Due to Increased Demand, Social Trading Platform Firm eToro Now Supports DOGE

Bitcoin may have brought cryptocurrencies to the limelight, but altcoins seem to be enjoying media attention in recent weeks.

The unprecedented surge in the value of small-cap cryptocurrencies has brought an influx of investors who have called for their listing on popular trading platforms.

The latest is meme-based cryptocurrency Dogecoin (DOGE) which enjoyed great fame following its bullish run in April.

In a few weeks that saw Dogecoin post over 300% increase in value, calls have continued to grow for the meme token to be listed on major crypto exchanges in the US.

The first response is coming from popular brokerage company eToro.

eToro US Lists DOGE

Israeli online brokerage firm eToro announced the listing of parody-based cryptocurrency Dogecoin on its U.S platform.

The listing will see Dogecoin join a host of other popular digital assets like Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), as well as, BCH, XRP, TRX, ETC, ADA, DASH, LTC, EOS, MIOTA, XLM, NEO, XTZ, ZEC, LINK, and UNI on the eToro US platform.

The brokerage firm with over 20 million active global users noted that this step was taken due to growing client demand for the meme coin to be listed.

eToro’s decision comes at a point in time when it witnessed remarkable rallies. It’s known as one of the most highly sought-after digital currencies.

It has also received backing from popular figures like Tesla’s Elon Musk and Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban.

Both men have contributed immensely to the continued success of Dogecoin.

At one point, Musk described DOGE as his favorite crypto.

This saw the price of the digital asset climb 20% with a further 10% when he confirmed his appearance on the popular tv show Saturday Night Live.

Cuban has been quite vocal too.

He has spent the better part of 2021 talking about cryptocurrencies and their potential to revolutionize the financial landscape.

In a recent tweet, he compared Bitcoin and gold as stores of value, noting that both are more or less financial religions in how they are used.

He also noted that BTC is easy to trade, create, and store with minimal delivery issues.

Also, Bitcoin allows for the transfer of value domestically and cross-border in contrast to gold which he said can be a hassle.

He also spoke on the decentralized platform Ethereum, which he said is far better, cheaper, and faster in authenticating financial transactions in a trustless manner through smart contracts than conventional financial institutions.

Cuban did not forget to speak about DOGE in his series of tweets. According to the billionaire investor, Doge may become a usable currency if more companies accept the digital coin in exchange for products and services.

Businesses Jumping on DOGE

Top on the list of companies adopting Dogecoin is NBA franchise Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs have since accepted Dogecoin as a form of payment for tickets and online merchandise. The solution was done in partnership with crypto payment provider BitPay.

Other businesses jumping on the Doge train have been consumer electronics company Newegg, Air Baltic, and Canada-based internet service provider EasyDNS.

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Google Search Volume for Cryptocurrency in Turkey Is At An ATH After Payment Ban

While the central bank is busy banning crypto payments, people in Turkey have never searched for altcoin, crypto, and DeFi this much.

After tumbling to about $50k, the price of Bitcoin recovered to $57,600 but continues to struggle to recover strongly.

Many speculated that this crash could have been started by Turkey’s central bank banning the use of cryptos for purchases citing possible “irreparable” damage and transaction risks.

In the legislation that was published in the Official Gazette and goes into effect on April 30, the central bank said crypto-assets were “neither subject to any regulation and supervision mechanisms nor a central regulatory authority,” among other security risks.

Turkey’s main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu described this directive as another case of “midnight bullying,” referring to President Tayyip Erdogan firing the central bank governor last month in a midnight decree.

“It’s like they have to commit foolishness at night,” he said on Twitter.

Before making any such decisions, all stakeholders must be discussed, said Kilicdaroglu, adding that blockchain and crypto are the only areas where their $ 1 billion (Unicorn) ventures will emerge.

“They hit financial technology startups. They have no tolerance for young people,” he said.

A couple of weeks back, Turkish authorities had also demanded user information from crypto trading platforms.

“Any authority which starts regulating (the market) with a ban will end up frustrated (since this) encourages fintech startups to move abroad,” said economist Ugur Gurses.

Increased Interest

Just last week, Royal Motors, which distributes Rolls-Royce and Lotus cars in Turkey, announced that they are accepting payment in cryptos.

The directive to ban crypto for payments came after cryptocurrencies gained popularity in the country in the aftermath of the Lira (TRY) hitting a fresh low against the USD last month.

