Thanks for your questions! I’ll answer a few of them:
Question 1: The Zcash team has been working tirelessly on the reference wallet and they are on track to have it working with the ability to receive shielded transactions by the end of 2018. They are also planning on adding the ability to send shielded transactions by Feb 15th, 2019. We are planning to release the (unfinished) light client library in the beginning of 2019 for feedback as well.
Question 2: Zcash Company is very excited about the work the BOLT Project is doing and we think it could have an incredible impact on the way people use cryptocurrency across the globe. As a result, we are working closely with them to incorporate BOLT-friendly changes to Zcash in the Blossom upgrade set for October 2019. For interesting updates about BOLT specifically, I’d recommend checking with the BOLT Project directly.
Question 3 (the one about crypto pricing): Please check out elisehamdon’s response to Klimenos above.