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The Top Rate ICO Industries in 2018

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Investing in ICOs requires due diligence and analysis of potential risks and returns.
The Top Rate ICO Industries in 2018

Investing in ICOs requires due diligence and analysis of potential risks and returns. CoinDesk is its article named “The Seven Pillars of ICO Investing” has listed the most important pillars to consider before deciding to invest or not on any specific ICO project.

These 7 Pillars are the following:

  1. Team
  2. Idea
  3. Execution
  4. Legal/Regulatory Framework
  5. Tokenization
  6. ICO Structure
  7. Price Divers

What is interesting and should not be surprising though in the ICO investing is the fact that business models and marketing, promotional channels differ significantly in the amount of fundraising, as some business categories have in general twice the median funding compared to the smaller ones. The following statistic may be useful to investors as it represents the ICO categories with highest median funding. A higher amount of funding may be justified by future business prospects about what investors believe are the most promising trends that could be deliver desired returns on investments given the risks taken.

Categories with highest median funding in 2018:

  1. Blockchain Infrastructure
  2. Internet & Telecommunications
  3. Computing & Data Storage
  4. Data Analytics
  5. Asset Management
  6. Legal Services
  7. Social Media & Communication
  8. Supply & Logistics
  9. IT
  10. Identity & Reputation

These business categories are referenced not in random order, but from highest to lowest order of median funds raised. The Blockchain Infrastructure category has the highest median funds raised at $ 7,012,289, while the Identity & Reputation category has the lowest median funds raised in 2018 at $ 3,750,000. The first and last business categories have a significant difference between them in terms of median funds raised as the Blockchain Infrastructure category is 87% larger than the Identity & Reputation category.

Another key interesting statistic in ICO investing is the geographical distribution of projects fundraising in the third quarter of 2018. The following infographic shows that there are again very large differences within continents. Europe and specifically Russia with $ 182.9 Million was the largest market, Israel with $19.6 Million was the smallest market, while South Korea witnessed a significant drop in fundraising as according to ICORating, in Q3 2018, 17 projects with South Korean origins raised USD 68 million, compared with 16 projects and USD 301 million in Q2 2018.

Geographical distribution of projects based on origin of the project team, Q3 2018

Geographical distribution of projects based on origin of the project team, Q3 2018

Country of origin means a country in which more than 50% of team members were living at the time of an ICO.

Another point worth mentioning is that in Q3 2018 USA had the largest number of projects compared to all mentioned countries in the above infographic, still Russia with a smaller number of projects, 63 was as mentioned the largest market.

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Ethereum (ETH) Hashrate Continues to Decline

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Ethereum hashrate is on the decline as miners are bracing themselves for the Constantinople upgrade
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According to Etherscan, the Ethereum network recorded a hashrate of 15,0079.7621 GH/s on Feb. 22. Despite a small increase in February, this is still a far cry of from its August's peak of 295,911.9974 GH/s.

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On the brink of the Constantinople hard fork

Ahead of the upcoming Constantinople hard fork, which was previously delayed because of a detected vulnerability, the mining rewards declines due to the rise in mining difficulty.

When the above-mentioned hard fork takes place, the mining rewards will be reduced from three ETH to just two. However, as reported by U.Today, the 33 percent reduction has the potential to provoke another bull run.

Bitcoin’s in the same boat

The Bitcoin network also saw its hashrate decreasing due to the exodus of miners. However, as of recently, there was a spike in hashrate since the declining mining difficulty made mining more attractive again.

Some Chinese miners are still able to profit off Bitcoin mining even in the middle of the crypto winter because of cheap electricity.

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USD Coin (USDC), Gemini Dollar (GUSD), Paxos Standard (PAX), and TrueUSD (TUSD) Experienced Significant Supply Reduction This February: Research

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Stablecoins were one of the biggest crypto trends of 2018, but a recently published Diar study shows that might not be the case this year. USD Coin (USDC), Gemini Dollar (GUSD), Paxos Standard (PAX), and TrueUSD (TUSD) all saw their outstanding supply decreasing this February.

The stablecoin market hits a snag  

Overall, the aforementioned cryptocurrencies had a 10 percent net decrease in market capitalization. USD Coin (USDC) is the biggest stablecoin from the pack, currently occupying 23rd place on CMC with a market cap of $247 mln. The circulating supply of Circle’s coin was standing at almost $300 mln at the beginning of February, but now it’s at $244 mln.  

