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South Korea’s New Trading Rules Trigger Renewed Volatility for Bitcoin

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Bitcoin declined sharply on Tuesday, leading a broad downtrend in the crypto market as South Korea moved to implement new regulations governing domestic exchanges.

Bitcoin’s Descent

The world’s most actively traded cryptocurrency became much cheaper on Tuesday as prices briefly fell below $10,000 on the major exchanges. At its lowest, bitcoin reached $9,839 for a loss of more than 12%. At the time of writing, bitcoin was trading at $10161, where it was down 9.8% from the previous close.

Tuesday’s drop gives bitcoin a market cap of roughly $170 billion, easily tops among active cryptocurrencies but well below all-time highs of around $340 billion.

In terms of daily volumes, more than $7.5 billion wort of BTC traded hands on Tuesday, with Bitfinex, Binance and OKEx accounting for the largest share of transactions.

The latest price collapse has pulled BTC into bearish territory, which could leave the coin vulnerable to further declines. Traders are now targeting yearly lows near $9,200 as the next major support zone. Bearish momentum is likely to remain intact insofar as prices hold below $11,000.

Bitcoin’s share of the total cryptocurrency market has dwindled to roughly 33%. At its lowest, bitcoin constituted roughly 32.4% of the market during the height of the altcoin rally earlier this month.

The value of all cryptocurrencies plunged double-digits on Tuesday, with the total market cap bottoming out at $498 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. The market has since recovered to $512 billion for a daily loss of 10%.

All but four of the world’s top-100 cryptocurrencies traded lower on Tuesday, with most assets in the top-ten trading at a double-digit loss. Ethereum was down 8%, Ripple 12% and bitcoin cash 10%, based on the latest valuations.

South Korea’s New Rules Take Effect

Once the center of crypto market euphoria, South Korea emerged in January as the main source of volatility after government officials announced they were looking to restrict trading on digital currency exchanges. After much deliberation, regulators agreed to ban anonymous cryptocurrency trading beginning Jan. 30.

Regulators will likely monitor the impact of the new law before deciding whether additional measures are needed.

The need to control cryptocurrency speculation has become more apparent in recent months as South Koreans continued to pour billions into domestic exchanges. South Koreans are particularly known for speculating on altcoins, a segment of the digital currency market that now accounts for two-thirds of the total value.

In neighboring Japan, regulators are also looking more closely at cryptocurrency trading after hackers made off with more than $400 million worth of NEM coins on Friday. Representatives from the NEM Foundation announced on Tuesday that the hackers attempted to sell some of the stolen funds using various online exchanges. The exchanges have been notified about the accounts in question.

As cryptocurrencies climb in value, exchanges will become even more susceptible to attacks from sophisticated hackers. Since 2011, there have been at least three dozen thefts of digital currency exchanges, with Tokyo-based Coincheck being the largest.

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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Market Update: Stock Volatility Lingers; Ethereum Hits 14-Month Lows

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U.S. stocks declined Monday, as volatility surged to six-week highs in the wake of a diplomatic row between Washington and Turkey that sparked a new all-time low for the lira. Meanwhile, Ethereum saw its price sink to 14-month lows as a battered crypto market struggled to see the light.

Stocks Fall

The S&P 500 Index declined 0.4% to close at 2,821.95, with losses mainly concentrated in energy, materials and financials stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 125,58 points, or 0.5%, at 25,187.56. Dow industrials were down by as much as 150 points earlier. Meanwhile, the technology-driven Nasdaq Composite Index slipped 0.3% to 7,819.71.

A measure of implied volatility known as the CBOE VIX surged to six-week highs Monday, a sign that the equities rally was losing steam. The so-called “fear index” peaked at 15.02 on a scale of 1-100 where 20 represents the historic mean. It would later settle at 14.76 for a gain of 12.2%

Wall Street is coming off a highly volatile Friday session that saw the Turkish lira plunge by as much as 20%. The dollar rose another 9% against the lira on Monday, trading as high s 7.21.

Oil Prices Rocked by Saudi Arabia

U.S. oil prices approached two-month lows on Monday following news that Saudi Arabia has scaled back its crude production in a coordinated effort to boost demand.

The OPEC kingpin reported it had cut its output by an average of 200,000 barrels per day last month. In June, the OPEC cartel agreed to scale back output caps following a year-long recovery in oil prices.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures traded as low as $65.71 a barrel in New York, which would have marked the lowest settlement since June 21. Prices would later recover at $67.33 a barrel, down 30 cents, or 0.4%.

ICE Brent futures, the international futures benchmark, bottomed at $71.04 a barrel before recovering at $72.74.

Crypto’s New Low

The search for an elusive bottom in crypto prices continued Monday, as Ethereum plunged to its lowest level in over a year.

The ether price bottomed at $284.25, its lowest since June 2017. EOS, XRP and bitcoin cash also declined sharply.

Bitcoin also traded lower on Monday but losses were contained to 1-2%. The leading digital currency consolidated at $6,257, bringing its total market share to 52.3%.

At the time of writing, the combined market value of all cryptocurrencies was $205.3 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. Earlier in the day, coin values fell below $205 billion for the first time in a year.

Investor psychology has been damaged by news that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will postpone its ruling on a keenly-awaited bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The announcement, which was made last Tuesday, has triggered a $50 billion reversal in prices.

