In this guide, we will voice our own and market’s opinion on Elrond future while discussing EGLD price forecast for 2021 and beyond.
Please bear in mind that you should take this and any other prediction with a grain of salt since predicting anything is a thankless task, let alone predicting the future of a novel, highly volatile financial asset like Elrond.
Now, let’s head into it.
Before we delve deep into the Iota price prediction and answer questions if Elrond is a good investment or not, why will Elrond succeed or fail or why will Elrond price rise or drop, let’s quickly throw a glance at what is Elrond and its to date history.
What is Elrond
Elrond aims to be the next internet-scale blockchain with a high-throughput.
Elrond is trying to build a blockchain that is capable of 1000x transaction throughput than most existing blockchains.
What are Elrond’s Key Features?
- Adaptive State Sharding – Real-time splitting and merging of shards as the demand for network capacity changes. At any time, the Elrond blockchain will juggle between network sharding, transaction sharding and state sharding, making the network capacity highly malleable as user demand requires.
- Secure Proof of Stake (“SPoS”) consensus mechanism – In line with Sharding, the Elrond Blockchain elects different validators within each shards in every validation round.
- Elrond VM – The Elrond Virtual Machine (EVM) is a dedicated smart contract execution engine built on WASM. Developers can build on The EVM in whichever language they’re familiar with to be compiled in WASM.
How to Stake on Elrond?
Staking on Elrond can be done either as a:
- Validator (running a node + 2,500 eGold stake), or
- Delegator, with a minimum of 10 eGold per delegation.
Validator rewards are distributed automatically. Active Delegator rewards are claimable once per day, with no time limit for claims.
Elrond Price Prediction 2021
Many investors (traditional and crypto) will tell you that fundamentals are extremely important and should carry the most weight when you assess a project. We agree with this claim, to an extent.
Crypto is specific in a sense that fundamentals are hard to rely on. How come?
Well, most of the crypto investors are not technologically refined to understand if it is even feasible to do what the project claims to be doing. This leads to exaggerated and unsubstantiated roadmaps by many crypto project teams. These roadmaps sound terrific and people flock to invest in the project even though, with a little technical or economical knowledge, they would have seen how ridiculous some of those ideas are.
⚡️ Use case
For this reason, it is always good to check the feasibility of the use case by consulting someone more technically astute.
For example, a lot of these projects noticed the transaction speed issue with Bitcoin so they went all-in with how fast their blockchains are. But that speed came at a cost of decentralization. Essentially, they claimed to have solved a blockchain trilemma, which bugged geniuses for centuries. But some twenty-something no-names solved it in a week or so.
Not very original. Just another dApps platform that aims to be faster and more efficient than Ethereum. Making ground on ETH will be a steep hill to climb.
Assessing the team behind the project is another point that needs to be addressed. More often than not, those people will be the only source of their claims (and doctored LinkedIn profiles). So, even though this is an important criterion, bear in mind that a cunning team of marketers can fake legitimacy.
One huge RED FLAG about a team is tweeting, posting, blogging about the price of their token. No legitimate team does that as they have smarter things to do – like work on a multi-million dollar project of theirs. Only money grabbers run their official social media and blogs as the most blatant market manipulators (example: Justin Sun) to run the price up before they dump their mountains of coins they created out of nothing and awarded to themselves.
Such teams usually pay off low-tier crypto media publications to post “unbiased” articles and reviews of their projects in an attempt to create an illusion of a widely respected and attractive project.
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Very transparent and professional. No price action shilling or commenting, focused on building.
Community – pay special attention to this one. Size of the community is not relevant as it can easily be faked (just check Fiverr or Upwork to see how easy is to buy 100k of Twitter followers or subreddit subscribers).
What is more important is the content those community members post – does it look real? Is it only price-centered? It it allowed to exercise some critical thinking or the only posts allowed are shills and cult-like idolizing of the team (most often the team leader gets a rockstar status among the sheepish investors).
