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The Raiden Network: Is Now A Good Time To Invest In RDN?

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It seems like we have talked about the need for speed whenever the topic of blockchains and cryptocurrencies are mentioned.  These days, transactions are consuming huge amounts of energy and still only perking along at 10-15 per second. If there is a crypto future this rate isn’t going to get us there.  As we all know, Mastercard and Visa work with a system supposedly doing 100,000 per second.

Who knows if that number is absolutely accurate of some smoke but one thing we know: 10-15 per second is pathetic.  Bitcoin’s potential savor is The Lightning Network. The latest version was released within the last few weeks. Along with about everybody else, we will be watching closely to get a read on TLN.

A Savior For Ether Investors?

The Raiden Network could save Ethereum from techno irrelevance.  The important word here is could. That is because there is lots of Ethereum envy out there.  There are folks such as Cardano and NEO that have their own blockchain platforms complete with smart contracts.  Then there is Liquidity.Network, the recently announced Ethereum focused competitor to Raiden.

Creating A Separate Coin For Investors

Raiden Network completed its ICO last November, raising $32.8 million.  Rather than simply creating a fork of ether, developers created the opportunity for investors to directly participate in a solution that could save the day for Ethereum and investors in ether.  

I do not own any RDN.  A small amount of ETH has my name on it, so I am eager to find the protocol that can protect my measly holdings.  Here is what gets me interested in Raiden.

Well Along In The Development Process

RDN has been around for about the same amount of time as Ethereum dating to 2015. That is about 21 in dog years and practically a millennium in crypto time.  But the development team strikes me as the most interesting part.

RDN is being developed by BrainBot Technologies AG.  This is not a smattering of amateurs but a company with a deep bench of developers and a history of successful projects.  Check them out at brainbot.com.

Last November, Brainbot demonstrated the high throughput and low latency of the Raiden Network with a demonstration of Micro Raiden applied in real-time, showcasing the great potential for products that require the type of high speed transactions involved with the Ethereum blockchain.

Off The Blockchain

Technical reports describe The Raiden Network as an open source, trustless, fast, inexpensive and scalable off-chain payment solution for the Ethereum blockchain. This means it functions smoothly with the Ethereum platform. The Raiden Network provides bidirectional payment channels for low scale value exchanges of ERC20 compliant tokens to users within the Raiden Network. These bidirectional payment channels may interlock to create a system of channels between infinite parties in a hive.

Translated into comprehensible english, Radien promises almost instantaneous transactions with fees low enough to attract low value transactions. At less than $0.01 per transaction, a $5 latte fits.  Ethereum fees at the peak last year were more $4.15. So the potential for Raiden is really big.

In fairness it should be mentioned that Ethereum is considering options such as sharding and that would reduce the singular importance of Raiden. So perhaps the role of savior is a bit extreme.  But sharding is not likely to be a preemptive force. Raiden development is that much further along.

Speaking Out

Members of the Raiden development team are taking their show on the road having made presentations recently in Tokyo.  The next event is scheduled for Toronto this coming week on May 4th. The presentation is being billed as an opportunity to give an update on the progress in deploying the network.  This is a date to put in your digital calendar if you own ETH or have an interest in RDN.

Aside from the obvious reasons, here is why.  Like about every other crypto, RDN peaked in price in early January around $8.65 before taking a plunge to less than $1.20 by April.  This drop of 87% made RDN one of the worst performers in the recent crash. In addition to all the crypto market woes, there were delays in the network deployment.  That is enough to disappoint anyone.

Since early April RDN’s price has rebounded to about the $2.00 level.  Even so this is a long way from the good old days of 2017. Logic dictates that a good showing in Toronto might translate into investors taking notice.   By good showing we are talking about favorable news about Raiden deployment.

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  1. Constantin

    April 26, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Info and an idea for a trade. That’s EXACTLY what I expect from Hacked. Good one again James!

  2. James Waggoner

    April 26, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Hello Constantin, So glad you are enjoying Hacked.com. We will keep trying to come up with useful stuff. best James

  3. andrewmayne1

    April 27, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Hi James, thanks for the trade idea. I did have some skin in RDN, but while it looks like a promising technology, I got rid of my share because another analyst wasn’t convinced about the token economics.

    To be a good long term investment I think a project needs to have a good team, have a good technology, and there has to be a compelling reason for the token to be needed for the network to grow in value as usage increases. Do you think this is the case for Raiden?

  4. James Waggoner

    April 27, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Andrew, Thanks so much for your comments. Investing in any technology is a roll of the dice. This is where diversification can help because changes in technology take place so fast. With Raiden, I am placing a lot of weight on the development team and then on the amount of time already invested in the project. Several questions have been asked about the need for a separate RDN currency. I am not worried about that. I believe it relates to the corporate culture of Bainbot. In some ways it is similar to Ripple. Thanks again, best James

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TenX: Look Out The Brits Are Coming

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We have written about TenX in the past with admiration for its business model. We weren’t the only admirers.  Last year TenX raised $80 million, ranking it as the ninth largest ICO of 2017. But now, there is a new threat, UK based Wirex.  These Brits are less well financed but much further along with a real product ready to launch in the US. Could this could put the kibosh on tiny TenX? Let’s take a look.  

