Bitcoin (BTC) Long-term Price Analysis – January 6

  • The cryptocurrency has maintained the $4,000 and $3,500 marks as well-defined range zones it’s trading within.
  • There will either be a breakout over the $4,000 mark suggesting a bullish trend, or a breakdown below the $3,500 mark suggesting a bearish trend.

BTCUSD Long-term Trend – Ranging

  • Distribution territories: $5,000, $5,500, $6,000
  • Accumulation territories: $3,000, $2,500, $2,000

Bitcoin’s price has kept on seeing a significant number of weak price swings, a trend that’s been going on since the last week of 2018. The cryptocurrency has maintained the $4,000 and $3,500 marks as well-defined range zones it’s trading within.

Bitcoin, BTCUSD, Cryptocompare chartBitcoin Chart by tradingView

Around December 27, the cryptocurrency started fluctuating along the 14-day SMAs line within its range. The 14-day SMA managed to touch the 50-day SMA, and the Stochastic Oscillators have been moving in a consolidating way around range 40. This means it may be wise to stop trading until the market makes tis next move clearer.

Bitcoin is currently showing traders appear to be undecided, which can lead to price movements within the current range in the next few trading sessions. There will either be a breakout over the $4,000 mark suggesting a bullish trend, or a breakdown below the $3,500 mark suggesting a bearish trend.

Traders should as well be wary of any strong reversal against each of the two mentioned marks.

 

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IBM’s VP of Blockchain and Crypto on World Wire, XLM, Ripple, XRP, and BTC Price

On Wednesday (February 20th), during an interview with Australia's largest comparison site Finder.com.au, Jesse Lund, IBM's Vice President of Blockchain and Digital Currencies, talked about his company's cross-border payments solution "IBM Blockchain World Wire" (which runs on the Stellar network), how this product differs from what Ripple is doing with xRapid, and gave his medium term (end of 2019) and long term (some day) price predictions for Bitcoin (BTC).

In this article, we focus on some of Lund's most interesting comments made during this interview.

IBM Blockchain World Wire

"The architecture of World Wire is really a cross-border payment network, the magic of which is the ability to send a payment message instruction saying 'Hey, I'm sending you something; get ready!' and on the other end, the receiver is making sure that who you are sending it yo is not some nefarious actor or bad actor, but once that happens, and that happens really fast, then we send the value along, and that transfer of value is made possible by an ecosystem of digital settlement instruments, of which [Stellar] lumens is one."

"IBM's long game in this is to be the network operator... So, the subscribers, the customers, if you will, of World Wire are market makers who really provide the pay in, pay out locations, and they themselves have corporate clients and probably retail clients. So, we're really providing a kind of conduit through which money can flow in real-time." 

IBM Blockchain World Wire vs. Ripple's xRapid

"Credit Ripple for the vision of using a digital asset in order to enact immediate settlement with finality. I think their implementation followed one path. Our implementation is a little bit different. We are not the issuer of an asset. In fact, what we believe is that there should be an ecosystem of a variety of digital assets that provide the settlement instruments that enable these cross-border payments. The participants on the network should be able to choose and negotiate their choices in real-time and the pricing might be different depending on the settlement instrument you use. So, I think with Ripple, they're looking at XRP as the primary digital asset for settlement, and for us, it could be lumens, it could be Ripple, it could be XRP even, it could be Bitcoin, but it would also probably include other instruments like stablecoins and even eventually, hopefully soon, central bank issued digital currencies."

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Prediction

"[Bitcoin's price at the end of 2019] ... I think it's going be higher [than today], I'll go with $5,000, but let me just say this. I've got a long term outlook... I see Bitcoin at a million dollars some day."

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