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OKEx Partners With Bain-Backed Crypto Exchange to Launch Leveraged Futures in India

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An Indian cryptocurrency exchange has partnered with Malta-based trading platform OKEx to offer futures products specifically for the subcontinent market.

Mumbai-based CoinDCX announced Friday that it had formed a strategic partnership under which OKEx will help it develop a new derivative facility – known as DCXfutures – in return for providing OKEx with a foothold in the Indian market.

Using CoinDCX’s new derivatives facility, Indian investors will be able to trade futures, with leverage of up to 15x provided by OKEx, on nine cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, ether, XRP, and litecoin. Available to both institutional and retail investors, the platform will also offer perpetual futures contracts in both bitcoin and ether.

The partnership with CoinDCX – which is backed by an undisclosed amount from investors including Bain Capital – provides OKEx with insight, liquidity and connectivity to the rebounding Indian cryptocurrency scene, according to the announcement.

During the 2017 ICO boom, 5 million Indians were estimated to be trading digital currencies, but in April 2018 the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central bank, ordered financial institutions to stop dealing with any firms involved in crypto trading in 2018, greatly restricting the market.

Local exchange Koinex was forced to close its doors last summer, claiming the RBI ban had made it economically unfeasible for them to operate as a business. Zebpay, which used to be the largest exchange in India, complained the ban had “crippled” their ability to offer crypto trading services. Some, though, have soldiered on offering crypto-to-crypto trading only.

In the coming weeks, the country’s supreme court is expected to rule on whether the RBI acted outside of its jurisdiction when it issued the banking ban. In anticipation of a favorable ruling, some cryptocurrency companies are beginning to set out their stalls. Binance entered the Indian market in November after acquiring local exchange WazirX.

“India is primed to be the driving force behind the mass adoption of cryptocurrencies, which is why we are keen on adding more equitable currencies to the ecosystem,” said Zaz Zou, head of OKEx India. “We believe having a variety of options to transact digital currencies will bolster the growth of economy in India as it positively impacts both crowdfunding and institutional funding.”

Credit rating and audit firm Crebaco Global calculated that the Indian cryptocurrency scene, if properly regulated, could have an immediate potential market size of $12.9 billion, with the possibility of creating anywhere between 25,000 and 30,000 jobs.

“We have witnessed rapidly growing demand for futures trading among Indian cryptocurrency market participants,” said CoinDCX CEO and co-founder Sumit Gupta. India could become one of the fastest-growing economies in the world just by leveraging the “huge potential of cryptocurrency markets to accelerate economic growth and wealth generation,” he added.

CoinDCX’s futures platform is currently available to limited numbers of testers, but is expected to be made available to the general public sometime in Q2 2020.

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Iran To Lift Cryptocurrency Mining Ban In September

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In 2019, the Iranian government announced it would regulate mining activities in the country. Interested miners were required to get a permit from the Ministry of Industries. Semnan province leads with six mining farms out of the 30 licensed companies. After legalizing bitcoin mining, the government licenced over 1000 companies in January 2022.

Ban on Crypto Mining Activities

The Iranian government banned bitcoin mining in the country in May 2021. The ban announced by the former president Hassan Rouhani was due to a strain on electricity power majorly caused by illegal mining. While authorised bitcoin miners consume modest 30 megawatts, illegal mining activities use up to 2000 megawatts putting a strain on the electricity grid. 

Since April, the ministry of Energy has also increased power tariffs for miners. The companies buy power at export rates of $0.34 per kilowatt-hours. This cost is fourfold the standard rate before April. Besides prohibiting bitcoin mining, the government has confiscated 200 000 illegal mining rigs in 12 months. 

A Reason To Smile 

The good news is that miners have a reason to smile. The Iranian Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade will lift the Bitcoin mining restriction on September 22. The announcement was made by the Iran Power Generation, Distribution and Transmission Company, Tavanir. According to the Utility spokesman, Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, they expected electric power usage to fall by the end of summer. This will create perfect conditions for resuming bitcoin mining. After announcing this news, the price of Bitcoin slightly jumped and is now according to CoinCheckup.com traded at $43,626, similar growth has also been according to coincheckup.com recorded for a relatively new coin called Solana, which now hovers around the 150 USD mark.