You Gotta Love The Concept: Mass Acceptance

Both TenX and Wirex share a similar business model. They make cryptocurrencies spendable anytime, anywhere in the world. Start with their wallet and add a supported cryptocurrency. Then when the need to fill the gas tank or pay for dinner arises, pull out your TenX or Wirex card bearing the VISA or MasterCard logo and complete the transaction.

During the transaction, your crypto is instantly converted to fiat in one seamless step.  The cost of this service to the cardholder is unclear but we presume it will have to compete with exchange fees from entities like Coinbase or Binance.

True, there are certain limitations. So far the Wirex wallet accepts only Bitcoin.  TenX boasts of accepting Bitcoin, Ether and Litecoin. That covers about 90% of crypto assets but still leaves out a long list of altcoins and the bazillion of recently minted stablecoins.

Other marketing highlights at the TenX website include the opportunity to “Spend at over 42 million points of acceptance online and offline, in almost 200 countries – perfect for the world traveller.”  Unfortunately the website also notes, “We’re working hard to bring the TenX Card to you as soon as possible. Join the waitlist in the app to be notified when it’s out.”

Neither approach is perfect.  For crypto purists the only solution is for Bitcoin and other altcoins to be accepted directly as a medium of exchange. Maybe that dream will take place by 2028 or sooner but be careful about holding your breath.

Another flaw is that both systems appear dependent on either the VISA or MasterCard payment rail (and this has been a big problem). Even under ideal circumstances these transactions fail to reach the dream of being both frictionless and free.  However from the standpoint of mass acceptance, the merchant is already absorbing these costs so it should not impede acceptance of either TenX or Wirex.

Wirex Comes To America

Now Bitcoin.com reports that Wirex, which just registered in Canada, has its sights on a US launch. There are two aspects about this that are worth noting.  First, Wirex is using transfer technology from i2c. Not being a technology mavin, it is unclear what this exactly means to things like speed and costs but it can’t hurt Wirex’s invasion of America.

So why should investors in TenX be concerned?  After all, things haven’t exactly been all that shining.  At one point this year, TenX ranked in the 50 most highly valued cryptos.  It pretty much carved out a giant sized niche.

And then back in January a great many of Visa’s cryptocurrency debit cards ceased working as the company ended its relationship with a debit card provider called WaveCrest. Affected cards were those issued by WaveCrest, including products from CryptoPay, Bitwala, TenX, Wirex and others. Since then, the price of TenX has dropped from $5 to about $0.55.

This is where the connection between Wirex and i2c could be the answer to the problem. According to Bitcoin.com “The relationship with i2c will enable Wirex to be the first crypto-friendly payment platform to offer this innovative service in the US.”

A Few Metrics on Wirex

If any published data can be believed, it would appear the Wirex already is a small force in crypto to fiat payments.  According to its website, Wirex has over 900,000 customers in 130 countries having participated in over $1 billion in transactions.  That maybe be peanuts compared to the total value of all transactions but it ain’t exactly chump change either.

So while loyal fans of TenX patiently wait for their plastic and investors sit on their $0.55 crypto investment, Wirex appears ready to steal the thunder.

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FedEx Goes Looking for New Lows

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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

At a recent Federal Reserve meeting, the market was made clear that interest rates were going to rise, which means that the burden on business in the form of interest on borrowed funds will increase. The ‘cheap’ money has run out, and now overvalued companies will be heading to their real quotes. If you look at the market, the corrections are already beginning, and there is a decline in each sector. Under these conditions, stocks will be forming ranges, although in most cases they are already here. If the price is at the lower boundary, then we should expect an even greater decline, as new support levels will be formed lower.

The ‘weak link’ under these conditions will be the companies that have shown a significant decrease in profits in the current quarter relative to the previous quarter and to similar periods of the previous year.

Tips for trading here should be sought in technical analysis, since the fundamental one will not show negative trends in Q3, as reports will be provided for the previous period, and they will be compared with similar periods of last year, which in most cases will show a positive trend.

In this situation, it is possible to consider trading for lowering overpriced companies, but the trader needs to be aware of the risk they will be taken taking, as due to the gaps at the opening, losses can be fatal.

FedEx, a leading mailing operator, is among such companies that are set to decline in the near future. Quarterly reports show an increase in profits compared to the same period last year. With this in mind, it would seem, there is no reason for concern, as the fall in profits in Q3 this year was also observed last year.

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Meanwhile, the short float is as low as 2.01%. The debt to capital ratio is less than 1, which also indicates the company is good to invest into.

On Oct 18, FedEx announced the acquisition of Manton Air-Sea Pty Ltd, a leading logistics service provider based in Australia. This will allow FedEx to increase its presence in the Australian market. The transaction is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

Analyzing other financial indicators, the negative details can only be found in the discrepancy between the Q3 earnings per share predicted values, since the EPS expectations were at $3.80, and in fact it turned out to be just $3.46, which resulted in the company ending its trading session with a 1.7% decline.

