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Wow, altcoins have been getting beat down recently. Why? you ask. Good question. Well there are a few reasons why. I first want to talk about why I believe altcoins are taking a beating, then I will talk about what you can do to capitalize on the situation.

One of the richest investors in the world, Warren Buffett, said to “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful”. Even though he speaks out against bitcoin, his words ring true in this situation. A lot of people are flocking to bitcoin right now as it is rising at an amazing pace. Investors think that they can ride the train up while it is moving fast, and that is true. However, I would venture to say it is possible to make a lot more by investing in Altcoins right now.

I want to explain the current bitcoin landscape because altcoins are directly tied to bitcoin. Here is a quick explanation of why I think altcoins are tanking. First off, the obvious reason is that we have just recently had a couple of the most significant forks bitcoin has ever experienced. When bitcoin forks, a new coin is created giving those that hold bitcoin free tokens. First it was Bitcoin Cash, then Bitcoin Gold and now Segwit2x. A lot of people with large amounts of cash in cryptocurrency moved a large portion to bitcoin in order to get all these free coins. There are 3 main ways to capitalize on the bitcoin hardforks:

  • 1. Move all your cash from altcoins into bitcoin in order to receive the maximum free new forked tokens…. Jump for joy!
  • 2. Move a lot of cash from altcoins into bitcoin, wait for the price to rise and then move it all out right before the fork before bitcoin makes a correction… Dance in the Street!
  • 3. While a ton of people are consolidating most of their coins and cash into bitcoin some are viewing this as a golden opportunity to buy up undervalued altcoins…. Ding, ding, ding… we have a winner. This is what I have chosen to do. Why? Because I can buy up tons of undervalued altcoins that will easily outperform bitcoin in the short term. Then, after the fork and money starts to flow back into altcoins, I will wait for altcoins to explode up to a certain amount then move a good portion into bitcoin when it has dropped post fork… Bam, do the moonwalk!

Buying bitcoin at this moment is following the crowd to the all-time high. When bitcoin corrects, some will lose what they have gained in bitcoin for the short term and will have missed out on the altcoin low prices just to get a few free coins that will surely drop in price.

Having said all that, let’s dive into a couple of amazing undervalued altcoins. From a general perspective, coins that are Protocols, Platforms and Privacy Coins are great long-term bets. Why? Well, in a former life I developed websites (for 17 years) and the internet was built on top of protocols and platforms. Privacy coins will always be in demand as there are many that like the fact they can have lots of money and others not necessarily know. While this could be used for illicit purposes it also is a desire for many that just want privacy.

Two amazing coins

0x (ZRX) – 0x is just getting started. 0x is a Protocol that other apps are built on top of. Just as in the early days for the dot com boom, protocols will be the foundation of the blockchain app future. Early coins that are backed by a protocol will be around for the long-term and will definitely see lots of growth when new, exciting apps announce they are building on top of the protocol. For example, here are a few projects currently building on top of 0x:

0x is a great coin for swing trading and will eventually see a parabolic rise as more and more apps are built on top of it.

Groestlcoin (GRS) – this coin has had some tremendous growth lately and for good reason. It was the first to activate SEGWIT (Segregated Witness) in 2017 basically increasing the block size limit by removing the script and signature from the transaction block send in a transaction. This will help scalability which was a major issue for bitcoin. Another key feature of this coin is that it allows users to mine the coin (get free coins by running a script on your computer) with less computer power. Users can run mining software on their normal desktop or laptop and get free coins. In comparison, bitcoin is almost if not impossible to mine from a regular computer profitably. Long story short, this will bring a lot of users into this coin just to mine it which will stabilize the coin and make it a more desired coin. Many will want to keep this coin around to mine it and make a profit from that. Groestlcoin currently has a marketcap of approximately $39,997,745 which puts this in the top 100 coins. There are many crap coins in the top 50 – 100 coins so this coin can easily beat some of those out and grow. While I think this coin is a little overbought at the moment I still believe it has a bright future.

