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Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin challenges forecast saying the halving may boost Bitcoin’s price, despite stock-to-flow critics

Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin challenges forecast saying the halving may boost Bitcoin’s price, despite stock-to-flow critics

If you were to ask a Bitcoin investor what makes the cryptocurrency valuable, they would likely say something about the cryptocurrency’s block reward “halvings.”

Every four years, the number of BTC issued per block gets cut in half, resulting in an effective 50 percent reduction in the inflation rate of the cryptocurrency. The argument is that halvings skew the supply-demand dynamic in favor of price appreciation as these events effectively reduce market supply.

Yet according to Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum, the narrative is somewhat flawed in that it is “unfalsifiable.”

On Jun. 14, the Russian-Canadian crypto wunderkind took to Twitter to challenge the narrative, opining that the “halvings cause BTC price rises” theory is “unfalsifiable.”

“The ‘halvings cause BTC price rises” theory is unfalsifiable: Was the peak before the halving? Then it ‘rose in anticipation of the halving’ During? ‘Because of the halving’ After? ‘Because of…’

He’s saying that believers in the sentiment that Bitcoin halvings affect price in a positive manner can “move the goalposts,” so to say, by attributing any rally in the BTC price as an effect of a halving.

To give an example of why he thinks the theory is flawed, he pointed at Bitcoin’s $20,000 peak in 2017, reminding people that “the last $20k peak was near the halfway point between the 2016 and 2020 halvings.”

Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal, who has been commenting on cryptocurrencies for years now, echoed this in February by writing:

“[Someone] wants to propose a bet on whether the Bitcoin halving will prove to have been priced in. Problem is it’s hard to define a clear test for that, because defining why any asset moves in any circumstance can be extremely difficult.”

Both Weisenthal and Buterin are critics of the Stock-To-Flow (S2F) Model, which predicts that Bitcoin will rally to $100,000 in the coming two years due to the halving. Buterin doubled down on his criticism of the subject on Jun. 14 by saying that he “disagrees with S2F.”

That’s not to say that there aren’t any active factors boosting the Bitcoin bull case. Far from, actually.

As reported by CryptoSlate previously, Bloomberg senior commodity strategist Mike McGlone wrote in a report published at the start of June that “something needs to go really wrong for BTC not to appreciate.”

His bull case boiled down to a number of factors that include but are not limited to, Bitcoin’s decreasing volatility, the increasing adoption of BTC futures on the CME, Grayscale Investments‘ Bitcoin investments, a high correlation with gold, central bank money printing, and there being similarities between the start of the 2016-2017 rally and today.

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Ethereum Price Forecast: ETH/USD Tanks To $220 But Defends Channel Support, Are The Bulls Safe Now?

Ethereum Price Forecast: ETH/USD Tanks To $220 But Defends Channel Support, Are The Bulls Safe Now?

  • ETH/USD stability from now henceforth depends on the 61.8% and ascending channel support areas.
  • Ethereum defends support at $220 after free-fall through last week’s support at $225.

Ethereum was forced down another gruesome ride on Monday during the European session. The second-largest cryptocurrency follows Bitcoin price action closely. As BTC dived under $9,000 for the first time in June, Ethereum broke below last week’s support at $225. At the moment, the digital asset is trading at $224 after establishing lower support at $220.

Despite the massive drop, Ethereum has been able to defend the ascending channel support. As long as Bitcoin this support stays intact, the potential for a reversal would remain high. This support is also aided by the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level taken between the last swing high at $290.43 to a swing low at $91.41. In addition to that, the daily chart shows Bitcoin Cash trading above the moving averages.

In this case, the 50 SMA is in line to offer immediate support while losses under $200 will sort to seeking anchorage at the 100-day SMA. From a technical point of view, Ethereum is likely to enact a reversal above $225. The RSI has slowed down the downward momentum. Holding above the midline would encourage more buyers to enter the market.

