In the latest report by Weiss Ratings, one of the few cryptocurrency rating firms, the potential of EOS blockchain project is put under much limelight.
Weiss EOS 101
From a bird’s point of view, the rating agency seems to be optimistic about EOS’ potential to provide what Ethereum had promised – establish the groundwork for the smart economies of the future.
EOS is the first of its kind complete, fully scalable, third-generation, distributed ledger platform released to the public. The idea behind EOS is to converge together the best features and promises of the numerous smart contract technologies in the world today, into one common easy to use platform for the everyday user to empower the impending blockchain technology.
However, Weiss views the centralization problem in EOS as its most significant hurdle in its path to become a reality. The project is not alien to controversy and been criticized in the past due to the “involvement of [larger token holders] people in the project,” and for raising a $4 billion funding without even releasing the actual product.
Now that EOS has moved under the control of its development community, Block.one, it remains to be seen what the future holds for EOS.
Community Consensus a Major Factor
This community includes the teams all around the world which now run as potential candidates to become miners on the central EOS chain. The miners decide how the network works and how it shapes up its governance model, keeping in mind the dynamic environment which has been brought upon by the cryptocurrency industry.
According to Weiss Ratings, the future of EOS hangs on one crucial factor, which is up to its community to decide, i.e., whether to opt for centralization or decentralization. A centralized project vests the power in the hands of the few elite members, while a decentralized project does precisely the opposite – spread power to take decisions and control over a broad group of participants.
Corrective Measures Suggested
Even though block.one’s motto has always been “Decentralize everything,” the actual state of EOS today is in sharp contrast to the mission statement of the company. In a recently released report by Weiss, the rating agency found out that EOS is in fact, one of the most centralized blockchains in the world today.
As reported by BTCManager, it is estimated that the top 10 EOS token holders virtually run the network in its entirety. That is a lot of power to be concentrated at the top of the network.
Weiss has also suggested a few measures through which EOS can tackle the centralization problem efficiently. These measures include increasing the total number of miners to more than 21, capping the voting power of the biggest token holders to no more than 2.5% of the entire token supply and also that the large token holders must identify themselves in public.
Cardano [ADA/USD] Technical Analysis: Interim bullish push imminent; bears yet to show mercy on long haul
Cardano [ADA] seems to be getting a bullish push in the short-term, even as the bearish trend in the medium to long-term seems to not fade away. There seems to be no respite from the bear attack in the long-term as the downward trend in price is still going strong.
ADA, the ninth largest cryptocurrency in the world, is currently trading at $0.0759, after going down at -1.19% over the last day. It has a market cap of $1.97 billion, with a 24-hour trade volume of $18.02 million.
On the one-hour graph, a strong downtrend can be seen from $0.0827 to $0.0806, and then further to $0.0788 between October 15 to October 21, 2018. Another downward movement can be seen from $0.0786 to $0.0774 on October 22, 2018.
An upward drift in prices can be seen from October 16 to October 22, 2018, from $0.0749 to $0.0787. A short-term upward trend was seen on October 22, 2018, from $0.0770 to $0.0773.
The Awesome Oscillator chart shows green bars emerging after a string of red bars. This is a clear indicator of a bullish market.
The Parabolic SAR chart shows the dots aligned under the candlesticks, indicating a bullish market.
The RSI chart shows the token recovering from an oversold position slowly, with the buying and selling pressure evening each other out.
According to the one-day graph, the strong downtrend in the long-term seems to be robust between June 4 to October 22, 2018, from $0.226 to $0.181, further to $0.078.
An upward trend is seen from September 18 to October 7, 2018, from $0.063 to $0.081, and between October 15 to October 22, 2018, from $0.071 to $0.077.
The Fisher Transform chart shows the Fisher line moving uphill, crossing the trigger line. This indicates a bullish trend.
The MACD chart shows the moving average line on a downward drift, crossing the trigger line. This indicates a bearish market.
The Chaikin Money Flow chart shows the current value at -0.118. This indicates that money is flowing out of the market. This is a clear indicator of a bearish market.
However, an upwards drift seems to be emerging, pointing at a temporary bullish trend.
In the short-term, if the prices are to move up as indicated by Parabolic SAR and Awesome Oscillator, the immediate resistance will be $0.078. If it is broken, the next resistance will be at $0.0806.
