14 Apr 2023

The Friday Focus - Issue 81

This week’s news are more about what’s to come than what happened. Get up to speed by reading our quick rundown in the post-Easter Friday Focus.
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Top stories

  • Ethereum staking withdrawals go live
  • Hugely important EU Mica law vote set for next week
  • FTX exchange might reopen
Ethereum's Shanghai upgrade went live on Wednesday 12th of April. Kraken has dominated the early staking withdrawal volumes. Other exchanges, not under an obligation to end staking, will roll out staking withdrawals in the coming weeks. The Ethereum staking protocol has withdrawal limits to reduce the probability of abrupt supply shocks. Two days after the opening of withdrawals, the staking withdrawal queue is now at a 2-week wait. Although delayed by one day, the final vote for the EU's MiCa law is set for next week. The MiCA law will play a vital role in defining the regulatory environment for Europe's crypto industry.   We haven't given much focus to FTX lately. Now they are back in our main section. FTX could reopen the exchange, according to its attorney. As usual, the FTT token temporarily surged on such news. 
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From our Analysts
A reliable pattern or an illusory correlation?BTC’s current drawdown and recovery cycle is remarkably similar to the pattern seen in the 2018-19 bear market in terms of length and trajectory. If history repeats BTC will peak around May 20 at $45,000
BTC Drawdowns
Read the full analysis here.
Weekend Reading
The U.S. Cracked a $3.4 Billion Crypto Heist—and Bitcoin’s AnonymityFederal authorities are making arrests and seizing funds with the help of new tools to identify criminals through cryptocurrency transactions. DAOs can become a disaster more quickly than you thinkDecentralized autonomous organizations suffer from a lack of oversight. Companies and founders should take that into account in their planning.
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