Cryptocurrency predictions February 2019 report

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

We’ve set out to ask a panel of fintech leaders for their 2019 cryptocurrency predictions, and we’ll release a new set of insights every month.

Read on for 2019 cryptocurrency predictions from finder.com.au’s panellists.

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This month

For our February 2019 report, 10 panellists predict the movements of 13 coins. These include the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap — bitcoin (BTC), XRP (XRP), Ether (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), EOS (EOS), Stellar Lumens (XLM), Litecoin (LTC), TRON (TRX), Bitcoin SV (BSV) and Cardano (ADA) — as well as the top three trending coins, Monero (XMR), Binance Coin (BNB) and Ethereum Classic (ETC).

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 highest growth in 2019?

Of the 13 coins, our panellists forecast that on average, nearly all coins will increase by 1 March 2019, with the exception of Litecoin (LTC) and Monero (XMR), which are forecast to experience drops of 8% and 3%, respectively.

While most coins are expected to experience growth of between 2% to 10% by 1 March 2019, the coin expected to increase the most is Cardano, with a forecast growth of 54%.

While all coins are predicted to increase by 31 December 2019, our panellists are particularly optimistic about EOS (727%), Binance Coin (459%) and TRON (449%).

Cryptocurrency Current price per unit (as of 29 Jan 2019) (USD) Price prediction on 1 Mar 2019 (USD) Price prediction on 31 Dec 2019 (USD) % change to 1 Mar 2019 % change to 31 Dec 2019
Binance Coin $6.24 $6.63 $34.90 6% 459%
Bitcoin $3,473.41 $3,536 $6,549 2% 89%
Bitcoin Cash $112.72 $117 $232 4% 106%
Bitcoin Cash SV $65.85 $69.67 $105.33 6% 60%
Cardano $0.038885 $0.06 $0.14 54% 260%
Ether $106.89 $115.40 $285.09 8% 167%
Ethereum Classic $3.99 $4.27 $19.35 7% 385%
EOS $2.26 $2.36 $18.70 4% 727%
Litecoin $31.38 $28.79 $60.06 -8% 91%
Monero $43.70 $42.60 $68.50 -3% 57%
Stellar Lumens $0.08824 $0.09 $0.18 2% 104%
TRON $0.027326 $0.03 $0.15 10% 449%
XRP $0.29591 $0.32 $0.44 8% 49%

Market capitalisations

When it comes to forecast market capitalisations for bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ether and Bitcoin Cash SV, Ether is expected to see the greatest increase in market cap by 31 December 2019 at 179.3%. Ether is followed by bitcoin (95.4%) and Bitcoin Cash (51.3%), with Bitcoin Cash SV forecast to take a small dip (-5%).

We calculated market cap predictions using the number of coins expected 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 29 Jan 2019) Market cap at 31 Dec 2019 Market cap % change to 31 Dec 2019
Bitcoin $60.8 billion $118.8 billion 95.4%
Ether $11.2 billion $31.23 Billion 179.3%
Bitcoin Cash $2.0 billion $3.0 billion 51.3%
Bitcoin Cash SV $1.2 billion $1.1 billion -5.0%

Our panellists

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Craig Cobb

TRADERCOBB.COM

Trader and 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 panelist

Fred Schebesta

FINDER.COM & HIVEEX.COM

CEO and Co-founder
@Schebesta

+ Full bio

Fred Schebesta is co-founder of global comparison website Finder and OTC broker service HiveEx.com. Fred is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, mentor, cryptocurrency advocate and regular on the startup speaker circuit.

Jimmy Song Panelist

Jimmy Song

BLOCKCHAIN CAPITAL LLC & PROGRAMMING BLOCKCHAIN

Venture Partner and Instructor
@jimmysong

+ Full bio

Jimmy Song is a bitcoin core developer, educator and entrepreneur. He is a venture partner at Blockchain Capital LLC and teaches bitcoin and blockchain programming at Programming Blockchain.

Alisa Gus, panelist

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.

