Connect with us

Blockchain

Market Wrap: Bitcoin Dips to $34.4K as Big-Name DeFi Tokens Trounce ETH

Republished by Plato

Published

on

Bitcoin was slipping Friday on lower-than-average volumes for 2021 so far. In other news, while BTC and ETH are up this year, some DeFi tokens are doing even better.

  • Bitcoin (BTC) trading around $35,610 as of 21:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET). Slipping 9.4% over the previous 24 hours.
  • Bitcoin’s 24-hour range: $34,425-$39,673 (CoinDesk 20)
  • BTC below the 10-hour and 50-hour moving averages on the hourly chart, a bearish signal for market technicians.

Bitcoin trading on Bitstamp since Jan. 12.
Source: TradingView

The price of bitcoin fell Friday, a steady decline over the past 24 hours that saw the world’s oldest cryptocurrency bottom out as low as $34,425 before picking up to $35,610 as of press time. 

Read More: Biden’s $1.9T Relief Package Proposal Fails to Stir Bitcoin Market

“The price rested at $40,000. Now we are waiting for a rollback to $34,000,” said Constantin Kogan, partner at crypto investment firm Wave Financial. “Most likely the next possible low will be at least $26,000.”

That’s a pretty bearish sentiment from an analyst, but the outsized volume numbers to open 2021 are certainly diminishing for the time being. For the first two weeks of the new year, bitcoin’s daily spot volume on the eight major exchanges tracked by CoinDesk (Bitfinex, Bitflyer, Bitstamp, Coinbase, Gemini, itBit, Kraken and Poloniex) averaged $6.1 billion per day. For Friday, spot volumes are at $4.2 billion, as of press time.

Spot volumes on major bitcoin exchanges in 2021.
(Shuai Hao/CoinDesk Research)
Source: CryptoCompare

“There is a definite tug and pull between North American and Asian traders in crypto assets,” noted Joel Edgerton, chief operating officer of cryptocurrency exchange BitFlyer USA. “Since the U.S. is going into a three-day weekend the U.S. trading volume will be lighter, so Asia will likely set the tone.”

Many investors and traders will be off Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day including the U.S. equities markets, which along with other major indexes are ending the week in the red Friday.

“The important thing to keep in mind is that the macro view has not changed,” said Bitflyer’s Edgerton. “There is growing demand for crypto assets, an unwillingness of current holders to sell and limited supply being added. This naturally leads to long-term price appreciation.” 

Read More: Advisers Allocating Crypto in Clients’ Portfolios Rose 49% Last Year: Survey

Andrew Tu, an executive of quant trading firm Efficient Frontier, pointed to the inverse relationship between the U.S. Dollar Index and bitcoin as a macro example. The index, also known as the DXY, is a measure of the greenback versus a basket of other fiat currencies.

Bitcoin’s historical price in 2021.
Source: CoinDesk 20

“The rise in DXY was simultaneously accompanied by a drop in BTC,” Tu told CoinDesk. “On a fundamental level, the economy looks weak, thus probably driving a risk-off move into dollars.”

The U.S. Dollar Index in 2021.
Source: TradingView

When bitcoin goes up, the DXY seems to go down and vice versa, at least so far in 2021. On Friday, the DXY was up 0.55% during bitcoin’s bearish past 24 hours.

Big-name DeFi tokens doing better than ether in 2021

The second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, ether (ETH), was down Friday, trading around $1,139 and slipping 5.7% in 24 hours as of 21:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. ET).

Read More: MahaDAO’s Algorithmic ‘Valuecoin’ Goes Live on Ethereum

Bitcoin’s is up over 20% in 2021. However, ether is easily beating that, in the green over 50% to start the year. Meanwhile, two well-known projects built on the Ethereum platform used for decentralized finance (DeFi) are doing even better than that. The token associated with derivatives liquidity platform Synthetix is up more than 83% so far this year, while lending protocol Aave’s token has climbed more than 69% in 2021 so far.

Ether (dark blue), Synthetic (light blue) and Aave (yellow) spot performance on Kraken in 2021.
Source: TradingView

Jean-Marc Bonnefous, managing partner of investment firm Tellurian Capital, told CoinDesk DeFi tokens such as aave and synthetix have big upside potential in bullish markets. He recently tweeted about DeFi token performance over the last three months. However, Bonnefous cautioned that there’s also a downside to these lesser-known and less-liquid tokens. 

