Tron [TRX/USD] Technical Analysis: Bulls help the price to breach through the immediate resistance

Tron [TRX] is pushing Ethereum out of the stage as it is better at scaling and is performing splendidly in terms of Dapps. The ninth-largest cryptocurrency in the world [by market] seems to be doing better than other cryptocurrencies.
The market cap of TRX is shy of $200 million to reach the $2 billion mark and the price at the time of writing was at $0.0270. The 24-hour trading volume of TRX was at $221 million.
1-hour
Source: TradingView
TRX prices show no sign of stopping now since they’ve broken the support at $0.0267, whereas the support line at $0.0212 has held the prices steady so far. The uptrend for TRX extends from $0.0215 to $0.0237, while the downtrend ranges from $0.0328 to $0.0273.
The MACD indicator shows a bullish crossover over the zero-line and is heading towards the upside. The histogram is slowly representing the same.
The Awesome Oscillator shows a failed attempt at a bearish crossover as the green bars are extending in height, indicating an increase in momentum and hence, an increase in the price.
The Parabolic SAR markers are seen forming below the price candles, supporting and pushing the prices to go higher.
1-day
Source: TradingView
The MACD indicator shows a possibility of a similar scenario as seen in the one-hour chart, a bullish crossover as the MACD and the signal lines are eerily close to each other.
The Stochastic indicator shows a perfect bullish divergence as the prices are rising continuously but the Stochastic shows a decreasing trend. The trend for Stochastic was changing at the time of writing as it was undergoing a bullish crossover as well.
The Chaikin Money Flow shows a negative indication as the money moving into the TRX markets is low and not coinciding with the bullish trend.
Conclusion
The one-hour chart is lit with bullish signals as indicated by the SAR, MACD, and AO indicators. The one-day is also showing promising signs for Tron in the future as indicated by the MACD, CMF, and Stochastic indicators.
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Ripple/XRP: “XRP is definitely coiling up”, says prominent trader and charting expert

Peter Brandt, the author of “Diary of a Professional and Commodity Trader” and a well-known trader tweeted the charts of Steller Lumens [XLM] and XRP on January 21, 2019.
Brandt tweeted the technical analysis chart of Stellar Lumens and set the first target as $0.0653 and the next one at $0.00150 and said “so basically worthless. Sorry.”
Source: @PeterLbrandt
A user, @BrandonVanB replied to Brandt’s tweet:
“@PeterLBrandt do you have any insight into XRP (Ripple). The fundamentals look amazing.”
Peter Brandt replied to @BrandonVanB with another technical analysis chart saying: “XRP is definitely coiling up”
Source: @PeterLbrandt
“Coiling Up” is a technical term used to signify a market which has the potential to make a strong move in one direction after being pushed in the opposite direction or held flat. The idea is that if a market should be headed in one direction due to its fundamentals but has pressure in the opposite direction, it will eventually make a strong move in the course of the original fundamental direction.
Moreover, the coiled move will be more significant and substantial than the move if it would have continued in the normal direction without interference.
Brandt’s tweet doesn’t necessarily mean that the movement of price will move upwards, it could go either way. In addition to the technicals, Ripple is on a crusade with a slew of partnerships with various institutions around the world.
Ripple has over 200+ partnerships which are spread over 40 countries and each one of them is using Ripple’s blockchain solutions, be it xRapid, xCurrent, or xVia.
Brandt’s tweet faced a lot of commotion in the community as Brandt had said that “XRP will replace NO portion of global forex trading volume” in August 2017.
@CarpeNoctom replied to Brandt’s tweet saying:
“Almost every crypto chart looks like that
So I guess everything is worthless soon
Sorry not sorry”
Another Twitter user, @OSD728 commented:
“If the prices of xlm do go that low I will definitely buy more not saying I want it to but still that’s a good entry point”
Peter Brandt is well-known for his prediction of the 2018 crash of cryptocurrencies and for his accurate predictions when it comes to technical analysis or charting.
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Ripple/XRP: R3 and ING get into a partnership for large scale Corda Enterprise adoption

