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ETH, XRP, BCH See Bullish Gains, But Still a Far Cry from All-Time Highs

Bitcoin and the top altcoins ETH, XRP, and BCH has seen impressive surges in recent times but the latter three still has a long way from beating their ATH records…

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The past week is significant for most cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC) that surged to a new high in 2020, rising by about 110% since its last halving to $18,497.77 at the time of writing. The Bitcoin surge was also followed by the top altcoins Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) making impressive bullish runs.

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The movement seen amongst the three altcoins in a way suggests that the adoption of cryptocurrencies seen in the past days, weeks, and months is not primarily centered on Bitcoin alone.

While the growth in the price of Ethereum can be linked to the increasing surge in the performance of decentralized finance DApps built on the network, the strong moves in XRP and BCH may be attributed to their strong fundamentals as a means of payment respectively.

Over the past 24 hours, ETH has risen 6.4% with 17.4% in the past week and bolstered by a gain of 31.4% in the past month. At the time of writing, ETH is trading at $543.01 according to Coingecko. XRP on the other hand is seeing some of the strongest moves ever in recent times with a gain of 74% in the past 14 days, 61.3% in the past week, and 22.9% over the past 24 hours to trade at $0.433192.

BCH is not left behind in this massive price movement; It has gained 7.3% in the past 30 days 12.1% in the past week and 10.2% in the past 24 hours and currently trading at $287.4 at press time.

Large Gains But Not High Enough

Despite the impressive gains seen by these top altcoins, they are still a far cry from hitting and surpassing their all-time highs. This metrics is in comparison to Bitcoin that is currently trading at $18,497.77 and is just 6.3% away from its all-time high of $19,665.39 set on December 16, 2017, as drafted from data obtained by Coingecko.

The journey to surpass this all-time high is likely as the US dollar is fated to fall the more even with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and BTC projected to surge further in 2021.

ETH is up 237% year-over-year but still has a very long way to go to beat its all-time high (ATH) of $1,448.18 set on January 13, 2018. XRP is 87.4% away from beating its ATH of $3.40 attained on January 07, 2018, and BCH is 92.4% away from hitting its ATH of $3,785.82 set on December 20, 2017.

With the moves made by these coins, the journey to beating their own ATH records will be a major milestone to watch.

Source: https://blockchain.news/news/eth-xrp-bch-bullish-gains-still-far-cry-all-time-highs

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Crypto Market Roundup: Top Earners and Losers for Today

Cardano and The Graph are the top gainers today, while the performance of Shiba Inu and IoTex hit the worst to become the biggest losers today.

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The selling pressure in the global crypto market was stumped on Friday as several coins began paring off their losses from the previous day.

Bitcoin’s market strides were visible as the largest cryptocurrency surged 1.72% to $46,146.24 at the time of writing. Ethereum (ETH) is also favoured by the bulls, inching a 3.04% gain to $3,237.66, according to CoinMarketCap.

Amidst the broader rise in price, here are the top gainers and losers for today, August 13.

Top Gainers

The Graph (GRT) is leading the altcoin surge today after the coin’s buyers pushed the price to $0.9413, atop an 18.30% gain. At this pace, The Graph is on track to break the $1 resistance level and journey down toward its 90-day high of $1.42. The Graph’s use case permits an increased embrace. It plays a role as an indexing protocol for querying data for networks like Ethereum and IPFS, supporting many applications in DeFi and the broader Web3 ecosystem.

Meanwhile, Cardano (ADA) has also shifted its price to its highest price gains of all time, surging above the $2 psychological level for the first time in 3 months. With several test nets deployed, the coin has enjoyed increased sentiment from buyers as the broader digital currency ecosystem prepares for the arrival of the Alonzo upgrade that will aid the emergence of smart contracts and DApps on the Cardano blockchain. The token has been tagged as undervalued. However, we may begin to see the coin’s true worth come to life with the new upgrade.

Top Losers

The majority of the tokens are paring off their losses. However, meme token Shiba Inu (SHIB) is the biggest loser amongst the altcoins topping the chart after inking a 0.50% slip in price to $0.00000795. IoTex (IOTX) was down 3.36% to $0.1102 during the intraday.

The momentum in the market may drive in such buying volatility that will stir these coins off the red zones. The global crypto market is currently on track to re-register a $2 trillion market cap to cover the weekend.

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The Graph (GRT) is leading the altcoin surge today after the coin’s buyers pushed the price to $0.9413, atop an 18.30% gain. At this pace, The Graph is on track to break the $1 resistance level and journey down toward its 90-day high of $1.42. The Graph’s use case permits an increased embrace. It plays a role as an indexing protocol for querying data for networks like Ethereum and IPFS, supporting many applications in DeFi and the broader Web3 ecosystem.

