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BIC’s Video News Show: China Bans & Evergrande

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In this episode of BeInCrypto’s Video New Show, host Jessica Walker takes a look at recent events in China. It seems like China has been in the news every day for the last week, and not only for crypto.  

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China strikes again

Last week, ten Chinese government bodies barred overseas exchanges from providing services to mainland investors via the internet. This had previously been a gray area, but Chinese authorities’ recent statement settled the issue specifically.

“While this is not a surprise as China has ‘banned’ crypto many times in the past, this time there is no ambiguity,” said Henri Arslanian, PwC crypto leader and partner. “Crypto transactions and crypto services of all kinds are banned in China. No room for discussion. No gray area.”

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The announcement detailed activities that would now be prohibited, including any kind of exchange involving virtual currencies. It precludes exchange between legal and virtual currency, exchange between virtual currencies, or trading virtual currencies as a central counterparty. Overseas exchanges providing their services to Chinese residents, the statement highlighted as “an illegal financial activity.”

Additionally, providing intermediary information and pricing services for virtual currency transactions is also illegal. This is the case for token issuance financing, virtual currency derivatives transactions “and other virtual currency-related business activities.”

Exchanges stop accepting Chinese users

Following the announcement, cryptocurrency exchanges and service providers started scrambling to sever ties with their mainland Chinese clients. For instance, two of the world’s largest exchanges, Huobi Global and Binance, have already halted new account registrations from mainland customers. Huobi added that it would also clean up existing customers by the end of the year. “On the very day we saw the notice, we started to take corrective measures,” said Huobi Group co-founder Du Jun. 

Additionally, TokenPocket, a popular crypto wallet service provider, said it would terminate services to mainland Chinese clients. It added that it would “actively embrace” regulation, and welcomes cooperation from China in blockchain technologies. While effacing crypto, China hopes to have the most advanced blockchain technology in the world by 2025.

Evergrande debt

Last, but certainly not least, is Chinese real estate giant Evergrande’s story. It dominated the financial news cycle in the last week and also impacted crypto markets.

The issue surrounding Evergrande, China’s second-largest property developer by sales, is that it cannot pay back its massive loans. The real estate giant has claimed $300 billion in liabilities and, as a paper from the end of 2020 shows, the company has just $32 billion in assets. This means that Evergrande is in danger of defaulting with just 10% or so of its total liabilities on hand.

But at the time of recording, the contagion from Evergrande seems to be contained. China’s central bank vowed to protect consumers exposed to the housing market yesterday and injected more cash into the banking system as the Shenzhen government began investigating the company, the clearest sign yet the authorities could move to contain contagion risks.

The focus now turns to whether a coupon payment of $47.5 million due on Wednesday is made, and then to whether China can contain the economic damage if Evergrande collapses. And it seems this is one of those cases where crypto and the legacy financial system are looking in the same direction for answers.

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Nick is a data scientist who teaches economics and communication in Budapest, Hungary, where he received a BA in Political Science and Economics and an MSc in Business Analytics from CEU. He has been writing about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology since 2018, and is intrigued by its potential economic and political usage. He can best be described as an optimistic center-left skeptic.

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DraftKings Doubles Down, Partners With Polygon

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Yes, it was just a few short months ago that DraftKings launched the ‘DraftKings Marketplace‘ in partnership with Autograph.io. In that short time, we’ve seen the sports gambling powerhouse churn out some successful NFT releases with the likes of Tiger Woods, Simone Biles, Tom Brady, and more.

Now, DraftKings is doubling down on crypto, this time pairing up with Polygon for some versatility and support in secondary-market transactions.

DraftKings & Polygon: A Prime Pair

Scalability and sustainability are two traits that Paul Liberman, co-founder and president of global product and technology at DraftKings, cited as “critical challenges of blockchain technology” that Polygon was able to address to meet DraftKings’ needs. According to the press release, the company will also have an option to potentially contribute to Polygon’s governance protocol and keep the network secure as a validator node with its own stake pool.

Polygon will hone in on custom NFT drops and secondary-market transactions.

The marketplace is available for millions of DraftKings’ users, and the platform is currently working towards transferability of NFTs to decentralized wallets via Ethereum mainnet. Meanwhile, Polygon has continued to show investment in NFTs, gaming, and corresponding areas. Existing partners for Polygon include the likes of Atari, ZED RUN, Decentraland, The Sandbox, and more.

