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Don’t Expect A Bitcoin Recovery Anytime Soon, Galaxy Digital CEO

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Billionaire Mike Novogratz has warned investors to not expect much of a recovery in bitcoin anytime soon. Novogratz who serves as the CEO of the digital asset merchant bank Galaxy Digital has always been a big proponent of Bitcoin and its advantages. However, he has recently shared his thoughts on the current market climate and what investors should be expecting in the coming days.

Confidence Will Take A While

The recent market crash has seriously impacted investor faith in the cryptocurrency market. As such, sell-offs across digital assets such as bitcoin have been rampant. Sentiment has also suffered greatly during this time and has led to low momentum in the market. This is not changing anytime soon.

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Speaking with Bloomberg, the Galaxy Digital CEO explained that it will take a while for bitcoin to recover to previous levels. He chalks this up to the confidence level of investors when it comes to putting money into crypto, which he says will take a while for that confidence to return.

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Bears take hold of BTC | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

Novogratz also speaks to the current economic climate. One thing that has rocked various financial markets has been the hiking of rates by the Fed, the most recent hike happening on Wednesday. He notes that the Fed would have to let up on hiking interest rates at some point and once it does, more money from global macro hedge funds will flow into the market. At this point, Novogratz admits that Galaxy Digital will add more bitcoin to its holdings.

Bitcoin On The Charts

The price of bitcoin continues to fluctuate heavily between the $20,000 and $21,000 levels. This shows that while there is mounting resistance at the $22,000 point, there is also good support building up in the low $20,000s.

The short-term prognosis for the digital asset does not look good though. However, there are still some indicators that point to some recovery in the market. One of these is the cycle low before every bitcoin halving.

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Usually, the bottom is reached at around 520 days, give or take a few weeks, before the next bitcoin halving. This has been the case for the last two halvings. If the digital asset follows this trend, then the bottom will be reached sometime in the last quarter of the year. Even though this points to some recovery in the short term, it also means that the current lows may not be the end of the decline if the bottom is expected to come in in Q4.

Bitcoin is trading at $20,902 at the time of this writing.

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Albania To Start Taxing Crypto-Related Income From 2023

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Albania To Start Taxing Crypto-Related Income From 2023

Authorities in Albania are finalizing regulations that will allow the taxation of income and profits from cryptocurrency investments. The government intends to begin imposing the levy in 2023, after adopting the necessary legislation which has been proposed for public consultations.

Albania Set to Impose Crypto Tax as Early as Next Year

The Albanian state should begin collecting taxes on income from crypto assets as of 2023 in accordance with a new income tax bill, the local English-language portal Exit News reported on Friday. The government also hopes to pass a number of other laws and bylaws this year in order to comprehensively regulate the matter.

The special tax legislation is currently open for public consultations. It introduces the concept of taxing crypto holdings and income derived from virtual assets. The latter have been defined as “a digital representation of a value that can be deposited, traded or transferred in digital form, and that can be used for payment or investment purposes or as a medium of exchange, including but not limited to cryptocurrencies.”

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However, the definition does not cover central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the report notes. That’s despite a growing number of monetary authorities around the world developing a digital version of their national fiats. The list includes major powers such as the United States, the European Union, China, and the Russian Federation.

The Albanian law also defines cryptocurrency mining as an activity using computing power to confirm transactions and gain virtual assets in exchange. The extraction of cryptocurrencies has been a grey area although law enforcement has been going after illegal mining facilities in the country and pressed charges against some of their operators.

Under the new legislation, any income from crypto transactions or mining will be classified as corporate income when it’s received as a result of business activity. And when the beneficiaries are private individuals, they will have to pay capital gains tax of 15%.

Financial Watchdog Tasked to Expand Crypto Regulatory Framework

Earlier this month, the Albanian parliament ordered the Financial Supervisory Authority (AFSA) to prepare and adopt new regulations regarding cryptocurrencies by the end of 2022. Albanian law allows crypto trading platforms to legally work in the country but no licensed entities are currently operating in Albania, Exit News remarked.

Two years ago, Albania also adopted a law titled “Financial markets based on distributed ledger technology.” While many have welcomed the legislation, critics have questioned whether the small nation in South East Europe, still an EU hopeful, is capable of properly regulating its crypto sector to prevent it from being used for money laundering, something it’s struggling to achieve in the fiat space.

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The legislature referenced a recent report by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (Moneyval), which recommended additional steps regarding the risks associated with cryptocurrency. In November 2021, the AFSA approved its first two regulations implementing the crypto markets law, which introduced capital and licensing requirements for entities working with digital assets.

Do you expect Albania to adopt comprehensive regulations for its crypto space by the end of the year? Tell us in the comments section below.

Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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Japanese Virtual IP Firm Raises $10 Million To Accelerate Metaverse Business

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Japanese Virtual IP Firm Raises $10 Million To Accelerate Metaverse Business

Brave Group Inc., a Japanese virtual IP firm, recently said it had raised $10 million in new capital and that the company expects to use part of these funds to boost its “solution services for clients in the metaverse marketing business.” Taking part in Brave Group’s latest funding round were two local companies, foreign investment funds, as well as individual investors.

