21Shares responds to bear market with crypto winter ETP

21Shares, a global issuer of crypto exchange-traded products (ETP), is taking action to respond to the current bear market by launching crypto winter-focused investment tools. The company has rolled out the 21Shares Bitcoin Core ETP (CBTC), an ETP specifically designed to offer low-cost exposure to Bitcoin (BTC) am to the ongoing market sell-off. The physically-backed Bitcoin ETP started trading on the SIX Swiss Exchange on June 29, with a total expense ratio of 21 basis points, selected to reflect the 21 million cap on Bitcoin. According to the firm, CBTC’s…

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Alkemi Earn integration brings DeFi lending to 1.5M Ledger users

The Alkemi Earn app has been added to the hardware wallet Ledger’s Discover area, making decentralized finance (DeFi) lending and borrowing service accessible to Ledger’s 1.5 million active customers. According to a Tuesday announcement, users of Ledger Live can now earn yield on their assets with the Alkemi Earn integration. The goal of the Ledger project is to provide consumers with a method of buying and utilizing digital assets without giving them up to third-party platforms or systems. “With Alkemi, Ledger users will have more ways to grow their assets while…

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Double bubble? Terra’s defunct ‘unstablecoin’ suddenly climbs 800% in one week

Terra’s $40-billion experiment to create a functional “algorithmic stablecoin” project has failed drastically following its collapse in May. Nonetheless, its native stablecoin TerraClassicUSD (USTC), earlier called TerraUSD (UST), has been thriving in the past week. Dead stablecoin walking To recap, UST lost its U.S. dollar peg in May following mass withdrawals from Anchor Protocol, a lending and borrowing platform offering up to 20% yield to clients on their UST deposits. As of June 15, the token was almost worthless, trading at $0.005 at the Kraken crypto exchange. But USTC started recovering…

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Bitcoin Lightning Network developer updates node software with Taproot support

Lightning Labs, a developer of the Bitcoin (BTC) Lightning Network (LN), released a beta version of the Lightning Network Daemon (lnd) — a complete implementation of the LN node — with added support to the latest protocol upgrades including Taproot and Musig2, among other improvements. lnd is a software component that handles various aspects within the LN including managing a database, generating payment invoices and revoking payments, to name a few. The latest software release, named lnd 0.15 beta (v0.15-beta), aims to empower developers to create solutions for more use…

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British Virgin Islands court reportedly orders to liquidate 3AC

Troubled cryptocurrency venture capital firm Three Arrows Capital (3AC) is facing more uncertainty amid new reports on the company’s liquidation. A court in the British Virgin Islands on June 27 ordered the liquidation of Singapore-based 3AC, the British news agency Sky News reported on Wednesday. The information in the report refers to an unspecified person familiar with the matter. Three Arrows Capital did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment. Three Arrows Capital, also known as 3AC, is a Singaporean crypto hedge fund founded in 2012 by Kyle Davies…

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No flexing for Bitcoin Cash users as BCH loses 98% against Bitcoin

Bitcoin (BTC) has hit new record highs this week — not in U.S. dollar terms, but against its longtime competitor, Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView confirms that on June 29, BCH/BTC officially set its lowest ever price. CoinFLEX debacle ensnares BCH supporter Ver Bitcoin Cash, also known as “Bcash” by those critical of the coin’s ethos and future, gained notoriety in 2017 when it became the first major hard fork of the Bitcoin network to take on BTC itself. Months after launching, the altcoin hit…

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Anchorage launches Ethereum staking for institutional investors

Anchorage Digital, a San-Francisco-based digital platform that owns the first federally chartered crypto bank, will open an option to stake the Ethereum (ETH) for institutions. This move comes in anticipation of the Ethereum network’s long-promised shift from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS) protocol.  Anchorage announced on Tuesday its intention to introduce ETH staking — a practice of earning rewards for serving as a transaction validator in the Ethereum blockchain — for institutions. Diogo Mónica, co-founder and president of Anchorage Digital, called staking a win-win for institutional investors and the ecosystem:…

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Bear market will last until crypto apps are actually useful: Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban, the billionaire entrepreneur known for his role as one of the main investors on the reality television show Shark Tank, said the crypto bear market won’t be over until there’s a better focus on applications with utility. He also doesn’t think the market has hit “cheap” prices yet. Cuban has stated in the past around 80% of his non-Shark Tank portfolio was in crypto. Appearing on a June 23 episode of the Bankless Podcast, he was asked how long he believes the current crypto bear market will last:…

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