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Stellar Lumens and XLM: All you need to know

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Stellar Lumens is a blockchain project that includes the XLM token. It’s meant to connect banks, payments, and people. How? By making money transfers around the world quicker, safer, more efficient, available to people that are usually outside the banking system at a cost so low that it’s almost free.

Millions of people are using Stellar already. It’s considered to be the closest project to Ripple (hence, its main competitor). But Stellar has found more use cases than Ripple so far and a strategic alliance with IBM. Those two things will end up determining Stellar’s success in the long run.

Stellar’s leadership, staff, and the team have raised a few doubts in the past. This project was founded by Jed McCaleb who also founded Ripple and eDonkey. The network’s governance and centralization could improve regarding transparency as well.

That being said, Stellar’s adoption and development have grown exponentially in a short time. It’s become one of the leaders regarding blockchain structure. And it’s been in the crypto verse’s spotlight for several reasons.

With all those successes, Stellar Lumens could do a better job when it comes to decentralized apps. In third-generation blockchain projects, smart contracts and dApps are crucial. This could allow competitors like Tron, Ripple or EOS to gain advantages over Stellar.

But Stellar’s versatility is such that it might disrupt many different markets. As a payment tool, it can affect the virtual (and the real-world) global remittance services, which will grow by $8.5 billion in the next seven years.

The same goes for the ‘contactless’ payment sector which will grow by 801.4 billion USD in the same period. 60 percent of the people in the world are estimated to hold a bank account, and that is a lot of people.

And then there’s the rest: those who don’t have a bank account, but that still need some kind of financial service. This is a massive market that Stellar is penetrating by partnering up with important remittances providers such as Coins.ph and Tempo.

Stellar also has a decentralize exchange platform, so it’s a competitor as a trader as well.

One thing to keep in mind about Stellar Lumens is this: when IBM got interested in the blockchain, it chose Stellar Lumens as its technology of choice, just in the same way that it chose Microsoft as its primary software provider decades ago.

That combination created the most significant fortune in the world. This partnership alone could be definitive because IBM is already doing business with 90% of the world’s banks.

Keep an eye out for Stellar but remember that you should not take us as financial advisors and that, if you decide to play the game, you should do your ‘very own’ research and never invest money that you can’t afford to lose. But yeah again, XLM an altcoin worth keeping a close eye on, and is underrated currently.

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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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Is there a Real Value to Binance Coin (BNB)?

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Binance Coin (BNB) is one of the most interesting cryptocurrencies at the market right now. The coin was developed by the largest crypto exchange by trading volume in the world, and it only works within the exchange’s ecosystem. However, it still managed to achieve what many believed was impossible — it stopped following Bitcoin’s lead, and it started carving its own path.

At the very least, the coin is highly intriguing, but does it hold real value? This is a question that many in the crypto community have been asking for a while now, uncertain whether BNB is a worthy investment or not.

What gives BNB its value?

Binance Coin cannot be used for purchasing goods and services, like Bitcoin. It currently does not fuel a development platform like Ethereum. It cannot even be used as XRP for sending international payments. However, the coin had still managed to triple its price in the last three months and to surge when most other cryptocurrencies were seeing losses due to the last remnants of the crypto winter.

BNB managed to achieve all of this because of its use cases within Binance, but also because of its future potential. First of all, Binance is the largest crypto exchange in the world, with millions of customers, most of which use the exchange on a daily basis.

This means that the exchange inspires…

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Top 3 Reasons To HODL Binance Coin (BNB)

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After 2018 crypto winter began, everyone involved with cryptocurrencies experienced quite a difficult period. The prices were down, weak projects started failing, and even the strong ones appeared to be in more trouble than they could face. The year was especially difficult for HODLers, as they expected that the coins’ prices would continue to skyrocket. Instead, they lost a fortune, not even knowing if the prices will ever start returning to their former heights.

These days, things do not seem so bad anymore. The prices are still down, most of the coins are still at their newly-found bottoms, but smaller bull runs are improving the situation, while a massive one still remains somewhere in the future, at least according to optimists.

However, among the coins in the vast and diverse crypto market, one token stands out. Binance Coin is not exactly a typical cryptocurrency, and for many reasons. The biggest one is that it is one of the few tokens out there that does not follow Bitcoin’s lead, at least not anymore. Whether that will change in the future remains to be seen, but for now, BNB appears to be going its own way, carving its own path through the crypto market.

Its price has increased by several hundred percents since the year began, and for now, it continues to grow. As such, it is perhaps more worthy…

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Why Binance Could Become The First Centralized Company To Achieve Total Decentralization

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At this point, pretty much everyone who knows anything about cryptocurrencies knows that they are based on the concept of decentralization. The same is true for the blockchain technology. While there are some exceptions, such as certain stablecoins, most digital coins follow this principle.

This means that these coins, as well as their network, have no central authority, no single entity that would make choices and decisions that would impact others. However, while most coins managed to achieve this through different complex mechanisms and algorithms — one aspect of crypto trading still remains heavily centralized. We are, of course, talking about crypto exchanges.

Centralization of crypto exchanges

Most of the largest crypto exchanges out there are designed as companies, rather than community-operated platforms. The exchanges have their employees who designed them and developed special tools. They act as customer support, developers, innovators, and alike.

They also get to decide which coins will be listed and which are too weak, uncertain, or not fit to be found on the list. Exchanges are also responsible for keeping the traders’ and investors’ funds safe, which is why they typically develop their own wallets. As such, they are often targeted by hackers, as the coins are stored in an exchange wallet, waiting to be withdrawn, sold, or converted into different currencies.

This makes them extremely unsafe, and investors and traders are always…

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