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Stellar Lumens Update: Acquisitions and Retirement Accounts

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Stellar Lumens is in the headlines this week amid reports that it is negotiating to acquire a high-profile startup by the name of Chain. Meanwhile, a bitcoin IRA that lets users buy cryptocurrency for retirement added XLM to its list of available assets, potentially raising the investment appeal of the Stellar protocol.

Stellar Eyes Chain Acquisition

Fortune reported Wednesday that Stellar has been in talks to buy the San Francisco-based blockchain startup for $500 million. Citing anonymous sources, the report said the payment would be made in XLM, the seventh-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. No cash or equity will be part of the sale, which has yet to be finalized.

Although Stellar’s plan for Chain is not yet known, its interest in the startup is tied to its team of talented blockchain developers. Stellar founder and crypto trailblazer Jed McCaleb has a keen eye for talent, having founded Mt. Gox, eDonkey and Ripple XRP.

Chain develops enterprise-grade blockchain solutions, including ledger products that allow businesses to transfer funds in token format. The company raised over $43 million in venture funding from high-profile investors including Visa, Nasdaq, Citi Ventures and Blockchain Capital.

It is not entirely clear how the purchase would impact XLM’s market value. For current investors, the main concern is a wholesale dump of Lumens by Chain’s backers in the event that the sale actually takes place.

At a current price-per-coin of less than $0.23, the Chain acquisition would translate to roughly 219.3 million XLM. There are roughly 18.7 billion Lumens in circulation, giving the currency a total market cap of $4.3 billion.

Stellar for Retirement

The BitcoinIRA retirement platform has announced the addition of both Stellar Lumens and Zcash to its available list of cryptocurrencies, giving investors the ability to diversify their crypto holdings for retirement.

“[W]e’re excited to meet the high demand for both Stellar Lumens and Zcash in the marketplace by making these coins available to customers looking to diversify their retirement portfolios,” said Chris Kline, BitcoinIRA’s Chief Operating Officer.

In addition to Lumens and Zcash, the BitcoinIRA platform allows retirement planners to access bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, bitcoin cash and Ethereum Classic.

Crypto IRAs fall under a much broader category of assets called digital IRAs, which are self-directed retirement accounts. Cryptocurrencies are recognized by the IRS as property, which allows for their inclusion in retirement accounts. Self-directed IRAs have unique tax benefits that can help investors maximize their digital currency holdings.

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Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD Pullback Means Bulls Can Run Free

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  • XLM/USD has seen the required retest of the broken pennant pattern, leaving the door open to greater upside.
  • Technically the price developments appear to be stacked in the favor of the bulls.

Recent Price Developments

XLM/USD daily chart

Stella’s XLM is on its way back up to the north. XLM/USD is running at two consecutive sessions in the green. The price having gained over 17% in the past three sessions, moving back into a bullish trend. Given the recent technical price developments, this current push higher could prove to be sustainable in efforts for a longer-run.

XLM/USD had initially been moving within a pennant pattern structure; this was the case from June until early November. The price was contained within for 19 weeks, a long period of consolidation, after the heavy sell off from April up to June. Furthermore, as seen from the daily chart view, bulls managed to break free and close above the mentioned pattern on 4th November.

The market bulls went on to drive the price to its highest level seen since 24th September, jumping above the $0.28 territory. XLM/USD found its somewhat exhausted, after running into some known strong resistance. This was and still is notable at the 61.8% Fibonacci, the price had also faltered here during the run seen at the back end of September.

Given above-mentioned rejection at the 61.8% Fibonacci, XLM/USD was sent back south. The price was forced to retreat on top of the breached pennant pattern. This move, as described, playing out to the textbook. A breakout to the upside was seen from the pennant, which the retest having now been seen. As a result, a move which is now very likely to invite further buying pressure.

Upside Targets

The first major challenge for the bulls, will be to break down the $0.28 price territory. As mentioned above, the area that has caused an issue the past two occasions, where the price has met with the resistance. Should the bulls manage to gain enough momentum, a break will likely be seen. This could bring in play a return to $0.30.

Further to the north, eyes will be on the $0.35 area and beyond. XLM/USD was last seen up at these heights in the back-end of July. It had peaked here on 26th July, before then entering quite a steep bearish trend. The price had fallen a chunky 45%, up until the early part of August, where some stabilization then formed.

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Factom (FCT) Rides Recovery to 65% Gains as Mortgage Service Adopts Blockchain

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Factom (FCT) climbed 65% from Wednesday through Saturday, as it continued to ride the recovery wave while the rest of the market stalled.

