Cryptocurrency predictions for August 2018

Since bitcoin set sail in 2009, cryptocurrencies have made waves across the globe. The big question on everyone’s lips: what will these coins be worth in the future?

We’ve set out to ask a panel of fintech leaders for their 2018 cryptocurrency predictions, and we’ll release a new set of insights every month.

Read on for 2018 cryptocurrency predictions from finder.com.au's panellists.

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This month

For our August report, nine panellists predict the movements of 13 coins. These include the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap – bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), Ethereum (ETH), EOS (EOS), IOTA (MIOTA), Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR), Ripple (XRP) and Stellar Lumens (XLM) – as well as three top trending coins, DigiByte (DGB), TRON (TRX) and Dogecoin (DOGE). Opinions are solely those of our panellists.

What about other up-and-coming coins this year? Check out our panellists’ comments on new coins at the end of this report.

Which coins are expected to see the biggest rise this month and throughout 2018?

Of the 13 coins, our panellists forecast that DigiByte will experience the greatest price growth this month (42%), as well as the greatest growth by the end of the year (132%). It's followed by EOS (131%) and IOTA (123%) for greatest growth by the end of 2018.

Our panellists expect that all average coin predictions for 1 September and the end of the year will be positive, with TRON expected to see the smallest growth by 31 December (27%).

Cryptocurrency Current price per unit (as of 29 July 2018) (USD) Price prediction on 1 Sept 2018 (USD) Price prediction on 31 Dec 2018 (USD) % change to 1 Sept 2018 % change to 31 Dec 2018
Bitcoin $8,219 $8,539 $14,289 4% 74%
Bitcoin Cash $829 $943 $1,352 14% 63%
Cardano $0.163 $0.203 $0.344 24% 111%
DigiByte $0.04 $0.058 $0.095 42% 132%
Dogecoin $0.003 $0.0045 $0.007 36% 112%
Ethereum $467 $547 $901 17% 93%
EOS $8.34 $10.8 $19.3 30% 131%
IOTA $1.01 $1.26 $2.25 25% 123%
Litecoin $84.08 $96.5 $153 15% 81%
Monero $135 $183 $247 35% 82%
Ripple $0.45 $0.49 $0.8 8% 76%
Stellar Lumens $0.31 $0.40 $0.58 31% 90%
TRON $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 2% 27%

As for forecast market capitalisations for bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum – the only coins of the 13 with a reported number of coins available by 31 December 2018 – our panel predicts that Ethereum will see the greatest increase in market cap growth by the end of the year (101%). Bitcoin follows with a 77% increase, with Bitcoin Cash picked to come in at 17%.

We calculated market cap predictions using the number of coins expected to be in circulation by the end of the year and our panellists’ forecast of each coin’s value by the end of the year.

Cryptocurrency Current market cap (as of 29 July 2018) (USD) Market cap at 31 Dec 2018 (USD) Market cap % change to 31 Dec 2018
Bitcoin $141 billion $249.4 billion 77%
Bitcoin Cash $14.2 billion $16.6 billion 17%
Ethereum $47.2 billion $94.6 billion 101%

Our panellists

craig cobb panellist

Craig Cobb

TRADERCOBB.COM

Founder
@TraderCobb

+ Full bio

Craig Cobb runs TraderCobb.com, a website designed to educate people on crypto trading in a way that’s simple, easy and logical. He previously worked as a trader and mentor for global company Trade With Precision.

Fred Schebesta panellist

Fred Schebesta

FINDER.COM.AU

Co-founder
@Schebesta

+ Full bio

Fred Schebesta is co-founder of personal finance comparison website finder.com.au. Fred is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, mentor, cryptocurrency advocate and regular on the startup speaker circuit.

Aaron LePoidevin, panellist

Aaron LePoidevin

EVERY CAPITAL

Adviser
@aaronlepoidevin

+ Full bio

Aaron LePoidevin is an adviser at Every Capital, Australia’s first retail crypto hedge fund. He’s an active angel investor, startup mentor and board adviser, with a particular interest in blockchain technology and crypto assets.

