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Analyzing The Best-Performing Cryptos

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Over the nebulous first half of this year, some tiny cryptos were able to grow by more than 1000% and reach the desired top 100, while others that were already in the top 50 bastions simply zeroed. What factors led them to perform like this? Luck, external factors or well-made decisions?

First of all, it is important to clarify that it would be unwise to analyze them disregarding the market context (crypto and non-crypto) of the period, so we’re using a holistic approach.
In our timeframe, considering the traditional market cycle of emotions, in contrast to the standard chart below, the euphoria quadrant had a much larger peak and a much shorter duration, starting in the middle of 2017 and ending at the beginning of 2018, while we were stuck in the period of “excitement” since, maybe, 2015. The emotions in red passed in a rush and at the end of July, we were already in deep “despondency”.

Source: https://russellinvestments.com/ca/insights/the-market-cycle-of-emotions

Besides to the fact that the market completed half of the cycle in less than half a year, some very relevant things, besides the usual phenomena expected of an investment market, happened during this period. In addition to the hype the period enjoyed and the fact that bad, inexperienced investors were frantically joining the crypto market, we are gathering increasing evidence that there was artificial inflation caused by exchanges using tether for wash trades at the end of 2017, making the fall even sharper than it should be (according to the most recent studies, 60% of Bitcoin’s growth during the boom is linked to the wash trades). Artificial inflation has further increased the interest for bitcoins. With a much more intense fall than what we could expect from a “natural cycle”. investors took their money out of cryptos as fast as they bought them in 2017.

The first half of 2018, therefore, was a period of exaggerated caution and consternation about cryptos. Everyone knows the story: in February, bitcoin lost 50% of its value in 16 days. Ripple was also similarly damaged in this period. But besides most coins, which had similar highs and lows, there were some that were apparently enclosed in a vortex where no rules existed.

The bitcoin price chart, in the first half, was as follows:

Source: coinmarketcap.com

We watched its value halve in February, all very much like what was happening with basically all the others cryptos,

Ethereum, for instance:

Source: coinmarketcap.com

Now let’s take a look at our #1 performer, PacCoin (PAC), with 1,4811.33% gain percentage:

Source: coinmarketcap.com

How PacCoin achieved this performance? And why does its chart look this odd?

On March 6, PacCoin, with a market cap of $ 36.304 billion, was listed on CoinMarketCap as the third most valuable currency, surpassing Ripple with its $ 32,388 billion. Nobody understood why the 2013 currency had grown so much, but many rushed to buy the bearish crypto, which suddenly presented a brutal drop in its price without any explanation. Now here’s the explanation: a CMC bug, which divided all other coin caps by 100 (for better visualization) apparently left PAC behind, making it look 100 times more valuable than it actually was. After the fall, apparently, those who surfed in the wave still managed to maintain a decent price for a few months, until it returned to its 0.0052 USD price again. Congratulations on the # 1 position, PacCoin!

Our second runner is Hexx (HEX), with 1,268.96% of growth gain

Source: coinmarketcap.com

Apparently, its market cap raised from 3.000.000 to 20.000.000 from April to may and finished at 9.321.000 in July. Hexx is a fork of ZCoin and also forked itself in March. It features the zerocoin protocol (a protocol which makes every transaction completely anonymous, including the amount sent) and masternodes. It’s also promising to fork itself again, this time from Bitcoin into a coin called BZX, with the same features. Hexx features instantaneous transactions and CPU mining. It’s not really clear why it grew so much, but it certainly doesn’t look like a whale’s work.

The coin was already hyped before it was released. Apparently, a bunch of people was really excited about the possibility of a modern Monero.

Mithril (MIT) takes the third place, with 992.53% gain percentage

Source: coinmarketcap.com

The coin’s price was exponentially growing especially in April and May, the worst moment for most other cryptocurrencies. Mithril, which we already posted about before, is the quirky Chinese cryptocurrency created by a pop star which comes associated with a Snapchat copycat app called Lit that actually rewards people for their popularity. Apparently, Lit enjoyed some widespread adoption in Asia, which probably contributed to Mithril’s success.

Casinocoin (CSC) deservedly shows up in the 4th place

Source: coinmarketcap.com

One of the major issues which led to the widespread devaluation of cryptocurrencies we saw is the fact that the market was expecting, from the blockchain, things that it still couldn’t do. This caused them to generally lose interest in the technology, leading to part of the devaluation we saw. But here is Casinocoin: one of the exceptions to the rule.

Real usability is the main feature responsible for Casinocoin’s success during the recession. Their trustees and advisors are all big names in the gaming and gambling world, and they go to great lengths to regulate the currency according to the strictest rules of all the places in which they are present, so it was no big deal introducing CSC into the gaming industry. Among the few cryptos that managed to prosper in those months, CSC is probably one of the most predictable ones.

With 109.40%, Ontology (ONT) is the fifth biggest winner


Source: coinmarketcap.com

Ontology, the megalomaniac project of Onchain, the same company responsible for NEO (they usually reject this relationship, so let’s word it more objectively: the company which the leader is NEO’s founder). Its main proposal is to be blockchain which can do anything and, if it still doesn’t, it can attach any blockchain which can to it. Ontology started its path of success airdropping coins to any NEO holder. The team, which is no new to the business, employed an aggressive partnerships plan. We can attribute most of their success to their competent marketing team, which honorably made an effort to approximate blockchain to the industry, carrying out projects like the Ontology Global Capital. Their curve is also substantially consistent (in relation to other cryptocurrencies, of course), so their growth was cannot be attributed to only one big spike.

And can this say about the state of the crypto market in the rest of 2018?

Based on our analysis, at least in most of the cases, it definitely wasn’t just luck. Seeing blockchain businesses thriving in times of heavy recession means that the opportunities are there and that if many did it in the dreadful first half of 2018, really, we have a bright future ahead.

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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