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3 Reasons Why Bitcoin Price Hasn’t Returned to $13,000

Despite the promises of crypto analysts and institutions like Goldman Sachs, Bitcoin price continues to hover around low 5 figures. What’s going on?


After struggling to hold above the $11,000 point earlier this week, Bitcoin price, at last, succumbed to selling pressure and dropped below $10,000 for the second time in three weeks. Prior to the drop, numerous analysts predicted that $10k would serve as a reliable bounce point as the price represents important psychological support.

Clearly, this was not the case and even after making a strong upside move from $9,500 to $10,450, Bitcoin still struggles to stay above $10,100. 

Let’s take a look at what is keeping the king of cryptocurrencies down. 

Dovey Wan says Ponzi Scheme is Crashing the Crypto Market

On July 14 Primitive Crypto founding partner Dovey Wan attributed the sharp sector-wide correction to bulk Bitcoin sells from PlusToken, a Chinese Ponzi scheme. The scheme managed to accrue 200,000 Bitcoin and more than 800,000 Ethereum from naive investors in China.

According to Wan, not every member of the PlusToken team has been arrested yet and data from cybersecurity auditing firm Peckshield shows that recently more than 1,000 Bitcoin was transferred to Huobi and Bittrex from PlusToken accounts. 

Wan is convinced that the scammers are covertly shifting their funds “into small batches into exchanges, like 50 to 100 Bitcoin per batch.”  Wan also claimed that she recently stumbled across a chat where Chinese traders were saying that someone had been dumping 100 BTC non-stop on Binance.

If true, it is entirely possible that large back to back sales of Bitcoin could affect spot rate across exchanges but this sole event is probably not fully responsible for Bitcoin’s malaise

Mind the CME Gap 

The CME Bitcoin Futures gap is another popular topic amongst Bitcoin traders and many cite the existence of the gap as a reason why Bitcoin continues to drop below $10,000. A glance at a Bitcoin daily chart shows an $870 gap between $7,177 and $8,050.

The gap is simply the outcome of Bitcoin price moving over the weekend while the CME Futures are closed and the space denotes the difference between the previous close and the new opening price once the market reopens.

The gap is a cause for concern as traders set the price as a target that must be filled at some point, typically when an asset corrects and retraces to supports in the vicinity of the gap.

Many traders believe that Bitcoin must revisit this $7,100 to $8,500 range to truly correct before resuming its strong bullish trend to a new all-time 2019 high. 

Bitcoin Accumulation Before Surge on Recession Fears 

An assortment of crypto analysts have posted charts suggesting that Bitcoin has entered a lengthy consolidation phase and will continue to be pinned between $9,000 to $14,000 until more excitement and momentum build up over the 2020 halving event. 

Earlier this week as the stock market took a horrific tumble over weakening macroeconomic fundamentals, fears of a recession sprang up as an economist focused on an inverted yield curve on treasury bonds.

This week the slope on US Treasury bonds became inverted and for economists and market analysts, this is typically an indicator that a recession could be on the way.

At the same time, Gold has continued to rise in price and many investors believe that Bitcoin is a similar store of value and hedge against volatility.

If the US and other countries truly are on the verge of a recession, one would increase inflow into Bitcoin and a significant increase in its market cap and value.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is steadily dropping back towards $10,000 and $9,800 is the most immediate support level. 

Do you think Bitcoin price will dip below $10,000 over the weekend? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Coinbase Custody Acquires Xapo’s Institutional Business

Coinbase Custody today announced that it has acquired Xapo’s institutional business, making it the largest crypto-custodian in the world. The acquisition brings Assets Under Custody (AUC) to over $7 billion, servicing over 120 clients in 14 countries.


Innovation In Cryptocurrency Custody

Xapo is a long-respected name in the world of cryptocurrency custody solutions. It has led the industry in developing security techniques to meet the rigours of institutional clients.

In 2017 it hit the headlines for storing customers’ bitcoin in a fortified ex-military bunker in the Swiss Alps. By May 2018 it was holding around $10 billion in bitcoin for customers across five continents.

CEO, Wences Casares, has long been a champion of Bitcoin, and Xapo’s mission is to make Bitcoin secure and accessible. Casares believes that any investor who doesn’t have at least a one percent position in Bitcoin is being irresponsible.

Coinbase’s Move Into Crypto-Custody

Coinbase Custody started trading a year ago, with a remit to provide secure cryptocurrency storage for institutional investors. According to marketing it combined the ‘battle tested’ cold-storage solutions employed by the Coinbase exchange, with an institutional-grade broker/dealer.

