Markets Update: Stable Cryptocurrencies and Unstable Pegged Coins

Since our last markets update, cryptocurrencies have been steadily moving sideways as traders are patiently waiting for the next big move. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, bitcoin core has been hovering between $6,400-6,550, while bitcoin cash has been coasting along around $425-500 per coin. The market capitalization of all 2,000+ cryptocurrencies hasn’t budged much over the last two weeks and currently rests at $213.4 billion.

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Stablecoins Show More Action Than Most Cryptocurrencies This Week

Markets have been trading in a triangular and consolidated pattern since the last big spike on Sunday, Oct. 15. That day, bitcoin core (BTC) spiked to a high of $6,760 on a few exchanges like Bitstamp, and bitcoin cash touched $501. Additionally, exchanges that use the stablecoin tether (USDT) saw BTC and BCH prices rise even higher than most spot markets and BTC values saw highs above $7,000. This market behavior was due to USDT dropping below the value of USD, hitting a low of $0.86 per token.

Markets Update: Seemingly Stable Markets and Unstable Pegged Coins

Other stablecoins like TUSD, GUSD, and USDC saw significant volumes this week as lots of money poured into these specific markets. On Oct. 16, Circle’s stablecoin USDC grew 2,000 % in seven days on partner exchanges and that day’s USDC volume surpassed the week prior’s.

Markets Update: Seemingly Stable Markets and Unstable Pegged Coins

During that time, other stablecoins like GUSD and TUSD rose above their dollar pegs while USDT dipped below. Following the jump in value, BCH and BTC prices have dipped a hair and USDT values have regained momentum.

Markets Update: Seemingly Stable Markets and Unstable Pegged Coins

The Top Cryptocurrency Markets

Bitcoin core markets are down today around 1% and one BTC is trading for $6,534 according to Satoshi Pulse data. Ethereum (ETH) prices are down 1.4%, as each ETH trades at $207 this Wednesday. Following behind ETH is ripple (XRP), which is up 1.8% over the last 24 hours. XRP prices are hovering around $0.46 at the time of publication. Lastly, EOS is down 0.68% today and the digital asset is swapped for $5.39 per coin. Overall, the top contenders are down between one to 13% over the last seven days of trading sessions.

Markets Update: Seemingly Stable Markets and Unstable Pegged Coins
The top ten cryptocurrency markets on Oct. 17, 2018.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Market Action

Bitcoin cash spot markets are seeing BCH trade for $451 per coin with the currency’s value down 1.7% over the last 24 hours. Percentages are down even lower for the week as seven-day statistics show BCH has dipped around 11.7% this past week. The top five exchanges swapping the most BCH this Wednesday are Lbank, Hitbtc, Binance, Okex and Huobi. BTC is the top trading pair exchanged with BCH, capturing 41.8% of all spot market trades. This is followed by the trading pairs USDT (27%), ETH (16%), USD (5.2%), and KRW (5.2%). Bitcoin cash has the sixth-largest trading volume, as $301 million worth of BCH trades have been processed in the last 24 hours.

Markets Update: Seemingly Stable Markets and Unstable Pegged Coins
BCH/USD seven-day.

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the four-hour and daily Bitstamp and Bitfinex BCH/USD charts shows some serious sideways action since the last spike. Many other digital asset charts like BTC/USD are following similar patterns, as traders seem to be finding new positions over the last two days. Currently, the BCH four-hour relative strength index (RSI -40) oscillator is meandering in the midrange and not granting many clues. The two simple moving averages (100 & 200 SMA) indicate a change may be in the cards as the two look as though they will be crossing hairs soon.

Markets Update: Seemingly Stable Markets and Unstable Pegged Coins
Oct. 17, 2018, BCH/USD Bitfinex

Unless things change, the 100 SMA looks to be dropping below the 200 SMA trendline, showing the path toward the least resistance will be the downside. Order books show there are big hurdles for BCH bulls from now until $465 and another pitstop above the $500 region. If things change and the price heads south, BCH bears will be stopped at $415 and $390 respectively.

The Verdict: Uncertainty Is in the Air

The verdict this week depends on who you ask, but can be generalized with one word: uncertainty. Some traders believe a bearish-to-bullish change is imminent, while others think cryptocurrency prices may sink lower. BTC/USD and ETH/USD shorts are fairly high, but not as much as they were a few weeks ago. The consolidated tight pattern and lack of shorts this week show uncertainty in the minds of traders waiting for a breakout in either direction.

Where do you see the price of bitcoin cash and other coins headed from here? Let us know in the comment section below.

Disclaimer: Price articles and markets updates are intended for informational purposes only and should not to be considered as trading advice. Neither nor the author is responsible for any losses or gains, as the ultimate decision to conduct a trade is made by the reader. Always remember that only those in possession of the private keys are in control of the “money.”

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BTCC Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in South Korea

BTCC Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in South Korea

Hong Kong-headquartered cryptocurrency exchange BTCC is reportedly launching services in South Korea this month. In addition to a cryptocurrency exchange, the company will offer a wallet service, a mining pool, and a consumer payments service, according to its Korean website.

