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Dow Jones Dives 450 Points As Stock Sell-Off Accelerates; Banks Fall But Chip Stocks Rally

The stock market sell-off accelerated Friday afternoon as the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 450 points to dip below its 50-day moving average. X The Dow Jones industrials lost 1.2%, the S&P 500 fell 0.9% and the Nasdaq gave up 0.8% in the stock market today. Small caps tracked by the Russell 2000 slumped 1.5%. […]

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Bank7 Stock Scores Composite Rating Upgrade To 96 With Earnings Due

Bank7 Corp (BSVN) stock saw an improvement in its IBD SmartSelect Composite Rating Friday, from 94 to 96. X The new rating shows the stock is outpacing 96% of all stocks when it comes to the most important stock-picking criteria. History shows the top market performers tend to have a 95 or higher score as […]

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Price analysis 1/14: BTC, ETH, BNB, SOL, ADA, XRP, LUNA, DOT, AVAX, DOGE

Bitcoin (BTC) and most major altcoins are facing selling at higher levels and buying on dips, indicating the possibility of a range formation. On-chain analysis firm Whalemap said that a “reclaim of $46,500 will look like a trend reversal,” for Bitcoin as the previous accumulation phase of 90,000 BTC was at this level.Fidelity Digital Assets said in its annual report that the “massive “ Bitcoin accumulation by Bitcoin miners suggests that the “Bitcoin cycle is far from over.” The report went on to add that more sovereign nations may “acquire Bitcoin in 2022 and perhaps even see a central bank make an acquisition.” Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360Switzerland-based financial institution SEBA Bank CEO Guido Buehler said in a recent interview that if the right counterparties and necessary regulations are in place, asset pools at SEBA may invest in Bitcoin at the right time. Buehler portrayed a bullish picture for Bitcoin, saying a rally to $75,000 was possible. Will Bitcoin and most major altcoins remain range-bound in the short term? Let’s study the charts of the top-10 cryptocurrencies to find out.BTC/USDTBitcoin turned down from the 20-day exponential moving average ($44,681) on Jan. 13 indicating that bears continue to sell on rallies. The bears will now attempt to pull the price back to the strong support at $39,600.BTC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewBoth moving averages are sloping down and the relative strength index (RSI) is in negative territory, indicating that the path of least resistance is to the downside. If sellers sink and sustain the price below $39,600, the BTC/USDT pair could extend the decline to $30,000.However, the bulls are unlikely to give up easily at $39,600. A strong rebound off the current level or from $39,600 will suggest accumulation at lower levels. The pair could then remain range-bound between $39,600 and $45,456 for a few days. A break and close above $45,456 will be the first indication that the correction may be over. The pair could then start its northward march toward $52,088.ETH/USDTEther’s (ETH) rebound off the support line of the descending channel on Jan. 10 could not even reach the 20-day EMA ($3,485) which suggests that demand dries up at higher levels.ETH/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe moving averages are sloping down and the RSI is below 40, suggesting that bears are in control. The sellers will now try to pull the price to the zone between the psychological level at $3,000 and the support line of the channel. A break and close below $2,652 will signal the start of the next leg of the downtrend.On the contrary, if the price turns up from the current level, the bulls will make one more attempt to push the ETH/USDT pair above the 20-day EMA. If they succeed, the pair could rise to the resistance line of the channel and later to the 50-day simple moving average ($3,893). The bulls will have to push and sustain the price above this level to signal that the downtrend could be over.BNB/USDTBinance Coin (BNB) is facing strong resistance at the 20-day EMA ($487) but a minor positive is that the bulls have not given up much ground. This suggests that traders are not rushing to the exit. BNB/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewIf the price breaks above the 20-day EMA, the bulls will try to clear the overhead hurdle at the downtrend line. If they can pull it off, the BNB/USDT pair will signal a possible change in trend. The pair could then attempt a rally to $617.Conversely, if the price turns down from the 20-day EMA or the downtrend line, it will suggest that bears are selling on rallies. That could keep the pair stuck inside the channel for a few more days. SOL/USDTSolana (SOL) reached the 20-day EMA ($157) on Jan. 13 but the bulls could not clear this overhead hurdle. This suggests that the bears have not yet given up and are selling on rallies.SOL/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe bears will now attempt to resume the downtrend by pulling the price below the support at $130. If they do that, the SOL/USDT pair could decline to the next important support at $116. The downsloping moving averages