . After spending much of the past month below $17K after the collapse of crypto exchange FTX, bitcoin ( BTC-USD ) bounced 3.6% to $17.04K at 4:17 p.m. ET, as market participants cheered JPow's remarks. Ether ( ETH-USD ) climbed 5.7% to $1.29K at the time of writing. While the Fed chief indicated that the U.S. central bank may moderate the pace of its rate hikes starting at the December 13-14 gathering, he also emphasized the "ultimate level of rates will need to be somewhat higher than thought at the time of the September meeting" with inflation still well above its target. In other words, the inflation fight is yet to end hence no Fed pivot on the horizon. The Fed has lifted its benchmark rate by 75 basis points at each of its last four meetings. But for the December meeting, traders have been ratcheting up their bets for a 50-bp hike as Fed officials suggested over the past month or so a likely downshift in the pace of rate increases. As such, traders hedged for a 77.0% chance for a 50-bp move versus 66.3% in the prior day, according to CME's FedWatch tool . That would take the federal funds rate target range to 4.25%-4.50%, compared with policymaker's September projection of a 4.6% terminal rate in 2023. Crypto-related stocks, which are seen as high-beta versions of digital tokens, traded in a sea of green: MicroStrategy ( MSTR ) +8% , Galaxy Digital ( OTCPK:BRPHF ) +10% , Bit Digital ( BTBT ) +8.1% , Coinbase Global ( COIN ) +5.8% , Riot Blockchain ( RIOT ) +9.3% and Marathon Digital ( MARA ) +6.3% . In addition, the stock market rallied hard , with all three major U.S. stock indices climbing at least 2% despite a deeply inverted yield curve that's calling for an economic downturn. While the crypto ecosystem continues to feel the burn from the multi-billion dollar collapse of crypto exchange FTX, Brazil approved a bill to legalize crypto payments .
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Sen. Warren: Biden administration worked to stop crypto being 'dangerously intertwined' with banks

The Massachusetts senator, an outspoken skeptic of crypto, applauded the efforts of FDIC acting chair Martin Gruenberg to separate digital assets from banking.
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Sen. Warren: Biden administration worked to stop crypto being 'dangerously intertwined' with banks

The Massachusetts senator, an outspoken skeptic of crypto, applauded the efforts of FDIC acting chair Martin Gruenberg to separate digital assets from banking.

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Analyzing Founders Fund’s Crypto Portfolio

Quick Take Founders Fund is a San Francisco-based venture capital firm founded in 2005 by Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek, Sean Parker, and Ken Howery Founders Fund has made 42 investments in the crypto/blockchain sector while utilizing a diversified approach In total, The Block has mapped out 33 unique companies across six categories that Founders Fund has invested in
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Korean Prosecutors Seek an Arrest Warrant for Terraform’s Daniel Shin (Report)

Seoul's Southern District Prosecutors Office maintained Daniel Shin violated the Electronic Financial Transaction Act.
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US Prosecutors Charge 21 Alleged ‘Money Mules’ With Using Crypto to Launder Proceeds of Cybercrimes

Prosecutors in Texas have slapped 21 U.S. citizens with an assortment of criminal charges for allegedly helping various transnational criminal rings launder their ill-gotten gains using cryptocurrency
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Flare Confirms Date of FLR Distribution Event, Lists Exchanges Set to Airdrop FLR to XRP Holders

Flare Networks has confirmed that the Flare (FLR) Token Distribution Event is slated to hold on the 9th of January 2023. The firm has also released the list of major crypto exchanges ready to distribute the tokens to XRP holders. According to the report, the exchanges agreed to distribute FLR to their customers within 2 The post Flare Confirms Date of FLR Distribution Event, Lists Exchanges Set to Airdrop FLR to XRP Holders appeared first on Times Tabloid .
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Another Mysterious Crypto Death: Russian Billionaire Dies in Monaco Helicopter Crash

Founder of Forex Club and Libertex, Vyacheslav Taran, dies in helicopter crash over Monaco. Continue reading Another Mysterious Crypto Death: Russian Billionaire Dies in Monaco Helicopter Crash at DailyCoin.com.
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Bitcoin Trading Volume Outside Binance Falls To Lowest Since Feb 2021

