Trakx Weekly Update: March 27, 2023
CTIs Weekly Performance
After a couple of weeks of explosive price action, the pace of crypto gains moderated over the past week. The Trakx Top 10 Crypto CTI was essentially flat, off around 1%. Interestingly, amongst the Trakx Crypto Tradable Indices the outperformers (Inflation Hedge, Bitcoin Control 15 and Bitcoin/Ether) where those containing the crypto market leaders – Bitcoin and Ethereum. This suggests that during periods of heightened uncertainty in tradfi markets, it is the larger cap market cryptocurrencies that investors consider the strongest “safe havens”.
Part of the reason for crypto consolidation was the Fed continued to press ahead with rate hikes – albeit at a more moderate 25bp pace – and QT. While the Fed’s actions slightly dented confidence in the Printer Go Brrr narrative that helped propel crypto prices higher, with US money market funds continuing to see extremely strong inflows – indicative of continued concern about the health of US regional banks - there is a clear risk the Fed may be forced to reverse course or risk a replay of the 2019 “policy mistake”.
Elsewhere the clean-up and regulatory response to last year’s crypto winter continued. The founder of Terraform Labs, Do Kwon, whose whereabouts has been unknown for several months, was arrested in Montenegro. Meanwhile, the SEC charged Tron founder Justin Sun over an unregistered offer and sale of “crypto asset securities” and also issued a Wells Notice to Coinbase alleging its staking products were unregistered securities. This comes just a month after the US crypto exchange Kraken, facing similar accusations, decided to halt its staking service and agreed to pay a $30 million settlement.
Sources: Trakx, Coingecko, Alphavantage
- Bitcoin begins to claw back Fed-related losses, back above $27,500: theblock.co
- Tron Founder Justin Sun Sued by U.S. SEC on Securities, Market Manipulation Charges: coindesk.com
- SEC Warns Coinbase of Enforcement Over Its Staking Rewards Products - Decrypt: decrypt.co
- Do Kwon Arrested in Montenegro: Interior Minister: coindesk.com
- G7 to collaborate on tighter crypto regulation: Report: cointelegraph.com
- Crypto groups expand in Hong Kong in bid to tap mainland China demand: ft.com
Trakx CTIs Performance
Sources: Coingecko and AlphaVantage
*Return of bitcoin is calculated since 01/05/2020, while CTIs performances were calculated since their respective launch date.
**Includes simulated performance.
***The risk signal is determined according to the historical volatility level, the higher the riskier.
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