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Bitcoin’s recovery didn’t pump volume and that’s okay

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In Q2 of 2020, Bitcoin rose from $5,500 to over $9,500, with brief skirmishes over $10,000. And yet, trading volume on cryptocurrency exchanges saw a net quarterly decrease. On looking at the high-stakes nature of Bitcoin’s Q2 beginning, the price-to-volume difference looks bleak. 

According to the latest quarterly report by CoinGecko, the world’s top cryptocurrency exchanges saw a net decline in trading volume by 7 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2020. This decline was not evenly spread across exchanges, however, with some exchanges losing almost a third of their volume, while others gained by double-digits. 

The market leader, on the spot-side, was Binance, seeing a whopping decrease of 10 percent in quarter-on-quarter trading volume. Binance traded cryptocurrencies worth $183 million for the quarter and its 10 percent drop accounted for 53 percent of the “total gross decline in trading volume.”

OKEx came second on the spot exchanges chart, with a decline of 3.2 percent followed by Coinbase Pro which dropped by 3.2 percent. It should be noted that Binance and OKEx collectively accounted for 73 percent of the total spot trading volume.  

Bitfinex stood out with 33.8 percent or $66 million of its trading volume slashed from March to July, the biggest drop in the top-10 with Poloniex a close-contender after recording a 32.6 percent drop.

Only two exchanges saw an increase in volume – Kraken and Bitstamp, gaining by 1.3 percent and 14.8 percent, respectively.  

Cryptocurrency exchanges trading volume Q-on-Q change | Source: CoinGecko quarterly report

At first glance, this drop would be surprising given that Bitcoin, which holds 64.3 percent of the entire cryptocurrency market, almost doubled through this period. In fact, less than twenty days before the beginning of Q2 2020, Bitcoin fell to $3,800 in what was described as ‘Black Thursday’ or the worst single-day drop over the past seven years. 

To understand this trading volume net-decrease, it is important to focus on the drop.

Given the swiftness and severity of the crash, traders jumped on the chance of increased volatility. Spot volume for Bitcoin surged to as high as $75 billion in 24-hour trading volume across exchanges, while the collective volume was over $250 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. Daily volumes till the end of March continued to be within the $35 billion – $55 billion range for Bitcoin and between $110 billion to $170 billion for altcoins.

As things stand, the 24-hour volume for Bitcoin is $17 billion and $57 billion for the collective market.

During this time, there was also a re-shuffle in the cryptocurrency derivatives market. BitMEX, the usurped market leader on the eve of the crash, was dethroned by Binance. According to data from Coinmetrics’ State of the Network: Issue 47 report, BitMEX’s Open Interest share of the total market dropped from 35 percent on 12 March to 25 percent by the end of the month. During the same period, Binance’s share increased from 12 percent to 25 percent. 

Hence, while on the face of it a quarter-on-quarter drop is surprising, given where Bitcoin and the market began, the quarter coming of a high-volume post-Black Thursday period and an exchange reshuffle after the drop should’ve been expected, especially with two months of sideways movement. 

Source: https://eng.ambcrypto.com/bitcoins-recovery-didnt-pump-volume-and-thats-okay

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Billionaire Mike Novogratz Builds Bitcoin Position on Prescience

The sentiment in the crypto community has shifted now that the bulls are back in charge. With the bitcoin price trading within striking distance of $12,000, investors know from experience that this could be just the beginning of another major rally. Billionaire investor Mike Novogratz seems to think so. The Galaxy Digital chief tweeted to […]

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The sentiment in the crypto community has shifted now that the bulls are back in charge. With the bitcoin price trading within striking distance of $12,000, investors know from experience that this could be just the beginning of another major rally.

Billionaire investor Mike Novogratz seems to think so. The Galaxy Digital chief tweeted to BeInCrypto that he added to his bitcoin position on Oct. 19, a decision made on prescience leading into a rally on Oct. 20.

And it’s what he had to say about where the BTC price is headed that could give investors a chance to capitalize on the momentum.

Novogratz expects that once bitcoin takes out $12K, not only does it move higher from there but it will do so quickly. He points to the fundamentals, including “too much demand from new participants,” as the catalyst. Novogratz told BeInCrypto,

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Bitcoin’s Rough Resistance

The $12K level is an important threshold for several reasons. Many consider it tough resistance and the BTC price has not been able to overcome it of late. Recent sessions have seen it remain stuck between the $10,000 and $11,000 area.

Once bitcoin manages to reattain this milestone, the last time of which was August 2020, pundits argue it could be off to the races again.

