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Ethereum Price Prediction

Earlier today we reported on the “unprecedented demand” for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. As we reported, this very strong demand is the driving force behind pushing the price of cryptocurrencies to all time highs and beyond.

Bitcoin has already more than doubled its previous all time high price of just under $20,000 back in 2017. On the other hand, Ethereum has only recently approached its all time high price from early 2018.

Our prediction for the price of Bitcoin this year is well into the 6 digit range. However, what is our prediction for the price of Ethereum this year?

Here are three Ethereum price predictions made by financial professionals, followed by our own prognostication.

Raoul Pal Ethereum Prediction For 2021 and Beyond

Raoul Pal is well known in financial circles. He is CEO & Co-Founder, Real Vision Group & Global Macro Investor. Raoul Pal leads Real Vision to provide unparalleled access to the very best insights and analysis from the brightest financial minds. He prides himself on being a Business Cycle Economist, Investment Strategist, and Economic Historian.

In a very recent video he states:

But it suggests that Ethereum could go to $20,000 on this cycle. Over time, I believe, and if you look at it, the adoption actually of market cap versus number of wallet addresses of Ethereum is ahead of, significantly ahead of where Bitcoin was.

And you see the distribution of returns – Again, I put some of that on twitter. I’ve written this whole piece. I will do a piece of Real Vision crypto in the next couple of weeks. It shows potentially that Ethereum is getting adopted faster and will potentially have a larger market cap than Bitcoin over time.

Again, I’m not putting a “flippening” happening immediately, blah, blah, bl;ah, I’m talking about platform versus asset. And the platform is often more valuable than an asset.

When Raoul states that Ethereum “could go to $20,000 on this cycle”, he is talking about this year, as in 2021. “This cycle” refers to the next 4 year cycle top, due around Christmas of 2021, or a few weeks later.

Longer term, meaning possibly a decade or so, Rauol believes that the price of Ethereum could be higher than the price of Bitcoin. You can see his full Ethereum prediction in this video:

Tyler Winklevoss 2021 Ethereum Prediction

Tyler Winklevoss recently gave an interview in which he predicted that Bitcoin would eventually be worth at least $500,000. In the same interview he also made some forecasts for Ethereum. he stated:

“So, you know, Ether’s got to upgrade. It’s moving to ETH 2.0. There’s some scalability things it’s got to work through. But, like, I’m an optimist and the smartest folks in the room are working on it. So if Ether’a the global computer in the future, what’s that worth? It’s gotta be a ton, and it’s gotta be worth as much as digital gold I would think, maybe more.”

Previously in the interview he stated that digital gold would be equivalent to a $9 trillion market cap. At the time of the interview a couple of weeks ago, the market cap of Ethereum was $84.56 billion. If the total market cap of Ethereum grows to $9 trillion, that would mean that each Ethereum token would be worth about $78,000 a piece, assuming that the growth of the number of new Ethereum tokens created each day continues at the same pace.

Tyler’s full interview can be viewed in this video:

Blocktown Capital’s James Todaro ETH Prediction For 2021

James Todaro, managing partner at Blocktown Capital, thinks that ETH has the potential to reach a $1 trillion market cap on the basis of the growing DeFi industry. According to his estimate, the value of Ethereum could surge to $9,000.

Our Own Ethereum Prediction For 2021

When looking at the fundamentals, we can clearly see that blockchain is a disruptive technology that will invade all of finance and the economy just as software has done in the past 50 years. Fundamentally speaking, crypto is the future.

That’s the basis for our forecast of the continued growth of the industry.

Fundamentals vs. Technicals

When it comes to price forecasting, we always want our technical price analysis to dovetail with our fundamental analysis. Our technical analysis looks at past price behavior, and our fundamental analysis sheds light on whether or not we feel it likely that previous price trends will continue or not.

In the case of Ethereum, like the 3 analysts above, we do feel confident that the positive price trends will continue.

The 4 Year Cycle In Crypto Prices

There is clearly a 4 year cycle in the cryptocurrency market. The next 4 year cycle peak is due around December of 2021.

Bitcoin has gone through 2 complete cycles, but Ethereum has not. With less of a track record, it makes it more difficult to predict where the price of Ethereum will be at the end of 2021.

Looking back at the previous year which was a 4 year cycle top, 2017, Bitcoin started the year on January 1, at $998.33. It ended the year on December 31, 2018 at $14,156.40, after climbing over $19,400 in mid December of that year. Depending on whether you’re looking at the highest price reached in mid December or whether you’re looking at the end of the year price, Bitcoin went up by a factor of between 14x and 19x during the last 4 year cycle top.

While this performance is still exceptional, it is quite a bit less than the gains from the previous 4 year cycle top that happened 4 years prior, in 2013.

Bitcoin started that year on January 1, at $13.30. It ended the year on December 31, at $805.90, after climbing over $1,237 in early December of that year. Again, depending on whether you’re looking at the highest price reached in early December or whether you’re looking at the end of the year price, Bitcoin went up by a factor of between 60x and 93x during the last 4 year cycle top.

The point of looking at Bitcoin’s first two cycles is to see that the first cycle saw larger percentage gain than the second.

Ethereum’s One Cycle Iteration

Ethereum wasn’t created/released until July 30, 2015, so there is no price data from 2013 – it didn’t exist back then.

So Ethereum’s price performance in 2017 was only it’s first 4 year cycle top.

We therefore anticipate that – just like had occurred with Bitcoin – the gains of the second 4 year cycle peak would be less than those of the first 4 year cycle top.

So, how did Ethereum fare in 2017, and what can we extrapolate for 2021?

Ethereum’s Past Price Performance

Ethereum started 2017 on January 1, at $8.20. It ended the year on December 31, 2017 at $736.77, after climbing to $800 in mid December of that year. The Altcoins had a cycle peak that was a couple weeks after Bitcoin reached its ultimate peak. After closing out 2017 at $736.77, Ethereum reached its 4 year cycle peak 2 weeks later on January 13 at $1,423.20. Depending on whether you’re looking at the highest price reached in mid January or whether you’re looking at the end of the year price, Ethereum went up by a factor of between 89x and 173x during 2017 for the last 4 year cycle top.

To recap, Bitcoin went up by 60x and 93x during its first iteration of the 4 year cycle peak, and 14x and 19x during its second iteration.

Ethereum has only seen one 4 year cycle peak during its existence, going up between 89x and 173x.

Price History As A Guide

If Ethereum follows Bitcoin’s lead and the rate of increase slows by the same amount that Bitcoin’s did from the first iteration to the second, that would mean that this year Ethereum will “only” go up between 18x and 34x.

With Ethereum starting the year at $729.12, that equates to a predicted price high between $13,124 and $24,790.

That’s our Ethereum prediction.

As the saying goes, “past performance does not guarantee future results.”

Like all future predictions, at this point in time we don’t know if the forecast is accurate or not, but as of press time, we have a high degree of confidence in our forecast price range being reached.

Time will tell.

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It’s Not Just Institutional Thirst, Retail Demand For Crypto Reaches ‘Unprecedented’ Levels

There’s just not enough Bitcoin to meet demand.

That’s not just some hopium-based fantasy by the leader of a fringe crypto cult.

No, it’s simple fact from tallying just a couple places where Bitcoin can be bought.

We’ve reported that institutional money is moving into cryptocurrency assets, and that institutional demand is higher than it has ever been.

Retail demand is also currently at “unprecedented levels.”

