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Coinscious Cryptocurrency Market Report - August 19, 2019

Tezos Triumphs As 90% of Major Cryptocurrencies See Losses

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Overview

Released bi-weekly, this report aims to identify broad trends in the cryptocurrency market. In order to reflect the latest developments in this fast-paced and volatile market, the reports plan to focus on metrics derived from a 30-day rolling window of data, this time from July 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019.

Our universe of analysis includes 50 of some of the most widely used and traded cryptocurrencies. Please see Appendix A for the complete list.

Analysis

The performance of major cryptocurrencies over the past month was mostly bad – only 5 out of the 50 cryptocurrencies that we examined are up from their values 30 days ago. Bitcoin (BTC), the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, is currently trading slightly above $10300 at the time of writing, and traded between $9500 and $12000 last month.

Outside of cryptocurrencies, the S&P 500 is down 2.95% from 30 days ago and closed last Friday at $2888.86.

Figure 1 presents the risk versus return trade-off over the past 30 days by plotting mean daily return versus historical daily volatility for various cryptocurrencies. 

Figure 1. Plot of mean daily return against historical daily volatility for individual cryptocurrencies from July 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019. Higher returns at a given level of risk, measured through historical daily volatility, indicates a better investment.

Tezos - Risk Return - August 19, 2019

The best performer overall over the past month was Tezos (XTZ), with a total return of 19.10%. Tezos is a self-amending proof-of-work dApp platform with built in mechanisms designed to remove the need to hard fork when implementing protocol amendments.

The second and third best performing cryptocurrencies were Huobi Token (HT) and IOST (IOST), with total returns of 11.92% and 7.43% respectively. 

Bitcoin Gold (BTG) was the worst performing cryptocurrency, with total losses of 50.77%. Bitcoin Gold is a fork of Bitcoin created in August 2017, aimed at fixing the perceived issue of miner centralization in the original Bitcoin.

The second and third worst performing cryptocurrencies were Bytom (BTM) and Tronix (TRX) with total losses of 42.83%  and 40.79% respectively.

Figure 2a. Mean daily returns, historical daily volatility, total returns, and ex-post Sharpe ratio for each of the five cryptocurrencies with the highest total returns from July 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019. More positive Sharpe ratios are more desirable. The Sharpe ratio is calculated with the 10 year US Treasury bill rate as the annual risk-free rate.

XTZ, HT, IOST, TUSD, USDC - Cryptocurrencies Return, Volatility, Sharpe Ratio

Figure 2b. Mean daily returns, historical daily volatility, total returns, and ex-post Sharpe ratio for each of the five cryptocurrencies with the lowest total returns from July 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019 More positive Sharpe ratios are more desirable. The Sharpe ratio is calculated with the 10 year US Treasury bill rate as the annual risk-free rate.

BTG, BTM, TRX, KMD, ZEC - Cryptocurrencies Return, Volatility, Sharpe Ratio

Figure 3 plots daily candlesticks of the prices of Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and XRP (XRP), the three largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. In addition, the following commonly used technical analysis indicators are shown:

  • Simple moving averages (SMA) with periods of 50, 100, and 200 days
  • Relative strength index (RSI) with a period of 14 days
  • Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) with a fast EMA period of 12 days, slow EMA period of 26 days, and a signal period of 9 days

The 50-day simple moving averages for Bitcoin continue to stay above the 100-day moving averages, a continuation of a long-term bullish signal. However, Ether and XRP’s moving averages showed a long-term bearish signal, with the 50-day moving average below the 100-day moving average.

The RSI for Bitcoin, Ether, and XRP are between 30 and 70; neither overbought or oversold. XRP briefly dipped into oversold territory a couple days ago but has since bounced back.

For all top three cryptocurrencies, the MACD line is below the MACD signal line. However, the histograms shows the gap decreasing, and the MACD lines may cross the MACD signal lines soon, which would be a bullish signal.

Figure 3a. Price of Bitcoin (BTC) in USD at Bitstamp from July 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019.

