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Trade Wars? Crypto Buying Opportunity

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For all the talk of trade war, the current environment has opened up some compelling buying opportunities.

Stock Market Pullback: This Too Shall Pass

It didn’t take long for the stock market to react to news of Gary Cohen’s resignation from his job advising POTUS.  After opening down 150 points the Dow Jones Industrial Average continued to slide. At the time of this writing, the market was off nearly 400 points.

We chose to focus on the old line Dow 30 companies which are assumed to be the most affected in the wake of the Cohen exit.  The departure takes place just after last weeks threatened tariff increases by The White House that may have accelerated Cohen’s departure.  Either way, Cohen represented the voice of free trade.

His successor is expected to be Peter Navarro who along with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross supports protectionists trade policies.  In a market climate that was just recovering from it recent sell off, investors are showing their fears.

Why We Should Not Run For Cover

Whenever the lunatics take over the asylum no one knows what to expect next.  Why is this time any different? Well for one thing let’s examine POTUS’s MO. As a negotiating tool, Trump has always love creating chaos.  It has served him well as a private businessman. For better or worse, he has used it in his time in Washington.

Bluster may cost him points in the popularity polls but we all know that matters little to him. Bluster is what he used in the whole silly mess over the border wall with Mexico as well as the immigration issue.  As Shakespeare wrote, lots of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Ok, Ok, that may be too harsh. In Trump’s case, the sound and fury signifies strategy.

No Great Secret

No matter who is advising POTUS, the game plan is no secret.  Renegotiate NAFTA withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership and build his political capital with large U.S. manufacturing corporations.  

The fact that higher tariffs on steel and aluminum were targeted was a matter of picking the lowest hanging fruit.  There is a worldwide glut of these commodities and yet prices are far to high caused by excessive foreign government subsidies.  Here Trump has an easy target but things get a whole lot more complicated when other tariffs are considered. It is call trade retaliation.  Students of history are reminded how trade wars set the stage for the last world war. Trump is not that foolish.

Investors may have reason to be concerned over valuations placed on the stock market.  After all, they have not been this high before so nerves are understandably on edge. At some point yields on the 10-Year U.S. Treasury Note are going to pull money out of stocks. However, Gary Cohen’s departure is not going to change the shape of the world, it will still be round.

Currency Markets Reaction Is Mild

The currency markets reacted pretty much as you would expect to trade fears.  The dollar was down against the Euro and most Asian currencies at the outset of trading in New York but by midday things looked like any other day.   If there was genuine concern over the future trade policies of the United States, the currency markets would have been in turmoil.

Cryptocurrency Values

What is going on the the price of crypto given the stock market behavior.  If investors are truly fearful and wish to protect themselves for possible trade wars, they should be eyeing things like bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple etc.  Instead the crypto market is conspicuously weak. At the time of this writing, Bitcoin was down about 6% while Ether fell 13%.

On a day like today, fundamentals don’t seem to be playing much of a role in pricing.  Take Ripple XRP for example. This morning the company announced it had developed a blockchain payment app in cooperation with 61 banks to speed up transactions in Japan. At last check of XRP, the price was down more than 8%.  Will somebody please explain why this is not a good time to be buying crypto?  

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The Long-Awaited Altcoin Extinction Event May Be Near

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The cryptocurrency market is undergoing a major paradigm shift as low-quality altcoins embark on a mass extinction event, according to Xapo President Ted Rogers. This view, which is shared by industry titans like Vitalik Buterin, suggests things will get a lot worse before they get better.

Mass Extinction

In a Monday tweet, Rogers warned that more than 90% of altcoins and tokens could disappear in the not-too-distant future.

“We could be in the midst of the extinction-level event for “cryptoassets” that many maximalists have predicted. 90%+ of CoinMarketCap list will disappear eventually – might as well happen now.  Meantime, lower BTC price means incredible opportunity to buy more bitcoin,” he said.

Rogers’ tweet echoes previous comments by Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin, who believes that 90% of tokens listed on CoinMarketCap will go to zero. Buterin made the comments back in October during the historic run-up in cryptocurrency prices.

Whereas Buterin emphasized the emergence of higher quality coin offerings following a mass-scale correction, Rogers believes now is the ideal time to buy more bitcoin. The leading digital currency continues to cannibalize altcoins with its share of the total market crossing 54% on Tuesday.

At the time of writing, there were 1,833 cryptocurrencies listed on CoinMarketCap. A couple hundred were added to the website’s tracker in the last few weeks.

ICO Cash-Out?

Crypto assets have shed roughly $220 billion over the past three months and are trading at less than a quarter of their all-time highs. Although the recent meltdown originated last Tuesday when the SEC communicated its non-decision on the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin ETF, the extent of the selloff suggests there are other factors in play.

With the bulk of the declines concentrated in altcoins and tokens, many are blaming the latest rout on a large-scale cash-out of initial coin offerings (ICOs). This has direct implications on Ethereum, which is one of the most important bellwethers of the ICO market.

The ether price has experienced an unprecedented drop over the past seven days, losing more than a third of its value to trade at its lowest level in 14 months. Previously, the developer’s cryptocurrency had shown resilience in the face of broader market moves.

While ICOs have raised more than $6.6 billion this year, investors appear to be selling too early. Short holding periods are placing significant pressure on the market.

