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Bitcoin, Altcoins Rally But Is It Now Blow-off or Lift-off?

The bitcoin rally has accelerated to $7,355 on Coinbase representing a 14% gain in the past 24 hours, although has slipped back to $7,096 at the time of writing in volatile trading. Now some analysts are asking is this overreach?

Total market cap of crypto is now $213 billion.

As clouds gather over the global economy and the geopolitical picture darkens re. North Korea and Iran, bitcoin is looking more and more like a safe haven, despite the doubts of naysayers such as economist Nouriel Roubini, aka Dr Doom.

Maybe Roubini is regretting leaving the digital footprint of his wrongness behind for all to see, as in the tweet below from 20 November last year::

Bitcoin (BTC) blow-off or lift-off?

So is this the lift-off or a blow-off? That’s the question on the mind of much watched trader Peter Brandt, who tweeted the chart below with the accompanying comment “Blow-off or lift off”:

The fear that the advance is down to shorts being taken out in a squeeze can explain the speed and trajectory but may wane in effect the further north the price travels.

Consolidation ahead?

Nevertheless, a period of consolidation is approaching even if the overall direction of travel has been set.

Fundstrat’s Thomas Lee reminds us that historically the period of price advance is narrow. The performance of bitcoin can typically be accounted for in 10 days of the year. Commenting on Twitter he says:

“This week’s strong move on #crypto and especially #bitcoin
is reminder $BTC historically generates its annual performance in 10 days. Miss
those 10 days and average return is -25%.”

With New York Blockchain Week upon us and the undoubted excited attention of the mainstream press on Monday, there’s every reason to believe that this parabola may not be done for a few days yet… but consolidation is coming

Tyler Winklevoss posited a related rhetorical question on Twitter “Should we rename Blockchain Week to Bitcoin Week?”

FOMO to take off at $10,000

But at what price can we expect FOMO to really start kicking in?

Lee thinks 10,000 is a fair guess. “My SWAG [scientific wild-assed guess] is $10,000 is price that causes FOMO from those who saw #bitcoin as dead forever.”

That feels about right for the the crowd “who gloated bout 90% crash” as Lee observes, but for others it looks like it may already be happening.

For those who were in but then got out in a hurry, it doesn’t’ take much to fire up the Coinbase app and buy a slug of BTC, ETH, BCH, LTC or ETC.

Investment bank Canaccord Genuity’s latest US equity research
paper covering blockchain and digital assets reckons BTC could “theoretically”
return to its all-time high in 2021.

Take what you will from that price target but one thing is clear – they think a new bear market is here.

The firm cites improving fundamentals to justify its stance. Take transaction value – jumping from $478 million in February to $801 million at the start of May. It also highlights the SegWit progress, noting that 36% of transactions were now using it.

Altcoins’ turn to shine

As bitcoin rockets, its dominance has risen to 58.7% but altcoins are now joining the party.

The biggest riser among the top alts is Bitcoin Cash (BCH) as it again shows its ability to attract buyers as a result of its connection to the bitcoin brand. The fork from bitcoin was trading 18% higher at $341.

Litecoin (LTC) returns to its winning form of late and is the next best performer as it closes in on the psychologically significant $100 mark, currently priced 20% the better at $93.

Seeing a similar uplift is Cardano (ADA), up 16%, according to coinmarketcap.

Number-two coin Ethereum had broken through $200 but is currently priced at $191 for a 9% rise.

Ripple’s XRP is not missing out either as it advances 5% to $0.3141

All the top 20 cryptoassets are registering substantial gains.

BHIG coin’s 696% 24-hour return

In short, the entire crypto universe is rising, with bombed-out tokens lurking in the nether world seeing the largest moves.

The best performer in the top 1,000 is Pura, up a whopping 148%.

Although many analyst are surprised by the strength of the bitcoin surge and the asset class rally it has triggered.

But the best performers among the 2,169 coins listed by
coinmarketcap, BuckHathCoin (BHIG) would have earned you a 696% return on the
past 24 hours.

