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Despite JPMorgan CEO’s Condemnation, Investors Continue to Buy Bitcoin

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Last week, at a banking conference hosted by Barclays, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon condemned bitcoin and offered ill-founded arguments to delegitimze bitcoin. Dimon went as far to state that governments should close or shut down bitcoin as a whole.

Many mainstream news networks including CNBC that covered the event criticized Dimon for his comments on bitcoin and his clear lack of knowledge in bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general. Brian Kelly, a long-time CNBC analyst and prominent portfolio manager, stated on CNBC’s Fast Money:

“I think Jamie Dimon is wrong. One, the genie is out of the bottle here. And also, Dimon talked about how governments are going to shut it down. Bitcoin is designed to go around governments. That is exactly what it was designed for and you are starting to see that. Jamie even said in his comments that if you are in Venezuela, it might be good to use bitcoin to go around the government, which is exactly the point.”

Kelly emphasized that Dimon directly contradicted his point by justifying the purpose of bitcoin in regions like Venezuela that have poor banking standards and unreliable financial service providers. More importantly, Kelly depicted Dimon’s misunderstanding of the decentralized nature of bitcoin. If Venezuelan users can utilize bitcoin to send transactions as a way to go around the government, so can users in the US, Europe and Asia. Because the structure of bitcoin and all of the relevant people that operate bitcoin including miners, node operators and developers are distributed, it is virtually not possible to shut bitcoin down.

At the conference in which Dimon spoke, Chamath Palihapitiya, a prominent venture capitalist and the owner of the Golden State Warriors, also refuted Dimon’s claims. Palihapitiya dismissed Dimon’s criticism of bitcoin and his description of the digital currency as a “fraud,” as he stated:

“Absolutely not [bitcoin is not a fraud]. It cannot be a fraud. What countries can constrain today is how it [bitcoin] is effectively traded but it cannot be controlled. It is a fundamentally distributed system that exists peer to peer. And so to the extent that you can basically eliminate the will and the actions of every single person in the world, you can eliminate it. But in the absence of that, the genie is fundamentally out of the bottle.”

Palihapitiya’s explanation and praise on bitcoin and its structure was very similar to that of the Bank of Finland. In its latest research discussion paper, Bank of Finland, the central bank of Finland, encouraged economists to study the “marvelous” structure of bitcoin. JPMorgan and many other financial institutions have been working to create blockchain-based systems. Yet, after billions of dollars in investment, not a single successful commercial blockchain system has been released. That is because they lack the decentralized nature of bitcoin.

More importantly, as bitcoin expert Andreas Antonopoulos previously explained, bitcoin synergizes with other technologies such as Schnorr signatures, advanced elliptic curve applications and ring signatures. The blockchain merely operates as a database system within bitcoin. Hence, when Dimon stated that governments should close down bitcoin, he likely thought under the premise that bitcoin’s blockchain is operated by a central entity as many permissioned blockchain networks are.

But, an increasing number of traders and casual investors are beginning to appreciate the decentralization of bitcoin. In fact, trusted sources including bitcoin developer Andrew DeSantis and bitcoin investor IamNomad revealed that various bank accounts of JPMorgan Securities Ltd. purchased bitcoin earlier this week. Analyst Tone Vays stated that it was likely the clients of JPMorgan that bought massive amounts of bitcoin through a bitcoin exchange traded note provider in the Swedish stock market.

Despite the strong condemnation on bitcoin by the CEO of JPMorgan and other well respected economists such as Peter Schiff, a rapidly increasing number of people are starting to understand what bitcoin is, what it offers and what it is capable of. It is not a centralized platform which governments can shut down, it is a decentralized financial system that will co-exist with the global banking industry until it becomes the global financial network.

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Cryptocurrency Market Update: Correction Deepens as Coin Values Approach 2018 Lows

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The cryptocurrency market approached its lowest level of the year Saturday in a continuation of yesterday’s flash crash that wiped more than $30 billion off coin values.

Market Update

Cryptocurrencies saw their combined market capitalization plunge to a low of $250.6 billion late Friday, according to CoinMarketCap. With the decline, coin values came within $2 billion of their bear-market low for the year.

At the time of writing, the total market cap was $255.9 billion on trade volumes of nearly $14 billion.

