Reports Show Crypto Custodian Xapo Set to be a Digital Bank in Gibraltar

According to a recent report, the cryptocurrency custodian Xapo is getting ready to become a “fully-fledged” bank in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. The region located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula has also been extending “regulatory guidelines for digital asset exchanges,” according to a partner at the international law firm Isolas LLP. Just recently, the cryptocurrency custodian Xapo sent out a wave of emails that noted it would not serve U.S. customers going forward. “Due to a change in our global business strategy, Xapo, Inc. is…

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Multibillion Dollar Fund Manager Ruffer Sees Long Trend of Institutional Bitcoin Adoption

British investment management firm Ruffer has revealed that its bitcoin holdings now account for about 3% of its entire portfolio of approximately $29 billion. The firm believes that we are “at the foothills of a long trend of institutional adoption and financialization of bitcoin.” A Long Trend of Institutional Bitcoin Adoption Ruffer provided an update on the firm’s bitcoin investment this week in its Investment Manager’s Review for the period ending Dec. 31. The firm wrote: We gained our bitcoin exposure via the Ruffer Multi Strategies Fund and two proxy…

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YfDFI Finance: Much Anticipated Farming Platform Released

PRESS RELEASE. As of today, YfDFI Finance is launching not one, not two, not three but four farming pools, locking up a huge chunk of its circulating supply. The team could not have achieved this without the continuous support from the community. Starting off 2021 the right way! “Our team has been working tirelessly throughout the holidays to live up to the community’s expectations. Internally, our mantra the past couple of months has been: ‘Underpromise and overdeliver’. With overwhelming support from our community, we have reached every single milestone on…

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UK Investment Firm Aims to Block Ripple From Leveraging Liquid Assets, Jed McCaleb Dumps 28.6 Million XRP

Court documents show that the company, Tetragon Financial Group, has filed a lawsuit against Ripple after the firm was charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The court filing indicates that Tetragon and Ripple allegedly made an agreement, and the SEC case deeming XRP as an unregistered security should allow them to get funds back. Moreover, weeks after the SEC charges, former Ripple executive Jed McCaleb sold 28.6 million XRP. Billion-Dollar Asset Manager Sues Ripple Labs A recent court filing submitted to Delaware’s Chancery Court shows that Tetragon Financial…

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Janet Yellen Reveals Plans for Bitcoin — Sees Cryptocurrencies Used Mainly for Illicit Financing

Janet Yellen, Joe Biden’s pick for the Treasury Secretary, has revealed her policy for cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. She claims that cryptocurrencies are mainly used for illicit financing and their use needs to be curtailed. Janet Yellen Reveals Her Plans for Cryptocurrencies In the Senate hearing to consider Janet Yellen’s nomination as Secretary of the Treasury on Tuesday, Yellen was asked about cryptocurrencies. She is Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Treasury Department under his administration. The crypto question was asked by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), who talked about “the importance…

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Hip-Hop Star Soulja Boy Examines Crypto, Considers Creating His Own NFT Collectibles

On January 19, the American hip-hop star and rapper DeAndre Cortez Way, otherwise known as “Soulja Boy,” asked his 5.2 million Twitter followers to tell him the best way to purchase crypto. Following the initial tweet, Soulja Boy continued to discuss cryptocurrencies for the rest of the day, and also asked people’s opinions about the rapper creating his own crypto. Another hip-hop artist is joining the cryptocurrency bandwagon after numerous rappers and musicians have been flocking toward the decentralized economy. DeAndre Cortez Way, known by his stage name “Soulja Boy,”…

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Bitcoin Now the Most Crowded Trade – Labeled a ‘Bubble’ in Bank of America Survey

According to findings of a recent Bank of America (BOA) survey, buying bitcoin has now surpassed tech stocks as the most crowded trade. This new ranking means tech stocks have been relegated into second place for the first time since October 2019. Bitcoin Bubble Ranking Still, a majority of the interviewed fund managers believe bitcoin “to be in a bubble.” Consequently, as the Reuters report notes, a majority of these respondents predict that the value of bitcoin will halve within 12 months. Since the start of 2021, the value of…

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Analyst Lyn Alden Says Ethereum Is Still an ‘Unfinished Project’

A bitcoin (BTC) strategist and investor remain skeptical towards the Ethereum protocol, considering it an “unfinished product.” Lyn Alden, an advisor for the dollar cost averaging BTC investing app Swan Bitcoin, believes the network lacks a concrete model, “other than just speculation.” Alden Prefers Bitcoin’s Modular Design From an Engineering Perspective In a blog post on her personal website, Alden pointed out that Ethereum protocol is an unfinished product “on the base layer, with a rather circular use-case so far that revolves around the trading, liquidity provision, and gamification, of…

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Major Darknet Marketplace for Stolen Cards Shuts Down After Making Over $1 Billion in Bitcoin

The longest-running marketplace for stolen credit cards on the darknet has announced the shutting down of its services. The administrator of Joker’s Stash, founded in 2014, stated that the site would be taken down in February. Site Generated Over $1 Billion in BTC ‘Over the Past Years,’ Claims a Security Research Firm According to the announcement made through its forum, the admin known as “Jokerstash” stated that “it’s time for us to leave forever.” Stash’s users could spend their account balances until Feb. 15, before the admin proceeds to “wipe…

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Bithumb CEO Predicts Only Four to Seven South Korean Crypto Exchanges Will Survive New Rules

The CEO of the South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has made some predictions regarding the upcoming new rules governing the national industry. In fact, the executive believes there will only be between four and seven exchanges surviving the new regulation. Smaller Companies Unlikely to Meet New Banking, Anti-Money Laundering Protocols on Time During an interview with Hanguk Hyungjae, Heo Baek-young made an apocalyptic forecast for the local crypto firms. He believes that smaller companies could “struggle” to meet the Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification requirements. In South Korea, there…

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