Crypto Markets See Little Movement, Bitcoin Continues to Trade Just Below $6,500

Saturday, Oct. 20: Crypto markets are seeing little momentum, with virtually all of the major cryptocurrencies seeing slight growth and losses between a 1-2 percent range, as Coin360 data shows.

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Market visualization by Coin360

Tether (USDT) has mostly settled back in to its characteristic trading pattern. Having briefly lost its U.S. dollar peg last week, the asset has since reclaimed its historical trading range close to a 1:1 ratio to the greenback. Today the stalwart stablecoin has seen an almost 1 percent drop to trade at $0.979.

Bitcoin (BTC) is trading at $6,473 at press time, seeing negligible price change on the day according to CoinMarketCap. Following its short-lived ascent to $6,965 Oct. 17, correlated with Tether’s price tumble, Bitcoin has corrected back to a trading range just a little higher than at the start of its weekly chart.

Earlier this month, Bitcoin achieved a 17-month low volatility rate, recording its highest level of stability since mid-2017, and the trend has continued over the past few days.

Coupled with low volatility, BTC trading volumes remain low; as of press time the figure is around $3.55 billion.

On the week, the top coin has seen a gentle increase of around 3.3 percent: on its monthly chart, growth is just 0.23 percent.

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Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ethereum (ETH) is seeing similarly slight momentum, up just 0.63 percent to trade around $205, according to CoinMarketCap. Over the past week, the leading altcoin has seen a similar trading pattern to Bitcoin, spiking to $220 Oct. 15 before correcting downwards and then sideways in recent days.

This brings Ethereum to a 3 percent gain on its weekly chart; monthly losses are roughly equal in the opposite direction, at 2.7 percent.

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Ethereum 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Most of the remaining top ten coins on CoinMarketCap are in the green.

The strongest top-ten performer is fourth largest coin Bitcoin Cash (BCH), up 1.4 percent on the day to trade around $447. Anonymity-oriented alt Monero (XMR) is seeing a modest 0.21 percent change on the day to press time.

In the context of the top twenty coins, the market picture is also stable, with virtually all assets seeing minor growth of below the 1-2 percent mark. The exception is Zcash (ZEC), which has relatively “soared” almost 4 percent on the day to trade at $124.86.

The alt dislodged Dogecoin (DOGE) from its spot as twentieth largest coin by market cap earlier this week, and has seeing sustained growth atypical for the wider market.

Native exchange token Binance coin (BNB) is one of the only top twenty coins in the red, but down only 0.56 percent..

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is at around $209 billion as of press time. Since its intraweek peak at $220.2 billion Oct. 15., the market has tapered downwards and has continued evenly around the $210 billion mark for several days.

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7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies from CoinMarketCap

A new report from Big Four auditor Ernst and Young has found that among the “top” initial coin offerings (ICOs) that raised capital in 2017, 86 percent of project tokens are trading below their listing price, with 30 percent having lost “substantially all value.” Beyond investment returns, the auditor found that only 29 percent of studied projects had either a working product or prototype – up just 15 percent from at the end of last year.

In other altcoin news, developers at Ethereum – the platform the underpins most ICO tokens – yesterday reached a consensus to delay a planned hard fork of the protocol until January 2019. The fork, dubbed “Constantinople,” was supposed to be activated by the end of Oct.-Nov. this year, but faced a number of hurdles during its testnet trial last weekend.

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P Trading

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P Trading

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Trading volumes on exchange-escrowed peer-to-peer (P2P) cryptocurrency trading platforms in India are rising rapidly amid the banking ban by the country’s central bank. “Indians are warming up to P2P in amazing ways,” the CEO of a local crypto exchange told news.Bitcoin.com. Several other exchanges competing in the same space are seeing similar responses from their users.

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P2P Trading Volumes Growing Rapidly

Indian cryptocurrency exchanges that offer P2P services are experiencing rapid growth in trading volumes despite the cryptocurrency banking ban by the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P TradingThe CEO of Indian crypto exchange Wazirx, Nischal Shetty, told news.Bitcoin.com that “In a bear market with no banking, Indians are warming up to P2P in amazing ways.” Wazirx launched its exchange-escrowed P2P service on July 10, a week before the RBI ban took effect.

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P TradingIndia’s central bank has banned financial institutions from providing services to crypto businesses. As the country’s supreme court continues to postpone hearing the petitions against the ban, a growing number of Indian exchanges have implemented their own solutions to the banking problem such as using P2P trading and launching cryptocurrency ATMs.

