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Ethereum (ETH), Like Most Cryptos, Enters Consolidation Mode

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Ethereum (ETH), like most crypto assets, is currently consolidating. There is little fundamental news driving prices at present and the best option for traders is to use short-term price levels to initiate short-term positions.

Fundamental Analysis

While there are several ongoing stories about Ethereum, none of them are currently driving the price.

The ICO market has seen a recovery in May, which is helping to support the ETH price. Successful ICOs on the Ethereum blockchain attract more ICOs, which in turn drives demand for ETH tokens. However, increasing numbers of blockchain projects hold ETH on their balance sheets. They need to sell these to release working capital, and in the case of a downturn in the ETH price, there is a risk of these companies liquidating their ETH holdings. This dynamic is sure to lead to continued volatility in the price of Ether.

While there have been no major announcements with regard to addressing the scalability of Ethereum, scalability is also not currently a problem.

Ongoing debates in the US over whether or not Ethereum is a security or a commodity are actually more likely to have implications for other coins than for ETH itself.

Technical Analysis

With few fundamental drivers to go on, investors and traders alike need to focus on the price action. The largest 5 cryptocurrencies have been very highly correlated since March – most of them put in a low on 6th April and a high on 6th May. Any significant moves are therefore likely to occur across the board.

The high correlation means that for longer-term positions, traders should look for confirmation from BTC, LTC, and BCH before initiating positions in Ethereum.

Ethereum 4 Hour Chart (Image Credit: www.tradingview.com)

For short-term positions, there are two levels to watch. The down sloping resistance line going back 10 days, has been rejected four times. Resistance is now at $715, and if this level is broken a rapid move to $760 and possibly $820 would follow.

The support line has been very sharply rejected five times, suggesting very little selling at these levels. This support level is now at $650 and would be a good level for long-term bulls to accumulate. However, a break below this level would suggest a move back to $500, and possibly even $365.

Ethereum vs Bitcoin Weekly Chart (Image Credit:www.tradingview.com)

As far as the relative performance of ETH and BTC is concerned, if history is to repeat itself we may only see another week or two of ETH outperformance before we see a sharp reversal. If the above pattern was to hold it would imply an average long-term ratio of 0.07 BTC per ETH. Alternatively, if the ratio breaks out of the pattern we could see a much longer period of outperformance.

Conclusion

The next move for Ethereum, like most other cryptocurrencies, is unclear at present. After a large three to four-month correction, we saw a one-month rally followed by another smaller correction. Most crypto assets are now consolidating – Ethereum included.

For now, traders can look for short-term trades around the levels mentioned above, or use the volatility to build longer-term positions. It must be said, however, that the long-term picture is far from clear at present.

This article was written by FX Empire.

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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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