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The entire crypto market is reeling this morning after some alarming news from the Korean peninsula.

The young government of South Korea has just passed a law to try and reign in the overzealous population’s cryptocurrency craving. The law puts a blanket ban on opening anonymous crypto wallets and will give regulators the authority to shut down exchanges “if necessary.”

According to a recent poll, 31% of workers in South Korea have already transacted in cryptocurrencies. So this ominous threat from the government of the biggest cryptotrading country in the world is stinging the market at the moment.

The value of Bitcoin is down about 10% (blue circle) since the news broke sending prices back to where they were on Christmas day. Though we’re still far from the lows of December 22nd.

Where we go from here is really in the hands of the Korean regulators and how they use their new power. Of course, the first stipulation about anonymous accounts is not enforceable. By nature, crypto allows for anonimity and anyone can open an anonymous bitcoin wallet and transfer coins there.

The power to shut exchanges is pretty scary. Though they wouldn’t be able to stop all cryptotrading in the country they could seriously hamper the free flow from Won to Crypto if they so choose.

We’ve seen the market sell-off (blue circle) when China implemented a similar ban back in September, but the market has since recovered.

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Revision: Please note that I made a mistake in yesterday’s update. The total supply of XRP is 100 Billion, not 100 Trillion. Very sorry for the error. Many thanks to those who pointed it out. Glad to see you’re paying attention. 😉

Today’s Highlights

  • US Dollar Smear
  • Copper Rising
  • Hard Fork Scammers

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of December 28th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you’re prepared to lose.

Traditional markets

It was thought that Trump’s new tax plan would be very good for the US Dollar. Analysts were touting that companies that operate offshore would flock back to the United States bringing with them Billions of Dollars in “repatriation” money.

Well, the Dollar has been selling like a hot cake since the bill was signed into law on December 22nd.

Of course, the law doesn’t go into effect until next year. So if those analysts believe that it will indeed go up they’re gonna get an excellent price to buy in. Personally, I’m a bit hesitant. The Dollar has been sinking steadily since the beginning of the year and these last few days could be seen as a dangerous continuation of that trend.

With the selloff in the Buck we can see the commodities, which are mostly priced in US Dollars, gaining in comparison.

Yesterday, we spoke about gold and oil, which are still rising steadily. Today I just wanted to highlight Copper, which is trading at it’s highest level since 2013.

Yesterday, China ordered it’s top copper producer to halt production due to the high level of pollution. This comes on top of news earlier in the year from Chile who closed their biggest copper mines. Supply is low, demand is high.

Perhaps after a bit of a pullback, this could be a great metal to add to any diversified long term portfolio.

No2X-x2 (Scam Alert)

The Segwit2x fork is indeed planned for today but we certainly haven’t seen any rush on bitcoin like we did the last time.

The previous plan to implement the Segwit2x was called off due to lack of consensus in the community. This new version of Segwit2x apparently has less consensus and is even starting to smell a bit fishy.

This cute article from ccn.com gives an incredibly unbiased opinion of how this new fork is definitely a scam. Needless to say, eToro will not be supporting this new Bitcoin abomination.

There’s no doubt that bitcoin needs to upgrade the capacity of the network if she is to attain the status of a global monetary system. However, these incessant unsupported forks are nothing more than a distraction from progress.

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Bitcoin Price Showcases Resilience Following Anniversary Rally

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Bitcoin held on to most of its gains Tuesday, as the market consolidated higher following an early-week rally that coincided with the one-year anniversary of its last record high. The bulls aren’t out of the woods yet, and price action over the next 24-48 hours could dictate whether the newfound strength is here to stay.

BTC/USD Update

The bitcoin price reached a session high of $3,684.40 on Bitfinex, which was a considerable premium compared with other exchanges. At the time of writing, BTC/USD was trading hands at $3,594. The leading digital currency was valued anywhere between $3,470-$3,522 on other leading exchanges including Coinbase, Bitstamp, Gemini and CEX.io.

Looking at the aggregate pricing data, bitcoin was last valued at $3,523, having gained 4% over the past 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap. Over the same period, trade volumes have surged by $1.7 billion to $5.8 billion, signaling a strong bullish shift in market sentiment.

Bitcoin approached $3,700 on Monday following a double-digit rally that reverberated across the virtual currency market. The rally came exactly one year after bitcoin notched its last record high, the now famous $20,000 bull run.

The spike pushed BTC into overbought territory, according to the Relative Strength Index (RSI). The RSI has since moderated back to the mid-50 region, according to the latest monthly chart.

The total cryptocurrency market cap was last spotted just below $113 billion. The market peaked above $115 billion on Monday. Market-wide trade volumes surged to $17.3 billion, according to latest available data.

Spencer Bogart Remains Bullish

One of bitcoin’s strongest backers believes 2018 has been a fantastic year for the leading digital currency – that is, if one looks past the price action.

In a new interview with CNBC, Blockchain Capital partner Spencer Bogart said there doesn’t appear to be an imminent ceiling to bitcoin’s market cap, arguing that the value limitations usually associated with early-stage tech startups do not apply to bitcoin.

“Bitcoin does not make a kind of price-to-earnings or price-to-value revenue that normally puts an upper bound or a ceiling on a typical kind of early-stage technology company,” Bogart said, according to CCN. “Bitcoin can surely reach that high. But how long will it take – we are not sure yet.”

