The Sunday Crypto Recap – Down the Rabbit Hole 73

A boring week of little note…Aside from unfolding global market chaos and central bank money printing to the tune of trillions. Overnight US repo markets are now set at one trillion dollars. The Bank of England has slashed rates to 0.1% the lowest since its founding in 1694. On and on the money printing responses go. Of course, volatility is at extreme levels and shows no signs of abetting. The dollar is crushing other fiat as dollar demand sky-rockets.

Crypto has rebounded somewhat but it would be highly optimistic to assume the cryptosphere will escape further market turmoil.

Bitcoin, in particular, is beginning to look like an opportunity. The contrast between BTC and fiat is becoming ever starker and perhaps just perhaps a moment of inflection is approaching. Remember, first and foremost, this is a time of opportunity and or planning – you can worry later.


Picks of the Week

Much to be learned from this thread by Alex Kruger. Also of great value is this discussion of the systemic failures embedded in the current financial house of cards. Beyond the chaos – Nick Szabo is always worth listening to/learning from.


Twitter

Collecting bullish-bearish metrics and contextualizing each (highly recommended):
https://twitter.com/krugermacro/status/1241032465038422017

Ari Paul’s observations on recent crypto price action (recommended):
https://twitter.com/AriDavidPaul/status/1238488177347891209

Caitlin Long dissects current financial market chaos (highly recommended):
https://twitter.com/CaitlinLong_/status/1238915150368792576

Dump then moon?
https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1240196283920515073

An opinion on the BitMex ‘hardware issue’:
https://twitter.com/lowstrife/status/1238818943147507713

BTC continues to function as intended:
https://twitter.com/ChrisEspley1/status/1238827992127868928

Bitcoin sayings:
https://twitter.com/TheStalwart/status/1111336990358810624

More on BitMex and their possible role in crashing the crypto market:
https://twitter.com/SBF_Alameda/status/1238306306043162625

On simultaneous demand and supply shocks:
https://twitter.com/jdorman81/status/1237919443734282240

A snapshot of recent central bank rate cuts (already out of date):
https://twitter.com/charliebilello/status/1239379398308114433

This is not a drill – economic chaos is here and now (highly recommended):
https://twitter.com/RaoulGMI/status/1240330972039700480

Reflections on central bank policy/economic chaos through the lens of 2008:
https://twitter.com/EdConwaySky/status/1239861925724422146


Articles

Analyzing cryptos recent price collapse (highly recommended):
https://multicoin.capital/2020/03/17/march-12-the-day-crypto-market-structure-broke/

In this moment of crisis, Bitcoin shows its superiority over Wall Street:
https://medium.com/in-bitcoin-we-trust/in-the-midst-of-the-crisis-bitcoin-shows-its-superiority-over-wall-street-d9d8584526b3

What happens to Bitcoin in a financial crisis (highly recommended):
https://www.tokendaily.co/blog/what-happens-to-bitcoin-in-financial-crisis

Who sold off?
https://blockfoliorefresh.substack.com/p/solid-evidence-that-the-btc-selloff

A basic overview of Bitcoin’s design/purpose:
https://www.spectator.com.au/2020/03/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-bitcoin-but-were-afraid-to-ask/

Play the long BTC game:
https://medium.com/shiftcrypto/prepare-your-bitcoins-for-your-heirs-dfc537811df2

Smart contracts and the insurance industry:
https://blog.chain.link/how-smart-contracts-can-decrease-information-asymmetry-build-trust-and-revolutionize-the-insurance-industry/

Discussing EOS token policy changes:
https://www.eoswriter.io/167603_eos-token-burn-wps-and-governance-featuring-ryan-bethem-of-chintai-io.eos

Arguing that the Corona virus is providing cover to failed government policies:
https://mises.org/wire/governments-are-using-coronavirus-distract-their-own-failures

Is the Corona virus about to call America’s bluff?:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/coronavirus-showed-america-wasnt-task/608023/


Podcasts

A true titan of the cryptosphere – listen and learn (highly recommended):

https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/nick-szabo-on-cypherpunks-money-and-bitcoin


Discussing the stock to flow model pre-price collapse but just as relevant (recommended):

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5j6IBksfCZIEqyjAyqCxFP

YouTube

Alessio Rastani on when to buy (recommended):


Where to now post-crash discussion (recommended):


Sell, stay the course?


Caitlin Long on the range of deep structural financial issues which are now being exposed (highly recommended):


Focused on Australia but nonetheless provides a good overview of the current market challenges (non-crypto but relevant):


On central banks (hilarious presentation but highly recommended):


Infographics

Central banks scrambling to cut rates – historic lows abound:

https://twitter.com/charliebilello/status/1240750881294807041/photo/1


Volatility anyone?

https://twitter.com/lawmaster/status/1241313291105964033/photo/1


This was the state of the BitMex order book when they had their ‘hardware issue’ 19 million dollars to zero…:

https://twitter.com/lowstrife/status/1238283621816889345/photo/1


Let’s not forget there’s a sea of opportunity out there:

https://twitter.com/Brad_Laurie/status/1239352477662605312/photo/1


Website / Utility

Useful DeFi comparison site:

https://defiscore.io/


Stay strapped in – plenty of ups and downs to come. As always, opportunity will present itself.


Note on Sources:

Twitter & Reddit (cryptos current meta-brains) / Medium / Trybe / Hackernoon / Whaleshares / TIMM and so on/ YouTube / various podcasts and whatever else I stumble upon. The aim is a useful weekly aggregator of ideas rather than news. Though I try to keep the sources current – I’ll reference these articles and podcasts etc. as I encounter them – they may have been published just a couple of days ago or in some cases quite a bit earlier.

Bitcoin and Major Markets – The post you MUST read!

Yesterday I was not worried. Truly, that dip did not bother me.

But things have changed.

