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Crypto Biz: The Rise of the Bitcoin Treasury, Dec. 30–Jan. 6

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) cratered below $43,000 on Thursday in a selloff that was stoked by the Federal Reserve’s renewed pledge to start unwinding its pandemic stimulus support. For the so-called diamond hand investors among us, the decline presents an attractive entry point to continue accumulating BTC at discount rates. 2021 was the year that institutions and corporations became major movers and shakers in the Bitcoin market. By the end of the year, corporations and investment funds held roughly 1.48 million BTC, which represents 7% of the current circulating supply. Do you think these large, strategic investors are going to get shaken out by FUD?Below is the concise version of the latest “Crypto Biz” newsletter, which is delivered to your inbox every Thursday. For a comprehensive breakdown of business developments over the last week, register for the full newsletter below. Bitcoin corporate treasuries surge The number of publicly-listed companies holding Bitcoin grew in 2021, as more corporate executives began recognizing the digital asset’s value proposition. According to on-chain analyst Willy Woo, corporate treasuries have gained market share from leading spot exchange-traded funds, sending a strong signal that corporations are having a bigger impact on the Bitcoin market. Since MicroStrategy’s “Bitcoin for Corporations” conference in Feb 2021, public companies* holding significant BTC have gained market share from spot ETFs** as a way to access BTC exposure on public equity markets.* MicroStrategy & public mining companies** Mainly Grayscale pic.twitter.com/e18OEfgiEW— Willy Woo (@woonomic) January 2, 2022Related: Bitcoin could outperform stocks in 2022 amid Fed tightening — Bloomberg analystWonderFi plans to purchase Bitbuy parent company for $162MWonderFi Technologies, a decentralized finance platform backed by business mogul Kevin O’Leary, announced this week that it will acquire Bitbuy owner First Ledger Corp in a deal valued at $162 million. Founded in 2016, Bitbuy is a licensed crypto exchange operator in Canada with over 375,000 users. To fund the purchase, WonderFi will issue 70 million new shares, pay $15.7 million upfront and $23 million in deferred cash in 12 months. Canaan expands footprint in KazakhstanSoaring fuel prices stoked unprecedented political unrest in Kazakhstan this week, forcing the country’s presiding cabinet to resign unexpectedly. Just one day prior, Chinese Bitcoin mining manufacturer Canaan Inc announced it had broadened its business ties with the central Asian country. As of Dec. 31, 2021, Canaan had deployed 10,300 AvalonMiner units in Kazakhstan. The political upheaval in Kazakhstan had a negative impact on the Bitcoin network, which saw its hash rate plummet 13.4% in a matter of hours. Related: Cointelegraph Consulting: Crypto events of 2021 in retrospectNFT-focused holding company closes $50M Series ADigital asset curator Metaversal concluded a $50 million investment round that was co-led by CoinFund and Foxhaven, with additional participation from Dapper Labs, Digital Currency Group, Rarible and Theta Blockchain Ventures, among others. Metaversal will use the proceeds to expand its NFT-focused business, which includes acquiring more digital collectibles and supporting up-and-coming projects in the space.

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Bitcoin's $6.1 billion options expiry was not enough to break the bearish sentiment

Bitcoin’s (BTC) price has been ranging between $46,000 and $52,000 for 26 days. Despite the large nominal $6.1 billion year-end options expiry, the bullish and bearish instruments were evenly balanced between $44,000 and $49,000.Therefore, it was no surprise that the $47,175 price at 8:00 am UTC on Dec. 31 brought little change to the price structure. Even the 3% rally to $48,500 following the event failed to sustain itself, signaling that bears are unwilling to cede their upper hand.Bitcoin/USD price on Coinbase. Source: TradingViewBulls might have interpreted the 9,925 BTC leaving Coinbase in 24 hours as a positive trigger, considering fewer coins are available on exchanges for newcomers. Besides, the first week of the year has been positive for the past four years, averaging 18.5% gains for Bitcoin holders.To further support bulls’ thesis, the United States listed tech company MicroStrategy added another 1,914 BTC to their balance sheet on Dec. 30. On the negative side, regulation continues to pressure the markets as South Korean exchanges require users to verify their third-party wallet addresses to comply with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) travel rule guidelines.Bitcoin had a stellar 2021 anywayRegardless of the short-term bearishness behind December’s 16% price drop, Bitcoin continues to vastly outperform both U.S. stocks and gold for the third year in a row. Yet, that performance was not enough to avoid every $48,000 and higher call (buy) option instrument becoming worthless as the Dec. 31 expiry price came in lower.Bitcoin options aggregate open interest for Dec. 31. Source: Coinglass.comAt first sight, the $4.0 billion call (buy) options vastly outperformed the $2.1 billion put (sell) instruments, but the 1.9 call-to-put ratio is deceptive because the 16% price drop from Nov.’s $57,000 close wiped out most of the bullish bets. Therefore, there is no value in the right to buy Bitcoin (call option) at $50,000 if it is trading below that price.Bulls and bears instruments were evenly marched for the Dec. 31 Bitcoin options expiry, which came in much smaller than expected at $660 million. Yet, bears were unable to take control as 85% of their bets have been placed at $47,000 or below. Such data partially explains why the Dec. 31 expiry was followed by an attempt from bulls to regain momentum.Will the first week of 2022 finally be able to revert the slightly negative sentiment that has prevailed since the Dec. 3 crash? Unfortunately, according to Bitcoin options markets, there is no indication that the tide has changed.The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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MicroStrategy purchases 1,914 Bitcoin, now holds almost $6B in crypto

