Bitcoin $200,000, or a ‘Crypto Winter’? Several Experts Weigh In
Predicting markets can be a fool’s game. But some experts say they can make general, broad predictions based on valuations, investor behavior and cyclical market patterns.
We caught up with five industry participants with a good pulse on cryptocurrency markets: Jim Blasko, founder of Bitcoin Talk Radio; Marshall Long, co-founder of eBoost, which integrates cryptocurrencies into gaming communities; Michal K Jeoung, CEO of cryptocurrency asset management platform, TrustVerse; Max Tsaryk, CEO at Blockchain-based content sharing platform ASQ Protocol and Nate Whitehill, co-founder and CEO at cryptocurrency news site, Cryptoslate. Here is their take.
The Floor Is In?
Jim Blasko bullishly predicts that Bitcoin will top out anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000 in late 2020 or early 2021 (It’s currently trading around $6,500).
His prediction timeline follows a pattern of the technology’s mining “reward” changing from 12.5 Bitcoins per block mined down to 6.25 Bitcoins — as well as price increases of five times and then nearly ten times Bitcoin’s previous high.
The reward being cut in half should increase the price of BTC, Blasko reasons, as each “halving” creates the “fear of missing out” spark that ignites parabolic Bitcoin price increases. Halving, in other words, is a not-so-gentle reminder to miners and investors that there is a finite supply of Bitcoin. And what little is left is going to get a lot more expensive to earn or mine.
Marshall Long is not quite as bullish but also predicts an upward trend as halving affects supply and demand and creates a bullish pattern. In November 2012, Long notes, Bitcoin’s mining reward split from 50 to 25 Bitcoin and the crypto saw increases in price that were in line with as much as 40 times the previous high point of $30 in 2011, to a new high point of $1200 exactly two years later, despite a cooling-off period that followed.
Another halving in July of 2016, when the reward dropped from 25 Bitcoin to 12.50 Bitcoin per block, created the same bullish pattern, according to Long.
Long also forecasts a drop in regulatory uncertainty that — to a lesser degree — should slowly drive Bitcoin’s price higher. According to Long, Regulatory uncertainty will fall as regulators continue to step in and separately, we’ll continue to see an uptick in adoption that gives the appearance that Bitcoin has gone mainstream.
Specifically regarding the SEC, Long says that he is “very interested to see how SEC and Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund plays out as that may be the match that sparks the next bull season.” He also notes that Bitcoin adoption has accelerated with wallet users now nearing 30 million, compared to just 9 million in 2016 and 17 million in 2017.
Long advises us to be ready to accumulate Bitcoin around March of 2020, when halving — the primary price catalyst — starts to drive Bitcoin’s price higher.
Michael K Jeoung, on the other hand, believes that Bitcoin prices bottomed out at $5,000, and negative press — especially around China’s antagonism to cryptocurrencies — is overblown. If anything, China’s reported plans to create its own government-controlled cryptocurrency and increased regulation worldwide indicate more widespread adoption.
Jeoung is therefore completely unfazed by the 75% price drop in 2018. Instead of calling this a wholesale price to pick up Bitcoin on the cheap, he refers to it as the “whalesale” price.
Although short-term price drops could happen any time between today and the end of 2019, as a long term “Hodlr,” — a term commonly used among cryptocurrency investors to describe a buy-and-hold strategy — Jeoung believes a meteoric price rise is just around the corner.
Other Cryptocurrencies Could Be in Trouble
Max Tsaryk is bullish on Bitcoin but takes a much more pessimistic view of Ether — the cryptocurrency associated with the Ethereum blockchain protocol on which thousands of applications and smart contracts rest — and “ERC tokens,” which are the cryptocurrencies associated with those applications.
According to Tsaryk, well-executed hacks could render ERC tokens worthless if they are not moved to their own blockchains. And what if the “most popular smart contract platform/network [failed]?,” Tsaryk asked me.
Tsaryk’s company, ASQ Protocol, created Aspire to develop proprietary blockchains as a potential solution to hacking. Analogous to “getting off the main electric grid” in energy markets, ASQ gets blockchain protocols off of the main Ethereum “grid” as a preventative measure in the event of an adverse incident.
Nonetheless, Tsaryk says that “2019 will be the year of blockchain’s mass adoption and [the] boom of the decentralized applications.”
CyptoSlate’s Whitehill, meanwhile, thinks that a potential turnaround for cryptocurrencies could be much further out. “Cryptocurrency prices may see a turnaround in the event of a 2019 Bitcoin ETF,” says Whitehill, “But the last bear run lasted several years and we are only 10 months into what may be an extended crypto winter.”
