TRON Records 2x Increase in Price Since November, What Caused it?

Tron has become an exception in a long-running bear market of cryptocurrencies.
The decentralized blockchain protocol experienced a twofold surge in the value of its native token TRX. Between November 20, 2018, and January 18, 2018, the TRX/USD pair rose from 0.0132 to 0.0249, according to CoinMarketCap.com. In the same timeframe, the Bitcoin price dropped 18.37%, from $4474.58 to $3,652.50 while TRX’s closest competitors Ether and EOS experienced 18.39% and 33.42% worth of losses in US Dollars, respectively.
Source: CoinMarketCap.com
The surge assisted TRX to maintain its position among the top ten cryptocurrencies. Tron’s total market capitalization at press time touched $1.67 billion, as confirmed by CoinMarketCap.com’s aggregated data.
What Made Tron’s TRX Rise
Earlier this month, Tron’s founder and CEO Justin Sun announced that they would soon launch BitTorrent Token (BTT).
Sun revealed that BTT would “create a token-based economy around the usage of networking, bandwidth, and storage” in BitTorrent’s file-sharing system. The 28-year old entrepreneur also said that with BTT, BitTorrent’s 50 million global users would automatically adopt blockchain. He also confirmed that TRX holders would receive some stakes in BTT, a reason why Tron’s token’s demand increased dramatically.

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— BitTorrent (@BitTorrents) January 18, 2019

What also helped Tron was a flawlessly handled marketing. Sun made a lot of noise when they acquired BitTorrent for $60 million. He kept appearing across public boards via interviews and Twitter to build a solid marketing campaign. And every word Sun wrote or said during these three months projected Tron as the world’s biggest cryptocurrency project.

This is BIG, an ICO for @BitTorrent with 100M users and nice concept for token economics – lead by @Tronfoundation who bought @BitTorrent and partnering with @binance . I promised myself I wont invest in any ICOs for a while, but its interesting… smart move from $TRX… #myidea https://t.co/VVrEBWqxBY
— Yoni Assia (@yoniassia) January 17, 2019

For instance, Sun claimed that Tron could confirm transactions faster than Ethereum and EOS. He announced a $100 million fund for developers who run their decentralized apps on Tron’s network. He even went ahead to call a Chinese internet giant Baidu its partner while, in reality, Tron was only a customer to Baidu’s cloud computing services.
Nevertheless, every announcement made by Sun met with positive response from traders. TRX price rose as much as marketing maintained the token’s hype.
Criticism
Simon Morris, who was an executive at BitTorrent for ten years, confirmed that Tron could not handle the number of transactions they needed to tokenize BitTorrent. He clarified that his team had started building the blockchain project before Tron acquired it.
“It seems they’re going in the same direction [as our plan],” Morris told Breaker. “But what’s very clear is that they are going to say they are going in the same direction, come what may, because that’s what Tron does; it’s [basically] a marketing machine layered on a very thin veneer of technology.”
Ryan Selkis, chief executive officer at researcher Messari Inc., told Bloomberg:
“A lot of people wrote off Tron as all hype/marketing and no substance, but they made a lot of noise with the BitTorrent acquisition, and now I think it’s an open question of whether they will be one of crypto’s most high profile ‘fake it til you make it’ success stories.”
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Is Bitcoin Heading for $3,000? Potential Factors for a Market Recovery

After watching the price of Bitcoin going through its roughest month for seven whole years, many in the space appear to be bracing themselves for a more brutal “crypto winter” than they ever thought possible. One market analyst believes that we could be about to drop further to a new yearly low of $3,000.
That said, there has been very little in the way of negative news surrounding the number one digital asset. In fact, Bitcoin’s surrounding infrastructure has never looked better. Despite the lulls, such factors continue to inspire bullishness from familiar voices.
Bitcoin Price: When Will the Bleeding Stop?
Just like last year, the expectations of many have been defied in the closing months of 2018. Bitcoin has continued on its downwards trajectory to its current price of around $3,400. Many felt the end of the market bloodshed was here after the price spent so long in the $6,000 to $6,800 range. The following sharp decline over the last month has taken a lot of folks by surprise. However, some analysts believe we are far from the end of the current bear market.

#Bitcoin looking quite ugly here. If the uptrend support doesn't hold I would aim to $3,250 and $3,000 as next targets.
Bear flag already breaking down.
More updates on $BTCUSD: https://t.co/WV7FKTZRa0 pic.twitter.com/Nq6sxGLc5a
— Crypto Rand (@crypto_rand) December 11, 2018

The view of Crypto Rand above is echoed by controversial YouTube technical analyst Tone Vays. In his latest episode, Tone argues that Bitcoin must first hit the 50 month moving average at around $3,000 before it will change direction and can begin to move up again:
“The most optimal scenario is actually a few more candles of consolidation into the $3,000 area, like a few more months of consolidation.”
The former Wall Street trader went on to state that a good base for further growth would be found if the price consolidated close to $3,100 in around March of 2019.

