Il totale delle attività in gestione (AUM) nel settore è scivolato a 29,7 miliardi di dollari al 22 gennaio, da un picco storico di 34,4 miliardi di dollari l’8 gennaio.

I flussi di investimento in fondi e prodotti di criptovaluta

I flussi di investimento in fondi e prodotti di criptovaluta hanno raggiunto un record di 1,31 miliardi di dollari la scorsa settimana, dopo alcune settimane di piccoli deflussi, in quanto gli investitori hanno approfittato del calo dei prezzi del bitcoin e di altri asset digitali, secondo gli ultimi dati di lunedì dal gestore CoinShares.

Il patrimonio totale in gestione (AUM) del settore è scivolato a 29,7 miliardi di dollari al 22 gennaio, da un picco storico di 34,4 miliardi di dollari l’8 gennaio. Alla fine del 2019, l’AUM totale era di appena 2 miliardi di dollari.

Grayscale, il più grande gestore di valute digitali al mondo, ha registrato un patrimonio in gestione di 24 miliardi di dollari la scorsa settimana, in calo dai 28,2 miliardi di dollari dell’8 gennaio. CoinShares, il secondo più grande fondo crypto, ha gestito un patrimonio di 2,9 miliardi di dollari nell’ultima settimana, anch’esso in calo rispetto ai 3,4 miliardi di dollari dell’8 gennaio.

„Crediamo che gli investitori siano stati molto attenti ai prezzi quest’anno a causa della velocità con cui i prezzi del bitcoin hanno raggiunto nuovi massimi“, ha detto James Butterfill, stratega degli investimenti, presso CoinShares.

„La recente debolezza dei prezzi, indotta dai recenti commenti del Segretario del Tesoro degli Stati Uniti Janet Yellen e le preoccupazioni infondate di una doppia spesa, ora sembrano essere state un’opportunità di acquisto con gli afflussi che rompono gli afflussi settimanali di tutti i tempi“, ha aggiunto.

Bitcoin è sceso ad un minimo di 28.800 dollari venerdì

Bitcoin è sceso ad un minimo di 28.800 dollari venerdì, dopo aver scalato un picco di 42.000 dollari l’8 gennaio.

Circa il 97% degli afflussi sono andati al bitcoin, i dati hanno mostrato, con Ethereum, la seconda criptovaluta più grande, che ha registrato afflussi di 34 milioni di dollari la scorsa settimana.

Finora quest’anno, i volumi in bitcoin sono stati notevolmente più alti, scambiando una media di 12,3 miliardi di dollari al giorno, rispetto ai 2,2 miliardi di dollari del 2020.

Glassnode, che fornisce approfondimenti sui dati blockchain, ha detto in un rapporto di lunedì che il profitto/perdita netta non realizzata (NUPL) di bitcoin si stava avvicinando a superare la gamma di „convinzione“ e a muoversi nella gamma di „euforia“.

In precedenza, quando il NUPL entrava in questo intervallo, segnalava un top globale del prezzo del bitcoin.

Los intercambios continúan lidiando con problemas de escala y conectividad a medida que el volumen alcanza nuevos ATH todos los días en conjunto con el precio de los activos digitales.

Las ganancias históricas de Bitcoin están resultando en problemas constantes en los intercambios de criptomonedas

El jueves, Bitcoin superó los $ 40,000 y luego brindó la oportunidad de comprar la caída con su caída a $ 36,550, pero la gente no pudo aprovecharlo porque no pudo acceder a las plataformas. Hoy, BTC superó los $ 41,960.

Tanto el miércoles como el jueves, Coinbase experimentó problemas de conectividad .

“Conocemos e investigamos problemas de conectividad en Coinbase y Coinbase Pro tanto en aplicaciones web como móviles. Estamos trabajando rápidamente para restaurar el servicio a la normalidad ”, señaló el intercambio con sede en San Francisco, que presentó una oferta pública inicial ante la SEC el mes pasado con una valoración de cola de caballo de $ 28 mil millones.

Esta ni siquiera es la primera vez que la comunidad criptográfica se ha estado quejando durante mucho tiempo, incluso antes de la carrera alcista de 2017, sobre esto sin ninguna solución

Otro intercambio de criptomonedas popular, Binance , está lidiando con problemas de escala similares. Su director ejecutivo, Changpeng Zhao, prometió agregar más capacidad de servidor durante la interrupción de diciembre.

