Why Did Tether Volume Hit It’s All-Time High?

In the previous year, China has a made a decision to ban every local fiat-on-ramps regarding the crypto exchanges and Chinese traders are successfully improving the market with the help of the USDT, which happens to be a dollar-pegged stable coin Tether. Usually, traders deal with banking restrictions with the assist of the stablecoins. CoinMarketCap has reported that the USDT hit an all-time high this August. It has successfully exceeded the global market cap of a massive $4 billion. In the reports, it is written that the USDT is used somewhere in between 40%-80% of basically every transaction, particularly on the popular exchanges such as Binance and Huobi. Currently, Binance offers loans which happen to be based on the collateral of Tether.

Tether – USDT – ₮

This asset is extremely popular with the so-called over-the-counter traders, but it is fair to say that the exchange volumes don’t really depict the whole current situation. Blockchain data from CoinMetrics has detected an all-time high this year on the 7th of August. There were over 78000 wallets for the Tether and over 21000 wallets for USDTe, which is based on Ethereum. USDT has spent a whopping amount of $261000 in fees to ETH mines in order to get permission to run this lower-level version of the stablecoin.

When you look at everything, the Tether brokers have established a fruitful niche in the year 2019, especially the ones who ensure flat liquidity. A Chinese investor said that the Tether has above-average liquidity in China. Also, two over-the-counter traders have said that the vast majority of their tractions happens to come from Chinese clients, who use Tether to move their personal assets far beyond their homeland’s capital controls, which are quite strict.

Experts say that this recent burst in USDT usage might be the fact that there’s a fair chance for a bull market return. The over-the-counter traders ensure the before-mentioned fiat-on-ramps to Tether. This has been known to be a gray market in China. The next step for the Chinese traders would be to use Tether in order to liquidate their portfolios on global exchanges such as Binance for example. This has really made an impact on the Bitcoin market because exchanges and traders often use the Bitcoin for fiat liquidity beyond the over-the-counter. Bitfinex and Kraken offer those BTC trading pairs. 

A Hong Kong trader has said that billions of dollars come out of the borders of China that are not related to capital controls. For instance, the FTX crypto market in Antigua that was established in April 2019 facilitates $50-$300 million on a daily basis. The CEO Sam Balkman-Fried told that the boost 10000 FTX users hail from China, and every last one of them is served from Hong Kong.

The asset’s solid stability this year, oscillating only a couple of cents this month despite the fact that the spike in demand seems quite incredible given the fact that this particular stablecoin isn’t really backed one-for-one by USD. Also, the sister company, Bitfinex, is in legal trouble from misuse of Tether to cover some substantial losses of the company.

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Current Ethereum Price Status

Right now, the price of Ethereum is trading in a bearish zone compared to these two well-known currencies, one being the USD and the other Bitcoin. First, some relevant facts regarding the current status of the Ethereum price:

  • The price of Ethereum has suffered a downfall recently breaking the supports of $180 and $185 when compared to the U.S currency.
  • Right now, the price is close to the resistances at $172 and $175.
  • There is a slight possibility that a short-term upside correction can happen, but the more likely end-result would be that the outcomes will be capped at around $180.

ETH Price Analysis

Looking at the previous week, a major decline has happened in the most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin and Ethereum are just beneath $10000 and $180 respectfully when you compare it to the USD. Ethereum price has also hit a new low below the support of $175 and the 100 SMA, which stands for the simple moving average. Furthermore, a break happened beneath the support of $170, and also the ETH price has traded near the level of $163. For a couple of days, the price began a solid upside correction from the swing low of $163.

The price has successfully risen above the level of $170, adding the Fib retracement level of 23.6% of the most recent fall. The drop had happened from the high level of $195 to the low level of $163. Nevertheless, there are many obstacles close to the levels of $178 and $180. Additionally, a massive bearish trend line which formes close to the resistance of $180. That bearish trend line has almost come to the Fib retracement level of 50% of the most recent drop which had occurred from the high level of $195 to the swing low level of $163.

