Major cryptocurrencies’ losses deepen after hawkish Fed comments

    Prices of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are continuing their slide over the last two days, along with the stock market, as market analysts expect that the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates soon to fight inflation. Bitcoin has slumped over 17% since December 27.   Bitcoin continues its slide Thursday after hawkish commentary from…

    NFT market passed $41 billion in 2021, rivaling the global fine art market
    08 Jan 2022

    Nearly $41 billion worth of cryptocurrency was sent to NFT marketplaces and collections from the beginning of 2021 through mid-December, according to a new estimate from blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis. NFTs are now inching closer and closer in value to the traditional art market.   By the end of 2021, the marketplace for non-fungible tokens…

    Bitcoin hashrate and price tumble amid internet blackouts in Kazakhstan
    08 Jan 2022

    Internet blackouts brought in by the Kazakh authorities to help address Kazakhstan’s spreading unrest dealt a severe blow to Bitcoin cryptocurrency mining activity. The overall BTC hashrate fell 13.4% from roughly 205,000 petahash per second to 177,330 petahash per second. In addition, the Bitcoin price dropped 9% following the Kazakhstan blackouts, dropping to a swing…

    Time for regulators. Part 2
    08 Jan 2022

    American regulators’ attitude to cryptocurrencies seems to swing back-and-forth like a pendulum. One minute they wish (and act) to ban everything crypto-related as competition to fiat money, the second – they “let go of the reins”. The current swing is towards strengthening government control.   The latest US infrastructure bill introduces the broadest possible characterization…