BitBay (BAY) is one of the companies and accompanying cryptocurrencies that we feel is and has been the most overlooked in the market over the last 12 months and more. That is a big statement but it is not one we make lightly. And over the last few weeks, our expectations for BAY have been validated – to a degree.
The coin currently trades for just shy of $0.37 apiece, up from $0.07 apiece on December 6. This gives the overall BAY ecosystem a market capitalization of $368 million and, over the last 24 hours, we saw volume hit more than $18 million – meaning a little over 25% of the total outstanding coins changed hands.
And for BitBay, and BAY, this is far from unusual. Indeed, changing hands is the primary use case for BAY, as compared to some of the more speculative assets or the more functional ones in this market.
So what is BAY and why do we like it so much?
BitBay is a decentralized transaction marketplace that is set up in a similar fashion to what we might refer to as its namesake – eBay. However, there are a number of key and pivotal differences which ensure that, other than the fact that people are buying and selling across the company’s platform and that the final three letters of the platforms name match those of eBay, the ecosystems are entirely different.
It’s built using smart contracts, meaning much of the bureaucracy and the process complexities associated with buying and selling goods and services across pretty much any other platform (be that virtual or real world) are removed.
The company has used what it calls a double deposit escrow system so as to pretty much entirely remove the incentive from either buyer or seller to act maliciously when conducting a transaction. Basically, both users contribute deposit ahead of the transaction and if one or the other act maliciously, both deposits are burnt, meaning both parties lose money.
The platform also allows for custom smart contract templates which means a seller can structure the transaction pretty much exactly how he or she wishes, with pretty much any currency available for use, any deal structure (auction, barter, exchange, or something) available, and many more options that basically blow all of the other online exchange platforms out of the water in terms of seller functionality.
So why is this one running now?
Well, the platform is reaching a critical mass of users and is about to release a brand-new client GUI this quarter. Alongside this GUI, we will see the release of a mobile wallet and the release of the final smart contract templates, which should facilitate increased quality of seller experience (and, in turn, translate to user growth).
Additionally, next quarter, the company is set to implement what’s called a dynamic peg, which essentially allows for pegging of BAY to USD (or another fiat) at the time of a deal closing so as to ensure that the buyer and seller don’t have to be concerned with fluctuating rates while the deal matures to completion.
This is a big deal as it will likely translate to a much higher proportion of transactions being carried out in BAY (as well as the increased BAY deposit count that comes with an increased user base), which, in turn, will translate to an increase in demand and (by proxy) an increase in price of the underlying asset.
That’s why we’re excited about this one and that’s why we think there’s a lot of run room left on current prices – this company is just getting started and we expect it to grow far and fast during 2018.
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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.
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Ethereum Flippening Bitcoin In 5 Years?
The dominance of Bitcoin (BTC) in the crypto markets due to the bear market, currently stands at 55.2%. Ethereum’s dominance is a distant second at 10.8% of the total cryptocurrency market capitalization. This is despite the fact that the value of ETH is still shaky with many traders postulating that it could get worse for the digital asset before it gets better. Ethereum’s decline has been blamed on three factors outlined below:
- Congestion issues on the network
- ICOs cashing out the ETH raised in the ICO boom of last December to late February this year
- Traders shorting ETH due to the above two reasons
Ethereum Flippening Bitcoin?
In a tweet on the 18th of September, Weiss Ratings stated that ETH will grab 50% of Bitcoin’s market share in 5 years. Doing the math, this means Ethereum flippening Bitcoin in the markets with a dominance that will be around 38%. BTC would be at half its current value, and at 27.6% of the total crypto market cap.
The full tweet from Weiss Ratings would go on to explain why this would happen:
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The crypto news of the day is what the heck happened yesterday in Bitcoin? In a matter of 2 hours, we saw the Bitcoin price go from 6320 to 6080 on Bitmex and then rocket higher to 6580. In the process, stops were cleaned out for both longs and shorts.
For all of 2018, Bitcoin has been a perfect vehicle for swing traders. The market has been playing support and resistance levels perfectly. The play has been to buy Bitcoin around the 6000 level and sell above 7000. Until this pattern changes, it’s what traders and investors need to keep doing. Yesterday’s price action, while crazy and extreme, does still support this strategy.
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There are a number of thoughts as to why Bitcoin made the move that it did. They are technical related and don’t involve a fundamental reason. The first is that there are bots on Bitmex that go hunting for stops. The bot utilizes inside knowledge of where the orders are clustered. If the bot can move the market to where the stops are, it can get filled.
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The most frustrating part about the XRP rally was the news put out by our competitors. We read the XRP rally was due to xRapid launching soon and also that a major Saudi Arabian bank had joined the Ripple network for international payments. I’ve been trading cryptocurrencies long enough to know that no one knows the exact reason why something happens in the market. This is a major buy spike that came out of left field.
I am certainly feeling better about Bitcoin now than I was 24 hours ago. The lack of volume and the price action felt like the market was heading lower. Today, however, we are back around the 6350 levels.
The problem is that it still not enough to make me buy more Bitcoin. We are still in the middle of the range between 6100 and 6500. This neutral zone is not an area that I want to be putting on trades. Yesterday’s jump was indeed positive, but need proof that it was not…
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