It has been a heated start of the week for the crypto community. Crypto exchange Binance temporarily suspended withdrawals on the Bitcoin network. This happened the same day as Celsius halted all withdrawals, raising liquidity concerns. Naturally, many users started to worry about Binance as well.
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A Stuck Transaction
In the middle of Bitcoin’s 13% drop, the crypto exchange Binance announced they would be temporarily pausing BTC transactions on the Bitcoin network “due to a stuck transaction causing a backlog.” Withdrawals through other networks like Ethereum or BNB Chain were still available.
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Although CEO Changpeng Zhao expected this to last half an hour, it took the exchange 3 hours to solve the issue, which gave a lot of time for conspiracy theories to come out.
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The Crypto Community Called Out CZ
The times are tense. Not only because of the dropping prices during this ferocious bear market but also because of the terraUSD’s meltdown and the Celsius news. The crypto community is being extra wary of any other possible shams.
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Here are some of the conspiracy theories that spread out:
UC-Berkeley’s Nicholas Weaver tweeted: “Binance halting withdraws (rather than trading) makes me wonder if they are either insolvent or just run out of liquidity and need to raid the cold storage. I wonder which case it could be?”
Keep in mind that Weaver is extremely against crypto and thinks that it should “should “die in a fire.” However, some pro-crypto users shared a similar concern.
A pseudonym user who goes by Fatman on Twitter found CZ’s wording unclear:
“Not sure why no one has mentioned this, but Bitcoin doesn’t work like that – it’s not like Ethereum where transactions require an iterative nonce – you can spend inputs even if a transaction from the same address is stuck in the mempool. Some additional clarity would be nice…There are cases where this can happen if an exchange spends the entire hot wallet balance (one output to the user, the change amount back to themselves) – FTX does this sometimes – but I don’t think Binance does this, so it doesn’t make sense – unless they changed something.By the way, I’m just pointing out a detail in his wording that I found interesting. I do not think Binance is insolvent – nor do I think they will ever be insolvent…”
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A new report from the Financial Times has shed more light on the downfall of the crypto lending company Celsius Network. Founded by Alex Mashinsky, the company has been affected by the downside trend in the sector and was forced to halt all operations, negatively impacting their clients, and filed for bankruptcy. Related Reading: Shiba Inu Trends Upwards Through Strong Whale Accumulations The report claims that Mashinsky took over the company’s trading strategy back in January 2022. At that time, the price of Bitcoin was hovering around $35,000 to $40,000, and the crypto market was coming out of a major downtrend to find support at these levels. The crypto market went on to trade sideways for over a month, and to move inside a tight range with Bitcoin bottoming at the mid area around $30,000. Aware of the company’s financial situation, and looking to make up for its losses, according to the report, Mashinsky was ready to make a significant bet on the price of Bitcoin. In January, the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) was about to announce its shift in monetary policy to slow down inflation. The financial institution hinted at an interest rate hike regime with a decrease on their balance sheet. Mashinsky was betting on the crypto market trending lower on the back of these announcements. Therefore, he sold “hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of bitcoin” expecting to buy it back at a discount, but the market moved in the opposite direction. According to the Financial Times, Celsius was forced to purchase their crypto holdings at a loss when BTC and other assets rallied. The sector eventually saw significant losses, but Mashinsky and his team made wrong assumptions about the timing of the crypto crash, the report claims to cite multiple people familiar with the matter: He was ordering the traders to massively trade the book off of bad information. He was slugging around huge chunks of bitcoin. Celsius Lost Billions In Crypto By Trading These Products Mashinksy’s involvement in his trading department caused conflict among the staff, the Financial Times said. The company’s former Chief Investment Officer (CIO) Frank van Etten questioned Mashinsky’s trade and his participation in making investments decision. The executive left the company in February 2022, most likely due to his clashes with Mashinsky. The Financial Times claims that there was a span of two days between Celsius selling their Bitcoin and buying it again at a loss. If the company have waited longer, they could have profited from the crash in the crypto market, but as another person familiar with the matter said, Celsius was trading based on conjectures: It was not an irrational thought. There was a lot of speculation (…). Celsius was already dragging losses from 2021, the report said. By September 2021, Celsius was holding over 11 million shares or $400 million in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC). The investment product was trading at a premium compared to BTC’s spot price. This trend inverted and the GBTC began trading at a discount from Bitcoin. Mashinsky was offered a deal to mitigate their losses but passed on it, expecting the GBTC to reclaim its premium. The company’s losses were exacerbated by this decision and amount to over $100 million. Related Reading: XRP Sluggish At Resistance – Will It Break Out After 2 Months Of Vertigo? At the time of writing, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) trades at $23,800 with sideways movement over the past week.
