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The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) launched Bitcoin futures on 17 December 2017, the same day the price of Bitcoin peaked near $20,000 and then began to crash, a crash that has lasted a year. Today, the price of Bitcoin is $3,200 and falling. The launch of the Bitcoin futures on CME and the drastic decline in Bitcoin’s price is not a coincidence. The paper Bitcoins being printed on CME and simultaneous short selling are poisoning the entire crypto space. That’s especially true since the CME Bitcoin futures are playing an increasing role in setting Bitcoin’s global price as will be explained below.
Bitcoin is supposed to have a maximum supply of 21 million Bitcoins, and this is true for actual Bitcoins, but the printing of paper Bitcoins on CME is inflating the supply of tradeable Bitcoins beyond what is actually in circulation. CME, via COMEX, is doing the same thing to the gold market. Tremendous amounts of paper gold are being printed on COMEX, as well as London OTC, leaving gold prices hopelessly supressed even though they should be rising as fiat inflation increases worldwide.
In order to understand how poisonous CME Bitcoin futures are for the crypto space, it is best to understand how COMEX has ruined the gold markets. Gold is something that is physical and must be mined from the Earth, which requires great expense and effort. However, COMEX and London OTC issues paper gold with a click of a button. An article in 2017 by Bullion Star gives great insight into this situation. London OTC has the greatest ‘gold’ volume in the world, but there is 15,000X more paper gold traded than actual gold. Worldwide in 2016, including all spot and futures exchanges, the paper to physical ratio for gold was 233:1.
The real danger comes from the fact that paper gold markets are setting the global price of physical gold. Obviously the price of paper gold is far lower than what gold should be since there is so much more paper gold than actual gold. Further, even though COMEX is by far not the biggest paper gold exchange by volume, it is the dominating force in setting global gold price since COMEX is more accessible and has extended trading hours via GLOBEX.
The Bitcoin Futures on CME are also on GLOBEX, so in effect, the same people, who have ruined the gold market’s profitability and are stealing from everyone who owns actual gold, have copied and pasted this strategy into the Bitcoin market. There is one slight adjustment that makes the Bitcoin futures even more vicious than gold futures. Holders of gold futures can receive physical delivery, but no such option exists for Bitcoin, removing any possibility that the CME Bitcoin futures can help Bitcoin’s spot demand.
Thus, Globex and CME are experts at setting global spot prices for assets, even for huge markets like gold. Bitcoiners are largely unaware of this and need to realize that a paper Bitcoin market on CME, which can print as many Bitcoins as it wants, is beginning to set the global Bitcoin price. People are looking for all sorts of reasons why Bitcoin is going down, but many fail to see the obvious influence of the CME Bitcoin futures markets.
CME Bitcoin futures have been increasing in volume in lockstep with Bitcoin’s price decline. In the below, chart each contract is equivalent to 5 Bitcoins. In Q3 2018 the trading volume of CME Bitcoin futures was 757,950 paper Bitcoins per month on average.
The Federal Reserve, the biggest bank in the world, concurs with the notion that CME Bitcoin futures have caused Bitcoin’s price decline.
“The peak price coincided with the introduction of bitcoin futures trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange,” The Federal Reserve said in a May 2018 letter. “The rapid run-up and subsequent fall in the price after the introduction of futures does not appear to be a coincidence. Rather, it is consistent with trading behavior that typically accompanies the introduction of futures markets for an asset.”
The Federal Reserve also attributes the year-long Bitcoin price decline to short selling on the Bitcoin futures market. Basically, people pessimistic about Bitcoin bet on Bitcoin going down when the futures launched. Those sentiments become reality on the spot markets because Globex sets the global Bitcoin price. This is especially true since institutional investors have practically no other options besides these paper Bitcoin futures on CME as well as similar Bitcoin futures on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBoE).