Metaverse Market Growth

A Japan-based virtual IP business, Brave Group Inc., recently said it had raised $10 million in new funding, thus bringing the total raised so far to $18 million. The company is set to use the new capital to strengthen its existing business operations and to “expand its solution services for clients in the metaverse marketing business.”

In a recent statement, Brave Group revealed that Japanese companies like Dawn Capital and Osaka Gas Co. Ltd. had participated in the round that also featured “foreign investment funds and individual investors.” In remarks following the announcement of the capital raise, Kazuhiro Ishikura, a general partner at Dawn Capital, said:

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As the boundary between real and virtual life disappears, the form of entertainment will also change, and new IP content KOLs are expected to be born. As the metaverse market grows globally, we believe that the Brave group’s content will be at the center of the enthusiastic virtual communities that will emerge. We hope that the strength of the anime and manga culture that Japan has cultivated over the years will be brought to the world virtually.

Yuichi Sakamoto, senior general manager with Osaka Gas’ innovation department, is quoted stating his company is ready to help Brave Group Inc. “realize lifestyles and businesses that respond to the New Normal.”

For his part, the CEO of Brave Group Inc., Keito Noguchi, said through the $10 million fundraise, his company would now “maximize the impact of Brave group’s IP not only in Japan but also in the world.”

What are your thoughts on this story? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Terence Zimwara

Terence Zimwara is a Zimbabwe award-winning journalist, author and writer. He has written extensively about the economic troubles of some African countries as well as how digital currencies can provide Africans with an escape route.

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Saddle․Finance Creates New Standards For DeFi Trading

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Saddle․Finance Creates New Standards For DeFi Trading

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DeFi is a sub-sector in the crypto industry that has witnessed significant innovation since its inception. However, the narrative has struggled to stay consistent, affecting the domain overall. The current bear market has wiped out more than half of DeFi Total Value Locked (TVL), hampering innovations. Furthermore, several projects have simply forked (copied) existing protocols and brought zero ideas to the market.

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Amidst all of this, one project is making strides with the best innovations DeFiers have seen in a long time. Saddle Finance is the protocol that enables efficient DeFi trading for stablecoins and pegged-value crypto assets like wETH and wBTC. It redefines DeFi trading by offering cheap, efficient, swift, and low-slippage swaps for traders and high-yield pools for Liquidity Providers. The protocol has facilitated over $2B in transaction volume to date.

Enabling an Efficient and Secure DeFi Trading Experience

Saddle Finance is an AMM-based decentralized exchange (DEX) running on multiple blockchains, including Ethereum, Fantom, Arbitrum, Optimism, and Evmos. It is designed specifically for trading stablecoins and pegged crypto assets.

The platform is ideal for HODLers and newbies because of its easy-to-use interface. Its strongest point, however, is that it ensures minimum slippage while swapping assets. This is accomplished through innovative liquidity pools that use the StableSwap mathematical formula to maintain market liquidity.

The protocol is also known for its top-notch security. It has been audited by some of the best auditing firms in the sector, including Certik, Quantstamp, and OpenZeppelin. Moreover, the platform is backed by several renowned venture capital firms like Polychain Capital, Electric Capital, Dragonfly Capital, Framework, Coinbase Ventures, Nascent, and BoostVC.

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The project’s most intriguing aspect is its open collaboration. Saddle’s code is completely open-source, inviting Web3 developers to join the mission and build on top of the protocol. Moreover, its recent SEMPI project has enabled developers to get compensated for developing and forking the protocol.

$SDL: The Utility Rich Token Powering Saddle Ecosystem

$SDL is the native utility token of Saddle Finance. Its use cases revolve around staking, yield farming, and governance. The platform recently announced the completion of $SDL’s first vesting stage. Thus, users who provided funds to its liquidity pools can now trade and transact $SDL tokens.

They can also stake $SDL on saddle.exchange to earn rewards and receive the $veSDL tokens. $veSDL is the vote escrowed (ve) token that will serve as the platform’s governance token. Stakers will be able to vote with $veSDL and manage the $SDL supply in associated liquidity pools. Beyond that, users can provide liquidity to the SDL/WETH pair on SushiSwap

In the future, Saddle also plans to create more initiatives to take the protocol to the next level. These include migrating to on-chain governance, adding liquidity to $SDL through Tokemak, and introducing a new gauge to unlock extra staking yield boosts. The protocol will also issue bonds through Olympus Pro to generate more protocol-owned value.

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Similarly, launching a borrowing function against liquidity providers and adding leveraged yield farming through Rari Capital’s Fuse is also part of the plan. Lastly, Saddle intends to improve its virtual swaps and launch new services where users can deploy their own customizable pools.

Building the Future of DeFi

Although the current bear market has hit DeFi hard, the sector’s long-term potential is enormous. Innovations are critical in keeping this space alive. Saddle Finance is thus heavily focused on creating innovative solutions in DeFi. Its stableswap model, along with robust tokenomics, is an excellent example of genuinely innovative solutions.

The $SDL token and its utilities across various protocols clearly indicate token-level innovation. It is now tradable on the platform. Join the emerging revolution by staking $SDL on saddle.exchange—contribute to DeFi’s future while earning passive income.


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