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How Many Blockchains Does The Future Hold?

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We’ve seen the successful execution of dozens upon dozens of ICOs on the Ethereum platform. In too many cases, these ICOs just wind up being a useless token of thanks and their value tends toward zero. In plenty of cases, the token is a valuable part of a system. In either case, one ecosystem can only facilitate so many tokens at a given time. If too much traffic develops on one chain, it becomes increasingly expensive to transact upon that chain, and so other chains are sought.

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This is the question to explore, then: what other chains will become necessary? We’ve seen the news of the Red Pulse ICO, both positive and negative, and news of Chinese interference in the ICO market as a whole, have a severe impact on NEO, which itself launched from an ICO basis. Other alternatives include the more obvious Ethereum Classic, whose primary difference from Ethereum is that its token holds less base value. Platforms like NXT gave rise to IOTA, one of the highest-performing ICOs of all time.

While every chain must have a base token with some value, how many chains, really, does the world of the future need? Are there even enough currently in existence?

Others are sure to follow. The author thinks: the more, the merrier. But this has long been counter-logical. Instead, we’ve been taught that the so-called “network effect” of each chain would eventually dissipate toward a dominant master chain. While this hasn’t turned out to be true, one wonders how much room there is at present time and in the future for all the tokenized chains. Let’s have a look at the price of the tokenized chain base coins, in ascending order:

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  • NXT – $0.08
  • Waves – $4.40
  • Counterparty – $11.29
  • Ethereum Classic – $14.89
  • NEO – $23.61
  • Ethereum – $291.76

Collectively, these networks add up to a market capitalization of around $30 billion. If they each were to continue to grow independently of each other, instead of follow the old theory of them eventually merging into one (in their case, Ethereum since it is presently in the lead in both metrics, and users, and tokens), then this figure alone could broach $100 billion within the next two or three years, given the growth that they’ve seen in the same time to date. Many of these chains are relatively new and still retain network gross values that would lead oen to believe otherwise. The main thing holding the non-Ethereum chains back (Counterparty excluded, since it is Bitcoin-based and its future remains uncertain as regards the capacity of the Bitcoin network for regular transfers) is a lack of utility provided by tokens.

NEO has seen more activity than others in this regard, but we think that all of them have the potential to explode once they have demonstrative successful use-cases which have the potential to enter people’s daily lives. The ideal chain, after all, is the one that no one sees unless they need to. Simply allowing consumers to interact with revolutionary blockchain tools without having to know what they’re doing, in the same way that banks have previously allowed people to interact with the financial system, will in the end lead to great mass adoption.

The author concludes that we probably don’t yet have enough blockchains to facilitate the widespread and decentralized revolution of tokens that society will be undergoing in the coming months and years. We also learn, from the example of NXT, that the value of the chain’s base token does not need to be high in order to produce results for tokens built on them – the example of IOTA, which retains a price of 54 cents to NXT’s 8 cents, but was built on the NXT platform, tells that story.

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DigixDAO: The Only Light in a Sea of Red

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DigixDao (DGD) advanced briskly on Saturday, confounding a broad downtrend in the cryptocurrency market that dragged most of the top-30 coins lower.

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DGD Price Levels

DGD rose more than 22% on Saturday, reaching $390 per token, according to data provider CoinMarektCap. The cryptocurrency was up nearly 26% against bitcoin and more than 23% versus ether.

At current price levels, DGD has a market cap of $779 million based on a circulating supply of 2 million coins. That’s enough for 30th place among active cryptocurrencies in terms of overall market cap.

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Trade volumes in the last 24 hours reached $77.3 million, with the vast majority of the trades being placed on Binance against bitcoin. Between bitcoin and Ethereum, Binance processed roughly 86% of the daily trade volume.

DGD has rebounded more than 83% from its recent swing low, but is still trading 14% below its all-time settlement high of $456.44 on Feb. 2.

Beating the Market

DigixDAO’s native coin has been rising gradually even as a week-long pullback in the crypto space shaved tens of billions of dollars off the collective market cap. This isn’t the first time DGD has outpaced the market. Three weeks ago, Hacked reported impressive gains for the cryptocurrency as virtually every other digital asset in the top-100 declined double digits.

