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KPIs for October 2021

  • Total volumes: $38bn (up 257% YoY)
  • Total trades: 5,070,174 (up 93% YoY)
  • Total Bitcoin equivalent traded: 663,164 coins
  • Total year-to-date volumes: $452bn

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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 2021. While the outlook remains highly constructive, there is risk for a period of 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 $48,000. Only a close below this level would force a rethink.

    • BTC technical levels:
    • R2 70,000 – Psychological – Strong
    • R1 67,000 – 20 October/Record high – Medium
    • S1 50,000 – Psychological – Strong
    • S2 48,830 – 18 September high – Strong

October was an important month for bitcoin, with the asset soaring to a fresh record high after the long-awaited US bitcoin ETF finally went live. The move is significant as it pushes the space that much more into the mainstream, allowing traditional investors even easier access to taking on some form of exposure.

And bitcoin wasn’t alone with respect to enjoying a rally. The run-up in the price of bitcoin carried the rest of the cryptocurrency space with it. Ether did a good job keeping pace with bitcoin, despite stalling out just shy of its own record high against the US Dollar from earlier this year. But ether has been the star of the year, up as much as well over 400% YTD, as compared with bitcoin, which has traded up as much as just over 100% YTD.

The wider appeal of Ethereum’s more front-end friendly applications has definitely been responsible for the blockchain’s success. Earlier in the year it was the decentralized finance boom, and lately it’s been the rocket ship rise of NFTs and the mass adoption we’re seeing on that front.

But looking out, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some more consolidation and correction ahead, before these markets try get going with any meaningful bullish continuations. We believe a healthy round of profit taking is due, where shorter-term traders with less conviction will get washed out. We also believe there are still risks associated with regulatory headwinds in China and the US that need to be considered.

Finally, while there has been impressive evidence to suggest crypto assets as compelling portfolio diversification investments given uncorrelated properties with other major assets, on a short-term basis, we’re still not there yet. This means any shakeup in very extended US equities, could result in a massive bout of risk liquidation that ultimately translates to downside pressure on the crypto space.

Of course, if this does play out, we are very optimistic about the ability for crypto assets to find formidable support into dips from such macro pressures given the very compelling medium and longer-term value proposition. We suspect we will continue to see strong demand from institutional players into the end of Q4 2021 and well into 2022.

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