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Cryptocurrencies & blockchain, the technology upon which cryptocurrency runs has been touted as truly revolutionary. After the first cryptocurrency went live in 2009, it sparked a light in dim time.
Necessitating an escape from the financial world controlled by the fraudulent and manipulative government and corporations. Bitcoin was seen as the saviour to the dying fiat currencies which has continually robbed people of their wealth through inflationary pressures aggravated by reckless government funds mismanagement.
As a tool for radical and transformative change, Bitcoin has grown from insignificance into global relevance today. But what is its position as of today?
The Idea & IndustryThe cryptocurrency industry has grown considerably over the years. From a single cryptocurrency to thousands of crypto tokens or coins, each doing something of its own, although others bear similarities in their designs and functions.
The idea behind bitcoin and cryptocurrency generally was a rebellious idea. An idea that stems from the disgust of the maladministration of the fiat currency. This distrust resulted in the writing of the bitcoin white paper with its significant title “A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”.
An alternative financial system that doesn’t require the trust of a third party to enable the flow of economic events. Such a revolutionary idea. An idea which has turned into a global multibillion-dollar industry and growing still, at an impressive rate.
Alternative TenderCrypto enthusiasts have always wanted to use their crypto to purchase daily goods, pay bills and do just about what the naira, dollar, euro, pounds, etc do. As much as they want to acquire that “Lambo”, they also would love to use their bitcoin to purchase their coffee, ice cream, etc.
Over the years with several firms developing great solutions, users are now able to purchase items using crypto but then, there exists a fundamental problem. Are they paying in crypto or fiat? This is a contestable argument.
If I send my bitcoin directly to the seller in exchange for a plate of tasty Nigerian jollof rice, am I paying with bitcoin or naira? For most, it’s understandable they are paying with bitcoin. But then, I am paying in naira. Reason being that the jollof rice is priced in Naira NGN. The difference here is WITH and IN. A matter of semantics.
Crypto VolatilityFor most people who do not see cryptocurrency gaining global adoption as an effective means of economic exchange, their reason mostly stems from the volatile nature of this new asset class. The fear of receiving payment of 4500NGN for goods sold at 5000NGN in BTC has been a significant argument against why cryptocurrency will be used for economic exchange.
Although newer products have emerged that seek to remedy this issue by providing instant clearing for crypto transactions, crypto ‘faithfuls’ still hold on to the belief that volatility is a feature, not a bug.
StablecoinsStablecoins now provide a safe way of protecting oneself against volatility. Stablecoin facilitates crypto security as well as the non-volatile nature which fiat of sound economies carries. This presents stablecoins as a valid alternative to national fiat currencies. Currently, there are lots of activities ongoing for nations in a bid to develop their own Central Bank Digital Currency – CDBC.
In times of great national distress, the value of fiat currencies is normally shaken. This is normal and is why nations try as much as possible to prevent events that may destabilize their nations due to the correlative effects to their national currencies.
COVID-19The current pandemic sweeping across the nations of the world is a true definition of distress. For Nigeria as a country with the majority of its revenue tied to crude oil, it faces serious economic challenges which have resulted in a reduction in the value of the naira.
The Central Bank of Nigeria a few weeks back via a circular, announced that the present fundamentals do not support the devaluation of the naira, however, there have been reports of commercial banks charging users above N400 per dollar.
While the purpose of this article is not to examine the naira and the several elements affecting it, this premise was necessary since it’s a fiat currency.
This begs the question “can cryptocurrency truly be our savior when economies are crashing?”
Nigeria is not the only nation currently affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. In fact, Nigeria is one of the countries with fewer cases though, this isn’t the only reason for the current position of the naira. Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are notably volatile and in times of national or global crisis, people would argue they can’t hold value.
The next alternatives are usually Stablecoins, an innovation that is not even up to seven years since the very first stablecoin was introduced. But then this comes with a problem of its own. Since Stablecoins are pegged to their fiat currency counterparts, as the fiat currency of a nation goes down, the same goes for the stablecoin.
