LTC price hits 13-month high against Bitcoin — All-time high next for Litecoin?

Litecoin (LTC) prices surged by up to 35% to hit a one-year high against Bitcoin (BTC) this week, prompting analysts to predict an extended upside momentum for the remainder of the ongoing monthly session. LTC/BTC 1-week candle chart (Binance). Source: TradingView The LTC/BTC exchange rate touched 6,358 sats during the Asia-Pacific trading hours. The pair later corrected to an intraday low of 5,776 sats ahead of the London opening bell as profit-taking sentiment grew near the sessional peaks. But according to data collected from Glassnode, the downside correction did little…

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Analysts suggest Dogecoin traders are rotating profits into large-cap altcoins

Every cryptocurrency bull market has at least one surprise catalyst that comes out of nowhere to excite traders and spark massive trading volumes that lift the total market capitalization to new highs.  The 2021 bull market is no exception to this rule, and one of the biggest catalysts for growth this year has been the explosive popularity of Dogecoin (DOGE), which has made headlines in traditional and alternative financial circles as its price surge to new all-time highs over the past few months. DOGE/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView With such…

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Four crypto veterans pledge to give at least 1% of their wealth to charity each year

Four crypto and blockchain veterans have joined Founders Circle, an industry group supporting The Giving Block’s new crypto-focused charity drive.  The “Crypto Giving Pledge” encourages cryptocurrency investors and businesses to donate at least 1% of their holdings to charities each year. The initiative is part of The Giving Block’s mandate of increasing charitable giving and enabling more nonprofits to accept cryptocurrency donations. The Giving Block assembled Founders Circle to promote the initiative and has invited many industry leaders to join. Over the past week, Founders Circle has welcomed four new members,…

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Accenture and Digital Dollar Foundation to trial United States CBDC this year

Fortune 500 company Accenture has teamed up with Digital Dollar Foundation to conduct Central Bank Digital Currency, or CBDC, trials in the United States. Announced on Monday, May 3, the newly formed Digital Dollar Project will carry out five CBDC pilot programs over the next 12 months. The project’s objective is to generate data to inform U.S. policymakers on how to develop a domestic digital currency. The Digital Dollar Project will launch three pilot programs in the next two months, generating data on the functional, sociological, and business benefits of…

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Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin becomes billionaire as Ether hits $3K

Vitalik Buterin, a co-founder of the world’s most popular smart contract platform, the Ethereum blockchain, has officially become a crypto billionaire. Buterin’s public Ether address, which he described as his main wallet back in 2018, has hit $1 billion on its balance following Ether’s meteoric rise above a $3,000 price mark on Monday. At the time of writing, the address holds around 333,500 Ether (ETH) now worth $1.029 billion, according to on-chain data from Etherscan, as ETH more than quadrupled in value from around $700 at the beginning of 2021. At…

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Spartan Protocol exploit results in loss of $30M

Spartan Protocol, a liquidity platform for synthetic assets on the Binance Smart Chain, was drained of $30 million in a coordinated attack on its liquidity pool late Saturday.  The exploit targeted a “flawed liquidity share calculation” in the SPARTA/WBNB liquidity pool, which enabled the attacker to withdraw the funds, blockchain security company PeckShield explained. The security expert continued: “In particular, the specific hack inflates the asset balance of the pool before burning the same amount of pool tokens to claim an unnecessarily large amount of underlying assets. The consequence of…

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DeFi adoption on the Binance Smart Chain reaches new highs

Decentralized finance (DeFi) has taken a well-deserved break from the spotlight over the past couple of months after being one of the hottest sectors at the start of 2021, but recent growth on several top platforms may hint at another DeFi run in the near future.  While projects that operate on the Ethereum (ETH) network continue to deal with wild fluctuations in gas fees and transaction times, several that operate on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) have seen an uptick in protocol activity and token value over the past week.…

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2 key Ethereum price metrics prove pro traders are behind ETH’s new highs

As Ether (ETH) made a $2,800 all-time on April 29, so did its futures open interest. The $8.5 billion figure marks a 52% monthly increase and shows robust trading activity behind the meteoric price rise. Some analysts might dismiss Ether derivatives, considering CME’s future has $355 million in open interest compared to Bitcoin’s $2.4 billion. However, Ether contracts were only launched a couple of months ago. Both FTX and Deribit require 100% full-KYC for their clients, and these markets hold a combined $2 billion in ETH open interest. Ether futures…

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Uzbek presidential agency proposes legalizing domestic crypto trading

A major governmental agency in Uzbekistan seems to be rethinking its stance on cryptocurrencies. The National Agency for Project Management under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, or NAFT, issued an official document proposing several amendments to licensing procedures for crypto trading. NAFT proposed to officially allow local residents to conduct “all types of crypto exchange trades involving crypto assets and tokens in exchange for the national currency and the foreign currency.” The authority stressed that crypto investors would trade and invest at their own risk. The proposal also aims…

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Bitcoin price stalls in April, but $4.2B options expiry may revive run

What’s interesting about this particular options expiry is that the current max pain price for the expiry is $54,000, which is very close to the current trading price. The max pain price is the price at which most options are rendered worthless, thus leading to the loss of the option premium for the options holders. Although, in this situation, options writers stand to gain. On April 29, over $4.2 billion worth of Bitcoin (BTC) options contracts will expire. This expiry comes after Bitcoin has seen a recovery from $48,000 to…

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