Glassnode predicts BTC rally as stablecoin supply tags record highs

Tether, USD Coin, Binance USD, and DAI are now worth more than $78 billion combined. The circulating supply of the four-largest stablecoins has spiked to new all-time highs, suggesting buyers could soon spark another leg up for the Bitcoin and crypto markets. The combined capitalization of Tether (USDT), USD Coin (USDC), Binance USD (BUSD), and Dai (DAI) has surged almost 190% from $27 billion to almost $78 billion since the beginning of this year. In its May 3 Week on Chain report, on-chain analytics provider, Glassnode, noted that Tether is…

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Thailand’s New Cryptocurrency Regulation Requires Users to Be Physically Present to Open Accounts

The Thai government has reportedly imposed a new cryptocurrency requirement. Crypto exchanges will be required to verify users’ identities using a machine that requires the customers to be physically present. Thailand’s New Crypto Rules The Thai Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) has announced that starting in July “local digital exchanges must verify their customers’ identities through a ‘dip-chip’ machine that requires clients to be physically present,” the Bangkok Post reported. Currently, the account opening process at crypto exchanges is done entirely online. To approve a new account, exchanges must ensure that…

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Major League Baseball sells pairs of tickets for 100 Dogecoin each

Fans can use Dogecoin to purchase Major League Baseball tickets to see the Oakland Athletics this month. Fans can now use Dogecoin to buy tickets to see MLB team Oakland Athletics take on the Toronto Blue Jays this month. The team, also known as the Oakland A’s, is offering pairs of plaza infield tickets for 100 DOGE from May 3 until May 6. Two plaza infield tickets usually go for around $80 total, but with Doge sitting at around $0.43 today, fans will be able to fetch themselves a 46%…

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Fed’s Vice Chair for Supervision Calls on Bank Regulators to Pay More Attention to Cryptocurrency

The Federal Reserve’s top supervisory official has called on bank regulators to pay more attention to cryptocurrencies and stablecoins. His comments followed a number of major banks announcing that they will be offering products based on cryptocurrencies, particularly bitcoin, to their clients. Bank Regulators Should Focus More on Cryptocurrency, Says Fed Supervisor The Federal Reserve’s vice chairman for supervision, Randal Quarles, talked about cryptocurrency last week at a conference hosted by the Options Clearing Corporation. He urged bank regulators to pay more attention to stablecoins and cryptocurrencies. Quarles took office…

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Mastercard adds 6 startups to accelerator, including blockchain payments provider

The “fintech innovators” will receive direct support from Mastercard as they bring their products and services to market. Mastercard Start Path, an accelerator program for fintech startups, has welcomed six new companies innovating in the fields of software-as-a-service, transactions and blockchain-based payments.  Asante Financial Services, Cledara, Jifti, Moeda Seeds, SpendDebt and Tippy were selected for being “fintech innovators” in these fields, Mastercard announced Monday. Moeda Seeds stands out as the sole blockchain company offering digital banking, payments and micro credits utilizing distributed ledger technology.  “As the fintech landscape evolves at…

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Marlton Applauds Decision to Increase Digital Currency Group’s Authorized Purchase of GBTC Shares for $750 Million 

Investment management firm, Marlton, has applauded the recent decision to authorize the purchase by Digital Currency Group (DCG) of up to a total of $750 million worth of shares of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC). This latest action follows Marlton’s recent call for DCG and the Grayscale board to do more to narrow the discount on GBTC shares. Support for Purchase Authorization In a statement, Marlton’s Managing Member, James C. Elbaor says this DCG action is “a more constructive approach to alleviating the dramatic discount between the market price of GBTC…

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Range-bound Bitcoin price opens the door for altcoins to move higher

Bitcoin remains pinned below $58,000 while Ethereum price soars to new highs and the number of ETH held on centralized exchanges falls. Ether (ETH) took charge as a new month begins and the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization rallied to a new all-time high at $3,338. This has many analysts shouting out that a new ‘altcoin season’ has commenced. Meanwhile, Bitcoin  (BTC) price is continuing to meet resistance around the $56,000 to $58,000 level.  Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that since dropping to a low of $2,160 on April 25,…

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CME Group introduces micro Bitcoin futures

The new contract is worth one-tenth the size of a single Bitcoin. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, or CME, has officially launched its newest Bitcoin (BTC) derivatives product, setting the stage for wider mainstream adoption of digital assets.  TIm McCourt, CME Group’s global head of equity index and alternative investment products, said the new product will provide “an efficient, cost-effective way for a broad array of market participants — from institutions to sophisticated, active traders — to fine-tune their bitcoin exposure and enhance their trading strategies.” The Micro Bitcoin futures contract…

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Bitcoin: Or How We Became Gods

The limitations of physical reality are what make certain creations divine. Bitcoin reflects these properties in the digital realm. If Bitcoin were a mechanical watch, the fee market (not the free market) would be the mechanism making everything tick. This is where everything starts and ends. This is where censorship resistance comes from and where the precious resource of block space gets priced into energy consumption. The Bitcoin fee market is the first man-made free market that ever existed. In a free market: No third party can intervene in pricing…

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Bitstamp announces US expansion after 570% increase in customers

“The potential upside for new retail and institutional investors in the U.S. is astronomical,” said CEO Julian Sawyer. One of the oldest exchanges in the crypto space recently announced that it would be ramping up efforts to reach more users in the United States. In an announcement from Bitstamp today, the crypto exchange said it would be launching a marketing campaign in the U.S. aimed at educating retail investors about crypto following significant growth in the first quarter of 2021. As part of these efforts, Bitstamp said it planned to…

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