Bitcoin Sees Longest Stretch of Price Consolidation Since October

Bitcoin (BTC) is witnessing the longest stretch of range-bound price activity in three months. The leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization has been largely restricted to trading between $3,700 and $3,500 since Jan. 11 – the longest stretch at such a narrow range since the end of October. Back then, the market had gone quiet, with prices staying within the $6,500–$6,350 range in the 12 days leading up to Oct. 28. On the following day, BTC dropped to $6,208. After another period of sideways movement, bitcoin fell well below the crucial…

Coinbase Adds Cross-Border Wire Transfers for Whales in Europe and Asia

Crypto exchange Coinbase is launching cross-border wire transfers for institutional clients in Asia, the U.K. and Europe. Coinbase said in an announcement Tuesday that, for clients in countries where fiat payments rails aren’t yet available, the firm will now support inbound and outbound SWIFT transfers from non-US bank accounts. It added: “This new feature will allow Coinbase customers in many countries throughout Asia and EMEA to access Coinbase’s deep pool of crypto liquidity for the first time.” Simultaneously, the firm said it will offer new OTC trading desks for U.S.…

E-Commerce Giant Rakuten to Move Crypto Exchange to New Payments Subsidiary

Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten has announced a revision to its corporate restructure, setting up a new payments subsidiary that includes its cryptocurrency business, Cointelegraph Japan reported Jan. 21. Rakuten, known informally as ‘Japan’s Amazon,’ originally revealed in August last year it would seek to reorganize its various offshoots in order to improve accountability and decision-making processes. Now, the company says it will rebrand its loyalty subsidiary, Spotlight Inc., to a new entity, Rakuten Payment, which will also run its cryptocurrency exchange. Rakuten Payment, along with other details of the restructure,…

$3.2 Trillion in Bitcoin Payments Processed in 2018, Better Version of Gold?

Image: Shutterstock By CCN.com: Throughout 2018, more than $3.2 trillion worth of Bitcoin payments were processed on the public blockchain network. The high on-chain transaction volume of the dominant cryptocurrency has demonstrated the efficiency of the asset as a cross-border payment method and as an alternative to existing settlement systems for international payments. Is Bitcoin a More Efficient Version of Gold? Often, Bitcoin is compared to gold as a store of value and a medium of exchange. Both assets are unaffected by the performance of the broader financial market and…

Bitcoin Price Watch: BTC At Continued Risk of Weakness

Bitcoin price remained in a bearish zone below the $3,580 and $3,600 resistance levels against the US Dollar. There is a major bearish trend line in place with resistance near $3,600 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price is currently trading inside an expanding triangle with resistance near the $3,580 level. Bitcoin price started consolidating losses above the $3,480 support against the US Dollar. BTC is likely to face a strong selling interest near the $3,580 and $3,600 levels. Bitcoin Price Analysis Yesterday,…

Ripple Price Analysis: XRP’s Recovery Could Face Major Hurdles

Ripple price traded towards the $0.3100 level recently and later started a correction against the US dollar. There was a break above a connecting bearish trend line with resistance at $0.3180 on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair (data source from Kraken). The pair is currently following an ascending channel with support at $0.3160 on the same chart. Ripple price is slowly recovering against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. However, XRP/USD is likely to face a lot of hurdles on the upside near the $0.3220 and $0.3250 levels. Ripple…

Bitcoin’s Price Counters the VIX, Confirming It’s Still a Risk Asset

Evidence is emerging that bitcoin has yet to truly earn its reputation as an “uncorreleated asset.” Case and point, bitcoin’s latest sell-off from $6,000 to nearly $3,000 was accompanied by a surge in the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX). The VIX measures the 30-day forward-looking volatility of the S&P 500 to gauge the market’s fear and risk tolerance, which is why it is commonly referred to as the “fear gauge” for the broader U.S. stock market.  In theory, the VIX should be low when the S&P 500 is in a steady uptrend and…

Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH Consolidating Below Crucial Barriers

ETH price declined recently below $120 and tested the key $112 support area against the US Dollar. Yesterday’s highlighted important bearish trend line is intact with resistance at $118 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair is currently consolidating below the $118 and $120 resistance, with a few positive moves. Ethereum price is placed in a bearish zone against the US Dollar and bitcoin. ETH/USD must break the $118 and $120 resistances to start a short term upside correction. Ethereum Price Analysis Yesterday, we saw…

Crypto Exchange CEO Sentenced to 3-Year Jail Term for Faking Trading Volume

Two executives from South Korean crypto exchange Komid have been handed down jail time for faking trading volume and deceiving investors. According to a report from CoinDesk Korea, the firm’s CEO Hyunsuk Choi received a three-year sentence for his role in the crime, as well as for embezzlement. Another member of the team, Park Mo, got two years, according to local news source Blockinpress. Choi, the court found, made a number of fake accounts on the exchange in January 2018, and, using a trading bot, made millions of false transactions…

TRON (TRX) and Ripple (XRP) Up, Despite $5 Billion Loss this Weekend

The entire cryptocurrency market has hit a bit of a bear run moving into the new week. Towards the end of last week, most digital currencies saw quite a spike in prices. That didn’t last long as most of them quickly plummeted towards the end of the weekend, taking off $5 billion from the total market cap. Today, we’ll take a look at TRON (TRX) and Ripple (XRP). Both of these coins are seeing green today. Let’s take a closer look at why this may be. TRON (TRX) TRON, now…