The crypto industry needs a crypto capital market structure

The past few weeks have been interesting and have surfaced what we in the financial services industry call matters requiring attention, or MRAs. An MRA describes a practice that deviates from sound governance, internal controls and risk management principles. These matters that require attention have the potential to adversely affect the industry and increase the risk profile.  I have always focused on technology and innovation-led business models — systems and interconnected elements of blockchain-powered business networks — redefining the transaction systems that power many industries, including financial services. A growing…

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Bitcoin will see ‘long bear market’ says trader with BTC price stuck at $19K

Bitcoin (BTC) failed to reclaim recent losses into July 2 as traders prepared for stagnant price action to continue. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView “Downtrend acceleration” still in force Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView tracked a limp BTC/USD as it chopped around the $19,000 mark into the weekend. The Wall Street trading week had finished without surprises, with United States equities practically stagnant — providing little impetus for crypto volatility. The U.S. dollar index, or DXY, fresh from a retest of twenty-year highs, ran out of…

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Bear market? “So what,” says World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov, the Russian chess grandmaster and chair of the Human Rights Foundation, doesn’t appear at all bothered by the current crypto bear market. Kasparov, who is also a long-time Bitcoin supporter, told Cointelegraph during Consensus 2022 “so what” in regards to his thoughts on the bear market. Kasparov added that he thinks 99% of all coins are “crap,” yet he expressed that both Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) are already integrated into traditional financial markets due to recent price fluctuations. He said: “They’ll lose a bit more, but they’ll…

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What bear market? This token is quietly making new highs, up 300% against Bitcoin in 2022

Unus Sed Leo (LEO) has not only survived the crypto market bloodbath in the first half of 2022, but has actually posted major gains, bucking the big crypto crash. LEO beats crypto kingpin Bitcoin LEO, a utility token used across the iFinex ecosystem, finished the first half of 2022 against Bitcoin at 32,793 satoshis, up almost 300%. The token also rallied 55% against the U.S. dollar in the same period, hitting $5.8 for the first time since February 2022. In contrast, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), the top two crypto…

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Self-custody is key during extreme market conditions: Here’s what experts say

The ongoing crisis of cryptocurrency lending and the associated crypto market decline once again confirms the importance of self-custody or the “true ownership” of crypto by its holder, according to several industry experts. In June, the cryptocurrency market capitalization plummeted below the $1 trillion mark, with Bitcoin (BTC) nearing its worst monthly losses since 2011. It remains to be seen whether crypto lending would survive the current crypto winter. Still, several industry executives agree that investors can protect their assets forever by simply moving them to self-custodial or noncustodial wallets.…

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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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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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