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Bitcoin or Altcoins: Which Is The Best Choice

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In the beginning, there was Bitcoin and all that followed were deemed to be heretics and called by the name Altcoins.  As thus it was. By the end of the year 2017 AD there were 1,386 heretics posing under the names of Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple and many more that followed in pursuing their vision of the holy grail.  

Passing through the biblical abyss, we are now in the present world of 2018 when a new testament is being written.  The question that must be answered is this. With the price of literally all cryptos having been slaughtered like sacrificial lambs, do you place your beliefs in bitcoin or the heretics?

We can make things a bit easier by putting Ethereum, LTE and XRP into the same group as bitcoin.  In fact the whole point of doing this is to address the question that is frequently being raised these days.

If you already own crypto and living with the frustration of seeing bitcoin tumbling from its near $20,000 high, you are probably inclined to bury your head and ignore the question all together.  Please resist the temptation. Later on you will be happy you did.

Value Can Be A Sucker Bet

Lately, I have been reading more articles featuring what I would call the most depressed priced list from the group of 2017 ICOs.  There is no question that fortunes were made by smart investors who played this strategy last year. Most of these guys are long gone.

Just take the case of ZClassic whose price when from a low of just under $0.40 to nearly $206.00 in the course of about a year.  That is a better investment return than even the 2017 crypto big performers like Ethereum at over 7,500%! Since January, owners of ZClassic have seen the price drop to around the $8.00 level.

So taking ZClassic and bitcoin and looking at these two in a microcosm, the question is which is a better investment from here?  Here is an easy answer. If both return to their previous high levels, bitcoin will about double in value while ZClassic will be worth 26 times it’s present value.  Expressed in a slightly different way, $10,000 invested in bitcoin would become about $20,000 whereas, in ZClassic becomes $257,500: Hmmmm!

In our example, we chose ZClassic for the simple reason is that its business actually is comparable to bitcoin.  For those less familiar, ZClassic started as a fork of Zcash in November of 2016. Zcash is a cryptocurrency that is aimed using cryptography to provide enhanced privacy of its users compared with bitcoin.

This is what makes our example a real challenge to make the right choice.  I do not own either one of these so have no dog in this fight but the risk reward favors ZClassic.

Now For The Real Test

When we make real life choices comparing bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple to the better then 1,386 ICOs of 2017, the difficulties multiply exponentially.  The first three have each lost 40%-50% of value from their highs. Only Ripple has fallen far more than the others.

It is a safe bet that the average Altcoin has lost much more than half their value.  The average loss is probably mirrors that of ZClassic. So what is the right choice? Finding the answer is why there are so many people interested in making recommendations.  I would advise against the temptation. These days you need to know the source of your information. There is a lot of bias. The reward is most likely not worth the risk. Here is why.

The next move up in prices will the lead by the big names like bitcoin followed by Ethereum and Ripple.  This is not a unique idea but simply applying common sense. If you want to play the Altcoin price recovery cycle keep in mind that many of the ICOs were pre-venture capital companies that have no operating history and many are pre product.  

In the past, entrepreneurs at that level typically raised capital from friends and family.  In other words from people who never expected to get repaid. So while the rewards of playing this strategy may be as attractive as ZClassic, the risks are infinitely higher.

In the days ahead, we will be keeping an eye out for ideas exceptional cases to the average ICO.

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Cardano Price Surges Following 96% Retracement

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After a long and brutal correction, Cardano is finally showing signs of recovery. The platform’s native token emerged as one of the biggest winners on Sunday, joining Stellar’s XLM at the top of the leader board.

ADA Price Update

Cardano’s ADA rose by as much as 12% on Sunday to reach a high of $0.093, its best in six days. At the time of writing, ADA was up 7.7% at $0.089, according to CoinMarketCap.

ADA’s daily trade volume has spiked 370% over the past seven days. On Sunday, daily turnover on digital currency exchanges reached $145.9 million. Binance was the biggest spot market for ADA trades, with roughly 40% of transactions taking place on the exchange. Upbit processed nearly a third of the daily turnover.

At current values, ADA has a market capitalization of $2.3 billion, up more than 27% from last week.

Extremely Oversold

While no asset has been spared from the yearlong market downturn, Cardano’s ADA was among the hardest hit. As Weiss Ratings highlighted last week, ADA is among four top-25 coins to have experienced a 90% retracement from its peak. ADA was down a staggering 96% from peak-to-trough, worse than XRP, NEO and IOTA.

Despite experiencing oversized losses relative to the majors, Cardano has been labeled one of the most promising blockchain projects since bitcoin. Founded by Charles Hoskinson, the influential co-founder of Ethereum, Cardano plans to use proof of stake to solve scalability and interoperability challenges. Ouroboros, the proof of stake algorithm employed by Cardano, achieved a significant security breakthrough earlier this year and is now considered “scientifically secure” by the blockchain community.

XRP Factor?

XRP’s three-fold increase since Thursday appears to have paved the way for other cryptocurrencies to follow suit. The market’s total capitalization reached a high near $229 billion on Sunday after XRP briefly overtook Ethereum as the world’s second-largest blockchain.

The market experienced another “flippening” on Sunday after Stellar’s XLM leapfrogged EOS for fifth spot in the value rankings. XLM is back in the no. 6 slot with a market cap of nearly $5.3 billion, but has gained more than 17% over the past 24 hours.

