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So interesting, isn’t it? Yes, we had gigantic hacking of a large exchange & perhaps some ponzi schemes, but overall I think we are sitting pretty! We have more and more banks looking into blockchain, and if you didn’t see it, Robinhood exchange is going to be offering BTC and ETH, with more coins to come. That means you can trade stocks & crypto in the same account. This is the beginning of regulated buying. Robinhood will have to be handing out 1099s on the crypto as well. If they don’t – it will be a public execution by the SEC. Both cases, we are on the major news networks debating it for I would say maybe 3-4 days. Excellent.

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The market cap of crypto is sitting at around $550,000,000,000 as of this writing, give or take 10-20b. If we count the fact that significant populations of Asian countries have put their savings (and loans) into it, this market cap is still telling us we aren’t adopted in the way it will eventually be. Bitcoin and Ethereum are becoming household names as more and more people have to weigh in on how things will interact with their business. Stripe getting rid of bitcoin saying it was slow and how to much in fees tells us something.

People are actually using it! They wouldn’t be complaining if this wasn’t becoming a major issue in their business. I deeply encourage you to try to buy an item online or in-person in cryptocurrency. See how the experience goes and try different coins. There will be a difference. I am trying to do this more and more just so that I can see how things work. I love the fact that some of these coins have apps. I have a small amount of WAVES and they have an app! Going to be connecting it soon. The more unique places you put things the better you understand which way is the best.

There is a very distinct need for a unified account for all cryptocurrencies to be stored safely. Oh, hush about your tech friend who can do it for $3,000. I also don’t want it to be an exchange. There have been many different places I have looked into where they just have specific things that they can handle right now. I won’t migrate my business, and I am sure everyone else feels the same, until the wallet can handle literally everything and explain how it is safer. I have cold storage for most things, but I would like to see what someone eventually comes up with for the app/desktop.

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I have mentioned on Twitter my love, my sweet love, for Neon wallet. That thing is awesome. Tracks my GAS for me, lets me participate in their ICOs right off the wallet, and overall the design is clean and understandable. The platform apps are just fantastic. You see all this Stellar rumblin’s? Told ya’ so. Look into who is designing coins quickly and efficiently. Stellar launched a gigantic ICO (Mobius) on their platform, and people are beginning to migrate over because of ease of use. I would say that ERC20 tokens will always be in use due to the fact that Ethereum will have scale to upgrade. Their partnerships are broad and their technology is being learned rapidly to catch up with demand.

I don’t want to be in the coin business anymore guys. I don’t want to be in the rapid transfer systems (except XRP pre-coin base WOO WOO) or the privacy coins. That is a bloodbath, and there are too many coins to keep up with. If they have business partnerships, then indeed partake! Make sure the companies are actually using the coin. However, this is where I have decided to trail to another side of the pond. I am interested in smart contract businesses. These are the companies that are actually using the technology.

These are the paintbrushes of Michael Angelo. Each and every day people are coming up with new ways to quantify all of kinds of data so that it can be entered into a contract, and reward those in which the aggregated data specified. If you think of the ways that this can be used, it is infinite. It all depends how quickly the people can come up with the way to expand what can become data for this software to understand.

If there isn’t a business to analyze, just a coin, I don’t know how I am going to get my money back. I want something behind the coin that is ensuring it’s existence that people are using it for. Volume is fantastic, and speculation is fantastic. But those things are slowly becoming less used as more people have margin calls to the 10th degree for all their buys during the rally. We are not equity holders. I don’t really want ownership in rapid transfer systems. You own the road, I am just a car on the road in that situation.

But if a car is just the entry ticket to wanting to get into my smart contract system, then now people have something tangible to judge. Stellar is trying to do that with their ICO, as Mobius was offered only in XLM. Beautiful. Jed up there making beautiful business decisions. More ICOs to come, and I am sure Jed is on board to help whoever wants to help him have storefronts on his road.

