MakerDAO moves to expand collateral assets and upgrade liquidation engine

The new liquidation engine has been designed to offer Maker’s users greater predictability and security. Decentralized lending and stablecoin protocol MakerDAO has opened governance voting to allow new tokens as collateral. A number of new collateral types have been proposed for MakerDAO, potentially increasing the number of digital assets that can now be used to mint its stablecoin, DAI. Voting began on April 19 and will run for fourteen days. Seven tokens have been suggested as collateral for the Maker, including Moss Carbon Credit (MCO2), Rocket Pool’s staked Ethereum (rETH),…

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Nigeria Money Printing Controvesy: CBN Governor’s Remarks Attacked, Government Denies It Financed Deficit via Money Printing

The fallout sparked by reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) printed over $150 million for states’ funding continued a few days after the allegations were initially made. In the latest twist, the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) vice-chairman Dan Orbih said the CBN governor Godwin Emefiele’s response to the allegations is “politically motivated.” Money Printing Unsustainable In his riposte, Orbih is quoted by a local news site suggesting that “if drastic measures were not taken to address the situation” then the country might be headed for a worse…

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Institutional XRP inflows surge as AUM nearly doubles

Institutional investors have rallied around XRP and other altcoins this past week, with nearly $33 million being injected in XRP investment products. Institutional investors have rallied around XRP this past week, with the assets under management, or AUM, or XRP investment products nearly doubling. According to CoinShares’ weekly digital asset fund flows report, roughly $33 million flowed into XRP products this week, pushing the sector’s AUM up to $83 million. The report describes the week as the most bullish for institutional crypto products since early March, with $233 million injected…

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2 Cents per Kilowatt Hour: Bitfarms to Launch a 210 MW Bitcoin Mining Operation in Argentina

The Canadian publicly traded bitcoin mining company Bitfarms has announced a deal that will see the company developing a 210 megawatt (MW) mining farm in Argentina. Bitfarms says that the company was able to secure a low electricity rate at $0.02 per kWh during the contractual period. Argentine-Based Bitcoin Mining Facility Aims to Acquire 210 MW of Power The company Bitfarms (TSXV:BITF, OTC:BFARF) has announced the firm is expanding to South America, as it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding in order to build a 210 MW bitcoin mining…

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Bitcoin bears have a $340M lead heading into Friday’s BTC options expiry

$1.55 billion in Bitcoin options are set to expire on April 23 and the recent BTC crash to $51,000 has given bears a $340 million advantage. Bitcoin (BTC) price is making a slow recovery after facing a sharp 16% correction in the early hours of April 18. While some analysts blame a 9,000 BTC deposit at Binance, others focused on the hashrate drop caused by a coal mining accident in China. Regardless of the reason behind the $51,200 low, options market makers were forced to adjust their exposure. Typically, arbitrage…

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Former Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks to Lead Binance’s US Trading Platform

A former top regulator and acting head of the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, Brian Brooks has been appointed the CEO of crypto exchange Binance.us. Brooks will lead the exchange on May 1st and replace the company’s current lead, Catherine Coley. Binance has hired an individual with ties to Washington, as the company’s American trading platform Binance.us will have Brian Brooks lead the exchange. According to the Wall Street Journal’s Alexander Osipovich, the former acting boss of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) will join the exchange…

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Exchange tokens bounce from key support levels as COIN looks for direction

Bitcoin’s sharp correction to $50,000 brought Binance Coin, FTX Token, OKex and Huobi Token to their lower support levels but data shows there is still a bullish case for exchange tokens. A lot of hype was built up before the Coinbase listing on the Nasdaq on April 14 and several cryptocurrencies rallied in the run-up to the event. However, traders usually buy the rumor and sell the news. In this case, they bought until the event, and then several investors seem to have booked profits aggressively. This resulted in a…

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Why Bitcoin’s Price Has Stayed Above $50,000

What we have learned about bitcoin after the unexpected hash rate drop reinforces the bullish narrative. Emiliano Grodzki is CEO and a founder at Bitfarms, one of the largest public bitcoin mining operations in the world. What We Learned From Bitcoin’s Hash Rate Drop Bitcoin has been riding high of late. Yet over the weekend, panic ensued following a significant drop in its network hash rate, down roughly 49%, the biggest 24-hour reduction in Bitcoin’s history. Much is being speculated as to the cause of this, including coal mine explosions…

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Gemini exchange’s crypto custody doubled since January, reaching $25B

Gemini Custody has quickly emerged as a leading platform for institutional investors. The Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss-owned Gemini exchange announced a major milestone on Tuesday, as total cryptocurrency held in custody surpassed $25 billion for the first time.  In charting its impressive growth, Gemini touted growing participation from institutional investors over the past year. Gemini Custody’s assets have more than doubled since the start of 2021. “Our custodial services are used by some of the worlds largest asset managers including BlockFi, Blockchange CoinList, CI Global Asset Management, DAiM, BTG Pactual,…

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Ohio senator wants clarity for crypto tax reporting in proposed bill

Senator Rob Portman said lawmakers were “still pulling in information” on crypto to formulate the bill, implying he announced it to the public prematurely. A Republican lawmaker from Ohio is preparing legislation that would reportedly be aimed at preventing U.S. citizens from evading taxes on their crypto earnings. In an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box today, Senator Rob Portman said he hoped to introduce a bill with bipartisan support after the next congressional recess which would address the problem of many crypto users in the U.S. not paying taxes. The…

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