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Bitcoin is Falling

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Sure there are other things going on in the market right now but who cares about them?

With the VIX currently hovering at record lows, there isn’t much volatility or movement in the stock markets right now. Frankly, the kind of movements we’re seeing these days in the cryptocurrency markets are astonishing and are some of the biggest seen in any market since the beginning of time.

I mean, we could talk about President Trump firing the FBI director but really that would just be beating a dead horse. Besides, I’ve made a conscious decision not to let President Trump dictate what I write about and I’m pretty sure you’re tired of reading it by now.

Poor Mark Carney though. The Governor of the Bank of England said some really interesting things yesterday and managed to move the Pound Sterling by about 30 pips. It’s just that during the time frame of that announcement Bitcoin moved more than $50 a coin.

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What’s going on?

Well, the ride up was really nice. From a low of $1141, a coin on April 13th to a high yesterday of $1905 represents a move of more than $750 a coin (about 40%) in less than a month. This is a high-risk market though and is prone to rapid fluctuations.

The $150 pullback that we saw last night somehow seems like a normal retracement but it did manage to trigger a few stop losses.

The Scalability Issue

One issue that is on the minds of investors this morning is the issue of scalability. As the network grows, the bitcoin blockchain is finding it harder and harder to process transactions.

There have been some amazing updates from countries like Japan, India, Australia, and even Russia that indicate bitcoin and other digital currencies will be much more widely accepted in the future.

However, all this excitement is putting some serious strain on the system. At the time of this writing, there are over 160,000 transactions stuck in the backlog and pending confirmation by blockchain miners. Meaning, that it’s taking a long time to process payments right now.

To put it in context, I personally tried to send a bitcoin payment last night before going to bed and as of this morning, 10 hours later, it still has not been processed.

So certainly the prospect of everyday use increasing rapidly is extremely exciting but if it takes 10 hours to make a payment it’s not a very useful system.

So What’s Next?

The rate of growth for all cryptocurrencies seems to be slowing down but has not stopped. On Monday, we celebrated the market cap of all cryptocurrencies passing $50 Billion for the first time. At the moment, the number stands at about $54 Billion. So the growth this week is a bit less than $1 Billion per day on average.

The seven-day chart shows a steady incline but it’s nothing near the $5 Billion days we saw last week.

The market cap of bitcoin peaked yesterday at $30.5 Billion but since then has lost about $1 Billion. So where did that money go?

For the most part, it seems to have been redistributed to other cryptocurrencies. During the same period, the Ethereum network grew by $200 Million and Ripple’s value has gone up by almost $700 Million.

So, for the most part, at least for the time being, it seems that in light of the overcrowded bitcoin blockchain, cryptotraders are reallocating their funds to other networks, ones that are faster and don’t have the same issues.

On the other side of the coin, the move from last night could also be just a temporary pullback. There are some very large players entering the market at the moment. Players who have a lot invested and want to see the price up to $5,000 or $10,000 a coin. For them, a $150 pullback in the price is nothing but an opportunity and even if we do see $1200 again it will only be a chance to get more at a better price.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments on the above or if you need any sort of clarification. Have an amazing weekend.

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Ripple: One Thing That Doesn’t Make Sense

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If you are bored or just tired of reading about Washington politics, just come over to the crypto world.  But be warned, the headlines can be just as singularly focused and confusing as anything inside the beltway.  Like Ripple for example, it has had everybody talking for the last week. The coming week is likely to be no different. All eyes will be on XRP.

Ripple, of course, is the crypto force that offers its payment networks as settlement infrastructure technology to a growing number of major financial institutions such as UBS, Santander and UniCredit.

Using Ripple, banks can bypass the antiquated SWIFT system. This cuts transfer of international payments to a few seconds from something like three days.  That could save banks billions in fees.

Ripple’s XRP token has had it share of critics, some of which is reflected in XRP being one of the worst performing cryptos this year falling from $3.65 in March to $0.26 on September 13th.

