Investments

Crypto lender Celsius has paid out $250M in rewards

Celsius, a centralized cryptocurrency lending platform, claims to have paid out over $250 million in rewards to its 415,000 users, underscoring the rapid growth of blockchain lending protocols.  Celsius announced the milestone in a Monday press release, which highlighted the company’s significant growth over the past two years. “Celsius remains one of the fastest-growing companies …

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SBI looking to set up joint crypto ventures with foreign firms

Japanese financial conglomerate SBI Holdings is reportedly planning to set up a joint cryptocurrency venture with foreign financial companies. SBI CEO Yoshitaka Kitao said that the Japanese company is in talks with other financial firms to launch a crypto venture, Reuters reports Feb. 15. The executive said that SBI currently has two potential deals. As …

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Baidu reportedly aims to address chip shortage plaguing gaming, crypto and cars

A global chip shortage is affecting various sectors of industry from gaming to automotive and cryptocurrency mining. Amid Bitcoin’s (BTC) ongoing bull run, the crypto mining industry became massively profitable. Many miners started aggressively stacking mining hardware —by sometimes unconventional methods— which led to shortages in other sectors. The COVID-19 fueled surge in gaming consoles, computers and …

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Bitcoin will likely reach $60K in 2021, says Investing.com analyst

Bitcoin (BTC) is likely to hit $60,000 in 2021 amid the growing mainstream adoption, according to an analyst at major financial publication Investing.com. Jesse Cohen, a senior financial analyst at Investing.com, predicted that Bitcoin will likely reach a $60,000 level in the first half of 2021. According to Cohen, Bitcoin’s growth in 2021 will be …

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Winklevoss’ Gemini crypto exchange launches ‘Earn’ offering

Gemini cryptocurrency exchange has launched an interest-earning program for customers in the United States. Dubbed Gemini Earn, the program lets customers earn up to 7.4% annual interest on all cryptocurrencies supported by Gemini, the firm announced Tuesday. The platform supports 26 cryptos like Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Zcash (ZEC) and …

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GameStop short squeeze highlights the power of decentralization

The success of the GameStop short squeeze in pumping the price above $370— and the reaction from centralized authorities and markets to it — has highlighted the need for decentralized finance, according to some in the crypto industry. The stock, which was trading at less than $20 per share earlier this month, was deemed by …

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FBI arrests 24-year-old crypto trader for commodities and wire fraud

U.S. criminal authorities have brought criminal charges against a crypto trader who they say defrauded investors out of over $5 million.  The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that it had arrested Jeremy Spence. Between 2017 and 2019, the 24-year-old Spence operated a crypto investment scheme under the name of “Coin Signals,” primarily via Twitter and Discord.  …

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Ethereum will become the main asset for investors in 2021

During the second half of 2020, we saw a growing interest in cryptocurrencies from institutional investors and big capital. However, all the attention of the whales, as well as all the attention of the public, was fixed on Bitcoin (BTC). Today, we will look at why Ether (ETH) is a more attractive asset and why …

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Believing, not seeing: Institutions still predict $100K Bitcoin price

Despite Bitcoin price cooling off in recent days, with the premier cryptocurrency currently hovering around the $32,000 mark, it is still showcasing strong technicals as well as a thirty-day price gain of nearly 40%. Not only that, but even since its recent dip — which has seen the digital asset fall from its recently established …

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FCA warns of crypto investment risks as Bitcoin dives below $33K

The United Kingdom’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, has posted a warning about cryptocurrency investment amid a major crash on crypto markets. In a Jan. 11 statement, the FCA said that crypto investment and lending are associated with a high level of risk, stressing that investors should be ready to lose all their money …

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