US dollar up, stocks down, crypto kinda flat (okay trending slightly down). As far as the latter is concerned, it hasn’t been going too badly over the past few days and has actually been outperforming major stock benchmarks.

Investors and traders on the digital side of the coin are more used to seeing the crypto market overreact to stock market dips and plunge even harder. That said…

Markets are on a knife’s edge this week. And that’s partly because more numbers are coming our way from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics – October 13, 8.30am EDT (11.30pm AEDT) to be precise. It’s the updated Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation data, which will have the usual bearing on how the Fed treats its next rate-hiking move – to be announced on November 2.

How’s that going to play out, then? Crypto Twitter is in guess mode, although consensus at least seems to be on the idea that an end to the recent flat trading for Bitcoin and pals is imminent and a big move in either direction is coming. (Although that was also predicted based on the jobs/employment data last week.)


The BVOL points to a big Bitcoin move

Some analysts have been highlighting what’s known as the BVOL this week, which is the Bitcoin Volatility Index. It’s actually an ERC20 (Ethereum-based) token that attempts to track the implied volatility of Bitcoin.

Umlaut-sporting chart obsessors Michaël van de Poppe and Alex Krüger point out in recent tweets (below) that there have been three previous moves for the BVOL below a specific level (25), which all triggered big volatility and HUGE moves. Twice bullish, once utterly rubbish. (Two outta three ain’t bad, right?)

The BVOL has just moved under this level again. Which way will it go? The UN has reportedly been calling for the Fed to soften its rate-hiking stance. That gives the tiniest of fractionalised hope for risk markets. The overall horrible macroeconomic climate and desperate situation in Eastern Europe doesn’t.

Onto some general daily crypto price action.


Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap at US$966 billion, down 1.6% since this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

XRP is the biggest daily mover in the majors, down more than 6%. It’s still up 11.5% on a weekly timeframe, though and has been clearly outperforming the top coins of late (SEC lawsuit, hope for positive outcome/settlement soon, yada yada).


Uppers and downers: 11–100

Sweeping a market-cap range of about US$7.3 billion to about US$394 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$673 million) +24%

• TerraClassicUSD (USTC), (mc: US$416 million) +23%

• Tokenize Xchange (TKX), (mc: US$1 billion) +10%

• Maker (MKR), (mc: US$883 million) +10%

• Chain (XCN), (mc: US$1.52 billion) +2%

Alright then, what’s up with crypto exchange Huobi’s token HT? Why’s that one going slightly ballistic today?

It’s reportedly because the founder of Ethereum-code copycat TRON (TRX) has taken a major stake in Huobi Global. TRX is currently a top 15 crypto with a market cap of US$5.79 billion.

Huobi Global is the owner of the eighth-largest crypto exchange by trading volume and is headquartered in Seychelles, although has close ties with both Korea and Singapore.

The only thing Sun, however, has officially confirmed at this stage is an advisory role with Huobi.



• Chiliz (CHZ), (market cap: US$1 billion) -12%

• Ethereum Classic (ETC), (mc: US$3.3 billion) -10%

Ethereum Name Service (ENS), (mc: US$417 million) -10%

• Lido DAO (LDO), (mc: US$893 million) -9%

• Rocket Pool (RPL), (mc: US$427 million) -8%


Around the blocks

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