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.
Crypto market overview: The top three coins face minor bearish correction
- Bitcoin bulls managed to keep the price above $10,500.
- Bitcoin SV (BSV) was the biggest winner among the top 20 coins.
The market faced slight bearish correction this Friday as the top three made minor losses. Let’s take a closer look at how the top three did and then reveal the biggest winners and losers of the day, among the top 20 coins.
Top three coins
- Bitcoin: BTC/USD fell at the $10,650 resistance level and went down to $10,528. The bulls did manage to keep the price above $10,500.
- Ethereum: ETH/USD went down from $225.85 to $220.65 this Friday. ETH/USD has significant market resistance at $226.
- Ripple: XRP/USD went down from $0.321 to $0.320 this Friday. The asset reached a maximum of $0.3227 and a minimum of $0.31.
Biggest winners and losers (top 20 coins)
- Bitcoin SV (BSV) was the biggest winner among the top 20, as it went up by 8.26% and is priced at $146.33.
- Tron (TRX) went up by 8.07% and is priced at $0.028
- Stellar (XLM) went up by 5.41% and is currently priced at $0.093.
Anchorage Chose South Dakota for Its Crypto Custody – Here’s Why
During a tense Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday, in which Facebook blockchain lead David Marcus was skewered over the social media company’s ambitious Libra project, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) started his remarks with a brief announcement:
“Mr. Marcus, thanks very much for appearing here before us today. Before I begin my questions, I just want to take a moment to commend the South Dakota Division of Banking for their forward-thinking and willingness to allow for innovation in the digital currency space. Another founding member of the Libra Association, Anchorage, just received permission from the Division of Banking to become a South Dakota chartered trust company.”
Observers may have found it odd given the tenor of the hearing, but indeed, Rounds had it right. “Anchorage, which is a Silicon Valley crypto startup,” he said, “has chosen to open its second headquarters in Sioux Falls.”
Amidst the fear, uncertainty and doubt hanging over the hearings, Anchorage was improbably enjoying its moment in the sun.
The startup recently raised a $40 million Series B on the promise of crypto custody services for institutional investors that are “both more secure and more usable.” Anchorage’s technology avoids the traditional dichotomy of internet-connected hot wallets and offline cold storage in favor of specialized hardware security modules (HSMs). The company’s custom HSMs “will process a given transaction only when certain criteria are met,” according to a company blog post from April.
In June, Anchorage also snagged a seat at the table of the Libra Association alongside some of the world’s most powerful brands. (Anchorage investors Andreessen Horowitz and Visa are also founding members of Libra’s initial 28-company consortium.)
CoinDesk spoke with Anchorage CEO Nathan McCauley the day after the Senate hearing about why shopping jurisdictions made sense and what the benefits of launching a subsidiary in South Dakota are expected to be.
While Wyoming is perhaps the most notable state to court the crypto industry, others have also joined in. Montana passed a crypto-friendly securities law in May. In South Dakota, Anchorage is following in the footsteps of fellow crypto custodian BitGo, which got the green light from state regulators in 2018.
Below is an edited transcript of our discussion.
The cost of living is among the lowest in the U.S. and there are no income taxes, but are there specific reasons you selected South Dakota for your new Anchorage Trust subsidiary?
South Dakota knows trust administration, and that kind of institutional memory means abundant access to legal counsel, auditors, office space and talent. There were others states we talked with where a trust company hadn’t been created in over a decade, and “over a decade” was considered recent.
From top to bottom the state is really interested in seeing innovation happen. The South Dakota Trust Charter allows companies to operate on a national level so you can serve clients from every state. There is regulatory clarity that allows crypto natives to increase yields for clients through banking, staking and other kinds of participation. And surprisingly, South Dakota is one of the largest holders of institutional assets in the country, more than $3 trillion, according to the FDIC, three times the size of New York, followed only by Ohio.
It’s also a really nice business climate. We’re hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony in a few weeks and the local chamber of commerce is helping put it together.
How long did it take to get the charter?
We were motivated to do it quickly because from the get-go we knew we wanted to be a qualified custodian for our institutional-investor clients. Initial contact was late December. We met with the Division of Banking three or four days before Christmas and we received our charter on July 16, so it took six, seven months.
Who else is part of the South Dakota crypto community?
BitGo and Kingdom Trust are here as well.
What challenges do you foresee at the federal level?
SEC broker-dealer guidance continues to be a work in progress. We’re in good shape because of our licensure but more regulatory clarity is needed for the industry.
Any plans to expand internationally?
Right now our focus is on the United States because the U.S. remains the center of gravity for institutional investment, but we’re open to conversations with folks from the EU and Asia as many of them are interested in working with a U.S.-based custodian.
You recently deepened your ties with fellow Libra Association members Visa and Andreessen Horowitz, which are both investors in your Series B round. What are you most excited about going forward?
The investment from Visa is an important part of our story because it speaks to the kind of investor we’re attracting and the growing interest in cryptocurrency. It’s also very exciting that social networks like Facebook are getting involved in cryptocurrency to make financial services available to a larger portion of the population in a user-friendly way.
We’re just thrilled to be part of it.
BitMEX May Be the First Target of the U.S.; Which Crypto Platform is Next?
The crypto industry was taken aback earlier today when news broke regarding popular leveraged crypto trading exchange, BitMEX, being investigated by regulatory authorities in the United States.
Importantly, news regarding this investigation came about shortly after top officials within the US government criticized the nascent crypto markets, with the Treasury Secretary warning that they would be implementing and enforcing “very strong” regulations in the near-future.
Crypto Trading Platform BitMEX Under Instigation by CFTC
Earlier today, news broke that BitMEX is currently being investigated by the United States Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for allowing Americans to utilize the platform without having the proper licensing and registrations.
The news, which was first reported by Bloomberg, came closely on the heels of comments from top officials within the US government, who offered a less-than-positive perspective on the crypto markets, deeming them as markets rife with crime and fraudulent activity.
HDR Trading Limited, BitMEX’s parent company, declined the opportunity to comment on the investigation, but BitMEX CEO, Arthur Hayes, has previously stated that the company does ban users from the US who attempt to undermine the company policy – which technically does not allow US residents to access the platform.
It remains unclear as to where this investigation could lead, or as to what the consequences could be. But prominent critic of both crypto and BitMEX, Nouriel Roubini, noted in a recent tweet that be believes the allegations set forth by the CFTC are just a “fraction of the sleeze going on in BitMEX.”
US Government About to Crackdown on the Nascent Markets
The CFTC’s probe of BitMEX comes just one day after US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, told CNBC in an interview that the government would begin policing crypto with “very, very strong” regulations.
Mnuchin further added that the goal of these regulations would be to ensure that Bitcoin and other cryptos don’t become the equivalent of “Swiss-numbered bank accounts.”
Because it is not possible to actually regulate decentralized cryptocurrencies themselves, it is highly probable that the first target of regulators will be crypto exchanges, as many of them have been operating in the shadows beneath the nose of regulators.
In other countries that have more progressive regulations, like Korea, federal regulators first started targeted crypto exchanges, forcing them to adhere to the strict rules that govern the banking industry.
Although it still remains clear as to when and how the US will go about slapping the “very strong” regulations on the markets, it is likely that more exchanges will begin facing increased scrutiny from groups like the CFTC in the near-future.