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Bitget Research Report Unveils 1.5 Million Daily Active Crypto Traders in Western European




VICTORIA, Seychelles, March 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bitget Research, the research arm of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange and Web3 company, has released a report analyzing the structure and the current landscape of the cryptocurrency markets of Western Europe. The region showcases characteristics such as large cryptocurrency trading volumes, high DeFi activity levels, a responsible and regulated approach, and relatively lower usage of P2P trading.

Key takeaways:

  • The number of local daily crypto traders ranges from 1.2 million to 1.5 million.
  • Germany and France lead in terms of crypto trading activity.
  • Austria witnessed the fastest growth in crypto traders between December 2022 to December 2023, with a 70% increase in users.
  • Western European users are generally well-educated and risk-conscious in their cryptocurrency investments.
  • The local trading strategy typically involves a combination of contracts and spot trading, and investment in mainstream assets.
  • Regional users demonstrate high participation in decentralized projects, NFTs and Web3 platforms, and active engagement in popular chain ecosystems like Solana.
  • DeFi usage constitutes the majority of cryptocurrency activity in Western Europe, while P2P trading volumes remain notably low.

Western European countries, characterized by developed economies and high general education levels, rank among the regions with the highest cryptocurrency adoption globally. The importance of Western Europe within the cryptocurrency industry continues to grow, as evidenced by the daily trading participation on centralized and decentralized exchanges ranging from 1.2 million to 1.5 million individuals. While Germany and France lead in activity levels, Austria has experienced the most rapid yearly growth in crypto traders, with a remarkable 70% surge in users. Germany closely followed with a 69% increase, while other Western European countries demonstrated slower growth rates ranging between 15% and 20%.

Overall, cryptocurrency activity in Western Europe benefits from a clearer level of compliance compared to other regions with countries like Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands adhering to the legislative framework established by the European Union for regulating crypto assets.

Centralized Exchanges and Spot Trading Prevail

Upon analyzing local market trends and trading instrument preferences, it was observed that users in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands exhibit a preference for trading futures, whereas the remaining countries lean towards spot trading.

When it comes to trading cryptocurrency, the majority of Western European users demonstrate an inclination towards centralized exchanges, with CEX traffic surpassing DEX by 10 times. Among users opting for decentralized platforms, PancakeSwap and Uniswap emerge as the most popular exchanges. Additionally, Coinbase Wallet, Metamask, Bitget Wallet, and TrustWallet are the most commonly utilized cryptocurrency wallets across the eight countries.

Over the past year, the overall traffic to centralized exchanges from Western European users has shown a significant upward trend, especially in Germany, Switzerland, and Poland. Germany and Switzerland saw a year-over-year increase of more than 50%, with Poland experiencing a growth rate of 145%. However, the growth in France and Belgium was not as pronounced, with Belgium even seeing a 6.8% decline compared to the same period last year.

DeFi usage constitutes the majority of cryptocurrency activity in Western Europe, while P2P trading volumes remain notably low. One reason for the region’s limited adoption of crypto P2P is the prevalent practice of purchasing digital assets using fiat deposits or linked cards. In contrast, regions like South East Asia see P2P transfers as the primary instrument of cryptocurrency trading, given the lesser prevalence of card deposits.

Choice Of Assets And Trending Topics in Western Europe

Among popular sectors and projects, regional users demonstrate high participation in decentralized projects, familiarity with DEX tools and trading, NFTs, and Web3 platforms, and active engagement in popular chain ecosystems like Solana.

In terms of asset choice, emerging cryptocurrencies such as Ordinals, NFTs, RWAs, DePin, Solana ecosystem and meme coins have garnered significant attention among traders across Western Europe since the beginning of the year.

According to Western European market data, the trending topics and coins of choice include significant growth in the Solana ecosystem driven by token launches and airdrops, as well as increased interest in Manta Network and Ondo Finance. Additionally, there is sustained attention on second and third-tier chains such as CRO, FTM, and SUI, suggesting continued engagement despite minimal news or major announcements.

Western European Crypto Trader Behavior

The Bitget research suggests that cryptocurrency participants in the region typically possess a high level of education, exercise caution, and prioritize long-term investments. Additionally, a significant portion of local users actively engage in both online and offline forums, including community Ask Me Anything (AMAs), where they exchange market insights and discuss industry trends. Furthermore, they place a premium on legality and demonstrate a keen interest in adhering to Know Your Customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations.

In terms of strategy, choice of trading instruments and platforms, Western European traders show conservatism — they carefully examine the market options and once chosen, tend to be loyal users.

