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NEO is crushing it today. As such, it warrants further attention. It’s movement on Friday provides a good case study of how to analyze a coin from various viewpoints.

NEO spiked 22% today – an incredible move for a coin with a market cap of $2.3 billion. . The volume is fantastic as well going from $40,000,000 yesterday to $103,000,000 at present. Simply put, this is incredible movement in one day. But the question is, why now?

First, it’s important to understand that there are many factors influencing a cryptocurrency beyond the technical chart. These include both the macro level and micro level.

Macro-level:

Macro-level refers to a large-scale view such as social, political, overall coin news as well as market sentiment as a whole. When I first saw the spike I thought that it may be that some news was released in China, or that the Chinese government had loosened its regulations on crypto exchanges. However, as it turns out, the majority of trading volume came from Bittrex. Knowledge is definitely power when researching coins. Here are some of the upcoming events that may be contributing to the NEO spike :

Swissnex China is holding a Blockchain in Fintech event in Shanghai. NEO founder, Da Hongfei, will participate in a panel at the event.
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Blockchain startup Onchain will be launching its public platform project in conjunction with the NEO community.
Source: Website

These two events could have important implications for NEO. As we know, China is a major driver of the global cryptocurrency market, so soundbites from the Fintech conference could have reverberations elsewhere in the market. The success of Onchain also has the potential to increase the viability of the NEO project.

In the unregulated world of cryptocurrency there are also pump and dump operations that broadcast to a group of traders when to buy/sell. I won’t go into too much detail, but just keep this in mind. If you’re ever curious about huge movements in the crypto sphere, this may be one possible reason.

In finance, a pump and dump is a form of fraud that involves artificially inflating the price of an asset through misleading sentiment in order to sell it at a higher price in the near future.

Micro-level:

This level is about all the little things that happen around a coin that helps drive some of the bigger movements. After looking at the chart and reading the news, I believe this movement is related to either an orchestrated pump and dump group or by insiders that know some major news that hasn’t been announced yet. Go to online forums, telegram chats, slack groups, 4chan, etc and look for signs of a coin moving in one direction or another.

When looking at the NEO chart I noticed the MACD for the 1-day is staying above the 9-day EMA signal for a bullish run. It looks like we have just broken out of a massive wedge. I believe we will bounce down to around $21 before shooting back up to $36 and beyond.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I believe NEO is a great long-term hold. I think for the short term you missed the spike and will need to wait for it to retest and dip to previous highs before buying.

** Disclaimer: I do not own any NEO. This is my opinion. Please do your own research.

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Market Update: Th crypto market cap has climbed back above $500 billion. Well done folks! I am liking the slower gains, as I think this could be new entrants. We have a ton of people way behind in cost basis on every coin, so I am just not convinced that those people sold at the bottom and then are re-entering. We waited this out, and the chatter throughout the media is getting to be too much for the later adopters to bare without getting involved. I have begun my history lesson to figure out where the true technical evolution is occurring in blockchain, and what will have the application to render an immediate investment. QTUM combines UTXO ledgers and smart contracts in one platform, and I need to understand their business reasoning behind why that is important. That starts with bitcoin.

The Timeline in Blockchain

The beginning was bitcoin. This framework was created by the infamous Satoshi Nakamoto, who wanted to encrypt the way that money could be transacted. The transaction model he chose for his ledger based blockchain was inputs and outputs. Each bitcoin is an output from an input, and outputs are used to send money, not accounts.

UTXO “Unspent Transaction Outputs” is what your bitcoin account consists of. Don’t expect Windows 95 to be the most sophisticated! So, when someone sends you bitcoin, it goes “UTXO”. It is added up with all of the other times you received but didn’t send…and there is your bitcoin balance. Here’s where it gets tricky. Say you have UTXO balances of BTC 5, 3, 2. That means someone sent those coins to you in 3 different transactions. Now you want to send 1 BTC. UTXO will choose the most prudent one, 2 in this case, and then create an input for 2. But I wanted to only send 1! Don’t worry, there will be two outputs, 1 BTC for your recipient, and 1 BTC back to UTXO. You cannot take portion of a UTXO, it will all go into the input, and out the output.

