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When ‘alt season?’ Now, says analyst as Bitcoin dominance hits 6-month low

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Bitcoin (BTC) now accounts for less than 60% of the total cryptocurrency market capitalization, heralding the arrival of “alt season 2.0.”

In a tweet on March 29, analyst Filbfilb, co-founder of trading suite Decentrader, announced that conditions were finally right for a fresh altcoin surge as their total market capitalization is hitting new highs of nearly $750 billion.

Altcoin market capitalization. Source: CoinMarketCap

Bitcoin dominance at its lowest since October 2020

Highlighting the current BTC/USD spot price, the combined altcoin market cap in U.S. dollars and Bitcoin’s market cap dominance, Filbfilb summarized the market in what will be music to the ears of altcoin traders everywhere.

“Alt szn,” he commented, conjuring a common nickname for the phenomenon of altcoins rising when Bitcoin cools or consolidates after a price surge of its own.

“Alt season” has been a full three years in the making. As Cointelegraph reported, expectations of a broad altcoin resurgence have long been high but ultimately left unfulfilled.  

Now, however, with Bitcoin consolidating after hitting all-time highs of $61,700, circumstances appear to have played into traders’ hands.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s market cap dominance was 59.4%, its lowest since late October 2020.

Cryptocurrency market cap dominance chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

The latest catalyst is arguably Visa, which on Monday announced that it would support stablecoin USD Coin (USDC) for settlement, thus leveraging the Ethereum blockchain. ETH/USD saw a modest 4.8% uptick in response, with the market cap share of Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin, still in decline versus January.

Zooming out, the foundations are nonetheless being laid for what Cointelegraph analyst Michaël van de Poppe expects will be a “very bullish” summer for altcoins, particularly as the market capitalization has been breaking new highs, nearing $750 billion.

“Ethereum is going to surprise everyone massively,” he wrote about the Visa decision.

Previous price forecasts for ETH/USD have included $5,000 and even $10,000 as a mid-term estimate.

Altcoins look great,” fellow analyst Scott Melker added.

“Bottom in” for BTC?

For Bitcoin, meanwhile, signs of a bullish comeback remained muted Monday after markets hit the buffers at February’s all-time highs of $58,300.

Intraday activity was nonetheless strong, with the pair up by over 4% in the past 24 hours.

Among market participants, talk thus turned to whether last week’s bounce off $50,000 represented a definitive price floor in the ongoing consolidation period.

“It could very well be that the BTC bottom is in,” popular Twitter account Rekt Capital estimated on Monday.

“If this is indeed the case, then this means that $BTC bottomed after a two-week retrace for the second time this year. Average Bitcoin retrace in 2017 was ~16 days.”

BTC/USD retracement chart. Source: Rekt Capital/Twitter

As of publication time, BTC/USD circled $58,000, showing resilience in what is the start of its final resistance block before entering uncharted price territory once again.

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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/when-alt-season-now-says-analyst-as-bitcoin-dominance-hits-6-month-low

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YouTuber claims he’ll buy 111 Tesla Model 3s… if Elon Musk accepts Bitcoin Cash

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A Bitcoin Cash (BCH) YouTuber has promised to buy 111 Tesla Model 3s … but only if Tesla CEO Elon Musk agrees to accept BCH for Tesla purchases from now on.

Going by the title “1stmil.com,” the Australian YouTuber explained to almost 8,000 followers over three short videos that he believes Tesla would see a boost in sales as a result as there are many Bitcoin Cash supporters who want to spend their cryptocurrency, whereas Bitcoin (BTC) supporters tend to want to hang on to their holdings.

“You will enjoy unbelievable amount of support by people who actually want to spend the Bitcoin Cash, not the people who just want to HODL the BTC.”

In late March the Bitcoin Cash community was dismayed to learn that BCH had not been added as a payment option when Elon Musk confirmed that U.S. customers could buy a Tesla using BTC.

The day following this public rebuff, BCH hit new all-time lows against Bitcoin of 0.089 BTC.

It’s unclear whether this latest BCH offer is just a publicity stunt by the YouTuber who has hosted his channel for three years now. 1stmil’s ability to pay for 111 Telsas is also an open question as the wallet shown in the first video, only holds approximately $141,000 in BCH, or enough to buy just three Teslas. On Reddit, he clarified that he purposefully did not want to reveal his other wallets for security reasons.

