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Is Bitcoin Spiraling Down to a New Bottom?

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Bitcoin (BTC) appears to be in yet another free fall, with no indication when or where it will stop, and investors are wondering if the coin is going to breach its recently identified bottom once again.

Bitcoin behavior in 2018

Bitcoin has had an eventful 2018, with countless ups and downs in the last 12 months. As many are aware of at this point, the BTC started this year with an all-time high, when it reached $20,000 per coin. The situation quickly took a turn for the worse, and in mid-January 2018, the market crashed. As a result, BTC started losing value, and over the following months, it lost over 30%.

The free fall stopped at around $6,300, which is where the coin managed to stabilize for several months. At this point, it often had small surges which provided investors with hope that the coin has reached a bottom. Many believed that it will stop dropping and that it can only go up from this price. Then, in November 2018, the market crashed yet again, and BTC breached its bottom.

It continued its downward spiral until it reached $3,200, which experts identified as the new bottom. Once again, investors were hoping that this will be the end of Bitcoin’s value loss and that the market will switch from bearish to bullish. That also seemingly happened on December 17th, and for an entire week, Bitcoin was growing once again, until the surge increased its value by around $1,000.

As many predicted, this was still not the end, and the coin is now rapidly losing value for the third time this year. At the time of writing, the BTC value is at $3,661.49, after experiencing a drop of 3.5% in the last 24 hours.

What will happen next?

It is unclear where the coin will go from here, and while investors are hoping that its bottom might still lie at around $3,200, some analysts are leaving open the possibility that this bottom is not the real one, and that BTC will soon breach it.

It appears that Bitcoin’s downward spiral once again affected the entire market, and almost all cryptos within the top 100 are currently trading in the red. The situation is pretty much the same when it comes to the ten largest coins by market cap, with only Tether (USDT) experiencing slight gains. Bitcoin’s market cap ($63.88 billion) currently still dominates the crypto space, with the coin owning more than half of the total market cap ($120.5 billion).

Since the second market crash occurred, the crypto community searched for Bitcoin price predictions in their attempts to understand what is going on, and what might be the best course of action. Some analysts proposed that Bitcoin’s value has yet to reach its real bottom and that it is likely that the coin will drop below $3,000.

In the meanwhile, it appears that bears have returned to the market for one last time in 2018. With only a few days of this year remaining, this will likely be the last drop that Bitcoin is experiencing. The community is expecting that 2019 will be the year when the situation will turn around, with crypto thriving in prosperous conditions once again. While this is not impossible, many experts believe it is unlikely that it will occur on January 1st.

It will take a lot of change for the market to break free from the bearish grip, and large projects such as the Bakkt exchange launch might start this process. Of course, no one can predict the future, and analysts can only rely on behavioral patterns through which Bitcoin has gone through so far. Even so, there is a lot of potential in 2019, and it is entirely possible that the new era of crypto prosperity might start at some point.

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Why Bitcoin Price Remains Stable Before the Expected Hike

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The cryptocurrency rallied a few days back, but now, it has moved closer to 38.2% Fib level. Investors are enthusiastic that as it remains at this level for some time, and stabilize. The next move in Bitcoin price will take it to the 61.8% Fib level. This is when the hike in the price of the cryptocurrency will occur towards $4,200. However, after the surge in price, the upcoming weeks will see the Bitcoin falling swiftly to $3,000.

The truth is that if this move fails to occur, there may not be an improvement in the value of the digital currency. Also, this movement will enable the “bullish gartly pattern” we saw on the BTC/USD 4H chart to become a reality. Also, we are expecting that the Bitcoin price will decline the same way it has been recovering since early February.

Why this week’s closing price matters

Presently, Bitcoin price is still trading above what the intrinsic value is showing on larger time frames. However, we can see adequate room to accommodate short-term rallies. The price at which Bitcoin closes this week is very critical. It will be a clear indication as to how the digital currency will move in the coming weeks.

If Bitcoin closes at a price above $4,000, we are hopeful that the correction may come from early next week. On the other hand, any…

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Stanford Lecturer praises XRP over Bitcoin

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The world of cryptocurrencies continues to cause controversies even now, particularly when it comes to matters such as the superiority of one coin over others. According to recent reports, one student from Stanford University has stated that one of Stanford’s guest lecturers — Dr. Susan Athey — bashed the first and largest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, while praising XRP.

Does guest lecturer go anti-Bitcoin?

In late February, Stanford’s student called Conner Brown came out publicly with a claim that Athey described Bitcoin’s network and protocol inaccurately, and that she also used the opportunity to make unfounded criticism. Athey, who also sits on Board of Directors at Ripple Labs — XRP’s parent company — supposedly also stated that XRP provides solutions to all issues mentioned in regards to Bitcoin.

According to Brown’s comments on the matter, the lecture in question took place over a month ago, and after attending it, he wrote an open letter to Standford, explaining the incident. In the letter, Brown claims that Athey inaccurately presented Bitcoin’s consensus protocol and overstated several issues, such as the threat of a 51% attack on the coins network, as well as Bitcoin’s mining centralization.

However, the main problem with the lecture, as Brown sees it, is the professor’s claims that XRP presents a solution to these problems.

The claims caused Dr. Athey to respond publicly via Twitter, stating…

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Bitcoin Chasing Green — First Positive Month Since July In Sight

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The crypto market has started seeing gains in mid-February, with Bitcoin (BTC) following the bullish trend as well. In fact, the largest coin was on its way of seeing the first positive month since July of the last year. Even though its price was struggling to permanently overcome the major resistance at $4,000, the coin kept trying, and as long as its price doesn’t drop below $3,414, this goal can still be achieved

The return of the bearish trend which briefly overtook the market on February 24th caused a lot of damage, although Bitcoin managed to remain above $3,800. Following the crash, BTC started seeing minor gains once again, indicating that the bears have withdrawn for now.

What does the future hold for BTC?

As mentioned, Bitcoin can only complete a positive month if its price remains above $3,500 until the end of February. At the time of writing, the price sits at $3,807 according to TradingView, with an increase of 0.58% in the last 24 hours. As things are right now, it is likely that BTC might succeed in doing this, as its price performed relatively well ever since January 11th, even though it remained between $3,300 and $3,700.

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The recently-emerging bullish trend took it beyond this, and while the price…

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