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Bitcoin (BTC) Subreddit Surpasses One Million Subscribers

Bitcoin (BTC), Cryptocurrency–While most investors run for cover amidst the falling crypto prices, as the bear market of 2018 extends into the final month of the year, the Reddit based community for the number one cryptocurrency by market capitalization has hit a new milestone.

On Dec. 2, the subreddit for Bitcoin reached 1 million subscribers, marking a historic moment for the community that few other groups on the site have been able to achieve. Amazingly, given that coin price have fallen 70 to 95 percent from their high in January, the community of cryptocurrency has managed to show resiliency that could pay off in the long run.

Bitcoin, in particular, has cultivated a strong a following of investors who are looking for more than just profit. The community formed through Reddit has not only found ways to give back to need-based programs through the significant wealth created in last year’s bull run (such as the Bitcoin Pineapple fund which gave away a whopping $86 million to 60 charities–all from the generosity of one Bitcoin user), to consistently finding ways to form grassroots adoption.

While some have chosen to trade Bitcoin for the price speculation alone, the technology has a struck a chord with the majority of its following which extends beyond just being another appreciable asset. Each user may have their own reason for supporting the currency, ranging from a belief in the technology of blockchain and the superiority of digital currencies over their fiat alternatives, to a politically-oriented ideology that espouses decentralization and more libertarian views. However, the vast number of Reddit users and Bitcoin supporters around the world hold opinions that are a far cry from the one being attributed by mainstream outlets and economists–one that continually seeks to label crypto investors as gamblers, pyramid schemers or the propagators of a malicious virus.

With the subreddit now eclipsing 1 million subscribers, it contributes to the growing paradox of 2018 that was touched upon by Mike Novogratz in a conference call last week. As reported by EWN, the billionaire crypto supporter made no qualms about the state of the industry throughout this year, claiming it has been, “a horrible bear market in tokens,” with “plenty of reason to be depressed.” Despite the plummeting price of Bitcoin, which experienced its worst month of losses in November since August 2011, the support and adoption for the digital currency is on the rise, creating the bedrock for the technology to perform in 2019 and beyond.

While Google searches and general excitement for cryptocurrency has eroded with the market capitalization, down from nearly $900 billion in January, the industry has moved past daily appearances on CNBC and other popular outlets which were fixated on the climbing price and overnight millionaires being created in last year’s bull run. In place of that attention is a recognition that the industry still has yet to grow, with prices outpacing real world use at the start of the year. It’s not enough for Bitcoin to grow from exchange driven, price speculation alone: the currency has to find a footing in both usability and mindset for mainstream consumers before it can hope to match last December pricing.

Until then, the growing community for Bitcoin on sites like Reddit continues to provide a window into the state of crypto adoption, and the willingness for a segment of the population to try the technology that has been hailed as the next greatest innovation since the internet.

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Bitcoin (BTC) Subreddit Surpasses One Million Subscribers

Bitcoin (BTC), Cryptocurrency–While most investors run for cover amidst the falling crypto prices, as the bear market of 2018 extends into the final month of the year, the Reddit based community for the number one cryptocurrency by market capitalization has hit a new milestone.

On Dec. 2, the subreddit for Bitcoin reached 1 million subscribers, marking a historic moment for the community that few other groups on the site have been able to achieve. Amazingly, given that coin price have fallen 70 to 95 percent from their high in January, the community of cryptocurrency has managed to show resiliency that could pay off in the long run.

Bitcoin, in particular, has cultivated a strong a following of investors who are looking for more than just profit. The community formed through Reddit has not only found ways to give back to need-based programs through the significant wealth created in last year’s bull run (such as the Bitcoin Pineapple fund which gave away a whopping $86 million to 60 charities–all from the generosity of one Bitcoin user), to consistently finding ways to form grassroots adoption.

