Cast your mind back to 2017 – or not even so far back, if we’re being honest. The thought of traditional finance working with crypto was anathema. Most cryptocurrency companies struggled to get access to banking services, many global regulators and financial institutions were shunning Bitcoin and other digital assets entirely, and key opinion leaders and analysts warned their clients to stay away.
Today, a burgeoning ecosystem of decentralized finance, stablecoins, blockchain-enabled payment platforms, and technological advances has emerged. One by one, the big banks began seeing the benefits of blockchain technology and started running pilots, buying up patents, or launching their own cryptocurrencies for settling payments faster.
A Seachange in Regulation
In July 2020, the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) ruled that U.S. banks could offer custody services for crypto assets. This opened the gateway for investors to hold all their assets with their habitual custodian, making entering the world of crypto infinitely easier for many.
Shortly after, the OCC made an arguably more substantial move, allowing national banks to provide services to stablecoin issuers, and then, in January 2021, it stated that it would allow banks to use blockchains as a “payment network,” allowing for faster settlement.
All this favorable regulation allowing traditional banks to expand their product ranges into crypto has begun a convergence of the traditional finance and crypto worlds. Today, major global banks, including the largest custodian bank in the world, BNY Mellon, are preparing to roll out crypto custody solutions. This is good news for everyone. Not only will more traditional investors enter the space, but better, faster, and cheaper products will appear for everyone to use.
A Flailing Global Economy
Against the backdrop of unprecedented monetary dilution to fund fiscal stimuli in response to the global pandemic, the stage is set for greater adoption of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as hard assets that can act as a store of value against the eroding purchasing power of fiat currencies.
With almost one-fifth of all US dollars created in 2020 alone, and another $1.9 trillion just created out of thin air, it’s no wonder that we’re seeing the entrance of institutional investors like MicroStrategy, Tesla, Stone Ridge Holdings, Square, and many others, as they reallocate their corporate treasuries to replace (now risky) cash-based holdings with hard assets like BTC.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. ARK Investment Management CEO Cathie Wood believes that many more big corporations will soon follow suit – we’re still early in the game. Even staunch traditional investors like Paul Tudor Jones, Bill Miller, and Stanley Druckenmiller are sufficiently concerned about impending inflation to buy BTC as a hedge.
With all this demand from institutional investors and increasing adoption from the mainstream, as companies like PayPal and Mastercard offer crypto services to their clients, bigger entrants from banks and custodians to investment funds like SkyBridge Capital and Aker have appeared on the scene.
These are all very bullish signals for crypto. Traditional financial institutions and investors entering the space legitimizes it like never before. More investors will come on board through familiar means, bringing more money into the sector and helping to build out the infrastructure even further. And traditional finance will benefit, as well, as it can offer lower-cost transactions, faster settlement, diversification, and products that cater to a newer type of client.
Advanced Tools for Institutional Traders
Just as other sectors of the cryptocurrency industry are evolving to cater to this new demand, so must Bitcoin exchanges like OKEx. We must step up to the plate and offer professional and institutional investors and traders the tools they need to effectively manage their portfolios, enhance their margin, and manage their risk.
Features such as Portfolio Margin (or Unified Account) allow enhanced capital management through the efficient use of margin and cross-collateralization of positions, all while trading multiple assets from within one account.
Now, just as many high net-worth individuals and select brokerage firms have done previously, institutional traders can unify all their assets to magnify their gains. This means that they can choose to use all their purchasing power to execute any trade. Traders do not even need to own the digital asset they wish to trade – but can simply use any of the cryptos in their portfolios as collateral. This is a game-changer for speed and efficiency, and the type of solution that will attract and retain institutional players and their needs.
As traditional finance and crypto converge and we see the institutionalization of the space, it’s easy to feel apprehensive. After all, Bitcoin was a retail-driven movement, an outlier; “magic internet money.” Today, it’s a whole new alternative asset class in its own right pushing traditional finance to make paradigm shifts in the way it operates. It’s the start of the next phase for the crypto space – and there’s no telling just how far we will go.
About the Author: Jay Hao, a tech veteran, seasoned industry leader and the CEO of OKEx is the author of this article. He believes in blockchain’s potential to eliminate all transaction barriers, achieve unparalleled efficiency and lead to an improvement in the global economic system.
Jay views security, innovation and reliability as three core pillars of OKEx. He also places significant emphasis on his role as Chief Customer Service Officer ensuring that users can make their voices heard, leading to improvements in OKEx’ products and services.
