Crypto Markets See Calm as Most Coins Consolidate Recent Gains

Crypto markets are seeing some stability today, with most major coins seeing only minor ups and downs.

Tuesday, Oct. 16: Crypto markets are seeing some stability today following yesterday’s market upsing, with virtually all of the major cryptocurrencies seeing only minor price changes, both red and green, as of press time.

Tether (USDT) has meanwhile seen a recovery, having yesterday slipped from its U.S. dollar peg to trade well below its historical price range, briefly dipping as low as $0.925.

Market visualization by Coin360

Bitcoin (BTC) is trading at $6,580 at press time, down close to 1 percent on the day, according to CoinMarketCap. During a short-lived spike yesterday, which correlated with Tether’s price drop, Bitcoin traded as high as $6,673, but has since corrected to the price range it saw at the beginning of its weekly chart, despite several days of heavy losses on the crypto markets mid-week.

Overall on the week, the top coin has virtually not budged, and is 0.06 percent down as compared with Oct. 9. On the month, Bitcoin is up around 1.72 percent, again remaining relatively stable.

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ethereum (ETH) is down just fractionally, by 0.3 percent, to trade just under $210, according to CoinMarketCap. Having seen an intra-week low of around $189 on Oct. 12, followed by a couple of days of sustained losses, the leading altcoin also saw a major spike yesterday, Oct. 15, to trade as high as $220.

On the week, Ethereum is around 7.5 percent in the red; monthly losses are around a milder 3.2 percent.

Ethereum 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ripple (XRP) is the strongest performer among the top ten coins by market cap, up 3 percent to trade at $0.454 at press time. The asset saw a spike parallel to BTC and ETH yesterday, but has seen solid performance today and is trading only slightly below yesterday’s peak at $0.567.

Having shed value during the market-wide losses Oct.11-14, Ripple is around 4.4 percent in the red on its weekly chart. Nonetheless, due to its soaring successes in September, Ripple’s monthly growth is at close to 64 percent.

Ripple 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

The remaining top ten coins on CoinMarketCap are seeing an almost even mix of gains and losses, capped within a 2 percent range in both directions.

Tether (USDT) has reclaimed most, if not all, the ground it lost during yesterday’s tumble, and is up 1.6 percent to trade at $0.98 at press time. Although reasons for Tether’s losses yesterday are not confirmed, unconfirmed reports have recently circulated that banking complications appear to have beset both Tether and associated crypto exchange Bitfinex.

Others have proposed the market sentiment was tied to investors “losing faith” because of the ongoing lack of transparency surrounding Tether’s claims to be backed one-to-one by the US dollar.

Tether 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

The market’s seventh largest coin Litecoin (LTC) is down 1.66 percent to trade at $54.25 by press time. Still among the top ten, Cardano (ADA) and Monero (XMR) are both up about 1 percent on the day to press time.

In the context of the top twenty coins, the picture is also mixed, with most coins seeing minor price change capped within a 2 percent range, though with a couple of notable exceptions.

Tezos (XTZ) has soared 13 percent on the day and is trading at $1.44 at press time.

Tezos’ 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Dogecoin (DOGE) and Binance Coin (BNB) have both seen above-average price changes on the day, both down about 3 percent at press time.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is down to around $211.1 billion as of press time — having reached as high as $220.2 billion briefly yesterday, Oct. 15.

7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies from CoinMarketCap

Today investor and crypto bull Mike Novogratz tweaked his price forecast for Bitcoin, predicting the top crypto would in fact not break $10,000 in 2018. He suggested instead that during “Q1 [or] Q2 [2019] if the institutions start coming in, we’ll put in new highs.”

In other crypto news, stablecoins continue to make headlines this week, with blockchain trust company Paxos announcing it has already issued around $50 million worth of its recently-launched U.S.dollar-backed stablecoin, PAX.

Notably, with regards to better-known thought controversial stablecoin Tether, stablecoin issuance at this scale has drawn both speculation and criticism in regards to its possible impact on Bitcoin (BTC)’s price performance.

As reported yesterday, the now second largest crypto exchange by market cap OKEx announced it would be listing four stablecoins at once – PAX, TrueUSD (TUSD), USD Coin (USDC), and Gemini Dollar (GUSD) – the same day as U.S.-based crypto payment processor BitPay announced it had started to accept two stablecoins for merchant settlement, GUSD and USDC.

Following OKEx’s move, another major crypto exchange, Huobi, announced their listing of the same four USD-backed stablecoins today.

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Markets See Piecemeal Price Action, Some Stability After Yesterday’s Plummet

After yesterday’s carnage, crypto markets are seeing some relative price stability, with the top cryptocurrencies by market cap seeing mild movement, both up and down.

Friday, Oct. 12: after yesterday’s carnage, crypto markets are seeing some relative price stability. The top cryptocurrencies by market cap are seeing mild movement, both red and green.

Market visualization

Market visualization by Coin360

Bitcoin (BTC) has has seen little price action on the day, and is up 0.5 percent to trade at $6,318 as of press time. Ater a strong week of sustained trading around $6,600 – briefly trading as high as almost $6,670 Oct. 8 – the top coin took a plummet yesterday, hitting as low as $6,201.

On its weekly chart, its cliff-like performance yesterday has brought Bitcoin down to around 4.7 percent in the red, although it continues to practically break even on the month, at around 0.3 percent in the negative.
Bitcoin 7-day price chart

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Bitcoin Price Index

Ethereum (ETH) is down around 1 percent on the day to trade at $197 at press time. Its weekly chart shows a similarly stark sudden drop yesterday, after the altcoin had circled $230 levels throughout much of the week. Yesterday’s losses brought Ethereum as low as around $194.

On the week, Ethereum is now almost 13 percent in the red; monthly growth remains around 8 percent.

Ethereum 7-day price chart

Ethereum 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Ethereum Price Index

Ripple (XRP) is faring better, and is up close to a solid 7 percent to trade at $0.43. Nonetheless, the asset was not spared yesterday’s market-wide losses, and is showing a 17 percent loss on its weekly chart.

Buoyed by its outstanding price performance in September, Ripple’s monthly gains remain at 60 percent.