While some have chosen to trade Bitcoin for the price speculation alone, the technology has a struck a chord with the majority of its following which extends beyond just being another appreciable asset. Each user may have their own reason for supporting the currency, ranging from a belief in the technology of blockchain and the superiority of digital currencies over their fiat alternatives, to a politically-oriented ideology that espouses decentralization and more libertarian views. However, the vast number of Reddit users and Bitcoin supporters around the world hold opinions that are a far cry from the one being attributed by mainstream outlets and economists–one that continually seeks to label crypto investors as gamblers, pyramid schemers or the propagators of a malicious virus.

With the subreddit now eclipsing 1 million subscribers, it contributes to the growing paradox of 2018 that was touched upon by Mike Novogratz in a conference call last week. As reported by EWN, the billionaire crypto supporter made no qualms about the state of the industry throughout this year, claiming it has been, “a horrible bear market in tokens,” with “plenty of reason to be depressed.” Despite the plummeting price of Bitcoin, which experienced its worst month of losses in November since August 2011, the support and adoption for the digital currency is on the rise, creating the bedrock for the technology to perform in 2019 and beyond.

While Google searches and general excitement for cryptocurrency has eroded with the market capitalization, down from nearly $900 billion in January, the industry has moved past daily appearances on CNBC and other popular outlets which were fixated on the climbing price and overnight millionaires being created in last year’s bull run. In place of that attention is a recognition that the industry still has yet to grow, with prices outpacing real world use at the start of the year. It’s not enough for Bitcoin to grow from exchange driven, price speculation alone: the currency has to find a footing in both usability and mindset for mainstream consumers before it can hope to match last December pricing.

Until then, the growing community for Bitcoin on sites like Reddit continues to provide a window into the state of crypto adoption, and the willingness for a segment of the population to try the technology that has been hailed as the next greatest innovation since the internet.

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Bitcoin (BTC) Losses in November Worst in 7 Years

Bitcoin (BTC), Cryptocurrency–With Bitcoin again slipping below $4000, the market of cryptocurrency is continuing the bear trend into the final month of the year.

After several months of low price volatility, where the fluctuation in value for the number one cryptocurrency by market cap dropped below that of tech stocks, it appeared that the crypto markets were going to make an eventful upward turn in November. Part of the influx of investment was driven by Bitcoin Cash, as buyers anticipated the minting of new coins following its hard fork on November 15.

However, the opposite occurred, with the coin plummeting in value in the hours leading up to the split and dragging most of the market with it. Instead of providing a resurgence to market prices, the forking of Bitcoin Cash into Bitcoin ABC and SV created a strong degree of investor uncertainty which in turn led to falling prices. The two camps, helmed by crypto figureheads Roger Ver and Craig Wright, created an all out “hash war,” which drew the wrong kind of attention for crypto and led to a general fire sale for the market.

Bitcoin plummeted alongside altcoins, and nearly $100 billion was wiped from the market capitalization in less than two weeks. While BTC watched a steady erosion in price throughout 2018, falling from an all time high of $20,000 at the end of last year to its stable trading point around $6500, the bottom fell out for the currency. Bitcoin dropped further to $3500, with nearly all analysts predicting a bleak outlook for the recovery of cryptocurrency prices that could continue into next year–and possibly beyond.

As reported by Bloomberg, the most recent price fall for Bitcoin was as bleak as it appeared to investors, with November constituting the worst month for BTC in the last seven years. While investors were flush in the midst of a bull run for Bitcoin at this time a year ago, November saw the currency drop 37 percent to a relative low for 2018, which constitutes the biggest loss since August 2011 when BTC fell 39 percent to $8.90. As previously reported by EWN, billionaire investor Mike Novogratz of Galaxy Digital Holdings admitted to the steep drop in valuation for cryptos and his crypto-based fund. Speaking in a conference call on November 30, Novogratz made no attempt to sugar coat the situation,

“It’s been a horrible bear market in tokens.”