With over 21 years of industry experience, Jay has served in multiple leadership roles in blockchain and semiconductor sectors.
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Blockchain monitoring provider PARSIQ integrates with crypto custodian Hex Trust
PARSIQ, a blockchain monitoring & event tracking service provider, today announced it entered into a new strategic partnership with Asia-based digital asset custodian, Hex Trust.
The partnership will enable PARSIQ to provide PRQ token holders with bank-level security to keep their assets safe; while offering Hex Trust’s clients additional security with enterprise-grade monitoring.
Listed on the OKEx exchange since the beginning of this year, PARSIQ (PRQ) is a “reverse-oracle” blockchain platform that addresses the lack of adequate monitoring and analytics tools in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Users can keep tabs on events across different blockchains in real-time and connect those events to any off-chain apps and devices to facilitate different workflows.
Last year, the firm secured funding support under the USD $100 million accelerator fund offered by Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange.
Aiming to help propel the mass adoption of blockchain automation tools, PARSIQ has inked a slew of deals with trusted blockchain labels since its establishment in 2018. Among those are Algorand, Dash, Bitfury Crystal, and AllianceBlock, and, most recently, SuperFarm, Injective, PAID Network, and Chainlink.
Collaboration with Hex Trust is another significant step toward realizing the company’s vision to operate a safe cryptocurrency platform that meets the strictest global regulatory requirements. It will allow PARSIQ to use Hex Trust’s proprietary safekeeping solution “Hex Safe” for custody of PARSIQ’s treasury. In addition, clients will be able to store their PRQ assets in Hex Trust’s custody vault.
“Onboarding a company like Hex Trust and getting custody support for PRQ tokens adds a new level of validity to PARSIQ and underlines just how much security means to us and our holders,” said Tom Tirman, CEO of PARSIQ.
The deal is a win-win for both stakeholders. Hex Trust can leverage PARSIQ’s infrastructure for blockchain transactions and automate internal business processes such as notifications, deposit processing, and security monitoring.
“We are delighted to have been appointed PARSIQ’s custodian and provide the highest security levels for their digital assets. Teaming up and integrating their transaction monitoring and automation tools into our custody platform will provide added benefits for our clients and improve their overall experience,” Alessio Quaglini, Co-Founder and CEO of Hex Trust added.
Price analysis 4/16: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, DOGE, ADA, DOT, LTC, UNI, LINK
Dogecoin’s (DOGE) massive rally to $0.45 propelled it to a market capitalization of over $54 billion to make it the fifth most valuable cryptocurrency by market cap.
This lofty market cap comes as a surprise to many since the project has no active developers and is only a meme coin, thus the current rally brings back memories of the excesses seen during the ICO boom in 2017.
Rallies like the one seen in Dogecoin indicate that several traders have entered the fray and are looking to get rich overnight. The only positive sign is that the mania has not spread to other coins. If it does, then the crypto markets are likely to witness a sharp correction in order to shake out the weak hands.
CNBC host Jim Cramer has become one of the first well-known people to reveal that he closed half of his Bitcoin (BTC) position. While Cramer’s selling is an isolated event, it does warn that not all professional investors who have recently turned Bitcoin believers are going to be long-term HODLers.
If the institutional investors rush to the exit, it could cause a huge correction in several cryptocurrencies. Traders should be mindful of irrational exuberance and avoid being sucked into FOMO-driven trades as it’s better to stick to a trading plan and think long-term rather than dream of overnight riches.
Let’s study the charts of the top-10 cryptocurrencies to identify the critical support levels and outline various bullish and bearish scenarios.
The bulls could not capitalize and build upon the breakout of the overhead resistance zone at $60,000 to $61,825.84 on April 13. Bitcoin price turned down on April 14 after hitting an all-time high at $64,849.27 and the bulls are currently attempting to flip the $60,000 level to support.
If they manage to do that, the BTC/USDT pair may make one more attempt to resume the uptrend. A breakout of $64,849.27, could start the next leg of the uptrend that could reach $69,540 and then $79,566.
However, the negative divergence on the relative strength index (RSI) is warning of a possible correction. Interestingly, the price reversed direction when the RSI had reached close to the downtrend line.
If the price dips below the 20-day exponential moving average ($59,427), it will be the first sign that buyers may be losing their grip. The break below the 50-day simple moving average ($55,814) will further cement the view that a deeper correction is likely.
