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The Impacts and Effects of Specified Laws and Regulations on a Given Firm

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Every country has its own regulations, laws and regulatory bodies or agencies governing the manufacturing, sales, marketing and distribution of products within the country. Laws and regulations are purposely made for human beings and other institutions as a guide to bring order and sanity into the society. Because of this, it is likely that their application will impact upon the plans of firms; their effects on a given firm are also inevitable.

An attempt would be made to discuss specified regulations and laws with particular reference to aviation and airline, environmental regulations, stock market regulations, banking regulations, research (and development) co-operation regulations, stock options regulations, labour regulations, intellectual property and social security regulations industry by industry and effects on the plans of firms where necessary.

For example, the Airport High Density Rule (HDR) in the aviation industry was considered as controversial. This rule requires that no more than 155 flights take off and land at O’Hare Airport and at three other major airports in the country between 6.45am and 9.15p.m.That restriction was expected to keep number of airline operations at O’Hare during that timeframe and also to keep the amount of noise generated by aircraft. When this failed, a law was proposed to abolish the rule.

On the tobacco industry, for example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency of the US government published a rule on tobacco in the federal register to regulate the sale and distribution of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to children and adolescents based on the health consequences of tobacco use. The rule specifies that anyone younger than 18years of age should not be sold cigarette and smokeless tobacco. The rule further requires manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to comply with certain conditions regarding the sale, distribution and promotion of tobacco products. Thus, vending machines and self-service displays were banned; billboards within 1,000feet of schools and playgrounds were also prohibited. This might have adversely affected firms who engage in such businesses.

In financial terms, however, the rule is expected to produce significant health-related benefits, ranging between $28 billion to $43 billion each year based on the premise that many adolescents would not start smoking because of the rule; with the FDA estimating that the rule will impose one-time costs of around $187 million.

With firms of all sizes, access to capital is of great importance especially when it comes to start-ups.Laws and regulations may affect the amount of investment available either from foreign or local investors or financial institutions. The most important regulations on capital are usually set by governments. These rules or regulations mainly affect the development of venture capital even though they are meant to guard against defaults. In the UK for example, the introduction of the business angel networks by the government to co-ordinate the flow of SME investment capital is proving successful-a positive effect. Also due to lack of access to pension fund capital in the European Union there is a limited institutional investment. In the case of the United States, most capital venture firms prefer to make investments larger than $3 million, while most entrepreneurs are unable to obtain more than $250 000 from own source and close relations.

The impact of regulations on plans of firms especially those who are technology-based limits the venture capital funding for these firms and affect what they can or intend to do and eventually limiting their capabilities to employ new hands thereby affecting the socio-economic fibre of the society. For example, some government regulations even specifies the type of investors eligible to fund venture capital because of the high risks for certain classes of investors.

In some countries, most firms’ source of financing is through the stock markets. In the UK for example apart from the London Stock Exchange, there is Alternative Investment market( AIM); purposely established to assist SMEs. Quite often, the rules on the registration, listing and IPO in terms of size, age ,profit and management set up are too costly and unnecessarily complicated for small and start-ups. This is known to hamper access to finance for most firms and invariably making it impossible for certain firms to pursue their plans and invariably their growth needs. Ghana Sugar Estate is an epitome of firms which are denied needed funding as a result of controversial restrictions on listing to the Ghana Stock Exchange. The effects of this is seen in the overgrown plantations of the newly formed sugarcane company in the Eastern Region of Ghana, loss of about £2,000 a day in revenue to the company and loss of jobs, and raw materials for most industries which depend on processed sugarcane for their work. The impact on the firms planning process is that funds will not be available to pay and maintain most of its qualified personnel.

With technology-based firms like which need constant innovations, source of financing is key to their planning and so any regulations or laws meant to provide adequate source(s) of finance is welcomed.

The NYSE has come under intense scrutiny to reform as there had been spates of irregularities in the exchange in terms of trading practices. Up till 2001, stocks traded in fractions of eighths and sixteenths i.e. 12.5 cents and 6.25cents respectively enabling a specialist buying a stock to sell to make at least 12.5cents.That has narrowed to a mere penny. This is as a result of decimalisation; a rule set up to change trading from fractions to decimals.Decimalisation reduces spread. The largest specialist firm LaBranche & Co., has been affected with a reduction of its market capitalization being halved to $474million in the past year. The effect of this regulation on LaBranche’s plans could be felt in its budget as funds might not be available. It will also have effect on its investors.

