Fundamental & Technical Outlook:
Good morning, today is Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.
🔹 Prices of Bitcoin and Ether continue to falter as of early Tuesday trading, marking the third consecutive lower open since Saturday.
🔹 Coinbase and MicroStrategy bonds tanked, crypto markets plunged and the FTX exploiter moved a total of 180,000 ether.
🔹 For global investors, this week’s FOMC minutes will be crucial as Fed Chair Powell’s speech may offer more signals to 2023’s global outlook. The implications will be where the havens are, and where money should be allocated to protect investors’ assets in light of a potential global downturn.
🔹 Bitcoin and Ether’s correlations with the Dollar are at 0.86 and 0.77, respectively, steadily rising from negative territories since Nov. 7. Despite the positive correlations and a rising dollar index, the cryptocurrency markets have suffered due to recent events and the moves are hardly parallel on the daily timeframe.
🔹 Meanwhile, the positive correlations with the volatility index have been rising in a steeper slope ahead of Wednesday’s FOMC statement; just two weeks ago, the relationships were inverse, much like the dollar index.
🔹 The topic of the Day: Will Grayscale be the next thunderstorm?
🔹 Happenings of the Week: The Bank of England stresses the need for a digital pound; Genesis says it may file for bankruptcy if it can't raise enough money; Ren 1.0 network to shut down in 30 days…
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Bitcoin (BTC) 24-Hour Change: 15,786 (-1.03%)
Ether (ETH) 24-Hour Change: 1,098 (-1.48%)
The Bleeding May Continue
The price of Bitcoin has dropped around 6% since a week ago. Ether, on the other hand, fell 11.5% during the same period and found support around the $1,100 level.
According to blockchain-data firm Kaiko, the FTX wipeout had reduced the overall liquidity available in the decentralized space. The decline has been dubbed the “Alameda Gap” which Kaiko noted in its newsletter, “Plunges in liquidity usually come during periods of volatility as trading shops pull bids and asks from their order books to better regulate risks.”
In a separate report by Coinbase Global, “The rapid fall of FTX will potentially extend the crypto bear market by several more months, or perhaps through the end of 2023.”
Meanwhile, there has been an increase in activity on major decentralized exchanges, with total volume surging by more than 45% in the past 30 days, according to data from DefiLlama.
On the macro front, investors are closely watching what Fed speakers say about the outlook for interest rates. While several central bank officials in recent days have restated their intention to remain relentless until inflation is under control, they differ on how far they’ll go.
On Monday, San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly said that officials will need to be mindful of the lags with which monetary policy is transmitted through the economy as they raise rates further. Her Cleveland counterpart Loretta Mester said she’s open to slowing the tempo of rate hikes.
As such, this week’s FOMC minutes will be crucial as Fed Chair Powell’s speech may offer more signals to 2023’s global outlook. The implications of this include where the perceived havens are, and where money should be allocated to protect investors’ assets amid growing concerns about an inevitable recession as inflationary pressures seep into the daily lives of ordinary working folks.
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During its last meeting, the Federal Reserve raised the target range for the federal funds rate by 75bps to 3.75%-4%, which marked a sixth consecutive rate hike and the fourth straight three-quarter point increase, pushing borrowing costs to a new high.
The Fed aims to attain a stance of monetary policy that is sufficiently restrictive to return inflation to 2%, which remains elevated around 40-year highs.
Policymakers also said that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate and that they will take into account the cumulative tightening of monetary policy, the lags with which monetary policy affects economic activity and inflation, and economic and financial developments when deciding on the size of further increases.
The message could signal a smaller rate hike in December but during the last press conference Chair Powell also noted the ultimate level of interest rates will be higher than previously expected.
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Canada Retail Sales MoM SEP: Actual: Awaiting Data; Consensus: -0.5%; Previous: -0.7%
Retail Sales YoY SEP: Actual: Awaiting Data; Consensus: 5.1%; Previous: 7%
Last Friday, UK’s October retail sales, though beating the consensus, were still in the negative growth zone. This means Canada’s figures will aid investors in evaluating global growth and where to potentially allocate their money to mitigate risk.
In traders’ anticipation of the data release, the Dollar Index was down slightly while the Canadian Dollar was up during the early Asian trading session.
August’s retail sales rose by 0.7% from a month earlier, rebounding from a downward contraction of 2.5% in July.
The increase was led by higher turnover in food and beverage stores (2.4%), with sharp increases for both grocery stores (2.6%) and convenience stores (2.6%).
