Cryptocurrency

Binance to Invest $200 Million in Forbes

Binance, a well-known cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure provider, is investing $200 million in Forbes, a 104 year old business information company. The move comes as Binance seeks to increase its exposure to traditional investors and expand its reach beyond the crypto community.

Binance announced their investment in Forbes prior to the media giant partnering with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Magnum Opus Acquisition Limited, which is publicly traded. In August 2021, upon partnership with this acquisition company, Forbes also announced that it would go public under the tag “FRBS” on the stock exchange within the first quarter of 2022. By investing $200 Million in Forbes directly through this deal with Magnum Opus, Binance is furthering their relationship.

The investment in Forbes appears to be a large-scale marketing move by Binance as the website is reported to have an audience of 150 million people. This will allow for increased understanding and education of blockchain technologies by average consumers. Binance CEO, Billionaire ChangPeng ‘CZ’ Zhao gave a statement saying, “as Web3 and blockchain technologies move forward and the crypto market matures, we know that media plays an essential role in building consumer awareness.”

Binance is expected to help Forbes bridge the gap between its current and potential audience by expanding its opportunities to “maximize its brand and enterprise values”. In recent years, Forbes has lost significant ground as a media company due in part to its increasingly heavy reliance on unverified “contributors” to produce content for its website.

In 2016, Heather Morgan was charged with taking part in a billion-dollar Bitcoin theft scheme alongside her husband in Hong Kong that caused the value of Bitcoin to drop significantly. Another contributor recently confessed to being bribed $600 to write a story promoting Jeffrey Epstein. These are only examples from among the 3,000 contributors involved in similar pay-to-play schemes and accepting bribes for promotion found by Harvard’s Nieman Lab study.

Forbes’ reputation and trustworthiness were called into question in the light of these disputes, therefore the news source needed to rebrand to regain its lost following. Forbes will be able to utilize Binance as a platform for inputting their ideas, which, given the $20 billion annual revenue of the exchange, appears like excellent news for multi-million dollar media company.

Changpeng Zhao took to Twitter to ensure that despite the investment, “Forbes editorial independence is and will always be sacrosanct”. Forbes CEO Mike Federle claimed that the motive behind the business information media outlet selling stakes to a cryptocurrency provider is that “Forbes is committed to demystifying the complexities and providing helpful information about blockchain technologies and all emerging digital assets.”

The Binance-Forbes collaboration is expected to open a slew of business doors for both firms in the Web 2 and Web 3 sectors. Once Forbes becomes publicly listed on the stock market, Binance will supposedly acquire a stake in the magazine through an acquisition firm. By investing in Forbes, Binance not only creates a relationship with the classic brand, but also the Special Purpose Acquisition Company, Magnum Opus. Additionally, Binance Labs head Bill Chin and Chief Communications Officer Patrick Hillman are joining Forbes’ board of directors. This gives Binance an active voice in how Web3 is being implemented by a leading company in the space.

CDBCs behind the scene

The inevitable collapse of physical Fiat currencies is why central banks around the world have been scrambling to develop their Central Bank digital currencies or CDBCs.

Not surprisingly the bank of England has been one of the most active in this regard, but it’s not the only one.

Over 90 percent of central banks are actively exploring CDBC’s, according to the bank for international settlements or BIS.

Fun fact – the BIS is the bank for central banks and it has been coordinating the rollout of CDBC’s around the world.

Now, Australia recently announced that it will be testing its digital Aussie dollar mid next year, this is around the time that the FEDs own fast payment service is supposed to be rolled out note that fast payment services are effectively a precursor to CDBC’s according to the BIS naturally.

Russia is working on its own CDBC which it plans to use for trade with China.

Russia’s digital Ruble is reportedly expected later this year and China’s own digital Yuan appears to be entering its final phase of rollout note that these are retail CDBC’s meaning they will be used by regular people.

Next we have a CDBC test which involved Hong Kong, Thailand, the UAE and China that was apparently very successful.

This test involved the BIS’s so-called multi-CDBC platform or MCDBC which is thankfully restricted to wholesale CDBCs that are intended for select individuals and institutions.

