Bitcoin has forever been the undisputed king of the decentralized digital economy. Granted, the rest of the pack lags far behind both in terms of popularity and market cap, but that certainly doesn’t justify the ridicule altcoins are often subject to.
That is not to suggest that there aren’t worthless and deceptive altcoins out there — but at the same time, it is perhaps for the greater good of the asset class to give credit where it is due.
A closer look at their performance, starting from the more established altcoins such as XRP and ETH, all the way down to the outright obscure ones like TitCoin or PutinCoin, it is obvious that a sizeable number of them are doing extremely well.
Altcoins That Gave Massive ROI in 2019
Unbeknownst to many casual traders, there are several altcoins that have been consistent performers through most of 2019. On that count, it is perhaps safe to assume that their growth is not just a fluke or the obvious byproduct of market manipulation.
Take, for example, the case of Chainlink (LINK). It started the year at just about $0.29 per unit but climbed all the way up to almost $3.90 by the end of H1 2019. Sure, it has plummeted since, but only compared to its all-time-high.
Traders who got themselves a LINK stash at the start of 2019 and sold it off on June 30 made about 13,500% gain on their investment. Currently around $2.70 per unit, even now LINK is up over 900% compared to where it started the year.
LINK is not the only altcoin to have delivered double-digit ROI in 2019. Love it or hate it, Binance Coin (BNB) has been another top-performer through most of the year, despite its spectacular fall from its all-time high (ATH) of $43 earlier this June. As of press time, BNB is trading at just over $17, up nearly 300% compared to its valuation on Jan 1, 2019.
Ravencoin (RVN) is another such example, having started the year at about $.013 and then going all the way up to $0.074 in early June. Currently, it is hovering around the $0.04 level.
Other examples of similar lesser-known, but high-performing altcoins in 2019 include Constellation (max gain over 650%) and Republic Protocol (670%+).
Note that BeInCrypto is not associated with any of the aforementioned cryptocurrencies in any capacity and the info herein shouldn’t be taken as investment advice. Use your own discretion to evaluate if they fit your investment portfolio and risk allowance.
With that said, the broader point remains that there are still many altcoins out there that have been performing consistently well and might end up being worthwhile investments for the strategic investor.
Crypto Fake-Out? Bitcoin (BTC) Burst to $14,500 Likely As Ethereum, XRP and Litecoin Look for Turnaround: Joe Saz
Joe Saz is mapping out the short and medium-term possibilities for Bitcoin and the altcoin market.
The technical analyst and Bitcoin maximalist tells BlockTV he thinks Bitcoin’s sudden move from around $7,500 to $9,900 in late October shifted the overall trend of the leading cryptocurrency.
He’s now looking for BTC to stage a fake-out and once again shift to the upside, reaching $14,500 in the next six months.
“We had a nasty pump again that might have shaken us out of a bear market. And I do think that the halving is going to be its own separate entity six months from now. I just don’t think the market is going to remember all this the same way that a traditional asset would…
I think that volatility is why I say its memory is very short, a short time frame. To me, this is a different cycle. The breakdown from the descending triangle was the bear market. The pump saved us from a bear market. And we [also] had a pump save us from a bear market on April 2nd.
So I have no reason to believe that we can’t be at $14,000 Bitcoin, $14,500 by the halving. I really think that’s a strong possibility. If we were to not have had that pump, I probably would have said $8,000 at the halving.”
According to Saz, Ethereum and Litecoin appear poised for a short-term turnaround.
But he warns that in the volatile and risky crypto market, anything can happen and traders should do their own research and ensure they are managing risk properly.
“Litecoin is one of the coins that people often say leads the charge, so I’m ok with hearing that.
And I think it’s possible we could have a little bounce here in the altcoin space. If I was to use alts as an indicator it would have to be Litecoin and Ethereum.”
Saz is a longtime skeptic of XRP and the crypto payments company Ripple.
He believes the chart for the third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap remains bearish.
“We’re still a penny, two pennies away from entering this wick space. It is looking bearish. We did seem to have a little bit of relief for a single day, but that seems to have been crushed already with the bearish engulfing candle.
We’re still 11 hours out from the daily close. So XRP is still looking bearish to me into this wick space.”
Chinese authorities close social media accounts suspected of violating laws CRYPTOS | 54 minutes ago
The Chinese regulators closed several blockchain social media accounts on Wednesday as part of efforts to enforce regulations on the emerging sector in which China has gained an edge.
