The week in review
With Jason Deane
Greetings from the Leonardo Royal Hotel in London!
I’ve been staying here for the last few nights attending, MCing and speaking at the City Am Summit and Awards. And what an experience it has been.
The conference is noticeably quieter than previous events I’ve attended and the mood is very subdued, all a sign of the times I guess. However, it was good to see the state of the market openly acknowledged rather than glossed over and the speakers and panels maintained their usual high quality and professional approach.
My view is that the people who chose not to attend did themselves a disservice – it may be understandable, but times like these are precisely when you double down, learn and network as much as you can. I’ll wager those who attended are now best placed to do exactly that.
My opening keynote on Thursday morning had, as you would expect, a much broader macro economic view point than my fellow speakers who tended to focus on their specialist niches and projects, but I did feel it appropriate to address the elephant in the room – the crypto industry as whole.
The theme of my talk was that crypto is going through its “dot com bubble” phase. In my view, the comparison is a valid one. In 1999, for example, 457 internet related IPOs hit the market just in time for the NASDAQ hit an all high in March 2000. By October of that same year, however, it had lost 80% of its value and wiped out most of the projects that had been artificially supported by investors’ money.
Many of those ideas were daft (Digiscents anyone?) or pure scam companies like Cyber Rebate, Pixelon and Pseudo or simply copycats of existing services like Excite, Infoseek, AltaVista, Askjeeves or Kibu, Myspace and The Globe. All received substantial funding during the heady, crazy days of the boom as anything that added “dot com” to its product offering was immediately funded by over eager investors.
We’re seeing the same thing now. How many coins claim to do the same thing as another coin? How many are complete scams? How many are ridiculous ideas that simply don’t have longevity? The market is clearing out the dross, paving the way for the next round of growth in the same way the early, experimental days of internet development did. There is pain ahead, but there is also opportunity.
Bitcoin, of course, remains entirely unaffected in all but the headline metric of price as adoption continues, lightning network capacity increases and wallets holding more than one Bitcoin reaches a new all time high, now at almost a million wallets. Meanwhile, hashrate creeps mercilessly up, even though there may be trouble ahead for some large miners who carry large debt loads and were mostly funded during the boom.
Core Scientific, responsible for up to 10% of global hashrate, released a report this week that made chilling reading. The prolonged lower Bitcoin price has meant that they are having to use all reserves to pay the bill and they don’t have enough to get them to the end of 2022, let alone beyond. The company also failed to pay some debt obligations in October and they are far from being alone. Just like crypto and the dot com boom, we will almost certainly see a short term shakeout of miners.
It all seems as depressing as the economy itself is, but, like everything in life, it’s how you react to it and how you move forward. There is more opportunity than despair in the air – it’s simply up to us to find it.
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Yesterday’s Crypto AM Daily in association with Luno
In the markets
The Bitcoin economy
*Data can be found at https://terminal.bytetree.com/
Total crypto market cap
The total capitalisation of the entire cryptocurrency market at time of writing is currently $827.520 billion.
What Bitcoin did yesterday
We closed yesterday, November 24 2022, at a price of $16,604.47 The daily high yesterday was $16,771.48, and the daily low was $16,501.77.
Bitcoin market capitalisation
Bitcoin’s market capitalisation at time of writing is $316.33 billion. To put it into context, the market cap of gold is $11.563 trillion and Tesla is $569.93 billion.
The total spot trading volume reported by all exchanges over the last 24 hours was $23.364 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 52.84%.
Fear and Greed Index
Market sentiment today is 20, in Extreme Fear.
Bitcoin’s market dominance
Bitcoin’s market dominance today is 40.35. Its lowest ever recorded dominance was 37.09 on January 1 2018.
Relative Strength Index (RSI)
The daily RSI is currently 32.64. 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
“A country’s decision to embrace cryptocurrency may boost its resilience to economic shocks.”
Matthew Ferranti — a fifth-year PhD candidate in Harvard’s economics department
What they said yesterday
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It’s definitely tempting to get swept up in the excitement, but please heed these words of caution: Do your own research, only invest what you can afford, and make good decisions. The indicators contained in this article will hopefully help in this. Remember though, the content of this article is for information purposes only and is not investment advice or any form of recommendation or invitation. City AM, Crypto AM and Luno always advise you to obtain your own independent financial advice before investing or trading in cryptocurrency.
All information is correct as of 08:00 BST