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Bybit Institutional Report 2024: Institutions Become Bullish and Eye Challenger Chains, while VC Funding Resurges for Infrastructure, Gaming, and AI

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DUBAI, UAE, April 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit, one of the world’s top three crypto exchanges by volume, partnered with Treehouse, the industry-leading research institute that offers professional insights into digital assets, and co-launched its 2024 Institutional Industry Report. It provides an extensive analysis of the current state of crypto adoption worldwide, examining how it compares to traditional finance (TradFi).

During the period from October 2023 to March 2024, the crypto sector experienced a significant surge in value, with its market cap increasing from slightly above $1 trillion to over $2.5 trillion by the end of March. This upward trajectory reflects growing investor confidence and a substantial influx of capital into the crypto ecosystem.

Delving deeper into the findings, the report reveals bullish trends in the derivatives market, along with indications of increasingly aggressive on-chain activities for BTC and ETH. It also explores institutions’ investment behaviors through on-chain metrics and highlights growing interest in AI and BTC ecosystem projects.

Additionally, the report investigates the potential long-term impacts of ETFs and offers insights into what can be expected from the upcoming bitcoin halving event, as well as key themes highlighted for a 2024 bull run which is beginning to show early signs of upticking.

Institutional Focus Areas: Key Highlights

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1. Derivatives market becoming increasingly bullish

Examining the long-term call-put skews over the 30 days in March 2024 reveals a notably bullish sentiment despite the relatively sideways movement in the market during March, with both BTC and ETH generally exhibiting a large call premium.

This trend suggests that investors maintain a generally bullish outlook on the long-term price potential of these two crypto majors toward the end of the year.

2. Bitcoin as the perfect TradFi hedge

Both BTC and ETH’s correlations with traditional indices, equity, or fixed income, remain below 3% in all instances. Of particular note, BTC specifically demonstrates negative correlations of returns with major equity indices, indicating its potential role as a diversification hedge for equity-focused portfolios.

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With a modest 5% allocation into BTC and ETH (equally weighted), the S&P 500’s Sharpe ratio can be increased from 2.20 to 3.15, representing a 43.6% increase. This effect becomes more pronounced as investors willingly take on additional risks and allocate more capital to their crypto portfolios.                                                        

3. Renewed Interest toward challenger chains   

Since the beginning of Q4 2023, native tokens of challenger chains have experienced significant performance as compared to ETH. For example, SOL emerged as the top performer among these challenger tokens, continuing the trend observed in 2021 as the biggest challenger chain by TVL and transaction volume. 

4. Boosting funding: infrastructure, gaming, and AI projects

Venture Capital (VC) funding in the crypto industry has seen a significant resurge. In Q4 2023, VC deal counts rose by 21% to reach 174 deals, with disclosed funding reaching $1.42 billion, a 29% increase. In Q1 2024, there were 243 deals with disclosed funding totaling $1.94 billion, representing a further 36% increase compared to Q4 2023.

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Infrastructure projects remain the primary focus of VC investments, attracting substantial capital to support the foundational elements of the blockchain ecosystem. These projects span various sectors, including hardware wallets and blockchain data providers, offering crucial solutions to address industry challenges and drive innovation.

As the traditional market integrates with crypto, it presents constant challenges for TradFi participants and newcomers to navigate through the heightened complexities. Staying informed is crucial to stay ahead in this evolving landscape.

To read the full report, visit: https://learn.bybit.com/crypto-insights/bybit-institutional-x-treehouse-crypto-landscape-in-q1-2024-analysis-narratives/ 

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Bybit is one of the world’s top three crypto exchanges by volume with over 25 million users. Established in 2018, Bybit offers a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

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Bybit Card Brings Apple Pay to Customers

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DUBAI, UAE, June 17, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit Card from Bybit, one of the world’s top three crypto exchanges by volume, today brings its customers Apple Pay, a safer, more secure, and private way to pay at checkout when using the Bybit app or website to purchase cryptocurrency. Bybit offers competitive currency rates, ensuring users get the best price for their assets.

Bybit users can use over 20 fiat currencies to buy cryptocurrencies and from today up to July 1, 2024, 10AM UTC, such transactions will incur zero fees. Bybit users can simply select their preferred cryptocurrency and payment currency and choose Apple Pay as their payment method at checkout.

