- Bitcoin dipped below $42,000 for the first time in weeks, fueling market uncertainty.
- During the World Economic Forum, Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, criticized Bitcoin, calling it “useless” and a “pet rock.”
- Since mid-January, Grayscale has moved Bitcoin to centralized exchanges, potentially selling $579 million worth within a week.
- On-chain data aggregator, Santiment reports that Ethereum is outperforming Bitcoin in several areas.
Bitcoin is in the middle of one of its most uncertain times in months, following the approval of several spot ETFs.
As the days go by, this week is turning out to be just like the others, with a dash of “Bitcoin is useless” here, and a pinch of “a drop is coming” there.
Here are three of the most interesting takes on Bitcoin on the internet this week, from JP Morgan’s CEO to YouTube analysts to on-chain data.
Bitcoin Is Merely A “Pet Rock”, JP Morgan’s CEO Says
Bitcoin got hit with a huge wave of selling on Monday this week, after falling below $43,000 for the first time in weeks.
There might not be a correlation between both events, but this decline came right after the World Economic Forum (WEF) happened in Davos, Switzerland.
During an interview with CNBC in the middle of the forum, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon took the opportunity to come at Bitcoin and make some scathing comments about its value.
Dimon, along with the likes of Warren Buffet and Peter Schiff, has been a strong Bitcoin critic for years and stated that Bitcoin “does nothing” and has no intrinsic value.
As if that wasn’t enough, he went ahead to mention that
According to him, the sole purpose of Bitcoin is for use by people who want to “avoid the law”. Moreso, “hundreds, maybe $50–$100 billion [worth of Bitcoin is used for that] every year.”
He also asked the hosts to “stop talking” about Bitcoin and said that he would never bring up the subject again on CNBC.
The subsequent 10% decline in Bitcoin after these comments may not have been related, but it did happen.
Bitcoin Is Gearing Up For a Crazy Decline: Crypto Banter
According to a recent video from Crypto Banter on YouTube, Grayscale has been making some “easy to misinterpret” moves with its Bitcoin holdings.
Crypto Banter mentions that Grayscale has been transferring Bitcoin to several addresses since mid-January this year, including centralized exchanges.
This indicates that Grayscale may be selling its holdings, and has even sold about $579 million worth of BTC in the past week.
This is also nearly half of the entire $1.2 billion that flowed into the newly launched spot Bitcoin ETFs in the same period.
Crypto Banter says that this might be a huge sign that the big players are dumping their coins, creating more selling pressure than the ETFs can patch.
Ethereum Is Beating Bitcoin On Almost Every Metric: Santiment
According to a recent tweet from on-chain data aggregator, Santiment, Ethereum is outperforming Bitcoin in terms of several metrics.
These metrics include price dominance which is up by around +22.4% over the previous week.
Santiment notes that during this time, over 89,400 new Ethereum addresses were created per day, with about 96,300 wallets being created on 16 January alone.
Ethereum also appears to be beating Bitcoin in terms of exchange supply, according to Santiment. Santiment says that Ethereum’s supply on exchanges has fallen to a record low of about 8.05%.
In essence, it means that investors have been pulling the cryptocurrency off exchanges, and now prefer to HODL.
This lowers the chances of an Ethereum selloff, compared to Bitcoin, which has had nothing but bearish takes on its price action over the past week.
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