and the RSI in the negative territory indicate that the path of least resistance is to the downside.Contrary to this assumption, if the price rises above the 20-day EMA, the pair could rally to the resistance line of the channel. The bulls will have to push the pair above the channel to signal a possible change in trend.ADA/USDT Cardano (ADA) turned down from the 50-day SMA ($1.35) on Jan. 13 but the bulls did not allow the price to break below the $1.18 support. This suggests that bulls are buying on dips. ADA/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe bulls will now attempt to push and sustain the price above the 50-day SMA. If they manage to do that, the ADA/USDT pair could rally to the resistance line of the descending channel. A break and close above the channel could indicate that the downtrend has ended.Alternatively, if the price turns down from the 50-day SMA, it will suggest that bears continue to sell on rallies. The sellers will then try to sink the pair below $1.18 and pull the price to the critical support at $1.XRP/USDTRipple (XRP) turned down from the 20-day EMA ($0.80) on Jan. 13 but a minor positive is that bulls did not allow the price to dip below the support at $0.75. This indicates accumulation at lower levels.XRP/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewIf bulls drive the price above the moving averages, it will suggest that the bears may be losing their grip. The XRP/USDT pair could then rise to the overhead resistance at $1. If the price turns down from this level, the pair could remain range-bound between $1 and $0.75 for a few more days. A break and close above $1 will signal the start of an up-move toward $1.41.Conversely, if the price turns down from the 20-day EMA, the bears will attempt to pull the pair below the $0.75 to $0.69 support zone and resume the downtrend to $0.60.LUNA/USDTTerra’s LUNA token broke and closed above the resistance line of the channel on Jan. 12. The bears tried to pull the price below the 20-day EMA ($78.61) on Jan. 13 but failed. This indicates that bulls are defending the support aggressively.LUNA/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe buyers are currently attempting to push and sustain the price above the channel and the overhead resistance at $83.86. If they manage to do that, the LUNA/USDT pair could rally to $93.81.The 20-day EMA is trying to turn up and the RSI has risen into the positive territory, indicating that buyers are attempting a comeback.This positive view will invalidate if the price turns down from the current level and breaks below the moving averages. That could pull the price down to the support line of the channel.Related: Bitcoin dips below $42K as new forecast says breakout ‘most probable outcome’ for BTC priceDOT/USDTPolkadot (DOT) turned down from the 20-day EMA ($26.81) on Jan. 13 but the positive sign is that the bulls did not give up much ground. This indicates that bulls are viewing the dips as a buying opportunity.DOT/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe bulls are currently trying to sustain the price above the moving averages. If they do that, the DOT/USDT pair could rise to the overhead resistance at $32.78. The flat 20-day EMA and the RSI near the midpoint suggest a balance between supply and demand.If the price turns down from $32.78, the pair may extend its stay inside the range for a few more days. The next trending move may start on a break and close above the overhead resistance at $32.78 or on a break below the support at $22.66.AVAX/USDTAvalanche (AVAX) turned down from the 20-day EMA ($96) on Jan. 13, indicating that bears continue to sell on rallies. The price has dipped back to the uptrend line of the symmetrical triangle, which could act as a support.AVAX/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewIf the price rebounds off the current level, the buyers will again attempt to propel the price above the moving averages. If they succeed, the AVAX/USDT pair could rally to the downtrend line of the triangle.A break and close above the triangle will suggest that the correction could be over. The pair may then rise to $128.Contrary to this assumption, if the price slips below the uptrend line of the channel, the pair may retest the critical level at $75.50. If this support cracks, the pair could start a decline toward $57 and then $50.DOGE/USDTDogecoin (DOGE) broke and closed above the 20-day EMA ($0.16) on Jan. 13, which was the first indication that the selling pressure may be reducing. That was followed by another sharp move today which pushed the price above the stiff overhead resistance at $0.19.DOGE/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewHowever, the long wick on today’s candlestick suggests that bears continue to sell at higher levels. If the price sustains below $0.19, the DOGE/USDT pair could drop to the moving averages and extend its range-bound action for a few more days.Conversely, if the price sustains above $0.19, the bulls will make one more attempt to clear the overhead resistance zone at $0.22 to $0.24. If they manage to do that, the pair could rally toward $0.30.The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.Market data is provided by HitBTC exchange.

