Cryptocurrency predictions September 2018 Report

Since bitcoin set sail in 2009, cryptocurrencies have made waves across the globe. The big question on everyone’s lips is what will these coins be worth in the future.

We ask a panel of fintech leaders for their 2018 cryptocurrency predictions, and we’ll release a new set of insights every month.

Read on for the 2018 cryptocurrency predictions from finder.com’s panellists.

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For our September 2018 report, 11 panellists predict the movements of 13 coins. They provided their forecasts for the price of these coins by 1 October 2018 and the end of the calendar year. These coins include the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap – bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), Ethereum (ETH), EOS (EOS), IOTA (MIOTA), Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR), XRP (XRP) and Stellar Lumens (XLM) – as well as three top trending coins, TRON (TRX), VeChain (VET) and Lisk (LSK). Opinions are solely those of our panellists.

What about other up-and-coming coins this year? Check out our panellists’ comments on new coins at the end of this report.

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

Of the 13 coins, our panellists forecast that on average VeChain will experience the greatest price growth this month (2,664%) as well as the greatest growth by the end of the year (7,310%). This is followed by TRON (333%) and Ethereum (189%).

Our panellists expect that on average all coin predictions for the end of the year will be positive, with XRP expected to see the smallest growth by 31 December 2018 (25%).

Cryptocurrency Current price per unit (as of 30 August 2018) (USD) Price prediction on 1 Oct 2018 (USD) Price prediction on 31 Dec 2018 (USD) % change to 1 Oct 2018 % change to 31 Dec 2018
Bitcoin $7,046 $8,089 $13,711 15% 95%
Bitcoin Cash $554 $582 $720 5% 30%
Cardano $0.11 $0.13 $0.23 23% 117%
Ethereum $290 $497 $836 72% 189%
EOS $6.16 $4.93 $9.89 -20% 61%
Litecoin $61.45 $76 $130 24% 112%
Monero $104 $105 $155 1% 49%
NEO $20.03 $18.00 $51 -10% 155%
XRP $0.35 0.32 $0.43 -7% 25%
Stellar Lumens $0.23 0.29 $0.40 28% 77%
TRON $0.03 0.11 $0.11 333% 333%
VeChain $0.02 0.47 $1.26 2664% 7310%
Lisk $5.08 4.24 $6.54 -17% 29%

As for the forecast market capitalisations for bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum – the only coins of the 13 with a reported number of coins available by 31 December 2018 – our panel predicts that Ethereum will see the greatest increase in market cap growth by the end of the year (99%). Bitcoin follows with a 47% increase, while Bitcoin Cash is picked to come in at 27%.

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

Cryptocurrency Current Market Cap (as of 30 August 2018) Market Cap at 31 Dec 2018 Market Cap % change to 31 Dec 2018
Bitcoin $121.5 billion $195.9 billion 47%
Bitcoin Cash $9.6 billion $12.6 billion 27%
Ethereum $29.4 billion $87.2 billion 99%

Our panellists

craig cobb panellist

Craig Cobb

TRADERCOBB.COM

Founder
@TraderCobb

+ Full bio

Craig Cobb runs TraderCobb.com, designed to educate people on crypto trading in a way that’s simple, easy and logical. He previously worked as a trader and mentor for global company Trade With Precision.

Fred Schebesta panellist

Fred Schebesta

FINDER.COM.AU

Cofounder
@Schebesta

+ Full bio

Fred Schebesta is cofounder of personal finance comparison website finder.com. Fred is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, mentor, cryptocurrency advocate and regular on the startup speaker circuit.

Samson Williams, panellist

Samson Williams

AXES AND EGGS

Partner
@hustlefundbaby

+ Full bio

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, ICO and crypto.

Joseph Raczynski Panellist

Joseph Raczynski

JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

Technologist, Futurist
@joerazz

+ Full bio

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.

