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Cryptocurrency Market Looks to Japan for Guidance as Bitcoin, Ethereum Trade Sideways

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Cryptocurrency prices have struggled to generate momentum this week, a sign that sweeping regulatory changes in Asia are once again dampening investor appetite. Despite rebounding from last month’s flash crash, cryptocurrency assets are back to trading sideways.

Asian Market Landscape

It’s no secret that the East Asia region has emerged as the epicenter of cryptocurrency trading. China played a major role in the years-long bull market for bitcoin, and the emergence of South Korea offered reassurance that the high-tech Asia region was embracing the alternative asset class. However, both countries have since put the clampdown on digital currency trading, with China taking more extreme measures.

South Korea recently implemented a ban on initial coin offerings (ICOs), with regulators vowing to monitor the market more closely. Previously, South Korea was thought to be among the most laissez-faire with respect to digital currency. Instead, the ultra-bureaucratic Japan is taking the more level-headed approach.

Japan Takes Center Stage

Japan has emerged as the beacon of light in the Far East. Bitcoin is a fully regulated payment system in the world’s third-largest economy. Since the Payment Services Act legalized digital currency in the country, regulators there have approved nearly a dozen exchanges.

These companies will officially become the first digital currency brokers to operate legally in Japan. The full list of recently approved exchanges is below:

  1. Money Partners
  2. Quoine
  3. Bitflyer
  4. Bit Bank Ltd
  5. SBI Virtual Currencies
  6. GMO Coin Co
  7. Bittrade
  8. BTCbox
  9. BitPoint Japan
  10. FISCO
  11. Zaif

Japan has plenty to offer cryptocurrency traders. If it can win the fight against deflation, the country can mobilize plenty of economic power behind cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrency Market: The Pause Before the Storm

At the time of writing, the value of all cryptocurrencies in circulation is $143.8 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. The market set a new record in early September, reaching $179 billion. That was followed by a precipitous decline that culminated Sept. 15, when the total market cap briefly fell below $100 billion.

Recent price trends in bitcoin and Ethereum suggest that a slow ascent is taking place. In the case of bitcoin, growing institutional support from the likes of Goldman Sachs and BlackRock is helping investors see through the mundane of the current trading environment. The world’s No. 1 digital currency is currently trading near $4,188, according to Bitstamp.

Ethereum continues to struggle below $300, a key psychological milestone. The ETH/USD is currently rangebound around $293.

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    October 5, 2017 at 7:10 am

    BTC and ETH and all coins/tokens trade where the whale/s want them to trade. The whale/s completely control the crypto space and crash or lift the market or any coins/tokens to record highs at will. I have observed it time and time again.

    THE TRUTH ABOUT CRYPTOCURRENCY

    https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1931694.0

    Since reading the above article back in MAY I have spent around 500 hrs observing some of the exchanges and I agree totally with the content of this thread through observation and personal experience.

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EOS Plunges 18% En Route to Two Month Low

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A sudden downturn in the early hours of this morning has wiped out much of the slow gains made in the last few days. The entire market has sunk to levels far below that of the dip on June 9th, and EOS is now priced at a level not seen since early April.

From a high of $10.49 earlier in the morning, EOS plunged to $8.59 just a few hours ago. A slight rebound has seen it rise back up to $8.67, but that still marks 17% losses over 24 hours.

EOS has been hit the hardest out of all the coins in the market cap Top-20 today. This mirrors the short period of growth around a week ago as the market recovered from the June 9th dip. EOS recorded close to 20% gains that week, and now that same balance has been rescinded.

This sends EOS back to its early April price – right before the EOS token sparked a major bull run and went from $8.49 to $22.52 within the space of three weeks.

EOS is not alone in its reversion to pre-April levels. Ethereum has shown the same movements, while Bitcoin has sunk to a price not seen since October of 2017.

The majority of trades over the last day have come from Huobi and OKEx, with EOS/USDT trades making up the vast majority of the movement. Meanwhile, on the Zebpay exchange, where $0.25 million worth of trades have taken place, the price of one EOS token currently stands at $8.43.

Mainnet, Block Producers,Token Swap

EOS has had a busy month, with a mainnet launch; a stalled block producer vote; and a whole host of airdrops launched from its platform in between.

Industry pundits will no doubt succumb to the temptation to speculate, but when so many red candles appear across the board within the space of a few hours, the only thing left to do is throw your hands in the air and admit defeat.

News, whether fake or real will probably surface in the next few hours which explains away the reason for the sudden market-wide crash; but how much of it is to be trusted, and how much of it is the manipulative propaganda of whoever is moving the market, for whatever means?

