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Are things getting more difficult for privacy coins like Dash

Are things getting more difficult for privacy coins like Dash

Over the course of 2020, many regulators and big institutions have been paying close attention to the world of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. With the price of bitcoin going up and up following the United States presidential election earlier this month, many people have predicted that regulators will start taking direct action and possibly even ban the leading cryptocurrency as a result.

This may seem drastic but there are many lawmakers and regulators out there that have been cracking down on privacy coins as well such as Dash & Zcash. In September, the internal revenue service in the United States offered up a bounty of $625,000 for intelligence companies that could break the untraceable privacy coin known as Monero.

The attorney general for the United States, William Barr released earlier this year in October a document called “Cryptocurrency: An Enforcement Framework.” This publication looks into the framework that helps fight against the “emerging threats and enforcement challenges associated with the increasing prevalence and use of cryptocurrency.“

The document discusses the world of cryptocurrency in a general term, but specifically addresses the problems in relation to anonymity for enhanced cryptocurrencies, or privacy coins. 

The document goes on to highlight examples of these privacy coins to include tokens like Dash as it states that they undermine the measures for anti-money laundering purposes. 

The document further says:

“The acceptance of anonymity enhanced cryptocurrencies or ‘AECs’ — such as Monero, Dash, and Zcash — by MSBs and darknet marketplaces has increased the use of this type of virtual currency. As discussed above, because AECs use non-public or private blockchains, use of these cryptocurrencies may undermine the AML/CFT controls used to detect suspicious activity by MSBs and other financial institutions.”

The chief executive officer of Dash core group, Ryan Taylor said that the Dash network was classed as a privacy coin in 2014.

He has also said that the label of a ‘privacy coin’ is a meaningless title. Interestingly, Taylor seemingly believes that the Dash cryptocurrency is no more of a privacy coin than bitcoin is.

“Most people would say that Bitcoin is clearly not a privacy coin, so it’s informative to evaluate where Dash would fall on this privacy spectrum compared to Bitcoin. Bitcoin is absolutely higher risk than Dash from a regulatory perspective for many reasons, both technical and in terms of its real-world use.”

As regulations around privacy coins such as Dash start to become more prevalent, getting relisted on a platform could become more difficult in the future.

As more crypto platforms start to remove privacy coins from their network, such as the ShapeShift Colorado-based crypto exchange, other exchanges could follow in their footsteps.

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ETH/USD Bulls Eyeing 668.87 as Upside Target: Sally Ho's Technical Analysis 4 December 2020 ETH

ETH/USD Bulls Eyeing 668.87 as Upside Target: Sally Ho's Technical Analysis 4 December 2020 ETH

Ethereum (ETH/USD) extended its recent strong price activity as traders continue to eye the psychologically-important 650 level following the pair’s ongoing gains.  Notably, ETH/USD has appreciated approximately 77% since the beginning of October, and has appreciated approximately 64% since the beginning of November.  The pair has recently traded around its recently-established multi-year high around at the 636.53 level, an area that was reached after Stops were elected above another recent relative multi-year high around the 623.22 area.  This recent multi-year high also represented a test of the 637.79 level, an upside price objective related to buying pressure that emerged earlier this year around the 135.12 area.  Additional upside price objectives include the 668.87, 679.78, and 698.88 areas, levels that relate to buying pressure that emerged earlier this year around the 125.52, 122.15, and 116.25 areas.

Following the move to a recent multi-year high, traders are paying close attention to recent areas of upside buying pressure, including the 370.50, 423.00, 439.77, and 480.08 areas.  Some important retracement levels related to these ranges include 561.37, 534.91, 514.93, 503.52, and 472.12Below current price activity, additional areas of technical support include the 507.55, 474.77, 406.48, and 395.87 levels. Traders are observing that the 50-bar MA (4-hourly) is bullishly indicating above the 100-bar MA (4-hourly) and above the 200-bar MA (4-hourly).  Also, the 50-bar MA (hourly) is bullishly indicating below the 100-bar MA (hourly) and above the 200-bar MA (hourly).