Joseph Raczynski Panelist

Joseph Raczynski

JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

Technologist, Futurist
@joerazz

+ Full bio

Joseph Raczynski is an experienced technology consultant and manager specialising in blockchain technology, who helps clients to innovate and become forward thinkers in their space. He also specialises in AI, cybersecurity and legal technology.

Brendan Markey-Towler Panelist

Brendan Markey-Towler

RMIT BLOCKCHAIN INNOVATION HUB

Affiliated Researcher
@B_MarkeyTowler

+ Full bio

Brendan Markey-Towler is an affiliated researcher at RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, where he conducts research on institutional cryptoeconomics. He previously taught economics at UoQ and UCL.

Ajay Kumar Shrestha Panelist

Ajay Kumar Shrestha

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

PhD Candidate

@altruist41

+ Full bio

Ajay Kumar Shrestha is a PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He is currently conducting research into using blockchain technology to share personal information, while preserving user-controlled privacy.

Co-Pierre Georg Panelist

Co-Pierre Georg

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

Associate Professor

@co_georg

+ Full bio

Co-Pierre Georg is an associate professor in finance at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is also director of the UCT Financial Innovation Lab and a research economist at Deutsche Bundesbank.

Sarah Bergstrand, panelist

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.

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Genson Glier

BLOCKTOKEN

CEO and Co-founder
@BlockTokenAI

+ Full bio

Genson Glier is co-founder and CEO of BlockToken.ai, a next-generation token issuance platform that aims to simplify ICOs. Glier also works with Kapitalized ICO Advisory, helping early-state ventures grow.

Who was closest last month?

+ Open all predictions

Bitcoin hit $3,439 on 1 February 2019. But did anyone predict it? Futurist and technologist Joseph Raczynski was the closest, predicting bitcoin would be valued at $3,500 by 1 February 2019 — within $61 of its actual value. Read the predictions below.

“We are entering a new period with bitcoin. Many of the institutional players have said they are done with this experiment (publicly), which may be the case. I think privately, some other hedge funds and other institutions will continue to invest during this lower period. However, I do believe this is temporary. If there are any dramatic shifts with the economy (the expectation is slightly more likely than not), bitcoin will be a safe haven. I feel like the economy will begin to change in 2019. And this will, in part, help BTC grow.”
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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Binance Coin (BNB)

$6.24

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$6.63 +6%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar 2019 in USD

$34.90 +459%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

Binance Coin was valued at $6.24 as of 29 January 2019. On average, Binance Coin is predicted to increase by 6% to $6.63 by 1 March 2019. Binance Coin is also predicted to experience the second-greatest increase by 31 December 2019, with a total predicted growth of 459% — at a value of $34.90.

Note: Only two of our panellists provided predictions for Binance Coin this month.

Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$6Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$6.80Price by
31 Dec 2019
Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$7.25 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$63 Price by
31 Dec 2019
Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

MY PREDICTION

“Like the company, can’t comment.”

Co-Pierre GeorgAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

MY PREDICTION

“I do not follow Binance Coin, hence no prediction.”

Binance Coin historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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Bitcoin (BTC)

$3,473.41

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$3,536 +2%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar 2019 in USD

$6,549 +89%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

Bitcoin was valued at $3,473 as of 29 January 2019. In the current bear market, panellists predicted that bitcoin would increase marginally by 2% come 1 March 2019. However, our panellists predict the coin will increase by a further 89% by the end of the year.
The number of bitcoin expected to circulate by the end of 2019 is 18,133,459, based on 1,730 coins mined a day. From here, we can work out the estimated market capitalisation for 31 December 2019. Based on our panellists’ forecasts of value per coin by 31 December, the predicted market cap for bitcoin by the end of 2019 is $118.8 billion.
Brendan Markey-TowlerAuthor
RMIT BLOCKCHAIN INNOVATION HUB

US$3,500Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$3,800Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$68.9 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“As next-generation consensus algorithms emerge that address the trilemma of scalability, security and decentralization; regulatory settings stabilize; and use cases continue to be discovered and demonstrated, I think we are likely to see steady gains in the scope of blockchain as an institutional technology for economic governance. Though bitcoin will continue to rely on proof-of-work algorithms, I suspect that we will see it become something of a base currency within the crypto economy, akin to the US dollar, special drawing rights and gold, so that it’s value will be correlated with the steady gains of blockchain technology as a whole.”

