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Bitcoin Breaks To New 2020 High on PayPal News: This Was The Weekly Crypto Market Update

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This week was particularly interesting in the cryptocurrency markets. Bitcoin’s price charted a new 2020 high, surging to as much as $13,217 on Binance. The entire market cap surged and gained almost $40 billion throughout the past seven days.

The catalyst for this major move was PayPal. The world’s largest online payment processor announced that it would allow its customers to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrencies as soon as the next few weeks for US-based users. The rest of the world would have to wait for the first half of 2021.

To anyone wondering, PayPal has millions of merchants in its network, and the CEO of the company said that they would work actively into incorporating digital currencies in their system. Moreover, it’s also interesting to see how banks and regulators will react to the news. Almost every bank accepts PayPal transfers, but almost none of them accept Bitcoin transfers.

Almost immediately after that, reports started circling, indicating that PayPal is in talks with BitGo, a leading Bitcoin custodian, over a potential acquisition deal.

In general, the shift towards online payment processing and digital currencies becomes even more apparent in 2020. Whether it’s because of the global pandemic or for other reasons is something that remains to be determined, but here’s an overall outlook of the performance of major companies and banks.

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Elsewhere, the billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones III doubled-down on his Bitcoin bet, saying that he likes the cryptocurrency even more following the latest rally and that it’s the best “inflation trade.”

It’s also worth noting that regulators continue their increasing involvement in the field. This week, a Bitcoin mixer was fined $60 million by FinCEN.

It surely was an intensive week, and it’s very interesting to follow the market as we are about to enter the last two months of 2020.

Market Data

Market Cap: $392B | 24H Vol: 95B | BTC Dominance: 60.9%

BTC: $12,878 (+13.69%) | ETH: $408.80 (+11.12%) | XRP: $0.252(+5.81%)

PayPal to Enable Bitcoin and Crypto Purchasing and Selling. The world’s largest online payment processing company, PayPal, has announced that it will allow its users to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrencies. The US-based customers will be able to do so in the coming weeks, while the rest of the world would have to wait until the first half of 2021.

I Like Bitcoin, Even More, It’s The Best Inflation Trade: Billionaire Investor Paul Tudor Jones. Billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones II has become an even bigger fan of Bitcoin. He said that he likes it even more following the most recent price action and that it is the “best inflation trade.”

Bitcoin Could Register Second Highest Monthly Close in History: Peter Brandt. Bitcoin might be in for the highest monthly close in its relatively short history, according to popular analyst Peter Brandt. That is, of course, if it manages to upkeep its momentum until the end of October.

HODLers: Most Crypto Investors Hold Majority In Bitcoin Over Altcoins, Survey Finds. According to a recent survey, the majority of cryptocurrency investors hold most of their portfolio in Bitcoin. This comes somewhat expectedly, given the latest developments on the market and BTC being able to chart a new 2020 high.

The Biggest Concern of Bitcoin Investors Until The End Of 2020: Will Trump Get Reelected (Survey). In a survey conducted by CryptoPotato, investors revealed that their biggest concern related to the price of Bitcoin in 2020 is the upcoming US 2020 Presidential Election and whether or not Donald Trump will get reelected.

Bitcoin Mixer Penalized by FinCEN With $60 Million in Fines. The United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has managed to strike another blow to privacy enthusiasts. The watchdog fined a Bitcoin mixer with as much as $60 million in civil penalties.

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BTC Slips Below $17,000 As Bitcoin Whales Are Ready for the Dump

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Bitcoin bulls should take a moment of caution as this might not be the right time for accumulation. As per the latest reports, Bitcoin Whales have accelerated depositing of their BTC holdings to exchanges. Meaning, we can possibly see heaving selling, and dumping in the short term.

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Bitcoin is already facing selling pressure as the BTC price corrects another 5% slipping below $17,000. At press time, Bitcoin is trading at a price of $16,886 with a market cap of $313 billion. Cryptocurrency on-chain analyst and CryptoQuant CEO, Ki-Young Ju, has given a red alert.

As per the data from Glassnode, the number of Bitcoin Whales (investors holding over 1000 BTC) has reached an all-time high. The total number of Bitcoin whales worldwide is over 2000 as per the Glassnode data.

There’s been a steady rise in the number of Bitcoin Whales over the last few years, and more so in 2020. It looks like when the BTC price tanked during the March 2020 correction, whales accumulated in big numbers. Note that despite sizeable institutional participation this year, Bitcoin whales still dominate the BTC ownership and price movement as of date.

Bitcoin Heading for $14,000 And Possibly Even Lower

Just before Wednesday’s market crash, CNBC’s Brian Kelly had already warned of possible correction and Bitcoin going all the way to $12,000. Kelly noted that massive movement in the altcoin space has triggered the FOMO and attracted speculative investors.

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Kelly noted that the surge in newly created BTC addresses is also a sign of caution. He said: “Whenever you get that big of an address growth implied, that is a caution sign”. Another popular market analyst Peter Brandt said that a 37% correction from the top is on the cards.

One of the major factors preventing BTC to cross its all-time high of $20,000 is that post that level, Bitcoin will enter a price discovery mode. Above $20,000, there’s no historical data to suggest how BTC will show its movement. Analysts think that after crossing its ATH, Bitcoin can settle anywhere between $25,000 and $100K. Thus, BTC bears and sellers are aggressively defending their position and interest while not letting it move past $20,000.


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To Chainlink? That’s the DeFi Question: Exploring the Recent Compound Liquidations

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On Thursday, November 26th, the price of the Dai stablecoin (ordinarily ~$1 USD) exploded up to $1.30 on Coinbase as traders tried to snag up funds en masse to pay back, and thus keep afloat, their DeFi lending positions.

