As Bitcoin closed the week on another ‘Bloody Sunday’ candle, which dropped to new 2019 lows, making yet another painful yet somewhat predictable reversal, we take a look at the price action and try to establish what we should be looking for with the week ahead.
Bitcoin price 00 closed the week at $3536, with the decline on Sunday largely reversing the gains made through the week.
Despite making lows on Sunday at $3481, a bounce back to a close at $3542 meant avoiding a new 2018 candle close low, with the weekly candle forming an inverted hammer, which is considered a relatively bullish sign.
Despite this, Bitcoin is still stuck in no man’s land with initial significant resistance overhead at $4,050 and support at $3200.
The daily chart shows a slightly clearer picture, illustrating that Bitcoin does have some preliminary support at $3500, which is now coming under some pressure and likely to be retested again at some point this week despite there being early signs of a tweezer bottom early on Monday morning.
The more concerning factor for the bulls is the continued declining resistance which ultimately suggests that any bullish move will be capped between $3700 – $3800 where there will be significant short interest.
This would imply that there is likely to be a test towards the lows at $3200s where we last saw significant buying interest and strong historical support when Bitcoin fell from $5,000 to $3,000 during 2017.
The question will be if it is tested, could it go on to complete a W shapedbottom or Adam and Eve, or will we look to new lower lows in this bear market.
The 4 hour chart shows that should there be a further decline, there may be a pit stop at the $3350 range which is the 78.6% retracement level from the move from the previous lows.
If tested, a strong bounce here would be a positive sign for the bulls but the main task remains; to break the declining resistance and the $4,000 handle.
All oscillators are drifiting sideways and not really adding anything for the analysis so are not shown on that basis.
As reported previously, the balance of market sentiment remains bullish, with the leveraged bull positions out weighing the bears by 1.4:1, which is not positive for a bullish narrative while the price is declining.
As we have seen in previous senarios like this – the bulls are essentially exposed, which leads the author to believe that a hard test of the low $3,000s is likely given what has happened
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Blockchain conferences are an excellent mechanism to meet, greet, learn and perhaps, most importantly – network. Whether you are a crypto-startup looking to attract new waves of investment, an innovative developer hoping to showcase your talent to the masses or just looking to meet like-minded individuals that share the same ethos as your product or brand, blockchain conferences can facilitate these goals with ease.
While 2018 was a massive hit for blockchain conferences worldwide, 2019 looks set to continue the trend. Here we explore three of the most notable conferences lined up for 2019 that we think you should consider attending.
Japan Blockchain Conference (JBC)
Yokohama Round 2019 – 30-31 January 2019
What better place to start than one of the most crypto-friendly nations around? Not only did Japan become the first country in the world to regulate Bitcoin in the very same way that it does its domestic financial service industry, but the Japanese Yen now accounts for more Bitcoin trading volume than any other currency, at a remarkable 47% of the market.
Moreover, with more than 200,000 Japanese stores now accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a means to purchase goods and services in-person, the Asian-powerhouse are taking real-world adoption to the next level. As such, the Japan Blockchain Conference is set to be one of the most notable to date.
Hosted by the Global Blockchain Association, Japan Blockchain Conference facilitate a range of leading Japanese companies that are looking to enter the space, and the presence of multiple high-profile speakers will ensure that the event is a must-see opportunity.
This includes the likes of Charles Hoskinson from Cardano – a project that is well regarded in the blockchain community for utilizing the expertize of leading academics, with the aim of ensuring the long-term sustainability of the cryptocurrency eco-system.
Joining Hoskinson is Ken Kodama of Japanese-based Emurgo, John McAfee, and bitcoin believer and VC investor Tim Draper.
13-15 May 2019 – New York
Coindesk – who are often seen as the leading hub for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology news and developments are set to launch the 5th edition of their Consensus Conference. Being held at the Sheraton New York Times Square and New York Hilton Midtown, Consensus will play host to a range of industry professionals from the within the blockchain space. This will include delegates from investment firms, academic institutions, exciting startups, and policy groups.
Across three days of networking, it is believed that the Coindesk Consensus will facilitate the attendance of more than 8,800 people. While Coindesk are still keeping tight-lipped on their line-up if their 2018 edition is anything to go by, it looks set to be another heavyweight event.
The Coindesk Consensus has grown exponentially since its inception in 2015, which saw just 400 attendees. Since then, the event has attracted significant year-on-year growth, with 2019 being no exception.
4th annual DC Blockchain Summit
6-7 March 2019 – Washington
The DC Blockchain Summit is now in its 4th edition, with the event set to re-open its doors on 6-7th March 2019. In what the conference labels as ‘Advocating for the future of blockchain’ the main concept behind the DC Blockchain Summit is to bridge the gap between the crypto-world, with that of the policy community. Such discussions are paramount if Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are to gain global adoption. Without the collaboration and support of policymakers, real-world adoption will be hindered.
