31 May 2022 · 4 min read
Bitcoin Miners Under 'Stress', Euro's Purchasing Power Wanes, Fidelity Beyond BTC + More News
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- There are "a lot of signs of stress" in the Bitcoin (BTC) mining industry right now as the price of BTC dropped and the price of electricity increased, Alex Brammer, Vice President for Business Development at Luxor Mining, told Wired. "Over the next 12 to 18 months, there's going to be evidence coming out on which companies are run really well and are operationally efficient and have healthy levels of debt," he was quoted as saying. Meanwhile, according to him, publicly-traded mining companies are now trying to sell their ASICs below book value.
- The annual inflation for the Euro area for May 2022 is expected to be around 8.1%, which is up from 7.4% in April, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
- Fidelity Digital Asset Services, a subsidiary of investment planning services firm Fidelity Investments, plans to hire 110 tech workers to build digital infrastructure to support services for cryptoassets beyond bitcoin, per the Wall Street Journal. The subsidiary also plans to add 100 customer-service specialists, they said.
- Digital asset and crypto technology provider Fireblocks appointed the former Head of Fintech at the Bank of England, Varun Paul, as its new Central Banking Digital Currency (CBDC) and Market Infrastructure Director.
- The Basel Committee, the primary global standard-setter for the prudential regulation of banks, said it plans to publish another consultation paper on the prudential treatment of banks’ cryptoasset exposures over the coming month, with a view to finalizing the prudential treatment around the end of this year. "Recent developments have further highlighted the importance of having a global minimum prudential framework to mitigate risks from cryptoassets," they said.
- Stablecoin issuer Tether (USDT) has held some of its reserves at a small Bahamas bank called Capital Union, Financial Times reported, citing undisclosed people familiar with the matter. The company previously declined to reveal where exactly it holds the assets that back USDT, stating that they are not obliged to reveal information on their financial partners.
- The UK government published a consultation paper that outlines a strategy to reduce the risk for investors holding stablecoins, recommending changing existing legislation to give the Bank of England power to appoint administrators to oversee insolvency arrangements with failed stablecoin issuers.
- In May 2022, BTC's assets under management (AUM) across all digital asset investment products fell 27% to USD 24bn, while slightly gaining market share, currently at 70% of total AUM, up from 68% in April, according to research firm CryptoCompare. Meanwhile, ethereums’s (ETH) AUM fell 34% to USD 8.52bn.
- Instant settlement network First Digital raised USD 20m in a round led by Nogle and Kenetic Capital. Part of the funding round will go towards their global expansion to Singapore, the UK, and Canada, as well as towards the development of a secondary market for private equity and digital assets, they added.
- The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that it is starting Project Guardian which seeks to explore the potential behind asset tokenization, in partnership with financial institutions DBS Bank Ltd and JPMorgan, and digital markets infrastructure operator Marketnode. Participation is subject to requisite regulatory approvals. The pilot aims to carry out secured borrowing and lending on a public blockchain-based network through the execution of smart contracts.
- The Bank of America (BoA) won’t be moving into the crypto sector soon as the bank’s CEO Brian T. Moynihan finds that they’re not missing out by opting out of the industry, per Yahoo Finance. He was quoted as saying that the bank is heavily regulated and that that prevents an all-in maneuver into crypto.
- Institutional digital asset custody and trading solutions provider Copper.co announced that it has been approved for membership in the Swiss Financial Services Standard Association (VQF) through its Swiss entity in Zug.
- The Chinese city of Shenzhen will hand out e-CNY vouchers worth CNY 30m (USD 4.5m) via local service giant Meituan. The registered citizens will be drawn through a sort of lottery with the results to be announced on Thursday, according to the South China Morning Post.
- Gate.io announced that it is celebrating its 9th birthday with a new brand identity, including a new slogan which is “Gateway to Crypto”, a new color scheme, and a new logo, along with a lite version of its mobile app, as well as a Mini App.
- DeFi project Kava announced that it is joining forces with DeFi project Sushi (SUSHI), which will see the two allocate up to USD 7m over 90 days for a combined USD 14m in incentives.
- Luxury brand Prada announced their first solo NFT drop called the Timecapsule NFT Collection, which is a monthly online event that will run every first Thursday of the month for 24 hours and will make an exclusive item available on their website in very limited quantities and in selected markets.
- Lympo announced the launch of the SPORT token, a new ERC-20 token meant to replace the old Lympo utility token LMT following a security incident earlier this year, and SPORT token integration into the upcoming basketball manager and spell chess games in cooperation with chess giant Magnus Carlsen and his team.