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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Are Oversold Bounces Leading the Market Higher?

Bitcoin is making a slow and steady recovery toward $7,000. Has bearish market sentiment alleviated? Or, are the current gains simply the result of a market-wide oversold bounce?


On Thursday, BTC broke through the $6,450 resistance and proceeded to reach a weekly high just shy of $6,600. This was prior to a  brief pullback to $6,400. The weekly chart shows Bitcoin (BTC) 00 about to set a higher low. After last week’s break from this pattern, a few more weeks of higher lows will be required to determine if a trend change is in order.

4-Hour Chart

Since pulling back from the weekly high ($6,597), BTC has been continuously rejected near the 200-MA ($6,612). Up til this morning, a pattern of lower highs continued as the RSI and Stoch began to descend from overbought territory.

Since pulling back from the weekly high ($6,597), BTC has been continuously rejected near the 200-MA ($6,612). Up until this morning, a pattern of lower highs continued as the RSI and Stoch began to descend from overbought territory.

These frequent rejections at $6,530 are a result of a lack of bull volume on each attempt and if BTC were to fall below $6,414 (20-MA) and $6,358 (50-MA and most recent low) then a revisit to $6,270 could occur.

BTC needs to overcome yesterday’s high and proceed to take out the 200-MA, which is also aligned with the 38.2% Fib retracement level at $6,623.

A more convincing move would be for BTC to gain to the midway point ($6,780) of last week’s drop from $7,400 as this would place BTC above the 100-MA and the 38.2% Fib retracement level.

Daily Chart

BTC did manage to close above the 10-day MA and while the overhead moving averages are still angled downward they have begun to flatten.

BTC did manage to close above the 10-day MA and while the overhead moving averages are still angled downward they have begun to flatten. The RSI is climbing mid-channel through a neutral zone and the Stoch is lifting from near oversold territory.

Yesterday’s doji candle shows a degree of indecision. Fortunately BTC went on to post a higher low not shown on chart.

1-Hour Chart

The 1-hour chart shows BTC repeatedly pulling back from $6,570 and $6,550 and each pullback has dropped BTC price from the upper arm to the mid-channel.

The 1-hour chart shows BTC repeatedly pulling back from $6,570 and $6,550. Each pullback has dropped BTC price from the upper arm to the mid-channel. Then similarly below the 10-MA of the Bollinger band (set at 10, 1, 9).

The 20 and 50-MA should serve as short-term supports. However, the move into the lower BB arm and the sharply dropping Stoch and RSI mean BTC could pullback slightly as it continues to consolidate throughout the day.

Projections

BTC is well situated for short-term gains but remains biased toward bears given the lack of follow-through from bulls after frequent rejections and positioning of the moving averages on the daily and 4-hour chart.

BTC 00 needs to overcome the 200-MA ($6,612) and there is resistance at $6,710 where the 100-MA is situated.

[Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are not intended as investment advice. Market data is provided by BITFINEX. The charts for analysis are provided by TradingView.]

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: How Long Will $6000 Support Hold?

Bears remain fully in control of Bitcoin price, yet somehow, the $6,000 support is holding…for now.


Bitcoin Price: 4-Hour Chart

After posting a daily high at $6,460, bitcoin price fell below the wedge formation and constant rejections at the 20-MA have kept BTC 00 in the pattern of lower lows.

Eventually, a bear flag formed and BTC continues to lose the hourly uptrend after every bull break so traders should either hold their powder or place tight stops in order to avoid being trapped by fake outs.

The drop below the ascending trendline was the $6,117 support but the overall scenario remains overwhelmingly bearish.

Granted the bears do have the ball and the 4-hour chart shows higher lows being set throughout the day and a bullish divergence on the RSI does inspire a smattering of hope. However, earlier today the 50-MA dropped below the 200-MA and all of the other short-term moving averages are crossed below the long-term MAs and BTC trades close to 2018 lows.

BTC needs to move above the daily high at $6,460 (slightly above the 23.6% Fib retracement) and the 200-MA at $6,573 which is an area that will likely provide stiff resistance.

While more downside is likely, BTC does have support at $6,180, $6,122, $6,000 and $5,900.

