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Breaking: ECB to Scale Down Massive Stimulus Program, but Prolong Its Duration

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The European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to scale back the size of its massive bond-buying program but extend its duration, a sign that policymakers were encouraged by the economy’s performance through much of 2017.

ECB Decision

Officials voted to maintain zero-bound interest rates on Thursday following a high-profile Board meeting. The deposit rate was also left at -0.4%, continuing its policy of negative deposit facility first introduced back in 2014.

In reaching the decision, the ECB said it would scale back the size of its monthly asset purchase program beginning in January. From that point on, the net asset purchases will be limited to €30 billion from the current rate of  €60 billion, and continue until the end of September. However, the Governing Council has given itself the scope it needs to extend the bond-purchase program beyond that point if necessary.

The ECB is just one of several central banks looking to introduce gradual policy tightening. Earlier this summer, the Bank of Canada (BOC) joined the U.S. Fed in raising interest rates. The Bank of England (BOE) is also expected to follow suite sometime this year.

Euro Drops

The euro declined sharply after the decision was publicized. At press time, the EUR/USD exchange rate was down roughly half a percent to 1.1756. The common currency had rallied sharply during the previous session as the dollar pared back its most recent advance.

The euro has been one of this year’s best-performing currency, as investors took cues from a resilient regional recovery. Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded at a quarterly rate of 0.6% between July and September, following an increase of 0.5% and 0.6% in the previous two quarters.

Annual inflation rose sharply at the start of the year, but has since moderated. The consumer price index (CPI) came in at 1.5% year-over-year in September, unchanged from August but higher than the rates seen for much of the summer.

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XRP Price Analysis: Explosive Breakout from Pennant Confirmed; SBI Holdings CEO Bullish on XRP

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  • XRP/USD is enjoying three consecutive sessions of gains, having jumped around 17%.
  • SBI Holdings CEO believes XRP market capitalization will be higher than bitcoin’s.

Ripple’s XRP price has been enjoying a decent move to the north over the past few sessions, as life flows back into the bulls. XRP/USD is currently running at a third consecutive session in the green, having gained around 17% within this period. The explosion of buying pressure came after the price managed to escape a bullish pennant pattern.

XRP/USD: Price Recap

XRP/USD had initially been cooling since the big bull run at the back end of 2018. The price rallied on 24th December up to a high of around $0.4670, before quickly losing upside momentum. It was then forced to trade within the confinements of a descending wedge pattern. XRP lost over 30% in value before it was able to break out from the wedge.

On 8th February a chunky push higher from the bulls was observed, resulting in a breach of the upper acting trend line. XRP/USD jumped around 10% on this day but then eased south to retest the trend line for a few sessions. During the cooling period, price action has formed a pennant structure which saw an eventual big breakout to the upside, as described earlier.

SBI Holdings CEO Bullish on XRP

The SBI Holdings CEO, Yoshitaka Kitao, was recently speaking on XRP and said this year is a significant one for the so-called banker’s cryptocurrency. He believes that the market capitalization of XRP is likely to dwarf bitcoin’s at some point in the future. Kitao has firm belief in the future sucess of XRP and can see it being adopted on a global scale. He was quoted saying:

“Because XRP is already beginning to become international, xRapid will be used for fund transfers in 2019. By increasing the so-called XRP’s plastic use, we anticipate that the XRP market capitalization will easily exceed the market capitalization of bitcoin.”

SBI has many joint ventures set up with Ripple across the blockchain industry; it’s therefore not too surprising to see such comments. The organization will also be launching its very own cryptocurrency exchange called VCTRADE, scheduled for March. Deposits and withdrawals for bitcoin, XRP, and Ethereum (ETH) are already available on the platform.

Technical Review – XRP/USD

XRP/USD daily chart.

Given current upside, eyes must now be on the next likely barriers of resistance for the bulls. A supply area noted from $0.3450 up to $0.3600 is the next target; XRP has not traded comfortably above this region since 10th January. A break above this zone should put the bulls in an excellent position to retest the $0.4000 area. On several occasions, this price territory has caused issues for the bulls in their attempts to push further north. In terms of support, this is seen back down at the psychological $0.3000 mark. If that fails to hold, then there is a demand which runs from $0.3000 down to $0.2500.

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: Bulls on the Loose as IOTA Foundation Announces New Collaboration with Nova to Fund Start-ups

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  • The IOTA Foundation has entered into a partnership with Nova to provide funded support for start-ups.
  • IOT/USD is currently enjoying a decent push north, following a breakout of a bullish pennant pattern structure.