The bulls may attempt to arrest the decline near $50,460.02 but if this level cracks, the pair could drop to the critical support at $43,006.77.
Ether (ETH) extended its uptrend and hit an all-time high at $2,545.80 today. Profit-booking by traders pulled the price down to $2,300 but the long tail on the day’s candlestick suggests that bulls continue to buy on dips.
If the price recovers and the bulls push the price above $2,545.8, the ETH/USDT pair could start the next leg of the uptrend. The next target objective on the upside is $2,745 and then the psychological level at $3,000.
The upsloping 20-day EMA ($2,131) and the RSI near the overbought territory suggest the path of least resistance is to the upside. This bullish view will be invalidated if the price turns down and breaks below the 20-day EMA. Such a move could pull the price down to $1,925.10.
Binance Coin (BNB) formed a Doji candlestick pattern on April 14 and that was followed by an inside day candlestick pattern on April 15. Both these setups indicate indecision among the bulls and the bears. This uncertainty resolved to the downside today.
However, a minor positive is that the bulls are defending the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level at $483.95, as seen from the long tail on the day’s candlestick. The bulls will now try to push the BNB/USDT pair above the all-time high at $638.56 and resume the uptrend.
Conversely, a break below $483.95 could pull the price down to the 20-day EMA ($437). A break below this support will suggest that the traders are rushing to the exit and that could result in a drop to the breakout level at $348.69.
XRP is currently correcting the sharp rally. The bulls are attempting to defend the first support at the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level at $1.48, as seen from the long tail on the day’s candlestick.
The XRP/USDT pair may now consolidate between $1.48 and $1.96 for a few days before starting the next trending move.
A break above $1.96 could start the next leg of the uptrend that could reach $2.54. The rising moving averages and the RSI in the overbought zone suggest the bulls have the upper hand.
Contrary to this positive assumption, if the bears sink the price below the $1.48 support, the pair could drop to the 20-day EMA ($1.18). Such a move will suggest the bullish momentum has weakened and that could delay the next leg of the uptrend.
Dogecoin’s momentum has been picking up since the past three days and that has resulted in the massive pump today. This shows that more and more traders are getting sucked into the trade due to FOMO.
Usually, such buying frenzies end in a major top formation. After the last bull has purchased, the price reverses direction and the waterfall decline starts. It is difficult to predict a top during such a frenzy but the psychological $0.50 level may act as a hurdle.
The decline after the DOGE/USDT pair tops out is likely to be vicious. The usual 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level may not hold and the pair is likely to drop to the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level at $0.20.
Traders should control the urge to get into such trades even at the risk of missing out on some profits.
Cardano (ADA) has been facing a tough battle between the bull and the bears near $1.48 for the past two days. Although the bulls managed to push the price above $1.48 today, the bears have been quick to pull the price back below the level.
After the third unsuccessful attempt to sustain the price above $1.48, the bulls seem to have dumped their positions today, resulting in the formation of an outside day candlestick pattern.
However, the long tail on today’s candlestick suggests the bulls bought the dips to the 20-day EMA ($1.28) aggressively. The bulls may now make one more attempt to drive the price above the $1.48 to $1.55 resistance zone.
If they manage to do that, the ADA/USDT pair could resume the uptrend and start the journey toward $2. Conversely, a break below the moving averages could offer the bears an opportunity to sink the price to $1.03.
The bulls pushed Polkadot (DOT) above the $42.28 level on April 13 but could not challenge the all-time high at $46.80. This shows a lack of demand at higher levels. The altcoin has dropped below $42.28 today and the bears will now try to sink the price below the 20-day EMA ($40).
If they succeed, the selling could pick up further as the bulls may rush to cover their positions. Such a move could sink the DOT/USDT pair to $32.50 and then to the critical support at $26.50.
Contrary to this assumption, if the price again rebounds off the 20-day EMA, it will suggest that bulls have not given up. They will make one more attempt to thrust the price above the $46.80 resistance and resume the uptrend.
Litecoin (LTC) is in a strong uptrend. The bears had tried to start a correction today but the bulls purchased the dips aggressively as seen from the long tail on the day’s candlestick. The reversal may have caught several aggressive bears on the wrong foot, which could be the reason for the pick-up in momentum.
The LTC/USDT pair has broken out of the target objective at $307.42, clearing the path for a rally to $374. However, the RSI above 76 signals caution because, in the past, the pair has repeatedly entered a correction when the RSI level reaches close to 80.
