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XRP, LTC, ADA, LINK, etc: Which altcoins are zombie coins that you need to sell?

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Remember that altcoin, the one you thought was going to be big and make you tons of profit? The one whose bag you bought and perhaps, are holding to this day? Yes, this article is about those altcoins that you thought were gonna get big, perhaps even becoming the next Bitcoin. Alas, most of these coins have already been forgotten and are valueless.

On a personal note, I couldn’t decide if I was going to name these altcoins “Zombie coins” or “Dead coins walking.” After all, both seem good. Eventually, I had to settle with one and it was the former.

Zombie coins – What are they?

Put simply, “Zombie coins” are those altcoins that were once in the top-10, but have been dead ever since. However, they can still be found, seemingly alive, but dead without a doubt.

Cryptocurrencies, as we know, are a new asset class. But, they follow cycles of boom and bust, just like equities. Cryptocurrencies have mostly followed Bitcoin’s cues when it comes to cycles. The last cycle started in early-2016 but ended towards the start of 2018 and in each such cycle, new altcoins have been given birth to.

Most of these altcoins promise investors the world and try to solve an ostensibly important problem(s). Soon, a hype around such altcoins builds and rumors about it taking over Bitcoin allow unbeknownst investors’ money to snowball, pushing the price of said altcoins(s).

However, reality hits hard when the cycle ends, and these altcoins crash harder than Bitcoin and become priceless. Hence, we can see how each cycle’s byproducts are these zombie coins.

Bitcoin cycles

Each cycle is presumed to last 4 years since the halving occurs once every 4 years. However, another approach is that these cycles are lengthening. Refer to this article for more information on Bitcoin cycles.

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The attached chart shows how Bitcoin’s cycles are lengthening. The last cycle, if presumed to have ended in December 2018, then the next cycle will last a total of 1780 days, and we’ve already completed 38% of this cycle. So, we can assume the altcoins that we see today in the top 10 might not stay there for a long time.

Previous cycles have definitely produced enough zombie coins, hence, let’s forget the altcoins of today and look at the altcoin bags that you might still hold and are secretly expecting to pump.

Before we do that, we need criteria to identify and/or classify these altcoins that have turned into zombie coins.

Data collection and segregation

  1. To identify potential altcoins that have turned into zombie coins, we will take a look at cryptocurrencies that were in the top 10 ranks based on market cap starting from 2014
  2. Data of top-10 cryptocurrencies are selected on the last day of each quarter from CoinMarketCap till the 3rd quarter of October
  3. The gathered data is further segregated and analyzed to draw trends

Classification of zombie coins

  1. If a coin has less than 10 appearances from 2014 to 2018, then that altcoin is a zombie coin. For example, let’s take Paycoin [XPY] – This coin has only been in the top 10 twice [therefore, appearances = 2] since 2014 to date, thus making it a zombie coin
  2. If a coin has less than 10 appearances but is currently ranked in the top 50 based on market cap on either CoinMarketCap or CoinGecko, we can exclude this coin from the zombie list. This rule is for coins like LINK that have less than 10 appearances but are in the top 10 ranks [basically under 50]

Out of 218 entries [with repetition], we found about 9 zombie coins based on the above criteria. These zombie coins are NXT, Paycoin, Peercoin, Bitshares, The DAO, Omni, Banx, Auroracoin, and Namecoin. An addition to this list is a special exception of zombie coin – Maidsafecoin. This coin has about 11 appearances since 2014 and isn’t currently in the top 10.

Here’s a visual aid that shows their rank slip from being in the top to where they now stand. It is clear that all these coins noted a drastic drop in their ranks, as well as their price.

To zombie coin or to not?

This article was a fun experiment to research and write, however, the takeaway from this article is that there will not be another Bitcoin, there will always be ‘The Bitcoin’ and other altcoins. These altcoins may or may not see a surge greater than Bitcoin’s, but Bitcoin will be the only cryptocurrency that will outlive all these altcoins.

While altcoins are fun to trade and make money off of, not all are worthy of a long-term investment. Since the next cycle has 60% more to it, we can expect many altcoins to rise up and drop down. Take for example the DeFi coins like CRV, YFI, YFII, etc. – All of these had a phenomenal surge during the mania, but are rapidly dropping in value now.

If you did buy a huge bag of DeFi coins, you might be left holding them for eternity as most of these altcoins might not pump again. The best example is XRP, as pointed out by Pentoshi, XRP hasn’t had a higher high on a macro scale [weekly] for more than 2 years. 7 January 2021 will mark 3 years since a higher high and yet, we see a lot of XRP hodlers saying that the next bull run will be explosive.

These are precisely the people holding a heavy bag of XRP since the ATH of 2017.

What’s the lesson here? Well, choose your altcoins carefully and take care that you do not get too attached to it.

