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Key Bitcoin price metric flashes its first bullish signal in 4 months

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Bitcoin (BTC) has been struggling to sustain above the $53,000 support for the past three days, while Ether (ETH) soared to a new all-time high at $2,800. In the current scenario, some traders would rather wait for Friday’s CME futures expiry before entering long BTC positions, as historically, its price tends to correct ahead of the event.

Ether and Bitcoin prices at Coinbase, USD. Source: TradingView

On the other hand, Ether’s price has been positively impacted by the European Investment Bank launching a “digital bond” sale using the Ethereum network. The EIB is issuing a two-year 100-million-euro ($120.8 million) digital bond, with the deal to be led by Goldman Sachs, Santander, and Societe Generale.

Furthermore, in the past week, JP Morgan published a research note stating that Ether should continue to outperform Bitcoin due to liquidity improvements and increased activity on the network.

According to fixed-income analyst Joshua Younger:

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“Bitcoin is more of a crypto commodity than currency and competes with gold as a store of value, whereas Ether is the backbone of the crypto-native economy and therefore functions more as a medium of exchange. To the extent owning a share of this potential activity is more valuable.”

When analyzing the ratio between users’ net long-to-short ratio at OKEx, surprising data emerges. The indicator is calculated using clients’ consolidated positions, including perpetual and futures contracts. The proportion of Ether longs versus the shorts reached the lowest level in 2021, becoming significantly lower than Bitcoin’s.

OKEx futures long-to-short ratio. Source: OKEx

Ether longs vastly dominated throughout 2021, peaking at 130% larger than shorts, while Bitcoin traders have been usually more modest. However, the April 29 market trend reversal comes as the ratio for BTC longs stands 45% higher than shorts.

Meanwhile, Ether traders are only 6% net long, signaling a lack of confidence in the recent rally.

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One should not interpret the stance of OKEx traders’ positioning in Ether as bearish, considering that the long-to-short ratio is relatively flat. However, April’s monthly trend leaves no doubt that Bitcoin traders are becoming more optimistic.

Traders should not dismiss Friday’s BTC and Ether options expiry. The $3.9 billion Bitcoin expiry presents a danger to bulls if the price happens to move below $50,000, considering the neutral-to-bearish put options would then have a $700 million advantage.

Currently, bulls dominate Ether’s more modest $930 million options expiry, and the $115 million difference in call options open interest seems guaranteed even if Ether’s price drops to $2,600.

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However, both cryptocurrencies could experience volatility after Friday’s 8:00 AM UTC options expiry and the following CME futures and options expiry at 3:00 PM UTC.

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Terra prepares to burn more than 9% of LUNA’s total supply

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Burning nearly 90 million LUNA tokens into the community pool can put an upward pressure on the native token’s price.

Do Kwon, co-founder and CEO of Terraform Labs, the South Korean company behind the blockchain project Terra (LUNA), recently announced on Twitter that on-chain voting for project 44’s proposal will begin on Wednesday. ).

The proposal to start burning 88,675,000 LUNA from the community pool to mint 3 – 4 billion UST will reduce the total supply of native token by more than 9%.

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TVL on Earth reached ATH

After the integration of the IBC protocol last week and the launch of Wormhole V2 support for Terra, the total blocked value (TVL) in protocols on the network has reached a new high.

Last week, TVL on Earth reached $10.22 billion, with the Anchor, Lido, Mirror and Terraswap protocols accounting for more than 90% of the amount, according to data from DeFi Llama.

Currently, at US$9.97 billion, Terra is ranked as the fourth blockchain with the largest TVL, following Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain and Solana.

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New Bitcoin ETF Offers Shorting Bitcoin Futures, Creators Warn of Multiple Risks

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Direxion has filed for a Bitcoin ETF that allows traders to short BTC futures contracts

According to an article by Bloomberg, a new Bitcoin ETF, if approved, will enable traders to short Bitcoin futures. The filing was submitted on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

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Direxion wants to launch Bitcoin futures ETF for short-sellers

Bloomberg has written that, on Oct. 26, Direxion submitted documentation to launch the Direxion Bitcoin Strategy Bear ETF. Last week, two ETFs that track the performance of Bitcoin futures were launched by ProShares and Valkyrie.