So how can Bitcoin and the crypto space escape the stranglehold of the CME Bitcoin futures? The Bitcoin futures and gold futures are backed by the dollar, and it will take a total collapse of the dollar to free gold and Bitcoin from this highly coordinated, top-level, worldwide market manipulation.
Essentially, it has become a war between cryptocurrency and fiat, whether Bitcoiners like it or not. The launch of CME Bitcoin futures is equivalent to a nuclear attack on the Bitcoin market, but there are other forces in play. The United States debt is approaching $22 trillion, and the government cannot afford to cut the deficit, so this debt will continue to spiral out of control, and that will cause the dollar to inevitably fail.
Bitcoin is positioned perfectly to be the primary global currency when the total collapse of fiat inevitably happens. The next major Bitcoin rally may have to wait until the dollar enters hyperinflation and collapse mode, and there will be a simultaneous major gold rally. No other Bitcoin rally in history will compare to the one that is coming when the house of paper Bitcoins, paper gold, and fiat burns down.
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Bitcoin (BTC) has dropped $430 (11 percent) to $3,590, placing it well below the critical $3,900 level. $3,900 has been the level to watch since that was the price of Bitcoin when the December futures contract expired on CME and is likely the level where CME Bitcoin futures traders took out their positions for the month.
Bitcoin (BTC) has faced stiff resistance at the $3,900 level multiple times this month but managed to go above it the past few days after a short squeeze, which was likely caused by Bitfinex temporarily closing down for server migration. Now, however, Bitcoin (BTC) is back below this key level.
This suggests that CME Bitcoin futures traders largely went short for January. A past Crypto.IQ article details how CME Bitcoin futures expiration dates have a strong connection to Bitcoin’s price behavior.
Image courtesy Bitcoinwisdom.com. Top is Bitcoin price in USD on Bitstamp, bottom is volume in Bitcoins. White line is $3,900 level.
Although this is the biggest Bitcoin (BTC) price plunge yet of 2019, several other major cryptocurrencies are doing worse and are down more than 15 percent including Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), Cardano (ADA), IOTA, EOS, and Monero (XMR).
This breaks a month-long rally for Ethereum (ETH), Tron (TRX), and Litecoin (LTC), which saw gains of 90 percent, 165 percent, and 75 percent respectively before today’s price drop. Ethereum (ETH) had been rallying on speculation regarding the Constantinople hard fork, coming less than a week from now, since the fork will lower the Ethereum inflation rate by slashing block rewards from three ETH to two ETH. There will also be several new features implemented such as better developer tools and lower transaction fees.
The slashing of block rewards and the decision to implement ProgPoW which makes ASICs far less efficient may cause a battle between Ethereum miners and developers. Crypto.IQ speculated that the Ethereum (ETH) Constantinople fork could result in similar tension to the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) fork in November 2018.
If this prediction is accurate, a crash in Ethereum’s (ETH) price may ensue. Perhaps the amplified Ethereum (ETH) price drop overnight is due to uncertainty about what will happen when the Constantinople fork launches in less than a week.
Notably, Ripple (XRP) has now taken the number two spot on CoinMarketCap since Ripple (XRP) is “only” down 10 percent today while Ethereum (ETH) is down 15 percent.
Dogecoin (DOGE) has shown resilience today and is only down seven percent. It has been observed that Dogecoin (DOGE) is less severely impacted by broad price drops in the crypto-space. This is possibly due to Dogecoin (DOGE) having a strong community and simultaneously not being a common choice for speculators.
Many more cryptocurrencies than those mentioned in this analysis are down 10 percent or more, and $15.5 billion (11.2 percent) was slashed from the total crypto market cap overnight. Currently, the total crypto market cap is $123 billion, which is still well above the bear market low of $100 billion that we saw during mid-December 2018 when Bitcoin (BTC) hit $3,120 on Bitstamp.
It is too soon to say a bottom is in for the crypto market, and if short sellers on CME really are in control this month, as data suggests, then it is possible Bitcoin (BTC) will decline further this month. A re-testing of bear market lows near $3,100 is not out of the question.