This interest in Bitcoin has been strong since November last year, as per Google Trend, while for “crypto” and “altcoin,” it is the highest ever. Interestingly, the same is the case for “DeFi” and NFTs.

This makes sense given that NEO, XRP, USDT, and TRX are the most traded crypto assets on the largest crypto exchange in Turkey, BtcTurk, as per Coinmarketcap.

Google Search Volume Crypto Turkey

Source: Google Trends

The boom of cryptos in the country has replaced the rush for gold and real estate as a hedge against the struggling lira and rising inflation, which reached a six-month high of 16%, and official unemployment rates hitting 13.4%.

Last month, BtcTurk recorded soaring volumes, with BTC-TRY up more than BTC-USD this year.

Even in the aftermath of the weekend sell-off, BTC is still up 112% YTD against TRY, and the all-time high was an uptrend of 140% this month while in USD terms is 93%, and $65k was 132% gains in 2021.

As of writing, Bitcoin is trading at $55,888 on BtcTurk and $55,125 on Coinbase Pro.

Between early Feb and late March, crypto trading volumes in Turkey hit 218 billion lira ($27 billion), up from just over 7 billion lira in the same period a year earlier.

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9% of 16-Year Old Americans, Mainly Male, have Traded Cryptocurrency: Survey Reveals

9% of 16-Year Old Americans, Mainly Male, have Traded Cryptocurrency: Survey Reveals

9% of teens claim to have traded cryptocurrency, reveals the latest survey by Piper Sandler.

The Generation Z survey of more than 7,000 U.S. teens with an average age of 16.1 years further revealed that a good majority of these crypto traders, 81% are male.

The survey didn’t share any other insight into which cryptos were favored among the teens or if they are still holding it or just buying and selling.

It is somewhat possible that these teens might be partaking in the burgeoning sector DeFi given that centralized cryptocurrency exchanges follow strict KYC measures. As we have seen in the crypto, especially the decentralized finance sector, the younger generation is taking the reins and has also been involved in the building process.

Out of these teens surveyed, 33% of them hold a part-time job, the same as in the fall of 2020, with parents contributing 61% in the spending. However, “self-reported” spending improved 1% to $2,165.

Food accounts for the number one priority of teens at 23% share of their wallet. In the aftermath of the pandemic, 46% of teens believe the economy is getting worse, while 25% believe it is getting better.

Cash, however, is the king as the top payment method for teens, unlike the worldwide trend of cashless. Cash is followed by Apple Pay, with Venmo being the most used payment app.

When it comes to favorite social media platforms, Snapchat is a favorite among the teens with 31% share followed by TikTok (30%) and Instagram (24%, down 700 bps Y/Y).

As we saw in the past few months, TikTok was also popular among newbie crypto investors, with people shilling cryptocurrencies, especially Dogecoin (DOGE) on the platform, sending its prices closer to $1.

With more and more crypto companies now investing in growth marketing, FTX sealing the deal with Miami Heat and Coinbase planning for sales and marketing to be between 12% and 15% of net revenue in 2021, these insights and social media platforms may help crypto firms bring in the masses and targeting the younger generation to the industry.

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‘Too Much’ Bitcoin Supply Is In Search of Yield Reveals True Inherent Yield on Crypto Assets

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) continues to attract not just degens and crypto enthusiasts, but as we have been seeing, government authorities are also getting interested.

As we reported recently, the US Federal Reserve published a paper on DeFi, and now the Fed is interested in knowing more about the revolutionary and burgeoning sector that, according to the crypto market, could one day in the future replace banks and traditional finance.

“Today, I had the opportunity to present DeFi and Compound Finance to the Federal Reserve staff. Eventually, the banking system will run on shared, open ledgers. Each day, we get closer,” tweeted Robert Leshner, founder, and CEO of lending protocol Compound.

An increasing number of cryptocurrency firms are also offering banking features.

This week, Abra announced the launch of its new crypto banking feature, Abra Borrow, that will enable customers on the Abra Mobile App globally and in 35 U.S. states to borrow against their crypto holdings.

“Abra already has a critical mass of over 1,000,000 users, and we’re excited to roll out our new Borrow feature by popular customer demand,” said Bill Barhydt, Founder, and CEO of Abra.

“By allowing people to borrow US dollars against their digital assets, users can immediately tap into their crypto price gains without selling their crypto or forgoing future price gains.”

What’s the Point?

