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BTC record in sight, ETH rallies, Uniswap disaster: Hodler’s Digest, Nov. 16–21

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Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link.

Top Stories This Week

Ray Dalio might be wrong

Path to $20,000 Bitcoin price now wide open after previous resistance breaks

Is… is this happening?! After encountering resistance at $18,420 (a price that was unthinkable even a few days ago), Bitcoin surged to new highs of $18,817.

The latest boost put BTC within touching distance of $20,089 — the all-time high set back in December 2017.

“It’s killing it this year,” Fundstrat Global Advisors co-founder Tom Lee enthused. He added that 2021 could be a year of “fireworks” for the world’s biggest cryptocurrency.

A corporate frenzy has meant that companies now hold over $15 billion in BTC. But this surge isn’t just being driven by institutions. Data suggests that searches for Bitcoin in November 2020 now far outpace what was seen in December 2017.

FOMO is growing. Glassnode reported that there was a major spike in the number of new Bitcoin addresses on Nov. 18 — 25,000 an hour, to be exact. The co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital sold his Chevy to get his hands on more crypto. And the chief information officer of BlackRock says BTC is here to stay… and will eventually take gold’s place.

By all accounts, it looks like Bitcoin has arrived. It’s no wonder 73% of millionaires want to own digital assets before 2022.

Ether hits $500 for the first time since June 2018, outperforming Bitcoin YTD

It isn’t just Bitcoin that’s starting to return to historic highs.

ETH hit $500 for the first time since June 2018 on Friday, with other altcoins also slowly staging a comeback.

Reaching this psychologically important barrier delighted traders — not least because ETH has outperformed BTC so far this year.

While Ether’s year-to-date returns stand at 284%, Bitcoin trails behind at 155%. It’s a different story when it comes to how these two assets have appreciated since March, though. ETH/USD is up 327% from its low point of $117, while BTC/USD has ballooned 411% from $3,600 to $18,420.

Cointelegraph Markets analyst Michaël van de Poppe has argued that a realistic top for ETH’s next bull run could be as high as $20,000, while Nugget News CEO Alex Saunders has forecast that Ether could beat its all-time high of $1,400 by the end of 2021.

It’s also been a good week for Litecoin, which has gained more in percentage terms than BTC and ETH combined over the past seven days.

Attack of the vampires: Uniswap loses 57% TVL as rivals up rewards

The celebratory atmosphere isn’t extending across the whole of the crypto sector. The total value locked in Uniswap crashed 57.5% after its yield farming incentive program ended — plummeting by more than $1 billion in less than 24 hours.

SushiSwap saw an opportunity to pounce, with the cloned, automated market maker announcing a new scheme covering the same four pairings previously incentivized by Uniswap. Its TVL has rocketed by almost 160% in two days, from $407 million to $1.05 billion.

Several other DEXs have also launched “vampire” campaigns targeting Uniswap’s liquidity providers… including Bancor and 1inch.

As Uniswap liquidity vanished before their very eyes, token holders pounced on a new governance proposal that sought to reinstate rewards in the form of UNI tokens for liquidity providers. The platform is unlikely to go down without a fight.

OKEx to resume withdrawals next week with promises of 100% reserves

After weeks and weeks of waiting, OKEx is finally resuming withdrawals of customer assets.

The shock suspension came on Oct. 16, rocking crypto markets, with reports circulating that the exchange’s founder Mingxing Xu was under investigation by Chinese authorities.

OKEx has now revealed more details about what happened and stressed that the company has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

However, the exchange admitted that existing contingency plans hadn’t covered what would have happened if a private key holder became unreachable due to unforeseen circumstances.

OKEx says withdrawals will be back in full by Nov. 27, and users will be able to claim back their funds in full if they wish. Acknowledging that trust will need to be rebuilt, the exchange is planning to launch a new loyalty reward program to apologize.

Celebrities are catching the Bitcoin bug

Former Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams certainly caused a scene this week when she asked her 2.7 million Twitter followers whether she should go long on Bitcoin. (46.6% said yes, 53.4% said no.)

Major investor Mike Novogratz was one of those who weighed into the debate, telling the A-lister: “I bought more BTC last night at 15,800. It’s going to 20K and (then) To 65K. The network effect has taken over. I see tons of new buyers and there is very little supply. It’s an easier trade here (than) at 11K. So YES, buy it.

Later in the week, the rapper Logic revealed that he, too, had dived into Bitcoin.

In a video posted to his Instagram story, the star — whose real name is Sir Robert Bryson Hall II — bragged that he “bought 6 million in Bitcoin last month.”

Despite his posturing, Logic’s investment could turn out to be a particularly canny financial move. Depending on when in October he snapped up the BTC, he’ll be sitting on a profit of between $2 million and $4.4 million.

