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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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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Blows Through $7000 but Altcoins Still Lag Behind

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The relief rally in the cryptocurrency segment continued in earnest today, as Bitcoin still lead the way higher posting its best daily performance since April. The most valuable coin stole the show, although the whole market blasted higher, with the total value of the coins getting close to $300 billion, up by around 20% in a matter of days.

While the segment is still not out of the woods, BTC triggered a short-term buy signal in our trend model, as it overcame major resistance levels for the first time since May, finally showing some technical progress. That said, most of the majors are still stuck in, or right at the top of their trading ranges, and besides Bitcoin, buy signals are few and far between even considering the smaller coins, as correlations are still very high.

Trading volumes were also the highest in months, as especially Bitcoin triggered automatic orders while surging through several strong resistance levels. Bulls would still need further coins to join the break-out and fro now the long-term setup is still just little changed.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC cleared the $6750, $7000, and $7350 levels in a bit more than an hour, and the epic short squeeze settled down near the latter resistance, for now. The coin is now on a short-term buy signal, and should a higher low form in the coming days, a new short-term uptrend could be established.

The coin needs to stay above the $7000 level to keep the signal intact, and given the relative weakness in Altcoins, the long-term outlook is still mixed. Resistance is now ahead between $7650 and $7800, while further support is at $6500.

Ethereum at $500 as Ripple Tests $0.51

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Bitcoin is already above primary resistance, Ethereum is trading right at the $500 level, leaving the short-term trading range intact. The coin is close to triggering a buy signal, but it remains relatively weak and traders should wait for follow-through before playing a possible trend change. Primary support is still found at $450, with other levels at $420, $400, $380, and $360, while further resistance is ahead between $555 and $575.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With all of the majors registering large gains, and even some the recently weak coins like LTC, XRP, and Dash are trading near key resistance levels, further short-term buy signals could pop up in the segment, but until a confirmed new uptrend, traders should remain cautious with new positions.

As an example, Ripple is trading slightly above the $0.51 resistance currently, but a break-out is not yet confirmed, and the trading range remains dominant. Further resistance levels are ahead at 0.54 and $0.575, while support is now found at $0.49 and $0.45.

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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.

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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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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