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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Pre-Market: Turkish Crisis Escalates

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Emerging market assets are under heavy pressure yet again, with the Turkish Lira being in the epicenter of the troubles. The USD/TRY pair blasted higher after a chaotic Friday session, with the Turkish currency hitting significant all-time lows against the Dollar and the Euro alike. With the USD/TRY hitting 7, the Lira is down by 40% just this month, and in only one year, the Dollar more than doubled in Lira terms.

USD/TRY, Daily Chart Analysis

Emerging market currencies are definitely feeling the contagion effects, with the Argentinean Peso the Brazilian Real, and the Russian Ruble all being down big time in the last few days. So far, the Turkish leadership failed to calm the market, rather they fueled the fire with the aggressive rhetoric, and the seeming ignorance of the basic macroeconomic rules. Coupled with the political tensions between the US and Turkey, the background for the currency crisis is bleak.

Also, given the self-fulfilling properties of the Turkish situation (as the falling Lira deepens the fundamental problems, causing a vicious cycle of trust), a quick change is needed to prevent a complete currency meltdown. As investors are well aware of the prior emerging market crisis, which usually led to wide-spread capital flight out of the most vulnerable countries, the current environment has the potential to turn into a deeper correction across markets and asset classes.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, Daily Chart Analysis

The relative strength of the US indices continues to impress, as after the pre-market weakness, the major benchmarks opened mixed and flat, still being just slightly off their all-time highs, despite Friday’s clear risk-off shift. That said, as the other key markets are much weaker compared to their Wall Street peers, and a deep emerging market crisis could further curb global growth, and coupled with the monetary tightening cycle, developed markets won’t remain safe forever.

Dollar Edges Lower Against Majors After Strong Rally

DXY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While emerging market currencies are volatile and mostly bearish today, the Dollar is actually slightly lower compared to the Euro, the Pound, and the Yen, and it is notable off its overnight highs. The lack of broad contagion is positive news for bulls, and Chinese markets held up well today after being weak for months.

Gold, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On another risk-positive note, gold is not showing signs of financial distress, as the precious metal is actually lower today, testing its 15-month lows near $1200. Commodities are mostly flat elsewhere and the recently vulnerable commodity-related currencies are also stable, thanks to the weakness in the Dollar. Copper is still closely following Chinese assets, holding up above its long-term support zone near $2.70, while WTI crude is trading near the $67 per barrel level consolidating after last week’s volatile price action.

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Spillover Emerging

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Hi Everybody,

Plenty of interesting moves in the markets lately. Top of every investor’s mind is the Turkish Lira and its ongoing slide. Also, the Russian Ruble, Mexican Peso, and the South African Rand are making massive movements

Some experts are calling it an emerging market currency rout. The thing is, emerging market currencies shouldn’t necessarily correlate with each other.

The only thing they really have in common is that they’re traded against the US Dollar. This lends to the theory that the entire story is actually driven by the US Federal Reserve. As Jerome Powell is forced to react to rising inflation at home, other economies that rely on Dollar stability are bearing the brunt.

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Today’s Highlights

  • Japanese Spillover
  • Look at the Lira
  • Emerging Cryptos

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of August 13th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

To think, this situation with the Turkish Lira started with Trump imposing sanctions on August 1st, in relation to a detained pastor who Erdogan refuses to release.

Now it seems that neither is willing to back down and the showdown is affecting most major currencies. The most major of which is the Japanese Yen, which is being seen as a safe haven from this currency conundrum.

With the Yen gaining, the Nikkei 225 is taking a hit as a stronger Yen tends to harm Japanese exports.

Look at the Lira

Earlier this morning, the Turkish central bank did come out with some strong words to try and minimize the damage.

This type of rhetoric can sometimes have an impact on sentiment. Most famously when Mario Draghi stated that they would do “whatever it takes” to save the Euro in 2012. However, investors today were looking for a bit more than words from the central bank.

Later today we’ll also hear from the new finance minister. This recently appointed figure is actually the son-in-law of Recap Tayyip Erdogan. So he will have to put on a helluva show if he’s to impress anyone.

As I write, we see the USDTRY testing 7.

Those of you who are avid readers will recall that this whole thing started with a strong break above 5 Liras to the Dollar.

So similarly, if we get a break of 7, things could get even uglier.

Crypto Spillover

As we’ve stated before, crypto-assets tend to correlate most closely with high-risk markets. So it would stand to reason that a sell-off in stocks, might have a negative effect on crypto.

Looking at the numbers however, it seems the crypto markets are rather unaffected by the emerging market currency rout and are showing a mixed performance.

Crypto-enthusiasts now want to know if Turkish citizens are turning to crypto as a stable store of value in the face of a rapidly depreciating currency.

Well, it seems there have been some sources that seem to indicate this is the case.

Indeed, some Turkish exchanges are reporting that their volumes doubled in the last few days. Still, as they weren’t trading at incredible volumes to begin with, an increase of 100% somehow doesn’t seem to me to be a massive increase that would indicate mass adoption.

No doubt there are some who have turned to bitcoin. Many citizens are doing their best to get their wealth out of Lira’s by any means possible and there are even reports of large queues at luxury shopping malls.

Because it’s not clear how Turkish people access bitcoin, it will be difficult to verify if there has been any uptick in adoption. What I’m waiting for are the weekly stats from coin.dance, that should come out over the next few days.

Let’s have an excellent week ahead!

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