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• Small inflows were seen into long investment products in regions other than the US such as Brazil, Canada, Germany and Switzerland totaling US$20m. This highlights investors are adding to long positions at current prices, with the inflows into short-Bitcoin possibly due to first-time accessibility in the US rather than renewed negative sentiment.
• Bitcoin saw little inflows over the week, totaling just US$0.6m. Short-Bitcoin saw record inflows totaling US$51m after the product launch in the US.
• Ethereum saw a second week of inflows totaling US$5m last week, breaking the 11-week spell of outflows.
• A range of altcoins saw inflows suggesting investors are beginning to diversify again. Notably Solana, Polkadot and Cardano totaling US$1m, US$0.7m and US$0.6m respectively.
• The crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital has started its liquidation process after defaulting on a massive loan from crypto lender Blockfi. Both crypto exchange FTX and crypto lender Lend are allegedly attempting to acquire the struggling Blockfi.
• The financially solid FTX also considered buying failed crypto lender Celsius but walked away from the deal after seeing the state of their finances. Celsius' finances don't seem to have scared Goldman Sachs, as the investment bank raises money to buy their assets.
• Grayscale had its application for converting its bitcoin trust into a spot bitcoin ETF rejected and is now suing the SEC. European customers have a myriad of bitcoin spot ETP alternatives and will soon have two more, one in the Netherlands and one in Switzerland.
A Deep Bite
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Grayscale Suing SEC After Its Spot Bitcoin ETF Is Rejected
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Hacker asks for 10 bitcoin for allegedly stolen data of a billion Chinese citizens
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How a fake job offer took down the world’s most popular crypto game
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June NFT data wrap: bear market seeps into the metaverse
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Tweet Of The Week
I don't know who needs to hear this, but there are no actual factions in Bitcoin. There's a network. It works, or it doesn't.— ???????? (@eric_lombrozo) July 6, 2022