1. Market Wrap: Ether Outperforms Bitcoin as Crypto Sentiment Improves
Ether is attempting to break above the 50-day moving average for the first time since March.
Cryptocurrencies were mostly higher on Wednesday as bullish sentiment improves. Bitcoin was trading around $34,000 at press time, but is still down about 1% over the past week. Ether, however, has been outperforming bitcoin and is up about 3% over the past week.
Bitcoin (BTC) $34616.7, +1.63%
Ether (ETH) $2364.9, +1.6%
S&P 500: 4358.3, +0.34%
Gold: $1802.4, +0.25%
10-year Treasury yield closed at 1.321%, compared with 1.36% on Tuesday
Ether takes the lead
“We believe Ethereum and its burgeoning ecosystem will be the growth catalyst for the rest of the year,” wrote crypto asset management firm 21Shares in a Tuesday newsletter.
2. Israeli Seizure Order Shows Hamas Holds USDT, TRX, DOGE
The wallets, 84 in all, show the terrorist group has diversified its holdings far beyond bitcoin.
Israeli officials have moved to seize potentially millions of dollars in cryptocurrency from addresses it says are controlled by Hamas.
The wallets, 84 in all, hold a mix of cryptocurrencies including BTC (-2.54%), DOGE (-7.23%), ADA (-1.83%), XLM (-3.29%), XRP (-4.01%), ETH (-1.73%) and others, according to files from the National Bureau for Counter Terrorist Financing. Tracing firm Elliptic estimated in a blog post that the crypto wallets have received over $7.7 million in total.
“A number of them are deposit addresses at exchanges, while others belong to brokers,” Elliptic co-founder Tom Robinson told us.
3. BitMEX CEO Maps Out Future ‘Living by the Rules’
Alexander Hoeptner says “discussions need to be had” with regulators.
Three former executives of BitMEX will face trial in the U.S. next spring, but Alexander Hoeptner, the current CEO, said the company, which operates a crypto peer-to-peer network and a derivatives trading exchange, plans to “live by the rules,” stressing the importance of having “active discussions” with regulators.
In an interview Wednesday on CoinDesk TV’s “First Mover,” when questioned about the future of BitMEX and what the company has learned from past experiences, Hoeptner said he couldn’t “go into details on what is happening with U.S. regulators.”
“Discussions need to be had with regulators about crypto assets and blockchain,” he said.
4. Only 4%? Coinbase Rate on USDC Reveals Focus on Crypto Credit Risk
Greater risk, greater reward? When it comes to USDC deposits, customers might prefer lower risk, lower reward.
Coinbase’s below-market interest rate on deposits of the stablecoin USDC (+0.05%) might reveal confidence in its own strength — a bet that customers will view the cryptocurrency platform as a safe place to keep their money.
When the biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange rolled out the new deposit service last week for the dollar-linked stablecoin USDC, at a rate of 4%, it touted the ability to pay customers “more than 50x the national average of a traditional savings account.”
Coinbase didn’t go out of its way to highlight that other crypto lending platforms are offering depositors higher rates — in the neighborhood of 8%. The crypto lender Celsius, for example, is currently advertising an annualized percentage yield (APY) on USDC deposits of 8.88%.
5. Zerion Raises $8.2M to Make DeFi as Easy as Coinbase
The DeFi portal has processed over $600 million in transactions since the beginning of the year.
Decentralized finance (DeFi) portal Zerion has raised $8.2 million in a Series A funding round led by Mosaic Ventures.
The San Francisco-based company offers a portal to DeFi: Plug in your wallet address and see your crypto holdings visualized.
The aesthetics are remarkably similar to those of Coinbase.
Zerion, a competitor to other DeFi portals such as Zapper, has processed over $600 million in transactions year to date, the firm said.
All assets that are tradable on Ethereum are tradable through Zerion with further support pending in the near future.
“We already partially support Optimism, Polygon and Binance Smart Chain (BSC),” Zerion COO Vadim Koleoshkin told us. “In Q3 we will have full support for rollups that have meaningful amount of users and Ethereum Virtual Machine chains like Polygon, BSC and others.”
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July 7th, 2021