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It seems clear by now to many of us that the next leap in the evolution of technology will be that of decentralization.

The innovation of distributed ledger technology “blockchain” has shown us that centralized money, power, and data are inherently weak and that by spreading out these things over an entire network we can strengthen all of them and make them more effective.

Why then do the entire industry and the cutting edge cryptotraders, all rely on the same stupid centralized website to get our information and pricing?

I’m as guilty as everyone else on this and find myself logging into coinmarketcap.com several times a day to check pricing. I’ve seen them cited over and over again in articles as if they’re some kind of authority and it’s gotten out of hand.

CMC caused the market to crash on Monday. Whether this was intentional or not remains to be discovered. For myself and all of you reading, I propose that we boycott this website effective immediately.

I’m sick and tired of their banner adds that intentionally promote scammy ICOs and sick and tired of them having total authority over a market that should be free, especially where there are so many other great websites that can give us the information we need just as quickly and just as efficiently.
 
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Today’s Highlights

  • Action in The Bonds
  • Japan Exiting?
  • Ethereum is the Safer

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of January 10th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

Usually, the bond markets are the most boring market to be involved in. As an incredibly low risk asset, the volatility is often times non-existent.

Yesterday however, there was some sudden sell off in US treasury bonds. Here we can see the TLT 20 year bond, which is trading on eToro.

What bond traders like to watch are the yields, which trade inversely to the price. Seeing the Yield on the US 10 Year spiking above 2.5%, for the first time since March, was enough to raise a few eyebrows on Wall Street.

Nevertheless, with eyebrows raised investors kept plowing into buy positions on the stock market. The S&P500 has closed with a record high every day this year making it one of the strongest starts for stocks ever.

What caused the bonds to sell-off?

Many analysts are pointing to “monetary tightening.” The central banks of the world are in the slow process of raising interest rates and gradually trying to reverse the “loose money” policy that has been in place since 2009.

The Bank of Japan, who until now has been the most aggressive champion of quantitative easing, showed a tiny sign that they might be reducing their monthly bond buying practices.

In their monthly purchases yesterday they bought a total of ¥190 Billion, instead of the ¥200 Billion that they bought last month.

That’s it. A tiny difference, less than $90 million difference from one month to the next has the entire bond market in a tizzy.

Though the Stocks don’t seem to be affected much, the currency markets certainly have been.

The USDJPY fell quite quickly below the current range (dotted blue line) and below the psychological level of 112 Yens to the Dollar.

Finally some action!!!

Let’s Talk about Crypto

The crypto market is also seeing somewhat of a selloff. The overwhelming gains we saw in Ripple’s XRP token’s over the few weeks are being rapidly clawed back. It looks like XRP has found some sort of floor at $1.50 but we’ll see how that develops.

It should be noted, that even if XRP retraces all the way to $1.10, it will still be worth 5 times what it was a month ago.

For those of you who got in early and are still hodling, awesome!! For those of you who got in late and are now hurting, I feel you and I’ve been there before. Next time please try to be more diverse in your investments and try to take a more long term approach to the markets.

The pullback isn’t just in XRP though. In fact, the only cryptocurrency that seems to be in green today is Ethereum. As we’ve noted several times in past updates, Ethereum is acting as the safe haven in this market.

Bitcoin Mining

It seems we have an update on the status of bitcoin mining in China. Official documents from the Chinese authorities obtained by the Financial Times indicate that China will in fact be cracking down on Bitcoin miners.

This is particularly concerning because most mining is still done in China. Though many other countries have plans to ramp up their operations, these things take time and none are fully operational just yet.

This news comes at a particularly bad time for the world’s first cryptocurrency as the backlog of unconfirmed transactions known as the mempool just does not want to clear. Even though the number of transactions processed by the bitcoin blockchain is coming down, there are still about 170,000 unconfirmed transactions at any given time.

The thing to watch is the hashrate. To bitcoin’s benefit, the computing power of the network has grown drastically over the last few months. If it starts to falter now it will be a very bad sign for bitcoin indeed.

The SegWit solution could still save bitcoin but the possibilities of this happening seem increasingly slim. Alas, only 10% of miners have gotten onboard so far.

Even though I love bitcoin, the amount of energy it currently uses to facilitate the blockchain is quite excessive. If the protocol cannot be updated to make it more efficient, perhaps it’s best that the way be cleared for other more efficient cryptos.

This content is provided for information and educational purposes only and should not be considered to be investment advice or recommendation. The outlook presented is a personal opinion of the analyst and does not represent an official position of eToro. Past performance is not an indication of future results. All trading involves risk; only risk capital you are prepared to lose. Cryptocurrencies can widely fluctuate in prices and are not appropriate for all investors. Trading cryptocurrencies is not supervised by any EU regulatory framework.

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  1. Chris G

    January 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    I’m with you on CMC

  2. Parentesi

    January 10, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    CMC sucks. yes! I barely go there, only to look at the Market Cap mainly or to get info on a token, to see website info, what markets it is on. But now after they kicked out some asian platforms, it lets me think they are somewhat doing whatever they please and not e reliable source at all. Good to read others think the same.

    As of Etherium staying stable sort fo and other going down. NEO is doing very well too, OMG too and a lot of others. Just the focus in the West is very much on the big five and some surroundings.
    ETH, XBT, BCH, LTC, XRP ect…
    If you do not look at them, but rather for real applications possibility’s, your swings become lower and more stable.

