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Forex and Cryptocurrency Forecast for July 06 - 10, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. The latest US employment data is not just optimistic, but over-optimistic: approximately 4.8 million people returned to work in June. The unemployment rate fell from 13.3% to 11.1% - the best increase in employment outside the agricultural sector since records began in 1939.
So what? Nothing! The market has almost stopped responding to macroeconomic indicators as it has new, outperforming indicators: the number of newly infected COVID-19 and the number of dead from this virus. And here the United States far surpassed both Europe and China. As a result, the American economy is in a vicious circle: the more employment, the more newly opened businesses, the more people went to work, began to visit restaurants, travel by bus and subway, the more ... newly infected with the coronavirus. The number of such only on Thursday July 2 was 57 thousand - an increase of almost twice as much as at its peak in April.
Things are significantly better in China and Europe, and so they can relaunch their economies more actively. The United States, on the contrary, will be forced to slow down this process. Positive statistics for July may be the peak, followed by a new fall. But the US will need, according to the congressional Budget office, at least ten years in order to return to the level of unemployment that was before the pandemic (3.5%).
In the absence of other drivers for decision-making, the market is at a crossroads, expecting how the situation with COVID-19 will develop further and what measures the US leadership can take to deal with the new wave of the pandemic. This inability of investors to take any direction was reflected in expert forecasts. Recall that last week their opinions were divided almost equally: 30% voted for the pair's growth, 40% for its fall and 30% for the side trend. At the same time, the boundaries of the channel on which it moved the whole second half of June — 1.1170 and 1.1350 were named as the main levels of support and resistance. In reality, volatility was even lower, the pair did not go beyond 1.1185-1.1300, and ended the week at 1.1245 - almost at the same Pivot Point 1.1240 along which it moved back in March 2019;

- GBP/USD. Was it a temporary correction or a reversal of the June 20-day downtrend? Negotiations on the post-Brexit period are, according to a number of experts, going well and it looks like the EU is ready to make concessions on the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. This inspires investors with a certain optimism about the future of the British currency, which is reflected in its quotes: the pound is growing in relation to the euro and the dollar. The GBP/USD pair found a local bottom at 1.2250 on Monday, June 29, after which it steadily went up, reaching a high of 1.2530 on Thursday, July 2. The final chord sounded at around 1.2480, which allowed the pound to win back 145 points from the American currency in a week;

- USD/JPY. Japan's State Pension Fund (GPIF), the world's largest management company in this sphere, announced record losses for the first quarter of 2020, which amounted to ?17.7 trillion ($165) billion). The structure of its losses allows us to draw some analytical conclusions. So, GPIF lost 22% (?10.2 trillion) on investments in shares of foreign companies, 18% (?7.4 trillion) on investments in the Japanese stock market and only 0.5% (?185 billion) on investments in Japanese government securities. Due of the pandemic, the American S&P500 index fell by 20%, the Japanese Topix slightly less — by 18%, the yield of ten-year US Treasuries over this period fell by 125 basis points, and here the yield of similar government securities in Japan increased by 3 bps. The yen also strengthened in the first quarter – by 1% against the dollar, and by 3% against the Euro. These figures are quite eloquent about which Japanese assets can be considered a real haven.
As for the behavior of the pair USD/JPY in the past week, there were no special events: the yen and the dollar continue to struggle with varying success for the funds of investors who do not want to risk, as a result, the pair continues its movement along the Pivot Point in the 107.50 zone. That's where it ended the trading session;

– cryptocurrencies. According to estimates by British investment firm Buy Shares, bitcoin has bypassed the world's leading indices by an average of 70 times over the past five years. During this period, investments in the main cryptocurrency could bring more than 3400% profit. At the same time, the NASDAQ index rose 96 percent. The S&P500 index, whose basket includes 505 selected companies traded on US exchanges, showed even lower returns – 46%. The Dow Jones industrial average has a similar result – 42%. The worst result from the above was shown by the leading index of the British Stock Exchange FTSE100 - from June 2015 to the present day, its quotes fell by almost 7%.
However, past merits of bitcoin are not at all a guarantee of merits in the present and future. The main cryptocurrency continues to move in the narrow range of $9,000-10,000 for the seventh week in a row. Such sideways trends have repeatedly ended in a collapse. So, bitcoin dangerously pressed to the lower boundary of the channel all last week, not rising above the horizon $9,285. Moreover, the bears made several breakout attempts, during which the price of BTC fell to the $8,840 mark, which gave investors a lot of unpleasant feelings. Such dynamics cannot please the miners working after the May halving at a loss either.
Despite the above figures of staggering bitcoin returns, analysts are increasingly talking about the correlation of this cryptocurrency with the stock market. Against the backdrop of alarming expectations of a new wave of a pandemic in the United States, stock indices moved to the red zone at the end of the week: investor risk appetites are disappearing. Accordingly, their interest in bitcoin is falling. Crypto market capitalization is virtually unchanged: $266 billion on June 19, $263 billion on June 26, $260 billion on July 03. (Note that the crypto market showed the same volumes exactly two years ago, in June-July 2018). The Crypto Fear & Greed Index is also behaving sluggishly: its arrow is at 41 (39 on June 19 and 40 on June 26).
Now about the altcoins. The total number of all kinds of crypto coins today is a gigantic figure, 5687. Bitcoin dominates the market, covering 64.4% of its volume. It is followed by Ethereum (ETH) with 9.70%. Demand for this coin is fueled by the promises of its creator, Vitalik Buterin, to increase network bandwidth to 100K transactions per second. The next most popular bypassing the Ripple turned out to be the Tether stablecoin (USDT), which shows positive dynamics in moments difficult for the cryptocurrency market. The capitalization of the USDT at the end of the past week was 3.55%, while the capitalization of the Ripple (XRP) was only 3.04%.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. No particularly important economic events are expected in the coming week. The number of new applications for unemployment benefits in the United States, as well as some data on ISM business activity in the services sector in this country, and industrial production in Germany will become known. However, most likely, they will not be able to shake the market much. Due to the fact that all interest rates are about zero, the spreads of bond yields have almost nothing to react to either. And, as has already been said, the reaction of investors to the news about COVID-19 will most likely be affecting the behavior of the EUR/USD pair.
There is another interesting factor that can affect the dollar, it is the results of the US presidential election, which will determine the further economic policy of the country. But it is still four months away, and a serious recovery should be expected only when autumn starts. Although Donald Trump is known for his ability to present the most unexpected surprises at any moment. However, this "parameter" is almost impossible to predict.
It is not worth focusing on the indicator readings with this behavior of the EUR/USD pair in recent weeks, and it is almost impossible, since their main color on both H4 and D1 has become neutral gray. Graphical analysis refuses any constructions as well. But among analysts, the belief in the dollar still dominates. So, 45% of them voted for its growth and reduction of the EUR/USD pair, first to the lower border of the channel 1.1170, and in case of its breakdown - another 70-100 points below. 25% of experts expect to see the pair at a height of 1.1400, and the remaining 30% predict the continuation of its consolidation in the region of Pivot Point 1.1240;

- GBP/USD. So, let's repeat the question asked in the first part of the review: "Was it a temporary correction or a reversal of the June downtrend?» Graphical analysis on H4 confidently answers: “A reversal” and draws a further rise of the pair to the high of June 10 at 1.2810. On D1, the forecast is somewhat different - first, a decline to support 1.2245, then a return to the level of 1.2480.
The vast majority of trend indicators (90%) and oscillators (85%) on H4 are painted green. On D1 there is no such solidarity: here priority is given to gray neutral, and 15% of oscillators signal the pair is overbought.
As for analysts, they will first of all wait for the results of the next round of negotiations on the terms of the UK's exit from the EU. In the meantime, 30% of them believe that the pair will move within the lateral corridor 1.2245-1.2680, in the central zone of which it completed the previous week. Another 20% expect it to rise to a height of 1.2810, and 50% of experts expect the pair to decline to support 1.2160, and then 100 points lower;

- USD/JPY. Here, the expert votes were distributed as follows: for the pair’s growth - 40%, for its fall - 40%, for the sideways trend - 20%. On H4, the indicator readings are indistinct, and the only reference point can be their readings on D1. Among the trend indicators on this timeframe, 70% point to the north, and 85% among the oscillators. Support levels are 107.30, 106.60 and the lower border of the side channel is 106.00. Resistance levels are 108.10, 109.30 and 109.85;

– cryptocurrencies. The gurus of this market, as usual, raise their heads to the stars, predicting bitcoin's cosmic takeoff. The June issue of Crypto Research Report presents a forecast that the price of BTC could approach $400,000 in the next ten years. Top altcoins, Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Stellar (XLM) will also significantly increase the price. “We believe bitcoin is at the very beginning of its acceptance curve,” the report said. “The $7,200 price at the end of 2019 indicates that BTC is present at less than 0.44% of all of $212 trillion markets. If this penetration reaches 10%, its cost should be almost $400,000.” This will mean an increase in the price of BTC by 2030 by more than 4000%. ETH, LTC and BCH in this scenario also look extremely optimistic, showing gains of 1600%, 5000% and 5400%. The largest growth should be shown by XLM, over 11,000% (from $0.07 to $7.81).
An even higher cost of Bitcoin is predicted by the TV presenter and founder of Bitcoin Capital, Max Kaiser. Recall that he began to promote this cryptocurrency when it cost only $1, and now Kaiser suggested that the price for a coin could reach $500,000. However, this requires “just a little thing” - the US mining war with Iran and Venezuela for hashrate. According to the TV presenter's calculations, Iran controls 3% of the world's hashrate, and Venezuela could soon gain control of 3 -5% of the hashrate, forcing the US into the race for mining, and will lead to an increase in the price of the main cryptocurrency.
However, the near future does not look as rosy as Max Kaiser would like. We have already said that in the eyes of large institutional investors, bitcoin was, is, and will remain for a long time a risky asset, following such stock indexes as the S&P500. And in the near future, according to analysts at JP Morgan, pension funds can liquidate their assets in shares worth $ 175 billion, which will work like a trigger, causing a wave of sales in the stock and cryptocurrency markets.
None of the experts sees the BTC/USD pair above the $9,000 mark in the coming week. 40% of experts expect a continuation of its sideways trend in the range of $ 9,000-10,000. Most analysts (60%) believe that the pair will fall into the $ 8,000-9,000 level.
In the transition to the medium-term forecast, the number of bulls’ supporters rises to 55 -60%. So, for example, Bloomberg analyst Mike McGlone thinks the price of BTC could rise to $13,000, and even close to the critical $20,000 mark by the end of the year. After that, according to the expectations of many experts, there will be a massive closure of long positions and an impressive rollback of the pair down.


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- One of the US venture capital pioneers, Tim Draper, has once again reaffirmed his commitment to bitcoin. According to the financier, now is the time to invest in the main cryptocurrency, as it looks relatively stable against other assets. Even the dollar cannot compete with bitcoin on a number of parameters. Investing in altcoins will also definitely bear fruit, but the risk in this case is slightly increased. The financier did not rule out that even large banks, starting first just to work with cryptocurrencies, will then make them their main tool. And then the exchange rate of the dollar and the rest of the fiat will sink significantly.
“The effectiveness of each investment tool needs to be evaluated in times of crisis. If an asset sinks along with the entire market, the same can happen to it at any time. When a financial instrument shows relative stability, you need to use it for your own purposes. I'm sure bitcoin is the optimal asset to invest right now. The cryptocurrency market has a real support, so a serious drawdown is unlikely for it. In addition, digital assets are not associated with risky industries like the oil and the dollar. The cryptocurrency is almost unaffected by the geopolitical situation, which makes it stronger than any fiat asset,” Draper argued.

- According to the analytical portal Skew, the correlation between bitcoin and the S&P500 index has reached a historical high. The current rate is approximately 66.2 per cent. There has been an increase in correlation over the past few months, but now the value has reached its peak. If at the beginning of the year the correlation was traced only at serious collapses or spikes, now it takes place even at the lowest volatility. “Some people compare bitcoin with gold, but even if it is connected with the stock markets, it remains a risky asset,” experts say.

- The Binance-supported blockchain hotel reservation service Travala has announced a partnership with Expedia, an American tour operator. Thanks to this, it will be possible to pay for rooms in 700,000 hotels from the company's catalogue using BTC and another 30 digital currencies. Expedia previously accepted payments in bitcoins but abandoned this method in 2018 as it did not fit with their traditional financial model. And now a second attempt follows, apparently related to the general crisis in the tourism industry.

- The experts of The Tokenist information platform, having polled 4852 people aged 18 to 65 years from 17 countries, analysed how the attitude towards bitcoin has changed over the past three years. Since 2017, the number of people who prefer BTC to traditional assets has grown significantly. More than 45% of respondents would prefer to have this cryptocurrency instead of stocks, real estate and gold, which is 13% more than three years ago. Moreover, among millennials, their share is 92% against 68% earlier.
The number of people familiar with Bitcoin increased from 30% to 61%, with the number of respondents owning or having owned it rising from 2% to 6%. Among millennials, the number of people familiar with bitcoin rose from 42% to 78%, and cryptocurrency owners rose from 4% to 14%. Note that 44% of millennials claim that they will buy BTC within the next five years.
There is an increase аrom 18% to 47% in the number of people trusting bitcoin more than large banks. Among millennials surveyed, there are 51 percent of them, among older people, only 7 percent of them. It is noteworthy that the number of people over 65 who are familiar with cryptocurrencies has grown by 51%! The authors of the study believe that this is due to the growing mention of bitcoin in the media and the growing support for coins from the side of trade.

- A team of researchers from Bloomberg Agency published a report forecasting the rapid resumption of the rally of the leading cryptocurrency. According to analysts, the market has the most comfortable environment for the flow of capital into the crypto industry. Among the factors contributing to the strengthening of BTC, experts highlighted the weakening position of central banks, as well as the growth of investment in gold, the digital counterpart of which is bitcoin. The low volatility that we have observed over the past weeks also contributes to the flow of funds from the stock market to BTC. The result of the new bitcoin race should be a rise to $12,000. Recall that among Bloomberg analysts, Mike McGlone is an ardent supporter of the largest cryptocurrency. He said back in June that a BTC jerk was imminent, with the result by the end of the year being to overcome the psychological milestone of $20,000. In shaping his forecast, McGlone relied on statistics on the growth of active addresses in the BTC network.

- Anthony Trenchev, Managing Partner of Nexo Credit Platform, gave an even more optimistic forecast. In his opinion, the value of bitcoin may exceed $50,000 in a few months. During an interview at the Block Down conference, Anthony Trenchev said that the Nexo platform is growing tens of percent every month, new customers are constantly registering, both retail and institutional investors. And it is the increased participation of institutionals that can be the driver of growth.
Trenchev believes that from the point of view of fundamental factors, bitcoin is now stronger than ever. It looks particularly strong against the backdrop of quantitative easing policies pursued by central banks. “I think it's good for gold and especially for bitcoin. So, I'm sticking to my $50,000 forecast by the end of the year. I admit, this is a bold statement, but fundamental factors and a change in attitude towards cryptocurrency make it real,” Anthony Trenchev concluded.

- A popular crypto analyst under the nickname PlanB conducted a survey among Twitter users to find out what the price of BTC will be by December 2021. The survey involved 26,639 people. Most respondents believe that the largest cryptocurrency will not be able to break above $55,000. Nearly 30% of respondents named the $100,000 mark. And 17% do not exclude the option in which BTC will approach $ 300,000.

- Developer and founder of startup Zap Inc. Jack Mullers announced the launch of the Strike product into the open beta stage. Strike will allow transfers in BTC via direct bank deposits, similar to how it works with dollars. 2Also, in order to enter the market in the most efficient way, the startup is preparing to release its own card in the Visa system.
This year, Visa accepted the Fold cryptocurrency cashback distribution program into Fast Track. There is also a debit card that allows you to pay with cryptocurrency. It is not yet known what option will be offered to Zap card holders.

- The chief organizer and principal perpetrator of the Olalekan crime scheme, Jacob Ponle, better known as Woodbery, has been extradited from the UAE and will be tried in the United States in a case of money laundering, fraud a particularly large scale and a number of crimes. The cybercriminal faces up to 20 years in prison. According to the FBI, about 2 million people and organizations have become victims of fraud over the past few years. The group included at least 11 people who were engaged in hacker attacks on computers and servers of large American companies, having stolen about $168 million.

- The ZUBR crypto derivatives exchange published a study according to which the daily mining of bitcoin by the end of this decade will be significantly lower than the demand for it from buyers. Based on the performance of Chainalysis, ZUBR estimates that by the time of the next halving in 2024, small investors will already absorb more than 50% of the supply. And if everything continues at this rate, the demand for bitcoins will significantly exceed the supply by 2028, which will entail a significant increase in the price of this cryptocurrency.


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Forex and Cryptocurrency Forecast for July 13 - 17, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. The dollar is slowly weakening, the pair moved above Pivot Point 1.1240 last week, but is still within the five-week channel 1.1170-1.1350. As expected by 25% of experts, the bulls made an attempt to reach the level of 1.1400, but their attack choked quickly, and, turning at the height of 1.1370, the pair went down again, ending the five-day period in the 1.1300 zone.
The pressure on the American currency is explained by the improvement in the economic situation in a number of countries, including the EU. Enterprises have started working there, demand is recovering, buyers are returning to stores, unlike the United States, where even Fed officials doubt the ability of the economy to recover quickly. Thus, FOMC members Rosengren and Barkin noted that, having fulfilled the old orders, the industry has so far not received new ones. And this could lead to further printing of dollars and an increase in the quantitative easing (QE) program.
All this comes amid a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, July 08, a new peak of infections was reached in the United States, 60 thousand people. The number of deaths doubled compared with average levels, reaching 1000 per day, which is a significant reason for the growth of pessimism among market participants.
The euro, on the contrary, feels better, thanks to the improvement of the epidemiological situation and the competent monetary and fiscal policy of the EU. Support for Europe is also provided by the rapidly strengthening yuan and, paradoxically, the US president Donald Trump. More precisely, his falling ratings, because of which he is now not up to the trade wars with China. And if Democrat Joe Biden becomes the new president, then Washington’s policy towards Beijing may change dramatically, which will lead to further growth of the Chinese and, as a consequence, European economies;

- GBP/USD. In the last issue of the forecast, we wondered whether the growth of the pound was considered a temporary correction or a serious turnaround in the trend. The vast majority of indicators, along with graphical analysis, predicted a further rise for the pair. A total of 50% of experts also spoke in favor of its northward movement, with 30% pointing to a resistance of 1.2680 as a limiter. And they were right: the week's high was recorded at 1.2670, followed by a slight bounce down and a finish at 1.2625.
The steady growth of the pound was facilitated by the widespread weakening of the dollar (the reasons are indicated above), as well as moderate optimism caused by the negotiations on the terms of the UK's exit from the EU;

— USD/JPY. Tokyo, like a number of US states, has also recorded a record rise in coronavirus cases. However, so far this is not very worrying for investors, especially since the data on actual orders for machine tools and equipment that became known this week turned out to be higher than forecast, which indicates some recovery in the Japanese economy.
Against the backdrop of a general weakening of the dollar, the yen was able to strengthen its position a bit: starting the week from 107.50, the pair sank to the horizon of 106.65 by Friday evening. The final chord of the week was set at 106.90;

– cryptocurrencies. If a few months ago, the main topic of discussion was the question of whether Bitcoin can be considered a safe haven asset, now the topic of correlation of the main cryptocurrency with the stock market is constantly being discussed. For example, the Skew portal calculated that the correlation between bitcoin and the S&P500 index has now reached a historical high and currently its coefficient is approximately 66%. According to portal analysts, this means that Bitcoin has failed to become the antithesis of traditional finance and is moving in the same harness with them. Some even called bitcoin a "stock market startup."
There is a certain logic to this, since the main source of financing for both markets, both the stock and crypto, have been central banks in recent months, and, first of all, the US Federal Reserve, which pours the economy with a huge amount of cheap money.
But if you look at the graphs, a completely different picture emerges. Since the May halving of the BTC, the S&P500 index has risen by about 9%, the Nasdaq 100 - by 19%, but bitcoin, having failed to gain a foothold above $10,000, has gone down and now is consolidated in the $9,000-9,500 zone. So where's the correlation?
Unlike the stock market, bitcoin does not look like the most attractive asset at the moment, despite the entreaties of all kinds of crypto gurus. The main cryptocurrency continues to consume a huge amount of energy, and at its current price, it loses its supporters even among miners, whose revenue, according to Coindesk estimates, fell by 26% in June.
The cryptocurrency market capitalization has grown slightly over the past week, reaching $269 billion, and has only returned to where it was already on June 22 and 24. The Crypto Fear & Greed Index of Bitcoin has not changed at all for the week: its arrow is still at 41.
Such sluggishness of the main cryptocurrency plays into the hands of altcoins, especially since it has become much easier to buy them than a year or two ago. And if on May 15 the share of Bitcoin in the crypto market was 69.81%, now it has dropped to 62.79%. That is, in less than two months, the drop was 7.02% in absolute terms and 10% in relative terms.
Unlike BTC, many altcoins show impressive growth in July, and this can't help but attract investor attention. So, for example, the growth of Ethereum (ETH/USD) at the high of July 07 was about 10%, Ripple (XRP/USD) - 20%, Cardano - 34%. The record holders were Dogecoin, which added 79% after the viral video in TikTok and VeChain with 101%.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. If earlier the main reference point for investors was US stock indices, now everything has changed. At the beginning of July, the ball is ruled not at all by the American S&P500, but by the Chinese Shanghai Composite. And if before the US economy grew much faster than the European economy, fueled by trade wars with China, things have now turned 180 degrees. Now the Fed no longer has the ability to raise the interest rate, making the dollar more attractive compared to rival currencies. A black cloud over the US economyis the prospect of massive non-repayment of loans, which are the main driver of its growth.
The dollar index has already returned to the area of June lows, losing 1.4% since early July, and this trend threatens to become long-term. According to some experts, the American currency may lose up to 20% of its value within a few years, losing most of what has been won since 2014.
The average forecast of the 11 largest US banks indicates the EUR/USD pair at 1.1500 by the end of 2020. The only one to favor the strengthening of the dollar and lower the pair towards 1.0500 was investment bank Merrill Lynch. The reason for this forecast was the expectation of an expansion of the ECB's quantitative easing program by €400-600 billion.
If we talk about the forecast for the coming days, according to the Bloomberg Probability Calculator, based on the readings of the options market, the EUR/USD pair has a better chance to rise above 1.1500 than to fall below 1.1200. 80% of oscillators and 95% of trend indicators on D1 are also colored green. The remaining 15% of the oscillators give signals that the pair is overbought.

- GBP/USD. This week we expect: Monday, July 13, a statement by the head of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, Tuesday - data on GDP, Wednesday - on the consumer market, and Thursday - on the UK labor market. Particular attention should be paid to Tuesday 14 July: according to preliminary forecasts, GDP growth in May may be 5% compared with a drop of 20.4% a month earlier. And if the forecast proves correct, it could serve to further strengthen the British currency.
Its growth is expected by 65% of experts, supported by 80% of oscillators and 90% of trend indicators on H4, as well as 85% of oscillators and 95% of trend indicators on D1. The main goal is the high of June 10, 1.2810, resistance is located at levels 1.2670 and 1.2740.
The opposite point of view is shared by 35% of analysts and the remaining oscillators, painted red on H4 and located in the overbought zone on D1.
It should be noted that when switching from a weekly forecast to a monthly one, the number of bear supporters among experts increases to 60%. The goal is to return the pair to the 1.2250-1.2400 zone;

- USD/JPY. Except for a single release on June 2-05, the pair has been moving in the lateral corridor 106.00-108.10 for 13 weeks, and, according to experts, is not going to leave its limits yet. At the same time, 70% of analysts vote for further strengthening of the yen and reduction of the pair to the lower border of the corridor, supported by graphical analysis on H4, and 30% are for its growth to the upper border. Among the oscillators on both H4 and D1, 80% are colored red, 95% among trend indicators.
In terms of important economic developments, the Bank of Japan will decide on the interest rate on Wednesday, July 15, followed by a press conference of its management. However, surprises are most likely not worth waiting for, and the rate will remain negative at the level of -0.1%;

– cryptocurrencies. The gurus of this market, as usual, compete in predictions regarding the rise of Bitcoin. So, a team of researchers from the Bloomberg Agency published a report, according to which the BTC/USD pair is expected to grow to $12,000 in the near future. Recall that among Bloomberg analysts, Mike McGlone is an ardent supporter of the largest cryptocurrency. He said back in June that a BTC jerk was imminent, with the result by the end of the year being to overcome the psychological milestone of $20,000.
- Anthoni Trenchev, Managing Partner of Nexo Credit Platform, gave an even more optimistic forecast. In his opinion, the value of bitcoin may exceed $50,000 in a few months. During an interview at the Block Down conference, Anthoni Trenchev said that the Nexo platform is growing tens of percent every month, new customers are constantly registering, both retail and institutional investors. And it is the increased participation of institutionals that can be the driver of growth. I admit, this is a bold statement, but fundamental factors and a change in attitude towards cryptocurrency make it real,” he concluded.
The fact that the attitude is changing is indisputable. According to the survey conducted by The Tokenist in 17 countries, 45% of respondents would prefer to have cryptocurrency instead of stocks, real estate and gold, and among millennials their share is 92%.
And now the results of another survey conducted on Twitter by popular cryptanalyst under the nickname PlanB with the aim of finding out what price BTC will be by the end of 2021. Of the nearly 27,000 surveyed, the majority (53%) were inclined to a high of $55,000. Nearly 30% of respondents named the $100,000 mark. And 17% do not exclude the option in which BTC will approach $ 300,000.
As for forecasts for the next week, the vast majority of analysts still consider the level of $9,000 as Pivot Point for the pair BTC/USD, citing the lower limit of fluctuations as $8,800, the upper - $9,700. And only 10 per cent believe the pair could drop to the $8,400 zone.


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- Max Kaiser, the founder of Heisenberg Capital, told the world about the day when the first cryptocurrency will destroy all other coins, as well as which of these coins is "outright garbage". Bitcoin will rise to $100,000, the billionaire said during his Keiser Report show on Russia Today channel. He noted that the first cryptocurrency will destroy all other projects this or next year, including the XRP token, which is “outright garbage.” "This will solve the problem with all altcoins, especially those that receive state financial support. They will all be erased by bitcoin.”
Kaiser was sharply critical of projects that received government subsidies from the US government during the crisis. This list includes 75 companies related to the field of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

- Weiss Crypto experts said that the cost of bitcoin will reach $70,000 by 2021. This can be indicated by the Stock-to-Flow model that the main cryptocurrency has chosen. It implies measuring the ratio of the value of an asset to its annual growth. Even if the coin quotes are almost unchanged, it remains promising for long-term investments.
According to the experts, if the Stock-to-Flow model is maintained, the value of bitcoin will approach the $50,000 mark by the end of this year. A slight downward correction is possible in January, which happens almost annually. A return to positive dynamics will follow, but it could end with an even stronger drawdown. If traders and investors survive the losses and do not arrange a massive sale of bitcoins, the value of the main coin will be about $70,000 by the middle of next year.
the experts noted that throughout the asset's history, the Stock-to-Flow model clearly reflected its growth and drawdown. The one factor experts cannot predict is external impact. If at the beginning of the year there was a certain correlation between the asset and gold, then now bitcoin is strongly correlated with stock markets. This makes it harder to make predictions.
“Long-term investors should study the weaknesses of this asset to find optimal entry points. Volatility works for the benefit of traders in this case. If it is not a question of reselling cryptocurrency, now is the time to invest in it. If it continues to follow the trends of the Stock-to-Flow model, the current price tag of the asset will be considered an annual minimum very soon”, said Weiss Crypto experts.

- A team of experts from ZenGo (a crypto-asset management project) discovered a BigSpender bug in many wallets for storing cryptocurrencies, such as Ledger Live, BreadWallet and some others. The bug allows hackers to steal bitcoins and other coins from such wallets, the Research and Markets Agency reports.
The fact is that some wallets have a feature that allows users to replace an outgoing unconfirmed transaction with a new, but with a different fee. Thanks to this feature, holders could pay miners a higher amount for cryptocurrency transfer so that they could confirm the operation faster. At the same time, it has become a loophole for hackers. For the theft, they replaced the transaction with another, but with an extremely low commission, which was a guarantee that the translation of the cryptocurrency will not be confirmed. The hackers then replaced the standby transaction with their own, leading to their wallet. As a result, the funds went to criminals, but the user’s application showed that the coins were supposedly delivered to the right recipient.
It is clarified that the Breadwallet and Ledger Live applications have already fixed this vulnerability.

- An unknown user made the first transfer of 50 BTC, mined 10 years ago, or rather, on May 24, 2010, after which they again froze motionless at the new address. The owner does not split them into small batches, which, as Goldfoundinshit's telegram-channel pointed out, may indicate the sale of “clean” bitcoins or the sender's desire to check the community’s reaction.
Recall that another 145 addresses created in 2009-2010 also woke up in May. Their managers signed a message accusing Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright of fraud. In the Kleiman v. Wright trial, the latter claimed that all of these addresses belonged to him.

- Economic bestselling author Robert Kiyosaki believes that investment in real estate and gold cannot be the future of finance, as cryptocurrencies are now in the spotlight. “It took me a while to get into the world of cryptocurrencies, but now I buy them,” Kiyosaki said in his radio show. - I think it’s especially important for such old guys like me to understand the world of cryptocurrencies, because now it comes into view. And there are fewer real estate agents and gold supporters like us.” According to Kiyosaki, the price of bitcoin could reach $75,000 within the next three years.

- According to cryptocurrency trader Josh Rager, historical bitcoin volatility is on the verge of falling below $40. Based on the price movement of the coin, it is likely to indicate that the rally is not far off. BTC volatility at this low historically resulted in a significant price change of 30-60% in subsequent weeks. Moreover, it can be both an increase of up to $12,000 and higher, and a collapse of quotations to $6,500. “Fasten your seat belts,” advises Rager.
Another specialist, CoinCorner CEO Danny Scott claims that due to an unprecedented price movement, bitcoin is gradually turning into stablecoin. The average volatility of bitcoin has fallen to 1.57 per cent over the past 30 days, and it has moved closer to the performance of stablecoin over the past 3 months.

- Glassnode analytics company reports that there are more than 13,000 addresses storing bitcoins worth more than $1 million. At current prices, it takes about 108 BTC to become a dollar millionaire. Since this indicator depends on the bitcoin price in dollars, it is quite volatile. The largest number of bitcoin millionaires was recorded at the end of 2017, when the BTC rate reached $20,000.

- Crypto-entrepreneur Alistair Milne decided to respond by action to the statements of skeptics claiming that bitcoin is facing an imminent collapse to the zero mark. Ht placed a bid to buy 18.52 million BTC ($174 billion at the current rate) on the Bitfinex exchange, he is ready to pay just one cent for each coin. “I hereby confirm that bitcoin will never go down to zero,” Milne wrote. “I buy them all at $0.01.” Milne's bid was $185,000. With this money, you can buy about 20 bitcoins now.


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Forex and Cryptocurrency Forecast for July 20 - 24, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. Relations between Beijing and Washington continue to heat up, the onslaught on coronavirus goes with great difficulty. 1.3 million people applied for primary unemployment benefits last week in the United States. For more than 17.3 million it was not the first time that they received them, which is 10 times higher than the pre-crisis norm. But at the same time, the risk appetite of investors does not fade away, the stock markets continue to grow. The S&P500 index has been climbing since March 23 and is already approaching February highs. The Nasdaq 100 has broken all records, jumping over the 10,650 mark.
Some analysts attribute this to low expectations of a post-crisis economic recovery. Investors had expected to see a complete disaster, but everything turned out to be not so bad, and 80% of the companies that reported showed very optimistic results, fueling the craving for risky assets.
Amid the growth of the stock market, the US dollar as a safe-haven currency is not so attractive. If in March its USDX index, showing the ratio of the dollar to a basket of six major currencies (EUR, JPY, GBP, CAD, SEK and CHF), was approaching at 103, it has now fallen below 95.
The dollar weakened against the European currency as well. Since Monday the EUR/USD has gone up steadily. However, it fell slightly short of the 1.1500 height predicted by the Bloomberg probability calculator, and stopped at 1.1450 on Wednesday, July 15. A day later, on July 16, following the ECB meeting, a slight rebound followed, but then the dollar retreated again, and the pair ended the five-day period at 1.1435;

- GBP/USD. The absence of any significant drivers last week led to the British currency moving into a side trend, gradually consolidating in the 1.2560 zone. The pair failed to rise above the resistance of 1.2670 and fall below 1.2480, and as a result it placed the final chord almost in the middle of this corridor: at 1.2570;

— USD/JPY. The share of the Japanese currency in the USDX is not so large - only 13.6%, but some analysts consider the behavior of the USD/JPY pair to be a good indicator that determines the risk appetite of the markets. However, it should be noted that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the dollar has sharply strengthened its position as a protective asset, and it has become much more difficult to use this indicator. So last week it gave almost no signals. The pair demonstrated a classic sideways trend of two parabolic waves within 106.65-107.40, completing the trading session in the central part of this channel, at the horizon 107.00

– cryptocurrencies. News of the week: The night of July 16 saw the largest hacking attack in Twitter history. Crypto scammers hacked over 50 accounts, including profiles of Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, musician Kanye West, former U.S. President Barack Obama, current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Wall Street legend billionaire Warren Buffett, as well as Bloomberg, Apple and Uber, official profiles of Bitcoin, Ripple, Cash App, Coindesk, Coinbase and Binance. There appeared reports of bitcoin giveaways on all of these pages. The scammers acted according to the classic scammer scheme: they asked to send them a certain amount of cryptocurrency, promising to return twice as much.
Although the real account owners and social network employees tried to delete these messages, they immediately appeared again. Even the two-factor authentication used for most of these accounts did not help.
This hacking attack is called by many a coordinated attack on bitcoin and Twitter, whose founder is a well-known supporter of the first cryptocurrency. However, bitcoin hardly noticed this event. The bears failed to break through the $9,000 level, and the BTC/USD pair rose to $9,180 by the evening of July 17.
The main cryptocurrency continues to consolidate after the May halving, the amplitude of fluctuations did not exceed $ 350 last week, which, together with a decrease in trading volume to $15 billion, suggests that most players are not interested in the current levels: they see no reason to open either long or short positions. Bitcoin's Crypto Fear & Greed Index is at 41 for the third week in a row.
There is another interesting version. According to Paolo Ardoino, technical director of the Bitfinex crypto exchange, the reason for the decrease in the bitcoin volatility could be an increase in the number of companies engaged in high-frequency trading (HFT). So, according to him, 80-90% of trading volumes on Bitfinex for the BTC/USD and ETH/USD pairs are generated precisely due to this type of transactions.
Speaking of Ethereum. We have repeatedly written about the increase in investor interest in this altcoin, quotations of which have increased by almost 80% since the beginning of 2020. In addition, ??? shows more than twofold growth in the number of active wallets and is seriously ahead of BTC in this indicator. However, in order to catch up with the leading cryptocurrency, it is necessary that the capitalization of Ethereum grow by more than 6 times, which, of course, is hardly possible in the near future.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. The ECB left the interest rate unchanged at 0.0% on July 16. A day earlier, the Bank of Japan remained in the same positions with a negative rate of -0.1%. Of course, when the pandemic comes to an end, inflation figures and which regulators will start raising their interest rates faster will play a decisive role. In the meantime, factors directly related to COVID-19 continue to play a crucial role on market sentiment.
Recall that a week ago the Bloomberg probability calculator, based on the options market readings, showed that the EUR/USD pair is more likely to rise above 1.1500 than fall below 1.1200. And now this forecast is supported by 80% of experts, pointing to the zone 1.1470-1.1530. Only 20% expect the pair to decline to the area of 1.1200-1.1300.
75% of oscillators and 95% of trend indicators on H4 and D1 are also painted green. The remaining 15% of the oscillators give signals that the pair is overbought. Graphical analysis on H4 expects the pair to grow up to 1.1500 as well, after which, according to its readings, it should return to the 1.1385 zone.
There is such a strategy - to trade “against the crowd”, that is, see where most traders are looking, and do the opposite. The current nearly unanimous “green” sentiment “for some reason” makes us remember it...

