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Cryptocurrency

Investors earn billions of dollars in Crypto market as JP Morgan, Elon Musk affirm Bitcoin sentiment

Elon Musk took to Twitter to dispel rumours that he had sold his personal Bitcoin holdings.

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Leading crypto assets were all fired up, as good macros pushed almost all the top crypto assets in recording impressive gains amid the rebounding dollar at Tuesday’s trading session.

The global crypto market value at the time of writing was trading $2 trillion, posting a 4.38% increase over the last day.

Elon Musk, one of the richest and most powerful businessmen in the world took to Twitter to dispel rumours that he had sold his personal Bitcoin holdings despite his company, Tesla realizing record profits from its recent Bitcoin sale.

Investors were initially jittery on reports that Tesla, the world’s most valuable car company sold some of its Bitcoin holdings in Q1 for $272 million, trimming the company’s Bitcoin holding by 10%.

READ: Computers might steal Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin fortune

JP Morgan Chase, the world’s most valuable bank also announced recently that it was offering an actively managed Bitcoin fund to its wealthy clients, further lending credence to Bitcoin’s treasury fundamentals. The flagship crypto was priced at about $53,344, up 12% for the day, while the utility crypto, Ethereum traded at $2,478.32 with a gain of about 12.00%.

READ: Bitcoin Mining just got harder, as mining difficulty reaches an all-time high

Bitcoin’s market cap was last at $990 billion or 50.64% of the total cryptocurrency market value, while Ethereum’s market cap totalled $283 billion or 14.47% of the total cryptocurrency market value.

In the face of last Sunday’s price actions that exposed many retail traders and investors to record losses, billions of dollars in value were virtually up in smoke, but recent price actions suggest that large institutional investors buy-in has reasonably stabilized crypto assets following the market crash.

XRP traded at $1.28316, up 30% for the day. It was the biggest one-day percentage gain since April 10. The surge pushed Ripple’s crypto to about $58 billion or 2.95% of the total cryptocurrency market value. At its highest, XRP’s market cap was trading around $83 billion.

Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment trading. Message Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina. He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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Troubling signs on crypto market, SEC tags many crypto assets as Securities

These further suggest the head of the financial watchdog could tighten its grip on the crypto market.

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Troubling signs on crypto market, SEC tags many crypto assets as Securities

Dark clouds hover above the cryptoverse as the leader of the world’s most powerful investments regulatory agency affirmed most crypto assets as securities.

Gary Gensler, the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in his most recent appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box, opined that “many” crypto-assets were securities, meaning many of these assets required regulatory oversights and exchanges trading such crypto assets require at least a form of SEC regulation.

In his words:

“The extent that something is a security, the SEC has a lot of authority. And a lot of crypto tokens—I won’t call them cryptocurrencies for this moment—are indeed securities.”

READ: Billions of dollars lost in the Crypto market, over 296,000 get liquidated

What you must know

An asset is considered a financial security asset if it is a tradable financial asset and thus has monetary value.

What Gensler said suggests that the financial assets watchdog could tighten its grip on the crypto market. Recall that SEC is already battling with Ripple and calling XRP a security asset.

However, Gary Gensler described the flagship crypto asset as a store of value but with a very volatile characteristic and not a security.

It’s important to understand why the regulator doesn’t classify Bitcoin as a security. It is based on the fact that its existence began through mining as an incentive in validating a distributed platform. There are no pre-mined coins, no initial token offering, and no kind of business entity governing it.

READ: SEC plans to monitor foreign stock brokers in Nigeria

A few months ago, Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission released guidelines referring to cryptoassets as securities, except proven otherwise.

  • The position of the Commission is that virtual crypto assets are securities, unless proven otherwise.
  • Thus, the burden of proving that the crypto assets proposed to be offered are not securities and therefore not under the jurisdiction of the SEC, is placed on the issuer or sponsor of the said assets.
  • Issuers or sponsors are expected to satisfy the burden of proving that the virtual assets do not constitute securities by making an initial assessment filing.
  • However, where the finding of the Commission is that the virtual assets are indeed securities (not structured to be exclusively offered through crowdfunding portals or other exempt methods), then the issuer or sponsor must register the digital assets.

