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Litecoin fights “double top” risks after LTC price rallies 37% in November

A 37% November Litecoin price rally risks exhaustion as the “silver cryptocurrency” hints at forming a double top chart pattern. The classic bearish reversal setup happens when the price forms two consecutive peaks of almost the same height, with each upside move meeting with a strong correction toward a common support level, called the “neckline.” Typically, the price breaks below the support and falls by as much as the maximum height between the double top’s peak and neckline. So it appears, LTC is halfway through forming a double top pattern. Litecoin will need to extend its selloff to retest the neckline. Meanwhile, breaking below the support level would activate the double top breakout setup, with the profit target sitting near $200. Litecoin’s bearish reversal pattern is happening when inflation in the USA has peaked to a three-decade high, prompting investors to seek a hedge across various financial instruments. Litecoin “bull pennant” puts LTC target at $350 Dubbed a bull pennant, the bullish continuation pattern appears when the price consolidates sideways inside a triangular structure after a strong rally upward. Traders confirm a bullish breakout when the price breaks above the triangle’s upper trendline with strong volumes. In doing so, they watch the level at length equal to the height of the previous uptrend (flagpole) as their profit target. As a result, Litecoin’s price eyes an extended upside move toward $350. Meanwhile, failing to have a decisively bullish follow-through risks activating the double top setup. That brings the “multi-month ascending trendline support” in the picture as the next downside target should there be a bearish breakdown move; coincidentally, the target is also near $200.

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Cryptocurrency funds remain attractive to investors

Cryptocurrency funds continue to attract investors amid the fall in the digital asset market. CoinShares analysts have been recording new capital inflows into funds for 13 consecutive weeks. During the reporting week, this figure reached almost $151 million. A significant part of this amount came from institutional investors in BTC ($97.5 million). Since the beginning of the year, investors have invested about $6.5 billion in bitcoin. Cryptocurrency funds now manage assets in the form of the first cryptocurrency for a record $56 billion.

However, analysts noted a decline in volumes in the second half of the year. Currently, this average figure is $750 million per day. In the first six months of 2021, it was $960 million. The total inflow of funds to crypto funds since the beginning of this year is $9 billion. In total, the funds manage approximately $87 billion. One of the latest news was the launch of BTC-ETF futures trading by VanEck investment company on the Chicago Stock Exchange. This is the third such product presented on the American stock exchanges, in which large investors are interested.

Institutional investors, including banks, investment funds, insurance companies, are already actively integrating into the cryptocurrency market. Back in 2018, the head of Crypto Technology, Anton Sobin, confidently stated that the digital asset industry "over time, it will cease to be perceived as a fraud." “Any area of business or technological innovation goes through the stage of formation, after the initial analysis, an understanding of the relevance and profitability appears. It is at this moment that the sphere begins to be filled with money from the side of large investors. A race and struggle for a new market begin,” Sobin said. Today, the gradual adequate regulation of the digital currency industry and the positive reaction to this by market participants testify to the maturity of this direction. Reduced risk and excellent profitability make crypto coins attractive to large investors, so today the crypto sphere is actively attracting new fans.

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Large investors are expected to enter the decentralized finance market in 2022

An influx of institutions into the DeFi sphere is expected next year. As one of the founders of Chainlink Sergey Nazarov noted, this industry will continue to grow due to the interest of traditional banks in it. In his opinion, by expanding the types of on-chain collateral, there will be a basis for the emergence of new decentralized insurance solutions. “In 2022, the world will realize that there is a big market called DeFi. If PayPal has started working with cryptocurrencies, then think about why your users will not want to interact with storage, DeFi and so on tomorrow?” he said. Another of the founders of the 1inch Network DeFi project, Anton Bukov, believes that this area will increase its growth rates in the next 3-5 years. The expert stressed that decentralized exchanges should work 100 times faster than at present. This will make it easier for users to understand how DeFi works.

Senator from Australia Jane Hume recently spoke about the concept of decentralized finance. She believes DeFi will help Australia become a leader in innovation and economic progress. “Decentralized finance underpinned by blockchain technology will present incredible opportunities ‑ Australia mustn‘t be left behind by fear of the unknown,” said Hume, stressing that progress and innovation determine the country's economic future. The decentralized finance market is constantly evolving. Having started in 2021 at the level of $21.5 billion, the total TVL (the value of funds blocked in smart contracts of DeFi applications) has increased more than tenfold. By mid-November, the market volume reached $270 billion. This indicates that the DeFi industry is actively developing and will attract more and more players.

