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Key Fundamental Data Suggests Bitcoin May Defy Bears

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Last weekend, the Bitcoin price fell below the psychologically significant support level of $50,000. Furthermore, the 50 day moving average was breached to the downside and some popular technical indicators – such as the MACD – are flashing bearish warnings.

The confluence of downwards price action, bearish signals, and negative news flow (primarily; a rumored US regulatory crackdown and the Turkish ban & double exchange failures) suggests a bleak outlook for BTC… So, is Bitcoin doomed?

Recent Drop Brings Return Of Bitcoin Doomsday, But There’s Still Hope Left
Fortunately, there are reasons for hope. Whereas short-term technical and sentiment signals are decidedly bearish, certain fundamental data suggests that the great bull market, begun in late 2020, still has legs. For instance, the number of individuals who own Bitcoin – as measured by Glassnode’s Active Entities metrics – is still rising rapidly. Veteran crypto price analyst, Willy Woo, recently shared the following graph via Twitter:

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bitcoin user adoption Rapid growth is clearly visible from August of 2020 and holding steady at present. | Source: Glassnode
“Anyone thinking we are going into a prolong[ed] price correction needs to know about the rate of new users coming into the network per day. We’re in the middle of a bull market with a hockey stick of new adoption, especially in the last 2 weeks,” Woo commented.

Related Reading | Bitcoin Price Breakdown: Bulls In Trouble As $50,000 Is Lost

Glassnode’s data is far more reliable than the naive method of counting total or active Bitcoin addresses to estimate user numbers – after all, any single user can create a practically unlimited number of addresses to inflate such measures. While their exact methods remain proprietary, Glassnode attempts to map multiple addresses to individual users, and so count only the latter.

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Drivers Of User Adoption In Cryptocurrency
There are countless factors driving user adoption, and one could easily point to the increased visibility of Bitcoin due to its new all-time high or endorsements from influential business leaders, such as Elon Musk and Michael Saylor. Increasing institutional adoption, with such big financial players as MasterCard and BlackRock getting involved, certainly doesn’t hurt the coin’s credibility in the popular mind either.

Related Reading | Bitcoin Loses Important Lifeline That Got Bulls Blood Pumping

In the broader context, it’s likely that the deteriorating value of fiat plays a major role in Bitcoin user adoption. Global inflationary expectations – and indeed, observations – remain high. Central banks around the world printed unprecedented amounts of new fiat to offset the economic damage of governmental lockdown policies.

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With the cost of goods and services up and largely expected to go higher, widespread demand for deflationary monetary alternatives like Bitcoin makes perfect sense. This is especially true in the current context of under-performance by traditional hard money options, like gold and silver.

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Bitcoin price rises as more user adopt the technology | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
So long as Bitcoin adoption by new users is increasing, the prospect of a prolonged bear market seems unlikely. If adoption has been growing throughout the bull trend, as Glassnode’s data indicates, it seems that higher prices are not deterring new entrants to the market.

With Bitcoin now trading “at a discount” compared to its recent all-time high around $64,500, it’s likely that sufficient demand, perhaps spurred by bargain-hunting, remains in the market to provide price support.

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Coinbase CEO Shows Support for Ripple and XRP Amid Battle with SEC

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The XRP Army believes that Brian Armstrong could be hinting at relisting the cryptocurrency

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has displayed support for Ripple in its fight against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In a series of recent tweets, Armstrong writes that the company’s case is seemingly going “better than expected.”

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Armstrong stressed that launching attacks against the crypto industry and hurting investors is “politically unpopular.”

The head of the largest American exchange then channeled Ripple’s oft-repeated talking point about the SEC hurting consumers instead of protecting them:

The irony is that the people they are supposedly protecting are the ones attacking them.

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XRP relisting rumors get a new life  

Armstrong’s tweets inevitably reignited rumors about Coinbase potentially relisting XRP on its platform.