The critical support to watch on the downside is the 20-day EMA ($241). A break below this support will be the first sign that the bulls are tiring and a deeper correction is likely.
Uniswap (UNI) broke out to a new all-time high on April 15 but the bulls are struggling to sustain the higher levels. When the price fails to follow up higher after breaking out of a significant resistance, it indicates exhaustion.
However, the long tail on the day’s candlestick suggests the bulls continue to buy on dips. If the buyers can propel the price above the all-time high at $39.60, the UNI/USDT pair could rally to $43.43 and then $50.
On the other hand, if the price again turns down and breaks below the 20-day EMA ($32), several aggressive bulls who had purchased the breakout of $35.20 may bail out of their positions. The long liquidation could pull the price down to $27.97.
Chainlink (LINK) surged above the $36.93 overhead resistance on April 14, signaling the resumption of the uptrend. The altcoin hit an all-time high at $44.33 where profit-booking set in.
However, the long tail on the day’s candlestick suggests that the bulls aggressively purchased the dip to $38.52 today. This indicates that the sentiment remains positive and the bulls are buying at lower levels.
The buyers will now try to resume the uptrend by pushing the price above $44.33. If they succeed, the LINK/USDT pair could rally to $50.
Contrary to this assumption, if the price again turns down and breaks below the $36.93 support, the pair could drop to the 20-day EMA ($34). If this support cracks, the decline could extend to the 50-day SMA ($30).
The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.
Market data is provided by HitBTC exchange.
How The XRP Community Reply To The SEC’s “Shady” Move
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuit against Ripple Labs, and executives Brad Garlinghouse and Chris Larsen seem to have taken a weird turn. According to the former federal prosecutor and defense lawyer James Filan, the Commission could have allegedly bypass certain rules to its benefit.
#XRPCommunity #XRP #SEC v. #Ripple @sentosumosaba BREAKING: DISCOVERY DISPUTE REGARDING #SEC CONTACTING FOREIGN REGULATORS AND SEEKING DISCOVERY OUTSIDE RULES OF FEDERAL PROCEDURE AND HAGUE CONVENTION. LETTER MOTION ATTACHED.https://t.co/53ytaZCjTi
— James K. Filan (@FilanLaw) April 16, 2021
The SEC apparently is “pursuing discovery” from the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on Ripple. This method is called Memoranda of Understanding (“MOU”) and, according to a document file with the Southern District of New York and Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn, violates the Hague Convention.
The document was introduced by Ripple Labs legal representation and claims the SEC has at least 11 MOU demanding documents from “overseas entities”. The document claims “many” of these entities are the payments company business partners” and about 10 international regulators.
The defense qualifies the process as “improper” and part of an “intimidation tactic” to allegedly reduce Ripple’s capacity to conduct business outside of the U.S. The document said:
Not only is the use of pre-litigation investigative tools prejudicial to Defendants and the recipients of such requests, as described below, it also prevents this Court from exercising its lawful discretion regarding the scope of permissible foreign discover.
Behind the judge’s back, the SEC violated U.S. civil court rules by issuing multiple “MOUs” to obligate foreign govts to obtain files from @Ripple‘s foreign business partners. They got caught.
Read the full letter to Judge Netburn here 👇https://t.co/9P7wIMfTr8
— CryptoLaw (@CryptoLawUS) April 16, 2021
SEC “unjust” advantage in XRP case?
Commenting on the discovery, lawyer Jeremy Hogan said the SEC is placing indirect “regulatory pressure” on Ripple and its partners. Since the Commission is the only party capable of employing said tactic Hogan said:
This is NOT something a “typical” Plaintiff could do and it’s not fair, so Ripple is calling dirty-poker (…). (former prosecutor), this is typical government prosecutorial pressure-litigation, applying pressure not only to you but your business friends as well.
General Counsel for Gala Games Jesse Hynes also gave his opinion and claim it was an “insane” move by the regulator. Hynes highlighted the importance and implication this lawsuit could have for the crypto industry and said:
Shame on the SEC! On the bright side, the SEC is basically admitting that this is a matter of great political and worldwide significance. Can’t wait for that Summary Judgment motion with a major questions doctrine argument.
XRP is trading at $1,64 with an 8.9% correction after an impressive rally in the past days. On the weekly and monthly chart, XRP sits at 55.9% and 255.2% profits.
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