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Altcoins breakout even as Bitcoin price falls to $60,000

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This week we saw bitcoin’s price reaching a new all-time high around $67K. This came on the back of the first-ever futures BTC ETF approval.

To say that last week was exciting would be a serious understatement. Bitcoin went on to chart a brand new all-time high at around $67K, we saw the approval of the first-ever futures BTC ETF in the US, a massive flash-crash on BinanceUS, and a correction towards $60K. Let’s dive in.

Starting with Bitcoin. The price was trading around $62K last this time last week and even dipped below $60K briefly on Monday. However, the market was propelled higher from then, and this culminated in a new all-time high around $67K on Wednesday. It was a major event for the community – it took BTC exactly 6 months and 6 days to paint a fresh peak.

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This came on the wings of some tremendous news. The SEC approved the first-ever futures-backed Bitcoin ETF ticked BITO. On its opening day on Tuesday, the product did over $1 billion in trading volume, making it one of the most successful ETF launches in history. Meanwhile, we also saw a flash-crash on BinanceUS, which took the price for BTC down to around $8.2K in a second before recovering. It also happened on other exchanges but not with such gravity.

Since peaking, though, Bitcoin’s price has been wobbly and, perhaps somewhat expectedly, tumbled towards $60K once again. This might be considered a healthy correction, given that there were no real shakeouts in the past few weeks.

Altcoins also followed suit to a certain extent. Solana and Ethereum literally came a couple of dollars away from marking new all-time highs but failed to do so.

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It’s very exciting to see how the market will follow through. As we recently reported, the overall trend remains bullish, but it’s also critical to be very cautious in the short term, as corrections of this kind tend to take place and shake out weak hands.

Market Data

Market Capitalization: $2.644T | 24Volume: $156B | BTC Dominance: 43.7%

BTC: $61,272 (+6.7%) | ETH: $3,987 (+5%) | ADA: $2.15 (-0.9%)

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Bitcoin Price Breaks All-Time High Surpassing April’s $64.8K Peak. It took Bitcoin’s price exactly six months and six days to break its former all-time high set on April 14th, 2021. The price reached around $67K this week, setting a new peak and further validating the continuation of the current bull run.

First Bitcoin Futures ETF Generates $1 Billion in Trade Volume on First Day. The ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF, ticked BITO, became one of the most successful ETF products launched on the traditional market ever. This happened as it saw over $1 billion in traded volume on its first day.

I Feel Underinvested in Bitcoin: PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Says. The CoFounder of PayPal and Palantir Technologies, Peter Thiel, said that he feels underinvested in Bitcoin. He also said that BTC’s recent all-time high spells bad news for central banks.

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FTX Closes $420 Million in Series B-1 Funding: Company Now Valued At $25 Billion. One of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges – FTX – successfully closed a Series B-1 investment round worth $420.69 million. The entire thing was based on pop culture number memes and included exactly 69 investors, including BlackRock.

JPMorgan: Inflation Hedge Narrative Propelled Bitcoin’s Price to ATH. According to analysts from the multinational banking giant JP Morgan, BTC reached a new all-time high because people started investing in it as a hedge against inflation.

$2.2T Asset Manager Pimco Is Starting to Trade in Cryptocurrencies, Said CIO. The Chief Investment Officer of the $2.2 trillion asset manager Pimco, Daniel Ivascyn, said that some of the company’s hedge funds are already trading securities associated with cryptocurrencies. This comes as a sign that Bitcoin and the industry, in general, are becoming more legitimate in the eyes of institutions.

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This week we have a chart analysis of Ethereum, Ripple, Cardano, Polkadot, and Solana – click here for the full price analysis and overview.

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Bitcoin Senator Rallies For Support Against Powell’s Renomination As Federal Reserve Chair, Here’s Why

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Popular Bitcoin Senator, Senator Cynthia Lummis is reportedly soliciting for the support of her fellow Republicans in her stance against Jay Powell after the latter got renominated to chair the Federal Reserve.

Bitcoin Senator Wary of Crypto-unfriendly Nominees

As reported by Decrypt who first broke the news, a source in Lummis’ office says her reasons border on her belief that there is an unlawful treatment of crypto-based institutions in her home state, Wyoming.

Meanwhile, the Bitcoin senator is not only against the nomination of Powell. The source still claims that Senator Lummis is also asking her Republican colleagues to help block Leal Brainard’s nomination as well. Brainard is another nominee of President Biden’s for the Fed positions.