R3 has finalized a partnership with ING bank which will open ING to an unlimited number of licenses for R3’s commercial blockchain platform, Corda Enterprise.
The partnership deal between R3 and ING is for a span of five years which encourages adoption of CorDapps across a wide range of business functions.
Annerie Vreugdenhil, Head of Innovation for wholesale banking at ING, said:
“Our longstanding joint journey with R3 has proven that this is the most mature enterprise DLT solution to serve the needs of the financial service industry… We are one step closer to deploying live DLT solutions for our clients with the supported infrastructure in place.”
The CEO of R3, David E. Rutter said that ING bank has been a valuable and long-term partner of R3’s and that they have been an enthusiastic adopter of the blockchain. He said:
“As ING takes full advantage of access to Corda Enterprise, we look forward to seeing how the diverse CorDapp ecosystem can deliver gains in productivity, efficiency and profitability across the bank’s diverse business areas.”
R3 is an enterprise blockchain software firm with over 300 partnerships in both private and public sectors which are spread all across the world in multiple sectors like the finance, identity, insurance, and capital markets.
Moreover, R3 recently launched the “Corda Network” on January 16, 2019, which would be managed by a not-for-profit foundation, “Corda Network Foundation”. The foundation will operate independently of R3 and its decision making will be transparent and available to all networks.
Corda Network allows settlement of funds and transfer of data between communities of nodes which could be a collection of business networks and/or private networks which can be done via the CorDapps.
Furthermore, Corda Settler can settle payment obligations arising on Corda with XRP, which is integrated with the Corda settler. Moreover, Corda Enterprise offers additional features targeted at the needs of large and complex organizations, such as the world’s only Blockchain Application Firewall, 24/7 support, dedicated product management and support for industry-standard enterprise databases.
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Bitcoin [BTC] could soon see an imminent breakout due to recurring bear pennant pattern

The price of Bitcoin is currently in a consolidation phase after formation of a recurring pattern twice within the span of a month. The current price of Bitcoin, at the time of writing, was $3,580, with the market cap hovering at $63 billion.
1-hour
Source: TradingView
Bitcoin’s price action, as seen in the chart above, is the best example of history repeating itself. The overall trend of Bitcoin is a downtrend as it has consistently been forming lower lows as seen in the hourly charts.
Pennant
There is a clear formation of a pennant in the price action chart, which breaks out to the top and then moves in a sideways fashion before dropping to retrace the same pattern all over again. However, it will be in a slightly lesser proportion compared to the one before.
Pennants usually show how the price gets caught up between forming lower lows as they head towards the peak of the pennant, where they have no more room, thus causing a breakout.
The first pattern started its formation on December 27, 2018, and it proceeded to ricochet between the trend lines consistently. The price broke out of the pennant pattern caused a massive spike of 6.56% as the prices rose from $3,838 to $4,090, The spike was followed by a sideways movement, which caused a sudden collapse in prices.
Fibonacci Retracement
The sudden collapse in the prices took place in two distinct steps, which occurred at the 0.618 Fibonacci level. The 0.618 level or the 61.8% level is deemed as the most important level by most traders. The price drop happened from $4,026 to $3,618, making a pit stop at $3,812, which, in total, was a drop of 10.13%. By observation, it can also be noted that the second collapse was almost half of the first one.
The second pattern that formed, followed the footsteps of the previous pattern and the price broke out of the pennant at $3,625 and reached $3,728, which was a total percentage increase of approximately 3%, which is half of the previous breakout. This followed by yet another sideways/downtrend movement, which collapsed again at the same Fibonacci level as the previous pattern. The collapse took place from $3,689 to $3,514 with a stop at $3,587 at the 0.618 or 61.8% Fibonacci level. The total decline was 4.74%, which is approximately half of the previous collapse.
Moreover, before the formation of the second pennant, the sideways movement of the prices found support at 0.886 or 88.6% Fibonacci level of the first pattern which was eventually broken as the prices fell lower.
At the moment, the prices are being supported at the 0.86 or 88.6% Fibonacci level of the second pattern, which is at $3,514, a perfect correlation. If the prices ever decide to break below this support, there is going to be a collapse.
1-day
Source: TradingView
The one-day chart also shows a consistent downtrend with prices forming lower lows, indicating a strong bear trend for Bitcoin. Bitcoin’s fall into the abyss is currently being supported by two supports, the first and the imminent support is at $3,477, which was tested multiple times. The second support is the lowest that Bitcoin reached in 2018, which is at $3,139.
Volume 
The volume indicator shows a very important indication of decreasing volume that has been in play since mid-November, which confirms that the price will undergo a massive and sudden change in the future.
The change, as per the technicals, indicates that the price should move downwards, however, the prices could go either way.
The Relative Strength Index also shows a declining trend, indicating that the selling momentum for Bitcoin is increasing.
Conclusion
The one-hour chart shows a recurring pattern in which the prices are being supported at the 0.86 Fibonacci level. If the price ever decides to drop to below the current support it would face the next immediate support at $3,136. In a worst-case scenario, the price would go into a free fall until $1,900 and the price was last seen at this point on July 14, 2017.
If the breakout happens to the upside then the price would have no resistance until $4,422 to $5,000, where the prices will be tested before it moves up. However, the one-day chart shows a declining volume trend, which indicates a strong movement in price that might happen in a few days.
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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies must migrate from PoW, says Bank for International Settlement in a research paper

