Weekend, May 19-20, ’18

Ethereum Network, Circle, Norway, Thomas Lee, Florida, Bitfinex, Tether, Singapore, Coincheck

  • Ethereum Network is stuck again after the launch of new games. CryptoKitties are long forgotten, but Ether Shrimp Farm, Ether Cartel and Pepe Farm have congested the chain, being the cause of the gas fees doubling.
  • Circle, a global crypto finance company, affiliated with Goldman Sachs, has announced a possibility of issuing their own stablecoin, the Circle USD Coin (USDC). It will be an ERC-20 token, backed by CIrcle and supported by Bitmain. The details are still unclear.
  • The Central Bank of Norway could be ready to develop its own digital currency. A few days ago Norway was named one of the friendliest countries to crypto. The Norges Bank explains the necessity of digital currency issuance by a decline in cash usage. Also, it could rebound the confidence in Norway's monetary system.
  • Thomas Lee has admitted that his prediction of Bitcoin rally after Consensus 2018 was wrong. He predicted the crypto market to grow significantly, instead it lost nearly 10% of its capitalization. Tom Lee blames it on the lack of a clarity in regulations. Anyway, he still expects it to happen by the end of the year.
  • US Goverment Agency now accepts BTC and BCH as a payment for property taxes. All citizens within Florida's Seminole County will be able to pay their taxes with crypto thanks to the recently elected Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, who signed an agreement with BitPay, declaring that he wants to bring government services from the 18th century into the 21st century.
  • Bitfinex has sent a letter to many of its customers, asking to provide their tax information. This was made in order to comply to a new law in the British Islands which requires them to provide the BVI government with such information. The exchange has already announced their plans to relocate the business to Zug in Switzerland, thus it could evade the necessity to provide any information about its customers to anyone.
  • Tether issued another 250 million of USDT tokens. It's still in question if their tokens are backed by anything. However, the price of BTC and ETH increased within an hour of issuing USDT tokens.
  • Singapore is emerging fast as one of leading countries in blockchain adoption.  Singapore’s Central Bank began a program called 'Project Ubin' to explore the potential of blockchain technology in regards to clearing and settling payments and securities. Recently, its first phase was successfully completed. Now it moves to more difficult goals.
  • Japanese exchange Coincheck will delist four anonymous cryptocurrencies. It must be done in order to comply with the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist measures issued by Japan’s financial regulator, the FSA.


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Bitcoin (BTC) Breaks Below 4,000 as Analysts Expect Continued Near-Term Weakness

After trading within an incredibly tight trading range in between $4,000 and $4,100 for an extended period of time, Bitcoin (BTC) has now broken downwards below its previously established support level at the important psychological level of $4,000. Now, analysts believe that Bitcoin’s inability to stabilize above $4,000 will lead it drop further in the near-term as dip buyers fail to step in and prop the cryptocurrencies price up. Bitcoin (BTC) Breaks Below $4,000 and is Likely to Drop Further  At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading down just over 1% at its current price of $3,970 and is down from its weekly highs of nearly $4,100. Because bulls still do not have enough buying pressure to push the crypto above the low-$4,000 region, it is likely that this price level will persist as resistance for the foreseeable future. Jani Ziedins of the CrackedMarket blog discussed Bitcoin’s recent drop below $4,000 while speaking to MarketWatch, explaining that he expects the cryptocurrency to see further downside in the near future. “Bitcoin cannot escape $4k resistance even after poking its head above it the last week. If dip buyers have not come to the rescue yet, it means they are not coming. An investment that refuses to go up will eventually go down. Bitcoin owners need to be prepared for more near-term weakness,” he said. Ledger Status, a popular cryptocurrency analyst on Twitter, also shared his thoughts recently, explaining that the crypto has multiple strong levels of resistance existing just above its current price. “Tricky spot for $BTC. Under the bband midline again but above a congestion area. Several support areas below, heavy resistance above. Seems a good way to lose money over if leveraged,” he noted. Although Bitcoin has found support around $3,900 so far, if its bulls are unable to push its price back above $4,000 in the near-future, significantly further losses could be in store, and a drop back to its 2018 lows in the low-$3,000 region may be inevitable. Analyst: Bitcoin May Need to Drop to $3,700 Before Surging Despite its current price action favoring BTC’s bears, the latest drop may be part of a bigger price move that will ultimately send its price into the upper-$4,000 region in the near-future. Flood, another popular cryptocurrency trader on Twitter, spoke about where he sees BTC heading next, explaining that he expects it to drop towards $3,700 before finding buying support that allows the crypto to surge to the upper-$4,000 region. This is my trading plan for the next couple of weeks. $BTC pic.twitter.com/tu8jHsKVAR — Flood [BitMEX] (@ThinkingUSD) March 26, 2019 How Bitcoin responds to its recent drop below $4,000 will give traders and analysts alike more insight into where the entire markets are heading next, as continued downwards pressure on BTC will likely hamper the gains that many smaller cryptocurrencies have experienced as of late. Featured image from Shutterstock. Bitcoin (BTC) Breaks Below 4,000 as Analysts Expect Continued Near-Term Weakness was last modified: March 26th, 2019 by Cole PetersenThe post Bitcoin (BTC) Breaks Below 4,000 as Analysts Expect Continued Near-Term Weakness appeared first on NewsBTC.

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