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Focus on NFTs and interoperability pushes Icon (ICX), Ark and Axie Infinity higher

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High levels of excitement continue to surround all things nonfungible token (NFT)-related as nonfungible art, collectibles and new business models built on the nascent sector attract a diverse array of investors. 

In addition to the development of lucrative secondary markets for NFT listings and sales, crypto projects that are focused on NFTs, decentralized finance (DeFi) and cross-chain interoperability have also seen their native tokens rally significantly.

Three projects that fit in this category are Axie Infinity, Icon and Ark.

AXS/USDT

Axie Infinity is a blockchain-based trading and battling game inspired by games like Pokémon and Tamagotchi that allows players to collect, breed, raise, battle and trade token-based creatures known as Axies.

According to data provided by the project, the month of March was one of the fastest periods of growth for the Axie community, with more than 250,000 active users engaging with the protocol.

AXS/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that the price of its native Axie Infinity Shard (AXS) token has surged 515% over the past month, going from a low of $1.27 on Feb. 28 to a new all-time high of $7.33 on March 30 as excitement for the release of Battle V2 lures new players and investors to the protocol.

According to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, market conditions for AXS have been favorable for some time.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historic and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. AXS price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for AXS has been in the green for some time, and it began to pick up on March 24 when it registered a high of 80 before dropping into the light green zone. As AXS’ price began to increase on March 25, the VORTECS™ Score began to rise as well and reached a high of 87 on March 28, roughly 20 hours before the price increased 70% over the next two days.

ICX/USDT

Icon is a decentralized blockchain network that has taken a focus on cross-chain interoperability through the creation of its Blockchain Transmission Protocol (BTP).

The project released the most recent update for the BTP on March 24, which kicked off the latest price rally for its Icon Exchange Token (ICX), as investors anticipate further activity once interoperability with the Bitcoin and Ethereum networks becomes a reality.

ICX/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Following the initial spike after the release of the update on March 24, the price of ICX dropped back to a low of $1.69 on March 26 before rallying 70% to a high of $2.88 on March 30 as the possibility of interoperability helped increase token adoption.

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for ICX on March 24, prior to the recent price rise.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. ICX price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen on the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for ICX began increasing on March 24 and registered a high of 69 on March 25, roughly five hours before the price began to increase 70% over the next five days.

ARK/USDT

Ark (ARK) is a cryptocurrency and blockchain development platform designed to offer solutions that allow anyone to create their own fully customizable, interoperable blockchain.

Excitement for the project has been building recently thanks to the pending beta launch of MarketSquare, a “social platform that allows users to discover and connect with Blockchain-powered projects, businesses, applications, node operators, and more.”

A scroll through the MarketSquare and Ark Twitter feeds shows a host of significant partnerships for the upcoming marketplace, including integrations with Axie Infinity, NOWPayments and Uphold.

The price of ARK has rallied 200% since hitting a low of $1.15 on Feb. 28, reaching a high of $3.50 on March 30, which is its highest level in nearly three years.

ARK/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for ARK on March 24, prior to the recent price rise.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. ARK price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for ARK first turned green on March 24 and reached a high of 75 before pulling back into the yellow. The score oscillated between the yellow and green range over the next two days before reaching a high of 70 on March 26, roughly 24 hours before the price increased 100% over the next three days.

Recent developments including the ability of United States residents to pay with Bitcoin (BTC) at merchants using PayPal and the launch of micro BTC futures by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange signal that mainstream crypto adoption is just getting started. 

Projects that are focused on interoperability and NFTs are well positioned to capitalize on the future growth of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. 

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, and you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/focus-on-nfts-and-interoperability-push-icon-icx-ark-and-axie-infinity-higher

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Rothschild Investment Buys $4.75M in Shares of the Grayscale Ethereum Trust

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Asset manager Rothschild investment Corp has acquired 265,302 shares from the Grayscale Ethereum Trust, a purchase worth $4.75 million.