Alisa Gus, panellist

Alisa Gus

WISHKNISH

CEO
@WhampaChick

+ Full bio

Alisa Gus is CEO of a blockchain gamified social market network. Its goal is to help communities grow and stay engaged through blockchain technology. She is also a founding member of the DC Digital Economy Hub.

Sarah Bergstrand, panellist

Sarah Bergstrand

BITBULL CAPITAL

COO
@i_am_sarahb

+ Full bio

Sarah Bergstrand is COO of BitBull Capital, a crypto hedge fund with a focus on research into crypto markets and asset investment. Her previous experience includes COO of a venture-backed tech company.

Rabbi Ahmed, Panellist

Rabbi Ahmed

BIT TRADE

Head of Trading
@rabbi_ahmed

+ Full bio

Rabbi Ahmed is head of trading for Bit Trade, Australia’s longest-running provider of digital currency trading services. Ahmed has a decade-long background working in trading and stockbroking roles in financial markets.

Joerg Molt, panellist

Joerg Molt

SATOSHI SCHOOL

CEO
@satoshischool1

+ Full bio

Joerg Molt is the CEO of the Satoshi School 1-10 Mitglieder in Bavaria, Germany. He launched the Satoshi School to teach people the basics of blockchain technology and how they can benefit from the speed and efficiency of cryptocurrency.

Ivan Mantelli, panellist

Ivan Mantelli

KAPITALIZED

Managing Director
@Kapitalized

+ Full bio

Ivan Mantelli is Managing Director, ICO and Token Offering Advisory of Kapitalized, a venture advisory partner for early-stage ventures and SMEs. He has founded startups in education, P2P lending and retail.

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.

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Bitcoin (BTC)

$7,046


Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$8,089 +15%


Average price prediction
for 1 Oct 2018, in USD

$13,711 +95%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

As of 30 August 2018, bitcoin’s price was $7,046. Ivan Mantelli, managing director at Kapitalized, predicts the highest price for 1 October 2018, at $11,000.

As for 2018 performance overall, Joerg Molt, Satoshi School CEO, gave the highest prediction at $22,000, while Samson Williams, a partner at Axes and Eggs, gave the second highest prediction at $20,000.

COO at BitBull Capital, Sarah Bergstrand, and technologist/futurist, Joseph Raczynski share the lowest prediction for end-of-year performance, at $8,000. Both Bergstrand and Raczynski cite the upcoming ETF decision as the reason for their bearish predictions.

Raczynski says, “We seem to have held around $6,000 and have since started trending up on daily and mid time frames. With the main ETF decision this month we could see a big fluctuation in price, so I will continue to trade the trend”.

The number of bitcoins expected to circulate by the end of the year is 17,460,212 (based on 1,800 coins mined per day). From here, we can work out the estimated market capitalisation for 31 December 2018. Based on our panellists’ forecasts of value per coin by 31 December, the predicted market cap for bitcoin by the end of 2018 sits at $195.9 billion.

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$7,200Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$18,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$314.3 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“We seem to have held around $6000 and have since started trending up on daily and mid time frames. With the main ETF decision this month we could see a big fluctuation in price so I will continue to trade the trend.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM

US$6,400Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$9,400Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$164.1 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$7,200 Price by
1
Oct 2018

U$8,000 Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$139.7 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Slow and steady she rises from the ashes. Bitcoin has seemingly found its bottom, and will likely drift toward upward with periodic hiccups. I believe most of the bears put down, though I do not think we will see the explosive growth we saw last year, especially with the ETFs not being approved at the time of this prognosticating.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$8,500Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$11,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$192.1 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“I am eating crow here – I have honestly expected the BTC to bounce to its previous heights by the end of the year, but clearly the downtrend and barriers to adoption are making this an impossibility. We’ll see however if the regulations in the ETFs manage to stabilize the market.”

