10:37wNews: Bitcoin “Threatens” the Dollar, Says Peter Thiel
The alarms engage larger, more powerful military forces, including the United States, European nations, and other larger Asian countries, to assist. Often these bouts end in a stalemate, but the stakes are still high.
One slight miscommunication can cause a diplomatic meltdown between any countries involved.
Thus, with a physical conflict top of mind, Thiel has also introduced a worrisome “financial weapon” to the mix. He added:
“[Bitcoin] threatens fiat money, but it especially threatens the U.S. dollar. [If] China’s long Bitcoin, perhaps from a geopolitical perspective, the U.S. should be asking some tougher questions about exactly how that works.”
With this, the maximalists reclaim Thiel to their ranks.
Many have long-touted Bitcoin’s ability to overthrow the dollar and that doing so would never be easy. Now, Thiel has confirmed what that upward battle will really look like.
Market Action: Bitcoin (BTC)
Around the end of March, the selling pressure likely arose from investors booking Q1 profits and rebalancing their portfolios.
Still, the market remains bullish due to progress around the new asset class. Paolo Ardoino, CTO at Bitfinex, told Crypto Briefing:
“As Bitcoin hovers near the$60,000 mark, the fixation on price is no longer so pervasive. Bitcoin continues to win wider acceptance as an asset that is here to stay as corporations across the globe quietly explore how to integrate Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies into their business models.”
A trader can view the short-term (4-hour) BTC price action depending on either perception: bullish or bearish.
Organically, the price has been forming higher lows; however, it has faced a lot of resistance around $60,000. Investors should consider both perspectives.
A head and shoulders pattern appears to be forming around Bitcoin’s top, threatening a drop to lows of $41,000. The lower peak of the recent push to $60,000 raises apprehension around compounding sell pressure.
Bitcoin’s underlying price has formed a supporting trend with higher lows, and buyers may argue that the base head and shoulders pattern should be flatter.
The higher lows have been a sign of relief for the bull, indicating dip-buying action.
As the head and shoulders pattern threatens reversal, the ascending triangle points towards continuation.
The target of the breakout to the upside is $75,000.
Bitcoin’s price is slowly entering the thin resistance and support bands between $55,500 and $59,000. A breakout on either side of the band is expected to be explosive.
Traders must also be cautious of fake breakouts and wait for confirmation on the daily and weekly chart. Moreover, due to low liquidity during the weekends, the volatility could run higher in the next two days.
Bitcoin on-chain indicators have also entered the overbought region. The number of wallets in profit is currently at its all-time highs, suggesting that a long-term pullback is near.
The counterargument has been that the levels of indicators like HODL waves are below the peak during 2013 and 2017, raising the possibility that 2021 will be no different.
Market Action: Ethereum (ETH)
The consolidation above resistance has built positive market sentiments around the cryptocurrency. The most humble target of the pattern is above $2,750, with support near $1,950.
The funding rate for ETH perpetual contracts has cooled down, which also favors the bulls.
The futures derivatives market reflects the uncertainty around generational tops in the cryptocurrency market after an emphatic run above previous all-time highs.
Ether gained over 180% in Q1 and is up 20x from last year’s bottom after the stomach-churning crash in March 2020.
The next positive catalyst for ETH could come from additional institutional acceptance as a base layer for transactions, like VISA, or investment as a store of value.
Crypto To-Do List: Use Aave on Polygon
The entire ecosystem has seen rapid development, with the most recent updates suggesting that Proof-of-Stake could launch before the year is out. However, with gas fees already soaring along with the price of ETH, several rising scaling solutions have taken the spotlight of late.
Many of DeFi’s leading projects have actively looked at tackling the scaling problem, with many announcing plans to launch on Layer 2 in recent months. Synthetix went live on Optimism, a highly-anticipated Optimistic Rollup solution. Uniswap announced it would build on Optimism after launching V3 too.
Aave, meanwhile, recently launched on Polygon.
Previously known as Matic, Polygon uses Plasma and a sidechain with its own Proof-of-Stake mechanism to scale Ethereum. It also plans to add ZK-Rollups, Optimistic Rollups, and standalone chains in the future. Running traffic away from the Ethereum mainnet means it can process transactions at high speed and low cost.
Aave’s expansion to the Polygon network should help make DeFi more accessible to the masses. Plus, it’s already available now.
The following step-by-step guide details the process for depositing and borrowing funds from Aave:
Log in to the Polygon network through MetaMask or another wallet. It takes one click to sign the request.
As more projects start to look at scaling solutions for Ethereum, DeFi should become more accessible for regular users across the board. Thanks to Aave’s Polygon market, lending and borrowing on the network are already possible at a low cost than Ethereum mainnet.
Nevertheless, many of the same risks as using DeFi on Ethereum apply: loans can result in liquidations. Caution is advised.
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