The week in Review
With Jason Deane
And we’re off!
It’s clear the holiday period is already a distant memory as events around the world unfold back at their usual pace.
Amid the arguments over tennis players’ Visas, COVID restriction unrest and alleged parties at Downing Street, Bitcoin continues to quietly make headway in adoption around the world.
Tonga’s Lord Fusitu’a confirmed this week that his country will definitely be installing Bitcoin as legal tender by the end of this year using El Salvador’s legal model. Other countries are continuing their explorations into the possibility of doing so.
Well, except Pakistan of course who are still intent on banning it, even as their neighbour, India, is looking to launch a spot based Bitcoin ETF. Over in the US, the SEC is still dragging its feet on approving one of those with Mr Gensler seemingly intent on making sure this never happens.
This is a strange move in my view. The US had the competitive advantage with applications from solid organisations early on but they have gradually given this up by omission of action to allow the rest of the world to take the lead. That said, it’s clear that the noise from institutions, certain senators, and some regulators is growing and, surely, it can only be a matter of time before the SEC’s hand is forced.
Meanwhile Strike launches in Argentina, allowing instant payments over the Bitcoin rails, and Turkey’s cryptocurrency industry continues to boom as the Lira collapses, despite the dubious legal position of using it in the country. But, at the end of the day, if you don’t want your people to use cryptocurrency, you better make sure you have a solid alternative for them not to do so.
Governments, however, aren’t traditionally so good at that.
While we’re on the subject of inflation, back in the US inflation reached a new 40 year high at seven per cent, although we know the underlying rate is almost certainly higher. In a sign of just how bizarre the markets are right now, this was generally seen as positive, apparently based on the point of view that “it wasn’t eight per cent.” Wow.
Finally, if you’re feeling lucky this weekend, why not play the lottery? As not one but TWO Bitcoin miners discovered this week when they mined a block whilst operating on their own, lightning CAN strike. And in case you’re wondering, the odds of doing this are reportedly around 1 in 1.4 million.
Mind you, the odds of winning the National Lottery are 1 in 45,057,474, so, on second thoughts, maybe this isn’t ideal financial advice.
Maybe stack some Sats instead?
Have a great weekend!
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Total crypto market cap
The total capitalisation of the entire cryptocurrency market at time of writing is currently $2,049,606,853,573 down from $2,073,793,543,128 yesterday.
What Bitcoin did yesterday
We closed yesterday, January 13 2022, at a price of $42,591.57, down from $43,949.10 the day before. The daily high yesterday was $44,278.42 and the daily low was $42,447.04.
This time last year, the price of Bitcoin closed the day at $39,187.33. In 2020, it closed at $8,827.76.
Bitcoin market capitalisation
Bitcoin’s market capitalisation at time of writing is $810.95 billion. To put it into context, the market cap of gold is $11.606 trillion and Tesla is $1.035 trillion.
The total spot trading volume reported by all exchanges over the last 24 hours was $42,613,734,148 down from $55,599,400,316 yesterday. High volumes can indicate that a significant price movement has stronger support and is more likely to be sustained.
The price volatility of Bitcoin over the last 30 days is 43.4%.
Fear and Greed Index
Market sentiment today is 21, in Extreme Fear.
Bitcoin’s market dominance
Bitcoin’s market dominance today is 39.67. Its lowest ever recorded dominance was 37.09 on January 8 2018.
Relative Strength Index (RSI)
The daily RSI is currently 35.69. 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.
Convince your Nan: Soundbite of the day
“While I appreciate people tweeting the price of Bitcoin every 9 seconds, I have decided to hold my BTC for the next 100 years.”
Peter H Diamandis, Greek-American engineer, physician, and entrepreneur best known for being founder and chairman of the X Prize Foundation
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