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Is there a way for the crypto sector to avoid Bitcoin’s halving-related bear markets?

There is good reason to be afraid. Previous down markets have seen declines in excess of 80%. While tightfisted hodling might hold wisdom among many Bitcoin (BTC) maximalists, speculators in altcoins know that diamond handing can mean near (or total) annihilation. 

Regardless of one’s investment philosophy, in risk-off environments, participation flees the space with haste. The purest among us might see a silver lining as the devastation clears the forest floor of weeds, leaving room for the strongest projects to flourish. Though, doubtlessly, there are many saplings lost who would grow to great heights themselves if they had a chance.

Investment and interest in the digital asset space are water and sunlight to the fertile ground of ideas and entrepreneurship. Less severe declines better serve the market; better a garden than a desert.

A brief history of crypto bear markets

In order to solve a problem, we must first understand its catalyst. Bitcoin and the wider digital asset space have survived a number of bear markets since its inception. By some accounts, depending on one’s definition, we are currently in number five.

The five Bitcoin bear markets. Source: TradingView

The first half of 2012 was fraught with regulatory uncertainty culminating in the closure of TradeHill, the second-largest Bitcoin exchange. This was followed by the hacks of both Bitcoinica and Linode, resulting in tens of thousands of Bitcoin lost and dropping the market by some 40%.¹ But, the price rebounded, albeit briefly, finding new heights above $16 until further hacks, regulatory fears and defaults from the Bitcoin Savings and Trust Ponzi Scheme collapsed the price yet again, down 37%.¹

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GameFi continues to grow despite crypto winter: DappRadar report

The report seems to show that turbulence in the crypto markets has failed to rattle investments and forward movement of several GameFi and metaverse projects.

Solana NFT marketplace Magic Eden closes $130M Series B round at $1.6B valuation

Magic Eden accounts for over 90% of NFT trading volume on Solana.

BIS: 90% of Central Banks are researching the utility of CBDCs

The institution's future monetary vision includes exploring innovations grounded in trust in central banks' stable sovereign currencies and safe payment systems.

Japanese film studio announces the production of a series based on crypto

Animator Haruna Gohzu, who worked in popular anime like Pokémon and the Demon Slayer movie, will lead the animation in the films.

Bitcoin price taps 5-day highs as Shiba Inu leads altcoin gains

Bitcoin (BTC) saw continued strength on June 21 as Wall Street trading opened with a trip to near $21,500.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

Analyst eyes diminishing BTC stocks correlation

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it reached $21,633 on Bitstamp, its best performance since June 16.

The largest cryptocurrency managed to avoid fresh losses into the new week; so far, these are reserved for the weekend. As such, futures markets reopened without being subjected to the dip to $17,600.

CME Bitcoin futures 1-hour candle chart. Source: TradingView

While some planned to short BTC at current levels, the mood among market participants was broadly one of "wait and see" as U.S. equities opened up. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 both added around 2.5% on the open. 

Popular trader Bierre was eyeing the 200-period moving average (MA) on the four-hour chart. For him, breaking it on the day would be a sign of strength not seen for multiple weeks.

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Crypto exchange BlockFi secures $250M credit from FTX amid bear market

At a time when a significant number of crypto platforms are struggling to remain afloat, BlockFi hopes the new credit line would help them secure user’s funds

What is Vulcan Forged (PYR) and how to make money playing it?

Vulcan Forged is a play-to-earn game that allows players to earn cryptocurrency by winning, selling, and upgrading their in-game assets.

Celsius warns community about fake accounts, pauses Twitter spaces and AMAs

Celsius Network announced that there is an increase in fake accounts on social media and warned users to be more vigilant.

Cloudflare outage affects multiple crypto exchanges

Users attempting to visit certain websites were met with a “500 Internal Server Error” notice due to a Cloudflare outage.

Bitfrost releases upgraded SALP 2.0 after protocol helped secure $450M via parachain auctions

The move comes after 18 Polkadot parachain auctions were secured on the original SALP protocol.

High-profile BAYC collector denies allegations of wrongdoing brought by DeFi detective

At the time of publication, it is not clear how the DeFi detective allegedly connected wallets with questionable activities to Jeff Huang.

Bitcoin traders expect a ‘long consolidation’ phase now that BTC trades below $21K

Crypto traders had a brief opportunity to pause and take stock of where things are on June 16 as the relentless selling that has hammered Bitcoin (BTC) and the wider market over the past week began to relent despite an ongoing sell-off in the traditional markets

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that after climbing to a high of $23,000 in the early trading hours on June 16, the price of Bitcoin slowly trended down on diminished trading volume to hit a low at $20,765.