The exchange moved to suspend XRP trading after the SEC filed a lawsuit against Ripple on Jan. 19, which triggered a massive price drop.

As reported by U.Today, Coinbase relisting rumors started making the rounds on social media after XRP trading pairs started showing up on the company’s mobile app last month, but it ended up being a bug.

Despite its legal troubles, XRP has remained resilient, with crypto mogul Mike Novogratz recently noting that the cryptocurrency has tripled in value since the agency filed its complaint.

Coinbase’s run-in with the SEC

Ripple started alighting itself with Coinbase after Armstrong publicly called out the SEC for threatening to sue the leading exchange over its yet-to-launch lending offering.

Even though the company caved in to the SEC’s demands and shelved the product in question, it seems like it hasn’t buried the hatchet with the formidable regulator.

Earlier this month, Coinbase proposed replacing the agency with a new cryptocurrency-focused regulator, arguing that the laws from the 1930s were not suitable for the “technological revolution.”

The exchange will have to convince Congress to pass a legislation that will establish a dramatically different regulatory regime that it envisions.

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Legendary Trader Peter Brandt Challenges Binance with Four Questions about 88% BTC Crash

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Here’s what is unclear for Mr. Brandt about mysterious Bitcoin (BTC) flash-crash of Oct. 21, 2021

Prominent trader and analyst Peter Brandt has taken to Twitter to ask his four questions in the context of the flagship crypto’s 88% dropdown.

What do Binance and Binance.US have in common?

First of all, Mr. Brandt challenged the character of corporate relationships between Binance and Binance.US, its unit focused on American markets.

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Also, Mr. Brandt asks whether Binance is planning to release detailed documents to specify statistics for trades, their volume and prices during the flash-crash.

Then, the trading legend asked about the role of the platform in taking the opposite side of a client fills.

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Besides the Binance CEO and co-founder Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, Mr. Brandt mentioned the Interactive Brokers platform, U.S. watchdogs CFTC and SEC and Gary Gensler, the SEC chairman.

Most expensive “trading algorithm bug” ever?

Also, Mr. Brandt attached a screenshot of a tweet by CZ when Binance’s boss warned his audience about expected volatility spikes across cryptocurrency markets.

Finally, Mr. Brandt added that he never used Binance for trading.

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As covered by U.Today previously, on Oct. 21, 2021, amidst a spending rally, the Bitcoin (BTC) price briefly tanked to the $8,000 level, losing more than 88% in no time.

A similar flash-crash was registered on 26 other low-liquidity exchanges. A Binance.US representative attributed this dramatic plunge to a critical bug in third-party mechanisms by one of the platform’s sophisticated institutional clients.

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Crypto investments a financial backup for Facebook whistleblower

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Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee turned whistleblower, revealed that her refuge in Puerto Rico is currently being supported by an auspiciously timed cryptocurrency investment.

Haugen worked as a Facebook product manager before accusing the company of spreading controversial and insensitive misinformation. She allegedly possesses numerous confidential research documents, which, according to her, shows that “Facebook prioritizes profit over the well-being of children and all users.” Previously, Facebook has been accused of influencing the 2016 United States presidential election with the help of Russian agencies.

In a follow-up interview with The New York Times, Haugen was asked about her financial situation:

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“For the foreseeable future, I’m fine, because I did buy crypto at the right time.”

The whistleblower also received financial help from nonprofit organizations (NPO) backed by Pierre Omidyar, a co-founder of eBay. However, Haugen clarified that Omidyar’s NPO fundings were only used to finance travel and related expenses.

According to Haugen, shifting to Puerto Rico helped her join her “crypto friends” who enjoy capital tax exemptions on Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrency assets.

Iconic whistleblower and former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency agent Edward Snowden also continues to show support for the Bitcoin economy amid regulatory pressures from governments across the world.

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On Oct. 4, Snowden tweeted about Bitcoin’s tenfold growth despite China’s blanket ban on crypto mining and trading.

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