The week in review
with Jason Deane
Like many of my fellow Brits, I spent much of last week waving little union flags, wearing red, white and blue plastic bowler hats and sitting at very long tables in closed off streets in celebration of Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.
Whilst this was a very enjoyable experience, it did mean it’s been two weeks since my last update. You’d expect, therefore, a double length update, but the truth is that it’s been relatively quiet for Bitcoin et al recently. Even “Crypto Twitter” has been uncharacteristically subdued. I’ve even seen some pundits using the word “boring”.
Of course, the lack of noise on the surface belies the development and adoption that continues, without fanfare, behind the scenes.
Keeping up with the latest across this fascinating industry, as is my constant duty, I was reminded this week just how young this whole thing is and how easy it is to forget that very fact. Sometimes you just need to zoom out and add perspective.
Bitcoin remains in its current favourite range of $29,000 to $31,000 and looks set to stay there, for now at least. This time, volatility is coming from other financial markets, especially equities, and this is perfectly understandable given the unprecedented level of global uncertainty that currently exists.
Bitcoin’s dominance has also increased further since the last update, now sitting at 46.4%, underlining its relative stability against both those equities and other crypto assets.
But most of the development headlines are currently coming from regulatory corners, rather than technical ones. A global open source monetary system such as Bitcoin does not fit neatly into any existing economic or regulatory framework, so there are likely to be decades of figuring it out ahead. We know this because it’s been well over 30 years since the last open source global network was deployed – the internet – and we’re still figuring parts of THAT out.
Senator Lummis (who I had the pleasure of chatting to in Miami a couple of months ago) and her Democratic co-author Senator Gillibrand, dropped their 69 page “Crypto Bill” this week where it was immediately scrutinised. It contained some surprises and technical concerns and was criticised as much as it was praised, but the reality is that this is no more than a valiant first and proper attempt to create some sort of clear framework going forward in the US. Like I said, it’s early days.
Meanwhile at Consensus, which is going on right now in Texas, both Bitwise and Grayscale have stated they are confident a spot Bitcoin ETF will now be approved by regulators. Both of their decisions are due in the next few weeks via the SEC, but even if they are not successful this time, the view has changed to “when” not “if” this will happen.
And let’s not forget the myriad other bills at various stages of development, discussion and presentation within many sovereign states in the world.
We’re collectively finding our feet and we will probably stumble many times in the process over long periods to come, but this process is as essential as the technical development itself to make Bitcoin a truly global, fully inclusive asset for everyone.
And while it feels like a grind sometimes, it’s no less than is required to make it happen.
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 $1.233 trillion.
What Bitcoin did yesterday
We closed yesterday, June 9 2022, at a price of $30,112.00. The daily high yesterday was $30,609.31 and the daily low was $30,020.26.
Bitcoin market capitalisation
Bitcoin’s market capitalisation at time of writing is $572 billion. To put it into context, the market cap of gold is $11.734 trillion and Tesla is $745.01 billion.
The total spot trading volume reported by all exchanges over the last 24 hours was $24,816 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 51.02%.
Fear and Greed Index
Market sentiment today is 13, in Extreme Fear.
Bitcoin’s market dominance
Bitcoin’s market dominance today is 47.16. Its lowest ever recorded dominance was 37.09 on January 1 2018.
Relative Strength Index (RSI)
The daily RSI is currently 45.84. 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 twin pillars of Bitcoin’s value proposition: (1) It’s possible to secure and transport your wealth without anyone’s permission (2) Your wealth cannot be debased. Everything else is noise.”
Vijay Boyapati, Author of the Bullish Case for Bitcoin
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