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Crypto Analyst Warns 2019 Bitcoin Rally Set to ‘Blow Off’ – Plus Ethereum, Ripple and XRP, Litecoin, Stellar, Tron | The Daily Hodl

From a warning about Bitcoin’s 2019 rally to new support for Stellar Lumens, here’s a look at some of the stories breaking in the world of crypto.

Bitcoin

A prominent crypto analyst warns the 2019 Bitcoin rally is an “exchange driven pump” that’s due for a significant pullback. According to Willy Woo, Bitcoin’s Network Value to Transactions (NVT) ratio is now way out of whack.

“Presently the market price of BTC has outstripped organic investor flow unseen since the bull market mania phases of 2013 and 2017. Never before have we seen such a divergence so early in the bull market.”

The NVT ratio measures the utility value of Bitcoin according to the number of transactions on the network relative to the price. Because on-chain investor volumes are in the normal range, Woo says the only explanation is “a quant fund driven short squeeze devoid of any true investor volume.”

Whales can short squeeze a majority-short market by buying it up until the shorts are liquidated, forcing a torrent of buys that inflate the price, Woo explains.

“If you have sufficient capital. You can keep buying to liquidate the bears. It’s extremely profitable. You only stop when it’s no longer profitable. At the $8k-9k mark the market switched from short to majority long. This put a cap on the profitability of short squeezing.

“I’m awaiting this exchange driven pump to blow off, a proper retrace, and only then do I think real investor flows will come in and drive the true organic bull market.”

Ethereum

Ernst & Young’s global blockchain leader, Paul Brody, says blockchain is poised to trigger a fundamental transformation of how enterprises do business.

The accounting and consulting giant EY is building on Ethereum, and Brody says use cases for audits and supply chain management are some early examples of prime use cases for the technology.

“What I hope you’ll take away from this today is that blockchain is maturing. We have real products, real customers, real use cases, real value creation, stuff that’s in operations, and we also have a road map for where things can and should go in the future and how this can have an ever-bigger impact…

Blockchains we think are going to be the future way in which companies model and manage their business processes and, in particular, we can basically model any process between two enterprises or two agencies or two governments as a combination of tokens to represent assets and items of value and contract.”  

Ripple and XRP

A presentation from Ripple’s chief technology officer David Schwartz is now online. At the We Are Developers in Berlin, Schwartz talks about the future of blockchain beyond the hype.

Litecoin

The Litecoin Foundation’s unique methods for raising funds to support the LTC ecosystem continue.

The Foundation has started to ship custom Litecoin cufflinks and tie bars, with a signed certificate of authenticity from LTC creator Charlie Lee.

Stellar

Crypto.com has added Stellar Lumens (XLM) to its Wallet & Card app.

Users of the app can now purchase XLM at true cost with no fees, with both credit cards and bank transfers supported. People can also use XLM with Crypto.com’s MCO Visa Card, making it easier to convert Stellar’s token into fiat for purchases from everyday merchants.

Tron

Tron’s latest report on the network’s decentralized app ecosystem is out.

According to the report, four new gaming DApps launched on the network this week, along with a decentralized exchange called SunDex.

Source: Crypto Analyst Warns 2019 Bitcoin Rally Set to ‘Blow Off’ – Plus Ethereum, Ripple and XRP, Litecoin, Stellar, Tron | The Daily Hodl

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1,000,000,000 XRP: Ripple Unlocks $442 Million in Crypto From Escrow

Ripple has unlocked 1 billion XRP from escrow, worth about $442 million at time of publishing.

The San Francisco startup will sell a portion of the funds to crypto exchanges and institutional participants and return the rest to escrow at the end of the month.

Source: Bithomp

Ripple, which owns more than half of the total supply of XRP, does not reveal the buyers. However, crypto whale watchers are constantly monitoring XRP movements from Ripple’s over-the-counter (OTC) wallets to unknown wallets, which indicate sales of XRP.

Ripple typically sells a fraction of the total amount unlocked each month and releases an overview of the dollar amount of XRP sold each quarter.

According to the company’s last report, Ripple sold $169.42 million worth of XRP in January, February and March.

Source: Ripple

Since 2016, Ripple has sold a total of $890 million in XRP – 34.4% to crypto exchanges and 65.6% to institutions, reports The Block.

Ripple’s sale of XRP recently triggered a lively debate on Reddit on whether it has an impact on the price of the leading digital asset.

Source: Pivot – Blockchain Community

Local Bitcoins Removes Cash-for-Crypto Trading Option

Helsinki-based peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins has reportedly removed the option allowing users to buy or sell cryptocurrencies in person for cash.

In a Reddit post Sunday, a LocalBitcoins user pointed out the option was no longer available on the platform, though commenters some suggested the restriction might be limited to the U.S..

