BlockFi settles with the SEC, Russia’s CBDC trials begin and Cointelegraph releases its 2022 top-100 list: Hodler’s Digest, Feb. 13-19


Coming each Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will assist you to observe each single essential information story that occurred this week. One of the best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, main cash, predictions and rather more — every week on Cointelegraph in a single hyperlink.

Prime Tales This Week

$1T opportunity: JPMorgan becomes first major bank in the metaverse

United States banking large JPMorgan Chase has taken a dive into what it considers a major up and coming enviornment of alternative: the metaverse. The financial institution has lately opened a digital lounge known as Onyx in Decentraland’s metaverse. Decentraland serves as one in every of many crypto business tasks using blockchain to supply a digital world expertise — in different phrases, a metaverse.  

JPMorgan sees important potential within the new motion towards digital worlds. “The metaverse will possible infiltrate each sector in a roundabout way within the coming years, with the market alternative estimated at over $1 trillion in yearly revenues,” the financial institution mentioned in a report. Nonetheless, to achieve its potential, the metaverse motion requires additional improvement in a number of key areas, the report mentioned.

Onyx can be the identify of JPMorgan’s blockchain-based funds system.




FBI is launching team to address crypto exploitation: US Deputy Attorney General

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is placing collectively a particular unit to go after unlawful crypto exercise, akin to ransomware assaults. Armed with specialists wielding data of the digital asset house, the Digital Asset Exploitation Unit would be the FBI’s staff on the crypto crime entrance, in keeping with feedback from U.S. Deputy Legal professional Normal Lisa Monaco on the Munich Cyber Safety Convention. 

“Ransomware and digital extortion, like many different crimes fueled by cryptocurrency, solely work if the dangerous guys receives a commission, which suggests we’ve to bust their enterprise mannequin,” Monaco defined. The brand new FBI staff will act alongside the Nationwide Cryptocurrency Enforcement Group, which is headed up by the U.S. Division of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ additionally has plans to struggle crypto crime on a world stage, in keeping with Monaco.


SEC hits BlockFi with a $100 million penalty, gives 60 days to comply with a 1940 law

BlockFi got here to phrases with regulators this week in response to resistance from the U.S. Securities and Alternate Fee (SEC), which had labeled the BlockFi Curiosity Account as a securities product. Working since 2019, the providing in query from BlockFi lets customers mortgage crypto and obtain notable curiosity in return. 

BlockFi agreed to pay the SEC $50 million as penalty. As well as, 32 U.S. states took motion towards BlockFi, leading to an additional $50 million that BlockFi should pay to these areas — tallying $100 million whole in penalties. 

Transferring ahead, BlockFi has a 60-day interval to align the product with the Funding Firm Act of 1940. Within the meantime, BlockFi will halt onboarding new customers till it turns into compliant with the regulation.




Digital ruble trial goes live as Bank of Russia insists on Bitcoin ban

The Financial institution of Russia introduced this week that preliminary testing for its central financial institution digital forex (CBDC) was profitable after a number of transfers of the digital ruble had been made to Russian residents.  A complete of 12 monetary establishments participated within the digital ruble pilot program, placing the central financial institution on observe to launch its CBDC program later this yr. 

The CBDC information got here after anti-crypto feedback from the top of the Financial institution of Russia, Elvira Nabiullina, the prior week. As a result of CDBCs are below the direct management of governments, they differ from conventional cryptocurrencies akin to Bitcoin.


Cointelegraph releases Top 100 in Crypto and Blockchain 2022

This week, Cointelegraph unveiled its 2022 list of the top 100 most influential figures within the crypto and blockchain house. The Prime 100 contains profiles of individuals and developments that impacted the crypto and blockchain house in 2021. Every profile additionally contains an summary of what we are able to anticipate from every influencer or development for the rest of 2022. 

Cointelegraph will unveil the checklist over the course of the approaching days, releasing 10 profiles per day till all 100 are proven. The primary group of 10 was revealed on Thursday, with Rekt Capital beginning off the checklist at quantity 100. 

Cointelegraph has launched prior installments of its high 100 checklist in previous years




Winners and Losers


On the finish of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $40,036, Ether (ETH) at $2,790 and XRP at $0.77. The full market cap is at $1.81 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap.

Among the many greatest 100 cryptocurrencies, the highest three altcoin gainers of the week are Rally (RLY) at 18.86%, Neo (NEO) at 13.93% and Qtum (QTUM) at 9.58%. 

The highest three altcoin losers of the week are IoTeX (IOTX) at -17.58%, Ethereum Traditional (ETC) at -16.35% and Theta Community (THETA) at -16.17%.

