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As of this writing, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) were changing hands at $19,271 and $1,304, or down 1.2% and 1.9% in a 24hr period, respectively.
According to data per IntoTheBlock, the 30-day correlation between Bitcoin and the S&P 500 has fallen to 0.04, yet if we look at the hourly performance of BTC & ETH and compare them to the S&P futures, we’ll find striking similarities in terms of trajectory.
The difference between TradFi and DeFi appears to be volatility which is keeping prices within range.
A survey by Bank of America Corp conducted from Oct. 7 to Oct. 13, which gauges the sentiment on stocks and global growth over the next 12 months among 326 fund managers with $971 billion under management, reveals that 68% see the dollar as overvalued, 79% forecast inflation will drop, 83% expect global profits to worsen, and 91% said global corporate profits are unlikely to rise 10%.
The consensus among the fund managers is to long the US dollar, short Europe equities, long ESG assets, long oil, short emerging markets/China debt and equities as well as short UK debt and equity, with no mentions of cryptocurrencies.
Lastly, here are some key data to keep track of this week:
As of Oct. 19 Asian session, Bitcoin (BTC) was trading above the 23.6% (19,144) weekly Fibonacci Retracement level measured from Sep. 12 - 19.
Throughout the past week, BTC consistently traded below said level, and having a weekly candle close above it is a good sign for the bulls. Though, notably, the weekly candle is still a bearish one which indicates the sellers still have an advantage.
This week, it’ll be crucial for the bulls to not only keep the price above the 23.6% level but also to use it as an anchor to push the price above the 38.2% (19,792). Conditions would shift to a more bullish outlook if we see this week’s candle close above the 38.2% due to the price action formation of a “higher-high” wave.
On the contrary, the bears will have to pull BTC back below the 23.6% (19,144) level to prevent a “higher-high” price action formation from forming on the weekly timeframe, or at the very least, below the closing price of the last candle (19,262) in order to maintain a bearish outlook.
BTC Weekly Resistance zones
BTC Weekly Support zones
BTC Daily Timeframe
As of this writing on Oct. 19 00:19 UTC, Bitcoin (BTC) was trading at $19,284 (-1.55%) in a 24hr period.
On Sunday, the bulls managed to pull the price of BTC back into a resistance zone formed between the 38.2% (19,109) and 61.8% (19,267) daily Fibonacci Retracement levels measured from Oct. 10 - 11.
Notably, BTC had been trading within a range set between the opening (19,440) and close (19,061) of Oct. 10 - 11 for the past week.
In the coming days, it’ll be crucial for the bulls to close a daily candle above the 61.8% and then towards the next resistance zone (19,380 - 19,523) to establish a “higher-high” wave on a daily timeframe.
On Monday, the last price of BTC (19,549) closed above the aforementioned resistance zone (19,380 - 19,523) which helped establish a “higher-high” price action formation on a daily timeframe, implying a short-term sentiment change to the long side.
Update: On Tuesday, BTC peaked at 19,704 at 06:00 - 07:00 UTC, following the rise of the U.S. futures markets but during the U.S. equity trading session (13:00 - 18:00 UTC), BTC started a decline of more than 2% (19,218). The directional correlation between U.S. futures and crypto markets has been aligned so far to the precise hour, but the same can’t be said for volatility which is much higher for crypto.
BTC Daily Resistance zones
BTC Daily Support zones
As of Oct. 19, Ether (ETH) was trading below the 61.8% (1346) weekly Fibonacci retracement level measured from Jul. 4 - Aug. 8 but above the monthly support level of 1,313.
Notably, ETH made a strong return from a low of 1,192 last week which prevented a “lower-low” price action formation from forming on a weekly timeframe. This signifies the struggles bears have been experiencing to bring the price of ETH below the weekly trendline.
ETH Weekly Resistance zones
ETH Weekly Support zones
ETH Daily Timeframe
As of this writing on Oct. 19 00:50 UTC, ETH was trading at $1,310 (-2.09%) in a 24hr period.
Similar to BTC, ETH had been trading within range the past week, though notably, the bears managed to form a “lower-low” wave on Saturday by closing the daily candle below the last price of Oct. 11. However, the bulls swooped in and bought on the support zone (1,278 - 1,265) to bring ETH back into a resistance zone formed between the 38.2% (1,294) and 61.8% (1,310) Fibonacci Retracement levels measured from Oct. 10 - 11.
The Sunday candle had established a “higher-high” price action formation. To solidify its strength, in the coming days, the bulls will have to make the next “higher-high” wave by closing above the 61.8% (1,310) level and from there towards the next Fibonacci Extended resistance zone (1,326 - 1,332).
On Monday, likewise to BTC, the last price of ETH (1,331) was within the Fibonacci Extended resistance zone (1,326 - 1,332) which helped establish a “higher-high” price action formation on a daily timeframe, implying a short-term sentiment change to the long side.
Update: On Tuesday, ETH’s declining pattern followed BTC which started during the U.S. equity trading session (13:00 - 18:00 UTC). The directional correlation between U.S. futures and crypto markets has been aligned so far to the precise hour, but the same can’t be said for volatility which is much higher for crypto.
ETH Daily Resistance zones
ETH Daily Support zones
In Marc Andreessen’s 2011 landmark essay, “Why Software Is Eating the World,” he argued that every company was a software company.
Forward to eleven years later, worldwide spending on cloud computing more than quintupled, from $77 billion to $411 billion. It was the backbone of what made everything accessible at the touch of a button on the computer in our pocket.
However, this has created a shadow monopoly whereby large cloud hosting companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft, which account for more than 65% of the market, can essentially dictate which apps are allowed, and which should be banned.
