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There’s nothing quite like a Solar Eclipse to capture the imagination and inspire a nation. Citizens in United States are still extremely excited and everybody here is talking about it, many of them with very sore eyes.

So, here’s the picture I promised you in yesterday’s market update…

…just kidding.

This photo was actually taken by NASA. I could never take such a beautiful picture, not with my smartphone anyway.try

For those of you seeking further inspiration, check out the remarkable photos rolling in on Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SolarEclipise2017

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Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of August 22nd. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Market Overview

The markets have been delightedly uneventful so far this week. President Trump seems to have a much better handle on things and the stocks and US Dollar are responding by not falling.

The ousting of Steve Bannon was a good start. Then yesterday, Trump gave a televised speech with an important update on the startegy regarding Afghanistan. The speech was well put together and the Presdent seemed more Presidential than he has in a while.

Demonstrating that he’s got a firm grip on the drivers wheel is enough to keep things from crashing for now. However, the markets have already priced in a lot of good news that hasn’t quite been delivered just yet. So, if there’s no major push towards tax or healthcare reforms any time soon, the markets may find themselves under pressure yet again.

Oil Coaster

Oil has been on a bit of a wild ride lately. The market range is low enough to not put any real pressure on other markets but large enough for day traders to get plenty of action.

We should know the backstory by now. The world is still recovering from a massive oversupply. Even though there have been efforts to tame production in the East, Western energy companies have been pumping their hearts out.

The moves we’ve been seeing lately are more speculative than fundamental though. The major battleground has been between $43, which is seen as a bargain for those who feel the price will recover, and $50 which is seen as way too high given the fact that we’re still in oversupply.

Last Friday we saw a surge (circled), which has been corrected yesterday. Now it seems the price has recovered about half of that.

A trader with a good intuition for what direction an asset is moving can make some really great trades here.

Crypto Slide

When it rains it pours and there’s a monsoon in the crypto space at the moment. Virtually all the gains from the past week have already been reversed. This is a gentle reminder that these markets are extremely risky.

Bitcoin and Ethereum are both down more than 6% so far today and even Bitcoin Cash is in the red. Of course, every dark stormy night has it’s moments of lightening that make the night shine.

Two such bolts have managed to bring outstanding gains to savvy alternative investors. One such flash of light is Monero. Rumor has it that XMR will soon be trading on one of the largest exchanges in the world, the Korean based Bithumb exchange.

Be that as it may, the gains are nothing less than phenomenal. The price of Monero has nearly doubled in the past 24 hours and volumes have skyrocketed.

… pushing it’s market capitalization above $1 Billion for the first time ever.

The other sudden yet fleeting bright light is Ripple. The gains in XRP are nothing new but quite welcome given the performance of the rest of the industry. It’s a real shame that the move has been mostly reversed in the past few hours. You can only really escape your destiny for so long.

Here we can see the price of Ripple over the last few days on top of a graph of bitcoin (blue line).

That said, the crypto markets have shown us before that some of the biggest opportunities have revlealed themselves during times that all hope seemed lost. So certainly there’ll be many people out there seeing these lower prices as a discount.

This content is provided for information and educational purposes only and should not be considered to be investment advice or recommendation.
The outlook presented is a personal opinion of the analyst and does not represent an official position of eToro.

Past performance is not an indication of future results. All trading involves risk; only risk capital you are prepared to lose.

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Investors Reward Nexo for Adding XRP-Backed Loans

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Crypto-backed lending startup Nexo is being rewarded by investors for adding loans collateralized by the third biggest cryptocurrency XRP. The company made the announcement in a blog post, saying support for XRP was in response to demand stemming from the blockchain community.

NEXO advanced by double-digits in today’s mixed crypto market before trimming those gains somewhat. Investors may have sensed an announcement was on the horizon, as Nexo, which boasts a market cap of $76.5 million, has been on a tear in October and has seen its value increase by more than one-third for the week and 160% over the last 30 days. Most of today’s trading is unfolding on Hotbit in the ETH and BTC markets. Despite the recent gains, the NEXO price, which is currently hovering at $0.13, has not gone unscathed in this year’s market downturn and traded as high as $0.40 in May 2018.

Source: CoinMarketCap

Competitive Landscape

According to Nexo in the blog post –

“Nexo continues to push the boundaries within the crypto-lending space by becoming the first lender ever to start accepting XRP as collateral for crypto loans.”

XRP, which is majority- owned by Ripple, is a popular choice and it joins a list of nearly two-dozen cryptocurrencies supported by Nexo including bitcoin, Ethereum, Zcash and many more. The XRP price, meanwhile, is currently down 2% to $0.45 with a market cap of $18 billion, more than $2 billion below No. 2 cryptocurrency Ethereum. Last month, the XRP price added 70% to its value, but October hasn’t been as kind.

In addition to XRP, Nexo also revealed a partnership with Goldman Sachs-backed Circle’s new platform CENTRE, announcing plans to offer loans backed by the new USD-backed cryptocurrency USD//Coin (USDC). Earlier this month, when Tether fell out of favor with investors, Nexo said it was exploring the addition of more stablecoins, adding that it has “never held significant amounts of Tether (USDT) on its balance sheet.”

Investors have proven to reward lenders for the expansion of the platform into new coins. Last week, rival crypto-backed lender SALT Lending (SALT) announced its support for loans collateralized by one of this year’s best performers, Dogecoin (DOGE). Since then, SALT coin has risen more than 30%. Crypto-backed lender BlockFi, meanwhile, issues loans backed by Gemini Trust’s recently launched stablecoin Gemini Dollar (GUSD).

