Bitcoin: The Return of The King

Most of you have seen this little, tiny, minuscule, almost invisible jump in volume that happen on the 12th April 2018. So far, it has been the singular highest jump in volume ever seen as market cap went from ~ $270 Billion to ~ $300 Billion. It means around $30 Billion were added to the market in less than 3 hours.

Bitcoin’s dominance remains over 40% and I suspect it will continue to rise as most money that just entered the market should be institutional. There are some strong contenders, like Ripple, due to the nature of the backers (mainly banks and financial institutions).

Nevertheless, there are two ways of looking at this, in my own personal opinion:

  • Either the money that just entered the market stays with the King, or
  • It’s distributed among preferential projects (top-10 I would bet on).

Because there is currently a huge time gap between technological developments and price, meaning price moves due to pure speculation rather than technological advancements or issues that arise. If you think differently look at the examples of IOTA or Verge which have been hacked, however prices of both coins kept rising afterwards. Heck, think about bitcoin: when did the price hit its maximum valuation? At the same time fees were the highest ever.

Price is dictated by volume and what happened was a grand spike in smart-money coming into the market. Maybe some of the money that left at the end of January is coming back.

 

Should we expect the price to continue rising?

Some technical analysts believe price will continue to rise. Then again, the opposite might happen depending on many factors:

  1. Geopolitical tensions between Russia and the U.S. will most definitely shake-up traditional markets. This will no doubt influence the amount of money available to invest in the cryptocurrency market. I’m just not sure how this will affect all markets as at the end, there might be a surprising shift; people could begin to trust more in bitcoin due to its security, resilience and the fact it’s independent from governments and economies.
  2. Investors going short on bitcoin got destroyed and likely lost a lot of money. What can counter this is the CME Bitcoin contracts futures price, as I expect the futures’ volume to rise exponentially. Why? That’s easy: because it’s profitable for those investing in both markets.

  1. News sources. When many positive news start to arrive we usually see a growing euphoria and hype (check google trends) from dumb-money entering the market leading to massive price runs. I see no reason for this to be different this time. If history taught us something is that it “repeats” itself, going around and around in circles.
  2. Small technological hops (pun intended) will play a massive role in the long-term future, as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are being given time to prepare for adoption worldwide. Hopefully exchanges won’t need to block new hordes of users signing up, bitcoin’s lightning network will be fully operational and segwit adopted by most mining agents and trading platforms.

We cannot forget price is crucial to bring new people into the market, but to keep those users technology must answer today’s problems. People do not care if money is centralized, decentralized, distributed, digital, or physical; People care about:

  • How can I get that money?
  • How much do I pay to store and transfer that money?

For truly massive adoption either the bitcoin team thinks of a way to easily distribute it among where is needed, this is, in countries where banking is limited for example, or a benign group of people develops a way to distribute the currency directly to people in exchange for something, other than money (time, attention, services, etc). I understand those who think until this currency is used by business worldwide it’s a joke. I get it, I truly do, however if the purpose of this cryptocurrency is to bank the un-banked and to be successful in connecting communities worldwide by allowing anyone to transfer and store value over the internet, then maybe the right way to do this would be to simply find ways to trade bitcoin for time and services in those places.

–note: i did not mention the question “how long does that money take to get to another account?”as the current banking system needs 3-5 business days for international transfers to take place. When the bitcoin network is clogged, i have personally waited around 24h for a bitcoin transfer to get approved. It still beats the banking system for personal transactions, which is the final aim of this cryptocurrency (in my opinion)–

Easier said than done

The reality, of course, is that acceptance dictates the rules of the game; businesses  have to start pushing cryptocurrencies by accepting them. At the end of the day for cryptocurrency to be used, all intervening agents must participate.

We must not forget there will always be two sides to the same coin:

  • Should we focus solely on price and volume, to master our gains? Or
  • Should we focus in improving technology scalability and marketing, to achieve worldwide adoption?

Doing one alone would be unwise as balancing both seems to be the right way for the market to grow. My only hope is that the entire community keeps improving the consensus in bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies), never forgetting its true purpose

Ethereum , Ripple and other cryptocurrecies values riseas Bitcoin price spikes

The price of bitcoin rose by $1,000 in less than an hour, sparking massive gains across cryptocurrency markets

Bitcoin’s sudden price rise has resulted in gains across cryptocurrency markets, with ethereum, ripple and litecoin all surging in value.

