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5 blockchain trends in 2020: Bitcoin halving, Libra, security tokens and more

Smith + Crown focuses its attention on headlines and projects it considers as key developments likely to prove influential in determining the course of blockchain events in 2020.

Opinion | Cloud Mining: An Alternative Investment Vehicle for Bitcoin Exposure

As institutional interest in crypto grows, most investors are entering the digital asset space through OTC trading or investing in digital asset index funds. However, many institutional investors are seeking new ways of exposure to this nascent asset class that secure predictable returns without the extra steps and volatility that traditional digital assets investments involve. […]
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Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Testing 2 Month Plus Descending Triangle Resistance

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) continued consolidating this past week just above the psychologically key 10k whole figure level, and appears to be near completion of a descending triangle (on the daily and weekly chart).  The daily and weekly chart triangle can be described as being a part of a bull flag about to resume higher, with any […]

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Still Consolidating Despite Weekly MACD Negative Cross

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) spent the past week back above the psychologically key 10k whole figure level, continuing an ongoing 2 month plus consolidation around 10k.  BTCUSD is increasingly close to resuming a bull flag (on its weekly and daily chart), with any resumption of the bull markets since the November low likely coinciding with Ripple (XRPUSD) […]

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Daily MACD Trying to Positively Cross

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) spent the past week continuing an ongoing 2 month plus consolidation around the psychologically key 10k whole figure level.  While bulls see BTCUSD resuming an upchannel or bull flag (on its weekly and daily chart), they should closely monitor Ripple (XRPUSD) and Ethereum (ETHUSD) in their ability to reclaim (after breaking several weeks […]

LISTEN: Could the Global Economy Push Bitcoin to an Inflection Point?

In this episode of Word on the Block, Editor-in-Chief Angie Lau sits down with Kevin Kelly of Delphi Digital to explore the recent trends in the market has seen for Bitcoin given monetary policy. Kelly recently published a piece, The Perfect Storm for Bitcoin. Is the global macroeconomic environment creating an opportune moment for cryptocurrency? […]

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Continues 2 Month Consolidation Near Key 10k Level

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) has reclaimed the psychologically key 10k whole figure level (as part of its ongoing 2 month consolidation) after some profittaking last week.  While bulls see BTCUSD resuming an upchannel or bull flag (on its weekly and daily chart), they should closely monitor Ripple (XRPUSD) and Ethereum (ETHUSD) in their ability to reclaim (after […]

The Perfect Storm for Bitcoin

Trade wars. Slowing global growth. Weak inflation. $14 trillion of negative-yielding debt. Unprecedented monetary policies. It’s easy to get lost in the mayhem of markets when these are just some of the notable trends investors face today. Amid the chaos, the narrative surrounding Bitcoin has shifted quite dramatically since the beginning of the year as […]

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Trying to Resume Rally Since December

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) pushed higher for the 2nd straight week last week as it appears close to completing its month plus consolidation, and resuming its uptrend since December.  Nevertheless, while bulls see BTCUSD resuming its upchannel or bull flag (on its weekly and daily chart), they should closely monitor Ripple (XRPUSD) and Ethereum (ETHUSD) as they […]

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Month Plus Consolidation Nearing Completion

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) has decisively reclaimed the psychologically key 10k level in the past week and appears close to completing its month plus consolidation.  Significantly, BTCUSD is attempting to resume its upchannel or bull flag (on its weekly and daily chart), with broader crypto sector strength seen by the inability this past week of bears to […]

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Retesting 4 Month Uptrend Support

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) appears to be struggling to find support after the Saturday plunge, but on the shorter 4hr timeframe chart (not shown) is showing tentative signs going into the European Sunday morning of bottoming.  BTCUSD’s break below upchannel support (on the weekly and arguably on the daily chart) seemingly suggests stronger selling this week, but […]