- GBP/USD. The vast majority of experts (70%) expect that market interest in protective assets such as the dollar will continue to weaken, and this will help the GBP/USD pair to continue its northward movement, which began on June 30. The main goal is the high of June 10, 1.2810, the resistance is located at levels 1.2670 and 1.2740. Bullish sentiment is supported by 60% of oscillators and trend indicators on D1. As for their readings on the H4 timeframe, there is complete confusion caused by the sideways trend of the past week.
The remaining 30% of analysts support the pair's fall. Support levels: 1.2480, 1.2350 and 1.2250;

- USD/JPY. Except for a single release on June 02-05, the pair has been moving in the lateral corridor 106.00-108.10 for 14 weeks, and, according to experts, is not going to leave its limits yet. Moreover, this channel has narrowed even more in the last week, to just 75 points. In such conditions, opinions of experts were divided equally, 50% by 50%, but indicators on D1 give priority to the bears: 85% of oscillators and 100% of trend indicators are painted red.
They are opposed by 15% of oscillators giving signals about the pair being oversold and graphical analysis on H4, confidently indicating the height of 108.10;

– cryptocurrencies. As usual, first about crypto guru predictions. - Max Keiser, the founder of Heisenberg Capital, told the world about the day when the first cryptocurrency will destroy all other coins, as well as which of these coins is "outright garbage". Bitcoin will rise to $100,000, the billionaire said during his Keiser Report show on the Russia Today channel. He noted that the first cryptocurrency will destroy all other projects this or next year, including the XRP token, which is, in his view, “outright garbage.” Keiser was sharply critical of the projects that received government subsidies from the US government during the crisis. This list includes 75 companies related to the field of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
A more modest forecast was made by economic bestselling author Robert Kiyosaki, stating that the BTC/USD pair could reach $75,000 within the next three years.
But Weiss Crypto experts said that the cost of bitcoin will reach $70,000 by 2021. This can be indicated by the Stock-to-Flow model that the main cryptocurrency has chosen. It implies measuring the ratio of the value of an asset to its annual growth. Even if the coin quotes are almost unchanged, it remains promising for long-term investments.
According to the experts, if the Stock-to-Flow model is maintained, the value of bitcoin will approach the $50,000 mark by the end of this year. A slight downward correction is possible in January, which happens almost annually. A return to positive dynamics will follow, but it could end with an even stronger drawdown. If traders and investors survive the losses and do not arrange a massive sale of bitcoins, the value of the main coin will be about $70,000 by the middle of next year.
As for forecasts for the next week, the vast majority of analysts (55%) expect the pair to rise to the zone of $9,400-9,700. 10% are in favor of the pair's movement in the channel $9,000-9,400, and 45% think that it could drop to the $8,400-8,700 zone.
And at the end news for skeptics claiming bitcoin faces an imminent collapse to the zero mark. "This will never happen!" – this is what crypto entrepreneur Alistair Milne decided and placed a bid on the Bitfinex exchange to buy 18.52 million BTC ($174 billion at the current exchange rate) at the price of 1 cent for 1 coin. “I hereby confirm that bitcoin will never go down to zero,” Milne wrote. “I buy them all at $0.01.” Milne's application amounted to $185,000 - that's the money for which you can now buy only about 20 bitcoins.


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- Experts from Fidelity and BitOoda said China currently controls about 50% of the world's mining capacity. Previously, the share of China was even higher and reached about 65%, but now many companies have decided to temporarily suspend their work. There are still companies on the market that have the most energy efficient equipment, which allows them not to have losses even at the lowest cost of bitcoin. As for the United States, this country is gradually losing its market due to various legislative restrictions. The American segment now accounts for only 14% percent. According to expert Max Keizer, the bitcoin hashrate may soon become a factor in a serious confrontation between the United States, on the one hand, and Iran and Venezuela on the other hand, which are gradually taking the American "piece of this pie."

- Head of Grayscale Investments Barry Silbert is convinced that the US government will not be able to ban bitcoin. He announced this during his address to investors. “We have overcome the perceived risk of a Bitcoin ban for the first time. There is enough support from politicians and regulators in Washington for bitcoin to exist,” he said. “In terms of our relationship with Washington, we as an industry are experiencing the best period ever. Two groups - the Blockchain Association and the Coin Center - are bringing the benefits of this technology and asset class to policymakers. The catastrophic legal risk that may have existed earlier is now over,” added Silbert.

- Bill Barhydt, the head of Abra, believes that bitcoin can be called "digital gold", since it not only has a huge potential for development, but already has a lot of advantages over fiat and precious metals. “Cryptocurrencies today are not only a safe haven asset, but also a full-fledged payment instrument. Until a few years ago, they were considered something like an Internet trend that might not have developed. It's hard to believe, but everyone who is involved in the financial industry knows about the existence of coins, - said Barkhydt. - Bitcoin now has a full-fledged ecosystem and its own adherents. Some of its holders even prefer to completely abandon fiat and use only coins due to the possibilities in each individual country."
As a reminder, Abra is the world's first global investment application that allows users to simultaneously invest in hundreds of cryptocurrencies such as BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, Stellar, Monero and many others.

- Analytical service Whale Alert announced that the number of unspent bitcoins attributed to the creator of the cryptocurrency Satoshi Nakamoto is 1,122,693 BTC. This equals to more than $10 billion at the current exchange rate. The service experts have calculated the exact number of coins mined by the so-called Patoshi miner. This term was coined by researcher Sergio Lerner. He identified a certain pattern in the blocks of one of the large early bitcoin miners who used different software. Whale Alert believes that Satoshi Nakamoto was the miner.

- The famous Canadian astronaut and fan of blockchain technology Chris Hadfield has become the owner of the first bitcoins in his life, symbolically receiving them from a space satellite located 35 thousand kilometers from Earth. The event was televised during the Asia Blockchain Summit 2020 held last week. The BTC transaction worth $100 was made by Pixelmatic CEO and Director of Strategic Development at Blockstream Samson Mow.He used the Blockstream Satellite service to send bitcoins. The signal was sent to users on several continents who relayed the transaction to the bitcoin blockchain via the terrestrial internet. Initially, the entry appeared in the block explorer, and only after that the coins ended up in Chris Hadfield's wallet.

- The payment giant Mastercard opens access to its payment system for cryptocurrency companies. The first issuer of crypto cards will be the British startup Wirex, which has received the status of a licensed participant in the system. Wirex cards will allow you to store and spend both fiat and digital currencies, as well as convert some assets to others.
While making it easier for cryptocurrency companies to access their Mastercard Accelerate program, Mastercard emphasizes that they must follow general principles: provide strong consumer protection, operate in accordance with laws and regulations, adhere to standards in the fight against money laundering, and create a level playing field for all stakeholders such as financial institutions, retailers and mobile operators.

- Cryptocurrency companies are preparing to file a class action lawsuit against Google, Facebook and Twitter over the damage caused by the ban on advertising of digital currencies on these platforms. Recall that in 2018, social networks began to restrict advertising of cryptocurrencies one after another. And now, representatives of bitcoin companies claim that such actions have undermined the legitimate development of their business. The interests of the cryptocurrency community are represented by the Australian law firm JPB Liberty. The damage amount was initially estimated at $600 million. However, it may increase to $300 billion, as, according to lawyers, a large number of people could suffer from the actions of social networks. “The class action is aimed at recovering losses of participants in the crypto industry and investors around the world. The ban on cryptocurrency advertising has collapsed the crypto asset market by hundreds of billions of dollars,” the lawyers say.

- The village of El Zonte in El Salvador has become a bustling area of bitcoin operations, Forbes reports. The cryptocurrency is used to buy food, pay for utilities, repair water pipes and roads. Education grants, bus rides and school meals are also paid in BTC. This has become possible by the initiative of the villager native of California, Michael Peterson, after he received an anonymous donation in bitcoins to help the residents of El Zonte. Most of them could not open a bank account because they did not meet the requirements of financial institutions, and now this problem has been completely resolved.


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Forex and Cryptocurrency Forecast for July 27 - 31, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. The USA does not bring good news to the markets. Escalating tensions between Beijing and Washington, rising jobless claims, and the ongoing COVID-19 offensive frighten investors, raising doubts about the imminent recovery of the American economy. The Nasdaq and S&P500 indexes turned red at the end of the week. However, their decline is not yet large enough to return investor interest to the dollar - the USD (DXY) index continues to fall and has already reached 94.4, which is even below the low of March 09, 2020.
In his speech on Thursday, July 23, the head of the Treasury Department, Steven Mnuchin drew attention to the weakening of the dollar and noted that the USA intends to protect its stability. However, the same Mnuchin said in the same speech that in addition to the fourth package of economic stimuli worth $ 1 trillion, which is currently being discussed in Congress, a fifth one may also be required. And this, coupled with cheap liquidity from the Fed and the possible emergence of a vaccine against the coronavirus, means that stock markets can turn north again, and the dollar can continue to move further south.
In the future, additional pressure on the US currency can be exerted by the issue of bonds worth €750 billion, which the European Commission plans to carry out. The lion's share of China's gold and foreign exchange reserves is denominated in dollars now. That is just over $3 trillion. And if Beijing, offended by the United States and PresidentTrump, decides to transfer some of them into Eurobonds, this will cause another dollar collapse, which has already yielded 465 points to the euro in July alone. Of these, 215 points were made over the past week.
This development was expected by 80% of analysts, supported by 75% of oscillators and 95% of trend indicators. And this forecast turned out to be correct, except that the EUR/USD pair did not just break through the 1.1500 resistance, but reached the 1.1650 high, where it ended the five-day session;

- GBP/USD. The vast majority of experts (70%) expect that market interest in the dollar will continue to weaken, and this will help the GBP/USD pair to continue its northward movement, which began on June 30. The main target was the June 10 high of 1.2810, and this target was practically reached: the pair rose to the height of 1.2803 on the evening of Friday July 24. This was followed by a slight rebound and a finish at 1.2790;

— USD/JPY. Apart from a single blowout on June 02-05, the pair has not left the 106.00-108.10 side corridor for 15 weeks. Moreover, this channel has narrowed even more in the last week, to just 75 points. In such conditions, the opinions of experts were divided equally: 50% for the growth of the pair, 50% for its fall. But 85% of the oscillators and 100% of the trend indicators on D1 pointed to the south and were right. The first attempt to break through the 106.65 support on Tuesday July 21 ended in failure. But the bears did not stop there, and the pair went for a new breakthrough on Thursday July 23, this time successful. It reached a local bottom at 105.65 by Friday evening, and the final chord of the week sounded in the 106.00 zone four hours later;

– cryptocurrencies. The past week did not bring anything extraordinary to the crypto market. There was both good news and bad news. Let us start with the crime.
Cisco Talos specialists discovered a botnet that infected about 5,000 computers for hidden mining of Monero. And this is good. However, it was not possible to identify the hacker, tentatively from Eastern Europe. And that's bad. And in China, hackers stole 10,000 bitcoin mining devices from one of Bitmain's farms, which is bad for Bitmain and probably good for the hackers.
As for more global news, we note the decision of the world giant Mastercard to open access to its payment system for cryptocurrency companies. The first Issuer of crypto cards will be the British startup Wirex, whose cards will allow you to store and spend both fiat and digital currencies, as well as convert one asset to another.
The names of lobbyists who prevent the US government from completely banning bitcoin have become known. They were named by the head of Grayscale Investments, Barry Silbert. “In terms of our relationship with Washington, we as an industry are experiencing the best period ever. Two groups - the Blockchain Association and the Coin Center - are bringing the benefits of this technology and asset class to policymakers. The catastrophic legal risk that could have existed earlier is now over,” he said addressing his investors.
And although the situation in the US has improved for bitcoin, it is still very far from ideal. According to experts from Fidelity and BitOoda, the US is gradually losing the mining market due to various legal restrictions. The US segment now accounts for only 14%, while China controls about 50% of the world's capacity. And according to expert Max Keyser, the hashrate of bitcoin may become a factor of serious confrontation between the United States, on the one hand, and Iran and Venezuela on the other in the near future, as they gradually take the American “piece of that pie”.
As for the behavior of the main cryptocurrency, the forecast that most experts had given last week also proved 100% correct. Recall that 55% of analysts supported the rise of the BTC/USD pair to the $9,400-9,700 zone. This is exactly what happened - starting from the $9,150 mark, it was striving up all seven days, which is most likely caused by the general weakening of the dollar. On Thursday, July 23, the pair peaked at $9.675, showing an increase of 5.7%, followed by a rebound, and it fell into the $9,500 zone.
It should be noted that bitcoin cannot overcome the resistance of $9,700 for 6 weeks in a row, although the Crypto Fear & Greed Index has grown to the mark of 53 (41 weeks ago). The total capitalization of the crypto market grew by $15 billion (to $ 286 billion). However, only half of this increase comes from BTC, the other 50 percent belongs to altcoins and stablecoins.
The only cryptocurrency with a daily trading volume of over a billion dollars was the stablecoin Tether (USDT), showing a daily turnover of $1.5 billion. The next stablecoin, USD Coin (USDC), shows only $32 million. For comparison, the real daily turnover of BTC, according to the provider Messari, is now about $430 million. Note that the market capitalization of Tether again exceeded $10 billion (for bitcoin, it is now equal to $175 billion).
Among the TOP-10 digital coins, Ethereum still demonstrates the maximum growth. It grew 210% heavier in 4 months and almost reached the pre-crisis highs of February 2020. The ETH/USD pair grew by about 20% just over the last seven days.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. So, the fourth and fifth economic stimulus packages, liquidity from the Fed and the COVID-19 vaccine can seriously support the US stock markets. However, according to experts of Moody's Analytics, if the decision to stimulate the American economy is stuck in Congress for a long time, the risks of a double recession will seriously increase. In addition, until the pandemic recedes, unemployment will continue to be in two-digit numbers. Those factors could push the Nasdaq and S&P500 further down, which would return investor interest in the dollar as a protective asset.
It is clear that 100% of the trend indicators on both H4 and D1 are colored green at the end of the trading session, on July 24. Among the oscillators, there are fewer of them - 75%, while the remaining 25% signal that the EUR/USD pair is overbought. 45% of experts expect at least a downward correction, another 35% vote for the transition to a sideways trend, and 20% for further growth of the pair. Support levels¬ are 1.1500 and 1.1380, resistance levels are 1.1740 and 1.1815.
As for the graphical analysis, it draws a rebound on H4 from the resistance at 1.1650 and a decline to the horizon at 1.1565. On D1, naturally, the oscillation span is greater: first, a fall to 1.1500, and then an increase to 1.1740.
Of the important macroeconomic events next week, they are expecting: July 27 - the publication of data on the US consumer market, July 29 - the Fed's decision on the lending rate and a press conference of its management (according to forecasts, the rate will remain unchanged at 0.25%), the data on the GDP of Germany and the United States will be released on July 30, and the week and month will end on July 31 with the publication of the data on the consumer market and GDP of the Eurozone, as well as on retail sales in Germany. Note that, according to forecasts, the fall in GDP (Q2) in the United States may reach -35%, which is 7 times more than the previous value (-5%);

- GBP/USD. “Both the euro and the pound” - this is what the forecast for the GBP/USD pair looks like this week. Just like in the case of EUR/USD, 45% of experts vote for a downward reversal of the pair, 35% for a sideways trend, and 20% for further growth of the pair. Indicators have a similar picture: 100% of trend indicators and 75% of oscillators look up, and the remaining 25% give signals that the pair is overbought.
It should be borne in mind here that on July 24, the pair almost reached the high of June 10, 1.2810, thus completing a seven-week V-shaped cycle. Therefore, the probability of a downward correction is now quite high. The target for the bears may be a return to the 1.2480-1.2670 zone, the nearest support is at 1.2715. If the pair, having broken through the resistance of 1.2810, nevertheless goes further upward, its targets will be the levels 1.3020, 1.3070 and 1.3200;

- USD/JPY. As mentioned above, this pair has not left the side corridor 106.00-108.10 for 15 weeks. However, on Friday, July 24, it broke through its lower border and dropped to 105.65. True, then it turned around and finished the last five days in the area of 106.00. So, what was it: a false breakthrough, a move to a new echelon or a serious trend sweep? We'll find out soon enough. In the meantime, the forecast for the Japanese yen looks like this: 60% of experts vote for the strengthening of the dollar and the return of the pair within the trading range of 106.00-108.10. The targets are 106.65, 107.50 and, of course, 108.10. The remaining 40% believe that investor interest in the yen, as a protective asset, will still outweigh interest in the dollar, and the pair will go further down. Supports are 105.65 and 105.00.
As for indicators, their readings are largely like those of their “colleagues” on the euro and the pound, of course, in a mirror reflection. Colored red: on H4 - 85% of oscillators and 90% of trend indicators, on D1 - 70% of oscillators and 95% of trend indicators, and 15% of oscillators on H4 and 30% on D1 signal that the pair is oversold;

– cryptocurrencies. Some experts talk a lot about bitcoin being linked to the stock market. In their opinion, the change in stock indexes pulls the change in bitcoin quotes. Though, probably, it is not like this It is just that both stocks and cryptocurrencies are, in the eyes of institutional investors, independent risk assets that are pushed up by fear for the fate of the dollar. At the same time, the crypto market, if compared with the traditional one, is quite small, and any moves by large speculators can cause serious excitement on it, and sometimes a real storm.
In the meantime, expert opinions are as follows. 45% of them believe that the BTC/USD pair will continue to move sideways and will not go beyond the $9,000-9,700 corridor. 45% do not rule out attempts by bitcoin to break into the $9,800-10,000 zone, and only 10% expect it to fall below $9,000. At the same time, 65% are confident that the main cryptocurrency will still be able to gain a foothold in the area of the landmark $10,000 mark within two to three months.


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- Some experts believe that the chances of Ethereum to rise to $400 by the end of the year have increased to 1: 3. The impetus for an increase in the price tag could be the higher activity of traders on the Deribit and OKEx platforms, where the total daily trading volume for ETH exceeded $ 50 million. This cryptocurrency has become in demand in the options market. However, despite a lot of positive aspects, the growth of commissions for transactions in the ethereum network caused worries even for its creator Vitalik Buterin.
According to Santiment experts, the value of ethereum may rise against the background of intensified trading, but if bitcoin continues to grow, traders and investors are highly likely to switch to it.

- One of the veterans of the bitcoin industry, the Abra platform has added the feature to earn on deposits in cryptocurrency and stablecoins. According to the company's website, TrueUSD (TUSD), Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USDC) are the most profitable - 9% per annum. The annual return of deposits in bitcoin and ethereum is 4.1% and 4.0% respectively. Speaking with The Block, Abra representatives stressed that the rates will be reviewed weekly. The decisions about their changes will depend on the demand from the institutional clients of the platform. The company also noted that the rates offered by them are “significantly better” than in the traditional market.

- The number of bitcoins associated with illegal activity has exceeded 890,000 (about $9.5 billion at the exchange rate at the time of writing). This is evidenced by data from Chainalysis Market Intel. The origin of these funds is as follows: 65% are darknet markets, 23% are stolen coins, 11% are scam project wallets and 1% are other illegal activities.

- The bitcoin rate passed the $11,000 mark for the first time since August 2019 on July 28. And this is just the beginning of an upward movement, said the founder of Heisenberg Capital and billionaire Max Kaiser on his Twitter account. In his opinion, the cryptocurrency will break the previous record value of $ 20,000 and then rise to $28,000. If this forecast comes true, the growth of the BTC price from the current values will be more than 150%. But such a scenario is unlikely, says Sergey Troshin, CEO of the Six-Nines data centre. “Bitcoin is attractive for investment. Yet updating the Kaiser highs around $28,000 is unlikely. As usual, the first hype turns out to be the most powerful, other hypes are already lower. Perhaps when bitcoin reaches the $17,000-$18,000 mark, many will start fixing profits, waiting for a correction,” Troshin suggested. And he added that bitcoin could show stable growth in the next year or two with possible small falls due to negative news. Fundamentally, the cryptocurrency market infrastructure is developing, it is gradually recognized as an asset class in the conservative financial environment. The number of cryptocurrency users also doubles every year, which has a positive impact on the price. But it is important to bear in mind that there is a high level of uncertainty in the markets now, and unforeseen circumstances may arise that affect investor behaviour.

- According to Glassnode specialists, miners began to hold on to most of the extracted bitcoins after after the price had overcome the psychological barrier of $10,000. The GNI index, which reflects the overall health of the bitcoin blockchain, rose to 70 points. This metric includes three components: investor sentiment, network health, and liquidity. The greatest contribution to the growth of the index was made by the improvement of the sentiment sub-index by 34 points due to the increase in BTC purchases.

- The digital market has been fighting for a system of cashless payments with support for cryptocurrencies for a long time. BLINC's new interbank settlement system supports cryptocurrency transactions and smart contracts. This analogue of SWIFT is significantly ahead of the existing settlement system both in terms of efficiency and cost of services, according to the BCB Group. In addition to cryptocurrencies, BLINC supports 24/7 cashless payments and instantly processes domestic and international transactions in fiat currencies - euros, British pounds and Swiss francs.

- A semi-annual report from Bloomberg predicts that the price of bitcoin could rise above $12,000 soon. The document notes that BTC on chain and off chain indicators, including the number of active addresses, indicate an increase in the value of the asset. "The maximum level of bitcoin in 2019 was $12,734. If the number of addresses does not change dramatically, it will strive for this level." Bloomberg believes that the continued growth of Bitcoin Trust from Grayscale and the reduced premiums compared to the bitcoin spot market should also be interpreted as a bullish signal for the market.

- Capriole's digital assets manager Charles Edwards said institutional interest in bitcoin is obvious as the U.S. regulators “have given it the green light” this week. And "if U.S. banks invest only 1% of their assets in bitcoin as an investment, hedge or insurance... its price will more than double, rising above $20,000," Edwards tweeted, adding: "Only 1 member of the Nasdaq (Grayscale) already owns 2% of the total bitcoin revolving offer today. It is not hard to figure out where things are going."

- A Federal Court in the United States has recognized bitcoin as money. This was stated by Beryl Howell, the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She noted that the concept of money “usually means a means of circulation, a method of payment or a means of saving. And bitcoin is those things.” The ruling allowed the court not to drop the charges against Coin Ninja CEO Larry Dean Harmon arrested in February, who is accused of laundering about $311 million through his Helix coin mixing service.

- Nigel Green, CEO and founder of financial advisory firm deVere Group, believes that bitcoin's bullish activity shows it can replace proven safe-haven assets like gold. “Bitcoin, which combines key characteristics for preserving value and maintaining scarcity, could knock gold out of its long-standing position. In the end, the world is becoming more technological,” said Green. In his opinion, the growing political tensions between the US and China is one of the reasons why investors can choose "decentralized, non-sovereign, secure digital currencies" as a defence against turbulence in traditional markets.


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First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. The U.S. economy is not just in recession. It's flying down at a breakneck speed. The decline in US GDP in the second quarter was the largest ever recorded - minus 32.9%. The reasons for this fall are well known - these are quarantine measures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The authorities hope they can stop the spread of COVID-19 without turning the economy to zero. Some states have managed to tighten quarantines without restricting economic activity and to achieve a smoothing of the incidence curve.
However, there are hopes and there is a reality - the same minus 32.9%, which plunged investors into a real shock, causing a simultaneous fall in both the US dollar and stock indices. While these two indicators were going in antiphase in spring - the USD index (DXY) grew, when the Nasdaq and the S&P500 fell, and vice versa, now they all fell.
In contrast to the United States, things in Europe turned out to be not so bad, as evidenced by the macroeconomic indicators published last week. Germany's GDP fell by only 10.1% in absolute terms, and in the Eurozone - by 12.1%, the data on GDP and consumer spending of France, as well as retail sales in Germany look rather optimistic, which contributes to the strengthening of the European currency.
The EUR/USD pair is growing for the third month in a row, the strongest strengthening since 1998 and the sharpest upward jump in 10 years. In July alone, the euro strengthened against the dollar by 725 points (5.6%), which has not been observed since September 2010. As a result, the pair reached a local high of 1.1908 on Friday 31 July, followed by a pullback on the wave of the monthly profit fixing, and it ended the session at 1.1775;

- GBP/USD. Following the EUR/USD, the pair continues to strive up. Over the past week, the pound has slipped the dollar by 380 points, and has almost reached 1.3200, stopping at 1.3170. Then, just like in the case of the euro, the July profit was fixed, and the finish was at 1.3085;

— USD/JPY. The Japanese currency has been strengthening its positions for almost the entire week. A particularly noticeable move occurred on Thursday, July 30, following the release of dismal US GDP data. At this point, the pair almost came close to the 104 yen to the dollar mark. However, there was a sharp reversal of the trend on Friday, and it returned almost where it started the five-day period. The final chord was played at 105.90. And thus, the change in the quote for the week was only about 20 points;

– cryptocurrencies. What everyone has been waiting for since mid-May, when bitcoin was halved, finally happened. Bitcoin broke through the level of $10,000 in a powerful snatch and stopped, only reaching the height of $11,365, then moved into a sideways trend with gradually fading fluctuations, choosing as Pivot Point the horizon $11,000.
Experts cite the continuing fall of the dollar and the beginning of the fall in stock markets as the reason for the growth of the main cryptocurrency. The dollar has ceased to play the role of a defensive asset, which it was this spring, in the midst of the panic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and investors again turned to such traditional instruments as precious metals, and at the same time to the "digital gold" - bitcoin.
The BTC/USD pair ceased to correlate with stock indices and returned to the correlation with XAU/USD. This has once again shown that big institutional investors see BTC only as a "supplement" to core financial assets. It is difficult to argue with that, because even the total capitalization of the crypto market, which has reached $330 billion, is a drop in the ocean compared to traditional markets.
So, over the past week, the capitalization on the high-rise has grown by $44 billion, or about 15%. The Crypto Fear & Greed Index has jumped to 75 (53 a week ago), matching the coin being heavily overbought and pointing to a possible correction.
In its quest to upward, the main cryptocurrency has pulled the top altcoins, which show even greater growth than the "mother" asset: bitcoin (BTC/USD) 17%, ripple (XRP/USD) 19%, ethereum (ETH/USD) 21%, litecoin (LTC/USD) 30%. In the long term, experts assess Ethereum's chances above all else. With a 75% probability, this coin could rise in price to $400 by the end of the year.
The growth of the crypto market has certainly become the main news of the week, but there are other that may play a significant role in the future. So, a Federal Court in the United States has finally recognized bitcoin as money. This was stated by Chief Justice of the District Court of the District of Columbia Beryl Howell, considering the case of Coin Ninja CEO Larry Dean Harmon, accused of laundering $ 311 million. She noted that the concept of money “usually means a means of circulation, a method of payment or a means of saving. And bitcoin is those things.” Recall that the US has precedent law, and such a judge's decision can have far-reaching consequences.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. Fed officials acknowledged last week that the pace of recovery in the U.S. economy is directly dependent on the epidemiological situation. Naturally, the same goes for Europe. However, despite the fact that in order to make any decisions, European politicians each time need to reach a consensus, it is difficult, but they manage to do it. Quarantine measures taken by the leaders of individual EU countries, in total, turned out to be much more coordinated and effective than in the United States, which has a direct impact on the economic situation. It is evident that America feels noticeably worse than Europe, which is reflected in the EUR/USD pair rate.
75% of trend indicators on H4 and 100% on D1 are painted green, as well as 85% of oscillators on both timeframes. Also, 45% of experts are expecting the continuation of the euro growth, supported by graphical analysis on D1. The target is an important psychological level 1.2000, after breaking which in the medium term the road to 1.2500 will open.
Although, referring to September 2017, we see that after reaching the level of 1.2000, a deep two-month correction to 1.1550 followed, and only after its completion the pair reached the height of 1.2500.
Of course, there was no coronavirus pandemic three years ago and things may now go according to a different scenario. However, according to 55% of analysts, the dollar should not be written off. And as far as the immediate outlook is concerned, they believe the pair could drop to the 1.1650-1.1700 zone, which is confirmed by graphical analysis on H4 and 15% of oscillators that signal it is overbought.
As for the coming week, we should pay attention to the indicators of the ISM Business Activity Index in the US manufacturing and services sector (to be published on August 03 and 04, respectively), as well as to the labour market data (NFP), traditionally published on the first Friday of the month.
It should be noted that in the medium term, the overwhelming majority (80%) of experts expect the US to improve and the dollar to return to 1.1000-1.1300;

- GBP/USD. Unlike EUR/USD, the pair being overbought signals here are given by significantly more oscillators: 15% on H4 and 35% on D1. Graphical analysis on H4 looks south as well. But the trend indicators - 90% on H4 and 100% on D1 - are still pointing north.
Among experts, the majority of votes are given to bears - 60% on W1 and 80% on MN - indicating markets are uncertain about the strength of the British currency. Indeed, despite some lull, the problems associated with Brexit have not gone away.
Some clarity regarding the state and prospects of the UK economy can be given on Thursday, August 06, when the Bank of England will meet, its monetary policy report will be published and the decision on the interest rate will become known. Also, of interest to traders and investors is the subsequent speech of the head of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey.
In the meantime, the following levels can be marked for the GBP/USD pair: support -1.3000, 1.2900, 1.2770 and 1.2670, resistance - 1.3200 and the December 2019 high, 1.3515;

— USD/JPY. 60% of experts supported by graphical analysis on H4 believe that the pair will try to test the 104.00 level once again in the next few days. And it will not succeed and will return first to the area of 106.00 within a month, and then rise even higher - to the zone 106.60-108.00. According to the remaining 40% of analysts, there will be no attempt to re-break south, and the pair will immediately strive to the height of 108.00.
After the forward and reverse movement of the pair last week, there is complete confusion among the indicators on H4. But the D1 is still dominated by red, 80% of oscillators and the same number of trend indicators are painted in it;

– cryptocurrencies. According to Glassnode specialists, after the price overcame the psychological barrier of $10,000, miners began to hold on to most of the bitcoins they mined. This can create a certain deficit in the market and contribute to the growth of quotations.
According to billionaire Max Kaiser, founder of Heisenberg Capital, the main cryptocurrency should break the previous record of $20,000 and rise in price to $28,000. True, there are also those who disagree with this forecast. “Bitcoin is attractive for investment. Nevertheless, an update of highs in the region of $28,000, which Kaiser designated, is unlikely, - retorted the billionaire of the Data Center Six-Nines Sergey Troshin. - As usual, the first hype is the most powerful, the other hypes are already lower. Perhaps when bitcoin reaches the $17,000-$18,000 mark, many will start fixing profits, waiting for a correction,”
An even more modest forecast was given by analysts at Bloomberg. They believe that if the number of active user addresses does not change, the bitcoin's target will be the 2019 high, $12,734.
As for the average forecast of analysts, 60% of them expect a correction in the near future and a decline of the pair to the resistance of $10,000. The remaining 40% agree with the Bloomberg forecast. At the same time, the most cautious experts do not tire of reminding about the volatility of crypto trends. Thus, the launch of futures in December 2017. became the starting point of crypto winter, and after impressive growth in the first month and a half of 2020 bitcoin collapsed to $3,830, jeopardizing the existence of all of the digital currency market.
But there is also good news for those who fear a similar apocalypse. One of the veterans of the bitcoin industry, the Abra platform has added the feature to earn on deposits in cryptocurrency and stablecoins. According to the company's website, TrueUSD (TUSD), Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USDC) are the most profitable - 9% per annum. The annual return of deposits in bitcoin and ethereum is 4.1% and 4.0% respectively. The rates offered by Abra are indeed higher than bank interest on deposits in dollars or euros, which is good news. But the question arises about the reliability of these deposits - in a conversation with The Block, Abra representatives said that rates will be revised weekly. And it will be very sad if they go down to zero or go into the negative zone altogether.


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- Bloomberg experts confirmed the forecast for the value of bitcoin at $20,000 by the end of this year. Earlier, the head of the analytical department Mike McGlone said that the rally of the main cryptocurrency should start very soon. This is evidenced not only by the mood of market participants, but also by many technical factors, including the exit from the narrow spectrum between 9 and 10 thousand dollars.
“After a slump of 60 percent in 2014, the value of the coin increased several dozen times over the following three years. The decline in 2018 was about 75 percent. Bitcoin had previously approached $20,000 and even took the corresponding barrier, but quickly slipped. In the current reality, the coin has every chance to gain a foothold at peak values," Bloomberg experts say.
The value of the cryptocurrency may also be affected by macroeconomic factors, including the policy of low rates of the US Federal Reserve. Many large countries are trying to get out of the crisis as soon as possible, and therefore allow the drawdown of fiat. Against the background of such fluctuations, bitcoin has a chance to come out on top in investor preferences.

