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The Calm Before The Storm? Bitcoin (BTC) Price Analysis & Overview May 22

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Over the past three days since our previous price analysis and surprisingly, Bitcoin had set to keep up its price around the $8,000 area. For the past three days, we saw Bitcoin trading between the range of $7,800 to $8,000.

Regarding volatility, this is the opposite of what we saw during the first months of 2019. When Bitcoin is stable around a certain price, it’s instead be referred as the “calm before the storm,” or in other words – a strong move is likely to take place soon.

As always, the direction is unknown, but looking at the negative direction, this build-up can end up in a classic double-top, which is a bearish trading formation.

Total Market Cap: $249 Billion

Bitcoin Market Cap: $140.2 Billion

BTC Dominance: 56.3%

Looking at the 1-day & 4-hour charts

– Support/Resistance:
From above, Bitcoin still facing the $8000 resistance. If Bitcoin succeeds in breaking above, we would expect a retest of $8200 and 2019 high at $8400. The next possible targets or resistance levels are $8500, $8800 and $9000. Further resistance lies at $9600 – $10,000 area.

From below, the closest support lies at $7800. Below is the $7600, before reaching the prior support at $7200 – $7300 zone. Further below is the $7,000 area.

– Trading Volume: Following the above, we can clearly see that the volume decreases from day to day. This strengthens the possibility of a sharp move which is likely to show up.

– Daily chart’s RSI: The RSI had lost momentum and as of now trading around the 67 level. The last is still in the bullish territory, but very low compared to the past month.  Stochastic RSI oscillator is at its low levels, however, yet not pointing above.

– BitFinex open short positions: Since the 40% daily drop a week ago (and the long squeeze right after), we saw the short positions gaining momentum slowly. As of now, there are 18.7K BTC open short positions, which is the 5-day high.

BTC/USD BitStamp 4-Hour Chart

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BTC/USD BitStamp 1-Day Chart

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Max Keiser: New Bitcoin Network Hash Rate High Suggests Price Is Next

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The Bitcoin (BTC) hash rate has broken yet another new all-time high, according to Aug. 19 data from monitoring resource Blockchain.com.

The top coin’s hash rate has continued to break previous records throughout summer, today hitting an whopping 82.5 TH/s.

Bitcoin network hash rate, 1-year chart

Bitcoin network hash rate, 1-year chart. Source: blockchain.comIn a tweet posted earlier this month, Bitcoin investor Max Keiser reiterated his mantra that:

“Price follows hashrate and hashrate chart continues its 9 yr bull market.”

The argument goes that the higher the Bitcoin hash rate, the more secure the network, the higher the investor confidence will be, driving up demand. Therefore, Keiser argues that price is playing catch up with network fundamentals.

Network Fundamentals

The hash rate of a cryptocurrency — sometimes referred to as hashing or computing power — is a parameter that gives the measure of the number of calculations that a given network can perform each second. A higher hash rate means greater competition among miners to validate new blocks; it also increases the amount of resources needed for performing a 51% attack, making the network more secure.

The string of new records posted throughout summer is a bullish sign, with analysts and traders alike buoyed by signs of the strength and robustness of the network.

Looking ahead

Bitcoin’s halving — a pre-coded 50% reduction of block rewards for miners— remains some time away: May 2020. 

While the event can have bullish implications for a coin’s price (by increasing scarcity), its impact on miners is keenly watched, with some concerned that lower block rewards will deter network participants and adversely impact the network’s hashing power.

This summer, Litecoin (LTC) creator Charlie Lee — who had forecast a post-halving shock to the coin’s mining ecosystem — had his expectations overturned when the network’s post-event hash rate was revealed to be just as robust as ever.

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World’s Largest Crypto Trading Competition Announces 600,000 USDT Prize

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The Bitcoin (BTC) hash rate has broken yet another new all-time high, according to Aug. 19 data from monitoring resource Blockchain.com.

The top coin’s hash rate has continued to break previous records throughout summer, today hitting an whopping 82.5 TH/s.

Bitcoin network hash rate, 1-year chart

Bitcoin network hash rate, 1-year chart. Source: blockchain.comIn a tweet posted earlier this month, Bitcoin investor Max Keiser reiterated his mantra that:

“PRICE FOLLOWS HASHRATE AND HASHRATE CHART CONTINUES ITS 9 YR BULL MARKET.”

