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Bitcoin [BTC]: Assessing how deep are we into the bear market

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Bitcoin [BTC]: Assessing how deep are we into the bear market

Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency has had its fair share of bear markets experiences in the past. But, after every bear cycle, the king coin has managed to recover successfully. Now, the question is- Can BTC repeat the same this time around?

Highlighting the norms

Bitcoin, at press time, circulated in the $20k to $21k range after suffering massive sell-offs. Some harsh liquidation scenarios even recorded figures in billions. These conditions have directly impacted BTC’s price as it led to more drawdowns.

The Bitcoin drawdown from ATH has reached 73.3%, compared to previous bear market lows of between 75% and 84% in the graph. But, as past bore the witness, BTC has reclaimed a top spot every time after witnessing a bearish run.

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Source: Glassnode

According to Glassnode, past all-time high (ATH) duration stood at 435 days from the Apr-2021 ATH and 227 days from the Nov-2021 ATH. This firmly placed the current bear within historical bear norms.

That being said, the divergence between BTC’s address activity and price marked the most optimistic level since December 2020. Consider this- the number of unique addresses interacting on the network didn’t fall as much as it may seem after a 70% price retracement since November.

Source: Santiment

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The divergence between active addresses and price was last this high in December 2020. Thus, indicating that a price increase is possible. In addition, Bitcoin recorded significant whale transactions as well. It merely indicates that the major stakeholders might be keen on the token despite the FUD and inflation.

Whalin’ with caution

Furthermore, the largest Bitcoin holders on the blockchain added 16% more coins to their holdings over the last 30 days. At press time, the entity possessed over 776,000 BTC worth over $16 billion.

Source: ITB

This, indeed, could inject some optimism during such uncertain times. Following this development, number of addresses holding 0.1+ BTC saw an uptick as well. The metric on Glassnode reached an ATH of 3,615,634.

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Shubham is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. A Master’s graduate in Accounting and Finance, Shubham’s writings mainly focus on crypto-regulations across the United States and Europe. Also, a die-hard Chelsea fan #KTBFFH.

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Bitcoin, Ethereum Technical Analysis: ETH Hits $2,000 For First Time Since May

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Bitcoin, Ethereum Technical Analysis: ETH Hits $2,000 For First Time Since May

Ethereum was trading above $2,000 to start the weekend, as the token hit its highest point since May. Crypto markets were back in the green, after marginally consolidating in Friday’s session. Bitcoin moved closer to $25,000 on Saturday, however has still yet to breach this ceiling.

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Bitcoin (BTC) was marginally higher on Saturday, as the token once again attempted to climb above the $25,000 level.

Following a low of $23,657.27 on Friday, BTC/USD hit an intraday high of $24,860.05 to start the weekend.

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The move saw bitcoin briefly break out of its resistance level of $24,600, and near a two-month high above $24,900 in the process.

BTC/USD – Daily Chart

Looking at the chart, today’s gains come as the 14-day relative strength index (RSI) finally broke out of its long-term resistance point at the 60.32 level.

As of writing, the index is currently tracking at 61.60, which is slightly below another point of uncertainty, at 61.80.

Overall, earlier gains have somewhat eased, with BTC currently trading at $24,407.29, as bulls seemed to have abandoned previous positions in order to secure profits.

Ethereum

Whilst BTC was struggling to break out of a key point at $25,000, ethereum (ETH) raced past its own ceiling in today’s session.

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On Saturday, prices of the world’s second-largest token moved above $2,000 for the first time since May.

Following a low of $1,868.42 on Friday, ETH/USD moved to a peak of $2,013.76 earlier in today’s session.

ETH/USD – Daily Chart

This is the highest point ethereum has traded at since May 23, and comes as price strength also surged past a ceiling of its own.

Looking at the chart, the RSI also raced past its resistance level at 68, and is currently tracking at 71.55, which is its strongest reading since April 4.

As of writing, ethereum is now overbought, which could see bears gradually look to position themselves for entries back into the market.

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Eliman brings a eclectic point of view to market analysis, having worked as a brokerage director, retail trading educator, and market commentator in Crypto, Stocks and FX.

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Philippines’ Unionbank To Support Cryptocurrency Exchange Via Mobile App

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Union Bank of the Philippines, commonly known as Unionbank, has announced the upcoming launch of another crypto service for its clients. The financial institution will offer select users of its mobile app the option to exchange bitcoin and other digital currencies without a separate wallet.