Estas interrupciones en los intercambios de cifrado son el resultado de los rápidos aumentos de precios que les están generando cada vez más tráfico. Cuando BTC rompió el hito de $ 10k en junio, Coinbase experimentó un aumento de cinco veces en el tráfico en cuatro minutos.

El tráfico de Coinbase ha aumentado de 23,73 millones en octubre a 47,97 millones en diciembre, según Similar Web. Durante el mismo tiempo, el tráfico de Binance aumentó de 32,5 millones a 56,27 millones.

El volumen en los intercambios también ha alcanzado nuevos récords.

“Binance está experimentando volúmenes de ATH. Los usuarios pueden experimentar algunos retrasos debido a la extrema volatilidad del mercado ”, tuiteó el intercambio el viernes.

The Cyprus Mediterranean Hospital uses the VeChain blockchain to track coronavirus vaccination records. The data is encrypted and normalized so that it can be shared between several parties.

Vaccination on the blockchain

The Mediterranean hospital of Cyprus has announced that 100 doctors and staff received 4 January their first dose of vaccine against coronaviruses .

These 100 people received a digital certificate for their vaccination on the application called „E-HCert“ Thus, individuals will be able to follow and share their results more easily .

The VeChain Foundation confirmed the news on its Twitter account :

“The first 100 coronavirus 19 vaccination records from medical staff at the Mediterranean hospital in Cyprus are now securely stored on the Vechain blockchain. With this technology, governments and individuals are assured of the quality and validity of the results ”.

Thus, personal data remains under the full control of the owner, granting access to government authorities or other parties at the sole discretion of the patient while reducing the risk of leakage to third parties.

How does the app work?

When a Cypriot citizen goes to the hospital and undergoes tests, the records are uploaded to the VeChainThor blockchain and then immutable on the blockchain. The information is then displayed on the native E-HCert application.

Medical data is encrypted and standardized so that it can be shared between multiple parties more securely. The app also claims to be GDPR compliant .

The E-HCert application is already used for archiving the files of 8000 people concerning PCR tests and antibody tests. According to the authorities, this solution improves the management and response of the hospital to Covid-19.

After demonstrating its effectiveness at the Mediterranean Hospital in Cyprus, another facility, Aretaeio Hospital , has integrated the E-HCert application into all of its laboratory testing services.

Human Protocol, ryggraden for anti-bot-systemet hCaptcha, kunngjorde torsdag at det vil utvides utover Ethereum til en fremtidig Polkadot-fallskjerm, Moonbeam.

Flyttet forbereder seg også på å legge til en ny distribuert jobbmarked på Intels open source Computer Vision Annotation Tool (CVAT) for datamerking som bedre tjener maskinlæring.

hCaptcha opererer for tiden på 15% av internett mens Googles reCAPTCHA dominerer flertallet.

„Med reCAPTCHA flyter all den dataen, all merkingen og arbeidet i selskapet i motsetning til å være et åpent økosystem,“ sa Human Protocol Operations Head Lonnie Kurlander til CoinDesk i et intervju.

„Se på Cloudflare for å se hvorfor noen kunder valgte å gå over til oss,“ sa hun og henviste til websikkerhetsselskapets beslutning om å forlate Googles system tidligere i år for bedre personvern. Cloudflare siterte også høye kostnader på Google som en viktig årsak til flyttingen.

Human Protocol er for tiden live og aktiv på et privat Ethereum-nettverk, som Kurlander forteller CoinDesk samhandler med hundrevis av millioner mennesker. Hver gang noen løser en hCaptcha på datamaskinen, kommuniserer de uvitende med blockchain. En nylig podcast av Outlier Ventures kalte den den mest brukte dapp på planeten.

„[Ethereum] mainnet kunne rett og slett ikke støtte våre kundekrav og volumet av transaksjoner som allerede foregår daglig,“ sa Kurlander.

Å komme til Polkadot lar protokollen dele jobber i mindre oppgaver og desentralisere arbeidsmarkedene til alle over hele verden, sa Kurlander. Moonbeam blir da en nøkkelbro mellom to lag 1 blokkjeder.

