Bitcoin Breaks Through $61,000 as Euphoria & ‘Greed’ Brings the Money Back In

Bitcoin is on the move, and it looks like there’s isn’t much resistance from here to the $65,000 all-time high.

Today, we went on to hit almost $61,500, and Bitcoins’ market cap surpassed $1.15 trillion. Currently trading above $61k, another move, and we’ll go straight for ATH. The leading cryptocurrency is now up more than 37% in October, so far.

This latest euphoria in the market is due to the first Bitcoin ETF of the US finally coming next week.

“ETFs open up a raft of avenues for people to gain exposure, and there will be a swift move to these structures,” said Charles Hayter, CEO of data firm CryptoCompare.

“It reduces the frictions for investors to gain exposure and gives traditional funds room to use the asset for diversification purposes.”

As we reported, there are very high chances that a Bitcoin Futures ETF would officially be trading before this month is over. Even the SEC is reminding investors to be careful when investing in a fund holding Bitcoin futures.

While ProShares Bitcoin ETF’s deadline for approval, decline, or delay is coming on October 18, Valkyrie filed an 8-A on Friday. SEC has to decide on Valkyrie’s ETF on October 25.

This is “yet another step indicating they (Valkyrie) think they will be going effective. That said, I’m still waiting on ProShares’ updated prospectus to get that ‘home free’ feeling,” said Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst for Bloomberg.

Earlier today, Bloomberg also reported that the SEC is set to allow the Bitcoin ETF to trade next week, citing people familiar with the matter.

“It’s one of the final frontiers for mandate access,” said Joseph Edwards, head of research at crypto broker Enigma Securities.

“Plenty of Americans in particular have strings attached to how they deploy a lot of their wealth. It allows bitcoin to get in on the sorts of windfall that keep U.S. equities as consistently strong as they are.”

The approval of the ETF would certainly print a new ATH for Bitcoin.

“The move to $1m is preordained,” says Su Zhu, CEO, and co-founder of Three Arrows Capital.

In anticipation of the move, open interest on Bitcoin futures has increased to $22.29 billion, last seen in mid-April, according to Bybt. On CME, OI has already hit a new ATH at $3.36 billion, surpassing the February 21 high of $3.26 billion. As of writing, Bitcoin futures are trading at $60,950 on CME.

Funding rates on Bitcoin perpetual contracts are also spiking. Last month, it was negative, and currently, the highest is at 0.0446% on Deribit.

Additionally, the Crypto Fear & Greed Index is showing that ‘greed’ sentiments are back in the market with a reading of 79, last seen in late August.

In tandem with Bitcoin, Ether went up to trade above $3,800 while the total cryptocurrency market cap hovers around its early May peak of $2.55 trillion.

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Author: AnTy

Bearish Still? Coinbase CoFounder’s VC Firm Is Raising Over A Billion Dollars to Invest in Startups

Bearish Still? Coinbase CoFounder’s VC Firm Looks to Raise Over a Billion Dollars to Invest in Startups

Cryptocurrency venture capital firm Paradigm is looking to raise more than $1 billion for its new fund that will invest in startups.

The fund could weigh between $1.25 billion and $1.5 billion, first reported by CoinDesk citing an investor deck.

Co-founded by cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase’s Fred Ehsram, the firm aims to close its fundraising efforts on November 12.

Besides raising funds from its limited partners, they are also reportedly seeking a minimum general partner commitment of 1%. The firm has also been doing the rounds among family offices recently.

Additionally, the firm is hiring Matthew Mizbani of hedge fund Coatue Management as a partner. Reportedly, Mizbani, who previously worked at Morgan Stanley and Two Sigma, has been hired for the new fund.

While crypto prices are slowly moving still, money in the private market continues to flow. According to a report from Bank of America, VCs poured in $17 billion in crypto projects in the first half of 2021, “dwarfing” the $5.5 billion from the same period last year.

In Q3, another $8 billion have been injected in private investment across 423 deals.

In late June this year, VC giant Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) had also announced that it had raised a whopping $2.2 billion for its third crypto fund — the industry’s largest crypto-related fund to date.

