ECB Says Crypto May Become a Threat to Financial Stability

The European Central Bank (ECB) warned on Tuesday that cryptocurrencies will pose a risk to financial stability if the emerging sector maintains its rapid growth of the past two years and if financial firms step up their involvement. Crypto Market Drops After Hitting a High Last Year The crypto market fell sharply this month after the collapse of Terra blockchain coins, which challenged the stability of algorithmic stablecoins like UST, which are not backed by fiat currency. Cryptocurrencies have exploded in size during the COVID-19 pandemic. Institutional investors in particular…

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Tax guidelines for crypto mining pass the first reading in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, one of the global leaders in crypto mining with a recent history of hostile measures against the industry, is taking a step toward a comprehensive fiscal framework for mining operators.  On Thursday, May 25, the lower chamber of Kazakh parliament, Mejlis, passed in the first reading the amendments to the national tax code, regulating the fiscal burden on crypto mining. These amendments suggest graded tax rates tied to the electricity prices consumed by mining entities. For example, the cheapest grade of electricity prices, 5 to 10 tenges ($0,012–0,024) for…

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Learn the concepts behind stablecoins and how they work

Cointelegraph’s director of video production Jackson DuMont dissected stablecoins in the latest episode of Cryptopedia. DuMont also explored and explained algorithmic stablecoins and the recent incident involving the TerraUSD (UST) and why it was unable to maintain its dollar peg.  DuMont defined stablecoins as “a crypto whose value is tied to an outside asset such as the United States Dollar (USD).” According to DuMont, stablecoins are very vital to the crypto industry as they provide users with the ability to store their assets without worrying about the depreciation of the…

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Singapore venture firm launches $100M Web3 and metaverse fund

Crypto-focused venture firm NGC Ventures has launched a new ecosystem fund dedicated to Web3 projects, underscoring heightened investor demand for startups that are contributing to the development of a decentralized internet.  NGC Metaverse Ventures, the company’s third blockchain fund, raised $100 million from investors that included Babel Finance, Huobi Ventures, Nexo Ventures, Altonomy and GBIC. The fund will allocate capital towards “high-potential projects” in the Web3 economy, according to Roger Lim, NGC Ventures’ general partner. The Web3 fund has already invested in three startups, NGC disclosed on Wednesday. Based in…

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Crypto is changing how humanitarian agencies deliver aid and services – Cointelegraph Magazine

The primary use case for cryptocurrency in most wealthy countries is acquiring it and holding it, trading it, or using it in various other ways to make more money. In the developing world, where access to financial and banking systems is limited or nonexistent, innovative humanitarian organizations are piloting micro-blockchain ecosystems. In the summer of 2021, Hope for Haiti was ready to launch a cryptocurrency pilot program to provide 150 mothers with cellphones, digital wallets and payment cards that use near-field communication technology. Each mom participating in its community nutrition…

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Is Bitcoin’s sorrow gamers’ joy?

The prices of graphics processing units (GPUs), also known as graphics cards, are undoubtedly still a far cry from the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). However, they aren’t what they used to be either, especially considering what GPU prices looked like just a year ago. For instance, the price of a GPU from Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-series is 14% over its MSRP, according to reports from 3D Center. Whereas AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 is up 7% from its MSRP from April 17 and May 8. On the other hand, it…

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StarkWare nets $100M as investors bank on layer-2 success

Ethereum (ETH) layer-2 developer StarkWare has raised a further $100 million in its latest fundraising round despite the prevailing downturn in cryptocurrency markets. StarkWare’s series D fundraising round sees the firm’s valuation up to $8 billion, marking a four-fold increase in value just six months after its Series C round in November 2021. Tech investment firm Greenoaks Capital led the latest fundraising round in addition to private equity firm Coatue, Tiger Global and other investors. StarkWare has established itself as a major player in the Ethereum layer-2 scaling space, boasting…

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How are regulators working together on crypto?

The regulation of cryptocurrencies across the world is a constant battle for investors in a rapidly expanding and constantly changing ecosystem.  Various regulatory agencies around the world view digital assets in a different light that vary significantly from one another. Recently, executive board member of the European Central Bank (ECB) Fabio Panetta mentioned in a written statement for a speech to Columbia University that regulators should follow a globally coordinated approach while regulating digital assets. He said that the world should have digital assets regulated by the Anti-Money Laundering (AML)…

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NFT custody is ‘the missing piece’ for mainstream adoption, says Veritic CEO

On day four of the World Economic Forum 2022, presentations on nonfungible tokens (NFTs) have taken place with speakers sharing their takes on NFT use cases and adoption.  At the Blockchain Hub Davos, speakers Veritic CEO Stephan Holzer and Seal Storage Technology CEO Alex Altman spoke on the importance of NFTs, their role in society, and how the community can attract the mainstream into using the technology. In his lecture, Holzer argued that simplifying access to NFTs may push mainstream adoption forward. According to the Veritic CEO, minting in more…

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What is NFT staking and how to earn income from NFTs?

We all know about staking cryptocurrencies, whereby you make a return on your investment. Nowadays, you can also make money by staking your nonfungible tokens (NFTs)! By staking your nonfungible tokens (NFTs) on NFT staking platforms, you can make additional returns on your investment. NFTs have become even more attractive due to this development. More and more people are looking for new ways to make money without having to work for it. Passive income used to be something wealthy people could get through the bank because the interest rates on…

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