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Perhaps one of the most revered personalities in the crypto world is Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum. His pioneering work on smart contracts is arguably one of the most important technological advancements in the development of cryptos.

Ethereum’s co-founder Joseph Lubin recently stated on Bloomberg that he doesn’t see the current falling prices as a hindrance to growth and I have to agree with him there.

What might prove to be a hindrance though, is the sheer popularity of the Ethereum network. As we saw with Bitcoin in early December, the Ethereum blockchain is now seeing times of stress as there are more transactions than the miners can confirm in a timely manner.

This morning, Vitalik provided a 75 tweet report on the network’s multiple paths forward, including the much anticipated Casper upgrade.

The good news is that the Ethereum developers seem to have good solutions for most of the issues. Unfortunately though, the timeframe remains elusive with some experts estimating that it could take more than a year to properly scale the busy network.

Many agree that decentralized applications will play a prominent role in our daily lives in the future. Currently, Ethereum is the prevailing platform for the creation of these dApps. What’s clear today is that they will have to work very hard to keep it that way.

@MatiGreenspan
eToro, Senior Market Analyst

Today’s Highlights

  • Trump & China – Talking Again
  • Dollar Step Back
  • Crypto Also Rebounding

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of August 16th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

Markets are breathing a sigh of relief this morning as

The Turkish issue is still far from resolved, but it seems that Angela Merkel has been able to make some headway on the issues. In any case, this spat has roiled markets far more than it probably should have and it’s good to see things returning to some level of normality.

Asian and European markets have started out in a good mood. Let’s hope it sticks.

Dollar Pullback

Along with this positive risk sentiment, we do see some much-needed signs of weakness from the Greenback.

Most of the Emerging Markets currencies that we saw falling apart at the beginning of the week are now fighting back hard.

Here we can see the USD falling today against the Lira, Rand, and the Peso…

Even though the precious metals did continue to get hammered throughout the day yesterday and most of last night, they do seem to be rebounding this morning.

Crypto Fighting Too

Not to be left out, the crypto market also seems to have found relief in the Dollar’s pullback.

The markets are now seeing some much-needed calm after the declines of the past two weeks, which seems to have culminated with Tuesday’s plunge.

Let’s have an excellent day ahead!

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Line in the Sand

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Hi Everyone,

One of the central developments in crypto over the last year is the interest we’ve seen from large-scale financial institutions looking to get into this space.

Cryptoassets are increasingly being seen as a brand new asset class with significant potential for portfolio managers and financial advisers. However, despite the increased level of access to digital assets, it seems that education among these groups remains low.

In order to get the ball rolling, we’ve put together a paper that looks into the level of crypto knowledge among independent financial advisers and their clients in the UK.

What I found interesting is that clients are seemingly better informed on this subject than the people they’re getting advice from. Here we can see that only 9% of advisors are confident giving advice on cryptos…

Whereas, 26% of their clients have already transacted with them…

To see the full report please visit this link and download the IFA report:

https://www.etoro.com/trading/markets/research/cryptocurrencies/

@MatiGreenspan
eToro, Senior Market Analyst

Today’s Highlights

  • Brothers in Oil
  • Dropping on Brexit
  • BCH Hard Fork Explained

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of 12/11/2018. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

Today is Veterans Day in the USA so volumes could get a bit thin. Markets are scheduled to be open but for the short term traders out there you might want to take the day off.

All eyes are on crude oil today. After a deep retracement from the highs, it looks like OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia is stepping in to prop up the prices.

The way down from the top has been a very large swing and the break below the 200 day moving average (blue line) seems to have accelerated the decline.

The Saudis move is a clear indication that they’re willing to defend the floor at $60 a barrel. However, this line in the sand could prove difficult to uphold, especially if they don’t see cooperation from the other producers.

Pound Under Pressure

The British Pound is under immense pressure this morning after some disappointing Brexit news over the weekend.

It seems that Theresa May’s plan to avoid a hard border with Ireland was rejected both by the EU and her own cabinet. The likelihood of a no-deal Brexit has reared its head once more.

Things aren’t looking much prettier on the chart either. The bounce off from resistance last week (purple circle) confirms that we are now in a full-blown descending triangle (yellow lines).

Hard Fork Incoming

It should be clear that as confusing as the Bitcoin Cash hard fork may seem, especially for beginners, it is unlikely to have any significant impact on the broader crypto industry, are very slim. However, this drama is a lot of fun to watch and a great exercise for people to increase their knowledge and understanding of how these things work.