Notwithstanding this, the impact of this decimalization rule is felt on NYSE which in the long term can tear the Exchange apart thereby affecting the very people the rule seeks to eliminate that is the brokers and specialists on the floor. The effect on NYSE’s plan is to start perform its 1.4b shares daily electronically. It is believed that if NYSE does not match its rivals like NASDAQ on automatic trading, investors can take their trades elsewhere and that means a lost of huge annual fees in revenue to NYSE and possibly lost of jobs.

Until recently when it was announced on the TV a proposed credit regulation to improve transparency, the credit or loans market has been shrouded with secrecy that most firms were paying too much interest which affects their operations. Even though to the large firms the unavailability of the transparent credit regulation seem to benefit them i.e. their profit, on the whole it costs the SMEs to the extent that the US government has introduced new types of regulations that requires banks to report their lending to SMEs which are ranked and publicised by the government as a guide for potential lenders. In addition, in the United States, reforms to reduce paperwork, speed up loan approval and reduce costs have led a number of commercial banks to create new departments specialising in the origination and sale of small business advice and other guaranteed loans. At the moment some 60% of SMEs now rely on some form of bank credit.

In Ghana, the government has put in place certain regulations which are believed to be in favour of small firms like First Allied Loans and Savings Bank. This company posted a profit before tax of about $2m, a lot of money for a new bank. The impact on the plans of this firm is the recruitment of the best human resources in the industry culminating in a position to compete favourably with old and big banks in the Ghanaian banking industry.

However ,after deregulation in Britain, competition between banks and stock markets and among banks rose with loan increases to SMEs.Nationwide Building Society was one of such banks to benefit from deregulation. It can now compete favourably with other high street banks. Nationwide is creating more employment as a result of the deregulation law. The impact on the firm is that profit has increased and its members are satisfied and thus growth is imminent.

In a world nowadays with improved, challenging and competitive immense technology innovation and know-how, new businesses spring up in this sector as a result of its dynamism. It is also another sector that has a strong interest in research and development in co-operation. These technology-based firms or enterprises, however, are incapable to engage themselves for in-house research activities. To this end, therefore, there are as well numerous regulations most popularly the antitrust law. Known also as the Sherman Act, this is meant to prevent monopoly. Microsoft was accused of using its position in the software market to maintain its monopoly in operating systems. It was also accused also accused of using its operating system monopoly power to dominate the browser market and that Microsoft bundled its browser into its operating system to try to force Netscape out of the browser market. By antitrust standards, a judge gave an extraordinary ruling describing Microsoft’s dominance of the PC operating system market as “applications barrier to entry” and by that Microsoft held its prices substantially above the competitive level. The effects of this law on the plans of Microsoft is that consumers will now have more choice and so Microsoft will have to come out with more innovations to attract more customers and maintain its position in the industry now that there seem to become a competitive market place where all kinds of innovation can thrive. Regulators now appear more powerful and Microsoft will have to reconsider other related laws when planning. The impact on Microsoft’s plans in the long run will in my opinion be positive bringing about more improvements in the PC operating market.

Another area with regulations of concern is intellectual property laws or intellectual property rights (IPR).The reader’s digest word power dictionary defines intellectual property law or rights (IPR) as ”an intangible property that is the result of creativity, e.g. patents or copyrights.” Just as research findings are commercially traded by the owners or universities, patents and copyrights are also traded. Although, the filing of patents is generally known to be inefficient, slow and costly with the system usually in favour of larger firms, its absence could have brought about chaos in industry. For example a French court ruled against internet search powerhouse Google Inc.in an IPR case for linking a trade marked search terms and ordered Google to stop. The impact on Google is yet to become significant but it is obvious that it immediately sent a message to them to review their plans on their IPO which will in effect affect their business plans leading indirectly to a fall in profit as a result of the effect of the restriction on the search services they provide.

It is widely accepted amongst academics and executives in the business world that, the main assets of most firms is their personnel in other word their human resources. There are a number of employee-related regulations and laws in terms of labour, on recruitment and hiring of workers; social security with regard to retirements, pensions and health benefits; and the newly introduced stock options to compensate employee.

