The biggest qualm expressed by non-members of the crypto space is that the cryptocurrencies driving the market do not seem to have any external, real-life use. While it might be great to be one of the lucky people holding onto bags of valuable currency, this means very little when it comes to affording the basic necessities of daily life, many of which are sold by merchants with no interest in payment in the form of volatile and unpredictable cryptocurrencies. But the use of cryptocurrency ATM machines might be changing that.
In the beginning the creation of a Bitcoin-to-USD ATM machine captivated the interest of the community. Before long, however, the luxury of converting crypto to fiat was being enjoyed by far more than just the lucky few still holding onto the dominating and most popular cryptocurrency currently on the market. Instead, cryptocurrencies all over the space, including Ether, Dash, and Bitcoin Cash, have seen ATM machine sporting their logos cropping up in places all over the world.
This week saw yet another bullish sign of mass adoption for XRP, the native cryptocurrency embedded into Ripple’s framework for banking solutions using blockchain.
A Japanese company has now made it possible to use normal ATM machines as cryptocurrency exchanges for the fiat currency of the country, the Japanese Yen. Following an extraordinary couple of weeks of explosive bullish growth in the XRP markets, this new introduction of an XRP ATM machine is a very welcome sign for many within the community—and it could be a sign of more things to come.
At an ATM in #Japan – Converting #XRP to #cash in seconds 👌#xrpthestandard @ripple @bgarlinghouse @chrislarsensf @JoelKatz @OKITATakashi @CoryTV @yoshitaka_kitao @marcus_treacher @wsculley @businessinsider pic.twitter.com/Fy9jr3AhdH
— Pavel Matveev (@matveevp) September 24, 2018
About Wirex Visa
The driving force behind the exciting story is Wirex Visa.
Wirex is a startup company trying to make cryptocurrencies more accessible and useful in daily life. They drew international attention within the crypto community when they recently released the card with capabilities for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. These currencies were, at the time, the most popular on the market.
Wirex functions in a relatively intuitive manner.
The card comes preloaded with cryptocurrency when the user links their crypto wallets to the card using the simple user interface on the Wirex website. Then, when someone wants to convert their cryptocurrency to cash, they simply use an ATM machine and withdraw the currency in the form of whatever fiat money they would like to have.
The card has been hailed as some to one potential path towards mass adoption of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, while other fear that it is yet another stepping stone towards a dangerous end-game of the institutionalization and centralization of cryptocurrency.
XRP and Wirex
One video stirred the excitement now likely to drive the XRP markets in the coming days. The CEO of Wirex, Pavel Matveev, released a video of himself walking up to an ATM in Japan, inserting his card loaded with Ripple’s XRP currency, and then withdrawing 10,000 Yen, the currency of Japan. The video went viral almost immediately, causing speculation from some investors that a resultant bull run was inevitable.
The Wirex card also allows users to deposit cash, withdraw fiat money, or transfer crypto quickly and effectively.
ErisX goes all hands on deck to launch a Bitcoin Futures market
ErisX’s CSO, Matt Trudeau, detailed the company’s four important plans for the future, which includes launching a spot market, to secure a Bit License, DCO, and to launch a futures market.
ErisX currently has a DCM contract, which is a Derivative Contract Market that allows ErisX to run a CFTC-regulated futures exchange. However, ErisX aims to get a DCO [Derivatives Organization], which will effectively allow it to run a CFTC-regulated clearinghouse. A clearinghouse would mean that ErisX can take control of the custody of the assets and clear and settled trades.
The CSO explained the benefit of this, stating,
“There is some efficiency for firms like producers [like mining companies]; if they need to hedge their inventory or need liquidity on a spot market, they could do that conveniently on a single platform. “
Trudeau added that from the “post-trade standpoint” and “the collateral management standpoint,” ErisX would have cash, crypto, and the futures, all stored in their clearinghouse. This would boost efficiency since it would be available for all customers under a single platform. The CSO added,
“… so there is some efficiency in terms of managing collateral, if you don’t have assets on multiple platforms, it can all be in our clearinghouse.”
