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Why Bitcoin (BTC) Continues Its Nosedive Towards $3,000

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It has been over ten days since the Bitcoin Cash hard fork and the start of hash wars and the Bitcoin ecosystem is still not showing signs of recovery. In fact, BTC continues to drop even more, and its price is currently $2,400 lower than it was 12 days ago. As usual, with Bitcoin being the ringleader, most altcoins are expressing the same behavior, and are reaching new lows.

While there are probably other reasons for the nosedive, such as attempting to avoid having to pay huge taxes on crypto, experts agree that the hard fork is still the biggest cause of these issues. The conflict behind this event is already well known — two parties in BCH community had different views on the future of the entire project. After months of failed negotiations, the date of the upgrade arrived, and the hash war started, after two blockchains emerged from the hard fork.

Due to the fact that blockchain is extremely unstable during such events, and pretty much anything can happen to it, most exchanges decided to pause BCH trading until the chain is stabilized. After the fork, two blockchains emerged — BCH ABC and BCH SV, and a lot of exchanges remained confused regarding what to do.

Nobody knew which coin will end up being a dominating version of BCH, and so they listed either both or none. The conflict between the blockchains continued in hash wars, with a significant amount of hash power being taken away from Bitcoin itself, so that BCH can use it. As a result, BTC price started spiraling down, and the rest of the market followed, as mentioned earlier.

Trading volume for altcoins increases

Despite the fact that everyone (including both sides) is losing due to this situation, it is still important for one of them to establish dominance. Because of this, both are furiously mining blocks in an attempt to win. However, this situation has now grown to include an entire week, and everyone is getting impatient. BCH is still unable to be traded on most exchanges, and this includes both versions of it.

The damage to the BTC ecosystem has caused a lot of volatility in the entire crypto market. While volatility itself is not good, many have seemingly managed to make the best of the situation. This conclusion came from exchanges’ reports, where many of them claim that trading volumes for other altcoins have spiked in the last week.

Even so, BTC is still losing its value although the drop has slowed down once the coin fell below $4,000. Nobody knows when will this drop end, or how much damage will the market have to endure. So far, Bitcoin’s own market cap has been cut in half, and is currently at $68.8 billion, while the total crypto market cap lost around $100 billion. The possibility of a bull run still exists according to experts, but this possibility is getting smaller with each passing day.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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The rise of the crypto casinos

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In the hyper-competitive world of online casinos, operators are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. The most usual methods include using distinctive branding, offering generous bonuses and making sure that they are on all of the major so-called affiliate sites where players can compare and contrast casinos’ different offerings.

But now a whole new generation of casinos are starting to emerge – ones whose key difference isn’t what and how you play, but more in how you pay.

The rise and rise of the cryptocurrency casino is seen by many as the next logical step in a world that is slowly but surely starting to accept that Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, et al. are certainly here to stay.

Of course, it’s the first of these cryptocurrencies that has really grabbed the headlines and led the way with its meteoric performance in 2017 when it seemed like its $20,000 value was just the start of the story. Admittedly, this was short-lived and the value quickly fell back to a more sustainable level but, if it achieved one thing, it was to cement this exciting new kind of currency in the consciousness of the general public.

Why Bitcoin and online casinos are the perfect partners

In many ways, it’s the perfect partnership between Bitcoin and online casinos with multiple benefits for both.

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