Tom Lee Maintains $15,000 Year-End BTC Prediction Despite Market Crash

Despite the present market crash, major Wall Street crypto bull Tom Lee has reiterated his recently reduced year-end price prediction for Bitcoin (BTC) at $15,000 in an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box on Tuesday, Nov. 20. In the recent statement, the head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors pointed out two major types of crypto players — those who are “using it and have wallets in crypto,” and those who belong to a speculative side of the market. According to Lee, those two sides of the crypto community should find…

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Report: Bitcoin Use in Payments Collapsed This Year

Bitcoin (BTC) use for commercial payments has reduced significantly this year, according to a study by Chainalysis cited by Reuters Nov. 20. To prepare the study, Chainalysis reportedly surveyed 17 Bitcoin payment processors. The amount of BTC handled by major payment processors reportedly dropped by almost 80 percent from the beginning of the year to September. The analysis of individual payment processors’ figures reportedly shows a downward trend. At Canadian firm Coinpayments, the value of transactions has fallen by more than half between January and October 2018, Reuters reports, citing…

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FAANG Stocks are Down $1 Trillion from Yearly Highs

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn As the crypto market reels from a weeklong downturn that has forced the bitcoin price to its lowest point in almost 14 months, it appears that traditional markets do not intend to welcome investors back with open arms. Markets Erase Year-to-Date Gains Following yet another decline on Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq have now erased their 2018 gains heading into Black Friday weekend. The sell-off has been even more pronounced among FAANG stocks, with tech stalwarts Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google…

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Capitulation? This Bitcoin Sell-Off Still Isn’t as Extreme as 2015’s

A total of $60 billion has been erased from the value of all cryptocurrencies over the last week, a decline that has many wondering if the ongoing bear market for the asset class has finally come to an end. Defined as a period of depressed activity and sentiment, the bear market has seen the price of bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, decline more than 75 percent from all-time highs set in January. Further, as bitcoin makes up more than 50 percent of the entire market in terms of total capitalization, it’s safe to…

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Tom Lee Stands by $15,000 Year-End Bitcoin Price Target

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Fundstrat co-founder Tom Lee stands by his reduced year-end bitcoin price target of $15,000, saying continued fallout from a market slump in tech stocks is putting pressure on cryptocurrencies. Lee’s new prediction is a dramatic drop from the bullish $25,000 price target he had set in early-2018, when the crypto market seemed poised for a major explosion. “Global markets have seen liquidity dry up, and bitcoin is not necessarily a value asset — so as growth stocks, tech, and FAANG come under pressure, it’s going to hurt bitcoin,”…

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Hoskinson: Satoshi Did “An Amazing Thing”…But There Are Lessons to Learn

Charles Hoskinson is best known today as a co-founder of both Ethereum and IOHK, where he leads the research, design and development of Cardano. But before these projects, there was Bitcoin. Back in 2013, he was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group. In an interview with Bitcoin Magazine during the recent StartEngine Summit, Hoskinson began by saying that he views Bitcoin as a series of experiments to try and realize two key concepts: “Can we achieve a decentralized form of value…

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Just the Facts: An Unembellished Examination of Ross Ulbricht’s Arrest

The Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network hosts several podcasts for regular discussion topics in the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency, including the popular weekly show What Bitcoin Did. As a special event, however, What Bitcoin Did has partnered with the campaign to free Ross Ulbricht to host a detailed analysis of Ulbricht’s arrest and imprisonment, Railroaded, on the LTB Network. Peter McCormack, the host of What Bitcoin Did, has worked closely with the #FreeRoss campaign in the past, having interviewed Lyn Ulbricht multiple times. For this series, however, McCormack took a…

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Huobi Group Sets Up Communist Party Committee in Beijing

As part of its desire to forge deeper ties with the Chinese government, Huobi Group, the parent company of digital asset platform Huobi, has formed a Communist Party committee in China, according to an announcement by the company. The new branch was established by a Huobi subsidiary, Beijing Lianhuo Information Service, and will reside in the Haidian District of the municipality of Beijing. Per reports on the South China Morning Post, the Beijing Lianhuo was established earlier this year, wholly owned by Huobi founder and chief executive Li Lin. Lin,…

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Federal Election Commission Gives Green Light for Political Mining Pool …

The U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) has given tacit permission for mining pools to donate to political campaigns. The FEC released a memo on their website on November 13, 2018, to provide background information to a formal meeting that would take place on November 15. In it, they addressed a recent request filed by OsiaNetwork LLC for the FEC’s advisory opinion. OsiaNetwork filed this request on September 10, 2018, asking for confirmation on the “permissibility of OsiaNetwork’s business plan.” With little other information publicly available about this startup, it seems…

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Another Red Day Pushes BTC Into Deeper Support Test

Bitcoin has tumbled again today as the market continues to see further downward movement shortly after breaking two areas of market support. So far, bitcoin is down 15% on the day — 25% in 1 week: Figure 1: BTC-USD, Daily Candles, Downward Continuation This drop below support is starting to display hallmarks of market capitulation. After most of the sellers got out of the market earlier this year, bitcoin managed to consolidate sideways for about 9 months in the form of a descending triangle. Last week, after several tests of…

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