Amidst this growing interest in banking features, BlockFi made waves in the industry by slashing the interest rates so much that the rate on the highest amount of BTC and ETH has been brought down to the rates offered by the banks.

This has the community dragging BlockFi through the mud and arguing what’s the point of lending your crypto assets for such a meager amount of rates.

“Blockfi is now reducing their yield on BTC in ranges down to 0.5%. I can make more money from my non-custodial Lightning nodes than I can with them, and peers don’t even send me complaints if I fund a channel via a CoinJoin. I’ve pulled my BTC from BlockFi and reallocated it to LN,” commented Alex Bosworth, Lightning infrastructure Lead at Lightning.

It was “Long Overdue”

BlockFi had clarified that it is because of the market conditions, the supply and demand of the lending in crypto.

Matthew Ballensweig, the head of lending at competing firm Genesis Trading, who previously worked at Bridgewater Associates, also chimed in on BlockFi’s defense, saying,

“Crypto rate markets, like most markets, aren’t static. BlockFi cutting rates is just a supply/demand lever. There is simply too much BTC supply in search of yield relative to institutional demand for that BTC.”

He explained that Bitcoin “borrow demand is a function of the risk-adjusted return opportunities in the market and right now they are limited.”

Not only is public shares vs. private placement arbitrage backward, but futures markets are also in heavy contango. With limited ways to deploy BTC, the yields are contracting fast.

“You either grow your user base by offering generous yields on assets, or you focus on profitability and optimize your business for net interest margin,” he said. It was basically inevitable and “long overdue,” and these rates, according to him,

“represents a much truer picture of the inherent yield on crypto assets in this market.”

While the BTC deployment opportunities would arrive as markets ebb and flow, right now, “it pays to have cash in this market, not crypto,” he added.

Fiat-Backed Cryptos Leading

Cash may not be the king in the traditional space, but fiat-backed cryptocurrencies are immensely useful and popular in the crypto market.

That is why Ballensweig doesn’t see the same drop in stablecoin rates coming as Bitcoin BTC 6.10% Bitcoin / USD BTCUSD $ 55,137.57
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and Ethereum ETH 7.14% Ethereum / USD ETHUSD $ 1,703.04
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; it’s the opposite, actually. Cash provides you with leverage and the ability to capture the basis between BTC futures and spot markets.

“You can take your cash or USDC and long spot, short June BTC future and capture roughly 22% ann implied on FTX Official right now,” he stated.

However, according to data provider, Skew, demand for stablecoin borrowing is cooling off after seeing a big spike in Feb.

Stablecoins gained traction during the pandemic last year. Demand for them spiked “as crypto users sought to safely park their assets. Then, as markets rallied, the DeFi sector jumped even higher, buoyed by blockchain-based borrowing and lending protocols,” which allowed crypto users to earn eye-popping interest rates on their crypto assets, noted Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao.

Borrowing and lending protocols that drove the DeFi boom is what offers “an even brighter future for the wider DeFi ecosystem,” he said.

Aiming to defy traditional finance, with its high costs and inefficiencies, “these borrowing and lending protocols offer a proof-of-concept that showcases DeFi’s disruptive potential—and enduring appeal,” Zhao added.

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Grayscale Closes Private Placement in GBTC, Which Holds 3.5% of Bitcoin’s Circulating Supply

Meanwhile, the GBTC continues to trade at a discount as Grayscale, which does not have any redemption program, works on converting it into an ETF.

It’s been close to two weeks that Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest digital asset manager, has seen any inflows in its Bitcoin Trust (GBTC).

This is because the fund has closed any private placement for now. The message on the website reads,

“The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust private placement is offered on a periodic basis throughout the year and is currently closed.”

As of writing, GBTC has 655,360 BTC, representing just over 3.5% of Bitcoin’s circulating supply, $37.1 billion worth of total holdings.

This has been while GBTC continues to trade at a discount since late February. Much like GBTC, ETHE is also at a discount of 7%. While Grayscale Ethereum Trust is currently open, it only added 3,769 ETH this month, as per Bybt.

Grayscale’s infamous premium has provided hedge funds an opportunity to arbitrage, who deposit the coin with GBTC in exchange for shares that are worth more than the market value of BTC, and this premium is pocketed by them when they sell the marked-up shares after a six-month lock-up period. Nic Carter, of crypto-focused venture firm Castle Island Ventures, told Bloomberg,

“It became just too popular and there’s only so much demand at the end of the day by retail investors who are using Schwab or using Fidelity or a traditional brokerage.”

