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Everyone is always focused on the potential upside of buying cryptocurrency, but they forget there are always going to be hidden downsides as well. The downside risk of investing in cryptocurrencies is huge. Not only do you need to worry about the high volatility of these assets, but you also need to bear in mind that theft is always a possibility, and the assets are poorly regulated.

Lack of Regulation Creates Opportunity for Thieves

In the equity and debt markets, there are stringent controls on the way capital is invested and the rules that govern investors. The goal is to protect investors from any fraud or wrongdoing, and even though there are times where it takes regulators longer than normal to catch on (see: Bernie Madoff), the general effect is a safer investment marketplace.

Fraud can occur in a variety of ways. It can be the result of false claims by the company regarding the state of their finances, the returns they have yielded, or how their funds are being managed. Any one of these routes causes a potential investor to get the wrong idea of the expected outcome of an investment in that company, and the result is a case of fraud.

Many have been espousing how great it is that there are no regulations on investments in ICOs or cryptocurrencies, with most of them being “self-regulated”. This is only a good thing as long as it is executed correctly.

Examples of Fraud in the Industry

One recent example is with the cryptocurrency “One Coin”. By employing marketing tactics similar to a multi-level marketing scheme, and not having a proper product to show for all the money invested in the project, executives were able to take advantage of numerous investors.

Ponzi schemes are business practices where the reported investment results are fuelled by the funds from new entrants to the investment vehicle rather than legitimate profits. The financing practices depends on passing on money from recent investors to older investors. The business practices of One Coin very much fit this model.

The two top things investors should be looking at that will help them avoid being defrauded in this unregulated market are the team running the project, and the product they have created. In the case of One Coin, you have a team that could be considered risky, at the very best. The CEO, Ruja Ignatova, seems to have a past filled with lies (or at least unverified claims). Sebastian Greenwood is another executive involved who has also ran several multi-level marketing schemes in the past.

In terms of product, there are cases where developers have been able to get funding after writing a short white paper explaining their business plan. In Silicon Valley, everyone knows that ideas are cheap, and execution is everything, but the crypto-world is forgetting this and putting money into anything that moves. In the end, One Coin was branded a Ponzi scheme and got shut down, but not before many investors lost their money.

Another example is with BitConnect, where users were promised massive returns if they lend their funds out through the protocol. This also turned out to be a Ponzi scheme, and was eventually shut down by American regulators filing a cease and desist order.

Investors Beware

A common thread here is the centralized management of funds. When this is combined with the sort of “investors beware” market we are in right now, there are all too many opportunities for fraud to occur.

The key is determining the differences between risky investment and fraudulent investment. Regulators are slowly coming to terms with the fact that ICOs are here to stay, and are moving to define whether they are a security or not, as well as how they will be regulated in the future.

There are going to be many more One Coins in the cryptocurrency community, and as always, the best thing you can do to prevent yourself from being victimized is do your own research and only invest as much as you can afford to lose.

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Bulls Have the Potential to Capitalize, Following a Bullish Technical Set Up

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  • BCH/USD broke out and retested a long-running descending trend line, but has failed to capitalize on this further.
  • George Hotz, also known as Geohot, says “Bitcoin Cash is the real Bitcoin.”
  • CoinText.io expands its Bitcoin Cash payment SMS service to Brazil and further European countries. 

“Bitcoin Cash is the Real Bitcoin”

George Hotz, also known as Geohot, an American entrepreneur and hacker, was recently commenting on Bitcoin Cash. Following the BCH Devcon in San Francisco he attended, Geohot demonstrated how to generate a BCH private key from scratch using python coding.

During his python video, George spoke highly of Bitcoin Cash. He said, “I’m using Bitcoin Cash because it’s the real bitcoin.” His reasoning for the preference of BCH over BTC was due to it having significantly lower transaction fees. Stating, “Transaction fees are super low on bitcoin cash.”

Bitcoin Cash Being Used in Brazil with CoinText.io

SMS cryptocurrency payment service, CoinText, has launched their services in Brazil and three other European countries – Poland, Romania and Croatia. CoinText doesn’t require apps, logins or Internet, and users can send Bitcoin Cash via SMS. A new wallet is automatically created when people have received Bitcoin Cash via SMS.

Specifically commenting on the Brazilian expansion, CoinText founder and CTO said, “Brazilians have been suffering from corruption and bad monetary policy,” says CoinText founder and CTO Vin Armani. “Cryptocurrency offers a way for them to peacefully opt out of a corrupt system.”

A move in which is further helping the adoption of Bitcoin Cash, via the CoinText service, he further noted, “Adding Poland, Croatia and Romania brings us closer to connecting the entire continent of Europe,” Armani added. “CoinText’s end-of-year goal is to enable all 740 million European residents to text money to each other’s phones for pennies.”

Technical Review – Daily Chart

BCH/USD daily chart

BCH/USD price action of late has been very much mundane following a promising breakout from a long-running descending trend line. It had been contained below and rejected on several occasions, from the back end of July. Bulls managed to pull off a decent breakout to the upside, which took place between 26-27th September.

After observing the break above, then pullback for a retest of the breached trend line, it looked very promising. This as such played out to the textbook, however bulls failed to capitalize and drive further north. Instead, the price remained within a consolidation nature, a lack of commitment in either direction. Perhaps the bulls are sitting on the launchpad, ready to send this into orbit, time will tell here.