Unprecedented levels

Israeli trading and investing platform Etoro warned customers in Europe on Friday of possible limitations on crypto purchasing over the weekend. In an email, the exchange said: “The unprecedented demand for crypto, coupled with limited liquidity, presents challenges to our ability to support buy orders over the weekend. In light of this, it may be necessary for us to place limitations on crypto buy orders.”

eToro’s statement acknowledging unprecedented demand is just one of many that point to the fact that there isn’t enough Bitcoin available at today’s prices to meet demand.

Pantera Capital’s recent monthly letter to investors states that:

In last month’s investor letter we discussed that after 30 months of operation, Square’s Cash App is estimated to be buying around 40% of all newly-issued bitcoin.

PayPal just launched their new service that enables customers to buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrency directly from their PayPal accounts. It’s already having a huge impact.

The bitcoin community is proud to have grown to 100 million users over twelve years. PayPal has 300 million active users. As we’ve argued — and will argue more fully in our December investor letter — this rally is much more sustainable than 2017. One of the main differences is the ease of investing in bitcoin now — via PayPal, Cash App, Robinhood, etc.

Previously the friction to buy bitcoin was pretty onerous: take a selfie with your passport, wait days to a week to get activated, daily limits.

Three hundred million people just got instant access to Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies.

BOOM! The results are already apparent.

PayPal’s crypto infrastructure provider is Paxos. Prior to PayPal’s integration of crypto, itBit, the Paxos-run exchange, was doing a fairly constant amount of trading volume — the white line in the chart below.

When PayPal went live, volume started exploding. The increase in itBit volume implies that within four weeks of going live, PayPal is already buying almost 70% of the new supply of bitcoins.

PayPal and Cash App are already buying more than 100% of all newly-issued bitcoins.

Only 900 New Bitcoins Created Each Day

Bitcoin supply is growing daily. Literally, it’s growing by 6.25 newly created Bitcoins with each new block mined. By design, one Bitcoin block is mined every 10 minutes, resulting in an average of 144 new blocks every day. 144 x 6.25 equals 900 new Bitcoins created each day.

Genuine Bitcoin Investor Demand

As we reported above, just Paypal and Cash App are responsible for buying more than 900 Bitcoin per day.

Let’s look at another rather obscure place to buy Bitcoin: LocalBitcoins.com. This is a site outside of the massive mainstream crypto exchanges. It is sort of a peer-to-peer classified ad site that matches buyers with sellers on an individual level.

Compared to the big exchanges, such as Coinbase, this site is tiny. For instance, Binance alone had a Bitcoin trading volume in the past 24 hours of $2.77 billion at press time.

Contrast that to the average daily trading of Bitcoin at localbitcoins.com which is a mere $6 million. The difference in size is staggering. The point being, trading volume at localbitcoins.com is a tiny, extremely tiny, amount of Bitcoin being bought each day.

Now, be aware that most of the trading volume on Binance and other big exchanges is just that: trading, not investing. A trader can buy and sell multiple times per day with each of those trades adding into the cumulative total trading volume.

On localbitcoins.com it is definitely not “traders” doing the trading, it is mom and pop type of people buying Bitcoin to hold as an investment.

So let’s look at the numbers. $6 million worth of Bitcoin are being bought right now every day on localbitcoins.com.

How many Bitcoin is that?

$6,000,000/$37,000 each equals 162 Bitcoin.

Remember, there’s only 900 being created. And this tiniest little peer-to-peer exchange is responsible for its users buying up almost 1/5 of all newly created Bitcoin each and every day. This is purely Bitcoin volume, and does not include other cryptos such as XRP and Litecoin.

Paypal and Cash App are already buying more Bitcoin than are being created each day. This tiny little site is facilitating the buying of nearly 20% of all new Bitcoin being create. What about the customers of Binance? What about demand from the customers of Coinbase, Gemini, Kraken, Bittrex, Bitstamp, Huobi, Bitfinex, and hundreds of other exchanges are are many times lager than localbitcoins? Where will all the Bitcoin come from for those buyers to be able to purchase?

Only Existing Holders Can Supply Bitcoin To Match Soaring Demand

One thing is certain, there is no way to increase the supply of new Bitcoin being created each day and available on the market. With demand absolutely overwhelming new supply, that only leaves existing holders willing to sell in order to satiate buyer demand.

Which means only one thing: prices will continue to be bid higher.

There’s good reason for the crypto fear and greed index to be pegged on greed.

How high is high? Here’s our Bitcoin forecast for this year and beyond.

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Will Tether Quake The Crypto Market This Week?

A Big Nothing Burger Or The Pin That Pops The Bubble?

If the events in the crypto market of December 2020 teach us anything, it’s that the actions of the financial regulators can cause quakes that have a tremendous impact on crypto prices.

Think back to late November and early December. There was an abundance of enthusiasm towards XRP with the (back then) forthcoming airdrop of Spark tokens. In late November, the price of XRP stood at 26 cents.

Airdrop Of Spark Tokens

With the interest in holding XRP tokens so as to benefit from the Spark airdrop, crypto investors were rushing into XRP, and drove its price above 70 cents.

The upward momentum in price was invigorating.

Even after the airdrop, the price of XRP was hovering around 60 cents as late as December 20.

Enter The SEC

Then the news hit.

The SEC had filed a lawsuit against Ripple. The price immediately crashed to 20 cents, wiping out more than 2/3rds of XRP’s value in a matter of days.

The moral of the story: actions taken by financial regulators can have an overwhelming effect on price.

Fast-forward to today. An important deadline has arrived in the case of Attorney General of the State of New York v. iFinex Inc. (the parent company of both Bitfinex and Tether).

Tether vs. New York State

Some history of this case:

Back in April 2019, the New York Attorney General (NYAG) accused stablecoin operator Tether of covering Bifinex’s $850 million losses by sourcing its USDT to cover the shortfall. Nevertheless, Tether replied calling this accusation in “bad faith” and “riddled with false assertions”. Note NYAG has filed charges against iFinex, the parent company of Bitfinex and Tether.

During the preliminary injunction in May 2019, Judge Joel Cohen extended the deadline to ninety more days. By August 2019, NYAG presented another proof and evidence in the case highlighting how Bitfinex and Tether were allegedly involved in covering up the $850 million losses. Later, the NYAG also called out iFinex’s motion “an improper attempt to impede a lawful investigation”.

The case took an interesting turn last year in September 2020 when Judge Cohen ruled that both Tether and Bitfinex should produce documents disclosing their financial relationship. In addition, he also passed an injunction barring Tether to issue loans to Bitfinex by ninety more days.

Deadline Extended

Last month, on December 9th, 2020, Attorney General Letitia James filed a document requesting Judge Cohen to extend the timeline to January 15. The Attorney General said that “the parties continue to cooperate on the production of documents in response to the 354 Order, and anticipate that the production might be finalized in the coming weeks.”

Two days ago, Friday, January 15, was the d-day for iFinex to produce necessary info and the documents so that NYAG is able to continue the investigation further. iFinex had to produce documents detailing the issuance and redemptions of Tether’s USDT stablecoins, and also disclose the trading activity on Bitfinex concerning Bitcoin and USDT.

We’re currently at the crossroads of the most crucial cases in the crypto space. Tether’s market cap has grown to $25 billion, and the token currently sits at #3 on coinmarketcap’s list of the largest cryptocurrencies in existence.

Will Tether Drag The Entire Crypto Market Lower?