Within the space of an hour on Thursday, 12 April, bitcoin rose by more than $1,000 – breaking above $8,000 for the first time since March.

The movement’s of the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency is usually reflected across other virtual currencies, and this unprecedented spike was no exception.

Ethereum, which boasts a market cap of around $45 billion, shot up in price by 10 per cent, taking it close to $500. At its peak in January, one ether was worth more than $1,300.

Similar percentage gains were experienced by ripple, which has the third highest market cap behind bitcoin and ethereum.

The altcoin EOS saw the largest gains out of all the top five most-valuable cryptocurrencies, rising by over 30 per cent to take its market cap above $7 billion.

The market-wide shift follows several months of steadily sliding prices for bitcoin, which peaked at nearly $20,000 in December 2017.

Dramatic market movements are not unusual for the notoriously volatile cryptocurrency, which can often be triggered by positive or negative news surrounding regulation and laws.

The latest surge does not appear to be related to any significant news within the cryptocurrency space, however, with some analysts suggesting the gains come from a change in sentiment amongst investors.

“In this scenario traders with short positions will start to lose money and liquidate their positions by buying bitcoin,” Ed Cooper, head of mobile at fintech startup Revolut, told The Independent.

“This causes the price to rise further and as more people start to notice the rise they buy in for a quick gain. This continues the cycle.”

Despite the gains, Cooper advised investors to be cautious about betting on a positive direction of the market beyond the short term.

“We’d need to see a sustained rise over a number of weeks to signal the end of the bear market,” Cooper said. “We’re definitely not there yet.”

UK Watchdog to Publish its Review on Cryptocurrencies Later this Year

Britain’s financial regulator and markets watchdog outline its policy thinking on cryptocurrencies with a review to be published later this year.

In revealing its business plan for the coming financial year, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) underlined cryptocurrencies as ‘an area of increasing interest for markets and regulators globally’. While admitting that cryptocurrencies do not directly fall under its regulatory scope, the FCA stressed that certain models of their usage bring them under its purview in a ‘complex’ landscape.

Pointedly, the FCA confirmed it would reveal its own take on cryptocurrencies, policy-wise, later this year. The regulator said:

We will work with the Bank of England and the Treasury as part of a taskforce to develop thinking and publish a Discussion Paper later this year outlining our policy thinking on cryptocurrencies.

The FCA is notably a member of the ‘Cryptoassets Task Force’ established by the British government in March 2018, consisting of the regulator, Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Bank of England (the central bank). The working group will explore and study the benefits and risks of cryptocurrencies, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said last month, helping the UK’s fintech sector to ‘grow and flourish’ in a regulatory climate that has broadly been supportive of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies over the years.

On Friday, the FCA mandated firms offering cryptocurrency derivatives to comply with all applicable rules to be authorized, stating it would be a ‘criminal offence’ otherwise.

Earlier in February, the UK’s Treasury Select Committee, an influential group of cross-party members of parliament (MPs), launched an inquiry into cryptocurrencies in an effort to better understand them.

While the Treasury Committee confirmed it would look at risks and threats posed by cryptocurrencies to ‘consumers, businesses and governments’, committee chair Nicky Morgan stressed the group would “also examine the potential the potential benefits of cryptocurrencies and the technology underpinning them, how they can create innovative opportunities, and to what extent they could disrupt the economy and replace traditional means of payment.”

Committee member Alison McGovern added that the inquiry would help UK lawmakers and politicians to better educate themselves on cryptocurrencies before enforcing policies. “It is time that Whitehall and Westminster understood cryptocurrency better and thought more clearly about the policy environment for blockchain technology,” she stated.

Belarus Wants to Run a Global Crypto Hub

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who’s labored for years under the title of Europe’s last dictator, is making a bid for a shiny new image as the continent’s freewheeling cryptocurrency king.

