While the crypto market, as measured by total market capitalization, further declined in Q3 2018, we have witnessed some signs of stabilization in the second half of September.
Liquidity remained low through the quarter and only some positive news related to individual crypto assets caused an increase in trading volumes of these individual coins in last weeks of the quarter (spike in XRP price).
AI Trading Bot has been launched and its functionality and additional features are still being implemented.
Our market making team has successfully completed migration to new trading algorithm. As already communicated this new algorithm makes extending our activities to new markets much faster and we have added 4 new exchanges in our market making pool. Our objective for end of 2018 is to have 20 exchanges included in market making algorithm. We have experienced some setbacks in market making bot automatization and it still mostly supervised – here security and robustness are crucial and we cannot leave anything to chance.
As already mentioned, we are in final stages in launching the new platform that will allow you to invest your funds in additional investment products, such Crypto Baskets (CBx) allowing for easy diversification in the cryptocurrencies. Furthermore, along with migration to new platform, XRL token will also experience complete transformation – more information will follow through our standard communication channels.
At the beginning of Q3 2018, market capitalization of all of the cryptocurrencies stood at 260 billion USD. In the first month of the quarter some optimism returned to crypto markets and by August market capitalization reached 300 billion USD. During August bears returned and market capitalization decreased approximately 30%, to below 200 billion USD. From mid-August to the end of the quarter cryptos were trading in relatively tight range from 190 to 240 billion USD.
At the end of the quarter market capitalization of cryptocurrencies was 220 billion USD, which is approximately 18% less then at the beginning of quarter.
Global Charts / Total Market Capitalization
Chart: market capitalization and 24h traded volume in Q3 2018
Some of the most important news regarding the crypto markets are listed below:
July 12, 2018: Binance Exchange Backs First-Ever Decentralized Bank in Malta
Founders Bank will be the first decentralized bank in the world belonging to the cryptocurrency community. All token holders will be considered owners of the organization.
July 17, 2018: Coinbase Confirms SEC Approval to List Digital Tokens as Securities
American regulators have given Coinbase the go-ahead to list tokens as securities. To do so, the company will acquire several dealers that work with securities and create new business units.
July 20, 2018: South Korea Makes 2018 the Year of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Acceptance
The Financial Innovation Bureau will be responsible for “new developments and challenges such as cryptocurrencies,” and will regulate the fintech sector.
July 26, 2018: CME Group: Bitcoin Futures Trading Volume Reaches $572M on Wall Street
On July 25 the average daily trading volume of bitcoin futures on the Chicago commodities exchange (CME Group) equaled 12,878 contracts. This is an all-time record.
July 27, 2018: Ethereum Is Testing Code for Its Next Hard Fork
Constantinople will be the second stage of the Metropolis hard fork and is expected to improve the performance and lower transaction fees on the Ethereum network. It was also confirmed today that its activation will take place at the Devcon4 conference, which will take place from October 30 to November 2 in Prague.
August 7, 2018: SEC Delays VanEck-SolidX Bitcoin ETF Decision to September
There will be a bitcoin ETF, only later: the American regulator has postponed the consideration of applications from two New York-based companies. Sources had previously said that the application would probably be approved.
August 23, 2018: 124 Foreign Crypto Exchanges to be Forced Out of the Country by Chinese Authorities
ICOs and cryptocurrency trading are already banned in China. Now the authorities have started blocking websites: the country’s regulator found 124 trading platforms being used by citizens and announced that it would block access to them in the near future.
August 28, 2018: Chinese Search Giant Baidu Has Officially Began Censoring Cryptocurrencies
The ban has partially come into force — several forums on digital assets have already been blocked. However, information on certain cryptocurrencies is still available.
September 5, 2018: China Blockchain Pilot Includes Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong
The credit institution intends to concentrate in the coming years on researching innovations in cloud-computing, big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things.
September 10, 2018: SEC Suspends Exchange-Traded Vehicles by CoinShare Holdings for Bitcoin and Ethereum
The market launched trading in bitcoin exchange-traded notes tied to the US dollar in August. Prior to this they were only available in euros or Swedish krona. Over the month participants were unable to make sense of the products, and now trading has been suspended.
September 12, 2018: Ethereum Might Not Have Bottomed Out Yet, ICO Sell-Off Is the Culprit
The fall of Ethereum was strongly influenced by the actions of ICO projects, believe researchers at Trustnodes. Over the past 30 days, startups have sold three times more coins than they did last month.
September 21, 2018: SEC Wants More Public Input on the CBOE Bitcoin ETF Proposal
The Commission is supposed to approve, disapprove, or institute proceedings on the issue of bitcoin ETFs by September 30. The SEC has chosen the last option, meaning that the new instrument will almost certainly not appear on the market before the end of the year.
September 23, 2018: Dubai Department of Finance Launches Blockchain-Based Payment System for UAE Government
Dubai has transferred all payments between state departments and banks to blockchain. The decentralization will save time: right now one transaction can take up to 45 days.
September 25, 2018: Google to Reverse Crypto Ad Ban for Exchanges Advertising in US, Japan
Clamorous discussions of bans on cryptocurrency advertising and ICOs are fading away on major media platforms. Following Facebook’s lead, Google has also decided to lift the ban. Granted, only in Japan and the US.