The removal of the option – which basically acts as a matchmaker for users to make trades in person – effectively bars LocalBitcoin users from selling and buying bitcoin for cash. LocalBitcoins has also cancelled pending fiat trades, other comments suggest.

The platform has not yet made an official announcement about the change on its blog or Twitter.

In response to the move, LocalEthereum announced has temporarily removed the trading fee on cash-in-person exchanges – effective June 1 to July 1.

LocalBitcoins’ move comes after the company announced in February that it would comply with the European Union’s (EU) new anti-money laundering directive.

Several other P2P cryptocurrency trading platforms still offer an in-person cash option.

Handing over dollars image via Shutterstock

Source: Pivot – Blockchain Community

Move Over Bitcoin And Dogecoin, Elon Musk Is Tweeting About Ethereum

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Elon Musk, the playful Tesla and SpaceX chief executive who has set the world of bitcoin and cryptocurrency on fire in the past, has again caused a stir by tweeting about cryptocurrencies—this time it’s the turn of decentralized app network ethereum.

Bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency market has been trading sideways since leaping higher at the beginning of this month, with ethereum now only 7% up on its late March price per ethereum token.

Now, Musk, who earlier this month revealed his favorite cryptocurrency, has tweeted the word “ethereum” before replying to ethereum’s creator Vitalik Buterin invitation to attend the ethereum developer conference in October.

Musk tweeted the word “ethereum” then followed it up by tweeting “jk”—perhaps an attempt at preventing Twitter from suspending his account, which has previously been locked after tweeting about cryptocurrencies due to his long association with bitcoin and cryptocurrency give-away scams.

Musk then told ethereum’s Buterin to “stop giving away ETH.”

Musk has recently been embroiled in a row with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after he tweeted about his plans to take Tesla private last year, with the SEC then claiming that Musk violated an agreement by tweeting information Musk said had already been correctly relayed to investors.

On Friday, Musk and the SEC filed their amended settlement, which lists specific topics that Musk needs legal approval to tweet about. It does not contain anything about bitcoin or cryptocurrencies.

Following the agreement, Bloomberg’s Matt Levine wrote:

“If I were the SEC I would probably have pushed to add a requirement in the amended settlement to the effect of, if Musk is going to tweet a joke about Tesla, he has to add a smiley face or a “j/k” or a “lol” to the end of it. Again, this is an absolutely terrible rule for life, or comedy; it really kills the joke. And I can see why Musk would be concerned with the aesthetics of his Twitter comedy. But the SEC probably shouldn’t be!”

Musk’s latest cryptocurrency comments via Twitter could be a low-key dig at the SEC’s pursuit of him while scammers continue to plague Twitter with misleading impersonations of public figures.

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Musk tweeted the word “etherum” without context.

Twitter / @elonmusk

The bitcoin price, which has been trapped in a long-running bear market over the last few months following a sudden sell-off in early November, exploded out the gates on at the beginning of April after slowly gathering pace throughout Marchconfirming much speculative data that a bitcoin bull run was imminent.

Musk surprised bitcoin and cryptocurrency watchers earlier this month by saying that the meme-based dogecoin is his “fav” cryptocurrency, even ahead of original cryptocurrency bitcoin, which he’s heaped praise on previously.

Musk, who has become known for his meme-ing Twitter account while running three major U.S. technology and engineering companies, was at this time responding to (another) tongue-in-cheek Twitter poll that found him to be the favorite to take on the mantle of dogecoin CEO, with 49% of the vote.

Musk beat off competition from ethereum co-founder and widely respected crypto developer Buterin, litecoin founder Charlie Lee, and Marshall Hayner, the chief executive of bitcoin and cryptocurrency blockchain payments processor Metal.

Earlier this year the bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets were enlivened by comments from two of the most closely-watched figures in the tech world: Tesla’s Musk and Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey.

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Despite a recent rally, the bitcoin price remains well under where it was most of last year.

CoinDesk

The bitcoin price failed to rally following Musk’s and Dorsey’s light praise of bitcoin and how cryptocurrencies will change the future of money—despite crypto media celebrating wholeheartedly.

While Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk have faintly suggested they see cryptocurrencies, and specifically bitcoin, as exciting new technologies that will likely change the world, neither seem particularly keen to lead the charge.

Musk, who last year got everyone fired up that he might be getting into bitcoin, has called bitcoin’s structure “quite brilliant”, adding “it bypasses currency controls … Paper money is going away. And crypto is a far better way to transfer values than a piece of paper, that’s for sure.”

Speaking on the Ark Invest podcast in February, Musk said it’s “very energy intensive to create bitcoin at this point” and it may not be “a good use of Tesla’s resources to get involved in crypto.”

