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[SPONSORED] LMAX Digital announce yet another new ATH record of $3.8B

LMAX Digital ensures access to deep institutional limit order liquidity and precise trade execution 24/7. The new record volume on 8 January 2021 and ongoing increasing monthly volumes, confirms once again that Institutional market demands for transparent price discovery, precise ultra-low latency execution and deep liquidity are satisfied and exceeded by the LMAX Digital technology stack.

Everything we’ve learned in the global Institutional FX market has been applied to LMAX Digital, creating the market-leading institutional solution for physical trading and custodial services of the most liquid crypto currencies BTC, ETH, LTC, BCH and XRP.

  • Central limit order book – streaming institutional limit order liquidity only
  • Spot BTC, ETH, LTC, BCH, XRP; all paired against USD, EUR & JPY
  • Connectivity: cross connect at LD4 or over the internet
  • Access: LMAX FIX 4.2/4.4, API, ITCH, web GUI & mobile
  • Ultra-low latency (< 180μs), precise, consistent execution
  • High throughput >100,000 messages/second
  • Regulated, transparent and secure trading environment
  • Full custodian solution: Safe, secure, offline multi-sig. cold wallets and vault storage

LMAX Digital: secure, liquid, trusted crypto trading & custodial services. Regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission.

© 2021 The Block Crypto, Inc. All Rights Reserved. This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.

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Author: Andreas Nicolos

First Mover: Biden’s $1.9T Plan Shows ‘Blue Wave’ Bitcoiners Saw Coming

The Federal Reserve might need to print money to help finance Biden’s coronavirus relief proposal, to keep Treasury-bond interest rates from climbing.

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Author: Bradley Keoun

MahaDAO’s Algorithmic ‘Valuecoin’ Goes Live on Ethereum

ARTH tries to maintain its value over time compared to other stablecoins that lose value as the dollar is inflated.

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Author: William Foxley

Bittrex Won’t Disclose Why It Withdrew Support for Dash, Zcash, Monero

As of today, zcash, monero and dash won’t be included among Bittrex’s tradable assets.

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Author: Benjamin Powers

Advisers Allocating Crypto in Clients’ Portfolios Rose 49% Last Year: Survey

The number of advisers allocating to crypto in client portfolios rose from 6.3% to 9.4% in 2020.

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Author: Tanzeel Akhtar

Funding in the Polkadot ecosystem

Quick Take

  • The Block Research identified a total of 21 projects that have received outside capital from investors (Not grants or Polkadot’s treasury)
  • Approximately $52 million in aggregate has been allocated to these projects, with an average deal size of roughly $2.7 million and a median deal size of $1.5 million
  • Dating back to 2019, The Web3 Foundation has issued a total of 205 grants for the development & research of Polkadot, Kusama, and their blockchain application framework, Substrate

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Author: John Dantoni

Polkadot’s DOT is now the fourth largest coin in terms of market cap, surpassing XRP

Polkadot’s DOT token has become the fourth-largest coin in terms of market capitalization, surpassing the embattled XRP.

DOT’s market cap currently stands at around $13.45 billion, according to tracker Coingecko. XRP’s market cap, on the other hand, is at about $13.28 billion. The sharp rise in DOT’s price in recent days, about 50% in the last seven days, has pushed its market cap to higher levels.

DOT is currently trading at around $14, while XRP is at about $0.30, according to CoinGecko.

Source: CoinGecko, The Block Research

Source: CoinGecko, The Block Research

Polkadot is a Layer-1, proof-of-stake blockchain network, and a challenger to Ethereum. The protocol was created by Ethereum co-founder Gavin Wood and went live in May of last year. It claims to fix Ethereum’s scalability and interoperability issues.

As The Block Research’s John Dantoni wrote yesterday, Polkadot has become the most popular alternative to Ethereum for decentralized finance (DeFi) investment purposes. From September to November 2020, roughly 19% of DeFi projects that received venture funding were building on Polkadot.

Dantoni also mapped out Polkadot’s ecosystem and found out that a total of 127 projects across sixteen different verticals are currently building on the network.

Meanwhile, XRP has been under pressure since its issuer Ripple is fighting a legal battle with the U.S. government. Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Ripple and two of its executives — CEO Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen — engaged in sales of unregistered securities. XRP’s price is down by about 35% since the lawsuit, affecting its market cap. The digital asset is currently trading at around $0.30 per token.

© 2021 The Block Crypto, Inc. All Rights Reserved. This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.

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Author: Yogita Khatri

Biden’s $1.9T Relief Package Proposal Fails to Stir Bitcoin Market

The U.S. dollar’s rise on the news maybe be playing spoilsport to the bitcoin bulls.

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Author: Omkar Godbole

JPMorgan Provides $100M Financing Facility for Blockchain Mortgage Platform Figure

The facility covers both conforming and jumbo mortgages – loans in excess of the traditional lending restrictions.

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Author: Tanzeel Akhtar

Bitcoin ETP Trading at Levels Seen by Top European ETFs: FT

Only one major ETF was trading at volumes slightly higher than the BTCetc ETP in the first 11 days of January, says the FT.

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Author: Tanzeel Akhtar