Bitcoin price august 2022: What happens to Bitcoin this week
How much is Bitcoin price right now? On August 1, Bitcoin was trading at $23.4 thousand and the first cryptocurrency gained 6% last week. Let’s analyze the market situation and tell what dynamics to expect in the short term.
What will be Bitcoin price in August 2022?
The week from July 25 to July 31 began with a decline in the BTC/USDt pair. Crypto-assets with U.S. stocks fell in price before the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting (July 27). Investors were closing long positions in anticipation of an aggressive rate hike by the Fed.
Bitcoin prices were down to $20.7K on July 26. Many believe that the Bitcoin price bottom has passed. The weekly low was formed on the background of falling U.S. stock indices, as well as a strengthening of the U.S. dollar. The S&P500 index fell 0.85%, while the Nasdaq fell 1.87%.
The stock market came under pressure after Walmart Inc. cut its profit forecast and the IMF warned of a possible sharp slowdown in global growth. The dollar, in turn, rose in price due to the collapse of the single currency amid the energy crisis (gas price rally).
On July 27, a new phase of Bitcoin strengthening began. The growth in quotations resumed after the stock indices after the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting. The BTC/USDt pair recovered by 7.99%, to $22.9 thousand.
At the end of the two-day meeting, the Fed raised the rate by 0.75%, to 2.50%. During the press conference, the head of the Fed said that it is possible to increase the key rate by more than 0.75pc in the future, but the decision will depend on incoming data.
What else could affect crypto Bitcoin prices?
Risk appetite increased on the statements of J. Powell, who did not recognize the recession in the U.S.. At the same time, fresh statistics confirmed the technical recession with two negative quarterly values. The United States economy contracted by 0,9% on an annualized basis against the forecast of 0,5% and -1,6% for the 1st quarter.
- Yellen, J. Powell and the White House deny a recession in the United States. They call the disappointing GDP data a necessary slowdown in the economy before future growth. They have inflation fighting as a priority, so the economy can be sacrificed in a strong labor market.
Yellen said that the U.S. economy is entering a new phase focused on sustained and stable growth. The word “recession” will soon be forbidden to utter in the U.S., and journalists, economists and analysts who use it will be subject to sanctions and fines.
Stock indices and cryptocurrency reacted to the American statistics by falling; then growth resumed with renewed vigor. Investors believed that the Fed will not aggressively raise rates in November with the slowing economy. Bitcoin rate went up to $24.4 thousand.
Bitcoin price August 2022 – what events will affect growth?
On July 29, stocks continued their rally after the U.S. Central Bank raised the rate to 2.5% in an attempt to curb high inflation. The BTC/USDt pair rose to $24.1k. The growth stalled, though buyers have a path to the $28-30k zone. The upward movement may continue on Sunday. Buyers will be closing the monthly candlestick. Bitcoin was up 22.87% in July and ether was up 61.39%.
The uptrend comes in small impulses of 5-6 hours and corrections of 10-13 hours. When the correction lasts more than 40 hours, buyers get nervous and close long positions in anticipation of a correction.
The big macro data coming out on Monday and Wednesday is the July manufacturing and service sector data. Friday will bring investors’ attention to Non-farm Payrolls data on the labor market in the U.S. Better data will push stocks and cryptocurrencies higher.
In the new week from August 1 to 7, investors will be watching the dynamics of ether. If buyers pass the key resistance of $1.8 thousand, a new wave of altcoin purchases will begin at the crypto market.
Bitcoin price prediction – Growth: a plausible scenario
Bitcoin might easily jump to $26K if the bulls have enough strength to overcome bearish pressure. Yesterday’s speech by Jerome Powell gave hope to market participants that such steep key rate hikes at the next meeting are unlikely, which means that capital will stop flowing away from high-risk assets to low-risk ones, such as bonds.
At the same time, inflation remains at a high level. In such an environment, investors can use high-risk instruments, which include cryptocurrencies. They may invest some capital in Bitcoin.
Bitcoin’s rise this week seems a likely scenario. At the same time, a negative scenario cannot be ruled out, in which all the gains Bitcoin has made in the last 24 hours will be lost due to investors’ fear of rising consumer prices.
Hong Kong allocated another $50 million to the crypto industry
Hong Kong has allocated another $50 million to accelerate the development of the crypto industry after local authorities allocated HK$50 million (about $6.37 million) in late February to develop the Web3 direction. This is stated in a press release on the website of the government.
Legalization of cryptocurrencies in Hong Kong
According to the head of the Financial Services and Treasury Bureau of Hong Kong (FSTB) Christopher Hui, the pool of funds will be allocated, in particular, to organize major international Web3-events. Hui also said that the government will organize educational programs for young people, for which preparations have already begun.
