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Fears of Regulatory Crackdown Flush $190 Billion Out of Crypto Market

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Bitcoin, Ethereum and every other major cryptocurrency collapsed on Tuesday, as fears of regulatory clampdown in South Korea triggered a mass exodus from the digital asset class. The collapse comes as mainstream media reports continue to push the idea of an imminent ban on cryptocurrency exchanges even as lawmakers cautioned no decision had been reached.

Cryptocurrency Market in Free Fall

The cryptocurrency market declined rog $190 billion on Tuesday, marking one of the biggest single-day drops on record. At its lowest, the market was valued at $510 billion,  which was than $200 billion below its peak earlier this month.

The top 20 coins were each down in excess of 17%, according to data provider CoinMarketCap. Nearly $49 billion worth of cryptocurrency exchanged hands over the past 24 hours.

Bitcoin plunged below $12,000, reaching its lowest level since early December. Ethereum, its biggest rival, fell back toward $1,000, while Ripple bottomed out at $1.23 after peaking above $3 just a few weeks ago.

South Korea Jolts Market

It was mainly regulatory issues that jolted cryptocurrencies on Tuesday, with South Korea mulling new legislation to stamp out excessive risk from the market.

South Korea’s finance minister Kim Dong-yeon reportedly told local radio that an all-out ban on cryptocurrency trading was a “live option, but that government officials still need to “seriously review it.” Seoul’s biggest issue with cryptocurrency trading is the level of speculation in the market and the role of anonymous accounts in spurring volatility. New regulations have already banned anonymous trading on domestic exchanges and barred foreigners from participating in the market.

Last week, some of South Korea’s busiest crypto exchanges were raided by police and tax agents over alleged tax evasion. The raids were confirmed by an employee at Coinone, who spoke to Reuters anonymously.

Seoul’s financial authorities had previously indicated they were investigating six banks that offer cryptocurrency accounts. In addition to speculative risks, authorities are also concerned about the link between cryptocurrency trading and organized crime.

South Korea is a major center for cryptocurrency and is home to some of the largest exchanges. Local traders have been the main catalysts behind some of the crypto market’s biggest gainers, including Ripple.

Some analysts believe that further regulatory crackdown will be ineffective given the borderless nature of cryptocurrencies. When China banned cryptocurrencies, traders there migrated their accounts offshore to Hong Kong or Korea. This suggests that a regulatory crackdown can only succeed with broad international cooperation, which does not exist at the time.

Chinese regulators know that their measures have done very little to limit virtual capital flight from the country. That’s why they are moving to block domestic access to offshore exchanges, according to a recent Bloomberg report.

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Monero Price Analysis: XMR/USD Bulls Eyeing Explosive Move Out of Current Range Block

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  • XMR/USD is moving within a range block, having been stuck within for the past 5 weeks, subject to a breakout.
  • Buying pressure would likely be triggered above $115 and heavy sellers below $100. 

XMR/USD has been trading steadily for going on five weeks now, moving within a $15 range. The price has produced a bottom at the psychological $100 level. The top observed at $115. Therehas been a lack of excessive volatility observed in either direction, for the time being. This price behaviour is coming despite the breakout of a key supporting trend line. It had been providing comfort initially since mid-August, until the breach and retest between 7-11 October.

Monero Related News Flow

Noriel Roubini, also known as Dr Doom, recently further spread FUD within the market. This week, the economist via Twitter, was speaking on anonymity and how the FEDs are coming for Monero. “So much for privacy, anonymity & censorship resistance: there is NO anonymity in crypto. Law enforcement authorities prefer transactions on crypto because it is easier to trace transactions & who is behind them than in banks.  Wake up crypto zealots. & Feds will crack Monero too.”

This isn’t the first time the economist has expressed his strong dissatisfaction for the cryptocurrency market in general. Last month, he was speaking at a hearing to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking. During this him testifying, he noted, “Crypto is the mother or father of all scams and bubbles.” He was very much doing his best to try and sound the alarms to the committee on the market in general.

Technical Review – XMR/USD

XMR/USD daily chart

As earlier mentioned, a range block has been formed within the past five weeks of trading. Given this current form, a breakout would be expected to be imminent. Looking via the daily chart view, for now it remains unclear, in terms of next direction. The move will likely be chunky, it is just as matter of where. What can be noted is that the current bottom of the range is observed at $100, any break lower here, would likely be a huge incentive for sellers.

Should a breach occur at the psychological $100 mark, a very forceful push lower would likely be seen. The next major area of support is observed down at $85-75 range, where a demand zone is sitting. This last came into action on 14th August, after heavy selling pressure hit XMR/USD from the back end of July. The price had dropped a whopping 48%, over that period, falling from around $149 down to $76 territory.

Looking to the upside, buyers would likely apply heavy pressure should a breakout be seen from the upper part of the mentioned range. This would be a breach of $115, opening the door for a retest of the breached ascending trend line. An initial target would be seen at $140, then further north, $145-150 range. This area is a known supply zone, XMR/USD has not been convincingly above here since June.