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According to the MACD, sellers still have the upper hand. However, this does not mean buying activity is non-existent. In fact, the indicator is still holding in the positive region. It shows that there is enough bullish activity to keep Ether above the key support at $220. On the downside, the bulls lack the volume and a catalyst to effect a significant recovery and sustain gains.Advertisement

Spot rate: $224

Relative change: -7.27

What future awaits cryptocurrencies?

Percentage change: – 3.14%

Trend: Bearish

Volatility: High

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Blockchain IoT Market Growth, Overview with Detailed Analysis 2020-2026|IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Amazon, Cisco Systems, Ethereum Foundation, The Linux Foundation & More – Cole Reports

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First Mover: Cardano’s No Ethereum Killer Yet, but It’s Winning in Crypto Markets

First Mover: Cardano’s No Ethereum Killer Yet, but It’s Winning in Crypto Markets

First Mover: Cardano’s No Ethereum Killer Yet, but It’s Winning in Crypto Markets

As Ethereum pushes slowly toward a new type of blockchain technology that some cryptocurrency experts predict could represent the future of decentralized finance, the upstart competitor Cardano is getting ready to go live.

And Cardano’s digital token, ADA, is soaring this year in digital-asset markets on speculation the project’s early embrace of a “proof-of-stake” blockchain might put it in a stronger position to challenge the much-larger Ethereum network.

Prices for ADA have climbed over 120% this year, the second-best performance among digital assets with a market value of at least $1 billion. It’s trouncing the 80% year-to-date gains for ether (ETH), the Ethereum network’s native cryptocurrency. Bitcoin is up 31% in 2020.

The goal for Cardano, similar to Ethereum’s, is to build a massive, decentralized computing network that millions of people, businesses and governments could someday use to run financial applications from anywhere in the world. And while the Ethereum blockchain’s native token, ether, currently has a commanding lead in the competition, with a $26.3 billion market capitalization that’s 13 times the size of ADA’s, the smaller challenger might be poised to win a growing share of the fast-moving industry.

The recent catalyst for ADA’s price rally appears to be Cardano’s progress toward a key upgrade of its network known as “Shelley,” scheduled to go live over the next month.

Cardano launched its token in early 2017, but that version was “federated,” or managed more centrally. The Shelley upgrade aims to make Cardano “50 to 100 times more decentralized than other large blockchain networks,” according to the supporting foundation’s website, using proof-of-stake blockchain technology that is seen as more efficient than the electricity-hungry proof-of-work system used by the Bitcoin blockchain. A testnet of Shelley launched on June 9.

Related: First Mover: Cardano’s No Ethereum Killer Yet, but It’s Winning in Crypto Markets

Ethereum is moving to shift to proof-of-stake from proof-of-work as part of a “2.0” upgrade, but backers of that project have only stipulated that the transition will begin by September and then be phased in over stages.

Cryptocurrencies tied to staking have been among the hottest this year in digital-asset markets, partly because holders can earn rewards akin to interest – especially prized as the world’s biggest central banks have slashed interest rates to accommodate economies racked by the coronavirus and related lockdowns. Another staking token, Tezos (XTZ), is up 93% this year.

According to the Cardano website, investors can receive 10% a year in “delegation rewards” from staking ADA.

Some cryptocurrency investors see the Shelley upgrade as little more than an opportunity for Cardano to hype itself. The giant U.S. digital-asset exchange Coinbase already offers Tezos staking, and custodian Staked lists eight different digital assets allowing users to earn a return simply for holding them.

“I’m personally short on ADA currently,” Mostafa Al-Mashita, vice president of digital liquidity firm Secure Digital Markets, said via a Telegram chat. “We do trade it for our clients. I think the Shelley upgrade will be another case of, ‘Buy the rumor, sell the news.’”

Cardano’s charismatic leader is Charles Hoskinson, who marshals the project as co-founder of his own five-year-old engineering company, IOHK. And he might be perfectly equipped, based on his prior work experience, to take on Ethereum: He was an Ethereum co-founder before leaving in 2014.