Blockchain startups aren’t afraid to tease upcoming announcements, giving traders the opportunity to be in a position to potentially benefit from the news. Binance CEO CZ tweeted today on the heels of the exchange’s expansion into Uganda that he’s “got one more piece of good news coming soon,” which he pointed out generated more “likes” than the Uganda tweet.

As year-end approaches, the total value of the cryptocurrency market is currently below $210 billion.

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Monero Price Stabilizes as Transaction Fees Plummet

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Monero’s XMR currency has flat-lined over the past week, ebbing in the direction of the general market following the successful implementation of Bulletproofs. The upgrade, which was initiated four days ago, has given XMR a unique advantage in terms of transaction costs.

XMR/USD Update

From a price perspective, XMR has exhibited very little fluctuation over the past 24 hours. The digital currency is currently trading hands at $105.48, were it was down only slightly compared with the previous session. Likewise, the XMR price is little changed over the past seven days. Over that period, XMR’s peak-to-trough was $108.33-$102.22, according to CoinMarketCap.

At present values, Monero has a total value of $1.7 billion, placing it in the no. 10 spot on the active market-cap rankings. Its market value is three times higher than Zcash, another leading privacy coin.

XMR trade volumes averaged a little more than $14 million on Monday, with won-denominated transactions on Bithumb accounting for the vast majority of the daily turnover. The South Korean exchange processed nearly 92% of XMR’s exchange-traded volume, according to CoinMarketCap.

Monero Transaction Costs Plummet

Monero’s latest hard fork on Oct. 18 has given the blockchain a significant advantage from the perspective of cost, according to CoinMetrics, which recently commented on the massive drop in XMR transaction fees. Users of the privacy coin are now paying just 2 cents per transaction, a decline of 97% since the implementation of Bulletproofs. The sharp drop in transaction fees is accomplished by shrinking the overall size of cryptographic proofs and the amount of disk storage space required to execute a transaction.

The hard fork, officially known as Monero 0.13 Beryllium Bullet, adds a new layer of protection for XMR transactions. This includes trustless, non-interactive, zero-knowledge specifications that will completely mask transactions from the public blockchain. The hard fork was implemented on block 1685555, with the new Bulletproofs software executed on block 1686275.

The new specifications not only boost Monero’s credibility as the premiere privacy coin on the market, they work against the growing risk of network centralization. That’s because the new protocol offers greater resistance to corporate ASIC miners, which the community views as a major obstacle to decentralization. Miners have already reported a sharp drop in mining difficulty as a result of the fork, ensuring smaller players have the opportunity to contribute to the network.

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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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Bulls Have the Potential to Capitalize, Following a Bullish Technical Set Up

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  • BCH/USD broke out and retested a long-running descending trend line, but has failed to capitalize on this further.
  • George Hotz, also known as Geohot, says “Bitcoin Cash is the real Bitcoin.”
  • CoinText.io expands its Bitcoin Cash payment SMS service to Brazil and further European countries. 

“Bitcoin Cash is the Real Bitcoin”

George Hotz, also known as Geohot, an American entrepreneur and hacker, was recently commenting on Bitcoin Cash. Following the BCH Devcon in San Francisco he attended, Geohot demonstrated how to generate a BCH private key from scratch using python coding.

During his python video, George spoke highly of Bitcoin Cash. He said, “I’m using Bitcoin Cash because it’s the real bitcoin.” His reasoning for the preference of BCH over BTC was due to it having significantly lower transaction fees. Stating, “Transaction fees are super low on bitcoin cash.”

Bitcoin Cash Being Used in Brazil with CoinText.io

SMS cryptocurrency payment service, CoinText, has launched their services in Brazil and three other European countries – Poland, Romania and Croatia. CoinText doesn’t require apps, logins or Internet, and users can send Bitcoin Cash via SMS. A new wallet is automatically created when people have received Bitcoin Cash via SMS.

Specifically commenting on the Brazilian expansion, CoinText founder and CTO said, “Brazilians have been suffering from corruption and bad monetary policy,” says CoinText founder and CTO Vin Armani. “Cryptocurrency offers a way for them to peacefully opt out of a corrupt system.”

A move in which is further helping the adoption of Bitcoin Cash, via the CoinText service, he further noted, “Adding Poland, Croatia and Romania brings us closer to connecting the entire continent of Europe,” Armani added. “CoinText’s end-of-year goal is to enable all 740 million European residents to text money to each other’s phones for pennies.”

Technical Review – Daily Chart

BCH/USD daily chart

BCH/USD price action of late has been very much mundane following a promising breakout from a long-running descending trend line. It had been contained below and rejected on several occasions, from the back end of July. Bulls managed to pull off a decent breakout to the upside, which took place between 26-27th September.

After observing the break above, then pullback for a retest of the breached trend line, it looked very promising. This as such played out to the textbook, however bulls failed to capitalize and drive further north. Instead, the price remained within a consolidation nature, a lack of commitment in either direction. Perhaps the bulls are sitting on the launchpad, ready to send this into orbit, time will tell here.

Looking at technical areas of interest, to the upside, resistance has capped upside well into $500 territory. Tracking from $455-80, which has been evident the past few sessions. A firm push higher, will allow $550 region to come back into play. In terms of buyers, they can be found from the current price, all the way down to $400 the round figure.

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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