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Analysis: Money is Still Pouring In – Bitcoin, Litecoin, Stellar Lumens, Augur, Dash and Ethereum

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As you all must know by now, I am a trader at heart, not an investor.  It’s always been difficult for me to buy-and-hold, because I feel like I can see where corrections will take place, so why not sell if you know its coming?

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But these last few days I am having a slight change of heart.  There is so much money pouring into the cryptocoins, and there is no reason to believe that will stop soon.  In fact, the amount of money pouring into there might just keep on increasing for years.

Case in point.  Bitcoin.  The last 2 times I saw a selloff was due, they both occurred, but were very weak corrections.  That can only mean that there are a lot of buyers out there.  Not like the old days when there was a small handful of crypto-traders.  At that time, when a correction occurred there were no more buyers left – everyone was all in – and price plummeted.

So who are these new buyers?  It doesn’t matter, but it seems likely that many of them have never heard of the altcoins. Last week they want to buy Bitcoin at $1800, but neglected Litecoin and his siblings at far cheaper prices.  I don’t think that this ignorance will continue forever.  One day in the not-distant future money will likely be pouring into the altcoins as well.

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So it occurs to me that now the smart thing to do is just buy a ton of cheap coins, the ones that are moving, and sit on them.  For example for every 10,000 XLM or XRP one buys, every 1 cent rise in price is worth $100.  Is there anyone who doubts that the price of these coins will be more than $1 by the end of the year?  They might be closer to $10 or $20.  What if you bought 500,000 or a million of them while they are still cheap?  That’s what the so-called Bitcoin whales did 5-6 years ago.  With 500,000 of these cheap coins, every 1 cent rise is $5,000.

It seems like those of us lucky enough to be on this train at this juncture have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Like I said, it has taken a truly profound realization that we are in the beginnings of what might be a monster multi-year bull market to make me realize that investing is a better option than trading …

Speaking for myself, I will likely not short any market.  When I see a correction coming I will look to buy more if I can, at lower prices.  Its like we are in 1977 and buying yahoo and Microsoft stock at $1 a share, particularly in the case of the still really cheap altcoins that are seeing some volume.

DASH

DASH has been superglued to a 3rd arc pair for some time now.  It is one right side of the pair now. Perhaps falling to the top of the square will be enough to shake it free.

Ethereum Classic

ETC has been moribund since hitting the 3rd arc.  When it gets to the arc again, let’s see what she does.

Ethereum

ETH has been stuck in an arc pair for some time.  But it appears that she will be forced to either break up or break down.  My guess is she will break upwards.

Litecoin

LTC corrected at the end of a square.  She will test that 4th arc again soon.  My guess is she will penetrate it.

Augur

Augur has had plenty of time to advance since clearing the last arc.  The fact that she has not means she probably will continue moving sideways to the next arc.

Bitcoin

XBT corrected at the 3rd arc of this setup as expected.  But it was/is a weak correction. My guess is that the arc will yield on the next test.  Next resistances are $2600 (4th arc) and $3600 (5th arc).

Stellar Lumens

I like Stellar Lumens.  I see that the 2nd arc has been a problem though. If the next test of the arc fails, price will likely fall.  If it does, I will use the opportunity to buy more.

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  1. Gabriel

    May 14, 2017 at 11:54 am

    On point as always.
    When the price of a few alts went down recently, I did wonder whether to sell and buy again after the correction, but I didn’t see the point, as the corrections were quickly overcome. The principles of value investing apply perfectly in the current environment. Buying great assets at very cheap price… What else would you need?

    • Jim Fredrickson

      May 14, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      I know you are correct on this point. For myself, I must struggle to change old habits…

      • jarosatori

        May 14, 2017 at 1:11 pm

        So you’re proposing to sell XRP at this point and wait for cheaper price? How serious the correction of XLM could be in your opinion?

        • Jim Fredrickson

          May 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm

          I only tell you what I see. Sometimes I see things correctly, sometimes I miss things. What traders do with my thoughts is of course up to them.
          XLM has just made a bullish move after a long sideways move. (I hate sideways moves the most, personally. It is so very easy to get lost.) But after a bearish fakeout, the 2nd arc that has stopped XLM for quite some time has apparently yielded. The candle has not closed yet, but the penetration is convincing.
          As for XRP, I see a short term bearish case, and a longer term bullish case.

          • jarosatori

            May 14, 2017 at 8:43 pm

            Thank you very much for answer. How much time is “long sideway move”? 🙂 Today XLM hit almost 0.041 USD per token on kraken – was this the test of 2nd arc?

  2. tadej

    May 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    There is a lot of analysis out there predicting XRP fall. The picture I see is that XRP is quite strong and will continue to rise for the reasons mentioned in the beginning of the article. What do you think?

