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Anchorage Becomes the First Digital Bank to Function As a Traditional Bank

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Cryptocurrency startup Anchorage Hold LLC has received conditional approval from the US currency control office to become an official federal government bank.

Qualified Custodian for Institutional Investors

Anchorage, now officially known as the National Association of Anchorage Digital Bank, was the first cryptocurrency company to receive the Bundesbank charter. It is an essential milestone in cryptocurrency history adoption. The accord means that Anchorage is now the first authorized digital asset bank in the US to meet the same standards and approvals as traditional banks.

A national banking charter forms the Anchorage Digital Bank based on the same regulations as other national banks. The fastest way to get monitored services is a first for any traditional financial institution looking to provide its customers with digital assets access.

Although Anchorage does not seek to set up offices in the local environment, the charter allows the company to provide services such as trading and loans.

OCC said that in awarding this charter, OCC applies rigorous review and the same standards applicable to all charter applications. By introducing these candidates into the federal banking system, banks and industry will benefit from the OCC’s rich experience and expertise.

Anchorage was founded in 2017 and offered institutional investors a crypto native custody service for digital assets. The custodian holds client property or money on their behalf and is responsible for its financial products’ security. The company’s proposals have a design to help institutions better protect their investments while extracting more of their assets.

Future Partnerships With Anchorage

Crypto firms have long struggled to become qualified trustees in terms of how digital asset service providers can comply with aspects of the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 – specifically how brokers can demonstrate that no other entity can access them their own and have a private key.

In an interview with Forbes, McCauley said the charter would force hundreds of banks to partner with Anchorage to join the cryptocurrency boom. McCauley said that Anchorage allows all kinds of people to come to the table, even those who were reluctant to come. It represents a massive change in the availability of crypto assets.

Anchorage is co-founded by Diogo Mónica, and Nathan McCauley, former director of security at Docker Inc. It launched from stealth mode in January 2019 with a funding of $ 17 million.

The Anchorage Charter comes as the price for the Bitcoin-led cryptocurrency continues to move up, albeit at a cost that it would never have achieved a month ago. Bitcoin was trading at $ 37,489.81 at 9:55 p.m. EST after falling to $ 30,525.39 on January 11, after hitting a high of $ 41,528.79 on January 8.

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Iranian government to penalize crypto miners using household power

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The Iranian government has now warned of hefty fines for those who will be caught mining cryptocurrencies using power intended for domestic use.

This after authorities registered a significant spike in electricity consumption for digital currency mining, further straining the already stressed hydropower generation caused by insufficient rainfall in the country this year.

The government said the illegal mining operations for virtual currencies that rely on electricity intended for households cause transformers to be overloaded, damaging the power grid. According to Tehran Times, Iranian Ministry of Energy spokesperson Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi said unauthorized miners “will be fined when identified and held responsible for the damages they cause to the electricity network.”

Mining rapidly expanding in Iran

Back in 2019, the Iranian government legalized cryptocurrency mining, classifying it as an industrial activity.

In 2020, over 1,000 mining licenses were issued by the Ministry of Industry, Mining, and Trade, and power companies were provided with an avenue to increase their profits through meeting the industry’s power demands.

Selling electricity to cryptocurrency miners was seen as an option to fill the gap between revenues and expenditures in the electricity industry. However, with the current energy crisis being faced by the country, this move is now also being questioned.

Power consumption through the roof

Per the latest available data, the cryptocurrency mining sector in Iran consumes up to 1,500 megawatts of electricity each day. Back in December, this figure only sat at 300 megawatts. Authorities revealed that only around 200 megawatts of the current average daily consumption are legal.

Chinese companies have taken advantage of low and subsidized electricity prices in Iran to establish mining operations in the country’s Special Economic Zones.

The Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Trade estimates around $660 million worth of cryptocurrency is mined annually by unlicensed facilities in Iran.

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Litecoin Price Analysis: 17 May

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The Bitcoin price faced strong volatility due to which the price has once again crumbled under $50k. This strong volatility has spread to the altcoin market and the digital silver, Litecoin [LTC], was among those alts affected. The Litecoin price slipped by 21% over the weekend and was trading at $286 with a market capitalization of $18.97 billion.