We are experiencing the perfect storm. The last straw for the markets seems to be the Trump travel ban (the ludicrous one which excludes the UK and Ireland for “doing a good job” and which ignores the fact that the USA is one of the worst hit and fastest growing Covid-19 countries).

I’ve said on multiple occasions that this dip is not THAT economic crash – the fiat house-of-cards collapse which many of us have been expecting to see in the near future. I stand by that statement. For now…

BUT

That doesn’t mean that THIS collapse will be any better!

And a collapse it is…

The significance:

Yesterday my BTC price long-term base trendline was breached. As I explained on Twitter, there are circumstances under which this can and does happen. It did not matter at that stage.

But BTC has subsequently plunged beyond (and stayed there) to levels which indicate that this will not be a “quick dip below the line” or just a tail on a weekly candle.

The important thing is that a VERY substantial and important BTC trendline has broken down. This is not an analysis fault on my part. It is not a TA fault with a misplaced trendline.

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW IS NOTHING SHORT OF THE COLLAPSE OF MAJOR ECONOMIC MARKETS!

Read that again, it’s important.

Note that I did not say “dip”. Nor did I say “contraction” or “retracement”.

I said “collapse”, and I meant it!

Remember Bit Brain’s Fourth Law of Crypto which states that: Technical Analysis is a graphical representation of market psychology. It is a way to visualise the feelings of masses of people wrt trading.

TA is psychology on a chart. People don’t panic because charts dip; charts dip because people panic!

The complete breakdown of my long-term base trendline for BTC means that the markets are suffering a complete breakdown!

Do not make the mistake of interpreting this as “analysts who got it wrong and are justifying their poor predictions”. If that were the case then I wouldn’t be writing this post and drawing attention to it.

Also: do not make the mistake of following the predictions of some lucky outlier analyst who guessed right and happened to call this crash from a long way away. Prior to about a month ago, there was no indication as to how bad things would get. A good analyst could have called this as part of a worst case scenario a month ago, maybe some of them did, but I didn’t see any do so.

Future Implications

Firstly: don’t think that this is a crypto issue, it isn’t.

The crypto crash is only a symptom of a much greater problem. To sell crypto now would be foolish: it’s already taken a larger hit than most – so selling it for something else would mean making a loss (even if you are ahead in USD terms). I can’t tell you what to do, but what I am going to do is to hold through this crash until we come out the other side. I’m not selling crypto at a loss.

I can say that because while TA may not longer be on our side, the fundamentals of crypto are as strong as ever!

The charts may have changed, but nothing has changed in the fundamentals of Bitcoin and the alts. Each and every reason we have to believe in the massively disruptive
revolution that public blockchains are is still 100% valid.

My faith in blockchain tech and its associated cryptocurrencies remains absolutely unshaken.

In other words: I have no doubt that crypto will not only recover from this, but thrive. Perhaps next time around BTC will be seen as the ultimate store of value.

The second major implication is that the major fiat crash has yet to come. That will be the crash based on loss of faith in fiat economies. This crash may still turn into that crash, but we have yet to
see significant signs of that happening. If Covid-19 hangs around long enough, it is possible that the fiat monster – already stretched rather close to breaking point – may collapse entirely.

Assuming that the lose-faith-in-fiat-economies crash does not occur; the effect of a corona-crash will be that it is likely to delay that crash. It will do so by resetting the values of over-valued pseudo-assets, a process which is already well underway.

Whatever happens, crypto is still the place to be in the long-term.

The final major implication is China (again).

It was only the other day that I spoke about how I hate having to praise a communist government for its actions, and yet here I am – doing it again! (Perhaps that demonstrates just how seriously our ridiculously liberal and corrupt Representative Democracies have failed?)

China has not only beaten Covid-19 (to all intents and purposes), but it has managed to end up with the bulk of global manufacturing capability located within its very own borders. In a virus-ravaged world, that gives the Chinese economy unrivalled power and far greater ability to recover from a disaster than anyone else. Chinese manufacturing stocks may be the best place to invest right now! Already its economy seems to be weathering this storm better than many others, despite strict lock-downs and the highest number of Covid cases to date.

Conclusion

I realise that this post is somewhat distressing, but unfortunately that can be the nature of the game. As a realist, I must tell it like it is, even when the truth hurts. My own portfolio is lying in tatters, leaving me in an even more precarious situation than usual. I know how it feels. Nevertheless; I do not believe that having faith in crypto is a naive or foolish pursuit, and I will continue to buy more of it if I manage to get money to do so. (I bought yesterday, just by the way.)

If you are looking for Covid-19 insights and information then do not miss my post “Analysis of a Sick Market – Part 1 (The Virus)” from earlier this week. It will not only tell you the important things, it will tell you that which others don’t.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS VIRUS! I see far too many complacent people doing that, it is most distressing! (Not to mention selfish and foolish!)

Good luck out there guys. I hope you can weather this storm without too much hardship. The best advice I can possibly give you is this: “don’t panic”. Stay calm, stay rational. Avoid making
decisions in haste. Do what you need to do to get by for now, and we can pick up the pieces on the other side of this disaster.

The Sun will rise again!

P.S. If you just need to chat / unload stress / rant a little / discuss your fears / whatever – my ear is available to you.

