NASDAQ Suffers Fourth Straight Weekly Loss

The three major indexes experienced a roller-coaster week that saw the NASDAQ fall -2.3% for the week marking its fourth straight week of losses as the tech sell-off continued. The DOW and the S&P 500 fell -1.1% and -1.2% this week, respectively.

Early in the week, the NASDAQ fell over -5%, with the DOW dropping nearly 1,200 points from Monday to Wednesday. The S&P 500 was unable to escape the broad sell-off losing -4% itself.

However, the market fought back to close daily trading in the green on Friday, with the DOW climbing 360.68 points or +1.1%, to 34,382.13. The S&P 500 gained +1.5% to 4,173.85, and the NASDAQ, the relative underperformer for the week, snapped back by +2.3% to 13,429.98. Continue reading "NASDAQ Suffers Fourth Straight Weekly Loss"

Why Everyone Should Own (A Little) Bitcoin

You don’t have to dig very deep to notice that when people talk about cryptocurrencies and the blockchain, they’re usually talking about Bitcoin (BTC).

In fact, to most people, BTC is synonymous with cryptocurrencies.

This huge popularity makes BTC the big player on the block. And with a recent price of $57,678 and a market capitalization of $1.1 trillion, investors are putting their money where their mouths are. And that’s having a dramatic effect on BTC price.

We’ll get into the nitty-gritty behind the best reasons for just about everyone to own at least a little Bitcoin in a sec.

But before we do, take a look at some of our prior installments on cryptocurrencies and the blockchain. We’ve talked about why you should own some cryptocurrency, what the blockchain and cryptocurrency mean to you, the basics of cryptocurrencies, and why they’re so important. They’ll help you get your head around the basics of cryptocurrencies like BTC and why they’re not as scary as they once were.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a digital currency that lives in a distributed ledger on a place called the blockchain. Because of this digital nature, it doesn’t exist in a physical state, like gold or currency. And because it lives in a distributed ledger system on the blockchain, a vast array of computers track and secure the currency using cryptography. The people that run these computers are paid a fee for securing the network and making sure the transactions are correct by solving complex mathematical problems. These people are called miners and form the backbone of the BTC ecosystem. Continue reading "Why Everyone Should Own (A Little) Bitcoin"

Ethereum ETFs Go Live In Canada

While US regulators still have not yet approved a single Bitcoin (the largest and most popular cryptocurrency) Exchange Traded Fund, the Canadian regulators have now begun to move past Bitcoin and are approving ETFs that focus on other cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum.

On April 20th, not one but three new cryptocurrencies’ ETFs began trading in Canada. The CI Galaxy Ethereum ETF (ETHX.U), the Purpose Ether ETF (ETHH.U), and the Ether ETF (ETHR.U) are all now available for purchase by anyone in Canada and any investor who has access to international investments.

Canada already has three Bitcoin ETFs, the CI Galaxy Bitcoin ETF (BTCX.U), the Purpose Bitcoin ETF (BTCC.U), and Evolve’s Bitcoin ETF (EBIT.U). When those ETFs were approved in Canada, it was big news, the same as now with the Ethereum ETFs trading hands.

Bitcoin is and was the first cryptocurrency that got this whole new world of money and technology started. So, it makes sense when it was the first crypto ETF. However, many industry experts believe Ethereum actually has more real-world applications and will improve people's lives to a great extent than Bitcoin will ever be able to achieve. The reason being is because Bitcoin was created to be a form of money using blockchain technology. However, Ethereum was created to help people decentralize certain tasks and allow users to perform tasks on a decentralized platform with more speed, accuracy, and less oversight but more security. Continue reading "Ethereum ETFs Go Live In Canada"

Bitcoin: Make It Or Break It

One of our readers requested the update on cryptos, including Ethereum, this week. Here we go.

The leading coin has taught us excellent lessons recently. I shared with you a bullish setup for Bitcoin a month ago. In the following update, I recommended to move the stop loss higher from $50k to $55k area to cut the risk after the breakout and increase the risk/reward ratio to sound 2.7.

The price indeed broke above the confirmation level of $61782 and quickly reached the new all-time high in the $65k area, but then it failed to advance.

Bitcoin

We have the first lesson here from the RSI. As we can see on the sub-chart, the indicator did not confirm the new all-time high as it established a lower peak instead. This built the Bearish Divergence then, and the outcome you already know, the price collapsed dramatically. Continue reading "Bitcoin: Make It Or Break It"

Disappointing Jobs Report And Record Highs

The S&P 500 and DOW jumped to record levels on Friday despite a disappointing April jobs report. The Labor Department said nonfarm payrolls increased by just 266,000 in April, far less than the 1 million total economists were expecting, according to Dow Jones. The unemployment rate rose to 6.1% last month amid an escalating shortage of available workers, higher than an expectation of 5.8%. Meanwhile, March's originally estimated total of 916,000 was revised down to 770,000.

As the market came to a close on Friday, the S&P 500 climbed +0.7% to 4,232.60, hitting a record high. The DOW rose 229.23 points or +0.7%, to 34,777.76 to reach another closing high, and the NASDAQ jumped +0.9% to 13,752.24. Continue reading "Disappointing Jobs Report And Record Highs"