The costs and benefits of such regulations are enormous considering the fact that employee-related issues are somewhat at the fabric of the organisation.In many countries the regulations ranging from fee-charging recruitment services, working hours to social benefits limit the freedom of business executives and entrepreneurs to operate usually in terms of hiring and retaining qualified workers. Some regulations on labour also restrict the recruitment and dismissal of personnel, payment of overtime and use of part-time and temporary workers. Coyne (1998) writes that The European Union Directive on the Organization of Working Time which establishes a maximum 48-hour working week including overtime is considered by smaller firms to be interpreted in an inflexible way thereby restricting their ability to make best use of their labour resources. These really affect the firms because they are unable to recruit the best of personnel they might be looking for which could indirectly affect its operation(plans) as most banks choose to deal with firms with most well- qualified personnel. However, to those on the other end of the spectrum, the limitation on the maximum hour regulation is of great benefit and has had positive impact on the plans of the firm. London United Busways Ltd. for instance has recently recorded its lowest accident rates as a result of the ceiling of EU maximum driving hours a day (and week as well) thereby preventing tired but money-seeking drivers from driving. The company can now rely on the services of recruiting agencies to cover for the extra hours. The long-term benefit to LUB is that it can employ few workers, give them overtime to cover the needed hours and save some costs on pensions and sick pay to workers. The impact on the plans of LUB is that customers’ confidence in the company will increase and enhances its corporate social responsibility stance.

It must be emphasized here that, the introduction of stock options, which are a new and valuable approach to compensate employees, are prohibitive, excessively regulated or heavily taxed in a number of OECD countries.However, as a result of securities rules governing it, the issuance of stock incentives and fiscal rules for their taxation makes it popular with most US small or start-up firms. It is widely used by firms like Yahoo and Google in the early stages to recruit and or keep employees in the company. Even though research into this area is ongoing, it is claimed that they have helped in the high growth of the IT and software sector at the Silicon Valley with particular reference to Google which has managed to keep its best human resources over the years, the impact on the firm is even on the brand image and attributes that it has acquired for itself giving it a competitive advantage over the likes in the IT sector and also generating employment for a lot of new ambitious graduates.

Certainly health insurance market is another area which is of great concern to most governments as a result of sandals and fraud.Recent studies into health insurance regulations have concluded that state regulation of insurance issue, renewal and rating in general either reduces health insurance coverage or, on net, has no impact on coverage. Some of these regulations, however, presume that regulations may change the risk distribution of the insured population, raising coverage among high-risk groups and individuals but lowering coverage among low-risk groups and individuals, with no significant impact on overall coverage. The studies also assumed that insurance markets are competitive, and therefore, that higher price is an inevitable effect of regulation. Smaller insurers with increasing returns to scale may respond differently to regulation than larger insurers with relatively constant returns to scale.

The effects and impacts of laws and regulations on the plans of businesses cannot be overemphasized as the above indicate. Recent insurance scandal in Britain’s oldest insurance company, Equitable, nearly caused its demise.Equitable’s crisis is alleged to have started as a result of loopholes in regulation governing British insurance industry when it emerged that it did not have sufficient funds to honour guaranteed annuity policies to a large group of policyholders. The immediate impact on the Equitable insurance was that a court ruled that it closes all new businesses meaning a fall in services leading to huge debts and also lost of trust and market position to the insurance community and public as a whole which will inevitably force the mutual company to change its business plans and operations.

Throwing more light on this article, a brief look of recent stories and reports might be appropriate.

An Oxfam report in Metro of February 9, 2004 edition, reports that some companies particularly Tesco, Taco Bell and Wal-mart were accused of exploiting workers especially women in the name of lower production costs with unpaid overtime, low wages and unhealthy conditions as a result of lack of regulations.

In the UK, the recent spate of financial scandals leading to loss of pensions for retired workers has prompted the government to put forward a bill in parliament to avoid future loss of pension funds to retired workers.

Another story filed by Georgina Littlejohn in Metro of February, 23, 2004, alleges that UK’s crumbling infrastructure is holding back British businesses. It is claimed that new Government measures announced in July 2004 to help boost transport efficiency in the road and rail sectors have failed to be an effective solution resulting in loss of “man-hours” with 37% saying that lost time has a significant impact on their businesses. This costs the UK firms at least 15 billion pounds each year with each firm losing an average of 27,000 pounds.

This is a pointer to the fact that regulations could also be costly to businesses and firms and can negatively or otherwise affect their business plans in the long run.

Nevertheless, it is important to say here that the empirical results presented here, rest on few observations of laws and regulations and it is suggested that further studies must be conducted to confirm these findings and opinions.

As the interests of business do not always coincide with the broader interests of society, governments might still have to intervene with laws and regulations to achieve goals other than profits.

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Cardano Price Dropped Below $2 but Bulls Recovered the Critical Level

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Cardano Price Dropped Below $2 but Bulls Recovered the Critical Level
  • On September 21 (Thursday) price was dropped below $2.
  • Bulls have jumped in and protected this critical level.
  • There is the chance for Cardano (ADA) to hit above $2.70.

On September 21 (Thursday) Cardano’s (ADA) price has dropped in the crypto market. Cardano’s price was dropped below $2. But the bulls of the crypto market have jumped in and protected this critical level.