However, as prices continue to find shaky ground in their lowest trading range of the year, general enthusiasts for cryptocurrency continue to find developments to be excited for, in addition to the catalyzing work of some development teams. Last week, EWN reported on a commitment by the TRON Foundation, makers of the TRX currency, to pay out $100 million over three years to spur innovation and creation of blockchain gaming for their network.

As token prices continue to cause headaches for long-term investors, adoption and blockchain growth is a positive for cryptocurrency advocates to hang their hat upon. While Novogratz, a long time Bitcoin and crypto bull, admitted defeat in 2018, even he pointed out that bubbling adoption today could lead to big moves–including institutionally backed investments–in 2019 and 2020.

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Bitcoin Short Squeeze Imminent Based on Current Trading Trend

Bitcoin could be in for another significant price surge based on the current trading trends. The top-ranked cryptocurrency has managed to stay relatively stable even while the altcoin markets experience a post-weekend trading decline.

Massive Short Squeeze on the Horizon

One of the more defining aspects of the BTC trading narrative in 2018 has been the activities of shorts. 2018 has seen a significant increase in Bitcoin shorting where traders bet that the BTC price will fall.

Throughout August 2018, Bitcoin shorting rose to almost reaching the April 9 all-time high (ATH) signaling the fact that many traders don’t expect the top-ranked cryptocurrency to stay above $7,200. Even more profound is that in early April, BTC was trading at $7,000.

With so many Bitcoin shorts, the BTC price could surpass $7,300 with $7,500 a likely resistance level. Whether it maintains $7,500 or not would depend on the level of bull fatigue. A few short squeezes have happened in the last few months due to the high volume of short trading positions.

The likely reason for this next short squeeze is due to unprecedented levels of “short absorption” in the market. These absorptions are mostly unleveraged meaning that bulls (most likely whales) are making real BTC purchases at 1:1 U.S. dollar ratio. Thus, even though the shorts are making concerted efforts, the most probable market response in the interim is upward price movement.

Bitcoin Growing Steadily in the Last Seven Days

This imminent short squeeze comes as Bitcoin has been growing steadily over the last seven days. In that time, BTC has increased by eight percent as the top-ranked cryptocurrency sets its sight on maintaining the $7,000 price level.

While Bitcoin has remained relatively consistent, the altcoin market has been tumultuous, increasing in tandem with BTC but also experiencing constant pullbacks. Despite these pullbacks, the total market capitalization has climbed to $236.9 billion.

Do you think a massive Bitcoin price short squeeze is imminent? What is your end of September BTC price forecast? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Satis Group Price Analysis: Bitcoin and Monero Biggest Gainers Over 10 Years

Bitcoin (BTC), Monero (XMR)–According to a report by the initial coin offering (ICO) advisory and research firm Satis Group, both Monero and Bitcoin look to be the biggest winners in terms of price gain over the next decade. Satis, which publishes outlooks for both ICOs and current cryptocurrencies, as well as advising on  the forces that will shape the industry, has released a new forecast for the next ten years that puts XMR as the greatest price gainer while predicting XRP to be in for a historic crash.

According to the report, Monero is predicted to have a price appreciation of 38391 percent over the next ten years, bringing the price to a whopping $39,584 (up from its current value of $108 as of writing). The report also predicts Monero having a strong performance over the next year, predicting a four-digit percentage increase in price to bring the valuation of XMR to $1476.

In addition to being bullish on Monero, the new report also finds more profit to be made through Bitcoin, claiming that the number one currency by market capitalization will eclipse it’s previous all time high of $20,000 at some point in the next year to bring the total value of BTC to $32,914. The five and ten year outlook for Bitcoin is equally positive, with the coin poised to hit $96,378 and $143,900, respectively, over the coming decade. Ethereum and Litecoin were also listed in the report with positive gains, however Satis Group predicts neither coin to perform anywhere near as well as Monero and Bitcoin. Litecoin has an expected 10-year price outlook of $225, failing to eclipse December 2017’s all time high, while Ethereum’s outlook is pegged at $588–again failing to retest previous highs.

