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Central Banks are Feeling Threatened by Bitcoin: Optimistic Sign For Long-Term Price Growth

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A growing number of governments, financial regulators, and central banks are beginning to feel threatened by the increasing adoption of bitcoin and the decentralized financial network it provides.

Bitcoin is decentralized in nature as it operates on a peer-to-peer protocol and a transparent ledger called the blockchain. Every transaction processed by the Bitcoin network can be seen on the blockchain network through platforms like blockchain explorers. The Bitcoin network also relies on a unique monetary policy in which the maximum supply of bitcoin is fixed at 21 million.

The price of bitcoin is solely dependent on the demand from the global bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets. If the demand toward bitcoin from casual investors, institutional and retail traders increases, since the supply of bitcoin is fixed, the price of bitcoin surges. The independence and decentralization of bitcoin allows the network to operate as its own economy without the influence of global markets volatility and economic uncertainty.

As the Bank of Finland, the central bank of the nation, explained in its research discussion paper entitled “Monopoly without a monopolist: an economic analysis of the bitcoin payment system,” bitcoin is not and cannot be regulated. The Bank of Finland further encouraged economists to study the marvelous structure of bitcoin. The paper read:

“Bitcoin is not regulated. It cannot be regulated. There is no need to regulate it because as a system it is committed to the protocol as is and the transaction fees it charges the users are determined by the users independently of the miners’ efforts. Bitcoin’s design as an economic system is revolutionary and therefore would merit an economist’s attention and scrutiny even if it had not been functional. Its apparent functionality and usefulness should further encourage economists to study this marvelous structure.”

While many central banks including the Bank of Finland, the Bank of Japan, and the Bank of Korea are taking the right approach in regulating trading activities and businesses around bitcoin efficiently with practical policies, several central banks in regions such as China and Russia are still against bitcoin because it remains as a threat against the global banking industry and existing financial networks.

For the most part, the fear from central banks and major financial institutions is understandable; the presence of bitcoin renders the necessity of banks useless because it provides an alternative financial system which users can facilitate payments within a peer-to-peer manner.

Earlier this week, the president of OPORA Russia public association, Alexander Kalinin, stated:

“Elvira Nabiullina said that the central bank is against, because this is actually a loss of control over the money flows from abroad.”

Governments and financial regulators are limited in what they are capable of regulating in bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets. Evidently, the protocols themselves such as the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchain networks cannot be regulated or censored. But, trading activities and businesses around the cryptocurrencies can be regulated and so far, the Central Bank of Russia and the People’s Bank of China have created a restricted and challenging environment for businesses and investors.

However, for long-term growth, bitcoin is at a perfect position. Several central banks are encouraging economists and bankers to study the structure of bitcoin and its capability of offering a decentralized financial system while others such as Russia and China remain threatened by the cryptocurrency.

It is an optimistic indicator for long-term growth that central banks and major financial institutions fear the exponential growth of bitcoin because that demonstrates the potential of bitcoin to surpass and overtake the world’s largest financial systems including fiat money, reserve currencies, and gold.

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  1. Chris G

    September 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Agreed

  2. ivanb

    September 24, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    winter is coming

  3. mvppvm_07

    September 25, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Regardless of the decentralization, anonymity and populist “management” of bitcoin, from mining to hodling, have many analysts offered their reasoned views on ways central banks / governments can/might/will either dilute or destroy the threat of bitcoin based crypto?

    In what ways do they think they can kill this non-regulated economic model?

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EOS Price Analysis: EOS/USD Back in Unsettled Territory, as Price Runs into Sellers Again

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  • The EOS/USD bulls are unable to sustain any upside momentum following a breach of critical support.
  • Near-term supply is eyed in the early $2.5000 region. A break above would likely open the door for another retest of the big $3.0000.

The EOS price was seen creeping lower again in the early part of trading on Tuesday. This comes after a big jump to the upside seen in the second part of the session on Monday. EOS/USD had gained a chunky double-digits, around 12%, at the close of the daily. Buyers came in after the low print on Sunday 13th at around $2.25. This was within a market demand zone, tracking from $2.25-$2.35, having supported the price on occasions in December and January.