„Hvert basislag i krypto gikk etter dette teamet,“ sa en kilde kjent med avtalen CoinDesk.

Menneskelig CVAT

Den første infrastrukturen for den CVAT-baserte desentraliserte jobbmarkedet vil lanseres på Moonbase Alpha, det offentlige testnettet på Moonbeam, til Polkadot fallskjerm offisielt lanseres på mainnet tidlig i 2021.

I likhet med hvordan frilansplattform Upwork opererer ved å legge ut jobber for frilansere hvor som helst å søke om, er Human Protokolls jobbgrensesnitt plattformen, og datamerkere er frilanserne med sine egne priser.

Et eksempel på en oppgave ville være å identifisere og merke syklene i et bilde, for hCaptcha eller et lignende program for senere å gjenkjenne det som et nøyaktig bilde under anti-bot-prosessen.

„Det lar deg legge ut en jobbspesifikasjon, legge ut den nødvendige nøyaktigheten, og så lenge noen kvalifiserer seg, kan de skanne blockchain og fullføre jobben for å få betalt,“ sa Kurlander.

Michael Saylor, hvis selskap har skjenket hundrevis av millioner dollar i Bitcoin, fortsetter å gjøre lidenskapelige påstander om den langsiktige verdien av kryptovalutaen.

Citi nedprioriterte MicroStrategys aksjer i dag, med henvisning til administrerende direktør Michael Saylors „uforholdsmessige fokus på Bitcoin.“
Saylor sa at Bitcoin er „en million ganger bedre enn gull“ og „Guds navn er Satoshi“ i et intervju i morges.
Intervjuet ble moderert av Binance, og presenterte Saylor og Binance-sjef Changpeng Zheng i samtale.

Citi har i dag nedgradert MicroStrategys aksjer fra „nøytral“ til „salg“, og siterer selskapets nylige investeringer i Bitcoin som en viktig faktor.

MicroStrategy, en gang et noe uklart programvarefirma for forretningsinformasjon, strømmet $ 250 millioner i Bitcoin i løpet av august, og ytterligere $ 175 millioner i september, i avtaler meglet av Coinbase. Bare i forrige uke kjøpte selskapet ytterligere 50 millioner dollar. I en pressemelding i går avslørte MicroStrategy planer om å selge 400 millioner dollar i gjeldspapirer som en måte å kjøpe opp mer Bitcoin.

Og selskapets administrerende direktør, Michael Saylor, har selv blitt en fremtredende Bitcoin-evangelist det siste året. I oktober hevdet han åndeløst at Bitcoin er “en million ganger bedre enn gull,” og sa at han personlig hadde 17.732 BTC. (Det er verdt omtrent 330 millioner dollar til dagens priser.)

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Saylor gjentok påstanden i en direktesamtale i morges med Binances Changpeng Zheng på Binance YouTube-kanalen, som en del av et utvidet gulv om Bitcoins langsiktige verdi.

„Hvis Gud designet virtuelt gull i cyberspace, ville han ha designet Bitcoin,“ sa Saylor, sittende i det som ser ut til å være en trepanel, book-lined lounge, komplett med et enormt modellskip. „Folk som kjenner dette vet at Guds navn er Satoshi.“

Dette er den typen ting som Citi-analytikeren Tyler Radke er bekymret for.

„MSTRs bitcoininvestering har returnert $ 250 millioner (eller verdt $ 26 / aksje eller + 20% mot aksjen) siden august ’20,“ skrev Radke i Citis vurdering av aksjen, per SeekingAlpha. „Selv om den er imponerende, blekner den i forhold til 172 % avkastning i aksjen. Ved dagens aksjekurs antyder analysen vår at markedet prissetter i mye mer optimistiske verdsettingsscenarier for kjernevirksomheten og Bitcoin. “

Mens MicroStrategys aksjer har gjort det bra de siste månedene, er det ned 10% i dag i kjølvannet av nedgraderingen.

Una probabile „corsa stop-loss“ innesca una candela di un minuto a più di $ 3.000 inferiore al prezzo spot di Bitcoin prima di un rimbalzo, in condizioni di estrema volatilità.

Bitcoin ( BTC ) ha raggiunto un nuovo massimo storico su varie borse il 30 novembre, ma un record, in particolare, ha fatto notizia per un motivo diverso.