Sarah BergstrandAuthor
BITBULL CAPITAL

US$7,500Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$8,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$139.7 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“I think bitcoin will continue to fluctuate between 6 and 8k for the rest of the year. This will change depending on the SEC ruling of ETF obviously.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$7,500Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$12,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$209.5 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

”Bitcoin is currently going through an accumulation phase. The longer this bases, the stronger the rally will be. From now until $5KUSD are great prices to load up and hold for the next couple of years.”

Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALIZED

US$11,000Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$15,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$261.9 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Currently the market is at the low point however as ICOs start to generate returns and more money flows into the system we’ll see prices pick up.”

Samson WilliamsAuthor
AXES AND EGGS

US$8,000Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$20,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$349.2 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Still betting on the #2018Recession. Things are looking up for that. As fiat/stock markets correct, money will flee into the cryptomarket. Why? Cause this will be the first time that such a liquid option will be available.”

Joerg MoltAuthor
SATOSHI SCHOOL

US$9,500Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$22,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$384.1 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Even if I hope ETF is not coming (then Bitcoin stays around $7200) I guess it’s unavoidable. CBOE has a little chance in this case. It’s about near 10000. Year end is about Lightning wallets open for the mass adoption.”

Bitcoin historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

$554

Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$582 +5%


Average price prediction
for 1 Oct 2018, in USD

$720 +30%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

Bitcoin Cash’s price was $554 on 30 August 2018. By 1 October 2018, its price per unit is expected to range from $420 to $700, according to our panellists.

At the end of 2018, the average price of Bitcoin Cash is expected to rise by 30%. The highest prediction comes from Alisa Gus, CEO at WishKnish Corp, who forecasts an increase to $850.

Despite her comparatively bullish prediction, Gus commented that she is not a huge believer in the currency. She says, “If there is one currency I’m not and have never been a believer in – it’s this one. Tied to BTC but still devaluing faster that that – I am not at all bullish on it, but I do commend the team for not artificially trying to inflate the prices any longer”.

Fred Schebesta, co-founder of finder.com, sits on the lower end of the spectrum, predicting the price to fall to $500 by the end of the year.

The amount of Bitcoin Cash expected to circulate by the end of the year is 17,541,350. This allows us to work out the market capitalisation for 31 December 2018. Based on our panellists’ forecasts of value per coin by 31 December 2018, the predicted market cap for Bitcoin Cash by the end of 2018 is $12.6 billion.

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$650Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$850Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$14.9 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“If there is one currency I’m not and have never been a believer in – it’s this one. Tied to BTC but still devaluing faster that that – I am not at all bullish on it, but I do commend the team for not artificially trying to inflate the prices any longer.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$590Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$700Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$12.3 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Waiting for greater adoption – just waiting. This could go either way.”

Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALIZED

US$700Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$800Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$14.0 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“BCH will be driven by a pickup in Bitcoin prices but is not a strong alternative.”

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$550Price by
Oct. 1, 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Market is currently sideways so I see nothing to suggest anything will change for now.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$420Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$750Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$13.2 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM

US$580Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$500Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$8.8 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

Bitcoin Cash historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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Cardano (ADA)

$0.11

Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$0.13 +23%


Average price prediction
for Oct. 1, 2018, in USD

$0.13 +117%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

As of 30 August 2018, Cardano’s price was $0.11 per unit. It’s expected to hit $0.13 by 1 October, an increase of 23%. The panellists predict it to grow by 117% by the end of year.

Mantelli and Gus share the highest end-of-year prediction at $0.35. Mantelli cited partnership announcements as his reasoning for a predicted drive in Cardano’s price.

Raczynski gave the lowest prediction for end of the year, at $0.14. He says, “I get the sense this could break out soon. They are religious on their practices of testing and documentation. Good signs for this crypto in general.”