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers of the week

At the end of the week, Bitcoin is at $18,675.88, Ether at $525.95 and XRP at $0.41. The total market cap is at $533,641,480,617.

Among the biggest 100 cryptocurrencies, the top three altcoin gainers of the week are Helium, SushiSwap and Reserve Rights. The top three altcoin losers of the week are The Midas Touch Gold, ABBC Coin and Blockstack.

For more info on crypto prices, make sure to read Cointelegraph’s market analysis.

Most Memorable Quotations

“I think we will start seeing lots of traditional players like banks and major payment providers partner with crypto custodians. PayPal will be the first and then more banks and financial institutions will follow.”

Bob Reid, Everest co-founder and CEO

“We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the return of a full service for our users and would like to thank them for their continuous support during this difficult time. We apologize for the inconvenience caused and know that we must continue to work diligently to restore their confidence.”

Jay Hao, OKEx CEO

“It’s either going to keep going like right now in the next few weeks and get to $20,000 very quickly, or it’s going to have its bit of a range now and then hopefully positive into next year.”

Alex Saunders, Nugget’s News CEO

“I honestly think that Bitcoin will hit $100,000 in the next five years, and then it’s going to become about, ‘Well do they actually try and shut it down, or how do they regulate it and trade it?’”

Alex Saunders, Nugget’s News CEO

“If it’s allowed to just continue on its mission and absorb all the money from around the world and become a global reserve currency… I think we can get to $1 million per coin in the next, whatever that is, 15 years.”

Alex Saunders, Nugget’s News CEO 

“Right now we’re seeing a lot of other projects launching incentives after Uniswap’s ended.”

Sergej Kunz, 1inch CEO and co-founder

“You have the hardcore ‘I’m a cryptocurrency investor’ group but it hasn’t really expanded because it’s been so volatile, there have been so many questions around security and what regulations might do. The number of questions I get on it now is a fraction of what I got a couple of years ago when it was really hot.”

Kathy Jones, Charles Schwab chief fixed income strategist

“I think DeFi is here to stay. Even now, with Bitcoin’s popularity rising again, DeFi is still popular. We think there is a lot of growth potential in DeFi.”

Changpeng Zhao, Binance CEO

“Should I go long on Bitcoin?”

Maisie Williams, actress

“I bought more BTC last night at 15,800. It’s going to 20K and (then) To 65K. The network effect has taken over. I see tons of new buyers and there is very little supply. It’s an easier trade here (than) at 11K.”

Mike Novogratz, investor

“Grayscale Bitcoin Trust now holds more than 500,000 $BTC. Yes, you read that right.”

Grayscale Investments

“$20,000 #Bitcoin Is Primary Hurdle Toward $1 Trillion Market Cap — The digital version of #gold but with more-limited supply and a history of adding zeros, appears to be in an early price-discovery stage and may simply continue its ascent in 2021. Mainstream adoption is rising.”

Mike McGlone, Bloomberg analyst

Vitalik likes to move fast

Prediction of the Week

Bloomberg’s McGlone thinks Bitcoin could hit $170,000 over the next two years

It’s been a huge week for predictions. Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Mike McGlone suggested that the next year or two “could add a zero” to the end of Bitcoin’s price — taking it to $180,000 at current levels.

Earlier this week, McGlone also said that a $1-trillion market cap (about $47,000 a coin) was “the next big resistance” for Bitcoin… as long as it could surmount the “primary hurdle” of reaching $20,000 first. “Mainstream adoption is rising,” he tweeted.

Elsewhere, Nugget News CEO Alex Saunders — who we mentioned earlier — told Cointelegraph that BTC can hit $100,000 in five years and $1 million by 2035. He described current market conditions as the “perfect backdrop” for new highs.

Last but not least, a Citibank analyst said BTC has seen “unthinkable rallies followed by painful corrections” — and suggested that highs of $318,000 could be seen some time in December 2021.

FUD of the Week 

Bitcoin price drop in 3, 2… 1? Fear & Greed Index nears dangerous record high

As the markets surged, there’s one thing that’s worth keeping an eye on: the Fear & Greed Index.

This metric has been firmly in the “extreme greed” category for some time. It was flashing a score of 86 on Friday and an eye-watering 94 on Thursday. That’s close to the all-time high of 95 points out of 100 seen on June 26, 2019.

Compiled using multiple estimates of investor sentiment, the Crypto Fear & Greed Index delivers a normalized score out of 100 to gauge how overbought or oversold cryptocurrency markets really are. The closer the number is to 100, the greater the chance that the market is due for a pullback.

Heavily tied to price action, the index has succeeded in calling price tops with considerable accuracy since its launch in early 2018.

“Coordinated media FUD” about Bitcoin from Financial Times to Fox Business

Mainstream media outlets are finally reporting on the recent rally that saw Bitcoin creep close to its all-time high, but some commentators appear to be determined to spread FUD.

