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Digital yuan will be more competitive than digital dollar, says Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio

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Ray Dalio, a billionaire investor and the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, has said that the digital yuan will be more competitive than the digital dollar.

In an interview with CNBC on Monday, Dalio said he thinks the U.S. will issue a digital dollar one day, and “it will certainly be viable.” But it won’t be the most competitive one, with its value possibly hit by growing U.S. debt levels, he added.

The digital yuan, on the other hand, will be more competitive in terms of pricing and return, said Dalio. It will be “a very viable alternative” to many investors if it is accepted internationally and comes with attractive interest rates, he said.

“I think we’re going to enter a world in which people will be thinking which currency, and the ones that have the best fundamentals will be the ones that will be most competitive and that’ll be threatening to countries,” said Dalio.

Yuan: A top reserve currency

Dalio also expects China’s yuan to become a top reserve currency sooner than expected.

China is currently the world’s largest trading nation, meaning it is the number one country in exports and imports. Dalio expects more trade and more financial transactions to be denominated in yuan.

“I think you’re going to see the renminbi become a more significant, a strong currency, stable currency, more attractive-returning currency, and also a more widely used currency … in the years ahead,” said Dalio.

Currently, the dollar is the world’s largest reserve currency with a share of nearly 60%, according to data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). China’s yuan currently has a share of about 2%, behind the euro, Japanese yen, and British pound, per the IMF data. But Dalio expects the yuan share to increase to around 10% to 15% in five to 10 years’ time.

“I think incrementally it will happen faster probably than most people expect,” he said. “A lot has to do not just with what China does. It has to do with what the dollar does.”

China is nearing the launch of its digital yuan after over six years of research and development, as The Block has previously reported. The U.S., on the other hand, has only recently started exploring the idea of creating a digital version of its currency. The Federal Reserve plans to publish a discussion paper this summer on the potential issuance of a digital dollar.

In the interview, Dalio also said that the digital yuan would compete with bitcoin, an “alternative currency.” But the digital yuan will not completely take over the crypto market, he said. “Nothing ever completely takes over anything.”

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Source: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/106712/digital-yuan-more-competitive-digital-dollar-bridgewaters-ray-dalio?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

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Mapping out Ethereum’s DeFi ecosystem

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September 22, 2021, 3:32AM EDT

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Quick Take

  • Despite potential regulatory concerns surrounding the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) vertical and subsequent stablecoins that power much of its ecosystem, DeFi has been the most popular deal type amongst investors for the majority of 2021
  • The DeFi vertical has received nearly $1.3 billion investment across 275 funding rounds, with Ethereum-based applications receiving a significant percentage of that capital from January to August
  • In total, Ethereum’s DeFi ecosystem has amassed at least 320 startups and protocols across 14 verticals, which The Block has mapped out below
  • This ecosystem map has been UPDATED from here

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Source: https://www.theblockresearch.com/mapping-out-ethereums-defi-ecosystem-2-118188?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

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Commodity strategist predicts Bitcoin ETF could get the nod in US next month

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Bloomberg Intelligence Commodity Strategist Mike McGlone believes it is only a matter of time before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approves the country’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).

In an interview with Stansberry Investor host Daniela Cambone on Sept. 21, McGlone asserted that Canada is extending a competitive lead over the United States after approving Bitcoin ETFs from 3iQ and Coinshares in April.

He emphasized that capital is flowing from the U.S. to Canada’s institutional crypto products, including from Cathie Wood’s Ark Invest. However, he believes that lawmakers in the United States will not want to miss out for much longer.

When asked about a timeframe on potential U.S. Bitcoin ETF approval, McGlone said it could happen “potentially by the end of October.” He maintained that it was likely to be a futures-backed product first, adding that it would open a “legitimization window for a massive amount of money inflow.”

McGlone also reiterated the latest report from Bloomberg Intelligence that stated Bitcoin prices hitting $100,000 was a possibility this year, and this would be driven by the approval of an ETF.

Crypto YouTuber Lark Davis shares McGlone’s price targets, observing that in previous bull markets in 2013 and 2017, the latter quarters saw huge price rallies.

Related: Canadian Bitcoin ETFs quickly hit $1.3B in AUM while US acceptance lags

The SEC is currently yet to approve a crypto ETF despite the number of applications it has received from prospective issuers continuing to mount.

Earlier this month, multinational financial services firm Fidelity Investments, lobbied the SEC to approve an ETP arguing that Bitcoin markets have already reached maturity under the regulator’s own standards.


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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/commodity-strategist-predicts-bitcoin-etf-could-get-the-nod-in-us-next-month

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TA: Ethereum Topside Bias Vulnerable If It Struggles Below $3K

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Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/analysis/eth/ethereum-struggles-below-3k/

Ethereum settled below the $3,000 support zone against the US Dollar. ETH price could resume its decline unless there is a clear break above the $3,000 resistance zone.

  • Ethereum started a fresh decline below the $3,100 and $3,000 support levels.
  • The price is now trading below $3,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There is a major bearish trend line forming with resistance near $3,000 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken).
  • The pair could resume its decline unless there is a clear break above the $3,000 resistance zone.

Ethereum Price Remains At Risk

Ethereum started another decline from the $3,100 resistance zone. ETH traded below many important support zones near $3,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average, similar to bitcoin.

The price even broke the $2,800 support level to move further into a bearish zone. A low is formed near $2,651 and the price is now correcting losses. There was a break above the $2,800 and $2,850 resistance levels.

The price recovered above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent drop from the $3,105 swing high to $2,651 low. An immediate resistance on the upside is near the $2,880 level. There is also a major bearish trend line forming with resistance near $3,000 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD.

Ethereum Price

Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com

The trend line is close to the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent drop from the $3,105 swing high to $2,651 low. A close above the $3,000 resistance could start a decent recovery. The next major resistance might be near the $3,105 level. A clear break and close above the $3,105 level could start a steady increase. The next major resistance sits near $3,135 and the 100 hourly SMA.

More Losses in ETH?

If ethereum fails to correct higher above the $2,880 and $3,000 resistance levels, it could start another decline. An initial support on the downside is near the $2,800 level.

The next major support seems to be forming near the $2,650 level. A downside break below the $2,650 support zone could lead the price towards the $2,550 zone. The next major support is near the $2,500 level, below which ether price might decline towards the $2,420 support zone.

Technical Indicators

Hourly MACDThe MACD for ETH/USD is slowly losing pace in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSIThe RSI for ETH/USD is still below the 50 level.

Major Support Level – $2,650

Major Resistance Level – $3,000

Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/analysis/eth/ethereum-struggles-below-3k/

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