Ripple 7-day price chart

Ripple 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Ripple Price Index

The remaining top ten coins on CoinMarketCap are all seeing a mix of red and green. After Ripple, Litecoin (LTC) has made the strongest recovery, although it has seen a relatively mild 2 percent gain to trade $53.32. Stellar (XLM) is up around 1.6 percent and is trading at $0.216.

Meanwhile, anonymity-oriented altcoin Monero (XMR) is down a further 1.8 percent on the day and is trading at $102.79; EOS (EOS) has also shed around 1.46 percent in value at $5.21.

In the context of the top twenty coins, the picture is mostly red: Tezos (XTZ) is down the most, losing 3.5 percent to trade at $1.21, and Ethereum Classic (ETC) is down a round 3 percent at $9.51. Dash (DASH) and IOTA (MIOTA) are seeing smaller losses, at around 2.2 percent ($158.59) and 1 percent ($0.502) respectively.

Tron (TRX) has grown 2.2 percent to trade at $0.227 and is the only other top twenty crypto to see green.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is down to around $202.2 billion as of press time – slightly recovering from a 24-hour low of $196.3 billion, yet remaining almost $20 billion down from an intra-week high at around $222 billion Oct. 8.

7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies

7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies from CoinMarketCap

Earlier today, Cointelegraph reported that the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued an advisory that calls on cryptocurrency exchanges to monitor Iranian use of crypto to evade sanctions.

According to the agency, as of 2013 Iranian use of cryptocurrency includes “at least $3.8 million worth of bitcoin-denominated transactions per year”; FinCEN goes on to warn that cryptocurrencies represent an emerging “payment system that may provide potential avenues for individuals and entities to evade sanctions.”

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Government Tracking of Crypto Is Growing, But There Are Ways to Avoid It

More governments are tracking crypto, but ways to stay anonymous remain.

Much noise has been made about the untraceable qualities of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin “can be used to buy merchandise anonymously” said early primers on crypto, it offers users the kind of financial privacy that was previously available only from a “Swiss bank account,” say more recent commentators. And given its ability to provide people with a layer of anonymity and privacy, it has been smeared by politicians, experts and mainstream journalists alike as a hiding place for almost any hacker, drug dealer, gang member, terrorist or despot you could possibly name (even if cash is still the preferred financial medium of such personae non gratae).

It’s therefore no wonder that, for several years, governments have been feverishly trying to trace Bitcoin’s circulation, as well as that of other digital currencies. And despite the popular reputation of most cryptocurrencies as anonymous, they’ve been aided in this pursuit by the fact that most cryptos are not anonymous, but rather pseudonymous. In other words, by linking transactions to fixed wallet addresses, and by keeping a public record of every single transaction ever made on their chains, most popular cryptocurrencies provide national governments with an almost perfect means of keeping tabs on our financial activity.

However, while many governments have begun capitalizing on this very convenient affordance by building systems that compile transaction data and scraped private info into a single database, most have only just begun moving in this direction. And more importantly, there are a number of privacy coins – Monero being the most prominent  – that don’t offer a public record linking transactions to wallets, while there are also mixing tools for making the transactions of non-privacy coins private. As such, there are still ways to remain anonymous in crypto for those who want to keep a low profile, despite the best efforts of governments in the US, Russia, Japan, and elsewhere.

Japan and Russia

Japan and Russia

As the most recent example of government crypto monitoring, the Japanese National Police Agency (NPA) announced plans to implement a system that can reportedly “track” cryptocurrency transactions within Japan. While specific technical details are scarce, the software is being developed by an unnamed private company and will cost the NPA around $315,000 next year to run. In particular, its main function will be to trace transactions reported to it as ‘suspicious’, linking them together into a visualization that will, in theory, enable it to pinpoint the sources and destinations of illicit money.

For the most part, it will receive its reports of suspicious activity from Japanese crypto-exchanges, which ever since the May introduction (by the Financial Services Agency) of anti-money laundering (AML) legislation have been sending it intelligence on potentially illegal transactions and the accounts associated with them. Indeed, this reporting is precisely what makes a ‘transaction-tracking system’ possible, rather than the invention of some novel cryptographic technology capable of breaking through the pseudonymity/anonymity of most cryptocurrencies. Simply, exchanges are being legally required to follow strict know-your-customer (KYC) policies, which enable them to link real-world identities to addresses and to transactions recorded on public blockchains. And given that they’re supplying this info to the NPA, all the NPA will really be doing with their system is feeding such info into a database and creating visualizations of the flow of crypto.

What this means is that such a system isn’t likely to have much direct application to anyone who circumvents (regulated) exchanges when receiving and sending crypto. That said, even if certain users stay away from Japanese exchanges they could still be linked to illicit crypto if said crypto has passed through an exchange and already raised suspicions. Either way, another area to which the system isn’t likely to have much direct application are privacy-enabling coins such as Monero, Zcash and Dash, since rather than attempting to track such coins the Japanese authorities have merely decided to ban exchanges from carrying them.

A similar story is currently emerging in Russia, where the Federal Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring) has contracted for a system that will collate various sources of information regarding suspects in finance-related crimes. As reported by the BBC Russia service, the system will be used to create profiles for suspects, to which the authorities then add whatever relevant info they can gleam about him or her: phone numbers, bank card details, physical addresses, and crypto wallet addresses. Once again, the system hasn’t been designed specifically to compromise the cryptography of Bitcoin or any other crypto, but rather seeks to simply add wallet information – where available – to any other data Rosfinmonitoring has on a suspect.

By doing this, the Russian authorities clearly hope to prevent suspects from laundering any illicitly gained money via crypto, while they also assert that they intend to stop crypto being used directly for illegal purposes. “Because of their anonymity and the inability to trace them,” German Klimenko – an ex-advisor to Vladimir Putin on internet development (and head of the cryptocurrency group at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) – told the BBC. “Cryptocurrency is used in grey areas, in the dark web, for buying weapons, drugs, or violent videos. Lawmakers of many countries are wary of this phenomenon: this was confirmed by the analysis that we conducted under orders from the president [Putin].”

