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A Top Executive Thinks Bitcoin BTC Can Surge 500 In 12 Months

A Top Executive Thinks Bitcoin (BTC) Can Surge 500% In 12 Months

Bitcoin to Hit $50,000 By EOY?

Speaking with Bloomberg, Antoni Trenchev, head of Bitcoin lending platform Nexo, was quoted as saying that he expects for Bitcoin to “very easily” hit $50,000 — more than 500% above current prices — sometime in 2020. Trenchev didn’t give much reasoning to back this lofty prediction, only stating that he believes BTC is an “incredible” asset that isn’t correlated with any other markets.

Though, Trenchev’s prediction of $50,000 lines up with a price model created by PlanB, a pseudonymous quantitative cryptocurrency analyst working in traditional markets.

His so-called stock-to-flow model, which relates BTC’s price to the scarcity of the asset to a statistical accuracy of a 95% R squared, suggests that after the May 2020 block reward halving, the fair price of the cryptocurrency will rise to at least $55,000.

Although some have laughed at the model, suggesting that it is pure coincidence that Bitcoin’s price moves in tandem with its level of scarcity, the model has been lauded by many cryptocurrency investors as the best way to explain the craziness seen in this nascent market.

Hold Your Horses, Analysts Say

While there is some evidence to suggest Bitcoin will explode that high in the coming months, the consensus is that the following 12 months will be one of steady growth for the cryptocurrency market, not crazy, parabolic growth as Trenchev suggests.

Dave the Wave, a popular cryptocurrency trader, recently noted that Bitcoin may see some bearish price action in the near term, but will soon restart its long-term bull trend that will bring it to $25,000 — 270% higher than current prices — by the start of 2021.

He specifically cited a five-wave Elliot Wave bull run, which will see Bitcoin bottom in the next few weeks before a surge to $25,000, see a brief correction, then finish the bullish run above $100,000 in a few year’s time, not within the coming year.

This was followed by another prediction, in which Dave stated that he expects Bitcoin prices to tighten in the first half of 2020, then break out in the second half of next year to near the $20,000 all-time high. By early-2021, he expects the price of the leading cryptocurrency to have posted “new sustainable all-time highs.”

Also, Mike Novogratz, the former Wall Streeter turned cryptocurrency fund manager and investor, said that he expects Bitcoin to hit $20,000 in 18 months’ time. This would represent a 180% move from current levels if it plays out.

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673 billion Dollar on-chain transaction volume for Bitcoin in 2019

673 billion Dollar on-chain transaction volume for Bitcoin in 2019

January 3, 2020

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Bitcoin’s transaction volume moved close to its peak in 2019, making it more constant than in previous years. Overall, the value transferred by BTC corresponds to ten times what Paypal Mobile Payment Service Venmo did in 2018.

Bitcoin’s network was worth over $ 673 billion in 2019, with some impressive single transactions worth $ 1 billion. At the time, three blocks of Bitcoin were worth $ 8.9 billion in less than an hour.

The Bitcoin network has also succeeded in this feat while fighting against significant market pressure, almost constant skepticism and possible regulatory intervention.

So far, Bitcoin transfers have extended far beyond most altcoins – both for large value transfers and for general crypto use.

While the sending of BTC can be checked in dealing with brokers and exchanges, the network itself is censorship-free. Unlike tokens, BTC transfers cannot be censored or undone, and this is a valuable feature.

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Here’s What Must Happen for 9k Bitcoin Price in the Coming Months

Here's What Must Happen for $9k Bitcoin Price in the Coming Months

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        JAN 04, 2020

Bitcoin (BTC) made a sudden jump of 8% yesterday and is currently hovering at around $7,300. As the price bounced from $6,900, a higher low is presenting itself on the chart, but does this mean that the bottom is there?

Crypto market daily performance. Source: Coin360

Bitcoin still stuck in sideways range and downtrend

BTC USD 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

The price of Bitcoin is still moving inside this downwards channel since last year’s high of $13,900. Remarkably, the price corrected towards the “Golden Pocket” Fibonacci area (0.618-0.65 level) and is currently showing a potential higher low.

The green area is also a significant area from 2018, as that was the zone the price of Bitcoin bounced on for 6-months.

Given that the price bounced from $6,900 to $7,400, there’s buying pressure shown from this area, indicating that the price might be bottoming inside this range.

