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August 2019

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Trying to Resume Rally Since December

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) pushed higher for the 2nd straight week last week as it appears close to completing its month plus consolidation, and resuming its uptrend since December.  Nevertheless, while bulls see BTCUSD resuming its upchannel or bull flag (on its weekly and daily chart), they should closely monitor Ripple (XRPUSD) and Ethereum (ETHUSD) as they […]

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Month Plus Consolidation Nearing Completion

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) has decisively reclaimed the psychologically key 10k level in the past week and appears close to completing its month plus consolidation.  Significantly, BTCUSD is attempting to resume its upchannel or bull flag (on its weekly and daily chart), with broader crypto sector strength seen by the inability this past week of bears to […]

July 2019

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Retesting 4 Month Uptrend Support

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) appears to be struggling to find support after the Saturday plunge, but on the shorter 4hr timeframe chart (not shown) is showing tentative signs going into the European Sunday morning of bottoming.  BTCUSD’s break below upchannel support (on the weekly and arguably on the daily chart) seemingly suggests stronger selling this week, but […]

Facebook’s Libra Gets a Timely ‘Like’ From Japan

Facebook just did the unthinkable in the Donald Trump era: give America’s Republicans and Democrats something on which to agree. Same with the Group of Seven nations taking a dim view of the social media giant minting its own money. US President Trump declared that Libra, Facebook’s proposed virtual currency, “will have little standing or […]

Bitcoin Consolidating Around Key 10k Level

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) has bounced back above 10k in the past few days after dipping below the psychologically key whole figure level last week.  Although the weekly RSI and Stochastics are turning down from overbought levels, which when combined with the weekly MACD trying to negatively cross seemingly suggest bearish momentum, any further downside this week […]

Ethereum (ETHUSD) Breaking Daily Chart Upchannel Support

Ethereum (ETHUSD) is under growing pressure as it enters a new week, and is arguably breaking upchannel support (on the daily chart).  Bulls should not rule out a deeper slide further below daily chart upchannel support (as hinted by the weekly Stochastics turning down from overbought levels).  A deeper reversal will likely find initial support […]

Ethereum (ETHUSD) Testing Daily Chart Upchannel Support

Ethereum (ETHUSD) is under pressure as it enters a new week, and currently testing upchannel support (on the daily chart). Bulls should be prepared for a potential break below daily chart upchannel support, where a deeper reversal will likely find initial support at the 38.2% Fib retrace of the May-June bounce.  Note that the two […]

The Libra: Potentially a Welcome Addition to the Financial System

The Libra, potentially a welcome addition to the financial system A consortium led by Facebook recently announced the introduction of a new cryptocurrency, the Libra. Compared to most existing cryptocurrencies the design of the Libra is relatively well supported economically One of the goals of the Libra is to connect the billions of people who […]

The Effects of the G20 Summit on Bitcoin

There are very few events market participants are watching more intently than the ongoing trade disputes between the world’s two largest economies. In one corner, the Trump administration has recently stoked the trade war fire with threats of additional tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports, on top of the $250 billion worth of Chinese […]

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Vulnerable to Deeper Pullback After Sharp Gains

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) is trying to resume its massive rally but remains vulnerable to a deeper slide this week with the weekly RSI and Stochastics overbought, and the daily MACD hinting at a negative crossover attempt. On the weekly chart, BTCUSD is above former upchannel resistance, with BTCUSD attempting to trade within a larger range defined by […]

June 2019

Will the G20 Summit in Osaka be the Bretton Woods of the 21st Century?

Key Highlights Osaka may be the “Crypto Bretton Woods” in terms of significance to the global economy Unlike the current economic system, crypto is “rising from the ground up” and is being forced on the global elites “Science-fiction is becoming fact and happening in a way they [governments] can’t ignore.” In the latest episode of […]

Ripple (XRPUSD) Testing Key 0.50 Level

Ripple (XRPUSD) is bumping up against ascending triangle resistance (on the daily chart) and the psychologically key 0.5 whole figure level. A break above this multiple resistance zone in the next week or so will likely be quickly followed by a test of the psychologically key 0.75 level. XRPUSD is a prime candidate in the next few […]

Innovation vs Conservatism: Taiwan’s Big Blockchain Conundrum

Taiwan is known as a hub for semiconductors and technology, but not finance. While neighboring Hong Kong has HSBC, and Singapore to its south has DBS, Taiwan’s financial sector — mighty on paper in its own right with approximately $1 trillion in financial assets on the books — lacks the global cachet of its neighbors. […]

Will Osaka Be Crypto’s Bretton Woods Moment?

