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Chainlink Crypto Surges To A New All-Time High – Here’s Why…

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Surging volume, price discovery, and new partnerships pushed Chainlink price to a new all-time high at $8.48…

image courtesy of CoinTelegraph

Today the price of Chainlink (LINK) soared by more than 34% to reach a new all-time high at $8.48 and also notch a market capitalization of $2.5 billion.

Three key factors that likely pushed the price of LINK to a new record high were: high-profile partnerships, price discovery, and the strong momentum that currently drives the altcoin market.

Price discovery drives LINK price higher

On July 6, the price of LINK surpassed its previous record high at $5.31 and officially entered a price discovery phase, which typically leads to a “fear of missing out” rally among investors.

Once price discovery occurs and the asset begins to rally to a new peak, the probability of an extended uptrend rises.

Within seven days of LINK recording a new historic high, its price rallied by more than 40% from $5.31 to $8.48.

LINK’s trading volume also rose to levels unseen since April 2020, when the price of Bitcoin (BTC) was recovering from an intense drop to $3,750. At the time, demand for cryptocurrencies from retail investors on Coinbase was surging.

In regards to LINK’s momentum, Cointelegraph contributor Michael van de Poppe said:

“Personal target here at $7.10-7.25 reached since the tweets earlier. Such a beast. Just a matter of time until it reaches the next one at $10. I think that's doable this year.”

LINK-USDT reaches a new all-time high. Source: TradingView

New high profile partnerships

Throughout 2020, Chainlink has secured several high-profile partnerships with companies within the cryptocurrency sector.

On July 8, Chainlink partnered with Nexo, a crypto lender with reportedly 800,000 users, to deploy its oracle solutions. Chainlink co-founder Sergey Nazarov said:

“We’re excited to bring Chainlink’s secure and reliable oracle solutions to Nexo’s popular lending platform to

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Blockchains can trace foods from farm to plate, but the industry is still behind the curve


Blockchains can trace foods from farm to plate, but the industry is still behind the curve

App-etising? LDprod

Courtesy of Michael Rogerson, University of Bath and Glenn Parry, University of Surrey

Food supply chains were vulnerable long before the coronavirus pandemic. Recent scandals have ranged from modern slavery in Vietnamese fisheries to the persistent problem of child labour in the cocoa industry. Perhaps the most well known fraud was the UK’s horsemeat scandal of 2013, where up to 60% of products labelled as beef were actually horse.

UK supermarkets have also been found selling contaminated chicken on numerous occasions, while a longstanding issue of romaine lettuce in the US causing E coli only recently ended. Such scandals have made the public much more interested in the food supply chain, not to mention the impact of food production on the environment.

Food manufacturers can give consumers detailed information on where our foods have come from using blockchains – the tamper-proof online technology for logging information that is the basis of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. Some manufactures are doing this, but many have been slow to adopt this technology for various reasons. There are suggestions that coronavirus could be the gamechanger – but will it be?

Block power

Certain jurisdictions such as the EU now require that food products be traceable to source. In the absence of blockchains, the most common way of doing this has been to use digital tagging systems such as RFID (radio frequency identification) or QR (quick response) codes. They enable vendor firms to know where products have been and when, but they don’t let them see what actually happens at each node in a supply chain. As a result, consumers receive little information about their food beyond nutritional content and the country of production.

QR tagging in action. Monkey Business Images

This points to a competitive advantage for manufacturers offering richer and more reliable information to vendors and consumers, which is why some have been combining digital tagging with …
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Is Fiat Currency is a Better Store of Value than Bitcoin In Some Market Conditions?

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I love to see so many comments, everyone. It is amazing what a title for something can provoke to draw out emotions and comments. If you listened to the talk, you would know that 98% of the talk is on the stock market, metals, and how to preserve money in certain market conditions.

The title “Fiat Currency is a Better Store of Value than Bitcoin” is nothing more than PART of a comment. I was explaining that if Bitcoin was going to fall in value its best to move to cash (USD) short term vs. shifting your money to another crypto. Most cryptos move similar to bitcoin. There are not many cryptos that rise when Bitcoin is falling.

Anyways, lots of passion for BTC here, great to see the comments!



Tom welcomes Chris back to the program, Chris is the CEO & Founder of Technical Traders Ltd.

