Duitse Toezichthouder Verduidelijkt Verplichtingen Voor ICO-Exploitanten gevolge van de Verhoogde Rente

Duitse financiële toezichthouder herinnert ICO operators dat zij verantwoordelijk zijn voor de naleving van het land bestaande regelgeving “, zonder enige lacunes”. #NIEUWS

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Confusion reigns

Confusion reigns

In a market starved for significant news, the FOMC minutes provided just enough talking points to keep the dollar bid as US bond yields nudged towards crucial resistance levels.However, the Feds assortment of views on wage growth suggests the FOMC remains pliable during the transition phase from Yellen to Powell. In other words, the Feds stay in wait and see mode regarding inflation.

Of course, the market latched on to the dovish stuff as traders were partial to sell the dollar, but as is so often the case when interpreting the Feds exercise in verbal gymnastics, the market got it wrong. The FOMC minutes were eventually deemed slightly more hawkish after suggesting economic growth will surpass their estimates which caused STIRT traders to nudge rate hike expectations higher through 2018  and providing a bump to dollar sentiment. But given the lack of follow-through, the jury remains out.

The exciting part of the equation today will be the return of China investors which should provide a spark to regional sentiment. But the jury is out on the currency markets and in particular USDJPY which remains the primary vehicle to express currency sentiment.

So there lies the debate,  interest rate hawks preach the FOMC had not seen last week’s sharp inflation report while the doves suggest a need for a string of convincing inflation prints before moving to the four rate hike camp.

Bond Markets

The bond market is confused, but as my first boss on the BondDesk was always quick to remind me, when in doubt Sell.
Oil prices

Tumbling oil prices got a reprieve at the end of the day after American Petroleum Institute data showed a drop of 0.907 million barrels in US crude inventories. Given all the noise about a shale production ramp, Traders were expecting an increase in the warehouse when in reality improved pipeline infrastructure to the Gulf coast and the decreased supply via TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline, sent Cushing inventories tumbling.But the firming dollar continues to thwart investor sentiment despite the bullish inventory data.  By no means is the dollar returning to form so this upbeat inventory data could have some legs.

Gold Prices

It was a  meltdown in Gold markets overnight, and I’m not talking about scrap prices. But in reality, this should provide Gold investors with another opportunity to re-engage as the Fed fell well short of confirming a 4th rate hike in 2018. The minutes were more balanced in my view as the recent uptick in volatility will have as much bearing on Fed policy decision as the subtle rise in inflation.


The Euro

Disappointing price action from the long perspective continues to weigh on sentiment; bullish views continue to be challenged ahead of the Italian elections, as near-term convictions turn neutral to slightly bearish

The Japanese Yen

There remain substantial offers between 107.50-108 levels that are providing a cap on USDJPY, but Traders remains exceptionally cautious in either direction despite increasing signals for a structural demise in USD sentiment.While fiscal stimulus looks good on paper, we’re entering uncharted territory as the Fed pares back bond purchases while the Treasury issues absurd amounts of debt.
Malaysian Ringgit

We should anticipate more liquidity coming back to the market as mainland investor return. While we’re nowhere near a make or break scenario for the Ringgit, short-term sentiment remains tarnished by an unexpectedly faster rise in US bond yields. While this is mildly negative for local opinion, the main issue is investors are growing increasingly concerned about a quicker pace of interest rate normalisation from the Fed which could trigger regional capital outflow.

The FOMC minutes served up little more than a plate of confusion last night, so I expect G-10 along with Asia FX to remain in a state of limbo until Fed Chair Powell takes the podium later this month.

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BTC Update. Support has dropped, but ascension may remain.

BTC Update. Support has dropped, but ascension may remain.

Bitcoin / Dollar BITFINEX:BTCUSD

Ascending channel meets strong resistance point.

Has bounced of fib and will hopefully continue until meeting resistance point again (Technicals currently indicate buy)

Watch for break of support line and update stops often

Note: BTC             had an identical scenario earlier in the ascending channel when it met strong resistance point and continued to soar. Anything is possible

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NTGUSD prediction for this month

NTGUSD prediction for this month


As you can see on the chart, this strong support line marked in red has 4 monthly wicks coming into contact with it and all being rejected above the 2.74 level marked in blue. No different for this months candle imo             , TP @ 2.7 – Positions opened @ 2.56 and buying any dips

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You Can Now Use the Payment Protocol-Compatible BRD (Bread) Wallet for Error-Free Payments to BitPay Merchants

Two months ago, we started requiring Payment Protocol wallets for BitPay invoice payments. It only took a couple of weeks to achieve our goal of nearly eliminating underpayments, overpayments, and late payments for BitPay merchants and their customers.

