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Bitcoin Prices Extend Gains To Surpass $24,000—What’s Next For The Cryptocurrency?

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Bitcoin prices continued to climb today, building upon their recent gains and rising to a fresh, one-month high.

The cryptocurrency, which has the greatest total market value of any digital asset, appreciated to more than $24,280 earlier on TradingView.

At this point, it had rallied 38% from the recent low of approximately $17,600 that it reached last month, additional TradingView figures showed.

Further, bitcoin was trading at its loftiest value since June 13.

[Ed note: Investing in cryptocoins or tokens is highly speculative and the market is largely unregulated. Anyone considering it should be prepared to lose their entire investment.]

Following these latest price increases, several analysts offered their perspective on what the digital currency might do next.

Some of these market observers, for example, provided technical analysis, looking at specific indicators, as well as key levels of support and resistance, to get a better sense of the cryptocurrency’s future behavior.

‘An Impressive Move For Bitcoin’

David Keller, chief market strategist at StockCharts.com, supplied this kind of input, emphasizing the importance of the recent rally.

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“This is an impressive move for Bitcoin,” said Keller, noting that it is “finally breaking out of a consolidation pattern in the 18K-22K range which has held for the last four weeks.”

“Bitcoin is now trading above its 50-day moving average for the first time since early April, suggesting a rotation from distribution phase to accumulation phase,” he stated.

“The momentum patterns have improved, with an RSI above 60 which indicates strong buying power,” said Keller.

Key Support/Resistance Levels

The market expert identified some specific price levels that technical traders should watch.

“I would expect further upside to around 30K which was the most recent price congestion area back in May-June,” he stated. “This would also represent about a 38.2% retracement of the March to June selloff.”

“On any pullback, look for Bitcoin to hold the 50-day moving average to confirm a bullish outlook,” said Keller. “If Bitcoin would fail to hold the 22K level, there could be further downside potential to the July lows around 20K.”

Collin Plume, CEO and founder of My Digital Money, also spoke to this matter.

“The market and Bitcoin have moved strangely in sync this year. It’s not surprising to see Bitcoin recover,” he stated.

“It might find $23-$26k to be its key support level for a couple of months with some isolated swings,” said Plume.

He added that “$30K will be the resistance level, and Bitcoin will attempt to break through those wild swings.”

“But once it crosses $30K in one of those swings, it will be a slow but steady climb back to its $60K glory,” Keller predicted.

Brendan Playford, the founder of Masa Finance, a decentralized financial platform, also highlighted some important technical levels.

“Resistance seems to be hovering around $24,000 – above the weekly 200 SMA,” he stated. “If that is firmly broken and turns into support, then we could very likely see a big break up to $28,000.”

“However, if $22,600 doesn’t hold, then $20,000 would serve as support,” Playford added.

Bitcoin In ‘The Bottoming Zone,’ Says Analyst

The world’s most prominent digital currency may be in a place that gives market observers significant incentive to invest, according to analyst Eliézer Ndinga, who highlighted specific indicators.

“From a high time-frame perspective, it seems that Bitcoin is in the bottoming zone,” said Ndinga, who is the director of research for 21Shares, which offers cryptocurrency related exchange-traded products, or ETPs.

He cited bitcoin’s Reserve Risk indicator, which is provided by Glassnode.

“Reserve Risk is a cyclical indicator that tracks the risk-reward balance relative to the confidence and conviction of long-term holders,” the Glassnode Academy website explains.

“It provides a long-term cyclical oscillator that models the ratio between the current price (incentive to sell) and the conviction of long term investors (opportunity cost of not selling).”

Ndinga described it a bit more simply. “This indicator is used to assess the confidence of long-term holders relative to the price of BTC at any given point in time,” he noted.

“Currently, it is close to an all-time low.”

This is worthy of mention because a low value for the oscillator can point to relative undervaluation, offering investors appealing conditions to enter the market.

The graph below helps display the history of bitcoin’s Reserve Risk indicator.

