Digital Currency

  • EOS Loses Its ‘Largest’ DeFi Project to Binance Smart Chain

    Effect Network, a decentralized finance (DeFi) platform that connects companies to the global workforce, will be switching its development from the EOS blockchain to the Binance Smart Chain (BSC). Effect Network developers said Thursday the main reason for the shift to BSC, a smart contract-based blockchain backed by exchange giant Binance, is due to concerns about the future of the EOS blockchain and its leadership. In January, serial blockchain entrepreneur and EOS CTO Dan Larimer left “to pursue new personal projects.” Effect Network cites “unfulfilled promises to address the many issues…

  • Caitlin Long’s Avanti Raises $37M Ahead of Crypto Bank Launch

    Crypto bank Avanti raised $37 million from Series A investors as it prepares to take its digital banking operations online. In a press release, parent company Avanti Financial Group said Coinbase Ventures, Binance.US, Morgan Creek Digital, Slow Ventures and the University of Wyoming Foundation, among others, participated in the funding round. Avanti has raised $44 million total, the group said. Avanti said it will put the funds toward meeting regulatory capital requirements and further invest in its engineering team. It gained special-purpose depository institution (SPDI) status in October, joining fellow Wyoming-based crypto…

  • Market Wrap: Bitcoin Slips to $52K; All Eyes on Friday’s $6B Options Expiry

    Bitcoin (BTC) trading around $52,184.38 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET). Slipping 4.77% over the previous 24 hours. Bitcoin’s 24-hour range: $50,458.10-$54,762.75 (CoinDesk 20) BTC trades between its 10-hour and 50-hour averages on the hourly chart, a sideways signal for market technicians. Bitcoin trading on CoinbaseSource: TradingView Bitcoin traders urged caution as prices for the cryptocurrency slid toward $50,000 for the first time in two weeks while the options market braced for volatility ahead of a record $6 billion contract expiration Friday. “This is a time to make sure that you…

  • McLaren Partners With Turkish Crypto Firm to Launch Formula 1 Fan Token

    McLaren, the legendary Formula 1 auto racing team, has entered into a long-term partnership with Turkish crypto firm to create an official fan token for the team. The U.K.-based McLaren will launch its fan token – which it says is the first of its kind in Formula 1 racing – through the new partnership. will also become an official partner of the racing team, according to Wednesday’s announcement. is a Turkish cryptocurrency exchange with around $50 million in 24-hour traded volume. McLaren joins other prominent sports teams that have launched fan tokens….

  • Deutsche Bank Says 52% of Its Investors Expect Bitcoin Below $60K in 12 Months

    Deutsche Bank’s investor clients mostly see limited upside in bitcoin (BTC) this year and expect a decline towards $20,000-$40,000 in 12 months. Those are the highlights of a monthly market survey conducted by the German lender March 18-22 of 520 market professionals around the world. Bitcoin has been trading in a sideways range over the past week after failing to sustain an all-time-high around $61,000 reached earlier in the month. The 12-month BTC price forecast is more evenly distributed versus the three-month forecast, though a majority (52%) of respondents see prices under…

  • Crypto Is Not Regulated in Turkey, and It’s Thriving

    When news broke that Turkey’s President Recep Erdoğan had suddenly replaced the head of the nation’s central bank on March 19, Tilbe Yardım, 30, rushed to convert her Turkish lira into crypto. “Turkish investors and people who understand finance are really angry and saddened about what happened on Friday night,” Yardım told CoinDesk. The abrupt firing marked the third replacement of a central bank chief by Erdoğan since mid-2019, and signaled currency and institutional instability to investors. Erdoğan, who favors unorthodox monetary policies like slashing interest rates to curb inflation, allegedly fired the central bank head after he…

    Business 03/24/2021
  • Market Wrap: ‘Elon Candle’ Effect Fades Quickly as Bitcoin Retreats Below $55K

    Bitcoin (BTC) trading around $54,771.18 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET). Slipping 0.63% over the previous 24 hours. Bitcoin’s 24-hour range: $53,577.33-$57,225.30 (CoinDesk 20) BTC trades below its 10-hour and 50-hour averages on the hourly chart, a bearish signal for market technicians. Bitcoin trading on Coinbase.Source: TradingView The “Elon Candle” effect on bitcoin appears to be short-lived. The market jumped early Wednesday after Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the electric vehicle maker plans to now accept bitcoin as a payment option, and that it won’t convert any receipts of the cryptocurrency back into…

  • Bitcoin Traders Brace for Record $6B in Options to Expire Friday

    They call it “max pain” in the bitcoin options market: How to make one’s trading counterparty suffer the most. Although the largest cryptocurrency was changing hands Wednesday around $56,500, traders were handicapping the odds of a plunge to about $44,000 by Friday, when a record $6 billion of options contracts is set to expire. A drop to that price level would inflict “max pain” on buyers of options contracts, and it might be the most profitable price point for options sellers. It’s a remote risk, but not one to be discounted. The…

  • Crypto Exchange Coinsquare Ordered to Hand Thousands of Customers’ Records to Canadian Tax Agency

    Canada’s tax authority, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has prevailed in a court battle for access to a trove of high-value customer data held by cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare. And the CRA seems to be coming for more. Under a federal judge’s March 19 order, Coinsquare must hand over detailed information on its Canadian customers, their crypto trading activity and identifying information to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Coinsquare told CoinDesk that it will disclose information on an estimated 5% to 10% of its 400,000 customers to the CRA, which had originally…

  • What Is BitClout? The Social Media Experiment Sparking Controversy on Twitter

    Prominent users of Crypto Twitter have suddenly discovered they have another profile on a new social network called BitClout, except over there some people are buying and selling tokens representing their identities. It does not matter whether the people behind those profiles have ever touched the social network. “The core insight behind BitClout is that if you can mix speculation and content together, you can not only get a 10x product that creates innovative ways for creators to monetize, but you also get a new business model that’s not ad-driven…

    Business 03/23/2021