Silicon Valley Bank collapse spurs demand for crypto apps
The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank in California led to a 15% increase in downloads of mobile applications for cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets. This is reported by TechCrunch, citing data from the monitoring service Apptopia.
According to the publication, the volume of downloads of crypto-applications grew rapidly as SVB shares fell by 60%. Among the most popular crypto apps were Coinbase, Crypto.com, KuCoin, Blockchain.com, Kraken, eToro, Binance, as well as wallet services BitPay, and Trust Wallet. It is also worth paying attention to the growth of cryptocurrencies, in particular Bitcoin and Ethereum.
At the same time, app downloads by the top 10 traditional banks Capital One, Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Discover, Citi and U.S. Bank, dropped 5%. Mobile app downloads of the top 10 digital banks, Chime, Dave, Albert, Empower, Varo, MoneyLion, Current, Aspiration, Sable and Oxygen, dropped 3%. Which marketplaces were sampled was not specified.
Recall that on Friday, March 10, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation announced that it was bailing out Silicon Valley Bank, a local bank. The financial regulator said it decided because of the bank’s lack of liquidity and insolvency. The U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was appointed receiver of SVB. The bank had $209 billion under management as of the end of 2022. How much was left as of March 2023 is unclear.
A week before the bank closed, the bank’s parent company, SVB Financial Group, announced an emergency sale of Treasury securities as well as $21 billion in mortgage-backed bonds. The company said it decided because of the rapid outflow of customer deposits.
Before the rehabilitation, SVB first hoped to enlist the support of investors in the amount of $2.2 billion. However, as explained by Bloomberg, the bank was unable to attract investment and tried to find a buyer in an expedited mode.
After the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank closed another bank – Signature Bank. At the time this article was written, three banks in the United States collapsed in March alone: Silvergate Bank, SVB, and Signature.
Earlier, we reported that Circle reduced USDC supply by 4.5 billion in five days.
Cryptotraders lost more than $250,000,000 in liquidations after Fed rate hike
Cryptotraders had a tough day: almost 68,000 positions were liquidated on exchanges in the last 24 hours, and the total volume of liquidations exceeded $257,000,000. All this happened against the news of the US Federal Reserve’s rate hike and another Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory action against cryptocurrencies.
Cryptotraders lost $132,000,000 in BTC
Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple were the leaders in the number of forcibly closed positions. BTC liquidations totaled almost $132,000,000; Ethereum traders lost $51,000,000. XRP positions accounted for about $8,000,000 of liquidations. Bitmex exchange executed the largest order of $7.39,000,000.
Cryptocurrency market capitalization has declined 2% in the last 24 hours, but is still above the $1 trillion mark.
The weekly CoinShares report also recorded a massive outflow of funds for six consecutive weeks. During that period, nearly $500,000,000 was withdrawn from cryptocurrency platforms, with $113,000,000 coming from bitcoin. Analysts at the company believe the outflow is due to liquidity needs during the banking crisis rather than a negative outlook. The company mentions that a similar scenario was seen in March 2020 amid a COVID-19-induced panic.
Regulators continue to hunt the cryptobusiness
Another reason for the increased volatility in the market has been harsh action from U.S. regulators. Last night it became known that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued cryptomagnate Justin Sun, accusing him of fraud and market manipulation.
The SEC also issued a notice of wrongdoing against Coinbase, the largest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange. The securities regulator sued Coinbase Global Inc, for some of the products it offers.
We previously reported that Bitcoin (BTC) tests $28,000, but onchain metrics urge caution.
Binance was caught circumventing KYC to register Chinese clients
Employees of the cryptocurrency exchange Binance help clients from China to bypass compliance and verification. CNBC writes about it, citing hundreds of corporate emails from exchange employees on Discord and Telegram. It is reported that Binance has helped over 200,000 users register, bypassing its own security system. One case describes correspondence between a user from China and a Binance employee.
The employee under the pseudonym yaya.z suggested the user from China turn on a VPN, register as a Taiwanese resident and then return the location to China. Binance employees also advise customers not to use VPN services from the U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore, because the exchange does not provide services in those regions, writes CNBC. At the same time, Binance freely processes applications from U.S. email providers like Gmail or Outlook for registration.
The exchange even offers specialized mobile applications for customers from China. A CNBC reporter could download a special mobile application from Binance via email. At the same time, no VPN was needed to download the app, as the download was conducted through the domain of binance[.]com. It is also alleged that the exchange still verifies users with Chinese phone numbers.
An exchange spokesperson denied the existence of a special Chinese version of the mobile application. The exchange also added that it has improved the system to identify users from banned regions. CNBC notes that after providing evidence, Binance removed employee messages from corporate chats to circumvent KYC.
We previously reported that the Ethereum (ETH) price crossed the $1,800 mark, opening the way to $2,000.
Why cryptoanalysts expect bitcoin to fall
The market remains in a bearish trend and bitcoin (BTC) will resume its fall and test $16,000. There are two reasons:
The first statement can be confirmed or disproved by a technical analysis of the cryptocurrency market, but there is not enough additional information for the second.
The market capitalization of altcoins (ALTCAP) does hold nearly $605 billion of resistance. Although ALTCAP has risen above it several times, it didn’t develop above this area.
However, the daily RSI has broken through the bearish divergence trendline (green line). Such a breakout often precedes significant reversals into a bullish trendline. As a result, ALTCAP will move higher towards the $680B resistance area. If not, ALTCAP could fall back to the $518B support area.
There are also those who argue that bitcoin will test the $10000-$11000 area because there is a CME price gap that needs to be filled. The gap refers to the difference between the closing price of bitcoin futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) on Friday and the opening price on the following Monday.
We previously reported that Hong Kong has allocated another $50,000,000 to the crypto industry.
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