Central banks have expressed keen interest in creating their own cryptocurrencies, probably in realization that blockchain-powered assets are more than just a fad. It’s too bad they lack the paradigm to do so, says Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin.
Vitalik Doesn’t Think They Can Do It
A central bank-backed cryptocurrency would simply amount to “a server and a bunch of marketing buzzwords to make it look like a blockchain,” says Buterin, according to Jeff John Roberts’ latest Fortune report.
The 23-year-old Buterin said it would take years for central banks to mint their own coins, suggesting that existing blockchains needn’t be worried about competition from government.
Indeed, central bankers have spent the past few years mulling over the impact of cryptocurrencies on traditional payment methods. It’ll be another few years before they develop a system comparable to bitcoin or Ethereum, if at all.
Russia could become the first case study in government-backed cryptocurrency. Reports from TASS suggest that central regulators are embarking on a ‘CryptoRuble’, or a digital currency system backed by fiat money.
Buterin is a native of Russia, but currently resides (at least partially) outside Toronto. That may explain his recent visit to the three-day Swell conference in the city. The event was hosted by Ripple, the world’s third-largest digital asset by market cap.
Can Governments Contain Cryptocurrency?
Buterin has raised awareness of the irony in proclaiming a centrally-controlled cryptocurrency. By definition, a cryptocurrency cannot be contained within a single jurisdiction, since mining can carried out by anyone, anywhere. This is perhaps what’s making central bankers so nervous. Although Russia’s CryptoRuble aims to centralize the mining of cryptocurrency, it’s unclear how such a system would be administered.
The inherent tension between central banks and cryptocurrencies will likely grow over time as more people use digital tokens as payment. With the exception of bitcoin, cryptocurrency has yet to take off as a payment method. Japan could very well be the first case study in how quickly bitcoin will be adopted to pay for goods and services. The world’s third-largest economy has already recognized cryptocurrency as a legal payment method, leading to speculation that hundreds of thousands of domestic merchants will start accepting payments within the first year.
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Technical Analysis: Bitcoin Up Again as Altcoins Mixed in Volatile Trading
Bitcoin is at a new all-time high today, although the momentum of today’s move is far below from what we saw recently, and the coin only managed to reach a marginal record high yet again. BTC is now worth $300 billion, and it is still trading right at the short-term trendline, inside a rising wedge pattern that shows a clear momentum divergence.
With the short-term trend still being intact further gains are still possible, but as all the majors are overbought from a long-term perspective, we still advise investors to wait for a better buying opportunity before adding to their holdings. Primary support is still found near $13,000, with further levels at $11,300, $10,000, $9000, and stronger levels at $8200 and $7700.
BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
XRP entered a volatile short-term correction after its two-day surge after giving a short-term sell signal yesterday, and the coin spiked back towards $0.60 before settling down just below yesterday’s highs. The long-term setup also turned overbought thanks to the almost 300% rally, and now investors should reduce their holdings, even as further gains are still possible. Major support is still found at the prior high near $0.4250 and in the $0.30-$0.32 range.
XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Trading recommendation: Lisk/Bitcoin
The best way to trade a range-bound market is to buy at the lower end of the range and sell at the upper end. If the range is large and well established, it offers us a good risk to reward objective. We believe that LSK/BTC fits the bill and offers us an attractive opportunity to buy at the support and sell at the resistance.
- LSK/BTC has formed a large trading range.
- Buy at the lower end of the range.
- Sell at the upper end of the range.
LSK/BTC has been trading in a large range of $0.00046 on the lower end and $0.0016 on the upper end. On three occasions, the cryptocurrency pair has bounced off the supports. Similarly, it has returned from the $0.0016 levels thrice. The range is well defined. Currently, price is trying to rebound after breaking below the lower end of the range last week. We believe that a buy at current levels offers us a low-risk and high-reward trading opportunity.
On December 07, the cryptocurrency pair broke below the support of $0.00046. However, the very next day, it climbed back into the range, which is a positive indication. This shows that the bulls want to keep the range intact. However, the rally from the lows hit a roadblock at the 20-day EMA.
Currently, LSK/BTC is again pulling back towards the lower end of the range. If the support holds, we believe that the digital currency will again rally to the upper end of the range. Therefore, we suggest buying 50% of the desired allocation close to $0.00050 levels. Remaining 50% of the position should be purchased once the digital currency breaks out of $0.00068. The profit objective is a rally to the upper end of the range at $0.0016. The trade should be closed if the virtual currency breaks down and sustains below the lower end of the range. This is a long-term trade.
Trade Recommendation: Waves
This is a long term trade. The market gives us a new swing high which can be used for placing buy orders. This high is above SMA100 and if the price breaks this level, it will be a good trend reversal signal. We should expect for a new uptrend. MACD lines support upward movement and DMI allows opening long trades. It looks like a good buy opportunity. Entry level is 0.000950 with stop orders at 0.000360 level. Profit targets should be at 0.001400 and 0.002200 resistance levels. The part of trade volume can be left for new highs. If you don’t use leverage, trading volume for this trade is up to 10% from your deposit.
Profit Targets: 0.001400 and 0.002200
The trading signal is based on Bittrex chart.
Disclaimer: The analyst does not have investments in Waves.
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