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Tether Pushes Into 9th Spot in Crypto Market Ranking as IOTA Falls Behind

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Tether (USDT) has once again benefitted from the misfortune of others, at least as far as market cap rankings go. While Tether hasn’t exactly grown in value over the last few days, it has been pushed up the rankings by default following IOTA’s daily loss of close to 5%.

IOTA started the day at a price of $1.00 before dropping to $0.955 – the current price at the time of writing.

Today’s loss for the MIOTA coin compounds the weekly bloodletting which has seen IOTA fall in value by 18% over seven days. At the start of the week one coin was priced at $1.16, and the heavy losses incurred over the last week have ultimately led to a slip down the rankings.

The market cap of IOTA is currently at around $2.6 billion – just slightly less than Tether’s current market cap of $2.7 billion.

Tether Claims Another

This isn’t the first time Tether has dislodged a top-10 coin. For the last few months Tether had been creeping up on Tron, and eventually succeeding in displacing TRX from the top-10, pushing it down to 11th where it currently sits. In fact, Tron’s losses have been so dramatic that both NEO (NEO) and Monero (XMR) now threaten to overtake TRX, which would see Justin Sun’s platform fall to 13th place, just beyond Dash.

Right now, Tether is just under $500 million behind 8th place Cardano (ADA), and could easily displace the ADA coin if another market dip clears 16% of Cardano’s value. Not an impossibility given the current shape of things.

When There’s Blood on the Streets…

Interestingly, the majority of IOTA trades over the last 24 hours have come against USDT Tether- which shouldn’t be a surprise during a market dip.

In bullish times, the utility of USDT becomes slightly less pronounced. But during a heavy market dip, traders tend to use Tether as a temporary life-raft. When the value of your coins start to dip, trading them for USDT allows you to sit out the dip and then buy in again once it bottoms. Not only do you get to make a profit, but you get to buy more coins than you started with and then wait for them to grow again.

That’s the idea anyway, and it sounds like a good one. But Tether is shrouded in the same mystery and uncertainty that envelopes most of the crypto world, with many refusing to take their chances with the (supposedly) dollar-pegged coin.

Even though Tether brought in a team of auditors to verify their pegging claims, many regarded the historic links between the Tether team and the auditors to be too close for comfort. The speculation continues, and in the meantime, Tether continues to grow by virtue of others falling.

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Five Bullish Coins That Have Bucked 2018’s Bear Market

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This year marked the third bear market in the history of Bitcoin; a year in which BTC lost 70% of its value, and the second biggest cryptocurrency, Ethereum, lost 85%.

Looking down the list of altcoins those numbers don’t get any better. At least not for the majority. However, there are a small handful of cryptocurrencies that have quietly bucked the 2018 trend, and have carved their own successful path through the crypto landscape.

Some simply weathered the storm better than others, while several diverged completely from the surrounding market. Here are five of the most bullish coins and tokens of 2018 so far.

Chainlink (LINK)

There was hesitance to include this token in the list since it followed the rest of the altcoin market in a 37% decline between the dips of April and June. But ever since then it has been nothing but upward trajectory for LINK as it maintained higher lows even throughout the dips of August and September.

Recent news that Bithumb is to add Chainlink resulted in another pump for the token in mid-September, and could help snare another higher low when the next dip comes.

DigiByte (DGB)

Lowers lows have been common throughout every dip of 2018, yet DigiByte has managed to achieve just the opposite. The DGB/USD valuation has been sustained by higher lows through every dip of the year.

From early April’s low of $0.016689, DGB went on to $0.018986 by the dip of late June – a 13.8% rise. For some perspective, Bitcoin lost around 10.7% in the same timeframe.

From there DGB kept on rising despite fluctuations, and by August’s dip had gained another 10.8% as it hit another higher low of $0.021042.

In fact, the dip of September 12th is the only time this year that the DGB valuation has recorded a lower low. The price of $0.020744 recorded on that date marked a 1.4% loss for DGB since the previous low, although it has since recovered 25% of that figure and returned to the $0.025 range.

Metaverse ETP (ETP)

Metaverse ETP sunk throughout the summer months like most, but from the end of June has grown 484% in value, rising from a valuation in the $0.50 range, up to the latest coin price of $3.14.

The rise of Metaverse throughout Q3 came as a surprise to many, and few have been able to pinpoint a clear catalyst. However, the coin is heavily traded against the Chinese yen, and is finds itself heavily wash-traded and used for transaction mining on the TOPBTC exchange.

Binance Coin (BNB)

Q3 of 2018 has been less kind to Binance Coin than the preceding quarters, but the fact that BNB has recorded net gains for the year makes it worthy of a mention.

BNB’s actual token price on January 1st was $7.96, meaning Binance Coin has grown 21% over the last nine months up to the current price in the $9.70 range.

At one point BNB had surged 119% for 2018 when it reached a valuation of $17.44 on June 7th, but that momentum couldn’t be sustained.

Dogecoin (DOGE)

Unlike some of the coins mentioned above, DOGE did fall to consecutive lower lows throughout most of 2018, but Q3 saw a brash reversal of fortunes as it was added to Yahoo Finance, and Elon Musk began to take an interest.

From August’s low in the $0.00214 range, DOGE climbed 161% to the currently traded price in the $0.00561 range, completely subverting the majority of the market in its ascendance from joke coin to trend setter.

