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ICO Analysis: Social (Nexus)

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Reader, be suspicious of anything that tells you it will establish a “new social network.” The establishment of social networks is semi-organic and requires a massive effort. Have a look at Minds.com, which is a great idea that integrates Bitcoin for promotion. It’s still growing. The author has been there from the beginning. So don’t take this statement the wrong way – the author would love to see the social network monopolies of Twitter and Facebook broken, he just isn’t overly confident that it will happen anytime soon, and here are presented with an investment that hinges on the building of a social network.

That just seems like a bad idea off the top, though we’ll look a little further into it. Any social networking play would involve integrating with existing social networks. That would be the way to approach such a thing.

Nexus Overview

Nexus is a new generation of social network. All data and uploads will exist on the blockchain instead of centralized servers. Nexus is a feature rich platform that allows you to communicate with friends and family in multiple different and unique ways, while providing state-of-the-art security and privacy.

This all sounds great, but none of it means it will take off. You need tens of millions to even begin to compete with any other social networking effort.

It doesn’t matter if you decentralize the data. It doesn’t matter what you do. To build a social network, you need a social magnet. You need a lot of things that Facebook doesn’t have. People may post on Facebook that they are concerned about being monitored and their data not being private, but it’s not the case that they will necessarily leave the social network right away.

Did you know an alternative software to Twitter has existed for the entire time that Twitter has existed? The software that Identi.ca is based on is open source – anyone can implement it. For that purpose, it’s decentralized. The networks can be integrated through Oauth and other means. It’s really incredible by comparison to Twitter, especially for businesses that want to operate social networks – but as it turns out, the network effect is real in social networking. To build a social network, you need a lot. A lot more than a great idea. A lot more than good technology.

MySpace allowed anyone to create a page, make it look however they wanted, and display music. This was great. Facebook came along and took all of these features away – and still flourished. Facebook focused on being exclusive at first, which expanded its network effect, which is an ironic reality.

By decentralizing and encrypting all data and uploads, Nexus hopes to eliminate all invasion of privacy that large corporations are currently performing. End-to-endmessageencryption ensures only you and the person you’re communicating with can read what is sent, and nobody in between, not even Nexus. Imagine a full decentralized social network where all data and multimedia is stored on the blockchain instead of centralized servers.

Again, this sounds great, but for all intents and purposes – no one actually cares. People want to be where they can be accessed. LinkedIn has managed to flourish as a place to find people in business, and yet the new generation are largely dispensing with it. It would have made more sense for LinkedIn to have released the equivalent of Workplace, but Facebook beat them to that, too. Facebook may not have an eternal grip on social marketing, but it presents a tremendous obstacle to anyone trying to build alternatives. Minds.com, again, is a great alternative to other social media platforms – people have to pay for the privilege to get their posts out there, and there’s an internal currency which manages to integrate Bitcoin. It’s a great project as well, but it will be a long time before it is large enough to matter. This is the simple reality of the matter. ‘

Social Token

The token sale for this ICO is ongoing. The token will have a purpose, to be used on the platform for advertising and the purchase of goods and services. This is enticing on the face – at least they’re forcing the use of the token for something. But overall, who cares, really? We have to depend on them to build a massive social network, and this much seems unlikely. You can build all the buzz around the thing you want, although they haven’t, really.

One thing you can say for them is that they are doing the right thing with the tokens they are issuing, which there will be a maximum of 50 million. Out of those, 47.5 million will be for sale to the general public. It would be nice if more profitable, better ideas would also do similar with their tokens. Retaining tokens from the public while at the same time profiting during an ICO handsomely is strictly a red flag. It makes one wonder what ICOs intend to do with those tokens. So it’s a plus to see that they’re not doing that here, but again, this thing is probably going nowhere due to its actual mission.

The Verdict

We don’t see any future in things which want our money to start competitors to well-established social networks.

Risk

Such a prospect as building a successful social network can take decades to achieve. -4

Growth Potential

For short-term investments, it’s nice to see so many tokens being put on the market. This is unusual and should not be under-credited – +4.5.

Disposition

We reach a numerical disposition of .5 on this token. We figure if you do invest, you’d better dump quickly.

Investment Details

The ICO for the Nexus social tokens is ongoing. Visit https://ico.nexus.social/. Currently, they are offering a 40% bonus (another red flag) – 700 tokens per Ether. Please invest with caution.

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Italy Spooks markets Again as Stocks Remain Under Pressure

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European stocks Led the way lower today despite a bullish start in Asia, as equities gave back their gains when Daimler published a surprising profit warning, which was deeply affected by the recent trade war developments, reigniting fears of a tariff-driven downturn in global trade.

DAX, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Old Continent got into more trouble later on, when two anti-EU officials were named in Italy, resurrecting fears of a clash between the systematically crucial country and the core of the Eurozone. Italian yields rose in European trading, and although they are still shy of the levels hit during the May scare, the periphery could be in trouble as the ECB pledged to exit the market by the end of the year.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The main European indices were smashed lower during the session, with the DAX hitting a two month low, still being very weak relatively speaking compared to its US peers. US stocks sold off heavily following the opening bell and they failed to recover, unlike two days ago, and the major benchmarks traded well below yesterday’s levels just before the close.

The Nasdaq and the Russell 2000 lost some of their recent mojo, pulling back heavily of the all-time highs during the day. All in all, the risk off shift continues to dominate across the board, as we expected and we remain negative on risk assets here, especially regarding emerging markets, even as the Dollar’s rally could be over for a while.