Contrarily, turnover fell at gasoline stations (-0.2%) due to prices at the pump, since volume of gasoline sold increased by 7%. On a yearly basis, retail trade rose by 7% in August, easing from the 8% jump in July.
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China Loan Prime Rate 1Y: Actual: 3.65%; Consensus: 3.65%; Previous: 3.65%
Loan Prime Rate 5Y NOV: Actual: 4.3%; Consensus: 4.3%; Previous: 4.3%
The Offshore Yuan fell against the dollar at the time of the data release, which boosted the dollar index but failed to catalyze cryptocurrencies after a build-up of bearish sentiment from last weekend’s plunge.
The People's Bank of China kept its key lending rates unchanged for the third month at November fixing.
The one-year loan prime rate (LPR), which uses for corporate and household loans, was kept at 3.65%; while the five-year rate, a reference for mortgages, was maintained at 4.3%. The central bank last week held its medium-term policy rate at 2.75%.
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Today's Markets at 01:30 UTC
BTC +0.56%; Ether +0.04%.
Asia: Japan +0.91%; Hong Kong -0.17**%**; China -0.39%; India -0.81%.
Europe: London +0.21%; Paris -0.15%; Frankfurt -0.36%.
Index Futures: Dow +0.12%; S&P +0.16%; Nasdaq +0.21%.
US Two-year Treasury down 1bps at 4.521%.
US Ten-year Treasury down 2bps at 3.819%.
UK Ten-year Government down 4bps at 3.205%.
US Dollar Index -0.18% at 107.19.
FX: GBP: +0.30%; EUR: +0.25%; JPY: -0.21%; CNY: 0.00%.
Gold +0.35%; Brent Crude -0.19%.
Catalysts this week
Tuesday: Canada Retail Sales
Wednesday: FOMC Minutes
Thursday: Germany Ifo Business Climate
Friday: Germany GfK Consumer Confidence
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BTC Weekly timeframe:
Major Level: 13,965 (Monthly High of Jun. 2019)
Closest support zone: 15,950 - 15,830
Key resistance level: 16,220 - 16,400
Analysis as of Nov. 22 - 27 Session.
BTC Weekly Resistance zones
16,220 - 16,400
16,400 - 16,880
17,085 - 17,715
BTC Weekly Support zones
15,950 - 15,830
15,525 - 15,200
14,650 - 14,030
BTC Daily Timeframe:
Closest support zone: 15,860 - 15,580
Closest resistance zone: 16,000 - 16,280
Key Level: 15,952 (Weekly Close Between Nov. 02 - 09, 2020)
Nov. 22 02:04 UTC Update:
Bitcoin (BTC) was trading at $15,794, or -1.01% in a 24hr period.
BTC Daily Resistance zones
16,000 - 16,280
16,630 - 16,800
17,085 - 17,205
BTC Daily Support zones
15,860 - 15,580
15,535 - 15,200
14,375 - 13,965
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Major Level - 757 (Monthly High of Dec. 2020)
Closest support zone: 1,110 - 1,060
Key resistance zone: 1,180 - 1,265
Analysis as of Nov. 22 - 27 Session.
ETH Weekly Resistance zones
1,180 - 1,265
1,310 - 1,345
1,390 - 1,450
ETH Weekly Support zones
1,110 - 1,060
1,035 - 990
910 - 795
ETH Daily Timeframe
Closest support zone: 1,110 - 1,065
Closest resistance zone: 1,120 - 1,145
Key Level: 1,010 (Weekly High from Dec. 28, 2020 - Jan. 04, 2021)
Nov. 22 02:19 UTC Update:
ETH was trading at $1,100, or -1.32% in a 24hr period.
ETH Daily Resistance zones
1,120 - 1,145
1,160 - 1,175
1,220 - 1,240
ETH Daily Support zones
1,110 - 1,065
1,060 - 1,015
1,010 - 965
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📌 Today's topic: Will Grayscale be the next thunderstorm?
On November 21, according to Coinglass data, the negative premium for Grayscale rose to an all-time high, with Bitcoin Trust's negative premium soaring to 45.2%, while Ether Trust's negative premium reached 44.65%.
In addition, ETC Trust's negative premium soared to as high as 66.99%, while LTC Trust's negative premium reached 48.28%. This means investors in the Grayscale Trust have lost 83% since Bitcoin peaked in November 2021, outpacing the 74% drop in the value of Bitcoin itself.