Price activity is nearest the 50-bar MA (4-hourly) at 567.55 and the 50-bar MA (Hourly) at 596.14.

Technical Support is expected around 417.60/ 388.49/ 366.72 with Stops expected below.

Technical Resistance is expected around 637.79/ 668.87/ 679.78 with Stops expected above.

On 4-Hourly chart, SlowK is Bullishly above SlowD while MACD is Bullishly above MACDAverage.

On 60-minute chart, SlowK is Bearishly below SlowD while MACD is Bullishly above MACDAverage.

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BTC/USD Bulls Eyeing 20311 as Upside Target: Sally Ho's Technical Analysis 4 December 2020 BTC

BTC/USD Bulls Eyeing 20311 as Upside Target:  Sally Ho's Technical Analysis 4 December 2020 BTC

Bitcoin (BTC/USD) extended its recent strong price activity as traders continue to eye the psychologically-important 20000 figure following the pair’s ongoing gains.  Notably, BTC/USD has appreciated approximately 84% since the beginning of October, and has appreciated approximately 44% since the beginning of November.  The pair has recently traded around its recently-established all-time high around the 19915.14 area, a level that was established after Stops were elected above the previous all-time high of 19891.99.  Additional upside price objectives include the 20311.36, 20534.46, and 21909.24 areas, levels that relate to buying pressure that emerged earlier this year around the 6430.00 and 6854.67 areas.

Following the move to a recent all-time high, traders are paying close attention to recent areas of upside buying pressure, including the 13215.00, 14310.00, 15708.24, 16200.00, and 17610.77 areas.  Some important retracement levels related to these ranges include 18762.96, 18154.60, 17355.69, 17112.57, 16701.07, 16304.69, and 15935.90.  Below current price activity, additional areas of technical support include the 14273.50, 14259.01, 14101.50, 13989.55, 13892.29, 13705.50, 13663.43, and 13594.42 levels. Chartists are observing that the 50-bar MA (4-hourly) is bullishly indicating above the 100-bar MA (4-hourly) and above the 200-bar MA (4-hourly).   Also, the 50-bar MA (hourly) is bullishly indicating above the 100-bar MA (hourly) and above the 200-bar MA (hourly).

Price activity is nearest the 50-bar MA (4-hourly) at 18393.19 and the 50-bar MA (Hourly) at 19034.75.

Technical Support is expected around 16200/ 15996.17/ 15479.66 with Stops expected below.

Technical Resistance is expected around 19915.14/ 20311.36/ 21909.24 with Stops expected above.  

On 4-Hourly chart, SlowK is Bullishly above SlowD while MACD is Bullishly above MACDAverage.

On 60-minute chart, SlowK is Bearishly below SlowD while MACD is Bullishly above MACDAverage.

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Why the Philippines is in a unique position for crypto adoption

Why the Philippines is in a unique position for crypto adoption

Many countries in the world are still resistant to letting their citizens legally use cryptocurrencies. However, the popularity of blockchain technology rapidly increases, and more and more countries are aware of the benefits related to the implementation of cryptosystems in their national financial markets. Today the whole world is switching to online payments and needless to say that digital currencies like cryptos are the best option to conduct payments in a quick and effective manner. However, some countries find it hard to adopt cryptocurrencies. But still, there are many countries that are believed to have amazing opportunities for developing the crypto ecosystem and one of them is the Philippines.

The landscape for crypto adoption is much more promising in the Philippines compared to many other developed countries. For years, the country has been trying hard to become crypto-friendly and this is why cryptocurrencies were legalized in the country in 2014. However, the most popular crypto, Bitcoin isn’t on the list of the digital currencies that are regulated by the Central Bank of the Philippines, and therefore, after that, the country still had to do a lot in order to fully integrate cryptos into their market. 

IMF sees huge potential in the Philippines

Now the Philippines is widely considered as a unique position for crypto adoption. Recently the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a report where it’s said that the crypto conditions in the Philippines are very favorable at this moment. According to the report, the Philippines should work on the way to the crypto adoption process because the country attracts more and more customers to the crypto sector. They encourage the officials to take more steps forwards in increasing the usage of blockchain technology because, considering the monetary and financial data, the Philippines has a real potential to become an effective market for these digital assets. 

