End of Month Roundup: Cryptocurrency Winners and Losers in May 633

Top performing cryptocurrencies in May were Bytecoin, Zilliqa and Decred. While Cardano, Nem and Qtum suffered the heaviest losses.

As we pass into another month in crypto land it is time to evaluate May’s winners and losers. After solid gains throughout April, May was set to build on them and send crypto markets higher again. It didn’t happen and the bears regained control pushing them all back down again from highs on the 6th. May has largely been a month of decline.

Total crypto market capitalization has fallen in May from around $418 billion on the 1st to $328 billion on the 31st. This equates to a loss of 21.5% as 90 billion dollars flooded out of crypto and back into fiat. Since the peak in January, crypto markets had lost 60% by the end of May, around $500 billion. For the past 3 months they have been oscillating between $270 and $470 billion, unable to break out in either direction.

Bitcoin has played the pied piper and led the markets down falling from $9,200 at the beginning of the month to around $7,500 at the end of it. This represents a fall of 18.5% which is slightly less than that for all cryptos indicating that altcoins have had a worse time in May. Bitcoin trade volume has also fallen from around $8.5 billion to $4.5 billion during May; this has knocked its market cap down by 18% to $128 billion. Bitcoin’s market dominance increased marginally in May from 37.7% to 39%.

May Crypto Winners

An epic pump caused by a Binance listing made Bytecoin one of the very few cryptocurrencies that ended May at a higher level than it started. BCN made 19% in May from $0.0055 to $0.0065; in satoshi levels this privacy focused coin did very well climbing 53% from 58 to 89 satoshis. Bytecoin surged into the top 25 and ended May at 20th spot with a market cap of just over $1.2 billion.

Zilliqa is one of the few other coins in the top 30 that has ended May higher than it began. Up 10% from $0.010 to $0.011 ZIL was also listed on a number of exchanges which gave it the pumps. Against Bitcoin Zil climbed 36% from 1100 satoshis to 1500 satoshis, its market cap at the end of May was $830 million.

Decred also needs a mention as it gained 12% in May from around $80 to $90 at the end of the month. DCR made solid gains against BTC also rising 35% from around 920000 satoshis to 1220000 over the 31 days. Decred is ranked at 29th spot with a market cap of $660 million.

May Crypto Losers

Ethereum has not fared as badly as Bitcoin during May but has still lost around 16% from a trading level of $670 at the beginning of the month to $560 at the end of it. This had the result of knocking $11 billion off its market cap as all cryptos fell in unison.

Ripple’s XRP has taken a beating in May dropping 27% from $0.82 to $0.60. As usual the company continues to forge a way into the banking system with new partnerships but this has had little effect on its cryptocurrency price. If any token should do well it would be the one that is being used in real world situations and should be XRP with the xRapid system. This hasn’t been the case though for Ripple.

Bitcoin Cash began the month trading at around $1,300 and ended it 25% down at around $980. BCH peaked at $1,840 on May 6 leading up to its mid-month hard fork but this was not enough to stop the downward slide that followed.

EOS has dominated the news in recent weeks with the launch of its mainnet but this did not stop the coin shedding almost 30% in May. Starting out trading at around $17, EOS had fallen to around $12 by month end. Against Bitcoin however it has only lost 16% falling to 162000 satoshis at the end of May.

Litecoin has followed the rest of the cryptos by falling in May. No news has emerged for the world’s 6th most popular digital coin which saw prices plummet from around $145 to $117 during the month. The 20% loss is in line with the general fall in crypto markets during May.

Cardano took a heavy hit in May shedding 38% from $0.34 to $0.21. ADA is more volatile than most altcoins as it climbs quicker but falls harder, against BTC is lost 23% ending at 2860 satoshis. Likewise Stellar Lumens suffered heavy losses in May dropping 36% from $0.42 to $0.27. Against Bitcoin XLM fell 18% to 3760 satoshis at the end of May.

Iota lost 17% in May sliding from $1.9 to $1.57 over the 31 days.  Against Bitcoin however it remained stable at around the 21000 satoshi level, making it one of the few coins that did not lose out to BTC in May. Previously well performing Tron lost over 30% in May falling from around $0.090 to $0.062. In satoshi terms the loss was around half at 15% from 1000 sats to 845 sats over the month.

Neo took a pasting in May falling from $80 to $51 over the month. The dollar loss equates to around 36%, the Bitcoin loss was around 22% with Neo ending the month at around 700000 satoshis. Monero also got battered losing 34% from $235 to $155 in May, and Dash fell by the same percentage ending the month just over $300.

Nem got beat up in May along with the rest falling 38% from $0.39 to $0.24. VeChain lost 23% ending the month at around $3.40 and Binance Coin just below it shed around 10%. Ethereum Classic dropped 28%, Qtum got battered 40% falling from $22 to $13, and just outside the top 20 OmiseGO lost 37%.

