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The Top 5 Defining Trends for Crypto in Late 2020

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The cryptocurrency field is a place where everything changes in the blink of an eye. New technologies, key market players and trends shift much faster than in any other industry. From the current point of view, many exciting developments seem viable. Still, this chaotic industry can bring more opportunities within the upcoming months, and everything we’ve seen before will be surpassed by something truly outstanding. However, let’s quickly check in.

The shift toward a cashless society

One of the most society-redefining trends of 2020 came unexpectedly. Right after Christmas, the world seemed safe and sound despite dreadful news from China. Later in the winter though, it had been taken over by a deadly virus in the blink of an eye. The COVID-19 pandemic has paralyzed, disrupted and stopped a lot of industries and made people rethink their attitude toward many things in life. Such previously questionable practices like remote jobs or crypto payments have become of significant importance and seem like they will remain present even after the pandemic ends. Why work from the office when everything can be efficiently managed from any spot in the world? Does it make sense to continue to overspend on luxurious offices if there is simply no need for that in the digital age?

Moreover, it’s about time to get rid of cash — we have to take a step toward a new quality of life. Meanwhile, the blockchain field has also blossomed, as a new era requires more professionals in the field of distributed ledger technology. In today’s world, apps for interaction with the crypto world have become advanced and straightforward enough to enable the purchase of digital assets with just a credit card. Stablecoin wallets are in high demand, and this evident trend is no more a millennial-only kind of thing as institutions join the club in substantial numbers.

Crypto is not for geeks anymore

The image of cryptocurrency is changing globally faster than ever. Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) are not a bubble anymore, as BTC’s market capitalization is now bigger than Coca-Cola and Intel, and blockchain is integrated into many fields and operations. Moreover, institutional crypto involvement is rising as the demand for Bitcoin soars amid the coronavirus crisis, with Grayscale experiencing a drastic increase in assets this year. More hedge funds are accumulating digital wealth fast — and that is sure to continue this year.

While the Facebook-led Libra project still has many stumbling blocks in the face of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators, its launch is continually delayed. Because mixing different monetary policies is questionable for the project’s success, we’re not sure that Libra will ever see the light of the day in the current condition.

One thing is undoubtedly evident: The world of mainstream users needs more convenient interfaces to interact with crypto — and they are coming. The digital divide steadily reduces, as in 2020, it’s easier to open a checking account in dollars or euros than ever before. 

Growing DeFi adoption 

Decentralized finance, or DeFi, has become one of the most prominent trends in crypto since late 2019. The sector has been growing at a fast pace over the past six months, and a new milestone was recently reached by the sector as the total value locked in DeFi hit an astonishing new height of $4 billion.

Many companies that operate in the blockchain field have already introduced their DeFi products. Popular protocols such as Compound, Balancer, Curve and other platforms have opened the door to a whole new world of crypto opportunities for investors looking for deep liquidity, varying risk-reward ratios, and exciting, affordable modern financial instruments.

We’re about to see further adoption alongside user-base growth as institutional capital comes to the digital asset field. DeFi is growing insanely fast, and it’s of crucial importance to have a simple, effective, inexpensive on-ramp and off-ramp solution for this segment.

The advent of CBDCs 

Nowadays, central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs, are either a hot topic to talk about or a solution in development in many countries. China, one of the world’s most extensive tech breeding grounds, has started to engage in creating the local digital asset. It would be exciting to see how a digital yuan launch and implementation could change the crypto world and shift the balance of economic power, taking out the dollar’s status as a global reserve currency. Could this example inspire other leading countries? The competition may be fierce in this field.

Stablecoins initiatives are still massively underappreciated throughout the world — most crypto holders are subject to volatility and counterparty risk. It’s not only global or local bank-lead projects that will be in the space in the future, as private companies are continuing developments as well. Projects such as USD Coin (USDC), Paxos Standard (PAX) and Stasis’ Eurs combine the benefits of blockchain with the reputation and relative stability of fiat. 

Enhanced privacy with blockchain technology

Real progress happens when a crisis looms ahead. Back in the 90s, the internet was something of a miracle, magic or an arcane invention. Today, in the mobile-driven age of social media networks, we can hardly imagine our daily existence without the need to interact or communicate online. But with the growing engagement in digital life, we forget that all the available services, which are being used not only by casual users but also by most well-known CEOs and even presidents, are still too fragile, despite technological advances.

The latest Twitter hack compromised many high-level politicians, celebrities and individuals in technology. The problem leads to the question of what to do next. Discussions on blockchain-based improvements have heated up in a blink of an eye. We may see more problems, as hacking activity and ransom demands in crypto will not vanish anytime soon. Still, DLT will surely be noted when developing a shield for this particular dagger.

Looking into 2020 and beyond

Many analysts make distant forecasts for the crypto field and the price of Bitcoin, envisioning the further possible trends of the next decade. It’s undeniable that this once niche field is set to transform into a global mainstream ecosystem. Be sure to expect more price records, more inventions and more adoption.

