Bitcoin’s rollercoaster ride, Ether shines, XRP mystery: 霍德勒文摘, 一月. 3–9

每个星期六都来, 霍德勒文摘 将帮助您跟踪本周发生的每一个重要新闻故事. 最好的 (最坏的) 引号, 采用和法规重点, 领先硬币, 预测和更多–一周通过Cointelegraph进行一次链接.

本周热门故事

大胆冲击? After hitting $42,000, 比特币价格波动可能上升

Another week, another spate of all-time highs. Bitcoin managed to crack $42,000 在周五, 涌动 9% in just three hours.

A sharp correction soon followed, with prices tumbling by 7% in the following eight hours. This may seem rather tame in percentage terms — but that’s a drop of almost $3,000.

鲸鱼一直在卖 很多 自从开始 2021 and taking a profit on their positions. They’re currently locked in a battle with new buyers in the U.S. who are aggressively accumulating BTC. Key metrics to observe right now include Bitcoin outflows from Coinbase and stablecoin inflows into major exchanges.

Raoul Pal has warned that a “New Year Head Fake” could cause a nasty correction in the BTC and gold markets. It’s unclear whether this would be as brutal as the flash crash last March, but it’s worth noting BTC is overbought on weekly and monthly charts.

Long term, JPMorgan Chase believes that BTC could hit $146,000 by crowding out gold, 然而, it warned a short-term surge to between $50,000 $100,000 will prove “unsustainable” this year.

在撰写本文时, BTC’s market cap has vaulted beyond Facebook, Tencent and Alibaba, and it has come close to overtaking Tesla. The jaw-dropping rally has helped the total market cap of all cryptocurrencies exceed $1 兆 for the very first time.

ETH en route to overtake its 2018 历来最高

Bullish fervor surrounding Ether intensified this week, with the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency breaking above $1,200 for the first time in three years.

The gains were largely driven by a confluence of fundamental factors, including Bitcoin’s parabolic rally, 的 anticipation of ETH futures contracts and a surging DeFi sector.

Year-to-date, ETH has surged by a staggering 66.5%, continuing last year’s theme, where it handsomely outperformed BTC.

Google searches for “Ethereum” have now hit an all-time high, prompting some optimistic pundits to suggest that ETH could smash its previous record of $1,432.88 between Jan. 10 和 16.

So… what would be the key levels to watch if ETH is propelled into uncharted territory? Cointelegraph Markets analyst Michaël van de Poppe says the Fibonacci extension finds potential top structures at $1,800 $2,700–$2,800. 然而, he cautioned investors and traders to expect a potential correction soon, as nothing goes up in a straight line.

XRP price soars 55% to “crucial” level, despite legal problems at Ripple persisting

One of the most head-scratching developments in the crypto markets this week saw XRP abruptly come back from the dead.

Having lost a substantial amount of its value due to legal issues at Ripple, a curious renaissance occurred for the embattled No. 4 cryptocurrency — with prices rising from $0.23 至 $0.35 in a single day.

Michaël van de Poppe has said $0.35 represents the make-or-break level for bulls to hold in order to continue their gains, which come despite no real movement in legal proceedings.

In other news this week, crypto exchange Uphold said that it won’t delist XRP until the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is resolved — and urged rival platforms to avoid “rushing to judgment ahead of the court’s decision.” 与此同时, Revolut warned its users to “constantly reassess” their crypto holdings, including XRP.

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse also broke his silence to answer five key questions about the SEC lawsuit. Slamming the “regulatory chaos” in the U.S., he revealed that the company has tried to reach a settlement with the SEC and said new attempts will be made once Joe Biden is in power. He also warned that the legal process can be slow.

Can Coinbase keep up with the crypto rally?

Coinbase has been under the microscope this week, not least because the U.S. crypto exchange is known for experiencing serious connectivity issues during periods of peak trading activity.

The disruption has occasionally prevented traders from taking advantage of price gains and dips — robbing them of profit-taking and reentry opportunities.