Data shows the Bitcoin spot trading volume outside Binance has fallen to its lowest value since the February of 2021. Bitcoin Trading Volume Continues To Tumble As Market Calms Down As per the latest weekly report from Arcane Research, volume including Binance is still at a high level right now. The “trading volume” here is
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Top Asset Management Firms Suffer $220,000,000 in Losses From Bitcoin (BTC) Mining Investments: Report

A new report claims Bitcoin (BTC) mining firm Iris Energy’s investors are seeing a multimillion-dollar wipeout in the value of their holdings a year since the public listing. According to an Australian Financial Review, shares of Iris Energy, which is listed on the NASDAQ, have fallen by 94.5% since the initial public offering in November The post Top Asset Management Firms Suffer $220,000,000 in Losses From Bitcoin (BTC) Mining Investments: Report appeared first on The Daily Hodl .
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FTX proves MiCA should be passed fast, officials tell European Parliament committee

In its latest hearing on FTX, the committee looked to financial officials to assess the impact of FTX’s collapse in Europe and suggest a way forward.
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FTX proves MiCA should be passed fast, officials tell European Parliament committee

In its latest hearing on FTX, the committee looked to financial officials to assess the impact of FTX’s collapse in Europe and suggest a way forward.

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Coinbase Adds Ethereum (ETH) DeFi NFT Token and Identity Verification Altcoin to Roadmap, Spurring Minor Rallies

San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase is adding two altcoins to its listing roadmap. Coinbase announces that the governance token of decentralized finance (DeFi)-based non-fungible token (NFT) gaming protocol Aavegotchi (GHST) and the native token of cross-chain identity aggregator Litentry (LIT) are now on the roadmap. “Assets added to the roadmap today: Aavegotchi (GHST) and Litentry The post Coinbase Adds Ethereum (ETH) DeFi NFT Token and Identity Verification Altcoin to Roadmap, Spurring Minor Rallies appeared first on The Daily Hodl .
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Tezos Co-Founder Kathleen Breitman on FTX Fallout: 'A Lot of Goodwill Is Gone Now'

Breitman says FTX's collapse is having a big impact on regulation and deal-making for the crypto industry.
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Telegram Announces Plans to Build Decentralized Crypto Exchange Following FTX Failure

Founder and CEO Pavel Durov wants to steer crypto back towards trustless models.
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Two Bored Apes sell for $1M each: Nifty Newsletter, Nov. 23–29

At the height of the bear market, two NFT collectors have paid almost $1 million to purchase Bored Ape NFTs.

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Two Bored Apes sell for $1M each: Nifty Newsletter, Nov. 23–29

At the height of the bear market, two NFT collectors have paid almost $1 million to purchase Bored Ape NFTs.
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Mobius Capital Fund Manager Reveals His Downside Target for Bitcoin, but Says Digital Assets are Here to Stay

The veteran investor Mark Mobius has said bitcoin (BTC) could fall to the $10,000 level, but he is still amazed by how well bitcoin prices “have held up” in the currently bearish environment.... Read More: Mobius Capital Fund Manager Reveals His Downside Target for Bitcoin, but Says Digital Assets are Here to Stay
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Bitcoin, Ethereum Jump as Fed Chair Signals Slowing Rate Hikes

The wider crypto market jumped with stocks Wednesday after Jerome Powell hinted at less aggressive interest rate hikes to come.
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Dogecoin (DOGE) Posts 35% Weekly Gains amid Musk Versus Apple Altercation

With devoted support from Crypto Twitter, DOGE is one step closer towards revolutionizing the aged financial system. Continue reading Dogecoin (DOGE) Posts 35% Weekly Gains amid Musk Versus Apple Altercation at DailyCoin.com.
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Data Shows There’s No Profits Left for Bitcoin Miners That Can’t Obtain Cheap Electricity, Run Efficient Mining Rigs

During the last few weeks bitcoin’s cost of production has been higher than the leading crypto asset’s spot market value and in turn, this has put massive pressure on bitcoin miners. On Nov. 30, 2022, statistics show if miners paying for electricity pay roughly $0.12 per kilowatt hour (kWh), only three application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC)
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Don't’ believe the hype — Bitcoin price rally to $17K reflects improving sentiment

Negative newsflow continues to make headlines but BTC’s recent move above $17,000 suggests investors are finding reasons to be bullish.