Two days ago, on November 19, Grayscale issued an official announcement reaffirming the safety of its assets. The announcement revealed that the position balances of Grayscale's digital asset products are available in historical public documents evaluated by third-party auditors; and that each of its digital asset products has a separate trust entity, with all digital assets held by Coinbase Custody as custodian, and that neither Grayscale nor Coinbase Custody has the right to borrow, lend, re-pledge or otherwise pledge the underlying assets of the product.
However, Grayscale has officially stated that it will not release proof of reserves to disclose information about its custodian's on-chain wallet for security reasons, causing the market to question Grayscale's risk control capabilities.
In response, President of The ETF Store Nate Geraci said, "The structure of GBTC is clearly not optimal, as the shares are not redeemable. It is very disappointing that the SEC continues to allow any retail investor to use the fund, but they will not approve a spot Bitcoin ETF that would address the discount issue. This is yet another example of the ridiculous regulatory dysfunction that currently exists across the crypto ecosystem."
With the FTX shockwaves spreading throughout the decentralized world and the possibility of further negative GBTC premiums, do you think Grayscale is still safe, or will it be the next giant to fall?
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Happenings of The Week (Nov. 18 - 22):
🔹 In their declaration, G20 leaders, including President Joe Biden, called for a global regulatory framework for crypto.
🔹 Singapore's deputy prime minister said he’ll take a tough stance on crypto speculation, especially targeting retail investors.
🔹 China's first metaverse computing center opened in Qingtian County, Zhejiang Province.
🔹 China's central bank and eight other departments are actively exploring the safe application of blockchain technology in financial scenarios such as transaction clearing.
🔹 Bank of England: the UK needs digital pounds and should include cryptocurrencies in the scope of regulation.
🔹 South Korean government asks each crypto company to establish a tax collection system and intends to advance crypto taxation next year.
📣 Nov. 22
🔹 Genesis says it may file for bankruptcy if it can't raise enough money.
🔹 Texas Securities Commission formally investigates NBA star Steph Curry and NFL star Tom Brady for their involvement in promoting cryptocurrency trading platform FTX in possible violation of U.S. securities laws.
🔹 U.S. Senators ask Fidelity to cancel Bitcoin Retirement Savings Plan.
📣 Nov. 21
🔹 Y-Combinator founder says “a trusted friend sees systemic risk in cryptocurrencies soon.”
🔹 Playboy's application to register NFT-related trademarks had been approved.
🔹 NEAR Protocol releases Staking Transparency Report which reported 469 Million NEARs were pledged or about 42% of the Total Supply.
🔹 JPMorgan Chase has registered the trademark "J.P. MORGAN WALLET”.
🔹 Ren 1.0 network to shut down in 30 days, officials suggest bridging Ren assets back to the native chain as soon as possible.
🔹 BTC Long-term Hodlers' losses are approaching the 2015 Bear Market.
🔹 The countries with the largest share of users before the FTX crash were South Korea, Singapore and Japan.
🔹 Porsche launches NFT page on its website and opens a Twitter account with the ETH symbol.
🔹 Sony filed a patent application for its technology described as "using tokens on a distributed ledger to track in-game unique digital assets.”
🔹 Vitalik Buterin: FTX incident is a "huge tragedy" and says cryptocurrencies have a long way to go to reach their full potential.
📣 Nov. 20
🔹 Bitcoin's third largest whale address outflows 1,800 BTC in the past week.
🔹 Trump reiterated that he has no intention of returning to Twitter.
🔹 CME CEO: We won't abandon crypto futures trading because of FTX's failure.
🔹 The Caribbean island nation of St. Nick is set to make BCH legal tender by 2023.
📣 Nov. 19
🔹 FTX announces the launch of a strategic review of its global assets and intends to sell or restructure certain businesses.
🔹 Grayscale: For security reasons, no on-chain wallet information will be disclosed via proof of reserve.
🔹 X2Y2 removed "custom royalty" and will enforce royalties on all NFTs.
🔹 The Ensign Group plans to launch a cryptocurrency hedge fund.
📣 Nov. 18
🔹 Oscar-nominated director David Darg and XTR Studios have begun production on the FTX documentary.
🔹 Tuvalu will be the first country to move into the metaverse as rising sea levels threaten survival.
🔹 New FTX CEO: Alameda had a "secret waiver" in the FTX auto-liquidation agreement.
🔹 Jump Crypto: no plans to close, still actively investing and trading.