It quickly added a raft of additional crypto-assets to its original four of BTC, ETH, BCH, and LTC. However, there were questions as to whether institutions would immediately trust the offering. Certainly, while the bear market was in full swing, growth in AUC was slow.

It wasn’t until the bulls really started taking control again in May this year, that AUC crossed the $1 billion mark. But since then, growth has been steadier, and with this latest acquisition of Xapo’s institutional business, Coinbase Custody are claiming over $7 billion in held assets.

The Final Hurdle To Institutional Adoption?

There are many who think that crypto-custody is the final hurdle to institutional adoption of bitcoin and cryptocurrency. This area is certainly where a lot of resources are currently being deployed.

Bakkt is still waiting on approval from the New York authorities for its custody solution, before it can start offering its physically backed bitcoin futures products. Fidelity’s move into crypto-custodianship was supposed to remove one of the final barriers to institutional adoption back in March.

Even the South Koreans are getting in on the act, although technically, the legality of cryptocurrency in the country is still in question.

We are still waiting for the expected flood of institutional investors, but steps are certainly being made. Whether their eventual arrival will be a positive thing is another question entirely.

What do you make of this latest Coinbase acquisition? Add your thoughts below!


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Analyst Looks to Blockchain Data to Explain Why Bitcoin is Still ‘Bullish’

Market analyst Jesus Rodriguez believes that investors should consider blockchain datasets when devising their Bitcoin investment plans.


Blockchain data helps with crypto investing

On August 12, Invector Labs chief scientist, Jesus Rodriguez, took to Hackernoon and made his case as to why he believes Bitcoin remains bullish despite correcting from $13,800. At the time of writing, Bitcoin continues to struggle to overcome $12,000 and technical analysis suggest the digital asset could drop to $10,800 – $10,600 over the short-term. 

According to Rodriguez, the majority of speculation surrounding Bitcoin price has been focused on macroeconomic factors such as the US / China trade-war, global monetary easing and central bank policies that are leading to the devaluation of fiat currencies. 

Last week, President Trump introduced additional tariffs on Chinese goods and the Dow Industrial Average reacted by dropping nearly 800 points. At the same time, volatility has increased across major world indices and China placed the cherry on top of this disastrous sundae by devaluing their currency. 

Meanwhile, Gold and Bitcoin increased in value as investors viewed the assets as a store-of-value and hedge against volatility. 

What does blockchain say about the Bitcoin rally?

While these are incredibly relevant factors that are clearly impacting Bitcoin price, Rodriguez suggests that investors take a deeper look beyond the macroeconomic perspective and analyze blockchain data. 

Looking closer at blockchain data could uncover some interesting details and patterns that shed light on the recent Bitcoin rally. 

According to IntoTheBlock’s blockchain-based data sets, nearly 90% of Bitcoin investors are “in the money”. There are also nearly one million addresses with positions acquired near Bitcoin’s current price and Rodriguez argues that these investors will help “influence the trading activity in the next few days.”

IntoTheBlock’s Break-Even analysis primarily focuses on realized gains and the indicator shows that Bitcoin’s next strong support/resistance is near $10,400. Rodriguez also pointed out that as BTC price rose, so did the number of active addresses and this is a sign of growing strength within the Bitcoin network. 

Rodriguez also attempted to poke a hole in the default explanation that China’s yuan devaluation led to Asian investors taking shelter in Bitcoin. 

Macro is micro when it comes to analyzing Bitcoin price action

Even more interesting is the fact that the majority of ‘new’ Bitcoin investors accumulated the digital asset before the current price rally began.

Essentially Rodriguez is saying that the current macroeconomic factors are reflective of long-term, structural challenges that have long existed in various economics and are just now showing themselves. 

This does not mean that macroeconomic challenges are directly responsible for the majority of BTC price action. In fact, macro-economic factors are short-term price indicators for Bitcoin price action and should not be fully relied upon to predict price movement. 

Roderiguez advises that investors also incorporate analysis of blockchain data like on-chain activity, network hash-rate, volume of large institutional and retail transaction, new address origination and the fluctuations in Bitcoin address openings, closing and transfers at various price points. 

By doing this, investors attain a more comprehensive view of the whole market and are likely to make wiser investment decisions. 

