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India’s central bank plans CBDC launch in 2022 with help from fintechs, public banks

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India’s central bank plans CBDC launch in 2022 with help from fintechs, public banks Cynthia Chung · 5 hours ago · 2 min read

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is currently consulting fintech companies and asked four public sector banks to pilot India’s CBDC project later this year.

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Updated: September 7, 2022 at 7:02 pm

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is engaged in talks with fintech companies and four public sector banks to pilot Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) project, with a potential launch planned later in 2022, Moneycontrol reported Sept. 5.

Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) is reportedly one of the companies the central bank is consulting. FIS offers banks a central infrastructure payment solutions to build or update their real-time payments systems as well as a CBDC Virtual Lab to support countries to pilot CBDC programs, according to an Aug. 25 news release.

The fintech company is advising central banks on CBDC topics such as offline and programmable payments, money regulations, financial inclusion, and cross-border CBDC payments.

Julia Demidova, senior director at FIS, told Moneycontrol:

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“FIS has had various engagements with the RBI…and, of course, our connected ecosystem could be extended to the RBI to experiment various CBDC options”

Full steam ahead for CBDC launch

In a speech on the federal budget in February, India’s finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, announced that it will launch a CBDC this year. She claims it will be the digital form of the physical rupee that can be exchanged for one another and will be regulated by the RBI.

Following Sitharaman’s speech, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said RBI’s CBDCs will become India’s official and legal tender. He added that the Indian government does not recognize private cryptocurrencies as legal tender, but a 30% crypto tax will be applied if citizens wish to hold the asset. All non-RBI-issued cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ether, are considered private cryptocurrencies.

In May, the RBI proposed to adopt a “graded approach” to launch India’s CBDC in its annual report 2021-22, stating:

The Reserve Bank proposes to adopt a graded approach to introduction of CBDC, going step by step through stages of proof of concept, pilots and the launch.

On July 18, Sitharaman made further comments on cryptocurrencies on behalf of RBI, expressing concerns about the “destabilizing effect of cryptocurrencies on the monetary and fiscal stability of a country” and said a legislative framework should be implemented in the sector.

“RBI is of the view that cryptocurrencies should be prohibited,” she added.

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Saylor gives away BTC via lightning network

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Saylor gives away BTC via lightning network Christian Nwobodo · 8 hours ago · 1 min read

Saylor sent 3 million sats (0.03 BTC) to winners of his Lightning meme contest.

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Updated: October 6, 2022 at 4:04 pm

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Bitcoin maximalist Michael Saylor used the Lightning network to send 3 million sats (0.03 BTC) to three winners of his Lightning meme contest.

Crypto researcher Eric Wall shared a Twitter pool asking if Michael Saylor has completed more than three Lightning transactions.

Being a vocal Lightning network advocate, Saylor replied to the pool with a “Yes” and offered to send some bitcoin sats to winners of his Lighting meme contest.

The correct answer is Yes, and I will make three more transactions of 1,000,000 sats each to the 3 posters of the most liked #Lightning⚡️ memes in the comments below. https://t.co/qXZ90q4Ly9

— Michael Saylor⚡️ (@saylor) October 4, 2022

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The contest which ended on Oct. 5, saw @ShireHODL.@NEEDcreations,& @publordhodl emerge as the winners. Saylor sent each of the winners 1 million sats (approx. $203) via the Lightning network.

Congratulations are in order to @ShireHODL, @NEEDcreations, & @publordhodl, the winners of our #Lightning⚡️ meme competition. Each has received 1,000,000 sats, delivered via the Lightning network in a few seconds. https://t.co/wiBTW6jhgk

— Michael Saylor⚡️ (@saylor) October 6, 2022

@ShireHODL said he was looking to digitize the meme experience and turn his stats into a digital collectible. 

Next steps: Frame with print of Saylor’s original tweet, my meme, announcing winners tweet and this satscard. Should do the same @NEEDcreations and @publordhodl. Has anyone else ever received sats from Saylor? Could be a collectible. Only three 😁

— Shire (@ShireHODL) October 6, 2022

Saylor on Lightning Network

Since leading MicroStrategy to purchase its first Bitcoin on Aug. 11, 2020, Saylor has been bullish on any infrastructure proven to help bitcoin reach mass adoption.

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Saylor has maintained that the Bitcoin Lightning Network is the most important technology being developed today as it has the potential to scale bitcoin to billions of customers globally while leveraging the time-tested security of the Bitcoin layer.

Saylor’s MicroStrategy is working to develop a Lightning Network-based platform that will offer a Lightning wallet, enterprise servers, and enterprise authentication.