Unionbank to Add In-app Crypto Exchange Feature, Reportedly a First in the Philippines

The Union Bank of the Philippines (Unionbank) is working to become the first universal bank in the country to facilitate cryptocurrency exchange within its mobile application. Users will be able to buy and sell cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin directly from the banking app, the lender said, doing away with the need to have a third-party wallet.

In a statement quoted by the ABS-CBN broadcasting network, Unionbank shared its view that blockchain is a technology that will power the future of banking. “At the same time, we also recognize that cryptocurrency has been one of the services that a lot of customers are already looking for, especially the younger generation, and this demand was accelerated by the pandemic,” commented Cathy Casas, head of digital asset markets, blockchain and application programming.

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Unionbank, which is one of the top 10 banks by assets under management in the Philippines, has already established itself as a crypto-friendly institution. About a year ago, it announced preparations to pilot a custody service for cryptocurrencies, and in January of this year, the bank unveiled a plan to facilitate crypto trading.

The new exchange functionality will initially be offered to randomly pre-selected users of the banking app, Unionbank explained, but emphasized it will aim for a wider rollout in the near future. Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, and Chief Transformation Officer Henry Aguda has been quoted as saying:

Not only does this help us ensure that the bank is more future-ready, we are also able to serve the needs of our customers who use cryptocurrencies.

The top executive added that the in-app crypto exchange feature is among the projects the bank is working on as it prepares to enter the metaverse. Another initiative in the same direction is the partnership with NFT game Art of Dreams which was announced in April. The bank also intends to launch a Metaverse Center of Excellence in the coming months.

While the platforms of some digital banks in the Philippines, like Maya, are already offering exchange options for crypto assets, Unionbank will be the first major traditional lender to implement one. The bank is a licensed cryptocurrency exchange. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the country’s central bank, is the authority that issues licenses to crypto trading platforms and service providers in the Philippines.

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Do you expect other banks in the Philippines to offer crypto-related features in their mobile apps? Tell us in the comments section below.

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BTC futures market liquidation has these tips for BTC long-term holders

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Recently, Bitcoin’s [BTC] fight to reach $24,000 has been met with defeat. This was the case when it reached $24,800 on 11 August after an almost 10% uptick from Wednesday (10 August).

It was a similar case on 30 July when it hit $24,500 with investors hoping $25,000 was unavoidable. However, BTC investors may likely need to wait before the supply succumbs to investors’ expectations. 

According to a CryptoQuant analysis, the current market cycle could be far off attaining a long bullish momentum.

Notably, at press time, BTC declined 2.87% and was trading at $23,805 as per CoinMarketCap.

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But why?

The CryptoQuant analysis noted that it may not yet be time for investors to jubilate. The analysis used the Bitcoin futures market to maintain its position of a cautious take.  

Additionally, as of yesterday (11 August), BTC recorded its highest liquidation volume since late July. Reportedly, the exchange inflow spent output volume bands revealed that many Bitcoin addresses moved their holdings to exchanges. In this regard, the analysis stated,

“Exchange Inflow Spent Output Value Bands (%), which shows the percentage value of the coins moving into exchanges, indicate 1K to 10K BTC holders moved their coins to exchanges more than usual.”

Looking at CoinGlass data, BTC futures market liquidation amounted to $15.49 billion on the Binance exchange alone over the last 24 hours.

Long position liquidated was 48,72%, while shorts were 51.28%. On the other hand, the BTC futures open interest rate has increased since July, meaning that traders have been actively trading the BTC market.

Source: CoinGlass

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There has been a total of $13.81 billion in futures trades at press time. So does this interest uptick mean traders were shorting Bitcoin in line with the CryptoQuant projections?

$25,000? Not so fast

With BTC closing in on $25,000 for a while, investors may expect it to hit the milestone soon. However, the sentiment revealed by the Awesome Oscillator (AO) may be otherwise.

Although the AO remained above the histogram midpoint with a bullish edge, the current state also shows bearish twin peaks.

Source: TradingView

Interestingly, investors may need to halt BTC from reaching $25,000 optimism as the Bollinger Bands (BB) showed high volatility.

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With Bitcoin not entirely all over the bears, it may be time for investors in the overall crypto market to watch where the market movement resides next. 

Manisha is a News Editor at AMBCrypto. With a Master’s degree focused on Mass Communication, Manisha is good at multitasking with an eye for detail. She is fascinated by new, emerging technologies and her interests lie in the regulatory implications of such tech.

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