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September Leaves Behind Trail Of Blood, Bitcoin Long Liquidations

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After what looked to be a month of prosperity following the August bull run, Bitcoin has now entered into an era of increasingly bearish signals. The asset had seen a number of rallies that pushed it over two-month highs, successfully breaking above the $52K resistance range on a number of occasions. Throwing the entire market into a stretched-out period of positive sentiment.

September has now come with its own unique set of problems for the digital asset. Bitcoin price has been suffering since the beginning of the month, ushered in with a flash crash that rocked the market only a week into September. The market continues to suffer from the aftershock of this flash crash, which has left a trail of blood in the market, and led to massive liquidations.

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Bitcoin Price Crash Leads To Sell-Offs

In only a matter of days, the price of bitcoin has fallen from $47,000 to $40,000, which triggered liquidations in the market. The long liquidations totaled up to the tune of $860 million across exchanges. The liquidations took place over two days when the price of the digital asset had inevitably fallen to $40,000 on Tuesday, September 21st. Although significant, the liquidations, which were spread across two days, still sat below the sell-offs seen following the September 7th crash.

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Monday marked the beginning of the liquidations as the market saw $470 million long positions liquidated. And the following Tuesday, a total of $390 million long positions were liquidated as well. At this point, the price of bitcoin had hit levels not seen since mid-August. And as market sentiment shifted into the negative, the price continued to plunge.

BTC longs liquated on Monday and Tuesday add up to $860 million | Source: Arcane Research

Current sell-off volumes have remained beneath the $1.2 billion sell-off in early September, suggesting that this current sell-off is more organic than previous ones. Also, it shows that the current market is more influenced by spot activity compared to the derivatives market.

September And Its Chokehold On The Market

September has historically come with challenges for the crypto market. So the crash that rocked bitcoin and the entire market at the beginning of the month is on-brand. Crashes with at least a 17% value loss have happened in September for the past four years and it looks like 2021 has fallen in line with this trend.

However, the end of September has always come with better forecasts for the following month. Chart analysis show crashes in the month precede recoveries that put the market on course to regain its lost value. Setting the market up for another bull run.

Bitcoin price chart from TradingView.com

BTC price trading north of $43K | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

The price of BTC has now recovered above its Tuesday’s lows, which saw the digital asset plunge below $40K. Bitcoin is currently trading above $42,000 at the time of writing. While the total market cap has fallen below $800 billion.

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Bitcoin Exchange Balances Decline To Three-Year Low Amid Rising Prices

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Bitcoin exchange balances have been on the decline since the bull rally began. The volumes were expected to go up once the digital asset had hit a new all-time high in October. However, this was not the case. Previous trends have often pointed to exchange balances seeing an increase in bull markets when investors moved their holdings to exchanges in order to take profits. This bull market has defied all expectations for it and continues to do so.

Outflows from exchanges outpace inflows as investors withdraw BTC from exchanges en masse. Exchange balance volumes relative to the circulating supply of bitcoin have declined towards three-year lows. BTC exchange balances now sit at levels not seen since January 2018. This has led to a supply squeeze on exchanges, causing sell pressures to drop tremendously.

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Big Exchanges See Declining Balances

Big exchanges like Binance, Coinbase, and Huobi have seen large volumes of bitcoin withdrawn from their exchanges. Binance recorded the highest outflows for the last week with 21,000 BTC withdrawn from the crypto exchange. This is one of the sharpest declines recorded in the market.

BTC exchange balances continue to decline | Source: Arcane Research

Huobi also saw thousands of BTC leave the exchange in the past week. The past seven days save 8,000 BTC withdrawn from the cryptocurrency exchange. The outflows from the exchange culminated in a 9% drop in the volume of bitcoin held on Huobi.

These outflows are no longer surprising given that the market has continuously followed this trend for the past few months. Growing scarcity has led to mounting buy pressures as investors scramble to get their hands on as much of the digital asset as they can.

Exchanges Hold 12.94% Of Bitcoin Supply

The share of the total circulating supply held by exchanges has plummeted in October. Currently, exchanges hold 2.44 million BTC on their balances. This translates to 12.94% of the total circulating supply, a new three-year low. A total of 27,500 BTC left exchanges in the past week alone.

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Chart trends show that the volume held by these exchanges has consistently declined as the price of bitcoin has grown. Exchange balances had peaked for the year in June after the market had experienced a crash that put an end to the bull rally in April. Sell pressures eased in the months following June, leaving room for further accumulation by investors. Investors are choosing to leave their assets in cold storage rather than moving to exchanges to take gains from the market.

