Newsletter Volume 27

3Verse Global
5 min readMay 12, 2023

Article 1 — The Market This Week

Bitcoin continues to be a hot topic among investors and analysts, as the market has shown impressive resilience in the face of recent economic turbulence. Despite some speculation regarding the US government’s alleged offloading of BTC holdings, Bitcoin’s price has managed to stay above the crucial $27,000 support level, leaving many wondering: what is the next price target for Bitcoin?

As investors look to chart Bitcoin’s potential trajectory, it’s worth noting recent economic developments that could impact it. The US annual inflation rate dipped slightly to 4.9% in April, missing expectations and prompting speculation that the Federal Reserve may relax its monetary policy. Additionally, the Fed has hinted at a potential pause in its rate hike cycle due to the deteriorating conditions in the US banking sector, which has seen several institutions fail despite rapid rate hikes.

Despite these factors, Bitcoin’s price has experienced volatility, reflecting the dual nature of its fragility and resilience. Following the slightly positive inflation data, Bitcoin and Ether witnessed value appreciation before dropping due to rumours of US government offloading of BTC holdings. Nevertheless, Bitcoin rebounded, demonstrating its inherent resilience.

As investors continue to seek catalysts that could propel Bitcoin’s price beyond its prevailing range, it remains susceptible to minor shifts in market sentiment. However, Wednesday’s rebound serves as a reminder of Bitcoin’s ability to withstand economic turbulence. While the next price target for Bitcoin is uncertain, it’s clear that the market is closely watching its every move.

KEY METRICS

Total Crypto Market Cap: $1.16 T

Bitcoin Market Cap: $525.00 B

Ethereum Market Cap: $216.28 B

ETH/BTC Ratio: 0.07

Ethereum Gas Price: 112 gwei

DeFi TVL :$74.72 B

Fear and Greed Index: 52 (Neutral)

Federal Reserve Balance Sheet: $8.50 T

Article 2 — Weekly Review of IC15

The cryptocurrency market has been relatively stable with mixed results following the US CPI inflation data release showing a slight cooling down. At 4 pm, the IC15 Index was down by 84 points to 37,885. While Uniswap, Cardano, Polkadot, and Litecoin recorded gains in the 1–3% range, Ethereum, Dogecoin, Polygon, and Chainlink were among the major losers, recording losses in the 0–1% range.

Meanwhile, US lawmakers have been discussing the future of digital asset regulation, suggesting that the US crypto industry should follow the same framework as the EU’s Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) and UK’s crypto regulation. In addition, the New York State Assembly has proposed a bill to amend the law, aiming to permit stablecoins payments for bail bonds.

On the other hand, fintech giant PayPal reported $943 million in crypto assets in its quarterly report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which represents a 56% increase from the previous quarter’s crypto holdings. This highlights the growing interest and confidence in the cryptocurrency industry from established players such as PayPal.

A report by Goldman Sachs also revealed that 32% of family offices hold their investments in digital assets, a clear indication of the increasing acceptance of blockchain technology. This is expected to drive further growth and development in the cryptocurrency industry, as more traditional investors and institutions look to diversify their portfolios and take advantage of the potential benefits that digital assets offer.

Overall, the cryptocurrency market remains a dynamic and evolving industry that continues to attract attention from various players, ranging from regulators to traditional investors. With increased regulation and institutional interest, the industry is expected to continue growing, and it will be interesting to see how it develops in the coming months and years.

Article 3 — Battle of Bull and Bear

XRP has been making headlines recently, with its price fluctuating and its 24-hour trading volume exceeding $1 billion. While XRP’s price has been down by 0.5% in the past 24 hours, it has risen by 25% since the start of 2023. Despite this, it decreased by 7.5% in the past week and 18.5% in the last 30 days. However, this could change once Ripple’s long-running legal battle with the SEC ends, which many experts believe will be positive for the company, and, subsequently, XRP.

As Ripple is expected to play a crucial role in the future of monetary systems worldwide, its status in the CBDC and digital payments sector strongly indicates that it is well-positioned to ride a wave of growth. Additionally, XRP’s trading volume has been rising, a promising sign that higher volumes often provide the conditions for XRP price increases. Once the legal battle ends, XRP could shoot towards $1 immediately after a favorable outcome, surpassing its current ATH of $3.40.

However, while XRP may be a top contender in the crypto market, some traders may prefer to look at other high-potential altcoins. One such altcoin is SpongeBob (SPONGE), a new ERC-20 token that has gained well over 2,000% since listing directly on Uniswap on May 4. With more than 11,000 holders and receiving growing CEX listings, SPONGE has the potential to rise even higher in the next few weeks.

While the crypto market remains unpredictable, the future looks bright for XRP and other altcoins, making it an exciting time for traders and investors alike.

Article 4 — Weekly Spotlight

In the world of finance, lotteries, casino games, and gambling are all about acquiring instant wealth with little or no effort. However, the recent surge of memecoins, such as PEPE, has sparked a new debate about the legitimacy of acquiring wealth through these coins.

PEPE, which saw early buyers earning millions of dollars on hundred-dollar bets during a period of relative stagnation in the crypto market, surged from virtually nothing to a peak market cap of around $1.5 billion in just a few weeks, raising questions about pump and dump schemes and market manipulation.

Avi Felman, head of digital asset trading at GoldenTree, and Cumberland’s Global Head of Trading, Jonah Van Bourg, recently spoke to Blockworks about the memecoin’s activity and how it could point to a new utility in the world of finance.

“It’s been a crazy uptake in memecoinery,” Felman says, “and it’s all retail.”

Institutions can’t “touch this stuff,” he says, but they can pay attention to the activity because “it’s a great signal.”

While memecoins generally mean blow-off and can “suck liquidity” out of bitcoin and ether, Felman suggests that the pepe coin craze could have been just an isolated event. “Pepe was the only thing that was running,” he says, “and there’s not that much liquidity.”

Despite the concerns about memecoins, the surge in PEPE and other memecoins shows that there is a new utility for these coins. Memecoins have become the new worldwide lottery tickets, offering investors a chance to get rich quickly with little effort.

But what does this mean for the world of finance? While some see memecoins as a legitimate investment opportunity, others worry that they could be a sign of a bubble. As with any investment, it’s important to do your research and invest wisely.

As we move forward, we can expect to see more memecoins popping up and more investors jumping on the bandwagon. Whether memecoins will become a legitimate part of the financial world or a short-lived fad remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, though: memecoins are here to stay, and they are changing the way we think about finance.

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