Joseph Raczynski Panellist

Joseph Raczynski

JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

Technologist, Futurist
@joerazz

+ Full bio

An experienced technology consultant and manager specialising in blockchain technology, Joseph Raczynski helps clients innovate and become forward thinkers in their space. He also specialises in AI, cybersecurity and legal technology.

Alisa Gus, panellist

Alisa Gus

WISHKNISH

CEO
@WhampaChick

+ Full bio

Alisa Gus is CEO of a blockchain gamified social market network. Its goal is to help communities grow and stay engaged through blockchain technology. She is also a founding member of the DC Digital Economy Hub.

Sarah Bergstrand, panellist

Sarah Bergstrand

BITBULL CAPITAL

COO
@i_am_sarahb

+ Full bio

Sarah Bergstrand is COO of BitBull Capital, a crypto hedge fund with a focus on research into crypto markets and asset investment. Her previous experience includes being COO of a venture-backed tech company.

Rabbi Ahmed, Panellist

Rabbi Ahmed

BIT TRADE

Head of Trading
@rabbi_ahmed

+ Full bio

Rabbi Ahmed is head of trading for Bit Trade, Australia’s longest-running provider of digital currency trading services. Ahmed has a decadelong background working in trading and stockbroking roles in financial markets.

Yaroslav Tonkovidov panellist

Yaroslav Tonkovidov

FINFORGE

Chief Investment Officer
@YTonkovidov

+ Full bio

Yaroslav Tonkovidov is chief investment officer for FinForge, a venture lab for fintech companies. He is also founder of LAPA Inc., a software solution for cryptoassets. Yaroslav is based in Moscow, Russia.

Skye Dunworth panellist

Skye Dunworth

SPENDHER

CEO and Founder
@spendher

+ Full bio

Skye Dunworth is founder of investment platform, Spendher. She developed the app as a way for women to buy, sell and store bitcoin instantly. She has previously worked at Blue Sky and Deloitte as a management consultant.

Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade. Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.

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Bitcoin (BTC)

$8,219


Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$8,539 +4%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$14,289 +74%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

As of 29 July 2018, bitcoin’s price was $8,219. Spendher founder Skye Dunworth predicts the highest price for 1 September 2018, at $9,800. As for 2018 performance overall, WishKnish CEO Alisa Gus predicts a high $24,000, followed by Craig Cobb, founder of TraderCobb.com, who predicts $18,500.

Gus says, “I am glad to see it rebounding. I don't think bitcoin is going to go too much higher by the end of the year as compared to last year – but I do think it's got it within it to overtake the last record, despite the shaky beginning to the year.”

The number of bitcoin expected to circulate by the end of the year is 17,456,672 (based on 1,800 coins mined per day). From here, we can work out the estimated market capitalisation for 31 December 2018. Based on our panellists’ forecasts of value per coin by 31 December, the predicted market cap for bitcoin by the end of 2018 sits at $249.4 billion.

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$9,500Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$18,500Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$322.9 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“The daily has now turned into an uptrend, which naturally has me bullish and looking for long trades. The monthly [although, not yet closed at time of comment] has a bullish candle in the cradle zone I trade from. So, therefore, I can see if this trend continues a decent move to the end of the year.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$9,500Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$24,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$419.0 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“I am glad to see it rebounding. I don't think bitcoin is going to go too much higher by the end of the year as compared to last year – but I do think it's got it within it to overtake the last record, despite the shaky beginning to the year.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM.AU

US$6,100Price by
1
Sept 2018

US$9,400Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$164.1 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“The market is consolidating, and it’s trying to figure out its next move. Right now it's going up and down, up and down. It’s trying to find the stable price. It’s taking time to determine the actual value.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$8,700 Price by
1
Sept 2018

US$10,000 Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$174.6 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Bitcoin is like the mature runner in a marathon now. She trucks along at a good pace, no longer sprinting ahead like a 20-year-old. Instead, the original crypto will continue a slow and steady incline ahead, with periodic pullbacks for water and power bars. What will drive BTC forward is institutional investors continuing to come into the market, thus creating greater stability.”