While it is understandable that not all nations will go to dust at the same time, people may move from one country’s fiat currency pegged stablecoin to another and this will just be an organized and consented pump.
The problem remains that cryptocurrency may not be the savior when the economies are crashing. The only way this can be is when the goods are priced in a standard unit of a coin, perhaps BTC.
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The J1 is a cryptocurrency that can act as fiat currency, replace costly credit card fees as well as eliminate the need for gift cards. With these enticing features, the J1 will attract mainstream adoption as a competitive payment solution. A key factor of any cryptocurrency is its utility. If you cannot use it for something, such as investments or payments, then it will have no perceived value. In the case of the J1, it is useful as a payment solution thus its utility is high.
In addition to the obvious utility of the J1, it adds the highly sought after liquidity to the world of cryptocurrency. According to Investopedia, “liquidity describes the degree to which an asset or security can be quickly bought or sold in the market without affecting the price of the asset.” Following that definition, most people would conclude there are no liquid cryptocurrencies in the market. Until now! That’s the very definition of the J1! Therefore, our token is an important game changer for users, merchants, and for the cryptocurrency ecosystem as a whole. We are the cryptocurrency of the future!
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One of the most common questions we get from new buyers on Redeeem goes something like this: "I see a bunch of Amazon Gift Cards selling for 20-30% discount our site... are they legit?" Our answer is obviously and emphatically "yes", but the true reason deserves a much longer explanation.submitted by levi_d-19 to Redeeem [link] [comments]
First, it's worth pointing out that sellers set their own rates and we have strict requirements for purchase receipts on Redeeem. Every gift card and receipt is carefully reviewed by our validators before it can be posted for sale. We have a zero-fraud policy and rely heavily on Trust Ratings to help us resolve disputes fairly and efficiently. All users on the platform are required to complete KYC and identity verification after a certain volume. We take trust very seriously.
So why are gift cards so cheap? A better question would be: "Why are people willing to pay a 20-30% premium to buy bitcoin?" Bitcoin is still hard to buy for most people around the world. Gift cards are the easiest way to buy bitcoin for people in some countries, and people who have it don't part ways with it easily.
Let's break the reasons into categories...
1. Limited Access
Banks the past few years have been notorious for blocking crypto. Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citigroup, Chase, Discover, Capital One and 20+ other banks have formally banned crypto purchases on credit card, ACH and wires, despite investing in blockchain technology heavily behind the scenes. Banks vary in their strictness in enforcing these laws, but it’s well documented that many wires into Coinbase and other exchanges have been getting blocked.
In their defense, crypto still has unclear tangible value, high monetary risks, limited regulation, high fraud, virtually no insurance, and irreversible transactions—making it unpopular to many large institutions.
2. Price Speculation
April 2019 had the highest volume of future bets placed on bitcoin ever, at 22,000 open contracts. Bitcoin is a highly volatile investment vehicle with high volume, making it perfect for day-traders. So the number of contracts continues to increase every month globally. The kind of bets these traders are placing can yield as high as 800% returns, so they may not care about a 20% loss upfront.
Exchanges are very slow. For new users on Coinbase who choose the ACH option, it takes about 4 days to actually own and withdraw bitcoin from Coinbase. If you choose to send a wire, this cost you $25 anyway which is roughly 25% cost of buying a $100 gift card. And we already know other marketplaces like CardCash and Raise regularly send checks in the mail. People are willing to pay a premium for speed—especially considering the price volatility of bitcoin.
4. Exchange Limits
Crypto exchanges often have low purchase limits for bitcoin. It’s easier to buy gift cards across multiple retail stores like CVS, Walgreens, Ralphs, etc and sell them for bitcoin than buying directly with a credit or debit card. Many people reported their bank accounts being frozen for trading too much crypto.
