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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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Zář 12

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: Picking Up the Pieces

Let’s be honest, unless you’re short, yesterday was catastrophic. Bitcoin was just shy of breaking $7,500 and taking the rally up another leg then unexpectedly plunged 13% and now we’re below $7k, again…


Bitcoin Price Market Overview

Prior to the dump, Bitcoin price BTC/USD 00 was experiencing continued rejections as it approached $7,400 but who would have known the pullback would be this severe?

Ideally, after a 27%+ run, consistent rejections signal that bulls are running out of steam and a pullback to say $7,300 – $7,100 would be sensible as lower highs and rejections function as a profit taking signal for some.

On deeper reflection, there were some external signals that something was amuck. A wallet address rumored to be connected to the Silk Road mysteriously awoke after a nearly 4-and-a-half year long nap to quietly distribute 11,114 BTC to Bitfinex, 4,421 BTC to Binance and 210 BTC to BitMEX.

Reddit user Sick_Silk believes that this Silk Road connected wallet contains roughly $1 billion worth of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and funds from a number of Bitcoin forks.

Add to this the occurrence of a $70 million short position being initiated last week and Tether’s recent repeat of a $100 million dollar USDT infusion to Bitfinex, and things certainly begin to look a bit funky.

So as Q-Tip would say, “What’s the scenario?”

Daily Chart

BTC was on the verge of escaping the long-term descending triangle at $7,500 and now trades below the 100-MA and 55-EMA. Fortunately, $6,300 – $6,200 have held and a dip below $6,000 seems less likely as the Stoch is already deeply oversold and a corrective rally to $6,650 could occur. Had BTC managed to climb above the descending trendline, a rally toward $8,300 might have occurred.

4-Hour Chart

BTC formed a double bottom at $6,308 and a previous support at $6,537 now serves as resistance. At the moment it appears that $6,500 is standing as a psychological resistance. We can expect resistance at the 20-MA and the 200-MA which nearly aligns with the 38.2% Fib retracement level. Furthermore, the 20-MA is en route to crossing below the 100-MA at the 50% Fib retracement level ($6,857).

Basically, barring some fantastic news like Coinbase purportedly working with BlackRock to develop a Bitcoin ETF or an unexpected spike in bull volume that triggers a $1,000 short-squeeze, we can expect BTC to encounter resistance at the overhead moving averages and previous supports (dotted lines) will likely function as resistance.

It is also likely that BTC shorts have added to their positions as BTC rejects at $6,500. In other words, the road to recovery could be rather challenging for BTC.

BTC-USD-SHORTS: Daily Chart

Looking Ahead

In the absence of market-moving news, BTC is likely to follow the pre-rally pattern of rejecting at the overhead moving averages on the 4-hour chart. Currently, the Stoch and RSI remain in oversold territory and investors should watch the weekly chart at the last higher low is $7,429.

Bitcoin has now given up 2.5 weeks worth of gains and is unlikely to close above $7,429, which makes the possibility of a bear break more likely than the inverse scenario.

[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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Venezuela Shatters Bitcoin Trading Records With 500,000,000 Bolivars Per Week

Trading between Bitcoin and the Venezuelan Bolivar (VES) has beaten all records to pass 500 million for the first time last week.


7 Days, Half A Billion Bolivars

Data from Coin Dance, which tracks volumes on P2P platform Localbitcoins, confirms that the seven days ending August 25 saw BTC/VES achieve volumes never seen before.

The results come the same week Venezuela revalued the bolivar to create the new Sovereign Bolivar, lowering the currency’s value by 96 percent in the process.

For the week, Localbitcoins processed 506.3 million VES, a figure which dwarfs the previous all-time high of 175.8 million seen the week before.

In Bitcoin terms, the figure was also the highest ever, at 1143 BTC.

The Venezuelan government has come under extensive criticism for rolling out its Sovereign Bolivar project, which is tied to its national cryptocurrency Petro. As Bitcoinist reported, both Petro and the VES have received broad votes of no confidence, sources describing the latter as a “scam on top of another scam” last week.

Following conversion day August 20, the government in the meantime has even released a dedicated app to help citizens calculate how much money they actually own.

Rampant hyperinflation, which Caracas claims the new currency will help calm, is contributing to the confusion and ever-decreasing purchasing power of ordinary Venezuelans.

Government Clampdown ‘Will Affect’ Bitcoin Users

While Bitcoin has been gaining popularity in line with the deteriorating economic situation, the latest decisions by authorities appear to be fuelling interest and uptake.

