First Mover Americas: Bitcoin Starts Work Week in the Red

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Bitcoin fell 0.5% to $27,416 in the past 24 hours after facing selling pressure last week as bond yields rose and the U.S. dollar liquidity declined. The cryptocurrency registered a 9% weekly loss, its largest seven-day decline since early November, according to veri from TradingView and CoinDesk. Bitcoin had reached $30,000 last week for the first time in almost a year. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose by six basis points to 3.58%, its second straight weekly gain, denting the appeal of risky assets, including cryptocurrencies. Ether also erased most of its monthly gains, trading recently at $1,851, down 1% in the past 24 hours. Simon Peters, an analyst at investment firm eToro, wrote in a morning note Monday that the market is yet to see bitcoin retest more precipitous levels that would suggest the recent rally is finished.

Existing crypto companies could get a “fast-track regime” to new European crypto rules, France’s Financial Markets Authority said in a Friday statement. France recently toughened its crypto registration procedures in the wake of crypto exchange FTX’s collapse and in preparation for the European Union’s Markets in Crypto Assets law. The European Parliament voted in favor of MiCA last week, and the rules are set to take effect starting around July 2023. There will now be “consideration of a possible fast-track modular licensing” between France’s existing regime, known as PSAN, and MiCA, which includes much tougher governance, consumer-protection and financial-stability rules, the AMF said.

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U.S.-based crypto exchange Gemini revealed Friday plans to open an offshore derivatives platform – a decision announced as the regulatory environment gets tougher in its home country. The first product at Gemini Foundation, as the new division is called, will be a perpetual bitcoin contract denominated in Gemini dollars (GUSD), the company said, followed by a perpetual ether contract also linked to GUSD. Unlike conventional derivatives, perpetuals don’t have an expiration date. The decision coincides with U.S. regulators getting stricter about cryptocurrencies. In January, the company and Genesis (which, like CoinDesk, is owned by Digital Currency Group) were accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of selling unregistered securities.

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