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Ethereum: Building A Lead In The Marathon

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A lot of what is written these days on cryptocurrencies fits into one of three categories. The first is a description of the latest price moves up and down.  We all know how much drama there is and that makes good headlines.  

Let’s call the second category the SegWit syndrome where we receive a description of the latest breakthrough in blockchain technology written from a developer viewpoint: hard to read and nearly impossible to understand.

In the third category is all of the other highly qualified writers and journalists that I have not already insulted.  Apologies to all.

For more than 30 years as a Wall Street analyst, hedge fund manager and Director of Research, my approach is to access things from an analytical perspective.  Technology is constantly changing the world but the things that make for long term business success pretty much stay the same.  That is why our bias tends to favor the crypto giants Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Focus On Ethereum

By now it is probably no longer necessary to describe Ethereum’s open source blockchain platform that features self executing smart contracts.  Everybody knows that by now, right?

As a business person and investor, I am drawn to the leadership already created by Ethereum founders.  Say what you will about Initial Coin Offerings, but Ethereum accounts for over 80% of that market.  But that is just surface stuff because if ICO were to stop overnight, the demand for Ether would not end.

One of the forces behind this prediction is the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance which is now just over a year old.  Membership totals somewhere near 300 companies from JP Morgan and MicroSoft down to much more modest enterprises.  The mission of EEA is to bring together Fortune 500 companies with blockchain experts.  This is a great selling tool for Ethereum and as the list grows, so does their competitive strength.

Capital And Competition

To be successful, it is critical to always keep an eye out for what is going on around your business.  It is a well turned phrase that if a business doesn’t disrupt itself, someone else will. That takes capital. These days capital is flowing into crypto in many different ways.

The Weird Journey of Algorand

Venture Capital are dying to find a way of tapping into the cryptocurrency wave.  As we pointed out in a recent article, VC’s have been wounded by things like crowdfunding and ICOs and looking for about any action.  That is when I came across MIT’s Algorand blockchain project.  It raised $4 million in seed money from two VC’s.  Now $4 million is chump change but still it made me ask, what were they thinking?

Here is how CoinDesk described the project.  Algorand constitutes a digital currency and transaction platform.  It represents the latest effort to build a wholly new blockchain aimed at tackling some of the perceived governance issues associated with distributed systems.

The Professor Speaks

The head of the Algorand is MIT professor,  Silvio Micali. In addition to spending 30 years in cryptography he is also a Turing Award winner.  So obviously he is no slouch.  But apparently all these years in academia has depleted his appreciation for Econ 101 which states that everyone behaves in a way to optimize profits.  Professor Micali and the Algorand platform appears to be forgetting the value incentives for crypto mining.

At a recent conference Macali explained his attitude and the Algorand approach in this way. “We must use incentives as a last resort.” “ When you put incentives out there, people learn how to use those incentives for making money in ways that are nearly impossible to predict.”  Wow, that sounds a lot like creative capitalism.

Crypto Socialism

Micali believes that miners who have invested lots of dough in expensive equipment are dealing in trivial computations and do not need to be rewarded.  Instead the Algorand platform uses “validators” who in return for doing trivial computations will not have to invest in expensive equipment.  

Coindesk describes Algorand as the latest effort to build a wholly new blockchain system. The best guess on a release date is sometime in the next year. Taking that statement at face value out of respect for the author, at this time,  investors in Ethereum have little to be worried about from competition.  In the meantime Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin is working on something call a DAICO.  It is intended as an improvement on the current Ethereum ICO process.  As we suggested earlier, when a tech company disrupts itself, it reduces the chances of being overtaken by others.

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Crypto Update: Market Stabilizes as Ripple Craze Fades

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The major cryptocurrencies had crazy Friday, with the skyrocketing Ripple in the center of attention. XRP more than doubled in 24 hours, and the coin was up 3 times off its low from earlier this month before entering a correction in the second half of the day. Ripple briefly took over Ethereum as the second largest coin by market capitalization, even as ETH also hit an almost three-week high amid the broad rally in the segment.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

XRP settled down above the $0.50 level near the market cap of ETH, but short-term the coin is severely overbought, and a pullback to the $0.42-$0.46 zone is still very likely even if the coin manages to hold on to its stellar gains and enter long-term rising trend. For now, a long-term trend change is not confirmed, despite the huge bullish move, with most of the segment still being in bearish long-term trends.

That said, the short-term buy signal is still intact in our trend model, and should the overbought readings get cleared, traders could enter new positions again. Support levels are found near $0.54, $0.51, while resistance is ahead near $0.57, $0.64, and $0.75.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin got up to $6750 yesterday, but so far, it failed to overcome the resistance zone near that price level, and the coin is now trading in a shallow short-term correction. BTC needs to stay above the $6500 support to maintain the break-out that followed Ripple’s surge and to remain on a buy signal in our trend model.

The fact that correlations are still declining between the coins is a positive sign, but the overall bearish picture in the segment and Bitcoin’s proximity to the key long-term zone still warrant caution here. Further resistance zones are now ahead near $7000 and between $7200 and $7300, while support below $6500 is still found at $6275, $6000, and near $5850.