Dollar Pulls back as Pound Surges

USD/CAD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar took a beating as the Philly Fed Index came in much worse than expected, and as the Bank of England sent hawkish signals, pushing the Pound and the Euro higher. The central bank left its benchmark rate unchanged at 0.5%, but a rate hike this year got much closer, with a key member of the bank voicing inflationary concerns.

The Greenback fell more than what the events would imply, so a larger scale consolidation could have already started in the currency following the recent gains and the marginal new high yesterday. With the EUR/USD pair nearing the 1.1450-1.15 support zone, the USD/CAD hitting 1.33 and the AUD/USD touching 0.7350, a meaningful counter-trend move would be timely in the surging reserve currency.

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Gold continued to drift lower before the Dollar’s reversal and it hit $1262 for the first time since lat December before bouncing back above the $1270 level in late trading. Crude oil also fell sharply in early trading, and the WTI contract traded with a $64 handle before rallying back to $66 per barrel.

The OPEC meeting, which is expected to result in a supply increase by the cartel made the crucial commodity very volatile in recent days, but we expect the bearish trend to continue, with a likely dip to the $60 level in the coming weeks.

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Crypto Update: Coins Drift Sideways as Trading Activity Plunges

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Liquidity dried up in the cryptocurrency segment in recent days, as trading volumes have been declining progressively, while the major coins got stuck in tight ranges. Only a few coins show signs of activity, and the bearish short-term patterns continue to dominate the market. With a group of currencies, namely Litecoin, Monero, Dash, and Bitcoin itself clearly dragging the segment down, the short-term trend will likely continue, as the previous leaders are now showing strength either.

While all of the top digital currencies are showing some gains today, and the total value of the market edged close to $290 billion, major resistance levels are still towering above. The fact that the effect of the Bithumb hack faded away quickly is a positive here, but until signs of bullish momentum and a clear leadership forming, the short-term outlook remains bearish.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin continues to trade near the $6750 level, edging ever closer to the declining short-term trendline, in a bearish consolidation pattern. Bulls would need a sustained move above $7000 to negate the declining trend, but for now at least a test of last week’s lows is likely with a possible move towards the key long-term zone between $5850 and $6000.  The short-term zone around $6350 level provides support, while further resistance is ahead near $7350.

Ethereum Nears Trendline as ETC Attempts Breakout

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum has been among the strongest coins in the last few days again, and coupled with its long-term relative strength, the second largest coin is still the best candidate to lead a recovery. That said, the coin still faces strong resistance between $555 and $575, and bullish momentum is suspiciously weak. Primary support is found at $500 with further zones near $450 and $400.

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic has been positively diverging compared to the rest of the market, together with Binance Coin, and to a lesser extent Tron ever since its inclusion to Coinbase, and the coin moved above the key $16 resistance yesterday in late trading.

While ETC is slightly overbought from a short-term perspective, a consolidation above $16 and a subsequent move higher could confirm a trend change. For now, the short-term trend signal is only neutral, and traders should remain cautious given the broad downtrend in the segment

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Treading the Floods: Cryptocurrency Prices Stable Following Bithumb Attack 

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Cryptocurrencies emerged unscathed Wednesday following yet another security breach of a South Korean exchange, as the market continued to favor a corrective rally for bitcoin and the major altcoins.

Crypto Prices Hold Steady

Bitcoin fell by as much as $200 Wednesday on news of a cyber attack targeting South Korea’s Bithumb exchange. However, the coin quickly recovered and now sits just shy of $6,800, according to data provider CoinMarketCap. Prices peaked at $6,821.56 at 12:34 UTC.

Compared with 24 hours ago, bitcoin’s per-coin value was virtually unchanged.

The ten biggest altcoins by market cap exhibited the same pattern, with prices treading water compared with Tuesday afternoon. The total cryptocurrency market was valued above $290 billion, up from an earlier low of around $282 billion.

Bitcoin and the major altcoins have more or less retained their bullish bias, which suggests that a continuation of the upward trend is likely. Since bottoming last week, coins have rebounded $26 billion.

Bithumb Attack: What We Know

Hackers made off with roughly $31 million in stolen cryptocurrency on Wednesday as Bithumb suffered its third cyber breach in 12 months. The attackers reportedly targeted users’ holdings of XRP, the third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, by running a series of unauthorized access attempts.

Bithumb was unable to prevent the attack despite spending upwards of 10 billion won ($9 million) on security enhancements. This includes complying with new guidelines for financial institutions requiring 5% of company staff be made up of IT specialists. Bithumb has reportedly exceeded that quota by a wide margin.

The Seoul-based exchange confirmed that it had migrated outstanding crypto balances to cold storage and said it will fully refund affected users. Transactions on the exchange remain suspended for now.

Although news of the attack hit the airwaves on Wednesday, some analysts believe the theft occurred several days earlier as part of Bithumb’s data upgrade. However, the exact cause of the breach remains unclear.

Goldman Sachs Weighs Crypto Trading as an Option

U.S. multinational investment bank Goldman Sachs is considering taking a bigger dive into cryptocurrency by launching a full-scale trading operation, according to COO David Solomon.

“We are clearing some futures around bitcoin, talking about doing some other activities there, but it’s going very cautiously,” Solomon said during an interview in China, as reported by CCN. “We’re listening to our clients and trying to help our clients as they’re exploring those things too.”

Currently, the Wall Street investment giant is clearing bitcoin futures contracts. It has also announced plans to introduce a new bitcoin trading operation, which includes using its own money to trade with clients in a variety of contracts linked to bitcoin.

Institutional traders are awaiting the arrival of custodial services dedicated to cryptocurrency before taking the full plunge into digital assets. To that effect, the San Francisco-based  Coinbase exchange is leading the charge by announcing a new line of crypto custodial services to unlock up to $10 billion in institutional capital.

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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