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Mike Novogratz vede più istituzioni affluire in Bitcoin nel 2021

Il recente rally di Bitcoin è stato dovuto principalmente all’afflusso di investitori istituzionali sul mercato. Tuttavia, ci sono state domande su quanto tempo questo potrebbe continuare. Per il cripto imprenditore e investitore Mike Novogratz, le cose sembrano essere appena iniziate.

Le istituzioni salteranno sui ribassi dei prezzi

Novogratz gestisce la banca d’affari crittografica Galaxy Digital. Si è seduto per un’intervista con Yahoo! Finance, dove ha discusso lo stato del mercato delle crittografie.

L’investitore ha detto che si aspetta l’arrivo di altre istituzioni nel 2021.

Nell’intervista, Novogratz ha fornito una rapida panoramica del mercato fino ad ora, annunciata dalla Bitcoin e dalla sua volatilità della scorsa settimana. L’investitore ha sottolineato che ci dovrebbero essere presto ulteriori cali, anche se non si è preoccupato troppo perché si aspetta un afflusso di investitori istituzionali.

Come spiegato in precedenza, il 2020 è stato l’anno delle istituzioni che si affrettano a criptare. Temendo gli effetti dell’indebolimento del dollaro, aziende come MicroStrategy, Square, Ruffer Investments e MassMutual hanno fatto giocare Bitcoin per decine e centinaia di milioni. Tuttavia, come ha spiegato Novogratz, la tendenza dovrebbe continuare, con più investitori che vedono il valore a lungo termine di Bitcoin.

„Le istituzioni che stanno entrando in questo spazio ora che non c’erano sei mesi fa, [un] anno fa, non sono ancora al completo. Neanche lontanamente. Siamo al primo inning di un gioco da 9 inning con compagnie di assicurazione, gestori patrimoniali“, ha detto Novogratz in parte.

L’investitore miliardario ha aggiunto che la Bitcoin avrà presto altri cali, e ci saranno istituzioni in attesa di cogliere l’occasione. Quindi, il mercato rimane forte, grazie anche ai previsti aumenti della domanda.

La carenza di liquidità in arrivo

Novogratz ha inoltre spiegato che l’afflusso di istituzioni rappresenta un cambiamento significativo nella struttura del mercato. La maggior parte delle istituzioni sembrano essere titolari a lungo termine che non hanno molto uso per i Bitcoin se non come riserva di valore.

Considerando che queste grandi aziende tendono a fare giochi appesi in una volta sola, la loro riluttanza a ripulire qualsiasi Bitcoin di loro proprietà potrebbe portare a una crisi di liquidità.

Le piattaforme di trading si stanno già lamentando di un possibile problema di liquidità. eToro ha detto ai clienti che la massiccia domanda di Bitcoin potrebbe causare limitazioni agli ordini di acquisto durante il fine settimana. Il volume giornaliero di Coinbase ha raggiunto i 9,5 miliardi di dollari il 12 gennaio, superando il suo precedente massimo storico di 6,5 miliardi di dollari.

Nello stesso giorno, i volumi su Binance hanno raggiunto per la prima volta i 30 miliardi di dollari. Con istituzioni come Grayscale Investments e MicroStrategy che si accaparrano Bitcoins ad ogni occasione, sembra più probabile che ci saranno sempre meno commercianti al dettaglio con cui giocare.

BTC vê grandes perdas em poucas horas

O Bitcoin começou o dia com uma dinâmica negativa. Na hora da imprensa, a maior moeda criptográfica por limite de mercado é negociada a $31.230,5 (-3,13%), de acordo com a CoinMarketCap.

Por sua vez, o Ethereum caiu para $1.038,75 (-2,86%), enquanto o XRP caiu 2,77% e agora está sendo negociado a $0,234.

O Bitcoin perdeu $3.400 em uma hora, enviando aos comerciantes as correções de mensagem durante sua ascensão meteórica provavelmente serão bastante acentuadas. De acordo com dados fornecidos pela Glassnode, a queda drástica no preço criptográfico de referência é o resultado da liquidação de $190M em posições longas em futuros de Bitcoin no Binance em uma hora.

