The crypto exchange giant Coinbase says that altcoin transaction volume keeps increasing its share on the platform at the expense of bitcoin (BTC) and ethereum (ETH).
The firm released details in its financial year quarter three (FY2021 Q3) report and letter to shareholders, where it remarked that total retail trading volume tumbled to USD 93bn, for a decrease of 36% on Q2 figures. Institutional trading volume, which makes for the lion’s share of its business activity, also fell by 24% to USD 234bn. However, compared to the third quarter of 2020, retail trading volume jumped by 417%, while institutional trading volume increased by 767%.
But non-BTC/ETH coins had a strong quarter – at the expense of the world’s two biggest-cap coins. While this time last year, almost a third of all the transactions made on the platform were in BTC, that figure has now shrunk to just 19%. And while ETH accounted for over a quarter of total volume in Q2 2021, in Q3, the figure was a more modest 22%.
Altcoins, meanwhile, have never before represented more than half of total trading volume in Coinbase reporting history – but in Q3 broke through to 59%, also making up for 57% of total transaction revenue on this exchange.
In its report, Coinbase explained:
“The continued expansion of cryptoassets supported for trading provides greater choice for our users. […] Bitcoin and ethereum constitute a larger share of institutional trading volume compared to retail although we are starting to see institutions increasingly diversify into other cryptosssets as well.”
The firm made forecasts about its retail Monthly Transacting Users (MTUs), of which it says it currently has 7.4m, noting that it expected a rise in both retail MTUs and total trading volume “in Q4 as compared to Q3.” The current figure is down from 8m reported at the end of summer this year.
The firm said it was “tightening” its full-year forecast “scenarios,” for a “high average 2021 retail MTU figure of 8.5 million,” which “assumes moderate-to-high cryptoasset price volatility as we have seen in the month of October.”
It also provided a low-“scenario” figure for MTUs of 8m, assuming lower crypto volatility. Both figures are a marked improvement on the 5.5m-8m figures it projected in August.
Bloomberg reported that one key listing, in particular, may have sparked altcoin growth, writing:
“Coinbase benefited from listing [the] shiba inu (SHIB) meme token, popular with investors, in September. That, combined with a bull market in crypto that’s pushing more investors to step in, has led to a surge in downloads of Coinbase’s main mobile app.”
Nasdaq data shows that Coinbase share prices initially fell in after-hours trading after the report went public, with drops of around 13%.
Coinbase explained that its falling trading volumes over the quarter were “roughly in line with the overall crypto spot market volume,” with a “sequential decline in retail trading volume driven primarily by lower levels of volatility” – and a decline in institutional trading volumes “also driven by lower volatility.”
The exchange also reaffirmed its commitment to buying more crypto, noting that it had already “announced a new crypto investment policy” and that it “expect[s] to be growing [its] crypto investments over time.”
Rich Dad Poor Dad Author Issues Dire Warning on Inflation, Says He’s Buying Bitcoin, Ethereum and Two Additional Assets
Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki is concerned that working-class Americans will be wiped out by rising inflation unless they invest in several key assets.
In a YouTube video on The Rich Dad Channel, the widely known author says that true capitalism has been abandoned, and the government instead intervenes on behalf of banks.
“The reason they’re talking about inflation or deflation is because, way back when, in the 70s, a true capitalist would let a business fail. According to [Austrian political economist Joseph] Schumpeter, capitalism destroys inefficient companies.
If you look at one example, not too long ago there was Blockbuster Video. Then Netflix came along and they’re toast. They’re just gone. A true capitalist wipes out the inefficient or the obsolete.
But for the last so many years, since 1907 really, they’ve been saving the banks. The banks are so corrupt, and the reason the Federal Reserve had to come in was to protect the rich bankers.
And what they did was, back in 2008 there was quantitative easing, which is a very complex subject, but basically the Fed just prints money and gives it to banks to prevent them from failing. That’s not capitalism, that’s Marxism. That’s socialism, that’s communism. It’s called central banks.”
Kiyosaki warns that unlimited money printing as part of official government policy will eliminate the working class.
“The reason inflation is going to wipe out people is because the average person is a consumer. Everybody talks about, ‘T-bone steak [costs] this now, and gasoline’s this and toilet paper is that.’
That’s because… Everything’s to protect the bankers. And that’s why I feel for the working-class people. I think it’s criminal that our school system is part of Marxism. There’s no financial education in the schools and it’s not a mistake.
To the people who are complaining about inflation, just know it’s because the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. Treasury… they’re as corrupt as they come.”