While Russia hasn’t introduced regulations requiring exchanges to uphold strict AML and KYC policies, the State Duma is in the process of negotiating a digital assets bill that would do just that. And once this bill has passed, Russian authorities will – like their Japanese counterparts – have access to info on the identities of wallet holders. As a result, the Rosfinmonitoring service will be able to enter this information in the soon-to-be-launched system (coming at the end of 2018), which will enable it to link transactions, wallets, and identities together.

But because this system will be tapping into crypto-exchange records rather than novel ‘crypto-hacking’ technology, it’s likely that it won’t apply to all cryptocurrencies and all cryptocurrency users. Some experts even believe that it will have a largely counterproductive effect, forcing many cryptocurrencies and their users to become more untraceable.

“If you look at the entire volume of laundered funds, the share that is laundered through cryptocurrency is very small,” Anton Merkurov – an advisor with US-based the Free Russia Foundation – said. “Let’s say the turnover of the local exchange is about one billion rubles [around $14.7 million] a week. This, in fact, is not very much. Instead of catching the proverbial Colonel Zakharchenko [a former anti-corruption officer who was caught with around $140 million in bribe money in 2016], authorities are trying to find a microbe under a microscope in a drop of water. This should not be a priority. And most importantly, start pressing there and opposition will begin, you will think up real tools for laundering.”

The United States

The United States

While the systems being rolled out by Japan and Russia largely depend on cooperation from crypto-exchanges and on piecing together disparate sources of information, there are indications that some governments at least have taken a more direct approach to identifying crypto users.

The US, to take the most notable – and disconcerting – example, has developed a covert piece of technology that can actually extract raw internet data from fiber-optic cables in order to identify the IP addresses and IDs of those sending and receiving Bitcoin. According to documents obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 and published by the Intercept in March 2018, the technology in question is a program developed by the National Security Agency (NSA) and known as OAKSTAR. Masquerading as a piece of virtual private network (VPN) and downloaded by some 16,000 users in such nations as China and Iran, the program instead siphons data from an “unspecified ‘foreign’ fiber cable site,” according to the Intercept.

Using this data, the NSA can then extract such information from Bitcoin users as their password information, their internet browsing activity, and their MAC address, while certain whistle-blown docs also discuss extracting users’ internet addresses, timestamps, and network ports. Effectively, OAKSTAR can be used to gather much more than the information necessary to identify someone and link them to specific Bitcoin addresses and transactions, and it can do so without having to rely on crypto-exchanges.

This is a big blow for Bitcoin privacy. As Cornell University professor Emin Gün Sirer told the Intercept:

“People who are privacy conscious will switch to privacy-oriented coins […] when the adversary model involves the NSA, the pseudonymity disappears. You should really lower your expectations of privacy on this network.”

Similarly, Matthew Green – an assistant prof. at Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute (and a key Zcash developer) – explained to the Intercept that the NSA’s exploits are “bad news for privacy, because it means that in addition to the really hard problem of making [crypto] transactions private […] you also have to make sure all the network connections [are private].”

As alarming as OAKSTAR and the activity surrounding it are, no new information has emerged recently to indicate that the NSA has extended its Bitcoin-tracking endeavors to other cryptocurrencies. There’s also the fact that its ability to link certain people with Bitcoin wallets is predicated on these people unwittingly downloading a piece of software that secretly extracts their internet data (while purporting to provide some other service). As a result, if users stick to VPN packages (and other pieces of software) they know and trust, it’s likely they will avoid the NSA’s long claws.

This reassurance aside, there is still the predictable reality that the United States government has been seeking user data from cryptocurrency exchanges, and has been doing so for longer than either the Japanese or Russian governments. In November 2016, for instance, it filed a legal summons that required Coinbase to provide the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) with the identities of an unspecified number of individuals associated with a number of cryptocurrency wallets. As Cointelegraph reported at the time, this summons was significant not so much in itself, but because it indicated that the IRS had been able to track certain wallets to an extent sufficient to determine that they’d been involved in the violation of tax legislation. Similarly, it also indicated that the IRS had been able to determine that the wallets were attached to Coinbase.

While the IRS unsurprisingly hasn’t divulged how it was able to track these wallets, a 2015 document leaked to the Daily Beast in 2017 revealed that it awarded a contract to Chainalysis, a Switzerland-based “blockchain intelligence” provider that monitors cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin for compliance reasons. As Cointelegraph reported at the time, Chainalysis uses “data scraped from public forums, leaked data sources including dark web, exchange deposits and withdrawals to tag and identify transactions.” It attempts to combine what’s made publicly available on blockchains with personal info unthinkingly/carelessly left by crypto users on the web. It runs, therefore, another system that is less about cryptographically penetrating blockchains and more about simply putting together all the disparate threads of info strewn across the Internet.

And even though the IRS hasn’t explicitly acknowledged its employment of Chainalysis or any other service, it’s also interesting to note that past instances where an agency of the federal US government has succeeded in tracking crypto users have potentially involved input from the NSA. In October 2013, Ross Ulbricht was arrested by FBI agents in San Francisco and then charged (almost a year later) with conspiracy to traffic narcotics, money laundering, and computer hacking. During his trial, he claimed his prosecution violated the fourth amendment (i.e. right to protection against unwarranted searches), since the only way the FBI could have identified him was through the illegal help of the NSA and its data-gathering trickery. Needless to say, this defense didn’t exactly work, yet the Intercept noted that the NSA’s OAKSTAR project got under way six months before Ulbricht was arrested. More interestingly, the website also published classified documents in November 2017 revealing that the NSA had secretly helped the FBI secure other convictions in the past.

Whatever the truth behind Ulbricht’s conviction, it’s clear that the NSA has had the ability to covertly identify Bitcoin users for over five years, while it’s also true that other US agencies have been tracking crypto transactions (using undisclosed means). As such, it’s a safe bet to say that American crypto users should probably think carefully before engaging in anything Uncle Sam wouldn’t condone.