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TRX Will Overtake Cardano in 30 days and BTT Will be on CMC’s Top 30 by Q2 2019, Justin Sun Predicts

Justin Sun is determined to put all his effort into promoting Tron (TRX) not only to increase its marketcap but also to demonstrate that every day there are more use cases for this blockchain.

Yesterday, the crypto influencer with most followers within
the CT community promised that Tron (TRX) would reach again the Top 10 of
Coinmarketcap before the end of June.

Sun’s words inspire optimism in the Tron community,
especially considering that since February, the token has lost positions as
compared to other altcoins.

However, it is important to note that this trend is not necessarily the result of poor token performance but rather a consequence of the exceptional behavior of rival altcoins such as Cardano and Binance Coin. Of all the global marketcap, BNB (Binance’s native token) has had a bullish behavior even when the rest of the cryptocurrencies were in a bearish stage. We can see this pattern in the graph below:

TRX went from 8 to 11 and BNB went from 12 to 7 in the list of cryptocurrencies with most marketcap. courtesy: Coinlib
Graphical Representation of the Ranking of TRX, XLM, ADA and BNB during the last 3 months

Although many see Sun’s “prophecy” as very optimistic
(especially considering the upcoming updates that Cardano promises) the truth
is that they are quite conservative vis-à-vis the expectations that Justin
Sun has shared with his followers.

Tron’s CEO has previously stated that he intends to place Tron as the most important blockchain for dApps and TRX as the most important altcoin in the ecosystem.

TRX to the Top 10. BTT to the Top 30

Similarly, Sun commented that he expects BTT, the token of BitTorrent, to occupy a place in the list of the 30 most capitalized cryptocurrencies in the market.

BTT currently ranks 50th in the global marketcap. The cryptocurrency was at the time the first token offered by the Binance Launchpad platform, and its initial offer sold out in minutes.

Such was the popularity of the token, that CZ explained that had it not been for an internal error, the sale would have ended only a few seconds after it had started.

BTT is currently not having enough bullish behavior to trust Sun’s predictions. The token’s marketcap has remained in the area bounded by 130 and 144 million dollars, which is not enough to place it near the top 30 most valuable cryptocurrencies… yet

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Cardano (ADA) Price Rally Still Being Driven By Coinbase?

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Cardano, the cryptocurrency developed by Inside Outside Hong Kong (IOHK) and CEO Charles Hoskinson, has developed a significant amount of interest in the crypto space since breaking onto the market in November 2017.

Not only in Hoskinson at the helm of a dedicated, talented team of cryptocurrency and blockchain developers, but he represents a long-standing figure in the industry, having co-founded Ethereum and a played a role in the early years of its meteoric rise. Now, through the Cardano protocol and ADA cryptocurrency, Hoskinson and his group at IOHK are seeking to improve upon the industry standards of network-based cryptos. As opposed to the trend of Proof of Work coins, modeled in the vein of Bitcoin, Litecoin and other industry mainstays, Cardano broke the industry mold to pursue Proof of Stake (PoS).

Even Ethereum, second ranked cryptocurrency by market capitalization and industry leader in smart contracts and decentralized applications, has recognized the advantages of Proof of Stake and will be transitioning to the model in the coming year. Proof of Stake provides an improvement in the efficiency and energy cost of network maintenance, shunning the overworked, raw hash-rate generating power of Bitcoin and other PoW currencies.

Cardano also provides a significant advantage over the market in the form of staking, one of the most interesting innovations to come out of Proof of Stake. While Proof of Work relies upon the computational power of numerous machines to verify and insure the security of network transactions, Proof of Stake relies upon the “staked” resources of investors and network users. ADA holders can pledge a certain amount of coins to staking through the Cardano wallet, which has the effect of increasing and improving the overall network services. Therefore, the utility of the network increases with the number of users willing to participate–a feature that could prove to be a substantial windfall in terms of efficiency if cryptocurrency adoption takes off.

