Top Stories This Week
CME overtakes Binance to grab largest share of Bitcoin futures open interest
Bitcoins futures market is showing an interesting shift as global derivatives marketplace the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has surpassed Binance in terms of Bitcoin futures open interest. This change occurred after Bitcoin exceeded the $37,000 mark for the first time in over 18 months.
However, James Seyffart, a research analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence specializing in exchange-traded funds, questioned whether the increasing open interest in Bitcoin futures on CME would address historical concerns of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the depth of Bitcoin markets and the potential for market manipulation.
Okay this is interesting… Does this constitute a ‘market of significant size’ now? Seyffart stated in a post on X (formerly Twitter).
Cryptoqueens OneCoin legal chief pleads guilty to fraud
The former head of legal and compliance at OneCoin is looking at a potential 10-year prison term for her involvement in the $4 billion cryptocurrency trading scheme. In Manhattan federal court, the ex-compliance chief of OneCoin, Irinia Dilkinska, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering.
According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos accepted Dilkinska’s guilty plea. She admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Dilkinska is scheduled for sentencing on February 14, 2024, facing a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for her role in the OneCoin scheme.
Genesis seeks courts approval to reduce Three Arrows Capital claim from $1B to $33M
Bankrupt cryptocurrency lender Genesis has asked the court to approve its proposed settlement agreement with the collapsed crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC).
In a recent court document, Genesis stated that 3AC should be given a claim of $33 million against Genesis. This represents 3.3% of the total claims initially made against Genesis, which amounted to $1 billion.
According to Genesis, 3ACs claims against Genesis were the largest asserted claims in Chapter 11 cases associated with the collapse of the FTX exchange. Genesis stressed that the 3AC debtor was one of Genesiss largest borrowers from 2020 to 2022, up until the time of its collapse.
SafeMoon CEO bail release goes on hold after Feds cite flight risk
SafeMoon CEO Braden John Karony’s bail release has been delayed by U.S. federal prosecutors, who argue that he may try to leave the country due to his alleged access to funds and connections abroad. The prosecutors expressed concerns that his release could pose a flight risk and be a potential danger to the community.
The delay comes after a New York District Judge, LaShann DeArcy Hall, decided to put a hold on the bail release order issued on Nov. 8 by a Utah Magistrate judge, who had allowed Karony to be released on a $500,000 bail. However, prosecutors contested this decision, claiming that the release order was made without consideration of the defendants substantial financial means and ability to flee, and they emphasized that his release could be a continued danger to the community.
Binance to terminate Russian ruble deposits next week
Binance users in Russia need to take note: They have a little over two months, until Jan. 31, 2024, to withdraw their rubles from the platform. Binance is wrapping up its operations in Russia and plans to stop accepting deposits in Russian rubles from November 15, 2023.
This comes after Binance declared its complete exit from Russia by selling its business to a newly established crypto exchange called CommEX in September 2023. However, there’s been limited information about the details of the deal, including the size of the transaction and the founders of CommEX, causing some controversy.
Winners and Losers
At the end of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $37,249, Ether (ETH) at $2,078 and XRP (XRP) at $0.67. The total market cap is at $1.42 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap.
Among the biggest 100 cryptocurrencies, the top three altcoin gainers of the week were FTX Token (FTT) at 250.48%, Kaspa (KAS) at 67.23% and Cronos (CRO) at 52.20%.
The top three altcoin losers of the week are Maker (MKR) at -3.39%, Tether Gold (XAUt) at -2.60% and PAX Gold (PAXG) at -2.51%.
Most Memorable Quotations
SEC Chair Gensler cannot continue to abuse the powers of his agency to fulfill a political agenda of driving the new and promising digital asset industry offshore.
Tom Emmer, United States Republican congressman
Ordinals help to express the core values of Bitcoin in a much more friendly way than Bitcoin, which is too technical or harsh for some people.
Lugui Tillier, commercial director for Lumx Studios
Binances Chief Compliance Officer crudely but succinctly summed up this case when he admitted that Binance was operating as a fking unlicensed securities exchange in the USA bro. He was right.
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission
As we have witnessed with cryptocurrency, heavy-handed constraints have hindered the exploration of potentially revolutionary applications.
Matthew Putman, CEO and co-founder of Nanotronics
In Web3, its not the code thats king, but the community. Instead of perfecting backend logic, focus on front-end transparency.
