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Hedge Funds Survey Indicates Growing Enthusiasm About Crypto, CFOs Expect Sizable Increase in Investments

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Hedge funds are likely to significantly increase their crypto holdings, a global poll of chief financial officers has indicated. According to an average figure based on their forecasts, the funds will keep more than 7 percent of assets in cryptocurrency within the next five years.

The survey, conducted among 100 CFOs around the world, signals that the hedge funds are planning to markedly expand their exposure to cryptocurrencies by 2026. Reuters described the poll results as a major vote of confidence for digital assets, one that comes after the recent market decline and amid plans for stricter capital regulations.

The executives believe their funds will hold 7.2 percent of all assets in cryptocurrency five years from now, or around $312 billion based on estimates for the size of the industry, fund administrator Intertrust detailed. And while this is the average forecast of the sample, 17 percent of the respondents shared higher expectations, stating that the hedge funds will probably manage more than 10 percent in crypto.

Precise data about the sector’s current crypto holdings is not available right now but the report notes that several big names in the industry have already committed certain amounts to digital assets. Investments have been motivated by the rising cryptocurrency prices in the past year and “market inefficiencies that they can arbitrage,” the article elaborates.

While most traditional asset managers remain skeptical about cryptocurrencies, mainly citing their high volatility and uncertain future, the hedge fund survey shows a growing enthusiasm. According to David Miller, Executive Director at Quilter Cheviot Investment Management, hedge funds “are well aware not only of the risks but also the long-term potential” of crypto assets.

Among those that have already invested in crypto includes firms like Man Group which trades bitcoin futures through its AHL unit and Renaissance Technologies which announced last year that its Medallion fund could buy futures contracts as well. Reuters also reminds that hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones, Brevan Howard, and Skybridge Capital have invested some funds into crypto too.

The hedge funds in the Intertrust survey manage an average of $7.2 billion in assets. The price of bitcoin (BTC), the crypto with the largest market cap, rose to a record high of over $63,000 earlier this year but has since dropped to around $40,000 per coin. At the same time, it remains unclear how upcoming regulations will affect the global crypto space and ultimately the valuation of most digital currencies that exist today.

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BTC Gains 15 Percent In 3 Hours Amid Tight Squeeze

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The price of Bitcoin has surged more than 10 percent in just a few hours earlier today, with prices quickly surging from roughly $35,000 to tag just shy of $40,000 on July 26.

Price action shows a violent short squeeze that occurred as prices broke above $35,000, with bullish momentum suddenly accelerating as prices quickly rallied 15 percent from roughly $34,000 to $39,800 over the course of fewer than three hours.

By contrast, BTC had taken the past five days to gain from roughly $30,000 to $34,000. As of this writing, Bitcoin is changing hands for roughly $38,500.

According to CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin is the top gainer for the past 24 hours among the top 30 crypto assets by capitalization, posting a gain of nearly 13 percent.

The sudden rally has seen numerous technical indicators return to offering bullish signals, popular analyst, Lark Davis, informing his 426,000 followers that BTC’s price is again trending above its 50-day moving average.

Polkadot and Chainlink are also among the day’s top gainers, each having increased by more than 10 percent in the past 24 hours.

With Dogecoin up by 11.83 percent for the day, it would appear the impact of Elon Musk’s Twitter account on the meme-coin’s markets is beginning to wane, with Tesla’s CEO posting a meme asserting that “Dogecoin is money” on July 25.

Despite Musk’s efforts, Dogecoin appears to have moved in lock-step with the broader altcoin markets, with most large-cap crypto assets having posted high single-digit gains for the day.

Despite next month’s fast-approaching London upgrades for Ethereum, Ether is also lagging behind the pack, posting a gain of  7.82 percent in the past 24 hours.

As such, ETH is the weakest-performing cryptocurrency ranked among the top 10 by capitalization for the past day.

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Patricia Relocates Headquarters to Europe

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Patricia Technologies Limited is proud to announce that we have moved our operations to the Republic of Estonia, with our headquarters now domiciled in the Northern European country.