In earlier videos he alludes to already owning multiple millions in the crypto, predicting he will make $1 billion when BCH reaches $50,000 by 2025. If true that would mean he holds at least $14.88 million in BCH at current prices.

The cars he plans to purchase, white Tesla Model 3s are currently sold in Australia for approximately $52,000. Not including the volume discount, this would equate to an initial purchase of $5.8 million.

He said he intends to use the Tesla EVs for a new business project, the details of which he cannot reveal yet. However, on Reddit, he explained that the cars will be stripped out and repurposed: “Let’s just say Tesla model 3s are sold in Australia below cost. Their parts are worth more than their sum.”

This isn’t the first time BCH proponents have brought the crypto to Elon Musk’s attention. On March 25, in response to Musk tweeting that “You can now buy a Tesla with Bitcoin,” Kim Dotcom compared BCH and BTC fees saying the former “is serving the mass market, not just the 1%.”

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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/youtuber-claims-he-ll-buy-111-tesla-model-3s-if-elon-musk-accepts-bitcoin-cash

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Kraken Daily Market Report for April 22 2021

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Overview


  • Total spot trading volume at $3.54 billion, 79% above the 30-day average of $1.98 billion.
  • Total futures notional at $1.48 billion.
  • The top five traded coins were, respectively, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether, Dogecoin, and Ripple.
  • Strong returns from Aragon (+12%), Ethereum Classic (+10%), Uniswap (+10%), and Compound (+9.9%).

April 22, 2021 
 $3.54B traded across all markets today
 Crypto, EUR, USD, JPY, CAD, GBP, CHF, AUD 
XBT 
$54522. 
↑1.1% 
$1.21B
ETH 
$2476.2 
↑4.8% 
$1.11B
USDT 
$1.0003 
↑0.01% 
$401.2M
XDG 
$0.2862 
↓6.8% 
$235.0M
XRP 
$1.3312 
↑2.5% 
$183.6M
USDC 
$0.9996 
↓0.04% 
$95.8M
ADA 
$1.2313 
↑2.1% 
$92.2M
LTC 
$267.11 
↑3.1% 
$84.4M
DOT 
$34.868 
↑3.0% 
$75.1M
LINK 
$37.309 
↑2.6% 
$47.6M
BCH 
$929.52 
↑1.8% 
$36.8M
SC 
$0.0418 
↓1.4% 
$35.5M
UNI 
$36.982 
↑10% 
$22.7M
XMR 
$387.81 
↑3.4% 
$18.2M
TRX 
$0.1240 
↑0.8% 
$17.4M
XLM 
$0.4925 
↑0.31% 
$14.0M
XTZ 
$5.3980 
↑1.1% 
$12.4M
EOS 
$6.4691 
↑1.8% 
$11.4M
KSM 
$357.06 
↑1.9% 
$11.0M
ATOM 
$20.203 
↑2.9% 
$10.7M
ETC 
$35.315 
↑10% 
$10.1M
AAVE 
$380.83 
↑8.5% 
$9.66M
FIL 
$149.84 
↑1.3% 
$9.4M
ALGO 
$1.2848 
↑5.7% 
$8.93M
FLOW 
$34.027 
↑0.7% 
$8.67M
MANA 
$1.3504 
↑1.2% 
$8.5M
COMP 
$543.54 
↑9.9% 
$6.93M
NANO 
$8.8141 
↓2.5% 
$6.9M
DASH 
$303.63 
↑2.7% 
$6.65M
DAI 
$1.0005 
↓0.03% 
$6.64M
QTUM 
$15.690 
↓1.0% 
$5.29M
OMG 
$7.7289 
↑0.8% 
$5.01M
YFI 
$47294. 
↑3.9% 
$4.95M
GRT 
$1.5405 
↑0.5% 
$4.91M
CRV 
$2.9549 
↑2.1% 
$4.81M
BAT 
$1.2194 
↑0.9% 
$4.68M
ZEC 
$241.88 
↑1.7% 
$4.49M
OCEAN 
$1.3088 
↓0.27% 
$4.34M
SNX 
$16.376 
↑2.8% 
$3.81M
STORJ 
$1.8451 
↑0.3% 
$3.34M
ICX 
$2.1484 
↑0.03% 
$3.32M
KAVA 
$4.9721 
↓0.2% 
$3.12M
WAVES 
$14.442 
↓0.5% 
$3.05M
ANT 
$9.6897 
↑12% 
$2.75M
KNC 
$2.9932 
↓1.6% 
$2.26M
MLN 
$93.747 
↑1.0% 
$1.84M
LSK 
$5.0834 
↓1.0% 
$1.64M
BAL 
$58.164 
↑5.2% 
$1.62M
GNO 
$183.44 
↑0.5% 
$1.53M
OXT 
$0.6370 
↑1.3% 
$1.4M
PAXG 
$1805.9 
↓0.4% 
$1.4M
KEEP 
$0.5558 
↓0.07% 
$1.32M
EWT 
$15.673 
↑2.6% 
$1.21M
REP 
$40.095 
↓1.3% 
$868K
REPV2 
$36.472 
↓1.2% 
$456K
TBTC 
$56700. 
↓0.8% 
$107K



