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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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Due to local holidays, there will be no market update tomorrow. We’ll pick up where we left off on Friday the 13th.

 

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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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Bitcoin Price Eyes Further Consolidation as Bakkt Sets Date for BTC Futures Contracts

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Bitcoin’s price has shown little movement over the last 24 hours, as low-volume, low-volatility trading supported a gradual consolidation for the world’s leading cryptocurrency. Meanwhile, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has set a new date for the launch of Bakkt, a proprietary cryptocurrency trading platform.

BTC/USD Update

The bticoin price hovered within a narrow range on Tuesday, picking up where it left off at the start of the week. At press time, BTC was valued at $6,462.49, having declined 0.4% compared with Monday. The leading digital currency is trading at an $80 premium on Bitfinex.

Trade volumes have picked up slightly over the past 24 hours but remain well below $4 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. The $4 billion threshold is generally viewed as the minimum exchange-traded volume bitcoin needs to generate any kind of meaningful rally.

Bitcoin’s underlying volatility is once again approaching yearly lows. Over the past 30 days, the bitcoin volatility index has averaged 1.65%, according to bitvol.info. This figure conveys daily fluctuations in bitcoin’s open price.

According to CBOE Options Institute instructor Kevin Davitt, bitcoin has exhibited less price volatility than some of Wall Street’s biggest technology stocks. In a recent conversation with MarketWatch, Davitt explained how bitcoin’s 20-day historical volatility (HV) was lower than that of Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and Nvidia (NVDA). In fact, bitcoin’s 20-day HV has fallen nearly as low as Apple’s (AAPL).

ICE Sets Date for Bakkt

The owner of the New York Stock Exchange has set a date of Dec. 12 for the launch of its upcoming cryptocurrency trading platform. Bakkt will initially offer physically settled bitcoin futures contracts by mid-December, a move that could bring more institutional traders into the fold.

According to a notice issued on Monday, Bakkt’s new product is called the Bitcoin (USD) Daily Futures Contract. The contract size is one bitcoin, with prices quoted in U.S. dollars to two decimal places. A minimum price movement of $2.50 per bitcoin has been set. Block trades executed at a minimum of $0.01 per bitcoin are also permitted.

Investors who purchase a bitcoin futures contract will have physical units of the coin deposited into their account on settlement. Existing bitcoin futures markets offered by CBOE and CME are cash-settled as opposed to physically settled.

ICE’s first foray into cryptocurrency was announced back in August after it announced an ambitious plan to bring blockchain solutions to mainstream investors and consumers. The platform, which is backed by Microsoft, Boston Consulting Group and Starbucks, is “designed to serve as a scalable on-ramp for institutional merchant and consumer participation in digital assets, by promoting greater efficiency, security and utility,” according to CEO Jelly Loeffler.

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: Coins Turn Lower After Choppy Weekend

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The major cryptocurrencies are slightly lower today in early trading, as Sunday’s modest rally faded away without major technical progress. Most of the coins are stuck in narrow trading ranges, and last week’s spike well above the current price levels, as buyers failed to take control of the market.

That said, we haven’t seen strong negative momentum either, and although the bearish long-term setups remain intact, there is no immediate danger of new bear market lows in the segment.

Patience is still the name of the game for crypto investors, since there is no evidence of a broader trend change that would justify a more constructive investment position. Our trend model is on sell signals across the board on both time frames, and the bearish pressures are still apparent on the charts, even considering the lengthy consolidation period. Given the negative long-term trends, odds still favor a test of the lows in most case, particularly in the light of the lack of bullish leadership.

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While most of the majors are still above the lows hit just before the Tether-turmoil, there are several relatively weak coins that could lead the market lower in the coming weeks. Especially Ethereum, Liteocin, Dash, and EOS point a negative picture of the market, while Ripple and Bitcoin are still the most encouraging form a bullish standpoint, even as they also failed to signs of bullish momentum.


BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is back near the $6400 level today, after drifting towards the $6500 resistance during yesterday’s rally,  but the coin is still well clear of the $6275 support level, trading clearly within last Monday’s range. Our trend model continues to be on a short-term sell signal, while the long-term picture is still neutral for the largest digital currency.

Traders and investors still shouldn’t enter positions here with further resistance levels ahead near $6750 and $7000 and with support levels below $6275 found near $6000, $5850 and between $5000 and $5100.

Altcoins Slightly Lower as Stellar Fails to Break Out

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple and Stellar have been showing some positive signs last week, but they both failed to make significant technical progress, confirming the segment-wide selling pressure. Ripple is threatening to move below the $0.42-$0.46 level, despite the rally above its triangle consolidation pattern, and a break below $0.42 would likely trigger a test of the $0.355 support.

For now, the short-term sell signal remains in place due to the lack of follow-through, and traders should be cautious with new positions. Strong resistance is still ahead at $0.51, $0.54, $0.57, while further, weak support is found near $0.375.

Stellar/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stellar is trading very close to the key long-term support zone near $0.24 that has been dominating trading for several weeks, and despite the rally attempts, the coin is still not out of its bear market. That said, should a broader trend change occur, Stellar would likely be among the leaders of renewed advance, but for now, traders and investors should still stay away from the coin.

The declining long-term trend is intact, with strong resistance levels ahead near $0.265 and $0.2835, while support levels are found near $0.235, $0.21, and $0.1935.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is still stuck in a very narrow range after the weekend, with the $200 support/resistance level still being in the center of attention. The bearish broader setup is unchanged in ETH’s market, with the coin still being relatively weak among the majors.

Traders and investors shouldn’t open new positions her, with further support found near $180, $170, and $160, and with strong resistance zones ahead near $235 and $260.

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Bitcoin Price Resumes Narrow Trading Pattern as Bulls Struggle for Momentum

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Bitcoin was back on the defensive Monday, as prices approached a key psychological support following a series of failed rallies last week. The leading digital currency by market capitalization is caught in a low-volatility, low-volume trading pattern that could keep prices firmly contained for the foreseeable future.

BTC/USD Update

The bitcoin price reached a low of $6,410 on Monday, according to CCN, before rebounding modestly later in the session. At the time of writing, BTC was down 1% at $6,473, according to CoinMarketCap. Prices reached a high of around $6,552 over the weekend.

Bitcoin continues to trade at a premium on Bitfinex, with the digital currency now offered at $6,587.

At current values, BTC is capitalized at $112.3 billion for a 53.7% share of the overall market. The combined value of all digital assets in circulation hovered near $209 billion at the start of Monday. Trade volumes across all cryptoassets reached $10.8 billion.

Low Volume, Low Volatility

Bitcoin’s price action has narrowed significantly over the course of the year, as the introduction of futures trading helped markets stabilize following an adrenaline-filled 2018. Although BTC continues to trade at roughly a third of its all-time high, it has carved out a firm price floor and has exhibited much lower volatility than in previous years.

The sharp decline in volatility can be highlighted by the bitcoin volatility index, which tracks daily fluctuations in BTC’s open price. Over the past 30 days, bitcoin’s volatility index has averaged 1.81%, according to Bitvol.info. This number represents the extent of BTC’s average fluctuation over that period.

Of course, the sharp drop in volatility isn’t all positive news, especially for day traders and speculators of virtual currency. For bitcoin, declining volatility also means a sharp drop off in daily trading volumes.

Daily turnover in BTC approached yearly lows on Sunday, hitting a low of around $3.1 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. For sustained rallies in bitcoin to occur, trade volumes of at least $4 billion are generally observed.

A lack of clarity on the direction of bitcoin and the broader market will likely keep price action limited over the short term. However, as we’ve observed repeatedly this year, prolonged periods of narrow trading ranges are often followed by sharp pullbacks in the market. This was observed earlier this month before a sudden selloff of Tether (USDT) propelled bitcoin sharply higher.

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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