In return for staking coins, investors are rewarded with a dividend/interest paid in proportion to the resources they offer up. Last week, Coinbase Custody announced support for Tezos staking to institutional clients willing to store their XTZ through the exchange as opposed to individual wallets. The move represents a shift for crypto exchanges to both offering coin security to large capital investors, while allowing them to benefit from rewards like staking interesting.

In addition, Coinbase has been tied to ADA since announcing the coin as one of five cryptocurrencies under evaluation for addition. Since that initial press release in mid-2018, the four other coins included have been added to the exchange.

Following the most recent addition of XLM to Coinbase, only Cardano remains to be listed on the exchange, leading many investors to assume that a Coinbase/ADA pairing is forthcoming. While cryptocurrency just saw a massive rally that took Bitcoin above $5000 and generated double digit gains for most top cryptos, ADA outpaced the market, gaining 42 percent at the height of it run.

ADA, as of writing, has started a retraction in price consistent with the broader market. But the most recent, massive gains for Cardano relative to other coins was likely driven by investors anticipating that Coinbase still has its target set on ADA.

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Ledger Announce Support for Cardano (ADA), Potentially Introducing the Token to 1.5 Million Clients

Ledger, the French company in charge of manufacturing the
well-known Ledger Nano S, announced support for ADA, Cardano’s native
token. With this decision, the famous hardware wallet becomes compatible with
all of the TOP 10 cryptos with the most marketcap.

According to a post published in Ledger’s official blog, this is the result of the joint work between Emurgo and Ledger.

Emurgo is the commercial arm of Cardano and is also responsible for the development of Yoroi, a light wallet oriented to resource optimization and security. This light wallet is the one that provides the Ledger-compatible infrastructure that makes this integration possible.

Eric Larchevêque, CEO of Ledger, was quite enthusiastic
about this recent functionality. He pointed out that the team had been looking
forward to achieving this milestone for a while:

“Our integration with Cardano is something the Ledger community has been looking forward to for a long time. We are constantly working to respond to the needs of our customers, so we’re thrilled to officially welcome Cardano to the Ledger platform, offering ADA investors world class security for their crypto assets.”

Nicolas Arqueros, CTO of Emurgo pointed out that the Ledger integration is just the beginning of a series of new announcements that will have a positive impact on the future of Cardano’s ecosystem:

“This is an event people have been looking forward to for the past year. I am especially thrilled to see many teams as together and cooperate on ground-breaking news in the industry. It foreshadows many more exciting commercial developments we have in store for Cardano in 2019,”

ADA on Ledger: A Win-Win Situation

With over 1.5 million clients worldwide, Ledger provides an invaluable growth opportunity for Cardano. The ability to store private keys with the security offered by a hardware wallet is a significant factor for those who value security (Ledger’s strength) and for those who merely want to explore the usability of other cryptos.

Similarly, the integration with Cardano is positive for Ledger because This crypto (the tenth most important by marketcap) introduces Ledger to a previously unreached userbase.

Cardano (ADA) is experiencing a bullish trend. The token went from 0.04$ to almost 0.065$ in March, according to Coinpricewatch

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Cardano (ADA) Bullish as IOHK Launches The Last Major Release Prior to Ouroboros BFT.

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IOHK, the team in charge of the development of Cardano (ADA), just announced the release of Cardano 1.5, satisfying the expectations of the community and the objectives set out in the Cardano roadmap.

In a message published by Maki Mukai in Cardano’s official forum , the IOHK team shared its enthusiasm, highlighting that this is the last step before the implementation of Shelley:

Today we release Cardano 1.5 on the Cardano mainnet. The Cardano 1.5 release is a milestone because it is the last major Cardano release of the Byron development phase, which we have been in since the launch of mainnet.

The progression from Byron to Shelley is fundamental for Cardano since it brings, among other things, the transition to “Ouroboros BFT” with better protection against 51% attacks. They will carry out this Brand new Ouroboros (evolution of the Ouroboros Classic protocol) through a hard fork. This new protocol is key to the future roll-out of “Ouroboros Genesis,” which would mean complete migration to a PoS algorithm.

