Weekly Crypto, Finance and Tech News Summary, March 26 2023

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Lots of possible banks and financial institutions affected -- weekly summary week ending Mar 26

Traders Dump USDC After Silicon Valley Bank and Silvergate Fail

The article reports on the decreasing demand for USD Coin (USDC) among cryptocurrency traders. USDC is a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar, which means its value should remain relatively stable. However, traders have been dumping USDC in favour of other cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, which have seen significant price increases in recent months. The decrease in demand for USDC could indicate that traders are becoming bullish on the overall cryptocurrency market.

https://thedefiant.io/traders-dump-usdc

What it means for Zucoins: As traders shift their focus from stablecoins like USDC to more volatile cryptocurrencies, Zucoins stands to benefit. With its innovative features and secure SplitChain network, Zucoins offers a promising alternative for those looking to explore other digital payment solutions beyond traditional stablecoins.

USDC Stablecoin Falls to 87 Cents After Circle Discloses Exposure to Silicon Valley Bank

These articles discuss how the USD Coin (USDC) stablecoin has fallen below its pegged value of $1, with some exchanges reporting USDC trading as low as $0.87. The drop in value is due to concerns about the exposure of USDC’s cash reserves, with Circle disclosing that the now-shuttered Silicon Valley Bank holds $3.3 billion of its reserves. As a result, some exchanges, including Coinbase and Binance, have suspended USDC conversions until the situation stabilizes. The article notes that the stablecoin market remains volatile, and issues in the financial sector could continue to affect the value of stablecoins in the future. Update: The USDC stablecoin has mostly re-pegged back 1:1, but it remains that a lot of crypto folks are going directly on-chain to Bitcoin and Ethereum and out of stablecoins.

https://decrypt.co/123211/usdc-stablecoin-depegs-90-cents-circle-exposure-silicon-valley-bank

https://decrypt.co/123208/coinbase-binance-suspend-usdc-conversions-as-dollar-peg-wobbles

What it means for Zucoins: As concerns around USDC’s cash reserves lead to a drop in its value, Zucoins emerges as a secure alternative in the digital payment landscape. Built on the robust SplitChain network, Zucoins offers reliability and trust, enabling users to explore new digital payment solutions without the uncertainties surrounding traditional stablecoins.

🎓 Coinbase Launches Educational Programs and Clarifies Staking Amid SEC Battle ⚖️

Summary: Coinbase rolls out the “Quests” and Earn Rewards programs to educate users on cryptocurrencies and blockchain concepts, offering incentives such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other crypto rewards.

In response to its ongoing legal battle with the SEC, Coinbase emphasizes that users earn staking rewards from the protocol, not from the company. As a service provider connecting users, validators, and the protocol, Coinbase offloads responsibility, potentially impacting miners and validators on blockchain networks.

https://thedefiant.io/coinbase-new-quests-program

https://help.coinbase.com/en/coinbase/trading-and-funding/coinbase-earn/rewards

What it means for Zucoins: As Coinbase launches “Quests” and Earn Rewards programs to educate users on cryptocurrencies and blockchain, Zucoins can benefit from this increased awareness and understanding of digital payment solutions. With its innovative features and secure SplitChain network, Zucoins stands as a promising alternative for those exploring new opportunities in the digital payment landscape.

💥 Nearly 200 Banks Could Fail Like SVB, Study Warns 🏦

Summary: A recent study suggests that nearly 200 banks could face a similar fate as the now-shuttered Silicon Valley Bank. The article highlights concerns about potential vulnerabilities in the financial sector and emphasizes the need for increased vigilance.

https://nypost.com/2023/03/18/nearly-200-banks-could-fail-the-same-way-svb-did-study/

Historical bank failures graphed from fdic.gov
Historical bank failures graph from fdic.gov

🌐 What it means for Zucoins’ Potential Amid Bank Vulnerabilities 🏦

As the study warns of nearly 200 banks potentially facing the same fate as SVB, Zucoins emerges as a secure and innovative digital payment alternative. With its robust SplitChain network and unique features, Zucoins offers users a trusted option in an uncertain financial landscape.

Crypto.com Struggles to Maintain Fiat On-Ramps in the Face of Crypto Banking Crisis

The article highlights the challenges faced by Crypto.com, a prominent cryptocurrency platform, in maintaining fiat on-ramps amidst a growing crypto banking crisis. The crisis, driven by recent bank failures connected to cryptocurrency activities, has led to increased scrutiny and potential regulatory actions. This has made it more difficult for platforms like Crypto.com to provide seamless fiat-to-crypto services for their users. The situation underscores the need for the industry to find a balance between fostering innovation and ensuring stability within the financial system.

https://www.coindesk.com/business/2023/03/09/cryptocom-struggles-to-maintain-fiat-on-ramps-in-the-face-of-crypto-banking-crisis/

What it means for Zucoins: Ultimately, the challenges faced by platforms like Crypto.com can provide an opportunity for cryptocurrencies like Zucoins to differentiate themselves by adapting to the evolving market conditions and addressing user needs in a compliant and innovative manner.


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