9 Crypto Experts Share Their Top Coin Picks for Q4 2018

Despite the bearish pressure on coin prices, many projects continue to progress well, hitting development milestones, releasing working products and building partnerships that can help grow the adoption of blockchain in the long term.

As we roll into the last quarter of 2018, it’s time to take stock of the happenings and developments in the cryptocurrency market and look ahead.

Here, we asked some crypto experts to share their top coin picks for Q4 2018 and beyond, and why they’re positive about the future of the projects they’ve selected.

London Letter

When it comes to the best picks for Q4 2018, there are 3 projects that we’d like you to take a closer look at.

One of them was featured in our most recent London Letter issue and it’s Civic (CVC). In a nutshell, we believe that the feature it brings is the future we need. Civic revolutionizes the KYC industry — it’s gotten so far already you just can’t ignore it.

Another incredible project is Basic Attention Token (BAT), created by Brendan Eich who, we had the pleasure to interview in his office in San Francisco. The fact alone that Coinbase is exploring listing BAT on their exchange should make you pay attention — just like they’re paying you for your attention.

But if that’s not enough, then take a closer look at their numbers (4.6 million monthly active users). They’re growing at an unstoppable rate in spite of the current bearish sentiment.

Last but not least, there is MakerDAO (MKR) with their stable coin DAI. With the constant controversies around USDT and an increased interest in stablecoins due to a bear market, there is no doubt MakerDAO & DAI are going to be bigger than most expect it.

If you’d like to learn more about this project then be sure to read our in-depth write up about it.

Jorn von ZwanenburgCryptocurrency Analyst & Writer

Here are my picks:

Bitcoin (BTC). I’m not expecting the first crypto’s reign to end anytime soon, especially with the Lightning Network coming up (first real-world roll-outs are happening as we write).

EOS has theoretically solved blockchain’s scalability issues, has blockchain wunderkind Dan Larimer in charge, and over 250 dapps and counting are strengthening the ecosystem. Account recovery, free transactions, and a blockchain operating system — what more we do want?

IOTA is making impressive progress towards becoming the backbone of the IoT. Project Qubic is the most recent addition to the IOTA ecosystem and promises to give a lot more applications of the Tangle. Notwithstanding the partnerships who are actually planning to implement IOTA’s tech in the near future.

Even though these are major cryptocurrencies, I’m convinced they have exactly the same upside potential as small cap coins, but significantly less downside risk.

David Olarinoye, Cryptocurrency Analyst & Writer

My top pick for Q4 2018 is Binance Coin (BNB).

Binance is coming up with Binance DEX. They have slated Q4 2018 or Q1 2019 as the time Binance DEX will be launched. My guess is that it will be in Q4 2018.

And to encourage users to the platform, they might create an extra incentive that will drive more demand for BNB (just like they did with the 40% referral bonus for holders of over 500BNB).

Kirill BensonoffBlockchain Entrepreneur and Investor

While it’s impossible to predict the future and this isn’t advice, I am personally very bullish on 0x (ZRX). They recently released v2 and there are more and more applications using 0x for decentralization.

I believe they will continue to outperform.

Abhimanyu Krishnan, Cryptocurrency Analyst & Writer

I consider OmiseGO (OMG) a prime pick because of how thought-out and well executed their use case is. The void that they’re trying to fill could boost an entire continent’s economy.

With the Plasma DEX, Plasma scaling development and a transition to Proof-of-Stake all expected in Q4 2018, we get to see tangible evidence of the project’s road to unbanking the banked.

Should outcomes be positive, I think OmiseGO will be a platform that will revolutionize the Asian economy — and of course rise in value itself.

Matias Dorta, Founder of ICO Informer

My pick for top coin in Q4 2018 is Maker (MKR).

Here are three reasons why MKR is primed to take off:

1) The demands for stablecoins is on the rise. MKR is the fuel to the Dai stablecoin which recently cracked the Top 100 on CoinMarketCap.

2) Tether FUD is real. The uncertainty around Tether is causing consumers to look for another stablecoin option. MKR’s Dai stablecoin performed very well during the downtrend, it is decentralized and transparent unlike Tether.