I dati dell’exchange di criptovalute Kraken mostrano che BTC / USD ha raggiunto il suo prezzo più alto di sempre sul suo portafoglio ordini, per poi raggiungere $ 16.600 in pochi secondi.

Il prezzo di Kraken BTC scende di $ 3.000

Il motivo dell’incidente, che avrà liquidato un gran numero di posizioni e causato un notevole dolore a molti speculatori, era probabilmente quello che è noto come „corsa stop-loss“.

Le corse stop loss coinvolgono trader di grandi volumi che piazzano intenzionalmente ordini di vendita di grandi dimensioni a un prezzo specifico, quindi mirano a dove pensano che risieda un gran numero di posizioni stop loss. In questo caso, l’obiettivo era di circa $ 16.600, vicino alla posizione del fondo locale della scorsa settimana.

Il risultato è una cascata di pressione di vendita che fornisce molto rapidamente il risultato, se stimato con successo, solo per il successivo rimbalzo del mercato al termine del processo.

Il rischio di liquidità è sempre un dato fattore nel trading in borsa e lo stoppino di un minuto di Kraken in calo di $ 3.000 dimostra giustamente perché i trader dovrebbero prestare attenzione a punti di prezzo significativi.

Un’altra spiegazione, o forse una che ha contribuito all’evento, è stata la scelta degli investitori di uscire vicino a $ 20.000 per evitare i costi di un’improvvisa inversione di resistenza.

Bollinger mette in guardia sulla „classica formazione superiore“

„OK, è ora di prestare attenzione, $ BTCUSD. Questa è una classica configurazione top“, ha avvertito John Bollinger, creatore dell’indicatore di volatilità delle Bande di Bollinger .

„Nessuna conferma ancora e il setup potrebbe essere facilmente superato, ma i commercianti saggi dovrebbero lavarsi i bicchieri“.
Quando gli è stato chiesto da un utente di Twitter se si tratta di un massimo locale o se il prezzo di Bitcoin scenderà da qui, ha risposto che „Per ora, un potenziale massimo locale …“

We spoke with Maximiliano Hinz, who serves as „Latam Operations Launcher“ at Binance.

Over the past few months we have seen a number of activities and movements by Binance within Latin America, including the assignment of dedicated staff in the region to serve users and their specific needs.

One of these positions, recently created by Binance for the region, was „Latam Operations Launcher“, a position that has been held for months by Maximiliano Hinz from Argentina and has allowed the exchange to have another perspective on Latin America.

In order to learn more about these perspectives that Binance is proposing in the region and also to learn about some of the work that is being done in the region, we have talked to Hinz and asked him a series of questions.

Ezio Rojas (ER): What do you think Binance can bring to Latin Americans?

Maximiliano Hinz (MH): Binance’s mission is to democratise access to money. In Latin America there are often certain restrictions on the free mobilisation of capital. Binance allows anyone to use their money freely.
As it does not depend on any centralised entity, a user can acquire crypto-currencies through Binance and send them anywhere in the world or make fixed terms in currencies tied to the dollar or the Euro, something that in many countries in the region does not exist in the banking centres.
It also provides an alternative for security. People for different reasons sometimes choose to have large sums of cash in their homes, with cryptomonies they can have the same benefits of having cash with the security of not having the physical money.

(ER): Binance has been betting heavily on the P2P market in the region. Do you think you can be an important player within this sector?

(MH): Without a doubt, nowadays P2P is very important for us in Latin America. It is a great bet that we are making and it allows a lot of people to access the crypto market. We have seen people who, thanks to p2p, have set up businesses to buy and sell crypto, and many people also ask to send crypto to relatives in other countries. There are countless cases where crypto currencies have changed the lives of Latin Americans for the better and we have to take into account how new Bitcoin is (only 12 years since it was introduced!). I believe that the future is going to be crypto without a doubt.

(ER): Do you think that Latin Americans are betting on crypto currencies?

