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Senator Elizabeth Warren Takes a Jibe at Crypto Ecosystem’s Unpredictable Gas Fees

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), known for her skepticism of the digital currency ecosystem has taken new jibes at the cryptocurrency industry, citing a number of inconsistencies that make the nascent digital trading world unhealthy for the average investor.

Speaking in a Tuesday hearing of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs with Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler, Sen Warren pointed out that “High, unpredictable fees can make crypto trading really dangerous for people who aren’t rich.”

Her context was centered on the usage of Decentralized Finance (DeFi) products which she deemed was very ‘risky’ based on the fact that many of them have not registered with the SEC. According to her, this implies that the startups are not regulated, a situation that does not protect investors. The Senator also observed that transaction costs can be unbearable in the period of extreme price action, such as those experienced when Bitcoin recorded a flash crash in the past week.

“The fee to swap between two crypto tokens on the Ethereum network was more than $500,” She noted. “In the face of these high, unpredictable fees, small investors could easily get jammed and wiped out entirely.”

Current Crypto Market Is Not Pushing for Inclusion

Senator Warren also posits that the digital currency ecosystem of today is not pushing broad inclusion which is what financial innovation should be all about.

“Advocates say crypto markets are all about financial inclusion, but the people who are most economically vulnerable are the ones who are most likely to have to withdraw their money the fastest when the market drops […] high, unpredictable fees can make crypto trading really dangerous for people who aren’t rich,” She added.

The American Senate is filled with a mixture of proponents and skeptics when it comes to the nascent world of digital currencies. Senator Warren is known for the latter, and she came under fire from the digital currency ecosystem back in July amidst the controversial hearing of the President Biden Infrastructure Bill Hearing. Back then, the Senator said the crypto ecosystem is being controlled by “some shadowy, faceless group of super-coders and miners,” who often have ulterior motives.

One of the Bitcoin proponents, Sen Cynthia Lummis defended the digital ecosystem from her colleague back then, however, the position and interest of Senator Warren are still haunting the growing industry with the latest comments. In His testimony to the Senators, Chairman Gensler urges Crypto stakeholders to come in and talk to the SEC team, so as to find a way to bring a more encompassing oversight into the industry.

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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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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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