Not One, but Two U.S. Presidential Candidates Want Your Crypto

Out of all 2020 U.S. presidential candidates, two are currently accepting cryptocurrency donations, which are reportedly both helping them raise more money and stand out amongst the crowd.

As reported by Yahoo Finance, California Rep. Eric Swalwell has recently started accepting cryptocurrency donations, joining fellow Democratic candidate Andrew Yang. Swalwell’s campaign is currently accepting crypto through The White Company.

The company, founded by entrepreneur Elizabeth White, is helping Swalwell’s campaign accept bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), bitcoin SV (BSV), ether (ETH), stellar lumens (XLM), and its own stablecoin called WSD. The stablecoin runs on the Stellar network, which recently suffered a brief outage.

In a video on his cryptocurrency donations page, Swalwell notes that “blockchain can change the world” if we allow it to, and that while there’s a risk associated with the nascent technology we must “test, re-test, and constantly monitor such systems.” He adds that:

Government has to keep up with the times, and the times have changed. We must study, but ultimately embrace, these new frontiers.

Through a press release shared with CryptoGlobe, The White Company noted that thanks to the Stellar-based stablecoin and other cryptocurrencies, Swalwell can accept crypto donations and have instant access to the funds, as transaction fees are “less than a penny and settle in 3 seconds.”

Fellow Democratic candidate Andrew Yang is also accepting crypto donations. In fact, he has been doing so for nearly a year and is known by some as the “bitcoin candidate.” Yang, according to reports, was the first candidate to call for clearer regulatory guidelines on cryptocurrencies.

On social media, some users have started using the “#YangGang” hashtag to discuss his campaign and his views on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

Speaking at the Consensus conference in New York earlier this month, Yang stated:

I believe blockchain needs to be a big part of our future. If I’m in the White House, oh boy are we going to have some fun in terms of the cryptocurrency community.

When asked about Yang’s reputation in the crypto space, Swalwell told Yahoo Finance he’s “glad to see other candidates using innovative technologies in their campaigns.” In the press release shared with CryptoGlobe, The White Company noted it’s faster to donate crypto through it.

This, as there’s no need for a “30-minute compliance call,” which Yang’s campaign asks supporters to participate in before sending over a wallet address they can donate to. As the news outlet notes, Swalwell has accepted crypto donations when he ran for Congress in 2012, although he reportedly owns no cryptocurrencies himself.

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Bitcoin Dominance Bump Unlikely to Last — Market Analysis

The entire crypto market seems to be going risk-off and turning to a state of correction, after an excellent start to 2020 throughout January and February which saw significant gains. This is reflected in the brief pop in Bitcoin market dominance. But in the longer term, it’s a different story, and we must always bear in mind the intercourse the conflicting trends of different timeframes – and how they can still agree with each other.

Here, rather than focusing on any specific crypto, we’ll look at the market as a whole using some trusted indicators.

We first look at a small-to-medium-timeframe chart of Bitcoin plus Bitcoin’s market dominance arrayed against the “Others” market dominance, Others being a basket of all altcoins below the top 10. This panoply of charts gives us a broad insight into the whole market.

just some speedbumpsBTC chart by TradingView

During January and some of February, we can see clear risk-taking in the form of a rising altcoin market share. Bitcoin’s price was rising even as its dominance was falling: peak altcoin conditions, where so much buying is coming into the system that more entities are buying Bitcoin than selling Bitcoin for altcoins, even when there is a lot of that.

This pattern has reversed in the past few days, with Bitcoin’s price falling even as its dominance rose, with altcoins being sold back into Bitcoin. The market was overheated in the short term, and people are wisely hedging their profits.

But this trend is unlikely to last. Zooming out and looking at a chart of Ethereum/Bitcoin and both dominance charts again (with Ethereum being a general proxy for the altcoin market), we see a different story.

the bigger picture says the opposite thingETH chart by TradingView

There is a lot going on here. First we can note that Ethereum – again, bearing in mind its role as a general proxy for altcoins – has retaken a very important inflection line that it lost during 2019, the dotted line. It is likely, based on this line retaken last week, that Ethereum is starting a long term uptrend against Bitcoin – and that altcoins in general will do the same in the long term.

Moving to the Bitcoin dominance display in the middle panel, we see an agreement of the above thesis. Bitcoin’s dominance has fallen below its own critical level, namely the area near and above 70%, which BTC held for a while during 2019. This level had not been held since 2017, when Bitcoin put in its all-time-high – and it now looks to be trending steadily away from it again.

This trending away will again provide the space for altcoins to grow in market share, and we have already seen the beginning of this trend during 2020. Perhaps what we have seen was only ‘Round One’.

And moving below to the Others dominance, we see that this indicator has, yet again, taken an important level of 6% and is likely trending away from it. This is the same message in reverse: this level was first tickled during the first real altcoin mega-rally, in the beginning of 2017, and stayed above it for years. It was lost for a time in 2019, about the same time Bitcoin retook its level of 70%.

The larger trends are likely moving in the opposite direction than the shorter ones. Bitcoin's price, based on these indicators, is likely to continue rising even as its market share continues to falls. Altcoins, after years of being battered, are likely to continue gaining market share; and in that situation, the pie can only be getting larger overall.

The views and opinions expressed here do not reflect those of and do not constitute financial advice. Always do your own research.

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