Now, the BTC futures ETF industry in the U.S. may reach a new milestone—if the launch of the ETF for bears is approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The debut of Bitcoin futures products last week prompted Bitcoin growth to almost $67,000 and a new all-time high.

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However, today, the flagship cryptocurrency retreated below the $60,000 level as a mind-blowing half-a-million worth of liquidations were conducted across major exchanges: Binance, Bitfinex, OKEx, Huobi and so on.

Slightly over $500 million worth of those crypto liquidations were long positions.

BITO ETF gains $1 billion in just two days

ProShares Bitcoin ETF last week became the second-most-traded asset on the NYSE on its first day of trading. Buy orders to the tune of 10,100 were placed on BITO (the ticker the ETF goes by), and seven times more orders were placed to sell it.

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After trading for two days, BITO reached $1 billion in net asset value. That is the equivalent of the net asset value of several Canadian Bitcoin ETFs that have been trading for a while already.

Direxion fund bears lots of risks

The new Bitcoin ETF filed for by Direxion bears numerous financial risks for short-sellers, the company warns. Trading this ETF may lead to shorters getting wiped out, Bloomberg writes, and Bitcoin’s massive price swings would be a problem here, too.

The SEC filing states that if you are not prepared to lose all your funds by investing in this ETF, you should not bet on it.

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This week, some in the crypto community also expect another Bitcoin futures ETF to kick off—the one filed for by the VanEck asset manager.

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Blockstream is sponsoring this tech for scaling Bitcoin [BTC]

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Major blockchain technology company, Blockstream has announced its sponsorship of work on Federated E-Cash. For the uninitiated, David Chaum was the man behind the concept of E-Cash that predates Bitcoin.

E-Cash Federation, on the other hand, is an entity that comprises of independent members assembled to develop a multi-sig wallet for the purpose of being a “blind, distributed custodian by acting as an e-cash mint.”

One of the main factors that have impeded Bitcoin’s adoption is scalability. On that note, Adam Back-led Blockstream has made significant strides. Even as scaling solutions like the Lightning network and federated sidechains have paved the way for large-scale adoption of the crypto-asset, they are yet to see substantial growth. Here come Federated blind mints, which the tech firm believes are a “natural complement to the existing scaling solutions.”

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Blockstream’s tryst about Bitcoin scaling

Blockstream stated that Federated E-Cash can help scale Bitcoin. It cited an innovative exciting possibility of integrating LN into federated mints. This, in turn, would make them interoperable with each other and the broader space. It further stated,

“One could imagine the emergence of community-run federations, where users have a natural trust in the federation members, which isn’t the case with traditional custodians. For the larger number of Bitcoin users who rely on custodial wallets to store their bitcoin, switching to an E-Cash Federation, reduces the trust profile and increases the privacy guarantee for these users.”

Blockstream is looking at an experimental project of a Federated E-Cash scheme dubbed MiniMint that is currently under development.

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$16M Funds for Bitcoin mining STO

The latest news comes a week after Blockstream announced raising $16 million funds in the sixth tranche of its BTC mining-focused security token [STO], called the ‘Blockstream Mining Note [BMN].’ This marked the rapidly rising interest from individual and institutional investors.

It was in March 2021 when Blockstream formally unveiled its BMN security token. Its offering essentially facilitated non-United States investors with an alternative to mine Bitcoin or invest in BTC mining stocks mining BTC with the help of BMN’s associated hash rate. Additionally, it was issued on Bitcoin’s Liquid sidechain with each BMN Series 1 granting market players up to 2k Tera hashes per second of BTC mined at the Canadian blockchain technology company’s enterprise-grade mining facilities.

Besides, Blockstream is also gearing up to list its BMN security token on Bitfinex Securities, which happens to be a relatively new STO platform by Bitfinex.

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Blockstream’s tryst about Bitcoin scaling

Blockstream stated that Federated E-Cash can help scale Bitcoin. It cited an innovative exciting possibility of integrating LN into federated mints. This, in turn, would make them interoperable with each other and the broader space. It further stated,

“One could imagine the emergence of community-run federations, where users have a natural trust in the federation members, which isn’t the case with traditional custodians. For the larger number of Bitcoin users who rely on custodial wallets to store their bitcoin, switching to an E-Cash Federation, reduces the trust profile and increases the privacy guarantee for these users.”

Blockstream is looking at an experimental project of a Federated E-Cash scheme dubbed MiniMint that is currently under development.

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