5. Foreign Demand
China has huge demand for bitcoin. After the Chinese government banned bitcoin and cryptocurrency trading in September 2017, a large number of Chinese investors still actively trade bitcoin, circumventing restrictions through use of VPNs, stablecoins, and OTC markets, and they are willing to pay a premium. Other countries (not named China) have demand for bitcoin because its a more useful currency than their own fiat, especially in Africa.
Many countries have some unusual tax laws for cryptocurrencies. In Israel, cryptocurrencies are taxed as high as 50% capital gains for businesses. In China, despite a blanket ban on crypto trading, the P2P and OTC markets are still legal (and active). For many wealthy Chinese, bitcoin (and stablecoins) are tax havens for their money, and they may be willing to pay a premium to get bitcoin.
Nigeria has the #15 highest inflation rate in the world. Other countries like Venezuela and Argentina are desperate to move their earnings into an asset that not only will retain its value, but may actually increase. Many citizens in of these hyperinflationary countries would rather get paid in a gift card or bitcoin in exchange for goods or services—knowing its a safer asset to hold.
Corrupt governments also impact people’s willingness to convert fiat currencies into cryptocurrencies, as they believe it is a safer place for their money. According to the Human Rights Foundation, more than 50% of the world’s population still lives under an authoritarian regime where their money could be at risk of forfeiture. This accounts for more than 2.6 billion people that live in nations tainted by repression, corruption and human rights abuses. A currency like bitcoin gives them protection from these factors, even at a 20-30% premium.
Amazon has over 250,000 “Turks” working on Mechanical Turk, and most have the option to be paid in Amazon Gift Cards rather than their fiat currency. Some % of this population that doesn’t have bank accounts, this is a great only way to cash out their earnings, even with a hefty fee. Amazon pays out hundreds of millions of dollars a year to their Turks, and not many of them are in countries where bitcoin exchanges are available.
Amazon and other retailers have a reputation for shutting down accounts of buyers with money trapped inside. They will do this if buyers have unusual buying patterns or buy too many secondhand gift cards from non-authorized retailers. With every trade comes the inherent risk that the entire gift card will be frozen by the retailer or become invalid in some other way. It's not guaranteed money, and this is reflected in the price.
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Back in 2018, the most popular way to earn bitcoin seemed to be through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Over $6 billion was raised in Q1 2018 for crypto projects — many with just a white paper and a website. Business was good for founders and investors until the end of 2018 when scammers were the only ones laughing. Most investors lost money, and capital investments into ICO dropped 97%. Companies like TruStory even launched whose sole mission was to stop ICO scams from happening. By Q1 2019, less than $900 million was raised through ICOs —with regulation being the coup de gras.
So where has all the momentum shifted? The second wave of crypto projects will undoubtedly reward profits over potential. This article examines the top ways you can earn bitcoin in 2020 — from faucets and bitcoin mining to crypto savings accounts. The biggest winners of 2020 will likely fall into one of the following 10 categories. The strategy that is right for you will depend on your skills, network, access to capital, location, risk tolerance and investment timeline.
#1 - Holding
Arguably the best way to make money on Bitcoin is to buy it and hold it for many years. Smart investors rely on a strategy called Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA) to reduce market volatility. This works by investing a fixed amount on a regular schedule, ie $100 once a week for 10 weeks, which helps offset the crypto market volatility. The hard part is being patient with the investment and resisting the urge to daytrade or sell too quickly.
#2 - Lending
A number of fintech companies like BlockFi and BitBond now offer the ability to earn interest on your crypto holdings. Interest rates range start around 8% and can go as high as 20% for trusted lenders. The interest clients earn typically compounds monthly, although these returns mimic that of the S&P 500 so this is considered a low risk/reward option.
#3 - Day Trading
A common way to earn Bitcoin trading is through trading cryptocurrencies on exchanges using 1X to as high as 100X leverage. Traders can also bet on the index of any crypto on sites like eToro or Robinhood. Daytraders will trade based on charts and trends, and try to grow their portfolio.
