This morning August 3, Bitcoin (BTC) was able to retake $23,000, which is positive news for bulls since it means that the price is now trading above the closely monitored 200 weekly moving average (which is currently located at about $22,900).
The capacity of Bitcoin to maintain its position above the 200 weekly moving average occurred at the same time as the S&P 500 dropped 0.67 percent yesterday. Interestingly, this may be seen as a sign of renewed interest in the cryptocurrency market in comparison to the equities market.
Bitcoin weekly moving average. Source: Lookintobitcoin
“BTC performs a Weekly Candle Close above the 200-week MA. It is the first Weekly Close above the MA following an extended downtrend since March 2020.”
Bitcoin 200 weekly moving average. Source: Rekt Capital
As seen by the downward wick, Bitcoin successfully used held the MA as support in the previous week, and it will attempt to do so for a second consecutive week.
Bitcoin short products see a first week of outflows
Furthermore, according to statistics provided by CoinShares, Bitcoin-focused funds received deposits totaling $85 million during the previous week, but short-Bitcoin funds had withdrawals totaling $2.6 million during the same time period. Following a five-week streak of cash inflows, the short Bitcoin product has now seen its first week of outflows.
Following the withdrawals of $481 million in June, this was nearly completely rectified by the total inflows of $474 million during the month of July. This is the most money that will come in during any given month in 2022.
What’s more, it suggests that smart money is particularly interested in purchasing cryptocurrency at current levels since these funds are often acquired by institutions and high-net-worth individuals.
There have been many attacks this week inside the cryptocurrency ecosystem, although Bitcoin has continued to show strength.
On the Solana (SOL) network, there was an attack this morning that resulted in many millions of dollars being stolen. The perpetrator of the assault removed at least $5 million worth of SOL, SPL, and other Solana-based tokens from the digital wallets associated with Phantom and Slope.
#PeckShieldAlert The widespread hack on Solana wallets is likely due to the supply chain issue exploited to steal/uncover user private keys behind affects wallets. So far, the loss is estimated to be $8M, excluding one illiquid shitcoin (only has 30 holds & maybe misvalued $570M) pic.twitter.com/aTGNsTc6d8
— PeckShieldAlert (@PeckShieldAlert) August 3, 2022
In addition, a hack took place on August 1 against a cryptocurrency bridge known as Nomad. This bridge allows users to trade tokens across different blockchains resulting in $200 million of funds were drained.
In spite of these hacks, the amount of illegal activity in relation to fiat money has remained relatively minimal. Steven Sidley, a professor from South Africa, argues that the percentage of transactions that are linked to illegal activity in the actual world of rands and dollars, where we live, is 5% “that’s 50 times higher than crypto (and those are the only ones we know about).”
This was a rebuttal to the claims made by the deputy governor of the South African central bank, who said that “90% of cryptocurrency transactions” are illegal.
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