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Over the last 48 hours, the crypto markets have returned to a state of turbulence after several days of stable conditions.
The price of Bitcoin (BTC) rapidly rallied from $3,630 to $3,775 on Jan. 19. The entire rally lasted less than 30 minutes, suggesting it was fueled by automated trading bots responding to a short squeeze.
The price of Bitcoin (BTC) then stabilized towards the $3,700 level, which has been a dominant resistance level since Jan. 10. Today, Bitcoin (BTC) crashed from $3,700 to $3,470 and has since then recovered to $3,530. Overall, Bitcoin (BTC) is down four percent in the past 24 hours.
It is apparent that $3,500 is the support level to watch and $3,700 is the key resistance level, and these levels have been dominant for 10 days. It is possible that today’s crash is related to the CME Bitcoin futures contract expiration on Jan. 25.
It is generally observed that Bitcoin’s (BTC) price declines in the days leading up to a CME futures contract expiration. This is due to a practice called banging the close, where futures traders manipulate an asset to crash right before expiration in order to increase short-selling profits.
Certainly, January has been dominated by short sellers, with short positions likely taken out at the $3,900 level just after the December futures contract expired.
All other major cryptocurrencies are down today. Ripple (XRP) is down 3.3 percent; Ethereum (ETH) is down 4.2 percent; Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is down 5.5 percent; Bitcoin SV (BSV) is down 2.8 percent; EOS is down 4.7 percent; Stellar (XLM) is down 3.3 percent; Litecoin (LTC) is down five percent; Tron (TRX) is down 1.8 percent; IOTA is down 4.8 percent; Monero (XMR) is down 4.2 percent; Dash is down 5.9 percent; and Dogecoin (DOGE) is down 1.7 percent.
Dogecoin (DOGE) continues to show robustness in the face of broad crypto space declines with much less of a loss than other major cryptocurrencies today.
Ethereum (ETH) will likely continue to face turbulence in the coming weeks due to the Constantinople hard fork scheduled for late February. The fork is perhaps more unpopular than ever due to the fork being delayed as well as an accidental chain split.
The total cryptocurrency market cap has decreased to $120 billion, still 20 percent above bear market lows set in mid-December. Bitcoin (BTC) and the rest of the crypto market are only one crash away from retesting bear market lows, and a crash is quite possible considering the weakness in the Ethereum (ETH) market and the coming CME Bitcoin futures contract expiration on Jan. 25.
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The nuclear bear market is melting down like Chernobyl, with the price of Bitcoin crashing lower again on 24 November 2018, from USD 4,200 to as low as USD 3,650. Currently the price of Bitcoin is sputtering around USD 3,750, and perhaps it could dive lower again, since it is Saturday night and most crypto traders are probably unaware of this crash at this point. The total cryptocurrency market cap has dived to USD 124 billion, down USD 16 billion today alone; perhaps Bitcoin led this crash initially, but now altcoins are reacting more severely than Bitcoin.
This is the 3rd major crypto crash in only 10 days, and GenesisBlockNews is calling this a nuclear bear market. This is because experts were confident that Bitcoin would hold above USD 5,800 long term, but then a series of news acted like nuclear weapons in shattering that support level, leaving the market in an unrestrained free fall with no true support level. First Bitcoin Cash forked into ABC and SV, practically decimating the concept of Bitcoin Cash. Bitcoin Cash was around USD 600 before the fork, now ABC has fallen below USD 180 and SV is near USD 60.
Ethereum has fallen to USD 112, after being at USD 1,400 in January 2018. Ethereum is taking the brunt of the collapse of the initial coin offering (ICO) market. Most ICOs launch using the Ethereum platform. Now the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is enacting harsh civil penalties against ICOs, starting with Paragon and Airfox. This was the 2nd piece of catastrophic news for the crypto space.
