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Stablecoins Dominate Currency Pairings for Leading Crypto Assets

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Amidst the ongoing cryptocurrency bear market, stablecoins have continued to gain prominence, with USDT currently comprising the dominant pairing for three of the four largest cryptocurrencies by market cap. 

Also Read: Localbitcoins Trade Surges in Latin America and East Asia

USDT Comprises Dominant Pairing for 3 of Top 4 Cryptocurrencies by Market Cap

According to Cryptocompare, USDT currently comprises the largest currency pairing by volume for three of the four largest crypto assets by capitalization.

In the last 30 days, USDT pairings have comprised more than 67% of total BTC trade, nearly 46% of total ETH trade, and 48% of LTC trade.

While BTC is the dominant pairing for XRP, with almost 49% of monthly volume, USDT is the second-most traded pairing with 22.60%.

Stablecoins Dominate Currency Pairings for Leading Crypto Assets

Stablecoins Dominate Currency Pairing Rankings for Leading Crypto Assets

Aside from the dominance of USDT pairings, other stablecoins are increasingly populating the rankings for top currency pairings of the leading crypto assets.

Four of the top 10 BTC pairings by volume are currently stablecoins, with QC ranking fifth with 2.7% of monthly volume, PAX ranking eighth with 0.55%, and USDC ranking 10th with 0.41%, in addition to USDT holding the top ranking.

Half of the top 10 currency pairings for ETH by volume are stablecoins, with USDT joined by fourth-ranked QC with 3.13% of monthly trade, sixth-ranked BITCNY with 1.41% of trade, eighth-ranked PAX with 0.28%, and 10th-ranked DAI with 0.23%.

Stablecoins Dominate Currency Pairings for Leading Crypto Assets

Stablecoins comprise four of the 10 most-traded pairings for ripple. Aside from USDT, XRP’s dominant stablecoin pairings are sixth-ranked QC with 4.02% of trade during the previous 30 days, ninth-ranked OKB with 0.23% of trade, and 10th-ranked PAX with 0.22%.

Four of the top 10 LTC pairings are also stablecoins, with QC ranking fourth with 1.05%, TUSD ranking seventh with 0.27%, OKB ranking ninth with 0.22%, and USDT ranking as the dominant trading pair.

What is your response to the increasing presence of stablecoins among the top currency pairings for the leading crypto assets? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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Localbitcoins Trade Surges in Latin America and East Asia

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The peer-to-peer (P2P) markets saw a surge in trade activity this past week, with the Localbitcoins markets of five countries posting record volume. The largest spikes were concentrated in the Latin American and Asian regions, however, the United States also posted its strongest monthly P2P volume since April 2018.

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Indonesian P2P Volume Increases by More Than 10x in One Week

Localbitcoins trade between the Indonesian rupiah (IDR) and BTC saw a dramatic spike in activity this past week, with volume increasing from 10 BTC during the week of Feb. 2 to 102 BTC during the week of Feb. 9.

Localbitcoins Trade Surges in Latin America and East Asia

When measured in fiat currency, this past week saw more than 4.5 billion IDR (approximately $364,600) worth of BTC changing hands. The week of Feb. 9 comprised the strongest week of Indonesian Localbitcoins trade on record when measured in both fiat and cryptocurrency.

Localbitcoins Trade Surges in Latin America and East Asia

South Korean P2P Trade Activity up 125%

Localbitcoins trade between the South Korean won (KRW) and BTC posted a new all-time high for trade volume this past week, with 132.33 million KRW worth of cryptocurrency (nearly 3.16 million) changing hands.

Localbitcoins Trade Surges in Latin America and East Asia

When measured in cryptocurrency, South Korean Localbitcoins more than doubled this past week, up from 15 BTC during the week of Feb. 2 to 34 BTC. The week of Feb. 9 comprised the fourth strongest on record when measured in BTC.

Localbitcoins Trade Surges in Latin America and East Asia

Latin American Localbitcoins Markets Break Volume Records

The P2P markets of Latin America saw a dramatic spike in volume this past week, with several countries posting all-time high trade activity.

Localbitcoins trade between Peruvian sol (PEN) and BTC posted record volume when measured in both fiat and cryptocurrency, with 303 BTC or 3.56 million PEN (approximately 1.06 million) worth of trade taking place.

Localbitcoins Trade Surges in Latin America and East Asia

When measured in cryptocurrency, the week of Feb. 9 saw record trade between Colombian pesos (COP) and BTC on Localbitcoins, with 760 BTC changing hands. When measured in fiat currency, the week comprised the fifth strongest on record, with 7.63 billion COP (approximately $2.43 million).

Localbitcoins Trade Surges in Latin America and East Asia

Venezuela posted record volume when measured in both fiat and cryptocurrency for the second consecutive week, with 2,485 or 24.34 billion Venezuelan bolivares (approximately $8.90 million) worth of trade taking place.

Localbitcoins Trade Surges in Latin America and East Asia

Localbitcoins trade between Argentine pesos (ARS) and BTC posted its second strongest seven days of trade when measured in fiat currency this past week, with 8.43 million ARS (approximately $220,780) or 62 BTC worth of trade.