Source: https://eng.ambcrypto.com/xrp-ltc-ada-zombie-coins-need-to-sell

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he would forever work to make bitcoin better.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey expressed his support for the leading cryptocurrency bitcoin on his microblogging platform Twitter, in response to a tweet by the Square chief financial officer, Amrita Ahuja. “Our bitcoin strategy hasn’t changed. We’re deeply committed to this community, including working towards a greener future through our Bitcoin Clean Energy Initiative,” Ms Ahuja wrote on Twitter. These comments came a few days after Elon Musk’s Tesla suspended bitcoin payments. 

Square’s Bitcoin asset is valued at $410m. 

Square is a digital payments company founded by Twitter chief executive and Jim Kelvey and launched in 2020. The company valued at over $100 billion in 2020 is evaluating Bitcoin as an investment opportunity. Square has purchased a total of $220 million Bitcoin to date. Its Bitcoin asset is valued at $410m. Bitcoin was trading at $48,523.20 on Saturday and is down 13 percent over the past five days since Tesla announced to drop the cryptocurrency as a payment method. “Square is doing exactly this for bitcoin with @SqCrypto,” Jack Dorsey had tweeted last year. 

Tesla suspends the bitcoin payment option citing environmental reasons. 

Less than two months after Elon Musk had announced to accept the leading cryptocurrency bitcoin payments for Tesla vehicles, the company discontinued its support. Elon Musk announced that the reason they are suspending bitcoin payments is because of environmental concerns. Bitcoin mining uses specialized computers that use massive energy for the process of mining. However, Tesla would continue to retain bitcoin holdings that it acquired sometime in January this year. The leading electric car maker had purchased $1.5 billion worth of bitcoins earlier this year, sending the price of the leading cryptocurrency to new highs. 

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Source: https://coinnounce.com/twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-says-he-would-forever-work-to-make-bitcoin-better/

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What is Party Parrot Finance?

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Party Parrot Finance is a non-custodial lending market equipped with a Virtual Automated Market Maker (AMM).

From humble beginnings to today, decentralized finance (DeFi) has grown exponentially. Currently, billions of dollars of value are locked into numerous DeFi systems, which are being turned into different yield generating tokens, such as the Uniswap LP tokens, or the AAVE interest-bearing tokens.

For the most part, the values of LP tokens are locked in the many ecosystems that make up DeFi and are ultimately inaccessible to the crypto community. Unfortunately, the value locked in DeFi as LP tokens are unavailable to the larger blockchain community because their risks are non-transparent, and their units of account are unsuitable for human consumption.

Thankfully, The Party Parrot is fully equipped to deal with such inconvenience, and is supported by well-established networks such as Solana.

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Background

Although not much is known about the Party Parrot’s team, it is fair to imply that the Parrot ecosystem was designed and built to be scalable. The team behind the platform has shown great enthusiasm and expects the protocol to be among the top crypto solutions of its category within the market very soon.

Additionally, the team has expressed its vision of a world with full-scale blockchain adoption, where all crypto or blockchain-related solutions ought to possess the following attributes, ensuring that as the world’s technology grows, the blockchain’s throughput grows as well.

Here are some of its perks:

  • Ability to process tens of thousands of trades per second and hundreds of thousands of orders per second
  • Ability to process 10 billion social media interactions per day, which is around 100k per second
  • Gas costs of less than $0.001
  • Scaling with the world
  • Ability to process all submissions on a human-reaction-time scale.

What is Party Parrot Finance?

Built on the Solana blockchain network, Party Parrot is a non-custodial lending market equipped with a Virtual Automated Market Maker (AMM). In general, the platform seeks to leverage locked LP tokens by making their value accessible through its highly efficient liquidity and lending network.

Additionally, The Parrot protocol is furnished with a margin trading algorithm designed to enable value locked within DeFi accessible. The protocol relies primarily on LP tokens used as collateral for all operations within its ecosystem.

The blockchain venture is an ambitious attempt to further the expansion of DeFi worldwide. The team behind its protocol aims to disrupt the worldwide DeFi ecosystem through its very first product, the stablecoin PAI, which will be backed by LP tokens as collaterals. In return, this will incentivize all LP token holders to trade with each other confidently.

Party Parrot is set out to create a margin trading product or virtual AMM, where the PAI token would be used as a tool to benefit the whole Parrot community.

Party Parrot Finance interface

Furthermore, through the Parrot lending market, LP token holders can enjoy the full potential of their tokens, as they are given the possibility to benefit from their locked value by borrowing against lender liquidity.

Overall, The Party Parrot financial venture is a for-profit project; so, all goods and services within the platform come with fees. But innovatively, the team behind the protocol will use the fees collected to purchase back the PRT token as protocol incentives.

Across the platform, the fees are collected from stability fees from the stablecoin PAI, as well as borrow interests on the PAI supply. Additionally, the blockchain ecosystem will be able to strive off borrow fees from the lending market, liquidation penalties, And trading fees for the vAMM.

