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Bitcoin’s Atmospheric Rise Might Have Been Tied To Tether

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University researchers have noticed an interesting trendwhen it came to atmospheric jump in the price of bitcoin last year: They found that about half of bitcoin price increases last year happened after another cryptocurrency, Tether, flowed from one crypto exchange — Bitfinex — to other exchanges.

This is significant as Tether, which is said to be pegged to the U.S. dollar and created by Bitfinex’s owners, could be used to buy other digital currencies, such as bitcoin. Even so, Bitfinex’s Chief Executive J.L. van der Velde said in a statement, “Tether issuances cannot be used to prop up the price of Bitcoin or any other coin/token on Bitfinex,” The New York Times reported.

That statement comes as a study by University of Texas Finance Professor John Griffin – along with graduate student Amin Shams – is raising questions as to whether bitcoin’s remarkable rise in 2017 was not, in fact, caused by genuine demand from investors. The authors found that Tether was used to purchase bitcoin at pivotal points when the price of the cryptocurrency was falling, according to CNBC.

“It was creating price support for bitcoin, and over the period that we examined, had huge price effects,” Griffin told CNBC. “Our research would indicate that there are sophisticated people harnessing investor interest for their benefit.”

More specifically, Griffin and Shams, honed in on 87 periods when Tether flowed from Bitfinex to other exchanges between March 2017 and March 2018, a report by Entrepreneur noted. And they found that “these 87 events account for less than 1 percent of our time series (over the period from the beginning of March 2017 to the end of March 2018), yet are associated with 50 percent of bitcoin’s compounded return, and 64 percent of the returns on six other large cryptocurrencies (Dash, Ethereum Classic, Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero and Zcash).”

Still, The New York Times reported that the paper’s authors don’t have documents or emails that show Bitfinex knew about the potential price manipulation — and, if that was in fact the case, who might have behind those moves. Griffin and Shams also found that the pattern extends to price increases of Zcash and Ether — both digital currencies that one can purchase with Tether. Notably, these patterns came to a halt after Bitfinex stopped issuing new Tether tokens.

Claims of bitcoin price manipulation are not new: Griffin’s paper comes a few months after researchers Neil Gandal, JT Hamrick, Tyler Moore, and Tali Oberman published a paper on bitcoin price manipulation in 2013, which describes the extent to which the bitcoin ecosystem is controlled by bad actors. According to TechCrunch, the paper, entitled “Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem,” appears in an issue of the Journal of Monetary Economics. The paper claims “suspicious trading activity likely caused the unprecedented spike in the USD-BTC exchange rate in late 2013, when the rate jumped from around $150 to more than $1,000 in two months.”

On Tuesday (June 12), bitcoin hit its lowest price level since February, briefly dipping below the $6,500 mark, Bloomberg reported. On Wednesday, (June 13) at 4:40pm, the price of bitcoin was $6,260.34, according to CoinDesk. The popular cryptocurrency hit a high of $19,511 in December, following a whopping 1,400 percent rise in 2017

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Cardano [ADA/USD] Technical Analysis: Interim bullish push imminent; bears yet to show mercy on long haul

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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.

1-hour:

Source: Trading View

Source: Trading View

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.

1-day:

Source: Trading View

Source: Trading View

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.

Conclusion:

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.

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Litecoin [LTC/USD] Technical Analysis: The bear continues to plunder the market

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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.

1-hour:

LTCUSD 1-hour candlesticks | Source: tradingview

LTCUSD 1-hour candlesticks | Source: tradingview

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.

1-day:

LTCUSD 1-day candlesticks | Source: tradingview

LTCUSD 1-day candlesticks | Source: tradingview

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.

Conclusion:

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.

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Bitcoin [BTC] can disrupt centralized banking and financial institutions, says Andreas M Antonopoulos

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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.

Antonopoulos said:

“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”

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