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China and the Next Cryptocurrency Bull Market 

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Cryptocurrency experts from mainland China believe we are on the cusp of another bull market for digital currency, and it could be nationals from their own country who help drive the “fifth wave” of the market uptrend.

Chinese Investors Will Drive Next Crypto Bull Market, Experts Predict

In a recent interview with Tencent Technology, Sun Zeyu of Genesis Capital said cryptocurrencies are poised to continue higher in the fourth quarter as investors shake off the sentiment-laden collapses of the first six months of 2018.

Gensis Capital is a Hong Kong-based investment firm specializing in growth-stage internet companies.

Gao Kangdi of Metropolis VC told Chinese media that “the scale of the fifth wave of the crypto bull market may be far beyond our imagination.”

What these industry voices have in common is the belief that China will play a major role in the next bull market in spite of a nation-wide ban on the trading and mining of digital assets. They cite massive flows of capital into the blockchain and crypto ecosystem already underway in places like Singapore.

The tiny city-state is now home to thousands of foundations established by Chinese nationals. This has been corroborated by Chen Xianhui, a local agent helping Chinese nationals set up foundations in Singapore. According to Chen, most of these thousand-plus foundations are token investments funds.

Setting up a foundation in Singapore costs only 10,000 RMB ($1,561 U.S.) and takes just 15 days.

Singapore has emerged as one of the more favorable destinations for initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other market players. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) last month proposed changes to its current regulatory regime that will make it easier for blockchain-related exchanges to set up shop in the country.

Instability in Traditional Markets

China’s crypto analysts believe global financial instability and the growing trend toward risk aversion could play into the hands of digital currencies. Bitcoin is often posited as a non-correlated asset, which means it moves independently of the broader financial market. Although some observers noted a small correlation between bitcoin and stocks earlier this year, this was largely due to the influx of new crypto traders to the market.

While it’s far too premature to call for a bear market in global equities, a sharp rise in bond yields and growing instability in emerging-market currencies have been the source of significant tumult in recent months. The next critical test for equities will be the gradual winding down of crisis-era monetary policies.

The European Central Bank (ECB) announced Thursday it would put an end to its record bond-buying program this year. Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Reserve is planning to raise interest rates two more times in 2018.

Bitcoin’s status as a safe haven has been contested by those who argue that virtual currencies have no intrinsic value. However, analysts at Goldman Sachs believe the opposite is true as assets like bitcoin continue to grow and mature.

In particular, Goldman Sachs analyst Zach Pandl has argued that bitcoin will follow a similar trajectory as gold in the long run as a low-return, hedge-like asset.

“We should stress that, as money, cryptocurrencies should have low expected returns in the long run, despite their high returns recently,” he wrote back in January. “Digital currencies should be thought of as low/zero return or hedge-like assets, akin to gold or certain other metals.”

Charles Thorngren, CEO of Noble Alternative Investments, believes bitcoin is also attracting a new type of investor – namely, equity investors who are looking for new options.

In an interview with Forbes, Thorngren said the following:

“The base of bitcoin has changed, in fact it has evolved, to a wider base of investors. People who have only invested in equities are now looking for options as the rumblings in the stock and bond market increase.

This new investor helps to establish a stronger Bitcoin market and adds legitimacy to the Cryptocurrencies as a whole.”

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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New Bitcoin Core Release Prevents Miner DoS Attack

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The Bitcoin Core development team released an important update yesterday that patches a crucial security vulnerability. Bitcoin is usually known as the most hackproof and secure blockchain, which makes any vulnerability in the network incredibly newsworthy.

Specifically, the patch addresses a potential opening for a denial of service attack within the Bitcoin Core wallet software.

The way the potential exploit could work was by allowing anyone who was capable of mining a sufficient number of proof of work blocks to crash Bitcoin Core nodes running software versions 0.14.0 to 0.16.2.

They made sure to emphasize, however, that stored funds were not at risk. They also warned that derivative software such as Knots are also affected and have their own specific patch for the issue.

That said, the developers made clear that if you only occasionally run Bitcoin Core, it is less urgent to patch, although it would obviously be safest to upgrade as soon as possible.

Upgrading will take between five minutes to half an hour dependent upon the processing power of a given users computer. In addition, users should note that the new wallet will have to redownload the entire blockchain and that downgrading to an older version after the fact is not supported.

The update also fixed a non-insignificant number of minor bugs. I strongly encourage our readers to check out the full instructions on the Github page for Bitcoin Core.

These bugs were:

1. Consensus: 14249 696b936 fixed crash bug with duplicate inputs within a transaction
2. RPC and other APIs: gives an error when an amount is needed but missing
3. Miscellaneous: Invalid flags error should be set to bitcoinconsensus_err
4. Documentation: #13844 11b9dbb correct the help output for -prune

The news could have come at a better time for Bitcoin. There has been mounting uncertainty about whether Bitcoin is trapped in a semi-permanent slump that could continue for years. Those who believe in the untapped power/capabilities of the Bitcoin network continue to wait for solutions like the lightning network to increase the utility of Bitcoin as a true peer to peer electronic cash.

Although this should not concern those who primarily view Bitcoin as a store of value, any whiff of exploits in the network’s inherent security could result in a massive sell-off as core assumptions are demolished. This analyst hopes this is a momentary blip in the promise of Bitcoin. I encourage our readers to reach out to members of the dev team directly for any additional clarifications.

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Bitcoin’s Third Bear Market Showing Little Sign of Letting Up: Analyst

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Despite several attempts to rationalize bitcoin’s yearlong downturn, the leading digital currency remains locked in a protracted bear market that is showing little signs of letting up, according to veteran analyst Willy Woo. Based on this view, there’s little evidence to suggest that a reversal is imminent.

Bear Market Continues

In a recent tweet, Woo emphasized that bitcoin’s downtrend is likely to continue for longer and that there was no evidence of a reversal anytime soon. This view is reinforced by a historical analysis of bitcoin’s trajectory, which suggests that sideways trading is the best the market can hope for at the moment.

“Bitcoin has seen only 3 bear markets in its history,” Woo said. “We are in the third one now. One signal we can use to determine the end of the bear is for the price to cross above its 200 day moving average.”

Woo’s position isn’t bearish on the value prospects of bitcoin; it merely suggests that the bulls aren’t out of the woods yet.

The view that bitcoin is still in the middle of a downtrend contradicts several leading opinions on the matter. Wall Street crypto analyst Tom Lee has predicted that a return to record highs is possible this year, while billionaire investor Mike Novogratz has said that an exhaustion of the current downtrend will likely generate a bullish reversal in the foreseeable future. Although some of these viewpoints are backed by fundamental research, fear, uncertainty and perhaps manipulation have undermined bitcoin’s revival. This comes despite a wave of positive developments regarding institutional adoption, business innovation and even regulation.

As Hacked recently showed, bitcoin’s latest price collapse appears to have been set in motion by a prominent whale moving hundreds of millions of BTC and BCH to multiple wallets. A large chunk of those assets were then transferred to leading digital currency exchanges where they may have been sold.

BTC/USD Update

Bitcoin is currently trading at $6,331 on Bitfinex, where it is little changed compared with the previous session. Data from CoinMarketCap suggests the BTC price has gained roughly 1% over the past 24 hours on trading volumes of $4.4 billion.

Bitcoin’s momentum indicators suggest lateral moves are likely to continue in the short-term as neither the RSI nor the MACD is showing signs of breaking out. The leading digital currency slumped at the start of the week after failing to make new highs. The BTC price appears to have formed a double-top above $6,500, which eventually paved the way for a reversal.

At current values, bitcoin is capitalized at $109.6 billion, which represents 55.3% of the entire market.

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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Crypto Update: Market Remains Weak Despite Ripple’s Surge

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Ripple made headlines today in the cryptocurrency segment, as the third largest coin jumped by more than 15% after trading in a narrow range for several days. Most of the major coins joined the rally, but the gains were muted and the technical setup remained unchanged in most cases, with the long-term outlook still being bearish, while the short-term picture remaining mixed.

Ethereum, which has been in the center of the trends in the segment for weeks rallied back above $200, but stayed below the recent swing high, leaving several questions unanswered concerning the short-term trend. Bitcoin also got stuck near the $6275 level yet again, and the total value of the market is still below the $200 billion mark, with still no clear signs of major capital inflows in the segment.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum quickly recovered above $200 after dipping below the weekend lows yesterday in late trading, retaining the short-term buy signal in our trend model. That said the coin still needs to show stronger bullish momentum to avoid a resumption of the clearly declining long-term trend. As sustained dip below $200 would still warn of a move to last week’s lows, while a move above $235 would open up the way towards $260 and the confluence resistance near $275.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin has been showing weakness in the last couple of days, and although the coin is still on a short-term buy signal, similarly to Ethereum, a quick recovery above $6500 would be needed to avoid a bearish turn.

Traders should hold on to their positions here, but given the still bearish segment-wide trends, we still don’t advise full positions even in the stronger coins. Below $6275, weaker support is found at $6000, close to the key long-term zone near $5850, while resistance is ahead at $6500, $6750, and $7000.

Ripple Needs Follow Through For a Buy Signal

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While today’s spike in Ripple is encouraging, the coin needs to show further signs of strength, as the recent sudden spikes in the majors were quickly sold as the bearish trend remained dominant in the segment.

With that in mind, despite the broken resistance levels, XRP remains on a neutral short-term signal in our trend model, while still being bearish from a long-term perspective. The coin is currently trading right at the $0.32 level, with support found at $0.3130, $0.30 and near $0.30, while strong resistance is ahead at $0.35.

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is among the stronger coins from a short-term technical standpoint, trading in a bullish consolidation pattern just below the key $200 level. That said, the coin failed to show strength today amid Ripple’s rally, and that still points to a dominant bearish trend in the segment. With that in mind, traders should wait for further positive signs before entering new positions, especially since a bullish leadership still hasn’t developed.

IOT/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA is still weaker than average, together with NEO, EOS, and ETC, and the coin is still just above the August lows, clearly being in a broad downtrend, despite holding up above the lower boundary of its short-term range. A test of the lows is likely in the coming weeks, and the coin remains on sell signals on both time-frames, with support found between $0.455 and $0.475, and near $0.405, and with key resistance ahead near $0.57 and $0.64.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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