It became apparent early Saturday that bitcoin and Ethereum had found support near their Friday swing lows. Both coins are down less than 1% compared to 24 hours earlier.

Bitcoin touched a new yearly low of $5,938 on Saturday but has since consolidated above $6,100 on major exchanges. The largest cryptocurrency by market cap suffered a major reversal on Friday after failing to breach the all-important $6,800 threshold. The coin quickly broke down below $6,500 and has since tested multiple new lows. In terms of immediate support, BTC/USD is now eyeing $5,850.

Ethereum prices bottomed at $450.34 on Saturday, their lowest since mid-April. Ether values were last seen hovering around $470.

Elsewhere in the top-ten, EOS was down another 5% compared to yesterday and was last seen trading at $8.33. The EOS network is battling through a PR nightmare amid multiple delays and controversies.

Bottoming Process Continues

There doesn’t appear to be an immediate catalyst for the latest selloff. As Hacked reported earlier, attributing the declines to the Bithumb hack is misguided given that the market quickly recovered from the negative headlines. (The initial decline was also limited.) Bithumb has already announced plans to compensate users affected by the $30 million heist. The exchange also disclosed that the theft accounted for no more than 6% of its proven reserves.

Cryptocurrencies remain trapped in a long-term bearish cycle that emerged early this year after markets reached their highest level on record. According to Bill Baruch, President of Blue Line Futures, the six-month correction represents a bottoming process that has yet to conclude.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Baruch said that repeated selloffs over the past four months have “wiped out most, if not all, of the over-enthusiasm” and FOMO speculators from the market. While initially bad from the perspective of prices, this means speculative positions are declining. Hacked first noted the decline in speculative positions more than three months ago following the April Fool’s Day selloff.

Analysts have noted that the recent six-month correction mirrors bitcoin’s 2014 retreat, which highlights the boom-and-bust nature of the digital asset class. Against this backdrop, bitcoin and its altcoin counterparts likely need to demonstrate several months of consolidation and stability before the bull market re-emerges.

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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CNBC Holds Funeral For Bitcoin

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CNBC show “Fast Money” held a supposed funeral for Bitcoin on their show this evening. The tongue-in-cheek ceremony occurred due to the hosts citing the BitThumb hack and today’s corresponding big drop in crypto asset prices across the board.

This is not the first time CNBC, or “Fast Money” in particular has made controversial statements about the original cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

Brian Kelly, for instance, has previously compared cryptocurrency to the “Internet in the 1980s,” emphasizing that Bitcoin is still in its early stages in an April 13 interview on CNBC’s Trading Block.

Also in April, Kelly mentioned a report by analysts at Barclays which referred to cryptocurrency as a “virus” and an infectious disease that would never hit another high again.

In tonight’s episode of “Fast Money”, Kelly noted that the moment right after negative articles are published is exactly when he “wants to buy any asset, whether it’s Bitcoin or not.” Kelly also stated recently that he supports Tim Draper’s assessment that Bitcoin could hit $250,000 by 2022.

So the “funeral” is really a mockery of Bitcoin critics who have a tendency to proclaim the death of Bitcoin every time a negative story hits the press.

The best example of this was obviously when Jamie Dimon of Chase Bank called Bitcoin, “a fraud.” When prices subsequently dropped, Chase was one of the largest buyers of Bitcoin.

During tonight’s “funeral”, Kelly gave four main reasons for why he’s bullish on Bitcoin.

1. Bitcoin is approaching historic lows in terms of both sentiment and prices for the year 2018.
2. He views a recent Japanese government statement ordering exchanges too, “improve business conditions”, while rough in the short term due to a temporary freezing on the creation of new accounts, will actually contribute to a more vibrant market in the long term.

He further clarified that this action by the Japanese government was tantamount to, “cleaning up the system.”

3. Mt. Gox announced that they are going to distribute the rest of the over 1 million in Bitcoin they still have to victims of the 2014 hack. Notably, however, this would not occur until Q1 of 2019 at the earliest. This in Kelly’s view creates a sleeping bull market event waiting to happen.

4. There are not enough Bitcoin futures trades shorting Bitcoin to affect the price negatively in a significant way.

Kelly concluded the segment by making the argument that Bitcoin is due to have a huge price spike. He elaborated on this by noting the similarity in trading charts to a previous spike a couple years ago.

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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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