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Crypto Flipsider News – Bitcoin’s Downtrend, Banks Embrace Crypto, Why Musk Prefers Dogecoin, Myanmar Takes USDT as Official Currency, Exchange Delists XRP, Nike Buys Virtual Sneaker Creator

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  • Bitcoin’s downward slide from its all-time high extends into fifth week.
  • BBVA adds ETH support, Germany’s savings bank considers crypto wallet, HSBC, and Wells Fargo to settle FX with blockchain, IMF calls for global regulation.
  • Why Musk prioritizes Dogecoin over Bitcoin, SHIB and Doge listed on Indian exchange.
  • Myanmar takes USDT as official currency, the delisting of XRP continues.
  • Nike acquires virtual sneaker creator RTFKT in metaverse push.

Bitcoin’s Downward slide from Its All-Time High Extends into Fifth Week

What many investors thought would be a brief correction from its November 10th all-time high of $68,789 has persisted into a fifth week. Bitcoin has lost more than 37% of its value in the five weeks of persistent bearish momentum.

The price chart for Bitcoin since November 10th. Source: Tradingview

In the last 24 hours, Bitcoin has dropped by a further 4%, sending its price down to $47k at the time of writing. There is palpable fear in the market as the price of BTC hovers around its 200-day moving average, of $46,720.

Falling below this level could see Bitcoin test its $44k support level, or even slide further down to the $41.5k mark. According to Marc Chandler, chief market strategist at Bannockburn Global Forex, Bitcoin has not gotten over its volatility issues as it has matured.

He further adds that “the volatility is deadly, and its other supposed attributes, like [the asset being] a hedge against inflation, seems spurious.”

Flipsider:

BBVA Adds ETH Support, Germany’s Savings Bank Considers Crypto Wallet, HSBC, and Wells Fargo to Settle FX with Blockchain, IMF Calls for Global Regulation

As the leading crypto, Bitcoin has dominated the adoption of cryptocurrencies, especially by financial institutions. However, in a change of fortunes, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) has become one of the first banks in Europe to add Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency, to its product line.

In Germany, the Financial Savings Banks, a financial provider popular for holding more than 1 trillion euros on behalf of thrifty German clients, is considering offering a crypto wallet. The bank, which has over 50 million clients, says the new consideration comes amidst rising customer curiosity in crypto services.

Banking leaders, HSBC and Wells Fargo, have announced an agreement to use a blockchain-based solution for settling foreign exchange (FX) transactions. The banking giants will use blockchain to settle U.S. dollar, Canadian dollar, British pound sterling, and Euro transactions in the future.

Flipsider:

Why You Should Care

After failing to resist cryptocurrencies, Banks around the world are adopting crypto services, a trend that could increase the mainstream adoption of cryptos.

Why Musk Prioritizes Dogecoin Over Bitcoin, SHIB and DOGE Listed on Indian Exchange

Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, famous for prioritizing Dogecoin, a meme coin, over Bitcoin, has clarified his stance. Speaking as Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year,’ Musk explained that the transactions per day of Dogecoin held more potential than Bitcoin’s.

According to Elon Musk, Bitcoin is better suited as a store of value because of the network’s low transaction volume and its high fees. By contrast, Dogecoin holds more promise as the network handles transactions better than Bitcoin, with cheaper fees. 

In other winning news for meme coins, Shiba Inu (SHIB) and Dogecoin (DOGE) have both been listed on India’s leading crypto-to-fiat trading platform, Unocoin.

Unocoin users can now trade DOGE against the Indian rupee, however, Shiba Inu (SHIB) did not launch with a fiat-based pair. Instead, the second-largest meme coin can be traded against Tether, the number one USD-pegged stablecoin.

Flipsider:

  • The centralization status of Shiba has been called into question, as another mysterious whale buys 125 Billion SHIB tokens worth $4.2 Million.

Why You Should Care

While they gained popularity as meme coins, Shiba Inu and Dogecoin have steadily been adding utility to their respective ecosystems.

Myanmar Takes USDT As Official Currency, the Delisting of XRP Continues

The National Unity Government of Myanmar (NUG), a parallel government in Myanmar, has installed Tether’s stablecoin ‘USDT’ as their official currency and Dollar proxy. The NUG, a coalition of pro-democratic groups, was ousted by the military government.

According to the NUG, Tether’s USDT stablecoin will make it easier for pro-democratic groups to raise funds and topple the presiding government. Using USDT will also help the group bypass the restrictions and censorship of the military-led government, which had earlier declared all digital asset transactions illegal.

Flipsider:

  • As Ripple’s case with the SEC drags on, XRP’s woes worsen, as exchanges in Canada delist the asset.
  • Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Bitbuy has announced that it will delist XRP on January 13th, 2022.
  • The exchange remains open to relisting the asset, noting that it would continue to watch XRP past the delisting and, “should things change, we will act accordingly.”

Nike Acquires Virtual Sneaker Creator RTFKT in Metaverse Push

As one of the first major sports brands to indicate interest in the metaverse, Nike is intensifying its push to expand its reach and make a foothold in the fast-growing “metaverse.” On October 27th, Nike filed seven trademark applications for metaverse-related patents. 

Now, less than a month after partnering with Roblox to build the ‘Nikeland’ metaverse, the sportswear giant has announced the acquisition of virtual sneaker company ‘RTFKT’ for an undisclosed sum.

Nike Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe said in a statement;

"This acquisition is another step that accelerates Nike's digital transformation and allows us to serve athletes and creators at the intersection of sport, creativity, gaming, and culture."

He further explained that Nike would be investing in the RTFKT brand to serve and grow their “innovative and creative community.” The goal is to extend Nike’s digital foothold and capabilities.

Flipsider:

  • Despite being one of the hottest concepts, some experts believe the metaverse is doomed to fail.

Why You Should Care

With such exponentially growing interest in the metaverse, it will most likely become a significant part of our daily lives within the next 3-5 years.

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