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BAYC’s Yuga Labs Files Lawsuit Against RR/BAYC Creator Ryder Ripps

NFT Flipping Isn't Profitable For Over 50% Of Investors - Here’s Why

Yuga Labs, the NFT company behind BAYC and MAYC, has filed a suit against American conceptual artist and creator of NFT collection RR/BAYC, Ryder Ripps, and his partner Jeremy Cahen. Yuga Labs claims the creative director is “scamming consumers by misusing Yuga Labs’ trademarks.” Yuga Labs accuses Ryder Ripps of intentional copyright infringements In the […]

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Here’s What’s Next for XRP, Binance Coin, Cosmos and One Low-Cap Altcoin, According to Popular Analyst

Popular crypto strategist Michaël van de Poppe is outlining what he thinks is in store for four altcoins including XRP, Binance Coin (BNB) and Cosmos (ATOM) after a weekend that witnessed a bounce across the crypto markets. Van de Poppe tells his 613,700 Twitter followers that he believes XRP appears poised for a brief pullback […]

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Cardano (ADA) Founder Charles Hoskinson Says Bear Market Makes Crypto Industry Collaboration Easier – Here’s Why

Cardano (ADA) founder Charles Hoskinson says the bear market is creating an opportunity to build a regulatory framework for crypto. In a new interview with The Wolf Of All Streets host Scott Melker, Hoskinson says different interests and agendas prevent stakeholders from working together towards a stable decentralized space. “It’s in the vacuum of leadership […]

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Here’s What’s Next for Ethereum, Fantom and One Additional Altcoin, According to Analyst Michaël van de Poppe

Widely followed analyst Michaël van de Poppe is assessing three crypto assets for potential entry points while laying out his price targets. The trader tells his 612,900 Twitter followers that enterprise-solution blockchain Zilliqa (ZIL) could possibly break out toward the $0.05 level if it can find support above $0.0375. “A play I’d be looking at […]

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Controlling The Chaos: Alameda Ventures Bails Out Voyager With $200M & 15K BTC

