Quote of the week: “[Cryptocurrencies are] going to be regulated and dealt like securities… What does that mean? It means more transparency, it means segregated client funds, the role of the broker as a broker-dealer will be overseeing and the exchanges will be separated from the brokers. The settlement and clearing will be separated from the exchanges… The laws already exist and I think they’re just going to be implemented more strongly.” – Jeffrey Sprecher, ICE Chief Executive. Source: FXEmpire.com
Goldman Sachs is Eyeing Cryptocurrency Investments: Despite the downfall of FTX, Goldman Sachs’ head of digital assets Mathew McDermott has relayed that the underlying technology remains intact and that the company plans to spend millions of dollars to buy or invest in undervalued cryptocurrency companies. Source: Reuters.com
Decentraland Launches Virtual Property Renting Capabilities: Metaverse platform Decentraland announced a new feature that enables users who own virtual LAND to officially rent out the rights to their space for predefined periods of time. Essentially, LAND owners can become landlords, earning passive income off of their metaverse assets. All of the rentals on the platform are performed in MANA, the native token of Decentraland, and are paid upfront in total. Source:
International Law Update: According to a December 5 amendment to the law, Hong Kong is to subject cryptocurrency providers to the same anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing laws that it does traditional finance firms. Prior to the collapse of FTX, Hong Kong had shown signs of becoming a more cryptocurrency-friendly environment by relaxing its regulations. Source:
Galaxy Digital Holding Ltd Will Buy Celsius’ GK8 Unit: Celsius filed for Bankruptcy in July. This week, Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd announced that it will buy crypto lender Celsius Network LLC-owned digital asset custody platform GK8. The sale is subject to the court’s approval and other closing conditions. Source: FXEmpire.com
Independent Audit Confirms that Binance’s Bitcoin is Fully Backed: Mazars, an international audit, tax, and advisory firm confirmed that Binance holds more than all of the Bitcoin needed to cover customer deposits. Mazars reported a 101% collateralization ratio on 575,742 BTC in net customer deposits, which matches what was reported by Binance in its first proof of reserves report last month. Source: Finance.yahoo.com
And, that’s a wrap!