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The amount of bureaucracy and regulation that goes on in the European Union is simply incredible. The entire continent is a virtual minefield of political tripwires and multi-level legal landmines. Sometimes it’s a wonder that they can even move forward at all.

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So, when thinking about the legalization of digital currencies in the single market it will no doubt be a tough nut to crack. That said, some major headway has just been made.

A private bank in Switzerland has just announced some alternative investment services that include storing and trading on Bitcoins.

Now, Switzerland is not an official EU member but they are part of the single market and do play a leadership role especially when it comes to financial services within Europe and across the globe. Gaining acceptance from a Swiss Bank is indeed a huge step forward for the global adoption of Bitcoin and for all blockchain technology.

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Market Overview

Great green stocks!

Virtually all major indices are in deep green over the past 24 hours. Janet Yellen’s testimony was a huge boost of confidence in the global economy and corporate profits.

Many of the Senators used their time questioning Yellen to point out how strong the economy is and many of them even cleverly worded their questions to debate the issue if the economy is running well because of the current president or the previous one.

As far as unwinding their $4.5 Trillion balance sheet, very little was said. Only that it would happen gradually over the course of a few years and a small admission that it may cause long term interest rates to rise.

The Dow Jones closed last night at a brand new record high.

Today’s Agenda

More of the same. Janet Yellen will have another Q&A session with members of the US Congress. This will very likely be her last appearance before Washington as the Fed Chief. When asked whether she will seek another term as Chair of the Federal Reserve her answer did not seem very enthusiastic.

We do not expect Janet to end her speech with a mic drop.

Also, today is a landmark meeting between Angela Merkel and the new President of France Emanuel Macron. Over the past few years, due to weak leadership from France, Germany was forced to take on a stronger role in guiding the young European Union. Now that France has a new young energetic leader perhaps we’ll see a greater collaboration between the two strongest economies in the bureaucratic block.

Here we can see the German and French stock indices over the past year. The strong upward push from Yellen yesterday certainly a very comforting move. Now let’s see if they can knock it out of the ballpark.

But what may cause bigger headlines is Trump’s arrival in Paris today to meet Macron. With all the heat at home, this seems like another great chance for Trump to get out of town.

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The fall has certainly been painful for some. Especially those who got in at the top. It’s great to see the faith of those who got in early and hodling long term throughout this gut wrenching pullback.

Many alternative analysts are now saying enough is enough and it’s time to start looking for a bottom. Indeed, over the past 24 hours, 92 of the top 100 digital currencies are in the green. Many of them with double and even triple digit percentage gains.

The number one question that I’ve been getting from clients is about Ethereum of course. So here’s my answer….

Now that blockchain technology is gaining recognition from more and more developers there is a huge push and tremendous excitement around the idea of making an internet that revolves around Decentralized Apps.

Ethereum is a ground breaking platform both in creating these Dapps and in creating new digital assets. So far, it’s the best platform that we’ve seen and certainly the most popular.

However, in the future, we may see another platform that works just as good if not better. Think about the browser wars of the 1990s. At first, Netscape was the king, then Microsoft stole most of their market share with the Internet Explorer. After that many went to Firefox but these days most people use Google Chrome.

For now, almost all of the hot ICOs are using Ethereum. While hope this continues, any investment in the crypto market it is very high risk and if Ethereum does hold its spot as the Dapp and ICO king over the next decade it may very likely pay off in a big way.

In this graph, we can see the incredible journey from $50 a coin all the way up to $428 and now back to $200.

Here we can see eToro’s volume on this incredible asset. As can be expected, our clients are trading the momentum. That’s why we seem more positions executed on days that there was a significant movement.

eToro sentiment on Ethereum is now and has always been above 98% buying.

Have an awesome day!!

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  1. embersburnbrightly

    July 13, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I laughed out loud at this sentence: “We do not expect Janet to end her speech with a mic drop.”

    🙂

  2. chavs69

    July 13, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Some have indicated that ETC may be an undervalued dark horse when it comes to the IOT. What are your thoughts?

  3. Columbo

    July 15, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    yeah but Falcon has a bad history:
    http://nypost.com/2016/08/13/swiss-private-bank-linked-to-malaysia-scandal/
    I am not sure if overall that’s more good than bad.