BTC appears to be consolidating into a tighter range but still struggles to move above the 20-MA. The bullish divergence in the RSI throws mixed signals as the Bollinger bands constrict, but low buy volume and the consistent failure by BTC to move above the daily high (red line) suggest a move to the downside.

Of course, we would love to see otherwise but the recent bearish cross of the 50-MA below the 200-MA make the possibility of such an outcome less likely.

Daily Chart

Looking Ahead

BTC 00 appears to be on a path to $6,000 unless the technical setup changes or a bullish media story can shift sentiment. One can only hope that a move below $6,000 will lure buyers and produce a nice bounce or better yet, a trend reversal but at this point, this is nothing more than wishful thinking.

A bullish divergence can be seen in the 4-hour RSI but all other indicators are bearish so try and curb your enthusiasm.

BTC needs to move above the daily high at $6,460 (slightly above the 23.6% Fib retracement) and the 200-MA at $6,573 in order to garner buyers’ interest.

[Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are not intended as investment advice. Market data is provided by BITFINEX. The charts for analysis are provided by TradingView.]

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Bull Breakout or Bearish Reversal?

Bitcoin is working hard to overtake the $7,300 mark. However, the holding aspect that has proven problematic.


Bitcoin Price Market Overview

Bitcoin continues to reject at $7,300 even though it has staged a few inspiring pops above the $7,300 resistance. After a nearly 27% gain over the past two weeks, cooling off and consolidation isare expected. The pattern of higher lows has consistently been re-established after each pullback from $7,300. Add to this the fact that there is a range of other positive signs which show BTC is well situated at the moment.

4-Hour Chart

Add to this the fact that there is a range of other positive signs which show BTC is well situated at the moment.

The weekly MACD (not pictured here) shows a bullish cross appearing on August 26th, while the 20-MA rises above all the longer term moving averages on the 4hr chart. The 100-MA recently crossed above the 200-MA — simply following the movement of the 5 and 10-hour EMA along with the ups and downs of the Stoch and RSI have provided easy trading opportunities for day traders.

Bulls have shown some signs of exhaustion as a closer look at the rejected pops above $7,300 shows that a series of lower highs, as well as the occasional higher volume spike above $7,320, is quickly rejected. This plunges BTC to the support zone around $7,270 to $7,250.

BTC now trades outside of the ascending channel. As shown by #1 and #2 on the 4-hour chart, each rejection at or above $7,300 has seen BTC return to $7,255 and $7,234. These have proven to be fairly reliable supports, but a move below $7,255 places BTC. This lies outside of the ascending channel, and $7,234 below the second ascending trendline.

Looking Ahead

In the event of a pullback, BTC has consistently found support at $7,250 and $7,332. $7,200 – $7,190 follow close by. 

The outlook for BTC remains positive. Still, the cryptocurrency needs to quickly surpass, and maintain control over, the $7,300 resistance. This would place BTC back into the ascending channel.

Trade sensibly!

[Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are not intended as investment advice. Market data is provided by BITFINEX. The charts for analysis are provided by TradingView.]

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Is This Yet Another Sucker’s Rally?

Bitcoin price has been on a rather pleasant run as of late and a move above the ascending channel would make this unexpected treat a little bit sweeter as a path towards $7,500 and above could open up.


Bitcoin Price Market Overview

This current rally has everyone feeling all bullish lately and even a small group of select altcoins are feeling the love. Question is, did BTC actually reach a bottom and reverse or is this just another one of those $1,000 green candle teases that eventually leads to a sharp reversal and revisit to prices below $6,000?

Let’s have a quick look at the charts to see where BTC 00 might go.

1-Hour Chart

Bitcoin price is confidently bullish for the short-term, though a move above the ascending trendline grows more urgent in order for BTC to maintain its current pace. BTC has pulled back from its daily high at $7,127 and appears to be consolidating from $7,000 to $7,100 which was to be expected as the RSI and Stoch spent most of the day bouncing around in overbought territory.

The 5-hour exponential moving average (EMA) has crossed below the 10-EMA and a drop below $7,000 would not be surprising as a mild pullback after rapid gains is typical.

In the event of a pullback, BTC is likely to rebound back to today’s range as the cryptocurrency remains in the ascending channel with the longer term moving average below as support. Furthermore, the RSI and Stoch have room to fall and accommodate a pullback to $6,875 before reversing course.