The current fight that’s playing out is between the two main proponents of BCH (Bitcoin Cash) Craig Wright and Roger Ver.

For those of you who are new, Bitcoin Cash forked from Bitcoin on August 1st 2017 and though the proponents claim that this is the real bitcoin, it has failed to gain the widespread adoption that they were hoping for.

This graph from bitinfocharts.com shows the number of active wallets on Bitcoin (BTC) VS those on Bitcoin Cash.

Over the weekend, we’ve seen videos emerging from both Roger Ver and Craig Wright explaining their positions, how this fork came about and what they think will happen next.

Both Roger and Craig are advocating a different version of Bitcoin Cash. The end result will most likely be a split in the network resulting in two different versions of Bitcoin Cash when both upgrades go into effect this Thursday.

For simplicity’s sake ,we’ll call them Bitcoin ABC (Ver’s version) and Bitcoin SV (Wright’s version).

In this video released last week, Ver described Dr. Wright’s behavior as less than professional and even published this letter allegedly sent to him from Craig.

Roger went on to say explain that Craig had yet to explain his position or why he wasn’t happy with the current roadmap.

Yesterday, Craig struck back by going on the record with famous BTC advocate Tone Vays. In the interview, Craig clarified his belief that the Bitcoin ABC version might have elements that some governments will try to block, hence his opposition

Craig then went on to describe his control of most of the network hashrate in BCH, which could give him a clear advantage in the upcoming war.

However, one thing that Dr. Wright failed to mention is the amount of hashpower that is currently allocated to BTC. Crypto miners, for the most part, are not as ideological as Ver and Wright, they’re in it for the profit.

At the moment, BCH is only running about 8% of the total SHA256 hashpower.

This makes it very difficult for people to mine BTC. So it wouldn’t surprise me if some people who are currently mining BTC would switch a small portion of their hash over to Bitcoin ABC or Bitcoin SV, whichever givesthem the best bang for their buck. This might actually be a healthy thing for BTC as well.

Let’s have a great day ahead!

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Past performance is not an indication of future results. All trading involves risk; only risk capital you are prepared to lose.

The outlook presented is a personal opinion of the analyst and does not represent an official position of eToro.

eToro is a multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptocurrencies, as well as trading CFD assets.

Please note that CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 65% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Dollar Hits 16-Month High as European Assets Fall

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Monday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,771 -0.23%
DAX 30 11,381 -1.28%
WTI Crude Oil 60.95 1.79%
GOLD 1,205 -0.36%
Bitcoin 6,367 0.14%
EUR/USD 1.1265 -0.61%

It has been a choppy and somewhat bearish day so far for risk assets, with the Brexit talks making headlines yet again. European assets are under pressure, since the chances of a deal are fading, while there seems no progress in the EU-Italy debate either.

Equities in Europe are down significantly, lagging the other key markets, but the Euro and the Pound are behaving the weakest, with the common currency hitting a new 16-month low against the Dollar, and the GBP/USD getting close to 1.28 yet again.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The break below 1.13 in the EUR/USD that we have been anticipating could be a key move in forex markets, especially if it’s followed by a quick move towards the 1.10 level. For now, a failed breakdown is still a possibility here, but given the strong broader downtrend, odds favor further new lows in the pair in the coming weeks, together with new highs in the Dollar Index, which also rallied to its highest level since mid-2017 today in early trading.

The next major support zone is found near 1.1125 in the most traded forex pair, while resistance is still ahead near 1.1440 and 1.15.

Dow 30 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

US stock futures are also pointing slightly lower after Friday’s selloff, but the pre-market losses are muted, and the resilience of the major indices could point to, at least, an initial rally after the opening bell. Today, trading volumes could be lower-than-average on Wall Street, due to the US bank holiday, but given the technical setup, we could be in for an interesting session.

The major indices are at a crucial juncture, as a move towards the October lows could confirm the deeper bearish shift in the US that already took hold of the majority of global markets, while a less likely rally to new swing highs could set up a test of the all-time highs, at least in the relatively stronger indices, the Dow and the S&P 500.

Oil Bounces but Gold Fails to Recover Despite Risk-Off Shift

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While global equities have been mixed today before the US open, the distinct weakness in Europe points to another leg lower in the broader downtrend, and the DAX could be the most important laggard in the coming days again. While the German index is still well above its recent lows, it is also clearly below the 12,000 level that marked the potential long-term breakdown, which could be the start of a bear market.