Deve-se notar que durante períodos de alta como o atual, as correções são rápidas, mas de curta duração devido ao fato de que os investidores que esperam que o rally continue aproveitando as quedas para comprar.

Assim, Catherine Coley, CEO da Binance.US, acredita que a Bitcoin poderia subir para „$75.000-100.000“ até o final do ano.

Embora esta previsão seja bastante otimista, não há dúvida que a BTC aumentou em uma onda de crescimento que poderia levar o criptograma a novos patamares.

De acordo com o ranking da CoinMarketCap, 8 moedas no top 10 estão no vermelho.

Quanto ao limite de mercado de todas as moedas listadas na CoinMarketCap, ele permanece em US$ 856.833.698.353.

Le istituzioni „Sembrano aver perso l’occasione“ al Rally di Bitcoin per un nuovo record assoluto: Segnala a

Gli investitori istituzionali sembrano aver perso in generale il rally di bitcoin verso un nuovo massimo storico di oltre 24.000 dollari, poiché mentre gli investitori al dettaglio facevano leva sulle loro posizioni long, le istituzioni tagliavano i loro profitti.

Secondo un rapporto pubblicato da OKEx Insight

Secondo un rapporto pubblicato da OKEx Insight, l’interesse aperto ha raggiunto un nuovo massimo di tutti i tempi di 8,9 miliardi di dollari nel fine settimana, e OKEx è in testa con 1,6 miliardi di dollari di interesse aperto. Analogamente, gli swap perpetui BTC hanno visto il loro prezzo di mercato superare il prezzo dell’indice, mentre i tassi di finanziamento hanno raggiunto un nuovo massimo.

Per OKEx Insight, i tassi di finanziamento eccessivi indicano un aumento della leva finanziaria sul mercato, il che implica che gli investitori al dettaglio che negoziano sui mercati delle valute criptate stavano facendo leva sulle loro posizioni lunghe mentre il prezzo di BTC raggiungeva il nuovo massimo storico.

Citando i dati del Chicago Mercantile Exchange, che si è concluso poco prima che BTC superasse i 20.000 dollari, OKEx ha notato che l’interesse aperto

„è diminuito costantemente negli ultimi tre periodi di riferimento“, il che „continua a dimostrare che gli investitori istituzionali stavano ottenendo profitti, e che si sono ampiamente persi l’ultimo rally“.

Le posizioni long degli asset manager, aggiunge il rapporto, sono scese da 544 a 492 in anticipo rispetto al rally, mentre le posizioni short sono aumentate da m11 a 26. Anche le posizioni long dei fondi a leva finanziaria sono scese da 4.365 a 3.946, mentre le posizioni short sono scese da 9.354 a 8.702.

Ritenendo probabilmente che la resistenza di $20.000 avrebbe tenuto

OKEx Insight scrive che queste posizioni in calo e le posizioni short in aumento indicano che i gestori patrimoniali e i fondi con leva finanziaria „non sono riusciti ad anticipare l’impennata dei prezzi“ e hanno giudicato male il breakout al rialzo del mercato, ritenendo probabilmente che la resistenza di $20.000 avrebbe tenuto.

Con l’avvicinarsi della data di regolamento dei futures e delle opzioni trimestrali, ci si aspetta una maggiore volatilità del mercato, poiché una grande quantità di opzioni in scadenza potrebbe vedere il prezzo muoversi verso il punto „Max Pain“, che è il prezzo d’esercizio con il maggior numero di put e call di contratti aperti.

Il prezzo di Max Pain, ha scritto OKEx, è di circa 23.750 dollari, e un movimento verso di esso „causerebbe una perdita finanziaria per il maggior numero di titolari di opzioni alla scadenza“.

Los criminales usan sus carteras privadas para esconder el Bitcoin robado, dice el informe.

Los criminales de la criptografía lavaron cientos de millones de dólares este año a través de carteras privadas como Wasabi.

