• BTC briefly trades below $46,000 on its 13th birthday
  • OpenSea dominates secondary NFT marketshare

Today marks the 13th anniversary since the genesis block was mined on the Bitcoin network on Jan. 3, 2009.

Perpetual funding rates remain mixed as traders place their bets on BTC price action.

Futures open interest increased to $18.45 billion from $18.11 billion yesterday.

OpenSea dominated the Ethereum secondary NFT market share throughout 2021.

Latest in Macro:

  • S&P 500: 4,796, +0.64%
  • NASDAQ: 15,832, +1.20%
  • Gold: $1,801, -1.49%
  • WTI Crude Oil: $76.03, +1.09%
  • 10-Year Treasury: 1.637%, +0.139%

Latest in Crypto:

  • BTC: $46,143, -2.20%
  • ETH: $3,733, -2.40%
  • ETH/BTC: 0.0810, +0.01%
  • BTC.D: 39.62%, -0.69%

Bitcoin turns 13 years old

Today marks the 13th anniversary since the genesis block was mined on the Bitcoin network on Jan. 3, 2009, according to Investopedia.

Lyn Alden, founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy, wrote on Twitter, “Bitcoin is 13 years old today, the anniversary of the genesis block. It’s an angsty teenager now, I suppose, which actually kind of fits. The US dollar in its current fiat form is 50 years old, born in 1971. Bitcoin is now more than 1/4th as old as the current US dollar”.

Source: @LynAldenContact

BTC slips below $46,000

Despite the anniversary, BTC price action has been sluggish. BTC briefly traded below $46,000 after trading near $47,500 in the middle of the day, according to data from CoinGecko.

Perpetual funding rates remain mixed, according to information for laevitas.ch, which implies a lack of consensus on price direction amongst perp traders.

Source: Laevitas.ch

Minimal liquidations

Although BTC has trended towards the downside today, there has been an underwhelming amount of long liquidations: $29.57 million according to Coinglass.com.

Futures open interest has increased to start out the new year. As seen in the following chart from Coinglass, this is slightly abnormal behavior to see futures open interest increase on a red day. Increased open interest implies more leverage in the market, which increases the probability of an explosive move to the upside or downside as traders are forced to close their positions if it isn’t going their way.

Source: Glassnode

NFTs

OpenSea dominated Ethereum secondary NFT trading volume in 2021, according to data from Dune Analytics.

Source: Dune Analytics

Trading data from OpenSea and Solanalysis of some of the top Solana and Ethereum projects can be found below:

Top Ethereum Projects
Top Solana Projects

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    Sam Martin is a Columbus-based reporter covering the convergence of traditional financial markets and digital assets. He previously worked in the agricultural industry on a hedge desk. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a double-major in International Business and Supply Chain Management as well as a minor in Japanese.