Similar losses were suffered by Icon down 34%, Zcash losing 11%, Lisk down 32%, and rounding out the top 25, Ontology losing 21%.

The majority of cryptocurrencies fell in May, with only a handful of smaller ones doing well as major exchanges listed them. Overall losses in May were not as bad as March but most of the gains made in April were wiped out and markets were generally bearish at the end of the month. To summarize, the biggest winners in the top 30 in May have been Bytecoin, Zilliqa and Decred with Cardano, Nem and Qtum suffering the biggest losses.

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As Digital Currencies Gain Popularity, FPA and RIA Digital Assets Council Announce Education-Focused Partnership 6553

According to the RIA Digital Assets Council, 80% of financial advisers receive questions from clients about bitcoin, but only 8% can adequately explain digital assets. As cryptocurrency becomes more mainstream, now is the time for financial planners to build competency in this asset class. To support financial planners, the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) and RIA Digital Assets Council (RIADAC), a digital assets educational source for financial planners, announced a strategic partnership to provide education on the application of blockchain and digital assets.

“I’m pleased FPA has this opportunity to work with RIADAC to build our members’ competency in digital assets, which will allow them to augment their knowledge and better serve clients,” says Patrick D. Mahoney, FPA chief executive officer. “As the leading membership association for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals, we need to be on the cutting edge of supporting our members as they look to sharpen their knowledge and build their competencies. This partnership with RIADAC is consistent with that objective.”

FPA and RIADAC will provide educational programming and a wide range of content to help FPA members understand the complexities of cryptocurriencies and provide expert advice on how this transformational asset class can impact their clients’ financial plans. As an FPA partner, RIADAC’s educational content and thought leadership will be available to FPA members through a variety of channels:

  • RIA Digital Assets Council Certificate in Blockchain and Digital Assets: FPA members will receive a 50% discount when enrolling in RIADAC’s certificate program that provides financial planners practical literacy on blockchain and digital assets and introduces available options for a firm’s investment management strategy. The inaugural class debuts on Apr. 30, 2021.
  • FPA Blockchain & Digital Assets Community: FPA members will engage with dynamic guests and thought leaders from RIADAC in virtual, interactive discussions and exchange ideas with peers in the FPA Connect Blockchain & Digital Assets community.
  • Journal of Financial Planning: RIADAC will regularly contribute thought leadership content to help financial planners understand blockchain and digital assets in FPA’s flagship publication, the Journal of Financial Planning.
  • FPA Annual ConferenceRic Edelman, founder of RIADAC, will present an informative session on blockchain and digital assets at the FPA Annual Conference in Columbus, OhioSept. 22-24, 2021.

“Gaining vital knowledge about this new asset class will help financial planners attract more clients and serve them better,” said RIADAC Founder Ric Edelman. “We’re honored to be partnering with FPA to help financial planners who are committed to serving their clients’ best interests.”

Ric Edelman is known and recognized throughout financial services and his work to bring blockchain and digital assets education and awareness to the financial advisory community is commendable. I am pleased FPA members will have this opportunity to learn from Ric and his team at RIADAC,” says 2021 FPA President Skip Schweiss, CFP®, AIF®.

Over the coming months, FPA and RIADAC will explore additional educational initiatives and thought leadership programs that can benefit FPA members, their clients and the broader financial planning community.

The9 Signed Filecoin Mining Machine Purchase and Hosting Agreement to Enhance Filecoin Mining 6976

The9 Limited, an established Internet company, today announced that it signed a Filecoin mining machine purchase and hosting agreement amounting to approximately US$2 million with a Filecoin mining service provider. In February 2021, The9 signed a US$10 million framework agreement with a Filecoin mining machine vendor to purchase Filecoin mining machines. This new purchase agreement The9 just signed is with another Filecoin mining machine vendor. This new purchase will increase the effective storage mining power of The9 in the Filecoin network, especially in the current early stage of Filecoin’s rapid development trend.

At present, The9 owns an independent node on Filecoin blockchain and 8 Pebibytes of effective storage mining power in the Filecoin network. When the two agreements are fully implemented, The9 is expected to have a total of more than 80 Pebibytes of effective storage mining power in the Filecoin network.

Filecoin is an open source, distributed storage and digital payment system. Users can use the preset economic incentive mechanism to store data to ensure that files are stored and accessed reliably for a long time. Users use the Filecoin (FIL) in the system to rent hard drive space; and storage miners are responsible for providing storage space to store files and proving these files have been stored correctly.

Based on Filecoin’s technology and the expected continuous expansion of future application scenarios, as well as the recent positive price trend of Filecoin, The9 decided to increase the investment in Filecoin and the effective storage mining power in the Filecoin network, to fulfill its growth strategy in the cryptocurrency mining business.

