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ETC 2018 price prediction: Will Ethereum Classic reach $40 this year (again)?

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In a market that’s been going steadily down for months, Ethereum Classic’s recent behavior is remarkable. The digital asset had some excellent days recently, at the time every other coin was losing value. 

It reached the eleventh place by market capitalization, leaving Tronix (TRX) and Monero behind and surpassing the 2 billion capitalization barrier. Then, it went down again, and it’s currently seemingly stable at the 13th spot.

However transitory that peak was, it’s made optimists out of Ethereum Classic‘s holders and even some neutral observers. They expect ETC to increase in value significantly before the year’s end (most predictions are for next November). This optimism is not just about that recent fluctuation in price but also because of some recent favorable developments that point to an increase in the token’s demand and value sometime very soon.

Not too long ago, Robinhood, a cryptocurrency trade mobile platform announced the adoption of Ethereum Classic in its platform which is now available in almost twenty states in the USA.

The app allows users to buy the supported cryptocurrencies in their mobile phone using credit cards as means of payment. Because of its portability and friendly user interface, Robinhood has access to many users that would otherwise avoid the crypto markets due to lack of expertise.

Then, there’s the Coinbase Pro listing. It’s happening. Ethereum Classic was scheduled to go live at Coinbase about a couple of days ago already. It is a massive development as it will give the cryptocurrency access to thirteen million new users. That’s a lot of new demand. Also, as ETC joins the Californian platform’s services, it will be the cheapest token available, which is probably going to make it attractive (or, at least, less intimidating) to new holders.

Both events make it so much easier to use fiat currency (USD in this case) to buy Ethereum Classic for so many new users in just a matter of days that the ETC market can only change for good because of the expansion. There is no doubt it’s a new room for growth.

Ethereum Classic at $40 by the end of 2018 looks realistic (but)

The most enthusiastic observers predict a bullish run so strong on ETC that it will reach a value of around 62 USD (which is roughly fourth of the current value). While this is, indeed, possible, it seems a little too optimistic, even in the light of ETC’s recent triumphs.

Other, more neutral observers, predict a more conservative (and more feasible) price of 40 USD (roughly a little over twice of its current value) and they also point out that this increase will bring ETC into the world’s top five by market capitalization. 

And that’s why it seems that they are overenthusiastic. While it’s true that, in the current market, such increment in price will put ETC in the top five, that prediction forgets an elementary fact: if it’s possible for ETC to grow that much that quickly, it can only be possible if the rest of the market is growing as well. 

The top five coins are not going to hold their value down as they wait for ETC to surpass them. That’s the problem with these predictions; they are predicated on the assumption that ETC lives in a void, which it doesn’t. 

But that’s not to say that Ethereum Classic (ETC) won’t perform well for the rest of the year. The Coinbase listing has eluded some of the most significant projects in Crypto such as Ripple, so while increases of 100-300% are a hard buy, there’s no doubt that ETC will probably do better than most other digital assets as the year concludes.

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Analyzing The Best-Performing Cryptos

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Over the nebulous first half of this year, some tiny cryptos were able to grow by more than 1000% and reach the desired top 100, while others that were already in the top 50 bastions simply zeroed. What factors led them to perform like this? Luck, external factors or well-made decisions?

First of all, it is important to clarify that it would be unwise to analyze them disregarding the market context (crypto and non-crypto) of the period, so we’re using a holistic approach.
In our timeframe, considering the traditional market cycle of emotions, in contrast to the standard chart below, the euphoria quadrant had a much larger peak and a much shorter duration, starting in the middle of 2017 and ending at the beginning of 2018, while we were stuck in the period of “excitement” since, maybe, 2015. The emotions in red passed in a rush and at the end of July, we were already in deep “despondency”.

Source: https://russellinvestments.com/ca/insights/the-market-cycle-of-emotions

Besides to the fact that the market completed half of the cycle in less than half a year, some very relevant things, besides the usual phenomena expected of an investment market, happened during this period. In addition to the hype the period enjoyed and the fact that bad, inexperienced investors were frantically joining the crypto market, we…

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Is Tether (USDT) really a stable coin?

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Tether is one of the top digital assets in the crypto-sphere. The coin was launched in November 2014 after it changed its name from Realcoin so that the crypto community doesn’t associate it to the altcoins. It is important to know that Tether is a currency that helps to convert fiat currencies into digital currencies.

Moving forward, there have been lots of FUDs around Tether these days as regards to whether it is going to be a truly stable coin as the market has seen dips lately. Also, the FUDs around Tether have raised questions on whether there are any backings to the digital asset.

It is crucial to know that other factors have been attributed, and one of them was a report from last month that stated that Tether and Bitfinex, had gone their separate ways with Noble Bank. The separation made Bitfinex suspend fiat wire deposits – without no reason or whatsoever.

Tether, in regards to market worth, comprises about 92 percent of the market capitalization of stable coins. Also, this stable coin offers two purposes: to stabilize the volatility of Bitcoin, and also to preserve the amount of money purchasing power investors have at hand when the value of larger cryptocurrencies such as BTC drops.

The coin is a good alternative for traders when trying to cash-in on fiat currencies, as we do know that trying to move money from different exchanges to fiat…

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TRON Partnership Involves Cloud Computing

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It has been almost an entire week since Justin Sun, the founder of TRON (TRX), announced a new big partnership for this cryptocurrency. His Twitter announcement did not provide a lot of information, except for the fact that the TRON partnership is with an industry giant worth tens of billions of dollars.

Even so, the entire crypto community started speculating about the new partner’s identity. Soon after the announcement, a new rumor emerged, claiming that the identity of an unnamed corporation was uncovered. According to the rumor, TRON’s new partner is none other than Baidu, one of the largest tech giants of China, which also represents this country’s largest internet search provider.

Baidu is often viewed as China’s version of Google, and if the rumors of a partnership with this company turn out to be true, this will be a big game-changer for TRON.

However, in days following the announcement, new reports started coming in with claims that the partnership will not revolve around blockchain technology. Instead, ODaily reported that the alleged partnership between TRON and Baidu will be focused on cloud computing. The report claims that TRON will be purchasing computing resources from Baidu.

Baidu to…

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