 Lukashenko, who’s ruled the former communist republic that’s wedged between Poland and Russia since 1994, signed a decree on Friday offering tax breaks and legal incentives for dealing in digital currencies in an effort to turn Belarus into an international tech haven.
 “Belarus will become the first government in the world that opens wide opportunities for the use of blockchain technology,” Lukashenko said in a statement in his website. “We have every chance of becoming a regional center in this area.”
 The decree legalizes business based on blockchain — the technology underlying cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin — and all digital “tokens,” as Belarus seeks to become a global crypto coin hub for raising funds via so-called initial coin offerings, or ICOs. Revenue and profit from all operations using digital tokens will be exempt from taxes until 2023, while there’ll be measures to simplify the flow of venture capital between Belarus and other countries, according to a summary of the decree published by Viktor Prokopenya, one of the businessmen lobbying for the legislation

Belarus is seeking to capitalize on a thriving tech industry that’s grown up there in recent years as young programmers have created products that appeal far beyond the borders of the former Soviet republic. The phone messaging application Viber was developed in Belarus as were the NYSE-listed offshore programming company EPAM Systems Inc. and the popular online gaming service World of Tanks, which made founder Victor Kislyi the country’s first billionaire.

Sandbox Haven

Even as Alphabet Inc., owner of Google, and Facebook Inc. snapped up Belarus-made startups, the country’s restrictive business environment made it all but impossible for venture capital to flow freely into promising ideas. Lukashenko’s new law may change that.

Belarus plans to cloak its repressive reputation with a “sandbox” — the creation of a legal tech enclave where companies working with digital currencies will pay no taxes and rely on some elements of English law in commercial matters, a radical innovation for a country whose security service is still called the KGB.

The sandbox would be set up within the so-called Hi-Tech Park, which the authorities opened in 2005 near the capital, Minsk, to try to spur innovation. Today, most of the park’s  residents are offshore software companies taking advantage of cheap and skilled local programmers as well as reduced taxes to serve foreign clients.

’Tech Nation’

Lukashenko said this month that his goal in signing the decree is to make Belarus a “tech nation.” The country’s major technology companies lobbied for the legal changes, which also gained support among government officials and in the central bank.

The novelty of the proposed law is that Belarus would provide legal clarity for dealing in digital currencies which is yet unseen in other countries, said Denis Aleinikov, whose law firm Aleinikov and Partners helped to draft the decree. It also establishes a direct legal link between issuers of tokens and their obligations toward the holders.

To protect against fraudsters, the regulation would set capital requirements for operators of cryptocurrency exchanges. It would also introduce “smart contracts” in Belarus — self-executable computer-coded applications that serve as an alternative to traditional paper agreements.

“The decree has been written exactly the way our tech community wanted it,” Vsevolod Yanchevsky, head of Hi-Tech Park, said in an interview in Minsk. “Belarus will be one of the best jurisdictions in the world for cryptocurrencies and blockchain.”

7 Investors Who Put Millions Into Cryptocurrency

In case you’re searching for counsel about crypocurrencies , the most vital voices to take after originate from the individuals who have put their cash where their mouth is. Financial specialists who have emptied extensive aggregates into bitcoin, ethereum  , monero and other blockchain-sponsored monetary forms aren’t simply guiding other individuals. They have genuine skin in the amusement. When they tell individuals that they’re hanging on and not offering, you can be sure that they truly do have confidence in advanced monetary standards.

Here are seven individuals with real digital money ventures who are upbeat to tell other individuals what they’re doing.

Marc van der Chijs

Marc van der Chijs knows a developing open door when he sees one. He used to be situated in China where his ventures included tudou.com, a Chinese YouTube. Since moving to Canada, he’s pulled out all the stops into digital currency. He’s currently an executive of FirstCoin.com, a venture bank for token and coin offerings. Take after his tweets for a hopeful yet practical perspective of digital money.

Ari Paul

Ari Paul is the CIO and fellow benefactor of BlockTower Capital, a specific digital currency speculation organization. His experience is in venture administration, and he likewise writes about crypto contributing at the TheCryptocurrencyInvestor.com. It’s a site that ought to be on each digital money holder’s perusing list.

