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The Best Bitcoin Trading Strategies (That Still Work in 2020)

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Bitcoin trading has never been more popular than it is now, and the market doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. So, if you’ve considered getting in on the action, now is the time to strike.

While there are numerous bitcoin trading tools available, you still need an understanding of the basic strategies to succeed.

We’ve created this guide to introduce newcomers to some of the most common trading strategies. But seasoned traders may also wish to refresh their memories and adopt new strategies for 2020.

Here’s what we’ll cover in this trading strategy guide:

  • HODling
  • Hedging
  • Trend trading
  • Breakout trading

If you’re eager to get started, then we suggest you head over to NordikCoin and create an account now. It only takes a few minutes, and then you’re ready to buy and sell bitcoin.

1. HODLing

The term “HODL” was coined on the Bitcointalk forum back in 2013. It’s not an acronym for a complex trading strategy — it’s simply the word “hold” misspelled. The author of the original post mused that traders who were new to the game or unsure of their trading skills were better off HODLing their bitcoin in a bear market.

Back in 2013, bitcoin saw a surge from less than $15 per BTC to over $1,000 toward the end of the same year. The term “HODL” has appeared in numerous cryptocurrency memes and is now a widely-recognized trading strategy.

The premise is simple: Hold onto your bitcoin and hope that the price will surge again so you can sell with massive gains. It’s not a very elaborate trading strategy, but it can be sound advice for new traders.

It’s worth noting, however, that the bitcoin price could also dip instead of rising. That’s why we advise you to have a plan for risk management in place if you choose to go this route.

2. Hedging

Ever heard of the term “hedge your bets”? That’s exactly what this trading strategy is all about.

Since bitcoin is volatile, there’s always a chance that you’ll lose money on trades in the short term. That’s why it can be a good idea to hedge your bets by opening a trade that’ll mitigate that risk.

There are a few ways to go about that.

You can short-sell, which means you sell your bitcoin with the expectation that the price will go down so you can buy it back at a lower rate. Many traders will borrow bitcoin from a broker, trade it on an exchange and then return the amount they borrowed.

But that can be risky if the price goes up instead of down.

You can also hedge with contracts for difference (CFDs), which are derivatives rather than actual cryptocurrency. In that case, you’ll hold your bitcoin in the hopes that the price will go up in the long run, but open a CFD that bets on the price falling. Whether the price actually goes up or down, your gain on bitcoin or the CFD will offset the loss on the other.

Finally, you can hedge your bets with bitcoin futures. These are contracts between two parties who agree to trade bitcoin at a certain price on a specific future date. Whether the price of bitcoin has gone up or down on that date, you’ll make the trade and take either the win or the loss.

3. Trend Trading

Trend trading is a strategy that relies on the current trends in the Bitcoin world. You’ll need to keep a close eye on what others are talking about and plan to do.

For example, bitcoin became incredibly popular in 2017, when the price rose to almost $20,000 per BTC. There were many reasons for that, but the main one was that bitcoin received a lot of publicity. That meant more people wanted to get in on the action, which increased demand — and thus increased the value of bitcoin.

You can engage in trend trading over any period of time, whether that’s days, weeks, months or years.

You just need to have an idea of what will happen next.

For that purpose, you can use technical analysis to help make an educated guess. Some of the indicators in technical analysis include relative strength index (RSI) and moving averages over time.

Although trend trading can seem less risky than other strategies, it’s worth remembering that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of factors that influence the price of bitcoin. These include businesses adopting bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies entering the market and governments implementing new trading regulations.

4. Breakout Trading

Breakout trading is similar to trend trading; the difference is that you aim to buy or sell bitcoin at the beginning or end of a trend.

You need to understand support and resistance levels, which are often referred to as the floor (support) of the bitcoin price graph and the ceiling (resistance). In other words, these are the price points bitcoin won’t drop below or rise above.

The points at which those levels are broken either upward or downward are called “the breakout points.” Once this happens, you can usually expect the price to become very volatile. 

Again, the trick is to correctly anticipate what will happen next.

If you’re able to do that, then you can make some really good deals. There are different ways to identify the support and resistance levels, including to look at volume levels, RSI or the moving average. Once you know that, you can create an order to buy or sell at a specific price point that makes sense.

As with the other three strategies we’ve covered, breakout trading is not without risk. So even though you’re able to create an automated buy or sell order, it’s wise to keep a close eye on the market movements rather than to remain passive.