Power demand in the country goes up during hot weather. Initially, the government had planned to shut down mining activities during peak hours. However, they decided to impose a nationwide ban until the end of the summer season. Besides using massive power, the Utility claims the miners damage the power grid, with losses amounting to $4 million. 

Government Control on CryptoCurrencies 

The Iran government has gone a notch higher to control and centralise the use of cryptocurrencies in the country. The parliament has proposed a bill that will prohibit using foreigner mined cryptocurrencies for local transactions. This move seems like a plan to localize crypto mining. Recently, the tax agency in the country also called for the establishment of a legal framework for crypto trading activities. This regulation will boost the scope of the crypto acceptance policy.

Positive Effect on Economy 

Bitcoin has become a significant source of income for the country. Elliptics guide’s projection shows that mining activities in Iran will rake in $1 billion in annual revenue.  However, the ban has affected this goal significantly. However, the resumption of mining will solve this problem.

Miners who had dispersed will resume operations, a factor that could inject more revenue into the economy. With the crackdown of bitcoin mining in China, lifting the ban in Iran could propel the country to the top spot in crypto mining. 

Iran is also facing sanctions from the US government. This means that MasterCard, PayPal and other international payment technology can’t operate in the country. This has made it very difficult for Iranians to conduct online international transactions such as online purchases and money transfers. The bitcoin mining ban exacerbated the situation. Therefore resumption of mining activities is welcome good news. Iranians consider cryptocurrency as an investment and payment method.

Bitcoin mining is quite an essential activity in the circulation, development and maintenance of its blockchain ledger. In other words, mining more bitcoin boosts its circulation. Although bitcoin price is pretty much unpredictable, the resumption of mining activities in Iran will increase competitiveness and encourage crypto enthusiasts to invest more in bitcoin. Despite the high volatility and restriction by the international banking system, bitcoin has immense growth potential. 

Source: Plato Data Intelligence

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Investors Flock to the DEX dYdx with its Token with Rising by 50% after the Clampdown from China

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Since last Friday, the People’s Bank of China began to crack down on cryptocurrency trading, a large number of Chinese traders seem to have turned their trading venues to dYdX – a decentralized leveraged trading exchange.

The trading activity of the centralized derivatives exchange dYdX has surged. According to cryptocurrency data provider CoinGecko, the trading volume of DYDX reached $1,217,300,925 within 24 hours, surpassing Coinbase’s spot market for the first time.

The token of Defi exchange dYdX also hit a record high of 21.80 today, rising by nearly 50% in 24 hours.

According to Coinmarketcap data, DYDX’s 24-hour trading volume increased by 196.28%. At the time of writing, dydx is trading at $21.43.

In yesterday’s Twitter, WuBlockchain Chinese cryptocurrency reporter Colin Wu pointed out that the demand of Chinese users for decentralized exchanges and other DeFi products has surged recently. He explained:

“A large number of Chinese users will flood into the DeFi world, and the number of users of MetaMask and dYdX will greatly increase. All Chinese communities are discussing how to learn defi.”

As Chinese investors are worried about the stricter regulatory measures of the Chinese government, such as an announcement issued by the Central Bank of China last Friday mentioned that all cryptocurrency-related transactions are illegal.

Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, Ether, Tether, and other virtual currencies do not enjoy the same legal status as legal tender, are not legally repayable, thus should not be traded as circulating currencies in the market, which has caused investors’ FUD anxiety.

Investors have moved from centralized exchanges such as Huobi to decentralized exchanges dYdX and FutureSwap for continuing cryptocurrency leveraged trading.

As reported by Blockchain.News today, Huobi Global, one of the world’s largest digital currency trading platforms, has announced it will gradually unwind its services in mainland China as the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) and other state regulators seek to intensify their clampdown on all activities bordering digital currencies in the country.

Huobi officials stated that it has stopped using mobile phone numbers from mainland China in new account registrations and will phase out existing accounts in mainland China before the end of the year “to comply with local laws and regulations.”