4-Hour Chart

The recent upside move brought BTC 00 above the 200-day MA and the 20-MA is on the verge of crossing above the 200 MA while the 50 and 100-day MA have already crossed. Despite a slight pullback from today’s high ($7,127) BTC continues to consolidate within the ascending channel and while volume has tapered off BTC is well situated.

While the pattern of higher lows has fragmented, it is preserved on the daily chart and will remain so as long as the BTC stays above 6,568.

Looking Ahead

Barring a drop below the ascending trendline at $6,864, BTC could extend to the top of ascending trendline at $7,350 over the short-term.

A sharper pullback to $6,875 would not be surprising and bulls are likely to buy the dip in anticipation of a quick bounce back above $7,000.

BTC will encounter resistance at $7,128, $7,165 and $7,490. In the event of a reversal, BTC will find support at $6,877, $6,711 and $6,566. BTC has spent the day bouncing off softer supports at $7,000, $7,030 and $7,050.

[Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are not intended as investment advice. Market data is provided by BITFINEX. The charts for analysis are provided by TradingView.]

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Welcome to ‘Bitcoin Purgatory’

Bitcoin seemed on the verge of a breakout above $6,650 but a failed third attempt, followed by a lack of buying interest has given bears an opportunity to snatch back control and it looks like BTC has dropped a shelf for a bit of sideways trading in the $6,200 – $6,400 range.


Bitcoin Price Market Overview

Earlier this week on CNBC Fast Money, host Melissa Lee described the narrow channel between $6k and $7k as ‘Bitcoin Purgatory”. Guest speaker and head of Digital Assets group at Susquehanna International Group, Bart Smith, said “Bitcoin is in show me mode” as the cryptocurrency market currently seems resistant to trend changes driven by good news and positive developments for cryptocurrencies.

Smith believes investors are searching for verifiable proof that the market has turned bullish before setting up positions, hence the sporadic spikes and trend of declining volume for bitcoin.

It seems the entire market is contingent on the SEC’s approval or denial of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) but there are a select few who advise caution against placing all one’s hopes in the approval of such an ETF for a variety of reasons.

Meanwhile, the world, or at least Americans, were introduced to a new Bitcoin Exchange Traded Note (ETN) from Coinshares subsidiary, Tracker One. This provides US investors with a listed (regulated) vehicle to invest in bitcoin via their US brokerages without carrying the burden of needing to secure coins, register on various cryptocurrency exchanges, pay the premium that Greyscale adds or worry about exchange hacks and re-compensation.

4-Hour Chart

BTC 00 completed the inverse head and shoulders formation but a decline in volume followed by a few failed attempts to cross the daily high set at $6,644 lead to BTC eventually collapsing below the bullish trendline and the 55-EMA and 20-day moving average.

At the time of writing, the RSI has worked its way down from bullish territory and BTC appears to have dropped down a leg to last week’s trading range from $6,200 – $6,400.

A pattern of lower lows and lower highs has begun and BTC’s drop below the 55-EMA and 20-MA could resurrect the pattern of rejection at overhead moving averages that has plagued BTC since the drop from $8,500.

A positive note is BTC rides right along the 50-MA and the Stoch has already entered oversold territory, but the RSI continues to slide down below 50 and continued descent could take BTC along with it.

The 55-EMA and 20-MA have been flat since August 16 and the constricting bollinger band indicator could be indicative of further range bound trading even though BTC has dropped back to last weekend’s trading range.

The bollinger band on the 4-hr chart is really starting to tighten up but simply waiting for further constriction may not be sufficient enough proof of an upside move as the Stoch, RSI and bull volume are descending. Currently, BTC trades in the lower band below the 20 simple moving average so traders may be forced to hold tight for an oversold bounce if or when the RSI slips to the twenties.  

A glance at the weekly chart shows BTC 00 in the process of setting a lower low on the daily chart and the RSI is fairly close to dropping below the ascending trendline of this week’s earlier divergence.

Below the 50-MA at $6,313, BTC has soft support at $6,230, $6,137 and $6,000. In the event of a drop below $6,300 to $6,200, BTC has a relatively strong support at $6,100.

Looking Ahead

A drop below the inverse head and shoulders neckline could prove problematic, as would a drop below the $6,300 support but BTC has shown relatively consistent support at $6,300 and $6,100.

