Key Metrics Show Institutional Interest in Crypto Is High and Rising

As institutions flock to crypto, here are the fundamental metrics that can be used to track their interest. The growth of the crypto derivatives market in 2020 has been a story of its own, mainly driven by Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) options traded on exchanges such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Deribit, OKEx, Binance and Houbi.  Record Bitcoin options volumes are indicative of an increasing institutional interest in crypto, but there are better quantitative and qualitative indicators to use, such as open interest, Bitcoin’s price, frequency of block trades,…

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How the Tokenization of the Gaming Industry Empowers Players

Blockchain tech implementation into the gaming industry could seriously disrupt its closed investment ecosystem. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear: The video games industry is thriving. As people around the world find themselves with more time on their hands thanks to government-mandated lockdowns and a partial economic shutdown, video game sales have skyrocketed. Despite being overshadowed by some of the more glamorous uses for blockchain technology, the gaming industry may be poised for a generational leap forward with the advent of asset tokenization — a practice that could…

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Why Banks Keep Blocking Cryptocurrency-Related Transactions

The close interaction between traditional finance and regulators is the key element in the development of the cryptocurrency industry. The COVID-19 crisis has brought many new users to the world of cryptocurrencies. One of the main concerns for users, however, is whether their bank cards may be blocked due to the purchase of a cryptocurrency, or when withdrawing funds from a crypto account. Can this risk be prevented? Since the COVID-19 outbreak and people’s subsequent desire to protect their savings, interest in cryptocurrency has continued to grow. A June 2020…

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Which Way Bitcoin Price? Current ‘Stablecoin’ Period Mimics Early 2017

The wait for Bitcoin’s next big price move is nearly over, and the next few days will signal which direction that will be. “What’s the price of those Bitcoin’s you keep talking about?” a friend asks me. I look at my phone and it’s still averaging around $9,200. “About the same as last month mate,” I replied.  Bitcoin (BTC) price has hardly moved an inch in the last six weeks, barely moving 2% in either direction from its average price. Therefore, I’m starting to think it’s a stablecoin now.  Bitcoin’s…

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Much Anticipated Central Bank Digital Currencies Raise Privacy Concerns

CBDCs are one of the hottest topics in the fintech space, but as their inception comes closer, serious privacy concerns come with it. Central Bank Digital Currencies, or CBDCs, have been an increasingly popular topic in the cryptosphere and financial world as a whole, especially with the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. In the United States, the need for a universal electronic payment system for stimulus checks gave rise to a proposition for the creation of a digital dollar and its implementation. While members of the U.S. government move to…

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Presidential Campaigns and Tiktok: Bad Crypto News of the Week

Check out this week’s Bad Crypto podcast. It’s been another good, stable week for Bitcoin. No big breakout yet but also no sudden collapse and a comfortable rise of around 1.6 percent. If that sounds like Bitcoin is becoming a bit predictable, don’t rest too easy. Some analysts see this sideways period as the prelude to a big move—either up or down. Other analysts, though, are more positive. They see Bitcoin in the same place that Apple was in pre-iPhone days. They think it could reach $60,000 by 2023.  If…

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Three Industries That Will Be Blockchain Innovators Post-Pandemic

Nash’s co-founder said three industries will benefit from blockchain technology after the COVID-19 pandemic. Fabio Canesin, co-founder of blockchain fintech firm Nash, believes that as the world comes out of the COVID-19 pandemic, blockchain technology offers a “unique” opportunity to the public due to its “borderless” nature. During an interview with Cointelegraph, Canesin states that he sees the “greatest” emerging use case in blockchain for three core industries in a post-pandemic era: government, nonprofit, and small-to-mid-size businesses. Blockchain helping to distribute Coronavirus-related stimulus checks For the government entities, Nash’s co-founder…

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Cryptocurrency News From Japan: July 5 – July 11 in Review

Tosei real estate and Tokyo Financial Holdings issued an asset-backed digital financial product, Coinage registered with Japanese authorities as an exchange and more headlined news from Japan this past week. This week’s headlines from Japan included real estate player Tosei and Tokyo Financial Holdings listing an asset-backed digital financial product, Cointelegraph Japan interviewing a former Japanese central bank staffer, Coinage registering as an exchange with Japan’s financial services agency, and a life insurance company testing digital asset billing transaction.  Check out some of this week’s crypto and blockchain headlines, originally…

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Hacker stole 336 BTC from Crypto exchange Cashaa

Cryptocurrency exchange Cashaa said hackers took 336 bitcoin from one of its wallets. The company has stopped all crypto-related transactions. U.K. based cryptocurrency exchange Cashaa reported hackers took more than 336 Bitcoin. The company has stopped all the crypto-related transactions, however, prima facia users are not affected by this hack.  In a media brief shared with Cointelegraph, Kumar Gaurav, CEO of Cashaa said that one of their wallets was compromised and more than 336 Bitcoin was sent to the hacker. He also suspects that hacker is from east Delhi, India.…

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DOGE TikTok Pump Likely Over, OKCoin CMO Says

With Dogecoin’s price falling, OKCoin’s CMO says the TikTok-fueled asset pump appears over. Dogecoin’s (DOGE) price has fallen notably after social media enthusiasts promoted the asset for days on TikTok in an effort to send the asset to $1. The escapade shows signs of conclusion according to OKCoin CMO Haider Rafique.   “The Doge/TikTok effect is really down to the vitality of the TikTok platform, more than the crypto industry, as it thrives off of creating viral challenges – a category in which this Dogecoin challenge fits,” Rafique told Cointelegraph on July 10. …

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