Figure 3a. Price of Bitcoin (BTC) in USD at Bitstamp from July 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019.

Figure 3b. Price of Ether (ETH) in USD at Bitstamp from July 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019.

Figure 3b. Price of Ether (ETH) in USD at Bitstamp from July 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019.

Figure 3c. Price of XRP (XRP) at Bitstamp in USD from July 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019.

Figure 3c. Price of XRP (XRP) at Bitstamp in USD from July 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019.

APPENDIX A: Cryptocurrencies

Below is a complete list of all cryptocurrencies examined in this market report. In addition, we present the mean daily returns, historical daily volatility, total returns, and ex-post Sharpe ratio for each cryptocurrency from July 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019. More positive Sharpe ratios are more desirable. The Sharpe ratio is calculated with the 10 year US Treasury bill rate as the annual risk-free rate.

Cryptocurrency List - August 19, 2019
Cryptocurrency List - August 19, 2019 - Tezos

APPENDIX B: Methodology

The daily price data of cryptocurrencies in USD at 4:00 PM EST from July 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019 was used for our calculations.

The prices are the volume weighted average price of the cryptocurrency in USD at 4:00 PM EST each day across all exchanges where Coinscious has data. The only exception is Siacoin (SC), where we used the Yahoo Finance price instead due to data quality issues at the time of writing.

Daily closing price data of the S&P 500 index was obtained from Yahoo Finance. The latest 10 year US Treasury bill rate from YCharts was used for calculations involving a risk-free rate.In subsequent reports, we may update our universe, sectors, methodology, and analysis to reflect new developments.

APPENDIX C: Terminology

  • Volatility: A measure of the dispersion in the trading price of an instrument over a certain period of time, defined as the standard deviation of an instrument’s returns.
  • Sharpe ratio: A risk adjusted measure of return that describes the reward per unit of risk. The reward is the average excess returns of an investment against a benchmark or risk-free rate of return, and the risk is the standard deviation of the excess returns. A higher Sharpe ratio is better. Ex-ante Sharpe ratio is calculated with expected returns whereas ex-post Sharpe ratio is calculated with realized historical returns.

Disclaimer

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a research report or investment advice. It should not be construed as Coinscious recommending investment in cryptocurrencies or other products or services, or as a solicitation to buy or sell any security or engage in a particular investment strategy. Investment in the crypto market entails substantial risk. Before acting on any information, you should consider whether it is suitable for your particular circumstances and consult all available material, and, if necessary, seek professional advice.

Coinscious and its partners, directors, shareholders and employees may have a position in entities referred to herein or may make purchases and/or sales from time to time, or they may act, or may have acted in the past, as an advisor to certain companies mentioned herein and may receive, or may have received, a remuneration for their services from those companies.

Neither Coinscious or its partners, directors, shareholders or employees shall be liable for any damage, expense or other loss that you may incur out of reliance on any information contained in this report. Bitcoin

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Coinscious Cryptocurrency Market Report - August 5, 2019

Bitcoin Climbs Amid Altcoins’ Failed Recovery

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Overview

Released bi-weekly, this report aims to identify broad trends in the cryptocurrency market. In order to reflect the latest developments in this fast-paced and volatile market, the reports plan to focus on metrics derived from a 30-day rolling window of data, this time from July 7, 2019 to August 4, 2019. Bitcoin

Our universe of analysis includes 50 of some of the most widely used and traded cryptocurrencies. Please see Appendix A for the complete list. 

Analysis

The performance of major cryptocurrencies over the past month was mostly bad – only 6 out of the 50 cryptocurrencies that we examined are up from their values 30 days ago. Bitcoin (BTC), the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, is currently trading slightly above $11000 at the time of writing, and traded between $9500 and $13000 last month. BTC has made steady gains over the past six consecutive days.

Outside of cryptocurrencies, the S&P 500 is down 1.95% from 30 days ago and closed last Friday at $2932.05.

Figure 1 presents the risk versus return trade-off over the past 30 days by plotting mean daily return versus historical daily volatility for various cryptocurrencies. 

