This time last week, Zcash (ZEC) was trading for around $295 a piece and a market capitalization of $830 million. Right now (early morning ET), the same coins go for $542 and the market capitalization sits at more than $1.5 billion. That’s an 83% run in a matter of days. Sure, in the crypto space we’re getting used to seeing these runs but, at some point, things are going to settle down and only those coins (and companies) that can fundamentally support the change in value they have respectively enjoyed are going to be able to maintain their increased valuation.
So, the obvious question is, then, is is Zcash in this latter category?
Let’s take a look.
This one has been about for a while now so there’s a good chance that readers will have at least heard of Zcash or its predecessor Zerocoin. For those that haven’t, however, it’s essentially bitcoin with a privacy layer added on top.
Back in the early days of bitcoin, a few things were proclaimed about the cryptocurrency that have since proven inaccurate. That transactions would be quick and free is an example. That they would be anonymous is another. It’s this latter point that the team at Zcash set about trying to solve. Sure, a bitcoin transaction is only traceable in terms of what wallet sent how much to which other wallet but the identity of wallet holders, in many cases, is available for anyone that is willing to do a bit of digging and, as bitcoin becomes more and more mainstream, this identity issue is only going to expand.
Zcash is a cryptocurrency that’s set up to combat this issue. It’s got a built in shielding function that adds a layer of anonymity (true anonymity) to any transactions. You can take a look at the Zcash blockchain and see that a transaction has taken place but you can’t see which wallets were on either side of the transaction, nor is it possible to see how much Zcash was sent from one wallet to another.
This seems a bit shady, right off the bat, but it’s not. If big business is ever going to be conducted in cryptocurrency, anonymity (and especially as relates to transaction sizing) is going to be crucial.
With bitcoin, this isn’t possible. With Zcash, it is.
So why is the coin running right now?
This is one of the most open projects (from a development perspective) in the space and this openness has led to the coin and the company attracting a faithful and sizeable following. In turn, this sizeable following has led to some outside interest.
And it’s exactly that that’s driving the recent run. At the end of last week, Zcash (and, specifically, its founder) was profiled in the print version of Fortune Magazine. The profile got a front cover billing and had a dedicated eight-page spread, across which Zcash was billed as the cryptocurrency that’s being adopted by big-name banks (JP Morgan, for example) and that’s potentially going to give bitcoin a run for its money.
When a coin like Zcash starts being billed as a “better bitcoin” it’s going to attract a huge amount of speculative volume. When speculative volume flows towards a coin in this space right now, we almost always see an upside revaluation and this example is no different.
So is it sustainable?
In a word, yes.
Zcash truly does solve a number of the major existing issues associated with bitcoin right now and – as its popularity grows, and its price rises – it’s only going to attract more speculative interest from the outside markets.
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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.
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Ethereum Flippening Bitcoin In 5 Years?
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:
- Congestion issues on the network
- ICOs cashing out the ETH raised in the ICO boom of last December to late February this year
- 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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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.
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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.
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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