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Cryptos Pivot Sharply Lower After Weekend Rebound; Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple All Down

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After a favorable weekend rally, cryptocurrencies were back on the defensive Monday as investors took profits on bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. Although it’s still too early to determine if we are starting the next leg of the correction, market participants are still spooked about regulatory uncertainty in South Korea, not to mention the collapse of another notable project in BitConnect.

Bitcoin Falters

The value of bitcoin was down more than 7% at the start of Monday trading, according to Coinbase, a U.S. exchange that supports more than 13 million accounts. The BTC/USD exchange rate was lasts seen trading around $11,700 for a total market cap of $198 billion.

Bitcoin has had a difficult start to the year, with early gains wiped out over an 11-day period. Prices hit an intraday high of around $13,000 on Saturday before returning lower once more.

Although bitcoin’s declines are part of a broader market downtrend, it may have also lost some of its luster among new traders who are opting for more affordably priced altcoins. At the time of writing, bitcoin controls roughly 35% of the cryptocurrency market.

Altcoins Retreat

Outside of bitcoin, the picture was more or less similar, as all but two of the top 100 altcoins suffered declines. Starting from the top, Ethereum declined more than 6% to $1,067, Ripple XRP fell 9% to $1.42 and Cardano ADA declined 12% to 61 cents (all figures according to CoinMarketCap.com).

Bitcoin cash, an alternative bitcoin that forked from the original blockchain last summer, was down more than 9% at $1,805.

Behold, the sea of red:

The combined market cap for all cryptocurrencies has fallen more than 7% over the last 24 hours to reach $571 billion. Earlier in the day, the selloff dragged the market cap to a low of $543 billion.

Market Fundamentals Remain Unchanged

There was no apparent catalyst for the retreat on Monday, although the abruptness of the decline points to profit-taking after a weekend of steady gains. Many investors are also alarmed by South Korea’s lukewarm outlook on regulation. The chief concern is that, without South Korea, the cryptocurrency market would lose out on significant volumes, which would undermine the valuation.

A ban on South Korean exchanges would likely impact the market short-term, but this doesn’t guarantee long-term losses. As we saw in China ,a domestic ban will simply lead investors to offshore trading accounts. If regulators want to go after them, they’d need to step up surveillance of internet activity and virtual capital flows. This is a tougher sell in a democratically elected South Korea than it is in neighboring China.

As it currently stands, the prospect of a crypto trading ban is extremely unpopular in South Korea. Governments in democratically elected countries risk severe blow-back when they implement measures that overstep their boundaries.

Overstepping is exactly what a ban would be, according to the chairman of South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission. Kim Sang-Joo was recently quoted as saying that “the e-commerce law does not have the right to close virtual currency exchanges,” and that it is “impossible in reality.”

Until authorities confirm their intention one way or another, regulation will likely remain the market’s chief concern for the foreseeable future.

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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Encrypgen Beta Launch Sends Token Soaring

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Encrypgen (DNA) provides customers and partners best-in-class, next generation, blockchain security for protecting, sharing and re-marketing genomic data. Although the company has only been around for a few years, it appears to be a major player in the genomic blockchain security space. Security breaches at Ancestry.com and privacy concerns at 23andMe have created a void that Encrypgen hopes to fill.

Price Action

Earlier this week, Encrypgen reached a significant milestone after launching its Gene-Chain beta platform. DNA token is soaring by 20% since the announcement on Wednesday evening.

Encrypgen Price Chart

Encrypgen is far ahead of schedule since the initial expectation was the end of August. The company expects the final live version of the Gene-Chain to be available by the end of September. DNA is a utility token so platform usage will determine its value. DNA is inching its way closer to the finish line and traders appear to be backing it.

Since August 1, DNA is one of the best performing ERC20 tokens. I created a list of the top 50 ERC20 tokens and analyzed their returns since August 1. None of them have a positive return. In comparison, DNA has generated a 7% return during the same period. While the return is negligible compared to the fall 2017, it’s still a positive development. Especially since the price rise coincides with a major development milestone.