Another much safer form of arbitrage is dropshipping. You can source products on Amazon or from sites like Oberlo who will help you find the right products to buy. You can build an e-commerce store using Shopify or just sell on eBay. If you have a store and supply chain already, it's easy to start accepting Bitcoin using a payment gateway like CoinPayments or BitPay.
Other peer-to-peer exchanges like Paxful, Purse and Redeeem allow you to trade gift cards and other digital and physical goods for bitcoin.
#4 - Gambling
Gambling with Bitcoin is highly addictive, risky, largely unregulated, and offers the biggest and fastest financial volatility. Some popular crypto gambling sites include CloudBet, BetOnline, FortuneJack, Bovada, BetUS and hundreds of others. For more rankings, click here.
#5 - Mining
Despite the fact that over 80% of Bitcoin has already been mined, bitcoin mining is still a $4 billion annual industry. Since mining was intentionally developed to require advanced hardware, it's an expensive process that requires large mining facilities to be profitable. For this reason, most large-scale mining operations are located in China where electricity is cheap.
To be successful, individual miners are forced to join collective mining pools like MinerGate or simply mine as a fun hobby with Coinmine or Homeyminer and not worry about the ROI. To learn more, click here.
#6 - Faucets
A faucet is just a website that gives free coins to every visitor for staying on the site or engaging with content. Some examples are Cointiply, FreeBitcoin, SatoshiQuiz and others. Keep in mind, a satoshi represents roughly 0.00000001 bitcoin, so 100 satoshi is about 1 penny. It would take 100 correct trivia answers on SatoshiQuiz to make $1 USD. It's far more profitable to own a Bitcoin faucet and make money on advertisements.
#7 - Services
There are dozens of job boards online where you can earn bitcoin for a variety of independent contractor services. Many clients on Upwork, Freelancer and other non-crypto platforms will gladly 15% discounts or more if they can pay their freelancers in bitcoin and avoid the costs of the marketplace. Other more dedicated sites are listed below.
Jobs4Bitcoin — Reddit job board for bitcoin tasks
AngelList — Job board for crypto companies and projects
Earn.com — Earn bitcoin while learning about crypto
CryptoGrind — Escrow for bitcoin freelancers
CryptoJobs — Job board for bitcoin freelancers
Coinality — Job board for crypto freelancers
Bitfortip — Earn bitcoin for helping people Indeed — Job board for crypto companies BitWage — HR services for paying in crypto XBTFreelancer — Freelancers get paid in bitcoin
#8 - Exchanges
The simplest and lowest-cost exchange is a Bitcoin ATM. As of January 2019, there were 4,213 Bitcoin or cryptocurrency ATMs worldwide. With many countries like Venezuela, Argentina and Nigeria experiencing hyperinflation, the world's 2.3 billion unbanked people will continue to demand bitcoin and stablecoins as hedges against inflation. The estimated startup costs for a Bitcoin ATM is about $25,000 per location, according to CoinATMRadar.
Building a crypto exchange or peer-to-peer trading platform will be a more expensive way to earn bitcoin as an exchange. This requires building a website, hosting wallets on the blockchain, building security protocols, creating KYC/AML policies, accepting crypto payments, building two sides of a marketplace, and a little marketing, branding and legal work. Some examples of successful P2P trading platforms are Paxful, Purse and Redeeem.
The fiat to crypto exchanges like Gemini, Coinbase and Kraken usually require venture funding, large engineering teams and banking partnerships for proper custody of the funds. Fiat exchanges also have to register as a Money Services Business (MSB). For a full list of fiat exchanges, click here.
#9 - Affiliate Rewards
Affiliate programs in crypto are endless, and they can come in many different shapes and sizes. Products like Lolli and Pei will reward you with bitcoin cashback everywhere you shop. Exchanges like Changelly will give you a percentage of their fee revenue for referring clients. Wallets like Abra will give you $25 for each signup. The optimal strategy is picking a familiar product that you know and love. For a list of affiliate programs, click here.