CryptoUniverse: We get profit when you get profit 6786

CryptoUniverse

We could not wait to present you the first part of the huge transformation. CryptoUniverse is always trying to reach the highest level of transparency, so you can feel every hash/second is running near you, but without any noise, heat or space taken from your home.

Let’s start the introduction from the main one. Meet the new balance management system. Collected experience and vision allowed us to make the step forward. From now, every account will have its own balances for different purposes in our ecosystem that you can easily manage as you want from the new page called “Balances”. This unique feature comes with a reworked electricity payment system. We made it as similar to your usual life routine as possible. All assets are still pre-paid, but you can fully control it within the new balance designed for electricity that is simply called “Electricity account”. There you will find not only the amount required to pay, but also real numbers of electricity in kilowatts consumed by any of your assets.

CryptoUniverse wants you to have access to as many instruments as possible.That is why we added the opportunity to make flexible and fixed savings not only in BTC, but in LTC too.  It grew by 500% in the last 6 months, so we all see again what results diversification can give. Beneficial and safe storage of your assets is one of our priorities.

New miners and contracts push your frontiers too. From now, the fee of our service is calculated in percents and is related to your mining income. It shows that we are interested in making mining as profitable for you as possible.

New instruments complicate user experience for some of us, so we thought it would be great to outweigh it by a significantly improved dashboard. Recent update includes a reworked “Dashboard” page and a new “Assets” page that can be used for managing and monitoring your assets in several clicks. There are dozens of other minor improvements, but we offer the intrigue to find it by yourself.

Our team worked a lot to make these changes possible, so we are pleased to hear any feedback on your experience with dashboard in social media or in support. To make your acquaintance more intense, use promo code GETPROFIT21. It provides you with a discount on our recent miners and contracts.

This is just the beginning, so keep an eye on it. Thank you for being with us.

About CryptoUniverse

CryptoUniverse.io is a multifunctional service created on 14 February, 2017. It gives users an opportunity to purchase or rent calculating power and equipment on its infrastructure. Company is based in Europe with headquarters in the United Kingdom and Estonia that guarantees operation within the European Union law and safety of users’ assets.

In Russia the company and its technical partners operate several clusters of modern data centers with an overall area of 38 000 square meters and more than 120 MW of overall power. It makes the services of CryptoUniverse.io high-quality and uninterrupted.

Main idea of the project is a simple and available opportunity to enter cryptocurrency mining by purchasing or renting calculating power. The service is also interesting for experienced miners because well-established logistics gives them an access to top-notch equipment that is already installed, tuned and ready to function in data centers of the company. Transparent operation and flexible offers to make clients experience comfortable are the main values of CryptoUniverse.

CryptoUniverse team is full of highly qualified professionals who polished all the processes, made service easy and convenient. 24/7 support extends boundaries for users who are not familiar with blockchain technology.    

CryptoUniverse. You buy, we pay.

Bitcoin Association launches Introduction to Bitcoin Development online course at Bitcoin SV Academy 7811

Bitcoin Association, the Switzerland-based global industry organisation that works to advance business with the Bitcoin SV blockchain, today announces the official launch of the Introduction to Bitcoin Development course at Bitcoin SV Academy. The course is available free of charge and can be accessed from today at http://bitcoinsv.academy.

Introduction to Bitcoin Development is part of the Bitcoin Development stream of Bitcoin SV Academy and has been designed to equip application developers with the skills, tools and techniques required to build applications on the Bitcoin SV network. The course covers Bitcoin as a data protocol – including reading, writing and advanced functionalities with the Bitcoin ledger, payment protocols, token protocols and smart contracts. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be tested on their knowledge through an online examination, with a course certificate available upon successful completion for those who have demonstrated proficiency and understanding of the subject matter.

Bitcoin SV Academy is an online education platform for Bitcoin which offers academia-quality, university-style courses and learning materials in three distinct streams, Bitcoin Theory, Bitcoin Development and Bitcoin Infrastructure. Developed and run by Bitcoin Association, Bitcoin SV Academy has been created to make learning about Bitcoin – the way creator Satoshi Nakamoto designed it – accessible, accurate and understandable.

The launch of Introduction to Bitcoin Development today follows the successful rollout of Introduction to Bitcoin Theory – the first course to be launched on Bitcoin SV Academy – in December 2020. Later this year, the first module in the Bitcoin Infrastructure stream Introduction to Bitcoin Infrastructure is due to launch, followed by intermediate and advanced level courses across the three streams.

