Finder Cryptocurrency Predictions – April 2018

Finder cryptocurrency predictions for April 2018

Since bitcoin set sail in 2009, cryptocurrencies have been making waves across the globe. And the biggest question on everyone’s lips is what will these coins be worth? We’ve set out to ask fintech leaders for their 2018 cryptocurrency predictions, and we’ll release a new survey of insights every month.

For our April report, 13 panelists threw their hats into the ring to predict the movements of 13 coins. The top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap and three top trending coins are bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH/BCC), Cardano (ADA), Dogecoin (DOGE), Ethereum (ETH), EOS (EOS), ICON (ICX), IOTA (IOTA), Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR), NEO (NEO), Ripple (XRP) and Stellar Lumens (XLM). Opinions are solely those of our panelists. See highlights for the coins they’re discussing at the bottom of the page.

Read on for finder.com panelists’ cryptocurrency predictions for 2018.


Disclaimer

This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade. Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.

Which coins are expected to see the biggest rise this month and in 2018?

Of the 13 coins, our panelists forecast Ripple to experience the greatest growth (+81.01%) by May 1, 2018, while Dogecoin, one of the top trending coins in the world, is forecast to show the greatest growth (+5,838.12%) by December 31, 2018.

Cardano, which currently holds the seventh-highest market cap, is expected to show the second-greatest price growth (+812.44%) by December 31, 2018, followed by Ripple (525.78%). This is the second consecutive month that our panelists have predicted no decreases in value by the end of 2018.

Cryptocurrency average price predictions (USD)

CryptocurrencyCurrent price per unit (as of Mar. 27, 2018) (USD)Price prediction on May 1, 2018 (USD)Price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018 (USD)% change to May 1, 2018% change to Dec. 31, 2018
Bitcoin$8,202.08$9,100.00$21,484.6210.95%161.94%
Bitcoin Cash$919.84$1,041.67$1,708.3313.24%85.72%
Cardano$0.17$0.22$1.5427.59%812.44%
Dogecoin$0.003$0.01$0.1953.81%5838.12%
Ethereum$490.72$768.06$2,736.1156.52%457.57%
EOS$5.93$6.29$11.466.03%93.23%
ICON$3.07$3.41$4.8811.16%58.79%
IOTA$1.24$1.47$2.2018.28%77.42%
Litecoin$149.38$168.21$229.2912.61%53.49%
Monero$197.17$220.00$363.7511.58%84.49%
NEO$59.81$77.92$136.6730.27%128.50%
Ripple$0.60$1.09$3.7681.01%525.78%
Stellar Lumens$0.23$0.24$0.705.14%206.65%

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

Market capitalization predictions

Comparing the forecast market capitalizations for bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum — the only coins of the 13 with a reported number of coins available by December 31, 2018 — our panel predicts Ethereum will see the greatest increase in market cap growth by the end of the year (+234%). Bitcoin follows with a 114% increase, while Bitcoin Cash is picked to come in at +40%.

We calculated predictions using the number of coins expected to be in circulation by the end of the year and our panelists’ forecast of each coin’s value by the end of the year.

Cryptocurrency average market capitalization predictions (USD)

CryptocurrencyCurrent market cap (as of Mar. 27, 2018)Predicted market cap on Dec. 31, 2018Market cap % change to Dec. 31, 2018
Bitcoin$175.4 billion$374.8 billion114%
Bitcoin Cash$21.4 billion$30.0 billion40%
Ethereum$85.5 billion$285.8 billion234%

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

What about other up-and-coming coins this year? This month, our panelists acknowledge a variety of coins that include Aragon, Enigma, IOTA and Monero. Check out their comments on new coins at the end of this report.

Meet our panelists

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Alisa Gus,
CEO

WishKnish
@WhampaChick

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Alisa Gus is CEO of WishKnish, a blockchain gamified social market network. She is one of the founding members of the DC Digital Economy Hub and associate producer on one of the first crowdsourced web serials.

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Clayton Daniel,
fintech founder

sproutsuper.com.au
@ClaytonADaniel

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Based in Australia, Clayton Daniel is a former tax accountant and financial adviser turned fintech investor and entrepreneur, author of the No. 1 Amazon bestseller Fund Your Ideal Lifestyle and founder of sproutsuper.com.au.

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Frank Schuil,
CEO & co-founder

Safello
@FrankSchuil

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Frank Schuil is the CEO and co-founder of bitcoin trading platform Safello. He also serves as a senior advisor for businesses and associations including CG Blockchain, Inc., Rhino Ventures and BitAngels.

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Fred Schebesta,
co-founder

finder.com
@Schebesta

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Fred Schebesta is co-founder of the global comparison site finder.com, including Crypto Finder. He’s an award-winning entrepreneur, author, mentor and international keynote speaker.