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BTC trading in the mid-$58K | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

Glassnode’s data shows that Coinbase holds 29% of global exchange reserves. Despite the sharp decline in its balances, Binance still holds 21% of global bitcoin exchange reserves. Gemini holds the third-largest volume with 12% of global reserves. The report however did not include balances from the crypto exchange, FTX.

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XRP Builds Momentum With 7% Increase As Ripple Expands

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XRP has been soaring in the monthly chart with a 7.2% profit as Ripple continues to expand its corridors worldwide. As of press time, the seventh crypto by market cap trades at $1,01 and records a 10.3% correction in the daily chart.

XRP correcting in the daily chart. Source: XRPUSDT Tradingview

XRP seems to be reacting to the general trend in the market as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies in the top 10 by market cap trend to the downside. As NewsBTC has reported, the derivatives sector has been heating up due to the recent rise in the aforementioned coins.

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Historically, this has taken a toll on the bullish momentum built by the bulls. In the case of XRP, it’s a positive sign that it has been able to sustain gains in higher timeframes.

The sentiment around XRP has flipped bullish since Ripple has been able to sustain and push back against the U.S. SEC in their case for the alleged sales of a security.

In addition, the payment corridors, one of the most important use cases for the XRPL Ledger and its native token, are recovering. These entities use Ripple’s payment solution On-Demand Liquidity (ODL), based on XRP, and were negatively impacted after the SEC filed for their legal action.

The Liquidity Index Bot, an ODL payment corridors monitor, records an increase in the daily volume for these entities. As seen below, the XRP/AUD payment corridors show some recovery after it went negative in May 2021.

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Source: Liquidity Index Bot via Twitter

Other payment corridors record a similar or a more significant increase. Since they are based on ODL, the volume registered by these entities is indicative of the levels of adoption for XRP and suggests the token is experiencing a re-surge in demand.

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XRP Debuts In MENA Region, Ripple Enable More Adoption

In the coming months, the demand for the token could continue to surge as the payment solution company recently announced a partnership with Pyypl. The partners will launch a new payment corridor in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Data shared by the payment company reveals that the MENA region saw $78 billion in remittances in 2020 alone. Thus, why the partnership could onboard millions to the XRPL Ledger and ODL as countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia “shift to digital” payment methods.

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The collaboration will start in the UAE to bring low-cost and instant remittances for people living in and outside the MENA region. Ripple claimed the following about the potential for the partnership:

This announcement builds on Ripple’s already growing presence in the region (…). All of this is driving a record year for Ripple in MENA, with RippleNet already logging four times the transaction volume year-to-date versus all of 2020.

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Polygon (Matic) Prices All set to Create New ATH, Prices Around $2 Level

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Polygon (Matic) Prices All set to Create New ATH, Prices Around $2 Level
  • Traders may attempt to exit long positions when Polygon is near $2.
  • A big closing over $1.87 would entice investors, alleviating selling pressure.

Polygon’s native token, MATIC, looks to be catching up with the market. By all indicators, prices may be on their way to a new all-time high. Likewise, the Polygon has broken past major resistance and is poised to hit new highs.

MATIC Price has risen over 22% in the previous four days, signaling positive momentum. Prices have climbed lately from $1.52 on October 23 to $1.86. The cryptocurrency is now trading at $1.8370, up 10.33% in the past 24 hours. $MATIC has a year-to-date ROI of +10337 percent.

For confirmation, measure the distance between the initial swing peak and the low swing peak, then multiply by $1.73 (breakout point) to arrive at a $4.32 target.

Before retesting the ATH at $2.70, Polygon will have to overcome two significant roadblocks at $2.04 and $2.22. If MATIC overcomes these challenges, it will reach $4.32. Traders may attempt to exit long positions when Polygon is near $2. Unfortunately, that might halt the upswing and prevent MATIC from breaking past that barrier and realizing its upside potential.

MATIC/USDT: Source: TradingView

The IOMAP graphic above shows the Bulls winning. At $2, just 1,280 addresses have acquired over 35.5 million MATIC. Polygon’s primary support level is $1.75.

With daily addresses increasing over the previous three months, the main spike is on its way. In addition, it seems that more cash and investors are entering the market, as the 7-day MA for active wallets has increased. To date, approximately 92 percent of all $MATIC addresses are profitable, according to ITB statistics.

The GIOM model predicts that Polygon has a single resistance at $1.87. Approximately 17.54 thousand crypto addresses bought 135 million tokens. A big closing over $1.87 would so entice investors, alleviating selling pressure. On the other hand, MATIC may so easily expand its surges. The alt will then skyrocket to $2.7 or more.

MATIC has risen by over 30% so far in October, and now, according to a Reddit debate, MATIC has handled 1 Billion transactions on the Polygon PoS chain.

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