Sudden About Face

Since then, everything has been uphill.  It started a few days ago when CNBC hosted Ripple’s Sagar Sarbhai.  The interview touted high speed xRapid as ready for commercial launch.  Sagar also presented a laundry list of 120 banks that were on board with its xCurrent software.

That interview lit a spark that resulted in a double in the price of XRP and grabbed the attention of just about everyone in the crypto community. Strong technical buy signals were flashing.  In addition announcing that two new banking clients (NCB of Saudi Arabia and PNC) had joined RippleNet, all other fingers were pointing to Sagar’s xRapid announcement.

Following all this comes the headline in Business Cloud website: RIPPLE CRYPTOCURRENCY TO HIT KEY $1 THRESHOLD, PREDICTS CEO Nigel Green, founder of deVere Group, the world’s largest independent financial advisory organization. If that weren’t bold enough, Green’s $1 prediction is for year-end.

Upcoming SWELL Conference Prompts Even More Speculation

There seems to be some real substance behind Sarbhai’s CNBC interview. On October 1-2, Ripple is hosting the SWELL event in San Francisco, CA. The event is meant to connect the world’s leading experts in policy, payments and technology for a proactive dialogue in global payments today.

The event will be packed with political literati including former President Clinton. It is easy to conclude that Ripple is geared up for a major news event. Speculation is that xRapid will be announced and given a date for launch.  When you consider that a keynote address from Bill Clinton could cost Ripple well over $100,000 why would they waste his star power on simple chit chat.

Looking Good

It is fair to say that recent news and the prospects for a potential bombshell announcement next put Ripple in as good a position as it has been in some time.  Who would ever sell XRP at this point? The Wall Street Journal reports that Jed McCaleb, one of the co-founders of both Ripple and Stellar, “has recently stepped up sales of billions of XRP tokens he is thought to own”.  Back in 2013 he owned 9 billion XRP tokens.

OK, so every once in awhile, every crypto entrepreneur needs to pay the rent, but this is more than chump change. To keep things in balance, McCaleb has not worked with Ripple for about five years and, under his lockup agreement, he is entitled to sell up to 750 million XRP annually once year five is passed.  That should be enough dough to pay just about anybody’s rent. Lately, however, the desire to get out of XRP has pushed beyond the lockup agreement.

Why Would Anyone Sell XRP?

With all the good news ahead and the long term outlook for Ripple never looking brighter, who wouldn’t want to own XRP?  This is even more curious given the depressed nature of the XRP price.

Everyone who owns an asset has the right to making independent decisions and there may be special things in McCaleb’s plan that factor into his urgency to sell.  However, there is a section in Investment Analysis 101 that says to ask lots of questions when founders and large inside owners are sellers.

One thing is obvious. After a thoroughly frustrating 2018, there are more reasons to own XRP than to be selling.

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Long-Term Cryptocurrency Analysis: Bearish Trend Intact Despite Explosive Rally Attempts

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The negative trend in the cryptocurrency segment continues to be dominant, with almost all of the top coins trading below the structural support levels that were broken during the summer months. Bitcoin is still above the $5850 level, the last base support before last winter’s explosive speculative event, but Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, and the other main altcoins all continued relentlessly lower.

Most of the majors formed a bottom in August, even though Ethereum continued to lead the way lower amid the bleak sentiment and capital flight. Several oversold rally attempts already failed in the segment, leaving the long-term declining trends intact, with last week Ripple providing hope for bulls with its explosive move higher.

While some of the coins tried to follow Ripple higher, the development of a healthy leadership failed yet again, add our trend model continues to be overwhelmingly bearish from a long-term perspective. With that in mind, the short-term buy signals should still be treated cautiously by traders. The August lows are not in direct danger right now, and a more durable bottom might already be in, but a broader rally would be needed to confirm a trend change.

BTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

While BTC has been holding on relatively well during the summer months, in the past weeks, as the largest coin was hurt by selling related to large wallets. The coin failed to show bullish momentum despite its stability, and a break below the key long-term support zone near $5850 is still possible here.

Primary support is at $6275, and in the case of a breakdown below $5850, the next major support zone is found near $5000, while resistance is ahead at $7000, between $7200 and $7300, and in the $7650-$7800.