China, India and beyond

China and India

It would appear that few nations can match the US in the reach and power of their crypto-tracking activities. However, this isn’t stopping many from trying. In China, reports emerged in March that the Public Information Network Security Supervision (PINSS) agency has been monitoring foreign crypto-exchanges that serve Chinese customers. Even though the government has banned domestic exchanges and trading on foreign alternatives, this hasn’t stopped every Chinese trader from seeking out crypto abroad. Because of this, PINSS has been ‘monitoring’ foreign exchanges so as to “prevent illegal money laundering, pyramid schemes [and] fraud,” according to Chinese news outlet Yicai.

While Yicai could confirm via sources at PINSS that such monitoring had been underways since September 2017, it couldn’t explain just what kind of monitoring was being pursued, or whether the Chinese government was actively trying to identify individuals trading in crypto. Still, whatever the extent of the surveillance involved, the knowledge that other nations are tracking crypto would indicate that Chinese traders should also add themselves to the growing list of ‘people who ought to be careful.’

So too should Indian traders, who in January may or may not have learned that their government was keeping tabs on them for tax purposes. Actually, chances are they would have learned about this, since the Indian tax department sent notices to “tens of thousands” of investors (according to Reuters), after having conducted national surveys and having obtained user data from nine Indian exchanges. This provided a clear signal that the government was indeed tracking cryptocurrency transactions, something which it had begun contemplating in July 2017, when India’s Supreme Court demanded information from it and the Reserve Bank of India on the steps being taken to ensure that crypto isn’t being used for illicit purposes.

As reported in July by Indian news website LiveMint, the system the government was considering, would involve cooperation between the central bank, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), and India’s intelligence agencies. However, as the involvement of India’s crypto-exchanges in January’s tax notices reveals, it’s once again likely that the system currently rests on input from these exchanges, rather than on technology comparable to the NSA’s, for instance.

Other than the prominent examples of Japan, Russian, the US, China and India, there are few other cases of national governments going public with (or being known for) crypto-tracking systems. Nonetheless, even if there’s currently no public record of other governments investigating the potential for tracking systems, it’s highly probable that those governments with a significant interest in crypto have contemplated a tracking system in one form or another.

UK and EU

For example, the UK and EU governments jointly announced in December 2017 that they’re planning a “crackdown” on crypto-enabled money laundering and tax evasion. UK economic secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay said in last October:

“The UK government is currently negotiating amendments to the anti-money-laundering directive that will bring virtual currency exchange platforms and custodian wallet providers into anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulation, which will result in these firms’ activities being overseen by national competent authorities for these areas.”

While this doesn’t confirm tracking, it would at least imply it, since the ability to enforce AML legislation entails that governmental bodies and departments should have some means of not only detecting when someone is earning crypto that needs to be taxed, but also determining just who that person is. Hence, UK and EU authorities need to have some kind of tracking system in place, otherwise their threats of ‘cracking down’ on money laundering and the like will equate to only so much hot air.

And in the future, it may become increasingly possible for them or any other government, regardless of technological development, to carry through with such threats. In April, a corporate giant none other than Amazon, received a patent for a “streaming data marketplace” that would permit the combining of multiple data sources, thereby enabling the real-time tracking of cryptocurrency transactions and the users involved. As the text of the patent makes clear, this technology could potentially be offered to governments, who would be able to link crypto addresses to official IDs:

“The electronic retailers may combine the shipping address with the bitcoin transaction data to create correlated data and republish the combined data as a combined data stream. A group of telecommunications providers may subscribe downstream to the combined data stream and be able to correlate the IP (Internet Protocol) addresses of the transactions to countries of origin. Government agencies may be able to subscribe downstream and correlate tax transaction data to help identify transaction participants.”

Given the arrival of such technology (and the current existence of such firms as Chainalysis), it’s only a matter of time before transactions involving Bitcoin, Ethereum or any other non-privacy cryptocurrency will be systematically de-anonymized. It will take some time, particularly given that Amazon’s patent requires its users (e.g. retailers and telecoms providers) to combine separate pieces of data in order to create correlations. Still, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that things are moving in only one direction when it comes to the privacy and anonymity of crypto.

Privacy coins

And in light of this direction, anyone wanting to keep their chances of being identified as low as possible is advised to migrate to one of the so-called privacy coins. Monero is the most well-known of these, having entered into 10 most valuable cryptocurrencies by market cap since its initial launch in April 2014. More than anything else, what distinguishes it from the likes of Bitcoin is its CryptoNight proof-of-work algorithm, which uses a mix of ring signatures and stealth addresses to not only bury the sender’s wallet address in those of multiple other users, but also to hide the precise amount being transferred.

It’s because of this that the cryptocurrency has proven popular with those who’ve needed to evade government power (for whatever reason), and such is Monero’s apparent ability in preserving anonymity that its price increased by around 2,883% between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017 (from $12.3 to $358). By contrast, Bitcoin’s 2017 growth rate was a slightly less impressive 1,357%.

2,883% may be impressive, but it pales in comparison to the 9,000% growth enjoyed in 2017 by Dash, another altcoin with certain privacy-enhancing qualities. The 13th most valuable cryptocurrency by total market cap, its PrivateSend feature mixes addresses so as to obscure the origins and destinations of transactions, in the process making it noticeably harder for any interested authority to put the pieces together.

This may be a part of the reason why the currency has took off so spectacularly in Venezuela, where the government cracked down on such cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, in a big way last year (before showing favoritism towards its own oil-backed Petro coin). Venezuelans also turned increasingly to Zcash during this period, which has become the 21st biggest cryptocurrency since launching in October 2016. Building upon Bitcoin Core’s architecture and using zero-knowledge proofs, it keeps the sender and receiver’s pseudonyms private, while also doing the same for the quantity being transacted.

Therefore, a choice of privacy coins is available for anyone worried about the growing ability of governments to track crypto transactions. And even if a concerned crypto user holds no Monero, Dash, or Zcash, they can still take advantage of the various mixing services available for non-privacy coins. For example, there are anonymization protocols available that, much like the features available via Monero and Zcash, enables senders and receivers of Bitcoin to mix their transactions with those of other senders and receivers, making it very difficult to disentangle the multiple threads involved. Such protocols include the likes of CoinJoin, Dark Wallet,, SharedCoin, and CoinSwap, all of which also provide holders of Bitcoin and other cryptos with the ability to anonymize their transactions.

