Blood in the Streets of Crypto City

  • Thomas Hughes

    Bitcoin is down more than 12% for the last 24 hours, reaching as low as $5,500 (and even lower on a few exchanges) at the time of writing

Blood in the Streets of Crypto City
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The whole crypto market is sinking in value and dropping in volume and is being led by Bitcoin, which is down more than 12% for the last 24 hours, reaching as low as $5,500 (and even lower on a few exchanges) at the time of writing. The reasons for the drop can only be speculated, with some voices shouting “manipulation” as loud as they can.

It is unclear whether we are talking about manipulation or not, but 40% of the entire Bitcoin volume (short positions mainly) belongs to BitMex. This is huge, considering that the second exchange by volume — Bitfinex — is currently trading 3% of the entire Bitcoin volume. Weird? I would say so.

Charts at a Glance

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BTC/USD has broken the long-term low at $5,777 and reached lows last seen in late 2017. The move was not spurred by technical reasons and at this time it is not clear what exactly triggered it or when it will end. This could be the beginning of an extended drop towards $5,000 or a good opportunity to buy now. Either way, it is clear that Bitcoin and cryptos in general are riskier than usual under these circumstances.

Strictly from a technical point of view, the Relative Strength Index is deep in oversold territory and according to price action 101, a very strong move is followed by a period of stagnation or even a bounce higher once a bottom is established. However, we don’t know if the current price is a temporary bottom or if the drop will extend further.

Support zone: 5000 as a psychological level

Resistance zone: 5777 - 5800

Most likely scenario: bounce higher after a temporary bottom is formed, followed by another drop

Alternate scenario: extended move into 5000

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Question of the Day: Can Stablecoins Accelerate Cryptocurrency Adoption?

  • Yuri Molchan

    Stablecoins show hardly any volatility compared to Bitcoin and altcoins, many are hoping that they will be able to bridge new crypto economy and regular fiat money

Question of the Day: Can Stablecoins Accelerate Cryptocurrency Adoption?
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Bitcoin, the father cryptocurrency, emerged in hope that it will remove all intermediaries in electronic commerce that cut off their share of payments. BTC was perceived as a P2P way to replace fiat cash in an electronic format, which would enable one party to pay another without any financial institution or payment platform which would demand its share of a transaction as a reward for its services.

What is wrong with Bitcoin

For quite a while Bitcoin was performing the way the crypto community expected. But the situation changed later – BTC rate became weaker, thus bringing down its financial and economic reliability, when it gets to be used as a regular means of payment.

You cannot have a currency that would cost like a British castle today, a gram of gold – tomorrow and a pack of French fries the day after.

At that point practical fintech minds came up with an idea of creating something which would become a breakthrough in the universe of crypto – a so-called stablecoin.

Will stablecoins solve the volatility problem?

Technically, stablecoins are protected from the volatility roller-coaster that Bitcoin and other cryptos love to ride. They are programmed to keep their prices stable and investors now are largely attracted to this new type of digital assets.

Stablecoin does not show any volatility in its monetary value, since it has a fixed connection to an asset it is pegged to. The major goal of using stablecoins is taking the best from decentralized crypto coins and combining it with a constant value. Thanks to it, stablecoins can be used as a reliable means of trade.

Asset-pegged stablecoins

Asset-backed ones get their value from an asset as can be understood from the name. An asset provides the necessary value to a coin, as well as the necessary legitimacy.

A great example of an asset-pegged stablecoin is Tether (USDT). In spite of a series of scandals at the end of last year, it remains the most popular stablecoin in the crypto market.

Recently, it has partnered with the Tron Foundation to launch a Tron-based stablecoin.

Other examples are TrueUSD (TUSD), USD Coin (USDC), the Gemini Dollar (GUSD), and the Paxos Standard (PAX). They are all pegged to the USD.

Crypto-backed stablecoins

Some digital coins work in a similar way to fiat-backed ones, however, they are pegged to collateral crypto. That means that crypto assets that ensure the value of such stablecoins are stored in a wallet similar to escrow.

A good example of a crypto-pegged token is Maker, which is ranked 16 on CMC.

Algorithmic stablecoins

Even though, stablecoin can be interesting at first thought but the way they are built goes against the principle of decentralization that crypto coins have as a foundation. Thus, many crypto fans and evangelists are positive that stablecoins must be linked towards not a centralized asset but a computer algorithm which takes value from a balance between supply and demand.

Basis is now considered the most promising algorithmic stablecoin of all.

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Can stablecoin ensure smooth future for the crypto industry?

The primary goal of all crypto assets was and remains to come up with virtual asset that would be liquid enough and not vulnerable to market volatility. From this point of view, stablecoins are a dream of all crypto fans and evangelists of a decentralized economy.

Apart from the potential to conduct crypto transactions smoothly, experts believe it can bridge the two worlds – fiat and crypto, bringing them a mutually beneficial coexistence. However, that may take time.

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