Yaroslav TonkovidovAuthor
FINFORGE

US$9,000 Price by
1
Sept 2018

US$14,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$244.4 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“BTC shows an uprise after a couple of black months, which should be interpreted as a correction to the 6,000 downfall. Very likely that will see BTC at a lower level after the correction is complete, but it seems more likely that it will maintain current levels until vacation season is over and a 'thin market' period takes place.”

Aaron LePoidevinAuthor
EVERY CAPITAL

US$8,750 Price by
1
Sept 2018

US$15,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$261.9 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“For the moment, BTC seems to have settled around the $8,000 level. With the cost of mining not much less than this, and further derivative products to come onto the market, I am still bullish of a big increase in value by December.”

Sarah BergstrandAuthor
BITBULL CAPITAL

US$6,500Price by
1
Sept, 2018

US$7,500Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$130.9 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“I think bitcoin will continue to plateau throughout the end of the year into next. It may break the $7,500 support line, but it will bounce back down and stay stable between $6,500 and $7,500.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$9,000Price by
1
Sept 2018

US$20,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$349.1 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“We believe that the low has formed in July. Moving forward, if there is an ETF approval, the market should rally strongly by the tail end of the year and take out prior all-time highs."

Skye DunworthAuthor
SPENDHER

UD$9,800Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$10,200Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$178.1 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Oncoming ETF potential and increasing institutional investments may steadily increase BTC toward the end of this year. It's been a slow (if not 'boring') year for BTC, but I believe we may see a strong close to the year. My personal view is there has been a lot of noise with ICOs, issues with trust, credibility and also regulation, and as this dissipates, it highlights the fundamental strength of BTC, which I think investors will gravitate to. ”

Bitcoin historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

$829

Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$943 +14%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$1,351 +63%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

Bitcoin Cash’s price was $829 on 29 July 2018. By 1 September 2018, its price per unit is expected to range from $670 to $1,128, according to our panellists.

At the end of 2018, the average price of Bitcoin Cash is expected to rise by 63%. The highest prediction comes from Craig Cobb, who forecasts an increase to $2,000. He says, “There is a trend back to bullish, but it’s not as enthusiastic as bitcoin. A lot of unknowns for BCH long term, so a tough one for the long-term end-of-year pick”.

Finder.com.au cofounder Fred Schebesta is on the lower end of the spectrum, predicting the price to fall to $500 by the end of the year.

The amount of Bitcoin Cash expected to circulate by the end of the year is 17,542,054. This allows us to work out the market capitalisation for 31 December 2018. Based on our panellists’ forecasts of value per coin by 31 December, the predicted market cap for Bitcoin Cash by the end of 2018 is $16.6 billion.

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$1,128Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$2,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$35.1 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Trend back to bullish, but it's not as enthusiastic as bitcoin. A lot of unknowns for BCH long term, so a tough one for the long-term end-of-year pick.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$850Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$1,240Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$21.8 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“As ever, I am prejudiced against this coin. So while it will mirror the trajectory of its more mainstream sibling (barring market manipulations or rumours thereof), I don't see it finding its own level or indeed a particular place in user sentiment.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM.AU

US$670Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$500Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$8.8 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“What is Bitcoin Cash?”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$990Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$1,100Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$19.3 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Cash got trashed recently. It has potential, but I am still waiting until more buy into the ecosystem – literally with their hardware and mining to better support the network. The 51% attack still has me seeing this as a watch and wait. In addition, BTC is starting to evolve itself to handle larger block sizes, which would compete against the essence of BCH.”

Yaroslav TonkovidovAuthor
FINFORGE

US$1,000Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$1,600Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$28.2 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“BCH will follow BTC's pace, but being an altcoin gives it a better position for growth, as speculative trading needs heavy altcoins for bigger profits.”

Aaron LePoidevinAuthor
EVERY CAPITAL

US$870Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$1,400Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$24.6 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“BCH has strong underlying capability and a following that is more likely to be long-term holders than most other cryptocurrencies. Planned enhanced features may support the further increase in value between now and December.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$1,091Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$1,621Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$28.4 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

Bitcoin Cash historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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Cardano (ADA)

$0.163

Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$0.203 +24%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$0.34 +111%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

As of 29 July 2018, Cardano’s price was $0.163 per unit. It’s expected to hit $0.203 by 1 September, a change of 24%. The panellists predict it to grow 111% by the end of year.

