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August 20, 2018

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Crypto Market Commentary

Mav's Daily Commentary

Markets Continue Sideways 

Are We Contemplating Dropping Below 200 Billion Again?

 

Today the markets saw a brief run-up in the late hours of Sunday before coming back down today to settle around 210 Billion.

As expected, we’re seeing Bitcoin weather the storm better than most.

 

What’s interesting is that Tether, the controversial stablecoin pegged against USD, has “printed” 415 Million USDT this month, with the latest 20 Million coming out on Saturday.

This has brought Tether up to a 2.7 Billion market cap and is currently the 8th highest cryptocurrency out there.

It is also number two in total trading volume, behind Bitcoin.

 

While we’ve certainly seen Bitcoin and Tether absorb more trading volume than other coins in this bear market, it is worth mentioning that we still don’t know if Tether’s USD reserves have 2.7 Billion parked in there.

 

What’s worth pointing out is that Tether printing events predicated large run ups in price during the later months of 2017, but in 2018 we’ve seen almost the opposite effect. Bitcoin, for example, is down 14 on the 30 day chart, so even with over 400 Million entering the scene it hasn’t been enough to stem the bearish tide.

 

Meanwhile the largest US exchange was recently revealed to have lost 83% of their trading volume since January, a trend shared by many of largest crypto exchanges. Despite this, last week CEO Brian Armstrong claimed they are still signing up 50,000 users per day.

In contrast, however, Binance actually grew 21% in trading volume between June and July of this year, indicating that their business model has helped them to stay relevant even during a crushing bear market. That being said, June was still their yearly low for volume, and July’s numbers weren’t able to beat May, so they still are suffering from the down market.

 

In other exchange news, the WinkleVoss twins have clearly taken their ETF denial to heart and are teaming up their exchange, Gemini, with Bittrex, Bitflyer, and Bitstamp, to discuss forming a self-regulatory organization (SRO) to oversee the U.S. crypto trading market.

 

“This is the first of many steps in policing the digital asset markets and answering the call of regulators,” said Yusuf Hussain, head of risk at Gemini.

“We believe in the value of self-regulation, which we pursued in Europe almost from our inception, and look forward to following a similar path in the U.S. Those that can’t or won’t comply with regulations put consumers – and their own operations – at risk,” added Bitstamp CEO Nejc Kodrič

 

Meanwhile Gemini added that “a thoughtful SRO framework that provides a virtual commodity regulatory program for the virtual commodity industry is the next logical step in the maturation of this market.”

 

By forming an SRO, exchanges likely aim to show that the industry is mature enough to handle exchange-traded products (ETPs). The SEC specially cited the lack of industry maturity in their denial of the WinkleVoss ETF, something that we’ll likely see them claim again this Thursday when they deliver their verdict on the ProShares ETF.

 

What’s interesting is that the newly announced platform, Bakkt, is showing industry maturity in other ways.

 

Bakkt will not support margin trading for its Bitcoin (BTC) contract, according to an official Medium post published August 20.

By refraining from allowing for margin, leverage and cash settlement –– and offering secure and regulated warehousing –– Bakkt claims that the platform will be better able to support market integrity and enable the “trusted price formation” that is key to “advancing the promise of digital currencies.”

 

“To achieve that, we’re starting with a proven framework that underpins exchanges, including:

* a consistent regulatory construct

* transparent, efficient price discovery, and

* an institutional quality pre- and post-trade infrastructure

 

What this means is that Bakkt is planning to differentiate itself from existing Bitcoin Futures contracts which are settled for in fiat currency. Instead it plans to offer a one-day “physical bitcoin futures contract,” meaning Bitcoin will be delivered on a specified date.

 

This shows a great leap into finding outlets for usage and underpinning a need for digital currencies outside of being pegged against fiat.

 

It’s continually evident that the gears in motion here are far more significant than they appear.

 

While the industry struggles with issues such as a loss in trading volume and a continued reliance on opaque assets like Tether, it is making real strides in maturity through the efforts we’ve seen today.

 

Mark your calendars for this Thursday evening! We’re going to hold a special one-hour session on “Top Ten Ways to Create Passive Income With Crypto.” This session will be held Thursday at 8pm EDT (New York) and of course, we will provide a link to a replay session if you cannot attend. Sign up here to get the live session where we answer your questions!

