Ethereum (ETH) Price Analysis – February 20

  • If the crypto's price is sustained above the EMAs, the crypto will revisit the $160 price level.
  • The ETH price is likely to face resistance at the $150 price level which had not been broken since November 19, 2018.

Ethereum, ETHUSDEthereum Chart By Trading View

ETHUSD Medium-term Trend: Bullish

  • Resistance Levels: $230, $240, $250
  • Support Levels: $140, $130, $120   

The price of Ethereum is still in a bullish trend after the price rally on February 8. The crypto's price was also in a range bound movement for about a week after the February 8 price rally. On February 17, the bulls commenced a fresh bullish trend and reached a high of $148.87. The following day the crypto's price had a downward correction to the low of $146.61.

Today, the bullish trend of ETH price is ongoing. The crypto's price is likely to rise because the price is above the 12-day EMA and the 26-day EMA. However, the ETH price is likely to face resistance at the $150 price level. The $150 price level had not been broken since November 19, 2019.

On the upside, if the price is sustained above the EMAs and the $150 resistance level is broken the crypto will revisit the $160 price level. Meanwhile, the stochastic band is in the overbought region and above the 80% range which indicates that the price is in a strong bullish momentum and a buy signal.

ETHUSD Short-term Trend: Bullish        

Ethereum, ETHUSDEthereum Chart By Trading View

On the 4-hour chart, the price of Ethereum is in a bullish trend. Yesterday, the crypto's price was resisted at the $152 price level and the ETH price fell to a low of $145.49. The ETH price fell to the 12-day EMA and commenced a fresh bullish movement. The bulls are making another attempt at the $150 resistance level.

The crypto's price is likely to rise because the price is above the EMAs. On the downside, if the bulls fail to break the $150 price level, the crypto's price will be on a range bound movement.The stochastic is in the overbought region but below the 80% range which indicates that the price is in a bearish momentum and a sell signal.



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Privacy Features Are Going To Change Ethereum For Good

Michael LaVere
  • Ethereum developers are working towards completely private transactions
  • Rise of Facebook coin and regulatory pressure makes privacy more necessary than ever

Privacy has become a buzzword in the industry of cryptocurrency and ethereum developers are beginning to recognize its importance.

Vitalik Buterin on Ethereum Privacy Features

Ethereum has been frequently headlines in 2019 over its slow transition to ETH 2.0. The Constantinople upgrade represents a first of its kind: a non-hard fork, massive overhaul that will shift ethereum’s algorithm from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS).

Security features have likewise become a focal point in the transition.

In May, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin published a piece on HackMD claiming the network was in need of a step towards “more privacy.” Buterin proposed a feature for allowing ether users to obscure their activity on the blockchain in one-off transactions, calling his design a “minimal mixer” that relied upon “anonymity sets.”

Buterin further explained his idea in an email with CoinDesk,

“Anonymity set is cryptography speak for ‘set of users that this thing could have come from.’ For example if I sent you 1 ETH and you can’t tell who exactly it was from but you can tell that it came from (myself, Alice, Bob or Charlie), then the anonymity set has size 4. The bigger the anonymity set the more privacy you have.”

Development Focus For Ethereum

Blockchains provide public ledgers that allow for transparency--a concept that has been antithetical to anonymous transactions in the past.

However, the evolution of mixers and zero-knowledge proofs has created the opportunity for privacy on a platform like ethereum, while still maintaining the integrity of the blockchain.

Ethereum ETH Privacy Development 2019Ethereum privacy has become a concern for developers | Source: Pixabay

Itamar Lesuisse, CEO of Argent, gave his support for increased privacy on ethereum, even in the ‘simplest’ of use cases,

“If you just look at the most simplest use case, if I say, ‘Hey Christine, can you send me ten dollars [worth of ether]? Here’s my wallet address.’ Now, you know how much money I have.”

Lesuisse continued,

“It’s so transparent, which is a great picture of blockchain, but for some users, it might scare them away to use it at scale.”

The Argent CEO and other developers are working towards the creation of tools that allow for private transactions, which they believe will lead to increased adoption. The blockchain team at Big Four auditor EY has also been active. Last month, the group released code on GitHub under the name ‘Nightfall,’ which provides a solution for enabling anonymous ether transactions.

According to the GitHub post, Nightfall integrates a set of smart contracts, microservices  and zk-snarks to enable ERC-20 tokens to be transacted on ethereum’s blockchain in “complete privacy.” While the code is still an experimental solution, it could provide ether users with privacy transactions to rival top anonymity cryptos like monero and zcash.

Privacy Needed More Than Ever

Two recent developments will enhance the need for privacy features moving forward. Social media giant Facebook is wading into digital currencies with the launch of libra, despite having been proven inept at securing user data in the past. In addition, the intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force (FATF) passed a controversial mandate on Friday requiring crypto exchanges to share user data.

Both could have the effect of pushing users towards privacy coins, in an effort to escape the increased centralization and regulation imposed on cryptocurrency.