What to Know Before You Trade Bitcoin

Before you dive headfirst into bitcoin trading, there are some last points we need to touch on. As mentioned, it’s easy to get started with bitcoin but not as easy to become a master of the art.

1. Research Your Chosen Trading Strategy

There is more to each of the four trading strategies than we’ve covered in this guide. Make sure that you do proper research before you commit to any of them.

Fortunately, there are many resources online, including e-books, e-courses and videos that will teach you how to trade bitcoin.

Just remember that none of the strategies, regardless of how popular they are, come without risk.

2. Create A Bitcoin Trading Plan

Once you know which strategy you want to pursue, you should create a trading plan. Just like any other business venture, it’s important to have your criteria for success and failure in place.

Without a plan, you could become the victim of your own greed for more or fear of losing. The plan should include realistic goals for how much you hope to make and a risk profile that includes how much you’re willing to invest or lose.

3. Make Sure You Mitigate Any Risks

We’ve mentioned risk a few times now, and there’s a good reason for that.

All trade, whether it’s stock trading or bitcoin trading, involves a certain element of risk. One of the main risk factors in bitcoin trading is the volatility of the bitcoin price.

One of the ways you can mitigate risk is to put limit-close and stop-loss orders in place. That way, you can secure any profits or limit any losses before the market gets out of hand.

4. Find A Safe and Reliable Bitcoin Exchange

Finally, you should carefully consider your options when it comes to bitcoin exchanges. Not all exchanges are equally fast and safe to use, so we recommend you do your research.

NordikCoin is a convenient and secure bitcoin exchange. We enable you to buy and sell within minutes so you don’t lose out on a good opportunity.

At the same time, we take great care to protect your bitcoin. We use a multi-signature and cold storage solution to prevent unauthorized access to your funds.

Ready to Make a Killing in 2020?

We hope you’ve found a Bitcoin trading strategy that’ll make you rich in the new year. The four approaches we’ve covered are all tried and tested. But remember to do some further research, and don’t be afraid to reach out to us at NordikCoin if you need some extra advice on how to open an account.

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Just-in: CITI Extends Partnership With Ripple Powered Volante’s VolPay

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Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions (Citi) has announced the extension of its long-standing partnership with key Ripple partner Volante Technologies, a global provider of payments and financial messaging solutions. The partnership would help CITI in the adoption of hugely popular ISO 20022 financial messaging standards across its global payments operations, as the new payment standard is fastly becoming the choice of payment messaging standard for major payment processors across the globe.

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The news also comes as a major boost for Ripple and the XRP community as Volante is a key Ripple partner that makes use of Ripplenet for its popular VOIPay payment processing solution. Before the SEC lawsuit, Ripple has made quite progress in terms of cross-border remittance solution provider with its RippleNet technology with over 200 banking partners across the globe including Japanese giants SBI Holdings.

Ripple Can Still Redeem Itself Outside US as Fintech Frenzy Soars

Ripple and XRP’s future looks uncertain in the United States, the crypto company could still manage to continue its remittance technology solution business outside the US.  Most of its key strategic partners outside the US have extended their support to Ripple suggesting that they need not worry as they would continue to use and their services. With a strong community standing behind the company and the recent push by countries for fintech technology incorporation

The raging coronavirus pandemic added with the crumbling financial infrastructure has raised the demand and need for incorporation of digital technology in the existing financial system. The United States has already green-lighted the use of blockchain and stablecoins by federal banks and the likes of Japan, South Korea, and many European countries would follow a similar suit.

Ripple despite its woes in the US could largely benefit from the world’s move towards fintech with its strong foothold in the Asian Pacific region, which also happens to be one of the key remittance corridors.

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State of Crypto: What the Crypto World Should Watch for in the Biden Era

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Hello and welcome to State of Crypto, a CoinDesk newsletter examining the intersection of cryptocurrency and government. I’m your host, Nikhilesh De. You’re receiving this newsletter because you either signed up for it, or were previously a recipient of one of CoinDesk’s pop-up newsletters. Don’t want to see this again? Click here to unsubscribe. 

In this week’s debut issue, I take a look at some of the key topics and stories I expect to see this year, a day ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden and as the Democratic Party takes control of both houses of Congress. 

