Silk Road Bitcoin Seizure: Analytics Firm Claims Tokens Worth Millions Still Outstanding

Analytics firm Coinfirm says the US Department of Justice (DOJ)’s seizure of digital assets associated with the now-defunct Silk Road left behind tokens worth millions of dollars. According to Coinfirm, there are still valuable balances held on forked addresses originating from that wallet. On November 5, the DOJ announced that a hacker known as Individual X had cooperated with law enforcement and agreed to relinquish control of over $1 billion worth of bitcoins. At the time of the seizure of the 69,370 BTC, news.Bitcoin.com reported the DOJ confirming that 1HQ3-the…

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Van Eck declares Bitcoin ‘less volatile than many’ stocks

Van Eck’s latest research appears to be an effort towards calming investor fears about Bitcoin… as well as the SEC’s. On Friday, investment management firm Van Eck released new research indicating that Bitcoin’s price movements are less volatile than between a quarter and a third of the stocks listed on the S&P 500.  In a blog post the German issuer of exchange-traded products said that while Bitcoin has long been considered a “nascent and volatile asset outside of the traditional stock and capital markets,” the reality shows that the world’s…

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Analysts: Institutional Investor Interest Fueling BTC Rally, Liquidity Crunch Narrative Debunked

Crypto analysts are pushing back against the narrative that the current BTC rally is being fuelled by a liquidity crunch afflicting bitcoin mining pools in China. The liquidity crunch, which is caused by an ongoing regulatory crackdown in that country, has reportedly left miners unable to sell their BTC holdings. Miners Are Selling The analysts are instead backing a counter-narrative which points to institutional investor interest as the reason for the current BTC rally. Using data to support their assertions, the analysts suggest that the current bull run, which has…

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Parabolic rally ‘a real possibility’ after Ethereum price surges to $547

Traders expect Ethereum price to move higher after the altcoin secured a new 2020 high at $547 today. The price of Ether (ETH), the native cryptocurrency of Ethereum, has surpassed $547. Following the breakout, traders are pinpointing several key resistance levels in the near term. In the short term, traders generally foresee $600 as the major resistance area for Ether as it marked the beginning of a bearish trend starting in May 2018. As such, $600 could act as an area of interest for sellers. But, traders also believe that…

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$pickle in a pickle as attacker swipes $20 million in “evil jar” exploit

The perils of decentralized finance in the spotlight yet again after the latest major DeFi exploit In yet another attack on a major decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol, farming project Pickle Finance has been exploited today to the tune of $20 million.  The attack transpired roughly two hours ago, and ETH-savvy Twitter users were quick to notice that pickle’s cDAI jar — Pickle’s term for a yield-bearing vault — had been emptied: I think @picklefinance‘s cDAI jar just got attacked and drained. https://t.co/Lxwi2dWSSZ pic.twitter.com/nUBE1KjEPh — mattyb (@mattybchats) November 21, 2020 Unlike…

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Paypal Bought 70% of All Newly Mined Bitcoin Last Month as Demand Rockets

Paypal bought up to 70% of all the newly mined bitcoin since the payments giant started offering cryptocurrency services four weeks ago. Now that’s according to estimates by hedge fund manager Pantera Capital, as revealed in its latest monthly blockchain letter. Together with Square’s Cash App, the two companies are buying more than 100% of all newly issued virgin bitcoin (BTC), it says. The letter said demand for Paypal’s crypto service, which runs on Paxos fiat-to-crypto exchange, Itbit, had hit the roof. The exchange “was doing a fairly constant amount…

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Blackrock’s Chief Investment Officer: Cryptocurrency Is Here to Stay, Bitcoin Could Replace Gold

Blackrock’s Chief Investment Officer, Rick Rieder, said cryptocurrency, including bitcoin, “is here to stay.” In addition, he said bitcoin is a durable mechanism that could replace gold. Blackrock on Bitcoin and Gold Rick Rieder, Blackrock’s Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Global Fixed Income, talked about bitcoin replacing gold in an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box on Friday. Blackrock is the world’s largest asset manager, with more than $7.4 trillion in assets under management as of September. Rieder is also Blackrock’s Head of the Global Allocation Investment Team in the Multi-Asset…

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Crypto hedge fund Pantera Capital files for massive $134 million raise

The monster raise might be an indication that Pantera’s ambitions are inflating in lock-step with Bitcoin’s rising price. In a filing with the SEC yesterday, Bitcoin hedge fund giant Pantera Capital announced an equity offering of up to $134 million — among the largest capital fundraising efforts in the seven year history of the firm.  Formed in 2013 as the first-ever Bitcoin fund in the United States, Pantera initially raised a comparatively measly $13 million, and later $25 million, according to reporting from Cointelegraph. But in 2018, the fund directed…

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BTC record in sight, ETH rallies, Uniswap disaster: Hodler’s Digest, Nov. 16–21

The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — one week on Cointelegraph in one link! Coming every Sunday, Hodlers Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more a week on Cointelegraph in one link.   Top Stories This Week Ray Dalio might be wrong Path to $20,000 Bitcoin price now wide open after previous resistance breaks Is is this happening?! After…

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Market Update: Crypto Asset Prices Spike Massively, Speculators Claim ‘Altcoin Season’ Is Here

A number of crypto-asset markets saw significant gains on Saturday, as a myriad of digital assets spiked between 4-40% in value during the last 24 hours. The entire crypto market capitalization had risen above $540 billion, as top-ten coin values from the likes of bitcoin cash, cardano and XRP jumped massively in value. On Saturday, November 21, 2020, the overall market valuation of all 7,000+ crypto-assets in existence is around $520 to $540 billion. At the time of publication, there’s also around $20 to $32 billion in global trade volume…

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