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Number of Active Bitcoin Addresses Continues to Grow While BTC Price Remains in Limbo

  • Alex Dovbnya
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    💪💥There is a divergence between new addresses and the BTC price, but it doesn’t mean that another bull run is coming anytime soon

Number of Active Bitcoin Addresses Continues to Grow While BTC Price Remains in Limbo
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There has been a common belief that the number of active Bitcoin addresses and the asset’s price are somehow correlated. However, it turned out not to be the case after the latter continued to stagnate despite the Bitcoin user base growing significantly over the last eight weeks.

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Little impact on price

While the number of Bitcoin addresses increased by 17 percent since Jan. 20 till March 17, the Bitcoin price only experienced minuscule growth of 1 percent over the same period of time. The fact that there is a divergence between the number of addresses and the Bitcoin price doesn’t necessarily mean that another bull run is in the offing. In fact, there was steady growth in active addresses during the prolonging bear market (since 2014 till 2016), and it didn’t impact the price.

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The TAAR metric  

Transaction volume is a more reliable metric when it comes to determining the tops and bottoms of the Bitcoin market. However, in order to get the most precise correlation, one has to factor both average trading volumes and the number of active users (the TAAR metric). The TAAR tends to be a fairly accurate indicator of an upcoming bullish/bearish trend. 

The TAAR metric  

 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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Crypto Community Must Unite, Speak With One Voice to Make Movement Successful

  • George Shnurenko
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    The past year has brought incredible things but has also revealed weaknesses in the cryptocurrency movement.

Crypto Community Must Unite, Speak With One Voice to Make Movement Successful
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For the crypto community, 2017 is marked by both astounding progress and disturbing imbroglio. Bitcoin has broken into the mainstream financial market with the launch of Chicagoan futures products. New investors flocked to exchanges unprepared for mainstream interest, bought up all kinds of coins and excitedly participated in conversations.

The crypto community may have never seen so many new curious members joining since Bitcoin’s inception in 2009. At the same time, the Bitcoin Cash hard fork pitted one part of the community against another, with anxious onlookers stuck in between. Governments are also beginning to watch the surge of investor interest with wariness.

Communication, governance necessary

Everything that happened last year, the good and the bad, should serve as a wakeup call for people that consider themselves part of the crypto community or even those who think they can just hodl some crypto, sit on the sidelines and watch. This is paradoxical considering the trustless nature of Blockchain, since making cryptocurrencies work requires communication, negotiation and ultimately governance. In fact, governance may be most important of all, as the canceled SegWit2x and the four-year scalability debate has shown. Even more ironic is that the crafting of a healthier ICO market may require anarchists to sit down with government officials.

So far, communication and the ability to work together is lacking in the cryptocurrency community. Instead, what we have are mysterious whales doing unknown things in the marketplace and Wild West pump-and-dump Telegram channels. Unifying voices are lonely and quickly drowned out.

While it’s probably wise to constantly look out for one’s own interest and reputation, it’s probably not wise to only look out for oneself. All who remotely care about the intermediate-term prospects of crypto would better serve themselves and others as both a member of a newly rising community and member of a new form of economy.

Community must unite

Bitcoin was born as a rebellion against the existing financial system. The roles of cryptocurrencies and tokens today are less clear. One way or another, as more money pours into coins, government action from different parts of the world is almost sure to follow. What will be the community’s reaction then?

At the end of the day, no one can stand alone.

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About the author

George Shnurenko is a Bitcoin and cryptocurrency enthusiast, financial analyst and writer. He's majoring in history but he believes that the digital currency which has taken the world by storm will bring about change to all us humans. 

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