Entering the weekend crypto markets have remained bullish and are continuing to climb. Total market capitalization has crossed $450 billion and is marching upwards for the time being. Bitcoin has crept towards the critical $10k barrier but has failed to break it rising 2% on the day to trade at $9,800. Altcoins are largely mixed during Asian trade this morning with most of the top ten in the green but many of the others retracting slightly. One showing the biggest gains in the top 25 at the moment is Litecoin.
LTC is rarely featured as the top performing coin of the day as it is a relatively slow mover compared to some of the others. Coinmarketcap however is reporting an 8.5% rise for Litecoin which has enabled it to retake sixth spot in the market cap charts from Cardano. Currently Litecoin is trading at $172, up from $158 this time yesterday. A couple of clear ‘steps’ can be seen in the chart where LTC has pumped in the past 24 hours. Over the week Litecoin has made a 16% gain from $148 this time last weekend. The monthly picture has shown steady gains but nowhere near that of other altcoins. LTC is currently 43% higher than its $120 level this time last month. Against BTC Litecoin has lifted 6% at 1750000 satoshis from just over 1645000 sats this time yesterday. Over the week gains against Bitcoin have been around 7.5% from 1628000 satoshis this time last week.
Rumours that founder Charlie Lee will be leaving the Litecoin team for the sake of decentralization have been floating around the crypto sphere. This followed a conversation on Twitter during which Lee said that he would eventually leave Litecoin but gave no time frame. His actions can be seen to be in the interest of the coin which, without a leader or controlling figure, could become truly decentralized. Other news that crypto-debit card provider Wirex has just added Litecoin support would have further lifted the coin.
Most of the action at the moment has been on Hong Kong exchange OKEx which has almost 30% of the total Litecoin volume. Daily trade volume has been pretty stable and is currently around $660 million. Market cap has increased 9% over the past 24 hours and is currently at $9.7 billion however LTC still has a long way to go to catch EOS in fifth with over $15 billion.
Total market capitalization for all cryptocurrencies has climbed once again and is up 3.1% on the day to $464 billion signaling that the uptrend has been solidified and recovering is in full swing. Other altcoins posting solid gains during the morning’s Asian trading session include Bitcoin Cash, VeChain, and Aeternity.
Circle is weathering crypto-winter like every other crypto company, says CEO; refutes valuation rumours
Jeremy Allaire, the CEO of Circle, spoke to Fortune Studios about the company’s activities, and plans for the future, while also discussing how the company weathered the crypto bear market over the years.
Allaire explained that all companies in the crypto business were undergoing the same issue as Circle, and that “business was down,” for all. He continued,“When there’s no volatility or prices are down, then volumes are down… We had very significant growth year last year, even though there was a crypto bear market.”
Despite the bear market however, Allaire revealed that the company’s user base and revenues had increased over the previous year. According to Fortune, Circle was valued at $3 billion, after it acquired the cryptocurrency exchange, Poloniex.
There were rumors of Circle’s valuation falling below $1 million after its lead investor, Bitmain, faced issues of its own, following the fall in crypto prices. Additionally, Circle’s shares were allegedly selling at a steep discount due to the collapse in prices.
Allaire however, refuted the rumors, stating,“I can’t comment on specific transactions or specific prices or things like that, but the way that was characterized was inaccurate. There are secondary platforms, people list the things they are offering… but that doesn’t mean they’re actually trading and the way that was characterized was inaccurate”
Circle closed its acquisition of SeedInvest, an equity crowdfunding site, earlier this month. The acquisition will allow Circle to get into the regulated sphere of issuing securities, which would become a major part of Circle’s business in the near future.
He added,“We’re going to look at ways that we can bring the benefits of digital assets, crypto technologies, and blockchains into this whole area of issuing securities over the internet.”
Allaire also spoke about Facebook’s stablecoin, adding that he looked forward to the competition, and that internet companies issuing cryptocurrencies was a good sign for crypto in the long term
Galaxy Capital-Backed Caspian to Offer Crypto Derivatives Trading
Galaxy Capital-backed institutional trading and portfolio management platform Caspian is launching trading in cryptocurrency derivatives.
Caspian announced Wednesday that it has integrated its platform with the Deribit exchange to offer futures and options (F&O) trading in crypto assets.
Deribit offers futures and options trading for bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH), and also provides another perpetual swap product for bitcoin. The exchange does not charge for deposits and withdrawals and “up to 100x leverage”, Caspian said.
Robert Dykes, Caspian CEO, said:
“Our goal at Caspian is to provide crypto traders and investors the same standard of tools and service that exist in the traditional markets.”
The Caspian platform is connected to Deribit through an application programming interface (API) that supports “high volumes with ultra-low latency,” and provides traders with access to Deribit’s full options order book, Caspian said..
Caspian is a joint project between Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency investment firm Kenetic Capital and the U.S.-based based trading systems firm Tora.
The project raised $16 million in funding via a token presale last September, with backing from Kenetic Capital, Galaxy Capital, Octagon Strategy, Global Advisors and others.
Kenetic Capital managing director David Wills called Caspian “a frictionless on-ramp for crypto traders” at the time.
Back in 2017, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and CME Group both famously launched futures products.
Financial markets technology platform LevelTradingField launched a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange last August using the ethereum blockchain. And, in December, cryptocurrency exchange OKEx launched a bitcoin derivative product with no expiry date, meaning that positions can be held indefinitely.
CoinMarketCap Crypto Indices Launch on Nasdaq, Bloomberg, Reuters
Two cryptocurrency benchmark indices from data provider CoinMarketCap will launch today on financial data feeds from Nasdaq Global Index Data Service (GIDS), Bloomberg Terminal, Thomson Reuters Eikon (Refinitiv) and Germany’s Börse Stuttgart, as well as on its own platform.
CoinMarketCap announced the news Wednesday, saying that the benchmark indices will be the “most comprehensive” crypto data offerings for the markets, covering the top 200 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, one including bitcoin (BTC) and the other without.
The first index is named CMC Crypto 200 Index (CMC200), which includes bitcoin, and covers more than 90 percent of the global cryptocurrency market, the firm said.
The second, CMC Crypto 200 ex BTC Index (CMC200EX), tracks the market’s performance without the influence of bitcoin. The world’s largest cryptocurrency, bitcoin currently has just over 50 percent dominance of the total market capitalization.
“These indices will promote greater accessibility to cryptocurrency data in an easier-to-digest format,” said CoinMarketCap CEO Brandon Chez.
CoinMarketCap has partnered with Germany-based provider of financial indices Solactive for the effort, which will calculate and administer both the indices, as well as rebalance them on a quarterly basis, according to the announcement. Price data is being provided by CoinMarketCap.
Solactive’s head of sales Fabian Colin said that CoinMarketCap data would also give his firm the opportunity to develop custom indices for clients, adding:
“We are looking forward to developing more crypto indices in the future, which will optimistically result in investable indices and might lead to further products.”
Earlier this week, CoinMarketCap also added crypto asset letter grades to its platform from blockchain analytics startup Flipside. The Fundamental Crypto Asset Score (FCAS) metric developed by Flipside evaluates factors such as developer activity and a broad set of transaction data.