Multiple low volume bounces off the $6,350 support point to declining interest from buyers and BTC could drop to $6,200 and below if the RSI continues to descend as bulls weakly defend the $6,300 support.

A move above the inverted head and shoulders neckline ($6,500) followed by a pop above $6,650 (100-MA) would be encouraging.

A move to the key resistance at $6,800 would place BTC above the 38.2% Fib retracement level and back above the descending trend line.

Depending on technical indicators, $6,100 – $6,200 could be an attractive entry point for range traders.

[Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are not intended as investment advice. Market data is provided by BITFINEX. The charts for analysis are provided by TradingView.]

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New Transport Layer bloXroute Promises to Solve Bitcoin’s Biggest Problem

bloXroute Labs and a team of Northwestern University students believe Bitcoin’s biggest problem, scalability, can be solved without affecting its chief virtue — decentralization.

Northwestern and bloXroute Labs Are Working to Solve Scalability Issue

Critics have always identified the limited number of transactions that Bitcoin’s 00 network can process as its most significant problem. They point out that this is what has prevented Bitcoin from becoming the most effective form of payment in the world.

Several techniques have been and are currently being implemented to address the issue of scalability and high transaction fees. Nevertheless, they are not good enough to compete today with Visa, for example.

bloXroute Labs identifies the problem that affects Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies’ networks, as follows:

Specifically, they employ a trustless P2P network model to propagate transactions and blocks, which does not scale as the volume of transactions increases, a fact research has shown time and again. Indeed, if blocks and transactions were to be instantly propagated, immense blocks could have been mined at a rapid pace, until the limitation of designated processing units and flash storage arrays was reached.

Now, a team comprised of bloXroute Labs engineers and students and academics of Northwestern University believe they have found a trustless scheme to overcome this scalability bottleneck.Now, a team comprised of bloXroute Labs engineers and students and academics of Northwestern University believe they have found a trustless scheme to overcome this scalability bottleneck. According to Watch Market:

The Northwestern University proposal attempts to address some of those issues by creating an infrastructure that compresses the information on the blockchain before sending, with the propagation being it will go faster.

In this regard, bloXroute Labs proposes bloXroute, a transport layer that would run underneath, allowing Bitcoin and all cryptocurrencies to scale to thousands of chain transactions per second.

According to the whitepaper entitled bloXroute: A Scalable Trustless Blockchain Distribution Network,”

“bloXroute allows to safely increase the block size and to cut down the time interval between blocks, without increasing the risk of forks, and provides real-time support for immediate transactions with zero-confirmation (0-conf).”

The whitepaper stresses that by using bloXroute, the network becomes even more decentralized because it requires neither consensus nor a protocol change beyond adjusting system parameters.

Technological Advances Are Fueling Bitcoin Optimism

Novel technological initiatives that include SegWit, Lightning Network, and Atomic Multi-Path Payments over Lightning, and new features in Bitcoin Core 0.16.0, are also promising to help to address Bitcoin’s scalability issue.

For example, Lightning Network is growing and enabling faster transactions among nodes. As of this writing, Lightning Network boasts over 3,000 nodes, with a capacity of about 82 bitcoins.

The Northwestern University team started working in this project in March 2018, and claims to be moving forward to solving the scaling issue. According to Sarit Markovich, professor of strategy at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University,

“We are scaling at 100 times better than what Bitcoin 00 is doing now. And we are hoping for 1,000.”

Do you think the newest technological innovations are helping to solve cryptocurrencies’ scalability issues? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gary Gensler: From CFTC Chair to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Educator

Gary Gensler was chairman of the U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) between 2009 and 2014, right after the global financial crisis. Today, Gensler is part of MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, lecturing students on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.


Gensler was instrumental in dealing with some of the cleanup from the global financial crisis of 2008. He implemented new regulation whilst at the U.S CFTC for the unregulated swaps market which played a central role in the crisis. His work at the U.S CFTC was successful and the new oversights were implemented in advance of other regulators taking actions to mop up after the crisis.

Teaching Blockchain and Cryptocurrency at MIT

After leaving the CFTC Gensler became finance chairman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and bid. Gensler has now joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management and lectures on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

Bullish on Blockchain

In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Gensler confirmed he is “bullish” when it comes to blockchain, describing it as mimicking the distributed nature of society. However, his past work at the CFTC has left him with a “sober” eye on fast-growing financial technology.