The price surge comes amid news that Factom’s Harmony blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) technology is to be used by mortgage software and marketing firm, Equator, as a way to increase efficiency.

Factom Price on the Move

The press release announcement landed on November 13th, just as the recent market dip struck which wiped $38 billion off the global market cap. The value of FCT sunk along with the rest of the market, hitting a new 20-month low of $3.81, and a market cap of just over $30 million.

Since then, however, FCT’s fortunes turned round and the coin went on a day-on-day growth surge up to a price of $6.30 – a 65% increase. That was enough to take Factom’s market cap to over $50 million, and send it into the top hundred coins by market cap.

Of FCT’s trade action for Saturday, 100% of trades have come against BTC. Factom only has one other trading pair to its name – the CK USD (CKUSD) stablecoin. Poloniex catered to the majority of movements, with Bittrex, Upbit and Cryptopia picking up the rest.

Factom Gains Mortgage Service Use-Case

As per the press release which announced Factom’s new partnership:

“Equator, an Altisource business unit and a leading provider of residential loan default software and marketing solutions for many of the country’s top servicers, real estate agents and vendors, today announced an agreement with Factom, Inc. to integrate the Factom® Harmony blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform into the Equator® PRO solution.”

According to the press release, Equator PRO is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that aims to offer efficiency and oversight to help other mortgage servicers. Their platform includes but is not limited to:

“…loan management, loan modification, short sale/deed-in-lieu, foreclosure/bankruptcy, and real estate owned (REO) focused products…”

In the plainest of language, Factom just got a real-world use-case for its blockchain tech. Thus far, the technology is expected to be used to:

“…provide a distributed mechanism to preserve data, files and digital records, making them verifiable and independently auditable…”

Celebrations

Patrick G. McClain, Senior Vice President of Equator talked up the partnership, stating:

“Incorporating Factom’s blockchain tools will support our customers’ compliance obligations. At Equator we are regularly working to improve and advance our default servicing technology, and adding cutting-edge tools like Factom’s Harmony is another example of our continued leadership.”

Chief Operating Officer of Factom, Laurie Pyle, also celebrated the news, stating:

“At Factom we know a practical blockchain solution is needed to specifically deal with complex business data and documents. We look forward to working with Equator, who shares the vision of using blockchain technology to bring transparency and efficiency to the default servicing process.”

Factom launched just over three years ago and was subject to lots of positive chatter up until the ICO era came into play, and Factom was relegated from CoinMarketCap’s first page.

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Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD Has Big Opportunity to Fly Again

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  • ETH/USD is running at seven consecutive sessions of losses, dropping as much as 25%.
  • Price action is moving within a strong demand area, which could very well see the price rocketing again.

Current Price Action

ETH/USD is stuck within a stubborn downward trend. The price is running at a seven consecutive session losing streak. During this time period, ETH/USD has dropped as much as 25%, falling from $226, down to recent lows of $171.95. This is the biggest weekly loss seen since the bear market back in September.

The price was trading in a consolidation manner; this had been the case after the above-mentioned bear market drop. ETH/USD at the time had dropped as much as 45%, before finally staging a recovery. Since the bounce on 12th September, price action began to form a bearish pennant pattern, which was then firmly broken on 14th November.

ETH/USD daily chart

Buying Opportunity  

At the time of writing, ETH/USD is seen trading deep within a known demand area. Buyers last pilled in and drove the price north, back on 12th September, as detailed above. It had gone on to gain a whopping 50%, following the hammer candlestick reversal confirmation. The demand can be eyed around the $170 territory.

Eyes should be on indications of a reversal, the potential for a signal from a candlestick formation, similarly to the prior mentioned recovery. In terms of the RSI via the daily time frame, ETH/USD is very much in oversold territory. The index seen around the 27 level at the time of writing, which could see the price soon bottoming out.

Upside Targets

Should life be kicked back into the bulls, another retest of the breached pennant pattern would likely be seen. Resistance underneath the pennant should be noted at the psychological $200 mark. The bears firmly ran through this price level on 14th November. Further north, another barrier can be observed at $230 area, a known supply zone.

There has been much debate over the past couple of months, as to whether the cryptocurrency market has hit the bottom. Many believed that this was the case, after the deep September drop. While some were still calling another corrective fall. Once some stabilization from the bulls is seen and recovery picks up momentum, this may be the last of the bears for 2018.

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