Cryptocurrency Predictions for May 2018

Our monthly survey of fintech leaders on the top and trending coins

Since bitcoin set sail in 2009, cryptocurrencies have been making waves across the globe. The biggest 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 finder.com.au's panellists' cryptocurrency predictions for 2018.

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Our panellists

Clayton Daniel
sproutsuper.com.au
Fintech founder
@ClaytonADaniel
Based in Australia, Clayton Daniel is a former tax accountant and financial adviser turned fintech investor and entrepreneur, author of the No. 1 Amazon bestseller Fund Your Ideal Lifestyle and founder of sproutsuper.com.au.
Fred Schebesta
finder.com.au + Hiveex.com
Co-founder
@Schebesta
Fred Schebesta is the co-founder of global personal finance comparison website finder.com.au and OTC broker service HiveEx.com. Fred is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, mentor, cryptocurrency advocate and regular on the startup speaker circuit.
Susanne Chishti
FINTECH Circle
CEO
@SusanneChishti
Susanne Chishti is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe's first angel network focused on fintech, and the founder of the first P2P learning platform FINTECH Circle Institute. Chishti is a CNBC commentator on the effects of cryptocurrency and finance.
Jörg Molt
Satoshi School
CEO
@satoshischool1
Jörg Molt is CEO of the Satoshi School 1-10 Mitglieder in Germany. He launched the Satoshi School to teach people the basics of blockchain technology and how to make their businesses more efficient, secure and fast.
Sergei Logvin
Rocket ICO
Co-founder
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Sergei Logvin is the co-founder of Rocket ICO, the world’s first decentralised accelerator based on the DAO concept. He is also an advisor for four ICOs: Opporty.com, Project Districts, TravelChain and LibertyLance.
Joseph Raczynski
Joetechnologist.com
Technologist/Futurist
@joerazz
An experienced technology consultant and manager specialising in blockchain technology, Joseph Raczynski helps clients to innovate and become forward thinkers in their space. He also specialises in AI, cybersecurity and legal technology.
Tim Lea
REFFIND, Veredictum
CEO, director
@timothylea2
Tim Lea is a published author and regular speaker on the uses of blockchain, as well as the CEO of REFFIND and the director of Veredictum. His experience writing and directing an award-winning film inspired him to found Veredictum.
Alisa Gus
WishKnish
CEO
@WhampaChick
Alisa Gus is the 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.
Brad Yasar
Krowd Mentor
Co-founder, managing partner
@YasarCorp
Brad Yasar is a mentor and adviser who has founded numerous companies over the past 20 years. He is currently the co-founder and managing partner of a crowdfunding advisory firm focused on crypto and blockchain organisations.

This month

For our May report, nine panellists threw their hats into the ring to predict the movements of 12 coins. These include the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap – bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash ( BCH/BCC), Cardano (ADA), Ethereum (ETH), EOS (EOS), IOTA (IOTA), Litecoin (LTC), NEO (NEO), Ripple (XRP) and Stellar Lumens (XLM) – as well as two top trending coins, Monero (XMR) and Tron (TRX). Opinions are solely those of our panellists. See the bottom of the page for the up-and-coming coins they’re discussing.

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

Of the 12 coins, our panellists forecast that Cardano will experience the greatest positive price growth this month (40%) and by 31 December 2018 (597%). Bitcoin Cash is expected to have the second-greatest positive price growth by 31 December (174%), followed by bitcoin (163%).