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Author: AnTy

SEC Extends Approval Window On WisdomTree’s Bitcoin ETF Decision

Institutional investors have been on the long path of listing a crypto ETF in the US, and by the looks of it, the wait may be much longer.

SEC Delays ETF Decision Again

The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it would be extending its decision on WisdomTree’s proposed Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) listing.

The announcement made on May 26 said that this decision is anchored on a follow-up listing by the Cboe BZX Exchange for the same Bitcoin ETF, which sought to list and trade shares of the WisdomTree Bitcoin Trust.

Even though the proposal has received varied comments, the SEC says it needs more time to consider the proposed rule change and the Bitcoin ETF comments. Therefore it would be extending its decision window from May 30 till July 14, 2021.

This is not the first Bitcoin ETF that has to wait on a decision. According to an April announcement, the digital assets investment firm also saw its Bitcoin ETF proposal delayed by another 90 days. Just like the WisdomTree decision, the SEC cited rule changes as a reason behind the delay. It has NOW selected June 17, 2021, TO MAKE A FINAL decision.

The SEC has seen a flood of Bitcoin ETFs, with most institutional investors seeking approval for a Bitcoin ETF. But unlike its Canadian counterpart, the SEC has remained adamant in its decision to approve any Bitcoin ETF.

According to the top regulatory dog, crypto-assets like Bitcoin are susceptible to market manipulation and fraud. Even though a lot has changed in the past few months, with the crypto market surpassing a $2 trillion valuation, the SEC has not approved any of the eight proposals on its table.

Canada Leading The Crypto ETF Space

The SEC’s continued denial of a Bitcoin ETF is tied to the regulatory uncertainty prevalent in the US crypto space. Even as cryptocurrencies are gaining wide adoption in the American nation, federal agencies have not provided any guidelines on cryptocurrencies.

This continued ambivalence has seen the SEC lock horns with blockchain firms it feels do not have the necessary permits to operate in the US market.

Making a case about the SEC’s aggressive approach to the nascent industry, embattled digital payment firm Ripple Labs CEO Brad Garlinghouse said this is forcing many crypto startups to friendlier climes.

The Ontario Securities Commission has taken an entirely different approach. Starting with the Purpose Bitcoin ETF approval, the security commission has greenlighted over eight crypto ETFs in its region.

Not to be outdone, the Brazil Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) also approved QR Capital’s Bitcoin ETF proposal. According to a March 19 tweet, the fund would trade under the ticker QBTC11

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Author: Jimmy Aki

Gold ETF Records Biggest One-day Reduction in Over 4 Years

Gold is losing its appeal, is what the bitcoin proponents say time and again. But it looks like it’s not just what the crypto enthusiasts have been saying; rather, it has actually been happening.

The latest data from Bloomberg shows that gold ETF holdings have had their biggest one-day reduction since November 2016. An exchange-traded fund (ETF) tracks an asset, commodity, or index that can be purchased or sold on an exchange like a regular stock.

Reportedly, total holdings have dropped 23.5 tons to 3058 tons, the lowest since last May.

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This makes sense given the price of spot gold is trading around $1,770 an ounce, in a downtrend ever since hitting a new all-time high in August last year at $2,075 per ounce.

Compared to gold’s -6.50% performance this year, so far, Bitcoin, aka ‘digital gold,’ has increased 88% in value YTD, while still being down over 16% from its ATH of almost $65,000.

“Bitcoin is stealing gold’s shine,” noted Mike McGlone of Bloomberg. “Accelerating trends in decarbonization, electrification, and digitalization.”

Even the largest gold ETF, SDPR Gold Shares (GLD), is recording a decline in its assets under management (AUM) at $58 billion, last seen in May 2020, down from $84.24 billion in August.

This has been despite the fact that “we’re in an everything bubble,” in which we are seeing asset inflation increasing.

This bubble can be overwhelmingly attributed to one singular trend, QE, which makes asset prices go up, notes Travis Kling, who runs the Ikigai fund.

