The week in review
with Jason Deane
It’s been a bit of an odd week in the markets, with some solid gains from both the usual suspects as well as some unexpected outliers – followed quickly by losses. It definitely “feels” like there’s more activity than usual right now, but there’s also a real lack of clarity of direction.
That same lack of clarity is also painfully apparent in the world of Twitter – the traditional go-to platform for all things Bitcoin and crypto related. But for how much longer?
There’s no doubt that Twitter has become a shell of its former self since Musk’s take over less than a year ago. As a previously heavy user I have to agree that it’s a mess and now barely post.
For example, since I have been inexplicably stopped from seeing the main accounts I follow in my feed, I now have a long handwritten list of my favourite top accounts blu-tacked to the side of my screen. A few times each day, I manually type in their names and visit their accounts for the latest revelations. That’s hardly progress.
Add in this week’s “rate limit exceeded” debacle and it’s clear to see all is not well at Twitter HQ and I’m not sure the platform will ever recover its former glory.
This, of course, is something that Mark Zuckerberg knows very well as he launched his alternative platform “Threads” earlier this week, scooping up some 55 million users in the first 48 hours. That’s pretty spectacular when you consider Twitter has around 400 million users overall and took 17 years to get there. At its current rate, Threads will reach that level just after Wimbledon finishes.
Could we be one day saying that Twitter was the MySpace of the text based social media platforms? Personally, I hope not. Apart from the fact that it’s a bit of a mouthful, I’m not sure I want one person with that much control of the global chatter with ownership of Facebook, Instagram and Threads.
But then again, I’m a Bitcoiner, so I’m not sure I want one person in control of anything. History shows us we’re consistently terrible at that. Of course, the stockholders like it though as Meta has risen 134% so far this year, countering much of its losses in late 2021/early 2022 with a YTD chart that is a perfect 45 degree up and to right formation. You don’t see those very often.
The Russian Ruble, on the other hand, shows a chart with the exact opposite as Putin’s woes go from bad to worse as a result of his disastrous war, losing another 10% this week alone. But perhaps he’s banking on the new BRICS currency, launching on August 22 this year, to be the lifeboat he’s looking for in the future.
It’s hard to overstate just how game changing this currency is and how much it threatens to swing the balance of power away from the traditional western economic alliances. There’s a great summary here. It has also been surprisingly under-reported for such a major event, but now that a date is set, it has gone from being theoretical to “real”.
Suddenly, there is a real need for proper analysis of impact – something that both myself and many others will be doing over the coming weeks and months, both from the traditional fiat economic models, but also from the Bitcoin perspective. After all, this new gold-backed currency is clearly designed as play for global reserve currency status, but it is still centralised and open to the same abuses we’ve seen throughout history. As I mentioned above, this has NEVER ended well – will this time really be different?
It won’t, but does it matter? Bitcoin, in my opinion, is still the best and provably solid choice for this role in the long term, but it’s worth understanding how BRICS+ changes the landscape in the medium term and I suspect there will be much discussion.
One thing is for certain, we’re in for a fascinating few years.
Have a great weekend!
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Yesterday’s Crypto AM Daily
In the Markets
The Bitcoin Economy
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🌅Total crypto market cap
🔵 $1.17 trillion
What Bitcoin did yesterday
🌄 Closed $29,909
🔺 Daily high $31,460
🔻 Daily low $29,892
Bitcoin market capitalisation
🟠 BTC $598.775 billion
🟡 Gold $12.681 trillion
💳 Visa $496.19 billion
🪣 Total spot trading volume $22.288 billion
🌅 24hrs -0.79%
Fear and Greed Index
Bitcoin’s market dominance
Relative Strength Index (RSI)
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, while 30 or below indicates an oversold or undervalued condition.
What they said yesterday
The “super bears” of 2000-02, 2007-09, 1929-32 & 1937-38 produced drawdowns that were significantly deeper and longer than what we’ve experienced so far this cycle.
Jurrien Timmer, Director of Global Macro at Fidelity
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