Ethereum’s price tumbles further amid rising global tensions
ETH's weekly losses have risen to 17.5% as NATO continues to mobilise its forces around the Ukrainian border.
- Ethereum's market dominance index has risen to 17.5% after most major altcoins registered losses in excess of 20% over the last 48 hours.
- Coinbase Wallet is now compatible with Ledger's various hardware storage devices.
- Tether has slashed its USD reserves in favour of "commercial paper" by a whopping 42% over Q4 2021.
Ethereum, the world's second-largest cryptocurrency by total market capitalisation, has been on the receiving end of a lot of volatility over the last 24 hours, with the altcoin dipping as low as AUD$3,460 (US$2,500) before surging and reaching a local high of AUD$3,672 (US$2,653). At press time, the digital asset is trading at a price point of AUD$3,630.
One of the main reasons for the ongoing volatility seems to stem from the uncertainty surrounding the Russia-Ukraine situation, with major political entities across the board, including the United States, Great Britain and India, mobilising their troops in fear of any unwarranted action emanating from either party.
That said, crypto adoption has continued to surge ahead as usual globally, with Coinbase Wallet, the prominent cryptocurrency exchange's native wallet now offering full compatibility with Ledger's existing hardware storage units (i.e. the Nano X and Nano S). The extension is available via the Chrome Web Store, allowing users to store and transact via a whole host of cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFT).
Not only that, by making use of the app extension, Coinbase customers also have the option of using their physical Ledger devices to maintain a record of their private keys in a completely offline fashion.
Tether reduces its USD reserve allocations
Tether, the company responsible for the issuance of popular stablecoin USDT, revealed that it has cut its USD reserve allocations to commercial paper by a whopping 42% over the course of Q4 2021 – dropping them from US$30.5 billion to US$24.16 billion.
Due to its recent legal woes, as a result of which Tether was required to pay an out-of-court settlement fee of AUD$25.6 million (US$18.5 million), the firm has been mandated by the Office of the New York Attorney General to legally disclose its reserve data every quarter. As per its latest audit, Tether's "consolidated assets exceed its consolidated liabilities," but the difference between the 2 sums is not really substantial (i.e. US$78.67 billion vs US$78.53 billion).
London Stock Exchange buys out cloud tech firm Tora
Earlier this week, the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) revealed that it had facilitated a deal worth AUD$477 million (US$345 million) to acquire American cloud technology provider TORA. The agreement will allow the LSEG to harness the firm's various software trading solutions (relating to stocks, forex, fixed income securities, derivatives and cryptocurrencies). On the matter, a representative for the LSEG pointed out:
"The addition of digital assets to LSEG's trading capabilities strengthens its presence in this rapidly expanding asset class at a time when institutional market participants are increasing exposure to crypto and other digital assets."
Disclosure: The author owns a range of cryptocurrencies at the time of writing