Equity markets began the day in the red following the latest corporate earnings reports from some of the world’s largest firms, including Microsoft. The tech giant’s recent conference call was considered disappointing, and earnings from firms such as Boeing, Texas Instruments, and 3M were also lackluster. Gold and silver prices were down between 0.43% and 0.72% on Wednesday, and the cryptocurrency economy dropped 2.79% against the U.S. dollar in the past 24 hours.
Concerns of US Recession Mount as Corporate Earnings Disappoint
After a couple of bullish weeks, stocks, precious metals, and cryptocurrencies were down on Jan. 25, 2023. As investors awaited the next U.S. Federal Reserve meeting, the state of the U.S. economy showed a great deal of weakness. Earnings reports from Microsoft, Union Pacific, Texas Instruments, and others on Wednesday indicated that the economy was not improving and added to lingering concerns about a potential U.S. recession.
On Wednesday morning into the afternoon, the four benchmark stock indexes the U.S. — the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), the S&P 500 (SPX), the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC), and the Russell 2000 (RUT) — were all down between 1% and 2.05%. In addition to lackluster earnings reports from some of the country’s largest firms, industrial production in the U.S. slipped roughly 0.7% in December 2022.
Industrial production also dropped in November 2022, falling 0.6% year-over-year. Another shocker was the fact that retail sales during the holiday season were also low in November and December 2022. Data indicates that retail sales slipped 1.1% last month and, while the holidays were in full effect, it was the largest drop of the year.
Precious Metals and Crypto Assets Continue to Decline Amid Economic Uncertainty
Precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum all saw losses against the U.S. dollar in the last 24 hours as well. The New York spot price on Jan. 25, 2023, indicates that gold is trading for $1,931.70 per troy ounce, down 0.43%. An ounce of silver is down 0.72% and trading for $23.59 per unit on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Kenneth Broux, a strategist at Société Générale, says that escalating tensions in Ukraine, low corporate earnings, and recession fears are plaguing investors.
“The market is definitely worried about slowing earnings growth, especially in tech, so there has been a sense the market wants to keep selling tech and the dollar,” Broux remarked on Wednesday. “But a huge tail risk now is what happens in Ukraine, if there is an escalation in the conflict and Europe gets drawn into the conflict,” the strategist added.
The cryptocurrency economy is hovering just above the $1 trillion mark at $1,019,712,653,474, according to Wednesday’s recorded metrics. Crypto markets are down 2.79% as a whole, and bitcoin (BTC) has shed 1.49% on Wednesday. The second-leading cryptocurrency, ethereum (ETH), has lost even more, with 4.66% erased from its value since Tuesday.
Global cryptocurrency trade volumes were above the $100 billion region per day not too long ago, but today, global trade volume is around $55.98 billion across the entire cryptocurrency economy. Despite the pullback on Wednesday, precious metals, equities, and cryptocurrency assets are still doing much better than they were last month. By 11:30 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday, gold increased against the U.S. dollar but is still down 0.2% and silver rose as well and is currently up 0.13%.
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Hotbit Exchange, a global crypto trading platform, officially listed $ESCROW (Cryptegrity DAO) on January 27, 2023. The ESCROW/USDT trading pair is now available for all users of Hotbit Exchange.
To increase trust and protect the funds of buyers and sellers, Cryptegrity DAO (ESCROW) has introduced a means to trade crypto for goods and services without fear of theft or services not rendered, providing Security via smart contract technology. Its native token $ESCROW has been listed on Hotbit Exchange at 07:00 AM UTC on January 27, 2023, to expand its global reach further and maintain a secure and reliable platform for the exchange of goods and services using crypto.
INTRODUCING CRYPTEGRITY DAO
Cryptegrity is a blockchain-based platform that aims to increase trust between buyers and sellers of goods and services. The platform utilizes smart contract technology and cryptographic techniques to ensure transactions’ integrity and funds’ security.
Cryptegrity’s web3 platform offers transparency and peace of mind that is impossible with traditional web2 competitors. Buyer funds are locked in an audited smart contract and released to the seller only when goods are received or services are rendered. This ensures that buyers and sellers can have confidence in the security of their transactions and reduces counterparty risk.
