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1000x Better Than Gold: MicroStrategy CEO Says He Will HODL Bitcoin for 100 Years
MicroStrategy’s CEO Michael Saylor continues to dig deeper into Bitcoin after his company purchased $425 million worth of the cryptocurrency. In a recent podcast episode with long-time BTC proponent Anthony ‘Pomp’ Pompliano, Saylor claimed he’s ready to HODL Bitcoin for a century and said it’s 1,000 times better than gold.
Saylor On His Change Of Heart Regarding Bitcoin
MicroStrategy’s CEO has a compelling history of Bitcoin. He completed his one-eighty transformation from predicting its death in 2013 to calling it a “legitimate investment asset” in 2020 after his company purchased $425 million worth of BTC in less than a month.
In Pompliano’s latest podcast episode, Saylor commented on his 2013 tweet, which received a massive attention boost from the community after the large BTC purchase. Interestingly, Saylor said that he had forgotten about the post until he was recently reminded of it:
“I’m really ashamed to say, but I didn’t know I tweeted it until the day that I tweeted that I bought $250 million worth of Bitcoin. Then I discovered the hive mind crypto Twitter consciousness where, all of a sudden, they all went through all my tweets, they found it, they reminded me of it, they compared it.”
Later on, Saylor explained that he signed up on Twitter in 2013. His lack of experience led to posting several controversial posts, but he learned to tweet more selectively in time.
Saylor: BTC Is Better Than Gold, I Will Hold For 100 Years
When reasoning why his company bought Bitcoin, Saylor noted that he has a “mega, mega problem – I have a lot of cash, and I’m watching it melt away. I’m helped to realize that I have a mega problem by this insane V-shaped recovery in the bond and equity markets.” He also dismissed commercial real estate because it’s just “not compelling.”
Instead, what he aimed for was an asset, whose production rate can be “cut in half” and its price “can go up by a factor of 10. That’s what any intelligent investor wants.”
Both Pomp and Saylor brought out the decade-long comparison between Bitcoin and gold as both assets share similarities such as limited supply. However, MicroStrategy’s CEO said that “Bitcoin isn’t 10x better than gold, it’s 100x, maybe it’s 1,000x better than gold.”
By highlighting these views on Bitcoin, Saylor has decided to become a BTC HODLer as he plans to hold the primary cryptocurrency for “100 friggin’ years.”
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How Decentralized Ratings Can Avoid a Future DeFi Crash
With DeFi’s recent brush with death, investors require an impartial and decentralized rating system to support the most desirable investment decisions and avoid future losses. Here’s why.
Decentralized finance (DeFi), an ecosystem for lending and borrowing, continues to defy the odds. Despite a significant crash thanks, in part, to unaudited and scam-like clone projects, the sector is bouncing back and seemingly stronger than ever. But while the niche crypto division could be on track to greater things, investors are at more risk than ever.
To protect themselves, investors need a reliable source of information. UK based pioneers Evai.io believe that a fit for purpose, unbiased, and decentralized rating system holds the key for investors to understand what they’re placing their money behind—and whether, or not, it’s worth it.
The Dangers of DeFi
For DeFi, decentralization presents a tradeoff. No central control facilitates the freedoms of an autonomous ecosystem—one that has the potential to change finance as we know it, allowing anyone to create and participate. Conversely, it also means bad actors can run rampant. The DeFi sector has experienced its fair share of both.
The division has remained fastened on a veritable rollercoaster of volatility this year—most of which to the upside. It’s unprecedented growth saw the sector add an eye-watering $9 billion to its total value, trough to peak, between January and September, before promptly losing around $3 billion of that value in a little over a week, earlier this month. For many, the brutal crash, alongside its various impetuses, signaled a death knell for the sector.
Speculators mostly waived the need for a thorough post-mortem; the cause of the crash was fairly self-evident.