Yours in crypto

Bit Brain

“The secret to success: find out where people are going and get there first” 

~ Mark Twain

“Crypto does not require institutional investment to succeed; institutions require crypto investments to remain successful” 

~ Bit Brain

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In trading move technically and not emotionally BTC / USD

Hello, everybody! :), today I wanted to share with all of you this chart I made where I put in perspective why this year 2020 I want to be highly bullish, we have an excellent scenario here present that any trader or investor would buy, the hyper bullish triad of a bullish flag, a cup & handle and an inverted SHS, all the package together at the same price!! far from the emotional chatter that can be read by crypto twitter during the last week, in which most tend to repeat at any time of the trend just the cry of let’s go to ATH!, without taking into account the corrections on the way, as a holder or long term trader, that’s not bad, but for a day trader or swing trader, that’s important 

I hope this post and the chart will be useful to understand the reason of this next third bullish wave, out of this year’s halving or the gold cross that many are announcing these days without taking into account that these indicators don’t work in real time, the cross will happen in due time after the correction and after the strong rise that we will have during the month of March, but for now it is time to wait for the train to take us to the launch area where the rocket is ready along with the strong volume investor ready to go to the moon, if you have not yet bought, this will be your last chance to do so at a very good price, BTC will not return to that level 

This post only represents my personal opinion, it is not an investment advice, I am not a financial advisor, always remember to make your own analysis when trading 

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Binance’s 10th Token Burn

Binance was founded and
run by the one of the great minds in the crypto space, Changpeng Zhao aka CZ.
CZ was originally a coder who built high-frequency trading systems on Wall
Street. He eventually moved into the crypto space working for crypto
wallet/block explorer service Blockchain.info and serving as CTO for the crypto
project OKCoin.

But then CZ lauched Binance in the 2017 and in nine months, Binance became the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume making CZ a billionaire in the process. The rest is kind of history, but Binance continues to make history and make money moves.

In July 2019, Binance created a new entity in Singapore with Vertex Ventures. In Nov. 2019, they acquired WazirX, India’s largest cryptocurrency exchange. Recently, they made it possible for the people in Thailand to trade and invest in cryptos.

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Why the emphasis to expand in Asia? Southeast Asia is the cryptocurrency capital of the world. Most of the bitcoin trading volume and cryptocurrency demand comes from this region. South Koreans spend billions of dollars each year on digital goods like avatars and digital gifts.

South Koreans spend billions of dollars each year on digital goods like avatars and digital gifts. Combined with their love for gambling and speculation, along with their love for digital goods, buying cryptocurrencies instantly became a part of the culture.

Binance just announced its 10th successful quarterly burn in a blog today, and with it, a total of 2.216 million BNB tokens worth $38.8 million were burnt from October to December 2019.

Image result for binance 10th burn

When you think about it, burning tokens in crypto space serves the same purpose of companies on the equity markets buying back their shares…it’s all about the perception of supply and demand and how we value that supply and demand of shares/tokens. But in the crypto space, unlike the equity markets, when a crypto company buys back their token to burn, that token disappears forever.

The main reason for burning a cryptocurrency is to increase the value of the other tokens that are in circulation. Many cryptocurrencies have a finite total number that can exist and therefore, assuming the demand for the token remains the same, the value should theoretically go up if there are less in circulation.

But even if Binance didn’t have any token burns, their token price would still go up over time because they continue to make history and innovate. So where is price headed next, the chart suggests, price is heading to the weekly supply at $23.

This post is my personal opinion. I’m not a financial advisor, this isn’t financial advise. Do your own research before making investment decisions.

technical analysis TT / BTC

TT seen from the 1D time frame we can observe how the candlestick structure is forming a double floor in the larger figure as a signal of trend reversal, this setup if completed correctly would take us to the high profit target located within the price range of 0.00000215 – 0.00000225 where the weekly offer is located, indicated within the chart by the purple horizontal, the smaller figure has formed a descending wedge where we should have a third touch on the diagonal resistance to later fall below the support located at 0.00000079 indicated inside the chart by the red horizontal, if this happens we could have a recovery pullback below this level, it is a movement we need to have to form the first HL as the first sign of a change in trend, at all times the price must remain above the diagonal support we see inside the chart by the larger diagonal also in black.

TT seen from the 1M timeline we can see how the current candlestick is forming an important doji over the diagonal, if we close in this way we would have an excellent candlestick pattern for a trend reversal, the candlestick is still young, therefore we must wait until the close to confirm.

In conclusion, TT is in an excellent buying moment, the higher temporality in the middle of the month is managing to hold on the diagonal despite the strong selling pressure that we can see through the long upper wick that has formed us, within the temporality of 1D the scenario is quite positive, once we get the break of the lower figure, the price should form a range that starts a game of EW that would push the price towards the range of 0.00000215 – 0.00000225, within the chart I have traced the possible trajectory of these movements, the distances and times may vary, therefore, I recommend to be very attentive to the action of the price in 1D and always remember to place your stop losses to avoid possible invalidations during the movement.

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Round Pegs in Square Holes (Bitcoin)

This is not a quick read. I don’t apologise for that – it’s a really good post and it may teach you a lot about long-term BTC trends.

Introduction:

In a sea of crypto analysts, it’s important that you are able to differentiate the good from the bad from the ugly. The good and the ugly are fine (I’m both), but the bad are – by definition –
no good.

The New Year has heralded the dreaded return of price predictions, exacerbated in this case by the upcoming infamous Bitcoin halving. I tell you again, all the halving affects is short-to medium term price volatility, not long-term price! These two posts remain more relevant than ever:

· The Bitcoin Halving Event – Part 1

· The Bitcoin Halving Event – Part 2

I don’t bother myself with short-term Bitcoin price movements, I’m an investor, not a trader. What matters to me is not that Bitcoin has gone up (or down) today, but rather that it will have gone up a lot five years from now!

With this in mind, I focus more on long-term charting than on short-term charting. Long-term charting is more predictable, accurate – and to investors such as myself – useful.

If you are a trader, then by all means trade – but to me BTC is an investment asset. Traders help with liquidity and volume, so they do help the overall credibility of BTC a bit, but it is the investors who
BELIEVE in BTC and who are actively driving the adoption of crypto. Those who have the belief in BTC – enough belief to hold it as a long-term asset – they are the ones who are really driving the adoption of crypto and the
creation of a better world for us all. But enough about that, let’s get to the interesting stuff!