    • Jim Fredrickson

      May 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      I see your point. There is a bullish case to be made for XRP. But I also see a bear case, though the bear case is short term. Longer term there is not much doubt that the XRP price will be much higher in a month’s time. (imho)

      • iamniks

        May 14, 2017 at 8:56 pm

        I know that you are not a big fan of rumors, however, it is very likely that Ripple will announce tokens lock-up on May 22 during the Consensus conference (https://twitter.com/coindesk/status/859105209854906373). This means an instant increase in value due to decreased amount of tokens in the system. So if there would be a bearish move, I’d use it to buy as much as possible during this week and sit quietly 🙂 What do you think?

  3. [email protected]

    May 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for the update. Its always a good thing hearing your opinion on these cryptocurrencies.

    Regarding Stellar, do you see iyho , these gems will one day be giants?

    Have a good week ahead.

  4. MSNP05

    May 14, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    How do I buy XRP and stellar lumens as I cannot buy those from coinbase ?

    • MaxButya

      May 14, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Hey, you can register on Poloenix and buy these coins there!

    • gullyfoyle

      May 14, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      They are also available on Kraken. I prefer to trade alts on polo and XRP, XML, XMR on Kraken, spreading the risk as it were between exchanges.

    • Jim Fredrickson

      May 15, 2017 at 12:26 am

      Inconvenient, I know, but you could open an account at an exchange that offers them? I trade at kraken. You can buy them there.

      • MSNP05

        May 16, 2017 at 7:09 am

        Unfortunately i live in WA state in US and both Kraken and Polenix are banned here.. is there another exchange where i can purchase these ?

        • Jim Fredrickson

          May 16, 2017 at 7:13 am

          Can’t you just use a vpn and get to kraken through a different country’s ip? I imagine that would be a quick and relatively easy solution??

  5. gullyfoyle

    May 14, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    As much as I want to believe the multi-year bull market talk. My logical side is screaming at me to be careful here. Are we in exuberance? I don’t know. The landscape is different than 2013. There are more technologies being developed and it seems that pricefinding is in the offing.
    Despite elevation, your suggestion to snag up cheap coins on good projects could do well.

  6. Ershad

    May 15, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Hi Jim,

    As always thanks for the great analysis really am greatufl, I wanted to ask can you recommend the top 3 cheap altcoins to buy while their cheap? Also I sold my XRP for the time being but looking to get back into XRP as soon as you give the signal.

    Kind regards
    Ershad

    • Jim Fredrickson

      May 15, 2017 at 1:48 am

      If XRP makes a high above the last two tops (~.23) then it seems the danger will have passed. I note that the coin did turn down at the end of square as seemed likely, but did not fall hard. Its possible that it was a false alarm.

      • iamniks

        May 15, 2017 at 5:36 am

        It is 24.5 now:( What is the best place to put buy order now?

        • Jim Fredrickson

          May 15, 2017 at 5:40 am

          so close to the ATH now that i would wait for a rise/close above the ath. but i’m not here to give such detailed advice on a regular basis. I am getting uncomfortable with this level of hand-holding…

          • iamniks

            May 15, 2017 at 7:10 am

            Sorry for that, thank you for your suggestions and good work. Everyone here appreciate it!

  7. rednivad

    May 15, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I am new in Cryptocurrency and have recently started investing in the same. The biggest success for me is Ripple where I invested $700 last Thursday and now it is $1000.

    I am very lame and dont know where to invest. I have kept a budget of $3000 for investment. Please can you recommend few currencies to invest?

    I also bought some currency for Doge, do you think it has potential to grow to $1?

    I will wait for your reply.

    • Jim Fredrickson

      May 16, 2017 at 12:03 am

      DOGE (XDG) has been rallying a bit. I own some too. I’m not sure how far it can go because there are so very many coins out there. But, who knows?

  8. chorez

    May 15, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Hey Jim, can you go more into detail on that arc theory, that you are relying on? can you explain it maybe in an article or provide some further reading?

    Thanks

    • gullyfoyle

      May 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      It’s Gann angles/arcs. Lots of info available online.

    • Jim Fredrickson

      May 16, 2017 at 12:08 am

      As gullyfoyle points out, it is Gann angles and arcs. But they have been put together in a nifty tool developed by Eduardo Altman of gunner24.com.

  9. rednivad

    May 16, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Ltc is down do you think it is good time to buy?

    • Jim Fredrickson

      May 16, 2017 at 1:04 am

      Depends. Long-term its a great buy at these prices (imho). Short-term I think it might drop a bit more.

  10. karthikg82

    May 16, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Hi Jim,
    How do you see today’s correction in LTC after the segwit activation?

    • Jim Fredrickson

      May 16, 2017 at 7:03 am

      I am glad to hear about segwit, but don’t think you can use news like that for short-term trading. long-term it is likely relevant, but as you can see, traders, if anything, sold the news. one of the reasons i don’t use news to trade.
      ltc likely has a few more dollars to correct.

  11. rednivad

    May 16, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Hi Jim all the currency is down except stellar and ripple. Which currency to invest in short term? would you suggest trade Doge with LTC/PPC?

    • Jim Fredrickson

      May 16, 2017 at 7:29 am

      XDG is doing well. I own some, but wonder how high it can go, when there are so many billions of coins issued? But it might pull off a good rally despite that? its possible.

