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The 1,000 Club – Altcoins From the Depths

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Ah, the 1,000 Club – where 24 hour volume range between $0 and the price of a good pair of shoes. Where blockchains abandoned by their developers go to die. Where a 500% daily spike can be caused by a few hundred dollars worth of trades.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. In our random trawling through the coins ranked 1000-1099, we’ve also uncovered some unlikely gems; although they’re few and far between amid a sea of joke-coins, scams and just plain old bad ideas.

With that said, let’s take a look at some of the coins which are languishing in the 1000 Club.

Cannation Coin #1010

Cannation is unlikely to remain in the 1010th spot for long as it continues to make good on its 49% gains over the last day. In the last 36 hours Cannation Coin jumped 280% – but this was a recovery from losses incurred earlier.

Cannation Coin joins the burgeoning ranks of ‘pot coins’, where the (sometimes vague) aim of the project is to promote and/or increase the profile of the legal cannabis market.

Cannation launched in May 2017 and grew steadily all the way up to January 14th when CNNC coins were priced at $0.39. However the subsequent crash carried on for the last six months to leave CNNC at a price of $0.01 – marking a 97.31% bloodletting for the once promising pot coin.

Cannation has a total 24 hour volume of $2,310 with 97% of that coming from CoinExchange. CNNC is also listed on YoBit and NovaExchange, while its listing on Cryptopia was brought to an end on June 7th.

The cannationcoin.com website is dead and doesn’t look to be coming back any time soon. The Bitcointalk forum thread is remarkably small for a coin launched over a year ago, but is still being occupied by a few enthusiasts.

Without casting aspersions: it would be easy to jump to the conclusion that Cannation Coin was a fugazi – a basically useless ICO launched in a weekend by some opportunistic money-makers. Such a coin probably wouldn’t take hold today, but in mid-2017 there was still room to grab people’s attention with a cannabis-focused altcoin.

Carboncoin #1058

The Carboncoin blockchain has been up and running since 2014, but besides a 600% spike in January the coin has failed to gain traction, recording typical daily trading volumes of a few hundred dollars.

The project aimed to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to cryptocurrency mining by planting a tree for every set amount of CARBON coins mined.

For much of the coin’s lifetime it was priced at 1 satoshi. During January’s peak that price rose to 12 satoshi.

Control over the project has changed hands since launch, and some recent activity posted on Medium suggests the current developers are gearing up for another big push. A new ICO is being launched, with current CARBON holders being urged to hand their coins in for a new version of Carboncoin.

Many users on Bitcointalk have denounced this is a scam, with some claiming to have lost their coins to the scheme already.

Where Carboncoin goes from here remains to be seen, but a meagre 24 volume of $18 just a couple of days ago suggests that a huge marketing push would be needed to jumpstart a climb up the rankings.

PutinCoin #1054

The landing page of the PutinCoin website describes its function as being to serve as a tribute to both the President and the people of ‘…one of the largest and greatest country (sic) in the world: Russia!’.

The PutinCoin blockchain uses both PoW (Proof of Work) and PoS (Proof of Stake) in its confirmation algorithm, and promises the usual mix of fast transactions and low fees.

While January 2018 saw a strong performance by PutinCoin, its best performance actually came in 2017 when 1 PUT coin reached a price of $0.04. Indeed, 2017 was kind to PutinCoin in general, and PUT coins regularly recorded a price exponentially greater than its current price of $0.003.

PutinCoin disappeared off the map in 2018, and has a 24 hour volume of $300 at the time of writing. However, it has also managed to remain listed on numerous exchanges, including Cryptopia, Livecoin, CoinExchange, TradeSatoshi and Crex24.

As with many of these coins down in the low 1000’s, there is uncertainty as to whether or not  PutinCoin is a scam. A lack of response by developers has led many to believe the project lacks authenticity, while there remain some forum members who vouch for coin’s future potential.

BiblePay # 1039

BiblePay is a Christian-oriented blockchain which donates 10% of its funds to charities and non-profit organizations. The project is sponsor to over 300 orphans on a monthly basis, and encodes the King James Bible in its transactions in what it terms a Proof-of-Bible (PoB) hash.

BiblePay is currently is something of a lull, having crashed around 50% since its recent high point on April 15th. One BBP coin is currently priced at $0.002703, which is 78% less than it was during the gold rush of January.

The BiblePay thread on Bitcointalk.org is still very active to this day. An enthusiastic group of volunteers continue to develop and refine the blockchain, and its economic rankings are ultimately not reflective of its overall popularity. The project only launched in November of 2017, and there’s still plenty of time for BiblePay to climb the market cap ladder.

42-Coin #1057

What if I told you that one of the most expensive coins in the top 1628 cryptocurrencies was the coin ranked at number 1057 by market cap?

Because that’s the case for 42-Coin, which holds the unique virtue of only having 42 coins in circulation.

42-Coin debuted in January of 2014 at a price of $1,013,620. Popularity cooled on 42, and the value of the coin fell to a mere $38.41 by August 2016.

