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Is a new rally brewing as Bitcoin reclaims $38K and stablecoins ‘flooding’ exchanges?

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The price of Bitcoin (BTC) has extended its recovery on Jan. 14, reclaiming the $38,000 level. What’s more, the weekly candle has now turned green for the fifth consecutive week despite the 28% crash earlier this week. 

BTC/USD Weekly candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: Tradingview

Meanwhile, stablecoin deposits are flooding into cryptocurrency exchanges, according to data from CryptoQuant. This inflow may act as a short-term catalyst for Bitcoin as it suggests that sidelined capital is moving back into BTC.

Stablecoins inflow on exchanges. Source: CryptoQuant

Why are stablecoins indicative of strong buyer demand for Bitcoin?

In the cryptocurrency market, many traders sell crypto assets, like Bitcoin, to stablecoins rather than cash.

Stablecoins, such as Tether (USDT), is pegged to the value of the U.S. dollar and are tradable across exchanges.

Most exchanges require a complicated Know Your Customer (KYC) verification process for bank transfers, and cash deposits into exchanges could take a long time.

As such, if a whale or a high-net-worth investor wants to buy and sell millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin, stablecoins can be far more convenient than cash.

The high demand for stablecoins from traders has led the valuation of Tether to increase in recent months. Last month, the market cap of Tether surpassed $20 billion. A month later, this number is already above $24 billion, indicating a rise in sidelined capital within the cryptocurrency market.

Dry powder moving to exchanges

Meanwhile, stablecoin deposits into exchanges have increased substantially over the past 24 hours. CryptoQuant tracks the wallets of exchanges and observes stablecoin deposits and outflows.

Exchanges’ stablecoin reserve. Source: CryptoQuant

Across major exchanges, stablecoin deposits spiked noticeably on Jan. 13, right as the price of Bitcoin began to recover.

On Jan. 13, the price of Bitcoin dropped to as low as $32,500 after nearly $1 billion worth of futures contracts were liquidated.

Investors were actively buying the dip, as shown by the increase in stablecoin deposits and the increasing open interest of the Bitcoin futures market. As a result, Bitcoin saw a quick turnaround, rallying by more than 10% overnight.

Bitcoin futures open interest. Source: Bybt.com

So what comes next?

Alex Saunders, a cryptocurrency analyst, said that stablecoins are “flooding exchanges,” which is often indicative of a bullish trend.

Prior to the recovery, Michael van de Poppe, a full-time trader at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, said an all-time high is likely for Bitcoin if it surpasses $38,000 again.

Overnight, the price of Bitcoin pierced through the $38,000 resistance area, which Van de Poppe pinpointed. Hence, in the short term, BTC is on track to retest its record-high. He said:

“Bitcoin didn’t change much. It flipped the $33,000 level for support and therefore is eager to test the $37,000-38,000 level. That one needs to flip. If it does, we’ll be eager for new all-time highs. If not, more consolidation likely.”

Bitcoin’s rally also coincides with the opening of Grayscale’s products on Jan. 13. If the value of Bitcoin continues to rise, it could propel more institutional and accredited investors to obtain exposure to BTC through the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC).

There is also a strong argument to be made that the reopening of GBTC kickstarted the rally, to begin with, signifying that the uptrend is led by institutions, not by retail investors.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/is-a-new-rally-brewing-as-bitcoin-reclaims-38k-and-stablecoins-flooding-exchanges

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Opimas estimates that over US$190 billion worth of Bitcoin is currently at risk due to subpar safekeeping

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May 2021. Safekeeping of cryptocurrencies presents a challenge for institutions holding cryptocurrencies on their clients’ behalf. Cryptocurrency transactions are irreversible and anyone with full access to a wallet’s private key controls the cryptocurrencies that reside within it. Frighteningly, a number of institutional participants and even some large cryptocurrency exchanges rely on subpar custody approaches, leading Opimas to estimate that over US$190 billion worth of Bitcoin is currently at risk due to subpar safekeeping.

Luckily, a number of companies have emerged to address this problem. A new research report from Opimas—Crypto Custody: No More Excuses, authored by analysts Suzannah Balluffi and Anne-Laure Foubert—looks at the landscape of cryptocurrency custody-enabling technology providers and institutional-grade cryptocurrency custodians as well as the size of the market for cryptocurrency custody and brokerage services.