CryptocurrencyCurrent price per unit (as of 26 April 2018) (USD)Price prediction on 1 June 2018 (USD)Price prediction on 31 Dec 2018 (USD)% change to 1 June 2018% change to 31 Dec 2018
Bitcoin$8,841.91 $10,067$23,27814%163%
Bitcoin Cash$1,351.18 $1,775$3,70031%174%
Cardano$0.272 $0.383$1.90040%597%
Ethereum$622.08 $770.36$1,295.8324%108%
EOS$14.84 $13.28$30.60-11%106%
IOTA$1.82 $2.15$4.0018%120%
Litecoin$145.78 $169.38$218.7516%50%
Monero$266.39 $286.67$433.338%63%
NEO$72.17 $89.38$130.0024%80%
Ripple$0.805 $0.870$0.6888%-15%
Stellar Lumens$0.358 $0.420$0.50017%40%
Tron$0.070 $0.080$0.10014%42%

Comparing the forecast market capitalisation for bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum – the only coins of the 12 with a reported number of coins available by 31 December 2018 – our panel predicts that Bitcoin Cash will see the greatest increase in market cap growth by the end of the year (181%). Bitcoin follows with a 170% increase, while Ethereum is picked to come in at 120%.

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

CryptocurrencyCurrent market cap (as of 26 April 2018) (USD)Market cap at 31 Dec 2018 (USD)Market cap % change to 31 Dec 2018
Bitcoin$150.3 billion$406.1 billion170%
Bitcoin Cash$23.1 billion$64.9 billion181%
Ethereum$61.6 billion$135.3 billion120%

What about other up-and-coming coins this year? This month, our panellists acknowledge a variety of coins. Check out their comments on new coins at the end of this report.

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 we discuss.

Bitcoin (BTC)

As of 26 April 2018, bitcoin’s price was US$8,842. The highest prediction for 1 June 2018 is US$13,000 from Sergei Logvin, co-founder of Rocket ICO. For its overall performance in 2018, Logvin also forecasts the highest value at US$50,000 by 31 December.

The lowest end-of-year prediction of US$10,000 comes from both Clayton Daniel, fintech founder at sproutsuper.com.au, and Susanne Chishti, CEO of FINTECH Circle. Daniel says, “Sticking to my guns still on $10,000. Lightning Network is still a while off, and I haven't made my mind up yet on Bitcoin Cash, although things are starting to look a little better for the Original Crypto."

The number of bitcoins expected to circulate by the end of the year is 17,447,550 (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 US$406.1 billion.

Bitcoin predictions

Clayton Daniel
SPROUTSUPER.COM.AU
BITCOIN PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$10,000
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$10,000
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$174.5 billion
My Prediction
Sticking to my guns still on $10,000. Lightning Network is still a while off, and I haven't made my mind up yet on Bitcoin Cash, although things are starting to look a little better for the Original Crypto.
Fred Schebesta
FINDER.COM.au + hiveex.com
BITCOIN PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$7,500
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$37,500
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$654.3 Billion
MY PREDICTION
Lots of FUD around bitcoin lately, but it looks like we're hitting an upward trend. I'm excited to see what Lightning Network will bring to the table when it becomes more widely adopted.
Susanne Chishti
FINTECH CIRCLE
BITCOIN PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$9,000
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$10,000
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$174.5 billion
MY PREDICTION
We have seen huge volatility of BTC in the first four months of 2018, from $14,000 plus on December 31st to less than $7,000 by March 31, 2018, representing a drop of more than 50%. The demand side will be driven by ease of use of spending BTC (ie, the number of merchants that accept BTC as payment), improvements of new technology applied to the BTC network and new demand from early adopters in the institutional investment space. Uncorrelated to BTC price movements, the underlying technology called blockchain will continue to rise significantly in importance for the financial services sect.
Jörg Molt
SATOSHI SCHOOL
BITCOIN PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$9,800
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$25,000
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$436.2 billion
MY PREDICTION
Bitcoin is going next level in B2B. And with lightning apps, the first smart contract use cases will be built with their help.
Sergei Logvin
ROCKET ICO
BITCOIN PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$13,000
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$50,000
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$872.4 billion
My Prediction
I'm still very positive. Bitcoin continues to grow, carrying with it a large part of the altcoins. Bitcoin is the main entry point to the digital economy, and this trend will continue throughout the year and beyond. This will enable us to observe the growth of demand for bitcoin. This is what we now observe in the OTC market. If the cryptocurrency exchanges displayed the whole OTC market, then already we could see a price of $50,000 or more for one bitcoin. The digital economy is an innovative, high-tech, rapidly growing industry that is just beginning. She will continue to grow, increasing its importance on the world stage.
Joseph Raczynski
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM
BITCOIN PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$10,500
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$17,000
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$296.6 billion
MY PREDICTION
The bottom was hit in February. Now it is only a matter of how quickly it climbs. With regulation on the horizon for many other tokens, bitcoin could get dragged down in a broader decline.
Tim Lea
REFFIND, VEREDICTUM
BITCOIN PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$8,500
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$11,000
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$191.9 billion
MY PREDICTION
We have seen some positive rise in bitcoin prices over the past months, but there is still inherent weakness associated with the banning of advertising from YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for ICOs. There has also been substantial FUD in the past four months, which has suppressed prices. It is so hard to predict where the pricing will go, but we could be in the early stages of a crypto winter, similar to what has happened with VR. Once we have a clear line of sight of the regulatory landscape, the pricing will probably (and slowly) improve.
Alisa Gus
wishknish
BITCOIN PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$10,300
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$24,000
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$418.7 billion
MY PREDICTION
It is nice to see it trending up overall, though it's a fairly slow trudge back up. Still, I think it was a necessary correction. And with its hash rate staying up despite the lower price, I can't see it going back down right now. In fact, it will likely really shoot up at the end of the second, early third quarter of this year.
Brad Yasar
KROWD MENTOR
BITCOIN PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$12,000
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$25,000
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$436.2 billion
My Prediction
I suspect the upward trend of bitcoin to continue with the same velocity, now that the Q1 corrections and the pressure of tax season has passed.
$8,841.91
Current price per unit
as of 26 April 2018, in USD
$10,067.00+14%
Average price prediction
for 1 June 2018, in USD
$23,278.00+163%
Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

