With bitcoin price hovering around the $20,000 mark, market observers expect its trading to continue between $18,000 and $22,000

With bitcoin price hovering around the $20,000 mark, market observers expect its trading to continue between $18,000 and $22,000

According to market observers and its volatile conditions, cryptocurrency trading has maintained the range between $18000 and $22000 for a month. Additional thoughts were shared.

Bitcoin price has a lot to do with the supply and holders too. If you have looked at Glassnode’s data, over 80% of the total USD-denominated wealth invested in bitcoin has been moved for at least three months. When supply is dormant, the price is dormant, and this means that holders are unwilling to spend at a lower price.

Another possible reason is that SEC chair Gary Gensler said in an interview with Yahoo Finance on 15 July 2022 that they will continue to speak to the crypto industry, saying that they may suggest rules that apply to traditional brokerage to protect investors in the event of crypto failure. This piece of news in a timely manner, and gives more confidence to the investors at large.

The news of South Africa will go all in to regulate crypto as a financial asset is another plus point for this week. With all the news today alone, many people on Twitter turned bullish upon seeing the crypto market cap was traded closer back to the $1 trillion mark. Investors have to look at the following dates:

1) 27 July- Federal Reserve Interest Rates;

2) 28 July- US GDP Figures.

These are important dates to note as they can drive the crypto prices up or down.

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With bitcoin price hovering around the $20,000 mark, market observers expect its trading to continue between $18,000 and $22,000

According to market reports, volatility in cryptocurrency markets is because of factors such as the global pandemic, world governments, and Web3.0’s bullish nature.

After a topsy-turvy ride, it seems bitcoin has stabilised with it being predicted to trade between $18,000 and $22,000, based on its price range for the last couple of months. On July 17, cryptocurrency bitcoin’s price fell below the $21,000 mark. At the time of writing (12.19 pm, Indian Standard Time), the global cryptocurrency market capitalisation reached a $1.01 trillion valuation while bitcoin traded close to the $22,000 value, according to cryptocurrency assets price-tracking website CoinMarketCap. “Bitcoin is hovering close to the $20,000 mark because of the community and investors who still believe in the currency. Due to the cryptocurrency’s nature and limited supply, its price is expected to increase in the future,” Agam Chaudhary, a serial entrepreneur and investor in Web3.0 space, told FE Digital Currency.

Various market reports stated that volatility in cryptocurrency markets is because of factors such as the global pandemic, influence of stock markets, decisions by governments, and the bullish nature of Web3.0 space. According to the Twitter handle of blockchain analytics firm Glassnode, over 80% of the total United States Dollar (USD) denominated wealth has been held on by investors for around 3 months, irrespective of market volatility. “Rules must be suggested for traditional brokerage to protect investors in the event of cryptocurrency failure. Investors need to follow the Federal Reserve Interest rates and US gross domestic product (GDP) figures, as they can drive cryptocurrency prices up or down,” Anndy Lian, chief digital advisor, Mongolian Productivity Organisation, a governmental organisation, stated.

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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The growing popularity of crypto social trading: Quick review

The growing popularity of crypto social trading: Quick review

Social and copy trading tools are relatively new in the cryptocurrency scene. Basically, their trades are reflected in your account. Their profits are your profits and their losses are your losses.

Such tools are simple to use and have all the features that any trader will need. How would DeFi and social trading work together? Let’s look into it now.

Community-powered DeFi protocol Pollen aims to shake up the asset management industry with its bold attempt to really put the community in the driving seat, led by top-performing traders that emerge from the community.

As the first really tangible step to making that happen after two years’ development and several months of testing involving 7,000+ beta users, Pollen has now launched its trading simulation product after 99 per cent backing in a 100K strong community vote in line with Pollen’s merit-based DAO structure.

But in a growing market for social trading globally how does it stack up against existing startups in the space, such as eToro and League of Traders?

The mainnet launch is designed to create a community of crypto traders, so-called ‘Pollinators’ which in turn will identify a talent pool of the top performers. These users will provide the trading insights to power the asset-backed Pollen Indexes.

How it works is that Pollen Virtual enables traders to try out their trading strategies in a safe sandbox environment, based on staked tokens, in a portfolio composed of assets available on Pollen with the ability to rebalance the proportion of each asset to improve performance in real-time.

In turn, this encourages traders to compete in a leaderboard to earn reputation points and PLNs. Those less willing to risk their tokens can delegate them to the best performers for an 80% share of the trading profits.

Pollen’s social model fits a post-Terra DeFi world, where the trust is put in the decentralised community rather than the founders. Of course, the downside is the gains are not going to be crazy DeFi gains where you stake a dollar and have a million in your wallet in a couple of days!

Instead, as Agova explained, the aim of Pollen is to bring some much-needed balance to DeFi and reduce the risk, reduce the volatility through indexes. “DeFi for grownups. It’s DeFi if you’re not necessarily crypto savvy, but an average person with some disposable income that wants to get into DeFi but can’t get into DeFi.”

