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Goldman Sachs Expands Bitcoin Futures Trading With Galaxy Digital, Promises Ethereum Futures Next

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Goldman Sachs is delving deeper into the crypto space, expanding its Bitcoin futures trading opinions and teasing the launch of Ethereum futures next.

The financial giant is tapping Galaxy Digital as a liquidity provider for its broadened BTC trading platform, reports The Record. Goldman Sachs is announcing its partnership with Galaxy Digital after successfully executing Bitcoin futures trades in early May.

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Galaxy Digital is a global digital asset investment management firm, headed by noted Bitcoin bull Mike Novogratz.

In the wake of the introduction of its BTC trading options, Goldman Sachs announced this week that it will be offering Ethereum options and futures contracts as well, according to Bloomberg.

The first Ethereum ETF (exchange-traded fund) in North America started trading this past April in Canada, just after the novel Bitcoin ETF product launched in the country as well.

Thus far, no Bitcoin or Ethereum ETF has been approved in the US, though VanEck has applied for an Ethereum ETF and Fidelity and Anthony Scaramucci’s SkyBridge Capital have applied for Bitcoin ETFs with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Source: https://dailyhodl.com/2021/06/19/goldman-sachs-expands-bitcoin-futures-trading-with-galaxy-digital-promises-ethereum-futures-next/

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‘Bitcoin maxis’ like Solana, but is there sound logic to that

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Recent changes in cryptocurrency market dynamics have fueled the popularity of altcoins like Solana [SOL]. It recently became one of the most trending blockchain platforms around on the back of its surging price.

The cryptocurrency, in fact, had a 1-year ROI of over 4,200%, despite dropping by 34% since its peak in early September. Despite the latest hiccup in value, however, market observers believe the project has managed “winning over a significant number of Bitcoin Maxis or near-maxis.”

Ikigai Funds’ Travis Kling offered this observation on Twitter when he said,

“After talking to a bunch of folks over the last couple months, it’s pretty clear that SOL is successfully winning over a significant number of BTC Maxis or near-maxis, which have previously owned zero ETH or very little ETH.”

While the crypto-space is competitive, the tech-twist to the age-old saying – “competition of your competition is your ally” also holds true. Solana is not competing with Bitcoin. Instead, it is competing with Ethereum’s position in decentralized finance, NFTs, and smart contract offerings. Given the fact that transacting on Ethereum is still a pain for some users, Solana’s cheap and fast transactions provide a better alternative to many.

Solana’s DeFi projects recently crossed $3 billion, despite Ethereum hosting the maximum number of DeFi and NFT projects. While Bitcoin “maxis” are also opting-in for smart contracts, they prefer SOL over ETH, according to Kling.

Why? According to the exec,

“I think maxis look at ETH vs SOL and think –

Well as long as its not going to be all that decentralized, might as well have a smart contract platform that can actually handle enough throughput with cheap enough fees where it can really scale, instead getting choked up like ETH.”

However, not everyone agrees with Kling’s opinions. Many believe the decentralization narrative to be wrongly used by Kling, with another Twitter user @mikemcg0 noting that Ethereum is “more decentralized than BTC.” Anyone can run an Ethereum validator,” he said, “but only a select few oligopolies can mine BTC.”

Even so, Bitcoin mining has spread out even more after the recent China crackdown. Although the process is extensive in terms of effort, time, and money, according to another user, “anyone can” mine BTC “if they have the entrepreneurial mindset.”

Now, the latest outage faced by Solana did raise questions about the level of centralization. However, that has not really discouraged those who want to indulge in DeFi, NFTs, and smart contracts. As Solana forges new contracts with Hacken Foundation and Gate.io, others institutions like Osprey Funds and Grayscale are in a race to include Solana in their respective bouquet of products.

In fact, Osprey Funds has already registered Osprey Solana Trust with the SEC.

‘Ethereum killer’ or not, Solana is en route to gaining more interest from the booming crypto-market. Even turning so-called BTC maxis in the process.

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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/bitcoin-maxis-like-solana-but-is-there-sound-logic-to-that

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Here’s why a multi-CBDC bridge is being tested on Ethereum

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The race to launch the first CBDC is one the world is following intently. While most have their eyes fixed on China’s digital yuan pilot, a group of countries has come together to take CBDCs a step further.

