Week In Crypto: Bitcoin (BTC) Shoots Above $24,000 | Litecoin (LTC) Makes Huge Gains | FinCEN Introduces New Regulations for Crypto Wallets

By Bhushan Akolkar
Published December 21, 2020 Updated December 21, 2020
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Week In Crypto: Bitcoin (BTC) Shoots Above $24,000 | Litecoin (LTC) Makes Huge Gains | FinCEN Introduces New Regulations for Crypto Wallets

By Bhushan Akolkar
Published December 21, 2020 Updated December 21, 2020

The last week in crypto has been pretty exciting when it comes to the crypto market rally. The overall cryptocurrency market cap surged by an additional $100 billion with Bitcoin (BTC) leading the show. As said, the world’s largest cryptocurrency surged over 20% over the last week smashing past the resistance of $20,000 and surging all the way above $24,000 to hit its new all-time high. With the recent rally, Bitcoin (BTC) extends its crypto market dominance to above 66%.


Institutional interest in Bitcoin (BTC) continues to accelerate further as veteran investors and hedge funds continue buying in huge quantities through OTC deals. Over the last few months, some big players have been silently building their positions in BTCs pouring millions of dollars.

The unprecedented monetary measures by the central banks and the rising inflationary pressure, is pushing institutions closer to Bitcoin. Guggenheim Partners chief-investment-officer predicts that Bitcoin (BTC) can go all the way up to $400,000 based on their fundamental assessment.

As Bitcoin continues to grow in strength, investors have been closely watching the outflows out of Gold. Jefferies head of global equity Chris Woods has trimmed down his massive Gold portfolio and plans to invest a part of it into Bitcoin. Although there’s been some evidence about big players dumping Gold for BTC, Goldman Sachs says that Bitcoin doesn’t pose any threat to Gold.

On the other hand, with the recent Bitcoin (BTC) price rally, the total assets under management for the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) move past $13 billion. While All the Frenzy Around Bitcoin wasn’t enough, on Sunday, business tycoon Elon Musk sparked curiosity making not so favorable tweets for Bitcoin (BTC).

Altcoins Participate In the Crypto Market Rally


Along with Bitcoin (BTC), a few altcoins made significant advancements making the most of the market rally. While Ethereum (ETH) price surged more than 10% above $650 to its new 2020-high, Litecoin (LTC) led the show with 30% gains in the same period. The LTC price surged all the way to $123 to hit its new 2020-high. With this, Litecoin extended its yearly gains to 200%.

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On the other hand, the Ether (ETH) price rallied past $650 levels to hit its new 2020-high. One of the biggest developments has been CME Group announced its February 2021 launch for the Ether Futures Contracts.

Moreover, the Ethereum (ETH) supply on the exchanges remained low last week taking the gas fee higher. Also, Ethereum 2.0 becomes the fourth largest staking network with the total value of staked ETH crossing $1.5 billion.

While Ripple’s XRP also participated in the market rally mid-week, it hasn’t been able to hold the momentum and continues to move sideways.

Regulatory and Other Market Developments

There have also been some major developments on the regulatory front. The U.S. Treasury’s FinCEN Bureau proposed new rules for regulating the non-custodial cryptocurrency wallets. While FinCEN calls this a move to stop the illicit use of crypto, industry veterans and crypto lawyers have criticized the decision.

On a positive note, the world’s largest crypto exchange Coinbase has applied for an IPO with the U.S. SEC last week. This will certainly boost confidence among crypto firms to make their way to the mainstream financial market. Also, The Bahamas CBDC Sand Dollar went live in operation last week. Lastly, looking at the recent developments around crypto, Vietnamese Prime Minister incorporates blockchain and crypto in the country’s top-5 technology priorities.


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Bhushan is a FinTech enthusiast and holds a good flair in understanding financial markets. His interest in economics and finance draw his attention towards the new emerging Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency markets. He is continuously in a learning process and keeps himself motivated by sharing his acquired knowledge. In free time he reads thriller fictions novels and sometimes explore his culinary skills.