List of No-ICO Tools for Crypto Traders and Investors
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This is a list of free or freemium phone apps and web apps that are useful for cryptocurrency traders or investors and were not backed by money from an ICO. Some of them you will already know from the No-ICO section of altcointrading.net, this is meant to be a featured post summarizing all of them and more in one place.
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Large Transaction monitoring
- WalletScan (Telegram) - Telegram bot that alerts you on large transaction on the Bitcoin blockchain and on Tether. It has a database of known cryptocurrency exchange addresses and adds the info on where to and from the money went, if the information is known.
There are several options to track the value of your cryptocurrency portfolio. The most common ones track against the fiat value of crypto but there have been some talks on r/bitcoinmarkets about adding more features for crypto traders who are interested in increasing their BTC or ETH stash rather than to monitor the fiat value of their crypto.
There are some privacy risks associated with the use of these third party apps, especially if you need an email to sign up. You should not use your standard email address to sign up for these, and also not the one you use on any exchange. Read more in the Security section.
- The Blockfolio app is almost legendary at this point - the most popular smartphone app for portfolio value tracking. It is worth pointing out there was no ICO and no expensive marketing to get Blockfolio to this place. It has basic charting and newsfeed, it supports major fiat currencies and it gives you price alerts.
- Coinloop is a webapp that tracks cryptocurrencies against USD for now. There are some basic news and an event calendar but for traders the most valuable functionalities are the AI signals provided on Coinloop with optional alerts and also the tracking of CME and CBOE Bitcoin futures. Here a few words from the author and tips on how to use Coinloop most effectively.
- Moonitor is a desktop app developed by an enthusiast who posts to Reddit as u/kumakote. It is an electron app (the technology you know from Jaxx desktop client) and the biggest advantage of this approach is the potential user privacy. With smartphone apps or web apps your data are invariably stored on a remote server somewhere. That means the owner of the website has not only the aggregate information about what people on the market hold, buy and sell but also the portfolio value of your email address or your phone’s ID information. With desktop app the information stays on your computer unless there is some kind of script that sends this information away. I am pointing this out because I have not reviewed the code so this is always a possibility.
- HodlerList is a new webapp created by @mlejva. It is not a classical private portfolio tracking, while your account can be anonymous (you may choose an arbitrary handle but you need to sign up with a Twitter or Facebook account) your hodl gains and losses will be published on the homepage in a leaderboard. While there will inevitably be some people who set up fake portfolios it is nonetheless quite a nice tool to see what combinations of cryptocurrencies are performing well over time.
- TensorCharts are the webapp with orderbook heatmap and segmented candlesticks for a bunch of markets of Bitfinex, BitMEX, Bitstamp and GDAX. Great tool for your short time trades or for picking your entries and exits at the 5M chart because with the heatmap you get to see at the first glance where the big aggregates of orders are stacked. Read more about TensorCharts
- GDAX Whales is u/quant_king’s hosted version of this python code that was originally written to track big orders in the ETH market on GDAX. It tracks big unique orders or a stack of many same-size orders in the GDAX books.
- DataMish is a Grafana dashboard with lending data from Bitfinex - shorts vs longs for BTC, ETH, BCH and LTC markets on finex. It is basically a more stable version of bfxdata, if that has been getting cranky for you as well.
- TokenSpread is a tool for arbitrage traders. It is basically a massive spreadsheet with prices of the biggest altcoins compared across every popular exchange (Binance, Bittrex, Bitstamp, Bitfinex, GDAX, EXMO…), highlighting the largest spreads. TokenSpread also offers an API subscription for $40 per month.
- Coinlore is a new CoinMarketCap alternative that also provides market data API.
- CoinLib is pretty much CoinMarketCap updated in real time. One interesting and unique tool is the best price explorer that will scan arbitrage opportunities for you and find the cheapes path to get your selected cryptocurrency.
- LiveCoinWatch is another CoinMarketCap with live updates, portfolio tracking and the option to disregard Korean markets which sometimes have a high premium.
Other Market KPI Monitoring
- Bitgur also focuses on market cap and similar traditional performance indicators, whether you believe in them or not. The best value are the heat maps summarizing the state of the crypto market as a whole.
- CryptoCompare is a great data resource with the basics for most cryptocurrencies - if you want to learn the basics such as if a coin is PoW or PoS without the marketing fluff that you usually get on blogs and forums. Another great thing is tracking by exchanges with live updates over multiple important fiat currency segments - such as markets on Korean exchanges at one page.
- Moonmath is a BTCUSD projection dashboard maintained by u/jarederaj who is one of the top contributors at r/bitcoinmarkets. It takes price performances over given periods and projects future price of bitcoin in case the performance should carry on. Moonmath also features famous Azop’s rainbow charts which are a version of price channels. The yellow band is the average price movement over the given time period, the colored bars on each side are each one standard deviation wide. When the price shoots out of the rainbow range it is a simplified way to tell that a price action trend is getting overheated.
