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Crypto Going Public in 2021—Three Crypto Giants Set to Take On Wall Street

As Bitcoin and cryptocurrency continue to rise as an investible asset class, three giants of crypto have announced plans to go public in 2021 and take Wall Street by storm.

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With the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic economic meltdown further fueling the rise of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency as an investible asset class, three giants of the crypto industry have announced plans to go public in 2021 and take Wall Street by storm.

Crypto firms going public in 2021

The crypto industry is finally making the leap to mainstream investment on Wall Street. In 2020, major financial service and payments companies like JPMorgan, PayPal and Mastercard have been creating new avenues for public exposure to Bitcoin and crypto.

Major institutional investors and enterprises such as Microstrategy and MassMutual Insurance have also been allocating serious amounts of capital to Bitcoin and crypto, mainly as a hedge against the weakening dollar and impending inflation due to stimulus payments and unprecedented relief spending of governments around the world.

As cryptocurrency and Bitcoin surge into public and institutional consciousness, three large companies in the crypto space have announced or hinted that they are planning to launch an initial public offerings (IPO) to raise money on public markets.

As the United States Federal Reserve and central banks like the ECB continue to hold interest rates at record lows, the inflation narrative is gaining strength and going public in 2021 could be the tipping point for these crypto firms seeking public listing.

Ripple

In January this year, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse predicted that initial public offerings (IPOs) will become more prevalent in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space in 2020.

While speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on, Jan. 23, Garlinghouse went as far as to hint that Ripple would itself be one of those firms to seek a public flotation. Garlinghouse said at the time:

“In the next 12 months, you’ll see IPOs in the crypto/blockchain space. We’re not going to be the first and we’re not going to be the last, but I expect us to be on the leading side… it’s a natural evolution for our company.”

Unless you have been living under a rock in the crypto-sphere, it goes without saying that Ripple’s plans are currently up in the air with the ongoing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuit against the sale of XRP tokens as unregistered securities.

Unclear regulation towards altcoins like XRP along with its current regulation battle would make it incredibly difficult at this point to gain public confidence for investment into a Ripple IPO.

Coinbase

The most well-publicized and likely planned IPO for 2021 comes from major United States crypto exchange Coinbase.

The long-anticipated Coinbase Initial Public Offering (IPO) was finally filed on Dec.18 and now awaits the review and approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) before the filing will be made public.

Coinbase is looking to go public in the coming months and submitted a draft registration (S1) form to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which read:

“Coinbase Global, Inc. today announced that it has confidentially submitted a draft registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

The Coinbase public offering is causing a stir in the markets and Coinbase (CBSE) pre-IPO contracts for the leading United States cryptocurrency exchange is currently trading at a projected valuation of nearly $70 billion dollars on FTX trading—a figure that is equal to three times the total value of the booming decentralized finance (DeFi) market and eclipses the entire marketcap of Ethereum.

Digital Currency Group

Digital Currency Group (DCG)—a conglomerate that owns Grayscale Investments, over-the-counter desk and lender Genesis Global and leading crypto news site Coindesk—is projected to launch its own IPO in 2021.

According to a report from Messari in November this year, a third party that might also soon throw their hat into the crypto firm IPO mix is Digital Currency Group.

While discussions over an IPO have not been raised publicly from DCG’s end, the report crunched down some numbers, which indicated that DCG would present a strong case for a successful IPO.

Owning firms like Grayscale Investments and Genesis Global, Digital Currency Group has built up not only an extremely profitable business but also a good reputation amongst institutional players. This reputation could make an easy sell to raise capital for an IPO in the public markets—but DCG is already a giant and may not even need public funding to succeed.

Messari projects that DCG could be worth over $4 billion should they go public in 2021.

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Long-Term Bitcoin Holders Keep Stacking While Short-Term Holders Keep Selling

On-chain analyst William Clemente III revealed that long-term holders keep on stacking as short-term holders keep on selling.

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Bitcoin (BTC) has spent the last two months ranging between $30,000 and $40,000.

It, therefore, shows that bulls and bears have been embroidered in a tussle, and William Clemente III acknowledged this fact. The on-chain analyst explained:

“Long Term Holders keep stacking: +20,969 BTC to their holdings today, +145,021 BTC to their holdings in the last week, and +397,487 BTC to their holdings in the last month.”

He added:

“Short Term Holders keep selling: -15,085 BTC from their holdings today, -112,950 BTC from their holdings in the last week, and -428,749 BTC from their holdings in the last month.”

These statistics show that as long-term holders continue buying more Bitcoin, their short-term counterparts are offloading their holdings.

Crypto data provider Dilution-proof recently disclosed that short-term holders were selling at a net loss since May 13.