Not much activity on their subreddit but a pretty active Telegram group. Seems to be genuine and authentic, no bots.
⚡️ Exchanges and wallet support
Another good indicator of how serious is the project taken by other crypto agents. Some smaller and marginal exchanges and wallets can be paid off for listings but larger platforms like Kraken, Binance or Coinbase lend legitimacy to a project that is listed there. So, that is a great cue if the project is actually worth something among its peers.
Very good support among the popular exchanges (Binance, Bitfinex, OkEx etc) and wallets (Atomic Wallet, Trust Wallet etc.).
Sometimes the project makes sense and everything sounds right except of the token role. It is just superfluous and forced into the picture (so the team can take the money and get rich). Aside of the logic behind the token, you should pay attention to its current and overall supply. Also, inflation and new coins production rate is extremely important. Distribution among the team, early investors and regular users is also of immense consequence. Check Ripple and XRP to see how hard is to have organic price growth when there is a whole slew of people who dump millions of new (unlocked) tokens into the market each week.
It is important that tokens are woven into the project with clever incentives in mind. It is all about incentives in the world of crypto – why should the buyer hold some coin, what is in it for him? Different projects use different methods to entice people to buy and hold their coin.
Small overall supply with only 21,2 million tokens planned and 16.9 million already in the market. However, the inflation rate is high at 23.9% (according to Messari.io) which means that the dilution of value an Elrond holder will suffer is pretty high. For reference, BTC has an inflation rate of 1.8% and ETH 1.87%.
Token makes sense and has a logical role in the Elrond ecosystem. Staking serves as a good incentive for users to hold EGLD.
⚡️ Trading volume
Trading volume is another excellent barometer of the quality of the assets. This can also be faked by automatic and wash trading on small exchanges but, just filter those out and see if there is actual liquidity on the bigger platforms.
Solid and consistent trading volume in the last 3 months with ocassional spikes and drops.
Now, we’re talking about the really impactful market forces.
Unfortunately, the power of social media, especially Twitter, Discord, and Telegram groups and to a smaller extent subreddits and Facebook groups, often outweighs the fundamentals of a crypto project. As a consequence, we see trash and half-dead zombie projects like Dogecoin, Electroneum, Verge, Tron (not dead but everything is faked around it, from the number of users and dapps to the unoriginal and uninspiring, incompetent leadership) and similar shitcoins rising up in the market cap rankings, sometimes even entering the top 10.
The speculative wave can lift you into the skies but can, more often, smash your portfolio into a big zilch.
Some people are good at swimming with these sharks (Twitter personas hidden behind some lame nicknames like Crypto [INSERT ANIMAL) or Crypto [INSERT VERB]) that coordinate their shilling and price pumps and dumps. However, ordinary crypto buyers have no time or skills to keep up with them and are used as a plankton – food for the bigger crypto sea creatures to feast on.
Nevertheless, social media can be a place you run into some good tips about hidden gems. When you read something that sparks your interest, don’t get overexcited and invest right away. Instead, put it on a watchlist and check all of the stuff we mentioned above.
The key thing to look for is authenticity – does the community, social media posts of crypto personas, articles about the project on crypto media look legit? Is it posted by the well respected people with a strong reputation or by no-names who shill coins left and right? Is the community aware of potential flaws of the chosen project and is it allowed to discuss them? Are there systemic complaints of sudden bans and censorship by the community moderators?
A good project is not that hard to recognize and once you see posts about it by other people – check their profiles, check their tweet/post history, see if the recommendation comes across as a genuine suggestion or an artificial shill made out of self-interest?
Elrond seems to garner attention of a wide crypto base, tweets and posts about it on social media seem to be genuine and uncoordinated which means people recognize it as a legit project.
Elrond Price Prediction – summed up
Having analyzed all of the above on Elrond, we can say that this is a legit project with a tough task in front of it – outcompeting Ethereum and other smart contract platforms. It enjoys a good standing in the crypto circles and could be a worthy investment in the short and mid term.