El proveedor de soluciones de gestión de riesgos de activos criptográficos con sede en Londres, Elliptic, publicó ayer un informe que muestra que casi el 13% del total de las ganancias criminales en Bitcoin se enviaron a carteras privadas como Wasabi Wallet este año, en comparación con sólo el 2% en 2019.

El informe mencionaba un aumento significativo en el uso de carteras privadas por parte de criminales criptográficos para blanquear fondos ilícitos. Según la investigación de los Elípticos, la cartera de privacidad permite a los usuarios ocultar el rastro del dinero en la cadena de bloques, lo que la convierte en la opción preferida de las personas involucradas en el blanqueo de dinero y el hacking.

La empresa hizo un seguimiento de 35 incidentes de blanqueo de dinero y financiación del terrorismo y entrevistó a profesionales del cumplimiento de la criptografía junto con su análisis de las transacciones de la cadena de bloqueo vinculadas a la delincuencia. Los resultados indican que los delincuentes han encontrado nuevas formas de transferir fondos ilícitos durante 2020.

El proveedor de servicios de gestión de riesgos describió dos incidentes clave ocurridos en 2020. En primer lugar, el pirateo de la plataforma de redes sociales Twitter en julio, donde los delincuentes recaudaron más de 120.000 dólares en Bitcoin y enviaron una gran cantidad a través de una cartera Wasabi. Segundo, el hack de KuCoin, donde los estafadores robaron 280 millones de dólares en activos criptográficos.

Crímenes criptográficos

Las actividades delictivas relacionadas con los activos digitales aumentaron en 2020, ya que se denunciaron varios incidentes en diferentes partes del mundo, pero en el informe reciente se indica que los delincuentes se centran ahora en las carteras privadas para mover fondos robados.

„A medida que la tecnología evoluciona y entran en vigor nuevas regulaciones, nuestras investigaciones muestran que los criminales están buscando nuevas formas de lavar cripto-activos sucios. La tendencia más significativa que observamos fue el creciente uso de carteras privadas como la Cartera Wasabi en el proceso de lavado. En 2020, al menos el 13% de todas las ganancias criminales en Bitcoin se enviaron a través de carteras de privacidad, lo que supone un aumento con respecto al 2% de 2019“, dijo David Carlisle, Jefe de Política y Asuntos Regulatorios en Elliptic, en un comunicado.

Comentando la efectividad de las carteras de privacidad, Tom Robinson, Jefe Científico de Elliptic, dijo: „El uso de las carteras de privacidad dificulta el seguimiento del flujo de fondos ilícitos a través de la cadena de bloqueo, pero eso no las convierte necesariamente en herramientas eficaces para el blanqueo de dinero“.

Owner of one of the first Bitcoin brokers in the world sentenced to 5 years in prison

The Russian denies the charges and his lawyers are evaluating the possibility of appeal.

According to the defense, he is being arrested for being „a blockchain genius“ and being seen as a „threat to the global financial system.

The founder of the now defunct Bitcoin Circuit brokerage house, BTC-e, was sentenced to five years in prison for money laundering. The brokerage house is one of the first in the world, having started its activities in 2011 and lasted until July 2017, when Alexander Vinnik was arrested on suspicion of several crimes.

The Russian was arrested in 2017 in a resort near Thessaloniki, Greece, Russia and the U.S. requested Alexander’s extradition, but he was eventually convicted in France on Monday (07).

After the Russian was arrested, the brokerage company went off the air and the domain was confiscated by the FBI. The platform was restarted under the name WEX, but the site also went off the air after a year.

The US still wants to judge Alexander. But since he has already been judged in France, the issue can get difficult. Maybe the authorities in the country just want to get their hands on his thousands of bitcoins hidden somewhere.

BTC-e was a brokerage firm that anyone could trade without the need to identify themselves. That was the main reason several authorities investigated the deal. The company’s founder was also responsible for everything that happened on the platform.

According to the Russian BBC, the French court found Alexander guilty of money laundering, being part of a „criminal organization“ and „providing false information about the origin of the resources“.

