Huobi Becomes Latest Crypto Exchange to Receive Provisional Approval From Dubai Regulator

Huobi, an Asian cryptocurrency exchange platform has been approved provisionally by the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority. The exchange released a statement stating that this approval allows Huobi’s United Arab Emirates-based entity to offer a complete suite of virtual asset exchange products.

VARA had issued another provisional license to OKX, a Seychelles-based cryptocurrency trading platform OKX before Huobi was given its approval. The regulator also issued licenses to Binance and FTX before this.

In a statement the crypto exchange stated that it will target professional investors. Huobi stated that OTC and spot trading services will be available to a small number of qualified investors and professionals.

Regional Headquarters

Huobi suggested that the provisional license would open the door to the establishment of the regional headquarters of the exchange in Dubai. Following the granting the provisional licence, Huobi Group CFO Lily Zhang stated:

Dubai Government has committed to making the Emirate a global digital hub and a leader in financial innovation. Huobi is positive about the city’s future potential and the opportunities it presents.

Zhang stated that her company is committed to the ‘fostering growth of the virtual assets industry there’.

Huobi stated in the statement that, in addition to the VARA license, it also has licenses in other areas such as South Korea and Japan.

Bitcoin miners shut off rigs as Texas power grid nears brink

Nearly all Texas industrial bitcoin miners have turned off their machines, as companies prepare for a heat wave which is expected to cause the state’s power grid to collapse.

Riot Blockchain, Argo Blockchain, and Core Scientific are just a few of the many crypto-mining miners who use millions of energy-intensive computers in order to secure bitcoin blockchain networks and earn token rewards. The Lone Star State’s low energy costs and liberal regulation on crypto mining attracted them to it. It has grown to be the largest crypto-mining center by computing power.

“There are more than 1,000 megawatts of Bitcoin mining load that has responded to ERCOTs conservation order by turning off their machines in order to conserve energy for grid. Lee Bratcher of the Texas Blockchain Association responded to Bloomberg via email. “This is nearly all the industrial-scale Bitcoin mining load in Texas, and allows for more than 1% of the total grid capacity to go back on the grid for commercial and retail use.”

The heat wave that keeps miners off their machines may cause a decline in profitability. This causes energy prices to soar and further stresses the state’s power grid. With bitcoin prices on the decline, miners already have difficulty repaying debt and raising capital. Public miners’ shares have fallen by 75% in the past year.

According to data from Texas’ Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Friday’s all-time energy peak record was 78,206 megawatts. This surpasses the July 5 unofficial all time peak of 77.460 megawatts. This operator is working with bitcoin miners who must turn off their machines when there are energy shortages.

Texas will likely face greater energy shortages in the near future. However, ERCOT anticipates that crypto miners will increase electricity demand by upto 6,000 megawatts mid-2023. This is more than enough to power all Houston homes.

Core Scientific CEO Mike Levitt stated that ‘Currently, all machines in Texas have been turned off to support the ERCOT grid. We have been reducing power in troubled times, including the current Texas heat wave, and we will continue to do so. He said that the company has six offices and less than 15% of its Texas production.

China Blockchain Alliance Executives: Virtual Currency the ‘Largest Ponzi Scheme in Human History’

Shan Zhiguang (chairman of the Chinese Blockchain Service Network Development Alliance) and He Yifan (executive director) claimed that virtual currency is ‘undoubtedly’ the most sophisticated Ponzi scheme in history. The Ponzi scheme is now ‘not about cash’, according to them.

The BSN chairman and his colleague start their attack on bitcoin and virtual currency in a recent opinion article published at People Daily Online newspaper. They point out that it has been ‘badmouthed’ by at most 90% of the 100 wealthiest people in the world. They also discuss the reasons they came to view Bitcoin and virtual currency negatively. They wrote:

This Ponzi scheme is classified as an “equity-type” and has three key characteristics. First, it can be denominated in equity; second, it can be traded and circulated; and finally, it cannot be Associated with any assets, productive labour, social value, or other resources. It is completely fictional.

The duo claims that the equity in virtual currency equity Ponzi scheme is not linked with any labor or real assets, so the risk is “close to infinity.” Zhiguang said that the characteristics of virtual currency are similar to those of an equity Ponzi scheme. Yifan also stated that they were consistent.

Blockchain must not be ignored

The article also includes Yifan and the BSN chairman, who use the example dogecoin as an example to illustrate how one person can control or manipulate the value of virtual currencies.

“So it’s clear that Musk can make dogecoin a cloud and turn it into rain. The duo claimed that a simple tweet could make virtual currency’s price flat.

Zhiguang, Yifan and others argued that virtual currency should not be considered. However, they insisted in an opinion piece that blockchain technology is important because it anchors many cryptocurrencies. However, the duo suggested that regulation technology was still necessary to ensure the blockchain’s’major role in different application fields.

Short Sellers Profit As Bitcoin’s Drop Moves MicroStrategy Dangerously Close To Collateral Call

In the last 24 hours, Bitcoin has fallen 15% to $24,200. This is great news for Ryan Ballentine (35), a short-seller at the Maryland investment company Bireme Capital. His $60 million small fund bet against MicroStrategy stock, a publicly traded business research software company that has nearly 130,000 bitcoin. It is worth approximately $3 billion today.

Many investors have turned to Tysons, Virginia-based Microstrategy as a leveraged proxy for Bitcoin, since there is no SEC-approved exchange-traded Bitcoin fund. Its stock rose from $145 in August 2020, to more than $1,000 at its peak of February 2021. It trades today at $146 per share. This is 73% lower than the S&P 500’s decline of 43% and 21% respectively.

