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The Secret Behind What’s Driving Cryptocurrency Prices

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What’s been driving crypto prices? During a period roughly between May 23rd and last weekend, crypto prices were holding a steady course and then suddenly within a brief 24 hour period both bitcoin and Ethereum lost over 12% of their value.  During that same period virtually all of the 100 largest cryptos were also falling at double digit rates.

Weekend trading can sometimes be misleading but this time seemed different. First came the headline from Cointelegraph: “All of Top 100 Cryptocurrencies See Red Amidst CFTC Price Manipulation Probe”.  This was followed by “South Korean Exchange Suffers a Hack, Sending Crypto Markets Tumbling”  written by Hacked.com’s own Gerelyn Terzo.

As these observers so correctly pointed out, over the course of just 24 hours more than $20 billion in crypto value just evaporated.  How was that possible considering that prices were already depressed by over 60%? What was it in those two news headlines that was so damaging to the fortunes of crypto investors?

When you take a close look and the CFTC stuff or the South Korean hack, it is obvious that the headlines aren’t worth the loss of $10 billion in crypto value.  This is not to dispute the accuracy or the quality of these writers. It is just darn difficult to reconcile the impact of either event. Please stick with me while I explain.

The CFTC Is Your Friend

Government regulation over financial markets is a fact of life and if cryptocurrencies are ever going to reach mainstream acceptance, regulators will be involved.  By mainstream, we are talking about assets that can be used for something other than tax evasion or nefarious purposes. As an investor, having the CFTC looking to protect your interest is an absolute benefit.

Even though 100 of the top cryptocurrencies got hammered when the CFTC news came out, trading records related only to bitcoin are involved.  The focus on bitcoin of course stems from the fact that a futures market exists that offers crypto investors the opportunity to hedge their risks.  This is a big plus.

Perhaps the most absurd part of the market’s reaction is how little is new or even surprising. The four exchanges in question, Bitstamp, Coinbase, itBit and Kraken, have been providing data to the CFTC as part of the original futures listing agreement.  For whatever reason, that agreement was not highly specific and thus the various parties are jockeying over legal issues. In the end, the CFTC will prevail because they have to power to do so.  End of story.

Korean Exchange Hack

Over the weekend Bloomberg reported the South Korean crypto exchange Coinrail had uncovered evidence of a hacking attempt.  Obviously, this is never a welcome event but is it enough to significantly affect the overall market by $10 billion? Well, consider this.

Coinrail is a tiny exchange that barely makes the list of top 100 doing only about $2.5-$3.0 million in daily trading in a market worth over $300 billion. Of the three affected coins – NPXS, NPER and ATX – only the later held any real value at $46 million according to CoinGecko.  NPER is worth less than $6 million while NPXS is quoted a zero. Is this the sign of a major Eastern European hacking ring destine to disrupt the crypto investment world or a couple of college kids on summer vacation?

The Secret Behind What Is Driving Crypto Prices

Hats off to Cointelegraph for citing the so-called bitcoin evangelist Alistar Milne survey of his Twitter followers on what caused the weekend price calamity.  Only 9% blamed in on the Coinrail hack. Something like 10% pinned it on the CFTC subpoenas. The overwhelming 81% majority checked the box “Crypto iz ded” or “Aliens”.  We are going to assume that Alistar’s followers are above average in the knowledge of crypto.

Clear Signs Of An Oversold Market

When investors dump securities out of fear or frustration, it is a sign of capitulation.  Back in March a similar sell-off lead to the surge in prices during April. This is the sort of thing that appears to be happening all over again.  Sometimes capitulation occurs during a fundamentally scary period like the financial crisis of 2008. Other times capitulation takes place with less drama when investors simply throw in the towel and sell from fatigue.  My guess is this is what is happening these days. Only the Aliens know with certainty. As for the rest of us, I am a buyer.

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Zcash (ZEC) Price Analysis: Market Cap Growth Continues, More Updates Coming Soon

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  • Zcash moves up to rank 19 on the top cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.
  • The Sapling upgrade just a few days away, as Zcash team suggest there could be more announcements soon.

Zcash (ZEC) continues to jump up the ladder, with its growing market capitalization. Last week it managed to creep into the top 20 cryptocurrencies, by market cap. Most recently, it has now moved up to rank 19. At the time of writing, it is seen at $624.5 million, ahead of VeChain (VET) with $612.6 million.

Countdown for Sapling Upgrade

It is just under 6 days now until the anticipated Sapling upgrade from the Zcash foundation. According to the firm, ‘Activation block 419200 will be mined October 29, 2018 01:31 UTC+00:00 assuming 150 seconds/block.’ The build-up of this is something that has appeared to be very supportive in the elevation of the ZEC price.

The Sapling is a network upgrade that boasts increased efficiency for transactions of which are shielded. They will facilitate broad mobile, exchange and vendor adoption of the Zcash shielded addresses. Zcash’s goal is to also see increased speed with these shielded transactions; it is touted that transactions can be shielded in less than 1 second.

New Announcements Coming Soon?

The Zcash team via their Twitter account have continued to count down their upcoming upgrade, tweeting “Is your product is #Sapling-ready? Or you would like to learn more about supporting the #Zcash Sapling upgrade? Reach out and let’s connect!” Within the tweet, they covered existing Salping-ready services listing; Bithumb, BitGo, Coinomi, Lamassu, Ledger, Suprnova, Trezor and WinZEC. They noted “MORE COMING SOON!” implying there are potential pending partnerships and integrations in the works.