The virtual assets users allocate in their Pollen Virtual portfolio (with the protocol based on the Avalanche and Ethereum ecosystem) represent real assets, meaning that they rise and fall depending on each asset’s performance in real life.

However, there is no exposure to the underlying assets in the Pollen Virtual portfolio: they are purely simulations, with only PLN earned or burned depending on the portfolio’s performance. The Pollen Virtual protocol actually has two tokens available to users, the PLN is the native token, and vePLN is what they call the “voter escrow token” which users obtain when they lock their PLN.

While you can earn PLN as a reward you cannot earn vePLN, as a locked token, it simply allows you to earn rewards up to 20 per cent more. However, to add a gamification element you can lose vePLN as a result of poor performance of your trading activity.

How eToro compares

In comparison one of the market leaders eToro offers is the ability to see how other investors and traders manage their crypto portfolios which allows you to take advantage of their tactics.

In addition, eToro provides a service called copy trading which automates the copying of the best-performing investors. A third layer of social trading is access to forums where traders can discuss their strategies.

In a way similar to Pollen eToro also offers a virtual trading account. However, a key difference is that you don’t need to buy eToro’s own token to participate, instead, you use US$100,000 in fake money so the quality of the learning is probably not as great as with Pollen where you can lose PLN and reputation ranking for poor performance.

Bethany Garner of Forbes Advisor in reviewing eToro confirmed that it lets users buy and sell more than 60 crypto assets and offers its own crypto wallet for users to store their tokens.

Plus, as well as the social trading tools. “Anyone, even those who aren’t users, can visit eToro and gain access to lessons on investment terms, interpreting the markets, and different types of assets through the eToro Academy.”

That educational support is certainly lacking from Pollen currently, but no doubt will be something they’ll want to develop once the asset management service launches later in the year.

Gamifying trading

A neat twist on the social trading concept is the leading social trading service in Asia League of Traders, a crypto app that runs a leaderboard similar to Pollen, where the best performers are rewarded.

League of Traders has ‘doubled down’ on social trading by gamifying crypto trading with features including real-time leaderboards, monthly competitions, and trader profiles, transforming trading into a social, competitive experience. Each user’s profile includes a growth chart, token distribution pie chart, volatility risk assessment and current positions which allows speedy insight into one’s portfolio’s strength.

And unlike Pollen, which works as a closed ecosystem, or eToro which aims to make money from your crypto purchases, using the app you can link your portfolios across different exchanges to see their performance aggregated in one place. Like eToro however you can also click on the profile of top traders to check out their portfolio, with the option to copy another account.

Barrister and Attorney at Law at BlockchainLex.io, Brian Sanya Mondoh, said, “In my view, the delegation of tokens to make profits by delegators is likely to interact with the Howey Test, as there is an investment of money in a common enterprise with a reasonable expectation of profits to be derived from the efforts of others.”

Mondoh added that crypto regulation is rapidly underway with many DeFi protocols presented as real risks to consumers, businesses, national security, and the financial system. The recent Terra collapse is still fresh in our minds and has further highlighted the need for appropriate regulation to help mitigate consumer, market integrity and financial stability risks,” he added.

Anndy Lian, Chairman of BigONE Exchange said Pollen was a great example of what DeFi can offer following the Terra collapse. “The risky returns offered by Terra’s Anchor Protocol proved that you need to base DeFi on sound first principles, a decentralised offering which empowers users rather than encouraging them to take unsustainable risks.

“I’m impressed by Pollen’s careful stepped approach to their social offering driven by community-led adoption and testing to get it right. I particularly like the fact that anyone can create their own asset pools, and then turn successful indexes public, and earn tokens. But of course, for the newcomer, a service like eToro or League of Traders has a lot to offer where you can learn from the best traders.

“And while eToro like Pollen wants you to stick to its ecosystem I like the flexibility of League of Traders, aggregating your traders under one roof, while also gamifying the experience through the regular trading competitions. Clearly, the social trading market in crypto is only going to grow further in the future, as Web3 is the perfect architecture for a networked decentralised people-led approach to trading and investing.”

 

Original Source: https://e27.co/the-growing-popularity-of-crypto-social-trading-quick-review-20220620/

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Fortune: Crypto trading in India plummets as much as 70% as new hurdles scare off investors

Fortune: Crypto trading in India plummets as much as 70% as new hurdles scare off investors

The cryptocurrency boom in India, which has the world’s second-largest community of crypto investors, may be turning into a bust.

“In general, we have seen trading volumes [on Indian exchanges] come down by 30%-40% in the last two to three weeks,” Nischal Shetty, founder and CEO of WazirX, India’s biggest cryptocurrency trading exchange told Fortune.

Other Indian crypto exchanges say their trading volumes have been hit too.

Sumit Gupta, co-founder and CEO at CoinDCX, blames the 30-35% drop in trading volume on his exchange, one of India’s largest, on global and domestic factors. Bitcoin has been stagnant at $39,000 to $40,000 for several months, while large traders have slowed their activity due to new taxes, he says.

Atulya Bhatt, co-founder of BuyUcoin, an Indian cryptocurrency exchange, says trading volume on his platform has fallen up to 70% “since the new taxation came in this month.”