Cardano Roadmap

Another important announcement is the update of Daedalus,
the wallet developed by IOHK. The earlier versions of this app are incompatible
with Cardano 1.5, so it is imperative that users update to Daedalus 0.13.0 if
they want their tokens to be compatible with the post-hardfork blockchain.

They emphasized the importance of downloading the wallet from official sources to avoid phishing attacks. This practice has already affected users in preceding incidents. Two notable examples are the attacks against users of the IOTA wallet and the JAXX wallet.

Other improvements introduced with Cardano 1.5 are oriented
to a better performance when rendering lists with a considerable number of
transactions, disk space management, UX enhancements, Multilanguage installer
and several minor bugs that were fixed.

The community of users and traders welcomed the announcement with optimism. ADA, Cardano’s native cryptocurrency, started a modest bullish trend since early March, rising from 0.04 USD to 0.051 USD today according to Coinpricewatch data. With this, ADA closes the gap that separates it from TRX, fighting harder and harder for the 10th place in the global marketcap.

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All Eyes on Cardano ADA After Coinbase Stellar XLM Addition

Following yesterday’s sudden addition of Stellar XLM to U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, investor interest has quickly shifted to Cardano ADA.

While the entire industry is experiencing a bump in price, with Bitcoin making another run at $4000 for the third time in 2019, eleventh-largest coin by market capitalization Cardano has managed to outpace the rest of the market.

Some of the ADA price action is being driven by a buoying of the rest of the market, with most coins experiencing a double-digit appreciation since the start of the year–a welcome change from 2018’s endless downward spiral. However, many investors are also piling into Cardano from FOMO and anticipation of another Coinbase listing, with ADA being the last of a long-awaited group to be added to the exchange.

In July 2018, Coinbase announced exploration into five new cryptocurrencies for listing, addressing one of its most common customer complaints that the exchange’s offering was too limited. Of the five coins that were originally outlined in that update, Cardano is the only coin to not yet be listed.

Despite, at the time, Stellar XLM and Cardano ADA being the most popular and heavily favored choices for Coinbase to offer investors, it’s surprising that they were the last two coins to be considered–with ADA still waiting for integration. However, both coins offer significant advantages to both Coinbase users and the industry of crypto. Stellar has been at the forefront of non-profit cryptocurrency engagement, and is targeting unbanked populations in developing countries.

Cardano, similar to Ethereum, is looking to build a network of blockchain use that extends beyond monetary transfers. With the guidance of IOHK CEO and former ETH co-founder Charles Hoskinson, ADA has managed to build a fair amount of interest in the 1.5 years it has been available on the open market.

However, the current rush of ADA investors would be wise to consider the position of Coinbase. While it does appear that the exchange is set on increasing its cryptocurrency selection at an accelerated pace relative to past engagement, there is no guarantee that Cardano will be coming to Coinbase any time soon. Investors are basing their decision on the fact that XLM followed XRP’s listing by a few weeks, as opposed to the months that have traditionally passed between Coinbase listings.

Despite Coinbase announcing in December their intention to add hundreds of new currencies–with XRP being listed as one of the possible coins–some community members believe that Ripple paid for the coin to be added to the exchange. For one, the timing was convenient for both Ripple and XRP, giving a positive boost to the currency in the wake of J.P. Morgan’s JPM Coin announcement. And, as other analysts have pointed out, XRP violates Coinbase’s guidelines for listing new currencies by way of Ripple’s majority stake in the coin.

That being said, investors are attempting to make the most out of the Coinbase FOMO and new coin excitement, given the waning we have seen over the last year in the exchange’s influence on cryptocurrency prices.

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Cardano (ADA), Stellar (XLM) See Green as Investors Respond to Coinbase

Cardano (ADA), Cryptocurrency, Stellar (XLM)–Yesterday, as reported by EWN, popular U.S. based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announced ongoing examination of  31 new currencies, including the previously announced Cardano and Stellar. Since first teasing the world with an update last July that Coinbase would be exploring five new currencies, investors have been waiting for the addition of ADA and XLM, the eleventh and fourth positioned currency, respectively, by market capitalization.

