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BTC Liquidity Tightens as Bitcoin Held by Exchanges Hits 6-Month Low

According to current statistics, there’s 2.363 million bitcoin, or $100 billion worth, of the leading crypto asset held on exchanges. The current value of the bitcoin ( BTC) held by centralized exchanges equates to 12.36% of BTC ‘s overall $809 billion market capitalization.

While 2.363 million is a significant fraction, it’s 8.88% less than the number of bitcoins held on exchanges on July 25, 2021. Too many crypto market participants, and the fact that there’s less BTC on exchanges means less selling pressure going forward.

Metrics indicate that the last time bitcoin exchange reserves were this low was ten months ago, back in April 2021. Combined statistics from Bituniverse, Peckshield, Etherscan, and Chain.info show that the exchange Coinbase holds the most bitcoin ( BTC) today with 853,530 BTC held in reserves.

The value of Coinbase’s BTC holdings equates to 35% of the current $100 billion worth of BTC held on exchanges. Binance is the second-largest bitcoin holder, in terms of exchanges, with 339,870 BTC worth $14.5 billion using current bitcoin exchange rates.

Ethereum Exchange Reserves Plummet, Miners Sell Holdings

Meanwhile, the same can be said about the number of ethereum ( ETH) held on centralized exchanges. Data from cryptoquant.com shows there’s 17 million ether held on exchanges today, but that amount has been sliding significantly since May 2021. In May last year, crypto exchanges held 21.9 million ethereum.

This means roughly 22.37% of the ETH held on exchanges has left the market environment for alternative solutions. On the other hand, much of the ETH that has left centralized exchanges since last May could have been transferred to decentralized exchange (dex) platforms.

Currently, the most active crypto exchange in terms of ether trade volume, Binance, holds 3.59 million ETH in reserves. While less BTC and ETH on exchanges could lead to less selling pressure, metrics show that BTC miners have been selling bitcoin.

Miner holdings, according to Glassnode data, went negative on February 5, 2022, for the first time in two months. At the time of writing, cryptoquant.com statistics indicate there’s roughly 1.86 million BTC held by mining entities.

Binance Announces SAFU Fund Has Reached $1 Billion

Binance, the world’s largest exchange by volume, has revealed a significant milestone about its SAFU fund. The fund’s name is ‘Secure Asset Fond for Users’ and it has now reached one billion dollars to pay its users for any hack or other event that could affect their funds. Two wallet addresses were also revealed by the exchange so that the public and users can track the movements of these funds.

According to the press release, this information seems to have been made in order to improve the transparency exchange for governments around the globe. It also suggested that other crypto-exchanges follow their lead. Binance said that this is the case:

Binance asks all centralized exchanges for their addresses of insurance funds. This will be a benefit to the whole ecosystem and show regulators, governments and other important stakeholders that we are committed to trust, integrity, and transparency within the crypto ecosystem.

Origin of SAFU and Past Uses

The SAFU fund was created in 2018 after the exchange suffered several trading outages due to irregular trading activity. To protect users from major hacks, the fund was created. The exchange stated at the time that it would donate 10% of trading fees to the fund and that the funds would be kept in a separate cold wallet.

SAFU has been used to help victims of hacking in numerous cases. In May 2018, hackers stole more than 7,074 from the exchange. This was one of the most well-known instances. Changpeng Zhao, Binance’s CEO, said that the company was looking at a reorganization of the BTC chains but that decided not to do so. The fund was also used to pay clients for Cover finance infinite minting hack in December.

Swiss Bank Seba Predicts Bitcoin Could Hit $75K This Year Boosted by Institutional Investors

Guido Buehler, CEO of Seba Bank, shared his prediction about where bitcoin’s price will go with CNBC on Wednesday at the Crypto Finance Conference, St. Moritz (Switzerland). Seba Bank, a digital asset banking platform licensed by Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.

He spoke out about the bitcoin price this year.

We believe that the price will rise. Our internal valuation model suggests a price range of $50,000 to $75,000.

