Stop Waiting for Altcoin Season, Arca’s Jeff Dorman Says

The altcoin season might never come again to repeat a 2017-ish rally at the expense of Bitcoin, according to Jeff Dorman, chief investment officer at blockchain-oriented asset manager, Arca. 


Crypto’s Natural Selection Will Hit Many Altcoins

On Monday, Dorman, who is certified by the CFA Institute, started a thread on Twitter, questioning the grounds for an upcoming “alt season.”

He says that the crypto market has evolved and that investors will go on with crypto projects that promise at least some value.

Dorman has an interesting take on how to categorize the altcoins at this point, proposing two main groups – the “Haves” and “Have Nots.” The former should include tokens that are backed by decent projects and promise massive adoption, while “Have Nots” touch upon tokens that should be ignored due to lack of progress.

The investor revealed that Arca held positions in some of the coins, and that he had his own viewpoints on which tokens should make the “Have Nots” list. Dorman said that Stellar Lumens (XLM) and Rchain (RHOC) failed to demonstrate any value, though both are welcomed in the “Haves” group if they show sizeable progress. However, the tokens shouldn’t be driven by the “alt run” anymore.

While Dorman mentioned that his categorization isn’t about pointing at specific coins but rather about the concept of differentiation, not everyone agreed with him, though most of the commentators found his points valid.

Bitcoin is an Undisputed Leader

For the “Haves” bucket, Dorman has six sub-categories, which make distinctions based on the token’s relevance and value. The first sub-category is the “Undisputed Leader,” and the investor argues that Bitcoin is the only coin that fits this subgroup. The oldest cryptocurrency out there is still dominant in mainstream media and attracts interest from central banks, politicians, and regulators.

Other categories are as follows:

  • Clear-cut value proposition – Binance’s BNB, LEOcoin, Maker, and ALGO.
  • Essential projects, but tokens has unclear value – Ethereum, 0x, Basic Attention Token (BAT), Cosmos (ATOM), and Augur (REP), among others. These tokens might do well in bull markets.
  • Huge networks and communities; may deliver massive value or may not – EOS, T-Zero, NEO, Ripple (XRP), Tron (TRX), and Tezos (XTZ).
  • Live, working products but still speculative – examples are FOAM, Decentraland (MANA), HXRO, FXC, and soon LINK.
  • Pure speculative – if the alt season never comes, we may still note short-term jumps in these tokens that made no progress. However, in the longer-run, they will fail.

Thus, Dorman claims that the term “alt season” is outdated as an eventual bull rally won’t happen for the sake of altcoins themselves, but rather for those that actually work.

Arca’s CIO concluded,

The sooner people stop talking about a generic ‘alt season,’ the faster the real alts will actually rally,

On the other side, crypto bulls like Tom Lee and John McAfee are waiting for the alt season.

What do you think – is the alt season around the corner? Share your thoughts in the comments section!


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Twitter, @jdorman81.

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