MaiCoin Digital Asset Weekly, Jan 17
MaiCoin Digital Asset Weekly, Jan 17
Digital Assets followed up on last week’s gains with another +13% this week. Gains this week were broad based with 75% of the top 100 coins and tokens ending the week higher. Gains this week were led by smaller coins and tokens with X-BTC Crypto +22% outperforming BTC +9% and lifting total Digital Asset market cap to a 64 day high of US$240B. Reported on exchange volume was very active this week at a daily average of US$109B, +40% WoW.
BTC forks saw massive moves this week with BSV +162%, DASH +142%, BTG 129%, BCD +108% and BCH +44%.
Gains in BTC clones were driven by rumors that BSV founder Craig Wright had proven control of a Satoshi Nakamoto wallet with 1.1 million BTC. This story seems to have caught traction with Chinese retail investors expecting lagging BTC forks to the be the beneficiary of a rotation out of BTC. Okex and Huobi, led exchange net inflows this week while fund flows at major Western exchanges were largely neutral to negative.
The rumors looked to have grown out of the latest twist in Wright’s ongoing legal battle with the estate of a deceased business partner. Wright, who has repeatedly claimed that he is the man behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, would receive access to a 1.1 million BTC (US$8.5B) blind trust in January via a bonded carrier. US Judge Beth Bloom has given Wright until Feb 3 to reveal wether has received access to the funds.
Looking into next week, would expect some air to come out of some of the week’s biggest outperformers. BSV and BTG look especially susceptible given they are trading 148% and 112% > their respective 50 Day Moving Averages.
BTC’s outlook looks slightly more healthy with outperformance vs its 50 Day MAVG at just 15% and an RSI of only 65. After ending the week above $8,400 — the VWAP (value weighted average price) for the current 4 year cycle — BTC’s next line of resistance is the 200D MAVG of $9,200. It’s worth noting that the total market capitalization of Digital Assets broke above its 200 Day Moving Average already this week and that BTC has relatively little volume between the current price and ~ $10,100. Meaning that BTC could get pulled higher by outperformance in smaller coins and tokens and has relatively little volume to act as resistance above $9,200.
Interestingly, 2020’s VWAP looks on track to gain to ~ $8,200 this weekend — the first annual VWAP increase since 2017. This means that most people that bought BTC in 2017 are down only ~ 20% and most people that bought BTC in 2019 will be back in the money.
Who is driving this rally?
Data aggregated from TokenAnalyst.Io suggests that it’s Chinese retail.
2. Price Performance
- Gains this week were led by coins and tokens with significant followings in China, including: BSV, BTG and BCH.
3. Wallet Balances
- The number of addresses with >1 BTC balance has accelerated sharply over the previous 2 weeks.
Is Craig Wright Satoshi Nakamoto?
This is a great summary of CSW’s long history of bombastic claims, exaggerated credentials, debunked cryptographic proofs and altered documents.
The current round of CSW claims making news are related to the the ongoing Kleiman suit. Dave Kleiman was a former business partner of Wright who passed away in 2013. In 2018, relatives of Kleiman filed a lawsuit against Wright in the US purporting that Wright fraudulently acquired large numbers of BTC owned by Kleiman by forging various documents.
A report from BTC security firm, WizSec, calls into question the actual existence of the 1.1 million BTC in question. A number of the addresses submitted originally to the court look to be simply large, early BTC addresses that have an identified owner that is not Craig Wright (many are Mt Gox addresses).
The report concludes “…the lawsuit is a nonsensical fight over unrelated funds that never belonged to either party…”
Judge Bloom: “[Wright] was evasive, refused to give and interpret words in their very basic meanings, was combative and became defensive when confronted with previous inconsistencies…”