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Bitcoin mining power demands in Texas could jump 5 times by 2023

As the state of Texas faces a rapid inflow of Bitcoin mining operations, its electrical infrastructure will have to support the industry’s expected 5,000 megawatts of additional power demands by 2023. The Bitcoin mining industry in Texas currently consumes around 500 to 1,000 MW of power. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) anticipates that demand could increase as much as fivefold by 2023 and has planned an additional 3,000 to 5,000 MW according to reports. This expansion comes amid Texas planning to become the home to 20% of the world’s Bitcoin mining operations. Texas emerged as the go-to destination for Bitcoin miners ever since the Chinese government officially banned Bitcoin mining earlier this year.

The state government has capitalized on China’s clampdown by making Texas a haven for crypto miners who can now enjoy a 10-year tax abatement, sales tax credits, and state-sponsored workforce training. Some Texas residents, however, are concerned that the existing power grid cannot be improved. ERCOT’s management of the state’s electrical grid came under heavy scrutiny in February 2021 when blackouts plagued the region during an extreme cold snap which left about 5 million residents without power for days. There are currently no proposals from the Texas state government to deal with potential issues that may arise from the increase in electrical demand from crypto miners. As suggested by the Texas Standard, miners could be flexible in shutting off their hardware during periods of peak demand or be charged a premium per kilowatt-hour if they want to stay on during peak demand periods.

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How the hamster and chimpanzee got luckier than professional traders

The investment world is full of legends and unusual stories. Some of the most interesting cases are the precedents associated with investments in cryptocurrencies and securities by ... animals. For example, the hamster Mr Goxx (the real name of the hamster is Max) was able to make money on digital assets. Its owner designed a special cage with tunnels and a wheel that was connected to special sensors. Firstly, the animal spun the wheel, using a random selection, the system stopped at one of 30 crypto coins. When Mr Goxx found himself in the right tunnel, the currency was sold, but if he ran to the left, the tokens were bought in the amount of 20 euros. Since June 12, the hamster has increased its portfolio by 98.2 euros, which is 25% of the starting investment of 390 euros. However, yesterday the owner of the hamster posted on Reddit that Mr Goxx died last Monday. “Mr. Goxx has brought joy to people all across the globe and reminded us not to take life too seriously. He shed light into dark moments of pandemic, inflation and many kinds of trouble. Thank you and rest in peace, Max. You will be missed, and your memory will live forever on the blockchain,” wrote the owner of the animal.

Another unusual case was the appearance on the stock market of a six-year chimpanzee named Raven. Almost 20 years ago, he managed to collect a portfolio of stocks, just throwing a ball at the target. Despite the seeming absurdity of this approach, the profitability of the shares of the IT companies selected by the monkey amounted to 365.4%. Raven has overtaken 10 thousand American funds and became the most successful chimpanzee on Wall Street according to the Guinness Book of Records. “As Raven did not have prior knowledge of how any particular Internet related companies have been performing, we took his ten picks and dated the prices back to the beginning of the year to provide easier year-to-date comparisons with the more traditional market indexes such as Standard & Poor's 500," stated Roland Perry, editor of Internet Stock Review. In the long run, however, the chimpanzee went bankrupt. Today, securities chosen by the animal are worth nothing. Do you think this is an accident, artificial hype or a pattern?
Why do animals manage to outplay professional traders?

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Glassnode does not believe in the correction continuation of bitcoin

Experts at Glassnode consider it unlikely that the November correction of the first cryptocurrency will continue, given the significant share of "profitable" coins and the balanced market position of crypto derivatives. The most serious pullback in 2021 was recorded in May-July, when the price of BTC fell by 54% from the maximum. In September, the decline was 37%. The amount of open positions on BTC options during the last two months of autumn varied in the $12 billion - $14 billion fork before falling to $10 billion after expiration at the end of November. The experts pointed out that the funding rates for perpetual contracts indicate a certain superiority of long positions. This level declined along with the fall in value, which indicates more cautious traders' sentiments.

Along with the correction, the number of open shorts could have increased, which, against the background of high leverage, does not cancel the cancellation of positions in both directions. In addition, experts pointed to the dominance of CME in the BTC futures market. With reference to open interest, the exchange's market share increased from 10% in September to the current 19.3%. Glassnode analysts recently concluded that long-term investors have adjusted the outflow of funds from their wallets and are accumulating BTC. Experts argued that the stocks of bitcoins with such investors have reached a multi-year high. Earlier, the CEO of SkyBridge Capital Anthony Scaramucci considered the latest correction of the main cryptocurrency "an opportunity to buy." He expressed the view that digital currencies have significant potential for further growth. Do you think now is a good time to buy bitcoin?

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