3 reasons why Bitcoin price has not been able to rally back above $40K

Bitcoin bulls appear to be back, but a strengthening U.S. dollar, a new wave of COVID-19 infections and low trading volumes threaten the current recovery. The ongoing story for the past couple of months in the cryptocurrency market has been confusion on whether Bitcoin (BTC) is destined for another leg down or is finally ready to break out toward new highs. Bitcoin’s price history and data from previous corrections suggest that the current struggles for the top cryptocurrency could persist for a little bit longer due to the strengthening dollar,…

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Just HODL! Bitcoin and Ethereum outperform ‘lower risk’ crypto index funds

Data from Delphi Digital shows holding BTC and ETH was more profitable than investing in weighted average market cap crypto and DeFi index funds. In the past two decades, index and exchange-traded funds (ETF) have become some of the most popular forms of investing because they offer investors a passive way to gain exposure to a basket of stocks as opposed to investing in individual stocks which increases risk of loss.  Since 2018, this trend has extended to the crypto sector and products like the Bitwise 10 Large Cap Crypto…

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Possible ‘white hat hacker’ exploits THORchain for $8M, proposes 10% bounty

The white-hat hacker claims to have mercifully minimized the damage of their $8 million exploit in a bid to teach THORChain a lesson. Cross-chain decentralized exchange THORChain has suffered its second multi-million-dollar hack in as many weeks, with $8 million worth of Ether impacted. However, the attack appears to have been carried out by a white-hat hacker, with THORChain announcing the perpetrator had requested a 10% bounty. ETH will be halted until the code has been audited. Liquidity providers impacted by the exploit will be subsidized using the project’s treasury…

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Tether promises an audit in ‘months’ as Paxos claims USDT is not a real stablecoin

Tether’s general counsel said a full audit is coming in months. There will be an official audit of the world’s most popular stablecoin Tether within months according to the project’s general counsel. An audit for the world’s third-largest digital asset has been awaited for several years and increased regulatory pressure appears to have accelerated the process. In a rare mainstream media interview on CNBC, Tether CTO Paolo Ardoino and general counsel Stu Hoegner were asked some pressing questions on the subject of USDT’s backing and transparency. Hoegner responded to the…

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MakerDAO to dissolve Foundation and become truly decentralized again

MakerDAO plans to complete its roadmap to decentralized governance with the dissolution of its foundation in the coming months. Pioneering decentralized finance protocol, MakerDAO, has announced its foundation will formally dissolve in the coming months, marking one of the final milestones in the protocol’s roadmap to decentralized governance. A July 20 blog post describes Maker’s decentralized autonomous organization, or DAO, as now being “fully self-sufficient” — with its globally distributed community “now responsible for every aspect of the Maker protocol.” “Complete decentralization of Maker means that future development and operation…

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Treasury secretary Yellen urges lawmakers to quickly introduce stablecoin guidelines

The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets expects to deliver regulatory recommendations for stablecoins in the coming months. United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has told financial regulators that the government must act quickly to establish a regulatory framework for stablecoins. The comments came at Monday’s meeting of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets. The group discussed the rapid growth of stablecoins, revealing plans to issue regulatory recommendations in the coming months, according to Reuters. The group also deliberated on stablecoins as a means of payment, possible risks to…

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Top 5 cryptocurrencies to watch this week: BTC, MATIC, THETA, CRO, LEO

MATIC, THETA, CRO and LEO could push higher this week if Bitcoin price holds above the $30,000 level. Bitcoin (BTC) bulls have successfully defended the $30,000 level in the past few days but the failure to achieve a strong rebound has some traders worried that the price will eventually dip to new lows.  In a series of tweets, Ecoinometrics said that the current correction “looks very similar to 2013” when Bitcoin took 197 days to rise to a new all-time high and a bottom formed after a 69% correction from…

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Here’s one way to trade Bitcoin even as BTC price teeters over an abyss

Bears have pushed Bitcoin price to the lowest rungs of its current range, but savvy traders can still generate a nice profit via the Iron Condor options strategy. In the last 29 days, Bitcoin (BTC) has been ranging from $31,000 to $36,000 as the impact of the recent China ban and a $1.4 billion Grayscale GBTC share unlocking continue to pressure markets. China’s government implemented a series of measures to curb cryptocurrency mining and trading by ordering the immediate shut down of some operations and instructing domestic banks to suspend…

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NEM, Augur and District0x price push higher while Bitcoin trades below $32K

Massive spikes in trading volume sent the price of XEM, REP and DNT higher even as Bitcoin price hit a weekly low at $31,000. Bitcoin (BTC) is on the verge of closing another week that saw the price dip closer to $30,000 but the same bearish observation cannot be made for all altcoins. On Friday, several smaller-cap altcoins managed to shake off the bearish assault and post-double-digit gains before traditional markets closed for the weekend.  Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the top movers over the past…

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Master-pieces: Swiss bank issuing NFT shares in Picasso painting for $6K each

Swiss digital asset bank Sygnum is issuing NFTs representing fractionalized ownership in a Picasso painting. Digital asset-focused Swiss Bank, Sygnum, has teamed up with art investment firm Artemundi to offer fractionalized ownership shares in a Pablo Picasso painting for $6,000 each. Shares representing ownership over $3.68 million Picasso painting, “Fillette au béret,” will be tokenized and issued via blockchain technology, allowing a wide variety of investors to gain exposure to the artwork. The nonfungible tokens (NFTs) can be exclusively purchased by sophisticated and institutional investors through Sygnum Bank, with secondary…

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