Round Pegs in Square Holes:

I often publish long-term BTC charts. On the majority of these charts you will find my “Long-term base trendline”, such as in this chart from the end of December post: “Bitcoin – Approaching 2020”.

But what is this line exactly? What does it mean? Is my line better than anyone else’s line?

Without the answers to these questions, my line is just another random line published by just another crypto analyst. It’s equal in status to any other similar line you may know of.

With the answers to these questions my line becomes a veritable tour de force – an answer to questions yet to be asked and a Sword of Damocles above the head of lesser analysts!

This line is thus very important to me, I stake not only my reputation on it, but also my own investment strategy.

Caveats: NEVER have I had a line on a chart which stays fixed indefinitely. It’s true that this particular line is about as fixed as they come, but it DOES move from time to time. So far the movements have always been very small – more “adjustments” than “movements” – call it “fine tuning”. Just note that the line is not 100% fixed and is consequently not 100% accurate. Also note that while it is valid 99% of the time, there ARE times that price can momentarily dip below it when BTC has serious negative momentum. Such dips never last, but they have occurred in the past, and will probably do so again in the future. That being said, I have great faith in this line and have spent so much time on it that I am absolutely satisfied with how accurately it is dialled in right now.

But not everybody would agree with my line – and they have strong reasons not to. This post shows you why, and then explains why I have chosen what I have chosen. As always – YOU must decide for yourself!

Round Pegs

While I choose to use a straight line, there are those who prefer curved lines. They are in the majority.

[Pause for quick rant]:

When has “Majority” ever equated to “Right”? Anyone with an understanding of politics, the media or propaganda can quickly point out the logical flaws in using populism as a basis or substitute for correctness!

[Rant over]

Don’t ignore that rant, it’s important. Now let’s look at curved lines:

There is considerable evidence to show that logarithmic curves can be made to fit the history of BTC price. You will often see charts such as this one:

On the face of it that’s a great looking chart. The indicator lines do what they should: they hit the tops of the peaks and the lows of the troughs. They are consistent curves which account for all prices during the time period, and they narrow together over time – accounting for reduced volatility as the market matures.

It all sounds so very credible – right?

It really does, so much so in fact, that I was quite impressed the first time I saw such curves used (about two years ago).

But taking something at face value is not a Bit Brain trait, especially if there are flaws in the logic or rationale behind it.

Look: the model is good. I am genuinely impressed by it and I think it does a pretty good job of accounting for BTC price at the moment. But I am concerned because I have found flaws with it and I don’t know how well it will hold up over time.

I DON’T KNOW the right answer here, because I can’t tell the future. I look at the data available to me – ALL the data – and then I try to make the best judgement calls I can based on that. These curved lines don’t account for all the data, which is where the problem come in. I KNOW that I’m not always right, but I have a higher chance of being right because I’m not looking for the simple answer. I’m not looking for that one curve that fits all the data. Similarly, I’m also not ignoring all the data that doesn’t fit, or making overly broad price brackets to try to account for all anomalies (here’s looking at you stock-to-flow!)

But Bit Brain, what’s wrong with these curved lines? What don’t they do?

I’m glad you asked…

They simply don’t fit all the observed data. Spot the problem on the chart below (which goes back to mid-2010 as opposed to the mid-2011 chart seen earlier):

It may not look like much, but it’s there at the beginning. The curve simply doesn’t fit all available data.

Can ANY curve fit the all data? As an experiment, I tried to construct my own curve to fit all the data, or at least the data with respect to the low end of the BTC prices over time (similar to the bottom curve on the chart seen above). Here is what I got:

That’s the best I could do.

THERE IS NO CURVED LINE THAT CAN ACCOUNT FOR ALL THE DATA IN THE HISTORY OF BTC

The line I drew is about as close as you can get to an all-data-encompassing-curved line for BTC base price over time. It’s no good because the BTC price is way below it near the beginning, but it’s still about the best you can do. This is how it looks next to the curved log lines that are commonly used:

“Houston, we’ve had a problem.”

Remember that there is another year and a half of (unavailable on my charts) data before this time (mid-2010) which only makes the problem far worse!

The commonly used logarithmic curves don’t fit. So what now? How bad is the problem? Is it really a problem? How will this play out in the future?

Once again I DON’T KNOW, but I DO KNOW some other things and I will use those to show you why I use what I do.

Summing up the Round Pegs:

It is my suspicion that the curved lines are working semi-well for a moment in time. The curves are not too far off reality, even though they can’t account for outlying information, so they look good. But I suspect that they will begin to degrade at increasing speed over time. Anomalies and/or a price trend shift away from the curves may well render them useless in times to come. I suspect that the curves will hold true for the next five years or so, but doubt that they will last for a decade. During this time (if I am right), they will become increasingly useless as prediction tools, because their lower and upper limits will begin to stray away from the lowest points of bear markets and the highest points of bull markets.

I believe that the curves fit a snapshot of time: for now that time is June 2011 to date. I suspect that they may have useful a shelf-life of approximately 15 years.

While we’re at it…

I mentioned stock-to-flow earlier. It’s not strictly related to these log curves, but Stock-to-flow is wrong in the same way that I say the curves above are wrong, but only more so – MUCH more! In addition to this, there are FUNDAMENTAL REASONS WHY STOCK-TO-FLOW IS WRONG! Those reasons are the same as other supply-sided arguments which I debunk in my “Bitcoin Halving” posts, as linked to at the beginning of this article. Go check them out.

Before I let Stock-to-flow off the hook and move on, let’s take a look at a chart or two:

Having trouble getting all the data to fit? Just make ridiculously broad price bands to encapsulate all the data! Ignore the fact that some data STILL doesn’t fit your model!

From https://cointelegraph.com/news/new-bitcoin-stock-to-flow-chart-shows-bearish-periods-precede-halvings

Or how about this, from PlanB themselves: Remember that EACH VERTICAL BLOCK represents a factor of 10x. So if an arrow is one block high, then PlanB’s predicted price is ten times too high or too low!

