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Increasing stock market volatility drags Bitcoin and altcoin prices lower

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The cryptocurrency market faced another day of downward pressure as the unease in the traditional markets continues to spread following the recent interest rate spike on the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that the price of Bitcoin (BTC) fell to a low at $44,710 late on Feb. 25 before buying at the key support returned to help the digital asset recover back above $46,500 but generally, analysts are looking for $50,000 to become an established support before expecting bullish continuation.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Despite major BTC purchases by MicroStrategy, Tesla and MassMutual, a majority of institutional investors still have security and tax treatment concerns that prevent them from investing in Bitcoin, according to Galaxy Digital co-president Damien Vanderwilt.

Institutional investment has been a significant source of optimism in the cryptocurrency sector in 2021, but its influence in helping BTC reach a market cap of $1 trillion may be overstated as recent analysis shows that stablecoin whales and retail traders still hold the most buying power.

Interest rate increase puts pressure on GBTC

On Feb. 25, the interest rate for the 10-year U.S. Treasury spiked to 1.52%, its highest level in over a year.

According to Chad Steinglass, Head of Trading at CrossTower, the move led to market-wide pressure that pushed the “GBTC premium down as low as negative 6% and it closed around negative 2% today.” The analyst sees interest rate volatility as a major source of market volatility, as the long end of the curve steepens while the U.S. dollar is pushed lower.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

Cryptocurrencies fell under increased pressures as equity markets deteriorated throughout the day, possibly due to a “scramble for liquidity” resulting from traders “pushing up against margin calls and needing to free up cash.”

Steinglass said:

“I interpret the GBTC premium collapse as a sign that either retail is dumping to free liquidity, or large fund holders like ARKW are seeing outflows, which causes them to sell GBTC along with everything else.”

Traditional markets are still choppy

The 10-year Treasury yield pulled back .0582 basis points to 1.46 on Feb. 26, marking a 3.82% decrease from its high on the previous day. This leadi to a choppy day in the markets which saw the major indices close mixed.

The NASDAQ finished the day up 0.56%, recovering some of its losses from the 3.5% drop on Feb. 25. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 and DOW finished the day in the red, down 0.48% and 1.51% respectively.

A majority of the top cryptocurrencies also took on sharp losses on Friday, with the exception of Cardano (ADA), which became the third-ranked cryptocurrency by market cap after its price broke out to a new all-time high at $1.29. The current excitement for the altcoin appears to be connected to the upcoming ‘Mary’ mainnet launch scheduled for March 1.

ADA/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Basic Attention Token (BAT) has also battled back against the market sell-off to post a 6.43% gain following the Feb. 23 announcement of the upcoming Brave Decentralized Exchange (DEX).

Ether (ETH) price is down 7.19%  and trading below $1,500, while Binance Coin (BNB) has dropped 8.36% to $224.14

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $1.533 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 61.3%.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/increasing-stock-market-volatility-drags-bitcoin-and-altcoin-prices-lower

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MicroStrategy Directors Now Receive Board Fees in Bitcoin

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MicroStrategy, a publicly-listed company spearheaded by Michael Saylor, who’s arguably one of Bitcoin’s biggest proponents, will now pay the board fees to its non-employee directors in bitcoin.

  • According to a new filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), MicroStrategy has modified the compensation arrangements for non-employee directors.
  • Per the document, they will “receive all fees for their service on the Company’s Board in bitcoin instead of cash.”
  • Going even further, the filing reads that “in approving bitcoin as a form of compensation for Board service, the Board cited its commitment to bitcoin given its ability to serve as a store of value, supported by a robust and public open-source architecture, untethered to sovereign monetary policy.”
  • As to the technicalities of the payments, the amount of the compensation payable to each non-employee director will remain unchanged and nominally denominated in USD. However, at the time of payment, the fees will be converted from USD into bitcoin using a payment processor and deposited to the wallets of the applicable non-employee directors.
  • With this move, the company cements its already bullish stance on Bitcoin and highlights its strong belief in the primary cryptocurrency and the technology that underpins it.
  • The company is also getting closer to owning almost 100,000 bitcoins.
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ConsenSys-Backed Virtue Poker Closes $5 Million Strategic Investment Round

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Virtue Poker, a project backed by the blockchain mogul ConsenSys, has completed a strategic investment round of $5 million.

