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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: Worst Seems to be Over for Stellar and Cardano

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With so many cryptocurrency pairs losing as much as 90% of their value from this year’s high, it may seem that altcoins are deep in bear territory. Even if you’ve been following our bullish breakout series, the pullbacks in the last two few weeks would have made it easy for you to doubt our claims. However, we stand by our assertion that the overall crypto sentiment is slowly becoming bullish. The altcoins that we cover today serve as additional evidence.

In this article, we show how the worst appears to be over for Stellar and Cardano.

Stellar/Bitcoin Analysis

The last two weeks have been very difficult for Stellar/Bitcoin (XLM/BTC) investors. The pair appears to have breached the uptrend line when it dropped to as low as 0.00002933 on September 11, 2018. At that price level, XLM/BTC lost over 56% of its value from the 2018 high of 0.00006789.

Those who cut their losses after the pair breached the uptrend support would have been badly whipsawed. Stellar/Bitcoin eventually managed to recover the support.

Weekly chart of Stellar/Bitcoin

With the recovery of the support, the outlook is bullish for XLM/BTC. First, the false break of the support is bullish. In most cases, this can ignite a rally to the top end of the range or the resistance.

In addition, the weekly RSI appears to have broken out of its own falling wedge. This is a very good sign that bulls are gaining momentum. Keep in mind, the RSI has been trapped inside this falling wedge since April 2018.

Lastly, the recovery of the support marks the end of the E wave, which is often the last wave down. With bulls taking back the support, we have a convincing case that the worst is over for XLM/BTC.

Cardano/Bitcoin Analysis

Just like XLM/BTC, the last two weeks have also been difficult for Cardano/Bitcoin (ADA/BTC).The pair came off lows of 0.00000969 on September 12, 2018. At that point, the market was down by almost 90% from the 2018 high of 0.00008788.

To many crypto investors, ADA/BTC may be fighting to stay alive. Bears have given their best shot and it may have appeared that the market was down for the count. However, just as ADA/BTC looked hopeless, the market bounced back like a true champion.

Weekly chart of ADA/BTC

As if on cue, ADA/BTC bounced as soon as it hit the support trendline of the falling wedge. This price action emboldened bottom fishers to enter long positions. The increasing demand coupled with decreasing supply due to bearish exhaustion are creating the ideal conditions for a bullish reversal.

As of this writing, ADA/BTC is taking out resistance of 0.000011. Breach of this support will enable the market to reverse its trend and bid goodbye to bear territory.

Bottom Line

Cryptos are slowly stepping out of bear territory. The last few weeks have been difficult but overall, altcoins are becoming bullish. This seems to be the case for both XLM/BTC and ADA/BTC. The worst appears to be over for the two altcoin pairs as they prepare to finally reverse their trend.

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Ethereum Making a Decision Where to Go

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Ether is losing its value slightly today on Sep 19, trading at around $207.98. Losing 0.25% on Wednesday is not that surprising after a very hard Monday (although Tuesday was neutral). The crypto was above $210 when the session started, but then failed to stay near the local highs, says Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboForex.

On H1, the bearish trendline is at $216, which is confirmed on D1. The resistance levels at $216 and $220 are strong, and they must be broken out in order to go up or at least pull back upwards.

In case Ether fails to find any drivers, it will likely consolidate at around $205. This is exactly where the key support lies, while the resistance is at $216, as mentioned above.

The MACD is negative on D1, moving along the signal line, still giving a moderate buy signal, while the Stochastic is not going anywhere and is not issuing any signal, while being in the positives.

Lately, Ether is very much volatile, with no certain direction. Last week the cryptocurrency spiked 32%, but early this week it reverted and started falling. Ether is vulnerable to the general negative sentiment in the crypto market, although the inside news influence it, too.

People are waiting for the Constantinople update, as well as for the introduction of Ether futures on CBOE which should take place before the end of the year. Meanwhile, low activity in ICOs does no good to Ether’s price either.

Recently, news has come that the Ethereum network reduced its reward for mined blocks, from 3 to 2 ETH. This nearly equals the profits of Ether and Bitcoin miners, so some ETH miners are sure to switch to Bitcoin after this happened, especially those that are unable to cover their costs and expenses (and there are quite a few).

The only positive piece of news now is the pending payment option in MyCrypto wallet designed by Ethereum. This option enables scheduling the payment date and time, which simplifies matters when it comes to recurring payments, such as subscriptions.

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Crypto Update: Market Remains Weak Despite Ripple’s Surge

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Ripple made headlines today in the cryptocurrency segment, as the third largest coin jumped by more than 15% after trading in a narrow range for several days. Most of the major coins joined the rally, but the gains were muted and the technical setup remained unchanged in most cases, with the long-term outlook still being bearish, while the short-term picture remaining mixed.

Ethereum, which has been in the center of the trends in the segment for weeks rallied back above $200, but stayed below the recent swing high, leaving several questions unanswered concerning the short-term trend. Bitcoin also got stuck near the $6275 level yet again, and the total value of the market is still below the $200 billion mark, with still no clear signs of major capital inflows in the segment.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum quickly recovered above $200 after dipping below the weekend lows yesterday in late trading, retaining the short-term buy signal in our trend model. That said the coin still needs to show stronger bullish momentum to avoid a resumption of the clearly declining long-term trend. As sustained dip below $200 would still warn of a move to last week’s lows, while a move above $235 would open up the way towards $260 and the confluence resistance near $275.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin has been showing weakness in the last couple of days, and although the coin is still on a short-term buy signal, similarly to Ethereum, a quick recovery above $6500 would be needed to avoid a bearish turn.

Traders should hold on to their positions here, but given the still bearish segment-wide trends, we still don’t advise full positions even in the stronger coins. Below $6275, weaker support is found at $6000, close to the key long-term zone near $5850, while resistance is ahead at $6500, $6750, and $7000.

Ripple Needs Follow Through For a Buy Signal

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While today’s spike in Ripple is encouraging, the coin needs to show further signs of strength, as the recent sudden spikes in the majors were quickly sold as the bearish trend remained dominant in the segment.

With that in mind, despite the broken resistance levels, XRP remains on a neutral short-term signal in our trend model, while still being bearish from a long-term perspective. The coin is currently trading right at the $0.32 level, with support found at $0.3130, $0.30 and near $0.30, while strong resistance is ahead at $0.35.

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is among the stronger coins from a short-term technical standpoint, trading in a bullish consolidation pattern just below the key $200 level. That said, the coin failed to show strength today amid Ripple’s rally, and that still points to a dominant bearish trend in the segment. With that in mind, traders should wait for further positive signs before entering new positions, especially since a bullish leadership still hasn’t developed.

IOT/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA is still weaker than average, together with NEO, EOS, and ETC, and the coin is still just above the August lows, clearly being in a broad downtrend, despite holding up above the lower boundary of its short-term range. A test of the lows is likely in the coming weeks, and the coin remains on sell signals on both time-frames, with support found between $0.455 and $0.475, and near $0.405, and with key resistance ahead near $0.57 and $0.64.

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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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