Chris is expecting another market correction since the fundamentals for the market have only worsened. Small investors have been piling in while smart money has been exiting. He feels that “The average person is going to get completely slaughtered.

“Chris is bullish on silver, as it seems primed for a move higher. “

Chris is reserved on cryptocurrencies; for him, they are difficult to trade, and they lack as a store of value since it can be challenging to take profits.

We could see a dip in gold when markets sell-off, but since March, the fundamentals have changed in terms of investor psychology. This time people will be primarily concerned about losing money and instead of selling everything may choose to change sectors. Investors may instead strategically move to other hotter sectors like gold.

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– Difficulties with cryptocurrencies. 14:30

– Possibility of a dip in gold. 16:30

– Disconnect between paper and physical. 18:15

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While coronavirus rages, bitcoin has made a leap towards the mainstream


While coronavirus rages, bitcoin has made a leap towards the mainstream

Get used to it. Anastasiia Bakai

Courtesy of Iwa Salami, University of East London

Anyone holding bitcoin would have watched the market with alarm in recent weeks. The virtual currency, whose price other cryptocurrencies like ethereum and litecoin largely follow, plummeted from more than US$10,000 (£8,206) in mid-February to briefly below US$4,000 on March 13. Despite recovering to the mid-US$6,000s at the time of writing, some doomsayers have even wondered whether bitcoin will soon spiral back into three figures.

To add to the gloom, these shifts have broadly mimicked those of stock markets as investors first panicked about coronavirus only to be somewhat reassured by the US government’s US$2 trillion fiscal stimulus package to reactivate the economy. This similar pattern has cast doubt on a common belief in the cryptocurrency industry that these assets would act as a “safe haven” during a downturn by moving in the opposite direction to the market as a whole. For many crypto-enthusiasts, this was one of the main attractions to buying these currencies.

Bitcoin vs S&P 500

bitcoin = blue; S&P 500 = red. Trading View

Yet while this has been unfolding, a more encouraging trend has attracted much less attention. Having banned cryptocurrencies in the past, or refused to acknowledge them as money, various countries have suddenly started recognising them in their financial laws and courts. This could well mark an important shift for these digital assets towards the mainstream.

Starting guns

The motivation for these shifts has been new global standards for anti-money laundering and counter terrorism set by global watchdog the Financial Actions Task Force (FATF). The rules provide a useful know-your-customer/anti-money laundering framework for cryptocurrency transactions which did not exist previously and were the reason why many countries did not allow them.

On February 26, a French court ruled that a loan involving bitcoin was a consumer loan. This meant placing bitcoin in the same bracket as money and other financial assets in…
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Bitcoin Tested As A Safe Haven After Biggest Stock Crash Since 2009

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Gold and Bitcoin react to global panic

Amid all of yesterday’s chaos in bond, commodity, and stock markets, with the yield on the 10-year US Treasury note dropping below 0.5% for the first time in history – a strong indicator that investors are desperately looking for safe harbors – two supposed safe-havens in ‘alternative currencies’ behaved quite differently.

Gold prices remained flat over the day at $1.673 per ounce after reaching a historic high at $1,700 last night. The commodity is up 5.6% in March, displaying a healthy performance during the Coronavirus epidemic which has now spread to nearly every country on the planet. 

On the other hand, Bitcoin (BTC) is down 13% in 48 hours, testing its lowest level since early January at $7,750.

Brian Armstrong, co-founder and CEO at Coinbase, was caught off guard by the recent price move as expressed by his shock by tweeting

“Surprised we’re seeing the Bitcoin price fall in this environment, would have expected the opposite. 

BlockTower co-founder Ari David Paul, also tweeted that despite a recent 25% drop in less than 30 days, Bitcoin remains up 7.5% year to date.

Earlier in the day derivatives trader Tony Stewart tweeted that options skew indicator – an important he interprets as a good measure of fear – rose significantly over the past week. According to Stewart, “this skew measures a fear for further downside moves.”

Bitcoin 25d skew. Source:

Analysts warn that the financial crisis could deepen

Dennis Dick, head of markets structure and proprietary trader at Bright Trading LLC, raised a red flag on the potential outcome of today’s market reaction. Dick said:

“There is potential that we could be at the start of a financial crisis part two… It’s a possibility right now that wasn’t on the table until we had this oil plunge over the weekend.”

