Bitcoin Price Volatility Is Down 98% Year-on-Year

Bitcoin price volatility has crashed in the last 12 months as the bear market killed off the speculative frenzy. Daily volatility, the spread between the price high and price low, stood at $61 yesterday – down a hefty 98 percent from the figure of $3,468 observed on Jan. 16, 2018 – according to CoinMarketCap data. Meanwhile, bitcoin’s price is also down 74 percent year-on-year. Generally, with a sharp drop in price, volatility in dollar terms tends to fall in parallel. Notably, volatility was extremely high in percentage terms 12 months ago. The…

Bitcoin Price Watch: BTC At Risk of Sharp Decline, Could Retest $3,400

Bitcoin price failed to recover above the $3,650 resistance and declined recently against the US Dollar. There was a break below a major contracting triangle with support at $3,590 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price is currently trading in a bearish zone and it may accelerate losses to $3,500 and $3,400. Bitcoin price is under selling pressure below $3,650 against the US Dollar. There are high chances of more losses in BTC below $3,500 and $3,450 in the near term. Bitcoin Price…

Living on Bitcoin Day 1: “That’s Not Going to Work”

“The point is to get people to think about bitcoin, not spend it. I don’t think it’s good for that. It’s not meant to be used like cash,” Jeremy Gardner, founder of Ausum Ventures, advised me. “Satoshi created a decentralized store of value,” probably encapsulates his thesis that bitcoin is best unspent — better to hoard it like gold. To Gardner, using it as a currency is not only impractical. It is counterintuitive. Well, I’m trying it anyway. After all, journalist Kashmir Hill experimented with living on bitcoin as early…

Living On Bitcoin Day 2: Being “Unbanked” Has Been Easy … But Also Hard

This is the second instalment of reporter Colin Harper’s “Living on Bitcoin” experience in San Francisco. Find out what happened to him on Day 1 here. I woke up on Christian’s couch stiff-necked and cotton-mouthed. A bit more fitting for the “living on internet money” survival vibe, yeah? A friend of a friend of Christian’s roommates (who are starting a business and moving to LA today) was out cold on an air mattress next to a stripped Christmas tree, snoring into the streams of soon-after-sunrise light filtering through the window.…

Educating the Next Wave of Bitcoin Developers

Bitcoin is an open-source protocol that anybody can interact with. It is getting attention and attracting participation in different ways, whether it is through speculation, investing and sending money, all the way to contributing to what’s underneath the hood. The entire Bitcoin repository is on GitHub, inviting any developer to see the protocol’s code and perhaps contribute toward solving existing problems if they can. A noteworthy fact, however, is that the pool of developers today is quite small. “It’s not an easy field to get into,” Jimmy Song, author of…

2019 a Year of Accumulation For Bitcoin, Recovery by Year’s End

Bitcoin could see a recovery by the end of 2019. | Source: Shutterstock In the past 24 hours, the crypto market has recovered from $120 to $123 billion as the Bitcoin price avoided a further drop below the $3,600 mark. The bitcoin price avoided a further drop below $3,600. Ethereum has also been able to rebound relatively quickly from the delay of the Constantinople hard fork, which initially caused a 10 percent drop from $130 to $116. Slow Grind Up For Bitcoin Expected in 2019 Due to the intensity of…

Bitcoin Price Watch: BTC Approaching Next Significant Break

Bitcoin price is consolidating losses above the $3,560 support area against the US Dollar. There is a short term contracting triangle formed with resistance at $3,625 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price may soon make the next move either above $3,650 or below $3,540 in the near term. Bitcoin price is preparing for the next key break above $3,650 against the US Dollar. A close above $3,650 could trigger bullish moves towards $3,720 and $3,800. Bitcoin Price Analysis After trading above the…

Bitcoin Futures Now Trading At Discount to Exchange Prices

Signs are emerging that the futures market may not be impressed by bitcoin’s recovery from 15-months lows in December – at press time, the cryptocurrency’s spot price is higher than the futures price. As of writing, the global average or spot price calculated by CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI) is currently $3,650 – up 16.9 percent from the low of $3,122 reached on December. Meanwhile, futures contracts are trading below the spot price. BTC futures As seen above (CME chart), January futures are reporting a $20 discount (futures price-spot price). Further, contracts…

Could Bitcoin Initiate a New Bull Cycle by 2019? One Trader Thinks So

In the last 24 hours, the cryptocurrency market recovered by $4 billion as the Bitcoin price rebounded above $3,700. Several major crypto assets in the likes of Ethereum and TRON have recorded large gains on the day, rising by more than three percent against Bitcoin. Even if the price of Bitcoin and other crypto assets continue to decline substantially in the first two quarters of 2019, one trader sees the market massively recovering by the end of 2019. How Can Bitcoin Initiate a Big Rally by the End of This…

This Price Resistance Level May Hold Key to Bitcoin Bull Market

That bitcoin (BTC) may be closing on a long-term bottom is generally accepted by now. After all, the leading cryptocurrency by market value has dropped by close to 70 percent over the last 13 months. The challenge now is to pick up early signs of a long-term bearish-to-bullish trend change, which may be possible with the help of the 10-week simple moving average (SMA). Acting as resistance, that moving average proved a tough nut to crack in the eight weeks to Nov. 14 – the day BTC reentered the bear…