Michael Novogratz

Michael Novogratz has surely put his cash where his mouth is. In December 2017, as the dollar cost of bitcoin was dropping essentially, he tweeted that 30 percent of his total assets was in crypto resources. In any case, he likewise noticed that his cryptographic money venture firm Galaxy Digital had put a crypto fence investments on hold. He stays bullish on cryptographic forms of money yet watch his activities to track here and now developments.

The Winklevoss Twins

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss may be best known for blaming Mark Zuckerberg for taking their thought for an informal organization, yet they now run Gemini, a digital money exchanging stage. In April 2013, when bitcoin was worth $120, they purchased $11 million worth of coins, around 1 percent of the considerable number of coins available for use at the time. That buy has since made them among the primary bitcoin extremely rich people.

Barry Silbert

In December 2014, the US Marshall’s office sold off 50,000 bitcoins that it had seized from Silk Road, an online commercial center for the most part utilized for offering unlawful merchandise. Everything except 2,000 of those bitcoins were purchased by Barry Silbert, the originator and CEO of Digital Currency Group, a cryptographic money venture firm. That early buy at $350 per coin transformed $16.8 million into more than $670 million inside three years. He’s as yet giving digital currency venture counsel.

Tim Draper

Of those 50,000 bitcoins, the staying 2,000 went to Tim Draper. A customary financial speculator who runs his own VC firm, Draper has likewise turned into an evangelist for all things crypto. Like other bitcoin financial specialists, he stays idealistic notwithstanding when the market falls. Read his tweets to discover why.

Juthica Chou

Juthica Chou is the president and fellow benefactor of LedgerX. Her experience is in customary subsidiaries exchanging yet LedgerX is the primary stage for purchasing bitcoin choices that is governmentally controlled. It gives an approach to institutional financial specialists to partake in the development of digital money. She’s not on Twitter, but rather the blog at LedgerX gives an awesome understanding into the long haul prospects of cryptographic money.

Bitcoin Ethereum Price analysis

Bitcoin exchanging volume is moping at about portion of the normal seen amid its December crest. While a couple of trust this is an indication of a moving toward bear showcase in Cryptocurrency  list , we don’t concur with that perspective.

Amid the free for all, as found in December of a year ago, it is normal to have a surge in volume since dealers toss alert out of the window and contribute utilizing influence. Moreover, amid a thundering positively trending market, numerous amateurs enter the business sectors to make a brisk buck. A blend of these prompts a spike in volume.

At the point when costs fall, most beginners are screwed over thanks to their positions since they infrequently utilize a stop misfortune. Numerous among them would have additionally bought in a falling business sector, depleting their buying power. The main choice they see now is to hold until the point that the market recuperates. This segment of the volume won’t return until the point when a cost achieves the December highs.

Wary dealers likewise don’t wander out in a falling business sector since it is constantly better to exchange a market that is in an unmistakable uptrend. Both these reasons joined have prompted a fall in volume.

In spite of the fact that we do watch out for the volume, we ought not get stressed over this reality, since we investigate the value activity and utilize it for our exchanging choices.

BTC/USD

In our past investigation, we had suggested booking benefits on half positions around the $10,700 check and trailing the rest on the grounds that a breakout of the $11,400 to $12,200 protection zone will finish a rearranged head and shoulders design, which will be bullish for Bitcoin.

BTC

Presently, the bulls are endeavoring to break out of the slipping channel and move towards the neck area of the transformed H&S design. The moving midpoints are nearly a bullish hybrid.

The greater part of this demonstrates the bulls have a high ground at the present time. Henceforth, odds are that the cost will keep on rising in the climbing channel. The BTC/USD match will pick up energy above $12,200.

Nonetheless, as brokers, we must be prepared for any unforeseen development. On the off chance that costs neglect to break out of $12,200, odds are the digital money will progress toward becoming extent bound amongst $9,500 and $12,200 for the following couple of days.

Along these lines, brokers should watch the value activity at the $12,200 stamp painstakingly and book benefits on the off chance that they find that Bitcoin can’t break out of it.

ETH/USD

Ethereum is failing to meet expectations. For as long as five days, it has been attempting to break out of the 20-day EMA. In our past examination, we had requested that dealers raise their stops to breakeven on half position and hold the rest with a stop at $780.

