As the trading day began across Asia this morning, Bitcoin (BTC) continued its upward trajectory, seeing a gain of 1.3% over the past 24 hours as traditional markets showed signs of recovery. Trading around $27,700 during U.S. afternoon hours, Bitcoin had earlier touched the $28,000 mark before retracting slightly. With analysts at Matrixport highlighting a shift in the downtrend that started during the summer, there is growing anticipation for Bitcoin to test the $30,000 resistance. However, caution is advised as the initial bullish movement on Monday did not witness a strong follow-up, with BTC’s trading volume dropping from $19 billion to $11 billion.
What to Watch Out for Today
Warner Music Loses Its Chief Digital Officer: Oana Ruxandra, Warner Music Group’s chief digital officer, who has been at the forefront of integrating blockchain and AI into the music industry, has exited her role. Warner Music, home to megastars like Cardi B and Ed Sheeran, has been a pioneer in blending technology with music, forming partnerships with blockchain-backed firms like OpenSea and The Sandbox. With initiatives focusing on connecting artists directly to fans, Warner’s recent endeavor saw rapper Earl Sweatshirt launching an album in the form of NFTs. Although the reasons for Ruxandra’s departure remain under wraps, Warner’s dedication to cutting-edge technology remains undeterred, as CEO Robert Kyncl is known for his bullish stance on emerging tech. A change in rhythm for Warner Music?
SEC Faces Setback in Ripple Case: In a significant blow to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a federal judge dismissed the SEC’s plea to appeal its loss against Ripple, the company associated with the XRP token. Following this announcement, XRP’s price shot up by approximately 5%. District Judge Analisa Torres remarked that the SEC had not provided sufficient legal grounds to warrant an appeal. However, all is not lost for the SEC, as a trial is set for April 2024 to address unresolved matters. Despite this setback, the overarching question remains: how influential can securities regulators be in the crypto domain? Can Ripple maintain its momentum against regulatory headwinds?
Hong Kong Stock Exchange Embraces Blockchain: A significant upgrade is on the horizon for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s Stock Connect system, which serves as a bridge between Hong Kong’s stock markets and mainland China. Named Synapse, the enhanced system will leverage blockchain’s smart contracts to streamline post-trade workflows and minimize settlement risks. Thanks to blockchain, Synapse can generate simultaneous settlement instructions for all involved parties, ensuring faster processing and real-time status updates, crucial when linking two distinct trading markets. As the Stock Connect’s average daily turnover in H1 2023 surged by 5% YoY, such upgrades signal the increasing integration of blockchain in traditional financial systems. Is blockchain the future of stock exchanges globally?
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