Localbitcoins Trade Surges in Latin America and East Asia

Do you think that the spike in P2P volume is a sign of improving or deteriorating market sentiment? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Test Key Levels From 2017 Bull Trend

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The cryptocurrency markets are trading at significant long-term price areas, with BTC currently channeling between key levels from the 2017 bull run. In other market action, BCH and ETH have continued to consolidate above the $100 area.

Also Read: ETF Filed With SEC to Invest in Bitcoin Futures, Bonds, and Mutual Funds

BTC Trades Between Major Long-Term Price Zones

For the last two months, BTC has established a price range corresponding to areas of long-term significance.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Test Key Levels From 2017 Bull Trend
BTC/USD – Bitfinex – 1D

As of this writing, bulls are attempting to establish support at roughly $3,600 after bouncing off what may comprise a higher low at the $3,400 area. During 2019 so far, BTC is yet to re-test last year’s low of roughly $3,100, nor has price action broken above resistance at $4,400.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Test Key Levels From 2017 Bull Trend
BTC/USD – Bitfinex – 4HR

When looking back to mid-2017, the price levels correspond to key areas from BTC’s first run up to $5,000, in addition to the subsequent retrace and rally to five digits.

During the initial run to $5,000, BTC stair-stepped its way from $3,200 to $3,400 before jumping to establish a then-record high at roughly $4,400. BTC then established local support at $3,600 and then rallied to set a new record at $5,000.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Test Key Levels From 2017 Bull Trend
BTC/USD – Bitfinex – 1D

After tagging $5,000, the $4,400 area comprised the shoulder line of the lopsided head and shoulders pattern that preceded the violent retracement down to $3,000. BTC currently has a market cap of $63.55 billion and a dominance of 52.9%.

BCH Consolidates Above 2018 Low

Bitcoin Cash is consolidating at a possible higher-low, with BCH currently trading for $119 after bouncing off support at $100. Despite the sideways price action, BCH has broken outside of multiple major descending trendlines in recent weeks.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Test Key Levels From 2017 Bull Trend
BCH/USD – Kraken – 1D

When measured against BTC, BCH is also consolidating above 2018’s low, with bitcoin cash currently trading for 0.0335 BTC. Bitcoin cash is currently the sixth largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of $2.14 billion and a dominance of 1.78%.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Test Key Levels From 2017 Bull Trend
BCH/BTC – Bittrex – 1D

Ethereum Reclaims Second Largest Market Cap

Ethereum has also spent recent months trading between key price levels from ETH’s first break into triple figures during mid-2017.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Test Key Levels From 2017 Bull Trend
ETH/USD – Poloniex – 1D (Calculated by Tradingview)

After reaching a low of $80 in December, ETH rallied to test resistance at approximately $175 at the start of 2019, with the markets having since retraced to establish local support at $100.

When measured against BTC, ETH has again oscillated between significant long-term price zones, with ETH currently attempting to establish support at the 0.0333 BTC area, the market’s former record high that was established during March 2016 before being broken one year later.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Test Key Levels From 2017 Bull Trend
ETH/BTC – Poloniex – 1D

ETH currently comprises the second largest crypto asset with a market cap of nearly $12.73 billion and a dominance of 10.50%.

What do you make of current market structure? Are predicting 2019 to be bull or bear? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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BTC Futures Volume Plummets Relative to Spot Trade Heading Into 2019

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Research carried out by Tradeblock has found the combined trade volume across the futures contracts offered by Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) plummet relative to spot market volume during the second half of 2018.

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BTC Futures Volume Rivals Combined Trade Activity Across Leading Spot Exchanges During Q3 2018

Despite the hype surrounding the launch of CME and CBOE’s BTC futures contracts at the end of 2017, said markets comprised a small fraction of combined trade activity taking place on Coinbase, Itbit, Kraken, Bitstamp, and Gemini.

With the burst of the 2018 bubble, however, spot volume fell by more than 70 percent when comparing January’s trade activity with average monthly volume posted during the second half of 2018.

BTC Futures Volume Plummets Relative to Spot Trade Heading Into 2019

Mixed with a more than doubling in CME futures trade activity, trade volume for CBOE and CME’s BTC futures came to rival that of Coinbase, Itbit, Kraken, BItstamp, and Gemini’s combined spot volume during the third quarter of 2018 – with CME’s volume dwarfing that of each individual exchange.

Futures See Volume Drop-Off During Final Quarter of 2018

While the volume of both the BTC spot and futures markets saw decline during September and October, November saw the combined spot markets post their strongest monthly volume since May, while the futures markets posted their second weakest month of the year.

BTC Futures Volume Plummets Relative to Spot Trade Heading Into 2019

While December saw the spot market post a healthy retracement, trade activity in the futures markets fell by more than half to post its worst performing month since launch, suggesting a shift away from the cryptocurrency derivatives offered by CME and CBOE in favor of the traditional cryptocurrency markets.

On Feb. 1, CME published a report stating that the average daily trade volume for its BTC contracts was $80 million during the previous 283 days, which, combined with CBOE’s approximately $10.65 million in daily trade, shows that the futures markets are currently falling roughly 4.5 percent short of rivaling the 24-hour trade volume between BTC and USDT on Binance.

Do you think that we will continue to see a decline in trade activity across the futures markets this year? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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