So even though cryptocurrency tracking is increasing, crypto investors and holders needn’t be overly fearful of government surveillance. For one, most of the tracking systems in use or which are being developed rely on input from crypto-exchanges, while others (such as those provided by Chainalysis) depend on scavenging data that users may have left carelessly throughout the web. Meanwhile, more direct and intrusive methods being honed by the NSA also rely on crypto users unknowingly compromising their internet connections, something which couldn’t be counted on for monitoring all cryptocurrency transactions en masse. This is why, in addition to such privacy coins as Monero and Zcash, privacy-conscious crypto holders shouldn’t be too concerned, since there are ways of remaining anonymous for those who want it bad enough.

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Bitcoin Hovers Near 6,600, While Most Top Coins See Little Price Volatility

Crypto markets are seeing little price movement today, with only Ripple seeing a more substantial loss of close to 3% among top coins.

Friday, Oct. 5: cryptocurrencies are seeing little volatility over the past 24 hours to press time, with the majority of losses and gains of top coins capped within a 1 percent range on the day, as data from Coin360 shows.

Market visualization by Coin360

Market visualization by Coin360

Ripple (XRP) is the only outlier in the top ten coins, down a little over 3 percent on the day to trade at $0.52. The asset – which in September briefly outflanked Ethereum to seal the second spot ranking on CoinMarketCap listings – has had a shaky start to the month, and is currently trading almost 15 percent lower than its intra-week high at around $0.61 September 30.

On its rolling weekly chart, however, Ripple is a more modest 4.6 percent in the red. On the month, Ripple is up an impressive 57 percent.

Ripple 7-day price chart

Ripple 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Ripple Price Index

Bitcoin (BTC) is seeing negligible price change on the day, trading around $6,580 as of press time. Since trading above $6,600 at the start of its weekly chart, the top coin has seen two subsequent price corrections (Sept. 29 and Oct. 3).

Having briefly dipped below the $6,500 threshold during the latter of these, Bitcoin has reclaimed some ground and is back pushing a slightly higher price point.

On its weekly chart, Bitcoin is just over one percent in the red. Monthly losses are also mild at 2.5 percent.

Bitcoin 7-day price chart

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Bitcoin Price Index

Taking note of Bitcoin’s relative price stability recently, twitter personality and crypto trader WhalePanda tweeted today: “With everyone launching their own stablecoin Bitcoin decided to be the ultimate stablecoin.”

Ethereum (ETH) is down a marginal 0.15 percent on the day to trade at $222 at press time. After a steep plummet Sept. 29 to trade as low as $215, the leading altcoin briefly recovered to push above $235 Sept. 30. Throughout early October, Ethereum has seen renewed losses, although its lowest Oct. price point has been at around $218.

Ethereum’s market cap is around $22.8 billion, slightly widening its margin ahead of Ripple (XRP), which today has a market cap of $20.5 billion.

On the week, Ethereum is almost breaking even, up 0.6 percent; on the month, the altcoin is down around 2.8 percent.

Ethereum 7-day price chart

Ethereum 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Ethereum Price Index

The remaining top ten coins listed on CoinMarketCap are seeing red, almost all capped within a 1 percent range.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is down 1.14 percent at $511.51, whereas EOS (EOS) is down only 0.33 percent at $5.73. Just as fractionally, Dash (DASH) is up only 0.10 percent on the day to trade at 180.94.

In the context of the top twenty coins, 24-hour price fluctuations are similarly slight, though more mixed red and green. Crypto exchange Binance’s native token Binance Coin (BNB) is the only exception, up a strong 3.14 percent to trade at $10.61 at press time.

At the start of October, Binance Labs revealed it had made a multi-million dollar investment in decentralized digital content ecosystem Contentos.

After strong growth and volatile price action earlier this week, NEM (XEM) is up just a fraction of a percent on the day: the asset is trading at $0.105 as of press time.

NEM’s 7-day price chart

NEM’s 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ethereum Classic (ETC) is down an above-average 1.19 percent, trading at $10.97 per coin at press time.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is around $218.2 billion as of press time, after seeing an intra-week low Oct. 3 at around $214 billion.

7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies

7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies from CoinMarketCap

Earlier today, reports emerged that the  U.S. Ivy League university Yale is said to have been one of the investors that helped to raise $400 million for a major new cryptocurrency-focused fund. The fund, dubbed ‘Paradigm,’ was reportedly created by Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam, former Sequoia Capital partner Matt Huang, and Charles Noyes, formerly of stalwart crypto fund Pantera Capital.

In other industry news, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has outlined a time frame for reviewing proposed rule changes related to a series of applications to list and trade various Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The review period affects nine separate ETFs that have been proposed by three different applicants, and the SEC has set a deadline of Oct. 26 for parties to file statements in support or rejection of the proposals.

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Cardano, Monero, Dash: Price Analysis, October 1

The newsflow regarding cryptocurrencies has been fundamentally positive this year. Could this affect prices? Let’s find out.

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.

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Discussions on blockchain and cryptocurrencies have entered the United Nation’s General Assembly. In his recent address, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has said that cryptocurrencies and blockchain can solve several problems and will become the money of the future.

This year, Malta has positioned itself as the “blockchain island,” introducing favorable regulations for the new asset class. While other nations view the crypto industry as a problem, Malta has chosen to look at the advantages it can offer and has adopted it wholeheartedly.

In the U.S., several blockchain companies have formed a coalition and hired Klein/Johnson Group, a bipartisan lobby shop. An interesting point to note is that the firm has agreed to accept part of its payment in digital coins.

Though China has banned crypto trading, Beijing Sci-Tech Report (BSTR), China’s oldest tech publication, has said it will accept Bitcoin for its 2019 subscriptions.

The fundamental news flow in 2018 has been positive. Could it begin to influence the prices of cryptocurrencies? Should investors start buying now? Let’s find out.


Bitcoin has been consolidating in a small range for the past two days. Both moving averages are flat and the RSI is close to the neutral territory. This suggests an equilibrium between the buyers and the sellers.

