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Crypto Roundup: Binance Eyes Record Profits, South Korea Loosens Restrictions and Miners Eye Japan

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Fresh off their first weekly gain in a month, cryptocurrencies are capturing market headlines Saturday thanks to positive developments on several fronts. On the front burner today is Binance, South Korean regulations and rural Japan’s emergence as a mining hotbed.

Binance Anticipates Record Profit This Year

A six-month downturn in cryptocurrency prices hasn’t impacted Binance’s bottom line. The world’s largest digital currency exchange by trading volume is expected to net between $500 million and $1 billion in profits this year, according to CEO Changpeng Zhao.

Binance has seen its user base more than quadruple during the first half of the year. At the time of writing, the soon-to-be Malta-based exchange has more than 10 million registered users. That’s up from 2 million at the start of the year.

The exchange earned $300 million in revenue during the first six months of the year, compared with $200 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Binance processed more than $1.1 billion worth of cryptocurrency transactions on Saturday, according to CoinMarketCap. This includes more than 14% of market-wide BTC/USDT trades.

South Korea Seeks Regulatory Reform

South Korea will liberalize cryptocurrency regulations in line with a G20 directive that seeks to create a universal framework for digital assets, according to a new report from The Korea Times. The local media outlet said the Group of 20 has set a July deadline for enacting the first step in unified cryptocurrency regulations.

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) has revised its guidelines pertaining to cryptocurrency exchanges in order to prevent money laundering and other illegal activities. The country’s financial watchdog stepped up its efforts in the wake of multiple cyber attacks targeting domestic exchanges. Under the new guidelines, the FSC has asked the Korea Financial Intelligence Unit to oversee domestic transactions and user activity tied to cryptocurrencies.

A government official quoted by The Korea Times issued the following statement:

“Establishing unified rules is a complicated issue given the broader range of assessments between government agencies. This is why the country needs close international cooperation as it is still in the early stages of fine tuning guidelines,” another official said.

Cryptocurrency Miners Eye Japan

An abundance of cheap electricity and affordable rent are drawing cryptocurrency miners to Japan’s back-country, with underpopulated regions such as Fukui emerging as prime destinations for cost savings.

Fukui, which has a population of roughly 250,000, has succeeded in attracting mining companies thanks to a subsidy program that covers 50% of the rent for setting up shop in an abandoned factory. Startups as well as established mining rigs are taking advantage of the program.

Kanazawa has also lured established companies to its region, chief among them being DMM.com, an e-commerce company now with 1,000 mining rigs.

Profits generated from cryptocurrency mining are directly tied to the asset’s underlying price. With bitcoin mining costs expected to reach $9,000 this year, Japan’s lesser known regions could emerge as attractive hubs for miners.

Bitcoin Bull Tom Lee Maintains Bullish Outlook

Fundstrat co-founder Tom Lee may have misspoke when he told CNBC earlier this week that bitcoin will max out at $20,000 this year from a prior estimate of $25,000. The Wall Street crypto analyst cleared up the confusion Thursday evening in an interview with CNBC’s “Fast Money.”

In that interview, Lee said bitcoin has historically traded at 2.5 times its mining costs. Assuming that a single bitcoin will cost $9,000 to mine later this year, fair market value should be at least $20,000. However, $25,000 or a level close to that is still very much in play.

If bitcoin prices hit $20,000 this year, investors are looking at a 200% gain from current levels.

The value of bitcoin approached $6,800 earlier this week, its first definitive break higher in multiple weeks. The bulls are now eyeing $7,000 as a short-term target, though this will depend in large part on trading volumes and investor sentiment.

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Market Update: U.S. Stocks Plunge; Carnage in Crypto Land

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U.S. stocks declined sharply on Wednesday, as global growth concerns and a rollover in technology shares triggered a fresh selloff on Wall Street. Meanwhile, cryptoassets lost their yearly price floor as bitcoin and the major altcoins plunged double digits on the eve of the BCH hard fork.

Stock Selloff Resumes, Then pauses

All three major U.S. indexes booked heavy losses midweek. The large-cap S&P 500 Index declined 0.8% to 2,701.61. Losses spread across nine of 11 primary sectors, with financials and information technology leading the downtrend.

Slumping tech shares undercut the Nasdaq Composite Index, which fell 0.9% to close at 7,136.40.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 205.45 points, or 0.8%, to end the day at 25,081.04. Tech bellwether and Dow blue-chip Apple Inc. (AAPL) flirted with bear-market territory as concerns over iPhone shipments continued to weigh. Since peaking above the trillion-dollar mark, Apple’s market capitalization has fallen by over $200 billion.

