There has been a long-running obsession with the throughput of transactions for the Ethereum community. Many believe that technology won’t have a future unless this is resolved. This mainly affects traders, especially those loyal to DEXs, and push to solve it has lead to many exciting avenues.
Entire blockchains have been born around the scalability dilemma, such as Algorand. Ethereum has had the problem at the core of its existence from the beginning. Now the Raiden network appears to be a possible solution for the network.
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What Is Raiden?
Now, the Raiden platform acts as a second layer payment channel for Ethereum. The ETH network the second most used public blockchain in the world, due in part for being the first to allow smart contracts in the blockchain. But the current slowness if it when processing payments make it a bad contender for businesses as a point of sale (POS) service for groceries and other necessities.
The gold standard for the crypto world is the VISA payment network with its large transactions per second capacity and ease of use. On top of all, if Etehreum is widely used, the transaction fees will increase to balance the application, limiting is potential. Ethereum has to scale for it to be widely accepted.
Enter the Raiden Network which an algorithm called Balance of Proofs to increase speed and security. The main advantage is that Raiden doesn’t need global consensus, like the main Ethereum network, making transaction confirmation fast and easy.
Since Raiden works outside the main network, it is known as an off-chain solution or layer two solutions. Not all of the transactions need to be recorded in the main Ethereum network for confirmation on the Raiden platform to occur.
When using this network, the Ethereum Ledger is not the backbone of transaction authentification. It is only used to verify what Raiden calls “net claims resulting from off-chain transactions”. Potentially this means that Raiden could be sue to push more transactions per second without full main net verification.
Imagine a series of country roads connecting two major cities. The cars on them can only travel at a slow speed since the width is narrow and there is congestion all the time. Now, the two cities get their act together and build a large highway connecting the two. The travelers wanting to arrive at their destination faster have the option of going to the freeway and, for a fee, moving faster than the people on the roads.
How can Raiden work?
Well since the protocol is an off-chain solution, the platform locks the Ether used for the transaction into a smart contract which frees the funds once the operation is complete. The smart contract is bidirectional, meaning both parties in the using the contracts can transact with each other. The channel is open, in the form of the smart contract, until all of the parties involved conclude to end it.
The accounts participating in the creation of a channel are given certificates at the start of the process. Not all the checks are needed though since the users only have to know the latest one to continue as members. This is the work of the algorithm developed by the project which records all the checks in the channel at any given point in time. This means economic activity in the network is secured by the balance of Proofs protocol.
Once the channel has accomplished its function and the parties involved want to exist and retrieved their respective funds, then they move to the main network. The smart contract quantifies the balance sheet for all parties involved and transfers the funds, finally closing the channel. Once all parties involved have presented their balances of proof, the funds from the smart contract can be withdrawn.
If a party member fails to give its balance in the allowed time the channel is still closed. The balance of the closing member will be used to calculate the funds of the silent party, and all the Ether will still be transferred. This is the mechanism Raiden has implemented to prevent one member from holding the funds in an account hostage.
Benefits of using Raiden
All transactions on the Ethereum network occurs with the associated gas price used to tax computations. So, there is a disconnect when talking about the fee in relation to the amount of Ether or a Token transferred. If the network is experiencing high use, a small transfer is discouraged because the fees become too large. The push-pull relation between gas fees and on-chain transactions give way to periods where the economic incentives are against using Ethereum for small amounts.
This is not the case on the Raiden Network where large or small amounts are economically feasible giving the fee structures. Also, payment can be split into smaller pieces over an extended period all for the same fee.
The bonus is time to reach confirmation is no longer dependent on the parameters of the main network, and it becomes practically instant. This is because verification on the main Network depends on block generation, coupled with, the lapse it takes a miner to pick add the records to the block being created from the various unsettle transactions. This is no longer a necessary process when Raiden, the smart contract, as the Proof of Balance, can handle throughput with the speed of a text message.
Needless to say, this method directly impacts the scalability of the Ethereum protocol. The transactions per second on a blockchain are limited block size and block confirmation time, no matter how many active nodes participate. On the other side, the upper limit of the Raiden Protocol scales linearly with the quantity of the participants, resulting in a scalable and secure solution for future transactions.