In addition, the 2023 budget provides for the creation of a working group to focus on developing virtual assets and study the situation in the crypto market, development opportunities and the need for changes in regulation.
“Hong Kong is well positioned to become a leading hub for Web3 in Asia and beyond, and we attach great importance to virtual assets (VA) and Web3. The government is committed at a high level to developing this sector and providing a comprehensive support system for enterprises,” Hui said.
He added that the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) is now working on regulating stablecoins to introduce them into the economy next year. The country also plans to improve securities regulations so that retail investors can access ETFs based on cryptocurrency futures.
Despite several personal initiatives, Hong Kong authorities are also working closely with mainland China, testing international payments in the digital currency and working with the Central Bank. In all, as of the end of February, more than 80 Chinese companies had expressed interest in operating in Hong Kong.
Bloomberg wrote about China’s support back in late February. The agency pointed out that after Hong Kong set out to develop the crypto industry last October, Chinese officials have become more frequent visitors to Hong Kong. According to sources, this interest is because Beijing wants to use the city as a testing ground for digital assets amid tight control of crypto activity on the mainland.
We previously reported that the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank is spurring demand for crypto apps.
Tether printed for one billion dollars on the TRON network
Stablecoin issuer USDT is rapidly printing “digital dollars” in the TRON (TRC-20) ecosystem. This time, Tether printed another billion dollars in USDT, according to transaction details. The total number of USDT in circulation in the TRON ecosystem is over 42.1 billion USDT. By comparison, the Ethereum ecosystem issued significantly less – 34.2 billion USDT.
As TRONScan data shows, this is the second billion-dollar tranche issued by Tether for TRON. The last time the USDT-issuing company issued a similar amount of Stablecoin was on March 14. Since the beginning of 2023, this is the fourth transaction to issue such a large amount of USDT. As of 2023, the largest issuance occurred in February. At that time, Tether issued two billion dollars in USDT at once.
Amid the news, bitcoin barely reacted to the USDT pump. According to TradingView, the bitcoin (BTC) exchange rate in the BTC/USDT trading pair is $27,949, up just 1.4% overnight. Bitcoin has a market capitalization of $540.4 billion.
In early March, The Wall Street Journal revealed that Tether had opened bank accounts using fake documents and shell companies. It turned out that one of Tether’s Turkish accounts had been opened in the name of Denix Royal Dis Ticaret Limited Sirketi, which had previously been caught laundering money for a terrorist group.
Tether chief technology officer Paolo Ardoino ridiculed the publication on Twitter and said the WSJ’s information was untrue. Tether said it adheres to legal requirements to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, and uses KYC mechanisms of the highest level. Renowned cryptocurrency critic Molly White, for her part, said that The Wall Street Journal journalists couldn’t “just make this stuff up.”
We previously reported that major cryptocurrency exchanges have moved offshore.
Where are crypto exchanges registered? Major crypto exchanges have moved offshore
According to a report by platform CoinGecko, 21 of the 30 largest crypto exchanges (70%) are based in offshore financial centers – territories that want to attract companies from abroad through loyal laws and schemes with low or no taxation.
Analysts of the service note that offshore zones, as a rule, offer non-residents more financial services and on more loyal terms than “in the home country”.
Where are crypto exchanges registered? They choose islands
Seychelles, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands were among the most popular offshore locations for cryptocurrencies. These territories are also considered tax havens for many corporations.
Also, one in five Crypto exchanges in offshore locations (20%) are registered in the Seychelles. This jurisdiction has become home to many centralized exchanges. Among them, there are well-known major platforms such as OKX, KuCoin, and MEXC Global. Many companies are “moving” to the Seychelles because the Seychelles Financial Services Authority (FSA Seychelles) refuses to license and oversee activities or companies related to cryptocurrencies.
In total, according to CoinGecko, the top 30 cryptocurrency exchanges are listed in 15 different countries: 11 of the 30 platforms (37%) are in North America – mostly in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and the United States. The number of companies located in Europe, Asia and Africa is evenly split: 20% each (or 6 countries).
The number of companies offshore may grow
Because of stricter U.S. regulators’ policies toward cryptocurrency companies, many firms are having to move to more cryptocurrency-friendly countries.
For example, the Hong Kong government, to turn the state into a new crypto hub, has allowed retail investors to trade digital tokens such as bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). The Hong Kong authorities themselves admit that they want to create a “favorable environment” for developing the local crypto industry.
Also, Ras Al Khaimah, one of seven regions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is preparing to open a free zone for cryptocurrency companies. Entrepreneurs in these areas own 100% of their businesses and have their own tax schemes and regulatory frameworks.
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