How to Spot Bitcoin’s Golden or Death Cross Using Simple Moving Averages

Understanding short-term and long-term moving averages (MAs) is important for trading strategies, whether for cryptocurrency or traditional assets. Two rare but powerful signals that traders look for occur when the short-term and long-term MAs cross. On the upside, that’s the golden cross, and, on the downside, it’s called the death cross. Golden and death crosses have predicted many of the worst economic downturns of the previous century; for example, the death cross predicted the 1929, 1938, 1974 and 2008 bear markets. Importantly, they underscore the potency of a primary trend, enabling…

Why Bitcoin’s Next ‘Halving’ May Not Pump the Price Like Last Time

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and CoinDesk’s Director of Research. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a weekly newsletter focused on institutional investment in crypto assets. Sign up for free here. To find out more about crypto valuation metrics, download our free report here. Whether you call it the “halving” or the “halvening,” one of the few things we can be sure of in crypto is that the conversation around bitcoin’s upcoming reduction in…

How Bitcoin’s Lightning Can Be Used for Private Messaging

Bitcoin’s lightning network might have a use case beyond faster and more scalable payments. Last week Lightning Labs developer Joost Jager revealed an experimental, new proof of concept: Whatsat, a version of lightning that can be used to send private messages. Like bitcoin, it’s censorship-resistant. But, unlike encrypted apps that morph messages into unreadable, garbled text to keep messages from prying eyes, there’s no central entity to stop users from employing the network. Jager told CoinDesk: “Lightning is a peer to peer network in which anyone can participate. There is…

PODCAST: Kaiko’s Ambre Soubiran on Bitcoin’s ‘Intrinsic Value’

“One of the things I was hearing all the time when I was in the banking world was ‘OK, but this bitcoin thing, it doesn’t have any intrinsic value,’” said Ambre Soubiran, CEO of cryptocurrency market-data startup Kaiko. “And this is something to which I obviously completely disagree,” she continued. “How can you say that having a system that enables permissionless transference and a decentralized and secure way to digitally transfer ownership [doesn’t have value]? Just that system and the fact that it works and that it has been working…

Bitcoin’s Weekly Chart May See Golden Cross for First Time in 3.5 Years

View Bitcoin’s short-term 50-period moving average is edging closer toward the longer-term 100-period moving average on the weekly chart, hinting at a potential bullish “golden cross” formation for the first time in 3.5 years. In the shorter term, however, total weekly volume has fallen period-to-period as indecision continues to grip the market. Price action is caught between the 100-day and 200-day moving averages (MAs). The next major move either way is likely to determine trend bias going forward, if a firm close above or below those averages is confirmed. Bitcoin…

Was a Lone Whale Really Behind Bitcoin’s 2017 Bull Run? Don’t Bet on It

“Ignorance is the parent of fear.” — Herman Melville, Moby Dick In July 2019, John M. Griffin and Amin Shams, academics from the University of Texas and the University of Ohio, respectively, published the cleverly titled report “Is Bitcoin Really Un-Tethered?” Their “findings” echoed through mainstream and cryptocurrency media alike. The duo boldly claimed that bitcoin’s 2017 price rise was fueled by unbacked USDT; in essence, their argument goes, Bitfinex/Tether issued the stablecoin without having any dollars in the bank to back them up, meaning bitcoin’s price rose on little…

Bitcoin’s Price Hovers Above $9,300, While Stellar Shows 20% Gains

Tuesday Nov. 5 — Crypto prices continue to show upward momentum across markets, while Bitcoin (BTC) hovers around the $9,300 price mark and Stellar (XLM) takes a shot at the moon with gains of more than 20%. Cryptocurrency market daily overview. Source: Coin360 Bitcoin was trading close to the $9,400 price mark for a large part of the day but is showing signs of downward price behavior in recent hours. The world’s largest cryptocurrency traded at an intraday high of around $9,465, before losing ground towards its current trading price…

Bitcoin’s First Monthly Gain Since June Spells Bullish for Q4 2019

Bitcoin price (BTC) closed out October at $9,150, which represents the first monthly gain since June.  October also brought new lows of $7,300, which was met with a memorable swing of around 40% back up to highs of $10,350.   So far, Friday has brought a small gain to Bitcoin price of around 0.39%, but down over the previous 24 hours by 1.61% with the retrace also being seen among the other major coins.  Cryptocurrency market daily view. Source: Coin360 Monthly Bitcoin price chart The Bitcoin chart clearly shows that BTC…

Bitcoin’s Defense of Major Support May Fuel Price Bounce to $9,600

View Bitcoin’s repeated defense of the 200-day average support indicates an end of the pullback from $10,350 and scope for a bounce to the 100-day average at $9,601. A UTC close above that level and a further rise to above $10,000 cannot be ruled out, as the recent pullback from $10,350 lacked volume support. Acceptance below the hourly chart support of $8,977 would weaken the case for a bounce in the next 24 hours. Bitcoin looks primed for a price bounce to $9,600, having repeatedly defended long-term support in the…