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Token Analysis: SALT

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The SALT name is meaningful to us because it hearkens back to the time in history when table salt gained use as a store of value, becoming one of humanity’s first monies. By utilizing salt as a medium of exchange for food, clothing, and other general provisions, it was salt which broke the mold of what a currency could be – there was no longer need for intrinsic value, now value was just an abstraction. SALT is also the name given to our programmed loan smart contracts as an acronym for Secured Automated Lending Technology (SALT).

Cryptocurrency is money, and money catalyzes the growth of many services. In the beginning, you have the unit of exchange and nothing else. If the unit of exchange survives, you then have people who are willing to exchange said unit for goods, services, and alternative units of exchange. Following that, each of these expands into larger versions of themselves, and services grow to support those as well – a service is developed specifically to help others accept the unit of exchange, for instance. Once your economy is stable enough that all of these things work reasonably well, the speculator class develops margin lending instruments so that they can profit from the sidelines as well as the interactions themselves. And then, finally, some sort of international market is going to be necessary.

Since with cryptocurrency we already have an international currency, a better analogy for SALT is that they are creating an interplanetary means of leveraging cryptocurrencies. Whereas margin lending allows you to leverage what you have in order to achieve higher profits (or losses) in cryptocurrency, SALT lending allows you to leverage your cryptocurrency assets as collateral in any effort.

What SALT is

The idea, according to the company’s Shawn Owens, was born of the conclusion that many successful cryptocurrency traders would prefer to hold their assets instead of selling them, but that often they have no way to do this. Thus, if you want to convert your cryptocurrency assets into real-world utility, even though you believe they are going to continue retaining value, your only option is to sell and lose future revenues. For fiat lenders, SALT represents the opportunity to adequately assess and capitalize on very liquid, volatile asset classes that are mostly alien to them at present.

The SALT token itself is not a normal ICO ERC20 smart contract. It is a membership card. Its supply, therefore, will not be very limited, and making it transferable would seem fairly contrary to the notion of KYC/AML compliance. As such, no analysis is really necessary as regards of the SALT token. It is meaningless if the SALT platform itself has no future, and it is worth as much as you can earn from whatever you might do with a SALT loan dispensation. SALT is “intentionally unpurposed,” meaning the loans can be for anything. Cryptoasset holders can get home improvement loans, small business loans, big business loans, debt consolidation loans – any financial product that is offered by traditional fiat banks could be offered by lenders on the SALT

Cryptoasset holders can get home improvement loans, small business loans, big business loans, debt consolidation loans – any financial product that is offered by traditional fiat banks could be offered by lenders on the SALT platform, if all parties agree and the terms are legal within their jurisdictions of business. In a way, SALT is the Coinbase approach of cryptocurrency brought to its ratiocination – cryptocurrencies are completely legitimized and interchangeable with traditional asset classes, with less friction than previously imagined.

Owens gave an interview to the FutureTech podcast which m2akes it quite a bit easier to understand what is going on than does their lack of a whitepaper and very disparate frequently asked questions section. He made the following two statements that answer the biggest questions (what and when):

“What we’re really doing is introducing and creating a credit market that does not yet exist.”

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“We hope to have a minimum viable product that’s accessible to the public at large in the 4th quarter of this year.”

What SALT Is Not

  • An Initial Coin Offering

SALT is not an ICO looking to crowdfund an idea. It would perhaps be a different story altogether if they had to use such means to get off the ground — numerous fundamentals would be missing.This is an easy mistake for newcomers to the space to make. SALT is a service for everyday and institutional borrowers who have cryptocurrency assets as collateral and institutional or private investors who might important requirements.

  • Peer-to-Peer Lending

Borrowers on the salt platform will apply for their loans in the traditional way that applications are done. They will not be put before a public review of thousands of people. SALT’s role in this will be to match borrower and lender. SALT’s Shawn Owens says that large-scale cryptocurrency holders could create an investment product with the SALT team if they wanted, but it might not be very attractive – what they could do is more of a mutual fund or high-return hedge fund vehicle in which they invest the funds for the lender.

Potential Unexpected Uses

  • Crowdfunded Funds

While SALT is not specifically intended for use by the great unwashed crowdfund world, it’s not impossible to imagine various crowdfunding platforms developing instruments to allow their lenders access. The requirements to lend on SALT have a lot of legalities that would have to be meted out, but potentially funds could be created which would then be used to lend via SALT in order to achieve returns.

  • Bloomberg-Type Services

If SALT succeeds and continues to create relationships between the cryptocurrency community and traditional financiers, one can imagine that reverse services will become available – SALT escrow services for institutional and other large scale transfers, SALT-backed ICOs, SALT-rated crypto tokens, and so forth.

  • ICO Parlay

Successful ICO outfits will be swimming in cryptocurrency both at the beginning of and throughout their business cycles. These outfits will be very interested in a platform like SALT, where they can leverage these assets in order to expand their business without another public crowdsale or fully realizing a revenue stream. This is an answer to traditional VC second, third, fourth, et cetera series funding rounds that many start-ups go through.