We that’s all for now. Please check back often for more altcoin insights from CryptoDayTrader.

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Investors Reward Nexo for Adding XRP-Backed Loans

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Crypto-backed lending startup Nexo is being rewarded by investors for adding loans collateralized by the third biggest cryptocurrency XRP. The company made the announcement in a blog post, saying support for XRP was in response to demand stemming from the blockchain community.

NEXO advanced by double-digits in today’s mixed crypto market before trimming those gains somewhat. Investors may have sensed an announcement was on the horizon, as Nexo, which boasts a market cap of $76.5 million, has been on a tear in October and has seen its value increase by more than one-third for the week and 160% over the last 30 days. Most of today’s trading is unfolding on Hotbit in the ETH and BTC markets. Despite the recent gains, the NEXO price, which is currently hovering at $0.13, has not gone unscathed in this year’s market downturn and traded as high as $0.40 in May 2018.

Source: CoinMarketCap

Competitive Landscape

According to Nexo in the blog post –

“Nexo continues to push the boundaries within the crypto-lending space by becoming the first lender ever to start accepting XRP as collateral for crypto loans.”

XRP, which is majority- owned by Ripple, is a popular choice and it joins a list of nearly two-dozen cryptocurrencies supported by Nexo including bitcoin, Ethereum, Zcash and many more. The XRP price, meanwhile, is currently down 2% to $0.45 with a market cap of $18 billion, more than $2 billion below No. 2 cryptocurrency Ethereum. Last month, the XRP price added 70% to its value, but October hasn’t been as kind.

In addition to XRP, Nexo also revealed a partnership with Goldman Sachs-backed Circle’s new platform CENTRE, announcing plans to offer loans backed by the new USD-backed cryptocurrency USD//Coin (USDC). Earlier this month, when Tether fell out of favor with investors, Nexo said it was exploring the addition of more stablecoins, adding that it has “never held significant amounts of Tether (USDT) on its balance sheet.”

Investors have proven to reward lenders for the expansion of the platform into new coins. Last week, rival crypto-backed lender SALT Lending (SALT) announced its support for loans collateralized by one of this year’s best performers, Dogecoin (DOGE). Since then, SALT coin has risen more than 30%. Crypto-backed lender BlockFi, meanwhile, issues loans backed by Gemini Trust’s recently launched stablecoin Gemini Dollar (GUSD).

Blockchain startups aren’t afraid to tease upcoming announcements, giving traders the opportunity to be in a position to potentially benefit from the news. Binance CEO CZ tweeted today on the heels of the exchange’s expansion into Uganda that he’s “got one more piece of good news coming soon,” which he pointed out generated more “likes” than the Uganda tweet.

As year-end approaches, the total value of the cryptocurrency market is currently below $210 billion.

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Monero Price Stabilizes as Transaction Fees Plummet

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Monero’s XMR currency has flat-lined over the past week, ebbing in the direction of the general market following the successful implementation of Bulletproofs. The upgrade, which was initiated four days ago, has given XMR a unique advantage in terms of transaction costs.

XMR/USD Update

From a price perspective, XMR has exhibited very little fluctuation over the past 24 hours. The digital currency is currently trading hands at $105.48, were it was down only slightly compared with the previous session. Likewise, the XMR price is little changed over the past seven days. Over that period, XMR’s peak-to-trough was $108.33-$102.22, according to CoinMarketCap.

At present values, Monero has a total value of $1.7 billion, placing it in the no. 10 spot on the active market-cap rankings. Its market value is three times higher than Zcash, another leading privacy coin.

XMR trade volumes averaged a little more than $14 million on Monday, with won-denominated transactions on Bithumb accounting for the vast majority of the daily turnover. The South Korean exchange processed nearly 92% of XMR’s exchange-traded volume, according to CoinMarketCap.

