How blockchain can open up energy markets: EU DLT expert explains

Aside from the buzzing neologism of Web3, there is a bit less catchy but hardly less important concept of Industry 4.0, which includes the new and revolutionary drivers of the next generation’s industrial landscape. And, especially when it comes to the energy sector, blockchain lies at the heart of these technologies.  The authors of a recently published EUBlockchain Observatory report “Blockchain Applications in the Energy Sector” are convinced that distributed ledger technology (DLT) could become a key enabler technology and has a very high potential to influence or even disrupt…

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Experts on why bear markets are good for Bitcoin

The crisis has triggered a wave of panic in the community, with the Bitcoin miners’ selling activity surging to seven-month highs as the BTC mining profitability has dropped to October 2020 levels. Bitcoin’s Fear and Greed Index fell posted the lowest records since pre-pandemic times in Q3 2019, dropping to seven and indicating “Extreme Fear” on June 15. These and other recent events in the industry do not look good, but only at first glance, according to some industry experts and executives. People in the industry continue to reiterate that…

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Bitcoin price threatens lowest weekly close since 2020 as inflation spooks markets

Bitcoin (BTC) dropped to two-week lows on June 11 as the week’s Wall Street trading ended with bears in control. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView U.S. inflation print proves setback Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it reached $28,528 on Bitstamp, its lowest since May 28. The pair had fallen in step with stock markets on June 10, these finishing the week noticeably down — the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite lost 2.9% and 3.5% respectively. This was on the back of surprisingly high…

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Lummis-Gillibrand bill establishes SEC-CFTC balance of power over crypto markets

The long-awaited Responsible Financial Innovation Act to create a regulatory framework for digital assets was introduced in the United States Senate on Tuesday. The official text of the 69-page document was also released.  The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Senators Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, “addresses CFTC and SEC jurisdiction, stablecoin regulation, banking, tax treatment of digital assets, and interagency coordination,” according to a statement. The statement continues, “Understanding that most digital assets are much more similar to commodities than securities, the bill gives the CFTC…

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Two more spot crypto ETFs launch on Australian markets

A further two cryptocurrency-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have launched on the Cboe Australia exchange on June 7 bringing the total amount of crypto ETFs available to Australian traders to six. The Canada-based 3iQ Digital Asset Management (3iQ) launched two spot ETFs, the 3iQ CoinShares Bitcoin (BTC) Feeder ETF and the 3iQ CoinShares Ether (ETH) Feeder ETF. Both of the Australian funds feed from the firm’s Canadian ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), the 3iQ CoinShares Bitcoin ETF, and the 3iQ CoinShares Ether ETF. The underlying assets of the…

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Goldman Sachs reportedly eyes crypto derivatives markets with FTX integration

Goldman Sachs, one of the leading investment banks in the United States is reportedly trying to onboard some of its derivatives products into FTX.US crypto derivatives offerings. Goldman Sachs has been in talks with FTX over regulatory and public listing help, and aims to expand into crypto derivatives offering by leveraging some of its own derivatives tools and services, reported Barron’s. FTX.US, the U.S. subsidiary of global cryptocurrency exchange FTX is currently seeking to offer brokerage services for its derivatives offerings. This would allow the crypto exchange to handle the…

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Bitcoin price action decouples from stock markets, but not in a good way

This week the stock markets began to flash a little green and Bitcoin (BTC) is decoupling from traditional markets but not in a good way. The cryptocurrency is down 3% while the Nasdaq Composite tech-heavy stock market index is up 3.1%. May 27 data from the United States Commerce Department shows that the personal savings rate fell to 4.4% in April to reach the lowest level since 2008 and crypto traders are worried that worsening global macroeconomic conditions could add to investors’ aversion to risky assets. For example, Invesco QQQ…

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