However, this small range is unlikely to sustain for long. As the cryptocurrency has made a sequence of lower highs in 2018, the failure of the bulls to break out of the overhead resistance will attract selling.


If the bears break down and sustain below the trendline, the BTC/USD pair can decline to $6,341 and below that to the critical support zone of $5,900–$6,075.

On the upside, the $6,831.99 line is the critical resistance. If the bulls scale above this, a rally to $7,413.46 will ensue. We anticipate a large range move within the next couple of days. For now, traders can hold their long positions with the stop losses (SLs) at $5,900.


Ethereum has been trading close to the 20-day EMA for the past seven days. Both moving averages have turned flat and the RSI has also been hovering around the midpoint. This shows a consolidation in the range of $200–$250.


A break out of the overhead resistance of $250 and the 50-day SMA will tilt the balance in favor of the bulls. Above $250, the ETH/USD pair might rally to $300–$322.57.

The key support to watch on the downside is the zone of $192–$200. If the bears sink the pair below this support, a retest of the lows is likely. We should get a decisive move in either direction this week.


Ripple continues to consolidate in the range of $0.425–$0.625. The bulls attempted to break out of this range on September 30, but failed. Nevertheless, as the price has sustained above $0.583, it triggered our buy proposal.


Currently, the price has turned down from the overhead resistance. The 20-day EMA is likely to act as a strong support. If the bears break down of this support, the XRP/USD pair can decline to $0.4255.

The digital currency will pick up momentum above $0.625. As both moving averages are trending up and the RSI is close to the overbought zone, we suggest traders hold their long positions with the SL at $0.42.


Though Bitcoin Cash has held the 50-day SMA for the past two days, the bulls have failed to secure a bounce. This shows that buying has dried up and if the supports of the moving averages break, the digital currency can retest the recent lows.


The BCH/USD pair will indicate a change in trend if it breaks out of $600. The key levels to watch on the upside are $660.0753 and $880.

As the price has been sustaining above the descending channel and the moving averages for the past four days, we suggest traders hold their long position with the stops at $400.


EOS has been struggling to sustain above $5.65 for the past three days. Failure to bounce from the moving averages indicates absence of buying at higher levels.


The EOS/USD pair has again corrected to the 20-day EMA. The zone between both moving averages is an important support. If this breaks, the next level to watch on the downside is $5. Below $5, a retest of $4.49 is probable. Therefore, we suggest traders hold their long positions with stops at $4.9.

If the pair doesn’t move up within the next couple of days, we shall close the position.


Stellar has been holding above $0.24987525 for the past five days but is still struggling to break out of the downtrend line of the descending triangle.


If the XLM/USD pair turns down from the current levels, it might break down of both moving averages and slide to the next support at $0.21489857.

The bearish pattern will be invalidated only if the bulls sustain above the downtrend line of the descending triangle. The levels to watch on the upside are $0.30434761 and $0.36065937.

As both moving averages are rising and the RSI is in the positive zone, the long positions can be held with the stops at $0.21.


The break out of the range is still elusive as Litecoin remains stuck between $49.466 and $69.279. The longer the consolidation, the stronger will be the eventual break out or break down from it.


Currently, the LTC/USD pair has corrected to the moving averages. A small trendline is also located at this level. Hence, we anticipate a strong support at $58.7.

If the bears break below the trendline, the virtual currency can drop to $54.5 and then finally to the bottom of the range at $49.466.

The downtrend will resume on a break down of the range and a double bottom will complete on a break out of $69.279. We shall wait for the prices to sustain above the overhead resistance before suggesting any long positions.


Cardano has formed three successive intraday candlestick patterns. This shows that the range has shrunk and an expansion is due within the next couple of days. The 20-day EMA is flat and the 50-day SMA is flattening out. The RSI is in the neutral zone. This shows a balance between the buyers and the sellers.


If the bears break below the 20-day EMA, a fall to $0.71355 is probable. If this level also breaks, a retest of $0.060105 is possible.

On the upside, a break out of the 50-day SMA will indicate strength. The ADA/USD pair will pick up momentum above $0.94256.

We don’t find any reliable buy setups, hence, are not proposing any trades in the pair.


Monero declined to the 50-day SMA on September 29, where buying emerged. However, the bulls could not push above $120, which shows nervousness to buy at higher levels. Both moving averages are flat and the RSI is close to 50 levels, which shows a state of equilibrium between the bulls and the bears.


The failure to break out of the downtrend line will attract profit booking and new shorts if the bears sustain below the 50-day SMA. The next level to watch on the downside is $96.390. Therefore, we recommend to keep the stops at $100 on the long positions.

The XMR/USD pair will show signs of strength if it sustains above the downtrend line. It will pick up momentum if it breaks out of the symmetrical triangle.


Dash has been trading between the 20-day EMA and the 50-day SMA for the past two days. A break down of the 50-day SMA will complete a break of the symmetrical triangle that can result in a drop to $159.416 and below that to $130.024.


If the support holds and the DASH/USD pair breaks out of the 20-day EMA, it might attempt to break out of the triangle.

We shall wait for a confirmed break out of the triangle before recommending any trades in it.   

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Cardano, Monero, Dash: Price Analysis, September 24

Since 2013, Bitcoin has seen a sharp rally in the last quarter of every year, except 2014.

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.

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Since 2013, Bitcoin has seen a sharp rally in the last quarter of every year, barring 2014. In 2013, the rise was 486.74 percent, in 2014, the leading cryptocurrency declined marginally by 16.69 percent. In 2015, the gain was 81.24 percent, while in 2016 the rally returned 58.17 percent. In 2017, the up move rewarded investors with a gain of 215.28 percent.

To quote Mark Twain, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” As traders, we respect the seasonal trends, therefore, we will be on the lookout for buying opportunities in the last quarter of this year. Of course, we won’t take a trade until we see a reliable buy setup.

The fundamentals of the sector continue to improve with large brokerages, banks, and nations coming forward to encourage blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Barring any adverse news, the trajectory should be higher in the next three months. So, which digital currencies are signaling a change in trend? Let’s find out.


We assume that traders who follow us will have initiated long positions in the range of $6,600–$6,750, as suggested in the previous analysis. The pullback in Bitcoin stalled at $6,831.99 on September 18.


