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BlackRock ETF Trading Volume Surpasses $1B 🚀

It was the second straight day that BlackRock’s fund achieved the $1 billion trading volume mark. Plus the top news, stats, fundraises, and reports from this week.

Issue Summary: Welcome back to Coinstack, the weekly newsletter for institutional crypto investors and industry insiders. We review the top news, stats, and reports in the digital asset ecosystem for our 230k weekly subscribers. This week, iShares volume surpasses $1B,  Binance to pay $4.3B in federal case, Ronin wallets hacked for $9.5M, and big new venture round for Eigen Labs ($100M) and Avail ($27M). 

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🗞️ Crypto News Recap: The Top 5 Stories

Welcome back to This Week in Crypto… everything you need to know in one scannable format. Here are the top 5 stories of the week… 

  1. 🚀 BlackRock Bitcoin ETF Trading Volume Surpasses $1B for Second Day In a Row: BlackRock’s bitcoin ETF saw $1 billion worth of trade volume with roughly two hours left in the trading day. The iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) had traded nearly 32 million shares — worth roughly $1.04 billion.

  1. 🎭 Binance Must Pay $4.3 Billion In Federal Case as CZ Awaits Sentencing: A federal judge accepted a guilty plea from cryptocurrency exchange Binance along with $4.3 billion in fines and penalties to settle its case—the largest such assessment in the history of federal financial prosecutions.

  1. ⚖️ ‘Axie Infinity’ Founder’s Ronin Wallets Hacked for $9.5 Million in Ethereum:All told, about 3,250 ETH ($9.5 million) was pilfered from Ronin network wallets and sent through the network’s bridge to three separate Ethereum wallets, according to tweets from security firms PeckShield and Webacy.

  1. ⚖️ Reddit Files to Go Public, Says It Invested in Bitcoin and Ethereum: Social community platform Reddit has added Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) to its balance sheet as it attempts to go public, a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows.

  1. 🚀 Coinbase, a16z Take SEC to Court Over 'Unlawful' Crypto Overreach: A consortium of crypto industry juggernauts is suing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Texas, in response to years of what it calls “erroneous SEC enforcement actions.”

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💬 Tweet of the Week

Source: @EricBalchunas

📊 Key Stats of the Week

Here are the most important and interesting stats in crypto this week...

1. In just 5 days after launching, Ethena Labs' USDe (an Ethereum-based synthetic dollar stablecoin) has amassed a circulating supply of over $425M. This makes it the 8th largest stablecoin in circulation, leaping right past PayPal's PYUSD.

Source: @DavidShuttleworth

2. Yesterday Consensys zkEVM Linea handled over 1.05M daily transactions, the second most in its history (1.29M) and nearly as many as Ethereum mainnet (1.1M) had on the same day.

Source: @DavidShuttleworth

3. We've now reached four consecutive weeks of institutional inflows of at least $550M, bringing the YTD total to $5.7B and driven almost entirely by Bitcoin.

Source: @DavidShuttleworth

4. AI, ETF, and GameFi have been the top 3 narratives for the past few weeks according to Kaito

Source: @KaronPangestu

5. Bitcoin MVRV Z-Score is now scoring +2 for the first time this bull cycle. 

Source: @PhilipSwift

6. Top Moving Coins From the Top 100

📝 Highlights from the Top Crypto Reports

Here are the top highlights from the best crypto research reports this week…

About the Author: Paul Veradittakit, is a Managing Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional investors focused on investing into blockchain companies and cryptocurrencies. This is an excerpt from the full article, which you can find here.

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