Technical Review – Daily Chart

ZEC/USD daily chart

ZEC/USD bulls are on the hunt for an extended breakout north, as a vital trend line is being tested. A break of the mentioned resistance is seen tracking at $126. If a breach and daily close above, should open to door wide open to some buying pressure. The bulls will be met right away by some supply running from $130-133. As a result, sellers have knocked the price down throughout October, within this territory. Finally, for upside targets, a rally up to $145, would like then come into play. The price last traded here on 28th September.

In terms of support, this is seen all the way back down at $110. A lower supporting trend line can be observed tracking here. This has been active since mid-September. Furthermore, a buying area is noted from $100-95.

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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Binance Listing Announcement Triggers 29% Growth For Decred (DCR)

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Yet another coin just felt the beneficial effect of a listing on Binance – the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by adjusted volume.

Following Tuesday’s announcement by the Binance team, Decred will be listed on the exchange starting Wednesday, October 24th.

The previous month has been one in which the power of a listing on a major exchange has made itself obvious. Just two weeks ago Ravencoin (RVN) gained a Binance listing and shot to 351% growth. Meanwhile Basic Attention Token (BAT) gained close to 50% in the last week based on the mere speculation that the Coinbase exchange would be listing it soon.

DCR/USD Surge

As you can see from the chart below, it seems very few people knew about the DCR listing until it was announced by Binance.

The early morning spike hit just as the blog post was tweeted out, and over the next few hours DCR went on to record 29% gains – climbing from a price of $38.79 to $50.35.

The coin’s trade volume increased by a factor of 2,260% as it rose from the $500,000 range up to the current sum of $11.8 million. The majority of those trades have come in the form of the DCR/BTC and DCR/KRW pairs, with Bittrex, Huobi and Upbit housing most of the action.

With the morning’s spike, DCR bypassed weekly and monthly highs, while the quarterly high of $70 is still some distance away.

The project began development in 2015, and the coin remained below the $3 price range for nearly two years, up until it was carried along with the rest of the market in 2017’s surge.

Binance Picks Up Decred

The Binance blog post published on Tuesday morning states:

“Fellow Binancians, Binance will open trading for DCR/BNB and DCR/BTC trading pairs at 2018/10/24 04:00 AM (UTC). Users can now start depositing DCR in preparation for trading.”

The Decred team on Twitter followed this up with a celebratory tweet thanking Binance and its founder CZ for the listing on the exchange:

“Thank you @cz_binance & @binance, we’re honored to have $DCR listed on your exchange!”

Binance’s own informational on Decred emphasizes its use as a transactional currency, and notes that the coin will never experience the issue of having to hardfork, stating:

“Decred is similar to Bitcoin. There will only be 21M coins created, ever. The big difference: Decred uses advanced and innovative technology that solves blockchain governance. No hard forks needed. Exchanges will never have to deal with customer requests for splits. The general public will never have to sift through contentious forks or be fooled by claims of a “better Decred.”

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XRP Price Analysis: Reports Indicate National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) is Set to Go Live With xCurrent

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  • Sources suggest National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) are moving closer to going live within Ripple’s xCurrent solution.
  • Despite current XRP/USD selling pressure, a bullish technical set up is still seen as a potential.

National Bank of Kuwait Ready to Use xCurrent

One of the largest banks in the Middle East, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), is readying to move forward with xCurrent. It is reported this could be in place within the next few weeks. xCurrent is Ripple’s enterprise software solution that facilitates banks to instantly settle cross-border payments, providing end-to-end tracking.

The latest suggested is that the NBK are currently awaiting to receive the green light from the Central Bank of Kuwait. Sources close to the matter, are said to note that NBK are currently preparing for its first transaction with the xCurrent solution. In terms of time frame, the suggestions are for the back end of October, or by early November. These sources are being cited by the newswire, Crypto Briefing.

Earlier this year, in May, the National Bank of Kuwait mentioned Ripple via their official Twitter account. They tweeted, “NBK leads the way in Kuwait in a partnership with RippleNet to offer instant cross-border payments to customers Ripple.” Nothing further on this, from either the NBK or Ripple was noted.

It is important to note that the xCurrent solution does not use XRP tokens, unlike xRapid, which enables banks to send payments using XRP. It can then be transacted back into the appropriate fiat currency by the receiver. On the basis of the above noted, it is likely to have a direct influence on the value of XRP.

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart

XRP/USD 4-hour chart

Despite the consistent downside pressure observed with XRP/USD, a potential bullish technical set up can still be eyed. As seen on the 4-hour time frame, price action has been moving within a bullish flag pattern. The lower support has recently been penetrated by the market bears.

Near-term support eyed immediately at $0.4660-40 area, the below trend line. Further south, a demand zone is seen running from $0.4535 down to $0.4350. This was an area that caught the price during some hard selling at the back end of September. Bulls managed to kick started a recovery at this low area on 25th September. Should this technical set up fail to play out, eyes will then be on $0.4000 for support. Last traded down here on 15th October. Lastly, looking at resistance, this is seen just ahead at $0.4650, upper trend line of the flag. Ahead, there is heavy supply heading into and within the $0.5000 territory.

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