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The emergence of cryptocurrency hedge funds

I started exploring Bitcoin first in 2012 and, still today, I am fascinated by the opportunities and future potential digital assets pose as an emerging alternative asset class.One of the most relevant recent developments, which is often not covered, is the emergence of crypto hedge funds. Compared to the early days of crypto assets, when there were mainly private investors or traders in the space, a massive inflow of professionals entering the market...

Bitcoin Birch says no retail crypto-wide bull run likely for rest of 2020

Crypto prices may still be weighed down by a difficult global economic atmosphere, according to Joel Birch, co-founder of automated crypto investing platform Stacked. "I don't necessarily think that 2020 is going to be the year of some type of major retail bull run, largely due to the fact that the global economy still lingers over this industry, just like other financial markets," the personality, also known as "Bitcoin Birch" on Twitter, told Cointelegraph...

Hong Kong’s BTC association pushes ‘Bitcoin Tram’ ad campaign

The Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong, a major local alliance promoting crypto awareness and education, is launching the “Bitcoin Tram” ad campaign in Hong Kong; one of the world’s main global financial centres.According to a Sept. 11 announcement, the new ad campaign composes three double-decker trams fully covered with Bitcoin logos and ads alongside 20 similarly-designed billboards across the city.Hong Kong’s Bitcoin Association said in the announcement that the “educational campaign” was initiated...

UK miner Argo reports 280% increase in revenue despite May’s Bitcoin halving

Publicly-listed mining firm Argo Blockchain has published bullish interim half year results for 2020, despite the recent Bitcoin (BTC) halving and a host of “challenging conditions.”Argo Blockchain PLC is headquartered in London, with its shares listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. For the six months through to June 30, the company’s revenues hit £11.2 million ($14.48 million) — a 280% increase from H1 2019 (£2.93 million, or $3.79 million). According...

Could Russia lead Eastern Europe’s crypto boom?

Not unlike many other jurisdictions around the world, Russia has come to recognize the potential benefits and risks flowing from cryptocurrencies by taking its first step to define and codify digital assets. The new Russian legislation dubbed “On Digital Financial Assets” sets a clear direction for the treatment of cryptocurrencies by authorities and how both individuals and businesses can handle them in everyday practice.Nevertheless, the new legislation may give pause to payments companies...

SushiSwap GM says “Talk doesn’t mean anything and code shows everything”

SushiSwap, a fork of the popular Uniswap exchange and one of the latest breakouts of the DeFi craze, has undergone its fair share of scrutiny in recent days — and fairly so. The platform's token, known as Sushi, quickly came to represent 77% of the action on Uniswap as of Sept. 1, garnering more than $1.5 billion in locked value less than a week from its inception. Many have voiced suspicions regarding certain aspects of...

Jerome Powell throws US dollar under a bus in Jackson Hole

The Economic Policy Symposium hosted annually by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City — an event attended by finance ministers, central bank managers and academics, among others — was held virtually due to COVID-19 concerns this year, and there was little virtual about the announcement. The U.S. dollar would be fed to the wolves.A monumental shift from an already-unprecedented monetary policy stanceTo be sure, the Fed has persisted with an accommodative monetary...

Bitrue, OKEx to offer both DeFi and CeFi options

Two exchanges will offer both decentralized and centralized financial options.Both Bitrue and OKEx separately announced plans to provide hybrid services that cater both to the DeFi market and more mainstream centralized finance products.OKEx CEO Jay Hao tweeted on August 30 that the exchange launched its hybrid lending aggregator. The DeFi and CeFi aggregator integrates Compound (COMP). Hao said OKEx is “here to redefine crypto lending experience.”The OKEx DeFi Lending Marketplace gathers major DeFi...

Don’t just blame DeFi for paying high ETH gas fees

Transaction costs on the Ethereum blockchain are at record highs, and no one will let you forget it. Reports often detail how decentralized finance platforms are the cause of ever-rising gas fees — tokens paid to miners who confirm and enable transactions on the Ethereum blockchain. Yes, DeFi does play a role, but the problem is institutional. Some exchanges, custodians and asset managers have been using multisignature platforms to secure their digital assets. Several...

A new report from Mexico says banks are used to launder money more than crypto

Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit recently published the results of its second National Risk Assessment. The report highlighted that the risk of money laundering in the banking sector far surpasses the issues encountered by fintech companies.According to El Economista, the so-called “G7 banking” group – BBVA, Santander, Citibanamex, Banorte, HSBC, Scotiabank, and Inbursa – registers significantly more money laundering in Mexico than Blockchain firms. Brokerage companies, exchange firms, and banking institutional providers are also...
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