With the Federal Reserve continuing to add trillions of dollars to the market, everything is running hot, and “Bitcoin appears to have been purpose-built for a time such as this. A perfect mirror reflection of monetary and fiscal policy irresponsibility. Money printer go brrr and number go up,” he said.

This is why in the last 11 years, as the total assets of the world’s central banks went straight up, BTC price went from nine cents to $65k. Kling said,

“Anyone in the world with an internet connection can buy $1 worth of Bitcoin & begin protecting themselves against monetary debasement & the rapidly increasing risk that the largest monetary experiment in human history will end poorly.”

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Author: AnTy

On-Chain Data Indexing Platform, The Graph, Looks to Support 8 New Layer 1 Blockchains

On-Chain Data Indexing Platform, The Graph (GRT), Looks to Support Eight New Layer 1 Blockchains

The Graph, an indexing and query layer of decentralized applications, evaluates a move to eight different layer 1 blockchains following a successful mainnet launch on Ethereum. The company is currently working on integration on the Bitcoin, Polkadot, and Binance Smart Chain (BSC) L1 networks – to name a few.

A blog post released on Monday revealed eight-layer 1 technologies being evaluated by The Graph for “potential integration.” The querying and indexing platform launched its mainnet on Ethereum at the tail end of 2020, building a robust and decentralized system on the Inter-Planetary File System (IPFS). Now, the company is shifting its focus to allow the deployment of sub-graphs (open APIs in the Web3 ecosystem) on other blockchains.

The list provided mentions eight potential L1 layer candidates to integrate The Graph (GRT), including Bitcoin (BTC), Polkadot (DOT), NEAR, Cosmos (ATOM), Solana (SOL), Avalanche (AVAX), Binance Smart Chain, and Celo.

The Graph was first conceptualized in 2018 to make it easy and efficient for developers to access on-chain data and build dApps by launching their sub-graph. Moving to new L1 blockchains will allow users and developers to build interoperable applications hence “growing the overall Web3 ecosystem”, the post further reads.

“After launching mainnet, we are looking to accelerate the upward trajectory of the Web3 ecosystem”

“That means ensuring that no matter which Layer 1 blockchain you are building on, you can build a subgraph and easily access data from across chains”.

Eva Beylin Director at The Graph Foundation

The company is still analyzing the conditions necessary to integrate its indexing platform to the Layer 1 blockchains – and the respective developer communities. The Graph is planning to use several criteria to integrate on a blockchain, including ease of integration, the communities’ hype and rigor, compatibility with its goals, and overall contribution to the Web3 ecosystem.

So far, over 7,000 sub-graphs have been deployed by decentralized finance products on Ethereum (ETH), including AAVE, Compound (COMP), Synthetix (SNX), and Uniswap (UNI). These projects use sub-graphs to retrieve data improving the efficiency of the platforms.

“By providing subgraph support across chains, developers will be able to utilize the best of whatever each blockchain has to offer,” Eva further said.

Finally, the post also revealed the Graph Foundation is launching the “Graph Grants Program” to any developers working on integrating the selected Layer 1 blockchains on its platform. The Foundation released 25 million GRT – The Graph’s native tokens – to be distributed across the Graph’s ecosystem across 2021.

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Author: Lujan Odera

Ripple Partner, SBI Group, Looks to Form Crypto Joint Venture to Boost Revenue

Ripple Partner, SBI Group, Looks to Form Crypto Joint Venture to Boost Revenue

Tokyo-based financial giant SBI Holdings has opened up talks with various international financial institutions to form a crypto joint venture. The firm revealed that it aims to make the crypto business one of its main pillars.

Speaking to Reuters, Yoshitaka Kitao, SBI CEO, revealed that the bank is in talks with numerous financial institutions to set up a crypto venture. Kitao also stated that SBI has already secured two plausible deals but remained coy on the details. The CEO stated that part of the initiative is to pursue mergers and acquisitions.

To enhance its presence in the crypto space, SBI bought TaoTao, a Japanese-based crypto exchange, last year. Kitao explained that the merger and acquisition strategy does not involve taking the minority stakes but partnering with top crypto companies worldwide.

