Zář 20

Why Bitfinex No Longer Rules Over Bitcoin (BTC)

Trading volumes for Bitcoin (BTC) on the Bitfinex exchange seem to vanish into thin air. Analysts noted that about a year ago, Bitfinex served as the primary exchange for BTC price discovery – but that situation changed, and now the market carries only about 3% of its former volumes.

Fallen From Power

On Bitfinex, BTC volumes are just around $57 million, a small fraction of the total $17 billion daily volumes. The exchange, once a powerhouse of activity, seems to have dwindled to the size of a small-scale market. Total volumes are now around $137 million in 24 hours. The drop in volumes is also surprising since Bitfinex is one of the exchanges considered to have realistic volumes compared to the number of user visits.

Bitfinex is now ranked 54th by volumes on CoinMarketCap. Curiously, this shift in activity happened while the exchange carried out multiple incentive programs to attract more traders. In the past, Bitfinex only accepted a minimum of $10,000 in deposits.

Later, the constraint was removed, and Bitfinex now offers mid-range verified accounts some perks that were only available to “whales”. But the fish are not biting, not even with the more recent incentive to trade UNUS SED LEO (LEO), a new native exchange token minted by Bitfinex.

No Tether, No Volume

One of the reasons for the lowered volumes is that Bitfinex has stopped a rather apparent practice of regularly unleashing bots to boost the BTC market price. Additionally, the platform no longer carries the bulk of Tether (USDT), and the Tether treasury is careful not to send coins on the exchange.

In the past, an easy link could be noted between newly minted coins that ended up on the Bitfinex wallet. Following that event, a BTC rally would follow.

Now, Bitfinex is warier. The exchange was hit with a heavy loss, after having $850 million locked up with Crypto Capital – a global payment service that was caught with shady banking practices. On top of that, there is the ongoing court case with the New York Attorney General, still going through the practices of iFinex and Tether to determine any illegal activity.

The decline in Bitfinex volumes also follows stricter policies for US-based exchanges. The exchange had to delist multiple assets and block the accounts of unverified users. During that time, new exchanges expanded, taking over the market share. Binance took the lead and also became one of the biggest holders of USDT.

What do you make of Bitfinex’s decline? Add your thoughts below!

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The Rundown

Říj 11

BREAKING: Bitfinex Reportedly Halts Fiat Deposits

Bitfinex, the world’s fourth-largest cryptocurrency exchange by means of trading volume, has purportedly halted fiat deposits temporarily.

EUR, USD, JPY, GBP Wire Deposits Temporarily Halted

Screenshots of customer accounts started circulating on social media moments ago, suggesting that the British Virgin Islands-based and Hong-Kong-operated cryptocurrency exchange has temporarily paused wire deposits with EUR, USD, JPY, and GBP. However, the screenshot also indicates that the situation is expected to “normalize within a week.”

“Bitfinex’s EUR, USD, JPT, GBP wire deposits are temporarily paused. Things are expected to resume in a week,” notes Twitter account Squeeze.

Questionable Timing

As Bitcoinist reported last week, citing anonymous sources speaking to Bloomberg, Noble Bank is supposedly facing financial difficulties. The sources also revealed that two of the bank’s clients – Tether and Bitfinex — are seeking a buyout.

The exchange was quick to answer, stating that:

Stories and allegations currently circulating mentioning an entity called Noble Bank have no impact on our operations, survivability, or solvency.

Shortly after, an online report started circulating, raising concerns that the cryptocurrency exchange was bankrupt. Interestingly enough, the report has since been removed. Regardless, Bitfinex released an official rebuttal, claiming:

Bitfinex is not insolvent, and a constant stream of Medium articles, claiming otherwise is not going to change this. As one of only a very few exchanges operating since 2013 with a small team and low operating costs, we do not entirely understand the arguments that purport to show us to be insolvent without providing any explanation about why.

Furthermore, Bitcoin (BTC) 00 lost around 5 percent in hours on October 11, dragging the entire cryptocurrency market down with more than $16 billion. The decline followed a transfer of more than 15,000 BTC from one unknown wallet to another in a single transaction, quickly firing up suspicions about market manipulation.

What do you think of Bitfinex’s move to halt some fiat deposits? Let us know in the comments below!

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Zář 07

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.


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.]

Where do you think Bitcoin price will go this weekend? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Zář 04

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.]

Where do you think Bitcoin price will go this weekend? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Lis 23

Bitfinex Now Offering BTC:EUR Trading Pair

· November 23, 2017 · 1:00 am

Bitfinex, the online cryptocurrency exchange and trading platform, announced that BTC:EUR is now a live trading pair on their website.

Bitfinex the worlds leading cryptocurrency exchange announced today that they will begin trading BTC:EUR, a move that has been widely welcomed after the site previously only supported the US dollar. The exchange also offers margin trading for those with more than a hobbyist attitude towards cryptocurrency trading.

Big News but Little Fanfare

Other than the tweet above, there has been very little fanfare of the new trading pair introduction. Although Bitfinex’s website itself has made no mention of the addition, it has come to light on Reddit that the minimum deposit for Euros is actually 10,000€, with a 0.100% fee on transactions. The exchange and trading platform also announced an introductory discount fee of 15%.

GDAX already has EUR, GBP and US dollar pairs for Bitcoin, so Bitfinex shall make a welcome addition for many traders. The Euro Bitcoin price is currently at 7045€, which converts to $8312 leaving quite a margin for arbitrage, however acceptance of trading certain pairs is limited to certain regions but the savvy trader could perhaps find profit in such a EUR/USD shortfall in Bitcoin’s price.

Are you a Bitfinex user? Is this a welcome move? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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