Hodler’s Digest, Oct. 31-Nov. 5


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

High Tales This Week

‘Uptober’ closes at record high in best month of 2021 — 5 things to watch in Bitcoin this week

After Bitcoin’s (BTC) first-ever month-to-month shut above $60,000 for October and a brand new all-time excessive (ATH), the bulls are studying the tea leaves to see what November will convey. Plan B — who has been fairly bang on the cash in latest months — has forecasted a November shut of $98,000 per BTC. 

One thing which will recommend the asset is on the up this month is {that a} robust variety of holders weren’t tempted to promote regardless of BTC reaching its ATH of $67,100. Kraken Intelligence identified as a lot, noting that mass accumulation has continued over the previous two months regardless of the potential to reap mad gainz.    

“Notably, whereas long-term holders had been unfazed by the retracement final month and used it as a chance to proceed accumulating, this development has not modified regardless of a major rebound in value to new all-time highs close to $67,000,” Kraken Intelligence stated.


NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers will accept part of $22M salary in Bitcoin

With Bitcoin trying nearly as good as ever, star NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers has bravely determined to just accept a bit of his $22.3 million wage in BTC. Unsurprisingly, it was part of a promotional deal, with Money App being the strategy of option to hodl the BTC. 

In a video shared by way of Rodgers’ Twitter account, the Inexperienced Bay Packers legend cited his perception in Bitcoin and its vivid future as the explanations for partnering with Money App, however one would imagine it would really be part of what some name a “celeb endorsement deal.” One other courageous soul who vowed to just accept his wage in Bitcoin this week was Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. The well-known crypto proponent stated on Wednesday that he would take his subsequent paycheck 100% in BTC. Suarez stated that he would like to make use of an app like Bitwage or Strike slightly than make the native authorities work out find out how to convert his fiat paycheck into crypto.


Google invests $1B in CME Group along with 10-year Cloud deal

Alphabet, the mother or father firm of Google, splurged $1 billion by way of an fairness funding into the Chicago Mercantile Trade (CME) Group. The trade is dwelling to many crypto derivatives merchandise corresponding to BTC futures contracts, micro BTC futures, BTC choices, and micro Ether (ETH) futures. 

The transfer was introduced on Thursday by way of a notice to CME Group traders. Additionally introduced within the notice was a 10-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud geared toward accelerating the trade’s transfer to the cloud and altering the best way world derivatives markets function. 

“Via this long-term partnership with Google Cloud, CME Group will remodel derivatives markets by way of expertise, increasing entry and creating efficiencies for all market individuals,” stated CME Group chair and CEO Terry Duffy.


Burger King serves up free crypto with meal purchases

Quick Meals large Burger King (BK) signed a “whopper” of a deal this week with retail buying and selling platform Robinhood to provide away free crypto to clients who spend greater than $5 in November. 

The U.S.-based promo marketing campaign is operating till Nov. 21, with clients given free crypto primarily within the type of Dogecoin (DOGE). Just a few fortunate clients will even have the prospect to win a complete Bitcoin or Ether, however should register with Robinhood Crypto to obtain the reward. 

The crypto rewards can be drawn from a trifecta of two million DOGE, 20 BTC and 200 ETH. Clients can solely declare one prize per day and should make their buy on the BK app, web site or in-store utilizing a code at taking part areas.


Commonwealth Bank to enable crypto trading for 6.5M Aussies, ‘other banks will follow’

The Commonwealth Financial institution of Australia (CommBank), one of many native ‘massive 4’ banks, introduced on Wednesday that it’s rolling out crypto buying and selling companies straight by way of its banking app. CommBank stated it would help 10 crypto property in whole, together with Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin Money (BCH) and Litecoin (LTC). 

The CommBank app has a person base of round 6.5 million individuals, and the crypto transfer is being launched in partnership with the blockchain evaluation agency Chainalysis. 

Following the bullish announcement, Steve Vallas, the CEO of trade physique Blockchain Australia, instructed Cointelegraph that it is just a matter of time earlier than the opposite main Aussie banks comply with go well with. 

“It’s inevitable that the opposite banks will comply with go well with,” he stated. “Readability within the native regulatory panorama is rising with points corresponding to licensing being tackled head-on by trade and by governments. […] Impediments to motion and participation are being eliminated.”




Winners and Losers



On the finish of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $60,936, Ether (ETH) at $4,474 and XRP at $1.15. The entire market cap is at $2.69 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap. 

Among the many largest 100 cryptocurrencies, the highest three altcoin gainers of the week are Loopring (LRC) at 164.93%, The Sandbox (SAND) at 130.89% and Decentraland (MANA) at 94.55%.

The highest three altcoin losers of the week are SHIBA INU (SHIB) at -25.22%, Curve DAO Token (CRV) at -13.37% and Concord (ONE) at -13.36%.

For more information on crypto costs, make sure that to learn Cointelegraph’s market analysis.



Most Memorable Quotations


“NFTs would be the underlying expertise for all the pieces of worth on the net. It may very well be financial worth or it may very well be private worth. I used to be mentioning your identification earlier on, in order that’s one thing an NFT might carry for you on the net. It’s going to be invisible.”

Nicholas Julia, Sorare CEO and co-founder, stated of the nonfingible token trade inside 5 to 10 years


“To my shock, I’ve by no means seen an trade so eager for regulation. Nearly everybody I’ve spoken to on this trade understood that regulation would convey credibility and validity to this sector.”

Andrew Bragg, Australian senator


“My worst nightmare is the invention of a zero-day exploit within the Bitcoin Core code that nobody has found but. Day-after-day that goes by, the likelihood of this diminishes exponentially — however it would by no means be zero.”

