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Bitcoin Cash Corrects Lower After Record Surge as Coinbase Investigation Weighs

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Bitcoin cash (BCH) corrected lower on Thursday after Coinbase suspended the buying and selling of the digital currency due to allegations of insider trading.

BCH/USD Price Levels

The value of bitcoin cash declined sharply on Thursday. BCH/USD touched a session low of $3,411, and later recovered near $3,470 for a daily loss of more than 7%. Even with the decline, bitcoin cash has earned nearly 60% since the start of Tuesday.

At present values, bitcoin cash is capitalized at more than $62 billion. Trade volumes over the past 24 hours surpassed $8.3 billion, with the bulk of activity taking place on South Korean trading desks. Bitthumb saw nearly 16% of the daily volume, according to CryptoMarketCap. Bittrex accounted for more than 10% of the daily turnover.

Coinbase Halts BCH Trading

Coinbase quickly halted trading of bitcoin cash on Wednesday as allegations of insider trading quickly spread  The value of BCH spiked immediately after the exchange announced it was rolling out support for the recently forked cryptocurrency. A few hours after hitting GDAX, bitcoin cash spiked above $8,500. That was nearly three times higher than  BCH’s price on all other exchanges.

Rumors quickly spread that Coimbase employees used insider knowledge to load up on BCH tokens prior to its launch on GDAX. Although Coinbase strongly denied any wrongdoing, evidence of bitcoin cash’s inclusion on GDAX surfaced three days ago on Reddit in a post called, “ATTN: Bitcoin Cash added to Coinbase API (EXTREMELY BULLISH)”.

Prior to the surprise launch, users were preparing for the release of bitcoin cash on or by Jan. 1, 2018 – the self-imposed deadline Coinbase issued in August. The exchange had previously decided against supporting bitcoin cash before a flood of angry users threatened to sue the exchange in a class action lawsuit.

Coinbase issued the following statement in August pertaining to its involvement in bitcoin cash:

“Over the last several days, we’ve examined all of the relevant issues and have decided to work on adding support for bitcoin cash for Coinbase customers. We made this decision based on factors such as the security of the network, customer demand, trading volumes, and regulatory considerations.

We are planning to have support for bitcoin cash by January 1, 2018, assuming no additional risks emerge during that time.”

It is not entirely clear how this issue will be resolved, or what other forces may have contributed to bitcoin cash’s controversial surge. Investors should therefore plan for more volatility in the near future as Coinbase concludes its investigation.

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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Binance Coin Price Analysis: BNB Still in Trouble Despite Recent Strong Fundamental Prospects

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  • BNB/USDT moving within an ascending channel formation, subject to a breakout to the downside.
  • There is much anticipation ahead of Binance’s DEX launch, expected in early 2019.

Binance Coin (BNB) has made a decent recovery since being slammed in November and into the early part of December. The price had initially dropped a whopping 58%, before then being able to stabilize most recently on 7th December. Since, BNB has jumped as much as 20% to the upside, moving within an ascending channel formation. However, despite the gains of late, a similar bounce was initially seen on 25th November to 5th December, before another dump. BNB/USDT had tanked a chunky 35%, after this brief period of stabilization.

Strong Fundamental News Flow

The world’s largest exchange by traded volume will some be launching their own decentralized exchange (DEX), expected for early 2019. There is much excitement and buzz across the social media space for this to go live. The development team have already noted that their BNB will be moving from its ERC-20 token status, which is currently on the Ethereum blockchain. As a result, this will be transferred to their own proprietary blockchain, which is set to be called Binance Chain.

In terms of a decentralized exchange, this technology can facilitate a new type of pair matching, allowing users to be able to place orders in addition to trading cryptocurrencies. This can be done without the need of an intermediary institution, managing the ledger or even controlling the user’s funds.

Elsewhere, Binance recently announced that they will be adding a new feature for the benefit and to attract more institutional investors. They will have the facility to create sub-accounts on the Binance exchange. Finally, the company have also exercised further use of their token, BNB, as these can now be used via Tripio to secure bookings.

Technical Review – BNB

BNB/USDT 4-hour chart

Price action over the past six sessions now is moving within an ascending channel formation. This comes after the decent bounce from the low on 7th December, having dropped to a low of $4.1200. At the time BNB/USDT was very much oversold, dropping to 26 via the RSI on the 4-hour time frame. Technically, such moves are subject to a potential breakout to the downside.

Support Levels

BNB/USDT weekly chart

Near-term support should be noted at $4.8000, which is the lower part of the observed ascending channel. Further south, eyes would be on the 7th December low at $4.1200. BNB/USDT is already trading around the lower levels seen since December 2017. Lastly, should the above-mentioned be breached, then a fall to $3.2500 could be on the cards. This is a weekly support seen for 17th December 2017 week commencing.

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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Altcoin House of Sand: Only BTC, LTC and XRP Remain From Five Years Ago

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If anyone is in need of a harsh reminder of the precarious nature of the altcoin market, one could do worse than to browse historical cryptocurrency data charts. Of particular note is the severe lack of presence by a vast majority of coins which would have been considered major altcoins just five years ago.