As such, the DC Blockchain Summit is the “Ground zero for many of these discussions.” To illustrate the seriousness of such a conference, there is set to be a range of speakers from within the political community.
This includes the likes of U.S. Republicans Tom Emmer, Bill Foster, and David Schweikert, who collectively make up the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. On top of this, there will also be an in-flux of representatives from the Chamber of Digital Commerce, such as Amy Davine Kim, Paul Brigner, and Perianne Boring, who all hold senior roles at the organization.
Outside of the regulatory community, Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of leading cryptocurrency Ripple, will also be making an appearance.
Blockchain conferences all around
In conclusion, while the likes of the Japan Blockchain Conference, Consensus Coindesk and DC Blockchain Summit made our list of the three most unmissable conferences in 2019; others missed out by only a smidgen.
Whether it’s from a regulatory, policy, technological, investment, development or all-around cryptocurrency perspective, 2019 looks set to be the year for blockchain conferences. From Japan to the U.S, Malta, Singapore, Australia, Russia and many, many other locations hosting notable events this year, which conference will you be attending?
Update (14:04 UTC, Jan. 21 2019): Beam has now announced: “The fix was commited on Github. We will be performing additional testing. We will release the binaries in the coming hours. Thanks for your patience.”
Its GutHub page puts the error down to a bug involving “improper block generation upon cut-through of old-new UTXOs.”
Newly released privacy-oriented cryptocurrency Beam reported this morning that its blockchain is experiencing technical difficulties.
Beam announcedthe information on its official Twitter account Monday, saying that its network “stopped at block 25709” and that it was investigating the matter.
Within the last hour, the project tweeted an update saying:
“Issue identified and fix found. Funds are safe. Commit to GitHub in the coming hour. Binaries and detailed Post-mortem later today. Thanks for your patience and stay tuned.”
At its January launch, Beam became the first cryptocurrency based on Mimblewimble – a protocol that makes transactions confidential and virtually untraceable.
Since then, though, Beam has faced some technical issues. On Jan. 9, the team discovered a “critical vulnerability” in its wallet software and asked users to uninstall the wallet app immediately and re-download a patched version from their website.
While the critical bug was fixed, it could have put users’ funds at risk by allowing attackers to modify transactions and subsequently send funds directly into their own wallet, Beam’s developers said at the time.
Last week, a second privacy cryptocurrency based on Mimblewimble – Grin – also went live. While it has seen high interest from cypherpunks, sources told CoinDesk at the time that several VC funds were planning to mine the crypto.
tZero, a subsidiary of the US retailer Overstock, has just announced the launch of its new STO platform.
The platform is expected to go live next week, and it will create openings for 60 clients.
The platform is also pointed out to be in complete compliance with US laws and regulations, just like tZERO token which was recently distributed to investors after a 90-day waiting period.
tZero, a blockchain subsidiary of a successful US online retailer, Overstock, has recently announced the launch of its new security token platform. According to reports, the company plans for the platform to go live next week.
After a failed ICO trend which went extinct in 2018, security tokens and STOs started gaining attention as ICOs’ spiritual successor. The platform comes at the time when the new trend is becoming increasingly popular, and it might indicates that the crypto space is ready for the next step in its development.
New, fully-regulated STO platform
tZero offers a settlement platform created on the blockchain technology. The new platform is expected to provide any interested company with the ability to raise funds by launching their own security tokens. Additionally, the platform, as well as all of its future solutions and products, are fully compliant with US regulations.
The platform has already attracted the attention of multiple companies interested in acquiring its services, with Elio Motors being one of them. Elio Motors, which produces three-wheeled cars with a goal of revolutionizing the automobile industry, might even be among the first companies to see its security token on the platform.
So far, tZero has announced that it will create openings for up to 60 clients. Also, the company will launch its own STO, as soon as it gains the necessary license to do so. Meanwhile, only a week ago, tZero also announced that the distribution of its utility token, tZERO, had been completed. Everyone who took part in the company’s ICO, held from December 2017 to August 2018, has received their coins.
The coins were originally issued to a custodial wallet in October 2018, where they were locked up for 90 days. This period, originally announced in coin offering’s terms and conditions, was used to confirm that tokens are in compliance with all federal securities laws and regulations, After the confirmation, the 90-day waiting period ended on January 10th, and token owners finally received their coins.
Patrick Byrne, the founder and CEO of tZero’s parent company, Overstock, stated that the platform is ready to go live right away. However, the company decided to wait until user signups were properly processed first. Several months ago, Byrne also announced that Overstock would retire from the retail business in following months, due to its new interest in blockchain technology.
Apart from tZero, the company also has another subsidiary called Medici Ventures. Both Medici Ventures and tZero were created with the goal of revolutionizing Wall Street operations by utilizing the blockchain.