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Oct 1, 2022

Monday 20 June 2022 11:04 am

The Week in review

With Jason Deane

The theme of last week’s summary was that the narrow trading range Bitcoin had been in for weeks was “boring, but necessary” as the underlying development work is being ground out without fanfare.

But that was last week.

This week, Bitcoin and the broader markets were very anything but boring as spectacular red candles rapidly filled our screens, caused by a multitude of factors including macroeconomic concerns and loss of industry confidence due to recent events with UST, Celsius and others.

Once that momentum sets in it becomes an unstoppable force and stays that way until something fundamental happens. It’s the same when the market enters a euphoric upwards phase as well of course, but those days seem very, very far away right now.

So what does all this mean? Is crypto dead? (again!) Is the dream of decentralised money over?

If this is your first bear market cycle it probably feels like it. It feels so dark and impossible to overcome.

And I completely understand where you’re coming from.

The first bear market that I had serious exposure to was the 2017/18 retail driven crash that saw Bitcoin run up from $700 up to $20,000 and then down to less than $5,000 over an eighteen month period, with a few “very red” days to boot. It was a strong – and painful – learning experience for someone who had only been in the industry for around a year at that point.

In retrospect we now know it was a very good thing. The market had become ridiculously overheated, full of scam ICOs, hopeless projects and all kinds of rubbish – all effectively wiped out by the crash. It took time for the dust to settle, but once it had, a new wave of development could begin, development that brought us to where we are today.

We will almost certainly say the same thing about this crash in years to come. We’re having a major clear out and, like getting rid of things we have an emotional attachment to, it can be painful. However, this will lead to a clear head and a new base from which to move forwards.

Of course, it should be apparent that Bitcoin is, in many ways, exempt from this process. If you measure the success of Bitcoin in simple dollar terms, you may disagree with that statement, but the reality is that as the world’s only truly decentralised network, it’s really not interested in what’s going on in the market. That’s a human concern.

Bitcoin simply keeps producing blocks every ten minutes and the dedicated devs keep doing what they’re doing regardless of what the markets are up to. In fact, bear markets are a great time to build, being free of distractions, market pressures and able to take advantage of supply line slack left over from the previous craziness. Those who are wise are building and accumulating.

I am, therefore, incredibly optimistic for the future.

To quote the meme loved by crypto Twitter “This is fine.” 

And it really is, so have a great weekend!

Want to learn more about what’s going on in our global financial system and how Bitcoin fits in to it? Come to my next free webinar on Tuesday 21 st June  at 6pm to find out, ask any questions, and grab some free Bitcoin*. Click here to register .

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All feedback on Crypto AM Daily in association with Luno is welcome via email to James.Bowater@cityam.com 🙏🏻

Yesterday’s Crypto AM Daily in association with Luno

Bitcoin dips below $20k amid ongoing market uncertainty

A turbulent weekend in the crypto markets saw the price of bitcoin fall below $20k for the first time since 2020. The leading cryptocurrency continued its recent drift, dropping as low as $18k yesterday before recovering some losses overnight. Bitcoin is changing hands for $19,935 at time of writing, up almost 9 percent since this time yesterday but down 20 percent over the past week. 

Other major cryptocurrencies have mostly moved along the same lines, with the price of Ethereum falling below $1k before a sharp recovery yesterday brought it back to above $1,100 this morning. Stock markets also had a rough week, posting their biggest percentage decline in two years over the 7 days as recession fears continue to worry investors.

In the markets

The Bitcoin economy

*Definitions and insights can be found at https://bytetree.com/research 

Total crypto market cap

The total capitalisation of the entire cryptocurrency market at time of writing is currently $902 billion.

What Bitcoin did yesterday

We closed yesterday, June 19 2022, at a price of $20,553.27. The daily high yesterday was $20,683.82 and the daily low was $18,067.15.

Bitcoin market capitalisation

Bitcoin’s market capitalisation at time of writing is $392 billion. To put it into context, the market cap of gold is $11.713 trillion and Tesla is $673.69 billion. 

Bitcoin volume

The total spot trading volume reported by all exchanges over the last 24 hours was $36,609 billion. High volumes can indicate that a significant price movement has stronger support and is more likely to be sustained.

Volatility

The price volatility of Bitcoin over the last 30 days is 72.67%.

Fear and Greed Index

Market sentiment today is 9, in Extreme Fear.

Bitcoin’s market dominance

Bitcoin’s market dominance today is 44.64. Its lowest ever recorded dominance was 37.09 on January 1 2018.

Relative Strength Index (RSI)

The daily RSI is currently 29.57. Values of 70 or above indicate that an asset is becoming overbought and may be primed for a trend reversal or experience a correction in price – an RSI reading of 30 or below indicates an oversold or undervalued condition. 

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‘Let people invest’: Matt Hancock makes case for liberal crypto rules

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The cryptocurrency fundraisers behind Ukraine’s military effort

Crypto crazy couple name baby after favourite digital asset

Cryptocurrency-loving parents Bruno Karno and his wife Agatha have named their first-born Cardano in honour of their favourite crypto.

Peter McCormack: Transforming Bedford FC into a global Bitcoin brand

In an interview with Crypto AM, Bitcoin investor and podcaster Peter McCormack opens up about his purchase of Bedford FC.

Crypto AM: Features 

Crypto AM: Founders Series 

https://www.cityam.com/profile/crypto-am-founders-series/

Crypto AM: Industry Voices 

Changpeng 'CZ' Zhao, CEO of Binance

Crypto AM: Contributors 

Crypto AM: In Conversation with James Bowater

Charles Hoskinson and James Bowater landscape

Crypto AM: Tomorrow’s Money with Gavin S Brown

Tomorrow's Money with Gavin S Brown

Crypto AM: Mixing in the Metaverse with Dr Chris Kacher

Dr Chris Kacher Mixing in the Metaverse

Crypto AM: Visions of the Future, Past Present with Alex Lightman 

Alex Lightman Visions of the future, past and present

Crypto AM: Tiptoe through the Crypto with Monty Munford 

Monty Munford robbed out header

Crypto AM: Taking a Byte out of Digital Assets with Jonny Fry

Jonny Fry Taking a Byte out of Digital Assets

Crypto on the catwalk

Stefania Barbaglio Crypto on the Catwalk

Crypto AM: Events

For those of you who missed the Crypto AM DeFi Digital Inclusion online summit 2021 – you can now watch the event in two parts via YouTube

Part One

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvqNMNZTIDE

Part Two

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXhX_-Tr5j0

Cautionary Notes

It’s definitely tempting to get swept up in the excitement, but please heed these words of caution: Do your own research, only invest what you can afford, and make good decisions. The indicators contained in this article will hopefully help in this. Remember though,  the content of this article is for information purposes only and is not investment advice or any form of recommendation or invitation. City AM, Crypto AM and Luno always advise you to obtain your own independent financial advice before investing or trading in cryptocurrency.

All information is correct as of 08:00 BST


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