Copper’s Weekly Update – 24 August 2020

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.

Last week, DeFi data aggregator DIA announced it had raised $15 million through the sale of its governance token for plans to build an open-source financial data product reminiscent of Bloomberg’s offerings. The Swiss not-for-profit is rapidly becoming one of the most anticipated projects in the DeFi space.

Senegalese-American rapper Akon updated the progress of his futuristic cryptocurrency-themed city in Senegal, Akon City. Phase one of the $6 billion project begins early next year and will be completed by 2023, with the entire project to be completed within ten years.

Meanwhile, some eyebrows were raised when Huobi, one of the world’s largest exchange firms, announced plans to expand its activities in Russia, citing huge market opportunities. The crypto space in Russia is notoriously facing major setbacks as authorities continue to have reservations about digital assets.

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Bitcoin lender BlockFi raises $50 million in Series C round

On Thursday, crypto lender BlockFi announced it had closed a $50 million Series C round, led by Morgan Creek Capital, Valar Ventures, CMT Digital, Castle Island Ventures, Winklevoss Capital and others.

BlockFi says it will use the newly secured funds to grow the team and further expand its business lines – including the upcoming release of a Bitcoin rewards-based credit card.

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Swiss crypto firms say first automated, AML-compliant Bitcoin transfer completed

The first automated and compliant crypto asset transaction has been enabled by three Swiss crypto companies – Geneva’s Mt Pelerin, Zug-based Crypto Finance AG and 21 Analytics.

The Bitcoin transaction was compliant with the AML requirements set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and Swiss market regulators.

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It’s now cheaper to buy one Bitcoin than to buy a single DeFi token YFI

DeFi continued to make waves as the Yearn Finance project token (YFI) jumped over 270% in five days to almost $16,000. The digital token today is still worth more per coin than the price of Bitcoin, as the asset is currently trading for $13,734.

Launched less than a month ago, YFI was initially designed as ‘a completely valueless 0 supply token’.

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