This global movement is set to strengthen our relationships with marketers and agencies in the global crypto markets, whilst also positioning us as the leading cryptocurrency trading company in Nigeria, Africa, and Europe.

This recent development is accompanied by the launch of our new and upgraded Patricia app version 2, which features lots of new updates and upgrades, including crypto swap; a betting feature that enables users to use crypto to place bets; the app also introduces new cryptocurrencies (coins) to add to the already existing Bitcoin. There’s also an automated buy limit for crypto traders, and the Refill service has also been upgraded to include international transactions.

Looking at how we have managed to dominate the Bitcoin market in our 3 years of existence, our CEO and Founder, Hanu Fejiro Agbodje quipped that “What originally came as disastrous news turned out to be the cornerstone we needed for this worldwide expansion” referring to crypto trading Ban by the Nigeria Government.

He also remarked that “the decision to expand and move our headquarters to Europe is part of our plans to improve our business strategy”. We want to play in the big league, there’s no passion to be found playing small, we want to be in the most sophisticated markets in the world, this is an opportunity for us to lead the fifth Revolution”.

As one of the industry’s fastest-growing financial solutions providers, our goal is to empower brands and individuals to take control of their digital finance through an advanced cross-border payment solution provided by Patricia Business.

We presently have an established presence in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and China.

For more information or to get in contact with us, please send a mail to: hello@mypatricia.co.

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Patricia is an Africa-centric integrated alternative payment and e-commerce company that facilitates the easy use of digital currencies like Bitcoin, and other digital assets for everyday transactions.

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Binance US is Eyeing an IPO, Says Changpeng Zhao

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“Our partner in the U.S. is looking at the potential IPO [initial public offering] route,” Zhao said on Friday at the “Redefine Tomorrow” event organized by SCB 10X — the venture arm of Thailand’s oldest Siam Commercial Bank. The IPO route, however, “is not 100% fixed yet,” he said.

After Coinbase’s listing earlier this year on Nasdaq, the U.S. now has an ecosystem where crypto companies can go public, according to Zhao. Indeed, several U.S.-based crypto firms, including Gemini, Kraken, and Circle, are looking to do just that.

As for Binance itself, Zhao said an IPO is not in immediate plans, but that might change in the future. This is a notable change from what Zhao told The Block earlier this year. At the time, he said Binance wants to take a more crypto-native “path” forward, i.e., expanding the utility of its “utility token” BNB, instead of doing a traditional IPO.

But now before Binance itself could go for an IPO, it will need to change its company structure, said Zhao, because most regulators want to see a headquarters, an office, or a legal entity.

“We are setting up those structures,” he said. “Once those structures are in place, you may make it easier for an IPO to happen. So that’s not out of the question. But right now, we are still in the early stages.”

Compliance efforts
The crypto space is now “relatively heavily regulated,” according to Zhao. To that end, Binance has to make a “big pivot from a technology startup into a financial services company,” said Zhao.

Crypto now is “very much understood as a financial asset type, we just got to treat it as such, and we have got to run the company as such,” he said.

And given increased regulatory attention, Binance is also stepping up its compliance efforts, said Zhao. “We are hiring many traditional compliance people, also ex regulators” to improve Binance’s communication with regulators, he said. He acknowledged that communicating with regulators is currently not one of Binance’s core strengths.

Now Zhao is, in fact, looking for a new Binance CEO, one he hopes will have a “very strong regulatory background.” He first disclosed his plans to step down to The Block earlier this year. At the time, he said he would like to resign from the CEO role in the next two to five years to focus entirely on growing the BNB and Binance Smart Chain ecosystems. Those plans now appear to be firmer.

Binance has long been subject to global regulatory scrutiny, with an increased focus in recent weeks. Government agencies in the U.S., the U.K., Japan, Italy, Thailand, Poland, and the Cayman Islands, have all either issued warnings or taken action against the exchange.

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