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The total value of cryptocurrencies surged past $500 billion last Wednesday for the first time ever. Exponential growth in bitcoin’s trading volume has attracted people without finance or IT backgrounds to the cryptocurrency, creating huge demand for the alternative asset class. South Korea has emerged as a major player in this space, with local residents becoming engrossed in the mobile-app based trading platforms in the hope of earning quick profits. In doing so, they have ignored the warnings issued by the government. South Korea currently ranks the third in bitcoin trading, after Japan and the U.S. According to a recent MIT Technology Review report,  South Korean-based Bithumb and Coinone are among the top 15 global digital currency exchanges.

South Korea feels that the wild wave of cryptocurrency should be reigned in and is at present looking forward to regulating the domestic exchanges. It is believed that more than one million registered users trade the virtual currencies daily. That’s equivalent to about one out of every citizen, giving the federal government plenty of reason to worry.

ICO Ban and Tax Regulation

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) of South Korea had banned initial coin offerings (ICOs) in September, but the ban was quickly lifted on the condition that the market will still be subject to strict regulations. The country’s Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) first announced in November 2017 that the agency is examining cryptocurrency trading within the country. Moreover, the National Tax Agency is in the process of introducing a Value Added Tax or a capital gains tax or both  on cryptocurrency trades. South Korea will join the small group of countries that have introduced a tax on cryptocurrency-to-cash exchanges.

Another concern for the South Korean government is the increasing risk of cyber attacks from North Korea. The target of the totalitarian government of North Korea is to convert bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies into U.S. dollars , giving them plenty of profits. This is the main reason for the regime led by Kim Jong-un to hack the cryptocurrency exchanges that are based in rival countries. The National Police Agency of South Korea claims that their unfriendly neighbor may be specifically targeting domestic bitcoin exchanges. On implementation of these regulatory measures, North Korean banks will not be able to open cryptocurrency accounts for minors. Neither will they be able to open such a bank account without proper identity verification. It has been reported that the Korea Development Bank and Woori Bank are going to close all virtual accounts offered to the crypto exchanges by the end of 2017.

To handle cyber attacks, especially from their neighboring country, the regulatory bodies of South Korea are pressurizing the cryptocurrency exchanges to fortify storage security of the encryption keys, verify the real names of the users, and disclose Buy and order volumes.

“A virtual currency exchange, which has more than 10 billion won in sales such as Bithumb, Coinone and Korbit, or more than 1 million visitors per day, is expected to receive the government’s ‘Information Security Management System (ISMS)’ certification next year.” Hankyung publication.

 

Conditions South Korean Crypto Exchanges Must follow to Operate Legally

The following list represents the conditions South Korean exchanges must follow to operate legally in the country:

  • The cryptocurrency exchanges must store their customers’ funds separately.
  • There should be a healthy dose of warning regarding trading crypto assets. The exchanges should thoroughly explain investment risks to their clients.
  • They should ask for documents that will verify their real name and residential address.
  • The cryptocurrency exchanges should employ an asset protection system like the dispersion of cryptographic keys. They should also implement a strict anti-money laundering system.
  • The transaction details should be accessible to the public for a more transparent system.
  • The exchanges should increase penalties in case there is any indication of malpractices.

Impact of South Korean Emergency Measures

The following represents the impact of South Korea’s emergency measures on the nation’s existing crypto regulations:

  • The emergency measures for regulations taken by South Korea will most certainly solve some of the security issues and is also expected to reduce the threat of cyber attacks.
  • Minors will no longer be able to trade cryptocurrencies through the exchanges of South Korea.
  • Under this regulation, the profits made through trading crypto assets will also be liable to taxation.
  • Following up on the previous point, anyone trading through Bithumb, Coinone or other South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges will have to pay the taxes. The government hopes that it will check overtrading of cryptocurrencies.
  • The measures will thus decrease profit volume.
  • Foreigners who are not residing in South Korea will not be able to trade cryptocurrencies through South Korean exchanges. Other countries will not have access to the crypto assets offered by South Korean crypto exchanges.
  • Traders who already own cryptocurrencies will not be conduct additional trades.