Right now I would be foolish to say any names that are a good purchase right now. Bitcoin is at 10-11,000. Purgatory. Absolute Purgatory. I won’t be happy until 13,000 and I barely own any Bitcoin. It’s dominance is up to 35%, and we are slowly starting to see it become more of a storage of value (“Gold”) for people to hold onto and distribute only in rare circumstances. Who takes over is anyone’s guess. I think all should watch in one place, and this is a shout out to Canadians. Your Bitcoin stores. I want to see what happens there. I want to see what other coins they begin to offer, and what happens when people don’t trade in extreme volume in Bitcoin, and rather hold it.

Good luck folks. I would cool off on the trading, as when XRP goes down after two business partnership announcements, I am going to take a knee. I am sure there are opportunities, but the risk scale has gone up a significant amount. $1,000 ETH is troubling. I want $1,200 again before I start to look at things. I am sure by then things will have gone up 20-30%, but I don’t need the downside to that.

This is not financial advice. I have not said to buy or sell any coins whatsoever. I do hope that you enjoyed reading, and I hope it gave you a couple ideas of your own. Do follow me on Twitter @raijincrypto, as during the week I will often share thoughts on certain news pieces. This market is way too fast. Beware of the risks, and be safe.

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  1. kornyyy

    January 27, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Im not sure to understand the goal of this text …

    • Haspel

      January 27, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      Me neither. Weird article.

      • darreno

        January 27, 2018 at 10:47 pm

        This Raiden lad is a bit rambly I say. Who is he? Not sure. Kinda unsure what value I’m actually getting for paying for this site..

  2. dopezone

    January 27, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Things (what might those be?!) are cheap. You might want to think about buying some.

  3. Max Power

    January 27, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Well this was a manic read

  4. MinerMatt17

    January 27, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Did a 4th grader write this article? So many random thoughts and a complete lack of flow.

  5. douglash

    January 28, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks for the reminder of the importance of consistently taking ones meds.

  6. cfussy25

    January 28, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    The author has a bit of a different style for sure, but I don’t see anything wrong with that. I’d say this is more of a blog type post than an article however and maybe should be categorized as such. But I’ve personally enjoyed the authors’ rumblings.

  7. eocc12

    January 28, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    I can go to r/cryptocurrency and get one of the moonbois there to write a better piece than this. Really not worth a membership.

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Technical Analysis: Correction Continues but Coins Remain Stable

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It’s been another mixed session for cryptocurrency investors as judging by only the price action, the segment suffered losses across the board, but comparing the current sell-off to the January plunge reveals that the majors are much more resilient this time around.

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The largest digital currencies are holding on to most of the gains of the recent weeks, and the price action near the crucial support zones is also encouraging. With all that said, the correction is not over yet, and further losses are still in the cards, but barring a substantial change in price action, the coins will likely continue the rally.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Bitcoin has been trading around the key $10,000 level all day long, and, so far, a clear break-down has been averted. The short-term momentum indicators are now in neutral territory regarding the most valuable coin, and that could mean that a bottom is close, and investors should already add to their holdings here. Further strong support is found between $9000 and $9200, while targets are ahead at $11,300, $13,000, and $14,250.

XMR/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Correlation between the majors has increased during the sell-off, but there are still clear outperformers and laggards, adding to the bullish case. Monero remains among the strongest coins from a technical perspective, trading right at the lower boundary of the bullish consolidation pattern, with the $280 price level holding up for now. The coin faces strong resistance near $300 and $335, but we expect the uptrend to continue with the next target being ahead at $400, while further support is found at $240.

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Crypto Correction Deepens With Bitcoin Falling Below $10,000

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Cryptocurrencies hastened their decline on Thursday, with the total market cap falling to its lowest level in over a week as bitcoin and the major altcoins backtracked.

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Fresh Selloff Hits Crypto Market

Ninety-two of the top 100 cryptocurrencies tracked by CoinMarketCap were trading lower Thursday afternoon. The combined market capitalization for all coins fell 6% to $430 billion, the lowest since Feb. 13.