Do you think the current Bitcoin rally is primarily driven by macroeconomic factors? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Australia Wants To Limit Cash Payments Not Cryptocurrency

Draft legislation from Australia’s Department of Treasury has proposed limits on cash payments exceeding $10,000. Interestingly, cryptocurrency is not negatively mentioned in the document.


Australia Moves to Limit the Size of Cash Payments

Australia’s Department of Treasury recently published a new set of preliminary guidelines that govern the size of cash-based currency payments. The draft legislation proposes that a “payment limit of $10,000 for payments made or accepted by businesses for goods and services”.

The draft further stipulates that “transactions equal to, or in excess of this amount would need to be made using the electronic payment system or by cheque.” 

In 2018 the Treasury Department’s  Black Economy Taskforce proposed that implementing limits on currency transfers would significantly assist with combating tax evasion and other criminal activities. 

Cryptocurrency Makes the Exceptions List

The proposal also provides a detailed list of situations under which payments are not subject to the cash payment limit:

  • payments related to personal or private transactions (other than transactions involving real property);
  • payments that must be reported by an entity under anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism legislation, provided, broadly, the entity with a reporting obligation complies (or is reasonably believed to have complied) with their obligations under that legislation;
  • payments made or accepted by a public official in which the public official is legally required to make or accept cash payment in the course of their duties;
  • payments that exceed the cash payment limit because the payment is part of a transaction involving collecting, holding or delivering cash and this is undertaken in the course of an enterprise of collecting or delivering cash
    (i.e., providing cash-in-transit services);
  • payments that only exceed the cash payment limit because payment is or includes an amount of digital currency; and
  • payments that occur in situations where no alternative method of payment could reasonably be used.

Interestingly, one will note that cryptocurrency is not listed as a form of payment in need of additional oversight or restrictions. Typically, cryptocurrency is synonymously looped into discussions and legislation focused on illicit activity, money laundering, and terrorist funding.

In this case, cryptocurrency as a payment option falls under the second exception setting “payments that must be reported by an entity under anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism legislation.” As is common knowledge, the majority of major cryptocurrency exchanges have complied with the government’s requirement that exchanges implement adequate know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money-laundering (AML) processes. 

Australia Believes Crypto Needs Room to Grow

Section 9 of the draft legislation provides greater clarity on digital payments, along with the specifics of their exemption from the cash payment limit. According to a document released by the Department of Treasury: 

Digital currency is a new and developing area in the Australian economy. Unlike physical currency, it does not have a firmly established regulatory framework or industry structure. This makes it difficult to apply the cash payment limit in a way that would not largely prevent the use of digital currency in Australia or significantly stifle innovation in the sector.

At the same time, there is little current evidence that digital currency is presently being used in Australia to facilitate black economy activities. Given this, the Government has decided at the present time to effectively carve digital currency out from the cash payment limit.

This position will remain under ongoing scrutiny to ensure that the exemption for digital currency payments remains appropriate in light of the current use of digital currency in the Australian economy.

The Department of Treasury website clarified that the draft was “released for public consultation” and the government is planning to implement the cash payment limit starting on 1 January 2020. The public is encouraged to submit opinions to the consultation and all inquiries must be submitted by August 12, 2019. 

Do you think limits on the size of cryptocurrency payments should fall under the command of Australia’s Department of Treasury? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Palestinian Authority: Cryptocurrency Will Bring Economic Freedom

The Palestinian Authority believes issuing a sovereign cryptocurrency token will reduce Palestine’s reliance on the Israeli shekel.


Palestinian Authority: First Money, then Power

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh recently announced that his government will use cryptocurrency to bypass sanctions levied by Israel. Shtayyeh issued the statement while speaking before the Palestine Center for Computer Emergency Response in Ramallah on July 9. While speaking on Palestine TV, Shtayyeh said: 

The Palestinian economy has about 25 billion shekels [$7 billion] circulating in the local economy, but we’re not forced to remain dependent on the shekel.

Shtayyeh promised to consider every option and do whatever it takes to find a path to economic freedom that Israel cannot block. The 1994 Paris Protocol equips the Palestinian Monetary Authority (PMA) with the powers of a central bank, but the government has been unable to issue banknotes. The agreement was signed by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel in 1994 but it states that the shekel will be used “as means of payment for all purposes including official transactions.”

As a result, the Israeli shekel is one of the primary currencies in circulation, along with the Jordanian dinar, and the US dollar. 