Encrypgen Value Proposition

Genetics is playing an increasingly pivotal role in the world of drug discovery. Researchers use genetic data to help them understand how diseases start and how they progress. One of the main reasons that Encrypgen caught my attention is that it is attempting to fill a real world void as a few of the largest non-crypto companies are facing serious issues. Two of those companies are Ancestry.com and 23andMe.

Ancestry.com is the most popular genealogical and family tree tracking company. Unfortunately, it appears that popularity comes at a cost. In December, a server on the company’s RootsWeb service exposed a file that has usernames, email addresses and passwords of 300,000 registered users. The stolen information was then leaked and posted online in plain text.

Another popular company in the industry, 23andMe, has its own issues regarding privacy. Lawmakers and consumers are expressing concern regarding privacy after a consumer submits their genetic test to the company. This is especially true in light of the recent $300 million collaboration deal that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) struck with 23andMe.

Encrypgen’s Gene-Chain platform appears to be the answer to the problem. Consumers will be able to upload their genetic data via Encrypgen’s secure portal which then goes into the company’s database. That data will then be secured with the company’s Gene-Chain. One of the most interesting parts is that consumers get paid when researchers want to purchase their data. According to a recent article from Reuters, consumers can expect an average payment of $130 each time that researchers buy their data. This is an excellent way for consumers to generate passive income.

Conclusion

Investors need to keep their eyes on Encrypgen as the company finalizes its Gene-Chain platform. With the recent price action, the coming catalysts, and the compelling value proposition, the DNA token may be one to begin accumulating.

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Four Altcoins Rebound +50% Over Twenty-Four Hours

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Most coins and tokens in the market cap one hundred are glowing green for the day of Friday, August 17th, but it’s the altcoins further down the list that have felt the strongest bounce.

Such a bounce may have been inevitable after the bloodletting of August which saw many altcoins lose north of 50% over the course of the month. The coins that suffered the worst have now benefited the most after surging to gains in excess of 50% over the past day.

Ontology (ONT)

On the afternoon of August 16th, Ontology (ONT) was priced at $1.44 after climbing from five month lows over the previous few days. Overnight the token saw a trebling of its daily volumes and the price surged to a daily peak of $2.16  – marking a growth of 50% by 03:30 UTC.

When the surge cooled off the price sprung back to around the $2.00 range, where it has hovered since daybreak this morning.

The recovery by Ontology is in proportion to the losses it experienced earlier in the month, after losing 50% between August 8th and August 14th.

VeChain (VET)

VET coins are up 53% for the day after jumping from $0.009955 to a peak of £0.015232 at 07:30 UTC this morning. Market cap statistics for VeChain have been reset after the coin underwent a token swap which saw VEN tokens changed to VET.

Like Ontology, the VET price has since stabilized after the surge, with the $0.0015000 range being maintained for the last six hours. Over 96% of VET trades have come on Binance where BTC and USDT trades dominate the majority.

Nano (NANO)

Nano’s peak was later in coming and peaked 13:30 UTC today, just a couple of hours before publication. From a low of $1.21 yesterday afternoon, NANO coins saw their value increase by 60% en route to a price of $1.94 – an over two week high that returns Nano to a July valuation.

Once again Binance finds itself host to the overwhelming bulk of the trades today, with NANO/BTC pairs alone making up 81% of the daily total. Overall daily trades have climbed from $5 million to $17 million over the last twenty-four hours – Nano’s highest daily volume since early June.

Cortex (CTXC)

Cortex saw a trade influx of over 300% today, with the $21 million daily volume not being seen since mid-July. Over the last day the coin price ascended from $0.253153 to a peak of $0.503776 – marking 99% growth over twenty-four hours.

Unlike the other coins and tokens on this list, Cortex isn’t listed on Binance and instead finds the majority of its action coming from Huobi, where BTC, ETH and USDT trades make up over 70% of the total.

Most cryptocurrencies are growing green today, although Bitcoin and Ethereum have only notched up growth within the range of 1-3%. Further down the rankings the altcoins are feeling the bounce, presumably due to the proportional extent of their losses earlier in the month.

