• Bitcoin price is holding well above $69,000 threshold despite analysts speculating bearish calls.
  • Rumors have it that Morgan Stanley will approve BTC ETFs on their platform soon.
  • Bitcoin nears a big sell wall with rising open interest signaling incoming volatility.
  • 95% of BTC supply is now in profit as long-term holder cohort ramping up distribution pressure

Bitcoin (BTC) price has recorded increased volatility this week, with most of BTC holders currently in profit. As market activity continues to grow with long-term holders now ramping up on distribution pressure, the pioneer cryptocurrency is bearing the brunt of growing overhead pressure. Still, the $69,000 threshold refuses to bulge with rumors about Morgan Stanley having something to do with it. 

Also Read: Bitcoin price is stuck beneath $73K as BTC long-term holders ramp up distribution pressure


Bitcoin, altcoins, stablecoins FAQs

Bitcoin is the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, a virtual currency designed to serve as money. This form of payment cannot be controlled by any one person, group, or entity, which eliminates the need for third-party participation during financial transactions.

Altcoins are any cryptocurrency apart from Bitcoin, but some also regard Ethereum as a non-altcoin because it is from these two cryptocurrencies that forking happens. If this is true, then Litecoin is the first altcoin, forked from the Bitcoin protocol and, therefore, an “improved” version of it.

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies designed to have a stable price, with their value backed by a reserve of the asset it represents. To achieve this, the value of any one stablecoin is pegged to a commodity or financial instrument, such as the US Dollar (USD), with its supply regulated by an algorithm or demand. The main goal of stablecoins is to provide an on/off-ramp for investors willing to trade and invest in cryptocurrencies. Stablecoins also allow investors to store value since cryptocurrencies, in general, are subject to volatility.

Bitcoin dominance is the ratio of Bitcoin's market capitalization to the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies combined. It provides a clear picture of Bitcoin’s interest among investors. A high BTC dominance typically happens before and during a bull run, in which investors resort to investing in relatively stable and high market capitalization cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. A drop in BTC dominance usually means that investors are moving their capital and/or profits to altcoins in a quest for higher returns, which usually triggers an explosion of altcoin rallies.

Will $150 billion bank Morgan Stanley send Bitcoin to new ATH?

After reports citing SEC filings that $150 billion market cap investment bank Morgan Stanley filed to buy Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) , rumors have it that the financial firm could approve BTC ETFs on their platform soon.

One crypto community member, @AP_Abacus, who boasts upwards of 43.6K followers on X, cites sources from within Morgan Stanley, others from within BTC ETF firms, and legal insiders adjacent to both.

Morgan Stanley approving BTC ETFs on its platforms would have a number of impacts:

  • Make it easier for a larger number of investors to gain exposure to the cryptocurrency market through a regulated and familiar investment vehicle. This increased accessibility could potentially attract more mainstream investors to the digital asset space.
  • A major financial institution like Morgan Stanley would add a level of legitimacy and credibility to the crypto market, dispelling some of the skepticism and concerns surrounding Bitcoin, thus wider acceptance by institutional investors.
  • Pave the way for more institutional participation, increased liquidity and greater market stability.

In a previous article, we indicated that BTC long-term holders are ramping up on distribution pressure, meaning they are exerting selling pressure on the asset. Coinciding with heightened realized profit, as there has been an increased number of Bitcoin holders who are able to sell their coins at a profit compared to when they acquired them, Glassnode reports that more than 95% of the Bitcoin supply is now in profit.

Meanwhile, Bitcoin price continues to approach a big selling wall, marked by a liquidity zone extending from $74,000 to $75,000. Within this price range, there are enough buyers and sellers present to potentially facilitate quick and efficient trades.

Open Interest is also up almost 13% in three days, moving from $33.81 billion to $38.02 billion between March 24 and 27. This indicates a growing market activity and hints that the market is due to witness some volatility.

BTC Open Interest

Bitcoin price outlook amid rising open interest and rumors about Morgan Stanley

Bitcoin price sits above the $69,000 threshold, but this support is not solid amid rising bearish pressure. The subdued Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicates this, signifying falling momentum. Nevertheless, the bulls maintain a strong presence in the BTC market, as seen with the sustained series of green histograms of the Awesome Oscillator (AO) and the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD).

Increased bullish momentum could send Bitcoin price further north, potentially as high as to reclaim its $73,777 peak. Clearing this blockade could set the tone for BTC price to foray into the liquidity zone between $74,000 and $75,000.

BTC/USDT 12-hour chart

However, if the bears can haul BTC to close below the $69,000 threshold on the 12-hour time frame, it could encourage more sell orders. An extended fall could see Bitcoin price find support due to the 50-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) at $67,627.

In a dire case, the pioneer cryptocurrency could roll over to find support at $61,701, or worse, extend a leg south to $59,224 before the bulls can scale a recovery.

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