Caitlin Long, CEO and founding father of Avanti Monetary Group on her largest crypto-related worry


“The Metaverse, I feel many individuals is perhaps relieved to know, is just not going to be wholly owned, administered and orchestrated by Mark Zuckerberg and Meta.”

Nick Clegg, world affairs and communications vice chairman at Meta


“Within the absence of recent laws, stablecoins stay topic to the concurrent and doubtlessly overlapping jurisdiction of quite a lot of federal and state regulatory regimes. That’s the reason any settlement among the many related federal companies about who will take the lead in regulating stablecoins is necessary.”

Sujit Raman, accomplice at Sidley


“The SEC’s strategy to cryptocurrency regulation has been unacceptable. […] If the SEC can’t define the perceived materials distinction in threat profiles, then they need to permit ETFs primarily based on spot Bitcoin to be traded.”

Tom Emmer, U.S. consultant


“We want a particular council of representatives from state our bodies and personal enterprise to craft rules for cryptocurrencies. The CBI or the Safety and Trade Group should not certified [enough] to set guidelines for cryptos given the multidimensionality of the problem.”

Abbas Ashtiani, head of the Iran Blockchain Affiliation


“When this challenge was began, we had not made as a lot cash in FIDEBITCOIN [state BTC Trust account] as now we have made now. So now we have determined to make the primary 20 Bitcoin Faculties.”

Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador


Prediction of the Week 


Bitcoin will peak at $253K, Ethereum at $22K this cycle if 2016 halving bull run repeats

Bitcoin ranged in value this week, largely buying and selling between $60,000 and $64,000, in response to Cointelegraph’s BTC price index. When it comes to future value motion, one Twitter account by the title of Ecoinometrics drew up some evaluation that implies Bitcoin might have main upside left for this halving cycle. 

Ecoinometrics tweeted a chart overlaying Bitcoin’s present value journey since its 2020 block reward halving towards the backdrop of BTC’s value run after its 2016 halving. After BTC’s 2016 halving, the asset grew in value by an element of just about 30 when it peaked. Seeing as Bitcoin’s value traded at roughly $8,600 across the time of the 2020 halving, it might peak at $253,800 if historical past repeats, in response to Ecoinometrics.  

Moreover, primarily based on the logic of ETH’s value exercise in tandem with Bitcoin’s halving historical past timeline, Ecoinometrics forecasts a doable consequence for the value of Ether. The asset might presumably attain a summit of $22,300 per coin primarily based on this concept. 

Analyst Willy Woo, alternatively, predicted that this present post-halving cycle is the final main four-year cycle for Bitcoin. If that’s certainly the case, and if Bitcoin reaches mass adoption and “full saturation,” the BTC value in greenback phrases would now not be related. 

Ecoinometrics’ principle suggests Bitcoin’s value is rising the identical quantity because the final halving cycle when it comes to multipliers. Bitcoin, nevertheless, posted a notably smaller percentage increase in its second halving cycle in comparison with its first. Will this halving cycle present a smaller share enhance than the 2016 cycle?


FUD of the Week 


Aussie firm to launch $100M class action over dodgy QOIN token

Earlier this week, it was reported {that a} regulation agency primarily based in Queensland was going after a neighborhood crypto firm that points a token that may solely be offered in batches of $125 per day.

The agency, BPS Monetary, and its QOIN token are solely supported on the Block Commerce Trade. Customers can spend between $100 and $10,000 on QOIN, however the platform reportedly doesn’t permit withdrawals bigger than $125 in a single sitting. 

Salerno Legislation is planning to file a lawsuit towards BPS for partaking in deceptive and misleading conduct, pyramid scheme-style antics, and failing to adjust to service rules.


NFT collection’s price takes a nosedive as creator’s racist cartoons circulate

On Tuesday, it was reported that the buying and selling worth of the Jungle Freaks NFT challenge had tanked roughly 80% after a group of racist cartoons drawn by one of many challenge’s creators within the Nineteen Seventies circulated on-line. 

The creator in query is George Trosley, who rose to fame from his illustration work in Hustler journal. Trosley’s foray into NFTs was off to a superb begin till the extremely offensive illustrations surfaced, with a uncommon Jungle Freak NFT promoting for twenty-four Ether ($108,000) simply two weeks in the past. 

Elijah Wooden, who performed Frodo Baggins within the beloved The Lord of the Rings films, even had his palms on the “treasured” NFTs earlier than the debacle however, upon listening to the information, he liquidated his holdings and donated the proceeds to charity.  

“I used to be made conscious of among the artist’s disturbing prior cartoons,” he stated. “Upon studying this, I instantly offered the NFTs as I wholly denounce any type of racism. I’ve donated the funds from the sale of the NFT to LDF and Black Lives Matter.”


Game over! ‘Squid Game’-inspired crypto scam collapses as price crashes from $2.8K to zero

In what seems to be a rug pull of the ages, the SQUID token impressed by the hit South Korean Netflix present Squid Sport dropped primarily 100% proper after its value topped $2,850 on Monday.  

The scammers touted the SQUID token as a play-to-earn crypto impressed by the sequence’ plot, wherein individuals threat their lives to play a sequence of youngsters’s video games for the chance to win 45.6 billion received,  or roughly $38.7 million. However, very similar to the present, there have been severe penalties for “taking part in.” 

The value of SQUID skyrocketed 75,000% within the area of per week. Nonetheless, customers had been complaining through the pump that they may not promote the asset as a result of “anti-dumping expertise” deployed by the creators that restricted individuals from promoting their tokens towards decrease demand.


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