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Ethereum continues to exceed expectations. As these words are being written, Ethereum’s daily chart is sitting at the All Time High set last June. It seems highly likely to break that ATH soon. Having said that, it should come as no surprise when/if at some point shortly thereafter it comes back down to test support at that point. But assuming that support holds, this trade will likely get rather fun.

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Regular readers will know I have been suggesting to readers for the past week or two that ETH is the trade to watch (see here and here) , and that has certainly been proven to be the case so far. I realize that many traders do not accept the possibility that geometry and other esoterica can be useful as a trading system. But regardless, it is still interesting to look at today’s markets through the lens of the work of some of the greats of the past. I typically use the Gann square (as developed by Eduardo Altmann) to model support and resistance. But in today’s column I will use a variety of other geometric tools to look at where price might go.

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This Fibonacci Vortex (developed by Erik Beann) correctly forecasted the resistance at $13.5, and again more recently at $20.  As you can see, price has broken through the resistance pretty hard.  Barring an unexpected reversal later in the day with a close back below resistance, the next resistance shown on this setup is quite a bit higher.

A long-term Andrew’s Pitchfork correctly forecasted several recent support and resistance points in the current rally, as marked by the red arrows. What is more interesting is that the area highlighted in yellow marks forecasted support from the recent swing low. This point was clearly identified as a buying area.

But it is the green highlighted area that is the most interesting, in my opinion.  The “0 line” which caused so much problems (as expected) has yielded to buying pressure. This is not trivial. Indeed it is a buying signal on the daily chart.

A rather successful trader of yesteryear by the name of George Bayer made his fortune with the use of ellipses. My (rather rudimentary) understanding of his work is reflected in the picture above.

In this case, the ellipse shown above shows many places, highlighted with arrows, where significant S/R was forecasted by the ellipse. Whether it will continue to do so remains to be seen of course. However, it is worth noting that the top of the ellipse is $35, which happens to be in the same ballpark as the possible target area we identified in a recent column.

Suffice to say, we have seen more than enough to recognize that ETH is a market to watch and trade at this time.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin has seen some wild fluctuations in the past couple weeks. No doubt this was due in part to the anticipated launch (and then rejection of) a Bitcoin ETF.  I for one am very happy to hear that the ETF was rejected. In my opinion the existence of such a publically traded entity might have given the FED a narrow window through which they could exercise a degree of regulation over the cryptocurrency space, and that would have been a terrible development. (See here for more on that topic.)

In addition, wall street would have used such an ETF as a vehicle through which they would have been able to use fiat currency to (naked) short sell Bitcoin.  As the powers-that-be have the ability to create fiat out of thin air, they would for the first time be able to have a cost-free means to disrupt the cryptocurrency space. Of course, malevolent actors such as those found on wall street routinely disrupt the crypto markets already; but they can not do so without cost, as they must either mine, or buy the coins first.

It can be argued that they can already buy the coins without cost , since they create fiat out of thin air. That is arguably true, but the problem for them is when they buy the coins in bulk, they drive the remaining coins value ever higher. This inadvertently destroys the illusion that the coins are not a good investment. A classic catch-22. Regardless, I am happy that the ETF failed, though I’m sure opinions differ on this point.

Utilizing the Fibonacci Vortex again, we can see that the huge selloff in bitcoin  few days back came exactly at forecasted resistance.

The red arrows all mark where significant S/R was forecasted in the past, and the big blue arrow at the top shows where the selloff hit the vortex a few days ago. I’m sure there are many traders who bought the top who wished they had seen this picture LAST week…

This picture is decidedly bearish.  Before seeing this picture I was inclined to think we are looking at a good short-term buying opportunity at present levels.  Now I am not so sure.  I think I will pass on this trade and stay focused on ETH.

Remember: The author is a trader who is subject to all manner of error in judgement.  Do your own research, and be prepared to take full responsibility for your own trades.

