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Is Bitcoin Set to Have a 2017-style Mini Boom This Year?

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Bitcoin’s price is set to “surge before the end of 2020” with investors keen not to “sleepwalk” through a 2017-style mini-boom, says the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organizations.

The prediction from Nigel Green, the deVere Group CEO and founder, which has $12bn under advisement, comes as Bitcoin – already one of the best-performing assets this year – appears to be on the brink of a bullish breakout.

In recent days, Square, which is owned by the billionaire founders of Twitter, has allocated 1% of its cash reserves to the cryptocurrency, whilst a former Goldman Sachs hedge fund chief says the price of Bitcoin will jump to $1m in five years.

Mr Green comments: “There’s been something of an avalanche of interest in Bitcoin in recent weeks from household-name investors.

“Investor activity is picking up considerably with various on-chain metrics and ongoing – and heightening – global political, economic and social turbulence suggesting that there will be a price surge before the end of the year.

“Like gold, Bitcoin can be expected to retain its value or even grow in value when other assets fall, therefore enabling investors to reduce their exposure to losses.

“Investors will increase exposure to decentralised, non-sovereign, secure digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, to help shield them from the potential issues in traditional markets”.

He continues: “There’s a growing sense that we’re set to experience a mini-boom similar to that at the end of 2017.

“Prices are yet to catch-up with investor interest – but this is only a matter of time as investors will not want to sleepwalk towards perhaps year-high prices in the run-up to the end of 2020.”

The late 2017 bull run saw the Bitcoin price reach its all-time high of $20,089.
The deVere CEO concludes: “There’s been a notable ramping-up of interest in Bitcoin amongst investors since the end of summer. Indeed, it has been the best performing week for one of the year’s best-performing assets since July.

“I can see no reason why this upward trajectory will not continue between now and the end of the year.”

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Ethereum CEO Vitalik Burns $6.6B Worth of Shiba Inu Tokens

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After the dogecoin hype invoked a new ERC20 token project called Shiba Inu, the crypto asset has been making waves throughout the crypto industry.

On Wednesday, the co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin donated $1 billion worth of Shiba Inu to India’s Crypto Covid Relief Fund. Then a few days later on Sunday, Buterin decided to burn 410.24 trillion Shiba Inu tokens worth over $6 billion using today’s exchange rates.

A new token called Shiba Inu (SHIB) has been a topical discussion within the digital currency community, aside from the recent focus on Tesla’s Elon Musk. The coin first started making headlines because of dogecoin (DOGE), as the ERC20 token is considered the “dogecoin killer” and the coin has turned people into multi-millionaires almost overnight. Additionally, five days ago, the co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, decided to donate around $1 billion worth of SHIB to India’s Crypto Covid Relief Fund.

Today, SHIB is exchanging hands for $0.00001538 per unit and is down by 1.21 percent as of press time. At the time of writing, there is a massive circulating supply of over 394 trillion SHIB. The SHIB market has an overall valuation of around $8 billion with more than $3 billion in global trade volume. The Shiba Inu project has a sizable community, a “woofpaper,” and the team’s vision simply claims to be “Decentralized Meme Tokens that grew into a vibrant ecosystem.”

After seeing massive gains in recent times and making headlines stemming from the recent Covid-19 relief effort donation, Vitalik Buterin brought SHIB into the spotlight again.

During the late evening hours on Sunday, Buterin burned 410.24 trillion SHIB and left a message in the transaction hash.

“I’ve decided to burn 90 percent of the remaining Shiba tokens in my wallet. The remaining 10% will be sent to a (not yet decided) charity with similar values to cryptorelief (preventing large-scale loss of life) but with a more long-term orientation,” Buterin said.

Buterin also commented on the recent “dog token” communities.

“I’ve actually been impressed by how the dog token communities have treated the recent donations,” Buterin’s message said. “Plenty of dog people have shown their generosity and their willingness to not just focus on their own profits but also be interested in making the world as a whole better. I support all who are earnestly doing that,” he added.

Moreover, Buterin further added that he wished ERC20 project creators sent funds to charitable efforts rather than to his wallet. Buterin insisted: “I don’t *want* to be a locus of power of that kind.”

The crypto community was informed immediately about the burned 410.24 trillion SHIB with an estimated value of $6.6 billion.

The Twitter account called “Shib Informer” wrote about Buterin’s billion-dollar token burn after the event. “25 minutes ago Vitalik Buterin burned most of his SHIB wallet. He has only 5 percent instead of 45 percent,” the account tweeted.

