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Telegram’s neverending SEC saga and what it means for the crypto industry with Changelly’s Eric Benz 

Telegram’s neverending SEC saga and what it means for the crypto industry with Changelly’s Eric Benz 

Late last week the injunction against Telegram’s GRAM token was extended again by a court in New York. The case, which was put in motion by the SEC accusing Telegram of illegally issuing the security, rather than a cryptocurrency, has garnered the attention of the blockchain community as a bellwether of regulatory sentiment. 

Telegram’s token is arguably the most anticipated cryptocurrency outside of Facebook’s Libra. The way that regulators approach GRAM will affect how other projects release their tokens and could define the obligations that token issues have — if they have any  — to investors in their projects. 

As it stands now, Telegram has gotten some favorable news out of their legal battle, most notably in the court recognizing that GRAM was designed to be a decentralized project. However, no definitive conclusions have been reached yet, and with the April 30th deadline Telegram established for its investors approaching, time is of the essence. To get a better feel of this situation and what it means for the rest of the cryptocurrency industry we talked to Changelly crypto exchange CEO Eric Benz. 

We started our discussion by asking Benz if he thought that there was an opportunity for Telegram to speed up the legal process and whether he thinks that the court will come down on the tech company’s side.  Benz is bullish on GRAM and thinks that, despite the drawn-out legal troubles, it’s way too early to count it out. He told us, “TON should not be taken lightly as they are fully capable of fighting this battle to the bitter end. We have seen in recent months that the SEC is becoming warmer to crypto token projects but just how warm they will be with GRam remains to be seen. While everyone is waiting to hear negative news I am of the belief that we will see a historic ruling from the SEC in the ultimate favor of the TON team.”

Next we brought up Libra which has been navigating its own regulatory purgatory. We asked Benz whether, if the uncertainty surrounding the project continued, we could see a similar exodus of GRAM investors like we’ve seen recently from the Libra foundation. While Benz thinks that there is certainly a possibility for investors to exit early, he doesn’t see it happening at this point: “Most of the investors in the TON project are from the institutional side and they have a lot less to lose by exiting the project before any decision is made. However, I do not see many of the investors turning their backs on TON after waiting this long for a decision. At this point what’re another few months? Especially considering how lucrative it would be with a positive outcome from the discussions with the SEC.”.

Afterward, we asked Benz whether this whole legal battle and the uncertainty around Libra will dissuade other projects from following a similar path to that of Telegram and Facebook. Benz thinks that the troubles these companies are facing are growing pains of a fledgling industry that they are bearing because they came to the party early. Benz elaborated, “Over the coming years we will absolutely see more and more non-governmental blockchain-backed currencies. The significant impact these currencies will have on the overall development and penetration of these businesses will be absolutely critical when reaching customers both domestically as well as internationally. We have yet to witness the true potential of blockchain technology and this its corresponding token economy.” 

We ended our discussion by considering how all this legal drama and the shifting Libra picture will affect future investors. There are those that think that this will all work to slow or halt crypto development by removing the incentive for investors to back projects in this space. Benz is not one of those people: “In my two decades of experience now in the world of Fintech and tech innovation I have all the confidence in saying that there is no such thing as “bad news”. All news can be considered good news especially when talking about such a nascent industry like that of crypto and blockchain. In the early years of any technology, there will always be investors looking for a quick win especially considering there are no regulations to impose. With further regulatory guidance coming in to protect investors from making poor investment decisions or from being scammed, we are beginning to see a more mature ecosystem being formed. The more regulatory guidance provided and implemented will help bring even more investors in and help avoid issues they have experienced in the past.”

With Telegram having committed to fulfilling investor obligations before the end of April, there is sure to be much more to come from this case. With consequences that could shape how projects launch tokens in the future and how state entities regulate those tokens, a lot of anxious eyes will be on this courtroom in New York in the coming months. Be sure to stay up to date with our coverage of the case as it unfolds. 

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ETH/USD Rangebound After Recent Pullback: Sally Ho's Technical Analysis 27 November 2020 ETH

ETH/USD Rangebound After Recent Pullback: Sally Ho's Technical Analysis 27 November 2020 ETH

Ethereum (ETH/USD) weakened early in today’s North American session as the pair depreciated to the 504.89 area after trading as high as the 529.16 area in the Asian session, an improvement after trading as low as the 480.08 area earlier this week.  The pullback was also a test of the 479.03 area, representing the 78.6% retracement of the appreciating range from 439.77 to 623.22. One level that traders are carefully monitoring is the 503.57 area, a level that represents the 38.2% retracement of the recent appreciating range from 310 to 623.22Stops were elected below a series of retracement levels including 579.73, 563.58, 553.14, 531.50, 526.88, 509.85, 496.86, and 483.06. Larger Stops were elected below the 550.01 and 504.72 areas, retracement levels related to the wider appreciating range from 313.00 to 623.22.  The next downside retracement levels in this wider historical range include 468.11, 431.50, and 386.21.  Stops were recently elected above the 615.19 area during the climb higher, an upside price objective related to buying activity that originated around the 142.10 level earlier this year.  The pair’s next upside price objectives include the 637.79, 668.87, 679.78, and 698.88 levels.   Traders are also paying close attention to technical resistance around the 627.83, 638.28, and 652.36 areas. 

