Day: December 30, 2023

JPMorgan named AP in final Bitcoin ETF filings; Pullix traction hits $2M milestone

Bitcoin ETF applicants submit S-1 filings as euphoric market pours into Pullix presale
JPMorgan, Jane Street named brokers in Bitcoin ETF S-1 filings.
Pullix presale has attracted more than $2 million just weeks after its launch.

The countdown to the first spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) approved for the US market is now down to just days. This is after BlackRock, Valkyrie, Fidelity and several other applicants submitted their final S-1 amendments on deadline day Friday, December 29.

Elsewhere in the market, a market bullish on crypto going into 2024 has poured into the presale of new hybrid exchange Pullix.

JPMorgan, Jane Street named APs in final Bitcoin ETF filings

A proper countdown for a spot Bitcoin ETF approval by the SEC has been on for months. For most analysts, Grayscale’s legal victory against the regulator marked the turning point. Now consensus is the SEC will approve the first batch of spot Bitcoin ETFs early January – probably before or around January 10.

Yesterday, that countdown appeared to accelerate as most of the firms looking to offer spot Bitcoin ETFs filed their final amendments.

BlackRock, Van Eck, ARK 21 Shares, Invesco Galaxy, Valkyrie, Fidelity, Bitwise, and WisdomTree all trooped in on Friday. Among noticeable details in the filings was the naming of authorised participants (APs) and fees.

For instance, BlackRock and Valkyrie filed updated S-1 filings that named JPMorgan and Jane Street as its authorised participants. Valkyrie disclosed it would work with Jane Street and Cantor, while Invesco Galaxy named Virtu and JPMorgan. 

While JPMorgan’s selection as AP draws attention for the public remarks of its CEO Jamie Dimon, its role as will be that of Jane Street, adds to overall institutional appeal.

In terms of fees, Invesco’s filing shows a six-month fee waiver with up to $5 billion in assets for its ETF. 

Meanwhile, Fidelity has outlined a 0.39% fee. According to senior ETF analyst Eric Balchunas, there’s likely to be tough competition among the issuers, leading to some kind of “price war”.

Yes.. told ya’ll the fee war would break out bf the starting gun even went off. And it won’t ever end. This is normal life in the ETF Terrordome tho, the crypto exchange mind cannot comprehend this.

— Eric Balchunas (@EricBalchunas) December 29, 2023

Pullix eyes leading role in DeFi with hybrid exchange

Pullix, which seeks to bring the best of centralised and decentralised exchanges to the crypto market, is a hybrid exchange built on the Ethereum blockchain.

With community ethos and security as core pillars (the latter encompassed via self-custody for users’ digital assets), Pullix is likely to emerge as the DeFi industry’s solution to its biggest problem: liquidity.

Pullix’s unified platform will combine the allure of having both a user-friendly and secure trading environment with an innovative approach to liquidity provision. Anyone using the platform can contribute to liquidity as they trade, earning instant rewards in the native PLX token.

The community will also earn rewards in $PLX for adding to ecosystem liquidity through staking and yield farming. Other than this, a share of daily revenue, competitive prices, zero commission trades and tight spreads add up to an impressive list of benefits and incentives for $PLX holders.

Users looking for a great platform for the above, among other passive income opportunities might want to learn more about Pullix’s unique “Trade-to-Earn” feature.

PLX token sale hits $2 million milestone

Amid the excitement and positivity surrounding the SEC’s potential approval of a first spot Bitcoin ETF, Pullix’s new crypto project has been making waves of its own. A hybrid exchange model, community-driven ecosystem and robust tokenomics highlight why Pullix is likely poised redefine DeFi.

As it heads towards its launch and potential dominance in the DeFi space, its $PLX token sale has attracted over $2 million.

Currently in stage 5, $PLX has increased its value from the initial presale price of $0.04 to $0.07. If you are looking to buy it low, the presale may present the best chance for that.

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US prosecutors water down FTX Ex-CEO SBF’s second trial probability: no new evidence

US prosecutors deem the second trial unlikely for FTX’s ex-CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.
Lack of new evidence cited; the initial trial covered major aspects of the case.
The guilty verdict stands; sentencing is set for March 28, 2024, as scheduled.

United States prosecutors have signalled that there may not be a second trial for Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), former CEO of the defunct cryptocurrency exchange FTX.

