USA: Biannual History of Weekly LocalBitcoins Volume

The latest figures show that the United States is currently trading at around 7 million USD per week on LocalBitcoins
USA: Biannual History of Weekly LocalBitcoins Volume

LocalBitcoins is a Bitcoin trading platform that was established back in 2012. It is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, and remains one of the most popular virtual places among those who wish to trade Bitcoin on a peer-to-peer basis. We have recently brought you Struggling Economies in South America Forcing LocalBitcoins Boom which examined how Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Chile heavily contributed to the increased trading volumes on the website. Now, it’s time to look at the United States.

As was previously shown, the United States is the global leader by the number of Bitcoin nodes, the number of people who own cryptocurrencies, as well as the number of crypto billionaires/millionaires. We thought it would be interesting to also see how the US is doing on LocalBitcoins, so here it is, the history of weekly LocalBitcoins volume, organized biannually (i.e. six month averages or two quarters combined):

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2013: A modest start with around 100K USD per week, followed by a sharp climb in the second half of that year to over 1 million USD per week.

2014: Around 2 million USD per week in the first six months, close to 3.5 million USD per week in the second half of the year.

2015: A continued climb, around 4 million USD per week in the first half, followed by a further increase and the figure growing to almost 5.5 million USD per week in the second.

2016: Both biannual averages show weekly volumes between roughly 6.5 and 7 million USD.

2017: A reach for the figure of 8 million USD per week in the first two quarters and a further leap to 9.5 million USD per week in the second half of the year, during the last Bitcoin bubble.

2018: An expected drop to around 8.5 million USD per week in the first half (note: unlike Latin America, the US is not a struggling economy), followed by a further decrease to the current figure of around 7 million USD per week in the second half of this year.

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Central Banks — One Step Closer to Creating Crypto?

IMF Chief said in a speech that central bank digital currencies (CBDC) could be a good solution to some of the problems faced by the banking sector
Central Banks — One Step Closer to Creating Crypto?

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde said in a speech that central bank digital currencies (CBDC) could be a good solution to some of the problems faced by the banking sector. This is good news and was followed up by three central banks with propositions to use CBDC for cross-border payments.

Central banks in Canada, Singapore, and the UK issued a report, noting that various CBDC models could be used to overcome various problems such as going through multiple intermediaries and other time-consuming hurdles. If this comes to fruition, it remains to be seen how it will affect the current crypto market.

Charts at a Glance – BTC/USD

Charts at a Glance – BTC/USD

After dropping to a low of 5188 against the US Dollar, Bitcoin showed rejection at around 5200 by printing two 4-hour candles with massive wicks in their lower part. This is a sign that the sell-off may come to an end or at least that 5200 is strong support for now.

The Relative Strength Index is deep in oversold territory (below its 30 level), which is a fact that, combined with the support at 5200, could push the pair higher. Currently, one BTC is worth 5,540 US Dollars; the next level of interest is located at 5800, so it’s not such a big distance to travel and could be reached over the weekend.

Support zone: 5200 as technical support and 5000 as a psychological level

Resistance zone: 5777 - 5800

Most likely scenario: bounce higher, with 5800 as the target

Alternative scenario: new attempt to break support (5200)


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