Are custodied crypto funds at risk? Industry veterans explain

With rumors of insolvency flying high among crypto firms such as Celsius and Three Arrows Capital, investors couldn’t help but ask a simple question: What happened to all the funds that were supposedly under “safe custody?” As it turns out, a small fraction of crypto firms began leveraged trading with customers’ deposits to deliver promised high APY returns on supposedly fixed-income instruments. Things worked out well when the market was thought to have endless potential. However, as token prices plunged, such firms simultaneously suffered heavy losses on their positions and…

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Crypto more popular among millennials than mutual funds, survey shows

A report published by investing firm Alto surveyed adults based in the United States to find out their preferences in investing. The results showed that more millennials from ages 25 to 40 are investing in crypto compared to those of the same age who are investing in mutual funds.  The survey shows that 40% of millennial participants have invested in cryptocurrencies. According to the report, this is “greater than the percentage of millennials who own mutual funds.” Moreover, the number is almost equal to millennials who own stocks. The report, dubbed…

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Harmony hacker sends stolen funds to Tornado Cash mixer

The funds from Harmony’s Horizon Bridge have begun to move into the Tornado Cash Ethererum mixer, signaling that the attacker has no intention of accepting the $1 million bounty offered. The decision to obfuscate the ill-gotten gains answers questions about whether the Harmony team’s offer of just 1% of the $100 million in crypto funds stolen on June 24 would be enough to convince the exploiter to return them. #PeckShieldAlert ~6k $ETH (~$7.1m) into @TornadoCash from @harmonyprotocol exploiters Intermediary address: 0x432…47ae pic.twitter.com/AR9dmJRQet — PeckShieldAlert (@PeckShieldAlert) June 27, 2022 A total…

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Nexo responds to accusations of stealing donations, siphoning funds from charity

Cryptocurrency lending platform Nexo has hit back at what it called “fake news” and rumors that its founders were part of a charity embezzlement scandal, saying the claims are untrue and defamatory. It has issued a public cease and desist notice to the originator of the allegations. In a blog post about the claims, Nexo stated: “Several anonymous Twitter accounts are using lies and distortion in yet another smear campaign against Nexo and profiting from short positions in a distressed market.” The pseudonymous Twitter account otteroooo, who calls themselves “Otter,” posted…

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GBTC premium hits -34% all-time low as crypto funds ‘puke out’ tokens

The largest Bitcoin investment vehicle, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), is now trading at its biggest ever discount to the spot market. Data from on-chain analytics resource Coinglass shows GBTC shares down 34% versus BTC/USD on major exchanges as of June 17. GBTC suffers in market downturn Amid continued turmoil in DeFi spilling over to infect the crypto market, conditions have deteriorated for investors big and small. The latest figures now show that institutions have definitively failed to avoid the contagion, and the already underperforming GBTC has hit new lows.…

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Liquidity provider asks platforms to freeze 3AC funds to recover assets after litigation

Danny Yuan, the CEO of trading firm 8 Blocks Capital, called out to platforms that are holding funds owned by 3AC to freeze the assets, as rumors of 3AC’s insolvency stay afloat.  In a Twitter thread, Yuan explained their company’s involvement with 3AC, noting that they are paying the company to use the trading accounts that they own. The agreement included the ability to withdraw funds at any given time. He explained that: “We had known them since 2018, thought they were competent and didn’t think they were degen enough…

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Almost $100M exits US crypto funds in anticipation of hawkish monetary policy

Institutional investors offloaded $101.5 million worth of digital asset products last week in ‘anticipation of hawkish monetary policy’ from the U.S. Federal Reserve according to CoinShares. U.S. inflation rates hit 8.6% year-on-year at the end of May, marking a return to levels not seen since 1981. As a result, the market is expecting the Fed to take considerable action to reel in inflation, with some traders pricing in three more 0.5% rate hikes by October. According to the latest edition of CoinShares’ weekly Digital Asset Fund Flows report, the outflows…

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CZ says funds are ‘SAFU’

Crypto’s Black Monday continues to wreak havoc. Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of crypto exchange Binance, tweeted that there would be a temporary pause on Bitcoin (BTC) withdrawals. Temporary pause of $BTC withdrawals on #Binance due to a stuck transaction causing a backlog. Should be fixed in ~30 minutes. Will update. Funds are SAFU. — CZ Binance (@cz_binance) June 13, 2022 CZ, who often lends his opinion to projects and the market, regularly tweets on behalf of Binance to his 6.4 million followers. He quickly updated the tweet to show:  This…

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