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Gold Surging on Safety

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Though many market analysts and commentators may be afraid to say it, the markets are showing very clear signs of FEAR.

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Sign 1: Gold surging past $1270. Now at levels not seen since the US election results came out on November 9th.

Sign 2: Yen surging. This is the purest safe haven currency. It has now broken below 110 Yens to the Dollar, a significant level we’ll explore below.

Sign 3: The VIX popped up yesterday. The fear index is now reading 15.07, also the highest level since the US elections.

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Sign 4: Stocks falling. Almost all major global indices are red. The DAX in Germany fell more than 1% yesterday before making a weak recovery to close at a loss of 0.5%. The Nikkei 225 is down more than 1% so far today.

That should be enough to confirm the above statement but I’ve got one more for you.

The price of Oil is rising. Since the Trump attack on Syria, we’re noticing a slow but steady gain in the price of Oil. Now, this may have to do with expectations of lower output in the future but current stockpiles have not waned. Since the source of the fear is the Middle East, escalating tensions give oil traders a good incentive to be on the buy side.

 

Chart for Yen

The Blue line is the 110 level. Now there is no real support left until around 105.

This is not a great sign for clients in eToro who have been long on the USDJPY pair for the past few weeks. At the moment, Stop Losses are getting eerily close. With the average stop loss for buy positions as close as 108.90, just 65 pips away from the current price.

Focus now on Russia

The United States has made their move in Syria. Now it’s Russia’s turn to respond.

Today, Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting Moscow and the number one question is who will he be meeting?

Traditionally, a new US Secretary of State visiting Russia should meet with the head of state. However, there has been a lot of speculation in the media as to whether Putin is willing to meet with Tillerson. If he declines, this could represent a turn not only on Syria but could be an end to the Trump-Putin bromance.

In fact, Putin has already put out a statement comparing the US allegations that Assad was responsible for the chemical attack to the time that US intelligence claimed that Sadam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

At the moment, the Ruble is in a position of strength as analysts were expecting sanctions to be eased by the Trump administration. However, if we see a quick policy turn around here the pair is likely to get very volatile in the coming days.

In the meantime, the White House is taking it on the chin in social media over comments from WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who said that “even Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons.” The entire world said, wait… what?

He was, of course, quick to apologize for the statement but it’s a bad day for any public figure when you’re drawing criticism from the Anne Frank Center.

What’s next?

More Trump of course. The Donald will appear on his favorite news station, Fox Business. For some strange reason, the interview is going to be at 6 AM EST. So most Americans will be asleep when it happens.

Trump, of course, will be talking about his favorite subject… himself. Expect to hear comments on everything from Healthcare to tax reform, to the situations in the Middle East and North Korea. This oughta be fun.

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  1. Ershad

    April 12, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Mati,

    What price would you recommend selling gold at ? Are we likely to sell $1300 in the near future or a pullback ?

    Kind regards
    Ershad

  2. Mati Greenspan

    April 12, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Sell Gold??? Ershad!

    Perhaps, if you’re a short term high leverage cowboy. You may be able to catch it on a retracement for $10 or $20.

    Over the long term, the price of gold always rises. The best strategy that I’ve seen for gold is “buy the dips.”

    Mati

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Music: One Overlooked Use Case

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So far in this year, Ethereum has been the crypto star appreciating over 80% to a recent record of $1402. All this suggests that more and more applications are being created. We know this by the demand for Ether, the gas that drives the Ethereum network.

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The reason behind the explosion of Ether demand was confirmed by Ethereum co founder Steven Nerayoff in a CNBC interview where he claimed the number of Ethereum projects today is more than 10 times year ago levels.

One of those areas is the music business and there are several names appearing on the ICO list to add to your research agenda.

Why The Music Business Needs Help

Music may live forever but the business side has been in trouble for a long while. Over the last decade there have been only three years when the global value of music sales increased. The combination of digital music and outright pirating through peer-to-peer sharing has much to do with the long-term trend.

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Throughout the world there are 69 copyright and royalty societies given the responsibility of documenting, collecting and distributing music royalties. That means collecting a few pennies whenever a song is played on the radio, Internet or anywhere else. Four of the largest of these is in the US, followed by Japan, Germany and Britain. Their operations are truly byzantine.

Experts in the music-publishing field confirm the time between music usage and royalty payment can run close to 24 months. Even then not all royalties are distributed. According to my sources, there are often millions of dollars collected by royalty authorities everywhere that never make it to the entitled recipients. That sort of practice borders on criminal behavior but copyright and royalty societies operate in a sub-rosa manner making it difficult to understand their policies.

