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ETFs: What Is The SEC  Really Thinking?

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As a veteran Wall Street type, I was not surprised at Thursday’s SEC announcement on the VanEck-SolidX Bitcoin ETF.  Once again they gave a “no decision”. This pushes the deadline back to December 29, 2018. Don’t be surprised if New Year’s Eve comes and goes and nothing happens before the SEC is forced into a action by the end of February.

Back in August, when the first delay was announced, crypto investors’ reaction was swift and painful.  On Thursday, after a temporary hiccup, prices took a surprisingly positive turn. If we are to believe for just a moment that crypto prices act rationally (or just occasionally) then comes two obvious questions, are crypto ETFs good or bad? Secondly why can’t the SEC come up with an answer?

Never Say Yes

Let’s start with the easy question first: what’s up with the SEC?  Having dealt with this teflon organization for over 30 years, their actions with regard to VanEck-SolidX are the same pattern they have followed forever.  Practically never do they approve anything. Instead they provide two choices: reject or delay. By delaying the VanEck-SolidX application they are accepting the ETF concept in principle but laying out objections that must be corrected.

The result of this regulatory song and dance, don’t expect a decision until the last minute. The reason is that the main issues are not likely to be resolved in time. In fact, I doubt that the ETF proposal gets approval for perhaps as much as another year.  Here is why.

SEC Speak: Obfuscation

According to Jake Chervinsky, attorney for VanEck, the SEC asks “18 multiple part questions covering seven pages.” He adds: “It’s not encouraging to see the SEC ask if the bitcoin futures markets are “of significant size” despite having already concluded last month that they’re not.”

This is a tactic in obfuscation that the SEC loves when an applicant has not provided an adequate response.  In this case there is no objective answer to how liquid a market must be to meet the measure of significance.  Moreover, there is little or nothing that can be done in the short run to create greater liquidity.

The SEC is a political body as much as any agency of the Federal Government.  In raising the issue of liquidity, they can stand behind their role of protecting the public without at the same time hindering public access to a class of assets, even at current depressed levels, is worth $200 billion, more or less.

The SEC Is Right With Their Delays

Does the crypto world really benefit, as this stage of its evolution, by fostering a group of ETFs?  The argument in favor says that this is the way to simply and safely offer the individual investor a way to participate in a diversified portfolio of crypto.  That sounds noble – or is it just something that makes lots of money for those who create them?

But so far, at least from the viewpoint of the SEC, ETF applicants have not created a more secure domain.  More importantly, even if this were not the case, what does the investor gain from investing in a diversified list of crypto when Bitcoin overshadows about every other altcoin?

With nothing against those that believe in the benefits of ETFs, the benefits in current terms is far better for the ETF sponsor that it is for the investor.

Looking just at the math, an individual investor could be just as well off buying Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Ethereum and EOS. Admittedly, it is somewhat more complicated finding a place to buy and store Ripple, but with this small portfolio, you cover 75% of the entire crypto asset class. If security is an issue simply go to  blockgeeks.com/cryptocurrency-safe/ and select from a list of hardware wallets.

So whether the SEC gives their approval of VanEck-SolidX in December or February might make a difference if this were 2020 or sometime thereafter.  As for now, it really isn’t critical to the mass acceptance of crypto.

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  1. alkfdsw

    September 21, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Great explanation from someone with experience in the field

  2. alkfdsw

    September 21, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Great explanation from someone with experience in the field. .

  3. James Waggoner

    September 21, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks, always nice to hear.

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Crypto Update: Weekend Bounce Fails to Turn Bearish Tide

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The major cryptocurrencies continue to be stuck in declining trends, despite the bounce that followed the latest technical breakdown in the segment. The top coins failed to recover above the prior bear market lows sustainably, and today, the market turned lower again, with the weakest currencies already threatening with new lows.

