What’s next for blockchain and the creator economy

After two years and many COVID-19 restrictions finally subsiding, the world is welcoming the return of in-person theater, movies, comedy, music and sports. This has left some wondering what will happen to the legions of digital creatives who occupied and entertained us while normal life was at a standstill — and to the multibillion-dollar economy they inhabit. Will the world forget the platforms and artists they discovered during the pandemic now the doors of festivals, fashion shows and concerts are open to them again? Is the creator economy, which recent…

Bitcoin slides under $39K, leading some traders to forecast a weekend ‘oversold bounce’

March 4 saw another day of seesaw price action for Bitcoin (BTC) and the wider cryptocurrency market as the global economic fallout from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine weighs heavily on a majority of the world’s financial markets.  Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that after holding $41,000 in the early trading hours on March 4, a wave of selling in the afternoon dropped the price of BTC below $39,100. BTC/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView Here’s a look at what several analysts have to say about the outlook…

REN price gains 65% after Catalog launch brings a cross-chain DEX to its blockchain

Decentralized finance projects like Ren pumped in 2021, only to finish the year right back where they started as high fees on Ethereum (ETH) led to decreased activity for many protocols and DeFi took a backseat to more popular sectors like nonfungible tokens (NFTs).  Now, it appears as though that downtrend is in the process of reversing course after recent global events highlighted the benefits of DeFi and holding assets outside the traditional financial system. This week REN price climbed 69% from a low of $0.247 on Feb. 24 to…

What is the Crypto Fear and Greed Index?

Various Crypto Fear and Greed Index signals that influence the behavior of traders and investors include Google trends, surveys, market momentum, market dominance, social media and market volatility. To determine how much greed is trending in the market, examine trending search phrases. For instance, a high volume of Bitcoin-related searches means a high degree of greed among investors. This factor accounts for 10% of the index value. Historically, increases in Bitcoin-specific Google searches have been correlated with an extreme volatility in crypto prices. To calculate the number each day, the…

JunoSwap, Solidly and VVS Finance give DeFi a much-needed refresh

Decentralized finance (DeFi) was the talk of the town in early 2021, but it has since taken a back seat to more appealing sectors like nonfungible tokens (NFTs), memecoins and blockchain gaming.  Now that cross-chain bridges and interoperability have allowed for the easier migration of assets to competing chains, a new class of DeFi protocols is arising to challenge those left from 2021. Here’s a look at three DeFi projects that have launched on some of the up-and-coming layer-1 blockchain networks, catching the eye of the crypto community. VVS Finance…

Cryptos Slide; Analysts Expect a Volatility Spike

“We added to our longer-term options position, selling the volatility spike post-invasion,” QCP Capital, a crypto trading firm, wrote in a Telegram chat, referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The firm has been tactically accumulating a long volatility position, “expecting outsized volatility” going into the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting March 16-17. Author: Damanick Dantes Source link

the Central Bank of Russia

Recently, Ukraine has called for “sabotage” of everyday Russians’ crypto assets due to an ongoing war between the two countries. Among many, its European allies have also voiced mounting concerns that Russia may use crypto to bypass Western sanctions. But ironically, it appears that one of the greatest proponents of barring everyday Russians and financial institutions from accessing cryptocurrencies is actually the Central Bank of Russia, or CBR, itself. As reported by local news outlet tass.ru on Thursday, the CBR continues to adhere to its position of proposing to ban the…

CEXs refuse blanket asset freeze of all Russian users, though questions linger

Centralized exchanges (CEX) and CEOs from companies such as Binance, Coinbase and Kraken have all stated they would only freeze the assets of Russian clients specifically targeted by Western sanctions — not that of everyday Russian users. A few days prior, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s minister of digital transformation, had called for “all major crypto exchanges to block [wallet] addresses of Russians” and “also to sabotage ordinary users [by freezing their assets].” In explaining why he was not preemptively banning all Russians (though, Coinbase is not available in Russia), Brian Armstrong, CEO of…