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Wait… what????

You can’t make this stuff up, but the Dow Jones newswire just did. They later apologized claiming that the article was a “technical error.”

The ordeal did seem a bit more elaborate than a simple glitch.

Several headline alerts were sent…

…and the full article included a fair bit of detail…

It seems like somebody was testing some serious news algos. I’ve heard of fake news but this one takes the cake.

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Bitcoin “Flash Crash”

The popular Crypto News website CoinDesk displayed a price plunge of about $600 per coin for almost 10 full minutes.

Even though no major exchange was showing the sudden price movement some financial media ran with the story anyway.

Coindesk has since updated their charts to remove the foul price quote and CNBC has completely revamped the article in which they ran with the story but the original tweet has not been removed.

This one we can probably chalk up to overzealous financial reporting and click bait. Well…. can’t blame them there 😉

Bitcoin Scaling

You’ve probably heard by now that bitcoin is currently undergoing some serious scaling issues at the moment.

The main issue is that the network needs to be able to handle a lot more transactions per second if indeed it is to compete with the world’s biggest payment processors.

Visa currently handles about 24,000 transactions per second. Bitcoin would struggle if it were to see a sustained volume of more than 7 transactions per second. We’re well under that level at the moment but as the use of bitcoin continues to grow it’s something that needs to be worked out quickly.

This graph shows the average transactions per second since May 2016…

and this one demonstrates the fast pace of bitcoin adoption by showing the average number of transactions per day since the blockchain began.

Segwit2x

The debate on how to improve the network speed is heating up and the proposal currently on the table is to double the size of each block in the blockchain from 1 Megabyte to 2 Megabytes.

The process to do this is called a hard fork and it would essentially create a new bitcoin that people would then need to transfer to. The estimated date for this to happen is on or around November 18th.

The miners are currently signaling in strong favor of this solution with more than 94% of mining power onboard.

However, much of the community is largely opposed. As this is extremely political and extremely democratic each side does their best to try and force their ideas on the rest of the network.

What’s in a name?

The main question here is what will the new bitcoin be called. Ideally, the proponents of the Segwit2x would like it to simply be called bitcoin.

This could of course create a problem, especially if not everybody is on the same page. If we had two different currencies both with the same name it would create mass confusion and chaos as nobody would really be sure what they’re sending where and who accepts what.

The popular exchange site Bitfinex has made the call that they will be calling the old bitcoin BTC and will call the new one B2X.

A Hong Kong based wallet and debit card provider named Xapo has issued the following statement.

Meaning, that they are going to support whichever currency the network as a whole decides.

Therein lies the problem.

So what’s the solution?

The price of bitcoin however doesn’t seem to be phased by all this and is currently testing its all time high of $5000 per coin.

So, either the alternative investment community is not aware of the dangers lurking or they simply don’t care.

After all, we had some very similar issue on August 1st with the argument whether to implement Segwit or not and even though there was a lot of fuss then, the average user was largely unphased and the price has nearly doubled since that time.

My personal hope and best educated guess is that at the critical moment the community will indeed come together to realize the best solution. Despite all the fuss and bother it does seem likely that we can get through it rather painlessly.

What else?

As far as other markets are concerned all eyes now on the central banks. Specifically, the FOMC meeting minutes that will be released tonight.

The central banks are the biggest market participants at this time so everything they say or do can have a big impact on the direction of the markets.

Tonight, traders will hyper-focus on if the Fed will raise interest rates in December and how they plan to unload their balance sheet.

Tomorrow, there will be a monetary policy conference in Washington DC that will include speeches from several Fed officials and a guest appearance from Mario Draghi.

Wishing you an amazing day ahead!

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  1. ferdi03

    October 11, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Seriously, sending a push notification for a rumor… don’t do that

  2. cryptovirtualwallet

    October 11, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    And the clickbait train continues… It’s all a joke! Do any media outlets have the slightest bit on integrity?

  3. ferdi03

    October 11, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Yes, btw a paid service

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Update: Bitcoin Price Spikes 8% in One Hour as Momentum Builds

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The bitcoin price spiked on Tuesday shortly after Hacked predicted a possible bullish breakout for the world’s largest cryptocurrency.

BTC/USD Price Update

Bitcoin is up 10% over the last 24 hours, including an 8% spike between 13:39 UTC and 14:24 UTC. According to CCN, the currency peaked at $7,483, its highest in five weeks.

The bitcoin price would later consolidate around $7,340 for a total market capitalization of $126 billion.

Just a few hours earlier, Hacked predicted that an imminent breakout was likely after prices breached the 20-day and 50-day moving averages. At the time, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) was in the mid-60s, which confirmed the bullish pattern.

Crypto Market Rallies

In typical fashion, the broader cryptocurrency market followed bitcoin’s upward trajectory, with the majors reporting 24-hour gains of between 6% and 9%. The total cryptocurrency market is now valued at $292 billion, the highest since June 12.

Trade volumes have also spiked, reaching $17 billion over the past 24 hours. That too is the highest level since late June.

As Hacked previously reported, cryptocurrencies are being propelled higher on speculation that major institutions are planning to enter the blockchain arena.

