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How to Invest in a Decentralized Economy?

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Australian-born Michael Dunworth, CEO of Silicon Valley-based blockchain Wyre, has said that financial advisors should invest in Bitcoin to understand the currency better in the decentralized economy.

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In a report from the Financial Standard, Dunworth said:

“You don’t have to break the bank. You could invest $10, $100 or $1,000 worth of bitcoin.”

What better way, after all, to fully understand the inner workings of a decentralized economy than by investing in it?

Of course, such a task for the average person on the street may be easier said than done. Many people may be put off by the idea of investing their hard-earned money, let alone what they should invest in. Add to the confusion digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum and countless people may consider it too much of a task to undertake.

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Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way. As digital currencies and the use of the blockchain technology continues its upward trajectory, new opportunities are coming on the market for people to invest. But, with past and current initial coin offerings (ICOs) delivering over 500 digital currencies, which are being traded daily, how can someone searching for a way to diversify their investment portfolio, with the right tokens and digital currencies, enter the crypto space? And when is it the right time to do so?

According to Sydney-based billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, who is the co-founder and co-CEO of software firm Atlassian, who has invested in Bitcoin, he tweeted data that indicated $10,000 worth of bitcoins in July 2010 would be worth nearly $150 million with today’s exchange rate.

Unfortunately, unless one is gifted with the sight to see into the future, knowing what to invest in and when can be an uphill struggle for some.

However, whether someone is turning to the decentralized economy for the first time or they are a seasoned investor who wants to acquire and invest in assets without any hassle, The Token Fund provides an avenue for potential investors to break into the crypto space.

What is the Token Fund?

The Token Fund – also be known as a Coin Traded Fund (CTF), which is analogous to exchange traded-funds (ETFs) where you buy shares of a portfolio that tracks the yield and return of its native index – aims to achieve a straightforward process for an investor to invest in the decentralized economy. By doing so, it enables even those with little digital currency knowledge to jump on board and invest in digital assets.

With cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether having a correlation close to zero with the real economy, they present a viable alternative hedge against financial crises. However, while ETFs hold over $2.6 trillion of assets globally, are being utilized by a growing number of investors in various markets, and is expected to account for $5 trillion of assets by 2020, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), digital currencies still remain outside of ETFs.

At present, there is no digital currency market index in existence. The Securities and Exchange Commissions (SEC) rejection of the Winklevoss twins Bitcoin exchange traded-fund (ETF) in March dashed those hopes. However, while the SEC reconsiders its previous rejection decision, investors require another source of direction to turn to where they can gain optimal exposure in the cryptocurrency space.

As such, The Token Fund’s CTF has been developed that will act as an index with fund managers Viktor Shpakovsky and Vladimir Smerkis responsible for making investment decisions, providing efficient, transparent and provable operations, and ensuring security and taking contingency measures.

Once users sign up, they can deposit Bitcoin or Ether into the project wallet, upon which they will receive a specific number of TKN tokens, depending on the deposit amount and the fund’s capital each day.  Investors also have the option of selling their TKN tokens back to The Token Fund before cashing out. TKNs are based on the Ethereum blockchain, which ensures the development of a complex system with low costs compared to Bitcoin.

In practice, though, the use of an index is only applicable depending on the market capitalization of known currencies. The Token Fund is structured primarily on market capitalization; however, it also focuses on trading volume too. Therefore, digital currencies with an average daily turnover of less than $100,000 for the past six months are automatically excluded from the portfolio. Bitcoin and Ethereum make up just under 60 percent of the portfolio. However, in order to represent a constantly adjusted cross-section of the decentralized economy with the most potential, The Token Fund also focuses on other tokens such as Ethereum Classic, Monero, Storjcoin X, Zcash and Dash to name a few.

In order to account for any changes in the market, The Token Fund portfolio will rebalance based on set rules to ensure the continued growth of the fund.

Strong Performance from The Token Fund

Since the arrival of the fund on 24 March, the TKN price has risen from $10 to just over $23 on 18 May. As can be seen from this graph, which is available to anyone and updated daily, the funds portfolio volume in TKN tokens rose from 131 at the end of April to 394 on 17 May. This data is available to view here, which is updated every 12 hours.