This is similar to the BIS’s so-called Icebreaker Hub, International CDBC experiment which will feature Norway, Sweden and Israel.

Note that Norway is reportedly testing its upcoming digital currency on Ethereum.

Israel reportedly did the same last summer, the more you know.

It seems that the only thing that’s left for the central banks to do is find some way of getting rid of cash.

Now I’ve long speculated that inflation is how they will achieve this and it looks like that prediction is starting to play out due to seemingly unrelated reasons, nobody will want cash when it’s worth nothing.

Luckily there is no way for these central banks to stop cryptocurrency, especially BTC there will always be a way to get your hands on cryptocurrency so long as the internet is intact.

Let’s hope they don’t do anything funny on that front.

Turning to the crypto charts of last week

So turning to the charts we can see that BTC continues to trade sideways at around 19k.

Some would say that testing this level is a good sign for BTC as it’s building a strong zone of support.

Others would say that testing this level is a bad sign for BTC as it means BTC’s price will eventually drop.

I lean towards the latter outcome and one indicator I’ve been watching closely lately is the balance of BTC on exchanges.

Recently exchange balances have been quite positively correlated to BTC’s price correlation, doesn’t equal causation but it’s easy to understand.

The causal relationship now a lower balance of BTC on exchanges means more volatility as I mentioned earlier the hype around Aptos and the lack of Bitcoin dominance suggests that there’s still lots of speculation in the crypto Market.

This suggests that there is lots of Leverage and that means lots of liquidations as such if a bearish macro or crypto Factor comes around.

The liquidation of leveraged BTC Traders would cause BTC to crash taking the rest of the crypto Market with it conversely.

Of course a bullish macro or crypto Factor would cause BTC and the altcoins to Rally so prepare for either outcome.

Now last week’s top performing cryptos were the Hobie token, Aptos Ave, ton coin and Lido Finance.

Starting with the Huobi token HT has been rallying ever since about Capital announced that it would be taking control of the crypto exchange at the beginning of October.

It looks like Huobi has been listing lots of altcoins lately as well.

Now because HT is an exchange token there’s really no point in applying technical analysis to it, that’s because its price action is fundamentally dependent on what the exchange does or doesn’t do.

Even so you can clearly see that HT is hitting its head on some serious long-term resistance at around nine dollars.

Next up is Aptos which we already covered so let’s go straight to the TA because APT has only been trading for about a week, there isn’t enough price history to identify a trend.

All the TA indicators won’t even load because there isn’t enough data all I’ll say is that new cryptos tend to crash after listing.

As for Ave, the Ave token has been rallying ever since the Ave team provided a detailed update about the upcoming go stablecoin in mid-October.

For those unfamiliar go is a decentralized stablecoin like Maker Dow’s DAI, but with a lot more bells and whistles.

Interestingly the Bollinger band and RSI indicators suggest that are they has more room to grow on both the weekly and the daily chart.

That’s because RV’s price hasn’t pierced the top of the Bollinger band and the RSI is sitting at 50 on the weekly and around 60 on the daily, anything over 70 to 80 is overbought.

This extra room for a rally makes sense given that the RV team explicitly mentioned that the initial markets for the go stablecoin will be introduced to the Ave protocol in the coming weeks.

No exact dates were provided but the resulting speculation is probably carrying ave’s price.

When it comes to Ton coin, some of you may recall that this crypto was originally created by telegram, after some legal issues a bit of controversy and the establishment of an independent entity it looks like telegram is finally starting to integrate toncoin and that has Ton rallying.

This would be amazing were it not for the fact that Ton has limited exchange support and its long-term price action doesn’t look all that promising, either I do reckon though that this is a crypto to keep a close eye on during the next bull market.

Telegram has over 550 million monthly active users after all, not Financial advice of course.

And last but not least we have Lido Finance whose LDO token appears to have rallied on the announcement that the Lido Finance developers are beginning to prepare the protocol for ETH withdrawals.

Recall that these will be enabled as part of Ethereum’s Shanghai upgrade that I covered earlier.

LDO seems to have reclaimed that zone between 1,40 and 1,50 which has served as a significant point of both support and resistance for LDO in the past.