Currently, the BTC/USD pair has corrected back to the support level of $6583.46. Both moving averages are located at this level, so this becomes a critical support to watch.

If the bulls defend this level and a bounce materializes, a move to the downtrend line of the descending triangle is possible. The virtual currency will pick up momentum if the price sustains above the downtrend line.

On the other hand, if current support breaks, a retest of the $5,900–$6,075.04 support is likely. Traders should keep the stop loss at $5,900 because if support breaks, a deeper fall to $5,450 and further to $5,000 is probable.


Ethereum broke out of the descending channel on September 21 but is finding it difficult to sustain the breakout.


The ETH/USD pair is currently back at the downtrend line of the channel, which should act as strong support. The 20-day EMA has flattened out and is also located at this level. Hence, this becomes a critical support level to watch.

If support breaks, the digital currency cоuld slide to the $192.50 level once again. However, if support holds, a rally to the $302 is possible. We currently don’t see a reliable buy setup, so we are not suggesting any long positions.


We suggested traders not to chase the rally higher in our previous analysis. Our recommendation was validated as Ripple started a correction after reaching the intraday high on September 21.


As the XRP/USD pair has broken out of the downtrend line and both moving averages have completed a bullish crossover, we believe that the trend has changed. Traders should now look for buying opportunities on dips. What are the key levels to watch out for?

The 50 percent Fibonacci retracement of the recent rally is at $0.51676, which has been acting as a strong support. If this level breaks, the correction can deepen to the 61.8 percent retracement level of $0.45832. If the new trend gains traction, the pullback should end at either of these two levels.

We will watch for the next couple of days and then take a call on a long position. Our bullish view will be invalidated if bears force the price below the downtrend line.  


Bitcoin Cash failed to reach the 50-day SMA. It turned down from just above the $500 level on September 22. The trend remains down as it is still trading inside the descending channel.


The 20-day EMA is flat and the RSI is close to the midpoint. This points to a likely consolidation in the near-term.

If the BCH/USD pair falls below $450, it can retest the low at $400. On the upside, the critical levels to watch out are the 50-day SMA and the downtrend line of the descending channel.

We will wait for the trend to change before suggesting a trade.


Bulls could not build on the breakout of the overhead resistance of $5.65. EOS did not rally as we had anticipated, and turned down from $6.3117 on September 22.


EOS is currently retesting the breakout level of $5.65. Support from the moving averages is just below the current level. If support holds, the EOS/USD pair will again try to rally to $6.8299.

If the current support breaks, a decline to the next support at $4.50 is probable. The digital currency has formed a continuation head and shoulders pattern, which will complete on a break below $4.4930. Therefore, we suggest traders keep their stops on the long position at $4.40.


Stellar touched a high of $0.30434761 on September 23, just below its target objective of $0.3157505. Though the bulls broke out of the downtrend line of the descending triangle, they could not sustain the higher level.


Currently, the XLM/USD pair has again plunged back into the descending triangle, which is a bearish sign. It has support at $0.24987525 and below from the moving averages. A fall below $0.21 could result in a retest of the critical support at $0.184. Therefore, traders who are long on our recommendation can trail their stops to $0.21.

The virtual currency will pick up momentum if the bulls can push it above the intraday highs of September 23.


The pullback in Litecoin hit a roadblock at $63.650 on September 23. It is currently trying to take support at the moving averages.


The LTC/USD pair is currently in a consolidation between $49.466 and $69.279. Both moving averages have flattened out and the RSI is at the midpoint, suggesting that the range bound action might continue for a few more days.

A breakout of the overhead resistance will complete a double bottom pattern, which has a pattern target of $89. A break below the moving averages could sink the digital currency back to the bottom of the range. We recommend traders attempt a long position only on a breakout and close (UTC time frame) above $69.279.  


Cardano could not break out of the 50-day SMA on September 23, resulting in a pullback to the 20-day EMA.


If support holds, a rally to the $0.111843 level is likely. On the other hand, if the bears sink the ADA/USD pair below the 20-day EMA, a fall to $0.071355 is probable.

Both moving averages are flattening out and the RSI is in neutral territory. We do not find any reliable buy setups at the current level, so we are not proposing a trade.


Monero has pulled back to the 20-day EMA, which should act as a strong support. If the bulls secure a rebound from the moving average, a rally to $140 is probable.


The XMR/USD pair is currently stuck inside the symmetrical triangle. A breakout of the triangle and $150 might start a new uptrend. Therefore, traders can keep the stops on their long positions at $100.

If the 20-day SMA and the 50-day SMA fail to provide support, a retest of the $81 level could be possible.


Dash has earned a place in our analysis as it has climbed to the tenth spot and has been maintaining the price for the past few days.


The DASH/USD pair bottomed out at $130.024 on August 14. Thereafter, it rallied to $224.830 on September 1, a gain of about 73 percent. Currently, the 20-day EMA is providing support, below which a fall to the 50-day SMA is probable.

We anticipate a consolidation between $130.024 and $224.830 over the next few days. The virtual currency will start a new trend if the bulls scale and sustain above $225. Until then, we suggest traders remain on the sidelines.

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Ethereum Consolidates Newly-Won Growth as Wider Crypto Market Falters

After yesterday’s bullish upswing, crypto markets have today been hit with widely-dispersed corrections, although Ethereum is a notable exception.

Friday, September 14: After yesterday’s bullish upswing, crypto markets have today been hit with widely-dispersed corrections. Ethereum (ETH) is today’s most resilient large-market-cap altcoin, seeing the most notable growth on the day among the top twenty cryptoassets, as data from Coin360 shows.

Market visualization

Market visualization by Coin360

After soaring 18 percent on the day yesterday, September 13 – and peaking as high as $223 during early trading hours today – Ethereum has seen a tempering downwards, before regaining some losses in the hours before press time.

At its current $214 price point, the top alt has sealed a solid almost 4 percent of growth on the day.

Even as Ethereum sees a bullish couple of days on the markets, fresh research from TrustNodes has revealed data that may account for the top alt’s middle-term price weakness.