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Don't’ believe the hype — Bitcoin price rally to $17K reflects improving sentiment

Negative newsflow continues to make headlines but BTC’s recent move above $17,000 suggests investors are finding reasons to be bullish.
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Kyber Price Prediction 2023-2030: Is A Price Surge Imminent?

Kyber Price Prediction 2023 – 2031 Kyber Price Prediction 2023 – up to $1.13 Kyber Price Prediction 2025 – up to $2.32 Kyber Price Prediction 2028 – up to $8.00 Kyber Price Prediction 2031 – up to $25.24 Kyber Network has become one of the crowning glories of the blockchain industry and crypto trade. Its … Kyber Price Prediction 2023-2030: Is A Price Surge Imminent? Read More »
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IBM and Australian Stock Market’s Blockchain Projects Failed, a Blow to Private Ledgers

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Crypto giant Binance appears unbothered by market turmoil after buying Japan's Sakura

Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, has expanded its global presence to Japan after acquiring Sakura Exchange BitCoin, a Japanese-registered crypto trading platform, according to a blog post dated Wednesday. The deal, of which the financial terms were not disclosed, highlights Binance's dominance in the crypto ecosystem that's currently experiencing a downturn after the implosion of FTX. Earlier, rival exchange Kraken cut 30% of its global workforce. The Changpeng Zhao-led company, which seeks to expand its business while complying with local regulations, is now classified as a Japan Financial Services Agency regulated agency. As the recent FTX collapse continues to send ripples through the broader crypto space, Binance said it's aiming to commit $1B for a crypto recovery initiative .
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Solana Price Prediction: Is Solana Dead, or Is It Just Panic Selling?

Solana price prediction: the Solana coin price was one the most affected coin from the FTX crypto exchange collapse. The coin’s market value witnessed a sudden drop from $37.2 to $13 in early November. Following this fall, the price action went sideways, revealing a bullish reversal pattern. Key points The ongoing consolidation in Solana reveals The post Solana Price Prediction: Is Solana Dead, or Is It Just Panic Selling? appeared first on CoinGape .
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“Regulation By Enforcement” By The SEC Caused BlockFi’s Collapse, Asserts Ripple’s General Counsel

Stuart Alderoty, Ripple’s General counsel has slammed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission “SEC” for its alleged role in bringing BlockFi to its knees.
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Bitcoin trades over $17,000 following Powell’s speech, December decisions loom large

Jerome Powell spoke in Washington today ahead of the Fed's next blackout, markets will now look to the central banks interest rate decision on Dec. 14.
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Near Foundation Joins Processed Foods Giant Grupo Nutresa to Unveil Web3 Loyalty Program in Latin America

It is the first open source loyalty program using the NEAR protocol and aims to reach one million consumers throughout Latin America.
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LBRY Says Company Has Been 'Killed by Legal and SEC Debts'

The company behind the publishing platform said it “will likely be dead in the near future”—but its blockchain will live on.
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FTX Pain Is Bitcoin's Gain

