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Crypto Market Surges Then Drops, Can The Rally Continue?

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About a year ago, Bitcoin was well on its way towards reaching its current all-time high of over $20,000 per coin. In fact, its value was somewhere at $19,000 on December 16 and 17. These days, however, the crypto market could not be more different, and the coin is struggling to remain above $3,700.

Bitcoin has had quite a journey in the last 45 days. On November 13th, its value was over $6,300. Only one day later, and a day before BCH hard fork, the entire market crashed, and Bitcoin started dropping. Before long, the coin was at its new bottom, with its value being only $3,200. The coin basically lost half of its value, and it struggled to grow ever since.

Meanwhile, investors started speculating whether BTC will recover at all, or will simply drop to zero. Some even decided to pronounce it dead once again, which marks more than 300 times in a single decade. Then, on December 17th, things slowly started to change, and the market started experiencing a new surge. Within days, Bitcoin climbed up, and it has been above $4,000 ever since.

At the time of writing, BTC value stands at $3739. However, investors are still not convinced, and many are questioning whether this is a real rally or a false hope.

Is the crypto market rally real?

As it is usually the case with cryptocurrencies, the question is easy, but the answer is infinitely more complex. In a way, the rally is actually real. Ever since the surge started, the total crypto market cap gained over $40 billion, which is around 40% of its value. In a single week, the market cap climbed from $103 billion to $144 billion. While this is impressive progress, it is still tiny considering the losses experienced in 2018.

Within a single year, the crypto market lost more than $700 billion, dropping from $831 billion (January 1st, 2018) to $103 billion (December 2018). From this perspective, the so-called “rally” is just a small attempt at recovery.

However, the current situation is still a significant change for the better when compared to the one from a few weeks ago. Crypto analysts have been trying to find the reason behind the rally, with some of them reporting that people are trying to reduce exposure and close out high-risk sell positions before holidays. This movement might be what is actually causing the rally, however, others have also reported an increase in BTC hash rates, which might indicate the return of the miners as well.

Even if the original rally happened by accident, if it brings miners back, it is possible that the growth will continue. Otherwise, it is expected that cryptos will continue their slide in the near future.

What to expect next?

While there is every possibility that the rally might be the real one, it is still too early to tell with any certainty. The changes are very impactful right now, and anything can trigger another drop at any time. Many experts believe that the current surge is nothing to be excited about and that the real change will not come before the launch of Bakkt exchange and the approval of Bitcoin ETFs.

There are some who believe that these two events, both currently scheduled for early 2019, will be the cause of a real price surge, one that might bring BTC back to its former value of $20,000 per coin. However, there are also those, such as IMF’s former head, Kenneth Rogoff, who believe that Bitcoin’s future price will be only a fraction of its current value.

Whether these experts remain bullish or bearish on crypto is irrelevant, the fact is that space requires regulations that will bring some form of stability. Apart from that, the Bakkt project and Bitcoin ETF approval would likely help a lot by bringing institutional money to space, and allow it to evolve further. A lot depends on the events scheduled for the near future, and it will likely be impossible to predict the future of crypto until these events take place.

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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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