Cardano (ADA) Price Prediction for 2019 – All Hopes Pinned on Shelley

Year in Review

ADA entered the last year like the rest of the markets, floating in a giant bubble fueled by the biggest bull run seen to date in cryptocurrency. During this time, ADA reached an all time high of $1.32, but just one month later, at the start of February, ADA dropped down to $0.27.

The slipping of Cardano’s price continued through February and March, as ADA fit into the the overall market’s downturn.

From April through May and into June, Cardano saw no major announcements and consequently, ADA failed to really make any significant movements.

During June, IOHK did however announce a rebrand of the Cardano project. This wasn’t an attempt to totally renew the idea of Cardano

October did present one of the biggest announcements from within the entire Cardano structure, a move from IOHK and Emurgo (two of the teams behind Cardano) to take over total control of the project from the Cardano Foundation, an entity that Charles Hoskinson did not believe was pulling its weight with regards to the progress of Cardano.

This, eventually let to the resignation of Michael parsons, the chairman of the Cardano Foundation in November 2018, allowing IOHK and Emurgo to take a more prominent lead in order to take the Cardano project to the next level, through 2019.

General Market Movements and Sentiment Shift

The downfall of altcoins that were mainstream media darlings at the start of the year, ADA among them, can be attributed, in part, to novice investors getting scared off once the bear market kicked in with a vengeance. Time of easy 10-100x gains on obscure altcoins are forever gone; even you if have best possible crypto signals, you will have to settle for much lower ROIs (still significantly higher than traditional markets).

Every resurgence of bitcoin in recent period, was met with the, for the most part, inability of altcoins to rally with it. Reason for that can be rookie investors learning from their mistakes, while smart money that was previously watching from the sidelines has begun to enter into bitcoin.

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These entities weren’t about to buy BTC when it was trading at an all-time high, but they’ll take a look now, having missed the boat the first time around. None of them, it seems, are interested in altcoins however, despite the fact that many are trading at a 5x discount. Institutional investors may be cautious, but they’re not foolish.

Our ADA Price Prediction for 2019

ADA, as the rest of the market, is tied at the hip of bitcoin’s price action. If bitcoin embarks on another bull run, ADA can hope for one as well. Since that is very unlikely, don’t expect much to change for ADA price-wise in this year. So 2019 will be a year of boring sideways action with minor bitcoin ignited jumps and slumps.

In general:

The main currency in cryptocurrency markets is Bitcoin and given this, altcoins tend to fuel Bitcoin runs and Bitcoin tends to do the same in return. Given this relationship, Bitcoin price movements (or lack thereof) tend to effect altcoin prices.

When Bitcoin goes up swiftly, it will likely:

  1. Suppress or depress altcoins as money flows into Bitcoin;
  2. Or, take altcoins along for the ride

In cases when Bitcoin plunges, it will likely:

  1. Depress altcoins as money flows into fiat;
  2. Or, cause altcoins  to boom as money flows into them, but this is rarely the case.
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When Bitcoin moves sideways, it will likely:

  1. Cause altcoins to mimic that as traders wait for a clear sign on the direction of the market;
  2. Or, cause altcoins to flourish as traders look for returns in altcoins and try to get favorable trades in terms of BTC pairs.

To summarize, Bitcoin is the focal point of the crypto market in many ways, and with BTC trading pairs on every exchange, the gravity of Bitcoin is hard to evade.

The majority of projects will fail — some startups are created just to gather funds and disappear, some would not handle the competition, but most are just ideas that look good on paper, but in reality, are useless for the market. 

Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum said:

“There are some good ideas, there are a lot of very bad ideas, and there are a lot of very, very bad ideas, and quite a few scams as well”

As a result, over 95% of successful ICOs and cryptocurrency projects will fail and their investors will lose money. The other 5% of projects will become the new Apple, Google or Alibaba in the cryptoindustry. Will ADA be among those 5%?

Hard to tell but probability for that is fairly solid as ADA has built a reputation of an academic and serious project that might move slow, but radiates professionalism and instills trust in their hodlers. Charles Hoskinson is firmly maneuvering almost all aspects of the project: from the code development to business activities along with interacting with community and keeping them in the loop.

In 2019, ADA needs to make sure not to miss any deadlines (like they used to in the past) and deliver what they promise to keep their spot under the sun of crowded dapps platforms niche.

Considering Ethereum is still a hot mess with their complete system revamp going on, ADA has a unique opportunity to seize the throne from Ethereum and become the default dapps platform for the future.

All of this summed up means one thing: ADA might live through couple of orchestrated and, for a regular trader, completely unpredictable pumps but the majority of time will be murky sideways trading with small volume and no significant interest from the market. 

Price will heavily depend on what BTC will do and since many analysts think BTC will not be making big moves in this year, it is hard to expect ADA will do them either. The price will probably stagnate and record slow-moving depreciation or appreciation depending on the team activity, potential technological breakthrough or high-level partnership.