Tiago Serdio, head of community at Partisia Blockchain
I say, Sorry, we are boring. But we are one of the oldest projects. We are very big We are the one who has the most changes on GitHub, and we have not been down for over 2000 days Boring sometimes is good.
Frederik Gregaard, Cardano Foundation CEO
Prediction of the week
Bitcoin Terminal Price hints next BTC all-time high is at least $110K
As the price of BTC hovers around its highest levels in the past 18 months, analysts are already speculating about the potential upward trajectory it may take in the upcoming months and years. Bitcoin may next be a sell at $110,000 as its new bull cycle plays out, a classic on-chain indicator suggests.
Analyzing its Terminal Price, Look Into Bitcoin creator Philip Swift described its value as a simple method of estimating long-term BTC price peaks. Terminal Price is calculated from Bitcoins so-called Transferred Price a value derived by dividing Coin Days Destroyed by the existing supply. Not every all-time high reaches Terminal Price, but BTC/USD did hit the trendline during its 2017 all-time and initial peak in April 2021. The current all-time high of $69,000, seen in November of that year, fell short.
As Terminal Price increases with time, $110,000 may ultimately end up a conservative target should the next all-time high occur only later in the next cycle.
FUD of the Week
JPEX scandal: Taiwan determines new suspects in alleged fraud Report
Taiwanese prosecutors are seeking to detain Chang Tung-ying, the chief partner at JPEXs Taiwan office, on charges of fraud related to the JPEX cryptocurrency exchange. The situation surrounding the collapsed exchange is unfolding, with the Taipei District Prosecutors Office (TDPO) reportedly identifying new suspects. According to a report from local TV channel TVBS News on November 9, the TDPO has requested the custody of Chang Tung-ying over allegations of fraud.
As part of the ongoing JPEX investigation, prosecutors in Taipei searched nine locations and summoned Chang along with three other individuals believed to be involved. Chang and JPEX lecturer Shih Yu-sheng (also known as Shi Yu) are considered suspects in the case for violating the Banking Act and the Money Laundering Control Act.
Crypto exchange CoinSpot reportedly suffers $2M hot wallet hack
Blockchain security firm CertiK indicates that the recent $2.4 million theft from Australian cryptocurrency exchange CoinSpot hot wallet likely occurred due to a private key compromise. CoinSpot appears to have experienced a hack, involving the probable compromise of a private key in one of its hot wallets.
Pseudonymous blockchain investigator ZachXBT highlighted two transactions on Nov. 8 that entered the wallet belonging to the alleged hacker. Subsequently, the wallet’s owner transferred the funds to the Bitcoin network via THORChain and Wan Bridge. CertiK stated that the apparent exploit was likely the result of a probable private key compromise on at least one of CoinSpot’s hot wallets.
According to Etherscan data, a transaction of 1,262 Ether, valued at $2.4 million at current prices, originated from a recognized CoinSpot wallet and entered the wallet linked to the alleged hacker.
Poloniex exchange suffers $100M exploit, offers 5% bounty
A crypto wallet linked to the digital exchange Poloniex has experienced suspicious outflows, evident on the blockchain explorer Etherscan. Blockchain security experts suspect a breach, resulting in attackers draining up to $100 million in crypto.
On Nov. 10, millions in crypto assets were moved from an account labeled Poloniex 4 on Etherscan. Initially estimated at $60 million, later assessments revealed the loss exceeded $100 million. CertiK, a blockchain security firm, suggests a private key compromise as the likely cause and notes that the funds have already been transferred to four externally owned accounts, with some converted into Ether
Top Magazine Pieces of the Week
Exclusive: 2 years after John McAfees death, widow Janice is broke and needs answers
Two years after John McAfees death, his wife, Janice, is still unable to get closure. All I want is to see his body for myself and know that really happened.
$10K JPGs scare away gamers, Animocas crypto game streaming plans: Web3 Gamer
Animoca buys Twitch-like platform and Web3 gaming was a major talking point at Binance Blockchain Week.
6 Questions for Lugui Tillier about Bitcoin, Ordinals, and the future of crypto
Lugui Tillier is the commercial director for Lumx Studios, one of the top cryptocurrency firms in Rio de Janeiro a city with a burgeoning crypto industry.