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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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Altcoins Share the Spoils as $6 Billion Enters Global Market Overnight

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The cryptocurrency market just felt the sharp influx of $6 billion to global trade volumes within the space of twelve hours. That’s a 54% increase on the $11 billion recorded late on Thursday night, and on Friday morning (UTC) the altcoin market appears to have reaped the benefit.

The Big Two

Only $1.6 billion of that $6 billion influx found its way into BTC, and the 5% rise by Bitcoin overnight was steady rather than spectacular. It’s difficult to separate the wash trading and transaction mining from the official numbers, since CMC actually includes the excluded trades in its calculation of the daily percentage.

Ethereum’s trade volumes rose by $0.7 billion overnight, but the coin price surged 10% during the height of the flurry. This carries on ETH’s trend of outperforming BTC ever since the crash of early September. The morning’s surge saw ETH threaten the $230 mark – the first time since before the dip on September 5th.

BTC dominance fell by 2.2% overnight as the altcoin market picked up once again. Several tokens recorded north of 50% gains overnight, with some of the majors heavily involved in the action.

XRP +49%

XRP’s trade volume rose by $1.4 billion overnight; from $400 million to $1.8 billion – a volume that competes with Ethereum. Good news for XRP holders, the $1.8 billion volume hasn’t been seen since early April, in the lead up to +40% gains during the height of Q2’s brief market surge.

The early morning price in the $0.47 range hasn’t been seen since the middle of July, effectively cancelling out all of XRP’s losses over the autumn period. This compounds a strong week for Ripple and XRP that has seen them takes huge steps forward in their quest for mainstream adoption.

Stellar, Cardano, Tron

Stellar (XLM) spiked 22.4% at its peak before a slight pullback. The early morning peak of $0.252320 takes XLM back to early August.

It takes less to float altcoins than the big two, and Stellar’s surge came off the back of an $80 million influx to trade volumes, with most of it finding its way to XLM/BTC and XLM/USDT pairs on Binance.

Cardano (ADA) gained 20% on its value overnight, climbing from yesterday’s low of $0.071630 to this morning peak of $0.086385.

ADA’s numbers are weighted similar to Stellar, with an influx of $100 million to trade volumes resulted in gains of around a fifth of its starting value. Upbit’s ADA/KRW (Korean won) trades account for more than a third of the daily total. In fact, Upbit’s KRW trades are present in the majority of the major altcoins’ trades this morning.

TRON (TRX) began its climb yesterday before a brief pullback, but when the volumes returned TRON took its fair share. TRX trades rose by just under $100 million, and the resultant surge took the coin to a valuation of $0.023455 – a price not seen since during early September’s dip. That’s up 17% from last night’s low of $0.019994, and once again the Korean influence is felt with 16% of the daily trades coming in the form of the TRX/KRW pair.

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Why Investors Should Pay Attention to Metal Coin

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The current blockchain and ICO investing climate is very much in favour of grand solutions that are going to “revolutionize business” and other extremes along that line. But these companies are missing a very real problem in the crypto world: many potential users are still afraid of investing in them.

Right now there is a lot of opportunity in consumer facing applications. If any protocol can figure out how to harness the interest of consumers while making it much more accessible than Bitcoin, they have a major opportunity. This is a lot of why Coinbase has been so successful – they are considered to be the simplest to deal with.

Introducing Metal Coin

With a special focus on day-to-day usability, Metal Coin (MTL) is an ERC20 token that rewards users with free tokens when they spend cash, send crypto, receive crypto, or convert fiat to crypto (applies vice versa as well). Using the app to do any of these actions can earn up to 5% back in MTL tokens.

This may sound like a ludicrous and infeasible reward, but it is very similar to how credit card companies currently work. And blockchain companies are generally run in a more streamlined manner with lower overhead, which could explain the higher than expected payout.

Basic Use of Metal

Signing up for Metal is designed in a streamlined manner so it is easy to get your money into the system and then you start getting paid in MTL right away as you use it. The process for payouts is referred to as Proof of Processed Payment (PoPP) which distributes coins when payments or transfers have been verified.

As with any other cryptocurrency investment, users must verify their identity and be fully compliant with KYC rules relevant to Metal. Your MTL can be stored in any wallet that supports ERC20 tokens, and there is a special web wallet called Metal Vault available as well.

Current Performance of Metal

Metal suffered a lot in the 2018 crash, and has continued to go down since then. From a peak of ~$11.00, it has now dropped to around $0.67. This can be seen as a bad thing, or it could be an opportunity to capitalize on. Metal is likely to move in sync with the entire crypto market, since it is an entrance funnel for funds. If you believe crypto is going to make a comeback (which I assume you do if you’re reading this), then MTL would be a high-correlation bet on the entire industry.

The team has been working on expanding Metal since 2016 and is continuing to distribute MTL tokens through PoPP as more users perform transactions. Ideally, these tokens become higher in value as the demand in the Metal app grows.

In a lot of ways, MTL has the potential to become a gateway to the cryptocurrency ecosystem for many users. Metal is a cryptocurrency designed to capitalize on the current inaccessibility of cryptocurrency by marrying it with the rampant mobile payment trend. Consumers are generally drawn into the idea of “free tokens”, and it ends up working as a “gateway drug” of sorts to other cryptocurrencies.

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