Bitcoin’s search volume for the global market as a whole piqued in Q4 of 2017 when it’s price hit an all-time high of ~$20,000.
This search volume for Bitcoin far exceeded that of Gold, Silver, US Dollar. Much of the appeal/attraction for Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies comes from the fact that there is no central controlling authority and the fact that one can be their own bank.
As exciting and promising Bitcoin sounds, a paper published by Bank for International Settlements says otherwise. The paper titled “Beyond the doomsday economics of “proof-of-work” in cryptocurrencies” mentions how Bitcoin’s Proof-of-Work [PoW] consensus mechanism has two flaws. The paper also touches on the economics of Bitcoin and PoW, whilst imploring what the future might hold for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that are based on similar consensus algorithms.
The first limitation that the paper stated was that Proof-of-Work axiomatically requires high transaction costs to ensure payment finality.
As per Satoshi Nakamoto, double-spending is an attack by a large miner controlling a significant fraction of the network’s computational power. The paper stated:
“Nakamoto’s definition of payment finality (although not explicitly spelled out as such) is thus operational: the deeper a payment is buried in the ledger, the less likely an adversary with given computational resources will succeed in a double-spending attack.”
Double-spending on such a network of nodes would actually be more profitable than mining, hence, the blockchain for Bitcoin includes “economic payment finality” –  the instant that payment to another party is completed, at which point the receiving institution has irrevocable access to the money.
This can be avoided by incentivizing miners with a very high required ratio of income as compared to the transaction volume [the amount that can be double-spent].
Moreover, the paper provided a rough example that the mining income must amount to 8.3% of the transaction volume, which is a multiple of the transactions fees in today’s mainstream payment services.
The second limitation that the paper stated was that the system cannot generate transaction fees in line with the goal of guaranteeing payment security and that the system either works below capacity and users’ incentives to set transaction fees are very low or the system gets congested and suffers scalability issues.
Furthermore, the paper noted:
“Underlying this is a key externality: the proof-of-work and hence the level of security is determined at the level of the block one’s transaction is included in, with protection also being provided by the proofs-of-work for subsequent blocks… While each user would benefit from high transaction fee income for the miner, the incentives to contribute with one’s own fee are low.”
The paper concluded that PoW can only achieve payment security if mining income is high, but the transaction market for Bitcoin will not be able to generate an adequate level of income. As a result, the liquidity is set to deteriorate substantially in the future.
The paper stated:
“A simple model suggests that ultimately, it could take nearly a year, or 50,000 blocks, before a payment could be considered “final”.”
Moreover, the research indicated that the second-layer solutions for Bitcoin and other PoW-based assets like the Lightning Network or Sidechains can improve the economics of payment security but they in themselves still face scaling issues.
Due to the above-mentioned facts, the liquidity of Bitcoin and other digital assets that have forked from Bitcoin and PoW based cryptocurrencies will eventually need to migrate from PoW consensus algorithm to a more fitting and evolving consensus algorithm.
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Tron [TRX/USD] Technical Analysis: Bears pressure the bulls out of the scene

Tron has been known to defy the market trend on multiple occasions and it was doing the same at the time of writing. The prices of Tron are up by 4.15% with a market cap of $1.74 billion while the 24-trade volume is at $248 million.
Most of the trade volume for TRX comes from the exchange Upbit, a Korean exchange via the trading pair TRX/KRW.
1-hour
Source: TradingView
The one-hour chart for Tron shows an uptrend that extends from $0.0215 to $0.0237, while the downtrend extends from $0.0328 to $0.0264. TRX prices have moved away from the support at $0.0212 and towards its imminent resistance point at $0.02678. The subsequent resistance point can be seen at $0.0328.
The Parabolic SAR indicator indicates a bearish move as the markers have spawned above the price candles.
The MACD indicator has finished a quick bearish crossover and seems like it might undergo another crossover, but a bullish one, unlike the recent crossover.
The Awesome Oscillator shows a decreasing momentum as the bars are reducing in size and the bars are transitioning from red to green bars.
1-day
Source: TradingView
The one-day chart shows a small uptrend that extends from $0.0132 to $0.0215 while the uptrend extends from $0.0287 to $0.0725. The support at $0.0120 is holding good even in the longer one-day time frame. The resistance line at $0.0268 was breached briefly as the price moved above it and has now come back down again.
The Aroon indicator shows a crashing uptrend that has reached the zero-line, while the downtrend line has failed trying to come back up.
The Chaikin Money Flow shows a crashed CMF line to an oversold zone. The money for TRX is flowing out of the market.
The Relative Strength Index shows a slightly higher buying momentum as the RSI line has crossed above the 50-line.
Conclusion
The SAR, MACD, and AO indicators all indicate a bearish aura hanging over Tron in the one-hour chart. The one-day chart for TRX shows a sideways trend as indicated by Aroon, CMF, and RSI markets.
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Haven Protocol [XHV]’s “exit scam” put on hold as developer comes back to shoo away the FUD