Not All Good Ideas Work

In 2017, the PMA pitched the idea of launching a sovereign digital currency and the body hopes to have the digital asset ready within the next five years. In theory, using a sovereign digital asset to bypass sanctions sounds good but not everyone is on board with the idea. 

Najah University economics and social science professor Bakr Shtayyeh doubts that cryptocurrency will be economically feasible or practical for most Palestinians. Shtayyeh also questioned whether a Palestinian cryptocurrency will effectively separate Palestine from relying on Israel. Shtayyeh told Al-Monitor:

If Palestine has its own currency will it be able to prevent Israel from withholding tax clearance funds or controlling crossings and the movement of exports and imports? Will Palestine be able to conclude direct commercial deals with neighboring countries without the imported or exported goods passing through Israeli commercial ports. 

Shtayyeh believes that money is not the problem, rather, the Palestinian economy’s “complex economic and political reliance on Israel” is the true issue. According to Shtayyeh, “there are 170,000 Palestinians working in Israel who earn their salaries in the Israeli shekel [and] 80% of the trade exchanges with Israel are in shekels.” 

Furthermore, what foreign parties or countries would actually take the risk of violating international sanctions to transact with Palestine using its sovereign currency? Shtayyeh explained that in all reality, Israel will shun Palestine’s cryptocurrency and the countries reliance on the shekel will “remain unchanged”. 

Cryptocurrency to Alter the Post World War II International Order?

Security is another issue to consider, and Shtayyeh and Mazen al-Agha, an economics professor at the Palestinian Planning Center cautioned that Israel’s cybersecurity, cyberattack capability, and software development infrastructure is extremely advanced compared to Palestine.

Even if Palestine’s digital currency is developed to completion, there’s always the possibility that it could be compromised by outside cyberattacks. Shtayyeh and al-Agha suggest that a more realistic option would involve Palestine reducing trade exchanges with Israel and building special trade relations with neighboring countries. 

Palestine is not the first country to consider cryptocurrency as a method for overcoming oppressive governments or international sanctions. Currently, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, and the citizens of Zimbabwe are considering cryptocurrency as a path to economic freedom.

All of the concerns aired by Shtayyeh and al-Agha are valid critiques that must be considered and while they may come off as skeptics, both agree that “in theory, it’s possible to issue this currency, but in practice, there are a lot of difficulties. Before issuing it, the PA needs to create a favorable economic environment.” 

Do you sovereign digital assets are a path to freedom for countries like Palestine, Venezuela, Iran, and Cuba? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Coinbase Bins Bundle Product as Altcoins Get REKT

After 8 months on the market, Coinbase binned its crypto-diversified Bundle product. Does this mean that the altseason is never coming back?


Coinbase Bins the Bundle

Altseason is over and nobody is quite sure when it’s coming back. Coinbase appears to have received the message, to the extent that the exchange binned its diversified crypto-bundle product. A quick view at the exchange’s updated FAQ reads: 

Coinbase Bundle purchases have been deprecated, as such all assets purchased in the Conibase Bundle have been redistributed to their respective individual asset wallets.

Coinbase Bundles were meant to provide crypto investors with a diversified digital asset portfolio that could be dollar-cost averaged following the same tactic investors use in traditional asset classes. Initially, investors could throw down $25 to purchase a bundle of five cryptocurrencies which were balanced in proportion to their market cap. 

Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and Litecoin comprised each bundle. In combination with Coinbase Learn and Asset Pages, the bundles were meant to appeal to crypto newbies looking to dollar cost average into long positions without having to conduct an immense amount of technical analysis and research. 

When introduced in September 2018, Coinbase said: 

The vision of an open financial system depends on people’s ability to understand, explore, and choose cryptocurrencies. We expect that millions of people will make their first cryptocurrency purchase in the coming years. But all too often, getting started can be overwhelming for people learning about crypto for the first time.

It’s not Time for Crypto Diversification

While the product cancellation is bound to draw some criticism and possibly even pleasure from those who despise Coinbase, its is probably a wise move to bin the product as altcoins have been pummeled as Bitcoin rallied and corrected.

The crypto-sector is akin to a baby learning how to walk and each company will trial various products and adjust as necessary. The cancellation of Coinbase Bundle also adds credibility to the argument that diversification does not work for crypto yet as the sector remains too volatile at the moment. 

Do you think digital asset diversification is a successful investing strategy? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Bitcoin Still Legal In India; Crypto Regulation in Works

Bitcoin will remain legal in India while the government works on regulations, a minister has said in new positive comments on the fate of the industry.