Stops were recently elected above the 583.59 and 592.24 areas during the ascent, retracement levels related to selling pressure that commenced around the 894.50 and 1419.96 levelsStops were also recently elected above the 519.16, 521.13, 524.97, and 540.64 areas during the ascent higher, preceded by Stops triggered above the 503.54, 508.69, and 510.22 levels.  During pullbacks lower, traders are paying close attention to the pair’s trading activity around the 461.31 area, an upside price objective related to buying pressure that emerged months ago around the 125.52 area.   Some additional downside retracement levels include 432.71, 431.36, 427.78, 424.14, 422.81, 419.74, 415.20, 411.91, and 408.12. Additional areas of potential downside support include the 400.56, 395.87, 387.62, 380.03, 377.17, 367.24, 366.72, 354.44, and 353.78 areas.  Traders are observing that the 50-bar MA (4-hourly) is bullishly indicating above the 100-bar MA (4-hourly) and above the 200-bar MA (4-hourly).  Also, the 50-bar MA (hourly) is bearishly indicating below the 100-bar MA (hourly) and above the 200-bar MA (hourly).

Price activity is nearest the 100-bar MA (4-hourly) at 503.62 and the 200-bar MA (Hourly) at 542.15.

Technical Support is expected around 417.60/ 388.49/ 366.72 with Stops expected below.

Technical Resistance is expected around 627.83/ 637.79/ 668.87 with Stops expected above.

On 4-Hourly chart, SlowK is Bearishly below SlowD while MACD is Bearishly below MACDAverage.

On 60-minute chart, SlowK is Bearishly below SlowD while MACD is Bullishly above MACDAverage.

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How Ethereum 2.0 good see strong recovery for ETH

How Ethereum 2.0 good see strong recovery for ETH

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  • As we come to the end of the year, there are numerous things occurring in the crypto space that no one could have predicted. 
  • With bitcoin jumping in value over the past few weeks/month, the alternative crypto market is quietly making gains simultaneously.

As we come to the end of the year, there are numerous things occurring in the crypto space that no one could have predicted. With bitcoin jumping in value over the past few weeks/month, the alternative crypto market is quietly making gains simultaneously.

Joseph Young, an analyst on Twitter has said that the second biggest cryptocurrency in the space, Ethereum has been performing extremely well over the past two months.

The upcoming Ethereum 2.0 deposit contract announced that the network upgrade would go live on the 1st of December. This has more than likely had a big impact on that open and how it has flourished in value over the past few months.

With the release of Ethereum 2.0, it would remove minors as the proof of work model is substituted for the proof of stake protocol. From here, users will be able to collectively verify transactions on the network without any need for a third-party to get involved.

You can see the tweet here from Joseph below:

Experience for users on the platform is more than likely going to change following the increase of the transaction capacity across the overall network.

The co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin has confirmed that what was once a 15 transaction per second on chain processing speed could be increased to somewhere up to 5000 transactions per second on the blockchain upgrade.

The stagnation for Ethereum has technically allowed for the network to consolidate above significant moving averages and will be good for the future of the project.

For more news on this and other crypto updates, keep it with CryptoDaily!

© 2020 CryptoDaily All Rights Reserved. This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.

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ETH/USD Profit-Taking Sees Massive Drop: Sally Ho's Technical Analysis 26 November 2020 ETH

ETH/USD Profit-Taking Sees Massive Drop:  Sally Ho's Technical Analysis 26 November 2020 ETH

Ethereum (ETH/USD) gained back some lost ground early in today’s North American session as the pair appreciated to the 526.39 area after trading as low as the 480.08 area in the European session, a test of the 479.03 area that represents the 78.6% retracement of the appreciating range from 439.77 to 623.22.  After trading at a fresh multi-year high of 623.22, ETH/USD came off and Stops were elected below a series of retracement levels including 579.73, 563.58, 553.14, 531.50, 526.88, 509.85, 496.86, and 483.06. Larger Stops were elected below the 550.01 and 504.72 areas, retracement levels related to the wider appreciating range from 313.00 to 623.22.  The next downside retracement levels in this wider historical range include 468.11, 431.50, and 386.21Stops were recently elected above the 615.19 area during the climb higher, an upside price objective related to buying activity that originated around the 142.10 level earlier this year.  The pair’s next upside price objectives include the 637.79, 668.87, 679.78, and 698.88 levels.   Traders are also paying close attention to technical resistance around the 627.83, 638.28, and 652.36 areas. 