The Haven Protocol community panicked as they believed that the developer might have abandoned the project and it could turn out to be yet another “exit scam”. The panic was thwarted as the developer came back from what seemed like a long absence and confirmed that the exit scam was just FUD.
The developer’s Twitter handle @havendev was tagged in a thread on January 21, 2019, by a user @cryptoblkbeard saying that Haven Protocol was an exit scam.
The thread contained a screenshot of a Discord chat of user @news.ctuler who seemed distraught due to the absence of the core developer of the project.
news.cutler said:
“Consider this project dead unless some devs take it over.
@havendev is apparently the only person with access to the code repository was asked weeks ago to open it up so other contributor could help out and review the code.
Ever since then we haven’t heard from him.”
He continued saying that the developer was asked to make the dev fee transparent and there was still no reply from the core developer. news.cutler said that he would be gone even if the core developer showed up.
Another Discord user @donjor said that he concurred with news.cutler and that they could fork the repository if need be and as long as it helped the Haven community. He said that he would try and connect with @havendev and gain access to the code.
After all the commotion on Twitter and Discord, the developer reached out to the community and put an end to the FUD of Haven Protocol being an exit scam. He said:
“Haven development has been ongoing. I have still been working on the offshore code through Christmas and new year. I stepped down from running the Discord and social networks 4-6 months ago and handed that control over to @donjor and @news.cutler.
In light of the insane amount of FUD, and although I want to keep the offshore code under wraps I will prepare it and hand it all to the team so that they can hire new devs to work o nn it. I will continue to help the team where I can.”
More updates from the community about the code repository are yet to surface. The price of XHV dropped on January 21, 2019, and it has spiked up from $0.3097 to $0.3679. The 24-hour price change shows a massive 9.17% increase after the positive news about the dev.
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XRP/USD Technical Analysis: Signs of a small bull run imminent in the shorter time-frame

XRP, the second-largest cryptocurrency in the world, still holds its position with a market cap of $13 billion and 24-hour trading volume at $370 million.
Most of the trade volume for XRP comes from ZB.COM exchange via trade pair XRP/BTC. The price of XRP is at
$0.32, however, is on a slight rise today.
1-hour
Source: TradingView
The uptrend for XRP in the one-hour time frame has vanished into thin air, while the downtrend strengthens as it extends from $0.3860 to $0.3247. The support at $0.3205 was breached January 20, 2019, at 12:00 UTC. The prices have resurfaced after a brief dip. The resistance at $0.3426 and $0.3806 are holding steady.
The Parabolic SAR indicator shows a positive trend for XRP as it is seen placed below the price candles in the charts.
The MACD indicator shows a bullish crossover, which started at 22:00 UTC and is close to crossing over to the top of the zero-line.
The Awesome Oscillator also shows decreasing green bars that have spawned and are at the verge of crossing over to the top of the zero-line, indicating a bullish crossover.
1-day
Source: TradingView
XRP’s trend lines in the one-day chart show a similar trend where the uptrend has not gained significant momentum yet. The uptrend extends from $0.2931 to $0.3215. The downtrend ranges from $0.9027 to $0.3754. In this timeframe, XRP being supported at $0.2627, while resistance lines are still holding strong at $0.5821, $0.6899, and $0.9027.
The Aroon indicator shows a downtrend that has gained excessive momentum, while the uptrend is failing to neutralize it.
Chaikin Money Flow, as seen in the chart above, has crashed and burned, indicating that the larger timeframe for the coin is in the bear’s territory.
The RSI shows a similar construct for XRP as the momentum of sellers is increasing, while the buyers are shying away from them.
Conclusion
The one-hour shows a bullish trend for XRP’s prices, as all the indicators [SAR, MACD, and AO] show that bulls’ are taking the prices on a rally. The longer timeframe for XRP shows a slight bear trend as the indicators Aroon, CMF, and RSI all indicate a downtrend.
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Bitcoin [BTC]: Liquid-Bitcoin can now be traded with Japanese Yen pegged stable coins privately on Liquid Network