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$0.12Price by
1
Oct 2018

MY PREDICTION

“4 hour now into an up trend so for now I look for trades to the upside.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$0.15Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$0.35Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Still quite bullish on it – and still surprised it’s not doing as well as I expected (which of course may be tied back to the dismal performance of BTC). Hopefully, it will manage to break free in the near future.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM

US$0.13Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$0.16Price by
31 Dec 2018

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.11Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$0.14Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“I get the sense this could break out soon. They are religious on their practices of testing and documentation. Good signs for this crypto in general.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$0.09Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$0.17Price by
31 Dec 2018
Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALIZED

US$0.20Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$0.35Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Partnership announcements will help drive the price of Cardano.”

Samson WilliamsAuthor
AXES AND EGSS

MY PREDICTION

“Privacy coins in general will get a boost during economic down turns. Still betting on the #2018Recession. Things are looking up for that. As fiat/stockmarkets correct, money will flee into the cryptomarket. Why? Cause this will be the first time that such a liquid option will be available.”

Cardano historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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Ethereum (ETH)

$290

Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$497 +72%


Average price prediction
for 1 Oct 2018, in USD

$836 +189%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

Ethereum’s price was $290 per ETH as of 30 August 2018. Our panellists predict it to be valued as low as $200 or as high as $1,500 by 1 October 2018. The lowest prediction came from Rabbi Ahmed, head of trading at BitTrade, at $200, while the highest prediction of $1,500 came from Samson Williams, a partner at Axes and Eggs.

As for end-of-year performance, Ethereum’s price is forecast to increase by 189%.

Williams gave the highest prediction for end of year, at $2,500. Mantelli gave the next highest prediction, at $800. He explains that ETH is “strongly driven by improving DApps, better ICOs and improvements in the ecosystem.”

The number of Ethereum expected to circulate by the end of the year is 104,292,611. Based on our panellists’ forecasts of value per coin by 31 December, the predicted market cap for Ethereum by the end of 2018 sits at $87.2 billion.

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$360Price by
1
Oct 2018

MY PREDICTION

“ETH has been having a great run down and has presented many trades for myself and my gang. It is very extended on the weekly time frame so based on this a pull back looks possible.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$340Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$660Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$68.8 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Boy is Eth having a bad month. Yes, there is all the conversation about ICOs of last year beginning to liquidate their stashes and this contributing to the instability – and current consolidation at 280 following the 260 dip. Hopefully this is the last of the bad news for the venerable currency, but for now, I am not quite holding my breath.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$300Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$380Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$39.6 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Still shocked am I about Ethereum. No other project is better set for success, but ETH continues to settle into a lower space. I await a major breakout for Ethereum in the next six months.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM

US$280Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$205Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$21.4 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALIZED

US$500Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$800Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$83.4 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Strongly driven by improving DApps, better ICOs and improvements in the ecosystem.”

Samson WilliamsAuthor
AXES AND EGGS

US$1,500Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$2,500Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$260.7 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Still betting on the #2018Recession. Things are looking up for that. As fiat/stock markets correct, money will flee into the cryptomarket. Why? Cause this will be the first time that such a liquid option will be available.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$200Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$470Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$49 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

Ethereum historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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EOS (EOS)

$6.16

Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$4.93 -20%


Average price prediction
for 1 Oct 2018, in USD

$9.89 +61%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

EOS’s price as of 30 August 2018, was $6.16 per unit. EOS is expected to see a down turn over the next month of 20%. However, by the end of the year, EOS is projected to increase by 61%.

Schebesta gave the highest prediction for 31 December 2018, at $25. Mantelli gave the next highest prediction, at $12. He explains, “EOS is a next generation blockchain backed by $4bn of capital”.