The highest prediction for the end of 2018 comes from Craig Cobb at $0.3. He says, "With a bitcoin rising tide, all ships will float." Fred Schebesta gave the lowest prediction for the end of the year at $0.16.

Coming in with a middle-of-the-road prediction, Joseph Raczynski predicts Cardano will hit $0.26 by the end of the year. He says, “Cardano is beginning to get some real chatter in the crypto world. It is not just the hardcore enthusiasts that are gabbing it up these days. They still need to fully cook the pie, but as the months go by, optimism grows, and hopefully no one eats crow.”

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$0.3Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.6Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“With a bitcoin rising tide, all ships will float.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$0.19Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.37Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Some analysts are now saying it can become one of the top four currencies – and I can well see it happen (eventually). Just like we do at WishKnish, it seeks to build the whole ecosystem and change the way cryptos are being used, and I am happy to see it succeeding. Barring hiccups, it can only go up from here.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM.AU

US$0.11Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.16Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Dear Charles, please launch. Thanks, everyone.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.2Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.26Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Cardano is beginning to get some real chatter in the crypto world. It is not just the hardcore enthusiasts that are gabbing it up these days. They still need to fully cook the pie, but as the months go by, optimism grows, and hopefully no one eats crow.”

Cardano historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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Ethereum (ETH)

$466.67

Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$546.86 +17%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$901 +93%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

Ethereum’s price was at $467 as of 29 July 2018. Our panellists predict it to reach between $396 and $715 by 1 September 2018.

By the end of the year, Ethereum’s price is forecast to increase by 93%, with all panellists predicting a positive growth from the current price. Ahmed has the highest prediction for ETH by 31 December at $1,217. Two panellists tie for the second-highest prediction by end of year: Aaron LePoidevin, adviser at Every Capital, and Craig Cobb, founder of TraderCobb.com.

Aaron LePoidevin explains, “ETH appears to have lots of resistance (up and down) around current price levels. I still see a lot of value in the protocol and its uses, which supports my positive view of a doubling in value by December.”

The number of Ethereum expected to circulate by the end of the year is 105,003,724. Based on our panellists’ forecasts of value per coin by 31 December, the predicted market cap for Ethereum by the end of 2018 sits at $94.6 billion.

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$600Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$1,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$105.0 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“It's looking average at the moment on the daily chart. However, it's ETH, and I am sure something beyond the rise of bitcoin will happen.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$522Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$985Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$103.4 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“It hasn't been an easy year for Ether. And today is no exception, given the issues with MetaMask app. It is definitely going to go up – but how much higher and how quickly depends on whether it can keep finding and maintaining its supports.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM.AU

US$396Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$205Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$21.5 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“The major challenges of the protocol space will show their form and outstrip Ethereum's big promises of scaling.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$520Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$950Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$99.8 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Still one of the best organisations out there in partly sunny Cryptoville. Nearly every company I know in the US tests on the Ethereum platform. What does that tell you? There are certainly other programs nibbling at Vitalik’s heels. But for now, they are the one to beat."

Yaroslav TonkovidovAuthor
FINFORGE

US$600Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$950Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$99.8 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“ETH is heavily undervalued compared to BTC which gives it a better opportunity to be the first altcoin to grow after BTC takes a pause. Buterin's recent activity on popularising crypto as a means of payment and the approach of Plasma's outcome gives hope for another leap up.”

Aaron LePoidevinAuthor
EVERY CAPITAL

US$475Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$1,000Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$105.0 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“ETH appears to have lots of resistance (up and down) around current price levels. I still see a lot of value in the protocol and its uses, which supports my positive view of a doubling in value by December."

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$715Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$1,217Price by
31 Dec 2018

US$127.8 billionMarket cap by
31 Dec 2018

Ethereum historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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EOS (EOS)

$8.34

Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$10.82 +30%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$19.3 +131%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

EOS’s price as of 29 July 2018 was $8.34 per unit. By the end of the year, it has the second-highest projected growth of all coins included in the survey at 131%.

Sarah Bergstrand, COO at Bitbull Capital, has the highest prediction for EOS's end-of-year performance at $30. She says, “I believe that once some of the initial projects on EOS start being built, EOS’s price will start to rise.”