“Ether is the mothership, the main reserve currency layer for DeFi, whereas the DeFi coins are more application-related with a potential additional monetization component and some growth potential if well executed,” Bonnefous said. “So by nature the top DeFi assets will likely outperform in a up market for crypto in general, and conversely in a bear market.”

Other markets

Digital assets on the CoinDesk 20 are mixed, mostly in the red Friday. Notable winners as of 21:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. ET):

Notable losers:

Commodities:

  • Oil was down 2.9%. Price per barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude: $52.12.
  • Gold was in the red 1.1% and at $1,825 as of press time.

Treasurys:

  • The 10-year U.S. Treasury bond yield fell Friday, dipping to 1.092 and in the red 3.4%.

The CoinDesk 20: The Assets That Matter Most to the Market

Disclosure

Source: https://www.coindesk.com/market-wrap-bitcoin-dips-defi-tokens-trounce-eth

Blockchain

The Hard Sell

Republished by Plato

Published

on

The prices are low and the panic is high. Is this the time to sell?

If you’ve been around crypto for longer than a couple of months, you’re probably familiar with the feelings that come with your average market-wide correction.

Euphoria fizzling away as that first red candle starts dropping down, down, down. Confidence in a quick recovery giving way to sweaty-palmed anxiety as the correction passes the 10, 20, 30% mark. Is this the big one? We all know what happened on March 13th last year. Finger hovering over the “Sell” button, knowing that if you just pressed it this horrible feeling would go away.

And even worse are the recriminations. How could I have been so blind? How did I let this happen? Why didn’t I sell when the going was good? Will I ever feel joy again?

Unrealised profit and loss

Look, I’m not going to say I told you so, but if there has ever been a market in need of a correction it was the crypto market of the last two months. It wasn’t a question of if your alt was going to do a 50 or 100% day; it was a question of when. Meanwhile, Bitcoin basically tripled its 2017 all-time high over the course of eight weeks, making it (briefly) a trillion dollar asset.

It’s not that bitcoin doesn’t deserve to be in that August club, but more to point out that markets will always revert to the mean, no matter how compelling the background narrative might be. And in the same way that you don’t expect to see an elephant jump over a small apartment block, an asset of bitcoin’s size shouldn’t be tripling in size like it ain’t no thing. Especially not when it’s taken three long, hard years to get back to its previous peak.

Timing is everything

Here’s the thing though: in every other market that humanity has ever created, taking three years to make a new all-time high actually is perfectly reasonable, bordering on suspiciously fast. Investments aren’t supposed to be measured in days or weeks. They’re supposed to take years, if not decades to play out. But the speed, 24/7 relentlessness and hyper-visibility of the crypto markets means it’s very easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. People who bought in at the absolute peak of the last bubble are still up 250% – presuming that they had the patience to hold on for a measly three years.

Nonetheless, selling can produce a real and concrete advantage. Get out near the top and you might be able to buy back in close to the bottom, thereby compounding your gains. (Despite what the people of TikTok Investors would have you believe, this is far harder than it appears.)

More simply though, money is money and when assets are appreciating like crypto assets have recently that can mean getting ahead of your mortgage, or buying a car, or paying for a holiday for your family, or being able to cover rent for the next month. If what you’ve made could make a difference in your life, then it makes complete and total sense to sell some – even if you think the crypto market is going to keep on going up. As the old adage goes, no-one ever went poor from taking profits.

Respect the sell-out

That’s not an invitation or a suggestion to sell it all right now – a good rule of thumb is sell when it feels hard (i.e. on the way up) not when it’s easy (on the way down) – but more to start thinking about what your endgame is. What do you hope to gain from this bull run? How much is enough? And will you be strong enough to start getting out when you reach your target? (Also, on a more prosaic note, what would taking profits mean for your tax?)

These are questions without easy answers, but start planning now and you’re less likely to be swept up in the mania and delirium that marks the real, bloody and unmistakable end of the bull market. And until then? DIAMOND HANDS ENGAGE.

Source: https://blog.coinjar.com/the-hard-sell/

Continue Reading

Blockchain

Kraken Daily Market Report for March 02 2021

Republished by Plato

Published

on


Overview


  • Total spot trading volume at $1.68 billion, down from the 30-day average of $2.09 billion.
  • Total futures notional at $584.1 million.
  • The top five traded coins were, respectively, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether, Cardano, and Polkadot.
  • Strong returns from Curve Dao (+12%), Flow (+5.1%), and Melon (+6.4%).