Linear chart showing potential wedge structure

BTC USD 1-day linear chart. Source: TradingView

The linear chart shows similarities with the log scale chart. However, there’s more of a falling wedge construction rather than a channel. Meaning that the price is gathering strength for a breakout through the coming weeks, marking this level as a bottom area.

The chart is also showing a bullish divergence, which marked the temporary low at $6,500. Generally, bullish divergences mark a trend reversal (also seen in the December 20118 low at $3,100).

If price maintains this red box as new support and a higher low is established, then Bitcoin could face a rally towards $9,000 over the coming months.

Total market capitalization hovering at support

Total market capitalization 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

Similar signs show the total market capitalization chart, which has retraced to April 2019 levels. A test was confirmed by a sharp bounce upwards, followed by a potential higher low construction as we speak. Aside from these signals, a substantial bullish divergence potentially marked the bottom of this retracement.

This retracement is currently hovering around the 0.618-0.65 Fibonacci level as well (similar to Bitcoin). If market capitalization can maintain this higher low and consolidate on this level, a breakout to the upside of this falling wedge looks more likely than further downside momentum.

Crypto fear & greed index. Source:

Usually, when an asset is marking a temporary top, the sentiment is euphoric and greed becomes palpable. The opposite effect is the case around bottoms. People are usually scared and depressed as they are expecting further downwards momentum. The Fear & Greed Index has been showing fear for the last weeks, indicating that the overall market sentiment doesn’t expect a breakout to the upside.

Is such a sentiment warranted?

The price is still moving south, which means that some fear is warranted in the market. However, as the price is trying to bottom here, it would be interesting to look at potential upside momentum rather than further downwards. The same can be spotted on altcoins, for example, Ethereum (ETH).

ETH USD 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

The ETH chart is showing a similar wedge formation as the Bitcoin and total market capitalization charts, meaning that a breakout to the upside is likely to occur in the next month. Aside from that, the price bounced from a support area here and is potentially making a bottom formation.

ETH BTC 2-day chart. Source: TradingView

On the BTC chart, many altcoins are facing a long term downtrend. Ether, for example, is in the midst of a 2-year old downtrend that it must break out of. Interestingly, the months of January/February have historically seen Ether price significantly increase and/or breakout of downtrends.

During 2016, a similar breakout was shown, after which 2017 repeats the same move. First, a bottom formation includes a bullish divergence. After this, a higher low is marked, followed by a breakout to the upside.

In 2018 and 2019, a significant move to the upside was seen in the ETH/BTC pair as well, though no breakout of the general downtrend occurred. This time it’s possible, however, as Ethereum Classic (ETC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) are already breaking their downtrends that have been in place for two years.

The bullish scenario for Bitcoin

So what must Bitcoin price do now to generate such a breakout to the upside?

BTC USD bullish scenario. Source: TradingView

As discussed previously in the article, the price needs to maintain the blue area as a higher low and not drop below it. As long as that level is sustained as support, a breakout to the upside is likely to occur. This would cause the 6-month old downtrend to break to the upside, which potentially means the end of the downward momentum.

The targets based on previous support/resistance and Fibonacci levels first include $8,000. If that’s broken, the price is ready to aim for $9,100-9,500, which would typically shift the sentiment from fear to neutral.

The bearish scenario for Bitcoin

BTC USD 1-day bearish scenario. Source: TradingView

A bearish scenario can be warranted through the opposite of the bullish scenario and is pretty basic. If the price of Bitcoin is not able to hold the blue area as support, the bullish divergence is not confirmed, and the price is ready to continue downwards.

In that regard, a potential retest of the $6,900 level would grant an excellent short opportunity, and then the next support zones can be found in the $6,200-6,500 area.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.

Original article posted on the site, by Michaël van de Poppe.

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As Global Tension Grows Analysts Believe Bitcoin Could Be Poised for Move to 8000

As Global Tension Grows, Analysts Believe Bitcoin Could Be Poised for Move to $8,000

Bitcoin has incurred some serious upwards momentum today, which comes close on the heels of the cryptocurrency’s recent sell off that sent it as low as $6,800. Today’s bullish surge further enhances the narrative regarding BTC’s recent lows within the lower-$6,000 region possibly marking a long-term bottom.

