Technical Analysis: Bitcoin weakens while DOGE and DASH provide some bullish respite

Last week our trend continuation bear pennant pattern completed into the take profit zone. Arguably, a long setup could have been considered when closing a short in a support zone and along our immediate trend line support. However, counter-trend trading a bearish weekly engulfing candle has had limited success this year, so our onus should still be on finding a short setup for a possible next leg down to support.

We find values have returned to a range within prices that had previously consolidated in June and recently in August for two weeks. So it’s fair to assume we can expect similar range-bound trading setups. This means shorting $6620 USD to $6650 USD as a 0.382 retrace and prior support-turned-resistance level with stops above the 0.5 Fibonacci level. This is around $6800 . This trade, I’d argue, does require some trade management, as these levels may tend to invite volatile price “jumps” unexpectedly.

So perhaps setting a trailing stop or multiple take profit zones if the trade setup is valid.

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Daily bitcoin short setup 11 Sep 2018 by Pansyfaust on

An immediate trade one could make, if price fails to manage to enter our uppermost short zone, is a second, more aggressive short condition setup. Should we begin to show price weakness and close a daily candle under $6260 USD or closing outside of the bear pennant formation. If that happens, then look for an intra-day setup to short $6260 USD, stop loss $6410 USD and close the short at approximately $6020 USD. This is a highly aggressive short at these levels, so be prudent with your position size to limit risk.

As of yet, no long condition has activated on Bitcoin, since there are no interesting high time frame bullish divergences in price and oscillators. However, some Alt/BTC pairs have shown movement that can invite some attention, namely Dogecoin and DASH.

Looking at DASH/BTC on the long-term weekly time frame, DASH came right into a historically major demand zone, as prior highs through 2014-2017 that were resistance have become support, and as such, we should trade the trend that it’s beginning to suggest.

Not only that, but the weekly RSI dipped into oversold territory and has exited that zone on bullish price action. The question, now, is where can we enter the trend forming? Price has cleanly bounced and is forming a bullish price structure, making higher highs and higher lows while also invalidating a bearish consolidation zone, which seems to have turned into support (Red/Green Rectangle). To enter this trend while lowering your risk, bidding out the 0.382 Fibonacci at 0.0285 with a stop bellow prior lows at 0.025 should yield a favorable R/R. The daily bearish divergence on the RSI gives us a clue that we can expect a pull back, which can be longed.

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Daily trade setup for Dash. 11 Sep 2018 by Pansyfaust on

For those wanting to ride Doge to a new high, it might be prudent to manage those bullish dreams for now. After consolidating between 35 and 40 satoshis for weeks, Doge exploded upwards while the wider market reclined into bearish price movements. However Doge has come into major resistance, and after forming a bearish RSI daily divergence, it might be the signal to exit a portion of your longs you may have or at least short hedge on Poloniex. A good re-long zone would be 64 satoshis as it shares confluence with a 0.618 Fibonacci and a prior resistance-turned-support zone. If the price does decide to consolidate at these current 90-100 satoshi levels, it’s likely it will push to next resistance at 140-145 satoshis.

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DOGE Daily Update 11 Sept by Pansyfaust on

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Cryptocurrency exchanges in China are sneaking past regulations using VPNs

While the nation of China might be facing increasingly severe regulations in cryptocurrency, Chinese trading will unlikely be entirely banned. This is owing to measures that Chinese traders are taking in order to avoid the ban and continue investing.
According to the South China Morning Post, financial and economic news outlet Shanghai Securities Times reported that regulations had banned over 120 foreign cryptocurrency trading exchanges. However, Chinese traders have avoided the ban by simply registering their domain under a new name.

Competition between the country’s trading exchanges has increased, and the ban has added an extra dynamic to the industry which is still flourishing.

Terence Tsang, the COO of TideBit -a cryptocurrency company which runs centralised  exchanges in Hong Kong and Taiwan – suggested that the “latest warning and potentially increased monitoring of foreign platforms [has] targeted at a batch of smaller exchanges that had claimed to be foreign entities, but are in fact operating in China claiming they have outsourced their operations to a Chinese company. Those exchanges whose website landing pages are in Chinese have drawn particular scrutiny by regulators.”

Although the trading volumes in China dropped mid-August, about a week ahead of shutting down all blockchain-related events in Beijing it looks as though it will be an impossible task to close down crypto-trading activity entirely. Leaders within the industry have said that moving servers out of China and conducting decentralized peer-to-peer trading is a way in which to avoid the Chinese regulations and continue trading practices.