On Monday, it was also reported that Coinbase received regulatory approval to start listing so-called security tokens, becoming the first U.S.-regulated platform to do so. The approval was granted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which felt that Coinbase’s strategic acquisition of three companies was enough to open regulatory pathways to securities listings.

The acquisitions included Keystone Capital Corp., Venovate Marketplace Inc. and Digital Wealth.

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Frenzy to Get Bitcoin ETF Listed Is Clogging Up the SEC’s Email

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The Securities and Exchange Commission is apparently fielding a tidal wave of messages from crypto-currency enthusiasts after an exchange recently sought approval to list a Bitcoin ETF.

It has been three weeks since the SEC first asked for feedback on Cboe Global Markets Inc.’s request to change its listing rules and allow a crypto exchange-traded fund.

Since then, more than 90 individuals have submitted comments. That’s 10 times the number of responses the SEC previously received when it asked for opinions on another Bitcoin ETF listing back in April. It is apparent that the appetite for such a product is far higher then before.

The over-enthusiasm of the blockchain community is also spilling over into other areas of regulation. For instance, out of 19 of 21 comments left on the agency’s potential ETF rule change are desperately begging for the Bitcoin fund. Furthermore, the actual proposal for the ETF doesn’t mention Bitcoin, crypto or blockchain on any of its 286 pages whatsoever.

The SEC has spent much of the last 12 months preoccupied with damping attempts to bring a Bitcoin ETF to market.

After the currency’s precipitous climb to more than $18,000 last year, the commission in would-be issuers to withdraw their applications until asset managers could reliably answer a series of questions on custody, liquidity, market manipulation, valuation, and arbitrage. Bitcoin has since fallen to around $6,600, although it was rallying all of yesterday.

Although there were many alternately entertaining and informative comments, the commenter who best summed up the fervor of crypto left his comment under the pseudonym, “Noah’s Ark of Crypto.”

He said, “To all the Peter’s Bob’s, Linda’s and Nancy’s reviewing this bill, this all comes down to one thing: Innovation. Do you want to be at the forefront of historical financial technology or do you want to be left behind as the plebs of the western world?”

Brutal. But potentially warranted.

A more serious take was left by an analyst ostensibly employed by analyst firm Ernst Young. The commenter wrote, “Creating regulations for crypto ETF’s allows for certainty and reliability to emerge in a market that desperately needs it.

As the rise of crypto use-cases becomes more prolific it is of the utmost importance to the crypto community, as well as in the best interest of the United States financial system at large, to engage in drafting regulations to mitigate fraud, corruption, and dubious practices.

The SEC, coupled with other levers of regulation such as FINRA, hold the largest opportunity to propel cryptocurrency to new all-time highs by shoring up uncertainty in the market. Please don’t squander this opportunity. Thank you.”

Both comments seem to share the assessment that if the SEC does not relax its oppositional stance the only losers will be the United States relative to other countries.

Since this new filing was released for comment, the SEC has also postponed a decision on another prospective Bitcoin-related listing change until later this September.

Both requests were made by Cboe, which has repeatedly urged the SEC to consider approving crypto ETFs. It will be interesting to observe if the SEC has changed its mind and/or will bow to public pressure.

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Bitcoin Price Rally Shows Promise After Technical Breakthrough

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Bitcoin is eyeing a potentially bigger breakout this week after prices crossed the 20-day and 50-day moving averages, signaling renewed momentum for the largest cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin Price Levels

The bitcoin price touched a new intraday high of $6,761 on Tuesday, as trading volumes topped $4.9 billion for the first time since July 6. More importantly, the recent uptrend pushed prices above their short-term moving averages. The 50-day MA was breached for the first time since May.

Relative strength has also shot up into bullish territory, with values rising above 60, according to Barchart data.

Bitcoin attempted a similar breakout last weekend but was eventually pushed back to the $6,100-$6,200 region as part of a market-wide breakdown that came to a head on July 12. However, BTC/USD continued to defend $6,000, a sign that the market had put a firm bottom on prices.

With a short-term bottom established, prices may be poised for a re-test of the July 8 high of $6,886. From there, the psychologically significant $7,000 comes in play.

Crypto Market Consolidates

The broader cryptocurrency market continued to show poise Tuesday as the majors continued to trade near weekly highs. As Hacked reported earlier, the cryptocurrency market cap swelled more than $20 billion at the start of the week amid reports that BlackRock is exploring a potential entry into the blockchain arena.

Positive news has kept coming after IBM confirmed it is working on a new stablecoin project to help banks streamline international payments.

Bitmain, China’s largest bitcoin mining manufacturer, was also in the headlines after announcing a stake in Block.one, the parent company behind EOS. CCN also reported Tuesday that Bitmain has set up a 20,000 square-foot facility in Silicon Valley ahead of its planned initial public offering (IPO) later this year.

Last month, the company concluded a successful $400 million funding round, which catapulted it to the top of the global blockchain ranks.

As Hacked previously reported, the cryptocurrency market has largely discounted the wave of positive developments taking place over the past three months, a sign that regulatory scrutiny was keeping investors on the sidelines. Trading activity at the start of the week suggests more capital is flowing into the market, though the absence of new traders is generally reflected in overall trade volumes.

That said, 24-hour trade volumes crossed $15 billion on Monday for the first time in over a week.

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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