Conclusion

A future with firms like SALT in it is a future that many cryptocurrency enthusiasts will be in favor of: one where your cryptocurrency assets are valued right alongside your physical and fiat ones in a universal manner. Others will follow, but SALT has a first-mover advantage. Many things remain unclear about the actual nuts and bolts of the system, but the potential for such a concept is very high. SALT will either be an integral part of the cryptocurrency economy in the coming years, an early minnow in a stream soon to be crowded with sharks and whales, or a totally forgotten effort that is reminiscent of something current.

The cost of the token can be written off in the same way that loan application fees can be – a cost of doing business. From here, all we can do is report that a new method of gaining traction in the financial world is afoot which considers cryptocurrencies to be fully legitimate.

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Bitcoin Update: Bull and Bear Scenarios

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To say that the last two days in crypto have been a bloodbath would be an understatement. Many altcoins have broken critical support areas. Some cryptos even registered new yearly lows. One of those is Bitcoin (BTC/USD).

Bitcoin dropped to as low as $5,188 on Coinbase and lost as much as 20% of its value within 48 hours. The move forced numerous retail traders and long term hodlers to give up their digital assets. It also reinvigorated bears who felt ecstatic that $6,000 support crumbled into pieces. Their renewed confidence gave them the voice to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD). The chatter of Bitcoin trading at $2,000 – $3,000 has been the noisiest in the last 48 hours.

If you’re an ordinary investor who believes in the revolutionary power of Bitcoin, the amount of FUD out there might shake your beliefs. However, is there a grain of truth in what bears are yapping? In this article, we reveal the possible bull and bear scenarios to prepare you for whatever comes next.

The Bullish Scenario

Bulls have a simple task ahead in the next few days. They just need to take Bitcoin above $5,800 before the week closes to preserve the weekly support. This has the potential to invalidate the descending triangle breakdown and create a bear trap. However, with heavy bearish pressure, this is easier said than done.

With that being said, the key levels to watch in addition to $5,800 are 5,500, 5,300, and 5,190. The line in sand is 4,800. Below that, we’ll very likely experience a full-blown and painful bear winter.

As of this writing, Bitcoin is working really hard to establish support at $5,500. This is a positive signal. It works well with our bullish scenario of an inverse head and shoulders reversal pattern on the 15-minute chart.

BTC bullish scenario

In this scenario, bulls have two great chances to make this work. They can create a bullish higher low setup at $5,500 or at $5,300 to complete the right shoulder.

Another play would be a quick relief rally between $5,600 to $5,700. From there, we would likely experience a heavy volume dump to prices between $4,800 – $5,190. With this scenario, we’ll get a solid double bottom structure in the 15-minute chart where bulls can stage a reversal.  

BTC double bottom

This double bottom scenario is where many hodlers would capitulate and at the same time, it would exhaust many sellers. For this to manifest, however, bulls must show that they’re ready to battle to the bitter end so they can close the week above $5,777. Otherwise, bears will continue to rampage unchecked.

The Bearish Scenario

From a technical perspective, the descending triangle breakout has an ultimate target of $2,800. In addition, Bitcoin has firm weekly and monthly support levels at $3,000. These are the reasons that fuel calls for Bitcoin trading at $3,000.

Bitcoin bear scenario

It’s safe to say that this is not a pretty sight.

For this to happen, Bitcoin must close below $5,800 this week and then retest $5,800 – $6,000 next week. This price action would confirm that $6,000 is now a resistance. Therefore, bears would be able to use all the strength of $6,000 as support and flip it into a heavy resistance area.  

If this happens, there’s a strong possibility of a long and painful Bitcoin bear market that can extend for many months. During this period, the market may range trade between $3,000 – $6,000. This is not the scenario that we’re looking for. However, it is always better to prepare for such possibilities.

Bottom Line

Richard Wyckoff said: “The more compact the trading range is, the more likely the stock is under control by professionals, and the greater the possibility for the swift explosive move upward following a spring or a shakeout…watch for them”. This is why we remain bullish in Bitcoin despite the massive dump. After the compact trading range in the last few months, we believe that this is the spring or the shakeout before the explosive move upward.

At this point, we are rooting for the bull scenarios mentioned above but we’re also seriously considering the bearish case. In short, we’re hoping for the best but also preparing for the worst.

 

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Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Dollar Dips on Dovish Powell as Brexit Deal Still in Question

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Friday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,711 -0.83%
DAX 30 11,265 -0.78%
WTI Crude Oil 57.59 1.80%
GOLD 1,221 0.66%
Bitcoin 5,555 -0.53%
EUR/USD 1.1380 0.50%

Today is shaping up to be another wild ride in financial markets after the recent volatile sessions, with currencies, bonds, and equities all experiencing heavy trading. The Brexit process, the confusion regarding the US trade tariffs, and the broad bearish technical shift in risk assets are all contributing to the wild moves, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell also increased uncertainty yesterday.

The central banker hinted on possible pause in the Fed’s tightening cycle next year, citing increased economic headwinds following the open attacks form President Trump regarding the “tight” policies of the bank.

As Mario Draghi confirmed the ECB’s quantitative tightening plans as well, the Greenback lost ground compared to most of its peers, even as the main European currencies continue to be under pressure due to the Brexit chaos.