These civil penalties include the clause that investors who lost money have the right to get their money back, and the SEC said this is the protocol for punishing non-registered ICOs going forward. Paragon, Airfox, and all other ICOs that end up getting prosecuted by the SEC are at risk of going bankrupt, and investors are not waiting for this to happen, they are dumping their coins now. Ethereum used to be solidly in 2nd place throughout most of 2018, but now it is several billion USD behind Ripple (XRP).
The 3rd piece of extremely bad news was that physical Bitcoin futures on Bakkt are delayed until late January 2019; traders and investors were banking on the launch of these physical futures to cause a major Bitcoin rally, since it would open up a conduit for institutional investors to directly buy Bitcoin on major stock trading platforms.
XRP was fairly stable during the first week of the nuclear bear market, but today it is crashing just as badly as the rest of the cryptos, and is at USD 0.36. Stellar (XLM), which is similar to XRP, is down a devastating 17% today with a market cap that has fallen below USD 3 billion.
Litecoin has fallen below USD 30, after being as high as USD 370 about a year ago. The top stablecoin, Tether (USDT), continues to be unstable with a price dropping below USD 0.98 right now. EOS, the biggest ICO in history, has constantly been losing money since it went public and is down over 10% today, with a market cap that has fallen below USD 3 billion.
An important thing to note is there are only 8 cryptocurrencies with market caps in excess of USD 1 billion at this point: Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Tether, and Litecoin. This is much less cryptos above USD 1 billion than earlier this year, and is a good measure of the drastically shrinking crypto market cap. The #1 privacy coin Monero has just fallen below USD 1 billion, as well as Cardano which is a popular alternative to Ethereum.
Dash, the #1 X11 coin, has crashed 10% and sits at USD 91. The #1 Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) coin IOTA is down 14%. I could keep going, but you get the point, the crypto casualties are painting red across the board tonight.
It is not exactly clear what caused the crypto market crash tonight. Perhaps it is investors pricing in the delay of physical Bitcoin futures on Bakkt, or it is the increasing fear in the ICO market due to the SEC sounding their battle cry at the gates, or some other news that has not come to light yet.
GenesisBlockNews believes that crypto traders should disconnect their internet service completely and brew up enough sleepy time tea to pass out for 24 hours, since today could be ugly. It is Saturday night and most crypto traders have not seen this crash yet. Just remember, long term Bitcoin will probably go back to USD 20,000 and more, but it might take some months for the radioactivity from this nuclear bear market to decrease to habitable levels.
Simultaneously, GenesisBlockNews believes the crypto space should focus on the fact that Bitcoin is perfect decentralized money, and not focus on Bitcoin being an investment, making me unsure why I wrote this 800 word article on the market crash. I guess this crash is too juicy to ignore.
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The crypto space has entered a nuclear bear market. The definition of a nuclear bear market is that when everything finally seems peaceful and a bottom is in place, a nuclear bomb goes off and the market’s bottom falls out.
For a long time traders, experts, and crypto enthusiasts thought the absolute bottom price for Bitcoin was around USD 5,800 per Bitcoin, or a total crypto market cap around USD 200 billion. As of this writing on 19 November 2018 the crypto market is going straight down. Bitcoin is at USD 4,700, corresponding to a USD 82 billion market cap, and the overall crypto market cap is at USD 162 billion. In the past day 2 weeks USD 60 billion has been liquidated out of the crypto market cap.
The decline in Bitcoin’s price was initiated by the Bitcoin Cash hard fork, which left us with Bitcoin Cash SV and Bitcoin Cash ABC, who are aggressively fighting each other and succeeding in making both forks like stupid. This could be the death knell for Bitcoin Cash, it has lost 50% of its value since the fork happened and is dropping sharply each and every day. The collapse of Bitcoin Cash, a cryptocurrency that used to have a USD 10+ billion market cap, is big enough news in itself, but it seems like it destabilized the entire market. It is likely the mainstream media reported that Bitcoin itself was forking, which caused people to sell Bitcoins. Beyond this, investors now realize how vulnerable altcoins are to community battles and forks.
