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Why Investors Should Just Hold Onto Bitcoin and Worry About Bitcoin Cash Later

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On August 1, Bitcoin Cash (BCH), a hard fork proposal led by Chinese bitcoin mining pool ViaBTC, was forked and hours later, ViaBTC mined the first BCH block. BCH, which was initially developed by a bitcoin mining equipment manufacturer, struggled to gain acceptance from the industry, exchanges and businesses. As a result, its market cap has fallen below $5 billion while the bitcoin price has established its new all-time high at $3,163.

For all bitcoin holders that have had bitcoin on non-custodial wallet platforms have already been credited with BCH. For users on exchanges and custodial platforms, which handle private keys for their clients, each exchange is handling the BCH hard fork differently. Coinbase for instance, the world’s largest wallet platform and the operator of major digital currency exchange GDAX, announced that it will credit BCH to all user accounts by January of 2018.

David Farmer, the director of communications at Coinbase, stated:

“Over the last several days, we’ve examined all of the relevant issues and have decided to work on adding support for bitcoin cash for Coinbase customers. We are planning to have support for bitcoin cash by January 1, 2018, assuming no additional risks emerge during that time. Once supported, customers will be able to withdraw bitcoin cash. We’ll make a determination at a later date about adding trading support. In the meantime, customer bitcoin cash will remain safely stored on Coinbase.”

Many users and investors remain unsatisfied with the decision of Coinbase to credit user accounts with BCH after nearly five months since the initial execution of the BCH hard fork. However, according to bitcoin analysts and experts including Tone Vays and Paxos principal architect Jimmy Song, such precaution is necessary and investors should be extremely careful throughout the process of claiming BCH.

Vays, a prominent bitcoin trader and well-respected analyst within the cryptocurrency sector, noted that claiming BCH with non-custodial wallet platforms such as hardware wallets, paper wallets and online wallets can impose security risks as they involve private keys of bitcoin wallets. When private keys are exposed, bitcoin can be stolen from users and redirected to external or alternative wallets.

If the Mt. Gox hacking incident is taken for instance, WizSecurity revealed that a hacker working closely with Alexander Vinnick, the owner of now-defunct bitcoin exchange BTC-E, stole the wallet.dat file from the centralized systems of Mt. Gox and like that, $2.21 billion in bitcoin were stolen.

Hence, because the manual claiming process of BCH requires the handling of private keys, investors should instead just hold onto bitcoin, wait for the BCH market to stabilize, more BCH wallets to emerge and then cash out or trade their BCH.

As Vays noted:

“Right now, my backup is pretty secure. I know there is one backup in a Mac that doesn’t turn on, and another back up on a couple of USB thumbdrives. I’m not in a rush to get this bitcoin private key out because right now I know it is safe. The moment I plug this USB drive to some computer, the moment I get it out, the moment I change the wallet.dat file, I bring this bitcoin into the world and that scares me. I’m really keeping my bitcoin private.”

For users and investors that remain unclear and insecure about BCH, all users of bitcoin already have been credited with BCH. The difference between exchanges and non-custodial wallet platforms is that because exchanges control the private keys of users, they control BCH of their users and can decide when to credit them to user accounts. For users on non-custodial wallet platforms, BCH has already been credited.

Another major reason to simply wait until the BCH market stabilizes is that as of current, there exists no legitimate and secure BCH wallet. Thus, when BCH is withdrawn from a wallet or an exchange, there is no alternative BCH wallet that users can utilize apart from exchanges that support BCH/BTC trading to store BCH.

Some leading bitcoin exchanges including U.S.-based Kraken and South Korea’s second largest bitcoin exchange Korbit support BCH/BTC trading and offer wallet services. Trezor, the most popular and widely utilized bitcoin hardware wallet, has also integrated beta BCH wallet for users to withdraw or store their BCH but none of the abovementioned BCH wallets are completely safe as of now.

To sum up, for investors and traders of bitcoin, it will be safer to simply hold onto BCH and wait until the Bitcoin Cash market stabilizes.

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  1. Kevlar

    August 6, 2017 at 10:47 am

    How do you figure there’s no wallets? What do you think the exchanges are using? Magic pixie dust?

    • Joseph Young

      August 7, 2017 at 1:50 am

      Exchanges are required to use centralized systems. Hot wallets used by exchanges are controlled by the exchanges, which is why exchanges can shut down or terminate accounts at their demand.

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New Bitcoin Core Release Prevents Miner DoS Attack

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The Bitcoin Core development team released an important update yesterday that patches a crucial security vulnerability. Bitcoin is usually known as the most hackproof and secure blockchain, which makes any vulnerability in the network incredibly newsworthy.

Specifically, the patch addresses a potential opening for a denial of service attack within the Bitcoin Core wallet software.

The way the potential exploit could work was by allowing anyone who was capable of mining a sufficient number of proof of work blocks to crash Bitcoin Core nodes running software versions 0.14.0 to 0.16.2.

They made sure to emphasize, however, that stored funds were not at risk. They also warned that derivative software such as Knots are also affected and have their own specific patch for the issue.

That said, the developers made clear that if you only occasionally run Bitcoin Core, it is less urgent to patch, although it would obviously be safest to upgrade as soon as possible.

Upgrading will take between five minutes to half an hour dependent upon the processing power of a given users computer. In addition, users should note that the new wallet will have to redownload the entire blockchain and that downgrading to an older version after the fact is not supported.

The update also fixed a non-insignificant number of minor bugs. I strongly encourage our readers to check out the full instructions on the Github page for Bitcoin Core.