Coinbase is not the only major exchange to suffer issues during price rallies. Binance also routinely goes offline when BTC clocks up big gains. 回顾十二月的问题 2020, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao remarked that a 5% BTC surge is often accompanied by a 30x increase in trading volumes.

一月. 7, it was announced that Coinbase has acquired the Routefire platform for enhanced trade execution — a move that could go some way to restoring confidence.

Morgan Stanley now holds 10% stake in Michael Saylor’s MicroStrategy

MicroStrategy’s massive push into Bitcoin is paying off, with the firm securing a huge investment from Morgan Stanley. The bank has acquired 792,627 shares in the crypto-friendly company, representing a stake of 10.9%.

The purchase apparently happened on Dec. 31. MicroStrategy shares have had a colossal month — with shares moving from $289 在十二月. 8 至 $531 by Jan. 8.

MicroStrategy has made Bitcoin its primary reserve asset and has made a concerted effort to raise funds so it can buy even more. As of Dec. 21, the company had stockpiled 70,470 比特币, with a staggering valuation of $2.9 十亿.

Institutional investors like Morgan Stanley have warmed up to crypto assets considerably over the past year. Many have attributed Bitcoin’s recent bull market to renewed interest.

赢家和输家

在本周结束时, 比特币在 $40,599.80, 以太 $1,220.34 和XRP $0.32. 总市值是 $1,077,848,908,371.

其中最大的 100 加密货币, 本周排名前三的山寨币涨幅为 IOST, Bitcoin SVAvalanche. 本周排名前三的山寨币输家是 Enjin Coin, 索拉纳 Nano.

有关加密货币价格的更多信息, 确保阅读 Cointelegraph的市场分析.

最难忘的报价

“The next correction is absolutely going to be painful for all the #FOMO buyers.”

Michaël van de Poppe, Cointelegraph Markets analyst

“A lot of that [刺激] will find its way into the markets. 当然, 当它进入年轻人的手, 他们会直接转到他们的Robinhood帐户. 上次最独特的事情之一就是看到有多少人购买了具有确切数量刺激的比特币. 繁荣, boom.”

迈克·诺沃格拉茨, Galaxy Digital CEO

“While the narrative is institutional money, 这个阶段, 海事组织, 确实是机构给予了比特币验证, 现在我们有家族办公室为有钱的急需服务的人提供服务. There’s a lot of requests for $1m+ buys happening.”

胡伟, statistician

“仅供参考, 1月Coinbase流出 2 创历史新高. It seems institutions bought $BTC when the price above 30k. $BTC牛市尚未结束。”

纪永柱, CryptoQuant CEO

“A #bitcoin now buys you a Tesla. 所以, when will you accept it, @elonmusk?”

Documenting Bitcoin

“Would be a shame to buy Model 3 now, when you can buy a Roadster for 1 BTC later this year.”

Juri Bulovic, Fidelity director of Bitcoin mining

“I was wondering what to do for the rent, for a week now. And just remembered I had over 14000 Moons here in r/Cryptocurrency. Sold them and made my rent. It was like a stone lifted out of my chest. Not able to find the right word for this feeling.”

Satoshinakamoto7, Reddit user

“A crowding out of gold as an ‘alternative’ currency implies big upside for Bitcoin over the long term.”

JPMorgan Chase

“重要的是,您要不断重新评估自己的加密货币资产, 特别是XRP, and whether you remain comfortable with the associated risks.”

革命

“#Ethereum gas fees soaring again, basically making #defi unusable.”

Lark Davis, YouTuber

“On the 1st business day of 2021, #Bitcoin takes its rightful place atop the Financial Times.”

Michael Saylor, MicroStrategy CEO

“A vital part of the SEC’s remit is the protection of consumers. It is hard to see how a judgment rendering XRP essentially worthless and inflicting billions of dollars of losses on retail investors who purchased XRP in good faith would square with that remit.”

Uphold

“Where maybe we thought maybe $50,000 made sense, this number is definitely going to be a little bit higher than that in my opinion. I think we’re going towards $75,000 至 $100,000 for Bitcoin by the end of 2021.”

