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Why IOTA Belongs On Your Focus List

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For the serious student of cryptocurrencies, IOTA is a name most likely you know well. However since only about 8% of Americans own any crypto, and then 80% of those folks own bitcoin, it’s time to get to know your neighbors.  

Ok, let’s start with a trick question.  Over the next 10-20 years, which technovation will have the greatest impact on society: cryptocurrencies, the Internet of Things (IoT) or Artificial Intelligence (AI)?  

The answer is: they will each be so big and so important that it really doesn’t matter.  As an investor you can go with anyone of these themes. But then, you might want to focus attention on IOTA. It could be like getting a techno triple play.  

This is not to suggest dumping your bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple or other major names. In an uncertain world, the big guys still carry a better risk profile.  But in today’s market, altcoins represent the most depressed values. Out of this group, IOTA offers investors participation in crypto, IoT and AI.

I do not own IOTA so objectivity isn’t being compromised.  Here are a few things about IOTA that stand out.

Ideal For High Volume Small Transactions

For all their benefits, single layer blockchains present a scaling nightmare to bitcoin and even so called second generation names like Ethereum.  Solutions like the Lightning Network and Raiden, when fully deployed sometime later this year, will help. But the ability to process 50,000 transactions a second is still a way off.

IOTA is specifically targeted for high volume transactions at near zero costs.  This makes a competitive stand against the ultra fast but high cost giants like Visa, MasterCard, etc. The secret is that IOTA doesn’t depend on a blockchain.  

Instead, developers have created something they call Tangle. IOTA is a blockchain free cryptocurrency.  Tangle is designed to remove the necessity of predetermined block times. Instead of many nodes confirming a transaction, the sender of the IOTA transaction must confirm two other transactions on the Tangle.

In other words, the entire time and energy intensive crypto mining process in sidetracked replacing it with a user verification process. To put it more simply, every user becomes a miner in the network.

This reduces cost to the point where IOTA transactions are near zero.  Compare this to a Visa or MasterCard debit card merchant service charge of 1.5% or a credit card fee of 2.9%-4%+ and there is no contest.

Is Tangle more secure than blockchain?  An honest answer is Tangle has not been tested enough to get enough data.  But if you accept that small transactions are less of a so called “attractive nuisance” than the size Bitcoin is best handling, then the effective security risk becomes tolerable.

IoT And AI: Real And Imagined

Small and even micro-transactions will be the measure of IOTA for the immediate future and there is nothing wrong with that.  After all we are talking about a multi trillion dollar global market. But this isn’t what crypto visionaries see as the end game.

Advocates of IOTA paint a glowing picture for the crypto in IoT and AI based on the near zero transaction cost and huge supply of the currency.  If things turn out this way, it means that IOTA is appealing to an entirely different segment than bitcoin, ether, Ripple or many altcoins.

By huge supply we are talking about each traded IOTA quoted in MIOTA or a million units. Total supply is defined as one Petalota. That equals 10 IOTA to the 15th power. If you prefer real numbers, the total supply is 2,779,530,283,277,761. Try saying that number quickly. Certainly the founders of IOTA had such a global vision when they decided to create such a massive supply.

Supply/Demand and Pricing

The one thing about the IOTA story is how can this massive supply benefit investors. It seems counter intuitive.  But I must be too dim witted to appreciate this because back in December before prices tumbled, the public valued IOTA at nearly $15 billion. Since then, like all cryptos, IOTA dropped more than 80% to around $2.6 billion. So did the end of the so called crypto bubble sour investors.  Not at all. Since the April 10th low, the price has jumped 70% to $4.7 billion or about $1.68 per MIOTA.

As we said at the start, long time IOTA watchers will find nothing surprising.  But for the majority, you will want to keep an eye on IOTA; it is not just another altcoin. And it’s price is still less than one-third of last December.  

