Binance and Governments - The WAGMI Journal #27

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In today’s issue:

The crypto market is down with the global crypto market cap sitting slightly above $2.6 trillion. SAND continues its rise amongst large-cap assets while BTC and ETH price action continues to chop sideways. In other news, Binance seeks investment from Sovereign Wealth Funds, Citi to hire 100 people for Digital Assets, and MoonPay Hits $3.4 Billion in Valuation.

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📰Market News

⎆Binance Seeks Investments from SWFs

The world’s largest crypto exchange recently stated in an interview that it is looking for investments from Sovereign Wealth Funds to improve its relationship with governments and regulatory bodies around the world. The firm is extremely selective in choosing the right SWFs since it might tie them to specific countries. This move makes perfect sense for Binance since it doesn’t really require any funding due to its massive success, but realize that the number one risk is increasing regulation.

⎆Citi to Hire 100 People for Digital Assets

Led by Puneet Singhvi as Citi’s new head of digital assets, the bank wants to hire 100 people as part of its effort to push into the digital asset space. Other bulge bracket banks such as JPM, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs have also expanded into the digital asset space by launching research division, wealth management, and investment products. We’ll see more of such moves as legacy banks realize that it is either innovate, join, or die.

⎆MoonPay Hits $3.4 Billion in Valuation

The PayPal of crypto has received a whopping $3.4B valuation after its recent funding round of $555M led by Tiger Global and Coatue. The firm that was launched in 2019 helped users directly purchase crypto from major payment gateways such as bank transfers, credit cards, Apple Pay, and much more. More than $2 billion in transactions have been facilitated by MoonPay in the past two years.

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⚖️Regulatory Update

  • Binance Seeks Investments From Sovereign Wealth Funds

  • Russia’s Chief Taxman Says Crypto Could Erode State Taxation Profits

  • FCA Seeks Crypto Forensics Help Amid AML Registration Backlog

  • WEF Releases Resource Suite for CBDCs and Stablecoins

  • Biden Re-nominates Powell as Fed Chair, With Brainard as Vice Chair

  • ECB Extends PISA Framework to Cover Crypto and Electronic Wallets

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