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

Bitcoin Cash’s price was $1,351 on 26 April 2018. By 1 June 2018, its price per unit is expected to range from US$1,000 to US$2,500, according to our panellists.

By the end of 2018, the average price of Bitcoin Cash is expected to rise by 174%. The highest prediction comes from Brad Yasar, CEO of Krowd Mentor, who forecasts an increase to US$5,000.

In contrast, Daniel predicts the lowest forecast of US$1,500 by the year's end. He says, “This is just such a hard decision. Bitcoin Cash really solves the problem of using crypto as a currency, but it all comes down to who takes mass market. BCH has been largely ignored since January, which doesn't bode well. I've given a slight uptick to end of year, as it will naturally increase in value if money floods back into crypto, as tends to happen later in the year.”

The amount of Bitcoin Cash expected to circulate by the end of the year is 17,542,275. 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 US$64.9 billion.

Bitcoin Cash predictions

Clayton Daniel
SPROUTSUPER.COM.AU
Bitcoin Cash PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$1,000
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$1,500
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$26.3 billion
My Prediction
This is just such a hard decision. Bitcoin Cash really solves the problem of using crypto as a currency, but it all comes down to who takes mass market. BCH has been largely ignored since January, which doesn't bode well. I've given a slight uptick to end of year, as it will naturally increase in value if money floods back into crypto, as tends to happen later in the year.
Joseph Raczynski
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM
BITCOIN CASH PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$2,000
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$4,800
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$84.2 billion
MY PREDICTION
Super volatile, BCH has gas and could take off with the recent adoption at point of sale locations for goods and services. This one has real upside. I do not own BCH.
Alisa Gus
wishknish
BITCOIN CASH PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$1,600
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$3,500
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$61.4 billion
MY PREDICTION
I am predicting $1,600 here, but it may even be a little on the high side, especially given the price of bitcoin. At the same time, it has a loyal following. And with the frequent pumps, I can see it at this level easily.
Brad Yasar
KROWD MENTOR
BITCOIN CASH PREDICTIONS
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$2,500
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$5,000
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$87.7 billion
My Prediction
Bitcoin Cash has so far followed BTC trends, and I suspect it will continue to do so for the rest of 2018.
$1,351.18
Current price per unit
as of 26 April 2018, in USD
$1,775.00+31%
Average price prediction
for 1 June 2018, in USD
$3,700.00+174%
Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

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

As of 26 April 2018, Cardano’s price was US$0.272 per unit. It's expected to hit US$0.38 by 1 June.