From https://twitter.com/100trillionUSD/status/1151077015149260802/photo/1; modified by Bit Brain

The largest of those arrows shows that the real price is about 14 times higher than the predicted one! I mean, come ON! Why would anyone use this? Remember my rant earlier about the difference between being popular and being right? Now you know why I say that…

Square Holes

Right, now here comes the tricky part: I’ve ripped the arguments of the majority apart, now I have to justify and explain my own standpoint. Here goes:

The key to my long-term trendline is this: I don’t try to fit all the data into one all-encompassing line.

I do not believe there is a way to fit all the data neatly into one indicator (short of using ridiculously wide price bands to account for all anomalies). I look at the markets and their history, I take the fundamentals into account, and then I try to project what is left in the form of usable indicators.

Below is another look at my long-term base trendline, this time seen in its entirety. Note where it begins: mid-2013.

I have often stated that I do not trust BTC data from the early years of BTC trading. I normally state that mid-2013 is the time that I start to find data sufficiently representative to provide useful statistical value.

The reasoning behind this is simple: Prior to 2013 Bitcoin simply wasn’t big enough, I’ve said this before but it bears repeating. There were not enough people invested in Bitcoin. They were not financial investors, they were not trying to to find fair price or make winning trades. They were tech geeks, cryptographic geeks, computer scientists and programmers who were playing with a new toy – taking a long shot that had little chance of going mainstream. The further you go back, the more true this becomes.

Any big buy had a radical effect on the price of BTC – which traded for less than $10 for most of that period and for less than $0.50 prior to 2011. You have to understand that even though logarithms do an excellent job of accounting for both small and large numbers in the same data-set, those numbers have to be consistent in order to provide good data without corrupting the model. Early BTC data is NOT consistent enough! It’s not something such as cell division which happens at a predictable rate and then to leads smooth, chartable exponential growth. Filling an equation with anomaly prone data taken from an overly-small data set is scientifically incorrect and will not yield a correct result! You have to have a sufficiently large sample size in order for the statistics to become valid. In the early days of BTC, the sample size was simply too small.

I’m really not comfortable with the way that logarithmic BTC price explanations try to incorporate all this old garbage data into their models. That’s why I ignore the early data entirely on my charts. From a fundamental perspective I haven’t ignored it, I’ve realised that it’s not proper data. I know why the data is bad and I know which data is bad. Thus my method incorporates all the given data, while remaining accurate by filtering out that which is not relevant – at least that’s the theory – a theory which is better than any mainstream ones I know of.

So that you don’t have to take me at face value, let me show you a chart or two which should help you make up your own mind on this topic:

The chart below expands on one of the charts we saw previously; the one with the “This is a problem!” section at the start of the log curve data. Here we can see that region in context, along with the regions which come after it (which I described earlier). The log curves are overlaid on the chart too.

My own model doesn’t use either of the first two regions.

Below I have removed the log lines and replaced them with an ascending channel, the base of which forms my long-term base trendline.

Starting to make sense now?

But wait, I’m not done yet…

I watch other major markets too. No market exists in isolation, they tend to influence one another. Some display similarities and correlations – we have such a case which effects BTC.

Early growth of BTC

BTC price shot up very rapidly in the early days – too rapidly to fit comfortably into accurate price models. Now: whether you believe me or not about the lack of BTC data in the early days making it impossible to accurately analyse and model that data, you will have to pay attention to the next point:

Bitcoin is often compared to Gold (whether a certain grouchy anti-BTC gold bug likes it or not). Both store value well, both are constantly climbing in value, albeit with some retracements and corrections when the fiat-based markets are booming. So here is an interesting little fact for you all: between the time of the Bitcoin Genesis Block and the start of 2013, Gold flew up in value. Gold went from approximately $830 at the time of the Bitcoin Genesis block, to over $1900 in August 2011, and then slowly dropped to around $1300 at the time I started trusting Bitcoin price data in mid 2013.

If market pressures were such that Gold got a huge boost, then such pressures may well have influenced Bitcoin too. Whether is was people looking for a store of value or just having money available with which to speculate is irrelevant; Gold went up very fast so it makes sense that Bitcoin should have done the same (much as Gold and Bitcoin have been doing since mid-December 2019).

The chart below illustrates this graphically:

It’s not just Gold – I used Gold because it’s easier for most people to see how it compares to BTC. You can look at the S&P, or the Dow or other large indices / commodities / etc. You’ll see the same thing.

Explanation / Summary

Here’s what I think happened: BTC was born after the market crash of 2008. It was born into the rapid recovery phase of that crash. Combined with its inherent early growth, this supercharged BTC in the early days – creating unrealistic and unsustainable growth rates for most of the first four years of its existence.

As can be seen from looking at Gold, the hype phase died away throughout the duration of 2012 and things went back to normal, which is why I only start to trust BTC after it settled down in 2013. It’s hard to say exactly when BTC data becomes trustworthy, there is no clearly defined line. I normally choose to use 1 July 2013 – the halfway mark. The reality is that it could have been a few months earlier, but not as early as 1 January 2013.

To put thing into perspective, BTC had a total market cap of roughly $150 mil on 1 January 2013. That grew to well over $1Bn in less than three months! At that stage BTC got noticed and became a serious investment asset. It then corrected downwards to below $1Bn by mid-year – which is when I start using the data – before starting to climb again. I attribute the climbing after June 2013 to organic BTC growth instead of to external market driving factors; which is why BTC then continued to climb – but at a different rate to what it had previously – while Gold continued to lose value and stagnate for the rest of the decade.

In basic terms: BTC only matured as an investment asset in early to mid-2013. Data before that time can be ignored – as long as you understand why it can be ignored!