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    April 19, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Great article! i think IOTA is one to watch for the future due to their proposed use of DAG as a blockchain alternative. However the theory/idea of using DAG as a blockchain is un-proven even in the research community. I’d rather stick with some other IOT platform that is backed by sound and established research e.g. SDChain. Mainnet in August..need i say more?

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Hard Flops as Price Moves Within the Abyss

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  • Bitcoin Cash price falls into uncharted territory, struggling to find a bottom.
  • Weekly chart still points to further downside, RSI not within oversold territory as of yet.

The Bitcoin Cash price remains heavily on the back foot, the standout under-performer across the major altcoins. BCH/USD is currently running at three consecutive sessions of losses. The streak could have been much longer, however the price was given a breather ahead of a pick up in downside intensity. In the past two weeks, BCH/USD has dropped over 60%.

As covered in an article earlier in the month, BCH/USD failed to break down a key area of supply. This was seen within the $650 territory; the price had faltered here in early September. It was forced back down to the south, to then retreat at some neckline support, $410.

BCH/USD daily chart

The most recent occurrence within the above-mentioned supply zone was seen between 6-8 November. Heavy sellers piled in, forcing the price initially down to the neckline support, $410. Between the 15-19th November, BCH/USD had breached, retested and consolidated around this area, before a resumption of further bloodshed.

Downside Targets

Looking via the weekly chart, the BCH/USD exchange rate demonstrates that the price is literally falling into the abyss. This fall is very much uncharted territory, so the bears are free to drive this a far south as it needs to be taken. In terms of the RSI, this indicates that there is still some room for this to be driven lower. It has not quite reached oversold territory yet.

BCH/BTC weekly chart

When observing BCH/BTC, at the time of writing the price is testing the previous session’s low. This area is significant as it provided much needed support in October 2017. A break here and close below 0.04775 could be punishing. This again is movement into an unknown realm of price action, so it remains unclear where the bottom will be at this time.

Upside Targets

In terms of upside barriers, given the recent price action, new areas of resistance have been formed. Firstly, around the $370 level, as this was the former acting support during the consolidation between 15-18th November. Furthermore, eyes would then be on a retest of the breached neckline former support, $410. Lastly, should both these areas be conquered again, the supply from $600-650 would be next up.

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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Litecoin Price Analysis: One Last Safety Net Ahead of $20 Territory

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  • Litecoin has been further slammed, dropping 35% over the past two weeks of trading.
  • Should near-term demand area of $35-33 fail to hold, it will be very punishing.

The Litecoin price remains firmly on the back foot, one of the standout under-performers in this current bear market, against some of the other major altcoins. LTC/USD has dropped a chunky 35% over the past going on 2 weeks now. Market bears have been pilling in since the big rejection, after trying to escape out of a bearish pennant pattern. This was attempted on 7th November, the upper trend line of the pennant proved to be too tough.

LTC/USD daily chart

Just a few sessions ago, LTC/USD collapsed through the lower support on the above-mentioned pattern. This was seen around the $49 mark, where the bears came pilling through to further crumble Litecoin. The price plummeted through a strong prior acting demand zone. It was tracking from the big psychological $50 area, down to $47 territory. Bulls had propped LTC/USD on occasions in August, September and October, leading the price on to make decent gains from the noted zone.

LTC/USD 4-hour chart

Between 15-18th November, price action did enter a temporary form of consolidation. As mentioned in the previous article , LTC/USD was trading within a range block, which was very much vulnerable to a breakout south, having since proved to be the case. It was eyed also as a bearish flag pattern set up, where sellers took a deep breather, ahead of the continued deep move south. LTC/USD lost over 15% from that consolidation area to current levels.

Key Support

LTC/USD weekly chart

Looking to the downside, eyes are locked in on the price range of $35 down to $33. The LTC/USD pair had consolidated within this area from June to August 2017, before being off on its journey north. In September 2017 this demand area proved required support for the bulls to continue their stampede higher. A failure to hold here will be very punishing to say the least. LTC/USD could be forced back down to $29 territory. The price was last seen here in June 2017.