Raczynski gave the lowest prediction for end-of-year performance, at just $5. Despite this, he is optimistic for future growth. He explains, “Ba-boom! EOS has fallen from the sky for the moment. Looking for this to take off in the next three months as the hit after the reissue of taken was a tad harsh.”
Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$6.50Price by
1
Oct 2018

MY PREDICTION

“A move back up into the cradle zone on the weekly would also have us back into an old daily level around 6.50 so that’s why.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$4.59Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$8.35Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Well… once things are finally working with the platform – and assuming BTC bounces back – it will likely rise, but it’s unlikely it will reach its market highs this year, given all the current negative momentum.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM

US$6.10Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$25Price by
31 Dec 2018

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$5Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$5Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Ba-boom! EOS has fallen from the sky for the moment. Looking for this to take off in the next three months as the hit after the reissue of taken was a tad harsh.”

Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALIZED

US$8Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$12Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“EOS is a next generation blockchain backed by $4bn of capital.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$3.35Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$8Price by
31 Dec 2018

Samson WilliamsAuthor
AXES AND EGGS

US$1Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$1Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“What has this actually done? I’m not sure it should have any value.”

EOS historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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Lisk (LSK)

$5.08

Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$4.24 -17%


Average price prediction
for 1 Oct 2018, in USD

$6.54 +29%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

Lisk, one of the top trending coins in this month’s survey, is currently valued at $5.08 per unit as of 30 August 2018. The currency is expected to see a 17% decrease by 1 October before jumping up 29% by the end of the year.

The highest prediction for 1 October came from Gus at $6.02. She says, “I am fairly ambivalent about the platform, but if the launch goes off without a hitch, I anticipate the continued rise – although a lot of the momentum has already been baked into the recent bull run. The mainnet’s stability and adoption will determine the success in the long term.”

The highest end of year prediction comes from Ahmed, who predicts it to reach $8.95 by 31 December 2018.
Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$6.02Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$7.68Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“I am fairly ambivalent about the platform, but if the launch goes off without a hitch, I anticipate the continued rise – although a lot of the momentum has already been baked into the recent bull run. The mainnet’s stability and adoption will determine the success in the long term.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$3.7Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$8.95Price by
31 Dec 2018

Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALIZED

US$3Price by
1
Oct 2018

US$3Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Weakly positioned cryptocurrency.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

MY PREDICTION

“I do not follow LSK closely enough to comment.”

LISK historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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Litecoin (LTC)

$61.45

Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$76 +24%


Average price prediction
for 1 Oct 2018, in USD

$130 +112%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

Litecoin’s value was $61.45 per unit as of 30 August 2018. The panellists predict its price to range from $45 to $150 by 1 October 2018.

By 31 December 2018, the price of Litecoin is expected to increase by 112%, to $76, on average. The highest prediction comes from Mantelli, who gave a bullish prediction of $200 by the end of the year. He explains the increase is, “driven by Bitcoin price improvement”.

Conversely, Raczynski gave the lowest prediction for end-of-year performance, at $68. He says, “LTC will mirror Bitcoin in the short term. I see it moving lower in the long run based on its core philosophy.”

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$73Price by
1 Oct 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Weekly is over extended and $74 is in the cradle zone for me as well as an old support level.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM

US$58Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$110Price by
31 Dec 2018
Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$60Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$68Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“LTC will mirror Bitcoin in the short term. I see it moving lower in the long run based on its core philosophy.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$45Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$82Price by
31 Dec 2018

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$70Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$190Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Now there are folks saying it could close the year at 600. While I am thinking it will do well – and may well go over 200 by January, especially if BTC does well and Litecoin’s promising network truly pans out – I am not sure it will reach quite so high as that. Still and all, it’s in great shape!”

Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALIZED

US$150Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$200Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Driven by Bitcoin price improvement.”

Litecoin historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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Monero (XMR)

$104

Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$105 +1%


Average price prediction
for 1 Oct 2018, in USD

$155 +49%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

Monero sits at $103.78 as of 30 August 2018. XMR is expected to grow by a slim 1% by 1 October 2018, according to our panellists. However, XMR is predicted to grow a further 49% by the end of the year, with our panellists predicting its value to rise to $155.08, on average.

Gus gave the highest prediction for both 1 October 2018 and 31 December 2018, with predictions of $119.25 and $260.30, respectively.