Our panel expects to see a dramatic price increase of 597% by the end of the year. Fred Schebesta, co-founder of finder.com.au and HiveEx.com, predicts that it will be worth a high US$3.75 by the end of the year.

In contrast, Joseph Raczynski from Joetechnologist.com made the lowest prediction of US$0.55, saying, “This one is consistent with market flow. If we trend up, this will follow. Long-term ADA could be a ETH.”

Cardano predictions

Fred Schebesta
FINDER.COM.au + hiveex.com
Cardano PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$0.30
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$3.75
MY PREDICTION
Cardano's goals are ambitious. But once they get over some speed bumps, I have faith they'll hit these goals.
Joseph Raczynski
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM
Cardano PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$0.38
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$0.55
MY PREDICTION
This one is consistent with market flow. If we trend up, this will follow. Long-term ADA could be a ETH.
Alisa Gus
wishknish
Cardano PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$0.35
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$0.80
MY PREDICTION
I have been and remain very bullish on this currency – and most especially, the tech behind it. We will be seeing it rise as the developments catch up to the promise of it, and I do think the team can make it happen.
Brad Yasar
KROWD MENTOR
Cardano PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$0.50
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$2.50
My Prediction
Cardano needs to find use cases to increase velocity and circulation, and there are a few projects that will launch in 2018 to that effect.
$0.27
Current price per unit
as of 26 April 2018, in USD
$0.38+40%
Average price prediction
for 1 June 2018, in USD
$1.90+597%
Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

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

Ethereum’s price was at US$622.08 as of 26 April 2018. Our panellists predict it to reach between US$600 and US$980 by 1 June 2018. By the end of the year, Ethereum’s price is forecast to increase by 108%, with all of our panellists predicting a positive price growth.

The highest prediction for 31 December 2018 comes from Alisa Gus, CEO of WishKnish, at the US$2,100 mark. She says, “I think Casper will add much-needed speed to the chain. And although it's still not without its problems, I can still see this coin surpassing last year's high.”

Despite his positive forecast, Tim Lea, CEO at REFFIND, predicts the smallest increase at US$750 by 31 December 2018. He says, “Longer term, I think ETH is going to face headwinds from other cryptocurrencies that have better scalability and the same smart contract methodology.”

The number of Ethereum coins expected to circulate by the end of the year is 104,430,213. 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 US$135.3 billion.

Ethereum predictions

Clayton Daniel
SPROUTSUPER.COM.AU
Ethereum PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$750
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$1000
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$104.4 billion
My Prediction
Ethereum is a crypto I hate to love. Technically speaking, it has one of the most apparent use cases in all of crypto to date. The problem is, however, market share is always under attack from newer platform-style technologies. There is a strong case for Ethereum based purely on the Coinbase access most people acquire through. And I do think Ethereum has a good chance to stay relevant, but they have to watch out.
Fred Schebesta
FINDER.COM.au + hiveex.com
Ethereum PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$712.50
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$1125
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$117.5 billion
MY PREDICTION
When Caspar succeeds in switching Ethereum to a proof-of-stake platform, we're going to see it skyrocket in popularity. I'm very bullish on this coin. They have a lot of use cases.
Joseph Raczynski
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM
Ethereum PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$750
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$1,300
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$135.8 billion
MY PREDICTION
Unless the SEC classifies ETH as a security, this one could run. If it is hit as a security, it will drop. That will be temporary impact, but a big one.
Brad Yasar
KROWD MENTOR
Ethereum PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$800
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$1500
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$156.6 billion
My Prediction
Ethereum is going to continue to grow.
Tim Lea
REFFIND, VEREDICTUM
Ethereum PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$600
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$750
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$78.3 billion
MY PREDICTION
As we head toward the Consensus conference in New York in May, the price of ETH will slowly start to rise. But like all cryptocurrencies at the moment, there is deep softness in the marketplace. If history is anything to go by, after the conference exuberance will fade away. Longer term, I think ETH is going to face headwinds from other cryptocurrencies that have better scalability and the same smart contract methodology. ICO returns have been weak over the past four months, and with the lack of advertising for ICOs, the demand for Ethereum will soften. In the absence of any remarkable use cases, Ethereum has probably seen the best of its growth unless it instigates dramatic change. I am seeing corporates in the marketplace (where the money actually exists) easing toward established players in the marketplace. IBM, Microsoft and more recently Oracle. While ConsenSys, the commercial arm of Ethereum, continues to do well, there is softness in all areas of the marketplace.
Alisa Gus
wishknish
Ethereum PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$800
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$2100
Market cap by 31 Dec 2018
US$219.3 billion
MY PREDICTION
I think Casper will add much-needed speed to the chain. And although it's still not without its problems, I can still see this coin surpassing last year's high.
$622.08
Current price per unit
as of 26 April 2018, in USD
$770.36+24%
Average price prediction
for 1 June 2018, in USD
$1,295.83+108%
Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