Another way in which investors are skirting the ban is to convert their Chinese Yuan into stablecoin Tether, a token which is remarkably less volatile than Bitcoin, and then continue to trade other cryptocurrencies through virtual private networks (VPNs).

A source linked to an exchange in China said to South China Morning Post that “Chinese regulators definitely have the technical ability to shut down VPNs, [however], traditionally it takes numerous conversations with different stakeholders to reach a consensus on configuring a firewall, which lengthens the process.”

Currently, there are no restrictions on the use of VPNs in the country, which therefore allows a consistent way for Chinese trading to continue.

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Analysis: The 12 coins with sizzling sentiment through $BTC’s rough week

Well last week was … dramatic.

As $BTC once again teetered toward its annual lows, it largely took the Alt market with it before balancing out.  After peaking last week just before the massive drop, sentiment on Bitcoin crashed before recovering a bit this weekend.

There’s still a fair number of the 154 traders and influencers I follow who remain bullish, but things have cooled considerably.

Let’s look at where we’re at on the market charts.

Note: The chart above shows sentiment for $BTC and a combination of the top 20 Alt coins/tokens as of this writing on CoinMarketCap. 

Both $BTC and the Alt markets are on downtrends in sentiment, and although you could argue the Alts are closer to a bottom, they won’t start performing again until Bitcoin at least levels out.

Bitcoin was very choppy over the weekend, but if we get some steadiness, we could see sentiment on the Alts turn around.

Even with the price drops, sentiment remains high on many alts. Let’s take a look.

The Top Alts

These coins/tokens had the highest power rating in my analysis this week. The power rating is a weighted calculation taking into account sentiment, volume and the number of unique users who mentioned a coin. Generally, I eliminate any coins mentioned by less than 3 individual people as I don’t feel it would be representative of a trend.

You can always find my methodology at the bottom of my posts or pinned to the top of my Twitter page, where you can also find a legend for my charts.














The Data

As always, here is the data I collected this week.

