The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hit the headlines a few months ago through their sudden decision to cut out cryptocurrency activities within their personal and corporate customers. To keep a long story short, they decided to state that they would not provide banking or financial services to anyone who engaged within cryptocurrencies. This was met with outrage, as members of the cryptocurrency community took to the internet to produce a petition to ask the RBI to re-consider their position. Alongside this, many also attempted to take High Court proceedings out against the RBI, this did see some traction but as it stands, we are yet to hear more about this.
Once this decision was made, many did wonder about the integrity of the decision makers involved. Moreover, many questioned how much research the RBI had done, given that outside of the RBI’s financial loop, India had a strong presence within the crypto-sphere and actually seemed to be one of the few countries fostering an advancement towards cryptocurrencies and crypto adoption.
According to a new report by Quartz India, it does seem as if the RBI have now admitted that their decision was not based on adequate prior research, calling into question the entire proceeding once more.
So, according to Quartz, Delhi based lawyer, Varun Sethi filed a Right to Information Request (similar to a Freedom of Information Request in the UK) which required an instant response by the RBI.
According to Quartz, Sethi concluded that:
“It seems as if the ban was arbitrary and it came into effect without any thought from the RBI. It has either answered in the negative or given conflicting answers to our questions asking what led to this ban.”
You can see the full request, with responses as a part of the Quartz article- https://qz.com/1303363/indias-cryptocurrency-crackdown-was-backed-by-zero-research-rbi-admits/
Some of the responses by the RBI are fascinating, for example, when asked; ‘Is there any committee set up for understanding Blockchain technology and its usage by RBI especially in the banking sector?’ the RBI responded:
“RBI does not have the requisite information in this regard.”
Moreover, when asked multiple times about whether or not the RBI approached any other international central banks to review their stance on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, they simply just responded “no”.
If you get chance, have a look through the full document, it’s actually quite concerning to think but at the very least, it does justify the outrage seen within the cryptocurrency community in India as a result of what now seems to be an uninformed and hasty decision.
As a result of this, we can only expect an apology or a more official statement to come from the RBI in the coming days. Moreover, with this information now in circulation, it probably won’t be long before the High Court weigh in once more.
Cardano [ADA/USD] Technical Analysis: Interim bullish push imminent; bears yet to show mercy on long haul
Cardano [ADA] seems to be getting a bullish push in the short-term, even as the bearish trend in the medium to long-term seems to not fade away. There seems to be no respite from the bear attack in the long-term as the downward trend in price is still going strong.
ADA, the ninth largest cryptocurrency in the world, is currently trading at $0.0759, after going down at -1.19% over the last day. It has a market cap of $1.97 billion, with a 24-hour trade volume of $18.02 million.
On the one-hour graph, a strong downtrend can be seen from $0.0827 to $0.0806, and then further to $0.0788 between October 15 to October 21, 2018. Another downward movement can be seen from $0.0786 to $0.0774 on October 22, 2018.
An upward drift in prices can be seen from October 16 to October 22, 2018, from $0.0749 to $0.0787. A short-term upward trend was seen on October 22, 2018, from $0.0770 to $0.0773.
The Awesome Oscillator chart shows green bars emerging after a string of red bars. This is a clear indicator of a bullish market.
The Parabolic SAR chart shows the dots aligned under the candlesticks, indicating a bullish market.
The RSI chart shows the token recovering from an oversold position slowly, with the buying and selling pressure evening each other out.
According to the one-day graph, the strong downtrend in the long-term seems to be robust between June 4 to October 22, 2018, from $0.226 to $0.181, further to $0.078.
An upward trend is seen from September 18 to October 7, 2018, from $0.063 to $0.081, and between October 15 to October 22, 2018, from $0.071 to $0.077.
The Fisher Transform chart shows the Fisher line moving uphill, crossing the trigger line. This indicates a bullish trend.
The MACD chart shows the moving average line on a downward drift, crossing the trigger line. This indicates a bearish market.
The Chaikin Money Flow chart shows the current value at -0.118. This indicates that money is flowing out of the market. This is a clear indicator of a bearish market.
However, an upwards drift seems to be emerging, pointing at a temporary bullish trend.
In the short-term, if the prices are to move up as indicated by Parabolic SAR and Awesome Oscillator, the immediate resistance will be $0.078. If it is broken, the next resistance will be at $0.0806.