Shetty shared with news.Bitcoin.com:

P2P is working great for Wazirx. It’s helping us increase our daily trading volumes as well. In fact a few days ago we hit 100 BTC in daily trading volume for the first time … we’ve crossed over $5M in P2P in the 3 months since we’ve gone live.

The exchange revealed at the end of September that its trading volumes had grown 35 percent in the past few months, consistently reaching 50 BTC in daily trading volumes during the month.

Some More P2P Offerings

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P TradingThe exchange-escrowed P2P option has become a popular way for traders in India to cash out their coins. Recently, crypto exchange Instashift conducted a survey of its users and found that the majority of 50 respondents prefer to cash out their cryptocurrencies using P2P services. Instashift offers the trading of over 80 cryptocurrencies. With a community of over 900 members using its P2P platform, the exchange told news.Bitcoin.com, “We are clocking approximately around 2-5 million INR [$27,194 – $67,985] per week in India & our volumes are looking promising in Canada & Nigeria as well.”

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P TradingCoindcx also allows its users to convert over 80 cryptocurrencies into the Indian rupee. Its P2P platform Dcxinsta allows users to buy cryptocurrencies “instantly with INR … in less than 60 seconds,” according to the exchange’s website. On Thursday, Coindcx announced that “INR open order book” is now live on the exchange so users can now “place limit orders for trading in INR and see a complete order book using their existing INR wallets.”

The CEO of Coindcx, Sumit Gupta, explained to news.Bitcoin.com that the “Minimum buy or sell amount for any user is Rs 10. (approx. 15 cents)” on his exchange, emphasizing that “every Indian can now invest in crypto.” He further revealed that on his P2P platform:

We’re getting a phenomenal response from users with average no. of orders being more than 10 per Dcxinsta user.

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3 Cryptocurrencies Well-Positioned to Beat BTC Price in Q4 (AMB, BCH, ADA)

This week’s cryptocurrencies market analysis will concentrate on technological advancements in the blockchain space in quarter 4. The analysis will focus on major technological upgrades occurring in quarter four along with Ambrosus (AMB) being a top contender to produce returns well in excess of 100% in the immediate short term.


3 Cryptocurrencies We Predicted Would Rally 

Last Week’s Piece, which highlighted the cryptocurrency GOChain 00, resulted in GO increasing more than 50% in value in the 48 hours that followed. This is similar to TRIG, VIBE, and EVX, which all had rallies in excess of 50-250% following analyzing their short-term developments.

It may be a ‘bear’ market but clearly, but it is showing bullish signs and AMB is likely to be next.

Each cryptocurrency on this list has its own specific reasons from unique conferences to increasing their coin’s utility for their bullish short-term tendencies. This week will focus on AMB, BCH, and ADA, with AMB likely to lead the charge as a cryptocurrency likely to gain in excess of 50% in the short-term.

Ambrosus (AMB)

This week AMB 00 is highlighted as likely to have major bullish tendencies in the short term as they release their upgraded Mainnet 2.0. AMB developers are clearly remaining committed to their project even amid the bear market. Currently, AMB’s market cap is barely over $20 million.

In other words, if it approaches a $100 million market cap, the value of the underlying AMB increases 500% (5x).

With multiple other cryptocurrencies having mainnet updates in the prior months there can be a common occurrence gleamed from watching the cryptos price movements in the days leading up to launch. The coins have a tendency to trend North in anticipation of mainnet release.

As more individuals check the crypto calendar and see ‘news’ they start FOMOing and rush in. The goal is to beat those FOMOing individuals into the alts with upcoming major developments.

Bulls Still Bullish

This week’s piece does not focus on conference developments, or utility developments, but instead on tech developments.

AMB with their Mainnet Version 2.0 being released before the end of quarter four should provide an unexpected surprise announcement (that you’d have to go all the way to December on the crypto calendar to view or be following the project to know). These types of tech upgrades, especially with exact dates unannounced provide a major opportunity for bullish price movement.

AMB has their Mainnet 2.0 being released this quarter but also has developments occurring behind the scenes and major partnerships in the works. A market capitalization of only 20 million, coupled with tech advancements, partnerships, and listings on the biggest exchanges, is why AMB is an attractive acquisition target.

Individuals familiar with AMB’s team have mentioned numerous times how partnerships are planning on being announced by the EOY in either the pharmaceutical supply chain or food supply chain monitoring. AMB is also onboarding many of their core community for internal product testing and development. Major developments are happening within AMB and quarter 4 coupled with Mainnet 2.0 should push AMB even higher.

