Highlighting what went right, and what went wrong, in this week’s crypto news analysis.
Looking back at last week’s biggest news, including price analyses for BTC, ETH, and XRP.
On Friday, OKEx, one of the largest crypto-fiat exchanges, suspended all withdrawals after claiming one of its private key holders (later revealed to be the exchange’s founder) was cooperating with an investigation.
OKEx has denied the ongoing inquiry of Mingxing Xu, also known as Star X, is related to an anti-money laundering (AML) investigation in China.
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Stay tuned for updates as this saga unfolds…
In other news, central bank digital currency initiatives continued to heat up around the world last week.
After the Bank of Russia admitted it is mulling Digital Rouble plans on Tuesday, the Central Bank of Spain also announced it is prioritising the design and study of a CBDC in its Strategic Plan for 2020-2024.
Meanwhile in China, the city of Shenzhen appears to have kicked the launch of the Digital Yuan into a frenzy after it was discovered that some gas stations in the city have started accepting the digital currency.
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On Wednesday, Grayscale Investments announced a record quarterly performance, raking in $1.05bn in investments.
The company noted that the majority of investment (81%) came from institutional investors, dominated by hedge funds.
Stone Ridge Holdings, which manages over $10bn in assets, disclosed on Tuesday that it had purchased more than 10,000 BTC, worth around $114 million, as part of its treasury reserve strategy.
This announcement follows recent news from MicroStrategy ($425 million) and Square ($50 million) converting portions of their financial reserves to Bitcoin.
New research by The Block reveals that stablecoin supply has surged past $20bn, driven by derivatives market.
In total, the market has grown from $5bn at the beginning of 2020 to around $20.2bn today.
Tether’s USDT comprises approximately 79% of the market.
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