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Binance Coin regains 20% in a day: Why is BNB seeing such a strong recovery?

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The price of Binance Coin (BNB), the native cryptocurrency of Binance and Binance Smart Chain, rallied by more than 20% in the last 24 hours.

BNB/USDT 15-minute price chart (Binance). Source: Tradingview.com

The swift recovery comes after a market-wide correction on April 18, during which major cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) saw a sharp decline.

ETH price, for instance, declined from $2,400 to as low as $1,900 in a sudden pullback as Bitcoin plunged below the $60,000 support level to as low as $52,000.

Overheated futures market gets a reset

The market saw a steep pullback in a short period because the futures market was extremely overheated.

Over $10 billion worth of cryptocurrency positions were liquidated on a single day, with Bitcoin accounting for over $5 billion of it.

 Since the drop was more technical than fundamental, and it was a cascade of liquidations that caused the pullback, the market pared most of the losses relatively quickly

It was also evident that the futures market led the correction because the price of major cryptocurrencies was trading lower in the futures market than the spot market.

Adam Cochran, a partner at Cinneanhaim Ventures, explained:

“I think what we saw was a cascade of tightly wound retail positions on a weekend market, get toppled, but somewhere along the line, there was a matching book fail that caused stop-losses to not get hit and when that happened it put a massive $63M position in jeopardy.”

He added that the liquidation of a $63 million position shocked the market, which put even the major cryptocurrencies at risk of a speedy drop.

Cochran added:

“That $63M position getting liquidated is what put the market in major jeopardy, but by that time there was already degraded performance issues connecting to Binance and spiking gas fees. So there was very little way for anyone to backstop or arbitrage that liquidation.”

BNB fundamentals remain strong

After the initial futures market-driven drop, cryptocurrencies with strong fundamentals began to recover first.

While Bitcoin and Ether rebounded relatively quickly by 12% and 15% from their respective lows , BNB outperformed both BTC and ETH within the past 24 hours in its recovery.

The strong performance of BNB stems from two positive catalysts: the record $600 million BNB burn by Binance and the uptrend of Binance Smart Chain metrics.

On April 16, Cointelegraph reported that Binance burned $600 million worth of BNB in the first quarter of 2021, which reduces the circulating supply and suggests the exchange generated at least $750 million in quarterly profit.

Moreover, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao emphasized yesterday that the Binance team has no plans to sell their BNB holdings, 40% of the total supply, in a likely dig at Coinbase insiders reportedly selling $5 billion worth of COIN shares last week. 

Hence, when the market started to recover, BNB saw a stronger rally possibly as a result of a delayed response to the $600 million burn.

Atop the token burn, the daily number of transactions on Binance Smart Chain surpassed 5 million.

Binance Smart Chain number of transactions. Source: Bscscan.com

Since BNB is also the native token of the Binance Smart Chain blockchain network, rising user activity positively affects the value of BNB, contributing to its recovery.

Traders were ready to buy the dip

A pseudonymous trader known as “Altcoin Psycho” stated that traders were ready to buy the dip in the altcoin market.

He said:

“Traders were ready to buy the dip. Was anticipating a market dip all week, yet I got lazy and did a bad job positioning myself for success. Had 10+ alts on my list, only set bids for eth. Thankfully experienced minimal drawdown tonight, but still really played this opportunity poorly. Good learning lesson here.”

The quick inflow of capital into the altcoin market shortly after the dip led many altcoins to recover swiftly, which likely catalyzed BNB’s upsurge.

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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/binance-coin-regains-20-in-a-day-why-is-bnb-seeing-such-a-strong-recovery

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Cardano Reaches All-Time High as Founder Pitches to Mark Cuban

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Cardano, the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, reached a new all-time high on Sunday, one day after Charles Hoskinson engaged in a conversation with Mark Cuban around the topic of Cardano’s potential.

ADA, Cardano’s token, has gained more than 60% in value over the past 2 weeks according to CoinGecko data, reaching an ATH of $2.45 on May 16th at a time when projects using Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus protocols like Bitcoin experienced a steep drop in value.

Long seen as one of the biggest potential alternatives to the Ethereum network despite not having completed the development process, Cardano is now gaining traction as news of Tesla’s decision to stop accepting Bitcoin due to environmental concerns continue to affect projects relying on PoW.

While Ethereum will be transitioning to a Proof-of-Stake consensus protocol with the release of Ethereum 2.0, the network still uses a PoW approach that might have prevented it from being considered as a reliable alternative at this time.

This barrier should also be added to concerns about the ability of the network to escalate and operate efficiently at a time of high congestion.

Cardano’s latest releases provided developers and users with the option to create native tokens but the platform is still lacking smart contract features. The Alonzo update, which is expected to occur by the end of this month, will add smart contract support and open the doors for new uses of the network.

Hoskinson Pitches ADA to Mark Cuban Via Twitter

Mark Cuban, an American billionaire with a net worth estimated around $4.3 billion, has shown an increasing interest in cryptocurrencies such as DOGE and BTC over the past months.

The Dallas Maverick’s, an NBA team owned by Cuban, even started accepting the popular Shiba Inu-based cryptocurrency as a valid payment method for acquiring the team’s merchandise and tickets.

The entrepreneur started a Twitter discussion by asking his followers if they were” personally, able to use $ADA for anything?”, with thousands of followers quickly providing their opinions and retweeting his question.

One of such followers was Cardano’s Founder, Charles Hoskinson, who about an hour later replied with an invitation for Cuban to visit him in Colorado to chat about the project.

Hoskinson would later mention that the project has, “five million students in Ethiopia, thousands of assets issued on Cardano, a nice DApp ecosystem brewing for smart contract launch, a new VC model with catalyst, huge community.”

