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    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

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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.

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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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Thomas Hughes is an executive editor of U.Today. He is a skilled cryptocurrency trader and technical analyst deeply immersed into the cryptocurrency & blockchain technology area.

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    The Liquidity Index for XRP paired with MXN reaches another all-time high of 9 mln, taking the XRP adoption in this sector to a new level

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The Ripple-invested Mexican Bitso exchange is a partner of Ripple and MoneyGram in the Mexican On-Demand Liquidity corridor launched this year. Bitso is the largest Mexican exchange and its participation in the Ripple and MoneyGram’s project has been successful.

The Liquidity Index for XRP in Mexico adds another million

The Liquidity Index for the XRP/MXN pair is growing fast, leaving behind one all-time high after another.

Today, on December 14, this index has taken a new level and got over the 9-mln mark with the daily progress being 92 percent.

The highest liquidity mark achieved previously was slightly under 8,568,000.

Another active ODL corridor leads to the Philippines through the local Coin.Ph exchange and its liquidity index has also risen for the first time recently.

XRP gets mentioned by the US government

As reported by U.Today, the US governmental agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has for the first time mentioned XRP in its document, describing the asset as a reliable remittance method which makes the process much faster and cheaper for companies that have a limit on conducting money wires each year.

The document called Ripple and XRP a safe harbor. It also called Ripple one of disruptors of the remittance industry, as well as the new SWIFT’s GPI system, a rival of Ripple.

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Large XRP transactions keep pestering the community

Recently, a large XRP transaction was spotted by the Whale Alert Twitter account when a whopping 150 mln XRP was sent from one anonymous account to another.

Many in the XRP community often criticize those who do them, with Ripple getting the largest portion of criticism, when every month it releases 1 bln XRP from its escrow account. The community believes that these dumps keep the coin’s price low.

There may be a grain of truth in this, since the XRP price has been unable to cross the $0.30 threshold for a long time and recently, after dropping below $0.22, it has been floating in the $0,21 area.

Even the much-expected SWELL conference, annually conducted by Ripple, did not push the XRP price to the North, breaking expectations of many investors.

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Yuri is a journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future. ‘Hodls’ cryptocurrencies. Has written for several crypto media. Currently is a news writer at U.Today.

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