The situation regarding the Bitcoin market right now looks a lot like the one surrounding big tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft 20 years ago.
Crypto market struggling again
The unstable nature of cryptocurrencies has been confirmed once more in the last few weeks. Only three weeks ago, many believed that another serious bull run is afoot after Bitcoin (BTC) hit $8,400 in a matter of days. This increase was warmly welcomed by crypto investors and enthusiasts from around the world, believing that the bearish trend that has dominated the year up to that point was finally over.
However, the bull run was short, and now, in mid-August, Bitcoin is once again struggling, seriously threatening to go under $6,000. Many believe that another drop might permanently damage BTC, making its struggle for dominance finally over. If that were to happen, the coin would never be able to reach its true potential.
And, while the situation with Bitcoin is bad, it is nowhere near as bad to the situation of the altcoins. While almost all cryptos are in the green at the time of writing, Ethereum (ETH) has seen a significant drop yesterday, as well as the day before. Ripple (XRP) has gone down by 93% from its record height.
While many have been trying to find a reason behind this behavior, some, like CoinShares’ Chief Strategy Officer, Meltem Demirors, believe that the issue lies in the lack of investors. This is especially true when it comes to institutional investors, since the market behavior either discourage them from bringing money to the crypto world, or they completely lose interest in it.
Demirors believes that this is due to the fact that cryptos are still mostly valued by their price. While the price does play a significant role, things like currencies’ goals and technology should also be taken into consideration. A lot of cryptos have a huge potential to revolutionize numerous industries. However, they can never properly shine since everyone are only looking at their prices. Prices that are almost always influenced by Bitcoin’s behavior.
The new coins are hit by the bearish trend especially hard. Blockchain startups that are hoping to launch their own coin through ICOs have a choice to either sell their assets now and keep whatever funds they manage to gather or to stay their course and hope for the best. Obviously, this is not much of a choice, and definitely not the way that future successful businesses should be acting.
While a lot of ICOs are trying to raise capital through BTC or ETH, they can’t do much with the prices constantly dropping. And, while there are somewhat stable altcoins out there, and they can preserve their value in the long run, there is also a big decision regarding which one can and should be trusted.
The history repeating itself
According to Demirors, this is a very similar situation to that in the early 2000s, when revolutionary technology companies like Intel, Microsoft, and Amazon appeared. While these have become megacorporations in the last 20 years, back then, they also struggled to gain trust and necessary funding.
Additionally, all those that did decide to support them had to wait for nearly a decade or more to see returns on their investments. The wait paid off, and they are all rich now, but at the beginning of these companies, the risks were huge.
Demirors also stated that new technologies, and especially ones that threaten to change everything that we have known so far, often take a very long time to be understood and accepted. Obviously, with the introduction of cryptocurrencies, this change is even bigger, since we have been using the physical money for thousands of years. Now, all of a sudden, the digital money is trying to take over. And while it definitely presents numerous advantages, accepting such a large change is not an easy thing to do, especially for older generations that are currently still calling the shots.
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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:
“#Bitcoin will lose 50% of its #cryptocurrency market share to #ETH within 5 years, due to it offering more uses and being backed with superior #blockchain technology. We completely agree – unlike #BTC, which is a one-trick pony, the limit of…
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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.
Why the crazy move in Bitcoin?
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.
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