March 02, 2021 
 $1.84B traded across all markets today
 Crypto, EUR, USD, JPY, CAD, GBP, CHF, AUD 
XBT 
$47305. 
↓4.6% 
$623.9M
ETH 
$1472.1 
↓6.3% 
$297.8M
USDT 
$1.0002 
↓0.04% 
$226.1M
ADA 
$1.1855 
↓8.6% 
$168.3M
DOT 
$34.578 
↓3.3% 
$92.7M
LINK 
$27.706 
↓0.13% 
$39.1M
LTC 
$171.43 
↓2.6% 
$32.2M
USDC 
$1.0001 
↑0.02% 
$29.3M
XRP 
$0.4248 
↓4.7% 
$25.3M
FLOW 
$29.937 
↑5.1% 
$23.5M
BCH 
$510.82 
↑1.8% 
$16.7M
XLM 
$0.4002 
↓7.0% 
$14.2M
ATOM 
$18.076 
↓3.2% 
$11.1M
XDG 
$0.0494 
↓2.2% 
$10.4M
ALGO 
$1.0438 
↓4.2% 
$9.52M
UNI 
$24.705 
↓4.2% 
$9.48M
GRT 
$1.7315 
↓10% 
$8.56M
AAVE 
$380.08 
↓1.4% 
$8.27M
KSM 
$220.21 
↓3.6% 
$6.96M
XTZ 
$3.5045 
↓3.7% 
$5.26M
XMR 
$213.01 
↓7.9% 
$5.15M
CRV 
$2.2335 
↑12% 
$4.49M
COMP 
$491.44 
↓0.6% 
$4.4M
SNX 
$21.110 
↑2.0% 
$4.39M
DAI 
$1.0002 
↓0.1% 
$4.27M
DASH 
$211.44 
↓5.7% 
$4.06M
FIL 
$37.555 
↓2.7% 
$3.94M
EOS 
$3.5797 
↓3.5% 
$3.43M
KAVA 
$3.8026 
↑2.2% 
$3.35M
BAT 
$0.5661 
↓3.4% 
$2.89M
TRX 
$0.0455 
↓4.9% 
$2.81M
ZEC 
$117.22 
↓5.8% 
$2.81M
YFI 
$32530. 
↓6.6% 
$2.73M
ICX 
$1.5690 
↓6.2% 
$2.6M
OMG 
$4.4644 
↓3.3% 
$2.21M
SC 
$0.0098 
↓3.3% 
$1.84M
OXT 
$0.4676 
↓4.9% 
$1.84M
NANO 
$5.0287 
↓5.4% 
$1.71M
LSK 
$3.0426 
↓3.9% 
$1.7M
QTUM 
$4.9728 
↓5.7% 
$1.6M
MANA 
$0.2564 
↓1.5% 
$1.36M
ANT 
$4.2684 
↓2.1% 
$1.28M
ETC 
$10.633 
↓4.6% 
$1.21M
WAVES 
$9.1388 
↓4.2% 
$1.1M
PAXG 
$1743.6 
↑0.8% 
$994K
REPV2 
$28.646 
↓3.7% 
$752K
KNC 
$1.6191 
↓4.0% 
$599K
MLN 
$38.687 
↑6.4% 
$408K
GNO 
$125.99 
↓2.9% 
$384K
REP 
$30.292 
↓2.0% 
$374K
KEEP 
$0.3289 
↓2.6% 
$369K
BAL 
$36.054 
↓5.7% 
$311K
STORJ 
$0.6081 
↓9.3% 
$268K
TBTC 
$49624. 
↓4.5% 
$25.9K


#####################. 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 (March 02 2021)

Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (March 02 2021)

Figure 3: Smallest trading assets: (measured in USD) (March 02 2021)


#####################. Spread %. ##########################################

Spread %


Spread percentage is the width of the bid/ask spread divided by the bid/ask midpoint. The values are generated by taking the median spread percentage over each minute, then the average of the medians over the day.

Figure 4: Average spread % by pair (March 02 2021)



.


#########. Returns and Volume ############################################

Returns and Volume


Figure 5: Returns of the four highest volume pairs (March 02 2021)


Figure 6: Volume of the major currencies and an average line that fits the data to a sinusoidal curve to show the daily volume highs and lows (March 02 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. (March 02 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.

Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/8108/kraken-daily-market-report-for-march-02-2021/

Continue Reading

Blockchain

Vitalik proposes solution to link certain layer-two scaling projects

Republished by Plato

Published

on

In an ongoing effort to battle escalating transaction fees while creating a unified ecosystem, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has proposed a solution for a particular type of cross-rollup scaling.

The proposal outlines how two protocols using rollups can communicate with each other while maintaining interconnectivity and composability.

Rollups are layer-two solutions that are essentially smart contract networks that process and store transaction data off the main chain. However, there are a number of different rollup types, with each using unique smart contracts such as optimistic and zero-knowledge.

While a number of DeFi projects have deployed layer-two rollups, such as Loopring and Synthetix, the particulars of the various rollups mean projects are unable to communicate to one another directly on layer-two.

Buterin’s proposal assumes that one rollup can process simple transactions whereas the other has full smart contract support. There are already proposals for transfers between two smart contract enabled protocols using rollups.

To explain how the proposal works, Buterin provides the example of a hypothetical exchange intermediary he called ‘Ivan’ — where Ivan has an account ‘IVAN_A’ on rollup A that he fully controls, and also has some funds deposited in a smart contract ‘IVAN_B’ on rollup B.

The smart contract would be programmed to accept “memos” that include additional data from anyone sending to it in order to secure any future transactions. The transactions create a connecting layer that keeps deposits in all these isolated contracts, allowing rollup A to send to rollup B via this layer.

Buterin suggested that the behavior would work as follows;

“Alice sends a transaction to IVAN_A with N coins and a memo ALICE_B. Ivan sends a transaction sending TRADE_VALUE * (1 – fee) coins through IVAN_B to ALICE_B”

He added that the worst-case behavior would be if Ivan does not send coins to ALICE_B as he is expected to.

Addressing the “worst-case” scenario that could arise as a result of using the proposed situation, Buterin emphasized that Alice would still be able to wait until the transaction on rollup A confirms, find some alternate route to getting coins on rollup B to pay fees, and then simply claim the funds herself.

Responding to the proposal, Alon Muroch pointed out that it worked in a similar way to how banks clear transactions:

“That’s very interesting, similar to how banks clear transactions between themselves. Batching assets into separate “accounts” could have limitations, a solution could be just big pools on either ends and fees split pro-rata.”

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/vitalik-proposes-solution-to-link-certain-layer-two-scaling-projects

Continue Reading
Blockchain1 day ago

Why Mark Cuban is looking forward to Ethereum’s use cases

Blockchain2 days ago

Google Finance adds dedicated ‘crypto’ tab featuring Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin

Blockchain5 days ago

Crypto Investment Fund to Sell $750M in Bitcoin for Cardano and Polkadot

Blockchain4 days ago

This was avoidable – The lost Bitcoin fortunes

Blockchain3 days ago

Economist warns of dystopia if ‘Bitcoin Aristocrats’ become reality

Blockchain3 days ago

Inverse Finance seizes tokens, ships code: Launches stablecoin lending protocol

Blockchain3 days ago

NBA Top Shot leads NFT explosion with $230M in sales

Blockchain3 days ago

Here are 6 DEX tokens that have seen exponential growth in 2021

Blockchain3 days ago

Korean Government To Levy Taxes On Bitcoin Capital Gains Starting 2022

Blockchain3 days ago

Litecoin, Monero, Dash Price Analysis: 28 February

Blockchain4 days ago

PARSIQ Integrates Solana Blockchain on its Platform

Blockchain4 days ago

XRP, STEEM, Enjin Price Analysis: 27 February

Blockchain3 days ago

How KuCoin Shares (KCS) Can Create a Stream of Passive Income

Blockchain3 days ago

6 Questions for Kain Warwick of Synthetix

Blockchain3 days ago

3 reasons why Reef Finance, Bridge Mutual and Morpheus Network are rallying

Blockchain2 days ago

Top 5 cryptocurrencies to watch this week: BTC, BNB, DOT, XEM, MIOTA

Blockchain4 days ago

‘Bitcoin could reach $1 million or $1, and may do both of those’

Blockchain3 days ago

How did Bitcoin lending become so popular?

Blockchain2 days ago

Polkadot, Cosmos, Algorand Price Analysis: 28 February

Blockchain4 days ago

What are the risks of trading cryptocurrencies?

Trending