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83% of cryptocurrencies that peaked in 2018 are still down by 90%

Data compiled by Messari indicates that the 157 crypto assets that posted record highs in 2018 are still bumbling along at prices more than 90% down from their ATHs. Data published by crypto market data aggregator Messari shows that 83% of crypto assets that tagged all-time highs in January 2018 are still down by at least 90%. The data was spotted by CMT Digital analyst Matt Casto, who tweeted data showing the average return-on-investment, or ROI, of crypto assets sorted by the year in which they posted record price highs.…

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Former Ripple advisor set to become Comptroller of the Currency: WSJ

President Joe Biden looks set to appoint another former crypto executive to head up the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. According to the Wall Street Journal, a former member of Ripple’s board of advisors directors is likely to become the next Comptroller of the Currency. The report cites insiders “familiar with the matter” who expect President Biden to nominate former Treasury Department official, Michael Barr, to the top post overseeing national banks. The position as Comptroller of the Currency serves as the administrator of the federal banking system,…

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Going long: 270K Bitcoin moved into storage in a month

Investors are in it for the long run, locking 270,000 BTC away over the last 30 days. Despite surging prices, Bitcoin investors are rapidly locking up their BTC for the long-term, with 270,000 BTC being taken out of liquid supply in the last 30 days. According to data published by crypto market data aggregator Glassnode, “liquid” Bitcoin wallets have shed 270,000 BTC over the past month, up from 175,000 Bitcoin at the start of January. Bitcoin Monthly Liquid Supply Change. Source: Glassnode The data shows that Bitcoin’s (BTC) liquid supply…

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Eth2 notches up 66K validators as devs reveal progress for 2021

Analysis of recent deposits to the Eth2 contract address reveals the number of individual validators is on the rise. Seven weeks after the launch of Ethereum 2.0’s beacon chain and 2.25 million ETH has been deposited into the ETH2 contract address, signaling growing confidence in the long-awaited rollout of ETH2.  More than 66,360 beacon chain validators have been created as part of Ethereum’s transition from Proof of Work to Proof of Stake. Data provided by smart contract experts at Dune Analytics suggests that more ETH is now being staked by…

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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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President Biden freezes FinCEN’s proposed crypto wallet regulations

President Joe Biden has frozen all regulatory processes including proposed FinCEN rules detrimental to the crypto industry. One of the first actions President Joe Biden has taken on his first day in office is to freeze Federal regulatory process, including the controversial self-hosted crypto wallet regulations proposed by former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The announcement came in a White House memorandum for the heads of various federal agencies, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) included. The edict doesn’t specify the crypto wallet proposal, but places a general freeze on all…

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Nebraska senator introduces bills to allow state banks to custody crypto

“We need to be a leader in FinTech,” said State Senator Mike Flood. A Nebraska state senator has proposed new crypto-friendly legislation which could see his state become the next regulatory safe haven for FinTech firms. Sworn in just two weeks ago, Republican Mike Flood today introduced the Transactions in Digital Assets Act and Adopt the Nebraska Financial Innovation Act to the state’s 107th Legislature. The two bills lay out guidelines for state banks to be able to custody digital assets in addition to creating financial institutions dealing in digital…

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Some institutional investors taking profit as Bitcoin retraces

CoinShares has noted significant outflows from institutional products this past week, signaling some institutions have been realizing profits amid BTC’s recent pull-back. A new report from crypto fund provider CoinShares has indicated that some institutional investors have been realizing profits during BTC’s recent consolidation. CoinShares’ weekly digital asset flows report identifies $85 million in outflows from institutional crypto products this past week, asserting the data suggests “some investors are continuing to take profits after [BTC’s] strong price appreciation.” The report noted the rising (trade-weighted) U.S. dollar, stating the USD index…

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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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