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Irish Central Bank Issues Alert about Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

We would like to inform our readers about a consumer alert issued by the Irish Central Bank in relation to Initial Coin Offerings (aka Token Sales aka ICOs) which have become one of the major uses of cryptocurrencies in the last year, especially ERC-20 tokens on the Ethereum Blockchain. These are used by a number of companies to raise funds for projects, of varying quality, and for which a number may turn into scams or vapourware, while others may help get some pretty complex platforms developed. TLDR, be careful and do your research before investing anything in these, and don’t

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We would like to inform our readers about a consumer alert issued by the Irish Central Bank in relation to Initial Coin Offerings (aka Token Sales aka ICOs) which have become one of the major uses of cryptocurrencies in the last year, especially ERC-20 tokens on the Ethereum Blockchain. These are used by a number of companies to raise funds for projects, of varying quality, and for which a number may turn into scams or vapourware, while others may help get some pretty complex platforms developed. TLDR, be careful and do your research before investing anything in these, and don’t bet your house on them. Some people have made a lot of money from flipping token sales on exchanges, but equally many, many tokens have dropped considerably in value straight after launch.

The full release is available at https://www.centralbank.ie/consumer-hub/consumer-notices/alert-on-initial-coin-offerings

Alert on Initial Coin Offerings
Information Notice December 2017

Consumers are alerted to the high risks associated with Initial Coin Offerings.

An Initial Coin Offering or “ICO” refers to a new means of raising money from the public, using so-called “coins” or “tokens”. These coins or tokens are issued in exchange for traditional currencies, such as the euro, or more often, virtual currencies e.g. Bitcoin or Ether.

ICO campaigns are conducted online, using the internet and social media.

Investors should be aware that they are exposed to the following risks when investing in ICOs:

    Unregulated activity, vulnerable to fraud or illicit activities
    High risk of losing all invested capital
    Lack of exit options and extreme price volatility
    Inadequate information
    Flaws in the technology

European national supervisory authorities, including the Central Bank, contributed to the production of the ESMA statement, which was published on 13 November 2017.

See also:

European Banking Authority Warning to Consumers on Virtual Currencies

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Source: https://bitcoinsinireland.com/irish-central-bank-issues-alert-about-initial-coin-offerings-icos/

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Cardano must remain above this level to revive from current lows or else…

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Cardano, following the lead of Bitcoin and Ethereum was falling today. In fact, in some ways, the third-generation coin has been following the second-generation coin. ADA’s price movement has been imitating ETH’s price action. It is important to consider what this means for the investors. We know they are hit by losses but how bad is that hit? Can they recover from it?

Cardano following Ethereum?

The coin has seen a consistent price fall in the same 5 day period as Ethereum did, falling by 15.08% at press time. At $2.12, things do not look good for ADA holders.

Cardano’s 15.08% drop | Source: TradingView – AMBCrypto

Those who bought ADA for around $2.41, are presently struggling to sell their holdings. As mentioned due to the price falling to $2.14 these people are dealing in losses. At the moment they represent 67% of all ADA investors.

The addresses in profits did not suffer much, however, but those at break-even did. These addresses went into losses and the total number of addresses in loss rose by 4%.

4% Cardano addresses move into losses | Source: Intotheblock – AMBCrypto

These losses further led to the average balance on every Cardano holders’ address dropping from $40k to $37k.

Cardano addresses’ average balance falls | Source: Intotheblock – AMBCrypto

So are there any hopes of recovery?

Hopes of recovery are alive but for that Cardano will have to maintain its strength somehow. Already its correlation to Bitcoin has dropped to 0.71. 

But that hasn’t stopped bullish investors from trying to gain as much profit as possible. The market books show a 16 million ADA worth $34.2 million higher demand for buying even during such a market.

Cardano continues to be bought | Source: Intotheblock – AMBCrypto

At present, $2 is the immediate and critical support. To minimize losses Cardano must remain above it as a fall from it could lead to further downfall.

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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/cardano-must-remain-above-this-level-to-revive-from-current-lows-or-else

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XRP, EOS, Chainlink Price Analysis: 20 September

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Broader crypto market sentiments remained quite bearish over the last 24 hours. The likes of XRP, EOS and Chainlink registered substantial losses.

XRP was trading below a dollar’s mark after over a month’s time. EOS lost 15.4% of its valuation and inched closer to its immediate support level. Lastly, Chainlink declined by 13.5% and was oversold after a gap of multiple months in between. 

