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Cryptocurrency Prices are Plunging Again and Here’s the Reason

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It has been a tough week with news of a sharp decline and a looming bear market. It seems cryptocurrency is taking a harder hit as compared to the traditional market. Bitcoin fell as far as 75% from its ATH in December. There are a few possible negative catalysts for the plunging of cryptocurrency prices as bitcoin is not the only one to take a hit. Other digital currencies have experienced their fair share of loss this past week. But what could be the reason for the bear market?

Bitcoin Hash Wars

The bitcoin cash network forked from Bitcoin (BTC) last year after a bitter fight between the developers who managed the community. This year another argument arose in the Bitcoin Cash camp that led to the network splitting into two groups. The new fork created two new cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV. What this disagreement in the BCH camp has caused is a chaos in the market. Exchanges had to go through a tough time decoding which cryptocurrency they wanted to trade while the market was hit with a panic as bitcoin dropped.

Unregulated Exchanges

Cryptocurrency exchanges often enjoy a certain freedom. There’s no watchdog watching over their neck and this has led most investors into dumping in a lot of funds. Bitfinex a crypto exchange has been called out for using Tether Coin to artificially pump up the price of bitcoin and other digital tokens. Researchers at the University of Texas published the evidence and investigation are ongoing to determine if the price manipulation is true.

Tough Regulations

The Securities and Exchange Commission is clamping down hard on companies violating the securities law with their offerings. Across the world countries like India and China are taking crypto regulations seriously and clamping down on crypto companies. Just last week, the SEC fined two companies $250,000 each for failing to follow the proper laws for registering securities. Paragon, one of the firms, is working to legalize cannabis and utilising cryptocurrencies.

We do not know how long the bear market would hold, however, some crypto analysts are sure it wouldn’t be for long. Some even think it’s the market’s way of testing those with weak hands and shaking them out.

 

 

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Trump Expresses his opinion on Crypto, Libra; Binance to burn $2.4 billion worth of BNB

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Trump via a tweet has posted hours ago expressed his opinion on cryptocurrency clearly defferentiating Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrency as well as on Libra the Facebook Global Cryptocurrency which it unveiled in June 2019 and to commence operations in January 2020.

According to Trump, he is not a Fan of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies which he describe as not money and highly volatile and basede on thin air. He went further to say unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including, drug trade and other illegal activities.

On Libra, the 45th President of the free world openly said Libra will have little standing and Facebook and other firms want to be come a bank they should and must seek a banking charter and be subject to all banking regulations both nationally and internationally.

As a true President and the first man in the country, he declared the US Dollars as the only currency in the USA and that it is stronger than ever, dependable and by far the most dominant currency worldwide.

As usual, the crypto enthusiast on Twitter had their own opinion to comment on the post by POTUS.

In another news, top exchange Binance has announced after burning their quarterly alloted BNB tokens that they will burn their Team allocated Binance Coin BNB which is a total of 80BNB currently worth $2.4 billion.

During one of the first IEOs on the Exchange, investors were unable to participate thus a public outcry with Binance coming to the rescue by instituting a Lottery system which saw users holding a certain number of BNB before being able to participate in IEOs on the exchange. This cause a rise in the value of the BNB.

This move by Binance amongst others will see Binance Coin hitting astronomical height in the next few months to years. We can’t wait to see what the chats will say in few five years time.

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Facebook’s Libra Project White Paper Is Officially Out: Pushes for the Internet of Money

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Facebook's Libra Project White Paper Is Officially Out: Pushes for the Internet of Money

After months of speculation and a nonofficial statement from the Facebook team after the news break by Bloomberg reports on the rumoured cryptocurrency project secretly being worked, Facebook’s Libra Project White Paper is officially out.

Facebook clearly outlines its mission and vision for the Switzerland registered project.

It’s mission according to the whitepaper reads

“Libra’s mission is to enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people.”

Facebook is clearly ready for another phase of its reign as a social media giant housing more than a quarter of the world’s population. It is home to more than 2 billion users with its aggregated user base for WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and Messenger.  

With the Libra’s project cryptocurrency dubbed the Globalcoin, Facebook is going to have an impact in the cryptosphere coupled with the influence of the founding members such as Coinbase, Visa, Spotify, Mastercard, Uber, Paypal, and others who have invested about $10million each into the project.