For his crimes, the Russian was sentenced to five years in prison and will have to pay a fine of 100,000 euros (R$ 617,000).
Ransomware

The owner of Bitcoin’s brokerage house is also accused of extortion, conspiracy and operating a ransomware known as Locky, but the court decided to drop these charges.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has claimed that the Russian was responsible for laundering over $4 billion. He was also indicted by the DOJ for „computer hacking, ransomware scams, identity theft schemes“ and other hacker attacks.

He is accused of being behind a 135 million euro ($160 million) ransomware and Bitcoin scam.

French prosecutors say the Russian created the „Locky“ ransomware. The victims were instructed to pay the required bitcoin ransom through their own broker, BTC-e.

Alexander denies the charges and his lawyers are evaluating the possibility of appeal.  According to his lawyers, he is being arrested for being a „blockchain genius“ and being seen as a „threat to the global financial system.

Vinnik’s defense also said he was a simple BTC-e employee and not responsible for any malicious software schemes.

Gains de correction des bitcoins

TA : Gains de correction des bitcoins, pourquoi 100 SMA pourraient déclencher une baisse plus importante

Le prix du bitcoin a atteint un nouveau sommet annuel de près de 20 000 dollars avant de baisser par rapport au dollar américain. La BTC pourrait accélérer son déclin en cas de rupture nette en dessous de la SMA de 100 heures.

  • Bitcoin corrige actuellement à la baisse en dessous des niveaux de 19 500 et 19 000 dollars.
  • Le prix s’approche d’un support clé à 18 350 $ et de la moyenne mobile simple de 100 heures.
  • Il y a une ligne de tendance baissière majeure qui se forme avec une résistance proche de 18 800 $ sur le graphique horaire de la paire BTC/USD (données fournies par le Kraken).

Le prix du bitcoin baisse

Le prix du bitcoin a connu une hausse supérieure à la résistance de 19 500 dollars. La CTB a même dépassé le sommet de la précédente oscillation et s’est échangée à près de la barrière de Crypto Bank des 20 000 dollars. Cependant, il n’y a pas eu de test de 20 000 $ et le prix a réagi à la baisse.

Il y a eu une forte baisse de plus de 5 % et le prix s’est négocié en dessous du niveau de 19 000 $. Bitcoin a trouvé un soutien près du niveau de 18 100 $ et de la moyenne mobile simple de 100 heures. Un bas de swing s’est formé près de 18 111 $ avant que le prix ne corrige à la hausse.

Il y a eu une reprise au-dessus de 19 000 $, mais les ours ont protégé la zone des 19 500 $. Un sommet se forme aux alentours de 19 512 $ et le prix est actuellement en baisse. Il se négocie en dessous du niveau de 50% de retracement des Fibres de la récente reprise, du bas de 18 111 $ au haut de 19 512 $.

Il semble qu’il y ait une ligne de tendance baissière majeure qui se forme avec une résistance proche de 18.800$ sur le graphique horaire de la paire BTC/USD. À la baisse, le prix s’approche d’un support clé à 18 350 $ et de la moyenne mobile simple de 100 heures.

Le niveau de retracement de 76,4% de la récente reprise de la Fib de 18 111 $ à 19 512 $ est également proche de 18 400 $. Une rupture à la baisse en dessous du support de 18 350 $ et de la moyenne mobile simple de 100 heures pourrait déclencher une baisse plus importante. Le prochain soutien important pourrait être de 18 000 ou 17 850 dollars.

Une nouvelle augmentation de la CTB ?

Si le bitcoin reste stable au-dessus du support de 18 350 $ et de la moyenne mobile simple de 100 heures, il pourrait tenter une nouvelle augmentation. Un premier obstacle pour les taureaux se situe près de la ligne de tendance et de 18 800 $.

La première résistance majeure est proche du niveau de 19 000 $. Une rupture nette au-dessus du niveau de 19 000 $ pourrait faire monter le prix vers le niveau de résistance de 19 500 $.

