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LTC Price Predicted to Keep Rising After Sparking Crypto Spring — Five Positives from Litecoin
LTC Price Predicted to Keep Rising After Sparking Crypto Spring — Five Positives from Litecoin

Crypto Market Swells Overnight. Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin – All in the Green

  • Thomas Hughes

    For the last 24 hours, all cryptocurrencies in the top 20 by market cap have been posting gains, ranging from 5% to 12%

Crypto Market Swells Overnight. Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin – All in the Green
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For the last 24 hours, all cryptocurrencies in the top 20 by market cap have been posting gains, ranging from 5% to 12%. This is the first such occurrence since the massive sell off that begun almost half a month ago, so the obvious question must be asked: are we dealing with a corrective rally or a full-scale reversal?

While a definitive answer is almost impossible to give, the recent surge has revitalized the market and brought a shimmer of hope to an otherwise depressed crypto community.

Chart Analysis – ETH/USD

Chart Analysis – ETH/USD

Ethereum is currently trading at $113 for an almost 10% gain over the last 24 hours, making it one of the best performing cryptocurrencies in the top 10 for said period. The rebound comes after a second failed attempt to break the $100 key handle, which created a double bottom pattern.

This type of chart formation is very bullish and can often be seen at the end of a downtrend, but before we can say that we are dealing with a full-scale reversal, the pair must create at least a higher high and a higher low. For that to happen, the pair must break the 117 mark, which acted as weak support in the past and then turned into resistance (last time it was touched, it rejected rising prices – see second circle on chart).

The Relative Strength Index is bullish without being overbought, and the Bollinger Bands are now moving sideways, which suggests that the strength of the downtrend is diminishing.

Support zone: 100

Resistance zone: 117 and the upper Bollinger Band

Most likely scenario: as long as 117 holds, we expect a drop towards 100

Alternative scenario: if 117 is broken, we expect a move towards 137

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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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