Without going into details, the company’s profit is growing, dividends are paid, and there is no reason to worry, especially when the index is being bought heavily during such falls. Let’s get back to the reports however, and we’ll see the profit in Q3 decreased by 42% compared to the previous quarter, although last year it was only by 16%.

In July, Amazon announced its new project, Delivery Service Partners (DSP), as mentioned earlier in one of our analytic reports. This led to the largest international postal operator’s decline. The project by Amazon enables starting your own shipping business under Amazon brand. This project is already working and the goods, despite the problems that arise, are being shipped. This means that FedEx and UPS are guaranteed to lose some of their income. In the long term, the development of DSP will create an even more serious competition against postal operators.

Amazon’s policy led to FedEx shares losing around 16%, after which the price tried to recover, but nothing came out of it, and now it’s trading around the year’s lows. Another negative fact is that the price went below the 200-day SMA, which last occurred in 2015. Last time, after the SMA breakout, the price fell by 36% from its highs. The last fall was accompanied with the largest trading volume over the last 2 years, which increases the likelihood of further price fall.

The nearest support is around $200. Further decline may be news-driven and come later, as it often happens. A short-term price increase to the resistance at $240 USD is possible, but after that, a rebound and a more serious price fall to $200 may follow. With larger volumes or a consolidation range, a reversal may occur.

To sum up

According to the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting minutes, rate hikes are going to happen both this year and next. This will increase the cost of borrowed funds, which will lead to consolidation of the stock market and a possible sharp decline when approaching the highs. Some investors will close their positions on highs, trying to lock in as much profit as possible, after which they can move to less risky instruments such as bonds, whose yields will only increase with rate hikes.

Yet another crisis coming is often a surprise for investors, because usually everything starts with a small correction, which then rapidly develops into a market collapse and leads to a massive fall in stock prices. For this reason, investing in companies at current prices is not a good idea.

In this situation, it is best to look for small and unknown companies to buy, or to focus on those that are just starting their IPO’s.

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Pre-Market Analysis and Chartbook: Stocks Plunge as Chinese Rally Fades

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Tuesday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,713 -1.59%
DAX 30 11,282 -2.06%
WTI Crude Oil 67.72 -2.11%
GOLD 1,241 1.38%
Bitcoin 6,393 -0.20%
EUR/USD 1.1469 0.05%

The major global stock indices are all significantly lower today just after the US open, with several European benchmarks hitting new multi-month and multi-year lows after the recent bounce. Chinese stocks turned south after the strongest two-day rally in years, and although the local markets remain above their recent bear market lows, the shift weighed heavily on sentiment across the globe, with the Nikkei also getting below last week’s minimum level.

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

In Europe, the DAX is the weakest major index again, and German stocks confirmed the long-term breakdown that we have been following in recent weeks. Today, chemical giant Bayer is pushing the benchmark lower, but the weakness in auto-makers also continues to drag equities lower together with the struggling financial sector.

Spreads between Italian and core Eurozone government bonds are still wide, as the budget debate continues to pressure Italian assets, and despite the relative stability of the Euro, European equities are in deep trouble.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Euro is hanging on a thread above its monthly lows against the US Dollar, while the broader Dollar index hit a marginal new 2-month high today. All eyes are on the European Central Bank and Italy this week, and with the US midterms approaching, things can get wild in currencies in the coming days, especially given the rising volatility in equities, and the general risk-off shift.

While the EUR/USD pair is trading below the 1.15 level, the Dollar failed to show momentum against the common currency with buyers consistently stepping in near 1.1440. That said, the broader downtrend is clearly intact, and a test of the support zone near 1.13 still seems like the most likely scenario in the coming weeks.

S&P 500 Hits New Correction Lows as VIX Eyes 25 Level

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

US index futures had an ugly overnight session before the pre-market earnings dump, with the Asian selloff dragging the major indices lower. While the Nasdaq is holding up above its recent lows, the Dow and the S&P 500 plunged well below their multi-month lows, and the small-cap Russell 2000 also opened deep in the red, below its correction low as well.

Short-term technicals continue to scream sell in the US, with the weak bounce clearing the bulk of the oversold momentum readings with regards to the key benchmarks, and with market internals still being very negative. For now, we would still not buy the dip here, especially as we see no major positive divergences in global markets either.

VIX (US Volatility Index), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking at the Volatility Index (VIX), the regime change that we were speculation on at the start of the correction seems to be confirmed, with the VIX getting back very easily above the line-in-the-sand 20 level. The index neared the 25 level pre-market, and although the panicky 30 level is still well above the current zone, a concerted move below the lows could spark a renewed surge in the VIX as early as today.

This leaves a protracted correction as the best-case scenario for US stocks, but as usual with bearish trends, violent counter-trend rallies are expected along the way, punishing late shorts and resetting the negative sentiment.

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Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dow 30 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

FTSE 100 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EuroStoxx50 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Nikkei 225 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Shanghai Composite Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EEM (Emerging Markets ETF), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Forex

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EUR/GBP, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

AUD/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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