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- Bitcoin transaction fees at 2-year low, and institutional outflows hit $73 million as Australia plans to launch Bitcoin ETF next week.
- ApeCoin (APE) surges 40% in anticipation of a big announcement.
- Robinhood expands to Europe, Binance.US gets money transmitter license in Puerto Rico.
- Russia could use crypto mining to evade sanctions, the IMF warns.
Bitcoin Transaction Fees at 2-Year Low, and Institutional Outflows Hit $73 Million as Australia Plans to Launch Bitcoin ETF Next Week
The average transaction fee per Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, has been steadily declining from its all-time $62.788 in April 2021 to stand at $1.039 per transaction. The last time Bitcoin transaction fees were this low was in June 2020.
Bitcoin transaction fees over the last three years. Source: Blockchain.com
Bitcoin has seen a significant rise in its investment outflows. In the week ending April 16th, Bitcoin (BTC) investment products took a major hit as outflows reached $73 million. So far in April, Bitcoin investment products have lost more than $196 million to outflows.
Despite the plight of Bitcoin investment products, 21Shares is preparing to launch the first spot exchange-traded products for Bitcoin in Australia next week. The products will be the first to invest directly in the underlying assets in Australia.
The Bitcoin ETF from 21Shares joins an offering from Cosmos Asset Management, and will be listed on the Cboe Exchange starting on April 27th. The price of the Bitcoin ETF will be tracked against the Australian dollar.
- Although bullish sentiment surrounding Bitcoin is on the rise, Altcoins have been outperforming the leading asset of late.
- While BTC has gained 2% over the last 24 hours to rise above the $42,000 level, Altcoins like Solana and LUNA are up by 7%, while ADA, DOGE, and DOT are up by 4%.
The 24 hour price chart for Bitcoin (BTC). Source: Tradingview
ApeCoin (APE) Surges 40% in Anticipation of a Big Announcement
The 24 hour price chart for ApeCoin (APE). Source: Tradingview
As of this writing, APE is now trading at $17.01 from a daily low of $12.20. ApeCoin’s rally has seen its market cap grow from $3.45 billion to $4.88 billion, making it the 32nd biggest cryptocurrency.
ApeCoin’s rally comes a major announcement from Yuga Labs is expected by users. Having revealed its metaverse in March, Yuga Labs announced that ApeCoin would serve as the native token for its virtual world, called ‘Otherside’.
According to reports, Yuga Labs is planning to initiate land sales for the Otherside, using APE, on April 23rd, the first anniversary of the launch of the Bored Ape Yacht Club. The top 100 ETH whales have thus accumulated over $9 million worth of APE in the last 24 hours.
- Despite its massive gains, ApeCoin (APE) still remains 57% down from its March 17th ATH of $39.40.
Why You Should Care
Becoming the native token of the Otherside could help the project break the norm of airdrop tokens losing their entire value shortly after launch.
Robinhood Expands to Europe, Binance.US Gets Money Transmitter License in Puerto Rico
Just a week after expanding its crypto offerings, Robinhood has made its way into the U.K. market. Robinhood announced the acquisition of Ziglu, a London-based fintech app that allows users to trade in bitcoin and several other cryptocurrencies.
Ziglu is one of three companies approved by the FCA to offer crypto investment services in the UK. Robinhood plans to expand its services into Europe after more than two years since halting its plans.
Binance.US is also on the expansion train, receiving a money transmitter license for Puerto Rico. The Caribbean island became the fourth jurisdiction in America to grant a money transmitter license to Binance.US
The new license will allow Binance.US to receive and transfer funds between users in Puerto Rico. Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao, has stated that the crypto exchange’s vision is to be licensed everywhere.
- Despite legalizing Bitcoin, major Indian crypto exchanges have blocked all transfers and deposits due to regulations.
Why You Should Care
The expansion of crypto firms coincides with increasing interest in and adoption of cryptocurrencies globally.
Russia Could Use Crypto Mining to Evade Sanctions: The IMF Warns
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has suggested that Russia could be looking to evade the economic sanctions placed upon it through bitcoin and crypto mining. The IMF made the revelation in its new post on global financial stability.
Russia is currently on the receiving end of over 400 sanctions as a result of its ongoing invasion of Ukraine. However, the IMF suggests that the Russian government could look to cryptocurrency mining to evade these sanctions.
The IMF writes;
“Over time, sanctioned countries could also allocate more resources toward evading sanctions through mining. Mining … Bitcoin can allow countries to monetize energy resources, some of which cannot be exported due to sanctions.”
The IMF emphasized that the category of activity is “relatively contained” in sanctioned countries, but the likelihood of its rapid increase will always be there, and is something that cannot be curbed.
- President Putin recently claimed that Russia could have major benefits for crypto miners, which could potentially accept Bitcoin as payment for its oil and gas exports.
Why You Should Care
The IMF has reported that both U.S. and UK regulators have requested that all companies, crypto businesses included, be more careful in transacting with the Russian government.