Some market analysts believe that the issuance of Tether is being used to prop up the price of Bitcoin, and by extension the entire crypto market. Others, such as Ganesh Viswanath-Natraj, Assistant Professor of Finance at Warwick Business School, stated on a recent podcast, “Based on our evidence there, there’s no effect of tether issuance on crypto asset prices.”

While there were no new statements from the NY Supreme Court on deadline day, a statement is likely to be forthcoming this week.

If and when the statement unfolds, the BIG question for the entire crypto market is “Will it be a nothing-burger, or will it be the pin that pops the crypto bubble?”

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DeFi Crypto Assets Start 2021 By Thundering Higher

Although we’re just beyond 2 weeks in, 2021 has started off with a burst for the cryptocurrency world.

Amid political chaos in the United States, the value of cryptocurrencies have risen significantly and so far this year. Bitcoin started 2021 around $29,000; and in two weeks time is has already soared above $40,000. More than a few analysts are predicting a 6-digit Bitcoin price this year.

Nevertheless, it’s not only about Bitcoin; beyond BTC, there has been an explosion in coin prices across the board, as cryptocurrency funds see record inflows. This is especially true with DeFi coins and tokens. At press time, we took a look at five major DeFi assets listed on coinmarketcap. In no particular order:

  1. Chainlink (LINK) Chainlink started the year around $12 and has gained as much as 83%, reaching a high above $22.00. LINK is a decentralized oracle network which aims to connect smart contracts with data from the real world. Chainlink was developed by Sergey Nazarov, with Steve Ellis as the other co-founder. It held an ICO in September 2017, raising $32 million, with a total supply of 1 billion LINK tokens. LINK, the cryptocurrency native to the Chainlink decentralized oracle network, is used to pay node operators.
  2. Ren (REN) Ren started the year around 34 cents and has gained as much as 85%, reaching a high above 63 cents. Ren (REN) is an open protocol built to provide interoperability and liquidity between different blockchain platforms. Formerly known as Republic Protocol, Ren launched RenVM, its virtual machine mainnet, in May 2020, having completed a $34 million initial coin offering (ICO) in 2018. The protocol’s native token, REN, functions as a bond for those running nodes which power RenVM, known as Darknodes. Ren aims to expand the interoperability, and hence accessibility, of decentralized finance (DeFi) by removing hurdles involved in liquidity between blockchains.
  3. Sushiswap (SUSHI) Sushiswap started the year around $3 and has gained as much as 153%, reaching a high above $7.60. SushiSwap (SUSHI) is an example of an automated market maker (AMM). An increasingly popular tool among cryptocurrency users, AMMs are decentralized exchanges which use smart contracts to create markets for any given pair of tokens. SushiSwap launched in September 2020 as a fork of Uniswap, the AMM which has become synonymous with the decentralized finance (DeFi) movement and associated trading boom in DeFi tokens. SushiSwap aims to diversify the AMM market and also add additional features not previously present on Uniswap, such as increased rewards for network participants via its in-house token, SUSHI.
  4. Aave (AAVE) Aave started the year around $90 and has gained as much as 114%, reaching a high above $203.00. Aave is a decentralized finance protocol that allows people to lend and borrow crypto. Lenders earn interest by depositing digital assets into specially created liquidity pools. Borrowers can then use their crypto as collateral to take out a flash loan using this liquidity. Aave (which means “ghost” in Finnish) was originally known as ETHLend when it launched in November 2017, but the rebranding to Aave happened in September 2018. AAVE provides holders with discounted fees on the platform, and it also serves as a governance token — giving owners a say in the future development of the protocol.
  5. Uniswap (UNI) Uniswap started the year at just about $5 and has gained as much as 80%, reaching a high of $9.00. Uniswap is a popular decentralized trading protocol, known for its role in facilitating automated trading of decentralized finance (DeFi) tokens. An example of an automated market maker (AMM), Uniswap launched in November 2018, but has gained considerable popularity this year thanks to the DeFi phenomenon and associated surge in token trading. Uniswap aims to keep token trading automated and completely open to anyone who holds tokens, while improving the efficiency of trading versus that on traditional exchanges. Uniswap creates more efficiency by solving liquidity issues with automated solutions, avoiding the problems which plagued the first decentralized exchanges. In September 2020, Uniswap went a step further by creating and awarding its own governance token, UNI, to past users of the protocol. This added both profitability potential and the ability for users to shape its future — an attractive aspect of decentralized entities.
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FinCen Extends Comment Period For Proposed New Crypto Wallet Rules

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) said Thursday it will reopen its proposed rulemaking period for an extra fifteen days for its crypto wallet reporting requirements, and another forty five days for a necessity on recordkeeping and counterparty reporting requirements.

First submitted Dec. 18, 2020, the proposals will require crypto exchanges to store name and address info for customers transferring more than $3,000 in cryptocurrency each day to private crypto wallets, and file currency transaction reports (CTRs) for customers transacting in more than $10,000 each day.

Critics of the rule said it will be technically out of the question for a few projects to comply because smart contracts and author decentralized tools don’t have name or perhaps address info to provide.

Maybe most important, the extension means Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who’s believed to be spearheading this effort, is going to be out of office by the time the comments period closes, perhaps allowing for FinCEN to better incorporate crypto industry feedback.

In the public notice, FinCEN wrote that the proposed CTR requirements “are essentially equivalent to the existing CTR reporting requirements that apply to transactions in currency,” and called the proposal “vital” to closing loopholes that terrorists or perhaps other malicious actors might use. This’s the part which is going to see a 15 day extension for comments.

FinCEN was less effusive about the recordkeeping and counterparty details, only writing, “FinCEN is actually providing a longer period in light of the relatively greater complexity of those elements of the proposed different issues and rule identified in comments received during the first comment period.”

This was the part that raised the most controversy from the blockchain industry , receiving more than 7,000 comments, with the vast majority of responders criticizing the pace or the rule by which it was being pushed through.

In a statement, the Chamber of Digital Commerce said if the proposed rule was implemented as is, “a series of unintended consequences that raise serious privacy concerns will have resulted from this rushed rulemaking process.”

The extension does not mean the rule won’t be implemented; it is still entirely possible that FinCEN is going to choose to run with the rule after the last version is actually published.

The clock for the comment period restarted when the document was posted in the Federal Register, the nation’s logbook, which was done yesterday, Friday, January 15.

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Creator Of First ICO Developing Blockchain DeFi Platform For UBI

Universal Basic Income (UBI) Planned In 30 U.S. Cities

UBI is increasingly being recommended as a possible strategy to help mitigate the economic consequences of an extended coronavirus pandemic.

Almost all the UBI programs currently being piloted propose direct, unconditional cash payments to citizens, a lot like how many welfare payments are actually distributed today.

Based on data from Welfare and Health Studies at the Cato Institute only 30% of funds allocated to government welfare programs end up in the hands of the people who benefit from it. For private charities, an average of 82% of funds reach those that want it, while fund-raising and administrative expenses account for the remaining 18%. If numbers that are very much the same are actually assumed for UBI programs, 70% of funds will go towards a UBI program’s administrative expenses rather compared to its intended recipients.

The use of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is able to transform how UBI is actually implemented, making it cost effective, most importantly, and, secure, transparent. The primary benefit to using blockchain technology will be the elimination of bureaucracy, resulting in 100% of funds reaching UBI recipients.

