Once again, the stars aligned for Bitcoin with the FED clearly capitulating to political pressure and dropping rates and the trade war rhetoric between the US and China once again heating up. With elections looming does a deal seem likely? Of course, careful what you wish for as BTC is still in all probability a risk-on asset - so a global crisis might well see a steep sell-off. My two cents - global uncertainty is bullish for crypto while a full-blown recession would be very bearish at least in the initial phase of an economic turndown.
As to the charts, BTC is attempting to push its head above the parapet but very weak volume remains a considerable concern in the short-term. Nonetheless, recent price action has been bullish.
Leverage trading seems to be shilled everywhere recently - this period of thin volume is the absolute worst time to enter leveraged positions - its effectively degenerate gambling. Speaking of degenerates who asked for 1 second charts on TradingView?
# Picks of the Week
This article's [examination](https://hackernoon.com/psychology-of-the-dweb-fe61039ob) of the psychology underlying incentives, co-operation and the decentralized web is a standout this week with Off the Chain's [interview](https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/saifedean-ammous-author-bitcoin-standard-future-bitcoin/id1434060078?i=1000445032350) of Saifedean Ammous also incredibly interesting.
An ongoing series and a great recap of the top themes from the last week in crypto:
A wide-ranging analysis of the month of July for the crypto space (highly recommended):
Fully collateralized is to be applauded (literally):
Print money buy private companies -nothing can go wrong, right?:
Too early to link BTC to Fed monetary decisions - Alex Kruger certainly thinks so:
Read-reread and ponder:
On trading (light-hearted):
Examining the psychology of the emerging decentralized web (highly recommended):
A wide-range of opinion snippets on BTC as a store of value (recommended):
EOS governance is exhibiting challenges and no easy solutions are forthcoming (highly recommended):
Thankfully at least some US politicians realize that a ban on BTC is unlikely to succeed:
Well, that didn't last long (centralized entities have obvious pressure points that significantly undermine advantages of scale:
An overview of token burning mechanisms in crypto:
BTC discussed from the perspective of Austrian economics (highly recommended):
Inflation is perhaps often overlooked when considering crypto investments:
A brief but reasoned outline of possible BTC price movement from here:
A wide-ranging update on the state of the EOS dapp ecosystem (recommended):
Zero Knowledge proofs and their function explained:
Yep, that' another ATH for BTC Hash Rate:
Fed easing rates with a strong labour market - generally a harbinger of an economic downturn (1997 Asian economic crisis being the exception):
Hopefully, you found a lot of material of interest in this week's recap. See you all down the crypto rabbit hole before you know it! As always, looking forward to your comments and suggestions.
**Note on Sources:**
*Twitter & Reddit (cryptos current meta-brains) / Medium / Trybe / Hackernoon / Whaleshares / TIMM and so on/ YouTube / various podcasts and whatever else I stumble upon. The aim is a useful weekly aggregator of ideas rather than news. Though I try to keep the sources current – I’ll reference these articles and podcasts etc. as I encounter them – they may have been published just a couple of days ago or in some cases quite a bit earlier.*