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Why Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is underrated

This is gonna get downvoted for sure, but I'll still post it.
First off, I know. You possibly hate it because you've heard :
Or you either hate Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash because of the conflict between both or because of [insert your crypto] that you like the most.
I've seen countless posts here in CryptoCurrency BitcoinMarkets , especially Bitcoin about how Bitcoin Cash is a takeover and how Roger Ver is evil and how it will be replaced by XRB, IOTA, etc etc.
First off, I'd like to say that Bitcoin Cash wasn't supposed to exist at all, the scaling debate wasn't also supposed to exist and /btc wasn't also supposed to. It all changed in 2015 from /Bitcoin started to censor posts that did not agree with what they wanted to do.
Everyone there supported big blocks, even Theymos and Adam Back before the censorship and manipulation started. Today you can see what's happening there.
First they said, No one is forced to use SegWit and SegWit will solve the scaling issue.
Today the adoption rates for SegWit is low and it does not at all solve the scaling issue.
The Lightning network was supposed to be out in December 2016 Q1/Q2 but as of today it isn't even working. All we hear is "test works". It isn't actually already implemented. We don't even know if it works.
To even get people to actually support it they had to censor pro-bigblocks posts or any question that they feel is a threat.
Everyone says to "HODL" here for BTC and all cryptocurrencies. Correct me if I am wrong, but how is only "HODL" a solution ? If everyone HODL then how is it a currency at all ? It also cannot be a store of value since a store of value also has other purposes. Gold is a store of value, it has other uses such as it can be used for earrings, airplanes, wedding rings, etcetc.
The fee for a Bitcoin transaction is ranging from $15-$40. 80% of the world can't afford that since they have a income less then $10 a day, and I'm pretty sure even a person that earns $20/hr in America wouldn't want to pay that much fees for a transaction.
Bitcoin Cash has the following :
Bitcoin Cash has been attacked since the last year when plans were there for the hard fork(before it was called "Bitcoin XT"). Everyday you can see people attacking it, but the attack is actually insulting people such as Roger Ver, Jihan Wu, CSW, John McAfee. Yet it managed to survive and is growing now.
The arguments here at CryptoCurrency I see are "XRB and IOTA (and other coins)will replace and solve the problem, they can scale globally". These coins were pre-mined and they are centralized. I saw everyone here attacking XRP when the price went up, but it seems everyone here seems to be supporting XRB/IOTA which are also centralized.
Another one is "It's so complicated, I've decided to invest in [insert crypto] because of the drama. Blockstream was paid off by AXA group and other companies/groups to ruin Bitcoin. The same people that are in the Bitcoin Core team also are in Blockstream and /Bitcoin. It can happen to any other cryptocurrency also, not just this one.
I know that /btc can be toxic at times, but let's face it. Nothing is perfect. /Bitcoin is worse, toxic and censored, even /CryptoCurrency could be toxic at times.
Coins like IOTA, XRB are recommended here but they are very new. Everyone is buying and HODLING, but isn't actually using it. There's only 1 developer team and the nodes are run from the developer teams. Sure, they do have a plan to become decentralized, but is it yet working and is it proven that it's good ?
Think of it like this : Cars exist already, airplanes have been tested to work. Should we use the airplanes or wait for a teleporter that we don't know is going to work?
The Bitcoin Core developers first created the problem, then used censorship to tell everyone what they should do when the solution was simple, to increase the blocksize. So many people had to lose money since they paid a lot of fees. Some can't even get their BTC out of their wallet.
Bitcoin Cash is being accepted by many stores today, it is actually being used as a currency. It actually works.
I know you may not like Roger Ver because he sold firecrackers, you heard he got banned from multiple attempts of the US VISA (he actually didn't, that was a lie). But how's that relevant to Roger Ver promoting, supporting, investing and creating products for Bitcoin Cash ?
If Roy Moore tomorrow supports [insert your favourite crypto] does that mean Roy Moore created the cryptocurrency and you won't use it ?
I am making this post because literary I see nearly everyone here downvoting pro-BCH content, calling evidence of Core's takeover bullshit when it's actually evidence and keep saying lies about it. Bitcoin Cash is not doomed, it is still growing. People DO want to use it.
We do need cryptocurrency decentralized because the Banks keep printing more money which causes inflation and makes life harder for all of us. College, Food, Shopping, gets expensive every year. We all will end up in debts if we don't have a good decentralized currency. Bitcoin Cash is NOT perfect but it's still the closest we can get for decentralization. It's okay if there are better ideas, but they should work and have adoption and be actually used as a currency.
We all can co exist but we can't co exist peacefully if we cannot handle the harsh truth of every cryptocurrency. Be it centralized or not , we should be able to give the correct facts and the truth. If we don't then we all will end up hating each other, personally attack each other and people may not use cryptocurrencies.