Summary Do you like Bitcoins and ham? We explore one SA reader's foray into Bitcoin poetry. (Future NFT project anyone???). FTX had a $1.4B short position in Bitcoin, suppressing the price. In 2017, there were many cryptocurrencies with distinct advantages to Bitcoin. Those advantages proved to be marginal in the long run. Those projects are now largely irrelevant. The same pattern is likely to repeat itself. Bitcoin may reap the benefits of the blockbuster R&D funding that has occurred over the last two years. In other words, hot air rushing out of the cryptocurrency ecosystem should refocus developer activity on Bitcoin. Centralized exchanges, such as FTX, were an impediment to progress. Introduction The collapse of FTX has left many people with the impression that "cryptocurrency is a scam". People who have dug their heals in on this issue now have reason to feel vindicated. Here is a witty little poem posted in response to FTX Is Crypto Cancer (So Is Coinbase) : Disclaimer: Sam Bankmen-Fried has not been formally charged with a crime at this point. There is no indication that FTX 'did not like SEC rules' as stated in the poem. I do not endorse the views of this poem, which is included in this article for satirical purposes only. (Paul T. Lambert, via Seeking Alpha) It's worthy of a chuckle, but the nuance is more complex. Having helped pioneer institutional investment in cryptocurrency, and having lived through the "crypto winter" of 2018 and 2019, I would like to share my thoughts on where the industry is headed. Update on FTX It's important to know that FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried was notably not a Bitcoin maximalist , claiming that Bitcoin ' has no future as a payments network '. Bitcoin is decentralized , meaning no single person or entity controls it. FTX's FTT ( FTT-USD ) cryptocurrency is centralized, controlled by FTX. FTX used FTT to prop up Alameda , which allegedly traded against FTX clients , while allegedly using their accounts as collateral. FTX was also the hype-man for other 'centralized crypto' projects, such as Solana ( SOL-USD ). Solana is incredibly impressive in many ways, but as it turns out, so centralized that you can pause it . (I sold all of my Solana earlier in the year.) Twitter FTX's disdain for Bitcoin clearly went beyond the opposing philosophies of decentralized finance vs 'centralized crypto'. FTX has been accused of holding a $1.4B short position in Bitcoin , holding zero Bitcoin reserves. This suggests that when clients "bought" Bitcoin through FTX, they were actually receiving a Bitcoin I-O-U from FTX. Effectively, this would mean that FTX was suppressing the price of Bitcoin to the tune of $1.4B, and the only reason we know about it is because FTX is now bankrupt. NYT In addition to this alleged Bitcoin short, Sam Bankmen-Fried also sold $300M worth of FTX stock during a private funding round. He has not been arrested and is expected to speak at a conference in New York this week , alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Blackrock CEO Larry Fink and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The Crypto Cycle Back in early 2017, these types of questions were asked quite frequently: Why Bitcoin? Why not Litecoin ( LTC-USD )? Why not Monero ( XMR-USD )? What about Ripple ( XRP-USD )? What about DASH ( DASH-USD )? What about Ethereum ( ETH-USD )? Would you rather own Bitcoin or Bitcoin SV ( BSV-USD )? A snapshot of the ten largest cryptocurrencies in May 2017 (CoinDesk) Each of these had their own distinct advantages over Bitcoin. Litecoin could do more transactions per second, so could DASH. Monero was more private Bitcoin (and still is), same for ZCash ( ZEC-USD ). Ripple/XRP had institutional support (before it was cool). NEM ( XEM-USD ) was adding new features to the blockchain, so was Ethereum. In the long run, the distinct advantages of these different cryptocurrencies has proven to be marginal. Today, they are mostly irrelevant, with the exception of Ethereum. Bitcoin is capable of processing twice as many transactions as Visa at 1/13th of the cost , using Lightning Network. This system enabled El Salvador to roll out Bitcoin as legal tender. Today, cryptocurrencies such as ZCash and DASH are mostly forgotten memories, buried under the torrent of recent smart-contract-enabled offerings. Cryptocurrencies such as Solana, Avalanche, Algorand, Cardano, Polkadot, Luna, Hedera, and Theta dazzled investors and VCs alike with innovative blockchain protocols and consensus mechanisms. In 2021, the excitement of smart contracts, DAOs, decentralized exchanges, stablecoins, and NFTs propelled the cryptocurrency market to nearly $3T in capitalization. Once more, the question of Bitcoin's role and future became central to cryptocurrency. For the VC hype-machine, the future was FTT. For the Bitcoin community, "Rome wasn't built in a day." So yeah... ...I think some of the other platforms in the in the wider crypto space have tokens. And so, they're more focused on advertising the token. And so, they tend to be very heavy on marketing. Bitcoin doesn't have a marketing department. It just has lots of different individuals that own it, and essentially nobody really marketing it to the world, right? It's just marketed by organic adoption so it tends to be kind of low-key messaging, I guess. Right? And the people building on it are more interested in building lasting value because they don't have a token that they're trying to like rush to market or sell or something. -Adam Back, Blockstream CEO & Bitcoin pioneer My thesis is that the future will look something like the past, that the advantages of today's cutting-edge projects will prove to be marginal in the long run. To that effect, the hot air that is rushing out of the crypto ecosystem will result in a renewed focus on Bitcoin; Bitcoin will be able to reap the benefits of billions in VC-funded R&D, slowly hoovering up open-source innovation. This future is already emerging. There's work on a decentralized exchange for Bitcoin. There are multiple projects to bring more smart contract support to Bitcoin. There are B itcoin sidechains . There are even Bitcoin-linked NFTs. It begs the question, what new innovations will unleash the next wave of the cycle? Conclusions With the hot money making an exit, the industry is about go through a massive realignment of priorities and initiatives. I don't know where the price will ultimately bottom, but these developments are favorable to Bitcoin in the long run. It opens the door for Bitcoin to evolve beyond being "digital gold". It's a blow to centralized exchanges, which have become impediments to progress. Similarly, there is a very strong case for Ethereum. Perhaps the next era will be characterized as a strategic competition between the two.
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Users Dislike XRP and Cardano, Says Morgan Creek’s Yusko

