From Bitcoin to Brexit, Here’s What Investors Need to Watch for in 2019

Is it possible that the US Federal Reserve’s decision to tighten its balance sheet contributed to bitcoin and the wider cryptocurrency market losing steam in 2018? If so, what should crypto investors expect from the independently-run central bank in the future? Mati Greenspan, the senior market analyst at trading platform eToro, explored these and other questions in a wide-ranging webinar session on Tuesday. Fed’s Balance Sheet Reduction May Have Shaken Bitcoin Speaking on how even diverse asset classes can show correlation, Greenspan said that the Fed’s ongoing quantitative tightening program…

$4000, Doji, Bearish Pennant, and EMA Resistance

The break above $4,000 has not really changed the interim bias of the bitcoin market. The cryptocurrency on Wednesday remained largely unchanged on its 24-hour adjusted timeframe. The news of a possibly peaceful end to the ongoing US-China trade talks allowed global markets to establish their fresh intraday highs. Investors, meanwhile, focused less on their bitcoin portfolios after finding more opportunities in the Dow Jones, Nasdaq and S&P 500 markets. The silence in the bitcoin market also alarmed bulls of their fading dominance after an impressive rally this week. The BTC/USD…

Qtum Completes First Atomic Swap With Bitcoin on Mainnet

Qtum, a blockchain platform that merges the strength of Bitcoin’s blockchain with the Ethereum Virtual Machine to build decentralized applications, has completed its first atomic swap with Bitcoin on mainnet. This is a big, first step for atomic swaps, a feature that allows for on-chain exchanges, or transactions, between cryptocurrencies on two separate blockchains without the need to rely on a third party. For Bitcoin, this is a big step forward in allowing interoperability between other blockchains and itself in a trustless manner. Atomic swaps are not an entirely new…

XRP Bullish as Ripple Company make Strides

Ripple Price ranging within Dec 28 high low We expect breakouts above 40 cents to be strong Ripple company progress is solid At spot rates, Ripple (XRP) is ranging against the USD and up 0.4 percent at the time of press. These gains are modest, but as long as XRP is above 30 cents, price rallies towards 80 cents are on the cards. Ripple Price Analysis Overview In the last day, XRP is up 0.4 percent and moving horizontally inside a 6 cents range. Because of Sep 2018 upsides and…

Could Japan’s Approval of the Bitcoin ETF Affect US SEC’s Decision?

On January 7, CCN reported that the Financial Services Agency (FSA) of Japan is considering the approval of the country’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). With the final deadline of the VanEck Bitcoin ETF on the horizon, could the approval of a Bitcoin ETF in Japan have an impact on the decision of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)? Probability of a Bitcoin ETF in US The probability of the approval of a Bitcoin ETF in the U.S. by February remains low. A pro-crypto SEC commissioner Hester Peirce previously…