Coins should compete each other, we should wish for [insert coin you like] to grow and become better instead on hating. Right now I see that a lot of us have a very hated response on coins such as BCH such as "Bcash is run by jihan" or "Bcash is a attempt to ruin Bitcoin".
We need to keep the community (all cryptocurrencies) together and friendly. We should not let people divide and conquer us to cause chaos in cryptocurrencies.
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Note on the Flash Crash:
On August 18th the Bitcoin market experienced a flash crash on a number of exchanges, led by Bitfinex. It appears, according to swap data there was a number of large positions which closed in tandem causing a whipsaw effect, accelerated by market panic. Thankfully it does appear this was an isolated issue, and not a fundamental break down of the market. The price touched $160s on Bitfinex, and has since recovered to the $230 region, signaling this may have been entirely a result of an issue with an exchange or exchanges. We’ll know more in the coming days, but at this time we believe this to be the case. We’ve selected Bitstamp for our charts, as it did not have as drastic a reaction which can affect technical analysis.
Fundamental Analysis:
The entire setup of the market is clouded with bearish sentiment amplified the impacts of the BitLicense and the news of the first Bitcoin-XT Block being mined. Here is a review of what has happened fundamentally in the market over the past week and a half. On a global scale, the acceptance of Bitcoin in many countries has been on the rise as weaker economies are evidently turning to cryptocurrencies as their exit option, indicated by the increase in the trading volumes of Latin American Countries. The high inflation rate and unstable economy in countries like Argentina and Brazil have caused a massive surge in the trading volumes of Bitcoins in Latin America increasing more than 120%. This might be a reverberation from the increased number of newly registered users in Greece over the past few weeks which increased by 600%. In Europe, despite Germany’s recent negative press about Greek bailout, Berlin remains one of the major attractions for Venture Capitalists, with Bitcoin Startups and the overall ecosystem continuing to prosper. With more than $2.2 Billion invested in startups in Germany and a considerable percentage of them being Bitcoin startups, the future of cryptocurrency in Germany looks promising.
The surprise “one off depreciation” of the Yuan by the People’s Bank of China early in the week led to price divergences and limited bull runs in USD and CNY exchanges as people invested with Yuan saw the Bitcoin market as a good hedging opportunity. Adding to the already strengthening sentiment of growing Venture Capital investments in bitcoin, Japanese exchange ‘bitFlyer’ was able to raise $4 million for their next round of funding, despite the ripples caused by the arrest of Mark Karpeles, former CEO of Mt Gox earlier this month. Bitcoin got a boost from more traditional finance firm PricewaterhouseCooper’s which promoted the use of Bitcoin and Blockchain Technologies for its clients. The report stated categorically that Cryptocurrencies open the door for revolutionary technological possibilities and would disrupt the existing financial Industry in a positive way. With things going awry after the BitLicense debacle, the long awaited Gemini Exchange is a ray of hope for the residents of New York with the Winklevoss twins filing the paperwork for operating an exchange in New York in accordance with the new policies.
Edward Snowden’s statements about bitcoin, particularly saying that the technology is inherently flawed citing the ‘51 % mining attack’ as a structural weakness problem created negative sentiment in mainstream press. On the positive side, he added that the basic principles of systems based on decentralized tokenization models might continually provide more value to society. In the midst of the negative mainstream sentiment Bitcoin XT released their completed version of the software on the 15th of August. Unfortunately, many mainstream articles surfaced calling the first Bitcoin-XT block meaning Bitcoin has forked. On one hand it is a vote for the change in protocol, but the network, almost exclusively, continue to run on the core implementation. Predictions say the full switch could happen mid-2016, but the exaggerated news has had a short term impact on the mainstream perception of Bitcoin and potentially the market.
While things were already looking tight because of BitLicense, The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), has issued a new ruling stating startups seeking to tokenize commodities for Blockchain based trading have to be licensed in all the 50 states. On the heels of new regulation, SABR, a New York Based startup has just raised one million dollars to fulfill its goal of providing law enforcement with a view beneath the surface of multiple block chains. SABR aims to detect and prevent bitcoin and other digital currencies being used for illicit purposes. How these developments in regulation and security will help or harm the bitcoin community will be seen in due time.
Technical Analysis:
Long Term:
On a weekly scale, the market has been predominantly sideways with choppy moves from 255-271, until finally completing the bearish arc of the sideways swing by breaking the support zone around 250 and trading at 220 levels. The Bollinger bands in the weekly chart still remain parallel showing that the market is in the expected zone and judging by the regression lines, is setting up for a bull trend after consolidation. On a long term scale, taking a position right now for a long term trade would be premature as the sentiment in the market is not clear. The RSI is approaching the oversold region while the MACD just took a bearish turn without crossing the zero line. The proper indication for setting up long term trades would be reading the setup of the market in terms of 5 SMA and Bollinger bands. As soon as both Bollinger Bands and the 5 SMA become trending in the upward direction after significant consolidation, entering into trades with a long term plan is more justified. Proper entry points for such trades would be around the 217 region with stops below 214. If the market is trending, possible exit points could be 255, 271 and 317.