Apparently, Voyager Digital is out of the woods. The company ran into liquidity issues when Three Arrows Capital failed to pay a huge loan to them. Welcome to another chapter of the crypto death spiral caused by the Terra/ Luna collapse. Who came to the rescue this time? Sam Bankman-Fried’s other company, Alameda Ventures. Is this man bailing out crypto or is he taking total control of the industry? In a recent press release, Voyager Digital announced that it “entered into a definitive agreement with Alameda Ventures Ltd. related to the previously disclosed credit facility, which is intended to help Voyager meet customer liquidity needs during this dynamic period.” That’s one way of putting it. The company received “US$200 million cash and USDC revolver and a 15,000 BTC revolver.” This morning, we announced a definitive agreement with Alameda Ventures for a $200 million dollar cash / USDC revolver and a 15,000 BTC revolver. Read today’s release: https://t.co/8wPfzcaI6K — Voyager (@investvoyager) June 22, 2022 As a reminder, yesterday transpired that FTX, also owned by Bankman-Fried, bailed out BlockFi with $250M. At the time, we described the situation as follows: “Over the last few weeks, the crypto market has been trending down. The contagion effect of the Terra/ Luna extinction event rocked every company out there, most of all those who offered yield on cryptocurrency deposits like BlockFi and Celsius and hedge funds like Three Arrows Capital. These companies’ problems and possible liquidation of assets, in turn, sent the crypto market into even more turmoil.” The Voyager case fits right into that description. Sam Bankman-Fried’s Loan To Voyager, The Conditions The rumors were already flying. On June 16th, analyst Dylan LeClair tweeted “Speculation here, but in its quarterly report, Voyager had loaned $320m to a singapore based entity named “counterparty b”. One has to wonder whether “counterparty b” was 3AC and if so, how much of a hit Voyager took?” The answer came quicker than anyone thought.  Speculation here, but in its quarterly report, Voyager had loaned $320m to a singapore based entity named "counterparty b". One has to wonder whether "counterparty b" was 3AC and if so, how much of a hit Voyager took? $VOYG shares are down 33% over the last two days… pic.twitter.com/sCiYskwLEq — Dylan LeClair 🟠 (@DylanLeClair_) June 16, 2022 In the press release, Voyager explained the loan: “As previously disclosed, the proceeds of the credit facility are intended to be used to safeguard customer assets in light of current market volatility and only if such use is needed. In addition to this facility, as of June 20, 2022, Voyager has approximately US$152 million cash and owned crypto assets on hand, as well as approximately US$20 million of cash that is restricted for the purchase of USDC.” The loan comes with “certain conditions,” among them:  “No more than US$75 million may be drawn down over any rolling 30-day period.” “The Company’s corporate debt must be limited to approximately 25 percent of customer assets on the platform, less US$500 million.”  “Additional sources of funding must be secured within 12 months.”  Voyager Digital price chart on OTC | Source: TradingView.com It’s All About Three Arrows Capital Right Now The press release confirms the rumors, the Singapore-based entity named “counterparty b” was 3AC. “Voyager concurrently announced that its operating subsidiary, Voyager Digital, LLC, may issue a notice of default to Three Arrows Capital (“3AC”) for failure to repay its loan.” In a recent article, our sister site Bitcoinist broke down the hedge fund’s situation: “The crypto fund had been directly in the crosshairs of the Luna crash with exposure of more than $200 million and speculated to be as high as $450 million. At first, the firm had appeared to bounce back from the Luna collapse but it would be soon obvious that 3AC was in a more perilous position than investors thought.” The Voyager situation makes it even more obvious. The company’s “exposure to 3AC consists of 15,250 BTC and $350 million USDC”. So, the Alameda loan covers most of it. What did they have to give in return, though? Formally, “Alameda currently indirectly holds 22,681,260 common shares of Voyager (“Common Shares”), representing approximately 11.56% of the outstanding Common and Variable Voting Shares”. If everything goes well, Voyager has nothing to worry about. However, what if it doesn’t? Voyager levered 3AC up with 650million of their customers money, leaving them with only 150million cash reserves. Who tf is in charge of risk over there, Merrill Lynch? — Tyler (@ApeDurden) June 22, 2022 In any case, for those that like gossip, here’s the story as narrated by Voyager: “The Company made an initial request for a repayment of $25 million USDC by June 24, 2022, and subsequently requested repayment of the entire balance of USDC and BTC by June 27, 2022. Neither of these amounts has been repaid, and failure by 3AC to repay either requested amount by these specified dates will constitute an event of default. Voyager intends to pursue recovery from 3AC and is in discussions with the Company’s advisors regarding the legal remedies available.” Answers And Conclusions The crypto industry as a whole is in a precarious situation. And there’s one question at the center of it, is Sam Bankman-Fried controlling the chaos or is he taking total control of the industry? Featured Image by Sebastian Herrmann on Unsplash | Charts by TradingView

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Top Decentralized Stablecoin Alternatives to USTC (Formerly UST)