Although the path forward is paved with uncertainty, a structural shift in the ICO market will ultimately benefit cryptocurrencies. As Buterin said last October, “there are some good ideas, there are a lot of very bad ideas, and there’s a lot of very, very bad ideas, and quite a few scams as well.” Cleaning up this image is a good thing even with the accompanying pain it has produced.

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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Why Investors Should Pay Attention to Waves

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Despite the proliferation of cryptocurrencies and ICOs over the last 5 years, the process of undertaking an ICO and getting funding is still not nearly as simple as it should be. There are complex regulations and heavy amounts of friction that make it hard for the “crowdfunding” model of startup financing to occur.

Waves is a platform (with an eponymous token) whose aim is to solve this problem by launching a decentralized cryptocurrency trading platform and opening more gateways between other cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies.

The Waves Team

The team at Waves are planning on changing the crowdsale model to make it much less complicated for companies trying to get funding. The team operates out of Switzerland, but is run by Russians (the CEO, Sasha Ivanov, is a trained physicist with a strong past in the cryptocurrency space).

The Progress Waves Has Made

Waves’ ICO occured in April 2016, with 100 million tokens being issued. 85% of the tokens went to ICO investors, with the remainder going to strategic partners, Pre-ICO bounties, and internal development and marketing.

Since then, there have been considerable advancements in the power of the network. Their DEX launched in April 2017 with various gateways (both fiat and crypto) being unveiled in the following months. This has made it much simpler to get money into the exchange, thus breaking down funding barriers for any protocols issued on the platform.

Understanding the Business Model

Waves is all about helping companies obtain funding for their projects, and all of their work has been focused on this singular goal. Tokens need to have a specific use or utility in order to justify their existence, and the Waves token has been designed to fulfill this condition.

You can either pay a fraction of a WAVES to transfer tokens or buy a token, or you can spend 1 WAVES to create a new token on the network. Additionally, there are rewards on the network for tokenholders based on their balance of WAVES. The incentive structure is clear in this protocol: owning tokens helps you trade or create tokens, which is the purpose of the platform. The tokens may also be used to run smart contracts, which is why many consider WAVES to be a competitor of Ethereum.

The End Result

Waves tokens are currently trading at approximately $1.70, although it has reached peaks above $16.00. This sharp drop-off in price can largely be attributed to the phishing scam that has occurred in the last few days. Last month they were hacked when their CEO’s passport was falsely reproduced and used to obtain access to the domain and obtain the personal information of customers. Although the facts currently being reported make it sound like the fault lies with the domain provider, this is not the sort of issue that should be happening in a trading exchange.

In addition, Waves currently has limited KYC requirements and allows users to trader without submitted extensive identification information. This can be seen as a positive thing or a negative thing, depending on where you are standing. Yes, it is great that there are few barriers to entry for anyone who would like to trade on the DEX, but it is also likely to attract the ire of regulators in the USA. With a token that is strongly linked to this exchange, it is definitely something to pay attention to.

With the goal of creating a network of new tokens that are all interconnected and tradeable, Waves certainly has its worked cut out for it. However, with this recent drop in price due to security issues, it might be a great time to buy some tokens.

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MB Technology and GoChain Partner to Accelerate Innovation on the Blockchain

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MB Technology has recently announced that it is committed to bringing $500 million USD worth of ICOs to the GoChain platform. MB Technology is an expert ICO advisory firm that has advised blockchain projects with a combined valuation of over $2 billion in several industries. Some of the companies that they advised include Fantom, Origo, GoChain, QuarkChain, CoinSuper, Icon and other top ICOs.

The company is committing $500 million to GoChain because it has already launched it’s mainnet functioning at 100 times the speed of Ethereum while being 1,000 times more energy efficient. GoChain is fully compatible with existing Ethereum wallets, smart contracts, dApps, etc. Two companies have already chosen GoChain to launch their ICOs: Solaster Health and Etherprise with a combined value of $63 million.

GoChain has hit the ground running. While many blockchains are still trying to finish up their technical whitepaper or have yet to launch their mainnet, GoChain is way ahead of the curvey. Although blockchains are competing to deliver the fastest Transactions-Per-Second (TPS), they nothing without the dApps that build on them. While speed is important, most blockchains releasing now are more than capable of handling sufficient TPS for production dApps. The dApp ecosystem built on top of a blockchain is just as important, if not more, than the speed of the blockchain itself.

ICOs struggle to build on new blockchains as there are not many well-defined standards. GoChain’s codebase is 100% compatible with Ethereum so any dApp that can or has been built on top of it will easily port to GoChain. This makes it easy for existing Ethereum apps to move over to GoChain and immediately work 100 times faster. A few blockchains build amazingly fast transacting software yet have no use cases or a dApp ecosystem building strategy.

With MB Technology bringing half a billion dollars to GoChain, the coin is extremely undervalued. Compared to other projects on CoinMarketCap, GoChain should be at least in the $100 million market cap range. Competing blockchains talk about overtaking Ethereum, yet GoChain has a working mainnet with dApps being added at a blinding rate. GoChain is one of the most underestimated and undervalued blockchains at this time. Look for GoChain to grow to five to ten times in the next few months from its current market cap of $19.4 million. GoChain is currently only on Kucoin. Look for it to list on other exchanges as it gains daily trading volume.

MB Technology offers advisory services to bring specific solutions designed to boost a project’s outcomes. They also create global investor awareness through their network of partners, influencers, and media outlets.

Disclaimer: Writer does not own GoChain. 

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