Despite not being directly involved in U.S politics right now he has agreed to help both Republicans and Democrats in matters of cryptocurrency regulation.

Regulators Need to Bring Clarity

Regulators Need to Bring Clarity

Speaking at the MIT Technology Review’s Business of Blockchain conference in April 2018, Gensler said that government officials needed to look to regulate the larger cryptocurrencies as well as new ICO tokens.

“The SEC and regulators need to bring clarity,” said Gensler, many cryptocurrencies “are operating outside of U.S. laws.”

Gensler was quoted in a subsequent debate over Ripple describing it as a “noncompliant security” due to its centralized distribution model.

The CFTC is Better Placed to Regulate the Sector

Last week, July 19, 2018, Gensler spoke at U.S Congressional hearings on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies giving five reasons why he believes blockchain technology can make a real difference in the financial sector.

Gensler said blockchain lowers costs and risks and can give stability and prevent illicit activities if regulated. But, the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S CFTC have a role to play as the ICO market is ripe with scams and fraud and there are gaps in U.S law, especially when it comes to exchanges.

Gensler also believes the U.S CFTC is better placed to regulate cryptocurrency markets.

Do you agree with Gensler? Who is better placed to regulate cryptocurrencies in the U.S, the CFTC or the SEC? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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New Zealand Bank Shares Belief in Blockchain

SBS Bank in New Zealand seems to be considering using blockchain technology as a way to provide an improved user experience for their clients.


While some financial institutions are vehemently denying their customers’ interest in cryptocurrencies, New Zealand’s SBS Bank is taking a more pro-active approach.

According to The Southland Times, virtual currencies and blockchain technology were two of the topics discussed at the bank’s recent annual meeting. While the former still has the power to elicit skepticism, the latter is definitely a keen point of interest. The bank’s group chief executive, Shaun Drylie, explained:

We think, and the common consensus is, that it has real merit. Cryptocurrencies, we’re not too sure, and if you look at the volatility of cryptocurrencies that would suggest the market is not too sure as well.

However, this does not mean that there won’t be a possible place for cryptocurrencies in the bank’s future. Drylie added:

We’re keeping a close eye on it, but it’s very hard to pick where it’s going to go long term.

SBS chief executive, Shaun Drylie

Banking for All

Exploring the uses of blockchain technology is part of the institution’s plan to make banking more efficient for its existing clientele and more inclusive for its potential customers. They hope to provide a comprehensive banking experience to those clients who have limited access to their physical branches.

Financial inclusivity is a popular term when discussing the benefits of blockchain. This could be in the form of allowing the unbanked population, or those with restricted access to economic assistance, to easily get credit or apply for a loan.

All of the applicant’s information could be stored and easily accessed via the distributed ledger, making the reams of paper seemingly synonymous with loan applications a thing of the past. With SBS seeing an 11 percent increase in loan approvals, this could be where blockchain could make a difference.

No Stranger to Blockchain

This is not the first bank in the country that has turned to blockchain technology. The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) and IBM have previously collaborated to create a more systematic and efficient solution to insurance reconciliation processes. The financial institution also used blockchain to digitize their previously paper-based bank guarantee process.

However, interest may soon turn more to virtual currencies with the possible introduction of Bitcoin ETFs. Major player Cboe Global Markets has filed an application with The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for approval thereof. Bitcoin futures trading, which began late last year, has also seen growth since it launched.

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ICO Market Approaches $12B Raised as Number of Dead Coins Tops 800

There are now more than 800 coins which are essentially dead. However, the market for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) continues to boom in 2018, raising almost $12 billion in the first two quarters alone.


Lots of Flaws

ICOs have surely become a hot topic in the last year and a half. This alternative fundraising method saw its massive upswing of interest in 2017 when it managed to reach upwards of $3.8 billion of capital raised. Yet, the first two quarters of 2018 have dwarfed that number, raising almost $12 billion, according to Coinschedule.

Total amount raised through ICOs in 2018

Nevertheless, this fairly controversial way of raising capital. And it hasn’t been without merit. A recent study showed that at least 20% of all ICOs have turned out to be a scam, which makes them a seemingly risky investment opportunity. The massive amount of flawed projects also caused some to take this even further. BitTorrent’s creator, Bram Cohen, said that all ICOs are scam unless proven otherwise.