LISTEN: Government vs. Technology – Bitcoin.com CEO on Why Governments Fear Blockchain, the Threat That Regulators Pose, and the Likely Outcomes

Key Highlights “There is, from an enterprise standpoint, a desire to engage in this new technology and in this ability to move money globally without any barriers at a very efficient cost basis. Speed is what the market is looking for, particularly as we move towards a global organization. Governments are still trying to regulate […]

Government vs. Technology – Bitcoin.com CEO on Why Governments Fear Blockchain, the Threat That Regulators Pose, and the Likely Outcomes

Key Highlights “There is, from an enterprise standpoint, a desire to engage in this new technology and in this ability to move money globally without any barriers at a very efficient cost basis. Speed is what the market is looking for, particularly as we move towards a global organization. Governments are still trying to regulate […]

Bitcoin Consolidating Around Key 10k Level

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) has bounced back above 10k in the past few days after dipping below the psychologically key whole figure level last week.  Although the weekly RSI and Stochastics are turning down from overbought levels, which when combined with the weekly MACD trying to negatively cross seemingly suggest bearish momentum, any further downside this week […]

The Effects of the G20 Summit on Bitcoin

There are very few events market participants are watching more intently than the ongoing trade disputes between the world’s two largest economies. In one corner, the Trump administration has recently stoked the trade war fire with threats of additional tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports, on top of the $250 billion worth of Chinese […]

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Vulnerable to Deeper Pullback After Sharp Gains

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) is trying to resume its massive rally but remains vulnerable to a deeper slide this week with the weekly RSI and Stochastics overbought, and the daily MACD hinting at a negative crossover attempt. On the weekly chart, BTCUSD is above former upchannel resistance, with BTCUSD attempting to trade within a larger range defined by […]

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Resuming Uptrend and Nearing Key 10k Level

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) is resuming its uptrend after spending the first 2 weeks of H219 consolidating in the ~7500-8500 range, with BTCUSD bulls now eyeing the next major psychologically key whole figure level of 10k.  Although overbought on the weekly and daily Stochastics, the upsloping weekly MACD suggests any dip this week towards uptrend/ascending wedge support […]

EXCLUSIVE: Excerpt from “I Sold My Soul in Bitcoins”

I Sold My Soul in Bitcoins, by Jake Adelstein Prologue I sold My Soul in Bitcoins, by Jake AdelsteinBefore the police knocked on the door, they called, and a week before they called, they politely leaked to the Japanese press that they would be arresting Mark Karpeles, the former CEO of failed bitcoin exchange, Mt. […]

Bitcoin Association of HK: On the Radar for Q1 2019

1. Introducing … JP Morgan Coin? JPMorgan Chase is the largest U.S. bank, sixth largest in the world. It holds over US$2.6 trillion in assets. In the cryptocurrency community its CEO Jamie Dimon is most known for calling Bitcoin a ‘fraud’ and that he’d fire any employee trading Bitcoin for “being stupid.” On February 14, […]

Bitcoin Prices Settle Above $5K as Crypto Gains More Mainstream Interest

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) prices fell this week from a 4 month high but remains above the psychologically key $5,000 mark. Longer term investors are increasingly taking advantage of price dips as the overall industry gains more interest from mainstream technology and financial institutions. Facebook is reportedly developing a coin for its WhatsApp messenger app while JPMorgan […]

We’ve Been Here Before: Framing the Current Bitcoin Cycle

Bear markets are painful. Plain and simple. Looking back, there were numerous signs in mid-to-late 2017 a price bubble was forming. But then again, hindsight is always 20/20. It’s important (and if nothing else reassuring) to remember: we’ve been here before. Bitcoin surged more than 10x in the second half of 2013, peaking over $1,000 […]

Helio expands Shopify plugin with Solana Pay for diverse crypto transactions

Helio’s latest update to its Shopify plugin via Solana Pay introduces a broader cryptocurrency acceptance and innovative merchant tools.