However, instead of going with the more obvious choice of crypto listing, Coinbase has instead chosen an alternative route for delivering new coins to its 13 million and growing customer base. Following the announcement in July, the company has followed through with the listing of 0x, Basic Attention Token and ZCash, leaving the two more popular coins longer to wait as investors anticipate the usual price bump that accompanies listings. In addition, both ADA and XLM would provide an attractive addition for the exchange, with both constituting low price per coin, high supply currencies that are a deviation from what the exchange offers. Both coins also have strong ties to the growth of cryptocurrency, with XLM being in a featured relationship with IBM (including rumors possibly connecting the token to Facebook), and ADA having a host of ties to other projects through its founder and IOHK CEO Charles Hoskinson who also co-founded Ethereum. Coinbase has had a history of choosing tokens they believe promote the industry of cryptocurrency and the support of decentralization, a policy the company has pointed to when updating users about their coin addition process.

However, as we enter the final month of the year and one of the worst bearish turns for the market in an already abysmal year for token prices, investors are having to contend with the possibility that an ADA and XLM listing on Coinbase may not occur until next year. As EWN reported last week, given the mediocre price movement for ZCash ZEC following its most recent addition to the exchange, the “Coinbase Effect” on providing substantial boosts coin prices may be a thing of a past. The bulls have still managed a slight rally for ADA and XLM on the day, with both currencies posting 2-3 percent gains in an otherwise sea of red.

Interestingly, the update on 31 new currencies being explored by Coinbase also included the option of listing XRP, a coin that has had to contend with its own frustration throughout the year in relation to being added to the exchange. In the early weeks of January, while the cryptocurrency bull run was hitting its crescendo, XRP was at an all time high of $3.80 with investors pumping the price in anticipation of an addition to the exchange. Instead, Coinbase pulled the rug out from the second largest coin by market capitalization, causing its price to tumble throughout the year to a relative low of $0.25.

GIven the dire situation of the crypto markets at present, with a recovery to December 2017 prices potentially still years away, Coinbase could be looking to XRP as a way to catalyze further growth to its exchange in providing users with higher market cap coins.

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Cardano (ADA), Tron (TRX) and BAT Listed on the Abra App

From the 4th of September, users of the Abra app have been able to access three new cryptocurrencies on the mobile app. These cryptocurrencies are Cardano (ADA), Tron (TRX) and Basic Attention Token (BAT). The team at Abra acknowledged the main reason for listing the new digital assets, was the constant requests from the app’s users to add them. The announcement went on to add that:

We’ve been getting a lot of user requests to add various coins and tokens to the Abra app, and we are working diligently to make that happen.

We are really excited to have these coins listed on Abra, and we are working to bring more investment options to Abra users.

28 Cryptocurrencies

The mobile app now supports 28 cryptocurrencies as can be seen in the screenshot below.

28 cryptocurrencies on Abra. Source,

The Abra wallet allows you to gain exposure to all these crytocurrencies without creating a separate wallet, managing separate keys, or figuring out how to buy these digital assets on a regular crypto exchange. You can also redeem your cryptocurrencies for Bitcoin (BTC) or USD for withdrawal to your bank account.

Global and Flexible

For the aforementioned withdrawals, Abra allows users in the US and the Philippines to withdraw to their bank account. In the case of the latter country, residents in the Philippines can also deposit and withdraw funds to their wallet using a regular teller. This service is currently only available in the Philippines.

Listing Cardano (ADA) and Basic Attention Token (BAT) Before Coinbase

Popular American crypto exchange of Coinbase had earlier announced that it had plans to list the five digital assets of Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Ox (ZRX), ZCash (ZEC) and Stellar (XLM). The team at Abra have managed to beat Coinbase at listing 2 of the 5 digital assets.

Furthermore, it has been over 3 weeks since Coinbase made the announcement about exploring the possibilities of listing the 5 cryptocurrencies, therefore a verdict from the exchange should not be that far away in time.