#####################. 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 (April 22 2021)



Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (April 22 2021)



Figure 3: Smallest trading assets: (measured in USD) (April 22 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 (April 22 2021)



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

Returns and Volume


Figure 5: Returns of the four highest volume pairs (April 22 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 (April 22 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. (April 22 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/8762/kraken-daily-market-report-for-april-22-2021/

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‘Bitcoin incentivizes renewable energy’ agree Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey

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Some of Bitcoin’s most prominent backers have sought to make the case for Bitcoin’s environmental efficiency, with a collaborative paper from researchers at financial services firm Square and investment manager Ark Invest asserting that Bitcoin mining can drive increased efficiency in renewable energy production.

The paper, authored by “The Bitcoin Clean Energy Initiative,” or BCEI, seeks to counter the claim that “the computation required to secure Bitcoin […] is environmentally damaging and ruining the planet,” arguing that Bitcoin mining incentivizes the generation of electricity “from renewable carbon-free sources.”

The paper has received support from top crypto luminaries including Square’s Jack Dorsey, Tesla’s Elon Musk, and Ark Invest’s Cathie Wood.

In an April 22 Twitter thread, Square argues that while solar and wind can produce energy cheaper than fossil fuels, these renewable sources typically produce excessive supply when demand is low and conversely struggle to meet needs of consumers and industry when demand is high.

According to the researchers, the issue of divergent renewable production and demand for electricity could be mitigated by building an ecosystem “where solar/wind, batteries, and Bitcoin mining co-exist to form a green grid that runs almost exclusively on renewable energy.”

“Not only is this doable, it is doable without jeopardizing the sector’s profitability.”

The paper describes the Bitcoin mining sector as “an energy buyer of last resort” that can be situated anywhere in the world.

Despite solar and wind energy costing between roughly half and one-third of fossil fuels per kilowatt-hour, the paper asserts the geographical limitations of renewable power plans typically results in energy supply being “either abundant or non-existent.”

“The end result is significantly more power than society typically needs for a few hours per day and not nearly enough when demand spikes. This challenge also plays out seasonally.”

By combining Bitcoin mining with renewable energy storage, the paper argues the limitations of batteries and energy dissipation can be offset by diverting excessive electricity to mining farms. If miners were able to capture just 20% of wind and solar energy that is delayed on U.S. power grids, BCEI estimates that global mining capacity could triple.

The mobilization of miners as an electricity buyer of last resort would also bolster the profitability of the renewable energy sector, offering producers the opportunity for “arbitrage between electricity prices and Bitcoin prices.”

“In a sense, the unlimited appetite of miners allows them to eat whatever remains of the ‘duck’s belly.’ Given these benefits, we believe it makes logical sense for utility-scale storage developers to augment their current battery offerings with Bitcoin miners.”

The paper also asserts that the costs associated with expanding renewable energy will see accelerated decline.

“The Bitcoin and energy markets are converging and we believe the energy asset owners of today will likely become the miners of tomorrow,” it said.

However, not everyone is convinced by BCEI’s assertions, with popular analyst Mati Greenspan describing the report as “justify[ing] Bitcoin’s massive energy consumption.”

Rather than offer a solution to Bitcoin’s ever-increasing energy consumption, Greenspan describes BCEI’s paper as offering the blueprint for “an energy-intensive feedback loop.”

“The main focus of the paper doesn’t seem to seek out solutions so much as justify Bitcoin’s massive energy consumption and paint a rosy picture of how it might positively impact the clean energy sector,” Greenspan argued.

Earlier this year, researchers at the University of Cambridge estimated that Bitcoin consumes 121.36 terawatt-hours annually — ranking the network among the 30-largest energy users worldwide and above the country of Argentina.

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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoin-incentivizes-renewable-energy-agree-elon-musk-and-jack-dorsey

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