Snapshot 158 receives Ireland license, first Thai Bitcoin ETF endorsed, interest in BTC futures reaches record high

Jun 14, 2024
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Markets remain volatile, as Open Interest in BTC futures reached a record high — coinciding with Bitcoin’s price topping $71,000 and the second-highest day of inflows in spot ETFs — while over $200 million in leveraged BTC positions were liquidated this week. At the same time, institutional interest remains high with Thailand endorsing its first Bitcoin ETF and Volatility Shares launching its first leveraged Ethereum ETF in the U.S. also achieved a new regulatory milestone this week: We received approval as a virtual asset service provider (VASP) on the Green Isle, with offers for crypto-to-fiat exchanges and a fiat wallet coming very soon.

Read on for the details.

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News Snaps

🇮🇪 Receives License in Ireland

In our latest regulatory milestone, has received approval to register as a virtual asset service provider (VASP) in Ireland. The approval will enable to further its offering in Ireland, including crypto-to-fiat exchanges and fiat wallets.

🌟 First Leveraged Ether ETF Launched

The Volatility Shares 2x Ether ETF (ETHU), the first leveraged Ether ETF in the U.S., began trading on June 4. It was launched by Volatility Shares around one year after the Volatility Shares 2x Bitcoin fund in June 2023.

🏦 Multi-Bank CBDC Enters MVP Stage

Project mBridge, a multi-central bank digital currency (multi-CBDC) initiative by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), is inviting private sector participation as it enters the MVP stage. Central banks of Saudi Arabia, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates are among the participants

⚖️ Interest-Bearing Stablecoin Announced

Paxos International announced the launch of a U.S. dollar-pegged interest-bearing stablecoin, Lift Dollar (USDL), that will not be available in the United States. USDL will be regulated by the Abu Dhabi Global Market and backed 1:1 by liquid U.S. government securities and cash equivalents. At launch, USDL will be available in Argentina.

🇹🇭 First Thai Bitcoin Spot ETF

Thailand SEC endorsed One Asset Management (ONEAM) as the first firm to launch a spot Bitcoin ETF. Limited to institutional investors, the ETF — ONE Bitcoin ETF Fund of Funds Unhedged and not for Retail Investors (ONE-BTCETFOF-UI) — is expected to launch in early June. 

What’s Ahead

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Number of the Week

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Chart of the Week

Aggregated Open Interest (OI) of BTC futures reached a record high of $31.4 billion on June 6 from August 2020. 

OI is used to measure the total value of all outstanding futures contracts across exchanges and indicate market activity and trader sentiment around one asset. This coincided with a surge in BTC’s price mid-week to over $71,000 and the second-highest day of inflows into Bitcoin spot ETFs to date.

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Research & Insights

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Crypto Trivia

What does a block in a blockchain consist of?

A) Transaction data

B) A hash 

C) A timestamp

D) All of the above

Find the correct answer at the end of this newsletter.

Product Picks

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The Graph (GRT) Added to On-Chain Staking

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The Loaded Lions: Mane City Mayhem Blitz Is Coming Soon!

The Spring Skirmish Blitz has just ended, but there’s no time to snooze! Mane City Season 2 has gone live, and we’re pleased to see users enjoying the new Abilities and Factions system. Now is your chance to put your skills to the test with the Mayhem Blitz, where you can stand to win from a starting prize pool of $44,000 CRO and NFTs! Start playing now to prepare for the blitz, which starts on June 21, 16:00 UTC! App New Token Listings (IO) (IO) is a decentralized AI computing and cloud platform that allows machine learning (ML) engineers to access scalable distributed GPU clusters at a fraction of the cost of the traditional centralized services. 

Toncoin (TON)

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Nyan Heroes (NYAN)

Nyan Heroes Nyan Heroes is a Solana-based game that is part of the ‘play to earn’ metaverse developed by 9 Lives Interactive. NYAN serves as the governance token for Nyan Heroes, and holders will be able to perform marketplace transactions such as NFT trades. 

Aethir (ATH)

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Pirate Nation (PIRATE)

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Crypto Level Up

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What Are Ethereum Gas Fees?

Every transaction on Ethereum is powered by gas, much like a car. Gas fees are used as an incentive for Ethereum’s network validators to verify the transaction.

How Are Gas Fees on Ethereum Calculated?

Gas fees are determined based on how complex the transaction is and the current network demand. Ethereum’s gas fees fluctuate dynamically, unlike Bitcoin’s fixed fee system. 

How Can You Save on Gas Fees?

First, avoid transacting during peak hours. Alternatively, some cryptocurrency wallets allow you to manually adjust the gas price to the amount you’re willing to pay. However, a lower amount may result in your transaction being processed at a slower pace.

Learn all about Ethereum’s gas fees.


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Security Tips

Hong Kong SFC Warns of Scam Utilizing Elon Musk’s Deepfakes

Last month, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission warned about a scam using Elon Musk’s deepfakes to promote fraudulent cryptocurrency trading platform Quantum AI. The government is on alert, as well, after multiple fraud cases employing deepfakes occurred.

Here’s How to Shield Yourself From Deepfake Scams

1. If you’re watching a video, check whether the person’s lip and tongue movements sync up naturally with the audio.

2. Should you see someone famous promoting a cryptocurrency platform, visit their social media pages to determine if they’re indeed a brand ambassador.

3. If reputable mainstream media outlets are not reporting about the celebrity endorsing the platform, it’s a red flag.

Crypto Trivia Answer

D) All of the above

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