These bugs were:

1. Consensus: 14249 696b936 fixed crash bug with duplicate inputs within a transaction
2. RPC and other APIs: gives an error when an amount is needed but missing
3. Miscellaneous: Invalid flags error should be set to bitcoinconsensus_err
4. Documentation: #13844 11b9dbb correct the help output for -prune

The news could have come at a better time for Bitcoin. There has been mounting uncertainty about whether Bitcoin is trapped in a semi-permanent slump that could continue for years. Those who believe in the untapped power/capabilities of the Bitcoin network continue to wait for solutions like the lightning network to increase the utility of Bitcoin as a true peer to peer electronic cash.

Although this should not concern those who primarily view Bitcoin as a store of value, any whiff of exploits in the network’s inherent security could result in a massive sell-off as core assumptions are demolished. This analyst hopes this is a momentary blip in the promise of Bitcoin. I encourage our readers to reach out to members of the dev team directly for any additional clarifications.

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Bitcoin’s Third Bear Market Showing Little Sign of Letting Up: Analyst

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Despite several attempts to rationalize bitcoin’s yearlong downturn, the leading digital currency remains locked in a protracted bear market that is showing little signs of letting up, according to veteran analyst Willy Woo. Based on this view, there’s little evidence to suggest that a reversal is imminent.

Bear Market Continues

In a recent tweet, Woo emphasized that bitcoin’s downtrend is likely to continue for longer and that there was no evidence of a reversal anytime soon. This view is reinforced by a historical analysis of bitcoin’s trajectory, which suggests that sideways trading is the best the market can hope for at the moment.

“Bitcoin has seen only 3 bear markets in its history,” Woo said. “We are in the third one now. One signal we can use to determine the end of the bear is for the price to cross above its 200 day moving average.”

Woo’s position isn’t bearish on the value prospects of bitcoin; it merely suggests that the bulls aren’t out of the woods yet.

The view that bitcoin is still in the middle of a downtrend contradicts several leading opinions on the matter. Wall Street crypto analyst Tom Lee has predicted that a return to record highs is possible this year, while billionaire investor Mike Novogratz has said that an exhaustion of the current downtrend will likely generate a bullish reversal in the foreseeable future. Although some of these viewpoints are backed by fundamental research, fear, uncertainty and perhaps manipulation have undermined bitcoin’s revival. This comes despite a wave of positive developments regarding institutional adoption, business innovation and even regulation.

As Hacked recently showed, bitcoin’s latest price collapse appears to have been set in motion by a prominent whale moving hundreds of millions of BTC and BCH to multiple wallets. A large chunk of those assets were then transferred to leading digital currency exchanges where they may have been sold.

BTC/USD Update

Bitcoin is currently trading at $6,331 on Bitfinex, where it is little changed compared with the previous session. Data from CoinMarketCap suggests the BTC price has gained roughly 1% over the past 24 hours on trading volumes of $4.4 billion.

Bitcoin’s momentum indicators suggest lateral moves are likely to continue in the short-term as neither the RSI nor the MACD is showing signs of breaking out. The leading digital currency slumped at the start of the week after failing to make new highs. The BTC price appears to have formed a double-top above $6,500, which eventually paved the way for a reversal.

At current values, bitcoin is capitalized at $109.6 billion, which represents 55.3% of the entire market.

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: Market Remains Weak Despite Ripple’s Surge

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Ripple made headlines today in the cryptocurrency segment, as the third largest coin jumped by more than 15% after trading in a narrow range for several days. Most of the major coins joined the rally, but the gains were muted and the technical setup remained unchanged in most cases, with the long-term outlook still being bearish, while the short-term picture remaining mixed.

Ethereum, which has been in the center of the trends in the segment for weeks rallied back above $200, but stayed below the recent swing high, leaving several questions unanswered concerning the short-term trend. Bitcoin also got stuck near the $6275 level yet again, and the total value of the market is still below the $200 billion mark, with still no clear signs of major capital inflows in the segment.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum quickly recovered above $200 after dipping below the weekend lows yesterday in late trading, retaining the short-term buy signal in our trend model. That said the coin still needs to show stronger bullish momentum to avoid a resumption of the clearly declining long-term trend. As sustained dip below $200 would still warn of a move to last week’s lows, while a move above $235 would open up the way towards $260 and the confluence resistance near $275.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin has been showing weakness in the last couple of days, and although the coin is still on a short-term buy signal, similarly to Ethereum, a quick recovery above $6500 would be needed to avoid a bearish turn.

Traders should hold on to their positions here, but given the still bearish segment-wide trends, we still don’t advise full positions even in the stronger coins. Below $6275, weaker support is found at $6000, close to the key long-term zone near $5850, while resistance is ahead at $6500, $6750, and $7000.

Ripple Needs Follow Through For a Buy Signal

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While today’s spike in Ripple is encouraging, the coin needs to show further signs of strength, as the recent sudden spikes in the majors were quickly sold as the bearish trend remained dominant in the segment.

With that in mind, despite the broken resistance levels, XRP remains on a neutral short-term signal in our trend model, while still being bearish from a long-term perspective. The coin is currently trading right at the $0.32 level, with support found at $0.3130, $0.30 and near $0.30, while strong resistance is ahead at $0.35.

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is among the stronger coins from a short-term technical standpoint, trading in a bullish consolidation pattern just below the key $200 level. That said, the coin failed to show strength today amid Ripple’s rally, and that still points to a dominant bearish trend in the segment. With that in mind, traders should wait for further positive signs before entering new positions, especially since a bullish leadership still hasn’t developed.

IOT/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA is still weaker than average, together with NEO, EOS, and ETC, and the coin is still just above the August lows, clearly being in a broad downtrend, despite holding up above the lower boundary of its short-term range. A test of the lows is likely in the coming weeks, and the coin remains on sell signals on both time-frames, with support found between $0.455 and $0.475, and near $0.405, and with key resistance ahead near $0.57 and $0.64.

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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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