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Machine Learning Cryptocurrency IOTA Jumps Amid Institutional Support

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Cryptocurrency IOTA rose sharply on Wednesday after the venture arm of German industrial powerhouse Bosch announced it had a large stake in the altcoin.

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IOTA Price Levels

The value of IOTA (MIOTA/USD) jumped 7.5% to $4.05, its highest in over a week. Prices touched a session high of $4.23 before paring gains. IOTA has a total market capitalization of $11.8 billion on supplies of nearly 2.8 billion, putting it eighth among active cryptocurrencies.

More than $274 million worth of IOTA was transacted over the past 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap. Bitfinex generated more than a third of the daily trade volumes. Crypto exchange binance turned over 29% of the daily transactions. South Korea’s Coinoine saw nearly 15% of the daily foot traffic.

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IOTA experienced a large drop off last week, as the global cryptocurrency market underwent a sharp correction. Prices plunged from record highs above $5.30 all the way down the $3.35.

Even with the latest bout of volatility, IOTA has witnessed a surge in buying interest over the pasts four weeks following months of lateral moves. In the process, the coin broke several technical resistances. IOTA is likely to run into sharp resistance the closer prices approach $5.00. Longer term, the bulls are eyeing new record highs north of $5.50.

Bosch Backs IOTA

Bosch’s venture capital arm recently disclosed a significant stake in MIOTA tokens, a sign the German industrial giant was betting big on the Internet of Things (IOTA). According to Venture Beat, the investment was made by Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), which announced it had bought a “significant number of MIOTA coins.

“Choosing IOTA as the first investment is based on the fact that we have been working with IOTA for quite some time and are very impressed by the founding team and the IOTA community,” RBVC partner Dr. Hongquan Jiang said, according to Venture Beat.

He added that, “IOTA has the potential to solve some fundamental problems in the [distributed ledger technology] for IOT, namely the scalability and transaction cost issues.”

IOTA offers a unique proposition to crypto investors looking to go above and beyond the blockchain. IOTA is one of the first distributed ledgers to implement machine learning for the purpose of securing data and money for a small fee. The platform has already processed more than $10 billion in transactions, and is being used in various industries where micropayments are accepted, including electric vehicle charging stations.

Being at the center of the IOT revolution puts IOTA in a strong position to attract new investments. As its use cases continue to grow, the platform will be relied upon to implement enterprise-level IOT deployments.

The size and growth rate of the IOT economy varies, but industry insiders generally agree it could represent the next phase in the internet’s evolution. The growth of interconnected devices will be accompanied by a surge in the micropayment industry, of which IOTA is already a participant.

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    December 27, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    10bn in transactions?? Is this referring to trading?

    Is there anyplace where IOTA is actually being used to process payments on a large scale?
    By large I mean bigger than pilot programs.

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Ripple Crashes to 2018 Lows Amid Lingering Doubts Over South Korean Regulation

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Ripple took the plunge on Monday, falling to its lowest level in nearly three weeks as investors continued to ponder South Korea’s regulatory shakeup of the cryptocurrency market.

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XRP/USD Price Levels

Ripple’s native XRP token touched a session low of $1.47 on Monday, which represented a decline of more than 16%. The coin’s price was last seen hovering at $1.58 for a loss of 10%.

XRP briefly traded at its lowest level since Dec. 29. The token is currently testing the Jan. 11 low of around $1.57.

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At present values, Ripple is capitalized at $62 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. That’s roughly half of Ethereum, the world’s no. 2 digital currency system. Ripple had briefly claimed the second spot in the crypto charts before a brisk selloff knocked it from record highs.

Ripple ran into volatility last week after CoinMarketCap removed several South Korean exchanges from its listing due to “extreme divergences in prices from the rest of the world.” The action prompted a multi-billion-dollar selloff of XRP, which is traded heavily on the Korean peninsula.

Why is Ripple Plunging?

It has been a roller coaster two months for Ripple. The cryptocurrency has managed to distance itself from other altcoins thanks to growing institutional support from major banks, credit cards and clearing houses. News of major partnerships sent XRP north of $3.30 after New Year’s day. The gains were quickly followed by profit-taking that was followed by a sharp correction in the cryptocurrency market.

