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Global Cryptocurrency Market Hits $300 Billion

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The cryptocurrency market reached new highs Monday, as bitcoin and a handful of altcoins extended their record-setting surge.

Global Cryptocurrency Market

The combined value of all cryptocurrencies in circulation topped $303.5 billion on Monday, according to CoinMarketCap. That was by far the highest level on record.

Cryptocurrencies have added a combined $21 billion in market cap over the past 24 hours. Compared to last week, the market cap has increased by more than 27%.

The move above $300 billion has occurred at an astonishingly fast pace. About a month ago, the overall market capitalization was below $200 billion, itself a doubling of the June level. Currently, there are 14 cryptocurrencies with a market value of $1 billion or greater. Six more are worth $500 million or greater.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin accounted for roughly 48% of the 24-hour trade volume, with Bitfinex turning over more than $730 million worth of BTC/USD transactions. South Korea’s Bithumb facilitated $423 million worth of transactions, while GDAX facilitated nearly $303 million.

Bitcoin topped $9,000 on Sunday for the first time as investors continued to rally behind the world’s no. 1 digital currency. At press time, bitcoin was trading at a new record high of $9,696 for a total market cap of $162 billion.

Ethereum

Ethereum’s record-breaking rally continued on Monday, with the digital currency approaching $500 for the first time. Ether-to-dollar transactions were valued at $487.93 early Monday for a gain of nearly 5%. At current prices, ether’s total market cap is $47.1 billion.

With the advance, ether has added more than $157 over the past five days. It comfortably holds the no. 2 spot in the battle for market cap.

Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) also contributed to the rising market cap on Monday, as it climbed more than 3% to $1,665.

BCH came into existence Aug. 1 as an alternative to the original bitcoin currency. After surging out of the gate, it would spend the next several months trading aimlessly until a failed activation of the Segwit2x hard fork turned its fortunes around. BCH/USD has tripled in value over the past 20 days or so.

There were no direct catalyst behind the latest upsurge in price. Instead, capital continued to flow into the cryptocurrency space over fear of missing out and on expectations of rising institutional demand. The arrival of bitcoin futures later this year could signal a profound shift in the alternative currency market as institutional cash has a greater say in price action.

The number of cryptocurrencies in circulation is also expected to spike as more businesses issue initial coin offerings (ICO). Token startups are growing at a feverish pace, with virtually every sector represented in the multi-billion crowdraise industry.

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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Why Would Anyone Have Faith In Tether?

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I don’t want to get sued for slander so let me explain the reasoning beyond today’s title. After all of the turmoil surrounding Tether on Monday, how can the price be anywhere near the $1 parity level with the US dollar?  After more than a year, how can anyone have confidence in Tether and their common law partners Bitfinex when, for example, Circle, backed be the highly respected Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs offers an alternative?  We should also mention that Circle is just one of many so called stable coins.

It isn’t hard to find a list. Exchanges are feverishly adding stable coins. Singapore based Houbi is adding Paxos Standard Token (PAX), True USD (TUSD), Circle (USDC) and Gemini (GUSD).  

When Stable Coins Cause Instability

Well, the evidence is mounting as the months move along that so called stable coins can have the power of creating anything but stability.  This week’s experience with Tether, Bitfinex and the price explosion of Bitcoin demonstrates that there are still dangers lurking. This is why trust is important.

Monday’s gyrations were not the first questionable moment for Tether.  The coin, which gains its intended stability by being tied on a one for one basis with the US dollar, has been the subject of questionable behavior all year.  

As far back as January trade sources were expressing concern the Tether was responsible for last December’s major price bubble in Bitcoin.  The frenzy over Bitcoin set off speculation across the entire crypto spectrum. But that was just the beginning.

In June Bloomberg reported on a paper by John Griffin, a finance professor at the University of Texas, that among other things claimed 60% of last year’s price move in Bitcoin was the result of manipulation surrounding Bitfinex. That directly implicates Tether.

Using algorithms to analyze the blockchain data, Griffin’s team found that purchases with Tether were timed following market downturns and result in sizable increases in Bitcoin prices. Less than 1% of hours with such heavy Tether transactions are associated with 50% of the meteoric rise in Bitcoin and 64% of other top cryptocurrencies.

These findings prompted the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission to step in with a series of subpoenas.

Tether’s coins had become a popular substitute for dollars on cryptocurrency exchanges worldwide, and for good reason. They are anonymous, closely tied to the value of the US dollar and can be used in exchange for Bitcoin, Ether or about 10 other cryptocurrencies.  Tether is closely associated with Bitfinex, with whom they share common shareholders and management.

Bitfinex has offices in Hong Kong but it is legally headquartered in the British Virgin Islands. In May they announced plans to move to Zug, Switzerland. Bitfinex has a sorted history of poor security, having lost nearly $100 million worth of Bitcoin from customer accounts. Moreover, while claiming to have total one for one US dollar backing for each Tether, real proof is absent.  

Further Evidence of Manipulation

Over the course of this year, as we have gathered digitally to witness the loss of nearly $600 billion in crypto value, everyone has been looking for the culprit. When I first read of some of the academic studies that blamed the advent of futures trading on the CBOE, I laughed. Honestly, I believed the real cause of the rise and fall of crypto were a well connected group of billionaires that together had the power to move markets.  

Well the folks at Chainalysis have just produced some surprising research results. Their Blockchain Intelligence Platform powers investigation software for some of  the world’s top institutions. These guys don’t do surveys, the have their hands on big data that is able to detect some interesting stuff.