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

EOS’s price as of 26 April 2018 was US$14.84 per unit. By the end of the year, its price is predicted to increase by 106%.

Yasar predicts EOS to rise as high as US$50 by the end of 2018, while Lea offers the lowest prediction at US$13. Yasar says that EOS is “very promising” and that there are “results to be seen after its mainnet launch”. Conversely, Lea says that he has “been cautious [in his] year-end prediction, to reflect the underlying bear market conditions.” However, he acknowledges that “as the EOS technology improves, we could see the price rise higher.”

Sitting in the middle with a prediction of US$30, Gus says, “It's what is being hailed as the new Ethereum. And with so many heavyweights throwing their weight behind it, one has to trust that it's going to live up to its hype.”

EOS predictions

Fred Schebesta
FINDER.COM.au + hiveex.com
EOS PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$6.37
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$25
MY PREDICTION
EOS has big ideas of being the new and improved Ethereum. The platform is still being developed, but I believe the potential is there. It'll go big when the mainnet is launched.
Joseph Raczynski
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM
EOS PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$16
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$35
MY PREDICTION
EOS is a shining star. I'm always surprised by its resilience. When the greater market moves, EOS tends to lead. This far, it does not dip below $6-ish. This one has some room to bellow.
Tim Lea
REFFIND, VEREDICTUM
EOS PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$7
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$13
MY PREDICTION
EOS continues to be solid against its peers in the soft cryptocurrency market. They are laser focused on scalability, the major industry-based problem. Their venture funds associated with their substantial ICO raising has enabled the technology to be worked on, but also community engagement. I have been cautious in my year-end prediction to reflect the underlying bear market conditions. But as the EOS technology improves, we could see the price rise higher.
Alisa Gus
wishknish
EOS PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$17
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$30
MY PREDICTION
It's what is being hailed as the new Ethereum. And with so many heavyweights throwing their weight behind it, one has to trust that it's going to live up to its hype.
Brad Yasar
KROWD MENTOR
EOS PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$20
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$50
My Prediction
EOS is very promising. Results to be seen after mainnet launch.
$14.84
Current price per unit
as of 26 April 2018, in USD
$13.28-11%
Average price prediction
for 1 June 2018, in USD
$30.60+106%
Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

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

As of 26 April 2018, IOTA’s price was US$1.82. By 1 June 2018, IOTA’s price per unit is expected to range from US$2 to US$2.30, according to our panellists.

Daniel is the most optimistic about IOTA, predicting it to be worth US$5.00 by the end of 2018. He says, “IOTA is the currency of exchange for the Internet of Things. With Power Ledger just recently signing a deal in Melbourne, I can see the real-life uses of this tech coming into play shortly. And as it does, someone is going to want to get paid. IOTA has positioned itself for this perfectly.”

