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Cryptocurrencies Plunge $23 Billion as Consensus Summit Fails to Provide a Boost

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Cryptocurrency prices slumped further into the red on Wednesday after a high-profile blockchain summit failed to spark a sustained recovery.

Crypto Prices Sink

Measured by market capitalization, cryptocurrencies are down roughly $23 billion on Wednesday.

The combined value of all currencies is currently hovering around $380.4 billion, according to data provider CoinMarketCap. Market valued had peaked above $411 billion on Tuesday. Daily trade volumes came in at $21 billion, based on a 24-hour window.

Bitcoin’s share of the decline was smaller relative to its altcoin peers. The value of BTC fell 4.3% to $8,341, though its share of the total market climbed back above 37%.

Within the top-ten, EOS was the worst performer percentage-wise, falling 11.3% to $12.52.

Bitcoin cash plunged 9.2% to $1,288.20 after a hard fork upgrade increased the protocol’s block size to 32MB from 8MB. The hard fork was initiated through the Median Time Past (MTP) methodology, meaning it went live on the next block following the MTP timestamp of 1526400000.

Ethereum prices were down nearly 5% at $694.15. Ripple’s XRP currency also fell 8% to $0.681.

Consensus 2018 Drawing to a Close

Bitcoin and other digital assets began the week on a positive note as Consensus 2018 drew thousands of blockchain enthusiasts to New York.  The three day event, which began Monday, has been a major boon to cryptocurrency prices the last three years. For example, bitcoin prices surged between 10% and 69% during the last three Consensus conferences.

However, prices this week have failed to keep up with the historical trend, with bitcoin values barely treading water since the conference began. Analysts, including Tom Lee of Fundstrat Global Advisors, had predicted huge price gains on the heels of Consensus 2018.

“We expect the Consensus rally to be even larger than past years,” Lee said in a note to clients ahead of the conference, which concludes on Wednesday.

Though the event has failed to live up to its hype from a price perspective, it’s important to bear in mind that the vast majority of “post-Consensus” gains occur long after the summit has taken place. In fact, the bulk of the rally is usually generated over a two-month period after the conference.

The sharp drop in market prices may partially reflect overhang from last week’s raid of Upbit, one of South Korea’s largest digital currency exchanges. The exchange was apparently cleared of any wrong doing Tuesday after local accounting firm Yoojin found no evidence of fraud following its audit of the firm. Regulators and local police are expected to conclude their investigation this week.

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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Zcash Price Analysis: What is Behind the Recent Surge in Price?

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  • Zcash had jumped over 17% over the period of 12-18th October, before running into sellers.
  • The foundation set to launch the Sapling protocol upgrade. To improve efficiency for shielded transactions.

Zcash over a 6-day period from 12-18th October gained a whopping 17%. Moving quickly from as low as $108, to then be above $126. Since, the price has run into some sellers and touted profit-takinggiven the large run in such as short time frame.

What Is This ‘Zcash’ (ZEC)?

Zcash was a hard fork of Bitcoin in 2016. Unlike the number one ranked crypto by market cap, privacy is ensured via Zcash. Personal and transaction data are kept confidential. This being facilitated through zero-knowledge proofs, allowing conducted transactions to go through verification without any required details about the sender, receiver as well as the transacted amount.

Zcash Set to Launch Sapling Protocol Upgrade

The Zcash foundation recently updated via their blog ‘Sapling Transaction Anatomy’. Full breakdown details can be read there as they are set to launch the Sapling protocol upgrade.

Sapling, this will be a network upgrade that aims to substantially improve efficiency for shielded transactions – paving the way for broad mobile, exchange as well as vendor adoption of Zcash shielded addresses. Their motivations for the Sapling upgrade are to increase speed on these shielded transactions.

Coinbase Speculation Continues to Do Rounds

The community around Zcash continues to speculate on whether the privacy-focused crypto will be added to Coinbase. Earlier in the year, Coinbase said they were exploring the possibility of listing Zcash and others, such as Cardano, Basic Attention Token, Stellar Lumens and 0x on its platforms. This covered back in July and does not guarantee it will be added, but the hope still appears to be flowing through the community.

Zcash Jumps to 20th Largest by Market Cap

Earlier this week, Zcash managed to break into the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap. It overtook Dogecoin. The current market cap at time of writing seen at $588,429,693, ahead of DOGE at $513,884,230.

Technical Review – Daily Chart

ZEC/USD daily chart

ZEC/USD has been cooling over the past two sessions, after its recent 17% price run. It isn’t too much of a surprise to see the current easing, given the fast surge higher. Near-term support can be found around $115 area, then further south within a demand zone tracking from $110-105. Looking to the upside, sellers are camped heading into the $130 territory. A higher near-term target would be eyed at $145, price last traded here on 28th September.

This year Zcash is still down some 80% from the highs in January, up over the $800 price level. It has failed to sustain any upside momentum, rallies continue to be sold by the bears. This is something that has been seen across the other cryptocurrecies, not just Zcash. The market continues to search for a bottom.

