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Bitcoin Joins the Alt-Season Breaking $10k: The Crypto Weekly Market Update

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This week was nothing short of exciting in the cryptocurrency markets. Bitcoin definitely woke up from its slumber and made a few aggressive moves upwards. Altcoins felt the pain as most of them decreased in value as the king of crypto took its toll.

In seven short days, Bitcoin went from around $9,600 to $11,400, charting gains upwards of just shy of 20%. Earlier on Monday, the cryptocurrency catalyzed its performance, jumping from $9,800 to $11,200. After that, it consolidated for a few days, and just today, it painted fresh 2020 highs at around $11,400.

While all of this was happening, altcoins took somewhat of a beating. The total share of Bitcoin relative to that of the entire market increased to about 62.6%, which is 1.5% more than last week. In other words, altcoins have been losing grounds.

This, of course, isn’t true for every altcoin. Ethereum plays by its own rules as the cryptocurrency gained upwards of 20% to its Dollar value during the week. And, our weekly report wouldn’t be complete without mentioning YFI – the second-most expensive token on the market right now.

And while large-cap cryptocurrencies might not be having the time of their life, small and unknown projects are popping daily on Uniswap, bringing the notorious 2017-like vibe to the DeFi market.

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In any case, the total value locked in DeFi protocols is at $4 billion, with Maker once again reclaiming the leading position with $1.21 billion and 30.4% market dominance.

It’s interesting to see where the market will take from here. It’s clear that Ethereum is finally capitalizing on the ongoing DeFi craze, but is it sustainable?

Market Data

Market Cap: $335B | 24H Vol: 85B | BTC Dominance: 62.5%

BTC: $11,360 (+2.17%) | ETH: $345,67 (+2.76%) | XRP: $0.254(+2.94%)

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Grayscale AUM Surge $500M In A Week, Bitcoin Shares in the Lead. Grayscale Investments, who operate the largest cryptocurrency hedge fund, attracted over $500 million worth of assets under management in less than a week, following the latest surges in Bitcoin’s price. Notably, shares for BTC are in the lead.

The Most Valuable Crypto Besides Bitcoin is Not Even 1 Year Old. Launched less than two weeks ago, YFI has become the second-most expensive cryptocurrency on the market. As of July 25th, it was up more than 35,000% thanks to the yield farming craze catalyzed in the DeFi field.

Investment Giant Fidelity: Bitcoin Is a Store Of Value. Fidelity Digital Assets, the cryptocurrency arm of one of the world’s largest asset managers – Fidelity Investments, has published a report acknowledging Bitcoin as an “aspirational store of value.” This comes in times of economic uncertainty as the coronavirus continues to pose a threat.

Busted: Core Team Behind $5.8 Billion PlusToken Scam Finally Arrested. After pulling off one of the biggest cryptocurrency scams ever, the core team behind PlusToken has finally been arrested by the police in China. 27 individuals were caught and detained as part of the fraudulent scheme that attracted over $5.8 billion reportedly.

5th Birthday: Ethereum Miners Rejoice Over High Network Fees. Ethereum saw its 5th birthday this month. On that day, it not only surged in price but also tapped a few other important on-chain metric highs. Its hash rate has been growing steadily, meaning the network is becoming more secure.

Bitcoin is not Completely Banned in China: Beijing Arbitration Commission. According to a recent report, Bitcoin is not completely banned in China. The Beijing Arbitration Commission pointed out that while it can’t be used as a currency, it represents a “virtual commodity.”

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This week we have a chart analysis of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Chainlink, and VeChain – click here for the full price analysis.

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Invest 3% in Bitcoin to Avoid COVID-19 Lockdown Devaluation — BitGo CEO

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Coronavirus lockdowns will force people out of fiat currency and into gold and Bitcoin (BTC), the CEO of cryptocurrency asset manager BitGo has warned.

In a series of tweets on Aug. 12, Mike Belshe strongly urged investors to divert a minimum of 3% of their portfolio into Bitcoin.

Belshe: investors will move from cash to gold, Bitcoin

As multiple jurisdictions around the world reenter compulsory lockdown conditions, Belshe said that in the United States, the government had made a prison for itself using the policy.

“The government is being forced to maintain lockdowns for political correctness, which will force them to print money even faster. Institutional investors are flagging this and recognize the devaluation will make cash hard to hold,” he wrote. 

Those institutions hit the headlines conspicuously this week, when billion-dollar corporation MicroStrategy confirmed it had adopted Bitcoin as its treasury reserve asset.

A $250 million buy-in cemented the sense of change, with CEO Michael Saylor highlighting Bitcoin’s unique properties as money.

“They’re looking for alternatives, and it… comes down to Bitcoin and gold,” Belshe continued.  

“If you don’t have some Bitcoin now, it is time to put at least 3% of your net worth into Bitcoin. This is the lowest risk, highest asymmetric upside investment you will likely see in your lifetime. Or stop the lockdown. But still get Bitcoin.”

2020 macro asset returns comparison as of Aug. 12

2020 macro asset returns comparison as of Aug. 12. Source: Skew

Hard money not inflationary paper

As Cointelegraph reported, the premise behind lockdowns has come under heavy criticism from Bitcoin supporters. 

