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Ethereum Futures: Small Announcement, Big News

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Last week we talked about the claim made by the San Francisco Fed study, which concluded that the advent of futures trading in bitcoin was responsible for the crypto crash that began last December.

If you truly believe the SFO Fed had it thinking cap on right you will want to sell all of your ether.  On the other hand, we think it is more likely that the authors of the report were merely taking advantage of California’s new cannabis laws.  So before taking any action, let’s look at what is happening. I think the timing could not have come at a better time for Ethereum investors.

Small Announcement, Big Implications

It all began last Friday when UK based Crypto Facilities, a tiny startup, launched ether futures contracts.  This is the first time ether futures have been offered on a regulated platform. The most obvious implication is that now anyone wishing to do so can protect the volatility of their investment by going long or short the ether contract.

This move by Crypto Facilities tweaked the interest of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group).  About the same time last Friday, the CME announced the launch of a so called Ether reference rate and real time ether-dollar index.  This involves providing a daily price index in US dollars everyday as well as the real time order book activity from Kraken and Bitstamp. The rates are already available online on both the CME Group and Crypto Facilities websites, and will be provided to the CME Group Market Data Platform starting June 4.

Adding Appeal To Ether

Caveat emptor, the announcements by both parties is just the first step in adding legitimacy to Ethereum.  The number of ether futures contracts that Crypto Facilities is likely to handle will probably turn out to be pretty small.  Additionally, CME is merely posting prices and treading depth, not writing actual futures contracts.

But the moves will inevitably bring both the CME and the CBOE into the Ethereum futures picture.  It is just a matter of time and the amount of time is likely to be very short before the move takes place.

What Does It Mean

Liquidity is a problem with cryptocurrencies no matter if you are an investor or a day trader.  It will continue to be this way until the issues of scalability are solved. This is likely to be a gradual process of incremental improvements over a time period of 5-10 years.

This means that above average volatility will be with us for quite a while.  Futures markets may be volatile also but they offer the opportunity to hedge positions and that can be a real advantage.  Imagine if you bought bitcoin last May around $1,750 then rode it all the way to $19,000. Selling a bitcoin futures contract less than a week later would have saved bundles of bucks, not to mention taxes.

Ethereum Is Already A Legitimate Platform

In their recently released first quarter 2018 report on cryptocurrencies, Coindesk measures $3.6 billion in capital raised through ICOs.  There are fewer coin offerings but the average size has significantly increased. That statement is accurate even with Telegrams $1.6 billion deal taken into account.  What this says is that institutional size capital increasingly is making its way into the marketplace.

When I last checked, the Ethereum platform was the choice of over 80% of ICOs; no other platform was anywhere close. Ethereum clearly has a target on its back and many of those ICOs believe they are a better version of king of smart contracts but the Ethereum platform continues to have the most to offer.

Futures Contracts Appeal To Hedge Funds

Here is a trick question.  How many hedge funds are fully hedged or even hedged at all? Here is an honest answer: I don’t really know.  You would think that in order to qualify to be a hedge fund, you need to hedge something. My best guess is that in the one directional bull market that stocks have experienced for the last decade, most hedge funds aren’t hedged at all.

Well, during this time hedge funds have consistently under-performed the overall stock market benchmarks like the Nasdaq or even the conservative S&P 500.  Cryptocurrency returns offer game changing opportunity and having futures contracts that actually provide a hedge for risk is huge. The number of crypto hedge funds continues to rise and after better than a 60% price increase during the month of April, more will follow.  Having an Ethereum futures contract will change the risk dynamics for the better.

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Crypto Update: Divergence Deepens as Altcoins Fall, Bitcoin Flat

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The unusual discrepancy between BTC and the rest of the cryptocurrency market continued today, with the top 10 coins all losing ground with the exception of Bitcoin itself. Tuesday’s surge, which carried the segment to $300 billion in total market cap quickly fizzled out, at least as far as the major altcoins are concerned, but the largest digital currency is still holding on above the strong $7000 and $7350 support/resistance levels.

Altcoins are on short-term sell signals according to our trend model, but Bitcoin is still on a buy signal as the declining trend was broken by the break-out that remains intact, despite the segment-wide weakness.

Given the mixed, but one-sided setup, and the lack of bullish follow-through, odds still favor a bearish outcome, and traders should remain cautious with new positions here, even in BTC, the positive outlier. A broad trend change would require a meaningful leadership, and until that develops, a test of t eh June lows remains likely, with the possibility of new lows in the coming week as well.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Bitcoin failed to durably stay above the $7500 level, bulls successfully defended the support zone near $7350, despite the overbought short-term momentum readings. The coin is well above the line-in-the-sand $7000 level and the long-term support near $5850 that was in danger just one week ago.

Although the altcoin weakness makes BTC’s rally suspicious, the short-term bullish pattern is intact, as is the buy signal in our trend model. Further support is found at $6750, and $6500, while primary resistance is still ahead at $7650.

Selling Pressure Apparent in Altcoins

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

All intraday rally attempts have been sold so far in most of the major altcoins, and Ethereum is just holding up above primary support at $450 despite the rally in the beginning of the week. The coin is on a short-term sell signal, and a test of the June lows is likely after the failed break-out. Strong resistance is ahead at $500 and between $555 and $575, while support is found at $420, $400, $380, and $360.