Customers can use Apple Pay on iPhone, iPad, and Mac to make faster and more convenient purchases in apps or on the web in Safari without having to create accounts or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. Every Apple Pay purchase is secure because it is authenticated with Face ID, Touch ID, or device passcode, as well as a one-time unique dynamic security code.

“We are thrilled to offer Apple Pay to our customers as a checkout option in the Bybit app or website, enhancing their payment experience with unmatched security and convenience,” said Joan Han, Sales and Marketing Director at Bybit. “This integration represents a significant leap forward in our commitment to providing seamless, secure, and innovative financial solutions to the global market.”

Security and privacy are at the core of Apple Pay. When customers use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted, and securely stored in the Secure Element, an industry-standard, certified chip designed to store the payment information safely on the device.

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For more information on Apple Pay, visit: http://www.apple.com/apple-pay/
For more information on Bybit Card, please visit here.

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Bybit is a top-three cryptocurrency exchange by volume with 25 million users established in 2018. It offers a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

For more details about Bybit, please visit Bybit Press.
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HTX Appoints Singapore National Goalkeeper Hassan Sunny as Chief Safeguarding Officer

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SINGAPORE, June 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — HTX, a leading cryptocurrency exchange, proudly announces the appointment of Singapore national football team goalkeeper Hassan Sunny as Chief Safeguarding Officer.

“The partnership between HTX, the ‘People’s Exchange’, and Hassan Sunny, the ‘People’s Goalkeeper’, is a perfect match,” said Justin Sun, Member of the HTX Global Advisory Board. “Together, we will work to ensure the safety and security of user assets in the ever-evolving crypto world. Just as Sunny fearlessly protects his goal on the field, HTX is committed to protecting every user’s assets with the same determination and resolve, providing the safest and most reliable investment environment possible.”

Sunny also expressed his excitement about joining the HTX family, stating “I am excited to be part of HTX. I can’t wait to embark on this journey with the team.”

Sunny has been called a national hero in China for his outstanding performance in the final group match of the first round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers against Thailand on June 11th. Despite facing relentless attacks, Sunny made an incredible 11 saves, including a crucial one in stoppage time. Singapore ultimately lost the match 1-3, but their result helped China qualify for the next round at the expense of Thailand.

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Founded in 2013, HTX has evolved from a crypto exchange into a comprehensive ecosystem of blockchain businesses that span digital asset trading, financial derivatives, wallets, research, investment, incubation and other areas. HTX serves millions of users worldwide, with a business presence covering over 160 countries and regions across five continents. Its three development strategies – “global development, technology drives development, and technology for good” underpin its commitment to providing comprehensive services and values to global cryptocurrency enthusiasts.

 

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New seed-stage VC fund from Finland secures €6 million in initial close for €30 million blockchain fund

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Helsinki-based Equilibrium Ventures (EQV), a new seed-stage venture capital fund focused on the crypto sector, has successfully closed the first round of its €30 million fund, raising €6 million from limited partners (LPs). This milestone highlights growing interest in blockchain startups and a promising future for the European crypto ecosystem.

The fund is led by an experienced team of partners: Mika Honkasalo, Henrik Sundvik (formerly of Bain & Company), and Christopher Ahn (ex-Molten Ventures investor). Equilibrium Ventures aims to attract and support founders with deep technical expertise in blockchain technologies, covering areas such as zero-knowledge proofs and smart contracts, essential for developing advanced blockchain solutions.

Equilibrium Ventures has attracted a diverse group of backers, including strategic investors, family offices, and notable LPs like Sebastien Borget, co-founder of the metaverse platform The Sandbox. This support underscores the fund’s credibility and signals growing confidence in crypto investments despite recent market challenges.

Dedicated to crypto infrastructure, Equilibrium Ventures emphasizes rigorous technical due diligence and value addition for pre-seed and seed engineering firms. With a network of about 70 blockchain engineers, mainly based in Europe, the fund is well-positioned to help startups develop robust blockchain technologies.

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The renewed interest in venture capital investment in blockchain, bolstered by evolving regulatory landscapes in the US and Europe, is expected to increase investor confidence in the crypto sector. Equilibrium Ventures, with its technical expertise and strategic support, is poised to become a significant player in Europe’s crypto venture scene.

Looking ahead, Equilibrium Ventures aims for a second close by the end of this summer, targeting 80% of the total fund. This progress indicates strong momentum and the potential for significant contributions to the European blockchain ecosystem.

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