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Nigeria leads the world in Bitcoin searches on Google

In terms of Bitcoin’s level of interest, Nigeria has been adjudged the highest performing nation worldwide.

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Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and home to over 200 million people, has the highest interest in Bitcoin globally.

According to a recent report released by Google, Nigeria emerged the first amongst other countries around the world in Bitcoin searches on Google.

READ: Africa’s internet economy has the potential to reach 5.2% of the continent’s GDP by 2025 – Goggle/IFC

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  • Furthermore, Delta State has the highest level of Bitcoin interests on a state level in Nigeria, followed by Ebonyi, Ekiti, Anambra, and Osun.
  • Surprisingly Nigeria’s business capital, Lagos misses out of the top 5 as regards Bitcoin level of interest on Google.

READ: List of Cryptos outperforming Bitcoin, with weekly gains of over 100%

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  • At the time of writing this report, Bitcoin traded at $33,883.70 with a daily volume of $98 billion.
  • Bitcoin is up 2.85% for the day.
  • Bitcoin market value stood at $630 Billion.

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Unsurprisingly, a significant number of young Nigerians have started utilizing cryptos, in a bid to avoid the numerous challenges faced with the traditional money transfer services, such as high costs and slow speed, amongst others.

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In an explanatory note to Nairametrics, Ekene Ojieh,  Head of Public Relations and Corporate Strategy at Buffalo Chase – a crypto analytic firm, gave key insights on how some Nigerians use cryptocurrency for wealth preservation.

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“Nigerians use bitcoin not just as a store of value but also as an investment. Its accessibility enables anyone to send and receive bitcoin from any part of the world, unlike getting US dollars for international transactions.

“It is worthy to note that bitcoin is still a volatile asset. The upside of this is that one can make a significant amount of profit in a short time frame,” said Ojieh.

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READ: Why intelligent investors are secretly buying Bitcoin

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Then, it becomes unsurprising to see leading crypto brands like Binance, FTX, Paxful, Crypto.com, printing their labels in Nigeria, as it is apparently one of the fastest-growing crypto markets in the ever-changing world.

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Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment trading. Follow Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected] He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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  1. Adeoye Afolorunso

    January 13, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Dear Olumide, looking at your profile as a member of the chartered financial analyst society, could you please tell me what l need to know about bitcoin investment and how to become an investor.

    Kind regards

    • Olamide joseph bamiro

      January 13, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      If you are a bew investor, Don’t trade Bitcoin. It is very volatile and not very transparent about the factors that influence the price cos of the whales. If u must, use proxy like buying paypal stock or Square, preferrably Pay pal. Bitcoin has no intrinsic value

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94% of Bitcoin investors are making money

Microstrategy bought 314 more Bitcoin valued at $10 million, momentarily pushing prices above $32,000.

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94% of Bitcoin investors are making money, Bitcoin, Bitcoin running out of steam

Bitcoin investors have reasons to be excited amid a significant amount of volatility prevailing at the flagship crypto market.

The number of Bitcoin holders in profit is about 94% as data retrieved from Glassnode, a crypto analytic firm, showed.

Bitcoin Percent Addresses in Profit (1w MA) just reached a 1-month low of 93.851%.

READ: Bitcoin posts biggest daily drop since market crash of March 2020

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Metric description; The percentage of unique addresses whose funds have an average buy price that is lower than the current price. “Buy price” is here defined as the price at the time coins were transferred into an address.

At the time of drafting this report, Bitcoin traded at$32,640.90 with a daily trading volume of $63.8 billion. Bitcoin is up 5.03% for the day.

What this means: Sequel to such metric stated above, the turnaround for investors in profit occurred some hours ago when Bitcoin dropped to $28,950 — a key level when it comes to support from large pocket investors and only its second dip below $30,000 in 2021, as a leading bitcoin investor, Microstrategy bought 314 more Bitcoin valued at $10 million, momentarily pushing prices above $32,000.