- Analysts of the Glassnode platform found that investors have been buying 50 thousand bitcoins almost every month starting from this March. This process is driven by the entry of new small investors into the industry. As a rule, the purchase amount is less than 1 BTC, but in some cases, investors prefer to make larger investments. The biggest investment in the last three months was the acquisition of 12 thousand bitcoins in one transaction.
The impetus for investments in the main coin was its drawdown at the beginning of the year. However, after overcoming the barrier of $11,000, the activity of new investors has decreased slightly, but still retains positive values compared to the results of the end of 2019.

- The growth rate of ethereum trading volumes in spot and futures markets is increasing faster than the same rate of bitcoin, reports The Block. The ratio of trading volumes between ETH and BTC on spot exchanges has grown from 16% to 50% since September 2019. Figures are based on cryptocurrency exchanges Binance, Coinbase, Bitfinex, Kraken and Bitstamp. In the futures market, this indicator increased from 8% to 29% over the same period. According to CoinGecko, daily trading volumes of transactions in ethereum exceed currently $15.1 billion, behind the same indicator of bitcoin by only 25%. BTC capitalization is 5.25 times higher than ETH.

- Ethereum, like any other altcoin, is highly dependent on bitcoin behaviour. The correlation between BTC and ETH has remained at a record high for nearly three years. However, ethereum's dependence on the dynamics of the largest cryptocurrency has sharply weakened in the past month, as analysts of the Platform Skew note. They provided data which showed that the short-term correlation between the price of these two coins had shrunk to the two-and-a-half-year minimum level. A similar trend was last seen in 2017 before the famous race of the BTC and the rest of the digital currencies. According to the researchers, such a weakening of the correlation can signal the imminent beginning of a new "bullish" phase, which will result in a record rise in the price of not only bitcoin, but also ethereum.

- Cameron Winklevoss, one of the twin brothers, Olympic rowing champions and co-founder of the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange, said that not having bitcoins today is a worse investment mistake than not investing in tech companies in the early 2000s. On January 1, 2000, Amazon shares were worth $76 - now the stock quotes are at $3,138. The growth exceeded 4000% over 20 years.
Winklevoss is not the first to compare bitcoin to current tech giants Apple, Google, Microsoft or Amazon, whose capitalization has increased rapidly with the development of the internet. Last autumn, Morgan Creek Capital Management CEO Mark Yusko named cryptocurrency as the next revolutionary technology. In his opinion, bitcoin represents a more attractive investment opportunity than Amazon, whose shares he encouraged to sell.

- Famous bitcoin enthusiast and TV presenter Max Kaiser expects a rapid rise in the price of the first cryptocurrency to $28,000. According to him, bitcoin will not have noticeable levels of resistance before this mark. The December 2017 high in the region of $20,000 will not become it either. "Then a short pullback, and an assault of $100,000 with renewed energy," Kaiser continued, though he did not name a time frame for it. But it was identified by the co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital Anthony Pompliano, who said that the quotes of the first cryptocurrency will reach $100,000 by December 2020. Another popular cryptanalyst, Plan B, indicated a longer term. Based on the Stock-to-Flow (S2F) model, he calculated that bitcoin would rise to the specified mark only by the end of the next year, 2021.

- 17-year-old Graham Clark, who was detained this week on charges of a Twitter attack, turned out to be the owner of $3,000,000 in bitcoin, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The teenager is accused of organizing attacks on Twitter to gain access to the accounts of celebrities, including Elon Musk, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and organizing a fraudulent distribution of bitcoins on their behalf.
The prosecution insists all his cryptocurrency assets were obtained illegally. However, Clark's lawyer explained that the young man was already involved in a criminal investigation in 2019. And then law enforcement officers seized 15 thousand dollars in cash and 400 bitcoins from him. Clark was later returned cash and 300 BTC, which, according to the lawyer, confirms that the authorities have no questions about this money.

- A new study by Cornerstone Advisors suggests that 15% of American adults already own bitcoins or other altcoins, with half of them becoming crypto investors in the past six months. On average, new investors who have invested over $67 billion in the crypto market in total spent about $4,000 each. For comparison, a year ago these figures were 1.65 and 1.75 times higher - $111 billion and $7,000, respectively.
In terms of socio demographics, these are high-income people (about $130,000 a year) with college degrees. As noted in the survey, almost 100% of investors are men. As for age categories, 27% of millennials own various cryptocurrencies, 21% of Generation X, 7% of Generation Z and 3% of so-called baby boomers.

- According to Cryptowiki, CWT, a world leader in business travel and conferences, paid a ransom of 414 BTC (about $ 4.5 million) to hackers who encrypted the company's files and stole sensitive data from it. To access the servers and computers of the CWT, the attackers used the ransomware Ragnar Locker, which was used to infect more than 30,000 company computers.
Initially, the hackers asked for a ransom of $10 million, but after negotiations the amount was reduced to $4.5 million, which were transferred to the ransomware wallet in two transactions.
After receiving the ransom, ransomers even made public some recommendations to protect corporate networks from encryption viruses. They suggested changing users' passwords once a month, setting up the computer policy so that passwords are not stored in RAM, limiting the list of programs allowed to run, and installing intrusion detection system. It's not worth relying on standard antivirus software here. Also, an effective method of countering hackers, according to hackers themselves, is round-the-clock duty of skilled system administrators.


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Forex and Cryptocurrency Forecast for August 10 - 14, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. The dollar has been falling for six straight weeks. The USD index (DXY) fell to the minimum values since May 2018. In total, it has lost about 10% in the last five months. And now, it seems that the fall has stopped: the EUR/USD pair is moving along the side corridor within 1.1700-1.1910 for the second week in a row. Attempts to break through its upper border on August 05-06 ended in failure, and the pair completed the five-day period at 1.1785 on Friday August 07.
The U.S. President, who attacked China's social networks, added to the strength of the dollar. The bears await a full-scale resumption of trade wars between Washington and Beijing like manna from heaven, and hope that Donald Trump will not limit himself to this one-time attack.
Congress, which has not yet been able to reach an agreement on new stimulus measures for the U.S. economy, helped the dollar to strengthen a little. As a result, the growth of stock indices stalled, and investors' views turned to the American currency again.
U.S. macroeconomic indicators released last week, also forced to talk about the fading of positive dynamics. The Private Sector Employment Report (ADP) looked rather weak, and activity indices based on credit card transactions and mobile traffic were at levels 10-30% lower than before the COVID-19 crisis.
The NFP indicator seems to have turned green, but, in fact, the figure of 1.763 million is not newly created, but old jobs, to which people who had previously been sent on forced long-term vacations returned. Recall that in May and June this figure was 2.7 million and 4.8 million, respectively. So the July result was the worst for the period.

- GBP/USD. Since March, during the entire period of the crisis, the GBP/USD pair has been showing a close correlation with EUR/USD, practically repeating all its fluctuations. The British pound approached its March high on Thursday, August 06, reaching the height of 1.3185. Some analysts believe that this happened following the meeting of the Bank of England. However, one can disagree with this. Rather, the blame is the general drawdown of the dollar, the DXY index of which dropped to a low these days.
The meeting of the British regulator, as expected, offered no surprises. The Bank of England decided to leave the key interest rate unchanged at 0.1%, and the target volume of the QE program at ?745 billion. At the same time, the Bank's management believes that the UK economy will recover from the effects of the pandemic until the end of 2021, and the pace of its recovery again will depend on the pandemic itself. In general, there is no certainty. At the same time, the regulator believes that there is no urgent need to adjust its monetary policy, and even more so, it is not worth discussing the introduction of negative interest rates. Such a move could create difficulties for banks, which are already suffering serious losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result, the British currency, just like the European one, moved sideways against the dollar, holding in a trading range 1.2980-1.3185. The final chord was set at 1.3055;

— USD/JPY. The Bank of Japan is a member of a consortium of several other central banks, including the UK, Europe and Canada, that have teamed up to explore the prospects and challenges of a digital currency launch. Now Japan is actively working to launch the digital yen, for which a special supervisory committee has even been created. Perhaps this event will attract the attention of investors, but so far the fiat yen has again dropped out of sight of large financial "sharks": over the past five days, the range of its fluctuations did not exceed 115 points, and the Japanese currency ended the trading session almost in the same place where it started a week ago - at around 105.90;

– cryptocurrencies. The opinion that cryptocurrencies can make everyone, even a child, a millionaire, was confirmed last week. However, this does not always happen in an honest way. So, a few days ago, the police detained 17-year-old Graham Clark, who is accused of organizing hacker attacks on celebrity Twitter accounts. Among others, his targets were Elon Musk, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, on whose behalf he organized bitcoin fraudulent actions. So, this teenager turned out to be the owner of 300 BTC, which at the current exchange rate is about $3.5 million!
As for adult residents of the United States, Cornerstone Advisors have recently published the results of a study according to which 15% of Americans already own bitcoins or other altcoins, and half of them have become crypto investors in the last six months. On average, new investors, who have invested more than $67 billion in the crypto market, spent about $4,000 each. Most of them are high-income people (about $130,000 a year) with college degrees. And interestingly, almost 100% of investors are men.
And now for the news that scared many members of the crypto community. After an impressive rise to a height of $12,080, on Sunday, August 02, the price of bitcoin unexpectedly, within just a few minutes, collapsed to $10,500, causing panic among investors. However, to their delight, there was no further decline, and the quotes quickly returned to the $11,000 mark. Rupert Douglas, head of institutional sales at Koine, said the move was driven by the liquidation of long positions at high prices. Thus, on this day, positions worth $147 million were liquidated on the BitMEX cryptocurrency exchange. All in all, during this "gray Sunday" cryptocurrency market capitalization lost about $30 billion, falling from $361 to 331 billion.
The level of $11,000 became a new powerful support for BTC/USD, pushing back from which, the pair was able to rise again to the zone of $11,500-11,850 by Friday 07 August. The total cryptocurrency market capitalization has also almost recovered, reaching $357 billion. The Crypto Fear & Greed Index is at 77, which is about the same as seven days ago.
The ETH/USD pair is back in the $400 zone. It should be noted that the growth rate of ethereum trading volumes in spot and futures markets is increasing faster than the same rate of bitcoin. If the trade volume ratio between ETH and BTC was only 16% in September 2019, so far this figure has risen to 50%. In the futures market, it climbed from 8% to 29% over the same period. Figures are based on cryptocurrency exchanges Binance, Coinbase, Bitfinex, Kraken and Bitstamp. According to CoinGecko, daily trading volumes of transactions in ethereum currently exceed $15.1 billion, behind the same indicator of bitcoin by only 25%. However, the capitalization of ETH is still significantly - 5.25 times - lower than that of BTC.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. The Fed's balance sheet has not been growing for several months, and the Treasury has accumulated more than $1.7 trillion in its vaults. As a result, we are seeing a slowdown in the recovery of the US economy, which is likely to still force the government and the Fed to take new measures to stimulate it. Otherwise, instead of a V-shaped rebound, a W-shaped recession will become reality, and Donald Trump will finally lose the already weak chances of re-election.
50% of the experts believe that the next stage of pumping the economy with liquidity and other measures of fiscal stimulus will not take long. Therefore, the dollar will continue its fall, and the EUR/USD pair will continue to grow. The nearest targets are 1.1840, 1.1900 and 1.2000.
20% of analysts expect the continuation of the lateral trend of the pair within 1.1700-1.1910, and the remaining 30% believe that within the next few weeks it will return to the area of 1.1450.
Apart from half of the experts, graphical analysis is looking to the north, as well as 80% of oscillators and 85% of trend indicators on D1. The remaining 20% of the oscillators give signals that the pair is overbought.
We are waiting for data on the US consumer market in the coming week, which will be released on Wednesday August 12 and Friday August 14. And if the consumer price index is forecast to stay flat, retail sales could show a decline in July from 7.5% to 1.7%. Also, on Friday, preliminary data on Eurozone GDP for the second quarter will be known;

- GBP/USD. Apart from the weak dollar, the Bank of England's refusal to cut interest rates and increase the asset purchase program plays for the pound. On Wednesday August 12, UK GDP data for QII will be released, which is forecast to have contracted by 20.2%. By comparison, the Eurozone economy fell by 12% over the same period and the US one by 9.5%. And investors assumed that such a difficult situation could force the regulator to take additional stimulus measures. However, the firm position of the Bank's management should allay their fears and help the British currency not only stay afloat, but also push it further up against the dollar.
This is exactly what 60% of experts believe at the moment, supported by 90% of oscillators and trend indicators on D1. Resistance levels are 1.3185, 1.3200 and 1.3285. 40% of analysts have taken the opposite position. Support levels are 1.2980, 1.2900, 1.2765 and 1.2670. As for the graphical analysis, it draws a continuation of the lateral movement of the pair in the range 1.2980-1.3185 on H4, followed by a decrease to 1.2900;

- USD / JPY. 50% of experts, supported by graphical analysis on H4, believe that in the coming days the pair will once again try to test the level of 106.40, and, if successful, rise another 100 points higher. Intermediate resistance is at 106.65. 20% of analysts are in favor of sideways movement, and the remaining 30% are waiting for the pair to fall first to support at 105.30, and then to 104.75. The ultimate target is the July 31 low at 104.18.
Now a few words about indicators. While their readings for EUR/USD and GBP/USD on H4 showed complete chaos and relative order on D1, the opposite is true for the Japanese yen. It is almost impossible to bring indicator signals on D1 to any denominator. But on H4 65% of oscillators and 80% of trend indicators are painted green. However, the number of oscillators signaling the pair is overbought is also quite large: 25%. And 10% of them have taken a neutral position, painted grey;

– cryptocurrencies. Bloomberg experts confirmed the forecast for the value of bitcoin at $20,000 by the end of this year. “After a slump of 60 percent in 2014, the value of the coin increased several dozen times over the following three years. The decline in 2018 was about 75 percent. Bitcoin had previously approached $20,000 and even took the corresponding barrier, but quickly slipped. In the current reality, the coin has every chance to gain a foothold at peak values," Bloomberg experts say.
The value of the cryptocurrency may also be affected by macroeconomic factors, including the policy of low rates of the US Federal Reserve. Many large countries are trying to get out of the crisis as soon as possible, and therefore allow the drawdown of fiat. Against the background of such fluctuations, bitcoin has a chance to come out on top in investor preferences.
Well-known analyst TV presenter Max Kaiser, who expects a rapid rise in BTC/USD to $28,000, also confirmed his forecast. According to him, bitcoin will not have noticeable levels of resistance before this mark. The December 2017 high in the region of $20,000 will not become it either. "Then a short pullback, and an assault of $100,000 with renewed energy," Kaiser continued his forecast, though he did not name a time frame for it.
But it was identified by the co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital Anthony Pompliano, who said that the quotes of the first cryptocurrency will reach $100,000 by December 2020. Another popular cryptanalyst, Plan B, indicated a longer term. Based on the Stock-to-Flow (S2F) model, he calculated that bitcoin would rise to the specified mark only by the end of the next year, 2021.
Experts of the Zubr cryptocurrency platform decided to somewhat cool the ardor of enthusiasts. They conducted a study of the volatility of BTC and came to the conclusion that, despite the increased volatility compared to traditional assets, the main cryptocurrency maintains "market equilibrium" most of the time. Analysts at Zubr found that after sharp changes in bitcoin price, in most cases, there is an almost symmetrical percentage move in reverse. This means that soon, after rising above $12,000, the price of bitcoin may return to the $10,000 mark.


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Forex and Cryptocurrency Forecast for August 17 - 21, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. Citing data from the Labor Department, optimists say that the U.S. economic recovery is gaining momentum. The pandemic-stricken labour market is beginning to recover and may have already overcome the worst stage of the crisis. Unemployment in July fell to 10.2% (against the April peak of 15%). 1.8 million people returned to work in July, a trend that continues for the third month in a row.
But, on the other hand, the revival of 9 million jobs in three months is only 43% of the 21 million lost in March-April. And 15.5 million Americans are still receiving unemployment benefits, which is more than twice higher than the maximum of the previous global financial crisis (6.6 million).
The market is waiting for the next stage of QE - pumping the economy with liquidity and other measures of fiscal stimulus, but Democrats and Republicans can not find common ground in Congress. President Trump does not want to inflate the next aid package for Americans too much, believing it will make them dependents sitting around the government's neck. But he is willing to make concessions to Democrats in exchange for cancelling postal voting in the upcoming US presidential election.
Negotiations go on, and in such an unobvious situation, the markets have taken a wait and see attitude. Although the S&P500 index continues to grow, it does not do it so vigorously. The yield on the 30-year US Treasury bonds seemed to have grown after a weak auction, but then fell along with a fall in risk sentiment in Europe associated with a worsening epidemiological situation and poor employment data. The disappointment of the latest macroeconomic data from China does not contribute to the growth of risk sentiment.
In general, uncertainty reigns across the board. As a result, both bulls and bears decided not to resort to active action, spending the last month of summer anywhere on the beach. The EUR/USD pair could not go beyond the 1.1700-1.1910 side corridor in three weeks, moreover, the fluctuation boundaries became even narrower, 1.1710-1.1865, the maximum volatility did not exceed 155 points, and the final chord of this quiet week sounded at 1.1840;

- GBP/USD. The forecast, which was announced seven days ago, turned out to be almost accurate: the UK GDP in the II quarter decreased by 20.5%. (For comparison, the Eurozone economy fell by 12.1% over the same period). However, this did not affect the quotes of the pound. As already mentioned, the GBP/USD pair has recently stopped playing independently and obediently follows the EUR/USD in the wake. So, if it moved east within 1.2980-1.3185 two weeks ago, now its trading range has narrowed to 1.3000-1.3140, the pair finished at 1.3085;

— USD/JPY. Recall that last week, most experts, supported by graphical analysis on H4, expected that the pair would try to test the 106.40 level again, and if successful, it would not stop there and go further up. This is exactly what happened: the pair went up against the background of growth in the yield of 30-year US Treasury securities, and, breaking through the resistance of 106.40, reached the height of 107.00. However, the dollar's growth soon stopped, and the pair rolled back downward, completing the five-day period in the zone of the strong mid-term support/resistance level of 106.60;

– cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin cannot overcome the $12,000 bar for the second week in a row. Another attempt was made, as is often the case, on the night from Sunday to Monday and ended in failure. After that, which again happens quite often, there was a powerful rebound downward, as a result of which the BTC/USD pair practically reached the $ 11,000 level on Wednesday, August 12. We have already written that this horizon has become a powerful new support for bitcoin, which is as difficult for the main cryptocurrency to overcome as the resistance of $12,000.
Bitcoin's fall came amid rising US government bond yields at the same time as a fall of about 10 per cent in the value of gold. At the same time, the overall background for BTC remains fairly favorable. The total cryptocurrency market capitalization grew by $13 billion in seven days, close to $370 billion. The Grayscale fund alone raised $1 billion in 10 days, which is more than in the entire II quarter of 2020. MicroStrategy Incorporated, which is one of the pillars of business intelligence, has declared Bitcoin as its main reserve asset and bought 21,454 BTC for a total amount of $250 million. Commenting on this move, CEO Michael Saylor stated that “Bitcoin, in their view, is a reliable means of saving and an attractive investment asset with long-term growth potential beyond holding cash."
By the evening of Friday August 14, Bitcoin had regained its position and returned to where it had already been at the end of last week - to the $11,750 zone, showing zero gain. But ethereum, the prospects of which we have repeatedly paid attention to, has once again pleased its investors, showing a gain of 13% and gaining a foothold above the level of $400. By the way, the above-mentioned Grayscale fund also showed an active interest in this top altcoin, having filed an application with the SEC (US Securities and Exchange Commission) for registering an Ethereum trust.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. Only a clear breakdown of the 1.1700-1.1910 channel in one direction or another can give a clear idea of the dominant trend. In the meantime, amid dying activity, trend indicators continue to look north - those are 100% on H4 and 85% on D1. The picture is slightly different among oscillators. And although 75% of them on H4 and 70% on D1 are still green, the rest are already signaling that the pair is overbought, which is a rather strong signal for a trend reversal or a large-scale downward correction.
Graphical analysis on H4 draws a continuation of the sideways movement within 1.1700-1.1910. But according to the forecast on D1, the pair, having once again pushed off the support at 1.1700, may go up - first to the resistance at 1.1960, and then to the height of 1.2100.
30% of experts also expect further weakening of the dollar and growth of the pair. 25% of analysts agreed with the forecast for graphical analysis on H4. The remaining 45% are waiting for the pair to return first to the support at 1.1450, and then to decline to the 1.1240 zone. This will happen, however, not immediately, but within a few weeks. Moreover, in the medium term, this scenario is already supported by about 60% of analysts;

- GBP/USD. “Both the euro and the pound” - this is what the forecast for the GBP/USD pair looks like this week. Well, if not the same, it looks similar. As in the case of EUR/USD, 45% of experts vote for the pair to turn down in the coming weeks, and 60% in the medium term. 20% vote for the side trend, and 35% for further growth of the pair.
As for the trend indicators, 90% on H4 and 95% on D1 are painted green. Among the oscillators on H4, greens are only 60% and 40% have taken a neutral-grey position. On D1, 60% are also colored green, 35% are neutral grey and 5% have already changed their color to red.
Support levels are 1.3045, 1.2980, 1.2900, 1.2765 and 1.2670, resistance - 1.3125, 1.3185, 1.3200 and 1.3285;

- USD/JPY. On Monday, August 17, there will be data on Japan's GDP for the II quarter, which, according to forecasts, decreased by only 7.6%, which is one of the best indicators among developed countries and once again proves that not only the Japanese yen, but the entire country as a whole is an excellent refuge from economic and financial turmoil. But so far 100% of experts predict the strengthening of the dollar and the growth of the pair in the coming days first to 107.55, and then to 108.10. It should be noted that the 106.00-108.10 zone is the range in which the pair has been trading 75% of the time over the past 20 weeks. And apparently that's why experts believe that the pair will definitely linger for a while in this interval. However, 15% of oscillators on D1 are already giving signals that the pair is overbought, and this fact must be taken into account when opening positions.
It is also necessary to take into account that the forecast of analysts for the end of August-beginning of September changes sharply, and 55% of them are waiting for a trend reversal and a new fall in the pair. The targets are 105.30 and 104.20.

– cryptocurrencies. As you know, there are at least two ways out of any situation. This is the case of Bitcoin — one way up, the other down.
According to the well-known analyst and TV presenter Max Kaiser, the growth of the price of the main cryptocurrency is positively affected by the withdrawal of capital from Asia against the background of increasing geopolitical risks. And the worse the relationship between the United States and China will be, the stronger will be the desire of Chinese citizens to move their capital abroad. And it is easiest to do it with cryptocurrency.
There is another fundamental factor playing on the side of bitcoin - this is the $10 trillion poured into the global economy in the form of a quantitative easing (QE) program. Recall that in the second quarter, the decline in US GDP turned out to be the largest in the entire history of observations - minus 32.9%, which suggests that the period of ultra soft monetary policy is likely to continue at least until the end of 2020. And some of the funds received within the framework of QE will be on the crypto market. Which, according to a number of experts, makes the growth of the BTC/USD pair inevitable. For example, Wall Street veteran Raoul Pal believes bitcoin could hit $100,000 over the next two years. And here, an important leading indicator may be the termination of the correlation of bitcoin with such stock indices as the Nasdaq and the S&P500.
But there is an opposite scenario as well. To understand which one, just look at the BTC/USD chart from a year ago. In August 2019, bitcoin's price also broke the $11,000 mark and even got to $12,300. But after several attempts to break higher, the quotes first fell to $10,000, and then flew down altogether, reaching the bottom in March around $3,800. There may be no such disaster this time, but the pair's correction to the $10,000 horizon is real enough. Moreover, the Crypto Fear & Greed Index has been at the level of 77-78 points for three weeks, which, according to its developers, suggests that the market is raged by strong overbought sentiment and needs to be corrected.
Interestingly, when giving a weekly forecast, most experts (55%) are inclined to believe that the BTC/USD pair will still break through the $12,000 resistance and rise to the $12,500-13,000 zone. However, when switching to the monthly scenario, 60% of analysts expect bitcoin to fall to $9,500-10,000 and offer to open long positions there.


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- The head of the investment company Morgan Creek Anthony Pompliano believes that bitcoin in a few years will overtake the capitalization of gold. According to him, the main cryptocurrency is increasingly in demand among large investors. It is no longer perceived as a supporting asset, making it one of the most versatile investment tools that even government regulators will start working with. When the world has the possibility of “white” investing in bitcoin, its popularity will begin to increase at a frantic rate.
“I think bitcoin will surpass gold in capitalization by 2029. Then most of the financial institutions will stop being afraid of cryptocurrency and start investing large amounts in it. Until that time, digital assets will continue to be less in demand than fiat. The dollar and other currencies this year have shown weakness in the face of geopolitical fluctuations and even pandemics. Bitcoin has not only resisted, but also increased its potential”, Pompliano said.

- Larry Cermak, an analyst at The Block cryptocurrency publication, believes that if the trend continues, Ethereum can become the most sought-after asset in the corporate environment. “The commission revenues of Monero, Bitcoin Cash and BSV miners remain negligible. I think that there will be two big players in this game soon, bitcoin and ethereum. ETH continues to break records, and BTC still looks very weak in terms of the use of its network among companies,” Cermak said. In his opinion, the difference in their indicators will become so obvious soon that the altcoin will be officially recognized as the leader.
Emin Gun Sirer, a renowned researcher specializing in computer networks and P2P systems, also noted the upward trend in activity on the ethereum network. According to him, a typical mistake of investors in bitcoin is that they believe in its popularity this year, even though the coin has actually become just a means of saving assets.

- Seven out of ten cryptocurrency investors will keep their bitcoins even if its price drops to zero. This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by a well-known analyst under the nickname PlanB. The survey involved 22,635 Twitter users. When asked “At what price will you get rid of bitcoin if it does not rise sharply in the next few years?” 5.8% of respondents named the price below $1000, about the same amount - the range of $1000- $3000. 16.2% of those surveyed would have sold the coins at around $6,000. The remaining 72% of the survey participants said that they would continue to hold bitcoin even if its price approached zero.
Almost as many fanatical “hodlers” (57.5%) turned out in a July survey by critic of the first cryptocurrency, president of brokerage Euro Pacific Capital Inc. Peter Schiff, attended by 28,000 people.

- Legendary investor Warren Buffett will eventually see bitcoin in the investment portfolio of his holding company Berkshire Hathaway. Morgan Creek Digital venture capital firm co-founder Jason Williams is convinced of this. Moreover, in his opinion, Berkshire Hathaway can buy BTC even without the knowledge of its founder. 'These are young managers and analysts who are pushing gold trading and BTC trading. He won't even know when it happens," Williams explained. The reason for this forecast was the report of the management company of the "Oracle of Omaha" to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to this document, Berkshire Hathaway has reduced its positions in shares of the largest US banks - JPMorgan Chase & Co, Wells Fargo & Co, Goldman Sachs, Bank of New York Mellon, PNC Financial Services Group and US Bancorp, and has acquired almost 21 million shares of the gold mining company Barrick Gold for $562 million Now it's up to bitcoin.

- The SpaceChain project has announced the successful implementation of a multi-signature bitcoin transaction from space. The researchers sent 0.01 BTC to two addresses, for which they used specialized equipment located on the international space station. Recall that a multi-signature transaction, unlike a conventional transaction, requires multiple signatures for authorization, which has additional security benefits. “The implementation of the multi-signature transaction in space reflects our continued efforts to create an open network of satellites on the blockchain with enhanced security and unchangeability characteristics », 'reported SpaceChain co-founder and CTO Jeff Garzik.
The project is supported by the European Space Agency and intends to create products for digital banks and fintech companies in the future.

- Bitcoin price will reach $100,000 next summer, to be exact, on August 16, 2021. This is evidenced by the popular Stock-to-Flow (S2F) model used in the gold market. The forecast was published by an analyst under the moniker Bit Harrington. He added that the value seems too high to him for such a period but noted that Bitcoin has always gone against bearish sentiment.
Analyst and entrepreneur Mark Van Der Chase explained why this forecast could well come true. “A lot of people think it's impossible,” he wrote, “but I've seen 1,000% growth in less than a year at least twice in BTC history (in 2013 and 2017). S2F holds up pretty well after the halving. If the fear of lost profits resumes, anything is possible. "
On the same day, analyst Plan B, who was the first to apply S2F to Bitcoin, presented a chart confirming that recent BTC price movements are consistent with this pattern. According to his forecast, bitcoin could reach the level of $14,000 in the next week or two, for the first time since 2017.

- Bitcoin has overtaken the popularity of shares of leading companies in the United States, second only to Tesla. Boeing took the third place in views. This is evidenced by data from the analytical portal Blockchaincenter. Since the start of the year, Tesla shares have risen more than 283%, while bitcoin has added 60%. Apple, which rose 53%, failed to take the lead in any state. TradingView notes that the interest of traders and investors in this company is very low at the moment.

- Bloomberg reports on improving the fundamentals of the cryptocurrency market. The Blomberg Galaxy composite crypto index rose to its highest level since June 2019. This is a positive signal, according to analysts of the agency. Bloomberg experts linked the rise in the value of BTC and other cryptocurrencies with the improvement in the situation in the American stock market. The S&P500 is heading to new highs as investor interest in risky assets is growing again.

- The head of Galaxy Digital holding Mike Novogratz has once again stated that the value of bitcoin should increase to at least 20 thousand dollars by the end of this year. In an interview with CNBC, the entrepreneur spoke about his opinion on the future of the cryptocurrency industry against the backdrop of the halving experienced by the main coin and the economic situation in the world.
“Bitcoin is becoming a more sought-after retail tool. The interest of big investors in it is not fading either. This is stated by the increasing correlation of the main coin and precious metals. Bitcoin was heavily reliant on US stock markets in March, but now the connection between industries is gradually declining. The dollar exchange rate is almost irrelevant as well. The main reason for the surge in interest in cryptocurrency is the emission of large amounts of cash. In fact, fiat is just depreciating at a very fast rate. Because of this, the Bitcoin rally should start as soon as possible. I do not exclude that the historical maximum will once again be taken before the end of the year," Novogratz noted.


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Forex and Cryptocurrency Forecast for August 24 - 28, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. We noted in the previous forecast that only a clear breakdown of the channel 1.1700-1.1910 in one direction or another can give a clear idea of the dominant trend in conditions of subsiding activity. It is in this range that the pair has been moving for four weeks. But the breakdown never happened: after all it is August, holidays, and no extra events capable of stirring up markets, have not yet happened. The situation shows that investors are ready to buy back even very small drawdowns and close positions with very moderate profits. As a result, the breakthrough to 1.1965 did not bring success to the bulls, and the pair returned to the sidelines1.1700-1.1910, having finished the week not far from its central line, in the 1.1795 zone;

- GBP/USD. The British currency has also moved into a side trend, where it has stayed for the third week in a row. The main difference in the last five-day period was some dominance of bullish sentiment, caused rather by a general weakening of the dollar rather than a strengthening of the pound. And if the 1.3075 horizon could be viewed as Pivot Point in the first half of August, it has now turned into a level of support. Pushing off from it, the bulls raised the GBP/USD pair twice to aеру height of 1.3265, and twice it returned to the indicated support, near which, at the level of 1.3090, it put the final point;

— USD/JPY. The 106.00-108.10 zone is the range in which the pair has been trading 75% of the time over the past 20 weeks. And all the experts were sure that it would stay within these limits last week, moreover, that it would rise to its upper limit. However, the expected strengthening of the dollar did not happen, and those oscillators that warned against opening long positions, giving signals of overbought, turned out to be right. As a result, the pair, having broken through support 106.00, groped the local bottom of 100 points lower. Then, after the rebound, it could not overcome the level of 106.00, which has now become resistance, and completed the trading session at 105.80;

– cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin has gone from $4,000 to $12,000 over the past five months. Many experts believe that the main reason is the huge dollar mass that the US Federal Reserve has thrown into the market to overcome the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. By diversifying their portfolios, investors invested some of this money in real gold and digital gold, which have shown steady growth in recent months. Another part went where it was intended, to the stock market. But if bitcoin showed an increase of 200%, the gold rose in price by a little more than 30%, and the S&P500 index barely crossed the 50% mark.
In the United States, according to the financial analytical portal TradingView, the main cryptocurrency has surpassed the shares of leading American companies in popularity, losing only to Tesla Elon Musk. Boeing took the third place in views.
The data from another survey conducted by a well-known analyst under the nickname Plan B is Interesting as well, it was attended by 22.6 thousand Twitter users. When asked “At what price will you get rid of bitcoin if it does not rise sharply in the next few years?” 5.8% of respondents named the price below $1000, about the same amount - the range of $1000- $3000. 16.2% of those surveyed would have sold the coins at around $6,000. The remaining 72% of the survey participants said that they would continue to hold bitcoin even if its price approached zero.
In the meantime, the quotes of the leading cryptocurrency are very far from the "zero" level. Bitcoin is swinging on the scales against the dollar - when the USD (DXY) index goes down, BTC goes up, and vice versa. As most of our experts assumed, when at the beginning of last week, the DXY dropped from 93.1 to 92.16, the BTC/USD pair jumped upward, broke through the resistance of $12,000 and reached the height of $12.470. The dollar then returned to levels above 93, and bitcoin dipped to a new, fairly strong, support level, $11,600.
The total capitalization of the crypto market changed slightly over the week, falling from ¬$370 billion to $366 billion. The Bitcoin Fear & Greed Index is in the last quarter of the scale for the fourth week and has even grown slightly — from 78 to 81 points. This suggests that the decline in the pair from $ 12,470 to $ 11,600 did not satisfy the market and it remains overbought.
And a few words about altcoins. Lately, a lot of attention - and rightly so - has been paid to ethereum. The Block analyst Larry Cermak believes that while the trend continues, ethereum could become the most sought-after asset in the corporate environment. “The commission revenues of Monero, Bitcoin Cash and BSV miners remain negligible. I think that there will be two big players in this game soon, bitcoin and ethereum. In his opinion, the difference in their indicators will become so obvious soon that the altcoin will be officially recognized as the leader.
However, at the moment it was not ETH which was the most profitable acquisition on the market, but yearn. finance (YFI). It was this coin that showed twenty-fold growth in a month and outstripped even bitcoin in value, reaching the height of $15,400. By the way, the YFI developers decided to follow the path of the leading cryptocurrency, limiting its circulation to only 30,000 coins, which led to such a jump in value. It is not at all a fact that the YFI price will hold at this level or go further up. It is possible that we will soon witness its equally rapid downfall. The aforementioned fact only suggests that, in addition to coins from the TOP-10, instruments have appeared, appear and will still appear on the crypto market that can bring hundreds and thousands of percent of profit due to short-term speculation.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. The number of initial claims for unemployment benefits again exceeded 1 million in the United States last week. The statistics on manufacturing activity in New York and Philadelphia were also quite sad. Against this backdrop, the bulls made an attempt to renew multi-month highs and raise the pair above 1.2000. The attempt ended in failure, the pair returned to the limits of the channel 1.1700-1.1910, and the main benchmark for the market still remains the prospects of another, autumn round of the pandemic COVID-19.
At first glance, the better epidemiological situation in Europe should convince investors that the eurozone economy will recover faster than the US economy. But the situation is getting worse every day. In Germany, the rate of infected with COVID-19 exceeded the highs in May, in France, the number of cases increased by 50% in a week, jumping over 1,500, in Spain, about 4,800 cases of infections are recorded daily, which, in terms of 1 million people, is only 25% less than in the USA. So, it is quite possible that quarantine measures in the EU will be tightened again, causing another blow to the economy, and the ECB will be forced to expand its quantitative easing (QE) program. This, in turn, will push the EUR/USD pair down.
On the other hand, the dollar, apart from doubts about the pace of recovery of the US economy, continues to be pressured by the growth of money supply from the Fed, the growth of national debt, the decline in government bond yields, tug-of-war in the confrontation with China, and uncertainty about the upcoming presidential election. As a result, the USD (DXY) index, which shows the ratio of the dollar to 6 major currencies, fell from the highs of mid-March (104 points) to the lows of May 2018 around 92-93 points.
Today, the preferences of most analysts are still on the side of the dollar. 60% of them believe that the EUR/USD pair is able to break the support of 1.1700 and fall at least another 100 points lower. According to the remaining 40%, the pair will still remain within the trading range of 1.1700-1.1910, with which the graphical analysis on D1 agrees.
The indicators on H4, working out the trend of the second half of the last week, are naturally colored red. But on D1 there is a complete color confusion, which confirms the forecast of sideways movement.
And now positive information for those who, in the medium term, are betting on the victory of the euro over the dollar. If you look at the options market, it does not exclude the growth of the EUR/USD pair to the levels of 1.2200-1.2500. However, it is necessary to keep in mind that COVID-19 will surely put everything in its place this autumn. And one of the decisive factors here may be the emergence of a vaccine against this scourge and the speed and scale of vaccination in different countries.

