Finder Cryptocurrency Predictions - February 2018

Finder cryptocurrency predictions – February 2018

Since bitcoin set sail in 2009, cryptocurrencies have been making waves in the finance industry. We’ve asked fintech leaders to give us their 2018 cryptocurrency predictions, and we’ll release a new survey of insights every month.

For February, nine panelists threw their hats into the ring to predict the movements of the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap and three top-trending coins in the coming year: bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH/BCC), Cardano (ADA), Dogecoin (DOGE), Ethereum (ETH), EOS (EOS), Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR), NEM (XEM), NEO (NEO), Ripple (XRP), Stellar Lumens (XLM) and Vertcoin (VRT). These are solely the opinions of these panelists. The bottom of this page highlights the coins they are investing in.

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


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.

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In February 2018, our panelists forecast that Cardano would see the greatest average increase over the month of February to March 1, 2018 (+132.60%) and through December 31, 2018 (+1,669.52%). Last month, our panelists predicted Stellar Lumens would see the second-greatest increase in price, but that’s no longer the case.

By December 31, 2018, bitcoin is now expected to see the second-greatest price increase (+292.07%). And Vertcoin is predicted to drop -19.94% from its current value, while Dogecoin is predicted to drop by -4.89% by the end of the year.

Cryptocurrency average price predictions (USD)

CryptocurrencyCurrent price per unit (as of Jan. 30, 2018) (USD)Price prediction on Mar. 1, 2018 (USD)Price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018 (USD)% change to Mar. 1, 2018% change to Dec. 31, 2018
Bitcoin$11,087.80$14,928$43,47234.63%292.07%
Bitcoin Cash$1,625.43$2,167$3,08333.30%89.69%
Cardano$0.60$1.40$10.63132.60%1669.52%
Dogecoin$0.007$0.008$0.00711.57%-4.89%
Ethereum$1,154.61$1,264$3,3719.50%192.00%
EOS$13.54$16.25$27.5020.01%103.10%
Litecoin$177.91$210$18818.04%5.39%
Monero$310.68$355$45014.27%44.84%
NEM$0.89$0.95$1.517.11%69.68%
NEO$168.84$120$294-28.93%74.13%
Ripple$1.28$1.18$1.40-8.20%9.37%
Stellar Lumens$0.56$0.67$0.6617.75%17.31%
Vertcoin$4.33$4.47$3.473.16%-19.94%

Source: finder.com

Market capitalization

Comparing the forecast market capitalizations for bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum — the only coins of the 13 with a reported number of coins available — our panel predicts bitcoin will see the greatest increase (309%) in market cap by the end of the year. Ethereum follows with a 219% increase.

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

Cryptocurrency average market capitalization predictions (USD)

CryptocurrencyCurrent market cap (as of Jan. 30, 2018)Predicted market cap on Dec. 31, 2018Market cap % change to Dec. 31, 2018
Bitcoin$185.1 billion$758.0 billion309%
Bitcoin Cash$27.3 billion$54.1 billion98%
Ethereum$110.6 billion$352.4 billion219%

Source: finder.com

What about other coins? Our panelists tell us what they believe are the most up-and-coming coins of 2018. Thirty-three percent of panelists back 0x (ZRX) as the most popular coin, followed by MakerDAO (MKR). Check out their comments at the end of this report.

Meet our panelists

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Clayton Daniel,
Fintech Founder

sproutsuper.com.au
@ClaytonADaniel

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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Martin Davidson,
CEO and Global Director

Blockchain Centre
@blockchainCTR

Martin Davidson successfully exited a bitcoin business, helped raise $5.9 million for a blockchain-mining company and is CEO and global director of the world’s first blockchain knowledge hub and coworking space, Blockchain Centre.

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Michael Dunworth,
CEO and Cofounder

Wyre Inc.
@MichaelDunwort1

Australian-born entrepreneur Michael Dunworth is CEO and co-founder of Wyre Inc., an international money transfer service built on the blockchain. Based in San Francisco, Mr. Dunworth has worked in the fintech space since 2010.