Litecoin four-hourly chart

Source: LTCUSD on TradingView

The above chart of LTC shows the strong upward march of the digital asset to $413.65 this month, after which began its descent. The coin has now slipped by almost 30% and was seeing a bearish pressure. This bearishness could result in its value stumbling further.

Reasoning

The market was open to more volatility and this was indicated by Bollinger Bands. The divergence of the bands was suggesting that the price has been moving more rapidly than before and may continue to do so. Meanwhile, the signal line was hovering above the candlesticks highlighting the downward trending price.

The rise in selling pressure has pushed the digital asset lower and as per the relative strength index, this selling pressure was rising. RSI value had briefly hit 30, which is the oversold zone. However, a recovery pushed the indicator’s value higher. Now that the selling pressure continued, RSI has been moving towards the oversold zone again.

The money which momentarily made its way into the market might seep out. Chaikin Money Flow suggested that new money was entering the market with the recent recovery.

Crucial levels 

Entry-level: $285.38
Take Profit: $273.89
Stop-level: $294.04
Risk to Reward: 1.33

Conclusion

The current Litecoin market was suggesting the rise of bearishness in the market. As LTC’s value moved close to $286, the selling pressure was visibly dominant and the traders might want to tread carefully.


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Bitcoin, Ethereum and alt markets: Here’s the silver lining traders need to know

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Panic settles fast in the cryptocurrency industry. The collective market declined by 4% over the past 24 hours but the actual correction has amounted to over 20% since May 20. While Bitcoin struggled to move above $50k recently, Ethereum’s dropped from its recent ATH of $4372. With speculations of a prolonged bearish period gathering pace, there are a couple of things to note before coming towards a definite conclusion.

Ethereum: A timely market re-set?

Ethereum

ETH/USD on Trading View

Since 18 April, Ethereum has rallied by 124.47% in the market. The asset has managed to breach past multiple key levels and the present corrections can be considered as an ideal re-set. The asset is already retracing from the 0.5 Fibonacci line, which is fundamentally bullish. Relative Strength Index or RSI is also reaching a neutral state, attained last during the start of April, before the rally.

Structurally, the correction isn’t outrightly bearish yet. The amount of Ethereum held on exchanges continues to remain low following the price drop, indicating little selling pressure.

Source: CryptoQuant

Traditional Market impacting Bitcoin again?

Previously, most corrections across the crypto industry would always be attributed to a decline in the traditional stock market. However, Bitcoin is primarily acting on its own for the time being.

Source: Trading View

The above comparison chart between Bitcoin vs SPX vs Dow Jones is descriptive in terms of correlation between DJI and SPX, and its collective uncorrelation with the largest crypto asset. In general, the traditional stock market has assisted the crypto market to recover in the past but its present uncorrelation means that the sell-off is organic and not triggered due to external factors.

Fundamentally, Bitcoin miners aren’t bearish either.

Source: CryptoQuant

According to data, Bitcoin Miner’s Position Index has been under the value of 1 since the beginning of March. An MPI index above 2 suggests that miners are aggressively selling in the market. Its continued position below 1 exhibits miner sentiment has altered in the short term and the market remains bullish overall.

One minor concern highlighted by Ki-Young Ju, CryptoQuant CEO was a possible whale dump over the last 24-hours. A whale dump is usually followed by a period of correction, as the market tends to shuffle out weak hands.

So, what stirred the pot?

The commotion was initiated on Twitter on May 16 after Elon Musk went on another rant. Musk’s earlier comments on BTC’s energy consumption were the topic of discussion, which led to Musk terming Bitcoin as ‘highly centralized’. While he cleared speculation that Tesla did not trigger any Bitcoin sales during this time period, Willy Woo suggested market repercussions were already unlocked.

Should Traders be worried?

At the moment, No. While a drop below $46,000 is not ideal, Bitcoin is maintaining its position above its long-term support at $42,000. At press time, the asset has been able to facilitate a recovery towards the $45k range but preferably, it should commence a position above $46.5k within the next 24-48 hours.

BTC/USDT on Trading View

The market is at the periphery of a drastic turnaround. Indicators suggest a higher possibility of a bullish rally so it isn’t time to press the panic button yet.


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