Where and how to buy EGLD
This is how you can buy Elrond (EGLD):
- Download an Elrond Wallet (Atomic Wallet, Guarda, Trust Wallet usw)
- Create your EGLD-Adresse
- Find an exchange that lists EGLD (Binance) and buy EGLD
- Transfer EGLD from the exchange to your wallet
If you are not happy with Binance or can’t use it for some reason, here are a couple of alternatives:
Cex.io many payment methods
That is how you buy Elrond, in a nutshell.
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- How to buy Ethereum
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- How to buy Ripple
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- How to buy Litecoin with credit card
The native Elrond Wallet is Maiar.
Measure in Satoshis
You will always want to know if the effort of trading was worth it as opposed to just hodling BTC. You should also account for the time you spent trading as that time also has value.
For example, if you spent 15 hours trading altcoins and you ended up having the same amount of Satoshis, it means you have wasted those 15 hours and would have been better off if you simply held BTC.
Since Bitcoin sits in between the Fiat and Alt Coin sandwich, you should only ever trade in BTC value.
If I invest in an altcoin at .17 cents at 10k Sats and in 6 months, I cash out at .93 cents at 10k Sats. Did I make money in that altcoin?
The answer is no. Your opportunity cost was equal to holding bitcoin since the sat values didn’t move, the price of BTC going up is what netted you your increase in fiat. Not the increase of sats on STEEM.
If, however, you cashed out of STEEM at 20k sats at .93 cents over the course of 6 months, that means you made a profit in satoshi value as well as USD value (through bitcoin).
Constructing a Investment Strategy
I can’t stress enough how important it is to construct an actual investment strategy. Organize what your goals are, what your risk tolerance is and how you plan to construct a portfolio to achieve those goals rather than just chasing the flavor of the week.
Why? Because it will force you to slow down and make decisions based on rational thinking rather than emotion, and will also inevitably lead you to think long term.
Setting ROI targets
Bluntly put, a lot of young investors who are in crypto have really unrealistic expectations about returns and risk.
A lot of them have never invested in any other type of financial asset, and hence many seem to consider a 10% ROI in a month to be unexciting, even though that is roughly what they should be aiming for.
I see a ton of people making their decisions with the expectation to double their money every month. This has lead a worrying amount of newbies putting in way too much money way too quickly into anything on the front page of CoinMarketCap with a low dollar value per coin hoping that crypto get them out of their debt or a life of drudgery in a cubicle. And all in the next year or two!
Keep in mind that a 10% monthly increase when compounded equals a 313% annual return, or over 3x your money. That may not sound exciting to those who entered recently and saw their money go 20x in a month on something like Aave before it crashed back down.
Summing it all up
Consider the individual risk of each crypto and start looking for red flags:
- guaranteed promises of large returns (protip: that’s a Ponzi)
- float allocations that give way too much to the founder
- vague whitepapers
- vague timelines
- no clear use case
- Github with no useful code and sparse activity
- a team that is difficult to find information on or even worse anonymous
While all cryptocurrencies are a risky investments but generally you can break down cryptos into “low” risk core, medium risk speculative and high risk speculative
- Low Risk Core – This is the exchange pairing cryptos and those that are well established. These are almost sure to be around in 5 years, and will recover after any bear market. Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum are in this class of risk, and I would also argue Monero. Allocate most of your funds into this basket.
- Medium Risk Speculative – These would be cryptos which generally have at least some product and are reasonably established, but higher risk than Core. Things like Stellar, Cardano, BNB, NEO..etc.
- High Risk Speculative – This is anything created within the last few years, low caps, shillcoins, DeFi…etc. Most cryptos are in this category, most of them will be essentially worthless in 5 years. Invest a very small portion of your funds and only what you can afford to lose (and I truly mean it because there is a big chance you will lose it all).
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