Local Market Predictions For 2024

Based on the comprehensive study, Bitget Research foresees the following trends in the Western European market for 2024:

  • Germany and France will remain key hubs of cryptocurrency activity in the region.
  • The interest of Western European users in on-chain solutions, particularly in the category of NFTs, DEXes, and blockchain games, will continue to grow. One-two blockchain projects run by Western European teams will gain the leading position in their sectors.
  • Decentralized exchanges will meet the growing demand for on-chain transactions, while emerging centralized exchanges, offering superior customer service and platform features, may gain new adoption among Western European users.
  • Increased engagement with Solana ecosystem projects will benefit crypto wallets, which offer integration across various blockchain ecosystems.

About Bitget

Established in 2018, Bitget is the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange and Web3 company. Serving over 20 million users in 100+ countries and regions, the Bitget exchange is committed to helping users trade smarter with its pioneering copy trading feature and other trading solutions. Formerly known as BitKeep, Bitget Wallet is a world-class multi-chain crypto wallet that offers an array of comprehensive Web3 solutions and features including wallet functionality, swap, NFT Marketplace, DApp browser, and more. Bitget inspires individuals to embrace crypto through collaborations with credible partners, including legendary Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi and official eSports events organizer PGL.

For more information, visit: Website  | Twitter  | Telegram  | LinkedIn  | Discord | Bitget Wallet

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Web3 Startups Raise Nearly $1.9B in Q1 2024 Despite Overall Downtrend in Crypto VC Interest




Venture capital funding for cryptocurrency and blockchain projects has seen a notable resurgence in the first quarter of 2024, marking its first quarterly rise since 2021. Crunchbase data released today indicates that Web3 startups secured nearly $1.9 billion in funding across 346 deals during this period. This represents a substantial 58% increase from the previous quarter, offering a glimmer of hope amidst the ongoing downward trend in overall crypto VC interest.

The recent surge in funding can be attributed to investors adopting a more long-term perspective on Web3, as opposed to the hype-driven “tourist investors” predominant in recent years. Chris Metinko, the author of the report, notes that investors are shifting their focus to the AI sector, indicating a change in investment strategy. There is a growing interest in supporting the foundational infrastructure of the decentralized internet, rather than solely concentrating on crypto wallets and lending platforms, which attracted significant investments during the peak period of 2021 to 2022.

While large funding rounds were relatively uncommon in Q1, several notable investments stood out. Exohood Labs, a company integrating AI, quantum computing, and blockchain, secured a remarkable $112 million seed round at a valuation of $1.4 billion. EigenLabs, an Ether token “restaking” platform, raised $100 million in a Series B round led by a16z crypto. Additionally, Freechat, a decentralized social network leveraging blockchain technology, secured $80 million in a Series A round. These investments, among others, contributed to the increase in valuations and the emergence of four new Web3 unicorns in Q1.

Despite the recent progress, the future trajectory of Web3 remains uncertain. Metinko suggests that the next few quarters will be pivotal in determining the industry’s direction. While investors anticipate a rebound in investment as the decentralized internet evolves, it may take another year for venture capital activity to stabilize after the exuberance of 2021. Factors such as the approval of U.S. spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds and the upcoming Bitcoin halving could also influence the market, given the rising prices of Bitcoin and Ether.

A noteworthy example of significant funding in the Web3 space is Monad Labs’ recent successful funding round, which secured $225 million led by Paradigm. Monad Labs is a layer-1 blockchain compatible with Ethereum, offering faster transaction processing. This funding round harkens back to the golden era of crypto funding in 2021-2022, when L1 solutions attracted substantial investments.

Earlier this year, Balance, a digital asset custodian based in Canada, announced that it had once again reached $2 billion in assets under custody (AUC) amidst the recent market recovery. Similarly, Korea Digital Asset (KODA), the largest institutional crypto custody service in South Korea, has experienced remarkable growth in crypto assets under its custody, expanding by nearly 248% in the second half of 2023.

Analysts at Bernstein Research project that crypto funds could reach an impressive $500 billion to $650 billion within the next five years, representing a significant leap from the current valuation of approximately $50 billion. This forecast underscores the growing optimism and potential for substantial growth within the crypto industry in the coming years.


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ASIC cracks down on blockchain mining firms




Three blockchain mining companies – NGS Crypto, NGS Digital, and NGS Group – along with their directors, Brett Mendham, Ryan Brown, and Mark Ten Caten, are facing legal action from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for allegedly operating without a license, in violation of Australia’s Corporations Act. ASIC initiated legal proceedings against these entities on April 9, citing concerns about their non-compliance with financial regulations and their solicitation of Australian investors.