Further adding to this notion is the growing global instability that was sparked by yesterday evening’s US-led airstrike on an Iranian military official, which closely preceded a price surge for assets like Gold, Crude Oil, and even Bitcoin.

Will Global Instability Help Fuel a Bitcoin Rally?

Although the prospect of a war with Iran is grim, it would prove to be beneficial for some asset classes, including precious metals, commodities like crude oil, and possibly Bitcoin and other digital assets.

It still remains unclear as to whether or not BTC is truly a safe haven asset, as its short lifespan and the fact that it has never traded within a global economic recession makes it incredibly unclear as to how it would truly fair during any period of intense global turmoil.

In the near-term, however, analysts do believe that Bitcoin could see some upwards momentum, with CryptoBirb, a popular analyst on Twitter, telling his followers that BTC could soon surge up to $8,000 if it is able to break above $7,500.

“$btc may pull 8000s if 7.5k bull flag breakout is safely reclaimed as support. If you can’t monitor market today often playing any aggressive swing may be recipe for failure imo. Wouldn’t be surprised if US-Iran expanded tensions repeated China tensions May 2019 impact on Bitcoin,” he said while pointing to the chart seen below.

Although it also remains unclear as to what will ultimately result from the tensions between the US and Iran, it is possible that investors will flock to Bitcoin in anticipation of it trading like a safe haven asset.

Bitcoin Jack, another popular crypto analyst on Twitter, explained in a recent tweet that he believes it is still too early to go long on BTC, but that if it confirms the pending inverse head and shoulders pattern, it may be poised for significantly further upside.

“Best not ignore these technically correct (so far) potential bullish structures. Not completed, but formation so far follow iHS guidelines. Can’t go long here. 7470-7700 is short hedge but stop should go BE fast. Retracement is aggressive buy option. Break, retest for confirmation,” he explained.

How BTC trend in the coming days will likely either validate or invalidate the notion that Bitcoin’s current momentum is being catalyzed by the growing global tensions.

Original article posted on the site, by Cole Petersen.

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Binance Users Can Buy Cryptos With Visa Cards Linked To Their Accounts

Binance Users Can Buy Cryptos With Visa Cards Linked To Their Accounts

By RTTNews Staff Writer | Published: 1/2/2020 9:23 AM ET

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance enabled support for the purchase of virtual currencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) directly on using Visa credit and debit cards that are linked to their crypto accounts. This purchase option is currently only available for Visa credit and debit cards issued within the European Economic Area.

Users will be able to directly purchase tokens such as BTC, BNB, ETH, and XRP after the Visa card has been added. Binance plans to support Mastercard and additional currencies in the near future.

The exchange is currently covering 31 European countries with this purchase option. They include United Kingdom, Germany, France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Malta, Spain, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Binance has recently provided more purchasing options to its users by partnering fintech firms.

Last month, Binance teamed up with peer-to-peer Bitcoin marketplace Paxful to provide an additional option to its users to buy cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin using multiple fiat currencies.

Paxful's web-based Virtual Bitcoin Kiosk is being integrated and directly available on the Binance platform for new and existing users. This will enable Binance users to use Paxful's P2P trading network to buy Bitcoin (BTC) with 167 global fiat currencies.

Last September, Binance had entered into a deal with London-based payment processing firm Koinal to add the option to buy cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin using MasterCard or Visa debit and credit cards.

Koinal's proprietary exchange technology enables purchases via the customer's preferred payment method with the help of fraud monitoring and advanced encryption technology to protect payments.

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In February, Binance had started allowing credit card purchases of major digital currencies, that was banned by some banks in February 2018. It signed an agreement with Israel-based payment processor Simplex to enable purchases with Visa and MasterCard credit cards.

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Bitcoin Ends 2019 On A Better Note Than Last Year

Bitcoin Ends 2019 On A Better Note Than Last Year

By Joji Xavier | Published: 12/31/2019 9:53 AM ET

Bitcoin may be standing nowhere near its all-time high of nearly $20000 reached two years ago, but as 2019 comes to a close, the most popular cryptocurrency has managed to regain the strength it lost a year ago.

The virtual currency was trading at $7,224 as of this writing – 95 percent increase from $3689 recorded on 2018 December 31.

