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Bitcoin nerves, Tesla told to dump crypto, NFT madness: Hodler’s Digest, Feb. 28–March 6

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Coming every Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link.

Top Stories This Week

Bitcoin traders worry as price remains pinned below $50,000

After reaching lows of $43,500 last Sunday, Bitcoin staged a comeback, managing to hit $52,000 on Wednesday. There was optimism that the correction was over and that BTC would now have the chance to return to all-time highs.

Alas, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Fast forward to this weekend, and Bitcoin is once again struggling to break above $50,000 — a psychologically important milestone. Now, the nerves are starting to set in.

A drop below recent lows of $46,000 could open the door to further downward movement, endangering a bull run that’s been in place for almost a year… at least in the short term. Pseudonymous trader Rekt Capital believes BTC could bottom between $38,000 and $45,000 if this level fails to hold.

Traders are now beginning to speculate that Bitcoin may continue to trade sideways for now. A gloomy macroeconomic picture dominated by rising bond yields and a pullback in tech stocks certainly isn’t helping matters.

Then again, there’s always a metric that shrugs off the gloom… suggesting everything is fine. Glassnode’s Reserve Risk indicator suggests that BTC’s rally is still in the early to middle stage — even after this week’s pullback. Great. Nothing to worry about, then.

Analyst tells Tesla to dump Bitcoin for buybacks as shares plunge

Tesla is now coming under pressure to sell off the $1.5 billion it holds in Bitcoin. Since the electric vehicle maker announced its crypto buy-in, TSLA shares have fallen by a stomach-churning 30.8%.

Gary Black, the former CEO of Aegon Asset Management, tweeted that Tesla would generate “positive momentum” if it bows out of crypto, adding: “Highly unlikely, but shareholders would be very supportive.”

Bitcoin’s price correction has also been hurting MicroStrategy — the business intelligence firm that owns more than 91,000 BTC. MSTR’s share price has tumbled by 52.8% in less than a month.

The company doesn’t seem too worried, though. MicroStrategy bought another 205 BTC this week in a $10-million spending spree that coincided with the latest dip.

While the software company began putting its existing assets into BTC in 2020, back when Bitcoin traded at about $10,000, its latest purchases have yet to break even.

Kings of Leon is releasing an album as an NFT

Buckle yourselves in… we’ve got so much NFT news to get through. One of the more attention-grabbing headlines this week came when Kings of Leon announced it is releasing its eighth album in the form of a nonfungible token.

Three types of NFTs are on offer, with the rarest offering front-row seats to Kings of Leon concerts for life, a personal driver and the chance to hang out with the band before shows.

Frenzied activity in the NFT sector doesn’t end here. The rarest Pepe of them all — “Homer Pepe” — went under the hammer for 205 ETH this week… that’s worth $323,000 at the time of writing. Meanwhile, an NFT made up of 100 individual pieces from 100 different artists sold out within minutes on Rarible.

Aavegotchis — NFTs inspired by the Tamagotchi devices that were oh so trendy in the late 1990s and early 2000s — were snapped up in under a minute. And as sales on NBA Top Shot continue to go through the roof, the executive chairman of the sports merchandise company Fanatics, Michael Rubin, said: “It’s almost a frenzy happening right now.”

If all of this wasn’t crazy enough, an original artwork by Banksy has been burned and turned into an NFT. Ironically, the piece is called “Morons” and depicts buyers at an art auction bidding on a piece emblazoned with the words “I can’t believe you morons actually buy this shit.”

Tether hit with 500 BTC ransom demand, but says it won’t pay

Still dusting itself off after a showdown with the New York Attorney General, Tether is really struggling to catch a break right now.

This week, hackers threatened to release sensitive company documents that supposedly belonged to Tether… unless they were paid a 500-BTC ransom — a staggering sum worth $23.8 million at the time.

Tether announced what was happening on Twitter and declared: “We are not paying.”

The deadline has now passed, but what remains unclear is whether the extortionists are attempting a simple cash grab, or whether it’s all part of a greater effort to undermine Tether and the rest of the Bitcoin ecosystem.

“Either way, those seeking to harm Tether are getting increasingly desperate,” the company added.

No crypto ban in India: Finance minister predicts “very calibrated” stance

There’s been another dramatic twist in the “will they, won’t they” saga of India’s planned crypto ban.