Interestingly, Satis Group finds XRP to have an overwhelmingly negative outlook, predicting the coin to reach a historic low in investment price. The former product of blockchain startup Ripple and current third overall cryptocurrency by market cap is predicted to be worth a penny in five-year’s time, and less than that over the full decade forecast. XRP, which once traded for as high as $3.84 per coin during the January’s bull run, is expected to continue a slow decline worth up to 90 percent of the current value, a price point that would result in a 99.7 percent decline since the last all time high.

The reasoning behind such a meteoric rise for Monero stems from the belief by Satis Group that anonymity-providing currencies will form the dominant share of the market rather than the current projection towards Dapps. Satis Group finds penetration into offshore deposit markets as the natural extension for the growth of cryptocurrency, making the value of a currency like XMR–which rebuffs censorship and can hide user transaction information–more attractive if the industry shifts towards providing greater privacy services.

Bitcoin also received a positive review from Satis Group, with the company highlighting that the high marketability and brand appeal of the coin would continue to climb with the growing penetration of cryptocurrency into society. Taken from the report,

“Despite a lack of appeal during retail frenzies, we continue to believe that BTC and its network effect will dominate end-market share within Currencies and the overall cryptoasset market, driven by: 1) increasing liquidity and purchasing avenues, 2) increasing brand recognition, 3) its position as the default base-pair within the crypto markets, 4) declining relative volatility, 5) relative lack of attack vectors, 6) network capacity alleviation through the maturity of layer-2 solutions, and 7) an increasingly high attack and overthrow cost.”

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Bitcoin Price Approaches $7,000 as Tom Lee Predicts Explosive End of Year Run

After days of holding steady between $6,400 and $6,700, Bitcoin is finally making a run for the $7,000 price level. The top-ranked cryptocurrency headlines a substantial price recovery that has the total market capitalization climb to $225 billion.

Bitcoin Breaks $6,700 Resistance Level

Bitcoin rose by more than $200 on Tuesday (August 28, 2018), reaching $6,916 as of 7 am UTC. The sudden climb occurred at 12 am UTC as BTC rose from $6,766 to above $6,900 in a matter of 35 minutes. At press time, BTC was trading at $6,935 having risen by more than three percent in the last 24 hours.

The top-ranked cryptocurrency is currently at its highest price since August 7, right before the start of a series of declines that eroded most of the gains accrued in July. Apart from BTC, the rest of cryptocurrency appears to be performing well. ETH and XRP have both soared significantly, but MIOTA is the best performing top-ten coin, rising by more than 15 percent over the last 24 hours.

Outside of the top ten, NEO is up by nine percent, VeChain by 13 percent, DASH by 21 percent. More than 80 percent of the top 100 coins have experienced positive gains in the last 24 hours in what seems like a positive start to the week for the bulls.

Bitcoin Could Set New All-Time High (ATH) in 2018

A few days ago, Tom Lee predicted that BTC could end 2018 with a new ATH. Speaking to CNBC, Lee highlighted the correlation between hedge fund investment, emerging markets, and the price of BTC. According to Lee, signs point to an aggressive price climb for the top-ranked cryptocurrency.

Lee explained the connection between all three parameters using two factors – hedge funds and wealth effect. According to the Fundstrat analyst, the switch between “risk on” and “risk off” for hedge funds as well as the fluctuating stock market prices directly impact the price of Bitcoin. Commenting further, Lee said:

Until emerging markets begin to turn, I think in some ways that correlation is going to hold and tell us that sort of the risk on mentality is those buyers aren’t buying bitcoin.

Tom Lee has since the beginning of the year, predicted that Bitcoin would end 2018 at $25,000. Commenting on the fate of the number one cryptocurrency’s price, Lee said he expects BTC to end the year “explosively higher.”

