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No Matter Bitcoin Hardfork or Softfork, Prices Have Already Adjusted

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I believe digital currencies incorporate future events in the same way stocks do, the release of earnings or the introduction of a new product will be reflected in pricing in many stocks 90 to 180 days before earnings are released or a new product generates sales, and the share price will reflect future events. Digital currencies are doing the same thing here anticipating chaos in front of the August 1 decision about a bitcoin hard or soft fork.  The recent sell-off in nearly all DC’s have priced in the results of the August events in advance, and I think prices have already endured the worst and should stabilize after some initial Aug 1 (day of) volatility.  I think the fork is already priced into the market.

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The hardfork/softfork issue is attempting to resolve normal growth issues related to slow trade rates.  The only way for this particular problem to be solved is by increasing the dimensions of their present blockchain. Doing this requires modification of this code. This is the point where the Bitcoin fork comes into play.

I want to stay away from describing the debate between developers, in my mind the result of the hard or softfork will be reflected in pricing, and the adoption rate, and I believe nothing can really stop the juggernaut we know as the current digital currency movement, all growing emerging markets experience execution issues, and this is not unique to digital currency. Commodity markets operated in trading pits using “open outcry” before adopting technology fully.  So this is an expected blip, and there will be more.  markets climb the wall of worry, and digital currency volatility is a reflection of uncertainty.

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Technical Support and Resistance Tells a Better Story

The recent decline in digital currency (let’s use Ethereum) showed a sharp sell-off that held all technical support levels.  The chart below shows a normal orderly retracement for the price action.  You can see the market moving quickly higher from $18 to $408 and retracing to $170.  This is a normal 62% retrace.  This simple math tells much about the price direction, and traders and investors get lost in the volatility.

The question will be how the support levels hold after the August 1st event, and if the $166 price is violated.  Keep in mind, that this price level violation means you would need multiple closing below that $166, not an intraday spike lower, but a high volume sell-off with a clear busting of the support.

As mentioned I believe the concern about the fork has already tested the market, and we expect on August 1 we will have unusual trading action, but today, as I look at markets, they have the longer-term trend intact and have sorted the confusion about softfork or hardfork for bitcoin, technically analysis of historical price action solves many of these questions.  My thoughts are, that we will look back the anticipation of the August 1 event and realize the digital currency markets have other concerns about adoption.

This Has All Happened Before

Growth fatigue has plagued all markets historically from the commodity markets to equities, and digital currency is experiencing the normal pain that comes with growth.  I believe the juggernaut will continue once this is behind us and the global adoption of digital currency continues its path to higher prices for select coins like Ethereum.

My thoughts are we will look back the anticipation of the August 1 event and realize the digital currency markets have other concerns about adoption.

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  1. gmaytorena

    July 13, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    you ended the last 2 paragraphs with the same sentence… greetings

    • Edward Talliot

      July 13, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      Fixed! Thanks for the heads up.

      • gmaytorena

        July 13, 2017 at 11:46 pm

        thanks to you, nice article btw

  2. thoth

    July 13, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Does anyone even edit this? You repeat the same paragraph twice, in the last two paragraphs. Awkward…

  3. RealCryptoW

    July 14, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I could bet any money that ETH will not hold $169 level. Doubt me or not, but all alt coins price is still dictated by BTC. It’s hard to tell where it will fall to, depends on panic level, but my guess is around $100 or even slightly lower. BTC will drop to $1950 till descision day (august 1).

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Bitcoin’s Record-Breaking Rally Continues as Prices Cross $8,100

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Bitcoin surged to new highs on Sunday, as the world’s largest crypto by market cap continued to generate bids following the cancellation of Segwit2x.

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BTC/USD Price Levels

The value of a single bitcoin reached a daily high of $8,110.59, its best level on record. At press time, BTC/USD was valued at around $8,002 for a gain of 4%.

With the gain, bitcoin’s market cap now exceeds $133 billion. That’s roughly $100 billion greater than Ethereum, the market’s second most valuable cryptocurrency.

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Bitcoin has added more than $1,100 over the past five sessions. It was down around $5,600 just one week ago.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH), a digital currency alternative that broke away from the original blockchain Aug. 1, was down 5.1% at $1,185. BTC and BCH locked horns earlier this month after the Segwit2x hard fork was abandoned.

