Bitcoin price is fragile, but on-chain data points to fresh accumulation

The May 19 crypto market sell-off saw $1.2 trillion in value erased from the total market capitalization as the froth and excess leverage of over-hyped markets was quickly eliminated. But similar to a forest fire, whose destructive power is essential to the rejuvenation of a forest’s ecosystem, dramatic market shake-outs are a vital part of the full life cycle of a developing market, as excesses that have accumulated are burned away and cleared in order to set the stage for a new round of growth. According to data from Glassnode, the…

US officials recover $2.3M in crypto from Colonial Pipeline ransom

Officials with a United States government task force have seized more than $2 million in crypto used to pay for ransom following an attack on the Colonial Pipeline system.  In a Monday press conference, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said that the task force “found and recaptured” millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin (BTC) connected to Russia-based DarkSide hackers — the majority of the $4.4 million funds originally paid. A warrant filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California shows that authorities recovered 63.7 BTC, worth roughly $2.3…

Monero Team Receives Anonymous $500,000 Donation

Key Takeaways Monero has received a donation of 1711 XMR ($486,600). The team plans to publish a spending report in the coming months. Monero’s General Fund helps the project purchase web services, tools, and salaries for contractors. Share this article The team behind Monero has received a donation of nearly $500,000, according to the project’s Twitter account. $500,000 Sent to Monero Devs We’re delighted to share that our General Fund has received a donation of 1711 XMR (approximately $500k)! Interested in contributing to improve Monero? Start here ⬇️https://t.co/p0MyNsOzVH https://t.co/PYJ8eEMqli —…

Crypto Twitter says traders are short Bitcoin, but data shows otherwise

Margin trading allows investors to borrow stablecoins or cryptocurrency to leverage their position and improve the expected return. For example, borrowing Tether (USDT) will allow one to buy Bitcoin, thus increasing their Bitcoin (BTC) long position in.  Investors can also borrow BTC to margin trade a short position, thus betting on price downside. This is why some analysts monitor the total lending amounts of Bitcoin and Tether to gain insight into whether investors are leaning bullish or bearish. Are analysts flipping bearish based only on Bitfinex’s margin data? This week…

Biden to discuss crypto’s role in ransomware attacks at G-7, says national security adviser

United States President Joe Biden will speak directly about cryptocurrency and its role in the attack on the Colonial Pipeline and other ransomware breaches, according to Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan. In a White House press briefing on Monday, Sullivan said U.S. officials, seemingly including Biden, would like to see an action plan regarding ransomware attacks during the president’s visit to the G-7 summit this weekend. The national security adviser said this plan should address the resilience of such attacks, how to share information with other democracies and “how…

Bitcoin Bulls And Bears Alike Beware Of Potential Pump And Dump Fractal

Bitcoin price has been stuck trading within a small symmetrical triangle. These continuation patterns tend to suggest another equal sized move down is coming. However, a sweep of lows would “perfect” a buy setup that could initiate a pump and dump fractal from years ago. The pump and dump would be designed to further confuse sentiment and take advantage of the sudden shift to low liquidity and thin order books. Here’s what the fractal looks like and what it says about the coming price action. Market Timing: Why You Should…

Investment product issuer 21Shares will list Bitcoin ETP on Aquis Exchange

Switzerland-based 21Shares, formerly known as Amun, has said it will make its Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded product available to traders in the United Kingdom through the Aquis Exchange. According to an announcement from 21Shares, its Bitcoin exchange-traded product (ETP) will be available to professional investors on the Aquis Exchange this summer. U.K.-based firm GHCO will be acting as the crypto ETP’s liquidity provider, with 21Shares saying the product would be “engineered like an [exchange-traded fund].” “ETPs trade on exchanges in a similar manner to a listed stock and institutional investors in the…

MicroStrategy stock slides after announcing new $400M debt raise to buy Bitcoin

A lackluster balance sheet, excessive debt load and over-leveraged exposure to Bitcoin have crashed MicroStrategy stock by more than 63% since February already. Nevertheless, the business intelligence company has ignored the risks of its frothy valuations, and it now wants to raise more debt and buy Bitcoin with proceeds (BTC). MicroStrategy announced on June 7 that it “intends to raise $400 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes in private offering […] to acquire additional Bitcoins.” The company already holds more than 92,000 BTC, worth about $3.31 billion at current exchange…