Crypto Market Pulse Weekly – 🏟️ Pay Comes to Adelaide Oval; Exchanges Saw Lowest BTC Balances launched a crypto payment solution at the Adelaide Oval. Bitcoin balance on exchanges dropped to the lowest amount since March 2018. PayPal enables cross-border money transfers with PYUSD

Apr 08, 2024
Crypto Market Pulse

Weekly Market Index

Last week’s crypto market price index dropped by -3.01%. Volume and volatility indices showed a slight increase by +0.44% and +0.05%, respectively.

Bitcoin’s (BTC) price fluctuated between US$65,000 and US$70,000 through the week and settled at close to US$70,000 on 7 April 2024. US Spot Bitcoin ETFs had a week of net inflows totalling US$485 million, lower than the US$845 million net inflow in the previous week. Grayscale Bitcoin Trust ETF’s (GBTC) weekly net outflow slowed down to US$738 million last week (vs US$967 million the week prior).

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Sources: Research, Price
Notes: Based on market-cap adjusted index of selected top-cap tokens

Chart of the Week

As of 7 April 2024, approximately 2.3 million BTC were held by cryptocurrency exchanges, the lowest amount since March 2018.

This comes along with the launch of US Spot Bitcoin ETFs in January 2024. Since then, ~161,000 BTC flowed out of exchanges, amounting to nearly US$10 billion.


Weekly Performance

BTC and Ether (ETH) fell by -2.2% and -4.9% respectively in the past seven days. The price action for most other selected top market cap tokens was also negative. However, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) outperformed, which could be driven by its halving event.

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Sources: Research, CoinGecko
Note: Rectangle size represents market cap

All of the selected key categories were down in terms of market capitalisation changes in the past seven days, with the meme coin and NFT categories leading the drop.

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Sources: Research, CoinGecko

News Highlights

  • launched a cryptocurrency payment solution at Adelaide Oval, a sports ground in Adelaide, Australia. Sports fans and concert-goers at the stadium can now pay via Pay to purchase food and drinks. This integration marks a world-first at this scale.
  • PayPal enables cross-border money transfers with USD converted from PYUSD, the company’s stablecoin. This service is available to US users, and transfers can be sent to approximately 160 countries globally with no transaction fees.
  • BlackRock updated its Spot Bitcoin ETF prospectus on 5 April to include five Wall Street firms as new authorised participants. This allows them to create and redeem shares of the ETF. These firms include ABN AMRO Clearing, Citadel Securities, Citigroup Global Markets, Goldman Sachs and UBS Securities.
  • Monochrome Asset Management, an Australian investment management firm, unveiled plans for first Australian Spot Bitcoin ETF with Cboe Australia as its listing exchange. It is pending necessary approvals from market operators and regulatory bodies, and expects a decision before mid 2024. 
  • Ethena Labs’ USDe reached a $2 billion supply, becoming the fifth largest stablecoin by market cap. USDe, launched in February 2024, is a ‘synthetic dollar’ that aims to maintain the peg to 1 US Dollar by adopting derivative hedging. It was originally backed by ETH and added BTC as collateral last week.
  • Ripple (XRP) announced plans to launch a US Dollar stablecoin on the XRP Ledger and Ethereum blockchain. The stablecoin aims to compete with USDT and USDC.
  • Japan’s Sony Bank is experimenting with issuing its own stablecoin pegged to fiat currencies, like the Japanese yen for example. The trial will be on the Polygon blockchain with Belgium-based blockchain company SettleMint. The stablecoin can be used as payment for game and sports IPs owned by Sony Group.
  • US Bank for International Settlements and seven central banks explore asset tokenisation of cross-border payments. The initiative, named ‘Project Agora’, explores the integration of tokenised commercial bank deposits with tokenised wholesale central bank money within a public-private financial platform. This aims to provide new solutions to the monetary system using smart contracts. 
  • China has launched a new public blockchain infrastructure platform in collaboration with Conflux Network. This initiative aims to support cross-border applications along the Belt and Road Initiative.

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