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    It seems that BitMEX is no longer in vogue as its share of trading volume continues to drop

Crypto Derivatives Giant BitMEX Is Losing Its Power: Analyst
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According to cryptocurrency analyst Charles Edwards, the power of BitMEX, the leading derivatives exchange, is slowly fading. 

Edwards defines the past two years as the "BitMEX era" given that the exchange represented the lion's share of all cryptocurrency trading volume. While the Arthur Hayes-helmed crypto monolith is still responsible for 56 percent of all volume, it's far past its glory days when it controlled more than 80 percent back in September 2018.

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BitMEX, which ushered into the nascent crypto scene back in 2014, quickly became a huge success story because of its perpetual swap contracts that offer up to 100x contracts. TokenAnalyst co-founder Sid Shekhar called it "the biggest casino ever."          

While the interest in trading cryptocurrency derivatives is stronger than ever, BitMEX is gradually becoming a less significant player in the industry since it faced some strong competition. As reported by U.Today, Binance's futures platforms that were launched back in September are already breathing down its neck.     

The Seychelles-based made headlined after it faced an investigation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). US citizens are prohibited from using the exchange.         

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Bakkt, the crypto futures exchange owned by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), recently recorded a 100x increase in its daily trading volume since September. Alex Krüger opined that more regulated volume was a very positive development for the industry. 

Part of the reason why the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is so reluctant to approve a Bitcoin ETF is that cryptocurrency trading primarily takes place on unregulated exchanges in the likes of BitMEX. Hence, this market is still highly susceptible to manipulations.   

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Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here is not investment advice – it is provided for informational purposes only. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of U.Today. Every investment and all trading involves risk, so you should always perform your own research prior to making decisions. We do not recommend investing money you cannot afford to lose.

The bears are continuing to apply pressure on the main cryptocurrencies. However, the altcoins are testing their support levels. If the bulls manage to maintain these levels, then one should expect a good rebound ticking upwards.

Top 10 coins by Coinstats

Below is key information for Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), TRON (TRX), and Tezos (XTZ):

Name

Ticker

Market Cap

Price 

Volume (24H)

Change (24H)

Bitcoin

BTC

$136,870,530,589

$7,566.87

$17,335,699,425

2.67%

Litecoin

LTC

$2,935,607,698

$46.02

$2,553,535,223

3.02%

TRON

TRX

$981,336,616

$0.014717

$970,524,056

0.18%

Tezos

XTZ

$926,823,387

$1.40

$50,581,767

8.84%

BTC/USD 

Yesterday's symmetrical triangle was broken up. There was solid growth, but the sellers did not step aside. This is evidenced by the candles' long shadows. Buyers are able to maintain the price at $7,500 but are unable to break through the $7,650 mark. So far, nothing is clear as to furthering the priority of movements in the market.

BTC/USD chart by TradingView

On one hand, the candles' large shadows and small volumes of growth indicate seller dominance. BTC may trend downwards to $7,300. If it breaks through that level, then BTC will go to $6,900-$7,100. 

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On the other hand, the price has broken the aforementioned trend line, which has held the cryptocurrency's rate back since October. In general, BTC is expected to drop to $7,300, but if the cryptocurrency is fixed above $7,650, then BTC will move to $7,800.

At press time, BTC is trading at $7,544.

LTC/USD 

LTC is trading in accordance to our recent forecast between the $42-$52 range. Its rate has increased by 2.68% since yesterday.

LTC/USD chart by TradingView

Looking at the 4H chart, LTC touched the local bottom at $42. In terms of its nearest price scenario, the bulls are dominating over the bears. The Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACD) is bullish, and the closest mark that LTC might reach is $50. If the current forecast comes true, then the quotes will move based on the curve pattern as outlined on the chart.

At press time, LTC is trading at $45.73.

TRX/USD 

TRX has also followed our previous scenario as the its price of $0.014 has been retested.

TRX/USD chart by TradingView

Looking at the 1D chart, the bearish trend remains even on a short-term basis. TRX has currently formed a head and shoulders pattern and is likely to move downwards due to the low trading volume. The relative strength index (RSI) line is also going down, with the nearest price target being at $0.135.

At press time, TRX is trading at $0.0147.

XTZ/USD 

XTZ has had the biggest gains today. Its rate has rocketed up by 8.46% in the last 24 hours.

XTZ/USD chart by TradingView

Despite the sharp growth, this altcoin cannot be considered the start of a bullish trend. XTZ is about to roll back to its nearest support level of $1.35. Moreover, the RSI is located on the edge of the oversold area, suggesting an upcoming decline.

At press time, XTZ is trading at $1.3978.

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About the author

With more than 5 years of trading, Denys has a deep knowledge of both technical and fundamental market analysis. Mainly, he has started his blog on TradingView where publishes all relevant information and make predictions about top coins.
Thus, his experience is backed up by working in top blockchain related companies such as W12, Platinum Listing & ICO Advisory, ATB Coin, and others.

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