After Bitcoin’s meteoric rise, a small, healthy correction gave way to a continued rally in the Bitcoin market which is already painted green again.
It is important to note that Bitcoin’s fundamentals haven’t changed much, and it seems that the price has been influenced by existing industry players. That’s because it still does not appear that Bitcoin has entered an accumulation period or that new money is being felt. From past experience, new money will come in en masse only after Bitcoin has created new price highs.
Nevertheless, the discourse and interest around digital currencies has recently increased, mainly due to Facebook’s Libra announcement. While it is impossible to ignore the interest that has been created around Libra, this is not the reason why Bitcoin’s price has been rising since the beginning of 2019, and it is not certain that there are clear reasons for Bitcoin’s volatility.
In any case, the discussion around cryptocurrencies is expanding and suggests the need to improve the global monetary system, and Bitcoin has contributed to that discussion by offering an alternative system that is solidly backed, as evidenced by a mining difficulty which continues to set records.
On the other hand, the situation regarding alternative cryptocurrencies, or altcoins, is not particularly bright. Their share of the market has continued to sink in favor of Bitcoin. Egretia (EGT) is one of the few altcoins to have bucked the trend, as it has not been affected by the rise of Bitcoin. While the market is waiting for another alt season, 2019 has so far been a dark year for alts, falling to old lows against the surging Bitcoin.
In the regulatory sector, things are also moving forward, thanks to Facebook’s Libra. The company has urged regulators to make the necessary updates to the law regarding digital currencies. After the Financial Action Task Force issued guidelines last week, an update is expected from the IRS regarding taxation of the various currencies.
To summarize, the 2019 rally continues for Bitcoin, while altcoins are waiting for a season that is currently not in sight. Meanwhile, the next Bitcoin halving event approaches and the race to stockpile Bitcoin continues. Previous cross-sectional events have had a direct effect on the Bitcoin price, and for many traders this is a good reason to start accumulating (though this should not be seen as trading or investment advice).
Market Cap: $344.3B
24h Vol: $82.9B
BTC Dominance: 63.7%
BTC Shorts (BFX): 13.6K BTC
BTC Longs (BFX): 23.2K BTC
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