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Ethereum Fees Touch Monthly Lows As Transaction Volumes Plummet

Ethereum fees had touched new highs thanks to the popularity of the decentralized finance (DeFi) space. As network activity had grown, so had the transaction volumes. The effects continue to linger even into the bear market, although fluctuations between low and high are now more common in the space. Presently, transaction volumes have fallen sharply and ETH fees have now plummeted to monthly lows. Ethereum Transactions At $0.5 Ethereum transaction fees have declined to one of their lowest points this year. Gas costs which have been fluctuating between high and low seem to have found their resting place at lower prices. In the early hours of Monday, the gas costs for the Ethereum network had declined to their lowest point for June. It sat at only 19.8 Gwei per transaction at the time of this writing, which converted to about $0.5 per transaction on the network.  Related Reading | Bitcoin May Not Reclaim All-Time High For Another Two Years, Binance CEO This translates to a more than 80% drawdown from the peak of the gas costs last week at 151.3 Gwei per transaction. This coincides with a decline in transaction volume on the network, as shown on Messari. The data aggregation website shows that Ethereum’s transaction volume is down more than 80% from its monthly high. On the 13 of June, transaction volumes on the network had sat at more than $10 billion in real volume. Today, the real volume was sitting at $570 million, the lowest it has been for the month. ETH price declines to $1,179 | Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com Supply has also taken a hit in the month of June. By the end of last month, there was more than 8.6% of all total ETH supply in DeFi. However, as of the time of this writing, there is less than 8.3% of the circulating supply in DeFi. This also translates to a dollar value of under $10 billion when three weeks ago, the value was at $30 billion. ETH Profitability Tanks With the recovery in the price of Ethereum has come some good tidings for investors. But, there is still a gap in the profitability levels from last year compared to this year. Going into the last month of the year in 2021, more than 80% of ETH investors had been swimming in profit. Given that the digital asset had hit a new all-time high in November, this was expected. However, there is a significant drawdown from this point. Data from IntoTheBlock shows that while the majority of ETH investors remain in profit, it is only by a small margin. 52% of wallets are currently in the green while 47% are in loss. This puts only 2% of all investors in the neutral territory, which remains shaky. Related Reading | Bitcoin Perpetual Open Interest Suggests Short Squeeze Led To Crash When it comes to the growth of the network, there is more negative sentiment among investors. The major reason for this is all of the competitors that are moving into the DeFi and NFT space. Solana especially has been giving Ethereum a run for its money in the NFT game, triggering an exodus towards the network which offers faster transactions and lower fees. Nevertheless, Ethereum remains the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap. Currently trading at $1,200 at the time of this writing, the cryptocurrency boasts a market cap of $149 billion. Featured image from CryptoSlate, chart from TradingView.com Follow Best Owie on Twitter for market insights, updates, and the occasional funny tweet…

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Crypto Payment Channel Banxa Reduces Its Staff By 30% To Survive Crypto Winter

The cryptocurrency market has been facing a second bloodbath without any gap for the first time in history, disrupting the blockchain industry to a vast extent. Consequently, crypto-oriented businesses, including exchanges and payment channels, reduce their workforce due to decreased crypto trading volume affecting the revenue. Similarly, the Australian crypto payment channel, Banxa, used to […]

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First In History: Bitcoin Mayer Multiple Records Lower Value Than Last Cycle’s Low

The Bitcoin Mayer Multiple has recently sunk to a lower value than the bottom of the previous cycle. This is the first time in the history of the metric that such a trend has formed. Current Bitcoin Cycle’s Mayer Multiple Low Is Deeper Than Last Cycle’s As per data released from the analytics firm Glassnode, the current value of the BTC Mayer Multiple is around 0.478. Before seeing what the Bitcoin Mayer Multiple does, it’s best to look at a basic explanation of a “moving average” first. A moving average (or MA in short) is an analytical tool that averages out the value of any quantity over a specific period of time. As its name implies, it moves forward along with the quantity, and changes its value accordingly. An MA can be taken over any timespan, whether that be 100 days, 72 hours, or even10 seconds. Related Reading | Why Pain May Not Be Over For Bitcoin Holders Just Yet The bigger MAs are usually quite useful for long-term analysis as they smooth out any irrelevant short-term fluctuations. One popular moving average for Bitcoin is the 200-day MA, which has historically indicated a bear market whenever the price has went below it, and a bull market whenever the price has crossed over it. Now, what the Mayer Multiple does is measure how much the price of the crypto has deviated from this 200-day MA. The below chart shows the trend in the metric over the course of the history of Bitcoin: The value of the metric seems to have been below 0.5 in recent weeks | Source: Glassnode In the graph, the blue line is for the Bitcoin 200-day MA and the green curve represents the points where the Mayer Multiple would have a value of 0.5. As is apparent from the chart, the price of the crypto has sunk below this 0.5 Mayer Multiple line only a few times in the past. Related Reading | Bitcoin Coinbase Premium Gap Approaches Zero, Selloff Ending? In fact, out of the total 4163 trading days for the cryptocurrency so far, only 87 have been spent below the green line, which comes out to be about only 2%. A pattern that the Mayer Multiple followed before this cycle was that all successive cycles observed higher bottoms than the low of the previous one. In the cycle so far, the metric has already dipped to 0.478, which is less than last cycle’s bottom of about 0.511. This is a first occurrence in the history of Bitcoin. BTC Price At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s price floats around $21.2k, up 3% in the past week. Looks like the value of the crypto has moved sideways recently | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView Featured image from Maxim Hopman on Unsplash.com, charts from TradingView.com, Glassnode.com

