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KPIs for November 2021

  • Total volumes: $36bn (up 100% YoY)
  • Total trades: 5,704,158 (up 41% YoY)
  • Total Bitcoin equivalent traded: 589,470 coins
  • Total year-to-date volumes: $488bn

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Macro crypto currency market outlook

Bitcoin has entered a period of correction and consolidation after surging to another record high in November 2021. While the outlook remains highly constructive, there is risk for a period of additional setback in the days ahead, with the market looking to put in the next higher low before resuming the uptrend. Ultimately, the uptrend remains intact while the market holds above the bottom of the daily Ichimoku cloud which comes in around $53,000. Only a close below this level would force a rethink.

    • BTC technical levels:
    • R2 70,000 – Psychological – Strong
    • R1 69,000 – 10 Nov’21/Record high – Strong
    • S1 53,000 – Ichimoku Cloud Bottom – Strong
    • S2 50,000 – Psychological – Strong

At the moment, the driving force behind crypto moves is coming from the macro front. We think it will be important to keep an eye on US equities for a clearer indication of where things might be headed over the short-term. There has been a lot of nervous tension around the coronavirus in light of this latest variant, and should the market determine the outlook is more shaky, we could see this translate into a mass risk liquidation that extends into crypto assets as well.

Of course, we’ve also heard from the Fed Chair, who has finally conceded on the subject of inflation, after saying it was time to drop the ‘transitory’ term and redefine inflation. This could translate to less investor friendly policy, which will weigh on risk assets.

Evidence of some nervous tension in crypto markets comes from Glassnode data showing an uptick in bitcoin inflows into centralized exchanges, often indicative of pending liquidations. We’ve also seen bitcoin’s six-month put-call skew turning positive for the first time since the crash back in May.

It’s important to remember that as much as there is a compelling argument for bitcoin’s value proposition as a hedge in risk off backdrops, on a short-term basis, there are still correlations with risk sentiment, given that bitcoin has benefited as an alternative investment in risk on market conditions.

When it comes to the other cryptocurrencies, there should be an even stronger correlation with global risk sentiment, which would arguably expose ether to more downside risk in the event of an intensified decline in US stocks.

On a positive note, ether price and volumes have been picking up in an impressive fashion (ETHBTC at highest level since 2018), and crypto does have seasonality on its side heading into December. Let’s see how it plays out.

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