The nuclear bear market really went into effect when the SEC issued its first civil penalties for the initial coin offerings (ICOs) Paragon (PRG) and Airfox (AIR). The SEC said investors could get their original investments back, which would certainly bankrupt those companies. The SEC says this will be their model going forward. PRG and AIR launched way back in 2017, meaning ICOs that occurred in 2017 and 2018, which is practically all of them, are at risk of being destroyed by SEC enforcement.
This is causing a broad price collapse across ICO cryptocurrencies. Ethereum is being hit particularly hard, since most ICOs use Ethereum’s ERC-20 protocol, and run on the the Ethereum blockchain. Users and investors are evacuating Ethereum right now, with its current price at USD 150 and dropping, after being USD 1,400 earlier in 2018. For most of 2018 Ethereum was the #2 crypto by market cap, but now it is USD 5 billion behind Ripple (XRP). It seems possible that Ethereum will transition from being a top cryptocurrency to just another altcoin.
Most of the top ERC-20 tokens, like OmiseGO, Maker, 0x, Basic Attention Token, Aeternity, Zilliqa, Augur, Golem, etc. are down 20% or more. These are all ICOs, and at risk of SEC enforcement. The SEC has the jurisdiction to attack ICOs retroactively, meaning ICOs that launched before the SEC announcement regarding ICOs being securities in 2017. As far as the SEC is concerned, securities are securities, no matter when they launched.
The nuclear bear market is impacting all major cryptocurrencies, not just ICO tokens, with Litecoin, Dash, EOS, Monero, and Zcash down 10-20%. Overall the trend is that investors, traders, and enthusiasts across the space are dumping as fast as they can.
GenesisBlockNews believes this nuclear bear market is the inevitable end result of the ICO contagion which has contaminated the entire crypto space. Most investors have lost money on ICOs, scaring them away from the space. It might be bad now, but ultimately the crypto space will be healthier once the ICO market fully collapses, since then the focus will shift back towards Bitcoin, the real king of decentralized money.
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The Bitcoin mining hash rate had been exponentially increasing on average since the genesis block in 2009, from MH/s, to GH/s, to TH/s, to PH/s, to EH/s, and it reached an all-time record high of 62 EH/s on 26 August 2018. Since this peak was reached, the Bitcoin mining hash rate gradually plateaued and has now decreased. The chart of Bitcoin mining hash rate actually looks quite similar to a peak oil chart except on a much faster time-scale, as can be seen in the comparison between Bitcoin’s hash rate over the course of 2 years from Blockchain.com and North Sea oil production from an article in The Oil Drum: Europe by Euan Mearns. As explained below, the dynamics between peak oil and peak Bitcoin mining are similar, with the key difference that Bitcoin mining is decentralized and oil is not.
Geologist M. King Hubbert is the founder of the peak oil theory, which states that there is a point when the maximum extraction rate of petroleum is reached, after which a terminal decline in production ensues. The peak rate of extraction of Bitcoin of course occurred during the period after the genesis block and before the first block halving, when the block reward was at its maximum of 50 Bitcoins. However, this is not the peak rate of mining profitability, since Bitcoin increased in price by orders of magnitude through the year 2017. The peak rate of Bitcoin mining profits undoubtedly was simultaneous with Bitcoin’s all-time record high of USD 20,000 in December 2017.
The reason the peak hash rate did not coincide with the peak rate of Bitcoin mining profits is because the rally happened so quickly that mining operations were not able to add rigs fast enough, so there was a lag effect. Even for mining operations with large amounts of capital it can take months to obtain the amount of mining equipment that they want, and for other mining operations it took even longer because they had to obtain investors, buy land, build infrastructure, and only then could they install the rigs and begin hashing.