Accordingly, by today ADA has recovered from the 618 Fibonacci level, and it had found a support level at $2. But still, ADA was 10% on the last 7 days. For bulls, $2 seems to be a promising level. 

As per the Coin Bureau host, Cardano has a potential has the potential to begin a major new trend of crypto innovation. According to Guy, a pseudonymous analyst, several decentralized applications (Dapps) are ready to launch on the Cardano platform. He also mentioned, the main reason, why consumers and developers are drawn to Cardano is its most unique staking structure, this makes ADA one of the most decentralized cryptocurrencies in the crypto market.

Furthermore, Cardano seems to be one of the most valuable blockchains in terms of active stake. Because, currently on Cardano, the staking incentives are roughly 4.5% each year, and there is no point for lack of stacking lock or unlock times. Therefore roughly 70% of the ADA supply is currently staked.

Cardano is founded to be the most active cryptocurrency community because it has 1.6 million users.  But their DApps won’t manage this traffic. 

Current Market Status of Cardano (ADA)

As per CoinMarketCap, Cardano’s (ADA) price is trading at $2.19 at the time of writing with the 24-hour trading volume of $5,111,668,450. In the last 24 hours, ADA was increased by 6.48%. Now ADA price is waving around $2, according to this the first level of support is $2.05, the next level is $2.00 and $1.88.

Eventually, the first level of resistance would be $2.21. The second resistance level will be $2.33, the next resistance level is $2.40 and $2.55. There is the chance for Cardano (ADA) to hit above $2.70.

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Why Cardano Bull Trend Isn’t Over And 91% Increase Is Imminent, deVere CEO Nigel Green

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One look at the charts and any crypto investor will see Cardano is currently suffering. The digital asset is currently down with the rest of the market, which is suffering in the wake of the Evergrande situation in China. The market has been in a downtrend as the situation has evolved. Its biggest ties to the market being the fact that Tether allegedly owns some of the Evergrande bonds.

This has spilled over into the crypto market in a big way. Bitcoin fell to one-month lows with the news and as the altcoins have followed, Cardano has recorded receding prices also. Hitting lows that haven’t been seen since the rally began in August. Current indicators point to the market poised for further decline. But deVere CEO Nigel Green believes that while ADA may be down, it is definitely not out.

Cardano’s Streak Is Not Over Yet

Green explained his reasoning behind Cardano’s hot streak being far from over. The CEO cited the recent technological advancements in the project, namely the recent addition of smart contracts capability to the blockchain. Due to this, Green points out that the digital asset will be setting new all-time highs soon.

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Talking to Insider, the CEO pointed out that Cardano currently has a reputation of being a “green” cryptocurrency. Along with a broader crypto market rally, Green sees the price of the digital asset hitting $4 by the end of 2021. Given the current price points of the asset, this would be a 91% increase to get to this point.

A major reason behind Green’s bullish stance on Cardano has to do with the applications of the network. The recent addition of smart contracts has now brought the booming decentralized finance (DeFi) market to Cardano. Once again increasing the use cases of the blockchain. The deVere CEO believes that its ability to solve problems is a major driving force.

“Things you should be looking at are the purpose of the cryptocurrency, how long it has been in the market, market capitalization, and its underlying solutions. Cryptocurrencies that solve problems are likely to succeed more than those that do not. The longer a cryptocurrency has been in the market, the more trust it has attained, and cryptocurrencies that are developed on strong networks will stand longer,” Green told Insider.

ADA price falls to $2.11 | Source: ADAUSD on TradingView.com

Just As Bullish On Ethereum

Green’s bullish outlook does not fall solely on Cardano. The CEO also explained that he was just as bullish on Ethereum. Reasons for this were basically identical to the ones given for Cardano. Their vast use cases make both projects important to users and are thus poised to rally higher in the market. Investor interest has also grown in the project, which has made it more valuable than most projects in the market.

Related Reading | Cardano Founder Charles Hoskinson Says The Term Smart Contracts Needs To Be Changed

Ethereum, according to Green, is going to outperform bitcoin. Although the pioneer cryptocurrency will certainly return to its previous all-time high before the year ends, says the CEO. Giving bitcoin a price growth of 50% going further. Not surprisingly, given his stance, Green believes that Ethereum will trade higher than bitcoin in the next five years.

Featured image from Investors King, chart from TradingView.com
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Enzyme (MLN) Price Upsurges 60 Percent in a Day

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Enzyme (MLN) Price Upsurges 60 Percent in a Day
  • The MLN token powers Enzmye.
  • Investors may be attempting to cash in on Enzyme’s recent gains.

Undoubtedly, decentralized finance (DeFi) is one of the most potential real-world blockchain applications, capable of altering global financial markets and revolutionizing everyday financial management.