Drops in trading volume vary from exchange to exchange, but volumes on most crypto platforms have dipped 30%-40% in April from the prior month, says Raj Kapoor, founder of India Blockchain Alliance, a trade body for the crypto industry.

“It is just the beginning. Volumes will drop substantially if there is no [government] intervention,” says Kapoor. “It is not going to be healthy for a nation like ours. When you have an elephant in the room [like crypto], you have to learn how to dance with it or get trampled.”

The double whammy of new taxes and limited payment mechanisms has soured crypto investors’ sentiment in the South Asian country, home to 25 million investors who hold assets worth more than $6 billion—putting the future of crypto in India in doubt.

India’s new budget, which took effect when the new fiscal year started on April 1, imposed a 30% capital gains tax on cryptocurrency earnings, the same rate the government applies to winnings from horse racing and a significant increase from the previous scheme that didn’t specify taxes for crypto but applied income-based rates that maxed out at 30%. Under the new tax rules, cryptocurrencies are subject to a heavier tax than traditional asset classes like stocks, which are taxed at varying rates starting at 10%. The 30% tax rate on cryptocurrency gains applies even to earners whose total annual income is below INR 250,000 or $3,300 and are otherwise exempt from paying income tax.

“That is causing a lot of fear and stress in the younger population who are into crypto trading,” says Shetty.

In addition to the 30% tax on earnings, the finance ministry is levying a 1% tax on every crypto transaction starting in July in an effort to rein in speculative trading.

“Historical data indicates that transaction taxes significantly reduce trading volumes,” says. Kristin Boggiano, president of crypto exchange Cross Tower.

Italy, for example, introduced a 0.1% tax on equity transactions in 2012 that caused a 35% decline in trading volumes over a two-year period, Boggiano says.

A recent decision by Indian banks to stop funneling rupees to crypto exchanges via state-run Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is also hitting trading volume.

Typically, investors could transfer money from their banks to a crypto exchange wallet over UPI, India’s ubiquitous payments processor that’s responsible for 75% of all crypto transactions in India, according to Shetty’s estimates. Once the transfer hits a wallet, investors can use the money to trade cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. But earlier this month, banks severed that financial plumbing, says Shetty.

The trouble started after Nasdaq-listed crypto exchange Coinbase, which launched rupee-based operations in India earlier this month, publicly said that its users could easily deposit funds to their accounts on the exchange using UPI, throwing the behind-the-scenes payments system into a glaring spotlight. In response to the ad, the state-run National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), which runs UPI, said it was not aware that the payment platform was being used to buy cryptocurrencies.

The statement by the Payments Corporation caused banks to second-guess the legality of routing payments to crypto exchanges. Banks have operated in a state of semi-limbo regarding crypto transactions for years after the country’s Supreme Court in 2020 overturned an order by the Reserve Bank of India for financial institutions to cut all ties with individuals and businesses dealing in cryptocurrency. The Supreme Court said the order violated the freedom of trade guaranteed by India’s Constitution, freeing up banks to facilitate crypto transactions until the latest NPCI statement delivered another dose of ambiguity.

Without access to UPI, crypto investors are finding it tough to deposit money from bank accounts to their wallets on crypto exchanges.

“We are on a wait and watch mode,” BuyUcoin’s Bhatt. “We are hoping that this is a temporary situation.”

India’s crypto enthusiasts had been hoping that the sector’s era of uncertainty was coming to a close.

Last year, Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das said he had “serious concerns” about the potential risks of cryptocurrencies, and the government had proposed prohibiting certain private cryptocurrencies. However, the imposition of taxes on crypto earnings had signaled the government’s intent to regulate digital assets, rather than ban them outright.

But the new tax burden and UPI saga have cast the market back into the unknown, and industry executives say scores of startups in blockchain and crypto are exploring bases outside of India as a result.

“What we are seeing is a flight of funds to outside the country. A lot of people are opening payment wallets outside of India,” Kapoor says. High volume traders and firms are opting for locations like Dubai because it’s easier for crypto businesses to operate there, says Kapoor.

This week, India’s Business Today reported that WazirX founders Shetty and Siddharth Menon had shifted their base of operations from India to Dubai. In an interview with Fortune, Shetty declined to comment on the report. “WazirX is headquartered in Mumbai and Bengaluru, and there is no change in our operating procedure,” the company said in a statement.

BuyUcoin’s Bhatt admits the company has considered relocating from India but says that “[moving is] not a topmost priority as we would like to serve users in India.”

Anndy Lian, Singapore-based chairman of BigOne Exchange, a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Netherlands, expects investors to leave India’s crypto market for rivals in Singapore and Dubai.

“Constantly, we have been asked by Indian communities to start in India. We do not have intentions to set up a base in India currently,” Lian says. “If the regulations are clearer, we might consider.”

 

Original Source: https://fortune.com/2022/04/23/india-cryptocurrency-exchanges-trading-regulation-tax-upi-payments-wazirx-coindcx-buyucoin/

 

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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