Crypto Garage, a subsidiary of Digital Garage and a fintech company in blockchain financial services sector, received an official green signal to conduct the first blockchain and finance project.
The regulatory sandbox is managed by the Secretariat of Japan and has given Crypto Garage the signal to participate with cryptocurrency exchanges. The official announcement by Crypto Garage stated:
“Under this project, Crypto Garage will provide the participating crypto-exchanges with “SETTLENET”, which allows the exchanges to issue a stablecoin pegged to Japanese Yen (JPY-Token) on the “Liquid Network”, and trade against Liquid Bitcoin (L-BTC) that are pegged to Bitcoin on a Bitcoin sidechain launched by Blockstream Corporation”
Settlenet is a suite of products to enhance application development on the Liquid Network. In addition, this project will make use of atomic swap technology that will allow L-BTC and JPY-tokens to be transferred simultaneously on the Liquid Network.
Atomic Swap technology enables peer-to-peer simultaneous exchange of crypto-assets from one part to another, without counter-party risks and going through a third party service without any counterparty risks or intermediaries
This is helpful especially for regulatory authorities as the Settlenet will allow the regulatory bodies to monitor any discrepancies or unlawful practices like money laundering.
This partnership plans to improve the overall growth of the cryptocurrency ecosystem and markets by providing enough liquidity and relatively stabilize price movements, minimize counterparty risk, increase the visibility of trading for the regulatory authorities. In addition, it aims to solve the security risks that the exchanges inherently possess.
The official announcement added:
“This initiative is a proof-of-concept project authorized by Regulatory Sandbox in Japan. The project will test and validate i) the secure transfer of crypto assets on a sidechain network and ii) the possibility of building a stable and healthy OTC market by improving transparency for the price-making process.”
Furthermore, the partnership for the project will have a term of one-year and the participating crypto-exchanges will be limited to those with a Japanese Virtual Currency Exchange License and the transaction amount will be limited. During this timeframe of one-year, Crypto Garage will provide Settlenet for free to all the participating exchanges.
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Ripple partners with Chinese research institute for Blockchain Technology Research Scholarship program

Ripple has been working non-stop in terms of spreading its reach, with the firm recently marking a milestone by crossing more than 200 partnerships across 40 different countries. According to Crowd Fund Insider, Ripple has struck another partnership with Tsinghua University, in order to launch a scholarship program.
The Institute for Fintech Research, Tsinghua University [THUIFR] plans to launch a Blockchain Technology Research Scholarship Program [BRSP] for graduate students in China, and Ripple will be supporting the university’s cause with this partnership. THUIFR is a well-recognized and a leading research institute in China and based on its research resources and achievements it will be focusing on international regulatory policies and the development of blockchain technologies.
Ivy Gao, Director of International Cooperation and Development, THUIFR, said
“Most importantly, I believe, this program will greatly help with their future research or career in the field of blockchain technology.”
Eric van Miltenburg, Ripple’s SVP of Global Operations, said:
“The program’s goal – to provide students with opportunities in blockchain research – closely aligns with that of Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative. We’re thrilled to support THUIFR in this endeavor and look forward to its launch.”
Ripple is well-known for its far-reaching partnerships financial industry related companies and even research-based companies and universities. The company plans to support and improve the academic research and development of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Moreover, Ripple recently announced that it had a few banks going live with their blockchain solution xRapid, which continues to create a lot of buzz in the community. A few days after this announcement, more than five financial institutions announced their plans to go live with xRapid.
With its partnership with the Chinese University, Ripple is slowly moving into countries with strict rules and regulations when it comes cryptocurrencies, and this is considered as a breakthrough by some in the community.
@coupleofcrypto commented:
“Awesome. Go @Ripple. Most criticized in the crypto space, and yet by far the most active to get blockchain technology adopted worldwide… This is part of Ripple partnering with universities around the world to push blockchain development. It’s awesome, Ripple is really helping the entire crypto space, but you take it one step too far Just my opinion.”
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XRP gets more decentralized as Proof-of-Work-based cryptocurrencies face extinction