The Bitcoin mining hash rate chart implicitly indicates that 30 EH/s of Bitcoin mining equipment has been taken offline due to lack of profitability, which represents tens of billions of USD of wasted rigs. This suggests that Bitcoin miners were caught by surprise by the decline in Bitcoin’s price from USD 20,000 to less than USD 4,000 as of 4 December 2018.
Coming back to the peak oil comparison, the current Bitcoin mining scene is like a rapid version of peak oil, combined with lack of coordination. Oil mining is a centralized and coordinated activity, where the oil is prospected, land is leased out and then an appropriate number of wells are drilled. With oil mining, companies cannot drill as many wells as they want, or drill wells on someone else’s lease, since this is all closely controlled by contractual agreements. Bitcoin mining is decentralized, and no one has a lease or contract to only mine with a certain amount of hash rate. Anyone in the world can run as much Bitcoin mining rigs as they can afford. The effect is that people all around the world are sticking their straws into the Bitcoin mining network all at the same time, and they sucked it dry. Essentially, so many people started up new mining operations at once without coordination, that the Bitcoin mining hash rate went way past its equilibrium, which hurt everyone involved. This is akin to if oil drilling was a decentralized process, and anyone who wanted to drill for oil could drill in the same field. The oil field would be sucked dry really quick, and then most of the drills would be shut down due to lack of profits.
There is hope for Bitcoin miners however. The price of Bitcoin simply has to rally, and all of the disenfranchised miners could restart their rigs, and then it would be back to the races and new rigs could begin being added. However, due to the decentralization of Bitcoin mining, the network hash rate will likely periodically rise past its equilibrium point, leading to catastrophic conditions for miners like we are experiencing today at points in the future. The only thing that could prevent the scenario we are experiencing today is a Bitcoin rally that lasts forever, which is obviously not possible.
James McAvity tweeted that Bitcoin mining is still profitable in the current environment, and does some simple linear calculations to prove this point. He also argues that miners are forced to keep mining due to business agreements, choose to HODL in expectation of a rally, and continue mining in expectation of a downward difficulty adjustment as other miners go offline.
Some of what McAvity says is true, but the reality is that Bitcoin mining is a highly non-linear system, and calculating the support level for mining is somewhat pointless, since it is different for every miner. Bitcoin mining profitability depends on Bitcoin’s price, the Bitcoin network hash rate which is directly correlated to mining difficulty, and the technological efficiency of Bitcoin mining rigs. These 3 factors are related in a non-linear and ever-changing way.
Instead of trudging away at trying to develop a set of equations that determine mining hash rate behavior, one could simply look at the Bitcoin mining hash rate chart at the beginning of this article to understand what is going on. Bitcoin mining profitability is different for each individual miner, and the hash rate has trended downwards as individual miners have made the decision to shut down rigs. Clearly there was a fundamental mining profitability support level in the USD 6,000-7,000 range, since that is where Bitcoin’s price was when mining peaked and plateaued. There are clearly numerous miners who became unprofitable on the descent from that level to less than USD 4,000 today, and now approximately 50% of the Bitcoin mining equipment that exists cannot profitably mine. The decrease in Bitcoin’s mining difficulty of 15% on 3 December 2018 could help bring some of those miners back online, at least if the price stays at current levels around USD 4,000, but this will not change the overall trend.
When it comes down to it, Bitcoin’s price is in control of Bitcoin mining profitability, and if the price goes up we could see a reversal of the hash rate downtrend and eventually a 2nd peak in Bitcoin’s network hash rate. However, if price continues to go down, the Bitcoin mining hash rate chart will follow a similar pattern to peak oil charts. The reality will likely be a combination of both. Bitcoin bear markets tend to last years, and get more severe, but eventually the rally comes and then Bitcoin exceeds its all-time record high. This would lead to a steady decrease in Bitcoin’s mining hash rate like the peak oil chart, followed by a rapid re-engagement of old mining rigs that have been taken offline, and then the addition of new generation Bitcoin mining rigs once the equilibrium hash rate exceeds 60 EH/s.
