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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin Payments Coming to Retail Giants in Canada

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Instant blockchain payments firm Flexa is launching its services outside the US for the first time. Its person-to-person crypto payment platform is now available to people in Canada.

According to the company’s announcement, Flexa’s services will be accessible in the Great White North area, from Yukon to Nova Scotia and from Vancouver to St. John’s. The payments technology firm is planning to roll out its products in two different stages. 

Flexa’s press release states,

“To bring Flexa to Canada, we’ve partnered with Coinsquare, Canada’s largest and most secure cryptocurrency exchange. Based in Toronto, Coinsquare has spent the last several years building one of the most compliant and innovative exchange businesses in the industry.” 

In the initial phase, the company will open up the current Flexa network to Canadian residents, who can begin using the platform by downloading and installing the SPEDN app, which is available in the App Store and Google Play. New users can also visit Flexa’s SPEDN Shop pop-up at the Blockchain Futurist Conference in Toronto (until August 14).

In the second stage, the Flexa team is bringing instant cryptocurrency payments to more than 7,500 merchants located in Canada. Flexa says some of the country’s biggest retail and entertainment brands will be integrating its services during the first week of September 2019.

Flexa’s management notes that the platform has been developed on top of different cryptocurrencies, and that Flexa’s Canadian customers will be able to spend their funds easily when visiting the US. 

Last month, Flexa added support for Litecoin

(LTC) transactions on its payments network. The company’s network also supports payments in Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), and Gemini dollars (GUSD). The company currently provides direct point-of-sale payments at over 39,250 different stores based in the US. 

Flexa’s management says its business strategy is aimed at increasing cryptocurrency adoption by helping shoppers spend their funds. The firm enables digital currency spending on the consumer side while helping merchants settle payments in fiat currencies.

The company’s SPEDN app allows shoppers to select from various Flexa-accepting stores. Users can tap on a brand and scan its unique code in order to make instant point-of-sale payments. The users’ cryptocurrency is automatically converted into US dollars when the cashier scans the code that appears on a shopper’s screen. 

According to the firm’s press release, Flexa wallet deposits are “securely custodied and fully insured” through its partnership with crypto exchange Gemini. The Flexa team claims that this makes SPEDN one of “the easiest and safest” apps for conducting cryptocurrency transactions.

Flexa’s developers state,

“We think that seamless, fee-free, cross-border commerce is one of the most impactful use cases that cryptocurrency can provide…

“Launching Flexa to customers outside of the United States—and in turn, bringing affordable, secure, and fraud-free payments to even more people—brings us one step closer to fulfilling our ambition of making cryptocurrency spendable everywhere, and rebuilding payment acceptance for the modern era.”

Source : dailyhodl

 

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BITCOIN VOLATILITY DWINDLING, HAS BTC TAKEN AN EARLY VACATION?

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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets are slowing down. There has been very little activity over the past week as volumes and volatility decline. Technical indicators are also lining up which could indicate a larger move is imminent or is BTC on vacation for the rest of the year?


BITCOIN SLOWING DOWN

This may not be such a bad thing. One of the points bitcoin detractors always make is that it is too volatile to be used as a daily currency. This much is true if a cup of coffee is going to be 20% cheaper ten minutes later you’re not going to buy one in BTC right now.

Over the past year or so these massive price swings have decreased in amplitude and it appears that bitcoin has entered a low volatility regime.

Day traders seeking quick bucks have had to take a break as movements are minimal at the

moment. Over the past few days, BTC has only oscillated $150 or so in its sideways channel. This is good for price stability but not good for those seeking quick returns.

This type of action often preludes a bigger move and technical indicators such as Bollinger bands squeezing are also indicative of such.

This slowing of momentum has happened across the board, not just on bitcoin markets. Ethereum volatility is also at low ebb, falling to levels not experienced since 2016 as noted by Coin Metrics.

It could just be that time of year when traders take a break and FOMO is as thin as the first fall of winter snow. If this is the case then markets will remain flaccid until sometime next month.

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Bitcoin News Today – Headlines for December 14

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  • Investor believes round numbers are very important in BTC markets
  • BTC crossing $10k is important says investors and analysts
  • Crossing the $10k mark in the near-term will ensure that Bitcoin’s price action is positive.