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Jen Greyson,
CEO

Neureal
@jengreyson

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Named by Chipin.com as one of the Top 8 Women in Crypto, Jen Greyson of the Neureal Network and CEO of Powered by Neureal brings decades of executive leadership to the blockchain/crypto space.
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Jörg Molt,
CEO

Satoshi School
@satoshischool1

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Jörg Molt is the CEO of the Satoshi School 1-10 Mitglieder in Bavaria, Germany. He believes the rise of decentralized systems are key to changing the world.
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Joseph Raczynski,
technologist/futurist

Joetechnologist.com, Reuters
@joerazz

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An experienced technology consultant and manager specializing in blockchain technology, Joseph Raczynski helps clients innovate and become forward thinkers in their space. He also specializes in AI, cybersecurity and legal technology.
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Kohei Kurihara,
co-founder and CMO

Collabogate
@kuriharan

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Kohei Kurihara is the President of the Tokyo Chapter for the Government Blockchain Association (GBA). Kurihara is also the co-founder of Collabogate, aimed at bringing people into the crypto market faster.
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Kunal Patel,
business mentor

Startupbootcamp, SuperCharger
@kunalpatel085

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Kunal Patel is a former business director in Singapore, and now serves as a business mentor for Startupbootcamp FinTech and he’s on the advisory panel for YES BANK and SuperCharger.
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Kyle Wang,
head of business development

Hub Token
@Kyletwang

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Kyle Wang is an advisor and consultant to ICOs and blockchain-enabled startups. He is a self-described blockchain addict and fascinated by the future of fintech.
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Samson Williams,
partner, CSO

Axes and Eggs, LEORON Institute, CoFunder
@hustlefundbaby

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Samson Williams is a partner of Axes and Eggs, a blockchain and cryptocurrency mining consultancy. He also serves as the CSO for SeedUps, an Ireland-based fintech firm. He’s passionate about all things crowdfunding, ICOs and cryptocurrency.
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Sergei Logvin,
co-founder,
ICO advisor

Rocket ICO, LibertyLance
Sergei Logvin

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Sergei Logvin is the co-founder of Rocket ICO, the world’s first decentralized accelerator based on the DAO concept. He is also an advisor to Opporty.com, Project Districts, TravelChain and LibertyLance.
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Tim Lea,
CEO, director

REFFIND,
Veredictum
@timothylea2

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Tim Lea is a published author and regular speaker on the many uses of blockchain, as well as being both the CEO of REFFIND and the director of Veredictum. He’s previously written, directed and co-produced an award-winning feature film, which inspired him to found Veredictum.

Top 10 coins by market cap

Bitcoin (BTC)

As of March 27, 2018, Bitcoin’s price was $8,202.08. The highest prediction for bitcoin’s value on May 1, 2018, came from Sergei Logvin from Rocket ICO at $11,800. When it comes to overall performance for the year, Kyle Wang from Hub Token takes the highest forecast at $50,000 by December 31, 2018.

The lowest May 1, 2018, prediction comes from Kunal Patel, business mentor and advisor, at $3,000. He says, “The price of bitcoin has stabilized, but I predict it won’t grow any higher than what we saw earlier on in the year.”

The number of bitcoins expected circulate by the end of the year is 17,443,537 (based on 1,800 coins mined per day). From here, we can work out the estimated market capitalization for December 31, 2018. Based on our panelists’ forecasts of value per coin by December 31, the predicted market cap for bitcoin by the end of 2018 is $374.8 billion.

