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After a bullish week across the crypto markets, where the total market cap spiked by more than 14% from $126bn to $144bn on Saturday, the bears came back on Sunday and virtually wiped out the entire gains within a single hour as a massive red candle dumped it back to the $127bn area. Bitcoin was climbing towards a 2019 high above $4,200 and it only took one hour to destroy its effort and send it back to below $3,800, representing an almost 10% negative change. Ethereum was up by a solid 20% at $165, prior to the anticipated Constantinople hard fork, however yesterday ravaged all gains and Ether is back below $140. The rest of the top-30 assets have been equally affected, with losses ranging from 7% to 16%. The best performing assets over the past week were Ontology (45.5%), EOS (19.8%) and Maker (19.2%).
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Top News Stories of the Week
According to the pension and endowment funds advisor Cambridge Associates, institutional investors should start considering crypto as a long term investment.
The endowment fund of the University of Michigan plans to invest an undisclosed amount into a16z crypto fund, managed by Andreessen Horowitz.
Crypto custodial firm BitGo is offering $100m of insurance cover via Lloyds of London in case of loss or theft of cryptographic keys.
Cryptocurrency mining giant Bitmain could have recorded $500m losses in 3Q18 according to a company document. The document also uncovers Bitmain’s liquidation of almost 500k worth of Bitcoin Cash in order to cover their significant losses.
Samsung’s flagship phone Galaxy S10 will offer several crypto-related features. Payments to merchants, digital signatures, crypto storage and transfers are just a few of them.
Vision Hill Advisors released 4Q18 Crypto Hedge Fund returns report, here’s a quick take: 1. Median returns were down almost 20% 2. Active managers outperformed large cap assets by 25% 3. Best performing strategy was Quantitative (down only 3%) 4. Aggregate AUM at $4.5bn (down 25% since 2Q18)
Derivatives exchange Eurex, operated by Deutsche Börse is gearing up to launch futures contracts tied to Bitcoin, Ether and XRP.
Last Week in Funding Privacy coin Beam received funding; Blockchain analytics start-up CipherTrace raised $15m; Pantera Capital has raised $125m so far for its 3rd fund focused on equity deals in 30-50 start-ups; Market surveillance start-up Solidus Labs raised $3m Seed to fight market manipulation.
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