IOTA predictions

Clayton Daniel
SPROUTSUPER.COM.AU
IOTA PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$2.00
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$5.00
My Prediction
IOTA is the currency of exchange for the Internet of Things. With Power Ledger just recently signing a deal in Melbourne, I can see the real-life uses of this tech coming into play shortly. And as it does, someone is going to want to get paid. IOTA has positioned itself for this perfectly.
Joseph Raczynski
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM
IOTA PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$2.30
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$3.00
MY PREDICTION
Many are a fan. I'm still in a wait-and-see thus far.
$1.82
Current price per unit
as of 26 April 2018, in USD
$2.15+18%
Average price prediction
for 1 June 2018, in USD
$4.00+120%
Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

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

Litecoin’s value was US$145.78 per unit as of 26 April 2018. The panellists predict its price to be between US$150 and US$187.50 by 1 June 2018.

Raczynski predicts the highest increase for Litecoin at US$250 by 31 December 2018. He says, “The silver standard of the crypto world, I see this picking up some steam, provided the regulations don't come knocking.”

Daniel and Lea both predict Litecoin to hit just US$200 by the year’s end. Lea says, “Given Litecoin's rejection of LitePay – their retail offering for accepting Litecoin payments – the value proposition for Litecoin is extremely limited. With a soft market, no ICO advertising and generally weak adoption of blockchain, I am concerned about Litecoin's positioning in the marketplace."

Litecoin predictions

Clayton Daniel
SPROUTSUPER.COM.AU
Litecoin PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$165
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$200
My Prediction
How do people still believe in this coin with the founder selling out? Genuine question. I have seen so many people stick to this coin, but what's the use case? What can it do better? I get that they have a great tech team and a pretty passionate community. I'll laugh if this coin takes off simply because it has no advantages, but does everything just slightly quicker than other teams. Who knows? I think this coin should just go away at this stage, but the passion behind this project is currently trumping my rationale.
Fred Schebesta
FINDER.COM.au + hiveex.com
Litecoin PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$187.50
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$225
MY PREDICTION
Well established with a strong team backing it, I'm bullish on Litecoin. There are challenges in its future though, with some strong competition like Dash and ZCash gaining momentum.
Joseph Raczynski
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM
Litecoin PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$175
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$250
MY PREDICTION
The silver standard of the crypto world, I see this picking up some steam, provided the regulations don't come knocking.
Tim Lea
REFFIND, VEREDICTUM
Litecoin PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$150
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$200
MY PREDICTION
Given Litecoin's rejection of LitePay – their retail offering for accepting Litecoin payments – the value proposition for Litecoin is extremely limited. With a soft market, no ICO advertising and a generally weak adoption of blockchain, I am concerned about Litecoin's positioning in the marketplace. When combined with Charlie Lee, the founder, having sold all his coins, and in the absence of any significant retail partnerships with incumbent known names, I feel LTC's value proposition is very limited. They had so much potential with LitePay but have wasted an opportunity to follow where the market overall is heading toward regulated cryptocurrencies.
$145.78
Current price per unit
as of 26 April 2018, in USD
$169.38+16%
Average price prediction
for 1 June 2018, in USD
$218.75+50%
Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

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

Monero sits at US$266.39 as of 26 April 2018. By 1 June 2018, its price per unit is expected to range from US$250 to US$310, according to our panellists.

By 31 December 2018, the price of Monero is expected to increase to US$433 on average. Both Daniel and Raczynski forecast a rise to US$500 by the end of the year. Daniel says, “Monero has bottomed out a couple of times, and I think it may have found its footing. This coin is the new adopted coin of the dark web. Privacy is everything, especially in the age of Facebook. I can imagine Monero doing very well in the near future as people figure out privacy is a big issue.”