According to an SEC filing on April 15, the firm also bought an additional 8,000 shares of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), now owning a total of 38,346 shares.

Not The Rothschild You Think

Rothschild Investment Corp has nothing to do with the Rothschild family, but many in the community are still confused. 

Founding members Monroe Rothschild and brother-in-law Samuel Karger have said the firm has no relation with the wealthy dynasty originally from Frankfurt. In 1995, New York Times published an article that clarified the differences between both branches.

Rothschild Investment Corp was founded in 1908, headquartered in Chicago. The firm holds over $1.2 billion in its portfolio and over 450 open positions in the market.  Unlike the famous bankers, the firm has been accruing shares since 2017, long before traditional institutions started investing in crypto assets. 


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The recent purchase comes after Grayscale hit the long-awaited $50 billion mark. As reported, Grayscale finally holds over $50 billion in total assets under management (AUM). The GBTC alone holds $41,442 million, while the Ethereum Trust holds over $7,420 million. 

Ethereum also hit a new all-time high by reaching $2500 after a parabolic run in the last five months. It soared 13.7% last week, breaking its previous resistance at $2,2007. The Berlin hard fork went live a few days ago in an attempt to reduce the high fees on the network, but many users have complained about syncing issues for the network nodes.

The crypto market was overall bullish in the last weeks but the market took a u-turn this weekend, causing mayhem across the board, liquidating over $10 billion worth of both long and short positions in less than a day.

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Source: https://cryptopotato.com/rothschild-investment-buys-4-75m-in-shares-of-the-grayscale-ethereum-trust/

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Are we there yet? Here’s why one analyst says its not ‘altcoin season’

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Few traders would argue against the fact that Bitcoin (BTC) is in a bull market, but there is less consensus on whether the market is in the midst of an “altcoin season.” A quick view of Crypto Twitter shows the schism between traders who are certain we are halfway through alt season and those who believe it has yet to begin.

Typically, traders rely on a wide swath of indicators and metrics, like Bitcoin’s total market capitalization versus the total altcoin market cap, Bitcoin’s dominance rate, and whether low-cap altcoins have rallied by a certain percentage.

As is the nature of investing, too much signal can at times produce mixed results, so Cointelegraph decided to have a chat with Ben Lilly, co-founder and analyst at Jarvis Labs, to see where he and his firm think the market currently stands and to determine the most appropriate metrics to use in figuring out whether or not an altcoin season is truly at hand.

Cointelegraph: A number of analysts claim we’re in an altcoin season, or at least right at the verge of one. Some are looking at support/resistance flips and fractals on altcoin market cap charts (isolated from BTC’s market cap) to make convincing arguments. Why do you think that we are nowhere near an altcoin season?

Ben Lilly: I believe everybody’s interpretation of what defines an altcoin season varies. For many, altcoin season might exist when both BTC and altcoins move higher. This is opposed to Bitcoin rising while altcoins remain flat or drop.

I think this is a fair view of altcoin season, but it’s not necessarily one I subscribe to. Simply because if this is a definition for altcoin season, it’s not a compelling reason for me to move away from Bitcoin and into altcoins from a risk-adjusted perspective.

Because in that definition of altcoin season, Bitcoin is still the preferable asset to own.

We think of altcoin season as market movements that take people by surprise or at least make traders rethink what is normal.

CT: So, altcoin seasons are not reflecting a macro-level trend shift in the market direction of Bitcoin’s momentum?

BL: Well, getting back to what I said earlier, support and resistances are helpful ways to explain. We can view these as areas that, when broken, create fast price action. It’s the type of action you want exposure to, assuming you’re on the correct side of it. While anything in between these supports and resistances can almost be assumed as “expected” or normal — in a loose sense.

To figure out where this area might be, we can look at a Bitcoin dominance chart. This lets us know the percentage of the market Bitcoin represents. Right now, it’s trading in a range, which is to say an “expected” range. And because it’s trending down, this is good for altcoins as Bitcoin concedes some dominance to other coins.