PanelistBitcoin price prediction on May 1, 2018Bitcoin price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Market cap prediction (calculated)Comments
Jen Greyson$9,200$30,000$523.3 billion“We saw a huge rise and healthy correction during the first quarter — all tracking within the same pattern we’ve seen in years past. We’ll likely see the same uptick going into the late spring/early summer as tax refunds come in for people in the US and international whales start buying new yachts for the sailing season. I’m scaling back my year-end prediction, as I think we’re going to see miners begin to find alternatives with this latest correction and too many mineable coins coming to market over the coming year. The equipment is going to start moving away as operations find more lucrative solutions.”
Jörg Molt$9,500$19,000$331.4 billion“Inside knowledge of implementing new technology to BTC network and lightning activation for all.”
Alisa Gus$9,800$40,000$697.7 billion“It will rise though will likely do so slowly until July or so, once the Lightning Network advantage fully kicks in. But I qualify that by saying that if major regulation decisions come in the biggest markets, this could change.”
Kyle Wang$10,000$50,000$872.2 billion“Huge fan of Ari Paul’s sentiment that BTC will be at 6K and 60K this year!”
Sergei Logvin$11,800$22,800$397.7 billion“This increase is inevitable even in a mature bear market. New assets and a decrease in the number of bitcoins traded will result in a price of at least $22,800 by the end of the year.”
Fred Schebesta$7,500$37,500$654.1 billion“We need more improvements to take place for bitcoin to rise up again. It’s a bearish market at the moment. If Lightning came in, this could change.”
Samson Williams$10,500$26,000$453.5 billion“Same as before. Money fleeing from the #2018Recession will move into the cryptocurrency market. Bitcoin will be used as a commodity.”
Clayton Daniel$10,000$10,000$174.4 billion“The ‘Goldman Sachs of Bitcoin’ Coinbase is launching its index fund GDAX to US-accredited investors. It’s only a matter of time until a retail version is available. I’m still holding on a valuation of $10,000, as there are strong pulls in both directions. The fear/greed aspect could very well drag BTC down further to $5,000, but a nonsynthetic ETF before the end of the year could pull in insane levels of funds. I’ve been riding this number (or close) all year and will wait it out to see which side gets the momentum.”
Kohei Kurihara$9,000$8,000$139.5 billion“In my sense, we have to look at two separate aspects for a positive trend of bitcoin. One is payment, the other is transaction. Payment relies on local merchant and retail shops, whether it’s accepted as alternative cash to buy something. Transactions depend on technical updates, which are developed by the communities, and keep to discuss some solutions. Not only for the inside technology, but also we are obliged to mention external infrastructure, electric, network and finally usability for users. These components will be influenced with price and broadly adopted at the market.”
Frank Schuil$10,000$12,000$209.3 billion“We will likely see a cooling-off period after the run-up in 2017. The next wave of growth may only happen after the next halving.”
Kunal Patel$6,000$3,000$52.3 billion“As we know, the price of bitcoin has dropped significantly since the turn of the year. The price of bitcoin has since stabilized, but I predict it won’t grow any higher than what we saw earlier on in the year. Presently, there is too much noise and hype surrounding bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and this has reflected in the market valuation, especially when you consider the negativity and bad press as of late.”
Joseph Raczynski$7,000$10,000$174.4 billion“As noted in previous posts, things could get ugly — and they have. Fear and uncertainty rule the roost in the crypto market. We are back to the old days of wait and see — it used to be a year or so before a coin would move much. Currently, government agencies around the world are taking a hard look and making decisions, which have given the markets the jitters. You have some countries coming down hard, others opening their doors to the crypto world. Bitcoin is the bellwether, and she’s on the slow decline for the immediate future.”
Tim Lea$8,000$11,000$191.9 billion“The overall market is very slow at the moment and in desperate need of positive news. We have had nearly three months of bear conditions, and there is no line of sight of those conditions changing. As for the year end, it is so hard to judge. The underlying technology beneath bitcoin will begin to rise in corporate consciousness; however, the cryptocurrency markets will, I believe, maintain the weakness.”

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

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Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

Bitcoin Cash’s price sat at $919.84 on March 27, 2018. By May 1, 2018, its price per unit is expected to range from $650 to $1,500, according to our 13 panelists.

At the end of 2018, the average price of Bitcoin Cash is expected to rise by 85.72%. The highest prediction comes from Alisa Gus at WishKnish, who forecasts an increase to $3,600.

In contrast, Tim Lea from REFFIND predicts the biggest dive to $450 by the end of the year. He says, “I don’t feel Bitcoin Cash has enough added value at this stage to make it an effective operational currency with Bitcoin’s Lightning Networks offering an alternative to Bitcoin Cash without the need to move away from the original bitcoin. This, I think, could dilute Bitcoin Cash’s power and added value.”

The amount of Bitcoin Cash expected to circulate by the end of the year is 17,541,800. This allows us to work out the market capitalization for December 31, 2018. Based on our panelists’ forecasts of value per coin by December 31, the predicted market cap for Bitcoin Cash by the end of 2018 is $30 billion.

PanelistBitcoin Cash price prediction on May 1, 2018Bitcoin Cash price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Market cap prediction (calculated)Comments
Alisa Gus$1,100$3,600$63.2 billion“Unless the Bitcoin Cash proponents stage another attempt to artificially inflate the prices, I can see it following the same trajectory as its parent coin.”
Samson Williams$1,300$2,600$63.2 billion“Same as before: Money fleeing from the #2018Recession will move into the cryptocurrency market.”
Frank Schuil$1,500$2,000$35.1 billion“It will follow the same pattern as bitcoin, but I do think it will grow relatively quicker in the coming months.”
Kunal Patel$800$500$8.8 billion“Bitcoin Cash will likely follow the same fate as bitcoin. I don’t see anything major taking place with this, and we certainly won’t see any sudden spike in market in price moving forward.”
Joseph Raczynski$900$1,100$19.3 billion“As noted in previous posts things, could get ugly — and they have. Fear and uncertainty rule the roost in the crypto market. We are back to the old days of wait and see — it used to be a year or so before a coin would move much. Currently, government agencies around the world are taking a hard look and making decisions, which have given the markets the jitters. You have some countries coming down hard, others opening their doors to the crypto world. Bitcoin Cash will fair no better than its older brother.”
Tim Lea$650$450$7.9 billion“I don’t feel Bitcoin Cash has enough added value at this stage to make it an effective operational currency, with Bitcoin’s Lightning Networks offering an alternative to Bitcoin Cash without the need to move away from the original Bitcoin. This, I think, could dilute Bitcoin cash’s power and added value.”