Notes on Square Holes:

My straight line approach to the BTC base trend comes with a few caveats of its own. While my line is normally well labelled, it is commonly misunderstood. The Long-Term Base Trendline I show is NOT a price prediction! It is a BASE PRICE which BTC should remain ABOVE most of the time. Please bear that in mind if using my data or posts for information.

As I stated earlier, it can change over time. The changes will probably be hardly noticeable, but may occur. If BTC were to make a definitive drop below $7000 today and stay there, then my long-term trendline would have to either be significantly adjusted, or thrown away altogether. Here’s an interesting implication derived from that:

You won’t see Bitcoin selling for below $7000 again. Bit Brain has spoken.

(That excludes a whale tanking the price on individual exchanges, price display errors, Bitcoin being replaced by something better 10 years from now, etc)

I won’t go into the details because this post is long enough, but continued constant growth of BTC can also be largely attributed to the S-curve of technology adoption. I wrote about the S-curve in one of my earliest STEEM posts two years ago: check it out here “BITCOIN PRICE PREDICTIONS – Chart Display – Part 3 – The S curve (More good news!)”.

Footnotes and Conclusion

There is also a lot I can say about the nature of logarithms and using them in charting. I spent hours running common logs vs natural logs scenarios in preparing for this article – research which I am choosing not to include in the interests of keeping things on topic. But here are the sentient points:

  • The BTC price curve MIGHT be a natural log function, but this would only apply to more recent data (mid-2013 and beyond) and not before.
  • There is no log function that works for all BTC price data.
  • Log functions straighten out over time. Using a straight line might be an approximation of an log function, we will only know this after a few more years once either the logs or the straight lines start to diverge from the data observed.
  • This is what you get when you plot the natural logs of the base values of BTC on a chart .
    • You can see that it’s not a straight line (as a correct log function that explains all BTC price action would be), but that using straight lines over specific periods might work.
    • This ties in with what I said earlier about BTC normalising towards mid-2013.
    • The x-axis is the number of days since the genesis block.
  • My straight lines ARE actually log lines because they are only straight on Log (base 10) charts.
    • No I’m not elaborating on that now – this is a blog, not a mathematics class!
Made by Bit Brain using PlanMaker from the FreeOffice suite

If you’ve made it this far then well done – you may print this medal out and frame it as a reminder of your fortitude:

The truth is that right now there isn’t much difference between my straight line and the curved log lines, but over time this WILL change! In 2026 the commonly used base log line puts BTC crossing $500 000 while my trendline will puts BTC crossing $1 000 000 per coin. That’s a factor of two and is no longer negligible!

Continuing to put round pegs (log lines) into straight holes (straight trendlines) will work for a few more years, but if I am right about the holes being straight, then eventually those round pegs will no longer fit.

Yes I know I should have broken this post up. Once again I DIDN’T break up a long article because it loses it’s coherent logical flow and then you end up with two half stories instead on one whole one.

I hope that this article has achieved its purpose: to provide you with the UNDERSTANDING of why I use a straight trendline as my BTC base. I hope it shows you the difference between an analyst that develops and refines his own methods – questioning everything along the way, and those who use what is already available and merely try to fit lines and curves to what they see on the charts. I may not always be right, but I have a damn good understanding of the fundamentals what I do and how it works. When I am wrong, I make sure that I find out why and I take steps to correct that (and God knows I do make mistakes!)

So off you go now, the ball is in your court. Believe quantity or believe quality. No – you can’t take the middle ground – that’s just being wrong from both perspectives! I hoped you enjoyed reading this post as much as what I enjoyed writing it.

See you again soon.

Yours in crypto

Bit Brain

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WTC / BTC Technical Analysis

WTC seen from the 1W seasonality we can observe how the candlestick structure has formed a long 2 year downward wedge, currently the price is at an excellent moment of the trend, ending the wave (5) of momentum, at any time we should have a strong momentum towards the diagonal resistance of the major figure coinciding with the weekly offer located at 0.0000861 indicated within the chart by the pink horizontal, this would be our first stop before a correction towards the weekly demand that would form the price with the upward closing of the weekly candlestick, if in the retracement we form a HL we would have a very good signal of continuation of the upward trend that would be confirmed by the breakout and confirmation of the major figure.

WTC seen from the 1D time frame we can observe more closely the (EW) play for the long term, the key points of the run I have marked within the chart, the first is located at 0.0001232, the second point is located at 0.0003040, the key bid is located at 0.0004052 and I have marked it by the horizontal gold color in the MONTHLY (B).

WTC seen from the 4H time frame we can observe more closely the current candlestick movement where we see how the price is looking for the point (5) of the current downward momentum, the ideal would be to find an entry below the S/R FLIP 4H located at 0.0000413, indicated within the chart by the blue horizontal, to see a reversal we need a reclaim of that support and move towards the resistance of the lower figure.

In conclusion, WTC is in a good moment to buy with a medium and long term view, this pair has an excellent profit margin if the current scenario that I have shown in the graph is fulfilled, the points are technically calculated, however, the times and distances can vary according to the acceleration of each movement, this must always be taken into account when reading a TA. In the minor temporality, WTC should fall a bit more below 0.0000413 to try to recover that level as support, so I recommend to be very attentive to the price action in 4H and 1D and always remember to place your stop losses to avoid possible invalidations during the movement

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The Sunday Crypto Recap – Down the Rabbit Hole 63

Yet another challenging week to recap – there was a literal avalanche of good/compelling material to choose from. Of course, this is a great problem to have. From elegant explanations of the value proposition of LINK to insightful reflections on the year just past and the decade to come. A wealth of fascinating content awaits the curious crypto enthusiast!


Pick of the Week

If you only have time for one thing – check out this podcast re the 21 lessons of Bitcoin – you won’t regret the investment.