Enzyme (MLN), a protocol focused on on-chain asset management, has gained traction in the last week as the mainstream world progressively wakes up to the potential of DeFi. Moreover, it allows investors to access various DeFi products in one place. Furthermore, Enzyme’s official token, MLN, enables DeFi transactions.

The MLN token powers Enzmye. That includes discretionary, robo, ETF, and market-making techniques. It prioritizes safety. Also, every mainnet deployment of the second-generation smart contract-enforced infrastructure is extensively tested.

Upswing Might Reverse

Enzyme catalysts include increased platform total locked value and MLN exchange support. Moreover, Binance has supported MLN token along with Coinbase and Gate.io. Wide exchange support improves crypto liquidity.

Investors may be attempting to cash in on Enzyme’s recent gains. So the upswing may reverse, but many investors will be waiting for the drop. The total quantity of MLN coins is 1.8 million in circulation. However, unlike Bitcoin or Ripple, Enzyme has a managed inflation rate. A year’s supply of MLN tokens is limited to 300,000.

In 2021, crypto increased by 400%. According to CoinMarketCap, MLN Price surged 60% in the last 24 hours. Its price today is $164.82 USD with a 24-hour trading volume of $683,121,457 USD. Enzyme, like DeFi products, has a promising future. DeFi, according to Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary, would eliminate financial intermediaries in three to four years.

The Enzyme crew is on point. Enzyme has formed key alliances that should support long-term growth. One is its DeFi-focused community collaboration with Yearn Finance. 

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Top TVL Gainers in BSC Ecosystem in Last 7 Days

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Top TVL Gainers in BSC Ecosystem in Last 7 Days
  • Top TVL gainers in the BSC ecosystem are ANN, BABY, JAWS, DOP.
  • CHESS, HUNNY, HELMET, CAKE, CSS, ALPACA

The top 10 TVL gainers in the BSC ecosystem in the last 7 days are Annex Finance (ANN), BabySwap (BABY), AutoShark (JAWS), Dopple Finance (DOP), Tranchess (CHESS), Pancake Hunny (HUNNY), Helmet.insure (HELMET), PancakeSwap (CAKE), CoinSwap Space (CSS), and Alpaca Finance (ALPACA).

1. Annex Finance (ANN)

The first top TVL gainers in the BSC ecosystem is Annex Finance (ANN). It is a lending and borrowing network for cryptocurrencies. The main aim of Annex Finance is to bridge the traditional lending and borrowing platform for Binance Smart Chain (BSC), Ethereum (ETH), and Poly Network. As per CoinMarketCap, ANN’s price is trading at $0.3914 with a 24-hour trading volume of $254,361.

2.BabySwap (BABY)

For newborn projects on Binance Smart Chain (BSC), BABy Swap is the best and topmost AMM with a non-fungible token (NFT) decentralized exchange (DEX). According to CoinMarketCap, BabySwap’s (BABY) price is trading at $0.7179 with a 24-hour trading volume of $36,336,566. In the last 24 hours, BABY has increased 4.87%

3.AutoShark (JAWS)

AutoShark (JAWS)  is a yield optimizer on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and Polygon Network (MATIC). Through the use of superior yield strategies, AutoShark facilitates unparalleled access to framing opportunities. At the time of writing, JAWS’s price is trading at $0.3188, with a 24-hour trading volume of $351,279.

4. Dopple Finance (DOP)

The fourth top TVL gainer in the BSC ecosystem is Dopple Finance (DOP). It is an automated market maker (AMM) which is developed for competently trading stablecoins and pegged assets on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC). Accordingly, as per CoinMarketCap DOP, the price is trading at $0.1368 with a 24-hour trading volume of $94,161. In the last 24 hours, the DOP price has surged 21.45 %.

 5. Tranchess (CHESS)

Tranches is a derivatives trading platform. Tranches network’s governance token is CHESS. The project influenced smart contracts that make it transparent and automated across processes. Henceforth, at the time of writing, CHESS’s price is trading at $3.47 with the 24-hour trading volume of $15,371,930 and the price has increased 1.83% within a day.

6. Pancake Hunny (HUNNY)

Pancake Hunny (HUNNY) is a decentralized finance (DeFi) platform but more particularly a yield optimizer. The codes and smart contracts in Pancake Hunny were audited by CertiK, a most popular and famous blockchain audit firm. According to CoinMarketCap, HUNNY is trading at $0.3355 with a 24-hour trading volume of $466,943 at the time of writing.