BTC/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

Here’s what several analysts in the market are saying about the outlook for Bitcoin moving forward as crypto traders try to determine if the bottom is in or if there is more downside ahead.

Expect multi-month consolidation at the 200-week MA

A macro perspective of the journey that Bitcoin has taken over the years and how its past can offer insight into the current market setup was discussed by analyst and pseudonymous Twitter user Rekt Capital, who posted the following chart highlighting BTC’s behavior near its 200-week moving average (MA).

BTC/USD 1-week chart. Source: Twitter

Rekt Capital said,

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Resistance is futile! 3 reasons why Bitcoin mining will never go away

Numerous governments have tried to ban Bitcoin mining, but data and insights from those in the mining industry suggest that this is easier said than done.

Resistance is futile! 3 reasons why Bitcoin mining will never go away

In the summer of 2021, the Chinese government banned Bitcoin (BTC) mining and cited the typical concerns of harmful environmental effects and money laundering. Now, the Chinese government is working toward establishing its own digital yuan currency. This raises the question as to whether the original reasoning was merely a Trojan horse.

This ban could easily have been a huge blow to Bitcoin’s momentum. After all, close to 75% of all Bitcoin mining had been conducted in China by late 2019, according to Cambridge Alternative Finance Benchmarks. If the network teetered under the weight of China’s nationwide ban, other governments might have begun to think that Bitcoin could be defeated after all.

China’s ban was Bitcoin’s stress test

For a brief period, the ban worked as intended — by the end of June 2021, the Bitcoin network’s hash rate had dropped to 57.47 exahashes per second (EH/s), down by a few multiples. However, the hash rate rebounded to 193.64 EH/s by December 2021 and by February 2022, it reached an all-time high of 248.11 EH/s.

The entire ordeal was a test that Bitcoin passed with flying colors: Banning Bitcoin mining proved as effective as the Prohibition era was at killing drinking culture in the United States.

In early 2022, the obvious explanation for the hash rate recovery was that miners who had set up shop in China had simply fled to the Western Hemisphere. There was plenty of evidence that seemed to support this hypothesis — primarily that the United States’ share of the global hash rate exploded from 4.1% in late 2019 to 35.4% in August 2021.

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Swiss luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer introduces NFT-enabled smartwatch

Watches, blockchain and NFTs combine with the launch of TAG Heuer’s new luxury wearable.

Further downside is expected, but multiple data points suggest Bitcoin is undervalued

The outlook across the cryptocurrency ecosystem continues to dim as the sharp downtrend that was initially sparked by the collapse of Terra (LUNA, now LUNC) appears to have claimed the Singapore-based crypto venture capital firm Three Arrows Capital (3AC) as its next victim. 

As large crypto projects and investment firms begin to collapse on a weekly basis, the prospect of a long, drawn out bear market is a reality investors are beginning to accept. 

Based on a recent Twitter poll conducted by market analyst and pseudonymous Twitter user Plan C,  41.6% of respondents indicated that they thought the Bitcoin (BTC) bottom will fall between the $17,000 to $20,000 range.

Total Bitcoin supply in profit held by short-term holders. Source: Twitter

Addresses holding at least 1 BTC hits a new high

In the midst of the heightened volatility and rapid price decline for Bitcoin, many would expect to see traders dumping their holdings and fleeing to the sidelines in a bid to maintain their purchasing power.

While it has indeed been the case that falling prices and liquidations have pushed many traders out of the market, low-priced Bitcoin has also attracted some buyers who have patiently been waiting for the right entry point.

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SOL price trending toward yearly low as Solana TVL drops $870M in three days

Solana (SOL) tumbled on June 16 amid a broader retreat across the top cryptocurrencies, led by the Federal Reserve's 0.75% interest rate hike a day before.

Solana price rebound fizzles

Notably, SOL/USD plunged nearly 17% to $30 a token, wiping out almost all the gains from the day before. The SOL price volatility liquidated almost $10 million worth of contracts in the past 24 hours across multiple crypto exchanges, data from Coinglass shows. 

SOL liquidation record since May 17. Source: Coinglass 

The latest declines come as an extension to SOL's broader correction, where it dropped by more than 90% after peaking out near $267 in November 2021. SOL also fell to its lowest level since July 2021 near $25.

In addition, a higher interest rate environment and the collapse of high-profile crypto projects like Terra have strengthened SOL's downside prospects. 

SOL paints "ascending triangle"

Solana's pullback move on June 16 began after testing a horizontal trendline resistance near $34 that constitutes what appears to be an "ascending triangle" pattern.

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This oracle data provider platform has surpassed 4 million nodes since inception

The protocol has weathered multiple bear markets and has nearly 250 million data payloads and counting.

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