Ethereum prepares for upgrade as Cardano takes lead


Bitcoin is currently trading at around $38,000 after seeing a 10% correction from its 1 Aug peak of $42,500. It’s currently down about 1.5% over the past 24 hours and changing hands for around $37,750. There’s significant support at $37,500, but if this fails to hold today then we may see a further slip to around $36,000. If it rises higher again, the $42,000 level that acted as resistance first in early January and now in August is still a tough nut to crack. 

Ether has been outshining bitcoin in the last few weeks and saw 13 consecutive days of gains that ended Monday. This was a new record for the cryptocurrency, with the previous record sitting at 10 consecutive daily gains, set back in January 2018. The smart contracts giant is breaking even today and the price continues to hover just below $2,500. 

All eyes are now on the long-anticipated upgrade to the ethereum network that was delayed from today until Thursday. The upgrade, technically known as Ethereum Improvement Protocol 1559, or EIP-1559, will make transaction fees more predictable and burn an unknown number of coins, limiting supply. This is not to be confused with the even-longer-awaited Ethereum 2.0, which will see Ethereum transition from a proof of work consensus algorithm similar to bitcoin, to a proof of stake system. It’s hoped that this will reduce the environmental impact and allow the network to become more scalable.

The majority of coins are down today, with only Cardano (ADA) up. ADA is up around 3% today to $1.33. 

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In the markets

The Bitcoin economy

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Total crypto market cap

The total capitalisation of the entire cryptocurrency market at time of writing is currently $1,552,462,928,514. 

What bitcoin did yesterday

We closed yesterday, 3 August, 2021, at a price of $38,152.98, down from $39,201.95 the day before. 

The daily high yesterday was $39,750.03 and the daily low was $37,782.05. 

This time last year, the price of bitcoin closed the day at $11,205.89. In 2019, it closed at $10,970.18. 

Bitcoin market capitalisation

Bitcoin’s market capitalisation at time of writing is $710.79 billion. To put it into context, the market cap of gold is $11.539 trillion and Facebook is $990.3 billion. 

Bitcoin volume

The total spot trading volume reported by all exchanges over the last 24 hours was $23,926,050,664, up from $26,310,903,320 the day before. High volumes can indicate that a significant price movement has stronger support and is more likely to be sustained.


The price volatility of bitcoin over the last 30 days is 54.03%.

Fear and Greed Index

Market sentiment today is 42.

Bitcoin’s market dominance

Bitcoin’s market dominance today is 46.35, Its lowest ever recorded dominance was 37.09 on 8 January, 2018.

Relative Strength Index (RSI)

The daily RSI is currently 54.10. Values of 70 or above indicate that an asset is becoming overbought and may be primed for a trend reversal or experience a correction in price – an RSI reading of 30 or below indicates an oversold or undervalued condition. 

Convince your Nan: Soundbite of the day

‘I don’t think you’re going to see anything like crypto going away and disappearing. It’s here.”

  • David Rubenstein, Billionaire private equity investor

What they said yesterday…




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Crypto AM Events

For those of you who missed the Crypto AM DeFi & Digital Inclusion online summit – you can now watch the event in two parts via YouTube

Part One

Part Two

Cautionary Notes

It’s definitely tempting to get swept up in the excitement, but please heed these words of caution: Do your own research, only invest what you can afford, and make good decisions. The indicators contained in this article will hopefully help in this. Remember though, the content of this article is for information purposes only and is not investment advice or any form of recommendation or invitation. City AM, Crypto AM and Luno always advise you to obtain your own independent financial advice before investing or trading in cryptocurrency.

All information is correct as of 08:00 BST

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