The year 2021 is coming to a close, and if there’s one way to describe how the cryptocurrency industry fared in the past 12 months, it would be momentous growth. Major cryptocurrencies shattered previous records, adoption grew, new sectors sprouted, and novel blockchain use cases made significant breakthroughs. The Market Insight’s latest edition recalls the
Bitcoin (BTC) and most major altcoins are attempting a rebound off their respective support levels, indicating that buyers continue to accumulate on dips. Data from Coinglass shows that 9,925 Bitcoin left Coinbase Pro, the professional trading arm of Coinbase, on Dec. 30, a possible sign of institutional buying. This is in sharp contrast to the
Almost 10,000 Bitcoin (BTC) left major United States-based exchange Coinbase on Dec. 30 in a sign that investor appetite is returning to the sphere. Data from on-chain monitoring resource Coinglass shows Coinbase’s professional trading arm, Coinbase Pro, shedding 9,925 BTC in the 24 hours to New Year’s Eve. Binance adds 66,000 BTC in December The
Bitcoin (BTC) put in an early end-of-year flourish on Dec. 31 as an upward boost saw BTC/USD retake $48,000. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Options expiry fades Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD abruptly gaining over $1,500 in a single hour on Friday. A refreshing counterpoint to several days of downtrend,
Some crypto market analysts are highlighting the potential for a green first week on the crypto markets in January as part of what economist and trader Alex Krüger calls the “first week of the year effect.” Krüger pointed out in a Dec. 29 tweet that for the past four years straight, Bitcoin (BTC) has enjoyed
Genesis Global Capital has completed one of its first purely NFT-backed loans for $6 million to Meta4 Capital, a Miami-based Web3 focused investment management firm. This loan is notable not just for its amount but for solely using nonfungible tokens (NFTs) as collateral instead of including broader liquid collateral. Meta4 operates as an NFT VC
Volatility is once again the major theme across the cryptocurrency market on Dec. 30 as the price of Bitcoin (BTC) bounced back from an early morning dip below $46,000 with bulls now battling bears for control of support near $47,500. The altcoin market has likewise been a mixed bag of results on Dec. 30, with
Bitcoin (BTC) looks set to beat its forked versions Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin SV (BSV) in terms of price-performance in 2021, market data shows. Notably, BTC’s year-to-date (YTD) returns sat near 60% at press time as its price wobbled near $47,500. In comparison, BCH rallied a little over 26% to $435.50, while the BSV
Shark Tank celebrity Kevin O’Leary, also known as Mr. Wonderful, says he would be ready to increase his crypto allocations up to 20% as soon as there are clearer regulations around stablecoins. O’Leary, a former Bitcoin (BTC) skeptic, is now a vocal advocate of cryptocurrency, which currently makes up over 10% of his investment portfolio.
High transaction costs have been a thorn in the side of the top blockchain protocols for years as both Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) have seen the average cost of conducting token transfers skyrocket during times of network congestion and high demand. One layer-one (L1) protocol that has been gaining traction in recent months that
Panama is doing its best to keep up with El Salvador’s Bitcoinization with the installation of 50 Bitcoin (BTC) ATMs in 2022. Thanks to Santo Blockchain, 50 of the planned 300 ATMs will begin shipping to Latin America in early 2022. A vertically integrated blockchain and cryptocurrency company with offices in Saigon, Vietnam and Panama
Despite missing the mark with their $100,000 Bitcoin price predictions in 2021, Former Chief Strategy Officer at Block One Brock Pierce and co-founder of research firm Fundstrat Global Advisors Tom Lee are both tipping Bitcoin could hit $200,000 in 2022. Essentially they are doubling down on their ambitious projections for 2022, even though Bitcoin’s high
Ethereum-based layer two scaling network Polygon has quietly fixed a vulnerability that put almost $24 billion worth of its native token MATIC at risk. According to a Dec. 29 blog post from Polygon, the “critical” vulnerability in the network’s Proof-of-Stake (PoS) Genesis contract was first highlighted by two whitehat hackers on Dec. 3 and Dec.
The growth of the stablecoin sector within crypto has been one of the most impactful developments of 2021. In particular, stablecoins became integral to the expanding decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem as their total value eclipsed $162 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. One project that has seen its token price surge thanks to its focus on stablecoins
We‘ve all heard stories of billion-dollar future contracts liquidations being the cause of 25% intraday price crashes in Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) but the truth is, the industry has been plagued by 100x leverage instruments since BitMEX launched its perpetual futures contract in May 2016. The derivatives industry goes far beyond these retail-driven instruments,
2021 has proven to be a fortuitous year for the world’s second-biggest cryptocurrency Ether (ETH), which has seen a fourfold increase in value over the past 12 months. In doing so, Ether has outperformed the appreciation of the preeminent Bitcoin and has gained an increased percentage of the overall cryptocurrency market by capitalization. While the