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Things got a tad exciting today during the morning hours, Eastern time, with the price of Bitcoin (BTC) steadily surging from $3,975 to $4,112 on Bitstamp, which is the highest Bitcoin price of 2019 so far.
It seemed like perhaps Bitcoin was finally leaving that key resistance level of $3,900 in the dust, but the mild euphoria did not last for long. Bitcoin came back down to Earth, and is oscillating close to the $4,000 level as of this writing at 6 p.m. EST.
It looks like Bitcoin cannot escape the gravity of the $3,900 level, which is possibly the level where Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Bitcoin futures traders placed their short bets.
That’s because $3,900 was the price of Bitcoin after the December 2018 contract expired. Certainly the $3,900 level is a key point of interest this month. If Bitcoin crosses back below $3,900 a more significant drop could follow. If Bitcoin persists above $3,900 and rallies beyond $4,000, then perhaps this month could be a rally after all.
The total cryptocurrency market cap surged from $134.5 billion to $138.5 billion during today’s mini rally and currently sits near $136 billion. Therefore, today is a slight up day for the crypto market. Litecoin (LTC) and Tron (TRX) lead the way with 4 percent and 12 percent increases, respectively. EOS is the only other major cryptocurrency that is up today with a one percent increase.
In the past month, Litecoin has rallied from $23 to $40 (74 percent), and Tron (TRX) has rallied from 1.27 cents to 2.65 cents (109 percent). During the same period of time, Bitcoin (BTC) has rallied from $3,120 to $4,000 (28 percent).
Major cryptocurrencies that have declined today include Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Dogecoin (DOGE), and Ripple (XRP) with losses of less than one percent. Bitcoin SV (BSV), IOTA, and Dash are down two percent.
Ethereum Classic (ETC) declined 10 percent yesterday on the news that a 51 percent attack occurred. Despite more information today revealing that 15 separate attacks happened, and $1.1 million of double spends have occurred, Ethereum Classic (ETC) has been quite stable. The Ethereum Classic (ETC) debacle may be dragging down Ethereum (ETH) slightly as well since the 51 percent attacks have sparked debates in both communities over whether ASIC miners should be banned.
Overall, today was a bit underwhelming and perhaps depressing since the attempt at a Bitcoin (BTC) rally ended up getting squashed. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) going up 1,000 points in the past 4 days is possibly making it harder for Bitcoin (BTC) to rally. If the stock market continues to show signs of strength, stock traders will not use Bitcoin (BTC) as a safe haven asset. The DJIA is 2,000 points above lows set on Christmas Eve, overriding many economic parameters and defying analysis that perhaps suggested a big stock crash was imminent.
That's right, folks, this exchange is crippling their business and reputation...so they can sink the cost of Bitcoins so they can buy them more on the cheap.So Gox decided to take the Bitcoin ship down with them blaming their shortcomings on well known and documented protocol limitations. Shame!so gox can buy cheat coins to make up for the loss.
Mt Gox's incompetence once again puts BTC on sale? I'm not complaining.Yep, my buttcoins just dropped in value 20%, but IDGAF because I'm gonna buy more.
You make it sound a lot less apocalyptic than the MT Gox press release did. To the top with you!TO THE MOON!
They just purposefully spread FUD throughout the bitcoin world for the sole purpose of diverting attention while they fix their shit. This transaction malleability thing has been known for a long time and has plenty of easy ways to work around it, like just look and see if there's a double spend attempt on outputs before auto-crediting your internal books. The fact that Gox's shitty coding didn't do that is entirely their fault, and instead of owning up to it, they're trying to cause an earthquake of FUD to divert attention and buy themselves time. That's not just sneaky, that's truly evil. Fuck them. Fuck them so much.FUCK THEM THIS PR MOVE IS LITERALLY EVIL. Now, I tend to save concepts of "good" and "evil" for actions that have a considerable moral weight, like when some piece of shit steals my parking spot, but this takes the cake. I
Tin foil hat time.What the hell. I couldn't even satirize this properly. (TO THE MOON)
What if a bunch of BTC got stolen and MtGox knows this. So they make FUD that blames bitcoin protocol knowing it will crash the price. They then take USD and buy up cheap bitcoin to cover the BTC that got stolen. What if this new USD will actually drive the price to new HIGHS!
