But despite ETH demonstrating strong technical momentum and entering price discovery, on-chain analysis finds that its support is “narrower” than Bitcoin’s.
Simply put, ETH faces a bigger risk of seeing a deeper pullback than Bitcoin in the foreseeable future if the market turns around.
Why does Ether have a weaker support area than Bitcoin
Philip Gradwell, chief economist at Chainalysis, said that ETH’s price has narrower support near its record high compared to Bitcoin.
If the market corrects, the next major ETH support level, is around $1,800, Gradwell noted.
Based on the accumulation trend of ETH, Gradwell explained that the strongest level of demand is at $1,800. He said:
“The Ethereum price reached a new all-time high this week, but cost-curve analysis suggests the peak Ethereum price has a narrower base of support than the peak Bitcoin price, with the next strongest level of observed demand for Ethereum at $1,800.”
Gradwell used a data point called “the USD cost of Ethereum held” — which is similar to whale clusters for Bitcoin — to estimate at which price level investors accumulated ETH.
If the $1,800 support level gets broken and the market sees a sizable correction, the economist said that $1,500 is a “particularly strong” next level of support for ETH.
A drop to $1,500 would mean ETH would see a 30% drop from the current price of around $2,100.
Historically, 30% pullbacks occur frequently during bull cycles, but in the recent cryptocurrency market uptrend, there has not been many 20%-to-30% pullbacks compared to the run-up in 2017.
Nonetheless, Gradwell emphasized that $1,500 is the macro support level for ETH in the short to medium term. He added:
“The ETH market has changed radically in recent months, with a significant increase in the cost of acquisition for over 50 million ETH, out of a total supply of 115M. Support at $1,500 is particularly strong, with 33.3M ETH acquired above this level at a total cost of $58 billion.”
One key reason ETH might have a narrower support base than Bitcoin could be the small number of long-time hodlers.
After the peak in 2017, Gradwell found that a small cohort of investors held ETH despite seeing major losses.
The economist said that such a trend supports the concern that ETH has a weaker support base, at least relative to Bitcoin.
Traders expect ETH to continue rallying above ATH
In the short term, traders still expect ETH to see a broader uptrend despite the concerns for a narrow support base.
A pseudonymous trader known as Blunts said that based on the bottoming out formation on the four-hour chart, ETH would likely see another record high before BTC.
The trader said:
“Looks like that was the $eth low. At this rate eth will be at ath before btc.”
Atop the favorable technical market structure, according to Glassnode, the hash rate of the Ethereum blockchain network has hit a new all-time high.
Previous ATH of 557,592,098,540,542 was observed on 08 April 2021
— glassnode alerts (@glassnodealerts) April 9, 2021
Hence, both fundamentals and price technicals suggest that the momentum of ETH’s price has a good chance of sustainability in the near term.
Crypto Scam Watchdog Group Wants To Get Back At Vitalik Buterin
A crypto scam watchdog group wants to get back at Ethereum’s creator after he got rid of all of his SHIB token holdings. Now, the group created a token that dumps ETH for rival BNB as we can see more in our latest Ethereum news today.
The market for SHIB collapsed after Buterin got rid of all of his tokens and now one crypto scam watchdog group wants revenge. The Telegram group War on Rugs hates rug pulls but now they are trying to rug pull Ethereum. The group says it’s composed of developers and auditors that created the Rug Ethereum token in retaliation for the ETH co-founder Vitalik Buterin’s decisions o transfer millions of his SHIB tokens to charity while at the same time he crashed the market for the token:
“Vitalik rug pulled Shiba, innocent investors have been hurt. He should never be shown as a hero for this.”