3) Andreessen Horowitz’s fund, a16z, just made a $15 million investment into MKR. That is a hefty investment into a utility token by a company with a proven track record. a16z venture portfolio includes companies like Facebook, Skype, Slack, Twitter, and many more. Investors in MKR, or perspective investors, should feel confident that a fund like a16z decided to make MKR one of its early crypto utility token investments. MKR has a real use case and the token contains valuable utility and big players are starting to take notice.

Daniel Frumkin, Cryptocurrency Analyst & Writer

My top coin for Q4 is Scorum (SCR).

I’ve been a huge fan of sports all my life, and even blogged about sports for a couple years when I was in college. But I really didn’t have a way of getting traffic to the site, and monetizing it was even further outside the realm of possibility. If Scorum has been around back then, things might have been different.

Now, I see Scorum as a very young competitor for ESPN with the potential to one day be the biggest sports media platform in the world. I know that there are so many brilliant sports fans out there who are creating free content that isn’t being seen by enough people, and I hope those fans all learn about Scorum and start publishing and/or reading content there.

I also hope that people check out the fantasy sports use case, as I think it’ll be by far superior to existing fantasy sports platforms. For any sports fan who is enthusiastic about cryptocurrencies but hasn’t found a suitable use case for them yet, I highly recommend checking out Scorum.

Bitcoin Benny, YouTuber

In choosing projects for investment/speculation for Q4 2018 and 2019, we first must consider where our money is most likely to fail.

As we see a move away from utility to security tokens, we see a heavier focus on assets, revenue, and usable technology — traits a lot of the 2017 ICO poster-boys do not have.

Many projects failed to deliver on their roadmaps, due to a number of factors. These include but are not limited to, lack of understanding of what was possible, overambitious promises, under-skilled tech teams, immature tech and most importantly a lack of business knowledge coupled with an inability to manage finances.

As we see the emergence of STOs and exchanges on which they can trade, we will also see an influx of reverse ICOs (so to speak). This will see real-world businesses with paying customers and assets, tokenize their business.

Compared to concept stage start-ups, these companies will hold tremendous appeal to investors. I am looking at all things STO and enterprise platform support for opensource projects. After all, the tech that supports the migration to tokenization is paramount.

I will invest mainly in platforms, STO exchanges, STOs and any tech that supports these. Of the existing projects, I am unable to comment on Komodo Platform due to my affiliation — however, the tech seems light years ahead.

Of the other existing projects, these are my picks for Q4 2018 and 2019:

  • Cardano (ADA) Brilliant team building something amazing. Will take time but this is one of the few exceptions to the above rules.
  • Stellar (XLM) – This is an amazing project with the inability to shill or promote itself, and without the need. I see this being a massive mover in 2019.
  • VerusCoin (RSC) – With a gifted developer and no ICO or hype, this coin, built on solid tech will explode once it hits a mainstream exchange.
  • Ethereum Classic (ETC) – Yes, I hear the boos from afar. This is no Mickey Mouse project and it benefits from its ties to IOHK through Cardano. It’s listed on Coinbase and therefore with upcoming uncertainty with classifications, it remains a solid pick.

Polymath (POLY) – This is a dicey one, but If it gets everything out that it has promised, the sky is the limit in the role it can play. Looks a solid mid-tier pick for 2019.

Thomas Alford, Head of Content at TotalCrypto.io

Fundamentally all cryptocurrencies are a medium of exchange. At some point, there will need to be widespread adoption to back up crypto valuations. This is particularity true of peer-to-peer cryptocurrencies. What’s overlooked by so many cryptocurrency projects is practicality and making them easy to use. These components are essential for mass adoption to occur.

In the West, adoption levels are still low. However, the type of adoption we see right now is driven by either speculation or ideological reasons. The truth is that developed nations have a perfectly functioning medium of exchange right now called fiat currency. This means there is little incentive for true adoption.

However, there are many places in the world like Venezuela, Iran and Argentina with unstable and highly inflated fiat currencies. That’s where fiat is failing as a medium of exchange and it is these conditions where it appears crypto has the best chance of real mass adoption.