The DeFi bubble was inflated chiefly thanks to a tokenomic mechanism known as liquidity mining—a tool used by DeFI lending and borrowing protocols to lure in liquidity by rewarding users with so-called “governance tokens.” Investors looking to generate the most yield were drawn to these protocols due to these dividends. In turn, the governance tokens, bolstered by the clamor of investors and reinforced the sector’s relative illiquidity, have grown to significant heights—taking DeFi’s overall value with them.
It all started with Compound, a lending protocol. In June, Compound decided to lean on incentivization to drive liquidity to its platform. The move cemented the protocol as a leader in DeFi and catapulted its governance token, COMP, from approximately $68 to a peak of $346, within days.
The move didn’t go overlooked, and soon an entire clone army had emerged with one mission in mind: to mimic the success of Compound. Chief among them was Yearn.Finance, a yield aggregator, and its governance token, YFI.
YFI rose from a price of around $35 July to its zenith of $42,000—surpassing the price of bitcoin nearly fourfold in September, despite its creators explaining that the token as having zero financial value.
YFI (https://t.co/r1AOzJjwRo) was created by @AndreCronjeTech as a governance token to have “zero value.” His Twitter bio says “I test in prod.” The market cap is now over a billion dollars with each token trading at ~$36k each. This all started in mid July.
Can anyone explain?
Soon, YFI was cloned by a myriad of other protocols, each with its own governance token. These included Yam, Hotdog, Sushi, and Pizza, to name a few. Despite their namesakes, however, these tokens turned out to be anything but savory.
Out of thin air, the doppelgangers attracted millions of dollars in valuation, only for it to vanish as suddenly as it arrived. Yam, for example, grew to a market cap of $60 million in two days following its launch in August, before tumbling down after its founders discovered a fatal flaw. In September, Hotdog followed a similar trajectory soaring to over $4,000 the day it shipped, only to crash to $1 just 5 minutes later.
$4000 to $1 in 5 minutes.
ok can you guys stop trading pic.twitter.com/cZRTBfyJj3
— lowstrife (@lowstrife) September 2, 2020
Sushi similarly collapsed after its pseudonymous founder, known only as “chef Nomi,” cashed out for $14 million, dragging the entire project down as they did.
This culmination of flash crashes proved too much, and the entire DeFi sector experienced a significant correction. The worst of the bloodletting occurred last week, with DeFi tokens losing nearly half of their value across the board.
Rough week in DeFi land with 6 assets dipping more than 50% + over the last 7 days
Where are we going next? pic.twitter.com/3vJiqb4xhr
— Messari (@MessariCrypto) September 8, 2020
Nevertheless, the entire sector soon stabilized, bouncing back from its first major dip and defying detractors. How? Because despite a few bad apples (and clones), the DeFi sector— at its core—isn’t rotten.
In reality, It would be extremely disingenuous to write DeFi off as a scam. The sector holds incredible potential for wealth creation and could conceivably serve as a genuine alternative to traditional centralized finance—but not without some help along the way.
EVAI Ratings: Knowledge Is Power
Many attribute DeFi’s rise to the ICO boom in 2017. The two sectors allowed unscrupulous creators to capitalize on scams, pump and dumps, and poorly executed smart contracts without any regard for investor safety.
However, much like the ICO bubble, DeFi will undoubtedly yield winners and losers. There are, after all, many legitimate and audited protocols that hold some intrinsic worth and utility. The idea of a decentralized lending and borrowing ecosystem akin to the traditional financial industry, only with the potential for better returns, low fees, and transparency, is a brilliant one.
But for uninformed investors, this juxtaposition between legitimate and illegitimate projects means DeFi—and indeed, the wider crypto ecosystem acts as a potentially fatal minefield. Back the wrong project and the financial repercussions could be severe.
As such, the need for an impartial measure of the inherent value of DeFi tokens has never been more vital.
Evai, a blockchain-based decentralized rating system, aims to instill such a system. By leaning on decentralization, community participation, and academic research, Evai is creating an unbiased rating system to evaluate cryptocurrencies and help investors better navigate crypto markets. The founders also have ambitious plans to apply their ratings system to the DeFI sector as part of their 2021 development roadmap.