Just above the current trend line, the following significant resistance happens to be close to the level of $184 and the 100 simple moving average.  A whole new Fib retracement level of 61.8% of the most recent drop which happened form the quite high level of $195 to the low level of $163. The before-mentioned Fib retracement level of 61.8% is waiting close to the resistance zone of $182 to act as a type of resistance. So, the price really has to climb somewhere above $184, $182 and also $180 to go back to the positive zone as soon as possible.

But, the current disadvantage is that immediate support is very close to the level of $165. In a situation where the price of Ethereum doesn’t go above the support area of $165, there’s a big chance that there will be more downsides. In the before-mentioned bearish situation, the price of Ethereum could suffer a new low somewhere below the support level of $160.

At the moment, the ETH price happens to trade in the bear zone beneath the level of $180, but if somehow an upside correction occurs close to the level of $180, then the bears will surely defend the following upsides.  

The Price Of Ripple (XRP) Will Likely Go Downhill

Right now, the price of XRP trades close to the resistance of $0.275 when compared to the USD. Because of that, the XRP price could go beneath $0.2620. Here is some crucial information about the current state of XRP on the cryptocurrency market:

  1. The price of XRP had begun an ascending correction when it traded to a whole new low of $0.258 against the currency of the USA, the US Dollar.
  2. The price of the most known currency on this market, Bitcoin is once again back to higher than $10000, but it faces some resistances close to the $10250 level.
  3. The XRP and the US Dollar will encounter some resistance close to the level of $0.275 and the 100 hourly SMA.
  4. The $0.267 resistance was breached recently on the hourly chart of the Ripple and the USD.

The Analysis Of XRP Price

Just about yesterday, there was a huge decline in the price of Ripple, when the price went beneath the levels of $0.28 and $0.27 when compared to the USD. Also, the price went below $0.27 and the 100 hourly SMA. Ultimately, the Ripple price has broken the support, which was $0.262 and traded to a low $0.2581 level. Nowadays, the XRP has established an upward correction, and it has traded between these two resistance levels; $0,265 and $0.262.

Besides, the price of XRP exceeded the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the most recent downhill from the high of $0.2919 to the low level of $0.2581. What’s even more important, is that yesterday’s declining channel with the $0.267 resistance has been breached on the hourly chart of Ripple and the USD. These two cryptocurrencies have ascended to the $0.27 level. On the other hand, they’ve come across a formidable resistance close to the level of $0.275.

Also, there was a 50% Fib retracement level of the most recent decline going from $0.2919 to $0.2581, which happen to act as a huge resistance at the time. Also, it seems that the 100 hourly SMA slows down the upward break above $0.275. In a situation where a triumphant close above the 100 hourly simple moving average and $0.275, happens, a rise could happen shortly.

Meanwhile, if the bulls resume suffering close to the $0.275 level, the price of the Ripple could go downwards in quick fashion. Today, the support is close to the level of $0.265. A downside break beneath the level of $0.265 could set the pace in the direction of additional losses to the $0.26 and $0.285 levels. If the price continues to go downhill, the Ripple price might go to a $0.25 level.

Right now, the XRP price is encountering a major resistance close to the 100 hourly SMA and the level of $0.275. Moreover, the bears could target a new decline beneath the level of $0.265 and $.026. A victorious close above the $0.275 level could assist the bulls in regaining their full strength.

Bitcoin And The Whole Cryptocurrency Market Approaches Some Resistance: The Analysis Of ETC, BCH, EOS, And TRX

First, some important facts regarding the current state of the crypto market:

  1. Right now, the cap of the crypto market happens to correct higher in the direction of this resistance; $268-270B.
  2. The price of the biggest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin also approached to a massive resistance somewhere close to these levels; $10,200 and $10,500.
  3. The price of EOS has successfully recovered by an incredible 5% and approached to the resistance of $3,650.
  4. The price of Ethereum Classic skyrocketed by 20% and surpassed the resistance limit of $7.
  5. The price of Tron (TRX) has risen by 8% and reached the resistance limit of $0.0185.

The giant of the cryptocurrency market, Bitcoin and the entire market cap itself is correcting the recent losses. While some are only on the rise like IOTA and ETC( Ethereum Classic), others such as Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple have faced much better days.