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NFT sales and blockchain games continue to grow despite the recent market slump: Report

January 2022 continues to be rough for crypto investors as current markets see turbulent fluctuations in the price of Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies. Some have attributed the slump to recent federal intentions to introduce new rate hikes, and the political turmoil in Kazakhstan, which significantly lowered the hash rate of Bitcoin. On Jan. 14, the price of Bitcoin dipped below $42,000 as traders continued to hold out hope for bullish signals. Nonfungible token (NFT) trading and blockchain games, on the other hand, seem to have resisted the dip. According to reports from DappRadar, NFT transactions continued to increase amid declining crypto prices. The report stated that “the number of UAW connected to Ethereum NFT DApps grew by 43% since Q3 2021.” Numbers from the report also show that the money generated by NFT trading went from $10.7 billion in Q3 2021 to $11.9 billion in the first ten days of 2022. Recent developments in the NFT space, such as the launch of the LooksRare marketplace, may have also contributed to this growth. The report also stated that “blockchain games continue to be widely used,” and noted that they “represent 52% of the industry’s usage.” Expanding metaverse developments alongside the growing success of the play-to-earn model have also strengthened the case for blockchain games to continue growing throughout 2022. The growing interest in NFTs and blockchain gaming during this market slump can partially be attributed to Chinese audiences, which coincides with the recent announcements from China that say that the country will begin developing its own non-crypto NFT industry. According to DappRadar’s report, “China is now the country with the most extensive user base…increasing 166% from the numbers registered in November.”Even though the United States is now second in terms of overall traffic, the country still saw 175,000 new users in the NFT ecosystem, a growth of around 38%. This comes in part from the growing interests among younger audiences as Millennials and Generation Z start to account for a higher percentage of traffic. DappRadar reported that “30% of its traffic came from users from this age group… [with millennials] growing from the 36% observed from last year.”

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Is MARA Stock A Buy As Bitcoin Rebounds? Here's What Marathon Digital Stock Chart Shows

Cryptocurrency miner Marathon Digital Holdings (MARA) has been volatile as the price of Bitcoin fluctuates wildly. Here is what the fundamentals and technical analysis say about buying MARA stock now. X Marathon is a digital asset technology company that mines cryptocurrencies, focusing on the blockchain ecosystem and the generation of digital assets. The company started […]

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Stocks To Buy And Watch: These 3 Leaders In Buy Areas Hit New Highs

Among the top stocks to buy and watch, Mosaic (MOS), along with Equinor (EQNR) and British American Tobacco (BTI), hit new highs Friday. X All three are in new buy areas. But keep in mind the current stock market health isn’t exactly conducive to new purchases. Mosaic traded as high as 43.84 Friday before paring gains.… […]

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Is PayPal Stock A Buy Right Now As It Hits A 52-Week Low?

PayPal (PYPL) is the largest digital platform that provides money transfer services. The fast-growing company remains one of the high-profile stocks in today’s stock market. But is PayPal stock a buy in the current stock market rally? X PayPal Stock Fundamental Analysis: A Strong Track Record PayPal boasts a consistent track record of earnings and sales […]

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UBS Claws Back $1.2M in Notes Dispute from Broker Who Left for Stifel in 2016

January 14, 2022 Share This UBS Wealth Management USA has fired another shot across the bow of departing brokers who leave for the competition without paying back the balance of their promissory notes. In the latest instance, a panel of three Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrators approved a stipulated award in which David J. Morris, […]

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New HDMI Spec May Cause More Confusion

The great thing about standards is that they provide a standard.  A common framework that the manufacturers in any given industry can design around.  That’s amazing when everything works the way it’s supposed to but sometimes the system goes haywire. Sometimes things just don’t work out as planned. Take the world of HDMI.  The HDMI […]

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Iberdrola Expands Position in UK Renewables Market with 800 MW Solar Acquisitions

Global energy and electricity provider Iberdrola announced today a significant expansion of its presence in the UK renewable energy market, acquiring 17 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined capacity of more than 800 MW.

The transactions consist of two separate deals conducted by Iberdrola’s UK subsidiary ScottishPower, with 12 projects acquired from Elgin Energy, and remaining 5 projects from Lightsource BP. Following the transactions, Iberdrola’s market share in the solar PV sector will rise from 2% to 9%.

