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Top Stories This Week
Another week, another spate of all-time highs. Bitcoin managed to crack $42,000 on Friday, surging by 9% in just three hours.
A sharp correction soon followed, with prices tumbling by 7% in the following eight hours. This may seem rather tame in percentage terms but thats a drop of almost $3,000.
Whales have been selling en masse since the start of 2021 and taking a profit on their positions. Theyre currently locked in a battle with new buyers in the U.S. who are aggressively accumulating BTC. Key metrics to observe right now include Bitcoin outflows from Coinbase and stablecoin inflows into major exchanges.
Raoul Pal has warned that a New Year Head Fake could cause a nasty correction in the BTC and gold markets. Its unclear whether this would be as brutal as the flash crash last March, but its worth noting BTC is overbought on weekly and monthly charts.
Long term, JPMorgan Chase believes that BTC could hit $146,000 by crowding out gold, however, it warned a short-term surge to between $50,000 and $100,000 will prove unsustainable this year.
At the time of writing, BTCs market cap has vaulted beyond Facebook, Tencent and Alibaba, and it has come close to overtaking Tesla. The jaw-dropping rally has helped the total market cap of all cryptocurrencies exceed $1 trillion for the very first time.
Bullish fervor surrounding Ether intensified this week, with the worlds second-largest cryptocurrency breaking above $1,200 for the first time in three years.
The gains were largely driven by a confluence of fundamental factors, including Bitcoins parabolic rally, the anticipation of ETH futures contracts and a surging DeFi sector.
Year-to-date, ETH has surged by a staggering 66.5%, continuing last years theme, where it handsomely outperformed BTC.
Google searches for Ethereum have now hit an all-time high, prompting some optimistic pundits to suggest that ETH could smash its previous record of $1,432.88 between Jan. 10 and 16.
So what would be the key levels to watch if ETH is propelled into uncharted territory? Cointelegraph Markets analyst Michal van de Poppe says the Fibonacci extension finds potential top structures at $1,800 and $2,700$2,800. However, he cautioned investors and traders to expect a potential correction soon, as nothing goes up in a straight line.
Having lost a substantial amount of its value due to legal issues at Ripple, a curious renaissance occurred for the embattled No. 4 cryptocurrency with prices rising from $0.23 to $0.35 in a single day.
Michal van de Poppe has said $0.35 represents the make-or-break level for bulls to hold in order to continue their gains, which come despite no real movement in legal proceedings.
In other news this week, crypto exchange Uphold said that it wont delist XRP until the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is resolved and urged rival platforms to avoid rushing to judgment ahead of the courts decision. Meanwhile, Revolut warned its users to constantly reassess their crypto holdings, including XRP.
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse also broke his silence to answer five key questions about the SEC lawsuit. Slamming the regulatory chaos in the U.S., he revealed that the company has tried to reach a settlement with the SEC and said new attempts will be made once Joe Biden is in power. He also warned that the legal process can be slow.
Coinbase has been under the microscope this week, not least because the U.S. crypto exchange is known for experiencing serious connectivity issues during periods of peak trading activity.
The disruption has occasionally prevented traders from taking advantage of price gains and dips robbing them of profit-taking and reentry opportunities.
Coinbase is not the only major exchange to suffer issues during price rallies. Binance also routinely goes offline when BTC clocks up big gains. Commenting on the problem back in December 2020, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao remarked that a 5% BTC surge is often accompanied by a 30x increase in trading volumes.
On Jan. 7, it was announced that Coinbase has acquired the Routefire platform for enhanced trade execution a move that could go some way to restoring confidence.
MicroStrategys massive push into Bitcoin is paying off, with the firm securing a huge investment from Morgan Stanley. The bank has acquired 792,627 shares in the crypto-friendly company, representing a stake of 10.9%.
The purchase apparently happened on Dec. 31. MicroStrategy shares have had a colossal month with shares moving from $289 on Dec. 8 to $531 by Jan. 8.
MicroStrategy has made Bitcoin its primary reserve asset and has made a concerted effort to raise funds so it can buy even more. As of Dec. 21, the company had stockpiled 70,470 BTC, with a staggering valuation of $2.9 billion.
Institutional investors like Morgan Stanley have warmed up to crypto assets considerably over the past year. Many have attributed Bitcoins recent bull market to renewed interest.
Winners and Losers
At the end of the week, Bitcoin is at $40,599.80, Ether at $1,220.34 and XRP at $0.32. The total market cap is at $1,077,848,908,371.
Among the biggest 100 cryptocurrencies, the top three altcoin gainers of the week are IOST, Bitcoin SV and Avalanche. The top three altcoin losers of the week are Enjin Coin, Solana and Nano.
For more info on crypto prices, make sure to read Cointelegraphs market analysis.
Most Memorable Quotations
The next correction is absolutely going to be painful for all the #FOMO buyers.
Michal van de Poppe, Cointelegraph Markets analyst
A lot of that [stimulus] will find its way into the markets. Certainly, when it comes into young peoples hands, theyre going right to their Robinhood accounts. One of the most unique things last time was seeing how many people bought Bitcoin with the exact amount of stimulus. Boom, boom.