Do you think the current price rally points to a significant market recovery? What is your end of year BTC price forecast? Keep the conversation going in the comment section below.

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Bloomberg: $500 million in Tether (USDT) Has Made No Impact on Bitcoin (BTC) Price

Bitcoin (BTC), Tether (USDT)–Despite Tether (USDT) printing over half a billion dollars worth of new coinage throughout the month of August, financial news outlet Bloomberg reports the move has had little to no impact upon the crypto markets.

While the company behind the most popular stablecoin cryptocurrency, now ranked 8th in total market capitalization with $2.84 billion in circulation, has been the target of numerous investigations, particularly those pertaining to the assets backing the coin, August’s massive influx of new tethers is apparently not swaying the crypto markets. Despite adding an additional $500 million worth to the total market capitalization, a move that has in the past brought accusations of Tether and its partners artificially propping up the price of the industry, Bloomberg reports that the link between new USDT hitting exchanges and an increasing Bitcoin price has eroded over the past year. Whether because of the prolonged bear cycle of 2018, which is already drawing attention for its investor fatigue, or a new market force at work, Tether no longer has the same impact as in the past.

Several economists and market analysts, most recently a group out of the University of Texas, have been observing Tether, it’s regular injecting of USDT into the market and the impact that has upon crypto prices to conclude that some form of manipulation or price stabilization is occuring. With the massive influx of freshly minted Tethers throughout the month of August, Bloomberg feels confident concluding that the input of the high-profile stablecoin is no longer swaying prices. Bloomberg also refutes another paper by the research group Chainalysis, which made the claim that USDT is influencing prices of altcoins and smaller capitalization cryptocurrencies, even if the stablecoin fails to move the price of BTC as it did with some regularity throughout 2017. Citing as an example, Bloomberg looks at August’s push of half a billion dollars worth of USDT into the crypto markets, without a corresponding price increase–or stabilization–for Bitcoin, in addition to other popular currencies such as EOS and NEO. Instead, altcoins have been largely in decline, with the price of Bitcoin fluctuating throughout the $6000 – $7000 range since the beginning of the month.

Whereas past injections of Tether, particularly to the tune of half a billion dollars (or roughly 17 percent of the total Tether now in circulation) would have corresponded to a significant price movement for Bitcoin, and the crypto markets in general. Instead, August 2018 has seen one of the steepest declines across the board for BTC and altcoins, with most currencies experiences double-digit losses in an already prolonged bear market. This has led some to the conclusion that either Tether is not directly manipulating the market with its timing and method for USDT injection–or at the very least not attempting to do so–or that the same forces that coupled Bitcoin rallies so closely with Tether injections have evaporated from the market.

Some have found stablecoins to be an interesting caveat to the high volatility, high risk of cryptocurrency investing. Compared to BTC and other altcoins, USDT and its brand of stablecoins provide the benefits of cryptocurrency while pegging the valuation to a fixed amount–in this case the U.S. dollar. Some find that the currencies exhibit too much centralization, and lack the departure from government fiat that has been so enticingly portrayed in the majority of cryptocurrencies. However, with the slumping crypto markets throughout 2018, Tether has become a safe harbor for investor funds, particularly those left on exchanges to ride out the price volatility of the market.

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Australians Can Pay Utility Bills With Bitcoin (BTC)

Bitcoin (BTC)–In terms of adoption for cryptocurrency, being able to pay for real world goods and services with the digital currency has long been viewed as the gold standard. The bear market of 2018 has led to a shift in focus away from the fundamentals of crypto and the usability of blockchain transactions in favor of wild price speculation. However, an Australian-based partnership is attempting to provide a solution for customers looking to pay their utility bills with cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrency exchange Cointree announced a joint-venture with billing platform Gobbill to give Australian customers the opportunity to pay their utility bills with cryptocurrency. The goal of the union is to provide a solution for automated billing via crypto, with Gobbill functioning as the intermediary in the exchange, taking user funds in crypto and making the payment in fiat.

