With so many companies getting involved in the bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) game as of late, it makes sense that a large financial firm such as Fidelity Investments would throw its wrench into the pot.
Fidelity Is Looking to Establish a Bitcoin ETF
Fidelity was one of the first financial brokers to offer digital currency trading and storage services to its clients in 2018. Now, it’s cementing its status even further as the ultimate crypto haven by preparing all the necessary documentation to establish a crypto-based ETF. Such a product has been the primary focus of many digital currency investors over the past several years but getting one established – at least in the United States – has been a challenge, to say the least.
In fact, over the past several weeks Canada has beaten its neighbor to the south by unveiling the world’s first bitcoin-based exchange-traded funds, along with the planet’s first Ethereum-based ETF. The U.S. has been trying for years to enter the forum but has consistently come out of the tunnel getting the short end of the stick. Companies such as Van Eck and Bitwise have long attempted to get a greenlight from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) only to wound up empty handed.
But now that Canada has really paved the way, the U.S. is preparing for the future, and many companies – Fidelity included – believe that the day is nearing when American regulators say “yes” to such a product. Grayscale, for example, has even posted LinkedIn job ads over the past few weeks looking for qualified individuals to join its ETF team. While the company hasn’t been approved for such a product yet, Grayscale is confident enough that this will happen and is taking measures to be ready.
Furthermore, Hester Pierce – a top regulator with the SEC – is now acknowledging that the agency has been a little stubborn in the past regarding its resistance towards allowing a bitcoin-based ETF, and that perhaps it would have been wiser to be more open-minded.
Many Companies Are Getting Involved
Fidelity has already filed a form known as S-1 with the SEC so it can get the ball rolling on its project. In addition, FD Funds Management – a division of the company – has said it will back the project with money garnered through the Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust. While Fidelity will not actually sell bitcoin, it says it will use the world’s number one digital currency by market cap to pay various business expenses.
Should the product garner necessary approval, it will track the price and future movements of bitcoin through what’s known as the Fidelity Bitcoin Index. The company initially began its crypto journey three years ago with the establishment of Fidelity Digital Assets, though many financial firms have seen a surge in crypto demand over the past six months following bitcoin’s meteoric rise to the $50,000 and $60,000 ranges.
Coinbase Pro Lists Tether as USDT Supply Approaches 50 Billion
In an announcement on April 23, Coinbase Pro stated that it had enabled trading for the Tether stablecoin. The move is huge news as previously the leading exchange would only support its own native stablecoin, USDC.
The announcement added that support for USDT will generally be available in Coinbase’s supported jurisdictions, with the exception of New York State. The only version of USDT available will be the Ethereum ERC-20 standard.
Trading will begin on or after 6 PM Pacific Time Monday, April 26, if liquidity conditions are met, it added. The following pairs will be available: BTC/USDT, ETH/USDT, USDT/EUR, USDT/GBP, USDT/USD, and USDT/USDC.
Tether is not available on the regular Coinbase exchange yet and is limited to the Pro version which is more suited to professional and institutional traders.
Starting today, inbound transfers for USDT are now available in the regions where trading is supported. Traders cannot place orders and no orders will be filled. Trading will begin on or after 6PM PT on Monday April 26 , if liquidity conditions are met. https://t.co/F5o73g8o4v
— Coinbase Pro (@CoinbasePro) April 22, 2021
Tether Supply Surges
The move comes as Tether’s circulating supply approaches a milestone all-time high of 50 billion. According to the Tether Transparency report, there are currently 49.58 billion USDT in circulation.
Of that total, almost half of it, or 24.4 billion is based on Ethereum while the majority of the remainder, almost 26 billion is circulating on the Tron network.
Since the beginning of 2021, the total supply of Tether has increased by 137% outlining the surge in demand for stablecoins in DeFi related activities.
Comparatively, there is currently 13.4 billion USDC in circulation according to the company that owns it, Circle. It has had an even greater increase this year with 244% since January 1.
The third-largest stablecoin is Binance USD which currently has a circulation of 7 billion according to Coingecko. The surge in supply for BUSD this year has been even greater at over 600%, largely driven by Binance Smart Chain and DeFi yield farms on PancakeSwap.
Crypto Market Correction Deepens
Cryptocurrency markets are currently correcting hard with a decline in total market capitalization of 20% from its all-time high of $2.3 trillion on April 16. Over the past 24 hours, $280 billion has left the space as Bitcoin and its brethren continue to pull back.
According to Coingecko, BTC prices have slumped 9.4% on the day dropping below $50K for the first time since March 7. It has now formed a lower low since the previous correction which could be a sign of a major trend reversal.
ORBS Is Now Accessible on Binance Smart Chain Via AnySwap
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The ORBS token is now accessible via the Binance Smart Chain. Hodlers can swap tokens to and from the Ethereum network. Exploring this additional blockchain allows Orbs to leverage BSC’s potential for speed, low costs, and DeFi purposes.
