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Why Bitcoin, Ethereum And Altcoins Are So Weak in 2018

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While Bitcoin has achieved much in less than a decade they have been around, it would seem that this year has been particularly harsh. Even though it is still a large trend, something has caused the crypto world to seemingly lose its momentum. So, today, we will explore what has been bugging cryptos in 2018.

So far, 2018 has been quite an eventful year for cryptos. The market went from its peak to its presumed bottom in a matter of days back in January. Numerous times since then, the stubbornly bearish market hinted at going bullish, only to crash once more, and take everyone’s’ hopes with it.

Hack after hack after hack hit the exchanges, wallets, ICOs, and everything else crypto-related. And, let’s not forget the controversies, accusations, lawsuits, the issue of centralization and decentralization, and the number of altcoins going up to over 1800. According to many experts, it is a miracle that the crypto market is still around at this point. And, while the year has obviously been extremely tough, we should now take a look at some aspects that have made an impact on the situation, for better or for worse.

The capital pool

In order to see the situation regarding the crypto market’s capital pool, let’s start with retail. Retail has developed a large interest in cryptos on several occasions in 2017 and 2018 due to the belief that there is an easy profit to be made. Each time it has happened, the cash flow seemed to help the market a bit, but it never received enough to take off.

Then, there is a controversy about early adoption. Despite the big popularity of ICOs, especially at the beginning of the year, a lot of coins were ruined before they even started due to fear of scams and Ponzi schemes. Nobody was willing to jump the gun, which in the end led to more damage done to the market.

Of course, institutional investors did not help at all. Those against the trend continued to bash it at any given opportunity, and they also have some pretty influential names among them. Pro-crypto institutional investors, on the other hand, while supportive, had to remain careful and hesitant. And, while their contribution is one of the largest sources of cash flow to the crypto space, the amount invested has not been nearly as big as it could have been according to estimations.

The leaks

While the capital pool already suffers due to a lack of trust, security, and a threat of scams and schemes, there are other issues that are constantly draining it.

One of the largest issues is mining inflation. According to statistics, over $30 million worth of cryptos are entering the market every day. That is almost $11 billion on annual basis. While the mining is a necessary part of decentralization, the new coins are definitely helping the bear market, instead of turning it bullish.

The next big issue is taxes. The governments are quickly finding a way to subject cryptos to taxation, which is draining the space even more. Additionally, there are things like leverage and various fees within the exchanges themselves. The exchanges cannot be eliminated since they are needed for coin trading, and until the truly decentralized exchanges emerge, the crypto holders are stuck with these ones.

Finally, there is the so-called demise of altcoins. A lot of these coins suffered greatly from price declines, and have damaged the market even more than it would be damaged without them. Their popularity came from investors who wanted to take advantage of their low price, and when it went up, more people came. Then, the prices went down and pulled all of these investments with them.

For now, it is unknown what the future of cryptos will hold. While many are hoping for a bullish market, there are also those who foresee the disappearance of cryptos. While this will hardly happen, we still have to wait for the proper conditions that would turn the market into a profitable space once more.

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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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3 Cryptocurrencies Most Likely to Follow Bitcoin’s Performance

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For more than a year, the cryptocurrency market has been dominated by bearish influence, with most coins seeing constant drops, or stagnation, at best. This all changed in the past few months, starting with Bitcoin which once again started leading the market up, bringing one minor rally after another.

BTC itself experienced massive losses in 2018, with its price going down by around 84%. Most other coins among the top 10 mirrored its performance, and some of them experienced even greater losses. However, now that Bitcoin sees gains again, these cryptocurrencies are still following its example, and many of them have seen massive breakouts. Some of the more notable altcoins that followed Bitcoin’s recent example are Ethereum (ETH), Stellar (XLM), and Cardano (ADA).

Ethereum performance mirroring Bitcoin’s price

As mentioned, Bitcoin led every rally so far, but before it did, its price first went through what is known as an ascending triangle pattern. The pattern held for around five months, which is exceptionally long for the crypto world. However, once the pattern was finally broken — the coin’s price skyrocketed, more than doubling itself within only two months.

One thing to note is that Ethereum performed in pretty much the same fashion. After five months of struggle and confusion for investors, the second largest cryptocurrency also managed to break the pattern and skyrocket as well. It…

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4 Reasons Why the New Bitcoin Rally Is Unlikely to Stop Now

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After more than a year of declining prices, the crypto market is finally seeing a period of serious recovery — one that has already brought digital currencies to heights not seen in over half a year now.

Only days ago, Bitcoin surged past several major resistance levels and managed to exceed its yearly high of over $8,000. Already, many skeptics are predicting the soon end of the bull run, and the possibility of yet another sharp decline. However, there are signs that suggest otherwise — that this bull run is only getting started, and that it will not end anytime soon.

There are four reasons why this is the case, and they are as follows:

1) Bakkt

There is the long-awaited Bitcoin futures exchange, Bakkt, which recently announced that the July test date for Bitcoin futures is soon to be set. Bakkt’s launch was delayed multiple times already, so the announcement came as quite a surprise. However, it appears that it will happen quite soon, after all.

As soon as its arrival becomes a certainty, Bitcoin will likely skyrocket even further, just like gold did when gold ETF appeared in 2013.

2) Bitcoin completely ignored the hacking of Binance

Binance has been the largest crypto exchange by trading volume for a while now, and as such, many expected that, if anything were to happen to it, Bitcoin…

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The New Rally Has Arrived: Crypto Market Cap Goes up by $24 Billion Within a Day

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The crypto market’s recovery progresses further, and at a rapid pace, at that. Bitcoin has just surpassed the $8,000 mark, which is the first time its price has been that high since July of last year. In addition, the entire crypto market is making billions within hours.

Bitcoin (BTC) sees another serious surge

In the past 24 hours, the total crypto market cap has gone up by around $24 billion. Meanwhile, BTC price has grown by $1,000 within the same period, as the largest coin traded barely above $7,000 on early Monday. At the time of writing, the coin’s price sits at $8.014.31, with a 14% growth in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the BTC market cap has gone up to $141.85 billion, and even the coin’s trading volume surged to over $31 billion.

While many are wondering whether this is a return to the massive heights seen back in 2017 or only a temporary surge which will soon see a correction — no signs of an upcoming decline have been noticed as of yet. In fact, new heights were made and then exceeded multiple times in the past week, with a massive 33% gain during that time. And, with Bitcoin’s dominance at 60%, many are expecting that massive altcoin surges are to be expected as well.

The growth of altcoins can already be seen, as Bitcoin

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