The cryptocurrency markets succumbed to another mid-week slump on Wednesday, with the majority of top-tier coins posting minor declines. Meanwhile, Bitcoin dominance rose to a two-month high as investors continued to consolidate their holdings back into the flagship cryptocurrency. At present, the cryptocurrency market cap is valued at $452.4 billion, down from $459.6 billion on Tuesday. This represents a single-day decline of approximately two percent. The Bitcoin price had entered the day on an upward trajectory, and it continued to ride this bullish wave past the $11,000 barrier, eventually rising as high as $11,065. However, Bitcoin met resistance at that mark, and before long, the Bitcoin price began to retrace. Ultimately, the Bitcoin price plunged more than $400 on Bitfinex and is currently trading at $10,599. This represents a single-day decline of about one percent and leaves Bitcoin with a $181.5 billion market cap.
JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the US, has formally acknowledged that cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology could disrupt banks. The firm made this admission in its annual report, which was dated Feb. 27 and filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Deep in the 301-page document, JPMorgan — which manages $2.53 trillion in assets according to recent estimates — listed cryptocurrencies and peer-to-peer technology as potential disruptors to financial institutions and payment processors. Notably, the report was signed by JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, a noted Bitcoin skeptic who has repeatedly lambasted the flagship cryptocurrency as a “fraud” and once threatened to fire any employees caught trading cryptoassets, although he recently walked back some of these comments. JPMorgan is at least the third major financial institution to cite cryptocurrencies as a business risk in its annual report for 2017. Last week, Bank of America — the second-largest US bank — admitted that cryptocurrencies and other blockchain-based financial services present a threat to its business model, adding that it fears it anti-money laundering systems will need a facelift to account for cryptocurrency-related transactions.
As a result of the latest Bitcoin Core 0.16 update, the usage levels of Bitcoin SegWit have been taking off. This significant uptick in usage levels can also be attributed to a number of major exchanges and wallet providers such as Coinbase and Bittrex finally implementing this technology into their platforms. This uptick means that there could be a significant decrease in global bitcoin transaction fees and times. Segregated Witness (SegWit) is a way of bundling transaction together into blocks, which is a much more efficient way for transactions to be processed. The Bitcoin network has experienced high levels of congestion since its popularity exploded in 2017, with issues abound as to how to scale the network. This led to higher fees and slower transaction times which were turning a lot of people away from using Bitcoin. The adoption of SegWit is aimed at drastically reducing this level of congestion. The main issue that has been holding back the widespread adoption of SegWit across the space is that it has to be specifically enabled on wallets and exchanges. This means you need to have specific SegWit wallet addresses and these cannot be used to bridge non-SegWit and SegWit transactions.
The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has given its employees the green light to trade cryptocurrencies, a decision that came in response to “numerous” inquiries from agency staff. The policy, which Bloomberg reports was announced in a Feb. 5 memo written by CFTC general counsel Daniel Davis, said that because the agency has determined that cryptocurrencies are commodities, employees can trade them like they would precious metals, barrels of oil, and other commodities. However, this policy has several caveats. CFTC employees may not trade cryptocurrencies on margin, nor may they take advantage of any insider information they acquire in the course of their work at the regulatory agency. The CFTC first determined that cryptocurrencies are commodities in 2014, giving the agency a modicum of oversight on cryptocurrency trading. While the agency does not have the authority to supervise cryptocurrency exchanges — which are currently regulated at the state level under money transmitter laws — it has direct oversight of US cryptocurrency futures markets, the first of which launched in December on Chicago-based exchanges CBOE and CME. CFTC regulators may also investigate fraud and manipulation in the spot markets, and the agency has brought suits against several alleged cryptocurrency investment scams.
Bitcoin has faced clear selling pressure today at 11,000 level and the chart towards end of day has turned bearish in the near term for next few days unless we see a strong buying with green closing.
At the time of writing this post, Bitcoin is at 10,480 and its possible that Bitcoin may test 9500 in the next 4-5 days, before buying support can emerge again.
If Bitcoin can defend 10,000 level after today’s bearish signal, that will be very bullish, but the probability of it looks very less, because of failure to hold 11,000 – 11,500 levels on two different days.
If Bitcoin falls below 9300, then it would be breakdown, and the next buying support comes only near 8000 level. The probability of it looks high as of now.