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Lummis’ skepticism might be as a result of the Special Purpose Depository Institutions or SPDIs as they are otherwise called. They are a new type of crypto-based bank that Wyoming lawmakers granted a special operational license to, just last year.

Two crypto-based companies that received the license in 2020 include Kraken exchange and Avanti — the stablecoin issuer. However, the Federal Reserve’s decision to not approve their applications for central bank-issued accounts has placed a hold on their banking ambitions.

Speaking about the Federal Reserve’s delay in a Wall Street Journal feature article by Lummis on Wednesday, she says it is an intentional and unlawful obstruction. She added that the Fed’s reasons are ambiguous at best. According to the Bitcoin Senator, Lummis claimed that the Wyoming entities have met all requirements for being a bank under the Federal Reserve Act.

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Lummis insists that Powell and Brainard are only avoiding their legal obligations in their continued treatment of SPDIs and like many other U.S lawmakers, she wants to know why.

Could Lummis’ Pressure Affect Powell’s Confirmation?

As Lummis continues to apply even more pressure on her colleagues, the possible extent to which this pressure can truly go in affecting the confirmation process of both Powell and Brainard, remains to be seen.

But with the chair of the Senate Banking Committee, Sherrod Brown, reportedly holding a vote on the pair sometime this month, both of them could be confirmed.

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Also, there’s a possibility of a potential tight vote now that some progressive Democrats — most notably Elizabeth Warren — are saying they will not be voting for Powell.

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PlanB’s Floor Model First Miss: Bitcoin Price Closed Way Below $98K In November

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PlanB’s floor model was wrong about BTC’s November closing price. The stock-to-flow model, though, is still on track.

Bitcoin’s closing price for November below $60,000 meant that PlanB’s floor model, which was particularly accurate until now, was finally broken.

At the same time, though, the analyst confirmed that the more popular stock-to-flow model was still valid as BTC is on track towards $100,000.

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PlanB’s Floor Model Fails

PlanB is among the most popular analysts in the cryptocurrency space, predominantly known for the Bitcoin stock-to-flow model, which he published in early 2019. However, he also posted another model, which he referred to as the “worst-case scenario,” in July this year.

Also known as the floor model, it’s based on technical aspects, such as the 200-day moving average, and saw BTC closing August at $47,000, September at $43,000, and October at $63,000.

The first two months were spot on. BTC closed in October at $61,000, which was still very near to the model’s predicted price, and PlanB said it was “good enough” for him.

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However, November’s closing actual closing price of way below $60,000 was quite different from what the model envisioned – $98,000. As such, the analyst admitted that this was the model’s first miss after nailing the previous few months.

S2F on Track

As mentioned above, the floor model works separately from the stock-to-flow model, which sees the stock as the size of existing reserves (or stockpiles) and the flow as the annual supply of new bitcoins to the market.

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It’s actually even more bullish as the original version sees bitcoin tapping $100,000 by the end of the year. The upgraded stock-to-flow cross-asset model, which introduced different phases of bitcoin’s development, predicted a price tag of $288,000 until 2024.

Although bitcoin still struggles below $60,000 at the time of this writing, PlanB believes that the original S2F hasn’t been broken as the asset is on its way towards $100,000. If BTC is indeed to go into a six-digit price territory, it would have to increase its USD value by more than 66% in the next 30 days.

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CashApp Added Bitcoin Taproot Support, Here’s Why It Is Important

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CashApp now supports the updated version of Bitcoin

The widely known Cash App mobile payment service developed by Square, which is being used to transfer money with the usage of a mobile app, now fully supports the Bitcoin taproot update.

The mobile payments service is currently available in the U.S. and the U.K. but is still reporting 70 million annual transactions between users and generating $1.8 billion in gross profit.

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The taproot upgrade was highly anticipated by the Bitcoin network and the cryptocurrency community in general. Previously, the update went into effect on Nov. 14, 2021, at block 709,632.

Previously, the announcement appeared on the app’s website that has described numerous benefits that users will experience after the implementation of the update. One of the main advantages is increased privacy and reduced transaction fees.

The two-week period has been chosen to confirm the functionality of the updated version of the currency. As for now, the update has been activated for all customers. Taproot-enabled wallets are now available for both receiving and sending.

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