- GBP/USD. “As the euro, so the pound” — this is how the forecast for the GBP/USD pair sounds for the third week in a row. As with EUR/USD, 60% of experts vote for the turn of the pair down. They are supported by 75% of oscillators, 80% of indicators and graphical analysis on H4. The closest strong support is at 1.3000. In case of its breakout, the bears will try to move the pair to echelon 1.2665-1.2765.
But on D1 there is still a slight advantage for the “green” ones among the indicators. In addition, signals about the pair being oversold are also signaled by 25% oscillators on H4. According to 40% of analysts, two side channels can be drawn for the pair. The first, narrow one - 1.3075-1.3185, and the second, wider in case of increased volatility - 1.3000-1.3265. The goal of bulls to update the 2019 high of 1.3515 is hardly achievable in the coming days;

— USD/JPY. 50% of experts believe that the pair will again try to test the strength of the support in the 105.00 zone and reach the low of July 31, 104.18. This scenario is supported by 60% of oscillators and 100% of trend indicators on D1. The rest of the indicators on both timeframes are colored neutral gray. 15% of analysts have also taken a neutral position. As for the remaining 35% of experts, they predict the pair will return to the trading range 106.00-108.10;

– cryptocurrencies. The news feed, as usual, is full of optimistic crypto-guru statements.
Anthony Pompliano, CEO of Morgan Creek Investment Company: “I think bitcoin will surpass gold in capitalization by 2029. Then most of the financial institutions will stop being afraid of cryptocurrency and start investing large amounts in it. The dollar and other currencies this year have shown weakness in the face of geopolitical fluctuations and even pandemics. Bitcoin has not only resisted, but also increased its potential”, Pompliano said.
Jason Williams, co-founder of venture capital firm Morgan Creek Digital, is confident that legendary investor and adversary of cryptocurrencies Warren Buffett will eventually see bitcoin in the investment portfolio of his holding company Berkshire Hathaway. And it can happen even without his knowledge. 'These are young managers and analysts who are pushing gold trading and BTC trading. He won't even know when it happens," Williams explained.
Bitcoin price will reach $100,000 next summer, to be exact, on August 16, 2021. This forecast was published by an analyst under the pseudonym Bit Harrington, based on the popular Stock-to-Flow (S2F) model used in the gold market. He added that the value seems too high to him for such a period but noted that bitcoin has always gone against bearish sentiment.
Analyst and entrepreneur Mark Van Der Chase explained why this forecast could well come true. “A lot of people think it's impossible,” he wrote, “but I've seen 1,000% growth in less than a year at least twice in BTC history (in 2013 and 2017). S2F holds up pretty well after the halving. If the fear of lost profits resumes, anything is possible. "
- The head of Galaxy Digital holding Mike Novogratz has once again stated that the value of bitcoin should increase to at least 20 thousand dollars by the end of this year. And the analyst Plan B, who was the first to apply S2F to bitcoin, presented a chart according to which this cryptocurrency may, for the first time since 2017, reach the level of $ 14,000 in the next week or two.
It is interesting that, despite such optimistic statements, most experts look at the prospects for BTC quite calmly. They do not exclude that bitcoin, as an alternative to fiat currencies, will receive a new growth impetus during the second wave of the pandemic. If, of course, it happens this fall. But so far 70% of analysts expect that in the first half of autumn the BTC/USD pair will move along the Pivot Point of $11,000 with one-time emissions up to $9,500 to the south and to $13,000 to the north. And only 30% of experts believe that in the coming weeks the pair will be able to steadily gain a foothold above $12,000.


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- A new report by the cryptocurrency fund Grayscale Investments states that the current structure of the BTC market is similar to that of early 2016 before the historic bullish growth began. Fund analysts predict that demand for bitcoin will rise significantly as inflation accelerates. At the same time, their report provides readings of several network indicators indicating the growing interest in this cryptocurrency. This is confirmed by the number of active addresses, which is at the highest level after the record highs of 2017. Also, against the background of historical lows in the number of bitcoins stored in the "reserves" of cryptocurrency exchanges, the number of long-term investors has increased. This suggests that the demand for bitcoin is not just growing, but at some point, may even seriously exceed the supply.

- A hacker stole the personal data of users of the CryptoTrader.Tax service, which is intended for tax accounting when making transactions with digital currencies. This was reported by the CoinDesk news agency. At least 1,082 clients became victims of the attacker. The hacker gained access to the resource base through the account of a support employee. This allowed him to steal clients' user data, including names, email addresses, part of cryptocurrency transaction revenue details and profile information in payment systems. CryptoTrader.tax confirmed the leak. However, according to co-founder David Kemmerer, user accounts have not been compromised.
After stealing the data, the hacker posted ads on the darknet forums for the sale of the stolen client base.

- Recall that the popularity of BTC in Hong Kong increased amid protests last year. And now, after the arrest on August 10 of the well-known critic of the Chinese government billionaire Jimmy Lai, his popular Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily decided to vex the Chinese authorities by placing a bitcoin ad on the front page. Apple Daily, which is read by more than half a million people every day, has criticized traditional banks by proposing the mainstream cryptocurrency as an alternative. “Bitcoin will never leave you. Banks, it is not you who are leaving me today, it is me who is leaving you,” reads the text on the front page of the publication. And then the key advantages of cryptocurrency over traditional financial instruments are cited:
“Bitcoin is digital money. It is not issued or controlled by banks or corporations. No one can stop you from carrying out a transaction on the network, and it can't be turned off. Bitcoin is available to everyone regardless of nationality, gender, or belief. Bitcoin started with a genesis block during the 2009 financial crisis. Now is its time,” Apple Daily writes.

- The cybercriminals who created the ransomware Ryuk withdrew about $1 million of the ransom funds through the Binance bitcoin exchange. This is reported by Forbes with reference to cybersecurity specialists who wished to remain anonymous. In response to a request from the publication, security experts at Binance said that "fighting money laundering, ransomware and other malicious activities is their daily work." And they added that their arsenal has a lot of tools to detect suspicious activity. In total, according to the FBI, the victims of the ransomware transferred $61 million to the creators of Ryuk.

- The author of the legendary book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” entrepreneur and investor Robert Kiyosaki declared the inevitability of a new global banking crisis. Moreover, the coming shock will be more widespread than in previous financial crises. Investors need to accelerate the transition to "safe havens," Kiyosaki wrote on Twitter. He also stressed that the proof of the approaching crisis was the fact that such big financiers as Warren Buffett are already selling their assets related to the banking sector. “Probably, these people feel that the crisis is impending and will affect, first of all, the traditional financial system,” - said Kiyosaki. In his opinion, it is necessary now to transfer your capital into more reliable instruments, such as bitcoin, gold and silver.

- Trade in cryptocurrencies through mobile apps has grown by 81% compared to last August. According to the latest report from analyst firm Apptopia, cryptocurrency trading via mobile apps is becoming more and more popular: each new month surpasses the previous one in terms of the number of active users and new registrations. According to some experts, this is due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as the rise in the cost of crypto assets.
Among the most popular mobile cryptocurrency trading apps are Coinbase, Blockchain Wallet, and Binance. According to Apptopia, Coinbase and Crypto.com mobile apps recorded a record number of active users per day on August 20 - 969,000 and 576,000, respectively. “July is the highest performing month for mobile cryptocurrency apps in the history of the market, but August has the potential to surpass it,” says the analyst firm's blog.

- Uber's former security chief, Joseph Sullivan, is accused of paying hackers $100,000 in BTC for concealing information about the theft of personal data. In 2016, hackers hacked into the database of Uber, an international company providing taxi search services, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Attackers gained access to the data of 57 million users, as well as to the driver's license numbers of about 600,000 drivers.
Despite the anonymity of the hackers, Sullivan entered into a non-disclosure agreement with them, under which they were required to keep the hacking of the company's database secret and not to store the received data. Even after Uber employees identified the hackers, it is believed that Sullivan demanded that the attackers re-sign the agreement, providing their real names this time.
Law enforcement agencies became aware of the event only in November 2017, when the management of the company changed. The hackers have already been arrested. As for Sullivan, if found guilty, he could face up to five years in prison for obstructing the enforcement of the law and up to three years in prison for harbouring a crime.


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Forex and Cryptocurrency Forecast for August 31 - September 04, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

– EUR/USD. 60% of analysts once again tried to give priority to the dollar last week, hoping that the EUR/USD pair will still break the support of 1.1700. In the opinion of the remaining 40%, it should have stayed within the side channel 1.1700-1.1910, which actually happened. Moreover, its finish took place near the upper border of this corridor.
The growth of the pair and the weakening of the dollar were blamed on the statement by the head of the US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell at a symposium in Jackson Hole which some analysts even called historical. The Fed decided to take the most serious step in monetary policy starting in 2012, announcing its plans to aim for an “average inflation rate of 2%.” This means that the regulator will not tighten its monetary policy even if the inflation rate exceeds these very two percent.
These changes suggest a softer monetary policy in the coming months and even years. And even more so, investors should not expect an increase in the interest rate on the dollar. As Jerome Powell noted, the country's economy, which is recovering from the recession, needs low rates.
As a result, the dollar went down, giving a signal to a sell-off of the US debt. There was a dumping of not only long-term, but also short-term government bonds. Together, this forms a kind of vicious circle, since the loss of interest in these securities can, in turn, put pressure on the dollar, which may lead to its further weakening against competing currencies.
The market's awareness of this situation led to the fact that on Thursday-Friday the EUR/USD pair rose to the upper boundary of the corridor 1.1700-1.1910, ending the week session at 1.1900;

– GBP/USD. The pound continues to climb to the 2019 high of 1.3515, and it got very close to this target last week, making a 280-point break and reaching 1.3350. The British currency is supported not only by the constantly weakening dollar, but also by the weakening British Prime Minister.
According to The Times newspaper, Boris Johnson is struggling with the consequences of the illness caused by COVID-19, and for this reason can resign at the end of the Brexit transition period, that is, by end of the year. Since Johnson will be interested in ending his prime minister career on a high positive note, the UK's parting with the EU could go smoothly, without losing its access to the European single market and customs union. And this, naturally, will further strengthen the pound;

– USD/JPY. The pair has been trading in the range of 105.10-107.00 for the last four weeks. However, its volatility has increased significantly in recent days. And the main reason for this is not the speech of the head of the Fed, Jerome Powell, but the news that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to step down for health reasons.
That message allowed the yen to strengthen by 175 points. Why? The question is quite complex. As some analysts explain, Abe served as Prime Minister for the longest time since the end of World War II, and together with the head of the Bank of Japan, Haruhiko Kuroda, did everything to prevent the strengthening of the national currency by any means, including negative interest rates. Such a policy has been called “Abenomics”, although many believe it is more correct to refer to it as “Kurodanomics”.
Shinzo Abe is leaving now, and the era of "abenomics" may pass with him, which will entail a loosening of tight fiscal policies and a strengthening of the national currency.
In the meantime, as mentioned above, nothing super serious has happened, the yen has kept within the August corridor and completed the five-day period at 105.35;

– cryptocurrencies. Even though bitcoin, like about a year ago, was unable to gain a foothold above $ 12,000, the situation remains generally favourable for it. First, it is the soft monetary policy of the main regulators, the end of which is not yet expected. Secondly, we have seen a continuous growth in the number of companies and services that have started to accept cryptocurrencies as means of payment. The attitude towards digital assets and a number of central banks has become more loyal. Here, according to analysts, the COVID-19 pandemic played a large role, due to which a significant part of our life went online. It seems that even the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) has come to terms with the existence of the crypto industry.
Cryptocurrency trading through mobile apps is up 81% compared to August last year. According to the latest report from the analytical company Apptopia, this type of transactions each new month surpasses the previous one in terms of the number of active users and new registrations. The mobile apps Coinbase and Crypto.com recorded a record number of daily active users, 969,000 and 576,000, respectively, on August 20.
The number of large long-term investors continues to grow as well. So, according to Glassnode, there are currently 2,190 wallets with 1,000 or more BTC coins. All in all, these wallets store almost 8 million bitcoins for a total of more than $90 billion. And this is a very strong incentive for the future growth of BTC/USD.
In the meantime, bitcoin found a new Pivot Point last week - $11,500, along which it has been moving all this time. The BTC/USD pair was above this line for the first part of the seven-day period, then it went down to the support of $11,100. But soon it returned $400 higher. This happened largely thanks to the statement of the head of the Federal Reserve J. Powell at a symposium in Jackson Hole, which led to some weakening of the dollar and the growth of alternative assets, including gold and bitcoin.
The total cryptocurrency market capitalization decreased in seven days, but not by much - from $ 366 billion to $ 360 billion. The Crypto Fear & Greed Index came out of the last quarter, dropping from 81 points to 74. According to the developers of the indicator, this suggests that BTC being overbought is gradually fading away, so it can now be dangerous to open short positions.


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As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

– EUR/USD. Speaking at Jackson Hole, Jerome Powell, in fact, clipped the dollar's wings. The head of the Fed has made it clear that the interest rate will remain at a record low even in case of increasing inflationary pressures. This is clearly a bearish signal for the US currency, which amplifies the likelihood of the euro and other major currencies rising against the dollar.
On the other hand, the Fed has no plans to lower the rate below zero, which is a moderate-positive factor for the USD rate. In addition, it should be borne in mind that other central banks can follow the path of the Fed, not reducing, but continuing and expanding the quantitative easing (QE) policy. So, for example, the ECB may take a position similar to the Fed. Already now, the head of the Bank of France, Francois Villeroy de Galhau, has spoken about a similar inflation target. Central banks of other countries of the Eurozone, in which the number of coronavirus cases is on the rise, can also join his voice. So the coming dollar drawdown is not as clear as it seems at first glance.
So far, if you look at the indicators, the situation is not in its favour. 85% of oscillators on H4 and D1 are painted green, 15% are in the overbought zone. Among the trend indicators, there are even more supporters of the EUR/USD pair growth: 100% on H4 and 95% on D1.
But the picture is radically different among experts. 60% of them believe that the pair will remain in the 1.1700-1.1910 price range. And since it finished the last week at its upper border, this means a trend reversal and a return of the pair to the level of 1.1700. The remaining 40% of analysts vote for the breakdown of the upper boundary of the channel, further weakening of the dollar and the rise of the pair first to the height of 1.1950, and then to the iconic level of 1.2000.
It also makes sense to pay attention to the graphical analysis readings. On the D1, its forecast for September is as follows: first a drop to 1.1700, then a jerk up to 1.2035, followed by side movement in the channel 1.1900-1.2035.
And a few words on the macroeconomic developments of the coming week. On Tuesday September 01, we will see data on the consumer market of the Eurozone, the US ISM business activity indices will be published on September 01 and 03, and on Friday September 04, we will traditionally learn about the state of the US labor market, including the number of new jobs created outside the agricultural sector (NFP);

– GBP/USD. It is clear that 100% of the trend indicators at the end of the past week are looking north. But as for the oscillators on H4 and D1, 25% are already giving signals that the pound is overbought. 55% of experts also support bearish sentiment. Moreover, when moving from weekly to monthly forecast, their number increases to 80%. Support zones are 1.3275, 1.3155 and 1.3050.
The GBP/USD pair closed the last trading session at 1.3350 - this is a fairly strong resistance level, which it had stormed unsuccessfully both in July 2018 and March 2019, so there are a lot of chances for a rebound from it and a downward correction. On the other hand, the desire of the bulls to renew the 2019 high at 1.3515 is also a strong stimulus that supports the losing dollar.
As in the case of EUR/USD, graphical analysis on D1 is of interest. According to its readings, the pair may reach a height of 1.3515 in the coming days, after which a rebound will follow, and it will first return to support 1.3275, and then drop to the level of 1.3050.
Certain adjustments to the dynamics of the pair can be made on Wednesday September 02 hearing of the Inflation Report prepared by the Bank of England and the speech of its head Andrew Bailey on Thursday September 03;

– USD/JPY. The forecast for this pair is similar to that given above for the euro and pound. Most of the indicators point to a further weakening of the dollar, most experts, on the contrary, to its strengthening.
100% of trend indicators and 75% of oscillators are painted red. The remaining 25% of oscillators on both timeframes, H4 and D1, signal that the pair is oversold.
65% of analysts believe that the USD/JPY pair will not leave the 105.10-107.00 corridor limits, and only 35% consider the possibility of reducing it to the July 31 low of 104.18;

– cryptocurrencies. The crypto market capitalization is only $360bn now, which is about 25 -30% of the capitalization of Microsoft, Apple or Amazon. But cryptocurrencies are not one corporation, but a whole financial and technological industry that unites thousands of companies around the world. And this gives reason to say that the digital asset market is greatly underestimated.
A new report by the cryptocurrency fund Grayscale Investments states that the current structure of the BTC market is similar to that of early 2016 before the historic bullish growth began. Fund analysts predict that demand for bitcoin will rise significantly as inflation accelerates.
The growth of bitcoin due to the inevitability of a new global banking crisis was also announced by the author of the legendary book "Rich Dad Poor Dad", entrepreneur and investor Robert Kiyosaki. Moreover, the coming shock in his opinion will be more widespread than in previous financial crises. Investors need to accelerate the transition to "safe havens," Kiyosaki wrote on Twitter. He also stressed that the proof of the approaching crisis was the fact that such big financiers as Warren Buffett are already selling their assets related to the banking sector. “Probably, these people feel that the crisis is impending and will affect, first of all, the traditional financial system,” - said Kiyosaki. In his opinion, it is necessary now to transfer your capital into more reliable instruments, such as bitcoin, gold and silver.
Analysts currently call the coronavirus pandemic one of the main growth drivers for the BTC/USD pair. It is thanks to it that many investors turned their views to the main cryptocurrency and other digital coins. And then Jerome Powell said that the Fed is not going to tighten monetary policy, which in the long term can also lead to the growth of bitcoin.
Some experts in technical analysis also see the prospects for a breakdown of the $12,000 level and a rise of the pair to $40-45 thousand on the W1 and MN time frames. However, in the near future, 65% of analysts expect the BTC/USD pair to move along the $11,000 Pivot Point with one-off emissions up to $9,500 south and up to $12,800 north. Moreover, only 20% of experts believe that bitcoin will be able to at least touch the $14,000 mark in September.


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Number of Accounts Opened in NоrdFX Exceed 1.500.000


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- Many experts are inclined to believe that bitcoin may roll back to values below $10,000 in the near future. Now the main coin is doing quite well, however, with a possible restoration of investor interest in fiat and, first of all, in the dollar, the situation risks changing quickly. It is also possible that fees on the Ethereum network, which recently negatively affected the value of the second largest coin, will begin to fall again, due to which ETH will regain its popularity.
“The main cryptocurrency could not hold on to values above 12 thousand dollars, while it clearly lacks support. Its fall will mark a new major drawdown. Most likely, miners who have only recently been able to recover from halving will suffer from it. In this case, we will again have to hope for the arrival of new investors who will stabilize the situation,” said Teddy Cleps, a well-known trader.
Analysts from the Crypterium financial company team do not rule out a drawdown of the main coin to the lowest values since the beginning of August either. And it can happen very soon. If bitcoin breaks the barrier of $10,000, the rollback can take months. As a rule, in early autumn, the main coin feels insecure, however, a drawdown gives a chance for a new large-scale rally to start closer to the New Year.

- Atupri Health Insurance, a large Swiss insurance company, has started accepting payments in bitcoin and Ethereum. More specifically, it will receive fiat money after exchanging digital assets through the Bitcoin Suisse crypto exchange. “Our company does not own bitcoins. The payment in Swiss francs will be calculated in real time. Thanks to Bitcoin Suisse, we are not exposed to financial risks,” explains Caroline Meli, head of marketing and sales at Atupri. “As digital pioneers in the healthcare sector, we anticipate social trends and offer insurance solutions with a long-term perspective. Among them are blockchain and cryptocurrencies," Meli said. For reference: 200 thousand customers use Atupri Health Insurance every year. The company's sales for 2019 amounted to almost $887 million.

- Authorities in the Malaysian state of Johor have detained miners suspected of a major power theft. This is reported by the local news portal The Star. Searches of two clandestine mining farms in the town of Iskandar Puteri were conducted by representatives of the Malaysian Energy Commission (ST), the Tenaga Nasional Berhad energy company and local officials. They found 148 pieces of mining equipment in two rooms. Its owners stole energy bypassing the electricity meters, as a result of which they paid $7-14 per month for it, while the real amount reached $20 thousand. The cumulative damage for the entire operation of the clandestine farms exceeded $600 thousand. According to the newspaper, the suspects face up to 10 years in prison.

- Self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Australian computer scientist and businessman Craig Wright has already been marked by a number of lawsuits to protect his honour and dignity against members of the bitcoin community. The list includes the co-founder of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin, the CEO of the Blockstream blockchain technology company Adam Back, the host of the podcast What Bitcoin Did Peter McCormack, and the popular Twitter bitcoin investor Hodlonaut. And now, as CoingEek reports, Craig Wright's lawyers have filed a lawsuit in the Antigua and Barbuda High Court in a defamation case against the founder of Bitcoin.com cryptocurrency company Roger Ver. The occasion was a YouTube video in which Ver called Wright a “liar and a con man” for claiming to create Bitcoin. It should be noted that Ver subsequently removed the video, but Wright, apparently, did not find it enough.

- Hackers stole 1.4 thousand bitcoins (about 16.3 million dollars) from an investor who held the coins in his wallet since 2017. The victim told the GitHub portal that he kept the cryptocurrency on Electrum wallet, which he had not visited since the purchase. To transfer funds, he installed an old version of the application, but was unable to complete the transaction. In a pop-up window, he was asked for security reasons to update the wallet to the latest version. As a result, after such a "update" all of its assets were moved to the address of the attackers.

- The consequences of the activities of the US Federal Reserve System were so serious that even the leaders of such payment giants as Visa started talking about Bitcoin. On August 28, after the announcement of the head of the Fed, Jerome Powell, about the plans of his department, the DXY dollar index fell to a critically low level of 92.28. In response, Visa's Public Policy Director Andy Yee tweeted: “Jerome Powell's speech today will go down in history books. This is the first time I've seen such a small group steal so much from so many people. Save yourself with bitcoin."

- Commissioned by P2P platform Paxful, cryptocurrency website Cripto 247 conducted an online survey of 1,113 Argentines from 18 to 55 years old. According to its results, 74% of respondents believe that given the current economic and political situation, crypto assets are the best option to protect savings. At the same time, 68% of respondents note that investments in cryptocurrency are “quite safe”.

- Renowned bitcoin critic and gold advocate, President of brokerage company Euro Pacific Capital Peter Schiff is not against cryptocurrency if it is presented as a gift to his son. “Since you guys are making fun of me about my son buying bitcoin, why don't you remind me of this by giving him some more coins for his birthday. He turned 18 yesterday," the golden beetle said. His call seems to have resonated: at the time of publication, 0.106 BTC, or about $1,200 at current exchange rates, had been sent to the gift address.
Like his father, eighteen-year-old Spencer Schiff likes to speculate on financial topics on Twitter. By his own admission, he invested $450 in bitcoin a few weeks ago, but the cryptocurrency is still only a small part of his portfolio. “I have much more money in shares of gold mining companies, although I am thinking about investing in bitcoin,” the young Spencer told readers.

- The volume of bitcoins held in miners' wallets has reached 1.82 million BTC, which is the highest value in the last two years. Ex-director of leading mining pool F2Pool Thomas Heller believes that the reluctance of miners to sell bitcoins is a positive signal for the price of the coin. In a comment to news agency CoinDesk, he noted that they are now biding their time for better selling levels.
However, there are other versions as well. For example, the vice-president of the GRIID mining company Harry Sudock admitted that the decrease in sales rates is due to the transition of miners to new equipment. According to him, this period takes about six months, during which time miners sell cryptocurrency only to cover running costs.


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Forex and Cryptocurrency Forecast for September 07 - 11, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. The statement of the head of the US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell at the symposium in Jackson Hole is still the most discussed among investors and experts. The Fed decided to take the most serious step in monetary policy starting in 2012, announcing its plans to aim for an “average inflation rate of 2%.” This means that the regulator will not tighten its monetary policy even if the inflation rate exceeds these very two percent.
With his speech, Powell dealt another blow to the dollar, which has surrendered one position after another since March 20. The printing press launched by the Federal Reserve during the pandemic and the decrease in interest rates led to the fact that, starting from 1.0635, the pair EUR/USD rose above 1.2000 last week. During this period, the euro appreciated against the US currency by 13%, which is bad enough for the European economy.
Back in 2015-16, the then head of the ECB Mario Draghi introduced a policy of negative interest rates. This made it possible to lower the quotes of the single European currency to 1.0500, that is, almost to parity with the dollar. The weak euro contributed to higher inflation and economic growth in the EU, bolstered the eurozone's export potential, making its goods cheaper for the overseas consumer. However, in 2018, the euro went up again, rising to about 1.2000. Then, with great difficulty, it was lowered down again. And now we see 1.2000 again.
It is clear that in order to reverse the trend southward, the European regulator will have to resort to a very aggressive monetary policy. The importance of the exchange rate for the health of the Eurozone was announced this week by ECB Chief Economist Philip Lane. His remark allowed the dollar to strengthen a bit. However, we can expect the main events next week on Thursday, September 10, when the next meeting of the European Central Bank will take place. More on this in the second part of this article.
And now about the forecast given by experts for the past week. 60% of them felt that the pair EUR/USD would hold in the price range of 1.1700-1.1910. The remaining 40% voted for the breakdown of the upper border of the channel and the growth of the pair to the symbolic level of 1.2000. If you look at the chart, it becomes clear that both of them were right: the pair really reached the 1.2000 height. However, it could not gain a foothold there and quickly dropped to the 1.1780 horizon. The last chord of the five-day period was set at 1.1840. That is, the pair has been in a smoothly ascending channel with a width of about 200 points for the fifth week already, which allows us to say that the final trend reversal in favor of the dollar has not yet occurred;

- GBP/USD. In general, the weekly chart of this pair follows the EUR/USD chart. The difference is that if the European currency eventually returned to the central part of the ascending medium-term channel, the pound did not do this, and ended the week near its upper border - at around 1.3275. However, the bulls did not manage to update the 2019 high of 1.3515. Their upward spurt was stopped at 1.3482;

- USD/JPY. Markets are still ruled by risk sentiment rather than macroeconomic indicators. Many investors expected that the publication of data on the US labor market on Friday, September 04, could affect the dynamics of the USD/JPY pair, however, nothing extraordinary happened: first, a slight increase by 30 points, and then a return to its original positions.
The forecast given by the majority of analysts (65%) spoke of the strengthening of the dollar and that the pair would not leave the corridor of 105.10-107.00. This is exactly what happened. Starting from Monday, the dollar rushed upward, reaching a height of 106.55 on Thursday and showing an increase of 120 points. As for the end of the trading session, the pair completed it at the level of 106.22;

- cryptocurrencies. One of the richest people on the planet, Warren Buffett, has invested $6 billion dollars in shares of Japanese companies. Commenting on this move, renowned crypto enthusiast and TV presenter Max Kaiser said that Buffett is fleeing the dollar in this way, the depreciation of which will lead to a sharp rise in quotations of alternative assets such as gold and bitcoin.
Perhaps there is some logic in Kaiser's statement, however, gold, on the contrary, has fallen in price by 7%, and Bitcoin has not been able to overcome the $ 12,000 milestone over the past month, starting from August 7.
Our analysts predicted that the BTC/USD pair would move along Pivot Point $11,000 with one-off emissions up to $9,500 south and up to $12,800 north. It is this scenario that starts to come true. At the beginning of the week, the bulls went on another assault, but could hardly get to the height of $12,050. Miners, who, in anticipation of further growth, kept a record amount of cryptocurrency in their wallets, worth more than $ 20 billion (1.82 million BTC), began to sell it. The outflow of bitcoins from their wallets, according to CryptoQuant, amounted to over 1,500 BTC during the day from Wednesday to Thursday. Of course, this is not so much, but, as it turned out, it is quite enough for the bears to completely take over the market. As a result, the main cryptocurrency lost almost 17% in price, reaching $ 10,000, on Friday September 04. The dollar, growing contrary to Max Kaiser's forecasts, affected the collapse as well.
The total capitalization of the cryptocurrency market decreased from $ 360 billion to $ 334 billion in seven days. Moreover, it reached $ 393 billion at its peak on August 2, that is, the drop was 15% in just two days. The Bitcoin Fear & Greed Index dropped from 74 points to 40, and just like the RSI, it came out of the overbought zone.
The dominance of the main cryptocurrency in the market continues to decrease. If at the beginning of the year its capitalization was about 70%, now it has dropped to 58%. But the share of ethereum, on the contrary, is constantly growing, rising from 7.29% to 12.90%. ETH miners earned a record $17 million on September 01 due to the high demand for the blockchain of this project. Recall that the creator of ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, announced his blockchain as the basis for the operation of other cryptoservices this year, which aroused increased interest in this altcoin. However, returning to the events of the end of the last week, it should be noted that if the pair BTC/USD lost “only” 17%, the fall of ETH/USD at its peak exceeded 27%.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. As noted above, the ECB will need to start almost a war with the Fed in the area of monetary and fiscal policy in order to turn the pair down. Its outcome will depend on how far the EU and the US are prepared to go in their combat operations.
The forthcoming meeting of the ECB on Thursday, September 10, and the subsequent press conference of its head Christine Lagarde may give the market an idea of what potential the European regulator is ready to use in this war. Analysts at Bloomberg believe that the ECB could increase the program of emergency asset purchases by €350 billion by the end of 2020, and the volumes of other programs - by another €220 billion. Such expansion of European quantitative easing (QE), according to experts, is unlikely to benefit the banking system of the Old World (full of unclaimed money as is), but will be able to weaken the euro. The lower the cost of interbank borrowing goes, the greater the pressure on the common European currency will be.
However, it is not at all certain that the victory in this currency war will be on the side of Europe. According to a number of Reuters analysts, if the Fed continues to keep the interest rate close to zero, and the recovery of the Eurozone economy outstrips the recovery of the US economy, the EUR/USD rate may well rise to 1.2100.
In the meantime, the balance of power in the discussion of experts is the following: 50% of them expect that the pair will still be able to break through the support in the 1.1700 zone and go down at least another 100 points below. Another 30% of analysts believe it will move in the 1.1700-1.2010 trading range. And finally, the remaining 20%, supported by graphical analysis on D1, hope to see the pair storm the 1.2100 high by mid-September;

- GBP/USD. Just like the neighbors to the west and east - the US and the EU - one of the determining factors for the UK economy is overcoming the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, and the measures that are being taken for this. The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, who took office only this year, plans to roll back a series of stimulus measures as early as September, such as subsidies to restaurants. However, most likely, it will not have any strong influence on the British currency quotes. Moreover, the government intends to stick to plans for other QE programs for now.
The curtailment of the program for retaining employees on unpaid leave on October 31 may be much more significant for the market. Another important event is the EU Brexit Summit. But it will also take place only in mid-October, and a lot can change until then.
The majority of experts (60%) believe that the pound is already exhausted in its drive to the north, and the pair is waiting for a turn to the south. And, when moving from weekly to monthly forecast, the number of supporters of bears increases to 70%. The closest strong support is in the 1.3000 zone.
There is a red-gray-green multicolor among the technical indicators on H4, as in the case of EUR/USD. However, there is a noticeable advantage of the “green” ones on D1: there are 55% of those among oscillators and 80% among trend indicators.
As for the graphical analysis, it shows first the lateral movement of the pair in the corridor 1.3065-1.3385, then its drop to the zone 1.2900 and return to the level 1.3275. All of this can happen within the next 14 days. Further targets for the pair are 1.3480 and the 2019 high of 1.3515;

- USD/JPY. If you look at the chart, you can see that, starting from the last ten days of February, the pair has been gradually consolidating around 106.00. Experts do not see any serious reasons for its going beyond the trading range of 105.10-107.00 at the moment. However, when switching to the monthly forecast, 65% of analysts are inclined to favor the bears. And if their prediction turns out to be correct, the pair could drop to the July 31 low of 104.18. In case of breakdown of the upper border of the channel, the nearest resistance will be the level of 107.50, the next one - 108.15;

- cryptocurrencies. The consequences of the activities of the US Federal Reserve System were so serious that even the leaders of such payment giants as Visa started talking about Bitcoin. At the end of August, after the statement of the head of the Fed, Jerome Powell, about the plans of his department, the DXY dollar index fell to a critically low level of 92.14. In response, Visa's Public Policy Director Andy Yee tweeted: “Jerome Powell's speech today will go down in history books. This is the first time I've seen such a small group steal so much from so many people. Save yourself with bitcoin."
However, it looks like the market is not yet ready to follow Mr. Yee's call. Most experts (60%) are inclined to believe that bitcoin may roll back to values below $10,000 in the near future. And, first of all, this will be associated with the restoration of investor interest in the dollar.
If bitcoin breaks through the $10,000 barrier, the pullback could drag on for months, according to analysts at financial company Crypterium. As a rule, the main coin feels uncertain in early autumn, but the drawdown gives a chance to start a new large-scale rally closer to the New Year.
The main forecast for the next week remains almost the same, with amendments of 500 points downwards: the BTC/USD pair will move along Pivot Point $10,500 with one-off emissions up to $9,000 south and up to $12,300 north.