Recap: Big Breach of Critical Support

EOS/USD daily chart.

As a reminder, EOS/USD throughout its most recent bull run, which was seen from 6th December right up to 9th January, was well-supported. An ascending trend line could be observed, providing necessary comfort to the bulls. However, all runs must come to an eventual end, and the bears smashed through this support on 10th January. Given the break through this vital area, it exacerbated the move to the downside. The price had dropped a heavy 22%, taking a big blow after a strong run.

Barriers Blocking Bulls

The bulls have been cut short for now, not being able to have sustained that momentum from the session on Monday. Trading has been extremely choppy since 19th December, via the daily chart view, highlighting a real lack of consistency in either direction. A consecutive streak longer than two days from either bear or bull camp hasn’t happened since the run higher in mid-December. This demonstrates just how mundane and non-committed market participant are for now.

In addition to the last statement above, further technical levels and areas continue to plague direction. To elaborate, there are more areas that the price must deal with now in comparison to the smooth bull run higher seen in 2017. Separately, if looking at 2018, the bears generally had an easy ride south. This is thanks to the cryptocurrency instruments being so young still in age.

Key Near-term Levels

For the bulls to see greater upside, a break of near-term supply within the early $2.5000 region will need to push prices forward. This should open the door to a fast move to see a retest of the breached ascending trend line. In proximity to this is the psychological $3.0000 mark, which has proven to be a huge barrier for the bulls. To the downside, the mentioned demand area of $2.35-$2.25 is critical, and a failure to hold will be very punishing. Lastly, EOS/USD would be subject to a move sub-$2.0000, where support can be eyed. As a further worth case, then $1.5500 to be retested, the December low.

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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GBP Price Prediction: British Pound Jumps on Growing Backing for PM May’s Brexit Deal Ahead of Vote

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  • GBP catches a bid across the board as Prime Minister Theresa May gains ERG support.
  • Despite session gains, GBP/USD technically has vulnerabilities to downside risks, given rising channel formation.

GBP Bulls Awaken

The British pound (GBP) saw a decent jump to the upside on Monday, after an initially very choppy directionless start to the session. The buying swooping into GBP/USD came on the back of a growing number of ministers set to back Prime Minister Theresa May. Specifically, attention was grabbed after closely followed political watcher Robert Peston tweeted that “influential Tory Brexiter MP tells me he and his ERG Brexiter colleagues will be voting with Theresa May and the government all day tomorrow”. This is significant as the ERG is a very influential Brexit research group, which was previously plotting ways to oust PM May.

GBP/USD jumped to its highest level seen since 22nd November. The pair had seen an initial spike of 85 pips to the upside. Gains were capped however by a known strong area of supply; this can be seen tracking from 1.2870 up to 1.2930. The price has not been above here since 15th November 2018, and the bulls having faltered here on several occasions attempting to move above. Should GBP/USD manage to move above this zone, it would be a very strong signal that it is out of the bear market. Technically, this would be largely attractive for inviting further buyers to come in.

A detailed analysis of the upcoming Brexit vote can be viewed here: This Tuesday Will Be Zero Hour For the British Pound

Price Remains Confined Within Channel

GBP/USD daily chart. Price action remains within the confinements of a rising channel.

Another key technical observation is an ascending channel formation, which can be viewed via the daily chart. The GBP/USD pair has been moving within this since 12th December 2018, having gained over 400 pips since it took shape. The daily candle today briefly spiked above the upper tracking trend line of the pattern. However, the price was squeezed back within the confinements of this. Touted profit-taking kicked in towards the close of the European markets. This is not too surprising, as participants maintain an element of caution heading into the high-profile vote.

Given the nature of the above-described formation, should it play out to the textbook, vulnerabilities still point to a breakout south. This move would be heavily assisted should the British Prime Minister lose the meaningful vote on Tuesday. In terms of key levels to note, to the upside, a break above the 1.2930 supply zone will invite large buying pressure. To the downside, a breach of 1.2650, the lower support of the channel, will open flood gates to selling.