Karma Finance, founded by Antoine Sorel Neron, the designer of the first Initial Coin Offering (ICO) in cryptocurrency, is actually developing a new Decentralized Finance (DeFi) platform that is going to allow users to choose either to get a weekly UBI payment or perhaps to participate in the community reward pool. Owners participating in the reward pool is going to be strongly incentivized to provide the funding required for the UBI program itself.

Decentralized finance and UBI are actually a natural fit, particularly as we are working to build economic resilience in cities across the country,” said Neron, who grew up on Chicago’s South Side. “Decentralized finance is actually meant to produce a far more inclusive and open financial system for everyone. We might not have the ability to make it happen for the world’s billion plus poor just yet, but at least we are able to build a practical solution to help regular folks who’ve been affected by COVID, even as government budgets start to be more strained. This’s exactly where the public is able to step in to help.”

Karma Finance is going to be the first DeFi application built for UBI.

About Karma Finance

Karma Finance launched on August thirty one, 2020, with the goal of providing a privately funded Universal Basic Income solution via blockchain and smart contracts. A community based project aimed at empowering users impacted by COVID and other economically devastating events, it uses a unique decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol which allows Karma’ angels’ to stake Ethereum cryptocurrency for the benefit of other users that receive direct UBI payments from the product.

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Pando Coin Launched On Bittrex

Pando Software Inc., whose Pando Browser ad blocking app has recorded more than 100,000 cumulative downloads on the Google Play Store within 3 weeks, has effectively launched their Pando Coin (PANDO) on the U.S. based exchange Bittrex and is currently available for purchase.

Pando Browser is actually a Web 3.0 browser which sports a large list of benefits when in contrast with existing browsers. Owners can simply make a decision to display or even block advertisements based on the preferences of theirs, all the while dealing with the information of theirs in a safer browsing environment. Sending and paying cash through the internet browser is made simple with the integrated Pando Browser wallet. Expansion into messengers and web browsers makes perfect sense strategically for the business to further recognize the perception of a “Transparent Internet.” The Pando Browser is strongly linked with a variety of business models and also has developed strong synergies in the area.

Pando Coin (PANDO) has also announced plans to grow the Pando ecosystem through advertising and technology growth cooperation based on numerous partnerships in Korea and abroad. Entering the U.S. industry through listing on the Bittrex global exchange was a big stepping stone to more development.

About Pando

The Pando Coin was engineered to make a groundbreaking new means of Rewards culture to the browsing environment. The world as we realize it’s always changing. Based on the present changes taking place in the fast shifting worldwide consumer and business engineering, we are aware that web culture is also changing. Blockchain technology is impacting the manner in which we have the web. PANDO coin is actually engineered to enable the subscribers of its to feel maximum financial benefits with transparency and the privacy protection level they deserve. Pando intends that the products of theirs like the internet browser and messenger will help support great change in the crypto community.

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Kraken Joins Growing List Of U.S. Exchanges Delisting XRP

XRP just is not winning now, as Kraken currently stands as the newest crypto exchange set to suspend trading in XRP tokens. The reason given, similar to the a number of other institutions as well as exchanges which dropped XRP like a hot potato in recent weeks, was because of the SEC enforcement actions brought against Ripple.

Kraken announced on Jan. fifteen that it will halt trading in XRP for US residents. From the company’s statement:

Given the recent SEC filing against Ripple Labs Inc., we are halting XRP trading for U.S. residents no later than January 29, 2021 at 5pm PT (January 30, 2021 at 1:00 UTC). We may begin implementing this process at any time on January 29, 2021, so all U.S. clients are strongly encouraged to resolve their positions prior to that day.

U.S. residents with open XRP spot positions on margin should satisfy their margin obligations by January 28, 2021 at 11:59pm PT or their positions will be liquidated in accordance with our Terms.

The exchange specified that US residents would still be in a position to deposit, hold, and withdraw XRP after the freeze takes place. The activity impacts just US residents; “Clients residing in some other places aren’t affected.”

The announcement additionally contains a FAQ list. It covers subjects like just how long the ban can last (they will adjust to any kind of change in the SEC saga). The upcoming change to a deposit-hold-withdraw mainly regime might improve when the circumstance should improve. Furthermore, the company’s plans about the Spark token airdop remain unrevised.

The SEC Move

News about Ripple has been decidedly negative since the SEC filed its lawsuit against Ripple. The SEC claims that the company sold $1.2 billion of unregistered securities in the type of XRP tokens. Former CEO Christian Larsen along with current CEO Brad Garlinghouse can also be charged with offering another $600 million in unregistered securities in the type of XRP.

Ripple Labs is actually guarding itself in court and in the media. Garlinghouse especially has taken to Twitter to clarify the company’s position, stating that nobody has been quiet, neither can they give up this fight. Garlinghouse claims to be on the proper side of the facts and of history, and is looking forward to Ripple’s day in court – in addition to engaging with the brand new SEC leadership when appointed.

Ripple Treading Water

Exchanges with substantial US exposure even moved fast. Garlinghouse observed that the US accounts for approximately five % of XRP holders, though the exchanges kept a watch on compliance. Bitstamp, Binance, Coinbase, along with OKCoin are actually among the exchanges which have signaled stoppages.

In a single indication as to just how Ripple is going to leave this eddy of exercise, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, commonly recognized as ‘Crypto Mom‘, reported in a recent interview that fees like these frequently get settled out of court.

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Polkadot Surges 37% To Claim #4 Spot Ahead Of XRP

The Ripple news of late has been very complicated for XRP supporters. XRP has been on a losing streak ever since the US SEC filed a lawsuit against it in late 2020. The coin has since lost its third spot to Tether (USDT), and then also the fourth spot within the past 24 hours. Right after a short term rebound during which it regained the fourth position it had held, XRP currently lost it once again to Polkadot (DOT).

Polkadot cost surged 37% in the past 24 hours, and DOT replaces XRP as the 4th largest coin by market cap. Polkadot has been surging for rather some time now, initially starting about December 28th. Right after reaching the cost of ten dollars in the first days of January, the coin has been trading sideways until January 10th, when it dropped back again to somewhat above eight dollars.

The drop was short lived.

Right after that, nonetheless, it began a brand new price surge which took it up by about 85% in a single week. Actually, within the last twenty four hours, the coin has gone up by 37%. The market cap of it hit $15.6 billion, while the day trading volume of it rests above $7.5 billion at the time of writing.

XRP, meanwhile, is actually trading in the red for the past 7 days, down a modest 11.7%. The coin however, has risen by 4.17 % within the last twenty four hours. The market cap of it stands at $12.9 billion at the time of writing, while the trading volume of its sank under $4.3 billion.

Huge Exchanges Began Eliminating XRP

The turn of the calendar continues to be quite chaotic for XRP. First, the SEC sued its parent company, Ripple, for offering an unregistered security. Next, the coin got delisted from a selection of exchanges, in which smaller exchanges can manage to eliminate it right away, while much larger ones, including Binance, announced that the coin was going to be delisted in mid January.

The removal of its from Binance as well as the peers is likely the reason behind a good priced dip which XRP is experiencing at this time. The coin currently sits at $0.2817, with the price tag continuing to work lower. Meanwhile, Polkadot is actually seeing an immediate rise in usability, with a few reports actually professing that Asian traders are actually making use of it to forecast the cost of Bitcoin.

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Institutional Money Continues Surging Into Cryptos

It was less than 2 weeks ago that we reported Voyager Digital’s assets under management had risen from $5 million a year earlier to $200 million. In a further sign of a continued flood of money into crypto assets, Voyager Digital has announced that assets under management (AUM) has crossed $500 million in the past 24 hours.

