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This report presents data on cryptocurrency market changes during 2018. Special emphasis has been placed on an analysis of the changes that have taken place during September 2018, including over the past week (September 16-23, 2018).
Cryptocurrency market capitalization increased over the analyzed period (September 16-23, 2018), and as of 03:00 UTC equaled $224.4 billion (see Table 1.1). In this regard, bitcoin dominance fell from 55.5% to 51.7%. Lately this correspondence has been characteristic: bitcoin dominance increases during a prolonged fall in capitalization, and during a market recovery and a growth in capitalization the opposite occurs. The market dominance of the four and eight largest cryptocurrencies as of 03:00 UTC on September 23, 2018, equaled 76.7% and 83.6%, respectively (see Table 1.1).
The drop in cryptocurrency market capitalization compared to the start of the month equaled around $4.1 billion, including a drop in bitcoin capitalization by $5.5 billion, while altcoin dominance, on the contrary, increased by $1.4 billion. This shows once again that altcoins are much more volatile and sensitive to changes in the mood of the cryptocurrency market. During periods of market growth, their price and capitalization generally increase faster, and during market downswings they lose value quicker.
During the period from September 16-23, 2018, cryptocurrency market capitalization fluctuated from $191.6 billion (min) to $227.5 billion (max) (Fig. 1a), i.e. within a range of $36.1 billion. For its part, bitcoin capitalization fluctuated from $107 billion (min) to $117.7 billion (max), i.e. within a range of $10.2 billion.Figure 1a. Cryptocurrency market capitalization since September 16, 2018
Figure 1b shows the change in bitcoin capitalization over the week.
Figure 1b. Bitcoin price since September 16, 2018
The factors that influenced the sharp fluctuations in cryptocurrency market capitalization and the bitcoin price on September 18-20 are:
On September 18 a message appeared in the Twitter account of the Bitcoin Core Project on the update of Bitcoin Core (version 0.16.3), which eliminated a critical vulnerability for the bitcoin network. The bug was first found in the version Bitcoin Core 0.14.0 in November 2016 and could have disrupted the work of nearly 90% of nodes, with miners only needing 12.5 BTC to carry out an attack.
On September 19 the developer of the LBRY platform took to Twitter to announce the hack of the Japanese Zaif exchange and the theft of 5,966 BTC (USD 37 million) from a hot wallet (the theft happened five days ago, but, according to the developer, it took the exchange four days to discover the hack). BCH and MONA were also stolen. The total damage is estimated at $60 million. Cryptocurrency market capitalization dropped, with the bitcoin price plunging to $6,226, before then quickly climbing back to $6,446. This growth may have been caused by the purchase on the BitMEX 5 exchange of five million futures contracts at $6,469.20.
On September 20 the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published information on the start of public consideration of the bitcoin ETF applications of the New York-based companies VanEck and SolidX, which will result in a decision either to approve or disapprove them. Right now one can find numerous comments from individuals and legal entities on the SEC's website.
On September 21 the bitcoin price increased by approximately $400 over the course of the day, from $6,400 to $6,800, and the 24-hour trading volume (Volume 24h) of the entire cryptocurrency market doubled from $11.3 billion to $21.2 billion, including on the back of Ripple, the price of which jumped from $0.4 to $0.69, i.e. by more than 70%, during the day.
This revitalization of the cryptocurrency market can be tied to three events:
As a result, the Ripple price grew by more than 100% over the week.
Last week's leaders from among the top 500 cryptocurrencies by capitalization that showed the growth of more than 100% were the projects Carebit (+3,730.83%), Vezt (+248.12%), Electroneum (+148.19%), XRP (+107.76%), and Crown (+105.34%). However, it should be noted that the sharp increase in the price of Carebit and Vezt took place at low trading volumes. The growth of NavCoin (+87.43%) and VIBE (+87.15%) should also be noted. This is the second week that VIBE has been among the growth leaders from among the top 500, despite the strong volatility of its price (VIBE's growth during the week from September 9-16 equaled +105.55%). The main favorable news for the VIBE price this week was the news on the launch of the project's main network on September 23.
During the period from September 16-23, 2018, the change in the prices of cryptocurrencies in the top 500 ranged from -55.85% (BitcoinDark) to +3,730.83% (Carebit). The Carebit token is only traded on three small cryptoexchanges, and has a very small 24-hour trading volume, possibly because the project was abandoned by its developers (with no new messages appearing on its official Twitter account since May). Due to this fact, it is very easy to influence the price of this token, and all changes in the price are speculative in nature. For example, we see an abrupt drop in the price by the end of the day on September 23, after a growth of more than 3,000% a day earlier.
Like Carebit, BitcoinDark was abandoned by its developers. The creators of BitcoinDark are currently working on the Komodo (KMD) project. Holders of BitcoinDark were given the right to exchange the tokens for KMD until mid-January 2018. However, there are still currently 1,288.862 BTCD in circulation. The trading volume of BitcoinDark is not large, and only take place on the Poloniex exchange, and therefore this token is susceptible to the actions of profiteers.