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Bitcoin NUPL data suggests that the crypto’s cycles are getting less sharper with time as profit tops and loss bottoms aren’t following a horizontal line. Bitcoin NUPL Didn’t Exceed The 0.75 “Greed” Mark During This Cycle As explained by an analyst in a CryptoQuant post, the BTC profit and loss cycles shouldn’t be treated with horizontal lines. The “Net Unrealized Profit and Loss” (or the NUPL in brief) is an indicator that tells us whether the market as a whole is holding a net profit or a net loss right now. The metric’s value is calculated by taking the difference between the market cap and the realized cap, and dividing it by the market cap. NUPL = (Market Cap – Realized Cap) ÷ Market Cap When the value of this indicator is greater than zero, it means the average investor is currently holding some profits. On the other hand, negative NUPL values imply the overall market is holding a net amount of unrealized loss at the moment. Related Reading: Ethereum Market Observes Pileup Of Leverage As ETH Breaks $2k Now, here is a chart that shows the trend in the Bitcoin NUPL over the course of the history of the crypto: Looks like the value of the metric has surged up and turned positive again recently | Source: CryptoQuant As you can see in the above graph, the quant has marked the relevant zones of trend for the Bitcoin NUPL indicator. In the past, many traders used to believe that cycle tops form whenever the metric’s value surges above 0.75, entering into the “greed” zone. Similarly, bottoms were thought to take place when the indicator went below the -0.4 mark, reaching into the “fear” region. Related Reading: Bitcoin Bearish Signal: Whales With 1k-10k BTC Depositing To Exchanges However, the analyst from the post argues that horizontal lines like these shouldn’t be used to mark these cycle tops and bottoms. During the previous two cycles, the top that came after was lower than the one before. In the current cycle, the metric never crossed into the greed zone and topped out just around the 0.75 level. This could mean that tops are getting lower and lower with each cycle. Similarly, the last two bottoms also had descending loss amounts. Just a while ago, the NUPL’s value sharply dropped off into negative and subsequently rebounded back up into positive values after forming a potential bottom. However, this low was far from the conventional 0.4 mark. If this low was truly the bottom for this cycle, then it would add further credence to the idea that profit and loss fluctuations in the market are getting less drastic with time. BTC Price At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s price floats around $24.4k, up 5% in the past week. The value of the crypto seems to have been moving sideways recently | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView Featured image from Kanchanara on Unsplash.com, charts from TradingView.com, CryptoQuant.com
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Many people are reacting differently to the current condition of Bitcoin and the global economy. In the past two consecutive quarters, the US has posted negative GDP, leading to a rate spike by the Feds. Though some individuals are stating that there is yet no inflation, its impact is gradually manifesting. The President and CEO of Franklin Templeton, Jenny Johnson, has aired view on the current global economic condition. Johnson stated that while the financial condition is in a sad state, Bitcoin remains its best distraction. CEO Johnson related her opinions during a recent interview. She mentioned that the prevailing economic situation is acting as a disruption. Related Reading: Will Ethereum Breach $2,000 Before The Merge? In her terms, it’s the best to happen to financial providers at the moment. Though several see Bitcoin as digital gold and an asset that could create a hedge against inflation, Johnson has a different stance. To her, BTC is just consumers’ distraction from all prevailing financial problems. Also, the CEO has no belief that governments could make Bitcoin a dominant asset for foreign exchange. She said that it was beyond typical confidence for that to happen as numerous arguments would erupt. When it comes to blockchain technology, the CEO has an impressive option concerning that. She called it the sports change, stating that it will bring a positive difference possibly to all industries. Johnson maintained that Franklin Templeton still offers cryptocurrency services to its clients. Also, the company is not planning to stop such service options now. Franklin Templeton is an American multinational holding firm. It boasts several subsidiaries. It functions as a global investment company and was founded in 1947 in New York City. Global Destructive Outplay But Bitcoin Gained Momentum Over the past few years, the entire global system had a devastating impact from the spread of COVID-19. This remained one of the great world pandemics that claimed millions of people from different countries. With the invasion and effect of the pandemic came a distortion in various aspects of life, especially social life. The overall impact on the financial system was quite massive. Related Reading: Market Sentiment Shoots Up As Bitcoin Eyes $25,000 To maintain the float of the economy during the crisis, some countries central banks, especially the US Federal Reserve, printed more fiat currency. However, such a process is taking a negative pull after two years. The world is generally battling a rising inflation rate with other factors. Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, received the blame from the Western world, pioneered by the US. They further cut off financial connections with Russia. Also, Russia has taken the top as the most sanctioned country globally. But Russia decided to make its retribute by stopping gas deliveries to some European states. Most of the states have no alternative source and have become stranded. This action conversely hiked electricity costs, leading to an increase in price for all goods. The entire outplay of events is becoming more destructive. Featured image from Pixabay, chart from TradingView.com
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