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Grayscale Ethereum Inflows Surpassed BTC Inflows Yesterday As CME Futures Near

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Major US-based crypto investment company Grayscale saw yesterday ethereum (ETH) inflows surpass those of bitcoin (BTC).

At the end of January, the company stated that its Grayscale Ethereum Trust (GETH), previously closed “for administrative purposes,” has been reopened as it resumed the private placement of its shares. Per the data provided by bybt.com, additional ETH 24,800 (USD 38m) flowed into the Trust on February 2.

At the same time, BTC 253.73 (USD 9m) were added to the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC)

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However, GBTC has USD 22.5bn in assets under management, while GETH – USD 4.3bn. Since GBTC reopened in January, it added more than BTC 42,481, now worth USD 1.559bn.

After reaching another all-time high, at 13:36 UTC on Wednesday ETH is trading at USD 1,553. It’s up 9% in a day and 15% in a week. At the same time, BTC is changing hands at USD 36,540, having increased more than 5% in a day and 12% in a week.

Meanwhile, there’s some debate over whether the CME Group‘s launch of ETH futures next week would disturb ETH’s growth. The listing of the futures may see “negative price dynamics” and initial volumes are likely to be low, Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, global market strategist with JPMorgan Chase & Co., was quoted by Bloomberg.

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But Vijay Ayyar, head of Asia Pacific with crypto exchange Luno, argued that “for all you know, major players may be looking to get long exposure through futures, now that there is an institutional-grade product to do so […] Smart traders moved to ether when bitcoin topped out around [USD] 40,000 and have made more money.”

Among the commenters, while some wonder about a potential drop for ETH to even the USD 800 level, others seem excited to see where the next few days post-breakout will lead the price. And of course, it wouldn’t be the Cryptoverse without some humour at one’s own expense.

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Will Smith’s Son, Rapper and Actor Jaden Smith, Posts Mysterious “ETH” Tweet

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Jaden Smith joins the crypto-celebrity list with two tweets in a row

The “Icon” author, rapper, Hollywood actor and mega-star, Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith, has posted a mysterious “ETH” tweet that followed a “Web3” publication shortly after.

The purpose behind the two tweets has not been disclosed, but it is most likely tied to the rising popularity of the two industries. Previously, Ethereum’s price has reached the new ATH, which might have caught the famous rapper’s attention.

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Both crypto-related tweets have been warmly welcomed by the audience, collecting approximately 8,000 likes and more than 1,000 retweets on Twitter. In the comment section of the Web3 tweet, Jaden said that he actually owns an NFT just like his industry partner Snoop Dog.

With the rapid price increase of the Bitcoin, DeFi and NFT industries, more celebrities are exploring cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. In addition to giving significant investment returns, digital assets technologies may potentially change the banking, finance and art industries in the future.

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Ripple CEO Says the SEC Helped Ethereum to Surpass XRP as No.2 Crypto

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  • Ripple CEO aired his opinion on the crypto market and regulations.
  • Brad Garlinghouse said the US SEC granted Ethereum regulatory green light.

At the DC Fintech Week virtual conference on October 21, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghounse aired his thoughts on the state of the crypto market and regulations. Besides, he holds a grudge over the financial regulator’s approach to Ethereum.

In addition, Garlinghouse declared that the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) granted Ethereum regulatory green light that enabled it to surpass his firm’s XRP token.

Likewise, the Ripple boss feels that his firm has been played out. But, at the same time, Ethereum’s subsequent success is at least in part down to more favorable treatment by the US SEC. Also, Garlinghouse stated that it is affecting its market. He said,

“Within the last few years, XRP was the second most valuable digital asset. As it became clear the SEC had given a hall pass to ETH, ETH obviously has exploded, and that clarity has helped.”

To clarify, XRP was the second-largest crypto asset by market cap in late December 2017. But, currently, it has dropped to seventh place while Ethereum has kept the second spot ever since.

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Furthermore, the reason why XRP dropped is the US SEC pursuing Ripple over claims that XRP is unregistered security. In fact, in January, Ripple filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the US SEC demanding to know why it didn’t consider ETH security.

As a result, later in July, a district judge allowed the firm to depose a former official who declared in 2018 that ETH was not a security.

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Ripple CEO reinstates SEC bias towards ETH, claiming XRP could’ve been No.2

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It is not news that the ongoing XRP lawsuit has got the better of Ripple’s XRP token. Ripple CEO, Brad Garlinghouse recently questioned the SEC’s bias towards Ethereum, claiming that XRP would’ve been at the No. 2 position instead of ETH if it weren’t for the commission’s partial crackdown. Garlinghouse spoke at the DC Fintech Week virtual conference yesterday, arguing that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged Ripple’s XRP as unregistered security while granting Ethereum a regulatory free pass, which in turn helped ETH shoot through the roof.

“Within the last few years, XRP was the second most valuable digital asset. As it became clear the SEC had given a hall pass to ETH, ETH obviously has kind of exploded and that clarity has helped.”

XRP secured the position of the second-largest crypto asset by market capitalization during the latter half of 2017. However, the token has dropped down to seventh place while Ethereum stands strong as No. 2. Furthermore, Garlinghouse claims that the SEC’s exclusively aggressive anti-crypto stance to allegedly protect the consumers is in fact anti-investors. Referring to the XRP lawsuit, Ripple CEO emphasizes that “nearly 50,000 U.S. people who hold XRP who are trying to sue the SEC for ‘protecting them’”.

XRP Holders left with bearish and frozen funds

Earlier this week, Attorney Deaton Filed a Letter Motion on behalf of the XRP Holders (Movants) that contended SEC’s extension request, with the main argument concerning the XRP holders’ frozen funds because of the consistent postponement of the lawsuit’s final verdict. During the ongoing bull run, XRP remains considerably bear because of the regulatory crackdown on Ripple. However, the court has overlooked the community’s concern and granted the extension explaining that in lieu of pending motions, extra time will only facilitate both parties to complete pending fact discovery and thoroughly prepare for upcoming expert depositions.

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“The lack of liquidity within the United States, coupled with the mass de-listings prevents XRP Holders from trading, selling, transferring, or converting their XRP. It is because of this de facto in place seizure of their property that XRP Holders took the extraordinary step to seek intervention as defendants… Any delay in the underlying action marks yet another day XRP Holders do not have access to their funds.”, wrote Deaton.

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