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'Alt season' is not a given, careful not to get frozen out! by nanzo-scoop

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· @nanzo-scoop ·
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'Alt season' is not a given, careful not to get frozen out!
**Over the last few weeks, I imagine many crypto speculators have woken up each morning, stared at their Blockfolio and sighed 'when Alt season?' As they watch Bitcoin almost quadruple in value, surely it is only a matter of time before alts rise significantly too? For history has shown us, sure as night follows day, that a Bitcoin rally is *invariably* followed by an altcoin rally. This time will be no different. Will it?**

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# Supporting act

If cryptocurrency was a story than the main protagonist would undoubtedly be Bitcoin. 'Altcoins' have been a supporting act. 

First, we had an era of the 'true altcoin'. These were simple 'copy-pastes' of the Bitcoin codebase, with a few parameters tweaks.  

Then we had the era of the 'cryptocurrencies'. New protocols, with new use cases. Be it anonymity and the Cryptonote codebase that Monero is based on. Or the 'World Computer', 'platform' blockchains lead by Ethereum. These cryptocurrencies promised to unlock the true potential of blockchain technology. We then had the ICO craze. We were going to tokenise everything. Followed by the 'forks', pretenders to the BTC crown, that were going to adhere to the 'true' purpose of Bitcoin.

The proliferation of coins meant that even though Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, it's dominance was called into question. Even a 'flippening' (where another crypto became more valuable in marketcap than bitcoin) looked a distinct possibility.

Many speculators were looking to get in on the ground floor of 'next' cryptocurrency that was going to do Bitcoin like returns. Thus when Bitcoin pumps, altcoin pump harder.

# Once bitten

I'm not sure that's the sentiment this time around. 

The last 12 months have been brutal for Altcoins. 2017 saw a lot of money pumped into Projects that either failed to deliver a meaningful product or if they did produce something failed to gain any traction or user adoption. Most tokens associated with these projects lost most if not all their value.

2017 was very much a speculation bubble; picking 'winning coins' was a simple as throwing darts at the wall. Everything was going up and crypto was going to solve the world's problems. Any bright (or not so bright) idea was getting money thrown at it. I had conversations with many people that bulked at Bitcoin's 'price' yet had no concept of the circulation supply, maximum supply, marketcap or liquidity of the 'bargin' coin they were about to purchase.

The 2018 bear market will have been a reality check for many. One that will surely make many people more circumspect during the next bull market. Discerning investors are going to want to see receipts.

Particularly when Bitcoin, with this rally, has solidified its 'store of value' use case and its narrative of being digital gold being a simple one to grasp.

# Footnote

> 'Past performance is no guarantee of future performance'

It is sobering to think that despite all the innovation and interest around the crypto market, altcoins might just become a footnote the in Bitcoin story.

We may look back and see the 2017 bull market being either the 'ICO or Altcoin speculation' bubble, in much the same way we look at the 2013 bull market as being the 'Willybot' bubble.

The next bull market could easily be the 'Institutional FOMO' bubble. It could be a bubble that demands a single focus (Bitcoin) in order to drive serious liquidity. Many people may end up looking back on their personal [pizza day](https://qz.com/1285209/bitcoin-pizza-day-2018-eight-years-ago-someone-bought-two-pizzas-with-bitcoins-now-worth-82-million/) moments. Times, where they let absurd amounts of Bitcoin slip through their fingers purchasing a defunct Altcoin.

# Conclusion

Only history knows the true fate of cryptocurrencies and tokens.

I believe most cryptos will die. However a few will emerge as behemoths in their own right, shaking up one industry or another. 

Choosing the right ones however, could be as much luck as judgment. One (genuine) partnership or deal could completely shift an illiquid landscape.

Thus if you are going to place a 'bet' (educated or otherwise) on an Altcoin, recognise that it is a bet. The prudent move, in my view, is to ensure that you're at least hedged with some Bitcoin. Not financial advice, of course, just good old common sense in the circumstances.

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@shortsegments ·
Truly this phrase gives new meaning to the notion that you should always read a post to the end. 
> Thus if you are going to place a 'bet' (educated or otherwise) on an Altcoin, recognise that it is a bet. The prudent move, in my view, is to ensure that you're at least hedged with some Bitcoin. Not financial advice, of course, just good old common sense in the circumstances.<
The article educated and illustrates, but this thematic summary gives final thought to it all. 
Sometimes we know what we should be doing, but supportive and reasoned words from another help us realize we are on the right path. 
Thank you, peace be with you and also good health. 
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@stevelivingston ·
Yes, well put. It appears this time around that it might be institutional investors doing more of the running (so far) and they're going to be far less likely to skim down the charts looking for wider investments. 

They're only just coming to terms with accepting bitcoin as a legitimate asset class!

This could become a more 'focused' bull run. Will be interesting to see how it plays out...

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@blazing ·
only real true life projects will survive thanks for sharing your opinion :) time to invest carefully and wisely
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@gandhibaba ·
While I believe that Bitcoin is the real king, I believe that those already caught in the BTC ship will soon jump into the altcoin ship if and when BTC goes sideways for sometime. 

However, here lies the hallmark of the matter:
> Thus if you are going to place a 'bet' (educated or otherwise) on an Altcoin, recognise that it is a bet. The prudent move, in my view, is to ensure that you're at least hedged with some Bitcoin. Not financial advice, of course, just good old common sense in the circumstances. 

PS: Post resteemed. Thanks for sharing.
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@arcange ·
Congratulations @nanzo-scoop!
Your post was mentioned in the [Steem Hit Parade](/hit-parade/@arcange/daily-hit-parade-20190626) in the following category:

* Upvotes - Ranked 8 with 1180 upvotes
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@jmehta ·
Upvoted!

2019 is going to be interesting this year has gone so fast and the community is growing rapidly.  The price of all the top 10 I think are going to explode next year.
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@ma1neevent ·
Yeah it's funny how people always assume the alts will follow BTC, but that may not always happen... nothing is certain in the markets!

If you are looking to support some new authors on Steem, I write a weekly curation blog on my @Ma1neEvent profile, you can check them out if you'd like! Thanks for supporting original content on Steem @nanzo-scoop!
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@daio ·
I hope we will live to see that time to find out. .
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@shortsegments ·
$0.04
Hi Nanzo
I upgraded my Patron to Sponsor!

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@shortsegments ·
Hi Nanzo
What do you think of this project?
https://steemit.com/investing/@shortsegments/steem-leo-a-new-scot-tribe-project-and-a-community-for-investors
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@detlev ·
$1.24
Hi @nanzo-scoop, what a great read. Thanks for this. 

May I ask your โ€œnice round ball out of glassโ€ about the future of steem?
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@nanzo-scoop ·
Hey @detlev, 

Hope you're well. To be fair, I haven't been across Steem developments over the last few months, as other matters have had to take precedence. 

Right now the fate of Steem seems intertwined with alts generally. It's 'fallen into the pack, as it were. 

If another alt season manifests, Steem has as much chance of pumping as any other coin.

I should have more time over the next few months to take a closer look at Steem and form a more considered opinion. Still invested for the long term but not adding to my stack just yet.
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@detlev · (edited)
Hey @nanzo-scoop,

Thanks for your feedback and hope to see you soon again. 

Btw. Love to learn what you do long term. BTC, EOS, ....

Anyway, here is a !BEER for you.
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