Fred Schebesta and Craig Cobb came in with the second- and third-highest predictions for 31 December at $25 and $20, respectively.

Cobb explains, “It needs to break $9.50, and then it has room to move higher.” While Schebesta says, “It’s getting smoother and smoother to build on EOS, but the kinks aren’t ironed out, and it’s going to take more time.”

Alisa Gus had the lowest prediction for the end of the year at $11.6.

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$12Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$20Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Needs to break $9.50, then it has room to move higher."

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$8.5Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$11.6Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Given its mainnet troubles and a market sentiment that has been seen by some as turning to, if not outright sceptical then definitely less enthusiastic, I am thinking the price will now be more affected by that of bitcoin than necessarily its own merits and prognoses, as it had been prior to June. As most currencies, its fortunes will improve against the dollar and bitcoin – but whether it can break free will be something we will have to see, as the projects keep flexing its technical and governance muscles."

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM.AU

US$8.2Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$25Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“It's getting smoother and smoother to build on EOS, but the kinks aren't ironed out, and it's going to take more time.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$9.3Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$15Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“B.R.U.T.A.L. The last few months have been as messy as a Central Park ice cream in August. Who would have thought that their relaunch would have gone the direction it did? I think in time, this is still a platform to watch. They should get this right, but I think most thought that last time around.”

Yaroslav TonkovidovAuthor
FINFORGE

US$10.5Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$14Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Now that EOS's mainnet is released, we are awaiting for a series of ICOs and EOS finex to secure a growth of EOS.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$12.25Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$19.53Price by
31 Dec 2018

Sarah BergstrandAuthor
BITBULL CAPITAL

US$15Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$30Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“I believe that once some of the initial projects on EOS start being built, EOS's price will start to rise.”

EOS historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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IOTA (MIOTA)

$1.01

Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$1.263 +25%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$2.2525 +123%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

As of 29 July 2018, IOTA’s price was $1.01. By 1 September 2018, IOTA’s price per unit is expected to range from $1.1 to $1.5, according to our panellists. Joseph Raczynski has the lowest prediction at $1.1, while Rabbi Ahmed has the highest prediction for the start of September at $1.5.

Positioned between the two, Alisa Gus predicts a moderate value increase to $1.25. She says, “IOTA is certainly near and dear to our hearts, given that it's the only platform in the Top 10 with DAG architecture, like Knish. And given its unique slant toward the Internet of Things, it will do well and will go up. As most coins today, it has issues, but I remain hopeful they will continue being addressed.”

When it comes to our panel’s end-of-year expectations, Raczynski has the lowest prediction at $1.4. He explains, “Slow and steady wins the race. IOTA is a bamboo shoot primed for rapid growth, when the conditions are right.”
Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$1.2Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$2.3Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Strong support showing at $0.90 and resistance around $1.2. Pretty average chart, and tough to make any prediction without trend short term.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$1.25Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$2.11Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“IOTA is certainly near and dear to our hearts, given that it's the only platform in the Top 10 with DAG architecture, like Knish. And given its unique slant toward the Internet of Things, it will do well and will go up. As most coins today, it has issues, but I remain hopeful they will continue being addressed.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$1.1Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$1.40Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Slow and steady wins the race. IOTA is a bamboo shoot primed for rapid growth, when the conditions are right.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$1.5Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$3.2Price by
31 Dec 2018

IOTA historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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Litecoin (LTC)

$84.08

Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$96.5 +15%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$152.5 +81%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

Litecoin’s value was $84.08 per unit as of 29 July 2018. The panellists predict its price to range from $78 to $110 by 1 September 2018.

By 31 December 2018, the price of Litecoin is expected to increase by 81% to $153, on average. The highest prediction comes from Rabbi Ahmed, who gave a bullish prediction of $237 by the end of the year.

Joseph Raczynski gave the lowest prediction at just $100 for end-of-year performance. He says, “LTC is leaving me wanting. I am looking for reasons to believe but am left with a shaking of the head in the absence of confidence. The question in the long run, is this just a store of value, or will they execute on transaction speed – so, really, will this be a worthwhile currency?”