Altcoins Pull Back with Ripple, Short-Term Setup Still Promising

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum finally broke above the key $235 support/resistance level thanks to yesterday’s broad rally, and the coin reached the next major resistance zone near $260 as expected after the bullish move. Now the dominant declining trendlines are not far away, so traders should reduce their positions, since the long-term trend is still clearly bearish.

A test of the lows is still in the cards in the coming weeks, and the coin remains on a long-term sell signal despite the short-term rally.  Support is found near $200, $180, at the low near$170, and at $160, while further resistance is ahead between $275 and $$280 and at $300.

Stellar/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stellar was among the strongest coins during yesterday’s rally, following Ripple higher, but now it is testing the key support/resistance zone between $0.2375 and $0.25 after entering a correction together with the broader market.

That said, the break-out is intact in Stellar, and traders could hold on to their positions here. Support levels are found near $0.21, $0.1930, and $0.1830, while further resistance is ahead near $0.2650 and $0.2850.

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The Flippening: XRP Overtakes Ethereum as Second-Largest Cryptocurrency

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XRP’s sudden and dramatic surge over the past four days has fundamentally altered the composition of the cryptocurrency market. On Friday, the so-called banker’s cryptocurrency overtook Ethereum as the world’s second-largest blockchain, highlighting the latter’s struggle over the past two months.

Market Cap Rankings

The market capitalization for XRP has more than doubled this week and now sits at $23.6 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. The dramatic surge follows a 115% spike in the XRP price since Tuesday.

Ethereum, which has long held the no. 2 spot in the crypto market rankings, has fallen to third spot with a total market cap of $23.3 billion. Ether’s price is up more than 7% on Friday and lags considerably behind XRP over the past five days.

Trading in XRP is up across all major exchanges. XRP’s daily turnover now sits at $2.6 billion, having gained a staggering 800% since Tuesday.

At the time of writing, the total cryptocurrency market capitalization was worth nearly $225 billion. The market was valued at roughly $200 billion just 24 hours ago.

The Flippening

Despite being one of the most polarizing cryptocurrencies on the market, XRP has managed to win over investors who are keenly monitoring institutional adoption of blockchain technology. Ripple Labs, the company behind XRP, has announced hundreds of partnerships over the designed to boost mainstream adoption of blockchain technology.

All that came to a head on Monday after a Ripple executive teased the release of the first xRapid product. Sagar Sarbhai, head of regulatory relations for Ripple’s Asia-Pacific and the Middle East unit, told CNBC that a new cryptocurrency offering centered on the xRapid system was due in the “next month or so.” This news helped propel XRP through the stratosphere.

Ethereum, on the other hand, was the center of the most recent market meltdown that saw prices plummet nearly 90% from peak-to-trough. Ether briefly fell below $170 last week as coin offerings continued to liquidate their holdings. According to some analysts, Ethereum is facing an existential crisis amid declining reservation demand and concerns over “economic abstraction.” Although the development community is addressing these concerns, Ethereum’s short-term price trajectory has been extremely volatile.

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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Crypto Update: Surging Ripple Leads Strong Rally, Tops $0.50

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The last 24 hours saw a much-awaited bullish shift in the cryptocurrency segment, as finally, the rally of a major triggered a broad and sustained move in the other top coins as well. Ripple surged by 50% after the initial rally of the bear market lows, and it really took off after yesterday’s buy signal in our trend model, topping the weaker $0.3750 resistance level and the very strong long-term zone near $0.42, which also marked the dominant declining long-term trendline.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Despite the strong rally, a long-term trend change is not confirmed yet, and traders should reduce their positions here, as at least a re-test of the key zone near $0.42 is very likely following the surge, with resistance ahead at $0.54, $0.575, and $0.64. With the move, XRP also got close to take over Ethereum as the second largest coin, with currently around 10% separating the two currencies in market cap.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is also significantly higher today, although the 5% move is dwarfed by Ripple 50% jump. BTC triggered a buy signal overnight, rallying past the $6500 resistance level, and it is currently testing the zone $6750.

The long-term signal is still only neutral, and although the current broad rally is encouraging, the segment is still not out of the woods. Further resistance zones are now ahead at $7000 and between $7200 and $7300, while support below $6500 is still found at $6275, $6000, and near $5850.

Altcoins Still Mixed but Rally Gaining Breadth

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum moved up to the recent swing high and got close to the key resistance level at $235 once again amid the broad rally, but for now a clear break to confirm a new upswing is not completed. That said, the coin is still on a short-term buy signal, and given the improvements in the segment, traders should hold on to their positions here.

A sustained move below $200 would still warn of a re-test of the lows near $170, but a move above $235 could lead to a test of the $260 resistance level and the strong $275-$280 zone.

XMR/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The outlook for the major altcoins improved, but there are still relatively weak coins, with the likes of ETC, IOTA, LTC, and NEO still not being in good technical positions. That said, Stellar, Cardano, Dash, and EOS also joined the rally, and Monero maintained its short-term buy signal too.

XMR is still below the recent swing low and the $125 resistance level, and well shy of the key long-term zone near $150, but the stability of the coin is encouraging.

Dash/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

After the bullish consolidation period below $200 that we pointed out, Dash moved above the key level following Ripple and the broader market higher. Dash could be part of a bullish leadership, should the current move continue, and although the long-term downtrend is still intact, the coins is now on a short-term buy signal in our trend model, with further support at $190 and $170 and resistance ahead at $215, $225, and $265.

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