It’s hard to see how LDO could rally much higher from here, especially since the rally has been driven by an event that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

You can find out when East withdrawals could be enabled on Ethereum’s Beacon Chain by checking out our most recent update about the project.

SEC continues its crusade against the crypto!

As we’ve seen with cryptocurrencies like XRP a securities designation would result in a delisting from all US exchanges and worse.

Gary’s comments could actually be another reason why institutions haven’t fo mode into ETH just yet – they are likely waiting for regulatory clarity about ETH’s post-merge status before making any big moves.

Note that crypto regulations are cited as the greatest concerns among institutional investors.

Regardless of all this however there is a lot to look forward to for proof of stake Ethereum.

Unfortunately for all the institutions that are interested in ETH it doesn’t look like the SEC will be providing regulatory clarity anytime soon.

That’s because Gary recently reiterated that almost every cryptocurrency is a security without explaining why.

To clarify a security is an asset like a stock in a company.

Now whether an asset counts as a security is supposed to be determined by something called the howie test the TLDR there is that if there is a third party.

You can identify that’s creating an expectation of profit then said asset is a security.

The problem is that this doesn’t seem to be the same criterion the SEC is using.

The regulator is hypersensitive to anything that could be considered promotion of a cryptocurrency by a centralized party.

In theory larger altcoins like Ethereum and Cardano should be safe from the SEC scrutiny because they’re sufficiently decentralized.

This means that you can’t single out a specific entity that’s creating an expectation of profit when you stack ETH or ADA.

In practice however Gary unironically believes that every single altcoin is a security including stable coins.

Gary laid out his reasoning for this in his recent testimony which took place on the same day as the merge.

Another coincidence if ever there was one.

Gary sees Ethereum, Cardano and others as fair game for the SEC.

This is because there are individuals like Vitalik Buterin and institutions like input-output that are creating expectations of profit or so Gary says I’ll reiterate that this is Gary’s reasoning not mine and while Gary’s comments are supposed to be nothing more than his personal opinion they clearly could carry over to the SEC’s policies.

As such it’s safe to assume that we may see some sort of enforcement action taken against major altcoins.

It seems that the only thing that’s been holding the SEC back has been a legal precedent that it can cite to justify its crypto crackdown.

This is why the SEC’s case against a crypto project called Library is so important.

The decision on that is due any day now and it might even be out by the time you.

Now without getting into the weeds if the judge sides with Library then the SEC’s attack against XRP and any other cryptocurrency will have a lot fewer teeth if any.

Conversely if the judge sides with the SEC then it could set the exact precedent the regulator needs to go after other larger altcoins.

This case is more significant than you think because if the judge sides with the SEC it will also create a clear path for the regulator to go after cryptocurrency exchanges.

This is because the SEC can claim that Coinbase and others were offering unregistered securities to retail investors which is against the law.

What I’m especially concerned about is retail investors losing access to the decentralized finance ecosystem something the SEC has also singled out in its enforcement actions obviously.

Without ETH or ADA it’ll be extremely difficult to access the Ethereum or Cardano ecosystems.

For what it’s worth it looks like the SEC is starting to get a lot of pushback from US politicians and not just because of its approach to cryptocurrency.

What Is Cryptocurrency?

A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that is secured using cryptography and thus virtually impossible to counterfeit or duplicate. Many cryptocurrencies are decentralized networks based on blockchain technology—a distributed ledger maintained by a network of computers spread across the globe.

Cryptocurrencies, by definition, are not produced or controlled by any centralized authority, making them theoretically immune to government interference or manipulation.

Cryptocurrencies are digital or virtual currencies based on cryptographic algorithms. They allow people to make secure online payments without the use of third-party intermediaries. The term “crypto” refers to the various encryption algorithms and cryptographic techniques that protect these records, such as elliptical curve encryption, public-private key pairs, and hashing functions.

Cryptocurrencies might be mined or purchased on cryptocurrency exchanges. Some e-commerce sites do not accept cryptocurrencies as payment methods. Cryptocurrency values, in particular Bitcoin’s, have seen a tremendous boost in recent months, making them popular as trading instruments. To a lesser extent, they are utilized for cross-border transfers.