Catherine Coley, Binance US CEO

“The number of unique Twitter accounts tweeting about #Bitcoin has just hit an all-time high of 66,832, surpassing the previous high of 64,652 set on 12/27/2017.”

领带

一周的预测

Mike Novogratz predicts young people will buy Bitcoin with their stimulus checks

Joe Biden has said he is working on a multi-trillion-dollar package that will deliver $2,000 stimulus checks to U.S. 公民, helping them to weather the economic repercussions of COVID-19.

And according to Mike Novogratz, such measures could be further good news for the markets. 他说: “When it comes into young people’s hands, 他们会直接转到他们的Robinhood帐户. 上次最独特的事情之一就是看到有多少人购买了具有确切数量刺激的比特币. 繁荣, boom.”

The Galaxy Digital CEO argued that there’s still plenty of “speculative excess” on Wall Street, pointing to Tesla’s dramatic surge as an example.

然而, Novogratz says that the disconnect between the markets and the economy is likely to spell trouble at some point. In his interview with CNBC, he added: “You’ve got to watch for the cracks. 有一天我们会醒来, 市场将逆转, 然后他们会努力扭转. I just don’t know when that is.”

本周的FUD

Rapper Hiiikey confirms YouTube channel hack, fake crypto giveaway steals $70,000

A YouTube page belonging to U.S. rapper Hiiikey was hacked this week and taken over by fraudsters promoting a fake Bitcoin and Ether giveaway.

Hiiikey, whose real name is Keyshawn Butler, has 249,000 subscribers on the video-sharing site. His page was rebranded as “[Ethereum FUND]” and a livestream featuring an old video of Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin was launched.

在一个点上, the livestream had more than 56,000 viewers, and the hackers received at least 39.1 ETH, which was worth almost $50,000 在撰写本文时.

Worryingly, the fraudulent livestream was active for several hours before being taken down.

Bitcoiner loses almost $100,000 of BTC in wallet transfer bungle

A crypto enthusiast has issued a warning to “overconfident” hodlers after losing the password to their wallet by not acting cautiously enough.

Reddit user Onnar said they had lost access to 2.6 比特币 while attempting to transfer a wallet to a new computer purchased over the holidays. The user claimed they formatted the drive of their old system without double-checking whether the password manager still contained the password needed to access the private keys.

Onnar wrote: “I’ve spent the past week and a half going through all my remaining disk files and notes, the password is nowhere to be found.”

Many Reddit users were sympathetic to Onnar’s plight, and some stepped up with advice to avoid similar accidents in the future.

“The standard now is to use a hardware wallet and write down the seed on paper plus on a metal plate. The standard is not to encrypt your seed words in a computer file for very good reasons,” one wrote.

Trump bans Chinese payment apps, including Alipay and WeChat Pay

With less than two weeks left in office, President Donald Trump has sent out a new executive order targeting Chinese payment apps

The order bars United States citizens or people located in the U.S. from using nine apps — including Alipay and WeChat Pay.

The executive order takes effect in 45 天, by which time Trump will already have been out of office. Given that his earlier order to get ByteDance to divest from TikTok was stonewalled in court while he was still in office, there’s not a ton of reason to believe that Trump will get his way here.

Biden’s transition team had not responded to Cointelegraph’s request for comment as to whether the new administration plans to see Trump’s order through.

The focus on payment apps is particularly significant. Recent moves from the U.S. national security apparatus have definitely indicated concern over China’s payments systems, particularly its upcoming central bank digital currency.

Many in crypto, as well as the broader tech industry, have warned of a cold war in technology between China and the U.S., including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and several leaders of Ripple Labs.

最佳Cointelegraph功能

比特币转向 12: From the genesis block to Wall Street adoption

The Bitcoin network as we know it today officially kicked off 12 years ago this week, when Satoshi Nakamoto released the first software client.

加密货币的兴起: Bitcoin sets landmarks, but alts can go independent

Unfounded hype? 这阵子, investors have begun to realize the value proposition of Bitcoin and Ether.

的看涨加密事件 2020 这将推动历史性的采用

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