“Basically, too many funds plowed capital into this trade thinking it was a slam dunk, and then as that capital matured and the units in the trust became market-tradable, the demand that they expected to materialize wasn’t there from the market.”

Grayscale’s crypto products do not have a redemption program as assets are held in a trust currently; shares can only be created.

And the asset manager halts creations from time to time. “The Trust may, but will not be required to, seek regulatory approval to operate a redemption program,” states the website.

Bitcoin bull Cathie Wood of Ark Investment Management is one of the largest holders of the Trust along with Horizon Kinetics LLC and Churchill Management Corp.

This week, Digital Currency Group, the parent company of Grayscale, announced that it would be buying up to $250 million worth of GBTC shares.

As we reported, Grayscale is working on the process of becoming an exchange-traded Fund (ETF) as it hires several ETF executives.

While the US has yet to approve one, Canada has already seen two ETFs that made their debut last month and saw a great response. The first Purpose Bitcoin ETF (BTCC), has amassed $464 million in assets, while another one, Evolve Fund Group’s Bitcoin ETF (ticker EBIT), has attracted $42 million so far.

In the light of the growing demand for Bitcoin products, now US ETF issuers are getting creative. Simplify US Equity Plus Bitcoin ETF (SPBC) is investing up to 15% of its assets in cryptos either “indirectly and solely” through GBTC, as per a filing. Financial Enhancement Group’s Andrew Thrasher said,

“This fund will appeal to a lot of advisors who have had an interest in getting exposure to Bitcoin or have clients asking for crypto.”

“This gives the potential to have Bitcoin exposure within a traditional custodian account in an ETF wrapper, which hasn’t been done in the U.S. due to SEC resistance to approve a pure Bitcoin ETF.”

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MicroStrategy’s Massive Premium Implies Bitcoin Price of $122k, says Investment Firm Short on MSTR

The price of the MSTR shares have crashed 60% in less than a month since company executives started selling some stocks.

Bitcoin bull Michael Saylor, the co-founder, and chief executive officer of publicly-traded business intelligence company MicroStrategy, has been betting big on the leading digital currency.

The company bought another 205 BTC on Friday, bringing its total holdings to 91,065 BTC, representing 0.488% of Bitcoin’s circulating supply.

While the company continues to bet more and more on Bitcoin, its share prices are not feeling the same bullishness. MSTR share prices have crashed nearly 60% in less than one month from their all-time high of about $1,314 on Feb. 9.

On Friday, the MSTR shares fell as low as $537 before recovering to $620. Interestingly, MSTR is suffering from losses more than Bitcoin.

During the same period, the price of Bitcoin went from $46,500 to an ATH of $58,300, only to see a correction of 26% to almost $43k. Currently, BTC is consolidating in the $40k-$50k range.

The losses in the cryptocurrency market have actually been the result of the weakness in the stock market, which has been reacting to the rising bond yields. “The bond market selloff is showing some signs of stability, and that could mean the bitcoin pullback is nearing its end,” said Edward Moya, a senior market analyst at OANDA.

In related news, MicroStrategy President and CFO Phong Le sold 10,000 shares of MSTR on March 2nd, at an average price of $802.46 a share. Company CTO Timothy Edwin Lang sold 10,000 shares of MSTR stock on Feb 22nd.

Moreover, General Counsel Wei-ming Shao sold 5,000 MSTR shares on March 3rd. Director Jarrod M Patten and Stephen X Graham also sold 1,150 shares and 2,000 shares respectively on Feb. 24.

Distorted from fundamentals

The traditional media and funds have voiced their opinion against the company’s increasing Bitcoin bet. This week, WSJ called MicroStrategy’s Bitcoin buying spree “irresponsible,” based on Marc Lichtenfeld, chief income strategist at The Oxford Group’s view, who calls Bitcoin a “very speculative and volatile asset.” He said,

“I have never seen a company do this. This is beyond the excesses I have seen during the dot-com boom, and I think it makes them very, very vulnerable.”

According to Lichtenfeld, MSTR shares are “completely distorted from (its) business fundamentals” and simply linked to Bitcoin.

Another criticism came from investment management firm Bireme Capital which published its Q4 2020 Investor Letter, revealing that it is short on MicroStrategy, declaring $450 as its fair value.