Thus, the regulations and tax policies about to be implemented by the South Korean government regarding cryptocurrency trading will have surreptitious advantages for its citizens. They will have a more secure trading experience. The downside is that their profit volume will decrease compared to the cryptocurrency traders from other countries. Another disadvantage is foreign investors will not be able to trade cryptocurrencies through South Korean exchanges. The step taken by the legal bodies of South Korea is an attempt to regulate the tide of crypto coins and to prevent phishing attacks.

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XRP/USD Price Analysis: Israel’s Largest Financial Services Company GMT Partnering with Ripple

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  • Ripple has another large financial firm leveraging its technology, as the list keeps on growing.
  • XRP/USD will search for buyers within $0.3000-$0.2500 range initially, ahead of possible $0.2000 return.
  • XRP/BTC looks surprisingly encouraging, subject to a potential breakout to the upside.

XRP in line with the rest of its peers across the cryptocurrency market remains firmly on the back foot. XRP/USD is running at its third consecutive session of losses. At the time of writing, the pair has dropped 7% over this mentioned period. A renewed wave of selling pressure hit the market after the price was allowed some time to consolidate. The market was very much within range-bound mode, before the bears struck again. As a result, XRP has firmly given up the $0.3000 mark.

Israel’s GMT to Utilize Ripple Technology

The largest financial services organization in Israel, GMT, has announced a partnership with Ripple. They will be utilizing Ripple’s technology for their cross-boarder payments.

GMT said via their latest blog update: “GMT is joining companies like MoneyGram, AmericanExpress, CIBC, Earthport, AKBANK and many more, who are already authorized to use Ripple’s platform. This partnership is establishing GMT’s place in the forefront of the Israeli Fintech industry, also allowing us to work side by side with some of the leading companies in the world.”

GMT are the largest and leading financial services organization in Israel. They have an outreach of  250 branches spanning across the country. GMT specialize in local and international remittance services, among many other financial offerings.

In terms of which technology of Ripple’s they will exactly be leveraging, it does not appear to have been stated for now. Whether GMT will be using either xCurrent or xRapid is still subject to debate. Hacked will be sure to provide further details upon those being announced.

Technical Review – XRP/USD

XRP/USD 4-hour chart

Price behavior seems to be quite readable of late. XRP/USD is going through periods of hard selling, which is then followed by some range-bound trading. Once again, bears breakout from this consolidation mode to ignite more downside pressure. Between the 7th and 14th December, XRP/USD had formed a range-block. The sellers came piling in on the 14th December, and as a result the recent range was broken with $0.3000 giving way.

XRP/USD weekly chart

XRP/USD is now moving within a critical area. This is seen running from $0.3000 to $0.2500.  A very well-known area for big buyers coming in, as proven on occasions this year. Any failure of this initial range holding could see a free-fall down to $0.2000.

XRP/BTC daily chart

Finally, looking the daily chart of XRP/BTC, it remains somewhat encouraging. XRP is holding its ground again BTC, in comparison to many of its peers. The price is ranging for now, looking possible to see a chunky breakout to the upside. It remains trading around levels seen during the explosive run in December 2017.

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: Wider Adoption Seen as Bity Adds XMR Support to Their ATM Network

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  • Swiss-based cryptocurrency organization, Bity, has added their support for XMR for use at ATM terminals.
  • XMR/USD trading up on Friday, with gains of over 3% at the time of writing. Despite this, weekly chart view still points to the downside.

XMR/USD is trading in positive territory on Friday, having gained over 3% during the session. This leaves some optimism heading into the weekend, which is normally characterized by lower trading volumes. Trading over the past eight sessions now has been very much choppy, signaling a lack of direction in the underlying market. Any short-term bull runs observed have quickly been sold by the bears, consistently.  The price is trading around the lowest levels since August 2017 and is down over 90% from the start of 2018. Despite the minor relief upside Friday, there still appears to be room for downside in the short term. Once again, price action is largely dictated by technical factors as opposed to fundamental.