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Volcanos, Bitcoin and remittances: A Tongan lord plans for financial security

A former member of the Tongan Parliament is behind a proposal to make Bitcoin (BTC) legal tender in the tiny Pacific nation of Tonga, following in the footsteps of El Salvador. It’s due for a vote in Parliament in May and the early signs are encouraging.Mataʻiʻulua ʻi Fonuamotu, Lord Fusitu’a told Cointelegraph that plans are in motion to use state-run volcano mining facilities to create wealth in Tonga. Tonga has 21 volcanoes. “That means one volcano for every 5,000 people.” He owns one volcano himself through his family’s hereditary land rights.The proposed Bitcoin mining operations would use the geothermal energy of the volcanoes to generate power. “It takes two megawatts of electricity to service 5,000 people. So 40,000 megawatts will service the entire national grid. Each volcano produces 95,000 megawatts at all times leaving much to spare,” says Lord Fusitu’a.“We will give every family hash huts. But, this is only 20,000 units, as there are only 20,000 families.” He suggests each volcano can generate $2,000 of Bitcoin each day, to be “gifted” to each family by the Tongan government.For an Island of 120,000 people, economies of scale matter and the average person stands to benefit greatly.Family Bitcoin hash huts:. Source: Lord Fusitu’aTonga needs $26 million for the cabling to build the operation, but the World Bank said Tonga didn’t have the collateral for that funding. Nevertheless, Tonga managed to raise the money through a Least Developed Countries grant. Given Lord Fusitu’a’s influence in local politics — and the fact he claims to own a volcano himself — he might just pull it off. Lord Fusitu’a also claimed to have negotiated a gratis offer of the mining tech, but he has not revealed the terms of the deal. Chinese companies such as Bitmain have much market share in this space. It is also possible that refugee mining operations from China’s recent ban could be headed to Tonga. For now, that remains a mystery.“For a nation-state, the math doesn’t change. The optimal state is for a state to have its own mining.”Related: Tonga to copy El Salvador’s bill making Bitcoin legal tender, says former MPWho is Lord Fusitu’a?Once a barrister before he was a politician, Lord Fusitu’a is a member of the Tongan nobility.Tonga is the only country in the South Pacific with a remaining indigenous monarchy. While it is a member of the Commonwealth, this was done so by choice in 1970. Tonga has never been colonized, despite pressures from imperial nations throughout history.Lord Fusitu’a decided to step down as MP in November 2021 after recovering from operations for serious medical conditions and living in New Zealand for three years, especially with Tonga closing its borders due to COVID-19. However, his cousin has taken his seat in the Tonga Parliament, so according to Lord Fusitu’a, his domestic legislative agenda remains intact.Two clinical deaths due to injury have informed his ambitious agenda atthe Global Organization of Parliamentarians against Corruption, which includes anti-corruption legislation and gender empowerment and climate change policies. When he spoke to Cointelegraph, and as is common since a series of surgeries, he is shirtless and covered in tattoos (a Tongan word corrupted by Captain Cook) that depict a millennium of his clan’s tattoo history.Lord Fusitu’a has been a “Bitcoin only guy” since 2013, but “don’t let the exterior fool you:” He began coding when he was eight years old. It was his time stuck in hospital when he couldn’t speak or swallow and could only read when he reaffirmed his passions. Re-reading every printed word about Bitcoin.Lord Fusitu’a is very visible in Bitcoin circles online where he waxes lyrical about why his country, which relies so heavily on remittance payments, should pursue Bitcoin adoption. “It’s the soundest money ever devised. It’s the combination of digital scarcity and decentralized distributed ledger. The most democratic egalitarian money on the planet. It’s sound money, the most pristine asset ever devised. It has a 200% appreciation year-on-year. As a store of value, it’s the apex creditor asset.”“But, if you’re a remittance-dependent country like El Salvador or Tonga, it’s life changing immediately. For hyperinflation ravaged countries like Nigeria or Venezuela, where you need a wheelbarrow of currency to buy a loaf of bread […] it could be a survival mechanism for four billion poor people,” he said.The planFusitu’a explained his four-part plan for changing the way Tonga operates its economy to Cointelegraph. The plan consists of financial education for Tongans about Bitcoin remittance payments, making Bitcoin legal tender, setting up Bitcoin mining operations in Tonga and creating Tongan Bitcoin national treasuries.A key part of the plan revolves around fiscal education for Tongans whose economy is most heavily dependent on remittances.Lord Fusitu’a says he is tired of families in the developing world losing so much of the badly needed income from middlemen when sending remittances home.About 40% of the Tongan national economy is built upon remittances sent back to the country from its diaspora of almost 300,000 overseas workers, according to Lord Fusitu’a. They send money back to the island population of about 120,000. As more than double the population lives in the Tongan diaspora, remittances are crucial to the national economy.He claimed that Tonga’s “GDP in 2020 was $510 million, 40% of that is just over $200 million. So, 30% of that, or $60 million, is fees alone to Western Union.” Lord Fusitu’a argues that feeless Bitcoin transactions would provide a 30% uptick for everyone on remittances, as the Western Union charges villagers 30% commissions, though a