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Crypto Liquidations Settle As Bitcoin Recovers Above $21,000

Crypto liquidations had ramped up following the market crash. Even with the recovery had come more liquidations as short calls had also taken a hit. However, with the recovery moving over the last week, the market has begun to regain some semblance of balance and so the liquidations have begun to settle. Crypto Market Liquidations Relaxes Although liquidations cannot entirely stop, the liquidations have begun to subside. It had fallen from over $1 billion in liquidations at the height of the market crash and has slowly but surely returned to normal levels. This is obvious in liquidations for the past 24 hours which continue to trend at around $150 million liquidated. Mostly, it has skewed towards long traders given that the market had recorded a dramatic dip in the early hours of Monday morning. Related Reading | Market Wallows In Extreme Fear As Bitcoin Struggles To Hold $20,000 As expected, bitcoin and Ethereum take the lead for the digital asset with the most liquidations in this time period. Bitcoin alone has recorded more than $43 million in liquidations while Ethereum liquidations have come out to more than 24K ETH liquidated, amounting to more than $29 million in liquidations in the past 24 hours.  Total market cap below $1 trillion | Crypto Total Market Cap on TradingView.com More than 74,000 traders have been liquidated in this time though, of which 69.73% were long trades. Okex and Binance exchanges have seen the highest liquidations. However, the largest single liquidation for the last day came from the Bitmex exchange on the XBTUSD with the trade coming out to $2.48 million. Market Takes A Nosedive Just as feared, the crypto market has lost most of the gains that it made last week. The swift decline in price had come following the return of faith in the market, indicating that the recent recovery had been a bull trap. Related Reading | Bitcoin May Not Reclaim All-Time High For Another Two Years, Binance CEO In this decline, Bitcoin had fallen sharply from above $21,000 where it had trended for the better part of the week and had fallen back to the $20,000 territory once more. The dip resulted in more than $500 lost from bitcoin’s value in a matter of minutes. As expected, this has triggered liquidations across various exchanges which brings the total value to $156 million liquidated. Bitcoin liquidations are ramping up on the one-hour chart with $28 million recorded over the same time period, coming out to 1,360 BTC liquidated. Featured image from Business Today, chart from TradingView.com Follow Best Owie on Twitter for market insights, updates, and the occasional funny tweet…

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Bit.com Plans to Double Workforce as Layoffs Mount in Crypto and Financial Markets

