Coming every Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link.
Top Stories This Week
Avid Bitcoin hater and gold peddler Peter Schiff saw his bank in Puerto Rico, Euro Pacific International Bank, shut down this week, with regulators pulling the plug on the grounds that the bank was not maintaining the net minimum capital requirements. Schiff noted that, as a result, “accounts are frozen and customers may lose money.” The crypto community on Twitter was quick to swoop in, with pseudonymous user HodlMagoo noting the priceless irony: “Do you understand why you need bitcoin now?”
According to Glassnode’s “The Week On-Chain” report published on Monday, supposed “market tourists” have been completely “purged” from the BTC market, leaving only seasoned hodlers or investors transacting with the asset. The report also stated that “shrimps” — those holding less than 1 BTC, and whales — those with 1,000 to 5,000 BTC — were “increasing meaningfully.”
Ethereum developers completed the second-to-last Merge trial on the Sepolia public testnet this week. There was a minor hiccup, with 25-30% of validators going offline after the Merge due to “wrong configs.” However, devs such as Terence Tsao stated that “hiccups will not delay the Merge.” The final Merge trial on Goerli is slated to go through in the next few weeks, and it appears the official Ethereum Merge is on track for now.
On Tuesday, Voyager Digital filed for bankruptcy as part of a “reorganization” plan just days after the crypto exchange paused trading, withdrawals and deposits. Under the plan, Voyager is looking to make users whole again by offering a combination of Voyager tokens, crypto, proceeds from the Three Arrows Capital recovery, and common shares in the newly reorganized company.
The crypto community on Twitter has joked that the crypto bottom is in after Jim Cramer predicted that the market will plunge further, saying that crypto has “no real value.” Cramer has developed a reputation in the crypto community for giving stock/crypto tips that generally end up being at odds with how the market behaves. “How many companies can Sam Bankman-Fried save?” he said.
Winners and Losers
Among the biggest 100 cryptocurrencies, the top three altcoin gainers of the week are Curve DAO Token (CRV) at 49.12%, Convex Finance (CVX) at 41.45% and THORChain (RUNE) at 25.95%.
The top three altcoin losers of the week are Amp (AMP) at 8.52%, KuCoin Token (KCS) at 7.17% and UNUS SED LEO (LEO) at 5.98%.
For more info on crypto prices, make sure to read Cointelegraph’s market analysis.
Most Memorable Quotations
“Celsius has refused to acknowledge the truth or their failures in risk management and accounting.”
Jason Stone, CEO and founder of KeyFi
“In the future, we see blockchain as one way to bring more empowerment and independence to communities on Reddit.”
Reddit, social media platform
“There’s a lot of peripherals that are just not getting tested and that’s unavoidable and probably fine.”
Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum
“Crypto really does seem to be imploding. Went from $3 trillion to $1 trillion. Why should it stop at $1 trillion? There’s no real value there.”
Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money
“We need now to bring in the regulatory system that will manage those risks in the crypto world in the same way that we manage them in the conventional world.”
Jon Cunliffe, deputy governor for financial stability at the Bank of England
“The Bitcoin network is approaching a state where almost all speculative entities, and market tourists have been completely purged from the asset.”
Glassnode, blockchain analytics firm
Prediction of the Week
Bloomberg’s senior commodity strategist, Mike McGlone, has predicted that BTC could be due for “one of the greatest bull markets in history” during the second half of 2022, arguing that the bottom is in and the floodgates could be primed to slam open. He cited the market activity in the first half of 2022 as being similar to the bottom of the bear market in 2018, which then went on to surge in the first six months of 2019.
FUD of the Week
According to cyber intelligence company Cyble, a new strain of crypto malware is being spread via YouTube. The malware, named PennyWise, tricks users into downloading software that’s able to siphon data from more than 30 crypto wallets and crypto-browser extensions. PennyWise can also take screenshots and steal sessions from chat applications such as Discord and Telegram.
On Friday, it was reported that Celsius had transferred nearly 25,000 Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) worth $528.9 million to the FTX crypto exchange. The move has raised concerns that a dump could soon follow, resulting in a potential plunge in the price of BTC.
KeyFi, an investment firm that previously managed $2 billion worth of Celsius assets, has filed a lawsuit against the troubled lending company over an alleged failure to honor a profit-sharing agreement “worth millions of dollars.” KeyFi has accused Celsius of refusing to honor a “handshake agreement” that would see it take home certain percentages of the profits it made on Celsius’ behalf via staking and DeFi strategies.
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