It is safe to say there are a lot of concerns regarding the future price of cryptocurrencies and digital assets alike. Although XRP is usually considered a stable asset in this department, the reality can be somewhat different. More specifically, its value has plummeted alongside Bitcoin, even though the XRP/BTC value doesn’t budge all that much. This is a very odd trend, although it seems unlikely the XRP price will remain above $0.3 for much longer.
XRP Price Trend Grows Very Bearish
Throughout most of 2018, XRP has been a very successful digital asset. Although it too suffers from the breakdown of both Bitcoin and Ethereum, things seemed to be on the mend first and foremost. After all, XRP has maintained its BTC value for most of the year, whereas all other assets and currencies have struggled significantly in this department. Even so, it seems that trend is no longer sufficient to keep the XRP price stable.
In the past 24 hours, there has been an 11.5% decline for the XRP price in USD value. This is despite not losing any ground in the BTC department. Unfortunately for XRP, the current bearish pressure on Bitcoin makes it impossible to sustain US Dollar gains. This will usually result in further price drops accordingly. In the case of XRP, its value dropped from $0.36 to $0.3 in the past week. That may not be the new bottom by any means either.
On social media, it seems there are a lot of discussions pertaining to XRP. As Guruprasad happily points out, a lot of top currencies and assets came a long way from their all-time high in December 2017. XRP Is one of the bigger victims, as it retraced by 82% and is still falling. It is not unlikely a further 5-10% price dip will occur in the coming three to four weeks. That is not something to look forward to, but bucking the overall market trend is pretty difficult right now.
— guruprasad (@iamrealguru) December 7, 2018
Magic ArKaiN has an interesting technical analysis for XRP. Although the evening star formation is not something one comes across that often, it is an interesting development regardless. This pattern confirmed the XRP price would drop to $0.3 and may even result in the value dropping to $0.2 in fairly quick succession. Even a dip to $0.2 wouldn’t necessarily be too problematic for XRP, as it will remain ahead of Ethereum in terms of market cap.
— Magic^ArKaiN (@fabvernagallo) October 5, 2018
Kin Dotcom paints an interesting picture most cryptocurrency and digital asset speculators need to keep in mind at all times. This is not the biggest dip the markets have seen to date. For XRP, the most recent dip hit $0.24 and the market bounced back strongly pretty quickly. As such, there is no reason to think history will not repeat itself, although one has to wonder if the remainder of 2018 will yield any positive trends first and foremost.
Why is everyone so scared? #XRP went below $0.24 in April and we all survived
— ⚡KIN Dotcom (XRP)™ (@cryptovonripple) December 7, 2018
As is usually the case when bearish momentum presents itself, things will undoubtedly get very interesting in the coming weeks. That doesn’t necessarily mean the situation will improve by any means, but it is still interesting to watch all of these markets evolve and deal with this ongoing price struggle. For XRP, its success in terms of xRapid and RippleNet will be beneficial in the long run and have an impact on the XRP price accordingly.
Bitcoin Educator Andreas Antonopoulos Gives a Digital Deep Dive on Blockchain Transactions
One of the ways by which the crypto industry can make significant process is through the education of those who make use of crypto and those who simply observe the industry.
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He recently uploaded a video in which he touched the process of manual construction of transactions that have multiple inputs in response to a question posed by a user about whether the process will be done by a blockchain or not. Antonopoulos explained that the process is done by a wallet and not a blockchain.“You can conduct the process with a variety of wallets that allow you to construct transactions. With multiple inputs. Electrum wallets and other web-based wallets are good examples of platforms that give you the liberty to control transactions. Just to clarify, the process is done by the wallets and not by the blockchain,” Antonopoulos said.
He also pointed out that the construction wallet is based on an algorithm and if more than one payment is needed due to small amounts the wallet will construct the transactions with payments. This process, he explained, is called coin selection and helps in the movement of various transactions.
Also, he touched on the concept of change on the blockchain and pointed out that bitcoin transaction outputs have two states in which the exist which are spent or unspent and that there is no concept of a half-spent transaction.
While this was very helpful for users, some controversy was caused when Antonopoulospointed out that the scalability problem that bitcoin struggles with will always exist and that solving one issue will inevitably bring up more.
“..and you can’t, in the beginning, solves the problem for the end there is no end and also if you prematurely optimize if you try to solve scale problems for a scale that doesn’t yet exist you shift the problem somewhere else in the case of cryptocurrencies,” he said.
