Analysts say Ethereum price must hold this key level to avoid a capitulation-level move

The crypto market experienced another day of pain on May 12 as the fallout from the Terra’s LUNA and UST failure continues to ripple across the ecosystem. While the coverage for UST and its impact on Bitcoin (BTC) have been extensively covered over the past few days, the pullback has also had a significant impact on the price of Ether (ETH) as traders hastily exited the market. Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the past seven days of selling dropped Ether to $1,701, a price not seen…

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Shanghai court affirms that Bitcoin is virtual property, subject to property rights

The Shanghai High People’s Court has issued a document in which it states that Bitcoin is subject to property rights laws and regulations. That finding was made in relation to a lawsuit filed in a district court in October 2020 involving the recovery of a loan of 1 Bitcoin (BTC). The lower court recognized Bitcoin as having value, scarcity and disposability, and therefore being subject to property rights and meeting the definition of virtual property. According to the Sina website, the Shanghai Baoshan District People’s Court ruled in favor of…

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Look out below! Ethereum derivatives data hints at further downside from ETH

Ether (ETH) is down 38% in three weeks and the current $2,000 level is 59% below the $4,870 all-time high that was reached in November 2021. Additional newsflow that added to the current market wide volatility were the bankruptcy fears that emerged after Coinbase, the largest U.S. exchange reported a $430 million first-quarter 2022 loss.  In the most recent 10-Q filing Coinbase included the following disclosure: “In the event of a bankruptcy, the crypto assets we hold on behalf of our customers may be subject to bankruptcy proceedings.” Regulatory uncertainty…

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US Senate confirms Jerome Powell for another four years as Fed chair

The United States Senate has confirmed the nomination of Jerome Powell as the chair of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System until 2026. In an 80–19 landslide vote on the Senate floor on Thursday, U.S. lawmakers confirmed Powell as chair of the Federal Reserve, a position he held from February 2018 until February 2022, when he was named chair pro tempore until a confirmation vote could be secured. Powell was one of four Fed nominees awaiting a full Senate vote following weeks of delays due, in part,…

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Crypto-associated stocks hammered as COIN and HOOD drop to record lows

Bad news continues to dominate crypto media headlines and May 12’s juiciest tidbit was the unexpected collapse of the Terra ecosystem. In addition to the weakness seen in equities, listed companies with exposure to blockchain startups and cryptocurrency mining have also declined sharply. Bitcoin mining stocks continue bleeding… Mining investors probably wish they had simply bought bitcoin instead at the beginning of 2022, as most bitcoin mining stocks have underperformed bitcoin by a wide margin. pic.twitter.com/anSoUEoUJ1 — Jaran Mellerud (@JMellerud) May 11, 2022 While it may be easy to blame…

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Nasdaq partners with XP to launch cryptocurrency exchange in Brazil

XP informed Cointelegraph that XTAGE will launch in Q2 2022 and will be fully integrated into the XP Inc ecosystem — the largest investment brokerage in Brazil with more than 3.5 million clients and $168 billion assets under custody. XP stated that the exchange will initially offer the purchase and sale of cryptocurrencies, but the intention is that the platform will also support other digital assets and investment products based on crypto assets. “The creation of XTAGE represents an important milestone in advancing the digital asset market and our ability…

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Germany outlines favorable tax guidelines, gains on BTC and ETH sold after a year tax-free

The Federal Ministry of Finance (BaFin) published a 24-page document on May 10 outlining clear income tax rules for cryptocurrency and virtual assets. Tax practitioners, businesses and individual taxpayers now have clear direction on the tax requirements of acquiring, trading and selling cryptocurrencies. The key takeaway is that individuals that sell BTC or ETH after more than 12 months of acquisition will not be liable to pay tax if they realize a profit from the sale. Parliamentary State Secretary Katja Hessel also addressed questions around long-term staking of cryptocurrencies: “For…

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Stablecoins’ recent de-pegging is not a ‘real threat to financial stability,’ says Janet Yellen

According to United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the stablecoin market is not at the scale at which the drop in the price of TerraUSD (UST) and Tether (USDT) below $1 would present a threat to the country’s financial stability. In a Thursday hearing of the House Financial Services Committee on the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s Annual Report to Congress, Yellen hinted that the stablecoin market was not yet at a size in which UST dropping to under $0.40 and USDT — the largest stablecoin by market capitalization — briefly…

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3 reasons why bears aim to pin Bitcoin below $30K for this week’s BTC options expiry

Investors were surprised by Bitcoin (BTC) price falling to $25,500 on May 12, and this shock extended to options traders. The strong correction was not restricted to cryptocurrencies and some large cap stocks faced a 25% or heavier weekly losses in the same period. Growing economic uncertainty impacted S&P 500 index members like Illumina (ILMN) which declined by 27% over the past 7 days and Caesars Entertainment (CZR) faced a 25% drop. Shopify (SHOP), one of the largest Canadian e-commerce companies also saw its stock plunge by 28%. Traders are…

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How long will the crypto bear market last? Raoul Pal’s macro analysis

Macro investor Raoul Pal is convinced that the current crypto bear market will end only once the Fed eases its hawkish monetary policy by halting interest rate hikes. That could happen in the next couple of months, according to Pal’s predictions.  “The Fed are unlikely to raise rates as far and as fast as people expect. My guess is they probably stop raising rates sometime in the summer and that will be it,” he said in an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph. Pal sees the combination of high interest rates and…

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