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A new administration

Key narrative

Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to take the top office in the U.S. tomorrow. His nominees for federal office will shape crypto policy in the country for years to come. And once again, the same major party controls Congress as well as the presidency, which means a unified economic and regulatory agenda may be implemented.  

Why it matters

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) will all see a change in leadership. Next year, so will the Federal Reserve.
  • The SEC is suing Ripple Labs and two executives on allegations they sold XRP in unregistered securities sales for over seven years, which has implications for companies that didn’t conduct initial coin offerings, but may have still sold tokens.
  • The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is considering a number of rules that bring crypto transactions under closer scrutiny.
  • The OCC has issued a number of interpretative letters over the past year under an acting head that powerful Dems on the Financial Services Committee already want overturned.
  • Congress will consider how it can implement new real-time payments services and boost financial inclusion this year, targeting two goals that the crypto community has long discussed. This is a conversation the industry wants to participate in.
  • Democrats are furious at Republicans who they think helped incite the attempted Capitol insurrection in January, and that could have implications for crypto-friendly legislation spearheaded by Representatives who objected to the Electoral College votes.

Breaking it down

Let’s take things in order. 

Biden announced Monday he would tap former CFTC Chair Gary Gensler to head up the SEC. This is important for a few reasons. For one thing, Gensler understands crypto and blockchain. He’s not adored by Wall Street and it’s doubtful he’ll create a regulatory regime that the crypto industry will love, but at least there are reasonable chances of getting a clear regulatory structure. Plus, his fellow CFTC alum Jeffrey Bandman believes he may approve a bitcoin exchange-traded fund.

As far as litigation goes, I would be surprised if the SEC suit against Ripple were dropped. We are in the early stages of this litigation and while Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse has said previous attempts at negotiating a settlement failed, that doesn’t mean we won’t see a settlement before the court case ends.

I haven’t seen anything on who Biden might tap to head up the CFTC, and the OCC’s new chief hasn’t been announced.  Currently the CFTC’s Heath Tarbert plans to step down from the chair role, while the OCC’s Brian Brooks left last week. The chances of having a crypto-savvy trifecta leading the three agencies are low. It’s also worth watching the Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for how they approach the question of stablecoins and insurance for banks touching on crypto.

FinCEN: A question mark

As of my writing this, the domestic money laundering watchdog has extended the comment period on a controversial rule proposal that would require crypto exchanges to record name and address info for transactions aggregating over $3,000 per person per day that go to private wallets (also referred to as unhosted wallets, or self-hosted wallets, or just wallets). The industry wasn’t wild about this rule; it could break decentralized finance smart contracts (which have neither names nor addresses), create potential honeypots of information (remember last year’s headlines about Treasury/FinCEN being hacked and private files released?) and result in a massive burden for exchanges. Coinbase alone expected the new rule would require it to file some 7,000 reports per day. 

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was reportedly the main government official pushing the rule, and with Janet Yellen taking over that role, it’s hard to know if this rule will be modified, yanked entirely or implemented. Yellen hasn’t commented on bitcoin since 2018, when she dismissed it in some public remarks. But as Fed Chair she indicated she was against heavily regulating the industry.

What’s really interesting about FinCEN’s extension of the comment period is it bifurcated the different parts of the rule. One aspect, which FinCEN said was a typical currency transaction report rule (i.e. the $10,000 reporting requirement), gets just a further 15 days. However, the record-keeping and counterparty detail is seeing a 45-day extension due to how “complex” the issue is. This was the part that raised the most ire among industry participants, so I imagine they’ll welcome the longer time period to discuss this with the regulators. Also worth watching: The thresholds rule and offshore reporting rule FinCEN brought up near the end of last year.

OCC: Brooks’ legacy 

The OCC’s in an interesting position. On the one hand, this banking regulator just granted a national trust charter to Anchorage, converting it from a South Dakota trust company to a federal one, effectively making it the first crypto-native national bank. While it doesn’t yet have benefits like FDIC insurance, the company told my colleague Ian Allison that that is absolutely on the menu. Granting this charter is the capstone of Brooks’ tenure at the regulatory agency, which lasted all of eight months and also  included a handful of interpretative letters that sought to define how national banks could interact with the crypto space. 

The attention Brooks paid to crypto guidance angered several House Democrats, who asked him to focus more on pandemic and economic relief late last year. House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) went a step further, writing an open letter to Biden asking him to rescind all recent rulemaking and guidance under the Trump era, which would include all of the OCC letters. 

