Macro Factors Impacting Crypto Markets
The price of bitcoin has seen a steady start to the week, though some crypto analysts have predicted a volatile few weeks ahead.
After a strong start to February, which saw the cryptocurrency recover from six-month lows at the beginning of 2022, BTC has settled in the $41,000 to $45,000 range.
Other leading cryptocurrencies have also been relatively stable, with Ethereum (ETH), Binance Coin (BNB) and Cardano (ADA) all shifting by less than 1 per cent on Monday.
This period of calm could soon be disrupted after reports emerged that BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, is planning to offer crypto trading to its clients.
Forbes commentator Billy Bambrough described the potential arrival of BlackRock into the crypto space as a “$10 trillion earthquake”, which could herald a new era of price volatility and record market movements.
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Crypto autumn, not crypto winter, says exchange boss
When bitcoin’s price fell by half between November and January, several leading market commentators warned that it could be the beginning of a so-called crypto winter.
The latest bounce back means such fears are yet to be realised, with billionaire crypto entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried now suggesting it may be a “crypt autumn”.
Speaking to Business Insider, the boss of the FTX exchange said there had definitely been a slowdown but there remained plenty of momentum and excitement in the space.
Anthony Cuthbertson16 February 2022 14:11
Bitcoin price ‘looking incredibly bullish’
There are more market signals that the price of bitcoin could be set for a big move, according to prominent analyst PlanB.
The pseudonymous Dutch analyst, who has close to 2 million followers on Twitter, is best known for his Stock-to-Flow model, which puts bitcoin’s price on a path towards six figures at some point this year (originally predicted for late last year).
Looking at bitcoin’s weekly relative strength index (RSI) – a momentum indicator that measures the magnitude of recent price changes to analyse overbought or oversold conditions – PlanB sees bitcoin as “looking incredibly bullish”.
Anthony Cuthbertson16 February 2022 10:17
Bitcoin, ether prices rise, Avalanche surges
Bitcoin has grown by about 1 per cent in the last day, taking its price above the $44,000 mark.
The leading cryptocurrency has grown by over 1.5 per cent in the last 7 days, but is still down by nearly 35 per cent compared to its record high of $69,000 in November.
Ethereum has also grown by about 4 per cent in the last 24 hours, and is up by over 2 per cent in the last week.
Meanwhile, Avalanche has surged by more than 11 per cent in the last day, taking its value close to $95.
The overall crypto market has grown by about 2 per cent in the last day and is currently valued at $1.98 trillion.
Vishwam Sankaran16 February 2022 02:53
Uber will eventually accept crypto, CEO says
Uber is looking into bitcoin and cryptocurrency with a view to adding it as a payment option within its app, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has revealed.
“We’re having conversations all the time,” Khosrowshahi told Bloomberg. “As the exchange mechanism becomes less expensive and becomes more environmentally friendly, I think you will see us leaning into crypto a little bit more.”
Anthony Cuthbertson15 February 2022 18:08
Bitcoin price set for big move, analysts predict
Various technical indicators are suggesting that bitcoin could be set for a big move, according to some crypto market analysts.
Crypto investor and author Glen Goodman has spotted a head and shoulders pattern for both bitcoin and Ethereum (ETH), which could be followed by a big jump. He includes “the small matter of Ukraine” as a caveat, which could play havoc on traditional markets and subsequently crypto if war with Russia breaks out.
Meanwhile, popular commentator @xamanap points to a massive drop in bitcoin supply on cryptocurrency exchanges, saying, “last time such a big supply dump happened was October 2020, BTC price pumped 290%.”
Anthony Cuthbertson15 February 2022 17:26
Bitcoin price returns above $44k as crypto included in Canadian emergency powers
The Canadian government has announced that it will expand its Anti-Money Laundering surveillance to cover cryptocurrencies.
“These changes cover all forms of transactions including digital assets and cryptocurrencies,” Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, said at a press conference.
This inadvertent recognition of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as money may be what’s behind the latest BTC price surge, according to some market commentators.
Anthony Cuthbertson15 February 2022 11:10
Bitcoin price surge leads crypto market rally
Bitcoin is up nearly 4 per cent overnight, sparking a market-wide price surge.
Ethereum (ETH), BNB, Cardano (ADA), Solana (SOL) and Terra (LUNA) are all up by between 5-10 per cent, pushing the overall crypto market cap back towards $2 trillion.
The price rally has added $100 billion to the crypto market since this time yesterday.
Anthony Cuthbertson15 February 2022 08:39
Bitcoin mining chip launched by Intel
Computing giant Intel has launched a new crypto mining chip that it claims is “1,000 times better” than current processors.
The Blockchain Accelerator Chip is also apparently more energy efficient and “has the potential to enable everyone to own much of the digital content and services they create”. It will be going on sale later this year – you can read all about it right here.
Anthony Cuthbertson14 February 2022 22:51
Coinbase share price slips after app crashes
Coinbase was unprepared for the huge rush of visitors to its app following the airing of a Super Bowl ad, which offered $15 in bitcoin to anyone signing up before 15 February.
The app saw more than 20 million hits in one minute, six-times higher than previous benchmarks, causing the website and app to crash.
“We just saw more traffic than we’ve ever encountered, but our teams pulled together and only had to throttle for a few minutes,” Surojit Chatterjee, Coinbase’s chief product officer, wrote on Twitter.
The outage caused the share price of the largest publicly listed crypto exchange to drop by a few per cent, from which it is still yet to properly recover.
Anthony Cuthbertson14 February 2022 21:02
Bitcoin price steady but crypto calm under threat?
Bitcoin’s quiet start to the week may not last long, according to some crypto market commentators, if reports about BlackRock are to be believed.
The world’s largest asset manager, which handles over $10 trillion in assets for institutions, is planning to enter the cryptocurrency space, according to CoinDesk.
Such a move would cause massive price volatility, with Forbes’ Billy Bambrough describing it as a “$10 trillion earthquake”.
He writes: “One of BlackRock’s funds bought bitcoin futures and just last month the asset manager filed for an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that would hold blockchain and crypto companies. Through 2021 other Wall Street giants have begun exploring bitcoin and cryptocurrencies amid increasing demand from their clients… Bitcoin and cryptocurrency acceptance on Wall Street was bolstered by the launch of the first U.S. bitcoin futures ETF in October last year and corporate adoption of bitcoin and crypto is slowly increasing.”
Anthony Cuthbertson14 February 2022 19:55
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