Twitter

Running Bitcoin off the internet:
https://twitter.com/nwoodfine/status/1214238101796638721

A distilled version of Messari’s 2020 theses report (recommended):
https://twitter.com/elainegija/status/1214059271530467328

Two areas of BTC planning worth thinking on (recommended):
https://twitter.com/BTCSchellingPt/status/1215373435469062144

A bullish perspective on BTC for 2020:
https://www.tradingview.com/chart/XBTUSD/Noakp7n5-Why-I-believe-Bitcoin-will-retest-All-Time-Highs-by-July-1-2020/

An ETH equivalent of Silk road has yet to emerge:
https://twitter.com/teo_leibowitz/status/1215072430588342272

Time to move from research to market?
https://twitter.com/brian_armstrong/status/1215365982694170624

An advocate for LINK explains why it already has a significant market advantage (recommended):
https://twitter.com/TheShipIsMoving/status/1214623803961225217

Sometimes it’s better to keep your opinions to yourself (highly recommended):
https://twitter.com/ColinTCrypto/status/1215428990724386816

It’s good to be rich (who knew?):
https://twitter.com/zhusu/status/1213137465327751169

The US economy is fine, no really:
https://twitter.com/TaviCosta/status/1215428090656018432


Articles

BTC by the numbers 11 years on (highly recommended):
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/happy-birthday-bitcoin-heres-a-look-at-bitcoins-11th-year-by-the-numbers

From skeptic to Bitcoiner a common path (highly recommended):
https://medium.com/@ssaurel/from-skeptical-to-bitcoiner-the-7-steps-journey-followed-by-more-and-more-people-d199b8d2d5da

Crypto policy trends and predictions for 2020 (recommended):
https://messari.io/article/crypto-policy-trends-and-predictions-for-2020

The decade ahead (highly recommended):
https://blog.coinbase.com/what-will-happen-to-cryptocurrency-in-the-2020s-d93746744a8f

The decade just past (highly recommended):
https://blog.coinbase.com/what-happened-in-crypto-over-the-last-decade-ee6a2552d630

Crypto banking is on its way (recommended):
https://blog.deribit.com/insights/the-great-race-to-crypto-banking/

Thinking big about EOS (highly recommended):
https://medium.com/dappiness-solutions/eosio-think-bigger-c10dfadedc63

China’s smallest province has become a blockchain hub:
https://technode.com/2020/01/02/blockchain-hub-takes-root-in-chinas-smallest-province/

An exploration of the Coinbase approach to crypto:
https://nakamoto.com/coinbases-pragmatic-crypto-culture/

An admirably in-depth report of 2019 for XRP:
https://www.xrparcade.com/news/xrp-2019-yearly-report/

Deciphering DeFi (recommended):
https://nakamoto.com/beginners-guide-to-defi/


Podcast

Bitcoin focused – lots to learn here (highly recommended):

https://stephanlivera.com/episode/140/

YouTube

A light-hearted but nonetheless insightful look back on 2019 (highly recommended):


Despite a questionable track record – some useful insights into 2020 (recommended):


Meaningful progress on EOS congestion with changes to REX:


An excellent overview of Filecoin (not a project to invest in but useful to be aware of imo):


Will the equity party end with a bang or a whimper?


Infographic

Now that’s a healthy-looking network:

https://twitter.com/lopp/status/1212003395978092545/photo/1


Website / Utility

A new and growing resource for though-provoking articles on crypto (controversially not just BTC focused):

https://nakamoto.com/


Yet again, a whole lot to take-in from just one week in crypto. As always, looking forward to your comments and suggestions.


Note on Sources:

Twitter & Reddit (cryptos current meta-brains) / Medium / Trybe / Hackernoon / Whaleshares / TIMM and so on/ YouTube / various podcasts and whatever else I stumble upon. The aim is a useful weekly aggregator of ideas rather than news. Though I try to keep the sources current – I’ll reference these articles and podcasts etc. as I encounter them – they may have been published just a couple of days ago or in some cases quite a bit earlier.

Technical Analysis BTC / USD

BTC seen from the temporality of 1W we can see how the current candlestick has tested the important supply zone located at 8215 indicated within the chart by the red horizontal color, coinciding with the diagonal resistance of the major figure, this was an expected movement to complete the WXY correction pattern, the price should now go in search of the weekly demand located within the range of 6200 – 6314 to form the point (Y).

BTC seen from the 1D time frame we can observe more closely the current candlestick movement where we see how the price has formed a high at 8158, this supply level has not been taken, therefore, we could still have some confirmation wick in that price before the price gives us a signal to continue falling, we have an important support located at 7629 indicated within the chart by the red horizontal, if for the moment the price does not take the supply today, we could see a rebound in that support looking for the supply level at 8158.

In conclusion, BTC has formed an important high under the resistance of this parallel channel, the 8215 has been tested correctly leaving us with a maximum at 8500, for now we should wait for the price to continue falling or form a LH under the diagonal resistance to have confirmation, while the price does not claim the level located at 8215 we can not expect the price to continue rising, Based on the WXY pattern, we should have a new entry in the range of 6200 – 6314 where the price would form a double floor as a reversal signal in key support and confirmation point (Y), therefore, I recommend following the 1D price action very closely and always remember to place your stop losses to avoid possible invalidations during the move.

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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies 2020

Yes I am still alive. (Sorry to disappoint you politicians, mass media journalists, bankers and other scum – you don’t get off the hook that easily!)

My recent silence has not been voluntary, unfortunately I am once again looking after an injured wife. Sadly this takes up the majority of my time, but now that she is slowly on the mend, I will try to get
back to my neglected blogging.

Let’s take a holistic view of the markets, looking at Bitcoin in particular but also at a few related events/issues/etc.

The year started with a bang – a literal bang if your name is (was) General Soleimani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Let us pause for a moment on this single issue, because the ramifications of that attack are potentially far-reaching. I’m not going to go into whether the attack was justified or not, what Iran did to deserve it etc – go down that path and you get lost in the nitty gritty – that I will leave up to you to decide for yourselves. Since this post is more about BTC than about how the world works, I’ll skip the detailed political/military/economic analysis and will merely mention the high level interesting effects that I think this attack has brought to light.