ETH/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

After spiking below $180 and forming a panic-bottom, Ethereum rallied up to $260, but due to the extent of the preceding decline, it didn’t reach the declining trendlines which dominated the market for several months. The coin has been leading the selloff in the segment, and now a re-test of the lows is once again likely, even if a more durable bottom is already in.

Short-term support is found at $200 and $180, while below the recent low, further zones are found near $160 and $130, with resistance zones ahead between $275 and$280, near $300, and in the $330-$335 zone.

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Investors Getting High on Cannabis

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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

A year ago, you would hardly find even the most financially illiterate person in the world that had not heard of Bitcoin or cryptocurrency. Regardless of whether they know what it was — at least they know you can earn money with it!

Opportunities to earn easy money sometimes do appear, but they do extremely rarely, and in this light the crypto boom is often compared to the tulipmania that happened in the 17th century. At that time, speculators with no experience joined the tulip futures trading, which eventually led to a sharp increase in flower bulb prices, while a year later the overheated market collapsed, bringing huge losses to all.

The chance to earn huge profits for people who do not have a close connection with the markets does not appear so often. But for those who work with stocks, such opportunities arise almost every quarter.

The price of bitcoin at the peak of its popularity, when almost everyone knew about it, went up by 2,000%. In the stock market, some companies can yield a return of 1,000% within a week or a month, and there is no need to wait a whole year around.

The last sharp increase in share prices after an IPO, which broke all records this year, was shown by Tilray. Since the IPO on July 19 this year, the stock yielded a return of 1,300% over 2 months, and for those who follow the IPO, there was plenty of time to buy this stock, as the price was at about $20 for about a month.

Tilray is a Canada-based company specializing in cultivation and sale of medical marijuana to consumers and pharmaceutical distributors.

When a stock experiences such a rise, however, it usually falls afterwards, and Tilray was no exception as it lost 50% of its maximum value, although it continues to trade at 600% higher against the initial IPO price.

2018 was a landmark for marijuana manufacturers, as in January California legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Currently, medical marijuana products can be consumed in 29 US states. It is expected that, by 2022, the marijuana market in the US and Canada will have grown by more than three times.

Tilray is a clear indicator of investors’ interest in such companies. However, it’s not just traders who are interested in marijuana producers. Constellation Brands, one of the largest beer producers in the US, announced its intention to invest $4B into Canopy Growth, another Canadian company. This will allow it to increase its share in Canopy Growth from 8.70% to 38.00%. In the next 3 years, the US company will get the right to buy another 139.7M shares for $3.5B, thereby increasing its stake to the controlling one.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has partnered with the Kind Financial, a US based startup company which develops software for government agencies that control the production and sale of marijuana.

On September 17, rumor had it that Coca-Cola was negotiating with Aurora Cannabis to create a beverage containing cannabis. Most likely, this drink will be used to reduce inflammation, seizures, and as an anesthetic.

All this confirms the interest of large companies and investors in marijuana manufacturers. At this rate, finding a marijuana company and investing your money in it could seem a good idea, but there is a risk of high volatility, just like in case of Tilray, which can put your deposit under serious threat. An easier way would be investing in an ETF with the same companies stocks.

The most interesting ETF in the marijuana industry is ETFMG Alternative Harvest (NYSE: MJ).

According to some sources, since August 22, this fund recorded a cash inflow of $112M, which is about 20% of the total value of its entire portfolio. With the money supply growing, the trading volumes increased up to 10M shares, which is 3 times higher than the volume in July.

The interest towards this ETF was especially frantic when California passed the law early this year: at that time, ETF MJ price rose from $29 to $39. Then, in March, the price tried to go up further, but the volumes stayed low, so the price had to get back and even sank a bit. It was only in August when $27 got broken out, and then the price went well up to reach $45, this time also with increased trading volumes. Currently, the support levels are at $34 and $39. Given the increased volatility, the price is quite likely to go down to $34.

ETF investment has always been considered less risky, and in case we are now on the brink of a marijuana boom, this ETF is certainly going to be the best investment vehicle.

 

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