Hoskinson posted a roadmap on Twitter showing that full staking via the Shelley upgrade would be available by August 18.

“Cardano has very high potential in my opinion,” Michael Gord, CEO of GDA Capital, a firm that trades various cryptocurrencies, including ADA and ether. In the race to build a computing platform for applications designed to run on decentralized networks, he said, “it’s the only blockchain that is challenging ether as the potential No. 1 operating layer.”

Yet, in crucial ways, Cardano lags far behind Ethereum.

Cardano doesn’t plan to add smart contract programming – the key to building decentralized applications, known as dapps – until a subsequent phase; Ethereum already offers the functionality. According to the website DeFi Pulse, 19 of the top 20 dapps by volume are using the Ethereum network, and the remaining dapp is on the Lightning Network, which is associated with the Bitcoin blockchain.

Among open-source software developers, Ethereum garners far more attention. Some 28 people are active on the IOHK GitHub, where the Cardano node and wallet open source software is hosted, versus 61 people working on open-source repositories on Ethereum’s GitHub.

In digital-asset markets, Cardano registers little more than a blip compared with the Ethereum network, already used as the backbone for dollar-linked stablecoins like tether and USDC, as well as early-generation decentralized exchanges and lending platforms.

Ether’s liquidity at $594 million per day is about 10 times ADA’s, according to Messari, a provider of data on digital assets.

One thing the competing projects have in common is high-profile leaders: Where Ethereum has Vitalik Buterin, Hoskinson provides the charismatic presence for Cardano’s development.

He frequently conducts live “ask me anything” sessions on YouTube, interspersing discussions of the Shelley release with musings on meditation, fasting and picking radishes in his garden.

He can be brusque with questioners he feels are unprepared or less informed. In a surprise AMA session on June 9, Hoskinson told one community member, “I will answer your questions if your questions are new, but if your questions have been answered previously, you need to pay attention.”

Admirers say he’s merely doing his job of taking Cardano to the next level.

“Thanks to Charles Hoskinson, Cardano enjoys some of the same audience and hype that has carried Ethereum into the upper echelons of the industry,” said Edward DeLeon Hickman, founder of Anatha, a startup building its own blockchain.

In a recent interview with Hoskinson, he acknowledged how little control he has over the market for ADA tokens.

Traders seem more willing than ever to take a view on Cardano as a cryptocurrency. And gains this year in the ADA token may represent a bet on the ability of network’s leader to execute the project roadmap.

BTC: Price: $9,107 (BPI) | 24-Hr High: $9,441 | 24-Hr Low: $8,910

Trend: Bitcoin fell to three-week lows below $9,000 earlier on Monday and may be looking at further losses as technical charts have turned bearish.

To start with, the 14-day relative strength index has dipped below 50, confirming a head-and-shoulders breakdown – a bearish reversal pattern. Meanwhile, the MACD histogram, an indicator used to identify trend changes and trend strength, is beginning to produce deeper bars below the zero line. That implies that the downward move may be about to pick up the pace.

On the downside, key support is located at $8,630 (May 25 low). A breach there would invalidate the bullish higher-lows pattern and may invite stronger chart driven selling. Below $8,630, the focus would shift to the 200-day moving average (MA) at $8,000.

So far, however, downside has been restricted near $8,900. At press time, the cryptocurrency is trading near $9,089, representing a 2.7% decline on the day.

While the daily chart indicators are biased bearish, the longer duration charts are still calling a move to the higher side. Notably, the weekly chart RSI is hovering in bullish territory above 50 and the 10-week MA is still trending north in favor of the bulls.

As a result, a fresh move to $10,000 cannot be ruled out. The probability of a move higher would improve if prices hold above $9,000 through the U.S. trading hours.

The options market is also suggesting losses may be limited, with the put-call volume ratio having risen to three-month highs.

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