Uzbekistan warms up to Bitcoin mining, but there’s a catch

The National Agency of Prospective Projects (NAPP) in the 34-million nation of Uzbekistan enunciated its demands toward the crypto mining operators. It would only allow the companies that use solar energy to mine Bitcoin (BTC) or other cryptocurrencies.  The normative act on the government page, dated June 24, prescribes the confirmation of “Guidelines on the … Read more

Market selling might ease, but traders are on the sidelines until BTC confirms $20K as support

The total crypto market capitalization fell off a cliff between June 10 and June 13 as it broke below $1 trillion for the first time since January 2021. Bitcoin (BTC) fell by 28% within a week and Ether (ETH) faced an agonizing 34.5% correction. Total crypto market cap, USD billion. Source: TradingView Presently, the total … Read more

Crypto lender Babel Finance halts withdrawals due to liquidity pressures

Hong Kong-based asset manager Babel Finance is the latest cryptocurrency lending firm experiencing some serious issues amid the ongoing market downturn. Babel Finance officially announced June 17 a temporary suspension of redemptions and withdrawals from its products, citing “unusual liquidity pressures.” “Recently, the crypto market has seen major fluctuations, and some institutions in the industry … Read more

Samsung Asset Management to launch blockchain ETF in Hong Kong

Hong Kong-based Samsung Asset Management (SAMHK), a local subsidiary of Samsung’s investment arm, is moving forward with a blockchain-themed exchange-traded fund (ETF). The firm expects to launch its Samsung Blockchain Technologies ETF on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on June 23, SAMHK announced on Thursday. The ETF seeks to achieve long-term capital growth by investing … Read more

Half of Asia’s affluent investors have crypto in their portfolio: Report

Affluent investors in Asia are neither shy nor ignorant about crypto, with research revealing that 52% of them held some form of a digital asset during Q1 2022.  According to research from Accenture published on June 6, digital assets, which include cryptocurrencies, stable coins, and crypto funds, made up on average 7% of the surveyed … Read more

Bitcoin’s recent gains have traders calling a bottom, but various metrics remain bearish

On May 30, the total crypto market capitalization gained 4% and currently is within reach of a $1.3 trillion market capitalization. The move was enough to erase the losses from the previous 7 days and was driven mainly by Bitcoin’s (BTC) 4.9% gain during that time frame. Total crypto market cap, USD billion. Source: TradingView … Read more

Altcoin prices briefly rebounded, but derivatives metrics predict worsening conditions

On May 12, the total crypto market capitalization reached its lowest close in 10 months and the metric continues to test the $1.23 trillion support level. However, the following seven days were reasonably calm while Bitcoin (BTC) gained 3.4% and Ether (ETH) added a modest 1.5%. Presently, the aggregate crypto cap stands at $1.31 trillion. … Read more

Indian government’s ‘blockchain not crypto’ stance highlights lack of understanding

Indian crypto businesses are struggling with the new tax policies as trading volumes have dried up and many established crypto firms are looking to relocate to more crypto-friendly jurisdictions. While many developed countries and even several of its Asian counterparts are actively studying and formulating better crypto regulations, the Indian government has maintained a “blockchain, … Read more

Bitcoin and Ethereum had a rough week, but derivatives data reveals a silver lining

This week the crypto market endured a sharp drop in valuation after Coinbase, the leading U.S. exchange, reported a $430 million quarterly net loss and South Korea announced plans to introduce a 20% tax on crypto gains. During its worst moment, the total market crypto market cap faced a 39% drop from $1.81 trillion to $1.10 … Read more