The argument goes that the higher the Bitcoin hash rate, the more secure the network, the higher the investor confidence will be, driving up demand. Therefore, Keiser argues that price is playing catch up with network fundamentals.

Network Fundamentals

The hash rate of a cryptocurrency — sometimes referred to as hashing or computing power — is a parameter that gives the measure of the number of calculations that a given network can perform each second. A higher hash rate means greater competition among miners to validate new blocks; it also increases the amount of resources needed for performing a 51% attack, making the network more secure.

The string of new records posted throughout summer is a bullish sign, with analysts and traders alike buoyed by signs of the strength and robustness of the network.

Looking ahead

Bitcoin’s halving — a pre-coded 50% reduction of block rewards for miners— remains some time away: May 2020. 

While the event can have bullish implications for a coin’s price (by increasing scarcity), its impact on miners is keenly watched, with some concerned that lower block rewards will deter network participants and adversely impact the network’s hashing power.

This summer, Litecoin (LTC) creator Charlie Lee — who had forecast a post-halving shock to the coin’s mining ecosystem — had his expectations overturned when the network’s post-event hash rate was revealed to be just as robust as ever.

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Why Bitcoin Matters: Ghana Finance Crisis Ties Up $1.6 Billion for 70,000

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For the longest time, Bitcoin (BTC) has been viewed as something with no inherent value.

Legendary investor Warren Buffett, for instance, once called the cryptocurrency “rat poison squared”, later explaining that there isn’t much inherent value in the project. Other notable players in finance and politics, including U.S. President Donald Trump, have echoed this analysis, using phrases like “thin air” and “unbacked” to get their point across.

Unlike traditional stocks and assets, Bitcoin doesn’t provide a fixed yield, a dividend, or generate cash flow. And compared to traditional and modern fiat currencies, BTC isn’t backed by the power of a government or the scarcity of an underlying asset.

But, a series of recent macroeconomic and geopolitical events all across the world have begun to prove that Bitcoin is needed, whether governments, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, or central bankers like it or not.

Bitcoin is Needed, Now

According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Ghana is in the midst of a financial crisis. The report, published this weekend, suggests that there are 70,000 Ghanaian investors affected in a “cleanup” of the nation’s banking industry.

The outlet writes that the crackdown, which resulted in many local lenders and savings companies shuttering their businesses, “triggered a run on fund managers”, most of which who weren’t liquid enough to satisfy the demands of their investors.

Due to this, there exist a purported 70,000 Ghanian investors who can’t access $1.6 billion worth of their investments, more than a third of the African country’s private fund sector. Yikes.

According to cryptocurrency commentator Rhythm, Bitcoin “fixes this”. What he/she seems to be referring to is the fact that unlike the traditional fiat system, Bitcoin and other decentralized technologies don’t require middlemen.

Should you be investing in the right products and with the right infrastructure, you should be the only one that can manage your Bitcoin and cryptocurrency investments.

This crisis in Ghana is somewhat reminiscent of what happened in Cyprus around five years ago. For those who missed the memo, the European island nation was required to bail in its commercial banks, resulting in thousands losing their wealth, a run on the banks, and a subsequent spike in local Bitcoin demand.

Of course, Ghana is in a different situation, but the underlying need for Bitcoin then and now is all the same, if not more accentuated. Bitcoin is decentralized, non-sovereign, scarce, immutable, programmable, and unconfiscatable.

World is Screaming for An Alternate Economy

This crisis comes as many other facets of the world are starting to scream for something new, something different.

Just look to Argentina, where the incumbent president lost a recent race to someone who analysts say will plunge the South American economy into yet another bout of chaos. This political result led to a 20% collapse in the Peso against the U.S. Dollar, a 50% collapse in the local stock market, and a slight uptick in Bitcoin volumes and a premium for cryptocurrency.

There’s also a crisis in Hong Kong, where literally millions of locals have been taking to the streets to protest the actions of the local government and the mainland Chinese government, who they say are encroaching on their democratic freedoms. There, too, a premium on the price of Bitcoin has been seen.

Bitcoin, according to a growing number of analysts, is a perfect hedgeagainst macroeconomic turmoil, geopolitical debacles, inflationary monetary policies, irresponsible fiscal policy, and so on and so forth.

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