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5 stars on average, based on 1 rated postsJim has an MBA from the University of Southern California. He has had a long career in both Corporate Finance and IT. Along the way he discovered that trading was a vehicle with great promise, but struggled for a long time without a mentor. After having been knocked down many times and having struggled to get back up, he had an epiphany and realized that geometry was a solution. He shares his experience here. If you do well as a result of suggestions made here, feel free to say thank you :) BTC: 1FUq3GB1Q8zz2JpuBr7YHzVBKnaWoxgmya Follow him on Twitter (@jimfred1276) or email him at jimfred1276 at gmail.




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  1. tadej

    March 13, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Hi Jim,

    Can we expect some significant pull back in price of BTC ? What is the bottom resistance on this graph?

    Friday was not a good day for me and I need to start to make better decision on my trades.

    btw I love your analysis!

    • Jim Fredrickson

      March 14, 2017 at 12:14 am

      I have been so wrapped up in ETH the past few days that BTC has been on a back-burner for my attention. I suspect that this is the case for a great many traders.
      I am VERY bullish longer-term BTC, but for the next day or two I personally would not put leverage in that market. I harbor a suspicion that it is not going anywhere until the ETH market peaks, and that is still a day or two away, I believe. Good luck….

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What’s Behind Cardano’s Rising Popularity in South Korea?

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Cardano, better known as ADA in South Korea, pronounced as “aeda” in the local market, is growing at an exponential rate due to UpBit.

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UpBit, South Korea’s second largest cryptocurrency exchange behind Bithumb, is operated by Dunamu, a subsidiary company of Kakao, the operating company of KakaoTalk and KakaoPay. The two mobile applications, KakaoTalk and KakaoPay, have a market penetration rate of over 90 percent in their respective markets–financial technology (fintech) and messaging.

Although UpBit remains as the only cryptocurrency exchange that has integrated Cardano within the local South Korean cryptocurrency exchange market as of date, the popularity of Cardano on UpBit is increasing rapidly. According to CoinMarketCap, 75 percent of Cardano’s daily trading volume is processed in South Korea, by UpBit.

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Within its debut month, more than 3 million South Korean users signed up to use KakaoPay, the country’s most widely utilized fintech app. KakaoPay operates as a mobile bank, allowing users to send and receive money, obtain loans, and conduct financial activities. KakaoPay supports UpBit because a subsidiary company of Kakao in Dunamu operates UpBit.

Given that Cardano is one of the most popular cryptocurrencies on UpBit in terms of daily trading volume, naturally, as general consumers in the traditional finance market using KakaoTalk and KakaoPay move to the cryptocurrency market, the first few cryptocurrencies they are introduced to are bitcoin, Ethereum, and Cardano.

Cardano is also receiving significantly more mainstream and local media coverage than other alternative cryptocurrencies, specifically because the South Korean media has portrayed Cardano as a direct competition to Ethereum. Because Cardano is a smart contracts protocol, it is structurally similar to Ethereum.

The two key differences between Cardano and Ethereum are that Cardano uses a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus algorithm and it also has two layers that are used for smart contracts processing and payment settlement.

In South Korea, cryptocurrency mania has swept across most major industries. 5 out of 10 people on the streets, in subways, buses, and cafes talk about bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain technology on a regular basis. As such, the majority of investors are more technical than other regions.

Most investors of Ethereum in South Korea understand that the Ethereum Foundation and its open-source development team has been planning a PoS update via Casper. When Cardano debuted with a PoS protocol, it led South Korean investors to believe Cardano is a more innovative platform and has a technical edge over Ethereum.

January 31

For cryptocurrencies with strong followers in the South Korean market, January 31 is an important date to keep track. On January 31, local cryptocurrency exchanges are expected to open account registrations to new users and six major local banks are set to provide banking services to cryptocurrency exchanges.

Consequently, on January 31, it is likely that a massive amount of Korean won will flow into the local cryptocurrency exchange market. The recent cryptocurrency exchange ban fiasco, which turned out to be false, further increased the presence and popularity of cryptocurrencies in South Korea.