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Why Investors Should Keep an Eye on DigiByte (DGB)

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DigiByte (DGB) has been around since early 2014 but like many altcoins only came to public and commercial prominence during the market ramp-up of 2017. In fact, between January of last year and now, DGB coins have grown over 9,400% in value – a figure that holds up even now in the midst of a market downturn.

Any coin price recorded during January’s spike shouldn’t be relied upon as an indicator of future performance, but the +50,000% growth recorded during the peak of January 7th is surely worthy of a mention.

DigiByte is self-described as the “Fastest, longest, most decentralized & secure UTXO blockchain in the world today.” Bold claims indeed, but do they stand up?

The Blockchain

DigiByte’s claims on being the longest blockchain might have something to do with the block times. DigiByte blocks come along every fifteen seconds, and for a blockchain that has been mined since 2014 this adds up to a very long chain of blocks – outnumbering the older but slower Bitcoin blockchain which produces blocks every ten minutes.

What about its claims on being the fastest? Well right now DigiByte can handle 560 transactions per second, which vastly outnumbers the seven and fifteen transactions per second handled by Bitcoin and Ethereum respectively. DigiByte intend for that number to rise, with a projected 280,000 tps targeted for 2035.

Placing future projections to one side, even the current tps rate of 560 is enough to grab attention. The speeds on the network are helped in no small part by the large number of node operators on the blockchain, with 70,000 at the time of writing.

Hence when DigiByte claim to be the most decentralized blockchain, they might once again have a point. Compare the DGB node count to Bitcoin’s 9,000 or Ethereum’s 16,000 and you see the difference.

As for its claims on being the most secure…

Multi-Algo

Miners of all stripes and colors can find something to do on DigiByte with five different mining algorithms employed in the production of DGB. ASIC miners are catered to with the presence of SHA256 and Scrypt mining; and Skein, Groestl and Qubit make up the CPU and GPU end of the spectrum.

Each of the five algorithms take a 20% share of the block rewards, with each algo having its difficulty adjusted automatically in relation to the strength of its respective mining pool. The splitting of the mining duties also helps secure the network against 51% attacks, since any attacker would have to control a majority of at least three of the algorithm groups.

The fifteen second block times mentioned above are achieved by having each of the five algorithms produce a block in constant succession. Thus, each of the five algorithms are cycled every minute and a half.

A Brief History

This all sounds well and good, and has been enough to carry DigiByte to within the top thirty ranked cryptocurrencies in the world, but this weren’t always so rosy for Jared Tate’s project.

In fact, when Tate launched DigiByte it was also intended to be used as a transactional currency within the gaming industry. If necessity is the mother of invention, then perhaps it was the hungry demands of a large-scale gaming industry which pushed DigiByte’s back-end evolution.

Ultimately the gaming focus failed. After finding integration on popular games such as Minecraft and League of Legends, the project collapsed in spring of 2017 due to ongoing technical issues and denial-of-service attacks.

A detailed history of DigiByte’s development can be viewed on their website, but the development team were instrumental in introducing the DigiShield technology which was eventually adopted by a host of other mainstream blockchains as a defence against mining attacks.

The blockchain has undergone four hardforks since its inception, with each introducing new updates in the form of the fairly self-describing Multi-Algo, Multi-Shield, DigiSpeed and the aforementioned DigiShield.

SegWit was also implemented on DigiByte in early 2017, via one of three softforks enacted on the blockchain thus far.

Notable Partners

Well, getting anywhere close to becoming bedfellows with the likes of Minecraft and League of Legends is no small feat, even if the association seems to have ended. But DigiByte also brushed shoulders with the likes of Microsoft when it was added to Azure back in 2016, although news from that front has been quieter in 2018.

In recent times DigiByte partnered up with Investa – a financial services provider which aims to incorporate DGB onto its ATM machines and debit cards.

Recent Performance

DigiByte is one of the few coins to have recorded higher lows and (almost) higher highs since January. Look at the chart below and see one of the few altcoins not to have completely disintegrated amid the bear market of the last eight months.

DigiByte sets itself up as a competitor to Bitcoin, not to other altcoins. It took a while for DGB to get going (possibly due to the purposeful lack of an ICO or whitepaper) but when it did it fired full-steam ahead almost immediately.

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