“I am quite certain that we will reach that level,” he said. He said that timing is the key to success.

Buehler was asked whether his prediction about bitcoin’s price in 2022 refers to Bitcoin’s value and whether BTC will surpass the record highs of last year. He replied, “I think so. But volatility remains high.”

Seba Bank’s boss explained that institutional investors would help increase bitcoin’s price in 2022. He stated:

The price will likely rise because of institutional money. Seba is a fully regulated bank. We have asset pools which are looking for the right moment to invest.

Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz stated last week that there is a huge demand for cryptocurrency from institutional investors. Nickel Digital Asset Management recently found institutional investors believe more regulation will increase the price of cryptocurrency.

Global investment bank Goldman Sachs has predicted that bitcoin’s price could hit $100K last week as Bitcoin continues its dominance as a store-of-value.

GEM Mining announces 13,000 active Bitcoin miners

GEM Mining is an institution-grade bitcoin mining company, headquartered in Greenville. It announced that it has deployed a fleet 13118 active miners, producing 6.5 bitcoin per hour. GEM Mining’s current hash rate capacity stands at 1.25 E/H, with the fleet increase. Bitmain S19 Pro miners make up the majority of active fleet with an average hash rate 100 Terahash per second (TH/s).

The company confirmed full-funded purchase orders with hosting for 19,000 additional machines. This will allow them to activate the remaining 13,118 active miners by 2022.

Since February 2021, they have mined 560.9 Bitcoins. This has resulted in profitability ever since the first machines were put online. They reported revenue of $7.8M in November and an adjusted EBITDA exceeding $6.2M. The company’s mining operations are 92% carbon neutral.

ZebPortanova , Head for Strategic Initiatives at GEM Mining said that this announcement demonstrates our commitment to our ongoing long-term growth plan which makes GEM Mining well-positioned in order to take advantage of emerging opportunities in cryptocurrency mining.

John Warren is the CEO of GEM Mining. stated that the successful deployment of 13,000 miners was a significant milestone in GEM Mining’s growth story. We will continue to look for opportunities to deploy industry-leading tech with our top hosting partners. This has been the company’s mission since its inception, and it will continue to be our main focus in 2022.

The company, headquartered in Greenville (SC), is an institutional-grade Bitcoin mining company that is privately held. It focuses on maximising equity returns for investors. Five founding partners are the company’s leaders. They have been working together since 2017 to build the foundations of the cryptocurrency and blockchain company.

Radioshack Goes Defi in Its Latest Iteration

According to data, Radioshack, a 100 year-old brand that was associated with personal computers and consumer electronics in the ’70s, and ’80s respectively, is now shifting its operations to a cryptocurrency model. This new company’s mission is to “bring cryptocurrency into the mainstream.”

Radioshack will launch a decentralized exchange (or a’swap) to enable its users to trade currencies with others without the need to register on a commercial exchange. Radioshack explained that the backend of this venture will be provided by Atlas USV, a partner protocol. Radioshack estimates that this partnership will enable traders to trade with less slippage, as the exchange is expected work with an own liquidity model.

If the exchange is launched, it will be able to issue its own token called RADIO.

Resurrected Two Times and Down

Radioshack’s journey to crypto begins after the company filed twice for bankruptcy protection in 2015 and 2017. It posted its last green numbers back in 2011. That brand was revived and purchased by two investors last year to be part of a portfolio that includes other brands. Tai Lopez and Alex Mehr purchased the brand, and are now using it in a new cryptocurrency-based focus.

At the time of acquisition, the investors stated that they did not intend to revive the electronics retail business. Instead, they hoped to transform Radioshack into an internet marketplace. Merh declared:

To build a large business, we bought the raw materials. Brand is synonymous with trust. The brand is strong. The brand is strong, according to me.

Radioshack isn’t the only legacy company to have shifted to crypto recently. Kodak, a brand that specializes in photography, launched its crypto wager in 2018. It allowed users to register photos and license them for various uses. This shift was temporary and Kodakcoin did not launch.