Top Crypto News Roundup – Dec 18th to 23rd

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The world of cryptocurrency continues to evolve at a breathtaking pace, with this week seeing a flurry of activity across regulatory landscapes, market trends, and innovative leaps. Here’s a comprehensive look at the significant developments from December 18 to 23, 2023.

Bitcoin ETF Updates

  • Dec 18 – Bitwise Sparks Interest – Bitwise Asset Management stirred excitement in the crypto market with an engaging commercial for its proposed spot Bitcoin ETF, signaling bullish sentiment ahead of the SEC’s decision.
  • Dec 21 – Spot ETF Verdict Anticipation – A report by QCP Capital indicates a crucial period between January 5-10, 2024, for the announcement of the Spot Bitcoin ETF, a significant event awaited by investors.
  • Dec 23 – BlackRock’s Bold Step – BlackRock is set to inaugurate its Bitcoin ETF with a $10 million investment on January 3, 2024. This strategic move precedes the SEC’s expected ETF approval on January 10.

Crypto Regulation

  • Dec 19 – Binance’s Historic Settlement – Binance and its ex-CEO, CZ, reached a $2.7 billion settlement with the CFTC for violating rules by targeting U.S. customers. The outcome sets a precedent for digital currency market oversight.
  • Dec 20 – Senator Warren Raises Concerns – Senator Elizabeth Warren critiqued the crypto industry’s lobbying tactics, emphasizing the need for transparent regulations to combat illegal activities and safeguard legitimate businesses.
  • Dec 22 – SEC’s Admission – The SEC acknowledged errors in enforcement proceedings, mandating staff training to ensure accuracy and transparency in future cases.
  • Dec 23 – Nigeria’s Progressive Crypto Regulation – Nigeria has taken a significant step in crypto by lifting the ban on cryptocurrency firms.
  • Dec 18 – Ripple’s XRP Movement – A substantial transfer of XRP tokens to Bitstamp during a market dip raised speculations of a potential price drop amid ongoing lawsuit concerns and regulatory uncertainties.
  • Dec 19 – Stablecoins’ Stagnation – Contrasting the dynamic crypto market, the total value of stablecoins has remained relatively static, a trend highlighted in the SixdegreeLabs study.
  • Dec 21 – Bullish Projections for Bitcoin – Reports suggest Bitcoin’s value could soar to $50K following an ETF approval, with the 2024 halving event potentially pushing it to $160K. However, analysts advise caution against market volatility.
  • Dec 22 – Fetch.ai’s Impressive Growth – Fetch.ai (FET) has seen a remarkable 620% yearly growth, with projections indicating a potential new all-time high.
  • Dec 22 – Solana’s Remarkable Surge – Solana’s recent performance has been nothing short of impressive, as it briefly entered the top 5 cryptocurrencies by market cap, surpassing XRP and Binance Coin (BNB).

Other Notable Events

  • Dec 18 – NFT Heist – Two major NFT platforms, Flooring Protocol and NFT Trader, suffered a combined loss of $4.54 million in NFTs due to a sophisticated cyber heist, underscoring security vulnerabilities.
  • Dec 19 – Coinbase and Ripple’s Political Move – Coinbase and Ripple pledged $78 million to support pro-crypto candidates in the 2024 U.S. elections, aiming to shape favorable blockchain regulations.
  • Dec 20 – Shiba Inu’s Web3 Initiative – Shiba Inu announced the launch of the ‘.shib’ domain for SHIB holders, marking a significant step in bridging Web2 and Web3 technologies.
  • Dec 21 – 3AC Founders’ Asset Freeze – The founders of the collapsed hedge fund Three Arrows Capital faced a global asset freeze, with $1.1 billion seized amid ongoing investigations.
  • Dec 22 – Paxos’ Expansion to Solana – With regulatory approval, Paxos is set to offer its stablecoin USDP on the Solana blockchain starting January 17, 2024.
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