11 Apr, 23

Weekly Crypto Market Wrap, 11th April 2023

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This Market Wrap was released on a Tuesday due to the Easter holiday break, between 7th April and 10th April.

Week in Review

  • Ethereum’s long-awaited Shanghai Upgrade to go live this Wednesday – Take advantage of the upgrade with Zerocap’s new bespoke structured notes for wholesale investors only to potentially benefit from market volatility by harvesting ETH yield opportunities.
  • Australia cancels Binance’s financial services license, CEO arrest rumours flood crypto communities on Twitter and shake the market – no evidence provided thus far – Meanwhile, Binance US struggles to find banking partners in the country.
  • Brazil’s BTC Pactual, LATAM’s biggest investment bank, unveils its own USD stablecoin.
  • ANZ Bank completes its CBDC use-case for carbon trading – Zerocap assisted in testing, market making and custody for the initial ANZ A$DC stablecoin rollout.
  • Texas Senate moves forward with bill removing incentives for local crypto miners.
  • Crypto could potentially eliminate up to 97% of remittance fees; Coinbase report.
  • MicroStrategy continues to increase its Bitcoin holdings – now at 140,000 BTC.
  • Elon Musk inexplicably changes Twitter logo to the Dogecoin (DOGE) dog – The social media is allegedly blocking interactions with substack, crypto and web3 sources.
  • SushiSwap (SUSHI) on-chain approval bug leads to a $3.3 million exploit.
  • Joe Biden states AI tech could be a danger to society, urges companies to address risks.
  • US Treasury states North Korea and criminals are using DeFi for money laundering.
  • US Job Openings tumble for the first time in two years – meanwhile, jobless claims fall but annual revisions believe 2023 claims are higher than reported.

Winners & Losers

Data source: Tradingview

Market Highlights

  • After a relatively quiet and shortened week due to the Easter Holidays, Bitcoin (BTC) has started the new week with a surge of strength, rallying towards the 30,000 level, a threshold not seen since June 2022. BTC’s market capitalisation dominance shows that the recent market strength has been primarily led by BTC. This trend could lead to BTC representing over half of the total cryptocurrency market capitalisation for the first time in two years. BTC has maintained its authority during challenging U.S. banking conditions and macroeconomic uncertainty. The possibility of improved market sentiment could further enhance BTC’s narrative and market positioning.
Data source: Glassnode
  • While BTC has outperformed ETH since the beginning of February and throughout March, it’s worth noting that ETH’s performance has been relatively healthy compared to the broader market. Specifically, ETH has returned +17% since February, while BNB, ADA, MATIC, and SOL have returned 3%, 2%, -6%, and -10% respectively during the same period. Additionally, some DeFi assets like UNI and AAVE have suffered further, returning -11% each.
Data source: Tradingview
  • Although BTC remains the clear leader, ETH’s overall outperformance could be attributed to the highly anticipated Shanghai Upgrade scheduled for April 12th. This upgrade, which will enable staked ETH withdrawals, represents an important milestone in ETH’s roadmap and is expected to shift market dynamics with increased capital availability. Notably, the total value of ETH staked has been steadily increasing as we approach the Shanghai Upgrade. The inability to withdraw from the beacon chain has been a hindrance for those wanting to participate in ETH’s ecosystem, and even so, this metric has continued to rise. Furthermore, if the staking participation rate continues its current trajectory, we can expect staking yields to decrease as the rate approaches its steady state.
Data source: Glassnode
  • The persistent outperformance of Bitcoin has resulted in higher IVs throughout the term structure.  Early trading on Tuesday represented a strong move as we saw dealer exposure of market makers’ short gamma over the weekend contributing toward relative strength to 30,000. The term structure is mirrored across both BTC and ETH, as we observe kinks in both curves, in anticipation of the CPI print on Wednesday and the Shanghai fork on Apr-12. In the later year expiries, we still see a strong skew with 25d calls being priced higher than puts, reflecting the positive trading environment we’ve seen in the past months. 
Data source: Deribit
  • The market is bracing for increased volatility with the upcoming release of March CPI figures which is the primary focus for risk assets this week. The market is currently pricing in an MoM drop from 0.4% to 0.2%. Despite the positive sentiment amongst forecasters, S&P 500 e-mini futures short interest has reached the highest level since 2011 indicating there is still plenty of bearish sentiment in the market. Assuming an in-line or better figure, it is expected that there will be a sizable unwind in this positioning, further fueling price gains across risk markets. Should inflation prove sticky, we could see momentum stall, adding further fuel to the ongoing stressors of the economy.

What to Watch 

  • US Core CPI, FOMC minutes and Canada’s monetary policy report, on Wednesday.
  • Ethereum’s long-awaited Shanghai Upgrade, on Thursday morning AEST.
  • UK’s monthly GDP and US Core PPI, on Thursday.
  • US retail sales and inflation expectations, on Friday.

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* Index used:

  Bitcoin    EthereumGoldEquities        High Yield Corporate Bonds      CommoditiesTreasuryYields
BTCETHPAXG        S&P 500, ASX 200, VT      HYG  SPGSCIU.S. 10Y

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What was the significant event for Ethereum in the week of 11th April 2023?

Ethereum’s long-awaited Shanghai Upgrade went live in the week of 11th April 2023. This upgrade was a key developmental milestone for Ethereum, enabling stakers and validators to withdraw assets from the Beacon Chain, some of which had been locked for 2 years.

What were the market highlights in the week of 11th April 2023?

Bitcoin rallied towards the 30,000 level, a threshold not seen since June 2022. Ethereum’s performance was relatively healthy compared to the broader market, returning +17% since February, while other major cryptocurrencies showed mixed performance. The market was bracing for increased volatility with the upcoming release of March CPI figures.

What was the impact of Australia cancelling Binance’s financial services license?

The cancellation of Binance’s financial services license in Australia and rumors of the CEO’s arrest shook the crypto market. However, no evidence was provided, and the rumors remained unconfirmed. Meanwhile, Binance US was struggling to find banking partners in the country.

What is the significance of BTC’s market capitalization dominance?

Bitcoin’s market capitalization dominance shows that the recent market strength has been primarily led by BTC. This trend could lead to BTC representing over half of the total cryptocurrency market capitalization for the first time in two years.

What are the key events to watch in the crypto market?

Key events to watch include the release of US Core CPI, FOMC minutes and Canada’s monetary policy report, Ethereum’s Shanghai Upgrade, UK’s monthly GDP and US Core PPI, and US retail sales and inflation expectations.

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