The innovation brought by the Raiden Network to Ethereum is hard to understate. The main network is leveraged for its security while the Raiden Protocol provides speed and flexibility.
Litecoin, Monero, Ethereum Classic Price Analysis: 17 May
The Bitcoin market has been on a downtrend and the altcoin market has been mirroring its losses. The markets of Litecoin [LTC], Monero [XMR], and Ethereum Classic [ETC] have been highlighting a similar downtrend while also trying to recover in the short term.
The above chart of Litecoin [LTC] suggested that its value plummeted by 17% within 16-hours. This loss was from $325 to $267. However, after the 17% drop, the LTC value recovered and was now trading at $289.10.
The digital asset has been moving towards immediate resistance at $297.26 but there was evident bearishness in the market due to the fall. As the price slipped low, relative strength index was suggesting that the asset had entered the oversold zone, but this price posed a buying opportunity for others. This buying pressure that was created has pushed the digital asset into a near-equilibrium zone.
The price hangs around the $288-range and the traders may want to be more vigilant as the momentum shifts.
Unlike the Litecoin market, Monero [XMR] market was noting a rise in volatility. The sudden plunge in price pushed LTC from $391 to under $345. Even after recovering to $365, resistance at this level pushed the price once again lower. At the time of press, LTC was trading at $361.
The rise in volatility was indicated by the divergence of Bollinger bands, while the signal line was also plummeting. This suggested that the recent price action has paved the way for the bearishness and as LTC tried to stabilize at the current price, the relative strength index noted that the selling pressure had also increased as it hit 38. Meanwhile, negative momentum was adding to the falling price of LTC.
Ethereum Classic [ETC]
The Etheruem Classic [ETC] price was not as impacted as other alts, thanks to its hard fork Ethereum [ETH]. The ETC price dropped by 19% but managed to recover by 15%. The loss carried ETC value from $110 to 80, but as the market recovers, this value has been pushed to $91.
With the wild price movement, Bollinger bands were noted to converge, which meant that volatility was reducing. As the price surged past the $89 resistance, the market was trying to hold on to this price level. This was also indicated by RSI which was at 47, close to equilibrium. This meant that the buying and the selling pressures were evenly matched. However, the momentum has remained negative.
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Price analysis 5/17: BTC, ETH, BNB, ADA, DOGE, XRP, DOT, BCH, LTC, UNI
Bitcoin (BTC) plummeted to an intraday low near $42,000 today, dropping 35% from its all-time high at $64,849.27. Over the weekend the selling intensified as news that Tesla may have sold its Bitcoin holdings made waves, and even after this was proven to be untrue, Bitcoin’s market dominance had still been pulled down to a three-year low below 40%.
While this decline in Bitcoin may have scared new investors, stock-to-flow creator PlanB said the performance of the current bull phase is still better than the 2017 bull run. PlanB also warned investors to expect several 30% dips during Bitcoin’s climb to a new all-time high.
Although the long-term story remains intact, the sharp bearish moves in Bitcoin on every minor negative news tidbit suggest nervousness among investors. The lack of a sharp recovery even after Elon Musk’s clarification that “Tesla has not sold any Bitcoin” suggests investors are not buying aggressively on positive news.
Will Bitcoin’s weakness stall the altcoin season or is Bitcoin getting ready for a sharp relief rally? Let’s analyze the charts of the top-10 cryptocurrencies to find out.
Bitcoin broke below the neckline of the head and shoulders pattern on May 16 but the bears could not achieve a close below it. By the end of the day, the price rebounded and closed above the neckline.
However, the selling resumed today and the bears have pulled the price below the neckline. If the BTC/USDT pair closes below the neckline, the head and shoulders pattern will complete.
If the bulls do not push the price back above the neckline quickly, the selling is likely to intensify further. The pair could then start its decline toward the pattern target at $31,653.73.
The downsloping 20-day exponential moving average ($52,265) and the relative strength index (RSI) in the oversold territory indicate the bears have the upper hand.