While many might point to this and say it’s an “altcoin season,” I’ll point out that this type of activity tends to happen in a bull cycle because new money is moving in.

In fact, we’ve been trading in this range of expectation from the middle part of 2019, which coincides with when Bitcoin found its low and began to turn bullish.

Bitcoin market cap dominance weekly chart. Source: TradingView, Jarvis Labs

Oddly enough, we recently jumped out of this range in late 2020, and when we did, Bitcoin went on an absolute tear. During this run, altcoins lost value. And similar to how Brent Johnson describes his dollar milkshake theory, Bitcoin sucked up the market’s liquidity as it ran higher.

We have since returned to this range of expectation, also known as the normal area of the market.

Now, if the opposite happens and we break this expected range to the downside, in our point of view, this will signify that altcoins are the asset to be sitting in, as they will generate outsized returns relative to Bitcoin. That’s when things will get wild.

CT: For years, traders have pinpointed the shifts in dominance rate between BTC and altcoins as a relevant indicator of when altcoin season begins. As the theory holds, when Bitcoin’s price consolidates or is in a downtrend and its dominance rate drops below a certain percentage, altcoins capitalize on Bitcoin’s range-bound action by rallying higher. What thoughts do you have on this?

BL: Similar to what I explained previously, it’s all about expectations. As soon as the market creates a change in view of what’s normal, then “altcoin season” will appear.

Another chart I’m frequently leaning on is the ETH/BTC pair. When Ether gains in relation to BTC, this is generally a good sign for altcoins. And recently, there’s been some bullish momentum on the chart within its current range of expectation.

The ETH/BTC pair is currently forming what we can describe as the Livermore Accumulation Cylinder. For more than a month, we have been discussing this in our free “Espresso” newsletter from the Jarvis Labs Substack, and what is clear is that the chart is taking form and is at the later stages of its trend.

If ETH/BTC breaks up and out of this cylinder, it’ll be another moment where expectations of what is normal will be adjusted. This is when we will see fast price action, and likely an altcoin season.

ETH/BTC weekly chart. Source: TradingView, Jarvis Labs

CT: While a rising tide does lift all boats, altcoins have been the top performers in the market when compared with Bitcoin. A quick look over CoinMarketCap shows that at least 50 have made moves that are well above 100%, and the altcoin market cap has risen from $250 billion in January to nearly $900 billion today. In your opinion, what is the primary signal that the market is in a proper altcoin run?

BL: Now, this is a bit different than an altcoin season, in my opinion. That’s because a proper bull run for altcoins is when investors are more likely to walk further out on the risk curve of crypto versus simply buying Bitcoin, not necessarily outsized gains compared with Bitcoin.

Based on this definition, we can make the case that whenever Bitcoin dominance is falling while crypto as a whole is in a bull market (like today), then this is a bull market for altcoins.

While investors might not have outsized gains relative to Bitcoin in a proper altcoin bull run like they would in an altcoin season, it is wise to begin building exposure to these higher-risk assets in this environment.

CT: Does on-chain data have any value in determining when alt seasons begin?

BL: Absolutely. On-chain is very valuable if you know how to filter out all the noise that comes with it. With crypto, there’s so much transparency in seeing transactions on-chain. This creates a trove of data that can be looked at in hundreds of different ways, many of which are somewhat meaningless.

At Jarvis Labs, we filter out all the data to find the data that matters. Then we run it through algorithms to create trade signals. It’s high-value data analytics and tends to be used in place of in-house analysts.

In saying that, on-chain is still an evolving space outside of Bitcoin and Ethereum. We’re on half a dozen blockchains watching these signals evolve and generating a variety of reliable signals will better pinpoint exactly when trend shifts take place and altcoin seasons begin and end.

One simple thing traders can follow in order to see the progression of an altcoin season is USDT flows.