EUR/GBP, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Euro and the Pound, which are trading near their yearly lows compared to the Dollar, are stuck in a very volatile broad trading range against each other. The EUR/GBP pair topped out just above 0.90 this year, and although since the August high it drifted back to 0.86, the Pound remains weak from a long-term perspective.

A no-deal Brexit could hurt the British currency more and even a push above the decade-long high near 0.93 could be ahead. Short-term, we expect volatility to remain high in the pair, and in forex markets in general, and a move out of the range could happen soon.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Another possibly important move started in the USD/JPY pair and in gold in recent days, as the broad risk-off shift helped the Yen, with safe-haven flows favoring the currency and the precious metal again.

Following Powell’s dovish words, the pair could be ready to test the 112 level again, especially should the major stock indices continue lower in the coming week. Below 112, the 111.40 and the 110.70 levels provide support, while strong resistance is ahead near 113.70 and 114.50.

Another Selloff in Stocks as Bearish Pressures Mount

Global stock markets are lower today, despite yesterday’s reversal and late-day rally on Wall Street, which was sparked by renewed trade optimism, following rumors on a possible halt of the US tariffs on Chinese goods.

The rumors were quickly denied, but there is more and more evidence that the Trump administration might be changing its aggressive strategy, while China also seems more flexible in light of the economic slowdown and the turmoil in Chinese assets.

FTSE 100 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Brexit chaos is also weighing on equities in Europe and across the globe, with British assets clearly being under pressure, despite the rally attempts on the positive headlines regarding the draft withdrawal plan.

For now, the fate of the plans is still highly uncertain, despite the progress made by Theresa May. The hawkish words of Draghi also added to the bearish pressures today, as the Eurozone CPI was in line with expectations.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The major US indices all opened lower today, despite the continued decline in Treasury yields, with clear weakness in the tech sector and small-caps. Industrial Production missed the consensus estimate in October, with a monthly growth of only 0.1%, and the previous reading was also revised lower.

The key benchmarks are not far above the October lows, the recent rally attempts all failed, so given the bearish global technical picture, conditions in equity markets remain hostile for bulls.

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S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dow 30 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

VIX (US Volatility Index), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EuroStoxx50 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Nikkei 225 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Shanghai Composite Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EEM (Emerging Markets ETF), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Forex

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

AUD/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Crypto Update: Coins Consolidate After Key Breakdown

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The cryptocurrency segment is still under the influence of this week’s key technical breakdown that carried several majors below crucial support levels. Bitcoin’s moves have been dominating the market in recent days, and as the most valuable coin formed a short-term bottom, the top coins entered a choppy consolidation phase, retracing some of their steep losses.

Ripple and Stellar continue to outperform the broader market from a technical perspective, and some other coins, like Ethereum and Monero are also holding up above their previous bear market lows, but the overall picture is still overwhelmingly bearish in the market. The total value of the coins is slightly above the $180 billion mark, but further losses are likely in the coming weeks, with all of the majors being well below the breakdown levels, confirming the move.                

BTC/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin found support near the $5350 price level even though it spiked as low as $5200 during the rout, while the bounce carried the coin up to $5650. The breakdown is clearly intact in BTC and our trend model remains on sell signals an all time-frames, with a test of the $5000-$5100 zone still being likely in the coming period.

Bitcoin faces strong resistance in the long-term zone near $5850, with further key levels at $6000, $6275, and traders and investors shouldn’t open new positions here, with the long-term downtrend clearly being intact.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple overtook Ethereum in terms of market capitalization again, thanks to its relative strength this week, and the coin is still clearly holding up above the long-term support zone between $0.42 and $0.46.

That said, our trend model is still on a short-term sell signal, and given the bearish segment-wide trends traders shouldn’t enter new positions here, even as the coin will likely be among the leaders of the future rally attempts. Further support levels are found near $0.375 and $0.355, while resistance is still ahead at $0.51, $0.54, and $0.57.

Ethereum Holding Its Ground above Bear Market Low

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Ethereum failed to recapture the $180 resistance level during the bounce, it also avoided a sustained move below the previous bear market low near $170, despite the spikes towards the $160 support. Ethereum short-term stability is a slightly positive sign, but without further signs of strength, the coin remains in a clearly bearish technical setup. With that in mind, traders and investors should still stay away from the coin, as odds still favor the continuation of the broader downtrend.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin continues to trade below the $44 support/resistance level after the clear break to new bar market lows, and it remains one of the weakest major from a technical perspective. A move towards the next major support zone near $38 is likely in the coming weeks, even if a bounce up to the $47 level is in the cards. Litecoin is on sell signals on both time-frames in our trend model as well, with further strong resistance levels ahead at $51 and $56.

EOS/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EOS is hovering around the key support zone near $4.50 since a spike towards the bear market low near $4.30 during the steep selloff. The weak bounce didn’t change the technical setup, and the coin is still likely to fall below the previous low, as the declining long-term trend is clearly intact. Our trend model is on sell short-, and long-term trend signals, with strong resistance levels ahead at $5 and $5.35.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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