Figure 1. Plot of mean daily return against historical daily volatility for individual cryptocurrencies from July 7, 2019 to August 4, 2019. Higher returns at a given level of risk, measured through historical daily volatility, indicates a better investment.

Bitcoin - Risk Return - August 5, 2019

The best performer overall over the past month was Huobi Token (HT), with a total return of 15.91%. Huobi Token can be used as payment in Huobi, one of the world’s oldest cryptocurrency exchanges. Huobi Token also had the highest Sharpe ratio of the cryptocurrencies analyzed.

The second and third best performing cryptocurrencies were Tezos (XTZ) and THETA (THETA), with total returns of 13.35% and 8.66% respectively. 

HyperCash (HC) was the worst performing cryptocurrency, with total losses of 44.80%. HyperCash is a cryptocurrency designed to facilitate cross-platform transactions.

The second and third worst performing cryptocurrencies were Komodo (KMD) and QTUM (QTUM) with total losses of 38.71%  and 36.82% respectively.

Figure 2a. Mean daily returns, historical daily volatility, total returns, and ex-post Sharpe ratio for each of the five cryptocurrencies with the highest total returns from July 7, 2019 to August 4, 2019. More positive Sharpe ratios are more desirable. The Sharpe ratio is calculated with the 10 year US Treasury bill rate as the annual risk-free rate.

HT, XTZ, THETA, DCR, USDC - Cryptocurrency Positive Returns

Figure 2b. Mean daily returns, historical daily volatility, total returns, and ex-post Sharpe ratio for each of the five cryptocurrencies with the lowest total returns from July 7, 2019 to August 4, 2019 More positive Sharpe ratios are more desirable. The Sharpe ratio is calculated with the 10 year US Treasury bill rate as the annual risk-free rate. Bitcoin

HC, KMD, QTUM, ZEC, OMG - Cryptocurrency Negative Returns

Figure 3 plots daily candlesticks of the prices of Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and XRP (XRP), the three largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. In addition, the following commonly used technical analysis indicators are shown:

  • Simple moving averages (SMA) with periods of 50, 100, and 200 days
  • Relative strength index (RSI) with a period of 14 days
  • Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) with a fast EMA period of 12 days, slow EMA period of 26 days, and a signal period of 9 days

The 50-day simple moving averages for BTC and ETH continue to stay above the 100-day moving averages, a continuation of a long-term bullish signal. However, XRP’s moving averages showed a long-term bearish signal, with the 50-day moving average very recently crossing below the 100-day moving average.

The RSI for BTC, ETH, and XRP are between 30 and 70; neither overbought or oversold.

For all top three cryptocurrencies, the MACD line is above the MACD signal line and the histogram shows the gap increasing. This can be interpreted as a bullish signal.

Figure 3a. Price of Bitcoin (BTC) in USD at Bitstamp from July 7, 2019 to August 4, 2019.

Figure 3a. Price of Bitcoin (BTC) in USD at Bitstamp from July 7, 2019 to August 4, 2019.

Figure 3b. Price of Ether (ETH) in USD at Bitstamp from July 7, 2019 to August 4, 2019.

Figure 3b. Price of Ether (ETH) in USD at Bitstamp from July 7, 2019 to August 4, 2019.

Figure 3c. Price of XRP (XRP) at Bitstamp in USD from July 7, 2019 to August 4, 2019.

Figure 3a. Price of Bitcoin (BTC) in USD at Bitstamp from July 7, 2019 to August 4, 2019.

APPENDIX A: Cryptocurrencies

Below is a complete list of all cryptocurrencies examined in this market report. In addition, we present the mean daily returns, historical daily volatility, total returns, and ex-post Sharpe ratio for each cryptocurrency from July 7, 2019 to August 4, 2019. More positive Sharpe ratios are more desirable. The Sharpe ratio is calculated with the 10 year US Treasury bill rate as the annual risk-free rate.