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— Tone Vays [@Bitcoin] (@ToneVays) December 11, 2018

The Uber-Bulls Hold On…
Despite technical analysts warning of further downside coming, some of the most vocal cryptocurrency bulls around are not worried by the current market conditions. The likes of Mike Novogratz might have lost money on the epic cryptocurrency decline of 2018 but he is still confident about the space’s future. He spoke to Bloomberg about the market and how he expects it to evolve in the coming years.
The billionaire investor and CEO of Galaxy Investment Partners first reasoned about the most recent price plunge:
“I did think Bitcoin was going to hold at $6,200. It stayed there for four months. It felt like the selling was finished. But then Bitcoin Cash decided to fork again. At the same time the SEC came out and sanctioned a few ICOs and said, ‘Oh, by the way, your investors can sue for damages.’ That scared the heck out of a lot of people.”
He then turned his attention to the leading digital asset’s future:
“I do believe Bitcoin is going to be digital gold… The fact that David Swensen put an investment into Bitcoin, with his reputation on the line, his endowment on the line, tells you something. Some of the smartest people in the investing world think it’s a store of value.”
Meanwhile, other cryptocurrency converts are still optimistic, despite the market downturn. Travis Kling, a portfolio manager at Steven A. Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, recently spoke about how Bitcoin was anything but a short term play:
“So this is going to be a multi-year, multi-decade thing to play out, but, there is an inevitability to [Bitcoin] though. The ability to have a non-sovereign digital money.”
Perhaps the most important reason to remain a long-term bull on Bitcoin is the list of names creating improvements to the underlying infrastructure. Along with the likes of Coinbase, Circle, and Blockchain, huge traditional financial institutions are stepping into the market in a big way. Take Fidelity Investments, for example. The multi-trillion-dollar asset management firm plans to launch both a custody solution and trading desk for the planet’s richest investors in the coming months.
Likewise, the launch of Bakkt next year is also cause for celebration. This should make taking up positions in digital assets easier for retail and institutional investors alike. Behind Bakkt is the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) – the owners of the New York Stock Exchange. Needless to say, the likes of Fidelity and the ICE would not risk their reputations on the space if they did not think there was a future for Bitcoin and other blockchain-based digital currencies.
Of course, such products and services do not guarantee demand for crypto. Encouragingly, however, they are likely inspired by requests from existing clients. If increased demand coincides with the launch of these platforms, that’s great. That said, the most important thing is that when demand finally does pick back up, acquiring, trading, and storing digital currency will be more accessible than it ever has been.
Related Reading: Bakkt Focusing on Bitcoin Due to Its Liquidity and Classification as a Commodity
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Future is Brighter Than Ever for Crypto, Says Roger Ver

The outspoken CEO of Bitcoin.com believes that the future of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash is bright, despite the current market sentiment, fearing that the budding financial technology has already met its demise.
Roger Ver: Based on Fundamentals, Crypto’s Long-Term Future is Bright
Roger Ver is a polarizing character in the cryptocurrency industry.
Love him or hate him, though, there’s no denying the early Bitcoin investor has helped bring cryptocurrency into the mainstream and has pushed the envelope for widespread adoption. In his latest comments, the Bitcoin.com CEO gives a positive outlook on cryptocurrencies.
While speaking to Bloomberg, Ver was questioned about the longevity of cryptocurrencies. As a self-proclaimed “fundamentals investor,” Ver believes that “long-term the future is brighter than ever,” for cryptocurrencies, adding that there’s “more awareness,” “more adoption,” and “more stuff happening all over the world.”
Related Reading: Roger Ver Hints at Launching Bitcoin Cash-Centric Exchange
Pundits like to demonize cryptocurrency for its usage in cyber crimes, for being a Ponzi scheme, or how cryptocurrency exchanges have suffered security breaches resulting in millions of dollars stolen from investors. Ver, on the other hand, claims that these things are nothing more than “bullish signals that cryptocurrency is here to stay and here for the long-term.”
“If anything I think it’s brought additional awareness to the ecosystem in the fact that such big players are involved. The fact that hackers are trying to hack it shows its worth something. If it wasn’t worth anything, it wasn’t useful, hackers wouldn’t be wasting their time trying to hack it,” Ver said justifying his comments.

“I’m incredibly bullish on the entire crypto coin ecosystem, and Bitcoin Cash specifically,” Ver explained.

Ver Wishes Bitcoin SV and Other Crypto “Good Luck”
When asked how cryptocurrencies can shed some of the stigma surrounding them, Ver suggests that influential figures and businesses in the space “need to build an economy based on actually using cryptocurrencies as currencies rather than just a bunch of speculators speculating.” Ver says that’s been Bitcoin’s goals from day one, as is the goal of Bitcoin Cash and recent rival Bitcoin SV.
While a “war” between two Bitcoin Cash factions has been waging for months – which many point to as the uncertainty that led to Bitcoin’s break of support at $6,000, sending it to new lows – Ver wished his opposing camp “good luck.”
Related Reading: Bitcoin Cash Rivals Duke It Out Ahead of Hard Fork
“I wish every cryptocurrency good luck if they’re trying to bring more economic freedom to the world by making them useful as currencies for the world,” Ver added.
Last month, Bitcoin Cash was hard forked to split and create two “camps” as Ver called them: Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV. Bitcoin ABC was favored by Ver and his supporters, while Bitcoin SV – Satoshi’s Vision – was led by Craig Wright, who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto.
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