Bitcoin price today: the 10th birthday is celebrated in red
Bitcoin price today: the 10th birthday is celebrated in red

Bitcoin price today: the 10th birthday is celebrated in red

By Federico Izzi - 3 Jan 2019

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On the 10th anniversary of the birth of bitcoin, today’s prices are in red, probably also due to the Proof of Keys initiative.

On January 3rd, 2009, at 18:15 UTC (19:15 Italian time) the first block was mined, defined at the time as Genesis, producing the first 50 BTCs in history. The block contained the text in hexadecimal code: “The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks”, a message that referred to the title of the first page of the British newspaper “The Times” of the same day.

Many attributed this phrase to a direct reference to the failure of the banking system, others to a way to certify the date of application of the first white paper in history, published on October 31st, 2008 by the revolutionary Satoshi Nakamoto.

Despite 340 funeral proclamations, false prophets, prohibitions, bankruptcy announcements and speculation, Bitcoin is not only still alive, it is also proving to be increasingly popular: central banks, financial giants and governments are under increasing pressure directly and indirectly from people who have become more aware of having a tool that can help the current financial system become even more fragile.

The past year has brought out Bitcoin’s Achilles’ heel: speculation, an aspect that for some years has aroused suspicion towards exchanges, allowing the use of uncontrolled levers and arbitrages between the various trading platforms

Proof of Keys slows trading volumes

For this reason, today was chosen as the day for the Proof of Keys initiative launched in recent months by journalist and entrepreneur Trace Mayer, with the aim of withdrawing bitcoin from the various exchanges around the world to proprietary wallets of which the users hold the private keys.

This is an action to raise awareness among bitcoin owners and at the same time verify the solvency of the exchanges, a way to determine that the broker is not cheating its users by using the funds improperly. An action similar to the so-called “bank run” feared by classic credit banks.

It may also be for the latter reason that today’s day is not very busy with the lowest average daily trades since last November 17th: less than 28 thousand bitcoin have been traded in the last 24 hours.

Total capitalisation remains above 130 billion dollars, with bitcoin above the threshold of 51% dominance.

Tron chart:

Tron (TRX) celebrates with +2%

Tron (TRX) is the only one of the Top 30 that today manages to move in positive territory by scoring a rise above the two percentage points. TRX benefits from the announcement of BitTorrent, the largest P2P protocol in the world controlled by the Tron Foundation, regarding the issuance of its own BTT token compatible with the TRC-10 protocol.

The token, aimed at enhancing and expanding content on the peer-to-peer network – according to BitTorrent CEO and founder of Tron, Justin Sun – will soon be available for sale on Binance.

Bitcoin chart:

Bitcoin (BTC) price, today’s bearish pressure worries operators

The weak day is testing the $3900 support, a key level in the medium term. Holding the support would provide a good chance of further extensions over the $4050-4100 area in the coming days.

On the other hand, going below $3700 would bring back bearish pressure and the possibility of new lows for this new year.

Ethereum chart:

Ethereum (ETH)

Yesterday’s bullish uptick pushed prices to a dangerous double weekly high in the $163.5 area.

The first time, on December 25th, prices retraced to the $116 area two days later. A possible return below 120 dollars in the next few days would not have the characteristics of a bullish signal. Better, therefore, to expect a consolidation between 150 and 130 dollars.          


Federico Izzi

Financial analyst and independent #trader – S.I.A.T. & partner. He operates actively on stock and derivatives markets (futures and options) since 1997. A precursor of cyclic-volumetric analysis he is known for having identified the most important upward and downward movements in the financial markets of recent years. He participates annually as a speaker at the ITForum in Rimini since the 2010 edition and InvestingRoma and Napoli since the first edition of 2015. He is a guest and market expert on the "Trading Room" and "Market Driver" broadcasts of Class CNBC, Borsa and on the evening news of Traderlink. Since July 2017 he is a permanent guest on LeFonti.TV, the only weekly national space dedicated to cryptocurrencies alongside the most important international experts in the field. He was interviewed as a cryptocurrency expert for Forbes Italia, Panorama, StartupItalia and DonnaModerna. He was recognized as the first Italian technical analyst to have published the first secular cyclic analysis on Bitcoin. Periodically publishes articles on ITForum News, Sole24Ore, MILANOFINANZA, TrendOnLine and Wall Street Italy. Federico Izzi is... "Zio Romolo".

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