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Nasdaq Enters the Race for Bitcoin Futures

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Nasdaq Inc. has announced plans to introduce bitcoin futures in the near term, a sign that the the cryptocurrency arms race was intensifying among major exchanges.

The New York-based exchange expects to roll out bitcoin futures as early as next year, according to Bloomberg. In doing so, Nasdaq becomes the third major U.S. exchange to enter the burgeoning cryptocurrency market. A person familiar with the matter said the futures contract will trade on the Nasdaq Energy Futures (NFX) market, and become available as early as the second quarter.

NFX trades primarily in the energy markets.

Stiff Competition

By introducing bitcoin futures, Nasdaq will come up against stiff competition from the likes of CME Group and CBOE Inc. The Chicago-based options exchanges are planning to roll out their futures contract much sooner, and with greater institutional backing. However, that doesn’t mean Nasdaq won’t offer investors something unique.

According to Bloomberg, Nasdaq plans to differentiate itself from the competition by relying on more data for pricing the cryptocurrency. Pricing information will be drawn from VanEck, which recently pulled out of the market for a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). VanEck will supply Nasdaq pricing information from more than 50 sources. By comparison, CME will rely on four sources and CBOE just one.

The Nasdaq futures contract is also said to be better equipped to handle hard forks, a growing phenomenon in the cryptocurrency market. Hard forks are usually initiated when miners disagree about a planned upgrade in bitcoin architecture, leading to the creation of a new cryptocurrency. That’s how Bitcoin Gold (BTG) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) came into existence.

The person familiar with Nasdaq’s plans said the exchange will reinvest proceeds from the fork back into the original cryptocurrency. This will make the process more seamless from the perspective of investors. This is particularly noteworthy, given that forks are highly volatile events.

Nasdaq’s entrance into the bitcoin market provides another legitimacy boost for the alternative asset. Once viewed as a shady and esoteric asset, bitcoin has catapulted into the mainstream in relatively short order.

Bitcoin prices have surged more than 900% year-to-date, with prices exceeding $11,000 on Wednesday for the first time ever. The uptrend is being fueled in part by expectations of greater institutional demand for the cryptocurrency stoked by CME and CBOE’s plans to initiate futures contracts.

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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Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD Coming Towards the End of Triangular Pattern, Breakout is Around the Corner

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  • Ethereum’s Annual Devcon is just under two weeks away, to be kicked off from 30th October – 2nd.
  • ETH/USD price action has been narrowing within a triangular pattern, subject to a breakout.

Ethereum’s Blockchain Upgrade Faces Delay

Just a few days ago, Ethereum’s software upgrade, had a failure, as Constantinople – proposed hard fork did not activate on the test network Ropsten. Ethereum has been planning to implement the Constantinople upgrade in November. However, given the failed attempt seen in the testing stage of the upgrade, this appears to have now shifted plans. The Ethereum infrastructure organization, Infura tweeted: “Due to a consensus issue with the Constantinople fork, Ropsten is currently not usable. The Ethereum dev community is investigating. Until further notice please utilize one of the other Ethereum testnets.”

As a result, the developers at Ethereum had released a patch, to fix the bug problem. An independent developer working on the project, Lane Rettig, commented on the delay, noting that they are investigating the failure to upgrade. Rettig said: “I would expect it to get delayed to 2019.”

Wave IV of Grants Program Distributed for Ethereum Development

Millions of dollars have been distributed by the Ethereum Foundation to projects that are contributing to the development of Ethereum. A full breakdown of the grants distributed can be viewed in their latest blog post. The funds totaling over $3 million, were sent out to 20 individuals and groups, that are working on the Ethereum blockchain.

Ethereum Annual Developer Conference

It is not long now until Etheruem’s Devcon 4, which will be held from Oct 30th–Nov 2nd in Prague.

Devcon is Ethereum’s “family reunion.” It is hosted to educate and empower their community to build decentralized applications, bringing Ethereum protocols, tools, and culture to the world.

The annual conference is for “builders: designers, UX researchers, smart contract devs, blockchain researchers, client implementers, test engineers, infrastructure operators, community organizers, and even artists in the community.”

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart

ETH/USD 4-hour chart

ETH/USD has been stuck trading within a triangular pattern, since mid-September. The price has swung between a low seen around $170 up to a high within $255 territory, within this period.  Over the past three weeks price action has been narrowing. As a result, ETH/USD is moving closer towards the end of the pattern, looking very likely of a breakout. On 15th October, the price saw a large surge in volume, which as a result saw a quick upper wick spike outside of the pattern. However, on the close of that candle, the price was back within the triangle.

Furthermore, resistance to the upside is eyed at $215, the upper trend line of the pattern. A break north will likely see the above supply zone tested again, $250-255 region. Finally, in terms of support, this can be seen at the lower part of the pattern, just below the $200 mark at $197. Consequently, should bearish momentum push for a breach, a below demand zone will likely come into play at $180-165 area.