While Cuban seemed to find this information interesting and recognized Hoskinson’s status as an “ETH OG”, he also shared his belief that the platform was still not “there yet” in terms of applications while also mentioning the lack of smart contract functionality.

All Eyes are Set on the Alonzo Update

Like Mark Cuban, Cardano critics have been quick to point out that the network still lacks an essential aspect of blockchain technology: smart contract functionality.

This has made the Alonzo Hard Fork one of the most anticipated deployments for the network, as it will allow the network’s users to actually test the claims made by the project’s development team.

Hoskinson also Tweeted a 12-minute video in which he talked about the project’s history, goals, and status, directly addressing it to Cuban.

In the conversation with Cuban, Hoskinson replied to the concerns around Smart Contracts by tweeting:

“We rebuilt the entire smart contract model. It took four years to do it, but it’s necessary if you actually want security and scale. No more DAO hacks, less off-chain code. Consistent operating cost. Furthermore I want all devs not just solidity devs”

This smart contract model will finally be seen with the release of the Plutus Core in the Alonzo update, which the project’s developers assure will provide greater security and flexibility.

With Ethereum 2.0 also advancing on its development, the success of the Alonzo hard fork will prove to have an important impact on how the race between Ethereum and its competitors advances in the future.

Especially at a time when enterprises are paying more attention than ever to environmental-friendly alternatives to Ethereum and Bitcoin.

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Source: https://blockonomi.com/cardano-reaches-all-time-high-as-founder-pitches-to-mark-cuban/

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Crypto Companies Raised $2.5 B in First Quarter of 2021, the Highest Ever!

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2021 bull run has propelled Bitcoin, altcoins, and the whole ecosystem into the mainstream limelight as well as adoption. The growing demand for digital assets is evident from the number of mainstream financial firms adding support for cryptocurrencies as well as the number of crypto companies that have become a billion-dollar company after the latest funding round. The first quarter of 2021 saw crypto companies raise a combined capital of $2.5 billion the highest ever and nearly double of 2018 second-quarter total fundraise

Many of these crypto companies attracted funding from mainstream behemoths including Chainalysis whose valuation grew into billions after its latest funding round of $100 million that saw participation from TIME Magazine owner Marc Benioff. Apart from Chainalyis other crypto firms that raised capital to the tune of hundreds of millions in their latest funding round include BlockFi that raised a whopping $350 million in their Series D funding round and Blockchain.com which also raised $300 million to see its valuation grow to $5.2 billion.

Crypto Companies in High Demand

The multi-fold increase in valuation of several crypto companies along with the public listing of many others reflect the growing demand for not just digital assets but also for experienced service providers from the crypto space. Coinbase created history this April after it made its public debut on Nasdaq with an $80 billion-plus valuation and over 50 million registered users.

Apart from crypto companies growing demand in the mainstream market, many traditional financial firms and payment processing giants such as PayPal and Venmo with over 300 million and 70 million customer bases respectively. PayPal that was once a part of Facebook’s infamous Libra association also opened a crypto spending option for its customers across millions of its verified vendors. MasterCard and VISA have also added crypto payment support in one form or other, not to mention, only a few years back these payment processing giants were blocking crypto-related transactions via their platform.

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The presented content may include the personal opinion of the author and is subject to market condition. Do your market research before investing in cryptocurrencies. The author or the publication does not hold any responsibility for your personal financial loss.
About Author
An engineering graduate, Prashant focuses on UK and Indian markets. As a crypto-journalist, his interests lie in blockchain technology adoption across emerging economies.

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Source: https://coingape.com/crypto-companies-raised-2-5-b-in-first-quarter-of-2021-the-highest-ever/

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Bitcoin is more energy-efficient than Gold: Galaxy Digital Report

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A report from the diversified financial services firm Galaxy Digital has revealed that Bitcoin is more energy-efficient than Gold.

Digital assets investment firm Galaxy Digital has published a report detailing that Gold consumes more energy than Bitcoin. The report also notes that banking institutions average twice the energy consumption of the leading cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin has, in the past, been frequently weighed against different assets but none more than Gold. Some industry experts have even described it as the digital version of gold. However, there have been a lot of questions surrounding its energy consumption. Bitcoin’s carbon footprint in 2019 was so huge that it was compared to carbon emissions in the cities of Hamburg and Las Vegas by the Technical University of Munich.

On more than one occasion, the flagship cryptocurrency has been criticised by individuals and institutions that believe it is not energy efficient. The report from Galaxy Digital, however, seems to challenge these claims. It comes just a few days after Tesla announced it would no longer accept Bitcoin payments for its electric vehicles. The automaker cited concerns for its energy usage as rationale for the decision.

The report pointed out that while most people are eager to criticise Bitcoin, they hardly do the same to other financial industries and assets. Galaxy Digital explained that energy usage by the traditional financial industries was harder to assess because the institutions don’t submit data on electricity consumption.

The author of the report was keen to acknowledge that the Bitcoin network consumes a lot of energy, adding that the energy consumed was vital in making the network robust. According to the calculations presented by Galaxy Digital, Bitcoin consumes 113.89 TWh per year. To put this into context, the cumulative energy used by always-on devices annually in the US is estimated to be 1,375 TWh. Bitcoin’s annual electric consumption figure is about twelve times less.

In the case of Gold, the author managed to find a workaround for estimation by evaluating all the processes involved. The author arrived at a rough figure of 240.61 TWh/year, which is more than twice the figure recorded by Bitcoin.

The report considered various aspects for the banking industry, including Automated Teller Machines, card network data centers, banking data centers, and bank branches. Based on the analysis, the average power consumption was noted to be 238.92 TWh/year — slightly less than that of Gold.

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Source: https://coinjournal.net/news/bitcoin-is-more-energy-efficient-than-gold-galaxy-digital-report/

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