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Skye Dunworth,
Founder

Spendher
@spendher

Skye Dunworth founded bitcoin investing platform Spendher. Passionate about helping women invest, she developed the app as a simple way to buy, sell and store bitcoin instantly. She previously worked at Bluesky and Deloitte as a management consultant.

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Jen Greyson,
CEO

Neureal
@jengreyson

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. Her stance on empowering women, lifting global issues and education over-regulation sets her team apart in the frenzy that is the current crypto space.

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Alisa Gus,
CEO

WishKnish
@WhampaChick

Alisa Gus is CEO of WishKnish, a blockchain gamified social market network aimed to help communities grow and stay engaged through gamification features, machine-learning-enabled user discovery and the transparency and resilience of blockchain technology. 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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Adam Poulton,
CEO

Get Paid In Bitcoin
@PaidInBitcoin

Adam Poulton is CEO of Get Paid In Bitcoin, educating people and companies about the opportunities of this technology. He has been involved with several bitcoin projects dating back to 2012, recently with the Bitcoin Association of Australia and the federal government and its agencies in getting bitcoin treated fairly and equitably.

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Fred Schebesta,
Cofounder

finder.com
@Schebesta

Fred Schebesta is cofounder of the global comparison site finder.com, including Crypto Finder. He’s an award-winning entrepreneur, author, mentor and regular on the startup speaker circuit.

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Joseph Raczynski,
Technologist/Futurist

Joetechnologist.com, Reuters
@joerazz

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.

Top 10 coins by market cap

Bitcoin (BTC)

Bitcoin’s price as of January 30, 2018, was $11,087.80. The highest prediction for bitcoin’s value on March 1, 2018, comes from Adam Poulton, president of Blockchain Australia, at $22,000. Michael Dunworth, CEO and cofounder of Wyre Inc., on the other hand, predicts that bitcoin’s price will drop to $8,800 by March and then pick back up again to $50,000 by the end of the year.

Almost all the panelists believe bitcoin will strengthen by the end of the year, with the highest prediction of $75,000 coming from founder of Spendher, Skye Dunworth. Clayton Daniel, founder of sproutsuper.com.au, sees bitcoin closing out the year at $10,000.

The number of bitcoins expected to circulate by the end of the year is 17,437,037 (based on 1,800 coins mined a 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 will range from $174.4 billion at the lowest, to $1.3 trillion at the highest end.

PanelistBitcoin price prediction on Mar. 1, 2018Bitcoin price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Market cap prediction (calculated)What our panelist says
Alisa Gus$16,500$55,000$959.0 billion“To be frank, I think it is quite fairly priced right now for what it’s worth. However, due to increased adoption and bullish futures, I can see it growing — although not as quickly as some optimists predict.”
Michael Dunworth$8,800$50,000$871.9 billion“I flipped a coin. But seriously, I think it’ll show promise from scaling solutions, and ETFs platforms integrating the buying/selling component will provide broader reach for market adoption.”
Joseph Raczynski$14,050$22,250$388.0 billion“Bitcoin has seen its most bullish run over the 2017 end-of-year holidays, but there may be more of that to come. In the beginning of 2018, it will consolidate a bit while people understand its scope and try to determine how many forks may be produced. The more forks we see with bitcoin, the more of a threat there will be for the original to succeed.”
Fred Schebesta$15,000$50,000$871.9 billion“Bitcoin is experiencing a lot of influence from hedge funds and other money adjusting its prices as they get used to the market.”
Adam Poulton$22,000$65,000$1,133.4 billion“A year is a long time for a currency following a parabolic move in adoption and price.”
Martin Davidson$15,000$30,000$523.1 billion“Bitcoin has been steadily increasing in value over the past 18 months, and the price is consolidating as the market takes into consideration the CBOE and CME Future markets effects. I expect bitcoin ETFs will be the next regulated tradable financial product available this year, which will be good news for investors wanting exposure to bitcoin. Lightning Network and layer 2 scaling solutions will add to bitcoin’s viability as a means of exchange, in addition to being a great store of value.”
Jen Greyson$15,000$34,000$592.9 billion“As adoption in the space continues, we’ll see a rise in bitcoin along with other altcoins. The usability of this new asset class continues to be a hurdle. As we find more opportunities to use crypto to pay for burgers and rent, we’ll see a continual uptick in the values across the board. We’re really still at the beginning stages.”
Skye Dunworth$14,500$75,000$1,307.8 billion“It might be a slow start to the year. I think a lot of people cashed out after huge earnings in 2017, and that money will slowly be reinvested, plus a new inflow of late adopters and institutional money should push the prices up as the year progresses.”
Clayton Daniel$13,500$10,000$174.4 billion“Bitcoin has the major advantage of being a first mover, and I don’t think it will fade away. But there are continuing problems with the ETF. As such, I’m sticking with last month’s prediction.”