Co-Pierre GeorgAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

US$3,500Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$1,000Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$18.1 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“There is some volatility in the short run that will probably see the value stay roughly where it is. However, in the medium to long run, there are substantial regulatory risks to the industry as a whole, coming both from China and the US. With companies like Facebook pushing their own stablecoin, new competitors to bitcoin will emerge that add price pressure.”

Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$2,800Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$5,000Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$90.7 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“The failings for cryptocurrencies like bitcoin since the last year lies with the uncertainty of its legal existence. Experts are now implementing blockchain for use cases other than cryptocurrencies.”

Joe RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$3,800 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$8,000 Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$145.07 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Bitcoin continues to drift around the $3K range. As it stays here, its stability will at some point foster positive gains as development continues. Any major global catastrophe will give it a lift. Conversely, growth in the top 10 economies in the short run will add downward pressure for BTC.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$3,700Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$5,000Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$90.67 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“I have been bullish in the past, so I feel like it is almost expected to keep faith at this point. But honestly, with the way BTC’s fortunes had been lately … I can’t imagine even the news of being accepted by the World Bank as their global currency of choice isn’t likely to sway the needle significantly, until those that got burned last year get over their bruised wallets and file away those tax write-offs. FYI: No, I have heard nothing about World Bank endorsing BTC as the global currency, because as we all know, in the crypto world, gossip spreads.”

Jimmy SongAuthor
BLOCKCHAIN CAPITAL LLC & PROGRAMMING BLOCKCHAIN

US$3,971Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$5,901Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$107 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“There seems to be some daylight between bitcoin and other cryptos. Bitcoin will start being seen as a different asset than all the others.”

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$3,000Price by
1 Mar 2019

MY PREDICTION

“With the monthly, weekly and daily in downtrends, it is not too hard to see the significant level of $3,000 being tested. This is the most critical price on bitcoin in a long time”

Sarah Bergstrand Author
BITBULL CAPITAL

US$4,800Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$9,000Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$163.2 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“I believe that BTC will bounce between $3K and $5K for the next few months.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER and HIVEEX.COM

US$2,268Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$2,898Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$52.6 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019
Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$4,021Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$18,343Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$332.6 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

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

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Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

$112.72

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$117 +4%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar 2019 in USD

$232 +106%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

Bitcoin Cash was valued at $112.72 as of 29 January 2019. Following the Bitcoin Cash fork in November 2018, which saw the coin split into two varieties – Bitcoin Cash ABC and Bitcoin SV — the coin has slowed over the past few months. Despite the changes, our panellists predict the coin will increase by 1 March 2019, albeit only marginally, to $117. The coin is also expected to increase by 31 December 2019 to $232 — an increase of 106%.

The number of Bitcoin Cash coins expected to circulate by the end of 2019 is 18,172,327, based on 1,731 coins mined a day. From here, we can work out the estimated market capitalisation for 31 December 2019. Based on our panellists’ forecasts of value per coin by 31 December, the predicted market cap for Bitcoin Cash by the end of 2019 is $3 billion.

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$110Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$122Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$2.2 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Another currency that is down 36% over this month, when in general things have not been so bad for the crypto market in January. No, it’s not good. But we’re stuck in a bad cold winter of this cycle, and BCH is one of those carrying the brunt of it. Given I have never been a fan — no, I’m not gloating, but again I ask, just like Ethereum Classic (that’s recently lost its development arm altogether due to being unable to pay the salaries) — is there really much future or point to it these days?”

Co-Pierre GeorgAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

US$100Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$20Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$.4 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Same argument as bitcoin. Probably in worse shape because of their broken community. Monty Python’s Holy Grail has an apt depiction of the community fights in BCH.”

Joe RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$130 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$150 Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$2.7 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“I’m still reeling over the 51% attack. It’s a fun one to watch if you enjoy volatility in quick spurts, up and down. Long term, I thought this could displace BTC originally. But now I don’t think that will happen.”

Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$120Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$135Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$2.5 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019
Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$126Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$734Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$13.3 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

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

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Bitcoin SV (BSV)

$65.85

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$69.67 +6%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar. 2019 in USD

$105.33 +60%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

Bitcoin Cash SV was valued at $65.85 as of 29 January 2019. Over the next month, Bitcoin Cash SV is expected to increase by 6% to $69.67. Compared with the ABC variety, Bitcoin Cash SV isn’t predicted to increase as much by the end of the year, with a forecasted growth of just 60% by 31 December 2019.

An associate professor at the University of Cape Town, Co-Pierre Georg gives a bearish prediction of $60 by 31 March and of $0 by 31 December. He says, “Unsustainable, mining at a loss will eventually deplete reserves.”

Co-Pierre GeorgAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

US$60Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$0Market cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Unsustainable, mining at a loss will eventually deplete reserves.”

Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$70Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$85Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$1.5 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019
Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$79Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$231Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$4.2 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019
Joe RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

MY PREDICTION

“Don’t truly track it.”

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

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Cardano (ADA)

$0.038885

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$0.06 +54%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar 2019 in USD

$0.14 +260%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

Cardano was valued at $0.039 as of 29 January 2019. Cardano is expected to see the second-greatest increase over the next month, with 54% forecasted growth to $0.06. The coin is also expected to experience a healthy 260% increase by the end of the year.

Futurist and technologist at JoeTechnology.com, Joseph Raczynski, gives a prediction of $0.06 for 31 December 2019. He notes that although it has “come down a bunch” and there are “more positive comments from this corner.”

Joe RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.04 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.06 Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“More positive comments coming from this corner, though it’s more of a good from my vantage point. It’s come down a bunch.”

Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$0.04Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.04Price by
31 Dec 2019
Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER and HIVEEX.COM

US$0.14Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.17Price by
31 Dec 2019
Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$0.04 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.28 Price by
31 Dec 2019

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

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Ether (ETH)

$106.89

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$115.40+8%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar 2019 in USD

$285.09+167%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

Ether was valued at $106.89 as of 29 January 2019. Ether is expected to increase by 8% by 1 March 2019, and 167% by the end of the year, pricing it at $285.09.
The amount of Ether expected to circulate by the end of this year is 109,559,383. This allows us to work out the market capitalisation for 31 December 2019. Based on our panellists’ forecasted value per coin by 31 December 2019, the predicted market cap for Bitcoin Cash by the end of 2019 is $31.23 billion. This is the greatest increase in market capitalisation (179.3%) among the analysed coins.
Brendan Markey-TowlerAuthor
RMIT BLOCKCHAIN INNOVATION HUB

US$115Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$140Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$15.34 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“If the rollout of ETH’s next-generation consensus algorithms can be implemented — which substantially address the blockchain trilemma of scalability, security and decentralization — I suspect we will observe steady gains in its value, reflecting its increasing technological scope.”

Co-Pierre GeorgAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

US$120Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$20Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$2.19 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Ethereum is under even greater threat than bitcoin. Bitcoin escaped most teething issues, but Ethereum is facing existential challenges with the mismanagement at ConsenSys. In addition, ICO treasuries still hold relatively sizable Ethereum holdings, which they will sell as prices continue to deteriorate. Eventually, strategic complementarities between companies that launched ICOs on ETH and large wallets will lead to a run for the exit. At this point, the price will collapse.”

Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$130Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$190Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$20.82 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Ethereum, without the proof of stake, will have it hard for at least a year. After the Constantinople hard fork, which might take place in February, it can have an unpredictable price too. After being delayed due to vulnerability observed in the smart contracts with regard to the gas consumption, there appear to be other security concerns with the smart contract coding.”

