Trading Desk Market Update: 7/26

July 26, 2022

BTC is currently trading around $21,000 and ETH around $1,400. ATOM and ICP are the only gainers in the last 24 hours. The global crypto market cap is $1.00T, down 5.2% over the last day. DeFi Total Value Locked is ~$81b and BTC dominance is around 43%.

Risk markets are selling off broadly this morning while global bonds have caught a bid. Walmart is down ~8.5% after lowering its guidance due to hampered consumer demand from rising food and energy costs. The IMF also issued concerns about the “gloomy” growth outlook, reducing its prior global GDP growth forecasts from April by 0.4% and 0.7% in 2022 and 2023, respectively. Investors will continue to focus on corporate earnings with Microsoft and Alphabet reporting after the bell today. All eyes will shift to the Fed’s response and interest rate decision tomorrow afternoon.

Notable news includes: The U.S. stablecoin bill is expected to be delayed until September, but draft language is expected shortly to spur the conversation; The SEC is probing Coinbase for allegedly allowing U.S. users to trade unregistered securities; a pair of U.S. senators introduced a bill to exempt crypto transactions valued at less than $50 from capital gains tax; The CFTC announced its new tech innovation office to oversee crypto; a Chinese central bank official claimed the country will respect the privacy of digital yuan users; Bitstamp registered to operate in Italy; Moonbeam partnered with Osmosis to enable cross-chain token swaps between the Polkadot and Cosmos ecosystems; Curve applied for a 1m OP token grant from Optimism; Coinbase Wallet added new functionality to view offers on NFT marketplaces Rarible and OpenSea; FOMO Pay tapped Ripple’s on-demand liquidity solution for treasury management; Square Enix partnered with Enjin to launch Final Fantasy collectibles; LidoDAO vetoed the sale of ~$14.5m of LDO tokens to Dragonfly Capital; layer 1 blockchain Aptos raised $150m in a round co-led by FTX Ventures and Jump; and, Chipotle launched its new interactive game “Buy the Dip” which will give away crypto rewards in the spirit of national avocado day.

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