Terra (LUNA) rose to its best level to date on March 29 as the Luna Foundation Guard’s (LFG) plans to increase its Bitcoin (BTC) reserves eased anxiety about the impact of an increasingly hawkish Federal Reserve and the ongoing Ukraine-Russia war on crypto markets.
LUNA price hits new record high above $106
LUNA’s price breached above the previous record high of $106.29 by minuscule margins, reversing the losses incurred during the selloff between December 2021 and January 2022.
The latest price rally pushed Terra token’s net capitalization acrosse $37.17 billion, now making up 1.76% of the entire crypto market, compared to 0.39% at the beginning of this year.
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Bitcoin wallets associated with LFG, a nonprofit spearheaded by Terra’s creator Do Kwon, saw an inflow of 2,830 BTC worth $135 million on March 28. The influx occurred as a part of LFG’s Bitcoin accumulation spree following a community proposal that suggested the use of BTC as collateral to “provide deep liquidity at a discount when the UST peg is under pressure.”
UST is Terra’s decentralized stablecoin. Terra is otherwise collateralized by the blockchain’s native cryptocurrency LUNA. As such, Terra’s economy supports the burning of LUNA tokens to mint more UST units as a strategy to maintain the latter’s dollar peg.
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LFG has outlined plans to boost its Bitcoin reserves to $3 billion with a long-term strategy to swell the pool to $10 billion. In theory, that could lead to an increase in demand for UST, thereby forcing more LUNA tokens out of active supply permanently.
LUNA faces immediate selloff risks
From a technical perspective, LUNA faces the prospects of undergoing a 50% price correction in the coming weeks, though this may not necessarily hurt the bullish long-term outlook.
In detail, the Terra token has been consolidating inside what appears to be an ascending channel, a continuation pattern that appears after the price fluctuates inside a range defined by an upper horizontal and a lower rising trendline.
In a perfect scenario, the setup resolves with a breakout in the direction of the asset’s previous trend, rising by as much as the maximum distance between the channel’s upper and lower trendline. As a result, LUNA’s price could rise toward $425 in 2022, as shown in the chart below.
But the upside outlook needs further confirmation, beginning with a decisive breakout above the triangle’s upper trendline. If it does not come, LUNA’s prospects of a sharp pullback towards the lower trendlines appear higher, which means a price drop towards the $50–$60 range, down around 50% from March 29’s price.
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