Venezuela: Record Bitcoin Buying Spree Continues Amid Hyperinflation

As Purse.io head of support Eduardo Gomez, who is a Venezuelan national, noted on Twitter August 27, citizens traveling abroad will now have to notify banks of their intention to leave the country. This, according to documents, is a result of the government forcing them to reveal the IP addresses of those who access their banking setup from abroad.

“Many Venezuelans who live outside the country use their national bank accounts to send money to family members and to purchase local currency from traders by selling USD,” Gomez commented.

“Bitcoin users will be directly affected by this. Many (Localbitcoins) traders live outside the country.”

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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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Ethereum Price Analysis – Plus NEO, EOS, ADA, XRP

As prominent economists sound the death knell for cryptocurrencies and technical analysts label the current events as part of the bottoming process, investors have one question in mind. Are cryptocurrencies nearly prepped for a turnaround or is this the next leg down in a 7-month bear market?


Market Overview

Cryptocurrencies continue to waver and fumble as a few prominent world economists forecast that governments will regulate bitcoin to death. Meanwhile, other experts predict that bitcoin will become a mainstream means of payment within the next decade. To date, droves of cryptocurrency investors are still wondering exactly where the much-hyped institutional investors are and, while positive weekly developments demonstrate that the platform for institutional investors is being constructed, these events appear to be having minimal impact on cryptocurrency prices.

In other news, the Bancor hack and failure of Bitcoin to stay above $6,750 appears to be dragging the entire cryptocurrency market to new lows, yet analysts and retail investors have spent the start of the week labeling the current technical setup as the bottoming for most cryptocurrencies.

Let’s have a look at the charts to see what’s happening.

ETH

Ethereum (ETH) price chart

After two days of trading outside the descending channel, ETH managed to pop above $500 for the first time in more than two weeks. Unfortunately, the Bancor hack and Bitcoin pullback appear to have directly impacted ETH’s momentum as it dropped below the 20 and 50-day MA and back into the descending channel.

At the time of this writing, ETH is down 10% and the daily chart shows the Stoch sharply descending from nearly overbought territory whereas the RSI dips into the bearish zone at 38. ETH now trades below the $450 support and could drop as low as the $400 – $420 area which was a June low. Below this point, ETH has support at $380 and $360.

NEO

NEO Price Chart

After pulling back from an impressive 20%+ rally last week, NEO now rests on the 20-day MA at $34.25 and the RSI on the 4hr chart shows the cryptocurrency attempting a turn around at 32 which has proven to be a zone where this particular altcoin stages a reversal.

Over the last few days, NEO has done the tango with the 50% Fib retracement level ($41 – $36.33) and the technical setup suggests a further decline in the near term. $33.66 serves as the most immediate support and at press time, NEO is holding above the 20-MA as interest in NEO appears to be increasing.

EOS

EOS price chart

EOS has taken quite a hit, down 13.18% at $7.39. EOS trades far below the 20 and 50-MA and currently rests on the $7.37 support followed by a softer support at $7. Failure to hold above $7 could see EOS drop as low as $4 where buyers are likely to show strong interest.

At the time of this writing, the RSI dips into the oversold region, and the Stoch had turned downwards with plenty of room to go which suggests further selling. In the event of a price reversal, EOS will encounter strong resistance at $9 where it previously struggled to overcome the descending trendline.

ADA

ADA price chart

Following the direction of other altcoins, Cardano (ADA) is also down 9.42% today and currently trades at $0.129 which is below the $0.1350 support. The closest support after this is $0.1253. The 4-hour chart shows both the Stoch and RSI beginning to reverse to possibly rise from oversold territory as ADA has aroused purchasing interest below $0.13. As Bitcoin continues to fall, ADA could drop as far as $0.11 which would be a good point to open a position as ADA should recover to the $0.15 resistance with ease once the current clouds clear up.

XRP

At the moment, XRP is suffering as it has finally fallen below the all-important $0.45 support and is down 5.90% for the day. Both the 20 and 50-day MA are below the 100 MA suggesting further decline as the most likely outcome. Yesterday’s drop from $0.48 pushed XRP below the 61.8% Fib retracement level, along with the $0.47 support and the cryptocurrency closed below the 100-day MA.

At the moment, both the RSI and Stoch are in bearish territory and for the time being, we do not see any entry points that provide an attractive risk-reward scenario as XRP has failed to attract buying interest even below $0.45.

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

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Wall Street Cryptocurrency Trading is Imminent, Former J.P. Morgan Exec Says

· May 20, 2018 · 7:00 pm

The cryptocurrency market continues to be a trending topic in the world of finance. However, the question remains; when will Wall Street banks begin crypto trading? The day is closer than we think, according to a former J.P. Morgan executive.