Mike Novogratz, Galaxy Digital CEO
While the narrative is institutional money, this phase, IMO, its really institutions have given Bitcoin validation, and now we have family offices serving the wealthy rushing in needing exposure. Theres a lot of requests for $1m+ buys happening.
Willy Woo, statistician
FYI, Coinbase outflow on Jan 2 was an all-time high. It seems institutions bought $BTC when the price above 30k. $BTC bull market isnt over.
Ki Young Ju, CryptoQuant CEO
A #bitcoin now buys you a Tesla. So, when will you accept it, @elonmusk?
Would be a shame to buy Model 3 now, when you can buy a Roadster for 1 BTC later this year.
Juri Bulovic, Fidelity director of Bitcoin mining
I was wondering what to do for the rent, for a week now. And just remembered I had over 14000 Moons here in r/Cryptocurrency. Sold them and made my rent. It was like a stone lifted out of my chest. Not able to find the right word for this feeling.
Satoshinakamoto7, Reddit user
A crowding out of gold as an alternative currency implies big upside for Bitcoin over the long term.
Its important that you constantly reassess your crypto holdings, specifically XRP, and whether you remain comfortable with the associated risks.
#Ethereum gas fees soaring again, basically making #defi unusable.
Lark Davis, YouTuber
On the 1st business day of 2021, #Bitcoin takes its rightful place atop the Financial Times.
Michael Saylor, MicroStrategy CEO
A vital part of the SECs remit is the protection of consumers. It is hard to see how a judgment rendering XRP essentially worthless and inflicting billions of dollars of losses on retail investors who purchased XRP in good faith would square with that remit.
Where maybe we thought maybe $50,000 made sense, this number is definitely going to be a little bit higher than that in my opinion. I think were going towards $75,000 to $100,000 for Bitcoin by the end of 2021.
Catherine Coley, Binance US CEO
The number of unique Twitter accounts tweeting about #Bitcoin has just hit an all-time high of 66,832, surpassing the previous high of 64,652 set on 12/27/2017.
Prediction of the Week
Joe Biden has said he is working on a multi-trillion-dollar package that will deliver $2,000 stimulus checks to U.S. citizens, helping them to weather the economic repercussions of COVID-19.
And according to Mike Novogratz, such measures could be further good news for the markets. He said: When it comes into young peoples hands, theyre going right to their Robinhood accounts. One of the most unique things last time was seeing how many people bought Bitcoin with the exact amount of stimulus. Boom, boom.
The Galaxy Digital CEO argued that theres still plenty of speculative excess on Wall Street, pointing to Teslas dramatic surge as an example.
However, Novogratz says that the disconnect between the markets and the economy is likely to spell trouble at some point. In his interview with CNBC, he added: Youve got to watch for the cracks. One day well wake up, and markets will be reversing, and then theyll reverse hard. I just dont know when that is.
FUD of the Week
A YouTube page belonging to U.S. rapper Hiiikey was hacked this week and taken over by fraudsters promoting a fake Bitcoin and Ether giveaway.
Hiiikey, whose real name is Keyshawn Butler, has 249,000 subscribers on the video-sharing site. His page was rebranded as [Ethereum FUND] and a livestream featuring an old video of Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin was launched.
At one point, the livestream had more than 56,000 viewers, and the hackers received at least 39.1 ETH, which was worth almost $50,000 at the time of writing.
Worryingly, the fraudulent livestream was active for several hours before being taken down.
A crypto enthusiast has issued a warning to overconfident hodlers after losing the password to their wallet by not acting cautiously enough.
Reddit user Onnar said they had lost access to 2.6 BTC while attempting to transfer a wallet to a new computer purchased over the holidays. The user claimed they formatted the drive of their old system without double-checking whether the password manager still contained the password needed to access the private keys.
Onnar wrote: Ive spent the past week and a half going through all my remaining disk files and notes, the password is nowhere to be found.
Many Reddit users were sympathetic to Onnars plight, and some stepped up with advice to avoid similar accidents in the future.
The standard now is to use a hardware wallet and write down the seed on paper plus on a metal plate. The standard is not to encrypt your seed words in a computer file for very good reasons, one wrote.
With less than two weeks left in office, President Donald Trump has sent out a new executive order targeting Chinese payment apps
The order bars United States citizens or people located in the U.S. from using nine apps including Alipay and WeChat Pay.
The executive order takes effect in 45 days, by which time Trump will already have been out of office. Given that his earlier order to get ByteDance to divest from TikTok was stonewalled in court while he was still in office, theres not a ton of reason to believe that Trump will get his way here.
Bidens transition team had not responded to Cointelegraphs request for comment as to whether the new administration plans to see Trumps order through.
The focus on payment apps is particularly significant. Recent moves from the U.S. national security apparatus have definitely indicated concern over Chinas payments systems, particularly its upcoming central bank digital currency.
Many in crypto, as well as the broader tech industry, have warned of a cold war in technology between China and the U.S., including Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg and several leaders of Ripple Labs.
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