What will the world be like in 10 years? Back in the 20th century, this question was much easier to address, but any predictions made today will highly likely become obsolete after a year. However, we can be sure that decentralized technologies and DLT-driven services will shape humanity’s further progress and development.

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.

Gregory Klumov is a stablecoin expert whose insights and opinions appear regularly in numerous international publications. He is the founder and CEO of Stasis, a technology provider that issues the most widely used euro-backed stablecoins with a high transparency standard in the digital-asset industry.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/the-top-5-defining-trends-for-crypto-in-late-2020

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Bitcoin Recovery Runs Into Crucial Resistance, But 100 SMA Holds The Key

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Bitcoin price started a decent recovery from the $10,139 swing low against the US Dollar. BTC gained pace above the $10,550 resistance, but it is facing a major hurdle near $10,800.

  • Bitcoin managed to stay above the $10,000 support and started a decent recovery.
  • The price is now trading above the $10,550 resistance and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $10,600 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair is currently facing a strong resistance near the $10,800 level (the previous support).

Bitcoin Price is Gaining Traction

After trading as low as $10,139, bitcoin price started a decent recovery against the US Dollar. BTC broke a few important hurdles near $10,400 and $10,550 to move into a short-term positive zone.

The recovery was such that the price settled above the $10,550 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There was also a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $10,600 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair.

Bitcoin is now testing the next key resistance near the $10,800 level. A high is formed near $10,789 and the price is consolidating gains. An initial support on the downside is near the $10,640 level or the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent increase from the $10,139 low to $10,789 high.

Bitcoin Price

Bitcoin price breaks $10,550. Source: TradingView.com

The next major support is near the $10,550 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. The 50% Fib retracement level of the recent increase from the $10,139 low to $10,789 high is also near $10,464 to act as a support.

On the upside, the bulls are facing a huge task near the $10,800 level. If they manage to clear the $10,800 resistance, the price is likely to accelerate higher towards the $11,000 and $11,200 levels.

Is This Just a Recovery in BTC?

If bitcoin fails to continue higher above $10,780 and $10,800, it could start a fresh decline. The first major support is seen near the $10,550 level and the 100 hourly SMA.

A downside break below the 100 hourly SMA might put the bulls on the back foot. In the stated case, the price could trim gains and dive back towards the $10,200 support.

Technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD is now losing steam in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is correcting lower and it is above the 60 level.

Major Support Levels – $10,640, followed by $10,550.

Major Resistance Levels – $10,780, $10,800 and $11,000.

Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/2020/09/25/bitcoin-recovery-runs-into-crucial-resistance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bitcoin-recovery-runs-into-crucial-resistance

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Kraken Daily Market Report for September 24 2020

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Overview


  • Total trading volume at $237.5 million, as Bitcoin and other coins correct for yesterday’s losses and trended positively all day.
  • Very good returns across the board. LINK +29%, SNX +25%, and BAL +18%. Several cryptos had over 10% returns, and only DAI (a stable coin) posted margin losses.
  • Trading volume surged around 05:00, 10:00 and 15:00 UTC; however, none of these surges occurred around major price swings.

September 24, 2020 
 $237.5M traded across all markets today
 Crypto, EUR, USD, JPY, CAD, GBP, CHF, AUD 
XBT 
$10731. 
↑4.9% 
$113.9M
ETH 
$348.95 
↑8.9% 
$49.9M
USDT 
$1.0001 
↑0.07% 
$24.0M
LINK 
$9.8494 
↑29% 
$23.4M
DOT 
$4.3905 
↑9.4% 
$5.66M
XRP 
$0.2328 
↑5.2% 
$4.3M
USDC 
$1.0001 
↑0.0% 
$3.59M
XTZ 
$2.1528 
↑10% 
$3.17M
LTC 
$44.929 
↑4.6% 
$1.95M
BCH 
$216.25 
↑4.1% 
$1.55M
OXT 
$0.3025 
↑15% 
$1.16M
ETC 
$5.7974 
↑0.9% 
$1.16M
ADA 
$0.0826 
↑7.8% 
$1.1M
XMR 
$91.977 
↑5.6% 
$1.09M
SNX 
$4.625 
↑25% 
$1.08M
OMG 
$3.1119 
↑13% 
$975K
ATOM 
$4.4801 
↑17% 
$889K
EOS 
$2.5345 
↑3.9% 
$704K
ALGO 
$0.2943 
↑9.4% 
$700K
DAI 
$1.0110 
↓0.02% 
$648K
KAVA 
$1.9908 
↑4.5% 
$647K
TRX 
$0.0262 
↑5.8% 
$537K
PAXG 
$1879.1 
↑1.0% 
$515K
XLM 
$0.0704 
↑4.5% 
$459K
WAVES 
$2.3659 
↑9.1% 
$380K
ZEC 
$55.184 
↑6.5% 
$368K
MLN 
$32.272 
↑15% 
$327K
COMP 
$138.60 
↑8.9% 
$327K
XDG 
$0.0026 
↑3.3% 
$270K
REP 
$14.323 
↑10% 
$263K
ICX 
$0.4135 
↑12% 
$236K
BAT 
$0.2260 
↑6.1% 
$235K
QTUM 
$2.3184 
↑6.7% 
$209K
KNC 
$0.9387 
↑9.3% 
$186K
KSM 
$36.864 
↑11% 
$161K
SC 
$0.0026 
↑6.0% 
$148K
GNO 
$41.569 
↑9.0% 
$147K
DASH 
$67.884 
↑4.8% 
$140K
NANO 
$0.7512 
↑11% 
$127K
CRV 
$0.9915 
↑12% 
$124K
LSK 
$1.2075 
↑7.3% 
$84.0K
BAL 
$15.420 
↑18% 
$70.9K
STORJ 
$0.3379 
↑11% 
$58.2K
REPV2 
$14.349 
↑13% 
$42.0K



