China’s Crypto Millionaires Are Using Bitcoin to Buy Real Estate Abroad

The chives growing in one crypto tycoon’s California mansion carry a hidden message. Guo Hongcai, a beef salesman turned early bitcoin adopter from China’s Shanxi province, is one of many freshly minted millionaires funneling parts of their wealth out of the country by purchasing real estate abroad. In April, Hongcai sold 500 bitcoin in the U.S. then used that money to buy a 100,000-square-foot mansion in Los Gatos, a 90-minute drive from San Francisco, California. His Rolls-Royce, also purchased with the fruits of bitcoin arbitrage, sits in the driveway close…

Bitcoin Futures Average Daily Volume up 93% in Second Quarter

Bitcoin (BTC) futures average daily volume (ADV) at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) increased by 93 percent in the second quarter over the first quarter of 2018, the company revealed in a tweet July 20. CME also stated that the rate of open interest (OI) or the number of open contracts on Bitcoin futures has exceeded 2,400, which amounted to 58 percent increase in Q1. CME Bitcoin Futures ADV and OI in Q1 2018 and Q2 2018. Source: CMEGroup One of the biggest global exchanges, CME Group launched Bitcoin futures…

Newly Launched Bitcoin Optech Initiative Aims to Address BTC Scalability Issue

A team of Bitcoin (BTC) engineers has announced the launch of the Bitcoin Operations Technology Group (Bitcoin Optech) addressing the problem of Bitcoin’s scalability, according to their statement published July 20. Bitcoin Optech is a non-profit organization backed by leading industry players like PayPal Board Member Wences Casares, executive of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Ltd John Pfeffer, and cryptocurrency research and development group Chaincode Labs. At this stage, Bitcoin Optech focuses on “operational technical work, such as segwit usage, transaction batching, fee estimation and coin selection,” helping companies integrate…

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, TRON: Price Analysis, July 20

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. Have cryptocurrencies bottomed out? This is the first question to pop up in any crypto investor’s mind following the recent pullback from the lows. Arthur Hayes, a Bitcoin bull and co-founder of one of the largest crypto exchanges Bitmex is not convinced that…

Bitcoin Holds the Week’s Major Gains as Other Altcoins Struggle

July 20: Bitcoin (BTC) has split off from other top cryptocurrencies and shows markedly more resilience in holding on to gains secured in the major upswing that kicked off earlier this week. Market visualization from Coin360 As Coin360 data shows, the top coin is an island of green, while most major alts are struggling to maintain positive momentum. Bitcoin (BTC) is trading around $7,398, up a fraction of a percent over the 24 hour period to press time. The leading cryptocurrency has been trading sideways as of early trading hours…

$8K In Reach? 4 Barriers Await Emboldened Bitcoin Bulls

$8,000? It’s not out of the question. With no price pullback happening in the wake of Tuesday’s sudden surge, the technical charts indicate bitcoin could soon close in on this key psychological benchmark. First, an expected pullback was not without merit (the charts were looking overextended on Tuesday when the 4-hour RSI reached its highest level since 2016), but since Wednesday, the world’s largest cryptocurrency has largely consolidated gains in a narrow range between $7,246 and $7,588. As the trading range tightens and the technical indicators regain composure, the probability of…

EOS Leads China’s Blockchain Rankings Again, Bitcoin Still Out of Top 15

The Chinese government has released its third round of public blockchain rankings, and EOS — the fifth-largest cryptocurrency by total market cap — once again reigned supreme. EOS Tops China’s Blockchain Rankings for Second-Straight Month Those rankings, published by the state-backed China Electronic Information Industry Development (CCID) and released this week, evaluated public blockchain networks according to three metrics, roughly translated as technology, applicability, and innovation, which were then compiled into an overall index score. Though scoring below its peers on applicability (middle column), EOS led the rankings with an…

BitMEX CEO Pragmatic on Bitcoin Price Rise

Arthur Hayes, CEO of crypto trading platform BitMEX, has suggested Bitcoin’s current bull run may give way to a price point of $5,000 before heading to $50,000 in 2018, CNBC reports July 19. Commentators have been scrabbling for explanations since Wednesday, July 17, when Bitcoin’s price jumped from $6700 to $7500 in under an hour. For Hayes, however, the behavior is all too familiar, siding with bearish short-term predictions from the likes of trading guru Tone Vays who previously forecast Bitcoin “bottoming” at around $4950. According to Hayes, whose platform…

Bitcoin Price Watch: Can BTC/USD Hold This?

Key Points Bitcoin price is consolidating below a key resistance at $7,555 against the US Dollar. There is a connecting bullish trend line forming with support at $7,390 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). A break below $7,380 could trigger a major downward correction towards $7,100. Bitcoin price is finding it hard to move past $7,555 and $7,575 against the US Dollar. BTC/USD must stay above $7,380 to avoid a downside reaction. Bitcoin Price Analysis Bitcoin price mostly traded in a range above near…

Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Holding Key Support

Key Points Bitcoin cash price is holding an important support near $800 against the US Dollar. There is a contracting triangle forming with support near $805 on the hourly chart of the BCH/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair has to move above the $830 and $840 resistances to gain traction in the near term. Bitcoin cash price remains supported above $800 against the US Dollar. BCH/USD is about to make the next move either above $830 or below $800. Bitcoin Cash Price Resistance Yesterday, we saw a minor…