Source: finder.com

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Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

As of January 30, 2018, Bitcoin Cash’s (BCH) price was at $1,625.43. By March 1, 2018, its price per unit (BCH) is expected to range from $1,300 to $3,500, according to our panelists.

Alisa Gus, CEO of WishKnish, predicts the price of Bitcoin Cash to increase by 269.13% to $6,000 by the end of the year. In contrast, Martin Davidson, CEO and global director of Blockchain Centre, predicts a deep dive of 69.24% to $500.

The number of Bitcoin Cash coins expected to circulate by the end of the year is 17,541,975. This allows us to work out the market capitalization for December 31, 2018. The highest market capitalization prediction for Bitcoin Cash for December 31, 2018, is predicted at $105.3 billion, based on Gus’s price prediction, compared to low $8.8 billion predicted by Davidson. The average prediction of all panelists comes in at $54.1 billion.

PanelistBitcoin Cash price prediction on Mar. 1, 2018Bitcoin Cash price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Market cap prediction (calculated)What our panelist says
Alisa Gus$3,500$6,000$105.3 billion“Some are saying that this is the ‘real’ bitcoin, which I disagree with. But there are definite pluses to it. And the healthy model of incentivization in mining was instituted by Roger Ver, so I’m pretty sure the value will only go up.”
Michael Dunworth$1,300$800$14.0 billion“Hard to tell, but I’d guess the stronger scaling becomes outside of Bitcoin Cash, the harder time the market will give it.”
Joseph Raczynski$1,700$2,200$38.6 billion“Bitcoin Cash is a wait-and-see currency. It has some real potential. However, with the chance for more forks ahead from its biggest brother, it could weigh on its performance.”
Fred Schebesta“I think it’s very unclear where Bitcoin Cash will go and what its long-term potential is.”
Martin Davidson$1,500$500$8.8 billion“I view Bitcoin Cash as an altcoin without any additional value over the original bitcoin. Simply increasing the block size to 8MB still will not accommodate a global transactional network and will only lead to more centralization of the network. I much prefer the route Bitcoin Core development is taking by keeping the block size at 1MB implementing Segwit, which fixes transaction malleability and allows for layer 2 scaling solutions.”
Skye Dunworth$3,000$5,000$87.7 billion
Clayton Daniel$2,000$4,000$70.2 billion“In the last month, Bitcoin Cash has been dumped along with everything else. But importantly, it has not been adopted as the crypto ‘second coming’ it was meant to be. I still think crypto has some legs this year, and the jury is out on whether this faster cousin of bitcoin will be preferable over the lightning network.”

Source: finder.com

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Cardano (ADA)

Cardano’s price as of January 30, 2018, sat at $0.60 per coin. It’s expected to see a 1,669.52% increase in price over the coming year, according to the six panelists who shared their predictions. Skye Dunworth predicts the highest value of our panelists, at $50 by the end of the year, while Davidson predicts a low $1.

