**__ Diplomatt’s Daily Digest – January 24, 2022__**
Good morning and happy Monday, everyone. This weekend, I learned that one of my good childhood friends passed away in a car accident. I say this to you because I am 25 and still very young. Yet we all feel invincible, right? Life is so incredibly short. You never know when it might be the last time you see someone or if it could be your last day on earth. Don’t take friendships for granted because they might not be there tomorrow. Live every day like it’s your last. Please reach out to your family and friends and make sure they know you love them.

**StockTwits Top 10 Trending Tickers of the Day:**
1. SPY
2. BTC
3. SOL
10. RIOT

Quote of the week: You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.” – Marcus Aurelius.

**General News:**
• Stock futures rose declined Monday, following the S&P 500′s worst week since March 2020, as investors awaited more corporate earnings results and a key policy decision from the Federal Reserve.
• The U.S. ordered family members of diplomats in Kyiv to leave due to the “continued threat of Russian military action.” The U.K. government warned that Russia is plotting to install a pro-Kremlin government in Ukraine. Russian troops are building in Belarus ahead of exercises planned for early next month
• NATO announced it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets, which Russia denounced as an escalation of tensions over Ukraine.
• The United Arab Emirates intercepted two incoming ballistic missiles over its capital Abu Dhabi early Monday morning.
• Blackwells Capital, which has a stake of less than 5% in Peloton, believes Peloton could be an attractive acquisition target for larger technology or fitness-oriented companies and is pushing Peloton to fire its chief executive officer.
• IBM is set to report numbers after the bell Monday to kick off a week of high-stakes big-tech earnings, including Microsoft, Tesla, and Apple.
• Even if you’ve never heard of a company called Plaid, they may owe you part of a multi-million dollar lawsuit settlement, Plaid, which connects consumer bank accounts to services like Venmo, Robinhood, Coinbase, and other apps, was accused of collecting excessive financial data from consumers.

**Cryptocurrency News:**
• The plunge in Bitcoin is continuing this morning, with the largest cryptocurrency trading close to $33,000, a loss of more than 50% from its all-time high in November.
• The Bank of Korea wrapped up the first phase of a central bank digital currency simulation project in December 2021.
• The White House is readying an executive order for release as early as next month that will outline a comprehensive government strategy on cryptocurrencies and ask Federal agencies to determine their risks and opportunities,
• El Salvador went all in and bought the dip. The President of El Salvador announced the country bought 410 bitcoin for $15 million.
• Uniswap founder Hayden Adams tweeted Sunday that JPMorgan Chase has closed his bank accounts without notice or explanation.
• Stablecoin issuer Tether has helped users recover $87 million in USDT sent to wrong addresses since its launch in 2014, its CTO Paolo Ardoino told The Block.
• Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City, made good on a previous pledge by receiving via automatic conversion his first paycheck in the form of cryptocurrency.

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