Indicateurs techniques :

  • MACD horaire – Le MACD perd lentement de son élan dans la zone baissière.
  • RSI horaire (Indice de force relative) – Le RSI de la CTB/USD est actuellement en train d’augmenter vers le niveau 50.
  • Principaux niveaux de soutien – 18 350 $, suivi de 18 000 $.
  • Principaux niveaux de résistance – 18 800 $, 19 200 $ et 19 500 $.

Bitcoin has plenty of fuel to continue its bullish rally

Bitcoin to $21,000? Bullish signals show enormous upward momentum for BTC

The independent analysis company TradingShot is currently writing in a note that BTC/USD could soon reach $21,000. The upward bias resulted from the coincidence of chart signals, which have been shown to have helped Bitcoin to recover almost twice in the fourth quarter. These same signals see the crypto currency at $21,000.
The Background

The bullish setup – and now it’s getting a bit technical – consists of a widening rising wedge, a cyclical relative strength indicator and a flood of double-top patterns that don’t work as intended. As the chart above shows, Bitcoin forms the double top and is waiting for a breakout above it, with a target Bitcoin Method sitting around the upper wedge trend line.
Bitcoin „Bullish Megaphone“ setup as presented by TradingShot. Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

Meanwhile, the RSI is also showing signs of growth. What continues to act as a bullish catalyst is a support wave at 4H 200 Moving Average (the orange one in the chart above).

„So why just $21,000,“ asks TradingShot and explains, „This is due to an underlying Fibonacci sequence within the megaphone. As you can see each time BTC touches the top of the megaphone, it is approximately on the 1,000 Fibonacci expansion from the previous high. And this Fibonacci extension is about $21,000 next.“

Bitcoin’s strong base

The prospects of Bitcoin reaching another all-time high are also increasing due to a supportive macroeconomic environment. The crypto currency is experiencing renewed buying interest from both private and institutional investors – especially those seeking alternatives to a declining US dollar and similar fiat-based markets.

In May, billionaire Paul Tudor Jones allocated 1-3 percent of his $22 billion portfolio to Bitcoin Futures. Two months later, MicroStrategy, a Nasdaq-listed software company, bought BTC for $250 million to replace its cash reserves. In October 2020, it invested another $175 million in Bitcoin.

In the same month, Square, a global payments company, revealed that BTC has approximately $50 million worth of BTC in its Treasury. Meanwhile, Square’s main competitor, PayPal, integrated Bitcoin-enabled services into its flagship platform, bringing the crypto-currency to its hundreds of millions of users.

Travis Kling, founder of Ikigai Asset Management, calls the growing institutionalisation of Bitcoin a „traditional rush“ and adds that the crypto currency is „just beginning“.

The Winklevoss twins, who operate a crypto exchange in the United States called Gemini, also estimate that the actual value of Bitcoin is about 25 times higher than the current value:

„Our thesis is that Bitcoin is Gold 2.0 and that it will destroy gold,“ says Tyler Winklevoss. „If it does, it must have a market cap of $9 trillion. So we think that one day Bitcoin could fetch $500,000 per Bitcoin. So with an $18,000 Bitcoin, it’s a hold or, if you don’t have one, a buying opportunity because we think there’s a 25x from here.“

Bitcoin theft: Increase in cases possible after the corona crisis

Cyber criminals may initially prefer other cryptocurrencies in the coming months.

Cryptocurrency-related fraud and theft are likely to increase after the coronavirus crisis, according to a new report from cybersecurity and antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky’s cyber threat research arm, Securelist, published a report on Cyber Threats to Financial Organizations that predicts some specific types of financial attacks that are likely to increase in 2021.

Securelist predicts that the wave of poverty caused by Corona will inevitably lead to „more people resorting to crime, including cybercrime“. That could also mean an increase in bitcoin-related crime ( BTC ).

According to the Kaspersky Research Department, Bitcoin Bank review is likely the most attractive asset for cyber criminals because it is the most popular digital asset.