Source: https://blockchain.news/analysis/crypto-market-roundup-top-earners-and-losers-today

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Ethereum is Expected to Undergo a 90% Daily Emission Reduction Following ETH 2.0 Upgrade

Market analyst Lark Davis believes that Ethereum 2.0 upgrade will prompt a 90% daily emission reduction from 12,800 to 1,280.

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Ethereum (ETH) was up by 9.72% in the past week to breach the psychological price of $2K during intraday trading. ETH’s price stood at $2,056 as the second-largest cryptocurrency continues to gain momentum.

Market analyst Lark Davis believes that the upgrade of Ethereum 2.0 will prompt a 90% daily emission reduction from 12,800 to 1,280. He explained:

“The other wildly important aspect of The Merger is that ETH will undergo a 90% reduction in daily emission. Basically from 12,800 a day to 1,280 a day. Yearly inflation from 4.3% down to 0.43%. This is equivalent to 3 Bitcoin halvings, and is only months away.”

Ethereum 2.0, also known as the Beacon Chain, was launched in December 2020 and was regarded as a game-changer that seeks to transit the current proof-of-work (POW) consensus mechanism to a proof-of-stake (POS) framework.

Davis also noted that Ethereum would experience “Triple Halving” as part of the ETH 2.0 upgrade, a highly significant economic event for the asset’s price in the coming years.

Ethereum whales cumulatively hold 60.52 million ETH

According to on-chain metrics provider Santiment:

“Ethereum whales that hold between 10k and 1 million ETH in their respective wallets now own a cumulative total of 60.52m coins. This is the highest amount held by this tier since in 5 weeks, and represents a 1.65million ETH accumulation in the past 6 days.”

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Therefore, ETH whales continue investing in this asset, which indicates high confidence levels.

Ethereum has been making headlines based on its notable strides. For instance, ETH has had an impressive return on investment (ROI) of 171% this year compared to tech stocks like Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple. Furthermore, Davis had previously noted that Ethereum was settling three times more value on-chain than Bitcoin daily.

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“The other wildly important aspect of The Merger is that ETH will undergo a 90% reduction in daily emission. Basically from 12,800 a day to 1,280 a day. Yearly inflation from 4.3% down to 0.43%. This is equivalent to 3 Bitcoin halvings, and is only months away.”

Source: https://blockchain.news/analysis/ethereum-is-expected-undergo-a-90-percent-daily-emission-reduction-following-eth-2.0-upgrade

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South Korea Authorities Seizes $47M in Crypto from Tax Evaders

South Korean authorities have made the largest crypto seizures in the country’s history. $47 million in digital currencies have been confiscated.

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Authorities in the South Korean province of Gyeonggi have conducted the largest tax seizures ever, seizing $47 million in Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).


According to the coverage reported by the Financial Times, the seizure involved about 12,000 tax evaders. The authority has called the action the largest “cryptocurrency seizure for back taxes in Korean history.”

Those “tax dodgers” committed the crime by connecting their trading or investment activities on trading platforms operating in the country with their phone numbers. The process, though rigorous, had to be done manually as crypto exchanges were unable to fully provide the Know-Your-Customer (KYC) details of the defaulting taxpayers. In addition, the FT report was unclear which digital currency trading platform was involved in the investigation.

South Korea has a robust cryptocurrency trading engagement amongst its citizens, and the country has been making moves to implement accomodating regulations. One of these is the law passed by the Korean National Assembly in March 2020. This law mandates cryptocurrency exchanges to take down customer’s details through KYC and obtain licenses to operate from banks.

While big exchanges such as UpBit have been able to comply, other smaller trading platforms have had their struggles in complying, a situation that was compounded by financial institutions dissociating from crypto exchanges. Besides these, South Korea has long been mulling enforcing a 20% capital gains tax on cryptocurrencies, all of which will be made easier with compliant crypto exchanges.

South Korea is one of the more receptive countries to blockchain and cryptocurrency-related innovations. While crypto has thrived in the country in the past decade, the government is taking bold steps to develop its own Central Bank Digital Currency, the Digital Won. Despite its soft stance, however, the nation has zero-tolerance for fraud amongst crypto entities, as showcased in the ongoing raid of Bithumb exchange amidst a broad fraud investigation.

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Source: https://blockchain.news/news/south-korea-authorities-seizes-47m-in-crypto-from-tax-evaders

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