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

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Cardano (ADA)

As of March 27, 2018, Cardano’s price was $0.17 per unit. Our panel expects to see a dramatic price increase of 812.44% over the coming year. Fred Schebesta from finder.com predicts it will be worth a high $3.75 by the end of the year.

In contrast, Joseph Raczynski from Joetechnologist.com holds the lowest prediction of $0.20, saying, “All of these cryptos are going to be in a wait-and-see position until the government agencies around the world declare where they sit. We are in an interstitial period after the massive bull run of last year.”

PanelistCardano price prediction on May 1, 2018Cardano price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Comments
Alisa Gus$0.24$1“Still quite bullish on the tech behind Cardano, so just waiting for the coin to show all it can do.”
Fred Schebesta$0.30$3.75“Very bearish at the moment. This may change if Cardano can roll out their network.”
Kunal Patel$0.17$1.20“We won’t see a huge leap forward with the price of Cardano, given other digital coins available, but we will see a steady growth compared to others.”
Joseph Raczynski$0.15$0.20“All of these cryptos are going to be in a wait-and-see position until the government agencies around the world declare where they sit. We are in an interstitial period after the massive bull run of last year.”

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

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Ethereum (ETH)

Ethereum’s price was at $490.72 as of March 27, 2018. Our panelists predict it to reach between $450 to $1,200 by May 1, 2018. By the end of the year, Ethereum’s price is forecast to increase by 457.57%, with all of our panelists predicting a positive price rise.

The highest prediction for December 31, 2018, comes from Frank Schuil of Safello at the $10,000 mark. He says, “If we see a breakthrough in POS/sharding, I believe it could see a run-up in 2018. It would follow the long-term pattern.”

Despite a positive forecast, Tim Lea predicts the lowest increase at $600 by December 31, 2018. He says, “With the banning of ICO advertising by so many platforms, the demands of ERC20 tokens will falter and will result in a fall in the demand for Ethereum. There are increased competitors to Ethereum that are focusing on scalability. That needs to be balanced with the Ethereum Alliance — where corporates are working with the technology … the end-year position is so hard to judge with these competing forces, but I think we will maintain general soft-market conditions throughout this year.”

The number of Ethereum expected to circulate by the end of the year is 104,462,452. Based on our panelists’ forecasts of value per coin by December 31, the predicted market cap for Ethereum by the end of 2018 is $285.8 billion.

PanelistEthereum price prediction on May 1, 2018Ethereum price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Market cap prediction (calculated)Comments
Jen Greyson$1,200$6,000$626.8 billion“I continue to see good news coming out of Camp Ethereum. They’re taking the scalability issues seriously, and we’ve yet to see another big hiccup like we did with CryptoKitties. The platform is solid, it’s proven, and I simply don’t see a big challenger with anything viable enough to overtake the space that Ethereum occupies. It’s going to take something major to get me to move off my bullish forecast for ETH — even with the major correction in March.”
Alisa Gus$600$1,600$167.1 billion“Ethereum isn’t my favorite network. I can’t deny, however, that it is unique and the better cooked of all the offerings, so this deep in price surprises me, to be honest. While it needs a lot of help, it’s not going anywhere, and ultimately the price will come back to reflecting that.”
Fred Schebesta$713$1,125$117.5 billion“Still optimistic about Ethereum, but at the moment the entire market is bearish. It’s well positioned and has the backing of numerous large organizations. I can see it performing well once this current uncertainty subsides.”
Samson Williams$1,050$2,500$261.2 billion“Same as before. Money fleeing from the #2018Recession will move into the cryptocurrency market.”
Kohei Kurihara$800$1,000$104.5 billion“Ethereum prices rely on the usability and reputation at application feedback. It has invented a couple of technologies with faster and low-energy transaction in order to achieve high transaction volume. Proof of stake is a key element to lead discussions against the traditional peer-to-peer consensus algorithm. In accordance with increments of the application project, core technology has to focus on usability and will influence the price range in the long run.”
Frank Schuil$850$10,000$1044.6 billion“If we see a breakthrough in POS/sharding, I believe it could see a run-up in 2018. It would follow the long-term pattern.”
Kunal Patel$600$1,000$104.5 billion“I can see huge potential with Ethereum, and this will be reflected in the price of it come December 2018. I am a big fan, and if I were to invest, I would choose Ethereum over the others.”
Joseph Raczynski$650$800$83.6 billion“ETH has taken a beating as of late but still has a great deal of promise. The downward trend could continue, but when there is a flip, ETH will likely ride that way back up.”
Tim Lea$450$600$62.7 billion“With the banning of ICO advertising by so many platforms, the demand for ERC20 tokens will falter and result in a fall in the demand for Ethereum. There are increased competitors to Ethereum that are focusing on scalability. That needs to be balanced with the Ethereum Alliance — where corporates are working with the technology. A trend I am seeing in the corporate marketplace is the gravitation toward the traditional players: IBM’s Hyperledger and Microsoft’s Azure. That said, Consensus, the commercial (Ethereum-based) venture lab out of New York, continues to experience marked growth. The year-end position is so hard to judge with these competing forces, but I think we will maintain general soft-market conditions throughout this year. That said, an amazing use case could change the whole landscape. In the absence of such an event, I remain cautious.”

