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Home Equity Loans are a potentially money-saving option for homeowners who want to consolidate debt and/or turn some of their bad credit into good credit. The possible tax deductions on home equity loans make them potentially useful for debt consolidation, since other personal and consumer loans typically have no tax deductions and higher interest rates. A home equity loan can also be used for home improvement purposes, and certain tax advantages can apply.

According to current home equity statistics from the U.S. Census, approximately 7.2 million Americans obtained home equity loans in the past year. However, not all loans are right for everyone. It is important to decide which type of home loan is the perfect fit for you. To be sure that you are making a confident financial decision before you sign on the dotted line, read on for answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about home equity loans.

FAQ: Are Home Equity Loans (HEL) and Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC) the same thing?

A: No. Although both of these loans are of second mortgages, a HEL and a HELOC have some important differences. With a HEL, you receive a lump sum of money, while a HELOC works more like a line of credit.

The interest rate on these loans also works differently. Home equity loans generally have a fixed interest rate, but according to bankrate “almost always carry fees and closing costs, which many lenders do not generally charge for credit lines.” While home equity lines of credit may be free of some of these costly up-front fees, keep in mind that they are also variable rate loans, which means that the interest rate can change over time, according to the prime interest rate set by the Federal Reserve.

When choosing between these loan types, ask yourself whether receiving your loan all at once or having access to a line of credit works better for you.

FAQ: What Is a Loan-To-Value Ratio?

A: The loan-to-value-ratio is the difference between the amount of your current mortgage and the newly appraised value of your home. This ratio will be figured into the loan terms of your second mortgage.

FAQ: Is Home Refinancing a Better Option Than A HEL or HELOC?

A: That depends. If you decide to refinance your current mortgage, you may be able to obtain a lower interest rate, which means lower payments, and the possibility of a cash-out refinance.

Obtaining an interest-only refinance is also a possibility. However, while an interest-only lowers your payments, it can also lower the equity in your home and, says CFA for bankrate, Don Taylor, “only makes sense for people who don’t plan on being in the mortgage or house for a long time.”

If you are happy with the interest rate on your current mortgage, it makes more sense to consider a HEL or HELOC, especially since it is possible to refinance your first mortgage as well as your second in the future if interest rates do take a dip in your favor.

FAQ: What Is a Subordination Clause and how does it relate to a HEL?

Depending on the lender, a subordination clause or agreement most often means that before you can get a second mortgage, the first mortgage company must agree to allow the second mortgage to be placed in first lien position. The new loan then has the priority in case of a foreclosure.

This is especially important down the road if you pay off your first mortgage, because the lender in charge of your second mortgage can then write a new first mortgage and place that in first lien position, which will help protect your interest rate, since the rate for second mortgages is higher.

Terms of subordination clauses can vary by lender, so it is important to have a discussion with yours before entering into any agreement.

Being an informed consumer is the first step toward making sure you get the right loan for you. Be sure to talk to your lender and weigh your options carefully before making a final decision.

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TA: Ethereum Lacking Bullish Momentum, Why ETH Holders Are Safe

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Ethereum started a steady increase above $3,050 against the US Dollar. ETH price could correct lower, but the bulls might remain active near $3,000 and $2,950.

  • Ethereum extended its increase above the $3,100 and $3,150 levels.
  • The price is now trading near $3,100 and near the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There was a break below a key bullish trend line with support near $3,150 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken).
  • The pair could correct lower towards $3,000 or even $2,950 in the near term.

Ethereum Price Is Losing Pace

Ethereum started a steady increase and settled above the $3,000 level. ETH even broke the $3,100 level and settled above the 100 hourly simple moving average.

It traded as high as $3,173 and recently corrected lower. There was a break below the $3,150 level. Besides, there was a break below a key bullish trend line with support near $3,150 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD.

Ether is now trading near $3,100 and near the 100 hourly simple moving average. It is still trading well above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $2,651 swing low to $3,173 high. An immediate resistance on the upside is near the $3,150 level.

Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com

The first major resistance is near the $3,180 level. The main breakout zone could be near the $3,200 zone. A close above the $3,200 resistance could start another steady increase. The next major resistance might be near the $3,320 level. Any more gains may possibly open the doors for a move towards the $3,500 level in the near term.

Dips Limited in ETH?

If ethereum fails to continue higher above the $3,150 and $3,200 resistance levels, it could start a downside correction. An initial support on the downside is near the $3,050 level.

The next major support seems to be forming near the $2,950 level. Any more losses might call for a test of the 50% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $2,651 swing low to $3,173 high at $2,912. A downside break below the $2,900 support zone could put a lot of pressure on the bulls.

Technical Indicators

Hourly MACDThe MACD for ETH/USD is slowly losing pace in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSIThe RSI for ETH/USD is now close to the 50 level.

Major Support Level – $3,050

Major Resistance Level – $3,200

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Will Crypto Market Aim For the Moon, After The Current Fall?

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Will Crypto Market Aim For the Moon, After The Current Fall?
  • Many cryptocurrencies hit record highs in April.
  • Few analysts believe this crash will eventually be overlooked.

With a new all-time high for Bitcoin, legislative discussions that may affect the sector, and more institutional buy-in from large businesses, the cryptocurrency market has gone through so much this year. Despite this, interest in Crypto has soared this year.

But the sector is young and growing. Long-term trends are difficult to forecast, but experts will focus on topics like regulation. Also, institutional crypto payment usage in the next months to better understand the industry.

This month’s crypto market collapse saw several major digital currencies decrease in value. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other popular cryptocurrencies lost value in the recent market collapse.

Many cryptocurrencies hit record highs in April, with Bitcoin hitting over $50,000 before major falls during the summer.

According to Coinbase, Bitcoin’s value has increased 335.91 percent in the past year, despite the crypto collapses of May 19 and June 8. The total price is now far below the mid-April highs, but well over the same time last year.

In 2021, mainstream businesses across sectors showed interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain. And some even invested. According to AMC, Bitcoin payments will be accepted before the end of this year. PayPal and Square, for example, are betting on Crypto by enabling consumers to purchase on their platforms.

The market wants to climb to the moon, according to Twitter Crypto Analyst and co-Founder of @PACcoinOfficial David Gokhshtein.

David’s Tweet:

Future of Crypto

Many analysts believe this crash will eventually be overlooked, and new highs will be made following the wide-adoption rate of Crypto in all sectors. 

NFT sales soared in August, according to the biggest platform for the burgeoning digital asset class, as investor’s wagered increasing interest in the arts, sports, and media. Many people, puzzled as to why so much money, spended on things that do not exist physically.

The demand and craze for the Crypto and increasing upgrades to DeFi. Along with nations starting to approve Crypto as a legal tender, shows the future of Crypto has a long way to go, and one can predict moon is not too far for the crypto market.

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TA: Bitcoin Revisits $45K, Why Dips Turn Attractive In Short-term

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Bitcoin price extended its increase above the $44,000 level against the US Dollar. BTC traded close to $45,000 and it might correct lower in the short-term.

  • Bitcoin started a recovery wave above the $43,000 and $43,000 resistance levels.
  • The price is now trading above $44,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There is a key rising channel forming with support near $44,250 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair could correct lower towards the $43,500 support zone and the 100 hourly SMA.

Bitcoin Price Extends Increase

Bitcoin price started a decent increase above the $43,000 level. BTC remained well bid and it managed to clear the $44,000 resistance level plus the 100 hourly simple moving average.

The price even climbed above the $44,500 level and traded close to the $45,000 level. A high is formed near $44,934 and the price is now correcting lower. There was a break below the $44,500 and $44,400 levels.

An immediate support is near the $44,300 level. There is also a key rising channel forming with support near $44,250 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. The pair is also well above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent wave from the $39,580 swing low to $44,934 high.

