The kind of fundamental developments that sent a coin to the moon in 2017 had already started to lose their potency by the time 2018 came around. As the year wore on, we started to see partnership announcements and technical developments go unnoticed, when once the mere rumour of them was enough to positively impact the price of a coin.
And while 2019 will probably see an extension of this trend, I can’t help but think of the number of times I’ve seen a coin pump 50% in a week, only to go and check the project’s Twitter page and see that they’ve just implemented a new tech update.
By that time I’m too late, and whatever anticipation was being speculated on has turned into news, and is now being sold.
So in the spirit of experimentation, here’s a few upcoming technical updates due in the coming weeks.
Aeternity (AE) – First Mainnet Hardfork
Aeternity has three hardforks scheduled over the next year as it completes its migration from Ethereum. The date for this hardfork is only a few days away, but I include it on the basis of Aeternity’s previous volatility, exemplified in this chart from the last seventy days. Volume has been climbing all through February, from $10 million to $50 million.
Hardfork Date: February 20th
IOST (IOST) – Mainnet Launch
Just over a week away from mainnet, the IOST token price has shown signs of life with 4% growth in the past seven days. A summary of what the IOST mainnet promises to bring can be found here in a tweet from co-founder Jimmy Zhong.
Mainnet Launch Date: February 25th
Ethereum (ETH) – Constantinople Hardfork
The previously delayed Constantinople hardfork is scheduled for the end of the month.