5 NFT marketplaces that could topple OpenSea in 2022

OpenSea has been the dominant decentralized platform for users looking to mint, buy, sell and trade nonfungible tokens (NFTs). Serving more as an NFT aggregator than a gallery, OpenSea locked in $3.25 billion in volume for December 2021 alone, according to data from Dune Analytics and from December 2020 to December 2021, the total volume increased by a whopping 90,968%. No stranger to contention and criticism, OpenSea has had its fair share of perils and pitfalls. Most notably, its former head of product, Nate Chastain, found using insider information to…

Bitcoin crash ahead? Expert warns higher inflation could whip BTC price to $30K

Bitcoin (BTC) may end up falling to as low as $30,000 if the U.S. inflation data to be released on Wednesday comes any higher than forecasted, warns Alex Krüger, founder of Aike Capital, a New York-based asset management firm. The market expects the widely-followed consumer price index (CPI) to rise 7.1% for the year through December and 0.4% month-over-month. This surge highlights why the U.S. Federal Reserve officials have been rooting for a faster normalization of their monetary policy than anticipated earlier. U.S. headline inflation. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics,…

Even after the pullback, this crypto trading algo’s $100 bag is now worth $20,673

Exactly one year ago, on Jan. 9, 2021, Cointelegraph launched its subscription-based data intelligence service, Markets Pro. On that day, Bitcoin (BTC) was trading at around $40,200, and today’s price of $41,800 marks a year-to-year increase of 4%. An automated testing strategy based on Markets Pro’s key indicator, the VORTECS™ Score, yielded a 20,573% return on investment over the same period. Here is what it means for retail traders like you and me. How can I get my 20,000% a year? The short answer is – you can’t. Nor can…

What should the crypto industry expect from regulators in 2022? Experts answer, Part 2

Michelle is the CEO of the Association for Digital Asset Markets, which works in partnership with financial firms and regulatory experts to devise a code of conduct for digital asset markets. “2021 was the year Washington woke up to the digital assets industry. The year started with the rushed FinCEN “Unhosted Wallets” proposal, which the industry was able to voice its concerns and delay. At the same time, pro-digital asset Senator Cynthia Lummis joined the Senate. As the Biden Administration got up to speed on digital assets, it seemed like…

Bitcoin performs classic bounce at $40.7K as BTC price comes full circle from January 2021

Bitcoin (BTC) bounced off what is for some a key level on Jan. 9, closely mimicking events from September 2021.  BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView “Shorters will get rekt” at $40,700 Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD reversing course at around $40,700 to subsequently pass $42,000. The behavior, while uninspiring for some, firmly reminded others of Bitcoin price behavior at the end of September, when $40,700 acted as a springboard which ultimately produced $69,000 all-time highs seven weeks later. History and Context 40.7k $BTC https://t.co/LqlkxxJ0BF pic.twitter.com/neJlH6mnmN…

Pakistan to investigate Binance for multi-million dollar crypto scam

Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) reportedly issued a formal notice to crypto exchange Binance in an effort to identify links around a multi-million crypto scam in the region.  The government of Pakistan started a criminal investigation after receiving numerous complaints against an ongoing scam that involved misleading investors into sending funds from Binance wallets to unknown 3rd-party wallets. According to local coverage, the FIA’s Cyber Crime Wing has issued an order of attendance to Binance Pakistan’s GM Hamza Khan to identify the exchange’s link to “fraudulent online investment mobile applications.”…

LCX loses $6.8M in a hot wallet compromise over Ethereum blockchain

Liechtenstein-based crypto exchange LCX has confirmed the compromise of one of its hot wallets after temporarily suspending all deposits and withdrawals on the platform.  The hack was first identified by PeckShield, a blockchain security company, based on the suspicious transfer of ERC-20 tokens from LXC to an unknown Ethereum (ETH) wallet. hot wallet compromised? @lcx https://t.co/uL5a7oCFfM — PeckShield Inc. (@peckshield) January 9, 2022 The probable hot wallet compromise was soon confirmed by the exchange as it announced the loss of numerous tokens including ETH, USD Coin (USDC) and other tokens…