Bit Brainian thoughts to ponder over:

  • Media coverage was immediate and widespread – to a disproportionate degree if viewed against similar events.
    • This is exactly like the disproportionate amount of coverage received by Greta Thunberg. If you want to know more about how and why this happens, then don’t miss this spectacluar eye-opener: “When Children Cry”.
  • Wars make a very useful national distraction for presidents who are struggling with domestic opposition – Clinton launched a similar attack prior to his impeachment trial.
    • If you want to unite a divided population, then few things work better than a war. People forget their differences when they combine against an external “threat” – whether than threat is real or just a perceived threat created by the government propaganda machine (like the “threat” posed by Jews to Germany in the WWII era).
  • This was an inflationary move (in terms of tension and military aggression) that will destabilise the world. There is no telling how far this destabilising effect will go – a chain reaction is hard to control. With the global economy already on shaky ground, the tipping point of grand-scale economic systems-failure could come sooner (weeks or months) rather than later (within a year or two).
  • Bitcoin price shot up due to instability and uncertainty – or FUD if you prefer. Such a rise is a panic reaction and is based on very little fundamental reasoning.
    • The goldfish-like memories of investors may soon fade, sending the price of BTC back down by maybe $500 to $1000.
    • Ironically the more intelligent long-term investors will have been buying up BTC for years because of long-term instability and uncertainty of the fiat-based markets.
  • It’s interesting to note how BTC was clearly used as a store-of-value as soon as an international crisis loomed.
    • BTC’s transformation into “Digital Gold” in the eyes investors has spread beyond the realm of early adopters and is entering the mainstream collective psyche.
      • …which just makes Peter Schiff’s incoherent panic-ranting look ever more pathetic!

Bitcoin

My last post of 2020 “Bitcoin – Approaching 2020” showed how everything was running exactly according to plan and prediction. Well, it was running exactly according to MY plans and predictions – if you follow lesser analysts and their incorrect tales of weak TA fiction, then that’s your own problem.

The post mentioned above was published on 16 December and I haven’t actually needed to update you since then, because that post has been right on the money ever since. Let’s recap a little and see what’s happening now.

The day after I wrote that post I posted this Tweet:

16 hours after Tweeting that, the price of BTC hit a seven month low and turned (generally) positive. The prediction was based on a triple-line convergence point, the details of which may be found in “Bitcoin – Approaching 2020” and which remain valid.

It must be mentioned that THE BITCOIN PRICE TURNAROUND HAS YET TO BE CONFIRMED!

Until BTC has conclusively broken through the top of the descending channel, the scenario that BTC may continue to trend downwards remains. I BELIEVE that the price movement of BTC (and of crypto in general) has now turned around, but at this stage I am still willing to concede that I may be mistaken – though the evidence suggests that I am not.

To break out of the channel, BTC will have to break through the red zone depicted on the chart below.

Note in the chart above that BTC price is currently well above my projected price line (yellow), so (as I said earlier) don’t panic if the FUD-based buying comes to an abrupt halt and the price drops into the mid $7000s.

On the other hand, this buying spree and obvious faith placed in BTC as a store-of-value may well trigger another bull run and send crypto prices to new ATHs. At this stage we can’t tell what will happen yet, so just keep calm and take it day by day, remembering that crypto investing is a long-term game.

The performance of altcoins in 2020 suggests that crypto sentiment has indeed swung positive. Those who didn’t pick up alts in December (or earlier) may have missed the best opportunity to do so, though seen in the greater scheme of things altcoins are still ridiculously cheap and are well worth buying! Just remember that many altcoins are utter rubbish (even some big name alts, hey XRP? Hey BSV?), so choose carefully. Sure, the price of the bad coins will probably Moon when the other alts do, but so did the price of BitConnect once upon a time…

With the apparent change in sentiment, I have begun constructing new positive Fib levels (as opposed to the negative ones I was using in the descending channel – as seen above). These are still in the test phase and will require considerable tuning before they start to yield information worthy of “prediction value”. For what it’s worth, my positive Fib levels look like this for now:

I will probably keep the positive Fib levels away from my primary BTC chart for the time being, until such a time as I have confirmed that the descending channel is no longer governing BTC’s price movement. Adding too much data to a chart just becomes confusing and is undesirable, the fewer lines there are on a chart, the more I can see.

Conclusion:

As described in my older posts, I expect BTC to now hover just above my Long-term Base Trendline for the foreseeable future – probably most of 2020. At some stage (or possibly stages) BTC will rise sharply up from that line and we will have another bull market – probably an unbelievably strong record-breaking one. Maybe it won’t be one big one, but rather a series of smaller bull runs, much like the mini-run we saw in mid-2019.

Whatever the outcome, I remain more bullish on BTC than ever before. I’m a long-term investor, when I buy something I’m looking at least five years into the future, more likely a decade or longer. I got into crypto because I saw the long-term potential of decentralised blockchain technology, a potential which will surely be realised.

I think that 2020 will be the year that the masses warm up to the idea of BTC, this will be the year that Bitcoin moves from “geek money” to “legitimate alternative investment”.

Remember that crypto is only a part of a balanced portfolio. I believe that crypto is very important, but I also believe in not putting all one’s eggs in one basket. You can, for example, be a fan of both Bitcoin AND Gold, or even Bitcoin and Stocks – don’t let short-sighted fools like Schiff of Buffett polarise your views.

I wish you all a merry 2020, and I look forward to interacting with all of you wonderful blockchain-friendly visionaries over the course of the year.

Yours in crypto

Bit Brain

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“The secret to success: find out where people are going and get there first” 

~ Mark Twain

“Crypto does not require institutional investment to succeed; institutions require crypto investments to remain successful” 

~ Bit Brain

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