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

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EOS (EOS)

EOS’s price as of March 27, 2018 was $5.93 per unit. By the end of the year, its price is predicted to increase by 93.23%.

Schebesta predicts EOS to rise as high as $19 by the end of 2018, while Patel offers the lowest prediction at $7.50. Schebesta cites scalability as the reasoning behind his prediction, while Patel explains, “We may see some incremental improvement, but not much.”

Sitting in the middle with a prediction of $12, Gus says, “It’s a coin closely tied to the rest of the market, and it’s performing best when other alts and bitcoin are on the rise, given it’s intended to incentivize building on it in the long run. But as its technology matures and bitcoin rises, I feel the end of the year will be a good one for these token holders.”

PanelistEOS price prediction on May 1, 2018EOS price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Comments
Alisa Gus$8$12“It’s a coin closely tied to the rest of the market, and it’s performing best when other alts and bitcoin are on the rise, given it’s intended to incentivize building on it in the long run. But as its technology matures and bitcoin rises, I feel the end of the year will be a good one for these token holders.”
Fred Schebesta$6$19“Scalability = promise. EOS is interesting. Great ideas, but we need to see results first. Will they deliver the platform and network they promised? Time will tell.”
Kohei Kurihara$5$10“EOS has started new challenges with the DPoS process, but is still unknown and an unfamiliar technology in the market. This is in the early-stage concept but has big expectations to replace the traditional App Store with a decentralized application. If this trend comes to appear and influence current business models, EOS will have some alternative positions to overcome the broad network, Ethereum or other core technology in the future.”
Kunal Patel$5$8“I don’t see much happening with EOS, and the price may hover around the $5 mark. We may see some incremental improvement, but not much.”
Joseph Raczynski$6$8“Another goodie, EOS is being impacted by the larger macro trends, which point down for the time being. In time, when there is more certainty in the market, EOS will also likely rise.”
Tim Lea$8$13“EOS could be the hidden gem in the soft cryptocurrency market. They are laser focused upon scalability — the major industry-based problem. Their ICO has raised a massive war chest, which they are using to develop the technology but also, and perhaps more importantly, the community engagement. EOS are seen to have funds to back EOS-based projects, which will be self-reinforcing for the adoption of the EOS platform. I have been cautious in my year-end prediction to reflect the underlying bear-market conditions, but as the EOS technology improves, we could see the price rise higher.”

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

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Disclaimer

This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade. Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.

Litecoin (LTC)

Litecoin’s value was $149.38 per unit as of March 27, 2018. The panelists predict its price at between $140 and $190 by the end of the month.

Gus expects Litecoin to see a 167.77% increase over the coming year, reaching $400 by December 31, 2018. She says, “It’s unlikely to rise too much from where it is now, given its recent bullish run that already factors in a possibility of working with PayPal and its cost-efficient nature. But in the long run, should the partnership have time to materialize, the price then will go way up, independent of the price of bitcoin. However, for now, I’m pegging it more to bitcoin than fundamentals. We’ll see.”

Clayton Daniel, from sproutsuper.com.au, and Raczynski are far less optimistic, predicting values by the end of 2018 at $150 and $160, respectively. Daniel sees no need for Litecoin at this stage, stating, “[I]ts use case is now redundant.” Raczynski believes that, although they are moving forward with development, “[I]t got too hot, too fast and could go lower”.

