Bitcoin’s investor sentiment is positive considering the developments in the ecosystem. However, the price of Bitcoin doesn’t seem to be going anywhere as it is consolidating and moving in a sideways trend.
The price of Bitcoin, at press time, was $3,846 and the market cap was at $68 billion. The trading volume was hovering at $8.9 billion in the 24-hour time frame.
The largest contribution to the trading volume was from the exchange, BitMEX, via trade pair BTC/USD.
The one-hour chart showed a downtrend that extended from $4,163 to $3,859, while the uptrend extended from $3,732 to $3,800. The price was bouncing off the support at $3,848. The subsequent resistance for Bitcoin was at $3,953.
The Parabolic SAR markers indicated a bearish pressure as they had formed above the price candles.
The MACD indicator was nearing the zero-line and indicated a consolidation. The lines, however, indicated a bearish crossover.
The Relative Strength Index showed an equal momentum from both the sellers and the buyers.
The one-day chart of Bitcoin showed a downtrend that extended from $9,800 to $3,875. The support at $3,122 bounced the price towards the immediate resistance at $4,111. The subsequent resistance was seen at $7,641.
The Aroon indicator showed a dominant uptrend that reversed as the downtrend was gaining strength.
The Stochastic RSI came short to hitting the oversold zone and was undergoing a bearish crossover to the bottom.
The Chaikin Money Flow showed the CMF line just above the zero-line and indicated a slight dominance by the buyers.
Visa continues to dwarf Bitcoin in this important metric
Despite optimistic predictions, Bitcoin still has a long way to go before it can compete with companies such as Visa. The fiat currency giant reported transaction volume of over $11.2 trillion in 2018, while Bitcoin network only managed to transact around $2.2 trillion until 2019.
Visa dominates all payment processors with $11 trillion transaction volume
While the crypto industry as a whole seems confident that digital assets will ultimately replace traditional fiat currencies, the reality is that there’s a long way to go before the two can even compete in the same category.
The growing transaction volume of most high-market cap cryptocurrencies definitely shows that major improvements are made. However, most of that growth fades away when compared to the big players in the payment processing industry.
According to its annual performance report, Visa saw a total transaction volume of just over $11.2 trillion. The volume is the sum of both the payment volume and cash volume, with the payment volume being the total monetary value of transactions on Visa-branded cards and payment products, the company explained in the report.
This is a huge increase from the $10.3 trillion the company reported in 2017 and an even bigger increase from the $8.1 trillion in total volume
Bitcoin still has a long way to go to catch up with Visa
Bitcoin‘s numbers aren’t nearly as impressive as these. However, it’s worth noting that digital asset data can often be misleading and can never be taken at face value. As a Fidelity Digital Assets research put it, one of the most commonly overstated measures is Bitcoin’s transaction volume.
Most data providers use an unspent transaction output (UTXO) system, which doesn’t distinguish between economic and non-economic transactions. Because of that, the difference between the adjusted and unadjusted transaction value figures are often very significant.
According to the report, Bitcoin’s total adjusted transaction value from inception to Dec. 11, 2019, was approximately $2.2 trillion. It’s unadjusted transaction volume, however, stands at approximately $7.5 trillion.
While the $2.2 trillion is a significant achievement for a system as young and as novel as Bitcoin is, it’s still a long way behind Visa. Bitcoin’s transaction volume was amassed over a period of more than 10 years, while Visa recorded its $11.2 trillion from September 2017 to September 2018.
Bitcoin (BTC) Cannot Be Used for Payments, Your Coffee Will Be Cold, says Ripple CEO
Ripple CEO: Bitcoin (BTC) Cannot Be Used for Payments, Your Coffee Will Be Cold
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse sat down for an interview in Davos, Switzerland, to talk about the rapidly changing financial industry. Among many other things, Garinghouse discussed Bitcoin’s use cases and his company’s IPO plans.
A failed means of payment
Garlinghouse reiterated that Bitcoin is not suitable for micropayments. He took a jab at the coin’s scalability problem, claiming that your coffee will be cold if you order it with BTC at Starbucks.
“You don’t want to use BTC at Starbucks b/c by the time you get your coffee, it’ll be cold.”
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Still bullish on Bitcoin
Nevertheless, Garlinghouse is still bullish on Bitcoin as a store of value, which means that he sees
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Is Ripple going public?
Garlinghouse also predicted that 2020 will be the year when many cryptocurrency companies will follow the lead of Canaan Mining and go public. He considers an IPO to be “a natural evolution” for Ripple but didn’t specify the exact time when the blockchain giant is going to hear the sound of bell ringing.
“In the next 12 months, you’ll see IPOs in the crypto/blockchain space. We’re not going to be the first and we’re not going to be the last, but I expect us to be on the leading side… it’s a natural evolution for our company.”
Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC/USD is at risk of an extended sell-off towards $8,000
- The number of Bitcoin addresses with unrealized gains decreased significantly.
- BTC/USD needs to regain $8,6500 as soon as possible.
Bitcoin (BTC) is under selling pressure on Thursday. The first digital coin has lost over 3.5% since the beginning of the day amid growing bearish sentiments and expanding volatility. At the time of writing, BT/USD is changing hands at $8,350. Bitcoin’s market share has settled at 65.8%.
Notably, the share of Bitcoin addresses “in the money” dropped from 74% on Wednesday to a mere 63% by press time, according to the statistics provided by Intotheblock. The breakeven point for the vast majority of Bitcoins is located around $12,000, which means that an even moderate push towards that area might improve the sentiments significantly. However, considering the recent developments, it seems that we will have to live through another bearish wave
BT/USD: technical picture
BTC/USD bears try to take the price below critical support area created by 50% Fibo retracement for the upside move from December 2018 low to July 2019 high. If they are successful enough to engineer a sustainable sell-off below this level, a psychological $8,000 will come into focus. This zone is reinforced by SMA100 daily, and it has the potential to slow down the bears.
On the upside, we will need to see a strong move above $8,650 to mitigate the initial downside pressure and create a pre-condition for a recovery. This area served as a support zone in recent days, which means it may take some time to take it out as resistance. Once it is out of the way, the upside is likely to gain traction with the next focus on $9,000. This is an ultimate short-term target for Bitcoin bulls protected by SMA200 daily.