The Need for an Education
While Antonopoulos might have caused some controversy, it cannot be denied that his efforts to educate the public on blockchain and crypto are highly needed, especially seeing as many of the problems faced by users can put down to a lack of education about how blockchain works.
An example of this can be seen in security as a research piece that was published recently pointed out that over 700 crypto wallets were broken into by the researchers merely guessing the passphrases which were usually weak and repetitive phrases.
In such a case, education about how wallets, blockchain, and crypto work could go a long way to prevent such issues, ensuring Industries safer for all.
Russian Opposition Leader Raises $3 Million in Bitcoin Donations
Bitcoin has become a significant funding source for one of Russia’s leading political dissidents.
Alexei Navalny, a politician believed by many to be President Vladimir Putin’s main opponent, has attracted more than 591 BTC in donations over the last three years, worth about $3 million at current prices, public blockchain data shows.
The donations became a flashpoint this week when a pro-Putin television network questioned their timing.
Navalny’s investigative center, the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), regularly publishes exposés of government officials, including prime minister Dimitri Medvedev and attorney general Yuri Chaika.
On Monday, an anonymous Telegram channel, “FBK Staffer’s Confession,” noted that the Navalny organization’s wallet received several large donations a few days before FBK published one such investigation, insinuating it was a paid hit piece. The claim was covered in Russian media, including the pro-Putin Tsargrad TV.
When contacted by Russian news publication Znak, FBK’s chief of staff Leonid Volkov denied any connection between the transactions and its investigations, saying the anonymous blogger “dragged the non-existent facts together in by the head and shoulders.”
“You can say that each time Encke’s Comet approaches the Earth it coincides with a big war: 1914 (First World War), 1941 (World War II) and 2014 (War on Eastern Ukraine). But its rotation period is three years, and it approached the Earth many times when there were no big wars.”
The Navalny wallet (3QzYvaRFY6bakFBW4YBRrzmwzTnfZcaA6E, listed on the donations page of his website) received its first bitcoin in December 2016 and since then has seen more than 2,000 transactions, including withdrawals, according to blockchain data.
Most transactions were worth from a fraction of a bitcoin to several bitcoins. From time to time, larger transactions occurred, bringing in up to 20 BTC at once.
Yet Navalny’s political movement, which also accepts donations via bank transfers and PayPal, is not the only dissenting voice in Russia to take cryptocurrency.
Investigative outlets including Zona.Media and The Insider, as well as internet freedom movement Roskomsvoboda, accept donations in bitcoin or ether. However, their wallets have accumulated only small amounts of crypto, no more than 2 BTC each.
Bitfury, Swiss Investment Firm Launch Regulated Bitcoin Mining Fund
Blockchain technology firm Bitfury and Switzerland-based investment firm Final Frontier have jointly launched a regulated bitcoin mining fund.
The fund is targeted at institutional and professional investors to give them “convenient access” to bitcoin mining, Bitfury announced in a blog post Wednesday.
Traditionally, there have been “technological, logistical, financial and execution risk challenges” with access to bitcoin mining, the firm said, adding that the fund aims to address those challenges with an offering that has now been authorized by a European financial watchdog. Which particular regulator was not specified, however.
The fund will invest in turnkey assets consisting of mining sites with some of the “lowest electricity and operating costs globally,” scouted and operated by Bitfury, which specializes in manufacturing cryptocurrency mining infrastructure and also mines itself.
Claiming that the fund has been launched at an “advantageous” time for investors, Final Frontier co-founder, Imraan Moola, said:
“With the bitcoin price down significantly from its all-time high, yet institutional interest growing every day, now may be an opportune time to consider investing in bitcoin mining.”
Bitfury’s executive vice-chairman George Kikvadze said that the fund will help investors “strengthen” their portfolios and bring bitcoin closer to mainstream adoption.
Earlier this year, Bitfury partnered with South Korean R&D firm Commons Foundation to jointly launch a network of bitcoin mining operations in Paraguay.
Bitfury is also reportedly considering an initial public offering (IPO) in Amsterdam, London or Hong Kong, possibly to be held this year. The firm raised $80 million in November, in a round led by venture capital firm Korelya Capital, with Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital, Macquarie Capital and Dentsu Inc. also participating.