That being said, recent price actions reveal the bullish trend in the crypto market is still very much in play despite regulatory fears surrounding the crypto market as its market value now stands at $2.42 trillion, posting a 2.47% increase over the last day.

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Coin of the week: Ever heard of EOS?

EOS is currently trading $11.33 with 936 million coins in circulation and a total supply of 1.02 billion.

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Coin of the week: Ever heard of EOS?

EOS was created and designed to allow developers to build decentralized apps (DApps). DApps are any computer applications whose operation is maintained by a distributed network of computer nodes, as opposed to a single server.

The EOS platform was developed by the company Block.one, to make it as straightforward as possible for programmers to embrace blockchain technology and ensure that the network is easier to use than rivals. It also aims to deliver greater levels of scalability than other blockchains which can only do a dozen transactions per second.

EOS was created by Daniel Larimer and Brendan Blumer. Brenden Blumer is an entrepreneur, who was one of the co-founders of Okay.com, a digitally focused real estate agency in Hong Kong while Daniel Larimer is a software programmer who has also started a series of crypto ventures such as the crypto trading platform BitShares and the Steem blockchain. They are both members of Block.one’s executive team, with Brendan Blumer as CEO and Daniel Larimer as CTO.

Why Invest in EOS?

Block.one stated that EOS can accommodate the demands of thousands of DApps, even if they were being used by a high number of people. Parallel execution, as well as a modular approach, are said to drive this efficiency.

EOS represents a truly democratic system that takes into account the will of the people, in this case, its token holders, as they can vote for block producers as well as other matters such as protocol upgrades.

Network Security

EOS, like many other coins, uses a delegated proof-of-stake consensus mechanism. This concept was conceived by Daniel Larimer and aims to solve some of the flaws that are seen in conventional PoW (Proof-of-Work) and PoS (Proof-of-Stake) systems.

As stated earlier, those who own EOS tokens can vote for representatives who will be responsible for validating its transactions. One of the advantages is that it helps eliminate consolidation, where smaller miners are pushed out by those who have greater levels of computing power and resources.

Price Analysis

EOS is currently trading $11.33 with 936 million coins in circulation and a total supply of 1.02 billion. EOS has gained approximately 466% return comparing its 52 weeks low to its current price today. It is currently down 49.71% from its all-time high of $22.89 that was last traded on the 29th of April, 2018.

Recently, after the Biden administration’s proposed tax hike, the coin dropped from its previous 2021 peek of $8.80 to a 0.236 Fibonacci retracement zone of $4.74, creating a new higher-low that indicates a bull market. No surprise that the market broke its previous 2021 high to create a new high of $13.18 on the 6th of May, 2021, following news of the coin proposing to increase its staking rewards. It is believed that this running will lead the coin to break its previous all-time high of 2018.

Although it is not advisable to buy coins at peak prices, recent news as earlier mentioned, suggests that an increase in demand for the coin is imminent. Block.one mentioned that the protocol needs to increase the rate of inflation from its current pace of 1% to a rate between 1.2% and 3.8% intended to increase financial incentives for voters and block producers. While token holders still need to settle on what exact size the inflation rate will increase to, the possibility of higher yields for community participation has brought demand to the coin.

A second major development for the protocol is the EOS PowerUp model, which intends to allow users to pay a fee to power up their account for 24-hours to transact on the network as opposed to paying a transaction fee for every transaction. Block.one mentions that the PowerUP model offers EOS token holders another way to earn a yield by depositing unused EOS tokens to receive a percentage of all the ‘power-up’ fees that are generated by the network. This has become an increasingly attractive option as investors are searching for ways to avoid the high gas fees (transaction fees) and network congestion on the Ethereum (ETH) network.

With the overall cryptocurrency market bullish and projects like Litecoin (LTC) and Ethereum Classic (ETC) reaching new highs, EOS is a blockchain project that could benefit investors as the cryptocurrency bull market continues.

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