• Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell confirms that the Fed has no plans to ban bitcoin
  • Subpoena that was allegedly served at Mainnet event is neither confirmed nor denied by the SEC

Equities continued their struggles today while the crypto market posted gains.

China faces a power crisis, paving the way for spot coal prices to take another leg higher.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell confirmed that the Fed has no intention of banning bitcoin but that stablecoins are like money market funds or bank deposits and need to be regulated properly.

DeFi/NFTs/Gaming

  • Visa announced plans to roll out a ‘permissioned’ Layer-2 targeting stablecoins and central backed digital currencies (CBDCs).
  • The Terra ecosystem successfully launched Columbus-5 earlier today.
  • Popular play-to-earn game Axie Infinity rolled out staking.

TradFi

  • St. Louis Fed model sees loss of 818,000 jobs in September, per Danielle DiMartino Booth
  • According to a Tweet from Jurrien Timmer of Fidelity, The Fed is expected to start tapering in November by $15 billion per month.
  • China has issued an order to top energy companies to ensure supplies at all cost.

Insight

“Overall, September was a bearish month, mostly due to regulatory concerns, including SEC’s negative comments and China’s decision to declare all crypto transactions and businesses illegal. Price action in October would also largely depend on the behaviour of the regulators. As final decision dates for several ETFs are approaching, we would see a lot of action in the markets in the next 2 months,” Oleg Smagin, Head of Strategy at Delio, said.

DeFi

Decentralized exchanges are proving to be the cash cows of DeFi

Source: Ryan Watkins of Massari

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Currencies

  • The DXY index dropped -0.12%, according to MarketWatch.

Commodities

  • Natural gas rose 6.65% according to the WSJ.
  • Spot coal prices were up 3.93%, per Business Insider.

In other news…

We are looking out for

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will discuss pandemic recovery on Friday.

That’s all for today, folks. Let’s do this again, same time tomorrow.


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    Sam Martin is a Columbus-based reporter covering the convergence of traditional financial markets and digital assets. He previously worked in the agricultural industry on a hedge desk. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a double-major in International Business and Supply Chain Management as well as a minor in Japanese.