Joe RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$135 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$400 Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$43.82 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“With the eventual upgrade in place by the end of February, hopefully there will be more stability. There was a real run, which could happen again in several weeks. Let’s see if it sticks.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$105Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$120Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$13.15 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“While Ripple’s downturn doesn’t worry me in the slightest these days, Ethereum has lost so much ground — and, most importantly, trader confidence of late — whenever I see the downward trend, I kind of cringe. Admittedly, as a first through the gate, I didn’t expect it to stand the test of time — at least, not without major upgrades the leadership has been struggling to implement. It is still disheartening to see it stumble. And unless things dramatically improve, I don’t see a major change in its fortunes until at least the third quarter of this year, if then.”

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$85Price by
1 Mar 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Nothing but downward momentum carrying this market right now, so I see ETH following suit.”

Sarah Bergstrand Author
BITBULL CAPITAL

US$135Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$200Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$21.91 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“I believe ETH will bounce between $115 and $140 for the next couple of months.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER and HIVEEX.COM

US$70.56Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$85.68Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$9.39 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019
Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$143Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$1,125Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$123.25 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

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

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Ethereum Classic (ETC)

$3.99

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$4.27 +7%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar 2019 in USD

$19.35+385%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

Ethereum Classic was valued at $3.99 as of 29 January 2019. On average, our panellists predict that Ethereum Classic will increase 7% to $4.27 by 1 March 2019.

The average panellist prediction for the coin come 31 December is $19.35, an increase of 385%. However, Genson Glier provides a notably higher predicted price than other panellists — $67 by the end of the year — while Co-Pierre Georg gives the lowest prediction of $0, saying, “The question is moot.”

Joe Raczynski, who gave a prediction of $6 for the end of the year, is also pessimistic about the future of the coin. He comments, “What a mess! Another 51% attack here, which killed my enthusiasm for it. I was a purist and appreciated what it represented, but that’s almost gone. It will rise though eventually this year as the attack drifts from people’s short-term memory — easy to do with these things.”
Joe RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$4 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$6 Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“What a mess! Another 51% attack here, which killed my enthusiasm for it. I was a purist and appreciated what it represented, but that’s almost gone. It will rise though eventually this year as the attack drifts from people’s short-term memory — easy to do with these things.”

Co-Pierre GeorgAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

US$4Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“The question is moot.”

Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$4.18Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$4.40Price by
31 Dec 2019
Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$4.89Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$67Price by
31 Dec 2019

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

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EOS (EOS)

$2.26

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$2.36 +4%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar 2019 in USD

$18.70+727%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

As of 29 January, EOS’s price was $2.26. Our panellists predict a modest $0.10 increase by 1 March, bringing the coin’s value to $2.36. However, the annual forecast is more bullish, with our panellists predicting that EOS will finish the year at $18.70 — a 727% increase.

Affiliated researcher at RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub Brendan Markey-Towler, whose price prediction for 31 December was also the median panellist prediction at $2.80, put it this way: “As EOS transitions with NEO and Ethereum to next-generation consensus algorithms, I suspect their scope as an institutional technology will increase, and their value with it.”

Not everyone is so positive, with Georg predicting EOS will be priced at only $1.50 come New Year’s Eve. His reasoning is that while it has sufficient cash reserves to withstand the bear market, general price pressure will affect them.

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$2.45Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$4.30Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“And speaking of EOS … Did I hate it for a while, as you all know? Yes. Do I think it has potential, especially in gaming — where its speeds can’t be beat, and privacy, transparency and everything else that makes a blockchain economy a blockchain economy (and that is singularly lacking in EOS)? Yes, again. But should it be at 2 bucks and change. Yeah, no. So, I am bullish. Cautiously so. And yes, while it can survive unattached to BTC’s train, I’m still not sure it’s ready to fully uncouple.”

Joe RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$3 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$6 Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“This one shocks me the most. Either there is something going on with the project, or the press about it being less than a decentralized is legit and they haven’t recovered publicly yet. I’ve been off on this one. They’ve dropped further than I would have predicted.”

Brendan Markey-TowlerAuthor
RMIT BLOCKCHAIN INNOVATION HUB

US$2.30Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$2.80Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“As EOS transitions with NEO and Ethereum to next-generation consensus algorithms, I suspect their scope as an institutional technology will increase, and their value with it.”

