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2022 Was Bad for Crypto, 2023 Will Be Better?

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There is no doubt that 2022 was a bad year for the cryptocurrency world and those that are associated with the industry in any shape or form.

Whether you held virtual currency because you liked to use it as a preferred option on a bitcoin casino to play your favorite gambling games, for the future as a potential investment, or simply because you were interested in what the rage was all about, everyone has been impacted at some point by the news that had consistently been revealed.

Why was 2022 a bad year for cryptocurrency?

Naturally, when thinking about why something may have been bad for cryptocurrency, many will immediately think about its price. Indeed, one of the biggest things about virtual currency is the fact that it is highly volatile and that its value can tend to fluctuate at huge amounts.

We saw this in the first half of the year, with the likes of Bitcoin and Ethereum both crashing by more than 50% from their all-time highs that had been experienced in the final stages of 2021. Since the height of that massive rally, it has been estimated that around $2 trillion had been lost in value between then and now.

Naturally, with this in mind, it becomes extremely easy to begin to understand why 2022 has been described as a bad year for the cryptocurrency sector. Furthermore, the fact that Bitcoin had experienced its worse quarter in more than a decade has not helped its cause, either. According to figures, it lost around 58% of this value in the second quarter of this year; posting its worse performance for a quarter since 2011.

Reasons to have been attributed to the decline include:

  • Macroeconomic pressures – US Federal Reserve was aggressive with its monetary policy
  • TerraUSD collapse
  • Celsius decided to pause withdrawals
  • Three Arrows Capital was liquidated
  • CoinFlex-’Bitcoin Jesus’ argument

Will 2023 be a better year for cryptocurrency?

Given all of the trouble that cryptocurrency and the industry has gone through during the current calendar year, there will be many that will be wondering whether next year might see a return to the highs and glory days that virtual currency has been known to have.

There is plenty of optimism surrounding Bitcoin holders at the moment, with the average crypto holder expecting the coin to reach levels of over $38,000 by the time 2023 begins. A survey found that holders are currently more optimistic than the general public about the potential price values that can be reached, with many of them consistently predicting it will be higher than what the predicted value is.

Of course, it would be easy to suggest that the confidence in the price being able to return as high as predicted is because the people surveyed currently hold the coin themselves. However, they can also be considered to be the experts in this field and know more than the general public in regard to its analysis than those who may not be as educated on the topic of cryptocurrency.

Indeed, the topic of cryptocurrency is one that continues to emerge with each year that passes as many more are becoming more accepting of it and its place in the world, which is perhaps why 2023 could also be a good year for it. More interest is likely to mean that more people start to learn more about how it works and what it does, which could then make the interest too significant to ignore by others, thus potentially having a knock-on effect on the price of Bitcoin and other virtual assets next year.

Final Thoughts

If you know anything about cryptocurrency, then it is probably the fact that digital assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are highly speculative and that the price of the coins can fluctuate immensely at any given rate.

There is no denying that 2022 has been almost disastrous for virtual currency, with its price having dropped by over 50% for many, nonetheless, there still appears to be some confidence in some quarters that 2023 could be a year to look forward to, especially with many predicting that Bitcoin could reach over $38,000 by the time January comes around.

 

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Bitcoin Leverage Ratio Hits New ATH, Market In For A Rough Ride?

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On-chain data shows the Bitcoin leverage ratio has surged up to a new all-time high, suggesting the market could be heading towards high volatility.

Bitcoin All Exchanges Estimated Leverage Ratio Sets New ATH

As pointed out by a CryptoQuant post, the funding rate has remained neutral while the leverage has increased in the market.

The “all exchanges estimated leverage ratio” is an indicator that measures the ratio between the Bitcoin open interest and the derivative exchange reserve.

What this metric tells us is the average amount of leverage currently being used by investors in the BTC futures market.

When the value of this indicator is high, it means users are taking a lot of leverage right now. Historically, such values have led to higher volatility in the price of the crypto.

On the other hand, the value of the metric being low suggests investors aren’t taking high risk at the moment, as they haven’t used much leverage.

Now, here is a chart that shows the trend in the Bitcoin leverage ratio over the last few years:

Looks like the value of the metric has been rising up during the last few months | Source: CryptoQuant

As you can see in the above graph, the Bitcoin estimated leverage ratio has shot up recently and has attained a new ATH. This means that investors are taking a high amount of leverage on average.

The reason overleveraged markets have usually turned highly volatile in the past lies in the fact that such conditions lead to mass liquidations becoming more probable.

Any sudden swings in the price during periods of high leverage can lead to a lot of contracts getting liquidated at once. But it doesn’t end there; these liquidations further amplify the price move that created them, and hence cause even more liquidations.

Liquidations cascading together in such a way is called a “squeeze.” Such events can involve either longs or shorts.

The Bitcoin funding rates (the periodic fee exchanged between long and short traders) can give us an idea about which direction a possible squeeze may go in.

CryptoQuant notes that this metric has a neutral value currently, implying the market is equally divided between shorts and longs. As such, it’s hard to say anything about the direction a possible squeeze in the near future might lean towards.

The Bitcoin volatility has in fact been very low in recent weeks, but with such high accumulation of leverage, it may be a matter of time before a volatile price takes over.

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At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s price floats around $19.6k, up 2% in the past week.

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The BTC value continues to trend sideways | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView
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Discounted Tariff For Crypto Mining To Be Eliminated in Norway

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The finance minister of Norway, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, has proposed that the government do away with a programme that gives crypto data centers a discounted cost on power.