Strategic Investment Ahead of Mainnet Launch

The news comes ahead of the mainnet launch, which is scheduled to happen in May 2021.

Virtue Poker is the only blockchain-based company that’s received an official license from the Malta Gaming Authority, Virtue Poker has closed a $5 million strategic investment round led by notable investors ConsenSys, DFG Group, Pantera Capital, and Jez San from FunFair.

In a press release shared with CryptoPotato, the project’s CEO, Ryan Gittleson, said:

“After years of consultation, in-person meetings, and effort, Virtue Poker can proudly say we are the only licensed blockchain-based poker application in the market.”

The project tackles some of the pressing issues that are currently riddling major poker platforms by leveraging the capabilities of distributed ledger technology.


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“Blockchain technology provides modern and secure payment infrastructure that provides global accessibility to consumers, unlike our competitors.

By working with regulators to become a licensed online gambling company, Virtue Poker now has the legitimacy to crossover and compete for customers from legacy providers to bring blockchain-based wagering mainstream.”

The Virtue Poker team, as well as the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), worked together for more than two years in establishing a regulatory framework that’s suitable for blockchain-based gambling applications. The company is now allowed to operate legally and compete in most global markets to deliver the promise of fair pair playing, as well as transparency to mainstream adoption.

What’s Next?

Next in the pipeline for Virtue Poker is the release of the mainnet, which is scheduled for May 2021. Phil Ivey, the legendary player and member of the Poker Hall of Fame, who’s also a stakeholder in Virtue Poker, said:

“I’ve been working with the Virtue Poker Team for over 3 years,” says Ivey. “Their innovative blockchain platform can be a major part of poker’s future.”

The project is among the first ones to be incubated by ConsenSys – it was founded not much after the debut of Ethereum.

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Litecoin, Dogecoin, Chiliz Price Analysis: 12 April

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Funding rates for many major altcoins were quite high, prompting that a shakeout to reset funding could occur sometime soon. On the spot trading side, Litecoin and Dogecoin saw heavy demand in the past few days as they flipped crucial levels of resistance to support. Chiliz continued to slide down the charts.

Litecoin [LTC]

Litecoin, Dogecoin, Chiliz Price Analysis: 12 April

Source: LTC/USD on TradingView

On the hourly chart, LTC formed a rising wedge pattern (white) and dipped from $228 to $217 before resuming its move upwards. The $220 area of demand lived up to its name, and the $230 and $244 levels have been flipped to support.

LTC was trading at $256 at the time of writing. The $270 and $287 are levels of overhead resistance.

While the Awesome Oscillator was forced to retreat to the zero lines, on longer timeframes, momentum was strongly bullish.

Dogecoin [DOGE]

Litecoin, Dogecoin, Chiliz Price Analysis: 12 April

Source: DOGE/USDT on TradingView

Dogecoin flipped the $0.062 level from resistance to support a few days ago and has seen strong buying volume since. The RSI reached into overbought territory and pulled back to 66 as DOGE also saw a pullback from $0.075 to test the $0.0716 retracement level.

A deeper retracement to $0.066 is also possible. After this correction, DOGE would likely begin another move toward $0.08, and some extension levels are plotted in gray.

Dropping beneath the 50% retracement level at $0.062 will see DOGE descend toward $0.05 once more.

Chiliz [CHZ]

Litecoin, Dogecoin, Chiliz Price Analysis: 12 April

Source: CHZ/USDT on TradingView

Chiliz was in a steady downtrend since reaching highs at $0.94. CHZ has support at $0.47 and $0.42, and a further drop could see demand step in at $0.37. However, there was no sign that CHZ was ready to begin recovery toward $0.9 again.

The A/D line showed strong, steady selling pressure on CHZ which has forced the coin to trend lower down the charts in recent weeks. It appeared to be only a matter of time before CHZ broke beneath the $0.4 mark.


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