Apart from the aforementioned plans, Trudeau added that the crypto-industry needs to mature more and that ErisX plans to make a significant contribution to that. He added,
“The market is professionalizing and we think that in terms of what institutions are expecting from a trading/custody experience, we will bring some of the solutions to the market and that’s really the foundational pieces that they are looking in order to build their businesses on top of us.”
Apart from ErisX, LedgerX has also received a go-sign from the CFTC to settle Bitcoin Futures in Bitcoins. Other exchanges include Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt and Seed CX.
Bitcoin’s fantastic run contributes to a new milestone for BitMEX
The cryptocurrency market has been rife with news about Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, and its massive bullish movement. In a matter of just 3 months, Bitcoin has recovered from the bearish zone near the $4000 market, to currently trade near the $12,000 zone.
This price rise has prompted popular figures in the cryptocurrency industry to voice their opinions about the king coin and where it could go from its current market situation. Alex Kruger, a popular economist and analyst, is one of them and he tweeted,
“The hourly bar that marked tonight’s bitcoin $12,972 top had the highest hourly volume in Bitmex’s history. When such high volume prints come after an extended run, they often mark a local top. One could appreciate an intra-day blow-off top on the 5 minute as well.”
Kruger’s tweet comes in the wake of information that suggests that Bitcoin’s trading volume on the popular cryptocurrency exchange had skyrocketed over the course of the past few months. It was spotted in January of this year, when the trading volume found it difficult to breach the $1 billion mark. However, the present price hike has contributed to the volume spiking by a factor of 9 to amass a trading volume of more than $9 billion.
Kruger’s tweet also had comments from other Bitcoin enthusiasts, with @rufus666, saying,
“Gonna wait for Friday when these CME shorters gonna dump the corns they had to buy on spot after weekend rallies to hedge their positions.”
BitMEX had touched another milestone recently after the exchange clocked in a trading volume of a whopping $10 billion. This feat was also marked with requests from the community, asking BitMEX to include margin trading to its fold like the Changpeng Zhao-led Binance.
At press time, Bitcoin was trading at $12,595, on the back of a significant 11.19 percent growth over 24 hours. The cryptocurrency held a market cap of $223.96 billion, and a 24 hour trading volume of 32.23 billion.
Bitcoin’s on-chain/off-chain valuation indicators the key point of focus as coin heads to $13,000
With the rise in Bitcoin’s price, the rest of the cryptocurrency market has followed suit by displaying a green trend across the board. In a recent series of tweets by popular cryptocurrency analyst Adam Tache, users were informed about the top Bitcoin on-chain and off-chain valuation indicators, derived from on-chain valuation models.
The analysis touched on the Mayer Multiple created by dividing the price by the all-important – 200 day moving average. The current average Mayer Multiple stands at a figure of 1.39, which may climb higher. Looking at previous figures, the normal Mayer Multiple figures stated that if the value shoots up to 2.4, then Bitcoin eventually retraces back to a comfortable 1.5. The Mayer Multiple is usually considered as the original indicator used to clock the valuation of Bitcoin.
Another major indicator discussed in the thread was the NVT Ratio invented by Willy Woo, Partner at Adaptive Fund. The indicator is used to calculate Bitcoin’s prominence or value in the cryptocurrency space by evaluating the amount transacted on the blockchain as a “proxy for investment flow and bear and bull market cycles.”
At the moment, the NVT ratio for Bitcoin is in an abnormal region compared to the start of previous bullish patterns. The NVT ratio was above the “bear market” separator, which meant that the cryptocurrency was overbought. When Bitcoin is overbought, it usually means that the buying pressure is much higher than the selling pressure. Adam Tache opined,
“NVT signaling overbought is likely due to a number of factors — namely the proliferation of exchange-based, purely off-chain txs driving short-term price action.”
The analysis also pointed out the liveliness of the Bitcoin indicator created by Tamas Blummer. The indicator showed the inverse count of lost or ‘HODLed’ Bitcoin, while stating that when the ratio increases, long-terms holders of the cryptocurrency decrease their positions. The indicator conveyed accumulation of Bitcoin when the ratio decreased.