Others, such as Bobby Lee, co-found of BTCC cryptocurrency exchange, said that 95% of ICOs aren’t based on blockchain technology but are rather database projects.

Furthermore, 800 of the tokens issued through initial coin offerings are essentially dead, according to a website called Dead Coins. The venue lists them under a few different categories, based on the reason for their devaluation. Some are the results of scam projects or have been hacked, others have gone to prices less than 1 cent. There are also those which are nothing but a parody.

Profitable Nevertheless

Despite all of the criticism ICOs are subjected to, they remain widely profitable. The aforementioned study also came to the conclusion that if you had invested in every single visible ICO, regardless of whether it turned out to be a scam or not, you would have made 13.2 times return on the investment.

Furthermore, prominent figures in the field like Zhao Changpeng, founder of Binance – the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by means of traded volumes – have outlined numerous advantages of the alternative fundraising method.

ICOs

As ICOs continue to grow in popularity, we are also seeing a serious spike of attention on behalf of regulators. Understanding their obvious importance, countries are beginning to formulate legislative frameworks aiming to protect investors and potentially reduce the number of scam projects to a minimum. Thailand, for instance, recently introduced a new decree which holds ICOs to substantially higher standards.

Following the country’s biggest ICO scam, the Vietnamese government is also pushing for legislative clarity and regulations. South Korea, on the other hand, revealed that it might soon legalize ICOs after having the flat-out banned them in September 2017.

It does seem like governments are realizing the potential revealed by this yet controversial means of raising capital. This might provide the much needed legal grounds for a potential widespread adoption.

Do you think ICOs are truly going to become a completely viable and widespread alternative to fundraising? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!


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UK’s Cryptocurrency Task Force Concerned Over Recent Exchange Hacks

The latest hacks in the cryptocurrency industry have had some British MPs questioning whether customers’ funds are safe.


The word “hack” has the ability to send fear into the hearts of many a cryptocurrency holder. Were you affected? Are your funds safe? Will you be compensated if you’re a victim? These are thoughts that run with frightening speed through your mind until you get confirmation.

However, in today’s age of regulation, holders are not the only people on alert. Authorities with their eye on virtual currencies are always ready to ask questions when things go south, as was the case with the recent security breaches of both Bithumb and Coinrail.

Cold Storage is Required

According to Stuff, Iqbal Gandham, the chairman of CryptoUK, sought to reassure authorities by providing some insight. The self-regulating agency represents a range of cryptocurrency trading websites including eToro, Coinbase, and Coinfloor. Gandham has stated that they request that all of their members store at least 90% of their virtual funds offline in an effort to protect them against hacks. He added that “security is improving.”

Iqbal Gandham

Lack of Institutional Support

Even though regulation is the name of the game, solid and clear frameworks are still hard to come by. In fact, Gandham believes that this lack of decisive action has made traditional banks wary of working with cryptocurrency exchanges. This, in turn, has resulted in said exchanges working with foreign banks. He explained:

99.9 per cent [of exchanges] have bank accounts in far-flung jurisdictions and UK consumers are sending their money to high-risk jurisdictions.

Gandham also hoped to allay fears of volatility by noting that although still unpredictable, cryptocurrency prices are not shifting as much as they used to. Regardless, the UK’s cryptocurrency task force will most likely still be keeping a close eye on the markets.

The Possible Impact of Hacks

These security breaches not only set aflutter the hearts of possible victims, but of traders in general as it was believed by many that the breaches led to price declines. This may have been the case with the Mt. Gox hack a few years ago, but according to CNBC’s Brian Kelly, today’s market appears to be too bullish to be substantially affected by breaches.

Two hacks in one month may have cryptocurrency holders wondering how they can protect their funds. The obvious choice is to follow CryptoUK’s lead and store their digital currencies in a cold storage wallet. While some exchanges are working towards improving their security features, this could be a way to retain your peace of mind as well as the possession of your cryptocurrencies if a breach does occur.

Do you agree with Gandham that security is improving in the cryptocurrency industry? Do you think that hacks drastically affect prices? Let us know in the comments below! 


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