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The crypto economy is a constant revolving door; when one digital door closes, another one opens. This largely explains India’s newfound embrace of bitcoin mining now that China has taken new regulatory measures to stamp out the highly profitable practice.

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China’s Mass Exodus

Last week, the Chinese government outlined new measures that would restrict bitcon mining operations. The new proposal was initiated by growing concerns over how crypto mining was impacting power consumption in a country that is still a long ways away from its development goals. According to various reports, the blockchain industry is looking to local regulators to guide miners out of the business.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has been tasked with monitoring and restricting the power use of crypto mining operations, which are usually located near hydroelectric power plants.

China made a sweeping overhaul of its cryptocurrency policies last September when it banned bitcoin exchanges as well as initial coin offerings (ICOs). Despite an initial shock, the market has gone on to set multiple record highs over the last four months.

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Bitcoin miners were drawn to China for the same reasons as traditional manufacturers: low cost of energy, cheap labor and local chip production. Until the clampdown, more than three-quarters of mining operations had been installed in China. And despite rising power costs, operations are still profitable thanks to the huge rise in cryptocurrency prices over the past year.

As bitcoin miners exit the market, many will be looking to greener pastures with more favorable policies. Bitmain, which operates China’s two largest mining projects, has already announced relocation plans to Singapore. BTC.Top, another major mining operation, is opening up shop in Canada. Meanwhile, ViaBTC already has facilities in the United States and Iceland.

India’s New Opportunity

India appears to be fully embracing cryptocurrency miners in the wake of China’s mass exodus.

According to local media, India’s top crypto players have been approached by government officials to set up mining centers in the country. One such individual was recently quoted anonymously by DNA India, an English broadsheet daily website:

“We have received several offers over the past few days. We are considering it as a business opportunity as mining operations. We are now waiting for the government of India’s guidelines for crypto business.”

Indian power rates are even more competitive than China’s. According to data provider Statista, Indian power rates averaged 8 cents per killowatt hour in 2017, compared with 9 cents in China. Rates are roughly three times as high in advanced economies.

That being said, India isn’t the only jurisdiction trying to lure crypto miners. Promoter of crypto startup BFX Coin told India DNA that several countries are offering miners free electricity, rebates, tax advantages and even citizenship for setting up shop in their jurisdiction. BFX Coin has chosen India for its mining operation.

The Indian government is planning to implement new regulations to oversee the cryptocurrency market. This includes forming a panel to investigate the role of black money in the crypto world. A government official recently quoted by the Hindustan Times said the government had two issues with cryptocurrency: the source of funds being used to buy them and whether existing exchanges are adequately protecting the consumer.

Bitcoin Market

It has been a difficult start to the year for bitcoin, with the cryptocurrency failing to rise in value. Prices returned above $17,000 on Jan. 5 and 6 before running into heavy selling pressure over the next nine days. The market tested $13,000 last week on multiple occasions. Bitcoin was last seen trading at $13,454.

Bitcoin’s struggles have been largely shrugged off by the broader market. Many cryptocurrencies not named bitcoin have surged to record highs, with altcoins now dominating roughly two-thirds of the 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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Daily Analysis: Dollar Rebounds as Stocks Struggle at Key Levels

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Friday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2731 -0.08 %
DAX 12,451 0.86%
WTI Crude Oil 61.64 0.31%
GOLD 1351.00 -0.32%
Bitcoin 10030 -0.52%
EUR/USD 1.2405 -0.78%

The main US stock indices entered a crucial zone during the overnight session that we have been monitoring throughout the last two weeks, as the line-in-the-sand zone for the correction. Despite that, the question regarding the fate of the move has been postponed for next week, as the S&P 500 and the Dow failed to clearly rally above the zone, while the Nasdaq showed relative weakness after leading the market higher during the bounce.

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S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

We are still leaning on the side of the bears regarding the short-term outcome, as the technical damage of the Volatility-Armageddon seems bigger than what a straight-line recovery would suggest. That said, the fundamental news was great today (not counting the latest developments in the Russia-Gate), as the US housing market sent positive signals amid the rising yields, while the UOM Consumer Sentiment Index also beat expectations.

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On an interesting note, the rise in yields paused, despite the positive economic news, and in this perverse world that led to a strong rebound in the Dollar, right after the new multi-year highs in the EUR/USD pair during the overnight session.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Euros weakness helped equities of the old continent is finally showing some relative strength, and the same goes for Japan, as the oversold readings in the USD/JPY pair that we noted also led to a rebound, back above the 106 level. While the bounce slightly helped the negatively diverging benchmarks, the clear technical weakness remains another bearish sign for the coming weeks.

DAX, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar’s bounce pushed the price of gold lower too after the encouraging rally, but the Shiny Metal remains just a tad below its rally high, which is commendable, given the improving risk-sentiment throughout the week, even as another short-term correction is possible here. Crude oil enjoyed another positive day, although it remains well below its recent highs, just as the commodity-related risk-on currencies, where we already noted the relative weakness yesterday. That also adds to the cautious outlook for equities even in the face of the 5/5 positive days this week.

Gold, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Cryptocurrencies

The crypto market continued to show robustness amid the hectic trends in traditional assets, and today’s meager correction adds to the bullish signs that emerged last week and remained with investors throughout this week. While not everything is rosy, with still several coins in dominant downtrends, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, there is clear leadership behind the rally, and if the coming short-term pullbacks remain in-line with today’s move, bulls should have their hopes up

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

What would change the bullish posture is a return to the “everything moves together with high volatility and bearish volume” regime of the preceding steep sell-off, but, for now, that seems unlikely, and a quiet consolidation this weekend would be just what the doctor ordered for the segment.

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Pre-Market: US Stocks at Make-or-Break Levels as Euro Tests 40-Month Highs

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Traders might be in for another exciting Friday session in the US, as although the coming Chinese year of the dog means that liquidity might be lower than usual, the aftermath of last week’s crash is in a crucial phase. The surge in cryptocurrencies also halted a bit, and all major asset classes look ripe for an action-packed day, including bonds, commodities, and fiat currencies.

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The key levels in the major US indices that we have been monitoring ever since the crash are now in play, with the Nasdaq actually being already above the corresponding resistance zone. That said, apart from the tech benchmark, the Dow and the S&P 500 are hovering right near the “hot” zone, and before a clear move above it, bears could still have their moment, with a possible re-test or even new correction lows in the coming weeks.

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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As we noted previously, it’s unlikely that the bull market is dead just yet, despite the fact that we agree with Peter Toogood (really) that “this market is nuts…” from a valuation perspective, but short-term, these are the levels where the bounce should fail, in theory, that is.

At this point, even bulls should take a step back, and wait for the next pullback before jumping in, as the short-term indicators are stretched, while bearish traders could be looking for entry points today, and long-term investors could just enjoy the show.

Heavy Trading in Forex Markets

Although equities and Treasuries are mostly in the headlines, the most important forex pairs are also very active, with the Euro, the Dollar, and the Yen all being pushed around by the quick repositioning of the big players.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

This creates a great day-trading environment, with clear, significant swings in both directions, within the strong trends. The Dollar is generally trading lower since the bounce started, and the EUR/USD pair already managed to reach a new 40-month high during the Asian session, before turning lower in European trading.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The USD/JPY pair traded with a 105 handle today, again a more than 1-year low, and the trend looks clear, even as the short-term picture is oversold. Gold might also be preparing for a new multi-year high, so everything looks set for more fireworks in currencies too. Stay tuned.

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Glorious Happy Dog

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We would like to wish a very happy New Year to all of our clients, partners, and colleagues in China and around the globe.
The Dog is very noble and compassionate and unlike the Cock, she has a strong sense of the difference between right and wrong.
As well, today holds mystical significance in both the Jewish and Muslim calendars being the first day of the new month of Adar and Jumada Al-Thani respectively.
For Jews, it is a time of happiness and a time to change your fate. For Muslims, this is the last month of Winter. So no matter how cold it is outside we know that it will not last and very soon we will be able to prepare for a spiritual journey.
In the words of one of my kid’s favorite movies, Rock Dog, we’ll be Glorious.
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Today’s Highlights

  • Trading Inflation
  • Dollar Getting Slammed
  • Cryptos Continue Recovery
Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of February 16th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you’re prepared to lose.

Traditional Markets

The so-called rout on Wall Street has now faded like a bad bizarre dream and though we’re still a bit off the top, the last 5 sessions have been solid green.
Here we can see traders remaining loyal to the Dow Jones…
Now that the markets know inflation is back in town, analysts will be dusting off the old playbooks and should start coming out and over the next few days, giving us the historical perspective on how to position for it.
In the meantime, it’s manifesting in a weaker US Dollar. Despite the higher expectations for the Fed to get aggressive on rates, the Dollar is sinking fast.
At the moment, the US Dollar Index is at its lowest point since 2014.
With that, we’ve also had breakouts in several dollar related currency pairs on the long term charts.
Here’s the new top in the EURUSD
…and a breakout of the long term range in the USDJPY.
The main benefactor of the weaker Dollar seems to be Gold, which also may be benefiting from increased appetite for a safe place to store value.

Cryptos

Speaking of a safe store of value, we’re also seeing a bit of a sprint to the crypto markets. Bitcoin did indeed take out 10k yesterday. However, the breakout didn’t last very long and we’re again below the line in many places around the world.
Similar to some of the previous rallies, the buying pressure seems to be coming mainly from Japan.
Bitcoin volumes in the world’s top crypto country have been strong throughout February, with an additional push higher yesterday.
Though the volumes in South Korea are still relatively weak, the premiums are creeping back.
Traders in both Japan and South Korea are now paying about 6.5% more for bitcoin than traders in the West. Though the US Dollar value holds no psychological significance to them we can see that both countries are buying bitcoin at well above $10,000.
It will be interesting to see what happens this weekend when cryptotraders have more time to analyze the market and take actions.
Wishing you a glorious weekend!!
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