Voyager Digital Ltd. is a publicly-traded, licensed crypto-asset broker that provides investors with a turnkey solution to trade crypto assets.

During the past year, while Voyager’s AUM grew from $5 million to $200 million, crypto investment firm Grayscale saw assets under management surge tenfold as wider adoption of bitcoin drove billions of new dollars into its trusts.

The firm’s assets lept to $20.2 billion from $2 billion last year, according to a quarterly report published this week. Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust garnered the bulk of the inflows, surging to $17.5 billion from $1.8 billion in AUM as the popular cryptocurrency’s price soared higher. On average, the Grayscale’s bitcoin trust averaged in inflow of $90 million per week.

Institutional investors’ newfound interest in cryptocurrencies was also a boon for the entire cryptocurrency industry. Many market experts see no end in sight for continued instiutional money flowing into the sector.

The rally accelerated in the fall following MicroStrategy and Square revealing that they purchased bitcoin and opened the door for various other public firms to do exactly the same. PayPal’s announcement that it will permit users to purchase as well as sell cryptocurrencies further lifted prices in late October.

“The significant growth in our assets in such a short time frame shows the power of the Voyager model,” said Steve Ehrlich, Co-founder and CEO of Voyager. “Voyager’s AUM continues to grow exponentially, as well as the growth of daily net deposits and new accounts on the platform.”

About Voyager Digital Ltd.

Voyager Digital Ltd. is a crypto-asset broker that provides retail and institutional investors with a turnkey solution to trade crypto assets. Voyager offers customers best execution and safe custody on a wide choice of popular crypto-assets. Voyager was founded by established Wall Street and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who teamed to bring a better, more transparent and cost-efficient alternative for trading crypto-assets to the marketplace.

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Voyager Digital Lists Elrond Gold Token

Voyager Digital  Ltd. (OTCQB: VYGVF), a publicly-traded, licensed crypto-asset broker that provides investors with a turnkey solution to trade crypto assets, today announced the listing of the Elrond Gold Token (EGLD) on the Voyager platform, expanding Voyager’s industry-leading offering of 55+ cryptocurrencies.

“The listing of our 56th token now offers U.S. customers an easy way to invest in the Elrond Network. Investors will now have the ability to download the Voyager App, fund their account, and begin trading eGold within minutes,” said Steve Ehrlich, Co-founder and CEO of Voyager. “As Voyager’s growth accelerates, we will continue to expand our platform of the most exciting digital assets to invest in, with over 20 interest-bearing assets on the Voyager platform.”

Elrond is a highly-scalable, fast, and secure blockchain platform for distributed apps, enterprise-use cases, and the new internet economy. Elrond’s native token, eGold, also known as EGLD, is used for paying network fees, staking and rewarding validators. Use cases include fintech, DeFi, and the Internet of Things

“The successful transition from traditional to decentralized finance will help our regulatory framework evolve in many positive ways. A publicly-traded company like Voyager, built to simplify onboarding to the crypto space, is a powerful catalyst toward unlocking blockchain’s multi-trillion-dollar potential,” added Elrond CEO and Co-founder Beniamin Mincu. “We look forward to working with the Voyager team towards compliant adoption at an internet-scale.”

For more information on Voyager Digital, please visit https://www.investvoyager.com. The Voyager app is available for Android and iPhone.

About Voyager Digital Ltd.
Voyager Digital Ltd. is a crypto-asset broker that provides retail and institutional investors with a turnkey solution to trade crypto assets. Voyager offers customers best execution and safe custody on a wide choice of popular crypto-assets. Voyager was founded by established Wall Street and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who teamed to bring a better, more transparent, and cost-efficient alternative for trading crypto-assets to the marketplace.

About Elrond
Elrond is the internet-scale blockchain, designed from scratch to bring a 1000-fold cumulative improvement in throughput and execution speed. To achieve this, Elrond introduces two key innovations: a novel Adaptive State Sharding mechanism and a Secure Proof of Stake (PoS) algorithm, enabling linear scalability with a fast, efficient, and secure consensus mechanism. Thus, Elrond can process upwards of 15,000 transactions per second (TPS), with 6-second latency and negligible cost, attempting to become the backbone of a permissionless, borderless, globally accessible internet economy.

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Fireblocks Adds New Staking Service For DOT, XTZ and ETH 2.0

Fireblocks announced today it has integrated with Blockdaemon and Staked to add new staking services for over 165 enterprise and institutional customers. The new Fireblocks PoS capabilities will debut with initial support for Polkadot (DOT), Tezos (XTZ) and Eth 2.0.

“Fireblocks already simplifies securing and trading cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin and Polkadot. With the roll-out of DOT staking, Fireblocks is quickly becoming an all-in-one solution for crypto power users,” said Jack Platts, Co-Founder of Hypersphere Ventures.

Traditionally, setting up staking was complicated and required 2-3 full time employees to integrate and manage nodes, or turning to a cold storage custodian, which fragments infrastructure, distributes assets across different providers, and limits operational flexibility.

Now, in addition to leveraging Fireblocks’ secure MPC-based wallet technology and Network for crypto custody, settlement, and DeFi, the world’s largest institutional digital asset investors and managers can add staking to earn more revenue from DOT, Tezos or Ethereum 2.0 assets.

“To set up staking, you need the highest degree of security in storing the asset and delegating it to the staking nodes,” said Michael Shaulov, CEO of Fireblocks. “There has been an increase in demand from our customers requesting simple and secure access to these strategies by utilizing their Fireblocks MPC wallet. We are extremely excited to roll out these new staking services on the largest PoS networks, giving our customers an opportunity to enhance their yield by 5% to 15%.”

Starting today, Fireblocks’ customers will be able to stake DOT, XTZ and ETH 2.0 tokens all from the Fireblocks platform. The assets will be protected from cyber attacks, internal collusion and human error while accruing rewards. Users will maintain custody of the funds in their Fireblocks MPC-based wallets with an interface to monitor staking performance on Staked and Blockdaemon.

“Fireblocks is a leading pioneer in providing secure digital infrastructure for institutional trading, lending, and borrowing and we are thrilled to partner with them by supporting customers with our validator staking and node management,” says Konstantin Richter, CEO and Founder of Blockdaemon. “Having close collaboration with a leader in the space is essential in driving earning potential forward at an accelerated rate.”

With significant demand from Fireblocks’ customer base, the company will continue to prioritize supporting additional staking protocols in 2021.

“We are thrilled to extend our staking services to a growing number of institutional customers through our partnership with Fireblocks,” said Tim Ogilvie, CEO of Staked, which provides non-custodial infrastructure services for the major PoS blockchains and is the leading independent validator for Ethereum 2.0. “Fireblocks has a well-established reputation for delivering infrastructure and we are delighted to support this new offering for its many enterprise and institutional customers.”

About Fireblocks

Fireblocks is an enterprise-grade platform delivering a secure infrastructure for moving, storing, and issuing digital assets. Fireblocks enables exchanges, lending desks, custodians, banks, trading desks, and hedge funds to securely scale digital asset operations through the Fireblocks Network and MPC-based Wallet Infrastructure. Fireblocks has secured the transfer of over $200 billion in digital assets and has a unique insurance policy that covers assets in storage & transit.

