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Cryptocurrency Market Shows Poise Following Bitcoin’s Lead

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The cryptocurrency market has demonstrated considerable calm in recent days, with the total capitalization of all coins holding steady above $400 billion. Although most major coins are well off recent swing lows, upside momentum has been capped by technical barriers limiting the bullish breakout. Nowhere is this more apparent than in bitcoin, which continues to serve as the primary bellwether for the digital currency market.

Crypto Markets Searches for Direction

The combined value of all cryptocurrencies fell nearly 3% on Tuesday to $419.2 billion, according to data provider CoinMarketCap. At the time of writing, more than 1,500 cryptocurrencies were collectively valued at $419.2 billion. About 460 tokens had a market value of $10 million or greater. of the 1,528 tokens tracked by CoinMarketCap, 363 were valued at zero.

Trading was relatively calm by crypto market standards, with total daily volume declining to around $17 billion. During the height of the bull market, 24-hour volumes were well north of $30 billion.

Bitcoin Prices Face Resistance

Bitcoin’s price recovery extended beyond $8,500 on Tuesday, but failed to make additional headway. The world’s most active cryptocurrency briefly traded above $9,000 in the previous session before correcting lower. At the time of writing, BTC was valued at $8,630 for a market cap of $146 billion.

Although bitcoin has all the signs of a stalled rally, the coin has rebounded more than 40% from last week’s low. Relative strength on the intraday chart has broken above 50, a level that is generally associated with the return of bullish momentum, while the MACD has returned above zero. Although neither of these indicators imply a bullish breakout, they suggest that momentum is returning to the market.

Bitcoin’s violent correction through Feb. 5 triggered multiple stop-loss orders as technical traders exited the market en masse. Once the dust settled, it was apparent that the correction was triggered largely by a phenomenon investors call FUD, which stands for “fear, uncertainty and doubt.”

The latest installment of FUD was caused by speculation that governments could be orchestrating a major crackdown on cryptocurrency trading. No such policies have been implemented recently. In fact, U.S. regulators sounded cautiously optimistic in their assessment of the market’s future when they testified before the Senate last week. And as we reported earlier, South Korea has implemented a limited trading ban on anonymous trading accounts.

Altcoins Fluctuate

The altcoin universe trended lower sideways on Tuesday, with the total value of coins not named bitcoin falling 2.6% to $273 billion. There were a few notable exceptions, including Ethereum Classic and bitcoin gold, which rose 23% and 7%, respectively.

Ethereum Classic began trajectory over the weekend and has now gained 54% over a two-day winning streak. The coin has just overtaken the Jan. 28 high and is now looking to test the intraday peak from Jan. 20.

At the time of writing, each cryptocurrency in the top five was trading lower, with Ethereum, Ripple XRP, bitcoin cash and Cardano declined by at least 2% apiece.

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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XRP Price Analysis: Reports Indicate National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) is Set to Go Live With xCurrent

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  • Sources suggest National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) are moving closer to going live within Ripple’s xCurrent solution.
  • Despite current XRP/USD selling pressure, a bullish technical set up is still seen as a potential.

National Bank of Kuwait Ready to Use xCurrent

One of the largest banks in the Middle East, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), is readying to move forward with xCurrent. It is reported this could be in place within the next few weeks. xCurrent is Ripple’s enterprise software solution that facilitates banks to instantly settle cross-border payments, providing end-to-end tracking.

The latest suggested is that the NBK are currently awaiting to receive the green light from the Central Bank of Kuwait. Sources close to the matter, are said to note that NBK are currently preparing for its first transaction with the xCurrent solution. In terms of time frame, the suggestions are for the back end of October, or by early November. These sources are being cited by the newswire, Crypto Briefing.

Earlier this year, in May, the National Bank of Kuwait mentioned Ripple via their official Twitter account. They tweeted, “NBK leads the way in Kuwait in a partnership with RippleNet to offer instant cross-border payments to customers Ripple.” Nothing further on this, from either the NBK or Ripple was noted.

It is important to note that the xCurrent solution does not use XRP tokens, unlike xRapid, which enables banks to send payments using XRP. It can then be transacted back into the appropriate fiat currency by the receiver. On the basis of the above noted, it is likely to have a direct influence on the value of XRP.

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart

XRP/USD 4-hour chart

Despite the consistent downside pressure observed with XRP/USD, a potential bullish technical set up can still be eyed. As seen on the 4-hour time frame, price action has been moving within a bullish flag pattern. The lower support has recently been penetrated by the market bears.

Near-term support eyed immediately at $0.4660-40 area, the below trend line. Further south, a demand zone is seen running from $0.4535 down to $0.4350. This was an area that caught the price during some hard selling at the back end of September. Bulls managed to kick started a recovery at this low area on 25th September. Should this technical set up fail to play out, eyes will then be on $0.4000 for support. Last traded down here on 15th October. Lastly, looking at resistance, this is seen just ahead at $0.4650, upper trend line of the flag. Ahead, there is heavy supply heading into and within the $0.5000 territory.

