Cryptocurrency Market Update for June 2018
Published on July 04, 2018
June has been another poorly-performing month back-to-back with May鈥檚 market decline. We know that the stock market typically sees a slump in performance during the summer, which could be something that the cryptocurrency market is also experiencing in its own way.
Because of our lack of historical data, we can only really speculate as to what is causing this decline.
Using Bitcoin as a model, we can see that a year ago 1 BTC had a value of around $2,500 USD. It hit its all-time price high on January 6, 2018, at $17,527 per 1 BTC and is now back down to around $6,100 per BTC.
Because the public Bitcoin boom didn鈥檛 really take off until April/May of 2017, the data for that summer isn鈥檛 applicable when we’re speaking in terms of observable trends.
With that being said, we can use this month鈥檚 data to take a closer look at short-term predictions made for the remainder of 2018.
Predictions of this nature are used by potential buyers to see if purchasing the coin would be financially worth it, and in the current market, it鈥檚 important to do as much research as possible to make the most informed decisions about where to put your hard-earned money.
Luckily for you, this June cryptocurrency market update is laid out to help you navigate the tumultuous and often stressful world of buying and selling crypto.
In addition to the top 10 market cap coin information, we鈥檝e also broken down the predictions made by John McAfee last month that he expects will come to fruition by the end of July and how they measure up to those coins鈥?performance this month.
If you鈥檇 like to read more about how a US Senate candidate was forced to return a donation made to his campaign in Bitcoin, the hacking and theft of $30 million in cryptocurrencies from Korean exchange called Bithumb, or how authorities are having trouble locating illegal World Cup bettors in Asia, check out our top stories section.
Keeping an eye on the crypto market is an important part of being involved with any coin. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 market cap coins and have ranked each based on their performance this month.
There has been a slight change in position of the top market cap coins from last month, with Tether jumping to #9 and TRON bumping down to #11.
Unfortunately, 9 of the 10 coins had a negative percent increase in June, with the outlier being Tether, which ended the month at a 0% change. We hope to see a market turnaround by the end of July.
The coins are listed here by greatest to least market capitalization among the bunch, but each coin has also been assigned a rank that you鈥檒l find in the individual tables. This ranking goes from 1, the coin that performed the best over the course of the month, to 10, the coin that performed the worst.
Bitcoin (BTC) is a decentralized digital currency that was introduced in 2009 along with the blockchain software. It was created by an anonymous person or group named Satoshi Nakamoto.
It was not the first digital currency to make its way onto the scene, but it did fix the issues that took down the previous currencies.
It had no value until 2010, when two Bitcoin users on the Bitcoin forum negotiated a transaction between them to purchase 2 Papa John鈥檚 pizzas for 10,000 BTC. If each pizza cost around $12 each, they assigned the value of 1 BTC at $0.0024 USD.
The next year, a non-profit group called The Electronic Frontier Foundation began to take donations in the form of Bitcoin, but later stopped due to the lack of legal precedent surrounding digital currencies. WikiLeaks began accepting Bitcoin as donation in June 2011, as did a handful of other groups.
Of the 10 market capitalization coins on the market currently, Bitcoin did the second best in terms of percent change. Because all of the coins this month experienced losses, Bitcoin鈥檚 #2 rank means that it experienced the 2nd-smallest percent loss in the month.
Ethereum (ETH) is another coin based on blockchain, making it a public ledger. It was founded by Vitalik Buterin in 2013, and its design simplifies the use of blockchain for the purpose of making peer-to-peer transactions, as well as transactions being made by companies.
It was introduced to the market in July 2013 with almost 12 million ETH 鈥減re-mined鈥?for ease of the crowd on that day. Unlike Bitcoin, Ethereum does not currently have a maximum supply set.
The coin has seen a few different changes since its implementation, which have been made to improve upon the previous version.
Ethereum did the 5th best this month, only experiencing a 24.5% loss. It began the month at almost $600 and has ended at just over $430
Ripple was developed by Canadian web developer Ryan Fugger in 2004. He began to build a digital financial service to allow its users to engage in secure peer-to-peer payment transactions that he called Ripplepay.