Huobi token has fallen by 42.61% in 7 days and is valued at around $7.63, according to the current price.

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Investors Flock to the DEX dYdx with its Token with Rising by 50% after the Clampdown from China

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Since last Friday, the People’s Bank of China began to crack down on cryptocurrency trading, a large number of Chinese traders seem to have turned their trading venues to dYdX – a decentralized leveraged trading exchange.

The trading activity of the centralized derivatives exchange dYdX has surged. According to cryptocurrency data provider CoinGecko, the trading volume of DYDX reached $1,217,300,925 within 24 hours, surpassing Coinbase’s spot market for the first time.

The token of Defi exchange dYdX also hit a record high of 21.80 today, rising by nearly 50% in 24 hours.

According to Coinmarketcap data, DYDX’s 24-hour trading volume increased by 196.28%. At the time of writing, dydx is trading at $21.43.

In yesterday’s Twitter, WuBlockchain Chinese cryptocurrency reporter Colin Wu pointed out that the demand of Chinese users for decentralized exchanges and other DeFi products has surged recently. He explained:

“A large number of Chinese users will flood into the DeFi world, and the number of users of MetaMask and dYdX will greatly increase. All Chinese communities are discussing how to learn defi.”

As Chinese investors are worried about the stricter regulatory measures of the Chinese government, such as an announcement issued by the Central Bank of China last Friday mentioned that all cryptocurrency-related transactions are illegal.

Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, Ether, Tether, and other virtual currencies do not enjoy the same legal status as legal tender, are not legally repayable, thus should not be traded as circulating currencies in the market, which has caused investors’ FUD anxiety.

Investors have moved from centralized exchanges such as Huobi to decentralized exchanges dYdX and FutureSwap for continuing cryptocurrency leveraged trading.

As reported by Blockchain.News today, Huobi Global, one of the world’s largest digital currency trading platforms, has announced it will gradually unwind its services in mainland China as the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) and other state regulators seek to intensify their clampdown on all activities bordering digital currencies in the country.

Huobi officials stated that it has stopped using mobile phone numbers from mainland China in new account registrations and will phase out existing accounts in mainland China before the end of the year “to comply with local laws and regulations.”

Huobi token has fallen by 42.61% in 7 days and is valued at around $7.63, according to the current price.

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Ethereum Token Circulation Hit Levels Last Seen in June Amid ETH Realized Cap Reaching ATH

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Ethereum has been experiencing an uptick in different activities, despite the crypto market bleeding triggered by factors like a major liquidity crisis witnessed by leading Asian property developer China Evergrande.

The amount of unique tokens moving on the Ethereum network, known as token circulation, is uptrending. On-chain metrics provider Santiment said:

“Ethereum’s token circulation soared yesterday to its highest level since June 22nd. If signs of ETH utility and tokens being moved continue to rise, the price will generally follow.”

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Santiment noted that this was a bullish sign because the price would soon follow suit if token circulation were on an uptrend.

Ethereum has been stamping its authority in the financial market. Reportedly, the second-largest cryptocurrency based on market capitalization recently topped traditional markets.

Ethereum realized capitalization reaches a record high

According to crypto analytic firm Glassnode:

“ETH realized cap just reached an ATH of $168,760,319,570.33. Previous ATH of $166,629,459,955.06 was observed on 20 September 2021.”

Realized market capitalization is a metric calculated by valuing each supply unit at the exact price it last moved on-chain or at the last time it was transacted. 

As a result, it does not calculate coins that remain unmoved because cryptocurrencies can be lost, unreachable, or unclaimed. This contrasts with the standard market capitalization that values every supply unit evenly at the current market price. 

Meanwhile, Ethereum transaction volume hit a monthly high, thanks to continued adoption in decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). For instance, ETH locked in DeFi edged closer to a new ATH of $8 million. 

 

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DeFi is founded on blockchain-based smart contracts that fulfil certain financial functions based on the underlying code. 

This industry took the world by storm in 2020 after its value grew by fourteen times. Its presence in the crypto space continues to be felt because it has become a billion-dollar industry valued at $81.85 billion.

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