The week in review
with Jason Deane
The Guardian’s rather sensationalist headline yesterday “Bank of England warns of longest recession in 100 years” summarised the current situation very nicely as it reported on the effects of the interest rate rise from 2.25% to 3%.
Of course, there are a host of other factors in play but even so, many of us have been talking about the coming storm for the last couple of years. Not because we’re savants, you understand, but because we can simply add numbers up. Or more precisely, are able to see that the numbers don’t add up. They haven’t for some time.
Interestingly, this was very much the theme of the fireside chat I had with Allen Farrington at the Bitcoin conference in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago, some elements of which have suddenly become even more relevant than they were then. You can check out a recording here.
The UK’s economic plight is not unique of course. Figures from the USA are equally concerning and any simple Google search reveals headlines of a similar nature from pretty much anywhere in the world you care to mention. Except one notable outlier – El Salvador.
Having already achieved the impressive feat of moving from one of the most dangerous countries in the world to now one of the safest in a single year, the economic effects of the country adopting Bitcoin as its national currency are now creeping through. With an increase in GDP of over 10% – largely thanks due to Bitcoin tourism – tax receipts have increased without affecting underlying productivity. There’s a long way to go, but the signs are solid for this tiny state.
Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak’s CBDC comments were picked up and completely ridiculed by Russell Brand in this short video piece retweeted by Alex Gladstein. There’s no doubt that CBDCs are one of the most sinister inventions ever to be unleashed on the public and, worryingly, around 105 countries, or 95% of global GDP, are currently exploring them as can be seen from this digital map.
However, in one of the few places where a CBDC has actually been fully deployed, Nigeria, it simply hasn’t worked. The reasons for the eNaira’s spectacular failure are explored in this fascinating article, but the bottom line appears to be that Nigerians were simply able to tell the difference between an elite issued centrally controlled coin – which they absolutely do not trust one iota – and Bitcoin, of which the country has the 11th highest adoption rate in the world. Why use the former, when you can use the latter?
Meanwhile, still in Africa, shoppers are now able to use Bitcoin over Lightning to pay for goods at Pick n Pay, one of the larger shopping chains in the Western Cape area. While this is just the latest high-profile adoption, we also received a stark reminder of how much work is still to be done when a single Bitcoin transaction caused a glitch in some Lightning nodes this week. The issue, limited entirely to the second layer Lightning network and NOT the base layer, was quickly resolved.
Meanwhile as Elon Musk starts charging $8 a month for a blue tick on Twitter, Putin is humiliated yet again in a u-turn over access to the Ukrainian ports via the Black Sea and giant baubles threaten the streets of London, Bitcoin keeps ticking, growing and building.
And in an uncertain world, I find that certainty incredibly reassuring.
Have a great weekend!
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Yesterday’s Crypto AM Daily in association with Luno
In the markets
The Bitcoin economy
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Total crypto market cap
The total capitalisation of the entire cryptocurrency market at time of writing is currently $1.027 billion.
What Bitcoin did yesterday
We closed yesterday, November 3 2022, at a price of $20,209.99. The daily high yesterday was $20,382.10, and the daily low was $20,086.24.
Bitcoin market capitalisation
Bitcoin’s market capitalisation at time of writing is $3.95 billion. To put it into context, the market cap of gold is $10.89 trillion and Tesla is $.6.69 billion.
The total spot trading volume reported by all exchanges over the last 24 hours was $46.530 billion. 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 26.92%.
Fear and Greed Index
Market sentiment today is 30, in Fear.
Bitcoin’s market dominance
Bitcoin’s market dominance today is 40.30. Its lowest ever recorded dominance was 37.09 on January 1 2018.
Relative Strength Index (RSI)
The daily RSI is currently 65.83. 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
“The live pilots led by industry participants demonstrate that with the appropriate guardrails in place, digital assets and decentralized finance have the potential to transform capital markets.”
MAS’ Chief FinTech Officer, Sopnendu Mohanty
What they said yesterday
A changing of the tide?
What’s good for the goose…
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