The Norwegian government made a proposal on Oct. 6 that might affect Bitcoin miners by making data centers in the nation pay the same power tax rates as other sectors. The government determined that the discounted tariff should be gradually eliminated due to increased power consumption in certain regions.

The finance minister said:

“We are in a completely different situation in the power market now than when the reduced rate for data centers was introduced in 2016. In many places, the power supply is now under pressure, which causes prices to rise. At the same time, we are seeing an increase in cryptocurrency mining in Norway. We need this power for the community.”

A proposal to outlaw cryptocurrency mining was first proposed by the Norwegian Red Party in May, but it was ultimately shot down by the Norwegian Parliament. At the time, Arcane Research analyst Jaran Mellerud predicted that Norwegian political parties “likely make one more attempt at increasing the power tax specifically for miners.”

Moreover, according to the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index, several BTC mining enterprises are now active in Norway, using 100% renewable energy sources and contributing 0.74 percent to the worldwide Bitcoin hash rate. Furthermore, many Sortland inhabitants in the north, meanwhile, have voiced worries about miners environmental hazards, mirroring the views of American legislators.

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Reef Finance (REEF) Continues With Green Days; How Long With This Last?

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  • REEF price continues to show the market how it is done as price trends in the green zone for two straight days. 
  • REEF trades above key resistance as price breaks out of range holding above 8 and 20-day EMA.
  • The price of REEF eyes a recapture of $0.01 as key resistance was flipped into support. 

The price of Reef Finance has continued to show its strength as price trends with double-digit gains against tether (USDT) on two separate days in a row. With the crypto market cap bouncing from its weekly low as the market continued to look promising, the price of Reef Finance was not left out as the price broke out of its long weekly range, with the price trending to a higher height. (Data from Binance)

Reef Finance (REEF) Price Analysis On The Weekly Chart.

The crypto market got relief, as anticipated for most crypto altcoins. However, some altcoins have continued in a range-bound movement with the recent surge in price among most crypto assets. 

The price of REEF in previous months has been stocked in a range box as the price could not break out with real volume. REEF’s price continued to move between the region of $0.004 and $0.003 in a bid to break out and trend higher. 

After a long-range movement, with the month looking good for most altcoins, as many call it the month of Uptober, the price of REEF broke out with good volume from its range as price rallied to a high of $0.065 

REEF has a very good use case and no doubt was a catalyst as the price hit an all-time high of $0.3 before seeing its price rejected to a low of $0.003 as the price bounced off this region for a minor relief.

With the current structure, the price of REEF has been maintained; we could see the price going to a high of $0.01 if the relief state of the market remains for a longer time.

Weekly resistance for the price of REEF – $0.01.

Weekly support for the price of REEF – $0.004.

Price Analysis Of REEF On The Daily (1D) Chart

Daily REEF Price chart | Source: REEFUSDT On Tradingview.com

On the daily timeframe, the price of REEF continues to show strength as the price pulled over a 20% gain despite the market looking to have stalled in price movement; after hitting a daily low of $0.003, the price of REEF rallied to a high of $0.005 where the price was rejected into a range of $0.004-0.003 as price struggled to break out.

On a successful breakout, the price of REEF rallied with much aggression as bulls were in control of the price, pushing the price to a high of $0.0067.

The price of REEF currently trades at $0.0053, just above the 8 and 20-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA). The price at $0.0050 and $0.0048 corresponds to the prices at 8 and 20-day EMA for REEF on the daily timeframe. With the price of REEF holding strong and a possible price continuation, we could see a retest of $0.01 in no time.

Daily resistance for the REEF price – $0.00650.

Daily support for the REEF price – $0.005.

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Dapper Labs Announces Launch Date of NFT Marketplace

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  • Dapper’s Flow blockchain will manufacture NFT collectibles based on video highlights.
  • The partnership between Dapper and LaLiga was initially announced in September 2021.

Dapper Labs’ LaLiga-themed NFT platform will enter closed beta later this month, following in the footsteps of NBA Top Shot and NFL All Day.

Starting on October 27th, a curated user base will have access to LaLiga Golazos, a digital marketplace where the first pack will be released. Over the course of many months, both Top Shot and All Day conducted closed beta testing with a growing number of users before releasing to the general public.

To compete with other similar sports services, Dapper’s Flow blockchain will manufacture NFT collectibles based on video highlights from LaLiga Golazos games, which will subsequently be sold and exchanged like trading cards.

Spectacular Goal 

The partnership between Dapper and LaLiga was initially announced in September 2021, and the platform was supposed to launch this past summer.

Bilingual NFTs with play-by-play commentary, player performance information, and match statistics will be sold by LaLiga Golazos (“golazos” meaning “spectacular goal” in Spanish). This is the first NFT product that provide multilingual support from Dapper. The era of the league covered by the platform’s collectibles extends all the way back to 2005.

El Clásico (FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid CF), the Madrid Derby (Real Madrid CF vs. Atlético de Madrid), the Basque Derby (Real Sociedad vs. Athletic Club), and El Gran Derbi (Real Betis vs Sevilla FC) are just a few of the LaLiga rivalries whose moments will be featured in the first digital pack of NFT collectibles, set to release on October 27. 

Promoting the LaLiga Golazos launch are players such as FC Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Marc-André ter Stegen, and Atlético de Madrid’s Joao Félix and Luka Modri.

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Marathon Digital Reveals $81.3M Exposure To Compute North

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