The latest drop is largely attributed to fears over pending South Korean regulations governing cryptocurrency. Hacked reported earlier that central authorities were looking to shut down anonymous trading on domestic exchanges, not ban cryptocurrencies entirely.

The initial shockwave was triggered by Justice Minister Park Sang-ki, who announced Thursday that his department was proposing a bill to regulate the crypto market. The Korean government later said it was considering a response to what it believes to be excessive speculation, but had not reached a decision.

Like other cryptocurrencies, Ripple’s record-breaking gains have been largely driven by South Korean trade desks. Of the nearly $2 billion in XRP tokens transacted Monday, roughly 55% were traded using the won, according to CoinMarketCap. Bithumb continues to be the biggest platform for XRP trades, followed by Upbit and HitBTC. Bithumb and Upbit are both based in South Korea.

It hasn’t been entirely negative for Ripple. The company recently announced a partnership with MoneyGram that will provide the remittance firm with instant liquidity. The partnership appears to be a pilot program, with MoneyGram testing XRP payment flows via xRapid, the cryptocurrency’s blockchain solution for real-time liquidity.

XRP has the ability to settle transactions within seconds, thereby enabling faster cross-border flows. Its potential is currently being explored across Asia’s financial district, giving XRP the unofficial distinction of being the banker’s cryptocurrency.

Ripple’s fundamentals as a transaction agent suggest it still has room to grow in a highly diverse cryptocurrency market. There’s also speculation that U.S.-based exchange Coinbase is considering XRP for its platform. The exchange only supports four cryptocurrencies at the moment, including bitcoin, Ethereum, bitcoin cash and Litecoin.

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Tron Cryptocurrency to Partner With ‘Chinese Netflix’

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Cryptocurrency bloomer Tron (TRX) has announced a major partnership with a firm it calls the ‘Chinese Netflix’, a move that some say could set the project up for even more growth.

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Strategic Partnership

Tron founder Justin Sun took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce a new partnership deal with Baofeng, which is listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange. Sun, who has made quite the name for himself through clever marketing hype, issued the following statement:

“We #TRON are proud to announce the partnership with Baofeng group,” Sun tweeted Wednesday. “Baofeng, aka Chinese Netflix, boasts more than 200 million users as a video portal giant and has achieved 8 billion [Chinese yuan] listing in Shenzhen stock exchange (300431.SZ).”

Unlike other cryptocurrencies, Tron seeks to create a digital content platform directly on the blockchain. The primary goal of the platform is to give content creators new ways of owning and distributing their work without having to deal with intermediaries like Apple Store.

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The company recently announced a partnership with Singapore bicycle-sharing system oBike. There’s also speculation it could enter an agreement with Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba.

Just last week, Tron became the latest altcoin to surge in value, joining the likes of Ripple and Litecoin near the top of the market cap chart. The project briefly overtook Litecoin in terms of overall market cap, which may have emboldened Sun to take a jab at LTC founder Charlie Lee.

In a Jan. 4 tweet, Sun seemed to criticize Lee for selling his Litecoin. In the same message, he reaffirmed his long-term commitment to the project through at least year 2020. Lee, aka @SatoshiLite, fired back with the following message:

“Congrats @justinsuntron, but you’re making the wrong comparison. You’ve printed over 34% for yourself ($6B!) versus LTC that I bought and mined. I also didn’t sell for 6 years, yet you’ve only locked yours up for only 2 years. Lock it up for 6 years if you’re really confident!”

TRX Price Levels

After a massive new-year surge, Tron’s value has drifted lower in recent days, placing it 11th among active cryptocurrencies with a market cap of $8.1 billion. The TRX token was last down 3.6% at around 12 cents U.S., according to CoinMarketCap. That’s around half peak levels from last week.

The Hong Kong-registered Binance was responsible for the vast majority of the $1.5 billion turnover in TRX.  The platform processed 50.5% of the total daily volume via TRX/BTC. An additional 22.8% of the daily volume came from the broker’s TRX/ETH cross.

Of course, Sun has also been vocal about the recent price drop in TRX. In a Wednesday tweet, he said the recent fluctuation in the cryptocurrency’s price was due to CoinMarketCap’s decision to exclude Korean exchanges from its pricing mechanism.

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Let’s Take the Power Back!

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It seems clear by now to many of us that the next leap in the evolution of technology will be that of decentralization.