The price of 357 cryptocurrencies and digital assets from the top 500 showed growth, including 83 from the top 100.
Over the past week the number of cryptocurrencies with a capitalization of more than $1 billion increased from 15 to 17 (having been joined by Binance Coin and Tezos), with the price of all of them increasing except Tether (the price of which is tied to the US dollar).
The coins and tokens from the top 100 that demonstrated the largest price growth are given in Fig. 2.Biggest gainers and losers over the week (September 16-23, 2018)
The prices of some cryptocurrencies may fluctuate from -50% to +50% over the course of a single day. Therefore, when analyzing cryptocurrency price trends, it is advisable to use their average daily amounts on various cryptoexchanges.Figure 2. Largest growth in prices over the past week
Below we consider the 10 cryptocurrencies that demonstrated the most significant change in price over the past week (Fig. 2-3). In this regard, only those coins and tokens included in the top 100 (Fig. 2, Fig. 3) by market capitalization were considered.Table 1.2. Factors or events that might have led to a growth in cryptocurrency prices over the past week
Tables 1.2 and 1.3 show the possible factors or events that might have influenced the fluctuation in prices for certain cryptocurrencies. Table 1.4 shows the possible factors or events that might have influenced the cryptocurrency market in general.
0.11One of the main news items for the Electroneum cryptocurrency this week was the launch of an instant payment platform that makes it possible to perform transactions in a matter of seconds.
Ripple was the center of the most attention this week, and even managed to overtake the second largest cryptocurrency by capitalization, Ethereum, for a short time. The best news for XRP was the information on the possible forthcoming launch of the XRapid system, as well as the news on the new partnership with the major bank PNC. The effect of these announcements was reinforced by another previous positive piece of news on the settlement of legal proceedings between Ripple and R3.
MonaCoin also showed a higher-than-average weekly growth, but it is difficult to tie it to any specific event, since this cryptocurrency does not even have a Twitter account. One can assume that its growth was the result of market speculation. You will recall that Monacoin is a decentralized cryptocurrency with an open source code that was created in 2014 as a result of is a hard fork of the Litecoin cryptocurrency.
Stellar represents a kind of decentralized cryptocurrency exchange where you can buy and sell any currency. This platform has its own internal monetary unit, Stellar Lumens (XLM), and a built-in "accounting book" in which all transactions and balances are written.
The Power Ledger (POWR) cryptocurrency is a platform where anyone who wishes can buy or sell electricity.
Cardano (ADA) is a peer-to-peer decentralized platform for developing various blockchain apps using smart contracts that has its own coin, ADA.
The ChainLink cryptocurrency is a digital token of the platform of the same name, the goal of which is to use smart contract technology in the existing financial system.
Emercoin (EMC) is a fully decentralized cryptocurrency that uses two methods of protection: Proof of Work and Proof of Stake.
Steem (STEEM) is a social network and platform based on blockchain technology in which each participant can receive rewards.
FunFair is a peer-to-peer decentralized platform based on Ethereum blockchain that makes it possible to create an online casino in just a few clicks.
A depreciation in price was seen last week for 143 coins and tokens from the top 500 cryptocurrencies and digital assets by capitalization. The ten crypto assets from the top 100 that experienced the most noticeable drops in price are shown in Fig. 3 and Table 1.3.
Mixin is a messenger that can be used to transfer all cryptocurrencies with the help of end-to-end encryption, offering the easiest gateway to the world of blockchain.
Elastos (ELA) is a digital token of the peer-to-peer network of the same name, which is designed to create a "new version of the internet" inside of which decentralized cryptocurrencies will interact.
Populous (PPT) is a trading platform built on Ethereum blockchain that makes it possible to create invoices, something that no business can do without.
Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency created by the American programmer Billy Markus in December 2013. The fall in this cryptocurrency can be attributed to the transition to a phase of downward adjustment after its recent headlong growth.
Dropil (DROP) is a token used inside a cryptocurrency investment platform. The essence of the project is autonomous financing of cryptocurrencies with minimal risks.
ReddCoin is a cryptocurrency based on Litecoin blockchain for social networks that will be installed in all social networks through seamless integration.
Nano (NANO) is a decentralized site that only provides users with monetary services.
Waves is a platform created in 2016, the main purpose of which is to create a business ecosystem. Using this platform, anyone who wishes can create their own project and start the procedure of collecting funds (ICO) with just a few clicks.
VeChain is the very volatile digital token of the eponymous blockchain-based VeChain platform, which is a global site for data conversion.
Zcoin (ZCX) is a decentralized digital currency founded on bitcoin blockchain. Zcoin allows users to choose whether transactions will be open or anonymous.