However 42 then got swept along by the growing market throughout 2017, and by January of 2018 had reached a unit value of $91,000.

Two-thirds of those gains have since been lost, but 42-Coin still ranks an overall third for the cryptocurrency with the highest face value. The title of most expensive cryptocurrency was previously held by 42-Coin, but it eventually lost out to Project-X and Bit20, which recorded token values of $2,530,660 and $1,702,440 respectively.

As the website landing page states:

“42 – the answer to life, the universe, and everything…”

If that isn’t enough to get your investment then I don’t know what is.

Woodcoin #1072

You’d be forgiven for thinking this was another of those ‘mine a coin – plant a tree’ platforms, but Woodcoin actually has a lot more going for it than just replanting the rainforest.

Woodcoin seeks to find the sweet-spot between inflation and stagnation by growing logarithmically (LOG). This means that mining rewards decrease at a set rate, and that coins mined right now will always be worth more than coins mined tomorrow.

Unlike Bitcoin and Litecoin who released half of their coin supply in the first 4 years, Woodcoin will release theirs over 200 years.

No pre-mine or ICO took place during Woodcoin’s launch. Its blockchain has been operating since way back in 2014, without any fork, interference, or influence in that time.

At the time of writing, Woodcoin’s 24 hour volume stands at $39. One LOG coin is worth $0.09 – which is almost half the level it achieved in April, and a four-fold decrease from January’s peak of $0.39.

The forum chatter is limited, and developers don’t show themselves very often. Don’t expect Woodcoin to sprout and grow any time soon.

PiggyCoin #1094

Not many cryptocurrencies are specifically aimed at children, but that’s exactly what sets PiggyCoin apart from the competition.

The only trouble is that it doesn’t seem to have helped. PIGGY coins have halved in value since March, and the 24 hour trading volume has sunk to $402, from a respectable low-six figures recorded in January.

It’s not clear how much input the original developers still have in the project. The only posts on their blog in the last year relate to exchange delistings, with no news of upcoming developments being posted in a long time.

The idea behind PiggyCoin is novel, and we may eventually see some version of it succeed one day. PiggyCoin’s website and wallet is designed to educate children about sensible economics, while also introducing them to cryptocurrency. Several games exist on the website, mostly based around the eponymous Pig.

Regardless of its recent performance, PiggyCoin has still experienced a tremendous 600% growth since the time of its ICO, going from a coin price of $0.000129 up to its current value of $0.000967.

So there we have it – another handful of lurkers from the depths of the market capitalization charts. Whether this article inspires you to buy up some PutinCoin, or to simply never venture past the Top-100 ever again is entirely up to you.

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Crypto Exchanges: Looking For Guaranteed Results

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The word guaranteed is never to be used anywhere investment advice is offered.  So please think of my use of the term as just one person’s opinion. But after doing some weekend reading, I think there should be a way to achieve extraordinary gains that are virtually assured for a very long time.

Back in the glory days of the dotcom period the wisdom of the time was simply stated: invest in the plumbing. That included names like Cisco and Intel.  These were the folks that facilitated high speed traffic on the Internet. Even after the dotcom bubble burst, the plumbers continued to rake in the dough.

Fast forward to 2018, why should we not follow the same logic? Please don’t ask why I didn’t ask this question long ago. Here is what caught my attention.

There is a new study out prepared by The Status Group that makes some incredible projections for the immediate future.  Here are their headline making forecasts.

  • We expect crypto trading volume growth of +50% through 2019, and a 9% CAGR through 2028
  • Crypto trading volume is set to overtake U.S. Corporate Debt trading volume this year, and is on track to be ~10% of U.S. Equity trading volume
  • We estimate exchange trading fee growth of 50%+ this year, from $2.1B last year to well over $3B in 2018
  • The top 20 exchanges account for over 75% of total crypto market trading volume
  • BTC is the base pair for ~1/3 of global crypto volume, USDT 22%, ETH 12%

Always Be Cautious of Forecasts

With no disrespect meant, are the forecasters at The Status Group really serious?  Well, 2019 isn’t that far off so we will know soon enough. But the point is, how do we get involved in the growth of trading rather than pure speculation on crypto prices?

Take the case of the two largest players: Bitmex and Binance.  Over the past 30 days, the two exchanges have traded over $125 billion in value.  That is just in the last month or $1.5 trillion annually. This is only the top two.  If the five largest were included, the monthly total rapidly approaches $200 billion.

Bitmex stands out from a recent article titled: Bitmex Co-Founder is the Youngest British Self-Made Billionaire. Brilliant ideas and hard work deserve and that is why Ben Delo, Samuel Reed and Arthur Hayes are billionaires. But try to buy into Bitmex, good luck.

But there is #2 Binance (BNB) whose token can be traded on the Binance exchange. According to ICOMarks, the market cap of BNB is just a little over $1.1 billion. Back in January, BNB reached $22 but has since tumbled to just $10 -marking a drop of roughly 60%.

Putting that into perspective, that is just a bit less than the average crypto has done this year. But before you doze off, consider this. Changpeng Zhao, BNB founder, just reported second quarter profits of $200 million.  That amounts to 2,757% over the $7.5 million earned in the first quarter.

