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Federal Reserve Hikes Interest Rates for Third Time This Year, Keep 2018 Policy Outlook Unchanged

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The Federal Reserve moved ahead with its third rate hike of the year Wednesday, signaling renewed confidence in the domestic economy. In doing so, policymakers affirmed their outlook for three more upward adjustments in 2018.

Fed Vote

As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to raise the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 1.5% on Wednesday. That was the third quarter-point adjustment of the year, with the previous occurring in June.

Seven FOMC members voted for the measure while two dissented.

The central bank also confirmed it would increase the monthly pace of reducing its balance sheet beginning to $20 billion beginning in January from $10 billion currently.

“This change highlights that the committee expects the labor market to remain strong, with sustained job creation, ample opportunities for workers and rising wages,” central bank Chair Janet Yellen told reporters Wednesday following the decision.

Although Wednesday wasn’t Yellen’s final rate decision as head, it was the last to feature the quarterly projection materials. Yellen will step aside in February as Jerome Powell takes a the chair.

Growth Outlook

Policymakers upwardly revised their outlook on the domestic economy, arguing that volatile weather failed to tame a deepening recovery. The data certainly corroborate that point after the Commerce Department confirmed a faster pace of expansion in the third quarter. In fact, the U.S. economy strung together its fastest six-month expansion in years betwen April and September.

The Fed revised its 2018 growth outlook to 2.5% from 2.1% previously.

“Hurricane-related disruptions and rebuilding have affected economic activity, employment and inflation in recent months but have not materially altered the outlook for the national economy,” the central bank said.

Despite a more bullish outlook, the Fed gave no indication it would adopt a more hawkish rate-hike path. This moderate approach is expected to continue under the guidance of Jerome Powell in February. The Fed’s median forecast pegged the benchmark interest rate at 2.1% at the end of 2018. Analysts say that could reflect ongoing concern over sluggish inflation and wage growth.

Average hourly earnings have lagged behind the historic average throughout the recovery, raising concerns about the quality of jobs being created in the labor market. Meanwhile, the Fed’s preferred gauge of inflation – the core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) index – averaged just 1.6% annually in October. That’s below the Fed’s target of 2% annually.

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XRP Price Analysis: XRP/USD Performing Better than Peers; Another New Partner Announced

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  • Ripple’s XRP weighted to the downside, but not performing as bad as some of its peers.
  • CIMB Group are the latest financial organisation to be utilizing Ripple’s technology.

XRP/USD has been firmly on the back foot during trading over the last two sessions now. Selling pressure had hit the whole market on 13th November. This went on to further intensify in the following session, 14th November. A total blood bath was observed across the board, with huge areas of support being breached. The wave hit the entire market. Ripple’s XRP has managed to hold a firmer ground, in comparison to some of the losses encountered with its peers.

Ripple Reveals New Partner – CIMB

CIMB Group, one of the largest south Asian banking organizations, are the latest to be utilize Ripple’s technology. CIMB will leverage Ripple’s technology for its SpeedSend remittance product, this coming from a joint press release. The SpeedSend product is available in a spectrum of Southeast Asian markets. Countries include: Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam. Ripple continue at a rapid pace adding large financial institutions to its network.

Ripple via their announcement stated the following: “Ripple’s blockchain-based solution has been deployed to enhance CIMB’s proprietary remittance product called SpeedSend. This service allows customers to send and receive money with direct account crediting and instant cash collection. The enhancement improves their access to cross-border remittances across the globe — both inbound into ASEAN and outbound to other countries. It is already enabling remittances to corridors such as Australia, USA, UK and Hong Kong.”

Technical Review – XRP/USD

XRP/USD daily chart

XRP/USD is running at three consecutive sessions in the red, nursing chunky double-digit losses over this period. The price dropped over 20%, a move that was very much in line with the rest of the cryptocurrency market. Price action had been moving within a triangular pattern formation, since 21st September. Thie XRP price observed much narrowing over this period. During the heavy selling pressure on 14th November, the bears had pierced the lower support of the mentioned pattern.

Despite the large lower wick seen on 14th November candlestick, the price managed to close within boundaries of the triangular formation. In terms of current price action on the latest for today, XRP/USD is seen below this area of support. Should the market bears manage to push for a breach and daily close underneath the supporting trend line, this could cause large devastation. Eyes could be on a return to the $0.3000-$0.2500 region. Lastly, worth noting, looking to the upside, the resistance would likely be seen around $0.4800, and this level is critical. This is where the lower trend line is seen tracking.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Cardano Price Analysis: ADA/USDT Smashes Out of Wedge, but Saved by Critical Demand Zone

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  • ADA/USDT testing a huge area of demand and a breach by the bears could be catastrophic.
  • Cardano Foundation confirm reshuffle, as Michael Parsons, the former chairman, steps down.

ADA/USDT has continued to be victim of downside pressure after its latest bull run. The price had gained a chunky 20%, between 31st October and 6th November. ADA/USDT managed to peak just above $0.08200 territory. This was the highest level seen since 15th October. Shortly after, gradual selling started to take place, to then see all the gains plus much more taken by the heavy bears.  It appears current bull runs are not sustainable, very much vulnerable to being sold- particularly as these tend to happen in an explosive manner within a short time frame.

Cardano News Flow

Cardano this week made an announcement that Michael Parsons, the former chairman, has resigned from his position at the Cardano Foundation. Prior to this rapid departure, there had been much history of community members demanding for him to be removed. The position will be filled by the Council Member Pascal Schmid, a University of St. Gallen graduate and a financial expert. Cardano’s creator, Charles Hoskinson, accused the foundation and Parsons of neglecting their duties, in addition to bringing in close friends and family into top positions within the organization.

Technical Review – ADA/USDT

ADA/USDT daily chart

ADA/USDT is running at three consecutive sessions in the red- a move which is inline with the broader market, a mass cooling across all major cryptocurrencies. The price was forced to drop a hefty 13% in the late part of the session on Wednesday. Price action was initially moving within a wedge pattern. This had been the case since the back end of September. ADA/USDT was contained within this formation.  Given the noted heavy selling pressure that was seen across the market late Wednesday, the lower trend line of the wedge was forced to give way to sellers.

Looking to the downside, ADA/USDT has been saved from further declines thanks to a critical demand zone. The area is seen tracking from $0.07000 down to $0.06000. It has proven to see strong buyers swoop in. The price last traded down here between 12-18th September. Buyers kicked in to then drive ADA/USDT to the north, seeing gains just shy of some 50%. The bulls were able to run the price up to $0.09500 into a known supply area. A peak was seen, and this rally was then gradually sold.

Should the above-mentioned demand area fail to hold and see a daily close below, it could be catastrophic. A development such as described, could leave the door wide open to a fresh wave of heavy selling.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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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.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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