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Gemini Unveils Plans For Credit Card With Crypto Rewards

Gemini, a crypto exchange and custodian, today announced that it will launch the Gemini Credit Card, a credit card with cryptocurrency rewards. This effort has been accelerated by the acquisition of Blockrize, a fintech startup that has been building a credit card with cryptocurrency rewards. In preparation for launch later this year, Gemini has opened the Gemini Credit Card waitlist — providing Gemini customers, and those already on the Blockrize waitlist, with early access.

By combining Gemini’s simple, reliable, and safe platform with Blockrize’s rewards program, card holders will be able to seamlessly earn up to 3 percent back in bitcoin, or other cryptos, on every purchase they make with the Gemini Credit Card.

“The Gemini Credit Card will make it easier for any consumer to invest in bitcoin and other cryptos without changing their existing behavior, ” said Tyler Winklevoss, CEO of Gemini. “Rather than deciding how and when to buy crypto, customers can do so when making their everyday purchases. We’re excited to welcome the Blockrize team to Gemini and work together to continue to mainstream crypto.”

Those who join the waitlist, and the more than 10,000 people already on the Blockrize waitlist, will get early access. The Gemini Credit Card will work like a traditional credit card. It will be available to U.S. residents in every state and will be widely accepted wherever major cards are accepted. Rewards will be automatically deposited into a cardholder’s Gemini account.

For Gemini users or others interested in signing up to the waitlist, please visit: https://gemini.com/credit-card/waitlist. To sign up for a Gemini account visit: https://exchange.gemini.com/register.

This is Gemini’s second acquisition, following its acquisition of Nifty Gateway in November of 2019. Gemini continues to look for companies that align with its values and mission to empower the individual through crypto.

About Gemini

Gemini Trust Company, LLC (Gemini) is a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian that allows customers to buy, sell, and store more than 30 cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, litecoin, and Zcash. Gemini is a New York trust company that is subject to the capital reserve requirements, cybersecurity requirements, and banking compliance standards set forth by the New York State Department of Financial Services and the New York Banking Law. Gemini was founded in 2014 by twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to empower the individual through crypto.

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50% More Financial Advisors Allocating Crypto Investments Over Last Year

Bitwise Asset Management, a leading provider of crypto index funds, and ETF Trends, a leading source of exchange-traded fund news, tips, webcasts, and investing ideas, today released the findings of the Bitwise/ETF Trends 2021 Benchmark Survey Of Financial Advisor Attitudes Toward Cryptoassets.

Nearly 1,000 financial advisors answered a series of questions on cryptoassets and their use in client portfolios. Survey respondents included independent registered investment advisors, broker-dealer representatives, financial planners, and wirehouse representatives from across the U.S.

Among the key findings:

  • A Nearly 50% Increase In The Number Of Advisors Allocating To Crypto Compared With Last Year: The percentage of advisors allocating to crypto in client portfolios rose from 6.3% to 9.4% in 2020.
     
  • 17% Of Advisors Are Considering Making Their First Allocation To Crypto In 2021: Among advisors who are not currently allocating to crypto, 17% are either “definitely” (2%) or “probably” (15%) allocating in 2021. If all do so, it would more than double the number of advisors allocating to crypto, bringing adoption to over 1 in every 5 advisors.
  • The No. 1 Motivation For Advisors Is Crypto’s Uncorrelated Returns, And Inflation Hedging Is Of Rising Interest: 54% of advisors selected “uncorrelated returns” as a motivation for including crypto in portfolios. This finding was in line with last year’s survey results. “Inflation hedging” saw the largest uptick in interest, with 25% of advisors highlighting it as an attractive feature of crypto, up from just 9% last year.
     
  • Most Advisors Are Getting Questions About Crypto From Clients: 81% of all financial advisors reported receiving questions from clients on crypto in 2020, up from 76% in 2019.
     
  • Advisors Are Increasingly Optimistic About Bitcoin’s Price: 15% expect the price of bitcoin to exceed $100,000 within five years, up from just 4% in 2019. Meanwhile, the percentage expecting bitcoin’s price to fall to zero decreased sharply, from 8% in last year’s survey to 4% this year. This continues the trend of the last few years: In our 2019 survey, 14% of surveyed advisors thought the price would fall to zero.

“The survey shows it’s still early days for crypto, with less than 10% of advisors allocating today,” said Matt Hougan, chief investment officer for Bitwise. “At the same time, adoption and interest are growing: The survey suggests the number of advisors allocating could double or more in the year ahead.”

“Financial advisors are increasingly looking for exposure to alternative assets, and interest in crypto is rising,” said Tom Lydon, founder and CEO of ETF Trends. “We’ve also seen a steady progression of interest in crypto from clients of financial advisors in the three years we’ve run this survey together. I see no reason for that to change in the year to come.”

Complete findings of the survey are available in the report here.

The survey for the report was conducted in December 2020.

About Bitwise Asset Management

Bitwise Asset Management is a leading provider of index and beta crypto funds. Based in San Francisco, Bitwise’s team combines expertise in technology with decades of experience in traditional asset management and indexing—coming from firms including Facebook, Google, Wealthfront, BlackRock, Fidelity, Deutsche Bank, IndexIQ, and ETF.com. Bitwise is backed by leading institutional investors and asset management executives, and is a frequent commentator on crypto in the press. It has been profiled in Institutional Investor, CNBC, Barron’s, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other leading publications. The firm is a trusted partner to financial advisors, RIAs, multifamily offices, hedge funds, and other professional investors as they navigate the crypto space.

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Bitcoin ATM Market Forecasted To Grow By 52.7% Per Year

Researchandmarkets.com has released a new report, “Crypto ATM – Global Market Outlook (2019-2027)” 

Global Crypto ATM Market accounted for $18.35 million in 2019 and is expected to reach $542.52 million by 2027, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 52.7% during the forecast period.

Some of the key factors propelling the growth of the market are fluctuations in monetary regulations, increasing fund transfers in developing economies, and rise in the number of installations of crypto ATMs. However, stringent government regulations that prohibit the usage of cryptocurrency in various countries are the restraining factor for the growth of the market.

Cryptocurrency is the digital or virtual money in the form of tokens or coins. An Internet-connected kiosk allows customers to purchase bitcoins with deposited cash. A crypto ATM is not the same as an ATM backed by a traditional financial institution or bank. Cryptocurrencies are designed to decentralized and provide peer-to-peer transactions.

By type, the two-way segment is expected to grow at a significant market share during the forecast period owing to its provision of both, buying and selling functions with additional security and user-friendliness. Based on geography, North America is anticipated to hold considerable market share during the forecast period which is attributed to the lesser legal barriers and the presence of software & hardware providers and integrators.

Some of the key players in Crypto ATM Market include General bytes S.R.O., Covault, Mainstreet Automaten GmbH (Orderbob), bitaccess Inc.Genesis Coin, Coinme, RusBit Ltd., bitxatm, Coinsource, and Lamassu.

What Are the Advantages of Using a Bitcoin ATM Machine?

A Bitcoin ATM is basically a kiosk that enables a user to buy or sell currency by using either a debit card or credit card. These ATM’s are capable of all major brands of debit and credit cards. Some companies like MoneyGram and FXCM have launched their own ATMs which accept both debit and credit cards. These ATMs provide all the functionalities of any traditional ATM machine like a teller, a key pad or an LCD screen but with the added capabilities of accepting major currencies.

There are also some companies that have launched their own version of a bitcoin ATM called a bitcoin ATM station. This is basically an upgrade of the existing ATM which enables users to make transactions in a more convenient manner and usually operates with the support of the manufacturer.