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- The head of investment companies 10T Holdings and Gold Bullion International Dan Tapiero said that Bitcoin and gold can safely survive the next collapse of the stock market.
“I think that in the near future, as it often happened, the situation will turn around, which will lead to critical consequences for the stock market,” the expert said. "In the short term, the rise in the S&P 500 may seem like a positive signal, but I do not think the stock markets will resist the pressure from outside."
Tapiero also stressed that before the US presidential elections, the situation is changing in almost all financial sectors. If Donald Trump is unable to stay for a second term, the companies under his control will lose share value. And this will affect the quotes of the largest indices. “The market for such investments will not die, but it will be more difficult to get investors there,” he explained.
As for the possible appearance of negative interest rates in the US, according to Tapiero, they will make the dollar much weaker and become a "mega-bull" incentive for bitcoin.

- The Just Eat network, 15,000 food delivery outlets across France, started accepting bitcoins. The corresponding option appeared in the payment options for the order. Just Eat does not charge fees for payments in cryptocurrency but has warned customers that for this form of payment, you need to create a digital wallet by downloading "special software or application." The payment provider is BitPay, a cryptocurrency processing service.
It was reported earlier that more than 25,000 French retailers plan to accept the main cryptocurrency for payment.

- One of the three largest banks in Chile - BancoEstado was forced to shut down its branches after a ransomware attack. “Our branches are closed today and will not work in the coming days,” the bank announced on Twitter on September 7th. At the same time, the bank's management assured the clients that their funds were safe. According to a source close to the investigation, the ransomware REvil (Sodinokibi) infiltrated the internal network of this financial institution after one of the employees opened an infected document in the Office program. The presence of the virus was detected on Saturday, September 05, when bank employees were unable to access their work files. BancoEstado estimates the damage from the attack as significant - the ransomware affected most of the internal servers and work computers of employees. The bank's website, banking portal, mobile applications and ATMs remained intact.
Recall that earlier the developers of the Sodinokibi virus refused to receive the ransom in bitcoins, preferring the Monero cryptocurrency due to its increased anonymity.

- Еhe BTC rate has significantly decreased over the past week and dropped below $10,000 several times. However, this did not stop the number of transactions and hashrate from setting new highs. According to the analytical platform Glassnode, on September 8, the Bitcoin hash rate was 156 Eh/s - this is a new all-time high. The previous hashrate record was recorded on 11 May, before the third halving. Then it reached 152 Eh/s, but soon dropped to 90 Eh/s. In addition, there was a noticeable increase in the average daily transaction volume, which reached 130,110 BTC, setting an annual high.
In July, Chainalysis reported that miners had significantly reduced sales of mined BTC. Perhaps the current decline in the rate of this cryptocurrency is due to the fact that miners put on sale the previously mined coins in order to fix profits or cover the need for fiat.

- The son of the president of brokerage company Euro Pacific Capital, Peter Schiff, Spencer, continues to buy bitcoins, contrary to his father's opinion. Recall that the gold fan Peter Schiff is in the camp of ardent opponents of the largest digital currency. He periodically posts on Twitter criticizing BTC, calling it a pyramid scheme. On the other hand, Schiff Jr. is actively buying up bitcoins. His father commented on his son's behaviour: “Against my advice, he just bought even more bitcoins.” "Whose advice are you going to follow: a 57-year-old seasoned investor and business owner who has been investing professionally for over 30 years, or an 18-year-old college freshman who doesn't even have a job?" Peter Schiff asks his readers.

- The creator of the popular stock-to-flow ratio (S2F) model, analyst PlanB predicts that Bitcoin will not only reach $288,000 but will also show a further threefold growth. This will result in it costing about $864,000 by the end of 2024. Notably, PlanB is insanely optimistic about his model, believing that the price of BTC is still moving in line with his forecasts. Understanding the reaction of crypto community participants, he added that all this is possible since bitcoin has done something similar in previous stages.

- Employees of the Blockchain Research Lab released an article in which they talked about an increasingly popular method of money laundering through cryptocurrency. The mechanism was called “exclusive mining”. According to the researchers, attackers are asking miners to confirm transactions made through private channels in exchange for a reward. Such a transaction remains unaccounted for by many analytical systems, as it looks like a reward from mining cryptocurrency. “Disguising money transfers as transaction costs allows to evade taxes or launder money,” the authors of the article say, “and it is very difficult to detect cases of such “exclusive mining” and to prove criminal intent.”

- The new parameter of estimating investor sentiment presented by the analytical resource CryptoQuant indicates that bitcoin is “experiencing strong demand from buyers” at $10,000.
In early September, CryptoQuant founder Ki Young Ju introduced a new tool to track BTC investor sentiment, which he called Potential BUY/SELL Pressure. Its principle of operation is to calculate the ratio of exchange-traded deposits of bitcoin to deposits of stablecoins. The estimation is based on the hypothesis that the resulting number is inversely proportional to the appetites of traders. This parameter is currently biased towards the bullish side. “Bitcoin is still under strong pressure from buyers. Exchanges are holding more stablecoins and fewer bitcoins than at the beginning of this year,” wrote Ki Yang Joo, and summed up: “ I think a bullish trend in bitcoin is still possible. ”

- According to the information of the analytical platform Santiment, in three days after the Ethereum price collapse by 30%, 68 new "whales" appeared, which hold from 1,000 to 10,000 ETH ($350,000 - $3,500,000) and added millions of dollars to the coin's capitalization. Ethereum still remains the second largest cryptocurrency (12.9% of the market) and number 1 among altcoins by market capitalization — about $40 billion.


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Forex and Cryptocurrency Forecast for September 14 - 18, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. Following the ECB meeting on September 11, the Euro tried to fly up and even reached 1.1920, but literally an hour later the market decided that all this was not so important, and the quotes of the EUR/USD pair quickly returned to their original positions. As a result, as one third of the experts expected, the pair could not break out of the 1.1700-1.2010 channel, along which it has been moving for seven weeks. Moreover, its trading range narrowed to 1.1750-1.1920, returning to the values of the last decade of August.
So, what actually happened?
On the one hand, the tone of the European regulator's statement turned out to be even more hawkish than investors had expected. The ECB has taken a very optimistic position on the prospects for the eurozone economy. During a press conference, its head, Christine Lagarde, said that macro statistics indicate a rapid recovery in domestic demand and activity in the manufacturing sector. However, she urged not to overreact to the growth of the euro over the past five months. According to her, the regulator focuses not on the exchange rate of the European currency itself but monitors its impact on inflation.
After such statements, the rate went up and even rose above the 1.1900 horizon. However, investors were quick to remember the sharp reversal of the US stock market, the dollar strengthening against this background and the day by day increasing probability of a "hard" Brexit , from which the economy of not only the UK, but also the EU could suffer seriously. As a result, a sharp reversal followed, quotes fell down, and the pair ended the week in the same place where it began, at 1.1840;

- GBP/USD. The beneficiaries this week were traders who opened short positions on this pair. As expected by most analysts, the pound continued its decline, losing 480 points over the week and ending the five-day period at 1.2797.
The reason for the massive sale of the pound was the latest move of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who introduced a bill on the internal market to Parliament. If approved, this document could derail the already agreed agreements on the country's withdrawal from the EU. In response to this move, Brussels issued an ultimatum to the British side demanding that the plans to revise the Agreement be abandoned by the end of September. But London is standing its ground, and there is no way out of this stalemate, which makes the scenario of a "hard" Brexit quite likely.
The United States also joined the skirmish. Speaker of the House of Representatives of Congress Nancy Pelosi said that America would not support a trade deal with Britain if it violated the EU Withdrawal Agreement.
Added to all this is the slow pace of the British economy's recovery and the not-so-encouraging situation with the coronavirus pandemic. The combination of all these factors puts a lot of pressure on the pound, not booming anything good for it in the near future;

- USD/JPY. Since the last ten days of February this year, the pair has been gradually consolidating around 106.00. And, as the experts expected, it was never able to leave the channel 105.10-107.00. Against the backdrop of falling stock markets, both currencies of this pair continued to act in tandem as protective assets, which ensured their synchronization and further narrowing of the trading range to 60 points within 105.80-106.40. The final chord of the five-day was set at 196.10;

- cryptocurrencies. After another unsuccessful attempt to gain a foothold above $12,000 and the subsequent collapse on September 02-04, Bitcoin rested on the psychologically important support in the $10,000 zone. The BTC/USD pair has been trading in an extremely narrow range of $10,000-10,350 over the past week. Both bears and bulls ran out of strength: the former have already fixed short-term profits, and the latter have already opened long positions with a 20% discount from the levels of the end of August. Of course, both sides made weak attempts to turn things around in their favour, increasing volatility to $9,850-10,500, however they all ended in nothing. On Friday evening, September 11, when this review was written, the main cryptocurrency was trading in the $10,300 zone. Of course, one can expect sharp price increases on weekends, especially on the night from Sunday to Monday. However, as practice shows, such trends are only short-term.
It should be noted that the movement of bitcoin in a very narrow channel did not prevent the number of transactions and hash rate from setting new highs. According to the analytical platform Glassnode, on September 8, the Bitcoin hash rate was 156 Eh/s - this is a new all-time high. The previous hashrate record was recorded on 11 May, before the third halving. It reached 152 EH/s then, but it fell soon to 90 EH/s.
The number of monthly transactions exceeded 600 thousand. In addition, there was also a marked increase in average daily transaction volume, which reached 130.110 BTC, setting an annual high. According to Chainalysis, small and medium-sized transfers, up to $10,000 in size, have grown to more than $300 million.
The Crypto Fear & Greed Index has remained largely unchanged and is now at 41 points (40 weeks ago). The total capitalization of the crypto market remains at about the same level, $334 billion.
Recall that at the minimum of this year, March 16, it amounted to only $ 134 billion. That is, over the last 6 months, the increase has been 150%. At the same time, bitcoin continues to lose ground. Its dominance index has fallen from 63.75% to 57.45% over the same period. Ethereum, on the other hand, is doing much better, showing a rise from 10.40% to 12.04%.
Note that high transaction fees make this leading altcoin virtually inaccessible to smaller retail players. But it attracts a lot of attention from the "whales". So, according to the information of the analytical platform Santiment, only three days after the collapse of the price of ethereum by 30% there were 68 new large investors holding from 1000 to 10000 ETH ($350,000 - $3,500,000) and added millions of dollars to the coin's capitalization. Thus, ethereum still remains the second largest cryptocurrency and number 1 among altcoins by market capitalization, about $40 billion.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. Let us start with the fact that neither trend indicators nor oscillators can give any intelligible signals after seven weeks of sideways movement in the 1.1700-1.2010 channel and the finish in its center at 1.1840. The experts' votes are also equally divided. And even graphic analysis draws the fluctuations of the pair in this range until the end of September. However, judging by the chart, the bears should gain the upper hand finally, and the beginning of October will be marked by a strengthening dollar and a decline in EUR/USD quotes to 1.1600.
Due to the fall in demand for risky assets and fears of a "hard" Brexit, many analysts expect that the Euro will strengthen its position against the British pound, retreat against the Japanese yen and will fight the dollar with varying success, without stable trends.
Contrary to Christine Lagarde's statements, Reuters sources claim that the ECB is not at all indifferent to the exchange rate, although the bank does not want to start a war with the US Federal Reserve because of it. In their opinion, the rate of 1.2000 is close to equilibrium and suits both sides at the moment. At the same time, Citigroup analysts believe that if the EUR/USD quotes grow by another 5%, the ECB will nevertheless begin to take steps to weaken the euro. Moreover, according to Reuters, the southern countries of the Eurozone are already quite nervous about the strengthening of their currency.
In the meantime, leading indicators from Bloomberg indicate further growth in EUR/USD. The reason lies in the faster recovery of the Old-World economy compared to the United States. It goes fastest in Germany and Norway, followed by France, Italy, and Spain. But the United States and Great Britain are among the outsiders.
Certain adjustments to the expectations of experts may be made by the meeting of the US Fed and the subsequent press conference of its management on Wednesday 16 September. And there is a very small likelihood that the regulator will reduce the current interest rate by 0.25%. But if this suddenly happens, the balance of power and the market situation will change in the most radical way;

- GBP/USD. The reasons why the pound can continue its flight south were described in the first part of our review. The British currency will be able to stop the fall, turn around and start moving upwards if any warming is outlined in the current tense relations between London and Brussels. The situation is actually very serious, as the future of the UK depends on it. And the EU economy, in the case of a "hard" Brexit, will also receive a tangible blow.
At the moment, most experts (60%) expect the pair to fall further. They are supported by 100% of trend indicators on H4 and 80% on D1, as well as 85% of oscillators on both time frames. As for 40% of the bulls' supporters, graphical analysis on D1, the remaining trend indicators and 15% of oscillators that give signals that the pair is oversold, side with them. This may indicate, if not a trend reversal, at least an upcoming correction.
It should be noted that with the transition from weekly to monthly forecasts, the number of analysts who vote for the pair's reversal to the north increases from 40% to 70% (hopes for a resolution of the conflict with the EU affect).
Support levels are 1.2650, 1.2465 and 1.2250, resistance is 1.3000, 1.3050, 1.3185, 1.3265. The target is the September 01 high,1.3480.
As for the important economic events, and they will fill almost the entire next week, Monday, September 14 should be noted, when Parliament will vote on the Brexit terms and hear the inflation report. UK labour market data will appear on Tuesday September 15, followed by the consumer market data on September 16. Increased volatility should be expected on Thursday, September 17, as the Bank of England meeting will be held on this day, at which issues on the interest rate and the volume of asset purchases under the QE program will be resolved;

- USD/JPY. Also, on September 17, a meeting of the Bank of Japan will take place, which with a high degree of probability will leave the interest rate unchanged. In terms of the speed of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan is among the leaders. So, there is no need for the regulator to make sharp movements, and, most likely, this event will pass without surprises and will not have any impact on the market.
It is impossible to predict any movement of the pair based on technical analysis. With the narrowing of the maximum weekly volatility to 60 points and the ongoing consolidation of the pair around 106.00, no recommendations can be expected from the indicators.
But the majority of experts (60%) expect the Japanese currency to strengthen and the pair to drop to the level of 105.10, and then, possibly, 100 points lower. The remaining 40% are looking at 107.00. However, everything that will happen to the USD/JPY pair in the near future, including the direction of trends and volatility, depends not so much on the yen as on the dollar and on what happens at a distance of 11.000 km from Tokyo - in New York and Washington;

- cryptocurrencies. As for the “best” forecasts last week, the first place is undoubtedly taken by the creator of the popular stock to flow ratio model (S2F) under the nickname PlanB. According to his calculations, bitcoin will not only reach $288 thousand, but will also show a further threefold growth. This will lead, the analyst says, to the fact that 1 BTC will be worth about $ 864,000 by the end of 2024. Understanding the reaction of crypto community participants to such astronomical numbers, PlanB adds that all this is possible, as bitcoin has already done something similar in previous stages.
If you rewind the time machine and travel back from 2024 to November 2020, you can see a serious blow to the stock market that the US presidential election can inflict. This is exactly what the head of investment companies 10T Holdings and Gold Bullion International Dan Tapiero thinks. “If Donald Trump can't stay on for a second term,” he explains his point, “the companies under his control will lose stock value. And this will affect the quotes of the largest indices. As for gold and bitcoin, they will be able to calmly weather the stock market crash. And if at that moment the US Federal Reserve lowers interest rates to negative values, the dollar will weaken sharply and this, according to Dan Tapiero, will become a "mega-bull" incentive for bitcoin.
And now about the forecast for the second half of September. The new indicator of BTC investor sentiment, presented by the analytical resource CryptoQuant, shows that bitcoin “is experiencing strong demand from buyers» at $10,000. This tool is called “Potential BUY/SELL Pressure”. Its principle of operation is to calculate the ratio of exchange-traded deposits of bitcoin to deposits of stablecoins, and it is based on the hypothesis that the resulting number is inversely proportional to the appetites of traders.
This parameter is currently biased towards the bullish side. Exchanges are holding more stablecoins and fewer bitcoins than at the beginning of this year,” wrote Ki Yang Joo, and summed up: “I think a bullish trend in bitcoin is still possible.”
60% of experts agree with the possibility of a moderate growth of the BTC/USD pair to the $10,700-11,200 zone. The remaining 40% see it in the range of $ 9,500-10,350 in the near future.


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- Bitcoin transactions grew by over 75% in August, according to The Block news agency. This fact may indicate a return to the industry of small miners who dropped out due to halving in May. Now they have the opportunity to start earning again thanks to the growth in the value of the main coin. Their revenues, compared to July, increased by 23% in August, while the revenues of Ethereum miners increased by 98% over the month, The Block notes.
Not only the number of transactions, but their volume has increased markedly. "According to more or less reliable data, the volume of transactions amounted to more than $191 billion. In July, the same figure was at the level of $85 billion. Some exchanges could not cope with the growth of traffic for several days, which is why they were temporarily shut down for technical work," The Block said in a statement.
The dominant market share remains with the Binance trading platform. It accounts for approximately 65 percent of the total cryptocurrency trading volume. It is followed by Coinbase, which has about 10 percent. Kraken and LMAX Digital have 4.8 percent, respectively. The lowest increase in activity was demonstrated by the Bitstamp platform, which now accounts for about 2.8 percent of transactions.

- DBS Bank specialists from Singapore are confident that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of cryptocurrencies by the financial community. The bank's quarterly report shows an increase in the number of institutional investors in digital assets. According to the chief economist of DBS Bank Taimur Baig, the demand for this type of assets can already be clearly divided into two separate phases - before and after the pandemic. Now cryptocurrencies have started to be used as an asset-shelter, because people are concerned about the state of the dollar, and the question is whether to keep their funds in the fiat, Baig commented on the report of the bank.

- Aviatrade, an aircraft sales company, offered gulfstream G650ER customers the opportunity to pay in cryptocurrency. According to Aviatrade, the rapid adoption of cryptocurrencies is evident, especially in developing countries with high inflation. As a result, more and more wealthy people are turning to decentralized banking in order to hedge financial risks and to make high-value purchases. And now bitcoin millionaires can purchase a super-fast private jet with cryptocurrency.
The G650ER aircraft was created six years ago by the American company Gulfstream. Its flight range is 7,500 nautical miles, which facilitates frequent intercontinental flights. In May 2020, the G650ER was voted the best private jet for international flights after the Global 6000 and Boeing VIP Dreamliner. About 400 liners have been sold so far, and Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are among the buyers.

- The board of directors of analytics software provider MicroStrategy, which previously invested $250 million in bitcoin, has adopted a new asset management policy. The published document confirms the company's readiness to further increase its investments in the first cryptocurrency, using it as the main reserve asset on an ongoing basis. Thus, CEO of MicroStrategy Michael Sailor called the investment in bitcoin a reliable alternative to the devalued US dollar and said that on September 14, the company additionally acquired 16,796 BTC for $175 million, bringing the total volume of this asset to $425 million.
MicroStrategy thus became the first public company listed on Nasdaq to invest some of the capital in cryptocurrency.

- According to Dan Tapiero, co-founder of the investment company DTAP Capital, the market has developed conditions for long-term strengthening of bitcoin. There are several macroeconomic factors that will drive increased demand for cryptocurrency. The main culprit is the US Fed, which is pouring money into the economy, thereby devaluing it.
“We are on the verge of economic turmoil; the situation will be similar to the crisis of the late 1980s. The value of American assets will fall by about half, which will cause a massive transition of capital from state securities to gold and bitcoin,” Tapiero said, stressing that during the last two and a half years we have seen consolidation of BTC and that now, most likely, we are waiting for an explosive growth in the value of the largest cryptocurrency. Investors just need to be patient.

- The Nigeria Securities and Exchange Commission ruled that all crypto assets will now be treated as securities. According to the regulator, cryptocurrencies are alternative investment opportunities that fall under the same requirements as stock exchanges and their transactions. Curiously, if an issuer wants to avoid such classification of their instruments, they must file a relevant request and prove that their crypto asset is not a security and therefore does not fall under the jurisdiction of the department. However, the Commission's notification did not explain how the evidence process would look in practice.

- Former hedge fund manager and host of CNBC's “Mad Money” show Jim Cramer, previously sceptical of Bitcoin, has now called it a good choice for investment. Previously, Kramer preferred investments in gold, stocks, and other assets, and considered bitcoin an "incomprehensible" asset, the rate of which could quickly collapse to zero. However, as the US government was issuing huge amounts of money to ease the economic crisis, he changed his mind.
During a conversation with renowned bitcoin enthusiast Anthony Pompliano, Kramer stated that if he does not invest in the first cryptocurrency, his children simply will not understand this step in the future. "These $3 trillion that the U.S. has printed have completely changed my mind," he said. "We will not be able to buy back our national debt. We just cannot. So, what can you do? Either move to another country, or hedge. I plan to buy bitcoin in stages and invest for at least 10 years. That is, my children won't be able to sell these coins until 2030.”

- Cryptanalyst firm Weiss Crypto Ratings decided to reassure bitcoin users who fear the downtrend that took over the market in the early days of September. According to their experts, the bearish trend will quickly subside, and in general it is not strong enough to drive the coin value below the support of $10,000 in the near future. As for Ethereum, Weiss Crypto Ratings considers the level of $ 350 to be a powerful support for this altcoin.

- According to CoinDesk, users of the Deribit crypto derivatives exchange are actively betting on bitcoin options, hoping that the price will rise to $32-36 thousand by the end of the year. These options were the most popular on this platform last Sunday. According to the company, new December contracts with a settlement price of $36,000 are in the lead in terms of the volume of transactions, 752 of which were counted. They are followed by 462 contracts with a strike price of $32,000. December contracts, priced at $28,000, attracted relatively small volumes.
Such trading results are difficult to explain, given that, in general, market participants estimate the chance of Bitcoin's rise to at least $20,000 by the end of December as very low. The estimated probability of exceeding $20,000 is 5%, and $28,000 is only 2%.


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Forex Forecast and Cryptocurrencies Forecast for September 21 - 25, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. According to Reuters sources, the rate close to 1.2000 currently suits both sides, the US Federal Reserve and the ECB. Looking at the chart, one could clarify: not 1.2000, but 1.1850. After all, it is along this horizon the pair has been moving for seven weeks. But, in fact, the difference of 150 points has no fundamental significance here.
It would seem that the "dovish" rhetoric that sounded at the end of the Fed meeting on Wednesday, September 16, should have reduced the attractiveness of the American currency. Moreover, the regulator announced its readiness to keep low interest rates until 2023. However, nothing of the kind happened. The reason is that no less “dovish” statements are constantly being heard from the ECB side.
On the contrary, the dollar tried to go up against the background of the fall in the stock market, but this attempt failed as well. Investors believe in the prospects of the euro and begin to actively open long positions as soon as the pair approaches the lower border of the 1.5-month channel 1.1700-1.2010. As a result, the pair returned to its equilibrium state by the end of the week and finished at 1.1845;

- GBP/USD. The pound has been growing throughout the past week. And this despite the problems with the UK labor market, the worsening situation with COVID-19 and the still unsettled situation with Brexit. The initial vote in Parliament on the scandalous bill, the adoption of which will sharply increase the likelihood of a "hard" Brexit, did not add clarity to the order of parting with the EU.
Taking into account the above, the Bank of England at its meeting on September 17 did not begin to adjust the monetary policy, but decided, having taken a wait and see attitude, to leave everything as it is for the time being.
And despite all this, the pound managed to win back from the dollar more than 200 points and reach the iconic level of 1.3000 by midweek. This was followed by a rebound downward, and the pair completed the five-day period at 1.2921;

- USD/JPY. Like other regulators, the Bank of Japan decided to leave the interest rate unchanged. This decision was not a surprise to anyone. Markets associate much higher expectations with the departure of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Although his successor, Yushihide Suga, has vowed to continue his policy, certain changes will not take long.
Most experts last week voted in favour of the strengthening of the Japanese yen and the pair decrease to the level of 105.10 and then 100 points lower. And this prediction turned out to be 100% correct: the pair found the local bottom at 104.25, and placed the final chord in the 104.55 zone;

- cryptocurrencies. Last week, we talked about a new indicator for assessing BTC investor sentiment, which was presented by the analytical resource CryptoQuant. At the $10,000 level, bitcoin is "experiencing strong demand from buyers," according to the instrument. The majority (60%) of experts agreed with the possibility of a rebound of the BTC/USD pair from this support and its moderate growth to the $10,700-11,200 zone, and they were right: having fixed the weekly low at $10,200, the pair reached a strong medium-term level of $11,100 by midweek, around which it has been revolving for eight weeks.
The increase in bitcoin transactions was more than 75% in August, according to The Block news agency. This fact may indicate a return to the industry of small miners who dropped out due to halving in May. Now they have the opportunity to start earning again thanks to the growth in the value of the main coin. And this is a good factor for the main cryptocurrency. Moreover, not only the number of transactions increased significantly, but their volume, which amounted to more than $191 billion. In July, the same figure was around $85 billion.
On the other hand, according to Glassnode analysis, almost 10% of the reward to miners is spent on transactions to place BTC coins on centralized exchanges, which is why this cryptocurrency is facing strong pressure from sellers when trying to rise above $11,100.
The Bitcoin Fear and Greed Index has risen slightly and is almost in the middle of the scale at 49 (41 weeks ago). The total cryptocurrency market capitalization has also grown in seven days, rising from $334 billion to $355 billion.
And one more interesting observation of The Block, now about Ethereum. While in August, compared to July, the income of bitcoin manners increased by 23%, the income of the miners of ethereum almost doubled - by 98%. According to some analysts, this may be due to the growing interest in this altcoin from large investors.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. As for the technical analysis, it is clear that after a month and a half of the pair's movement in the 1700-1.2010 corridor and the finish at its center at 1.1845, neither trend indicators nor oscillators can give any intelligible signals. Graphical analysis on D1 also draws the continuation of the sideways trend. However, given the fact that the pair finished the last week near the 1.1900 resistance and that 15% of oscillators indicate it is overbought, we can expect its correction to the south. Most experts agree with this (75%). However, only global economic policy will be able to give a confident command for the EUR/USD pair to break through the boundaries of the specified channel in one direction or another.
There are plenty of arguments about the euro strengthening. We have already written that Bloomberg's outperforming indicators indicate further growth of EUR/USD. The reason lies in the faster recovery of the Old-World economy compared to the United States. The diversification of gold and foreign exchange reserves by the central banks of leading countries is also developing in favour of the European currency. And then there is China, the main export partner of the Eurozone, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, showed GDP growth in the second quarter.
And, finally, one cannot ignore the intention of the Federal Reserve to reduce the price of the dollar, and the unwillingness of the head of the ECB, Christine Lagarde, to start a currency war with her overseas colleagues because of this.
We will be listening to Fed Chief Jerome Powell's speeches for most of the coming week. It will start right on Monday September 21st, followed by a speech in Congress on Wednesday and Thursday. And on September 24, he will be accompanied by US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin. Will they say something fundamentally new or repeat just what Powell talked about on September 16? Most likely the second. But their speeches will surely be able to cause an increase in volatility;

- GBP/USD. The situation with the indicator readings here resembles the discord in the British Parliament during the Brexit vote. The only ones that give more or less clear signals are the oscillators on D1 - 75% of them are coloured red. But here the remaining 25% is already signaling that the pair is oversold. There is no consensus among the experts either, their opinions were equally divided: a third - for the growth of the pair, a third - for its fall, and a third turned their eyes to the east.
The graphic analysis was not clear either. Unlike most oscillators on D1, it indicates that the pair will first rise to 1.3000, and in case of a breakout, the next target will be 1.3185. The ultimate goal of the bulls is to retest the September 01 high at 1.3480. Support levels are 1.2760, 1.2650, 1.2500.
Moving from technical to fundamental analysis, it is necessary to recall the details of the last meeting of the Bank of England. Despite the absence of any decisions, the regulator's management did not hide that discussed the possibility of introducing negative rates as early as this November. And if such a decision is made, it can send the pound into a deep knockout. In the meantime, investors hope to be able to gain greater clarity on this issue from Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey's speech on Tuesday 22 September;

- USD/JPY. Although the Bank of Japan has raised its assessment of the state of the economy, the government has no intention of altering the volume of the stimulus program. Therefore, in this case, investors are more guided by the “dovish” statements of the Fed. Undoubtedly, the fall of US stock markets also plays a role. As a result, just like a week ago, the majority of experts (60%) side with the bears, who expect the pair to continue downtrend and further strengthen the Japanese currency. At the same time, they do not exclude that it can reach first the low of 09 March 101.17, and then the psychologically important level of 100.00 in the coming weeks. The closest support is located in the 104.20 zone.
The remaining 40% of analysts, supported by graphical analysis on D1, expect that the pair will not be able to break through the 104.20 level and will rebound upward and return to the 105.80-106.30 zone. 15% of the oscillators on H4 and D1, signaling that the pair is oversold, agree with this scenario. It should be noted here that with the transition to the mid-term forecast, the number of supporters of the growth of the pair increases to 70%;

- cryptocurrencies. According to Dan Tapiero, co-founder of investment company DTAP Capital, the market has developed conditions for long-term strengthening of bitcoin. There are several macroeconomic factors that will drive increased demand for cryptocurrency. The main culprit is the US Fed, which is pouring money into the economy, thereby devaluing it.
“We are on the verge of economic turmoil; the situation will be similar to the crisis of the late 1980s. The value of American assets will fall by about half, which will cause a massive transition of capital from state securities to gold and bitcoin,” Tapiero said, stressing that during the last two and a half years we have seen consolidation of BTC and that now, most likely, we are waiting for an explosive growth in the value of the largest cryptocurrency. Investors just need to be patient.
Well-known writer and investor Robert Kiyosaki, who also considers bitcoin to be one of the best long-term investments, agrees with Tapiero. True, he warns that the invention of a valid coronavirus vaccine could lead to a collapse in the price of bitcoin and gold, which Kiyosaki sees as safe haven assets. But it is at this point that investors will have a great opportunity to acquire these assets.
The opposite point of view was expressed by analysts from Weiss Crypto Ratings, who believe that the Bitcoin downtrend that took over the market in the early days of September is not strong enough to drive the coin value below $10,000 in the near future. (For Ethereum, Weiss Crypto Ratings consider the $350 level to be strong support.)
Interesting results were also shown by recent trading on the Deribit crypto derivatives exchange. Their participants actively bet on bitcoin options with the expectation that the price will rise to $32-36 thousand by the end of the year. According to the company, December contracts with a settlement price of $36,000 are in the lead, 752 of which were counted. They are followed by 462 contracts with a strike price of $32,000. December contracts, priced at $28,000, attracted relatively small volumes.
Such trading results are difficult to explain, given that, in general, market participants estimate the chance of Bitcoin's rise to at least $20,000 by the end of December as very low. The estimated probability of exceeding $20,000 is 5%, and $ 28,000 is only 2%. Most experts (65%) believe that the BTC/USD pair will meet 2021 in the $9,000-10,000 range, 10% believe that it will continue to move along $11,000, and only 25% expect to see it above $12,000.


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- 45 of 50 UK and US pension funds and insurance companies with assets of about $80 billion will increase investments in cryptocurrencies in the next five years. This follows from a survey conducted by crypto insurance provider Evertas in conjunction with the analytical company Pureprofile. 84% of respondents believe that the expected improvement in market regulation will contribute to the growth of institutional investors' interest in cryptocurrencies, 80% cited increased liquidity as the reason. 64% of survey participants are confident in the positive dynamics of investments in cryptocurrencies, and 26% expect their radical growth.
Negative interest rates on traditional financial instruments can become a serious impetus for the transition to the cryptocurrency space. The barrier for the active growth of crypto investments is the lack of a suitable option for their insurance coverage. This was stated by representatives of 28 out of 50 companies.

- The head of the blockchain centre CryptoQuant Kim Yong-ju believes that the next sale of bitcoins by miners will not be able to have a strong impact on the cryptocurrency market. Now, block miners are still trying to get rid of their accumulations, but not on the same scale as it was about a month ago. “The consequence of the last sale was a sharp decline in the value of the main coin. Since then, the cryptocurrency market has been trying to regain lost ground. The main asset is trying now to overcome the barrier of $11,000, but so far it is hampered by periodic corrections. Most likely, in the long term, the large number of bitcoins that miners have put up for sale will have a positive impact on the market, as it will increase activity, but now their actions are putting pressure on the industry,” the head of CryptoQuant explains.

- Well-known analyst Willie Wu also spoke about the current situation in the cryptocurrency market. According to him, miners now represent only one of two factors that put serious pressure on bitcoin. The second strong factor, according to Wu, is the exchanges. Commissions on them are a kind of tax for the market. Because of this, miners are forced to go to the exchanges to sell their assets as quickly as possible, trying to pay lowest fees for transactions. "This intersection of basic factors prevents bitcoin from getting out of a narrow frame between 10 and 11 thousand dollars," the analyst said.

- There was another recalculation of the complexity of mining in the bitcoin network last Sunday, as a result of which the value reached a new historical high. According to BTC.com, the complexity increased by 11.35% to 19.31T on block 649,152. The previous record was set on August 24 at 17.56T. The increase in complexity is a result of the high speed of adding blocks to the blockchain - over the past two weeks, one block was added on average every 8 minutes 59 seconds, with a target of 10 minutes.