Nimiq is maybe one of the most suitable cryptos for adoption in these types of environments. Simplicity and convenience is at Nimiq’s core. It’s one of the few cryptocurrencies that can actually pass the “mom test.”

It’s also completely browser-based and doesn’t require any downloads. This is actually a huge deal in emerging markets where most people simply do not have access to desktops or laptops. What type of device would most people use in these countries to use crypto? Well, it would be mobile devices. Nimiq doesn’t force users to make large data downloads to use the crypto.

This is actually a big deal in emerging markets where most people simply cannot afford a lot of phone data. By being browser-based, Nimiq removes this barrier to adoption as much as it can be.

PayNim also provides a super easy browser-based solution that enables people to receive NIM with just an email address. It goes without saying that pretty much everyone has an email. The simplicity of this solution makes it much easier and more likely for cryptocurrency newcomers to truly adopt.

I believe that Nimiq has gone completely under the radar. Many people talk about mass adoption — however, most don’t think about where it’s most likely to occur and which cryptocurrencies best solve the barriers to true adoption. Nimiq seems to be one of those projects and I admire their tech-focused approach.

That’s why Nimiq is my top coin pick for Q4 2018 and beyond.

Disclosure: I own some NIM and am compensated in a long-term independent consulting capacity for Nimiq. This opinion should not be construed as investment advice. Always do your own research.

What are your top picks for the Q4 2018 and beyond? Let us know in the comments!

34 Comments

  • D
    Posted October 19, 2018 10:20 pm 0Likes

    These so called experts of cryto don’t know anything when it comes to crytos that have a real company behind them and products that solve a real world banking, Finacial payment problem and is being used in the real world. This greatest cryto is XRP has more partnerships and usages than any other crytos. For them not to mention Xrp shows me that they are very uniformed!

    • J
      Posted October 19, 2018 11:09 pm 0Likes

      XRP is not a real crypto, it does not solve any problem that crypto like bitcoin want to solve. XRP is just a shitcoin, talking about this shit everywhere will not change that.

    • Daniel Frumkin
      Posted October 19, 2018 11:13 pm 0Likes

      D,
      Ripple and XRP are still two separate things, as much as they wish they could change that fact. Ripple may have a solid product, but XRP provides absolutely zero unique utility as a cryptocurrency. It’s precisely because I know something when it comes to cryptos that I would never include it on a list like this.

      • Justin
        Posted October 20, 2018 12:56 pm 0Likes

        This guy states absurdly about “knowing something about cryptos” and in the previous idiotic sentence states that xrp has absolutely no unique utility. Who are these ignorant “journalists” that write this stuff? And to call yourself a cryptocurrency analyst and a writer seems to be only accurate if it were opposite day. Xrp is the only crypto in your beloved crypto space that is being used in the real world. And also has more partners than any other crypto – whilst saving banks 40-70% on fees, eliminating the need for vostro-nostro accounts, settling in 3 seconds, and revolutionizing cross border payments. And this guy says “absolutely no unique utility.” what a completely moronic thing to say from an “analysist.” please do research before you claim stuff. Ripple AND xrp(notice I state both) is already bringing this space to mass adoption – and this isn’t from a fan boy – or a person that has any bias – it’s just facts.

        • Daniel Frumkin
          Posted October 24, 2018 2:54 am 0Likes

          As far as I know, owning XRP does not give you equity in Ripple Labs. It does not pay a dividend. It does not decentralize governance of the project. The XRP blockchain is not best-in-class in any facet of its protocol, nor is it even decentralized.
          All of XRP’s investors seem to believe that if Ripple products are being used, that it suddenly makes XRP valuable. WHY????? What purpose does XRP the cryptocurrency have? XRP’s value is based on two things: Ripple incentivizing banks to use it, and people who – to use your word – ‘ignorantly’ believe that by owning XRP they will share in the success of Ripple.
          If Ripple wants to hold an IPO in which they sell shares of equity in their company, I’d be all for it. But if you own XRP, you don’t get a piece of the pie from Ripple’s success. You get a piece of a speculative bubble. Finally, let me ask you one question: If there is no chance of you ever using XRP in YOUR real world, why do you own it?