Gus says, “It’s well placed now, I would say, and I am bullish on this coin. However, the thinking of some commentators going as far as 600+ for the end of the year is rather high for an attainable target, in my opinion – although stranger things have happened.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$110Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$130Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Monero has a pretty solid up side. Its privacy aspects are enabling the crypto to inch in a more adoptable direction.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$90Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$130Price by
31 Dec 2018

Alisa Gus
WISHKNISH

US$119.25Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$260.30Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“It’s well placed now, I would say, and I am bullish on this coin. However, the thinking of some commentators going as far as 600+ for the end of the year is rather high for an attainable target, in my opinion – although stranger things have happened.”

Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALISED

US$100Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$100Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Stable price as Monero finds improved applications and usage.”

Monero historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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NEO (NEO)

$20.03

Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$18 -10%


Average price prediction
for 1 Oct 2018, in USD

$51 +155%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

NEO is currently valued at $20.03 as of 30 August 2018 and is expected to dip to $18 by 1 October – a slip of 10%.

Mantelli gave the lowest prediction for end of month, at just $10 – half of its current value. Commenting on his position, Mantelli explains the currency is, “Insufficiently differentiated from other blockchain networks to have strong value”.

Despite this, NEO is expected to experience a sharp increase of 155% by 31 December 2018, with our panellists predicting its value to hit $51 by 31 December.

Gus gave the highest end-of-year prediction, at $130. She says, “I have heard the expected price of it in 5 years will be around $1,300. If Alibaba has its way, and China adopts crypto in force – even then I don’t see it going up so high. But given how low it is now (barely at 18), a bargain can be made by the end of the year, for sure”.

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$24Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$130Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“I have heard the expected price of it in 5 years will be around $ 1300. If Alibaba has its way, and China adopts crypto in force – even then I don’t see it going up so high. But given how low it is now (barely at 18), a bargain can be made by the end of the year, for sure.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM

US$18Price by
1 Oct 2018
Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$22Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$25Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Greater adoption in Asia will help NEO. The mixed signals of which countries allow it, will hinder it, if that dominates the conversation.”

Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALIZED

US$10Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$10Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Insufficiently differentiated from other blockchain networks to have strong value.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$16Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$38Price by
31 Dec 2018

NEO historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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XRP (XRP)

$0.35

Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$0.32 -7%


Average price prediction
for 1 Oct 2018, in USD

$0.43 +25%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

The price of XRP was $0.35 per XRP as of 30 August 2018. The lowest prediction for XRP by 1 October 2018, comes from Ahmed at $0.28, compared to the highest prediction of $0.38 from Raczynski.

By 31 December 2018, our panellists predict that, on average, XRP will experience a 25% price increase. Schebesta is the most optimistic in the long term, predicting it to reach $0.60 by the end of the year.

Raczynski sits in the middle, predicting XRP to rise to $0.42 by 31 December 2018. He says, “The promise is there, now it just needs people to believe. I think in the long run Ripple will move higher, but right now it will continue to stay in the .30s and low .40s.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM

US$0.32Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$0.60Price by
31 Dec 2018

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.38Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$0.42Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“The promise is there, now it just needs people to believe. I think in the long run Ripple will move higher, but right now it will continue to stay in the .30’s and low .40’s.”

Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALIZED

US$0.30Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$0.20Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Overpriced coin.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$0.28Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$0.50Price by
31 Dec 2018

XRP historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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Stellar (XLM)

$0.23

Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$0.29 +28%


Average price prediction
for 1 Oct 2018, in USD

$0.29 +77%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

Stellar Lumens’ price was $0.23 per XLM as of 30 August 2018. The panellists predict its value to range from $0.21 to $0.50 by 1 October 2018 – a 28% price increase on average.

By the end of the year, Stellar is expected to have a 77% price increase. Mantelli has the highest end-of-year prediction at $1.00, saying that there is “strong demand and usage” for Stellar.