“I hope some of you are at least able to recognize the good deeds he has done both for the world and for the #SHIBArmy,” the SHIB Twitter account added. “You were all literally doubting a person -which is also one of the smartest persons in the world- that could have destroyed SHIB if he wanted but instead [chose] to use our token to improve the lives of thousands that were suffering.”

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Meme Coin Frenzy SHIB, Others Fueled By Dogecoin

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Shiba Inu has been the talk of the crypto-verse and mainstream media recently. It is a meme coin themed around the Shibu Inu dog, a Japanese dog breed that Dogecoin (DOGE) is also basing its image on.

According to data from CoinMarketCap, SHIB hit its all-time high of $0.0000388 on May 10 after it surged more than 2,500 percent from trading at $0.00001478 on May 7.

The token has now been listed on most of the major exchanges, such as Binance, Coinbase, FTX, OKEx and even Binance’s Indian counterpart, WazirX. It had also briefly broken into the top 20 cryptocurrencies list by market capitalization. Currently, it has dropped off in the rankings, with a market cap of just over $6 billion. Earlier on May 10, SHIB’s market capitalization hit an all-time high of over $13.5 billion.

SHIB was launched in August 2020, soon after Dogecoin’s hype on TikTok sent the coin to a two-year high. According to its “Woof Paper,” a total of 1 quadrillion tokens were minted, 50 percent of which was locked into Uniswap with the keys thrown away. The other half, however, was sent to Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin’s wallet in an uninvited fashion.

The intention behind sending 50 percent of the tokens to Buterin was to ensure price stability since ideally, the demand-supply dynamic wouldn’t allow the price to swing rapidly since one entity owns a large portion of the circulating supply.

However, Buterin gave away over $1 billion worth of SHIB to a coronavirus charity in India known as the India Covid Relief Fund. This led to the price of the coin crashing by over 50 percent almost immediately as the market began to panic.

According to the coin’s woofpaper, it claims to be the “Dogecoin Killer,” citing the enormous supply of the token as a differentiating factor between the two. In fact, on May 10, the demand for Shiba Inu grew so much that Binance ran out of ETH addresses since the token is based on the Ethereum blockchain.

Johnny Lyu, CEO of KuCoin — a crypto exchange — spoke with Cointelegraph about the positives of such high demand from retail investors: “It can be considered as a way to quickly learn about blockchain and the cryptocurrency industry. It provides new users with a lower threshold compared to some mainstream cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.”

As the token is competing with DOGE, it’s important to assess how it’s performing relative to Dogecoin. At the time of writing, SHIB is trading in the $0.000016 range, amounting to around 10,000 percent of gains in the last 30 days in comparison to around 300 percent gains in the same 30 days for Dogecoin, which is currently changing hands at roughly $0.50. Speaking of Dogecoin’s use cases, Lyu further elaborated:

“Dogecoin has a unique cultural symbol along with abundant application cases. For example, SpaceX announced recently that it will launch the DOGE-1 moon mission, and the cost will be paid by Dogecoin. This will allow more people to learn about and use Dogecoin along with Musk’s preference for Dogecoin.”

DOGE crashed by more than 25 percent following Tesla CEO’s Saturday Night Live appearance where he dropped several references to the meme token. His appearance also led to the price of Tesla dropping 14 percent, thus losing nearly $20 billion in market value.

However, on May 14, Musk made an announcement that he would be working with the DOGE development team to “improve system transaction efficiency.” This news led to the rebound of the token’s price from $0.38 to trading in the $0.50 range as the community envisions further adoption by brands and firms as payment options available to retail investors.

Jake Wujastyk, chief market analyst at TrendSpider — a technical analysis software company — told Cointelegraph that the DOGE price drop before SNL was not a coincidence: “This flush in price to the mid-$0.30s was conveniently timed right before this announcement by Elon Musk.” He further added:

“Dogecoin moved down to the volume shelf around $0.35 earlier in the week (an area where people who originally had profits in the $0.40s+, were back to break even). This is exactly where technical traders should have expected a bounce as supply dried up in this area (due to a lack of profits held by those that held DOGE around $0.35 originally).”

While SHIB is currently the most talked-about dog-themed meme coin apart from DOGE, there are several other highly volatile and speculative dog meme tokens that are floating around in the crypto-verse, which were launched in the hope to replicate the performance of DOGE.

One of the other coins from the same development team as SHIB is called LEASH. This coin has a limited total supply of just 107,647 tokens. Due to this low supply and the hype around the project, the sister token of Shiba Inu has seen astronomical gains of 6,500,000 percent since the beginning of May.