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The innovation of distributed ledger technology “blockchain” has shown us that centralized money, power, and data are inherently weak and that by spreading out these things over an entire network we can strengthen all of them and make them more effective.

Why then do the entire industry and the cutting edge cryptotraders, all rely on the same stupid centralized website to get our information and pricing?

I’m as guilty as everyone else on this and find myself logging into coinmarketcap.com several times a day to check pricing. I’ve seen them cited over and over again in articles as if they’re some kind of authority and it’s gotten out of hand.

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CMC caused the market to crash on Monday. Whether this was intentional or not remains to be discovered. For myself and all of you reading, I propose that we boycott this website effective immediately.

I’m sick and tired of their banner adds that intentionally promote scammy ICOs and sick and tired of them having total authority over a market that should be free, especially where there are so many other great websites that can give us the information we need just as quickly and just as efficiently.
 
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Today’s Highlights

  • Action in The Bonds
  • Japan Exiting?
  • Ethereum is the Safer

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Traditional Markets

Usually, the bond markets are the most boring market to be involved in. As an incredibly low risk asset, the volatility is often times non-existent.

Yesterday however, there was some sudden sell off in US treasury bonds. Here we can see the TLT 20 year bond, which is trading on eToro.

What bond traders like to watch are the yields, which trade inversely to the price. Seeing the Yield on the US 10 Year spiking above 2.5%, for the first time since March, was enough to raise a few eyebrows on Wall Street.

Nevertheless, with eyebrows raised investors kept plowing into buy positions on the stock market. The S&P500 has closed with a record high every day this year making it one of the strongest starts for stocks ever.

What caused the bonds to sell-off?

Many analysts are pointing to “monetary tightening.” The central banks of the world are in the slow process of raising interest rates and gradually trying to reverse the “loose money” policy that has been in place since 2009.

The Bank of Japan, who until now has been the most aggressive champion of quantitative easing, showed a tiny sign that they might be reducing their monthly bond buying practices.

In their monthly purchases yesterday they bought a total of ¥190 Billion, instead of the ¥200 Billion that they bought last month.

That’s it. A tiny difference, less than $90 million difference from one month to the next has the entire bond market in a tizzy.

Though the Stocks don’t seem to be affected much, the currency markets certainly have been.

The USDJPY fell quite quickly below the current range (dotted blue line) and below the psychological level of 112 Yens to the Dollar.

Finally some action!!!

Let’s Talk about Crypto

The crypto market is also seeing somewhat of a selloff. The overwhelming gains we saw in Ripple’s XRP token’s over the few weeks are being rapidly clawed back. It looks like XRP has found some sort of floor at $1.50 but we’ll see how that develops.

It should be noted, that even if XRP retraces all the way to $1.10, it will still be worth 5 times what it was a month ago.

For those of you who got in early and are still hodling, awesome!! For those of you who got in late and are now hurting, I feel you and I’ve been there before. Next time please try to be more diverse in your investments and try to take a more long term approach to the markets.

The pullback isn’t just in XRP though. In fact, the only cryptocurrency that seems to be in green today is Ethereum. As we’ve noted several times in past updates, Ethereum is acting as the safe haven in this market.

Bitcoin Mining

It seems we have an update on the status of bitcoin mining in China. Official documents from the Chinese authorities obtained by the Financial Times indicate that China will in fact be cracking down on Bitcoin miners.

This is particularly concerning because most mining is still done in China. Though many other countries have plans to ramp up their operations, these things take time and none are fully operational just yet.

This news comes at a particularly bad time for the world’s first cryptocurrency as the backlog of unconfirmed transactions known as the mempool just does not want to clear. Even though the number of transactions processed by the bitcoin blockchain is coming down, there are still about 170,000 unconfirmed transactions at any given time.

The thing to watch is the hashrate. To bitcoin’s benefit, the computing power of the network has grown drastically over the last few months. If it starts to falter now it will be a very bad sign for bitcoin indeed.

The SegWit solution could still save bitcoin but the possibilities of this happening seem increasingly slim. Alas, only 10% of miners have gotten onboard so far.

Even though I love bitcoin, the amount of energy it currently uses to facilitate the blockchain is quite excessive. If the protocol cannot be updated to make it more efficient, perhaps it’s best that the way be cleared for other more efficient cryptos.

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