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Reasons Why 2019 May Be A Great Year For Crypto

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The new year was always considered to be a time of new beginnings, where people can reflect on the past and learn from their mistakes in order to be better in the future. The same is true for the world of crypto, and investors around the world are hoping for 2019 to be better, more profitable, and to have more success than 2018.

The hope for the future is even more important when we consider all the negative development in 2018. There were numerous high-profile hacking attacks, two market crashes, with a strong bear market in between. Not to mention that some of the biggest projects that may have brightened the year a bit ended up being delayed.

With that in mind, it is understandable why investors are looking forward to the new year and all the potential development that it may bring. In fact, there are several reasons why they should be excited about 2019.

1) Bearish market to loosen its grip

The first reason why 2019 can be a good year digital currencies is that it may finally break free of the bearish grip that has been felt ever since last January. Following the first market crash, the bears settled in, and the prices kept falling for an entire year. The market attempted to shake off the negativity on several occasions, with the biggest one being in May 2018.  However, the downward trend returned every time, and it still affects the coins, even now.

Some analysts believe that this is a natural part of the crypto cycle, which coins appear to follow if left alone and not influenced by important events. The cycle brings positive and negative trends equally, and according to complex calculations, it is possible that the bearish influence will soon disappear to be replaced by a new rally. It should also be noted that researchers have predicted another big drop before this happens, however, but the start of a new bull run could definitely be seen at some point in 2019.

2) Resolving scalability issues

As most people familiar with the crypto space are already aware of — scalability is quite a big problem for a lot of coins. It has been ever since Bitcoin was created, and it mostly affects the old coins with the most influence. Bitcoin, for example, suffers from scalability issues more than any other coin, Even now, it can only handle several transactions at once, which leads to long waiting periods for new blockchain-based payments, as well as larger fees.

Fortunately, solutions for scalability problems have been in development for several years, and one of the most promising ones is Bitcoin Lightning Network. When the development is complete, BTC blockchain will receive another layer where traders can make smaller payments without having to record them on the blockchain. The number of transactions will be significantly reduced, and the chain is expected to be able to handle the rest of the transactions with much more efficiency.

3) Attracting institutional investors

Cryptocurrencies managed to come to life and develop to this point without any support from the banks, governments, or large companies. While this is an impressive feat, the lack of support and involvement from established institutions is a large problem on digital currencies’ way of going mainstream.

Attracting this type of support means getting institutional investors interested in crypto. However, they will only approach the crypto space if there are safe ways for them to trade. The lack of proper banks and regulations, combined with high risks of losing their funds to hackers and vulnerabilities has prevented investors from wanting to hold crypto themselves. However, if they could benefit from cryptocurrencies without actually owning them, most of the issues would disappear.

This is why Bakkt Bitcoin Futures exchange and Bitcoin ETFs are so important — they can encourage institutions to join the crypto space, and invest in it. Since institutional investors are known for having the majority of money used for investments, the cash flow alone could be the cure for some of the issues crypto has right now. And, while this was already supposed to happen in 2018, several delays have brought the launch of Bakkt and BTC ETF approval to early 2019.

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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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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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