Premium Daily Crypto NewsletterAugust 21, 2018
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Mav's Daily Commentary
Market Holds Breath As Neither Bulls Nor Bears Make Progress
Are We Gearing Up For Thursday’s ETF Decision?
While we saw a largely technical move to the downside in the late hours of Monday, the market was able to recover throughout Tuesday to leave us, once again, nearly neutral for the trading day.
Bitcoin is once again one of the best performers on the field, only being beat by Litecoin in the top 10.
Meanwhile this week South Korea is looking to potentially reverse the country’s ban on ICOs. What’s interesting is that they’re also looking to create South Korea’s own ‘Blockchain island’ that would compete with the blockchain-friendly trajectory adopted by Malta.
Meanwhile, new research suggests that the volume of the global automotive blockchain market will reach $1.6 billion by 2026, based on a financial analysis of market movers including Ethereum (ETH), Ripple Labs Inc., IBM, and R3.
Taking a broader view of the market, overall trading volume has declined by about 25% since last week. This trend is also observable in Bitcoin futures, where volume has declined for three consecutive days and is down approximately 69% since last week.
What’s likely going on this week is that market is awaiting the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) impending rulings on two Bitcoin ETF proposals.
Most market experts are unanimous in their opinion that the Bitcoin ETF will not be confirmed until at least 2019. The ProShares ETF to be decided on this week is a Bitcoin Futures ETF, but what exactly does that mean?
A futures-backed ETF differs from a physical (or commodity) backed ETF that is also under review in the form of the VanEck / SolidX ETF. What’s interesting for us is unpacking the differences and realistically looking at which stands a better chance of being approved by the SEC.
As a refresher, ETFs trade like stocks, but you do not actually own the underlying shares of the asset when you purchase a share of an ETF.
Instead, you own a share of the fund. In the case of a physical-backed ETF, you can effectively participate in the crypto market without having to own any coins. This saves you from the need to manage keys and the risks of being hacked.
Futures-backed ETFs, in comparison, go one step further by basing the value of the ETF shares on Bitcoin Futures contracts rather than the price of Bitcoin itself.
Futures contracts are based on a fixed price and date of expiry, making them more speculative.
What’s beneficial about the Futures-backed ETF is that it allows investors to make profit even when the market is down, and there is no need to worry about the underlying assets being hacked.
As it stands, there are 10 Futures-backed Bitcoin ETF applications currently under review in comparison to just 1 Physically-backed Bitcoin ETF.
Daniel Masters, executive chairman for CoinShares, explained:
“Until such time major institutions put their name to cryptocurrency custody, I don’t believe a physical ETF can exist in the U.S…I think any futures backed ETF in the United States now has a far better chance of being approved.”
This being said, the markets clearly prefer the Physical-backed Bitcoin ETF, as Eric Balchunas, senior ETF analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, points out:
“Where the investors have a choice of buying the ETF that hold the futures versus the ones that physically holds it…95% of the people go to the physical one, the only time they hold the one that holds futures are if they have to.”
“I take the one that actually holds the bitcoin will be more successful and you don’t have to deal with rolling futures. There could be some costs associated with that people don’t like,” he added.
One key advantage of the ProShares Bitcoin ETFs over the recently-rejected Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF is that it uses the well-respected SEC-regulated CME and CBOE futures exchanges rather than the unregulated and relatively new Gemini digit asset exchange.
However, in view of the fact that Bitcoin is experiencing a bear market and concerns expressed by the Commissioners just last month regarding price manipulation in Bitcoin markets, it seems unlikely that the ProShares Bitcoin ETFs will get approved.
Even if they do somehow get approved, since neither of these ETFs would buy/sell/hold any Bitcoin, the effects of such approval on the Bitcoin price would probably be fairly limited.
This is why so many crypto traders/investors are so obsessed with what happens with the Physical-backed VanEck-SolidX Bitcoin ETF.
Although approval of the ProShares Bitcoin ETFs does not dramatically increase the chance of eventual success for the VanEck-SolidX Bitcoin ETF, it could indicate a less negative stance shown so far by the SEC, and is likely to be seen as good news by the markets.
One thing is for sure, it could be a very interesting next couple days in the markets.
Meanwhile today, members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources inquired about the cost of crypto mining and the opportunities for blockchain in the public sector.
In opening remarks, committee chair Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska noted:
“The hearing will examine any cybersecurity advantages that blockchain and similar technologies might offer over other ways of securing our energy infrastructure.”
“Can we anticipate the consumer rates and the concern that some might have that, ‘my family and I might not be the ones that benefit from blockchain and bitcoin and yet I’m wondering are my rates going to be expected to pay for this infrastructure?'”
The conversation during the hearing often turned away from perceived problems and towards blockchain’s application in the energy sector, including tracking shipments, validating security protocols, or building upon existing technologies.
One interesting conversation was looking at alternatives to PoW, noting that while they require large amounts of power, and that proof-of-stake and proof-of-authority algorithms are far more energy efficient. These can pose as feasible alternatives to scaling a blockchain without requiring large amounts of power.
Like previous hearings, no firm conclusions were reached, but Chairwoman Murkowski noted that the hearing was educational for the committee’s members – perhaps setting the stage for more queries to come.
Overall today’s news was largely positive and while we anticipate some bearish action towards the end of the week, it will hopefully be temporary.
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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:
RSC Managed Crypto Fund
- 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)
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.
Going forward into the end of this year my plan is to do a LOT more swing trading; what would really help is a decent derivatives exchange. I am looking for big things from Digitex in this regard, which will be a commission-free futures platform however all trades must be made in DGTX as the base currency. Put yourself on the waitlist for this platform by clicking here. I have started to acquire DGTX tokens at Mercatox in anticipation of them turning up their platform, and this looks to be a good candidate for a pump prior to the production event.
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:
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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
For flipping Good.
For long-term holding Neutral.
What is it?
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
2017- 2018Q2 Portfolio (Discontinued)
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.