CryptoSlate Wrapped Daily: Bitcoin worth $1.5B leaves Coinbase; Mid-cap tokens outperform Bitcoin Christian Nwobodo · 3 hours ago · 3 min read
Binance BTC proof of reserves shows it holds roughly 582,000 BTC, Coinbase BTC reserve declines by 100,000 BTC in 48 hours, and much more in this edition of CryptoSlate Wrapped Daily.
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The biggest news in the cryptoverse for Nov. 25 includes Binance publishing BTC proof of reserve, BNB hitting 6% market dominance as mid-cap tokens outperform Bitcoin, 100,000 Bitcoin worth over $1.5 billion leaving Coinbase in 48 hours, and CoinList denying rumors of insolvency.
Glassnode data reveals that Coinbase BTC reserve lost about 50,000 BTC on Nov. 24, and another 50,000 BTC on Nov. 25.
As a result, Coinbase lost Bitcoin worth over $1.5 billion in a space of 48 hours, which marks the third-largest BTC withdrawal in the exchange’s history.
Leading crypto exchange Binance has started rolling out its proof of reserves (PoR) beginning with Bitcoin. Binance PoR shows that customers’ balance on the exchange was 575,742.4228 BTC, while its on-chain reserve sits 1% higher at 582,485.9302 BTC.
Binance said it will publish the PoR of other crypto assets and involve third-party auditors to audit its reserve in the coming weeks.
Over the past seven days, the market capitalization of mid-cap tokens (projects with a market cap between $100 million and $1 billion) surged by 4% while Bitcoin’s dominance fell from a high of 45% to 40%.
Similarly, Binance BNB has gained over 31% against Bitcoin since Oct. 23, as its market dominance hit an all-time high of 6% of the total crypto market cap.
Over the last seven days, CoinList has reportedly failed to process withdrawal requests, raising concerns over its insolvency risk.
The ICO platform in addressing the insolvency rumors said it was experiencing technical issues from its custodial partner which affected users’ deposits and withdrawals.
CoinList added that it was working to resolve the issues and would publish its proof of reserves soon.
The Belgium Financial Services and Markets Authority stated that assets with issuers and investment objectives are labeled as securities.
On this basis, the regulator has clarified that Bitcoin and Ethereum are not securities, given that there is no issuer, but are created by a computer code.
The hacker who attacked FTX on Nov. 12 has moved to launder some of the stolen Bitcoin via Chipmixer. So far, the attacker has laundered about 360 BTC.
However, ongoing discussions in the crypto community led by FatManTerra suggest that the mixing protocol may have been deployed by the U.S. government to crack Bitcoin privacy.
Bahamas Securities Commission calls FTX CEO John Ray’s allegations inaccurate; says its actions were ‘misinterpreted’
FTX CEO John Ray III alleged that the Securities Commission of The Bahamas (SCB) was behind the unauthorized move to transfer its assets to the regulator.
The SCB claimed that the asset transfer was executed to protect crypto assets under FTX’s control from potential thefts and hacks.
Over the past 24 hours, two Ethereum whales reportedly withdrew 84,131 ETH and 42,400 stETH respectively from the Aave V2 protocol.
As a result, the stETH/ETH pair on Curve depegged to 0,9682, which saw arbitragers traders take advantage of the price difference to pocket massive profits.
As the Bitcoin halving of 2024 draws near, on-chain data analyzed by CryptoSlate indicates that the bear market may be close to its bottom.
Looking into the Supply P/L Bands, its blue (profit) and green (loss) lines have converged, which coincides with previous bear market bottoms. This is the fifth time in Bitcoin’s history, that the convergence happened, The previous events of 2012, 2014, and 2019 were followed by a surge to a new all-time high price.
Similarly, the short-term holder supply metrics have surpassed three million coins, which indicates the Bitcoin crabs are filling their bags as the market bottoms.
News from around the Cryptoverse
El Salvador opens Bitcoin office
The government of El Salvador led by Bitcoin Maximalist Nayib Bukele has created the National Bitcoin Office (ONBTC) to manage all Bitcoin-related projects.
The ONBTC will oversee the development of Bitcoin, Blockchain, and cryptocurrency companies in the nation.
Binance allocates $1B to crypto recovery fund
Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao said his exchange has allocated another $1 billion to increase the size of the industry recovery fund to over $2 billion.
Other leading crypto companies including Jump Crypto and Aptos Labs pledged to contribute about $50 million to the recovery fund.
Sam Bankman-Fried under investigation by Turkish Authorities
Turkey’s Financial Crimes Investigation Board said it is investigating FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried for allegedly facilitating asset laundering. Consequently, the authority is looking to seize the “suspicious assets” from the bankrupt crypto exchange.