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Weekly Crypto Market Wrap, 3rd October 2023

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This Market Wrap edition was released on a Tuesday due to the Labour Day holiday in New South Wales, Australia, on 2nd October.

Week in Review

Winners & Losers

Data source: TradingView

Market Highlights

  • BTC has gained 5% in the past 5 days. In a crucial move, U.S. legislators in both the House and Senate reached a temporary agreement on Sep. 30, averting a government shutdown for the next 45 days. Although this didn’t have an immediate impact, it may have triggered Bitcoin’s sharp rally on October 1st. Correspondingly the historically strong performance of Bitcoin in October may have boosted sentiment further with BTC breaking above the 28,000 level on Oct 1st. Notably, the recent victory by Valkyrie in offering the first ETH futures ETF, which actively invests in Ethereum Futures Contracts, and the anticipation of more ETF approvals by the end of 4Q, if not early 2024, acted to bolster sentiment surrounding the increased likelihood of institutional adoption. We saw ETH outperform, suggesting that further positive news regarding ETH ETFs could erode BTC’s outperformance in the short term, a trend that has persisted since the beginning of 2023. While macro and regulatory uncertainty continue to have a top-heavy effect on price, the growing institutional interest is improving sentiment across the market.
  • On Oct. 1, Bitcoin surged beyond immediate resistance at $27,500, and maintained its position above $28,000 on Oct. 2. Technically, for a sustained rally, Bitcoin above $28,000 should allow the bulls to target the psychological level of $30,000. However, since the price is trading near the 200-day SMA, there’s a possibility of tapering momentum. Nevertheless, it’s likely that we’ll see further consolidation within the range of $25,500 to $30,000 in the short term.

Data Source: TradingView

  • Grayscale is aiming to transform its Ethereum Trust (ETHE) into an ETF following a statement on Monday and subsequent filing with the SEC. This move comes after the SEC’s green light for several Ethereum futures ETFs and echoes Grayscale’s continued efforts to have their trusts converted to ETFs. Since its inception, the Grayscale Ethereum Trust boasts around $5 billion in assets, equivalent to 2.5% of all circulating Ether in supply. Notably, the current structure of ETHE has seen it trading at significant discounts to its net asset value, reaching a discount of -56% in January earlier this year. Its transformation to an ETF and recent developments in these areas has led to the discount closing to pre-FTX levels at -30%.
ethe premium

Data Source: Velo

  • Since the collapse of FTX last year, we haven’t seen a recovery in broader market liquidity, which has become more noticeable in a number of once-popular altcoins. The crypto sector post-FTX has wrestled with reduced trade volumes, diminishing market depth, and suppressed price volatility, with each metric hitting multi-year lows in previous weeks. However, we’re optimistic that the impending ETF approval could introduce a fresh wave of liquidity that benefits the market depth across all venues and tokens. Although, as it has in prior years, liquidity may naturally increase in alignment with the overall sentiment of risk assets, which has been notably weak as of late.

Data Source: Kaiko Research

What to Watch

  • FED chair Powell speech, on Monday.
  • US Jolts job openings, on Tuesday.
  • US unemployment claims, on Thursday.

* Index used:

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

FAQs

What is the current status of spot Bitcoin ETFs with the SEC?

The SEC has delayed its decision on spot Bitcoin ETFs for BlackRock, BitWise, and Invesco. Lawmakers are pressing the SEC to approve these ETFs without further delay.

Bitcoin has gained legal recognition as a digital currency in Shanghai, marking a significant step in its adoption and acceptance in the region.

What new feature has the Digital Yuan app introduced for tourists?

The Digital Yuan app has incorporated Mastercard and Visa top-up options, making it more accessible and convenient for tourists to use the digital currency.

Why is the Reserve Bank of Australia focusing on tokenization standards?

The Reserve Bank of Australia is emphasizing tokenization standards to ensure the secure and efficient use of digital tokens. A comprehensive report on this topic is anticipated by the end of the year.

What significant move has Kraken made in the stock trading sector?

Kraken is making strides into US stock trading and has successfully secured money license registrations in both Spain and Ireland, indicating its expansion and diversification efforts.

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