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Disclosure: I occasionally hold some small amount of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

I am a journalist with significant experience covering technology, finance, economics, and business around the world. As the founding editor of Verdict.co.uk

Source: Move Over Bitcoin And Dogecoin, Elon Musk Is Tweeting About Ethereum

CoinMarketCap Introduces New Metrics for Crypto Fundamentals

Cryptocurrency market data platform CoinMarketCap has added a new metric to their site for measuring the fundamentals of cryptocurrency projects.The new rating system dubbed the Fundamental Crypto Asset Score (FCAS) measures cryptocurrency projects “health” by considering user activity, developer behavior, and market maturity. Basically, the service provides insight into the growth and development of a project: “We intake raw blockchain data across relevant projects and parse them internally. Once we clean, analyze, and recreate the raw data elements, we combine them with market data gathered from various sources to inform our models……..

Source: CoinMarketCap Introduces New Metrics for Crypto Fundamentals

Enjin Coin Price Gains Another 20% as Bullish Momentum Returns

Due to all of the rather uneasy cryptocurrency market momentum in place right now, it remains to be seen how things will unfold over the next few hours and days. While there is some excitement in certain markets, the top currencies are rather disappointing right now. The Enjin Coin price, which recently saw a major value surge, is still going strong as of right now. Enjin Coin Price Resumes its Uptrend.No one will be too surprised to note some altcoins succeed in noting strong gains whereas the majority of the top coins are struggling. While projects such as Enjin Coinwould certainly benefit from bullish Bitcoin price momentum, it seems they can effectively move on their own as well. That is part of what cryptocurrency so interesting right now, as one never knows where the next batch of profits might come from……

Source: Enjin Coin Price Gains Another 20% as Bullish Momentum Returns

Tether’s U.S. Dollar Peg Is No Longer Credible

USDT is the foremost stablecoin in the crypto world. Pegged one for one to the U.S. dollar, it is widely used as a vehicle for getting dollars in and out of crypto exchanges. Crypto enthusiasts will tell you that holding USDT (“Tethers”) is the same as holding dollars. But now, Tether, the issuer of USDT, has now admitted that Tethers are not 100% backed by actual dollars. The peg is no longer credible. And Tether itself has morphed into something all too familiar.

BANGKOK, THAILAND – 2018/08/30: A smartphone displays the Tether market value on the stock exchange via The Crypto App. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)Getty

Here’s how Tether’s claim of 100% actual currency backing has changed during the coin’s existence. This is what their website originally said:

@CasPiancey

There has never been a “professional audit” of the reserves. After lots of people pointed this out, the wording on the website subtly changed:

Tether drops “professional audits” claim@CasPiancey

Lots of people questioned the “professional verifications”, too. So Tether simply removed all reference to them. It still retained the claim to 100% currency reserves, though:

Tether drops “professional verifications” claim@CasPiancey

But the rumors persisted. And now, it seems, they were justified. This is what Tether’s website now says:

Tether drops “100% currency reserves” claim@CasPiancey

So Tether does not have 100% traditional currency backing for its reserves. It has “cash equivalents,” which are presumably other cryptocurrencies (like pegging to a volatile asset is such a good way of ensuring stability). And some of its “reserves” are held in the form of loans that it has made to other parties. Tether has become an unregulated fractional reserve bank.

It’s a very risky fractional reserve bank, too. Loans that you can’t sell, can’t pledge for cash, and may or may not be able to call are not by any stretch of the imagination “reserves.” No regulator would let a licensed bank get away with this, even though licensed banks have Fed backing and FDIC insurance. Tether may regard one USDT as the same as one U.S. dollar, but without either the reserves or the central bank backing to guarantee this, its words are empty. The Fed isn’t going to step in and bail it out.

Remarkably, though, crypto markets still believe Tether’s guarantee:

Tether vs USD, BTCCoinmarketcap

Perhaps crypto enthusiasts should read up on the fate of Reserve Primary Fund in 2008. Or perhaps Venezuela. After all, an exchange rate peg only holds until the reserves run out…

The crypto world has taken another large step towards becoming a simulacrum of the existing financial system without any of its (admittedly inadequate) safeguards. This is supposed to be progress?

 

Source: Tether’s U.S. Dollar Peg Is No Longer Credible

Over 90% of dApps ‘Did Not Record Transactions’, dAppRadar Data Shows | CryptoGlobe

This, according to data from DAppRadar – which was pointed out by Twitter user Kevin Rooke on February 9th, 2019. As Rooks explains in his tweet, 86% of ETH-based dApps had zero users last Saturday, while 93% did not record any transactions. Although there are reportedly around 40 times more developers focused on creating software for Ethereum (when compared to its closest competitors such as EOS and Tron), ETH-based dApps don’t appear to have lived up to expectations. There are about 1,375 “live” dApps built on the Ethereum blockchain, however the number of active users have remained consistently low. According to data from DAppRadar…………….

Source: https://www.cryptoglobe.com/latest/2019/02/over-90-of-dapps-did-not-record-transactions-dappradar-data-shows/

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