If your going to claim to be the representative entity for Bitcoin then act like it. Otherwise you are just as big of a joke as that incompitent twit Mr Krabapple bouncing around on his blue ball. I mean, Jesus H. tap dancing on a crispy truiscuit Christ, do something, anything, or gtfo.He's literally tanking Bitcoin! Let's take a rash action in response to a rash action!
*Edit: Help us Obi-Wan Antonopoulos, you're our only hope.
Karppoopels is on the BTC foundation board? fuuuuuuck thats bad.Karppoopels. Heh.
Anyone else from The Bitcoin Foundation want to shit on Bitcoin some with more negative PR?. Drugs, money laundering, "bugs"…c'mon guys…gun running could be next? or something worse?????. I'm sure you've got plenty more from where Shrem and Krapeles came from.Krapeles. Lmao!
Andreas keeping it real, as always.And:
I fucking love Andreas.And now to the conspiracy:
Perfectly timed manipulation on the part of MTGox, this news comes as the 3 day MACD happens, (exponential average crosses the average bitcoin price), it hadn't crossed since early 2013, so big movement was to be expected.Yep, makes perfect sense. Destroying your credibility as a business so you can get them sweet, sweet Bitcoins.
You can see it on the 3day chart on bitcoinwisdom, the blue line and brown line crossing, this is a BIG sign for automated trading bots to make a move, in this case the exponential average (indicating the latest movement trend) went below the average, this means the trend is downwards.
So MTgox preps up their sells, sets a weekend climate of "some big news is about to come out on monday, everyone keep an eye on your coins"
Then DROPS the bad news, and BOOM goes the dynamite. we have an epic crash.
Meanwhile MTgox sets up its orders on BTC-E around 200.
>Create MtGox account >Enable 2FA >Send BTC to MtGox
And you are finished, no one will able to get to your coins, they are perfectly safe. /sHaha, get it, because you can't withdraw your coins? And this is front page material.
At this point you can even call it cryogenic storageHo-ho, such wit, much funny.
So cold it's frozen.
Most people trust MtGox. It's the oldest exchange, was the most mentioned in the media. Their press release is pure bullshit but it's a subject that's way too technical anyway for most people to grasp. We need other big players to step up and reassure people, or this could be the death of Bitcoin.And what will happen now?
Go on, sell your bitcoin, and bang your head into the wall when the price goes back up.Plus the general hatejerk:
In the mean time, I'm enjoying the cheap coins.
Hmmm. If one were a Gox insider, today would've been a good day to buy bitcoins. Either for a personal account or for the company's, in order to cover past fuckups.
Are you concerned about the price of your holdings? I appreciate that we just got cheap coins.
How I look forward to the day bitcoin won't be goxed anymore.And the final jerk:
Even those outside of gox managed to get goxxed today.
Gox has done the greatest service & disservice to Bitcoin.
Sounds like Mark is trying to raise more fear. He needs to step down from the Bitcoin Foundation.
I guess most of the other players fear legal problems if they say anything bad about Gox...
This press release from Gox was incredibly shady and deceitful. The majority of Bitcoin market crashes are because of them. We need to step up. I'm willing to step up. Get ahold of me on here!
I'm willing to invest $50,000 in a LEGIT U.S. Bitcoin exchange for 5% of the business.
We can't stand for this, people. We can't let lies like this affect the Bitcoin community this much
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