The author tells his 1.8 million followers on Twitter that the recent 25% price increase at discount retail chain Dollar General is a bellwether event signaling that investors should protect themselves by picking up some cryptos like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), as well as gold and silver.
“Dollar Tree becomes $1.25 Tree. Inflation is a tax on the poor and middle class. Inflation makes the rich richer.
Get smart. Get richer. I am buying more gold, silver, Bitcoin, Ethereum, rental real estate, and oil. What are you buying?”
CNN Business reported this week that Dollar Tree cited rising inflation and the ongoing supply chain crisis as reasons why it planned to permanently abandon its longstanding $1 price point on all products.
At time of writing, Bitcoin is valued at $55,190, Ethereum is exchanging hands for $4,367, gold is going for $1,781, and silver is worth $22.44. Kiyosaki also issued a warning in September that a major stock market crash would occur in October of this year.
Top 3 Price Prediction Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP: Crypto markets may hit the brakes
- Bitcoin price congestion and indecision continue, but opportunities on both sides develop.
- Ethereum price fails a bullish breakout above its bear flag, threatening continuation moves south.
- XRP price is positioned at a make-or-break point, hovering above final support that could thrust Ripple below $0.80
Bitcoin price remains inside the Cloud within the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo system, indicating continued volatility and uncertainty. Ethereum price failed to close above the bear flag on Tuesday, but the bullish structure remains. XRP price barely holding support, could drop lower.
Bitcoin price develops opportunities on its Point and Figure charts
Bitcoin price remains stuck inside the Cloud on the daily Ichimoku chart, providing little opportunity or guidance when viewed from that chart style. However, Point and Figure charting reduces the ‘noise’ associated with Japanese candlestick charts and focuses only on price action, giving a clearer picture of Bitcoin’s behavior and what kind of trading opportunities exist.
A theoretical long trade setup exists with a buy stop order at $60,000, a stop loss at $58,000, and a profit target at $66,000. This hypothetical entry is exceptionally bullish for two reasons. First, the entry is a breakout above a triple-top, and second, the entry confirms a powerful bullish reversal pattern in Point and Figure known as a Bearish Fakeout.
BTC/USD $500/3-box Reversal Point and Figure Chart
The theoretical long idea is invalidated if the current O-column moves below $55,000.
On the short side of the trade, a hypothetical short idea is a sell stop order at $53,000, a stop loss at $56,000 and a profit target at $44,000. The entry confirms one of the most sought-after short entry patterns in Point and Figure, a Bearish Catapult. In addition, a trailing stop of one to two boxes to protect any implied profits would help mitigate any whipsaws in price action that may occur.
BTC/USD $1,000/3-box Reversal Point and Figure Chart
The hypothetical short setup is invalidated if the long idea above is triggered.
Mercado Pago: it will not be possible to transfer Bitcoin purchased on the platform
Mercado Pago announced the launch of a service that will allow Brazilians to buy, reserve and sell cryptocurrencies.
As announced by the payments arm of Mercado Livre, this is an initiative in partnership with Paxos.
The collaboration will allow integration with the Mercado Pago account and the management of operations, with blockchain technology.
Thus, without leaving the app, users will be able to track the price, as well as buy and sell Bitcoin, Ethereum and USDP; stablecoin from Paxos.
“This is an important milestone for Mercado Pago, which continues its trajectory by democratizing and massifying operations with cryptocurrencies. From the account, we want to accompany our users as they enter the crypto paradigm, which is gaining more and more relevance in the financial world. Based on the experience of quick and secure use of our platform, we will offer simplified access to these assets”, says Osvaldo Giménez, CEO of Mercado Pago.
Transactions with Bitcoin, Ethereum and USDP can be carried out with money available in the Mercado Pago account. The minimum purchase price is R$1.
However, at this first moment, users who buy cryptocurrencies will not be able to transfer them to external wallets.
Cryptocurrencies in the Paid Market
According to Tulio Oliveira, vice president of Mercado Pago in Brazil, with this first step towards the crypto universe, the company wants to contribute to a great leap in education and financial inclusion of the Brazilian population.
“We will monitor our users closely. Let’s help them improve their cryptocurrency trading experience. In addition, we will offer all educational support for them to make the best decisions”, he said.
Walter Hessert, head of Strategy at Paxos, said that this is a transformative moment for Latin America.
“Mercado Pago is offering a perfect experience in crypto and stablecoins, reaching millions of Brazilians. This will accelerate the conventional adoption of cryptocurrencies and stablecoins across the continent. We are excited to partner with Mercado Pago to make this possible”, he concluded.
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