Concerns about peak revenue and disappointing sales targets have contributed to a mass exodus out of technology shares in recent months. The S&P 500’s information technology index has pared its year-to-date return to less than 7% amid the latest drop. The index was up more than 20% for the year through Oct. 2.

Global Growth Woes in Focus

Signs of a slowing global economy have lowered risk appetite across major asset classes, with recent data showing downturns in both emerging and industrialized markets. On Wednesday, the German government said its economy shrank in the third quarter for the first time in over three years.

German gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 0.8% annually in Q3, casting a large shadow over the Eurozone economy. Germany accounts for roughly one-fifth of euro area output and is the backbone of its manufacturing sector.

Separately, Japan reported that its economic output declined 1.2% annually during the same period, as global trade tensions undermined business confidence.

The latest data show a dramatic divergence in economic fortunes between the United States and its global allies. Under President Trump, the U.S. economy expanded 3.5% annually in the third quarter. In Q2, GDP growth reached multi-year highs at 4.2%.

Cryptocurrency Market Notches New Yearly Low

The crypto market took a decisive shift lower on Wednesday, as coin values lost a combined $30 billion in value in just over 24 hours. Among the top 20 coins, losses ranged between 9% and 17%, with bitcoin, Ethereum and the leading tokens losing billions in market cap.

Bitcoin’s selloff touched 13-month lows, with prices briefly falling below $5,400. Despite the loss, bitcoin’s share of the overall market cap increased.

While there was no single catalyst for the selloff, anxiety over bitcoin cash and its pending hard fork seems to have influenced investor sentiment. At the time of writing, BTC was down 17%, having completely erased the 50+% gains it registered in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 15 hard fork.

The combined crypto market cap reached a new yearly low of $182 billion on Wednesday. Trade volumes spiked nearly 40% to $19.7 billion.

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Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Markets Flat Ahead of Key Economic Data

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Wednesday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,729 0.02%
DAX 30 11,467 -0.05%
WTI Crude Oil 56.16 1.59%
GOLD 1,202 -0.03%
Bitcoin 6,211 -0.80%
EUR/USD 1.1287 -0.01%

As traders awaited the key US economic releases of the week, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Retail Sales report, financial markets were relatively quiet and flat before the Wall Street open, but things got volatile since then, despite the muted CPI reading. The progress in the Brexit negotiations and the liquidation event in crude oil were making headlines today, although the advance in the Pound stalled, as equity markets and in general risk assets are still under clear selling pressure following the turmoil in October. The second half of the week will likely see strong moves across asset classes, and given the negative technicals, odds favor a risk-off shift globally.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar is consolidation after its move to new 16-months highs on Monday, and for now, the currency failed to confirm the break-out, at least as measured by the Dollar index. The EUR/USD is showing a slightly different picture compared to the broader measure, and the common currency is still in a steep downtrend, even as it is back near the key 1.13 level, retracing a large chunk of Monday’s move.

A durable recovery above 1.13 could signal a failed break-down and another consolidation phase in the pair, with the long-term momentum indicators still being oversold, but the broad downtrend is clearly intact, and long positions should only be considered as short-term trades.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

In equities, we continue to see bearish technicals from a broader perspective, and although the post-Fed selloff halted, for now, the re-test of the October lows still seems likely in the coming weeks. The Nasdaq is still relatively weak compared to the other major US benchmarks, and the tech benchmark is the closest to its lows, even after yesterday’s bounce.

The overnight session saw a slight bullish bias in stocks, with the indices holding on to above their weekly lows, but we still view the short-term rally attempts as selling opportunities given the hostile technicals across the globe.

Crude Oil in Turmoil as Copper Holds Support, For Now

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The bounce that we have been expecting in crude oil didn’t materialize despite the deeply oversold momentum readings, as the dip below the $58-$60 zone triggered a liquidation event in the commodity. The worst day for oil in 3 years saw the WTI contract falling below $55 per barrel, its lowest level in a year. Today, oil is attempting a recovery, and we continue to expect a rally up to the $63-$65 zone in the coming weeks.

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Elsewhere in the commodity segment, we are seeing further signs of weakness, despite the pullback in the Dollar. Gold is having a flat quiet day, so far, hovering near the $1200 price level, while despite the renewed trade-deal optimism, copper failed to bounce higher substantially amid the slight risk-on shift. The industrial metal is trading just above its recent swing low, and a move below that would be a sign that the lengthy consolidation phase is ending and the broader downtrend is about to resume.