This development comes as stakeholders seek swift resolution, emphasizing the public interest and the anticipation of compensation details for FTX account victims. With the first trial concluding with Bankman-Fried found guilty on seven fraud charges, the focus is now on the sentencing set for March 28, 2024.

No second trial for Sam Bankman-Fried

Recent reports indicate that United States prosecutors are unlikely to pursue a second trial against Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of FTX. The prosecutors emphasize that there is insufficient new evidence to warrant another trial, given that the majority of pertinent information was presented during the initial proceedings.

This assertion aligns with the desire for a swift resolution, particularly as victims await compensation details following the collapse of FTX in November 2022.

The decision not to pursue a second trial follows the guilty verdict reached on November 3, where Bankman-Fried faced charges including wire fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering conspiracy. Despite the verdict, Bankman-Fried’s request for an adjournment of his sentencing hearing was declined by Judge Lewis Kaplan.

The judge highlighted the absence of prior objections to the initially set sentencing date and Bankman-Fried’s prior extension for submitting sentencing materials. As a result, Bankman-Fried’s sentencing is scheduled for March 28, 2024.

This development underscores the judicial determination to adhere to established timelines and procedures. With the March 2024 sentencing date looming, the legal repercussions for the ex-CEO of FTX are becoming increasingly imminent. The case has drawn significant attention not only due to the high-profile nature of the individual involved but also the broader implications for victims seeking restitution from the cryptocurrency exchange’s downfall.

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Crypto tailwinds for 2024 and implications for Memeinator (MMTR)

Cryptocurrencies did well in 2023 as demand remained at an elevated level.

Bitcoin and most digital coins more than doubled and the trend could continue.

This trend could benefit Memeinator, an upcoming meme coin.

Cryptocurrencies had a strong performance in 2023, with Bitcoin soaring by over 150% and the total market cap surging to over $1.7 trillion. The same performance was replicated in the stock market, where key indices like the Dow Jones, Nasdaq 100, and S&P 500 surged to record highs. Most of these gains were driven by the Magnificent 7, which did well during the year.

Meanwhile, demand for meme coins continued rising in 2023 as tokens like Bonk, Pepe, and Milady Meme coin (LADYS) surged. Similarly, investors continued pumping cash into token presales, hoping to capture the next big thing in crypto. For example, Memeinator token sale has netted over $2.7 million from investors. 

Tailwinds for 2024

Cryptocurrencies face numerous tailwinds in 2024 that could push them much higher. First, there’s the tailwind of cryptocurrencies becoming part of balanced portfolios. Besides, an asset like Bitcoin has a proven record of doing well over the years. For example, BTC price rose from less than $1 in 2009 to over $40,000 today.

During this time, Bitcoin has been “baptized by fire” as several events happened. For example, it suffered when Mt. Gox collapsed in 2014. Most recently, we had the collapse of FTX, Voyager Digital, and Three Arrows Capital. It also did well in 2023 even as interest rates surged to their highest level in over two decades.

Second, economists expect that the Federal Reserve and other central banks will start cutting interest rates in 2024. The Fed has already pointed to three cuts during the year while other banks like Bank of England and ECB are expected to slash them at least four times. Besides, global inflation has fallen in the past few months.

Third, the other tailwind will be the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF. The implication is that more institutions will start moving to cryptocurrencies. Further, there will be a Bitcoin halving event in April. Historically, Bitcoin and other coins do well when there is a halving event.

Memeinator to be the next big thing?

Therefore, traders believe that Memeinator could be the next big thing in the crypto industry when it is finally listed in 2024. For starters, Memeinator, whose token is MMTR, is an upcoming meme coin that aims to disrupt the industry. It aims to replicate and even pass the performance of other tokens like Pepe and Bonk.

One sign that the token will do well is that it has already raised over $2.7 million and is nearing its target of over $2.8 million. It already has thousands of investors and followers in social media. These are important ingredients for a successful meme coin launch.

Memeinator is also running one of the most exciting promotions in the industry. In it, a lucky winner will travel to space using Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic flight. These flights are expected to start either in 2024 or 2025. You can buy the MMTR token here.

Still, as with all investments, you should be a bit cautious when investing in Memeinator. In this regard, you should focus on risk management. For example, you should only buy the MMTR token with funds you are comfortable losing. You should also diversify your portfolio.

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