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The Crypto Correction: What You Need To Know

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In the short span of about 24 hours prices of cryptocurrencies have fallen like a stone. Investors have either given back or taken losses of sizable amounts. Measuring the one-day drop: bitcoin -21%, Ether -29%, Litecoin -29%.

From its December all time high near $20,000, bitcoin has given back more than $200 billion in value. This amounts to more than 80% of the companies on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq. Even for those who have experience-trading crypto, the events of the last few days can challenge nerves.

What is the right plan of action? Possibly no plan at all, by that I mean sitting tight and doing nothing, could be the best plan. What ever you choose, the first thing to do is to shut down your computer and turn off CNBC. These are all entirely emotion driven groups and right now they are making loud negative headlines reminding us of quotes from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffett.

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The same sources are painting a dark case today. These are the very same folks that were gaga over crypto last year while prices were rising. Now these sources are quoting Warren Buffett who predicted with a high degree of confidence that cryptocurrencies will have a bad ending.

If you listen to Christopher Harvey, Head of Equity Strategy at Wells Fargo, you get an even more dire prediction. He recently appeared on CNBC stating that the cryptocurrency price correction could spill over into the overall stock market.

There is a rule of thumb on Wall Street. If you are right 51% of the time, you are considered an investment genius. This means most opinions are wrong at least half of the time. This could be the case with today’s crypto naysayers.

Prices And Business Fundamentals Don’t Always Match

The number of true experts in cryptocurrencies is small relative to the number of investors. That means there is more emotion than usual driving prices in both directions. It is this volatility that keeps certain investors on the sidelines.

But if you have done your research and have a view of the world in 2028 short-term volatility is not your enemy. Warren Buffett, the biggest crypto naysayer is a master of long term investing. During the 2008 financial crisis, when the world was close to the brink of financial disaster, Buffett was standing by with billions to loan Goldman Sachs charging an outrageous 10% rate of interest. There is a lesson for us here.

Don’t Get Distracted By Short Term Issues

Korea is a big market for crypto demand and, along with China has produced headlines threatening to close down cryptocurrency exchanges. I have not dealt directly with any of these so the analysis of others is necessary.

These folks point out the excessive price premiums as evidence of the behavior of bad actors in the game. So any action by governments to clean up the exchanges could produce a better experience for investors. And let us not forget cryptocurrencies are global. There are plenty of exchanges in the world that make markets.

Korea does not have a monopoly on bad actors. The exchange and lending platform Bitconnect, in recent days, announced that it is closing. The company was recently served with a cease and desist order. Ethereum founders had criticized the exchange for their practices that many believe were bordering on a Bernie Madoff style Ponzi scheme.

The Tipping Point Has Been Reached

The jury is no longer debating the verdict. Cryptocurrencies have become embedded in the global economy. According to Google’s Annual Report on Search Facts, bitcoin and cryptocurrencies were the second most important topic in the world during 2017.

Bitcoin is all about fast, anonymous, low cost movement of money anywhere on the planet. Those lofty goals have not yet been achieved but with tens of thousands of businesses now accepting bitcoin including some hefty Fortune 500 companies and with the Bitcoin Lightning Network coming on, bitcoin’s shortcomings are being addressed.

Bitcoin Futures: Acceptance Is Spreading

When I learned that bitcoin futures would be traded in the US by the CME and CBOE, the only question was how long it would be before other countries recognized the legitimacy of bitcoin futures. Well, it didn’t take long. The Hong Kong securities regulators, SFC issued a report on December 11th giving investors a green light.

Within less than a year futures contracts will be available on Ethereum and possibly others.

Ethereum: The Future Is Here

Ethereum has always had a more obtuse purpose. It was never intended as a medium of exchange like bitcoin. For what it is worth, Ethereum is less likely to be singled out by governments and central banks that fear loss of economic control.

Descriptions like decentralized blockchain platform offering smart contracts and driven by Ether require some time to appreciate. Ethereum is open sourced and applications oriented. You don’t need to understand the technology you only need to envision what it can be applied to.

Ethereum co-founder Steven Nerayoff tells us the number of Ethereum projects today is already ten times the number of last year. Here are just two examples.

Unilever

Unilever, the $52+billion food and packaged goods giant, is working on a blockchain based project to better manage its massive global supply chain. So far it is only being tested but consider the size: 10,000 Malawian tea farmers. And this is just the start of their massive corporate wide supply chain. Imagine what this will look like if Unilever starts to take things seriously: stay tuned.

On The Vanguard

Now the $5 trillion Vanguard group is getting the blockchain bug.  They are the investment industry’s low cost provider. Now they are embarking on test to apply blockchain technology for data sharing.

Caveat Emptor

The reality is the cryptocurrencies are embedded in the global economy and likely to grow dynamically for a long while. This doesn’t protect us from short-term events. That is why huge price corrections are so interesting. The Warren Buffett habit of always having deep cash reserves to pounce on opportunity when frightened investors run is a strategy that has worked well over multiple decades.

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  1. mrmajestic

    January 18, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I like the sentiment of the article. Slightly dodgy spelling and grammar, it jars me a bit when i see elementary spelling errors like “what ever”. I expect the grammar to be on the same level as the rest of the article, higher quality.

  2. incog13

    January 18, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Consider this, though: What happens if the G20 countries all agree to heavily regulate cryptos or outright ban the conversion of cryptocoins to fiat (leaving company blockchains unregulated, though)? I don’t see how the cryptos could recover if they are relegated to the poorer part of the world, with the rogue states, etc.

    Any thoughts?