- Encryption viruses disappeared from the TOP threats in the first half of 2020: they accounted for only 1% of the total number of hacker attacks. This was reported by experts from Group-IB. And this despite the fact that bitcoin ransomware was in every second malicious mailing list at the end of 2019. Now, however, fraudsters have shifted the focus of their attacks from individual users to large corporate networks. “Hackers focused on targeted attacks, choosing large victims and demanding significantly large sums of money from them. Probably, the desire of encryption operators to hit a big jackpot will gradually lead to an increase in targeted attacks, while email will continue to be the main source of their distribution,” the experts explain.
The leader among the threats of the first half of 2020. was phishing disguised as various online services. Amid the pandemic and the transition of businesses online, the number of fake web pages has risen to a record 46%.

- According to Bloomberg Chief Commodity Strategist Mike McGlone, the limited number of BTC coins and the growing level of adoption will lead to a gradual steady increase in its value. “I don't see what could stop Bitcoin from doing what it has been doing successfully over the past 10 years, namely, grow,” McGlone said. Bitcoin's fixed supply, according to the strategist, makes it a better means of saving than gold, the total number of which remains unknown. McGlone named the growing number of active bitcoin addresses and the increasing flow of BTC to regulated exchanges as two main factors proving the growing demand for the main cryptocurrency. Another indicator pointing to the growing maturity of bitcoin as an asset class is the decrease in its volatility compared to the Nasdaq index.
VanEck strategist Gabor Gurbax approached the assessment of the prospects for bitcoin more carefully. “Bitcoin is better than gold in some respects and worse in others. The free market will decide itself which of them wins,” he wrote. For reference: the advantage is clearly still on the side of gold at present, its capitalization is about $9 trillion, while the cost of all BTC coins is about $205 billion, that is, 44 times lower.

- Caffe Barbera, which is positioned as the “oldest roasting plant in Italy”, has started accepting payments in cryptocurrencies. For this company, this is the fourth generation of currencies: first, payments were accepted in the lira of the Kingdom of Italy, then in the lira of the Republic, then in euros. And now, Caffe Barbera celebrated its 150th anniversary by joining the digital revolution. Today the company has a presence in 55 countries, and its e-commerce site operates on five continents. According to the management of the “coffee empire”, thanks to the use of BTC, ETH and XRP, the number of geographical regions can be increased. “The cryptocurrency market is full of charm and fits with our philosophy,” the move is explained at Caffe Barbera.

- Analytical agency Cane Island Digital Research has published the results of a study according to which the total number of bitcoins in circulation will be significantly less than the planned emission volume. In particular, analysts have come to the conclusion that since 2010, about 4% of the total amount of available assets has been lost in the bitcoin blockchain every year. So, the report says, the current available supply will be around 13.9 million, well below the expected total supply of 18.3 million. At the same time, for the first time since May 2020, the irrecoverable losses of this cryptocurrency exceed the rate of production of new coins. Most of this dramatic change is due to the May halving, which reduced the miner reward of 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC per block.

- On September 17, the management of the Bank of England held a discussion of the current issues of monetary policy. From the published transcript of the unfolding discussion, it became clear that the UK may very soon move to negative interest rates. The emergence of such a news message has not gone unnoticed in the crypto community. Billionaire and bitcoin investor Tyler Winklevoss stated immediately that “if the Bank of England decides to move to negative interest rates, they will pay extra if you borrow money from them. It is difficult to imagine a better motive for investors to start taking out such loans and investing in bitcoins for a long time."


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Forex Forecast and Cryptocurrency Forecast for September 28 - October 02, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. The overwhelming majority of experts (75%), supported by the oscillators indicating that this pair is overbought, expected its correction to the south. The argument was that the pair ended the week near the strong resistance zone of 1.1900 on Friday, September 18. The above scenario came true 100%, and finally breaking through the mid-term support at 1.1700, the EUR/USD pair flew downward last week, finding the local bottom at 1.1610.
There are several macro-reasons for the growth of the dollar and the fall of the euro. First, it is the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in the EU countries. Secondly, skepticism about the prospects for the recovery of the American economy. Fed Chairman Robert Powell has once again urged the government to discuss the issue of additional incentives in the framework of QE. We must not lose sight of the situation with the growth of the yield on US government bonds. All this made investors once again turn their backs on the stock market and commodities and think of the dollar as a protective asset. As a result, active buying of the American currency followed, the DXY index, reflecting the value of the USD against a basket of major currencies, went up sharply, reaching the height of 94.70, and the EUR/USD pair finished at 1.1625;

- GBP/USD. First, a few words about a non-standard pair, BTC/GBP. Rather, about what will happen to bitcoin if the Bank of England decides to lower the interest rate to negative values. Recall that at the last meeting, on September 17, the Bank's management did not adjust this rate, but it became clear from the published transcript that this is not excluded and could happen in the foreseeable future.
The appearance of such a news report has not been overlooked in the crypto sphere. Billionaire and bitcoin investor Tyler Winklevoss stated immediately that “if the Bank of England decides to move to negative interest rates, they will pay extra if you borrow money from them. It is difficult to imagine a better motive for investors to start taking out such loans and investing in bitcoins for a long time."
Great prospect for Winklevoss and the core cryptocurrency. But so far this has not happened, let's return to the GBP/USD chart. On Monday-Tuesday, the pound was retreating facing the American currency onslaught, however, the pair moved to a sideways movement in the second half of the week. Despite the fact that the UK, like France, reported a record increase in the number of infected with the coronavirus, the new government employment program helped, unlike the euro, to keep the British currency from further falling, allowing it to complete the five-day period at 1.2745;

- USD/JPY. As expected by 40% of analysts, the pair was unable to gain a foothold in the 104.00 zone, after which it went up 155 points. The week's results showed that investors at this stage decided to consider the dollar as the main protective asset, not gold or yen. Evidence of this is the sharp change in the correlation of the Japanese currency with the volatility of US stock indices, which determine the rise or fall of risk sentiment. The result of the last five-day period was the return of the pair within the two-month channel 105.20-106.55 and the final chord at 105.57;

- cryptocurrencies. Another attempt of bitcoin to gain a foothold above the $11,000 mark ended in another failure. As is often the case, the leap was taken over the weekend when the world's major exchanges were closed. But as soon as the traditional markets opened, the BTC/USD pair went down. Moreover, it is not entirely clear with what bitcoin correlates more, with risky stock assets or with such a defensive asset as gold. Everything was falling last week, but only the dollar rose in price. Therefore, it would probably be more correct to talk about the inverse correlation between the main cryptocurrency and the main world currency. (Although, it is clear anyway).
By the evening of Friday, September 25, gold dipped 5%, the S&P500 index lost 2.5%, the Dow Jones - 3.5%, and BTC - 3.2%. Moreover, on Wednesday, at its low, bitcoin fell to the level of $10.125, losing 7.5%.
According to the proponents of correlation with the stock market, the reason for the fall in the BTC/USD rate was a decline in share prices due to the Fed's statement that the US economy is still in a deep crisis, and because of another jump in the incidence of COVID-19. The news from China that the People's Bank of China may block the accounts of traders related to OTC trade for 5 years as part of the fight against money laundering cryptocurrencies, played its role as well.
Naturally, bitcoin is also under pressure from the ongoing sale of this cryptocurrency by miners. Block miners are still trying to get rid of savings, although not on the same scale as they were at the end of August. Moreover, according to a number of experts, miners now represent only one of two factors that put serious pressure on bitcoin. The second strong factor is the exchanges. Commissions on them are a kind of tax for the market, which is why miners rush to sell their assets as quickly as possible, trying to pay as low commission fees for transactions as possible. Such an intersection of basic factors, according to renowned analyst Willy Wu, does not allow bitcoin to get out of the narrow framework between 10 and 11 thousand dollars.
The total capitalization of the crypto market, having fallen in a seven-day period from $355 billion, returned to the level of two weeks ago in the area from $335 billion. The Crypto Fear & Greed Index is almost the same as before, at 46 (49 a week ago). But the bitcoin dominance index rose by 1.4%, and this despite the fall in the value of this coin. This fact only indicates that the sale of altcoins is going even faster. So, for example, if the BTC/USD pair lost 3.2% in seven days, ethereum (ETH/USD) fell by as much as 10%.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. It is difficult to predict whether the correction of this pair last week will develop into a long-term trend, or it will return to the limits of channel 1.1700-1.2010. But it is clear that a further sell-off of the European currency and a rise in the US dollar as a protective asset could cause the stock and commodities markets to collapse. This will be facilitated by an increase in the yield of US government bonds as well. Some forecasts suggest it could rise from the current 1.2% to 1.5%.
On the other hand, the largest multinational corporations in the United States do not need a strong dollar at all, since this will lead to higher prices for their goods and, as a result, decrease in sales and profits.
The upcoming presidential elections are catching up even more fog, since their results could radically affect the monetary policy of the US government, as well as Washington's relations with Brussels and Beijing.
In general, the situation is more than ambiguous. Therefore, the experts' votes were distributed as follows: 30% - for the fall of the EUR/USD pair, 30% - for its growth, and 40% took a neutral position.
As for technical analysis, the dollar wins with a clear advantage. Graphical analysis, 100% of trend indicators on H4, 80% on D1, and 85% of oscillators on both timeframes have voted for its growth and further decline in the pair. The remaining 15% of the oscillators give signals that the pair is oversold. Support at levels 1.1400, 1.1285, 1.1240 and 1.1165. Resistance levels are 1.1700, 1.1765, 1.1900 and 1.2010.
As for the macro events of the coming week, it is worth paying attention to data on the consumer market of the US, Germany, and Eurozone, which will be released on Wednesday 30 September. It will become known on the same day how much the US GDP fell in the second quarter of 2020. And of course, do not forget that traditionally on the first Friday of the month, October 02, the data on the US labor market will become known, including the number of new jobs created outside the agricultural sector of this country (NFP);

- GBP/USD. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, unsettled Brexit conditions, weak economic data and the prospect of negative interest rates, the British currency can hardly boast of strong, impenetrable support. That is why 65% of experts believe that after a temporary respite, the pound will go down again. 85% of oscillators and 90% of trend indicators on D1 fully agree with this. The nearest target of the bears is the 1.2500 zone.
An alternative point of view is supported by 35% of analysts, graphical analysis and 15% of oscillators, signaling that the pair is oversold. The bulls' task is to break through the resistance at 1.3000 and return the pair to the echelon 1.3000-1.3200;

- USD/JPY. 60% of analysts, as well as the graphical analysis on D1, still hope that the yen will be able to play back the last week's losses and return the pair to the level of 104.00. At the same time, they, as before, do not exclude that it can reach first the low of 09 March 101.17, and then the psychologically important level of 100.00 in the medium term.
As for the remaining 40% of experts, supported by technical and graphical analysis on H4, they expect the pair to at least rise to the upper border of the 105.20-106.55 corridor, and possibly test the 107.00 height;

- cryptocurrencies. First a few words about long-term forecasts. So, according to Reuters, the EU authorities are preparing to introduce new rules for regulating the crypto sector by 2024. And, most likely, they will be formulated in such a way as to provide carte blanche to the new "crypto-euro", and the advantages of the existing digital assets will be reduced to zero. Financial officials will try to take full control of the crypto market, which was created precisely in order to avoid their iron grip. And his supporters will now have to look for ways to get around the traps of regulators. The main problem is the withdrawal of crypto coins to fiat. It is at this stage that the owner of the capital is identified. And here, according to forecasts of a number of experts, the newly created crypto-offshore companies in the face of developing African and Asian countries will be included in the transaction chain.
And a little more about the distant future. Unlike Reuters, some analysts are painting a much brighter outlook for bitcoin. According to Bloomberg Chief Commodity Strategist Mike McGlone, the limited number of BTC coins and the growing level of adoption will lead to a gradual steady increase in its value. “I don't see what could stop bitcoin from doing what it has been doing successfully over the past 10 years, namely, grow,” McGlone said. Bitcoin's fixed supply, according to the strategist, makes it a better means of saving than gold, the total number of which remains unknown. McGlone named the growing number of active bitcoin addresses and the increasing flow of BTC to regulated exchanges as two main factors proving the growing demand for the main cryptocurrency. Another indicator pointing to the growing maturity of bitcoin as an asset class is the decrease in its volatility compared to the Nasdaq index.
The results of a study conducted by Cane Island Digital Research also play in favor of this Bloomberg forecast. So, according to estimates of its analysts, the total number of bitcoins in circulation is actually much less than the planned emission volume. Analysts of the agency concluded that since 2010, about 4% of the total amount of available assets are lost annually in the bitcoin blockchain. “So,” their report said, “the current available offer will be about 13.9 million coins, far below the expected total offer of 18.3 million.” Thus, for the first time since May 2020, irretrievable losses of this cryptocurrency exceed the rate of production of new coins. Most of this dramatic change is due to the May halving, which reduced the miner reward of 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC per block.
As for the current forecast, the lower bar of the trading range for the BTC/USD pair remains unchanged at $9,500, with the main support at $10,000. At the same time, 65% of experts believe that the bulls will make another attempt to break through the resistance of $11,000. However, only 20% of experts agree that the pair will be able to reach the height of $12,000 in the coming week.


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- Bitcoin never managed to fall below $10,000. Cryptocurrency “whales” have re-activated after the main cryptocurrency approached this zone last week. The fall lasted only a few hours, and experts of the analytical service WhaleMap believe that large investors were simply waiting for the optimal moment for new investments. “It should be understood that for those who want to buy one coin, a downward correction may mean savings of several hundred dollars, but if we talk about 100 or more BTC, then the amounts become more significant. Large investors decided to take advantage of this and quickly replenished their stocks,” WhaleMap said in a statement.

- In the United States, a woman ordered the murder of her husband, offering to pay the killer in bitcoins. Judging by the ad, the customer was going to pay 12 coins for criminal services. She posted an ad on the search for the killer on the darknet, stating that she wanted to take the life of her husband, but could not do it on her own. A few days later, a man responded to the ad, who agreed to fulfill the order.
All this happened back in 2016, when the cost of 12 BTC coins was approximately $5,000. The woman transferred the funds, but her criminal order was never fulfilled. Before an in-person meeting with the killer, she asked several times why her husband was still alive, which is why the killer constantly had to look for explanations.
The killer turned out to be an undercover policeman, and, as a result, in January 2019, law enforcement officers found out about the woman's whereabouts and detained her.
The most interesting thing is that information about the correspondence of the customer with the alleged killer was recently released by a hacker who hacked the law enforcement authority’s resource.

- Bitcoin finished last week in the $10,750 zone. According to analyst portal Messari, this is the first time that daily bitcoin candles close above $10,000 for 63 consecutive days. The previous longest series was 62 days and was registered from December 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018, when bitcoin reached an all-time high near $20,000, having risen in price by 100% in two weeks. At the same time, the cryptocurrency was held above $11,000 for 50 days, and above $12,000 for 41 days.

- Bitcoin miners expect a repeat of the rally of the main coin of three years ago. Many market representatives are confident that there are all conditions for the cryptocurrency market to move into a stage of active growth now. It is about snatching the main coin to $20,000.
The head of the Crypto Quant trading platform, Ki Yong Joo, noted that signals for a return of bullish sentiment to the market began to appear in mid-summer, but strong external factors opposed the rise in the value of the coin then. The correlation with the stock market and gold was constantly changing, which is why the positive trend did not develop. Roughly the same situation was observed in the first half of 2017. Then the main coin was at values lower than the current ones, but from the middle of autumn it began to grow.
“There is no denying that mining pools are having a major impact on the cryptocurrency market. It is worth remembering the consequences of the halving this May, when the hashrate of the main coin dropped for a while. Growth in such conditions became impossible, so investors and holders of the asset moved to wait-and-see tactics. The situation is completely different now. Miner Position Index (MPI) continues to strengthen. They try to mine as many blocks as possible for maximum rewards. The hashrate of bitcoin is also stable at high rates," Joo said.

- US Fortune-500 medical services company Universal Health Services (UHS) became the victim of a ransomware attack. This is reported by the news site ZDNet. Some UHS hospitals were forced to switch to work without using computer systems, employees said. The problems affected UHS medical centers in North Carolina and Texas. Reddit users have also reported similar incidents in Arizona, Florida, and California.
According to some unconfirmed reports, UHS systems were attacked by the Ryuk virus, which, according to one version, is developed by Russian crypto hackers.

- The number of bitcoins mined exceeded 18.5 million units. A little less than 12% of the total issue, or less than 2.5 million coins, remains available for mining, most of which can be mined in the next four years.
Recall that according to the algorithm established by the creator of bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto, the total amount of coins is 21 million, and halving occurs every four years - the reward for miners is halved. The main task of halving is to control the issue of cryptocurrency and its inflation. Thus, according to calculations, the last coin could be issued in 2140.

- Galaxy Digital Capital Management, an investment firm, notes in its September report that bitcoin could rise 60 times, becoming a more attractive asset than gold. Analysts draw attention to the fact that companies, whose shares are traded on the Wall Street stock exchange, and such legendary investors as billionaire Paul Tudor Jones, have already begun to invest in this cryptocurrency.
Experts at Galaxy Digital Capital Management draw attention to the fact that institutional players are beginning to perceive bitcoin as an inflationary hedge, that is, as a kind of "insurance" in case the US dollar loses the status of the world reserve currency.
Comparing the capitalization of gold (more than $12 trillion) and bitcoins (about $200 billion), analysts come to the conclusion that “the situation will level out towards the main cryptocurrency, into which there will be an outflow of investments from the precious metal.

- A study by the Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance says that around 100 million people in the world already own cryptocurrencies. In 2018, when a similar study was conducted, about 35 million people owned bitcoin and other coins, that is, three times less.
As of the end of the third quarter of 2020, up to 191 million addresses were registered on cryptocurrency exchanges. At the same time, analysts are not able to establish the number of anonymous wallets, which they pointed out in their report.
But it was found that up to 40% of cryptocurrency holders show periodic activity. The lion's share of BTC and other coin holders live in North America and Europe, followed by Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.

- Bloomberg Intelligence Chief Commodities Strategist Mike McGlone believes the first cryptocurrency should be valued at $15,000. He came to such conclusions based on the dynamics of growth in the number of active addresses since 2017, writes the Cointelegraph agency. The analyst continues to be optimistic about the outlook for Bitcoin and believes that the first cryptocurrency is leading the "paradigm shift towards digital money and means of savings." At the same time, he estimates the likelihood of alternative scenarios as low.
Recall that at the end of June McGlone predicted a spurt of the first cryptocurrency to the resistance level of $13,000, and a little earlier he announced the inevitability of overcoming the level of $20,000 by the end of this year.


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Forex Forecast and Cryptocurrencies Forecast for October 05 - 09, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. The question that we tried to resolve last week was whether this pair will continue its fall or return again to channel 1.1700-1.2010. Experts couldn't give any clear answer then. Their votes were divided as follows: 30% favored the fall of the pair, 30% favored its rise and 40% took a neutral position. As a result, the pair surely did not continue to fall, but it is also difficult to call its movement returning to the channel: having reached the local high at 1.1700 on Thursday, October 01, the pair turned around and completed the five-day period at 1.1715.
Investors were not particularly impressed by the fact that the Democrats in the US House of Representatives passed legislation on a new package of economic stimulus worth $2.2 trillion, especially since it was previously about $3 trillion-plus. The US labour market data didn't have much impact on anything either. ADP's September Private Sector Employment Report showed an increase to 749K, up from 481K a month ago and a 650K forecast. The number of new jobs created outside the agricultural sector (NFP), on the contrary, turned out to be less than both the August and forecast values: 661K in September, 1489K in August against the forecast for September 850K.
Investors were much more impressed by the news of the infection of US President Trump and the first lady with coronavirus. When this information appeared, the US dollar and the Japanese yen went up, but then the question arose, how serious this disease is and how it could affect the economic situation in the United States and in the world. And before at least some clarity appeared, the market paused, and the EUR/USD pair moved to a sideways movement in a narrow range of $ 1.1685-1.1770, within which, as already mentioned, it came to the end of the weekly trading session;

- GBP/USD. Against the background of Brexit uncertainty, the pair returned to the range where it was already trading on September 15-21 - 1.2805-1.3000, thus confirming the forecast given last week by 35% of analysts, graphical analysis and 15% of oscillators that signaled the pair was oversold. After a jerk up by 230 points, the strength of the bulls dried up, they could not break through the resistance of 1.3000, and the pair completed the five-day period in the area of 1.2935;

- USD/JPY. The last week cannot be called remarkable for the Japanese currency. Until Friday, the pair moved in a very narrow channel 105.30-105.75, and it was only on the news of the positive test for coronavirus by Donald and Melania Trump that the pair jumped down, reaching 104.95. This movement showed that, in such a critical situation, investors are likely to intuitively prefer yen, considering it a safer protective asset than the dollar. Although, a 70-point drop in the dollar could hardly be considered a major loss. Moreover, later the situation stabilized, the pair went up, and its final chord sounded at the level of 105.35;

- cryptocurrencies. We started our previous analytical review of the digital market with the phrase: "Another attempt by bitcoin to gain a foothold above the $11,000 mark ended in another failure." the same can be said about the outgoing week. Having bumped their heads against the ceiling of $10,940-10,970, the bulls gave up and the BTC/USD pair rolled back to the $10,400-10,500 zone, which fully confirmed the forecast, which was voted for by the majority of experts (65%). As for the Crypto Fear & Greed Index, it has dropped slightly over the past seven days, from 46 to 41, and is still in the neutral zone.
According to analyst portal Messari, this is the first time that daily bitcoin candles close above $10,000 for 63 consecutive days. The previous longest series was 62 days and was registered from December 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018, when bitcoin reached an all-time high near $20,000, having risen in price by 100% in two weeks. At the same time, the cryptocurrency was held above $11,000 for 50 days, and above $12,000 for 41 days.
According to the experts of the WhaleMap analytical service, bitcoin is now prevented from falling below $10,000 by large investors who begin to replenish their reserves as soon as the value of BTC approaches this level. It is for this reason that at the week high, the total capitalization of the crypto market, despite the drop in quotations, grew to $350 billion. However, on October 01-02, another sale of coins dropped it to $330 billion once again.
The dynamics of the cryptocurrency market is increasingly dependent on the mood in the traditional markets and is subject to changes in the risk appetite of investors. The latter in turn depend on the situation with the coronavirus and the reaction of regulators to it.
According to experts of Galaxy Digital Capital Management, bitcoin is beginning to be perceived by institutional players as an inflation hedge, that is, as a kind of “insurance” in case the US dollar loses the status of the world reserve currency. Comparing the capitalization of gold (more than 12 trillion dollars) and bitcoins (about 200 billion dollars), analysts of this company conclude that “the situation will level out towards the main cryptocurrency, into which there will be an outflow of investments from the precious metal, which may raise its value 60 times in the future.
If you look at the results of the first 9 months of 2020, it becomes obvious that the COVID-19 pandemic has already benefited bitcoin. Even despite the panic of late February - early March, the coin has risen in price by about 40% (gold - by 25%). If we take March 13 as the starting point, then during this period the main cryptocurrency has grown 2.75 times (gold - 1.3 times).
This situation also contributed to the growth of cryptocurrency fans. A study by the Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance says about 100 million people already own bitcoin and other coins in the world. In 2018, there were about 35 million of them, that is, three times less. The lion's share of BTC and other coin holders live in North America and Europe, followed by Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. As of the end of the third quarter of 2020, up to 191 million addresses were registered on cryptocurrency exchanges.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. 65% of analysts supported by graphical analysis on H4 expect that the dollar will be able to strengthen its position somewhat in the coming days, and the pair will once again test support of 1.1600. This is opposed, respectively, by 35% of experts and graphical analysis on D1, according to which the EUR/USD pair, having returned to the 1.1700-1.2010 range, will continue to move towards its central part and will consolidate in the 1.1800-1.1900 range in the second half of the week.
Oscillators and trend indicators do not give any signals that are more or less suitable for forecasting. Particularly important macro statistics are not expected these days either. Interest may be caused by the speeches of the head of the US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell on Tuesday October 6 and his European counterpart Christine Lagarde on Wednesday October 7. The minutes of the US Fed Open Market Committee meeting will be published on the same day.
However, the main intrigue of the week will undoubtedly remain the health of the Trump presidential couple. If the old enough president of the United States quickly returns to full-time work, it will become a good trump card in his election race. Thus, he will be able to show that he assessed the degree of danger of coronavirus correctly and took adequate measures to combat the pandemic in the United States. If the symptoms of the disease turn out to be severe, this will not only force Trump to curtail the election campaign, but, showing the seriousness of the threat, will turn many doubting voters against him;

- GBP/USD. Due to the growth of the pair last week, the overwhelming majority of indicators (85%) are colored green. But will this trend continue in the future?
It is clearly not worth looking for the answer to this question in the readings of the indicators. As of Friday evening October 02, when this forecast is being written, Brexit news remains more than contradictory. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to meet European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday 03 October. How this meeting will end is anyone's guess so far. And then another factor of uncertainty arrived in time - the infection of Donald and Melania Trump with the COVID-19 virus. That is why the analysts' opinions are distributed as follows: 40% support the growth of the pair, 40% are for its fall and 20% have taken a neutral position. The nearest target of the bears is 1.2675, followed by support in the 1.2500 zone. The bulls' task is to break through the resistance at 1.3000 and return the pair to the echelon 1.3000-1.3200;

- USD/JPY. Graphic analysis both on H4 and D1 shows the pair's decline to the lowest of the past week in the 105.00 zone, and then another 100 points lower, where it already visited on July 31 and September 21. Resistance in this case will be the level of 105.80.
After completing this trip to the south, according to the graphical analysis on D1, the pair should return to the zone 105.00-106.00, and go further north by the end of October, to 107.00.
The bearish sentiment is also supported by 85% of the experts, as well as about 70% of the indicators. Analysts' forecasts are largely influenced by the situation with the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, which has now directly affected the Trump couple. And that's just a month before this country's presidential election. However, this situation can change very quickly, and then the scenario will be realized, for which only 15% of experts have now voted, according to which the pair will go up and quickly reach the zone 106.55-107.00;

- cryptocurrencies. The number of bitcoins mined exceeded 18.5 million units. Just under 12% of the total issue or less than 2.5 million coins remain available for production, most of which could be mined in the next four years and the last coin in 2140.
Recall that according to the algorithm established by the creator of bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto, the total amount of coins is 21 million, and halving occurs every four years - the reward for miners is halved. The main task of halving is to control the issue of cryptocurrency and its inflation.
Bitcoin miners expect a repeat of the rally of the main coin of three years ago. Many market representatives are confident that there are all conditions for the cryptocurrency market to move into a stage of active growth now. It is about snatching the main coin to $20,000.
The head of the Crypto Quant trading platform, Ki Yong Joo, noted that signals for a return of bullish sentiment to the market began to appear in mid summer, but strong external factors opposed the rise in the value of the coin then. “There is no denying that mining pools are having a major impact on the cryptocurrency market. It is worth remembering the consequences of the halving this May, when the hashrate of the main coin dropped for a while. Growth in such conditions became impossible, so investors and holders of the asset moved to wait-and-see tactics. The situation is completely different now. Miner Position Index (MPI) continues to strengthen. They try to mine as many blocks as possible for maximum rewards. The hashrate of bitcoin is also stable at high rates," Joo said.
Bloomberg Intelligence chief commodities strategist Mike McGlone expects growth as well. He believes that the first cryptocurrency should be valued at $15,000. He came to such conclusions based on the dynamics of growth in the number of active addresses since 2017. At the same time, he estimates the likelihood of alternative scenarios as low.
As for the current forecast, almost everything is the same here: the lower bar of the trading range for the BTC/USD pair is $9,500, the main support is $10,000, the main resistance is $11,000. At the same time, the probability of the next attack of bulls to this height, according to experts, is close to 70%, and the probability of consolidation above this level is twice lower.


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- The creator of the well-known McAfee antivirus has been detained in Spain and is now to be extradited to the United States. In addition to tax evasion, the US authorities also accuse John McAfee of intentionally failing to file tax returns from 2014 to 2018. The indictment alleges that the businessman received millions of dollars in revenue from cryptocurrency promotion, consulting services, speeches and the sale of the rights to a documentary about himself.
The US authorities are confident that McAfee evaded tax in many ways, channeling money into bank and cryptocurrency accounts, investing in real estate, yachts and other luxury goods registered in other people. And the businessman himself, being the candidate for the US presidency from the Libertarian Party, admitted in his election video that he had not paid taxes for many years. Now he faces a prison sentence of up to 5 years on each of the charges of tax evasion and another year in prison for each of the five episodes of failure to file a tax return.
Recall that John McAfee became famous in the field of cryptocurrencies after he made a bet in the summer of 2017 that the price of bitcoin will reach $500 thousand by 2020.

- Bitcoin capitalization could exceed $5 trillion. According to experts from one of the shareholders of Tesla, the ARK Invest fund, this will take еру coin up to 10 years, but massive investments may begin earlier.
The ARK Invest report says that over the next five years, the capitalization of bitcoin will approach $1 trillion. After that, growth will occur at a faster pace, which will be reflected in the value of the asset. So, according to Bobby Lee, a member of the board of directors of the Bitcoin Foundation Foundation, by 2028 the price of the main coin can reach $500 thousand.
Еhe capitalization of bitcoin is about $ 200 billion now. According to the analytical service CoinGecko, it has remained practically unchanged over the past two months, although there were prerequisites for this. “Some investors still doubt the prospects and merits of bitcoin. Because of this, the main coin cannot exit the narrow frame. This has a particularly negative impact on the activities of traders who cannot open long-term positions, fearing serious drawdowns of the coin,” CoinGecko experts explain.

- The American Chamber of Digital Commerce has launched the Crypto for Congress campaign, under which it will donate $50 in bitcoins to each of the election campaigns of the members of the US Congress. This educational initiative should increase the attention of the people's representatives to blockchain and digital assets. In addition to bitcoins, congressmen will have the opportunity to complete relevant online training.
At the same time, overseas, British politician Godfrey Bloom added bitcoins to his investment portfolio for the first time in his life. At the same time, the 70-year-old aspiring crypto-investor admitted that he would like to learn more about digital assets. Godfrey Bloom was an MEP from 2004 to 2014. During this time, he distinguished himself with harsh statements against the traditional financial system, claiming that the banking structure is built on fraud.

- According to Chainalysis data, Latin America's share of the global cryptocurrency economy is about 7%. The largest activity is in the remittance sector, where Mexico leads (11% of total transfers).
According to Daniel Cartolin, a spokesman for Chainalysis, traditionally the volume of remittances between this country and the United States is very large. And cryptocurrency allows to reduce transaction costs and facilitate the process of sending and receiving funds. "One doesn't need to go to websites like Western Union or Moneygram to carry out a transaction. It can be done over the phone,” said the expert in an interview for El Economista.

- Bloomberg analyst Mike McGlone said In the monthly issue of the cryptocurrency market digest that the bitcoin rate could exceed $100 thousand within 5 years. Judging by the document, the logic of analytics is very simple: in 2011 BTC was worth about $10, in 2013 - $1,000, and it took four years to reach the $10,000 mark in 2017. That is, the growth rates are slowing down, and it will take not four, but eight years to conquer the next peak. Given that three of them have already passed, BTC will reach $100K by 2025.
Mike McGlone also expects BTC to return to 2019 highs of $14,000 by the end of this year.

- Another scam is unfolding on Twitter, aimed at siphoning bitcoins and ethereums from gullible users. The protagonist of the deception was again Elon Musk. Although it is clear that neither he nor his company have anything to do with this scam.
The message being circulated states that any registered user can receive bitcoins or ethereums by leaving their address. In addition, the one who sends a certain amount of cryptocurrency to Musk's company will become a participant in the draw with the main prize — the Tesla Model S car.

- A report from the CoinMeitrcs analytical service team says that against the background of weak volatility in the crypto market, investors prefer to keep coins, rather than sell them. The build-up intensified after the March collapse. Investors have been transferring bitcoins from exchanges to so-called cold wallets in recent months, reflecting their desire to switch to long-term storage of cryptocurrency.
The researchers found that the number of addresses holding BTC for more than one year reached its highest level in a decade last month - 63.5% of bitcoins have not moved anywhere since the autumn of 2019.

- The CEO of the venture capital company Social Capital, Chamat Palihapitiya, gave an interview to CNBC, during which the topic of cryptocurrencies was raised. He said he has held investments in bitcoin since 2012 and continues to build them up. When asked what he thinks about bitcoin, given the increased interconnection of the cryptocurrency market with the stock market, the investor replied that he still sees bitcoin as a hedge against the modern financial system.
“At a fundamental level, BTC does not correlate with traditional markets because it is based on a set of beliefs that are exactly the opposite of the attitudes that govern the modern world. This is the insurance I use to sleep well at night, in case the central banks and world authorities come across a bomb,” Palihapitiya said.