A few WeChat accounts were closed as, “they are suspected of violating relevant laws, regulations and policies under users complaints and platform reviews,” according to a report by BlockBeats.
Warning: Don’t Confuse These Two Kinds of Digital Assets!
If you visit crypto websites or ask casual observers, you might come away thinking there are thousands of “cryptocurrencies” in the world.
Yes, they’re all digital assets. And yes, they look similar on the surface.
But less than one-tenth are true cryptocurrencies.
So, before you invest another penny, you need to understand not only the differences, but also a few of the nuances.
There are two basic kinds:
Digital assets of the first kind are what we consider true cryptocurrencies. We call them “coins.”
They include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cardano, EOS and others — digital money, which could someday function like dollars, euros or yen, but with much more transparency, efficiency and monetary discipline.
Physically speaking, they’re just data saved on computer hard drives following rules defined by specialized software. But that, in itself, should not be particularly surprising. The same is true for the money in your bank account, brokerage account or whole life insurance policy.
What’s unique is that the data is not stored in a central location or owned by a single organization. It’s automatically replicated and stored on countless computers all over the internet in a way that’s virtually hack-free, accessible to everyone and, ideally, controlled by no one.
These coins live on what’s called “public blockchains,” or more broadly speaking “public distributed ledgers.” There are hundreds of them. And many are supported by serious teams of developers.
Digital assets of the second kind are not true cryptocurrencies. Many people call them “ICOs.” We call them “tokens.”
They have some of the same physical properties as the coins. But with a couple of exceptions, which we’ll get to in a moment, they’re little more than receipts for financial donations.
These tokens are touted like stocks that you buy in a company. But most are really like tokens that kids get at Chuck E. Cheese Pizza.
Still, in 2017 and 2018, issuers raised more funds with tokens than was raised by all venture capital firms globally, although this trend slowed down considerably in 2019.
There are thousands in existence, and the overwhelming majority are either failures or scams.
Don’t ignore the variations and exceptions!
No naming conventions in the world of cryptocurrencies can ever be as simple as analysts like us would like to make them seem. There are always twists, turns, variations and exceptions. Here are the main ones:
Centrally managed coins. The best example is what’s happening in the banking industry.
Banks and other financial institutions are large, centrally controlled, highly regulated institutions. They are naturally uncomfortable — and arguably incompatible — with digital assets that are completely open to anyone and controlled by no one.
“How in the heck do we enter into a contract with no one?” they ask. “And who do we go to when there’s a glitch?”
The Ripple company is the leader in offering a hybrid solution for these institutions. Ripple’s coin, called XRP, is technologically similar to other coins. But it’s managed and maintained by the Ripple company. That not only offers banks the advantages of enhanced security, efficiency and speed, but it also gives them an organization they can deal with. Facebook’s Libra is another ledger that intends to work along similar lines.
Tokens to coins. Among the thousands of tokens in the world today, most will always be tokens and nothing more. But there are special-purpose tokens that are very different: They’re earmarked to be exchanged for actual coins at a predetermined date in the near future.
Here’s an example of how it works: EOS is an advanced coin that boasts faster speeds and better scalability than Ethereum. In June of 2017, its sponsors announced they were going to launch the coin in June of 2018. But they needed to raise funds to finance the development.
So, they held an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for an EOS token on the Ethereum network and raised $4 billion. Then, when they launched EOS on its own “Mainnet,” they swapped the Ethereum-based tokens for EOS coins.
This raises the question: Was the Ethereum-based EOS a token or a coin? In our cryptocurrency ratings model, we treat it as a coin.
Security Tokens. The biggest problem with ordinary tokens has now become blatantly obvious: Most investors thought they would get a chance to participate in the success of a company, like owning common stocks.
But too many were taken to the cleaners. They got no ownership shares, no dividends, and no right to protest mismanagement. Not even protection against outright theft.
Now, however, the industry has a very viable solution: They’re encoding into the software new features, including investor rights and protections. They’re registering the tokens as if they were securities. And they’re on their way to creating what could someday be digital common stocks.
So far, there are just a handful. But soon, they’re bound to become the norm, replacing tokens in most cases.
Whether project issuers choose to build investor protections and real functionality into their tokens, or whether they choose to register their digital assets as securities is immaterial.
The bottom line is tokens are slowly evolving to become more useful, and some are even starting to emerge as viable investments.
So, stand by for our in-depth of reviews of the most promising tokens. But for the most part, stick with our highest rated coins.
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