Bitcoin broke below $10,000 for the first time in nearly a week, and was last seen trading at $9.891. Even with the decline, bitcoin is maintaining its bullish outlook insofar as prices hold above the technically important $9,000-$9,200 region. Although downside is expected to persist in the short term, a bounce back toward $11,000 is expected. This is confirmed by the oversold Relative Strength Index (RSI), which also points to a rebound.

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As the following chart illustrates, the value of bitcoin peaked near $11,800 earlier this week before the recent bout of profit-taking took hold.

Ethereum, the world’s no. 2 cryptocurrency by market cap, fell below $800 for the first time in almost two weeks. At the time of writing, one ether was worth around $793, which represents a decline of 4% from the previous close.

Like bitcoin, ether is also grappling with oversold levels. However, the recent low is much shallower than the one Ethereum experienced in early February when prices fell toward $550.

Meanwhile, Litecoin tumbled to a session low of $188.73, more than offsetting a 50% gain earlier in the week. At the time of writing, the coin was down 6.5% at $192.59.

Elsewhere in the market, Ripple plunged nearly 9% to $0.93, while bitcoin cash fell fell nearly 8% to $1,210.

No Immediate Catalyst for the Decline

Like previous corrective phases, there was no immediate catalyst for the market’s sharp reversal, a sign that technical traders were largely responsible for the downshift. Since peaking above $518 billion on Saturday, the crypto market has declined 17%, all but reversing the previous week’s sharp rally.

On the regulatory front, the French government just announced it will be cracking down on unregulated cryptocurrency trading. In a statement issued by Autorite des Marches Financiers (AMF), the nation’s financial market watchdog, regulators said they had noticed a growing trend in unregulated futures and derivatives trading involving cryptocurrency.

“The AMF concludes that a cash-settled cryptocurrency contract may qualify as a derivative, irrespective of the legal qualification of a cryptocurrency,” the AMF said in the statement, as reported by CCN. “As a result, online platforms which offer cryptocurrency derivatives fall within the scope of MiFID 2 and must therefore comply with the authorisation, conduct of business rules, and the EMIR trade reporting obligation to a trade repository.”

MiFID stands for Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, a harmonized regulatory framework for the European Union’s financial markets. MiFID 2 was launched earlier this year to provide more transparency on traders and go after non-compliance more aggressively.

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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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Tests $10,000 amid Correction

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The altcoin-triggered correction continued in the segment overnight amid the renewed sell-off in global stocks, with a slight bounce in Asian trading and a subsequent dip after the European open. The major coins are all down by more than 5% since yesterday, but for now, the momentum of the move is not worrying, and most importantly the leadership of the rally is holding up relatively well.

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Bitcoin bounced off the key $10,000 level, the $200 support zone held in Litecoin, Monero is still in its consolidation pattern above $280, and only Dash showed deterioration since yesterday, but the long-term picture remains encouraging even in Dash’s case.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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The above-mentioned levels in the technically strongest coins are not even the last line of defense for bulls, as the preceding strong rally left several key levels behind which could serve as the basis of the next leg higher.

Also, we expect the currently negatively diverging coins, led by Ethereum and Ripple, to start showing strength as the short-term momentum reaches oversold territory, and good entry points might be close both for traders and long-term investors.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC touched the $10,000 support level, but for now, the technically more important $9000-$9200 zone is not in danger, and the short-term momentum indicators are already neutral thanks to the correction.

That said, more downside is likely in the coming days, but investors and traders should be looking for reversals to enter new positions, as we expect the uptrend to continue, with targets ahead at $11,300, $13,000 and $14,250.

Ethereum Provides a Glimmer of Hope

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Although bears are still in control regarding the short-term picture in the second largest coin, this morning ETH didn’t hit a significant new swing low, and that could be the first sign of relative strength, with the $845 support not far above the current price level, and the MACD indicator is already near oversold territory.

Despite the slightly positive sign, short-term traders should remain defensive concerning the weaker coins, while long-term investors should still accumulate the currencies on the dips.

Stay tuned for our detailed technical analysis later on today.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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