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Heavy unwind continues across cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrency markets dived following the South Korean currency exchange hack, which has revived concerns on security. BTC/USDT dived below 6500 and the MACD turned negative indicating that the downside move could gain further momentum. Key mid-term support is eyed at 6000, if broken should increase the bears’ appetite for a further decline toward 5000. Resistance is eyed at 7375/7450 area, including the 38.2% retracement on May – June decline, the 200-dma and last week’s resistance.

ETH/USDT slipped below the 500-support on the back of the broad-based sell-off in cryptocurrency markets. Decent sell orders are sitting at 500, adding an additional downside pressure to the market. Recovery attempts remain weak; buyers are no where to be found below 550 (weekly pivot).

Despite poor sentiment, Ether is doing well from a fundamental point of view. Ether’s market volume is expanding steadily. Lately, the number of Ethers in circulation surpassed 100 million coins.

Bitcoin Cash has also been hit by a wave of sell-off, after the S. Korean crypto-exchange hack weigh on the sector-appetite. BCH/USDT slipped below the 1000 level. The fading positive momentum hints at a building case for a further decline toward the 800 level. The key resistance to the actual bearish trend stands at 1190 , the 38.2% retracement on May – June decline and the 50-dma. Intermediate resistance is eyed at 1005, weekly pivot.

Fundamentally, Bitcoin Cash’s larger capacity crunch is expected to bring the network close to Visa and MasterCard scale, according to developer Amaury Séchet. Bitcoin Cash holds ground near the 200-dma against Bitcoin.

LTC/USDT trades with limited enthusiasm, with 100-support out of the way following the broad-based sell-off across the crypto-markets. The weekly pivot has retreated from 113 to 110. Relatively low volatility has prevented Litecoin from breaking important technical levels over the weekend, but the breach of the 100-support could increase the volatility in the coming days.

Does Swiss Sovereign Money initiative weigh on the sentiment?

The Swiss initiative to give the Swiss National Bank (SNB) the authority to be the sole money creator has been rejected with 75% on Sunday.

Although the Swiss vote did not target the cryptocurrencies, there are speculations that the sharp rejection of the Sovereign Money initiative may have explained a part of the debasement across the cryptomarkets during the weekend, as there is one important parallel between the sovereign money initiative and the creation of central bank cryptocurrencies: the reserve ratio.

In fact, the early examination of the possibility for using the blockchain technology for national cryptocurrencies showed that the latter would probably lead to a 100% reserve system, where every unit of cryptocurrency would be backed by the central bank reserves.

The rationale behind the 100% reserve requirement is that, assuming that the cryptocurrency holdings are remunerated with the same rate than the central bank reserves, users would be tempted to hold risk-free, interest-rate-bearing central bank coins instead of deposits with the commercial banks.

Consequently, in a monetary system including a national cryptocurrency, the central bank reserves would represent the entire monetary volume available in the market. This would make the central bank the sole creator of sovereign money, as opposition to the actual system where commercial banks create money by lending most of the available volume to other institutions and users, while keeping only the minimum reserve ratio on their balance sheets.

So, the fact that Switzerland, which has a long banking history and has been home to many innovations in cryptocurrencies, is not ready to change its monetary system in favour of a configuration that could eventually be compatible with the use of official cryptocurrencies, may have deteriorated the sentiment across the market.

Bitcoin traded below 6800 versus the US dollar, while Ethereum tested the $500-support.

Dont be confused: Switzerland hasn’t voted against cryptocurrencies

Although the markets settled parallels between the Swiss initiative and the cryptocurrencies, Swiss citizens have not rejected the idea of using cryptocurrencies. They rejected the idea of a system, where 100% of the monetary volume would be backed by the central bank reserves, because it would have put too much pressure on the central bank, compromise the independency between the monetary and fiscal policies and lead the country to a period of economic uncertainty by adopting a model which is not in line with the rest of the world.

We also remind that there are important differences in terms of functionalities between hypothetical national cryptocurrencies and the existing cryptocurrencies.

It is important to highlight that trading of non-sovereign cryptocurrencies do not interfere with the monetary policy mechanism. At least, not more than the traditional asset classes. In this sense, the cryptocurrencies should be considered as traditional financial instruments such as stocks, and not be confounded with the sovereign money.

Hence, the result of the Swiss vote should not be perceived as a direct negative reaction to the use of cryptocurrencies.

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Bitcoin-Related Stocks Soar In Stock Market; Is Bitcoin Responsible?

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The United States stock market on Monday saw a different dimension related to price movements of stocks. Analysis and price charts on the 24th June 2019 showed that virtual currencies Bitcoin-related stocks soared immeasurably higher than their fiat counterparts. This is coming after Bitcoin was seen to have temporarily broken the $12,500 resistance level and settled above it. This remarkable price surge seen in Bitcoin was the first recorded in about 15 months, and this made it a fast buying material.