The charter likely cannot be easily revoked though, and while Brooks may have sped the publication of these letters, Senior Deputy Comptroller Jonathan Gould told me last year that the agency had already been looking into much of its guidance over the last few years, a statement Brooks echoed at a public seminar last week. In other words, despite what some lawmakers might want, this guidance might be here to stay. Whether any bank acts on it is another question entirely.

Meanwhile, Politico is reporting that Biden might tap Professor Mehrsa Baradaran, of the University of California, Irvine, or Dean Michael Barr, of the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, to succeed Brooks. Baradaran has testified on crypto multiple times in Congress, while Barr joined Ripple’s board of advisors in 2015.

Congress: Bringing back real-time payments

Let’s get to the really interesting bits: Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is going to run the Senate Banking Committee for the next Congressional session, and one of his focuses will be on real-time payments and how to implement them, as well as in bringing the financially excluded onto payment rails. An idea being tossed around is postal banking, where post offices (which are plentiful) are able to provide certain financial services. Rohan Grey, a legislative adviser who helped create the STABLE Act, said FedAccounts will likely receive a lot of attention. Brown himself mentioned the concept during a virtual media availability. “The Fed will administer, not subsidize, a no-fee account. It can be done online, it can be done at post offices … you can get access perhaps at a small bank in your neighborhood,” he said of the idea.

One common perception around crypto is that proof-of-work networks like Bitcoin are incredibly energy intensive and are primarily powered by oil or coal plants. Industry participants say hydroelectric and other forms of renewable energy sources are used instead. Either way, regulators like the New York Department of Financial Services and CFTC are warning their regulated firms to be mindful of the environmental costs of their services. Crypto miners in the U.S. in particular may see new requests or regulations heading their way.

The other major storyline to watch out for is how exactly Congress will proceed in the coming weeks and months. We all saw the mob breach the U.S. Capitol Building in January, followed by several Republican Senators and Representatives objecting to the acceptance of the certified Electoral College votes from the states of Arizona and Pennsylvania. Several members of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus gave speeches and voted against accepting the votes – essentially disagreeing with consensus, to use a rough crypto analogy. Punchbowl News reported that some Democratic lawmakers and aides are considering freezing the objectors out of parts of the legislative process. 

This could mean that bills introduced by blockchain proponents like Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), such as the Token Taxonomy Act, might go nowhere if they’re introduced or reintroduced this year. Kristin Smith, executive director of the Blockchain Association, said the “political tensions right now are incredibly high,” and noted that “there’s currently a lot of pressure on Democrats to stop working across the aisle with anyone who voted the other way” last week, though she expects this to subside as time moves on. “The Democrats may have the White House, the House and the Senate today but they won’t always be on that side of things and they’ll want to work across the aisle when they’re in the minority as well,” she said. “I’m hopeful we’ll return to seeing some bipartisanship.”

Speaking of the insurrection, Twitter banned Trump, alongside many other social media firms. Big Tech’s role in society was already going to be a question for Congress, but after deplatforming the U.S. president, expect those conversations to take on a new level of importance. Also important, but perhaps less discussed: Some payment processors also deplatformed Trump supporters and his campaign. 

Elsewhere

  • Alt-Right Groups Received $500K in BTC Month Before Capitol Riot: Chainalysis: Actually, there’s more about this insurrection we should talk about. Last week, analytics firm Chainalysis published a blog post noting that 13.5 BTC had been sent to 22 wallets, some of which were tied to far-right activists who participated in the mob on Jan. 6. The bitcoin appears to have been sent by a French computer programmer who has since passed away, according to Chainalysis. Crypto has been tied to extremists before, and as the new legislative session begins it would not surprise me if legislation to combat terrorist funding via crypto is raised again. The other concern legislators and regulators may have is that these funds reportedly came from overseas – foreign funds involved in U.S. politics is a sticky area for local lawmakers. 
  • Tron-Owned Video Platform Criticized for Hosting Extremists, US Capitol Rioters: People deplatformed from YouTube and Twitch for espousing hate and/or violence turned to DLive, which pays creators in crypto and is owned by Tron. Mind you, Tron/DLive is now also kicking off anyone who streamed from the Capitol.
  • Jerome Powell on CBDCs: ‘We Don’t Feel a Need to Be First’: Fed Chair Jerome Powell talked about stablecoins and CBDCs last week. In short: he said stablecoins might pose risks, and the U.S. is working with other nations on this (more Libra talk?), and central bank digital currencies are probably coming later rather than sooner. I’ll just refer you to my colleague Nate DiCamillo’s reporting above.

