IOTA Price Analysis and Predictions
IOTA has seen a meteoric rise in just the past few days, with prices hitting $5 on major exchanges, and even hitting ~$9 on the coinone exchange. As of this writing, we are experiencing a slight pullback to about $3.75, which I don’t think will last very long at all.
Just a few short weeks ago, IOTA was hovering around rank 10–15 in terms of highest market cap. Back then, IOTA was really only available on two major exchanges, Bitfinex and Binance. But since then, we’ve seen IOTA being added to a host of other popular exchanges around the world, which seems to be a major factor in this sudden spike, including coinone, OKEX, and CoinFalcon. This sudden spike has also caused the trading volume for IOTA to reach levels (~$2 billion) eclipsing Ethereum’s (~$1.6 billion), with only Bitcoin having a higher volume (~$10 billion). In turn, IOTA’s market cap has also reached a massive ~$15 billion, beating the caps of other major companies like AMD, Atlassian, and Seagate. It’s market cap currently sits around $10 billion, as of this writing.
If one compares the price of $1.50 on Dec 3rd to the local peak of $5.50 on Dec 6th, that is a 3.67x increase in only 3 days! That is an increase of roughly $11 billion of market cap into this cryptocurrency, in just 3 days! There are 72 hours in 3 days, which translates to a compounded growth of roughly 1.82% per hour or 54.2% per day!!! Just for fun, if this growth could be sustained permanently, IOTA would reach a market cap of $1 trillion (roughly $360/Mi, a nice, satisfying number) in 13 days!!!!! That’s the power of exponential growth. Obviously though, this level of growth is unsustainable and unreasonable. IOTA will probably peter out of its growth before then, but it will reach new base levels, possibly becoming a top 3 very soon. One thing I can say for sure, though, is that cryptocurrencies are truly, already, a new paradigm in 24/7 trading with these wild levels of commerce.
Does the current price make sense?
I believe IOTA still has a long way to go in terms of adoption levels and maturity; they still attribute their software as being in beta! Once the nodes, wallets, and dapps reach production levels, we will see IOTA reach astronomical levels of fortune, probably beating Ethereum and Bitcoin. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a fun ride.
Here is a list of events where I attribute my purely speculative change in the price of IOTA to certain events and occurrences, sorted in ascending order of the level of price change. These numbers are very rough, so bear with me. Kindly leave comments if you think these numbers can be fine tuned or adjusted.
- Mass media of IOTA; movies, books, news, etc., dependent on popularity of medium; +0–5% spike per large production
- Dapps, like Chatangle (created by myself, but non-functional at the moment…),+0–10% per dapp
- IRI performance improvements +1% per announcement
- Formal analysis of curl/kurl functions +3%
- Formal analysis of network performance +3%
- Formal analysis of attack potential +3%
- Coordinator open sourced +5%
- High performance IRI implementation in Rust, etc. (please, no C++) +5%
- Google Finance listing cryptocurrencies +5%
- New wallet by UCL released+10%
- Removal of the coordinator +10%
- Hardware wallet integrations; Trezor, Ledger Nano S, etc. +10%
- Added to Gemini +10%
- IOTA ecosystem and software deemed production ready +15%
- Automated snapshotting +15%
- IOTA node (IRI) auto peering +20%
- Added to Bittrex +20%
- Added to Poloniex +20%
- Smart contracts +30%
- Added to Coinbase/GDAX +50%
- Added to Bithumb +50%
- Data marketplace open and active +50–300%
- IOTA becomes a mainstream arbitrage utility +100% –500%
Now we can make a few concrete price predictions. But there are still a few parameters to consider. I’ll utilize a few different cost bases for the starting point and take conservative and liberal stances on some of the estimates above. The reason for different cost bases is that some of these events are already in the psyche of investors, leading to speculative prices already. Starting with a lower cost basis cancels some of the speculative pricing. Conservative means taking the lower number in price prediction ranges as well as fewer occurrences of multi-event possibilities, such as fewer Hollywood films about IOTA rather than many films. Liberal is just the opposite.
In all of these, I create a price multiplier, which is obtained by multiplying all events’ estimates together. For example: (coordinator open sourced: 1.05) * (UCL wallet: 1.1) * (Smart contracts: 1.3) = 1.5015 => 50.15% increase. So with just these three events, we could see a ~50% rise in price.
Taking conservative estimates, we obtain a price multiplier of roughly 38x! With liberal estimates, we get a price multiplier of 552x!!!!!
Now let’s take a few different cost bases: $1/Mi, and $5/Mi. This gives us two different price ranges, which, granted, are quite wide.
Conservatively, and assuming these inevitable events happen over the next year or few years, we could see Miota priced between $38–$190. This would yield a market cap of $105 — $528 billion!!! For comparison, Bitcoin’s market cap is about $220 billion and Ethereum’s $42 billion, as of this writing. Assuming those coins remain stagnant, IOTA has a decent chance of becoming number #1! And these are the conservative estimates.
If we use our liberal multiplier of 552x, we get a price of $552 — $2760 per Miota and a market cap of $1.53–$7.67 trillion!!!!!! Keep in mind, these are the liberal estimates and could take some years to come to fruition.
And none of these estimates take into account the mysterious “Q” entity being thrown around IOTA circles.
But wait! There’s more! These are some of my predicted events that may or may not occur at all:
- More big name support/partners: +5% per company
- Divisible iotas +5%
- Address aliases +15%
- IOTA creating legal entities in the USA and other regions+25%
- Integration with the Ethereum protocol +40%
- Integration with other protocols… ???%
Taking a rough multiplier out of these potential events give us 2.2x. So you could multiply all the estimates above by 2.2, and you’ll get another potential price prediction.
We must also consider some negative events that could occur in the coming years. Many of these don’t only apply to IOTA, but to any crypto in general:
- Wallet bugs/exploits -1%-30%
- Vulnerability with IRI -15%
- Vulnerability with Kerl/ crypto algos -30%
- Vulnerability with IOTA protocol -40%
- Serious DOS attack ??? (in the past, these have led to price increases, oddly enough)
- Serious competitor ???
- Government regulation ???
Some of these events will highly likely occur during the lifetime of IOTA; some have already occurred. But IOTA has improved itself every time and come out the other end. It is still in beta with lots of potential room to grow.
We are living in very exciting times in this crypto space. Prices drop by 50% in a day, and increase by 150% the next. We are definitely going to see many upticks and downticks with twists, turns, and surprises over the next few years. I’m excited to see what the future holds for crypto in general, but especially for IOTA! If I had to make a concrete prediction with a price and a date, then I would take the average of the conservative estimates above and say that I predict the price will reach $114/Miota by December 2018.