Business intelligence firm MicroStrategy has added $94 million worth of Bitcoin (BTC) to its holdings after purchasing the crypto asset at an average price of $49,229.According to a Thursday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, MicroStrategy purchased 1,914 BTC between Dec. 9 and Dec. 29 for $94.2 million, making its total holdings 124,391 BTC. With the recent buy, the company’s holdings are valued at roughly $5.9 billion, representing more than $2.1 billion in gains.MicroStrategy has purchased an additional 1,914 bitcoins for ~$94.2 million in cash at an average price of ~$49,229 per #bitcoin. As of 12/29/21 we #hodl ~124,391 bitcoins acquired for ~$3.75 billion at an average price of ~$30,159 per bitcoin. $MSTRhttps://t.co/tNxDwaT8VD— Michael Saylor⚡️ (@saylor) December 30, 2021Since making its initial $250-million Bitcoin investment in August 2020, MicroStrategy has gone on to purchase more than $3.7 billion in BTC in separate buys using the company’s cash on hand in addition to sales of convertible senior notes in private offerings to institutional buyers. Though there are cases in which the business intelligence firm bought the dip, some buys followed the price surges in early 2021 when the BTC price was more than $50,000.Related: Insiders sold MicroStrategy stock after Bitcoin’s bull runThe firm’s most recent BTC purchase follows the price of the crypto asset dipping under $46,000 on Dec. 29 as it continues to show volatility prior to the new year. According to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, the price of Bitcoin is $47,226 at the time of publication, having fallen more than 7% in the last 7 days.

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2 key Bitcoin trading metrics suggest BTC price has bottomed

Bitcoin (BTC) has been struggling to sustain the $47,500 support since the Dec. 4 crash, a movement that wiped out over $840 million in leveraged long futures contracts. The downside move came after the emergence of the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus and recent data showing U.S. inflation hitting a 40-year high. Bitcoin/USD price at FTX. Source: TradingViewWhile newcomers might have been scared by the 26% price correction over the past month, whales and avid investors like MicroStrategy added to their positions. On Dec. 9, MicroStrategy announced that they had acquired 1,434 Bitcoin, which increased their stake to 122,478 BTC.According to some analysts, the rationale behind Bitcoin’s weakness was the contagion fear that Evergrande, a leading Chinese property developer, defaulted on its US dollar debt on Dec. 9. The $1.1 Bitcoin billion options expiry on Dec. 10 also could have played an important factor because bears pocketed a $300 million profit.Margin traders are still extremely bullishMargin trading allows investors to leverage their positions by borrowing stablecoins and using the proceeds to buy more cryptocurrency. When those savvy traders borrow Bitcoin, they use the coins as collateral for shorts, meaning they are betting on a price decrease. That is why some analysts monitor the total lending amounts of Bitcoin and stablecoins to gain insight into whether investors are leaning bullish or bearish. Interestingly, Bitfinex margin traders slightly reduced their longs ahead of the Dec. 4 price crash. Bitfinex BTC margin long/total percentage. Source: CoinglassNotice that the indicator held a decent 90% favoring longs, meaning stablecoin borrowing was only 10% of the Bitfinex total. Furthermore, the margin longs recovered by 94% less than 24 hours after the price crash. This suggests that even if those investors were caught by surprise, most held their positions throughout the movement.To confirm whether this movement was specific to the instrument, one should also analyze options markets. The 25% delta skew compares similar call (buy) and put (sell) options. The indicator will turn positive when “fear” is prevalent as the protective put options premium is higher than similar risk call options.The opposite holds when market makers are bullish, causing the 25% delta skew to shift to the negative area. Readings between negative 8% and positive 8% are usually deemed neutral.Deribit Bitcoin options 25% delta skew. Source: laevitas.chThe 25% delta skew ranged near 6% ahead of the Dec. 4 Bitcoin crash, which is considered neutral. Over the next 3 days the options market makers and whales displayed moderate fear as the indicator peaked at 10%, but currently it stands at 3%.The Bitfinex margin long metric and the options main risk metric show few signs of stress in derivatives markets. Considering that these markets are more often used by pro traders, one can begin to believe in the narrative that Bitcoin will claim a new all-time high in early 2022.The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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MicroStrategy purchases $82M in Bitcoin, now holds 122,478 coins

Business intelligence firm MicroStrategy has added 1,434 Bitcoin to its coffers after purchasing the crypto asset at an average price of $57,477.According to a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, MicroStrategy purchased 1,434 Bitcoin (BTC) between Nov. 29 and Dec. 8 for roughly $82.4 million, making its total holdings 122,478 BTC. With the recent buy, MicroStrategy’s holdings are valued at more than $5.9 billion, representing more than $2.2 billion in gains.MicroStrategy has purchased an additional 1,434 bitcoins for ~$82.4 million in cash at an average price of ~$57,477 per #bitcoin. As of 12/9/21 we #hodl ~122,478 bitcoins acquired for ~$3.66 billion at an average price of ~$29,861 per bitcoin. $MSTRhttps://t.co/Xke8QhoYpy— Michael Saylor⚡️ (@saylor) December 9, 2021Since making its initial $250-million Bitcoin investment in August 2020, MicroStrategy has gone on to purchase billions of dollars in Bitcoin in separate buys using the company’s cash on hand in addition to sales of convertible senior notes in private offerings to institutional buyers. Though there are cases in which the business intelligence firm bought the dip, some buys followed the price surges in early 2021 when the BTC price was more than $50,000.Related: MicroStrategy pledges to buy more BTC despite paper loss on its holdings of $424.8M in Q2According to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, the price of Bitcoin is $48,684 at the time of publication, having fallen more than 25% in the last 30 days. The crypto asset has been hovering near $50,000 since dipping to the $42,000s on Friday.

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