Here’s how the Purpose Bitcoin ETF differs from Grayscale’s GBTC Trust

Since 2017, investors have been anxiously awaiting a Bitcoin ETF approval as the existence of such a fund was an important symbol of mass adoption and acceptance from the realm of traditional finance.  On Feb. 18, the Toronto Stock Exchange hosted the official launch of the Purpose Bitcoin ETF and the fund quickly absorbed more than $333 million in market capitalization in just two days. Now that the long-awaited Bitcoin ETF is here, investors are curious about how it will compete with Grayscale Investments GBTC fund. On Feb. 17, Ark…

Why is Bitcoin $86K in Nigeria? Here’s why the BTC premium is huge in some countries

Since the start of 2021, Bitcoin (BTC) price has been chasing new highs on a weekly and daily basis. On Feb. 21, BTC reached a new all-time high at $58,300. However, an interesting phenomenon is that even with many global cryptocurrency exchanges in existence, BTC’s price can still vary greatly depending on geography. This raises an intriguing question. How can Bitcoin price simultaneously trade at $53,047 in Malaysia, $49,727 in Singapore, $51,133 in India, and over $86,000 in Nigeria? Is the reason simply a temporary imbalance between buyers and sellers,…

Here’s how pro traders use options to profit from Bitcoin price corrections

Bitcoin seems to be struggling at the $58,000 level, which is leading some traders to fear a more significant correction could take place. While Bitcoin’s (BTC) 2021 performance has been incredibly strong, its current 696% gain and comments from United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen suggesting that cryptocurrencies are used to finance terrorism may be enough to have investors feeling a bit cautious. Reducing open position sizes is usually the method most investors use to reduce exposure, but another way to manage risk is to use BTC options contracts to provide…

Exchange tokens BNB, HT, FTT and OKB are on fire in February — Here’s why

Bitcoin’s (BTC) current bull run continues to attract institutional investors who are finally realizing its long-term potential. The latest to take the Bitcoin plunge is BlackRock Financial Management, which has “started to dabble a bit” in crypto investments, according to the investment giant’s chief investment officer Rick Rieder. In another positive, investment advisory The Motley Fool projected that Bitcoin could rise to $500,000 over the next 15 years. The firm announced its plans to buy $5 million worth of Bitcoin and has also advised its 10X real-money portfolio members to…

15,000 Bitcoin are Leaving Coinbase Each Week; Here’s What This Means

Bitcoin has been seeing massive Bitcoin outflows each week, which is a positive sign that points to underlying strength This has yet to be reflected in its price, as the crypto has been facing massive selling pressure that has made it increasingly unclear as to where it may trend next In total, 15,000 BTC are being moved off of Coinbase each week, which seems to indicate that massive upside could be imminent in the days and weeks ahead One analyst is now insinuating that this could be a sign of…

USDT-settled futures contracts are gaining popularity, here’s why

When BitMEX launched its Bitcoin (BTC) perpetual futures market in 2016, it created a new paradigm for cryptocurrency traders. Although this was not the first platform to offer BTC-settled inverse swaps, BitMEX brought usability and liquidity to a broader audience of investors. BitMEX contracts did not involve fiat or stablecoins and even though the reference price was calculated in USD all profits and losses were paid in BTC. Fast forward to 2021, and the Tether (USDT) settled contracts have gained relevance. Using USDT-based contracts certainly makes it easier for retail…

Bitcoin’s Coinbase premium turned negative. Here’s what it means for BTC price

Bitcoin’s (BTC) definitive breakout above $50,000 may have to wait longer to materialize as spot buying pressure on Coinbase Pro shows signs of weakening — at least, in the short term.  The Coinbase Premium Index, which measures the gap between the BTC price on Coinbase Pro and Binance, has flipped negative, according to CryptoQuant. In other words, selling pressure on Coinbase appears to be strengthening compared with other exchanges like Binance. A negative reading on the Coinbase Premium Index could be a precursor to short-term resistance. On the other hand, when…

Here’s why altcoins are dropping as Bitcoin price inches closer to $50,000

Altcoins plunged steeply on Feb. 14 after the price of Bitcoin (BTC) achieved a new all-time high above $49,000. The timing of the altcoin market’s drop was noteworthy because it corrected as BTC was rallying, which typically does not happen. So why exactly did altcoins crash? There are two main reasons why the altcoin market pulled back despite the strength of the dominant cryptocurrency. First, when the price of Bitcoin rallied to a new record-high, it sucked out most of the volume in the cryptocurrency market. This naturally caused the…

Here’s how Eth2, DeFi and Bitcoin price will impact Ethereum’s CME futures

Bitcoin’s (BTC) abysmal December 2017 futures launch quickly fell short of investors expectations and even though the CME BTC market has surpassed $2.5 billion in open interest, the initial launch has reinforced the narrative that this week’s CME ETH futures launch will be equally bearish in the short term.  Prior to the CME BTC futures launch, Bitcoin had already gained 1,900% for the year, a rally which some analysts argue was propelled by the expectation of regulated futures. Now that the CME ETH futures have launched, investors are watching closely…

Ether is flying to the moon? Here’s what’s fueling the ETH rocket

Ether hit its all-time high again on Feb. 2, reaching the psychological mark of $1,500. Since then, its price has remained above this level and is currently sitting at around the $1,700 mark. Along with Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies, Ether (ETH) has seen outstanding price action since the start of 2021, having surged by 10.46% in a month.  While Bitcoin has also been seeing positive price action, it is shy of its previous all-time high of $41,941 reached on Jan. 8. Ether volumes have been on the rise. According…