#10 - Content
Bitcoin is King. Content is King. So Bitcoin Content must be God. The ability to research, write and publish high-quality content on Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies will be a highly coveted asset in 2020. It's free to start a Medium blog, video blog or podcast and share your ideas to passionate audiences on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or Quora. Try to build an audience first then turn on AdSense or activate other partnerships to start collecting passive revenue for your content.
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What are Stablecoins?In cryptocurrency, most avid traders prefer having an option for stability to trade out of their volatile holdings while still maintaining decentralized assets that avoid the need to exchange into Fiat currency. We traders sometimes need a period of rest for our crypto portfolios to not have the potential to significantly increase or decrease in value. This is exactly what the appropriately named stablecoins allow us to accomplish.
These crypto tokens are designed to peg their values closely to the value of various currencies, such as the ever popular dollar, at an approximate 1:1 ratio. By doing so, cryptocurrency traders are able to use them as a means of exchange in order to essentially liquidate their other volatile cryptocurrencies. Doing so negates the risk of major price fluctuations in their portfolios.
The availability of stablecoins is still just two and a half years old, and the power that they hold are entirely up to the markets. But, According to Phil Glazer at Bitwise Asset Management, he believes that as time goes on, a successful cryptocurrency that has a fixed price relative to our main Fiat currencies will have a major positive effect on cryptocurrency as a whole. He states,
“A fixed price cryptocurrency would enable a greater number of use cases than current cryptocurrencies allow. At the moment, cryptocurrencies are primarily held by investors and speculators seeking to profit from price appreciation. Few people hold and use cryptocurrencies like they would US dollars (receiving a salary, paying for groceries, etc.) because prices fluctuate significantly day-to-day.”In the current landscape of cryptocurrency exchanges, only a select number of cryptoassets can be exchanged for currently tradeable stablecoins. Trading pairs involving stablecoins are some of the most heavily exchanged. In fact, the combination of trading USDT (aka Tether, which I’ll talk about more later in this piece) for Bitcoin is currently the most popular trading pair among exchanges where this pair is offered.
Why is USDT so highly exchanged when its value intentionally doesn’t garner a profit or loss? Well, stablecoins are, by design, not the roller coaster ride in value the way most other cryptocurrencies are, and that is precisely what gives them appeal. If you are riding recent highs in Bitcoin and decide it’s time to sell off a portion of them temporarily, Tether allows you to do so at Bitcoin’s market price. If BTC loses 15% of its value relative to the dollar the following day, your holdings that were converted to Tether did not actually lose any value.
Tether and other stablecoins allow you to essentially “sit out” from the market highs and lows any time you please, and be comfortable knowing those coins do not change in value relative to the dollar.
The existence of stablecoins on exchanges allows traders to cycle in and out of positions in Bitcoin and other volatile coins with ease while keeping their holdings out of the centralized bank systems. Swapping heavily volatile coins like Bitcoin for the least volatile coins available (stablecoins) on an exchange any time the trader so chooses is a huge advantage for anyone looking to de-risk and protect their portfolio values for any given timeframe. Investors and traders need stability in their own holdings on and off in order to counter the large spikes in crypto market volatility that occurs on both short-term and long-term time scales. They also need a quick way to exit and enter their positions when major news occurs and prices may react at a moment’s notice.
But why can’t we simply convert any of our cryptocurrency holdings to actual US dollars at the drop of a hat? Why do we even need a specialized stable token designed to replicate the true value of the US dollar around the clock? We already have something that is easily used for exchanging goods and services, both in person and on the internet. It’s called the dollar. And additionally, traditional stocks and equities can be bought and sold using USD in just about every online brokerage out there. However, there are a couple reasons that stablecoins are alternatively offered by most exchanges:
The Not so Stable History of Crypto’s Top StablecoinThe often notorious and polarizing Tether coin (USDT) has been around and circulated through cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets around the globe since early 2016. The questionable aspect to the world’s currently most traded stablecoin lies with their concerningly underwhelming track record regarding their transparency of their fund backing. The coin’s team claims that each USDT coin is backed by a dollar of hard currency reserves. However, only grainy, highly questioned evidence has been provided to disprove the notion that they do not have all of their tokens backed by real dollars. Bringing forth evidence of hard USD currency backing through periodic audits of the company would alleviate concerns and instill confidence in traders’ minds.
