There is no denying that the last few months since December 2017 have been a bumpy ride for the King of Crypto: Bitcoin (BTC). Mid-December found BTC reaching for the sky at levels of $20,000. A little over six months later, on June 29th, the same BTC was valued at $5,800. This was a significant drop in value of 71%. Some have called it a massive correction, while others have speculated manipulation due to Bitcoin futures contracts.
Whatever the reason, there are a few reasons to be Bullish once again about BTC.
To begin with, Coinbase has just showcased its new service by the name of Coinbase Custody. This new service is geared towards institutional investors and high net individuals who want a secure place to store their digital assets. Coinbase will provide cold storage for such institutions and individuals at a fee that will cover additional benefits such as insurance. This means that the billions, if not trillions of dollars from Wallstreet, is headed towards the crypto markets and Coinbase providing a secure avenue for that.
A second reason to be bullish about Bitcoin is the ongoing regulatory progress with regards to the King of Crypto. The American SEC has already declared it is not a security. Therefore, this paves the way for institutional investors to buy it in the regular crypto markets. The country of Malta has also passed 3 bills to regulate crypto and their exchanges in the country. This is why Binance is planning on opening a crypto exchange there. Other countries that have shown an interest in regulation are Japan, Australia, South Korea, Philippines, Indonesia as well as Kazakhstan.
Once the question of regulation has been solved, it is all systems go for a bull run in the crypto markets as we head into the second half of 2018.
A third reason why we are headed for another BTC bull run is the fact that the CBOE Global Markets, have filed for a new Bitcoin ETF license application with the SEC. Even though the SEC has declared that they will not be regulating BTC directly, ETFs are marketable securities that track an index, commodity, bonds or a basket of assets. This means that ETFs can track the price of a crypto index with BTC in it.
Finally, the country of Australia has recently partnered with IBM in a bid to catapult the country into the front row of blockchain and technology advancement in the world. IBM has already partnered with Stellar (XLM) making the case for crypto and blockchain adoption stronger. This means that the government of Australia will slowly but surely become more crypto friendly with time. As a result, BTC will prosper.
In conclusion, the decline of BTC and the crypto markets seem to have been abated by the recent signs of progress exhibited by regulatory clarity; Coinbase Custody services; the ETF application by the CBOE; and the Australian government partnering with IBM. This means that the future is bright for not only BTC but the entire crypto markets.
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Ethereum Flippening Bitcoin In 5 Years?
The dominance of Bitcoin (BTC) in the crypto markets due to the bear market, currently stands at 55.2%. Ethereum’s dominance is a distant second at 10.8% of the total cryptocurrency market capitalization. This is despite the fact that the value of ETH is still shaky with many traders postulating that it could get worse for the digital asset before it gets better. Ethereum’s decline has been blamed on three factors outlined below:
- Congestion issues on the network
- ICOs cashing out the ETH raised in the ICO boom of last December to late February this year
- Traders shorting ETH due to the above two reasons
Ethereum Flippening Bitcoin?
In a tweet on the 18th of September, Weiss Ratings stated that ETH will grab 50% of Bitcoin’s market share in 5 years. Doing the math, this means Ethereum flippening Bitcoin in the markets with a dominance that will be around 38%. BTC would be at half its current value, and at 27.6% of the total crypto market cap.
The full tweet from Weiss Ratings would go on to explain why this would happen:
“#Bitcoin will lose 50% of its #cryptocurrency market share to #ETH within 5 years, due to it offering more uses and being backed with superior #blockchain technology. We completely agree – unlike #BTC, which is a one-trick pony, the limit of…
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The crypto news of the day is what the heck happened yesterday in Bitcoin? In a matter of 2 hours, we saw the Bitcoin price go from 6320 to 6080 on Bitmex and then rocket higher to 6580. In the process, stops were cleaned out for both longs and shorts.
For all of 2018, Bitcoin has been a perfect vehicle for swing traders. The market has been playing support and resistance levels perfectly. The play has been to buy Bitcoin around the 6000 level and sell above 7000. Until this pattern changes, it’s what traders and investors need to keep doing. Yesterday’s price action, while crazy and extreme, does still support this strategy.
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There are a number of thoughts as to why Bitcoin made the move that it did. They are technical related and don’t involve a fundamental reason. The first is that there are bots on Bitmex that go hunting for stops. The bot utilizes inside knowledge of where the orders are clustered. If the bot can move the market to where the stops are, it can get filled.
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The most frustrating part about the XRP rally was the news put out by our competitors. We read the XRP rally was due to xRapid launching soon and also that a major Saudi Arabian bank had joined the Ripple network for international payments. I’ve been trading cryptocurrencies long enough to know that no one knows the exact reason why something happens in the market. This is a major buy spike that came out of left field.
I am certainly feeling better about Bitcoin now than I was 24 hours ago. The lack of volume and the price action felt like the market was heading lower. Today, however, we are back around the 6350 levels.
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