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23 2 月, 2024

BTSE Weekly Digital Asset Report – February 23rd

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Welcome to the BTSE weekly market roundup, where we delve into the notable movements and trends in the blockchain and cryptocurrency world. This week, the market has witnessed significant developments, including a surge in demand for Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) and bullish predictions that have stirred the crypto community. Notably, the VanEck Bitcoin ETF saw its trading volume increase 22-fold in anticipation of the planned fee reductions for the product. This surge underscores the growing interest and optimism in Bitcoin as a mainstream investment vehicle. This week, AI tokens have continued to take the spotlight, with altcoins like ALITA AI (Alita) and Sora (SORA) surfacing this week. Perhaps no asset is a better example of up-and-coming AI tokens than Worldcoin (WLD), which is up 110% over last week, reaching an all-time high of $8.7. This uptick is part of a broader wave of enthusiasm around AI tokens, spurred by Nvidia’s significant achievements in the AI sector, whose stock price also enjoyed a 16% uplift following the report. This movement underscores the growing intersection of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, highlighting investor interest in the innovative potential of AI-driven projects within the cryptocurrency landscape.



  • Reddit Dives into Crypto Investments: Reddit has made a strategic move by investing part of its excess cash reserves into Bitcoin and Ether, according to a recent S-1 registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This investment is aimed solely at treasury purposes, with the company also holding MATIC from Polygon for virtual goods sales.


  • a16z’s $100 Million Bet on EigenLayer: Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has made a significant investment of $100 million in EigenLayer, marking a notable moment in crypto-related venture capital. EigenLayer, which is Ethereum’s largest restaking protocol by total value locked (TVL), has been identified as a key player in the crypto space, enabling validators and stakers to restake liquid-staking derivative tokens. 


  • EU’s New Crypto Watchdog in Frankfurt: Frankfurt is set to host the European Union’s new anti-money laundering (AML) authority, specifically tasked with overseeing the crypto sector among other financial activities. This initiative is part of the EU’s broader effort to tighten its grip on financial crimes, with the new watchdog expected to play a pivotal role in monitoring and enforcing AML regulations.


  • South Africa’s Crypto Integration Plan: South Africa’s 2024 budget outlines plans to integrate digital and cryptocurrency payments to foster financial inclusion, particularly in underserved regions. The government is developing a regulatory framework for crypto, recognizing it as a financial product and focusing on stablecoin regulations to ensure alignment with international standards. Pilot projects aim to digitize payments for small and informal businesses, with a focus on economic growth and consumer protection.


  • Anticipating Ethereum ETF Approval: Steven McClurg, the Chief Investment Officer at Valkyrie, predicts that the approval of a spot Ethereum ETF could span from one to two years. This estimate comes despite the U.S.’s recent endorsement of spot Bitcoin ETFs, which successfully attracted billions of dollars. The intricacies distinguishing Bitcoin from Ethereum, such as disclosure requirements and the incorporation of staking mechanisms in certain Ethereum ETF proposals, are anticipated to extend the SEC’s evaluation period. 


  • Hong Kong’s Regulatory Advancement: Hong Kong is set to introduce regulatory bills targeting stablecoin issuers and virtual asset over-the-counter (OTC) services, following public consultations by the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). These measures aim to establish licensing regimes, including guidance for crypto custodial services and potentially approving a bitcoin ETF.


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