Frequent inquiries for proof of this claim have been met with mostly radio silence from the Tether team. As of June 1, 2018, the stablecoin had a market cap of an astonishing $2.55 billion. Shortly after this date, a transparency report was released with the backing of law firm Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP that unofficially stated that their investigation found Tether to have the fund backing they claimed. The company was supposedly investigated by the law firm without warning, and it was announced that Tether’s bank account records exceeded its June 1st market cap by $7 million, thus indicating that it has full backing of its market supply of tokens. However, the vagueness and lack of many specific details of this report only temporarily silenced critics.
A week prior to the time of this writing, Bloomberg conducted an investigative report that heavily questioned Tether’s transparency report. In it, they noted that the popular cryptocurrency exchange, Kraken, has been the host to numerous suspicious Tether trades, many of which are indicative signs of blatant market manipulation. Wash trading and very specific trade amounts have been triggered and met with almost no temporary price movements in the overall value of Tether. It is unclear whether there are people associated with Tether or the exchange who have anything to do with these market manipulation tactics, but it seems as though Tether at least would have knowledge of these trades based on the lack of price movement to numbers that would normally move the value of their coin considerably.
Wash trading is the act of both buying and selling a coin simultaneously in order to mislead traders into assuming false information about a specific coin or entire market. Many suspect that these peculiar trades have occurred on the exchange without proper price movement. As a result of these scandals and several others involving the largest stablecoin, red flags are up, and Tether remains controversial as a legitimate stablecoin.
Yes, as I stated earlier in this article, stablecoins are designed to not have significant price movement. However, several who have looked into the matter have concluded that these significant trades should be at least temporarily moving the price of Tether to around $1.10, which would cause Tether to issue more coins into circulation and inevitably bring their value back to the intended $1.00. Instead, the price has only seemed to range from approximately $0.99 to $1.01, causing analysts to question if these orders are actually real or just showing up in order books to create false impressions of heavy market demand.
In addition, the Bloomberg report referenced a passage by University of Texas professor John Griffin, who said that there are some very specific orders that are “suggestive of wash trading”.
On top of all the confusion surrounding this so-called transparency report and the abundance of polarizing opinions it received, there had already been a $33 million hack of Tether coins in November, 2017. This opened doors to questions regarding the safety, vulnerabilities, and susceptibility to future security breaches of a coin that ironically is intended to instill a sense of calm in surrounding heavily fluctuating markets.
Despite the lack of fund backed evidence, which would be a major concern in virtually any other investable sector in the world, Tether is still a highly owned token constantly being exchanged throughout the cryptocurrency world. Not only that, but many are unaware that US Tether (USDT) is currently the second most traded cryptocurrency behind only Bitcoin. Stablecoins can also be used as helpful market indicators regarding the overall sentiment of the market based on how they are being traded. According to Joseph Young, an analyst at News BTC,
“The daily trading volume of USDT can be considered as a direct representation of the volatility in the cryptocurrency market; if the volume of Tether is abnormally large in a downward trend, it signifies that traders are selling cryptocurrencies to USDT, and if the volume of Tether is unusually large in a bull market, it demonstrates that traders are selling their USDT reserves to acquire more cryptocurrencies.”https://preview.redd.it/rp686awx77811.jpg?width=1880&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=3399cd67d8cd26bda5953973b44928883b63bfa9
Available Stablecoin OptionsLately, many exchanges have been following Coinbase’s footsteps and slowly implementing USD trading for top traded coins like Bitcoin and Ethereum. But trading into centralized Fiat currencies is not exactly a great option if you are a believer in decentralized currency as the future. These fiat-pegged stablecoins I will be listing below are intended to be a convenience for users to exchange, not a burden that traders should feel forced into as an alternative to US dollars. There are three main types of stablecoins that currently are available for traders to get their hands on:
Mass adoption of crypto in general will be an extreme uphill battle without these safe, reliable stablecoins for traders to buy and sell in and out of when waters get choppy. The currency-pegged tokens will open wide doors for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other top coins if they are able to scale to a global audience. Chrisjan Pauw, an author at Cointelegraph, states,
“For truly decentralized stablecoins to work, there must also be a system in place that can reliably obtain the exchange rate between the stablecoin and the pegged asset, without leaning on third-party institutions that can be manipulated.”This is precisely what we need from a stablecoin to lift up all of cryptocurrency, and we will see in the months and years to come how well these coins can execute the goals that they set out to accomplish.