ETH

On the off chance that the ETH/USD combine breaks and maintains underneath the trendline of the rising triangle design, it will be a bearish improvement, which can sink it to $780 levels. Along these lines, merchants can raise the stops on the entire position to breakeven, which ought to be around the $830 stamp.

The principal indication of a positive move will be the point at which the cryptographic money breaks out of the 20-day EMA. Be that as it may, it will pick up force simply after it breaks out and supports above $980.

BCH/USD

Bitcoin Cash keeps on exchanging inside the range amongst $1,150 and $1,355. The more it exchanges inside this range, more grounded will be the breakout. Hence, we should hope to purchase the breakout of the range.

BCH

Dealers can purchase the breakout and close (UTC) over the $1,355 levels with a $1,125 stop misfortune. In spite of the fact that the example focus of the breakout of the range is just $1,560, we trust that the BCH/USD combine will rally to $1,600 and after that to $1,800 levels.

Our bullish view will be refuted if the value separates of the range.

XRP/USD

The purchasers appear to have relinquished Ripple on the grounds that, for as far back as eight days, it has been exchanging inside the scope of $0.85 to $0.98669.

XPR

In the event that the XRP/USD combine breaks out of the range, it is probably going to rally to $1.12 levels where it will confront protection from the 50-day SMA. Once over this level, a move to $1.23 is likely.

Then again, a breakdown of the $0.85 levels can push the cryptographic money down to the $0.72 levels. We are uncertain of the course of the following move, subsequently, have said the outcome for the two potential outcomes.

XLM/USD

The bears keep on dominating the exchanging activity in Stellar. It is as of now at the $0.32 basic help. On the off chance that this level breaks, it may fall towards the help line of the plunging channel two. We suspect it’ll confront solid help between $0.20 to $0.22 levels.

XLM

In actuality, if the bulls prevail with regards to shielding the $0.32 levels, the 20-day EMA and the 50-day SMA are probably going to offer a solid protection on any pullback.

We might change our view to bullish if the XLM/USD combine maintains over the $0.48 levels.

LTC/USD

Litecoin is one of only a handful couple of coins that is exchanging above both the moving midpoints. This made us extremely bullish on it. Be that as it may, we were demonstrated wrong since this did not bring about any up move. We had prescribed merchants to purchase nearer to $200 on Feb. 23 and in our past examination, we had recommended raising the stop to breakeven.

LTC

We did as such on the grounds that the 20-day EMA has been offering help for as long as two days. In the event that this level breaks, a tumble to the 50-day SMA is likely. Additionally, both moving midpoints have straightened out, which focuses to a range bound activity for the time being.

The bulls now have a tough undertaking as they will confront protection at the $220 levels from the downtrend line and $240. We should turn insignificantly positive after the LTC/USD match maintains above $220.

ADA/BTC

Cardano has declined near our objective target of 0.00002460. The value keeps on exchanging underneath both the moving normal and the downtrend line; this is a bearish sign.

ADA

We expect a little bob from the 0.0000246 levels, yet the ricochet is probably going to confront hardened protection at the 20-day EMA and the downtrend line.

We may turn positive on the ADA/BTC match simply after it breaks out of the 0.00004070 levels.

NEO/USD

We have been bullish on NEO on the grounds that it broke out of the bearish plunging triangle design on Feb. 26. Along these lines, we had prescribed to get it at $126 levels with the stop at $105. Be that as it may, the cost has not moved by our desire.

NEO

The NEO/USD combine has diverted down strongly from the overhead protection at $140. In the event that the value neglects to discover bolster at $120 levels, it is probably going to tumble to the following quick help of $110. We trust this zone to offer solid help. In this manner, we have held the stop misfortune at $105.

Both the moving midpoints are smoothing out, which recommends a range headed activity for a couple of days.

On the upside, the cryptographic money will pick up energy just above $140.

EOS/USD

EOS keeps on exchanging inside the symmetrical triangle. On the off chance that it separates from the triangle, a retest of the Feb. 06 lows is likely.

EOS

Then again, a breakout of the triangle will convey it towards the upper end of the range at $10.119.

Inside the triangle, the value development is probably going to stay unstable. We might sit tight at the costs to break out of the 50-day SMA before prescribing any long positions in the EOS/USD match.