“Although DraftKings Marketplace is still in it’s nascency, we are bullish on the possibilities that blockchain, NFTs, cryptocurrency and more will present as we prepare for Web 3.0 alongside Polygon and the new innovations ahead for digital collectibles,” added Liberman. A refreshing take from brand executives that shows the immense potential ahead for crypto in online gaming and gambling.

Polygon continues to solidify partners to build further investment in gaming and NFTs. | Source: $MATIC on TradingView.com

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Gaming, Gambling & Crypto

The emergence of young industries stateside, such as sports gambling and cannabis, are prime contenders for crypto integration – and this move for DraftKings is a prime example. They are also industries that are on the rise throughout the US in particular.

Reports emerged this week that New Jersey was the first state to hit a $1B month of bets last month. The first online sports betting entrant in the state was none other than DraftKings, who partnered with Resorts Digital; that partnership yielded nearly $42M last month, leading the online-only handle in the state.

All that to say that DraftKings is one of the largest players in the game, publicly traded with a valuation north of $20B.

Many platforms are targeting the crossover of gambling, gaming and crypto. Polymarket, for example, describes itself as an “information markets platform” that runs on Ethereum, where users can place bets on sports and current events.

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Anthony Scaramucci Sees Bright Future as First US Bitcoin Futures ETF Makes NYSE Debut Following Positive Nod from S.E.C.

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In Tuesday morning trading, the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (NYSE: BITO) made its debut, marking a monumental occasion in the developing story of cryptocurrency regulation. The fund, which tracks CME bitcoin futures, or contracts speculating on the future prices of bitcoin, rose by roughly 3% early in the session and continues to hold those gains at time of publishing.

The crypto sector as a whole has pursued a bitcoin-focused ETF for years now, with asset managers submitting proposals for spot bitcoin ETFs as early as 2017. To date, however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had consistently rejected these proposals, maintaining the stance that none of the applications were able to prove market resistance to manipulation.

While the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF falls short of the spot bitcoin ETF that many in the industry hope is on the horizon, experts agree that Tuesday’s opening stands as a turning point in the regulatory approach of the SEC.

“Remember, there’s a difference between the cash ETF, obviously, and the ETF that everybody’s talking about right now. I have a preference for the cash ETF, but I love the fact that the SEC is allowing for the futures ETF,” Anthony Scaramucci, founder and managing partner of SkyBridge Capital, told CryptoCurrencyWire in an exclusive. “It’s just a sign that they’ve decided that they know the blockchain is going to be a very big component of the future of the financial services industry. I take this as a monumental decision…to allow the United States to stay the leader in financial services globally. I think it’s a very positive sign.”

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Traders Start Longing Cardano ($ADA) Over Other Altcoins, Here’s Why

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Cardano ($ADA), the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap seems to have lost market momentum post its Alonzo upgrade in September. The smart contract integration was seen as a key catalyst to its price as $ADA rose to a new all-time high of $3.10 in the run-up to the upgrade. Even though the upgrade made Cardano a Defi and NFT hub, its price hasn’t made much progress since then.

$ADA is currently trading at $2.13 with a 1% loss over the last 24-hours, the altcoin price has fluctuated in the range of $2.10-$2.70 since September. At present Bitcoin is leading the market rally with eyes set of new ATH, while altcoins seem to be in a consolidation phase.  Historically, the real altcoin bull run begins when the $BTC market tops as seen in April-May when the majority of the altcoins hit new ATH.

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The market sentiment towards altcoins looks stable at present, but recent data from Santiment indicate an unusual rise in interest of traders for $ADA, something that was seen during the Alonzo hardfork.

Can Cardano Make a Turn-Around?

Cardano’s social media mentions went through the roof during the Alonzo upgrade, but the hype died down with the successful completion of the upgrade. Many critics believe the September high was the top for the altcoin, however, new data shows traders on Binance is longing $ADA more than other altcoins showing a bullish sentiment in the making.

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The sharp rise in long position is often followed by a bullish price rally for the altcoin and if the trader’s interest continues to mount, it could build a bullish momentum strong enough to help it record new ATHs.

The altcoin had quite a phenomenal year until now having broken into top-3 crypto rankings and currently sitting at third. $ADA with its new decentralized ecosystem is expected to become the go-to option for Defi and NFTs due to the scalability and security that Cardano offers.

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