The long-term picture remains overwhelmingly bearish, and out trend model is negative across the board, with only Bitcoin showing relative stability, still holding up near its prior low. There is no sign of bullish momentum among the majors and traders and investors should remain defensive here, until at least a short-term trend change, as despite the negative sentiment and the deeply oversold broader picture, odds still favor new bear market lows in the coming period.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin bounced back after last week’s breakdown and tested the $3600 level before turning lower again. Since the coin failed at the key level, the short-term sell signal in our trend model remains in place, together with the clear long-term sell signal.

A move towards the long-term support zone near $3000 remains likely, and traders still shouldn’t enter new positions here. The coin is well below the key $4000-$4050 zone, and the short-term downtrend is still intact, despite the recent rally attempts.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is also stuck below the prior bear market low and the key 95-$100 support zone, similarly to Bitcoin, and although the coin is not showing clear relative weakness anymore, it is still bearish on both time-frames in our trend model, with the steep downtrend being intact.

New lows are still likely in the coming weeks, and traders and investors should stay away from the coin Strong resistance above the primary zone is ahead near $120, $130, and $150, while long-term support is found in the $73-$75 zone.

Bearish Leaders Remain Weak

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple continues to be relatively weak from a short-term perspective and the coin is hovering near the $0.30 following the failed rally attempts, which were capped by the $0.32 resistance level. The coin is on sell signals on both time-frames due to the recent weakness and technical breakdown, and a test of the bear market low near $0.26 now seems likely. Primary support is now found at $0.28, with further resistance levels ahead at $0.3550 and $0.3750.

Litecoin/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin is also showing relative weakness, despite its brief period of strength in November and the coin is trading just above the next major support zone which is found near the $23 price level. The steep long-term downtrend is clearly intact and our trend model bearish both time-frames, and new lows are likely in the coming days, with strong resistance ahead near $26 and between $30 and $30.50.

Monero/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On another negative note, the bearish leaders are still not showing signs of stability, barely bouncing off their lows during the broad rally attempt. Monero is still among the weakest majors, and the coin looks ready for another leg lower, with last week’s breakdown clearly being intact.

We expect the downtrend to continue in XMR and the other relatively weak coin, and traders shouldn’t enter even new positions here, despite the oversold long-term momentum readings in the segment.

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Crypto Update: 5 Altcoins to Watch This Week

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Bitcoin had another rough week. As a result, altcoins that were included on last week’s list either dumped or stayed close to support. Nevertheless, having a clearly defined range enables you to quickly react when an altcoin either goes below the support or breaches the resistance. You can form expectations as to where the market might go next.

We’ll do more of the same this week. Here are five altcoins to watch this week.

Waves (WAVES/BTC)

Waves pumped hard last week. It climbed as high as 0.0005965 on December 4 from a low of 0.0002336 on November 21. If you failed to ride the early stages of a huge rally, the next best thing is to wait for the pullback.

Daily chart WAVES/BTC

Waves appears to have retested resistance of 0.0004715. It is also in overbought territory so we can expect a deeper retrace this week.

A good pick up area would be between 0.000352 and 0.0003835. These are solid weekly support areas. On top of that, the 200-day moving average is moving around those levels.

If Waves moves below 0.000352, it is likely that there will be a full retrace back to 0.0002336.

EOS (EOS/BTC)

EOS breached range support of 0.000697 on December 1. Considering that the market had been relying on this support since August 14, the breakdown sparked panic selling. Participants who bought within the range raced to dump their positions. As a result, the market nosedived to 0.0004721 on December 7.

Daily chart EOS/BTC

With this breakdown, EOS is now trading within a new range. The range low is weekly support of 0.0005021, midpoint is 0.0006015, and the range resistance is 0.000697. You know the drill: to trade this range, a trader needs to buy the support and sell the resistance.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH/BTC)

Bitcoin Cash (BCH/BTC) has been feeling the effects of gravitational pull after a glorious first week of November. The meteoric rise to 0.098035 on November 7 is now being met by a massive dump. So far, the market is en route for a full retrace. That’s perfect for those who want to play the range.

