Interview with Mati Greenspan: What Will Happen to the Cryptocurrency Market in 2019?

The crypto industry is going through a hard period. The crypto community have so many question, e.g: “What will happen to the crypto market next?”,”Is it worth selling BTC?”. Well, only the experts can answer on this questions.

Mati Greenspan is a member of Business Insider, he is often cited by financial media, a regular participant of investing.com, FX-Street, hacked.com and etc., co-author of “The Complete Guide to Fintech, Trading, and Investments”.

He will be our financial guide in the latest events in the world of cryptocurrency.

Good day, Mati! In your opinion, the collapse of the crypto market and subsequent investors’ financial losses in October-November 2018, is it a sudden phenomenon or is it just certain historical events which lead to this end?

Hi Coin Shark. Thanks for having me. Actually, I’m pretty sure this is just a continuation of the pullback we’ve been seeing throughout the year. The break below $6,000 per bitcoin was a serious psychological blow as the barrier that was holding up for months was broken quite suddenly.

Do you consider cryptocurrency more like an investment tool or do you really envision the near future, in which we will be able to buy a Coca-Cola for BTC in a store at any place on Earth?

Great question! Bitcoin specifically is a form of global money and the levels of awareness and adoption is growing at a rapid pace but what we’re talking about here is programmable money.

There are many different types of cryptos that serve many different functions. As we go forward, more types of crypto assets will be developed. Some will be designed for investment purposes and some will be more practical and some may serve functions that we haven’t even thought of yet.

In your view, do cryptocurrencies have any real value?

Yes, of course! They’re worth whatever the market is willing to pay for them. Some will rise in value and some will fall.

Which new cryptocurrencies (that appeared in 2018) do you consider to be worth investor’s attention?

2018 saw a lot of new stable coins hit the market, which is a trend that might not be exciting for to-the-moon investors but it is worth watching closely. We need to think of these new stable coins as digital versions of their fiat counterparts. This will pave the way for the next level of tokenized assets that is coming soon.

Briefly, what does a cryptocurrency investment portfolio look like? What are the main rules for investor not to lose all their money?

Just one rule. Diversification!

Not just crypto either. There are all kinds of investments you can make. Stocks, commodities, currencies, ETFs. The more you learn about different types of markets the better off you’ll be.

What is your personal forecast for the financial world in 2019 in general and for cryptocurrency in particular?   

This last year was extremely volatile and even a bit harsh for many different assets including stocks, crypto, commodities, and even currencies. There’s fair a possibility that this could continue into next year but I’m hoping that things will relax and regain composure by the second quarter of 2019.

We’ll see how it plays out.

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Crypto Exchange Bittrex Partners With Bitsdaq To Conquer Asia Market

One of the biggest US-based cryptocurrency exchanges, Bittrex, announced that it was partnering with Bitsdaq to open a special trading platform in Asia. This platform will provide different digital assets to the Asian investors.

Moreover, Bitsdaq will operate on Bittrex technology and will be built based on Bittrex’s experience in the blockchain.The platform will allow users to trade various digital tokens, including tokens a available on the Bittrex exchange.

The Chairman and CEO of Bitsdaq, Ricky Ng, said:

“We are honored to bring Bittrex’s extensive cryptocurrency options to the Asia market.….It takes a unique combination of advanced technology and financial expertise to launch an efficient, reliable and secure platform for trading digital assets in Asia. We found the ideal partner to help provide a safe environment for our customers and the entire community.”

In accordance with the statement, the Bitsdaq platform will control a lot of things connected to the management of the platform, such as customer support, marketing, sales and customised development. In addition, it will take care of customer operations.

The day of the launch is yet to be announced, though customers can pre-register for an account on Bitsdaq’s website.

We remind you:

Cryptopia Got Hacked, Crypto Exchange Is Suffering “Significant Losses”

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Coingecko Publishes Its Annual Crypto Report for 2018

The online platform Coingecko published it crypto report for the passed year of 2018, where it analyzed the most important events in the crypto industry, including the market trends, crypto thefts, ICO news, stablecoins, Bitcoin Cash wars etc.

As for the market tendencies, there is no doubt that 2018 was the year of collapse. The total market capitalization decreased by whopping 78.85%, with the main period of decrease falling onto Q4. Meanwhile, the trading volumes remained quite stable.

Regarding the top-5 coins in the rating, they decreased as follows:

  • BTC – by 73%;
  • XRP – by 82%;
  • ETH – by 84%;
  • BCH – by 93%;
  • EOS – by 66%

The largest crypto exchange by the end of 2018, according to the trading volumes, turned out to be Bithumb, followed closely by ZB.com and Binance.