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A Tale of Two Pumps: PIVX and INS Ecosystem in Coordinated 25% Spikes on Bithumb Listing

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PIVX (PIVX) was added to Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb on Thursday afternoon and immediately felt a 28% boost to its market value. The pump appears to have been a coordinated effort, with $1 million worth of trades entering the PIVX market in ten minutes on the Upbit exchange.

The other coin added to Bithumb on the same day – INS Ecosystem (INS) – also experienced a similar pump at the exact same time, but on Binance’s INS/BTC market.

Upbit PIVX Pump

At 01:00 UTC on Thursday morning, PIVX/KRW suddenly soared on Upbit, with $1 million entering the exchange in a matter of minutes.

Buy orders then picked up in the Binance PIVX/BTC market soon afterwards, and by ninety minutes later PIVX had climbed 28% in value – from a coin price of $1.26 to $1.62.

The peak didn’t last long, and by Thursday night PIVX can be found back down at the $1.34 mark. Essentially the 28% growth was followed by a 17% loss. Or to put it another way, 75% of the morning’s spike was gone less than twelve hours later.

Daily volumes for PIVX climbed from $1.4 million to $16 million over the course of the day. The Bithumb trades had already started to roll in by Thursday evening, with $1.2 million coming from the exchange’s newly formed PIVX/KRW pair. Upbit continued to be a source of PIVX buys long after the initial pump, hosting 60% of the coin’s total trades.

INS Pump on Binance

Meanwhile, at the exact same time over on Binance, INS Ecosystem (INS) found itself being bought up in huge numbers by one or more BTC holders.

Within ten minutes INS was pumped to the tune of 26%, as $600,000 was added to the coin’s initial $900,000 trade volume. Over the rest of the day, volumes rose over 500%, peaking at over $6 million at time of writing.

INS Ecosystem was mentioned alongside PIVX in the recent Bithum announcement, and already boasts listings on Binance, Kucoin and OKEx. Over 66% of trades came from Binance on Thursday, while the new INS/KRW pair on Bithumb immediately made itself felt, hosting $2.5 million worth of trades.

After suddenly spiking from a coin price of $0.469610 up to $0.592142, INS immediately trailed off, and found itself back down at the $0.50 range by Thursday night.

Who, What, Why?

Both coins were pumped seemingly just moments before this announcement by Bithumb was posted. The Korean publication time for the article equates to 01:00 UTC exactly, while both of these coins were pumped at exactly 00:59 UTC.

One could only speculate on the source of the pumps, but ultimately, two coins have been thrown around like rag dolls today, and it’s anyone’s guess how long the selloff will continue.

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Gemini Dollar Approaches Parity with USD After Rocketing Higher Earlier in Week

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The newly launched Gemini Dollar (GUSD) has come back down to earth after its premium over the greenback approached 20% earlier in the week, offering yet another sign that stablecoins are anything but.

GUSD Update

After reaching a high of $1.19 on Tuesday, Gemini’s GUSD token has consolidated at $1.01, according to CoinMarketCap. At current levels, GUSD more or less serves its function as a dollar-pegged stablecoin.

GUSD has a total supply of 1.22 million units but the amount in circulation is unknown. Daily trade volumes amounted to $7 million on Thursday, according to the latest available data.

The sudden upsurge in GUSD followed a large-scale selloff of USDT, another dollar-backed stablecoin. USDT not only lost its peg to the dollar on Monday, it crashed to a low of around $0.89. That was the lowest in 18 months.

Gemini Dollar Overview

As the name implies, GUSD is the native stablecoin of Gemini, a regulated cryptocurrency exchange founded by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. The coin was launched in September after the brothers obtained regulatory approval from the New York Department of Financial Services to issue a dollar-pegged cryptocurrency.

As a stablecoin, GUSD is supposed to be pegged to the U.S. dollar on a one-for-one basis, giving traders access to instant liquidity on the Gemini platform without funding delays. This means every unit of GUSD issued must have a commensurate supply of fiat dollars in a Gemini bank account. This gives Gemini the discretion to release more GUSD tokens as its fiat-currency reserve grows.

Gemini claims to offer the world’s first regulated stablecoin backed by proven reserves at State Street Bank and Trust Company. The company’s focus on regulatory transparency contrasts markedly with other stablecoin projects, which have come under fire for their failure to produce a verifiable audit of their accounts.

Tether’s USDT is the most popular stablecoin in circulation, accounting for more than a fifth of all trade volumes of virtual currency exchanges, according to CoinMarketCap. Tether has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) amid allegations it was pumping bitcoin’s price by issuing more tokens than it has in reserves. The company also shares key executives with Bitfinex, the primary exchange accused of facilitating the pump.

Although Tether has avoided legal troubles, it has faced growing suspicion from market players. This came to a head on Monday after USDT lost its peg to the dollar.

It remains to be seen whether GUSD will become a viable alternative to USDT. Its regulatory backing paints a positive picture for the future of stablecoins, but its direct ties to Gemini could limit adoption given the exchange’s relatively small scale. As of Thursday, Gemini was the 43rd largest exchange based on adjusted trade volume.

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