The market observer also cited bitcoin’s Net Unrealized Profit/Loss (NUPL), which measures the net profit or net loss of the digital currency’s network.

The value of this indicator, which can be positive (indicating a state of net profit) or negative (pointing to a state of net loss), can help investors get a better sense of whether it is a good time to buy or sell.

“Depending on whether we are in a bull market or a bear market, the level of the NUPL ratio categorizes investor sentiment in 5 brackets, as you can see at the bottom of this chart,” said Ndinga.

“NUPL is currently in the capitulation zone and even went lower than the COVID bottom in 2020,” he stated.

As a result, this may be a good time for investors to accumulate bitcoin.

Disclosure: I own some bitcoin, bitcoin cash, litecoin, ether, EOS and sol.

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Medifast Still A Growth Stock But Now Value Priced

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Medifast is a growth company that is sporting some attractive value-stock metrics after its shares have fallen to a level that is “simply ridiculous” when measured against its prospects, according to Taesik Yoon, who edits the Forbes Special Situation Survey and Forbes Investor newsletters. The diet business’s equity has suffered with growth shares in general as elevated inflation and aggressive Federal Reserve monetary policy to combat it have caused investors to rethink stocks that benefit from an expanding economy.

A slide of roughly 40% in the past year undervalues a growth story that is taking a hit now but remains intact over the longer term, says Yoon, making the stock a bargain. Yet despite also having a fantastic balance sheet with more than twice as much cash on hand than total debt and paying a very generous dividend that is now yielding almost 5%, Yoon says, Medifast’s stock currently trades at less than 12 times its earnings expectations for the year versus a five-year average of 19.4. That might make sense if you expected the current earnings swoon to persist, but Yoon thinks the secular trend toward healthier living and the company’s coach-based business model will have its earnings back on the rise soon, outpacing the market.

Medifast combines an extensive menu of proprietary nutritional products to help with diet goals and a network of almost 64,000 independent coaches. Most of these are former customers who achieved their weight-reduction goals and are compensated from the sales of company products to their clients. Medifast delivers its food regimens to customers, which aided revenue during the pandemic lockdowns and helped earnings growth accelerate by an average 53% over the past two calendar years. That drove its shares to a record $337 in May 2021, but they have lost more than half of that since. Still, even accounting for the risk of an economic slowdown, Yoon expects Medifast’s heavy spending to improve its technology and distribution infrastructure, which could help raise annual sales to more than $2.5 billion, up almost $1 billion from 2021.

Yoon sees long-term profit growth in the double digits, in line with expected sales gains and with operating margins in the mid-teens.

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How One Founder Is Helping DIY Investors Navigate Risk

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August 14 is National Financial Awareness Day, and I had the opportunity to chat with John Duffy, founder of Trending Stocks, who went from personally absorbing the 2000 and 2008 market crashes to launching a risk-adverse stock market platform for DIY investors. Here, I chat with Duffy about trend following and investment risk management.

WHAT GAVE YOU THE IDEA FOR TRENDING STOCKS?

It took me 14 years to “get even” after two huge downturns in the stock market – first in 2000 (down 50%) and then in 2008 (down 56%). Losing 14 years of investing time and money was the impetus for me to research a better way in the market. I learned about the ancient trend following strategy – and while it worked well – there was no simple software or program to apply it. Spending hours upon hours charting and graphing doesn’t interest anyone, so I programmed and launched TrendingStocks.IO to automate the research time and hassle on the backend.

HOW DOES IT HELP INVESTORS AVOID RISK?

The trend following strategy inherently has a focus on risk management, so I applied that into the new platform. The risk management helps investor avoid riding the market down. You pre-set a fixed stop-loss amount based on your personal risk tolerance. As a stock goes up, which it should based on the trend following strategy’s identification, so does the stop-loss amount; it rides up. While the stop-loss amount fluctuates up and down causally with the stock, if it gets down far enough to cross below a bottom threshold – we flag you to sell and get out.

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND?