Ethereum was the evolution. Instead of this UTXO model where there is no real single account- just lists of inputs and outputs, there was a place where people could have an account that is much similar to a bank account. You send, you receive, and everything is recorded. There is no choosing which UTXO fits which transaction, each transaction can be unique, and only the amount needed will be input. Debits and Credits, just like a bank account.

Ethereum smart contracts are pillars of the account model. These contracts have unlimited capability to set rules (e.g., 100 voters, duration: six hours, choices: Candidate A, Candidate B, etc.), quantify inputs, determine precise results safely and securely, and dispense the ether of course! This new function in the blockchain required code of higher quality (I am not going to go GitHub level here) for the smart contract to work with, rather than a smart contract having to deal with a bunch of random UTXO’s. The account system worked for this just fine…or so we thought.

The DAO, founded by a consortium of Ethereum founders and followers, was a fund (a smart contract “account”) created in 2016 to be the first organization to promote the migration of business and commerce into the blockchain, and automate things for absolute and unbiased results. If you wanted to make a project that would benefit commerce on the blockchain, the smart contract would determine a consensus-based allotment.

Ironically, the DAO smart contract “account” was spoofed into funding a “Child DAO”, an exact replica of the DAO that convinced the smart contract to fund it multiple times over. Ethereum went from $20 to $13, as $70m was drained into the Child DAO. The Child DAO issue eventually led to an Ethereum hard fork, the result of voting to not let the attacker (who said he had legal right to his property through a lawyer) have his prize for his creation, and emptying the piggy bank to all those who lost ETH and laid claim to it.

QTUM

I want you all to know that all of that information was needed for me to explain QTUM.

This all started when I wanted to do some research for my own benefit. QTUM’s “About Us” was claiming their new benefits were that they designed a UTXO blockchain that has accounts with a smart contract account layer. So my thought was, why does QTUM want a UTXO blockchain? They believe UTXO has much more in scalability terms for business functions by having limiting information and “Proof of Consensus” model, and they wanted to build something that could act as the ether for those who were hard at work mining in the bitcoin UTXO community.

Eighty percent of all the QTUM tokens will be distributed for an array of purposes, but a major one is to bring the real world application into blockchain. Much like the older brother before it, QTUM is providing a DAO-like Account that can incentivize technical projects that can stay on their UTXO chain, but come out of the shadows to work within the community. Those who are used to coding in the Bitcoin blockchain will be happy to see that they now have Ethereum’s paint brushes in their own technical backyard. QTUM also can migrate Ethereum’s contracts into this new smart contract environment.

The platform has partnered with two companies in China (cybersecurity & media) to date, both of which are working along the lines of bringing business into the blockchain through smart contracts. China has been very cold on blockchain as of late. This may be a good project, but they are fighting against my favored incumbent NEO, and there is nothing I would say that truly separates them as unique for large migration. There will only be a handful of platforms. One for each country depending on laws/regulations. NEO is my choice.

Conclusion

I am a fan of the concept of taking a big community of people and trying to give them incentives through smart contracts to work harder for business purposes. I am not sure how big the bitcoin UTXO community is. Like you have seen, this is very deep technical information and the differences between UTXO and the Account method are murky at best for a lamen.

I have a small holding of QTUM, and it will remain small. UTXO seems like a bridge to bitcoin’s old tech that they are reviving. Ethereum already has had the first wave of business migration, and it seems that Solidity, the coding language of Ethereum smart contracts, is on every developers to-do list.

Overall, if QTUM makes a ton of money, non-coders won’t know why. It is a platform for people in the bitcoin chain to use for business purposes, but Bitcoin was made by someone who vanished and there is no one leading the initiatives within. Does bitcoin have an initiative? This may be like a Coder’s Coin. They like it for the certain coding characteristic, but overall the difference is minimal other than the chains are different. I think paradigm platform chains will exist, and the current ones are Ethereum and NEO.

