Regulators may favor centralized stablecoins after Terra crisis

Swiss National Bank (SNB) deputy head Thomas Muser talked to Cointelegraph editor Aaron Wood and discussed the ongoing trends in central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), stablecoins, and regulations, during the recently concluded European Blockchain Convention (EBC) 2022. Talking about the innovation and adoption of private stablecoins and plans of central banks regarding the CBDC launch, Moser said both could co-exist. He said that CBDC’s function would be very basic and private stablecoin issuers can add services on top of them to meet retail customers’ needs. When asked about the recent…

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Can Bitcoin survive its first global economic crisis?

Bitcoin (BTC) was a response to the 2008 global recession. It introduced a new way to transact without depending on trust of third-parties, such as banks, particularly failing banks that were nevertheless bailed out by government at the expense of the public.  “The central bank must be trusted not to debase the currency, but the history of fiat currencies is full of breaches of that trust,” Satoshi Nakamoto wrote in 2009.  Bitcoin’s genesis block sums up the intent with the following embedded message:  The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of…

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Celsius crisis and the hated accredited investor laws – Cointelegraph Magazine

Accredited investor laws are the bane of many in the crypto industry, who see them as preventing small investors from accessing big opportunities. When Celsius was recently forced to cut off access to U.S. citizens who were not accredited investors, many cried foul. Did it help some users avoid the current crisis? Or do accredited investor laws go too far in saving users from themselves — and from profits, too? Two weeks ago, as speculation about Celsius’ solvency began to mount, users started experiencing trouble withdrawing money from their accounts.…

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Celsius exodus and liquidity crisis

Last week, the Celsius Network wrote its name in the alarming recent history of the crypto market failures alongside Terra. The American platform has unstaked $247 million worth of Wrapped Bitcoin (wBTC) from the Aave protocol and sent it to crypto exchange FTX while putting the withdrawal option for users on a stop.  Immediately after that, United States securities regulators from five states — Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas and Washington — opened an investigation into Celsius. This isn’t the first time the platform is facing suspicions from law enforcement.…

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Solend to Reverse ‘Emergency Power’ Proposal in a Second Vote as Struggle to Solve Whale Liquidation Crisis Continues

 Solend, a Solana-based borrowing and lending platform, will go back to the ballot box in a flash vote on whether to go ahead with Sunday’s proposal to take control of the platform’s largest account. The Solana DeFi Protocol’s largest account is a $100 million+ whale’s account on the verge of potential on-chain liquidation.  The cryptocurrency borrowing and lending platforms for tokens such as SOL and USDC give its governance token holders six hours to vote on Sunday’s proposal. Voting “yea” on the platform would: 1. Invalidate Sunday’s first vote; 2.…

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Celsius crisis has no impact on USDT reserves

The ongoing crisis of Celsius’s native token has nothing to do with the stablecoin provider Tether and will not impact its USDT reserves, according to the company. Tether issued a statement on Monday regarding the major cryptocurrency lending platform Celsius halting withdrawals due to its rumored liquidity crisis. According to the statement, Tether’s lending activity with Celsius has “always been overcollateralized” as with any other borrower and “has no impact” on the company’s reserves. The announcement also described the ongoing issues with Celsius as an “unfortunate result of market volatility and extreme market…

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Digital currencies could get a boost from the international crisis: Blackrock CEO

Larry Fink, the CEO of the world’s largest asset manager BlackRock, believes the ongoing Russia – Ukraine crisis has boosted the case for digital currencies as a tool of settlement for international transactions. In a shareholders letter, Fink noted that the ongoing war would force nations to reassess their currency dependencies which could eventually make way for a global digital payment network, reported Reuters He said the war has put an end to the globalization forces at work over the past 30 years. Fink’s observation about the boost in the…

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Examining the crypto market’s reaction to the Russia–Ukraine crisis

February saw a noticeable shift between inflation and U.S. Federal Reserve news, followed by news of a conflict in Eastern Europe that completely overshadowed the earlier concerns of economic health. What’s transpiring in Ukraine is causing an immediate marketwide price drop. Bitcoin (BTC) had a notable decline of 11% over a 16-hour time period, while the majority of altcoins plummeted 20% or more. The initial expectation was for the war to have a negative impact on cryptocurrency prices, which it did for a short period of time. However, as fear…

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