Digital Assets Market Surges, MicroStrategy Acquires Another $600M in Bitcoin, American Perspective on Crypto Shifts – Report

Digital asset firm Gemini has shared their latest crypto market update.

Key takeaways from Gemini‘s extensive crypto market report are as follows:

  • Bitcoin climbs as SEC speeds up spot bitcoin ETF review process: Bitcoin (BTC) continued to grind higher this week, reaching a new yearly high of over $38.5k as market participants continued accumulating BTC ahead of the potential ETF approvals at the start of next year. The SEC announced it would open the comment period for its review of applications submitted by asset manager Franklin Templeton and crypto-native firm Hashdex, leading to speculation that the regulator may be lining up “every applicant up for potential approval by the Jan 10, 2024 deadline.” Investors continued to accumulate BTC, including an unidentified whale that has been gaining attention after purchasing ~12,000 BTC, worth more than $450 million, over the past month.
  • Microstrategy also announced that it bought another ~$600 million worth of BTC in November, bringing its total holdings to 174,530 BTC.
  • Federal Reserve Governors appear to diverge on interest rate hikes ahead of December meeting: The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is set to have its last meeting of the year on December 13, with the market widely expecting rates to remain unchanged. On Tuesday, two separate speeches from Federal Reserve governors differed on how they see the path forward on inflation and interest rates.
  • Fed governor Michelle Bowman suggested that more rate hikes may be necessary to bring inflation back down to 2%, and notably hawkish Fed governor Christopher Waller appeared to ease his stance, suggesting that more hikes are not needed.
  • USTC and LUNC skyrocket amid Binance perps listing and airdrop news: Following rumors that there may be a Terra Classic USD (USTC) revamp backed by bitcoin and news that Binance listed a USTC perpetuals contract, USTC and LUNC unexpectedly gained investor attention this week.
  • FTX estate given approval to sell off trust assets: The FTX bankruptcy reached a key milestone this week as the estate was granted approval to sell its trust assets worth roughly $873 million at current prices. The added supply from these sell orders could cap price action for some of the assets. Notably, Solana (SOL) continued its rally to ~$60 despite FTX rumored to be selling SOL from its estate in early November.

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In other crypto industry insights shared with CI, it has been noted that in a time of notable turbulence, there’s “an unexpected trend emerging in the world of cryptocurrency.”

YouGov‘s latest research unveils “a significant shift in the American perspective towards crypto investments, despite recent controversies in the sector.”

Key Insights:

  • Growing Appeal: As of November 2023, one in eight Americans (12%) find cryptocurrencies more appealing as an investment option, marking a 4% increase from last year.
  • Age-Related Disparities: The appeal of crypto investment is significantly higher among younger Americans, with a notable increase to 27% among those aged 18-29, and a doubling to 20% among those aged 30-44

In contrast, older demographics show “much lower and stagnant interest levels.”

This data sheds light on “a resilient interest in cryptocurrency investments among Americans, especially the younger population, despite the sector’s recent challenges.”

The findings could provide valuable insights “into the evolving landscape of investment preferences and the enduring allure of digital currencies.”

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