Crypto Update: Smoke and mirrors
Cryptocurrency analyst, Saxo Bank Group
Summary: This week the entire crypto market cap and Bitcoin rose by 1%, thereby bringing the market caps to around $142 billion and $472bn respectively.
Bitmain confirms it is not going public for now
The cryptocurrency mining giant confirmed this week that the firm will not IPO anytime soon. Bitmain allowed its IPO application with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to expire. The firm stated that although it has not pursued an IPO at this time, the process has made the company more transparent. Bitmain, however, claims to have every intention to IPO at some point but has not disclosed the exact date of the new filing. The lapse in its application could indicate other cryptocurrency miners such as Ebang and Canaan may also decline to IPO for the time being.
Majority of BTC volume is fake
Bitwise recently reported in front of the SEC regarding the cryptocurrency exchange market. The firm stated that over 95% of published volumes on cryptocurrency exchanges are false. The firm looked at the top exchanges and compared volume spikes as well as order sizes to determine whether each exchange had legitimate volumes. The firms with legitimate volumes had volume spikes in the same time frame and clustered order sizes around small fractions below 1 BTC and clusters around whole numbers of BTC (e.g. 2, 3, 4…). Some speculate that this report could improve the chances of an ETF, citing that nine of the ten top exchanges with real volume are regulated under US law. The only exchange not regulated is Binance, which is the top exchange worldwide.
Pantera capital close to its third fund
The cryptocurrency hedge fund Pantera Capital is $15 million short of its third venture fund target of $175m. The firm has about an equal number of investments in infrastructure products and exchanges, 35% and 30% respectively. The firm has made notable investments in Bakkt, Brave and Circle. Despite the more than a year-long market downturn in cryptocurrency prices, firms are still raising money to invest in the space.
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