Daily chart BCH/BTC

0.06815 is a good pick up point if you’re looking to bottom pick the market. However, don’t immediately buy the drop because there’s a chance that market makers will push prices further down to liquidate range low buyers. Instead, wait for Bitcoin Cash to retest the support on the 1-hour chart. This should increase the likelihood of a strong bounce.

Republic Protocol (REN/BTC)

Republic Protocol (REN/BTC) has the makings of the next Ravencoin (RVN/BTC) in terms of price action. The market skyrocketed to a high of 0.00000838 on December 9 from a low of 0.00000551 on December 8. That was an increase of over 52% within 24 hours.

As expected, the pump was followed by a pullback. This is where it gets interesting for us.

1-hour chart REN/BTC

For REN to continue its bullish sentiment, it must recover support of 0.0000704. That should give the market the momentum to test 0.00000816 resistance. On the other hand, a breach below immediate support of 0.00000672 is bearish. It can lead to a full retrace to 0.00000551. If that happens, you can always bottom pick the market.

YOYOW (YOYO/BTC)

YOYOW is the last coin in our altcoins list. From a low of 0.00000290 on September 12, YOYOW (YOYO/BTC) had a beautiful run that saw the market climb as high as 0.00000755 on November 2, 2018. That’s an increase of 160% in less than three weeks. If you see a move like this in a bear market, expect a dump to ensue. That’s exactly what happened.

Daily chart YOYO/BTC

With this dump, the market’s current range is between 0.00000290 and 0.00000550 with a midpoint at 0.00000420. YOYO made it on this week’s list because it just retested the midpoint. The price action makes it very likely for the market to revisit the range support. If the support holds, YOYO/BTC would form a triple bottom structure.

Bottom Line

With Bitcoin printing new lows last week, this week’s list involved altcoins that are ripe for bottom picking. If you’re planning to trade one or more of these coins, you can follow the range that we’ve put together for you. As always, consider buying the support and selling the resistance.

 

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Litecoin Price Analysis: If Current Demand Zone Fails to Hold Then Next Stop is $3

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  • LTC/USD is at serious danger of another hard fall should the range-block seen be breached.
  • Back in December 2013, the price was at current levels and fell down to $1 over a two-year period.

Litecoin has been heavily weighted to the downside of late. The selling pressure intensified through the month of November. This month, December, has seen the pace of that bearish trend intensify. As a result, LTC/USD is trading at its lowest levels seen since May 2017. These moves of course are very much in-line with the rest of the market that has been in decline since the back-end of 2017 – start of 2018. Litecoin is down well over 90% from the start of this decline.

Deadly Range-Block

LTC/USD 4-hour chart

LTC/USD was allowed some time to breath after the chunky pressure south, through November. The price stabilized from 25th November, to then move into range-trading. This was the case right up until 6th December. Confined within a range-block, which technically trend to occur after such excessive movement, to then be resumed in that original aggressive trend of direction. The most recent, moving between a low of $29 to a high of $36, ahead of the firm breach lower on 6th December. This resulted in the price moving down to another fresh low of $22.55, on 7th December.

Once again, a similar observation can be seen via the 4-hour chart view. Since the 7th December, some stabilization has materialized. Currently it is shaping up another range-block, which is subject to a further extensive move to the downside. The low within this new formation, can be seen around the $23 mark; to the upside, this is capped at $28. A breakout south from this block could catastrophic and much more damaging than the prior. There isn’t much in the way of support for quite some way lower, should the price not be able to defy the odds and break higher from the block.

Downside Targets

LTC/USD weekly chart

Should the bears maintain the current course of downside, then the lower support of the current range will be broken. As an extreme target south, eyes could be on a complete reversal of the 2017 bull run. This could see another 500% drop, this of course being a worse case scenario for LTC/USD. Given how fast the bulls ran up to the north, it can come back down just as hard. Back in December 2013, the price was around current levels within the $20 territory. The bears pushed for a hard fall of over 200%, down to $1 territory, over a two year period.

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