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Africa’s crypto market has grown by more than 1,200% since 2020: Chainalysis

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Digital analytics firm Chainalysis reported that the cryptocurrency market in Africa has grown significantly since last year in addition to the region having a larger share of overall retail transaction volume compared to the global average.

In a report released on Tuesday, Chainalysis said Africa’s crypto market increased in value by more than 1,200% between July 2020 and June 2021, with high adoption in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania. The company added that the popularity of P2P platforms could have been one of the driving factors toward greater crypto adoption in the region, given some countries have restricted or banned residents from sending money to exchanges through local banks.

According to Chainalysis, the entire continent received $105.6 billion worth of crypto between July 2020 and June 2021. Yet, it had a share of the market’s overall transaction volume made up of “retail-sized transfers” larger than any other region in the world — roughly 7% as opposed to the 5.5% global average. In addition, P2P platforms — including Paxful and LocalBitcoins — account for 1.2% of all crypto transactions in Africa.

“In many of these frontier markets, people can’t send money from their bank accounts to a centralized exchange, so they rely on P2P,” said Paxful co-founder and COO Artur Schaback. “Crypto products are getting more user friendly, so they can onboard more people into the crypto economy and help them see that crypto is faster, cheaper and more convenient.”

Other drivers for crypto adoption in the region may include remittances as a means to get around governments limiting the number of funds that people can send abroad. Many users in Africa may also be using crypto as a faster and cheaper way to pay for international commercial transactions and hodl their savings to avoid any possible fluctuations in the value of their fiat currency.

Related: South Africa’s financial regulator issues warning against Binance

Nigeria is planning to pilot its central bank digital currency, the eNaira, starting on Oct. 1. South Africa is also part of a joint initiative with Australia, Singapore and Malaysia to launch a fiat-pegged digital currency but has not yet released a possible start date to trial the CBDC.


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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/africa-s-crypto-market-has-grown-by-more-than-1-200-since-2020-chainalysis

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The key to Litecoin’s price resuming its ascent is…

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Disclaimer: The findings of the following analysis are the sole opinions of the writer and should not be considered investment advice

While Litecoin has seen two major breakouts since August, a horizontal channel continues to be relevant on its chart. To reclaim its movement within this pattern, a few criteria need to be met first.

For one, an immediate close above $163 would be crucial for a bullish outcome. From there, a close above $174 would allow bulls to overtake market control.

At the time of writing, LTC was trading at $154, down by 3.4% over the last 24 hours.

Litecoin Daily Chart

Source: LTC/USD, TradingView

Since early August, Litecoin has traded within the confines of a horizontal channel with two key breakouts. The first breakout inspired a rally to a local high of $233, but a broader market sell-off saw an immediate U-turn on the charts.

The second breakout saw LTC decline in value and shift to a near 2-month low of $144. To enable another recovery back into the channel, LTC needs to close above its first major resistance at $163. From there, a move above the lower trendline would push the price all the way up to the mid-point of the channel at $185.

However, this outlook would only hold up if LTC sees an immediate throwback over the next 48 hours. If the price fails to close above $163, some stabilization can be expected with $144 and $130 functioning as support lines.

For short-sellers, a close below $123.4 would offer interesting opportunities. However, some positions can be taken below $144 as well.

Reasoning 

Since LTC’s RSI was in oversold territory at press time, buyers could come to the rescue. Such a reaction was also observed on 8 September after which the RSI surged all way above 60. The MACD also flashed a few positives. The index was close to a favorable crossover and a bullish double bottom formation.

However, the Awesome Oscillator was yet to take up a favorable position and traded below the half-line. In doing so, it was positioned favorably for sellers. The next peak above the half-line would provide more clarity as far as the future of a bullish resurgence is concerned.

Conclusion 

Despite recent losses observed in LTC’s market, recovery did not seem a very far-fetched idea. Litecoin was trading above key support levels and buyers had a platform to respond to selling pressure.

A close above $163 would heighten the chances of a throwback within the pattern and allow LTC to maintain its bullish structure. If the $163-resistance denies a breakout, LTC’s horizontal channel would likely be negated. Fresher lows can be expected from that point.

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Altcoins see a 35% bounce after Bitcoin reclaims $43,000

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The sharp correction that threatened to pull Bitcoin and altcoin prices back toward their sing lows appears to have dissipated now that Evergrande informed investors that it intends to make an on-time payment on its debt. With global markets feeling reassured, major equities, Bitcoin and altcoins prices all saw a rebound at the market open.

After a swift drop below $40,000 on Sept.21, BTC now trades above $43,300 and Ether (ETH) has reclaimed the $3,000 level. Altcoins have also seen a strong recovery, with many posting up to 15% gains at the time of writing.

Top 7 coins with the highest 24-hour price change. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the biggest gainers over the past 24-hours were Livepeer (LPT), COTI (COTI) and Axie Infinity (AXS).

