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XRP Bitcoin (BTC) Price Analysis: The Jigsaw Puzzle

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While the action across the cryptocurrency complex has been pervasive to the downside over the past 10 days, the picture that has been created on the charts varies powerfully from coin to coin in terms of where this leg of the trend fits into the jigsaw puzzle of the larger pattern characterizing the bear market underway so far in 2018.

This nuance is profoundly exemplified by a comparison between the charts for XRP and Bitcoin (BTC), as we shall see below.

XRP

Price Analysis

  • High: $0.3574
  • Low: $0.33081
  • 24-Hour Volume: $355.75M
  • 7-day Percent Change: -23.08%

XRP has been perhaps the poster boy for the brutality of the downside we have seen over the past week, with this move representing a vicious break of support leading to a great waterfall decline.

The downside was triggered for XRP when it broke a support level formed over the course of six weeks of persistent last-ditch holds at the $0.43 level. When that level finally gave way amid selling across the complex, positions that had been built up by accumulation at that level began to be thrown overboard without care for cost basis or execution price.

The support level we picked out as most obvious several days ago was at the $0.30 level. While we haven’t seen this level tested yet, it would take only a slight extension of the downward move to trigger that test and put this critical level into play.

For now, we must consider this trend in place and respect that view until we see technical signals in XRP that demonstrate either a more severe capitulation or the presence of stronger handed buyers sitting on the bid.

Bitcoin (BTC)

Price Analysis

  • High: $6378.6
  • Low: $6239.9
  • 24-Hour Volume: $4.93B
  • 7-day Percent Change: -17.02%

By contrast to the action in XRP, Bitcoin (BTC) remains solidly above its recent bear market lows established at a pivot formed toward the end of June.

The key level in play here at this point is the one we picked out over recent days at the $6100 level.

At this point, Bitcoin (BTC) has clearly broken key support levels along the way, such as a rising 50-day simple moving average now back above at the $6800 level.

That said, we have also seen the triggering of clear oversold levels in many different oscillators, including the 14-day RSI on the daily chart and to the MACD indicator on the hourly chart.

Given that these oversold oscillator readings are coming in confluence with the key $6100 support level, traders looking for a speculative bounce position may already have their signals in place for a move back up to test the $6550 level just above.

Should we see downside momentum reassert itself in BTC, then all eyes will be on the $5750 level as the only thing standing between this chart and new 2018 lows.

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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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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

Bitcoin’s closest source of competition, Ripple was founded…

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

The decision to include all forms of internet gambling is a massive hit in the…

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