Well, that was a rollercoaster. Whether you enjoy sharp increases or, for some reason, steep falls in price, this week would have made you happy. Nothing like some good old cryptocurrency volatility to get the blood pumping.
Bitcoin’s price started around $9.8k and increased up to about $13.8k on Wednesday before swinging back down to $10.5k the next day, landing at about $11.8k as of writing this – a gain of 20.51% on the week. This bull run presented a few refreshing milestones:
- Bitcoin breaking 10k.
- Total cryptocurrency marketcap hit $386.3B — its highest since May 2018.
The rest of the cryptocurrency market for the week was a mixed bag.
- Ethereum 5.7%
- NEO 31%
- NEM 9.3%
- QTUM 42%
- VeChain 15.3%
- Decred 11.22%
- Dogecoin 6.94%
- HyperCash 60.11%
- ABBC Coin 68%
- XRP 6.24%
- Litecoin 13.77%
- EOS 14.05%
- Binance Coin 9.33%
- Stellar 11.15%
- Monero 11.10%
- Tezos 10.38%
- Nano 11.67%
- Waves 17.74%
Bitsane in the Membrane: An Irish cryptocurrency exchange called Bitsane allegedly ran off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in its users’ cryptocurrency. Most users report losing up to $5,000, and one user told Forbes reporters they’re out $150,000. So, how did the majority of Bitsane’s users hear about this relatively small exchange? Many are pointing fingers at CNBC, which published an article titled “How to buy XRP, one of the hottest bitcoin competitors” citing Bitsane as the exchange to do so.
People Saying Stuff
Mike Novogratz predicts BTC will stabilize between $10,000 and $14,000: Galaxy Digital Founder and cryptocurrency aficionado Mike Novogratz forecast a consolidation of Bitcoin’s erratic swings of this week within the $10,000 and $14,000 range. He credits the potential stabilization to Facebook’s Libra. “One of the largest companies in the world said we believe in cryptocurrencies. […] If you’re an institutional investor who’s getting close and still worried about investing, it makes you that much more confident.”
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Another one bites the dust: Another Indian cryptocurrency exchange, Koinex, shut down permanently this week due to regulatory delays and banking restrictions. The exchange listed sharp declines in trading volume and denials in payment services as the main causes of death. Koinex is beginning its efforts to reimburse users with INR immediately. “Since the bank accounts with user funds are still frozen and the capital is held up, we have made arrangements for funds from our own resources,” noted a commentary from the exchange. “This is a voluntary move and is being undertaken even though it is not our legal obligation.”
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