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March 22, 2024
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DigitalX Weekly Crypto Update: Market Trends and Analysis

15-22 March 2024

This week's latest trends and insights in the digital asset market from our asset management team.

Market Commentary

Bitcoin took a slight breather starting the week at US ~$69,000 after reaching an all-time high (~US $73,000) in the previous week. Volatility continued into the early stage of the week, however, the dip was short-lived and completely retraced after the Federal Reserve met and reported to the market that it still expects three rate cuts this year.  This led to a rally in several assets including Bitcoin and Ethereum, with most of the demand seemingly appearing from the spot market as funding rates in the futures market remained subdued.

The Ethereum Foundation, a Swiss non-profit central to the Ethereum ecosystem, is reportedly under scrutiny from an undisclosed “state authority,” as indicated by information found on the organisation’s GitHub repository. This inquiry arises amidst significant technological shifts within Ethereum and a potential turning point for its native cryptocurrency, ETH. American investment firms are showing interest in offering ETH as an exchange-traded fund, but the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been cautious, in contrast to its recent approvals of Bitcoin. 

Solana continued to make new all-time highs in terms of number of transactions on the network along the total volume traded, largely attributed to the meme-coin frenzy. In an interview with CoinDesk, Solana Labs CEO Anatoly Yakovenko said that it is a welcome stress test for the fast-growing network.

CEO Comment

The Gap between Bitcoin and the S&P 500 has widened to 8% this week, expanding from last week at 1%. This was a function of broader weakness in Bitcoin which continues to remain volatile. There was no one narrative for the weakness, it was a combination of the broader macro environment with rates being held flat, and uncertainty surrounding the recent outperformance of the digital asset space.

As for the shift list, which we define as the major events and announcements facilitating the broader market’s transition to Web3 financial rails or the internet of value, the top shifts for this week include:

    1. When we speak of 2024 we often say it is the year of scaling up for Real World Asset Tokenisation – and here BlackRock comes leading the charge – BlackRock to launch tokenised investment fund with Securitize.
    2. If the Japanese State Pension Fund invested in Bitcoin we may as well abolish the shift list as it would mean we have reached the mainstream – world’s largest pension fund is considering investing in Bitcoin.

Our Top “alts shifts” for this week, featuring shifts in our altcoin universe that drive our thematic approach, saw the second gap, or the broader digital asset market, remain flat at circa 42%. There is a big opportunity here, as we see this as a selective opportunity to identify and grow our alts portfolio via our “alThematics” work. 

  1. There were some big advancements in tokenisation infrastructure post last week’s Ethereum Dencun upgrade, with MATIC making a whole lot of announcements around parallelisation and we think winning this innovation award is well deserved
  2. The inevitable gaming fund between Immutable and King River could be the beginning of a wave of capital into the smaller blockchain gaming space.

What are our favourite thematics for 2024? We continue to like any infrastructure plays of the shift from Web2 to Web3 financial rails and any plays in the real-world asset tokenisation infrastructure, data validation and decentralised storage, as well as scale-up technologies such as ZKrollups. We are closely following all the ”de’s” – DeFi, DePin, DeSoc – (want to know what that means? – message us). 

Lisa Wade, CEO DigitalX



*All figures throughout are in USD unless otherwise specified


Market Updates

The Shift List

Macro and Regulatory Environment

About DigitalX

DigitalX Ltd (ASX:DCC) is a leading ASX-Listed Bitcoin and digital asset funds management business. The Company has a 9 year track record mining Bitcoin, blockchain and smart contract development. DigitalX Asset Management is the investment manager of digital asset investment products that provide qualified investors with highly secure and streamlined access to digital asset exposure. To learn more contact the team at [email protected] or visit our website


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