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How Cardano (ADA) Will Use GeoGnomo To Enhance Interoperability & Standards

GeoGnomo is an open source project by Long Finance’s Distributed Futures research programme.

The idea is proudly financed by Cardano (ADA) foundation and it is targeted towards researching and sharing methods employed in smart ledger geostamping. It enjoys progress owing to its ways of recording areas that also aid efficient retrieval.

It is no doubt that applications needs to go beyond storing transactions (timestamping), they requires geolocation information. This has led to the rise of ‘geostamping. Geostamping is seen as a combination of timestamping and geolocation information.

How It Works

The innovation, GeoGnomo, has built-to-share 3 approaches for recording areal information:

A Quaternary Triangular System.

Quaternary Rectangular System.

A Variable Rectangular System.

All this can be used to record geographic areas into a blockchain by generating source code, and an online translation from latitude & longitude areas to geocodes.

In this wise the blockchain use case has an immediate ‘global post code’ or ‘global zip code’ system.

In a research work published by Long  Finance, it was indicated that GeoGnomo, an open source project “exploring various forms of geocoding for use in Smart Ledgers (aka blockchains with embedded computer code). The GeoGnomo project focuses on memorable systems that provide easy ways to aggregate areas together, as well as giving users some clues to location and distance and scale.”

“By using consistent geocoding data retrieval is easier. Users can share information easily – “tell the drone to come to F49PUR9B7-20”, a resolution of 7.6 metres,” Long Finance said in a statement.

The idea is going to be added to Smart Contract platform, thereby enhancing operability and standards. Interestingly, it may be deployed by Cardano (ADA) any time soon to enhance its Smart Contract platform.

To make the idea well grinded in the minds of people interested in smart contract geostamping, Long Finance is planning a presentation on “Smart Ledger Geostamping – Steps Towards Interoperability & Standards”. This is to keep blockchain enthusiasts abreast of how.

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Bittrex to Open CryptoFiat Pairs for Cardano (ADA) and Zcash (ZEC)

Bittrex, one of the top 50 cryptocurrency exchanges by trade volume around the world, announced a few hours ago its decision to enable crypto/fiat trading pairs for Cardano and Zcash. Its official account tweeted this and later confirmed via an email sent to its subscribers.

Bittrex is excited to open two new US Dollar (USD) markets, Cardano (ADA) and Zcash (ZEC), on September 5, 2018! …

The approval process is fast and once approved you can trade all USD markets Bittrex offers today and in the future. When approved for USD deposits and withdrawals we will reply with wire transfer instructions and you will enjoy industry-leading same or next-US-business-day deposits and withdrawals. Follow us on Twitter for new USD market announcements and the latest updates.

The approval of a crypto-fiat pair is of great importance as it demonstrates the proven trustworthiness of a cryptocurrency as well as its legality and legitimacy.

Cardano is a blockchain that promises to solve the problem of scalability and interoperability by using a configuration that its team classifies as that of a third-generation blockchain. Zcash is a blockchain that has been in charge of perfecting a protocol that they qualify as zero-knowledge proofs.

The community has well received the announcement. In a few hours, the official tweet accumulated more than 1.4k likes and near 500 retweets, with positive comments from traders and enthusiasts around the world.

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Bittrex: Crypto/Fiat Isn’t For Everyone… (Yet)

It is important to note that due to legal reasons, only some states are eligible for the Crypto/fiat markets. According to Bittrex the most suitable option for those who are not eligible is to trade crypto/crypto using the USDT (Tether) market, a stable coin that is created to maintain a constant value of 1 USD.

On its official website, Bittrex explains who can trade in USD fiat-to-crypto pairs:

“To be eligible for the USD markets you must be living or operating:

  • Outside the United States, or
  • Inside the United States in California, Washington State, New York State, Montana, or Arizona
  • Corporate customers operating in Pennsylvania are also eligible

To apply, it is important to fill out the form available in this link

At the time of writing Cardano (ADA) has a price of $0.10 for a market cap of 2.69Bn USD occupying the 9th place in the global market cap. Zcash (ZEC) is worth $149 for a market cap of $400.54Mn

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