In the meantime, we’ve been working to help more wallets in the bitcoin ecosystem become fully compatible with Payment Protocol. Our developers recently created a simplified JSON Payment Protocol interface to make it more straightforward for wallets to adopt Payment Protocol. We’ve also been able to welcome the Payment Protocol-compatible Bitcoin.com wallet to the list of compatible wallets for BitPay payments.

Now, we’re excited to announce that BRD Wallet is the newest wallet to become fully compatible for scanning Payment Protocol QR codes. BRD (Bread) is a wallet for Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum. BRD has long been one of our most highly recommended true bitcoin wallets, alongside the BitPay and Copay wallets.

With its own new, improved implementation of Payment Protocol, the BRD wallet is perfect for paying any BitPay merchant without risk of underpayments, overpayments, and refunds.

Read our original blog post on why we are adopting a Payment Protocol requirement for BitPay payments.

Wallet developer? Check out BitPay’s new JSON interface for a simpler Payment Protocol implementation.

View all of the wallets which are compatible with BitPay invoices and Payment Protocol.

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Gold in Holding Pattern Ahead of Federal Reserve Minutes

Gold is steady in the Wednesday session, following sharp losses on Tuesday. In North American trade, the spot price for an ounce of gold is $1329.08, down 0.05% on the day. On the release front, all eyes are on the Federal Reserve, which will release the January minutes later in the day. Earlier, Existing Home Sales disappointed, dropping to 5.38 million. This was well short of the estimate of 5.61 million. On Thursday, the US will release unemployment claims.

Gold prices remain under pressure, as the metal has lost 1.5% this week, erasing much of last week’s gains. Concerns that strong US numbers could stoke inflation and more rate hikes sparked the recent turbulence in global stock markets. This has triggered volatility in gold, as gold prices are sensitive to moves (or expected moves) in interest rates. The Fed is currently projecting three rate hikes this year, but if inflation continues to move upwards, many analysts are expecting that the Fed could press the rate trigger four, or even five times in 2018. Traders should be prepared for some movement from gold later in the North American session, as the minutes could provide some clues regarding future rate policy.

It’s been a busy start for Jerome Powell, who has just commenced his stint as chair of the Federal Reserve. Strong US data in recent weeks has raised speculation that the Fed may need to accelerate the pace of interest rate hikes in 2018.  Meanwhile, concern over higher inflation and more rate hikes sent the stock markets into a frenzy earlier in February. Powell sought to reassure the markets that the Fed was monitoring the situation, but it’s doubtful that the Fed can do much to prevent volatility in the markets.

XAU/USD Fundamentals

Wednesday (February 21)

  • 9:45 US Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 55.4. Actual 55.9
  • 9:45 US Flash Services PMI. Estimate 53.8. Actual 55.9
  • 10:00 US Existing Home Sales. Estimate 5.61M. Actual 5.38M
  • 14:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes

Thursday (February 22)

  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 230K

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

XAU/USD for Wednesday, February 21, 2018

XAU/USD February 21 at 12:35 EST

Open: 1329.66 High: 1333.04 Low: 1325.27 Close: 1329.08


XAU/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1260 1285 1307 1337 1375 1416
  • XAU/USD posted losses in the Asian and European sessions. The pair continues to lose ground in North American trade
  • 1307 is providing support
  • 1337 has switched to a resistance role following losses from XAU/USD on Tuesday
  • Current range: 1307 to 1337

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1307, 1285 and 1260
  • Above: 1337, 1375, 1416 and 1433

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

XAU/USD ratio is showing slight movement towards short positions. Currently, short positions have a majority (60%), indicative of trader bias towards XAU/USD breaking out and moving lower.

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.

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Short Bitcoin RSI Divergence

Short Bitcoin RSI Divergence

Bitcoin / Dollar BITSTAMP:BTCUSD

On the daily chart there is a shooting star signalling a turning point, price managed to reach the 50% fibs.

H4 shows rsi divergence and a break of the trend or recent swing low could see a retest of the recent neckline of the inverse head and shoulders .

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