The Winklevoss twins told Bloomberg that they are still reviewing their options. They haven’t yet decided on the form of the listing, and an IPO, reverse merger, and SPAC are still all on the table. A Matter of Trade-Offs At the same time, the Winklevosses also announced the launch of a Gemini-branded payment card, called … Continued
The famous crypto-centric twin brothers are looking at the current environment with an eye to listing the Gemini Trust.
The Winklevoss twins toldBloomberg that they are still reviewing their options. They haven’t yet decided on the form of the listing, and an IPO, reverse merger, and SPAC are still all on the table.
A Matter of Trade-Offs
At the same time, the Winklevosses also announced the launch of a Gemini-branded payment card, called Gemini Credit Card. The card will reportedly return 3% of the purchase in bitcoin.
“Cash is trash,” Tyler Winklevoss told Bloomberg. “So as you spend your cash, you get bitcoin – it’s a pretty good trade-off.”
The twins founded Gemini Trust in 2014 as a crypto exchange and custodian. In 2017, they filed for permission to create an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) denied the application due to the immaturity of the market. Cameron Winklevoss explained that the brothers are “still committed” to the ETF, however, they gave no further details.
The attempt to establish the first ETF shows that the Winklevosses are prepared to explore options on the edge of regulation. Gemini is nevertheless still focused on remaining compliant. In October, the firm announced that it was integrating tax-calculating capability into its platform.
This emphasis on regulatory compliance helps Gemini in other ways as well. In September, it obtained approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to operate as an Electronic Money Institution (EMI).
Moreover, Gemini was accepted into the FCA’s Fifth Money Laundering Directive (MLD) crypto-asset registration process. As a result, Gemini must comply with all anti-money laundering regulations and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) measures.
Following the approval, Gemini stated that the FCA’s go-ahead “reflects our ethos of working proactively with regulators and asking for permission, rather than forgiveness.”
Try and Try Again
Gemini’s offerings do not always appease regulators, though. In September, the exchange announced support for shielded Zcash withdrawals. Afterward, Europol took aim at Zcash. Like other privacy-enhanced coins, Zcash makes it easier to mask the transfer of ill-gotten gains.
In response to the increased scrutiny, Zcash’s founders donated the project to a non-profit organization called the Bootstrap Project. The move failed to prevent some exchanges, such as Bittrex, from delisting the coin. Gemini, however, continues to list it.
While the future of privacy coins remains in doubt, it seems that the Winklevoss’ latest endeavors are a matter of the public interest – and listing.
James Hydzik is a finance and technology writer and editor based in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is especially interested in the development of regulation in the face of increasingly rapid technological change. He previously covered the CEE region for Financial Times banking and FDI magazines. An ardent believer in gut renovating eastern Europe one flat at a time, he currently holds more home renovation gear than crypto.
This week saw a serious correction in the total cryptocurrency market. This has resulted in Bitcoin falling below the $1 trillion market cap level. The price corrected by more than 20% at one point as it lost around $13,000 from the recent all-time high before correcting to where it currently trades at around $48K.
In all fairness, Bitcoin’s downturn followed that of the entire legacy market. As we reported earlier, NASDAQ saw the biggest slump since October last year as government bond yields gave the market a jolt, and investors favor companies that would benefit from a broader economic recovery throughout the rest of the year.
In any case, the correlation between the traditional financial markets in the face of some of the largest indices, such as the NASDAQ Composite and the S&P 500, is more than evident. Nevertheless, the cryptocurrency market, in general, took a beating over the last week as it saw more than $300 billion wiped off its capitalization.
Not every coin is in the red, though. Cardano’s ADA doesn’t seem to care much about the rest of the market and continues to increase. It managed to overtake Tether’s USDT stablecoin and became the third-largest cryptocurrency by means of market capitalization. Interestingly enough, a large Dubai-based investment fund said that it would sell $750 million in Bitcoin to buy more ADA and Polkadot’s DOT.
To no one’s surprise, MicroStrategy continues to buy Bitcoin at an accelerated rate. The company announced yet another $1 billion BTC buy this week which came after the convertible senior notes offering.
In any case, it might be the case that the recent correction was a healthy one. The truth is that this bull run had almost no serious corrections on the way up, and it’s entirely natural for investors to take profit. In addition to that, the market was overly leveraged, which caused a cascading effect of long liquidations on the way down, adding more fuel to the fire.