Bitcoin daily price chart. Source: Coin360

As Bitcoin price corrects, altcoins have also taken on heavy losses. Ether (ETH) has dropped 8.86%, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is down 7.72% and Litecoin (LTC) lost 10.42% to trade below $50.

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $222.2 billion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 64%.

Altcoin season 2.0: why bitcoin has been outgunned by crypto rivals since new year


Altcoin season 2.0: why bitcoin has been outgunned by crypto rivals since new year

‘We have you surrounded!’ Wit Olszewski

Courtesy of Gavin Brown, Manchester Metropolitan University and Richard Whittle, Manchester Metropolitan University

When bitcoin was trading at the dizzying heights of almost US$20,000 (£15,360) in December 2017, it was the peak of the previous bull run in cryptocurrencies. It was a classic bubble, in line with the work on such phenomena by the American financial economist Hyman Minsky, and investors should arguably have seen it coming. It was not until late 2018 that bitcoin finally bottomed out at slightly above US$3,000, though for many the “crypto winter” dragged on for much of 2019 as well.

Several ups and downs later, the bull market looks to be back. Since the turn of the year, bitcoin has climbed from just over US$7,000 to the low US$10,000s. Few asset classes can boast a rise of about 40% in six weeks, though bitcoin enthusiasts like to point out that bitcoin is the best performing asset of the past decade – however choppy the journey along the way.

Having said that, bitcoin is certainly not where you would have made most money if you had bought cryptocurrencies at the start of January. There have been even greater price gains from leading altcoins such as ethereum (+119%), ripple (+58%), bitcoin cash (+109%) and bitcoin SV (+222%). So what explains their superior performance?

Bitcoin dominance

These four altcoins are the largest cryptocurrencies on the market after bitcoin, representing an aggregate US$51 billion market capitalisation (the value of each coin multiplied by the number of coins on the market). This is still fairly small compared with bitcoin’s US$178 billion market cap, but clearly the gap has been narrowing.

Cryptocurrency aficionados compare bitcoin and the altcoins in terms of bitcoin dominance. This refers to bitcoin’s market size compared with the rest of the altcoins put together. During the early weeks of 2020, it fell slightly from 68% to 64%. As the chart below shows, this is a shift from what has happened for most of the past couple of years.

Bitcoin dominance

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Bitcoin Price May Hit $27K All-Time High By Summer, Predicts Fundstrat’s Tom Lee

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Authored by William Suberg via,

Bitcoin is primed for average gains of almost 200% over the next six months, one of its best-known supporters has told mainstream media. 

image courtesy of CoinTelegraph

Speaking to Yahoo! Finance on Feb. 4, Tom Lee, co-founder at Fundstrat Global Advisors, said one bullish technical factor, in particular, made him “really optimistic” about Bitcoin’s short-term potential.

Lee: 200MA triggers 197% returns

“Notably in January – January is usually a week month, it was a great month for Bitcoin, up 26% – but it also recovered its 200-day moving average,” Lee explained. 

“That’s a big deal as you know, as anyone who’s a trend follower knows — when you’re back above your 200-day, you’re back in a bull market. Whenever Bitcoin breaks back into its 200-day, its average six-month gain is 197%.”

As Cointelegraph reported, the 200-day moving average has traditionally represented a major area of resistance for markets.

Bitcoin price; 200-day moving average.

BTC 2020 growth can beat 2019

Bitcoin, in fact, gained closer to 30% in January before continuing its growth to hit recent highs around $9,450. 

For some analysts, the cryptocurrency’s most successful January since 2013 is a sign that its next long-term bull cycle is already beginning

Lee also considered 2020 to have larger returns in store for BTC investors than last year, despite 2019 delivering gains which at one point crossed 300%.

Like many, he highlighted May’s block reward halving as a “catalyst” for Bitcoin price expansion. Not only will the event reduce the new Bitcoin supply by 50%, it will also take its inflation rate below that of both gold and the 2% inflation target of the United States Federal Reserve. 

A historically accurate price forecasting model, Stock-to-Flow, predicts the halving will trigger a bull run to around $100,000 by the end of 2021. 

Last month, Lee said the halving event was nonetheless not “priced in.” At the time, before the moving average crossover, he said that he envisaged Bitcoin’s 2020 gains topping out at 100%.