Besides the fact that the customers of the country are more interested to use cryptocurrencies in daily transactions and also the number of crypto exchanges has increased, one more important reason why the Philippines has this much potential for integrating cryptocurrencies is their politically favorable atmosphere. The Philippines has really good relations with the US which is the biggest investor in the country. Specifically, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) successfully performs its activities in the Philippines and the majority of SEC verified forex companies in the Philippines are US brands, meaning that there is space for further financial cooperation. Usually, the SEC ensures that investors that operate with local forex traders are protected and are responsible for maintaining fair functioning of the securities markets. 

However, it’s important to note that SEc is not the only leading investor in the Philippines, and as a result of their unique location, it’s a popular option for foreign investors from China and Japan, both very strong crypto countries. This is why the IMF believes that all it takes is just regulatory clarity for the country to thrive.

The increasing number of crypto exchanges

The increased number of crypto exchanges is another important reason why the Philippines is becoming more crypto-friendly. Recently Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, a central bank of the Philippines has announced that they plan to register more crypto exchanges, after already registering 13 of them. Also, the Securities and Exchange Commission has been working hard to develop crypto guidelines. These crypto projects play an important role in boosting the number of crypto exchanges. 

Besides, the country is known for its special economic zone where various crypto exchanges from overseas are officially allowed to operate as the authorities gave them a license recently. Specifically, it was revealed in June that 27 crypto exchange operators are licensed from the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) which has been establishing a “Crypto Valley of Asia” for firms that are operating in Cagayan Special Economic Zone. However, they are still not allowed to sell securities to Filipinos or to exchange tokens into fiat money. 

Many changes are still yet to come and this is why the Philippines is considered as one of the most optimal places for crypto adoption. However, it’s important to validate the practical need for cryptocurrencies among the local workers. Today a lot more has to be done because still, about 77% of Filipinos don’t have bank accounts because of the inaccessibility of some necessary documents and inadequate funds. But more than 10% of adult residents of the country are turning to cryptocurrency as a payment method. 

The need for the adoption of cryptocurrencies has become even more obvious after the lockdown because during this whole time people have been making digital money transactions and everybody realized the advantages of digital currencies. Now even more research is being conducted in order to identify how effective the crypto policies are in the country and what are advantages of traditional payment methods. But one thing is certain - people are already finding it practical to use cryptos despite the doubts and speculation surrounding digital currencies.

 

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Gary Cohn, a former member of the Trump administration, criticises BTC due to the lack of transparency

Gary Cohn, a former member of the Trump administration, criticises BTC due to the lack of transparency

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  • Gary Cohn, a former economic chief who worked from 2016 to April 2018 under the Trump administration has recently criticised the bitcoin industry.
  • Gary quit his job in the administration after disagreeing with numerous people within the position who oppose his proposals about tariffs.

Gary Cohn, a former economic chief who worked from 2016 to April 2018 under the Trump administration, has recently criticised the bitcoin industry.

Gary left his job in the administration after disagreeing with numerous people within the position who oppose his proposals about tariffs.

The President of Goldman Sachs, as he was before joining the administration, has said that transparency is one key reason as to why bitcoin may fall in the future.

He goes on to highlight that a good asset class is an asset class that can maintain its integrity by not keeping any secrets about its holders.

Many people would argue that the secrecy and mystery surrounding bitcoin is what makes it so alluring but because bitcoin doesn’t have an audit log, it is a big reason as to why it performs poorly in this area.

Interestingly, the comments from Gary come when bitcoin is getting ready to reach its all-time high of $20,000 by the end of the year. As to whether it will reach such a level is unknown but many analysts are predicting a bullish year for 2021 nevertheless. That being said, it is worth noting that we are not financial advisers and this is not financial advice. Investing in a cryptocurrency like bitcoin can be risky so it is always worth doing your research before putting your money into a digital asset. 

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