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Crypto exchange Zipmex halts withdrawals citing market volatility

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Crypto exchange Zipmex halts withdrawals citing market volatility Monica Noronha · 6 hours ago · 1 min read

Recent market turmoils and the resulting financial problems of key business partners led Zipmex to halt withdrawals, the firm said.

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Updated: July 20, 2022 at 3:25 pm

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Zipmex has become the latest cryptocurrency platform to halt customer withdrawals.

In a tweet, the company cited volatile market conditions and the “resulting financial difficulties of our key business partners” as reasons behind the halt.

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Due to a combination of circumstances beyond our control including volatile market conditions, and the resulting financial difficulties of our key business partners, to maintain the integrity of our platform, we would be pausing withdrawals until further notice.

— ZIPMEX (@zipmex) July 20, 2022

However, the firm did not identify the business partners facing financial turmoil.

Zipmex also did not provide any information regarding when users can expect withdrawals to resume.

Zipmex’s finances

Founded in 2018, crypto exchange Zipmex offers services across Southeast Asia including Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia, as well as Australia. Although headquartered in Singapore, the exchange is not licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

In August 2021, Zipmex raised $41 million in a Series B funding round. Investors included Krungsri Finnovate, the venture capital arm of the Bank of Ayudhya, Thailand’s fifth-largest bank by assets and a subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), Thai-listed multimedia companies Plan B Media and Master Ad (MACO). At the time, Zipmex said that the firm will reach $1 billion in valuation in the months to come.

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In September 2021, Zipmex raised another $11 million as part of its Series B round. As of June 2022, Coinbase had agreed to a strategic investment in Zipmex and the firm was working on a Series B+ round at a valuation of $400 million.

A freezing trend

Since last month, several crypto platforms have barred customer withdrawals citing market volatility. This includes Celsius Network and Voyager Digital before both firms filed for bankruptcy.

Babel Finance and CoinFLEX also paused withdrawals although CoinFLEX has since resumed withdrawals with a 10% limit.

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.bit (did.id) has raised $13 million to build a cross-chain decentralized identity protocol. The Series A round, completed one year after the startup’s launch, was from CMB International, HashKey Capital, QingSong Fund, GSR Ventures, GGV Capital, and SNZ.

.bit’s open-source blockchain protocol will provide permissionless decentralized identification for individual users and DAOs. Over the past 12 months, the project’s user and developer communities have experienced strong growth. Almost 100 mainstream wallets and dApps have already integrated with .bit and more than 38k independent addresses have registered for more than 110k .bit accounts.

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Forthcoming features under development also include NameDAO, which will assign a portion of .bit protocol’s revenue to DAOs and sub-accounts that will be issued to DAO members, brand adopters, and loyal supporters to strengthen web3 communities, and further lower the threshold for registering accounts, 4-9 digits account available to 100% and open up 3 digits accounts, which will announce the specific rules on the official Twitter very soon.

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Biggest Movers: SHIB Remains Near 3-Month High, Whilst LEO Hits 2-Week High 

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Biggest Movers: SHIB Remains Near 3-Month High, Whilst LEO Hits 2-Week High 

Shiba inu remained close to a three-month high to start the week, after breaking out of a key resistance level over the weekend. The surge of the meme coin came despite the crypto market mostly being in the red on Monday. Another token that rose during today’s bearish session was unus sed leo, which hit a two-week high.

Shiba inu (SHIB)

Shiba inu (SHIB) was a notable gainer to start the week, as the meme coin remained near to a three-month high.

Following an intraday high of $0.00001790 on Sunday, SHIB/USD rallied to a peak of $0.00001774 earlier in today’s session.

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The initial surge came as SHIB broke out of a key price ceiling of $0.00001290, which had been holding firm since May 11.

SHIB/USD – Daily Chart

Looking at the chart, this came as the 14-day relative strength index (RSI) rose above its own resistance at 62.40.

After surging above this point, the index hit a high of 83.24, which is its strongest reading since October 2021.

Since this peak, the RSI has moved marginally lower, and as of writing is tracking at a point of 74.18.

Overall, it appears as if SHIB bulls have abandoned their previous positions, as a result of prices becoming overbought.

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Unus Sed Leo (LEO)

In addition to SHIB, unus sed leo (LEO) was another big mover in today’s session, with it climbing to its highest point in two weeks.

LEO/USD raced to an intraday high of $5.35 to start this week’s session, as bulls attempted to break a resistance level of $5.40.

Today’s peak comes as the token rose for a fifth consecutive session, and in turn hit its highest point since July 29.

LEO/USD – Daily Chart

Similar to shiba inu earlier, the RSI indicator on LEO also climbed, moving past its own ceiling of 48.90.

As of writing, the index is now tracking at a peak of 58.72, which is its highest level since July 7.

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Should bulls attempt to break the $5.40 point, then price strength will need to continue to climb, and move beyond the 60 mark.

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Will today’s bearish session extend into the remainder of the week? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Eliman brings a eclectic point of view to market analysis, having worked as a brokerage director, retail trading educator, and market commentator in Crypto, Stocks and FX.

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President Of Central Bank Of Brazil Disagrees With ‘Heavy Hand’ Regulations For Cryptocurrencies

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President Of Central Bank Of Brazil Disagrees With ‘Heavy Hand’ Regulations For Cryptocurrencies

The president of the Central Bank of Brazil, Roberto Campos Neto, has defended the use of more moderate regulations in the crypto environment. Campos Neto stated that while regulation is indeed necessary, it has to be done in a way that doesn’t stop innovation. He also explained his goal is to connect the digital with the regulated world.

Central Bank of Brazil President Criticizes Harsh Approach to Crypto Regulation

Central banks of several nations around the world are starting to establish their stances when it comes to cryptocurrencies and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). At “The regulation of cryptocurrencies in Brazil and in the world,” a debate event, the president of the Central Bank of Brazil, Roberto Campos Neto, presented his thoughts about cryptocurrency regulation.

According to Campos Neto, regulation of these instruments should be made in a way that allows for innovation and growth of investments in cryptocurrencies. He stated:

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In general, central bankers want to regulate with a heavy hand. I understand, but I don’t agree. Maybe it’s a mistake to regulate like that … We shouldn’t leave behind the technological advances that will come with this.

Furthermore, Campos Neto detailed that one of his goals is to integrate the digital and the regulatory world, in a different way from what other central banks are doing.

Similar Opinions

The president of the Brazilian Securities and Values Commission (CVM), João Pedro Nascimento, also stated he had similar ideas, saying that regulation should not stifle the growth of the crypto market. He declared:

Banning a revolution is not something we will do.

Nascimento had previously declared there is a natural demand for cryptocurrency regulation as a consequence of the evolution of the technology. The CVM has proposed an advisory opinion regarding crypto and its treatment, that is under review, to be used before a crypto-centric law is sanctioned.

The legislative process for approving a cryptocurrency bill is quite advanced in the country. A cryptocurrency-centric bill, that would help to bring clarity to the crypto markets and virtual asset service providers, is currently waiting to be discussed by the deputy chamber in September. However, due to the proximity of the general ballot to elect the president, vice-president, and members of Congress, this discussion might be delayed again.

What do you think about the opinion of the president of the Central Bank of Brazil regarding crypto regulation? Tell us in the comments section below.

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