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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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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

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The rise of the crypto casinos

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In the hyper-competitive world of online casinos, operators are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. The most usual methods include using distinctive branding, offering generous bonuses and making sure that they are on all of the major so-called affiliate sites where players can compare and contrast casinos’ different offerings.

But now a whole new generation of casinos are starting to emerge – ones whose key difference isn’t what and how you play, but more in how you pay.

The rise and rise of the cryptocurrency casino is seen by many as the next logical step in a world that is slowly but surely starting to accept that Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, et al. are certainly here to stay.

Of course, it’s the first of these cryptocurrencies that has really grabbed the headlines and led the way with its meteoric performance in 2017 when it seemed like its $20,000 value was just the start of the story. Admittedly, this was short-lived and the value quickly fell back to a more sustainable level but, if it achieved one thing, it was to cement this exciting new kind of currency in the consciousness of the general public.

Why Bitcoin and online casinos are the perfect partners

In many ways, it’s the perfect partnership between Bitcoin and online casinos with multiple benefits for both.

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