$10,000 and Beyond?

Institutional clearing platform LedgerX has initiated its first long-term bitcoin futures option, which is set to expire Dec. 28, 2018. In setting up the option, LedgerX is assuming a price of $10,000 at the time of expiration. That’s a 25% premium on current levels.

Investors who buy the option are essentially saying they believe prices will exceed $10,000 by the time of expiration.

Bitcoin is being helped by growing institutional demand for the digital currency, as hedge funds, day traders and other mainstream investment outfits look to access this burgeoning asset class. CBOE and CME Group have each announced plans to integrate bitcoin into more conventional investment vehicles in the coming months.

The rush of institutional money into bitcoin is a sure sign that the digital asset class is becoming too big to ignore. The value of all cryptocurrencies in circulation has already exceeded $230 billion, with more than a dozen coins valued at $1 billion or more. Nine others have a market cap of $500 million or greater.

Coinbase Responds

The rise of institutional capital has also compelled Coinbase to introduce a custodial service targeted at account holders with more than $10 million in assets. This service targets hedge funds and other institutions that have remained largely on the sidelines of the crypto revolution.

In a recent blog post, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong announced that the new service will launch sometime next year.

“When we speak with these institutions, they tell us that the number one thing preventing them from getting started is the existence of a digital asset custodian that they can trust to store client funds securely,” Armstrong wrote.

In addition to maintaining the minimum $10 million asset requirement, institutions must pay a $100,000 setup fee to gain access tot he Custodial program. In response, institutional investors will receive assurance that their assets are secure.

The Coinbase Custody website lists broad support for bitcoin, Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC), as well as ERC20 tokens. The ERC20 protocol has emerged as the favorite for startups launching initial coin offerings (ICOs), a controversial crowdfunding model that has already overtaken early stage venture capital.

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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Long-Term Cryptocurrency Analysis: Bitcoin Flirts with $8000 as Altcoin Bull Persists

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Bitcoin’s swift recovery was the main topic of the week, as the most valuable coin not just regained its steep losses, but hit a marginal new high towards the end of the period. The entire segment is experiencing capital inflows as the total value of the coins climbed above $230 billion for the first time ever after finally leaving the vicinity of the $200 billion mark.

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BTC breached the $8000 level before turning slightly lower on Friday, but despite the severely overbought daily chart, it is still trading near its all-time highs. As the long-term picture still suggests a deeper correction, investors should wait with opening new positions and traders should also control position sizes here. Key support levels are found at $7700, $7000, and $6700, while the recent key break-out level at $5000 still hasn’t been re-tested.

BTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

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Dash is still the most bullish altcoin from a technical standpoint, despite this week’s short-term correction, as the coin is trading above its prior all-time high, and this weekend, it looks ready to test the break-out high near $500. Support levels are still found at $400, $360, and $330, and as the long-term picture is approaching overbought territory, investors should only hold on to their positions here.

DASH/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

The other major altcoins are also mostly in bullish setups, with some of them already in the latter stages of this cycle, like Monero and IOTA, but elsewhere in the segment, there are still opportunities for both traders and investors. Let’s see the detailed long-term view.

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Technical Analysis: Litecoin and NEO Jump as Bitcoin Trades near $8000

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The cryptocurrency segment continued its bullish run, as the total value of the coins climbed above $230 billion for the first time ever, while Bitcoin also posted marginal new highs. The most valuable currency is still overbought regarding the long-term picture, and we continue to expect a deeper correction in the coming period, despite the recent strong rally. Support levels are still found $7700, $7000, and $6700 while the $8000 level is ahead as a major obstacle.

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BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin has been the most active major besides Bitcoin, as it rallied strongly after breaking out above the key $64 resistance and it breached the next target at $75 before heading below $70 again. The coin remains in bullish long- and short-term patterns, and we expect a move above the major resistance zone ahead with the next target found at $82.50.

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Litecoin/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO is showing strength in the second half of the session, while Monero is recovering well from a short-term dip, similarly to IOTA and Ethereum Classic. Ethereum continues to represent stability in the segment, while Ripple failed to build up momentum so far after yesterdays spike higher. With still most of the altcoins being in bullish setups, let’s see the short-term charts.

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