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South Korean court issues arrest warrant for Terra co-founder and CEO Do Kwon

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According to media reports, a South Korean court issued a warrant for the arrest of Terra co-founder and CEO Do Kwon and five other representatives of the company, including Terraform Labs co-founder Nicholas Platyas and company employee Han Mo. Allegedly, regulators accused the entrepreneur and his team of violating capital market rules.

According to South Korean media, Do Kwon may be in Singapore. Local publications also drew attention to the fact that the warrant is valid for one year. The South Korean prosecutor’s office is hoping for Interpol’s help in catching Do Kwon and other representatives of the crypto project.

Recall that in early May 2022, Terra cryptoproject Terraform Labs’ stablecoin, TerraUSD, detached itself from its underlying asset, the U.S. dollar. The cryptocurrency went down, dragging down the platform’s native token, LUNA.

As of early May, both Terra USD and LUNA coins were in the top 10 of the digital asset market capitalization. Amid the collapse of the Terra ecosystem, investors lost about $40 billion. The project’s collapse set off a “death spiral” in the digital asset market.

The developers tried to remedy the situation by launching a second version of LUNA and distributing new coins to affected users. The airdrop proved unsuccessful. Many users complained that the volume of received tokens did not cover their losses. The situation was exacerbated by the release of LUNA 2.0 in the fall immediately after its release.

In September 2022, the developers launched another series of token giveaways. The airdrop will run through October 4.

In late June 2022, South Korean authorities banned Terra developers from leaving the country. A month later, the Korean Ministry of Justice approved a request from the Seoul Prosecutor’s Office to restrict Terra LUNA CEO Do Kwon’s movement if he ended up in the country. Amid regulatory pressure, the developer hired lawyers.

Do Kwon, despite the revelations online about his previous failed projects, denies any accusations of scamming.

We previously reported on what’s happening with Terra Luna three months after the collapse.

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Cardano officially announced the imminent launch of Cardano stablecoin Djed

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On January 25, the COTI network announced that Cardano-developed stablecoin Djed will launch next week. The announcement did not include a specific Djed stablecoin release date, but generally confirmed previous Cardano notices that the stablecoin would be introduced to the cryptocurrency community by the end of January 2023:

According to developers, the only technical reason for the launch delay is the chain index synchronization process. They specified that this process could take 14 days, with it having been started “a week ago and is expected to be completed next week.” Accordingly, Cardano stands a good chance of meeting its deadline and launching Djed by the end of January.

The announcement also says that DJED and its balancing coin SHEN will be listed on the Bitrue exchange. This Singapore-based exchange has already officially confirmed its readiness to list the new stablecoin:

Also, Minswap, the leading decentralized exchange (DEX) in the Cardano ecosystem, has already announced the creation of two pools (ADA/DJED and ADA/SHEN) for the new tokens starting next week.

As the developers promise, the amount of overcollateralization of stablecoin will be 400% – 800%. Thus, “it will have 4-8 times more base value behind it compared to the total amount of Djed coins issued.”

Will it help the ADA exchange rate

Amid news of the imminent launch of a new stablecoin in the ecosystem, the Cardano (ADA) exchange rate has been showing strong gains lately. However, the token came under pressure this morning during the Asian trading session.

ADA marked an 11-week high of $0.384 on January 22, but is pulling back today along with the entire crypto market. At the time of writing, its intraday drawdown was about 5.7% and it was trading around $0.36. However, inside the week, the coin continues to stay in the green zone (about 3.5% at the time of writing).

The current pullback could be a convenient opportunity for Cardano and ADA enthusiasts to enter the market at profitable levels ahead of Djed’s imminent release.

We previously reported that the Wall Street Giants were among the lenders to FTX.

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Former Chancellor of the Exchequer to head a UK cryptocurrency company. Is cryptocurrency regulated in the UK?

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Former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has become head at copper.co, a provider of institutional solutions for storing and trading digital assets. Is cryptocurrency regulated in the UK?

Hammond has served as a senior advisor to Copper since October 2021. During that time, he provided strategic advice to the company’s team as the firm grew significantly and expanded its operations and services worldwide. Since he joined the company, its staff has grown from 50 to more than 300 people and revenues have doubled.

“I was honored to benefit from Lord Hammond’s strategic experience based on his successful career in politics and business. I am very pleased that he has agreed to become chairman of Copper,” said Copper CEO Dmitry Tokarev.

He said Hammond, in particular, will focus on combining traditional finance with distributed ledger technology.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with Copper, a company that pioneered digital asset investment technology and is increasingly becoming a leading option for global financial institutions to trade and protect their digital assets,” Hammond said.

Is cryptocurrency legal in the UK?

According to Hammond, the UK now needs to accelerate the creation of a better regulatory regime for digital assets, as Switzerland and the EU are already well ahead of the United Kingdom in the development of the cryptosphere. He believes that the U.K. financial services sector should use distributed ledger technology as a key part of its strategy to remain a major global financial center after Brexit. Should we expect bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to be legalized in the UK?

The U.K. set its sights on the cryptosphere a few years ago. Since then, the UK has introduced a lot of initiatives aimed at regulating and developing crypto. Among the latest key changes is the extension of tax breaks for digital assets. British authorities intend to extend investment managers’ exemption rights for crypto-assets, making it easier to include them in portfolios of foreign funds managed in the UK without the risk of taxation. Also, the UK Central Bank has begun preparations for the issuance of the state digital currency (CBDC).

Earlier, we reported that the SEC began inspecting the holdings of cryptocurrency by investment advisors.

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Realized bitcoin yields are back in the green zone: should we expect a move towards $24,000 amid high bitcoin yields?

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The new year in the crypto market started with an impressive rally and bitcoin’s realized yield returned to the green zone. Let’s examine whether BTC will continue to move towards the next resistance level on the back of higher bitcoin yields, or whether it was a bull trap.

Bitcoin’s key metrics have strengthened considerably, with a prominent PlanB analyst reporting that we are seeing BTC yields turning positive again recently. This metric measures the actual profit made during the holding period of an asset.

According to Woo Charts, bitcoin’s selling price is currently at $19,785. BTC surpassed that level on January 13 and has been trading well above it ever since.

The next frontier in the asset’s path is the 200-week moving average at $24,685. This metric is traditionally an indicator of the bottom of the bear market, and fixing above it will confirm the uptrend.

Market sentiment has shifted to positive

Moreover, market sentiment has also improved, with the BTC Fear and Greed Index entering the “greedy” zone. This is the highest since the end of March 2022.

Capriole Fund founder Charles Edwards commented on Twitter:

“Many people thought the collapse of FTX would end the crypto market. But bitcoin always comes back stronger than ever after the purge of bad players. Nothing will stop the inexorable pace of our industry.”

What to expect from the bitcoin price

At the time of publication, BTC was trading at $22,930. The asset has been developing in this area for almost a week now.

Bitcoin’s next target is $24,400, a price we last saw in August 2022. If resistance is broken through, there won’t be many obstacles left on the way to $30,000.

We previously reported that Polygon beat Ethereum and MATIC pushed Solana out of the top 10 cryptocurrencies.

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