  12. rednivad

    May 16, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Thanks Jim Do you see growth potential in PPC in short term? And regarding LTC at what point should we buy?

  13. [email protected]

    May 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Litecoin down to $24USD? should I buy more or sell out?

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Cryptocurrency Analysis: Ripple Continues Rampage as Litecoin and Ethereum Enter Correction

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Ripple remained in the center of attention in the segment after breaking out to a new all-time high yesterday, and the coin almost doubled in value, climbing above the $0.80 level. The currency concluded a 6-month long consolidation pattern with the move after being the only major on a long-term buy signal in our trend model.

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XRP gave a short-term sell signal today, while turning neutral regarding the long-term setup. Investors now shouldn’t add to their positions, although further gains are still possible, and reducing holdings somewhat is a good idea here. Major support is still found at the prior high near $0.4250 and in the $0.30-$0.32 range.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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While Bitcoin stagnated, and Bitcoin Cash jumped, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, and IOTA has been drifting slightly lower, although the recent gains are still mostly intact, and the basic setup in the segment is unchanged.

Litecoin fell below the $300 level after yesterday’s consolidation, and the coin faced strong selling pressure in the latter half of the session. The currency remains extremely stretched regarding the long-term momentum indicators, and although the short-term uptrend is still intact, a deeper correction is likely in the coming weeks, with key support levels found at $125 and $100, and weaker levels at $260 and $170.

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Daily Analysis: Dollar Falls, Gold Jumps after Yellen’s Final Move

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Wednesday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2668 -0.02%
DAX 13125 -0.45%
WTI Crude Oil 56.65 -0.68%
GOLD 1258.00 1.35%
Bitcoin 16,100 -6.32%
EUR/USD 1.1842 0.73%

The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates as expected today, and although the central bank’s monetary statement was slightly more hawkish than expected, the market’s reaction didn’t reflect the much-anticipated move. The worse than expected Core CPI reading that underlined the low-inflation narrative weighed on the recently strong Greenback, while stocks were unchanged after decision and bonds gained ground as yields retreated.

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The major indices are hovering near their all-time highs with the DOW leading the way higher, hitting a new record for the second day in a row. While volatility Is expected to remain low as we approach the end of the year, market internals and valuation levels are still concerning from a long-term perspective, and stocks outside the US are also negatively diverging. The action in crude oil could be slightly more interesting as the commodity is starting to act in a slightly bearish manner after a grinding multi-month rally.

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The Brexit process is still in the center of attention in Europe, although volatility took a nosedive on the old continent as well, and it’s unlikely that the Christmas period will be much different, given the predictable drop in volumes and trading activity. The date of the next election in the financially and politically troubled Italy has been set to March 4th next year, and the early date caused some turmoil in the countries assets, which dragged the Euro Stoxx 50 lower today, together with the DAX and the other major indices.

Cryptocurrencies

As the total market cap of the crypto-market crossed the incredible $500 billion mark, Ripple, NEO, and Ethereum made headlines with lofty gains in the face of the severely overbought readings elsewhere in the segment. While XRP and NEO are still not overbought from an investment perspective, Ethereum reached our final target for its break-out and triggered a long-term sell signal.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The previously surging IOTA continued its correction, Litecoin consolidated in a relatively narrow range, while Dash, ETC, and Monero scored marginal new highs before turning lower together with BTC. The most valuable coin that has lost some of its momentum “mojo” in recent days fell back below last week’s highs, and that could mark a failed break-out and a start of the deeper correction that seems more and more likely.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Key Economic Releases on Wednesday

Time, CET Country Release Actual Expected Previous
11:30 UK Average Earnings 2.5% 2.5% 2.3%
11:30 UK Claimant Count Change 5,900 3,300 6,500
11:30 UK Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.2% 4.35
15:30 US Core CPI 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
15:30 US Crude Oil Inventories -5.1 mill -3.6 mill -5.6 mill
21:00 US Fed Rate Decision 1.5% 1.5% 1.25%
21:00 US FOMC Statement

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Technical Analysis: Volatility on the Rise Again, as Ripple and Ethereum Hit Targets

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Ripple has been the star of today’s session in the cryptocurrency segment, as the only major coin on a long-term buy signal in our trend model continued yesterday’s break-out, and surged to a new all-time high. The currency cleared the $0.425 level that marked the top in May, and after the more than 6-month long consolidation phase, it promptly neared the $0.50 level.

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While the short-term momentum indicators are now stretched, the coin is still in an encouraging long-term setup, although the best period to buy already passed. The coin could be dragged lower in the case of the expected broad correction in the segment, but we expect XRP to outperform in the coming period, with support levels found at the prior high and below that in the range between $0.30-$0.32.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Ethereum has been the other top coin on the rise, as the second largest digital currency surged past the final range projection target of the break-out two weeks ago at $685 in the aftermath of the launch of the BTC futures on Monday. The ETH token is now also on a sell signal on all time-frames, and we advise investors and investors to wait for the next major correction to establish new positions. Support levels are now found at $575, $500, $480, and $400.

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