Total fees paid on the Bitcoin network hit an 11-month low

According to on-chain metrics provider Glassnode, the BTC total fees reached an 11-month low of 1.488 BTC.

This is related to recent the market crash, which drove Bitcoin price from an all-time high (ATH) of $64.8k to lows of $30k on May 19.

Google searches for legal tender reached an ATH. Lucas Outumuro, a senior analyst at IntoTheBlock, acknowledged that google searches for “legal tender” had gone through the roof. He stated:

“The World is paying attention. Google searches for “legal tender” hit a new high following El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law.”

El Salvador recently became the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. This move is expected to generate jobs in a nation where 70% of the population works in the informal economy and does not hold a bank account.

Furthermore, it is anticipated to be a way that offers access to investment, savings, credit, and secure transactions.

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13.38% of Bitcoin’s Money Supply Has Now Moved Between $31K and $40K

On-chain analyst William Clemente III disclosed that 13.38% of Bitcoin’s circulating supply standing at 18.73 million BTC has moved between the $31k and $40k range.

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Bitcoin’s consolidation between the $30,000 and $40,000 area continues, while the leading cryptocurrency was hovering around $36.8K during intraday trading, according to CoinMarketCap.

On-chain analyst William Clemente III disclosed that 13.38% of Bitcoin’s circulating supply standing at 18.73 million BTC has moved between the $31K and $40K range. He explained:

“13.38% of Bitcoin’s money supply has now moved between $31K-$40K. A lot of distribution at 35K-36K, wouldn’t want to flip that into resistance.”

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The analyst, however, cautioned about this significant supply flipping to resistance, which could jeopardise Bitcoin’s upward rally.

Chris Weston, the head of research at Melbourne-based broker Pepperstone Financial Pty, recently asserted that BTC should trade above $40K for bulls to feel that they are out of vulnerability.

The percent of Bitcoin supply in profit hit a 13-month low

According to on-chain metrics provider Glassnode:

“The percent of Bitcoin supply in profit (7d MA) just reached a 13-month low of 72.140%.”

The recent market crash, which saw BTC nosedive from a record-high of $64.8K to lows of $30K, wiped profits of many investors, and miners were not spared either.

Reportedly, Bitcoin miners’ wallet net flows were increasingly turning negative.

This downtrend in the BTC market is also set to make the Q2 of 2021 record a negative, as acknowledged by Skew. The crypto data provider noted:

“Bitcoin is on track for its first down quarter since Q1 2020.”

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Meanwhile, US institutional Bitcoin demand had dried up because American-based crypto exchange Coinbase was experiencing more inflows.

According to a recent weekly report by digital asset firm CoinShares, institutional investors continued to reduce their long positions in BTC. The net outflow reached a record of $141.4 million in the past week.

Furthermore, that whale holdings of more than 1,000 BTC had been dropping since February. It, therefore, remains to be seen whether BTC will attract more institutional investors to spur an upward move.

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China’s CBDC Testing Advances along 19.25M Yuan Distribute to Residents

The Digital Yuan testing is extending to Shanghai as residents will be given free money worth 19.25 million yuan.

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China is set to take its Digital Yuan pilot tests to Shanghai to pursue Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).

According to the Information Office of Shanghai Municipality, the latest proposed trial test will see the region give out as much as 19.25 million yuan (about 3 million U.S. dollars) in digital currency to consumers in the city through a lottery system.

China is one of the major economies that has advanced in its developmental strides per its government-backed digital Yuan pursuits. Ranking as one of the pioneers of the CBDC innovation, China has entered into the retail testing of its Digital Yuan. Residents get to use the new form of legal tender for small-scaled retail payments in its major cities, including Shenzhen. The same program is on track for the residents of Shanghai.

According to the announcement made on the official WeChat account, a total of 350,000 digital red envelopes, each containing 55 yuan of digital currency, will be given to lottery winners. This cash is non-refundable, and the program is in collaboration with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Shanghai Branch and the cloud service of the Bank of Communications Shanghai Branch.

While the early testing through the lottery system was not without hitches, China has primarily advanced integrating the Digital Yuan into people’s lives. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has not announced the date it will officially launch the Digital Yuan.

However, there are plans to make the new form of money available at the Beijing Olympics scheduled to hold in 2022. At the historical games, the Digital Yuan will be made available to foreign athletes and visitors, marking the first time the CBDC will be open to non-Chinese residents.

The Asian giant has been stiffening its crypto regulations lately, as analysts believe this new crop of regulations was launched to help pave the way for the soon-to-be-launched Digital Yuan.

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While the early testing through the lottery system was not without hitches, China has primarily advanced integrating the Digital Yuan into people’s lives. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has not announced the date it will officially launch the Digital Yuan.

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