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Gas Price Up, Referendum II on Hold.
The Median price is today at 9 Gwei with a Time to Confirm of 2.1 min. We still waiting for a range of 2-3 Gwei which is too Time consuming for the moment.
Ethereum Average Gas Price Chart Source: Etherscan.io
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- BTC. - ETH - XRP - BCH . - EOS
Technical Analysis - BTC
Bitcoin risked falling below the current inverse Head & Shoulder neckline around $6,073 but has since recovered slightly to keep the pattern in play. We would expect to see an upwards impulse towards $8,000, where it would meet the downward trend resistance. At this time, we are awaiting to see how this formation plays out.
Thursday, 12. July 2018→ Canadian Crypto Exchange Coinsquare to Launch in JapanCoinsquare has announced its plan to enter the Japanese market pending approval by the country's financial regulator. The new exchange will be launched under the Dlta21x brand.
→ Korean Lawmakers Hasten to Regulate Cryptocurrency, Legalize ICOsAccording to a report by the Korea Times, a number of lawmakers across different political spectrums are seeking to fast-track cryptocurrency regulations that could plausibly lead to lifting the current ICO
→ Bitmain-Backed Opera Web Browser Adds Built-In Ethereum WalletPopular internet browser Opera will become the first mainstream web interface to add native support for an ethereum wallet.
Gas Price Up, Referendum II on Hold.
The Gas price continues to decrease and has now a recommended price of 10 Gwei with a Median tome to confirm of 1.4 min. This is a very good reversal. We expect to start the distribution soon with a target price of 2-3 Gwei and the slowest time.
Ethereum Average GasPrice ChartSource: Etherscan.io
Weekly Top 5 Price comparison
- BTC. - ETH - XRP - BCH . - EOS
Technical Analysis - BTC
BTCUSD it is still potentially drawing the right shoulder and break above the neckline, currently at $6,760, we would expect to see an upwards impulse towards $8,000, where it would meet the downward trend resistance. At this time, we are awaiting to see how this formation plays out.
Wednesday, 11. July 2018→ Nigerian Entrepreneurs are Choosing Bitcoin Over the National Currency A growing number of businessmen in Nigeria are opting for handling their business using the digital currency instead of the Naira.
→ Crypto Wallet Ledger is Attracting Samsung and Google as Investors: ReportLeading hardware crypto wallet manufacturer and developer Ledger sold more than 1 million hardware wallets in 2017, recording a profit of $29 million.
→ PBoC Will 'Crush' Foreign ICOs Targeting Chinese Investors: OfficialPan Gongsheng, a vice governor of the People's Bank of China, has once more issued strong statements on initial coin offerings.