Bithtumb $30 Million Hack

The Bitthumb hack of a few days ago is taking prominence in the headlines at the moment, but there was a significant delay between the $30 million being stolen from the exchange, and the downward reaction of the market that we saw this morning.

News of exchange hacks, irregularities, or merely ominous announcements have consistently had a negative effect on the market in the past. However, there is a growing community online who view such news as useful camouflage for the people who are really pushing the prices. However intriguing that may be, it only leads to further speculation at this point.

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Selloff Resumes: Cryptocurrency Market Heads for Weekly Loss After Friday Tumult

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Cryptocurrency prices fell hard on Friday, with EOS hitting its lowest level in 60 days as bear-market pressures re-emerged following days of stable trading ranges.

Coins See Red

Cryptocurrency prices were down across the board, with major altcoins like EOS and Ethereum falling double digits percentage-wise. EOS reached a session low of $9.30, its worst reading in two months, following a botched mainnet launch that has yet to be resolved.

Ethereum prices are down more than 10% at $477. Ether bottomed around $468 earlier.

Bitcoin is currently testing four-month lows after being rejected several times at $6,800, a key inflection point for the digital currency. As Hacked reported Thursday, bitcoin’s rejection at that level was a strong sign that the recovery was losing steam. BTC/USD reached a low of around 6,092.38 on Friday, according to CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin was last down more than 7% at 6,210.

Nearly every coin ranked in the top-100 by market cap was down compared with 24 hours ago, with the only exception being Game.com, a lesser-known altcoin.

The cryptocurrency market cap plunged by more than $30 billion to $257 billion. It had spent most of the week above $285 billion. Total trade volumes have averaged $14.1 billion over the last 24 hours.

Bearish Cycle Continues

While there was no immediate catalyst for the Friday selloff, the pullback is likely a continuation of the bearish cycle that re-emerged last month. The market has formed a new bottom in the wake of last week’s $60 billion selloff, a sign that bearish pressure is likely to remain.

Contrary to some reports, the recent cyber attack on Bithumb is not the cause of the recent price shakeup. Although the market dipped initially following reports of the breach, it recovered just as quickly and continued higher.

That said, the attack did catch the attention of financial watchdogs across the Asia Pacific region. On Friday, Japan’s financial regulator
ordered several digital currency exchanges to improve their anti-money laundering practices.

The order from Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) led bitFlyer, the country’s largest crypto exchange, to suspend the creation of new accounts as it beefed up its standards.

South Korea’s financial regulators have also stated they will expedite the creation of new cryptocurrency laws following the recent attack. According to various reports, new legislation could be on its way in a matter of months.

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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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Plunges Below $6500 as Heavy Selling Resumes

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The cryptocurrency segment is having another very negative day after a calmer period, as selling pressure intensified yet again. All of the major coins turned sharply lower, with the laggards of the recent period, Litecoin, Monero, and Dash confirming their downtrend and the relatively stronger coins also taking a beating.

The total capitalization of the segment dropped below $270 billion, and from a long-term technical standpoint, several currencies are in precarious positions. With no clear news catalyst behind the move, technicals are playing a very important role, and last week’s lows will likely be in focus in the coming days.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is still relatively weak both on the short- and long-term time-frames, and it dropped back to the $6275-$6500 zone that has been acting as primary support during the recent leg lower. Given the importance of the long-term zone between $5850 and $6000, a break below $6275 could set up a crucial test in the coming days. For now, traders still shouldn’t enter new positions, while investors should hold on to their coins as the bullish secular trend is still intact.

No Hiding From the Selloff as Altcoins Broadly Lower

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With the weakest coins leading the way lower again, new swing lows are likely in the majority of the coins, although there is still hope for bulls that a major long-term breakdown can be avoided. Ethereum fell below $500 after touching the declining short-term trendline, and it remains in a bearish trend, even as it’s still in a much better technical position compared to BTC, holding up well above the April lows, and being further away from last week’s swing low as well.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

 That said, we remain negative regarding the short-term outlook for the second largest coin, and traders shouldn’t enter new positions here.  Above the $500 level, strong resistance is ahead between $555 and $575, while primary support is found at $450, with further zones near $400 and $480.

BNB/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

There are no real hiding places for crypto investors from the current selloff even as Binance Coin is still holding up relatively well, within a clear uptrend and above crucial technical support.  That said, as we warned before, given the broad downtrend in the segment, traders should be cautious with new short-term positions.

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