South African Regulator Apologizes to Crypto Firm After Issuing Then Withdrawing a Warning in Less Than 24 Hours

South Africa’s Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has apologized to a Cape Town-based crypto start, Ovex, less than 24 hours after warning that the firm was operating outside the law. Ovex Does Not Require Licence From FSCA In its May 7 retraction, the financial watchdog said the findings of an investigation into Ovex, which specializes in crypto arbitrage services, suggest that the firm is operating outside the FSCA’s purview. The statement says: Based on the information provided by Ovex we are satisfied that Ovex does not currently require a licence…

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Citi Sees ‘Very Rapid’ Accumulation of Interest in Bitcoin — Contemplates Launching Crypto Services

Citigroup is reportedly seeing a “very rapid” accumulation of interest in bitcoin across a broad spectrum of clients, including large asset managers. The bank is now considering launching its own crypto services as a growing number of banks are offering bitcoin-related services to their clients, including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Citigroup is reported considering launching cryptocurrency services after seeing a surge in interest from clients, the Financial Times reported Friday. While no decision has been made regarding its crypto services, the publication reported that “trading, custody, and financing are…

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Ethereum price closes in on $4K as Shiba Inu (SHIB) steals Dogecoin’s thunder

Ethereum and Dogecoin hit new highs as investors brace for Elon Musk’s SNL debut and Bitcoin bulls push the price closer to $60,000. The crypto market has rallied into the weekend as Ether (ETH), Dogecoin (DOGE) and Shibu Inu (SHIB) hit new all-time highs as they lead the pack of altcoins up the market cap mountain.  Much of the excitement behind Dogecoin’s rally has been attributed to the upcoming appearance of Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and a Dogecoin advocate, on the popular Saturday Night Live comedy sketch show. Ether,…

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Goldman Sachs Formally Establishes Cryptocurrency Trading Team

Investment bank Goldman Sachs has officially formed a cryptocurrency trading team, according to the firm’s internal memo. Goldman Sachs says it is working to broaden its market presence in the crypto space and is currently selectively onboarding new liquidity providers to help expand its crypto service. Goldman Sachs Now Has Dedicated Cryptocurrency Trading Team Goldman Sachs has officially set up a cryptocurrency trading team, according to the bank’s internal memo seen by CNBC Friday. The publication described that this memo was the first time the New York-based investment bank officially…

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You Need To Withdraw Your Bitcoin

There are various reasons why you should withdraw your bitcoin and utilize self-custody. A Bitcoin ETF is coming, whether you like it or not. You might be excited at the stamp of approval this gives bitcoin from the old guard. It will also allow many investors to much more easily gain exposure to bitcoin through current accounts at big banks. These are huge positives for a new commodity that’s rapidly gaining recognition as a revolutionary instrument for storing value over time. However, as with many financial products on Wall Street,…

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Iran Warns Crypto Investors Amid Ban on Bitcoin Mined Outside Its Borders

The Central Bank of Iran has issued a warning against unrestrained crypto trading and reminded investors that only cryptocurrencies minted by licensed miners in the Islamic Republic can be used under limited circumstances. Traders will bear full responsibility for the risks, the bank cautioned, although spending crypto on imports through approved banks and exchanges remains legal. Central Bank of Iran Speaks Against Crypto Investments Despite Plunging Stock Market The popularity of cryptocurrencies among Iranians has grown significantly with the rising prices of the decentralized assets in recent months, Fars News…

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SplytCore Listing on AscendEX

PRESS RELEASE. AscendEX, formerly BitMax, an industry-leading digital asset trading platform built by Wall Street quant trading veterans, has announced the listing of the SplytCore Token (SHOPX) under the pair USDT/SHOPX on May 6 at 1:00 p.m. UTC. SplytCore is a utility NFT for eCommerce, created in 2017. They conceptualized the NFT idea before the NFT community formally adopted the ERC-721 standard. SplytCore presents a model for a decentralized eCommerce ecosystem regulated by internal mechanisms of the system and governed by consensus. SplytCore stands apart from the competition by building…

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GBTC discount presents a unique challenge for Grayscale and investors

The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust continues to trade at a discount compared to BTC, a situation that presents a unique challenge to Grayscale and investors. Since 2013 the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust Fund (GBTC) has offered its investors exposure to Bitcoin (BTC) through a publicly quoted private instrument. However, the trust’s convertibility and liquidity vastly differ from an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). Trusts are structured as companies, at least in regulatory form, and are ‘closed-end funds’ which can initially only be sold to accredited investors. This means the number of available shares…

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Ether dazzles, Dogecoin fears, Elon Musk’s big night, Bitcoin boosts Square: Hodler’s Digest, May 2–8

Coming every Saturday, 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 Altcoins rally as bulls pile into large-cap tokens and layer-one projects Were well and truly in the throes of altseason now, with Bitcoins dominance showing no signs of diminishing. Ether delivered a stunning surge that took its price above $3,000 for the very first time, breaking…

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Asian Auction House Phillips Will Accept Crypto at Auction for a Physical Piece of Banksy Art

The well-known Phillips Auction House has announced the company plans to accept cryptocurrency for the first time in a physical art auction set for June 7-8. Phillips will be auctioning a world-famous piece of artwork called the “Laugh Now Panel” created by the anonymous street artist Banksy. ‘Laugh Now’- Phillips to Accept Cryptocurrency at a Banksy Auction in June Whether Banksy likes it or not, his artwork has been tied to blockchain technology and sold for crypto assets in recent times. Additionally, the infamous street artist’s work was even burned…

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