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$108Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$163Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Needs to set a new higher high, but it has found strong support at $74 and is starting to climb slowly."

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM.AU

US$78Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$110Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“They’ve added HTC, which is pretty interesting. They're trying to get real-world adoption. Have to wait to see what happens."

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$90Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$100Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“LTC is leaving me wanting. I am looking for reasons to believe but am left with a shaking of the head in the absence of confidence. The question in the long run, is this just a store of value, or will they execute on transaction speed – so, really will this be a worthwhile currency?"

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$110Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$237Price by
31 Dec 2018

Litecoin historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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Monero (XMR)

$135.36

Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$182.67 +35%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$247 +82%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

Monero sits at $135 as of 29 July 2018. By 1 September 2018, XMR is expected to grow by 35%, according to our panellists.

Craig Cobb and Rabbi Ahmed tied for the highest prediction by 1 September 2018, at $200. Cobb says, “A break of $157 gives blue skies to $200”.

At the other end of the spectrum, Jopseh Raczynski gave the lowest prediction at $148. He explains, “Monero is like Liquid Plumber: It does all the dirty work. I want to believe, but the last few months have hurt the faith. Monero is still prized for mining while you visit dirty sites, and the dark web loves it. So long run, Monero is a winner. And no, I am not endorsing any of those shenanigans. What we all know now is that any tech used on the dark web eventually goes big – like real big. It is only a matter of time”.

By 31 December 2018, the price of Monero is expected to increase to $247 on average, with all of our panellists forecasting a rise.

Rabbi Ahmed predicts the highest increase at $305 by the end of the year.

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$200Price by
1 Sept 2018

MY PREDICTION

“A break of $157 gives blue skies to $200.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$148Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$189Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Monero is like Liquid Plumber: It does all the dirty work. I want to believe, but the last few months have hurt the faith. Monero is still prized for mining while you visit dirty sites, and the dark web loves it. So long run, Monero is a winner. And no, I am not endorsing any of those shenanigans. What we all know now is that any tech used on the dark web eventually goes big — like real big. It is only a matter of time.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$200Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$305Price by
31 Dec 2018

Monero historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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Ripple (XRP)

$0.45

Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$0.4875 +8%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$0.8 +76%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

The price of Ripple was $0.45 per XRP as of 29 July 2018. The lowest prediction for Ripple by 1 September 2018 comes from Fred Schebesta at $0.35, compared with the highest prediction of $0.65 from Rabbi Ahmed.

Schebesta says, “I think the disconnection between Ripple and XRP is not a good thing. Instead, they should have owned it and driven the XRP price higher.”

The panellists forecast Ripple to see a 76% increase in price by 31 December 2018. This is less optimistic than last month’s prediction of a 100% increase in price by the end of the year.

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$0.5Price by
1 Sept 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Sideways market with support at $0.42.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM.AU

US$0.35Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.25Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“I think the disconnection between Ripple and XRP is not a good thing. Instead, they should have owned it and driven the XRP price higher.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.45Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.6Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Ripple looks like Mike Tyson after a bout – at the end of his career: beat down. The press continues to trickle out, but we will need to see a boatload of more companies using it, not just testing it as a POC. It still has lots of promise. It is just in a bruised phase, wandering around the ring looking for its seat and water.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$0.65Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$1.55Price by
31 Dec 2018

Ripple historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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Stellar (XLM)

$0.31

Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$0.403 +31%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$0.587 +90%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

Stellar Lumens’s price was $0.31 per XLM as of 29 July 2018. The panellists predict its value to range from $0.35 to $0.47 by 1 September 2018 – a 31% price increase on average.

The highest prediction came from Craig Cobb at $0.47, who says, “The leader of the trends in the Top 10. Lumens broke to an uptrend before any other market and looks strong”.

Despite giving the lowest prediction for 1 September at $0.35, Joseph Raczynski is still optimistic for XLM. He explains, “It’s like someone wished upon a shooting star. Did someone say Coinbase? If the blogs are correct, this could be a part of the biggest US exchange in the not-too-distant future. That alone will lift – and has already lifted – XLM into the stars ... sorry.”

