Crypto Market Sees Upswing as Ethereum Upgrade Boosts Investor Confidence
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Crypto Market Sees Upswing as Ethereum Upgrade Boosts Investor Confidence

Crypto market sees mixed signals as Bitcoin and Ether rise, but challenges persist

In recent days, both Bitcoin and Ethereum have experienced significant gains. Bitcoin (BTC) has risen over 9% in the past week and was trading at $30,450, up 0.4% from 24 hours prior. Ethereum (ETH) has gained over 12% in the same time period, recently trading at $2,105. The surge in ETH can be attributed to its successful network upgrade, known as the Shapella upgrade. This update allowed investors to withdraw Ether coins that had been locked up in exchange for rewards as part of a “proof-of-stake” system to safeguard the network. The upgrade has brought renewed bullish activity to the Ethereum market, signaling a potential turning point for the cryptocurrency.

While the recent gains in Bitcoin and Ethereum are encouraging, the overall crypto industry is still recovering from a tumultuous 2022. Last year saw several high-profile scandals, bankruptcies, and regulatory crackdowns that caused significant damage to the industry. Despite the recent gains, many retail investors are still hesitant to take on new risks, with the amount of money involved in decentralized finance projects remaining subdued.

The industry has also experienced a slowdown in investments from venture-capital firms, with private funding for crypto startups falling 80% from its all-time high of $12.3 billion in the first quarter of 2022 to just $2.4 billion in the same period this year. This decline suggests that the industry is still in a state of flux, with many investors adopting a “wait-and-see” approach to the market.

Despite these challenges, progress in the evolution of the industry has continued. The recent successful upgrade to the Ethereum network has brought renewed credibility to the cryptocurrency and could potentially attract billions of dollars in investments. Additionally, as much as $5 trillion may transition into new forms of money, such as central bank digital currencies and stablecoins, by 2030, according to a Citigroup research study.

However, the recent gains in Bitcoin and Ethereum have not been matched by newer coins. The Bloomberg Galaxy DeFi Index that tracks the largest decentralized-finance protocols has recoupled only about one-tenth of last year’s 2,000-point drop. This lack of “mania” or mass bullishness among market participants suggests that the recent rally may not be consistent with previous bull markets and that a correction in the asset may be likely.

One expert, technical analyst DonAlt, has predicted a BTC price rally to the $50,000 level but expects a correction in the asset after it crosses key resistance at $33,000. Meanwhile, Bitcoin miners are under pressure, with the hashrate climbing considerably and miners not yet profitable, according to the difficulty adjusted Puell multiple metric.

It remains to be seen how enthusiastic traditional financial institutions will be going forward, and whether they’ll be willing to step in to fill the roles once played by failed crypto startups. Nasdaq Inc., for example, expects its custody services for digital assets to launch by the end of the second quarter.

In conclusion, while the recent gains in Bitcoin and Ethereum are encouraging, the overall crypto industry is still in a state of flux. The successful upgrade to the Ethereum network is a positive sign, but the lack of “mania” surrounding BTC price action suggests that a correction in the asset may be likely. The industry will need to continue to evolve and adapt to regulatory and market changes in order to achieve sustained growth and success.