Fred Schebesta, CEO and cofounder of finder.com, acknowledges that “the developers of Cardano are committing code, and this project is actually moving forward.” He therefore predicting it to reach $5 by the end of 2018. Gus also predicts $5, telling us that by December, she expects Cardano to “prove its worth and the value to keep rising on the strength of the actual tech, rather than buoyancy of bitcoin.”

PanelistCardano price prediction on Mar. 1, 2018Cardano price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018What our panelist says
Alisa Gus$1.00$5.00“Most cryptocurrencies will rebound to their previous or near-previous heights, along with bitcoin, by March. But toward December, I expect Cardano to prove its worth and the value to keep rising on the strength of the actual tech, rather than the buoyancy of bitcoin.”
Joseph Raczynski$0.75$1.25“Smart contracts will be king in the early days of blockchain development. Using a chess metaphor, clearly Ethereum is the grandmaster for the time being. But there are several ‘candidate masters’ which fall just below the highest grandmaster level, all competing for this space. Several of the smart contract platforms will succeed in the beginning, and I believe this should be one of them.”
Fred Schebesta$1.00$5.00“The developers of Cardano are committing code, and this project is actually moving forward. I am keen to see where this goes.”
Martin Davidson$0.63$1.00“There are always new altcoins hitting the market with claims to solve the hardest computer science problems which distributed systems face. The jury is still out on the viability of the proof-of-stake consensus mechanism for a decentralized global network. The team looks solid, but time will tell with Cardano. Ethereum has been wanting to move to POS for some time now. Let’s see how Ethereum’s Casper FFG (Friendly Finality Gadget) hybrid POW/POS system gets on.”
Skye Dunworth$4.00$50.00“The scalability and interoperability of Cardano has huge potential. If they can get moving on wider spread implementation, we will see some substantial if not exponential upward movement this year.”
Clayton Daniel$1.00$1.50“They have some of the best research basis of any crypto and appear to take itself quite seriously. With that said, two years’ preparation is only worth their execution set for June. It’s speculative until then.”

Source: finder.com

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Ethereum (ETH)

Ethereum’s price was at $1,154.61 as of January 30, 2018. The panelists predict the price to reach between $950 to $1,600 by March 1, 2018. By the end of the year, Ethereum’s price is predicted to increase by 192% — from a low $500 from Daniel ranging to a high $10,000 from Skye Dunworth.

The number of Ethereum coins expected to circulate by the end of the year is 104,528,055. Therefore, market capitalization by the end of the year is predicted to range from $52.3 billion to $1.05 trillion.
PanelistEthereum price prediction on Mar. 1, 2018Ethereum price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018Market cap prediction (calculated)What our panelist says
Michael Dunworth$1,300$1,500$156.8 billion“I think Ethereum will grow into its present value over this year. It can take a hit if the execution of a lot of the ERC-20 tokens aren’t living up to expectations, as it may shake the tree with new investors who decide that crypto is too shaky and not their cup of tea!”
Joseph Raczynski$1,200$2,100$219.5 billion“Ethereum has ballooned recently, which was long overdue. It is still one of the most powerful of all the tokens. It has an incredible framework and support network from developers. Vitalik Buterin is outlining the next several years of coding, which will increase the nimbleness of the platform, the speed of transactions, and increase privacy. Loads of potential with this one. Only time will tell if the market approves.”
Fred Schebesta$1,100$1,500$156.8 billion“Ethereum is continuing to commit code and move forward. More and more coins are launching on its network. Although I am worried that Stellar, EOS and NEO will become serious challengers for tokens.”
Martin Davidson$1,400$2,000$209.1 billion“Ethereum continues to garner much attention and use as an ICO token for new projects. Although it has scalability issues, as all blockchains have, and has suffered from numerous attacks, it is still the second-most used and trusted crypto platform with a decent amount of global network of developers working on the protocol. The new release of its Casper POW/ POS should keep people interested to support its development for the coming year.”
Jen Greyson$1,600$6,000$627.2 billion“Vitalik’s recent statements about Ethereum 2.0 are encouraging and will continue to drive the value of the platform and usability of the token. With the flood of new ICOs using ERC20 tokens and Ethereum becoming a standard for ICO/TGE raises, Ethereum’s value is solidifying. Scalability and gas limits are still factors.”
Skye Dunworth$1,300$10,000$1,045.3 billion
Clayton Daniel$950$500$52.3 billion“Unlike bitcoin, which has a strong legacy, the Ethereum community is far less loyal. With new technologies circling, I can’t see Ethereum maintaining its position as No. 2 for much longer.”

