Bitcoin carnage, Eth2 milestone, Libra launch, PayPal blunder: Hodler’s Digest, Nov. 21–27

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Top Stories This Week

Bitcoin price hits new all-time high as crypto market matures

It’s happened! This week, Bitcoin officially reached an all-time high above $19,892 for the first time in almost three years after enjoying a rebound over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Unfortunately, Tuesday’s new record didn’t bring the fireworks many hoped for. All-time highs were only reached on a couple of exchanges. Soon afterwards, BTC suffered a violent rejection near $20,000 — falling to $19,000 in under 10 minutes.

After the flash crash, pseudonymous trader CryptoBull tweeted: “Worth noting that a $1,000 swing is just 5% now. Adjust accordingly.”

Later that day, Reuters took the crypto world by surprise after an unusually positive story: “Dollar plummets on U.S. stimulus hopes; bitcoin hits all-time peak.” The world’s oldest mining pool later immortalized that headline in a block.

As the week progressed, BTC struggled to return to the high $19,000s, and on Friday, it suffered yet another rejection at $19,500, making traders nervous.

While some believe BTC is undergoing a consolidation phase and could suffer another minor connection in the near term, others expect the crucial $18,500 level to hold — setting BTC up for a retest of the key $20,000 level and a new all-time high in the near future.

Institutions rushing into $19,000 Bitcoin as GBTC premium hits six-month high

Bitcoin’s volatility doesn’t appear to have scared off institutions. On Thursday, demand from investors meant Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust was trading at a chunky premium, making it 35% more expensive than buying BTC at the current market price.

Large-scale buyers are still creating more demand than supply can meet, and a huge sell…

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