XRP

XRP, EOS and Chainlink Price Analysis: 20 September

XRP/USD, TradingView

XRP depreciated 14.6% over the last 24 hours and was trading at $0.90. Immediate support level for the coin was at $0.77. 

Technical outlook suggested negative price action. MACD displayed red bars on the histograms. The Relative Strength Index was near the 20-mark indicating that XRP was oversold. Bollinger Bands diverged, suggesting that price volatility might be on the rise.

Conversely, if XRP’s buying pressure finds its way back, then the first resistance point stands at $1.06. Other price ceilings awaited the alt at $1.20 and $1.31 respectively. 

EOS

XRP, EOS and Chainlink Price Analysis: 20 September

EOS/USD, TradingView

EOS recorded a 15.4% fall over the last 24 hours and was trading at $4.26. The token had last traded around this price level over a month ago. A dip below the current price level could push EOS to trade at $3.90 support line. 

On the four-hour chart, the price of EOS was below the 20-SMA line. This reading meant that momentum belonged with the sellers. The Relative Strength Index was positioned inside the oversold territory.

Chaikin Money Flow was below the half-line as capital inflows also declined. MACD displayed red bars on the histogram. On the flipside, the first resistance mark for the coin was at $4.54. Additional price ceilings were at $5.10 and $5.48. 

Chainlink (LINK)

XRP, EOS and Chainlink Price Analysis: 20 September

LINK/USD, TradingView

Chainlink was priced at $24.07 after it plunged by 13.5% over the last 24 hours. Immediate support line was at $22.50, a price level it last touched on 11 August. The price of LINK was seen below the four-hour 20-SMA, indicating that price momentum belonged to the sellers. 

The Relative Strength Index was on a multi-month low. It was parked near the 20-mark signifying an oversold state. Awesome Oscillator displayed red signal bars. MACD flashed red bars on the histogram. 

In the event of a price reversal, LINK’s immediate resistance was at $27.78. Other resistance lines awaited LINK at $32.37 and $35.83.

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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/xrp-eos-chainlink-price-analysis-20-september

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Mapping Dogecoin’s retreat, as the horizon line recedes from $1 to $0.5 to…

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As most of the market’s coins have sort of recovered from the 7 September crash, DOGE is one of the few “top” alts that hasn’t shown any signs of revival. In fact, DOGE’s price has shrunk by more than 11% on both, the daily and weekly time window. On TradingView’s price chart, it was rather noticeable that DOGE’s price was positioned within its newly-formed descending channel.

Will DOGE bark anytime soon?

At the time of writing, it was noted that close to 60% of addresses that owned DOGE were in losses. IntoTheBlock’s Global In/Out of the Money indicator presented the same. On any given day, rising RoIs manage to attract new investors into the market. However, the current state of returns do not serve as an incentive.

Messari’s data highlighted quite an interesting trend with respect to the meme-coin’s network-value-t0-transaction ratio. This ratio gauges the  relationship between the market cap and the transfer volumes. When the NVT is high, it indicates that the network value is outpacing the value being transferred on the network.

Source: Messari

Usually such a trend tends to rub-off positively on the long-term valuation of any alt. The same has been observed with Ethereum per se. However, this has not been the case with DOGE. The alt’s price has always pumped when the the NVT has been low. On 15 August when DOGE’s price was at its $0.3 local top, the adjusted NVT was  as low as 33.96. Further, during the SNL saga when the price was at its ATH, the NVT was as low as 16.47.

As can be seen from the chart attached, the current level [333] is exorbitantly high, and as per the tradition, isn’t favorable to sustain DOGE’s rally.

Further, when the coin’s price slightly rallied in August, the development activity had started showing signs of revival. In fact, this metric witnessed a steep incline from 8 to 13 in a matter of 10 days in. Since then, the same has remained quite stagnant.

Having said that, it should also be noted that the active developer count has also been on the decline of late. At the time of writing, there was only 1 developer who was actively working. In fact, the submissions on the GitHub repository too has been pretty inert lately.

Source: Santiment

The collective sentiment at the time of writing was additionally bearish at press time. Thus, it doesn’t make sense to expect DOGE’s price to pump in the coming days. If DOGE manages to sustain its current levels, that itself would be equivalent to a victory for the meme-coin and its loyal community. In retrospect, the $0.5 benchmark too, just like $1, seems to be far from attainable at this point.

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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/mapping-doges-retreat-as-the-horizon-closes-in-from-1-to-0-5-to

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