Coin Sentiment (of 100) Volume Influencers Power Rating
ACBFF 1 1 1 0.5
ACED 92 11 3 86
ADA 39 27 14 67
AE 22 1 1 11
AION 9 1 1 4.5
AKA 67 1 1 33.5
ALQO 77 13 6 82.75
AMD 50 1 1 25
ARN 64 2 2 57
ARWR 13 1 1 6.5
AST 13 1 1 6.5
AUD 22 2 1 22.25
AUR 0 1 1 0
AURA 37 8 5 59.5
BABA 1 1 1 0.5
BAK 22 2 1 22.25
BAT 63 17 8 77.5
BCD 37 8 8 61.75
BCH 20 17 9 56.25
BCN 79 5 4 76.75
BEER 99 1 1 49.5
BIS 67 1 1 33.5
BK 88 1 1 44
BLAS 93 1 1 46.5
BLOCK 64 2 1 43.25
BLPH 97 1 1 48.5
BLZ 50 1 1 25
BNB 67 7 7 75.5
BRAVO 97 1 1 48.5
BTC 45 794 106 72.5
BTCD 12 8 5 47
BTG 3 4 2 32
BTS 67 1 1 33.5
BURST 88 1 1 44
BUST 3 1 1 1.5
BVO 62 3 2 59.75
BWK 81 10 3 80
CACHE 5 1 1 2.5
CAN 95 1 1 47.5
CANN 99 1 1 49.5
CATO 76 4 2 68.5
CDT 13 1 1 6.5
CGC 41 6 2 53
CHAT 60 4 2 60.5
CHF 81 1 1 40.5
CL_F 22 1 1 11
CMT 67 1 1 33.5
CNN 50 3 1 40
COLX 47 7 1 43
CORN 50 1 1 25
COSS 0 1 1 0
CRNC 22 1 1 11
CRON 49 11 4 66
CS 17 4 2 39
CURE 13 1 1 6.5
DADI 50 1 1 25
DART 88 5 1 61.75
DASH 40 14 6 64.5
DAV 9 1 1 4.5
DAX 50 1 1 25
DBC 81 1 1 40.5
DBIX 12 2 1 17.25
DBX 22 1 1 11
DCR 17 4 2 39
DEB 20 10 5 52.25
DENT 22 2 2 36
DEV 37 5 1 36.25
DGB 67 2 2 58.5
DIG 22 2 2 36
DIVC 13 1 1 6.5
DNT 5 1 1 2.5
DOGE 61 53 26 79.75
DOR 81 1 1 40.5
DRGN 20 8 7 52.75
DTB 37 9 4 59
DXY 50 1 1 25
DYN 45 5 1 40.25
ELF 66 3 2 61.75
EOS 22 55 7 58
ETC 45 28 17 70.5
ETH 19 217 67 59
ETHBTC 17 2 2 33.5
ETP 3 1 1 1.5
EXC 50 1 1 25
FB 50 1 1 25
FDR 22 3 2 39.75
FLASH 22 1 1 11
FOR 62 3 2 59.75
FUEL 67 1 1 33.5
FUN 81 1 1 40.5
GBTC 3 1 1 1.5
GFY 47 7 2 56.75
GGP 67 1 1 33.5
GIN 50 1 1 25
GLD 76 6 2 70.5
GNO 88 1 1 44
GO 22 1 1 11
GVT 22 10 4 52
HMNY 36 10 3 57.5
HOT 75 51 18 86.5
HUSH 76 4 1 54.75
ICX 22 18 12 57.75
IGNIS 0 1 1 0
INXT 88 1 1 44
IOTA 41 6 5 60
IOTX 50 1 1 25
IWM 22 1 1 11
IXIC 50 1 1 25
JD 22 2 1 22.25
KEY 97 1 1 48.5
KIN 22 3 2 39.75
KLKS 46 9 2 57.75
KMD 67 8 5 74.5
KRL 81 2 2 65.5
LBC 17 4 2 39
LEND 1 1 1 0.5
LIFE 97 2 1 59.75
LINK 41 2 2 45.5
LISK 50 1 1 25
LOOM 22 1 1 11
LSK 67 2 2 58.5
LTC 22 42 10 58.5
LUV 50 1 1 25
LUX 50 1 1 25
MAID 13 1 1 6.5
MAN 8 2 2 29
MANA 22 3 3 44
MED 22 1 1 11
METM 5 1 1 2.5
MFT 88 7 5 84.25
MKR 88 2 1 55.25
MSP 79 2 2 64.5
MTC 93 1 1 46.5
MTL 21 29 5 55
MUE 17 10 3 48
MVIS 13 3 1 21.5
NANO 22 4 3 45.75
NAV 50 1 1 25
NCASH 66 11 4 74.5
NEBL 5 1 1 2.5
NEO 63 41 21 80
NEXO 67 1 1 33.5
NIO 77 3 1 53.5
NKE 11 3 3 38.5
NPXS 75 27 13 84.75
NXC 13 1 1 6.5
NXS 81 1 1 40.5
NXT 22 1 1 11
OCN 67 12 6 77.5
OMG 67 7 5 73.75
OMNI 87 3 2 72.25
ONT 22 2 2 36
PART 1 1 1 0.5
PASC 22 1 1 11
PCN 3 1 1 1.5
PHR 41 17 3 61.5
PINK 64 2 1 43.25
PIRL 64 2 2 57
PIVX 60 9 2 64.75
POA 41 2 1 31.75
POLY 64 2 2 57
POWR 22 2 1 22.25
PPT 93 1 1 46.5
PUREX 81 1 1 40.5
PXS 22 1 1 11
QKC 81 1 1 40.5
QNT 87 5 4 80.75
QQQ 9 1 1 4.5
QSP 22 1 1 11
QTL 1 1 1 0.5
QTUM 50 1 1 25
RDD 81 1 1 40.5
REN 97 1 1 48.5
RUBY 50 1 1 25
RUPX 40 7 1 39.5
SC 46 6 4 61.25
SCRL 67 5 4 70.75
SCT 50 4 1 41.75
SENT 49 6 4 62.75
SHA 67 2 1 44.75
SHIFT 88 1 1 44
SKYBTC 1 1 1 0.5
SMART 81 5 2 72
SNAP 22 3 3 44
SPX 22 1 1 11
SPY 50 2 2 50
SQ 81 1 1 40.5
SS 5 1 1 2.5
STEEM 22 1 1 11
STONE 49 6 1 43.25
STORM 8 5 5 42.5
STRAT 21 14 7 55.75
SUN 92 2 1 57.25
T 9 1 1 4.5
TEL 60 20 7 76
TFD 13 2 2 31.5
TKS 95 1 1 47.5
TKY 94 2 1 58.25
TLRY 5 2 2 27.5
TNC 97 1 1 48.5
TOMO 80 8 1 60.25
TRC 11 5 1 23.25
TROLL 95 1 1 47.5
TRX 46 43 13 71
TSC 50 1 1 25
TUBE 41 12 6 64.5
UBQ 77 6 5 78
UCNS 93 4 4 82.75
UUU 88 1 1 44
VEN 11 3 2 34.25
VERGE 5 1 1 2.5
VET 48 44 10 71.75
VIA 81 2 2 65.5
VIBE 41 2 2 45.5
VNX 77 3 1 53.5
VTC 22 1 1 11
WABI 13 2 2 31.5
WAN 13 7 3 44
WAVES 39 15 2 56.25
WENDO 50 4 2 55.5
WHIP 50 1 1 25
WYS 81 1 1 40.5
XBT 66 5 2 64.5
XDN 67 1 1 33.5
XEM 95 1 1 47.5
XG 92 2 1 57.25
XHV 22 1 1 11
XLM 39 34 13 67.25
XLQ 22 3 3 44
XLR 44 13 4 64
XMR 62 9 6 73.75
XPTX 41 2 1 31.75
XRP 38 58 17 68
XSN 79 2 1 50.75
XVG 67 9 6 76.25
XZC 81 2 1 51.75
ZCL 61 7 5 70.75
ZEC 13 3 3 39.5
ZEN 46 3 2 51.75
ZER 50 2 1 36.25
ZIL 81 7 2 73.75
ZINC 50 1 1 25
ZNGA 9 1 1 4.5
ZPT 67 1 1 33.5
ZRX 40 12 7 64.75