The crypto markets are going through a rough phase. Bitcoin has crashed more than 70% in 8 months. Amidst the crash, several companies are laying off their employees, desperately trying to save cash. However, not all companies are facing the hammer of fate. Bit.com, the second-largest crypto options exchange, seeks to double its workforce amidst layoffs. But why? Let’s explore. The Crypto Recession Crypto winter is frequently used in the cryptocurrency, DeFi and blockchain industry to denote the current recession that has hit the industry after it made phenomenal gains in 2021. The global economic condition, post-COVID economic losses and record inflation worldwide have led to mass layoffs in the industry. Coinbase recently trimmed off 18% of its employees to save cash. BlockFi announced the layoff of 400 employees. Crypto.com also wants to lay off a similar number of employees. However, these layoffs also bring an opportunity to hire some of the best minds in the industry. These are talented people suffering at the hands of fate. Bit.com is a full-suite cryptocurrency exchange offering spot, futures, perpetual contracts, options and savings. They are one of the top 3 exchanges for cryptocurrency options . The exchange is launched by Matrixport, which is already a Unicorn With a $1B Valuation in 2021. The exchange has its core principles built around security and risk management features. A top-grade firm, Cactus Custody, handles its security. Jihan Wu founded Matrixport in 2019 and the mining rig manufacturer Bitmain. Recently they have announced to launch USD options within the next few months as a part of their service portfolio. Bit.com hiring amid layoffs Bit.com is hiring because it is a golden opportunity. With so many qualified personnel joining the talent pool and ready to get hired at a moment’s notice, it is a dream come true for many. For example, several exchanges will be desperate to hire Coinbase employees. The reputation gives them a distinct advantage. Bit.com is taking the maximum benefit of this opportunity by hiring the best talents available in the industry. As per media reports, they are seeking to double their workforce, with a majority of the new hires to be engineers. Undoubtedly this workforce will have a majority of highly skilled employees hired at reasonable salary packages due to the ongoing market crisis. “We have experienced the ups and downs, and we also committed to the potential future. Crypto enthusiasts and experienced talents are welcome to join Bit.com” said Lan Yue, COO of Bit.com.  A drawback of such hiring could temporarily affect the company’s finances. But we can safely assume that the executives have thought about this before going on such a hiring spree. As claimed by Lan: ”Bit.com has been hiring and growing aggressively since the beginning of 2022. The recent collapse of the market has no direct impact on our original runway, we have the capacity to stick to our developing and hiring plan. Bear market may bring our users negative sentiment, it also brings us time to strenghten our product and risk management for the next bull market” A few benefits that they might derive from this hiring are, for example, that they can choose from a large, diverse talent pool. Also, they will get experienced candidates from top competitors that are difficult to get otherwise. Lastly, employees could join immediately without any notice or waiting period. Which will give Bit.com a fast push in its talent strategy. However, this could also backfire in several ways, starting from putting stress on finances. There is severe uncertainty in the US economy, a major source of capital funding for cryptocurrencies and a major market. Further, several jurisdictions have a severe regulatory crackdown on cryptocurrency companies, including high taxation (30% in India) while European countries seek a ban on the proof-of-work system. All of this, combined with high inflation, is expected to affect the buying capacity of crypto investors and traders. Conclusion The world’s economic downturn has also had a bad effect on the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. With layoffs and cost-cutting from several big crypto companies, there is an opportunity for many companies like Bit.com to hire in good numbers. If this activity goes well with hiring, they could highly benefit from having top-of-the-line professionals in their company.

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Bitcoin Regains Some Luster With 15% Rally To $21,700 – Can It Maintain The Shine?

Bitcoin could be up with some positive vibe in the coming days. Following last week’s calamitous meltdown that chopped more than 30 percent off the value of prominent cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, the broader crypto markets have made a modest comeback. After a sharp decline, Bitcoin’s price has stabilized at $17K, which is a far cry from its all-time peak in November of last year. According to experts, this price range is a crucial support zone for the cryptocurrency. Sunday’s Coingecko statistics indicates that Bitcoin (BTC) has increased by more than 14% over the past week, trading at $21,700 at the time of writing. Suggested Reading | Sandbox (SAND) Blows Up 20% Over Last 24 Hours Following ‘Takeover’ Rumors Bitcoin Gets Some Good Dose Of Optimism Bitcoin rose beyond the top limit of its trading range on Friday as optimism settled back into the expectations of traders. Since Wednesday, when it dipped below $20,000, the BTC/USD pair has risen, while U.S. markets have cooled ahead of the weekend. Earlier this month, the leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization plummeted below $17,600 due to severe selling pressure. According to CoinGecko data, Bitcoin plunged by as much as 69% from its record high. Bitcoin’s mining difficulty achieved its second-largest decline for 2022 on Thursday. Bitcoin’s slump has paused after a quick decline from $32,000 following the breakout of a bearish flag. The $17K-$20K region of the coin’s ATH is providing stable foundation, resulting in a price rebound towards the $24K and possibly the $30K level of major resistance. BTC total market cap at $409 billion on the weekend chart | Source: TradingView.com In the meantime, Bitcoin’s focus on Sunday was $21,000 despite warnings that volatility might still shake the market before Monday. BTC/USD Trading In A Higher Range After U.S. stocks finished the week on a good note, TradingView data suggested that BTC/USD was trading in a generally higher range. As highlighted by market observer Holger Zschaepitz, the S&P 500 completed its second best week of 2022, indicating a minor improvement in risk assets. The supply of Bitcoin is capped at 21 million coins. However, the overall supply of Bitcoin is little more than 19 million, with 2 million remaining to be mined. Suggested Reading | Storj (STORJ) – A Relatively Unheard Crypto – Leads Gainers With 30% Rally Bitcoin’s institutional acceptance is increasing, and more institutions are seeking to add Bitcoin exposure to their balance sheets. This indicates that supplies will become more constrained in the future. According to the central bank’s chairman, the Federal Reserve is keeping a careful eye on the cryptocurrency industry but is not concerned. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell stated before a Senate committee that the central bank does not see any “macroeconomic repercussions” from Bitcoin and the larger crypto market’s dramatic price swings, but that stronger regulation is still necessary. Featured image from Watcher Guru, chart from TradingView.com

