JPMorgan sees higher BTC price potential, a16z unveils $4.5 billion crypto fund, and PayPal hints at more crypto and blockchain involvement: Hodler’s Digest, May 22-28

Coming each Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will allow you to monitor each single essential information story that occurred this week. The very best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, main cash, predictions and way more — per week on Cointelegraph in a single hyperlink.

High Tales This Week

Andreessen Horowitz closes $4.5 billion crypto fund amid market turmoil

Enterprise capital participant Andreessen Horowitz, or a16z, has unveiled a brand new $4.5 billion cryptocurrency fund. The a16z fund is the fourth of its form and greater than double the quantity of its third crypto funding fund. With $3 billion earmarked for enterprise investments and $1.5 billion for early-seed tasks, the fund will look to spend money on corporations at numerous levels of their life cycle. Andreessen’s new fund offers a powerful indicator that enterprise capital curiosity within the crypto market stays excessive regardless of proof of a brutal bear market.




JPMorgan locations BTC honest worth at $38K, declares crypto a most well-liked different asset

A client-focused word from JPMorgan this week detailed the banking large’s ideas on Bitcoin, claiming $38,000 because the asset’s honest worth. The seemingly bullish outlook got here on the heels of depressed worth motion for Bitcoin, which has been rangebound under $30,000. However even in February, when BTC was valued at $43,000, JPMorgan strategists mentioned that $38,000 was honest market worth. This week’s consumer word from JPMorgan additionally pointed to the opportunity of optimistic worth motion for your complete crypto house — offered enterprise capital funding doesn’t waver.


WEF 2022: PayPal appears to embrace all attainable crypto and blockchain providers

Per feedback from vice chairman Richard Nash, PayPal has its sights set on giving its platform extra blockchain and crypto affect. “Simply strolling slowly within the crypto protect with purchase/promote/maintain in sure jurisdictions,” Nash advised Cointelegraph on the World Financial Discussion board (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. “After which seeking to work with others to embrace every little thing we will, whether or not it’d be the cash that we’ve got right this moment in PayPal digital wallets, non-public digital currencies or CBDCs sooner or later.”




GameStop unveils beta cryptocurrency pockets and upcoming NFT platform

With time ticking down till GameStop’s NFT market launch, the corporate has unveiled the beta model of an Ethereum-based pockets. The self-custody crypto and NFT storage answer is named the GameStop Pockets. The browser-based pockets will go hand-in-hand with the corporate’s future NFT market. GameStop can also be growing a cell app model of the pockets.


Korean watchdog begins danger evaluation of crypto as Terra 2.0 passes vote

Korea’s Monetary Supervisory Service (FSS) is working to standardize its analysis of digital asset dangers within the wake of the Terra ecosystem collapse. Whereas the FSS’s standardization efforts have solely simply begun, they’re anticipated to result in a authorized framework for evaluating digital belongings. In the meantime, Terraform Labs CEO Do Kwon is shifting forward with an ecosystem restoration plan, having gained majority help from his group. The Terra 2.0 ecosystem went reside on Friday with a brand new blockchain and crypto asset.






Winners and Losers


On the finish of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $28,449, Ether (ETH) at $1,729 and XRP at $0.37. The overall market cap is at $1.17 trillion, in accordance to CoinMarketCap.

Among the many greatest 100 cryptocurrencies, the highest three altcoin gainers of the week are BORA (BORA) at 18.15%, Bitcoin Gold (BTG) at 17.79% and Ethereum Basic (ETC) at 11.09%. 

The highest three altcoin losers of the week are TerraClassicUSD (USTC) at -46.13%, STEPN (GMT) at -27.38% and Elrond (EGLD) at -25.70%.

For more information on crypto costs, be sure to learn Cointelegraph’s market evaluation.





Most Memorable Quotations


“Decentralization really places extra management and energy again into the individuals’s arms the place it belongs.”

Sonali Giovino, head of communications for Defiyield


“Tasks should watch the pursuits of their group and customers as a result of, ultimately, that’s essentially the most beneficial factor you’ve.”