At the time of writing, the total market cap of all cryptocurrencies was $430.5 billion, down 3.4% from the previous day and 6.7% from the intraday high of $461.6 billion.

Aside from DGD, Ethereum Classic was the only cryptocurrency in the top-30 to report gains on Saturday.

DAO Platform

As a Distributed Autonomous Organization (DAO), Digix was part of Ethereum’s first public crowdraise all the way back in 2016. The token raise launched in March of that year and reached its crowdfunding goal of $5.5 million in 12 hours.

DigixDAO is often referred to as a gold-backed cryptocurrency, but this only applies to its DGX token. The company operates two tokens, with DGX supposedly pegged to one gram of gold. Gold futures are up more than 15% year-to-date on a tumbling dollar and wavering risk sentiment.

Unlike most digital currency systems, the DAO protocol gives investors a voice in the company’s decision-making process. Depending on how the DAO is structured, investors can vote on how funds are deployed or which business proposals it entertains.

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin is planning to make DAOs central to future crowdraises. This will be accomplished by a new protocol called “DAICO,” or Decentralized Autonomous Organization Initial Coin Offering. Gaming platform The Abyss recently announced it will be the first company to utilize the DAICO model.

Through DAICO, companies can encode specific rules into their crowdfunding campaigns, such as KYC/AML requirements and investor approval for accessing project funds. The specifications behind DAICO were first laid out in January blog post penned by Buterin.

No other project has announced plans to utilize the DAICO model, although this may soon change as demand for transparency continues to grow.

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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Technical Analysis: Majors Stage Rally but Strong Levels Still Ahead

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The cryptocurrency segment has recovered from a broad correction today in early trading, with the most valuable coins all turning into green during the session, despite the bearish start to the overnight session. With bottom-to-top gains of up to 15%, the rally helped in easing the worries of bulls, especially in the case of the relatively weaker coins.

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Bitcoin and most of the largest altcoins remained stable during the selloff, and BTC recaptured the $10,000 level quickly after trading as low as $9600 overnight. The initial rally topped out near $10,400, and the coin is trading back near the $10,000 level, as the bullish momentum faded away somewhat.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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That said, we expect the uptrend to continue even if the correction could still carry Bitcoin lower. Further strong support is found between $9000 and $9200, while targets are ahead at $11,300, $13,000, and $14,250.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum showed strength during the bounce again after yesterday, together with the early leaders of the rally, and although the coin dipped below the $845 level in the second half of the session, the signs remain positive for bulls. Support levels are now found at $780, $740, $625 and $575, while resistance is ahead near $910 and $1000.

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Crypto Update: Encouraging Bounce before the Weekend

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The correction that started out in the major lagging altcoins and spread to the leaders of the market yesterday is weakening, with a nice rally today in early trading in most of the majors.  Although the segment is not out of the woods just yet, the bullish signs which have been present ever since the lows three weeks ago still persist.

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Bitcoin stayed clear of the key $9000-$9200 support zone, for now at least, which would be an ideal bottom for the correction, but as we noted long-term investors should accumulate the coin during the correction, as the short-term momentum is already back to neutral. The $10,000 level is still in the focus, while the next major resistance is found at $11,300 and the prior rally high near $11,750 is also ahead as an obstacle.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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The early leaders of the rally, Litecoin and Ethereum Classic are once again showing strength and that could signal that the next leg higher already started. That said, with several coins still stuck in broader downtrends, investors should still expect a bumpy road, with the occasional volatile sell-off.

Litecoin got very close to the $180 support that we have been monitoring throughout the correction, but it quickly bounced above the $200 level again, as the broad bounce started after testing the previously dominant declining trendline. So far, the price action in the coin is consistent with a new uptrend and we still expect LTC to lead the market higher.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Showing Positive Signs Again

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

After yesterday’s early signs of relative strength, the second largest coin is now clearly showing evidence of accumulation, as it quickly recovered above the $845 level following the selloff after the US close. The coin established a new support near $780, and as the MACD is close to providing a bullish cross, it might signal the bottom of the correction.

Despite the bullish price action across the board, even in the recently lagging XRP and IOTA, the correction could still continue, but we still advise traders and investors to look for entry points as we expect the recovery to continue, although traders should still use smaller positions in the relatively weaker coins.

Stay tuned for our detailed technical analysis later on today.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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