CoinLoan Weekly: China’s Crypto Ban and ETH 2.0 Upgrade
BTC began last week at $43,520 fluctuating between $42,000 and $43,000. Bitcoin's all-week low ($40,851) was reached on September 29, and later that day, the first cryptocurrency experienced another low point ($40,991). After that, BTC price was mostly recovering till the end of the week.
Bitcoin's all-week high ($48,394) happened on October 2. As of October 5, BTC is trading at $49,649 — asset gained 18.71% in 7 days and 4.22% in 24 hours.
Starting from October 1, the BTC price remains stable, fluctuating between $47,565 and $49,649.
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ETH price at the beginning of last week was $3,067. On September 27, Ethereum experienced one of the week's highs, reaching $3,161. However, its price fluctuated between $3,022 and $2,798, surpassing its all-week low ($2,793) on September 30. The second part of the week was more optimistic, as ETH began to rise slowly.
Ethereum max price of the week ($3,477) was reached on October 3. The asset's price change is +16.91% in 7 days and +1.81% in 24 hours. On October 4, ETH is trading at $3,398.
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Ripple had a more stable week than BTC or ETH, staying under the $1 level till October 1 and fluctuating between $0.89, an all-week low, and $0.97. From October 1, Ripple was only rising, reaching last week's max price ($1.08) on October 3.
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Starting on October 8, the Chinese e-commerce platform will stop selling cryptocurrency mining machines due to China's strict policy about cryptocurrencies. Alibaba’s decision came after the People Bank of China’s additional notice regarding crypto.
Bitmain, a leading crypto mining machine maker based in Beijing, decided to move most of its production out of southern China (Shenzhen), according to CoinDesk’s sources. Kevin Zhang, a mining pool VP, said in his Twitter that Bitmain considers Malaysia and Indonesia as possible relocation countries. Bitmain will also stop selling its production to China residents.
The biggest Ethereum mining pool SparkPool stopped providing services in China on September 30. The same thing happened with another ETH pool — BeePool. As you may have guessed already, the suspension of the pools services in China was caused by the same reason: China’s ongoing crackdown on crypto.
In addition: China banned CoinGecko and CoinMarketCap, F2Pool stopped providing services for Chinese residents, and BitMart, Biki & Feixiaohao imposed restrictions in China.
The first ETH 2.0 Upgrade to Happen on October 27
Ethereum 2.0 developers announced that the first Beacon Chain mainnet upgrade codenamed Altair is scheduled for October 27, 10:56:23 AM UTC. Danny Ryan, who posted detailed info about the upgrade, added that one of the great advantages of PoS is the precise time upgrades.
The Altair upgrade will bring "light-client support to the core consensus, clean up beacon state incentive accounting, fix some issues with validator incentives, and step up the punitive params as per EIP-2982".
All mainnet releases will be posted soon.
Previously we talked about ETH 2.0 in our CoinLoan Weekly posts (check this and this one) and explained EIP-1559, the most anticipated London Hard Fork EIP.
Stay tuned for the upcoming news and updates, CoinLoaners!