Michael O’Rourke, a writer for CoinTelegraph, argues that the decentralized Web3 community is the key to breaking the said monopoly, one node at a time.
Just as Bitcoin allowed people to think about the exchange of value in new ways, newer blockchain protocols have the chance to allow people to redefine how information lives and is carried through the internet autonomously and transparently.
However, for a new decentralized internet to work, users will have to buy into nodes, and developers best utilize those nodes to build software that is simple enough to run, just like any apps we would install on our smartphones.
The key to this, according to O’Rourke, is to build the trust that can rewire the incentivization model that has supported the last several decades of the internet.
The difficulty lies in getting people to understand first the power we have given to big tech companies which have banked on decades’ worth of that trust, credibility and familiarity that makes it difficult for both developers and users to switch to an entirely new way of doing things.
📣 CFTC Commissioner Christy Goldsmith Romero proposed to split the definition of retail crypto investors into two parts to applying different rules to households and entities with high net worth. The current definition of a retail customer is an individual with total assets that do not exceed $10 million which range from people who make less than $50,000 in the markets to hedge funds that make millions. Last Friday, SEC Chair Gary Gensler reiterated his support for the CFTC to oversee the crypto spot markets.
📣 The Senate Agriculture Committee, which holds jurisdiction over the CFTC, is negotiating changes to a bill that would grant the CFTC oversight over Bitcoin and Ether. One of the changes is to include the SEC participating in regulatory oversight. However, regulators are concerned if they can submit a vote by the end of this congress which ends in January.
📣 With the ongoing war adding stress to energy supplies in Europe, the European Commission tells its member states to prepare to shut down crypto mining “in case there is a need for load shedding in the electricity systems.” The commission also introduced a rating system for cryptocurrencies according to environmental impact which is set to begin in 2025.
📣 UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has appointed former fintech specialist Binu Paul as its head of digital assets. The cumbersome and lengthy licensing process for crypto previously caused some companies to give up on the prospect and seek approval in other jurisdictions.
📣 Bank of Canada study shows expansion in Bitcoin ownership from 5% in 2020 to 13% in 2021. Researchers found that buyers predominately accessed digital currencies via exchanges on mobile and that 66% of respondents who did not own any Bitcoin also showed a basic understanding of the blockchain network.
📣 The Blockchain Association, an advocacy group focused on blockchain policy, has filed a brief in the Grayscale suit over the SEC’s approval of a futures-based Bitcoin ETF but not a spot product that the association considers an uneven treatment.
📣 France’s third biggest bank Société Générale gets approval to custody, sell and trade digital assets due to a digital asset service provider (DASP) ruling from the French financial market regulator Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF). This latest ruling implies that French VC firms will now have legal means to custody their token investments.
📣 Terra founder Do Kwon, in an interview on the Unchained podcast, has continued refusal to reveal his whereabouts, citing concerns over personal security, and claiming that his arrest is “politically motivated” because South Korea’s Capital Markets Act does not include cryptocurrency.
📣 According to Bloomberg, law firm Roche Freedman had been removed from a class action against stablecoin issuer Tether and crypto exchange Bitfinex following the leaked videos released on the whistleblower website CryptoLeaks. The class action against Bitfinex and Tether alleged over $1.4 trillion in damages suffered by plaintiffs.
📣 Meta, which released its Quest VR headsets last week, faces hurdles to growing its user base in Horizon Worlds, its flagship Metaverse. The company has revised its goal of reaching 500,000 monthly active users by year-end to 280,000. Horizon Worlds’ current number of active users stands below 200,000 according to the Wall Street Journal.
📣 Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s Web3 startup Bluesky has announced a name change to its protocol from “ADX” to the Authenticated Transport (AT) Protocol and provided additional documentation on the scope of the project. AT Protocol will hinge on account portability, algorithmic choice, interoperation, and performance.
📣 Solana’s biggest NFT marketplace Magic Eden opts for optional royalty payments. Buyers will now have three ways to set their preferred royalty percentages. The move follows DeGods, a popular NFT collection on Solana, which removed all royalty payments last week.
📣 South Carolina house sold as NFT for $175,000 paid in USDC via Roofstock onChain, the web3 subsidiary of real estate company Roofstock. The firm says after completing the initial legal requirements, buyers would be able to purchase a home with a single click, resulting in an automatic settlement in the real world.
📣 Beer giant Budweiser released an NFT collection that features live scoreboards for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The Budverse x FIFAWorldCup Live Scoreboard NFT Collection allows buyers to mint a scoreboard that will track their country of choice throughout the World Cup that begins on Nov. 20.
📣 Metaverse content developer Everyrealm which raised $60 million in Series A funding led by a16z back in March gets support from influencer Paris Hilton. Its new game Hometopia is a free-to-play game set to launch this year on Epic Games Store.
📣 The Avalanche blockchain has released the Banff hardfork upgrade which allows its subnets’ validators to stake and earn rewards in the subnet’s native token. However, validators will still need to stake AVAX tokens alongside the subnets’ native tokens.
📣 Flashbots has announced an upgrade called SUAVE to resolve censorship concerns. Flashbots is a service that provides suggested blocks for validators to process while maximizing reward payouts. SUAVE will address censorship resistance and decentralization concerns stemming from the transactions related to Tornado Cash.
📣 Decentralized stablecoin issuer Frax Finance is set to release liquid staking protocol on Ethereum in 2 weeks. This will allow users to stake ether (ETH) and receive a liquid derivative token called Frax Ether (frxETH). Frax Finance also runs a decentralized exchange Fraxswap and a lending platform called Fraxlend.
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