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Crypto Update: 5 Altcoins to Watch This Week

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Just as it appeared that the crypto market was finally finding its footing, Bitcoin (BTC/USD) suddenly crashed hard last week. The bearish price action made a lot of investors jittery. Consequently, many participants either took profits or cut their losses on their altcoins positions. This drove numerous altcoins back to their support areas.

Last week’s price drop was a gentle reminder that we are still in a bear market. That’s why this week, we look at coins that are showing signs of strength while trading near firm support levels. Here are the five altcoins to watch this week.

Ethereum (ETH/BTC)

Ethereum corrected right after tapping the 200-day moving average. At that point, the market was showing signs of bullish exhaustion. You can see a bearish divergence on the daily RSI. Plus, volume was weakening while the price kept rising. Those who saw the writings on the wall managed to take profits at the top.

Daily chart of ETH/BTC

The good news is that Ethereum has an opportunity to keep its bullish momentum intact. Defending support of 0.03157 would enable the market to establish a bullish higher low setup. Bulls have a very good chance to preserve the support because both the 50-day MA and the 100-day MA are crawling around that level. They will act as additional support levels to help Ethereum stay above 0.03157.

Should bulls fail to defend 0.03157, the market’s sentiment will likely turn from slightly bullish to neutral. We can then expect Ethereum to drop back down to 0.026746.

Binance Coin (BNB/BTC)

Binance Coin refuses to follow the footsteps of Bitcoin. Even though its market structure closely resembled that of Bitcoin’s, the results were different. After apparently breaking down from a descending triangle in November 2018, Binance Coin rose from the dead and reclaimed support of 0.0014 in December.

The fakeout attracted bulls who were staying on the sidelines. As a result, Binance Coin took out the diagonal resistance of the triangle.

Daily chart of BNB/BTC

With the diagonal resistance out of the picture, BNB/BTC appears to have regained its bullish tone. If you’re looking to place long positions in the market, you might want to be patient and buy as close to 0.00146 as possible. That’s where both the 50-day moving average and the 100-day moving average are crawling.

Invalidation of this view comes if BNB/BTC trades below 0.0014.

NEM (XEM/BTC)

NEM’s corrective period may be finally coming to an end. While the market did breach the initial support of 0.0000176, it looks like it is establishing a new base at 0.00001544.

Daily chart of NEM/BTC

If market participants can keep XEM/BTC above 0.00001544, it will send a strong message that the NEM remains bullish. After all, the market would have just established its first pair of a higher high and a higher low in months.

On the other hand, if XEM/BTC goes below 0.00001544, the sentiment will likely shift from bullish to neutral.

0x (ZRX/BTC)

While 0x remains in a downtrend, there might be an opportunity to bottom-pick the market. With 0x creating a falling wedge on the daily chart as it approaches key support area of 0.000073, it might be possible to profit from a dead-cat bounce. Should ZRX/BTC break out from the falling wedge, the initial target is 0.0001.

Daily chart of ZRX/BTC

Keep in mind that 0x is still in a downtrend so have tight stop losses if you’re planning to take on this trade.

Bitcoin Gold (BTG/BTC)

Bitcoin Gold appears to be establishing a new base at 0.0033 support. Market participants have been accumulating positions around this area for over a month. If bulls can hang on for another week or so, Bitcoin Gold may just establish a bullish higher low. This will enable the market to trend higher.

Daily chart of BTG/BTC

A bullish higher low setup might inspire bulls to tap resistance of 0.005564. Otherwise, Bitcoin Gold might revisit lows of 0.00256.

Bottom Line

Last week’s crash has driven many altcoins near key support areas. Nevertheless, this gives us a chance to look at coins that are showing signs of strength and are trading near key support areas. There’s a lot of uncertainty going on in the market so make sure to place tight stop losses if you’re planning to enter any trade.

 

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