Bitcoin, A Hardfork & The Coin Formerly Known as Ripple

Looking at a historical snapshot of CoinMarketCap’s front page from December 2013, we can see that only Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC) and XRP (XRP) have survived the five years since.

In fact, from the entirety of the fifty coins listed in 2013, none are currently placed within the market cap top hundred, except the three previously mentioned. The coin to come closest is Nxt (NXT) – a coin which was ranked 16th in 2013, with a market cap of $5 million. Now Nxt floats just outside the top hundred, ranked 106th with a market cap of $28 million – a not insignificant upturn.

Ranked 4th in 2013, with a market cap of $87 million, Peercoin (PPC) went the other way, and now holds a value of $14 million. The once popular Namecoin (NMC) shared a similar fate.

Naming Conventions

As you can see from the names of 2013’s highest capped cryptocurrencies, the current convention of giving cryptocurrencies vague, enigmatic, somewhat futuristic names had not yet begun. (TRON, Ethereum, Ontology, Qtum, I’m looking at you).

Instead we have a succession of ‘coins’ with various levels of importance and function suggested by their names – ‘World’, ‘Prime’, ‘Peer’. The trend is bucked only by Bitshares PTS (PTS) and Quark (QRK), while further down the list we have BitBar (BTB), Franko (FRK) and Argentum (ARG) – none of which rank any higher than 900th today.

Bitcoin Loses Dominance

In 2013, the coins ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th combined to produce a market cap just one tenth that of Bitcoin – which was worth $10 billion during December 2013’s peak. Litecoin, XRP and Peercoin added up to just over $1 billion at the same time.

Bitcoin dominance was at 88.9% five years ago, while even Litecoin’s 6% of the market share was greater than the ‘Others’ which made up the entire rest of the altcoin market.

This contrasts with today’s status quo which sees Bitcoin worth $60 billion, and the next three alts worth a combined $24 billion – a significant increase from one tenth, to two fifths of Bitcoin’s value.

Taking those numbers as a cross-section of the market, we see that the altcoins have exploded, and grown ahead of Bitcoin in the last five years – but for how much longer? As the Nxt (NXT) example shows, even though the altcoin market was diluted and overrun in the last few years, still enough new money came in during 2017 to continue to keep some old coins afloat.

But with the current altcoin decline of 95-99%, and the ICO trend beginning to fray around the edges, one wonders for how much longer cryptocurrency investors will keep faith in something that has proved so fleeting and transitory in the recent past.

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Cardano Price Analysis: ADA Moving Within A Deadly Range Block

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  • ADA remains vulnerable to further downside pressure, and there is potential for another 50% drop.
  • IOHK launch two new Cardano tools, ‘Plutus’ and Marlowe for smart contract writing.

Cardano’s ADA price has been very much depressed for the past five weeks now, dropping well over 60% within this period. As a result, ADA/BTC it has been forced to trade around the lowest levels seen since December 2017. It still has yet to show any promising signs of it escaping this stubborn downside trend.

Over the past five sessions, the price has managed to stabilize, producing a near-term bottom within the $0.02800 region. Important to note, with the above-detailed, ADA/USDT price action is moving within a narrowing range-block. This is subject to a potential breakout, causing a deeper drop, as part of this bearish market.

IOHK Launch Two New Cardano Tools

Earlier this week, IOHK, the engineering company that builds cryptocurrencies and blockchains, announced two new tools. These will be for the writing of smart contracts on the Cardano network. The tools named Plutus and Marlowe have now been launched in test format. They have been introduced to provide great value of assistance for start-ups, financial services and fintech industries, and academia. In all cases, the tools allow for preparation of blockchain contracts which will run on Cardano.

Plutus

Plutus will be providing general purpose programming language and tools for Cardano. The scientists and engineers at IOHK were able to combine the discipline of the Haskell functional language with Cardano. As a result, the creation of a platform for fintech developers to write secure and robust smart contracts is being developed.

Marlowe

Marlowe is a streamlined way for non-programmers to generate code and create software products. It has been noted at an easy-to-use tool. Even professionals operating within the finance industry who do not have any programming experience can build these automated financial contracts on the blockchain.

There was full coverage on this and an exclusive interview with IOHK and Cardano’s Charles Hoskinson, on this. See more.

Technical Review – ADA

ADA/USDT 4-hour chart

Looking via the 4-hour char view for ADA/USDT, vulnerabilities remain to the downside. As touched upon earlier, following the steep falls through November into December, price action has found some firmer footing. However, with this consolidation state, a range-block has been formed, which is subject to exposure by the bears.

ADA/BTC weekly chart

The near-term support as part of this current range should be noted at $0.02800. If this fails to hold, there could be some chunky downside to come. Judging from ADA/BTC, there could be room for another 50% move south. Further south eyes would be on the next major area of comfort, seen at the 0.00000550 region.

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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