From there, a digital currency system was developed called Ripple (XRP) in 2011. The coin was created as an alternative to Bitcoin that promised to use less electricity and perform transactions much faster.
The coin was launched to give users access to 鈥渟ecure, instant and almost free global money operations of any size without any chargebacks.鈥?/p>
Like most other coins, you can purchase Ripple using fiat currency and other cryptocurrencies, and it also supports purchases made in units of mobile minutes or flight miles earned with your credit card.
Ripple, the 3rd in market cap, is the 6th-best performer this month. Ripple is much smaller in value as compared to the first 2 in market cap, remaining mostly under the $1 mark since it began, and its 29% percentage decrease in June means that those that own the coin only experienced a $0.20 loss.
Bitcoin Cash was born after a 鈥渇ork鈥?occurred in the original Bitcoin setup in August 2017. Transactions are said to be faster than Bitcoin, have an increased block size limit, and be cheaper to use.
Though it鈥檚 currently a few thousand short of the original Bitcoin in value, it wouldn鈥檛 be a huge surprise to eventually see it surpass the coin in market capitalization at some point in the future.
Bitcoin Cash had the 4th-best month of the top 10 market cap coins at a 21% decline in value from the first day of the month to June 29th. Its monetary loss from the 1st to the 29th was around $280.
This coin began as an ICO in June 2017 and was initially met with heavy criticism. At the ICO stage, it earned over $170 million and is now the 5th-largest coin in terms of market capitalization.
They have a 1 billion EOS supply cap and a current circulation of 896 million.
Of the 10 coins, EOS had the fourth-largest negative percent change. Its value per share isn鈥檛 huge, so the 36.9% decline wasn鈥檛 detrimental to those who have purchased it, but it still dropped by almost half in 1 month.
This coin was released by former Google employee Charlie Lee. It鈥檚 known as an altcoin because it operates similar to Bitcoin. Released in 2011, Litecoin promised to produce faster transactions than Bitcoin because it is an improvement to the original code.
Litecoin had the 3rd-best performance of the month, only experiencing a 19% negative percent change. In USD, that is around $40 lost from the first of the month to market close on the 29th.
Stellar is another coin that was based off of and created from another coin on this list. It was introduced in 2014 as an improvement to Ripple鈥檚 code. This means it offers faster transaction speeds to its users.
Like most other coins, the Stellar network supports the use of traditional fiat currency in exchange for cryptocurrency.
Stellar came in at #8 in terms of performance this month, with a negative percent change of 37.9%.
Cardano was developed by one of the former co-founders of Ethereum and claims to not only be a peer-to-peer transaction platform but also a platform that will eventually be capable of facilitating everyday financial transactions by individuals, businesses, and even governments
Cardano is ranked second to last this month due to its negative percent change of 45% from the 1st to the 29th.
Tether is a unique cryptocurrency because it is a representation of traditional fiat currencies applied to the blockchain. It was introduced in 2015 and offers 2 tokens to its users: USDT which represents the US dollar, and EURT which represents the Euro.
Tether was the top performer this month with its value holding steady from the 1st to the 29th.
This coin has caught on fast due to its reliance on a different kind of ledger called a directed acyclic graph. It processes transactions faster and more efficiently than Bitcoin, making it ideal for peer-to-peer transactions.
This month, MIOTA was the biggest negative percent change coin at almost 50% of its value lost from the 1st to the 29th.
This month鈥檚 top cryptocurrency stories include attempts to crack down on illegal World Cup betting in Asia, a US Senate candidate in Missouri returning a donation of around 20 BTC due to federal regulations, and an exchange hack that has reminded us all that the convenience of crypto wallets hosted by exchanges is not worth the risk.
Remember, being informed about all of the current events in the crypto world is an essential part of participating in the purchase of a coin!
Taking the time to brush up on what鈥檚 going on can be crucial, and we recommend you take a little time out of every day to browse your favorite source for cryptocurrency news.
