Since the beginning of the year, the number of installed Bitcoin ATMs has increased by 21.8%, according to the Coin ATM Radar service. As of this writing, the number of devices has reached 16,974, and on Jan. 1, 2021, there were 13,928.
New Bitcoin ATMs are now being installed at a rate of more than 36 units per day.
Also, in recent months, the ratio of running units to disconnected units has noticeably increased.
The vast majority of working devices are in the U.S. – 14,388, or 84.7% of the world’s total. Canada has 1,315 (7.7%) bitcoin-ATMs installed, which is more than in all of Europe.
Among device manufacturers, Genesis Coin and General Bytes dominate, with market shares of 38.6% and 27.5%, respectively.
The top 10 operators manage more than half of the bitcoin-ATMs in operation (60.3%). The top three – CoinFlip, Bitcoin Depot, and CoinCloud – have about 10% of the total.
The Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM) approved Latin America’s first exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on the first cryptocurrency.
QR Asset Management’s ETF under ticker symbol QBTC11 will be listed on the B3 São Paulo Stock Exchange.
Evolve Funds Group’s bitcoin-ETF will follow the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate index’s dynamics from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group).
The firm is part of the QR Capital Group. According to its website, QR Asset Management has R$423 million (~$77 million) in cryptocurrency assets under management and serves more than 10,000 clients in Latin America.
QR Capital said the fund is the fourth such regulated bitcoin-based investment product globally – three of them have been launched in Canada since earlier this year. B3 will be the second stock exchange to offer access to such an instrument.
The company believes that CVM’s decision could hasten approval to launch a bitcoin-ETF in the U.S. The Brazilian agency, like the SEC, is a member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), which coordinates industry regulation.
The alliance also includes the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), which has registered exchange-traded funds based on the first cryptocurrency by Purpose Investments, Evolve Funds Group, and a joint product from CI Global Asset Management (CI GAM) and Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital.
At the beginning of the cryptocurrency era, the issue of anonymity was of drastic importance. In the meantime, there has been some sobriety in the market in this regard, as people were also obliged by all kinds of legislations to be more regulated. Now Litecoin wants to give anonymity in the crypto industry a new shine with its Mimblewimble update.
The developers have been working on the new technology for a year, which should give the LTC network a new protocol for its blockchain. Mimblewimble is all about user privacy, which could give the cryptocurrency the characteristic of a privacy coin.
But before that can happen, miners will have to wave the new development through. Interested parties can already view the first part of the code on the Github platform.
In a blog post, the Litecoin Foundation explains, “the completed code will then be integrated into the main Litecoin code base, ready for node operators and miners to signal support.” Before that happens, however, the code will be formally tested. If there are no major problems with this, the integration could take place within a few weeks. However, the entire process could take several months.
The community will then decide on the integration of the new privacy function. This will then be an optional option for users to disguise transactions. Technologically, this works via the use of external blocks of a sidechain.
However, the new anonymity will not be mandatory. This is likely because all kinds of supervisory authorities have now targeted existing privacy coins like Monero and Dash.
Crypto-asset management Grayscale has posted nine openings to develop its ETF business.
This indicates that the firm intends to launch exchange-traded funds for cryptocurrencies. Grayscale posted a link on its Twitter feed to the company’s job page, which states that the firm is looking for ETF specialists.
Grayscale has never previously announced its intention to launch an ETF for bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies and has not filed with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Among other things, Grayscale is looking for an ETF creation and redemption specialist who will be responsible for managing pricing sources and has an understanding of “how to create a ‘basket’ of digital assets for inclusion in an ETF.”
A survey by crypto fund Nickel Digital found that 40% of institutional investors and asset managers who own cryptocurrencies bought bitcoin to protect against inflation.
According to the survey, more than 85% of digital asset owners plan to increase their cryptocurrency investments over the next two years. 56% expect bitcoin to grow slightly, while 21% expect the asset to rise further in 2021.
The survey included 50 institutional investors and 50 asset managers totaling $110 billion from Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States in January 2021.
Recall that according to a recent survey of U.S. residents, retail investors have more faith in Cardano than bitcoin. The altcoin was supported by 31.8% of respondents versus 22.2% for digital gold.
Earlier, a Goldman Sachs survey showed that 40% of the bank’s clients own cryptocurrency. Of those, more than 60% expect assets to grow over the next 12-24 months.
Michael Saylor’s firm made a new purchase of BTC for USD 15 million.
MicroStrategy continues to accumulate BTC. The firm led by Michael Saylor made this Monday a new bitcoin purchase worth USD 15 million equivalent to 328 BTC. In this way, the company brings the total accumulated bitcoin to 90,859 BTC.
This new investment by the business intelligence company comes less than a week after the purchase of 19,452 BTC worth nearly USD 1.026 million, a significantly larger sum than the one made at the beginning of March.
The company’s CEO, Michael Saylor, announced the news on his Twitter account.
Five days ago, the CEO explained that his company “remains focused on two corporate strategies: growing the business analytics software business, and acquiring and accumulating bitcoin”. This new investment confirms the path MicroStrategy is taking.
Regarding the latest purchase, made at an average price of USD 45,710 per BTC, the company officially started its “belief that bitcoin, as the world’s most widely adopted cryptocurrency, can serve as a reliable store of value.”
To date, MicroStrategy has accumulated 90,859 BTC with an average purchase price of USD 24,063. That amount of BTC, today is worth around USD 4.38 billion. Considering that MicroStrategy invested approximately USD 2.186 billion, the company already has a profit of USD 2 billion.