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SHIB Funding Rates Hit Negative on Numerous Exchanges, Here’s What It Means

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SHIB funding rate hits negative, but it is the same as looking at the token’s chart

While Shiba Inu meme-token is continuously shaking up the cryptocurrency industry, funding rates on numerous exchanges, including Binance, hit negative levels. While it may sound like a bad thing, it is actually just a reflection of the current sentiment on the market.

What does a negative funding rate mean?

Funding rates are payments that both bears and bulls make to stabilize the perpetual futures contract price and bring it closer to the underlying asset’s value or simply the spot price. The funding rate is a necessary tool for the proper functionality of perpetual contracts.

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Cryptocurrency traders and investors are able to use funding rates to determine current market sentiment. Usually, positive funding implies that most traders are bullish, and funding is mostly aimed at short traders. Negative funding means that bears are funding long traders in order to open more positions.

With SHIB reaching a new ATH and facing almost 100% growth in the last three days, the majority of traders consider the asset overleveraged and overbought and, hence, begin to close their long position.

Price action on SHIB

Since funding rates hit negative values, we can already see the fallout of such an effect. Currently, SHIB has retraced by 10% in the last four hours. The additional selling pressure might come from the overall negative sentiment on the market, with Bitcoin retracing from the previous ATH and dropping below $60,000.

The retrace zone for SHIB has most likely been tied to the psychological $0.00006 resistance, which has not yet been breached by the meme-based coin. The retrace on SHIB has not yet accelerated, which indicates that traders are willing to hold the asset rather than panic-selling it.

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Will Newegg Accept Shiba Inu? Mysterious Tweet Reignites Rumors

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Shiba Inu hodlers are trying to wrap their heads around a mysterious tweet posted by the token’s official Twitter account

The Shiba Inu community has been bewildered by the #friendshib hashtag posted by the official Twitter account of the meme cryptocurrency.

It is accompanied by the egg emoji, which might be hinting at a potential partnership with electronics retail giant Newegg, according to some SHIB hodlers.  

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The same tweet was posted by lead developer Shytoshi Kusama, fueling anticipation within the community. Both tweets have generated more than 9,000 likes at the time of writing along with thousands of replies.  

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As reported by U.Today, Newegg tagged both accounts last Saturday, prompting rumors about possibly adding SHIB as a payment option.      

The official account of the Shiba Inu token posted a 16-second teaser that shows a set of lightbulbs gradually lighting up on Thursday. The community started speculating that this could be related to a potential partnership.

Notably, the video clip also displayed a logo that seemingly combines “W” and “V.”

On Thursday, Kusama tweeted that he would publish a Medium blog post about Shiba Inu Games and announce a consultant who would work with the game studio. 

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Some have suggested that it could be William Volk, former vice president of American video game publisher Activision, based on his initials. The fact that Kusama follows him on Twitter made the rumor more plausible. 

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Shiba Inu Community Puzzled by Mysterious Twitter Hashtag. Is New #Friendshib on the Horizon?

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Shiba Inu hodlers are trying to wrap their heads around a mysterious tweet posted by the token’s official Twitter account

The Shiba Inu community has been bewildered by the #friendshib hashtag posted by the official Twitter account of the meme cryptocurrency.

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The hashtag in question was also posted by lead developer Shytoshi Kusama, fueling anticipation within the community. Both tweets have generated more than 5,000 likes at the time of writing. 

As reported by U.Today, the official account of the Shiba Inu token posted a 16-second teaser that shows a set of lightbulbs gradually lighting up. The community started speculating that this could be related to a potential partnership.

Notably, the video clip also displayed a logo that seemingly combines “W” and “V.”

On Thursday, Kusama tweeted that he would publish a Medium blog post about Shiba Inu Games and announce a consultant who would work with the game studio. 

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Some have speculated that it could be William Volk, former vice president of American video game publisher Activision, based on his initials. The fact that Kusama follows him on Twitter made the rumor more plausible. 

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Tech Savvy Crooks Are Stealing Millions in Bitcoin, Ethereum and Shiba Inu Through YouTube Live: Report

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Scammers are using compromised YouTube accounts to steal millions of dollars in crypto from unsuspecting viewers, according to a new report.

The cybersecurity firm Tenable says digital thieves are employing a savvy blend of fake celebrity endorsements and trending cryptocurrencies to reap illicit gains through fake giveaway events.

Analyst Satnam Narang says the scammers are utilizing YouTube Live to create supposed live streams that in actuality broadcast pre-recorded, ripped-off and manipulated content.

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“To promote the fake cryptocurrency giveaways on YouTube, scammers follow a very basic templated approach… Each video contains a section that features an unrelated interview involving notable [crypto] figures…

The videos contain a section that features the URL for the so-called event or giveaway. This section is not clickable, which means the user has to manually type in the URL to reach it.”

Once the viewer visits the scammers’ website, they are asked to send funds to a crypto address and told they will later receive double their money or more in return.

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The crooks are stealing popular crypto assets including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and popular memecoin Shiba Inu (SHIB).

Narang says that in a recent month-long survey of YouTube Live scams, he counted at least $8.9 million in fraudulent activity.

The report goes on to explain how familiar faces are ideal to use as bait when luring in victims.

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“Scammers recognize that users place a lot of trust in influential voices. Combined with the plethora of existing interview footage featuring many of these notable figures, scammers have developed a formula that adds legitimacy to their efforts and has continued to work for years.”

The report notes that an important aspect of running a successful scam is to take over an existing YouTube account that already has a large subscriber base. This leverage provides an air of legitimacy and increases the likelihood that a significant number of people will encounter the video.

The presentations are designed to be slick and professional, such as this fake Elon Musk/SHIB promotion.

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Tenable notes that after Musk’s appearance on popular late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live back in May, hackers made off with over $10 million via fake crypto giveaways.

In response to the proliferation of fraud on its platforms, Google’s Threat Analysis Group recently posted a wide-ranging report called “Phishing campaign targets YouTube creators with cookie theft malware.”

The section about crypto fraud states,

“A large number of hijacked channels were rebranded for cryptocurrency scam live-streaming. On account-trading markets, hijacked channels ranged from $3 USD to $4,000 USD depending on the number of subscribers.”

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