Co-Pierre GeorgAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

US$2.30Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$1.50Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“EOS has sufficient cash reserves to withstand the bear market. But general price pressure will affect them as well.”

Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$2.34Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$2.36Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“EOS and all other cryptos are directly proportional to bitcoin’s price.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER and HIVEEX.COM

US$1.56Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$1.96Price by
31 Dec 2019
Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$3.23Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$112Price by
31 Dec 2019
Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$1.70Price by
1 Mar 2019

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

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Litecoin (LTC)

$31.38

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$28.79-8%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar 2019 in USD

$60.06+91%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

Litecoin was valued at $31.38 on 29 January. Interestingly, our panellists predict a short-term 8% price decrease, but a 91% price increase come 31 December. This means Litecoin would be valued at more than $60.
Three panellists note that Litecoin will likely trend in the same trajectory as bitcoin. Raczynski, who believes Litecoin will be worth $50 by the year’s end, says, “It will echo BTC, but marginally.” PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan, Ajay Kumar Shrestha, predicts an end-of-year price of $40, explaining, “LTC and all other cryptos are directly proportional to the bitcoin price.”
Joe RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$35 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$50 Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Honestly, this isn’t my favorite project. Their tech is getting better, but it mimics what BTC is doing on a smaller imprinted scale. It will echo BTC, but marginally.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$33Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$50Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“So here, no noose is good noose, to quote the jolly hangman from Mel Brook’s Men in Tights. Litecoin has been stuck in its general BTC-inspired curve lately — and that’s good enough, especially if you consider that I haven’t heard much new or interesting coming from its camp of late. It’s coasting for now and likely will trend in the same trajectory against bitcoin in the next few months.”

Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$30Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$42Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

LTC and all other cryptos are directly proportional to bitcoin’s price.”

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$23Price by
1 Mar 2019
Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER and HIVEEX.COM

US$13.74Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$15.30Price by
31 Dec 2019
Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$38Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$143Price by
31 Dec 2019

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

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Monero (XMR)

$43.70

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$42.60 -3%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar 2019 in USD

$68.50 +57%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

Panellists also predict Monero, which came in at $43.70 on 29 January, to take a small dip before trending upward to hit $68.50. TraderCobb.com founder Craig Cobb is most pessimistic about the coin’s short-term value, predicting “some fresh trend lows” to $35 if it “breaks the current support around $43.”
However, Joe Raczynski is bullish about the coins long-term prospects given its use by criminals. He put it this way: “With more crypto jacking happening, greater general interest will follow, driving this higher.”
Brendan Markey-TowlerAuthor
RMIT BLOCKCHAIN INNOVATION HUB

US$44Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$50Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“I suspect that Monero, as a specifically privacy-oriented cryptocurrency, will find its value correlated with cryptocurrencies based on next-generation consensus algorithms in a similar manner to bitcoin. I expect Monero may become like bitcoin: a base currency akin to the USD, SDRs and gold.”

Joe RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$50 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$70 USD Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Personally, I believe in Monero, since it is being widely used by the most hardened criminals and some of the good guys. With more crypto jacking happening, greater general interest will follow, driving this higher. That’s pretty sad though.”

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$35Price by
1 Mar 2019

MY PREDICTION

“If Monero breaks the current support around $43, then I can see some fresh trend lows.”

Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$49Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$89Price by
31 Dec 2019
Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$35 USDPrice by
1 Mar 2019

US$65Price by
31 Dec 2019
Co-Pierre GeorgAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

MY PREDICTION

“I do not follow Monero, hence no prediction.”

