Top cryptocurrency prices today: Bitcoin, Ether extend cuts; Avalanche sheds 8% – Economic Times

December 21, 2021 by No Comments

New Delhi: The cryptocurrency market was trading mixed on Monday, following muted trade in the weekend. The digital token market was bleeding as investors were on their toes amidst weakness in riskier asset classes and Fed’s hawkish view.

Barring XRP and Terra, all other eight tokens in the top 10 digital tokens were trading lower at 9.15 am IST. Avalanche dropped 9 per cent, whereas Terra and XRP gained 8 per cent each.

The global crypto market cap eased over 2 per cent to $2.19 trillion mark compared to the last day. However, the total crypto market volume added about 4 per cent to $77.41 billion.

What’s cooking in India?
Crypto exchanges and platforms are working on a new code of conduct to navigate existing laws and business landscape while dealing with various government departments like the Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate during the continuing regulatory void.

The older code is being improved to consider closer monitoring of flows, standardizing know-your-customer procedures, keeping tabs on high volume, high frequency transactions, and even introducing tax deduction at source.

In the meantime, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has conveyed to its central board that it favors a complete ban on cryptocurrencies, people familiar with deliberations at the central bank’s board meeting told ET.

Expert’s Take
Yves Guillemot, the CEO of Ubisoft, a huge video game company which is responsible for franchises such as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Just Dance, Prince of Persia, Rabbids, Rayman, Tom Clancy’s, and Watch Dogs, mentioned that NFTs and blockchains are here to stay, said WazirX Trade Desk.

“The company has also started implementing NFTs in “Ghost Recon Breakpoint”. This is great news for NFTs in general as there can be a lot of NFT use-cases in the gaming space. The NFT space is also getting a lot of public interest as the late-night talk show host, Jimmy Fallon, did a skit on NFTs and crypto,” it added.

Global updates
Venture capital funds have poured about $30 billion into crypto, or more than in all previous years combined for the little more than a decade-old technology.

That’s almost quadruple the previous high of around $8 billion in 2018, or the year following Bitcoin’s more than 1,300 per cent breakthrough gain, according to transaction data compiled by PitchBook Data Inc.

At over $2-3 trillion dollars of valuation, the global cryptocurrency market is nearly as big as the size of the entire Indian economy. $10 billion (₹76,161 crore) of new crypto investments have been made in India just in the last year.

NFT Updates
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