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What Caused the Christmas Crypto Rally?

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Crypto has been through a lot in the past 12 months, and while the last year’s situation indicated that big things might happen, 2018 quickly crushed such hopes.

On December 16th 2017, the crypto space, led by Bitcoin itself, reached the heights that no one even imagined a few years earlier. Each Bitcoin was valued at $19,000, and the market was worth hundreds of billions of dollars. The situation did not last, however, and the market crashed in early January 2018, bringing digital currencies back down.

For months, Bitcoin was managing to resist the bear trend at around $6,400. However, this situation changed in mid-November, after the second market crash in 2018. The number one coin soon dropped down to $3,200, and many believed that this is only a beginning of a downward spiral that will take it all the way down to zero.

However, that is when something happened, and the situation took an unexpected turn. On December 17, exactly one year after BTC hit $19,000, the coin started growing once again. For an entire week since the crypto market has been trading in the green, and experts are still struggling to find a reason why.

The rally brought Bitcoin’s price to above $4,200, effectively increasing its value by $1,000 within a few short days. However, the growth of the crypto market managed to overperform even Bitcoin itself, and the market grew by $40 billion within a single week.

As mentioned, other coins joined the new surge, with EOS having the largest gains of over 20%. While Bitcoin Cash and c also saw massive increases, many believe that they are still attempting to stabilize after the mid-November BCH fork.

The rally has provoked expert opinions and educated guesses from analysts around the world. While some believe that this is a beginning of something big for the crypto space, others claim that it is just a temporary boost which will quickly end. Meanwhile, experts are also trying to find a reason behind the boost, with some of them, such as eToro’s Matt Greenspan, believing that it has something to do with trading strategies.

According to Greenspan, people are trying to reduce their own exposure during the holidays by closing out high-risk sell positions. This creates higher prices, which results in a rally such as the one that the market is experiencing right now. However, Greenspan’s explanation also predicts that things will change soon, and that crypto prices are about to slide back down.

Unfortunately for traders, this has already started happening, and the market is experiencing new massive drops in prices as of December 25th. Bitcoin price has already dropped down to $3,828 at the time of writing, with the coin losing around 10% of its value in the last 24 hours. Bitcoin Cash, the fourth largest crypto by market cap, is experiencing the greatest losses among the top 10 largest coins, with a drop of over 23%.

What will happen next in crypto?

It appears that Greenspan’s prediction was the right one after all, at least for the time being. It is impossible to say if cryptos will just drop down to the prices experienced prior to the rally, or if they will continue sliding even further. However, investors remain optimistic about the future, with many of them being convinced that things will change in 2019.

Several things of great importance for the crypto world are expected in 2019, such as the Bakkt exchange and Bitcoin ETF approval. If they do arrive, as many hope they will, cryptos may experience their largest surge yet. As always, there are also those who claim that the coins will continue to go down until they are worth only a fraction of their current prices.

The lack of regulations and high volatility are making any reliable predictions next to impossible to make, which is why investors have no choice but to wait and see what will happen.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

In the past few…

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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