Using the Cointree wallet, users of the cryptocurrency exchange will be able to convert stored coins automatically into utility bill payments, giving customers the opportunity to pay in BTC, XRP, and nearly 40 other currencies. While Australian utility companies will not be accepting crypto directly for payment (the exchange involves a conversion to fiat), it does represent a way for Australian crypto users to get around having to cash out of their denomination on exchanges to free up funds for utility payment. The service is being aimed at small businesses and average investors, with the co-founder and CEO of Gobbill, Shendon Ewans, expounding upon the planned form of payment,

“We anticipate a surge in the number of customers who would like to pay their bills in crypto in the coming years. Our partnership with Cointree will cater to this market and ensure Gobbill continues to remain ahead of the curve when it comes to allowing our users to pay their bills automatically, while knowing they’re protected from fraud and scams.”

According to Ewans, Gobbill views this partnership with Cointree as getting ahead of the curve, a refrain we have heard several times from tangential businesses attempting to capitalize on cryptocurrency. By offering a service that automatically takes payments in cryptocurrency, Gobbill is exposing itself to the growing, and vocal, userbase of cryptocurrency, in addition to paving a future for their company that involves a takeoff in the digital currencies.

Cointree also sees partnerships for bill payments and automatic drafting as a way to increase their customer base, with efforts already enacted for several years on the front of crypto-to-bill payment. Jess Rendon, operations manager of Cointree, reported that the company has processed $100 million in bills paid in 2017,

“Last year alone we had about AU$100 million of bills paid and saw ten times growth in this payment feature.

CCN reports that paying bills with cryptocurrency has seen an explosion in Australia over the last several years, having grown by 3300% in a three-year period. While the system devised by Gobbill is still a step removed from utility companies accepting Bitcoin and altcoins directly, it does provide another avenue for investors looking to use their coins outside of exchange speculation.

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Top 10 Cryptocurrencies See Green After a Tumultuous Week

Bitcoin (BTC)–After one of the hardest hitting weeks to the crypto markets in an otherwise bearish year, the top ten currencies by market capitalization appear to be in recovery.

On Monday, the total market capilization of cryptocurrency dipped below $200 billion for the first time since last year, signaling a relative low from January 2018’s near-trillion dollar valuation. Altcoins in particular experienced a severe decline, with currencies across the board posting double-digit losses throughout the week.

Ethereum, an otherwise stalwart coin that has both developers and investors excited over, dropped to a valuation not seen since last year, making for a full retraction in value following the bull run to start the year. Various analysts disagreed over the exact reason for the plunging price of Ether, but two predominant theories emerged. The first was proposed by Biswas Das, director of crypto hedge fund BloomWater Capital, who blamed the ICO market for causing a decline in Ethereum. According to Das, the falling crypto markets in addition to jumpy venture capitalists were leading to a mass sell-off in the Ether collected for ICOs–in part to cover costs, but also to lock in profits ahead of a total market collapse,

“These startups are raising a lot of funds but they don’t have treasury management or enough cash management experience, so they’re selling too early and causing a lot of pressure in the market. It was fine last year but right now the the market is so fragile that it causes a lot of pressure.”

Arthur Hayes, CEO and co-founder of crypto exchange BitMex, echoed the sentiment that ICOs were hurting the price of Ethereum, making a bold claim that he believed price depression would lead to Ether dropping below $100.

