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Galaxy Digital establishes proprietary Bitcoin mining unit

TL;DR Breakdown: Galaxy Digital had launched a new division focused on the Bitcoin mining industry. The company intends to mine BTC through the unit while still offering financial services to the miners. One of the big-name digital assets investment managers, Galaxy Digital, is expanding its cryptocurrency service to include Bitcoin (BTC) mining. The company is […]

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  • Galaxy Digital had launched a new division focused on the Bitcoin mining industry.
  • The company intends to mine BTC through the unit while still offering financial services to the miners.

One of the big-name digital assets investment managers, Galaxy Digital, is expanding its cryptocurrency service to include Bitcoin (BTC) mining. The company is stepping into the business through a new division. It intends to start mining BTC on a proprietary basis. Also, the unit will focus on providing financial services, specifically for the cryptocurrency miners. Ultimately, the objective is to further strengthen the BTC mining industry per the company.

Galaxy Digital Mining launches

The new mining unit dubbed “Galaxy Digital Mining” is spearheaded by Amanda Fabiano, the former Director of Bitcoin Mining at Fidelity Investments. Mostly, Fabiano will lead the new division to provide financial services and products for BTC miners. Part of the services mentioned includes risk management, corporate advisory, lending, and equity investing. As the company noted, the services are designed to address the financial needs in the Bitcoin mining industry.

Galaxy Digital also plans to mine Bitcoin through the new unit, to better understand and provide solutions to address the challenges and needs of BTC miners. However, the company said it would only mine the cryptocurrency on a proprietary basis. The Galaxy Digital Mining machines will be hosted in the United States at a third-party datacenter. Fabiano believes that “Bitcoin mining is the foundation of the Bitcoin network.” Hence, they can support the Bitcoin network when attending to the needs of the BTC mining industry.

Galaxy Digital is an active player in the Bitcoin market. In 2019, the company launched two Bitcoin funds, which garnered almost $60 million within a period of one year.

BTC mining in a boom

The new mining unit is coming at the where Bitcoin miners are bullish, amid the surge in the crypto’s price. According to the Bitcoin network explorer, Blockchain.com, the hashrate has increased significantly since the past month, meaning that more machines are being deployed on the BTC network. Currently, the hashrate is slightly down from the all-time high (ATH) to 150.562 million terahashes per second (TH/s).

Source: https://www.cryptopolitan.com/galaxy-digital-bitcoin-mining-unit/

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Former London Stock Exchange Group CEO Urges UK Government to Explore Cryptocurrencies

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The former CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group, Xavier Rolet, has advised the UK government to look into cryptocurrencies and SPACs to minimize the adverse impact of Brexit. In a recent report, Rolet claimed that the UK has trailed behind other countries in both aspects.

The UK Should Turn To Crypto And SPACs?

Born in France, Rolet is a businessman and the Chief Executive Officer of the London-based credit-focused asset management firm CQS. Before assuming this position, though, he served as the CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group and was named as one of the 100 best CEOs in the world in 2017 by the Harvard Business Review.

In a report cited by Bloomberg, Rolet touched upon the potential consequences to the UK economy following the withdrawal from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, better known as Brexit.

The executive believes that the UK has two viable options to consider if it wants to minimize the risks and help the nation flourish.

In the first one, he urged the government to “promptly consider the SPAC revolution.” Also referred to as “blank check companies,” these special purpose acquisition companies (SPAC) operate as shell corporations listed on a stock exchange with the idea of buying out a private company, thus making it public. Ultimately, this strategy eliminates the need to go through a traditional initial public offering (IPO).

While the US has seen significant adoption in the past year with a 10x increase in the raised funds compared to 2019’s results, the UK regulators have halted their progress on the London markets.

Rolet’s second advice involved digital assets as he noted that “all relevant UK government agencies should be resourced to thoroughly understand cryptocurrencies.”

With proper regulations, the crypto ecosystem could “place London and the UK at the center of a reputable and safe financial market.”