The coming days could be crucial in deciding the fate of the current swing, which could define the end of the year across asset classes. For now, markets are quiet, with the main volatility measures being well below the levels seen in October, but should the bearish move accelerate, things could quickly get heated again, as soon as the second half of this week.

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities are having a mixed day as well, with crude oil being well in the green, but with gold and copper failing to rally in the face of the Dollar’s rally. The WTI crude contract rallied above $61 per barrel in early trading, while gold fell as low as $1204, extending the breakdown of last week, as safe-haven flows weren’t enough to hold the precious metal.

All eyes are still on the $1215 level, and should gold remain below that short-term resistance, the test of the $1180 level would be likely. Bulls would need a quick rebound to keep the October break-out alive, even gold continues to outperform most of the other safe-haven assets, such as the Japanese Yen and US Treasuries.

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USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EUR/GBP, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

AUD/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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5 Things To Watch Next Week + ChartBook

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Third Time is the Charm for the Dollar?

Dollar Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Greenback had a nervous week, as the midterms and the Fed meeting were both high-risk events for the reserve currency. The outcome of the elections was in line with expectations, and although the political gridlock is slightly negative for the Dollar, given the recent economic trends and the widening rate differential with its most important peers, the USD’s long-term rising trend still seems safe.

From a technical perspective, the Dollar index looks ready to test its recent highs just above 97, and while a break-out is not guaranteed, Dollar shorts are being squeezed and another leg higher would cause a lot of pain in the investment community.

A move above 97 could set up a rally up to 100, with a possible test of the 2016 highs. A trade deal with China followed by a strong risk rally is the biggest risk here for Dollar bulls, but barring an agreement, the rising trend could continue in the coming months.

Oil Ready to Bounce?

 WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Oil completed the drop below the $60 per barrel level in the WTI contract that we have been expecting, despite the two-week rally in equities. The Dollar strength towards the end of the week gave another boost to the selloff, and the crucial commodity reached a deeply oversold stance with regards to momentum.

Oil entered a bear market recently, but given the stretched technicals, a short-covering rally will likely start soon, burning the late shorts and resetting investor sentiment. Obvious targets for the likely move are the $63 and $65 resistance levels, while the next major support zone is found around the $54 per barrel price level.

The Perfect Short or a Post-Election Santa Claus Rally?

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Should the US market follow China and most of the emerging markets into a bear market the current setup is what technical analysts call the perfect short, or in other words the first complex correction in the developing downtrend. There are still contradicting technical signs on Wall Street, but most of the trends point to at least a lengthy healing process even if the longest bear market in history will resurrect once more.

Besides the bearish worldwide trends, peaking earnings, the persistent weakness in small-caps, the horrible market internals, and the Nasdaq’s lackluster performance are the most important negatives here, while the still robust economic growth, the baseline election outcome, and the possibility of a Chinese trade deal could be considered bullish.

Also, the Dow and the S&P 500 got relatively close to their all-time highs during the recent rally, but Friday’s decline could already morph into something bigger next week.

A Chinese Deal Could Define the Coming Months

Shanghai Composite Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Despite a brief period of relative strength and the trade deal hope the Chinese stock market is still nothing short of disastrous from a technical standpoint, and the Shanghai Composite is in a clear long-term downtrend. The bounce that started almost a month ago failed to carry the index back above the key resistance levels, and there is no technical evidence of a looming trend change.

The Chinese Yuan also gave back its initial gains, and now, the weak macro trends and the bearish technicals are back in charge. That said, an agreement between the two countries could cause a major short-covering rally, even if it will likely not be enough to stop the bear market which is likely primarily caused by the end of the historic credit cycle in the country.

Employment Reports, Retail Sales, and CPIs Highlight Economic Calendar

We will have a busy week with regards to economic releases, with especially the Great British Pound, the Dollar, and the Australian Dollar being in focus. The US CPI (Wednesday) and Retail Sales (Thursday) reports will be closely watched globally, and after the slightly hawkish Fed statement, risk assets could be in pressure should the CPI beat the estimates similarly to the PPI.

Analysts expect a price increase of 0.3%, with the core measure of 0.2% while Retails Sales are forecast to surge by 0.6% and 0.5% respectively. In Europe, the British Employment Report and the German ZEW index will come out on Tuesday, while the British CPI and the flash Eurozone GDP are scheduled for Wednesday, with the British Retail Sales coming out on Thursday.

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S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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VIX (US Volatility Index), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

FTSE 100 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EuroStoxx50 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Nikkei 225 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EEM (Emerging Markets ETF), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Forex

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EUR/GBP, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

AUD/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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