Opinion:
XRP and Ripple, together have created quite a buzz in the financial system, especially in the remittance industry with their blockchain solutions.
XRP has faced all the major cryptocurrencies and triumphed to become the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap in the space. The only other thing that’s left for XRP to do is, overthrow the reigning champion i.e., Bitcoin [BTC], which obviously had the first-mover advantage and peoples’ sentiment.
Bitcoin’s Proof-of-Work [PoW] Vs. XRP Ledger’s Distributed Agreement Protocol
Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency that was created and it uses PoW algorithm, which is how the transactions are verified and solves the problem of “double spending”. PoW algorithm consists of miners, who validate the transactions by putting in their resources and, hence, they are rewarded for the same. This process, which seemed good enough, will be relatively rejected by the miners as the reward for mining decreases after mining every 210,000 blocks.
Eventually, the miners will be left with no option, but to quit. Moreover, the PoW algorithm uses massive resources, which extracts a heavy toll on the world we live in. Furthermore, miners that are spread out across the globe is what makes the Bitcoin network decentralized, but it is also what makes it less decentralized and susceptible to attacks.
Since Bitcoin gained a lot of notoriety as its prices sky-rocketed, mining Bitcoins suddenly gained attention, causing a lot of miners to pool their resources to mine the coin, resulting in large pools with huge resources. If some of these pools ever decide to collude, they could easily perform an attack on the Bitcoin’s network, create a second chain, double spend, stop/reverse transactions etc.
Ethereum Classic, a PoW-based cryptocurrency, recently faced a brutal 51% attack, resulting in a loss of $2.1 million worth of assets. The attacker had enough hash-rate to disrupt the original chain and double spend assets.
Unlike Bitcoin [BTC] and Ethereum [ETH], XRP uses Distributed Agreement Protocol aka Consensus Protocol. XRP solves the problem of double spending in a more efficient way in comparison to PoW cryptocurrencies. It uses a distributed agreement protocol that relies on validators to group transactions into ordered units and agreeing on one such order.
These validators are spread across the globe and unlike Bitcoin’s miners, these validators are not rewarded for grouping transactions into ordered units.
In addition, XRP Ledger requires a total of 80% of all the validators on the entire network to support and vote for a change over a period of two weeks before it goes into effect. The two-week timeframe provides an incentive for the users to upgrade their software to accommodate the change. If the change is not agreed upon by the 80% of the users, then it won’t go into effect.
Furthermore, Schwartz said that if more than 20% of the nodes disagree with the majority, the network would halt and reconfigure a new list that has a majority of the nodes in agreement. This would create more than one ledger and the ledger that has the supermajority would be selected as the final ledger.
Moreover, if the validators become selfish and collude to disrupt the normal flow of transactions, then the users would have to agree on a new list that would provide enough overlap so that they can continue to interoperate.
David Schwartz, the CTO of Ripple commented on this matter [about attacking XRP Ledger] in a tweet, he said:
“This has never been a problem for any blockchain in the past, and it’s required by every blockchain when previous agreements fail to be sufficient. Decentralized systems fundamentally allow interoperation only among people who continue to agree on a large number of things.”
“Surprisingly, the lack of incentives in the XRPL design actually makes this much easier. All honest participants want the network to work well and have perfectly aligned interests. There’s no power over anything to give out, no rewards to argue over splitting, or the like.”
Hence, when compared to other PoW cryptocurrencies, XRP is better at resisting attacks by collusion or bad actors, as it does not provide any opportunities for a person to develop control over the ledger due to its consensus protocol. In addition, XRP Ledger uses a deterministic protocol making the validation of transactions impossible to edit.
Other advantages of XRP that makes it a superior cryptocurrency over others would be the transaction speed and cost. XRP can perform 1500 transactions per second, whereas Bitcoin can do only 6 transactions per second and Ethereum can do only 15 transactions per second. Below is a chart which illustrates the same.
Source: Ripple.com
Cryptocurrencies, even Bitcoin, were created as an alternate form payment from the centralized and controlling authorities, and for it succeed it should have higher transaction speed with negligible fees. XRP checks all these boxes, whereas Bitcoin and Ethereum, on the other hand, struggle with these features as they struggle in terms of scalability.
Hodor, a contributor to the XRP community said it best in a blog:
“While Bitcoin maximalists will point to overlay software such as Lightning, there have been numerous intractable problems with using secondary software to interact with POW networks. Using a secondary network to scale doesn’t solve the problem of using a completely inadequate base-layer technology. “
Bitcoin’s transaction cost aka fees skyrocketed when the coin reached its all-time high in December 2017. The average transaction fee for Bitcoin reached a maximum of $55.
Moreover, XRP makes it easier to settle cross-border payments in a matter of seconds and also provides solutions to various remittance problems with Ripple’s blockchain solutions like xRapid, xVia, and xCurrent. With more than 200+ partnerships in over 40+ countries, Ripple and XRP are on a journey to become the world standard in payment and financial industry.
All the above-mentioned facts converge leads to a single conclusion, which is, XRP is getting more decentralized while other PoW cryptocurrencies are trying to catch up with XRP. It is only a matter of time that XRP becomes a widely accepted form of payment, overtaking Bitcoin even with its first-mover advantage.
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Bitcoin [BTC/USD] Technical Analysis: Bulls ride the prices out of the immediate resistance zone

