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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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VOLUM uncorks its track and trace platform for global alcoholic beverage producer ISBG

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VOLUM onboards global wine and spirits producer, ISBG, to simplify its supply chain process with a track-and-trace platform that digitizes and reduces traditional paperwork

 

ESTONIA — March 2019 — VOLUM, the blockchain ecosystem for enterprises, is announcing that ISBG, a global producer of alcoholic beverages incubator, is partnering with VOLUM to implement its platform into its sales and distribution process. The VOLUM platform digitizes and simplifies both traditional paperwork and the supply chain process, using its operational smart contracts.

 

A supply chain can be a difficult process to track and trace. A comprehensive system of organizations, activities, information, and resources have to be accounted for, not to mention the overwhelming amount of paperwork. So, what’s a large corporation to do, if it truly wants to accelerate its supply chain while cutting back on paper waste? VOLUM has developed a blockchain framework that allows enterprises to convert traditional paperwork into a digital process while safeguarding all transactions and steps within a company’s supply chain.

 

VOLUM leverages blockchain technology with an ecosystem that is specifically designed for farmers, manufacturers, distributors, public utilities, governing agencies, financial institutions, and IoT data hosts. The VOLUM…

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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