Source: finder.com

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EOS (EOS)

The price of EOS as of January 30, 2018, was $13.54 per unit. EOS is expected to see a 103.10% increase in price over the coming year, according to four panelists who made forecasts. Raczynski predicts it will be worth a high $55 by the end of the year, while Davidson has the lowest prediction of $10.

Schebesta thinks that “the founders and backers are very experienced, and we are going to see some other projects launch on it”.

PanelistEOS price prediction on Mar. 1, 2018EOS price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018What our panelist says
Joseph Raczynski$19$55“One of my favorite platforms to watch these days. Their developers seem to be pushing forward with their goals. Recently they opened their EOS.IO Testnet. It allows for scalable decentralized applications to be built and tested in a public environment. I am very positive on EOS.”
Fred Schebesta$16$25“EOS is committing code and driving their project forward. I think the founders and backers are very experienced, and we are going to see some other projects launch on it.”
Martin Davidson$15$10“EOS for now is an Ethereum token. Another project from Dan Larimer, who created Bitshares and Steemit. His projects always bring a big community of supporters with them regardless of how much utility or added efficiency they bring to the market.”
Clayton Daniel$15$20“EOS has had a lot of momentum since its ICO but has yet to actually produce. They have a lot of ambition and suggest some exciting tech opportunities — but let’s see it.”

Source: 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 (LTC) value was $177.91 per unit as of January 30, 2018. Four panelists gave predictions for this coin, believing its price will be between $170 and $280 by March 1, 2018.

It is expected to see a 5.39% increase in price over the coming year. Raczynski predicts that it will be worth a high $350 by December 31, 2018, while both Davidson and Daniel predict a drop to $100. “I see Litecoin as redundant these days,” says Daniel. “The founder has sold out, and with bitcoin moving to the lightning network, it seals Litecoin’s fate even further.”

PanelistLitecoin price prediction on Mar. 1, 2018Litecoin price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018What our panelist says
Joseph Raczynski$280$350“Litecoin transaction speed is its key in the short term. As some of the other platforms attempt to ramp up, Litecoin may have the edge with this angle. I still see this as the silver compared to bitcoin’s gold, and there is no shame in that, for the mimic coin.”
Fred Schebesta$200$200“I think later in the year, atomic swaps will help Litecoin. But many other coins are starting to eat away at Litecoin’s awareness and use cases.”
Martin Davidson$170$100“If bitcoin layer 2 scaling solutions such as Lightning Network prove successful, I believe Litecoin, along with many other altcoins, will lose much of their value proposition.”
Clayton Daniel$190$100“Haven’t changed my opinion from last month. I see Litecoin as redundant these days. The founder has sold out. And with bitcoin moving to the Lightning Network, it seals Litecoin’s fate even further.”

Source: finder.com

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NEM (XEM)

NEM’s value was $0.89 per unit as of January 30, 2018. The two panelists who gave predictions for this coin expect the price to be between $0.90 and $1.00 by the end of the month.

NEM is expected to see a 69.68% increase in price over the coming year. Raczynski predicts that it will be worth the most at $1.51 by December 31, 2018, followed closely by Davidson at $1.50.

