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In today's roundup, Coinbase is in the limelight thanks to its potential monopoly as an ETF custodian—though Ark Invest has recently sold a significant tranche of shares. The German chancellor is facing a struggle to circumvent budgetary limits, even as the eurozone's credit contraction eases. And institutional crypto products have enjoyed one of their biggest weeks since the height of the 2021 bull run.


Ark Dumps GBTC And Coinbase Shares

What has been interpreted by the crypto community as a loss of faith may simply be a profit-taking and portfolio rebalancing exercise.

Ark Dumps GBTC And Coinbase Shares
While Ark may be selling GBTC, the increase in price means it accounts for a larger percentage of the fund’s portfolio.

UK Antitrust Concerns Over Adobe Figma Deal

The UK's CMA warns that Adobe’s proposed $20 billion merger with Figma could harm competition in software design. The deal, scrutinized for reducing choice and innovation, faces objections from the European Commission, with potential impacts on Adobe's product development and market dynamics.

UK Antitrust Concerns Over Adobe Figma Deal
UK’s CMA raises antitrust concerns over Adobe’s $20 billion Figma acquisition, fearing reduced competition in software.

Scholz Stands Firm On Transition Goals Amid German Budget Woes

Chancellor Scholz commits to modernizing Germany's economy and green transition, despite a court ruling creating a €60 billion budget deficit. The ruling challenges his strategy of using special funds to circumvent borrowing limits, sparking opposition criticism and budgetary challenges.

Scholz Stands Firm On Transition Goals Amid German Budget Woes
German Chancellor Scholz pledges to continue green transition and economic modernization despite a €60bn budget shortfall.

Amazon iRobot Deal Faces EU Antitrust Scrutiny

The EU antitrust regulator has objected to Amazon's proposed $1.45 billion acquisition of iRobot, fearing it may limit competition in the robot vacuum sector. This follows an in-depth probe, with Amazon and iRobot addressing EU concerns. The deal faces scrutiny from both EU and US regulators.

Amazon iRobot Deal Faces EU Antitrust Scrutiny
EU regulator formally objects to Amazon’s $1.45 billion acquisition of iRobot, citing competition concerns in the robot vacuum market.

GM Revises Cruise Unit Spending After Pedestrian Incident

Following a pedestrian injury involving a Cruise vehicle, GM plans to cut spending on its self-driving unit. This decision impacts GM's long-term goals in autonomous technology and reflects growing concerns over safety and profitability in the sector.

GM Revises Cruise Unit Spending After Pedestrian Incident
GM revises investment in self-driving unit Cruise following a pedestrian incident, signaling a cautious approach in autonomous tech development.

Eurozone Credit Contraction Eases With Mortgage Uptick

The eurozone's sharp credit contraction stabilized in October, aided by a surge in mortgage lending. The ECB's rate hikes, leading to the highest benchmark rate, have impacted corporate lending and overall economic growth, with an increased demand for loans amidst declining availability.

Eurozone Credit Contraction Eases With Mortgage Uptick
The eurozone’s credit contraction slows as mortgage lending increases, despite rising interest rates and economic challenges.

Renewed Demand Sees $350 Million Flow Into Crypto Funds, But US Trails Behind

Institutional and high net worth investors are returning in style, but 90% of the money comes from outside of the US, indicating continued reluctance and regulatory uncertainty for the world's biggest market.

Renewed Demand Sees $350 Million Flow Into Crypto Funds, But US Trails Behind
Recent Ethereum inflows have almost cancelled out the outflows from earlier this year.

Is Coinbase Undervalued Given ETF Role?

Capturing even a moderate percentage of the ETF market could add billions of dollars to Coinbase's annual revenues, pushing its share price back to its all-time high and beyond.

Is Coinbase Undervalued Given ETF Role?
Coinbase is in line to manage custody for 9 out of 12 ETFs.

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