Facebook wants to make Libra the evolution of Paypal with the wish that it will be simpler to establish, easier to use as a payment means with fewer transaction fees, more accessible to the unbanked, more flexible and durable through decentralisation.

In its Libra document, Facebook writes:

“Success will mean that a person working abroad has a fast and simple way to send money to family back home, and a college student can pay their rent as easily as they can buy a coffee.”

Alongside Libra network, Facebook is also launching Calibra, a subsidiary company that will handle the transactions and protect users privacy. The goal of Calibra is “to provide financial services that will let people access and participate in the Libra network,” and it will be readily available in Messenger and WhatsApp and also as a standalone app.

The control of the Libra network will not be solely Facebook’s duty since it is decentralized to include all the 28 founding members. It is the association’s duty commonly referred to as “Libra Association” to promote the open-sourced Libra blockchain and also sign up businesses to accept Libra for payment. It rests upon them to recruit more founding members as Facebook says it wants to reach 100 members before the official launch of Libra.

The unit of the Libra cryptocurrency is Libra just like the unit of a dollar is cent. Libra is represented by a three wavy horizontal line Unicode character ≋ like the dollar is represented by $ or the naira by #. The value of a Libra is meant to stay largely stable since it is a stable coin. Its stability will make it be a good medium of exchange, as merchants can be confident as they will be assured they won’t be paid a Libra today that will be lesser than the amount tomorrow.

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Bitcoin Price Rally, a Healthy Price Correction Looming

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Bitcoin price has experienced a massive rally in 2019 as price keeps breaking out all major and minor resistance with the adoption of the blockchain technology by mainstream technology companies and interest by Wall Street firms. Will this rally continue or a healthy correction is due?

Let’s have a look at the $BTCUSDT chart


$BTCUSDT Elliott Wave Analysis on the Daily time frame

We can see price is forming a basic 5 wave pattern since December 2018.
We currently have a very nice set up at the top, an ending diagonal to complete the  wave 3 around the $9400/9800 zone before breaking out for an healthy correction to wave 4 around $5800/600 zone.


$BTCUSDT on the 4 Hour time frame

Price is currently forming a Rising Wedge with a Bearish Divergence on the MACD. However, I’m still expecting a push up to $9400/9600 zone where volume becomes even more weaker before the sellers rally.

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Bitcoin Donations Pouring In for Russia’s Main Opposition Alexei Navalny

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Russia’s main opposition Alexei Navalny is once again on the spotlight having received up to 591 bitcoins valued at about $3 million at current market prices through his official donation address for his organization.

Alexei Navalny who faces so many backlashes from the Putin government in Russia and also political victimization and arrests even up to being banned from participating as a candidate in the last presidential elections in Russia against Vladimir Putin was recently reported by a pro-Putin television network to have most corruption investigative activities tied to huge donations pouring in alleging it to be involved in paid political hits.

Navalny runs an investigative center, the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), a whistleblower organization that regularly publishes alleged corrupt activities of government officials, not sparing high ranking officials such as the prime minister Dimitri Medvedev and  even the attorney general, Yuri Chaika

An anonymous Telegram channel on Monday known as “FBK Staffer’s Confession,” alleged the correlation between several huge donations to the Navalny organization’s wallet a few days before FBK published one of such investigation, alleging FBK is involved in paid political hits. This accusation was aired in major mainstream Russian media most of which are pro-Putin.

FBK through its chief of staff vehemently denied this allegation when contacted by Znak, a Russian news publication agency. Leonid Volkov FBK’s chief of staff  denied any connection between the transactions and its investigations, in his rebuttal he said the anonymous blogger “dragged the non-existent facts together in by the head and shoulders.”

Volkov continued:
“You can say that each time Encke’s Comet approaches the Earth it coincides with a big war: 1914 (First World War), 1941 (World War II) and 2014 (War on Eastern Ukraine). But its rotation period is three years, and it approached the Earth many times when there were no big wars.”

Navalny’s bitcoin wallet address conspicuously appearing on its official website have seen as much as 2000 transactions including donations and withdrawals since 2016 after receiving its very first donation. This is noticed as every transaction on the bitcoin address is open and transparent for everyone to see due to its decentralized ledger technology.

Navalny is not only the dissenting voice or movement in the Russian political space that has been involved in bitcoin donations, there are many others including Zona.Media and The Insider, as well as internet freedom movement Roskomsvoboda accept donations in bitcoin or ether but FBK appears to be the most prominent.

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