In particular, “The Bitcoin Standard” author Saifedean Ammous has lambasted the measure as being far more detrimental to the population of a country in the long term than Coronavirus.

The criticism follows on from that contained in Ammous’ book and others critical of economic policy based on spending and borrowing, such as Henry Hazlitt’s “Economics in One Lesson.”

A clear relationship between inflationary fiat currency and reduced prosperity means that Bitcoin is the only genuine solution for those who wish to save for the future.

This week, the message became all the more clear as data showed correlation between Bitcoin price action and expanding central bank balance sheets.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/invest-3-in-bitcoin-to-avoid-covid-19-lockdown-devaluation-bitgo-ceo

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Cointelegraph Launches Newsletter for Professional Investors

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Every 1st and 15th, Cointelegraph Consulting provides the latest inside scoop on cryptocurrency price action and rationale in its Market Insights newsletter. Here’s a preview of one of this month’s editions. 

Editor’s note

Crypto asset prices have flown upward in recent weeks, with various altcoins posting gains reminiscent of the great 2017 digital asset bubble. Assets such as Chainlink (LINK) and Band Protocol (BAND) have tallied triple digits percentage gains. 

Bitcoin (BTC), the industry’s pioneer asset, has also shown significant upside action. The asset travelled up slightly past $12,000 on Aug. 2 before subsequently falling more than $1,000 in the same 24-hour period. Aug. 10 saw BTC return to the $12,000 level, again facing rejection, sustaining a subsequent drop of several hundred dollars. Overall sentiment in the crypto investing and trading realm, however, remains high. 

Mainstream financial players also continue entering the digital asset industry via Bitcoin, with intelligence giant MicroStrategy as one of the latest entrants. Buying over 21,000 BTC, the firm has adopted the coin as its reserve asset.  

Benjamin Pirus, Reporter

Insights from around the digital asset sphere

Bitcoin whales may have sold some of their stockpiles. Recent data shows only 15,912 Bitcoin addresses holding 100 or more BTC — the lowest number in five years. Such network data implies large Bitcoin participants may be selling instead of accumulating. 

In terms of sentiment, however, crypto’s inaugural asset shows a major turnaround from the bearishness seen previously. Over the last two weeks, the market has expressed a significant bullish tone, topping at 1.2 standard deviations during Bitcoin’s most recent run toward $12,000. 

Data also shows an uptick in the number of dollars moving onto centralized exchanges via U.S. dollar stablecoin USDC — a signal which has often proved as a precursor to previous bullish Bitcoin price action. 

In contrast, Bitcoin’s Market Value to Realized Value, or MVRV, ratio looks troublesome, posting a 30-day value of 1.15 on August 2. This essentially means short-term Bitcoin investors boasted an average 15% profit across the board. 

On a separate front, Ethereum holds hot on Bitcoin’s tail in terms of transaction volume. Bitcoin now touts 3.4x the transaction volume seen on Ethereum’s blockchain, a dwindling lead, according to numbers from the beginning of August. 

Read the full newsletter edition here to get the entire scoop, complete with charts and images. 

Cointelegraph’s Market Insights Newsletter strives to share our knowledge on the fundamentals that move the digital asset market. With market intelligence from one of the industry’s leading analytics providers, Santiment, the newsletter dives into the latest data on social media sentiment, on-chain metrics, and derivatives. 

We also review the most important news hitting the industry including mergers and acquisitions, changes in the regulatory landscape, and enterprise blockchain integrations. Sign-up now to be the first to receive these insights.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/cointelegraph-launches-newsletter-for-professional-investors

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Bitcoin Cash short-term Price Analysis: 12 August

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After Bitcoin’s collapse down to $11,285, the rest of the altcoin market finally appeared to tag along for the current bearish ride. Bitcoin Cash, just like other major altcoins slipped by 12.36%, as its valuation witnessed a downtrend from a high of $305 to $270.

After the markets actively pictured a recovery, a short-term long opportunity is prevailing for Bitcoin Cash in the industry.

Bitcoin Cash 1-hour chart

Source: BCH/USD on Trading View

Analyzing the short-term chart for Bitcoin Cash, clear decimation of the immediate support at $291 can be observed. The price dipped under $280 as well but at press time, recovery is taking place overturning the former bearish trend. The low was registered on $270 a couple of times, which led to a minor double bottom pattern over a period of 8-hours. With the Relative Strength Index or RSI eyeing 50 at the time of writing, a complete recovery of valuation is unlikely.

However, 10-Moving Average (10-MA) and 20-Exponential Moving Average (20-MA) were acting as immediate support for the surge at press time.

Bitcoin Cash 30-mins chart

Source: BCH/USD on Trading View

Now, analyzing the 30-min chart for BCH, a price entry point at $276 with profit margins exit at 291 leads to a risk-reward ratio of 2.39x. The stop loss can be placed at $270, and any declination below that might lead to staggering losses. The minor concern with the 30-min chart is that RSI is already reaching a little saturation in terms of buying pressure hence, a drop down to $280 should be expected.

However, support for 10-MA and 20-EMA should allow the asset to reach $291 before undergoing a trend reversal.

Conclusion

Bitcoin Cash should register a re-test at $291 under the next 12-24 hours.

Source: https://eng.ambcrypto.com/bitcoin-cash-short-term-price-analysis-12-august

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