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Bitcoin, Ether and Ripple Up in the Air as SEC Delivers a Sobering Reminder

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The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission just delivered a sobering reminder to the crypto community regarding the legal status of Bitcoin and Ethereum. SEC Director of the Division Corporation Finance William Hinman originally told a San Francisco conference in June that:

“…based on my understanding of the present state of Ether, the Ethereum network and its decentralized structure, current offers and sales of Ether are not securities transactions. And, as with Bitcoin, applying the disclosure regime of the federal securities laws to current transactions in Ether would seem to add little value.”

SEC Clarifies Crypto Security Stance

Today the SEC Chairman Jay Clayton released this official statement in which he reminded everyone that media statements made by SEC personnel should not be taken as legal pronouncements. Clayton stated:

“The Commission’s longstanding position is that all staff statements are nonbinding and create no enforceable legal rights or obligations of the Commission or other parties.”

In a particular sentence that may have been included specifically to cool the enthusiasm generated from his colleague Hinman’s original statement, Clayton states:

“…our divisions and offices, including but not limited to the Division of Corporation Finance, the Division of Investment Management and the Division of Trading and Markets, have been and will continue to review whether prior staff statements and staff documents should be modified, rescinded or supplemented in light of market or other developments.”

The last part about ‘modifying, rescinding or supplementing’ future documents suggests that the SEC are starting to worry about the effects their own words have on the very market they’re attempting to regulate.

When the original statement by Hinman hit the headlines in June, Bitcoin immediately surged by around 6%. Ethereum benefitted even more from the news and spiked 10% within the space of an hour.

Consequences for Bitcoin, Ether and Alts

The reminder from the SEC is unlikely to affect the average bag-holder, who in all likelihood disregards much of what comes out of such traditional institutions as the SEC. The news is more likely to strike hesitation into the minds of large-scale, corporate investors who thought all of this uncertainty was already behind them.

It could also spell either good or bad news for Ripple, which is currently fighting five lawsuits – including two federal lawsuits – against claims that its token sale represents a security issuance.

Director Hinman’s original statement back in June suggested that decentralization was key to avoiding being classed as a security. He suggested that coins and tokens from centralized blockchains would have a harder time with the SEC:

“Over time, there may be other sufficiently decentralized networks and systems where regulating the tokens or coins that function on them as securities may not be required. And of course there will continue to be systems that rely on central actors whose efforts are a key to the success of the enterprise. In those cases, application of the securities laws protects the investors who purchase the tokens or coins.”

With XRP being the third largest capped coin in existence, its prominence has made it a prime target for those suspicious of the currency’s relationship to the Ripple company. As the lawsuits began to pile up, many began to question what Hinman’s words would mean for XRP.

Today’s clarification by Chairman Clayton could be seen as a reprieve for XRP, as it essentially shelves the decentralization issue for the time being. On the other hand, it could mean that even if XRP is proved to be wholly decentralized, it may have even larger requirements to fill before gaining a positive classification – as could the rest of the entire crypto market.

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Monero Price Analysis: Wider Adoption Seen as Bity Adds XMR Support to Their ATM Network

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  • Swiss-based cryptocurrency organization, Bity, has added their support for XMR for use at ATM terminals.
  • XMR/USD trading up on Friday, with gains of over 3% at the time of writing. Despite this, weekly chart view still points to the downside.

XMR/USD is trading in positive territory on Friday, having gained over 3% during the session. This leaves some optimism heading into the weekend, which is normally characterized by lower trading volumes. Trading over the past eight sessions now has been very much choppy, signaling a lack of direction in the underlying market. Any short-term bull runs observed have quickly been sold by the bears, consistently.  The price is trading around the lowest levels since August 2017 and is down over 90% from the start of 2018. Despite the minor relief upside Friday, there still appears to be room for downside in the short term. Once again, price action is largely dictated by technical factors as opposed to fundamental.