Analysis Of The Bitcoin Price

Just after a break beneath the $300 support, the price of the Bitcoin has tested the $290 level when compared to the USD. These two currencies have found support, and they have begun an upside correction, which is surely great news. The USD and BCH happen to trade between these levels; $300 and $305. Nevertheless, this pair is going towards the $315 and $320 levels while making some major resistances.

On the other hand, the $300 support might be short-term support, and very likely, the price will decline beneath that level according to the experts.

Analysis Of EOS, TRX and ETC Price

Recently, a rise in the price of the Ethereum Classic has been established near the support area of $5. The price of the Ethereum Classic ascended 20% and reached the levels of $6.5 and 7$. In the case of a downside correction, the identical resistances, $6.5 and $7 will be the supports.

The price of Tron was recovering when it reached $0.0165, its worst monthly level. TRX price went up by 8%, and right now it trades above the level of $8. Nonetheless, there happens to be a great number of resistances on the upside, just close to the levels of $0.0185 and $0.0192.

The EOS price didn’t get off the course retaining the $3.350 level, and it started to recover pretty well nowadays. Also, the price of this cryptocurrency had a 5% increase and today; it trades close to the resistance of $3.650. If more gains show up soon, the EOS price could go the $3800 resistance really quick. Something that is not so fantastic is that the major supports happens to be $3350 and $3500.

A few days ago, the cryptocurrency market cap went to $250.  Meanwhile, by today, it has recovered to $260, but resistance is waiting on the upside close to these levels; $268 and $270B. All in all, the upsides are probably going to remain with, of course, Bitcoin, followed by EOS, TRX, Ethereum Classic, IOTA, ripple and so on.

A Frosty Week In The Cryptocurrency World For Alts

It’s fair to say that this week wasn’t a good one for the altcoin in the cryptocurrency universe. A couple of them dumped double digits, which is far from great. The main currency in this Internet-bound market, Bitcoin is still powerful, but that doesn’t go for the somewhat smaller currencies, which have had a major downfall recently. There’s a possibility that they freeze over again soon.


The whole of 2019 has not been a successful year of altcoins. But, they’ve survived the harsh crypto winter which lasted for a while. Seven days ago, the Crypto market grew by an impressive 7%, but the thing is that the altcoin weren’t the ones who could take credit for that. From last week to today, the Bitcoin has risen by over 12% and this currency was the one which is responsible for the exponential growth of the crypto market. Right now, the whole market cap is somewhere around $304 billion, which is quite impressive, because the week before, it was around $284 billion. Bitcoin is quite dominant, as the market share of this cryptocurrency comes at above 71%. Unfortunately, the altcoins are getting weaker by the day.

Today, Ethereum has plummeted by over 5% and below the $215 level. A couple of days, 1 Ethereum was $238, but since then it has fallen for more than 10%. Since this currency is quite weak in technical terms, it could be going below $200 in the next seven days.

Another altcoin is on the verge of collapse, the XRP. This cryptocurrency lost 2% today, and it is now below the regular limit of $0.300, which doesn’t sound good. The Bitcoin Cash was down by 3% this morning and by somewhere around 8% this week. The current value of this cryptocurrency is $325.

The value of Litecoin happens to vary day by day. At the beginning of this week, Litecoin’s value was back at three figures. But, in the next couple of days, the price has fallen by a significant margin. This week, the all-time high was $105. A day after, LTC price plummeted by 17% and today, its value is $87.

The nightmare for altcoins continues as the price of another cryptocurrency, EOS plunges to beneath $4 recording a 6% fall. From the start of this week, this altcoin dropped by 10% in value. EOS earned its reputation as a promising cryptocurrency, but now it seems not as much promising as it used to be. Other cryptocurrencies which can freeze in the winter are NEO, Chainlink and Cosmos. The value of the majority of altcoins seem to fall every minute and they have to rise to survive the harsh crypto winter, which is unforgiving for a weak cryptocurrency.