@VitalikButerin rug pulled Shiba Inu $SHIB. Let’s rug Ethereum $ETH. Introducing Rug Ethereum $RETH on the Binance Smart Chain. A token that dumps ETH for BNB. The first @WARONRUGS token. #SellYourETHhttps://t.co/lZ7zckBqIG
— #WARONRUGS❌ (@WARONRUGS) May 14, 2021
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao agreed to list the token on Binance’s Innovation Zone and called SHIB high risk. War on Rugs which looked at the smart contract said that this year Buterin had a huge stake in the token which meant it could be vulnerable. A rug pull is a type of scam where developers leave a project and take investors’ money with them. They are most common in the DeFi space where people can go to get crypto loans, earn interest, and trade assets without getting the help of a financial intermediary or insurance that intermediaries provide.
Buterin didn’t develop the token so now the creators of the meme token sent trillions of the asset to Buterin who is reversed among ETH acolytes for his intellectual capacity and lack of concern for the things money can buy. Sending the funds to Buterin’s wallet lent the project a veneer of legitimacy while also decreasing the supply because he wouldn’t touch the funds. DeFi researcher Chris Blec said:
“If you consider a ‘rug pull’ to be quickly, without notice, removing a damaging amount of liquidity from a pool, then I guess that’s what Vitalik did. The fact that he never asked for the liquidity in the first place definitely changes things though.The SHIB token project was originally deployed with a specific set of risks and a whole lot of inherent problems. Vitalik didn’t change any of that. He simply exposed the token for what it was.”
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Bitcoinist Book Club: “The Bitcoin Standard” (Prologue and Chapter 1)
To lay the foundation for everything we’ll learn in the Bitcoinist Book Club, we had to start with “The Bitcoin Standard” by Saifedean Ammous. A fair amount of experts in the field recommend it as the first Bitcoin book people should read. Does that mean it’s too basic for the Bitcoinist audience? Not at all. Our readers might already be familiar with these concepts, but seeing them used as building blocks to construct a case for Bitcoin is a thing of beauty.
Here’s an introductory deep dive into The Bitcoin Standard and the first iteration of the Bitcoin Book Club.
About The Coolest Club On Earth
The Bitcoinist Book Club has two different use cases:
1.- For the superstar-executive-investor on the run, we’ll summarize the must-read books for cryptocurrency enthusiasts. One by one. Chapter by chapter. We read them so you don’t have to, and give you just the meaty bits.
2.- For the meditative bookworm who’s here for the research, we’ll provide liner notes to accompany your reading. After our book club finishes with the book, you can always come back to refresh the concepts and find crucial quotes.
That’s it. Let’s get into it.
“The Bitcoin Standard” – Prologue
The book is divided into three parts. The first one discusses the concept of money and everything it implies. The second part goes back in time and analyzes the use of “sound and unsound forms of money throughout history.” The third, finally, gets into Bitcoin and the possibilities it brings to the table, “and analyzes the possible uses of Bitcoin as a form of sound money.”
The prologue also provides a solid definition of what Bitcoin is:
In essence, Bitcoin offered a payment network with its own native currency, and used a sophisticated method for members to verify all transactions without having to trust in any single member of the network. The currency was issued at a predetermined rate to reward the members who spent their processing power on verifying the transactions, thus providing a reward for their work.
That means Bitcoin is, “the first demonstrably reliable operational example of digital cash and digital hard money.” This is huge. This is what the world needs. And, as we go through this book, we’ll find out exactly why.
The prologue cannot end without a familiar disclaimer: “This book does not offer investment advice.” Of course it doesn’t, and everybody involved resents the implication.
BTC price chart on Bitstamp | Source: BTC/USD on TradingView.com
“The Bitcoin Standard” – Chapter 1: Money
The main function of money is as a medium of exchange. The second is as a store of value, and the third is as a unit of account. We need money because barter is not an efficient enough system for a complex society. So, “A good that assumes the role of a widely accepted medium of exchange is called money.” It doesn’t matter what it is and it doesn’t have to be “government paper.”