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Chainalysis researchers explained in detail that as the rush for BTCs keeps increasing, the price will most definitely be affected. The report said:

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“With more people looking to trade BTCs, which is only becoming scarcer following the recent halving, bitcoin moving from the investment bucket into the trading bucket could become a crucial source of liquidity.”

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Consequently, amid the impressive metric showing a lot of Bitcoin wallets in profits, Jesse Cohen, a senior crypto analyst, in a note to Nairametrics, spoke on the outlook for Bitcoin in 2021.

“I expect Bitcoin to remain highly volatile to the downside in the new year, given the potential for more scrutiny and tighter regulation. That should see prices fall back from their record highs, with the prospect of increased regulation being the most important factor affecting Bitcoin in 2021.”

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Bitcoin posts biggest daily drop since market crash of March 2020

Some crypto experts anticipate such losses are coming from widespread profit-taking by U.S. and European investors.

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The flagship crypto, Bitcoin, suffered massive losses in the early hours of Friday, as almost all the gains recorded in 2021 vanished into thin air, thus posting its largest daily drop since the market crash of March 2020.

  • Some crypto experts posit that such losses are coming from widespread profit-taking by U.S. and European investors, and that worries about extra regulation has driven the crypto asset toward a weekly loss of more than 25%.
  • Top-rated crypto assets like Ethereum plunged by almost 16%, while Chainlink also recorded double-digit percentage losses.

READ: Finance leaders of G7 countries strongly support crypto regulation

Also weighing on prevailing market conditions seen across the crypto-verse, data retrieved from Glassnode, a crypto analytic firm, reveal bitcoin $BTC Supply in Profit (1d MA) just reached a 3-month low of 16,899,766.137 BTC.

The previous 3-month low of 16,903,691.779 BTC was observed on 11 December, 2020

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What this means: Consequently, Jesse Cohen, a senior crypto analyst, in a note to Nairametrics, spoke on the outlook for Bitcoin in 2021.

READ: Bitcoin’s market value now $468 billion, bigger than GDP of Africa’s largest economy

“I expect Bitcoin to remain highly volatile to the downside in the new year, given the potential for more scrutiny and tighter regulation. That should see prices fall back from their record highs, with the prospect of increased regulation being the most important factor affecting Bitcoin in 2021.”

However, as it gained more than 300% in 2020, many crypto experts wonder if BTC can continue such rally this year.

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Investors get burnt, lose $1.6 billion in crypto within a day

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The prevailing market condition at the crypto market led to heavy losses of global investors’ funds, when roughly $1.6 billion worth of crypto positions evaporated into thin air within a day.

The mass liquidation of such crypto holdings, according to data retrieved from Bybt, showed that such occurred before the flagship crypto dipped from $34,300 to around $29,700 at press time.

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For the day, about 192,005 crypto traders got liquidated.

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The global crypto market value at press time was around $842.75B, a 16.40% decrease over the previous day.

  • Total crypto market volume for the day stood at $169 billion, which makes a 12.17% increase.
  • Total volume in DeFi is currently $14.53 billion, 8.61% of the total crypto market 24-hour volume.
  • The volume of all stable coins is now $140.71B, which is 83.36% of the total crypto market 24-hour volume.
  •  The flagship crypto traded at $29,196.15.
  • Bitcoin’s dominance is currently 64.77%, an increase of 0.16% over the day

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What this means: Record sell-offs have pushed Bitcoin’s year-to-date gains below 1%. The record sell-off in the crypto market is likely due to widespread profit-taking by U.S. and European investors.

Some days ago, the leading United Kingdom financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, issued a piece of stern advice on crypto investments.

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The statement highlighted the risks associated with investing in Bitcoin and other crypto assets, and warned the public that there were high chances that all their funds could be lost.

“The FCA is aware that some firms are offering investments in crypto assets or lending or investments linked to crypto assets, that promise high returns.

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“Investing in crypto assets, or investments and lending linked to them generally involves taking very high risks with investors’ money. If consumers invest in these types of products, they should be prepared to lose all their money.”

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