11 Sep, 23

Weekly Crypto Market Wrap, 11th September 2023

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Week in Review

Winners & Losers

Data source: TradingView

Market Highlights

  • BTC and ETH hold support levels, with recent weeks seeing flat to negative pricing as traders grapple with indecision. This uncertainty stems from the ongoing delay in a spot Bitcoin ETF and the impending Federal Reserve interest rate decision. Last week, the US ISM’s August PMI report pleasantly surprised, with the services PMI exceeding expectations, rising to 54.5 from the previous month’s 52.7. However, subsequent developments, such as slowing job growth in the US and a sluggish Chinese economy, are showing a 93% chance of a hold at the September meeting.
  • On September 7, the bulls encountered resistance at the 20-day EMA, a level likely to hold in the short term. Notably, the bears made no substantial attempt to breach the 24,800 support level, underscoring the ongoing absence of significant selling interest below 25,000. A break above the 20-day EMA could signal strength, but a robust movement below the 24,800 support might initiate a downtrend towards the 24,000 support. This week, the release of CPI and PPI data from the U.S. will offer further insight into the Fed’s impending actions. Looking ahead to next week, the FOMC rate decision will be a pivotal event, despite market pricing with little change in expectations. 

Data Source: TradingView

  • In August, the total trading volume for both cryptocurrency spot and derivatives on centralised exchanges decreased to $2.09 trillion, representing the lowest monthly combined trading volume for the year. This decline, coupled with the ongoing delays in the spot BTC ETF, could potentially bring opportunities for a volatility puke at some point. If a BTC ETF is approved, it could stimulate increased institutional and retail participation, leading to sustained long-term volume growth, thereby enhancing the overall health of crypto markets.

Data Source: The Block

  • During the latter part of the week, we observed intriguing activity on the $PERP protocol’s perpetual contracts on exchanges. On Binance, open interest shot up from $4m to $165m, moving in tandem with its price, which rose 200% in just 48 hours. A significant buildup of short interest pushed the contract to trade at a notable 2.48% lower from the spot price on Binance, translating to an annualised rate of 2700% just to hold the short position. As the short squeeze picked up steam, 24-hour trading volume for this pair climbed to third place, trailing only behind the ETH and BTC perpetual contracts on Binance. The price of $PERP has now halved since Friday, and we’re yet to see anything meaningful that may explain the trading behaviour. 

Data Source: WorldCoinIndex

  • Ethereum’s founder, Vitalik Buterin, suffered a Twitter hack that misled his vast following of 4.9 million users with a fraudulent link, falsely advertising the launch of commemorative non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by Consensys. Those who clicked on the link were prompted to connect their wallets to mint the supposed NFT, but this instead allowed the hacker to access and steal their funds. Though the post was removed, the hacker managed to siphon off $691,000 of stolen funds. The incident reignited concerns about social media security, especially considering two-factor authentication is only available to paid Twitter Blue users.

What to Watch 

  • UK unemployment claims (Claimant Count Change), on Tuesday.
  • UK m/m GDP and US CPI, on Wednesday.
  • EU monetary policy statement, ECB press conference and US Retail Sales, on Thursday.
  • US Empire State manufacturing index and preliminary consumer sentiment, on Friday.

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* Index used:

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

FAQs

What are the proposed crypto regulations by the US Treasury and IRS?

The US Treasury and IRS have put forth regulations targeting “digital asset middlemen,” aiming to bring more clarity and oversight to the intermediaries in the crypto space.

How is the London Stock Exchange integrating blockchain technology?

The London Stock Exchange is developing a traditional assets trading platform using blockchain technology, signifying the growing acceptance and integration of blockchain in traditional finance.

What recent developments have occurred with Coinbase’s BASE blockchain and its services?

Coinbase’s BASE blockchain faced its first outage since its launch on 9th August. Additionally, Coinbase has launched a lending platform specifically for US institutions and is expanding its focus to several countries, including the EU, Canada, Brazil, Singapore, and Australia.

How is Visa enhancing its stablecoin settlement capabilities?

Visa is broadening its stablecoin settlement capabilities by integrating Circle’s USDC stablecoin and utilizing the Solana blockchain, showcasing its commitment to embracing digital assets.

What significant event occurred with Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin’s social media?

Vitalik Buterin’s Twitter account was compromised, misleading his 4.9 million followers with a fraudulent link advertising the launch of commemorative non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by Consensys. The hack resulted in the theft of $691,000 from unsuspecting users.

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