Crypto Highlights Week #34 – Everything from Last Week you don’t want to miss
Crypto Highlights: Bitcoin targets $50k, SEC & BitConnect lawsuit, Coinbase’s $500m crypto investment, Wells Fargo files for Bitcoin fund; These and more in this week’s Crypto Highlights.
Top Headlines Of The Week
- Publicly listed crypto company Coinbase has announced plans to invest $500 million of the company’s assets in cryptocurrencies.
- Amidst lingering lawsuit, SEC wins $12 million judgment against BitConnect representative
- The largest crypto asset, Bitcoin prepares for $50K showdown as futures traders turn ‘modestly bearish’ on BTC
Top Stories Of The Week
Coinbase’s CEO and co-founder, Brian Armstrong, tweeted on Thursday that the exchange will buy more than $500 million in cryptocurrencies to add to its holdings. The company has “got board approval” to add these assets to its balance sheet, according to Armstrong.
He also stated that 10 percent of “every profit going ahead in crypto” will be invested by Coinbase. He went on to say that “as the crypto economy matures,” he expects “this percentage to keep climbing,” and that he hopes to “run more of our business in crypto.”
The company became public in April via a direct offering, and it recorded a net income of $1.6 billion for the second quarter, up from $771 million in the first.
Coinbase has created a cash stockpile of $4.4 billion, according to a story published by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, to ensure that it can continue to grow despite potential dangers such as regulatory crackdowns, cyberattacks, and a drop in trade activity.
Coinbase Chief Financial Officer Alesia Haas noted in a blog posting that most of the exchange’s “corporate financial transactions “remain heavily weighted in fiat,” and added that the company was “in a strong position to lead by example and double down on how we can enable crypto adoption and utility.”
The Securities and Exchange Commission issued two judgments on August 20 in its ongoing action against BitConnect, a cryptocurrency lending platform that the SEC claims were a $2 billion unregistered securities sale.
The investigation began in May, with five of BitConnect’s suspected promoters being targeted. Only two people were found guilty today: Michael Noble and Joshua Jeppesen, whose fiancée Laura Mascola is not charged with any misconduct but must repay monies that Jeppesen sent to her.
BitConnect and promoters communicated through Jeppesen. BitConnect has been accused of being a Ponzi scheme by regulators, with the FBI issuing a request for victims in early 2019. However, no criminal charges have been filed in any of the current cases.
According to the final decision, Jeppesen and Mascola must pay $3.5 million in disgorgement and prejudgment interest, as well as 190 bitcoin (valued at $9.1 million). The amount of Noble’s fine has yet to be determined.
Both Noble and Jeppesen have been barred from participating in future digital asset offers as a result of the judgments. The SEC’s investigation into BitConnect and the proceedings against the remaining executives are still ongoing.
This Week’s Market Sentiment
BTC/USD touched a three-month high of $49,830 on Bitstamp Sunday, according to data from TradingView. Even smaller volumes failed to cause a comedown over the weekend, proving the staying strength of greater levels.
Rekt Capital, a trader, and an analyst said, “So far, so good for BTC.”
Nonetheless, as $50,000 neared, doubts about the market’s overall soundness began to grow. Trader patterns were signaling a belief in lower levels returning, as seen by monitoring resource Material Indicators. One futures configuration included $32,000 and $34,000 for the end-of-month settlements in August and September, respectively.
This, the account argued, was “modestly bearish.”
“In addition, we still have a lot of 50k puts, suggesting we get rejected here,” it added, also highlighting the “over positive funding rates across trading platforms.
Such a viewpoint runs counter to the general consensus among analysts, particularly the stock-to-flow models and its creator’s “worst-case scenario” for monthly minimum prices.
This is $47,000 for August, with a reduced projection of $43,000 for September due to technical problems, according to PlanB.
Crypto Mainstream Adoption Of The Week
Wells Fargo, one of the United State’s oldest banks, has launched a new pooled investment fund that provides rich clients with indirect Bitcoin exposure (BTC). This week’s crypto highlights focuses on Well Fargo’s new development as the mainstream adoption.
The fund’s name is “FS NYDIG BITCOIN FUND I,” according to Wells Fargo’s filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission of a “Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities” — also known as a Form D — indicating that it will be incorporated as a limited partnership with investment services company NYDIG and alternative asset manager FS Investments.
Wells Fargo Clearing Services will get placement and servicing fees for all clients it refers to the fund, according to the notification. It also reveals that the fund’s initial sale has yet to take place, and Wells Fargo expects the offering to extend longer than a year.
Stone Ridge Asset Management owns NYDIG, or New York Digital Investing Group, which has followed a Bitcoin-focused investment strategy through indirect exposure and direct Bitcoin acquisitions through NYDIG.
This summer, NYDIG teamed up with JPMorgan Chase on a new Bitcoin fund, one of the megabank’s six crypto funds through which it has been providing crypto exposure to a variety of clients.
Wells Fargo’s pivot to crypto reflects the asset class’s growing popularity on Wall Street, drawing in the likes of Goldman Sachs, BNY Mellon, JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley.
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