Monero Transaction Costs Plummet

Monero’s latest hard fork on Oct. 18 has given the blockchain a significant advantage from the perspective of cost, according to CoinMetrics, which recently commented on the massive drop in XMR transaction fees. Users of the privacy coin are now paying just 2 cents per transaction, a decline of 97% since the implementation of Bulletproofs. The sharp drop in transaction fees is accomplished by shrinking the overall size of cryptographic proofs and the amount of disk storage space required to execute a transaction.

The hard fork, officially known as Monero 0.13 Beryllium Bullet, adds a new layer of protection for XMR transactions. This includes trustless, non-interactive, zero-knowledge specifications that will completely mask transactions from the public blockchain. The hard fork was implemented on block 1685555, with the new Bulletproofs software executed on block 1686275.

The new specifications not only boost Monero’s credibility as the premiere privacy coin on the market, they work against the growing risk of network centralization. That’s because the new protocol offers greater resistance to corporate ASIC miners, which the community views as a major obstacle to decentralization. Miners have already reported a sharp drop in mining difficulty as a result of the fork, ensuring smaller players have the opportunity to contribute to the network.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Bulls Have the Potential to Capitalize, Following a Bullish Technical Set Up

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  • BCH/USD broke out and retested a long-running descending trend line, but has failed to capitalize on this further.
  • George Hotz, also known as Geohot, says “Bitcoin Cash is the real Bitcoin.”
  • CoinText.io expands its Bitcoin Cash payment SMS service to Brazil and further European countries. 

“Bitcoin Cash is the Real Bitcoin”

George Hotz, also known as Geohot, an American entrepreneur and hacker, was recently commenting on Bitcoin Cash. Following the BCH Devcon in San Francisco he attended, Geohot demonstrated how to generate a BCH private key from scratch using python coding.

During his python video, George spoke highly of Bitcoin Cash. He said, “I’m using Bitcoin Cash because it’s the real bitcoin.” His reasoning for the preference of BCH over BTC was due to it having significantly lower transaction fees. Stating, “Transaction fees are super low on bitcoin cash.”

Bitcoin Cash Being Used in Brazil with CoinText.io

SMS cryptocurrency payment service, CoinText, has launched their services in Brazil and three other European countries – Poland, Romania and Croatia. CoinText doesn’t require apps, logins or Internet, and users can send Bitcoin Cash via SMS. A new wallet is automatically created when people have received Bitcoin Cash via SMS.

Specifically commenting on the Brazilian expansion, CoinText founder and CTO said, “Brazilians have been suffering from corruption and bad monetary policy,” says CoinText founder and CTO Vin Armani. “Cryptocurrency offers a way for them to peacefully opt out of a corrupt system.”

A move in which is further helping the adoption of Bitcoin Cash, via the CoinText service, he further noted, “Adding Poland, Croatia and Romania brings us closer to connecting the entire continent of Europe,” Armani added. “CoinText’s end-of-year goal is to enable all 740 million European residents to text money to each other’s phones for pennies.”

Technical Review – Daily Chart

BCH/USD daily chart

BCH/USD price action of late has been very much mundane following a promising breakout from a long-running descending trend line. It had been contained below and rejected on several occasions, from the back end of July. Bulls managed to pull off a decent breakout to the upside, which took place between 26-27th September.

After observing the break above, then pullback for a retest of the breached trend line, it looked very promising. This as such played out to the textbook, however bulls failed to capitalize and drive further north. Instead, the price remained within a consolidation nature, a lack of commitment in either direction. Perhaps the bulls are sitting on the launchpad, ready to send this into orbit, time will tell here.

Looking at technical areas of interest, to the upside, resistance has capped upside well into $500 territory. Tracking from $455-80, which has been evident the past few sessions. A firm push higher, will allow $550 region to come back into play. In terms of buyers, they can be found from the current price, all the way down to $400 the round figure.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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