Let’s hope that the worst is over, and let’s see what the next week has in store!
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In recent months, companies such as MicroStrategy and Tesla have picked up sizable positions in Bitcoin. This trend has not yet become the norm for most companies, however. Damien Vanderwilt, co-president of Galaxy Digital, believes security and taxes may be acting as deterrents for crypto investing.
“When we think about the conversations we have with corporates, and institutional clients, and any part of those constituencies considering investing in the sector, the first order problem is safety and are the assets that they’re buying going to be safe and available and secure,” Vanderwilt told Bloomberg in an interview on Thursday.
“The second order problem, particularly for the corporates, is tax treatment and the way that particularly under gaap accounting in the U.S., Bitcoin is viewed as an intangible asset,” he added.
The Bloomberg interviewer noted that “5% of finance executives” are considering Bitcoin purchases. This 5% figure came from a report recently published by research firm Gartner, detailing February survey results from 77 finance executives. “Just 5% of Finance Executives Polled in February 2021 Said They Planned to Hold Bitcoin as a Corporate Asset in 2021,” said a Feb. 16 public statement from Gartner on the report.
Every bull market witnesses periodic pullbacks, where the weaker hands sell anticipating a top and the stronger hands accumulate for the long term. Data from Coinbase Pro shows two large Bitcoin (BTC) outflows this week, suggesting that institutions are likely continueing to buy the current dip.
Comparing historical data, on-chain analytics resource Whalemap, recently said that previous macro tops in Bitcoin in 2017 and 2019 coincided with thousands of large Bitcoin transactions worth $5-7 million. However, the researchers believe there is “no such FOMO in sight for BTC.”
JPMorgan strategists Joyce Chang and Amy Ho recently endorsed a 1% allocation to Bitcoin in multi-asset portfolios “to achieve any efficiency gain in the overall risk-adjusted returns of the portfolio.”
With gold and the S&P500 both seeing a downturn in the short term, investors looking to hedge their portfolios may look for alternatives such as cryptocurrencie, which may limit the downside for Bitcoin.
While data suggests that the downside is limited, let’s analyze the charts of the top-10 cryptocurrencies to determine where buyers may step in.
There is a tug of war currently going on between the bulls and the bears. The bulls attempted to resume the up-move on Feb. 25, but could not sustain the higher levels. Bitcoin reversed direction and broke below the 20-day exponential moving average ($48,159), which shows selling by the bears at higher levels.
However, the long tail on today’s candlestick shows that bears are not able to sustain the price below the 20-day EMA. This suggests traders are buying on dips.
The flat 20-day EMA and the relative strength index (RSI) near the midpoint suggest a possible consolidation in the near term. The support of the said range could be at $41,959.63, which is just above the 50-day simple moving average ($40,914).
If bears can sink the price below the 50-day SMA, the selling could intensify and the pair could even drop to $28,850.
Conversely, if the bulls can propel the price above $52,040.95, a retest of $58,341.03 may be on the cards.
Ether (ETH) could not rise above the 20-day EMA ($1,686) on Feb. 24, which suggests the bears are defending this level. The biggest altcoin turned south on Feb. 25 and fell to the 50-day SMA ($1,498).
Although the price dipped below the 50-day SMA today, the bears could not break the Feb. 23 intraday low at $1,350. This shows a lack of selling pressure at lower levels.
The bulls have pushed the price back above the 50-day SMA. If they can sustain the momentum and propel the ETH/USD pair above the 20-day EMA, it could enhance the prospects of retesting $2,000.
On the other hand, if the price again turns down from the 20-day EMA, it will suggest a change in sentiment from buying the dips to selling the rallies. If the bears break the $1,350 support, the pair may drop to $1,000.
Cardano (ADA) is in a strong uptrend and has broken into the top-three cryptocurrencies by market capitalization for the first time. The bulls attempted to push the price above $1.20 on Feb. 25 but failed. However, the bulls successfully flipped $0.9817712 to support today, which suggests aggressive buying on every minor dip.
The buyers have driven the price above the $1.20 overhead resistance, indicating the resumption of the uptrend. The altcoin could now rally to the next target objective at $1.25.
Both moving averages are sloping up and the RSI in the overbought territory, suggesting that bulls are in control.
This bullish view will be invalidated if the ADA/USD pair fails to sustain the breakout and sharply reverses direction, breaking below the 20-day EMA ($0.92).
