Mati Greenspan, Senior Market Analyst at FX broker eToro, has provided his daily commentary on traditional and crypto markets for December 19, 2018.
- Crypto Market Rebound Due to Sentiment & Short Squeeze: The crypto market has gotten boosts from news that Tether has the reserves it claims, as well as an update from ICE, which is set to launch on January 24. Prices have seen a strong push off the floor due to short selling positions closing, creating upward pressure.
- Fed Expected to Raise Rates: In anticipation of a rate hike, Negative sentiments have swept through markets since October. At this point, the Fed will have to raise rates by the expected 0.25%, or it would project economic weakness.
- Ethereum Creator Lifts Struggling Dev Team: Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum, gave 1000 ETH to an Ethereum development team that was struggling to fund a full-time team.
Too late. The Fed’s time has come. Monetary tightening sends shivers down my spine. The economy is aching all the time. Goodbye quantitative easing. ZIRP has got to go. Gotta leave the President and the markets behind and face the truth.
Mama… this is the way the wind blows…
Today the US Federal Reserve is expected to raise their benchmark interest rate by 0.25%. Markets have been on edge since early October in anticipation of rising interest rates but at this point, it’s simply too late to back down. Anything but a full delivery of what economists are expecting would project weakness. Certainly, they’d prefer to spare us from this monstrosity.
Now for some perspective here’s a graph of the S&P500 over the last 50 years where each candle is three months. That last one was probably put aside by Beelzebub.
Leave it all Behind & Face The Truth
I don’t wanna die, and neither does the crypto market apparently. The price action over the last few days is clear evidence of that. There are two news stories, which people are pointing to that might be helping drive the positive sentiment.
Number one is this article from Bloomberg, who have done the research and found that Tether does indeed have the reserves promised.
The second is an update from ICE, who seems to be all set for their launch on January 24th (pending regulatory approval). The update is from a week ago, but the timing and dates in the note seem to line up with the market movements quite nicely.
Galileo Figaro Magnifico
Though Galileo loved to look at the moon, he also studied gravity. After all, market action is nothing more than practical physics.
Figaro managed to enter a legal contract of marriage despite harsh authoritative oversight.
And isn’t it magnifico how the crypto markets are moving lately?!
For those wondering why we’re seeing this awesome push from the floor, the only explanation I can give is that this rally is all about short covering.
Especially after the short squeeze, we saw on Monday, today’s action is simply a continuation of that. Markets are made of people and it’s likely that most people will be looking to reduce their exposure before the holidays.
Over the last few weeks, there have been a lot of high leveraged short positions building up and when those sell positions are closed, it creates upward pressure on market prices.
The evidence of this can be found hiding in plain sight.
Take a look at how Bitcoin Cash, which has probably been the most controversial of coins and many have blamed for the recent slide, is up about double of what the rest of the market has done today.
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