Some key findings in the report include:

Many of even the largest holders of Bitcoin and other digital assets continue to rely on storage devices meant for individual investors. Although some of these self-custody devices and wallets are secure and reputable, the operational risk posed by this approach is significant for institutional investors. Furthermore, a chunk of institutionals’ cryptocurrency holdings sit in hot wallets on exchanges. In total, about 22% of institutional cryptocurrency holdings are safeguarded in these relatively risky manners (Figure 1).

Figure 1. CUSTODY METHODS UTILIZED BY INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS 

 

Source: Opimas analysis.

There are no more excuses for lackadaisical safekeeping – institutions can now choose from several reputable cryptocurrency custody-enabling technology providers and institutional-grade cryptocurrency custodians. Yet no custody solution is equal – there is still no best practice when it comes to security and governance relating to private keys. For example, some providers may rely on time-tested Hardware Security Modules (HSMs), while others use a newer technology known as Multi-Party Computation (MPC) – see Figure 2.

Figure 2. A COMPARISON OF HSM AND MPC TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS

Source: Ledger, Fireblocks, Opimas analysis.

Some cryptocurrency custodians have followed in the footsteps of traditional capital markets by adding prime brokerage services to their offerings, including trading and settlement, lending, margin finance, staking, reporting, and capital introduction services. Opimas estimates that the current annual revenues generated by the institutional crypto brokerage and custody market are roughly US$2 billion and will grow to nearly US$8 billion by 2026 – a sizeable portion of this coming from brokerage services (Figure 3).

FIGURE 3. THE MARKET FOR CRYPTO CUSTODY & PRIME BROKERAGE SERVICES IS GROWING 

Source:  Opimas analysis. 

  • Regulations surrounding institutions’ ability to store cryptocurrency have become clearer (and in some cases more favorable) in numerous jurisdictions. Notably, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) ruling in the US has allowed banks to store cryptocurrencies for their customers. This regulatory clarity has led a number of financial institutions around the world to provide trading and custody for digital assets. With the advances in brokerage and custody solutions, Opimas expects institutional cryptocurrency holdings to grow from 20% of the cryptocurrency market cap to over 50% by 2026 (Figure 4).

FIGURE 4. INstitutional cryptocurrency holdings over time 

Source:  Opimas analysis.

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Kraken Daily Market Report for May 08 2021

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Overview


  • Total spot trading volume at $2.86 billion, 9% higher than the 30-day average of $2.63 billion.
  • Total futures notional at $797.5 million.
  • The top five traded coins were, respectively, Ethereum, Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Tether and Ethereum Classic.
  • Strong returns from Gnosis (+14%) and Ethereum (+12%).

May 08, 2021 
 $2.86B traded across all markets today
 Crypto, EUR, USD, JPY, CAD, GBP, CHF, AUD 
ETH 
$3914.1 
↑12% 
$797.5M
XBT 
$58953. 
↑2.7% 
$795.7M
XDG 
$0.6368 
↓7.6% 
$636.4M
USDT 
$1.0014 
↑0.05% 
$285.3M
ETC 
$128.55 
↑7.0% 
$104.4M
ADA 
$1.6234 
↓1.9% 
$79.3M
LTC 
$347.39 
↑0.6% 
$50.5M
XRP 
$1.5653 
↓1.0% 
$48.7M
DOT 
$39.923 
↑0.07% 
$43.9M
BCH 
$1400.7 
↑4.4% 
$42.4M
USDC 
$1.0 
↑0.0% 
$40.4M
LINK 
$48.693 
↓1.3% 
$30.8M
EOS 
$10.361 
↓0.26% 
$29.7M
TRX 
$0.1431 
↓3.0% 
$17.1M
FLOW 
$28.668 
↓2.9% 
$16.1M
SC 
$0.0405 
↓4.7% 
$15.6M
STORJ 
$2.2312 
↓0.4% 
$14.7M
ATOM 
$29.510 
↑3.0% 
$11.8M
XLM 
$0.6155 
↓2.5% 
$11.6M
DASH 
$409.86 
↑1.3% 
$11.2M
XTZ 
$6.9881 
↓1.3% 
$10.0M
QTUM 
$25.576 
↓4.3% 
$9.83M
XMR 
$476.08 
↑4.6% 
$9.7M
KSM 
$435.0 
↑1.3% 
$7.39M
ZEC 
$315.75 
↓1.3% 
$6.91M
FIL 
$148.15 
↓1.4% 
$6.82M
WAVES 
$32.449 
↓0.14% 
$6.57M
UNI 
$40.532 
↑2.0% 
$6.55M
ALGO 
$1.5198 
↓3.7% 
$6.03M
DAI 
$1.0011 
↓0.01% 
$6.0M
OMG 
$11.829 
↓0.15% 
$5.87M
LSK 
$8.4918 
↓6.0% 
$3.77M
COMP 
$782.88 
↑9.6% 
$3.71M
ICX 
$2.6909 
↓1.6% 
$3.63M
NANO 
$9.7242 
↓0.6% 
$3.63M
AAVE 
$466.93 
↑5.7% 
$3.39M
GRT 
$1.5855 
↓0.6% 
$3.05M
OCEAN 
$1.4907 
↑2.0% 
$3.02M
KEEP 
$0.6183 
↑6.5% 
$2.98M
GNO 
$291.84 
↑14% 
$2.91M
SNX 
$18.448 
↓1.1% 
$2.72M
MANA 
$1.4419 
↓1.7% 
$2.67M
KAVA 
$6.2917 
↓2.8% 
$2.6M
BAT 
$1.4187 
↑0.6% 
$2.57M
CRV 
$3.5639 
↓2.6% 
$2.41M
KNC 
$3.4433 
↓2.6% 
$1.93M
REPV2 
$48.252 
↑1.0% 
$1.83M
OXT 
$0.6666 
↓1.1% 
$1.68M
BAL 
$69.63 
↑7.8% 
$1.52M
ANT 
$10.317 
↓3.2% 
$1.31M
YFI 
$54058. 
↑1.3% 
$1.3M
PAXG 
$1877.6 
↑0.8% 
$1.12M
EWT 
$13.644 
↓4.1% 
$772K
REP 
$46.85 
↓0.3% 
$714K
MLN 
$108.99 
↑0.5% 
$425K
TBTC 
$58915. 
↑1.6% 
$43.3K