Mark Yusko, chief executive officer at Morgan Creek Capital Management, also believes that Shiba Inu (SHIB) must go to zero
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NFTs IRL: How Digital Collectibles Are Forging Offline Experiences

From boosting the hospitality industry to creating new experiences for music fans, brands are finding new ways to use NFTs for real-world perks.
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Kraken cuts workforce by 30% in an effort to survive crypto winter

According to its CEO, the exchange grew too quickly to accommodate the fast-growing crypto ecosystem.

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Price analysis 11/30: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, MATIC, DOT, LTC, UNI

BTC and many altcoins are kicking up dust after the Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell discussed the possibility of smaller rate hikes in 2023, but is the momentum sustainable?

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Senate Banking Committee chair calls for coordination with Treasury on crypto

The committee chair cited crypto exchange FTX’s “alarming fraud,” liquidity crunch and bankruptcy as examples of financial risks that the Treasury and regulators should address.

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Telegram founder wants to build new decentralized tools to combat power abuse

The messaging platform is building a set of decentralized tools, including noncustodial wallets and decentralized exchanges.

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INX submits bid for Voyager Digital's assets

FTX US won a $1.4-billion bid to purchase Voyager’s assets in September, but with the firm filing for bankruptcy, the funds were once again up for grabs.

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Crypto Stories: The late John McAfee tells the story of how he first found out about Bitcoin

British-American businessman John McAfee talks about his crypto story and how he discovered BTC.

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Secret Network resolves network vulnerability following white hat disclosure

Researchers were able to decrypt all of Secret's internal transactions using an exploit.

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Uniswap launches NFT marketplace aggregator

Developers say the tool can help users save upwards of 15% on gas fees when shopping for NFTs.

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FTM price rebounds 50% as Fantom reveals 30 years runway (without having to sell its token)

The Fantom Foundation's attempt to dispel concerns about potential FTX exposure has been a success thus far for FTM price.

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Singapore’s Temasek sees ‘reputational damage’ due to FTX, official says

Despite writing down its $275 million investment in FTX, Temasek still apparently holds its investments in many other crypto-related businesses.

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Festivals in the metaverse: How Web3 projects are taking culture virtual

As the metaverse becomes a place to hang out, more large-scale events will pop up to entice users into digital reality.

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Illicit cross-chain transfers expected to grow to $10B: Here's how to prevent them

Forecasts predict cryptocurrency criminals laundering more than $10 billion through cross-chain bridges by 2025, leading to calls for holistic screening solutions.

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European Central Bank blasts Bitcoin —community responds

After the European Central Bank released a blog post on the shortcomings of Bitcoin, the crypto community on Twitter took to the comments to defend the cryptocurrency.

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Digital identity platform integrates with zkSync for on-chain KYC

RNS’ on-chain KYC solution is designed on a “privacy engine” to encrypt users' data.

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Gemini gets regulatory greenlight in Italy, Greece amid lending halt

Winklevoss’ Gemini exchange received the latest regulatory approvals days before its lending product Gemini Earn faced major issues.

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BTC price taps $17K as analysis warns of inbound Bitcoin ‘risk events’

Bitcoin faces more than just FTX fallout in December, with macro data due and the Mt. Gox payouts getting closer.

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What is the best crypto use case? Community answers

A community member argued that the best crypto use case is still how crypto provides a decentralized, peer-to-peer payment system that eliminates middlemen like banks.

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Binance acquires regulated crypto exchange in Japan

Binance has managed to expand its services throughout the past year by either acquiring an operating license or buying a stake in a regulated entity.

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South Korea issues arrest warrant for Do Kwon's former colleagues

Arrest warrants were sought for Terraform Labs co-founder Daniel Shin, three investors and four engineers responsible for TerraUSD (UST) and LUNA initiatives.

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