Cryptos Have Surged Since Soleimani Death, Bitcoin Tops $8,000

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Bitcoin is up over 15% since the assassination of Iran General Soleimani…

Source: Bloomberg

…topping $8,000 for the first time since before Thanksgiving…

Source: Bloomberg

Testing its key 100-day moving-average for the first time since October…

Source: Bloomberg

But it’s not just Bitcoin, the rest of the cryptospace has been bid since tensions escalated…

Source: Bloomberg

Additionally, as CoinTelegraph’s William Suberg notes, Bitcoin may have just signaled its return to a bull market, according to fresh analysis using a century-old price prediction method.

image courtesy of CoinTelegraph

In a tweet on Jan. 7, ex-Goldman Sachs analyst Murad Mahmudov channeled the work of Richard Wyckoff to suggest Bitcoin was in the process of a major recovery. 

BTC puts in Wyckoff “SOS”

BTC/USD cracked resistance at $7,600 on Monday, surprising punters who considered the levels too difficult to pass under current conditions. At press time, the pair traded at $7,875, having reached $7,980 and gaining 5% on the day.

Wyckoff was the father of a whole new method of analyzing price performance, dubbed the Wyckoff Method. According to Mahmudov, who uploaded a chart to demonstrate Bitcoin’s position, the largest cryptocurrency has already put in a bottom.

Tuesday’s spike to near $8,000, for example, was an “SOS” point for BTC/USD in Wyckoff terms. SOS stands for “sign of strength,” and typically follows a so-called “spring” event which sees a price low point. 

After the SOS, a slight retracement called a “back-up” should precede further gains, according to the model. 

Bitcoin price as analyzed using the Wyckoff Method. Source: Murad Mahmudov/ Twitter

Accumulation phase ending?

Mahmudov did not comment on the extent to which he personally believed in the validity of the bull scenario, which would reverse a

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Three Men Arrested In NJ For Running Alleged $722 Million Crypto Ponzi Scheme

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United States authorities in New Jersey have announced the arrest of three men who are accused of defrauding investors of over $722 million as part of alleged crypto ponzie scheme BitClub Network, per a Dec. 10 announcement from the Department of Justice.

image courtesy of CoinTelegraph

The accusations against BitClub Network

According to the press release, BitClub Network promised massive rates of return in exchange for investments in a shared cryptocurrency mining pool. The parties at the center of the scheme then allegedly misappropriated over $722 million of those funds into their own lavish living rather than the promised mining pool. 

Authorities further accuse the three men arrested of falsifying information on returns in order to solicit more investment as well as 

The three accused are Matthew Goettsche and Jobadiah Weeks — both from Colorado — and Joseph Abel of California. Authorities are charging the first two with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, as well as conspiracy to offer and sell unregistered securities. Abel, who was apparently less central to the scheme, has only been charged with conspiracy to offer and sell unregistered securities, a charge that carries a maximum prison term of 5 years.

The press release mentions additional conspirators who have not been named or charged with crimes.

A suspicious history

This is not the first indication that BitClub may not be a fully above-board operation. Back in 2016, crypto news outlet 99Bitcoins warned against investing in BitClub, despite removing an earlier “scam” label from the company. The author, Ofir Beigel, explained: 

After gathering the facts I can’t prove that Bitclub network is a scam beyond a shadow of a doubt. I do however still think that Bitclub Network’s business model is lacking and wouldn’t invest in it personally.”

Back in March of 2017, Cointelegraph reported on accusations that BitClub had launched a malleability attack on the Bitcoin (BTC) network.

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The Road To Retirement: Millennials Put Their Faith In Bitcoin But Goldman Says Go With Gold

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“Drop Gold” – the ever-present tagline of Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust TV commercial – appears to be working its magic on a certain cohort of society.

2019 has seen assets under management in GBTC soar…

Source: Bloomberg

And for Millennials, according to the latest data from Charles Schwab, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trusts is the 5th largest holding in retirement accounts (including 401(k)s) with almost 2% of their assets tied to the success (or failure) of the largest cryptocurrency.

h/t @jsblokland

For now this remains a relatively small number…

But, given the increasing acceptance of socialist policies, and the historically-ignorant promise of MMT (and don’t forget UBI), Goldman Sachs suggests that Millennials’ willingness to accept ever-increasing central-planning means gold is the go-to asset to preserve wealth over long-term horizons.

