- Bitcoin and Ethereum pulled back more than 3% this week
- DeFi lost 4.8% over the last seven days, while Web3 and Currencies managed positive returns
- A recent CoinShares poll showed that 43% of institutional investors believed BTC had the highest growth potential
- Lookonchain reported an ICO participating address which moved Ethereum (ETH) after eight years of dormancy
- McDonald’s Hong Kong unveiled McNuggets Land, an official Ethereum-based metaverse game
- The SEC accepted its second spot BTC ETF application for review, Valkyrie Bitcoin Fund
After a blistering altcoin rally last week the crypto space cooled-off slightly as Bitcoin (BTC) teetered around the US$30,000 mark where it eventually failed to hold the line, closing the week at US$29,164, down 3.5%.
Meanwhile, a recent CoinShares poll revealed that of a total of 51 institutional investors, who collectively manage US$900 billion in assets, 43% believed BTC had the highest growth potential.
Ethereum (ETH) struggled to hold US$1,900, slipping well below on Sunday night to hit a weekly low of US$1,833 before recovering slightly to close the week at US$1,848, down 3.3%.
On Wednesday, blockchain analytics firm Lookonchain reported an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) participating address which moved funds after eight years of dormancy. The user deposited 61,216 ETH (worth approx. US$116 million) onto Kraken after receiving them at a purchase price of US$0.31/ETH.
Shaky BTC price action caused varied sector performance this week with DeFi taking the largest hit, losing 4.8% over the last seven days. However, Web3 and Currencies managed positive returns, adding on 3.4% and 2.4%, respectively.
While the hype from XRP’s court case win had settled down this week, a few tokens maintained high interest and secured double-digit gains.
XDC Network (XDC) and Stellar (XLM) continued to piggyback from XRP’s win last week and have jumped 64.4% and 12.9%, respectively. Decentralised oracle protocol, Chainlink (LINK) and layer-1 protocol Casper Network (CSPR) also performed well, adding on 14.3% and 9.8% week-on-week. Chainlink recently launched its Cross-Chain Interoperability Protocol (CCIP) on its Mainnet, aiming to achieve secure interoperability, and create a private-public dynamic that will give traditional finance access to digital assets, and the crypto space to trillions of dollars.
Finally, Maker (MKR), the decentralised lending protocol rallied 14.4% after it activated a token buyback scheme on Wednesday, periodically removing MKR supply from the market.
In Other News
McDonald’s has entered the metaverse after McDonald’s Hong Kong unveiled McNuggets Land, an official Ethereum-based metaverse game, currently live in The Sandbox.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accepted its second spot BTC ETF application for review, Valkyrie Bitcoin Fund (BRRR).
- On Thursday, U.S. legislators presented a new bill with the goal of resolving the regulatory uncertainty surrounding the digital assets industry. The proposed legislation aims to define new definitions, create exemptions for digital assets, and lay out a clear process for digital asset intermediaries, such as cryptocurrency exchanges, to register with both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
- The SEC signalled it would appeal the latest XRP ruling on Friday, disagreeing with the decision made. However, crypto lawyer John Deaton exclaimed “an appeal is not even close to a setback” on twitter, also stating “Don’t let anyone underestimate how significant this win is.”
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