The UK’s Regulatory Approach To Cryptocurrencies

While UK’s regulators have hindered SPACs’ progress within the country, the nation’s financial watchdog, the FCA, has also been rather harsh against the cryptocurrency industry.

As of the start of this year, the Financial Conduct Authority banned crypto derivatives and exchange-traded notes (ETNs) to retail customers.

Additionally, the watchdog has issued several warnings to investors that they could lose all their funds if allocated in digital assets.

The regulator also announced that all UK-based digital asset businesses need to be registered with it but extended the deadline for applications to July 9th, 2021.

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Traders remain bullish even as DeFi’s TVL falls to $54.4 billion

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Decentralized finance and the numerous platforms offering investment services have been the talk of the cryptocurrency sector for several months and this has resulted in investors capturing spectacular gains for some of the top DeFi tokens like Uniswap (UNI) and AAVE. 

The fast-moving prices and 1,000% APY on staked tokens elicited cheers from investors when the market was going up, but the recent selling pressure seen as Bitcoin price dropped below $45,000 shows that the highest fliers are often the quickest to fall as traders rush to exit their positions and lock in their gains.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

On Feb. 22 Bitcoin (BTC) price entered a sharp corrective phase which saw the top digital asset pullback by more than 20% from its all-time high of $58,274. As this occurred, the majority altcoins also saw double-digit corrections and DeFi tokens like PancakeSwap (CAKE) fell as much as 55%. 

Total value locked in DeFi shows resilience

The total value locked in DeFi platforms also took a hit as Bitcoin and altcoins corrected. Data from DeFi Llama shows the combined TVL of all DeFi platforms fell from $64.89 billion to $54.22 billion on Feb. 24. Cointelegraph also reported that this week’s correction led to the second-largest day of DeFi loan liquidations in history. 

Total value locked in DeFi. Source: Defi Llama

The decline in TVL is a result of decreasing token values rather than protocol outflows, indicating that token holders remain committed to the continued expansion of decentralized finance and that the current yields are still incentivizing investors to rem engaged.

Market analysis indicates that despite the recent $5.8 billion Bitcoin and altcoin liquidation, bulls remain optimistic and see this price pullback as a sign of a healthy market.

The same goes for the DeFi sector, which has been in a strong uptrend since the start of the year. Increasing DEX volume as well as a rising TVL show that DeFi is still in the early stages of growth, and while pullbacks are to be expected, the overall trend is positive as institutional and retail investors increasingly gain exposure to this emerging asset class.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/traders-remain-bullish-even-as-defi-s-tvl-falls-to-54-4-billion

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ZelaaPayAE deploys Pundi X’s merchant crypto payment solutions for UAE

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ZelaaPayAE (ZPAE), a Dubai-based blockchain payment network focused on the Gulf region, has announced the deployment of 100 XPOS Handy (point-of-sale terminals) and 10,000 XPASS cards from partner Pundi X, a cryptocurrency payment platform.

“Pundi X has the technology to empower merchants across the world to deploy easy-to-use blockchain solutions. We’re excited to bring it to the UAE market.”
– Sahil Arora, ZPAE CEO

XPOS devices enable cryptocurrency transactions on the blockchain from anywhere….from trendy cafes in Seoul, South Korea, to pubs in New Hampshire, USA. Similarly, the XPASS card makes it easy for customers to pay with their crypto-assets.

“Any corner of the world where XPOS is, that’s a place where seamless transactions can take place. Both ZPAE and Pundi X essentially want the same things; making the blockchain accessible.”
– Zac Cheah, Pundi X’s CEO and Co-Founder

ZelaaPayAE (ZPAE) was founded with the aim of unlocking the power of cryptocurrency in the Middle East. The ZPAE token trades on numerous exchanges such as CoinTiger, JustSwap, Bilaxy, and others. The company is engaged in introducing a number of decentralized finance products in the UAE.

Source: Pundi X

Source: https://www.cryptoninjas.net/2021/02/24/zelaapayae-deploys-pundi-xs-merchant-crypto-payment-solutions-for-uae/

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