Each week, I scrape the Twitter accounts of some of the crypto world’s favorite influencers, traders and TA folk. I run a sentiment analysis to see which coins they are mentioning positively, neutrally and which they are mentioning in a negative light.

I also take in data on unique influencers, retweets, favorites, volume and strength of feeling in sentiment.

I calculate power by through a weighted formula that takes into consideration volume, number of unique influencers and sentiment. The higher the score, the better, the lower the worse.

This isn’t financial advice, just my own way of trying to make sense of what’s out there. And as with most things, the more data I collect, hopefully, the more interesting it’ll be. This is a work in progress. Please leave suggestions on how to make it better. I imagine if I keep up with it, I’ll be able to expand a bunch of the analysis, but I wanted to start somewhere.

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Bitcoin’s low privacy almost fixed with these five coins

Anonymity was one of the important values of Bitcoin during its ascend. Later on, it became clear that there are some flaws in the system, giving rise to the privacy coins boom.

It’s all relative, so let’s define the rules first: there are dozens of Bitcoin forks, but not all of them are remarkable privacy coins. There are also plenty of privacy coins, but not all of them are based on the Bitcoin source code (for instance, Monero).

In the following list, we’ve tried to include only the most advanced privacy coins based on original Bitcoin code. We used this comprehensive Privacy Coin Matrix as the basis for defining “advancement”. The matrix is a publicly available and constantly updated document. It’s the result of the collaboration of initiative developers that originally emerged on Reddit and went viral in May 2018. 

We also used CryptoMiso in order to identify initial source code of the privacy coins mentioned in the matrix. Interestingly enough, Bitcoin itself is also mentioned in the list and it flops badly when it comes to almost everything related to privacy.

Bitcoin-based privacy coin №5: Dash  

Dash (DASH) is an open-source, decentralized, digital cryptocurrency forked from Litecoin back in January 2014. Since the source code for Litecoin was Bitcoin, we are back to the roots. Although Dash’s privacy is far higher than Bitcoin’s, it still performs poorly in comparison to all the other coins analyzed in the Matrix.

Bitcoin-based privacy coin №4: Bitcoin Private

Bitcoin Private is an actual Bitcoin’s hard fork, with some enhanced features like cryptographic, and added sender and receiver privacy. It’s way better to solve the anonymity pickle, but it’s not very scalable and quite slow, e.g. private transactions computation time takes minutes.

Bitcoin-based privacy coins №3 and №2: Phore and PIVX

PIVX (PIVX) (previously known as DarkNet (DNET)) is an open-source, decentralized, cryptocurrency appeared in January 2016 (and rebranded as PIVX in February 2017) as a fork of Dash (and we remember that Dash’s source code is Bitcoin’s code).  As its original name proposed, the coin focus is anonymity of transactions and privacy, and it was designed to run on anonymous networks (like I2P or Tor).