What the market looks for in potential money is salability. That is, “the ease with which a good can be sold on the market whenever its holder desires, with the least loss in its price.” If that characteristic persists across time, then the asset displays an “ability to hold value into the future.” So, it becomes a store of value.
It therefore follows that for something to assume a monetary role, it has to be costly to produce, otherwise the temptation to make money on the cheap will destroy the wealth of the savers, and destroy the incentive anyone has to save in this medium.
If it’s difficult to produce new “monetary units,” that’s “hard money.” If it isn’t, then it’s “easy money.” Over time, people who use hard money will tremendously outperform people who use easy money. A constant increase in the supply will erode the purchasing power of the easy money, it’s as simple as that. The law of supply and demand never fails.
The ratio between the stock and flow is a reliable indicator of a good’s hardness as money, and how well it is suited to playing a monetary role.
With flow being the “extra production that will be made in the next time period.” These core concepts are the basis for PlanB’s Stock-To-Flow model. And this is the main reason that model works, “The higher the ratio of the stock to the flow, the more likely a good is to maintain its value over time.” Or to, you know… augment its value.
It’s time to talk about liquidity, “the more people accept a monetary medium, the more liquid it is.” And acceptance throughout a community is the characteristic that allows for pricing to be, “expressed in its terms, which allows it to play the third function of money: unit of account.”
So, money plays “the roles of medium of exchange to allow specialization; store of value to create future-orientation and incentivize individuals to direct resources to investment instead of consumption; and unit of account to allow economic calculation of profits and losses.”
So simple, and yet it eludes even the smartest of us.
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A Critique, Because It Can’t All Be Positive
This sentence should’ve been heavily edited, it sounds like a bad joke:
Producers can specialize in producing capital goods that will only produce final consumer goods after longer intervals, which allows for more productive and superior products.
Five product-related words in a row? Come on! And, as a bonus, in the same paragraph:
The production of these tools stretches the duration of the production process significantly while also increasing its productivity.
Three more product-related words? That’s a total of eight in the same paragraph. Too much.
Stay tuned for the next installment of the Bitcoinist Book Club.
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Walking on sunshine: Top crypto summer vacation destinations in 2021
Even though the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has yet to fully recede, an increasing number of countries are beginning to open up their borders to tourists once again. Furthermore, with large-scale vaccination drives taking place all over the world, it appears as though by the time summer rolls around again, it will become possible for many individuals to travel to certain holiday destinations once again.
In fact, according to the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, American tourists will be able to pay a visit to their favorite European Union countries during summer 2021, given that they are able to fulfill the EU’s vaccination requirements.
In this regard, it should be pointed out that according to a tracker made available by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 35% of all American citizens have already been fully vaccinated, while 46% have received at least one shot.
Lastly, these vaccination numbers seem to be growing at a rapid rate, thereby hinting at the possibility that by the onset of June, a vast majority of the U.S. population — which includes many cryptocurrency enthusiasts — will be able to travel abroad.
It’s time to pack your bags
Though the last year and a half have been quite a rough ride for pretty much everyone across the planet, there is no denying that the crypto industry has recently been on the receiving end of some insanely bullish market action, especially over the course of the last six to twelve months.
To put things into perspective, since the start of 2021 alone, the total market capitalization of the digital asset sector has risen from approximately $780 billion to $2.4 trillion, exhibiting insane growth of over 200%. As a result, many crypto investors have seen their portfolios increase manyfold, giving them access to spare capital that they can use to take a much-deserved break.
So, here is an outline of some of the top destinations that crypto HODLers can visit to unwind. The list takes into account factors such as the ease of visa procuration, internet accessibility and low COVID-19 infection rates.
The picturesque island nation of the Bahamas has been a go-to holiday destination for many Americans and Canadians for decades now, thanks in large part to its proximity to the Americas. In fact, around 92% of all tourists visiting the West Indian nation are from either North or South America.