From the perspective of institutional adoption and business development, 2018 has been a positive year for bitcoin. That value metrics have skewed the outlook to the downside isn’t at all surprising given last year’s crypto euphoria, which generated massively inflated prices in a short period of time. According to several analysts, the end of ‘crypto craze’ is a positive step toward establishing stability and predictability in the nascent asset class.

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: Ripple and Litecoin Lead Another Rally Attempt

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The last 48 hours saw a nice bounce in the cryptocurrency segment, which led to improvements in the short-term technical setup of some of the most oversold coins. While the rally, which is being spearheaded by Litecoin and Ripple, hasn’t changed the still overwhelmingly bearish long-term picture, it could be the start of a larger scale counter-trend move. We will take a closer look at the broader picture in our long-term cryptocurrency analysis, which will be released tomorrow.

The deeply oversold long-term momentum readings and the horrible sentiment in the segment could fuel a more sustained move, but until we have confirmation that the short-term trend change in the key coins, traders and investors should remain defensive even towards the relatively stronger coins.

The strongest coins should form a pattern of higher highs and higher lows before entering new positions, and for now, our trend model only shows neutral short-term readings even in the case of the leaders, and most of the coins are still on sell signals on both time-frames.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin hit marginal new bear market lows before bouncing higher yesterday, and although the coin got close to the $3600 level, it remains in a bearish technical setup, and our trend model is still on sell signals on both time-frames.

That said, a move above primary resistance could set up a failed breakdown pattern, which could trigger a larger scale correction, but for now, traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions here. Further strong resistance is ahead between $4000 and $4050, while support is found near $3250 and $3000.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum also remains on sell signals on both time-frames despite the rally attempt, as it continues to be stuck below the key $95-$100 resistance zone. The coin is still deeply oversold from a long-term standpoint, but until a confirmed short-term trend change, odds still favor new lows in the coming weeks, and traders should stay away from Ethereum here. Further strong resistance is ahead near $120 and $120, while the next major support zone is found between $73 and $75.

Bullish Leadership Finally Forming Among Altcoins?

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin spiked as high as the $30-$30.50 support/resistance zone on Monday after breaking out above the $26 resistance level and it also broke the steep short-term downtrend line. Should the coin form a higher swing while remaining above $26, a short-term trend change would be confirmed, but for now, given the clearly bearish long-term picture, traders should wait before entering the coin’s market. Below $26, key support is found between $23 and $23.50 while the next major resistance level is ahead at $34.50.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple is on a similar technical position to Litecoin, as although the sharp bounce took the coin above both the $0.30 and $0.32 resistance levels after hitting marginal new lows, a short-term trend change is not yet confirmed.

The coin needs to form a higher swing low and stay durably above $0.32 for an upgrade to buy in our trend model, and for now the long-term sell signal remains clearly in place, with the next major resistance zone is found near $0.3550.

XMR/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On a negative note, only a few coins show clear technical improvements thanks to the rally attempt, and the likes of Monero, DASH, Stellar, NEO, and ETC only registered weak bounces and even in the case of the surging EOS and IOTA, the gains were only enough to regain a fraction of the recent losses.

So, while a short-term trend change could be ahead after the rout, traders should remain cautious until a clear bullish leadership is established in the segment.

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Bitcoin Price Jumps 5% on One-Year Anniversary of $20,000 Bull Run

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The value of bitcoin rebounded sharply on Monday, shaking off a volatile weekend that dragged prices to new yearly lows. The broader cryptocurrency market quickly followed suit, as altcoins and tokens generated sizable gains over the last 24 hours.

BTC/USD Update

The bitcoin price reached a high of $3,600 on Bitfinex, where it traded at a significant premium relative to other well-known exchanges. At the time of writing, BTC/USD was trading hands at $3,515, having gained 6.5%. The cryptocurrency was valued at less than $3,400 on Coinbase, Bitstamp, Bittrex and Gemini.

Aggregate data courtesy of CoinMarketCap show an average price of $3,436 for a gain of 5%. Volumes in the last 24 hours reached $4.4 billion after falling sharply throughout the weekend.

Bitcoin is now testing the high from Dec. 12, which is situated near $3,550. That level represents the latest in a series of lower highs stretching all the way back to the end of November.

At current values, bitcoin has a total market capitalization of $59.9 billion. The broader cryptocurrency market was worth $109.1 billion, having defended the $100 billion level over the weekend.

$20,000

It was one year ago today that bitcoin reached its latest and most famous all-time high near $20,000. At this time last year, the cryptocurrency market was surging on expectations of rising institutional adoption and an ICO gold rush that attracted millions of dollars to blockchain startups. The market would go on to set new record highs in January, this time without bitcoin, as altcoins and tokens generated the bulk of bullish activity. The total market capitalization peaked near $840 billion before the euphoria faced and bearish forces took over.

The fallout from bitcoin’s record run has led to concern about the future of cryptocurrencies. Hacked previously covered the prospect of a long-awaited mass extinction event of altcoins and tokens, many of which entered the market with nothing more than a whitepaper. During the height of the bullish fervor, Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin acknowledged that 90% of the projects currently listed on CoinMarketCap would eventually go to zero. In his view, this would lead to a consolidation of sorts, with the next wave of ICOs churning out higher quality projects.

One of the major themes of 2019 will be the evolution of security token offerings and the exchanges that list them. Progress on platforms like tZero could serve as a bellwether for the growth and viability of this market.

For bitcoin, the major question mark heading into the new year is whether the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will grant fund issuers the right to launch a crypto-backed exchange traded fund (ETF). The regulator is expected to rule on the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Fund, a highly-touted ETF, by the end of February.

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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