Market update

Cointree Crypto Market Update - May 1st 2024

Market report for traders

🔮 BTC and altcoins

Over the last 7 days, Bitcoin ends at AU$92,638, dropping -13.20% at the time of writing. Meanwhile, Ethereum ends at AU$4,651 moving -10.59% week-on-week. On the Altcoin side, Solana +22.92%, Cardano -15.97%, and Dogecoin -22.17%.

🗞 What’s happening in the news?

Hong Kong Launches First Spot Bitcoin, Ether ETFs

Hong Kong has introduced Asia's first spot bitcoin and ether ETFs, managed by China Asset Management, Harvest Global, Bosera, and HashKey. These ETFs enhance Hong Kong's reputation as a top ETF hub by offering more investment options. Unique to these products is the ability for investors to trade directly with Bitcoin or Ethereum, adding a flexible element to the investment process. This move represents a significant step for Hong Kong in its adoption of cryptocurrency technologies.

Changpeng Zhao Receives Minimal Sentence

Changpeng Zhao, the former CEO of Binance, has been sentenced to a surprisingly short term of four months in prison. This decision follows his guilty plea for failing to implement an effective Anti-Money Laundering (AML) program at Binance, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges. While prosecutors had recommended a three-year sentence for these violations, the judge ultimately decided on a significantly lighter sentence.

This case highlights the importance of AML compliance within the cryptocurrency industry, which is often scrutinized by regulators for potential financial misconduct. The legal proceedings revealed that while Zhao was aware of the regulatory requirements, Binance operated under a model of seeking forgiveness rather than obtaining the necessary permissions. Despite the severity of the charges, the court considered sealed documents presented by Zhao's defense as a mitigating factor

An Unlikely Miner: Alliance Resource Partners Dives into Bitcoin

Alliance Resource Partners, a company primarily known for coal mining, has been mining Bitcoin for over three years. By leveraging unused electrical capacity, the company has accumulated 425 BTC, now worth around AU$38 million. This approach allows the company to create new value without incurring extra environmental costs. Despite the efficient use of resources, this initiative has sparked discussions regarding the environmental impacts of Bitcoin mining and the ethical considerations of such ventures.

Crypto and Cannabis Collide?

US Rep. French Hill expressed support for a bill that merges stablecoin regulation with a marijuana banking regime, potentially improving banking access for legal cannabis businesses. This legislative package, which faces opposition from some influential lawmakers, could be attached to the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization.

“I think it’s a lot easier to catch bad actors and illegal activity if those companies are participating in the banking system.” Including marijuana banking and stablecoins in the FAA bill is a "call that leadership has to make," Hill says. 

📖 What we’ve been reading

EigenLayer airdrop faces backlash over inability to move tokens and blocked jurisdictions

The plan faced criticisms relating to the lack of transferability of the token and its heavy handed approach to blocking jurisdictions.

Read more

Roger Ver Indicted for Tax Fraud

The man sometimes called "Bitcoin Jesus" did not pay capital gains on hundreds of millions of dollars he raised in selling bitcoin in 2017, the DOJ alleged.

Read more

News Explorer — All Top Coins In the Red As Crypto Market Sags

All of the top 100 coins are showing negative performance, with Bitcoin and Ethereum both experiencing significant losses. 

Read more

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes and does not constitute financial product advice. You should obtain independent advice from an Australian financial services licensee before making any financial decisions.

Ready to invest?

Get $10 worth of BTC free, when you make your first trade. T&Cs apply.