Table 1.4 shows events that took place from September 17-23, 2018, that had an impact on both the prices of the dominant cryptocurrencies and the market in general, with an indication of their nature and type of impact.Table 1.5.a. Daily ZAK-4 Crypto index calculation (from September 1-23, 2018)
To analyze trading activity on cryptocurrency exchanges, the ZAK-n Crypto index is calculated (see the Glossary). The values of the ZAK-4 Crypto and ZAK-8 Crypto indices are presented in Tables 1.1, 1.5.a, and 1.5.b. In September the 24-hour trading volumes (Volume 24h) for the four dominant cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple) equaled from $5.3 billion to $14.1 billion (Table 1.5.a). The value of the daily ZAK-4 Crypto ranged from 3.4% to 8.7% of capitalization. The highest trading volume was seen on September 21. The main reason for this activity was Ripple, the 24-hour trading volume of which increased sharply from $0.2 to $4.1 billion.Table 1.5.b. Daily ZAK-8 Crypto index calculation (continuation of Table 1.5.а)
By the end of last week the 24-hour trading volumes (Volume 24h) for the eight dominant cryptocurrencies not including Tether (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Litecoin, Stellar, EOS, and Cardano) equaled $8.8 billion (Table 1.5.b), or 4.7% of their market capitalization. The ZAK-4 Crypto and ZAK-8 Crypto indices are considered in more detail in Tables 1.5.a and 1.5.b.Table 1.6. Events that could have an influence on cryptocurrency prices in the future
Table 1.6 gives a list of events, information on which appeared last week, which could impact both the prices of specific cryptocurrencies and the market in general.
Ethereum's Constantinople Hard Fork to Ropsten Testnet in October, No Date for Mainnet Yet
September 17, 2018
Ethereum has crossed the lower limit of production under the current hash rate. Due to this, miners interested in fiat have begun blocking their GPU farms or switching them to mine other coins, analysts note. If the fall in the cryptocurrency's price continues, rewards for blocks will be reduced from 3 ETH to 2 ETH.
Chechnya to Create Mining Pool for Eurasian Economic Union Countries
September 23, 2018
The pool is Chechnya's first step toward creating a full-scale crypto cluster. However, the project start will only be possible after the adoption of laws regulating the activity of cryptocurrencies in Russia.
The weekly cryptocurrency and digital asset market trends from December 31, 2017, to September 23, 2018, are presented as graphs (Fig. 1.1-1.5).
Figure 1.1 shows a graph of the weekly cryptocurrency market change from December 31, 2017, to September 23, 2018. Over this period, market capitalization dropped from $572.5 billion to $225.9 billion, i.e. by 61%. Last week (September 16-23, 2018) cryptocurrency market capitalization increased from $201.4 billion to $225.9 billion (as of September 23, 2018, based on the average daily figures from coinmarketcap.com).
The market is susceptible to sudden and drastic fluctuations. Nine of the thirteen weeks in the first quarter of 2018 were "in the red," i.e. capitalization fell based on the results of each of these weeks, and the weekly fluctuations ranged from USD -136 billion to USD +250 billion.Figure 1.3. Number of cryptocurrencies and digital assets
Six of the thirteen weeks in the second quarter were "in the red." The market grew based on the results of the other seven weeks. As noted earlier, a growth was seen in April, while in May and June there was generally a reduction in capitalization. The weekly fluctuations ranged from USD -72 billion to USD +62.2 billion.Figures 1.4 and 1.5. Forecast of total cryptocurrency market capitalization
In the third quarter seven of the 12 weeks have seen an increase in capitalization, and five a decrease (with due account of average daily data of coinmarketcap.com, see Fig. 1.2). In July there was an increase of $20 billion, but August saw a decrease of $49 billion. On the whole, since early September capitalization has fallen by approximately $4.1 billion.
Since December 31, 2017, the total number of cryptocurrencies and digital assets presented on coinmarketcap has increased from 1,335 to 1,988. However, when calculating cryptocurrency market capitalization only those coins and tokens on which there is information on trades (trading volume) are taken into consideration. Over the past week their number increased from 1,839 to 1,902, while average capitalization grew to $118.8 million. In total, over the past month 105 new coins and tokens have appeared on coinmarketcap.com. However, it should be noted that a number of other coins and tokens were also excluded from the list. Among the tokens that were added to coinmarketcap.com last week, Eden, Formosa Financial and Concierge Coin showed high trading volumes.
The drop in the Dow Jones index was most notable on February 5-6, 2018, which is attributed to possibility of a growth in the key interest rate. On February 2, 2018, the US Department of Labor issued statistics on employment and wages that exceeded expectations. The published data could attest to an increase in consumer spending and have an effect on inflation. In this case, to counteract possible inflation the American Federal Reserve System would be forced to raise interest rates. The risk of an increase in interest rates is enough to seriously impact the behavior of investors, who in such cases usually try to lock in their profits.
As we watched, the cryptocurrency market and market capitalization jumped over the course of one day by nearly $25 billion on September 21.
In any case, one can anticipate heightened activity on both stock markets and the cryptocurrency market on September 25-26.
09/26/2018 / 08:50:12 Source: coinspeaker