Raczynski sits in the middle, predicting the coin to remain at $0.23 per XLM by 31 December 2018. He says, “This ebbs and flows based on the overall market. The story here is a solid one in the long term.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.23Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$0.23Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“This ebbs and flows based on the overall market. The story here is a solid one in the long term.”

Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALIZED

US$0.50Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$1.00Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Some strong demand and usage for Lumens.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$0.21Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$0.35Price by
31 Dec 2018

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM

US$0.21Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$0.01Price by
31 Dec 2018

Stellar Lumens historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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TRON (TRX)

$0.03

Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$0.11 +333%


Average price prediction
for 1 Oct 2018, in USD

$0.11 +333%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

As of 30 August 2018, TRON sits at $0.03. Our panellists predict a whopping 333% increase by 1 October 2018 and for 31 December 2018.

By 31 December, 2018, Raczynski predicts the coin to fall to $0.02 saying, “Poor TRON has taken a beating. I haven’t seen anything new from their camp which will alter this path, or the range that it falls into from .02-.04. If we hear some good news, then adjustments will be necessary.”

The highest prediction for 31 December 2018 comes from Ahmed at $0.35, while the second highest came from Mantelli at $0.07.

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM

US$0.18Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$0.01Price by
31 Dec 2018
Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.02Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$0.02Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Poor TRON has taken a beating. I haven’t seen anything new from their camp which will alter this path, or the range that it falls into from .02-.04. If we hear some good news, then adjustments will be necessary.”

Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALIZED

US$0.05Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$0.07Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Improving recognition of Tron.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$0.20Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$0.35Price by
31 Dec 2018

TRON historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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VeChain (VET)

$0.02

Current price per unit
as of 30 August 2018, in USD

$0.47 +2,664%


Average price prediction
for 1 Oct 2018, in USD

$1.26 +7,310%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

As of 30 August 2018, VeChain’s price was $0.02, and is projected to hit as high as $1.26 by the end of the year, according to our panellists.

VET is the coin with the highest projected growth by 1 October 1 (2,664%) as well as the highest growth by the end of year (7,310%). Ahmed is the most optimistic, predicting an increase in value to $2.50 by 31 December 2018.

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

MY PREDICTION

“I do not follow VeChain closely enough to comment.”

Ivan MantelliAuthor
KAPITALIZED

US$0.02Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$0.02Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Growing usage for IOT however coin is probably fairly priced.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$1.37Price by
1 Oct 2018

US$2.50Price by
31 Dec 2018

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM

US$0.01Price by
1 Oct 2018

VeChain historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December 2018 (USD)

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What’s next?

Here’s what our panellists had to say when asked about the coins they think are up and coming this year.

  • Craig Cobb“I invest long term so as for this year I think CAN has potential to do big things.” Craig Cobb
  • Joseph Raczynski“0x – I have been talking about this for months and it is starting to move.” Joseph Raczynski
  • Alisa Gus“Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar.” Alisa Gus
  • Sarah Bergstrand“I’m bullish on EOS.” Sarah Bergstrand
  • Joerg Molt“Bitcoin.” Joerg Molt

Methodology and disclaimer

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 panellists’ 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 capitalisation reported by CoinMarketCap plus three of the top coins with the highest social volume reported by Solume.io as of 18 July 2018.
All prices listed were taken according to Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Note that our panellists have holdings in the cryptocurrencies listed below:

  • Craig Cobb: BTC, HST, ETH and CAN.
  • Alisa Gus: BTC, ETH and Stellar.
  • Fred Schebesta: ETH and EOS.
  • Joseph Raczynski: I have had many of the top 10 in the past.
  • Ivan Mantelli: BTC ETH and LTC.
  • Sarah Bergstrand: I have a basket of the top 30 along with many ICOs.
  • Rabbi Ahmed: I’ve invested in 100 plus coins, however 90% of my holdings is concentrated in bitcoin.

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