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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