Bitcoin News Today – Bitcoin investors have always gravitated towards round figures. According to one top crypto investor and commentator, the importance of round numbers can’t be overstated especially in a nascent market. This implies that after reclaiming the $10,000 mark, the macro price scales will ensure that Bitcoin can go higher and higher until it reaches a new round number.

The Importance of Round Number Prices in Crypto

During a recent interview with Luke Martin, Three Arrows Capital Su Zhu said gave his opinion on why round numbers are essential. According to Zhu round numbers are important in the crypto market because the leading crypto topping the $10,000 mark will be an important time in terms of forcing a good price action. It isn’t only Zhu who is of the view that $10,000 is of great importance for Bitcoin and the entire crypto space.

Earlier in the year, Tom Lee, Fundstrat Global Advisors’ resident crypto analyst released his analysis for BTC by his firm. His analysis implies that if the price of BTC reaches and crosses the $10,000 level it could mean

something big. He requested that we all watch for that level. According to Fundstrat’s’ analysis, once BTC tops the $10,000 area, “Level 10” FOMO is expected to grace the market. If history repeats itself, the crypto market will shoot higher after $10,000 is reclaimed.

Another platform that agrees with Zhu’s view is Bloomberg. Bloomberg wrote in November of this year about the importance of the $10k barrier and how essential round figures with four and five digits are. The platform said Bitcoin faces a solid resistance point at the $10,000 area. The coin will have to break this barrier if there is to be a confirmation and continuation of meaningful gains.

Is the $10k Mark Attainable for Bitcoin?

Speaking about Bloomberg and BTC getting to the $10,000 mark, one analyst at Bloomberg believes that it’s just a matter of time before the number one crypto tops that key position. The analyst, Mike McGlone, who is the senior commodities strategist at Bloomberg, revealed in his monthly market update that he believes that Bitcoin will top the essential $10,000 resistance point. He said as gold rallies, Bitcoin should rally. While Gold is currently trending below BTC amidst the trade war, the macro picture may begin to favor gold and Bitcoin as we head into 2020.

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Stratis Will Increase Rapidly If It Moves Above 4500 Satoshis, Predicts Trader

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Stratis has been trading in a range since August 2019. This movement has the characteristics of the consolidation phase, after which a new bullish market cycle is expected to begin.

The trading range of this consolidation has a magnitude of 40%, and the price has tested both the resistance and support areas several times. At the time of writing, it was moving upward towards the resistance area.

Full-time trader @CryptoMichNL noted that the Stratis price has been holding above a strong support area and has shown signs of moving upward.

Additionally, he suggested that a breakout above the 4500 satoshi resistance area would probably accelerate the rate of increase.

Let’s take a closer look at the price and see how likely this is to happen.

Long-Term Bottom

First, the Stratis price reached the long-term support area at 3000 satoshis in August 2019.

This was almost an all-time low, coinciding with the lows reached in 2016, which was the bottom before the 2017 upward move.

Additionally, the RSI reached an all-time low value of 23 during this time and created bullish

divergence. The weekly RSI has never been this low and the only other time it has created bullish divergence (October 2018) an upward move followed.

This suggests that this is a very suitable level to make a low and initiate a reversal, as we have suggested in our previous article.

Stratis All-Time Low

Looking closer at the movement, we can see the trading range, consisting of two support and one resistance area.

The main support area is at 3250 satoshis, where the double bottom was created. This is followed by the minor support area at 3850 satoshis. The minor support coincides with the 100-day moving average (MA). The price has flipped it as support. The price fell inside it twice and began an upward move each time.

The resistance area is found at 4500 satoshis and the price has not reached it since November 30.

Stratis Trading Range

Short-Term Breakout

On December 11, the Stratis price broke out above the descending resistance line that had been in place since the beginning of December.

The breakout transpired with significant volume, increasing the validity of the movement. Afterward, the price returned to validate the descending resistance line, a common movement after breakouts.

Stratis Short Term

To conclude, the Stratis price is likely consolidating before beginning a new market cycle. A decisive breakout above 4500 satoshis is expected, confirming that the new cycle has begun.

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