Year in Review
Even though the price dropped almost 90 percent, Ethereum was still one of the most active and vivacious projects in 2018 as it has seen increase in developer interest, expansion of the developer pool, incremented growth of useful dApps regulatory certainty, and institutional interest indicating that Ethereum is anything but dead.
There’s no doubt the 2018 bear market has been vicious, as ETH lost over 92% of its value but has recovered somewhat from the yearly low that went below $100 at one point.
Higher Transaction Volume
The Ethereum blockchain has seen growth of active addresses and on-chain transaction volume in 2018, which are both good proxies to measure adoption. The number of unique Ethereum addresses broke the 50 million mark, and the rate of unique address creation has increased in 2018 as well.
Starting in March 2018, the network stabilized at around 50 million ETH transacted per month, and has fluctuated nominally month-to-month since.
Bitcoin wasn’t the only cryptocurrency to garner attention from the world of traditional finance. Fidelity Investments is launching an institutional platform for Bitcoin and Ethereum and the investment company currently provides financial services for $7.2 trillion in assets.
While CBOE is expected to adopt Ethereum in 2019, Coinbase has already adopted ERC-20 tokens with almost gay abandon over the last couple of months.
Approximately 200k smart contracts were created and deployed in June since the start of 2018, and that number has grown to more than 1 million in October and nearly 1.8 million deployed in 2018 to date. This is an increase of nearly 25% year over year. The number of successful calls to smart contracts has remained consistent at 1.2 million per day when compared to 2017.
Interest in the Ethereum community is growing in general as well. Reddit’s community has grown to more than twice its 2017 size, from 176k in early December 2017 to 418k in early December 2018, and several telegram communities have more than doubled their users as well.
Without fail, the Ethereum blockchain remains the most robust smart contract platform in existence. Of the top 100 tokens by market cap, 96% are built off Ethereum. Of the top 1000 tokens, 89% are built off Ethereum
ETH Roadmap for 2019
Ethereum has unveiled a “new” roadmap called Ethereum 2.0.
Some of the major updates that will be included in Ethereum 2.0 will be:
- Proof Of Stake & Beacon Chain
Another pivotal milestone on the Ethereum roadmap was the Constantinople Hard Fork that successfully went live at the end of Febraury. The Ethereum team has had three major roadmap milestones laid out for them since 2016:
Each of these milestones laid the groundwork for eventually moving to Proof OF Stake (Serenity). Byzantium provided the much needed security. And Constantinople is laying the pieces to allow the transition to Serenity (Casper V2).
There will be 5 main EIP (Ethereum Improvement Proposal) introduced in Ethereum 2.0.
#1. EIP 145: This introduces bitwise shifting, as EVM opcodes. This more efficient way of coding can reduce the cost of gas and number of instructions required.
#2. EIP 1052: Optimization of large scale code execution.
#3. EIP 1283: This is based on EIP 1087 and introduces a pricing method for storage to developers.
#4. EIP 1014: This is Vitalik Buterin’s upgrade proposal for a scaling solution that is based on state channels and “off-chain” transactions.
#5. EIP 1234: This reduces the block mining reward from 3 ETH down to 2 ETH. This will also delay the “difficulty bomb” for 12 months.
General Market Movements and Sentiment Shift
The downfall of altcoins that were mainstream media darlings at the start of the year, ETH among them, can be attributed, in part, to novice investors getting scared off once the bear market kicked in with a vengeance. 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.
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.
Some altcoins will continue to have some speculative value for the foreseeable future. But just like the now infamous tulips, the hysteria will eventually subside. We are already witnessing the first phases of that slide and even though most of the bag holders react emotionally to articles that criticize their coins, I am just observing the developments on the market. You better start emotionally detaching yourself from your “great sounding” coin because if goes nowhere, ideas are worthless without execution and real users that see value in the project.
Our ETH Price Prediction for 2019
ETH, as the rest of the market, is tied at the hip of bitcoin’s price action. If bitcoin embarks on another bull run, ETH can hope for one as well. Since that is very unlikely, don’t expect much to change for ETH price-wise in this year. So 2019 will be a year of boring sideways action with minor bitcoin ignited jumps and slumps.
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:
- Suppress or depress altcoins as money flows into Bitcoin;
- Or, take altcoins along for the ride
In cases when Bitcoin plunges, it will likely:
- Depress altcoins as money flows into fiat;
- Or, cause altcoins to boom as money flows into them, but this is rarely the case.
When Bitcoin moves sideways, it will likely:
- Cause altcoins to mimic that as traders wait for a clear sign on the direction of the market;
- 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 ETH be among those 5%?
Very high probability of that happening.
Ethereum has an order of magnitude more developers building on it than any other platform — and this gap is widening by the day. That means if another blockchain platform wants to beat Ethereum in terms of developer adoption, it’s not enough for it to catch up to where Ethereum is now — it has to exceed Ethereum’s growth rate moving forward. If you don’t have developers building applications on your blockchain, you’re effectively building a ghost town.
The blockchain platform that has the most developers building real-world applications on top of it will be the platform that gains the widest mainstream adoption. And not only does Ethereum have a massive head start in this area, but the gap is widening with each day that passes.
Ethereum has better tools and infrastructure for DApp development than any other platform. Truffle. Infura. Web3.js. OpenZeppelin. Geth. Ganache. MetaMask. CryptoZombies. MyCrypto. Etherscan. ERC20 and ERC721.
These are tools (among many others) that different developer teams have tirelessly poured hundreds of thousands of hours into — and they’re free to use for any Ethereum developer who wants to build a DApp on Ethereum.
All of this summed up sets ETH apart from any of its numerous “killers” like EOS, NEO, ADA, TRX etc.
Market prediction for ETH 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 Ethereum price, which will give us another point of view to consider:
Nigel Green Ethereum Price Prediction
The deVere group, one of the leading International Financial consulting firms’ CEO Nigel Green, predicted that Ethereum would reach more than $2500 by 2019. He stated three reasons for ETH price increase- more platforms used for trading and more demand for digital currencies, increased use of smart contracts and the decentralization of cloud computing.
The current technical structure will remain negative as long as the price is below $515, but a successful 2-hour close above this level may perhaps decrease the current bearish pressure and open the doors for a fresh upward wave. On the flip side, the recent low of $477.31 may act as a decent support, the next buy zone being around $450. Overall Ether could consolidate in the short term, but it remains at a risk of more losses until there is a break above $515.
Trading Beasts Ethereum Price Prediction
According to the website, Trading Beasts, the price of Ether might reach $908 by the end of 2019, the average price might revolve around $650. That was a very optimistic price prediction for Ethereum.
Walletinvestor is a popular website that does technical analysis-based price predictions of various cryptocurrencies. According to them, ETH is expected to go down to $15 in one year. This price prediction is very skeptical and probably inaccurate as the current price is a whole order of magnitude greater and ETH would need to totally implode to drop that heavily.
Ian McLeod Ethereum Price Prediction
Ian McLeod, an influential technology expert of Thomas Crown Art predicts that Ethereum might reach something more than $500 by 2019 as it might experience a global and monumental breakout. He mentions that BTC might lose 50% of its crypto market share to ETH in 5 years or so.
Cryptoground predicts that ETH might reach $335 by the end of 2019. They even added their version of RDD price prediction 2024, where they stated that RDD might reach $1471 by 2024.
Digitalcoinprice gave a very positive prediction saying that by 2019 end, ETH might be 3x more valuable than now – $304 per coin.
ETH Future: 2020, 2023, 2025
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