PanelistLitecoin price prediction on May 1, 2018Litecoin price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Comments
Alisa Gus$170$400“It’s unlikely to rise too much from where it is now, given its recent bullish run that already factors in a possibility of working with PayPal and its cost-efficient nature. But in the long run, should the partnership have time to materialize, the price then will go way up, independent of the price of bitcoin. However, for now, I’m pegging it more to bitcoin than fundamentals. We’ll see.”
Fred Schebesta$188$225“Litecoin will go up in value, but is currently put on hold due to the bearish nature that is the market right now. Watch this space.”
Samson Williams$175$290“Same as before. Money fleeing from the #2018Recession will move into the cryptocurrency market.”
Clayton Daniel$190$150“Again, founder has sold out at top of the market. He has given a PR reason, but I’m not convinced it’s for any other reason than taking profits off the table. I see no need for Litecoin at this stage. It’s use case is now redundant.”
Kunal Patel$165$180“We may see some growth with Litecoin, as it’s proving to be a good alternative against the likes of bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Ripple.”
Joseph Raczynski$150$160“Nothing new here with LTC. They are moving forward with their development, but it got too, hot too fast and could go lower.”
Tim Lea$140$200“I was extremely bullish on Litecoin, given their commitment to support Litepay — their retail offering for accepting Litecoin payments — a chance to provide Litecoin with definitive value. Having met the CEO of Litepay for breakfast around a month ago, I was very impressed and highly bullish on their commitment to compliance for their retail product. 2018 will be the year of compliance and regulation for the whole cryptocurrency space, and Litepay is positioning itself right at the very forefront. It has, however, been very recently announced that the Litecoin foundation has declined to provide any additional support for Litepay. While we may never know the true reasons behind this decision, Litepay is reported to be ceasing operations. Strategically, this places Litecoin in a very vulnerable position. Not only are bitcoin Lightning Networks, Bitcoin Cash and Dash already in the marketplace as competitors, it brings into question the leadership of Litecoin itself that heavily promoted the venture. Without a retail play, Litecoin has little to actually offer in terms of an underlying value proposition. Payments are a core use case for cryptocurrency — especially for international payments. I understand that Litepay is up for sale. If Litepay does not continue or is acquired by a highly credible partner, the added value of Litecoin diminishes almost dramatically. My assumption for the pricing at December 31st is based on no appropriate buyer coming forward.”

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

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NEO (NEO)

As of March 27, 2018, NEO’s price was at $59.81. By the end of the month, our panelists expect a 30.27% price increase to $77.92.

Further, our panelists predict NEO to see a 128.50% increase by December 31, 2018. Daniel is the most optimistic, predicting an increase in value to $300 by the end of 2018. He says that while NEO finally succumbed to the cryptocurrency crash, he’s still a “long-term believer in this tech. Use cases are increasing, and price typically follows in the crypto world.”

The lowest prediction comes from Schebesta at $75, who says, “The China aspect to NEO is promising, but it has heavy competition with Ethereum in the mix.”

PanelistNEO price prediction on May 1, 2018NEO price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Comments
Alisa Gus$75$150“These days I’m not too excited about it, and basing my prediction mostly on bitcoin behavior, rather than its own value. Willing to be convinced otherwise.”
Fred Schebesta$97.50$75“The China aspect to NEO is promising, but it has heavy competition with Ethereum in the mix.”
Clayton Daniel$100$300“Last month NEO finally capitulated to the crypto crash. With Asia making up a large part of the overall market, NEO is still very busy building relationships with this part of the world. Long-term believer in this tech, use cases are increasing, and price typically follows in the crypto world.”
Kunal Patel$70$85“NEO will follow the same fate as Monero, with a slightly higher price though, but a solid top-10 performer.”
Joseph Raczynski$60$80“NEO is a day trader’s dream. It shoots up and drops down very quickly and somewhat predictably. Long term, this is one of the better bets.”
Tim Lea$65$130“NEO is very well connected to the Chinese government and has been dubbed the Chinese Ethereum. While conditions generally are weak, we should reasonably expect to see China playing its hand in regard to its strategy for cryptocurrency. They will not want innovative teams leaving China to get funding from overseas. With reasonable expectation, cryptocurrencies are expected to be welcomed in China, albeit within very tight conditions set by the local government. NEO are ideally placed for this — but soft global market conditions overall make me cautious.”

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

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Ripple (XRP)

The price of Ripple was $0.60 per XRP as of March 27, 2018. The lowest prediction for Ripple by May 1, 2018, comes from Raczynski at $0.70, compared with the highest prediction of $1.98 from Williams.

By the end of the year, it’s expected to reach a 525.78% increase, landing at $3.76 on average. However, Schebesta expects it to decrease to $0.08 by December 31, 2018, with Williams seeing it increase to $16.