Phore is a fork of PIVX with pretty much the same privacy and scalability features, with the theoretical max of 154 transactions per second (which comes close to PayPal average of 193 transactions per second). However, PIVX has a plan proposed for scalability: Bulletproof’s author Jonathan Bootle has joined project’s team and expects 90 to 95% private transaction’s size reduction.

Bitcoin-based privacy coin №1: Particl

Particl is an “open-source and decentralized privacy platform built on the blockchain specifically designed to work with any cryptocurrency”. The company’s mission is to encourage private and democratic economy supported by its native currency (PART).

This coin provides a great combination of privacy features and speed. Project’s team also has a clear plan on scaling, including utilizing the lightning network, Segwit, and bulletproofs.

The only downside is that top 100 addresses own 53.1% of a total coin’s supply.  But to be fair, the true decentralization (or the lack of it) is still the major problem of all cryptos.

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Charlie Lee on Bitcoin: “It’s always good to buy on the way down”

In a new interview with CNBC, Litecoin founder Charlie Lee has gone to elaborate that Bitcoin remains a good buy for interested investors – noting that the recent market downtrend had created a new investment opportunity for long-term prize-seekers.

Speaking on air, Lee quipped that “It’s always good to buy on the way down to dollar-cost average your buy-in… As long as you don’t spend money that you can’t afford to lose, I think that’s fine.”

Cautioning users against using borrowed funds to invest in Bitcoin, Lee noted that “It’s hard to predict prices. I’ve been in this space for seven years now. I think sometimes it comes back within six months to a year, and sometimes it takes three or four years.”

Lee expressed that Bitcoin’s price movements – and the general price movements of the cryptocurrency market itself – was largely driven by speculation and that, in future, prices would generally reflect the success and adoption of a particular cryptocurrency itself.

Speaking on his own creation – Litecoin – Lee noted that he would not seek to re-invest in the cryptocurrency any time soon.

Earlier this year, Lee publicly sold his Litecoin holdings to avoid any allegations of a conflict of interest – and later expressed his intent to move away from the cryptocurrency entirely in the interest of decentralization.

At the time, Lee explained that “Litecoin is more centralized because I am around, so it has a more centralized development team, has more centralized foundation.”

Speaking to CNBC, Lee expressed the same sentiment – saying “I sold because of conflict of interest, so I’m not going to buy my litecoins back anytime soon — or at all.”

Bitcoin itself is down by -0.70% to trade at $7,009.06 USD, while Litecoin itself is down by -1.67%, and trades at $60.77 USD at press time.

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Square wins new patent for a cryptocurrency payment network

Square – the company headed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey – has successfully been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) which details a new payment network that would enable merchants to accept payments in any currency – including the likes of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies – and then withdraw their currency of choice following a transaction.

The patent elaborates that:

“The disclosed technology addresses the need in the art for a payment service capable of accepting a greater diversity of currencies…including virtual currencies including cryptocurrencies (bitcoin, ether, etc.)…than a traditional payment system in a transaction between a customer and a merchant, and specifically for a payment service to solve or ameliorate problems germane to transactions with such currencies. Specifically, the payment service described herein can facilitate real-time (or substantially real-time) transactions, allowing a customer to pay in any currency of their choice, while the merchant can receive payment in a currency of their choice.”

The patent describes methods through which a point-of-sale (POS) system could eliminate latency in cryptocurrency transactions to the point that both cryptocurrency and credit card transactions could process at the same speed.

The system would make this claim a possibility through managing a private blockchain that could record transactions from Square wallets. While this approach does not eliminate the potential for double-spend attacks, it does eliminate that risk from a merchant and places the onus on itself, instead.

Square CEO Jack Dorsey has previously gone on record as a Bitcoin supporter – noting that Bitcoin could become the world’s foremost means of exchange within the next ten years.

At the time, Dorsey quipped that Bitcoin’s market emergence will “probably take over ten years”, and went on to say that “The world ultimately will have a single currency, the Internet will have a single currency… I personally believe that it will be Bitcoin.”

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Bitcoin breaks through $7000 USD as cryptocurrency markets resurge

After a month of pressure, cryptocurrency markets appear to have broken a stranglehold invoked by the  US Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to reject (and later re-evaluate) several Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund proposals.