Bitcoin has once again been moving in a sideways trend stuck in the $3,600 range consolidating for over nine days now.
The market cap of Bitcoin is at $64 billion with 24-hour trading volume at $5.3 billion after dipping as low as $4.92 billion. Most of the trade volume for Bitcoin is coming from BitMEX exchange for trading derivates of Bitcoin paired with USD.
1-hour
Source: TradingView
The uptrend for Bitcoin has extended and it now ranges from $3,498 to $3,593, while the downtrend extends from $4,025 to $3,724. The prices are being supported at $3,578 which is the immediate support, and at $3,498. The resistance for Bitcoin are at two points, $3,648 to $3,666 and $3,919 to $3,944.
The Aroon indicator shows that uptrend for Bitcoin in the one-hour shows that the Aroon green line has struck the 100-line after showing signs of crashing. The Aroon indicator shows that the bulls have taken control of the price and are pumping it.
The Chaikin Money Flow shows that the money flowing into the Bitcoin market is far greater than the money flowing out, which indicates that the buyers are in control of the market.
The Relative Strength Index shows that the momentum for BTC has shifted towards the buyers, as the RSI line has broken the over-bought zone.
1-day
Source: TradingView
The one-day chart shows that the downtrend is far more dominant and doesn’t compare to the measly uptrend in the larger time frame. The uptrend extends from $3,184 to $$3,514, while the downtrend extends from $9,800 to $4,004. The prices are supported at $3,183 while the resistance lines can be seen hanging at $7,359 to $9,075.
The Bollinger Bands show that the prices are undergoing a squeeze and the prices are trying to swim above the simple moving average line.
The MACD line and the signal line look like they are about to coincide and cross each other in a bullish crossover. The histogram shows that the red bars below the zero-line are reducing in strength post the price hike that Bitcoin has seen.
Conclusion
The Aroon, CMF and the RSI all indicate that the bulls have returned taking riding the prices in an uptrend. The one-day chart also shows the same as the Bollinger Band and MACD indicator both indicate a possible bullish crossover that is imminent.
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Ripple/XRP: XRP’s Private ledger FUD busted by Ripple’s CTO

The private ledger of XRP FUD erupted after the news about the transfer of money from Mexico to the U.S. took place a few days back. People who tried to find the transaction on the XRP ledger failed to do so and were convinced that there was indeed a private ledger for xRapid transactions via XRP.
As per the company, they made a transaction worth £3,521.67 i.e., 86,633.00 from U.K. to Mexico. The company even stated that they saved 79.17 pounds and 31 hours on this transaction.
@MarkCryptos and @XRP_Mahn1 both asked a similar question to the CTO of Ripple, David Schwartz if this was actually true in separate tweets.
@XRP_Mahn1 asked:
“@JoelKatz Some seem to think there is the ledger, and a hidden ledger, (One retail, one institutional) that will eventually be merged together. This to my understanding seems ridiculous as the protocol rules state one state is valid, and it’s immutable.”
David Schwartz replied:
“It’s hard to imagine what such a merger would look like. It would have to follow the rules of the public ledger. It’s kind of funny, I was actually thinking just today about how cool it would be if you could run the XRPL software in a private ledger mode and later bridge…
to the public ledger. For example, you could have an asset issued on both ledgers that’s bridged by the validators of the private ledger who multisign txns for the public ledger. It’s actually a cool use case to cut txn fees and scale.”
The conversation on the Twitter thread continued and a user asked if there is a possibility of a private ledger that could be set up between organizations for transactions via xRapid
Schwartz continued that the XRP Ledger is public and it is the “authoritative proof” that a person holds XRP. He continued that there were ways that a person/organization could use the real XRP on a private ledger but would require for that person/organization to actually buy XRP to do the bridging.
David Schwartz further stated:
“That gives you two interesting use cases: 1) No XRP for cases where the cost of XRP is a factor. You only need/use XRP when you need to interact with the public ledger. 2) XRP fully linked, for cases where you want liquidity and connectivity and don’t mind the very small costs.”
Furthermore, Schwartz said that none of this was built yet and even if it were to be done it would not be difficult. Moreover, he said that if such a thing ever happens it would be questioned over the system being centralized. He continued that he liked the idea of federation run ledgers.
David Schwartz concluded saying:
“If you were creating such a walled garden, why use a crypto or blockchain at all? This seems like just recreating private ledger balances — what everyone’s been doing already.”
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Bitcoin [BTC] mining pool dominance dwindles and shifts to unknown miners