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The Rapid Growth Of Decentralized Finance

Decentralized Finance is a concept that has emerged in the last two years. The idea behind decentralized finance is to make use of distributed ledger technology (DLT), and its off-chain components such as Internet-based ledgers to function as an online payment system. With such a system, the collection of participants is enabled to transact without being restricted by the speed of the network connection or the storage space of electronic data. In fact, such a system can be configured to operate efficiently even with minimal technological setups. Also, it enables users to control their own funds by allowing them to control their privacy, security, as well as the transfer of funds.

An emerging wave of DeFi protocols took previously glitchy and hard-to-navigate decentralized apps and exchanges, such as EtherDelta, and transformed them into high-volume, high-yield unicorns that provided crypto investors with consistently high returns on a regular basis. In terms of total value locked (the value of the assets committed to the protocol), transaction volume and market capitalization, many DeFi platforms and their associated tokens now rival the top centralized exchanges.

Figuring out the point at which decentralized finance began almost always ends up in a rhetorical debate. Some argue that Bitcoin’s (BTC) invention a decade ago marked the start of it, as the major cryptocurrency was the first peer-to-peer digital money and represents the conceptual core underpinning DeFi. Others say — and would be technically correct in doing so — that DeFi started back in December 2017, when Ethereum-based protocol MakerDAO was launched, followed by Compound Finance and Uniswap, released in September and November 2018, respectively. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that DeFi’s true ascent started in 2020.

In decentralized finance, tokens serve as a form of currency. There are several ways in which tokens may be implemented in such systems. First, users may issue tokens which represent ownership of a certain amount of the digital currency i.e. tokens may be issued as e-assets.

Another way of implementing decentralized finance is through Proof of Stake (POS) protocol. Through this protocol, one can build a decentralized financial system by risking one’s own money in the exchange market in return for rewards in the form of dividends. One of the advantages of using this form of lending is that it gives access to a wider range of lenders; however, the downside of this is that there is a high risk associated with such a system since it makes it more difficult for smaller businesses to obtain traditional funding sources. Also, it requires that the borrower has a long history of paying dividends to ensure sustainability of the financial system. In order to build a sustainable financial system that will work for a long time, it is important to find a system that uses Proof of Stake as a base.

Because the distribution chain is unidirectional and allows all parties to participate in the execution of the programs contained within the platform, it is not possible for one individual, such as a broker, to tamper or interfere with this process. Therefore, DEFI and Cryptocurrency are two sides of the same coin: a robust, highly regulated, and completely trustless system that offers all participants tremendous protection. DeFi is a very important aspect of any smart contract based ICO, and all companies are rushing to capture their slice of this rapidly growing industry.

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Flare Networks Announces Smart Contracts For Litecoin

Ripple’s late 2020 rise was due partly to a massive airdrop of Flare (FLR) tokens. Now, the smart contract solution is actually adding support for Litecoin (LTC). An FLR airdrop to Litecoin users is actually in the works.

XRP wallets included in the December snapshot will receive a Flare tokens (worth a great amount of money, potentially).

In a Jan. 8, 2020 tweet, Flare says that they will “reduce” the number of Flare tokens for the project’s founders by five billion. This extra will be distributed to “Litecoin participants.” The Tweet promises clarification in the coming week.

A Flare for airdrops Tokens on the Flare network, known as Spark, will be used for governance and as collateral following the expected token drop in Q2, 2021. The business plans to bring smart contracts to Ripple’s XRP. Previously, Ripple was seen as a vehicle for funds transfer, and Flare claims that Spark tokens will add value.

With this tweet, the company is actually announcing what was somewhat unexpected: that the network will support other cryptocurrencies besides XRP, namely Litecoin.

Flare received a large amount of hype and press before the December snapshot for the airdrop to XRP holders.

For what it is worth, the company is naming their FLR tokens XFLR tokens (for XRP) on their site. There can probably be LFLR tokens for Litecoin. But it may not stop there. Flare could add support for other cryptos.

The rationale for choosing to integrate with Litecoin, over some other similarly sized digital assets, may have come right down to the fact that after XRP, LTC was the next biggest asset currently with no smart contract capabilities.

The Litecoin Foundation has stated it is “very excited to see the capability of smart contracts and interoperability coming for Litecoin through Flare.”

This also opens up the possibility of more such integrations that would bring the DeFi ecosystem to all non-ETH coins in the near future.

Flare has said it may support other networks in the future, but this was given little attention. Support for, say, the Bitcoin network could have implications that are huge and give ETH a run for its money.

Smart contracts and Ethereum competition? The short version of the purpose of Flare is actually to facilitate smart contracts on protocols that don’t have them built in. Flare is backed by XRP, and the airdrop to most XRP-hodling wallets cast Flare into the spotlight.

The very last several weeks have seen insane interest in Ethereum, and as the time tested and secure smart-contract chain, that is no surprise. The #2 crypto may have new investors interested in case they feel like they “missed the boat” with Bitcoin.

But the tech backing Ethereum’s value is the smart contracts. Though there are actually lots of other similar protocols that are potential rivals (DOT, EOS), ADA, Ethereum still reigns supreme.

Nevertheless, if other networks (like XRP or LTC) could support smart contracts, that would widen their appeal. In case these protocols could be interoperable via the Flare network, that would be a coup for Spark tokens (Flare hasn’t suggested they’ve plans for this).

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World’s Oldest Operating Crypto Exchange Forecasts Trends For 2021

At the beginning of 2021, the world’s oldest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has seen an all-time high of over $40,000 on 8 January 2021, which is not surprising, since institutional investors as well as high-net-worth individuals consider BTC as a hedge against extraordinary fiscal stimulus programs. Here is an AMA summary from Chief Research Officer, Dan at BTCC.

ETH Price Prediction in 2021

The world’s largest financial derivatives exchange, CME Group, announces its ETH derivative product will go live on February 2021, following the launch of Bitcoin derivative product. It means Ethereum will be considered as a financial product, and will be regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). We expect that the launch of ETH derivative product next year will bring more institutional funds into the market, thus the price of ETH is very likely to see a massive rise.

Growing Number of Institutional Players Entering the Crypto Market

The year of 2020 also has seen numerous examples of institutional investors turning their attention to the world’s most popular cryptocurrency. For example, one of the largest insurance firms, MassMutual, has purchased $100 million of Bitcoin on December 2020.

We expected to see the crypto market to rise from the end of 2020 to 2021. The difference between the bull run this year to the one in 2017 is that previous bull was driven by individual investors and some whales. However, the bull run this year is mainly driven by institutional investors pushing the price up.

Top 10 Cryptocurrencies to Look Out for in 2021

The major theme of crypto market next year will be around DeFi, Polkadot, and ETH 2.0, therefore we will expect ETH remain unchanged at the top 2. While XRP, BCH, LTC and EOS are not what the market needs for next year, we expect to see these coins fall out of their current ranking.

Here is a prediction of crypto ranking in 2021 by Dan: BTC, ETH, USDT, LTC, XRP, BNB, LINK, UNI, DOT, BCH.

BTCC currently offer 9 major cryptocurrency trading pairs including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), EOS (EOS), Ripple (XRP), Stellar (XLM), Dash (DASH), and Cardano (ADA). Users can trade Bitcoin with leverage.

About BTCC

Founded in 2011, BTCC is the world’s longest-running crypto exchange and currently headquartered in the UK. With nearly 10 years of operating history, BTCC is known for its safe and stable, top-end market depth, and as well as faster transaction speed. 