        • Daniel Frumkin
          Posted October 24, 2018 2:59 am 0Likes

          Also, please notice that I’m not personally attacking you. My criticism is focused solely on XRP and the misinformation surrounding it. If you’d like me (or anybody else) to take you seriously, please refrain from personal attacks and stick to discussing the ideas. I’m not your enemy, I want you and everybody else who I talk to about crypto to invest profitably.

          • Gerb
            Posted October 25, 2018 4:13 pm 0Likes

            ”The XRP blockchain is not best-in-class in any facet of its protocol, nor is it even decentralized”’

            It certainly seems like you are the one spreading misinformation around XRP and Ripple.

          • Gerb
            Posted October 25, 2018 4:18 pm 0Likes

            If you are sincere about having a debate about this, I’d like to invite you to the discord channel.
            https://discordapp.com/invite/N4x7kPb

      • jdog
        Posted October 28, 2018 11:44 am 0Likes

        would you still say that dumb shit now?

        • Daniel Frumkin
          Posted October 29, 2018 11:03 pm 0Likes

          As the link you provided states, “the topic of decentralization is widly nuanced.” Personally, I consider the permissionless and censorship resistant features to be paramount to decentralization. It’s fine to disagree about the importance of those features, but that’s the view I hold and have held since I first learned about cryptocurrencies. Ripple has done a very good job of PR such as the one you linked that focuses very precisely on the pros of Ripple while leaving out mention of the cons. Likewise they’ve done a great job of developing mechanisms to justify the existence of XRP. We can agree to disagree, or you can insult me personally as much as you please, but that’s not going to change my mind about the fundamentals of Ripple.

  • CryptoJackson
    Posted October 20, 2018 12:13 am 0Likes

    Apollo Currency is the most feature rich, all in one currency in the galaxy! Apollocurrency.com DYOR! This will cause a FOMO epedemic!

  • Dean saunders
    Posted October 20, 2018 1:38 am 0Likes

    Apollo is going to shock the crypto world , big things are about to happen , november will be a massive month for Apollo and all its investors , Fox business to feature Apollo in a 12 part series !!! Hermes will go live with its 2 second transaction speed quicker that xrp !!! and a secret weapon yet to be revealed !!!! and numerous new exchanges to list Apollo too.

  • David cornwr
    Posted October 20, 2018 1:41 am 0Likes

    Heard about Apollo it looks like an awesome project, can’t wait for the future

  • Dan Larsen
    Posted October 20, 2018 2:19 am 0Likes

    Digibyte- DGB is a top crypto. Very decentralized, 5 algorithms for mining, smart contracts, 21B fixed and many users. Needs more mainstream marketing to get attention.

  • igider
    Posted October 20, 2018 3:21 am 0Likes

    XRP is positioning itself as a tool for banks. APL is working to replace banks.

  • IndigoCreekFood Richard Robb
    Posted October 20, 2018 3:31 am 0Likes

    Mass Adoption? Apollo Currency (APL)!!! Apollo as a POS privacy coin has the most features available right inside the wallet and in your control. PRIVACY – your choice private/public transactions, if private- features include IP Masking, Coin Shuffling, Aliases, and Private Messaging … SECURITY- multi-signature transactions approval & voting available if desired… WALLET STORAGE- upload & store any documents or asset, create an asset, smart contracts… DECENTRALIZED MARKETPLACE- buy or sell or set up company store inside wallet… DECENTRALIZED EXCHANGE- in the wallet… AND MUCH MORE at your finger tips in your WALLET!!!

  • Christian
    Posted October 20, 2018 4:50 am 0Likes

    Just impressed with the Developers Team of Apollo. One of the most amazing Coins in Cryptospace….

  • Lara
    Posted October 20, 2018 5:00 am 0Likes

    Seems Apollo is beginning to trend alot more than before think I might have to check em out!

