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Sunday Devotional: Welcome the Chaos, Buy the Dips

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It’s nice to go to Facebook sometimes, especially into the cryptosphere. You find the real meat and potatoes people of the crytpo world, and in general, they’re the kind of people you hope really do benefit from all this madness we’re collectively generating in the blockchain sphere. Then you witness a group of Westerners dupe a group of Nigerians (seriously) into believing (for whatever reason) that HTMLCOIN will hit $1 (or whatever) by December, or that it has ever seen a high of 155 satoshis, and you have to wonder if maybe the whole problem of society was better left alone. (Just kidding: it doesn’t matter.)

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Elsewhere, in the hallowed halls of Bitcoin Core, Gregory Maxwell takes the mantle of Bitcoin’s most influential, true partisan. Speaking to a Bitcoin meet-up in San Francisco, Kyle Torpey reports that Maxwell made some very interesting statements about the near-future of Bitcoin – in effect, that the SHA256 algorithm might be pulled out from underneath the Bitcoin miners and make their hardware obsolete for mining. The effect of this move would actually be to greatly increase some innocent other chain’s hashrate, like DGB, which allows for SHA256 hashing.

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Maxwell took the opportunity to disagree with Satoshi Nakamoto: the chain with the most work is no longer Bitcoin, but only the chain which “follows the rules of Bitcoin.” Here are the exact words quoted by Torpey:

More work is always secondary to following the rules of Bitcoin.

A potentially chaotic future for Bitcoin still lies ahead. We’ve seen it in the comments, in the social media: things might be cooling down. The author has never been a fan of Bitcoin maxims, like “honey badger don’t give a ****.” Honey badgers can go extinct, too. Everything relies on an ecosystem, including Bitcoin.

We may see three versions of Bitcoin. Is the Bitcoin Cash thing still going on ~45 days later? Let’s have a look.

Yep, still going just fine, holding a per-token value leagues ahead of even Ethereum, whose usefulness and network effect are more and wider than Bitcoin Cash.

Winter is probably coming, referencing the long winters felt by the people in HBO’s Game of Thrones. The white walkers are amongst us already, though, they just don’t know it. Short opportunities as well as first-time entries wouldn’t surprise the author at all if they arise before the end of the year. It wouldn’t surprise him, either, at this point, to be fair, if the market does the exact opposite. We know there are buyers in waiting, so the rebounds are reasonable to expect.

The only thing we can do is understand that just like Warren Zevon sang, there is disorder in this house; all bets are off. 

But in this case, we mean off-target.

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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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