Is this the old crypto calm before another damaging storm? Or are “moonbois” and girls strapping in for an explosive ride out of Sideways City? Volatility is expected one way or another. Meanwhile, Mastercard has crypto-related news.

We’ll look at the payments giant’s announcement further below, but first, let’s talk Bitcoin and altcoins.

The leading crypto asset has been crabbing it in a reasonably tight range for about four months now – averaging around its current price somewhere near or below US$20k. Something’s got to give very soon, according to those who pore over the charts most hours of every day.

And it’s not just Bitcoin, of course. Here, US crypto analyst and forex trader Justin Bennett shows the overall altcoin pattern wedging itself into a super tight corner. In the mystical land of technical analysis, that often means one thing – an explosive move is about to ensue.

Are we seeing the beginnings of a risk-markets rally with this little US$300 or so Bitcoin pump today? The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed US trading in reasonable shape after a surge, so something like that could be on the cards. Although we still have a nagging feeling the Fed could utterly snuff out any short-term hopium come November 2 when they next meet to discuss fun stuff, such as interest-rate hikes.

But… according to Morgan Stanley’s CIO Michael J. Wilson, the US stock market might see a short-term rally of as much as 16%, provided a recession isn’t officially declared in the States. If he’s right, the crypto market would surge accordingly as well.

Onto some daily price action.


Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap at US$976 billion, up about 1% since this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

It’s a pleasant sea of green for the daily price movements in the crypto majors, although Cardano and XRP continue to show double-digit downturns over the past seven days.

As far as XRP is concerned, is there any update on Ripple Labs’ legal battle with the SEC? No major developments beyond what we’ve recently covered.

However, here’s Ripple Labs CEO Brad Garlinghouse expressing his growing disdain for the SEC’s actions in a recent chat on the topic:


Mastercard aims to help banks move into crypto

More big crypto-adoption news? Yep. Mastercard has revealed it’s launching a program to let financial institutions offer crypto trading to their clients.

According to an announcement from the mainstream payments titan, Mastercard will act as a “bridge” between Paxos – a crypto trading platform already used by PayPal, and banks.

Mastercard’s program, dubbed Crypto Source, will handle regulatory compliance and security, which the payments firm confirms are the main reasons banks cite for their hesitancy in delving into crypto.

“There’s a lot of consumers out there that are really interested in this, and intrigued by crypto, but would feel a lot more confident if those services were offered by their financial institutions,” said Jorn Lambert, Mastercard’s chief digital officer.

According to a CNBC report, Mastercard will pilot the product in the first quarter of next year, presumably in the US, before expanding it out to “more geographies”.

Both Mastercard and its major payments rival Visa have been making crypto moves over the past 12 months. Recently, Visa partnered with major crypto exchange FTX on crypto debit cards it plans to roll out in at least 40 countries.


Uppers and downers: 11–100

Sweeping a market-cap range of about US$8.2 billion to about US$407 million in the rest of the top 100, let’s find some of the biggest 24-hour gainers and losers at press time. (Stats accurate at time of publishing, based on data.)


• Huobi (HT),(market cap: US$1.04 billion) +17%

• Lido DAO (LDO), (mc: US$1.06 billion) +14%

• Maker (MKR), (mc: US$986 million) +10%

• Curve DAO (CRV), (mc: US$486 million) +9%

• Evmos (EVMOS), (mc: US$556 million) +8%



• Casper (CSPR), (market cap: US$482 million) -6%

• Celsius (CEL), (mc: US$411 million) -4%

• Radix (RDX), (mc: US$539 million) -2%

• Ethereum Name Service (ENS), (mc: US$500 million) -2%

• Chain (XCN), (mc: US$1.36 billion) -1%


Around the blocks

A selection of randomness and pertinence that stuck with us on our morning moves through the Crypto Twitterverse…

Meanwhile, prePO, an Aussie-founded “decentralised trading platform allowing anyone, anywhere, to gain exposure to any pre-IPO company or pre-token project”, is conducting its public sale of its PPO token at the time of writing.

We covered this unique project recently with David Angliss from Apollo Capital.