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Victoria VR Initial Exchange Offering Of Its ERC-20 Cryptocurrency Token Now Available

VICTORIA VR Virtual reality is a completely unique platform, designed to connect all virtual reality platforms. VICTORIA VR brings forth a true virtual revolution with its photo-realistic graphics and innovative approaches. It provides users with a decentralized photo-realistic virtual world that takes full advantage of the amazing blockchain capabilities, with all the benefits that flow from it.

The VICTORIA VR (VR) token is currently available at pre-sale as an IEO on the DEXFIN Exchange. Full details can be found on the VICTORIA VR website, where you can also download the VICTORIA VR White Paper.

Besides stunning virtual graphics, decentralization and blockchain, VICTORIA VR also offers a passive income of 20% per year from staking. Other benefits are listed in the overview below.

The Virtual Reality of VICTORIA VR Gives You the First Photo-realistic World Without Limits

The virtual reality market is flourishing and could exceed $70B by 2024. Virtual reality creates completely new possibilities for its users. We live in an amazing world that is constantly progressing and becoming faster every day thanks to newer and more innovative technologies. However, we are limited. We are limited by the laws of physics, our human body, and time. Virtual reality offers you a world where there are no such limitations. Imagine a world where:

  • You don’t have to travel for an hour every day to get to school or work.
  • You don’t have to fly across the continent for a personal or business meeting.
  • You can enjoy the concert, theatre performance or an exhibition together with millions of other people from all corners of the world.
  • You can easily visit any place and be anything.
  • No one can dictate the opening hours of your business, where no one can close your business, where no one can take anything from you, and where there is no lockdown.
  • Where you can’t get infected by disease, where you can’t get hurt and where you can’t die.

VICTORIA VR: A Decentralized World Using the Blockchain

VICTORIA VR is a Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) virtual world with photo-realistic graphics built on the blockchain. Users mine the VR cryptocurrency by their activity in the virtual reality of VICTORIA VR. They can trade lands and build their Internet-connected projects and applications, acquire and create unique assets, explore a world full of user created content, complete challenging tasks and play games.

All assets are registered here on the public blockchain. The VR world is fully owned by the users and the community, which also creates rules for the entire community, because the world of VICTORIA VR is a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization).

Thanks to VICTORIA VR, you can materialize your most secret wishes and experience your life’s greatest desires. You can share everything with everyone here. And you always have unlimited possibilities – when working, creating, discovering, trading, and playing.

VICTORIA VR uses the proven Unreal Engine for development. In the current extreme world situation (lockdown, economic crisis 2020, covid-19), photo-realistic virtual reality is becoming a sought-after solution by companies, players and ordinary users alike.

VICTORIA VR Cryptocurrency – The Driver of the Virtual World

VICTORIA VR (VR) is an ERC-20 token and is the principal currency of VICTORIA VR. The token also serves as a reward for active users and for those who use staking. The total supply of the VR is set at 168 billion. At this time, 78B VR is available for pre-sale as IEO (Initial Exchange Offering). Unsold tokens serve as a reward for the future users.

  • Pre-sale for 0.00000006 BTC (15/12/2020 – 31/01/2021).
  • Pre-sale for 0.00000009 BTC (01/02/2021 – 28/02/2021).
  • Pre-sale for 0.00000012 BTC (29/02/2021 – 16/03/2021).
  • Listing on the DEXFIN Exchange and other exchanges (18/03/2021).

Staking With 20% APY and Trading in Virtual Reality

Staking is similar to keeping money on your term deposit, but with a much higher appreciation. You just hold your crypto assets at the DEXFIN Exchange, creating an interesting source of passive income. With the VR token, you get 20% per year from staking.

Thanks to VICTORIA VR, you can also discover novel ways of trading in the virtual world and new business opportunities. When trading in virtual reality, users can see and monitor all the necessary information at once – social networks, prices of popular cryptocurrencies, graphs, indicators, and more.

VICTORIA VR: Based in the Crypto Hub of Europe

VICTORIA VR is based in Prague, Czech Republic, where quite a few successful games were created, and which is the home of several notable inventions in the field of crypto. Some examples include the first mining pool (SlushPool) which started in the Czech Republic back in 2010 and the world-famous Trezor hardware wallet. The Czech Republic ranks among one of the most crypto-friendly countries in Europe.

With its photo-realistic graphics and innovative approaches, VICTORIA VR brings in a real virtual revolution! VICTORIA VR world is created and owned by its users and is designed to constantly motivate the users to activity and to algorithmically create quests, and thus, to live without its creators. You can acquire and create unique assets here, which will be, because of their usefulness, sought after by companies, enterprises, and individual users alike.

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Binance Launchpool Debuts BTCST

The Bitcoin Standard Hashrate Token (BTCST) is now live on Binance Launchpool, and Binance plans on listing BTCST in the innovation zone at 6:00 am (UTC) on Jan. 13, 2021.

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BTCST

BTCST sets off to solve the problem of a limited number of exit options by bringing exchange-grade liquidity to the Bitcoin mining industry, and in secondary trading, BTCST will perform as a leveraged Bitcoin token free from liquidation risk. BTCST will create an efficient market for Bitcoin’s mining power in ways similar to how Grayscale Bitcoin Trust creates institutional liquidity for Bitcoin.

Four Key Points About BTCST

1. Bitcoin’s leveraged token

BTCST secures dual profits for its holders when the market is on a bull run, due to BTCST’s attributes as Bitcoin’s leveraged token.

BTCST is collateralized by 0.1 TH/s of real-world Bitcoin mining power, which is historically proven to be positively correlated to the performance of the digital gold, and hence the value of BTCST climbs along with the current skyrocketing Bitcoin market. On top of that, BTCST stakers claim Bitcoin mining rewards on a daily basis. If a user started to mine Bitcoin with a WhatsMiner M32s (a classic hardware model of Bitcoin mining) in October 2020, by the time of publication, the value of Bitcoin mined would have risen by 200%; however, the price of the mining machine itself increased 400% during the same time frame.

Therefore, it is safe to call BTCST a leveraged token of Bitcoin.

2. Grayscale-like operations in the mining industry

2020 is the year of Grayscale, and BTCST may prolong the saga in the Bitcoin mining industry. Institutional liquidity injected by Grayscale sparked the bullish market, and BTCST will help release liquidity to the mining industry and enable the execution of liquidity premium in the secondary market.

By trading BTCST, market participants can freely enter and exit Bitcoin mining exposure in any size, at any time, and with low costs. Even miners without mining power tokenized by BTCST can make use of the token to capture the profits or hedge against the risks of mining machine price fluctuation.

3. Enhanced cloud mining

Cloud mining is an imperfect solution to the lack of liquidity, and its reputation is clouded by frequent scams. The legitimate providers also fall short of full transparency.

BTCST is a cloud mining platform deployed on the Binance Smart Chain, with daily payouts executed by the dApp and all data traceable. Binance Pool, the world’s second-largest Bitcoin mining pool, functions as the auditor for BTCST and guarantees legitimacy and transparency.

4. DeFi of 2021

BTCST is a DeFi project without risks of impermanent loss. When a user un-stakes BTCST, the user is safeguarded by code to retrieve the same amount of BTCST along with the accrued Bitcoin mining rewards.

BTCST has passed the scrutiny of CertiK, one of the world’s leading blockchain security firms, scoring a 98 out of 100 in a security audit.