Livepeer lists on the Web3 Index

Livepeer is an Ethereum-based decentralized video streaming network that aims to be an alternative to traditional broadcasting solutions.

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for LPT on Sept. 21, prior to the recent price rise.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historical and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. LPT price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for LPT began to pick up on Sept. 20 and reached a high of 71 on Sept. 21, around 19 hours before the price spiked by 36% over the next day.

The jump in price for LPT comes following the launch of the Web3 Index which included Livepeer as one of the initial projects, helping to boost the visibility for the project.

COTI’s treasury releases its ‘tech’ whitepaper

COTI, an enterprise-grade fintech platform focused on decentralized payments, is the second-largest gainer of the past 24-hours.

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for COTI on Sept. 21, prior to the recent price rise.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. COTI price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for COTI climbed into the green on Sept. 2 and reached a high of 77 around 10 hours before the price spiked by 35% over the next day.

The recovery in the price of COTI comes following the release of the COTI treasury technological whitepaper and the token’s listing on Crypto.com.

Related: Avalanche recovers from Evergrande-led sell-off as AVAX rebounds over 30%

Axie Infinity rebounds after a prolonged downtren

Axie Infinity (AXS) is a blockchain-based, play-to-earn trading and battling game where users collect, breed, raise and battle in-game token-based creatures known as Axies.

According to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, market conditions for AXS have been favorable for some time.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. AXS price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for AXS was in the green zone for the majority of the past week and reached a peak of 82 on Sept. 20, around 24 hours before its price climbed 33% over the next day.

The jump in price for AXS followed the token’s listing on Bitfinex, an announcement that was registered by the Cointelegraph Markets Pro ‘NewsQuakes™’ alert system around 15 hours before its price began to rise.

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $1.921 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 42.3%.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.


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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/altcoins-see-a-35-bounce-after-bitcoin-reclaims-43-000

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Ethereum, Solana, VeChain Price Analysis: 22 September

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The entire cryptocurrency market has been facing severe bearishness over the past few weeks. The king of altcoins, Ethereum broke down below crucial support levels and would incur selling pressures from all around. That effect would automatically trickle down to the other smaller altcoins in the market like VeChain.

However, thanks to its recent rally, Solana seemed to be in a relatively better place to continue its upward trajectory if market sentiments improve.

Ethereum (ETH)

ETH/USD | Source: TradingView

Ever since the correction that happened on El Salvador’s Bitcoin Day ETH/USD has been trading in a very narrow range between $3100 to $3500. It had briefly broken out of the range, only to fall back down into it, before correcting even more.

This was a worrisome signal since it broke down (white arrow) below the descending triangle pattern on the chart as depicted by the pink lines. Ethereum prices also broke below the next support level of $2990 as depicted by the yellow trend line. So unless the prices are able to rally back from current levels to the range of $4000-$4400, the short term future for this counter remained bleak.

The Relative Strength Index dropped below 40 mark which would add to the selling pressure in this currency pair. The MACD, which suffered a bearish crossover a few weeks back entered the negative territory too. The prices have also moved significantly below the 20-day Moving Average line (marked in green) to further add to the bearishness.

Solana (SOL)

SOL/USD | Source: TradingView

Solana has been one of the best performing coins in the past month and a half and its rally propelled it to the seventh biggest coin by market capitalization. Since mid-August, 2021 it rallied nearly five times in price (blue channel), before correcting sharply a month later in line with the entire market and that correction turned into a bearish trend ever since.

Due to the nature of the recent rally, the only logical level of support for the prices would come near $20. However, if Solana prices are able to breakout of the white channel from current levels to above $160, the earlier rally may resume.

Despite the major correction over the past few days from $200 to current prices, indicators had turned extremely bearish yet. The Relative Strength Index remained near the 50 mark so there was still some bullishness.

The MACD which suffered a bearish crossover still remained well within the positive region as well. The prices however, broke down below the 20-day Moving Average (green) but again, it isn’t too far away to retest those levels. So overall, bullish sentiment in this particular coin still persisted.

VeChain (VET)

VET/USD | Source: TradingView

The VET/USD currency pair was extremely volatile and fell significantly from its all time highs. Since then it was trading within a very wide range however, a promising chart pattern was beginning to emerge for this particular coin.

A bullish cup and handle pattern was seen (white lines) and a breakout over $0.12-$0.16 can result in a major rally. The level of support for VeChain was around $0.06 and that should hold fine based on historical data.

Although, the indicators did not show as much enthusiasm on the bullish side. The Relative Strength Index touched 30 levels and currently was around 37 which was very weak. The MACD too breached the zero line and crossed over into the negative territory.

The prices also dropped below the 20-day Moving Average (green) over two weeks ago and were not able to break out of it ever since. So overall, this coin, much like many others in the market, faced the heat of extreme bearishness in the market and would require a convincing breakout over $0.16 to be bullish again.

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