Finance Minister: Bitcoin Regulations Coming

Responding to a request for clarity on the state’s view of cryptocurrency, Anurag Thakur, India’s Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, firmly denied any token was illegal. 

The comments contradict the content of an alleged draft law which surfaced last week, which outlined plans for a blanket ban on cryptocurrency and prison sentences for its use. 

The document, which appeared online from a local lawyer, appeared to form the basis of the queries to Thakur, who nonetheless did not refer to its contents explicitly.

“No, Sir,” he replied when asked whether the government “has prohibited cryptocurrency.”

“Taking note of the issue, the Government has constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) under the Chairmanship of Secretary (EA). The IMC has submitted the Report to the Government,” he continued.

As Bitcoinist reported, India continues to find itself in a state of flux after highly-mixed messages from authorities and the central bank. 

In July 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) forbade banks from serving cryptocurrency businesses, resulting in shutdowns for some and exodus overseas for others.

The draft bill, which has not seen recognition, made further reference to the creation of a digital rupee, which its author or authors said would become India’s only legally-allowed domestic digital currency. 

The industry has meanwhile sought to overturn the RBI ban via the courts, a process which appears to have run into multiple delays. 

‘Careful Steps Forward’

Summarizing, Thakur struck a cautious tone, signaling that existing rules applied to cryptocurrency while Delhi thrashed out new regulations.

“Presently, there is no separate law for dealing with issues relating to cryptocurrencies. Hence, all concerned Departments and law enforcement agencies, such as RBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities, etc. take action as per the relevant existing laws,” he confirmed.

“Similarly, police/courts take action on IPC offenses. Further, in view of the risks and dangers associated with cryptocurrencies, Government and RBI have been issuing advisories, press releases, and circulars to the public.”

His words saw a warm welcome among the local cryptocurrency industry, with Nischal Shetty, CEO of exchange WazirX, saying the government was taking “careful steps forward.”

The government saw direct backlash when the draft law emerged, with investor Tim Draper openly calling it “pathetic and corrupt” for allegedly suggesting the ban.


What do you think about the latest comments on bitcoin from India? Let us know in the comments below!


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‘Still Positive About $1 Million Bitcoin Price By 2020 End’: John McAfee

Bears showed up en masse to administer a proper beatdown to Bitcoin price today. Where do we go from here?


Big Players Orchestrate a ShakeOut

On Sunday bears launched a coordinated assault on Bitcoin price which resulted in the price dropping below $10,000 for the first time since July 2. By the weekly close, the king of cryptocurrencies had dropped $1,400 and the total crypto-market cap dipped below $300 billion. As the carnage occurred, the illustrious John McAfee took to Twitter and lambasted investors who were running for the hills forecasting doom for Bitcoin. 

McAfee scolded investors for freaking out over weekly fluctuations and reminded investors to recall Bitcoin price’s parabolic move over the past few months.

Bitcoin Price Going To $1 Million

Despite today’s $1,400 correction, McAfee remains confident that Bitcoin price will reach his $1 million projection by the end of 2020 and he isn’t the only crypto influencer not bothered by today’s correction. 

Popular crypto-analyst PlanB tweeted an intriguing stock to flow analysis which shows BTC price reaching $100K a little after the 2020 halving event, followed by $1 million by 2024 and $10 million by 2028. 

On July 12 Tuur Demeester also posted a chart outlining Bitcoin’s seasonal price performance since 2011 and eagle-eyed traders will probably glean useful tidbits that will help provide foresight into Bitcoin’s future price action.

While today’s drop from $11,400 to below $9,800 is terrifying, corrections of this type are normal for Bitcoin. Investors with a long vision of Bitcoin realize that sharp pullbacks tend to follow parabolic advances and the current correction is likely an opportunity to accumulate more Bitcoin. 

As one would expect, the rest of the top-10 cryptocurrencies took on heavy losses as Bitcoin crashed. Ethereum dropped as low as $191, while Litecoin, EOS, and XRP also took on heavy losses ranging from 15 to 20 percent.

Overall, the crypto market dropped more than $20.1 billion over the last 24-hours. It’s likely that analysts will spend the next few days attempting to determine if the drop was primarily based on technicals or whether larger hands were at play. 