Underpinned by the breakthrough research of Professor Andros Gregoriou, Evai’s rating system “The Bridge” factors several determinants to select ratings. These include liquidity, to measure the fungibility of an asset; systematic risk, measuring the threat emanating from the collapse of a market; profitability, the potential payoff of an investment; momentum, the rate of change of an assets price; and peak to end value demand, the last value and the peak of an asset’s price over a specific period; all of which fuse to define the optimum exposure.
Moving away from centralized, sponsored ratings, which inevitably render bias, and factoring assessment on a predetermined strategic procedure allows Evai to produce some of the most impartial ratings on the market. Putting this system to work in the DeFi sector is critical to enable peace of mind for investors and ultimately steer DeFi toward legitimacy.
* Disclaimer: This is a contributed article and should not be taken as investment advice.
Crypto Price Analysis & Overview September 18th: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Binance Coin, and Polkadot
Bitcoin saw a positive 6% price increase this week as it edges its way toward the $11,000 level. The cryptocurrency was trading within a symmetrical triangle pattern last week after consolidating prior for 10-days. This symmetrical triangle broke over the weekend – providing the first signal that BTC was about to push higher.
After breaking above, Bitcoin continued to push beyond resistance at $10,600 as it reached resistance at $11,051 (bearish .5 Fib Retracement) yesterday. The bullish push has stalled at this resistance and will need to push beyond here to continue this rebound.
Looking ahead, if the bulls break $11,000 and $11,051, resistance lies at $11,200, $11,340 (bearish .618 Fib Retracenement), $11,500, and $11,760 (bearish .786 Fib Retracement). The last level of resistance lies at $12,000 (bearish .886 Fib Retracement).
On the other side, the first level of support lies at $10,900. This is followed by support at $10,500, $10,430 (100-days EMA), $10,330, $10,140, and $10,000.
Ethereum also saw a healthy 4.5% price increase this week as it hits the $385 level. Ethereum was trading at around $385 on Saturday as it headed lower during the weekend. It managed to find support at $364 (2019 high) and held at this level over the following 4-days.
Yesterday, Ethereum bounced higher from the $364 support and reached as high as $490. It has been unable to break this resistance as it trades at $386 right now.
Looking ahead, if the buyers can break $390, resistance lies at $400, $410, and $420 (bearish .618 Fib Retracement). Above this, resistance lies at $438 (August 2018 High), $450, and $465.
On the other side, the first level of support lies at $382. This is followed by support at $364 (2019 high), $350, and $336.
Ethereum has suffered against Bitcoin this week. The coin was trading at 0.0371 BTC last Friday as it hit resistance at a bearish .618 Fib Retracement level. It was unable to break this resistance as it rolled over throughout the week.
The selling continued until ETH hit 0.0332 BTC yesterday, which allowed it to rebound higher. The rebound ran into resistance at 0.0361 BTC (March 2019 High) and was unable to break above this. A falling trend line further bolstered the resistance here.
Looking ahead, the first level of resistance to break lies at the falling trend line. This is followed by resistance at 0.0361 BTC (March 2019 High), 0.0371 BTC (bearish .618 Fib Retracement), and 0.038 BTC.
On the other side, the first level of support lies at 0.0347 BTC. This is followed by added support at 0.0337 BTC (March 2019 Support), 0.0329 BTC (.5 Fib Retracement), and 0.032 BTC.
XRP saw a small 3.4% price rise over the last week of trading as it reached $0.252 today. The coin broke above the 100-days EMA last Friday, but it struggled to make any ground above $0.25. Throughout the entire week, XRP remained rangebound between $0.25 and $0.24.
This range was penetrated yesterday when XRP finally climbed above the $0.25 level. However, it was unable to penetrate the resistance at $0.257 (bearish .382 Fib Retracement).
Looking ahead, the first level of resistance to break lies at $0.257 (bearish .382 Fib Retracemnet). This is followed by resistance at $0.266 (bearish .5 Fib Retracement), $0.275 (.618 Fib Retracement), $0.28, and $0.288 (bearish .786 Fib Retracement).