Stops were recently elected above the 583.59 and 592.24 areas during the ascent, retracement levels related to selling pressure that commenced around the 894.50 and 1419.96 levelsStops were also recently elected above the 519.16, 521.13, 524.97, and 540.64 areas during the ascent higher, preceded by Stops triggered above the 503.54, 508.69, and 510.22 levels.  During pullbacks lower, traders are paying close attention to the pair’s trading activity around the 461.31 area, an upside price objective related to buying pressure that emerged months ago around the 125.52 area.   Some additional downside retracement levels include 432.71, 431.36, 427.78, 424.14, 422.81, 419.74, 415.20, 411.91, and 408.12. Additional areas of potential downside support include the 400.56, 395.87, 387.62, 380.03, 377.17, 367.24, 366.72, 354.44, and 353.78 areas.  Traders are observing that the 50-bar MA (4-hourly) is bullishly indicating above the 100-bar MA (4-hourly) and above the 200-bar MA (4-hourly).  Also, the 50-bar MA (hourly) is bearishly indicating below the 100-bar MA (hourly) and above the 200-bar MA (hourly).

Price activity is nearest the 100-bar MA (4-hourly) at 501.91 and the 200-bar MA (Hourly) at 540.21.

Technical Support is expected around 417.60/ 388.49/ 366.72 with Stops expected below.

Technical Resistance is expected around 627.83/ 637.79/ 668.87 with Stops expected above.

On 4-Hourly chart, SlowK is Bullishly above SlowD while MACD is Bearishly below MACDAverage.

On 60-minute chart, SlowK is Bullishly above SlowD while MACD is Bearishly below MACDAverage.

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ETH 2.0 Confirmed, Is ETH Prepared To Hit ATH?

ETH 2.0 Confirmed, Is ETH Prepared To Hit ATH?

ETH 2.0's beacon genesis is scheduled to launch on Dec.1, after the ETH 2.0 deposit contracts performing a parabolic gain in the past few days. 

The ETH 2.0 accepted deposit on Nov. 4, but to the worry of many investors, only 106,240 ETH had been deposited by November 20, while the launch of ETH 2.0 required 524,288 ETH. 

As the cut-off date drew close, the deposits spiked and hit the target 9 hours before the deadline. To date, 16,384 validators have made deposits and 583,552 ETH have been staked. Following the breakout, ETH gained over 10% in the past day and rose to as high as $622, its new year-to-date high, while Bitcoin remained stuck in $18K. ETH started off the year with $135, now it has gained nearly 350%.

What Is ETH 2.0?

Ethereum 2.0 is an upgrade aiming to enhance the network's scalability, programmability and security. After its completion, the Ethereum blockchain will fully adopt proof-of-stake(PoS) to secure its network, while ETH 1.0 employs a consensus mechanism known as proof of work (PoW). The whole process is divided into 4 phases and is expected to last for at least 2 years.

As the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap, ETH is infamous for its high transaction fee and constant congestion. This is because ETH 1.0 could only handle around 30 transactions per second. But with the launch of ETH 2.0, up to 100,000 transactions could be processed each second thanks to the shard chain. 

Consider driving a car to the other part of the city and the only way to do so is through a bridge. During rush hours, everyone would need to queue to cross the bridge and you are getting more and more annoyed. You don't know it would be minutes or hours before you arrive home. Suddenly, the bridge splits and extends, and you soon find the long queue before you disappear. The journey that used to take you a few hours now could be made in a dozen minutes.Shard chain works similarly to this way. Sharding is the process of distributing data to reduce the network congestion by creating new chains, AKA shards. 

ETH 2.0 is also more sustainable and could transform the whole ecosystem. The network of ETH 1.0 is highly energy-intensive because it requires all miners to solve complex mathematical puzzles and verify new transactions, and the first miner to solve the block problem will be rewarded with crypto. Instead of working together and winner-takes-all, the PoS system chooses the creator of a new block based on the stake and other validators who attest the block will get the transaction fees proportionately. Therefore, PoS requires less computing power and is more of a fair play.

Another advantage of PoS is that it makes a 51% attack almost impossible, or not sensible to the bad actor. That is because in order to launch a 51% attack, a person must stake at least 51% of the total amount of ETH in circulation. Buying such a significant amount of crypto would no doubt attract the attention of the market, not to mention the extremely high cost. 

What would happen to ETH's price?

The final phase of ETH 2.0 is expected to launch in 2021 and it is not the end for Ethereum blockchain. With the release of ETH 2.0, users could utilize ethereum in a much cheaper and efficient way, while getting more security. The increase of usage comes with greater demand that could send ETH's price to new heights.

“By the time ETH 2.0 and rollups work together there will be 100,000 transactions per second capacity. That’ll mean a completely seamless experience for the next billion people,”said Jamie Anson, founder of Nifty Orchard and organizer of Ethereum London.

ETH is holding nicely at the $600 and it is currently consolidating gains. The new main support area is $600-$605. The new resistance is $625 and this is a level that could attract take-profit. ETH could face some minor corrections but the long-term trend remains bullish.

Despite the black swan of COVID-19 at the beginning of the year, the end of 2020 is a springboard for cryptocurrency to go higher. With vaccines on the way, a clear election result and the sliding dolla, the next question for ETH is: how high can ETH go?

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