Institutional investors accumulate Bitcoin after Russia-Ukraine conflict shakes up crypto market
Bitcoin price has dropped back below $40,000 after briefly rebounding toward $45,000. Crypto trading volumes have been soaring in Russia and Ukraine, and Tether has even reached a new all-time high against the ruble.
Here’s a snapshot of the recent events that happened this week:
- The minister of digital transformation of Ukraine requested major cryptocurrency exchanges to block addresses of Russian users. However, most exchanges responded that they will not freeze accounts of innocent Russians’ crypto assets, but will comply if sanctions are imposed upon them.
- Stablecoin Tether (USDT) has recorded a new all-time high against the Russian ruble amid the rising inflation of the latter currency.
- Institutional investors are starting to accumulate Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) shares as the crypto product’s discount has risen to almost 30%.
- The city of Lugano in Switzerland will start allowing its residents to pay taxes, and other goods and services in cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Tether and its LVGA token. However, unlike El Salvador, the city will declare certain cryptocurrencies only as “de facto” legal tender.
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Did the Russian invasion of Ukraine affect the crypto market?
Data from Glassnode suggest that investors who purchased Bitcoin at nearly all-time highs have almost completely capitulated. Nearly 219,000 BTC wallets have been emptied over the past month while interest and demand have decreased for the leading cryptocurrency.
The spending behavior could be due to the financial cost and psychological pain of holding an asset that is in the red. In addition, the recent drop in Bitcoin price could also be due to the wider market uncertainty surrounding looming interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve and the war in Ukraine.
While the Ukraine-Russia conflict continues to escalate, Bitcoin price and other large-cap cryptocurrencies witnessed a sharp recovery last week. However, the rebound in price was short-lived, and Bitcoin has dropped back to the $38,000 level.
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