Looking at technical areas of interest, to the upside, resistance has capped upside well into $500 territory. Tracking from $455-80, which has been evident the past few sessions. A firm push higher, will allow $550 region to come back into play. In terms of buyers, they can be found from the current price, all the way down to $400 the round figure.

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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Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD Developers to Slash Transaction Cost, with Upcoming Core Update

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  • Litecoin fees are set to be largely reduced in the forthcoming upgrade, in an attempt to boost adoption.
  • LTC/USD remains heavily dictated by triangular pattern, behavior suggests a breakout is imminent. 

Litecoin Fees to lower by 10x in next Core Release

The Litecoin foundation will be updating the Litecoin protocol to version 0.17, following an announcement via Twitter. This update will ultimately reduce the network’s fees drastically compared to its already nominal costs.

It is reported that with this upcoming upgrade, the network fee will go down to $0.005. Their goal is to encourage greater adoption of Litecoin. Currently, the average transaction fee is floating around $0.05. Bitcoin’s transaction fee is currently seen around $0.10.

At the back end of 2017, a large bull market was observed. Bitcoin prices were up at heights around $20,000. Users as an alternative started to use LTC, given its inexpensive nature, in comparison to Bitcoin. It is interesting to note also that Bitcoin transactions were as much as $55 during those highs. However, Litecoin remained by far competitive, facilitating lower transaction fees, less than $1. During the peak, LTC fees reached $1.5.

Litecoin’s Core lead developer, Adrian Gallagher, was commenting on the upgrade intentions, saying: “To encourage more adoption and usage of Litecoin, I think lowering the fees are a good thing. We’re not even close to block limits and the block size on disk is pretty small (20GB) relative to other coins. Technically people can already adjust their fees right now to the one above, because of the more relaxed min relay/dust relay fee.”

Elsewhere, he was speaking about the current market conditions, believing that the bear market being observed, will not last. Predicting that in the next three to six months, prices could start to rise again. He stated: “With lower fees, it would be possible to lay down the foundation for a fee rate, that can grow proactively rather than re-actively.”

Technical Review – Daily Chart

LTC/USD daily chart

Looking via the daily time frame, LTC/USD price action remains trapped and dictated by a triangular pattern. This is seen across several of the other cryptocurrencies. The calls of an imminent breakout make much sense, with this type of price behavior seen.

Over the past few days, upside has been capped around the $55 mark. Further north, resistance is seen at the $56.50-60, the upper part of the triangular pattern formation. A breakout higher should allow a run well into the $60 territory. Testing the 27th September high ($65.85) would be probable. Supply is seen running from that high up until $70, where the price faltered on 4th September.

In terms of support, $53 has proven to be an area of comfort, over the last five sessions. The lower trend line of the above-mentioned pattern is seen tracking at $51.50. Finally, a demand zone is seen just below running from the big $50 mark, down to $0.47.

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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Cardano Price Analysis: ADA/USDT is Eyeing a Big Move Out of Current Technical Setup

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  • Positive update from IOHK audit of Icarus by Kudelski Security.
  • ADA/USDT is moving within a pennant pattern formation, subject to breakout.

Solid Icarus Audit reported by IOHK

IOHK recently announced in their forum that an audit was conducted by Kudelski Security, which is an independent and third-party security audit firm. The audit conducted demonstrated that the Icarus project implementation for Cardano looks all good and set to go, without any major problems. However, a few changes may need to be executed. IOHK developed the Icarus code as a reference implementation, for Cardano light portfolio.

The important of “independent audits, like this one was stressed by IOHK. Stating “they are critical for identifying security issues in the Icarus wallet, that may not have been identified by internal audits”.

Furthermore, IOHK has elucidated Icarus as an open source code base serving as a reference for the creation of safer and easier mobile wallets for Cardano. They said, “this guarantees our customers and clients the safest portfolio we can offer.”  Given the benefit of an external audit, the developers can resolve any problems identified during its product launch audit.

Positive Updates from Cardano Founder

Cardano’s founder, Charles Hoskinson, was recently commenting on Cardano’s future. He said “We have so many amazing things coming out.”

Mr Hoskinson further added that one of their scientists has flown in from Switzerland. They will be doing a video, which will be the first time they have ever talked about their sharding design that we have for Cardano. Further commenting on other updates, including videos about Shelley and the Rust project.

Technical Review – Daily Chart

ADA/USDT daily chart

ADA/USDT is moving within a triangular pattern or a pennant formation, as seen via the daily time frame. It is narrowing, moving closer to a breakout. Ranging ahead of another drop to the deep south. Although, fundamental developments coming out from the Cardano foundation, remain very much upbeat currently.

Over the past 8 days, the price has been grinding higher, after receiving support at the lower trend line of the above-mentioned pattern. In terms of resistance to the upside, this can be seen at 0.08310000. The upper tracking trend line. Further north, a supply zone is running from 0.09000000-0.09500000. ADA/USDT  last traded here on 23rd September. Finally, support is tracking at 0.071800000, lower part of the pennant, also within a demand area. Another strong buying territory is observed from 0.06500000-0.06000000.

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