Do you think Bitcoin price will quickly recover to $12,000? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Top 3 Cryptos, Not Named Bitcoin, Making Waves in June

As bitcoin price continues to hover around $8,000, some cryptocurrencies, namely Litecoin, LEO, and Binance Coin, have somewhat managed to steal the spotlight in recent days and are probably worth keeping an eye on in the short to medium term. 


Top 3 Cryptocurrencies: Litecoin (LTC)

Litecoin 00 managed to outperform all top 10 cryptocurrencies by means of market capitalization in the past 24 hours. Its price touched $120 which was an increase of around 12 percent.

However, Litecoin has since re-traced and is trading at around $115 at the time of this writing. Still, that’s about 5 percent increase on the day.

Litecoin’s performance throughout 2019 has been nothing but impressive so far. Since January 1st, LTC has gained around 300 percent.

More interestingly, the recent surge comes about 58 days prior to Litecoin’s halving event. It will cut the block reward from 25 to 12.5 coins per block, which could, in theory, catalyze a further increase in the cryptocurrency’s price.

LEO

LEO is relatively new on the market. It was issued through a private sale conducted by one of the popular cryptocurrency exchanges, Bitfinex. The event sold a total of $1 billion worth of LEO at the price of 1 USDT each.

At the time of this writing, LEO is trading at around $1.70, which is an increase of about 70 percent since its private sale. The cryptocurrency currently sits at a market cap of around $1.7 billion.

On the daily chart, LEO marks an increase of around 3 percent. According to LEO’s White Paper, iFinex will be doing regular repurchases and burns of the token on a monthly basis.

The company and its affiliates will buy back LEO tokens from the market equal to at least 27 percent of its gross revenues. The reducing supply, given the demand for the cryptocurrency remains the same, could also, in theory, keep its price moving higher.

Binance Coin (BNB)

This probably doesn’t come much as a surprise, but Binance Coin 00 continues to be on the watchlist of best-performing altcoins over the past year.

BNB has marked a slight increase of around 3 percent on the day. However, looking at the bigger picture, the cryptocurrency has surged more than 400 percent year-to-date.

Don’t be surprised if its increasing utility, particularly in Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs), as well as the regular coin burns that reduce supply on the market, push its price to new all-time highs by the end of this year.

What do you think of these three altcoins and their performance so far? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!


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Will Bitcoin Price Finally Reach $10,000 This Week?

Bitcoin price saw a 3% move to $8,833 is bringing the digital asset closer to a retest of the weekly high. Will it happen before this new week starts?


 Bitcoin Price Must Overcome This Key Hurdle for $10K

Sentiment wise, bitcoin’s path to $10,000 remains strong and each week a number of positive media reports appear to be re-enforcing the bullish consensus for the top digital asset.

The growing premium on Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) and impressive data from CME Bitcoin futures show that there is a continuous rise in institutional demand for Bitcoin. In an email to clients, CME Group explained that:

“May is shaping up to be the strongest month ever for CME Bitcoin Futures.” And the exchange commented that “The number of unique accounts continues to grow, showing that the marketplace is increasingly using BTC futures to hedge Bitcoin risk and/or access exposure.”

cme bitcoin futures

Over the weekend Bitcoin consolidated in the $8,450 – $8,600 range for the majority of Saturday, then on Sunday the digital asset popped above the $8,530 support for a 3% move toward the $8,840 resistance before pulling back to $8,650.

The short profit taking was nothing like the 12% rejection at $9,081 that occurred last week and traders can take comfort in knowing that BTC remains in an uptrend. But it should be noted that the daily chart shows the digital asset trading within a rising wedge, which can be interpreted as a bearish signal.

Popular crypto-analyst Josh Rager tweeted that Bitcoin’s move above $8,530 and $8,731 shows the uptrend remains intact and Rager forecast that if BTC moves above $8,846 then a move to the “mid $9k’s” is on the cards.

A number of analysts are now suggesting that $8,200 represents a crucial support level and a dip below this point could see bitcoin revisit $7,000.

Recently Alex Kruger also shared his analysis of key support and resistance levels for BTC/USD 00 and similar to other forecasts, bitcoin has few immediate resistance points above $10,000.

Looking Forward

Over the short-term, Bitcoin appears to have shifted to a new range of $8,600 – $8,800 and it could spend the remainder of Sunday consolidating within this zone.

The 4-hour MACD remains bullish and the RSI has turned down from 60 and currently at 53. Traders should keep an eye on the hourly RSI is oversold bounces near 42.5 have proven to be quite reliable.

Do you think Bitcoin price will reach $10k this week? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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