While Ethereum benefited through most of 2017 and early 2018 from the massive boom in ICO development, of which almost every project is built upon the ERC-20 platform, the plunging price of crypto has led the initial coin offering venture capitalists to force sell Ether. However, in a statement to CCN, eToro’s Mati Greenspan blamed the sinking price of cryptocurrency and Ethereum on a strengthening dollar. According to Greenspan, efforts to stave off inflation in the United States is leading to a stronger dollar, which means investors have less incentive to shelter their funds from inflation in cryptocurrency, particularly with the massive price volatility currently wreaking havoc on the market,

“As the United States moves to tighten its economy and avoid strong inflation, they’re taking action that is strengthening the Dollar. Because the US Dollar is the global reserve currency, many smaller economies rely heavily on a stable exchange rate with the greenback. So too, as the Dollar is being seen as a stable store of value at the moment, there really isn’t much incentive for people to store their money in digital assets.”

Most of the market is still hinging upon a decision by the United States Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) over whether to approve a Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund. The belief is still that institutional investors and most Wall Street players are waiting for greater government regulation in the cryptomarkets before entering, which has produced a large amount of interest over ETFs.

As of writing, total market capitalization was holding at $210 billion.

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Analyst: Strong U.S. Dollar Hurting Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin (BTC)–While most of the cryptomarkets and its investor base scramble to find the cause over the recent bottoming-out in the market, which has made only a modest recovery in the past few days, one analyst has an interesting take on the falling price of Bitcoin and altcoins: a strengthening U.S. Dollar.

Since the start of August, the cryptocurrency market has been experiencing a roller coaster ride in terms of volatility. While the end of July seemingly signaled a recovery in the market, and possibly a bullish return for investors, subsequent price action has shed a different light. Following widespread faith in the passage of a Bitcoin Exchange Traded-Fund by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the market made a decent recovery, with Bitcoin rising above $8000 and holding its position. However, a series of events led to a decrease in investor confidence, beginning with the SEC’s denial of the Winklevoss Twins’ proposed ETF.

New York-based firm VanEck has been the leading candidate for approval in the creation of the world’s first Bitcoin ETF, but also saw a setback in the form of the SEC delaying decision from early August to the end of September. Following news of a delay and another potential denial of a regulated ETF, the bears pushed the price of Bitcoin down to $6000, with altcoins getting obliterated in the fallout and posting double-digit losses on an already hurting industry. At this point, the norm among the altcoin market is 95 percent or more losses since the all-time high experienced at the beginning of January, creating a market that has been very bearish throughout 2018–and possibly little end in sight.

In addition to weakened investor confidence via the SEC delaying its decision on a Bitcoin ETF, analysts also speculated that a mass ICO cashing out was hurting the market of cryptocurrency. Ethereum in particular took hard losses early in the week, falling to below price levels experienced at this point last year. The thought process was that ICOs, which are almost universally built on top of Ethereum’s ERC-20 token, were cashing out in volume to cover costs associated with the falling crypto market. Arthur Hayes, CEO and co-founder of BitMEx, made the claim that ICO investors would continue the sell-off, thereby driving the price of ETH to below $100. However,  eToro’s senior market analyst Mati Greenspan disagrees. Instead of ICO sell-off depressing the price of cryptocurrency, Greenspan blames a strengthening U.S. dollar as being indicative of the market turn,

“As the United States moves to tighten its economy and avoid strong inflation, they’re taking action that is strengthening the Dollar. Because the US Dollar is the global reserve currency, many smaller economies rely heavily on a stable exchange rate with the greenback. So too, as the Dollar is being seen as a stable store of value at the moment, there really isn’t much incentive for people to store their money in digital assets.”

In a statement to CCN, Greenspan continues,

“Over the course of this week, it seems that cryptocurrencies have been reacting negatively to the surging US Dollar. In this sense, they’ve been acting a lot like traditional commodities,”

As much as some in the cryptocurrency industry consider digital currencies waging a war against traditional fiat, the U.S. dollar may actually be to blame for the falling price of crypto. While being a safeguard against deflation has long been a selling point for cryptocurrency, Greenspan contends that a strengthening U.S. dollar alleviates that fear, in addition to providing security against price volatility.

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