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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Monero Price Analysis: XMR/USD is Stable and Gunning for Potential Gains on “Bulletproofs” Technology Update Day

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  • Monero developers have released an updated version to their protocol, implementing “Bulletproofs”.
  • XRM/USD is within a range block, with price behavior suggesting of a potential imminent breakout higher.

Monero Becoming First Crypto Over Billion-Dollar Market Cap Implementing “Bulletproofs”

Developers at the Monero foundation, have released an updated version to the protocol. This will be live from 18th and 19th October. They are becoming the first network to try out “bulletproofs”. The goal of this technology is to significantly decrease the weight of confidential transactions. From today, 18th October, the privacy-focused cryptocurrency will be testing this.

The move from Monero will make them the first crypto with over a billion-dollar market cap, to try out the “bulletproofs” technology. Over the past year, the foundation has been working on cutting the size of its confidential transactions, by at least 80 percent.  A full overview of the upgrade was posted in a blog post by Monero.

The purpose of bulletproofs are to facilitate confidential transactions. Senders and recipients addresses will remain visible, but the amounts being sent is concealed. The technology also aims to reduce transaction times and fees.

Sarang Noether, a spokesperson for Monero and a key part of the bulletproof integration, was recently speaking on the upgrade. He noted that “Bulletproofs will be replacing the “zero-knowledge range proofs”, of which their confidential transactions are reliant on. The cryptocurrency will activate the technology during its next system-wide upgrade, or hard fork. An upgrade that will require nodes to adopt a new software. Furthermore, Sarang added, “hard forks are sometimes colored as a risky process. However, this upgrade is part of Monero’s bi-annual cycle to introduce new features.”

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart

XMR/USD 4-hour chart

XRM/USD for the past going on three sessions now has been trading within a tight range-block. This trading behavior coming after the aggressive movements seen just some days before. On 11th October the price had spiked over 10% lower. To then enter a tight range, which saw a huge breakout, jumping around 20% high. Over half of this spike to the upside was reversed, moving into the three-session range as mentioned above.

Looking to the upside, eyes will be on another range-breakout. Bulls will be wanting to retest the breached supporting trend line. An attempt was made during the rally seen on 15th October, however strong resistance was observed. In terms of support, this can be eyed at the lower part of the current range, around $107.50. If the bears pile enough pressure, it vcould see a fast move back to $100, then further south below demand area from $86-76.

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Ripple Price Analysis: XRP/USD Subject to Pullback Before Another Surge; More Partners Added to xRapid and RippleNet

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  • Ripple continue to add new partnerships for both xRapid and RippleNet.
  • XRP/USD subject to a near-term pullback, ahead of any firm committed upside move.

Ripple adds Viamericas to xRapid Solution

The Ripple foundation have been extremely busy, since the official launch of xRapid earlier in the month. Viamericas, who are a “licensed money transmitter offering international money transfer.” They cover over 76,000 locations in 29 countries. Viamericas is the latest to be added to Ripple’s xRapid.

Last month, Ripple held a two-day the Swell Conference. This is where Ripple’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse unveiled xRapid. Furthermore, at the time he covered that Ripple has partnered xRapid with three firms already, Cuallix, Mercury FX, and Catalyst.

UK E-Money Firm Moneynetint Joins RippleNet

Moneynetint are the latest company to join RippleNet, after recently completing integration. The business is a UK e-money institution. They facilitate in cross-border money transfers and currency exchange for corporate and private clients globally. As a result, The CEO of Moneynetint Yishay Trif, CEO commented, “The cooperation signed with Ripple is part of the company’s strategic move to advance into innovative areas of the payments industry. To become a groundbreaking institution in the field”.

Furthermore, direct commentary from Ripple, their director of account management. Nadeem Ladki, director, added, “by leveraging Ripple’s blockchain technology, Moneynetint will now be able to simplify and reduce the FX conversion rates for their customers, Increase the speed of settlement and offer services to new markets, that would otherwise have been too difficult or too costly to reach in the past.”

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart

XRPUSD 4-hour chart

XRP/USD has been attempting a break-down of a stubborn supply area observed from $0.4800-0.5000 region. The price for now continues to face rejections. After going through a period of high volatility, XRP/USD managed to find stability. This resulted in it grinding higher within a small ascending wedge pattern, which consequently has seen a breach. Even more, looking at playing out to the textbook with a breakout south.

The below demand area will be in focus, seen within the $0.4500-0.4350 territory. If near-term downside momentum is maintains its current course, the broken descending channel will be eyed. Finally, this support could likely be seen at $0.3900, just on top of the channel.

Technical Review – Daily Chart

XRP/USD daily chart

Looking for the daily view, the significance of the mentioned above supply and below demand areas are evident. Between the period of July – August, the price was swinging between these zones. The range was narrowing. This saw an eventual breakout south from the demand area, $0.4500-0.4350. As a result, XRP/USD went on to drop almost 80% down to a low of around $0.2445, on the 14th August.

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