Crypto Market Update: Focus on BTC, ETH, LTC, EOS, ADA, TRX, DASH, ATOM

This article provides a quick overview of how the crypto markets have been doing—with the focus on Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), EOS, Cardano (ADA), TRON (TRX), Dash (DASH), and Cosmos (ATOM)—over the past 24-hour period.

Overall, September 8th is proving to be quite a good day for the crypto, with only 13 of the top 100 cryptocurrencies in the red at press time (around 07:00 UTC).

Bitcoin (BTC)

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Although many media outlets continue to push the narrative that the US-China trade war, the economic crisis in Argentina, and other macroeconomic factors have a big impact on the price of Bitcoin, not everyone agrees with this view.

One economist and trader who continuously tries to explain that Bitcoin is not yet a macro hedge is Alex Krüger (@krugermacro on Twitter). Here is his latest attempt to explain on September 5:

  • "Please repeat with me: bitcoin is not yet a macro asset. Those who claim the opposite either cherry pick or are in the business of generating click-bait."
  • "I wouldn't comment on this would I not be constantly exposed to a whole industry claiming how bitcoin is driven by gold/yuan/stocks/the dollar/etc. It often feels like mass delusion, not that different from the "this is a new paradigm, not a bubble" narrative of late 2017."
  • "Macro assets 1) Are mostly driven by macroeconomic & geopolitical factors 2) React in real-time consistently to major macro news 3) Move in days of large market moves 4) Do so in a predictable manner 5) Have relatively consistent correlations with risk-assets"
  • "Bitcoin is not *yet* a macro asset. It should become one as the market matures, as it's increasingly seen as digital gold and is a hedge against the TAIL-RISK of fiat systems collapsing, i.e. a put option on central banks without expiry."

Meanwhile, Los Angeles Chargers' Offensive Tackle Russell Okung, who is also the Vice President of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), still appears to be evangelizing Bitcoin:

On September 4, Coin Metrics, "a provider of crypto asset market and network data", published Issue 15 of its "State of the Network" report, which included some very interesting charts, one of which Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong took as a bullish indicator:

And when Gabor Gurbacs, the digital asset strategist/director at VanEck/MVIS commented that "Bitcoin wallet number growth for smaller amounts (0.1 to 1 BTC) is probably a better indicator of industry adoption/growth," Nic Carter, Co-Founder of Coin Metrics, was ready with another bullish chart:

Ether (ETH)

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The aforementioned report from Coin Metrics also looked at Ethereum addresses:

The number of Ethereum addresses holding at least one ten-billionth of current supply also recently hit an all-time high. As of September 1st, 5,923,953 ETH addresses hold at least one ten-billionth of ETH supply. Currently, this is the equivalent of holding at least 0.0108 ETH (worth $1.86 USD at current prices), given ETH’s supply of 107,568,118 as of September 1st.

As covered by CryptoGlobe yesterday, on September 6, Hudson Jameson, Community Manager at Ethereum Foundation, confirmed that the "Istanbul" hard fork is expected to be activated on testnet Ropsten on or around 2 October 2019.

Litecoin (LTC)

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As Coindesk reported recently, Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin and the managing director of Litecoin Foundation, has confirmed that he "remains committed to funding the Litecoin Foundation despite rumors that its financials are in the red."

Lee told CoinDesk:

The goal, of course, is to get Litecoin Foundation to be self-sustaining from donations, partnerships and merchandise sales. Until we get to that point, I have and will continue to support the Litecoin Foundation financially as necessary.

On August 20, Lee provided an update on progress of Mimblewimble development:

EOS 

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Among the top 20 cryptoassets (by market cap), EOS was the top gainer, with the price up 12.58% in the past 24-hour period.

Cardano (ADA)

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As IOHK mentioned in a blog post published on September 6, Cardano Shelly is soon (this month, but not earlier than September 15) entering Phase 2 of the testnet rollout, i.e. network implementation:

Now that the node is more stable, we can challenge the network stack to see how it holds up and check how our predictions on its behavior measure up... the goal here is to test and iterate until we are confident we have a stable network.

And once Phase 2 is complete, Cardano Shelley will enter Phase 3 (the final phase of testing), i.e. the incentivized testnet, which is explained below:

In reality, this is more than a testnet. Instead, it will effectively be a replica of the Cardano mainnet. We will take a UTXO snapshot of the mainnet state and migrate it to the testnet, offering Shelley era functionality within a controlled, sandboxed environment. This will be different from a typical testnet, however, since it will offer real rewards for delegating your ada stake. Jörmungandr will be decentralized, and users will be able to create stake pools or delegate their stake to a stake pool and collect their rewards.

TRON (TRX)

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As Justin Sun, Founder and CEO of TRON Foundation, noted on September 4, perhaps as a "recognition to the prosperity of the #TRON ecosystem," TRON (TRX) has become a quote currency on Binance, with two trading pairs—BTT/TRX and WIN/TRX—added on this day:

Dash (DASH)

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Dash News reported on September 5 that Dash Foundation "has partnered with cryptocurrency ATM and merchant solution provider IQ CashNow, adding an additional over 1,000 Dash-accepting merchants as well as integration into over 250 additional ATMs, growing Dash merchant adoption significantly."

Cosmos (ATOM)

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On September 11, Jae Kwon, Co-Founder o Tendermint and Cosmos, will be speaking at Coindesk'sInvest: Asia 2019 conference in Singapore:

 

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Binance Acquires Crypto Debit Card Issuer for an Undisclosed Sum

Leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance has acquired cryptocurrency debit card issuer Swipe for an undisclosed sum, in a deal that gets the platform one step closer to issuing its Binance Card.

Finance Magnates reports the firms shared revealed the companies will “work together to further mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies,” by further bringing fiat and digital assets together. The deal will allow for cryptos to be used as a payment method in the traditional financial system.

Binance unveiled its plan to launch a Visa crypto debit card earlier this year, but was having difficulties implementing it. The acquisition of crypto start Swipe should help fix these difficulties and support the exchange in its “mission of making crypto more accessible to the masses.”

Per Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, off-ramps are a key component to be considered in its mission. He added:

By giving users the ability to convert and spend crypto directly, and have merchants still seamlessly accept fiat, this will make the crypto experience much better for everyone.

Binance and Swipe listed each other’s native tokens as part of the deal. Binance now has trading pairs for Swipe’s SXP token, while the Binance Coin (BNB) was added to the cryptocurrencies, stablecoins, and fiat currencies available as a payment method on Swipe.

Swipe, it’s worth noting, converts cryptoassets into fiat currencies at the point of purchase. Users pay in a cryptoassets of their choice, which is then converted into fiat currency the merchant receives, so the latter does not have to manage cryptoassets, or accept payments in them directly.

Swipe’s cards are issued by Contis Financial Services, a visa Principal Member regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. They are available in 31 countries within the European Economic Area, and support transactions in euros, pounds, U.S. dollars, Korean won, and Philippine pesos.

The firm’s CEO Joselito Lizarondo revealed partnering will Binance will “place Swipe in the position to make cryptocurrencies more accessible for millions of users worldwide.” Binance Card users will be able to get up to 4% cashback in bitcoin on their purchases, which will be available in over 50 million locations in the world.

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