The specter of Facebook clicking “like” on Bitcoin adds fuel to what can best be called a resurrection rally. Left for near dead a few months ago, the best-known crypto asset boomed partly on reports Mark Zuckerberg would unveil a digital currency. Now that Facebook’s Libra is out, it could be stellar news -– a […]

Capital Flees Crisis Hit Hong Kong, Crypto Among Safe Havens

Hong Kong – The fallout from a controversial extradition bill proposed by Hong Kong’s pro-China Chief Executive Carrie Lam has reportedly triggered capital flight and Bitcoin trading at a premium in the city. Massive demonstrations against the bill, including one that saw an estimated 2 million of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people march on Sunday, […]

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Resuming Uptrend and Nearing Key 10k Level

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) is resuming its uptrend after spending the first 2 weeks of H219 consolidating in the ~7500-8500 range, with BTCUSD bulls now eyeing the next major psychologically key whole figure level of 10k.  Although overbought on the weekly and daily Stochastics, the upsloping weekly MACD suggests any dip this week towards uptrend/ascending wedge support […]

Ethereum (ETHUSD) Testing Daily Chart Upchannel Support

Ethereum (ETHUSD) continues consolidating just below the psychologically key 250 level after a torrid H119 bounce.  Significantly, although ETHUSD remains positioned to resume pushing higher later this month, ETHUSD appears to be vulnerable to more profittaking this week as it tests upchannel support (on the weekly chart).  Note that the two breaks below upchannel support […]

Ripple (XRPUSD/XRPJPY) Readying to Resume Rally

Ripple (XRPJPY) is edging higher again as it appears to be readying to play catch up to Bitcoin (BTCUSD) which has outperformed XRPJPY in recent months.  XRPJPY will be less bogged down this week by the somewhat overbought conditions slowing BTCUSD’s torrid advance, and has stronger momentum heading into this week. With massive gains on Bitcoin […]

May 2019

Opinion | Sorry, We Don’t Accept Cash

Cash is not only not a king, but there is increasing realization among cities and states, that the cost of cash is not worth it. From reducing costs of producing physical money, increasing administrative efficiencies, to even reducing cash-related violent crimes — going cashless is where many are going, including Singapore. I stumbled across a […]

Launching a Blockchain-Powered Coffee Supply Chain Project in Africa with Cardano (Part II)

Key Highlights In Ethiopia, Cardano is training up a team of Haskell developers to work on supply chain pilot for coffee farming  Cardano hopes to expand the model to many different government services like voting services, property registration, and business registration Listen to the full podcast version of this interview Transcript of Part II We […]

Can Digital Currency End Japan’s Economic Malaise?

Risk-averse, regulation-crazy, deflationary Japan was never an obvious epicenter for Bitcoin trading. And yet the government has openly welcomed the crypto industry, betting that blockchain innovation would catalyze a startup boom and create new wealth and jobs. So should the Bank of Japan (BOJ) go one step further and issue its own cryptocurrency? “This will […]

LISTEN: Are We Ready for Cryptocurrencies as an Alternative Asset Class?

Key Highlights As a non-sovereign, decentralized, and digitally native asset, Bitcoin has a strong value proposition to hedge against any risk of a major currency devaluation Cryptocurrency is censorship-resistant; it’s accessible to everyone, and anyone can acquire it, making it powerful for long-term wealth storage for both companies and individual Quantitative easing and the Federal […]

Can Cryptocurrencies Restore Japan’s Former Economic Glory?

Key Highlights Introducing digital currencies would allow countries like Japan to incentivize economic behavior, such as putting greater spending power in peoples’ hands Japan’s demographics make it an interesting test case: given its shrinking population and risk-averse culture, what is the balance between harnessing innovative technology like blockchain? Japan currently taxes cryptocurrency gains at 55% […]

April 2019

Investors May Flock to Crypto as Central Banks Back Off Interest Rate Hikes

For investors, risk assets appear more attractive, at least in the near-term, as global central banks walk back plans to raise interest rates. The Federal Reserve’s dovish pivot in recent months has fueled a rebound in stocks. Although some people remain skeptical of the recent rally, investors don’t seem to have many alternatives given the […]

March 2019

Bitcoin Prices Settle Above $5K as Crypto Gains More Mainstream Interest

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) prices fell this week from a 4 month high but remains above the psychologically key $5,000 mark. Longer term investors are increasingly taking advantage of price dips as the overall industry gains more interest from mainstream technology and financial institutions. Facebook is reportedly developing a coin for its WhatsApp messenger app while JPMorgan […]

February 2019

We’ve Been Here Before: Framing the Current Bitcoin Cycle

Bear markets are painful. Plain and simple. Looking back, there were numerous signs in mid-to-late 2017 a price bubble was forming. But then again, hindsight is always 20/20. It’s important (and if nothing else reassuring) to remember: we’ve been here before. Bitcoin surged more than 10x in the second half of 2013, peaking over $1,000 […]