Cryptocurrency List - August 5, 2019
Cryptocurrency List - Bitcoin

APPENDIX B: Methodology

The daily price data of cryptocurrencies in USD at 4:00 PM EST from July 7, 2019 to August 4, 2019 was used for our calculations.

The prices are the volume weighted average price of the cryptocurrency in USD at 4:00 PM EST each day across all exchanges where Coinscious has data. The only exception is Siacoin (SC), where we used the Yahoo Finance price instead due to data quality issues at the time of writing.

Daily closing price data of the S&P 500 index was obtained from Yahoo Finance. The latest 10 year US Treasury bill rate from YCharts was used for calculations involving a risk-free rate.

In subsequent reports, we may update our universe, sectors, methodology, and analysis to reflect new developments.

APPENDIX C: Terminology

  • Volatility: A measure of the dispersion in the trading price of an instrument over a certain period of time, defined as the standard deviation of an instrument’s returns.
  • Sharpe ratio: A risk adjusted measure of return that describes the reward per unit of risk. The reward is the average excess returns of an investment against a benchmark or risk-free rate of return, and the risk is the standard deviation of the excess returns. A higher Sharpe ratio is better. Ex-ante Sharpe ratio is calculated with expected returns whereas ex-post Sharpe ratio is calculated with realized historical returns.

Disclaimer

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a research report or investment advice. It should not be construed as Coinscious recommending investment in cryptocurrencies or other products or services, or as a solicitation to buy or sell any security or engage in a particular investment strategy. Investment in the crypto market entails substantial risk. Before acting on any information, you should consider whether it is suitable for your particular circumstances and consult all available material, and, if necessary, seek professional advice.

Coinscious and its partners, directors, shareholders and employees may have a position in entities referred to herein or may make purchases and/or sales from time to time, or they may act, or may have acted in the past, as an advisor to certain companies mentioned herein and may receive, or may have received, a remuneration for their services from those companies.

Neither Coinscious or its partners, directors, shareholders or employees shall be liable for any damage, expense or other loss that you may incur out of reliance on any information contained in this report. Bitcoin

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Cryptocurrency Triumphs & Troubles

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? U.S. Authorities Charge Leaders of ‘OneCoin’

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019

United States prosecutors announced criminal charges against leaders behind OneCoin, a multibillion-dollar cryptocurrency pyramid scheme. Konstantin Ignatov, Ruja Ignatova, and Mark Scott were charged by the Southern District of New York for wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering. An estimated $1.2 billion of investor money was laundered to at least 21 countries

SOURCE: NASDAQ


⏸  Fidelity May Delay Support for Ethereum

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019

Fidelity Digital Assets (FDAS) advises support for ethereum (ETH) may be delayed due to the latest hard fork upgrades. FDAS quietly launched this quarter and is a new company created by investing giant, Fidelity Investments. FDAS president, Tom Jessop, says they want ether and other cryptocurrencies to be available but the process it’s easy. Bitcoin (BTC) is currently the only digital asset supported on the platform.

SOURCE: COINDESK


?? South Korea Establishes Task Force To Fight Crypto Fraud

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019

South Korean’s Supreme Prosecutors’ Office(SPO) has created a new task force to protect consumers from fraud, crimes, money laundering, and other suspicious activities related to digital currencies. Cryptocurrency related crimes in the country have risen from 53 in 2016 to 4,500 in 2018. 

SOURCE: COINGEEK


⚙️ OKEx Lists Tron On C2C Market

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019

Cryptocurrency exchange, OKEx, adds Tron (TRX) to its customer-to-customer (C2C) trading platform. The decentralized C2C platform allows users to trade assets directly with one another. In addition, users can place orders with self-selected exchange rates and pay using cryptocurrency or support fiat currencies.