#####################. Trading Volume by Asset. ##########################################

Trading Volume by Asset


The figures below break down the trading volume of the largest, mid-size, and smallest assets. Cryptos are in purple, fiats are in blue. For each asset, the chart contains the daily trading volume in USD, and the percentage of the total trading volume. The percentages for fiats and cryptos are treated separately, so that they both add up to 100%.

Figure 1: Largest trading assets: trading volume (measured in USD) and its percentage of the total trading volume (May 08 2021)



Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (May 08 2021)



Figure 3: Smallest trading assets: (measured in USD) (May 08 2021)


###########. Daily Returns. #################################################

Daily Returns %


Figure 7: Returns over USD and XBT. Relative volume and return size is indicated by the size of the font. (May 08 2021)



###########. Disclaimer #################################################

The values generated in this report are from public market data distributed from Kraken WebSockets api. The total volumes and returns are calculated over the reporting day using UTC time.

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Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/9008/kraken-daily-market-report-for-may-08-2021/

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Legendary Pelé NFT Set to Drop on Ethernity May 8

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[Press Release – Los Angeles, California, 8th May, 2021]

Iconic Brazilian footballer Pelé will be immortalized in NFT form on May 8.

The legendary striker, named FIFA World Player of the Century, is getting the tokenized treatment with the release of a licensed aNFT – authenticated non-fungible token – exclusively on the Ethernity Chain at 12pm EST.

The coveted collection features several aNFTs of the soccer star, the result of a collaboration between Visual Lab and Rafa Zabala, whose credits include The Hobbit and Planet of the Apes.

The digital presentation includes “THE KING OF FOOTBALL,” an immersive video tracing the player’s humble origins on the streets of Brazil to a packed stadium witnessing his brilliance. The eponymous “Pelé” aNFT, meanwhile, is represented by a hyper-realistic digital bronze bust of the star in his heyday.

As part of the Pelé aNFT collection, Ethernity will be releasing multi-pack trading cards that make a nod to the player’s Panini trading cards of the past.

Ethernity’s special digital trading cards include “Gilded Bicycle Pelé,” which showcases the player executing his signature bicycle kick. The limited edition cards will be part of the Ethernity Cards and Packs Collection launching this summer, 2021.

90% of aNFT sales will go to The Pelé Foundation, a charitable organization that strives to empower young people facing poverty around the world.

Ethernity’s recent Muhammad Ali aNFT auction, which raised over $550,000, also resulted in a significant donation being made to the Muhammad Ali Foundation.

About Ethernity

Ethernity is exploring applications for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) within the context of art and philanthropy. It provides a way for celebrities and public figures to endorse digital artwork created by renowned artists. Anyone can purchase each limited edition artwork, with a portion of the proceeds going to charitable causes that the celebrity supports. Ethernity was founded by early Bitcoin investor and NFT innovator Nick Rose Ntertsas.

Learn more: http://ethernity.io/

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