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If you were to play a word association game with anyone in the general public, and said “cryptocurrency”, the first thing they would say would almost definitely be “Bitcoin”. Bitcoin and cryptocurrency are effectively interchangeable to a large portion of the world, and this might be a bad thing.

By having it so all cryptocurrencies are painted with the same broad strokes that Bitcoin is, all nuance disappears and it becomes easier to dismiss the industry as a whole. This is extremely unfortunate, as many of the most interesting use cases of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology are completely unrelated to Bitcoin.

The Economic Risk

And if someone were to want to deposit money into their Binance account, they would most likely end up doing it using BTC or ETH (although Binance does allow deposits with other coins like LTC, NEO and BNB). Because of this, you have a strange correlation between Bitcoin and the entire sector. Would-be-investors must purchase Bitcoin or Ethereum in order to put their money in altcoins, and this pushes up the price of these more “blue chip” coins.

Right now, everything is valued in accordance with Bitcoin. Part of the reason for the massive run-up of crypto prices occurred in late 2017 is Bitcoin was continuing to increase in price, and a rising tide carries all ships. The question becomes whether this turns Bitcoin into a transactional currency of sorts, and if it will end up being artificially propped up for this reason, if at least until another coin becomes seen as the transactional coin of choice.

With many Bitcoin enthusiasts calling for Bitcoin to hit astronomical values before the end of the year, the assumption is that the rest of the crypto sector would participate in that increase as well. But no one is asking the question: is this a good thing? The Internet was very similar in the beginning, but eventually it evolved and spawned numerous unrelated entities that all employed the technology. Now we are waiting for the same thing to happen with crypto.

The Security Risk

The industry is currently configured in a way such that the flow in and out of the Bitcoin ecosystem is easily monitored and controlled. The high level of centralization through major players like Coinbase has made it easy to track the flow of coins. Yes, this has allowed for an extensive analysis and segmentation of the various groups, as shown above, but it also impedes on the censorship resistant aspect of the cryptocurrency.

If you have most cryptocurrency purchases flowing through Bitcoin and Ethereum, and Bitcoin addresses can already be tracked with relative ease by other companies in the space, then does one of the main promises of Bitcoin disappear?  

The Political Risk

Finally, and maybe most importantly, does the dependency on Bitcoin create something very similar to a centralized node? And does this hurt the future of Bitcoin by not being able to provide the same anonymity that was originally anticipated?

It has always been assumed that decentralization was a good thing, and that sort of power shift is much of what Bitcoin originally promised to its users. But along with decentralization are a bunch of other characteristics that need to be continually supported for Bitcoin to maintain its value.

For example, Bitcoin needs to stay “trustless”, and as soon as users question the security of the network, all is lost. And censorship resistance by way of anonymity was always a libertarian dream that Bitcoin seemed to guarantee, but it is possible that the overly centralized exchanges have compromised that.

Centralized exchanges are currently necessary to convert money from fiat to crypto. You can use decentralized exchanges to trade between different cryptocurrencies, but you will need a centralized exchange in order to get your money into the market. This can be very frustrating if you are trying to avoid volunteering identification information, or just feel that it is a violation of what Bitcoin is all about.

There are tons of advantages to decentralized exchanges, such as the security and reliability, which are two notable issues with centralized exchanges right now. One of the most commonly given beginner tips regarding crypto is to keep your assets off the exchange, lest it be compromised. Currently these exchanges are much more expensive to use, but prices are coming down as kinks are worked out and a higher level of scale is reached. This bodes well for the network and the entire industry, because of the added confidence both insiders and outsiders will have in the technology.

To be considered “decentralized”, a project must be both censorship resistant and immune to any authoritarian modifications. Technically, the current use of Bitcoin fulfills these conditions, but in spirit, we are starting to see the centralized rent-seeking of massive exchanges make things appear a lot more ambiguous. So then the question is, does this threaten the whole crypto industry?

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Bulls Have the Potential to Capitalize, Following a Bullish Technical Set Up

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  • BCH/USD broke out and retested a long-running descending trend line, but has failed to capitalize on this further.
  • George Hotz, also known as Geohot, says “Bitcoin Cash is the real Bitcoin.”
  • CoinText.io expands its Bitcoin Cash payment SMS service to Brazil and further European countries. 

“Bitcoin Cash is the Real Bitcoin”

George Hotz, also known as Geohot, an American entrepreneur and hacker, was recently commenting on Bitcoin Cash. Following the BCH Devcon in San Francisco he attended, Geohot demonstrated how to generate a BCH private key from scratch using python coding.

During his python video, George spoke highly of Bitcoin Cash. He said, “I’m using Bitcoin Cash because it’s the real bitcoin.” His reasoning for the preference of BCH over BTC was due to it having significantly lower transaction fees. Stating, “Transaction fees are super low on bitcoin cash.”

Bitcoin Cash Being Used in Brazil with CoinText.io

SMS cryptocurrency payment service, CoinText, has launched their services in Brazil and three other European countries – Poland, Romania and Croatia. CoinText doesn’t require apps, logins or Internet, and users can send Bitcoin Cash via SMS. A new wallet is automatically created when people have received Bitcoin Cash via SMS.

Specifically commenting on the Brazilian expansion, CoinText founder and CTO said, “Brazilians have been suffering from corruption and bad monetary policy,” says CoinText founder and CTO Vin Armani. “Cryptocurrency offers a way for them to peacefully opt out of a corrupt system.”

A move in which is further helping the adoption of Bitcoin Cash, via the CoinText service, he further noted, “Adding Poland, Croatia and Romania brings us closer to connecting the entire continent of Europe,” Armani added. “CoinText’s end-of-year goal is to enable all 740 million European residents to text money to each other’s phones for pennies.”