If the prices move down as predicted by RSI, the supports will be at $0.0767 and $0.0759.
In the long-term, if the prices are to go down as predicted by MACD and Chaikin Money Flow, the supports will be at $0.070 and $0.063.
Litecoin [LTC/USD] Technical Analysis: The bear continues to plunder the market
Litecoin [LTC], the 7th largest cryptocurrency that was created by Charlie Lee to provide compatibility and support to Bitcoin has not been doing well in the market, of late. The coin was booming earlier this year but has now slumped lower than ever to move sideways.
At the time of writing, LTC dumped by 1.77% in the cryptocurrency market. It is trading at $52.34 with a market cap of over $3 billion and a 24-hour trading volume of $267.4 million.
In the timeframe of 1-hour LTC candlesticks, the support is set at $53.02. The downtrend line from $60.7 to $53.9 is likely to form a descending triangle with the support. Hence, the market for Litecoin appears to be downwards.
The MA line in the MACD indicator touched the signal for a bullish crossover but strung back down to run underneath it. This is suggestive of a slump in the LTC price trend.
Next, the RSI is also betting on a bear market for the cryptocurrency, currently taking a downhill walk to flash warning for a drop in price.
The Klinger Oscillator made a bullish crossover a while back but is currently crashing, suggesting a bad price trend for Litecoin.
In the 1-day scenario, the candlesticks appear to be experiencing a downward trend in the Litecoin market. Since May, the coin has broken multiple supports, including one at $53.3 and another at $51.7. Currently, the support is set at $53.2 and might act as the baseline for the descending triangle likely to be formed by the resistance line ranging from $179.1 to $54.3.
The Parabolic SAR is bullish on the LTC market wherein the dots are currently dancing below the candlesticks, uplifting the price trend of the coin.
The Chaikin Money Flow was in a balanced space for a while but is currently below the 0-line, crashing further down.
The Awesome Oscillator is also in the red-zone, flashing a danger sign for the cryptocurrency.
The technical analysis can be concluded by assuming a bearish trend for the Litecoin market since most of the indicators are evident in siding with a negative prediction. However, the Parabolic SAR in the 1-day timeframe looks positive of the situation, against all odds.
Bitcoin [BTC] can disrupt centralized banking and financial institutions, says Andreas M Antonopoulos
During a Q&A session, Andreas M Antonopoulos, the Author of Mastering Bitcoin and a well-known Bitcoin influencer, spoke about whether Bitcoin [BTC]’s price plays a significant role in its adoption. He also spoke about whether Bitcoin can disrupt the governments, financial system and reduce corruption if the cryptocurrency’s value does not greatly increase in value relative to goods and services including fiat currencies.
Antonopoulos stated that cryptocurrencies can disrupt centralized banking and financial institutions. This is because of the “mere fact” that cryptocurrencies exist as an exit system, a “safety vault” and as a “safe haven”, he said. Moreover, he said that the increase in Bitcoin’s price is not going to be the prominent player in bringing about the change. Whereas, Bitcoin being used by people in order to escape from oppressive governments who are stealing their citizen’s money will be a catalyst to bring about the change.
The author said:
“…it’s not values that makes it useful it’s utility that makes it valuable. So it’s the other way around so Bitcoin will increase in value if it’s useful and it doesn’t need to increase in value in order to be useful that’s confusing cause and effect”
Antonopoulos further spoke about Bitcoin’s real-world use-case for the unbanked. The author was questioned about why there were only 4 billion people using banks around the globe; whether it was due to improper identity proof, people’s lack of trust in the current financial system or if it was cost-effective for banks to not have branched in rural areas.
The Bitcoin influencer stated it was because of all the 3 above-mentioned reasons – lack of identity proof, access to banking facilities and distrust in the financial system. He further added that the total number of people around the world who do not have the ability to open a bank account was quite “shocking”. He went on to say that even if these people had access to the financial systems they would end up facing several restrictions, including the withdrawal and deposit limit.
“So even though the numbers are somewhere between two and a half billion and four billion people who have zero access to banking so cash based entirely, there’s also another two billion people who have access to banking but that access is severely restricted so they have access to perhaps one currency with very few choices they can’t change currencies…”
He further added:
“so it’s not really their money so all of this great sum of people who are either unbanked completely or under banked is one of the things that I think we may be able to solve with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the long run”