Ethereum Name Service tops NFT charts sales with over US$4.27 million

Ethereum Name Service tops daily NFT sales, followed by significant activity on Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains.

Polygon’s Moon Girl NFTs top daily sales chart with over US$1.36 million

Moon Girl NFT collection tops daily sales to help Polygon beat Solana.

Binance to limit certain stablecoins to comply with EU crypto rules

Binance to limit non-compliant stablecoins under EU’s MiCA regulation.

Dapper Labs settles NBA Top Shot NFT lawsuit for US$4 mln

Blockchain firm Dapper Labs resolves a legal dispute over NBA Top Shot NFTs with a $4 million settlement.

NodeMonkes leads NFT sales with over US$1 million in a day

NodeMonkes NFT collection tops daily sales, outperforming others on the market.

May NFT sales post worst performance since October

NFT sales slump in May as major blockchains have worst month of the year.

Immutable’s Guild of Guardians knocks off NodeMonkes from top daily NFT sales spot

The NFT market sees a surge led by Guild of Guardians, with other collections showing significant daily changes.

NodeMonkes leads NFT sales for second time this week

NodeMonkes tops daily NFT market with almost US$1 million in sales.

Game NFTs rank in the top 3 for daily sales; Fantasy Top leads with US$831K

The Fantasy Top collection outperformed others in daily NFT sales, signaling a robust market interest.

JPMorgan questions SEC’s crypto ETF expansion plans: The Block

JPMorgan casts doubt on the likelihood of further SEC approvals for crypto ETFs after Ethereum ETF nod.

Game NFTs rise as Guild of Guardians Avatars, DMarket and Fantasy Top lead sales

Guild of Guardians avatars see a significant increase in daily sales, topping the NFT market.

SEC approves Ether ETFs

SEC officially approves Spot Ethereum ETFs months after Bitcoin.

Fantasy Top rebounds above US$1 mln to lead daily NFT sales

NFT market sees Fantasy Top collection top daily sales, Ethereum blockchain dominates transactions.

Crypto engagement dropped to 7% among US adults in 2023, Fed finds

Fed survey shows a decline in US adult crypto usage to 7% in 2023, with only 1% using it for transactions.

House members urge SEC to approve Ethereum ETFs

Bipartisan lawmakers call on SEC for consistent crypto ETF standards as decision looms.

Milady Maker leads daily NFT sales, CryptoPunks records 5 transactions despite backlash

Milady Maker tops daily NFT sales, Ethereum blockchain sees significant activity.

Fidelity adjusts Ethereum ETF plan, excludes staking rewards

Fidelity’s updated ETF filing drops staking options amid regulatory concerns, impacting the crypto investment landscape.

Ethereum ETF approval likelihood increases with SEC’s positive signals

Ether’s value surges as analysts suspect SEC may be leaning to ETF approvals.

Alleged owner of Incognito drug market arrested

23-year-old Rui-Siang Lin could face life in prison for running a $100M dark web drug market

Grayscale Investments names Peter Mintzberg as CEO

One of the world’s largest digital currency asset management company has changed CEOs.

DMarket tops NFT charts but loses three-day streak above US$900,000

DMarket tops daily NFT sales despite recording less sales than the previous day.

OKX launches crypto trading in Australia

Global crypto exchange OKX begins offering trading services in Australia, including spot and derivatives.

CryptoPunks leads daily NFT sales with over US$1.39 million

CryptoPunks tops daily NFT sales, Ethereum blockchain sees significant activity, and DMarket maintains strong buyer engagement.

NodeMonkes leads NFT sales with US$876K in a day, CryptoPunks drops off top 10

NodeMonkes snatches the top spot from CryptoPunks, ending a two-day streak of leading the market.

CryptoPunks leads NFT sales for the second straight day

The iconic CryptoPunks collection tops daily NFT sales, but this isn’t enough to keep Ethereum above Bitcoin.