Wider XMR Adoption Following Bity Support

Bitly, a Swiss-based cryptocurrency organization, has announced their support for Monero (XMR). They are a cryptocurrency exchange, in addition to operating a network of cryptocurrency ATMs. Their users can instantly and securely transact bitcoin in addition to buying ETH and now XMR with Swiss Francs and Euro. This can be done at physical terminals in Switzerland. Bitly has additional kiosks in Zurich, Zug, Winterthur, Basel, and Lausanne. They note that more locations and additional token support are coming soon.

Technical Review – XMR/USD

XMR/USD 4-hour chart

Price action over the past seven sessions now has been forming a range-block, moving within consolidation mode. This has come after some stabilization, following the chunky sell-off from November through to early December. The current price behavior can also be perceived when looking technically, as a potential bearish flag pattern formation. If playing out to the textbook, another extended move to the downside will be seen.

Downside Targets

XMR/USD weekly chart

The near-term bottom can be eyed at $41.00, which is the floor of the most recent range. A failure of this holding will likely see another wave of selling pressure. Looking further to the downside, the next eyed support is seen at $38.45, which was a key weekly level in July 2017. Lastly, any breach here would invite a drop below the $30.00 mark toward the weekly support at $29.00. This would be the lowest level hit since July 2017, when XMR/USD was in the early stages of the big bull run.

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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IOTA Price Analysis: Audi and IOTA Partnership Moving Strong; Price Behaviour Not Reflecting That

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  • IOTA and Audi partnership is said to be progressing forward, according to Audi representative.
  • Price action for IOTA remains tilted to the downside, and a bearish technical set up eyed.

IOTA (MIOTA) price remains very much depressed, in line with current stubborn market conditions. It continues to trade around the lowest levels seen since July 2017, with a lack of slowdown signs for now. Since the start of the year, the price is down a chunky 95%. The bears have the opportunity to run this further south, as there isn’t much in the way of support seen. This is all despite the strong growth fundamental prospects for IOTA.

Audi and IOTA Partnership Moving Strong

Earlier this year, IOTA announced a partnership with Audi Think Tank as the foundation was moving with the development of a permission-less mobility ecosystem. IOTA believes this structure of working is a strong route to understand how automakers are approaching innovation and development. The foundation previously noted that they see it as a great opportunity to incorporate into a new mobility solution, backed by strong suite of skills that Audi associates possess.

An update hit the wires this week, suggesting the Audi and IOTA partnership is progressing forward. The venture development manager at Audi Denkwerkstatt Berlin, Malte Schönfeld, provided some commentary via his LinkedIn account:

“What an awesome experience! The last five months we had a great time at the Audi Denkwerkstatt Berlin. Working in cross functional teams with IOTA on a new project. With the focus on enabling trust for the user in emobility, we pushed a new use case to reality. Stay tuned for further Information.” Matt Schönfeld also sent many thanks to all that are involved with the project, including IOTA founder Dominik Schiener and Alisa Maas, Head of Mobility and Automotive at the IOTA Foundation among others for “putting so much energy & passion into this project.”

Technical Review – IOT/USD

IOTA/USD 4-hour chart

Keeping in mind the decline discussed at the start of this piece, the most recent price behavior remains worrying. As seen via the 4-hour chart view, IOT/USD is moving within a range-block formation. The price is very much within consolidation mode. As a result, it remains at risk of another extended move to the south. It can also be perceived as a potential bearish pennant formation, which technically is subject to a breakout tot the downside.

Downside Targets

IOT/USD weekly chart

Looking at downside levels of potential support, the next area to note would likely be $0.1750. This is a weekly support seen since July 2017, week of 17th. Should this fail to provide any comfort, the next level is eyed at $0.1425, the weekly support for week of 10th July 2017. These moves would be similar to other cryptocurrencies in terms of finding that bottom area. For now, all remains tilted in favor of the market bears.

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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