Bitcoin – it鈥檚 everywhere. You can use it online to purchase a sectional from Overstock.com, a ring for your spouse鈥檚 birthday, and even other types of cryptocurrency! We should have known that sooner or later, it would be used to contribute to other things, such as political campaigns.
Austin Petersen, Republican running for US Senate in Missouri, has taken donations in Bitcoin before through the donation platform BitPay. Unfortunately, the supporter who attempted to donate 20 BTC (roughly $130,000) to his campaign was refused and asked publicly via Petersen鈥檚 Twitter to re-submit a smaller donation through the proper channel.
Petersen has twice before had to refuse donations of $250,000 in Bitcoin because they鈥檝e exceeded the limit put in place for an individual financial contribution.
The US Federal Elections Committee (FEC) has specific regulations in place that limit individual campaign contributors to $5,400 per year. In his tweet, Petersen suggested that the generous donator start a Political Action Committee (PAC) to support his campaign instead.
PACs do not have a donation limit set, as long as they are not directly involved with the candidate鈥檚 campaign or committee and meet all federal regulations.
Petersen is a big supporter of cryptocurrency, going so far as declaring it 鈥渢he future of American creativity and American liberty.鈥?He went on to say to CCN that he鈥檚 happy to accept donations to his campaign in cryptocurrency. Just make sure they comply with the FEC鈥檚 regulations!
Another large exchange based in Asia was hacked on June 19th, leaving it with $30 million less in cryptocurrency.
This hack came 12 minutes after the exchange temporarily suspended deposits in an effort to change the wallets directly connected to the exchange.
After the hack, all transactions were stopped, and the exchange went on lockdown. The official Bithumb Twitter reported the $30 million crypto loss on June 20th, stating that all of the losses would be covered by the exchange, and all remaining assets would be transferred to the cold wallet to ensure no more are taken.
The hackers are still unidentified, and it鈥檚 likely that the hack occurred due to the wallet change being made.
This brings up an important point for everyone using a wallet that is directly connected to or hosted by their exchange of choice: keep your coins in a secure third-party wallet that is not linked to the exchange for less of a chance of having your crypto taken in a hack.
Founder of Litecoin, Charlie Lee, points this out in a tweet made on June 19th.
Another day, another hack. Hopefully BitThumb is able to cover this amount, though $30MM is not a small amount.
As I've said many times, be smart and only keep on exchange coins that you are actively trading. It's best to withdraw right after trading. https://t.co/8YpVcHx8tK
— Charlie Lee [LTC⚡] (@SatoshiLite) June 20, 2018
Remember to keep your cryptocurrency close to the vest, as you would with your other finances. Your cryptocurrency is an asset that you need to protect because it represents a portion of your hard-earned money.
If you鈥檇 like to learn more about which wallets we recommend for the smoothest, safest crypto experience, check out our cryptocurrency guide.
Cryptocurrencies are often seen as somewhat of a taboo because they鈥檙e mostly unregulated and decentralized and can be used for potentially illegal activity by criminals that can remain almost anonymous and untraceable.
And while most of that is inflated to seem more prevalent than it actually is, a large number of illegal gamblers in Asia are using cryptocurrency on illegal sites to bet on the World Cup.
Illegal gambling is fairly commonplace in countries like Thailand and Malaysia, both countries where soccer is very popular, and coincidentally where most forms of gambling in general are prohibited.
But an influx of illegal gamblers is flooding the sports betting sites to hopefully bring in some money on their World Cup bets.
WeChat is an app developed in China that is like most other messaging apps, except it has a mobile payment service built in. This is making it easier for people to place bets and collect payouts, especially if they鈥檙e dealing in cryptocurrency.
This app and the use of cryptocurrencies is making it difficult for authorities to hold illegal bettors responsible because it鈥檚 hard to know exactly where they鈥檙e located.
The old saying 鈥渒nee high by the 4th of July鈥?is typically used when talking about corn, but we鈥檙e hoping we can count on a positive growth in the cryptocurrency market next month as well.
