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October 4, 2018

Crypto Market Commentary

Mav's Daily Commentary

Markets Jump But Then Stagnate Again

Minor Short Squeeze Isn’t Enough To Kickstart Sustained Growth

Today a nice little pop helped us recover some of the market cap we lost yesterday.

As I mentioned yesterday, rising shorts could predicate a small short squeeze, which is definitely what we saw today, but ultimately the move would still trend downwards without more volume.

We’re still expecting a test of the lows, but interestingly we’re seeing a lot of good altcoin ratios, which could signal bullish for us.

 

Ultimately, however, this market is dominated by the large caps and they are clearly not moving very much.

 

In today’s news, we didn’t see much that was mind-blowing, hence the flat market.

 

Still, we should mention some of the recent news that has definitely cemented this week’s focus on Wall St. and regulation.

 

For one, we saw Poloniex de-list three assets and remove margin and lending products for US clients.

 

Remember that Poloniex is owned by Circle, which is in turn owned by Goldman Sachs, so any move Poloniex makes is really an extension of Goldman’s will.

 

It certainly brings back memories as I used to enjoy talking to other traders on the Poloniex trollbox before they removed it in June of 2017. Poloniex also used to be my main platform for trading before I switched to Bittrex and then later Binance when it launched.

 

Still, Poloniex has always played a role in this space, and it’s bittersweet to see it so different a year later.

 

This is easily Goldman preparing the platform for more regulatory compliance. As the regulatory landscape is shifting every day in this space, it makes sense that they’re playing it safe.

 

Speaking of, let address the big news from yesterday regarding US regulation.

 

A ruling on Wednesday declared virtual assets to be commodities, bringing virtual currencies under the CFTC’s jurisdiction.

 

“This is an important ruling that confirms the authority of the CFTC to investigate and combat fraud in the virtual currency markets.  This ruling…recognizes the broad definition of commodity under the CEA, and, also, that the CFTC has the power to prosecute fraud with respect to commodities including virtual currencies.  We will continue to police these markets in close coordination with our sister agencies.”

So, what’s the importance of that? Didn’t I cover this yesterday with Giarcarlo’s remarks regarding the CFTC’s role?

 

Yes, I did, but I want to stress on this point a little more: this opens the door just a little bit wider for the Bitcoin ETF and other subsequent exchange-traded products.

 

Why?

 

Well, the main criticism that the SEC has levied against the ETF applications it has shot down has been regarding market manipulation and the apparent lack of any means to stop it. The SEC’s job is to protect investors, and they argue that such a heavily manipulated market is the antithesis of safety.

 

Or so it was until the CFTC was granted this new jurisdiction. Now we’ll have more clarity regarding the cryptoasset regulatory landscape, and we also got further confirmation that Bitcoin is a commodity (which we already knew but it’s still important).

 

In a sense, this gives the CFTC the power and authority to go after the fraudulent actors in the space, and in turn combat the market manipulation by stamping it out at its source.

 

Of course, that’s putting the cart before the horse somewhat.

 

There’s never been a market like the crypto market, even if it’s reminiscent of other markets. The CFTC could prove ineffective in this new and challenging space, which would also prove to be a red flag against the Bitcoin ETF.

 

TIme will tell how this will go, but ultimately it is a step in the right direction.

 

At the end of the day, we have to welcome regulation that helps the space grow in a meaningful way.

 

If we want adoption, we first need to prove we deserve it.

 

One interesting addendum is that the SEC opened up the GraniteShares Bitcoin ETF, the GraniteShares Short Bitcoin ETF, the Direxion Daily Bitcoin Shares, the ProShares Bitcoin ETF, and the ProShares Short Bitcoin ETF for public comment.

What’s really interesting is that these were all previously denied applications. They will all be closed again and decided on by October 26th, 2018. They are all still consider denied unless the commission decides otherwise.

 

No concrete reason was given for why these were reopened, other than citing  “Commission Rule of Practice 431: Commission Consideration of Actions Made Pursuant to Delegated Authority” subsection (e) which reads as follows:

While likely nothing should be made of this, it is intriguing to see the SEC going back through past applications.

 

All eyes should still be on the yet-to-be-decided VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF, but nonetheless, this could indicate something we can’t see at this moment.

 

Time will tell.

 

 

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Offense – Adding Trades

Offensive Actions for the next trading day: 

  • Ripple(XRP) is showing positive activity but we don’t want to chase after it.

Defense – Managing Risk

Defensive Actions for the next trading day: 

  • None.

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
  • ETH/USD 2% added 9/9/2018 @ $200.50 (10% more to add)
  • LTC/USD 2% added 8/10/2018 @ $62.56.  (5% more to add)
  • XMR/BTC 2% added 9/21/2018 @ .018BTC
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.

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RSC Altcoin-Exclusive Crypto Fund

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What is this? The RSC Altcoin Fund is meant to replace our V1 portfolio. This portfolio, referred to as Portfolio V3, will represent a portfolio that is built upon more risky assets (assets outside the top 20), and is inherently more risky than Portfolio V2, the RSC Managed Crypto Fund (above). We will NOT be actively entering positions for this fund, but we will be updating the portfolio percentages and contents periodically.

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Click on the image to download the TXT file

 

Technical Analysis Research

In today’s video I share the levels that need to break to either confirm the continued uptrend on BTC and ETH, or change polarity to a downtrend. We also have a new coin for our swing portfolio. (GVT)

 

 

 

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.
  • ETP/BTC – long @ .000522BTC (9/21) My target is .00072BTC

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

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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:

Bgogo Exchange

For flipping Good.

For long-term holding Neutral.

What is it? 

 
 
 
 
 

What is our verdict? 

What we like: Supernodes are very interesting. No trading commissions for users.

What we don’t like: There are many exchanges already on the market. Transaction mining isn’t currently solvent.

  • Project name: Bgogo Exchange
  • Token symbol: BGG
  • Website: https://bgogo.com
  • White paper: https://bgogo.com/assets/white-paper/BGG-Token-Whitepaper-v1.8EN.pdf
  • Hard cap: 17,000 ETH (15,000 ETH during private sale and to supernodes, 2,000 ETH during public sale) for 10% of total tokens
  • Conversion rate: Private sale: 1 ETH = 66,666 BGG; public sale: 1 ETH = 69,999.3 BGG.
  • Maximum market cap at ICO on a fully diluted basis: $51 million based on current ETH price of $300
  • Bonus structure: Whitelisted public sale participants have a 5% bonus over the private sale price, with no lockup period.
  • Private sale: The private sale has already been completed with 10,500 ETH raised from 21 supernodes and 4,500 ETH from strategic investors.
  • White list: Bgogo’s public sale will be a Genesis Mining event (exact date to be confirmed) that will start 24 hours before mining is officially opened to the public. Only whitelisted users can participate. Details on the Genesis Mining event can be found here: https://bgogo.com/announcement?link=mining.
  • ERC20 token: Yes (will be switched to native tokens when the mainnet is launched)
  • Countries excluded: TBA
  • Timeline: TBA
  • Token distribution date: TBA
  •  

Website: https://bgogo.com

Whitepaper: https://bgogo.com/assets/white-paper/BGG-Token-Whitepaper-v1.8EN.pdf

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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