NexChange Group and Marita Group Co-Host Africa Blockchain Week Virtual Summit to Showcase Continent’s Technological Leapfrog 8880

NexChange Group, a blockchain ecosystem and venture builder and MARITA Group, an African conglomerate will combine forces to co-host this Virtual Summit. The event will feature key industry players and decision-makers contributing to regulation, application, investment and education across many African countries.

Juwan Lee, Chairman of NexChange Group: “Africa is the next big move for blockchain. We see not just opportunities in the payment space and financial inclusion, but we see significant institutional involvement.”

The new reality has proven technology to be a bridge to a better future. Strong ties between African countries, like the cooperation South-South, encouraged by HRH Mohammed VI go beyond just politics. New economic bridges ensure that Africa is able to bypass certain steps on a technological stair, positioning itself ahead of the global curve. Described by the World Bank and called leapfrogging, it relies strongly on enhanced technologies including blockchain.

Rahhal Boulgoute, Chairman of Marita Group: “Blockchain will revolutionize Africa and provide opportunities for financial inclusion. It is important that we expose blockchain technology in Africa.”

The impact is seen on Africa’s financial map. Over the last years, digital banking and mobile payments have proven to be a real-life case study for millions of users, making people’s financial lives better, ensuring inclusion, and changing the game for the unbanked. Banks, enterprises, and entrepreneurs are changing the continent’s destiny, shaping the investment landscape.

This event backs the efforts of the African regulators to adopt the required regulations to embrace blockchain and become a main global player in the technologies shaping the future. The ambition of the Co-hosts is to make Africa Blockchain Week the key platform for dialogue and networking between all stakeholders in blockchain to transform it into a reality in Africa.

NexChange Group is a venture builder and media platform specializing in Blockchain, FinTech, HealthTech, AI, and Smart Cities.

Marita Group Holding is a global company focused on:

  • turnkey solutions in real estate development, theme parks, smart cities
  • Renewable energy and waste recovery, hydrogen production, electric mobility
  • sustainable agriculture and sustainable development
  • local mining development of natural resources
  • health, medical products, equipment and supplies

ZIM & Marius Nacht complete additional investment in WAVE BL, a leading provider of a paperless Bill of Lading solution 8922

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. (NYSE: ZIM) and Marius Nacht, one of Israel’s leading serial entrepreneurs and investors, announced today that they have jointly invested in a Series B Financing round of WAVE BL, a developer of groundbreaking blockchain network supporting paperless trade in the shipping industry. The two investors co-lead a round of approximately $8 million that will accelerate global implementation of WAVE BL’s proven technology.

ZIM pioneered the first paperless electronic bill of lading pilot in the shipping industry in 2017 using WAVE BL’s platform and has since widely expanded its use to become the industry leader. Electronic bill of lading is currently offered to ZIM customers worldwide, requiring only a simple onboarding process which is supported by ZIM.

Digitization of bills of lading is revolutionizing shipping documentation, sharply reducing time, complexity, errors and costs for all parties involved, while maintaining a high level of security and, importantly, being far more sustainable than the traditional paper bill of lading.

Aligning with international rules, standards and insurance coverage such as IG P&I Clubs and eUCP 600, WAVE BL’s one of a kind decentralized, digital documentation solution is changing the shipping industry as it becomes the new industry benchmark enabling secure and efficient remote business continuity.

Proceeds will be used to support development of WAVE BL’s business and further implementation of its pioneering technology supporting paperless trade in the shipping industry, as well as in other sectors.

ZIM President and CEO Eli Glickman: “Our early adoption of WAVE BL’s blockchain based platform to promote paperless trade highlights our leadership in utilizing digital strategies to best serve customers and has proven extremely successful for ZIM and for changing the industry. Today, ZIM is an industry leader in paperless shipping processes, and we are seeing growing interest from others in our sector to adopt the platform reflecting the significant benefits it provides to both customers and carriers. This new investment in WAVE BL is a step forward in the path to a more digitized and sustainable future, in accordance with our vision and values.”

ZIM CIO Eyal Ben-Amram: “Since completing the integration of WAVE BL’s platform with our system, we can offer every customer the ability to enjoy the vast benefits of paperless shipping, which is especially crucial during COVID-19. We are pleased and proud to continue our support of this exciting and leading company.”

WAVE BL CEO Gadi Ruschin“Our partnership with ZIM has enabled us to introduce our pioneering technology to a vast audience as we endeavor to become the shipping industry standard in paperless trade. We are extremely pleased with the continued faith and commitment of ZIM and Marius Nacht in our company and look forward to leading the wave of the future in shipping.”

Ophir Shoham, who leads Marius Nacht’s investments in high-tech: “We are proud to continue supporting WAVE BL’s remarkable technology and believe in its disruptive potential, leading to a fundamental change in the way business is conducted across countless sectors and industries. We are very impressed with the great progress the team has made and excited to invest in WAVE BL’s trail-blazing platform.”