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Slick Move

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Hi Everyone,

The company known as Ripple Labs seems to have a decent shot at replacing Swift as the way that banks move money around globally. The way banks currently send money from one place to another is archaic and certainly needs to be changed.

One of the biggest hurdles for mass adoption of Ripple’s XRP system however, are the current battles playing out in the US court system.

Ripple currently has several lawsuits against it with the plaintiffs claiming that the XRP token is actually a security. If so, the company will likely need to pay dearly for not registering with the SEC before raising money from the public.

In a “slick move” the company has now consolidated all of these cases into one hoping for a positive decision from the federal court.

We continue to keep an eye on this case with great interest and in the meantime, traders are working hard to defend the 50 cent per coin price. Though many of the popular cryptos have given back their gains from the early November rally, XRP is standing its ground quite well so far.

In a surreal coincidence, if we apply the famous Fibonacci Retracement Tool to XRP’s price rise, we see that the 50% mark comes out to exactly $0.50 per coin. Let’s hope it holds.

It’s important to note that even if we’re very generous and say that Ripple does have a 50/50 chance to replace the banking system (a recent report written by Ripple execs only gave it a 25% chance), it’s still a huge risk to take in the event that it doesn’t work out. That’s why it always pays to diversify your portfolio.

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Today’s Highlights

  • Apple Falls
  • Oil Slick
  • Crypto Volumes Spike in South America

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of November 14th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you’re willing to lose.

Traditional Markets

Stock indices are down today as it seems investors prefer to take risk off the table. There was an attempt at a rally on Wall Street yesterday after positive comments from Larry Kudlow on China trade, but it did fade by the end of the day.

The tech sector is being watched particularly closely and Apple stock is a concern for investors wondering if iPhone sales may have peaked. Apple has now fallen 17.5% from it’s all-time high and is now trading below its 200 DMA (blue line).

As much as it pains me, what goes up must come down. Wonder what Sir Isaac Newton would say about this.

If people are scared of tech, they’re terrified of oil. Crude extended its losses yesterday but we are seeing a bit of a bounce this morning. As we discussed in Monday’s market update (titled: Line in the Sand), a move below $60 (yellow dotted line) could be devastating and indeed it was.

This morning we’ve seen a bounce off $55 (thin red line).

A move below $55 is certainly possible but the tendency of a market that’s moved this much so quickly is usually to take a break.

Nobody is taking the oil slide more seriously than Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela. In fact, Venezuela is now making a push to end the era of the petrodollar entirely.

This comes at an interesting time when Iran’s Crypto-Rial is set to go live within the next few days and even the IMF seems to be advocating for state-backed digital currencies around the globe.

BCH Hard Fork Tomorrow

Near as I can tell, the drama happening in BCH isn’t a great concern. Let’s face it, if prices weren’t as flat as they’ve been in recent months, we probably wouldn’t even be talking about this.

Preliminary results of a poll that I put out on Twitter this morning is showing people’s sentiment about this pretty clearly.

So, nobody really seems to care. For those of you who are watching though, I’d recommend keeping your eyes on the following two websites.

Number one is Coindash’s cash.coin.dance. They’ve got a nice cointdown timer and show the hashwar pretty well.

The other is called forkmonitor.info that was set up by BitMex for this purpose. Though I don’t really understand what they’re trying to show in the Bitcoin Cash tab, I’m hoping they’ll have more info as the situation progresses.

Volume Spikes in South America

Prices seem to be declining slightly this morning but overall things are pretty stable. With the exception of Tether, which traded as low as $0.96 on some exchanges last night.

All eyes are on BTC to see if it holds onto its current support level of $6,000 but more important than these short-term price movements is a growing trend that we’ve been tracking of rising volumes, especially in several key areas.

One of those areas that I’ve noticed in South America. This site showing volumes by country isn’t a pure indicator since it only tracks trades made on the peer-to-peer site localbitcoins.com. However, if we look at the various countries on the list you’ll notice that all the Latin American countries listed are showing increasing volumes lately.

Now, I’d rather not repost all the charts here but I do urge you to visit coin.dance/volume/localbitcoins to see for yourself.

Volumes are on the rise in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Argentina and are near their all-time highest levels in Colombia, Chile, Peru, and Venezuela.

As the economic cycle continues and the United States continues to raise their interest rates, they put pressure on the emerging market economies, but as we can see, people are getting smarter, the global economy is getting freer, and we now have the tools to protect ourselves from poor monetary policy.

Let’s have a wonderful day ahead.

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