[Interview] Reasons for regulation prerequisite with CEO Michael K. Jeoung
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Published on Nov 14, 2018
Michael Kiook Jeoung, CEO of TrustVerse told about the stance of South Korea on ICOs and the benefits of the regulation along with John McAfee, Roger Ver, Miko Matsumura, Ian Balina, Brock, W. Scott, Charlie Lie at 2018 Futurama Blockchain Innovators Summit in Spain.
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TrustVerse is a blockchain based intelligence platform for personal wealth management and a digital asset decentralization protocol. It manages and decentralizes all digital identities and proprietary information (such as iTunes, social media and subscription information) online as well as encrypted assets. When the transfer of managed assets and information is required, TrustVerse DAPP with Smart Contract Design helps to deliver it correctly and securely to the designated party.
TrustVerse’s asset management intelligence platform is powered by a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) deep neural technology and a multi-data financial portfolio optimization engine. The TrustVerse project began with the fundamental questions,
“how do you safely protect your digital estate and other assets?”, “how can we reduce information asymmetry and maximize the utility of DAPP with niche and highly demanded service related to wealth management?” We aim to answer that question by providing practical services that enable current and future crypto asset owners to safely handle their assets and also to provide proper management service (Tax, Legal services and etc.)
Co-Founder & CEO: Michael K. Jeoung
- Global Business Development
- MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
- 15 years of high-tech business development and go-to-market strategy experiences in global MNCs, international organizations, public sector & startups
- Professional career at Cisco Systems as Head of Global Partners Organization-Service Provider Business, coverage for APJC and EMEAR(InterCloud and XaaS), Consultant at OECD Executive Directorate ITN(Business Intelligence and ICT Strategy), Chief Advisor at Ministry of Land & Transport (Smart City-Urban Integrated Operations Center Standardization)
- Responsible for US$500M in cloud, IoT and network business
- Lived and worked over 25 years in Singapore, Paris, Jakarta, Vietnam, S.Korea, and U.S.
- 4 publications on ubiquitous computing and sensor network
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TrustVerse – “Navigating the New Crypto Investment Class” – 12 November 2018
Most notably, the emergence and expansion of digital currencies like bitcoin and hundreds of others like it has presented investors with a compelling asset class that is both novel and opportunistic.
Interestingly, enthusiasm for crypto assets has created a need for additional financial services as novice and experienced investors alike pursue this relatively new market, creating demand for supportive services including long-term financial planning and near-term investment strategies related to cryptocurrencies. Therefore, companies like TrustVerse, Protos, and Digital Capital Management are building platforms that are striving to meet this demand.
The Expansive Crypto Economy
While bitcoin has been around for nearly a decade and several other prominent tokens have existed for several years, the market boom is relatively recent.
Throughout 2017, the return on investment on crypto assets was cartoonish, the equivalent of stats on a video game. Day after day brought new market highs, and these gains were not slight. As many have noted, by the end of the year, the price of bitcoin would come close to $20,000, an incredible jump for an asset worth less than $1,000 at the start of the year. Not to be left out, other digital currencies gained value as well, expanding by thousands of percent as 2017 progressed.
At the same time, burgeoning crypto investment space created an opportunity for new, ancillary financial products related to digital currencies. For example, more than 200 hedge funds crypto-focused hedge funds have emerged in the past several years, bringing a pillar of the traditional financial system into the crypto community.
At the same time, financial institutions are showing an increasing willingness to create products for interested crypto investors. Several institutions including Cboe, CME, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley offering bitcoin futures contracts, and the highly anticipated bitcoin ETF is expected sometime in the not too distance future.
The Role of Crypto Asset Management
Taken together, there is now a robust crypto investment scene, but it’s one that remains mostly unchartered and is still susceptible to dramatic value or sentiment swings.
As a result, there is a growing market for crypto asset management services. People want the kind of financial guidance and investment protection available to investors in traditional markets. They want to invest in crypto, but they want protection from extreme volatility and unnecessary risk, and several companies are striving to fill the void.
TrustVerse, a blockchain-based wealth management platform, is helping investors identify risk and diversify their investments appropriately. Using the power of AI and deep learning algorithms, TrustVerse not only helps investors with estate planning related to crypto assets, but it helps them establish a low-risk crypto portfolio that produces profits even during times of extreme market volatility.
Indeed, the market turbulence that frequently defines crypto markets is exhausting for investors. As Jim Smigiel, CIO of absolute return strategies at SEI Investments Co., told CNBC, “Looking at something with such high volatility all the time is not conducive to an investor’s mental health.” With TrustVerse, investors can harness the computational power of AI to create a more stable and profitable investment strategy while avoiding the headache of the always-in-flux crypto markets.
