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SEC Rejects ARK 21Shares Spot BTC ETF Application, DeFi Lender Inverse Finance Gets Exploited

Updated: Apr 7

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  • ETH price stands at USD 3,506, down 0.44%

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  • Top loser: Waves (WAVES), down 11.14%


News of the Day


21Shares’ June 2021 application for a spot Bitcoin ETF listing on the Chicago Board Options BZX Exchange (Cboe BZX) with Ark Investment Management has been rejected by the SEC.


Why it matters:

  • The SEC said that Cboe BZX has not met the requirements of listing a financial product under the Exchange Act and broader rules of practice

  • 21Shares is a European exchange-traded product issuer

  • To date, the SEC has not approved any spot crypto ETF applications for listing shares in the U.S.


Crypto daily spotlight


DeFi lender, Inverse Finance, has been attacked, stealing $15.6 million in DOLA, ETH, WBTC and YFI tokens.3


Brief introduction: Inverse Finance is a DeFi lending protocol based on fully collateralised cross-chain stablecoins: DOLA and the INV governance token. Users that stake INV tokens received returns in DOLA Revenue Sharing Rewards on Inverse’s Ethereum money market, Anchor. INV has a market capitalisation of about $30 million and circulating supply of 93,726 tokens at the time of writing.


Why it matters:

  • The attacker targeted its Anchor money market by manipulating token prices; this allowed the attacker to borrow loans against extremely low collateral

  • Last Tuesday, the gaming-focused blockchain, Ronin, lost more than $625 million worth of crypto due to an attack

  • Then, last Thursday, Ola Finance was exploited for $3.6 million in crypto; these recent attacks demonstrate the increasing sophistication of attackers’ techniques

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Daily News Roundup


  1. Kraken Exchange to Support Bitcoin’s Lightning Network After Delay https://bit.ly/3u52KBz

  2. FTX in Talks with Indian Gaming Startup MPL for Web 3 Push https://tcrn.ch/3vbVFyz

  3. Netz Capital Purchases Ethereum NFT Collection Pudgy Penguins for $2.5 Million https://bit.ly/36QZm4o

  4. Wall Street Veteran Caitlin Long Says Crypto Will Split Into Three Camps Due to Regulation https://bit.ly/3Lz6Ck2

  5. Designers of Euro Central Bank Digital Currency Consider Privacy Issues https://bit.ly/3K6zSyv


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