Crypto regulation concerns make decentralized stablecoins attractive to DeFi investors

Stablecoins have emerged as a foundational part of the cryptocurrency ecosystem over the past couple of years due to their ability to provide crypto traders with an offramp during times of volatility and their widespread integration with decentralized finance (DeFi). These are necessary for the health of the ecosystem as a whole.  Currently, Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USDC) are the dominant stablecoins in the market, but their centralized nature and the persistent threat of stablecoin regulation have prompted many in the crypto community to shun them and search for…

President Biden sends CFTC nominations to Senate

The White House has officially submitted President Joe Biden’s nominations to fill two seats at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with the upcoming departure of another commissioner. In a Friday announcement, the White House said it had sent Citi managing director Caroline Pham’s and Summer Mersinger’s names to the Senate for confirmation. Mersinger previously served as chief of staff to commissioner Dawn Stump — who is expected to leave the agency this year — as well as the director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. She and Pham…

Vitalik Buterin gives thumbs down to cross-chain applications

In a Reddit post on Friday, Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum (ETH), outlined critical security concerns surrounding cross-chain bridges in the blockchain ecosystem. As told by Buterin, storing native assets directly-chain (Ethereum on Ethereum, Solana on Solana, etc.) provides a certain degree of immunity against 51% attacks. Even if hackers manage to censor or reverse transactions, they cannot propose blocks to take away one’s crypto. The rule also applies to the Ethereum application. For example, if hackers launch a 51% attack (by controlling 51% of all circulating ETH supply)…

Cosmos ecosystem tokens rally after Evmos promises Ethereum interoperability

The wider cryptocurrency market is facing another day of volatility and selling on Jan. 7 as Bitcoin (BTC) bears managed to break bull support at $42,000. The price of Bitcoin was pushed to a daily low of $40,620 before resources were exhausted.  Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro shows that four of the top seven gainers of the day are part of the growing Cosmos Hub. This ecosystem currently uses the Interblockchain Communication protocol (IBC) to facilitate interoperability and communication between connected networks. Top 7 coins with the highest 24-hour price…

Here are the most predictable tokens of 2021 – for those who knew where to look

Digital assets’ past performance is never a guarantee of future price movement. There are never two identical situations in the crypto marketplace, so even historically similar patterns of a token’s behavior can be followed by starkly different price action charts. Still, crypto assets’ individual history of price action often rhymes, giving those who can ready this history right a massive edge over other traders. And, importantly, some tokens are much more likely than others to exhibit recurring behavior, which makes their bullish setups more recognizable ahead of time. Cointelegraph Markets…

Here’s how Terra traders use arbitrage to profit from LUNA and bLUNA

The end of the year is normally a time to wind down and prepare for the holiday season, but the last few weeks of 2021 saw a crypto market that showed no signs of resting.  One of the headline-grabbing stories related to Terra reaching an all-time high in terms of the total value locked (TVL), and the project surpassed Binance Smart Chain (BSC) as the second-largest decentralized finance blockchain after Ethereum. After reaching the $20-billion TVL mark on Dec. 24, Terra’s TVL has come down to around $19.3 billion at…

Terra expanding UST and LUNA, and Aave Arc seeks institutional adoption, Dec. 31–Jan. 7

Welcome to the latest edition of Cointelegraph’s decentralized finance newsletter. The new year is upon us, and the expectations for DeFi innovation, utility and mainstream adoption are greater than ever. Read on to hear about the inaugural stories of 2022. Reading this article, you’re only receiving a portion of the content from our DeFi newsletter. Drop your email below for the full copy. Terra Research proposes new utility for TerraUSD and LUNA Decentralized algorithmic stablecoin issuer Terra published an ambitious proposal via its research team this week to expand the…

UK lawmakers form crypto advocacy group for parliament: Report

Lisa Cameron, a member of parliament for the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, is reportedly chairing a lobbying group aimed at promoting crypto-related legislation in government. According to a Friday report from the Financial Times, members of parliament, as well as members of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom, launched the Crypto and Digital Assets Group to ensure rules for the crypto industry in the U.K. “support innovation” as of last week. The cross-party group aims to protect investors from financial crimes, including token scams or offerings from regulated…

ImmuneFi report $10B in DeFi hacks and losses across 2021

Decentralized finance, or DeFi, security platform and bug bounty service ImmuneFi published an official report on Thursday which calculated the total volume of losses in the cryptocurrency markets in 2021. According to its report, the company found that losses resulting from hacks, scams and other malicious activities exceeded $10.2 billion dollars over the past year. Responsible for protecting over $100 billion worth of assets for a number of well-established DeFi protocols, including Synthetix, Chainlink, SushiSwap and PancakeSwap, among others, ImmuneFi has regularly facilitating seven-figure pay-outs to whitehat hackers and other…

Hong Kong-based Coinsuper allegedly blocks customers’ withdrawals

A cryptocurrency exchange in Hong Kong has reportedly stopped all withdrawal requests, according to reports. Coinsuper is the sole crypto firm in China that is licensed by the government, and was founded by a former senior UBS Group AG executive in November 2017. The report by Bloomberg suggests that customers of the bourse have been unable to withdraw funds since late November, based on a review of messages on the exchange’s primary Telegram chat group. Five clients reportedly filed police complaints after token withdrawals were apparently halted, leaving them unable…