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The Fed, the Merge and $22K BTC — 5 things to know in Bitcoin this week

Bitcoin (BTC) starts a pivotal week on a firm footing as bulls succeed in wiping out weeks of losses.

After closing the latest weekly candle at $21,800, its highest since mid-August, BTC/USD is back on the radar as a long bet.

The end to an extended period of downside interspersed with sideways price action now appears firmly at an end, with volatility expected to form a major theme in the coming days.

In fact, few weeks in Bitcoin’s history have been as hectic as this one is likely to be.

In addition to the Ethereum Merge on Sept. 15, the United States inflation trend will come under scrutiny on Sept. 13 with the release of August Consumer Price Index (CPI) data. The recipe for unpredictability is there.

How will Bitcoin weather the storm? While the macro picture looks muddy for risk assets as the United States dollar surges, on-chain data continues to point to a price bottom already in the making.

In addition, Bitcoin’s network fundamentals are poised to hit new all-time highs this week, underscoring miner resilience and recovery, along with conviction over profitability.

Cointelegraph takes a look at several of the main areas to watch as Bitcoin gives “Septembear” a run for its money.

Solid weekly close boosts short-term BTC bets

The latest weekly close provided some much-needed relief for Bitcoin bulls.

After weeks of miserable performance, BTC/USD finally managed to seal a convincing week’s gains, even avoiding a last-minute correction into the candle close, data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows.

BTC/USD 1-week candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

As such, at just above $21,800, the Sept. 11 event formed a solid foundation for a week due to deliver considerable volatility.

At the time of writing, that level is forming a consolidation zone, coinciding with an important trendline in the form of Bitcoin’s realized price. According to on-chain analytics firm Glassnode, this currently sits at approximately $21,770.

Bitcoin realized price chart. Source: Glassnode

BTC/USD has yet to tackle more significant bear market levels lost as…

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