This integration of ORBS onto Binance Smart Chain is made possible through the cross-chain bridge developed by Multichain.XYZ – a platform co-developed by Anyswap and Andre Cronje. By integrating this functionality, holders can now move ORBS to and from the Ethereum and BSC networks at their own leisure.
Given the potential for BSC in the DeFi space, support on this blockchain can unlock new use cases for Orbs. As BSC is home to near-daily launches of new projects, products, and services, it is one of the more exciting blockchains in the industry today. It has a competitive edge over Ethereum – which remains the main ecosystem for DeFi – by providing faster transactions at a much lower cost.
“While the Ethereum ecosystem is leading the pack in terms of DeFi activity and public interest, in the last couple of months we are seeing more and more DeFi alternatives growing on BSC. Says Orbs co-founder Tal Kol. “We knew we had to be part of the opportunities and innovations happening in the BSC ecosystem” he continued.
As more and more DeFi alternatives launch on BSC, it makes sense for the ORBS token to be interoperable. As Orbs is a prolific decentralized finance project with unique advantages and multiple upcoming projects under development, both ecosystems will benefit from this compatibility. With the help of cross-chain bridges – such as multichain-xyz – the DeFi ecosystem can continue to grow and evolve into more encompassing solutions.
Moreover, Orbs and the Binance exchange strengthened their partnership in January to promote ongoing innovation in the world of decentralized finance. They were the first core sponsors of the DeFi.org accelerator bootstrapping new projects and DeFi protocols.
Other projects being worked on by Orbs include Liquidity NEXUS – to bridge the gap between CeFi and DeFi – and the Orbs DeFi Portal – an aggregation service for information regarding Orbs and decentralized finance. There is also the Orbs DeFi Grant Program which aims to foster ongoing growth among contributors developing the network and ecosystem.
Orbs is a public blockchain infrastructure designed for mass usage applications – offering developers a proper mix of performance, cost, security and ease of use. The Orbs protocol is decentralized and executed by a public network of permissionless validators using Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus.
Orbs Now Bridged to Binance Smart Chain (BSC) with Anyswap
Blockchain company Orbs said it is now available to trade on Binance Smart Chain (BSC). The move is yet another milestone in Orbs’ efforts to build bridges between complementary blockchains that will eventually bridge ORBS to multiple ecosystems.
With the release of this feature, ORBS holders will be able to leverage their tokens to participate in DeFi applications on the Binance network. At the same time, they tap into Binance’s ever-growing ecosystem that allows for cheap transactions and high scalability.
The BSC integration is also another step in growing token liquidity across multiple chains, while also preparing for the ability of other assets to live on the Orbs network.
ORBS, which has some $272 million in liquidity and around $1 million in 24-hour volume, was formerly only hosted on the Ethereum blockchain, which is currently suffering under increasingly high gas fees.
To kick-start this integration, Orbs is utilizing the cross-chain bridge infrastructure developed by multichain.xyz, which makes applications compatible with new and legacy systems. Effective today, ORBS tokens can be swapped from the Ethereum mainnet to the BSC mainnet and back.
Once the swap is complete, the ORBS token will be visible in the Binance Wallet connected to the service. From there, users can trade, swap, and interact with the associated token as they would with any supported asset in the Binance Chain.
The rapid rise of the Ethereum-based DeFi ecosystem has fueled the migration of many relevant applications to alternative blockchains. The trend has accelerated after the expensive gas fee on the Ethereum network has limited functionality and made many defi protocols barely usable.
Is BSC the Ethereum killer?
As the Defi ecosystem continues its boom, Ethereum seems to be losing its market to Binance Smart Chain (BSC). Binance’s native blockchain has become the go-to alternative for many traders, onboarding millions of users at an eye-watering pace.
As a result of BSC’s rising popularity, BNB token price has skyrocketed to become the world’s third biggest cryptocurrency, trailing only behind Bitcoin and Ether. Trading volume on Binance’s network has also outpaced that of Ethereum, a clear shift of the market to the new chain.
For Orbs, the main motivating factor for integrating Binance Chain is to give users new ways to use ORBS on various DeFi applications within the nascent ecosystem.
Orbs’ vision is to convert real-life businesses to blockchain at scale by turning the trust-enabling technology into mass-usage applications for many sectors.
The Israeli blockchain garnered attention earlier this year after partnering with Binance to fund a recently launched accelerator for decentralized finance innovation.
Named ‘DeFi.org,’ the incubator reviews submitted applications, even anonymous ones, and the one that fulfills requirements and receives approval gets the accelerator’s assistance.
Successful applicants receive many benefits and incentives including mentorship, funding from scratch and exposure to the DeFi community.
Upon receiving approval, they also get a “special consideration” if they apply to take part in Binance’s seed fund for Bridging DeFi and CeFi. In line with the sponsorship, Orbs also provides startups with a grant under the company’s Grant Program.
Meanwhile, Orbs has recently introduced a new liquidity-as-a-service application that makes access to defi easier for professional investors. Dubbed ‘Liquidity Nexus,’ the application provides a massive source of new liquidity for interested defi projects.
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