#####################. Trading Volume by Asset. ##########################################

Trading Volume by Asset


The figures below break down the trading volume of the largest, mid-size, and smallest assets. Cryptos are in purple, fiats are in blue. For each asset, the chart contains the daily trading volume in USD, and the percentage of the total trading volume. The percentages for fiats and cryptos are treated separately, so that they both add up to 100%.

Figure 1: Largest trading assets: trading volume (measured in USD) and its percentage of the total trading volume (September 24 2020)



Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (September 24 2020)



Figure 3: Smallest trading assets: (measured in USD) (September 24 2020)



#####################. Spread %. ##########################################

Spread %


Spread percentage is the width of the bid/ask spread divided by the bid/ask midpoint. The values are generated by taking the median spread percentage over each minute, then the average of the medians over the day.

Figure 4: Average spread % by pair (September 24 2020)



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#########. Returns and Volume ############################################

Returns and Volume


Figure 5: Returns of the four highest volume pairs (September 24 2020)


Figure 6: Volume of the major currencies and an average line that fits the data to a sinusoidal curve to show the daily volume highs and lows (September 24 2020)



###########. Daily Returns. #################################################

Daily Returns %


Figure 7: Returns over USD and XBT. Relative volume and return size is indicated by the size of the font. (September 24 2020)



###########. Disclaimer #################################################

The values generated in this report are from public market data distributed from Kraken WebSockets api. The total volumes and returns are calculated over the reporting day using UTC time.

Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/6433/kraken-daily-market-report-for-september-24-2020/

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New Zealand Digital Asset Exchange Dasset Adds Bitcoin SV Support

The exchange has added support and two new trading pairs for Bitcoin SV.

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New Zealand digital asset exchange, Dasset, recently announced that it has officially introduced support for Bitcoin SV (BSV) on its trading platform, with the BSV/NZD and BSV/BTC trading pairs now listed and available for use on the exchange.

According to a statement from the exchange on Thursday, Dasset has decided to launch the two new trading pairs, including a fiat currency trading pair for BSV, following the continued growing interest in Bitcoin SV.

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The SV in Bitcoin SV stands for Satoshi Vision, with the virtual currency marketing itself as the “original Bitcoin” which stays true to the goals of pseudonymous founder Satoshi Nakamoto. The crypto was born following Bitcoin Cash suffering a hard fork in 2018.

The main aim of the virtual currency is to deliver stability and achieve scalability. According to the project’s website, “Bitcoin SV is intended to provide a clear choice for miners and allow businesses to build applications and websites on it reliably.”

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Jimmy Nguyen, President of the Bitcoin Association
Jimmy Nguyen, President of the Bitcoin Association and BitcoinSV advocate.

Commenting on the changes at Dasset, Jimmy Nguyen, Founding President of Bitcoin Association said in the statement: “A key element in ensuring that the Bitcoin SV growth story continues across the globe is making the process of onboarding new users a fast and simple process. 

“With the introduction of a new fiat on-ramp to buy and sell BSV at Dasset, that process just got easier for people across New Zealand and Australia, who now have another reputable, lawfully-registered service provider to use as an onboarding option into the Bitcoin SV ecosystem.”

Dasset launched BSV to give users choice

Founded in 2017, Dasset is a digital asset trading platform serving retail, professional and institutional customers in New Zealand and Australia. The company is registered as a Financial Service Provider in New Zealand, however, it’s not regulated by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) as the country does not yet have specific crypto legislation.

CEO of Dasset Stephen Macaskill
CEO of Dasset Stephen Macaskill
Source: LinkedIn

“Cryptocurrency has always been a battle of ideas,” added the CEO of Dasset Stephen Macaskill in the statement. “We recently listed Bitcoin SV to give customers the opportunity to discover, and ultimately decide, which crypto assets will best serve their digital future.”

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