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It’s amazing how fast the future comes at you.

Just a few years ago we were theorizing about how the crypto market may come to replace the Foreign Exchange market. Earlier this week, business insider has reported that the volumes in the cryptomarket are now comparable to those of the New York Stock Exchange.

As we can see from the data, a typical day at the NYSE produces an average turnover of $41 Billion. Some days are more than $100 Billion and some days less than $25 Billion.

The crypto market has advanced exponentially this year. On January 1st the total turnover was about $120 Million but by now they’re consistently surpassing $30 Billion.

However, as the author points out, there’s still a long way to go to reach the $5 Trillion daily turnover that is seen in the global currency markets. After seeing what’s happened in 2017, it’s already easy to imagine that this may somehow be possible in the year ahead.

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Traditional Markets

Wall Street came back from their long weekend with a bit of a hangover. It’s quite common for large hedge funds to close out their positions and realize some of their profits by the end of the year. It looks good on their reports.

The main target was Apple, which fell about 2.5%. After a 53% gain in share price this year, the retracement looks pretty normal and I wouldn’t doubt that many investors will see this as a discount. Though the losses were not staggering, it did manage to bring down the major indices, which ended at a bit of a loss.

Unfortunately, it seems that the Asian markets have detected the sour sentiment from New York. Though the Nikkei is only slightly down, the China50 dropped 2.5% today. Contrarywise, the markets have just opened in Europe and though volumes are likely to be weak during the holiday season, the boards are all green for the Dax and his pals.

Commodities Jump

Gold and Oil seem to be benefiting from the low liquidity holiday season trading. Both have made significant gains the last few days.

Gold actually saw a drop at the beginning of the month and so now is only recovering from that. Oil on the other hand, has seen a shift in trend over the last few months and has now touched $60 a barrel for the first time since mid-2015.

Many analysts are pointing to a pipeline explosion in Libya as the cause for the price surge yesterday. To me, that’s a hard story to swallow really. It’s really difficult to see such an occurrence as having much of an impact on the long term balance between supply and demand of this global market.

More likely, the news of the explosion caused traders to focus their energy on crude oil. That together with low liquidity during the holidays and a weaker US Dollar gives us a more complete picture.

Ripple Explosion

Though Bitcoin regained a lot of its composure yesterday, it’s Ripple that should be making the headlines.

The Ripple network is a bit different from most other blockchains in that Ripple is a private company and their protocol is maintained as such. So it’s not completely open source like the rest but it still is included in the overall asset class we call cryptocurrencies since it does make use of the distributed ledger technology.

Ripple’s aim is to replace the swift system that is currently being used to send money from one bank to another. If you’ve ever sent an international wire transfer, you know that it usually takes between two and five business days and costs about $25. Ripple can do this in seconds for pennies.

Every transaction that is sent through the Ripple network burns a small amount of XRP tokens, as a payment for the transfer. Those tokens then disappear and can never be used again. This means that the overall economics of the coin are super deflationary. Meaning, over time the supply dwindles causing the price to rise.

However, to counteract this Ripple has started with a monumental amount of 100 Billion tokens. Though they’ve recently locked up more than half of this supply in a long term escrow account, there is still a current circulation of almost 39 Billion XRPs.

The price gains have been intense. At the start of the year each token was a fraction of a penny and in December alone it’s come from 23 cents to $1.17 this morning for a total gain of 408%.

I’ve already heard several people tell me that it’s actually cheap at around $1 but we do really need to think about the total supply in the market. Compared to bitcoin’s current supply of about 16 million and Ethereum’s 96 Million.

In the end of the day, the value will be determined by the banks. The more financial institutions use it to set up payment gateways the more they will need XRPs to facilitate the transactions.

However, in the long term, there may actually be a real cap on the amount this toke can grow. The more expensive the tokens are the more the transactions will cost. For now, it’s extremely cheap to send a Ripple transfer but at some point, if XRP gets more expensive it may be seen as less viable.

Sorry for getting the report out a bit late today. Wishing you an amazing day ahead!