From its weak position at the beginning of 2019, Bitcoin has been on a strong recovery path in the following months. Despite a struggling crypto market, Bitcoin continued to grow with frequent bullish movements.

The first two quarters proved decisive with more than 300 percent improvement in value.

Bitcoin touched the year's peak of $12575 on July 9. And a bearish outlook emerged in the third quarter of the year, which witnessed some dramatic fluctuations in price levels.

Bitcoin experienced mostly a downward trend during the rest of the year, and in the last quarter it struggled to break above $7500.

After dipping to $6538 on December 17, the price has remained consolidated above $7,000.

In a market where the trading volume and market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies suffered, Bitcoin managed to stand out, less affected.

Tuesday, Bitcoin's market capitalization remains at $131.98 billion, with a 24-hour trade volume of $21 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.

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Economist Brands Bitcoin a Scam and Ponzi Scheme on Yahoo Finance

Economist Brands Bitcoin a “Scam” and “Ponzi Scheme” on Yahoo Finance

For the longest time, critics of Bitcoin have questioned if the cryptocurrency is a Ponzi-like/pyramid scheme.

Wikipedia defines a “Ponzi scheme”: A Ponzi scheme is a form of fraud that lures investors and pays profits to earlier investors with funds from more recent investors.

While this is rather ambiguous, critics say that this applies to Bitcoin, for the cryptocurrency, due to the inflationary pressures of block rewards and such, requires constant capital input for prices to maintain their current levels of growth. The idea the critics that believe Bitcoin is a Ponzi tout is that without fresh capital, this market would collapse, much like a pyramid scheme would if new investors stopped entering the pyramid.

Bitcoin Given “Ponzi” and “Scam” Treatment Again

Once again, Bitcoin has been given the “Ponzi scheme” and “scam” treatment. This time, it was on a Yahoo Finance segment covering the cryptocurrency market.

Tendayi Kapfidze – Lending Tree Chief Economist – recently sat down with the media outlet to talk Bitcoin. While the hosts branded the cryptocurrency an investment, or at least as a speculative investment, Kapfidze said that he thinks it’s a “Ponzi” and a “scam,” claiming that he believes you can only make money in the cryptocurrency space by taking what others put in. Kapfidze continued that he thinks this space has yielded no technological developments or applications with inherent value.

Peter Schiff, a prominent gold proponent and anti-government investor (someone that would like Bitcoin’s seeming premise in another reality), has echoed this sentiment in the past. Per previous reports from this very outlet, the Bitcoin hater quipped that BTC is only “popular as a speculative asset, not as a currency,” before going as far as to say that as Google Trends shows, BTC is “running out of new buyers to keep the Ponzi going.”

Whether or not you believe Bitcoin is a Ponzi or not, it’s been very lucrative as a speculative asset over the years, not to mention that it is functional as a medium of exchange and as a long-term store of value.

Over the past decade, the price of the leading cryptocurrency has surged by a jaw-dropping 9,000,000%, making it the best performing asset of all time, not to mention that it saw these gains within a ten-year time span, which is relatively irrelevant on a macro basis.

Even in the past year alone, Bitcoin has surged by 95%, outpacing the stock market by triple and other top asset classes by dozens of percent. This strong performance comes in spite of the 50% downturn that has taken place since the peak of $14,000 was established in June.

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Square May Soon Add These Bitcoin Investment Features

Square May Soon Add These Bitcoin Investment Features

During the previous crypto bubble, Square, the fintech startup run by Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey, delved into the Bitcoin game, offering its clients with the ability to buy and sell BTC via the Cash App, its flagship application. This marked the first time that a serious player in the fintech industry had formally embraced cryptocurrencies.

While this was positive news in and of itself, since the launch, some users have grown unsatisfied with the Bitcoin feature, which is relatively barebones when compared to traditional digital asset exchanges like Coinbase and BInance. The reason: there are a number of investment features that remain missing on the Cash App that may aid Bitcoin investors.

Square May Add Bitcoin Investment Features

According to a report from The Block, Square recently put out a job offer for a Crypto Investing Product Manager at Square’s Cash App division, which has held the #1 spot in finance on the Apple App Store for years at a time.