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Forex Forecast and Cryptocurrencies Forecast for October 12 - 16, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. We have repeatedly written about the ECB's fear of strengthening the euro as it poses a threat to the recovery of the Eurozone economy. However, neither the head of the ECB Christine Lagarde nor her colleagues want to start a currency war with the US Federal Reserve. Therefore, try to turn the market around not by actions, but by words.
The minutes of the September meeting of the ECB were to convince investors that, saving the economy from the second wave of COVID-19, the regulator could in the near future expand the quantitative easing (QE) program, and even reduce interest rates. And, judging by the quotes, at first the market believed in all this: EUR/USD pair went down, and the dollar went into growth. But all this did not last long: having lost about 80 points and reaching the 1.1725 zone, the pair turned around and went north again, ending the five-day period at 1.1825. As a result, it returned to the central zone of the side channel 1710-1.1920, the boundaries of which were outlined at the very beginning of August.
Most likely, such a change in trend is associated with forecasts regarding the results of the US presidential elections on November 3. Expectations of Joe Biden's victory pulled up the stock market and triggered another fall in the American currency. So, the S&P500 rose by 265 points in a week and a half, and the dollar shrunk by 210 points in two weeks. Although, it's likely that everything is built on emotions. And it is unlikely that anyone can explain why Biden will be better and more useful for the U.S. economy than Trump;

- GBP/USD. In general, the dynamics of this pair repeats the movements of EUR / USD, which suggests that everything depends not on the behavior of the common European or British currencies, but on the US dollar at the moment.
Macro statistics characterizing the state of the British economy turned all red. Data from the construction sector, industrial production, GDP - everything went into negative territory. There has been no particular progress in the Brexit negotiations. But the market did not react to these data in any way. And, if we look at the results of the week, the pound, albeit a little, bypassed the dollar, having strengthened by over 100 points. This is due to the growth of the US stock market, which caused a general weakening of the American currency (the DXY index fell from 94.64 on September 25 to 93.06 on October 09). The GBP/USD pair placed the finishing chord at the1.3045, in the Pivot Point zone of the last ten weeks;

- USD/JPY. Only 15% of analysts voted for the growth of this pair in the previous forecast. However, at the beginning of the week it listened to them and went north to the zone 106.00. Apparently, investors did not want to seek refuge in the quiet Japanese harbor and preferred risky sentiments. However, the situation calmed down a bit, the pair switched to a sideways trend, and it returned to the area where it had repeatedly stayed from September 25 to October 07 at the end of the week - to the zone 105.60. So the result of the last two weeks can be safely called zero;

- cryptocurrencies. Maybe bitcoin has already become a full-fledged protective asset? Many experts and investors ask this question. Indeed, it cannot jump over the $11,000 mark for the fifth week in a row, but it does not go down either, forming an "ascending triangle" pattern.
Its quotes were not affected either by the infection of the family of President Trump with the coronavirus, or hacker attacks, or attacks by regulators. How did Bitcoin react to the fact that the American CFTC regulator, together with the federal prosecutor's office, accused one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges BitMEX of financial fraud? It didn't! Or here's the news of the theft of $200-350 million worth of crypto assets from the KuCoin Hong Kong exchange. Previously, it would have caused the effect of an exploding bomb. And now there is silence.
There is no need to talk about the arrest of the creator of the well-known antivirus McAfee, who became famous in the crypto world for his scandalous predictions and bets. Well, John McAfee (by the way, a former US presidential candidate from the Libertarian Party) avoided paying taxes with the help of cryptocurrencies. So what? The news is curious of course. But this is not a reason to drop the bitcoin rate.
The volatility of the main cryptocurrency has reached its lowest level in the last two years. A report from the CoinMeitrcs analytical service team says that against this backdrop, investors prefer to keep coins rather than sell them. The build-up intensified after the March collapse. Investors have been transferring bitcoins from exchanges to so-called cold wallets in recent months, reflecting their desire to switch to long-term storage of cryptocurrency. The number of addresses holding BTC for more than one year reached its highest level in a decade last month - 63.5% of bitcoins have not moved anywhere since the autumn of 2019.
Last week, BTC/USD pair, not falling below $10,500, made another attempt to break the resistance of $11,000, which is generally consistent with the scenario proposed by our experts. At the time of writing this forecast, the main cryptocurrency is quoted at $11,100. However, it is unclear whether it will be able to gain a foothold in this zone, since Saturday and Sunday are ahead, when strong price movements can occur in the thin market.
The total cryptocurrency market capitalization grew from $330 billion to $349 billion in seven days. Moreover, this chart is very similar to the BTC/USD chart, which once again reminds of which coin dominates this market. As for the Crypto Fear & Greed Index, it is at 48, almost in the very center of the scale. Note that, since the first days of September, this index has never gone beyond the central zone, staying in the range from 40 to 50, which is fully consistent with the current low volatility of the BTC/USD pair and confirms the close correlation of these two indicators.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. So, the next election of the President of the United States is getting closer, hour X is scheduled for November 03. But what can it change radically? In theory, we are talking about the normalization of monetary policy, which should strengthen the US currency. But in practice, the Fed's capabilities are already severely limited.
The Wall Street Journal estimates that most analysts (57%) believe that no matter who ends up in the White House, the labor market will not be able to return to full employment until 2023 at the earliest. And this increases the likelihood of a weakening dollar and further growth of the pair EUR/USD. And here it is again just right to start talking about the currency conflict between the Fed and the ECB.
As already mentioned, the European Central Bank does not like a weak dollar and a strong euro at all, and it would be glad if the pair turned south. Among the arguments that can convince investors to do this, experts most often refer to the serious deterioration of the epidemiological situation with COVID-19 in Europe, as well as negative forecasts on the state of the Old World economy, which could lead to an expansion of stimulus measures by the ECB, including an interest rate cut and a build-up to the QE program.
And another strongest factor is the growth of the US stock market. As long as it grows. But if suddenly, on the eve of or following the results of the presidential election, investors begin to massively fix profits, this will lead to a sharp rise in the dollar and a fall in the euro and other currencies.
Among the most important and interesting events of the coming week, one can note the speeches of the head of the ECB Christine Lagarde on October 12 and 13, the publication of macro statistics on the US consumer market on October 13 and 16, as well as the debate of the candidates for the President of the United States, which will be held at the end of the working week, on Friday October 16
- EUR/USD. 100% of the trend indicators on H4 and D1 are colored green. Among the oscillators, the majority (75%) also point north, but 25% are already giving signals that the pair is overbought. Graphical analysis indicates that the pair will move in the 1710-1.1920 channel for the next few days, after which it will drop to the lows of September 25-28 in the 1.1600 zone. As for the experts, most of them (60%) believe that the pair, before going down, will first rise to the upper boundary of the specified channel. The remaining 40% expect it to fall sharply to 1.1600;

- GBP/USD. Here, as in the case of other currencies, the forecast is based on the growth and fall of investors' risk appetites. GBR100 was able to grow following the American indices. And if the US stock markets continue to rise and the dollar to fall, then the GBP/USD pair will continue to grow. If mass profit-taking starts on stock markets in the run-up to the presidential election in America, then we can expect a downward turn. A lull, accordingly, will cause a lull.
As for technical and graphic analyses, their readings also coincide with those of their “colleagues” in the EUR/USD pair. The cancellation of the correlation of these two pairs can occur only for two reasons: 1) if something extraordinary happens in the negotiations between the EU and the UK on Brexit, or 2) if the ECB nevertheless decides to take decisive new steps to support the Eurozone economy, and the Bank of England, as they say , "remain as is", that is, does not take any additional incentive measures. The next speech by the head of this regulator, Andrew Bailey, is scheduled for Monday, October 12, and it is not excluded that he will outline the priorities of the Bank of England for the next period.
As was said, the pair finished last week in the medium-term Pivot Point zone at the 1.3045 horizon. The nearest support is 1.3000, the next ones are 1.2840, 1.2760 and 1.2675. Resistance levels are 1.3120, 1.3185 and 1.3265;

- USD/JPY. Considering the result of the past two weeks, there is no clarity with the near future for this pair, and the opinion of experts (50% to 50%) does not allow any conclusions to be drawn. Although, if you look at the readings of graphical analysis and oscillators on D1, the advantage is still with the bulls, and there is an opportunity for the pair to rise first to the resistance of 106.00, then to 106.40, and finally to the height of 107.20.
If we go from the weekly scenario to the monthly one, then there is a clear advantage among analysts, on the contrary, on the side of the bears. 70% of them expect the yen to strengthen and the pair to decline to the September 21 low at 104.00. Supports are 105.00 and 104.45;

- cryptocurrencies. Stock indexes rose and the BTC/USD pair grew last week, which gave the reason to once again talk about the correlation of bitcoin with S&P500 and Dow Jones. However, some reputable experts believe that this dependence is temporary.
So, the CEO of the venture capital company Social Capital Chamat Palihapitiya said in an interview with CNBC that he still sees bitcoin as a hedge against the modern financial system. “At a fundamental level, BTC does not correlate with traditional markets because it is based on a set of beliefs that are exactly the opposite of the attitudes that govern the modern world. This is the insurance I use to sleep well at night in case the central banks and world authorities come across a bomb,” Palihapitiya said.
According to experts from one of the shareholders of Tesla, the ARK Invest fund, the capitalization of bitcoin may exceed $5 trillion. This will take the coin up to 10 years, but massive investments can start earlier. This figure could reach $1 trillion in the next 5 years, after which growth will occur at a faster rate. This will also affect the value of the asset. So, according to Bobby Lee, a member of the board of directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, the price of the main coin can reach $500 thousand by 2028.
The forecast of Bloomberg analyst Mike McGlone is also interesting. In his opinion, the rate of bitcoin can exceed $100k within 5 years. The logic here is simple: in 2011 BTC was worth about $10, in 2013 - $1,000, and it took four years to reach the $10,000 mark in 2017. That is, the growth rates are slowing down, and it will take not four, but eight years to conquer the next peak. Given that three of them have already passed, BTC will reach $100K by 2025. Mike McGlone also expects BTC to return to 2019 highs of $14,000 by the end of this year.
As for the generalized forecast for the coming week, compared to the previous one, it shifted 500 points higher: the main support is expected at $10,500, the resistance at $11,500. The probability of a confident breakout of the $ 12,000 level is still estimated by analysts at only 10%.


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- There has been a wave of calls in Japan about the mining of educational institutions and rural administrations from scammers who demanded a ransom in cryptocurrencies. The corresponding incidents have been recorded in at least 18 prefectures of the country. “Bitcoin was the most popular choice for criminals,” said Japan Today. "But in none of the cases has the information about the explosives been confirmed."
One of the incidents occurred in the town of Yamagata. Criminals demanded 40 bitcoins for clearing the building there. The authorities have already raised 450 thousand dollars and were going to transfer them into cryptocurrency for ransom. But when police and deminers went to the scene, no explosive devices were found. As a result, in none of the cases the demining ransom was transferred.

- Ethereum mining revenues have grown by about 40 percent over the past month. According to the analytical platform Glassnode, the main source of new earnings was the increased commissions. The popularization of the DeFi market was also reflected in the income of miners, which significantly increased the number of operations performed on the Ethereum blockchain.
However, the situation could change dramatically if Joe Biden wins the presidential election. This will cause a new wave of inspections and tightening of control over the financial market, due to which some of the DeFi projects will be closed. In this case, the industry will sag again, although the fall will not be as noticeable.
But Bitcoin, according to Bloomberg experts, will only win if Joe Biden wins. Under Donald Trump, the emphasis was on strengthening the dollar and all industries associated with it. Analysts are confident that the new American administration will think more progressively in financial matters, as a result of which the adoption of cryptocurrencies by regulators will accelerate significantly, while other assets will simply lose their relevance.

- Founded by Binance, the Blockchain Charity Foundation (BCF) continues to raise donations for the purchase of personal protective equipment against coronavirus infection. More than $4 million in cryptocurrency has been raised as of now.
The organization has already provided aid to 20 countries around the world, purchasing more than 450 million masks and other protective equipment for their medical facilities.

- A sheep farmer from Lincolnshire has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for extorting ?1.4m worth of bitcoins from supermarket chain Tesco, the Daily Mail reports.
For two years, 45-year-old Nigel Wright put cans of Heinz and Cow & Gate baby food brands on the shelves of the chain stores, which he stuffed with metal fragments, including shards of a stationery knife. After which he demanded ransom in exchange for a promise to reveal the location of the dangerous cans.
The sheep breeder was detained after a detective posing as a Tesco employee transferred ?100,000 in cryptocurrency to him. Two women testified in court, who almost fed the children with food containing metal fragments. According to one of them, her husband found a piece of a knife blade at the bottom of the can.
As a result of Wright's threats, Tesco had to recall from stores a total of 140 thousand cans of baby food, 42 thousand of them were destroyed. It cost the trading network ?2.7 million in losses.

- The manager of the investment company Cane Island Alternative Advisors, Timothy Peterson, is convinced that the price of bitcoin with a 90% probability will not fall below $11,000. The strength of support at this level is due to "long-term, fundamental trends."
According to the expert, Metcalfe's Law Value Approach has already helped him to successfully forecast the BTC price in late 2018 and into 2019. Let us clarify that this law states that the utility of a network is proportional to the square of the number of its users. In this context, the value of bitcoin depends entirely on the number of people using it.
According to Peterson's calculations, on November 30, 2020, the price of bitcoin will be above $12,000 with a 90% probability.

- CryptoQuant CEO Ki Young Ju said that since no Bitcoin inflow has been recorded, the coin will continue to rise.
To assess the volume of BTC transfers to exchanges, CryptoQuant has created its own indicator All Exchanges Inflow Mean, and now it remains in the “safe” zone: the “whales” are in no hurry to get rid of their reserves. And it looks like bitcoin's rise above $11,500 won't lead to its massive sell-off.

- Swiss luxury watch maker Franck Muller has created an exclusive line of bitcoin-themed watches called The King, which is available in two versions, each with just 10 pieces. The name correlates with the status of bitcoin, which is considered the king of cryptocurrencies.
You need to be a real bitcoin fan and a wealthy person to buy this watch. Although the price of these exclusive accessories is not yet known, there is still a benchmark: the Encrypto watches of this company cost from 10,000 to 54,000 euros.
A feature of The King model, like the Encrypto lines, is a set of QR codes on the digital dial. By scanning it, the owner of the jewelry can verify their personal bitcoin accounts.


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First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. The market is now ruled by two main factors: the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming November 3 presidential election in the United States.
A rise of nearly 900,000 in applications for unemployment benefits showed that the labor market and the U.S. economy need more stimulus measures. And although, according to US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, an agreement on such measures between Democrats and Republicans before the election is unlikely, negative statistics have tempered greatly the market risk appetite and pushed down stock indices such as the S&P500. This clearly benefited the US currency: by Thursday, the dollar gained 135 points, and the EUR/USD pair reached a local bottom at 1.1685. This was followed by a rebound downward, and the pair completed the five-day period at 1.1715;
It is possible that the “American” would continue to strengthen its position, but the “European” is actively helped by the confident development of the economy of China and the ECB, which is clearly not going to increase the volumes of its quantitative easing (QE) program.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Europe is growing, which could provoke the introduction of new strict quarantine measures that restrict economic activity. However, after the adoption of a program to support the European economy in the amount of €1.8 trillion at the end of July, the European Central Bank does not want to boost developments and expand its monetary stimulus program. At the moment, less than half of the funds have been spent within the framework of the already operating QE program, therefore, it simply does not make sense to talk about new incentives, according to the Vice President of the ECB Luis de Guindos;

- GBP/USD. The uptrend of the first 12 days of October is over, and the pair has moved to the sideways movement in the range 1.2860-1.3080. Moreover, the end of the week was left to the bears, who managed to put the final point at the level of 1.2915. An obstacle to the growth of the pound was the introduction of additional restrictions due to the coronavirus in London, as well as the statement of the EU leadership that the bloc, although it seeks a fair partnership with the UK, will not compromise at any cost;

- USD/JPY. This pair ended the weekly session at 105.40, in a zone of a very strong mid-term support, which has stopped its decline many times over the past 12 weeks. And now the question of what a safer haven for investors is, the dollar or the yen, remains open. The competition continues;

- cryptocurrencies. We often start our review of cryptocurrencies with criminal news. Nothing particularly outstanding in this area happened last week. Although police reports had information about attempts to blackmail and extortion of cryptocurrency now and then.
So, there was a wave of calls about mining buildings in at least 18 prefectures in Japan. Scammers demanded a ransom in cryptocurrencies. “Bitcoin was the most popular choice for criminals,” said Japan Today. "But in none of the cases has the information about the explosives been confirmed." As a result, the criminals did not receive money, but they have not yet been caught, unlike a sheep farmer from Lincolnshire (England), who has already been sentenced to 14 years in prison for extorting ?1.4 million worth of bitcoins from Tesco supermarket chain.
According to the Daily Mail, 45-year-old Nigel Wright put cans of Heinz and Cow & Gate baby food brands on the shelves of the chain stores, which he stuffed with metal fragments, including shards of a stationery knife, for two years, After which he demanded ransom in exchange for a promise to reveal the location of the dangerous cans. The sheep breeder was detained after a detective posing as a Tesco employee transferred ?100,000 in cryptocurrency to him.
As a result of Wright's threats, Tesco had to recall from stores a total of 140 thousand cans of baby food, 42 thousand of them were destroyed. It cost the trading network ?2.7 million in losses.
If Tesco has suffered losses, bitcoin holders continue to profit: the price of the main cryptocurrency has increased by about 3% over the past 7 days. As we predicted, the BTC/USD pair, despite several attempts, failed to overcome the resistance of $11,500 and marked a new consolidation zone in the area of $11,300-11,400.
The total capitalization of the crypto market during this time has also grown slightly and is at $357 billion. As for the Crypto Fear & Greed Index, it is still in the neutral yellow zone at the heart of the scale ¬— at 52 (it was 48 a week ago).
Bitcoin has risen by 8.5% in the last 6 weeks. But the results of such top altcoins as litecoin (LTC/USD), ripple (XRP/USD) and ethereum (ETH/USD) are almost zero. Ethereum mining revenues have grown by about 40 percent over the past month. According to the analytical platform Glassnode, the main source of new earnings was the increased commissions. The popularization of the DeFi market was also reflected in the income of miners, which significantly increased the number of operations performed on the Ethereum blockchain.
Its protocol and the ability to create smart contracts allowed to create decentralized financial instruments within the framework of DeFi and DAO projects that allow you to borrow or lend cryptocurrency, and also earn on its simple retention (staking). As a result, the number of daily active wallets in the Ethereum network quadrupled - from 12.8 thousand in the second quarter to 50.2 thousand in the third quarter of 2020. The Ethereum blockchain accounted for 96% of all transactions related to decentralized applications (dapps), for a total of almost $120 billion.
Such activity of competitors could not but excite the holders of the main cryptocurrency - bitcoin. And as a result of the joint work of the Kyber network, the Ren ecosystem and BitGo, a similar project was implemented - DAO WBTC. The results of the 4th quarter will show how effective and popular it will be.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. When looking at the chart of this pair, it becomes clear to the experienced trader that oscillators either on H4 or on D1 are unable to give any accurate predictions now. Among trend indicators, a certain advantage is on the red side - 70% on both timeframes. However, even despite the support of graphical analysis on D1, technical analysis cannot guarantee the continuation of the downtrend. The key word, as usual, is with fundamental analysis. Or rather, with those factors that were mentioned at the very beginning of the review.
Of course, it may be that we will hear something new next week. It seems that the main goal of the heads of regulators is to achieve their goals solely with words. Speeches by the head of the ECB Christine Lagarde are scheduled for October 18, 19 and 21, while the speech of the head of the US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell will be heard on Monday, October 19. But that's not all — a debate is due to be held by US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Friday October 23. Only 10 days are left until the “X” hour, so the duel of politicians promises to be unusually hot.
Both Lagarde and Powell's speeches and the White House contenders’ debate could have a heavy impact on investor sentiment. And if the fall in stock indices continues, it will cause further strengthening of the dollar and further movement of the EUR/USD pair to the south. 60% of analysts agree with such a development, pointing out September lows around 1.1610 as a target. The remaining 40% believe that, having bounced off the level of 1.1715, the pair will go up. The nearest resistance levels are 1.1755 and 1.1825. The following barrier is located in zone 1.1900;

- GBP/USD. Not only the heads of the ECB and the Fed, but also the Governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey will talk a lot in the near future. His speeches are scheduled for October 18 and 22. However, he will not be the main newsmaker. The pound still has potential for further growth, but this requires a real breakthrough in the negotiations between the UK and the European Union on Brexit terms. And they, apparently, will drag on for another two weeks, or even longer. The fact that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson is not going to move away from the negotiation process is a good signal and gives us hope that an agreement with the EU can still be reached. But not in the coming days. Therefore, 70% of experts, supported by graphical analysis on H4 and D1, as well as 80% of oscillators and 90% of trend indicators on H4, believe that the GBP/USD pair may well fall to the 1.2700 zone in the coming week. Supports are 1.2845 and 1.2770.
The remaining 30% of analysts hope that the pair will remain within the boundaries of the channel 1.2845-1.3035 and will soon return to its upper border. The next resistance level is 1.3080;

- USD/JPY. Currently, the Japanese currency is supported by falling risk sentiments and rising yields on safe bonds. However, the yen is close to the key support at 105.00, breaking through which is a very difficult task. Just look at the chart for the last 12 weeks. And the battles for this level in 2018-19 left many memorable, non-healing scars on the bodies of bears.
The majority of experts (70%), supported by 75% percent of oscillators and 90% of trend indicators on D1, believe that the pair will still be able to overcome this barrier within two to three weeks and approach the September 21 low 104.00 at least for a time. Supports are 105.00 and 104.45.
As for the remaining 30% of analysts and graphical analysis, they forecast that the dollar will grow, and the USD/JPY pair is expected to break from the horizon of 105.00 and rise first to resistance of 106.00, then to 106.40, and finally to a height of 107.20;

- cryptocurrencies. We noted in the first part of the review that the development of the DeFi market has significantly increased the popularity of ethereum. However, the situation could change dramatically if Joe Biden wins the presidential election. This will cause a new wave of inspections and tightening of control over the financial market, due to which some of the DeFi projects will be closed.
But Bitcoin, according to Bloomberg experts, will only win if Joe Biden wins. Under Donald Trump, the emphasis was on strengthening the dollar and all industries associated with it. Analysts are confident that the new American administration will think more progressively in matters of finance, in view of which the adoption of bitcoin by regulators will accelerate significantly.
The main task of this coin at the moment is to break through the important resistance of $12,000 and gain a foothold above it. It is at this level both in August 2020 and in 2019 that there was an activation of bears and a downward trend reversal. And if the bulls manage to overcome the resistance of sellers, BTC/USD pair have chances to reach the highs of last summer around $13,000-13,750.
According to the calculations of Timothy Peterson, manager of the investment company Cane Island Alternative Advisors, who uses Metclough's law for forecasts, the price of bitcoin with a 90% probability will not fall below $11,000. Moreover, with the same probability it should exceed the $12,000 mark by November 30, 2020.
Metclough's law in application to the crypto market states that the value of bitcoin depends entirely on the number of people using it. And according to Peterson, this approach helped him to successfully forecast the price of BTC at the end of 2018 and in 2019.
Another expert, CEO of analyst firm CryptoQuant, Ki Yong Joo, also believes that the coin will continue to grow, citing the absence of an influx of bitcoins on exchanges as an argument. To assess the volume of BTC transfers to exchanges, CryptoQuant has created its own indicator All Exchanges Inflow Mean, and now it remains in the “safe” zone: the “whales” are in no hurry to get rid of their reserves. And according to Ki Yong Joo's forecasts, bitcoin's rise above $11,500 will not lead to a massive sell-off.
Today, according to chain.info, the five largest cryptocurrency exchanges alone hold almost 2 million BTC coins, which is almost 11% of the total emission. These exchanges can be subjected not only to hacking attacks, but also to attacks by regulators and law enforcement agencies, which will result in the loss or blocking of significant volumes of the main cryptocurrencies. And this, as some experts believe, will cause a shortage of bitcoins in the market and an increase in its price. Although, almost no one believes now that the BTC/USD pair will be able to reach an all-time high of $20,000 by the end of the year. Even the probability of it pinning above the $13,000 horizon is only 25%. The probability of falling to $9,000 is exactly the same.


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- The Darkside Hackers hacker group donated $10 thousand each in cryptocurrency to two charities. According to the BBC, the hackers received this money by attacking several large companies with a ransomware virus. At the same time, the hackers released a message that says: “We believe it would be fair to send some of these companies' money to charity. It does not matter how bad you feel about our work. But we are pleased to know that we have helped change someone's life."

- According to the analytical service Glassnode, the number of addresses that store more than 100 BTC has grown to 16,159, reaching the maximum value in six months. The total number of addresses with a non-zero balance is approaching 32 million.
According to another analytical agency, The Block, in addition to the growth in the number of wallets, the number of transactions and the volume of commissions in the BTC blockchain are also growing. Over the past quarter, transactions worth $225 billion were made on this network. That is, on average, users were conducting transactions for $2.4 billion per day.

- Anton Kravchenko, CEO of the investment company Xena Financial Systems, advised keeping bitcoin for the long term: in his opinion, the rate could reach $14 thousand by the end of the year, and there are no obvious reasons to sell BTC now. Maxim Keidun, CEO of the HodlHodl trading platform, agrees with his colleague. “Bitcoin is trading well below the historic high of $20K,” he says, “and the likelihood of repeating the record is high. Among the reasons are the pandemic, the money printing press and the growing popularity of bitcoin with large companies."

- A well-known Hungarian politician resigned after being accused of illegal mining. This is reported by AMB Crypto with reference to local media. Tamás Borka-Sás chaired the Finance and Development Committee and was a member of the Hungarian Socialist Party. As a result of a police visit to his office, several computers were confiscated, presumably for mining bitcoin and ethereum, which were powered by stolen electricity paid from the state budget. In addition, this mining “farm” was hidden in a makeshift wooden container, causing the risk of ignition and endangering the lives of employees working in the building.

- Co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital investment firm Anthony Pompliano increased accumulations in the main cryptocurrency from 50% to 80%. He spoke about this in the Pomp Podcast. The remaining 20% of its assets are in real estate, fiat currencies and investments in startups.
Citing investments in Tesla stock and Bitcoin as examples, Anthony Pompliano noted that “the target market for Bitcoin is much larger than the target market for Tesla. There is also a non-economic argument: if Bitcoin becomes a global reserve currency or gains global acceptance, it will create a much fairer world. I think this is an important aspect, "the investor said, adding that he has no plans to sell BTC, even if its price reaches $100 thousand by the end of 2020.
Earlier, the head of Morgan Creek Digital said that with the base forecast, bitcoin will rise to $100,000 in 2021, but if the conditions are more favourable, the rate can grow to $250,000.

- Entrepreneur Jörg Platzer has closed his Room 77 bar, which accepted bitcoin since 2011. As a result, this establishment has become a cult destination for the crypto community. Bitcoin Core developer Eric Lombroso noted that his visit to Berlin was never complete without a visit to Room 77. “This place will forever remain part of bitcoin history,” he wrote. The owner did not give a reason for the bar's closing. He thanked customers for the tips and stressed that “no one else will stop bitcoin.”

- Popular TV presenter and long-time bitcoin supporter Max Kaiser believes that at current levels, bitcoin futures traders are suppressing the price of BTC to give institutional players a chance to "load the boat." However, once the asset reaches the $28,000 mark (the interim benchmark set by Kaiser), the number of coins for sale will go zero, and governments and institutions will buy cryptocurrency directly from the miners.
“For the poor of this world, the current price and availability of BTC,” says Kaiser, “is the only opportunity in life to purchase non-forfeitable hard money before the price of it rises to 40-80 times, and prices will soar to the level of golden parity by around $400,000.”

- According to the well-known bitcoin supporter Mark Yusko, representing Morgan Creek, over the next 30 years, cryptocurrencies will finally replace fiat money. The businessman sounded his forecast on the air of Dash Dinheiro Digital channel. Yusko said interest in cryptocurrencies is growing around the world. In parallel, there has been a decline in cash use. However, it cannot be guaranteed that Bitcoin alone will benefit from declining interest in traditional payment instruments. People can start using other cryptocurrencies more widely.
But BTC has its flaws as well, Yusko noted. For example, compared to the Visa payment system, transactions on the bitcoin network take longer to process.

- "Crypto Baron" and the inventor of the famous antivirus, John McAfee published the first tweets from a Spanish prison in his account, where he ended up after being arrested at the request of the US authorities, who accused him of tax evasion using cryptocurrencies.
“I'm happy here. I have friends. Good food. Everything is fine,” he wrote. McAfee, awaiting extradition, issued a warning to his fans: "You know, if I hang myself like Epstein, it won't be my fault." In his first prison tweet, McAfee admitted that he misses only his wife in prison: “She was my inspiration, my muse, friend, confidant and lover. She is encouraging and supportive of me, she is the cause of my life.”
Janice McAfee, John's wife, said the day before that her husband got limited access to Twitter behind bars: “Don't ask me how. Just appreciate the riddle.”


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First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR / USD. 40% of analysts predicted the growth of this pair to the 1.1900 zone and were right: the local weekly high was recorded at 1.1880, and the five-day period ended at 1.1860.
Strong macro statistics from the United States, as well as a record increase in the number of COVID-19 infected in the Old World, seemed to reverse the pair's trend south on October 21. But then Europe, together with Germany, showed an increase in business activity. This reduced the chances of a build-up of the European quantitative easing (QE) program and further growth in bond prices, which allowed the pair to return to its weekly highs;

- GBP/USD. The hope of a third of analysts that the uptrend was over and the pair shifted to a sideways movement did not come true: it moved north again, turning the upper border of the sideways channel 1.2845-1.3035 from resistance to support.
The UK and the EU continued negotiations, breaking the deadlock in which they stood since the end of last week. But then... they hit it again. As a result, the pair rushed upwards, but having reached a height of 1.3175, it turned in the opposite direction. Contributing to the decline was the Markit PMI in the UK services sector, which fell from 56.1 to 52.3.
The last chord of the week sounded at 1.3045. This means that the pound still gained 130 points in 5 days, and investors still hope that the UK and the EU can come to an agreement on Brexit. Although the main reason, of course, is not the strengthening of the pound, but the weakening of the dollar;

- USD/JPY. Recall that 30% of analysts, along with graphical analysis, expected the pair to rebound from the horizon at 105.00 and rise to the resistance of 106.00. And they turned out to be right: the pair reached a height of 105.75 by Tuesday October 20.
The remaining 70% of experts, supported by 75% of oscillators and 90% of trend indicators on D1, claimed that the USD/JPY pair will be able to approach the September 21 low of 104.00 at least for a while. And they were not mistaken either: - on Wednesday, October 21, the pair recorded a local low at 104.33, followed by a rebound and a finish at 104.70.
According to experts, such a sharp reversal and a fall from a height of 105.75 to 104.33 were a reaction to the general weakening of the dollar and, first of all, its depreciation against the Chinese yuan. The massive triggering of Stop-Loss orders when the support broke out in the 105.00 zone added fuel to the fire;

- cryptocurrencies. Finally! Bitcoin broke the $12,000 level and even hit the $13,200 high. And, as the CEO of analyst firm CryptoQuant, Ki Yong Joo, predicted, this growth has not led to a massive sell-off of the coin. This gives reason to hope that the main cryptocurrency will be able to gain a foothold in this zone.
Bitcoin has grown by almost 80% since the beginning of 2020. According to the analytical service Glassnode, the number of addresses that store more than 100 BTC has grown to 16,159, reaching the maximum value in six months. The total number of addresses with a non-zero balance is approaching 32 million.
According to another analytical agency, The Block, in addition to the growth in the number of wallets, the number of transactions and the volume of commissions in the BTC blockchain are also growing. Over the past quarter, transactions worth $225 billion were made on this network. That is, on average, users were conducting transactions for $2.4 billion per day. Four months ago, the average transaction was about $25,000, but it jumped 6 times by October 20, reaching $150,000.
Over the past week, bitcoin's gains have been driven by a very positive news background. Large institutional investors such as Square, MicroStrategy, Stoneridge and Mode Global Holdings have turned to Bitcoin. And the news that the payment giant PayPal is adding to its line of services the ability to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash, came as a "cherry on the cake".
As a result, the benchmark coin rose 13.5% in seven days, pulling the entire crypto market with it, the total capitalization of which increased from $357 to $390 billion.The Crypto Fear & Greed Index rose from the neutral yellow zone to the border of the last quarter of the scale reaching the value of 74. Recall that the range from 75 to 100 is designated by the developers of the index as “Extreme Greed”, which corresponds to the pair BTC/USD being strongly overbought and foreshadows its correction.


As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. If you follow the textbooks on fundamental analysis, macroeconomic statistics is of basic, fundamental importance. However, there was no coronavirus pandemic when these books were written. And now it's here. And it is capable of destroying any predictions.
On the one hand, the incidence schedule in Europe is bursting upward, Germany and France set a new "anti-record" for the number of infected people on Thursday, October 22. Spain has become the first European country to see the number of people falling ill above 1m, putting pressure on the euro. But COVID-19 has hit supply as well as demand.
The situation is similar in the US. The number of coronavirus patients is approaching record levels. But at the same time, the country's authorities do not want to introduce new quarantine restrictions in order to support economic activity. Much, including the mood of the markets, depends on the outcome of the US presidential election on November 3.
According to Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan, Democrat Joe Biden's victory will reduce the likelihood of a new wave of protectionist US policies and allow the pair to reach the 1.2000 mark. If Donald Trump wins again, the dollar, in anticipation of a new round of trade war, is likely to go into growth, and the EUR/USD pair will fall to the lows of September in the 1.1600 zone.
In the meantime, despite the fact that Biden's ratings are higher, investors are in no hurry to get rid of the dollar, because they remember how, unexpectedly for many, Donald Trump became the resident of the White House in 2016. And this can happen again.
The intrigue with the election results will continue after November 3, because they may be challenged, especially those of voting by mail, and the electoral college will meet only on December 14.
Now about the forecast for the coming week. The listed uncertainties prevent analysts from unambiguously pointing in one direction or another. However, 75% of them do not exclude a slight rise in the EUR/USD pair at least to the level of 1.1900. Also, 100% of indicators and 85% of oscillators on H4 and D1 are colored green.
The remaining 15% of the oscillators give signals that the pair is overbought. Its fall is also supported by 25% of experts, supported by graphical analysis on both timeframes. Support levels are 1.1800, 1.1760 and 1.1700. The ultimate goal, as already stated, is 1.1600.
As for the events of the coming week, special attention should be paid to the meeting of the European Central Bank on Thursday, October 29, and especially to the final press conference of its lmanagement, which will be held in the afternoon of the same day. The data on US GDP, which will be released on October 29, and the Eurozone GDP, which will be released a day later, on Friday, October 30, can also influence the formation of local trends;

- GBP/USD. The overwhelming majority (90%) of experts, supported by graphical analysis and trend indicators on D1, believe that the pair changed the echelon 1.2845-1.3035 to a higher one - 1.3000-1.3175. However, this forecast is very short-term, and its further behavior will be determined by the result of the presidential election in the United States, the epidemiological situation on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and the course of negotiations between the EU and the UK on the terms of Brexit. If the parties show that there will be no withdrawal from the Agreement, this will have a beneficial effect on the pound rate. The situation on this issue should be clarified by mid-November. In the meantime, COVID-19 will continue to play the main role, having the most serious impact on the British economy and especially on finances.
It should be noted that when switching from a weekly to a monthly forecast, the picture changes radically, and here already the majority of experts (60%) and graphical analysis on D1 expect the pair to fall rather than rise: first to the level of 1.2860, and then by another 100 points below;

- USD/JPY. We are waiting for the Bank of Japan's interest rate decision and its management's comment on monetary policy next week, on October 29. But, as usual, we do not expect any surprises from them, and the rate is highly likely to remain at the same negative level, minus 0.1%.
More interesting is the tug of war between the dollar and the yen as safe haven currencies. And here, given the pre-election and pandemic chaos in the US, 75% of experts prefer the Japanese currency as more stable. This scenario is supported by 90% of oscillators and 100% of trend indicators on D1.
Note that, starting in 2016, the USD/JPY pair has fallen below 105.00 for the seventh time. However, it usually lingers there only for a very short time, after which it returns above this mark. The question is still open as to what will happen this time. However, in the medium term, 60% of experts do not exclude that the pair may break through the support of 104.00 and even go down to the zone 102.00-103.00.
As for the graphical analysis, on D1 it draws a sideways movement in the 104.00-105.55 channel within the next three weeks;

- cryptocurrencies. On Friday evening, October 23, the BTC/USD pair is in the $12.860 zone - a new local support/resistance level. If bitcoin holds above $12,800, it promises to be the highest weekly rise in 2.5 years and offers hope for growth to historic highs around $20,000. The immediate challenge is testing the July 2019 high of $13,760.
Bitcoin's rise right now is driven by the pandemic, the monetary printing press that trillions of fiats are coming out of, and the growing popularity of cryptocurrency with large institutional investors. Thus, co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital investment firm Anthony Pompliano increased accumulations in the main cryptocurrency from 50% to 80%.
The number of contracts to buy BTC accumulated in the hands of institutional investors has reached an all-time high, according to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). However, according to the Commitment of traders (COT) reports, hedge funds hold no fewer contracts to sell bitcoin. A number of experts believe that hedge funds do this in order to provide sufficient liquidity for institutional investors.
Popular TV host and long-time bitcoin supporter Max Kaiser agrees with this version. He believes that at current levels, bitcoin futures traders are slowing the price of BTC to give institutional players a chance to "load the boat." However, once the asset reaches the $28,000 mark (the intermediate benchmark set by Kaiser), the number of coins for sale will go zero, and thanks to the deficit, their price will burst up to the cosmic heights.
“For the poor of this world, the current price and availability of BTC,” says Kaiser, “is the only opportunity in life to purchase non-forfeitable hard money before the price of it rises to 40-80 times, and prices will soar to the level of golden parity by around $400,000.”
Turning to the forecast for the coming months, we will cite the opinion of Anton Kravchenko, CEO of the investment company Xena Financial Systems, according to which the rate of the BTC/USD pair may reach $14,000 by the end of the year. 65% of experts agree with this forecast. The fact that the pair could fall to $9,000 was mentioned by 25% of analysts a week ago, now their number has fallen to 15%. The remaining 10% have taken a neutral position.