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

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Stellar Lumens (XLM)

$0.08824

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$0.09 +2%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar 2019 in USD

$0.18 +104%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

This month’s predictions are positive for Stellar, with panellists predicting the coin to increase to $0.09 by 1 March and $0.18 by 31 December — a 2% and 104% increase from the $0.09 price on 29 January.
BitBull Capital COO Sarah Bergstrand — who believes that “Stellar will bounce between $0.10 and $0.15 for the next few months” — predicts the coin will end the year at $0.30. This is vastly different from Co-Pierre Georg’s end-of-year price prediction of $0.05, which is low due to his belief that the general bear market will continue to exert pressure on Stellar Lumens’s price.
Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$0.10Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.30Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Now Stellar has surprised me, honestly, over this past month, having tumbled, what … almost 30% in the last 30 days. What’s behind it? Likely the general market sentiment has something to do with it, along with launching and centralizing the exchange and changing its protocol to fit the launch. While I can see why they want to try this out, I, for one, am not exactly happy with the development. And I imagine, based on its traction, I’m not the only one. But, hey, I’m all about a wait-and-see approach. After all, if I gave EOS the benefit of the doubt … “

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.11 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.20 Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Stellar is fairly predictable, though it’s down a bit at the time of this writing. I don’t see it dropping down to $.06. But in the short term, it’s doubtful to hit much above $0.14. This is more of a long-term hopeful.”

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$0.06Price by
1 Mar 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Really letting go here with a bigger sell-off than most of the Top 10, I can see this continue.”

Co-Pierre GeorgAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

US$0.10Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.05Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“General bear market will continue to exert pressure on Stellar Lumens’s price.”

Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$0.10Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.11Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“XLM and all other cryptos are directly proportional to bitcoin’s price.”

Sarah Bergstrand Author
BITBULL CAPITAL

US$0.12Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.30Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“I believe Stellar will bounce between $0.10 and $0.15 for the next few months.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER and HIVEEX.COM

US$0.07Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.09Price by
31 Dec 2019
Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$0.09Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.23Price by
31 Dec 2019

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

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TRON (TRX)

$0.027326

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$0.03+10%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar 2019 in USD

$0.15+449%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

According to our panellists, TRON will start March at its same value on 29 January — $0.03. Of all coins included in the report, TRON earns the most positive long-term forecast, with a predicted 449% price increase to $0.15.

Co-founder of Finder and HiveEx.com, Fred Schebesta, is the only bearish panellist when it comes to TRON, predicting a value of just $0.005 come March and $0.0076 at the end of the year.

Sarah Bergstrand sums up the positive outlook of the rest of the panellists: “TRON has some great updates coming up!”
Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$0.03Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.03Price by
31 Dec 2019
Joe RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.03 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.05 Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Another project waiting for more testing, but there is positive news coming out. We’ll need to see if it’s real or not.”

Sarah Bergstrand Author
BITBULL CAPITAL

US$0.05Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.25Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“Tron has some great updates coming up!”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER and HIVEEX.COM

US$0.005Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.0076Price by
31 Dec 2019

Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$0.04Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.43Price by
31 Dec 2019

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

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XRP (XRP)

$0.29591

Current price per unit
as of 29 Jan 2019 in USD

$0.32+8%


Average price prediction
for 1 Mar 2019 in USD

$0.44 +49%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2019 in USD

The price of XRP was $0.30 on 29 January. Our panellists are expecting a marginal increase of 8% by 1 March and a positive 49% increase by end of year.

Both Fred Schebesta and Co-Pierre Georg are bearish on XRP’s long-term prospects, predicting its value at $0.20 and $0.10, respectively, on 31 December. Georg, who expects a general downtrend in crypto prices, is particularly pessimistic when it comes to XRP: It “has failed to yet produce a sustainable business model that shows how they provide value beyond a settlement system.”

Both Joe Raczynski and Alisa Gus think the recent downturn could be followed by long-term certainty. However, Raczynski notes that “If it gets some legs under it, it could easily bounce, or simply continue its beleaguered ways.”

Interestingly, the panellists are divided on how closely XRP will follow in bitcoin’s footsteps. For Ajay Kumar Shrestha, “XRP and all other cryptos are directly proportional to the bitcoin price.” But Brendan Markey-Tower believes XRP will have less correlated reaction to the gains made by blockchain and “is a little less central to the crypto economy compared with bitcoin.”

Brendan Markey-TowlerAuthor
RMIT BLOCKCHAIN INNOVATION HUB

US$0.30Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.31Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“I think XRP will have a less correlated reaction to the gains to be made by blockchain as an institutional technology, as it is not implemented using blockchain technology and is a little less central to the crypto economy compared with bitcoin.”

