De prijs van Bitcoin (BTC) has extended its recovery on Jan. 14, reclaiming the $38,000 niveau. Bovendien, the weekly candle has now turned green for the fifth consecutive week despite the 28% crash earlier this week.
Ondertussen, stablecoin deposits are flooding into cryptocurrency exchanges, according to data from CryptoQuant. This inflow may act as a short-term catalyst for Bitcoin as it suggests that sidelined capital is moving back into BTC.
Why are stablecoins indicative of strong buyer demand for Bitcoin?
In the cryptocurrency market, many traders sell crypto assets, zoals Bitcoin, to stablecoins rather than cash.
Stabiele munten, zoals Tether (USDT), is pegged to the value of the U.S. dollar and are tradable across exchanges.
Most exchanges require a complicated Know Your Customer (KYC) verification process for bank transfers, and cash deposits into exchanges could take a long time.
Als zodanig, if a whale or a high-net-worth investor wants to buy and sell millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin, stablecoins can be far more convenient than cash.
The high demand for stablecoins from traders has led the valuation of Tether to increase in recent months. Vorige maand, the market cap of Tether surpassed $20 miljard. A month later, this number is already above $24 miljard, indicating a rise in sidelined capital within the cryptocurrency market.
Dry powder moving to exchanges
Ondertussen, stablecoin deposits into exchanges have increased substantially over the past 24 uren. CryptoQuant tracks the wallets of exchanges and observes stablecoin deposits and outflows.
Across major exchanges, stablecoin deposits spiked noticeably on Jan. 13, right as the price of Bitcoin began to recover.
Op Jan. 13, the price of Bitcoin dropped to as low as $32,500 after nearly $1 miljard aan termijncontracten werden geliquideerd.
Investors were actively buying the dip, as shown by the increase in stablecoin deposits and the increasing open interest of the Bitcoin futures market. Als gevolg, Bitcoin saw a quick turnaround, rallying by more than 10% 's nachts.
So what comes next?
Alex Saunders, een cryptocurrency-analist, said that stablecoins are “flooding exchanges,” which is often indicative of a bullish trend.
Prior to the recovery, Michael van de Poppe, a full-time trader at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, said an all-time high is likely for Bitcoin if it surpasses $38,000 nog een keer.
Overnight, the price of Bitcoin pierced through the $38,000 resistance area, which Van de Poppe pinpointed. Vandaar, in the short term, BTC is on track to retest its record-high. Hij zei:
“Bitcoin didn’t change much. It flipped the $33,000 level for support and therefore is eager to test the $37,000-38,000 niveau. Die moet omdraaien. Zo ja, we staan te popelen voor nieuwe recordhoogtes. Als niet, more consolidation likely.”
Bitcoin’s rally also coincides with the opening of Grayscale’s products on Jan. 13. If the value of Bitcoin continues to rise, it could propel more institutional and accredited investors to obtain exposure to BTC through the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC).
There is also a strong argument to be made that the reopening of GBTC kickstarted the rally, to begin with, signifying that the uptrend is led by institutions, not by retail investors.
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