First Mover Asia: Crypto is Flat before Fed Chair Speech; Japan’s SBI Building an Metamask Competitor to Yen-Denominated NFT trading

Good morning. Here’s what’s happening:

Prices: What’s next in crypto markets? Before making their next move, traders are waiting to hear Jay Powell’s speech. One Japanese digital asset company is trying to create a market for NFT trading in Yen.

Insights: SBI, a digital asset financial services company, is creating a Metamask competitor to NFT trading in yen-denominated yen. This initiative could help Japan’s Web 3 efforts.

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CoinDesk Market Index – CMI
-12.9 V 1.2%

Bitcoin (BTC).
-251.1 V 1.1%

Ethereum (ETH).
-19.3 V 1.2%

S&P 500
-25.4 V 0.6%

20.1 ^ 1.1%

Nikkei 225
184.2 ^ 0.7%

BTC/ETH prices per CoinDesk IndiccesAs of 7:01 a.m. ET (11 a.m. UTC)

The Fed Signal is Coming to Crypto Traders

As the Asia business day begins bitcoin is down 1% to $22,829, while ether is also off 1% at $1,622.

QCP Capital, a crypto trading fund based in Singapore, stated in a recent note how the performance of equities and the speech by U.S. central banks Chair Jerome Powell will guide it to the next leg in cryptocurrency.

The fund stated that “Without a recession or >4% unemployment this fiscal year, it’s extremely unlikely that the Fed will reduce rates. This means our view of the market’s pricing for cuts this year is still too dovish.”

QCP stated that it is interested in Powell’s views on whether the current rally in the market has “gotten outof hand.”

Despite the talk of a recession and headlines that mention layoffs, the U.S. job market reports from the last two months show that it is still hot. The U.S. added 223,000 jobs in December, bringing the unemployment rate down from 3.5% to 3.5%. However, January’s data shows that 517,000 new jobs were added. Both numbers defied expectations.

Edward Moya, senior analyst at OANDA, stated recently on CoinDesk TV that “I believe it’s still going very difficult to get to 2%.” “The Fed admitted, for the first-time in this cycle they said that disinflation has started.”

Moya cited the strength of the U.S. labor market and other countries as a barrier to lowering inflation. However, increased wages are supported by a fundamentally stronger market.

He said that if there are more signs that inflation overseas is becoming more stickier than we thought it would, then there could be a sell-off on Wall Street that could lower bitcoin.

Moya said he is looking into Treasury Yields. The correlation between this and bitcoin’s price is still there – at least for now.

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SBI’s Metamask Competitor in Yen-Denominated NFT Trades

Japan’s SBI, an international digital assets financial services company, has recently announced that it will launch a MetaMask-like platform for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). It uses the Japanese yen to trade on the SBINFT market. CoinDesk Japan reports.

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Japan is a hub for NFTs due to its internationally recognized IP and widely accepted art styles. SBI is trying to change this.

The U.S. Dollar is the most liquid and reliable currency in international trade. It also serves as the standard for most commodities’ prices. The most traded global currency Nearly 88% of global trade is denominated as Greenbacks, with the rest in USD. This is not surprising, given that the U.S. economy is the largest in the world and most trade across the globe has some kind of connection to the United States.

Crypto is not tied to any nation. It doesn’t have a centralized economy. However, most digital asset transactions around the globe are made in USD.

Mike McGlone, Bloomberg analyst, said that despite the declining U.S. share of the world’s GDP the dollar is increasingly dominant, especially in the digital ecosystem. In an April 2021 note. “There seems to be no stopping the most consistent trends of crypto assets: increasing trading volume and the proliferation stablecoins following the dollar.”

This is a case in point: CoinGecko data shows that there are only about Volume of $87 Million in 24 Hours For yen-denominated Bitcoin trading pairs, and approximately $21.5 million for ether trading In yen. There are There were a few unsuccessful attempts. They are trying to create a yen stablecoin but it doesn’t seem like they have. gotten much traction.

This is because Japan embraces the Web 3. CoinDesk’s Emily Parker, a CoinDesk reporter, reported that crypto in Japan seems to exist in a parallel universe. Post Mt. The Gox rules mean that assets of FTX Japan are kept in third-party custody. Legislators are currently working to create a framework for DAOs or NFTs to be submitted to the Diet, the nation’s legislature.

This embrace will continue with more cryptocurrency trading in yen. SBI’s Web 3 wallet could be the catalyst.

Important events.

4:30 p.m. HKT/SGT(8:30 UTC) Bank of Canada Governor Macklem speech

4:40 p.m. HKT/SGT(8:40 UTC) Speech by Fed Chair Powell

10:50 p.m. HKT/SGT(14:50 UTC) Japan’s Current Account n.s.a. (Dec)

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