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Ripple Stabilizes After Huge Correction; Frenzied Growth Trajectory Remains Intact

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It has been a roller coaster 24 hours for Ripple. Following a meteoric rally, prices crashed 30% from the previous day and more than 40% from all-time highs, shaving tens of billions off XRP’s market cap.

XRP/USD Price Levels

At its lowest point Monday, Ripple’s XRP token hit $1.92 a unit, according to Barchart.com. Over the next 12 hours, the cryptocurrency would rebound to $2.41 for a daily loss of roughly 10%.

Even with Monday’s reversal, Ripple has added 15% over the last five days.

The coin’s sharp drop combined with Ethereum’s recent gains pushed XRP back down to the no. 3 spot in terms of market cap. At current price levels, Ripple is capitalized at $95.5 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.

Nearly $3.4 billion worth of XRP tokens changed hands on Monday, with South Korean exchanges driving more than 40% of trade volume. Bithumb processed more than 30% of Ripple transactions via the XRP-won currency pair. The same cross on Coinone accounted for more than 7% of all transactions.

Price Trajectory Remains Firm

It took Ripple until December to become one of the world’s most talked about cryptocurrencies. Over the next month, it would cement itself as 2017’s best performing digital asset, beating out the likes of bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin. Last week, prices peaked at $3.84 during one of the biggest-ever rallies for altcoins.

Even with its latest correction, Ripple could very well become the world’s biggest cryptocurrency. At current price levels, XRP would only need to get to $7 for its market capitalization to exceed bitcoin’s. This assume’s the token’s current circulating supply of roughly 38.739 billion. Meanwhile, bitcoin’s dominance has fallen to record lows, with roughly one-third of the $750 billion crypto market cap allocated to the original blockchain.

Unlike bitcoin and privacy-focused altcoins, Ripple works within the financial system, which may give it more room to grow. The Ripple company, which owns the majority of XRP tokens, has announced several high-profile partnerships with financial institutions aimed at solving liquidity challenges and boosting cross-border flows.

The latest drop in value accompanied a broader correction in the market after several altcoins raced to new all-time highs. Some analysts have described the slide as inevitable given XRP’s explosive growth in the first week of 2018.

The correction may have also benefited South Korean traders, who routinely pay a 50% or higher premium on XRP tokens. At last check, the cryptocurrency was priced at a 53% premium on Bithumb.

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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4.6 stars on average, based on 466 rated postsSam Bourgi is Chief Editor to Hacked.com, where he specializes in cryptocurrency, economics and the broader financial markets. Sam has nearly eight years of progressive experience as an analyst, writer and financial market commentator where he has contributed to the world's foremost newscasts.




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Zcash Price Hovers Near Nine-Month Low as Overwinter Upgrade Looms

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Privacy-focused Zcash extended its losing streak on Sunday, as prices bottomed near nine-month lows ahead of the blockchain’s first-ever network upgrade.

Zcash Price Levels

The value of Zcash touched a low of $155.68 on Sunday, according to CoinMarketCap data. That’s the lowest level since September 2017. Prices would later recover around $167, having declined roughly 13% over the past week.

At present values, Zcash is capitalized at $702.5 million, placing it in 22nd spot in terms of size. The cryptocurrency has shed roughly $100 million in market cap over the past seven days as part of a protracted downtrend in the market.

ZEC only captures a slither of the market when measured in terms of trade volume. The cryptocurrency averaged $42 million in turnover in the last 24 hours. The largest ZEC markets by daily turnover are LBank, HitBTC and YoBit.

Overwinter Upgrade

At block number 347,500, the Zcash network will undergo its first-ever upgrade. Dubbed Overwinter, the protocol has been described as an intermediary step in preparation for the next hard fork upgrade in October.

According to the official Zcash website, Overwinter will go live early Tuesday, assuming the current rate of 150 seconds per block.

Overwinter will allow the Zcash network to strengthen existing infrastructure in support of future upgrades. This includes improvements to versioning, replay and transactions.

The October upgrade, called Sapling, will allow the blockchain to scale up more efficiently by adjusting the weighting associated with private transaction types.

Developers have confirmed that support for Overwinter is overwhelming, with 12 exchanges and blockchain startups already voicing support for the protocol. Crypto exchanges Huobi and biFlyer have also expressed their support for the new upgrade.

Hacked reported back in March that Zcash’s developers did not anticipate a hard fork as a result of the Overwinter software boost. Given the near-unanimous consensus, those expectations are still intact.

That said, the Zcash community has seen its fair share of drama recently. On June 18, developer David Jane Mercer threatened to split the blockchain unless he received more funding for his work. Mercer is the sole administrator the Windows Zcash wallet.

In the post, Mercer wrote the following:

“All y’all (ZcashCo) are fully able to afford investments in sister companies these days … and I GET IT that your are all Real Busy with Zcon0, Overwinter and Sapling, but as the man said in the movie, “show me the money, Jerry”. Or build it yourself, whatever.”

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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Monero Price Quickest to Rebound Following Market Crash

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Monero (XMR) has shown the quickest rebound out of the top twenty coins in the last few hours as the market starts to climb again. The bloodletting of the last few days has sent numerous coins to their pre-December levels, and recovery is slow in coming.

That hasn’t stopped Monero recording 10.7% gains in the last four hours. From a price of $109.41 earlier in the day, XMR shot to $121.15 before settling around $121.01.