By the end of the year, Stellar Lumens is expected to see a 90% price increase. The highest prediction comes from Rabbi Ahmed at $0.7.

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

US$0.47Price by
1 Sept 2018

MY PREDICTION

“The leader of the trends in the Top 10. Lumens broke to an uptrend before any other market and looks strong.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$0.37Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.56Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Similar to Ripple, Stellar is a more democratic take on the same strategy, and I am happy to see it doing well. Of course, having shot up more than 10% this week, it will inevitably back away a bit. And any future growth in a short term will be tempered with the market having already baked in its enthusiasm, so the price will likely hover around $0.30 to $0.35 for the next couple of weeks, and then should likely restart its ascent, barring unforeseen developments.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.35Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.5Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“It’s like someone wished upon a shooting star. Did someone say Coinbase? If the blogs are correct, this could be a part of the biggest US exchange in the not-too-distant future. That alone will lift – and has already lifted – XLM into the stars ... sorry.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$0.42Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.7Price by
31 Dec 2018

Stellar Lumens historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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TRON (TRX)

$0.039

Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$0.04 +2%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$0.05 +27%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

As of 29 July 2018, TRON sits at $0.039. Our panellists aren’t as optimistic about TRON as they were last month, which predicted growth as high as 342% by the end of year.

This month, TRON has the lowest growth projections among all 13 coins included in the survey. Our panellists predict just a 2% increase by 1 September 2018, and a 27% increase by the end of the year.

Fred Schebesta gave the lowest prediction by 31 December at $0.03. He says, “All the chickens will come home to roost with TRON.”

The highest prediction for 31 December 2018 comes from Rabbi Ahmed at $0.09, while the second highest came from Joseph Raczynski at $0.05.

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM.AU

US$0.03Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.01Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“All the chickens will come home to roost with TRON.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.04Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.05Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“TRON has been finding itself stuck in a corner recently. Honestly, I don't have a read on this one for this month. I will defer but think there is some upside in the long term.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$0.05Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.09Price by
31 Dec 2018

TRON historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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DigiByte (DGB)

$0.04

Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$0.058 +42%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$0.095 +132%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

As of 29 July 2018, DigiByte’s price was $0.04. DGB is predicted to hit $0.058 by 1 September and as high as $0.095 by the end of the year, according to our panellists. This means DGB is the coin with the highest projected growth by 1 September (42%), as well as the highest growth by the end of the year (132%).

Rabbi Ahmed, head of trading at Bit Trade, is the most optimistic, predicting an increase in value to $0.14 by the end of 2018. Yaroslav Tonkovidov, chief investment officer at Finforge, has the second-highest prediction at $0.11. Tonkovidov says, “DigiByte is one of the market's favourite altcoins for speculative trading, given that it has the opportunity to retest its H&S formation at $0.062.”

Craig CobbAuthor
TRADERCOBB.COM

MY PREDICTION

“Has to clear resistance at $0.052, but one of the longer running daily uptrends of recent months. [I predict] $0.08 if it breaks resistance, $0.03 if it doesn't.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.05Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.07Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Duplicative, same-same – but same? From my perspective, it’s another digital cash project, though it has been around for four years. How many of these stacks are necessary at this point? It’s like the AltaVista of search during the dot-com era.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH/strong>

US$0.05Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.06Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“To be frank, it's not a currency with which I'm familiar. But while I can see its use rising, I don't see its meteoric rise taking it to $1 this year, as had been echoing through the grapevine lately.”

Yaroslav TonkovidovAuthor
FINFORGE

US$0.062Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.11Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“DigiByte is one of the market's favourite altcoins for speculative trading, given that it has the opportunity to retest its H&S formation at $0.062.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$0.07Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.14Price by
31 Dec 2018

DigiByte historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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Dogecoin (DOGE)

$0.003

Current price per unit
as of 29 July 2018, in USD

$0.0045 +36%


Average price prediction
for 1 Sept 2018, in USD

$0.007 +112%


Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

As of 29 July 2018, Dogecoin’s price was $0.003. By 1 September 2018, Dogecoin’s price per unit is expected to range from $0.0025 to $0.006, according to our panellists.

When it comes to our panel’s end-of-year expectations, the highest prediction comes from Rabbi Ahmed, who expects DOGE to hit $0.011.