  • maverick
    Posted October 20, 2018 1:53 pm 0Likes

    Mr Frumkin,

    Have you heard about something called Xrapid, what it does & what it uses to get the task done? Ripple now has offices in NY, San Fran, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Mumbai & Sydney.

    • Daniel Frumkin
      Posted October 24, 2018 3:09 am 0Likes

      Yes I have, Maverick. Pretty cool product! Not even remotely close to justifying the market cap for XRP, though. Please see my comments above in response to Justin, they apply here as well.

      • Tri
        Posted October 25, 2018 9:54 am 0Likes

        Sound like you guys too much BS talks about cryptos. Just shut ya mouth and invest in what ya believe. Let’s see what the future bring. Tell me which one is going to hit tomorrow?

        • Daniel Frumkin
          Posted October 29, 2018 11:07 pm 0Likes

          I love talking about cryptos, so…. no. But I do have plenty of skin in the game. And I think you’re in the wrong place for advice on “which one is going to hit tomorrow.”

  • Ivanovich798
    Posted October 20, 2018 11:27 pm 0Likes

    Im all in Apollo Currenvy and considering buying some BAT. See a lot of potential in both

    • abank86
      Posted October 29, 2018 2:42 pm 0Likes

      Safe Exchange will the be the winner.

  • Generic name guy
    Posted October 23, 2018 5:01 pm 0Likes

    Funny how Apollo marketing just takes the most generic names to advertise their own product without justifying why it’s good.

  • Michael F Toutonghi
    Posted October 25, 2018 5:35 am 0Likes

    Hi! I’m a dev on the VerusCoin project, and I’d like to say thanks for the shoutout bitcoin benny! One small correction though, the ticker is VRSC not RSC, so if anyone is searching for news about the coin, make sure to use VRSC 🙂 Also, if anyone wants to read more about our project, visit our website at veruscoin.io

    • Michael F Toutonghi
      Posted October 25, 2018 5:38 am 0Likes

      *Bitcoin Benny, sorry, my bad, typed too fast 🙂

  • Piet Pal
    Posted October 25, 2018 3:22 pm 0Likes

    Rstr (Ondori) : New project with a great potential … Unfortunately it would be more for Q2 Q3 2019 I think.

    WePower, Gochain and BAT are the others with great potential for me !
    Gochain is definitely my favorite one !

  • Kevin Lange
    Posted October 28, 2018 4:22 am 0Likes

    How about GoChain or Loom or XLM or DASH…all good projects with great support..? I think mass adoption will only happen when the “Big Boys” jump in with their large wallets, which s/b around December or January imho !

  • tux_crypto
    Posted October 28, 2018 12:05 pm 0Likes

    this article has redefined the word expert to random people who happen to purchase bitcoin very early and are now rich by dumb luck. XRP is the first and only crypto to have production contracts to use xrapid which utilizes XRP, the XRP ledger is more decentralized than BTC & ETH, 7% of validators are controlled by ripple. There working with the federal reserve task force, the IMF, SAP, temonos, the white house administration, and many others. Coil which is another product using the XRP coin, has been called the amazon prime for the entire internet by trillion dollar tech giant apple. oh and the bill and melinda gates foundation with mojaloop group are working with coil and the ILP. no mention of xrp tells me these people are either extremely ignorant of whats going on or they simply dont want people to know how much xrp they hold, i think its the ladder, i dont believe anyone looking at this space right now would be dumb enough not to hold XRP.

  • abank86
    Posted October 29, 2018 2:43 pm 0Likes

    Safe Exchange will be a top 5 coin

  • Derivative Brand
    Posted October 30, 2018 2:36 pm 0Likes

    Another fan of Apollo. They had kind of a false start but wasn’t their fault. Apollo was set to launch after being voted by thousands of people that do know why they’re good and wanted to support their vision, they won a contest only to have the carpet pulled from underneath them by shady exchange, Kucoin. Makes sense though, why would an exchange want an “all-in-one” currency to take off? I support it just as I would a cool startup on go fund me, heck, it safer than keeping money in Kucoin, google “kucoin hack”. I’d prefer to support a startup and potential ROI instead of an e-mail apology that my funds are missing 🙂

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