Vinny Lingham, CEO of Civic Keys, thinks August 1, the proposed date for the Bitcoin scaling, is not an independence day for the trailblazer of cryptocurrencies – but in fact a judgement day. In a Twitter post on early Thursday morning, the crypto investor and analysis pundit wrote that: “Bitcoin may need to “die” just one more time so that it can live forever. August 1 is NOT Independence Day, it’s Judgement Day”
When Hacked.com asked Vinny why he took that position, he explained the situation is blurry.
“.. it’s not clear which split or fork will win,”
Vinny told Hacked.com.
He also believes the upcoming event accounts for the ongoing Bitcoin price adjustment. Since Wednesday evening, prices have been falling.
It is interesting to note that Bitmain, the Chinese mining company, has published a contingency plan calling for User Activated Hard Fork (UAHF) in the likelihood of UASF being implemented on August 1.
Responses From His Followers
But some people who replied to Vinny’s post expressed reservations. Rob Furse urged Vinny not to be afraid of the hard fork since massive hash rates are still ready to be deployed on a UASF chain. “No other crypto comes close in their POW,” Rob replied.
“One side will win after August 1. There will be a carnage but Bitcoin will survive,” wrote John Pitchers.
Others were of the opinion that with a hard fork or not, Bitmain is going to lose the acrimonious scaling dispute and that people should keep trading.
“Either outcome is good. Segwit passes – sweet, or eventually, there is a hard fork and Ver and Wu sell coffee for BUtcoin,” another follower commented.
Matthew Achak also believes that if you believe in Bitcoin, you think in decades, not in days.
Jimmy Song’s Response To Bitmain
Meanwhile, Jimmy Song has published a piece on Medium explaining what Bitmain’s contingency plan for a hard fork after Segwit means. The Dev and entrepreneur maintains the main thing everyone needs to know is that Bitmain wants to add a wipeout and replay protection.
“Note that the hard fork starts roughly half a day after the UASF. Most likely, this is to see exactly how much of a threat the UASF soft fork is. If the hash rate of UASF is below 1% of the network, it’s likely that a single block won’t be found on the UASF in those 12 hours and gives Bitmain time to not mind with a hard fork.”
Bitcoin Hits $100 Billion as Record Rally Continues
Bitcoin’s epic rally intensified Friday, as the token reached $6,000 for the first time in its history, bringing the total market value above $100 billion.
Bitcoin’s Fresh Intraday High
BTC/USD touched an intraday high of $6,064.14, bringing its total market cap to $100.8 billion. That’s roughly $85 billion higher than where the market started in January.
At press time, bitcoin was trading around $5,993, up more than 5% on the day. From a technical perspective, the digital currency is considered overbought. However, the technicals are typically less reliable during extreme price movements like we’ve seen in recent weeks. The world’s leading cryptocurrency has added a staggering 520% this year.
Bitcoin’s rally didn’t really extend to other cryptocurrencies Friday. Ethereum continued to trade just north of $300, while Ripple (XRP) consolidated a hair below 21 U.S. cents.
The cryptocurrency market’s combined market cap is roughly $173.4 billion, which is roughly $3 billion less than the Monday’s peak.
Bitcoin could be heading north of $10,000 a unit in the not-too-distant future, according to a survey conducted by CNBC. About 49% of the 23,118 people who voted in the CNBC poll said the digital currency will reach the five-figure threshold.
Roughly 16% of respondents said bitcoin prices are heading to between $6,000 and $8,000. About a third selected the Jamie Dimon option by calling bitcoin a fraud.
Though unscientific, the survey clearly shows that the mainstream is paying attention to the rapid acceleration of cryptocurrency. At least a portion of them will investigate the matter further, and likely conclude that digital assets are a welcome addition to their portfolio.
It’s impossible to associate bitcoin’s success with just one catalyst, but it’s clear that institutional support, the allure of the blockchain and favorable regulation in markets like Japan are feeding the rally. An anticipated November hard fork is also helping to shore up price.s
A Day of Milestones
Bullish sentiment also rubbed off on U.S. stocks Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average extending its rally above 23,000. The blue-chip index climbed tacked on 165 points to close at 23,328.63 after the U.S. Senate passed the 2018 budget by the narrowest of margins.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite also set fresh all-time highs, with financials and industrials leading the rally.
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Cryptocurrency Analysis: Bitcoin Tests $6000 as Market Settles Down
Bitcoin is in the center of attention yet again, as the most valuable coin is knocking on the door of the $100 billion level in market capitalization. The coin touched our long-term target at $6000 on several exchanges, but it’s now trading slightly below the historic level.
While the rest of the market is quiet, BTC is very active, and it could be in for a volatile weekend, as despite the long-term overbought readings, the short-term uptrend is clearly intact. That said, investors should avoid opening new positions here, and consider lowering their exposure further, while traders should only trade with smaller than usual sizes. Support levels are found at $5400, $5000, and near the $4650 level.
BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
As the rest of the majors are still recovering from the recent correction, the total value of the segment is below its all-time high, with BTC’s dominance now standing at 57%. Most of the largest coins are little changed, with Monero and Liteocin showing considerable strength and IOTA still being the weakest of the majors. With all attention on BTC let’s see how the most traded altcoins look before the weekend.
Technical Analysis: Coins Recover from Sell-Off as Bulls Remain in Control
Following yesterday’s brief but deep correction, the major cryptocurrencies seem to be back on the bullish track, as Bitcoin is leading the segment yet again. With the most valuable coin’s dominant currently near 56%, trading in BTC dwarfs the other crypto markets. That said, most of the majors recovered well after yesterday’s rout, while Bitcoin itself reached as high as $5730 today in early trading, only a few percents off its all-time high.
The short-term setup is encouraging for bulls, as the coin cleared the overbought short-term momentum readings while remaining inside the rising trend. A rally towards the long-term target at $6000 is still likely, despite the stretched long-term picture. Support levels are found near $5400, around the $5000 level and at $4650.
BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Ripple settled down somewhat in early trading but it turned volatile again later on, and the coin is still underperforming the broader market, while Ethereum bounced back well above the $300 level, remaining well below its recent highs. The rest of the market is modestly higher today, although NEO and IOTA are slightly lower still showing a negative correlation with the other majors. Let’s see the short-term charts after the short volatile period.
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