While the middle of August saw a minor rally, Bitcoin has largely struggled to surpass the $6500 USD mark, while Ethereum has remained deflated below $300 USD.

As of today, Bitcoin has powered through the $7000 USD mark to reach $7,061.28 USD – while Ethereum has flirted with positive gains to touch $293.32 USD at press time.

Leading the charge are several prominent altcoins – Holo has climbed some 27.31% to reach $0.000836 USD, while Bytecoin, MaidSafeCoin, and EOS have climbed by 13.68%, 10.03%, and 9.93% to reach $0.002249 USD, $0.276411 USD, and $5.89 USD, respectively.

A notable return to form is Dash, which has now climbed by 9.44% to reach $194.16 USD.

Among the cryptocurrencies seeing losses, Substratum leads the pack with a -7.34 decline, while Aion and VeChain follow closely by posting losses at -5.53% and -4.67% respectively.

Bitcoin dominance itself presently hovers at around 52.8%, while the total market cap of all cryptocurrencies is presently valued at $230,548,537,071 USD.

As our technical analyst Graeme Tennant noted last week, cryptocurrency markets remained stagnant ahead of what appeared to be imminent volatility – noting a clear reversal signal above Bitcoin’s $5800 USD support zone.

Our sentiment analysis, courtesy of Remy Stephens, noted that while sentiment on Bitcoin itself remained neutral, the altcoin market had taken a bullish term with support rallying for Basic Attention Token, Wanchain, and Bulwark – among other projects.

The US SEC is expected to resume its course and offer a verdict on yet another Bitcoin ETF proposal by the 30th of September. More broadly, US regulators have announced the continuation of ‘Operation Cryptosweep’ – a joint endeavor that has probed some 200 ICOs and cryptocurrency firms.

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Tom Lee’s prediction on Bitcoin’s future: $25,000 USD by the year-end

Tom Lee of Fundstrat has offered more optimism on how he sees the future of Bitcoin’s market.

At the beginning of the month, the Bitcoin analyst claimed that he thinks that Bitcoin is the “best house in a tough neighborhood” and that investors should stay focused on the leading cryptocurrency and his confidence in Bitcoin remains ever stable.

In an interview last week on CNBC’s Trading Nation, Lee declared that he thinks that the financial end of the year will see cryptocurrency “explosively higher,” than it is at present. He suggests this after taking a correlation between Bitcoin and emerging markets.

In January, Lee predicted that Bitcoin would be valued at $25,000 USD by the end of the year and in March, Lee forecast that Bitcoin would be reaching $91,000 USD by the year 2020, and maintained his prediction regarding the end of the year’s mark. A couple of months later, the financial expert announced that he was lowering his prediction for the year-end value to a still remarkable $22,000 USD.

Now, the Fundstrat CEO is claiming that he “still think[s] it’s possible” that the cryptocurrency’s price could swell up to $25,000 USD, taking the relationship between Bitcoin’s price and BlackRock’s iShares MSCI exchange-traded fund (ETF) as a marker on which to base his prediction.

Lee pointed out that there is an “important correlation” in their markets:

Both really essentially peaked early this year, and they both have been in a downward trend… Until emerging markets begin to turn, I think in some ways that correlation is going to hold and tell us that sort of the risk on mentality is those buyers aren’t buying Bitcoin.”

The well-known Bitcoin advocate known for his bullish stance is looking at the market and seeing a shift in favor of cryptocurrency and the Wall Street market. We will know whether or not his predictions come to fruition in a mere four months from now.

Currently, Bitcoin has seen a 0.62% increase in day-on-day trading an is sitting on a $6,750.727 USD valuation.

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Xapo president claims that 90% of cryptocurrencies will disappear

Ted Rogers, the president of Xapo – a Hong Kong-based company dealing with Bitcoin wallets – has claimed that a shocking portion of the cryptocurrencies currently listed will be wiped out.

Rogers believes that 90% of the tokens currently listed on CoinMarketCap are facing “extinction” if they are not the heavyweight cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

Rogers further stated that now, when the market is down, is a good time to invest in more Bitcoin before it starts peaking again.

In response, Erik Voorhees of, a company which offers global trading in digital assets, suggested that perhaps the market movements have more to do with the “extinction”.