We’ve started to produce episodes for The ReadySetCrypto Podcast; all of our episodes are posted on our blog (and on iTunes) and Episode Ten is now available. Episode Ten speaks to this whole notion of “Buy The Dip” and whether or not that is sage advice for today’s market. Look for more episodes shortly as we comb the crypto space for valuable interviews, and create valuable content to keep you in the loop!

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Offense – Adding Trades

Offensive Actions for the next trading day: 

  • None today.

Defense – Managing Risk

Defensive Actions for the next trading day: 

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RSC Managed Crypto Fund

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How to read this portfolio: Please read through the FAQ tab

 

  • ETH/USD 2% added 8/10/2018 @ $363.14. (12% more to add)
  • LTC/USD 2% added 8/10/2018 @ $62.56.  (6% more to add)
What is the RSC Managed Cryptocurrency Fund?: We have one goal: To beat the market. To do this, we aim to balance risk vs. reward. Additionally, we aim to enter positions advantageously and in small increments, not all at once. As such, the pie chart you see above is representative of our “expected” portfolio, but will likely not match our “actual” portfolio. Why don’t you just buy into every position at once?: We aim to not only beat the market, but do so in a way that allows us greater leverage than simply buying in all at once. To do this, we will DCA into our positions to lower the average buy-in, and allow us greater yield from our initial capital seed. This also allows you the flexibility to follow our documented moves or immediately buy in when you want. We expect this will help you follow along easier as our moves are more deliberate. By setting targets for allocation, you know exactly how we intend to diversify our portfolio. Why are you only targeting large caps? Where is ____ coin?: We are targeting large market capitalization coins regardless of our belief in their viability as this enables us to diversify our risk and improve our chances of staying positive. We can hedge our bets by creating a fund that incorporates all of the major assets yet distinguishes between them based on the allocation. For example, we allocated more to Ethereum over its competitors as we feel it has more built-in longevity given its status as the default ICO platform. Of course, that can change, and as such we will be periodically rebalancing this fund as we redetermine viability and yield. Can I invest in this fund / can you manage my funds?: Not at this time. We are looking for ways to legally tokenize a fund such as this, but at this time no avenue exists for US citizens. Will we be adding small caps / ICOs?: It is likely we will be starting a separate fund dedicated solely to small caps / ICOs. We feel that the market simply isn’t showing favorable risk / reward signs for us to be trading them right now, but that will likely change soon. Why was the previous portfolio discontinued?: We felt it wasn’t correctly connecting with our customers as we started it in late 2017 and even during the 2018 bear market we were still very profitable. The same could not be said for customers who joined us during the bear market and tried to replicate our portfolio. Simply put: we wanted a portfolio that was easier to follow along with and less risky for our customers while still aiming for profitability.

Technical Analysis Research

In August we introduced a new “fund” project that we’ll be creating over the next few months, in piecemeal form. I will be slowly and methodically creating a “fund” with (currently) 23 assets that we will do “live” or at least very plainly indicate where we intend to enter portions of assets.   As long as the market continues grinding down in a bear, we will use sentiment-based entries to hopefully secure a better entry.  All that I saw were bear flags tonight; we are close to some good entries on coins showing positive divergence on the RSI.  Here are the recent swings that we’re tracking in the portfolio below; :

 

  • DGB/BTC – long @ .00000608 (7/23). My target exit is .000008BTC.
  • WTC/BTC – Long @ .00155980BTC (4/23). My target exit is at .002BTC.
  • ADA/BTC – Long @ .00003931BTC (5/1) My target exit is at .00005BTC.
  • ONT/BTC – long @ .0008905 (5/20) My target is .0013BTC.

Please keep in mind that if you want to follow these trades, I am using FIXED RISK POSITION SIZING. This means that I am using a fixed amount of risk capital that is based on my account size, like 2%. I am assuming that the trade will burn to the ground and that I will lose that entire capital position! Only in this manner can one effectively manage a position the way that you have to. If you’ve every checked your blockfolio nervously every 5 minutes when you’re underwater, this will prevent that.   I will track these positions in this area and not in the main portfolio section. I will use a public portfolio tool to do so, which you can access by clicking below:

Public Swing Portfolio Link

I hope you all got a chance to catch my webinar class from earlier this year; if not, the replay is available here.  If you missed my earlier webinar, “More Profits in 2018; Ten Ways to Chart Like a Pro.” then you can catch the replay here.   My new class “Introduction to Technical Analysis” is now available via our online store.

If you go to buy any of our courses at our online “store” you can receive $10 off the street price with your member’s “coupon code” of member18crypto..