As things stand, the Bahamas has a relatively low number of active COVID-19 cases. Furthermore, because the country already boasts of an infrastructural framework that is tailor-made for Westerners — i.e., high-speed internet and premium living locales — the Bahamas stands to be the perfect getaway for many tourists this summer.
To enter, American passport holders can forgo testing — a requirement that is applicable for other visitors — if they are able to provide legitimate proof of vaccination. That said, before flying, they are required to fill out a simple “Travel Health Visa” application that can be processed online.
Lastly, for crypto enthusiasts, it should be pointed out that the Bahamas was one of the first countries in the world to roll out its very own central bank digital currency, the Sand Dollar. In fact, it is the world’s first CBDC to go beyond a pilot phase and achieve an official launch. Moreover, regulators will be actively pushing to increase adoption of the CBDC this summer, so crypto participants traveling there could witness a historic event unfolding right before their eyes.
Situated in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is another island nation that draws in millions of tourists annually. One of the main reasons that hordes of visitors flock to the country is its incredible weather, with both the summer and winter months remaining mildly warm and dry when compared with other parts of Europe.
Cyprus’ stance toward the crypto sector is quite friendly, despite the government recently warning its citizens against investing in Bitcoin (BTC). It is possible to convert various cryptocurrencies into local fiat via a number of exchanges that operate in the country, such as BitPanda and eToro, making it an ideal getaway for HODLers.
To enter, travelers simply need to share their vaccination documents with the Cypriot government via its “Flight Pass” tool. That being said, it should be pointed out that as per the Cypriot government’s recent guidelines, even vaccinated travelers may be asked to take random tests during their stay.
The southeastern European nation of Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting millions of people to its many islands across the Aegean and Ionian Seas.
This is, in large part, due to the country boasting of some of the most scenic beaches in Europe — like the black sand beaches of Santorini — as well as some of the most elite party resorts in the world, which are situated primarily in and around Mykonos.
Furthermore, since it is possible to buy/sell/convert a wide array of cryptocurrencies in Greece using established platforms such as Coinbase and eToro, crypto holders have even more incentives to pay a visit to the country.
In terms of traveling to the European nation, Greece has started opening its doors to American visitors who have gotten their recommended COVID-19 vaccine shots. However, it should be mentioned that in order to seamlessly enter the country, the second shot should have been administered at least two weeks prior to the trip. Travelers from all other nations are required to produce a COVID-19 negative test result upon arrival.
Though many in the West may not be familiar with Georgia, as the nation is tightly wedged between Europe and Asia, the country boasts of a highly picturesque landscape and affords its travelers a high degree of safety. In fact, Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, is consistently cited as one of the safest cities in the world.
For crypto enthusiasts in particular, Georgia is an excellent travel destination, as it provides digital-asset owners with seamless access to multiple crypto-fiat gateways. In addition, individuals in Georgia are exempt from income tax on any profits received from the sale of cryptocurrencies. Not only that, but any crypto-to-fiat transactions are not subject to value-added tax (VAT). This includes the lari, Georgia’s fiat currency.
To enter, travelers are required to furnish their COVID-19 vaccination records. Furthermore, U.S. residents who are not vaccinated are also allowed to enter, provided they have only traveled through certain nations and are carrying a negative test result with them.
The tiny nation of Grenada is situated in the Caribbean and is the southernmost island in the Antilles archipelago. It offers unsoiled scenic landscapes and provides tourists with access to all of the amenities that they may be looking for in their ideal holiday destination.
The local crypto market is unregulated at the moment, and crypto enthusiasts can make use of many prominent exchanges such as Binance, CEX.IO and Coinmama to seamlessly switch between various cryptocurrencies and the Eastern Caribbean dollar — the national currency of Grenada — making shopping and payments a breeze.
Currently, the Grenadian government is allowing all vaccinated Americans to enter its borders. However, upon arrival, all entrants — even those who have been vaccinated — have to quarantine for 48 hours while officials conduct a COVID-19 test.
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