Monero predictions

Clayton Daniel
SPROUTSUPER.COM.AU
Monero PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$300
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$500
My Prediction
Monero has bottomed out a couple of times, and I think it may have found its footing. This coin is the new adopted coin of the dark web. Privacy is everything, especially in the age of Facebook. I can imagine Monero doing very well in the near future as people figure out privacy is a big issue.
Joseph Raczynski
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM
Monero PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$310
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$500
MY PREDICTION
For privacy, this is really among the top two when it comes to this standard. I don't see it going away, no matter what sketchy implications exist.
Tim Lea
REFFIND, VEREDICTUM
Monero PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$250
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$300
MY PREDICTION
2018 will be the year of compliance and regulation in the whole cryptocurrency space. As a privacy coin, Monero is positioned in the crosshairs of regulators concerned with funding terrorism. By focusing on privacy, it adds to the negative positioning from the regulators' perspective. When additionally supported by market weakness all around, I am not bullish on any privacy coins.
$266.39
Current price per unit
as of 26 April 2018, in USD
$286.67+8%
Average price prediction
for 1 June 2018, in USD
$433.33+63%
Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

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

As of 26 April 2018, NEO’s price was at US$72.17. By 1 June 2018, its price per unit is expected to range from US$80 to US$97.50, according to our panellists.

NEO is predicted to see an 80% increase by 31 December 2018. Daniel is the most optimistic, predicting an increase in value to US$160 by the end of 2018. He says that NEO is growing in popularity, and that “it is centralised in nature, which is seen as a little 'anti crypto', but it's focused on being regulatory compliant. This means it has a chance to become adopted by the mainstream. As it is a technology platform similar to Ethereum, I'm comfortable with centralisation here dealing with corporations, but much less so on the individual.”

NEO predictions

Clayton Daniel
SPROUTSUPER.COM.AU
NEO PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$90.00
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$160.00
My Prediction
NEO is growing in popularity. It is centralised in nature, which is seen as a little 'anti crypto', but it's focused on being regulatory compliant. This means it has a chance of becoming adopted by the mainstream. As it is a technology platform similar to Ethereum, I'm comfortable with centralisation here dealing with corporations, but much less so on the individual.
Fred Schebesta
FINDER.COM.au + hiveex.com
NEO PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$97.50
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$75.00
MY PREDICTION
NEO has the potential to be the platform of choice for the second-largest economy in the world: China. But it's facing strict crackdown from the government, and the whole network went down last month because of issues with a single computer. We'll see.
Joseph Raczynski
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM
NEO PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$90.00
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$150.00
MY PREDICTION
A favorite of many in Asia, if their market continues to warm back up, NEO will be on greasy rails, and it will be hard to stop.
Tim Lea
REFFIND, VEREDICTUM
NEO PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$80.00
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$135.00
MY PREDICTION
NEO is perfectly positioned for any Chinese recovery, once they work out how and where the Chinese government sees cryptocurrencies working. Fundamentally, good tech with good teams that are super connected to the Chinese government.
$72.17
Current price per unit
as of 26 April 2018, in USD
$89.38+24%
Average price prediction
for 1 June 2018, in USD
$130.00+80%
Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

NEO historical prices versus average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

The price of Ripple was US$0.80 per XRP as of 26 April 2018. The lowest prediction for Ripple for 1 June 2018 comes from Schebesta, at US$0.75. This is compared to the highest prediction of US$0.99 from Raczynski.

Ripple is the only coin of the 12 that is predicted to decrease by 31 December 2018. It is expected to do so by 15%. Raczynski has a positive forecast, at US$1.30, but he remains cautious. He says, “Ripple has a large target on its back. Lots of potential, but the various agencies in the US are watching it like a hawk. The wise move would be to let it be or create Safe Harbor, but this one is subject to some pain if rules come out against it as a security.”