Meanwhile, other companies like Protos and Digital Capital Management are offering more traditional advisory services including merchant banking and professional fund management. In an industry dominated by a DIY ethos, these companies bring institutional knowledge and attention to crypto investment.
By professionalizing the movement and providing seasoned investors with quality tools for growing and diversifying their wealth, these companies represent the latest installments in the cryptocurrency movement.
Cryptocurrencies are an inclusive asset class. They are available to just about anyone, and their novelty means that the playing field is significantly more level than it is in traditional markets. However, even in this modern environment, investors don’t have to navigate this new investment class alone. They can turn to qualified professional platforms with innovative and capable technology that can support their investment initiatives on an individual basis.
TrustVerse – “AI Is Helping People Manage Their Crypto Assets” – 11 November 2018
Few things illicit excitement like the mention of AI. It’s everywhere right now. Microsoft is unleashing an aggressive advertising campaign touting its “amplification of human ingenuity,” and IBM’s Watson continually achieves new human-like feats.
AI is even transcending the technology space. Robin Sloan, a California-based author, is using the technology to help him write a novel, which shows, as The New York Times notes, “it is quickly clear that programming is on the verge of redefining creativity.”
That’s the fundamental premise of artificial intelligence. It can replicate human thought and address their tangible needs, not supplanting human ingenuity but enhancing it. In short, AI is a more human-like approach to computing that can be more applicable to people’s actual lives.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that AI capabilities are being applied to financial planning and asset management, an area where the demand for personalized advice and bonified investment intelligence is far outstripping the number of people who can practically provide those services.
This is especially true in the burgeoning crypto market where millions of investors have poured into the new investment space, eager to invest their money but lacking the knowledge to adequately allocate and differentiate their finances. With few experts to assist in these decisions, companies like TrustVerse, VectorSpace, and Elpis, bring AI-powered crypto investment services to market.
Managing Risk & Mitigating Losses
Although cryptocurrencies are most known because of Bitcoin, thousands of other currencies comprise this ecosystem. Taken together, they represent a compressive investment ecosystem that requires knowledge and intentionality to effectively navigate.
What’s more, despite their recent stability, cryptocurrencies remain an unusually volatile investment, prone to wild, unexplained price swings that aren’t typically experienced by other assets. This just underscores the importance of diversification.
TrustVerse, a comprehensive investment management platform that handles crypto as well as other financial assets, deploys AI to help its customers achieve a holistic investment strategy. By combining AI and the blockchain, two technologies on a tandem ascent, TrustVerse optimizes customer portfolios, making specific recommendations that are relevant for the user’s lifespan and beyond.
In comments on the emerging class of AI asset management platforms, Michael Tsang, formal managing director at Alibaba Group Americas and Microsoft HQ in Seattle, described TrustVerse as “the most advanced and profitable investment information construction service with one click.”
Elpis, Switzerland-based artificial intelligence platform, is likewise harnessing the power of AI to equip investors with the knowledge and technology necessary to pursue crypto and traditional assets in a single portfolio.
Meanwhile, other companies including VectorSpace are bucketing crypto products that contain different assets to mitigate exposure to market volatility. Using AI to determine the most appropriate investments based on the user’s comfort with volatility, long-term investment goals, and other factors, VectorSpace is using the best technology to create complete investment strategies in a unique financial market.
It’s a diverse market that is similarly applying artificial intelligence to create compelling platforms that meet customers’ unique needs. Their timing couldn’t be better. There is a profound shortage in the number of people able to provide in-person advice, and AI is effectively bridging the gap.
Just as there is tremendous demand for blockchain professionals, there are fourteen open jobs for every qualified candidate, there is a shortage of financial advisers who can provide reliable insight into crypto investments.
While traditional financial institutions offer low-cost or even free financial planning services for their customers, they do not cover cryptocurrencies. In contrast, there are a growing number of institutions that provide crypto-only investment advice that can help people navigate the crypto ecosystem, but it doesn’t account for a holistic approach to wealth management.
AI can bridge that divide, building and managing comprehensive portfolios that account for the nuance and peculiarities of an individual’s investment ambitions.
Companies like TrustVerse are counting on customers integrating crypto assets into their lifetime portfolios, and they are accounting for the inevitable transition of these assets from generation to generation, something that would never be possible without the help of AI.
Indeed, there is hardly an industry that AI doesn’t impact in a significant way, and the crypto investment landscape is ripe for enhancement. As companies provide increasingly capable platforms for asset management and allocation, users will benefit from a strategic and holistic approach to financial success. Much like Robin Sloan’s AI-written novel, this is a story that’s still in progress, and it’s moving forward every day.
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