(MH): Yes, I wouldn’t say that all Latin Americans are betting on them, because adoption levels, in nominal terms, are still low. In any case, the interesting thing is to analyse their speed of growth. There the story is much better.
Latin Americans have seen in crypto a great benefit, which is to be direct owners of their money. With crypto we are not dependent on governments that issue money in an uncontrolled manner (thus affecting the value of the fiat currency) or on regulatory agents that limit our transactions. No one can tell us which crypto to save or which countries to send crypto-currency to and which not. Nor is there any way that someone can come and compulsorily take a part of our coins for tax purposes.  This makes crypto attractive in countries where these things are sometimes compromised.

(ER): What are the main focuses of Binance in Latin America?

(MH): Today, Binance is focusing on increasing people’s possibilities to access crypt coins in the simplest way possible, adapting to the requirements of each market.

The other strong point we are working on is to improve the local experience by generating localised pages for each country. We are also launching Binance’s social networks in Argentina, something we saw as necessary due to the growth the company has been having in the country.

The last strong focus is education, the only way we have for people to invest in this industry, is by knowing the product and this is achieved with education. In Colombia we are doing university tours and the idea is to replicate this in the rest of Latin America. Today we are limited to what the pandemic allows us to do, but we are taking advantage of digital platforms such as YouTube to hold webinars that seek to cover the entire spectrum, from those who know nothing of the ecosystem, to advanced trading classes.

(ER): What can we Latin Americans expect from Binance by 2021? Can we expect the Binance Card?

(MH): A lot of news! But we can’t count them before they come out. At Binance we are always looking for the best possible user experience and the only way to achieve this is with thorough testing. We don’t like to announce releases until they are 100% tested. Also, as I said before, the idea is to improve access to cryptomonkets from all points, ease, knowledge and user experience.

With respect to the Binance Card, it will depend on the regulations of each market. We would like it to be available everywhere, but we know that these types of products need to comply with many regulations before launch.

(ER): How do you think quarantine and COVID-19 have changed Latin Americans and their view of the digital economy?

(MH): I think it helped a lot in the adoption of digital money. This year, the last time I travelled was in March and I had not yet impacted the pandemic in Latin America, but looking at the Argentine market I see how the adoption of QR payments or mobile payments has grown in the country. While each country is different, in general, the numbers show that people have started to experiment with electronic payments. Also, companies started to use systems such as electronic checks. And this helps us all in the crypto world tangentially, as paying with an electronic wallet is not much different in the case of fiat or crypto.

Bitcoin is at the beginning of a huge bull run, and the peak will be reached in December 2021. At least, if it were up to the well-known analyst Willy Woo.

Bitcoin is warming up
Woo is known for his analyses in which he compares data from the blockchain with the bitcoin rate. In the tweet below he shows the Relative Strength Index (RSI), but based on data from the blockchain.

Woo sees many similarities with the data in early 2017:

„The green circle indicates where we are in this macro cycle. This is the beginning of the big bull run (in case it is not yet clear),“ he says.

Woo continues: „Bitcoin’s on-chain Relative Strength Index is just warming up. The red verticals are the bitcoin halves, which provide a positive shock in supply“.

During the bitcoin halving, the reward for bitcoin miners is halved. This reward is at the same time the influx of new bitcoins on the market. Usually bitcoin peaks about a year and a half after a bitcoin halving. Or yes, most of the time, in 2020 the third halving only took place.

Woo was right
In July, Woo predicted that the bull Crypto Engine run would start in the fourth quarter of 2020 and run until 2021, something that has happened so far. Now he is proposing that this cycle will be over in about a year’s time.

„My choice would be December 2021. Just like last time, I have to sell to pay taxes,“ Woo responded to the question of when the next peak would be reached.

2021 will be the year of records
Woo is not the only one claiming that bitcoin could break records in 2021. Raoul Pal and Tyler Winklevoss both believe that bitcoin will reach a new peak in the first quarter of next year at the latest. Raoul Pal is CEO of Real Vision, and Winklevoss is co-founder of cryptocurrency fair Gemini.

El profesor Nouriel Roubini, apodado „Dr. Doom“ dice que bitcoin puede actuar como un almacén „parcial“ de valor

En el último desarrollo que ha sorprendido a muchas personas en el espacio criptográfico, el Profesor Nouriel Roubini, apodado ‚Dr. Doom‘ por la mayoría de la comunidad de la moneda virtual debido a sus escépticos comentarios sobre bitcoin y cryptos en general, parece haber suavizado su postura sobre Bitcoin.