The recent cataclysmic crash of the Terra Classic (LUNC; formerly LUNA) left several people bankrupt. South Korean officials reported 8 confirmed suicides due to this blow. Stablecoins emerged as a way for cryptocurrency investors to park their funds to escape from volatility. USTC (formerly UST) was among the largest stablecoins by market cap and the single largest stablecoin on the Cosmos blockchain. This is not the first time an algorithmic stablecoin fell below the point of recovery. So much so that the head of the IMF even suggested that stablecoins that are not backed by physical assets are similar to pyramid schemes. However, a crash as biblical as that of UST was a first for a stablecoin. While history seemed to have indicated this to be an obvious outcome, the utility of UST and the communities around LUNC-UST indicated otherwise. The Death Spiral – Here’s What Went Wrong Stablecoins are digital assets whose value is pegged to a fiat currency or other asset. USTC is one such stablecoin, pegged to the US dollar by not backed by it. LUNC maintained USTC’s price algorithmically, using a mint and burn mechanism. When USTC’s demand-to-supply ratio was high, more LUNC was burnt. Contrariwise, more LUNC was minted when USTC’s supply-to-demand ratio was high. This created an arbitrage opportunity for traders which helped maintain USTC’s price at approximately $1. However, when the selling pressure became too high for the algorithm to keep up, LUNC began to hyperinflate. It thus sent the entire ecosystem into a death spiral, eventually leading to a point of no recovery. Today, USTC costs less than $0.01 while LUNC is over 99% down from its all-time high. Decentralized Alternatives – The Way Forward The failure of algorithmic stablecoins doesn’t mean the end of all possibilities. Instead, they provide us with crucial lessons. One of them is avoiding centralization at all costs. So, here’s a list of non-algorithmic, decentralized stablecoins for you to consider while entering the world of crypto. 1. USDr USDr is a collateralized, fiat-backed stable token receipt by METL, a first decentralized crypto on-ramp solution native to the Avalanche blockchain. Since METL’s USDr stable token receipt is collateralized with a 1:1 ratio using USD, it will not be affected by unexpected selling pressures like in the case of LUNC and other algorithmic stablecoins. The USDr token’s issuance mechanism is designed to have users be the actual issuers of the token, so that they interact with the DeFI ecosystem. This allowed METL to bypass any MTL (Money Transmitter Licensing) requirements and receive exemptions in all the states in the US except NY. METL does not host any wallets and therefore does not take user’s funds on their balance sheet, which again protects them from a bank run. METL is currently building an SDK to let any developer build a FIAT gateway using METL microservices and plug/play it into any DeFI platform that wants native gateway.  METL holds a 20 year patent for this technology issued by the USPTO office. 2. DAI DAI, a decentralized stablecoin, is a product of MakerDAO, an Ethereum-based peer-to-peer organization facilitating collateralized loans. Unlike USDC and USDT, DAI is an over-collateralized, crypto-backed stablecoin. This means that the collateral backing this stablecoin is other cryptocurrencies. Moreover, its “over collateralized” nature implies that the value of the collateral backing DAI is greater than DAI’s value. For instance, $1.5 worth of ETH-based (ERC-20) tokens back $1 worth of DAI. Instead of any centralized, corruptible entity, immutable and tamper-proof smart contracts maintain DAI’s peg to $1 by increasing or decreasing the amount of collateral based on market dynamics. 3. EOSDT EOSDT is an over-collateralized, decentralized crypto-backed stablecoin by Equilibrium, a cross-chain money market project in the Polkadot ecosystem. Users can borrow EOSDT by collateralizing their digital assets in a smart contract with a small interest rate of 1% APR. The stablecoin also has an insurance mechanism called the “Stability Fund” to shield EOSDT and its holders from extreme market volatility. Further, the price of EOSDT is maintained at $1 by incentivizing arbitrators. This is similar to USTC’s mechanism. However, unlike USTC, EOSDT is not algorithmic and currently has a collateralization ratio of 281%. 4. sUSD sUSD is a crypto-backed, overcollateralized stablecoin by Synthetix, an ETH-based protocol that facilitates DeFi derivatives trading. sUSD acts as the bridge to trade these on-chain synthetic assets on the Ethereum network. All synthetic assets on Synthetix are referred to as “Synths” and are denoted by an “s” at the prefix. sBTC, sETH, and sSOL are some examples. Similarly, sUSD is a synthetic stablecoin asset. 5. RSV RSV is a collateralized stablecoin. However, unlike other tokens mentioned here, RSV employs a hybrid collateralization method. Thus, a combination of fiat and cryptocurrencies back this stablecoin. RSV is a product of Reserve, a protocol working to offer citizens of countries with high inflation rates a robust inflationary hedge. The Reserve Dollar (RSV) is the stablecoin that facilitates this. Caution is Wisdom It’s abundantly clear that you have several alternatives to stablecoins like UST. They are more robust, more reliable, and above all, more decentralized. But despite everything, one can’t stress the importance of due diligence enough in these matters. You must do your research, thoroughly, before investing in any stablecoin whatsoever. Look closely at the project’s team, their track record, and most importantly, the protocol’s architecture. It’s difficult at times but utterly necessary. Particularly because the crypto domain is still nascent, with much volatility and uncertainty. New changes are happening every day and you must always be cautious about negative consequences. The storm will, however, be over soon, when the future of finance will shine bright. Stablecoins will define this future, and so can you.   Image by succo from Pixabay