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Crypto Market Dumps $7.5 Billion Overnight; Altcoin Correction Hits TRX, ADA, BCH and XLM

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The global crypto market dumped $7.5 billion overnight, with the majority of the bleed-out coming from the altcoin market.

Optimism had been high for some time regarding a possible altcoin divergence, however with the overnight descent of most of the recent market gainers, it appears that such hopes were a little premature.

The dip wiped out a significant chunk of the recent gains made by Stellar (XLM), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA) and Tron (TRX) – all coins which had recorded healthy pumps in the previous month or so.

Tron (TRX) Price Correction

After a flurry of positive developments in recent months which appeared to translate to coin buys, the TRX valuation has now sunk 14.7% in the past seven days.

The coin sunk 5% in the previous 24-hour period, with most of the losses coming in a sudden flash dip which hit the entire market at around 09:00 UTC, Wednesday morning. The TRX price fell from $0.022508 down to $0.021366 – a new monthly low for the coin, but still safely above the quarterly low in the $0.017 range.

Cardano (ADA) Falls

Cardano was hit even harder on Wednesday morning, losing 6.5% in the flash dip which dropped ADA’s valuation from $0.075737 down to $0.070761.

Like Tron, Cardano’s weekly figures look even bleaker, with the coin price shipping 11.2% of its value in the past seven days. This comes after a month in which Coinbase speculation first boosted ADA’s numbers, and then kept the coin afloat during a stagnant market in early November.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Loses Hardfork Gains

The anticipation surrounding the nearing Bitcoin Cash hardfork pushed the coin price to +50% growth during the surge of early November. The previous seven days were less kind to BCH, as the coin sunk to +25% losses in its descent from $638.55 to $475.29.

The past 24-hours saw BCH lose 12.4% of its value, even as trade volume was sustained above the $1 billion level – more than twice that of XRP, and almost as much as Ethereum.

Stellar (XLM)

Like Cardano, Stellar is one of the three coins remaining in the batch of coins up for Coinbase consideration. In fact, Stellar appears to be the popular favourite to be listed next on the exchange, and the previous two weeks saw XLM gain 30% on its value as the Coinbase anticipation ramped up.

However Wednesday morning’s dip wiped 7% off the XLM valuation in just a few hours, sending the coin price from the $0.26 range back down to $0.247261. Stellar is now down 12.7% from its recent peak.

Bitcoin Comparison…

Bitcoin, meanwhile, has held its value better than the altcoins, losing just 1.25% in the previous day, and 3.8% in the previous week, and continues to trade safely within the narrow range established in Q2, 2018.

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Zcash Price Analysis: ZEC/USD Penetrating Vital Resistance, Which is Key for Greater Upside

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  • Zcash has remained elevated over the past few days, as a result of potential speculation across the social media space regarding a Coinbase listing.
  • ZEC/USD bulls must break down supply area heading into $140, to unlock chunky buying pressure.

ZEC/USD bulls have been pressing hard to break above the very stubborn resistance, which is seen just above the $140 price territory. For going on six sessions now, the price has failed to clear the above supply area. It is seen tracking from $138 up to $140. ZEC/USD has not been above this territory since 28th September. There has been much penetration of this, which very well could suggest a strong breakout to come.

Zcash Speculation

Efforts by Coinbase to expand its offering has raised speculation that ZEC may be due for consideration. As recently reported, the largest U.S exchange, announced the listing of Basic Attention Token (BAT) on its trading platform and apps. Elsewhere, they opened the doors for trading 0x (ZRX), which was the first ERC-20 token to have been listed on the platform. Given these moves, there has been continued speculation across the social media space regarding possible listing of Zcash along with the likes of Cardano (ADA), and Stellar (XLM).

Technical Review – ZEC/USD

ZEC/USD daily chart

The ZEC/USD bulls are having a hard time, as their rallies continue to be short-lived due to repetitive failure to breach key resistance. On each occasion the price has entered the detailed supply area, heading into $140, it has been sent back south by some force. It could very well be that ZEC/USD is moving within consolidation mode, after the chunky recent surge. The bulls had seen a decent run from October 31st. Gains seen within this period were a chunky 20%.

Support Levels

Looking to the downside, a decent level of daily support can be eyed just sub-$128. During the current form of consolidation eyed, this area has proven to be of use. Further south, eyes would be back on the breached pennant pattern. This is where ZEC/USD began its most recent forceful upside trend. The price had managed to catch some bidding at the lower part of the pattern to then see a breakout to the upside. A potential pullback to the pennant could see the price around $118.

Upside Targets

Should the market bulls manage to gather enough upside momentum, eyes will be on another retest of the supply heading into $140. A breach above will likely see the price heading for another supply zone, observed at $145. ZEC/USD last traded here on 28th September, before resuming its downward trend. Further north, the highs seen early September within the $160 territory. Lastly, any move above here, could likely see some strong buying pressure, with a fast move back into $200.

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