If the prices move down as predicted by RSI, the supports will be at $0.0767 and $0.0759.
In the long-term, if the prices are to go down as predicted by MACD and Chaikin Money Flow, the supports will be at $0.070 and $0.063.
Litecoin [LTC/USD] Technical Analysis: The bear continues to plunder the market
Litecoin [LTC], the 7th largest cryptocurrency that was created by Charlie Lee to provide compatibility and support to Bitcoin has not been doing well in the market, of late. The coin was booming earlier this year but has now slumped lower than ever to move sideways.
At the time of writing, LTC dumped by 1.77% in the cryptocurrency market. It is trading at $52.34 with a market cap of over $3 billion and a 24-hour trading volume of $267.4 million.
In the timeframe of 1-hour LTC candlesticks, the support is set at $53.02. The downtrend line from $60.7 to $53.9 is likely to form a descending triangle with the support. Hence, the market for Litecoin appears to be downwards.
The MA line in the MACD indicator touched the signal for a bullish crossover but strung back down to run underneath it. This is suggestive of a slump in the LTC price trend.
Next, the RSI is also betting on a bear market for the cryptocurrency, currently taking a downhill walk to flash warning for a drop in price.
The Klinger Oscillator made a bullish crossover a while back but is currently crashing, suggesting a bad price trend for Litecoin.
In the 1-day scenario, the candlesticks appear to be experiencing a downward trend in the Litecoin market. Since May, the coin has broken multiple supports, including one at $53.3 and another at $51.7. Currently, the support is set at $53.2 and might act as the baseline for the descending triangle likely to be formed by the resistance line ranging from $179.1 to $54.3.
The Parabolic SAR is bullish on the LTC market wherein the dots are currently dancing below the candlesticks, uplifting the price trend of the coin.
The Chaikin Money Flow was in a balanced space for a while but is currently below the 0-line, crashing further down.
The Awesome Oscillator is also in the red-zone, flashing a danger sign for the cryptocurrency.
The technical analysis can be concluded by assuming a bearish trend for the Litecoin market since most of the indicators are evident in siding with a negative prediction. However, the Parabolic SAR in the 1-day timeframe looks positive of the situation, against all odds.
Bitcoin [BTC] can disrupt centralized banking and financial institutions, says Andreas M Antonopoulos
During a Q&A session, Andreas M Antonopoulos, the Author of Mastering Bitcoin and a well-known Bitcoin influencer, spoke about whether Bitcoin [BTC]’s price plays a significant role in its adoption. He also spoke about whether Bitcoin can disrupt the governments, financial system and reduce corruption if the cryptocurrency’s value does not greatly increase in value relative to goods and services including fiat currencies.
Antonopoulos stated that cryptocurrencies can disrupt centralized banking and financial institutions. This is because of the “mere fact” that cryptocurrencies exist as an exit system, a “safety vault” and as a “safe haven”, he said. Moreover, he said that the increase in Bitcoin’s price is not going to be the prominent player in bringing about the change. Whereas, Bitcoin being used by people in order to escape from oppressive governments who are stealing their citizen’s money will be a catalyst to bring about the change.
The author said:
“…it’s not values that makes it useful it’s utility that makes it valuable. So it’s the other way around so Bitcoin will increase in value if it’s useful and it doesn’t need to increase in value in order to be useful that’s confusing cause and effect”
Antonopoulos further spoke about Bitcoin’s real-world use-case for the unbanked. The author was questioned about why there were only 4 billion people using banks around the globe; whether it was due to improper identity proof, people’s lack of trust in the current financial system or if it was cost-effective for banks to not have branched in rural areas.
The Bitcoin influencer stated it was because of all the 3 above-mentioned reasons – lack of identity proof, access to banking facilities and distrust in the financial system. He further added that the total number of people around the world who do not have the ability to open a bank account was quite “shocking”. He went on to say that even if these people had access to the financial systems they would end up facing several restrictions, including the withdrawal and deposit limit.
“So even though the numbers are somewhere between two and a half billion and four billion people who have zero access to banking so cash based entirely, there’s also another two billion people who have access to banking but that access is severely restricted so they have access to perhaps one currency with very few choices they can’t change currencies…”
He further added:
“so it’s not really their money so all of this great sum of people who are either unbanked completely or under banked is one of the things that I think we may be able to solve with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the long run”