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Here’s What’s Ahead for Solana, Avalanche and One Low-Cap Altcoin, According to Top Crypto Analyst

A widely followed crypto strategist is outlining what’s in store for Ethereum rivals Solana (SOL) and Avalanche (AVAX) as well as one under-the-radar altcoin. Pseudonymous analyst Altcoin Sherpa tells his 178,300 Twitter followers that smart contract platform Solana could be carving a local bottom after losing 90% of its value from the all-time high. “SOL: […]

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Shiba Inu Now The Largest ETH Whales’ Holding Despite Crypto Market Turmoil

Shiba Inu is currently the second-largest crypto asset held among the top 100 Ethereum whales behind USDC, according to statistics from WhaleStats, although Ethereum (ETH) maintains the top rank. The most recent data from WhaleStats reveals the investment patterns of the top 100 non-exchange Ethereum addresses by wealth. The top 100 whales are essentially wallets with an average worth of $14 million. Tuesday’s market price for Shiba Inu is $0.00000827, up 3.7% over the last seven days, statistics provided by Coingecko shows. Suggested Reading | Bitcoin Climbs Back Above $20K, A Bit Of A Relief To The Sinking Crypto Market According to the blockchain data tracker, the top 100 Ethereum whales currently have SHIB worth $423,180,380, or 15.55 percent of their total holdings. In contrast, Circle’s USDC Stablecoin accounts for 18.08 percent, or $491,815,224 value. In addition, WhaleStats reveals that the average SHIB holdings are 463.5 billion tokens worth $3,678,366. This makes the dog-themed token the largest altcoin holding among Ethereum whales, excluding ETH and two stablecoins. Shiba Inu Yet To Show Strong Recovery The whales also favor holding the FTX token, Polygon’s MATIC, Chainlink’s LINK, and Decentraland’s MANA, among others. Nevertheless, despite strong demand, SHIB has shown no signs of improvement in over two months. Since mid-April, the meme coin’s value has decreased by 70.72 percent, representing a 70.72 percent loss. SHIB total market cap at $4.8 billion on the daily chart | Source: TradingView.com Whale wallets are also interested in FTX Token (FTT), the native asset of the well-known FTX cryptocurrency exchange, with an average supply of 140,651 tokens worth $3,241,465 in circulation. This investment group has an average of $1,744,056 worth of Bitpanda Ecosystem Token (BEST), placing it sixth among the top 100 ETH wallets. How Long Do Holders Keep Their SHIB? The following coin is CHSB, the native token of the cryptocurrency wealth management platform SwissBorg. The average number of tokens held by whales is above 6 million, with a total value of $1,103,965. WhaleStats also shows that wealthy Ethereum investors are purchasing the crypto exchange MXC for $1.1 million, and rounding out the top 10 is the 3D virtual reality environment Decentraland (MANA) for $818,038 and 1,057,781 tokens. Meanwhile, according to IntoTheBlock’s holders’ composition by time held, 21% of SHIB holders have kept their tokens for more than a year, 76% have held within a year, and 3% have held for less than 30 days. As the population of Shiba Inu continues to increase, the midterm holders have also been dispersed. Suggested Reading | Synthetix (SNX) Price, Monday’s Biggest Gainer, Balloons By 100% – Here’s Why Featured image from Watcher Guru, chart from TradingView.com

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Here’s What’s Ahead for Binance Coin (BNB) in 2022, According to Coin Bureau

The host of Coin Bureau is speculating on what could happen to Binance Coin (BNB) after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched an investigation into the crypto asset last week over possible violations of securities law. In a new video update, the pseudonymous crypto analyst known as Guy tells his 2.07 million YouTube […]

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BitMEX Co-Founder Arthur Hayes Warns of a Potential ‘Mega Crypto Dump’ Ahead – Here’s His Timeline

Former BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes is warning that crypto assets face a precarious road as central banks across the globe pursue tight monetary policies. Hayes says in a new blog post that he’s looking at a particular weekend when crypto could capitulate as panic sellers flood a bidless market. “By June 30th (second quarter end), […]

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