Aside from studying finance, economics and business, I’m a Vietnam Navy Veteran. Oddly enough, this was my foray into programming and coding. I bunked with the first IBM IBM programmers in the world. Their expertise interested me, so I asked a bunch of questions and they taught me the science.

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Not to date myself, but this was before when computers could be owned, only leased. IBM recruited me to program after the war, so I entered as one of few who had learned how to program back then.

IS THIS FOR DAY TRADERS OR DIY INVESTORS?

This is definitely not a day-trading solution. Trending Stocks provides analysis at the end of every business day and therefore, it’s not suitable for day trading. It’s after-hours based.

The tech is suited for a long-term, DIY investor and anyone who’s a newbie or wants to get involved in the market. Aside from managing risk, being a diligent trend follower helps with wealth growth over time.

Once an individual has confidence they’re working with good investable trends and a solid risk management process, it’s an easy plan to follow and platform to supplement that plan.

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Difference Between CFD and Shares

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Contracts for Difference (CFD) trading and share trading vary primarily in that when you trade a CFD, you speculate on a market’s price without acquiring ownership of the underlying asset, but when you trade shares, you must do so.

The main distinctions between a share and a CFD are ownership and leverage. You become the owner of the shares when you purchase shares. Investing in shares is equivalent to acquiring a modest ownership share in a business you support. You must pay the whole share price when purchasing stock shares.

CFDs vs shares

Contract for Difference is referred to as CFD. Without holding the underlying asset, you can speculate on the price of a security by engaging in online CFD trading. A stock, stock index, currency, commodity, or cryptocurrency might all be the underlying security for a CFD. With CFDs, you may join a trade with a lower initial investment because they trade on leverage.

Trading CFDs involves taking into consideration leverage and margin, fees and charges, instrument categories, going short, and asset ownership, which is one of the primary difference between CFD and share trading. Let me elaborate more.

What are Leverage and Margin?

Leverage and margin go hand in hand when trading CFDs. By using leverage, you may acquire exposure to an underlying asset without having to put down the whole amount of money needed to purchase and hold the real asset; instead, you just have to contribute a portion of the position’s overall worth.

The amount you must initially have available to begin a position, known as margin, fluctuates based on the contract size and the underlying asset you want to trade. Margin is not a cost. Based on the pre-determined leverage for the asset class, the first margin need is expressed as a percentage of the contract value. Risk is increased while trading on margin.

When you trade on the Invest trading platform, you must have the full asset value accessible, and you buy shares without applying leverage to your available funds.

Variety of Assets

You may trade on more than 2500 different assets on the Traders Union CFD platform, including shares, forex, commodities, indices, cryptocurrencies, ETFs, and options. You may do this to diversify your portfolio and get exposure to major exchanges across the world.

The Invest trading platform is a marketplace where you may buy and sell stocks and ETFs (ETFs). You may purchase and hold shares of your favorite businesses or any listed ETF on the platform, as well as benefit from the newest IPOs when firms go public, thanks to your access to over 1200 equities and 90 ETFs.

Asset Ownership

You may acquire exposure to an underlying asset, such as Gold (XAU), Apple (AAPL), or EUR/USD, without really holding it by using a CFD. Due to changes in the underlying asset’s price, you will either gain or lose money. The goal of CFD trading is to bet on changes in an underlying asset’s price. The size of the stake and price changes determine any profit or loss.

In contrast, when you purchase a stock on the Invest trading platform, you become the owner of the physical asset and look for a potential longer-term rise in the asset’s value before selling it.

Trader doing CFD trading

A Little More About How CFDs Can Differ From Investing

If your position remains open overnight while trading CFDs, you will be charged an overnight fee. While CFD trading is frequently utilized to speculate on near-term events like earnings announcements or the release of U.S. data reports, stock trading is typically favored for constructing portfolios.

In summary, both CFD and share stock trading offer benefits and drawbacks, and both let you profit from price changes that might result in either a gain or a loss. You should be able to choose which Traders Union platform best matches your trading preferences after you have an understanding of your trading goals. Which trading platform—CFD or Invest—does best for you?

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