Phase 3 of Project Inthanon-LionRock saw BIS Innovation Hub Hong Kong Centre, the Digital Currency Institute of the People’s Bank of China, and the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates experiment with a multi-CBDC bridge or an mBridge.

What does this mean?

The mBridge initiative would ideally allow central banks in different countries to issue and redeem their own CBDCs across borders on a common platform – without having to depend on correspondent banks.

Meanwhile, commercial banks would be able to “submit peer-to-peer CBDC push payments.”

The BIS September 2021 report stated,

“If successful, an efficient, low cost, compliant and scalable multi-currency, multi-jurisdiction arrangement can provide a network of direct central bank collaboration, greatly increasing the potential for international trade flows and cross-border business at large.”

The report further clarified,

“The prototype demonstrates a substantial improvement in cross-border transfer speed from multiple days to seconds, as well as the potential to reduce several of the core cost components of correspondent banking.”

Here, it is also interesting to note that the project’s Phase 2 prototype was built on Ethereum. This was because the core layer of the prototype contained the blockchain ledger and smart contracts.

Notes on features

As a multiple CBDC project, regulation and compliance were functional requirements. Central banks would be able to monitor transactions in real-time, set balance limits, control the balance held by their commercial banks, and use data for surveillance.

Scalability was also part of the design to later onboard more participants and jurisdictions.

However, one complication was the wide difference in remittance charges across countries. While the global average was calculated to be 6.38% of the remitted sum, the report observed that even a percentage as low as 1% would be costly for payments in the millions of dollars.

An update from China

Alongside the mBridge project, China has also been steamrolling ahead with its CBDC program.

Changchun Mu, Director-General of the DCI of the People’s Bank of China. confirmed that e-CNY pilots have been taking place in 10 areas.

Mu added,

“Payment methods such as QR code and tap-and- go have been well-supported and innovative services such as dual-offline payment and wearable device payment have been tested for safety and efficiency.”

Meanwhile, Howard Lee, Deputy Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, suggested that an e-HKD could also be in the works.

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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/heres-why-a-multi-cbdc-bridge-is-being-tested-on-ethereum

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Alibaba to Stop Selling Crypto Mining Machines amid China’s Crackdown

The measure will take effect starting October 8, 2021, which also covers tutorials and software related to cryptos.

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Alibaba, the largest online retailer in China, has announced that it will stop selling cryptocurrency mining hardware in the wake of the latest Chinese government’s crackdown on the industry. According to a press release published by the publicly-listed company, the prohibition also covers crypto-related software, tutorials, and strategies.

Last Friday, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) said that all companies offering token issuance, trading, derivatives, and order matching for digital assets are banned. The central bank argued that it seeks to ‘eliminate’ hype and remove speculation to protect the Chinese population from the crypto market.

Also, the ‘Notice on Further Preventing and Disposing of the Risk of Hype in Virtual Currency Trading’ highlighted that staff of overseas crypto exchanges operating in the country, including those who work for customer support departments, will be subject to investigations. Alibaba noted that the measure will take effect on October 8, 2021.

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“The platform reminds members of compliance issues in listing products and handling transactions. Members have responsibility for complying with relevant laws and regulations applicable to any country of sale. We will keep track of policy changes in each country and adjust our control policies accordingly,” the online retailer added.

Categories to Be Removed from the Store

That said, ‘Blockchain Miner Accessories’ and ‘Blockchain Miners’ categories in Alibaba’s website will be closed after such deadline given by the publicly-traded Chinese firm. The platform also warned: “For violations such as maliciously evading rules, deliberately confusing product information, intentionally placing products into improper categories, falsely exaggerating products, Alibaba.com will impose penalties according to the severity of the violations, which include but are not limited to removing or deleting products, deducting points, restricting the use of website functions, and closing accounts.”

The latest crackdown, issued in the form of a Q&A-style announcement, was pursued by other domestic regulators such as the Cyberspace Administration, the Supreme People’s Court, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the General Administration of Market Supervision, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

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Source: https://www.financemagnates.com/cryptocurrency/news/alibaba-to-stop-selling-crypto-mining-machines-amid-chinas-crackdown/

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