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Crypto Update: Coins Lose Ground as Range Trading Continues

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While the weekend rally got bulls hope up that the consolidation phase might have ended, the technical setup hasn’t changed much in the segment, and today all of the major coins are lower again. The losses, which range from 2-5%, are not significant from a long-term standpoint, and most of the top coins are still clearly above the crucial support levels that mark the lower boundaries of the short-term trading ranges.

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With that in mind, traders still shouldn’t change their neutral stance, as there is no clear momentum present that would justify new positions here. Bitcoin continues to slightly outperform most altcoins today, but the divergence is not significant from a technical standpoint. Trading volumes continue to be well below the levels of the recent weeks, and that reinforces the bullish consolidation scenario.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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BTC drifted back below the key $8400-$8600 zone, and it remains stuck the lower boundary of the range today, despite its slight relative strength. As the short-term MACD indicator is neutral, and our trend model is also on a neutral signal, further choppy trading is likely ahead.  Short-term support is found near the intraday low, at $8150, with a stronger zone between $7650-$7800, with further resistance ahead between $9000 and $9200, $10,000, and $10,500.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is trading right at the center of the short-term range, as the coin gave back most of its weekend gains, while losing its relative strength in the process as well. The coin remains on a neutral short-term trend signal similarly to the broader market, with the price action still being consistent with an orderly correction. Resistance is ahead between $735 and $780, at $845 and $900, while support is found between $625 and $645 and between $555 and $575.

Tron Still Outperforms as Correlations Remain High

TRX/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Tron made the most progress among the op coins since bottoming out after the correction, and the coin remains bullish from a short-term perspective despite the current pullback. The $0.075 support/resistance level is in the center of attention, while the late-April high at $0.010 is the next target for the move. As the broader market remains in a corrective phase, but the coin is one of the prime candidates to hit a new high in the coming weeks.

Dash, Monero, Ripple, and Litecoin are still weaker than segment average, while the recently lagging IOTA held the key $1.7 level. For now, there is still no sign of a developing robust leadership, as EOS failed to regain its bullish momentum, and no major joined Tron in the rally.

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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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Five Low Market-Cap Altcoins With Huge Potential

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With more than 1,600 altcoins in circulation, finding the appropriate balance between risk and reward isn’t always easy. Making matters more challenging is the fact that hundreds of projects have already been labelled duds by researchers who have tracked the life cycle of digital currencies beyond their initial coin offering.

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While many investors are perfectly content sticking with bitcoin, Ethereum and a couple of others, those of us in search of the next ‘diamond in the rough’ must venture beyond the ten largest cryptocurrenices by market capitalization.

Below, we look at five low market cap altcoins with significant upside potential. It’s difficult to say whether these coins will generate 100 times ROI or anything that mirrors the rapid rise of bitcoin and Ethereum. However, the project specifications suggest they are a good place to start.

DragonChain (DRGN)

The DragonChain project emerged out of Disney in 2016 and was later developed as an open source platform. In its modern form, DragonChain is a business platform that allows for the creation of a secure and scalable blockchain. Part incubator, part marketplace, DragonChain provides smart contract infrastructure with a focus on security, development and scalability.

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DRGN, the currency powering the DragonChain platform, has a total market capitalization of $185 million and a price-per-coin of less than $0.80. When measured in terms of market cap, DRGN is a top-100 cryptocurrency project. Given its potential to transform small business adoption of blockchain technology, DRGN may be considered undervalued due to its limited exchange listings. The coin has yet to make its way onto the major exchanges but can still be found on platforms such as Kucoin, IDEX and EtherDelta.

Ark (ARK)

Those of us familiar with ICON know there is huge potential in connected networks. The Ark platform is a smaller-cap alternative that connects every single cryptocurrency through a “virtual spider web of endless use cases.”

Ark employs a Delegated Proof-of-Stake (DPoS) consensus protocol that promotes decentralization and universally accessible programming language in support of wider adoption. Ark falls within the broader category of platform coins, which means it is best served as a buy-and-hold strategy.

ARK token is currently ranked 62nd in terms of market cap with a price per coin of less than $3. Its primary markets include Binance, Bittrex and Upbit.