calculator on Western Union’s site suggests a fee of nearly three Australian dollars for transferring a 100 Australian dollar transaction.However, Lord Fusitu’a says that this does not account for the fact that:“The $2.90 on $100 shown on the website does not show that there’s a minimum fee of around 10–25% on ALL remittances, depending on where you’re sending from that’s not shown on the website. When your average remittance from El Salvador or Tonga is $50–$100, that’s a lot of your remittance. It also doesn’t show that you’ll be charged the forex slippage for the purchase of Australian dollars, its conversion into Tongan pa’anga and purchase of the TOP.” Tonga has already begun the financial literacy and “how money works” education programs in 2021, and teams were sent out for community outreach. What does the “how money works” discussion look like? Simple:“People understand the three hours of travel and the $20 return fare bus ticket. Waiting in line at a Western Union to pay the high remittance fees. The $70 dollars that is at the counter instead of the $100 they thought they would get. And then there’s the beggar’s tax, as beggars sit outside. Three hours each way back to the village, makes a nine-hour day, you come home tired, hungry and having lost remittance fees and bus fares just to get $40-50 of your original $100 wire transfer.”Related: Crypto remittances see adoption, but volatility may be a deal breakerImportantly, there’s a high rate of mobile-first internet adoption in Tonga.“A cell phone with an internet connection can change lives immediately,” Lord Fusitu’a says. For the unbanked, “a cellphone and warm wallet is their first participation in any financial system ever.”Non-Know Your Customer wallets like Moonwallet can help those that don’t have IDs. “It’s not about Bitcoin Bros, this is a viable mechanism for the billions of unbanked poor people globally. $200 billion of $700 billion lost in fees in annual remittances globally hurts the average family.”Also, in 2005, Tongan instituted a consumption tax (GST) of 15%, rather than an income tax, which further penalizes the poor. If Bitcoin is adopted then more money in the pockets of average Tongans — and less for Western Union — will also benefit government coffers through the consumption tax.Lord Fusitu’a also provides Bitcoin fundamentals talks weekly in the Tongan language.The legal tender billLord Fusitu’a looked to El Salvador’s bill for Bitcoin as legal tender before its release and seeks to pass “pretty much a carbon copy.”Tonga’s bill has been ready to go since July 2021 and would make Bitcoin legal tender alongside Tonga’s currency, the paʻanga. Like article 7 of El Salvador’s controversial Bitcoin Law, the bill would make Bitcoin mandatory to accept if proffered.The bill will be tabled at the next session of parliament in May 2022. To pass, it will require the approval of a parliamentary majority of at least 14 of the 26 members. Nine members of parliament are hereditary lords who “vote in a block” and supposedly “always” follow Fusitu’a’s lead as the only lawyer and barrister in parliament. Three other elected members have exposure to Bitcoin. Needing only two more of fourteen votes would seem to make a successful majority vote plausible.Lord Fusitu’a expects there to be a natural uptick in remittances from the Tongan diaspora when and if the bill is passed into law. Bitcoin remittances back to Tonga have already seen an increase in 2021, he mentions.It is pegged to five currencies keeping it artificially low to protect its exports of mainly produce, but this makes imports expensive. Related: El Salvador: How it started vs. how it went with the Bitcoin Law in 2021Bitcoin National TreasuriesThe final part of Lord Fusitu’a’s four-point Bitcoin plan is building Bitcoin’s national treasuries as a hedge against inflation. The lord’s thoughts on Bitcoin’s utility have informed this decision that is controversial in traditional economic policy.“Emerging markets traditionally hold theirs in ‘melting at 5% per annum’ USD, ‘devaluing at 2-6% per annum’ gold and ’negative yielding since 2008’ U.S. bonds. We do this also. Had we moved our $700 million national treasuries into BTC in March 2020 they would have been worth $22.5 billion by February 2021.”“With a 2020 GDP of $510 million, $22.5 billion is equivalent to 45 years of Tongan economic productivity earned in 11 months,” he says, adding, “When Nayib Bukele teases on Twitter that he’s ‘buying the dip,’ what he means is he’s moving his national treasuries from those three dead man’s assets into BTC with each purchase.”Bukele has been criticized for his decisions, but part of this criticism stems from the nature of his governance. Lord Fusitu’a’s track record of participation in multinational groups suggests he is more amenable to working with international organizations to secure his country’s economic future.What’s ahead?But, if it’s so obvious, why don’t other countries follow his logic? “They see the logic but it takes the money from legacy finance,” Lord Fusitu’a says.Another Pacific Island, Palau, is rolling out a stable coin on Ripple’s XRP. “Are they crazy? Their approach is more palatable because partnerships with XRP with Ripple include legacy finance rails.”The international monetary policy risks are still there for Tonga. In October 2021, the Internal Monetary Fund released a report acknowledging that crypto ecosystems could replace official currencies in “unbanked” emerging economies unless regulators ensure financial stability. But, perhaps that showed that the IMF was paying attention to Tonga.On both the legal tender and the Bitcoin mining plans, Lord Fusitu’a is optimistic. The “Bitcoin community likes seeing the underdog win.”Like many in crypto land, Lord Fusitu’a is either a genius or a great showman. Or both.