Not everything is bleak as it seems, as there is one special rising star on the cryptocurrency market. That altcoin is called Binance coin, which has reached a value of $30, which is its all-time high.

The Cost of Testing Ethereum’s Casper

ethereum casper-hybridEthereums’s Hybrid Casper FFG (Friendly Finality Gadget), the new consensus protocol, has received special attention at the Toronto Ethereum conference. According to Vitalik Butering, the creator of Ethereum, testing the protocol will require the submission of 1,500 Ether, minimum.

Friendly, but Costly
Casper FFG is, essentially, a hybrid POW / POS consensus protocol. The idea is to have the blocks mined via POW (Proof of Work), with every fiftieth block being a POS (Proof of Stake) checkpoint, at which a network of validators would assess the finality.

In the recent months, the community has seen a considerable progress in the development of Casper. In April 2018, the code for the protocol was announced to be ready for review. During the Toronto conference which took place at the beginning of May this year, Vitalik Buterin initiated the discussion of the new protocol. He would not announce any particular dates but said that his expectation was for the development to go quicker from now on.

During his talk, Butering described the Casper algorithm and outlined the way it would change the current state of things.

Proof of Stake is seen by many as a much more just way of ensuring the global synchronization. With POS, the users lock up a number of coins as stake. According to Buterin, an initial submission of 1,500 Ether (approximately $1 million) into the smart contract is going to be required to participate in Casper. That is, obviously, a lot of money, and Buterin accentuated that the nodes that do not have the necessary sum can pool their resources or work in a group and then share the profit.

Buterin seems to be very optimistic about Casper’s future. He said that it “will hopefully be one of the more joyous experiences in Ethereum in a fairly short time.”

It is the scaling challenges currently faced by Ethereum that are to be blamed for such a large sum of money required. The new consensus protocol can only support a particular number of nodes. On the bright side, Buterin expects the number to go down to about 32 Ether (around $25) after the implementation of the sharding solution that divides the blockchain into smaller bits.

Also, even those who do not have the sufficient crypto funds will have a chance to stake on the testnet that at the moment runs only a small number of nodes.

A Simple Process

Apart from startling the public with numbers, Buterin explained what steps need to be taken to set up the validator or the node that would take part in the Casper POS protocol.

According to Buterin, Casper FFG is highly customizable and allows a lot of freedom for the developers. For example, the nodes may introduce such features as extra security and multiple keys during the initial stage of the set-up process.

Of course, for those who are somewhat less familiar with software development, the process of setting up Casper may seem a difficult task, but, as Buterin said, it is, in fact, very simple: “The good news is … that in practice, you personally as a user probably don’t need to worry about which validation code you’re using. You as a user basically just click a button that says deposit.”

Once Casper has been set up, the user would need to select the wallet for the returns, but, again, Buterin promised that the client “will do all this magic” for the users. After that, the user needs to submit a deposit of at least 1,500 Ether and run the software. The size of the rewards is going to be proportional to the sum at stake. Voting on the potential blocks will occur automatically, so that the users don’t need to completely understand the intricate mechanics of the process – all they need to do is make sure the node stays online and watch the incoming returns. Buterin assured the audience that “as a regular user you just need to keep your node online, keep your node running, and your node will just do all this voting automatically.”

How Much does Casper Return?

There is still no final information on what returns are to be expected by the nodes. However, Buterin was able to give some approximate numbers. If the validators constantly stay online, a 10 million Ether deposit would, presumably, earn a regular return of around 0-5% annually. As Buterin optimistically stated, “Probably closer to five than to zero.”

The exact sum of the returns depends on the user’s activity in the system. Casper’s slasher concept goes beyond simply rewarding the users for good performance: it also punishes those who misbehave by curbing such actions as double-voting or forming large staking pools. The users caught in the act could lose 1-100% of the deposit, depending on the scale of the mischief.

The Friendly protocol is also going to penalize the users for inactivity, so that a node that mostly stays offline will eventually begin losing some of the deposit. Yet, staying online for a period between 2/3 and 1/2 of the time will still result in returns. Even if a user only has a laptop, it is fairly safe to become a validator, provided there is a guaranteed Internet connection.