Ripple partner SBI Holdings has witnessed a big jump in profits from its crypto wing for the year ending December 2020. The financial conglomerate’s crypto pretax profit stood at $64 million, which increased 83% compared to 2019. Kitao explained,

“To be number one in the world, our choice is purchasing a leading firm or allying with major global companies. Our merger and acquisition strategy will not be something like taking minority stakes in many companies. Investors once lived in the world where they invested in stocks or bonds; it’s not an either-or situation anymore.”

Kitao also elaborated that institutional interest in crypto assets is rising, which presents a huge opportunity for SBI. He added that institutional investors, mostly hedge funds, are flocking the crypto market, presenting an opportunity for mergers and acquisitions. He also cited that renowned investors like Elon Musk are taking an interest in the crypto industry.

In December last year, SBI purchased cryptocurrency trading outfit B2C2, and the firm is looking to add more.

SBI Holdings is the largest online brokerage firm in Japan and has been offering crypto trading services since 2018.

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Author: Joseph Kibe

Nvidia Looks to Fire Up Its Crypto Mining GPU Production; If Demand is Good Enough

Nvidia Looks to Fire Up Its Crypto Mining GPU Production; If Demand is Good Enough

While known for its prowess in the gaming industry for its powerful line of graphics cards, the Chipmaking powerhouse Nvidia has hinted at a possible restart in the production of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) specifically for cryptocurrency miners.

During her time attending an event on Jan. 12, Nvidia Chief Financial Officer Colette Kress alluded to the company’s continued interest in providing its famous line of CMPs for the crypto mining community – providing the market picks up to what she refers to as a “meaningful level.”

CMPs, in contrast to GPUs, are effectively the same kind of graphics card. By removing certain features from GPUs – such as video outputs – CMPs could be manufactured at a reduced cost and on a larger scale for the crypto mining community.

While Kress’s comments have picked up considerable traction among crypto mining circles, the entire prospect hinges on a very sizeable ‘but.’ Of course, that is the possibility that the crypto mining market proves a lucrative one for Nvidia; something that Kress doesn’t hold much hope for. During the event, Kress added that “we don’t believe [mining demand is] a big part of our business today.”

To put this response into context, Kress referred to Nvidia’s RTX 30-Series of GPUs and how many interested parties may also be in the mining community. However, that isn’t to say that there is no market for them, especially when considering Ether miners. For example, an RBC analyst found that $175m in GPU sales came from Ether miners, more than $25m above what Nvidia speculated.

Miners of Ethereum appear to be a more lucrative consumer-base of Nvidia’s GPUs, as they rely upon more than ASIC-using Bitcoin miners.

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Author: James Fox

XRP Climbs to 24-Month High with Monster Green Candle; Now Everyone Wants a Piece of It

Finally!

This is what a bull market looks like… when everything explodes without reason but because it is a wild bull season.

Today, in a violent move, XRP moved and posted a giant green candle. Such a big move was last seen in mid-September 2018 when the digital asset went from about $0.26 to $0.78 before continuing its descent into the darkness.

Such giant monster candles were previously seen only during December at the peak of the 2017 bull market.

At the time, the first green candle took it from about $0.22 to $0.90, another one was seen from $0.9 to $0.245, and the last one took it to an all-time high of $3.3.

It just might be the time for the fourth-largest digital currency to make some moves.

Amidst all this also came the reports of Ripple officially adding Bank of America. It has a long history of partnership that was never confirmed but has been finally included in its official website.

Going to nearly $0.440 over the weekend, XRP recorded gains of 40% in just one day. Continuing this uptrend, XRP went up further as high as $0.554 — a last seen level in November 2018.

At the time of writing, XRP has been trading at $0.533 with $2.59 billion in volume, the fourth largest volume after BTC ($3.52 billion), ETH ($4.06 billion), and USDT ($9.45 billion).