CryptoPunks, BAYC lead NFT daily sales, put Ethereum on top

CryptoPunks collection outperformed other NFTs in daily sales, as Ethereum led all blockchains.

DMarket opens week as top NFT in daily sales

DMarket tops daily NFT sales with over US$842,000.

Tether nets US$4.52 bln Q1 profit from investments

Stablecoin leader Tether’s Q1 earnings soar to $4.52 billion, buoyed by US Treasury and Bitcoin.

Ethereum tops daily NFT sales at US$7 mln, ends weakest month of 2024

April was the worst month for NFT sales in 2024 so far, but it’s still up 56% year-over-year.

Azuki NFT sales soar to over US$1.1 million in a day

Azuki leads with a significant sales spike, outperforming other NFT collections in daily transactions.

North Korean hackers laundered US$200 mln in stolen crypto, says blockchain sleuth

Lazarus Group’s crypto laundering operation exposed by on-chain investigator.

Stripe reopens crypto payments with USDC focus

Stripe reenters the crypto market, enabling stablecoin transactions for merchants.

CryptoPunks leads NFT sales with over US$12 million

The iconic CryptoPunks collection outperformed others in daily NFT sales.

Ethereum tops NFT market, ends 20-day sales slump under US$10 mln

Ethereum tops daily NFT market with significant sales, outperforming Bitcoin and Solana.

SEC expected to deny Ethereum ETFs: Reuters

The SEC signals a cautious crypto stance, likely rejecting Ethereum ETFs and delaying Bitcoin ETF options.

NodeMonkes leads NFT sales with over US$1 million in a day

NodeMonkes NFT collection tops daily sales, with significant transactions and unique buyers contributing to its all-time high volume.

Ethereum leads with over US$7 mln in daily NFT sales

Ethereum tops daily NFT market with significant sales volume and transaction count, outperforming Bitcoin and Solana.

SEC postpones Ethereum ETF decisions

The SEC extends review of Ethereum ETFs and requests public comments on BlackRock’s proposal, casting uncertainty on May approvals.

Crypto funds worth millions unclaimed in bridges

Arkham Intelligence reveals unclaimed crypto, including Ethereum co-founder’s assets, in bridge contracts.

Tether expands into new sectors amid regulatory watch

Tether diversifies into data, finance, power, and education sectors, aiming for innovation and empowerment.

PUPS BRC-20 NFTs pump with over US$8 mln in sales

Memecoin mania on Bitcoin? PUPS leads Thursday’s sales.

BlackRock fund introduces USDC transfers

BlackRock’s BUIDL fund now allows share conversion to stablecoin USDC for enhanced liquidity.

Defiance ETFs files for leveraged Ethereum futures ETF

Defiance ETFs aims to offer a leveraged Ethereum futures ETF, seeking to double daily ETH returns.

NodeMonkes leads NFT sales with a sharp drop

Top NFT collection sees significant decline in daily sales and transactions, with broader market fluctuations.

Coinbase to launch Worldcoin, Ordinals futures

Coinbase gears up to offer new altcoin futures next week to expand its perpetual offerings.

Ethereum leads NFT market with over US$10 million in sales

Ethereum tops the NFT sales chart, while Bitcoin and Solana see varied performance in the past 24 hours.

Solana’s Froganas leaps to top NFT sales with US$1.45 mln

Solana’s Froganas NFT collection sees a significant increase in sales, outperforming others in the past 24 hours.

ERC-404 pioneer Pandora leads NFT market with US$1.6 mln daily sales

The Bored Ape Yacht Club collection tops daily NFT sales, marking a notable increase in transactions and buyers.

Ethereum leads NFT market with over US$10 million in sales

Ethereum sees a slight increase in NFT transactions, while Bitcoin and Solana experience declines in the past 24 hours.

Tensorians NFTs surge in 24-hour sales on Solana

Solana’s Tensorians NFT collection sees a significant increase in sales and transactions, leading the daily market.