Nicky Chalabi, ecosystem success and enablement skilled at Close to Basis


“Quite a lot of the coverage and regulatory points that restrict the facility of shifting cash need to do with stripping individuals of their financial freedoms.”

Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle


“In TradiFi persons are considering, ‘I don’t need to lose cash — how are you going to assist me maintain my wealth no matter markets?’ So, it’s very risk-management oriented. Whereas in DeFi, the degens are like, ‘Gimme these triple-digit yields, woo!’”

Alexander Fazel, chief partnership officer for SwissBorg


“The rise of the time period ‘Web3’ is encouraging as a result of it implies that persons are seeing this underlying know-how feed into totally different functions — those they didn’t essentially anticipate.”

Gavin Wooden, co-founder of Polkadot and Ethereum


“There’s completely no purpose {that a} deed to a home couldn’t be a singular digital asset so long as that asset is created and saved within the right means.”

Alex Altman, chief working officer of Seal Storage Know-how


Prediction of the Week 


Bitcoin worth might backside at $15.5K if it retests this lifetime historic help degree

Bitcoin’s worth has continued to battle in current days, usually buying and selling under $30,000, in accordance with Cointelegraph’s BTC worth index. Nonetheless, the asset may nonetheless fall significantly additional, in accordance with Rekt Capital

Over the course of Bitcoin’s historical past, the asset’s worth has revered the 200-week shifting common (200WMA). “#BTC tends to wick -14% to -28% under the 200-MA,” Rekt Capital detailed as a part of a thread on Twitter. “And for the reason that $BTC 200-MA now represents the value level of ~$22000… A -14% draw back wick under the 200-MA would end in a ~$19000 Bitcoin,” they added. “And if #BTC had been to repeat the March 2020 draw back wicking depth under the 200-MA $BTC would revisit the ~$15500 worth level.”



FUD of the Week 

‘Yikes!’ Elon Musk warns customers in opposition to newest deepfake crypto rip-off

Did you watch a video of Tesla CEO Elon Musk promoting 30% beneficial properties through deposits on a crypto platform? Be warned that the video is a rip-off. Categorized as a deepfake, the video was doctored to look actual however will not be, as verified by a Twitter remark from Musk himself. The video harnesses actual footage of Musk doing a TED Speak earlier in 2022, altered to deceive viewers right into a rip-off. Deepfakes are nothing new, nevertheless. This current effort makes use of Musk’s fame in tandem along with his recognized crypto involvement.


Crypto spam will increase 4,000% in two years — LunarCrush

The final two years have resulted in a 3,894% uptick in crypto-related spam, in accordance with current information from LunarCrush, a crypto intelligence outfit. One facet making detection troublesome: The undesirable motion will not be all bot associated, with a stunning quantity coming from people. Twitter is a hotbed for spam, primarily based on the LunarCrush information.


Focused phishing rip-off nets $438K in crypto and NFTs from hacked Beeple account

A hacker or group of hackers just lately took over the Twitter account of Mike Winkelmann, a.okay.a. Beeple. The hacker(s) that commandeered the well-known NFT artist’s account posted phishing rip-off tweets, angling the rip-off round Beeple’s current collaboration with Louis Vuitton. Though Beeple managed to take again management of his Twitter account, the phishing effort pilfered roughly $438,000 value of Ether and NFTs from victims.



Greatest Cointelegraph Options

The Moon ‘created’ his lavish actuality… and says you’ll be able to, too

“Three years and BOOM, you could be something you need — a well-known musician, a billionaire. It doesn’t matter what you need to do, something could be achieved with the appropriate mindset.”

Crypto is altering how humanitarian companies ship support and providers

“It’s nearly like the entire concept of a decentralized, distributed mannequin is precisely what labored by way of how we operated and deployed the system.”

How Terra’s collapse will affect future stablecoin laws

The collapse of algorithmic stablecoin UST created a ripple impact for the broader crypto market and put regulators on extraordinarily excessive alert.