The Financial Times published an editorial that warned Bitcoin’s “status as a safe haven is more theoretical than anything else.”

Fox Business also noted Bitcoin’s price rise with apparent alarm and set about warning its readers away from investing in the cryptocurrency. It rounded up Bitcoin haters including gold bug Peter Schiff, Roubini Macro Associates CEO Nouriel Roubini and Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio.

However, there was some support for Bitcoin in the media from an unexpected party — China, a country well-known for its tight stance restricting the digital asset. The recent price rally even hit the national news, on state-run CCTV.

Binance files U.S. lawsuit against Forbes and two cryptocurrency journalists

Binance has filed a lawsuit against Forbes Media and two of its journalists, Michael del Castillo and Jason Brett.

The exchange alleges that an article published under the title “Leaked ‘Tai Chi’ Document Reveals Binance’s Elaborate Scheme To Evade Bitcoin Regulators” was defamatory, false and misleading — and caused millions of dollars in losses.

The article in question reported that the “Tai Chi” document contained details of a scheme designed to “intentionally deceive regulators” in the United States.

While Forbes says it stands by its reporting, Binance is now demanding compensatory and punitive damages, and there’s no doubt that the company is getting serious.

The exchange has retained the services of Charles Harder, the attorney best known for representing Hulk Hogan in a suit against Gawker Media. He procured a reward of $140 million, and this directly led to the downfall of the media group.

Bitcoin climbs higher

Best Cointelegraph Features

Bitcoin price breaks past $18,800 as bears and bulls map out its path

The price of Bitcoin has stabilized above $18,000 and broken out of the critical $18,500 level. Analysts discuss short-term bull and bear cases.

Uniswap fights back as competitors drain value from the DEX

Even as incentives continue to dry up on Uniswap, TVL across the board seems to have remained steady.

Who watches the watchmen? Crypto may not be as trustless as it seems

Crypto is often seen as trustless and failproof. But as more regulation, venues and developers come aboard, just how trustless is it really?

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/magazine/2020/11/21/bitcoin-record-eth-follows-uniswap-drops-nov-15-21

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Bitcoin Price to Hit $36,000 in 2021: Kraken Crypto Sentiment Survey

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From what happened in the last couple of weeks, it appears that the crypto bull market is upon us. Bitcoin has been consistent with its volatility-induced rallies, and this is infusing confidence in investors.

So much, so that VIP clients in Kraken’s latest Crypto Sentiment Survey say that BTC will skyrocket to about $36,000 in 2021. They also feel that ETH could revisit its previous highs of $1500.

Bitcoin And ETH To Trade At Average Prices Of $15K and $549 By 2020 End

The latest Kraken Crypto Sentiment Survey covers investor sentiment for the second half of 2020. The exchange had already conducted a similar survey back in March this year. But then investors were way more optimistic about BTC and ETH price growth by December.

Now, the same respondents have retracted their bullish calls for bitcoin and ether (ETH) this year. According to the latest numbers,

The average bitcoin price target among 309 responses fell -35% surveyover-survey to $14,866, well below February’s average of $22,866. The median price target also retraced -28% from $19,424 to $14,000, and the most commonly cited price target was $15,000, down -25% from $20,000.

With respect to ether (ETH), the average price target among 289 responses was $549, off -32% from the previous survey’s average of $810. The median price target was unchanged at $500 and the most frequently cited price target was $500, up +66% from $300.

At 72 percent, traders and investors (down from 81 percent when the survey was conducted in March) comprised a majority of the survey responses. 18 percent of responses came from Institutions (broker, custodian, family office, hedge fund, lender, market maker, private equity firm, proprietary trading firm, or venture capitalist).

And the rest 4 percent – from crypto service providers (ATM, exchange, lender, payment processor) and miners. As compared to March, the researchers at Kraken anticipated a lower price growth optimism from the said respondents since the year is so close to its end.

The Outlook For 2021 Remains Super Bullish

When asked about how they see bitcoin and ether prices in the next year, respondents didn’t shy away from expressing their mega bullish calls. Survey participants called for an average bitcoin price target of $36,602 in 2021. Some put the median bitcoin price target at $25,000, but a lot of folks (approximately 61 percent) felt if not anything else, BTC will at least hit $20,000.

A small section of respondents reported hopium-induced ultra bullish calls.

Approximately, 8% of respondents provided a price target greater-than-or-equal-to $100,000, roughly 20% of respondents reported a price target greater-than-or-equal-to $50,000…

Survey participants were very optimistic about ETH’s outlook as well in the next year. This sentiment came from the discussions around Ethereum’s network upgrade and the growing popularity of the DeFi ecosystem. Respondents think ETH will trade at an average price of $1454 in 2021. Also, at the same time:

Close to 59% believe that ether will, at least, hit $800. Additionally, 22% of respondents see ether surpassing its previous all-time high of $1,595 set in early-January 2018 and just under 92% see ether, at the very least, trading higher than current price in 2021.

