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Bitcoin (BTC) Rises While Altcoins Struggle to Follow

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After months of going down, Bitcoin (BTC) finally seems to be on a steady rise once again, and experts believe that the coin has barely started its return. While altcoins have seen significant increases also, they still cannot hope to match Bitcoin’s new behavior.

Bitcoin (BTC) still on the rise

Ever since early January, cryptocurrencies have had their prices dropping constantly, and it came to a point where many have started to question whether cryptos will really survive the downfall. Now, after more than 6 months, Bitcoin has led another bullish run by spiking up by 19% during last week.

This week has seen another increase, 5.8% on Monday alone, which has put even more distance between the first crypto and its altcoins. Over the years, many cryptos have emerged and claimed to be Bitcoin’s rivals, but now, it would seem that BTC is denying those claims by leaving all other coins in the dust.

This even includes the second and third coin as per CoinMarketCap, Ethereum (ETH) and Ripple (XRP). Since Monday, Bitcoin’s cut a tiny portion of its advance, but even though its rise dropped from yesterday’s 5.8% to today’s 4.7% compared to last week, the coin still has a significant head start.

Currently, Bitcoin’s price is at $7,998.74, which leaves BTC at the highest value in the last two months. Even the broader crypto market has turned out to not be capable to keep up with such an increase, and Bitcoin seems to be flourishing, leaving other coins’ progress barely noticeable.

Is the increase only starting, or is it about to end?

It is no secret that 2018 has been a very tough year for cryptos. A lot has been achieved in the real world, especially regarding their adoption, partnerships, projects, and alike. Within the crypto market, however, the prices continued to go down day after day. A slight increase in mid-May has left everyone hoping, only to re-live another January, when the prices crashed to pretty much the same lows as before.

The two months after that were especially tough, and filled with negative news of lawsuits, hacks, strict regulations, and more. Still, the long-awaited bull market seems to have finally started last week, and cryptos have been on a constant rise ever since.

While there are many skeptics who remain certain that the rally will and every minute now, there are many experts and market technicians who claim that cryptos are just getting started. Not only that, but they have been expecting it and warning about it for months. Now, many are wondering why is BTC doing so much better than the altcoins?

The answer to this might lie in its status as the largest crypto, which Bitcoin can benefit from, while all the other cryptos are only allowed to follow from a distance. The alternative is that the altcoins’ reputation has been damaged after the Group of 20 nations’ decision to classify them as crypto-assets that do not possess the attributes needed to be considered sovereign currencies.

On the occasion, they stated that crypto assets are not a threat to the global financial stability. At least, not at this point. It was decided that October of this year will see the final decision regarding how the standards apply to the case of crypto assets.

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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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