We’ve started to do some swing trades on alts, tracked in the previous section. I am mostly focusing on the top 10-20 coins for now until we confirm that we’re back into an overall bull market.
I am doing the majority of my Technical Analysis work on TradingView, and I have a BitFinex app on both my iPad and Android smartphone. All of these charting platforms call a TradingView API. TradingView is the 800 lb. gorilla in the Crypto charting space until the “established” players want to make a go at Crypto, like Ninjatrader, Tradestation, eSignal, Sierra charts, etc. My sense is that TradingView has such a head start that it will be very difficult for the big boys to make a dent in this space for a while. Until that point, TradingView has almost a monopoly in this space. If you have a particular tool that you think is superior, please let me know.   You can access the BitFinex and TradingView platforms for free, however there are some paid features that you might want to consider depending on your needs, such as expanded watchlists, different study sets, account alerts, etc.

 

 

  Coinigy is a great tool for determining prices on each exchange, however I may not have access to the full suite of tools on TradingView charts. I am currently not using it as a front-end GUI for my exchanges, which it supports.I also use Blockfolio and/or Delta to give me a quick snapshot of my holdings, and find that it does an excellent job to aggregate all of my holdings into one easy-to-read snapshot of my cryptocurrencies, which are typically located in many different places.

 

I am also trialing the Profit Trailer and CryptoHopper trading apps which are working well in this choppy market.

Fundamental Currency Research

In this section we’ll feature a daily ICO or new coin we think you should check out. Based on your country, you may not be able to participate in the ICO, but you will be able to trade the coin once it is listed on an exchange following its ICO (usually only a couple of weeks). ICOs are where a lot of money in crypto is made. Here’s proof.   That said, we should warn you: ICOs are highly risky endeavours and you need to mitigate any potential losses. Treat it as money you’ve lost the moment you contribute to the ICO. We are not responsible for the ICO’s performance. Today’s featured ICO / New Coin is:

Chromapolis

For flipping Good.

For long-term holding Neutral.

What is it? 

Database-centric decentralized application orientated platform with a different approach to token economy.

What is our verdict? 

What we like: A good iteration on DApp development with several built-in features that will make DApps faster and more feature-rich

What we don’t like: No alpha, Public GitHub Repo, MVP, or Whitepaper. Looks like it will be fairly centralized to start with hand-picked nodes.

  • Project name: Chromapolis
  • Token symbol: CHROMA
  • Website: https://chromaway.com/ (website of the parent company ChromaWay, website for Chromapolis coming soon)
  • White paper: TBA
  • Hard cap: $15 million (private sale contributors will own 15% of the total token supply)
  • Conversion rate: TBA
  • Maximum market cap at ICO on a fully diluted basis: $100 million
  • Bonus structure: TBA
  • Private sale / white list: TBA
  • ERC20 token: Yes (will be switched to native tokens when the mainnet is launched)
  • Countries excluded: TBA
  • Timeline: Unconfirmed whether the project will have a public crowdsale at the moment
  • Token distribution date: October 2018

Website: https://chromaway.com/

Whitepaper: TBA

2017- 2018Q2 Portfolio (Discontinued)

Desired Holdings

  How to read this portfolio: Please click on the Chart Key tab above for definitions and color codes. The colors correspond to our 7 categories in the graphic below.

Tier 4

ZIL

IAM

FT

DATA

ELEC

None.

Tier 2

MOD

 Tier 3

REQ

SUB

LINK

NANO

KNC

Tier 4

BNTY

TAU

WISH

PHR

LOCI

XBY

ELA

ECC

POE

HPB

BIX

EVE

XVG

NULS

DNA

How to read this portfolio: Ticker: Contains the ticker code for the coin. You can search this ticker in Coinmarketcap to learn more about the coin. The color denotes the risk tier by our evaluation. Dark Red = T1, Dark Green = T2, Dark Blue = T3, Light Blue = T4 (Colors in the Ticker column do not interact with the colors in the other columns) Cost Basis = Our average purchase price for this coin. Current price = The average price of the coin based on the exchanges it is listed on. Strategy = What we plan to do with this coin. Staking is receiving dividends for that coin. Master node is also staking, but with a higher return rate for having a (large) number of that coin. Stop = Our exit point, if it exists What do the colors mean? The colors in the ticker column represent the risk profile of that coin. The colors in the other columns reflect what sector(s) that coin belongs to. Some coins belong to multiple sectors, which is indicated by multiple colors. The colors correspond to our 7 categories in the graphic below

 

 

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