Ripple predictions

Fred Schebesta
FINDER.COM.au + hiveex.com
Ripple PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$0.75
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$0.075
MY PREDICTION
Ripple has cemented a lot of partnerships with finance services lately, but it's with the technology, not the token. And while Ripple is aiming to make money transfers faster, Stellar Lumens is cutting out the middleman completely. I'm not seeing much in its future.
Joseph Raczynski
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM
Ripple PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$0.99
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$1.30
MY PREDICTION
Ripple has a large target on its back. Lots of potential, but the various agencies in the US are watching it like a hawk. The wise move would be to let it be or create Safe Harbor, but this one is subject to some pain if rules come out against it as a security.
$0.85
Current price per unit
as of 26 April 2018, in USD
$0.87+8%
Average price prediction
on 1 June 2018, in USD
$0.68-15%
Average price prediction
on 31 Dec 2018, in USD

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

Stellar Lumens’s price was US$0.36 per XLM as of 26 April 2018. Raczynski predicts an increase of 8% to US$0.42, by 1 June 2018.

By 31 December 2018, Stellar is predicted to see a 42% increase in value to US$0.50. Raczynski predicts Stellar to hit the US$0.50 mark, saying, “A beloved crypto, this one could take off. But it too is subject to the bigger market trends.”

Stellar Lumens predictions

Joseph Raczynski
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM
Stellar Lumens PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$0.42
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$0.50
MY PREDICTION
A beloved crypto, this one could take off. But it too is subject to the bigger market trends.
$0.42
Current price per unit
as of 26 April 2018, in USD
$0.50+17%
Average price prediction
for 1 June 2018, in USD
$0.50+40%
Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

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

Tron sits at US$0.07 as of 26 April 2018. By 1 June 2018, Raczynski says its price per unit is expected to increase by 14% to US$0.08.

By 31 December 2018, the price of Tron is expected to increase to US$0.10, as predicted by Raczynski. He says that while he is "conflicted" about Tron, he thinks “it has some upward ability. But I personally need to see more from the organisation to see its sustainability.”

Tron predictions

Joseph Raczynski
JOETECHNOLOGIST.COM
TRON PREDICTIONS
Price by
1 June 2018
US$0.08
Price by
31 Dec 2018
US$0.10
MY PREDICTION
I'm conflicted on Tron. I think it has some upward ability. But I personally need to see more from the organisation to see its sustainability.
$0.07
Current price per unit
as of 26 April 2018, in USD
$0.08+14%
Average price prediction
for 1 June 2018, in USD
$0.10+42%
Average price prediction
for 31 Dec 2018, in USD

Tron historical prices versus average price prediction for 31 December (USD)

What's next?

We asked our panellists for the coins that they think are up-and-coming this year. Here’s what they had to say.

Susanne Chishti
FINTECH Circle
“The world has 180 fiat currencies and more than 1,500 cryptocurrencies as of April 2018. I assume that less than 3% will be significant long-term. It's too early to predict which ones, but I expect that Bitcoin, Ether, Ripple and NEO will be part of the leading cryptocurrencies long-term.”
Clayton Daniel
sproutsuper.com.au
“NEO and Monero for the top end of town. And Enigma.”
Tim Lea
REFFIND, Veredictum
“EOS, because of its continued commitment to improved scalability.”
Brad Yasar
Krowd Mentor
“EOS.”
Jörg Molt
Satoshi School
“Bitcoin.”

Methodology and disclaimer

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

  • Some 12.5 bitcoins are reportedly mined every block, with each block taking an average of 10 minutes of 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’ forecasts of value per coin.
  • We calculated the market cap for bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum, which report the number of coins available.

We chose our 12 coins using the top 10 coins with the largest market capitalisation as reported by CoinMarketCap, plus 2 of the top coins with the highest social volume as reported by Solume.io on 18 April 2018.

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

Alisa Gus ETH, XLM
Joseph Raczynski Have had most of the top 10 in the past
Jörg Molt BTC
Brad Yasar All of the 12 coins listed here
Sergey Logvin BTC, ETH, EOS, BTS, ETC, ANT, LISK, NXT, CVC, ADA, TRX, XVG, BNB, WABI, VIA, BLZ, GTO, LINK, ARDR, FCT, DGB, IOTA, XLM, ADH
Clayton Daniel NEO
Susanne Chishti BTC
Tim Lea EOS, TRON, NEO, LTC, ERH, BTC
Fred Schebesta ETH, EOS

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