If the market breaks to the downside, breaking the support zone at 217, weekly lower Bollinger band and previous swing lows are possible targets.
If we look at the daily chart, the break of the zone of support around 250-255 signaled move in the market that has the run the price down to 221. The reversal was very quick with less volume, showing that the 217-220 zone is a good support zone which can be tested soon because of the still trending bearish setup in the daily chart. With the Bollinger bands and SMA’s pointing downwards, the setup is going to remain bearish for some time until a base of consolidation is formed. The descending triangle as shown in the daily chart between the downward trendline and support line at 217 might result in higher volumes being traded in the coming days. In which direction the break out would be or the setup would change will depend on how the market approaches the vertex of the triangle. The MACD is showing a bearish signal in the short term and the RSI crossed 30 into the oversold region but is now coming close to leaving the oversold region. In the medium term, it appears that it is going to be bearish/sideways for some time.
A trade setup shorting at the 5 SMA cross and looking for positions on the retracements was a good opportunity during the sell off.
Short term:
The market crashed by a huge percentage on Tuesday when the trading price of Bitcoin dropping to the 160s on some exchanges, although Bitstamp did not have as severe a reaction. Though it was immediately backed by a green retracement candle, the sentiment is predominantly bearish even in the 240 minute chart with little corrections. The market is expected to trade in this range for some time before either consolidating and going for a reversal or crashing down further. Some of the good trades in this range would be picking longs on the support level until the market closes in on the triangle as shown on the daily chart. Shorting around the lower Bollinger band, and 5 SMA with expectation of a crash down back to the 217 levels could also be profitable, although these trades have to be done with a tight stop loss.
Sentiment Analysis:
The overall sentiment of the market has continued bearish with BitLicense and “Bitcoin Forking” leading the way. However, the sentiment on the banking front is picking up speed with Visa deploying a block chain research team on the 12th August in Bangalore to study the possible applications of the Blockchain. Deutsche Bank has recently backed Blockchain Technology and bitcoins by making some positive statements about how bitcoins hold the key for the future of financial services. Another positive enforcer to the sentiment is Blockchain.info has exceeded 4 million users. With companies like BitX and ecoins making payment through bitcoins via debit cards infrastructure possible, further research to adapt bitcoin to the existing financial system and other applications seems more likely. Continued adoption by European merchants and an Indonesian crowd funding platform accepting bitcoins, gives hope that bitcoin is slowly gaining a grip on the traditional financial world. It’s still unsure about how the forking news will affect the price of Bitcoin. Major exchanges like Bitfinex have said the major exchanges will come together in agreement if a major shift happens, as there main concern is supporting as many customers as possible.
Developments in Blockchain:
The Blockchain is may play a key role in the Music Industry. Revelator builds software that allows artists and record labels to manage, track and market their music all from one application. The company sees the blockchain as an opportunity to simplify music rights, which remain complicated and difficult to verify, with a new Intellectual Property (IP) management system that will allow artists to register their works on an immutable ledger. They have partnered with Colu for this project.
On another front, ItBit has revealed details about the Bankchain project, a private consensus based ledger system aimed at providing enterprise financial solutions. With this, the New York based exchange has joined other Blockchain firms which are trying to seek the attention of banks that want to utilize the efficiencies of distributed Blockchain technology with private blockchains.
The past week and a half has majorly been a week of innovation where ‘ecoin’ and ‘BitX’ have launched Hybrid debit cards. These debit cards are aimed to facilitate interchangeable payments in bitcoins or fiat currencies. ecoin plans to merge the bitcoin infrastructure with the existing financial climate, by taking a widely accepted form of payment like debit cards and combining it with Bitcoin to create a new Hybrid Cryptocurrency debit card. BitX is working on technology so users can also spend bitcoin offline without any internet connection. BitX and ZAZOO have announced this partnership that enable BitX users to use VCpay which works as an alternative for plastic cards.
Another interesting development is the BitcoinAlert Project, with the BitcoinAlert app that analyzes the prices historically and alerts about prices to buy or sell bitcoins. But the Technological development that trumped everything else this week would have to be ‘Filament’. Filament has raised $5 million in series A funding led by Bullpen capital, Verizon Ventures and Samsung Ventures. Filament is a decentralized IoT software stack that uses the bitcoin blockchain to enable devices to hold unique identities on a public ledger. By creating a smart device directory, Filament's IoT devices will be able to securely communicate, execute smart contracts and send microtransactions.
Article with the charts can be found here: http://www.benzinga.com/news/15/08/5779058/bitcoin-flash-crashed-this-week
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