BNB Becomes 3rd Largest Crypto, Bitcoin May Be Shorted by Institutions, and Altcoins Fly High: Weekly Market Review by TokenInsight
After the Chinese New Year, the crypto market still rallies in the “Bull.” Supported by “crypto celebrity” Elon Musk and wealth effects brought by the institutions’ players, Bitcoin successfully broke through $50,000 and stabilized around at the highest position of $52,000. However, traces indicate that some “counterparties’” are shorting Bitcoin and the call-back may come anytime.
However, at least for now, the crypto market is still at its peak. Driven by the bull market and the good performance of DEX PancakeSwap on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC), the price of BNB rose by more than seven times this month, becoming the third-largest market cap crypto. Besides, PancakeSwap’s daily trading volume even surpassed Uniswap, the leading DEX in DeFi.
Among the non-Ethereum public chains, Polkadot has been favored in the long-term. With the endorsement of major international institutions, its market cap ranked at the sixth temporarily. Overall, compared with the end of 2020, the crypto market has undergone a shuffle, which has generated more potential investment opportunities but with higher volatility.
Bitcoin Breaks Through $50,000, but Indicators Hint a Callback
People seem to have become accustomed to the continual jump of Bitcoin since the bull market. From $30,000, $40,000 to $50,000, the market's reaction has been much calmer.
According to the Bloomberg TV interview with Binance Holdings Ltd. CEO Changpeng Zhao, Zhao expressed his confidence and very positive outlook of the crypto market.
“I think we have just seen the tip of the iceberg of the crypto market, $50K is just the beginning. If you look at the last rally, it starts from $1,000 in 2013, after nearly 3 years, to $20,000, then we had the 3-years retrace. Right now we just passed the previous peak of about 2.5 times. The fundamentals are much stronger than 3 years ago, we see a lot of users and institutions come in,” said Changpeng Zhao.
However, this time is obviously different from before. Numerous signs indicate a callback and major volatility may be on the way.
From the perspective of trading volume, compared with last week, the trading volume of Bitcoin spot, Ethereum spot and Ethereum perpetual contracts has shrunk. Generally speaking, the trading volume of spot and perpetual contracts is “simultaneous advancement and retreat;” however, the trading volume of Bitcoin perpetual contracts rose by 28.58% abnormally, and the total weekly trading volume reached $732.5B. This situation may mean that there is a strong speculative mood in the market. After speculative sentiment rises abnormally, it will often bring about a larger market callback.
Some signs from the delivery contract and options market also provide clues for a possible callback. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Bitcoin futures trading data disclosed this week showed that hedge funds increased additional short positions valued at $1.24B in Bitcoin futures on Feb. 13, but there were also assets managers and other undisclosed investors who increased their long positions in Bitcoin futures, with $1.281B in total value.
It now appears that the market has a fierce long-short game around Bitcoin, and it seems that the bears are relatively more emboldened. On the Deribit options exchanges, on Feb. 11, the largest daily premium volume in the history of the crypto options market was recorded, which reached $77.81M and focused on buying and selling call options mostly. Moreover, on Feb. 20 and 26, a large number of options and futures will expire for delivery. During this period, the market is likely to have violent swings, and the bears’ actions may lead to a short-term significant callback.
“The crypto market should be larger than the fiat market. Because with cryptocurrencies, there are a lot more use-cases, and possibilities now. This is similar to Uber’s market size being bigger than the taxi’s, so I think it is very clear we are just at the very beginning,” said Changpeng Zhao.
Exchanges Tokens and Blue Chip: BNB's Market Value Soars to Third Place, and DOT Takes Fourth
The highlight of this week is none other than BNB. As of 3:00 am on Feb. 19, BNB's price has reached a high of US$268 per token, with a market value of over $40B, surpassing Tether in one fell swoop and taking the third place in market value. Compared with the end of last year, the value of BNB has increased by more than seven times, and the daily trading volume has increased by more than 10 times, which makes it become one of the mainstream cryptos.
The high gas price of Ethereum and the hot performance of PancakeSwap draw people’s attention to BSC and its exchange token BNB. Zhao has tweeted plenty to celebrate the rising of its token and reveal his opinions about this boom.
“It started from the centralized platform exchange token, and it has a history that outperforms even better than Bitcoin over the last three years. More reasonably, it is contributed by Binance smart chain, which is a decentralized blockchain that a lot of new DeFi projects are running on. I think the current boom is caused by that. More fundamentally, it is because BNB has a smaller market cap than Bitcoin, making it actually easier to grow. Meanwhile, there are more activities happening on BSC than on Bitcoin. I think Bitcoin acts more like a global reserve in the cryptocurrency space, while BNB has more activities going on.”
Among the Blue Chips, DOT's performance is the best. Thanks to the good ecology of Polkadot and the endorsements from top institutions such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and UBS, the price of Polkadot's DOT has risen from around $5 to over $30, with a net increase of more than 20% this week, which became the best performing non-BTC/ETH cryptos in Q1 2021 together with BNB. If you bought and held DOT and BNB from December of last year, the realized investment income has exceeded six times the cost.
It is worth noting that exchanges with their own public chain have great potential in their own exchange tokens. With the daily trading volume of PancakeSwap and MDEX surpassing Uniswap, not only BNB, but also Huobi exchanges token HT also achieved good performance this week.
It is foreseeable that as the status of the exchange's own public chain in DeFi gradually rises, the performance of the public chain in the future will have a significant impact on the performance of the exchange token. Therefore, continuous tracking of different public chain ecology is very necessary.
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