Per the job description published to LinkedIn, this future employee will be working to “push the boundaries in finance” as “Bitcoin sits at the very forefront of these efforts” — a statement that echoes the sentiment of Square’s chief executive, who has said on multiple occasions that Bitcoin is likely going to become the native currency of the Internet and that he “loves” the cryptocurrency.

As to what exactly Square has in mind, the job description mentioned that the employee will “own the Crypto Investing product,” meaning expanding the adoption of the product by including new functionality, such as limit orders and auto-investing, along with the creation of new features like “BTC gifting (P2P).”

The “auto-investing” feature, should it launch, is likely to do really well within the cryptocurrency community.

You see, for the past few months, Bitcoin investors, including Square’s chief executive, have been championing what is known as the “stacking sats” or “stacking satoshis” movement. This investment thesis and movement promotes for investors to buy a small portion of Bitcoin on a reoccurring basis and at any price to remove bias and feeling of “FOMO” or doubt in investing.

An auto-investment feature, which exists on a platform like Coinbase but not on Square’s Cash app, would allow for thousands, maybe millions of Americans, the chance to more easily participate in this investment strategy.

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Blockchain Startup Settles Charges With SEC For Running Unregistered ICO

Blockchain Startup Settles Charges With SEC For Running Unregistered ICO

By RTTNews Staff Writer | Published: 12/19/2019 9:29 AM ET

Blockchain startup Blockchain of Things Inc. or BCoT, reached a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for charges of conducting an unregistered initial coin offering (ICO) of digital tokens, according to a statement released by the SEC.

The settlement requires New York-based BCoT to pay a penalty of $250,000 and also to stop violating any federal securities laws.

The SEC order also requires BCoT to return the funds raised from the investors who purchased tokens in the ICO and have requested a return of the funds. BCoT raised nearly $13 million to develop and implement its business plans, including developing its blockchain-based technology and platform.

The SEC settlement order states that BCoT claimed that its platform was intended to allow third-party developers to build applications for message transmission and logging, digital asset generation, and digital asset transfer.

The SEC found in its investigations that BCoT did not register its ICO pursuant to the federal securities laws, nor did it qualify for an exemption from the registration requirements. It conducted the ICO starting in December 2017.

The regulator also said BCoT sold its digital tokens to U.S. investors and engaged four "resellers" to serve as the exclusive sellers of BCoT's digital tokens in certain foreign countries without restrictions on resale of those tokens to U.S. investors.

The company has now also agreed with the SEC to register its tokens as securities pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and file required periodic reports with the SEC. BCoT consented to the order without admitting or denying the findings.

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YouTube Crypto Purge Appears to Be a Simple Error Rather Than an Evil Powerplay

YouTube Crypto Purge Appears to Be a Simple Error Rather Than an Evil Powerplay

The crypto community has been gripped over the past several days with news of a potential anti-crypto crusade by video sharing platform YouTube, who has been removing hundreds of crypto-related videos from popular channels over the past week.

Now, an exclusive report from Decrypt elucidates that the recent purge of crypto related videos did not mark the start of a war against crypto and was simply a mistake that is in the process of being rectified.

No, YouTube is Not Out to Purge Crypto-Related Content

The recent content purge came about after multiple popular cryptocurrency YouTube channels saw a significant amount of their content removed from the platform.

For these YouTubers, the revenue they receive from these videos can comprise a large piece of their livelihood, so naturally it was a disturbing sight to see their videos being removed for violating the platform’s terms and services.

Interestingly, videos about blockchain and cryptocurrency from non-crypto centric channels – like CNBC and Business Insider – avoided the purge, with videos from cryptocurrency-focused channels being the only ones impacted.

This sparked a litany of theories from members of the cryptocurrency community as to why the platform may have taken such actions so suddenly, with some promoting the theory that it may signal that YouTube or their parent company – Google – are doing it in preparation of entering the blockchain industry themselves.

In spite of this, a recent exclusive report from Decrypt shows that the purge appears to simply be a mistake that the platform is currently in the process of rectifying.

“With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call… When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it,” a YouTube spokesperson told the outlet, further adding that they have not altered their policies and that all the removed videos have since been reinstated.

Although this imbroglio may have resulted in a positive outcome this time around, it does highlight the importance of bourgeoning decentralized platforms, as the centralization of platforms like YouTube can prove to be dangerous for content creators dealing in nascent technologies that are perceived by many as risky or scam-like.

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