PanelistRipple price prediction on May 1, 2018Ripple price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Comments
Alisa Gus$0.80$1.70“I might be undervaluing it, honestly, but would love to see more fundamentals and agreements pop up before adjusting my thoughts.”
Fred Schebesta$0.75$0.08“Ripple are finding their feet. Whether it blossoms and wows will likely be determined over the coming months. Sink or swim.”
Samson Williams$1.98$16“Still not a crypto. But gaining traction in financial institutions. As a child of the banks, people will flock to it, despite it being functionally useless for a regular person.”
Kohei Kurihara$0.80$1“Ripple is taking close position with the financial industry, even if it still has been experimental actions. We are able to predict positive reaction from traditional industries, if Ripple is able to keep their positive feedback from them.”
Kunal Patel$1.50$3“Ripple will continue to make up the top three to five beyond 2018.”
Joseph Raczynski$0.70$0.80“Ripple is getting some heat lately. They have promise, but since they are not decentralized, how does this really differ than the old Swift model — in essence? Still a powerhouse, it has been subject, like all crypto, to the overall mood of the market.”

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

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Stellar Lumens (XLM)

Stellar Lumens’s price was $0.23 per XLM as of March 27, 2018. All panelists predict the coin to increase by the end of the year, with the highest prediction from Gus to $1 — or a 334.78% rise in price.

As for predictions for May 1, 2018, Stellar is predicted to see a 5.14% increase in value to an average $0.24. Gus predicts Stellar to remain the same at $0.23. But Raczynski sees an increase to $0.40, saying, “Market stress has brought XLM down significantly. They are trying to better the Ripple model, but that is a ways away until we see the project in full display.”

PanelistStellar Lumens price prediction on May 1, 2018Stellar Lumens price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Comments
Alisa Gus$0.23$1“I think it’s making all the right moves right now, with acceptance of Lightning Network, etc. Its current focus on developing markets in addition to its Asian positioning are all making me quite excited for its prospects.”
Joseph Raczynski$0.25$0.40“Market stress has brought XLM down significantly. They are trying to better the Ripple model, but that is a ways away until we see the project in full display.”

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

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Trending coins

Dogecoin (DOGE)

As of March 27, 2018, Dogecoin’s price was at $0.003. Our panelists forecast a whopping +5,838.12% increase over the year, making it the leading coin in terms of greatest price increase for two months running.

Williams is the most optimistic about Dogecoin over the long term, predicting it’s worth at $0.750 by the end of 2018. Gus also predicts an increase in price by December 31, 2018, coming in at $0.020. She says, “Perhaps I am too optimistic about the coin, especially given it’s not really dependent on bitcoin’s price, not as much as other alternative coins, but the community and liquidity are there. It will go up!”

PanelistDogecoin price prediction on May 1, 2018Dogecoin price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Comments
Alisa Gus$0.010$0.020“Perhaps I am too optimistic about the coin, especially given it’s not really dependent on bitcoin’s price, not as much as other alternatives coins, but the community and liquidity are there. It will go up!”
Samson Williams$0.005$0.750“Same as before. Money fleeing from the #2018Recession will move into the cryptocurrency market.”
Kunal Patel$0.003081$0.005281“Not much movement will happen with Dogecoin. It certainly isn’t one of the most widely used, although we may see some growth, but not much.”
Joseph Raczynski$0.002$0.000“It might be time when Doge is taking out back and put down by the end of the year. We are looking at tokens that actually have meaning now, and I am in the camp that Doge does not.”

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

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ICON (ICX)

ICON’s price was $3.07 per unit on March 27, 2018. Our panelists predict a 58.79% increase in price on average by December 31, 2018.

Gus and Lea are the most optimistic, both predicting it to reach $6.00 by the end of the year. Gus says, “I am so excited to see this coin grow. There is very much a need in a market for this kind of tech, and the more refined and widely known it becomes, the easier it will be to justify the cost.” Lea says, “They are being increasingly aggressive in their marketing, and are running a number of projects on their platform, and have a good reputation overall. … The project has good underlying technology, and they are committed to engaging with the community.”

Raczynski predicts that it will decrease slightly by the end of the year to $3.00. He says that although there is “lots of potential, it is still the very early days before they decentralize everything they intend to.”

PanelistICON price prediction on May 1, 2018ICON price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Comments
Alisa Gus$4.15$6“I am so excited to see this coin grow. There is very much a need in a market for this kind of tech, and the more refined and widely known it becomes, the easier it will be to justify the cost.”
Kunal Patel$3$4.50“Not as widely used compared to others, it’s 25 in the list as of March 2018 in terms of market cap. I don’t see much improvement moving forward toward the end of 2018.”
Joseph Raczynski$3$3“Lots of potential, but it is still the very early days before they decentralize everything that they intend to.”
Tim Lea$3.50$6“ICON is one of South Korea’s poster children for cryptocurrency. They are being increasingly aggressive in their marketing, and are running a number of projects on their platform, and have a good reputation overall. I have met a couple of the senior team members when on a recent panel event. The project has good underlying technology, and they are committed to engaging with the community. Again, bear-market conditions make my longer-term prediction soft.”

