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Ethereum, Altcoins and Bitcoin: What’s Happening?

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It’s certainly is a sea of red in the markets. Lord Rothschild famously said to buy when there’s blood in the streets. However, we don’t think that time has come yet. ICOs, which raised money in Ethereum, are dumping their ETH. Most of these ICOs raised when ETH was $800 and higher from between late last year to early this year. The price was pushed further up due to demand created by regular traders who wanted to participate in the ICOs using the most efficient method of ETH. Most ICOs had the conversion rates of their ICO tokens pegged to the value of ETH making it easier for an investor to calculate his buy-in amount of the said tokens.

Now, some of these projects are cashing out to cover expenses that involve project development, operations, marketing and more. This has resulted in the concern we are now seeing of the bear market being dragged out longer than is necessary and with ETH continuing to drop in value.

Biswa Das, who runs cryptocurrency quantitative hedge fund BloomWater Capital, summarized the series of events as follows:

“These startups are raising a lot of funds but they don’t have treasury management or enough cash management experience, so they’re selling too early and causing a lot of pressure in the market. It was fine last year but right now the the market is so fragile that it causes a lot of pressure.”

Is Ethereum going to survive?

The current pressure from ICOs cashing out on their ETH has further put a load on the current crypto bear market. The total market cap has been shaky at levels around $200 Billion with each morning being a puzzle as to whether it will go lower or higher.

With respect to the continued dominance of ETH in the markets and smart contracts industry, more projects are springing up that were ironically funded through the platform. These projects of Tron (TRX) and Zilliqa (ZIL) aim at offering faster, efficient and more cheaper alternative platforms for developers to create DApps. Therefore, the rest of the year could be one of constant decline for Ethereum. As a matter of fact, some Wallstreet firms had already predicted the gradual downfall of ETH and have been shorting the digital asset.

Possible continuation of the bear market

Spencer Bogart of Blockchain Capital LLC is quoted as saying the pain might not be over in the cryptomarkets especially for ETH. ICOs will probably continue to liquidate a large percentage of the over $5 Billion they raised last year and early this year.

Perhaps this is why traders are preferring Bitcoin (BTC) over Ethereum – or any other Alts – during this bear market. What we have seen is that BTC has increased its dominance in the markets from 36% back in mid-May, to its current levels of 53.5% as investors look for a safe haven to ride out the current stormy market.

BTC has proven to be less volatile than Alts and even surpassing the Turkish Lira in terms of market stability. With lots of Wallstreet interest from CBOE and the Intercontinental Exchange with its Bakkt project, BTC might be the wisest option for traders to ride out the bear market.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or 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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Why Chinese New Year Affects Bitcoin (BTC)

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Bitcoin (BTC) lost about $100 in value in the last week, and, while reasons behind the drop in crypto prices can often be hidden and unclear — this time, that is not the case. The reason for this drop is believed to be the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The New Year celebration was over more than a month ago for most of the modern world. However, things are a bit different in China. This is a country which is considered to be one of the oldest ones in the world, with a long and complex history. The country’s traditions are fascinating to many around the world, as so many of them are different from western culture. One of these traditions is the Chinese New Year.

The New Year celebrations in China start on January 28th, which was a week ago. The New Year itself is today, February 5th, although the celebrations and festivities are going to last until February 19th. For the people of China, and all those around the world who follow the country’s tradition, this is the time to relax, take a break, and perhaps travel and visit friends and family. But, what does it have to do with Bitcoin?

China and Bitcoin

Those who are new to the world of cryptocurrencies have likely already heard many stories about China banning Bitcoin trading and…

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EO.Finance Launches Highest Paying Crypto Referral Program of 2019

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The EO Referral Program, already touted to be a significant addition to the ecosystem has been launched, and more details can finally be revealed. Offering 30% of transaction fees for each referral, it is expected to be the highest paying crypto referral program of 2019.

 

Each user will receive their own unique invite link, which can be shared with friends or via social media, in order to start earning 30% of the companies fees for every transaction made by someone who registered using their unique link. Furthermore, receive 5% of the fees for each new referral introduced by your own referral, increasing earning potential and adding even more benefits to an already feature-packed ecosystem. The fact the ecosystem supports credit and debit card transactions, as well as more than 40 cryptocurrencies means it will be even easier for you to start earning from your referrals.

 

The EO Referral Program will also extend to EO.Trade following launch, meaning it will be possible to earn from a single referrals transactions across multiple products within the EO ecosystem. It is important to note that the figure of 30% is significantly more than most competitors offer.

 

Payment will be made in the same currency as was purchased or exchanged. Withdrawal of the profits earned via the program can be made instantly, meaning you can earn immediately from your referral.…

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Is Bitcoin (BTC) Ready for Another Surge?

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It is no secret that Bitcoin (BTC) has had a rough 2018. The coin has dropped by over 80% from its all-time high in a matter of months, it experienced two market crashes, a constantly bearish market, and even troubles within its own ecosystem. Crypto investors spent the entire year hoping for a surge that never arrived, and since BTC is the most influential coin within the crypto space, its behavior usually dictates the pace for other coins as well.

Then, the year finally ended, and investors believed they could finally start anew, hoping to see BTC perform better in 2019. While Bitcoin is certainly performing better than in 2018, the current state of things is still far away from a rally. However, there is a possibility that this might change in the future.

Projects that could have sparked the next rally

As mentioned, crypto investors around the world were hoping to see a new price surge with the arrival of the new year. So far, this has not happened, and while there were several events believed to be able to boost BTC value, several complications prevent them from occurring.

One of them is the launch of the Bakkt Bitcoin Futures Exchange, which was scheduled to happen on January 24th. However, due to the long-lasting US government shutdown, the exchange failed…

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