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Bought the Dip? Cryptocurrency Rallies After Weekend Drop

Cryptocurrency Price Analysis 2019

The crypto markets continue to rally after the weekend dip, with investors developing a more bullish outlook.

While the month of April has been extremely profitable for Bitcoin and altcoins, with the majority of top 10 coins up 50 percent or more, analysts have been debating the direction of the market. On one hand, bearish analysts are predicting a price retraction for Bitcoin, claiming that the market is entering overbought territory. Cryptocurrency fell throughout the majority of 2018’s calendar year, and has built a fair amount of detractors who find it difficult to believe that the asset is in for a resurgence.

However, April 2019 is challenging the notion of a “crypto winter,” with coin prices soaring across the board. Bullish analysts such as Fundstrat’s Tom Lee, who publishes regular updates including his Bitcoin Misery Index (BMI), believes that the currency is giving positive indicators. While Tom Lee’s most recent BMI publication found BTC to be at its highest level in years (with a higher BMI indicating positive sentiment), it also complicates the price analysis for the coin. Elevated BMI has historically indicated a reversal in price on the near horizon. But, as Lee points out, Bitcoin’s current BMI is much higher than values typically seen in a bear market, leading the analyst to conclude that the market is entering a bullish phase.

Adamant Capital, a market research firm, is also reporting that Bitcoin’s price could take off shortly. According to the firm, Bitcoin and the crypto markets have entered an “accumulation phase,” with long-time holders and institutional investors increasing their position at current BTC prices in anticipation of an increase coming. Adamant is highlighting decreased price volatility in conjunction with unrealized profit & loss (P&L) as a strong indicator that retail investors sold out of crypto in the severe price fall of November 2018. With the glut of bearish sellers depressing the price of Bitcoin gone, the currency is opening up a corridor for a bull run–the type of price anticipation that is leading to the current accumulation phase.

Other cryptocurrencies are benefiting from the positive price movement hitting the cryptocurrency marketplace. Cardano ADA posted a 5 percent gain on the day, as investors look to a possible Coinbase listing to catalyze the price further. Binance Coin BNB has continued to be one of the largest gainers in 2019, with the currency posting a 300 percent price increase since the start of the year.

Some of the market analysis is now shifting to whether Bitcoin or altcoins will benefit most from a cryptocurrency rally. Historically, Bitcoin gains have been followed by investors shifting profit into alts, with the opposite occuring during periods of BTC dips. However, the broader industry of cryptocurrency has changed in 2019, with adoption extending beyond just Bitcoin.

BTC, as the market leader, will continue to draw the majority of interest and development focus. But currencies like EOS and TRON are building strong followings through their network and DApp platforms, which could in turn lead to greater investment that is not exclusive to BTC.

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Facebook Cryptocurrency Shows Path Forward is Integration, Not Domination

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Facebook–Last week, EWN reported on an industry rumor that Facebook, the social media giant with over 2 billion active users, was in the process of developing a new stablecoin cryptocurrency. Details on the token included an emphasis on being used for payments via the WhatsApp messaging service, with a particular focus on expanding into the largely untapped digital payments market of India.

Some pundits have used the Facebook development as an opportunity to cast stones at the broader industry of cryptocurrency, with the argument that Big Tech is now taking the reins of the blockchain away. As opposed to cryptocurrency being used as a tool of subversion for the established tech industry, in a similar way that the digital asset side has the potential to circumvent traditional fiat, the rise of Facebook Coin is putting the more libertarian narrative into a flux.

However, the adoption of cryptocurrency by a company as large and entrenched in the global social system as Facebook is an indication that the technology is reaching a critical point of validation as opposed to being swallowed by the zeitgeist of established platforms. The road to Main Street, like all technologies, is paved through integration, not domination. Cryptocurrency and the underlying proof of blockchain is a multifaceted conceptualization, made up of tenets of usability and belief.

Will the crypto anarchists be upset that a mainstream corporation is co-opting their beloved technology? Possibly. The advent of Google and internet conglomerates did not slow down the juggernaut of file and data-sharing for those who saw the technology as a portal to freely distributed information. Cryptocurrency will find a similar footing for different groups based upon their necessities. Stablecoins provide Facebook and like-minded social media platforms a secure means for transferring value globally, while also providing the innovation of truly digital money. Bitcoin, like many other cryptocurrencies, holds a distinct position as a digital asset, one that can be freely traded, speculated on and treated as an investment property in addition to currency.

