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Is Crypto a Bubble?

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A lot of people are wondering if the whole crypto phenomenon is nothing else but a bubble. We’d say it would be a fair question except that these people asking it have been skeptics from the very beginning, so they’re not really assessing the market on its own right and performance but just singing the same old song.

We believe that the current market conditions do not justify the notion of crypto as a bubble and we’ll explain to you why.

First, we start by reviewing a bit of market dynamics. Every market, every asset, every currency develops in cycles that repeat over time. Each cycle is comprised of four different stages called “phases”:

  • Stealth
  • Awareness
  • Mania
  • Blowoff

It all starts at Stealth. A new stock, asset, or cryptocurrency hits the market. Nobody knows anything about it so nobody pays any attention to it or tries to buy it. The price is slow and it stays very much the same until the market becomes aware it’s there. Hence the name for the following phase.

As the market realizes this new thing exists it starts to pay attention to it and to buy it, so it takes off, the price rises steadily until it faces its first sell-off. The price drops a little. Then something else happens. The media pays, at last, attention to this hypothetical coin or stock and it creates enthusiasm in the market. We’re in the mania phase.

Enthusiasm turns into greed and delusion and the price skyrockets until it reaches a maximum price. And when you are on top, the only way to go is down, which is what happens next. Denial shows its ugly mug. Nobody can believe that an asset that went so far up could possibly go back down, but it does.

That is the blow-off phase. It bounces back briefly (in a phenomenon known as “the bull trap”) until it’s “normal” again. Then, fear takes over the market, it capitulates and the price goes down in a freefall. It reaches a minimal price and then it bounces back to stabilize.

It becomes priced at the average value it had all over the journey, and it stays there until some new development starts the whole circus once again. One of the most basic rules in technical analysis is this: sooner or later every market will go back to its average price.

The process we describe in the last paragraph is very well known among expert investors. It happened to Amazon, Microsoft, or any other company you’d care to mention. It happened to the crypto market as a whole, and it’s also happened to each digital asset within the market individually. In other words: this is the way of things. This is how prices behave always, and it will happen again.

As things stand right now, we’re in the blow-off phase, after last December’s mania phase. We are headed to hit rock bottom. And that’s not a bad thing because that’s when the market will bounce back and reach the average level it’s had for the last ten years. And then, history will repeat itself.

So why is crypto not a bubble? Because so far it’s behaved in the exact same way in which all traditional markets have for centuries since the first stock markets came along in the 17th century. When bubbles burst, industries disappear. Crypto, as an industry, is not only not disappearing but it’s grown more this year than any other year since its inception.

So don’t let the haters bring you down. They can talk about bubbles popping until the cows come home. But you and I know better.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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