Australia RBA meeting minutes, oil and currencies

SINGAPORE — Asia-Pacific markets were mostly buoyant on Tuesday while bitcoin continued to rise after a recent rebound. Meanwhile, Australia’s central bank says inflation will peak by the end of the year. Japanese stocks led gains, with the Nikkei 225 trading 2.42% higher as shares of conglomerate SoftBank Group surged more than 3% while the … Read more

What is staked ether (stETH) and why is it causing havoc in crypto?

Ether is the second-largest cryptocurrency in the world by market value. Jaap Arriens | NurPhoto via Getty Images Another controversial cryptocurrency is causing havoc in the digital asset market — and this time, it’s not a stablecoin. Staked ether, or stETH, is a token that’s supposed to be worth the same as ether. But for … Read more

Why the $2 trillion crypto market crash won’t kill the economy

Francesco Carta Fotografo | Moment | Getty Images Carnage in the crypto market won’t let up, as token prices plummet, companies lay off employees in waves, and some of the most popular names in the industry go belly up. The chaos has spooked investors, erasing more than $2 trillion in value in a matter of … Read more

Crypto lender Celsius pauses withdrawals; bitcoin slides

Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky. Piaras Ó Mídheach | Sportsfile for Web Summit | Getty Images Celsius, a controversial cryptocurrency lending platform, said Monday it was pausing all withdrawals, causing more pain in the fragile crypto market. Celsius is one of the largest players in the nascent crypto lending space, with more than $8 billion lent … Read more

Binance raises $500 million fund to invest in Web3 startups

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, is launching its own venture capital fund. The company’s venture arm, Binance Labs, said Wednesday it has raised $500 million for its debut start-up fund, securing backing from partners at DST Global and Breyer Capital as well as unnamed family offices and corporations. It comes after Andreessen Horowitz last … Read more