For more information on crypto costs, be certain to learn Cointelegraph’s market analysis.





Most Memorable Quotations


“We’re actually burning the gasoline into the environment simply because it’s not economical to do something with it. As a substitute, we are able to put it right into a motor to provide electrical energy and use that to mine Bitcoin.”

Kristian Csepcsar, chief advertising and marketing officer at Slush Pool


“I imply, we are able to name them a bet, however on the finish, we at all times knew v1 [CryptoPunks] weren’t legit punks; they had been merely artifacts that led to the creation of Punks. In order that they have a spot in historical past, however I doubt that place is price 1K ETH, lol.”

lookinrare#0911, Discord person


“It’s turning into clear, nevertheless, that 2022 shall be a pivotal yr in the case of crypto-assets administration.”

Thomas Campione, blockchain and crypto-assets chief at PwC Luxembourg


“I do know the massive ones (Bitcoiners) dwell in Portugal already. They’re nameless. They don’t seem to be like me on the market, however they already are right here. They’re spending their cash on homes; they’re spending their Bitcoins on all the things.”

Didi Taihuttu, father of the Bitcoin Household


“We anticipate by this summer season — fairly quickly — to just accept crypto for all of our state tax-related functions.”

Jared Polis, governor of Colorado 


“El Salvador’s adoption of Bitcoin as authorized tender raises important considerations concerning the financial stability and monetary integrity of a weak U.S. buying and selling companion in Central America.”

James Risch, United States senator


“I actually didn’t spend money on crypto. I’m pleased with the truth that I averted it. It’s like some venereal illness.”

Charlie Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway


“We’ve got to abolish the final privilege of the wealthy, the monetary ignorance.”

Christophe de Beukelaer, member of the Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Area



Prediction of the Week 


BTC price dips below $40K as Wall Street open spells pain for Bitcoin bulls

Bitcoin turned decrease in a considerably turbulent week for markets. The asset tapped nearly $45,000 on Tuesday earlier than falling to round $39,500 by Friday, in keeping with Cointelegraph’s BTC price index

Twitter character and dealer Rekt Capital expects Bitcoin to proceed range-bound value motion throughout the backside half of a large “macro” value vary spanning from about $30,000 to $69,000. “$BTC will proceed to occupy the decrease half of the macro vary till additional discover,” Rekt Capital mentioned in a tweet.



FUD of the Week 

UK tax authority makes first NFT seizure in VAT fraud case

Three people had been apprehended for allegedly dodging taxes owed to the UK’s authorities, with the nation’s taxation physique, Her Majesty’s Income and Customs, taking management of three nonfungible tokens (NFTs) within the course of. 

The confiscated NFTs had been thought of seized belongings and weren’t utilized by the suspects of their purported tax evasion scheme. Underneath false identities, the suspects allegedly averted value-added taxes to the tune of $1.8 million by using over 200 phony firms.


4% of crypto whales are criminals, and they hold $25B among them: Chainalysis

Over 4,000 massive crypto gamers have allegedly amassed a few of their wealth by way of questionable means, in keeping with a brand new report from Chainalysis. The report famous 4,068 questionable crypto whales within the business, as per 2021 and 2022 information.

Chainalysis classifies legal whales as non-public crypto wallets holding greater than $1 million price of digital belongings, with greater than 10% of their balances coming from illicit addresses.  The write-up from Chainalysis additionally included a bevy of extra info.


Canada invokes ‘Emergencies Act’ targeting crowdfunding and crypto

On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act in an try to dam fundraising efforts by the self-styled “Freedom Convoy,” which has been staging large-scale protests throughout the nation. In line with Chrystia Freeland, Canadian deputy prime minister, the transfer to dam funds falls below the umbrella of safety towards terrorist financing. 

Donors had contributed over $19 million to the protestors via on-line fundraising platforms GoFundMe and GiveSendGo. Since these funds have been blocked from reaching the protestors, some donors have resorted to funding the motion utilizing Bitcoin.



Greatest Cointelegraph Options

Crypto innovators of color restricted by the rules aimed to protect them

“It’s an evolution right here within the U.S. moreso — applied sciences are adopted by the wealthier folks first […] after which onto others.”

Crypto at the Olympics: NFT skis, Bitcoin bobsledders and CBDC controversy

Bitcoin and nonfungible tokens are everywhere in the Olympics this yr whereas China’s CBDC is there too amid a controversial rollout.

Wormhole hack illustrates danger of DeFi cross-chain bridges

The second-largest decentralized finance hack so far brings about questions concerning the Solana ecosystem and cross-chain protocols.




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