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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Investors Reward Nexo for Adding XRP-Backed Loans

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Crypto-backed lending startup Nexo is being rewarded by investors for adding loans collateralized by the third biggest cryptocurrency XRP. The company made the announcement in a blog post, saying support for XRP was in response to demand stemming from the blockchain community.

NEXO advanced by double-digits in today’s mixed crypto market before trimming those gains somewhat. Investors may have sensed an announcement was on the horizon, as Nexo, which boasts a market cap of $76.5 million, has been on a tear in October and has seen its value increase by more than one-third for the week and 160% over the last 30 days. Most of today’s trading is unfolding on Hotbit in the ETH and BTC markets. Despite the recent gains, the NEXO price, which is currently hovering at $0.13, has not gone unscathed in this year’s market downturn and traded as high as $0.40 in May 2018.

Source: CoinMarketCap

Competitive Landscape

According to Nexo in the blog post –

“Nexo continues to push the boundaries within the crypto-lending space by becoming the first lender ever to start accepting XRP as collateral for crypto loans.”

XRP, which is majority- owned by Ripple, is a popular choice and it joins a list of nearly two-dozen cryptocurrencies supported by Nexo including bitcoin, Ethereum, Zcash and many more. The XRP price, meanwhile, is currently down 2% to $0.45 with a market cap of $18 billion, more than $2 billion below No. 2 cryptocurrency Ethereum. Last month, the XRP price added 70% to its value, but October hasn’t been as kind.

In addition to XRP, Nexo also revealed a partnership with Goldman Sachs-backed Circle’s new platform CENTRE, announcing plans to offer loans backed by the new USD-backed cryptocurrency USD//Coin (USDC). Earlier this month, when Tether fell out of favor with investors, Nexo said it was exploring the addition of more stablecoins, adding that it has “never held significant amounts of Tether (USDT) on its balance sheet.”

Investors have proven to reward lenders for the expansion of the platform into new coins. Last week, rival crypto-backed lender SALT Lending (SALT) announced its support for loans collateralized by one of this year’s best performers, Dogecoin (DOGE). Since then, SALT coin has risen more than 30%. Crypto-backed lender BlockFi, meanwhile, issues loans backed by Gemini Trust’s recently launched stablecoin Gemini Dollar (GUSD).

Blockchain startups aren’t afraid to tease upcoming announcements, giving traders the opportunity to be in a position to potentially benefit from the news. Binance CEO CZ tweeted today on the heels of the exchange’s expansion into Uganda that he’s “got one more piece of good news coming soon,” which he pointed out generated more “likes” than the Uganda tweet.

As year-end approaches, the total value of the cryptocurrency market is currently below $210 billion.

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Monero Price Stabilizes as Transaction Fees Plummet

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Monero’s XMR currency has flat-lined over the past week, ebbing in the direction of the general market following the successful implementation of Bulletproofs. The upgrade, which was initiated four days ago, has given XMR a unique advantage in terms of transaction costs.

XMR/USD Update

From a price perspective, XMR has exhibited very little fluctuation over the past 24 hours. The digital currency is currently trading hands at $105.48, were it was down only slightly compared with the previous session. Likewise, the XMR price is little changed over the past seven days. Over that period, XMR’s peak-to-trough was $108.33-$102.22, according to CoinMarketCap.

At present values, Monero has a total value of $1.7 billion, placing it in the no. 10 spot on the active market-cap rankings. Its market value is three times higher than Zcash, another leading privacy coin.

XMR trade volumes averaged a little more than $14 million on Monday, with won-denominated transactions on Bithumb accounting for the vast majority of the daily turnover. The South Korean exchange processed nearly 92% of XMR’s exchange-traded volume, according to CoinMarketCap.

Monero Transaction Costs Plummet

Monero’s latest hard fork on Oct. 18 has given the blockchain a significant advantage from the perspective of cost, according to CoinMetrics, which recently commented on the massive drop in XMR transaction fees. Users of the privacy coin are now paying just 2 cents per transaction, a decline of 97% since the implementation of Bulletproofs. The sharp drop in transaction fees is accomplished by shrinking the overall size of cryptographic proofs and the amount of disk storage space required to execute a transaction.

The hard fork, officially known as Monero 0.13 Beryllium Bullet, adds a new layer of protection for XMR transactions. This includes trustless, non-interactive, zero-knowledge specifications that will completely mask transactions from the public blockchain. The hard fork was implemented on block 1685555, with the new Bulletproofs software executed on block 1686275.

The new specifications not only boost Monero’s credibility as the premiere privacy coin on the market, they work against the growing risk of network centralization. That’s because the new protocol offers greater resistance to corporate ASIC miners, which the community views as a major obstacle to decentralization. Miners have already reported a sharp drop in mining difficulty as a result of the fork, ensuring smaller players have the opportunity to contribute to the network.

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