The report says:

„It could be that certain economies collapse and local currencies depreciate sharply. This makes Bitcoin theft much more attractive. We expect more scams, mainly related to BTC, as this cryptocurrency is the most popular.“

The Securelist researchers also suspect that online perpetrators could also target privacy coins such as Monero ( XMR ). According to the company, attacks on Monero could occur because there are more and more „technical possibilities for monitoring, de-anonymization and seizure of BTC“. In the post from Securelist it says:

“[…] We expect that cyber criminals will switch to transit cryptocurrencies to extort money from their victims. There is reason to believe that they could switch to other privacy-focused currencies like Monero in order to use it as a transition currency initially. These funds are then converted into another cryptocurrency of their choice, including BTC. “

As previously reported, there are currently fewer crypto crimes in 2020. Some other crypto sectors (like the DeFi area) have become new targets for criminal activity. According to a report by VPN company Atlas VPN, crypto and blockchain hacks are likely to continue to decline in 2021 .

Lithuania’s tax service just won € 6.3m thanks to cryptocurrencies

What are governments and institutions doing with cryptocurrencies seized by law enforcement? They sometimes sell them. This is what the Lithuanian tax service did, pocketing the jackpot in the process.

Lithuanian tax service gets rid of cryptocurrencies

According to the media Delfi , the assets had been “ confiscated“ by the police. However, this is the first time that a Lithuanian government institution has chosen to offer cryptocurrency for sale. From Bitcoin (BTC) of the Ether (ETH) and Crypto Profit were sold, which has identified 6.3 billion euros, which directly integrated government coffers.

A representative of the tax inspectorate, Irina Gavrilova, explained that the maneuver took some time, because of its novelty:

“The whole process was new to the tax administration , starting with taking over the confiscated cryptocurrency, which ended with its sale. „

In total, the process took nearly a day, according to the Lithuanian tax service. But it should be made easier as it becomes a habit.

Who wants my cryptos?

We note that more and more governments are choosing to sell their stock of seized cryptocurrencies , when the ongoing investigations are completed. This year, this had already been the case in Belgium, where the government had raised € 110,000 by selling cryptos . It should also be noted that Lithuania had already shown significant openness to the field , by offering LBCOIN collection tokens distributed by the central bank.

Buying Tesla shares with bitcoins is now possible – Nothing is stopping this crypto exchange!

FTX targets stocks – The Covid crisis and the uncertainties surrounding the re-containment do not appear to affect crypto-finance. On October 29, the FTX cryptocurrency exchange announced that it will now be possible to speculate on certain “symbolic” stocks in cryptocurrencies.

The junction of 2 worlds

From now on, FTX will allow its customers to buy shares of Apple, Amazon or Tesla, with bitcoin, for example. Like the crypto market, these securities may be split , that is to say that it will be possible in particular to hold 0.2 Apple shares. This option is particularly attractive for stocks that have a high cost , such as Amazon ($ 3,247) or Google ($ 1,586). This will prove to be more flexible for investors. 12 pairs of stocks and currencies will be available at launch, exchangeable for traditional cryptocurrencies or stablecoins.

“These products portend a powerful future, in which assets are digitized and traders have unlimited creative potential to express their beliefs in the markets. » – Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of FTX

According to this latter , the financial markets are changing . The addition of these new products reflects the reality of today’s investors. These businessmen come from different sectors and want to make the most of the different opportunities offered by the markets.

A meticulous organization

To carry out this project, FTX collaborated with CM Equity , a subsidiary of Crédit Mutuel. The role of this company will be to keep and secure the shares . Such a partnership adds credibility to the project, as CM Equity is an aggregated entity which ensures compliance of all its clients.

In addition, FTX used the company Digital Assets AG (DAAG) in order to tokenize the various financial securities. Note also that the new FTX offer will not be offered in all countries. The United States , for example, which is subject to more stringent regulations , will not be able to take advantage of this offer.

Finally, this news comes at the same time as the launch of TixWix , an ancillary service. This new kind of platform is also developed by FTX. This will allow you to trade in a “more fun and intuitive” way on several financial markets.

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