XMR/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Monero has been holding up relatively well in the last couple of days after getting stuck below the $150 level during the Tuesday surge, but the coin is still among the structurally weak majors, being on a long-term sell signal. As the other bearish leaders, NEO, LTC, and Dash are also trading below key long-term levels, we expect the coin to fall back below the $125 support and likely test the June lows in the coming weeks.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The third largest coin Ripple is already testing the $0.45 level after drifting lower ever since the Tuesday rally, and as its relative weakness is still clear, a break below that level seems to be imminent. Below that, the crucial long-term support zone near $0.42 could stop the decline of XRP again, but a move under that could trigger a long-term sell signal.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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Forex Update: Boring Means Long-Term Sustainability for EUR/INR

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Billionaire investor George Soros once said, “If investing is entertaining, if you’re having fun, you’re probably not making any money. Good investing is boring.” As an experienced investor, I couldn’t agree more. There’s a lot of waiting and sitting involved but that’s how money is made in investing. The Euro/Indian Rupee (EUR/INR) pair seems to be the perfect embodiment of this quote.

Looking as far back as 1999, it appears that EUR/INR has been in an unstoppable bull run since the second half of 2002. If you invested in the pair a decade and a half ago, you would have more than doubled your money. Chances are you didn’t, but don’t fret because you can always invest today. EUR/INR looks as strong today as it did back then.

In this article, we show how EUR/INR is looking strong on all counts despite being boring.

Healthy Ascending Channel on the Daily Chart  

EUR/INR dropped to as low as 67.9819 on April 10, 2017 and it was nothing but blue skies since. It is trading within an ascending channel as it generates higher highs and higher lows in a sustainable manner. The ascending channel looks healthy, too, as the trading range is not significantly contracting or expanding.


Daily chart of EUR/INR

If you look at the technical indicators, everything is fairly clear. EUR/INR rallies when it flashes oversold readings. On the other hand, it corrects when it is overbought. You won’t find excitement here and that’s good news for long term investors.

Concluded Corrective Wave on the Weekly

EUR/INR started showing signs of weakness in September 2013 when it posted a shooting star weekly candle. The ensuing pullback drove the pair down to the 65 levels in March 2015 (A-wave). The market has not visited that price area since. It managed to generate a bullish higher low setup at 68 (C-wave). This was a clear signal to investors that the correction was over.

Weekly chart of EUR/INR

With a higher low in place, EUR/INR took out resistance of 76. The new support level was tested and retested before the pair mounted a strong rally. On top of that, we can see a hidden bullish divergence on the weekly RSI, hinting that the uptrend is in a good shape.

Even in the weekly chart, the market is not pulling any surprises. There are no false breaks and no shakedowns. You don’t have to look close to see where the market is headed. EUR/INR is boring and that’s why it is strong.

Major Support Line on the Monthly Intact

Conventional wisdom says to buy low and sell high. The problem with this is that you don’t really know when is the market low. The market can go down as there’s always the possibility that a key support can break. That’s just not the case for EUR/INR.

Monthly chart of EUR/INR

Buying low is fairly simple in this case. All investors have to do is to wait for the price to hit the long-term support. Investors can be confident in doing so because the trend line has been intact for over 15 years. More importantly, it bounces every time it hit the support. It’s not really exciting but it works.

Bottom Line

A famous billionaire trader once said that good investing is boring, and I agree. Look at the charts of EUR/INR and you’ll see why boring investing is good.

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Pre-Market: China Tries to Support Markets as Global Stocks Slide

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Yesterday’s risk-off shift continued today in early trading with nervous and choppy trading in Asia and Europe, as global financial markets are still haunted by trade war fears and emerging market weakness. The major US indices rolled over after another period of apparent relative strength, with the Nasdaq being the most robust market once again, while most of the key European benchmarks continue to lag behind.

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Chinese assets are still in focus before the weekend, as the Yuan’s recent steep devaluation sparked fears of a credit meltdown in the country. With the largest credit bubble in human history casting its shadow on China, some analysts think that with Trump’s trade war, the bug finally found its windshield and the bubble already started to burst.

USD/Yuan, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

All eyes are on the USD/Yuan pair as Chinese authorities are reportedly intervening in the market of the currency, and most likely local equities as well, trying to prevent a serious run on the most important assets.

With the Chinese stock market already in a bear market, and the Yuan trading at fresh 12-month lows against the Dollar, it might be a bit late to stop the slide, but the intervention could cause spectacular short squeezes.

Italy also made headlines today during the European session, as Italian government bonds got slammed lower, as the future of the new finance minister is uncertain, with another round of political turmoil possibly ahead for Europe’s most vulnerable country.

Unicredit (UCG), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking at the charts of Italian banks, it’s clear that the spring turmoil had a lasting effect on the financial system, as Unicredit is on the verge of hitting a new low, and the other large players also remain under pressure, in part explaining the general weakness in European equities.

Europe Still Far Behind amid Mixed Economic Numbers

USD/CAD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The economic calendar is almost empty today with regards to the key markets, as the Canadian Retail Sales and CPI reports are the most important releases. The Canadian Dollar rebounded when the USD entered a correction June, but now the currency edging lower again, as the weakness in commodities and the Greenback’s rally are taking their toll. New highs are likely in the USD/CAD pair in the coming weeks, although strong resistance is just ahead at 1.33.

Commodities are little changed today after yesterday’s volatile session, as the bounce in China helped to stabilize the segment. Notably copper is back above the key $2.70 level, while WTI crude oil is trading at $68 per barrel again, and gold is hovering around $1225.

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