The idea of Bitcoin dominance – whereby Bitcoin holds more than 50% of the cryptocurrency market trading volume –  has been a topic that investors are not shy about. Tom Lee, CEO of Fundstrat, believes that Bitcoin dominance will make a huge improvement in the cryptocurrency space, saying that “Bitcoin is the best house in a tough neighborhood” and suggesting that investors should focus on the original cryptocurrency and ignore other altcoins.

At the time of writing, almost half of the 15 leading cryptocurrencies including Ripple, Cardano, IOTA, TRON, Dash, NEO, and NEM while Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Monero have seen 80% or more dips.

Whether Bitcoin will naturally emerge as dominant over falling altcoins will be evident quickly within the market movers and we can only wait to see what will happen.

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Technical Analysis – Buy when there is blood in the streets

After a strong rally peaking at $8500 during the month of July, Bitcoin fell over 30% to a low of $6250 on Tuesday this week. As brutal as this sell-off was for Bitcoin, major altcoins were punished even more severely over the same period.

Approximate return from 24 Jul – 14 Aug for major Alts:



Bitcoin Cash


Bitcoin’s relative resilience in this latest crypto market bloodbath has shown without a doubt that Bitcoin is still the boss! Whilst all major alts have broken below their previous low points for the year, the Bitcoin support level at $5825 has held firm. Furthermore, for the first time this year Bitcoin market dominance is back over 50% (i.e. the value of Bitcoin is greater than the value of all the altcoins combined).

Looking forward, it is critical that the support zone (orange area) between $6020 and $5750 holds. If there is a clean break of this level then it is likely that Bitcoin will suffer the same fate as the rest of the altcoins. There is a support trendline (blue line) which may offer some respite on the way down, but on the back up the recovery will likely be halted by the previous support zone (orange area) which will now act as resistance. This is the bearish scenario (red arrows).

Crypto Bloodbath – Buy When There Is blood In The Streets by tennant.graeme on

The bullish scenario (green arrows) would see the price hold above the support zone and form a reversal pattern of some kind. It is possible we may see an inverse head-and-shoulders forming as indicated on the chart. Should it develop further it could signal the beginning of some sort of recovery. I will be waiting for confirmation of either a break below support (bearish scenario) or a reversal pattern above support (bullish scenario) before placing any trades.

Whilst it is tempting to apply the adage “Buy when there is blood in the streets” and load up on Bitcoin and some unloved Alts, I feel it is prudent to wait until there is reason to believe that the bleeding has stopped before jumping back into the market.

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Where are 2015’s top cryptocurrencies by market cap today?

With cryptocurrency markets enduring an ongoing bloodbath in 2018, 2015 might seem like a distant memory – and a better one at that.

At a time when Bitcoin had only orbited $200 USD figures, the landscape of the wider cryptocurrency market was vastly different – with several players that might be considered obscure today taking pre-eminency then.

In this article, we’ll compare historical data from cryptocurrency price indices as recorded on January 4th of 2015 to today. It is important to note, however, that different prices may list differently according to different sources at the time.


Position today: 1

In 2015, Bitcoin traded for $281.79 USD and bore a total market cap of $3,856,201,593 USD. At the time, Bitcoin held a circulating supply of 13,684,794 BTC.

Today, Bitcoin trades at $6,054.60 USD and bears a total market cap of $5,312,938,501 USD. With a circulating supply of 17,209,025 

The cryptocurrency itself has endured numerous scaling debates and a division that resulted in Bitcoin Cash, and is now in second-layer development as programmers continue to build the Lightning Network.


Position today: 3

The second most valuable cryptocurrency in 2015, Ripple traded for $0.0211 USD and bore a total market cap of $656,661,649. At the time, XRP held a circulating supply of 30,978,075,200 XRP.

Fast forward three years, and Ripple trades at $0.263213 USD and bears a total market cap of $10,363,330,664 USD. With a circulating supply of 39,372,399,467 XRP

While Ripple has endured regulatory pressure, several banking institutions have partnered with the company to trial cross-border transfers.


Position today: 7

Formerly the third most valuable cryptocurrency in 2015, Litecoin traded for just $2.12 USD and bore a total market cap of $74,761,847. At the time, Litecoin held a circulating supply of 35,294,322 LTC.

Litecoin presently trades at $51.32 USD and bears a total market cap of $2,968,235,787 USD. With a circulating supply of 57,840,509

Litecoin has enjoyed great press over the years, with founder Charlie Lee most notably advocating that he would step aside from the project in coming years in the interests of ‘decentralization’.


