US Fed hikes interest rates, Bitcoin plunges below $36K, and Argentina’s central bank says no to financial institutions offering crypto: Hodler’s Digest, May 1-7

Coming every Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Fed hikes interest rates by 50 basis points in effort to combat inflation On Wednesday, the United States Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to raise interest rates by 0.5%, marking its biggest upward adjustment in over two decades. It was the second rate increase…

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Bitcoin clings to $36K as data suggests BTC price sell-off came from short-term holders

Bitcoin (BTC) found a new home at $36,000 into May 7 as volatility finally cooled into the weekend.  BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Terra down at least $250 million in crunch Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD circling the $36,000 mark overnight after losing 12% in just 72 hours. Still near its lowest levels since late February, the pair had nonetheless avoided a rematch of 2022 lows at the time of writing despite low-volume weekend market conditions. In his latest Twitter update on May 6, popular…

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The United States turns its attention to stablecoin regulation

The United States continues to be a global leader in embracing the cryptocurrency industry thanks to the work of Sen. Patrick Toomey, with the White House being at the forefront of crypto regulation. Last year, President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill — and it included some new legislation that would impact the crypto sector. And more recently, the U.S. president announced a “whole-of-government” approach to regulating cryptocurrency in an across-the-board executive order directing multiple government agencies to answer specific questions on cryptocurrencies. The U.S. for the…

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Anchor Protocol rebounds sharply after falling 70% in just two months — what’s next for ANC?

Anchor Protocol (ANC) returned to its bullish form this May after plunging by over 70% in the previous two months.  Pullback risks ahead ANC’s price rebounded by a little over 42.50% between May 1 and May 6, reaching $2.26, its highest level in three weeks. Nonetheless, the token experienced a selloff on May 6 and May 7 after ramming into what appears to be a resistance confluence. That consists of a 50-day exponential moving average (50-day EMA; the red wave) and 0.786 Fib line of the Fibonacci retracement graph, drawn from…

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How to avoid front runners on decentralized crypto exchanges

Decentralized exchanges (DEXs) nip in the bud several issues concerning their centralized counterparts such as concentration of liquidity in the hands of a few players, compromise of funds in case of a security breach, closed control structure and more. One issue, however, that has refused to subside is front-running. Unscrupulous players are still finding ways to defraud unsuspecting traders. If you have received less than expected when placing a trade on a DEX, there is a pretty good chance of you getting hit by front runners. These bad actors exploit…

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Reclaiming your private data in Web3

As the Fair Data Society puts it, we are laborers in the data economy. Our personal data — basically, the digital blueprint of our lives — gets collected by platforms we interact with, most often in a non-transparent way. At best, it is used to improve our user experience. At worst, our privacy gets breached, monetized and even weaponized against us. It all started with the emergence and growth of the user-generated web, as seemingly free social media networks, search engines and companies saw a new opportunity of profiting and…

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Binance reportedly halts crypto derivatives service in Spain

Binance stands as one of the most persistent crypto exchanges when it comes to gaining regulatory approval and operational licenses from regulators across the world. In this effort to operate as a fully licensed financial institution, the exchange has stopped offering it’s crypto derivatives services in Spain as it reportedly awaits approval from the Spanish regulator, Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV). As evidenced by Binance’s official Spanish website, the crypto exchange removed the derivatives drop-down menu, which is still available on the global version. According to local news publication…

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NFT market well-positioned to grow 35% into a $13.6B industry by 2027

Reflecting the growing interest in the non-fungible token (NFT) space among today’s investors, new research predicts that the existing $3 billion market size will reach $13.6 billion by the end of 2027. For the next five years, the key factors tied to the global NFT boom continue to factor in the growing involvement of mainstream influencers, gaming communities and the rising demand for digital artworks. Interestingly enough, research firm MarketsandMarkets envisions several other factors that will contribute to the explosive growth of the NFT market, including its increasing use cases…

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The Ukraine invasion shows why we need crypto regulation

Shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the Ukrainian government tweeted a request for funds in the form of Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and Tether (USDT). The total received now stands at more than $60 million, according to Michael Chobanian, founder of Kyiv-based Kuna Exchange and president of the Blockchain Association of Ukraine, who posts regular updates via his Twitter account. Unlike support being pledged by governments around the world, these funds were available to the Ukrainian military within minutes — not weeks. For individuals, cryptocurrencies can provide a…

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The overthrow of crony capitalism

If Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were somehow transported to the present day and given a newspaper, the apparent lack of class conflict would probably make the revolutionaries think they’d won. They would see a society split on all manner of subjects — from identity politics to the correct COVID-19 strategy — but virtually silent on the eternal struggle between labor and capital, the oppressors and the exploited. How different it would be if they’d returned just 10 years ago when the Occupy movement was in full swing, with tent…

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