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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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Global crypto population surpasses 100 million; Boomers and Gen X now ‘keen on Bitcoin’

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A survey from digital asset exchange Crypto.com estimated a 15.7% increase in the global crypto population, in January alone. Overall, there are 106 million global crypto users as of January 2021. 

Source: Crypto.com

According to researcher Kevin Wang, at Crypto.com, strong growth in Bitcoin adoption happened to be the main driver for the peak. Major events last year, such as PayPal’s decision to integrate crypto into its payment network and institutional adoption of cryptocurrencies fueled the surge. Other than BTC, the growth of DeFi allowed Ethereum to lead the crypto market’s growth in August 2020.

Source: Crypto.com

The months of June and August last year and January 2021 “were exceptionally strong months” in terms of a surge in crypto population. Wang noted that such periods of strong growth in adoption accompanied periods of strong price performance in Bitcoin.

Source: Crypto.com

To estimate the number of global crypto owners, the calculations were made through BTC and ETH on-chain data, separately, and combined with other parameters. Crypto.com stated that the findings were subject to some limitations and caveats.

The analysis is also built on Crypto.com’s own internal data, as well as on-chain data and survey analysis. But, this may not estimate OTC users and off-chain transactions effectively. The fact that sub-accounts in exchanges may not be reflected accurately was also noted. However, researchers assumed that all on-chain users still own crypto today, while others could have sold their holdings already. 

Meanwhile, another survey revealed that Baby boomers and Gen X are “piling” into Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. 

Nigel Green, CEO and founder of deVere Group said that the company’s global poll found that 70% of clients aged over 55 have already invested in cryptocurrencies or are planning to do so this year. 

Green explained that while the crypto rally captured the attention of ‘digital native’ younger generations; older generations such as Boomers and Gen X recognized that “digital, borderless money is the way forward.” 

“Social media hype and clickbait headlines” happened to be a catalyst for millennials and Gen Z to invest in Bitcoin. But respondents aged over 55 were interested in crypto due to a fear of currency devaluation – as central banks have historically printed more money to boost economies. Especially in wake of the pandemic. Green further commented:

They’re [older generations are] aware that if you are flooding the market with extra money, then in fact you are devaluing traditional currencies – and this, and the threat of inflation, are legitimate concerns, prompting them to seek out alternatives.


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