En una entrevista reciente, Roubini declaró que Bitcoin puede considerarse un almacén parcial de valor, ya que no se puede degradar fácilmente como es el caso de muchos de los otros altcoins.

„Es quizás un almacén parcial de valor, porque, a diferencia de otros miles de lo que yo llamo shitcoins, no puede ser degradado tan fácilmente porque hay al menos un algoritmo que decide cuánto aumenta el suministro de Bitcoin con el tiempo, porque para la mayoría de esos otros, literalmente, se hace ad hoc, y se están degradando más rápido que lo que hace la Fed“.

Esta declaración es bastante interesante ya que recientemente, Roubini había argumentado que Bitcoin está destinado a discutir en el ‚museo de las monedas fallidas‘ con muchas otras monedas virtuales; mientras que también criticaba el movimiento de PayPal para apoyar criptos como Litecoin y Bitcoin.

Inversores institucionales

Reconocer el valor de Bitcoin en este sentido pone de relieve el estado que el criptograma ya ha adquirido últimamente. Ciertamente, la actitud de descongelación de PayPal, que también es el caso de otras grandes instituciones como Square Crypto, MicroStrategy, entre otras, ha jugado un gran papel en este asunto.

De hecho, según un informe compartido por Michael Sonnenshein, el Director General de Grayscale, el flujo hacia el Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) de Grayscale ha sido considerablemente mayor que el flujo actual de ETFs de oro. Lo interesante es el hecho de que los hallazgos del informe fueron compilados por JP Morgan Chase, uno de los mayores bancos de los Estados Unidos.

Poniendo esto en contexto, Roubini todavía tiene dudas sobre el futuro de esta clase de activos. Se adelantó a alegar que no es escalable y que la introducción de las monedas digitales del Banco Central (CBDC) eventualmente hará que el sector criptográfico sea redundante.

Roubini se apresuró a decir que con un CBDC, todas las personas pueden usar una cuenta en el banco central para hacer pagos. Eso podría dar inicio a una „gran revolución“.

„Estarán desplazando los sistemas de pago digitales, o en el sector privado, comenzando con criptodivisas que no son realmente monedas.“

Estos comentarios de Roubini pueden jugar un papel importante en la acción de precios que domina en el mercado de bitcoin a corto plazo.

Hong Kong regulators have announced that they will begin to monitor cryptocurrency exchanges more closely. And the trend seems to come straight from China …

End of recess for exchanges located in Hong Kong

Hong Kong had previously been an exception: the independent territory had decided to regulate obligatorily only exchange platforms offering securities and futures . Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) did an about-face, however, as Reuters reported earlier this week.

Hong Kong will now regulate all cryptocurrency trading platforms , regardless of the services offered. The territory is thus aligned with other regions of Asia: Japan and Singapore have similar regulatory frameworks.

SFC justifies its position

The difference is that a significant number of exchanges were directed to Hong Kong in order to take advantage of a more flexible regulatory framework. This will therefore be a game-changer for the companies concerned. As a reminder, Binance, OKEx and Huobi have offices in Hong Kong.

CFS President Ashley Alder explained that it was a matter of limiting the ways in which companies could escape control :

‚ C‘ is a significant limitation. The current regulatory framework allows a platform operator to operate outside the sight of regulators, simply ensuring that the crypto assets traded do not meet the legal definition of a financial security. ”

China at the origin of this about-face?

For some commentators, this change of course originates… From China. The country is indeed preparing to launch its central bank digital currency (MNBC), and therefore wishes to limit cryptocurrencies, which it considers to be competitors. In any case, this is the interpretation made by Adam Cochran of Cinneamhain Ventures, who published an analysis of the situation :

“ This sudden change appears to be stemming from growing pressure from Chinese influence on Hong Kong, as well as fears that cryptocurrencies will be used to move money out of China .”

We can not help but notice that Hong Kong’s change of course comes at a time when China has banned all stablecoins backed by the yuan . The country has also increased pressure on OTC traders , in particular by monitoring phones and bank cards.

Whether the change is due to the upcoming release of the Chinese MNBC or not, Hong Kong has just lost its status as a haven for crypto companies. We will therefore see if this will lead to changes of location for the exchanges that are installed there.