PanelistNEM price prediction on Mar. 1, 2018NEM price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018What our panelist says
Joseph Raczynski$0.90$1.51“The focus here is on them creating a permissioned, private blockchain, where various groups can leverage fast transaction rates for internal ledgers. Most companies that I have spoken with are going to be looking in this space to build out their own blockchains. They are preparing a platform for success and currently are one of the market leaders, which should continue to propel this token.”
Martin Davidson$1.00$1.50“NEM have been working to grow the blockchain ecosystem, with their community funding program being awarded to businesses who want to integrate NEM. They are also opening a flagship NEM Blockchain Centre in Kuala Lumpur this year, which will increase adoption and awareness of their tech.”

Source: finder.com

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NEO (NEO)

As of January 30, 2018, NEO’s price was at $168.84. Each of the five panelists for this coin is predicting a drop by March 1, 2018, with NEO’s price per unit expecting to range from $20 to $150.

Skye Dunworth is the most optimistic about NEO, predicting an increase in value to $500 by the end of 2018. Schebesta predicts the biggest dive — a drop to $100.

PanelistNEO price prediction on Mar. 1, 2018NEO price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018What our panelist says
Joseph Raczynski$150.00$320.00“Another token with loads of potential. They use the byzantine fault tolerance consensus and should be able to support thousands of transactions per second. Being based in China makes this token a bit tough to predict the outcome on, because while the Chinese people may support this in droves, regulation by the state ebbs and flows. So you never know what may happen. I get the sense that this one could really take off over the next year.”
Fred Schebesta$20.00$100.00“I think NEO has some incredible projects coming out, and ICOs are considering it a valid option to launch on because its transactions speeds are so fast.”
Martin Davidson$150.00$250.00“NEO is big in China and has the potential to be a strong competitor or alternative to Ethereum. NEO will be very active this year touring the globe. They are promoting compliance of their network to ease government concerns over anonymity, which will appeal to noncrypto anarchists.”
Skye Dunworth$130.00$500.00
Clayton Daniel$150.00$300.00“Put simply, NEO is the Ethereum of China. We know when China backs a company, they do better than most Western companies. NEO has the best chance of becoming the crypto of choice for China. Worth keeping an eye out.”

Source: finder.com

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Ripple (XRP)

The price of Ripple was $1.28 per coin as of January 30, 2018. The lowest prediction of value by March 1, 2018, from our four panelists for this coin is $0.50 by Schebesta, compared with the highest prediction of $1.80 from Daniel.

By the end of the year, it’s expected to increase by 9.37%, with an average forecast of $1.40. However, Schebesta expects it to decrease to $0.10 by December 31, 2018, while the highest end-of-year prediction comes from Daniel, who sees it increasing to $3.00. Daniel says, “The company itself is very well run and has many partners, with great use cases.”

PanelistRipple price prediction on Mar. 1, 2018Ripple price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018What our panelist says
Joseph Raczynski$1.40$2.00“Ripple has two faces. The media darling side shows them receiving more press than most of the tokens because they have aligned themselves with known mega-companies who are testing with their platform. Some countries are doing the same as a new Swift system to exchange money. Turning the other cheek, some say that those companies that are testing may just come up with their own system to supplant Ripple. That all said, I think Ripple has a real shot. If Coinbase were to pick this one up, like a few of the others I have written about here, $4 to $5 could be feasible, even given their huge tokens outstanding. Coinbase has denied they are going to take it on, for the moment.”
Fred Schebesta$0.50$0.10“I am not sure if the hype is turning into reality for Ripple. I think they have a great company and a great team, although I am yet to see a solid implementation of the technology.”
Martin Davidson$1.00$0.50“Ripple isn’t a true cryptocurrency: It isn’t decentralized, doesn’t have a wallet and can’t be used peer-to-peer. Ripple is a private company and is not interesting to me.”
Clayton Daniel$1.80$3.00“Ripple is an interesting one. The company itself is very well run and has many partners, with great use cases. The company Ripple will do well in the future, and XRP will be used in the long term. But whether this equals more value of the coin is up for debate.”

