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Asia Banking Giant Labels Bitcoin a ‘Ponzi Scheme’

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One of Asia’s most prominent banking institutions has called bitcoin a ponzi scheme, signaling continued resistance to one of the most groundbreaking developments in recent history.

DBS Bank Calls Bitcoin a Scam

“We see bitcoin as a bit of a ponzi scheme,” David Gledhill, chief information officer at DBS, told CNBC on Wednesday.

Bitcoin is already too expensive with multiple fees “hidden through the crypto-mechanisms,” he said while attending an event in Singapore. In his view, entering the bitcoin space doesn’t make much sense for DBS at this stage in the game.

Despite calling bitcoin a scam, Gledhill did acknowledge that the digital payment system will eventually scale. This will bring much needed efficiency and affordability to a space that he believes has run amuck.

DBS, or the Development Bank of Singapore, has 482 billion SGD in total assets. It is one of the region’s biggest lenders, with over 200,000 institutional banking customers and over seven million consumer banking/wealth management customers. The bank employs more than 22,000 people.

Of course, the views expressed by Gledhill are nothing new. JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon regularly rips on bitcoin, even calling its investors “stupid.”

Then there’s Dennis Gartman, the commodities guru who has taken an extremely negative stance on cryptocurrency. In a recent interview with CNBC, Gartman said bitcoin is a market for criminals and millennials. (We’re not sure whether the latter is supposed to be an insult.)

“How can you buy or sell a painting using bitcoin, when the change in volatility is 20-30-40 percent in the course of a week? It’s nonsense,” he said.

Bitcoin Price Levels

Naturally, bitcoin’s dramatic appreciation has caught many sensible market participants by surprise. The coin has added more than 600% this year, and has reached multiple record highs in the process.

Bitcoin faced an extreme selloff last week as prices shed more than $1,200. However, the market has quickly regained its footing, with BTC/USD valued back to trading in the $6,800-$6,900 range. At press time, bitcoin was up 5% at $6,850.28.

Factoring in current price levels, bitcoin is capitalized at roughly $114.7 billion, with 24-hour trading volumes exceeding $3.3 billion.

Blockchain alternative Bitcoin Cash (BCH) also gained ground on Wednesday, rising 3.5% to $1,322. The BCH hard fork surged to record highs last week after backers of Segwit2x abandoned their mission to upgrade the original blockchain. BCH’s market cap is currently sitting at $22.2 billion. Its total value peaked above $30 billion last week.

Disclaimer: The writer owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrency. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Monero Price Analysis: The Choice of Cyber Criminals, XMR/USD is Vulnerable to Full Reversal

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  • Monero price on Thursday was hit with steep losses, dropping as much as 5% in the session.
  • Trend Micro, a security intelligence firm, finds a Monero hacking tool for installing mining malware.

XMR/USD: Recent Price Behavior

Monero’s XMR price has been cooling over the last day, having dropped around 5% at the time of writing on Thursday. The move south comes after a decent run higher over the past couple of weeks. XMR/USD jumped almost 30% from 7th February up to 19th February, before easing away from the high print. The price did manage to hit its highest level seen since 10th January.

Security Intelligence Identifies Monero Hacking Tool

Researchers at Trend Micro, a security intelligence firm, have detailed that there is a notable surge in a Monero hack-tool installation. It reportedly attempts to exploit a vulnerability seen on Windows SMB, which has been patched up since 2017. Organizations in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Italy are said to be the ones targeted, according to the researchers.

The blog published via Trend Micro details that the tool seems to be a merger of existing threats. In particular, it has targeted Microsoft Windows users – MIMIKATZ and RADMIN. As per Trend Micro:

“Between the last week of January to February, we noticed an increase in hack tool installation attempts. That dropped seemingly random files into the Windows directory. Initially appearing unrelated, the analysis showed the final payload to be a Monero cryptocurrency-mining malware variant. It scans for open port 445 and exploits a Windows SMB Server Vulnerability MS17-010 (patched in 2017) for its infection and propagation routines.”

The research does not come as much of a surprise, given the raft of Monero mining malware threats seen over the past year. Cyber criminals have strong favor for the altcoin given its privacy and anonymity, in addition to the ease of mining it on devices as simple as laptops and smartphones.

Technical Review – XMR/USD

XMR/USD daily chart.

Given the current edging south, eyes are now on the next area of support, which can be seen below at the prior acting range-block formation. XMR/USD between 11th Jan to 8th February was moving within a narrowing daily range. The area above this is now acting as support, as seen between 10-17th February. This came into play after a breakout and retest of the breached block. In terms of the comfort area, it is seen tracking from $47.50 down to $42.00. The bear pressure may prove to be too much for the support and force a breach. Another potential retest of the low down at $38.80 could be called into action.