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Indian INX exchange reportedly plans to list Bitcoin futures ETF

Despite the ongoing uncertainty about cryptocurrency regulation in India, local financial firms are backing new ventures aiming to launch Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETF).Torus Kling Blockchain, a joint venture between Cosmea Financial Holding, a financial firm backed by former Reliance Capital CEO Sam Ghosh, and Kling Trading India, is preparing to launch Bitcoin and Ether (ETH) futures ETFs in India, The Economic Times reported Thursday.The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s major stock exchange, the India International Exchange (INX), to launch crypto ETFs alongside investment products tracking major metaverse-related companies listed in the United States.According to the report, Torus Kling Blockchain is planning to set up the ETFs in the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) by the end of the current fiscal year in India, or by the end of March 2022. The ETFs are subject to approval by India’s International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) and other regulators, the report notes.​​India INX CEO Venkataramani Balasubramaniam said that the stock exchange and GIFT IFSC are looking at “exploring the launch of digital asset-based products” and has already applied with the IFSCA under “regulatory sandbox.”“This is a part of our product innovation initiative to benchmark offerings with other international financial centers. We will be launching products in these new-age assets in compliance with the prevailing laws after receiving all required post regulatory approvals,” the executive noted.Cryptocurrencies are a new asset class that is a “tip of the iceberg” of the upcoming fintech innovation and adoption, Torus Kling Blockchain CEO Krishna Mohan Meenavalli said. “Exchange trade products allow trading through regular investment accounts, bypassing the hassle and security concerns of cryptocurrency exchanges,” he said.In late 2021, India’s Securities and Exchange Board reportedly approved Invesco Mutual Fund’s Invesco CoinShares Global Blockchain ETF Fund of Fund, aimed at investing in blockchain industry companies.Related: Pakistan’s central bank reportedly wants to ban cryptoThe news comes amid India INX aggressively extending to other markets, reportedly moving to allow local investors to access trading on Russia’s Moscow Exchange earlier in January. As previously reported, Russian financial giant Sber launched its own blockchain-related ETF tracking Coinbase and Galaxy Digital in late 2021.

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HSBC Builds Out Sustainable Fixed Income Suite with Global Bond ETF

HSBC Asset Management (HSBC AM) announced today the launch of the HSBC Bloomberg Sustainable Global Aggregate 1-3y Bond UCTIS ETF, expanding its recently introduced suite of sustainable fixed income ETFs.

The new fund follows the launch earlier this month of the HSBC Bloomberg EUR Corporate Sustainable Bond UCITS ETF and the HSBC Bloomberg USD Corporate Sustainable Bond UCITS ETF.

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Volvo Launches Electric Heavy Duty with 85% Range Increase

Volvo Trucks announced today the launch of a new heavy-duty electric truck for the North American market, with significantly expanded range and energy storage capacity compared with its current model.

The Volvo VNR Electric truck model forms part of Volvo’s all-electric heavy duty truck line, which the company launched in November 2020. The initial class 8 VNR model was introduced in North America in late 2020, featuring a 240 km range. The enhanced VNR, featuring improved battery design and a six battery option will see this range increase 85% to 440 km, with energy storage of up to 565kWh.

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CRISIL to Assess, Disclose ESG Impact on Credit Ratings

India-based ratings, research, risk, and policy advisory services provider and S&P Global company CRISIL Ratings announced today it will begin disclosing the impact of ESG parameters when assigning credit ratings.

According to CRISIL, the initiative comes as the consideration of ESG factors take on increasing importance in the decision-making process of investors, and as investors begin to screen opportunities through an ESG lens.

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