EXPERIMENT – Tracking Top 10 Cryptocurrencies for One Year (2018) – Month Eight – Dash and BTC win August, Stellar still best performer of the year – Overall Down 70%


[The pain continues](https://i.redd.it/6q2tzy1ggzl11.png)

tl;dr: The crypto slide continues. Dash is best monthly performer for the first time this year and Stellar, although down 31% from January 1st, is still the best performing crypto of the experiment by far.

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# The Experiment:

Instead of hypothetically tracking cryptos throughout the year, I made an actual $1000 investment, $100 in each of the Top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap as of the 1st of January 2018. It began as a lazy man’s Index Fund (no weighting or rebalancing), but I’m starting to move away from that terminology as things have changed quite a bit since January 1st, 2018 (plus the term “Index Fund” seems to bring out the shills trying to sell their own Crypto Index Fund product).

My experiment is less technical, more fun (for me at least), and hopefully still a proxy for the entire market- or at the very least an interesting snapshot of the 2018 crypto space. I’m trying to keep it simple and accessible for beginners and those looking to get into crypto but maybe not quite ready to jump in yet.

# The Rules:

Buy $100 of each the Top 10 cryptocurrencies on January 1st, 2018. Run the experiment 365 days. Hold only. No selling. No trading. Report monthly.

# Month/Episode Eight – Down 70%

Remember the hope you felt at the end of July? That we’d finally hit bottom in crypto markets and things were looking up – the only direction to look if you’re at the bottom, right?

Yeah, not so much.

Although the last few days have seen some positive movement, let me depress you by sharing some actual numbers.

***August Winners*** – **Dash** pulled out a victory this month (its first of the experiment) down just -1%, basically breaking even. **Bitcoin** finished a close second, down about -3%. **Dash** was also the only crypto in the Top Ten that advanced in ranking, moving up two slots from 14 to 12.

***August Losers*** – **Ethereum** had a rough August, shedding almost a third of its value, down -32%. **Ripple** performed poorly this month as well, down -24%

# Overall update – Stellar holds the lead followed by BTC. NEM in a familiar position

Although **Stellar** lost a lot of ground (-21%) this month it remains in the lead, down -31% for the year. **Bitcoin** is a distant second, down -44% for the year.

**NEM** still holds its familiar position at the bottom down -86% since January 1st. So my initial $100 investment in **NEM** at the beginning of the year is now worth about $14 bucks. **Ripple** and **Cardano** are closely behind: both are down -84% since the year started.

In terms of ranking, this month **IOTA** disappeared from the Top Ten, falling from 9th position to #11. **IOTA** joins **NEM** and **Dash** as Top Ten dropouts. They have been replaced by **EOS** (now at #5), **Tether** (currently at #8), and **Monero** (currently at #10).

# Total Market Cap for the entire cryptocurrency sector:

August saw the value of the crypto space as a whole continue to slide. The total market cap for crypto is now at its lowest month-end point of the year. From January 1st the market has lost -58%. Crypto hasn’t ended a month above $300B since the end of May.

# Bitcoin dominance:

We’ve got a new high for the year in **Bitcoin** dominance – it’s at 53%. We’ve seen this throughout the experiment – predictably, when the overall market dives, **BTC**’s dominance takes off. It unsurprising that the end of August saw the yearly low in overall market cap coincide with the yearly high in **BTC** dominance.

# Overall return on investment from January 1st, 2018:

If I cashed out today, my $1000 initial investment would return $302, down -70%. Although March and June were bad, August is now officially the lowest point in the experiment in terms of overall value.

# Implications/Observations:

Yet another rough month in cryptolandia. The end of August/beginning of September has seen a bit of a bounce in prices, but the overall market cap is at yearly lows. It’s a good sign that **Bitcoin** is back above $7k, but many of the altcoins are running up against their lows for the year.

We saw a bit of a shake up this month with **Dash** and **Bitcoin** finishing in the first and second positions. Before August (without exception) either **Stellar** or **Ethereum** outperformed their Top Ten peers in the monthly recaps.
That said, **Stellar** continued the habit of placing at or near the top of the original Top Ten pack overall for the year.

Once again, focusing solely on holding the Top Ten continues to be a losing strategy. While the overall market is down -58% from January, the cryptos that began 2018 in the Top Ten are down -70% over the same period of time. This approximately 12% differential continues to widen as the year progresses. At no point in the experiment has this investment strategy worked: the initial Top Ten continue to underperform compared to the market overall.

I’m also tracking the S&P 500 as part of my experiment to have a comparison point with other popular investments options. August was a good month for the index – it’s now up 8.5% for the year. A $1k investment would have given me $85, much better than the alternative – being down $700 on a $1k investment in crypto!

# Conclusion:

Another painful month. This again feels like it has to be the bottom, right? But I’m going to stop guessing, because I keep getting it wrong. It would be nice though to report some gains for the experiment for a change!

Thanks for reading and the support for the experiment. I hope you’ve found it helpful. I continue to be committed to seeing this process through and reporting along the way. Feel free to reach out with any questions and stay tuned for progress reports.

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