**Gas Price Up, Referendum II on Hold.*\*
The congestion across the Ethereum network and the sudden hike in the Gas price, sometimes climbing more than five times, led us to delay of distribution of our RSB2 tokens. Lately, it seems that the Gas price is finally going down. We will announce distribution as soon as possible when the cost of transactions drop to the fair price of 2. We are following the market closely and we will provide you with daily updates
As expected we continue to see gappy moves in thin trading. $6,000 level will likely be a strong magnet given the large open interest in September options. Implied volatility is ticking up slowly despite tight ranges but it is unlikely the market can independently break out of the current consolidative phase without external catalysts.
Weekly Top 5 Price comparison
- BTC . - ETH . - XRP . - BCH . - EOS
Technical Analysis - BTC
BTCUSD is potentially completing an inverted head and shoulder pattern. Should it complete the right shoulder and break above the neckline, currently at $6,870, we would expect to see an upwards impulse towards $8,000, where it would meet the downward trend resistance. At this time, we are awaiting to see how this formation plays out.
Tuesday,10. July 2018→ Decentralized Crypto Exchange Bancor Hacked, $12M in Ether Stolen Bancor stated that a vulnerability was exploited to steal 24,984 ETH (approx $12 million), $1 million worth of NPXS and $10 million worth of BNT.
→ Major Futures Exchange Cboe Files For Bitcoin ETF, Increasing ProbabilityCboe has filed for a bitcoin ETF with the US SEC, to enable investors in the public market to trade bitcoin in an OTC ecosystem.
→ Bitcoin Could go Mainstream Within 10 Years: Imperial College ResearchCryptocurrencies possess the potential of becoming a widely used form of payment within the coming decade.
→ BitGo Adds 57 Ethereum Tokens In Largest-Ever Custody Service ExpansionBitcoin veterans are jumping into the token economy with new licenses and custody options.
Nothing much has changed in the broad crypto landscape. BTC has remained comfortably above 20DMA despite the $6,000 level magnet, and also has been resilient to negative news. Light volumes still indicate a lack of conviction but $6,800-$7,000 range to the upside seems to be the short term target necessary for another leg higher. Summer season may bring more quiet trading but external shocks and/or significant news may cause a gappy move - more likely to the upside.
Weekly Top 5 Price comparison
- BTC . - ETH . - XRP . - BCH . - EOS
Technical Analysis - BTC
After periods of lower lows and retest of $6,000-a key support line and April lows, it seems like Bitcoin prices are making a turn for the better.. BTCUSD continues to be in a short term uptrend which is positive, but it is facing various resistance levels all the way to $7,000. Closing above $7,000 for a few days would be a strong confirmation of a new strong uptrend. Until then, we remain cautiously optimistic.
Monday, 9. July 2018Winklevoss Crypto Exchange Hires NYSE Technology Executive The Gemini cryptocurrency exchange hired Robert Cornish from the New York Stock Exchange to serve as its first chief technology officer.
→ German Bank Offers Special Accounts to Cryptocurrency Firms Solarisbank has launched a new banking service plan focused on clients from the digital currency industry.
→ Crypto Exchange Binance Expects up to $1 Billion Profit in 2018 Binance expects a net profit of up to $1 billion USD this year. It has already registered about $300 million of revenue in 2018 and a five-fold increase in the number of users.
→ Swiss Stock Exchange to Tokenize Securities With New DLT PlatformSwitzerland's principal stock exchange will build a blockchain-based platform to tokenize traditional securities for further trading and settlement.
Over the weekend, there were somewhat positive industry news coming out (see news above). BTC has been attempting to break above the key $6,800 level to confirm a break away from downward trends. In options, September $6,000 puts have large open interest so if we are able to break away the market should get lighter. Volatility in upside calls ($9,000, 10k strikes) are closely watched for bullish signals.
Weekly Top 5 Price comparison
- BTC . - ETH . - XRP . - BCH . - EOS
Technical Analysis - BTC
BTCUSD continues to be in a short term uptrend which is positive, but it is facing various resistance levels all the way to $7,000. Closing above $7,000 for a few days would be a strong confirmation of a new strong uptrend. Until then, we remain cautiously optimistic
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