Bitcoin bull Ivan on Tech, who posts daily videos on YouTube where he has more than 260,000 subscribers, has been giving the play-by-play. He pointed out on Oct. 20 that the bitcoin price actually went straight to $12,000 but got rejected there, which according to him is “all according to plan.”

Once the bitcoin price successfully breaks this level, Ivan on Tech is expecting big things, exclaiming in a tweet,

“Bitcoin will break $20,000 like a massive BOSS.”

The entire crypto community is likely glued to their screens to see if history repeats and the bitcoin price rallies to the moon.

Source: https://beincrypto.com/billionaire-mike-novogratz-builds-bitcoin-position-on-prescience/

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Latvian Financial Watchdog Issues Crypto Fraud Warnings

Latvia’s  Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) has issued a notice to investors to refrain from indulging in malicious digital currency platforms and fake opportunities. The regulator also listed some “signs of fraud” to help individuals identify these deceptive practices. In an official statement published by the FCMC, investors were urged to stay vigilant against […]

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Latvia’s  Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) has issued a notice to investors to refrain from indulging in malicious digital currency platforms and fake opportunities.

The regulator also listed some “signs of fraud” to help individuals identify these deceptive practices.

In an official statement published by the FCMC, investors were urged to stay vigilant against the growing number of investment opportunities that target individuals across different channels.

According to the FCMC, cryptocurrencies, and associated platforms within Latvia function with a lower degree of regulation when compared to many other financial markets. It claims this makes attacks more prevalent in the country.

The regulators also mentioned that these attacks might be difficult to detect at first because they oftentimes use “the names and images of renowned companies.”

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Uptick in Fraud

Many online advertisements used for fraud purposes lead unsuspecting victims to fancy websites that give them a false sense of security.

The FCMC noted that online fraudsters are constantly on the watch for new ways to extort money from potential victims and that they will often contact investors via email or other popular social media platforms, and even sometimes by phone.

The scammers normally try to mislead investors into buying currencies that don’t exist, refuse withdrawals, or demand that they pay exorbitant amounts for transfers of funds.

The FCMC has welcomed residents to check with the watchdog in order to verify the legitimacy of any platforms or services before actually investing any money. The regulator also listed verified financial service providers on its website.

Source: https://beincrypto.com/latvian-financial-watchdog-issues-crypto-fraud-warnings/

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Upgraded XMR Becomes Best Performer Among Top 15 Coins: Analysis

The upgraded XMR coin becomes the best performer among the top 15 coins by market capitalization as we are reading more in our latest monero news. The privacy-focused cryptocurrency became the best performing coin among the top 15 tokens by market cap after it launched the network update over the past week. The upgraded XMR […]

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The upgraded XMR coin becomes the best performer among the top 15 coins by market capitalization as we are reading more in our latest monero news.

The privacy-focused cryptocurrency became the best performing coin among the top 15 tokens by market cap after it launched the network update over the past week. The upgraded XMR ranked 14th by market cap and trades at $127, increasing by 5% in the day, trimming the weekly losses to less than 4%. At the same time, other major coins from the top 15 which are less than 3% in a day. XMR increased today after a slight reaction to the expected update which was launched on Saturday.

Initially announced in August 2020, Monero’s latest Oxygen Orion update brings some more important improvements to the network at a time when the regulators are getting increasingly worried about the privacy coins. The latest update brings the so-called compact linkable spontaneous anonymous group feature.

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As per the Monero blog, the CLSAG update allowed smaller and tighter transactions and will also reduce the transaction size by about 25%. This will also improve the transaction times by 10% and will bolster privacy with Dandelion ++ which is a feature that aims to protect users’ IP addresses. The latest update release comes not too long after another speed and security-centric upgrade named Nitrogen Nebula was launched which was one of the many upgrades that went live in the past few months.

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Right before the release, Monero enjoyed an increase in price and moved up by about 35% in a month and 125% in a year while the US Department of Justice released a new report that explains the risks of end-to-end encryption along with the US Internal Revenue Service which declared war on privacy coins, offering a bounty of about $625,000 to crack Monero’s privacy code.

Monero approaches key resistance, xmr, privacy

Now, Monero scales up to 20 times while compared to the other upgrades, there will be no change to Monero’s mining algorithm was frequently modified to disadvantage the ASIC miners. The project’s upgrade from 2019 included RandomX which means that the network no longer needs changing to its mining algorithm for ASIC resistance. Though not directly related to the upgrade the development of the community project is progressing. The community developers have been working on the atomic swap which allows users to exchange Monero for other coins. The proposal for the project has reached full funding as of late.

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Source: https://www.dcforecasts.com/monero-news/upgraded-xmr-becomes-best-performer-among-top-15-coins-analysis/

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