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What to Expect in 2019: BTC, BAT, and Steem

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There are only a few weeks of 2018 left, and considering how bearish and crypto-unfriendly this year was, a lot of investors will likely be pleased to see it gone. Many believe that 2019 will be the year that will correct BTC prices and bring forth the period of great recovery.

But what does that mean for digital currencies? Which ones are a good investment right now? This is something that we will, hopefully, be able to answer right now. Here are the top 3 coins that everyone should keep an eye on in 2019.

1. Bitcoin (BTC)

Of course, we have to start with Bitcoin, the first and largest cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has lost a lot in 2018, and its losses are unparalleled by any other coin. In fact, in terms of market cap, Bitcoin has lost as much as the rest of the crypto market put together.

Many believe that its rapid growth, which started in late 2017 and has brought it to its all-time high, is responsible. That the bearish 2018 was only a one large price correction of the last year’s price surge. Even if this is true, price corrections, luckily, all end sooner or later, and when this one comes to a close, Bitcoin will likely be ready for a big comeback.

2019 is expected to bring a lot that will serve BTC’s rise to dominance. Many of the things expected to arrive are actually only events that were already supposed to happen in 2018. Instead, they got delayed. These include things like the Bakkt exchange, as well as the potential approval of Bitcoin ETFs. Many experts agree that moves such as these will be the final thing that will convince institutions to start taking part in the “crypto revolution”, and start buying coins. If this actually happens, Bitcoin’s price might be capable of even exceeding its old $20,000-per-coin value. Why not invest in it while it’s still only $4,000?

2. Basic Attention Token (BAT)

BAT is a token that many are expecting to see on the rise in 2019 due to its goal of revolutionizing the way companies interact with consumers. Until now, large firms needed to spend huge amounts of money on advertising, most of which ended up in possession of middlemen between companies and consumers, such as Facebook, Google, and alike.

Consumers may or may not see these ads, but the company in question still had to pay for them. Then, BAT token appeared, and it came as a part of a new browser called Brave. Brave has its own advantages over other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox, including high speed, a built-in ad block, and much more.

However, Brave also allows users to watch the ads of their own free will, and make money while doing it. That way, companies will get feedback from consumers directly, and consumers themselves have a reason to watch the ads in the first place. Watching ads is paid in BAT tokens that can then be used for tipping your favorite content creator or website.

The system is still being tested, although many assume that it will kick off in 2019 and that the same will happen to BAT price. For now, BAT holds the rank of 30 on the list of largest cryptos by market cap, with a price of $0.154. In 2019, BAT is expected to grow to $0.23 in January, with a max potential price being $0.28. After that, the coin is expected to gradually grow throughout the year, possibly getting to an average price of $0.31 in late 2019, or hitting the maximum price of $0.39. Of course, if a bull run hits the market, this growth will be subjected to change.

3. Steem (STEEM)

STEEM is a coin that is also expected to grow in 2019, as its community continues to grow. STEEM uses its blockchain to create an entire group of interesting platforms that can replace many of today’s most popular social networks. Creators on these social networks are paid in small amounts of STEEM coins for posting content, but only if their content is upvoted by others.

This is a simple concept, but one that can bring a huge change once the project receives more attention. Some experts believe that this is the future of social networks, where decentralized services will make large companies obsolete. While it will likely take years and years for this to happen (if it happens at all), many believe that this is what the future on the internet will look like.

At the time of writing, STEEM holds the 51st rank on the list of largest coins, meaning that it has dropped quite low in recent months. However, this has happened to many others, and even Ethereum, the famous 2nd largest cryptocurrency — eventually lost its rank to XRP. That doesn’t mean that these coins can make a comeback, but they require support from their communities.

As for the future, experts believe that STEEM will grow by at least 30% in 2019, although this prediction is also based on the coin’s behavior in the past, and can be changed due to several potential factors, including bull runs. Steem is currently also quite cheap, with its price being only $0.31, which makes it a great long-term investment. If platforms like Steemit are the future, then getting STEEM now is a very smart move for forward-looking individuals.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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What is Bitcoin IRA and Which Ones to Consider Using in 2019

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As Bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies in general, continue to advance in the world of modern finances, many are finding new use cases for this form of money. Although cryptocurrencies still have limited use cases, many of them are finding new ways to be useful, which will give them an advantage and secure their long-term survival.

Bitcoin, for example, already has numerous use cases, including purchases of goods and services, crypto trading, loans, savings, and more. Another of its use cases includes individual retirement accounts or IRAs. Simply put, this represents an account that individuals can open at a number of financial institutions, and use it to save money for their retirement.

Many choose to open these accounts due to lower taxes, which allow them to save up more. IRA comes in several types, including traditional IRA, rollover IRA, and Roth IRA. Traditional IRA is as simple as it sounds — users simply open an account and start adding money that they can afford to deduct from their income.

Rollover IRA includes “rolling the money over” from the qualified retirement plan to the IRA, while Roth IRA allows users to deposit after-tax money which can then grow completely tax-free

Bitcoin IRAs work pretty much in the same way, except you deposit Bitcoin instead of traditional currencies. While some of the older, traditional IRAs have decided to expand their businesses in…

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Why BlocPal Is the Easiest Way to Accept Cryptocurrency

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The face of the retail industry is always changing.

E-commerce is one of the fastest growing trends worldwide, and for good reasons.

It’s convenient, secure, and is effective at connecting merchants with interested shoppers from across the world.

For this reason, it’s no surprise that online shipping is expected to overtake brick-and-mortar stores globally by 2021, making it the world’s largest medium for retail. As the industry changes, it’s important for retailers to keep up with the latest technology so they’re able to accommodate more customers at once. This is where BlocPal comes in.

BlocPal offers business owners an easier way to process payments

BlocPal understands that not every business owner adapts to technology at the same rate. As such, BlocPal has been designed to optimize transactions for both online and brick-and-mortar companies so that every retailer can enjoy the benefits that come with the world’s first true multi-currency payment solution.

With BlocPal, business owners can enjoy the following benefits:

    • The ability to process payments in fiat (USD and CAD) currency as well as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Litecoin, and Ethereum. Expect more currencies to be added as BlocPal…
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Bitcoin Grows Beyond $4,000

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Bitcoin (BTC) is starting to make waves again, and while they are still small, investors around the world are welcoming the positive development. The number one cryptocurrency has just breached the $4,000 mark, and while this is still five times lower price than it was in early January 2018, it is over $800 higher than in early December 2018.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin price is at $4,048.60, after the coin experienced a 5.53% growth in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, its market cap sits just above $70.5 billion, while the coin’s daily trading volume is at $5.7 billion.

Bitcoin has had a rough 2018, just like the rest of the crypto market. In fact, the coin is so influential that it usually dictates the market behavior, whether positive or negative. Right now, the rest of the market follows the positive trend, with all of the top 10 cryptocurrencies currently trading in the green, while only a few among the top 100 coins are experiencing minor losses.

The largest gainers among the top 10 cryptos by market cap are Litecoin (LTC) with a 7.64% growth, and Stellar (XLM), which is growing by 7.27%.

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