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BTCC Expanding Into South Korea

BTCC, formerly known as BTC China, is launching services in South Korea on Oct. 31, according to the Investor. The beta service will start this month and the exchange “will make its official debut in November,” the publication added.

BTCC Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in South Korea“The world’s first cryptocurrency exchange BTCC is preparing to open in Korea,” the company wrote on its Korean website’s homepage. Four services are listed: an exchange, a wallet service, a mining pool, and a service to facilitate consumer payments. “BTCC is establishing an on / offline payment system using cryptocurrency,” its website states, adding that it “is expanding services for real-life use.”

The news outlet elaborated:

BTCC said it will expand its footprint through strategic tie-ups with local and global firms.

BTCC Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in South KoreaFounded in 2011, BTCC was one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world by trading volume before the Chinese government cracked down on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) in September last year. The government’s action caused all major cryptocurrency exchanges to exit China and move their operations overseas.

Following the crackdown, BTCC shut down its operations in China and re-launched its services in Hong Kong. The company is now headquartered in Hong Kong but serves a global customer base. The new BTCC exchange offers the trading of five cryptocurrencies against the USD — BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, and DASH. In addition, the latter four cryptocurrencies can be traded against BTC. The BTCC Korea exchange, however, has not announced which coins will be supported.

BTCC Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in South Korea
Cryptocurrencies supported on the main BTCC website.

Korean Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

BTCC Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in South KoreaThe South Korean cryptocurrency market is dominated by four exchanges: Upbit, Bithumb, Coinone, and Korbit. Bithumb is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the country by trading volume while Upbit is the largest by the number of coins listed. Upbit, which offers the trading of 164 coins in 276 markets, is a partner of U.S.-based exchange Bittrex and is backed by Kakao Corp., the operator of the country’s most popular chat app, Kakao Talk.

On Oct. 12, Bithumb confirmed that it was sold to a consortium led by a well-known plastic surgeon, as previously reported.

Another major cryptocurrency exchange that exited China and entered the South Korean market following the Chinese government’s crackdown is Huobi. The exchange launched its Korean operations in March, offering the trading of over 100 coins in over 200 markets, according to its website.

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Bitcoin Markets Comprise Imminent Alternative to Foreign Exchange

Bitcoin Markets Comprise Imminent Alternative to Foreign Exchange

A report authored by researchers from the Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics has found that Bitcoin is maturing. The report, courtesy of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow, concludes that Bitcoin carries “concrete potential of imminently becoming a regular market” and “an alternative to the foreign exchange.”

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Polish Researchers Seek to Assess Maturity of Bitcoin Markets

The study, which is “Based on 1-min price changes recorded since year 2012,” assesses “the fluctuation properties of the rapidly emerging Bitcoin market … over chosen sub-periods, in terms of return distributions, volatility autocorrelation, Hurst exponents, and multiscaling effects.”

“Since high-frequency price data are available since the beginning of trading,” the researchers argue that “Bitcoin offers a unique window into the statistical characteristics of a market maturation trajectory.”

“Statistical Irregularities” Only Identified During Bitcoin Markets’ Infancy

Bitcoin Markets Comprise Imminent Alternative to Foreign ExchangePublished in the scientific journal, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, the report states that “While early trading was affected by system-specific irregularities, it is found that over the months preceding April 2018 all these statistical indicators approach the features hallmarking maturity. This can be taken as an indication that the Bitcoin market, and possibly other cryptocurrencies, carry concrete potential of imminently becoming a regular market alternative to the foreign exchange.”

Professor Stanisław Drożdż, one of the researchers who worked on the study, stated: “Initially, the graphs we got were a bit crooked, which did not augur anything promising. But when we took a closer look at the data, suddenly it turned out that this crookedness originated from the first two years of the analyzed period, that is, from the time when the market was just starting to shape itself. Later on, the rates of return fluctuated according to the inverse cubic law.”

Cryptocurrency Markets Will Pose “Very Real Competition” to Forex Markets

Bitcoin Markets Comprise Imminent Alternative to Foreign ExchangeProfessor Drożdż asserts that “One of the more sophisticated features signaling the maturity of a market is the multifractal nature of its characteristics. Multifractals are fractals of fractals, i.e. structures in which, in order to see self-similarity, various fractal fragments have to be magnified at different speeds. Multifractal analyses reveal dependencies existing in many scales. In the case of Bitcoin, we detected multifractality in the functions of fluctuations in rates of return, particularly evident in the last six months of the examined period. This was of the same type as for regular, mature markets, such as the stock, dollar, oil or bond markets.”

“The most important statistical parameters of the Bitcoin market indicate very clearly that for many months now it has met all the important criteria of financial maturity. It seems that in the case of other cryptocurrencies it will be possible to expect a similar transformation. If this happens, the world’s largest market, the Forex market, can look forward to very real competition,” professor Drożdż concluded.

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