Any pullback is likely to face stiff resistance at the 20-day EMA. This negative view will invalidate if the bulls push the price above the stiff overhead resistance at $60,000.
Ether (ETH) is correcting the sharp uptrend of the past few days. The price dipped below the 20-day EMA ($3,431) today but the bulls are trying to arrest the decline near the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level at $3,195.98.
If the price rebounds off the current level and rises above $3,600, the bulls will try to push the price to $4,200. However, the 20-day EMA has flattened out and the RSI has dropped near the midpoint, suggesting the bullish momentum may be weakening.
If the buyers fail to defend the $3,195.98 support, the decline could extend to the next support at the 50-day simple moving average ($2,709). Such a deep fall is likely to delay the start of the next leg of the uptrend.
Binance Coin (BNB) broke below the 50-day SMA ($520) for the first time since Dec. 13. The 20-day EMA ($585) has started to turn down and the RSI has slipped below 42, suggesting the bears are trying to gain the upper hand.
If the current recovery turns down from the 20-day EMA, it will suggest that traders are closing their positions on rallies. That will increase the possibility of a break below $480. If that happens, the BNB/USDT pair may drop to $428 and then to $348.70.
The first sign of strength will be a breakout and close above $615. Such a move will suggest that the correction is over and the pair may be ready to resume the uptrend. A breakout and close above $691.77 could start the next leg of the uptrend that may reach $796.64.
Cardano (ADA) is in a strong uptrend. It reached a new all-time high at $2.34 on May 16 where profit-booking set in. If the price breaks below $1.95, the altcoin may drop to the 20-day EMA ($1.71).
A strong rebound off the 20-day EMA will suggest the sentiment remains bullish and traders are buying on dips. On the contrary, a break below the 20-day EMA will indicate that supply exceeds demand and that may pull the price down to the 50-day SMA ($1.39).
Instead, if the price turns up from the current level and rises above $2.34, the ADA/USDT pair may resume its uptrend. The next target objective on the upside is $2.82 and then $3. The rising moving averages and the RSI above 63 indicate the path of least resistance is to the upside.
The bulls are currently attempting to defend the 20-day EMA ($0.46). If they succeed, Dogecoin (DOGE) could move up to $0.59 where the bulls are likely to encounter stiff resistance from the bears.
If the price turns down from $0.59, the possibility of a break below the 20-day EMA increases. If that happens, the DOGE/USDT pair could drop to the critical support at $0.35. A strong rebound off this support could keep the pair range-bound between $0.35 and $0.59 for a few days.
Contrary to this assumption, if the bulls drive the price above $0.59, the pair may retest the all-time high at $0.73. A breakout of this resistance could start the next leg of the uptrend that may reach $0.83 and then $1.
The bulls purchased the dip to the support line of the symmetrical triangle today, indicating buying at lower levels. The buyers will now try to propel XRP above the resistance line of the triangle.
If they succeed, the XRP/USDT pair could pick up momentum and rally to the 52-week high at $1.96.This level may act as stiff resistance but if the bulls can overcome it, the pair may rally to $2.68.
The flat 20-day EMA ($1.43) and the RSI above 53 do not signal a clear advantage to the bulls. If the price turns down from the resistance line of the triangle, the pair may extend its stay inside the triangle for a few more days.
The trend will turn in favor of the bears if the price breaks below the triangle. That could result in a decline to $0.88.
Polkadot (DOT) broke out of the $44 overhead resistance on May 14 but the bulls could not sustain the higher levels. The bears pulled the price back below the breakout level at $44 on May 15.
The 20-day EMA ($39.34) is flattening out and the RSI is near the midpoint, suggesting the range-bound action may continue for a few more days.
A break below $32.50 could open the gates for a decline to the critical support at $26.50. A bounce off this support will suggest accumulation at lower levels.
On the other hand, if the price rises from the current level and breaks above $44, it will suggest that sentiment remains positive and the bulls continue to buy at lower levels. That will increase the possibility of a retest of the all-time high at $49.78.