Source: finder.com

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Stellar Lumens (XLM)

Stellar Lumens’ price was $0.56 per coin as of January 30, 2018. All four panelists who gave forecasts predict the coin will increase this month, with the lowest prediction increase to $0.59 from Davidson. Midrange predictions come from Schebesta at $0.60 and Raczynski at $0.72. Daniel predicts it will reach $0.75 by March 1, 2018.

Over the course of the year, Stellar is predicted to see a 17.31% increase in value. Raczynski is the most optimistic, predicting it to be worth $1.10, telling us that, “People seem to be really opening their eyes to Stellar. You are starting to see some ICOs being moved from Ethereum over to Stellar.”

PanelistStellar Lumens price prediction on Mar. 1, 2018Stellar Lumens price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018What our panelist says
Joseph Raczynski$0.72$1.10“People seem to be really opening their eyes to Stellar. You are starting to see some ICOs being moved from Ethereum over to Stellar. Is this just a momentary move, or will it be a trend? I am not sure. I am fairly bullish on XLM, but still in a wait-and-see mode.”
Fred Schebesta$0.60$0.60“I find the inflation rate concerning and unclear with Stellar.”
Martin Davidson$0.59$0.20“Stellar is the consumer-friendly version of Ripple, which, as we know, is targeted at being an intermediary for the banks. Like many altcoins vying to be the currency of choice for medium of exchange, I believe if Lightning Network using bitcoin is rolled out successfully, Stellar will lose its value proposition.”
Clayton Daniel$0.75$0.75“No difference from last month. It’s a new(ish) coin with some marginal differences from XRP. I have no opinion either way.”

Source: finder.com

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Trending coins

Dogecoin (DOGE)

As of January 30, 2018, Dogecoin’s price was at $0.007. Our four panelists who gave forecasts for this coin expect that by March 1, 2018, Dogecoin’s price per unit will range from $0.006 to $0.01.

Our panelists are split in their predictions for the price of Dogecoin by the end of 2018. Daniel and Fred Schebesta, cofounder and CEO of finder.com, both predict an increase to $0.01 and $0.008, respectively. Joseph Raczynski, technologist at Joetechnologist.com, and Davidson both predict a dive of 43%, to $0.004.

Each panelist agrees there’s a joke surrounding the coin. As noted by Raczynski, “Even according to its creator, this is a bit of a joke coin. It actually makes me a little unnerved that it has been pushed up as high as it has recently.”

PanelistDogecoin price prediction on Mar. 1, 2018Dogecoin price prediction on Dec. 31, 2018What our panelist says
Joseph Raczynski$0.006$0.004“Even according to its creator, this is a bit of a joke coin. It actually makes me a little unnerved that it has been pushed up as high as it has recently. It is one of the early digital currencies. But I believe in time, it will likely go away.”
Fred Schebesta$0.008$0.008“This project was started as a joke, although it seems to be a weather meter of the overall interest in crypto. I see it almost as the currency of jokes.”
Martin Davidson$0.007$0.004“Although a fun meme, Dogecoin is not a coin I am interested in.”
Clayton Daniel$0.010$0.010“Started as a joke and has a big Reddit community. I’m sure there is some new spin on it these days, but to me, I can’t take this coin seriously.”

Source: finder.com

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Monero (XMR)

As of January 30, 2018, Monero’s price was at $310.68. Our four panelists for this coin expect its price per unit to range from $300 to $420 by March 1, 2018.

At the end of 2018, Raczynski predicts the price of Monero to increase by 109.22% to $650. In contrast, Davidson predicts a dive of 51.72% to $150.

PanelistMonero price prediction on Mar 1, 2018Monero price prediction on Dec 31, 2018What our panelist says
Joseph Raczynski$420$650“This is the newer darling of the dark web and those who are high on privacy. Besides Zcash, this one seems to have the most legs in this space. When you often hear stories about hackers pilfering processing power of random users’ machines to mine for Monero, you know this will be more popular in the future.”
Fred Schebesta$350$500“The Monero privacy feature is super solid and has kind of taken the place of bitcoin for this. The upcoming merger with Litecoin could be super interesting.”
Martin Davidson$300$150“Monero has a different code base from bitcoin, so it’s not ‘just another altcoin,’ and has features which make it appealing to many in the crypto community. The open-source dev community is strong for Monero. If bitcoin layer 2 solutions develop strong privacy and anonymity features, Monero’s use case will be diminished.”
Clayton Daniel$350$500“Monero is a coin that’s benefited from the major trend of privacy and has been the new coin of choice for the dark web. It has been wrapped up in the McAfee cash-for-comments problem, though, so we will see.”