A true technical smart contract artist or developer may disagree with me, but I see no extremely valuable difference between Ethereum and QTUM. QTUM certainly isn’t a coin for business people like myself. I will stick to what I know, and that is Ethereum-based platforms and compliance.

 

None of this is a recommendation to buy or sell cryptocurrencies. I own a small holding, and as mentioned, it will remain small. Best of luck to you on the exchanges. If you would like to remain updated on my thoughts, please do follow me @raijincrypto on Twitter.

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Winter Is Upon Us

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Acorn gathering season was cut short, let’s hope you took some profits and got to high ground before the deluge. Even the big Chinese exchanges are ceasing operations. The madness has sent the Bitcoin price running away from $4,000, and in the melee a lot of otherwise solid valuations are taking a beating. The fundamental flaw in how all cryptocurrencies are valued – the amount of bitcoins and thus the amount of fiat – is revealed when the price begins to plummet. People still have faith in all those tokens, after all, they’re just losing value as the market goes.

So what’s the move? If you haven’t sold already, there’s not a lot of recent room left to do it. If it’s something you think you might do, we urge you to make that move sooner than later. Everyone seems to think there will be buying opportunities beneath $3,000 coming up, so re-entry should be possible – and will likely be profitable. Every great dip and depression Bitcoin is followed by an upheaval of massive proportions, we’re not seeing much to tell us this one will be any different.

Spoke to a Hacked subscriber who sold at a profit, but probably late to the profit party. He was upset about some losses. I informed him that if he had losses, they were of the theoretical variety – you don’t have losses before you actually lose the tokens. Unless we’re talking about margin trading, a whole different form of savagery which had its own carnage over the past many days.

The market will have to shake people out now and then. The only players left from China will be those who’ve got the courage left to defy the government. The government itself will find some form of blockchain technology that it blesses and allows to monopolize, and other Asian-born and oriented financial technologies will have to find a way to work around that. NEO has a chance to be one of them, as does Walton. Or both. And more. There’s a lot of room for innovation yet. The Chinese government is probably mostly mad that it has missed out on the opportunity. If anyone was in a position to speculate on the moves of the market, they would have been working in the Peoples Bank of China. Perhaps the initial news, but the market reaction and the subsequent slowness to clarify, that was all very telling in the actions of the Chinese government.

The author can tell you that he will be acquiring more of everything in this down market.

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It’s All About The Tokens And How You Play Them

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A definite good short-term buy-call is to get your hands on some NEO, because on September 10th, the Red Pulse ICO is going to kick off. When that happens, we’re going to see a spike in the price of NEO, because Red Pulse is only selling for NEO – a sage move, really.

In this article, the author would like to establish that chains like NEO and Ethereum ultimately have no true value on their own. They are required to be valuable to mine order to support valuable applications, and so people are leveraged into paying fair prices for these base tokens. In the case of NEO, those who buy and hold are in the short-term rewarded with GAS, but not as much, perhaps, as can be earned through picking up the RPX token, by comparison.

Therefore, it’s safe to say – it’s all about the tokens and how you play them.

Up to now, the author has really been looking for the next breed of unicorn in the ICO market. But as it turns out, the real truth of it is just something no one wants to acknowledge: while some people will make lots and lots of money long-term in this whole ICO scheme, a lot of others won’t, and still more will have made profit in the short-term.

So we’ve got to take our profits when we can.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t good long-term positions that come up from time to time, and this author will be more keen to point those out when they do appear. But as for now, it would be good to have a daily piece regarding short-term plays. So what do we pick today? Well, today we recommend you invest the time to investigate RPX, Red Pulse, and everything NEO. Because if the revolution will be tokenized, it’s going to take more than one blockchain to do it.

RPX won’t be the last. NEO has enough GAS to give the platform some runway – incentive for people to hold it without just getting rid of it – and so other tokens will follow in the path of RPX. It’s hard to same from here what applications they will represent, but if the other blockchains eventually mirror Ethereum in the long-term, then there will be applications built on NEO intended to disrupt every aspect of the business world. Following that, the government and finally consumer finance. This is the order of things. In the meantime, it’s all about jumping from tree to tree, getting the low-hanging fruits.

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