As we said earlier, the stock market typically experiences a slump during the summer months, so it鈥檚 entirely possible that the crypto market is experiencing something similar, but it鈥檚 impossible to say for sure.
After an overall loss in both May and June, cryptocurrency owners need the market to bounce back before any more of their investment is lost. It鈥檚 possible that people will start to lose hope in the market and sell their remaining coins, which would not positively impact the market.
But because we have no data to go by, we鈥檙e all continuing down this path blindly, hoping it will turn around.
There haven鈥檛 been many forecasts made about what we might see in July in terms of the market, but we have some predictions made at the end of last month that we can re-examine with the June performance for each coin.
Though most people know that short-term predictions are less than reliable, they can be used to track a coin鈥檚 immediate path. John McAfee is well known for his computer safety software but has also made a name in the crypto world after predicting that the price of Bitcoin will hit $1 million per share by 2020.
In our May crypto market update, we mentioned McAfee鈥檚 predictions, most of which were made for July, but we鈥檇 like to take another look at them with June鈥檚 data.
At the end of May, he made a few predictions using his 鈥渁lgorithms鈥?for things both in and out of the cryptocurrency world. Some were world events and meetings of leaders, but we鈥檙e most interested in what he believes is in store for crypto in July.
In this tweet, he made 2 predictions about Bitcoin. The first was that Bitcoin will surpass $15,000 in June, and we know that didn鈥檛 exactly come to fruition. Instead of meeting his expectation, it actually fell even lower than it was in May when the prediction was made.
The second was that the price will dip in July. With the path that it鈥檚 currently on, a dip in price wouldn鈥檛 come out of left field. But a dip could also potentially bring the price per share down to as low as $5,000 per share, less than half of what it was on the first day of the year.
He also predicted the path of a few smaller coins.
The price per share of Golem (GNT) at market close on May 24th, the day the prediction was made, was $0.48. In order to make it to the $5 mark, it would have to increase by 90% at that time. A month later on June 24th, GNT had dropped to $0.28.
At this point, the coin鈥檚 value will need to increase by almost 2,000% in about a month. Cryptocurrency is volatile as we鈥檝e said, so really anything is possible in terms of value fluctuation, but that rate of increase is probably unlikely. We鈥檒l have to see what July has in store for the market.
Docademic (MTC) is one of the few coins that actually experienced a price increase from the 1st of June to the 29th. It has fluctuated a bit, almost hitting the 40垄 mark at one point in the month, but it has experienced a general bump in value.
At the time McAfee made this prediction, MTC was at 14垄 per share. A month later on June 24th, it had increased to 29垄. If it continues on this path, fulfilling this prediction is certainly not out of the question.
Bezop (BEZ), another small coin, was at ICO status until January 10th of this year. It was at $0.11 USD at the time the tweet was sent out and was up to $0.12 a month later on June 24th.
Though 52 cents seems ambitious, every day on the cryptocurrency market is a surprise. We think that it will probably hit somewhere between $0.17 and $0.20 if it continues on its current pattern.
This coin is much smaller than its namesake and is clocking in at $10.18 USD per share at market close on June 29th. When McAfee鈥檚 prediction was made on May 24th, it had a value of almost double what it is today, $26.22. A month later on June 24th, it was down to $11.73.
We may see him revise some of his predictions soon, but he seems to be confident in what he鈥檚 said. If Bitcoin Private were to reach $200 by the end of July, it would have to see a growth of $189.82 in a very short period of time.
EOS is one of the top 10 market cap coins, currently valued at $7.74 per EOS. On May 24th, it was valued at $12.75 per coin, which is almost double what it is today.
In order to fulfill this prediction, EOS will need to see an increase in value of $24.26. Again, not impossible, but it seems unlikely with the market at its current state.
Regardless of the predictions made, keep an eye on the overall market and the individual coins you own over the next month.
Do what feels right for you in terms of buying and selling because, after all, it is your financial asset.
Take these predictions with a grain of salt, and do your own research and observations before you buy any of these coins for the upcoming month of July.