  3. Chris G

    January 18, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Bingo

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Daily Analysis: Oil Extends Rally as Nasdaq Leads Stocks Higher

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Friday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2749 1.38%
DAX 12,483 0.18%
WTI Crude Oil 63.58 1.29%
GOLD 1330.00 -0.16%
Bitcoin 10,14 -0.09%
EUR/USD 1.2295 -0.28%

US equities built up some bullish momentum towards the end of the week, ignoring the technical damage that the volatility-crash caused, and the major US indices rallied into the close today, squeezing the shorts. The Nasdaq, which led the rally as we expected, took out the key 6850 level in late trading and added another percent to, incredibly enough, finish only a hundred point of the all-time high.

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NASDAQ 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Should the tech benchmark retest the high next week, it will be amid very strong negative divergences, but hey, those divergences have been building for months now. The rally in equities was boosted by the dip in Treasury yields, especially at the long end of the curve, while Amazon continued ot lead the charge, closing right at the historic $1500 per share level.

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Russell 2000 (Small Cap) Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The advance in the Dow and the S&P 500 is much less convincing and with small caps also lagging the tech-behemoth juggernaut, we remain skeptical regarding the sustainability of the move. That said, if the broader indices stay above the key levels, we will be trading the long side in equities, even as from an investment standpoint, valuations are still way above acceptable.

Forex Markets and Commodities

The lackluster performance of European and Asian stocks adds to the negative divergences, especially as the Euro stopped appreciating against the Greenback, and that should be helping stocks of the old continent. Of course, the DAX and the EuroStoxx 50 could play catch-up next week, barring another surge in the common currency.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The most-traded forex pair remains in a short-term downtrend, as it failed to recapture the previously broken rising trendline, and the commodity related risk-on currencies also remained under pressure. The Canadian Dollar did bounce back off yesterday’s 8-week lows, boosted by the much hihger than expected inflation release and the jump in the price of crude oil.

USD/CAD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Oil benefited from the positive shift in sentiment, while the Syrian situation, which took a backseat in the headlines, still supports the rally. The Japanese Yen and gold were stable amid the risk-rally and that adds to our suspicions regarding the upside potential form these levels.

Cryptocurrencies

The segment started out the day with a strong bounce that carried the major coins higher by around 10%, but given the recent steep short-term pullback, even that wasn’t enough to turn the tide, and the day ended with an (almost usual) sell-off after the US close. Despite the recent volatility, the overall picture is still encouraging, with most of the majors being safely above the crash lows, likely in a new bullish cycle that has the potential to last for several more weeks or even months.

While new all-time highs are it guaranteed following the 60-70% declines among the largest coins, but even without those, plenty of upside potential is left for investors. With that in mind, investors should hold on to their coins and even add to their holdings on the short-term dips like the current one.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Technical Analysis: Majors Stage Rally but Strong Levels Still Ahead

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The cryptocurrency segment has recovered from a broad correction today in early trading, with the most valuable coins all turning into green during the session, despite the bearish start to the overnight session. With bottom-to-top gains of up to 15%, the rally helped in easing the worries of bulls, especially in the case of the relatively weaker coins.

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Bitcoin and most of the largest altcoins remained stable during the selloff, and BTC recaptured the $10,000 level quickly after trading as low as $9600 overnight. The initial rally topped out near $10,400, and the coin is trading back near the $10,000 level, as the bullish momentum faded away somewhat.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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That said, we expect the uptrend to continue even if the correction could still carry Bitcoin lower. Further strong support is found between $9000 and $9200, while targets are ahead at $11,300, $13,000, and $14,250.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum showed strength during the bounce again after yesterday, together with the early leaders of the rally, and although the coin dipped below the $845 level in the second half of the session, the signs remain positive for bulls. Support levels are now found at $780, $740, $625 and $575, while resistance is ahead near $910 and $1000.

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Pre-Market: Stocks Refuse to Fall Even as China Takes Over Key Insurer

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Although it should have been a very quiet week in China, thanks to the New Year celebrations, the recent surge in volatility and the plunge in equities didn’t pass without consequences in the key market. Just shortly after effectively shutting down the Chinese version of the Volatility Index (VIX) (presumably to calm the markets…), one of the main actors of the monstrous financial web, Anbang, of the country had to be taken over to avoid a systemic event and stop the “creative” financial engineering that involved criminal activity (the shadow of 2008).

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China will likely need many more duck-tapes like this one if it wants to stop the largest credit bubble in human history to collapse, but for now, the solution could work. Equity futures edged higher since yesterday’s volatile close, and as the major US indices are holding up well, not far off last Friday’s highs, our bearish short-term view might have to be revised.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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As we discussed before, the long-term uptrend is intact, and we expect at least a re-test of the highs even if we are in a large-scale top formation, but we thought that the technical damage caused by the crash three weeks ago would require more healing.

We are not turning bullish just yet, but today’s session could finally decide if we the BTFD-crowd is strong enough to turn the tide after the choppy drift lower this week. We are still focusing on the Nasdaq, as the broader market seems to be following the lead of the tech benchmark, and a move 6850 (in the Nasdaq 100 futures, and still the 2735 level in the S&P) would be a very positive sign for bulls.

DAX Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The German DAX index is also showing some tentative short-term relative strength although it remains almost 10% below its all-time high, and it remains a strong negative divergence to be monitored.

Forex Markets Quiet

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The main pairs are trading in a choppy narrow range today after the strong move in the Yen and the drop in the USD yesterday. US Treasury Yields are edging lower today, helping the calm in equities and currencies, but on a bearish note, commodity currencies failed to rebound so far, and they were providing good signals since the crash. Day-traders should note that the Canadian Dollar will likely be very active again, with the Canadian CPI report coming out pre-market.

To sum the outlook up, we are still leaning on the risk-off side here regarding the short-term outlook, but we wouldn’t bet the farm on that, as there are mixed signals before the weekend.

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