On the other side, the first level of support lies at $0.25. This is followed by support at $0.244 (100-days EMA), $0.236, and $0.228 (.618 Fib Retracement).
XRP suffered quite heavily against Bitcoin this week. The coin failed to overcome resistance at a falling trend line at around 2400 SAT last Friday, which caused it to head lower over the weekend. It went on to break beneath the 100-days EMA as it continued to spike as low as 2200 SAT on Wednesday.
The bulls have since rebounded from here as XRP trades at 2300 SAT, but the outlook still looks pretty bearish unless the buyers can bring XRP above 2400 SAT.
Moving forward, if the sellers continue to drive XRP lower, the first level of support lies at 2250 SAT. This is followed by support at 2200 SAT, 2167 SAT (downside 1.414 Fib Extension), and 2111 SAT (downside 1.618 Fib Extension).
Binance Coin saw a healthy 14.1% price surge this week as it hits the $27.93 level today. The coin was trading beneath $26 last Friday as it started to surge higher. Over the weekend, BNB reached as high as $33.44 before it rolled over and started to drop.
Luckily, it found strong s support at the $27.17 region after spiking lower unto the $25.75 level (.382 Fib Retracement). The bulls have defended $27.17 over the past 4-days and have attempted to rebound from here today.
Looking ahead, the first level of resistance to climb above lies at $29. This is followed by resistance at $30, $21.30, and $33.43. Additional resistance lies at $34, $34.37, and $36.
On the other side, the first level of support lies at $27.17. Beneath that, support lies at $25.75 (.382 Fib Retracement), $25, $23.63 (.5 Fib Retracement), and $22.
The situation is relatively similar for BNB/BTC. The coin was trading at 0.0024 BTC last Friday as it surged higher into the 0.003 BTC level. From there, it plummeted lower until support was found at 0.00242 BTC (.5 Fib Retracement). A rising trend line bolsters the support here.
Looking ahead, the first level of resistance to break lies at 0.00262 BTC (Feb 2020 High). Above this, resistance lies at 0.00265 BTC (June 2018 High), 0.0028 BTC, and 0.003 BTC.
On the other side, the first level of support lies at the rising trend line. Beneath this, support lies at 0.00242 BTC (.5 Fib Retracement), 0.00228 BTC (.618 Fib Retracement), and 0.0022 BTC.
Polkadot saw a strong 15.4% price increase this week as the coin rises into the $5.25 level. The cryptocurrency had dropped lower from the $6.90 level at the start of September and continued to fall until support was found at $3.81 (downside 1.272 Fib Extension). From there, it managed to rebound as it started to form a symmetrical triangle pattern.
DOT is now at the apex of this symmetrical triangle, where a breakout is expected in either direction to dictate the next bearing for the market.
IF the bulls can break the upper boundary of the triangle, the first level of resistance lies at $5.61 (bearish .618 Fib Retracement). This is followed by resistance at $6.00, $6.17 (bearish .786 Fib Retracement), $6.65 (1.414 Fib Extension), and $7.00 (1.618 Fib Extension).
On the other side, the first level of support lies at the lower boundary of the triangle. Beneath this, support lies at $5.10 (.236 Fib Retracement), $5.00, $4.80 (.382 Fib Retracement), and $4.56 (.5 Fib retracement).
Against Bitcoin, DOT is also in a symmetrical triangle as it trades at 48,100 SAT. The coin fell from 59,000 SAT at the start of September until support was reached at the 37,900 SAT (.786 Fib Retracement).
DOT rebounded from this support as it slowly pushed higher within the confines of the symmetrical triangle.
Looking ahead, if the bulls break the upper boundary of the triangle, the first level of resistance lies at 52,500 SAT. Above this, resistance lies at 55,000 SAT, 57,000 SAT (1.272 Fib Extension), and 60,000 SAT.
On the other side, support lies at 45,800 SAT, 45,000 SAT, 42,500 SAT, and 40,000 SAT.
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