Ripple (XRP) Is Plunging And Here’s Why It Could Retest $0.20

Ripple extended its decline and broke the key $0.2270 support against the US Dollar, similar to bitcoin below $8,500. XRP price is now at a risk of more losses towards $0.2050 or $0.2000. Ripple price is gaining bearish momentum and it is now well below $0.2300 against the US dollar. The price is trading near the $0.2200 support and it is likely to extend its decline. This week’s major bearish trend line is still active with resistance near $0.2295 on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair (data source from…

BlockFi Adjusts Interest Rates to Lure Larger Crypto Deposits

BlockFi, one of the first lending startups in the cryptocurrency markets, recently announced Thursday it would make changes to the interest paid based on the yield it generates from lending bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH). The changes begin Feb. 1. Rates for litecoin (LTC) and Gemini dollar (GUSD) will remain unchanged, according to BlockFi. In an email to CoinDesk, CEO of Blockfi, Zac Prince said the crypto market is starting to “position more bullish”, which brings yields for lending bitcoin (and ether) down. “As market conditions change, particularly price sentiment,…

Ethereum Just Broke $160 And It’s Vulnerable to a Larger Decline Below $155K

Ethereum price is declining and it recently broke the $160 support, similar to bitcoin. ETH price is likely to continue lower below the $158 and $155 support levels in the near term. Ether price is showing a few bearish signs below the $162 level against the US Dollar. The bears seem to be in control and they are likely to aim a larger decline below $155. This week’s key bearish trend line is in place with resistance near $164 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). Bitcoin…

Keeping Your Assets Safe — Crypto Insurance May Soon Become the Norm

If the crypto sector is to attract more institutional investors, it will need to provide more insurance solutions. This point was driven home anew with the recent news that the Gemini crypto exchange has launched a captive insurance company, Nakamoto Ltd., to insure its Gemini Custody business for up to $200 million — reportedly the largest amount for any crypto custody service in the world.  This new insurer will help Gemini’s institutional clients to meet their regulatory requirements, Gemini’s head of risk, Yusuf Hussain, explained to Cointelegraph in a Jan.…

Bitcoin’s Privacy and Scaling Tech Upgrade ‘Taproot’ Just Took a Big Step Forward

A privacy and scalability upgrade that could turn out to be one of bitcoin‘s largest to date has passed a couple of milestones that were little noticed outside technical circles.  On Tuesday, Pieter Wuille, a Bitcoin Core contributor and the brains behind the update known as Taproot submitted a work-in-progress code change to GitHub in what’s known as a “pull request,” showing that the code is ready for more developer eyes.  “Merging this is obviously conditional on getting community support for the proposal. It’s opened here to demonstrate the code…

Accused Bitcoin Launderer Vinnik Reportedly Arrives at French Hospital

According to a Facebook post by Alexander Vinnik’s lawyer, Zoe Konstantopoulou, the alleged BTC-e money launderer has successfully been extradited to France.  Social media update In a post on the social media site at UTC 8:10, Konstantopoulou wrote:  “Alexander is at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Paris, as my French colleague informed me, while the Greek authorities are hiding and pretending to know nothing. She hasn’t been allowed to see him yet and they will try to question him tonight, exhausted and without communication or information! I already sent a request…

Kik Representative Will Give Deposition in SEC Case on Jan. 28

The United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) has requested a deposition from a representative of Kik Interactive Inc. to provide detailed information about its operations since releasing native token Kin. Kik Interactive, the Canadian company behind the Kik messenger application, has been dragged into a long-standing legal battle with the U.S. regulator. The SEC claims that the company violated securities laws when it carried out Kik’s token distribution in 2017. On Jan. 23, a Manhattan federal judge ordered that Kik Interactive share with the SEC information detailing how its business…

Securities Regulator of India Bets on Blockchain

The Chairman of Security and Exchange Board of India(SEBI), Ajay Tyagi makes a bet on blockchain technology and urges exploration of the best possible usage of blockchain in securities markets. SEBI is the regulator of the Indian securities market. On Jan 23, speaking at a research conference on ‘Changing Landscape of Securities Market’ organized by the National Institute of Securities Markets, Patalganj, Tyagi said that applications of blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning have the potential to bring a paradigm shift in the securities markets landscape. “Blockchain could be used…

Hawaiian Bill Would Let Banks Act as Crypto Custodians

Hawaiian lawmakers have submitted a bill that allows banks to provide custody for digital assets. SB2594, introduced on Jan. 18 with bipartisan backing, would make it legal for Hawaiian banks to hold “digital securities,” “virtual currencies,” “digital consumer assets” and other “open blockchain tokens” for their customers. It would further authorize Hawaiian courts to hear digital asset claims. State Senators Gil Riviere (D-23), Sharon Moriwaki (D-12), Stanley Chang (D-9), Les Ihara (D-10) and Kurt Fevella (R-19) sponsored the bill.   In effect, the bill could clear the way for Hawaiian banks…

Litecoin ‘Digital Silver’ Narrative Is Proven Wrong, New Data Shows

The start of 2020 has seen considerable gains in the cryptocurrency market as a whole. Recently, Bitcoin (BTC) price reached a 2-month record high crossing above the $9,000 mark as well as other cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin (LTC) reaching $62.80 which is the highest price seen since mid-November 2018. Cryptocurrency market weekly overview. Source: Coin360 Cryptocurrencies’ volatile behavior is one of the main concerns raised by researchers and it complicates the argument that Bitcoin should be classified as a traditional investment asset and that it is a reliable store of…