Bitcoin Sells the News

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🇸🇻 Was El Salvador A Sell The News Event?

Bitcoin became legal tender in El Salvador on Tuesday. The same day crypto tanked following a robust six-week rally.

Here’s an hourly candlestick chart of the action:

It’s dizzying, though volatility is nothing new to crypto and maybe the co-occurrence is just a coincidence. Still, the old Wall Street saying Buy the Rumor, Sell the News comes to mind.

Coin Metrics analyzed the ferocious fall.  They write,

The sudden crash was likely due to a series of liquidations of leveraged futures. There was over $2.3B worth of liquidations on Tuesday, the most since May 19th…

Before Tuesday’s crash, futures open interest had climbed back to levels last seen in May.

Read the excellent post here — Analyzing Tuesday’s Flash Crash.

Nayib Bukele, President of El Salvador, was unfazed and bought the dip.

He tweeted

The nation now holds 550 Bitcoin around $25m worth. 

🇺🇦 Ukraine Legalizes Bitcoin 

The Ukrainian Parliament passed a law to legalize and regulate Bitcoin. 

The bill provides clarification on the digital asset and protects those who own it. 

The Ukrainian Parliament is expected to amend the tax and civil codes before the end of the year to attract global investors – an evolving theme. 

Less affluent nations that embrace Bitcoin early stand to gain if the crypto experiment pans out. It’s just game theory.

Here’s the Nasdaq with more.

🏰 FTX Continues Its Quest For World Domination

The crypto exchange added an NFT marketplace as its latest trick.

FX founder, Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) shared that all NFTs will be cross-chain on Ethereum and Solana. 

To mark the occasion, SBF sold a handwritten “test” NFT for an easy $270,000. Have a look — 

Hilarious.

FTX also signed Steph Curry as a global ambassador AND released an ad featuring Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady. 

⛏ Carbon-Neutral Crypto Mining 

Blockstream and Macquarie will collaborate on carbon-neutral energy sources to power Bitcoin mining facilities. 

We love to see it.

The partnership blends Blockstream’s “enterprise-grade bitcoin mining facilities” with Macquarie’s “knowledge in energy to achieve environmentally sustainable Bitcoin mining solutions.”

Read the press release here

And if you missed it… 

In June, Blockstream and Square partnered to build a proof-of-concept solar-powered Bitcoin mining facility. 

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🐵 Apes @ Sotheby’s 

Sotheby’s auctioned a collection of 101 Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs

The lot sold for $24.3M, 35% above the estimated range. This space is insane. 

And in other NFT news…  

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🏛 Coinbase SEC Investigation 

Coinbase received a Wells Notice as the SEC warned it against launching its Lend product. 

The crypto exchange responded with a blog post,

The SEC has told us it wants to sue us over Lend. We don’t know why. 

And Brian Armstrong, Coinbase co-founder and CEO took to Twitter with a 21-tweet thread stating

Some really sketchy behavior coming out of the SEC recently.

Story time…

Even Mark Cuban chimed in… 

Brian, this is “Regulation via Litigation”… You have to go on the offensive….

We’ll continue to keep an eye.

👀 Western Union Could Feel the Pain 

Bitcoin is legal tender in El Salvador and Western Union and their brethren could feel the pain.

CNBC writes,

Because El Salvador adopted Bitcoin as legal tender, money service providers could lose ~$400M / year in commissions for remittances.

Oof.

🇲🇽 Magnificent Mexican Manor

Here’s a villa attached to the cliffs along the Pacific Coast in Mexico. 

Architectural Digests writes

“Usually, we put art in the center. But here, nature came first.”

Click here to see more shots.

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