On Saturday, Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said reports that the government is pursuing a blanket ban on cryptocurrencies are overstated. She stressed that regulations won’t be as “severe” as previously reported and that the authorities were determined to take a “very calibrated” stance.

The comments will no doubt come as a relief for crypto businesses and investors in the world’s second-most populous country following years of uncertainty.

At one point, India was considering introducing jail terms of up to 10 years for anyone caught dealing in cryptocurrencies — along with a hefty fine. The country’s central bank also introduced a ban that stopped banks from offering services to crypto businesses, causing several to collapse. Those restrictions were sensationally overturned by the Supreme Court last year.

Sitharaman’s latest remarks are at odds with a Bloomberg report last month that claimed crypto assets would soon be completely banned in India.

Winners and Losers

At the end of the week, Bitcoin is at $48,445.86, Ether at $1,607.45 and XRP at $0.46. The total market cap is at $1,484,740,419,357.

Among the biggest 100 cryptocurrencies, the top three altcoin gainers of the week are Chiliz, Enjin Coin and Flow. The top three altcoin losers of the week are Cardano, 1inch and Stellar.

For more info on crypto prices, make sure to read Cointelegraph’s market analysis

Most Memorable Quotations

“You should look for relative strength when others are weak. Global macro sold off yesterday and BTC did not give a donkey.”

Kyle Davies, Three Arrows Capital co-founder

“Bitcoin is holding up against the macro spectacularly well.”

Lex Moskovski, Moskovski Capital CEO 

“The fact that Bitcoin continues to show strength even with GBTC acting like a resistance band holding it back is very encouraging and shows to me that the overall story, that of accelerating adoption, is still intact.”

Chad Steinglass, CrossTower head of trading

“I think there’s going to be tremendous value created, but also there’s so many people getting into it, I don’t think everyone’s going to be successful.”

Michael Rubin, Fanatics executive chairman

“It’s early stages, but in the future, I think this will be how people release their tracks: When they sell a 100,000 at a dollar each, then they just made $100,000.”

Josh Katz, Yellowheart CEO

“I think Reed Hastings is a very innovative guy and has a lot of creative thinking, and I think he still controls the reins at Netflix, and so I think that might be the next big one to fall.”

Tim Draper, serial investor

“What we are seeing built with crypto today is just proof of concept. As tech continues to get better/cheaper/faster there will be new applications and maybe even something that supersedes what we know as crypto today.”

Mark Cuban, billionaire

“I see HOMERPEPE as the most important NFT in art history because its headline-making sale in 2018 influenced so many of the original crypto artists to believe we could put our art to work building both a market and belief around this new technology.”

Matt Kane, artist

“Is Bitcoin a currency? Property? An asset? Maybe all of the above, I’m going in with a 3% portfolio allocation.”

Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank investor

“Bitcoin has returned almost 200% (so nearly tripled your money), every single year for 10 years, *compounded*.”

CaseBitcoin

“We’re sending a clear message to the entire industry that you either play by the rules or we will shut you down.”

Letitia James, New York Attorney General

“Those seeking to harm Tether are getting increasingly desperate.”

Tether

“There are a host of risks and obstacles that stand in the way of Bitcoin progress. But weighing these potential hurdles against the opportunities leads to the conclusion that Bitcoin is at a tipping point.”

Citi

Prediction of the Week

Bitcoin price is going to “infinity” — Kraken CEO

Hodler’s Digest has been home to some pretty sky-high Bitcoin price predictions over the years — $500,000 here, $1 million there. Determined not to be outdone, Kraken’s CEO has gone nuclear… predicting that BTC will be worth “infinity.”

Jesse Powell believes that, one day, humanity will simply give up pricing Bitcoin in U.S. dollars — telling Bloomberg that a $1-million price tag in 10 years’ time is reasonable.

Research from the company he runs is perhaps a little more realistic. Kraken’s latest analysis suggests Bitcoin could next top out somewhere between $75,000 and $306,000.

FUD of the Week 

BitMEX’s Arthur Hayes and Ben Delo negotiate surrender to U.S. authorities

The former CEO of the crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX is in negotiations to surrender to U.S. authorities next month.

