Analyst Who Predicted V-Shaped Reversal Thinks Bitcoin Will Hit $12k

Bitcoin has faced a slight reversal since the highs of $11,750 set a number of days ago. The coin currently trades for $11,350 as of this article’s writing, 3.4% below the highs. Analysts remain optimistic despite the price reversal. One historically accurate analyst that has called a number of pivotal movements in the Bitcoin price said that the cryptocurrency is primed to hit $12,000 as we enter the second half of October. The cryptocurrency could continue even higher to new year-to-date highs by the end of the month, the analyst…

Amid IRS bounty and competitor progress, Monero developers ship a major update

First announced in September, Monero developers today went live with a network update featuring a new version of its node software, codenamed ‘Oxygen Orion.’ The product of 30 contributors, the update promises significant improvement across nearly all aspects of the privacy-focused cryptocurrency’s performance.  The highlight of the new update is the compact linkable spontaneous anonymous group (CLSAG) feature. According to the Monero blog, CLSAG will reduce transaction sizes by 25% and improve transaction times by 10% while maintaining transactional privacy. The developers wrote:  “CLSAG enables smaller and faster transactions with…

OKEx’s OKB Crypto Slides Another 20% as Fears Around Exchange Fester

Earlier this week, it was revealed that OKEx had frozen all crypto withdrawals from its platform over concerns about a private key holder. OKEx is a leading crypto-asset exchange that processes a material percentage of the spot and futures volume in the industry. OKEx said that one of its private key holders was working with a public security bureau. He had been out of contact since he started working with the bureau, so they could not process withdrawals. As a result of this news, the price of OKEx’s native OKB…

Prominent ICO Filecoin (FIL) Dives 30% as Short Exposure Explodes

Yesterday, after years of waiting, Filecoin (FIL) finally launched, Funded by legendary venture capital companies like Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, and Union Square Ventures, the project is a blockchain-based data storage and data recovery network. Users can pay FIL to store their files on secure storage miners, which facilitate the network. The project, like many other hyped-up coins, launched at absurd valuations. The cryptocurrency quickly spiked above $100 on the exchanges that supported it, meaning it had a fully-diluted market capitalization in excess of $200 billion — yes $200 billion.…

Sharp Bitcoin price move brewing as BTC volatility falls to a 16-month low

Bitcoin (BTC) options aggregate open interest has increased to $2 billion, which is 13% below the all-time high. Although the open interest is still heavily concentrated on Deribit exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has also reached $300 million. In simple terms, options derivatives contracts allow investors to buy protection, either from the upside (call options) or downside (put options). Even though there are some more complex strategies, the mere existence of liquid options markets is a positive indicator. For example, derivative contracts allow miners to stabilize their income which…

Yearn.finance (YFI) Invalidates Bullish Market Structure; Analysts Eye Further Losses

Yearn.finance used to be the darling of the DeFi sector, with investors pouring massive sums of capital into the YFI token while largely looking towards it to become one of the largest and most widely used platforms within the decentralized finance ecosystem. The sentiment surrounding the Yearn project began to shift a few weeks ago, however, after the founder lured investors into an experimental smart contract project he was developing that resulted in 50% of their funds being lost. Although he didn’t directly encourage users to manually call the contract…

Following whipsaw launch, Filecoin looks to weeklong conference for stability

Two days after a whiplash-inducing launch that saw Filecoin’s FIL token rocket 118% before a nearly 80% plunge, the blockchain-based data storage platform turns now to a weeklong digital conference in the hopes of righting the ship.  Billed “Filecoin Liftoff Week,” the event is centered on education, infrastructure, interoperability, and future plans for the project. Kicking off October 19th, 2020, the five days of programming feature a different theme each day, such as “Build” and “The Future.”  Counted among the high-profile speakers are ConsenSys founder Joe Lubin, who will be…

Bitcoin Likely to Break Below $11,000 Before Next Uptrend: Analyst

Bitcoin has been caught within a prolonged consolidation phase throughout the past few days and weeks, with buyers and sellers both being unable to take control of its near-term trend. This has done little to offer investors with insight into where it may trend next, and its close correlation to the U.S. stock market makes it likely that it will continue lacking a trend until either the election is finished or a second round of stimulus is passed through. This could be incredibly bearish for altcoins, as they have been…

Will the dollar’s weakness result in Bitcoin finally breaking $12,000?

Historically, a weaker United States Dollar leads to strength across other “safe haven” assets. By analyzing the correlation, such momentum and conclusion can also be drawn with Bitcoin (BTC) and the USD. Bitcoin has gained in 2020 as the U.S. Dollar Currency Index (DXY) has been having a tough year. But will this momentum continue in the coming months? Let’s take a closer look at the charts. Bitcoin has to hold the $11,000 support level to avoid a CME gap test at $9,600 BTC/USD 1-day chart. Source: TradingView The triangle…

file storage and digital identity

In an open letter today to Neo community members, the Neo Foundation reflected on the past four years of activity and teased their plans for the future: Neo3, the third iteration of their smart contract-enabled blockchain, which will sport file storage and D-ID (Digital or Decentralized Identity) features.  Neo, the 22nd largest cryptocurrency by marketcap, has enjoyed a strong year, having successfully launched a cross-chain interoperability product in collaboration with Ontology and Switcheo.  Additionally the self-styled “smart economy” platform’s foray into the summer DeFi craze was similarly successful — the…