Market Surge Sends Bitcoin Over $21K
Also, how the Bahamas became a secret U.S. tax haven
Bitcoin bounced over $20,000 for the first time in two months this weekend. In fact, it went on to jump the $21,000 hurdle as the entire crypto market flew over the $1 trillion mark again. Former Securities and Exchange Commission official John Reed Stark says it was due to market manipulation. He’s not wrong. After all, the surge led to $500 million in liquidations, the highest since October. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) seized the moment to troll Jim Cramer on Twitter, who had previously warned investors to take their money out of bitcoin. In other news, Bitcoin’s mining difficulty hit another all-time high. The sudden rise in the market looks like a quick pump to boost some investors’ earnings at the beginning of the year. It could have been a test to see if certain whales can trust pushing the market higher and could spell a coming bull market in the near future.
ETH hit a 10-week high. Ethereum bulls are turning to liquid-stake derivatives (LSD). Polygon replaces Ethereum as one of the top three most polluting cryptocurrencies. Congratulations Polygon!
Coinbase considers exiting Japan.
Binance has been officially recognized as a financial institution in Sweden. That makes 7 EU member states that recognize the company. The crypto exchange assisted Huobi in recovering $3 million in the Harmony attack.
Ripple’s executives make their 2023 predictions for crypto. One popular journalist says XRP fanboys’ hatred of ETH is absurd.
Tether settlement volume for 2022 exceeds Mastercard’s and Visa’s.
The secret history of the Bahamas as a U.S. tax haven, or what Sam Bankman-Fried has in common with drug cartels, Atlantis, and the smuggling pirates of the slave trade. This is easily the best damn read of the day (I’m not joking).
SOL, aka “Sam Coin,” has seen quite a comeback since FTX’s fall. Just because FTX held Solana doesn’t mean that SOL is doomed. It has a market outside of FTX, and always has. FTX token trading surges 52 percent. Who’s buying this? Are they on drugs, or just deranged?
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is partnering with Avalanche on blockchain solutions. This is a competitive play against Google’s partnership with Coinbase. I suspect the Google-Coinbase partnership will have a bigger impact, however, than the AWS-Avalanche partnership.
The New York Times feels threatened by CoinDesk and is now going after its rival with two fists clenched. This is absolute fluff. The implication is that, because CoinDesk’s sister company Genesis is in trouble, then that spells shenanigans for CoinDesk. Unless there’s proof that CoinDesk is light on Genesis because it happens to be owned by the same company, then no one should assume it’s true. Meanwhile, TRON founder Justin Sun is postured to spend $1 billion on Digital Currency Group assets.
NFT sales dropped 59 percent in the second week of 2023.
The U.S. House of Representatives has formed a cryptocurrency committee. Is there anyone who didn’t think this would happen? This is a clear sign that regulation is on the way, probably in this legislative session. That is one of my big three predictions for this year. In a nutshell:
The end of the SEC-Ripple case where Ripple comes out smelling like a rose
Regulation in the U.S. that will target, at the very least, crypto lenders, exchanges, and stablecoins
The market will begin to tick upward near the end of the year
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