What becomes evident from the aforementioned numbers is that participants in a price prediction survey tend to project bullish figures for a longer-term.

Will Bitcoin(BTC) and ether (ETH) hit the above price targets in 2021? That still remains to be seen.

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Bluzelle Launches Second Swarm of Duty Validator Program as Mainnet Looms

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Distributed database service Bluzelle has released details of its second validator program, Swarm of Duty II. The sequel to the maiden testnet, which ran in July, will provide developers, token-holders, and validators the chance to put Bluzelle through its paces and see what the network is capable of.

“Kicking the tires” of blockchain networks has become something of an event in crypto circles, as the incentives for participating in testnet events are ramped up. Whereas in the past, early supporters would interact with a project’s testnet because they were tech-minded and passionate about seeing it succeed, today’s crypto communities can participate out of enthusiasm or for more mercenary reasons.

From Bluzelle’s perspective, its team wants to spur as much engagement as possible, to stress test the network before the mainnet launch occurs. As CryptoPotato reported earlier, the project has also managed to enter Polkadot’s ecosystem.

Calling All Validators

More than 200 validators participated in Bluzelle’s first Swarm of Duty event over the summer. Bluzelle has structured its testnet events like military exercises, pitting different army factions against one another. Each of the groups participating in the event has different duties to perform, which sometimes conflict with those of other units. This is deliberate to determine how the network performs under adversarial conditions.

At the top of the pecking order are Special Forces (Tier 3), reserved for hardcore Bluzelle DevOps and developers who know the protocol inside out and are heavily invested in its success. Then comes the Armory (Tier 2), made up of validators who are experienced at running blockchain nodes and in earning fees for maintaining the network’s consensus rules. Finally, there is the Infantry (Tier 1), comprising end-users who wish to run their own node using their own hardware or cloud servers.

An Almighty Battle With Prizes at Stake

Bluzelle has devised an array of tasks for each of the groups participating in Swarm of Duty II to complete. For example, its Special Forces have been tasked with providing oracle price feeds by connecting to external data sources via API.

Oracles are crucial in enabling blockchains to execute smart contracts based on the outcome of real-world events, ranging from sports results to the weather.

Ultimately, Bluzelle is seeking feedback and suggestions of all kinds from its community on matters ranging from technical infrastructure to UX. As a result, it’s created an open category for creative ideas that will help to improve the network in every conceivable way. Swarm of Duty II is expected to be the final incentivized testnet before Bluzelle releases its mainnet. At that point, its 10,000 TPS blockchain will be rolled out to dApp developers.

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Audio Streaming Mogul Spotify Considering Cryptocurrency Payments

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Joining the tech and financial services bigwigs in the payments revolution, Spotify too is going the crypto way. The Swedish audio streaming and music services giant just put up a job offer for an Associate Director, Payments Strategy & Innovation. The desired candidate will play a key role in ‘navigating the company’s payments rudder’ through the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

Spotify Looking To Be A ‘Leading Player In The Cryptocurrency Space’

As per an official job opening that Spotify just posted, the company is looking for an Associate Director for their Payments Strategy & Innovation Team. The said individual would report to the Director of the same team. And will be instrumental in Spotify gaining a considerable foothold wrt integration of cryptocurrency payments. According to the description:

We are now looking for an outstanding Associate Director to join our Payments Strategy & Innovation team. This role will report to the Director, Payments Strategy & Innovation and will play a key part in defining and implementing Spotify’s payments strategy as well as leading Spotify’s activity within the Libra stablecoin project and wider digital asset & cryptocurrency space.

The objective is to address the company’s plan of ‘enabling new monetization opportunities’ for music creators. Also, Spotify wants its platform to become accessible to a larger section of potential users.

Spotify intends to inculcate all the latest fintech trends in their payments strategy, including cryptocurrencies. So that users from all sections of the society can access the music streaming platform.

Crypto Agenda Involves Libra As Well

One of the designated roles of the incoming Associate Payments Strategy Director would be to lead ‘Spotify’s day-to-day engagement with the Libra Association.’ This is due to the ongoing alliance of the company with Facebook’s digital currency project.

Along with this, the company is looking to leverage all the blue-chip aspects of the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. This includes stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). It is to streamline its transition to the most advanced payment methods available in finance at the moment.

The Associate Payments Strategy Director would be required to fulfill the above roadmap by making use of

Spotify’s global footprint to seek out innovation in the payments domain globally as well as emerging regulatory & market trends that could influence Spotify’s approach to payments.

Through all the above, the company actually intends to elevate its ‘reputation as a market leader in payments’, the website said. And give giant payments players like PayPal a run for their money.

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