If cryptocurrency continues to gain footing in mainstream corporations–a revelation that few investors in the industry would be sad to see–the rise of privacy coins could be a logical extension. While Facebook, Twitter and other casual operations will prefer the lack of volatility found in stablecoins, others users of crypto may seek it out as a means of private transactions, finding more utility in anonymous coins such as Monero and the like.

The watermark for Bitcoin and other cryptos is being used to buy a coffee at Starbucks, not overthrowing governments. Facebook is not taking away from the industry by building their own coin–they’re contributing to the recognition of the industry as a legitimate technology and providing validation for its use.

The staunch libertarian and anarchic ethos that has been entwined with cryptocurrency since its conception was the radical, passionate fuel that was needed to light the fire of development. It’s not casual interest that would give someone belief in an industry down over $600 billion in one year–but a belief for the potential of a technology and a futureseeking vision of what it could become in society. Facebook adoption is the integration that will lead to crypto-ubiquity, not the nail in the coffin that some see it as.

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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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Cardano, Ethereum Founder: Cryptocurrency to Command Multi-Trillion Dollar Industry

Cryptocurrency–Charles Hoskinson has been one of the more fortunate, and potentially industry leading figures in cryptocurrency over the last fives years. The former consultant purchased his first BTC at under 8 USD, and started an online school for Bitcoin education in 2013, when the currency was trading for less than 100 USD. Through his connection to the digital education portal, he first met Vitalik Buterin, a relationship that led to Hosksinson becoming one of eight original founders of Ethereum (currently commanding a market capitalization of 47 billion USD).

While Hoskinson left the project in 2014 following disagreements over the structure of Ethereum, his high-profile presence in the industry became a springboard for other projects, notably 2017’s release of Caradano (ADA). With his background in Bitcoin and Ethereum already well established, Hoskinson embarked on a new project to account for deficiencies found in both currencies, most notably the inability to scale to levels necessary for widespread adoption. Using his experience from the founding of Ethereum, he started the Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK) blockchain firm in 2015, which led to the development of the Cardano platform and ADA cryptocurrency.

Given his extensive history and knowledge of both the industry and market of cryptocurrency, Hoskinson has become a beacon for predictions and future proofing in relation to the technology. Most notably, he has become an outspoken contrarian to the general media’s take on crypto as a conglomeration of ponzi schemes and vaporware projects.

There are a few takeaways from Hoskinson’s bold prediction for market capitalization, in addition to his critique of media coverage towards crypto and the constant schadenfreude colored narrative. While traditional media has long operated under a “if it bleeds it leads” model of headline-grabbing, the amount fear, uncertainty and doubt being produced by supposedly reputable outlets like CNBC is becoming unbearable. The public, or at least a handful of gateway journalists, have become inundated in seeing the failure of cryptocurrency.

‘Most of the personal attacks against crypto are unjustifiable and emotionally driven: when people hear stories of average joe investors and tech geeks becoming overnight millionaires, they feel a sense of loss. The real problem is in how the media creates the narrative of cryptocurrency as only price-driven. That’s akin to judging the health and functionality of the internet by how Apple and Facebook stocks are doing. Crypto currencies may be the immediate figures to respond to market changes, but they have little to do with the adoption, advancement and innovation of the underlying technology.

Hoskinson also brings up the point that “big money,” in the form of Wall Street and fintech developers, has barely scratched the surface on crypto investing. It’s not that Goldman Sachs will step in tomorrow and take BTC to the moon; it’s the underlying idea that crypto is still in the early days of adoption. Most main street investors take their cues from the financial figureheads and gurus entrenched in traditional Wall Street. As more outlets of high capital trust enter the realm of blockchain and cryptocurrency, the barrier to entry becomes that much lower for the average investor and developer.

Adoption, particularly when accompanying widespread disruption, is a process that takes time. But it  also follows an exponential curve. As someone who has been involved in Bitcoin since the early days, Hoskinson has an inherent understanding of the time frame for cryptocurrency to reach its full potential. That doesn’t help the wallets of new investors who entered the market during this bear cycle (or worse, at the top of last year’s bull run), but it does provide hope for the technology and the feasibility of cryptocurrency going forward. 

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