And, at least in the short-term, gold has held its value (relative to Bitcoin) as the world’s volume of negative-yielding assets has shrunk on the latest round of optimism that ‘this time is different’…

Source: Bloomberg

Indeed, Goldman notes that gold looks attractive particularly relative to DM bonds. Both bonds and gold are defensive assets which go up in value when fear spikes. Exhibit 5 shows that investment and central bank demand for gold has been highly correlated with US 10 year real rates.

During the next recession gold may offer better diversification value to bonds because the latter may be capped by the lower bound in rates limiting their ability to appreciate materially. This is particularly relevant for Europe where rates are already close to the lower bound. This

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German Sex Workers Demand Right To Work Amid COVID 

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German Health Minister Jens Spahn warned Monday that "the threat of a second virus wave is real." Although COVID-19 infection numbers in Europe's largest economy were relatively low, Spahn said there's absolutely no room to be complacent. 

With the virus mostly under control, unlike the US, the German government has continued to refuse brothels reopening status, which has angered sex workers, who...

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"Golden Cross" Arrives, Are The Bulls Safe?

Courtesy of Lance Roberts,

In this week’s “Technically Speaking,” the “Golden Cross” arrives, but are the bulls safe? As noted two weeks ago, is the 50/200 dma crossover is historically bullish for equities. However, with markets facing one of the worst earnings declines on record, could overly exuberant investors be walking into a trap?

Let’s start with what we wrote previously:

“As shown below, the market broke out of that consolidation and triggered “buy signals” across multiple measures. This breakout will give the “bulls” an advantage in the short-te...

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Lawmakers Highlight Admin's Failure to Get States PPE & Tests

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – At today’s House Homeland Security Committee hearing on “Reviewing Federal and State Pandemic Supply Preparedness and Response,” the Trump administration came under fire for its continued failure to help states get the resources they need to protect people from Coronavirus.

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Face masks and social distancing have become the norm in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images

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Tech Leader Hitting Brick Wall of Resistance and Going To Reverse Its Trend?

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Is leadership running into a brick wall of resistance and about to pull an important reversal? A strong bullish trend looks to be experiencing an important breakout test!

The trend for SMH remains up as it has spent the past 10-years inside of rising channel (1).

This chart looks at Semiconductor ETF (SMH) on a monthly basis since inception. Fibonacci was applied to the 2000 highs and 2008 lows.

Fibonacci was applied to it’s 2000 highs and 2008 lows.

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Chainlink Crypto Surges To A New All-Time High - Here's Why...

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Surging volume, price discovery, and new partnerships pushed Chainlink price to a new all-time high at $8.48...

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Gold & Silver Measured Moves

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The next few weeks are certain to attract much attention to precious metals.  Hardly anyone can argue that Gold has not experienced an incredible upside price rally over the last 12+ months.  Recently, Gold closed above $1800 for the first time since 2011.  Our researchers believe the next target is $1935.  Keep reading to learn why we believe this is the next major price target for Gold.

Gold Weekly Price Analysis

Over the past 18+ months, Gold continues to develop price patterns that seem to be replicating going forward.  This pattern consists of an advance in price followed by consolidation/rotation in price to set up a new momentum base.  The example of this price advance ...

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Dow 2020 Crash Watch - Update

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Like 1929 the markets have bounced. This time it is on the back of the FED $6.5T money printing.

Previous Post: Dow 2020 Crash Watch 

But can the FED blow $6T every time the market rolls down to test support.

Yes, maybe before the US 2020 elections the FED will do 'what it takes'. But post elections not so much, the year 2021 is a long way from the next election (presidential or congress) and defense of the markets may not be so supportive at $6T or $10T per market smash. The FED may hesitate, and that will be window for stocks to break lower.

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These Charts Show COVID 19 Is Spreading in the US and Will Kill the Economy


These Charts Show COVID 19 Is Spreading in the US and Will Kill the Economy

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The COVID 19 pandemic is, predictably, worsening again in much of the US. Only the Northeast, and to a lesser extent some Midwestern states, have been consistently improving. And that trend could also reverse as those states fully reopen.

The problem in the US seems to be widespread public resistance to recommended practices of social distancing and mask wearing. In countries where these practices have been practi...

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Coronavirus, 'Plandemic' and the seven traits of conspiratorial thinking


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Economic Data Scheduled For Friday

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