Halfway through the meteoric rise, the stock was trading around $700. Bireme Capital noticed something was wrong and placed a bet against the company crypto enthusiasts were falling in love. Short selling was a risky strategy that involves borrowing stock to sell it at a high profit in the hope that it will be available for purchase at a lower price. Bireme finally has its moment in the sun after Microstrategy shares plummeted.

Ballentine, CEO of Bireme Capital and co-founder, says that “I believe there’s many people who think MicroStrategy also is a zero.” Before they bought bitcoin, it had an enterprise value of approximately $700 million. They now have a loss of a billion dollars on bitcoin. We believe the numbers are zero even at current Bitcoin prices.

Bireme, a small investment management company for high-net worth individuals, was founded in 2016. The firm began to bearishly view tech stocks in the summer and autumn of 2020, adding shorts such as “crypto-hype Stock” Overstock.com, and finally so-called meme stocks like AMC, which “have a meme-premium built into, that we were happy taking the other side of,” according to Ballentine. Ballentine says that it is easy to see the absurdity of many of these short positions by running the numbers.

Bireme has devoted $37 million, or 62% of its capital, to what it calls “fundamental value strategies”, which seeks out investor biases in order to identify misvalued opportunities for U.S. equity equities. Bireme initially targeted Microstrategy, committing $400,000 to the shorting of the firm at a nominal rate of less that 1% from Interactive Brokers. Ballentine sees the low interest rate as a sign that not many, if any, were doing so at the time.

A month later, the firm doubled the size of its short position. Ballentine believes that the increase in short-sellers of Microstrategy stocks has been evidenced by the fact that the interest rate to borrow them had peaked at 14%. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find Microstrategy stocks to shorten.

According to Bloomberg, the short interest in Microstrategy now amounts to roughly 3.5million shares or 35% of the total floating, up from 1.7 million at its beginning. According to a CoinGape report, Jim Chanos, a legendary short-seller, said that Microstrategy’s “core business isn’t worth much” earlier this month. Ballentine, whose company has so far earned $420,000 in unrealized profits, says that “we had a large profit on our short situation.” He said, “We actually added the short position.” “We believe it’s zero.”

Evan Tindell (37), Bireme cofounder and chief investment officer, says that “we saw the potential for such a downward spiral.” It happens whenever you borrow money to purchase volatile assets. The pricing is at your mercy and margin calls could lead to further downside.

According to Microstrategy’s first quarter earnings report, the average price for its 129,218 Bitcoin was $30,700. His firm also reported that it had purchased an additional $205million worth of Bitcoin via a loan from Silvergate Bank. This loan used 19,466 bitcoin as collateral. The price dropped below the average in May for the first time since two years.

Despite panicked reports warning of Microstrategy’s imminent collapse, Saylor and SEC filings confirm that the loan, officially known as Microstrategy subsidiary Macrostrategy is still in compliance with its covenants, so long that bitcoin prices don’t drop below $21,000 MicroStrategy was close to taking action when Bitcoin’s recent plunge to $23,200 put it at risk of being forced to add more bitcoin to its loan reserves. According to SEC filings the loan-to-value ratio for Silvergate’s $205 million loan must not exceed 50%. Saylor states, “We will generally test every single day at the end-of-the-day to see if we have a collateral calling.” “And then, we’ll keep ahead of that.”

Ballentine says, “I believe Michael Saylor completely when he stated that he believes in the long-term prospects for Bitcoin.” To fully secure the subsidiary, they will need to deposit additional Bitcoins or dollars.

Ballentine says, “We are agnostic about the long-term worth and utility of bitcoin because at end of the day Bitcoin could still be extremely useful and MicroStrategy may still go bankrupt.” “Like these two things aren’t mutually exclusive it doesn’t say anything about how valuable the technology is or where we’re going, in terms the utility of Bitcoin in the global marketplace.”

Soros Fund’s CEO: Recession Is Inevitable and Crypto Is Here to Stay

Dawn Fitzpatrick is the chief executive officer and chief investment officer at Soros Fund Management. This interview was aired Tuesday by Bloomberg. Soros Fund Management was established in 1970 by George Soros with Jim Rogers, his ex-business partner.

Fitzpatrick was asked her opinion on crypto. She responded to a question about Fidelity’s announcement that bitcoin investments could be allowed in retirement accounts 401(k).

It is here to stay. It’s mainstream, I believe.

“The executive said that ethereum would gain more traction than bitcoin, but there was one caveat.

She also mentioned that “the blockchain technology will have some great uses.”

Fitzpatrick’s U.S. Economy and Recession

Chief of Soros Fund Management shared her views on reports that the U.S. economic growth slowed in the first quarter. “When you look at the GDP number, the most important point is that net imports were negative. This means that we are importing lots of goods from overseas. This is because of strong consumer and corporate demand. She explained that there is a silver lining to the GDP reading.

Fitzpatrick responded to a question asking if she believes a recession is imminent.

A lot of talk has been made about the imminent recession. The bottom line is that a recession is almost certain. It’s just a matter of when.

The Soros Fund executive stated that high inflation and the Federal Reserve raising interest rate said that there was no doubt that interest rates would rise and that the Fed would move quickly. However, interest rates net inflation are still negative so monetary policy remains very easy.

She said, “I don’t believe we’ll avoid another recession.” It will likely be farther out than people think.