Yet this Dai price spike, combined with an acutely falling ETH price, pushed some Dai positions on DeFi lending protocol Compound into being undercollateralized and thus capable of being liquidated.

This dynamic played out because Compound’s Dai markets centrally rely on Coinbase’s Dai price feed, which skewed upward compared to other exchanges during this episode because many of Coinbase’s users were uniquely piling into Dai all at once.

This sequence of events led to more than $100 million worth of liquidations on Compound, which in turn led to considerable debate around the Ethereum ecosystem as to whether Compound messed up by overly relying on a single oracle of if the whole incident was just an unfortunate possibility panning out in the young DeFi arena.

Manipulation or Not?

In the wake of the Compound liquidations, people quickly started started positing that the underlying Dai price spike on Coinbase was the result of manipulation, i.e. a price oracle manipulation attack.

However, it’s not clear at all that an attack was the culprit. Evidence suggests that organic trading and liquidation activity led to the Compound liquidations, as some Ethereum users pointed out on social media.

Strength in Numbers?

Much of the complains levelled at Compound over the last 24 hours have to do with the fact that the DeFi protocol was overly reliant on a singular price feed, Coinbase’s.

Yet this isn’t exactly the case: Compound’s price oracle also incorporates time-weighted average prices (TWAPs), i.e. price oracles, from leading decentralized exchange for further assurances. As Uniswap creator Hayden Adams commented on Thursday:

“From what I’ve heard, the compound liquidations would have been much worse without the addition of [Uniswap] TWAPs to the Compound oracle … While the Coinbase oracle price spiked, Uniswap TWAPs did not increase much, causing the most extreme prices to be rejected.”

This is certainly validating for Uniswap’s TWAPs, but it also highlights that Compound’s price oracle performance was further strengthened by such multi-dimensionality. And for the folks who critiqued Compound for its latest major liquidations, that was the crux of the matter: that Compound would have been even better served by using many price oracles rather than less than few.

Chainlink’s Nazarov Chimes In

Chainlink is the premier decentralized oracle solution in DeFi today, and its price feeds already power an impressive range of DeFi projects. That includes lending protocol to Aave, which generally works somewhat similarly to Compound but relies instead on Chainlink’s decentralized oracles.

Aave’s worth highlighting here, then, because its Chainlink-powered Dai markets didn’t experience a raft of liquidations like Compound’s did. That’s on account of Chainlink bundling a range of price feeds rather than just relying on one.

On the news, Blockonomi reached out to Chainlink co-founder Sergey Nazarov to see what he thought the latetst Compound liquidation episode represented for DeFi. In a statement shared with Blockonomi, Nazarov noted:

“We predicted this exact exploit more than a year ago, spoke publicly about this attack vector at multiple conferences, and issued a public advisory for the wider developer community. During this specific exploit, the Chainlink network performed as expected thanks to its extensive decentralization at both the node and data source levels, returning an accurate global price for these assets. Throughout this exploit, combined with high gas prices, DeFi smart contracts consuming data from the Chainlink network remained unaffected and accurate in the proper operation of their protocols.”

In the very least, then, this Compound incident should have more than a few DeFi projects doubling down on defense by exploring how to integrate with Chainlink’s oracle tech.

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Source: https://blockonomi.com/chainlink-compound-liquidations/

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Coinbase CEO Fears Rumored Regulations Proposed By The Trump Administration

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Coinbase’s CEO Brian Armstrong has sent a letter to the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin regarding new rumored regulations on self-hosted cryptocurrency wallets. Armstrong believes that if implemented, the new legislation could harm users and, ultimately, the role of the US in the cryptocurrency financial field.

New Regulations On Self-Hosted Crypto Wallets?

The CEO of the largest US-based digital asset exchange took it to Twitter to outline the potential importance of these regulations if indeed implemented. The rumors indicate that the current Treasury Secretary Mnuchin plans to make them official before the end of his term.

Armstrong explained that self-hosted cryptocurrency wallets (also referred to as non-custodial or self-custody wallets) are “a type of software that lets individuals store and use their own cryptocurrency, instead of needing to rely on a third-party financial institution.”

They enable users to access basic financial services through this technology – “just like anyone can use a computer or smartphone to access the open market.”

Should the proposed regulations become official, they would require financial institutions, including Coinbase, to verify the recipient (owner) of the self-hosted wallet. Meaning, it would collect identifying information on that party before completing the transaction.

According to Armstrong, such requirements would lead to several potential issues because “it is often impractical to collect identifying information on a recipient in the crypto-economy.”

Some of those issues could affect users that send cryptocurrencies to various merchants online or to other people in emerging markets, where “it is difficult or impossible to collect meaningful know-your-customer information.”

Even simpler transactions like upvoting some content on Reddit or transferring an item in a game would also require the verification of the recipient, which makes the process prolonged and complicated.

The US Will Suffer The Most

Armstrong believes that the impact of these “barriers” would prompt US-based users to initiate fewer transactions. This would “effectively create a walled garden for crypto financial services in the US, cutting us from innovation happening in the rest of the world.”

US customers would turn to foreign cryptocurrency companies to access such services, which could put the country’s status as a financial hub at risk in the long-run.

“If this crypto regulation comes out, it would be a terrible legacy and have long-standing negative impacts for the US. In the early days of the internet, there were people who called for it to be regulated like to phone companies. Thank goodness they didn’t.” – added Armstrong.

He also asserted that Coinbase and other cryptocurrency companies have sent a letter to the Treasury last week to articulate these concerns. However, he hasn’t specified if the Treasury has responded in any way yet.

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