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Weekly Crypto Market Update – 19th February

It is with great pleasure to present the first official weekly Crypto market update on The Daily Chain. We will be collaborating with NKB Group – a full-service investment bank focused on blockchain technology. These updates will include the top news stories of the week, charts, data and more.

Ben Sebley of NKB gives a round up of the weeks events

Market Momentum

The crypto market woke up to green shoots, with gains for the top-20 assets ranging from 0.5% to 13%. The total market cap surged by more than 4% from $121bn to $126bn, with overall volume increasing more than 30%. Market leader Bitcoin has moved from a week-long consolidation channel to a morning high of $3,750, representing almost a 4% gain. Ethereum is up by a solid 13% as a best performing asset among the top tier crypto, nearing $140 resistance level. XRP is up by more than 4% at $0.31.

Performance of top 30 Crypto projects

Best Performing Digital Assets

Worst Performing Digital Assets

Top News Stories of the Week

JP Morgan Creates Own Cryptocurrency

New York-based major bank JP Morgan is launching its own stable coin, dubbed “JPM Coin”, pegged to the price of 1 USD and built on an enterprise iteration of Ethereum, Quorum. The JPM Coin will be used for settling international payments, securities transactions and for corporations using the bank’s treasury services. Bloomberg editor Joe Weisenthal sees the JPM coin as a direct threat to the other cross-border focused coin, XRP. 

Binance Delisting of Low-Liquid Tokens

The largest crypto exchange Binance announced the delisting of five crypto assets on Friday. Cloak, Salt, Substratum, Wings and Modum will be delisted due to low liquidity. This may set an example for other major exchanges to delist the tokens in order to hedge the risk of losing credibility if any of the tokens end up being criminally prosecuted. 

Grayscale Q4 Report Reveals 66% of Clients are Institutional Investors

The world’s largest digital currency firm ($1.5bn AUM) has revealed its Q4 2018 report, which caps the total 2018 capital inflow at $330m, from which more than 60% has come from institutional players. 

Coinbase Wallet Eyes Private Key Backup  

Users of the largest US-based crypto exchange Coinbase will soon have the option to back-up their private keys on cloud storage platforms Google Drive and iCloud. With cloud storage back-up, users will only have to remember a password to recover their funds. 

Nasdaq to Add Indices for Bitcoin And Ethereum

Stock exchange Nasdaq in partnership with blockchain data firm Brave New Coin, will offer information on two new indices starting from February 25th. The Bitcoin Liquid Index (BLX) and Ethereum Liquid Index (ELX) will offer “real time spot or reference rate” on 1 BTC and 1 ETH, refreshed every 30 seconds. 

First US Pension Funds Invest in Crypto

Crypto VC, Morgan Creek Digital, has attracted the first US pension plans funds in a $40m raise; the Police Officer Retirement System ($1.43bn AUM) and the Employee Retirement System ($3.9bn AUM), both based in Virginia, led the round. 

Anatomy of the Next Global Financial Crisis

Crypto exchange Bitmex has published a non crypto-related research document, where they are trying to answer the question “when is the next global financial crisis going to happen?”. 

Last Week in Funding

Cryptocurrency transaction analysis Chainanalysis raised $30m in Series B; 

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