Upside Barriers

There are now some big challenges ahead for LTC/USD, if it wants to return to heightened levels. During this bear market observed throughout this year, price action has formed new areas of resistance. It has all been uncharted territory, and unlike the 2017 bull run, there will be barriers that need to be broken for greater upside. The gains seen last year were not too challenging to achieve, as there was no history there for the bulls to deal with.

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Crypto Market Cap Plummets $42 Billion Over Six Days as Bitcoin Targets $5,000

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A staggering selloff in the cryptocurrency market over the past six days has investors searching for an elusive bottom on major assets like bitcoin, bitcoin cash and Ethereum. However, the breakdown of key technical levels, combined with the complete disregard for fundamentals, suggest the bottoming process has not yet concluded.

Crypto Selloff Deepens

The combined value all coins in circulation broke below $169 billion on Monday for the first time since October 2017. The selloff broke the floor wide open on last week’s bottom of $175 billion, setting the stage for a deeper correction in the short-term.

Trading volumes across major exchanges rose over the 24-hour cycle to reach a high of $17 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. In terms of adjusted volumes, Binance was the largest cryptocurrency exchange with daily turnover of $1 billion. OKEx processed $939 million worth of transactions, based on latest available data. Both exchanges saw their daily turnover jump more than 67%. Bitfinex experienced the most dramatic upsurge in volume, as turnover spiked 243% to $503.6 million.

OKEx was in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons Monday, as users lashed out against the exchange for prematurely closing open positions on bitcoin cash futures contracts. The closing of the contracts on Nov. 14 occurred without warning, leading to sizable losses across its userbase. The decision to force early settlement reflected ongoing confusion about how to handle the bitcoin cash hard fork.

Kraken has already credited bitcoin SV tokens to existing BCH holders but has warned of extreme risks of trading the new coin. In a Sunday blog post, the exchange described a number of “red flags” associated with SV, including a lack of wallets to support replay protection and “temporarily constrained” supply. It’s also likely that a large chunk of BCH SV holders will dump the currency with any notable price increase.

Bitmain founder and ardent ABC backer Jihan Wu has publicly expressed his desire to dump SV as quickly as possible.

“I am wondering when I can deposit my BSV token into exchange to sell,” the billionaire tweeted Saturday.

Battle Over Bitcoin Cash Intensifies

The battle over bitcoin cash has direct implications on bitcoin, the leading digital currency whose market cap has plunged by nearly $20 billion over the six-day selloff. Craig Steven Wright, one of the main backers of the bitcoin SV chain, has threatened to tank BTC if its miners switch over to bitcoin ABC, which is the main implementation of the BCH hard fork.

Bitcoin is also being influenced by Roger Ver’s decision to divert the entire bitcoin.com mining pool to ABC, a move that angered some users who say they never intended to mine bitcoin cash. The hash war exposes bitcoin cash to security risks as pools associated with bitcoin SV chain mine threaten to mine empty blocks or carry out 51% attacks. According to CCN, several pools and individual miners are likely to take an opportunistic approach via chain surfing, which automatically changes between chains based on block difficulty.

Price Outlook

In the meantime, market observers have set a new price target for bitcoin at $5,000. Based on latest price action, a drop below that level is likely in the short-run as the psychological $5,000 support comes under attack.

As for bitcoin cash, prices hemorrhaged another 8% on Monday to reach a new seven-month low of $352. The fourth-largest cryptocurrency is down a whopping 33% compared with last week – losses that outpaced all major cryptocurrencies in the top-20. BCH risks a further drop to the low $300s and possibly below that threshold should the hash war continue unabated.

Ethereum emerged as one of the biggest losers of the Monday selloff, with declines exceeding 11%. Ether is currently trading hands at $155, the lowest since May 2017.

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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