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Volatile and Illiquid; Aurora (AOA) Backtracks 55% After Recent Gains

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Aurora (AOA) has proved one of the most illiquid and yet most most volatile cryptocurrencies in the market cap top one-hundred in the past week; gaining 409%, and then losing half of it all within the space of seven days.

All of this activity originated on just one exchange, Kucoin. That is unless you count the five dollars worth of AOA tokens traded on Bitinka. Wednesday morning’s snapshot shows a coin that has endured a +450% swing in the past week – fuelled by a community social media bounty and a rather bold piece of hype-making by the Aurora Twitter team.

AOA Sinks 55% After 409% Gains

From September 12th’s low of $0.008640, AOA tokens surged off of Kucoin’s BTC and ETH buys up to September 17th’s token price of $0.044022 – marking 409% gains over five days. The majority of this activity was founded on less than a million dollars worth of trades, with AOA volumes almost quadrupling from the $280,000 range, up to around $920,000 on Sept 17th.

What took five days to build was then destroyed in less than two, as AOA plunged by 55% down to this morning’s valuation of $0.019418. The previous week’s surge had triggered several articles speculating on the promise of the Aurora platform, but ultimately the skeptics were correct and what went up predictably came back down.

The brief but effective piece of market making has undoubtedly seen a small number of traders take huge profits on Kucoin in the past week. The majority are likely nursing double-digit losses this morning after the sell-off over the last two days.

Hype Triggers Trades

As covered here in the run up to AOA’s recent peak, the Aurora community had been engaged in a social media bounty campaign to celebrate the launch of their new Berlin office.

The increased flurry of online activity likely acted as a trigger for the the week’s market making, and may have been helped along by this teasing image by the Aurora Twitter team. The image shows Aurora’s logo floating above a pair of smartphones, accompanied by the text:

“Faster TPS is just the beginning. #Aurora #AOA #Apple.

As far as I’m aware, Aurora has not yet partnered with the world’s first trillion dollar company. The image could be relating to an upcoming app that may be available for use by Apple phones, but the Aurora team remain tight-lipped at the moment, preferring to allow the speculation and chatter do its job.

It has been a frantic start for a token that only launched in June. The Kucoin listing only arrived towards the end of August, and we may be witnessing the turmoils of a newly launched token still attempting to find its value.

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Bitcoin, Ether and Ripple Up in the Air as SEC Delivers a Sobering Reminder

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The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission just delivered a sobering reminder to the crypto community regarding the legal status of Bitcoin and Ethereum. SEC Director of the Division Corporation Finance William Hinman originally told a San Francisco conference in June that:

“…based on my understanding of the present state of Ether, the Ethereum network and its decentralized structure, current offers and sales of Ether are not securities transactions. And, as with Bitcoin, applying the disclosure regime of the federal securities laws to current transactions in Ether would seem to add little value.”

SEC Clarifies Crypto Security Stance

Today the SEC Chairman Jay Clayton released this official statement in which he reminded everyone that media statements made by SEC personnel should not be taken as legal pronouncements. Clayton stated:

“The Commission’s longstanding position is that all staff statements are nonbinding and create no enforceable legal rights or obligations of the Commission or other parties.”

In a particular sentence that may have been included specifically to cool the enthusiasm generated from his colleague Hinman’s original statement, Clayton states:

“…our divisions and offices, including but not limited to the Division of Corporation Finance, the Division of Investment Management and the Division of Trading and Markets, have been and will continue to review whether prior staff statements and staff documents should be modified, rescinded or supplemented in light of market or other developments.”

The last part about ‘modifying, rescinding or supplementing’ future documents suggests that the SEC are starting to worry about the effects their own words have on the very market they’re attempting to regulate.

When the original statement by Hinman hit the headlines in June, Bitcoin immediately surged by around 6%. Ethereum benefitted even more from the news and spiked 10% within the space of an hour.

Consequences for Bitcoin, Ether and Alts

The reminder from the SEC is unlikely to affect the average bag-holder, who in all likelihood disregards much of what comes out of such traditional institutions as the SEC. The news is more likely to strike hesitation into the minds of large-scale, corporate investors who thought all of this uncertainty was already behind them.

It could also spell either good or bad news for Ripple, which is currently fighting five lawsuits – including two federal lawsuits – against claims that its token sale represents a security issuance.

Director Hinman’s original statement back in June suggested that decentralization was key to avoiding being classed as a security. He suggested that coins and tokens from centralized blockchains would have a harder time with the SEC:

“Over time, there may be other sufficiently decentralized networks and systems where regulating the tokens or coins that function on them as securities may not be required. And of course there will continue to be systems that rely on central actors whose efforts are a key to the success of the enterprise. In those cases, application of the securities laws protects the investors who purchase the tokens or coins.”

With XRP being the third largest capped coin in existence, its prominence has made it a prime target for those suspicious of the currency’s relationship to the Ripple company. As the lawsuits began to pile up, many began to question what Hinman’s words would mean for XRP.

Today’s clarification by Chairman Clayton could be seen as a reprieve for XRP, as it essentially shelves the decentralization issue for the time being. On the other hand, it could mean that even if XRP is proved to be wholly decentralized, it may have even larger requirements to fill before gaining a positive classification – as could the rest of the entire crypto market.

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