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

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Monero (XMR)

Monero at $197.17 as of March 27, 2018. By May 1, 2018, its price per unit is expected to range from $200 to $250, according to our panelists.

By December 31, 2018, the price of Monero is expected to increase by 84.49% to $364 on average. Gus is the most optimistic, predicting a rise to $650. She says, “I see it trading between the current price and $315 on any given day in the next month or so. But as its true anonymity becomes more attractive, it should gain both in value and recognition.”

Raczynski predicts the lowest increase for Monero at $250, saying that, “She’s stickier than most, because XMR is actually used in daily lives. It does not seem to break the $200 barrier, but if it does, it could drop to the $150s if the correction continues, though I think that is highly unlikely.”

PanelistMonero price prediction on May 1, 2018Monero price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Comments
Alisa Gus$250$650“I see it trading between the current price and $315 on any given day in the next month or so. But as its true anonymity becomes more attractive, it should gain both in value and recognition.”
Kunal Patel$220$255“A solid top-10 player in the cryptocurrency world and will likely hold its position in or outside the top 10.”
Joseph Raczynski$210$250“She’s stickier than most, because XMR is actually used in daily lives. It does not seem to break the $200 barrier, but if it does, it could drop to the $150s if the correction continues, though I think that is highly unlikely.”
Tim Lea$200$300“2018 will be the year of compliance and regulation in the whole cryptocurrency space. As a privacy coin, Monero is positioned both strongly and weakly within this environment: strongly as an alternative for those that want/need privacy. This can also be corporates that want to leverage the power of fast international payments but don’t want to declare in a transparent ledger the volumes of payments being made to overseas suppliers for competitive reasons. On the downside, regulators will want to restrict the movement of privacy coins for the concerns of anti–money laundering, know-your-customer and other antiterrorist financing strategies. Given the current soft conditions within the marketplace combined with the regulators becoming much stronger this year, I don’t feel at this point we will see much additional growth beyond the overall marketplace as a whole.”

Source: CoinMarketCap, finder.com

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What’s next?

We asked our panelists for the coins they think are up-and-coming this year — and why. Here’s what they had to say.

Jörg Molt
“Bitcoin.”


Alisa Gus
“Stellar, Monero and IOTA — the need in the market is there.”


Fred Schebesta
“Ethereum — I am bullish on it during a bearish slump. Bitcoin will naturally be a strong contender, making changes to compete in the space. I think we can anticipate good things here.”


Samson Williams
“Privacy coins.”


Clayton Daniel
“Enigma.”


Frank Schuil
“The proposed DAICO model requires DAOs to see a resurgence. Aragon has been working on this longer than anyone else, and I am curious to see what happens when they release.”


Kunal Patel
“I believe we will see the emergence of Ethereum as the global leader, compared to the other players in the market right now. It’s a pretty stable offering compared to Bitcoin, et al., and is widely recognized as an asset worthy of investment.”


Joseph Raczynski
“Currently, there are so many tokens coming out which are essentially the same as current tokens. I have not seen anything new that excites me.”


Tim Lea
“We need to see key industry issues resolved — for example, scalability. We need to see strong commitments to actual products and use cases. I think EOS could be that coin — big war chest, venture fund, commitment to scalability and a quality developer driving the technology.”


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Methodology and disclaimer

Methodology

Here’s how we calculated the number of bitcoins we expect to circulate:

  • Some 12.5 bitcoins are reportedly mined every block, with each block taking an average 10 minutes for mining.
  • Using this data, we calculated that approximately 1,800 bitcoins (21,600 ETH) are produced daily.
  • We then worked out the predicted market cap by the panelists’ forecast of value per coin.
  • We calculated market cap for bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum, which report the number of coins available.

We chose our 13 coins using the top 10 with the largest market capitalization reported by CoinMarketCap plus three of the top coins with the highest social volume reported by Solume.io as of March 19, 2018.

Note that our panelists have holdings in the cryptocurrencies below.

PanelistCryptocurrency holdings
Jen GreysonETH, BTC
Jörg MoltBTC
Alisa GusEth, XLM
Fred SchebestaETH, EOS
Samson WilliamsMajority of cryptos on Bittrex listed before December 2017
Clayton DanielNEO
Frank SchuilETH, BTC, BCH, OMG, ANT, XMR, XRP, ZRX and several smaller caps
Kunal PatelETH
Joseph RaczynskiMost of the top 10 at some point
Tim LeaBTC, ETH, LTC, ICON, TRON and EOS
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