Another week, another round of Crypto Tidbits. Bitcoin has performed extremely well over the past week, managing to rally as high as $7,800, which is a pre-crash level, just the other day in a move that liquidated $70 million worth of short positions. Altcoins have been posting equally as impressive performances, with some actually managing to outpace BTC over the past few weeks.
Crypto’s strength this week comes as the stock market has started to stagnate in the 2,800-2,900 point range, seemingly playing with the idea of a reversal as the economic outlook remains dismal.
This stagnation may indicate that the new $500 million stimulus bill passed by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives this week may not be enough, with U.S. unemployment continuing to ramp up, passing 25 million in the past five weeks.
Whatever the case, analysts are still bullish on Bitcoin. Trader Josh Rager, for instance, explained that the fact BTC managed to register two consecutive daily closes above $7,400 is a likely sign that “bullish continuation” to the upside will transpire in the coming days.
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Bitcoin & Crypto Tidbits
- China’s Digital Currency Pilot is Bigger Than We First Thought: According to reports, China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, will be rolling out the national digital currency project it has been working on to Starbucks, McDonald’s, Subway, and many other firms. These companies listed will purportedly test the digital currency “in small transactions” in the Xiong’an New Area, a city being built south of Beijing. This news was first reported by Sina.com. This comes after images leaked revealing digital currency wallets (not crypto wallets) for the PBOC’s project from two of China’s Big Four banks. Analysts say that while the digital currency is unlikely to be interoperable with Bitcoin, it will be a boon for the crypto industry.
- Bitcoin Halving Gains Steam Across Social Media: Speaking of China, reports revealed this week that the Chinese term for “Bitcoin halving” has recently gone viral on Weibo, also called China’s Twitter. The topic was the sixth-most searched topic on Weibo for a brief period of time, showing real retail interest in the event despite China effectively banning the purchase of Bitcoin through yuan. More globally, crypto data site The TIE revealed that Bitcoin has recently been the second most-used word in Bitcoin tweets other than trading as of the 23rd.
- Ethereum 2.0 Draws Ever Closer: Last Saturday, Ethereum 2.0 got its latest testnet named “Topaz.” The testnet’s launch hasn’t gone unnoticed. According to Etherscan data as of April 20th, there are already 18,667 active validators on the network, with nearly 1,000 more vying for a spot. Even Vitalk Buterin, the creator of Ethereum, weighed in, explaining that he thinks that while he doesn’t believe the Topaz configuration is “THE Multiclient Testnet™,” he sees its launch as “huge progress” and “excellent work” by the team behind it.
- Tether Market Cap Erupts Higher: According to data shared by crypto news aggregator Unfolded, the market capitalization of Tether’s USDT, the leading dollar stablecoin, just surpassed $7 billion. This means that USDT now makes up approximately 3.4% of the entire crypto market’s market capitalization per CoinMarketCap. Analysts are divided over what this means for the Bitcoin price.
Tether market cap hits $7 billion
— Unfolded (@cryptounfolded) April 21, 2020
- Ethereum DeFi Under Pressure: Ethereum’s decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem has been under immense pressure over the past week. It began late last week when approximately $300,000 worth of Ether and imBTC, a tokenized version of Bitcoin, was swiped from a Uniswap market (notably not because of a bug in Uniswap’s protocol). This hack inspired another attack, which was even bigger than the first. Just around 24 hours later, decentralized lending platform Lendf.me lost $25 million worth of cryptocurrencies, most of which was held in Ethereum and Tether.
- Crypto Scams Crop Up Again: Crypto scams are cropping up once again as the industry has garnered steam once again. According to Molly — the ex-head of Bitcoin Magazine’s China branch — an EOS “wallet” named “EOS Ecosystem” has just run away after garnering nearly 20 million coins worth of the altcoin, valued at approximately $50 million. No other cryptocurrencies were involved. Also, there are rumors of a new Ponzi scheme called “AntiMatter Kingdom.”
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