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    December 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Are you sure about circulating supply there? Coinmarketcap shows 38,739,144,847 XRP. Based on this I think that the total was probably 100 Billion, not Trillion.

    Fairly confident this is an error, but I could be wrong?

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Market Update: Dow Drops Nearly 300 Points on Trade War Threat

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U.S. stocks extended losses Tuesday, with Dow industrials registering their fifth consecutive decline after President Trump signaled to his administration that an additional round of Chinese tariffs could be on the way.

Stocks Tumble

All of Wall Street’s major indexes headed for losses as trade and political risks kept equity investors on the sidelines. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 287.26 points, or 1.2%, to 24,700.21. Boeing Co (BA), Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) and DowDuPont (DWDP) were among the biggest decliners, falling at least 2.6%.

The broader S&P 500 Index headed for a loss of 0.4% to close at 2,762.57. Six of 11 primary sectors contributed to the declines, with industrials and materials each falling more than 1.8%.

The technology-driven Nasdaq Composite Index declined 0.3% to 7,725.58.

The CBOE Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, surged to its highest level in about three weeks. Wall Street’s preferred measure of investor anxiety jumped 8.5% to 13.35 on the scale of 1-100 where 20 represents the historic mean. The fear index touched a session high of 14.68.

Trade War Threat Escalates

U.S. President Donald Trump has warned China not to retaliate to Washington’s first round of export tariffs, which target up to $50 billion in Chinese goods.

Trump has asked his administration to prepare an additional list of $200 billion in Chinese goods that could be subject to tariffs should Beijing follow through with its threat to tax U.S. exports. This so-called second tranche of goods would be taxed at a rate of 10%. The first round of levies, which was confirmed Friday, will subject Chinese goods to a tax of 25%.

“Further action must be taken to encourage China to change its unfair practices, open its market to United States goods, and accept a more balanced trade relationship,” the U.S. president said in a statement.

China has vowed to implement a tariff policy of equal force and measure to the one Washington announced last week.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Senate passed a measure reinstating a ban on purchases of U.S. components by Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. that nearly shuts down the company. President Trump had sought to overturn the ban.

Cryptocurrencies Show Poise

Digital currencies continued to hold gains after prices jumped $13 billion in one hour of trading Monday afternoon. At the time of writing, the combined value of all crypto assets in circulation is $291.4 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.

Five of the top-ten coins by market cap are reporting gains over the last 24 hours, led by Tron’s more than 8% surge.

Bitcoin reached a high of $6,843.03, its best levels in a week. The largest cryptocurrency by market cap was last trading at $6,776.

Ethereum peaked at $542.35, its strongest showing in more than a week. Ether prices were last up 3.7% at $537.

The digital currency market has rebounded $27 billion from last week’s swing low. Much of the recent gain has been attributed to New York’s approval of a crypto trading app on Monday. The Department of Financial Services has granted Square’s Cash app a virtual currency license, which gives state residents the opportunity to buy and sell bitcoin on platform.

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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Pre-Market: Stocks Extend Losses on Next Round of US Tariffs

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The main European and Asian indices and US stock futures are all significantly lower just before the Wall Street session, as Donald Trump announced that the administration will seek to extend the trade tariffs targeted at China. The extension would affect another $200 billion of products, and it would be a major escalation of the, so far relatively limited trade skirmish.

Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Asian markets are underperforming as Chinese equities have been smashed below key support in the wake of the announcement, but the previously outperforming US indices are also close to breaking their short-term uptrends. That said, the Nasdaq continues to be relatively strong, and the Russell 2000 is the best performing global benchmarks, as small-cap stocks are benefiting from the trade tariffs.

S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The housing market has been in focus with regards to economic releases, and while housing starts beat the consensus estimate, the more forward looking building permits unexpectedly declined in May. As the Fed is expected to continue with rate hikes, at least until the end of the year, further cooiling of the housing market is likely as mortgage rates are steadily rising.