When an altcoin season arrives, we’re likely to see USDT flow into other layer-two protocols such as Polkadot, Cosmos and Solana. That’s because many small-cap assets that are very far out on the risk curve, which tend to be bought in these types of environments, will exist on decentralized exchanges rather than centralized exchanges.

As investors start buying up these small-cap assets, liquidity will arrive, and USDT is the most ubiquitous form of liquidity in the market.

So, when USDT enters these ecosystems by the hundreds of millions, you can be sure it’s altcoin season, as investors will be chasing these assets only found on DEXs native to their protocol (i.e., Serum).

CT: Is it possible that the narrative may be changing and that some altcoins are breaking away from their reliance on the performance of Bitcoin, shifting what an altcoin season may look like?

BL: The changing landscape of risk is how I view this particular question.

And as other assets begin to grow in market cap and age, the network effects will grow. This, in turn, will insulate many crypto assets from Bitcoin since a lot of value will be attached to them.

In this way, over time altcoins will slightly deviate away from BTC’s performance.

Ethereum will be the first asset to do this, simply because of where it’s at in terms of its life cycle and development. But in terms of being immune to Bitcoin’s price, this won’t happen for many years. In fact, I think there will always be some correlation to an extent.

That’s due to macro reasons. Simply put, commodities as a whole tend to have a correlation to one another, equities as a whole have correlation, and even currencies tend to move in tandem with one another (i.e, USD, CHF, JPY). In saying this, crypto as a whole is likely to move in tandem with one another for at least most of this decade if not longer.

Disclaimer: Cointelegraph does not endorse any content or product on this page. While we aim to provide you with all the important information that we could obtain, readers should do their own research before taking any actions related to the company and carry full responsibility for their decisions, nor this article can be considered as investment advice.

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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/are-we-there-yet-here-s-why-one-analyst-says-its-not-altcoin-season

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COINQVEST and Anclap introduce inflation free cryptocurrency payment processing for Argentina

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COINQVEST, a licensed virtual currency service built on the Stellar Network that allows merchants to accept, manage and disburse cryptocurrency payments, today announced its collaboration with Argentina-based Anclap, a Peso Argentino anchor and financial technology service provider, to bring blockchain-based and inflation-free payment processing to merchants and enterprises in Argentina.

Anclap provides real-time bank account integration in Argentina and helps businesses protect themselves from the inflationary nature of the Argentine Peso.

The COINQVEST platform offers Argentinians secure payment processing of transactions in BTC, ETH, XLM, and other major cryptocurrencies or stablecoins with settlement to international and local fiat currencies. Merchants can on and off-ramp funds from digital wallets or brick-and-mortar bank accounts.

Benefits of COINQVEST include non-custodial settlement, reduced costs and settlement times, crypto wallet and fiat bank payouts, customer invoicing, and compliant record-keeping.

“Argentinian merchants can now settle sales in USD and maintain a USD balance sheet to protect themselves from the depreciation of the Argentina Peso. Settled funds can automatically be exchanged into ARS using payment rails provided by Anclap in real-time.”
– Marcin Olszowy, Co-Founder at COINQVEST

COINQVEST’s service offers solutions for developers and non-developers alike. A hosted checkout interface was created for lean businesses without web development personnel. For enterprises with a dedicated development team, COINQVEST’s powerful and well-documented API with white-label capability is available for greater control and customization.

“COINQVEST is redefining the digital payments industry. It brings countless benefits for Argentine businessmen and entrepreneurs. Anclap participates in this process connecting e-commerce with the local financial system through Argentine Pesos, providing an on-/off-ramp to the network, and allowing access to new global financial services instantly and safely, maintaining full compliance with PLA/FT regulations.”
– Ivan Mudryj, Co-Founder at Anclap

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Source: https://www.cryptoninjas.net/2021/04/20/coinqvest-and-anclap-introduce-inflation-free-cryptocurrency-payment-processing-for-argentina/

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