According to ASIC, the NGS companies promoted blockchain mining packages with fixed-rate returns to Australian investors, encouraging the transfer of funds from regulated superannuation funds to self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) for conversion into cryptocurrency. Approximately 450 Australians invested a total of around USD 41 million in these packages, raising concerns about potential financial losses.

The legal action filed by ASIC alleges that the companies violated section 911A of the Corporations Act, which prohibits companies from providing financial services without a valid Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL). ASIC is seeking interim and final court orders to prohibit the NGS companies from offering financial services in Australia without an AFSL.

ASIC Chair Joe Longo emphasized the importance of investors carefully considering the risks before investing in crypto-related products through their SMSFs. Longo stated that ASIC’s actions send a message to the crypto industry about the regulator’s commitment to ensuring compliance with regulations and protecting consumers.

In a separate development, the Federal Court appointed receivers for the digital currency assets associated with the NGS companies and their directors to safeguard these assets amid concerns about the risk of dissipation. Mendham was also issued a travel restriction order, preventing him from leaving Australia.

While a court date for the proceedings has not been set, ASIC’s investigation is ongoing, with the regulator continuing to gather evidence and build its case. It is worth noting that the investigated companies share a similar name with NGS Super, a legitimate Australian pensions provider, leading to potential confusion among investors. NGS Super clarified that it is not involved in selling cryptocurrency or related products and has taken legal action to protect its trademark and members’ interests.


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Crypto and Blockchain Weave Deeper Into the Biometrics Space – Identity News Digest




AuthID Inc. has formed a strategic partnership with the National Notarial Centralized Verification System (NNCVS) to integrate biometric identity verification into NNCVS’s online notary platform. NNCVS, a provider of nationwide online services for notaries, aims to transition from a local, in-person framework to a more secure, digital model. By leveraging AuthID’s platform, NNCVS will authenticate the identities of notarial agents and their clients using biometric checks that compare selfies with ID document photos. This enhancement ensures heightened security throughout users’ interactions with the service.

iVALT has introduced a mobile app called OnDemandID, designed to enable users to verify the identity of individuals during phone calls, video calls, or online interactions with a single click. The app employs multiple verification elements, including biometrics, device ID, and location-based parameters like geofencing and time windowing, to prevent deepfake attacks and identity fraud. OnDemandID prioritizes user privacy by storing biometric data locally on the device and refraining from tracking user movements. Additionally, iVALT offers integration into existing enterprise mobile apps, providing a solution to enhance caller verification processes within corporate environments.

Keyless, a company specializing in secure facial recognition, has partnered with EnQualify, an AI-powered Know Your Customer (KYC) verification provider, to enhance online identity verification. Keyless’s privacy-centric ZKB technology will integrate with EnQualify’s AI for initial user verification, enabling a seamless and secure authentication process. This collaboration eliminates the need for repetitive steps and data storage, offering a faster and more user-friendly verification experience while ensuring robust security measures.

Australian fintech Waave has launched its Wallet app to enhance security and convenience for online payments. Integrated with Waave’s Pay by Bank system, Wallet utilizes fingerprint or facial recognition for secure authentication, eliminating the need for passwords and card details. This approach addresses concerns about online fraud, providing a streamlined payment process for consumers and merchants alike. Additionally, Wallet will introduce expense tracking features later in 2024, further enhancing its utility for users.

BeatBit Wellness Lab has introduced the CUDIS ring, a wearable device focused on user-controlled health data management. Powered by Solana blockchain technology, CUDIS tracks biometric data and offers personalized health insights using AI algorithms. Users can contribute anonymized data to a research network and earn rewards, emphasizing data ownership and privacy. The CUDIS ring integrates securely with other Solana and Web3 products, offering users a comprehensive health monitoring solution within the decentralized ecosystem.

Worldcoin has unveiled World Chain, a new blockchain platform designed to prioritize verified human users over bots, aiming to reduce network congestion and transaction fees. Integrated with the Worldcoin protocol’s Proof of Personhood, World Chain provides verified users with priority blockspace and gas allowances. This Layer 2 solution, secured by Ethereum, offers developers access to a large pool of verified users for deploying utility applications. World Chain is set to be open source and permissionless, with plans for community-based governance in the future.

New South Wales (NSW) has launched an Australia-first trial to test digital birth certificates, involving over 18,000 children associated with specific educational institutions. Led by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in collaboration with the Department of Customer Service, the pilot explores the use of digital certificates with the same legal validity as traditional paper versions. Digital birth certificates aim to simplify administrative tasks and offer enhanced security and convenience, particularly in disaster-prone areas where paper documents could be compromised.


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