Blockchain technology is at the heart of Bitcoin’s popularity and usefulness. Blockchain, as the name suggests, is a set of linked blocks or an online ledger. Each block includes a list of transactions that have been independently verified by all members of the network.

In order to confirm a new block, every node must verify it first. This makes forging transaction histories nearly impossible.

The data within the online ledger must be confirmed by the entire network of an individual node, or computer storing a copy of the ledger.

Blockchain technology, according to experts, may be used in a variety of industries and procedures, including online voting and crowdfunding. JPMorgan Chase & Co., for example, is experimenting with blockchain technology to cut costs by simplifying payment processing.

Bitcoin is the most popular and valuable cryptocurrency in the world. Satoshi Nakamoto, an unknown individual, invented it and released it to the public in a white paper in 2008. There are now thousands of cryptocurrencies available on the market.

Each cryptocurrency has a unique function and set of specifications. For instance, Ethereum’s ether is meant to be used as gas for its smart contract platform. Similarly, Ripple’s XRP is utilized by banks to make cross-border transfers easier.

Bitcoin, which was released to the public in 2009, is by far the most widely traded and documented cryptocurrency. In May 2022, there were over 19 million bitcoins in circulation with a market capitalization of around $576 billion. Only 21 million bitcoins will ever exist.

In the aftermath of Bitcoin’s popularity, numerous “altcoins” have been developed. Some are clones or forks of Bitcoin, while others are new currencies that were constructed from the ground up. Solana, Litecoin, Ethereum, Cardano, and EOS are among them. By November 2021, the overall value of all cryptocurrencies in circulation had risen to over $2 trillion—nearly 41% of it was represented by Bitcoin.

Currencies not affiliated with any commodity, like dollars, get their value from the government or other financial institutions. For example, if you have a one dollar bill, it is backed by the Federal Reserve.

Cryptocurrencies are not backed by any public or private entities, so their legal status is unclear in different financial jurisdictions. Cryptocurrencies have mostly functioned outside existing financial infrastructure, making it difficult to use them in daily transactions and trading. In June 2019, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommended that wire transfers of cryptocurrencies should be subject to requirements for compliance with anti-money laundering regulations.

El Salvador is the first and only country in the world as of December 2021 to allow Bitcoin as legal tender for monetary transactions. The regulation of cryptocurrency differs depending on location.

Bitcoin is legally considered property in Japan due to the Payment Services Act.

China, as previously reported by CBNC and other sources, has banned cryptocurrency exchanges and mining. Within its borders, China has prohibited cryptocurrency exchanges and mining. In December, it was said that India is working on a framework for cryptocurrencies.

Derivatives and other products that use cryptocurrencies will need to qualify as “financial instruments” in order for them to be legal in the European Union. In June 2021, rules were set by The Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulation for companies or vendors providing financial services using cryptocurrencies was released by the European Commission.

The United States has the biggest and most sophisticated financial market in the world, where crypto derivatives like Bitcoin futures are available on exchanges such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. However, this does not mean that everyone is allowed to invest in Bitcoin or Ethereum. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has said that these two cryptocurrencies are not securities.

Cryptocurrencies have earned a poor reputation as an unstable investment, owing to high investor losses caused by frauds, hacks, and bugs. Although the underlying cryptography is generally safe, using and keeping crypto assets may be complicated for new users.

In addition to market risks associated with speculative assets, cryptocurrency investors should be aware of the following dangers:

There is no way to reverse or cancel a cryptocurrency transaction once it has been sent, unlike with traditional finance. According to some calculations, around a fifth of all bitcoins are now locked due to forgotten passwords or incorrect sending addresses.

Regulatory concerns: Many governments are still attempting to regulate cryptocurrencies as securities, currencies, or both, despite the fact that they have been designated as such. It might be tough to sell cryptocurrencies suddenly if a government bans them.

Counterparty risks: Many investors and merchants use exchanges or other custodians to store their cryptocurrency. The loss of one’s entire investment if a third party fails would be due to theft or loss by one of these third parties.