The project is set to be following the roadmap below, ensuring a smooth implementation of all products:

  • 2021 Q2 April-June: Stablecoin with LP collaterals.
  • 2021 Q3 Solana DeFi Summer: Crypto lending with LP collaterals.
  • 2021 Q4 -2022-Q1: Margin trading with vAMM, using PAI.

PAI Stablecoin

Also built on the Solana blockchain ecosystem, the PAI stablecoin the Protocol’s very first product. Once fully operational, the token will play an important role within the platform’s ecosystem. Currently, the token is available on devnet for testing purposes and open to all crypto enthusiasts.

The PAI stablecoin will primarily be used to bridge LP tokens to Solana. It will also enable the staking of ETH and BTC tokens on an L1 swap where holders can earn LP yields. PAI holders will be able to also mint PAI, with LP tokens as collaterals, and buy BTC or ETH using PAI under the Serum ecosystem. 

Party Parrot Tokens (PRT and gPRT)

PRT is the Parrot protocol utility token, while gPRT is the platform’s governance token.

The PRT token is responsible for all operations and transactions within the platform and currently has a total supply of 1,000,000,000, where 35% is locked as protocol incentives, 17.5% control by the team, 10% as the reserve, and 20% saved for the platform’s ecosystem and partnerships.

As for the gPRT token, it is used as a tool to further long-term participation in governance within the system. gPRT tokens will be given to all individuals who lock up their PRT tokens, where the longer the lockup period, the greater the amount of gPRT tokens are minted for the supply locked.

For every gPRT in an individual possession, additional voting power and protocol incentives boost are granted. The lockup periods range from 1 to 4 years, guaranteeing various benefits depending on the number of years, which is as follow:

  • 1 year: 1x (gPRT1)
  • 2 years: 1.5x (gPRT2)
  • 3 years: 2x (gPRT3)
  • 4 years: 4x (gPRT4)

Conclusion

The Party Parrot protocol is a dynamic implementation and combination of already existing solutions powered by the blockchain. The growing DeFi ecosystem has revealed the need for such a solution within the market.

The blockchain solution not only empowers users and token holders but also enables them to benefit from all the services on the platform. Furthermore, through the PRT and gPRT tokens, users can potentially grow to become huge actors within the Parrot ecosystem, allowing them to take part in decisions and processes that affect the platform directly and indirectly.

Party Parrot is a unique protocol and is on pace to have an echoing impact within the blockchain ecosystem for years to come and eventually become a leader within the DeFi space.

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Source: https://www.asiacryptotoday.com/party-parrot-finance/

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Bitcoin (BTC) Transactions Worth Over $1 Million Hit All-Time High As BTC Price Struggles to Hold at $50,000

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The world’s largest cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) has been struggling under the $50,000 levels. After Tesla dropping BTC payments earlier this week, BTC registered more than a 15% price crash and is currently trading 3.64% down at $48,703 with a market cap of $911 billion.

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On the other hand, Bitcoin (BTC) whale transactions have been ascending steeply. As per on-chain data provider Santiment, the Bitcoin whale transactions over $1 million are approaching another all-time high.

CryptoQuant CEO Ki-Young Ju recently noted that long-term Bitcoin investors don’t need to worry since most of the institutional investors in the U.S. have purchased it above $50,000 levels. However, he noted that derivative traders have to be careful in the short term since the number of whale deposits on the exchange has been increasing.

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Earlier today, Chinese crypto analyst Wu Blockchain noted that Bitcoin’s dominance in the overall crypto space has dropped to under 40% for the very first time in three years. This happens as altcoins continue to gain strength over the world’s largest crypto.

A Look Into the Institutional Positions In Bitcoin (BTC)

Over the last few months, institutional buying in Bitcoin has continued mostly at levels around $55,000. As Wu Blockchain notes institutions that have purchased Bitcoin after March are currently under losses with the recent BTC price crash. However, one Chinese firm Meitu has managed to offset these losses by purchasing a good quantity in Ethereum (ETH).

In March 2021, Meitu announced the purchase of an additional 16,000 $ETH for $28.4 million and 386 $BTC for $21.6 million. This makes Meitu the first public listed firm to invest heavily in Ethereum (ETH). Wu Blockchain writes:

“Institutions that bought Bitcoin after March have suffered losses due to the recent sharp drop. However, the Chinese listed company Meitu took out more funds to invest in Ethereum in April, so it gained 3x the income, offsetting the losses caused by Bitcoin”.

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About Author
Bhushan is a FinTech enthusiast and holds a good flair in understanding financial markets. His interest in economics and finance draw his attention towards the new emerging Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency markets. He is continuously in a learning process and keeps himself motivated by sharing his acquired knowledge. In free time he reads thriller fictions novels and sometimes explore his culinary skills.

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