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) broke and closed below the 20-day EMA ($1,178) on May 15. The bulls attempted to push the price back above the 20-day EMA on May 16 but failed to sustain the higher levels. This led to further selling today and the price dipped to the psychological level at $1,000.
The bulls are currently attempting to defend the support at $1,000. However, any relief rally from the current level is likely to face stiff resistance at the 20-day EMA ($1,170) and then at $1,362.74.
If the price turns down from this level, the BCH/USDT pair may remain range-bound for a few days.
This neutral view will invalidate if the pair continues lower and breaks below the 50-day SMA ($922). Such a move could open the doors for a further decline to $700. The trend may favor the bulls on a break and close above $1,362.74.
The failure of the bulls to build upon the breakout of the ascending broadening wedge formation could have attracted aggressive profit-booking from short-term traders. This pulled Litecoin (LTC) to the 20-day EMA ($308) on May 12.
Although the bulls attempted a recovery on May 13 and 14, the rebound fizzled out at $339.10. The selling resumed on May 15 and sent the LTC/USDT pair below the 20-day EMA.
Today, the bulls are attempting to defend the 50-day SMA ($270). However, the 20-day EMA has started to slope down and the RSI is below 45, suggesting the bears are trying to make a comeback.
If the pair breaks below the 50-day SMA, the selling could intensify and the pair may drop to the support line of the wedge. This negative view will be negated if the bulls push the price above $340.
Uniswap (UNI) broke below the support line of the ascending channel today but the bears could not capitalize on this weakness. The bulls are currently attempting to push the price back into the channel.
However, the 20-day EMA ($37.72) has started to turn down and the RSI has dipped into the negative territory, suggesting the bears have a slight advantage. If the price closes below the channel, it will indicate a possible change in trend.
The UNI/USDT pair could then drop to the $27.50 to $25 support zone and then to $20. This negative view will invalidate if the buyers propel the price above $40.
The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.
Market data is provided by HitBTC exchange.
‘Cash, candy or Bitcoin’: Paying minors in 2021
A Bloomberg contributor will be paying his son Bitcoin in exchange for chores above and beyond his usual scope, but he is seemingly unable to decide on the best means of payment.
In an opinion piece today, Eddie Yoon said he would pay his seventh grader 0.00055 Bitcoin (BTC) — roughly $23.50 at the time of publication — for the boy helping him with competitive pricing benchmarking for a rental property. Yoon said he gave his son Luke a choice of “cash, candy, or Bitcoin” for the work, closing the deal with a handshake.
According to the Bloomberg contributor, the move was based on giving his children a role in their own financial decisions rather than jumping in on any craze. He said he helped Luke purchase Tesla stock in 2016 and his daughters buy into Apple and Alphabet.
“We’ve told our kids that we will fund any investment that we collectively agree on between now and the age of 25,” said Yoon. “We don’t plan to leave them an inheritance, so we want them to be equipped for a future in which their own investments give them financial security.”
Yoon added that he has “yet to figure out which cryptocurrency platform allows minors to open accounts.” There are few, if any, laws that prohibit children under the age of 18 from HOLDing or trading cryptocurrency, but many exchanges still require verification to ensure their users are of legal age. Alternatively, adults can gift minors crypto with paper wallets or through Bitcoin ATMs.
“We don’t want our kids to necessarily beat the market. We want our kids to be able to think independently about money. We want them to manage their money, not let it manage them. We want them to find the right balance between ignorance and obsession with money.”
Though many children — and adults — may not always be able to understand the complexities of the market, some crypto enthusiasts have already taken the first steps toward them becoming more financially educated. Three-year-old Lily Knight, born during the 2017 bull run, meets both criteria by teaching others about crypto and blockchain on her YouTube channel.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in a tweet Saturday that he and his 11-year-old son Jake collectively own 3,250 Dogecoin (DOGE) — roughly $1,556 at the time of publication. Cuban previously claimed he used the token for entertainment and financial education.
However, one of the youngest prominent crypto holders is Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s son X Æ A-Xii — pronounced “ex ash eh twelve” — who recently celebrated his first birthday. Musk said he purchased some DOGE for the baby at nine months old, referring to him as a “toddler HODLer.”
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