There are few protections against fraudulent or unethical management practices because there aren’t many uniform laws. Many investors have lost significant sums to management teams that failed to deliver a product.

Risks associated with programming: Some investment and lending platforms utilize automated smart contracts to manage user deposits. By investing in one of theseplatforms, you assume the risk that an error or security flaw in the programming could lead to losing your deposit.

Market Manipulation: Market manipulation is still a big issue in the cryptocurrency world, and several exchanges have been accused of artificially propping up or downing the price of their assets.

Despite the dangers, cryptocurrencies have experienced a significant increase in value, with the total market capitalization surpassing $1 trillion.

While there is no guarantee of success, some investors have made a lot of money by taking the risk and investing in early-stage cryptocurrencies.

Cryptocurrencies were created with the aim of revolutionizing banking infrastructure. There are, however, drawbacks to every upheaval. There are several contrasts between the theoretical ideal of a decentralized system using cryptocurrencies and its actual implementation at this time in cryptocurrency development.

The following are some advantages and disadvantages of cryptocurrencies.

Advantages

Cryptocurrencies are a new, decentralized paradigm for money. In this mechanism, intermediaries like banks and monetary institutions are not required to establish trust and enforce transactions between two parties. As a result, a system based on cryptocurrencies eliminates the risk of having a single point of failure, such as a big bank, causing a chain reaction of crises around the world similar to what occurred in 2008 when institutions in the United States failed.

Cryptocurrencies allow you to send money directly from one party to another without the need for a third party, such as a bank or a credit card company. Public and private keys are used in these decentralized transactions, as well as various incentive systems, such as proof of work and proof of stake.

Cryptocurrency transfers don’t use third-party intermediaries, making them quicker than standard money transfers. In decentralized finance, flash loans are an example of such a transfer. Without needing collateral, these transactions can be completed in just seconds and are often used for trading purposes. Investing in cryptocurrency can be profitable. Cryptocurrencies have exploded in value in the previous decade, eclipsing $2 trillion at one point. Bitcoin was worth more than $550 billion as of May 2022 in crypto markets.

The cryptocurrency world is being put to the test by the recent remittance boom. Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin act as an intermediary currency to help those transferring money across borders. The process usually works like this: change a fiat currency into Bitcoin (or another cryptocurrency), make the border crossing, and finally convert it back into a fiat currency at your destination. This makes transfers quicker and often cheaper.

Disadvantages

Cryptocurrencies are pseudonymous rather than truly anonymous, as they leave a digital footprint that can be tracked by law enforcement. They provide the potential for government or federal authorities to follow the financial activities of ordinary individuals.

Cryptocurrencies have become a useful tool for unlawful activities like money laundering and black market purchases. The case of Dread Pirate Roberts, who ran an online marketplace to sell drugs on the dark web, is already well-known. Hackers have also taken to using cryptocurrencies for ransomware attacks.

Cryptocurrencies are supposed to be owned and distributed by many across a blockchain. In actuality, however, only a tiny number of holders possess the majority of these assets. For instance, research from MIT showed that in 2020 just 11000 investors held 45% of Bitcoin’s value.

Cryptocurrencies boast that anyone can mine them with only a computer and an Internet connection. Nevertheless, mining for popular cryptocurrencies necessitates a lot of energy – sometimes costing as much power to run as entire countries use. The uncertainly of mining returns along with the expensive energy costs have caused miners to gravitate towards large firms who regularly rake in billions of dollars in revenue. According to an MIT study, just 10% of miners are responsible for 90% of total cryptocurrency mined worldwide.

Although blockchains for cryptocurrencies are quite secure, other crypto storage locations, such as exchanges and wallets, can be hacked. Cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets have been hacked on numerous occasions, resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of “money.”

The main issue with cryptocurrencies is their instability in public markets. For example, the value of Bitcoin surged to $17,738 in December 2017 but then plummeted to only $7,575 a few months later.

Cryptocurrencies are thus seen by some economists as a passing fad or speculative bubble.

Cryptocurrencies are digital assets that rely on cryptography for security. They’re a relatively new technology, so they tend to be quite speculative. Make sure you understand the risks before investing any money.