AMB is a blockchain-powered IoT network, enabling secure and frictionless dialogue between sensors, distributed ledgers, and data to assure product quality. This niche (supply chain monitoring) is one where blockchain will continue to exploit as their transparent nature, ability to track frictionlessly and provide live updates will revolutionize the supply chain and IoT technologies.

With quarter four’s Mainnet Version 2.0 on the horizon it is likely we see a major Northern price trend produced due to upcoming tech advances and partnerships.

Q4 price target prediction: $ 0.60-$0.72 in the short term, approximately 6,000 Sats.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) 

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) 00 has had a rough summer and the upcoming Bitmain IPO, which was supposed to boost BCH’s price, but has suffered due to swirling rumors about false claims of investors and quarterly sales numbers. However, when the market is ‘doubting’ a coin this is the time to believe in it.

“Be fearful when others are greedy, be greedy when others are fearful,” said Warren Buffet.

Right now the market is fearful regarding BCH, which is why it is time to be greedy.

Regarding BCH’s quarter 4 and technological advancements they have an upcoming hard fork and are participating in Amsterdam’s DevCon October 27, 2018. This hard fork has investors both worried and curious.

The worry and fearfulness are overpowering the curiosity resulting in BCH falling more than 50% against BTC since the beginning of summer.

The Bitcoin Cash fork is occurring because two of the biggest mining groups (by hash power) have split thoughts on the future of BCH. One group wishes to introduce atomic swaps intending to make BCH the most scalable, extensive, and utilizable blockchain, while slowly moving BCH away from a currency used like ‘cash.’

The other group wants BCH to remain as close to “Satoshi’s Vision” as possible while remaining a true ‘digital currency.’ These visions are clearly competing leading to what amounted to a Twitter argument between two huge hashing groups of BCH (and a BCH price correction).

An upcoming hard fork coupled with attending major technology conferences are two reasons why BCH may increase in value against BTC even if it does not outpace top contenders like AMB.

BCH has major tech upgrades coming in quarter 4 with the possible hard-fork. If no fork occurs this will settle investor’s nerves and likely also lead to a BCH price rally. The Bitmain IPO, which has seemingly been forgotten, is about to occur. Between conferences and the Bitmain IPO, the community and BCH awareness should increase significantly in Q4. Conferences, Bitmain’s IPO, and a hard-fork are all quarter 4 catalysts for BCH.

Q4 price target prediction: A minimum of $600 by the end of quarter 4 and a 20% increase in value (Satoshis) against BTC.

Cardano (ADA) 

Cardano 00 has the least impressive tech upgrades on this list but it has some very important things going for it in quarter 4. It is a front-runner (along with BAT) to be listed next on Coinbase.

If the price movement of the prior two coins listed on Coinbase is a hint, an ADA listing will boost its price significantly in the short term. ADA is also being fully integrated in November into the Metaps Plus platform.

Metaps Plus is a fintech company that has a specialized point of sale (‘POS’) payment system. They are based out of Korea and have over 30,000 offline stores already using their POS system. Although ADA is not undergoing a tech upgrade, being introduced into the Metaps payment platform significantly increases ADA’s utility. Adding utility adds the most value in the crypto space and through integration into a new POS system ADA is ensuring they remain relevant, at least for the near future.

The integration of ADA into Metaps is supposed to be completed in November. This provides the next ten days as the perfect time to do research on ADA and whether or not they are likely to succeed in the short and long term.

With a Coinbase listing seeming imminent coupled with being added to an already functioning POS system in 30,000+ stores; ADA seems to be a Top 10 Cryptocurrency primed for growth in quarter four, compared to Bitcoin BTC 00.

Best Chances for Short-Term Gains

Even in this bear market, some cryptocurrencies have produced returns greater than Bitcoin, despite BTC’s resurgent dominance to boot. Based on potential tech advancements in Q4, AMB is poised to produce the highest returns, in my personal opinion.

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However, when Top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap also have major advancements in the next few months it is important to target ‘safer’ options as well. BCH and ADA have important events occurring in the quarter 4 that make them more relevant and likely to gain in Satoshis against BTC.

Crypto is a high-risk marketplace and cryptocurrencies with smaller market caps like AMB should see the highest returns against BTC in the immediate short-term.

AMB may see price movement in excess of 100%. It is much less likely that ADA and BCH will see that type of movement due to larger market caps. However, upward price trends from all three are likely as they each have important Q4 updates.

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