It’s been a turbulent week in finance with the so-called crypto-friendly Silvergate Bank announcing its liquidation, US Senator Elizabeth Warren blaming the event on “crypto risk,” and individuals on social media pointing out that Warren is “terribly misinformed.” Additionally, US Regulators closed Silicon Valley Bank after reports of a bank run and other troubles. In other developments, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin’s address allegedly sold trillions of airdropped ERC20 tokens, causing negative price moves, and India-Russia oil deals could be challenging US dollar dominance. All this and more, just below, in the Bitcoin.com News Week in Review.
Elizabeth Warren Blames ‘Crypto Risk’ for Silvergate Bank’s Liquidation, Critics Dismiss Senator’s Claims as ‘Terribly Misinformed’
After Silvergate Bank announced its voluntary liquidation, US Senator Elizabeth Warren is attributing the financial institution’s downfall to “crypto risk.” According to Warren, she had previously warned about Silvergate. However, some critics are dismissing Warren’s opinion as “terribly misinformed” and claim that she is “tossing out egregious accusations.”
US Regulators Close Silicon Valley Bank in One of the Largest Bank Failures Since Washington Mutual
After Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) experienced financial turmoil, the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation closed the financial institution. Insured depositors can withdraw their funds on Monday after the FDIC took over the failed bank.
Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin’s Address Sells Trillions of Airdropped Tokens, Causes Illiquid Coin Prices to Plummet
On March 7, onchain observers noticed that Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, had allegedly sold billions and trillions of airdropped ERC20 tokens, resulting in a gain of an estimated $700,000 in value. The market liquidity of the airdropped tokens was shallow, and the relatively unknown ERC20 tokens plummeted in value after Buterin reportedly sold the funds.
India-Russia Oil Deals Chip Away at Dollar Dominance in International Trade
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Western sanctions on Russia and oil trading between Moscow and India have started to erode the dollar’s decades-old dominance of international oil trade. The oil deals between India and Russia have been settled in other currencies, putting the US dollar’s dominance in the oil trade under pressure.
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