Cryptocurrencies like Cardano, EOS, Qtum, and Ethereum that have strong bases in South Korea will likely increase in value throughout late January and early February.

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Fidelity Investments is Mining Cryptocurrency

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Fidelity Investments is a multi-billion dollar brokerage  that just so happens to be mining cryptocurrency. In fact, it has been at it for three years, using its own computers to harvest bitcoin and Ethereum.

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Profitable Experiment

CEO Abby Johnson recently told Fortune that its U.S.-based mining operation is “making a lot of money.” This comes despite running a relatively modest operation.

Hadley Stern, Senior VP of Fidelity Labs, described his company’s venture as an “experiment.”

The real reason we began mining, and still do, is to learn how the network works, how consensus works, how difficulty levels work,” he said in reference to the mining process.

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The key to profitability has been the dramatic rise in cryptocurrency over the past year. Bitcoin and Ethereum are the world’s No. 1 and 2 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, and no-one else comes close.

Well Ahead of the Pack

The fact that Fidelity has been at this for three years speaks volumes about the company. Other, much bigger players are still dipping their toes in the market, but are unsure about how to proceed. Goldman Sachs is reportedly on the fence about starting a cryptocurrency trading operation, while J.P. Morgan has already begun handling customer orders for bitcoin-based instruments.

Fidelity is doing a lot more than just mining tokens. Earlier this year, it reached an agreement with Coinbase to let customers view cryptocurrency prices alongside other assets on their Fidelity homepage.

Coinbase is the world’s most funded cryptocurrency exchange with more than 7.4 million users.

Cryptocurrency Prices

The cryptocurrency market ended the week on a firm note, with bitcoin (BTC/USD) reaching a session high of $4,425.00. At press time, the index was up 1.6% at $4,368.

Ether is also trading higher against the dollar, with the ETH/USD rallying more than 3% to $305.

Ripple (XRP) lost momentum on Friday, but still managed a weekly gain of 21%.

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Chinese Government Eyeing Fresh Bitcoin Legislation?

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The Chinese government could roll out fresh cryptocurrency regulation in the coming months permitting licensed brokers to operate, based on recent information from Xinhua.

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The state-owned news publication recently revealed that the government is mostly concerned with stamping out illegal activity involving bitcoin and other cryptos. Government authorities could be planning to regulate the market by creating a licensing program with strict Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) systems.

The Case for AML

The need for KYC/AML protocols has long been raised by cryptocurrency proponents, especially in reference to initial coin offerings (ICOs). In response, the blockchain community has come together to create the Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (SAFT). The SAFT is both an instrument and open-source framework for token sales that vets accredited investors.

SAFT activity is quickly gaining traction, with the likes of Gizer recently issuing a presale of its ICO through SAFTLaunch.

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SAFT was officially created by Protocol Labs in close collaboration with AngelList and Cooley.

China’s Stance Looms Large for Cryptocurrency Market

Although digital assets have recovered from the China-induced flash crash of September, favorable regulations on the mainland could mean big business for bitcoin exchanges. Prior to the ban on ICOs and bitcoin brokers, Chinese investors were responsible for a quarter of all BTC trades.

According to Xinhua, China is likely to pursue a licensing program similar to Japan, a country that recently approved 11 cryptocurrency exchanges. CnLedger, a leading source of cryptocurrency news in China, recently had this to say:

“Xinhua News, official press agency of CN: Virtual currencies have become the top choices of underground economies. We shall adopt ‘0-tolerance policies’ towards crimes hidden underneath and take measures such as record-keeping, licensing, AML processes, real-name, limiting large transactions.”

Is China’s cryptocurrency ban temporary? It certainly looks that way. Regulators must already know that the ban hasn’t stopped mainland investors from buying cryptocurrencies next door in Hong Kong or Singapore. A saner approach to an all-out blanket ban is a tighter regulatory framework that will stamp out money laundering and other underground activities.

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