Vertcoin (VTC)

The next cryptocurrency on our list is ranked all the way down at 153rd in terms of market cap. Vertcoin captured our attention for its outstanding development team, transparency and ASIC-resistant standard (the latter makes VTC one of the most decentralized cryptocurrencies on the market). Proponents of decentralization will therefore find plenty of upside with this coin.

Interestingly, Vertcoin is also one of the oldest cryptos on the market. Founded in 2014 as an alternative to bitcoin and Litecoin, VTC aims to become the utility coin of the future. The project is on the forefront of Lightning Network development and was even mentioned in Litecoin’s whitepaper as a candidate for cross-chain atomic swaps.

At the time of writing, VTC token is valued at over $2. It has not been immune from the recent market downturn but its long-term prospectus is as solid as they come.

Power Ledger (POWR)

The POWR token is also ranked outside the top-100 in terms of market cap, putting it alongside some of the more obscure cryptocurrencies. However, the platform’s value proposition is as tangible as it gets.

Power Ledger is headed by Jemma Green, who recently became the major of Perth, Australia. The platform allows consumers to trade electricity with one another in exchange for real-time payments facilitated through the blockchain. The company calls itself the “peer-to-peer marketplace for renewable energy” because it allows consumers to select clean energy sources and receive more money for excess power using low-cost settlement technology.

PWR experienced explosive growth during the height of the bull market. Tokens are currently valued at around $0.40.

Deepbrain Chain (DPC)

Hacked reviewed Deepbrain Chain during the ICO stage back in December. Though the results were underwhelming at the time, much of the concern stemmed from KYC implementation issues and unusual token metrics.

Valued at less than $1 a coin, Deepbrain Chain can be considered a bargain for its role in using artificial intelligence (AI) to lower the cost of computing. Deepbrain Chain is operating in one of the fastest-growing markets (AI), which partly explains its undervalued status. As the company rightly explains in its whitepaper, 5,000 AI startups came into existence between 2012 and 2016, collectively raising over $22 billion. However, unlike those companies, DPC has already established a firm partnership with Neo and is widely considered one of the leading AI projects in the blockchain space.

Deepbrain Chain has a total value of $139 million, placing it in 113th spot by market cap.

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Cryptocurrency Bull Brian Kelly Rallies Behind Bitcoin Cash

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Bitcoin vs. bitcoin cash

Cryptocurrency investor Brian Kelly believes bitcoin cash is an essential buy for digital currency holders in the wake of an important meeting of BCH miners over the weekend.

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Bitcoin Cash: A Must-Have

In a Monday interview with CNBC‘s “Fast Money,” Kelly cited the development of a new bitcoin cash development fund as the principle catalyst for the forthcoming rally.

Miners are “going to take some of the rewards they get from mining and put it in a fund to build stuff on top of bitcoin cash,” Kelly, who heads BKCM investment firm, said of the fund. “That’s how blockchains gain value.”

He added: “You’re going to be getting more use cases to the extent that usefulness translates into value. That could be a positive for bitcoin cash.”

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Bitcoin cash was among the worst performers last week following a hard fork upgrade that gave it 32MB blocks and smart contract capability. The upgrade was intended to bring new functionality to the blockchain but instead left a huge chunk of the BCH community behind. As of Friday, nearly one-in-five bitcoin cash nodes were running old software. In other words, they missed consensus.

The market’s reaction to the hard fork last week was relatively muted, which some say reflects general apathy toward bitcoin cash. Kelly’s bullish outlook shined the spotlight back on the digital currency, which continues to be one of the market’s best performers since early April in spite of its recent skid.

BCH/USD Price Levels

The value of bitcoin cash fell on Tuesday, mirroring a general decline in the cryptocurrency market. At press time, BCH was down 4% at $1,191.

Bitcoin cash has shed more than 16% over the past seven days, dragging its market cap all the way down to $26 billion. By comparison, bitcoin values have declined less than 5% over the same period.

Despite its recent skid, bitcoin cash is trading well above its April low of $608.23.

More than $617 million worth of BCH exchanged hands on Tuesday, according to data provider CoinMarkeCap. Overall trade volumes for all cryptocurrencies was roughly $16 billion.

OKEx was the largest market for BCH transactions, accounting for roughly 20% of daily turnover. LBank facilitated 12% of daily transactions and HitBTC 9%.

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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