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Why some cryptocurrency exchanges offer prices different from the actual price and How to take advantage

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Why some cryptocurrency exchanges offer prices different from the actual price and How to take advantage

One common question I usually meet is why cryptocurrency exchanges offer different prices from the actual price of an underlying asset. Interestingly, many people are not aware of these disparities in prices among exchanges.

Let us take Bitcoin, for example. As at the 24 June 2019, 10:32 AM (GMT), this was how four different exchanges priced Bitcoin (BTC/USD)

Bitfinex = $10,963

Bitstamp = $10,917

Binance = $10,935

Coinbase = $10,915.

The above-listed figures were the prices of Bitcoin on four leading exchanges on the same day and at the same time. This takes us back to the question, “why do different exchanges have different prices for an underlying asset?”

 (Not just Bitcoin)

Reasons for the Difference in Prices.

One of the reasons why this situation exists in the cryptocurrency market is the lack of a standard price for cryptocurrencies. 

There is no usual price for a digital asset. Bitcoin is not connected to a single exchange, and obviously, all exchanges are not the same. Cryptocurrencies are not backed by gold or any fiat and are not controlled by any centralized authority.

What this means is that there is no agreed pricing system for digital assets. For this reason, exchanges may determine the prices based on their market mechanism or invisible forces.

This brings us to another question, which is, “since there is no standard price for cryptocurrencies, then what determines the price?”

The answer is simple. The trading volume or the interplay of demand and supply of an exchange platform determines the price in a particular moment.

There is no fixed or fair price anywhere. Most of the websites that display cryptocurrency prices including Google show the average or aggregate price from the leading exchanges, whilst the rest pick their feed from Coinbase or maybe CoinmarketCap. 

How to Take Advantage.

Some traders use this strategy, but the profit may not be as huge as you may expect. Checking from the difference in prices in different exchanges as listed above, you can buy Bitcoin or any supported asset at a lower price and sell them at an exchange that offers a higher price for them. However, you should make sure that the percentage difference in prices is not less than the percentage difference in transaction fees.

In other words, make sure the transaction fee and trading fee do not exceed the profit you make from these transactions.

 Some traders also use a software called “Trading Arbitrage” to make profits from the imbalance in the price of a digital asset. You can read about it and start with this trading strategy.

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Peter Schiff Warns Of A Possible Crash Of Bitcoin Below $2,000

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Peter Schiff Warns Of A Possible Crash Of Bitcoin Below $2,000

Peter Schiff, a stockbroker, and financial commentator took to Twitter recently to voice his opinion on the direction of BTC. Though he said the crypto asset is on his way to $6K, however, warns that things can go worse, driving price below to $2K.

A Possible Crash Below $2,000 For Bitcoin (BTC)

Peter Schiff, is known for his love for gold while exhibiting intense hate for bitcoin. However, he has kept an eye on bitcoin, updating the community about its impending crashes to prove his point that bitcoin is worthless.

Though he admitted possessing some bitcoin, his recent tweet still shows he doesn’t see the asset as a wise choice for smart investors.

Peter Schiff, in his recent tweet, expressed how horrible things were looking for bitcoin. According to Mr Schiff, bitcoin is in a move to complete a popular pattern, the head-and-shoulder, which will see the asset drop in value to about $6,000. Furthermore, he opines that bitcoin could slump drastically below the $2,000 mark if the pattern is completed.

While many do not agree with Peter Schiff, some others think bitcoin crashing below $2,000 would be an opportunity to buy more bitcoin.

All these, however, is happening at a time when the institutional traders are trying to pick some interest in bitcoin as trading on the futures exchange, Bakkt, continues to rise.

At the time of writing, bitcoin is currently trading at $8,062.72, with a market cap of over $145 billion according to CoinMarketCap.

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Ripple Sends $26 Million Worth of XRP to Jed McCaleb, XRP Army Fears Another Dump in Price

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Ripple Sends $26 Million Worth of XRP to Jed McCaleb, XRP Army Fears Another Dump in Price

Time and again, several members of the XRP community have opined that the massive dump of the crypto asset in the market has impacted on its price, negatively. Now, there are speculations for another dip in XRP’s price. The latter is after Whale Alert informed on September 7, 2019, that 100 million XRP tokens have been transferred to Jed McCaleb, Ripple’s co-founder. 

Ripple Sends XRP Worth About $26 Million to McCaleb’s Wallet

According to Whale Alert, Ripple transferred 100 million XRP valued at $26,322,440 to Jed McCaleb’s wallet. The transfer has led to the sentiment in the crypto space that XRP might tank below its $0.262 price today. Also, the opinion is due to McCaleb’s reputation for dumping huge amounts of XRP in the market.

McCaleb is Ripple’s co-founder, and in 2014, Ripple transferred 9 billion XRP to him as his share for founding the company in 2012. However, the blockchain company entered a seven-year agreement with McCaleb to control how much XRP he can sell in the market yearly.

Per the agreement, the co-founder could sell $10,000 worth of XRP per week in the first year, $20,000 per week in the second, third, and fourth years, and “750 million XRP per year for the fifth and sixth years.” In the same vein, he could choose to dump 1 billion XRP yearly for the seventh year, and 2 billion XRP yearly after the seventh year.

McCaleb’s Dump of XRP Impacts of Asset’s Market Price

Given that this is the fifth year since the agreement was made, McCaleb can choose to dump thousands of XRP tokens daily. In 2014 when he announced his plans to sell a significant part of his XRP holdings, the value of the asset declined by 40%. As such, the continuous dump of the asset has also been pointed out as one of the reasons why it is not spiking like other top cryptocurrencies.

Asides from being reputable in the XRP community, McCaleb is also a name associated with Mt Gox, one of the first cryptocurrency exchanges. He founded the platform and sold it off years before its hack. Similarly, McCaleb is the creator of Stellar (XLM), the 11th largest cryptocurrency by market cap.

Nonetheless, the crypto community has aired its views about the potential for McCaleb to release another share of XRP to the market. Crypto BitLord, for instance, said: “Wow. Another cool $26M Jed can unload at market. This shits out of control.” Another remarked that: “know, right?! Private businesses shouldn’t be allowed to exist. The name “Jed” should be banned.”

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