Technical Review – Daily Chart

BCH/USD daily chart

BCH/USD price action of late has been very much mundane following a promising breakout from a long-running descending trend line. It had been contained below and rejected on several occasions, from the back end of July. Bulls managed to pull off a decent breakout to the upside, which took place between 26-27th September.

After observing the break above, then pullback for a retest of the breached trend line, it looked very promising. This as such played out to the textbook, however bulls failed to capitalize and drive further north. Instead, the price remained within a consolidation nature, a lack of commitment in either direction. Perhaps the bulls are sitting on the launchpad, ready to send this into orbit, time will tell here.

Looking at technical areas of interest, to the upside, resistance has capped upside well into $500 territory. Tracking from $455-80, which has been evident the past few sessions. A firm push higher, will allow $550 region to come back into play. In terms of buyers, they can be found from the current price, all the way down to $400 the round figure.

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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Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD Developers to Slash Transaction Cost, with Upcoming Core Update

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  • Litecoin fees are set to be largely reduced in the forthcoming upgrade, in an attempt to boost adoption.
  • LTC/USD remains heavily dictated by triangular pattern, behavior suggests a breakout is imminent. 

Litecoin Fees to lower by 10x in next Core Release

The Litecoin foundation will be updating the Litecoin protocol to version 0.17, following an announcement via Twitter. This update will ultimately reduce the network’s fees drastically compared to its already nominal costs.

It is reported that with this upcoming upgrade, the network fee will go down to $0.005. Their goal is to encourage greater adoption of Litecoin. Currently, the average transaction fee is floating around $0.05. Bitcoin’s transaction fee is currently seen around $0.10.

At the back end of 2017, a large bull market was observed. Bitcoin prices were up at heights around $20,000. Users as an alternative started to use LTC, given its inexpensive nature, in comparison to Bitcoin. It is interesting to note also that Bitcoin transactions were as much as $55 during those highs. However, Litecoin remained by far competitive, facilitating lower transaction fees, less than $1. During the peak, LTC fees reached $1.5.

Litecoin’s Core lead developer, Adrian Gallagher, was commenting on the upgrade intentions, saying: “To encourage more adoption and usage of Litecoin, I think lowering the fees are a good thing. We’re not even close to block limits and the block size on disk is pretty small (20GB) relative to other coins. Technically people can already adjust their fees right now to the one above, because of the more relaxed min relay/dust relay fee.”

Elsewhere, he was speaking about the current market conditions, believing that the bear market being observed, will not last. Predicting that in the next three to six months, prices could start to rise again. He stated: “With lower fees, it would be possible to lay down the foundation for a fee rate, that can grow proactively rather than re-actively.”

Technical Review – Daily Chart

LTC/USD daily chart

Looking via the daily time frame, LTC/USD price action remains trapped and dictated by a triangular pattern. This is seen across several of the other cryptocurrencies. The calls of an imminent breakout make much sense, with this type of price behavior seen.

Over the past few days, upside has been capped around the $55 mark. Further north, resistance is seen at the $56.50-60, the upper part of the triangular pattern formation. A breakout higher should allow a run well into the $60 territory. Testing the 27th September high ($65.85) would be probable. Supply is seen running from that high up until $70, where the price faltered on 4th September.

In terms of support, $53 has proven to be an area of comfort, over the last five sessions. The lower trend line of the above-mentioned pattern is seen tracking at $51.50. Finally, a demand zone is seen just below running from the big $50 mark, down to $0.47.

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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Cardano Price Analysis: ADA/USDT is Eyeing a Big Move Out of Current Technical Setup

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  • Positive update from IOHK audit of Icarus by Kudelski Security.
  • ADA/USDT is moving within a pennant pattern formation, subject to breakout.

Solid Icarus Audit reported by IOHK

IOHK recently announced in their forum that an audit was conducted by Kudelski Security, which is an independent and third-party security audit firm. The audit conducted demonstrated that the Icarus project implementation for Cardano looks all good and set to go, without any major problems. However, a few changes may need to be executed. IOHK developed the Icarus code as a reference implementation, for Cardano light portfolio.

The important of “independent audits, like this one was stressed by IOHK. Stating “they are critical for identifying security issues in the Icarus wallet, that may not have been identified by internal audits”.

Furthermore, IOHK has elucidated Icarus as an open source code base serving as a reference for the creation of safer and easier mobile wallets for Cardano. They said, “this guarantees our customers and clients the safest portfolio we can offer.”  Given the benefit of an external audit, the developers can resolve any problems identified during its product launch audit.

Positive Updates from Cardano Founder

Cardano’s founder, Charles Hoskinson, was recently commenting on Cardano’s future. He said “We have so many amazing things coming out.”

Mr Hoskinson further added that one of their scientists has flown in from Switzerland. They will be doing a video, which will be the first time they have ever talked about their sharding design that we have for Cardano. Further commenting on other updates, including videos about Shelley and the Rust project.

Technical Review – Daily Chart

ADA/USDT daily chart

ADA/USDT is moving within a triangular pattern or a pennant formation, as seen via the daily time frame. It is narrowing, moving closer to a breakout. Ranging ahead of another drop to the deep south. Although, fundamental developments coming out from the Cardano foundation, remain very much upbeat currently.

Over the past 8 days, the price has been grinding higher, after receiving support at the lower trend line of the above-mentioned pattern. In terms of resistance to the upside, this can be seen at 0.08310000. The upper tracking trend line. Further north, a supply zone is running from 0.09000000-0.09500000. ADA/USDT  last traded here on 23rd September. Finally, support is tracking at 0.071800000, lower part of the pennant, also within a demand area. Another strong buying territory is observed from 0.06500000-0.06000000.

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