Joseph Raczynski was less optimistic at $0.002. He explains, “You can't keep a good DOGE down. In time, someone will take this one behind the woodshed to put the doggie down. It was a joke. It still is a joke. It is only a matter of time until it bow-wows out, though happy for those who still like to play ball with the old mongrel.”

Fred Schebesta came in at the middle of the spectrum at $0.005, saying, “It may be the joke of the Internet, but the Internet has a lot of jokes.”

Alisa GusAuthor
WISHKNISH

US$0.004Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.007Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“I have often been bullish on DOGE – and I still am. But given how the year had been for it, I am being cautious for now in my near and midterm forecasts. However, I wouldn't be surprised if I am being too conservative this month.”

Fred SchebestaAuthor
FINDER.COM.AU

US$0.0042Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.005Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“It may be the joke of the Internet, but the Internet has a lot of jokes.”

Joseph RaczynskiAuthor
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM

US$0.0025Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.002Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“You can't keep a good DOGE down. In time, someone will take this one behind the woodshed to put the doggie down. It was a joke. It still is a joke. It is only a matter of time until it bow-wows out, though happy for those who still like to play ball with the old mongrel."

Yaroslav TonkovidovAuthor
FINFORGE

US$0.0058Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.01Price by
31 Dec 2018

MY PREDICTION

“Dogecoin is currently testing its H&S formation and is on the verge of an upward outbreak. With the rise of BTC, this outbreak seems more than probable.”

Rabbi AhmedAuthor
BIT TRADE

US$0.006Price by
1 Sept 2018

US$0.011Price by
31 Dec 2018

Dogecoin historical prices vs average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

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What's next?

Here's what our panellists had to say when asked about the coins they think are up and coming this year.

  • Craig Cobb“Horizon State and Content and AD Network." Craig Cobb
  • Joseph Raczynski“Augur (REP) – older than most all tokens, this project finally went live. It is a prediction market that will be amazing. We'll all look back at this in the years ahead and be wowed. Kleros (PNK), a legal arbitration application. 0xProject (ZRX), soon to be – maybe – listed on Coinbase. Awesome idea of decentralised exchange." Joseph Raczynski
  • Aaron LePoidevin“While Perlin is still at an early stage of development, it looks like an interesting buy opportunity as it is a clever and unique idea that's being developed by a reputable team and strategic investors that appears to be addressing a real problem." Aaron LePoidevin
  • Alisa Gus“Cardano, Stellar and Monero." Alisa Gus
  • Sarah Bergstrand“I am a strong believer in EOS. I also think a lot of the ICO projects will start going into production, so some under Top 100 coins will start moving up." Sarah Bergstrand

Methodology and disclaimer

Here's how we calculated the number of bitcoins we expect to circulate:

  • Some 12.5 bitcoins are reportedly mined every block, with each block taking an average 10 minutes for mining.
  • Using this data, we calculated that approximately 1,800 bitcoins (21,600 ETH) are produced daily.
  • We then worked out the predicted market cap by the panellists’ forecast of value per coin.
  • We calculated market cap for bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum, which report the number of coins available.

We chose our 13 coins using the top 10 with the largest market capitalisation reported by CoinMarketCap plus three of the top coins with the highest social volume reported by Solume.io as of 18 July 2018.
All prices listed were taken according to Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Note that our panellists have holdings in the cryptocurrencies listed below:

  • Craig Cobb: HST, CAN, BTC, ETH
  • Skye Dunworth: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Tron, EOS, Maker Dao, Waves, Lisk, others
  • Alisa Gus: Stellar, Bitcoin, Ethereum
  • Fred Schebesta: ETH, EOS
  • Joseph Raczynski: At some point in the past, I have touched most of the Top 10 token
  • Yaroslav Tonkovidov: WAN, POA, EOS, MET, QTUM, CVC
  • Aaron LePoidevin: ASTRO, C20
  • Sarah Bergstrand: I am in top 20 except a few, some ICOs, and a few under the Top 100.
  • Rabbi Ahmed: BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, CS, ICX, NEO, ONT, BCH, ADA, XRP, VEN, NANO

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