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Mar 12, 2023

What's the Difference Between Tokens and Altcoins?

Cryptocurrencies may be making their way into the mainstream, but that does not mean they are not confusing – even to people with experience in the space. Between their inherently technical nature, multiple varieties and sub-varieties, and endless terminology, cryptocurrency (defined here as digital or virtual currencies that are encrypted using cryptography, powered by the immutable digital ledger known as the blockchain) represents a whole, complex world. In cryptocurrency, the word ‘coin’ is an umbrella term encompassing tokens and altcoins, both of which are fixtures in the ecosystem. Let’s examine the difference.


Altcoins (short for alternative cryptocurrency coins) are coins that represent an alternative to Bitcoin, the most popular and recognizable cryptocurrency. All altcoins possess their own blockchain, independent from their source code, that records all transactions of their native coins.

Many altcoins are variants, or forks, of Bitcoin that leverage that cryptocurrency’s open-source protocol as the basis. Changes to Bitcoin’s code yield coins with different, distinctive features from the original – examples include Namecoin (the first altcoin, created in April 2011 as a decentralized, open-source information registration and transfer system), Litecoin, and Peercoin.

Forking from Bitcoin’s open-source code is not a requirement for an altcoin. Some prominent coins like Ethereum and Ripple are altcoins but have created their own blockchain and protocol instead, with their own subsequent forks.


Tokens represent tradeable, interchangeable assets or utilities on top of the blockchain – anything from loyalty points to other cryptocurrencies. They are far easier to create than altcoins because they do not require elements of coding to alter a protocol or create a brand new blockchain. Tokens are designed by following a template on a blockchain (like Ethereum or Waves) and governed by self-executing computer codes called smart contracts. Once created, they are distributed to holders via Initial Coin Offerings (or ICOs), a popular means of crowdfunding without taking on venture capital money (and ceding control of your company with it). Using a template has the added benefit standardizing an interface for interoperability between different tokens – an ERC-20 standard on the Ethereum blockchain is used by 40-plus tokens, which means holders can store these different types of standardized tokens in a single coin wallet, something not possible with coins of different standards.

Structural differences are the main differentiator between altcoins and tokens. Both may be cryptocurrencies, but altcoins are distinct entities on separate blockchains while tokens operate as blockchain-based assets created via template. Each one occupies its own space in the vibrant, dynamic cryptocurrency ecosystem – maybe the next Bitcoin is just around the corner.

Related Ticker: BCH.X

BCH.X's RSI Indicator ascends from oversold territory

The RSI Indicator for BCH.X moved out of oversold territory on May 02, 2024. This could be a sign that the stock is shifting from a downward trend to an upward trend. Traders may want to buy the stock or call options. The A.I.dvisor looked at 34 similar instances when the indicator left oversold territory. In of the 34 cases the stock moved higher. This puts the odds of a move higher at .

Price Prediction Chart

Technical Analysis (Indicators)

Bullish Trend Analysis

The Momentum Indicator moved above the 0 level on May 18, 2024. You may want to consider a long position or call options on BCH.X as a result. In of 150 past instances where the momentum indicator moved above 0, the stock continued to climb. The odds of a continued upward trend are .

The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) for BCH.X just turned positive on May 15, 2024. Looking at past instances where BCH.X's MACD turned positive, the stock continued to rise in of 62 cases over the following month. The odds of a continued upward trend are .

Following a 3-day Advance, the price is estimated to grow further. Considering data from situations where BCH.X advanced for three days, in of 403 cases, the price rose further within the following month. The odds of a continued upward trend are .

BCH.X may jump back above the lower band and head toward the middle band. Traders may consider buying the stock or exploring call options.

Bearish Trend Analysis

The Stochastic Oscillator entered the overbought zone. Expect a price pull-back in the foreseeable future.

BCH.X moved below its 50-day moving average on April 23, 2024 date and that indicates a change from an upward trend to a downward trend.

The 10-day moving average for BCH.X crossed bearishly below the 50-day moving average on April 20, 2024. This indicates that the trend has shifted lower and could be considered a sell signal. In of 26 past instances when the 10-day crossed below the 50-day, the stock continued to move higher over the following month. The odds of a continued downward trend are .

Following a 3-day decline, the stock is projected to fall further. Considering past instances where BCH.X declined for three days, the price rose further in of 62 cases within the following month. The odds of a continued downward trend are .

The Aroon Indicator for BCH.X entered a downward trend on May 08, 2024. This could indicate a strong downward move is ahead for the stock. Traders may want to consider selling the stock or buying put options.

Fundamental Analysis (Ratings)

Fear & Greed

Market Cap

The average market capitalization across the group is 9.56B. The market cap for tickers in the group ranges from 9.56B to 9.56B. BCH.X holds the highest valuation in this group at 9.56B. The lowest valued company is BCH.X at 9.56B.

High and low price notable news

The average weekly price growth across all stocks in the group was 12%. For the same group, the average monthly price growth was 2%, and the average quarterly price growth was 123%. BCH.X experienced the highest price growth at 12%, while BCH.X experienced the biggest fall at 12%.


The average weekly volume growth across all stocks in the group was 190%. For the same stocks of the group, the average monthly volume growth was -20% and the average quarterly volume growth was 68%

Fundamental Analysis Ratings

The average fundamental analysis ratings, where 1 is best and 100 is worst, are as follows

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SMR Rating:
Profit Risk Rating:
Seasonality Score: (-100 ... +100)
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