Despite the recent negative crypto and macroeconomic newsflow, the total cryptocurrency market capitalization broke above $1 trillion on Jan. 21. An encouraging sign is that derivatives metrics are not showing increased demand from bearish traders at the moment.
Total crypto market cap in USD, 1-day. Source: TradingView
Bitcoin (BTC) price gained 8% on the week, stabilizing near the $23,100 level at 18:00 UTC on Jan. 27 as the markets weighed the potential impact of Genesis Capital’s bankruptcy on Jan. 19.
One area of concern is Genesis Capital’s largest debtor is Digital Currency Group (DCG), which happens to be its parent company. Consequently, Grayscale funds management could be at risk, so investors are unsure if the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) assets could face liquidation. The investment vehicle currently holds over $14 billion worth of Bitcoin positions for its holders.
A United States appeals court is set to hear the arguments relating to Grayscale Investment’s lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 8. The fund manager questioned the SEC’s decision to deny their asset-backed exchange-traded fund (ETF) launch.
Regulatory concerns also negatively impacted the markets after South Korean prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for Bithumb exchange owner Kang Jong-Hyun. On Jan. 25, the Financial Investigation 2nd Division of the Seoul Southern District Prosecutor’s Office sentenced Kang and two Bithumb executives on charges of conducting fraudulent illegal transactions.
The 7% weekly increase in total market capitalization was held back by Ether’s (ETH) 0.3% negative price move. Still, the bullish sentiment significantly impacted altcoins, with 11 of the top 80 coins gaining 18% or more in the period.
Weekly winners and losers among the top 80 coins. Source: Messari
Aptos (APT) gained 91% after the smart contract network total value locked (TVL) reached a record-high $58 million, fueled by PancakeSwap DEX.
Fantom (FTM) rallied 50% after the announcement of its new database system, Carmen, and a new Fantom Virtual Machine, Tosca.
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