As the cryptocurrency market takes off from the bear market, XRP appears to be way ahead of the curve. Earlier this week, XRP overtook Ethereum [ETH] when it surpassed the latter’s market capitalization.
In the course of two weeks, XRP has slashed ETH twice to claim the second spot. Only this time, the damage for Ethereum seems permanent as the market caps between the two broadens every day.
At the time of writing, XRP has taken a steep upturn of 10%, trading at an appreciated price of $0.51 with a market cap of $20.6 billion. The total trading volume of the token in the past 24 hours is recorded at $729.4 million.
In the 1-hour candlesticks, XRP also broke the earlier resistance by a small figure. In the last 1-hour candle, the previous resistance set at $0.51 will also be broken if the candle closes above $0.52.
For this XRP rally, the maximum trading volume is hailing from Binance, the leading cryptocurrency exchange in the world. The trading volume is contributed by two pairs on Binance, XRP/BTC and XRP/USDT, which together add up to $119.4 million.
The Japan-based exchange, Bitbank is also catching up in contributing to the trading volume of XRP, wherein the pair XRP/JPY is alone being traded heavily on the exchange. The trading volume of this pair is recorded at $103.1 million.
This price hike could be associated with the success of Ripple, XRP’s parent company, in the FinTech industry. As the leaders of Ripple travel around the globe and hold talks with the institutions that matter, it is reflecting on the XRP ecosystem in the most profitable ways.
Recently, Brad Garlinghouse, the CEO of Ripple conducted a both-ways interview session with Ross Leckow, Deputy General Counsel, International Monetary Fund. At the Singapore FinTech Fest 2018, the two discussed the remittance space and its advancement through blockchain in detail and the regulatory framework required to facilitate the change.
Ethereum [ETH/USD] Technical Analysis: Bull’s presence dims the market
After a mass massacre, the bear seems to have slowed down its rampage in the market as the cryptocurrencies have not witnessed a massive price movement. The most-affected coins in the market include Bitcoin [BTC], Litecoin [LTC], Monero [XMR], Cardano [ADA], and Ethereum [ETH].
According to CoinMarketCap, at press time, Ethereum is trading at $89.70 with a market cap of $9.3 billion. The cryptocurrency shows a trading volume of $1.53 billion and has plunged by more than 11% in the past seven days.
In the one-hour chart, the coin demonstrates a downtrend from $102.14 to $96.89. It also shows another fall from $89.99 to $88.45. The coin has an uptrend from $82.85 to $85.90, and a second one from $86.58 to $87.76. The immediate resistance is at $90.40 and the strong resistance at $97.38. The coin has set its immediate support ground at $85.88 and a strong support ground at $82.82.
Parabolic Sar is showing a bearish trend as the dots have aligned on top of the candlesticks
Chaikin Money Flow is demonstrating a bullish trend as the line is above the zero mark.
Bollinger Bands are forecasting a less volatile market for the coins as the bands have started to converge.
The one-day chart demonstrates that the coin has a downtrend from $466.01 to $208.77. It records another steep downwards trend from $208.77 to $89.09. The immediate resistance for the coin is at $122.28 and the strong resistance is set at $317.84. The support level is set at $86.87.
RSI is predicting a bearish move as the coin is currently oversold in the market.
MACD indicator has pictured the moving average line make a bullish crossover.
The same seems to the case with Klinger Oscillator as well, as the reading line has made a crossover only to take the upwards direction.
The bearish trend is predicted by the Parabolic SAR from the one-hour chart and the RSI from the one-day chart and the bullish trend is predicted by MACD and Klinger Oscillator from the one-day chart and the CMF from the one-hour chart.
Fidelity, Akuna Capital backed fundraising raises $4 million for crypto-to-USD lending startup BlockFi
Fidelity and Akuna Captial led fundraising raised a whopping $4 million for BlockFi, a startup, which is similar to the online lending industry in fiat, but for cryptocurrencies. The company plans to start debit and credit products for crypto-assets in the market.
BlockFi has been the talk of the week, as major Wall Street players like Fidelity, Akuna Capital, Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy digital, and even Anthony Pompliano’s Morgan Creek Digital are backing the startup.
The recent round of funding that raised $4 million was led by Akuna Capital, with participation from CMT Digital, Susquehanna Government Products, LLLP, Recruit Strategic Partners, Galaxy Digital Ventures, Morgan Creek Digital and Devonshire Investors, the private equity group affiliated with FMR LLC, the parent company of Fidelity Investments.
The latest round was preceded by two other rounds, the first being the ConsenSys Ventures, SoFi and Kenetic Capital round that raised $1.55 million, and the second round led by Galaxy Digital, which raised $52.5 million.
BlockFi is the only firm which offers individuals and companies, loans using cryptocurrencies as collateral. Currently, the company offers services in 42 US states and plans to extend its services worldwide.
Speaking to Anthony Pompliano, Zac Price, the CEO of BlockFi, explained why he decided to start a lending industry for cryptocurrencies:
“For all the same reasons why the online lending industry was successful, there are areas in the lending industry that the banks are not participating. I thought that the crypto-ecosystem was going to need debt and credit products, just like every other asset class, and banks were not going to do that.”
Toby Allen, the head of digital assets at Akuna Capital, added:
“The BlockFi team is providing a critical piece of financial services infrastructure in the crypto space. Companies like BlockFi are representative of the high-quality development that will facilitate continued consumer adoption.”
Zac Prince, CEO of BlockFi, said:
“We’re thrilled to have such a strategic group of investors supporting our efforts to bring low-cost credit to crypto market participants. Our pragmatic approach to fundraising and team building has enabled us to continue growing through negative market conditions.”
Anthony Pompliano, the founder and partner at Morgan Creek Digital, tweeted on December 12 and revealed that firm had also invested in BlockFi.
A Twitter user Gregg commented:
“I just want a cc that pays BTC as a reward”
Mark W. Yusko, a partner at Morgan Creek Digital, replied:
“Actually a Great Idea….”
Another Twitter user Cryptomanager replied:
“I second that! I have a massive points on Citi, I wish it can be converted to any cryptocurrency”
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