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Number of active Ethereum users increased 36% in Q3 despite bear market

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Number of active Ethereum users increased 36% in Q3 despite bear market

Number of active Ethereum users increased 36% in Q3 despite bear market Andjela Radmilac · 9 hours ago · 2 min read

Data from Dune Analytics showed that Ethereum gained over 4.5 million new active users in the third quarter.

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Updated: October 6, 2022 at 3:24 pm

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Ethereum saw a significant increase in the number of unique users on its network in the third quarter.

Data from Dune Analytics showed that Ethereum gained over 4.5 million new active users in the third quarter. The growth breaks the trend of steady decline in users the network has been facing since the fourth quarter of 2021 when ETH’s price rose to its all-time high of $4,890.

The 4.5 million new users represent a 36% increase in its active user base, showing that the ongoing bear market did little to curb interest in Ethereum.

Number of unique active users on Ethereum per quarter (Source: BestBrokers)

Alan Goldberg, an analyst at BestBrokers, said that the long-anticipated Merge certainly brought more interest to the Ethereum network but isn’t the only factor that caused such a significant rise. Goldberg notes that the Merge was completed so late in the third quarter that ly wasn’t the only reason the network saw the uptrend in active users:

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“Other factors have to be taken into account, including the fact that people actually find cryptocurrencies as an investment option and the record lows of the third quarter of 2022 seemed like a bargain to individual investors.”

At the end of the second quarter, Ethereum’s price dropped below the $900 mark — causing a market frenzy. However, Goldberg believes that the low price must have looked like a bargain discount to many optimistic investors who jumped at the opportunity to enter the market. A cheap ETH could have also opened the door for retail investors priced out of the network due to high gas fees.

Since then, ETH’s price rebounded after breaking the $1,000 resistance and saw an increase of over 100%, nearly reaching $2,000 in August. ETH’s price — currently at around $1,300 — still represents a solid opportunity for investors.

Researchers at BestBrokers noted that price volatility and high volume are the two main factors driving interest in the crypto market. This is exactly what Ethereum delivered in the past quarter, attracting millions of new investors and showing the potential to attract even more. Goldberg added:

“The 36% increase in the active users within just 3 months may be interpreted as a sign that the crypto markets are getting back on the positive trend. The fact that the number of active users is over 14% higher than in the fourth quarter of 2021 when both Bitcoin and Ether prices were at an all-time high, only reinforces crypto analysts’ expectations that the markets have a great potential to rise again.”

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Bitcoin outperforms traditional crypto stocks in 2022 by up to 22%

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Bitcoin outperforms traditional crypto stocks in 2022 by up to 22% Liam ‘Akiba’ Wright · 11 hours ago · 2 min read

MicroStrategy leads crypto stocks losing only 2% more than Bitcoin throughout 2022.

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Updated: October 5, 2022 at 10:58 pm

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Bitcoin’s price is down roughly 56% since January but crypto-related stocks such as MicroStrategy, Riot Blockchain, Coinbase, and Hut8 Mining are down up to 74%.

The orange line in the chart below shows Bitcoin’s decline in 2022 as a percentage of the January price. The other lines represent major Bitcoin equities, none of which have had a good year in terms of stock price.

Source: TradingView

Coinbase

Coinbase reported a $1.1 billion loss in Q2 2022 as assets held on the exchange fell to just $96 million. Recently, the stock was downgraded to a SELL by Wells Fargo as “as rising competition and macro pressures will hurt the stock.” Coinbase, which uses the ticker COIN, was floated on Apr. 21 at $310 per share. As of Oct. 5, it is trading down 76% to just $72, while it is also down 71% since January.

MicroStrategy

Michael Saylor’s MicroStrategy is the best-performing crypto-related equity. The stock started the year at $576 but has fallen to $243, down 58% on the year. The stock hit yearly lows in July, trading at just $142. It rallied 150% to $361 in August; however, it has since dropped 30% despite announcements of further Bitcoin purchases.

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Block

Formerly Square, Block is down 62% since it opened the year at $164. It is currently trading at just $62, with insiders such as Alyssa Henry selling shares. According to an SEC filing, Henry sold 7% of their holdings for $1,715,491.

Crypto stocks underperform

Some investors may see crypto stocks as a safer alternative to directly purchasing crypto while gaining exposure to Bitcoin’s price. Alternatively, those using financial instruments that do not allow crypto purchases rely on such stocks for crypto exposure.

Spot Bitcoin ETFs have been rejected repeatedly in the U.S. over the years, but some have started appearing elsewhere, such as in Canada and Europe.

While the U.S. Dollar is near all-time highs, the equities markets are struggling. The S&P 500 hit an all-time high on Jan. 4 but fell roughly 21%, erasing all gains made after November 2020. Crypto stocks have lost, on average, three times more than the S&P 500 throughout 2022.

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