Chainalysis released a new report last week showing that the so called Bitcoin whales are not responsible for price volatility. The study examined the 32 largest BTC wallets, which reportedly represent 1 million BTC, or around $6.3 billion. That is a pretty solid sample size.

The data revealed that the BTC whales are do not act in concert with one another. In fact not only are they a diverse group but about two thirds behave like longer term investors. Instead of being FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) types, on net they have traded against the heard buying on price weakness.

Putting The Pieces Together

The crypto world is bombarded with globally generated news on an hourly basis. But what does all of it mean anyway? Hopefully this article adds some perspective on what and who has been responsible for the direction of crypto prices over the past year.  As more of these weak players are identified and depleted of their business, real investors will have the confidence to return to the market.

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EOS Price Forecast: EOS/USD Heading for Another 300% Move?

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  • EOS/USD price action via the 4-hour chart view has formed a bullish flag pattern.
  • The price is moving around levels seen back end of March to early April, before a bull run of over 300%.

The past six sessions for EOS/USD have been erratic to say the least. It has been subject to a high amount of volatility, swinging aggressively in both directions. There has been a lack of commitment from either the bear or bull camps of late. As the market continues to trade with such behavior, it appears to be trying to find its feet, ahead of a potential chunky firm trend.

EOS DApp Hacked Again

An EOS based gambling DApp, EOSBet has been hacked, with $338,000 being reported as stolen. This isn’t the first time; just back in September, hackers managed to get away with a reported 40,000 worth of EOS, which at the time had a value of $200,000. It has been said that they were able to exploit their smart contracts, having found security vulnerabilities.

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart View

EOS/USD 4-hour chart

EOS/USD price action has formed a bullish flag pattern, which began taking shape on 15th October, after the aggressive price behavior stabilized. The bulls at the time ran the price well up into $6 territory. Consequently, it then met the breached ascending trend line, failing to move back above this area. This followed the sharp breakthrough to the downside, which occurred on 11th October. As a result, a drop of over 15% was seen, forcing EOS/USD to retreat in a demand area, within the $5.0000 level proximity.

Looking to the upside, small near-term resistance is seen at around $5.6100, which is the upper trend line of the mentioned bull flag pattern. A breakout will likely open the doors to a retest of the broken ascending trend line, tracking around $6.1100. Support can be eyed at $5.4600, which marks the lower trend line of the flag. Furthermore, should this fail to hold, EOS/USD could likely fall back down to the serving demand area, within the lower $5.0000 territory.

April 2018 Bull Run

EOS/USD April bull run

In April of this year EOS/USD entered a chunky bull run, gaining over 300%. From the back end of March until 11th April, the price had been stuck within consolidation mode. Resulting in the price trading within a tight range, at levels of where the price is currently seen today.

Something quite astonishing started to unfold. Between the period of 11th April to the 29th April, a bull run of around 290% was seen. Over this time frame EOS/USD went from $5.9500 up to a high of around $23.0811. The price is currently demonstrating a similar behavior to that of what was seen during the mentioned period. It is interesting to note that the price did have historical levels to break through, as it had already run higher during the period of December 2017 and came back down. Finally, this is not to say EOS/USD will observe the same bull run. However, it is an interesting observation to be aware of.

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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Coinbase Unleashes Ox; Volumes Hit Five-Month High; ZRX/USD Surges

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Ox (ZRX) is the latest cryptocurrency to feel the benefits of the Coinbase treatment, and on Wednesday morning trade volumes surged to new five month highs.

Coinbase Pro, the dedicated trading wing of the Coinbase platform, has seen $29 million worth of ZRX trades pass through their books – less than twenty-four hours after exposing the Ethereum-based token to the market.

ZRX/USD

This morning’s surge saw ZRX peak at $1.07 before the momentum cooled – the highest valuation in nearly three months. Even at the current valuation in the $0.90 range, that still leaves ZRX up 76% for the last thirty days.

From Tuesday’s valuation of $0.737949, Ox surged to 44% gains in just over twenty-four hours en route to the $1.07 peak. That was accompanied by a 1,544% increase to trade volumes, carrying total trades from $9 million to $148 million – the highest in five months.

Binance remains the exchange fronting the highest concentration of trades, with over 50% coming from its ZRX/BTC and ZRX/ETH trades. However, Coinbase Pro now accounts for around 18% of all ZRX trades, equalling around $29 million in less than a full day.

The Coinbase Effect

As per the official announcement by on the Coinbase Medium blog:

“Starting today, Coinbase supports ZRX at Coinbase.com and in the Coinbase Android and iOS apps. Coinbase customers can now buy, sell, send, receive, or store ZRX, along with Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic and Litecoin.”

Also noted is that UK and New York customers will not yet have access to ZRX trades, owing to regulatory concerns in those regions, meaning today’s momentous ZRX action has come without the benefits of playing with a full deck, so to speak.

Some of you may remember the last cryptocurrency that got to experience the Coinbase treatment – Ethereum Classic (ETC). Back in early July ETC surged over 30% on the back of the Coinbase announcement, and was bolstered by it during the market wide dip of August.

Since then the effect has been less felt, with less than 1% of ETC trades coming from Coinbase Pro in the last twenty-four hours.

Ox Protocol

Ox is a rare exception in the crypto world right now. Here at the end of 2018 most coins are many hundreds of percent below their all-time highs. Yet with this morning’s surge to $1.07, Ox was briefly just 116% off its ATH.

For some perspective, if Ethereum (ETH) grew in value by 116% it would be priced at just over $400 – some way off the ATH in the $1,400 range. If Ox trade volumes rise by another $6 million today, they will have reached levels not seen since the surge of January 2018.

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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