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Terra (LUNA) Token Launched On Voyager Digital

Voyager Digital Ltd., a publicly-traded, licensed crypto-asset broker that provides investors with a turnkey solution to trade crypto assets, today announced the listing of the Terra (LUNA) Token on the Voyager platform, expanding Voyager’s industry-leading offering to 57 digital assets.

“By adding the LUNA Token to the Voyager platform, our U.S. customers will now have one of the first direct fiat-to-crypto on-ramps available on mobile devices,” said Steve Ehrlich, Co-founder and CEO of Voyager. “Our commission-free agency broker platform is quickly becoming the most trusted and transparent vehicle for investors to buy, trade and hold digital assets. We will continue to enhance our customer-centric platform with additional offerings including debit and credit cards, margin and the listing of other digital assets.”

Terra LUNA is a next-generation smart contract platform and programmable money for the internet. Terra’s platform supports stablecoins that offer instant settlements, low fees and seamless cross-border exchange, and are loved by millions of users and merchants.

“Both Terra and Voyager are making crypto and blockchain more accessible for mainstream adoption,” added Terra Co-Founder and CEO, Do Kwon. “Terra’s focus on merchant and payment adoption will be pushing the future forward on blockchain-powered digital payments. We’re excited to be partnered with Voyager, availing the power of LUNA to the masses.”

About Terra
Terra‘s stablecoin ecosystem aims to make money easier to spend and more attractive to hold for users. Terra is the first (and today the largest by market cap) algorithmic stablecoin protocol in existence, supported by the Terra blockchain’s native asset, LUNA. Terra creates stablecoins pegged to the world’s major fiat currencies (USD, EUR, CNY, JPY, GBP, KRW, and the IMF SDR) that deploy decentralized monetary supply controls to retain value, generate stable interest, and keep transaction costs low. Terra now has the third highest number of transactions of all blockchains (after BTC and Ethereum) and is generating 13M USD in fees annually. TerraKRW today powers Chai, one of the largest e-commerce wallets in Korea, which hosts over 2 million users and generates $1.2 billion in annualized transaction volume. Investors in Terraform Labs (TFL), the group behind Terra, include Arrington XRP Capital, PolyChain Capital, Binance Labs, Huobi Capital, FBG Capital, and TransLink Capital.

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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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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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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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.

BTCST
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.

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Binance To Delist XRP Trading On January 13, 2021

XRP continues to make the news. We’ve previously reported on the lawsuit that the Securities and Exchange Commission filed against Ripple, causing a major price crash in XRP.

Then Bitwise axed XRP from its crypto index fund.

That was followed by Bitstamp suspending trading in XRP for all U.S. residents.

Ripple’s lawyers were busy during all the flurry preparing a response to the SEC lawsuit.

Maybe it was the holidays, maybe it was wishful thinking, but along the way investors developed some hope that the worst of the bad news had already hit and bid up the price of XRP in anticipation of better days ahead.

Alas, it was not to be as more bad news just crossed our desk. Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, has announced that it is delisting XRP trading for U.S. residents beginning on January 13, 2021.

A statement on the company’s website reads:

Effective Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10am EST, XRP will be delisted from Binance.US. XRP trading and deposits will be suspended. 

When will XRP investors get a break from the barrage of bad news?

You can read the full statement here.