Here’s how the Purpose Bitcoin ETF differs from Grayscale’s GBTC Trust

Since 2017, investors have been anxiously awaiting a Bitcoin ETF approval as the existence of such a fund was an important symbol of mass adoption and acceptance from the realm of traditional finance.  On Feb. 18, the Toronto Stock Exchange hosted the official launch of the Purpose Bitcoin ETF and the fund quickly absorbed more than $333 million in market capitalization in just two days. Now that the long-awaited Bitcoin ETF is here, investors are curious about how it will compete with Grayscale Investments GBTC fund. On Feb. 17, Ark…

BTC, BNB, DOT, XEM, MIOTA

Bitcoin (BTC) price has been correcting in the past few days and traders are curious to know whether this is a minor pullback or the start of a deeper decline. The problem is that no one has a crystal ball and analysts can only point to critical support levels that may hold based on historical data and evidence.  However, in a bear phase, the price tends to slip below key support levels as traders panic and sell out of fear, similar to how the price exceeds the upside targets during a…

Google Finance adds dedicated ‘crypto’ tab featuring Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin

Google Finance has added crypto prices to the finance.google.com domain. The section, titled “Crypto,” now appears in the “Compare Markets” category alongside conventional stock and currency markets. The section provides key pricing information for various cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Google Finance users can now track the performance of various cryptocurrencies in just one click. Google’s parent, Alphabet, also owns video platform YouTube — which has consistently irked crypto users by banning educational and news content, often seemingly at random. Cointelegraph and CoinDesk,…

NBA Top Shot leads NFT explosion with $230M in sales

Dapper Labs, the creator of the CryptoKitties game, is helping the National Basketball Association, or NBA, become a magnet for digital collectibles.  NBA Top Shot, a marketplace for non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, has generated over $230 million in sales, according to Dapper Labs. NBA Top Shot is built on Dapper’s Flow blockchain, allowing users to purchase “packs” that feature in-game moments. With packs almost always sold out, a secondary marketplace is the only way for users to access specific moments. Recently, a LeBron James highlight sold for $200,000. A Zion…

OLB Group enables crypto payments for thousands of US merchants

OLB Group (OLB), a New York-based e-commerce merchant service provider, is making it easier for businesses to accept cryptocurrency payments. OLB’s more than 8,500 merchants are now able to accept Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), USDC and DAI at the point-of-sale through the company’s OmniSoft business management platform. Customers wishing to pay with cryptocurrency in-store or through their mobile phones can simply elect to do so with their cryptocurrency wallets. All payments are processed through SecurePay, a payment gateway that authenticates the transaction, converts the cryptocurrency to U.S. dollars and approves…

Transparent stablecoins? Conclusion of Tether vs. NYAG raises new questions

A long-standing legal drama finally found resolution on Feb. 23, with the New York Attorney General’s office announcing that it had come to a settlement with cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex after a 22-month inquiry into whether the company had been trying to cover up its losses — touted to be worth $850 million — by misrepresenting the degree to which its Tether (USDT) reserves were backed by fiat collateral. According to the terms of the announced settlement, which now marks an end to the inquiry that was initiated by the NYAG…

Dogecoin hasn’t always been a ‘fun meme coin’

Dogecoin (DOGE) might look like a fun meme coin, particularly as its price has absolutely skyrocketed in 2021. But behind the innocent Shiba Inu dog cartoon are some horrific stories. Those buying the cryptocurrency due to shilling and jokes from Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, most likely have no idea of DOGE’s early days. DOGE/USD 1-day candle chart (HitBTC). Source: Tradingview The early days Introduced by software engineers Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer in December 2013, Dogecoin’s protocol followed Luckycoin and Litecoin (LTC) proof-of-work algorithm using Scrypt technology. It…

Bitcoin sell-off over? Strong ‘buy the dip’ signal flashes for the first time in 5 months

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) has dropped to the key $44,000-$45,000 support level on Feb. 28 for the third time in the past week. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: Tradingview The BTC/USD pair briefly dipped below $44,000 on Bitstamp before paring some of the losses, bouncing back above $45,000 at the time of writing.  ‘Full rest’ for SOPR, funding rates Some analysts have pointed out an uptick in miners’ selling as the reason behind the latest drop in price.  It’s a whale war, and you know who got the…

Professional traders need a global crypto sea, not hundreds of lakes

Coinbase’s IPO announcement has been hailed as “a milestone for the crypto industry” by Fortune Magazine. Similar to the Netscape IPO announcement that signaled the legitimacy of the internet, Coinbase’s impending public offering signals to the public at large that cryptocurrency trading is legitimate, legal and secure in the eyes of the Securities and Exchange Commission. And now, investors have an opportunity to own stock on the largest crypto trading platform in the United States. As a result, many see an investment in Coinbase as an investment in the future…

Ethereum Gains Bearish Momentum, Why ETH Could Test $1,280

Ethereum extended its decline below $1,450 against the US Dollar. ETH price is gaining bearish momentum and it could even test the $1,280 support. ETH price remained in a bearish zone below the $1,650 and $1,700 resistance levels against the US Dollar. The price is trading well below $1,500 and the 100 simple moving average (4-hours). There is a major bearish trend line forming with resistance at $1,500 on the 4-hours chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair is likely to continue lower towards the $1,280 support as…