Bitcoin mining has faced a lot of pushback as many miners decided to quit mining due to the collapse of BTC prices below the break-even point.
Bitmain, one of the largest Bitcoin mining company in the world had a huge dominance over the Bitcoin market for the past few years. Its hold on Bitcoin mining has since reduced as they have been shutting down their mining farms and laying off employees non-stop.
A recent report by Diar further substantiates this by providing proof that Bitcoin mining pool dominance has dwindled and has shifted towards unknown miners.
The report published on January 14, 2019, stated:
“Unkown miners closed December having solved a whopping 22% of the total blocks up from 6% at the start of last year. The Bitcoin network is currently less likely to experience an attack given the fact the BTC.com controlled pools have lost dominance over the network.”
Source: Volume 3 Issue 1 – Diar
The above chart shows how the Bitmain owned pools, BTC.com and Antpool’s hold on the mining power has reduced as 2018 came to an end. Relatively, it can be seen that unknown miners are stepping into the ‘Bitcoin mining game’ as Bitmain’s power over the mining wanes.
In the whole of 2018, the Bitcoin mining revenues surpassed $5.8 billion, but the surprising fact is that in January 2018, Bitcoin miners earned a whopping $12 billion, but that reward reduced by 83% as of December 2018. The miner rewards, in total reduced to $210 million.
The report stated:
“Efforts of small miners turned sour in September 2018 as record hash power made profitability near non-existent with Bitcoin’s falling price.”
It clearly mentions that the mining power has shifted from Bitmain and into the hands of unknown miners. It also recently abandoned its Amsterdam operation. Moreover, it also shut down the Texas mining farm and it is rumored that Bitmain has lost over $700 million in Q4 of 2018.
Furthermore, Jihan Wu and Micree Zhan have stepped down from their position as CEOs of Bitmain. This news has also poured cold water on their plans to go public as they’ve failed to convince the Hong Kong regulators to approve its IPO.
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Tron [TRX/USD] Technical Analysis: Booming asset takes a break fighting the bears

Tron, the ninth-largest cryptocurrency has been performing better than every other cryptocurrency even in the brutal bear market. The price of TRX, at the time of writing, was at $0.0252 with a market cap of $1.68 billion.
The 24-hour trade volume for Tron is $313 million and most of it is contributed by Korean exchange, Upbit via trade pair TRX/KRW. Upbit contributes a total of 13.17%. Following it is Binance which contributes a total of ~24% via trade pairs TRX/USDT and TRX/BTC.
1-hour
Source: TradingView
The one-hour chart shows an uptrend that extends from $0.0215 to $0.0254 while the downtrend extends from $0.0328 to $0.02566. TRX bounced off the support at $0.0212 that was created by the dip in prices on January 13, 2019. The resistance points for TRX in the shorter time frame can be seen at $0.0267 and $0.0328.
The Parabolic SAR markers have spawned above the price candles, indicating a bearish pressure for the prices.
The MACD indicator is also indicating the same trend, i.e, a bearish crossover to the bottom. The histogram has shifted to red bars below the zero-line.
The Awesome Oscillator shows decreasing red bars that are getting closer to the zero-line indicating that the prices are decreasing steadily.
1-day
Source: TradingView
The uptrend in the one-day time frame shows that it extends from $0.0132 to $0.0215 while the downtrend ranges from $0.0725 to $0.0287. The prices are supported at $$0.0120 but the resistance points are seen hanging at $0.0268 and $0.0496. The former resistance point was breached January 8, 2019.
The Aroon indicator shows a prevailing uptrend as indicated by the Aroon green line. The Aroon red line has hit the zero-line indicating that the downtrend has exhausted.
The Chaikin Money Flow shows that money is flowing out of the market and that the sellers are dominating the market for Tron.
The Relative Strength Index shows the same as CMF as the RSI seems to be stuck in the middle indicating that the buying momentum and the selling momentum for Tron markets are balanced.
Conclusion
The one-hour chart for TRX is nothing but bearish indicated by SAR, MACD, and AO indicators. The one-day time frame shows a bearish trend as well, with Aroon, RSI and CMF indicators.
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Source: AMB Crypto