- Bitcoin price has rallied nearly 25% over the past two weeks and altcoin gains from the past week reveal that profits are rotating.
- Asian investors who lost their funds to $17 billion Credit Suisse AT1 bond collapse could turn to crypto as “safe haven”.
- Altcoins, neglected by investors for the past few weeks, could see a spike in demand.
The global market turmoil got worse earlier today with the $17 billion Credit Suisse bond collapse. The Financial Times reported that risky AT1 Credit Suisse debt experienced a further wipeout after panicked Asian private bank clients pushed down AT1s after receiving margin calls.
With Bitcoin price hitting a nine-month high above $28,000, experts believe there is a likelihood of capital rotation to altcoins like liquid staking tokens, zero-knowledge and AI category of cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin price hits nine-month high with dominance testing resistance at 47.85%
The global market turmoil induced by the collapse of two large US banks fueled a “safe haven” narrative for the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. Bitcoin wiped out its losses and started a steady climb towards a nine-month high above $28,000.
One of the most important factors in determining the transition of capital from Bitcoin to altcoins is long-term holder behavior. Based on data from crypto intelligence tracker Glassnode, long-term holders of the asset will turn a profit for the first time since May 2022 in the event that Bitcoin price crosses $29,102.
Bitcoin long-term holders turn profitable above $29,000
Once holders are profitable, it is typical to see profit-booking and flow of capital to alternative cryptocurrencies and stablecoins.
Bitcoin long-term holders turning profitable coincides with piling crises across global financial markets. Following the collapse of two large US banks, Asian investors were gobsmacked by $17 billion in Credit Suisse AT1 debt being wiped out earlier today.
Global market turmoil disappoints wealthy Asian investors
The most striking factor in the $17 billion AT1 bond collapse is that apart from European institutional investors, wealthy individuals, retail investors from Asia, were also hit by the wipeout.
Financial Times reported that retail investors in Europe typically do not hold AT1 as they are barred from doing so in jurisdictions including the UK.
In Asia, the instruments are popular with wealthy individuals who appreciate the brand names and the yields such as in the case of Credit Suisse bonds. In 2022, the institution issued a bond paying a 9.75 percent coupon and this was popular among wealthy Asian retail investors.
The Credit Suisse takeover by UBS upended the traditional hierarchy of creditors. While bondholders are usually given priority as creditors first, followed by shareholders, in the case of Credit Suisse, to make the deal palatable, something had to give, and in the end shareholders were prioritized at the expense of bondholders and additional tier one bonds were written down to zero. The surprise decision stung some retail investors in Asia who are exposed to AT1s, a class of debt designed to take losses when institutions run into trouble but generally believed to rank ahead of equity on the balance sheet.
Asian investors represent nearly 25% of the AT1 global market worth $260 billion. It remains to be seen where these wealthy individuals turn to, after being hit by the financial crises. Investors could turn to Bitcoin, with its rising correlation with Gold and “safe haven” narrative, or pick altcoins that are primed for higher returns this market cycle.
Altcoins are gearing up for upcoming capital rotation, which crypto will pump next?
With Bitcoin’s recent price rally and several BTC holders sitting on unrealized profits, the largest crypto by market cap noted the sixth consecutive week of outflows. A total of $406 million has flown out of Bitcoin, as of March 20, according to a CoinShares report.
Bitcoin remained the focus of negative sentiment, while altcoins like Litecoin, Solana, Polygon, XRP and others witnessed a net positive weekly flow.
Week flows for altcoins by CoinShares
In addition to these large cap altcoins, crypto Twitter has noted a rise in narratives like the China coin narrative for Aptos (APT), Filecoin (FIL), NEO and Huobi Token (HT); and the Artificial Intelligence (AI) narrative for assets like SingularityNet (AGIX) and Fetch.ai (FET).
While the narratives keep changing with developments and announcements by crypto and tech giants, the upcoming key events like Ethereum token unlock could fuel a rally in Liquid staking tokens Lido DAO (LDO), Rocket Pool (RPL) and Frax Share (FXS).
Liquid staking tokens
Another popular category of altcoins is Zero-Knowledge (zk) tokens. As the technology gains popularity in the Ethereum ecosystem, these tokens Polygon (MATIC), ImmutableX (IMX), Mina Protocol (MINA), Loopring (LRC) and Zcash (ZEC) could witness a boost in capital inflow and wipeout recent losses.
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