Big Banks to Start Trading Cryptocurrency Soon

Amber Baldet, formerly of J.P Morgan believes that the big banks will soon start trading cryptocurrency. She made this declaration during an interview with CNBC. According to her, such a move is even closer than many people think. This revelation holds a fair bit of weight given that it is coming from someone with insider knowledge of Wall Street.

Baldet used to head J.P Morgan’s blockchain division before leaving the bank in April. Goldman Sachs, another prominent Wall Street has already announced plans to establish a bitcoin trading service. When launched, it will be the first ever Wall Street crypto trading platform.

Amber Baldet

Baldet, however, identified some critical issues standing in the way of broader crypto adoption by big banks. Lack of regulatory clarity and problems concerning custodial services are among the main challenges preventing a greater institutional presence in the market. The major banks have no secure crypto custody framework at the moment. This lack of trusted safeguards for cryptocurrencies might soon be a thing of the past, however. Both Nomura and Coinbase announced last week that they were launching crypto custodial solutions.

Search Engine for the Blockchain Ecosystem

Baldet also spoke about her new venture since leaving Wall Street. The former J.P. Morgan executive unveiled Clovyr at the recently concluded Consensus conference in New York. Clovyr is designed to be an app store for blockchain DApps. Commenting on the project, Baldet said:

There’s no way to discover what’s out there right now; there’s no Google for finding applications. The ability to discover apps is helpful, but the ability to build them is also encompassed in there.

Thus, Clovyr is more than a blockchain search engine; it is also a platform that allows developers to create useful DApps. Baldet has a lot of experience with developing blockchain solutions. She was an essential member of the team that created J.P. Morgan’s legacy blockchain project, Quorum.

Will the entry of the likes of J.P Morgan and Goldman Sachs be a good thing for the crypto market? Please share your views in the comment section below.


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FUD Storm Continues as China Steps Up Pressure Against Cryptocurrencies

· February 6, 2018 · 9:00 am

Following false fears of a Bitcoin ban in India, the FUD storm continues as China looks to completely eradicate cryptocurrency trading—but can they succeed?


Chinese FUD Strikes Again

It’s been a rough month for Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market. The price of the dominant cryptocurrency has dropped below $8,000, and many altcoins have suffered even more significant losses, following a seemingly endless flood of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) from mainstream media outlets.

Now, it appears the FUD of the day is that China, already notoriously unfriendly towards cryptocurrency, is ready to block all access to cryptocurrency trading websites and initial coin offerings (ICOs) by utilizing its notorious Great Firewall of China.

China

The troublesome story comes primarily from Financial News, a publication affiliated with the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), which is quoted as stating:

To prevent financial risks, China will step up measures to remove any onshore or offshore platforms related to virtual currency trading or ICOs.

Since then, advertisements for cryptocurrencies have reportedly stopped appearing on both Baidu and Weibo—China’s largest search engine and social media platform, respectively.

Scaling the Wall

Though China continues to be an enemy of cryptocurrency, it remains to be seen whether or not their increased measures have a greater effect than their already-instituted domestic ban.

According to the South China Morning Post, the PBOC-affiliated article admitted that recent attempts to eradicate digital currencies by shutting down domestic exchanges haven’t worked as well as planned, quoting:

ICOs and virtual currency trading did not completely withdraw from China following the official ban … after the closure of the domestic virtual currency exchanges, many people turned to overseas platforms to continue participating in virtual currency transactions. Overseas transactions and regulatory evasion have resumed.

The Financial News’ article also spins the planned ban as being for the protection of the country’s citizens, stating:

Risks are still there, fuelled by illegal issuance, and even fraud and pyramid selling.

China has already banned ICOs and domestic cryptocurrency exchanges, but many eager investors inside the country have found workarounds. According to Donald Zhao, a Bitcoin trader who moved to Tokyo following China’s domestic ban, China’s new regulations might succeed in making it even harder for individuals to circumvent the law:

It is common for people to use VPNs [virtual private networks] to trade cryptocurrencies, as many exchange platforms relocated to Japan or Singapore … I think the new move literally means it would be even harder to circumvent the ban in China … people promoting related business programmes may be arrested.

Still, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and people who really want to trade cryptocurrencies will likely figure out how to do so in secret.

China

Though stricter regulations in China aren’t going to help the market recover any faster, it’s worth mentioning that other countries are set to benefit. According to Cathay Capital’s Ace Yang:

It’s positive news for Japan and Singapore, because demand for participating in trading is not diminishing and traders have got to go somewhere.

What do you think about China’s claim to increase measures against cryptocurrency trading? Do you think it will have any long-term effects, or is it just another case of FUD? Let us know in the comments below!


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