7.Helmet.insure (HELMET)

Helmet.insure (HELMET) is launched on Binance Smart Chain (BSC). It enables users to develop an insurance policy for any crypto assets in the crypto market for safeguarding DeFi users against the risk of price fluctuations. At press time, HELMET’s price is waving at $0.2354 with a 24-hour trading volume of $560,718.

8.PancakeSwap (CAKE)

Another top TVL gainer is PancakeSwap (CAKE). It is a decentralized finance (DeFi) application that enables users to exchange tokens, providing liquidity through farming and earning fees in return. Furthermore, as per CoinMarketCap, the CAKE price is trading at $19.44 and it increased 0.21% in the last 24 hours. At the time of writing, a 24-hour trading volume of CAKE is $425,992,684.

9.CoinSwap Space (CSS)

A decentralized exchange (DEX) developed for swapping BEP20 tokens on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) is CoinSwap Space (CSS). The utilized model in CSS is the automated market maker (AMM), where users can trade against a liquidity pool. CSS price is trading at $1.04. According to CoinMarketCap, the 24-hour trading volume is $12,595, at press time.

10. Alpaca Finance (ALPACA)

One of the largest lending platforms is Alpaca Finance. That allows authorized yield farming on Binance Smart Chain (BSC). It will be utilized to earn safe and stable yields. ALPACA can be traded in crypto exchanges such as Binance, Mandala Exchange, ZT, KuCoin, and Hoo. Henceforth, as per CoinMarketCap, ALPACA’s price is trading at $1.05 with a 24-hour trading volume of $39,571,828.

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Binance Australia To Shut Down Crypto Futures Trading Amid Regulatory Concerns

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As the crypto industry continues to dominate, financial regulators fear criminals will turn to the industry for their illicit activities. This year 2021, has been hot for the crypto industry in terms of regulation. Many financial watchdogs in the USA and other countries pushed harder to regulate the sector.

Some top exchanges, including Binance, saw a lot of pressure from several bodies, especially on many of their products.

The reason was that many of these exchanges could serve as a means of money laundering given the anonymity of the transactions. As a result, some countries keep limiting the operations of crypto exchanges in their markets.

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Binance has seen a lot of pressure from regulators all over the world. Some countries and apex financial bodies such as the Dutch Central Bank have accused the exchange of non-compliance with financial laws against terrorism.

Australia Bans Crypto Futures Trading

Amid the pressure on the largest crypto exchange, the Australian government has banned them from offering their crypto futures and options in their market. So now, traders will no longer access such products from Binance.

The government even warned all their citizens and residents who have invested in futures, options & leveraged tokens to close their position within 90 days. Binance announced this instruction on September 20, 2021.

Based on the available information, all Australian users will not invest in these products starting from Friday, September 24. But they can increase their margin balances against liquidation & margin calls. But from December 24, 2021, all manners of transactions on derivatives will close down.

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In response to this restriction, Binance’s representative stated that they aim to ensure compliance and acceptance for all their products.

As such, they usually monitor the regulatory requirements of the localities wherein they operate. But with the recent development, the company will also try to protect the interests of the users.

Restrictions On Binance Keep Growing

Apart from the recent restrictions in Australia, other countries have been limiting the operations of Binance in their markets. In addition, many global regulators have also been issuing warnings to the exchange.

For instance, last month, the exchange stopped offering its derivative trading services in Brazil. Before that, the Hong Kong government also suspended its operations.

Binance also halted its crypto derivatives trading in many other countries, such as Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. According to the exchange, it has decided to stop those services in European countries.

crypto market is recovering from an abrupt decline | Source: Crypto Total Market Cap on TradingView.com
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Last 2 Bull Runs Saw Sell Offs in July and September

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Last 2 Bull Runs Saw Sell Offs in July and September
  • The two bull rallies saw sell offs in July and September.
  • This is indicated to be the best time to hodl crypto or even buy more coins.

According to Crypto Analyst Lark Davis, the fourth quarter of 2021 will create many millionaires. Notably, panic sets in the crypto market. 

Lark Davis’ tweet suggests that September is a good time to buy the dip. In detail, the Bitcoin Monthly Returns chart he shared on his tweet indicates a graphical representation of the market flow from 2013 to 2021. 

Last 2 Bull Runs Saw Sell Offs in July and
Bitcoin’s Monthly Returns From 2013 to 2021

Moreover, for crypto holders, traders and investors, this is indicated to be the best time to hodl crypto or even buy more coins for the bullish period. In contrast, the newbies and a few oldies may beg to differ in thought. 

Q4 usually looks to be more bullish for BTC.  Lark Davis states ‘We are about halfway through the #bitcoin and thus the crypto market cycle, and chances are we could even pump longer and harder due to the fundamentals. So much opportunity in this market still.’