25% of revenue is distributed to $Escrow holders in real-time through smart contract technology. This revenue sharing continues for the lifespan of the platform or until all tokens are repurchased from public circulation. The Cryptegrity platform incentivizes the community and holders to help create liquidity and earn rewards by offering $Escrow for creating $Escrow LP pairs and staking them. Additionally, the Cryptegrity DAO rewards participants for contributing and resolving issues on the platform.
In conclusion, Cryptegrity is an innovative platform changing our thoughts about online identity verification. With its cutting-edge technology, user-friendly interface, and listing on Hotbit, this project is poised to make a big impact in the industry.
About $ESCROW Token
The Escrow Token serves dual purposes: it distributes platform fees to Token holders via revenue sharing and functions as a governance token with voting rights in the Cryptegrity DAO. It is the native token of the Cryptegrity Platform and is built on the Bep-20 and Erc-20 standards.
ESCROW has a total supply of 100 million tokens, with the following allocation: 10% to founders, 10% to the team, 10% for marketing and development, 10% for promotions, 10% for partnerships, 10% for liquidity for future DEX and CEX, and 40% available for sale to the public.
The ESCROW token is now available for trading on Hotbit Exchange starting at 07:00 AM UTC on January 27, 2023. Investors can easily buy and sell the token in relation to the Cryptegrity Project. The listing on Hotbit Exchange will aid in expanding the project’s reach and increasing market attention.
Founded in 2018 and holding Estonian MTR license, American MSB license, Australian AUSTRAC license, and Canadian MSB license, Hotbit cryptocurrency exchange is known as a leading trading platform that continues to develop and integrate various forms of businesses such as spot trading, financial derivatives, cryptocurrency investment and DAPP into one platform. Hotbit has already gained over 8 Million registered users from more than 210 countries and regions. Based on its globalized and unified strategies, Hotbit continues to focus on world’s emerging markets, such as Russia, Turkey and Southeast Asia markets and was ranked one of the top 3 most welcomed exchanges by Russian media in 2019. Hotbit is constantly introducing and listing high-quality crypto projects so its users can directly trade, manage, track, and analyze cryptocurrencies, making the entire experience easier for ordinary people.
“If demand for trading on the FTX platform increased, demand for the FTT token could increase, such that any price increase in FTT would benefit holders of FTT equally and in direct proportion to their FTT holdings,” the SEC wrote in its complaint. “The large allocation of tokens to FTX incentivized the FTX management team to take steps to attract more users onto the trading platform and, therefore, increase demand for, and increase the trading price of, the FTT token.”
A new report shows that the fallen crypto exchange FTX had already caused concerns with the Australian regulator months before its collapse. According to a document on The Guardian Australia’s website, the ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) started investigating the firm’s local operation last March.
An article in the Australian Financial Review prompted the concerns. The article outlined the now-bankrupt exchange’s plans to launch in Australia within a few weeks. FTX caused more concerns when rumors that it would allow users to purchase cryptocurrencies with margin loans of 30 times their investment started making rounds.
In early April 2022, several Australian regulators held meetings with FTX leadership, and at that time, the exchange promised to operate under the stipulated while cautioning its customers about potential scams. However, the regulators somehow remained concerned about the FTX business.
Report Shows ASIC Issued Several Notices to FTX Australia Within a Few Months
In a span of four months, the ASIC had issued about four notices to FTX’s Australian subsidiary, requesting more information about its business operations. However, to avoid interfering with its law enforcement activities, ASIC did not issue the notices via a freedom of information request.
The Guardian Australia’s briefing document released on November 12, 2022, a day after FTX had filed for bankruptcy, indicates that, indeed, the ASIC had been carrying out what’s described in the document as a ‘surveillance activity’ on the fallen exchange since last March.
The document stated that since March 2022, the Australian regulator has been requesting information from FTX Australia regarding its financial offerings. Among the issues raised included the firm’s compliance with the ASIC’s product intervention order alongside pricing and how it registered new users.
FTX Licensing Strategy
It has been discovered that FTX Australian began its operations without ASIC’s approval because it evaded the usual licensing procedures by buying out an existing firm that had possessed an Australian Financial Services License since 2021.
Another revelation shows that IFS Markets, the company acquired by FTX, had also gotten the license by taking over another financial firm called Forex Financial Services a few months earlier.
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