Outside crypto

If you’ve got thoughts or questions on what I should discuss next week or any other feedback you’d like to share, feel free to email me at nik.de@coindesk.com or find me on Twitter @nikhileshde

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First Mover: Ether Steals Limelight With New All-Time High Price as Bitcoiners HODL

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Bitcoin (BTC) was higher for a second day, staying in the past two week’s range between roughly $34,000 and $40,000.  

“This period of consolidation is building a solid base, giving those who wish to sell bitcoin plenty of time,” according to the cryptocurrency exchange firm Diginex. 

Ether (ETH), the second-biggest cryptocurrency, rose Tuesday to a new all-time high of $1,499.33, reaching price levels not seen since early 2018. The LINK token from Chainlink, which provides price feeds to decentralized trading and lending systems built atop blockchain networks, also set a record price.   

Read More: Ethereum’s Ether Cryptocurrency Sets New Price Record on Major Exchanges

With the bitcoin market trading sideways, some investors might be rotating into so-called alternative cryptocurrencies for faster returns, Edward Moya, a senior market analyst for the foreign-exchange broker Oanda, said in emailed comments.  

“The cryptoverse is growing again, and right now many cryptocurrency traders are diversifying into other coins,” Moya said. 

In traditional markets, Asian and European shares rose and U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher open ahead of Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen’s confirmation hearing. The former Federal Reserve chair is expected to call for the government to “act big” on stimulus borrowing and spending, to aid the economic recovery. 

Gold strengthened 0.2% to $1,845 an ounce. 

Market Moves

With bitcoin prices up 26% so far in January after quadrupling in 2020 and doubling the year before that, a trader might be forgiven for looking to take some profits. 

But based on data extracted from the underlying blockchain network, investors appear content to sit tight, apparently betting a new rally could quickly take the cryptocurrency to fresh all-time highs. 

Delphi Digital, a cryptocurrency analysis firm, noted last week in a report that bitcoin balances on cryptocurrency exchanges had decreased to about 2.3 million from 2.4 million over the past month as prices rose. Often, when prices rise, the balances increase, as more investors transfer bitcoins to the exchange to be liquidated. 

“The net outflow this time around is potentially indicative of the long-term focused nature of recent investors,” according to the Delphi analysts, Yan Liberman and Kevin Kelly. 

Bitcoin balances on exchanges have declined even as prices for the cryptocurrency rose, indicating holders are in no hurry to take profits.
Source: Delphi Digital

The exchange outflows dovetail with other blockchain data showing more bitcoin being hoarded by investors for the long term, known in crypto-industry jargon as HODLing.  

Analysts for Glassnode, a blockchain-data firm, noted Monday that the number of bitcoins held in “accumulation addresses” has climbed by 17% over the past year to more than 2.7 million. These are addresses that have only ever received bitcoin and never spent them. 

“This increase highlights the massive supply restriction that is occurring in the BTC market, with almost 15% of the total supply held in these addresses,” according to the firm.

Some 14.6 million out of the 18.6 million bitcoins mined over the blockchain network’s 12-year history are “either lost or being HODLed long term,” Glassnode says. That means new buyers coming in, such as big investors or companies looking to use the cryptocurrency as a hedge against potential inflation, would have to compete for the remaining 4 million or so bitcoins still circulating. 

“When combined with the general decrease in bitcoin’s liquid supply and the number of lost coins, this leads to an even more limited supply, which is helping BTC maintain the highest prices it has ever seen,” the analysts wrote

– Bradley Keoun

Past episodes of a decreasing “liquid supply” of bitcoin have preceded price rallies.
Source: Glassnode

Bitcoin Watch

Bitcoin’s hourly chart, with bull-bear tug of war represented by “contracting triangle” price pattern.
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Bitcoin remains locked in a narrowing price range despite resurgent institutional demand.

The top cryptocurrency has charted a symmetrical triangle over the past few days, as seen on the hourly chart. It’s a sign both buyers and sellers are unwilling to lead the price action.

Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), the biggest publicly traded crypto investment trust, purchased a total of 16,244 BTC ($607 million) on Monday, taking out 18 times more supply from the market than what miners added. This was after the trust reopened last week following a month-long pause and quickly accumulated another 4,700 BTC. (Grayscale is owned by Digital Currency Group, the parent company of CoinDesk.)

Even so, the cryptocurrency is struggling to gather upside traction. The bulls look to be taking a hiatus, having engineered a rally of more than 200% over the past three months. 

Digital-asset traders appear to have shifted toward alternative cryptocurrencies such as ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency, which rose to a new record high early Tuesday.

The focus could move back to bitcoin if the largest cryptocurrency breaks out of its hourly chart triangle pattern. That would imply a resumption of the broader trend and put $50,000 on the map, as noted by Vinny Lingham, investor and founder of crypto wallet and identity verification firm Civic.

– Omkar Godbole

Read More: Bitcoin Becomes Most-Crowded Trade in Bank of America Survey After Passing ‘Long Tech’

Token Watch

Enjin (ENJ): Enjin Coin becomes first gaming cryptocurrency whitelisted for use in Japan (CoinDesk)  

Tether (USDT): Anonymous columnist questions whether Tether’s true peg is distorted by promotional awards (Medium

Celsius (CEL): Alex Mashinsky, CEO of crypto lender Celsius, says in interview that company filed SEC exemption form on CEL tokens “because the regulations are not clear” (CoinDesk

XRP (XRP): Kraken exchange becomes latest to halt XRP trading for U.S. residents after SEC suit against Ripple Labs (CoinDesk

What’s Hot

Goldman Sachs reportedly planning to enter crypto market soon with custody play (CoinDesk)  

Huobi Global connects to European banking system via UK’s BCB Group (CoinDesk)

Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange, hounded by snarky social-media comments about reliability, plans improvements to infrastructure (CoinDesk)

CoinShares starts exchange-traded bitcoin product (Bloomberg

MetLife’s investment arm predicts “true central bank digital-currency launch among Western countries seems unlikely to occur anytime soon” (CoinDesk

Bitcoin takes over as “most-crowded trade” in Bank of America survey after passing “long tech” (CoinDesk

“No, bitcoin is not in a bubble,” CoinDesk Research Director Noelle Acheson writes in Crypto Long & Short newsletter (CoinDesk

JPMorgan analysts see $40,000 as a key bitcoin price threshold before bullish uptrend continues, Bloomberg reports (CoinDesk

Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in interview, lists bitcoin among U.S. dollar alternatives that could make inroads as an international reserve asset (CoinDesk

Wall Street chief financial officers (CFO) are more wary of putting company funds into bitcoin after last week’s 30% price plunge (CoinDesk)

Bitcoin is “two bets in one: a sound, unimpeachable monetary protocol and the reserve asset for a rapidly expanding crypto-financial network,” Castle Island Ventures’ Nic Carter writes (New York Magazine

South Korea’s Dunamu launches its own bitcoin “fear and greed” index (CoinDesk):

Dunamu’s new index is pushing toward the red zone, indicating “extreme greed.”
Source: Dunamu

Analogs

The latest on the economy and traditional finance

Biden Treasury secretary nominee (and former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen) says in prepared remarks for Tuesday’s confirmation hearing that “with interest rates at historic lows, the smartest thing we can do is act big” (FT

Jamie Dimon says JPMorgan Chase should absolutely be “scared s—less” about threat from fintech rivals, names PayPal, Square, Stripe, Ant Financial, Amazon, Apple, Google (CNBC

Beleaguered U.S. bank Wells Fargo targets $8B in cost savings over three years, including job cuts, and considers options for exiting asset-management and corporate-trust businesses (Pensions & Investments

Foreign investors expect U.S. dollar to remain weak under Biden (WSJ

U.S. corporate bond spreads shrink to 0.93 percentage point, narrowest since January 2020, at least partly reflecting investor confidence in ongoing economic stimulus and easy money from the Federal Reserve (WSJ)  

Reserve Bank of Australia could shut down quantitative easing program in April (Australian Financial Review)

China’s GDP grew 2.3% in 2020, lowest lowest in 44 years (Nikkei Asia Review)

Taiwanese chip maker startup Kneron eyes global expansion, aims for 8x growth in 2021 as U.S. blacklists hit Chinese rivals (Nikkei Asia Review)

Southeast Asian ride-hailing company Grab considers U.S. IPO estimated at $2B (Reuters)

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