According to the Analyst, the last two bull rallies saw sell-offs in July proceeded with massive runs. In addition, both also saw sell-offs in September. This is exactly as we look in 2021. In both previous runs, Bitcoin represents the parabolic yearly end. He also states that history will not repeat by it surely does rhyme.

Bitcoin price has risen considerably in a short span of time. Hence, making the BTC/USD pair much popular among investors and traders. According to CoinMarketCap, the BTC price is trading at $42,235.53 with a 24-hour trading volume of $43,327,095,993, at the press time. 

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Will Fear And Greed Keep Bitcoin Buyers From The Halloween Effect?

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Data shows the Bitcoin fear and greed index has been pointing towards fear lately, something that might keep buyers from the Halloween Effect.

The Bitcoin Fear And Greed Index Points At Fear

The BTC fear and greed index is an indicator that measures the sentiment and emotions of the market based on various sources, and displays them on a numeric meter.

The metric uses a system with 0-100 as values, where low values indicate fear in the market, and higher ones show greed.

Extreme fear and greed occur when the indicator shows very low or very high values, respectively. Periods of fear usually happen when Bitcoin goes in the red, while those of greed are seen during big moves up.

Here is how the fear and greed index has looked like recently, as per the latest Arcane Research report:

The Bitcoin market continues to show fear | Source: Arcane Research

Last week the indicator slowly started shifting towards greed as the market recovered from the crash of 7 September. However, before the greed level could be hit, sentiment quickly turned into fear as BTC had yet another crash.

Related Reading | Despite Dips, Bitcoin Exchange Reserves Reach Lowest Values Since 2018

Bitcoin Fear And Greed

The fear and greed needle points at fear currently | Source: Arcane Research

The below chart shows the trend in Bitcoin’s price over the last month, highlighting the crashes that lead to this state of fear.

Bitcoin Price Chart

BTC's price continues to fall down | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView

Over the last few days, Bitcoin has had two big dips where the price went down to $40.5k in the first one, but all the way down to $39.6k in the second one. These have only fed into the fear sentiment.

Will These Fear Levels Hold Buyers Back From The Halloween Effect?

The Halloween Strategy is a trading method that’s based on the idea that stocks, Bitcoin and other assets perform the best between 31 October and 1 May.

Traders using the strategy generally recommend “to sell in May and go away,” until the next Halloween comes around.

Because of this idea, buyers usually see this time of the year as an optimal entry point into the market. This is sometimes dubbed as the “Halloween Effect.”

The effect is a weird statistical anomaly as data over a period of a few years suggests the trading strategy does seem to produce better results.

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Next month is the Halloween month, but will the effect attract buyers to Bitcoin this time? As the fear and greed index shows fear among traders currently, investors might be hesitant to enter the market right now.

If the market continues to show fear through the next month, then perhaps the Halloween Effect won’t benefit BTC this year.

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Polygon (MATIC) Launches $2 Million Bounty Program On Immunefi

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Polygon (MATIC) Launches $2 Million Bounty Program On Immunefi
  • MATIC’s price has undergone a massive downtrend.
  • Polygon has launched a $2 million bounty program on Immunefi.
  • The Payouts directly handled by the Polygon (MATIC) team.

Polygon, which also known as Matic Network, aims to facilitate various tools to increase the speed and lower the cost and complexities of the transaction on blockchain networks. In the past four days, MATIC’s price has undergone a massive downtrend. And it had found the solution for temporary relief.

Accordingly, if the traders step into the new program then MATIC may experience a minor rally, or else if failing to do so MATIC price might fall very low.

Furthermore, Polygon has launched a $2 million bounty program on Immunefi. It provides smart contract security through bug bounties. Immunefi found to be the world’s best and premier bug bounty platform.

This launch from Polygon comes as millions of dollars are being lost to accomplishment due to buggy smart contracts and unaudited codes in the Decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem. Henceforth, the Polygon team wants to make sure it does not undergo these troubles and problems and is aggressively offering around $2 million in rewards.

More so, the main focus of the bug bounty program is on smart contract bugs. The Payouts are directly maintained by the Polygon (MATIC) team and are denominated in U.S. Dollar (USD). Eventually, payouts made in Ethereum (ETH) and Polygon (MATIC) or a stablecoin, at the choice of the Polygon team.

Current Market Staus

According to CoinMarketCap, MATIC’s price is trading at $1.14 with a 24-hour trading volume of $1,249,813,067. In the last 24 hours, MATIC dropped 2.56% and in the last 3 days, MATIC decreased roughly 30%. On a note, the current support level provides a stable platform for the traders or buyers to come back.

