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‘Do Not Panic About Bitcoin’s (BTC) Drop,’ advises John McAfee

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As true to his nature of being a Cryptocurrency soldier, advocate, adviser, crusader and lover of all things blockchain, John McAfee has lent his much-needed advice during this trying times in the cryptocurrency markets. He offered his advice with respect to the price of Bitcoin (BTC) and gave a detailed explanation as to why the markets further dipped after the confirmed Coinrail hack.

John McAfee had this to say to his over 826k Twitter followers:

“Do not panic about the drop in Bitcoin’s price. It is an overreaction to the news that Bitstamp, Coinbase, itBit, and Kraken are being investigated for price manipulation. This will delay the bull market by no more than 30 days. Don’t buy into the fear. Buy the coins.”

So what happened to cause Bitcoin’s drop in value?

The first thing that happened, is the hacking of the South Korean exchange known as Coinrail that resulted in the theft of $40 Million worth of cryptocurrency. This then resulted in the cryptocurrency markets losing approximately $20 Billion in a matter of hours from the Saturday levels of $340 Billion.

However, the crypto-markets have since lost an additional $20 Billion as we woke up this Monday morning. The current total market capitalization is now at $293 Billion indicating the markets have lost close to $50 Billion in a period that is hardly 48 hours.

Investigating Mr. McAfee’s comments about the investigations of the mentioned exchanges, yields that the CFTC (The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission) together with the US Justice Department, have demanded trading data from Bitstamp, Coinbase, Itbit, and Kraken. These four exchanges were served with Subpoenas after failing to provide Bitcoin data when requested to do so earlier on in the year.

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The CFTC is investigating the possibility of Bitcoin price manipulation that started last December when the King of Crypto was valued at almost $20,000. What then proceeded is a sudden drop in the value of the coin and the general crypto markets to the point of some traders suspecting foul play. This then resulted in the CFTC having to intervene to get to the bottom of the story. Investigations are still ongoing.

In summary, John McAfee has once again proved his mettle as a spokesperson for the individual traders like you and me by offering much-needed advice during this time of market turmoil. As is always the case when the market goes South, there are only three things to do: cash out, HODL or buy some more of your favorite cryptocurrencies. McAfee advised to HODL and/or buy some more.

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Ethereum Flippening Bitcoin In 5 Years?

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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:

  1. Congestion issues on the network
  2. ICOs cashing out the ETH raised in the ICO boom of last December to late February this year
  3. 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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Crypto News: What Happened To Bitcoin?

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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.

Why the crazy move in Bitcoin?

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.

The second is that yesterday was the expiration of the CBOE futures contract. I am an ex-futures trader (now crypto) and know that expiration days can see some crazy moves. This is because it’s the last day to close a position on that futures contract.

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XRP Rally Lifts Bitcoin and Ethereum

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It’s quite surprising to be writing this, but the XRP rally lifted Bitcoin and Ethereum off yesterday’s lows. As I wrote yesterday in covering Bitcoin, my bullish enthusiasm was dampened by Bitcoin’s $300 drop. XRP rising has given renewed hopes that the lows for the year are in and higher prices are ahead.

XRP Rally

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.

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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.

The problem is that it still not enough to make me buy more Bitcoin. We are still in the middle of the range between 6100 and 6500. This neutral zone is not an area that I want to be putting on trades. Yesterday’s jump was indeed positive, but need proof that it was not…

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