🔹 ConsenSys Launches Ether Climate Platform ECP, Aims to Mitigate Energy Consumption Issues Prior to Ether Merger
📣 This week’s fundraising activities include but are not limited to:
🔹Asset management and technology platform Fasanara Capital receives a $200 million mandate from the Canadian Pension Fund. Founded in 2011, Fasanara Capital, which describes itself as "a significant provider of liquidity to the crypto market," is understood to have just recently launched a $350 million fintech and crypto venture capital fund. Fasanara Capital CEO Francesco Filia said the latest $200 million in funding will help strengthen its portfolio companies, ensuring they have access to a range of financial products when they need them.
🔹 Web3 developer platform Buildspace closes $10M round led by a16z with participation from Y-Combinator. Buildspace aims to provide a Web3 learning platform for users and currently offers learning programs such as Solidity, Ether NFT, Solana Web3 App, and more.
🔹 Decentralized financial marketplace infrastructure startup Revv announced that it has closed a $5.5 million round of funding in Q2 led by Libertus Capital. Revv founder Adi Dommaraju said he hopes to build the new DeFi product by combining TradFi and Web2 practices with a crypto-native experience.
🔹 NFT platform Hyakkit closed a $2 million seed round led by Step VC and others. Hyakki is dedicated to building marketing and utility infrastructure for Web3 and NFT, using AR and AI to provide marketing services and application scenarios for Web2 and Web3 brands so that NFT is not limited to JPEG images but can give brands more.
🔹 Blockchain digital securities platform DEFYCA closes a $1.3 million seed round led by QBN Capital and Blizzard Fund. DEFYCA developed the blockchain protocol DEFYCA Protocol to help cryptocurrency investors invest in traditional debt securities through Tokenized assets. These Tokenized assets will be incorporated into a liquidity pool, and processes including price discovery, settlement, and payment will be executed through smart contracts, subsequently creating a link between DeFi and TradFi (traditional finance).
🔹 Web3 data solution Vezgo closes a $750,000 funding round with participation from Bitnomic Capital and others. Reportedly spun off from investment aggregation platform Wealthica and operating independently, Vezgo aims to provide Web2 finance and fintech companies with access to data including centralized trading platforms, wallets, NFTs, and other on-chain data via APIs.
📣 This week’s on-chain criminal activities include but are not limited to:
🔹 FTX hack update: According to Etherscan on-chain data, the address marked as "FTX Accounts Drainer" starting with 0x59a has transferred approximately $200 million worth of ETH to 12 different crypto wallets, which started around 00:00 on November 22 (UTC+8 ). Within six minutes, the wallets made 12 transactions, each sending 15,000 ETH to a different crypto wallet address, and the 12 new wallet addresses have yet to do anything with the funds. Larry Cermak, vice president of research at The Block, said the entity has not yet started selling off the Ether that has been transferred to the 12 wallets because there is little remaining liquidity to convert Ether for renBTC.
🔹 sDAO contract business logic is flawed, attackers made over 13,000 BUSD in profit. Beosin analysis found an error in the business logic of the sDAO contract, where the getReward function is calculated based on the LP tokens owned by the contract and the LP tokens added by the user as parameters, and the calculated reward is positively correlated with the number of LP tokens added by the user, and not with the total number of LP tokens owned by the contract. The calculated reward is positively correlated with the number of LP tokens added by the user and negatively correlated with the total number of LP tokens owned by the contract, but the contract provides a withdrawTeam method to send all the BNBs owned by the contract and the specified tokens to the address specified in the contract, which can be called by anyone. After adding LP tokens to the contract, the attacker calls the withdrawTeam function to send all LP tokens to the specified address and immediately transfers a very small number of LP tokens to the contract, causing the attacker to use a very small value for the total number of LP tokens owned by the contract when calling getReward to get the reward, making the reward unusually large. Ultimately, the attacker gains approximately 13,662 BUSD through this vulnerability.
🔹 VenomSoftX, a malicious extension for stealing cryptocurrency, was discovered in Google Chrome and can be used to steal users' cryptocurrency and sensitive data. The extension is installed via the Windows version of the ViperSoftX malware and is a Java_script_-based RAT (Remote Access Trojan) and cryptocurrency hijacker. By analyzing the hard-coded wallet addresses in the ViperSoftX and VenomSoftX samples, Avast found that by November 8, 2022, both had earned its hackers a total of approximately $130,000. This stolen cryptocurrency was obtained by transferring attempted cryptocurrency transactions on the attacked devices, excluding profits from parallel activities.