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WednesdayMay 29, 2024 9:00 am

Trump’s Campaign to Start Accepting Crypto for Campaign Contributions

The presidential campaign of Donald Trump has announced that it will start accepting crypto donations as part of its strategy to create a “cryptocurrency army” in the lead-up to election day. The campaign has set up a fundraising platform that enables any legally permissible donor to contribute to its political committees using a variety of cryptocurrencies accepted by the Coinbase exchange. This move not only emphasizes Trump’s position as a crypto-supportive candidate but also aims to attract a key demographic of young male voters that is increasingly engaged with digital currencies. The announcement coincided with the conclusion of Trump’s defense…

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FridayMay 24, 2024 9:00 am

Senate Passes Measure to Revoke SEC’s Accounting Policy on Crypto

The U.S. Senate joined the House recently in attempting to repeal the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Sec0 cryptocurrency policy, Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 121 (SAB 121). The senate passed the measure in a 60 to 38 vote, although President Joseph Biden has promised to veto the measure. Concerns remain in the crypto sector about banking constraints as President Biden argued that removing the rule could hinder efforts to protect investors and ensure the financial system’s stability. The resolution garnered support from a dozen Democrats who joined a majority of GOP lawmakers, surpassing the bare majority required for passage. It…

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WednesdayMay 22, 2024 9:00 am

US Brothers Charged for Pulling Off a $25 Million Crypto Heist in 12 Seconds

Two brothers, Anton and James Peraire-Bueno, who attended one of the top U.S. universities, have been accused of stealing $25 million worth of crypto in a mere 12 seconds. They both face charges of money laundering and wire fraud. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), this alleged theft is unprecedented. The brothers, who reportedly studied at MIT, are said to have executed their scheme in April last year. Lisa Monaco, the U.S. Deputy AG, stated that the brothers used a sophisticated and cutting-edge method to steal $25 million in Ethereum, planning the operation for months but completing it…

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MondayMay 20, 2024 9:00 am

Biden Bans China-Backed Cryptocurrency Mining Company from Owning Land Near Missile Base in Wyoming

President Joe Biden recently issued an executive order preventing a Chinese-sponsored crypto-mining company from possessing land close to a nuclear missile facility in Wyoming. The order, aiming to safeguard national security, mandates the disposal of the property currently utilized as a cryptocurrency mining facility close to the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base. MineOne Partners Ltd., partially supported by Chinese investors, along with its associates, must also dismantle specific equipment on the premises. The order coincides with the U.S. administration’s plans to impose substantial tariffs on Chinese imports, including semiconductors, electric vehicles, medical supplies and solar products. Both Biden and…

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FridayMay 17, 2024 9:00 am

Trump Wants to Use Crypto to Gain Edge over Biden

Donald Trump is once again breaking presidential ground: He stands to be the inaugural nominee of a major party that will actively seek the support of crypto traders, leaving certain Democrats unsettled. During a recent Mar-a-Lago event, Trump addressed crypto enthusiasts, asking them to vote for him because of what he termed the Biden administration’s strict regulations against the industry. Trump’s overt appeal to the cryptocurrency sector marks a notable shift from his earlier criticism during his initial term in office. However, the shift is consistent with the evolving stance of the GOP, which has grown increasingly receptive to digital…

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WednesdayMay 15, 2024 9:00 am

FTX Reveals It Has More Than Needed to Repay Victims After Collapse

The collapsed crypto exchange FTX claims to have surplus funds exceeding the amounts required for reimbursing its customers. The company states that it expects to have up to $16.3 billion after selling its remaining assets to pay down its debt, which is estimated to be approximately $11 billion. The company’s new restructuring proposal assures nearly all of its clients will recover at least their entire losses incurred during FTX’s collapse in 2022. Earlier this year, Sam Bankman-Fried, one of FTX’s cofounders, received a 25-year prison sentence for deceiving investors and customers of the now-insolvent company. John Ray, FTX’s new CEO,…

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MondayMay 13, 2024 9:00 am

US SEC Serves Robinhood Crypto with Wells Notice, Signaling Possible Enforcement Action

Robinhood Markets, a retail-trading platform, revealed that it had recently been served with an enforcement action notice from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the cryptocurrency tokens traded on its platform. The notice, known as a “Wells notice,” is typically issued by the SEC as a precursor to potential enforcement actions, though it does not imply wrongdoing. The company’s chief legal, compliance and corporate affairs officer Dan Gallagher stressed the company’s confidence that the assets posted on its marketplace aren’t securities. He also noted that the company was ready to engage with the SEC to demonstrate the weakness…

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FridayMay 10, 2024 9:00 am

Binance’s CZ’s Sentence Highlights Stark Differences with FTX’s Bankman-Fried

The long-standing feud between former crypto giants concluded recently in a federal courtroom in Seattle, where Changpeng Zhao (CZ), the founder of Binance, received a four-month prison sentence. Contrastingly, Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX was sentenced to 25 years in prison a month earlier in Manhattan. The ruling marked the end of a prolonged rivalry between Bankman-Fried and Zhao, both renowned figures in the $2.2 trillion cryptocurrency industry. Initially, the duo championed the potential of decentralized digital assets, envisioning a world where virtual coins would disrupt traditional financial systems. Despite their advocacy, both Zhao and Bankman-Fried inadvertently reinforced the concerns of…

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WednesdayMay 08, 2024 9:00 am

Latest US Labor Market Data Pushes Bitcoin Above $60K

Bitcoin maintained its position above the $60,000 mark after the release of the U.S. job market report on April 3, 2024. The new report altered predictions about when the Fed would cut its key interest rate, moving it to September instead of November. Following the report’s publication, Bitcoin saw a rise of more than 4%, continuing its upward trend toward $62,000, as per data from CoinMarketCap. Bitcoin has seen substantial buying activity in recent hours, sending it above the $60K level. It did, however, run into some opposition at the $62K mark. At the moment, the price of Bitcoin is…

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MondayMay 06, 2024 9:00 am

Bernstein Analysts Predict Crypto Market Growth to $7.5 Trillion in 2025

Cryptocurrency appears to be gearing up for significant growth, according to a recent report. The report suggests that the collective value of crypto could triple to reach $7.5 trillion by the year 2025. Researchers Mahika Sapra and Gautam Chhugani from Bernstein highlighted several key factors in a note to their clients that could fuel this surge. According to Bernstein’s analysis, Bitcoin might reach $150,000 by next year, buoyed by the unprecedented influx of funds into 10 newly launched Bitcoin spot ETFs earlier this year. While the pace of inflows has tapered off since the beginning of last month, Bernstein views…

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