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2022- new beginnings for the cryptocurrency market?

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A new year often means a fresh start but is this the case in the cryptocurrency industry? Lets take a closer look.

At the time of press, the cryptocurrency industry is currently worth $2.23 trillion and shows a 0.79% decrease over the last 24 hour period. In contrast the total amount of crypto traded (volume) in the last 24 hours has risen by 42.06% to $108.48 billion indicating sellers have marginal control over the market.

For extra detail DeFi makes up 21.38% of the total crypto market volume at $23.20 billion whilst stable coins represent 61.47% of the last 24 hour trading volume at $66.69 billion. This data shows the cryptocurrency market is relatively stable going in to 2022 and could be viewed as a ‘bottom’ with prices anticipated to rise in the near term.

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Bitcoin price stability

At the time of press the price of Bitcoin is $46,607, a decrease of 1.00% in the last 24 hours, whilst market dominance continues to fall and currently stands at 39.60%, a drop of 0.08% over the last day.  On Monday, January 3rd Bitcoin celebrated its 13th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down or letting other coins take the number one spot.

Although Bitcoin may never be used to buy a simple cup of coffee, many people are beginning to see Bitcoin as alternative rival to gold as a store of wealth and a solid hedge against rising inflation. Indeed, Grayscale Investment Management recorded returns of 62.2% for its Bitcoin Trust in the last 12 months easily eclipsing the 2% offered by Gold.

$55 billion Grayscale AUM

Grayscale are firm believers in the transformational power of cryptocurrencies and describe themselves as ‘the leading partner to investors who wish to navigate and deploy capital into this new asset class’. At time of press, Grayscale is the worlds largest digital currency asset manager with $55 billion worth of assets under management. However, all that being said Grayscale have actually reduced their cryptocurrency exposure in the last couple of months as prices have failed to ignite.

In early November Grayscale AUM were sitting at a comfortably $61 billion but the lack of price action since then has seen the company sell off 30% and 22% of their Bitcoin and Ethereum trusts respectively. However, recent data shows that since December 31st 2021 Grayscale have purchased $11.4 billion worth of cryptocurrency demonstrating once more their confidence in the cryptocurrency and digital asset market moving in to the new year. Long may this continue.

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Author: Mark Harridge

Mark Harridge first came across Bitcoin and began to use its peer-to-peer payment network in mid to late-2011. He quickly understood that this technology would change the world. Mark is passionate about crypto adoption, from a macro economic and institutional perspective, and the numerous factors that fuel the relentless march towards individual self sovereignty and the decentralised society of the future.

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