Bullish or bearish? PayPal hosts $242M in crypto trading over 24 hours

Global payments provider PayPal has doubled its previous crypto volume record, with $242 million worth of digital assets changing hands on the platform during Jan. 11. According to crypto market data aggregator Nomics, yesterday’s trading dwarfed PayPal’s previous volume record of $129 million recorded on Jan. 6. Since Jan. 1, daily volume has increased by 950% from $22.8. With the spike in PayPal’s volume coming amid Bitcoin’s rally into new all-time highs, the U.S.-based payments firm appears to be gathering popularity among retail traders. Nuggets News’ Alex Saunders asserted the…

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Solana (SOL) trading volume soars as DeFi investors seek ETH alternatives

2021 got off to a quick start and the current crypto bull market has seen assets like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) shoot to new all-time highs on an almost daily basis.  While new price highs are positive for investors, they do present a range of challenges relating to fees, transaction speeds and the centralization of what is meant to be a decentralized ecosystem. Since mid-2020 institutional investors have been steadily flooding into cryptocurrency and this is exacerbating the issue of scalability, high transaction costs and lengthy confirmation times on the Bitcoin…

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South Korean Government to Start Taxing Crypto Trading Profits in 2022

The South Korean government has issued an amendment to introduce tax on cryptocurrency trading profits. The plan is now a reality after several attempts to delay it by lawmakers. New Rules Impose 20% Tax on Crypto Profits Per Asia Today, the legislative notice details that the amendment will be enacted in February, and profits from buying and selling cryptos in South Korea will be taxed at 20%. However, the rule is applicable only to crypto holders with annual income of over 2.5 million won ($2,300). The Ministry of Economy and…

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Okcoin and Coinbase to Halt XRP Trading Due to the US SEC Lawsuit Against Ripple

Two major cryptocurrency exchanges joined the XRP trading suspension campaign in the wake of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuit filed against Ripple Labs on December 22, 2020. Two Major Crypto Exchanges to Suspend XRP Trading in January 2021 The last week of 2020 started with the announcement of Okcoin, one of the oldest crypto exchanges in the industry. They’ve decided to halt XRP trading and deposits on the platform effective on January 4, 2021. According to the firm, users who have borrowed from the XRP/USD margin pair,…

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Coinbase announces it will suspend XRP trading as price drops another 10%

Major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase will suspend trading for XRP in response to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission taking legal action against Ripple. According to a blog post published today by Coinbase chief legal officer Paul Grewal, the exchange will fully suspend XRP trading starting on Jan. 19 at 10:00 am PST. Coinbase clarified that “trading may be halted earlier as needed” to maintain the exchange’s market health metrics. In addition, the suspension will reportedly not affect Ripple-backed Flare Network’s upcoming Spark (FLR) token airdrop. “The trading suspension will…

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American Express’ Venture Arm Invests in a Cryptocurrency Trading Platform

American Express says its venture arm, Amex Ventures has invested in Falconx the cryptocurrency trading platform that focuses on serving institutional trading clients. Amex’s investment, which was announced during a record-breaking week for bitcoin, underscores the credit card issuer’s desire to cash in on the growing institutional interest in cryptocurrencies. Amex Venture’s Long Term Interest in Cryptos According to a report, Amex Ventures’ acquisition of a stake in Falconx is the culmination of an investigation into cryptocurrencies that took an unknown number of years. In comments made following the announcement,…

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Hong Kong Grants First License to Cryptocurrency Trading Platform

Hong Kong now has its first regulated cryptocurrency trading platform. The Securities and Futures Commission has just given out the first-ever crypto license to OSL Digital Securities which will soon commence trading for several cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. Hong Kong Gives Out First Crypto License Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has licensed the first crypto trading platform in Hong Kong. The securities regulator announced Wednesday: It has granted the first licence to a virtual asset trading platform in Hong Kong. The SFC website shows that OSL Digital Securities Ltd.…

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World first Ethereum ETF debuts in Canada … with a trading halt

The world’s first Ethereum-based fund to be listed on a major stock exchange opened for trading on Thursday, but not without some hiccups. Listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, The Ether Fund (TSX:QETH.U) opened for trading at $10.80 per share after completing a successful IPO in which $76.5 million was raised. Now available in brokerage and registered retirement accounts……. The Ether Fund (TSX:QETH.U) is the world’s first regulated and major exchange-listed ETH fund https://t.co/L2U7JCutf3 pic.twitter.com/8PfgJgQcpK — 3iQ Corp (@3iq_corp) December 10, 2020 To the concern of interested traders, the fund…

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Spain’s Second Largest Bank BBVA Launches Bitcoin Trading and Custody in Switzerland

BBVA, the second-largest bank in Spain, has announced the launch of its bitcoin trading and custody service through its Swiss subsidiary. Beginning with bitcoin, BBVA plans to expand its services for other cryptocurrencies. BBVA Rolls Out Bitcoin Trading and Custody Services BBVA announced on Wednesday that it “has begun to roll out the trials of what will become its first commercial service for the trading and custody of digital assets.” BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria) is Spain’s second-largest bank after Banco Santander. The group was founded in 1857 and has…

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