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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.

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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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Ethereum Flippening Bitcoin In 5 Years?

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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:

  1. Congestion issues on the network
  2. ICOs cashing out the ETH raised in the ICO boom of last December to late February this year
  3. 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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Crypto News: What Happened To Bitcoin?

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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.

The second is that yesterday was the expiration of the CBOE futures contract. I am an ex-futures trader (now crypto) and know that expiration days can see some crazy moves. This is because it’s the last day to close a position on that futures contract.

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XRP Rally Lifts Bitcoin and Ethereum

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It’s quite surprising to be writing this, but the XRP rally lifted Bitcoin and Ethereum off yesterday’s lows. As I wrote yesterday in covering Bitcoin, my bullish enthusiasm was dampened by Bitcoin’s $300 drop. XRP rising has given renewed hopes that the lows for the year are in and higher prices are ahead.

XRP Rally

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.

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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.

The problem is that it still not enough to make me buy more Bitcoin. We are still in the middle of the range between 6100 and 6500. This neutral zone is not an area that I want to be putting on trades. Yesterday’s jump was indeed positive, but need proof that it was not…

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