Arthur Hayes and fellow executives are accused of violating the Bank Secrecy Act by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Transcripts from a virtual court hearing suggest he’s going to surrender to the U.S. in Hawaii on April 6 — six months after he went on the run.

McAfee faces crypto-related fraud charges from NY court

Criminal charges are piling up for John McAfee. The crypto advocate and internet security pioneer has now been accused of fraud and money laundering conspiracy crimes. Allegations relate two schemes where cryptocurrencies were “fraudulently promoted” to investors.

Prior to today’s news, McAfee already faced charges from U.S. governing bodies for tax evasion and initial coin offerings that he allegedly advertised for compensation without properly informing the public. 

After going on the run from the U.S. government in 2019, McAfee was arrested in Spain in October 2020.

Dev says $31 million Meerkat Finance exploit was a “test” and funds will be returned

Alarm bells rang this week when Meerkat Finance, a decentralized finance protocol based on Binance Smart Chain, lost BNB worth $31 million — hours after it had launched.

The team initially claimed it had been the victim of an exploit but then deleted all its social media channels. Due to the nature of the breach, some believe that a “rugpull” scam had taken place.

But there might be some good news on the horizon for the victims of the exploit, which is one of the largest in DeFi’s short history. A Meerkat Finance developer posted in a newly created Telegram channel and revealed the exploit was a “trial” testing users’ greed and “subjectivity” — adding that the team was preparing to refund all victims.

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Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Filed for Bitcoin ETF With the SEC

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The number of companies filing to receive approval to launch a Bitcoin ETF in the US continues to increase with the addition of Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital. If approved, the Galaxy Bitcoin ETF will trade on the NYSE Arca exchange. 

  • Based in New York, Galaxy Digital is a diversified financial services firm dedicated to the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. The company has made another pro-crypto step by filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to launch its own Bitcoin exchange-traded fund. 
  • The document reads that if the Commission approves the application, the Galaxy Bitcoin ETF will issue common shares of beneficial interest that trade on NYSE Arca.  
  • The value of the shares will follow the performance of the Bloomberg Galaxy Bitcoin index, which includes multiple pricing sources. 
  • “In seeking to achieve its investment objective, the Trust will hold bitcoin and will value its Shares daily based on the value of the Index, which is calculated based on data from bitcoin pricing sources selected by Bloomberg Index Services Limited.” 

  • With Galaxy Digital’s application, the number of US-based companies striving to launch a Bitcoin ETF continues growing. However, the SEC has yet to approve the first such product. VanEck’s filing seems to be a step ahead as the Commission put its Bitcoin ETF proposal for discussion in March. 
  • At the same time, Canada has led the way with several operational BTC ETFs. In fact, Galaxy Digital already has a functioning one in North America. Novogratz’s firm partnered with CI Global Asset Management, and the CI Galaxy Bitcoin ETF launched on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) on March 9th.  
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Where fiat holders lose out, Bitcoiners can gain from inflation

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Currency instability and hyperinflation seemed unreal until a global pandemic struck, sending many nations into economic turmoil. Most economists began to wonder if the end of the pandemic would mean the birth of another Venezuela, which faced a 438% (hyper) inflation rate. However, like several other Bitcoin enthusiasts like Max Keiser thinks that inflation and the price of Bitcoin are correlated.

The aforementioned data is the long-term compounding of past, present, & possibly future base money, since 1970.

In a recent interview Matthew Mežinskis spoke about the inflation rate of the global monetary base, weighted averaged by each base money’s equivalent in USD. What’s important to note here is, it matched the overall 12.8% CAGR (6-year doubling time) we already saw above.

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For all of 2019, central banks were actually on track to deflate their currencies. This would have been a first in the modern fiat era. So interestingly, no matter what one argues for money printing, 2019  ended with positive inflation, weighted at 1.5%.

Furthermore, he touched upon the role of monetary metals like gold. Gold’s rate of growth had, in fact, been around 1.8% per annum for the last 170 years.

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Almost similar with silver – it’s almost as politicized as its “bigger brother of gold”. Lastly, he shed some light on Bitcoin. He added:

“Remember why the overall compound growth, thus far, is so high, and why it will never be that high again. And now is about the time for a clarification note on the Bitcoin system’s compound annual growth rate, specifically.”