The Rise of Digital Currencies

The year 2017 has, so far, been a great year for digital assets. While Bitcoin has continued to reach new all-time highs, achieving $2100+ this May, other currencies too have attained new heights.

For the first time in May, Ethereum scaled to above $100. For a digital currency that was trading around $8 in January, Ether has progressed in leaps and bounds, illustrating that it has what it takes to push barriers. Litecoin has also pushed ahead to reach new heights after remaining stagnant within the $3-5 price range for a few years to now trade around $26. The news of San Francisco-based Bitcoin exchange Coinbase announcing that it was adding support to the currency on its wallet platform also helped bump Litecoin’s price up. Whereas, Ripple, which recently overtook Ethereum to claim the number two spot before Bitcoin, saw its market cap value soar to over $14.5 billion after the XRP token climbed to as much as $0.33, representing a roughly 40 percent increase in 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap.

The world of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain is helping to reshape the global economy with more money flowing into digital assets. As such, this is proving a good time to invest and diversify into digital assets, giving an ideal avenue for people interested in removing themselves away from the traditional financial system.

As The Token Funds whitepaper states:

“Growing interest in such assets may be promising something big, perhaps a revolution similar to the one the Internet provided in the early 90s.”

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  1. rdcglobal

    May 22, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Cool i think this Token Fund is better than GBTC which is always way overpriced compared to its bitcoin holding value.

  2. carls4096

    May 23, 2017 at 2:30 am

    The idea and the product is quite good but the cost is a bit high IMO. As written in the white paper the deposit fee is 5% AND the exit fee is 5%. If you invest 20.000$ just 19.000$ are arriving in the fund. Let’s say after 6 month the 19.000$ become 25.000$ and you withdraw then 1250$ gets deducted. Total cost 2250$.

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Crypto Expert Maintains $60,000 Price Target for Bitcoin

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Back in January, cryptocurrency expert Phillip Nunn made two bold predictions: bitcoin will reach a low of $6,000 this year before rebounding to a high of $60,000. With his first prediction proving true, Nunn remains steadfast that the latter price point will also come to fruition in spite of recent market turmoil.

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The Bulls Will Prevail

In a recent interview with BusinessCloud U.K., Nunn said market volatility will ultimately work in favor of bitcoin, leading to an historic rally before year’s end.

Referring to his January forecast, Nunn said “the prediction was based on, first of all, market volatility which we’re experiencing at the moment.”

Nunn, who heads The Blackmore Group and Wealth Chain Group, said his $60,000 price forecast is “absolutely” possible given bitcoin’s long-term trajectory and role in disrupting traditional sectors. However, at present, bitcoin and other digital currencies are at the mercy of market sentiment and price manipulation, given the relatively small size of the industry. Case in point: cryptocurrency trade volumes plummeted to around $9.5 billion this weekend, the lowest in over two months. Such low turnover makes crypto assets prone to extremely wild swings not unlike the price forecasts Nunn put forward in January.

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“All the money that exists in crypto at the moment is from the public, so it’s all about market sentiment,” he said. “A flood of bad news can wobble the market, stuff like regulation. The industry is so small that there’s market manipulation.”

Ultimately, Nunn says bitcoin is helping to create an “internet of value” that will disrupt everything from money to record-keeping.

His view differs markedly from an institution like the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), which on Sunday released a report arguing for bitcoin’s ultimate demise. Although BIS didn’t frame the outcome exactly in those terms, the Swiss institution said the digital currency is ultimately too costly and too prone to manipulation to become a mainstay in traditional finance.

Bitcoin Prices

Bitcoin was little changed on Sunday, as prices consolidated around $6,500. With daily turnover of $3 billion, bitcoin’s trade volumes accounted for more than a third of the crypto market total.

The world’s largest cryptocurrency by market cap is down nearly 5% over the past week. That pales in comparison with some of the leading altcoins, which have fallen double digits over the same period.

Bitcoin has experienced multiple selloffs this year, with some analysts attributing the decline to the launch of bitcoin futures in December. Fundstrat Global Advosrs’ Tom Lee recently argued that bitcoin prices tend to fall into the expiration of the monthly futures contracts. This is likely caused by traders longing actual bitcoin and shorting the futures market.