Co-Pierre GeorgAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

US$0.30Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.10Price by
31 Dec 2019

US$18.2 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“I expect a general downtrend in crypto prices. XRP in particular has failed to yet produce a sustainable business model that shows how they provide value beyond a settlement system. And settlement systems are cheaper organized when they are centralized.”

Ajay Kumar ShresthaAuthor
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

US$0.31Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.33Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“XRP and all other cryptos are directly proportional to bitcoin’s price. I believe XRP can be a pretty good contender in the crypto world.”

Joe RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.38 Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.60 Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“I’ve been disheartened by the downward trend with Ripple. Even though they have several solid pilots afloat, it’s not reflected in its price. This is a toss-up. If it gets some legs under it, it could easily bounce, or simply continue its beleaguered ways. So short-term uncertainty, long-term gains.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$0.34Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.50Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“This keeps looking up for Ripple, as more and more banks adopt it (even as insurance companies jump on at least piloting the Corda bandwagon). Even with the recent downswing, I am still confident there is fuel in its tank to go further — and keep uncoupling itself from the BTC’s train.”

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$0.25Price by
1 Mar 2019

MY PREDICTION

“In a downtrend on the daily. I can see a move to last year’s lows on the cards.”

Sarah Bergstrand Author
BITBULL CAPITAL

US$0.42Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.80Price by
31 Dec 2019

MY PREDICTION

“I believe XRP will continue to bounce between $0.35 and $0.50 for the next couple of months.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER and HIVEEX.COM

US$0.15Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.20Price by
31 Dec 2019
Genson GlierAuthor
BLOCKTOKEN.AI

US$0.41Price by
1 Mar 2019

US$0.72Price by
31 Dec 2019

XRP historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (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.

  • Ajay Kumar Shrestha“XBT, ETH and ZEC. XBT is the king of cryptos, no matter what others say! ETH after the fork will probably bring in more developers and investors. ZEC, of course, being the most overwhelmed crypto that brings a certain level of anonymity, is surely going to be the up for sure.”Ajay Kumar Shrestha
  • Alisa Gus“XRP, TRON, Cardano.”Alisa Gus
  • Brendan Markey-Towler“Although they are already established, I think NEO, ETH and EOS as they transition to next-generation algorithms will be cryptocurrencies to watch. They are aggressively seeking to expand their scope as institutional technologies and are poised to be most likely to advance in that way. If they succeed, I think they could become central to our future economic systems, with valuations accordingly reflecting that centrality. I would also keep an eye on privacy-oriented blockchains such as Monero and Loki, as I suspect that they may increasingly become reserve assets within the new crypto economy.”Brendan Markey-Towler
  • Co-Pierre Georg“We are in a severe bear market. This will intensify before it turns around. I do not see any coin really emerging, aside from stablecoins coming out of Gemini and Facebook/WhatsApp.”Co-Pierre Georg
  • Genson Glier“EOS.”Genson Glier
  • Joseph Raczynski“Stablecoins. They are the rage, and I don’t see this slowing for the next few months.”Joseph Raczynski
  • Sarah Bergstrand“Qtum has a lot of big things planned for 2019.”Sarah Bergstrand

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 40 seconds for mining.
  • The reward for Ether is 3 coins for every block mined, with each block taking approximately 17.6 seconds to mine, according to data from BitInfoCharts.
  • Using this data, we calculated that approximately 1,731 bitcoins (14,727 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 and Ether, 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 January 2019.

All prices listed were taken according to Australian EST.

Note that our panellists have holdings in the following cryptocurrencies:

  • Ajay Kumar StresthaETH.
  • Alisa GusBTC, Ripple, Ethereum.
  • Brendan Markey-TowlerN/A
  • Co-Pierre GeorgDid not disclose.
  • Craig CobbBTC, USDT, ADA, XRP, XLM.
  • Fred SchebestaEOS, ETH.
  • Genson GlierThe top 100.
  • Jimmy SongBTC.
  • Joseph RaczynskiI’ve been involved with most of the top ten.
  • Sarah BergstrandTop 100.

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