XRP’s price is sometimes considered a bellwether of institutional adoption in blockchain technology. The coin’s sharp and sudden upswing is in direct response to growing institutional adoption of Ripple’s underlying technology as well as the company’s plans to commercialize its cross-border payment platform.

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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UNICEF and Goldman-Sachs Backed Investors Adopt Stellar; XLM Overtakes EOS

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Stellar (XLM) was the beneficiary of two promising pieces of news over the weekend; first that Goldman-Sachs backed financial platform, Circle, has added XLM to its array of investable assets. And secondly that world aid organization UNICEF has expanded its breadth of donatable currencies to include Stellar (XLM).

Just like with XRP a couple of days ago, two big pieces of news was enough to trigger a flurry of buys for the coin in question. While XRP’s flurry cascaded into 115% growth and an influx of $5 billion to daily trade volumes, XLM’s performance has been a little more understated, but still significant.

Stellar (XLM) Displaces EOS

As sentiment began to turn for XLM last night it’s coin price went on a run that eventually resulted in 28% growth by 10:30 UTC Sunday morning. Stellar’s market cap jumped from $4.3 billion to $5.6 billion in that time, displacing EOS as the fifth most capitalized cryptocurrency in the process.

The overnight surge saw XLM trade at a near two-month high of $0.299126 during this morning’s peak – that’s up from Saturday’s low of $0.233491. And just like we saw with the majority of altcoins during the market surge of the last few days, a significant chunk of the action is coming from the eastern markets.

Over 25% of the day’s trades have come in the form of the XLM/KRW (Korean won) pair, based on the Upbit exchange. Likewise today, Cardano (ADA) can also attribute the majority of its 13% to Upbit’s ADA/KRW pair.

Upbit and Bithumb were the source of the majority of the recent market surge, and even today as the XRP hype dies down, Upbit’s XRP/KRW trades still represent the highest concentration of daily action.

XLM Making Moves

The Circle team announced the addition of XLM to their investment platform via this blog post, in which they detail the addition of EOS (EOS), Qtum (QTUM) and Ox (ZRX) as well as Stellar. The post states:

“These 4 assets were selected specifically based on their potential to contribute powerful infrastructure to the broader crypto ecosystem.”

Details on how Circle decide which assets are beneficial to the broader ecosystem can be read here. XLM, along with the other cryptos mentioned, will be available for individual investment or as part of a pre-packaged array of assets.

Over the weekend the Stellar team also took to Twitter to announce that the French division of UNICEF will now be accepting donations in XLM. The announcement by UNICEF  (French language) details the addition of Stellar as well as XRP in the last few days, taking the organization’s list of acceptable cryptocurrencies to nine.

The current batch of cryptocurrencies is now made up of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Monero, EOS, Litecoin and Stellar.

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Why Investors Should Pay Attention to RHOC

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In every industry, there is one company that tries to become so technologically superior that it can overcome all the other challenges posed by their competition. Whether the other competitors have first mover’s advantage or are just plain better marketers, one company can disrupt this by being so much more advanced where it matters.

Bitcoin is constantly criticized for its scaling ability. The speed and safety of the network has proven to be lacking, but the story and community behind it have allowed it to become massive. RChain was formulated with the core belief that by creating a solution that solved all the problems Bitcoin couldn’t, it could gain dominance.

RHOC’s Main Value Proposition

To sum up the entire goal of RChain (or RHOC), they aim to be the fastest and most efficient solution on the market. From there, it should be simple to take advantage of the core communities that have been built around media favourites like Ethereum and Bitcoin.

RChain gets its name from the mathematical innovations that are used to fuel it: Reflective High-Order Calculus. This calculus was invented by the founder, Greg Meredith, and it allows for concurrent calculations to be done in a way that will enable the continued scaling of the network.

There are 3 benefits that are constantly highlighted about RChain. Speed is first and foremost, since it is a key selling point for everyone. With the ability to process 40,000 transactions per second (and high hopes of scaling to 100,000 transactions per second), this puts it way ahead of the current capabilities of Bitcoin.

Then you have the tools provided for developers, which should greatly improve their ability to create apps and products that work well with the platform. But most of all, RChain has put a lot of work into creating their own RChain Collective. The collective is a public group composed of developers, investors, and users of RChain. By creating this inclusive collective, the RChain team has guaranteed that every member has some say in the future of the platform.

RHOC’s Recent Performance

2018 has seen a slow but consistent rollout of the features promised by the RChain Cooperative, and now many of the promises are starting to come to fruition. As more features are offered and the mainnet demonstrates its ability to handle a higher number of transactions, RChain will become much more appealing for investors and developers.

In situations like this, the first thing people usually say is that it is a pump n’ dump scheme, but there is one key reason why this doesn’t fit RChain. They are continually updating their development timeline, and have released consistent offerings along the way. Their testnet is planned to be released in September 2018, with the mainnet following sometime in Q1 2019.

Although RHOC is down 31.4% in the last month, it is well-positioned for a comeback. Its total market capitalization is $121 MM, which places it in the top 20 of ERC-20 tokens. Making a bet on RChain is really about making a bet on the team they have in place, and their ability to deliver on the massive promises they have made. Because if they do, then it could mean massive disruption in a sector that has mostly been focused on Bitcoin and Ethereum from the beginning.

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