In other words, BNB’s market cap is equal to just five times the profits in the first six months. If BNB were listed on the New York Stock Exchange and received an average valuation, it would sell for about 23 times earnings.  There may be many reasons why the value of BNB is so low but if it continues to generate such sizable profits, somebody is going to take notice.

As we noted, there are probably lots of reasons why the asset value has fallen nearly as much as the average crypto this year.  This is where I would love to hear from you. Just like back in the post dotcom days, the plumbing companies made the most money.

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STEEM Price Surges 31% Ahead of Steemit Velocity Hardfork

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The value of Steem (STEEM) surged over 31% on the afternoon of Monday, September 24th, as the team prepare to implement ‘Hardfork 20’ – codenamed Velocity – tomorrow on the 25th. The hardfork will make multiple changes to the blockchain that underpins the Steemit social media platform, and full details can be read on the official Steemit blog.

STEEM Price Jumps 31%

Whether the flurry of activity in STEEM markets can be interpreted as a sign of faith in the upcoming updates is up for debate. The STEEM price has been climbing steadily since September 12th since falling to the $0.65 range. Today’s peak of $1.12 puts STEEM on over 70% growth in the last twelve days, outpacing the majority of altcoins with the exception of recent headline-grabbers like XRP and Stellar.

On Monday afternoon the coin price surged 31%, climbing from a price of $0.852111. The majority of those gains came in less than an hour, between 16:00 and 16:30 UTC. The highest single concentration of trades comes in the form of STEEM/USDT on Huobi, while the rest of the market is shared predominantly between STEEM/BTC and STEEM/KRW.

KRW (Korean won) trades make up 33% of the day’s total, continuing the trend from the last few days where the majority of the market pump could be attributed to eastern markets, and KRW in particular.

Steemit Velocity Hardfork

The Steemit social media platform utilizes three currencies in its operation, including a perpetually dollar-pegged coin in the form of SBD, and an internal ‘weighting’ currency called Steem Power that denotes influence and cannot be quickly liquidated.

More details can be read on Steemit’s currencies here, but the point is that Steemit’s internal economy is a finely-tuned machine with lots of moving parts. The upcoming Velocity hardfork will further adjust those moving parts, addressing the community’s pooled funds, new user account creation, the percentage of a post’s payout to authors and curators, and much more. According to the Steemit blog:

“The changes in the Velocity Hardfork are dependent on the approval of a super-majority (17/21) of the witnesses voting in favor of the Hardfork.”

The team also released this short primer for new users and witnesses to the Steemit blockchain ahead of the hardfork on Tuesday, noting the decision-making process:

“Witnesses should review the changes in the hardfork release. If they agree with the changes, they should run the new version of Steem at their earliest convenience. By running the new version of Steem, they are casting their vote for the changes. By choosing not to run the new version of Steem they are casting their vote not to hardfork.”

Stay tuned for more developments tomorrow when the hardfork is implemented at 15:00 UTC.

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Selling Pressure Hits Bitcoin, Altcoins Following Large Rally

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Cryptocurrencies declined across the board on Monday, as the market returned to a defensive posture following a $38 billion inflow over the past six days. Losses affected all major assets but were largely concentrated in altcoins and tokens.

Market Update

From a peak of around $230 billion on Friday, the cryptocurrency market cap has fallen back to $218.4 billion. The brisk selloff began around 00:00 UTC on Monday; the market would go on to lose roughly $8 billion over the span of six hours.

Trading volumes have held steady over the last 24 hours with $13.7 billion transacted on virtual currency exchanges.

All major assets were down on Monday, with XRP and Stellar XLM each declining more than 11%. Both currencies were the top performers last week. XRP is currently trading at $0.517 and XLM is sitting at $0.2556.

Ethereum slipped 5.1% to $232. Bitcoin cash was down 7.3% at 464. EOS, which was briefly overtaken by Stellar in the market cap rankings, declined 6.6% to $5.67.

Losses in bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap, were more contained. BTC is down 2.1% over 24 hours to $6,607. Bitcoin’s price crossed the 50-day moving average on Friday and is currently testing that key level.

Pullback Expected

A pullback was expected for the leading altcoins after demonstrating spectacular growth over a short period. XRP posted a three-fold increase in price last week while Stellar XLM added a third to its value in roughly the same period. Cardano was also among the top performers a ADA began its long recovery from a 96% retracement.

Fundamentals were a major catalyst behind last week’s rally but appear to be absent from the recent reversal, reinforcing the view that technical re-positioning was largely responsible. Sharp corrections are common for cryptocurrencies after a large run-up in prices.

With the pullback, bitcoin’s share of the overall market has returned above 52%. Bitcoin’s dominance rate approached six-week lows on Sunday as altcoins and tokens outpaced the leading digital currency.

BTC trade volumes are holding above $4 billion, a figure that is generally consistent with rising prices. Bitcoin’s price action this week could be influenced by expiring CME futures contracts. The September futures contract is set to expire on Friday.

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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