How Bitcoin’s (BTC) Current Price Around $6,000 is Reminiscent of 2018

In brief: Bitcoin has so far defied the Death Cross which is evident on the daily chart.  The King of Crypto is currently trading at $6,350, reclaiming the important $6,000 support zone. However, the current price movement is reminiscent of 2018 and could fall further as all markets are affected by the Coronavirus.  With the new month of April only a few hours away, there is a lot of optimism with respect to the direction of the crypto markets. Generally, when CME Bitcoin futures contracts expire like they did last…

Bitcoin Mining Roundup: BTC Regains 100 Exahash, Miners Close Shop, Pre-Halving Shake-Up

In 44 days, BTC miners will face the third reward halving as the block subsidy will soon shrink from 12.5 to 6.25 coins per block. Following the market carnage in mid-March, BTC’s hashrate plummeted 44% to a 2020 low of 75 exahash per second (EH/s). Since then the hashrate has climbed back above 100EH/s, but profitability between SHA256 networks like BCH and BSV has been a lot more erratic than usual. Also read: Bitcoin Hashrate Down 45% – Miners Witness Second-Largest Difficulty Drop in History BTC Recaptures 100 Exahash –…

Bitfinex DeFi Offshoot Burns $20M Tokens in Bid to Drive DEX Adoption

DeversiFi, the decentralized exchange (DEX) spin-off of former Bitfinex sister exchange Ethfinex, has burned $20 million worth of its governance and utility token, Nectar (NEC). According to a statement, March 30, this is designed to drive DEX adoption after large centralized exchanges struggled to cope during the recent cryptocurrency sell-off. Governance token switches to deflationary model The Nectar token was originally launched with an inflationary model, in which it was awarded to Ethfinex traders, giving them a stake in the future of the exchange. However, with Ethfinex’s pivot towards decentralization…

Japan’s Nomura Securities and BOOSTRY Issue First Blockchain Digital Bond Offering

Sharing is caring! Nomura Securities (NS) joined the Nomura Research Institute (NRI) and BOOSTRY have joined up in a venture to create Japan’s first digital asset bond and digital bond to use value co-creation to help develop the countries’ capital markets, along with solving social issues.  The digital asset bond was offered directly to investors by NRI, while NS served as the underwriter, Nomura Trust and Banking (NTB) acted as fiscal agent, while BOOSTRY provided its blockchain platform “ibet” and acted as register agent. The platform allows issuers to keep…

Santander to Extend Ripple-Powered Payments Solution to Mexico This Year

Major Spanish bank Santander plans to roll out its Ripple-powered international payments system One Pay FX in Mexico in 2020. In a Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on March 6, the bank revealed that Mexico will be offering the service in early 2020. The One Pay FX system Based on Ripple’s RippleNet technology, One Pay FX is independent from XRP and does not need the digital currency to function, as a Santander spokesperson previously outlined to Cointelegraph.  In its Form 20-F filing — an…

BlockApps and Optimum Plan to Track Energy Usage on the Blockchain

Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) company BlockApps has partnered with software consulting firm Optimum to develop a blockchain solution for tracking energy usage. A founding member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), BlockApps is the developer of a cloud-agnostic blockchain platform, STRATO, designed to serve as a flexible base layer for various business network transactions and activities. Optimum is a software consulting firm focused on the oil and gas, manufacturing and construction industries. As part of a strategic partnership announced on March 27, Optimum has now joined the BlockApps Partner Network —  a…

Coinbase’s Retail Payment Portal Passed $200 Million in Transactions

Coinbase Commerce, a platform that supports cryptocurrency payments for internet retailers, just passed $200 million in total transactions processed over its two-year history. According to sources available to Cointelegraph, the wing of the largest crypto exchange in the U.S. reported on March 26 that the platform’s success was due in part to the 8,000 retailers currently using Coinbase for payment services. Bitcoin preferred for retail payments While the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc with traditional markets, the news from Coinbase Commerce would imply consumers are still comfortable using Bitcoin (BTC)…

Ethereum Price Plunges to $125: Can Bulls Save the Day?

Ethereum is currently declining and it broke the $130 support area against the US Dollar. ETH price is consolidating losses and upsides are likely to face hurdles near $128 and $130. Ethereum is down around 2% and it tested the $125 support zone against the US Dollar. The price is currently consolidating above $125 and it remains at a risk of more losses. There is a major bearish trend line forming with resistance near $128 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). A clear break below the…

Why Bitcoin’s Tumble Under $6,000 Could Be the Start of Something Worse

Bitcoin hasn’t done too well over the past few hours. As reported by this outlet previously, the cryptocurrency just tumbled under $6,000 just hours ago, falling under this key psychological level for the first time in a week. Related Reading: Crypto Tidbits: Bitcoin Holds $6,000s, Federal Reserve To Do “QE Infinity,” U.S. Digital Dollar Proposed The cryptocurrency seems poised to close its ongoing daily and weekly candles under this level, which would mark a slight blow to bulls. Indeed, many traders expect the asset to continue to trend lower over…

In-Between Bitcoin Halvings: Analyst Proves Bitcoin’s Price Not Bound to 4-Year Cycles

Crypto traders and analysts have always looked to the halvings for some kind of clues in order to predict the future price of bitcoin. A number of traders also think that BTC price movements shift every four years and speculators often use the halvings as milestone markers. On March 28, crypto Youtube host and digital currency analyst Benjamin Cowen explained bitcoin’s price doesn’t move in four-year cycles and stressed that the asset is still following the lengthy market phase of accumulation. Also read: ‘Bull Run May Not Come Immediately After…