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- The number of cryptocurrency whales has started to increase amid the recent rally in bitcoin. This is evidenced by the CoinMetrics data service. According to the company's specialists, the number of wallets containing more than 1000 coins reached 2.2 thousand on October 25. There were less than 2 thousand of them at the beginning of the year, and their number began to decline at a rapid pace before the May halving.
Based on the current rate, each of the cryptocurrency “whales” is the owner of a fortune of at least 13 million dollars. It is noteworthy that many of them invested in bitcoin during periods when it was very cheap, which speaks of the record profitability of the main coin for its "early" owners.

- One of the leading bitcoin ATM operators LibertyX has added the option to sell bitcoin for cash to 5000 devices located in the United States. This function avoids delays associated with bank transfers. Anyone who wants to sell bitcoins just needs to use an application or a website to enter the number of coins they want to sell and choose a convenient ATM that will give them cash in dollars after specifying the order number. The commission for such an operation is quite large: 8%.

- Bitcoin outperforms gold as an alternative currency and has a significantly better chance of continued growth, according to a new report by the US investment bank JPMorgan. At the same time, the bank's analysts draw attention to the low capitalization of bitcoin, which, in their opinion, is explained by the fact that mainly millennials choose the cryptocurrency. The older generation prefers to keep assets in tangible form, in particular, in gold. Despite this, however, bitcoin has significant potential for long-term growth as millennials will become "an increasingly important component of the investment space" over time.
JPMorgan estimates that the physical gold market, including ETF backed by it, is $2.6 trillion. Bitcoin needs to raise its current value of around $13,000 10 times to equal the precious metal in this respect.

- Hackers broke into the database of the Vastaamo Psychotherapy Centre in Finland. After gaining access to information on thousands of patients at the centre, they demanded a ransom in the amount of 450 thousand euros in bitcoins. The cybercriminals threatened to publish the stolen data and have already begun to implement the threat by uploading the personal data of at least 300 people to the web. The information included the patient's name, telephone number, email address, residential address, diagnosis, and the content of the therapy sessions.
The hackers also offered individual patients to delete their data for a ransom of up to 540 euros in bitcoins.

- After the payment giant PayPal announced the start of support for bitcoin and a number of other cryptocurrencies, Visa, Mastercard and American Express will follow its example. This opinion was expressed in an interview with Bloomberg by the CEO of the Galaxy Investment cryptocurrency fund Mike Novogratz.
However, speaking of bitcoin, Novogratz sees in it only a way to preserve capital and doubts that the first cryptocurrency will become widespread as a means of payment. “I don't think this will happen within the next five years. Bitcoin is used as a means of accumulation. Therefore, as digital gold, it will simply continue to rise in value, and more and more people will include it in their portfolios,” explained Novogratz.
As a reminder, PayPal announced the launch of the function of buying, selling and storing bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Litecoin on Wednesday, October 21. The company expects that the new feature will stimulate the global use of cryptocurrencies and prepare the web for digital currencies of central banks.

- According to analysts at Glassnode, the rate of bitcoin has not increased much so far. They conclude from this that the asset will have every chance to take on new barriers in the future. Investors are still only trying to figure out the new policy of bitcoin, since it is more focused on the internal environment now. Stock markets and other external factors have practically ceased to influence it.

- American programmer, US presidential candidate, "crypto baron" John McAfee, arrested in Spain at the request of the US and accused of tax evasion, gave an interview to Cointelegraph right from his prison cell.
The eccentric millionaire shared his thoughts on the latest developments in the cryptocurrency industry, praised the news of the addition of cryptocurrencies to PayPal's arsenal, and could not resist advertising his own cryptocurrency. “Very soon, we will be faced with a new direction in using cryptocurrencies to execute transactions, rather than as a quick get-rich scheme. That's why I developed the privacy-focused stablecoin Ghost,” McAfee said.

- The founders of the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange, the Winklevoss brothers, confirmed their previous prediction, saying that bitcoin will be worth $500,000 sooner or later.
'The question isn't whether bitcoin will cost $500,000 or not, the question is how quickly it will happen. In fact, even this assessment seems to me very conservative - the game has not really even started, "- said Cameron Winklevoss.
Tyler Winklevoss added that he and his brother started buying cryptocurrency back in 2012 and expressed confidence that bitcoin outperforms gold, oil and the US dollar as a store of value and is the only long-term inflation hedge.

- The CEO of MicroStrategy, Michael Saylor, who was prophesying the imminent decline of cryptocurrency in the past, claims that he is ready to hold bitcoin for 100 years and does not plan to sell it. Led by Saylor, the company has invested $425 million in bitcoin over the past months. “And this is not speculation or hedge. This is a targeted corporate strategy for the adoption of the bitcoin standard,” Saylor explained. According to him, having considered the available options for preserving capital amid the economic uncertainty in the world, MicroStrategy has come to the conclusion that bitcoin is the best long-term store of value. Taxes and commissions make investments in other assets meaningless, and if not, then they are flawed, because they are controlled by a company management or the state. Bitcoin, on the other hand, is evolving and only gets harder and stronger over time.
Sailor believes that gold cannot be compared to bitcoin. In his opinion, people who hold $100 million in fiat will lose 99% of the value of their assets in 100 years, and investments in gold will, at best, bring 85% of the loss.

- On Wednesday October 28, Donald Trump's campaign website was hacked. As a result, the content of the "About Us" page was changed to accommodate the addresses of the Monero cryptocurrency and the accompanying text. Cybercriminals claim in it to have hacked many devices and gained full access to information about Trump and his relatives. They also claim that they had information at their disposal, allegedly indicating the involvement of the Trump administration in the emergence of the coronavirus, as well as his personal involvement in criminal activity and cooperation with foreigners to manipulate the upcoming election.


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Forex Forecast and Cryptocurrencies Forecast for November 02 - 06, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. It seems that the market has decided not to pay much attention to the US presidential election. Investors are much more concerned about what is happening with the second wave of the pandemic COVID-19 in the Old and New Worlds, and what steps will be taken by regulators on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
In the United States - a record increase in the number of infected, which could lead to a collapse of stock markets, akin to March. However, in an effort to support the economy, the current White House administration is not yet going to introduce a lockdown, hoping for an early vaccination of the population. This decision was also influenced by the strong statistics of US GDP growth in the III quarter: plus 33.1% instead of minus 31.4% three months earlier.
As for Europe, many countries, including Germany and France, have already begun to implement stricter quarantine measures. Moreover, although at the last meeting on Thursday, October 29, the ECB did not lower the already low interest rate, the head of the bank, Christine Lagarde, made it very clear that very serious steps could be expected from the regulator in a month and a half, aimed at easing the monetary politics and stimulating the economy of the Old World.
Apparently, the European regulator decided to spend this time to determine the necessary amount of support for the economy, see how the situation with the coronavirus will develop and analyze the results of the US presidential election.
The data released on Friday, October 30, showed the growth of GDP in the Eurozone in the III quarter from minus 11.8% to plus 12.7%. But this, firstly, is significantly lower than in the United States, and secondly, according to Lagarde, the prospects with the onset of COVID-19 are so gloomy that the ECB does not rule out a recession in the Eurozone in the IV quarter. As a result, the ECB will have to expand its QE program by another €500 billion in December, and, and maybe lower the interest rate on the euro.
In general, the prospects for easing monetary policy in Europe seemed to investors much more real and large-scale than in the United States for now, which entailed a strengthening of the dollar by 220 points this week, a fall in EUR/USD to the level of 1.1640 and the pair's finish at 1.1645;

- GBP/USD. Most experts (60%), together with graphical analysis on D1, had expected the pair to fall to 1.2860 within two to three weeks. However, it happened much faster: it found a local bottom at 1.2880 as early as on Thursday, October 29. And the reason for the fall of the pound is not so much in the increased risks of a second wave of coronavirus in the UK, but in Brexit, which remains the main topic in this case. And the situation in this case is not in favour of the British currency.
Market hopes that the deal with Europe will be reached by the X hour in December this year are dimming like morning fog over London. And as former Bank of England governor Mark Carney used to say, a no-deal Brexit would come as a shock to the country's economy. And in anticipation of this shock, the pair set the last chord at 1.2950 after a week's hike to the south and a correction to the upper border of the descending channel;

- USD/JPY. As we expected, the meeting of the Bank of Japan on October 29 went without the slightest surprises. In a country whose currency is a safe haven and protection from financial storms, everything must remain calm and quiet.
More interesting is the tug of war between the dollar and the yen as safe haven currencies. And here, taking into account the pre-election and pandemic chaos in the US, 75% of experts, supported by 90% of oscillators and 100% of trend indicators on D1, preferred the Japanese currency as more stable. And they turned out to be right. As expected, having bounced off one significant level - 105.00, the pair made an attempt, the third one since July 31, to break through another significant level - support at 104.00. And again, it was unsuccessful. As a result, after the rebound, it returned to where it started from at the beginning of the five-day period, and completed the trading session at 104.65;

- cryptocurrencies. The market is filled with optimism after payment giant PayPal announced the launch of features to buy, sell and store Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Litecoin. Visa, Mastercard and American Express should follow his example in the next few months, such opinion was expressed in an interview with Bloomberg by CEO of cryptocurrency fund Galaxy Investment Mike Novogratz.
Against the backdrop of the bitcoin rally in the second half of October, the number of cryptocurrency "whales" began to increase. This is evidenced by the CoinMetrics data service. According to experts, the number of wallets containing more than 1000 coins has reached 2.2 thousand. Based on the current rate, it turns out that each of their owners now has a fortune of at least 13 million dollars!
On this positive wave, the bulls tried to break to a height of $14,000 on Wednesday October 28, however they were stopped at $13,830. The next attempt followed on Thursday night, but was even less successful ¬: the maximum was fixed at $13,615. The bulls gave up after the third unsuccessful attempt, the BTC/USD pair rolled back down, and it is consolidating in the $13,300 zone by the evening of Friday October 30.
Following the growth of quotations on October 28, the total capitalization of the crypto market began to grow, rising from $390 billion to $410 billion. However, a rollback in the value of the main coin by the end of the week caused the closure of short-term positions and its sale, as a result of which the market returned to its starting point in the area of $388 billion.
The Crypto Fear & Greed Index also returned to its original position: to around 74, at the very border of the last quarter of the scale. Recall that level 74 corresponds to the average indicator of greed, when opening short positions is still dangerous. But the range from 75 to 100 is designated by the developers of the index as “Extreme Greed”, which corresponds to the pair BTC/USD being strongly overbought and foreshadows its correction.

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As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. So, the head of the ECB Christine Lagarde made it clear that her bank is ready to ease its monetary policy from next month. On the other hand, Donald Trump also speaks of possible support for the US economy. But the latter has elections on Tuesday, November 03, and all his rhetoric, as well as the rhetoric of his rival Joe Biden, can still be attributed to pre-election communications. it is hard to predict now what will happen in the US in reality, unlike in the Old World.
It is just as difficult to predict what will happen with the pandemic. It was said at the beginning of the review that the current White House administration is very much counting on vaccinations and a medical solution to the problem. However, the situation may deteriorate sharply until this happens and the stock indices will go down, as it happened last spring.
Then, against the backdrop of falling stock markets, the Fed began to flood the fire with cheap money, cut the interest rate, which led to the weakening of the American currency and the growth of the EUR/USD pair by more than 1300 points. Now, the EU is ahead of the United States in its measures of quantitative easing and the introduction of quarantine restrictions, which launched a sale in the euro last week and allowed the dollar to grow. However, it is clear that the weekly increase in USD by 220 points and the fall of 1300 points since March are two incomparable things.
The main US elections are scheduled for next week. And, in case of Joe Biden's victory, and thanks to rising stocks of American companies and encouraging vaults from the front of the fight against COVID-19, the euro can very quickly regain its lost ground. We should also pay attention to the meeting of the US Fed on Friday, November 06. And even not so much to its decision on the interest rate, which will hughly likely remain unchanged, as to the Fed's comment on monetary policy, which, it is possible, will already take into account the results of the presidential election.
Of course, as usual, data on the number of new jobs outside the US agricultural sector (NFP) will be released on the first Friday of the month. But, against the background of the above-mentioned events, it is unlikely they will have any serious impact on quotes.
In the meantime, giving a forecast for the coming week, the majority of experts (65%) are looking south. The nearest support is the September 25 low 1.1610, the next target is zone 1.1500. This development is supported by graphical analysis on D1, 100% of trend indicators and 75% of oscillators on H4 and D1. But the remaining 25% of oscillators are already giving strong signals about the pair being oversold and the upcoming correction. The most likely rebound zone is 1.1600, the targets are 1.1700, 1.1750, 1.1830 and 1.1880;

- GBP/USD. A number of experts do not exclude that the Bank of England may announce the next measures aimed at supporting the country's economy at the nearest meeting on Thursday, November 05. The list of possible steps includes an increase in bond purchases to ?850 billion, and a decrease in the interest rate, which is 0.1% today. The last step is unlikely, though.
The British currency is likely to remain under pressure until the meeting of the Bank of England. But we should not forget about the unresolved issue on the terms of Brexit, which will also push the GBP/USD pair down. That is why, giving the forecast for November, the majority of analysts (60%) sided with bears, heralding the pair a further decline first to support 1.2860 and then 100 points lower. The final goal is the September 23 low at 1.2675. Exactly the same picture is drawn by graphical analysis on D1. 70% of technical indicators on both timeframes, H4 and D1, are also colored red.
A diametrically opposite position is now taken by 40% of experts. And here it should be noted that when switching to forecasting until the end of the year, the number of bulls' supporters increases to 70%. Apparently, the market still hopes that at the most critical moment the Brexit deal with the EU will be agreed and signed. The nearest resistance is zone 1.3000. It is followed by levels 1.3080, 1.3175 and 1.3265;

- USD/JPY. Now this pair is sandwiched between two very strong levels - 104.00 and 105.00, and its further movement depends on the risk sentiment of investors. And those, in turn, depend on what will happen in the United States in the coming week.
65% of experts, supported by 85% of indicators and graphical analysis on D1, believe that the pair will make another attempt to break through 104.00 support. But only 30 per cent are confident that it will be able to reach the 103.00 zone.
The same graphical analysis for the first half of November draws the lateral movement in the corridor 104.00-105.00. In case of breaking through its upper boundary, the pair has a chance to gain a foothold in the next echelon, 105.00-105.80, and possibly reach the height of 106.10. However, the chances of doing so are currently estimated at only 15%;

- cryptocurrencies. It has been repeatedly discussed how the change in ownership of the White House could affect the cryptocurrency market. The election of the President of the United States is pretty soon. And here it is impossible not to mention the fact¬ that on Wednesday, October 28, Donald Trump's campaign website was attacked by hackers - followers of the Monero cryptocurrency. As a result, an advertisement for this altcoin and a statement by attackers that the Trump administration was allegedly involved in the emergence of the coronavirus, and that Trump himself was involved in criminal activity and cooperation with foreigners to manipulate the upcoming elections, appeared in the About Us section of the website.
In addition to the election results, other factors contribute to the uncertainty in the prospects for bitcoin. So, according to analysts at Glassnode, stock markets and other external factors have practically ceased to affect the BTC rate, which is now more focused on the internal environment, and investors are still trying to figure out its new policy. At the same time, Glassnode believes that the asset has every chance to take new barriers in the future.
Having prophesied the imminent decline of cryptocurrency in the past, MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor now claims to be ready to hold bitcoin for at least 100 years. The company led by Saylor has invested $425 million in bitcoin over the past months. According to him, having considered the available options for preserving capital amid the economic uncertainty in the world, MicroStrategy has concluded that bitcoin is the best long-term store of value. Saylor is sure that even gold does not compare with this cryptocurrency. In his opinion, people who hold $100 million in fiat will lose 99% of the value of their assets in 100 years, and investments in gold will, at best, bring 85% of the loss.
Specialists from the American investment bank JPMorgan have also preferred bitcoin. In their view, BTC outperforms gold as an alternative currency and has a substantially better chance of continued growth. According to their new report, the capitalization of the crypto market is not large enough yet as digital currencies are chosen mainly by millennials. The older generation prefers more tangible assets, particularly gold. Despite this, however, bitcoin has significant potential for long-term growth as millennials will become "an increasingly important component of the investment space" over time.
JPMorgan estimates that the physical gold market, including ETF backed by it, is $2.6 trillion. Bitcoin needs to raise its current value of around $13,000 10 times to equal the precious metal in this respect.
The previous positive outlook was confirmed by the founders of the cryptocurrency exchange Gemini brothers, saying that the BTC/USD pair will reach $500,000 sooner or later. "The question isn't whether bitcoin will cost $500,000 or not, the question is how quickly it will happen. In fact, even this assessment seems to me very conservative - the game has not really even started," said Cameron Winklevoss.
If we turn to the forecast for the near future, the majority of analysts (60%) believes that the BTC/USD pair will continue to attack the resistance of $14,000. But it is only 25% of analysts that say that this assault will end in luck and the pair will be able to gain a foothold in the $15,000 zone by the end of the year. The probability of reaching a height of $16,000 is estimated today at only 10%. But the possibility of quotes returning to $12,000 increases to 40%.


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- According to the founder of the investment fund Off The Chain Capital Brian Estes, the attitude towards cryptocurrencies will change dramatically over the next ten years. This is especially true of the American market, which is still showing loyalty to digital assets. Roughly 90 percent of U.S. households will use bitcoin by 2030. Asia will be ahead in this industry, but China and other countries will focus on sovereign coins.

- Well-known analyst Willie Wu believes that bitcoin has entered the "safe haven" stage. He already predicted a similar development of events In early autumn. According to the cryptocurrency expert, the main coin is now showing relative stability, which is why it is not worth waiting for a repeat of the 2017 rally. In addition, even if Bitcoin does go into aggressive growth, it will be in for constant corrections.
“Correlation of the main cryptocurrency by other market industries is gradually decreasing. This ensures the stability of the asset but prevents it from moving to growth. It is because of stability that there is a certain stagnation now,” said Wu. Judging by the trend of recent days, the main coin may be between $13,000 and $14,000 for a long time to come.

- An unknown user withdrew 69,370 BTC (approximately $960 million) from a wallet that hackers have been trying to hack for several years. At the time of the transfer, this address was the world fourth largest holder of bitcoin. And, perhaps, the owner of the wallet simply transferred the coins to a new, more secure address. As noted by the Telegram channel Goldfoundinshit, the forums claimed that the wallet is associated with the founder of the anonymous trading platform Silk Road Ross Ulbricht, who is serving a life sentence in an American prison.

- Known as the "king of bonds," Jeffrey Gundlach, CEO of DoubleLine Capital, recommended the first cryptocurrency and gold as insurance against the dollar's depreciation. Interestingly, Gundlach was saying until recently that he was not ready to participate in the hype around bitcoin. In an interview with Business Insider, he had called the first cryptocurrency a "lie", doubting it was impossible to hack it. “I don't believe in bitcoin. I think it's well tracked. I don’t think it is anonymous,” he had said then. And now the businessman, who manages $141bn in assets, has offered his listeners to hedge the risks of inflation by adding gold and bitcoin to the investment portfolio.

- Residents of Cuba have become much more interested in bitcoin Over the past month. According to Google Trends, in terms of the number of searches related to the first cryptocurrency, the country came in second place, and is now second only to Nigeria. Bitcoin's rise in popularity in the island nation is due to tougher American sanctions, as well as restrictions on the use of PayPal and Stripe payment platforms.
South Africa, Cameroon and Ghana are also among the top five countries with a high interest in bitcoin. Residents of Taiwan, Kazakhstan and Japan turn to the search engine with such a request less often than others.

- Bitcoin showed a negative correlation with the Dow Jones index last week. While stock markets were declining all over the world, the rate of bitcoin rose by 5% and even exceeded the 2019 high. That's not yet the limit, according to some analysts. A new impetus for the growth of BTC may be given by the US presidential election. “Trump's victory should be well received by participants in the financial markets,” experts say, “and the bitcoin rate will grow along with the rates of other assets. If Biden wins, we will see the stock market fall. However, bitcoin is likely to show growth amid expectations of a depreciation of the dollar. "

- A cryptocurrency user in Canada decided to give kids Halloween gift cards, each with $100 in bitcoin, which is roughly 0.007 BTC. Interestingly, some candy hunters, dressed as ghosts, goblins, and witches, were disappointed to receive an inedible piece of cardboard. But there were also those who were delighted to become the owner of a real cryptocurrency. The information that bitcoins were being distributed in this house quickly spread throughout the area, and whole groups of children began to move there on purpose.
The reaction from the crypto community was positive, with many believing that it was a good way to introduce children to the crypto world. "This is a historic moment," said analyst Billy Wu. "When these children come to power, there will be only 0.002 BTC left for each person."

- According to Rai News, a 41-year-old employee of the airport in the Italian city of Lamezia Terme infected the computers of the airport network with a miner virus. He used their computing power to mine ethereum. In addition, the "crypto-enthusiast" has placed several of his own mining farms in the office premises, having powered them from the airport power grid. CCTV cameras managed to capture this, the records of which ended up in the hands of the city prosecutor's office.

- Several US banks have begun negotiations with major crypto custodians such as Anchorage and Coinbase on potential cooperation. This happened after the regulator officially allowed banks to provide such services. This was stated by the head of the United States Currency Exchange Office (OCC) Brian Brooks. He believes that financial conglomerates around the world will not create their own solutions for storing cryptocurrencies from scratch, but rather will buy market leaders or enter into cooperation with them to meet the needs of their customers.

- Hackers have stolen more than $13.6 billion in cryptocurrency since 2012, committing more than 330 hacks. This is stated in the study of the analytical service Atlas VPN.
Most often, hackers attacked decentralized applications running on the basis of the EOS blockchain platform. There were 117 such cases. Next on the list was the ethereum blockchain platform. The services developed on top of it were attacked 33 times.
As for money, most of all hackers stole it from crypto exchanges and crypto wallets. According to Atlas VPN, there were 87 successful hacks of trading platforms, as a result of which the attackers managed to withdraw $4.8 billion. Wallets suffered even more damage, where the total damage amounted to almost $7.2 billion.


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Forex Forecast and Cryptocurrencies Forecast for November 09 - 13, 2020


First, a review of last week’s events:

- EUR/USD. As we expected in the previous forecast, thanks to Joe Biden's victory in the U.S. presidential election, the growth of U.S. stocks and encouraging reports from the front against COVID-19, the euro and other competitors of the dollar can very quickly recover the positions previously lost.
As for the coronavirus, no positive news has yet been received from this front. Moreover, voting in the elections led to a new anti-record in the United States: 100,000 new infection cases in just one day.
Joe Biden, too, is finally yet to win. But the growing likelihood of a change in the owner of the White House has already led to an overflow of investor funds from fiat to the stock market. Investors loved the idea of a Democratic president and the division of Congress into two camps. In this case, there is less risk of tax increases Most likely, due to the relaxation of regulation, life will become easier for technology companies. As a result of such expectations, the dollar went down, while the S& P500, Dow Jones, as well as the euro and other major currencies, went up. So, the Chinese yuan managed to win back more than half of the losses suffered as a result of trade wars unleashed by Donald Trump. The common European currency also showed impressive growth. Starting on November 02 from 1.1645, the EUR/USD pair reached the level of 1.1890 by the evening of Friday 06 November, showing an increase of 245 points. The last chord was placed at 1.1875;

- GBP/USD. The British currency grew not only due to the fall in the dollar, but also thanks to the decision of the Bank of England, which decided to further support the country's economy on Thursday, November 05 by increasing the bond purchase program by ?150 billion and bringing it to ?895 billion. The market had expected increases to just ?845 billion pounds and this additional QE extension pushed the pound up to the October 21 high of 1.3175. The pair ended the week session at 1.3150, showing an increase of 200 points;

- USD/JPY. Recall the forecast that was given last week. We cite:
"Now this pair is sandwiched between two very strong levels - 104.00 and 105.00, and its further movement depends on the risk sentiment of investors. And those, in turn, depend on what will happen in the United States in the coming week. 65% of experts, supported by 85% of indicators and graphical analysis on D1, believe that the pair will make another attempt to break through the support of 104.00. But only 30 per cent are confident that it will be able to reach the 103.00 zone".
And now judge for yourself how accurate it was. The pair did go to break the support 104.00, broke it, but managed to go down only to the horizon 103.17. This was followed by a slight rebound and a finish at 103.30;

- cryptocurrencies. Let us start with statistics. According to Google Trends, according to the number of searches related to the first cryptocurrency, Nigeria, Cuba, South Africa, Cameroon are in the TOP-5 countries with the highest interest in bitcoin, and Ghana closes the top five. Residents of Taiwan, Kazakhstan and Japan turn to the search engine with such a request less often than others.
And, before moving on to the main event of the crypto week, some more statistics, from the world of crime. It has finally become known how many digital assets have been stolen by cybercriminals. According to a study by the analytical service Atlas VPN, since 2012, hackers have stolen more than $13.6 billion in cryptocurrency, making more than 330 hacks. Most often, thefts were carried out from crypto exchanges and crypto wallets. According to Atlas VPN, there were 87 successful hacks of trading platforms, as a result of which the attackers managed to withdraw $4.8 billion. Wallets suffered even more damage, where the total damage amounted to almost $7.2 billion.
And now the main promised news: Bitcoin soared to a height of $15.880 on the night of November 05-6, adding 17.2% over the week. It should be noted that since the last days of October, the main cryptocurrency again correlates with both stock indices Dow Jones, Nasdaq and Standard & Poor's 500 and with gold. Not surprisingly, during the pandemic, the US Federal Reserve printed a huge amount of new money, and many large investors, fearing inflation, included bitcoin in their portfolios as a protective asset. Therefore, a sharp jump in BTC / USD quotes in the second half of the outgoing week was associated with the expectations of Joe Biden's victory in the US presidential election, which caused a sharp weakening of the dollar and a capital flow into risky protective assets.
The total capitalization of the crypto market grew in 7 days by 9%, having risen from $410 billion to $447 billion.The Crypto Fear & Greed Index was at around 90 by the evening of Friday, November 06, in the zone that the developers of the index designated like “Extreme Greed”. This value corresponds to the BTC/USD pair being strongly overbought and portends its correction. Although, it should be noted, a certain correction has already taken place, and the pair rolled back to the $15.150 zone from the highs of the week and completed the seven-day period at $15.510.
Bitcoin's growth has pulled many top altcoins with it. So, Ethereum (ETH/USD) has grown 15% heavier over the week. Additional support for this coin was provided by the news about the imminent launch of the ETH 2.0 branch. However, for this to happen, the developers must raise funds in the amount of 524,288 ETH (about $230 million). Investments should be frozen for a period of one and a half to two years; the expected return is 8-15% per annum. If the necessary funds are raised in November, the launch of the ETH 2.0 genesis block will take place on December 1 at 12:00 UTC.


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As for the forecast for the coming week, summarizing the opinions of a number of experts, as well as forecasts made on the basis of a variety of methods of technical and graphical analysis, we can say the following:

- EUR/USD. Stock markets are growing, investors continue to pour money there, hoping that the wave raised by the hopes for the arrival of a new US President will grow higher and stronger. At the same time, the market forgets that the situation with the coronavirus is only getting worse, that Trump has not gone anywhere yet, and that no one has yet canceled the fiscal burden, and all this remains only at the level of election promises. Trump, if he loses, may well protest the election results. We should also not forget about the weakness of the common European currency.
In general, the flight of investors from the dollar towards stocks, bonds, gold, bitcoin and the euro, while understandable, may be premature. Everything can turn in the opposite direction overnight.
In such a situation, it is quite natural that the opinions of experts are equally divided: one third vote for the growth of the EUR/USD pair, one third - for its fall, and one third take a neutral position. As for technical analysis, 100% of the trend indicators on H4 and D1 are still green, but among the oscillators, 25% are already giving signals that the pair is overbought, which indicates a possible downward trend reversal or a serious correction. The trend reversal is also indicated by graphical analysis on D1.
The pair is in a strong mid-term support/resistance zone 1.1880-1.1900 now. The nearest support levels are 1.1760, 1.1700 and 1.1610. Resistance levels are 1.1965 and the September 01, 2020 high of 1.2010. It should be borne in mind here that this maximum is the highest point at which the pair has been located since May 2018. And if EUR/USD continues its northward movement, its main target is likely to be the zone 1.2200-1.2400;

- GBP/USD. There is a movie, “The King's Speech”, dedicated to George VI, father of Britain's current Queen Elizabeth II. The upcoming week can be called "The Head of the Bank of England' Speech." Moreover, he speaks a lot: Andrew Bailey's speeches are scheduled for November 09, 12 and 13. In addition, the data on the UK labor market will become known on Tuesday, November 10, and the GDP of this country for the III quarter and the consumer price index - on Thursday, November 12. According to forecasts, everything is quite contradictory. On the one hand, GDP can grow from -19.8% to +15.8%. But on the other hand, the growth of applications for unemployment benefits is expected from 28.0K to 78.8K. Now it is worth adding to this the ambiguity with the dollar exchange rate, which now depends on the outcome of the presidential election in the United States, as well as the still unresolved terms of the deal with the EU on Brexit.
As a result, we have rather vague prospects for the GBP/USD pair, although most experts (70%) tend to continue its uptrend - first to 1.3265, and then perhaps to the high of 01 Sept, 1.3480. The nearest resistance is 1.3175.
As for technical analysis, here the situation is completely identical to the readings for the EUR/USD pair: 100% of the trend indicators and 75% of the oscillators on H4 and D1 point to the north, while the graphical analysis looks to the south as well as 25% of the oscillators which are signaling the pair is overbought. Supports are 1.3085, 1.3000, 1.2855. The next target of the bears is 1.2755, but it is unlikely to be reached in the coming week;

- USD/JPY. So, as already mentioned, amid the protracted vote count in the US elections, the dollar dropped to a two-month low against the basket of major currencies last week, and most investors expect it to weaken further. Currency markets are betting that Democrat Joe Biden will be the next president, but Republicans will retain control of the Senate. In this situation, 70% of analysts believe that the Japanese currency will continue to strengthen against the dollar, as a result of which the pair will still break through support in the 103.00 zone and approach the level of 102.00. (Taking into account the backlash, slippage up to 101.75 is possible). It should be noted that it has not fallen so low since the beginning of the panic of March 2020, caused by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the current situation, one should probably not be surprised that the readings of the indicators for the USD/JPY pair coincide completely with the readings of their "colleagues" for the previous two pairs, with the only difference that the weakening of the dollar corresponds to the movement of this pair down, and not up, as in the case of the euro and the pound.
The remaining 30% of experts side with the bulls and vote for the return of USD first to the resistance of 104.00, and then fixing in the zone 104.00-105.00;

- cryptocurrencies. The COVID-19 pandemic has become a winning card for bitcoin. The more money Central Banks print to support the economies of their countries, the more investors begin to acquire Bitcoin as a protective asset. And not only private but also large institutional investors.
Cryptocurrency is no longer a pariah for financial giants such as JPMorgan and PayPal. The "king of bonds", the head of the management company DoubleLine Capital ($141 billion) Jeffrey Gundlach, who had recently called the first cryptocurrency "a lie", now recommends it as insurance against dollar depreciation.
According to Brian Brooks, head of the US Currency Exchange Office (OCC), some US banks are already actively negotiating with major cryptocurrency custodians such as Anchorage and Coinbase on potential cooperation. Brooks believes that financial conglomerates around the world will not create their own solutions for storing cryptocurrencies from scratch, but rather will buy market leaders or enter into cooperation with them to meet the needs of their customers. According to Off The Chain Capital investment fund founder Brian Estes, roughly 90% of households in the U.S. will use BTC coins by 2030.
As for the near future, according to a number of experts, after overcoming the critical $12,000 mark, there are no serious obstacles for bitcoin on the way to $20,000. At the moment, 60% of analysts agree that the BTC/USD pair will set off for a new assault on the $16,000 height in the near future.
Although, there are other opinions. For example, well-known analyst Willie Wu believes that bitcoin has entered the "safe haven" stage. “Correlation of the main cryptocurrency by other market industries is gradually decreasing. This ensures the stability of the asset, which is why it is not worth waiting for a repeat of the 2017 rally. And even if bitcoin goes to aggressive growth, Willy Wu believes, it will face constant corrections and return to the $14,000-15,000 zone. This point of view is now shared by 40% of analysts, while in the medium term their number increases to 60%. However, it is absolutely clear that the determining factor for the BTC/USD quotes in the foreseeable future will be the success of Donald Trump or Joe Biden in the fight for the presidency of the United States.


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