Bitcoin’s finite supply, which may overcome inflation risks is what comforts many. However, this narrative keeps evolving as well.

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What’s interesting to note here is, the phrase “supply issuance” for Bitcoin’s chart titles, and not “inflation.” Bitcoin’s “inflation,” economically, was already baked in. As already demonstrated, its growth rate is known until 2141, per the protocol. So when it comes to bitcoins, “inflation” is not the best term.

Even though the price of Bitcoin may indeed surge, its path to the target could be volatile. In the past, the asset’s price has appreciated and even collapsed several times. But some stated that even as Bitcoin increased in price, the rate of inflation, and forecasts for inflation, “remained stable.” Some provide a contrary opinion that economies need a bit more inflation, not less. At the same time, they do not expect hyperinflation to occur again, after the last great recession.


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Holdefi: A Unique Decentralized Lending Platform Shaping the Future of DeFi

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The DeFi industry offering an alternative to traditional financial services is evolving at a rapid pace. There are few platforms that are using the latest advances in the blockchain space to create DeFi solutions that could not only outperform their peers but also capable of adapting to new developments in the blockchain technology itself.

Holdefi is one such open-source, non-custodial decentralized lending platform that offers an attractive passive income stream to investors while enabling the masses to borrow at attractive interest rates. Like its counterparts, Holdefi allows users to instantly secure credit against crypto collateral. The platform does not require the borrowers to provide their KYC or prove their creditworthiness before borrowing. All they have to do is to deposit their crypto assets as collateral to secure a loan in any of the supported cryptocurrencies including stablecoins like USDC, DAI, USDT and BUSD. Users can deposit collateral in one or more types of crypto assets. Similarly, they can borrow different cryptocurrencies using single collateral as long as the value meets the platform requirements.

Attractive Interest Rates and Better ROI

Holdefi uses a mechanism that calculates interest rates for borrowing based on the market and competitive conditions. By doing so, it will balance the demand and liquidity to provide an attractive interest rate to borrowers. Meanwhile, lenders providing liquidity to the supply pool will receive a portion of the interest payments in proportion to the invested amount.

Lenders on Holdefi will get a bigger share of interest payouts in comparison to those on other DeFi platforms as borrowers do not receive any reward or interest on their collateral deposits. So, the lenders end up receiving a proportional share from the overall interest received by the platform from its borrowers.

What Makes Holdefi Stand Apart from the Rest?

Holdefi is an advanced DeFi solution based on the Ethereum protocol. Powered by a native ERC20 standard HLD token, the project is designed to work flawlessly on Ethereum’s existing PoW protocol while being future-ready to operate on ETH’s upcoming PoS upgrade.

The platform witnesses significant upgrades that impart certain qualities of CeFi platforms without affecting decentralization. One such sought-after feature of CeFi is the availability of collateral insurance. While such an option is not available with other DeFi projects, Holdefi solves the issue by separating the collateral deposits from borrowers and liquidity provided by investors into different pools. That way, the collateral won’t be utilized, and borrowers can withdraw it at any time, thus eliminating the need for insurance.

The separation of liquidity and collateral pool will also have a positive effect on Holdefi when ETH 2.0 is implemented as it will speed up the process while keeping transaction costs at a minimum.

Using HLD

HLD is a native ERC20 utility token of the Holdefi ecosystem. Apart from being a mode of value exchange within the ecosystem, it also acts as a governance token imparting voting rights to tokenholders. It can also be used for liquidity mining, staking, and revenue sharing between the participants.

The project has set the maximum supply cap for HLD at 100 million of which 13 million was offered to investors through private and public sales. Recently, Holdefi successfully concluded its private and public sale.

The public sale, a 2-day event starting March 31 was completely sold out within hours of launch. Meanwhile, those who didn’t participate in the token sale can purchase HLD on Uniswap and PancakeSwap

Buy HLD and HODL?

Holdefi is one of the few platforms that has made significant improvements to DeFi lending. It offers a lot of flexibility to users while maintaining strong security features. The future-proof design of Holdefi ecosystem is an added advantage that will make it popular with the crypto community.

While there is no definitive forecast on whether HLD will be an asset due to the volatile nature of crypto markets, Holdefi is an innovative project that is playing a major role in shaping DeFi platforms of the future.

Learn more about Holdefi at – https://holdefi.com/

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