The fund that had a net return of 47.1% for the year ending 2020 said MicroStrategy has a massive premium, its market cap increasing by $9 billion on a ~$3b windfall on its bitcoin purchases.

According to Bireme Capital’s calculations, MSTR’s current share price implies a bitcoin price of $122,000. The letter reads,

“MicroStrategy (MSTR) is the latest firm with shrinking revenues and negligible profits to pivot to the blockchain. Rather than attempt to start a cryptocurrency business, MSTR pivoted in the most straightforward way possible: it simply bought hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bitcoin overnight. In one light, this is an utter abdication of all the principles of corporate finance. Why not return the money to shareholders, who can decide for themselves whether or not they want to own bitcoin? But in another light, this was a brilliant end run around the SEC, who has been denying bitcoin ETF proposals le and right for years. MSTR went from being a mere stagnant software business to the de facto bitcoin ETF.”

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Every Internet Community Might Have Its Own Micro-Economy, Including NFT’s, Someday

Every Internet Community Might Have Its Own Micro-Economy, Including NFT’s, Someday

“Crypto, and specifically NFTs (non-fungible tokens), can accelerate the trend of creators monetizing directly with their fans,” reads a16z latest blog post written by Chris Dixon, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

While social platforms will continue to be useful for building audiences, creators can increasingly rely on other methods, including NFTs and crypto-enabled economies, to make money, he said.

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are gaining a lot of attention lately as people digitize their art, videos, music, gifs, games, text, memes, and any number of things and sell them online.

HighestSellingNFT

Source: Twitter

While NFTs will have their own ups and downs, they offer fundamentally better economics for creators by removing rent-seeking intermediaries, enabling granular price tiering, and reducing customer acquisition costs to near zero by making users owners, he wrote.

As such, this new sector which is still early and will evolve, Dixon believes, will see an increase in their utility as digital experiences are built around them, including marketplaces, social networks, showcases, games, and virtual worlds. He added,

“Someday, every internet community might have its own micro-economy, including NFTs and fungible tokens that users can use, own, and collect.”

In this burgeoning sector, recently, the major auction house Christie’s also joined in through Beeple’s digital art, the payment for which was accepted for the first time in crypto, Ether.

ChristiesBeepleNFT

Source: Twitter

People are pouring in huge amounts of money in these NFTs, with a batch of digital collectibles known as CryptoPunks getting sold for about $1 million in cryptocurrency in just a few minutes recently.

These digital collectibles are created on the Ethereum blockchain using the ERC-721 standard and are embedded into a smart contract.

This obviously has people making copycats, as seen with “Binance Punks.” Larva Labs, the company behind the Punk collectibles, clarified last month that it “has taken the art from CryptoPunks and is selling it as a copy on another chain. This is in no way an authorized project.”

AmandaCernyNFT

Source: Twitter

On February 22nd, volume in the NFT space peaked above $64 million and over 44k traders, an uptrend of 114x and 26.5x respectively from the beginning of the year, as per Dapp Radar.

Since then, the volume on NFT marketplaces has come down to just under $16 million and traders to over 25k.

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61% of Americans Have Little to No Understanding of How Cryptocurrencies Work: Survey

61% of Americans Have Little to No Understanding of How Cryptocurrencies Work: Survey

Also, only 10% of the respondents familiar with cryptos are using them regularly to make purchases.

More than one in ten American adults have never heard of cryptocurrencies, revealed a new survey by Harris Poll.

Nearly half of the respondents had actually heard about the names of digital currencies, according to the survey of 1,984 people taken from February 12 to 14. During this period, the price of Bitcoin was around $48,000 and $50,000.

Since then, the price of BTC has surged above $58,000 to hit yet another all-time high in its pierce discovery and is currently experiencing a pullback and is around $55k.

“From the public standpoint, it’s not a cryptocurrency; it’s a cryptic-currency,” said John Gerzema, chief executive officer of the Harris Poll.

Despite having heard of cryptos, most of them don’t really get them, with 61% of the people surveyed saying they had little or no understanding of how they work. Only 14% of those familiar with digital currencies said they understand “very well” how they work.

4% of the respondents familiar with cryptos think Bitcoin will crash to zero while double that (8%) see it going above $100,000.

The Legitimacy

Among those familiar with cryptos, about 43% expressed doubt about their legitimacy as a form of payment, while 29% think crypto will be largely forgotten in the next decade. 34% meanwhile believes it will become a standard form of payment.

