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Ripple, Ethereum, Bitcoin, and the crypto-markets all down, why?

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Today, the crypto-world woke up in a bloodbath, creating a lot of panic for the investors. Despite the expectations from 2018 Q4, the crypto-market is showing no sign of recovery as only one cryptocurrency in the top 50 is green at the moment.

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple (XRP), are all suffering in the dips and from the weight of the bears. It is important to know that as a result of today’s bearish trend, the market has laid off more than 5 percent of its value (US$13 billion) in the past 24 hours.

In the past 24 hours, Bitcoin has gone down by 4.26%, and it is currently trading at $6,289. So-called BTC competitors have accumulated bigger losses: Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, and Litecoin. Ethereum is down more than 11 percent, trading at $201.15; Ripple’s XRP in red by more than 13 percent, trading at $0.4047.

Bitcoin Cash price has also crashed more than 11.5 percent, trading at $450.91; EOS is down by 9.91 percent, trading at $5.30; Stellar has plunged by more than 11.8 percent, trading at $0.213; and Litecoin is currently in red by 9.50 percent, trading at $52.28. In short, the whole market in a severe bloodbath, pretty much like the global market.

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Bitcoin sudden drop today. | Source: Coindesk

Why Has the Crypto-Market Turned to Sudden Melt-down?

After faring quite well last week, cryptocurrencies are down again by large percentages this week, majorly due to the criticisms thrown out by the IMF (International Monetary Fund).

The IMF warned that cyber-security hacks on global financial structure pose another source of risk and this is since they demoralize cross-border payment infrastructures and also upset the flows of goods and services. IMF believes,

Continued rapid growth of crypto assets could create new vulnerabilities in the international financial system.”

A thing worth noting is, there have been several warnings by the IMF concerning cryptocurrencies, and this is not the first one. In its report last week, IMF stated that even though cryptocurrencies have great profits possibilities, its knowledge of the risks of cryptocurrencies still grows. A part of the IMF report reads,

Increased cybersecurity risks pose challenges for financial institutions, financial infrastructure, and supervisors. These developments should act as a reminder that the financial system is permanently evolving, and regulators and supervisors must remain vigilant to this evolution and ready to act if needed

We shouldn’t forget the fact that lots of financial regulatory bodies are still evaluating if cryptocurrencies are to be incorporated into the existing financial systems of the world. The UK CEO of Finder.com, Jon Ostler, stated,

The issue of the pending ETF decision by the US Securities and Exchange Commission is still on our minds, with some citing the decision as the main indicator of short-term performance and anticipating it to affect the market for months to come.”

Another possible explanation for the sudden market fall is how 22,000 BTC got moved to an unknown account today. Some crypto enthusiasts are speculating it was probably the activity of the ‘Whales’ in the crypto market. 22k BTC is a much huge move which creates lots of tension among hodlers and investors in the crypto-market.

Nevertheless, the market’s sudden fall has badly affected cryptocurrencies like Ripple’s XRP, which is poised to play a significant role in liquidity provisioning. Overall, the plunge on the price of cryptocurrencies has caused financial institutions to lay off staff.

Many experts have come out to say that the prices of Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple have the possibility to continue in its present downward trend for some time now. Let’s hope for the best, though.

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Bitcoin Volume Improves — Is A New Bull Run About To Start?

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After more than half a year of price drops and losses in value, Bitcoin’s price has finally demonstrated signs of stability. For weeks, Bitcoin managed to remain above the price of $6,550 per coin, which was followed by a small price surge that has allowed the coin to reach $6,600.

Not only that, but Bitcoin’s volume also saw a 12% increase that has taken it from $3.2 billion to $3.6 billion according to CoinMarketCap. While this state of the market did not include all the altcoins, with some of them even experiencing losses, the situation regarding Bitcoin did look promising.

However, the new situation has changed that, as both investors and analysts woke up to the news of crypto prices going down.

Bitcoin volume predictions

Cryptocurrency analysts around the world have been predicting that the recently-balanced situation regarding Bitcoin and many altcoins will not last. While some believed that Bitcoin volume will go up, others have been claiming that it will drop once again, as it has finally happened.

At the moment, Bitcoin has managed to drop below what was recently believed to be its bottom, with a new price being at $6,297. Instead of reaching milestones such as $6,800, and then $7,000 mark as many have hoped, BTC actually dropped by around 6%.

For a while, Bitcoin has been showing signs that it is ready to grow once more. However, the trouble once again lies with the…

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Are Bitcoin Whales Stabilizing the Market?

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Bitcoin whales, which is a popular term for BTC’s largest holders, have always been the largest influencers on Bitcoin’s price. In fact, many analysts, experts, and even regular investors have been tracking what the whales are doing. Their actions were taken as an indication of what’s to come, and whenever a whale was about to sell BTC, a drop in price was soon to follow.

This has earned them a reputation of the market’s largest destabilizers, which did not make them especially popular in the crypto community. However, according to new data, it is more than possible that Bitcoin whales are actually working on keeping the market stable, instead of causing more chaos, as everyone was led to believe.

Bitcoin whales are keeping the market in check?

Earlier this year, in August, a new rumor appeared, claiming that a $2 billion whale was disrupting the market’s already fragile stability. Reports of BTC sales as high as 50,000 coins per month have caused a 15% drop in Bitcoin’s own value. Speculation regarding these sales followed, with whispers of shadowy deals dominating the discussion forums.

Bitcoin investors, large and small, felt threatened by these giant holders, with many of them believing that the entire crypto world could collapse on their smallest whim. In order to determine whether these fears were justified or not, an intensive analysis was conducted. The analysis has targeted 32 largest known whales, with attempts to find…

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Bitcoin Cash News: Upgrade Lead To Hard Fork?

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Recent Bitcoin Cash news that has announced a November protocol upgrade has led to a serious difference in opinion. In fact, things got so heated that many are wondering whether BCH will have to go through a hard fork as a result. So far, the community has classified all the network changes as only recommendations, instead of ‘a consensus’.

The changes that are ‘recommended’ include enforcing a minimum transaction size, enabling two new opcodes, removing topological transaction order constraint, enforcing a new rule called “push only” for scriptSig, as well as enforcing canonical transaction order, and a rule called “clean stack”.

Bitcoin Cash news leads to a civil war

After the Bitcoin Cash news of the upgrade was announced, a large dispute followed. At it center, there is Bitmain Technologies, with its co-founder Jihan Wu. Against Bitmain, there is CoinGeek, which is led by Calvin Ayre.

The new update is scheduled to arrive on November 15th. However, as this date approaches, tensions are only getting higher from both sides. Each of the mining giants has their own ideas for the software update, with Bitmain claiming that the network should allow developers to create new tokens, as Ethereum’s does. Additionally, Bitmain wants a token burn, which is an idea also backed by Roger Ver, who is also known as ‘Bitcoin Jesus’.

As expected, CoinGeek is against these ideas, and it started rallying behind another software upgrade, going by…

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