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

On the upside, an immediate resistance is near the $44,800 level. The first major resistance is near the $45,000 level. A clear break above the $44,800 and $45,000 levels could start another increase. The next major resistance is near the $46,200 zone, above which the price could rise towards the $47,000 resistance.

Dips Limited In BTC?

If bitcoin fails to clear the $45,000 resistance zone, it could start a fresh decline. An immediate support on the downside is near the $44,300 level.

The next major support is near the $44,250 zone and the channel trend line. A downside break below the channel support could lead the price towards the $43,500 support zone or the 100 hourly simple moving average. Any more losses could lead the price towards the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent wave from the $39,580 swing low to $44,934 high at $42,250.

Technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD is slowly losing pace in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is still above the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $44,250, followed by $43,500.

Major Resistance Levels – $44,800, $45,000 and $46,200.

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Bitcoin.org Hacked By Scammers For A Few Minutes. Someone Sent Them 0.4 BTC

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Bitcoin.org hacked website

Hackers took over the Bitcoin.org website and displayed the classic double your money scam for a few minutes today. Apparently, it was a DNS hack. Luckily, the Bitcoin community took notice and alerted Cobra, the pseudonymous website owner, as well as the company that hosted the domain. A few minutes later, Bitcoin.org was down. Sadly, a credulous person was faster than them and sent 0.4 BTC to the displayed address… or did he?

The transaction exists, but there’s a rumor that it might’ve been the scammers themselves, trying to make the operation look reputable. Just like a busker who put some change in his hat to encourage others to contribute. However, that’s just a rumor. Someone might’ve been scammed.

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In any case, everybody else should thank Matt Corallo, a Bitcoin Core contributor who took it upon himself to contact the domain name registrars and managed to convince them to temporarily take down the site before some catastrophe happened. 

What Does The Bitcoin.org Owner Think About All Of This?

When Cobra announced the Bitcoin.org hack, he or she said, “Currently looking into how the hackers put up the scam modal on the site.” So far, there’s no information on that. Cobra also said that Bitcoin.org “May be down for a few days,” but luckily that wasn’t necessary.

Earlier in the day, Cobra contacted via Twitter their new hosting company Cloudflare and told them that the website has never been hacked, and now that he moved to their servers, this happened. The company responded, and eventually, the original tweet disappeared.  

BTC price chart for 09/23/2021 on Bittrex | Source: BTC/USD on TradingView.com

Does This Have Anything To Do With Craig Wright AKA Faketoshi Nakamoto?

A few months ago, both Cobra and Bitcoin.org made worldwide news. Craig Wright, Australian entrepreneur and Satoshi Nakamoto cosplay artist, got a UK court to order the website to remove the Bitcoin Whitepaper from its servers. At the time, Yahoo! finance informed:

“Cobra, the pseudonymous creator of the Bitcoin.org website, has been ordered by London’s High Court to discontinue hosting its copy of the Bitcoin white paper.

Citing copyright infringement brought forward by nChain Chief Scientist Craig Wright, the judge had no option but to rule a default judgment because Cobra chose not to make an appearance.”

Does the hack have anything to do with Craig Wright? There’s not a single clue to indicate that, but, rumors are flying. He’s the only one incentivized to attack Bitcoin.org, they say. However, 0.4 BTC is a pretty great incentive. Maybe the scammers were just interested in scamming.

Related Reading | Craig Wright Wins Lawsuit On Bitcoin.org Hosting Bitcoin Whitepaper

In any case, to close all the loops, Yahoo quotes Cobra explaining why he chose not to make an appearance in court:

“Unfortunately the court rules allowed for me to be sued pseudonymously, however, I couldn’t defend myself pseudonymously. So I was put in an impossible situation of losing my privacy or losing the case in a default judgment.”

So, to sum it all up, Bitcoin.org is back up again and no one scammed you. All is well that ends well. 

Featured Image: Screenshoot from the hacked website | Charts by TradingView

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Bhutan Partners With Ripple to Deploy Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)

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Bhutan Partners With Ripple to Deploy Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)