🍿 What?? Bitcoin Hit $50k for a Few Minutes!
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This might sound like an exaggeration, reader, but we assure you it’s not — we’re living in unprecedented, historic times not only for crypto but for the entire global financial system. Welcome to Tokengraph — we’ve got you covered with the news breakdown.
On the docket for today…
BTC’s Price Shot up to $50k
Signature Bank Falls after SVB
Debts Repaid with Depegged USDC
Bitcoin’s Market Cap Flips Meta
Instagram Dropping NFT Support?
Bitcoin just experienced a flash spike to $50k, a price it hasn’t seen since late 2021 — and it’s likely because of the USDC depegging.
Someone fat fingered a buy order on #bitcoin USDC pair to $50,000 on Binance!
— Lark Davis (@TheCryptoLark)
Mar 13, 2023
Binance just listed the BTC/USDC trading pair on its exchange. Mere hours after the listing, the price melted up to $50k per bitcoin — and the most probable explanation is that a single market order ate through the entire order book.
This implies that the order book was very “thin,” meaning that there just weren’t very many sell orders active at all (likely because of hesitation regarding USDC’s depeg last week). Thus, just one large market buy could have eaten through the whole book in one bite.
The potential reason for the flash spike is likely due to thin order books for the newly launched BTC/USDC pair on Binance. The exchange listed the pair only a few hours before the impulse price surge.
— Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph)
Mar 13, 2023
BTC’s price returned to normal just minutes after the error, and this doesn’t seem to be a long-term issue, but it still shocked the community — especially in the wake of USDC’s depegging and Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Banks’ shutdowns.
BOOM! #Bitcoin hit the $50,000 level in USDC pair! 🚀😂
— Keyur Rohit (@CryptoKingKeyur)
Mar 13, 2023
Just look at that candle. Insane!
ANALYSIS: Bitcoin price briefly spiked to $50K on #Binance after a large order trade error, following the USD Coin peg snap and market frenzy caused by Silicon Valley Bank collapse.
— Coingraph | News (@CoingraphNews)
Mar 13, 2023
We haven’t really seen a major price error like this since Ethereum flash crashed from around $300 to $0.1 on GDAX, the exchange that would become Coinbase Pro, in 2017. That was only 6 years ago, but the crypto market moves at the speed of lightning, and we’re looking at entirely different magnitudes of valuation currently. Hopefully, this was an isolated incident.
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Signature marks the third crypto bank to go down in the past month, but it wasn’t due to insolvency. It seems that regulators just wanted to take the bank down, possibly to send an alarming anti-crypto message.
Silvergate is still solvent, despite an unprecedented 90 day $12 billion liquidation sparked by a corrupt sitting Senator who coordinated a bank run w/ short sellers.
Signature was healthy. NYDFS went rogue in shutting them down, and surprised even the FDIC.
— Ryan Selkis 🥷 (@twobitidiot)
Mar 13, 2023
Former US House of Representatives member and current board member of Signature Barney Frank has made it clear that he believes this is a deliberate anti-crypto move. If that’s true, its aim could be to harm crypto’s reputation and stunt its growth as an industry moving forward.
BREAKING‼️🇺🇸 Signature Bank board member and former congressman Barney Frank says “regulators wanted to send a very strong anti-crypto message” in shutting down the bank.
“There was no insolvency based on the fundamentals.” 😳
— Radar🚨 (@RadarHits)
Mar 13, 2023
Signature did indeed experience a massive amount of customer withdrawals over the past few days, likely in response to the Silicon Valley Bank liquidation — but crucially, Signature was able to handle all of the withdrawals. Everything went smoothly, yet still they were shut down. It simply doesn’t add up.
Heard this independently from other sources as well. I suspected as much last night but confirmed today. Signature was executed last night not due to any runs but as a political scalp, intended to be veiled by the fog of war.
— nic carter 🌠 (@nic__carter)
Mar 13, 2023
The US government is now confusingly framing the shut down of Signature as a win for the people and as a positive, protective move from the government to keep Americans safe.
As Signature was the last of the major banks that supported the crypto industry, organizations and individuals are now seeking other options and speculating on who could step up to fill the banking void. All eyes are currently on Kraken, which plans to open a crypto bank later this year, and Coinbase, whose CEO has entertained the same possibility for his company.
Bitcoin made close to 7,000,000,000% gains from its original price of $0.0099 to its all-time high of ~$68,000. Which of the following traditional stocks has the highest percentage gain over the past 20 years?
A. Tractor Supply Co.B. AltriaC. Monster EnergyB. Volkswagen
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Seeing their opportunity last week, debtors saved a total of $100M or more on their loans when stablecoins USDC and DAI depegged through arbitrage. They purchased the stablecoins at lower prices and redeemed them at full value. The coins have stabilized almost back to full price at the time of writing.
After Bitcoin’s price soared past $24k, its market cap now sits at over $400B, growing larger than Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta and now resting squarely behind Tesla’s market cap. All in all, the cryptocurrency rose by almost 9% in the past 24 hours after dipping below $20k this past weekend.
In other news regarding Mark Zuckerberg’s company, it appears that it’s “winding down” Instagram NFT support — only 10 months after it launched the feature in the first place. Zuckerberg has been infamously criticized for making the move to the metaverse before any other large tech companies, and potentially before users were even ready for it (or interested in it). Meta lost almost two thirds of its value just last year due to Zuckerberg’s Web3-focused business moves. The company plans “focus on other ways to support creators, people, and businesses,” according to Stephane Kasriel, Meta’s Commerce and Fintech Lead.
❓ Trivia Answer
Monster Energy has seen 83,600% gains over the past 20 years, from $0.12 a stock in 2003 to $100.32 at the time of writing.
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