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Last week wasn’t terrible for the crypto market. It wasn’t great, though, either. Nevertheless, the bulls did end up closing in the green for a +3.40% gain last week. 

The weekend wasn’t pretty. But, of course, Sundays aren’t called ‘Sunday Slaughter,’ ‘Sell-off Sunday,’ ‘Bloody Sunday,’ or any other derivative for nothing.

The Total Market Cap tanked -3.50% in a little over two hours Sunday evening – a wipeout of nearly $28 billion. There have been some attempts to rebound, but the conviction is not there. 

However, the weekend did have some excitement – namely, with the controversial YouTube influencer Bitboy (Brian Armstrong) flying to the Bahamas to seek out SBF. We’ll have a bigger story in the Wednesday Lightpaper because Bitboy’s shenanigans are still live. 

In today’s Litepaper, we’ll look at the latest casualty in the continuing crypto contagion, a hugenormous slip of the tongue by the CME ($CME) CEO, and why Kraken’s founder believes Proof-Of-Reserves is a bunch of B.S.

Before we dive in, here’s how the market looked at the end of the trading day:

Monero (XMR)  $135.53 -1.32%
Chainlink (LINK) $6.97 -1.66%
Bitcoin (BTC)
Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
Litecoin (LTC) $73.27 -3.77%
Cardano (ADA) $0.30 -3.94%
Ethereum (ETH) $1,168 -4.03%
Shiba Inu (SHIB) 0.00000902 -4.21%
Altcoin Market Cap
$463 Billion
Total Market Cap $775 Billion -1.96%

You scratch our backs. We’ll scratch yours. 😉

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Proof-Of-Reserves Is B.S.? Featured Image

Jesse Powell, the founder of one of the oldest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, U.S.-based Kraken, took to Twitter to voice his thoughts on the rise of the Proof-Of-Reserves trend. 

Here is his initial two-part Twitter thread on November 22 highlights what a Proof-Of-Reserves audit must have:

Then it got interesting. Powell responded to a November 25 breaking news Tweet from Tree of Alpha that stated: BREAKING: Binance Releases Proof Of Reserves System.

What was Powell’s response? A yuge burn on Binance. 

He continued, tweeting: “This is simply “here’s a hash of your record in the BTC spreadsheet.” ok… but what’s the point? The whole point of this is to understand whether an exchange has more crypto in its custody than it owes to clients. Putting a hash on a row ID is worthless without everything else.”

Powell still wasn’t done. In a big warning to the entire industry, he criticized a article praising Binance for its Proof-Of-Reserves announcement.

We’ll keep you updated as this story progresses. 💩

BlockFi-ling For Bankruptcy Featured Image

BlockFi ($BLOCKFI.P) is filing for bankruptcy today, says the crypto news site Decrypt citing their source. 

BlockFi is another one of the many entities to collapse following FTX’s fall. But BlockFi had an ugly 2022 even before Luna’s ($LUNC.X) or FTX’s death. ‘

In February 2022, BlockFi settled with the SEC and 32 States over its crypto lending business and paid an industry record of $100 million.

A different kind of contagion followed that fallout, with other crypto lenders and crypto earners like Nexo ($NEXO.X) suspending all rewards and interest for U.S. customers. 😥

CME CEO Let Slip He Bribed The CFTC? Featured Image

On Thanksgiving eve, something weird happened. The CME ($CME) Group’s (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) CEO, Terry Duffy, was on FOX News’ Tucker Carlson.

Carlson asked Duffy: 

“As someone involved in business, what, why did none of the regulators do that? Where was Gary Gensler?”

Duffy replied: “Well, I don’t know where Gary Gensler was, but my regulator at the CFTC I bribed, I asked them, why in the world are you invoking the Commodity Exchange Act, Section 5, Paragraph b….”

A slip of the tongue? You be the judge. You can watch the clip on Twitter:

No update or explanation has been made at the time of writing this article. 🤦‍♂️


Bullets From The Day:

🙊 YouTuber and cryptoinfluencer Brian ‘Bitboy’ Armstrong is in the Bahamas, attempting to track down SBF and make him answer to the collapse of FTX. The Litepaper will do a special article on this incident on Wednesday as the events in the Bahamas continue to expand, develop and unfold. You can keep up with Bitboy’s activity via Twitter

🇸🇻 El Salvador isn’t backing away from Bitcoin ($BTC.X). Instead, they’ve created a new National Bitcoin Office. What does the office do? According to the government, “The objective of the ONBTC will be to design, diagnose, plan, program, coordinate, follow up, measure, analyze and evaluate plans, programs, and projects related to bitcoin for the economic development of the country.” Interestingly – or perhaps not – the new office is a ‘special administrative unit’ with ‘technical autonomy’ within the office of the President. How convenient. Full story from CryptoPotato

🐺The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, admitted to a little bit of a comeuppance. During an interview with Yahoo Finance, Belfort admitted he lost $300,000 in crypto due to a hack. Since then, he reports that he doesn’t keep any crypto on exchanges, instead in cold storage wallets like Ledger. Read more from Finbold

☹️ Failed Cardano-based stablecoin, Ardana (not the upcoming Djed), faced the full review and wrath from Cardano’s founder, Charles ‘The Hosk’ Hoskinson. The Hosk explained he lost his investment in the project and derided Ardana’s leadership for blaming Cardano for its failure when the failure was with the leadership. Watch the full breakdown on YouTube

Credits & Feedback

Today’s Litepaper was written by Jon Morgan. Let him know how he did: