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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.

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.

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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Brand New Crypto Economy

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It’s not the first time that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is restructuring the Venezuelan economy but it might be the most significant update so far.

With the economic crisis in Venezuela reaching levels that some are calling a humanitarian disaster, and inflation projected to reach 1,000,000% by the end of the year, President Nicolas Maduro is now turning to crypto to try and stabilize the situation.

This announcement might not be getting enough attention in the mainstream media but it certainly is turning a few heads in the crypto space.

Because the Venezuelan national cryptocurrency known as the Petro is pegged to the price of oil, the government’s hope is that it will provide a backstop to the new version of their currency, the Sovereign Bolivar.

The old Bolivar was a bit of a mess because it carried an official exchange rate of 10 Bolivar’s to the Dollar, whereas the actual rate on the street was more like six to eight million Bolivars to the Dollar.

Several reports have indicated that the new structure represents a massive devaluation of the Bolivar. However, those headlines might be misleading.

As each Petro is supposed to be pegged to a barrel of oil, one Petro should be worth about $60, so the new minimum wage of half a Petro a month is about 3000 times the current minimum wage, which is about $1 per month.

The main problem with this plan is that we still have no way of verifying that each Petro represents one barrel of oil. Should the Venezuelan Government wish to provide this level of transparency, it would be rather simple using the Ethereum blockchain. But alas, Maduro chose to use the less transparent NEM network for the Petro and therefore we have no choice but to hang on his two words that were prevalent in his Friday night announcement…

“Trust Me”

@MatiGreenspan
eToro, Senior Market Analyst

Today’s Highlights

  • Don’t Skip This Part
  • Fed Meeting Incoming
  • Brand new Crypto

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Traditional Markets (Don’t Skip this Part)

Sure, most of you are probably reading these daily market updates strictly for the crypto part. However, it is my strict belief that it is impossible to understand the economics of cryptocurrencies without understanding the traditional markets that provide the backdrop.

For example, last week we saw some rather unusual drama surrounding Turkey, which did seem to spill over into other markets, including cryptocurrencies.

In this graph below we can see the Turkish Lira (red) starting to slide on August 9th. If was soon followed by the Dow Jones (Green), which opened with a gap down on Friday the 10th. Then you can see Ethereum (purple) plunging on Saturday and gold (yellow) marking new lows by Wednesday the 15th.

Now, normally a crisis in Turkey shouldn’t have much of an effect on any of these other markets. However, due to the severity of the slide and the sudden nature, it seems that it did catch many traders off-guard.

However, we can see that on Friday the 17th, the Lira took another sudden dive, this time the other markets were more prepared and therefore unaffected.

This morning, the stocks seem to be doing well and yet crypto-assets are struggling, and emerging market currencies still haven’t taken much of a direction. This as the US Dollar has begun the week on a stronger foot ahead of an important Fed meeting that will take place on Thursday and Friday.

Brand New Crypto

eToro is pleased to announce that we’ve added our 12th digital asset to the number one social investment app.

You can now find IOTA among the 2000+ markets that you can easily add to your eToro investment account. (This is not investment advice)

As always, let me know if you have any questions, feedback, or further insight. I’m always happy to hear it.

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Pre-Market: Turkey Back in the Crosshairs Amid Sanction Threats

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The “red-bar-green-bar-madness” continues in global stock markets, as after yesterday’s rally, today the major markets are all in the red once again. Emerging market woes are still feeding the bearish narrative, with the Turkish Lira being back in the center of attention. The currency which enjoyed a three-day relief rally slid lower following threats regarding further retaliatory US sanctions, should turkey keep Pastor Brunson in custody.

USD/TRY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The diplomatic troubles only add to the problems of the country, while also helping the rhetoric of the Turkish leadership that focuses on a western “attack” on the nation. With the vague budget plans in mind, the endgame for the Lira still seems ugly, even as at the current levels, strong Turkish companies can offer great bargains for a long-term investment portfolio.

DAX Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The divergence between the US and the rest of the world seems to be getting wider by the day, as the Shanghai Composite closed on a fresh bear market low, while most of Asia is also stuck in short-term downtrends, while Europe is looking wounded too from a technical perspective. The main US indices, on the other hand, are still near their all-time highs, and today’s selloff is also just a small blip in the ongoing uptrend.

S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On a slightly negative note, the Nasdaq has been underperforming the broader market ever since Tencent’s earnings miss on Wednesday, and today, it’s also the worst performing benchmark on Wall Street in the wake of Nvidia’s (NVDA) lackluster guidance that came out yesterday after the closing bell.

Today’ session could still go either way in the US, as the overnight losses are moderate, and yesterday’s trade war optimism could still fuel a recovery in the worlds strongest stock market, even amid the deepening emerging market crisis.

Forex Markets Stable As Dollar Consolidates

Dollar Index (DXY), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar is consolidating just below its recent 13-month highs, with the EUR/USD pair rebounding to 1.14, and the broader Dollar index settling down near 96.5. The reserve currency is still clearly in a rising trend, and as the short-term overbought momentum readings are almost cleared, the rally could soon continue, especially if risk-off sentiment remains dominant outside of the US.

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities are virtually unchanged before the US open, with gold still hovering just above its 17-month low near the $1185 level, crude oil being stuck near $65 per barrel regarding the WTI contract, while copper trying to hold its ground after the recent key breakdown.

Dr. Copper is still signaling troubles ahead for China and the global economy, as although the commodity outperformed today, it’s clearly below the break-down level near $2.7, and the downtrend will likely continue in the coming weeks.

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Say No to Currency Contagion

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Once again the deteriorating relationship between the United States and Turkey is leading the news. The Lira is sliding again and it does seem to be bringing some of the other emerging market currencies with it.

As we’ve been saying throughout the week, it’s very possible that the declines in the crypto market earlier this week are due to a stronger US Dollar more than anything else.

As I’ve said before, in order to understand what’s happening in crypto, we must look at what’s happening in the rest of the economy as well. In this case, the US Dollar strength isn’t coming from Turkey, that’s just the catalyst.

The Greenback has been gaining ground since early April on the promise of higher interest rates in a strong economy. So far today, it doesn’t seem that the Lira’s slide is affecting the other major currencies though, nor has it touched crypto for the time being.

@MatiGreenspan
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Today’s Highlights

  • Currency Contagion
  • Looking at Metals
  • ETC Backwards

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of August 17th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

Now that we’ve established the underlying theme and why the Dollar’s been surging, it seems that the situation has largely been contained. At the beginning of the week, the strong Dollar was taking out everything in its path. Today, the declines seem to be limited to the emerging markets.

In fact, of the major currencies, the USD is the worst performer today.

So even though the Dollar is rising against the Lira, Peso, and Rand…

… it doesn’t seem to be spilling over into other markets today.

Looking at Metals

Now that we’ve seen one of the biggest declines in the metals markets in recent history, it’s time to examine the long-term charts again.

Frankly, the weakness in metals still doesn’t make much sense to me. As we saw the Dollar strength earlier in the week, it did decline further but the declines seem disproportionate to the gains of the Buck.

Actually, what we’re seeing since 2011 is a precious metals market that’s been trending down.

The question is, has that dynamic come to a head?

The fun thing about the way down is that eventually, you run into a lower barrier at the production cost. Meaning, if the price to mine a metal is higher than the price to sell it, miners will stop mining, which generally tends to drive up the price.

A quick look at the mining costs of all three of the above does seem to indicate that those prices are quite close or even already passed.

A Crypto of its own

It’s good to see the rebound taking hold in the crypto markets despite the emerging currencies continuing to sell-off today. This is a positive indication that crypto is less sensitive to the moves of the Dollar but under extreme circumstances still is susceptible.

One thing that seems to be sticking out like a sore thumb is Ethereum Classic. In this graph, we can see that ETC (white line) has been acting out since mid-June and simply hasn’t been following the rest of the market.

This type of go-it-alone price action is typical when prices are moving up, but we almost never see it when prices are declining.

One of the reasons might be due to the listing of ETC on Coinbase. A new door to this crypto could mean new money flowing in. This could be worth keeping an eye on in the next few days. I’m eager to see how long it will take to fall back in line with the other cryptos or if it increases in market share following the listing.

Wishing you a fantastic weekend!

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Past performance is not an indication of future results. All trading involves risk; only risk capital you are prepared to lose.

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