Lastly, resistance to the upside is observed from the $53-$60 price range, which is the near-term supply and high area from 24th December to early January 2019. Further north, there can also be a chunky barrier seen ahead of the psychological $100 mark, tracking from $75-$95 range.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD Bulls Run into Resistance and Profit Taking Following IBM Boost

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  • Stellar’s XLM price was seen cooling in the session on Thursday, as the bulls ran into a barrier of resistance.
  • IBM detailed it has several letters of intent from banks to leverage IBM-Stellar technology.

Stellar’s XLM price has managed to pick itself up from the recent low area, where it was moving within the total abyss. The decent falling for XLM/USD was pushing it into totally unknown territory, where the price has not traded before. A low was produced down at $0.07330000 before the bulls kick-started the recovery. It has now gained a chunky 30% over the last two weeks, with upside momentum particularly gathering decent pace in the past four sessions.

The most recent jump north came following the price escaping a nine-session range-block formation. The low of the mentioned range was observed down at $0.07590000, with the high up at $0.08330000; the bulls forced a breach of this level on 18th February. Upon the move above, a fresh wave of buying pressure came into play, with XLM/USD moving to its highest level in almost four weeks. At the time of writing a pullback can be observed, which could be potential profit-taking after the decent run.

Several Banks to Join IBM’s Stellar-based Service

According to a representative from IBM, several confirmations have been received from banks on their intent to incorporate digital assets, including their own stablecoins via IBM World Wire and Stellar. The head of Blockchain at IBM Jesse Lund said:

“We’ve got a launch announcement coming out soon. We’re going to be supporting more than 50 countries out of the gate, 30-40 currencies, and enough market makers to drag along 30 or 40 banks. So we’ll have a significant portion of the world covered. Our goal is to continue to expand that network and to provide global coverage within 3-5 years where you can actually send remittances in a consistent way, immediately, at a very low cost, from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world.”

Several banks have confirmed their plans to release digital assets, including their own stablecoins, based on IBM World Wire and Stellar. According to the IBM representative, the company has already received several letters of intent from a number of banks around the world.

Technical Review – XLM/USD

XLM/USD daily chart.

Given the recent price cooling, eyes will be on a possible return down to the breached range-block area. A move as described would complete the technical breakout and retest of the mentioned zone. Should this fail to provide necessary comfort to the falling price, then eyes will be on another test of the low, $0.07330000. If a further breach is observed here, then this opens the door once again to a move within an unknown territory, moving within the abyss.

Looking to the upside, if XLM/USD completes the break retest scenario and the bulls capitalize on this, then a decent push back north may be seen. A near-term supply area tracks above from around $0.09350000 up to $0.0980000. Should the bulls force a break above the mentioned supply, then a retest of the 2019 high area would be eyed. In other words, a move back within the range of $0.13-0.1400000.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: Bullish Pennant Pattern Confirmed

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  • Bitcoin Cash price remains very much elevated, as the bulls continue to run north.
  • BCH/USD price action has formed a bullish pennant pattern formation, subject to a breakout higher.

BCH/USD: Recent Price Behavior

The Bitcoin Cash price has been a notable out-performer over the past few sessions, with the BCH/USD pair rallying as much as 23% since 17th February. In doing so, it reached its highest levels in over six weeks. The aggressive move north came after a prolonged period of range-bound trading via the daily chart view.

Between 8th – 17th February, BCH/USD was moving within an extremely narrowing range-block formation. This represented a lack of commitment from both camps after being confined within a range low of $117 to a high around $125. On 18th February, the bulls managed to force a breach and daily closure above the confines of the mentioned range.

Coinbase Adds Bitcoin Cash Support to Wallet App

Coinbase, a U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service provider, announced it has added support of BCH to its Coinbase Wallet.

“The new Wallet update with Bitcoin Cash support will roll out to all users on iOS and Android over the next few weeks,” the company said in an official blog post.

The app will facilitate support for both CashAddr and legacy addresses. Private keys will be encrypted on the mobile device by the Coinbase mobile wallet. Last week Coinbase announced the following: “users can now back up an encrypted version of your Coinbase Wallet’s private keys to your personal cloud storage accounts, using either Google Drive or iCloud This new feature provides a safeguard for users, helping them avoid losing their funds if they lose their device or misplace their private keys.”

Technical Review – BCH/USD

BCH/USD 4-hour chart.

At the time of writing, the BCH/USD price is still holding at elevated levels, with gains in the session amounting to 2.5%. Over the last two sessions, between 19-20th February, the price action has somewhat moved within a range. The detailed price behavior has seen a bullish pennant pattern formation, which is subject to a further potential move north.

Near-term resistance is eyed at $145.50, where the upper acting trend line of the pennant is tracking. Should the bulls manage to break this down, then expect a fresh wave of selling pressure to kick in. To the upside, eyes will then be on supply observed up within the $160-$165 price range.

In terms of near-term support, the lower acting trend line of the pennant which is tracking at $140 is the next major target; a breach could then expose critical daily support at $137. Lastly, if neither safety nets protect the price from falling, then there runs the risk of a full reversal of the recent gains.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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