Millennials, between 25 and 40 years old, continue to lead the crypto believers as 69% of them said they thought digital currencies were very or somewhat legitimate as a form of payment. This figure drops to 58% for Gen Z, between 18 and 24 years old.

According to Gerzema, millennials, who are tech-savvy and comfortable with financial products and having more investable assets, may be operating as a bridge between Gen Z and baby boomers.

In the past few weeks, we saw Tesla investing in Bitcoin and announcing that they will be accepting BTC as a form of payment. Following Tesla, others like Mastercard said they would interact with cryptos in their network, too, while many other major companies like Twitter, GM, and Uber will consider processing payments in cryptocurrencies.

Only 10% of survey respondents familiar with cryptos said they regularly make purchases with it. Given that BTC has appreciated more than 14x in value since the March sell-off, the leading digital currency works better as a long-term investment than as a form of payment.

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Canadian Firm, Accelerate, Files for a Bitcoin ETF (ABTC) on Toronto Stock Exchange

Companies have a growing demand to launch Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as the cryptocurrency market settles above the 41 trillion market cap. Accelerate Financial Technologies, a Canadian fintech firm, is the latest to file and obtain a receipt for a preliminary prospectus with the Canadian financial regulators to launch its Accelerate Bitcoin ETF under the ticker “ABTC.”

In a statement released on Wednesday, Accelerate confirmed a share of ABTC units have filed for listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange but are yet to receive conditional approval on the listing. ABTC will offer U.S. dollar-denominated units and Canadian dollar-denominated units, with a management fee of 0.70%.

Accelerate launched its first Bitcoin fund in 2017, providing its clients with one of Canada’s most innovative and fastest-growing alternative investment solutions. Julian Klymochko, CEO and founder of Accelerate, said, “he has always been an advocate of the asset class” given the coins’ past performance. Klymochko added,

“Bitcoin has been one of the best-performing asset classes on a 1-year, 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year basis, both absolute and risk-adjusted. Given bitcoin’s historical track record and future potential, along with its portfolio diversification properties, we are looking forward to offering investors exposure to the asset class in an easy-to-use, low-cost ETF.”

The demand for Bitcoin ETFs seems to be back after a long layoff in the market following VanEck’s rejected proposals by the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2018. The company has once again filed for a Bitcoin ETF, claiming it will hold physical BTC this time.

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Wall Street Bets Have Locked In On Their New Target; Pumping XRP & Silver Now

Wall Street Bets Have Locked In On Their New Target; Pumping XRP & Silver Now

WallStreetBets, whose members on Reddit are growing fast, now over 7.7 million, has moved from DOGE to other assets.

WallStreetBets have found their next target, and it is none other than XRP and Silver, both of which are pumping hard. XRP started pumping over the weekend, and today the prices climbed as high as $0.688. Last week, the digital asset was trading as low as $0.246.

In just two days, XRP prices surged over 142% and is now retracing the gains as it is currently trading around $0.630.

Last week, fintech startup Ripple also filed a response to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which has sued the company and its top two executives for allegedly selling an unregistered security. Ripple’s 93-page long response says,

“The functionality and liquidity of XRP are wholly incompatible with securities regulation. To require XRP’s registration as a security is to impair its main utility.”

Ripple has also filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents on how the SEC determined that BTC and ETH are not securities.

Silver Sent to Multi-Year Highs

Before pumping XRP, WallStreetBets sent DOGE above $0.80, and already the momentum has ebbed as the cryptocurrency now trades around $0.0389. DOGE -16.77% Dogecoin / USD DOGEUSD $ 0.04
-$0.01-16.77%
Volume 7.07 b Change -$0.01 Open $0.04 Circulating 128.19 b Market Cap 4.72 b
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Besides XRP, retail traders seem to be onto silver as well, which today went past multi-year highs of $30, a level that was last seen in February 2013. During the post-pandemic pump, silver went to just under $30 level while its all-time high sits at about $50 hit in April 2011.

Unlike silver, gold is trading around $1,860 per ounce, still over 10% from its ATH of $2,075 recorded in August 2020. Greenback, meanwhile, is flat around 90.7.

Given that WallStreetBets’s subreddit has 7.7 million members, it makes sense that they can coordinate to push up an asset’s prices. Trader and economist Alex Kruger said,

“Going to be interesting if WSB ever gets large enough to command a squeeze against major currencies. Based on the silver price action, it seems they could already squeeze an EM currency if so desired.”

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