Crypto Investing #64 – What Is The Cryptocurrency Flippening?

This is the Bitcoin Dominance “index” we keep referring to in the above video:

2017-04-10 Bitcoin Dominance
Bitcoin Dominance is at all time lows.

Tai Zen: What’s up guys. This is Tai Zen. Today, I have the honorable grandmaster, legendary, world renown,

We’re driving past the new Atlanta Braves stadium right now. Leon and I were just talking about what’s known as the flippening. We want to explain to you what the flippening means and how you should respond to it as a cryptocurrency investor.

Let’s start off with the explanation of what the flippening is.

Leon Fu: We have the to first talk about the Bitcoin Dominance Index. Bitcoin Dominance Index is something that I first saw on, which is a competitor to It is run by shapeshift of Erik Voorhees. had this calculation is this statistic called Bitcoin Dominance Index. Basically, Bitcoin Dominance Index is the market cap of all the cryptocurrencies.

Tai Zen: Everything that’s in the cryptocurrency world.

Leon Fu: That’s the whole thing.

Tai Zen: It’s around $25 billion.

Leon Fu: The Bitcoin dominance index is how much Bitcoin dominates that index.

Tai Zen: That number is the percentage of Bitcoin in that 25 billion.

Leon Fu: Historically, when I got into Bitcoin, that was over 90%. Bitcoin dominated that index over 90%. Then, it has been steadily dropping. It goes up and down, but it’s been pretty clear that it’s not able to create higher height.

That was a very popular statistic that coinmarketcap copied them. Then, coinmarketcap went one step further is that they graphed it. Now, you can visually see this dominance index change over time. It’s very volatile.

Tai Zen: But over the years, it has slowly declined

Leon Fu: Right now we’re talking in April 2017. In March, it fell off a cliff. It is at its all-time lows. That’s at 65%.

Many people believe that Bitcoin will no longer be the dominant cryptocurrency and that would imply that the Bitcoin dominance index falls below 50%. It is no longer the majority of the value of cryptocurrencies. At that point in time, I think there are 2 definitions. One is that the number falls below 50%. I think that is my interpretation for the flippening. If you got Twitter, the flippening is where Bitcoin is no longer dominant.

However another definition that might be referring to the flippening is if Ethereum or some other coins become a number one…

Tai Zen: …becomes a dominant and the price of cryptocurrencies are no longer priced in Bitcoin…

Leon Fu: Let’s say Ethereum goes to 500 and Bitcoin comes down. That will be when the Ethereum moves into first place. That is at least my interpretation of what the flippening could refer to.

Tai Zen: The first definition of flippening is when Bitcoin dominance falls below 50%. It makes up less than 50% of the entire world of cryptocurrencies.

The second definition of the flippening is when you’re saying that when Ethereum… We just say Ethereum right now simply because it’s the second biggest cryptocurrency. Anyways, at some point, Bitcoin is no longer going to become dominant.

Leon Fu: Bitcoin would no longer be dominant, which means they will not be number 1. It’s been number 1 since the beginning. No cryptocurrency has ever taken an over the number 1 spot.

Tai Zen: Now, there’s a potential that Ethereum can be the one that does it. Therefore, when it takes over it, that’s another definition of it.

I think my definition of the flippening is when the prices of cryptocurrencies are no longer priced in Bitcoins. It is not that they’re no longer priced, but they will also be the price in Ethereum.

Leon Fu: That’s already happening right now. Many cryptocurrencies on Poloniex are priced in the Ethers and USD.

Tai Zen: But Is that common yet? The other thing too is when all the cryptocurrencies are not being priced in others. What I mean by that is not all the ICOs are priced in Ethereum. When you look on there, they’ll show Bitcoins, USDor whatever it is.

The one that was running today match pool was priced in Ethereum only. There’s going to come a time when the ICO would just run predominantly…

Leon Fu: Well, if we get to that point, we are way past the flippening. The flippening is not an inflection point where things change and flip…

Leon Fu: Anyway, that’s the flippening for you.

Tai Zen: That’s the definition of the flippening. Let’s talk about what we do as an investor. Now, keep in mind guys that there’s going to be a really sad day for the Bitcoin maximalist including ourselves.

Leon Fu: It will be an end of an era. I’m not sure I would be sad, but it will be a historic day for us because it’ll be the first day of a new world. I think it’s a day we will both celebrate and mourn at the same time.

Tai Zen: It will be a joy and pain, sweet and sour.

Leon Fu: That’s right.

Tai Zen: It’ll be a push and pull.

Leon Fu: If it comes, we will definitely both have a celebration and mourning.

Tai Zen: As an investor, we can’t let any of that deter us from making money in the markets. Whenever that day comes, we’ll have to be prepared to make adjustments as necessary. However, the Bitcoin maximalists, Tone Vays believes that when segregated witness gets implemented into Bitcoins, all the Altcoins will get crushed.

Leon Fu: I agree with him.

Tai Zen: I agree, but the altcoin not going to go away. There’s still bucket loads of money still to be made from altcoin

Leon Fu: That could be a trade waiting for that snapback. That is actually something I fear at the moment. It could be an opportunity that SegWit seems to be gaining momentum. On the day that it becomes official, I almost guarantee Tone Vays will get on Twitter and say: “I told you, son.”

Tai Zen: That’s his nickname, which is Tone I-told-you-so Vays. We should have listened to him when he said not to invest in the DAO.

Leon Fu But he also said not invest in everything except for Bitcoin.

Tai Zen: One thing I do like about what he says is that he doesn’t get emotional about it. He just presents what he believes is the fact. Therefore, it’s up to you to consider whether or not what he says is logical or not.

He doesn’t get emotional and gets crazy like Roger Ver does although he been toning down. Sometimes, in some of the videos, he gets so dramatic that you don’t know if you should listen to him or not.

On the other hand, when Tone Vays is presenting his argument, he’s presenting logically or at least he tries to present it in a logical manner so that people can understand it.

The thing is this. Whether Bitcoin is the dominant a cryptocurrency or not, what’s relevant is when you see opportunities in cryptocurrencies, you take advantage of those opportunities. There’s still money to be made. It doesn’t matter if the cryptocurrencies go down or the altcoin can crush. I believe that’s only going to be temporarily…

Leon Fu: so you can write it out.

Tai Zen: so you can write it down. If you’re not sure what to do, then watch and one of our previous videos about the 4 things that you can do.

In case of the Bitcoin hard forks and all that happens, you just decide which one suits your risk tolerance levels and you can go from there.

The reason why we’re making this video is to explain to you what the flippening is. The second reason is to remind you that if you’re an investor and these things happen, there’s definitely going to be a lot of opportunities. Some of the altcoins that were too high might drop down low enough to where you can pick them up.

Leon Fu: Sure.

Tai Zen: Is there anything else you want to talk about?

Leon Fu: No, that’s it

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