Like Nunn, Lee maintains a strongly bullish outlook on bitcoin and has called for prices to rebound to $25,000 this year despite recent market dynamics.

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: Coins Consolidate Above Support but Downtrend Still Intact

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It has been a very quiet weekend for the major cryptocurrencies so far, as the predominantly bearish week ended with range trading and a collapse in volumes across the board. Most of the top coins failed to gain back the ground they lost during the steep selloff, with only Binance Coin and VeChain showing meaningful bullish momentum.

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The relatively strong Ethereum, EOS, and Ripple remained stable, with ETH hovering around the $500 level, EOS trading north of the key $10 support despite the network’s technical issues, and Ripple being stuck in a narrow range just below the widely-watched $0.54 resistance level. The total capitalization of the market has been virtually unchanged at $280 billion, as both Bitcoin and Ethereum flatlined.

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Bitcoin is trading right at the short-term support level near $6500, holding up just above the April low, with the crucial long-term support zone near $5850 that is vital for the whole segment. The coin is clearly in a short-term downtrend, while also being relatively weak on all time frames. The oversold short-term momentum readings are now cleared and that could point to a test of the lows in the coming days.

 

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum also cleared the short-term oversold readings, but it failed to leave the vicinity of the $500 support/resistance level. Despite the coin’s undoubted relative strength, and the still bullish long-term setup, the short-term trend signal remains a sell, and the declining trend is intact. Traders should still not enter new positions here, while investors could add to their holdings on the short-term selloffs. Strong resistance is ahead between $555 and $575, while further support is found at $450, $400, and $380.

Divide Widens between Leaders and Laggards

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Although short-term correlations skyrocketed during last week’s decline, the divergence between the relatively strong and weak coins got even more pronounced, with the likes of Litecoin, Dash, and Monero severely lagging the broader market. Litecoin got stuck below the $100 level after the breakdown last week, and it is below the long-term base pattern, as it failed to show relative strength during the weekend. Immediate support is found at $90, but new lows are likely in the coming days, as the short-term downtrend remains dominant. 

BNB/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

As a positive outlier, Binance Coin remained bullish amid the broad decline, holding on to the relative strength that it has been showing for several weeks. The coin’s stability is encouraging, and it’s nearing its rally highs with today’s surge, while having a good chance of resuming its uptrend, even as another segment-wide selloff could cause a jump in volatility again.

For now, the market is torn between bullish and bearish forces, and investors should focus on the technicals of BTC and ETH, while also keeping an eye on the leaders of the rally for signs of sutained strenght.

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Long-Term Cryptocurrency Analysis: Bull Market in Jeopardy

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As the crucial rally attempt that we pointed out in our previous long-term analysis failed, and the major coins sold off heavily afterwards, the segment is now in a difficult situation. While Bitcoin and especially Ethereum are still in bullish setups, the most valuable coin is now close to a major breakdown that could lead to structural bear market as we laid it out back in January.

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Some of the weaker coins are already below the large-scale consolidation patterns that developed after the year-end run-up, and as the divergence between the leaders and the laggards widens, the path of the two dominant coins even more importance.

BTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

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Bitcoin failed to trigger a short-term buy signal throughout the Ethereum-led rally in May and early June, and that technical weakness still persists, as BTC is now trading right at the April low, testing the key long-term base pattern.

A break below the strong support zone near $5850 would be the first similar event since the beginning of the bear market in 2014, and it could lead to an extended period of bearish bias for Bitcoin after the spectacular bull run of 2017. For now, the bull market is intact, with support found near between $6000 and $6275, at $5850 and below that at $5500, while resistance is ahead at $6500, $7000, $7350, and $7650.

ETH/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Although Ethereum is clearly stronger from a technical perspective compared to Bitcoin, the coin is struggling to hold the key $500 level, as it is resumed its short-term downtrend. The April lows are well below the current price level and the long-term setup is bullish, so long-term investors could still add to their positions during the selloffs. Resistance above $500 is ahead between $555 and $575, while strong support is near $450, $400, $380.

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