IOT/USD: Recent Price Behaviour

IOT/USD has been on a decent run of gains over the five sessions, having jumped around 18% at the time of writing. The price has been on a path to the north since 7th February, after hitting a low for 2019 around $0.2400. A chunky amount of buying pressure was observed down at these depressed levels.

The bulls enjoyed an initial jump between 7-8th February, gaining around 18% on the fast two-day rally. IOT/USD then consolidated trading within a range-bound nature to then have formed a bullish pennant pattern formation. On 17th February, an explosive amount of upside came into play following this technical breakout.

IOTA Announces New Collaboration with Nova

The IOTA Foundation has announced a new partnership with Nova, a start-up incubator, according to an official press release from the organization. As part of the collaboration, its goal is to begin funding start-ups employing the platform of IOTA. The program will be called IOTA Cofoundery on Nova’s website; it will be focusing on early stages of development and seed funding.

Start-ups will be able to leverage through the program a mentoring and tech start-up service to consist of over 20 consultants that specialize in technology. There will be much nurturing and guidance as part of this offering. To-date Nova has already co-founded over 80 technology start-ups, with over half of those still being active after three years. It is further noted within the official release that the three-year start-up survival rate is 10%.

Nova will invest in ideas that can prove user problem-fit. IOTA via their grant program will match the investment. It will provide a comforting amount of support and the foundations for viable businesses to develop within the ecosystem of IOTA.

The program will allow entrepreneurial tech start-ups to build new innovative business models by leveraging IOTA technology. Nova has noted that this new offering is now already open for applications and can apply directly on the Nova website.

Technical Review – IOT/USD

IOT/USD daily chart.

Given the noted move north from a bullish pennant pattern structure, the doors to further upside potential have opened. Near-term supply is observed heading into the $0.3400 territory, IOT/USD last traded here in January and dealt a rejection blow. Should the bulls manage to maintain current upside momentum and break above this zone, eyes will then be on the 2019 high area. At the start of the year, the price managed to hit $0.4088 on 2nd January.

In terms of support, this should be noted back down at the broken pennant pattern. A retest just on top could be seen which currently tracks at around $0.2750-40. Failure of this holding could then see the February gains wholly reversed.

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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Tron Price Analysis: TRX/USD Bulls Hunting for a Potential Charge Back Above Broken Critical Trend Line

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  • Tron bulls continue to push the price north maintaining a firmer path of recovery.
  • TRX/USD has gained a significant 10% over the past four sessions, moving to its highest level in five days.

TRX/USD: Recent Price Behavior

The TRX/USD bulls have been enjoying some upside relief over the past few sessions now, picking up much pace in the session on Monday. The price managed to move to its highest level  in over seven sessions. Over the past four days, Tron has gained just shy of 10% as the price looks set for recovery following a breach last week of critical support.

An ascending trend line initially supported TRX/USD to the upside, providing exceptional comfort in its move north. The running support had been in play since the back-end of December 2018; however, after a decent run, the bears managed to force a breach. Sellers were able to regain control after the move below, to then see four consecutive days of selling, dropping around 10% in total.

Between 14-15th February, TRX/USD managed to find its feet after what could have very much been a free-fall to the deep south. Daily support came into play around $0.023550, which has provided needed comfort on several occasions already this side of the year. The recovery has been in play since this decent bounce occurred.

Tron Crypto Card

TRON recently detailed more information about its upcoming crypto card. The date of pre-order for the GRID X BitTorrent crypto card is going to be live on 18th February 18 2019 at 8 PM UTC. The GRID crypto card will be a prepaid card that can be topped with TRX in three amounts of 15,000, 50,000 and 100,000. Holders of the cards will be rewarded with BitTorrent (BTT) tokens as part of monthly BTT airdrops.

GRID will be one of two crypto cards built via the Tron network. The first, TronCard, was introduced as a tangible TRX wallet. Both TRX and TRC10 tokens can be stored on the TronCard similarly to a virtual wallet. These mentioned tokens are tokenized assets which would be leveraged via decentralized applications (dApps) via the Tron Network. A QR code feature can also be scanned by users for access to the public key. A physical card will then be able to integrate with the virtual wallet.

Technical Review – TRX/USD

TRX/USD daily chart.

The major challenge for the bulls as detailed above is seen underneath the breached ascending trend line; this is tracking at around $0.027500. Should the bulls manage to break back above this prior acting support, then expect a strong wave of buying pressure to come into play. Further to the north, eyes will be on the $0.03000 area. TRX/USD has not comfortably traded above this price region since August 2018. Once broken down, there isn’t too much in the way of a return back up to $0.04000 territory.

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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