ADA Roadmap for 2019

Cardano is set to drastically change its roadmap after the IOHK Summit that is supposed to be held in Miami on Apr. 17-18. The timer has been removed from the current roadmap page.  

The Cardano team intended to finish Shelley by Q3 2018, but the development deadlines have been extended to Q1 2019. And this is one of the biggest events for Cardano since its inception.

Shelley is the second phase of Cardano roadmap that will make its blockchain actually decentralized. ADA is currently in Byron, the bootstrap phase, where they are making improvements and debugging the code.

Shelley consists of 3 main functions:

  • Incentives: Provides stakeholders with monetary incentives to ensure that the system runs smoothly
  • Delegation: Allows stakeholders to delegate their right and obligation to sign blocks to a third party
  • Networking: Provides network infrastructure to support decentralization

After implementing Shelley phase, ADA is set out to introduce the Cardano Improvement Proposals, or CIPs with a built voting system, details of which will be released soon. Initially, IOHK will make all CIPs, there will, however, be an increasingly better mechanism for gaining consent for them.

Part of the ongoing projects is scientific research that has made possible a gradual shift from the lab to coding. This has facilitated the revision of Ouroboros and has also brought together game theorists as well as programming experts to try and identify new applications for the Cardano ADA network.

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Chance to overtake Ethereum

You can’t build anything remotely serious on Ethereum right now. You can’t say “sorry, our enterprise grade application for banks is not working since Cryptokitties got popular again”. And that’s just scalability. You need regulations to be in place too. Businesses need to know what we can and can’t legally do within this space. Besides scale, that’s the biggest factor holding us back. The security part of Ethereum is icky at best too.

Either Ethereum scales, or everyone moves on to the next protocol and if Shelley does what it promises, Cardano is going to be the prime candidate to take over the throne.

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Overall, the Cardano roadmap has five phases — Byron, Shelley, Goguen, Basho, and Voltaire.

In the Goguen phase that is also already underway, the focus will be on the Universal Language framework development, IELE development, and security improvements. For investors, this phase is where the token will gain more utility with the execution of complex smart contracts. Other phases will not start before 2020.

The Basho phase will improve scalability, security, and performance by implementing a revised network layer as well as Ouroboros Praos, the next generation protocol of Cardano’s Proof of Stake consensus algorithm.

The Voltaire phase is the final phase of Cardano’s current roadmap. In Voltaire, we will see the implementation of a treasury system and a governance model.

Market Prediction For Cardano Price 2019

With the market being completely unpredictable, forecasting the cryptocurrency price is really more of a gamble and luck rather than a data driven guesstimate.

Let’s throw a glance at the eminent publications and personalities, and their predictions regarding the Cardano (ADA) price, which will give us another point of view to consider:

WalletInvestor

Forecasting machine at WalletInvestor is spews out a not too optimistic forecast for ADA: in the last month of the year, Cardano price will be at $0.0172 according to this site.

CryptoGround

Much more favorable stance towards ADA’s year has a prediction algo at cryptoground.com that sees ADA tripling its value to $0.13 by the end of the year.

Smertereum

 Smartereum author Adam Web believes that the future of ADA is bright where he claimed that the one-year forecast for an ADA token is around $2.50, with the potential to reach roughly $10 in 5 years time.

 Crypto Town

Crypto town is a website which gives out technical analysis for short-term and long-term predictions for various cryptocurrencies. According to them, Cardano will increase by 200% in 2019 to that of the price achieved by the end of 2018, which will be roughly $0.06, which looks like a conservative prediction for ADA.

Cardano Price Prediction 2020, 2023, 2025

Cardano (ADA) Price Prediction 2020

If everything goes well with their roadmap, Shelly and Goguen hit the ground running, ADA might see its ATH value from 2017 – meaning it could go above $1 again.

Cardano (ADA) Price Prediction 2023

Provided it is still alive, ADA could be dominating the dapps platforms sector in cryptocurrencies. Hard to put a number behind it, but it is certainly plausible it reaches $5-10.

Cardano (ADA) Price Prediction 2025

Similarly to 2023, if the platforms is actually functioning, Cardano could be dominating the dapps platforms sector in cryptocurrencies. Hard to put a number behind it, but it is certainly plausible it reaches $10+ per token.

Realistic Cardano (ADA) Price Prediction

Predicting prices of novel, highly volatile and risky asset classes is a thankless task – best answer is no one knows. Educated guess is that realistic ADA price for the foreseeable future is somewhere between its current price of below $0.10 and its all time high of $1.17.

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Torsten Hartmann has been an editor in the CaptainAltcoin team since August 2017. He holds a degree in politics and economics. He gained professional experience as a PR for a local political party before moving to journalism. Since 2017, he has pivoted his career towards blockchain technology, with principal interest in applications of blockchain technology in politics, business and society.

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