After the rejection of the $1.95 trillion capitalization resistance on March 20, cryptocurrencies failed in their attempt to end the 42-day-old downtrend. Altcoins showed a strong rally, even though Bitcoin (BTC), gained 3.7% in the last seven days.
Between March 14-21, crypto markets’ aggregate capitalization saw a 6.2% rise to $1.92 trillion. This performance was positively influenced by Ether (ETH’s) 14% gains, Cardano (+ADA) increasing 13% and Solana(SOL) gaining 10%.
Market cap total for crypto, USD billion Source: TradingView
These assets did not make the most weekly gains of the top-80 coins but Ether might have fueled investors’ hopes after Glassnode’s data on-chain showed that ETH balances on cryptocurrency exchanges had fallen to their lowest level since 2018.
The results of comparing winners and losers is distorted as only two names showed negative performance over the past seven day.
Weekly winners and losers from the top-80 coins Source: Nomics
Ethereum Classic (ETC), rallied 51% following the HebeSwap Decentralized Exchange Application surpassing $290 million in total value. Ethereum Classic seems to be a Decentralized Finance (DeFi) hub, thanks to the growing liquidity pools.
AAVE gained 35% after its March 16 v3 liquidity pool upgrade, which added cross-chain asset functionality and a community contribution tool. AAVE also got a gas optimization model. Many wallet-based decentralized apps (DApps), such as Instadapp and Debank, 1Inch and Paraswap will be integrated.
Kusama (KSM), gained 31% after Parity Technology confirmed it would enable parachain (sidechain swaps) on the forthcoming 0.9.18 release. Manta Network’s privacy Dolphin Testnet on-chain reached 30,000 transactions in March 14.
Tether premium causes slight discomfort
The OKXTether (USDT premium) is a useful indicator of China-based retail traders crypto demand. It is used to measure the difference between peer-to-peer Chinese trades and the U.S. dollars.
An excessive buying demand can push the indicator above its fair value at 100 percent. During bearish markets, Tether’s market offer is flooded and Tether will receive a discount of 4% or more.
Tether (USDT) peer-to-peer vs. USD/CNY. Source: OKX
The Tether premium is currently at 99.9%. This is its lowest level since March 3rd. The indicator has shown a slight decline over the past week, although it is still far from panic selling.
However, the weaker retail demand does not make it any less concerning as it partly reflects the decrease in cryptocurrency capitalization which is down 46% over the past year.
Mixed sentiment is evident in futures markets
The embedded rate for perpetual contracts, also called inverse swaps or inverse swaps is usually charged every eight hours. This fee is used by exchanges to avoid imbalances in exchange risk.
Positive funding rates indicate that buyers (longs) are looking for more leverage. The opposite happens when shorts (sellers), require more leverage. Therefore, the funding rate turns negative.
On March 21, the accrued perpetual futures funding rate was 1. Source: Coinglass
The Ether and Bitcoin accumulated seven-day funding rates are slightly positive, as shown above. Although this data suggests a slightly higher demand from longs, (buyers), it is not significant. Solana’s positive weekly rate of 0.20% is 0.8% per month, so it should not concern most futures traders.
However, Terra (LUNA), and Polkadot(DOT) futures had slightly higher demand from shorts. The lack of Tether demand from Asia and mixed perpetual contracts premiums indicate a lack confidence among traders, despite recent price increases.
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Eileen Wilson –Technology and Energy
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