Crypto Ups and Downs on 5 - 12 Feb

In this article we present the overview of the gainers and downers among cryptocurrencies with the highest market capitalization during the week from Feb 5 to Feb 12
13 February 2018   715

From this article you will learn about the most unpredictable ups and downs of cryptocurrencies. We have analyzed the crypto market, and researched the most popular tokens and coins with market capitalization over $1M. In the charts below you can find all relevant information regarding the leaders of growth and fall during past 7 days.

In comparison with the previous week charts, when cryptocurrencies were mostly decreasing, this week was rather successful for coins and tokens in terms of price. The biggest gainer of Feb 5 - Feb 12 week is Revain token, which increased 153,05%, having grown from $1,36 on February 5 to $2,54 on February 12.

As for the coin with the greatest market capitalization, which rose significantly, this week is represented by Lisk cryptocurrency, which increased from $14,89 to $25,28 within 7 days, with its market cap rising from $1,7 billion to $2,9 billion during the same amount of time.

The Biggest Gainers

Name Market
in $
Change %
(7 days)
Lisk 3 203 515 213 27,14 57 641 800 + 98.51
Ethereum Classic 2 957 854 243 29,63 672 762 000 + 93.25
Revain 580 039 915 3,14  26 683 900 + 153.05
ZClassic 402 497 195 121,85 10 925 800 + 89.96
Enigma 224 350 609 3,00 13 092 800  + 89.03

Nevertheless, past week was not so fortunate for some of cryptocurrencies. A lot of coins and tokens fell down in price and market capitalization, but did not decrease a lot, most of the cryptocoins lost less than 10%.

The Greatest Downers

Name Market
in $
Change %
(7 days)
Populous 1 007 623 353 27,23 14 226 700 - 5.77
SmartCash 170 180 818 0,244776 310 954 - 4.17
Lykke 42 578 721 0,156602 73 457 - 4.91
Delphy 38 335 880 1,26 1 544 820 - 2.20
bitCNY 35 002 254 0,163426 40 363 500 - 8.18

The greatest downer of this week is bitCNY, which fell 8,18%, having its market capitalization decreased from $46 million to $34,9 million only within 7 days. Moreover, Populous, the token which has a huge market cap of more than $1 billion, has also had a relatively unsuccessful week. Populous fell 5,77%, having its price dropped from $45,7 to $24,07 from February 5 to February 12.

Cloning BTC Doesn't Fix Its Flaws, Weiss Rating Believes

Researchers from Weiss Rating says that "Bitcoin is as brilliant as it is flawed", and, unfortunatelly, clons inherit its flaws
24 April 2018   19

Clones of Bitcoin has BTC's flaws. This idea Weiss Rating tries to provide in its new research.

Weiss notes that bitcoin was conceived as the basis of a fundamentally new financial system, over which no centralized structure would have control. Nevertheless, as the development of the crypto currency, its shortcomings become more and more obvious. They flow, according to the rating agency, from the "disadvantageous position of the pioneer" bitcoin.

As is often the case with the first iteration of any new technology, it is slow, expensive and has fatal design problems that are not easily overcome.

Weiss Ratings

These are main BTC disadvantages: 

  • There is no easy way to upgrade Bitcoin’s protocol (software code).
  • Transactions take up to an hour to confirm. 
  • Another major design flaw is lack of “settlement finality,” meaning that a transaction is never truly closed in an accounting sense.
  • Bitcoin has a limited supply.
  • Bitcoin cannot be used as a real currency. 
  • Bitcoin mining (based on Proof-of-Work) is very centralized, with just a handful of miners controlling the majority of the hash power.
  • Bitcoin mining requires the consumption of ever-increasing amounts of electricity.

Here’s Bitcoin’s strength, its first-mover advantage: Despite all its deficiencies, Bitcoin can boast one thing that no other cryptocurrency in the world has: global brand recognition. Most people around the world have heard of Bitcoin; they know what it is.

Weiss Ratings

Unfortunately, trying to solve one or two problems, copies of bitcoin still inherit its fundamental weaknesses: low speed, inability to scale, high costs, energy inefficiency, lack of privacy, etc.

Weiss recognizes that Bitcoin Cash, for example, is 8 times faster than the original bitcoin. Bitcoin Gold is more decentralized from the position of mining. But this is hardly enough.

This are the problems of "BTC Copycats":

  • The Bitcoin copycats still use deflationary models.
  • They still rely on unsustainable electricity consumption for securing their networks.
  • They still rely on a fee structure that gives too much power to the miners, often creating conflicts of interest between them and the end-users.
  • They’re still plagued by the difficulty of upgrading the protocol.