Dovish Fed Minutes Didn’t Save Crypto

Highlights: Federal Reserve is close to the end of neutralizing interest rates after December hike. US stocks, forex instruments, and Gold extended gains Wednesday, but correcting Thursday. Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP and the rest of the crypto market react negatively. Federal Reserve released the minutes of its December meeting which revealed that they would follow a wait-and-watch approach towards their interest rate hike plans. The US central bank suggested in December moderate rate hikes (up to 2.8 percent) but preferred to implement them only if warranted. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)…

From Bitcoin to Brexit, Here’s What Investors Need to Watch for in 2019

Is it possible that the US Federal Reserve’s decision to tighten its balance sheet contributed to bitcoin and the wider cryptocurrency market losing steam in 2018? If so, what should crypto investors expect from the independently-run central bank in the future? Mati Greenspan, the senior market analyst at trading platform eToro, explored these and other questions in a wide-ranging webinar session on Tuesday. Fed’s Balance Sheet Reduction May Have Shaken Bitcoin Speaking on how even diverse asset classes can show correlation, Greenspan said that the Fed’s ongoing quantitative tightening program…

$4000, Doji, Bearish Pennant, and EMA Resistance

The break above $4,000 has not really changed the interim bias of the bitcoin market. The cryptocurrency on Wednesday remained largely unchanged on its 24-hour adjusted timeframe. The news of a possibly peaceful end to the ongoing US-China trade talks allowed global markets to establish their fresh intraday highs. Investors, meanwhile, focused less on their bitcoin portfolios after finding more opportunities in the Dow Jones, Nasdaq and S&P 500 markets. The silence in the bitcoin market also alarmed bulls of their fading dominance after an impressive rally this week. The BTC/USD…

Could Japan’s Approval of the Bitcoin ETF Affect US SEC’s Decision?

On January 7, CCN reported that the Financial Services Agency (FSA) of Japan is considering the approval of the country’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). With the final deadline of the VanEck Bitcoin ETF on the horizon, could the approval of a Bitcoin ETF in Japan have an impact on the decision of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)? Probability of a Bitcoin ETF in US The probability of the approval of a Bitcoin ETF in the U.S. by February remains low. A pro-crypto SEC commissioner Hester Peirce previously…

Bitcoin Price Between Holding Gains and Losing Gains as Breakout Waits

The bitcoin price held onto its gains this Monday as the trading session across the Asian and European markets expressed its calm. The bitcoin-to-dollar pair is trading at $4,009, down 1.93 percent from Monday’s high. The correction appears natural to an overperforming asset, and its significance should be weighed in when it extends as far as 10 percent from the recent peak. As bitcoin heads into an interim sideways trend, the asset has attempted to pierce below $4,000 on five separate occasions today. It seems that there is a decent…

Bitcoin Fees Hit 3-Year Low as Lightning Network, SegWit Help BTC Scale

Bitcoin’s transaction fees have recently hit a low they hadn’t seen in over three years, as according to BitInfoCharts the median transaction fee on the flagship cryptocurrency’s network is just $0.029. As pointed out by cryptocurrency community researcher Kevin Rooke on Twitter, the Bitcoin network hadn’t had fees this low since October 2015, when it was trading at about $270. Bitcoin tx fees just hit their lowest level in over 3 years! Jan 1, 2019:Median Bitcoin tx fee = $0.02Total transactions = 234,576 Oct 13, 2015:Median Bitcoin tx fee =…

Analyst Willy Woo Says Bears Still Have the Upper Hand

The Bitcoin price dropped almost 80% over the year, dragging the crypto market with it. Short-term bulls believe the market could be ripe for a bullish run. They cite the steady increase in Bitcoin’s trade volumes and transaction rate. Researcher and cryptocurrency analyst Willy Woo believes this might not be the case. In a set of tweets, Woo argues that the on-chain volumes are just too little for a sustained run. He cites volatility as a reason for the increased on-chain volume seen in recent weeks. “The initial volume spike false…

Crypto Market Records Decent Gains But Bitcoin Must Rise Above $4,500

In the past 24 hours, the crypto market added $3 billion to its valuation as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) performed relatively well against the U.S. dollar. Several crypto assets in the likes of Litecoin, TRON, and Cardano recorded the largest gains on the day in the range of 6 to 12 percent. Bitcoin Has Needs to Break Above $4,500 As the cryptocurrency market avoided a further drop below the $130 billion mark, Bitcoin defended the $3,800 level and stabilized at around $3,850. According to a technical analyst with an…

Why Bitcoin Bubble Bursting is Good for Entire Crypto Space

Even the most ardent crypto evangelist must admit that bitcoin appears to have been the worst investment of 2018, at least in pure dollar terms. The cryptocurrency has lost almost 80 percent of its market capitalization since it established an all-time high at around $327.15 billion. The adoption rate and volume have dropped likewise. Organizations that were planning to launch their bitcoin-based services have delayed their projects or scrapped them entirely. As any seasoned trader would say, the bitcoin bubble is bursting — or has burst already. The Anatomy of…

Bitcoin is a ‘Black Box’ — I Won’t Invest in it: Analyst Gary Shilling

Renowned investor Gary Shilling believes Bitcoin is a black box. And he prefers to stay away from it. Speaking to Business Insider, the American financial analyst admitted that the digital currency is too opaque and complicated for him to invest in — and he will not invest in anything that he does not fully understand. Shilling also clarified that while he had attempted to learn about bitcoin’s economic model, he eventually found that the asset is “not transparent,” primarily because its creator Satoshi Nakamoto remains unidentifiable. “I’m just very suspicious…