The price of $109.41 is almost an eight month low for Monero and marks a price not seen since early November of last year. Monero is not the only coin to sink to 2017 levels, with the value of BTC also reaching an eight month low when it hit $5,835 – a price last seen in October.

At 5pm today (UTC), XMR embarked on a sudden and rapid upwards spurt to the tune of 7.5% within the space of 50 minutes. Since that point the growth rate has slowed, but the upwards trend continues at the time of writing.

Even at $109 per unit earlier, XMR was still in a much healthier position than this time last year. This kind of perspective may fail to soothe the hearts of hodlers who got in around mid-January, but it’s interesting to note that despite all the blood spilt over the last couple of months, many coins are still astronomically better-off compared to 2017.

Monero is one of them. In fact, XMR’s average price throughout 2017 was around $50. That’s from a starting price of around $12 in January, rising in spurts towards $400 in December.

Volume Discrepancies

If you compare Monero’s 24 hour volume to that of Game.com (GTC) yesterday, you notice a drastic difference. While GTC’s volume jumped from $2 million to $72 million in 24 hours, that has not been the case for Monero.

In fact, Monero’s volume has remained fairly steady for the past week, hovering in the range between $33 million and $39 million. Without casting undue aspersions, one could look at the difference between GTC and XMR and speculate that one is an example of organic growth while the other is an example of artificial growth; or outright manipulation.

Edge Wallet and Maximum Nacho

Monero was added to the list of compatible currencies on the Edge Wallet earlier today, no doubt fuelling its sudden rise. The Edge Wallet is a multi-asset wallet that has risen to popularity over the course of the year. It contains an integrated asset exchange, and has recently listed XMR, QTUM and XRP.

The Edge Wallet Twitter feed recently put out:

“We have the great pleasure to inform you, in your Edge wallet, you will now find $XMR. @monero has been on our list for a while and we are happy to provide it for the community.”

Meanwhile, Monero also just launched their new update – Monerujo 1.5.9 “Maximum Nacho.”

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Crypto Markets: Bloodied But Not Broken

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As legend has it, prize fighter Jake Lamotta returns to his corner at the end of round four of one of his early boxing matches with blood all over and his face was a mess.  Trying his best, his trainer tells Jake, you’re doing great kid, they haven’t laid a glove on you. To which Lamotta replies, well you better keep an eye on the referee because somebody is beating the crap out of me.

Lately, those of us who have a passion for the world of cryptocurrencies are feeling that somebody is beating the crap out of us. Trouble is, it is hard to figure out why.  Just as we are about to land a punch with the SEC declaring that bitcoin and Ethereum are not securities, ditto that for ICOs that do not convey an equity interest in the issuer, whamo prices drop to 2018 lows.  

The Other Side Of The Coin

We read of the recent hack of a tiny South Korean crypto exchange and pundits blame this for helping to push prices lower.  However, the market seemed to completely ignore this week’s progress in the Mt. Gox litigation. There is actually a decent prospect that investors that held $450 million in bitcoin at 2014 prices will be compensated in nitcoin.  If my arithmetic is working right, this is good news considering the 2014 Blbitcoin price was less than $2.00.

Institutionalizing Crypto

While most eyes last week were fixated on falling prices, exchange giant Coinbase let it be known that it was preparing a crypto custody service.  This may appear as a boring administrative step but that is hardly the case. This move is being heralded as the final step in opening crypto to institutional buyers.

Before Coinbase’s solution the problem has been that, despite the highly secure nature of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the wallets where they are stored are a regular target for hackers.

For investors, making cryptos more accessible to institutional investors is every bit as important as adding retail merchants that accept crypto for goods and services.  

Finding Crypto Support From Unexpected Places

Last Friday various media outlets point out how The U.S. Supreme Court mentioned bitcoin and cryptocurrency while issuing a ruling on a seemingly unrelated case. Here is what the U.S. Supreme Court had to say on June 21st in the case of Wisconsin Central LTD v. United States:

“What we view as money has changed over time. Cowrie shells once were such a medium but no longer are, our currency originally included gold coins and bullion, but, after 1934, gold could not be used as a medium of exchange, perhaps one day employees will be paid in Bitcoin or some other type of cryptocurrency.”

In spite of the current oversupply of naysayers, the legacy of crypto is increasing daily. Now even the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is collecting and publishing prices of bitcoin, bitcoin cash, Ethereum and Litecoin. A year ago at this time, such a notion would have been absurd.    

Suspension Of Efficient Market Thinking

For those who have been kind to follow these ramblings know that I am a big believer in the theory of efficient markets.  The key to this theory is that people have all the available information about a particular investment asset and act upon is rationally.  Of course, this is not to say that everybody reads the information in the same way. That is what makes for buyers and sellers.

Lately, there has been a complete suspension of an efficient market for crypto. All coins and tokens have been dumped without regard for fundamentally positive events, some of which we mentioned above.  Since the vast majority of crypto is owned by individuals, the wisdom of the crowd (or in this case mob) psychology prevails. The last time this was the case it was bitcoin alone that lost some 80% of it’s value starting late in 2013.  But that took more than a year to play out. Since the infamous $19,000+ peak, bitcoin has lost 68% so history is getting close to repeating itself.

It may also be a sign that a bottom in prices may be getting closer. The values are clearly there to be had. Now if only those of us who have a longer term view can find other who share a similar view.

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