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Vertcoin (VTC)

As of January 30, 2018, Vertcoin’s VTC price was at $4.33. By March 1, 2018, VTC’s value is expected to range from $4 to $5, according to the three panelists who gave forecasts.

Two of three panelists predict a decrease in price for VTC by the end of 2018, while Raczynski predicts it will increase slightly to $4.40. Davidson predicts the biggest dive to $2, a decrease of 53.81%.

PanelistVertcoin price prediction on Mar 1, 2018Vertcoin price prediction on Dec 31, 2018What our panelist says
Joseph Raczynski$4.40$4.40
Martin Davidson$4.00$2.00“Vertcoin has been around since 2018, and like most other altcoins, other than experimentation for the potential future integration into bitcoin, offers little benefit in my opinion.”
Clayton Daniel$5.00$4.00“I don’t hold much wait for Vertcoin. Their big selling point is that it’s easy to mine. The community is full of young kids hoping it will go up in value, which does not really bode well for a good future.”

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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.

Michael Dunworth
“0x and MakerDAO. 0x: Decentralized Exchanges (DEXs) are going to become a larger theme this year. With Coincheck unfortunately getting hacked for around $400 million plus, the market sentiment will shift toward a way of mitigating that counterparty risk. 0x is a DEX protocol, which will enable this to become a larger liquidity source.

MakerDAO is the creator of DAI, a stablecoin that is aimed to hover around parity with $1 USD. It’s done in a decentralized manner, which will be the primary version of a ‘USD equivalent’ for these decentralized exchanges as they start to scale. Logic could be off here. But given the market size and how big some of these exchanges are getting in terms of AUM (assets under management, meaning how many coins they’re holding on behalf of users), this trend seems really logical to me.”


Joseph Raczynski
“0x is one of the tokens that I believe will be successful. They are really well positioned for creating a decentralized exchange. Currently, there are about 140 cryptocurrency exchanges around the world, but those actually defeat the purpose of this new distributed network and central points of failure. Even Coinbase can now be a central point of failure if attacked. 0x will leverage a torrent-like platform, which will change the game. We shall see.”


Fred Schebesta
“Ethereum — huge advances are proposed. ZRX — decentralized exchanges are coming and are going to be a big part of the future. EOS — it’s going to launch.”


Martin Davidson
“Projects like SALT and other peer-to-peer crypto-backed collateral lending platform tokens could do well.”


Jen Greyson
“We haven’t seen it yet. There are still some stellar products coming to market.”


Skye Dunworth
“MakerDAO is solving the unique problem of price volatility we see in cryptocurrencies (primarily bitcoin) through a genius interest-rate system that stabilizes its value against the USD — running on the Ethereum blockchain. A stablecoin will succeed, I believe, as a transactional currency, and this has huge potential.”


Clayton Daniel
“NEO — it’s the crypto version of the China story. Enigma — it has the potential to fix problems for other cryptos.”


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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 January 22, 2018.

Note that our panelists have holdings in the cryptocurrencies below.

PanelistCryptocurrency holdings
Michael DunworthZRX, MKR
Joseph RaczynskiBTC, ETH, XRP, ADA, XLM, EOS, XMR
Fred SchebestaBTC, ETH, ADA, EOS, NEO
Martin DavidsonBTC, ETH
Jen GreysonETH
Skye DunworthETH, BTC, BCH, ADA, NEO, XRP, XVG, QSP, TRX, FUN, POWR, HST
Clayton DanielNEO

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