Blockchain Relatives Stocks

Grayscale Bitcoin Investment (GBTC) is a virtual currency which is linked to the price of Bitcoin. The stock must have caught the bullish fever and followed every of Bitcoin’s upward waves. The stock was seen to rise temporarily by 13%. Grayscale Bitcoin Investment appeared to have few other supporters with similar blockchain relationships. Riot Blockchain, DPW Holdings, as well as Marathon Patent Group also made rapid uptrends as they all shined in bright green. All these stocks doubled their prices before the closing hour.

On the other hand, Peter Schiff an American stockbroker and financial commentator says

Both gold and Bitcoin prices have risen recently, causing many to erroneously conclude that the two are rising for the same reason. But stock and bond prices are also rising. Bitcoin and stocks are rising as speculative assets, while gold and bonds are rising as safe havens.

Bitcoin’s aggressive turnaround

Bitcoin has particularly moved up in a very aggressive bullish rally which saw it recording a new all-time high within the past 15 months. At the moment, no one can exactly predict Bitcoin’s next line of movement but many are very hopeful and the optimism is very much present. Bitcoin is expected to make more radical price surge, eventually surpassing its 2018 all-time high of $20,000.

Alts Waiting To Join The Rally

However, as bitcoin excelled in all ramifications, taking into consideration its market price and capitalization, this is not to be said of alt coins which seem to have been left behind in this series of radical movements. Popular alts like Litecoin is still trying to nurture the common touch.

At the time of writing this article, Bitcoin had doubled its price in about 5 weeks period and had also doubled its market cap in just a few days. This new development also steered arguments and criticism from Bitcoin’s antagonists who seem to be more interested in Gold.

Bitcoin Versus Gold

Gold, just like Bitcoin also rose up the charts and saw significant improvements. However, this was immeasurably smaller in capacity and totally incomparable to Bitcoin’s prowess over the past few weeks.

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Present-day Bitcoin market has matured, improved on the protocol side, claims Blockstack PBC CEO

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The cryptocurrency industry today has everyone’s attention, with the present bull run pumping Bitcoin’s price and driving the market capitalization through the roof. A series of investors and analysts have predicted that the bullish momentum experienced by the market is currently more mature than the one in 2017. This was backed by a recent SFOX report as well.

In a recent segment on Bloomberg, Muneeb Ali, CEO and Founder of Blockstack PBC, highlighted that the crypto-market was basically very repetitive, as it basically does the same thing time and time again, but on a different scale.

He said,

“The market goes up to its all-time-high, crashes down, takes a longer time to bounce back and if you have been in crypto long enough, you are pretty much expecting it.”

Ali suggested that Bitcoin had made significant progress on the development and protocol side as presently, a lot of highly skilled developers and engineers are involved in the technological aspect. The remark can be backed by the fact that Bitcoin recently released its Erlay protocol which was supposed to reduce bandwidth usage in the network and improve system efficiency.

The involvement of institutional investors has made Ali skeptical about the market since the technology is fairly new and “no one really knows” what is going on or where it is going in the future. He believes that the present bull run has less to do with institutional investors and more with the fact that the overall market was maturing.

Further, it was recently suggested that Bitcoin played a role in driving up the prices of Asian crypto-related stocks in Tokyo and Seoul, with certain companies witnessing hikes of more than 10 percent over the past week. The surging Bitcoin price and its corresponding market cap affords a lot of opportunity for these stocks to rise even higher.

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Bitcoin [BTC] Forges Another Assault On $15,000 Reviving Investor Interest

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  • Double-digit gains on Wednesday revive investor interest in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
  • Bitcoin surge is supported by key technical indicators including the RSI and the MACD.

It is evident that Bitcoin is not going to rest until it achieves the milestone by breaking above $15,000 in the coming few weeks. Following the break above $12,000, BTC/USD pushed for further correction higher inching closer to $13,000. A new 2019 high was from at $12,946, however, this will not hold as the high for long owing to the increasing bullish pressure at press time.

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Bitcoin price chart
Chart source: Tradingview 

BTC/USD trading pair is correction higher 10% on Wednesday with a relative change of +1115. In fact, a break above $12,900 is the kick that Bitcoin is waiting for the much-anticipated movement above $13,000.

As discussed by Coingape earlier today, the technical levels remain positively intact. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) continues to form a higher low pattern. The up trending indicator signal points towards a stronger bullish momentum. At 88.22, the RSI is back to the levels seen on May 12 following the break past $7,000 and later $8,000.

As long as the RSI stays in the overbought and respects the trendline observed on the chart, correct past $13,000 will be a walk in the park. The strong bullish momentum is also supported by the trends seen with the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD). The indicators divergence increase is an indication of building bullish momentum and the tight grip from the buyers.

Bitcoin Key Technical Indicators

Key Resistance: $13,500

Key Support: $11,000 – $10,500

MACD 4-h: Increasing divergence suggest stronger bull grip.

RSI 4-h: The upward trend continues to cement the bull’s presence on the market.

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