The failure of the bulls to push Binance Coin (BNB) above the downtrend line on Feb. 24 may have attracted another bout of profit-booking by traders. The altcoin has pared most of the gains made on Feb. 19.
If the current rebound sustains, the bulls will make one more attempt to push the price above the downtrend line. If they succeed, it will suggest that the short-term correction could be over. The BNB/USD pair may then rise to $300 and then to $348.6969.
The upsloping 20-day EMA ($192) and the RSI in the positive zone suggest bulls have the upper hand. Falling below the downtrend line and the 20-day EMA would invalidate this bullish scenario. Such a move could pull the price down to $118.
Polkadot’s (DOT) sharp recovery on Feb. 23 faltered on Feb. 24 as the bulls could not push and sustain the price above the resistance line of the ascending channel. This may have attracted profit-booking from the dipbuyers.
The buyers are currently attempting to defend the 20-day EMA ($30.30). If they manage to sustain the bounce, the DOT/USD pair will again try to break out of the resistance line of the channel and retest the all-time high at $42.2848.
Conversely, if the pair again goes down below the resistance line of the channel, the bears will try to sink the price under the 20-day EMA. If they succeed, the pair may drop to the support line of the channel.
The 20-day EMA is gradually sloping up and the RSI is above 61, indicating a minor advantage to the bulls.
The long tail on the Feb. 23 candlestick shows buying on dips, but the bulls could not keep up the momentum and push XRP price above the 20-day EMA ($0.048) on Feb. 24. This showed that demand dried up at higher levels.
The price has again dipped back to the 50-day SMA ($0.40). A lack of a strong rebound could attract further selling and the XRP/USD pair may drop to $0.359. A break below this support could clear the path for a fall toward $0.25.
Contrary to this assumption, if the pair sustains the current bounce, the bulls will make one more attempt to push the price above the $0.50 overhead resistance. If they succeed, the pair may consolidate between $0.65 and $0.359 for a few days.
Litecoin (LTC) rallied above the 20-day EMA ($192) on Feb. 25, but the bulls failed to sustain the higher levels as seen from the long wick on the day’s candlestick. This suggests that traders are booking profits at higher levels.
However, the long tail on today’s candlestick suggests that bulls are buying the dips to the 50-day SMA ($166). If the bulls can push the price above the 20-day EMA and the $205.186 overhead resistance zone, the LINK/USD pair may rise to $230.
Contrary to this assumption, if the bulls fail to sustain the current rebound, the pair may U-turn and drop below the 50-day SMA and the uptrend line. If that happens, the pair may slide to $120.
Chainlink (LINK) could not climb back into the ascending channel on Feb. 24, attracting profit-booking from the aggressive bulls who may have purchased the dip on Feb. 23. The altcoin turned down on Feb. 25 and dipped back to the 50-day SMA ($24.70) today.
The downsloping 20-day EMA ($28.80) and the RSI in the negative zone suggest bears have the upper hand. If the price slips below the 50-day SMA, the decline could extend to the critical support at $20.111.
Contrary to this assumption, if the current rebound off the 50-day SMA sustains, the bulls will make one more attempt to push the price above the 20-day EMA. If they succeed, the LINK/USD pair may begin a new uptrend.
The relief rally in Bitcoin Cash (BCH) could not even rise to the 20-day EMA ($578) on Feb. 24 and 25, indicating a lack of urgency among the bulls to buy at these levels. The price turned down on Feb. 25 and dropped to the uptrend line.
The downsloping 20-day EMA and the RSI in the negative zone suggest bears are in control. If the sellers sink the price below the uptrend line, the BCH/USD could start a deeper correction to $370.
On the contrary, if the bulls can build up on the current rebound off the uptrend line, the pair may rise to the 20-day EMA. A breakout of this resistance could push BCH price to $631.71.
Stellar Lumens (XLM) could not rise above the 20-day EMA ($0.430) on Feb. 24 and 25, which shows the bears are selling on rallies to this resistance. The altcoin pulled back on Feb. 25 and fell to the critical support level at $0.35.
The downsloping 20-day EMA and the RSI in the negative territory suggest advantage to the bears. If the sellers can sink the price below the support line of the descending channel, the XLM/USD pair may decline to $0.23.
Conversely, if the bulls can sustain the current rebound off $0.35, the pair may rise to the 20-day EMA. A breakout of this resistance will suggest the bulls are back in the game. The pair could then rally to the resistance line of the channel.
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