I remember one of the first terms I learned in economics class was “complementary goods”. If one thing was bought that meant that the other would be in higher demand as well. In terms of investing, this tells you that investing in breathalyzers which can detect marijuana would be a smart move, or any other “cottage industry” to the medical marijuana rush.
But in terms of blockchain, it helps to figure out a way to make money on the trading industry, without becoming a trader yourself. One way to do this is to find a token that is tied to a trading exchange.
Cryptopia’s Utility Token
As a budding cryptocurrency exchange, Cryptopia has a lot of work to do. It also has clearly not been a good year for the cryptocurrency industry. However, Dotcoin (DOT) functions as the utility token to Cryptopia and could prove to be a good way to benefit from a comeback in cryptocurrencies. If the comeback occurs, trading would likely increase, as would the demand for DOT.
DOT is used to pay for coin listing fees and is how Cryptopia covers referral fees to traders. The requirement for listing fees to be paid means that during a crypto boom, when there are projects aplenty, something like DOT would be in high demand. The same thing applies to referral fees. Nobody is referring friends to join exchanges in a down period, so this is more likely to change when crypto hits the news again.
With over 2 million users as of the time of writing this, Cryptopia is a mid-sized exchange with not a lot setting it apart. To put it in perspective, I have only ever used Cryptopia to purchase DOT. That isn’t a “red flag in itself, but as a trader, you can actually use past experience to decide how likely it is that many traders will move to a different exchange.
In the end, so many companies (and especially trading exchanges) depend on network effects for their growth. For each new customer, it becomes slightly easier to attract another one. This applies to all exchanges though, and some of the biggest exchanges have been able to lower fees or offer deeper liquidity pools as a result of their larger user base.
What Your Investment Means
As an internal utility token, you are essentially making a bet on the platform. Currently trading around 150 satoshis, DOT has been running flat for a while. This makes it a low volatility bet with high potential upside. Previous resistance levels have been around 300 satoshis (with an all-time high at 650-ish).
As a utility token that is inextricably tied to a single exchange, it is almost for sure that it will spike again in the future. This is because a certain “price floor” exists on these sort of tokens which is hard to escape. That isn’t to say a return is guaranteed (this is a low market capitalization coin, after all), but more that there is more upside potential than downside risk.
Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.
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