Based in California, Coinbase is a digital currency exchange where merchants and consumers can transact with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin.

Since the establishment in 2012, Coinbase has over 30m users with the transaction value exceeding $150m.

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Coinbase warns of losing crypto industry leadership
The U.S. SEC has issued a Wells notice to Coinbase. As a result, Coinbase warns that the U.S. government’s regulatory approach to crypto has created an uncertain and unstable environment. Meanwhile, other countries, such as France, the U.K., and the European Union, are building friendlier crypto regulation ecosystems and becoming crypto hubs, causing the U.S. to lose its status as the leading hub of the crypto sector.
ARK Invest Buys Coinbase Shares Despite Wells Notice
Investment management firm ARK Invest, led by Cathie Wood, has resumed buying shares of Coinbase, purchasing 268,928 shares worth $17.88 million through its ARKK Innovation and ARKW Next Generation Internet exchange-traded funds on March 23. This came just a day after Coinbase's stock price fell by 21% due to news of the company receiving a Wells notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Coinbase CEO Compares SEC to Soccer Refs in Criticism of Lack of Clarity Around Crypto Regulation
Coinbase CEO, Brian Armstrong, compared the SEC to “soccer refs” in a game of pickleball, criticizing the regulator for their lack of clarity around crypto regulation. The comments came after Coinbase revealed they had been issued a Wells notice, which typically precedes an enforcement action. The crypto community has widely condemned the recent notice, with many agreeing that the SEC has reversed its earlier position regarding Coinbase.
ARK Invest Sells Portion of Coinbase Shares
Investment firm ARK Invest has sold a portion of its Coinbase shares in 2023, accounting for 23% of its March acquisitions and 9% of all shares bought this year. The remaining 1.6 million shares are valued at over $132 million. Coinbase stock has risen to multi-month highs alongside Bitcoin, which hit nine-month highs above $28,000 on March 22.
Coinbase Petitions SEC on Staking
Coinbase has submitted a "Petition for Rulemaking" to the SEC, arguing that staking should not be classified as securities. The petition argues that staking is not a monolithic concept, and core staking services do not meet the criteria of the Howey test. Coinbase cites historical precedents and urges regulators to consider the economic consequences of their actions.
Coinbase NFT launches new creator hub
Coinbase NFT has launched a new "Creator Hub" that provides a slew of tools for NFT creators to launch and market a collection.
Coinbase warns of delays for ETH unstaking after Ethereum Merge
Coinbase users may face delays in unstaking their ETH after Ethereum's Shapella upgrade, due to on-chain processing. Coinbase advises users to be patient and offers a liquid staking option, "cbETH."
Crypto Firms Report Funds Tied Up with Shuttered Signature Bank
Crypto firms including Coinbase, Paxos, and Celsius have reported funds tied up with Signature Bank, which was shut down by New York regulators due to concerns about systemic risk. While some firms expect to recover their funds in full, others have disclosed only that they had exposure to the bank. Other firms in the crypto industry have reassured customers that they had no exposure to Signature Bank.
Coinbase reassures customers on staking services amid SEC crackdown
Despite the SEC's crackdown on staking services provided by centralized providers, Coinbase has informed its customers that its staking services will continue and may even increase. Coinbase has updated its staking terms and conditions, stating that users earn rewards from decentralized protocols, not from the exchange itself. The SEC has expressed concerns over users losing control of their tokens when using staking programs. Coinbase has argued that its staking services are fundamentally different from competing exchanges like Kraken.
ARK Invest Buys Record Amount of Coinbase Stock, Despite Market Volatility
Despite recent market volatility, Cathie Wood’s investment manager ARK Invest has made a record purchase of Coinbase stock, along with significant investments in Robinhood. The move confirms ARK’s bullish sentiment towards the cryptocurrency industry and Bitcoin.

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