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Nevertheless, the stablecoin ecosystem is getting even more crowded with JPMorgan recently launching JPM Coin, a new dollar-pegged cryptocurrency.        

Tether remains unbothered

Notably, the circulating supply of Tether (USDT), the flagship stablecoin, remains practically unchanged. USDT, despite its numerous controversies, was recently praised by Michael Gronager, the CEO of Chainalysis. Dai (DAI), an Ethereum-collateralized cryptocurrency, also didn’t experience supply reduction.

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A new DataLight report shows that the average commission paid for executing Bitcoin transactions has fallen to $0.244 as of Feb. 16. In stark contrast to that, the transaction volume has actually substantially increased.

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No correlation?

Bitcoin fees reached their peak on Dec. 23, 2017, with more than 250,000 transactions being stuck in the mempool. The average transaction fee reached $54.901.  

After that, Bitcoin trading fees fell as abruptly as the price of the coin itself. On Feb. 7, it reached a brand-new low of $0.161 (a world of difference compared to $4.588 a year ago).     

Transaction volumes are skyrocketing   

Meanwhile, the transaction volume has reached its highest peak in two years, almost matching December’s bull run. This is not surprising since major cryptocurrency exchanges saw their volumes spiking in 2018. However, as U.Today reported earlier, their volumes dipped substantially in 2019.     

That can be attributed to the rise in the Blockchain efficiency — as blocks are getting fuller, there is no incentive to pay miners higher fees. The low demand for new blocks results in underwhelming mining rewards.

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Zcash (ZEC), Litecoin (LTC), and Dash (DASH) Had Biggest One-Year Increase in Circulating Supply

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New DataLight study reveals what cryptocurrencies had the biggest one-year change in the total number of coins. Zcash (ZEC) leads the pack with a whopping 80.31 percent increase.

Zcash is in the lead

At press time, the total circulation supply of ZEC currently stands at 5.8 mln. For comparison, it had only  3.2 mln coins at the same point in 2018. Still, even with the above-mentioned increase, that’s a very low coin supply, and one of the leading privacy coins has plenty of room for growth.

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Just like Bitcoin (BTC), ZEC has a fixed circulating supply of 21 mln. BTC, the world’s flagship cryptocurrency, saw its number of coins grow by 4 percent. Bitcoin’s circulating supply exceeded 17 mln back in April 2018.

Meanwhile, Monero (XMR), the main competitor of Zcash in the privacy coin niche, is expected to have 18.4 mln coins in circulation by 2022. With a 6.85 percent yearly increase, there is currently 16.7 mln XMR.

Less is more in the world of crypto

Litecoin (LTC) and Dash (DASH) are in second and third places with their circulating supply growing by 9.52 percent and 9.49 percent respectively. Tron (TRX), for comparison, only witnessed a 1.4 percent gain, but it already has the biggest coin supply on the list with 66 bln TRX.

A small circulating supply creates more demand, which is why the likes of Bitcoin and Zcash can be considered scarce assets. Subsequently, many investors are shooed away by cryptocurrencies with mammoth-size supply, but the coin’s market cap is the only thing that matters in the end.  

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Bitcoin comes to the rescue  

Notably, Venezuela is also responsible for 20 percent of the LocalBitcoins traffic. As trading volumes are increasing, more people are visiting the exchange, with a 40 percent increase in January. It’s one of the most popular websites in the country that is being plagued with food shortages, political crisis, and riots in the street.   

For comparison, the country’s top stock exchange had a minuscule trading volume of $8,117 USD on Feb. 11, which signifies how much of a non-factor the bolivar has become here.

Bitcoin revolution in Latin America

The rapid surge in trading volume comes amidst the news about the Venezuelan government imposing limits on cryptocurrency remittance services. U.Today reminds readers that President Nicolas Maduro has tried to push his own oil-pegged cryptocurrency (the Petro), which was supposed to shore up the country’s struggling economy, but his plan failed miserably.    

Latin America remains the stronghold of Bitcoin adoption. For instance, it’s the second market for Dash (DASH), whose white paper was blatantly copied by the Petro.

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