Position today: not within the top 100 cryptocurrencies by market cap

How the mighty have fallen.

PayCoin, formerly the fourth most valuable cryptocurrency in 2015, has endured a difficult history. In 2015, PayCoin traded for just $3.20 USD and bore a total market cap of $39,464,544 USD. Paycoin held a circulating supply of 12,327,048 XPY.

Today, Paycoin trades at $0.015152 USD and bears a total market cap of $180,801 USD. The project now bears a lonely circulating supply of 11,932,159 XPY.

Paycoin ultimately derailed after Mississippi Power Company (MPC) sued GAW Miners (the hands behind PayCoin) for $350,000 USD for ‘failure to make payment for services provided.’

PayCoin was ultimately handed over to a ‘consortium of organizations’, where the PayCoin Foundation elaborated that “the fate of Paycoin is now in the hands of every person and organization that hold coins. With this newfound freedom, we want to exercise our rights to make Paycoin the people’s money and do what is necessary to help the coin thrive”.

Ultimately, that didn’t happen.


Position today: 29

BitShares was the fifth most valuable cryptocurrency in 2015, and at the time traded for $0.014471 USD and bore a total market cap of $39,464,544 USD. BitShares held a circulating supply of 2,497,973,773 BTS.

Today, BitShares remains the 29th most valuable cryptocurrency by market cap, and trades at $$0.097384 USD with a total market cap of $258,122,142 USD . The project now has circulating supply of 2,650,550,000 BTS.

While BitShares offers financial services including exchange support and blockchain-based banking, the cryptocurrency has been overtaken by the likes of other tokens, such as Binance Coin.


Position today: 59

MaidSafeCoin was once the sixth valuable cryptocurrency, and in 2015 traded for $0.046897 USD. The project bore a total market cap of $21,223,340 USD, and held a circulating supply of 452,552,412 MAID.

Charting today at 59, MaidSafeCoin trades at $0.212688 USD with a total market cap of $96,252,597 USD. The project retains its circulating supply.

MaidSafeCoin serves as a token for token for Safecoin, a decentralized currency network. Ultimately, Safecoin will serve as the currency for the ‘SAFE network’, a ‘network made up of the extra hard disk space, processing power, and data connectivity of its users’.

While MaidSafeCoin has appreciate, time has not been especially kind to the cryptocurrency – earlier this year, Bittrex officially moved to delist the asset.


Position today: 81

Despite a long drop from 7 to 81, Nxt is still in the game.

In 2015, Nxt traded for $0.017362 USD. The project bore a total market cap of $17,361,750 USD, and held a circulating supply of 999,997,096 NXT.

Today, NXT trades at $0.065251 USD with a total market cap of $65,185,738 USD, with a circulating supply of 998,999,942

A proof-of-stake cryptocurrency, NXT was launched by BCNet and serves as a ‘flexible platform around which to build applications and financial services’.


Position today: 30

You can’t keep a good DOGE down. Back in 2015, Dogecoin was hot to trot – trading at prices of $0.000165 USD, with a market cap of $16,084,147 USD, and a circulating supply of 97,268,423,164 DOGE.

Today, DOGE trades at $0.002184 USD, has a market cap of $252,717,366 USD, and a circulating supply of 115,711,020,675

Not bad for a ‘joke’.

Dogecoin’s community has gone on to be one of the most lively spheres in crypto – funding the likes of the Jamaican bobsled team and more.


Position today: 5

Stellar’s fortunes have improved over time. In 2015, Lumens traded at $0.004513 USD, with a market cap of $16,060,639 USD and a circulating supply of 3,558,618,775 XLM.

Today, those figures stand at $0.218107 USD, $16,060,639 USD, and 18,771,735,150

Stellar has racked up numerous achievements in the intervening years – gaining certification as Shari’a compliant, and even partnering with Facebook for a mystery project.


Position today: not within the top 100 cryptocurrencies by market cap

Once the tenth most valuable cryptocurrency, Peercoin traded for $0.503996 USD in 2015. The project, at the time, bore a total market cap of $$11,080,850 USD, and held a circulating supply of 21,985,977 PPC.

Presently, Peercoin trades for $1.04 USD, and bears a total market cap of $25,847,369 USD. The project enjoys a circulating supply of 24,908,466 PPC.

Peercoin continues to leverage both proof-of-stake and proof-of-work systems, and does not possess a hard cap.

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