Dollar and Yen Shine

Dollar Index (DXY), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Forex markets are reflecting the risk off shift as well, with the US Dollar and especially the Japanese Yen performing well, and the Euro, the Aussie, and the Canadian Dollar lagging behind. Emerging Market currencies are still under heavy selling pressure, as trade war fears sparked flight to safety flows.

USD/TRY (Turkish Lira), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While European markets are only hitting one-month lows, the Turkish Lira and the Brazilian Real are trading near all-time and multi-year lows respectively, as the Dollar’s strength continues to hut the fragile currencies.

Treasury yields are lower, but as safe haven flows are still concentrated on the longer end of the curve, short-term yield pressures haven’t eased much while the flattening of the yield curve continues in earnest.

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities are in the red across the board, as the risk-off trade spread to the segment, with gold outperforming somewhat. The precious metal is still well below the $1300 level after last Friday’s steep drop, and it briefly spiked below the $1275 level as well. We still expect gold to resume it’s uptrend so the current levels could be good for accumulating investment positions in the metal. Crude oil is also lower, as volatile trading continued as expected, with the WTI contract trading near the $65 per barrel level before the OPEC meeting.

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Escalation Overflow

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Hi Everyone,

Financial markets appear to be reacting to the latest escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China.

It now appears that the United States may have the upper hand due to the wide trade imbalance between the two nations. Indeed, it would be very difficult for the Chinese to find $200 billion worth of US imports to curtail.

Under the circumstances, I guess you could say that markets are holding up pretty well, as we’ll see below. Even though the declines are sizeable, this doesn’t come close to the volatility we saw in February.

President Trump’s approval ratings are now as high as they’ve ever been despite outrage over recent hardline anti-immigration actions that saw authorities separating more than 2,300 children from their parents.

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Today’s Highlights

  • Stocks Minor Sell-off
  • What Brexit Negotiations?
  • Crypto Off the Lows (Focus on ETC)

Traditional Markets

Looking at the financial markets today it seems there is a bit of fear creeping in.

The Chinese stock market is down 3% and the Japanese market isn’t far behind with losses of 2.5%. Though these are quite substantial movements for any stock index, by putting things in context on the long-term chart we can see that it’s not the end of the world.

Please notice how in February, before the whole trade tensions began, the stocks experienced a much sharper sell-off.

On this chart of the VIX we can also see that even though volatility spiked yesterday, it’s still way below the levels seen in early February.

What is becoming more pronounced lately is the domination of the US Dollar.
The Greenback seems to be rising against just about everything over the last few months.

Here we can see the strength of the British Pound against the Buck since the Brexit referendum in 2016. We’re testing a critical level now at 1.3200

Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that this has anything do with the recent UK government uncertainty either. No matter the level of pressure Theresa May is under, the fate of the Pound may be more reliant on what happens with the US Dollar than on anything else.

As we can see above, the Euro and the Pound have both been pretty weak this quarter. To illustrate this further, take a look at the EURGBP, which hasn’t moved much over the last year.

Crypto Bounce

Digital assets pricing is up 2% to 4% across the board as the market shows exceptional resilience to the FUD.

Bitcoin itself has bounced noticeably above the support of $6,100 per coin and is trading above $6,700 this morning.

Outperforming the market by far is Ethereum Classic, which has seen some remarkable progressions lately in usability and liquidity. ETC is up 8% over the last 24 hours, which is more than any other widely circulating cryptocurrency.

For the first time ever, we can see that Google searches for Ethereum have surpassed those of Bitcoin Cash, the other famous hard fork coin.

Most interesting is the search trends in South Korea, where ETC now trumps BTC.

Looking at the long-term graph, we can see that at $15.33 per coin we’re well off the lows of $12.50, yet nowhere near the highs seen at the beginning of 2018.

Let’s have an amazing day ahead!

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The outlook presented is a personal opinion of the analyst and does not represent an official position of eToro.

Past performance is not an indication of future results. All trading involves risk; only risk capital you are prepared to lose.

Cryptocurrencies can widely fluctuate in prices and are not appropriate for all investors. Trading cryptocurrencies is not supervised by any EU regulatory framework.

Best regards,
Mati Greenspan
Senior Market Analyst

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