According to TrustNodes, in the 10 days leading up to September 13, Initial Coin Offering (ICO) projects have sold three times more ETH than they did in August, with major implications for price performance.

Ethereum remains down almost 9 percent on its weekly chart, but has significantly closed down its losses on the month, which are now at 26.3 percent.

Ethereum 7-day price chart

Ethereum 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Ethereum Price Index

Having reclaimed the $6,500 mark yesterday, Bitcoin (BTC) is trading just slightly down today at  $6,480 as of press time, seeing a negligible percentage loss over the 24 hour period. The leading crypto briefly tumbled back to $6,430, shedding $150 in value in a narrow two-hour time window earlier today, after trading as high as $6,580. Bitcoin has since bounded upwards in a jagged recovery in the hours before press time.

On the week, Bitcoin is just about breaking even, with monthly gains at a solid 3.67 percent.

Bitcoin 24-hour price chart

Bitcoin 24-hour price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Bitcoin Price Index

Among the other top ten coins on CoinMarketCap, virtually all cryptoassets are seeing mild losses on the day, mostly capped below 2.5 percent. The only alt to have shed fractionally more is Stellar (XLM), ranked 6th, which is down 3.22 percent to trade at around $0.20 at press time.

Litecoin (LTC) and Monero (XMR) are the only top ten coins aside from Ethereum to see any growth, but only just, both up under 2 percent on the day to press time.

Among the top twenty coins by market cap, Dogecoin (DOGE), ranked 20th, has seen the heftiest losses, down 5.5 percent on the day. DOGE notably saw relatively lacklustre growth yesterday, as the wider market soared, but is still significantly up on its monthly chart after a vertiginous price hike in early September.

Dogecoin 1-month price chart

Dogecoin 1-month price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Binance exchange’s native token, Binance Coin (BNB), ranked 16th, is the only other top twenty coin to see green, up 1.89 percent on the day to trade at $9.79 at press time.

Dash (DASH), IOTA (MIOTA) and TRON (TRX) are each down around 2 percent on the day to press time.

Total market capitalization briefly spiked as high as $204.3 earlier today, but has since declined to $201.1 billion as of press time.

The week has been a volatile and uneven one, during which total market cap briefly plummeted to around $186.3 billion September 13, but have managed to almost fully regain losses.

7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies

7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies from CoinMarketCap

As investors nervously eye the markets, Mike Novogratz, founder and CEO of crypto investment firm Galaxy Digital Capital Management, claimed that cryptocurrency prices have hit a bottom in a tweet yesterday, September 13.

He further noted that the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index (BGCI) – which is designed to measure the performance of the largest cryptocurrencies traded in U.S. dollars – “retouched the highs of late last year and the point of acceleration that led to the massive rally/bubble.”

Moreover, today saw a further revelation that capped a positive week for potential institutional investor exposure to Bitcoin and other crypto assets. U.S. stock brokerage firm EF Hutton unveiled plans to issue $60 million in various cryptocurrency instruments as of January 2019, the same week as it confirmed it was the major sponsor of a forthcoming U.S. cryptocurrency exchange that will be known as ACEx.

EF Hutton’s plans followed hot on the heels of reports that U.S. banking giant Morgan Stanley plans to offer clients Bitcoin trade swaps, the same week as Citigroup insiders hinted it is also planning an entry into crypto-based products.

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Cryptocurrency Markets Slump Midweek as Ethereum Hits New 2018 Lows

This week sees an uninspiring performance from cryptocurrency markets as Ethereum leads losses to hit 15-month lows.

Cryptocurrency markets are feeling the pressure from an extended downturn on Wednesday, September 12, with Bitcoin (BTC) losing 2.5 percent and Ethereum (ETH) hitting its lowest levels since May 2017.

Data from Cointelegraph’s price tracker and Coin360 confirms the lackluster picture across cryptoassets continuing another day, with all of the top twenty coins — with the exception of Dogecoin (DOGE) — in the red.

Market visualization from Coin360

Market visualization from Coin360

Bitcoin had climbed to almost $7,400 last week before turmoil hit markets again, prices tumbling over claims Goldman Sachs had shelved its crypto trading plans, something officials have since dismissed as “fake news.”

Regulatory pressure also continues, with U.S. authorities ordering a ten-day halt of two exchange-traded notes (ETNs) over the weekend.

The combined effect has meant BTC/USD was tending towards $6,200 at press time, support nonetheless holding at around $6,251 to prevent a deeper slide below the $6,000 barrier.

Bitcoin’s 7-day price chart

Bitcoin’s 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Bitcoin Price Index

For Ethereum, the outlook appears bleaker.

Recent comments by co-founder Vitalik Buterin about the lack of growth perspectives in blockchain appeared to exacerbate ETH’s descent to 2018 lows.

Buterin has since denied claims he is a “pessimist” about the outlook for cryptocurrency, arguing media publications had “spun” his words.

Nonetheless, ETH has faced a bearish tide for several months, with industry research from Tetras Capital in July warning the asset faced a prolonged cooling-off period after the intense growth it saw from the 2017 Initial Coin Offering (ICO) phenomenon.

At press time, ETH/USD traded around $172, down almost 11 percent on the day. Ethereum last saw this price point in July of 2017.

Ethereum price chart

Ethereum price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Ethereum Price Index

For other major altcoins, losses came as a result of Bitcoin’s downturn, Dash (DASH) and Litecoin (LTC), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) all almost matching ETH’s minus 11 percent performance. Altcoin Cardano (ADA) went further, dropping around 14 percent.

The suppression of altcoin prices had meant Bitcoin’s overall market dominance has reached multi-month highs nearing 58 percent, according to data from CoinMarketCap. Bitcoin last achieved that market share in December, when prices hit all-time highs around $20,000.

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South Africa Gets Its First Multi-Currency Crypto ATM

As cryptocurrency interest and trading continues to grow in South Africa, some retailers are hoping to cash in. The country will soon be the second in southern Africa to launch a crypto ATM. After February’s election of Cyril Ramaphosa as South Africa’s new president, things seemed to be looking up. However, the country is now facing new challenges with the ongoing land reform debate as well as continued allegations of corruption in the country’s government.

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