The digital asset first started trending up on Thursday when trading was at $0.283, and in just four days, XRP price has surged more than 95%. This strong breakout means everyone wants a bite of XRP, with analyst Mati Greenspan saying,

“When I sold 1000 XRP in 2017 for $1.08 a piece, I never thought that I’d be buying back in at 52 cents in 2020.”

Altcoins have started to pop out because Bitcoin has been taking a breather around $18,000, just inches away from its all-time high of $20,000.

Besides XRP, other notable movers on the first day of the week included DXT (424%), ZEN (67%), OXT (23%), and VeChain (14%). In this month alone, the total market has added $143 billion.

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Author: AnTy

Zcoin Launches Lelantus Testnet, Leveraging Burn-and-Redeem Model for Enhanced Privacy

Zcoin, the privacy-focused crypto project, has launched Lelantus testnet as it looks to increase the anonymity features within its ecosystem. The testnet launched on October 20 leverages a burn-and-redeem approach to provide higher privacy for its blockchain transactions, coupled with short confirmation times.

This newly adopted model by Zcoin is an alternative to other decoys ‘anonymity functions’ that distort transaction trails. As for the Zcoin Lelantus testnet, users will be able to destroy an arbitrary amount of coins and later redeem new ones from the pool, eliminating the associated transactional history. Reuben Yap, the Zcoin project steward, told Coindesk in an email that,

“At any time in the future, you can submit a cryptographic proof that proves you destroyed/burnt coins without revealing which coin it was … This proof, once accepted, will allow you to redeem coins that do not have any previous transaction history or linkages.”

Lelantus testnet has done away with Zcoin’s initial model where users had to redeem the full amount of the coins burned; instead, they can now redeem partial amounts. Yap gave an example of a user who opts to burn $100; previously, they would have to redeem $100, but they can now take out a smaller amount with no trace it came from the $100.

This testnet also operates in a trustless manner based on the decisional Diffie–Hellman (DDH) assumptions. It means that the Zcoin privacy network will not require a trusted setup, as is the case in most cryptographic innovations. According to Yap, this quite a cutting-edge in preventing coin inflation,

“A compromised trusted setup in zero-knowledge proofs allows someone to forge the proofs, meaning that coins can be created out of thin air leading to hyperinflation … In privacy coins where amounts are obscured, such inflation can also remain undetected.”

With the Lelantus testnet scheduled to last for about one month, Yap hinted that 2.0 is already in progress. This version will offer more advanced features, such as allocating the rights to redeem burnt coins to another party.

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Author: Edwin Munyui

TRON (TRX) Price Analysis (May 16)

• Tron looks bullish both in the medium-term outlook and in the short-term outlook.
• Buyers may put in their aggressive orders.

TRX/USD Medium-term Trend: Bullish

Key levels

• Resistance levels : $0.025, $0.030, $0.035
• Support levels: $0.007, $0.006, $0.005


The sustained bearish pressure pushed the cryptocurrency down during yesterday’s session to $ 0.014 in the support area during yesterday’s session.

The bulls brief return and push the price up at $0.015 in the resistance area as the daily session opens today.

The price which is up at $0.015 in the resistance area revolving around the two EMAs suggests the bulls are gradually returning to the market.

The stochastic signal pointing down at around level 55% in the overbought region indicates there may be a change in momentum in price of Tron in the future in the medium-term and in this case, a downward trend.

TRX/USD Short-term Trend: Bullish


The cryptocurrency is in the bullish trend in its short-term outlook. The formation of a bullish candle with a wick at $0.014 in the resistance area as the 4-hourly session opens today affirms the bullish presence in the market.
The price of Tron is now up at $0.015 in the resistance area. Price is below the two EMAs with the formation of a pin bar indicates there is likely to be a reversal in the trend.
The stochastic oscillator signals up at 46% imply buyers are beginning to take over the market and may likely continue in the same direction in the nearby days in the short-term.

Disclaimer: The presented information is subjected to market condition and may include the very own opinion of the author. Please do your ‘very own’ market research before making any investment in cryptocurrencies. Neither the writer nor the publication (bitcoinexchangeguide.com) holds any responsibility for your financial loss.

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Author: Ben Jordan