Is the Growing Correlation Between Bitcoin and Gold a Bullish Sign?

As Bitcoin (BTC) rallied to its 2020 high of $11,392 this week, its correlation with gold increased and at the moment, BTC’s monthly correlation with gold on daily returns sits at 0.66, according to data from CryptoCompare.  The correlation started to increase as gold broke through $1,900, nearing a new high before pulling back alongside Bitcoin.  The increase in correlation represents a trend shift as the relationship between the two had previously been falling according to data from Kraken exchange’s research team. BTC monthly correlation on daily returns. Source: CryptoCompare…

The Future of Crypto Mining is All About Computing Power, Says RRMine Global CEO

RRMine Global CEO, Steve Tsou, said at a Cointelegraph China Great Bay Area International Blockchain Week pre-event interview on July 29 that the future of crypto mining will transit from labor-intensive companies to technology-intensive and capital-intensive companies. It will be all about computing power. Computer power and the digital economy With the rapid development of new generation information technologies such as 5G, big data and cloud computing, the demand for computing power will likely increase. Tsou believes that a computing power revolution is imperative. He continued:  “Therefore, as a new…

This Coin’s Supply Goes Down as the Price Rises

Ampleforth (AMPL) is a cryptocurrency built with an elastic supply that expands and contracts depending on demand. According to its co-founder Evan Kuo, the team was trying to learn from the failures of the gold standard and Bitcoin (BTC) to create a more flexible monetary system. Investors hoard Bitcoin & gold Although many in the crypto space perceive the finite inelastic supply of Bitcoin and gold as a major advantage over fiat, Kuo disagrees: “The only problem with gold arises when you start to use it as a base money…

Binance Confirms Crypto Debit Cards Shipping to Europe

Binance has confirmed the shipping of its crypto debit cards to Europe following a tweet from Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, or CZ, several days ago. “We began shipping a limited quantity of Binance Cards on July 24,” a Binance representative told Cointelegraph in a July 27 email. “The cards are being shipped to users in European Economic Area,” the representative added.   CZ posted on social media about the card shipments CZ tweeted the news out in an unofficial capacity on July 25. “This started shipping in limited quantities as…

Fan Token Platform Socios Secures Key Regulatory License

Socios.com, a blockchain startup aiming to tokenize the sports industry, has secured a major regulatory license allowing it to issue its own payments and loyalty card. Issued by the Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit, or FIU, the new license has been granted to the new Estonia-based entity called Socios Entertainment OU. Announcing the news on July 30, Socios’ partner project Chiliz.net noted that the FIU is the responsible authority for licensing crypto-related firms in the country. Socios’ prepaid fiat-crypto card is “due in the very near future” The new license allows…

5 Years In, Ethereum Network Growth Echoes Nvidia’s Pre-2016 Bull Run

In July 2016, a mere four years ago, Nvidia was a $26-billion company focused on GPU chips and graphic card production. In comparison, the long-standing sector leader was Intel Corp, with a $166-billion market capitalization.  The nearly 40-year old chip manufacturer was a blue-chip Fortune 500 company and at the time, it was likely unfazed by such a small competitor. Nvidia’s previous peak market capitalization occurred in October 2007 as its value approached $22 billion. After the 2008 financial crisis, the stock collapsed over 80% and took nine years to…

US Banks Get Crypto Custody Nod, but Instant Demand Surge Is Unlikely

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a division of the United States Treasury that supervises banking in the country, on July 22, issued an interpretive letter clarifying that nationally chartered banks are allowed to provide cryptocurrency custody services to their customers extended to storing cryptographic keys associated with the currencies.  In its letter, the OCC recognizes the current need for banks and other financial service providers to leverage blockchain technology and provide related services to their customers. In addition to national banks, this permission extends to state banks…

FinCEN Releases Cybercrime Statement In Lieu of COVID-19

U.S. government agency, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, recently put out a notice mentioning the risks and symptoms of internet-related nefarious activities occurring since COVID-19 arose. “Many illicit actors are engaged in fraudulent schemes that exploit vulnerabilities created by the pandemic,” FinCEN said in a July 30 statement.  The agency added: “This advisory contains descriptions of COVID-19-related malicious cyber activity and scams, associated financial red flag indicators, and information on reporting suspicious activity.” FinCEN’s statement follows a massive Twitter hack weeks ago FinCEN’s advisory comes after a large-scale…

Australian Watchdog Issues Warning on Fake Celebrity-Endorsed Crypto Ads

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission, or ASIC, is asking people to remain cautious about celebrity-endorsed Bitcoin (BTC) scam sites. According to the commission’s public warning, the Australian watchdog has received a number of reports of fraudulent crypto sites that claim to be endorsed by prominent businesses, new sites, and government agencies. Some even appear to have the endorsement of national celebrities like Waleed Aly, Mike Baird, Dick Smith, and Virginia Trioli. Crypto bot scams are active in Australia The ASIC outlined a number of examples as part of their…

Zcash Company Confirms ‘Crypto in Context’ Program as Global Effort

The Electric Coin Company, or ECC, the company overseeing privacy coin Zcash (ZEC), recently unveiled a crypto and financial educational movement called the Crypto in Context program.  “It is a global effort,” the ECC’s growth vice president, Josh Swihart, confirmed to Cointelegraph in a July 29 email. “We’ve already supported pilots for Syrian refugees in Turkey, for Arabic speakers across Europe and the Middle East, and for students in Nigeria,” he added. The movement already has sizeable players on board  In a July 29 blog post, the ECC announced the…