- CoinTrading.ninja has a correlation matrix of a set of cryptocurrencies. You can customize the coins that you want to track, no user account required. The data gets updated only once a day and the source is CryptoCompare API.
- RSIHunter is webapp that publishes RSI values for various cryptocurrency markets so that you can quickly see which ones are being oversold and overbought. You can choose from the typical range of timeframes from 5M to 1W and either the aggregate of altcoin exchanges or one of them separately. There are data from Bittrex, Binance, Kucoin and BitMEX.
- Premium Catcher at austeritysucks.com plots Bitcoin futures curves and premiums for futures markets on BitMEX (which also has altcoins such as XRP or ZEC). Here is explanation of the curves from investopedia.
- CoinGenome - next better CMC, 1500+ live cryptocurrencies in real time. The website pulls data both from exchanges and from CMC but for now a lot of the data is from CMC, so it is basically just live-updated interface of coinmarketcap.
- CryptoWatch is the only free charting tool that has been updated regularly, keeps listing new coins and handles a lot of traffic. There was never an ICO, Cryptowatch runs on free and premium plans. The platform was acquired by Kraken Exchange in 2017 but the free and premium plans were kept as before, the only change was the addition of trade.kraken.com interface - a free portal for Kraken customers to trade from.
There hasn’t been a lot of apps that track the network activity of cryptocurrencies even though some traders take into account metrics such as transactions per day, fees, mempool size or transactions per block. AFAIK there is also no tool to track the current production costs of mineable cryptocurrencies around the world.
- CryptoSignal has been closest to investigating some fundamental metrics for the major cryptocoins. You can plot price development vs metrics like hashrate, transactions per block or fees for BTC and similar kind of fundamental metrics for ETH and whatever applies for other big coins like XRP. Quick intro to the tool here
Social media sentiment
- sentimnt.io is a simple one-glance tool that measures Reddit post and comment sentiment for major cryptocurrencies. You get the total number of mentions, positive and negative percentages and a simple chart plotting the development of the sentiment over time.
- AltcoinAnalytics publishes social media analyse reports with data from a Python script that gives you the information about which cryptocurrencies and ICOs are getting most attention - positive and negative. You get free primers but the full analyses are paid. Primer on NEO from October 2017 with brief explanations here on altcointrading.net.
- Solume.io is a tool for crypto media analysis that gathers mentions of 200+ coins at Twitter, Reddit and Bitcointalk. It publishes the media mention volumes and sentiment and also identifies the currently trending cryptocurrencies. Each cryptocurrency gets its own page with more detailed info such as top social media posters and an overlay chart of price development vs social media volume. Here is the page for Bitcoin.
A lot of portfolio tracking apps that provide some news section, usually only tracking the major publications though. In addition to that there is a couple of dedicated apps that aggregate interesting news from smaller channels and that also hand-pick the more interesting things that gets posted to r/cryptocurrency or r/cryptomarkets on Reddit.
- CoinSpectator is an extensive news aggregator that sources hand-picked cryprocurrency blogs and blockchain news sites. Among the portals featured are News BTC, BTC Wires or CryptoGlobe. You can choose whether to view blogs, news or both. Additionally CoinSpectator provides a leaderboard of ICO token sales that you can filter out - current, upcoming, proven scams and more. The news feed updates in real time and there is an infobox for major crypto-fiat markets, which makes CoinSpectator very convenient to have open on one of your screens while you’re trading.
- CryptoPanic is the most popular news aggregator that comes in a free and premium version. In the premium version you can add your own RSS feeds or Twitter handles to track. In the default version you will get an app with style similar to cryptowat.ch and news mostly from Cointelegraph, Bitcoinist, CoinSpectator and several coin-specific subreddits. The information is mostly global news and comes as a timely feed, only sortable by categories such as Regulation or ICO News. However if you type a symbol like ETH into the search box it will filter out news mentioning your coin plus on the side it will plot a chart pulling data from coinmarketcap.
- CryptoFlash is a newer aggregator that gathers news mainly from various subreddits related to cryptocurrencies, the main difference from CryptoPanic is with CryptoFlash listing you see the title of the shared article and a note to which cryptocurrency it relates, not the information about the source website, which might be better for your focus. The app will let you filter out specific coin news as well, it tends to focus on price comments, analyses and exchange news, not so much on fundamentals or the politics of crypto.
- CoinMarketCal is a calendar of crypto-related events. Features not only conferences and meetups but also some of the new coin listings on important crypto exchanges so if that’s the thing you want to play, it will pay off to follow this aggregator. The website provides email alerts if you sign up and the information is community-driven.
Tools, guides and services that are not directly used for cryptocurrency trading or investment but nonetheless can be useful.
- Cryptocurrency and Taxes: A Starter Guide - a free guide to US cryptocurrency taxation from The Simple Dollar.
- A guide explaining the dangers of crypto-currency addiction by Oliver Clark.
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About the author
Written by KarlVonBahnhof
KarlVonBahnhof also on Reddit, Chris belongs to the crypto trader class of 2013. Located in the Americas most of the time, you're most likely to meet at r/BitcoinMarkets though.
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