Terra contagion leads to 80%+ decline in DeFi protocols associated with UST

The knock-on effect of the collapse of Terra (LUNA) and its TerraUSD (UST) stablecoin have spread wide across the cryptocurrency market on May 11 as projects with any kind of association with the DeFi ecosystem have seen their prices hammered.  The forced selling of the Bitcoin (BTC) holdings backing a portion of UST also influenced BTC’s current drop to $29,000 and analysts fear that DeFi platforms that have liquidity pools primarily comprised of UST and LUNA will collapse.  LUNA, ANC, ASTRO and MARS in USDT pairings. 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView…

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Chairmen from the SEC and CFTC talk crypto regulation at ISDA meeting

The annual meeting of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) began Wednesday in Madrid. United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Gary Gensler and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman Rostin Behnam were both featured as keynote speakers at the event, with Behnam speaking at the morning session, and Gensler in the afternoon.   Behnam spoke at length about “a request for an amended order of registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) by an entity seeking to offer non-intermediated clearing of margined products to retail participants,”…

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5 state regulators allege organization is tied to Russia, scamming users using metaverse casino

Authorities in the U.S. states of Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas and Wisconsin have filed enforcement actions against the Flamingo Casino Club for allegedly perpetrating a scam through nonfungible tokens (NFTs) tied to a metaverse casino. In a Wednesday announcement, the Alabama Securities Commission, Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions, New Jersey Bureau of Securities, Texas State Securities Board and Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions alleged the Flamingo Casino Club has been “fraudulently soliciting NFTs” it claims are tied to ownership rights of a casino in the metaverse, thereby giving token…

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Bitcoin fights to hold $29K as fear of regulation and Terra’s UST implosion hit crypto hard

Bitcoin (BTC) price initially bounced from its recent low at $29,000 but the overall market sentiment after a 25% price drop in five days is still largely negative. Currently, the crypto “Fear and Greed Index,” which uses volatility, volume, social metrics, Bitcoin dominance and Google trends data, has plunged to its lowest level since March 2020 and at the moment, there appears to be little protecting the market against further downside. Crypto “Fear and Greed index”. Source: Alternative.me Regulation continues to weigh down the markets Regulation is still the main…

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Latin America’s largest digital bank will allocate 1% to BTC, offer crypto investment services

Nubank, the largest digital bank in Brazil and Latin America, announced that it has partnered with Paxos to allow the bank’s customers to buy, sell and store cryptocurrencies directly through Nubank. Along with the launch of the new cryptocurrency transaction services, Nubank announced it will allocate roughly 1% of its net assets to Bitcoin (BTC) through the cashier of Nu Holdings, a company that controls the Nubank Group. “This move reinforces the company’s conviction in Bitcoin’s current and future potential in disrupting financial services in the region,” Nubank said, as…

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ApeCoin is down 70%+ since the Otherside launch — Can Yuga Labs turn the ship around?

ApeCoin (APE), the new cryptocurrency that was recently launched by Yuga Labs, aims to be the bedrock of the Otherside metaverse and recently, the token has experienced massive volatility leading into and after its digital land sale. APE’s price dropped from $26 at the peak on Apr. 28 to $14 on May. 2 — more than a 45% drop within a few days of the mint. The price has now dropped to the $6 range. Given the current volatility, investors will be wondering if ApeCoin price will ever recover to…

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Why did Terra LUNA and UST crash?

Cryptocurrency investors never thought they’d have to ask whether TerraUSD (UST) or LUNA would reach $1 first. On Wednesday, that question became the talk of the cryptosphere as the Terra ecosystem imploded.  As the algorithmic stablecoin UST lost its dollar peg, crashing to a low of around $0.30, Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon took to Twitter to share his rescue plan. At the same time, the value of sister token LUNA, once a top-10 crypto project by market capitalization, plunged over 98% to $0.84, according to CoinMarketCap. For reference: LUNA…

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BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, SOL, DOGE, DOT, AVAX, SHIB

The crisis with Terra’s stablecoin TerraUSD (UST) and the freefall in Terra’s LUNA token has dented crypto sentiment further. Although Terraform Labs CEO Do Kwon announced a relief plan, the community does not seem too hopeful about the revival. Another hindrance to a quick improvement in sentiment is that the United States Consumer Price Index soared 8.3% from a year ago, outpacing estimates by 0.2%. Although the numbers are a tad bit lower than March’s 8.5% print, the slow deceleration suggests no respite from more tightening by the U.S. Federal…

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FTX US applies for trust charter in New York

Crypto exchange FTX US has applied for a trust charter with the New York Department of Financial Services, or NYDFS, to operate in the state.  In a Wednesday announcement, FTX US said it had applied to form a limited purpose trust company with New York’s financial services regulator in an effort to offer its products and services to local users. Pending regulatory review and approval, the licensed trust will be run by Fidelity Investments veteran Marissa MacDonald, who will assume the role of chief compliance officer. .@FTX_Official is excited to…

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This week’s whipsaw market movements test NFT traders’ resolve — What’s next?

It goes without question that there has been an influx of excited investors piling into Web3 and this is despite the decrease in total volume sales in the last seven days. Since the start of May, the total market capitalization for nonfungible tokens (NFTs) rose to over $19.44 billion with the total volume exceeding $1.3 billion in the last seven days.  7-day NFT market capitalization / volume. Source: NFTgo.io Although volumes are lower than usual, spectators are quick to wonder whether the projects launching are delivering workable products given the…

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