Crypto Trends Weekly Apr. 30 – May 6

    09 May 2022

    Breaking crypto news from the last week (Apr. 30 – May 6, 2022):

    Apr. 30: Three Arrows Capital, a crypto hedge fund, moves its headquarters from Singapore to Dubai as the UAE is gradually replacing Singapore as a crypto mecca. Bybit, Binance, Kraken, and FTX are setting up offices in the UAE as crypto migrates from traditional far eastern financial centers.

    May 1: Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager, has launched a blockchain exchange-traded fund (ETF). The fund, trading on the NYSE Arca, gives investors exposure to “companies that are involved in the development, innovation, and utilization of blockchain and crypto technologies.” The launch comes after Fidelity listed its crypto and metaverse ETFs last week.

    May 2: Samsung Group’s investment arm is reportedly set to list a blockchain exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the Hong Kong Exchange during the first half of 2022 in a bid to capitalize on growing demand. The ETF will have a structure that is similar to that of BLOK, one of Amplify Holdings’s ETF products.

    May 3: US-based crypto exchange Kraken has opened the waitlist for its upcoming NFT marketplace. The exchange posted this bullish announcement claiming that its marketplace would be the complete solution for exploring, curating, and securing NFT collections. Unlike available on other marketplaces, Kraken NFT promises to offer gasless trading. The Kraken NFT marketplace will support both crypto and fiat purchases.

    May 4: Major crypto exchange Coinbase has taken out a loan from Goldman Sachs using its Bitcoin assets as collateral to strengthen ties between crypto and traditional banking. The amount of the historic transaction has not been disclosed, but the collateral for it was based on a portion of Coinbase’s Bitcoin Holdings. As of 2021, Coinbase owns cryptos worth $566 million, including more than $183 million worth of Bitcoin.

    May 5: Tron, an Ethereum competitor blockchain, announced the launch of USDD, an algorithmic stablecoin inspired by the success of Terra’s UST, which has topped $18 billion in total issuance. USDD has launched on TRON, BNB Chain, and Ethereum blockchains. The team behind the stablecoin has promised “zero-risk” returns of about 30% APY, and users currently need to engage in “mining” to capture the yield.

    May 6: BTC crashed below $35,500, leaving over $400 million worth of liquidated positions in the process and taking the entire crypto market with it. Last week, Bitcoin had also witnessed the major outflows from the market, totaling $120 million, as the uncertainty of institutional investors continued to grow. However, MicroStrategy promised to support Bitcoin in the case of a major “capitulation.”

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