As for stealing cryptocurrency, the estimated money loss from criminals and scammers amounted to around $867.45 million. The biggest crypto theft was Zaif hack which took place in September and resulted in the theft of $23.5 million.

The most popular blockchain platforms for creating decentralized apps became Ethereum, EOS, Steem and Tron.

The synopsis of the stablecoin development in 2018 looks the following way:

Thus, we can definitely see that though 2018 was a hard year for crypto and there were much more downs than ups, the industry is still afloat and developing. Hopefully, 2019 will be a better year.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 16: Cryptocurrencies Are Again in the Red Zone

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coingecko online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 0.3% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3597 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are falling in price:

Bitcoin Cash lost 3.78% over the past 24 hours and costs $127 per coin;

Ripple lost 1.74% and is $0.32 in price;

EOS dropped by 1.06%, and its price is $2.44;

Litecoin fell by 4.12%, and its value is $31;

Cardano lost 0.03%, and its cost is $0.043;

Stellar decreased by 1.7% and costs $0.10;

IOTA lost 1.01%, and its cost is $0.30;

Dash dropped by 2.49%, and its price is $71;

Monero
became cheaper by 1.81% and costs $45.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 6.06%. The rate of the coin is $121.

The total market capitalization rose to $122 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.4% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $64 billion.

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Cryptopia Got Hacked, Crypto Exchange Is Suffering “Significant Losses”

One of the best crypto exchanges of New Zealand, Cryptopia, was hacked. It announced this sad news via Twitter stating that it had experienced a security breach that ended in a “significant loss”. However, the company did not mention any figures of the loss.

Cryptopia has suspended all the activities on the trading platform for an indefinite period. In addition, it has notified the authorities of the country, and now it cooperates with the police and the country’s High Tech Crimes Unit in order to investigate the hacker attack.

“Staff then notified and involved the appropriate Government Agencies, including NZ police and High Tech Crimes Unit who are jointly and actively investigating the matter as a major crime and they are assisting us with advice,” the exchange stated.

This is the first cryptocurrency exchange theft in 2019, however, many customers of different crypto exchanges call into question the security of them, as there were so many incidents that had to teach exchanges how to deal with it. Some users even blame the exchanges, in particular Cryptopia, in a bear market “exit strategy”.

We remind you

The Hackers of the “51% Attack” on Ethereum Classic Returned Half of the Stolen Funds

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 15: Cryptocurrency Is Trying to Regain Its Positions

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) gained 2.9% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3626 per coin, but it remains quite volatile and changes the value.


The rest of cryptocurrencies are also in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 4.99% over the past 24 hours and costs $133 per coin;

Ripple plus 4.58%, and is $0.33 in value;

EOS added 10.17%, and its price is $2.51;

Litecoin became more expensive by 6.66%, and its rate is $32;

Cardano grew by 5.85%, and its value is $0.043;

Stellar added 5.15% and costs $0.11;

IOTA gained 4.92%, and its cost $0.31;

Dash added 2.19%, and its price is $73;

Monero increased by 8.22% and is $46 in price.


Ethereum added 10.5% over the past day. The cost of the coin is $130.

The total market capitalization is $123 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.4% ​​of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $64 billion.

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The Hackers of the “51% Attack” on Ethereum Classic Returned Half of the Stolen Funds

The alleged organizer of the “51% Attack” on the ETC network transferred back $ 100,000 to Gate.io. bitcoin exchange. It was stated by its representatives on their Twitter account:

As a result of the attack, the users of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange had lost about 46,000 ETC. The representatives of the exchange were going to recover the money lost at their own expense.

However, last Saturday, Gate.io reported that an unknown hacker returned about half of the stolen funds. The company tried to contact the hacker. So far, the reasons he returned the funds have not been clarified since the hacker have not responded.

The representatives of the exchange guessed that if the organizer did not seek to profit, it could be a white hacker who wanted to remind people of the risks. Gate.io also noted that the current hashrate of the ETC network is not high enough, which means that the attack might happen again.

Now a successful transaction in the Ethereum Classic network on Gate.io requires about 4000 confirmations. The exchange is confident that this measure will enhance security and recommends other crypto platforms to stick to such measure to protect traders.

We remind you that despite the significant losses of the Gate.io users, the hackers used a simple hacking algorithm:

«Атака 51%» на Ethereum Classic: полный анализ взлома

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