In the past just 4 major record labels controlled over 80% of the industry. These giants could afford a full time legal department to pursue royalty issues dominated the music industry. Today, however, independent labels represent almost one-third of the market. This means less democracy in the business with the young independent artist at a particular disadvantage.

Of course, musicians aren’t the only group of artists loosing out on their pay. There are writers, poets and painters that go largely unprotected.

The music business is just easier to track because it has more data. Yet in spite of all the information, the music industry is widely recognized for its lack of transparency. Blockchain technology has the ability to disrupt long-standing industry practices.

ICOs To The Rescue

The number of Ethereum based white knights is starting to appear on the horizon promising to rattle the industry and hopefully restore some democracy on behalf of the independent artist.

One simple business model comes from a startup SingularDTV who is attempting to build their ecosystem on top of Ethereum. Here is the basic value added proposal.

SingularDTV tokenizes the artist work. In doing so the artist is turning their music into a financial asset. Anyone who buys into an artist’s token owns a share of the creation and its income stream. The more people consume an artist creation, the higher goes the token price.

Only time will show if SingularDTV succeeds with this model. The consequence of this model is how it eliminates many of the middlemen and nefarious influences in the industry. Instead of singing on a street corner for bread, an artist could raise money upfront without relying on an advance from a record label.

According to SingularDTV, distributing content via blockchain would allow artists to skirt streaming platforms like Spotify to earn royalties on their own terms. Now that is true democracy.

SingularDTV may stand out a bit in the news due its recent ICO success in raising $8 million but they aren’t the only player in the music game. Names like Voise recently raised $1 million as well as Soundchain, Blokur and Opus to name a few.

I am no longer a registered investment advisor, which means I don’t go around making investment recommendations. So I will only suggest this group to put on your list of late night reading. Next time, I will take a closer look at more of these names.

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Technical Analysis: Cryptocurrencies Start Week on a Quiet Note as NEO Shines

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The broad Bitcoin-led correction continued to dominate trading in the crypto-segment throughout the weekend, as the most valuable coin drifted sideways above the key technical level at $13,000, with dwindling trading volumes.

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BTC remains in a declining short-term pattern, although the digital currency still holds well above the mini-crash lows from December, spending almost a month now in the daily range of the year-end plunge. We still expect the largest coin to complete the current cycle with a move below the crash lows and the $10,000 level after the stellar rally of the previous months. Key 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

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Altcoins also settled down across the boards with only a few coins registering strong activity. Ethereum and NEO have been among the coins making headlines, as the second largest coin continued to grind, higher still trading near its recent all-time high today. The price of the ETH token is moving in a short-term uptrend, in the face of the stretched momentum indicators, but we expect a meaningful correction soon, and long-term investors should wait for a more favorable technical setup before entering new positions, with key support levels at $1000, $850, $740, $625, and near $575.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple remained under heavy selling pressure in the meanwhile, as the oversold bounce of the weekend faded away and the coin got close last week’s lows again. As the short-term downtrend is intact, traders should stay away from entering new positions, while investors should wait for short-term sell-offs towards the main support levels at $1.50, $1.25, and $0.85 to add to their holdings.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Technical Analysis: Coins Rebound as Key Support Level Holds Bitcoin

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The $13,000 level in the price of Bitcoin continued to be the center attention of traders today, as the most valuable coin successfully tested the crucial support zone overnight, despite another brief dip below it. The other majors followed the subsequent bounce higher, with Ethereum pushing past $1250 once again, while Ripple reclaiming the $2 level.

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Despite the bounce, the short-term trend in Bitcoin is clearly bearish and the correction is still likely to continue, although the extreme long-term overbought readings are now cleared. We still expect a move towards the previous correction low near $11,300, with a likely dip below $10,000 before the end of the current cycle, with further important support levels are found at $9000, $8200, and $7700.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Ripple recovered slightly after nearing the $1.50 level and reaching short-term oversold readings, and the coin tested the primary resistance level at $2.1 yesterday in late trading. The currency remains in a strong short-term downtrend despite the bounce and the continuation of the correction is likely, although long-term investors could already accumulate new positions near the main support levels at  $1.50, $1.25, and $0.85.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum bounced of the dominant short-term trendline, but the coin remains overbought on all time-frames and we expect a trendline break in the coming days. That said, traders could hold smaller positions here with tight stops as a push towards the prior all-time high is still possible. Key support levels are found at $1000, $850, $740, $625, and near $575.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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