September 26, 2018: New Coinbase Listing Process Will Allow Exchange to Rapidly Increase Supported Assets
Coinbase plans to expand the list of coins it trades and to add all assets that meet its rules and legislative requirements. A tool for submitting listing applications has appeared on the site.
In the next table, we can observe the price change for the 10 largest cryptocurrencies by their market capitalization. Although majority of cryptocurrencies experienced decrease in price, prices of Ripple and Stellar increased significantly, while BTC was almost unchanged.
By end of Q3 2018, RIALTO.AI performed market-making activities on 12 exchanges, on two fiat currencies (USD, EUR) and 11 cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), DASH, Monero (XMR), EOS, Bitcoin Gold (BTG), Zcash (ZEC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Tether (USDT). Compared to end of previous quarter we have increased the number of exchanges by 50%, and we have also added USDT.
Total number of trades in Q3 2018 was 54,462 - 31,028 trades occurred performing market making and 23,434 while hedging those trades.
Most traded currency pairs in Q3 are presented below. Compared to Q2 2018 number of trades increased by 35%, while number of market making trades almost doubled. The increase in the number of trades was result of more aggressive quoting and spreads decreased, resulting in decreased profitability.
In this quarter trading was more concentrated compared to previous quarter – major cryptocurrency was XRP against BTC and fiat. The key reason is increased XRP volatility in the last trading period of the quarter. The last trading period of the quarter stands out and almost 50% of all the market making trades were performed then.
ETH/BTC – highest trading cryptocurrency pair in the previous quarter – was only fifth. As mentioned before, more aggressive quoting was a reason for lower profit per trade, which caused decrease in overall profitability.
The average profitability per trade of USD 2,92 was reached. Profit per trading period was relatively stable at around eight thousand USD, while in the last trading period it was almost tripple that.
Absolute profit reached in this quarter (including trading period starting on June 26, 2018) was USD 66,799.92.
Table: summary of RIALTO.AI Market Making trades and profits in Q3
Next table shows profit of market-making operations in relation to the value of Digital Asset Pool (DAP) used for trading in this quarter. A simple projection is also calculated to annualize the data.
Profitability of market-making operations decreased slightly in Q3. While in the Q1 2018 the projected annualized profitability of DAP reached almost 18%, 10% in Q2, we have seen some stabilization in the Q3, decreasing only slightly to roughly 8%.
As mentioned, decreased liquidity and volatility are the key reasons for decreasing profitability. In the next chart, we can observe aggregated BTC volume vs market making profitability. In early weeks of quarter, we can see the correlation between BTC volume and profitability. In the last part of quarter, correlation cannot be observed, since profitability increased due to increase trading in XRP.
Chart: aggregated volume of trading (data from cryptocompare.com) compared with Rialto MM profit
DAP, deployed by market making, consisted of all the cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies, used in trading (USD, EUR, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), DASH, Monero (XMR), EOS, Bitcoin Gold (BTG), Zcash (ZEC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH)).
Again, the falling prices of individual cryptocurrencies compared to USD caused the total DAP to decrease in value.
Chart: USD Value of funds in DAP for Rialto Market Making
AI TRADING BOT
From December 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, trade bot achieved minus 2.33 percent return running four long-only strategies and three long/short strategies. In the same time period, Bitcoin return was minus 33 percent while Ethereum dropped 46 percent.
In 3Q 2018, our trading bot made minus 1.14 percent compared to Bitcoin price change of plus 4 percent while Ethereum lost 49 percent of its value. The maximum drawdown in our portfolio amounted to 5.74 percent, while Bitcoin in its choppy market recorded largest drop by 27 percent in the same time period. Ethereum on the other hand was in steady downtrend and maximum drawdown amounted slightly over 50 percent. During the third quarter, we also increased utilization rate of our portfolio to 1.100.000 USD. Trading algorithms are still applied on the largest and most liquid cryptocurrencies. In 3Q18 we also started with development of trading indicators by which profitability of trading systems could be improved further.
With regard to our market making activities, we expect to extend our trading to 20 exchanges by end of the year. By end of the year, we are also planning to be able to run market-making bot on continuous basis. We are certain, that extending our activities to new markets and extending the uptime will result in increased profitability of our market making bot.
In September we took the first steps towards a solely AI-based trading bot. Using machine learning techniques, a real-time AI bot will be developed purely with in-house knowledge. This bot will anticipate the market in advance, decide when to invest and when not to using the qualitative and quantitative knowledge and data on which it was trained on and will make these decisions, unlike real human traders, emotionlessly, tirelessly and most efficient. Our users will also have the option to expose their assets to another algorithm with different risk profile. Updates in our proprietary multi-strategy back-testing environment should be finished until the end of the year.
As mentioned beforehand, the new platform is expected to be launched in next couple of weeks – the platform will users to invest in the existing products – market making and AI trading bot – as well as some new products, such as passive investment product, CBx – Crypto Baskets of various crypto currencies, that will allow for easy diversification, either among top crypto currencies or just in some specific segments of the crypto market.
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