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Polygon Will Seek To Strengthen DeFi With $2 Million Bounty

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In the face of an increase in the number of attacks on DeFi platforms, Polygon has decided to take new measures. The Ethereum scaling platform recently announced a $2 million bug bounty.

In that way, Polygon expects to “root out and eliminate potential security flaws”, according to a press release. Only a few months ago, the DeFi ecosystem experienced one of its biggest hacks when it lost over $600 million on different platforms.

Polygon recorded an $85 million loss at the time. While Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain (BSC) recorded a combined estimate of $500 million in losses.

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The exploit used by the Poly Network hacker focused on a blockchain agnostic trading pool called O3 Swap. Ironically, the attacker that perpetrated this hack asked the projects for more security measures and transparency.

The Polygon network bounty program is live since September 20, 2021, on the bug bounty platform Immunefi. Focused on DeFi and smart contract security, the platform will host the program as an “open invitation to security researchers”.

In that way, the project expects to find and fixed potential security vulnerabilities in the smart contracts and dApps ecosystem power by Polygon. Thus, the platform seeks to offer its users more security and protection for their funds.

The bug bounty program will reward white hackers in relation to their findings and the severity of the potential security vulnerability discovered. The rewards will range from the $1,000 for “low-level threats”, the release clarifies”, and $2,000,000 for critical threats.

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On the other hand, if a white hacker finds a vulnerability on a dApp, they could receive a reward ranging from $2,500 to $15,000. Payments will be made in the following cryptocurrencies: Polygon (MATIC), Ethereum (ETH), or a stablecoin.

How Polygon Will Operate Its Bounty Program

Polygon will leverage Immunefi Vulnerability Classification System. This mechanism will allow the team to have a threat classification system according to the potential vulnerability of the network.

In order to be eligible for a reward, white hackers must submit a report that needs to include certain details about their findings. For example, reports must have a step-by-step guide so the Polygon team can reproduce the potential threat and other evidence such as screenshots and logs.

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Data from research firm Messari claims that over $284 million have been lost to DeFi hacks since 2019. Thus, why an improvement in this sector’s security has become a “matter of utmost importance”.

Source: Messari via Twitter

Sandeep Nailwal, Co-Founder of Polygon said the following on their new bounty program:

User security is at the forefront of Polygon’s ethos. This substantial bounty offering aims to solidify what we know to be an extremely secure network.

On the other hand, founder and CEO of Immunefi Mitchell Amador said:

Bug bounty programs continue to be an essential part of the security stack for protecting crypto protocols and user funds locked in their contracts. We’re proud Polygon chose us among other platforms to ensure the safety of its protocol, and look forward to our collaboration.

At the time of writing, MATIC trades at $1,21 with a 9.5% profit in the daily chart.

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MATIC trends to the upside in the daily chart. Source: MATICUSDT Tradingview

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Top Crypto BTC, ETH, ADA Price Drops — Will it Regain Again?

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Top Crypto BTC, ETH, ADA Price Drops — Will it Regain Again?
  • Top cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Cardano price drops.
  • The rival crypto Ethereum was trading at $2,901.56, down 5.23%.
  • Cardano was trading at $2.10, down 3.16%.

Top cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Cardano (ADA) price drops to 12%, 15%, and 12% respectively in a week.

Currently, Bitcoin was trading at $41,942.12 dropping 3.48% in the past 24-hours. Moreover, the total market capitalization of BTC is at $789.89 billion, as per CoinMarketCap data. Added to this, Bitcoin slid, riding on the back of fears originating from the Evergrande crisis which is weighing on all the markets across the world.

More so, the falling trajectory is not something that is exclusive to Bitcoin,  other digital assets such as Ethereum, Cardano, etc. have slided on the same path. The rival crypto Ethereum was trading at $2,901.56, down 5.23% and its total market cap was at $342 billion. 

Aside from this, the Cardano was trading at $2.10, down 3.16%. In addition, Cardano dropped 3.25% over the last week. Similarly, the Binance coin was down 3.85% at $358, however, the currency shed 15.4% over the last week.

Likewise, the price of Ripple also dropped 3% in a day. Furthermore, the global crypto market is moving in the red. Notably, the primary reason for this was the Evergrande crisis which is dubbed as China’s Lehman Brothers crisis. 

Adde to this, the stock markets around the globe had an impact because of the uncertainty emanating from Evengrande’s crisis. In fact, the crisis sends a shock wave not only to the equity markets across the globe but also to the cryptocurrency market.

The crypto price drop is not permanent. When the demand to buy crypto increases, the price of the crypto will also increase. Specifically, currently, there are more sellers than buyers in the crypto space. Price reversal can happen anytime from now. 

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