Wider XMR Adoption Following Bity Support

Bitly, a Swiss-based cryptocurrency organization, has announced their support for Monero (XMR). They are a cryptocurrency exchange, in addition to operating a network of cryptocurrency ATMs. Their users can instantly and securely transact bitcoin in addition to buying ETH and now XMR with Swiss Francs and Euro. This can be done at physical terminals in Switzerland. Bitly has additional kiosks in Zurich, Zug, Winterthur, Basel, and Lausanne. They note that more locations and additional token support are coming soon.

Technical Review – XMR/USD

XMR/USD 4-hour chart

Price action over the past seven sessions now has been forming a range-block, moving within consolidation mode. This has come after some stabilization, following the chunky sell-off from November through to early December. The current price behavior can also be perceived when looking technically, as a potential bearish flag pattern formation. If playing out to the textbook, another extended move to the downside will be seen.

Downside Targets

XMR/USD weekly chart

The near-term bottom can be eyed at $41.00, which is the floor of the most recent range. A failure of this holding will likely see another wave of selling pressure. Looking further to the downside, the next eyed support is seen at $38.45, which was a key weekly level in July 2017. Lastly, any breach here would invite a drop below the $30.00 mark toward the weekly support at $29.00. This would be the lowest level hit since July 2017, when XMR/USD was in the early stages of the big bull run.

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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IOTA Price Analysis: Audi and IOTA Partnership Moving Strong; Price Behaviour Not Reflecting That

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  • IOTA and Audi partnership is said to be progressing forward, according to Audi representative.
  • Price action for IOTA remains tilted to the downside, and a bearish technical set up eyed.

IOTA (MIOTA) price remains very much depressed, in line with current stubborn market conditions. It continues to trade around the lowest levels seen since July 2017, with a lack of slowdown signs for now. Since the start of the year, the price is down a chunky 95%. The bears have the opportunity to run this further south, as there isn’t much in the way of support seen. This is all despite the strong growth fundamental prospects for IOTA.

Audi and IOTA Partnership Moving Strong

Earlier this year, IOTA announced a partnership with Audi Think Tank as the foundation was moving with the development of a permission-less mobility ecosystem. IOTA believes this structure of working is a strong route to understand how automakers are approaching innovation and development. The foundation previously noted that they see it as a great opportunity to incorporate into a new mobility solution, backed by strong suite of skills that Audi associates possess.

An update hit the wires this week, suggesting the Audi and IOTA partnership is progressing forward. The venture development manager at Audi Denkwerkstatt Berlin, Malte Schönfeld, provided some commentary via his LinkedIn account:

“What an awesome experience! The last five months we had a great time at the Audi Denkwerkstatt Berlin. Working in cross functional teams with IOTA on a new project. With the focus on enabling trust for the user in emobility, we pushed a new use case to reality. Stay tuned for further Information.” Matt Schönfeld also sent many thanks to all that are involved with the project, including IOTA founder Dominik Schiener and Alisa Maas, Head of Mobility and Automotive at the IOTA Foundation among others for “putting so much energy & passion into this project.”

Technical Review – IOT/USD

IOTA/USD 4-hour chart

Keeping in mind the decline discussed at the start of this piece, the most recent price behavior remains worrying. As seen via the 4-hour chart view, IOT/USD is moving within a range-block formation. The price is very much within consolidation mode. As a result, it remains at risk of another extended move to the south. It can also be perceived as a potential bearish pennant formation, which technically is subject to a breakout tot the downside.

Downside Targets

IOT/USD weekly chart

Looking at downside levels of potential support, the next area to note would likely be $0.1750. This is a weekly support seen since July 2017, week of 17th. Should this fail to provide any comfort, the next level is eyed at $0.1425, the weekly support for week of 10th July 2017. These moves would be similar to other cryptocurrencies in terms of finding that bottom area. For now, all remains tilted in favor of the market bears.

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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.

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