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Top GCC Banker Hussein Al Meeza Joins Islamic Coin Executive Board

Top financier and banker Hussein Al Meeza has joined Islamic Coin – the Shariah-compliant cryptocurrency launched in the UAE. Having been named Best Islamic Banking Personality in 2006, Mr. Al Meeza is an acclaimed award-winning expert with over 40 years of experience spanning the Islamic banking, finance and insurance sectors, and has been one of the key personalities involved in establishing Dubai Islamic Bank. Among his many accolades and executive roles are some of the Region’s top institutions. Mr. Al Meeza is the founder of Al Salam Banks in Sudan, Bahrain and Algeria, as well as a founding member of Emaar properties, Amlak Finance, Emaar Industries & Investments and Emaar Financial Services. He served as CEO and Managing Director of Dubai Islamic Insurance and Reinsurance Company (AMAN), Chairman of LMC Bahrain and many other leading players. By adding his leadership skills, professionalism and expertise, the Islamic Coin team has reaffirmed its mission to deliver Shariah-compliant, industry-grade financial instruments ready for the Digital Age. Working in tandem with its Fatwa committee and for the world’s Muslim community as a whole, Islamic Coin is building value and delivering future-proof solutions, that offer seamless transactions while supporting innovation and philanthropy. “It is a pleasure to be part of this amazing team and I look forward to building ethics-first financial instruments that will empower Muslims throughout the world,” commented Mr. Al Meeza. Islamic Coin’s Shariah Board, as Fatwa issuer, boasts leading names in Shariah compliance, including Dr. Nizam Saleh Yakuby, Dr. Mohamed Zoeir and Dr. Essam Khalaf Al-Enezi, among others. Together, the Board Members have advised on Shariah-compliant practices in some of the top financial institutions in the world, including Standard Chartered, Dubai Islamic Bank, and BNP Paribas. Islamic Coin has a finite supply and 10% of each issuance is automatically dedicated to philanthropy. The digital money includes an Evergreen Fund dedicated to funding ethical, Shariah-compliant startups throughout the World.

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Bitcoin May Not Reclaim All-Time High For Another Two Years, Binance CEO

Bitcoin has recovered above $20,000 but since then, there has not been any significant upward movement. This has led to speculations on whether the digital asset would be able to reclaim its all-time high in the near future. Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao, has weighed in and shared his thoughts on this debate, and according to the CEO, such recovery should not be expected anytime soon. Another Couple Of Years For ATH In a recent report, the CEO of the world’s largest crypto exchange Binance has shared some rather bearish sentiments for the short-term for bitcoin. The digital asset which had touched $69,000 in November last year has been unable to recover to that point and Zhao has explained that such recovery will not be taking place anytime soon. Related Reading | Bitcoin Miner Liquidations Threaten Bitcoin’s Recovery The exchange founder said that after dropping so much from its all-time high, it would take some time for the market to see such prices again. “I think given this price drop, from the all-time high of 68k to 20k now, it will probably take a while to get back,” the CEO said. “It probably will take a few months or a couple of years.” However, it is not all grim given that the price today would have been highly welcomed four years ago, the founder said. An example is when bitcoin had reached its peak last cycle, almost touching $20,000. Investors had rejoiced at this price before the market had retraced into a bear market. “20k we think is very low today. But you know, in 2018, 2019, if you told people bitcoin will be 20k in 2022, they would be very happy. In 2018/19, bitcoin was $3,000, $6,000.” BTC starts another recovery trend | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com Bitcoin On The Charts The cryptocurrency Bitcoin has been on the rise lately. After touching as low as $17,600, the current price point has provided a much-needed reprieve for investors. However, as the market is balancing out, more bearish indicators are beginning to emerge. Related Reading | Low Bitcoin Prices Trigger Inflows, But Investor Sentiment Remains Weak Confidence in bitcoin has dropped over the last couple of weeks as investor sentiment had taken a massive blow. Additionally, bitcoin had gone on to close another week in the red, marking more red closes so far for the year than green closes. As such, it has given bears a stronger hold over the market, especially in the short term. The sell-offs which continue to rock the market still threaten its position above $20,000. As such, it has been unsuccessful when trying to break the $21,2176 resistance point. However, there is support brewing at the $20,090 level, showing that bulls do not plan to go down without a fight. Featured image from CNBC, chart from TradingView.com Follow Best Owie on Twitter for market insights, updates, and the occasional funny tweet…