Ripple price (XRP) rose significantly in the last two weeks amid its penetration in the financial sector; the price is now struggling to extend the momentum. What’s going on? XRP price dipped for the fourth straight session on Wednesday, and the price plunged below $103. There was no particular event or market report that could change the bullish trend; the downside movement signifies a major price correction – possibly the end of the Bull-Run. Bulls had pushed ripple and other cryptocurrency prices in the last two weeks, with the reports of softer regulatory actions from the United States and South Korea. Along with the support from a broader rally in digital currency prices, stronger confidence from payment services companies and banks added to the growth in XRP price. Ripple has achieved several milestones in the past two weeks, including the partnership with Saudi Central Bank for internal and cross-border payments. The dip in cryptocurrency prices shows that investors are trying to capitalize on the gains they had generated in the last two weeks.
Bitcoin’s bull run failed to break the resistance level of $12000; BTC fumbled for the second straight day and wiped almost $1800 off in the last two days alone – investors are now looking for the new support level. It seems more bearish comments may have a part to play in the current selloff – Bitcoin found the bottom around $6000 after shedding more than 70% of its value. Though South Korea has announced its support of cryptocurrencies, pessimistic comments from England and the arrest of BitFunder founder Jon Montroll in the United States raised traders concerns. Is this affecting bitcoin price? Bitcoin trades just over the $10,000 mark today, while Ripple and others are declining at a quick rate. U.S. regulators had announced their support of legal cryptocurrency trading when they met with the U.S. Senate banking committee early this month. However, the regulators had proclaimed that they will not let illegal activates through cryptocurrency trading. The U.S. regulators were found steadfast in their claims. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Jon Montroll, who is the owner of bitcoin-denominated stock exchange, BitFunder.
ShapeShift, a cryptocurrency exchange, has been pulled into the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) versus bitcoin (BTC) debate by partnering with the @BitcoinCom wallet that exchanges BTC for BCH. ShapeShift has stated via a tweet there was a miscommunication in its latest announcement concerning its partnership with the @BitcoinCom Wallet. ShapeShift stands by its offering to provide its API integration services for the wallet, but it also stands by its position to refer to bitcoin as bitcoin, and not Bitcoin Core. Some have criticized the marketing practices of Bitcoin.com regarding BCH. Two days ago, ShapeShift announced that it has integrated its full API to support Bitcoin.com wallet user exchange between BTC and BCH and vice versa. It noted the Bitcoin.com wallet app became available in mid 2017 and more than 1.7 million wallets have been created on the platform. The ShapeShift integration expands the features in allowing the wallet’s users to exchange BTC for BCH. Bitcoin.com, which provides a free wallet, states on its website that the Bitcoin Core network is in trouble due to high fees and slow transaction times, and that Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is the upgrade that solves these problems, and provides a guide for people to learn more about Bitcoin Cash. The website clearly states that it supports both BTC and BCH.
Having found weak hands above the $10,200 mark in Asian hours, bitcoin has slipped back into four figures. The cryptocurrency rose above $10,000 at 17:29 UTC yesterday, but ran into offers at $10,218 and dropped to $9,865.29 at 21:59 UTC. Another attempt to score gains above the $10,000 mark ran out of steam at a high of $10,293.44 at 02:14 UTC. As of writing, CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI) is seen at $9,960. Despite the pullback from a 16-day high of $10,293.44, the cryptocurrency is still up 1.56 percent on a 24-hour basis, according to data source CoinMarketCap. On Bifinex (the biggest exchange by volume), trading volumes surged as BTC rose above $10,000 yesterday. However, as seen in the chart below, the volumes have dropped in the subsequent hours, explaining the failure to post solid gains above $10,000.
An alleged scam involving investments in bitcoin in Austria has reportedly affected over ten thousand investors in the country and around Europe. Details are emerging about an Austrian investment scheme, dubbed “Optioment”, where its operators have reportedly stolen some 12,000 bitcoins (approx. $116 million in current prices) from over 10,000 victims invested in the scheme. The scheme ran a website, now offline, claiming to be a ‘premier global Bitcoin investment product’ stemming from a ‘private Costa Rica-based bitcoin fund’. The scheme also claimed to have its ‘investment’ platform backed by assets over 35,000 BTC. A Die Presse report reveals investors were lured by the promise of soaring returns of 1.5%-4% per week on their deposited bitcoins. Investors were also rewarded for bringing new users into the fold. “OPTIOMENT pays you Bitcoins when you share it with your friends and business colleagues,” an excerpt from the now-defunct website, available on the Internet Archive. ‘Our unlevel compensation plan’s first level pays you 7%, second level 4%, third level 3% and way more. And it pays you everytime a member in your downline makes a deposit, not only for the first time but for every time. Active and Passive!’