Another such coin is Kishu Inu (KISHU), a token themed around Shiba Inu’s distant relative, the Kishu. The project’s white paper speaks of a farming decentralized application in the future similar to SHIB’s upcoming ShibaSwap marketplace where users can swap the token and even earn rewards through staking. The coin is currently changing hands at $0.00000001, posting over 4,000 percent gains in the last 14 days.

Another coin that is trying to capture the DOGE hype is Dogelon Mars (ELON), a coin based on Elon Musk and his love for space travel. Similar to SHIB’s tokenomics, upon minting, 50 percent of the supply was sent to Buterin’s wallet address, and the other 50 percent was locked on Uniswap in a liquidity pool with an Ether (ETH) pairing. ELON is currently trading at $0.00000070 and has posted over 220 percent gains in the last 14 days.

It doesn’t end there. There are many more projects that are trying to imitate the financial performance of Dogecoin — UnderDog (DOG), Doge Token (DOGET), DogeFi (DOGEFI), DogeSwap (DOGES), PAW Token and ShibaCorgi Token, to name a few. In fact, there is now even a CAT token, which was launched by Netflix show Tiger King star Carole Baskin.

Wujastyk further elaborated on the feasibility of these dog-themed meme tokens: “There are many coins popping up and simply riding the Dogecoin coattails. Most of these coins have no utility at all other than being a vehicle of speculation.” He further added: “These are mostly just coins riding the coattails of the current coin mania. Generally, this does not end well and many new traders will likely get burned.”

Since most of these dog-themed meme coins apart from DOGE are Ethereum-based ERC-20 standard tokens, the hype around them led to additional congestion on the Ethereum network and thus drove up the gas fees. Consequently, the price of dabbling into these coins has now increased substantially.

The blockchain is currently in the process of transitioning to Ethereum 2.0, which will see a proof-of-work consensus model replaced by a proof-of-stake consensus that aims to improve the scalability of the network and thus reduce gas fees for investors. But this process will take some time to conclude.

In the meantime, the general love for dogs and the desire to become quick millionaires like several DOGE investors are leading to meme coins flooding the market. But whether it is just a bubble or if there will be a paradigm shift in crypto due to these tokens remain to be seen. Most likely, Doge will pave the way for these coins and decide their future based on its own adoption and price action.

Disclaimer: The coins described above are highly volatile and speculative in nature. This article is not an endorsement of these coins. If you opt to trade any of these coins, do so at your own risk.

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Institutions Keep Accumulating Bitcoin As It Dips Below $45K

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After failing to reclaim the $50,000 level, BTC faces renewed selling pressure in the short term. However, short-term headwinds don’t negate the bull market.

Bitcoin (BTC) price slipped below $45,000 on Sunday for the second time in four days, raising the specter of a deeper short-term correction for the flagship digital currency.

Bitcoin fell to a session low of $44,696.01, according to data from coinmarket cap. In the last 24 hours, the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization is down 7.65 percent over 22.87 percent in the last seven days.

The selloff in BTC contributed to a market-wide correction for crypto assets, as Ethereum (ETH) fell 10.40 percent, Polkadot (DOT) declined 13.84 percent and Binance Coin (BNB) dipped by 6.06 percent In the last 24 hours.

Market sentiment towards cryptocurrencies has soured in recent days after it was revealed that Tesla is no longer accepting Bitcoin payments for its automobiles. Headlines about a possible investigation into Binance by the United States Justice Department have also raised concerns about a potential regulatory backlash.

Meanwhile, Caitlin Long of Avanti digital bank believes that Tether’s first-ever reserve disclosure has spooked investors. In a Twitter thread posted on Saturday, Long said Tether’s “probability of default [and] loss severity in default just went up” because of its credit exposure. Namely, almost two-thirds of the company’s cash and cash equivalents are stored in commercial paper.

Despite all the noise in the market today, institutions are accumulating Bitcoin with ever-growing conviction, offering compelling evidence that the bull market is far from over.

Bitcoin Treasuries, which tracks corporate and institutional exposure to BTC, reported Saturday that institutions have accumulated 215,000 Bitcoin in the past 30 days. That’s equivalent to roughly $10 billion.

Corporations with Bitcoin on their balance sheets have generated a significant return on investment. As Bitcoin Treasuries reported on May 12, the value of MicroStrategy’s BTC reserve has grown by 2.3 times. The value of Square’s Bitcoin stash is up 2.1 times. Riot Blockchain’s holdings have increased in value by 9 times. These figures have declined slightly amid the latest market correction.

Institutions have been flooding Bitcoin for the better part of a year. These so-called smart money investors are one of the biggest reasons for BTC’s ascent from just $10,000 last summer to a high of around $64,000 in April.

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