SOURCE: COINGAPE


? eToro Launches Trading Platform & Wallet in the U.S.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019

eToro, the social investing and trading platform, officially announces the launch of  its fiat-to-crypto platform in the United States. The platform is already available in 140 countries worldwide and will now operate in 30 states and 2 territories in the US. Users will be able to use popular like CopyTrader to follow trading habits of individuals with a proven track record. eToro’s multi-signature wallet provide multi-coin support such as BTC, ETH, LTC, BCH, XRP and XLM

SOURCE: NEWSBTC


? SIX Teams Up With R3 Corda For New Digital Asset Exchange

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019

The Swiss stock exchange, SIX, selects R3 Corda to provide its ucoming blockchain-based platform. It will use R3’s Corda Enterprise to power the Six Digital Exchange (SDX) platform to allow the issuing and trading digital assets, as well as tokenization of securities and non-bankable assets. 

SOURCE: FINEXTRA


? Coinbase Clarifies It Never Shared “Personally Identifiable” Customer Data

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019

Coinbase is still in the hot seat since its acquisition of blockchain analytics firm, Neutrino. Tensions raised last Friday when Christine Sandler stated that the exchange’s previous analytics provider was “selling client data to outside sources” in her interview with Cheddar. A spokesperson from Coinbase has now advised Sandler misspoke and clarified the exchange never shared “personally identifiable information with any third-party blockchain analysis vendors.”

SOURCE: COINDESK


? Ripple Launches On Huobi’s OTC Platform

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019

Cryptocurrency exchange, Huobi, now supports Ripple (XRP) on to its over-the-counter (OTC) platform which currently lists assets such as bitcoin, ethereum, tether, EOS, and Huobi Token. Huobi OTC aims to bridge the gap between fiat and digital assets, serving as an escrow for its users.

SOURCE: COINTELEGRAPH


? Swiss Stock Exchange Launches Ethereum ETP

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019

Swiss’ SIX stock exchange launches its first ethereum-based exchange traded product (ETP) under the ticker AETH. Ethereum ETP, backed by startup Amun AG, is the second cryptocurrency-based ETP to be made available, with bitcoin ETP being the first. SIX plans to list a total of five crypto-based ETP’s which will also include ripple, bitcoin cash and litecoin. These collectively make up the Amun Crypto Basket Index  (HODL5).

SOURCES: BITCOIN.COM


? MakerDAO Holds Vote on Fee Hike for DAI

UPDATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019

Votes are in! Users and holders of DAI in favour of increasing the DAI stability fee from 1.5% and 3.5%.

SOURCE: CRYPTOGLOBE

TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019

MakerDAO is asking token holders of ethereum-backed stablecoin, DAI, to vote on whether to go forth with the proposed increase in stability fees from 1.5% to 3.5%. MakerDAO’s founder, Rune Christensen, states the rationale behind the fee hike is because DAI’s dollar-peg is “almost at a breaking point”. Token holders can cast their votes here.

SOURCE: COINDESK


⚖️ Quadriga Gets 45-Day Extension from Court

TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019

The Canadian court has granted troubled crypto exchange, QuadrigaCX, a 45-day extension to allow for the continued search of $140 million worth of missing cryptocurrency. In addition, the court has appointed Peter Wedlake, a retired partner and senior vice president of audit firm Grant Thorton, to be the chief restructuring officer (CRO). The court has also ordered Amazon Web Services to overturn any data on the Quadriga platform originally created by Gerald Cotten, the former CEO.

SOURCE: COINDESK


☑️ Tron (TRX) Partners With Tether (USDT)

MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2019

Tron Foundation officially announces their newest partnership with Tether. The partnership will bring Tether’s USDT coin onto the TRON network by the end of Q2 2019, and allow the issuance of a TRC20-based USDT. This marks the first major cryptocurrency crossover and will allow TRX and Tether users to transact on the TRON network with access to a price-stable asset.

SOURCE: ETHEREUMWORLDNEWS


? Blockchain Watch: Hello Goodbye

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019

Bitcoin whales moved a total of 9820 BTC, worth $38.4 million dollars.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019
TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019
MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2019

Bitcoin (BTC) and Stellar whales start off the week strong.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019

Ethereum whales are on the go, moving a total of 174, 450 ETH, worth $22.1 million dollars.

SOURCE: TWITTER


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