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Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork Dilemma: What is The Future of BCH?

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As November 15th approaches, so does the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hard fork. However, the hard fork gained unexpected support from two well-known cryptocurrency exchanges  — Binance and Coinbase.

This fork was originally supposed to be a method for BCH to receive a new upgrade. However, due to disagreement regarding said upgrade, many expect the event to lead to another code split. The disagreement arose between Craig Wright’s nChain and Amaury Séchet’s Bitcoin ABC. nChain believes that the upgrade will bring inappropriate changes to BCH and that they will not fit the original version of the protocol. More precisely, ABC aims to remove topological transaction order constraint and to enforce the canonical order of transactions instead.

Discussion regarding this issue took months, and the two entities still did not find a solution that would satisfy both sides. As a result, there are speculations and rumors of nChain releasing a new coin named Bitcoin SV, which will stick to the original idea of BCH.

Coinbase and Binance support the hard fork

While this alone is considered by many to be a big development, it is not the end of the conflict. Last Friday, Coinbase announced that it plans to support the BCH upgrade by Bitcoin ABC. They also stated that sending and receiving BCH on their platform will be paused one hour prior to the fork. That way, disruptions in transactions will be minimal. In addition, Coinbase announced that, in case of a new coin being launched after performing the fork, their platform will offer access to customer funds on each chain.

Soon after Coinbase released this statement, a similar announcement came from Binance. However, Binance did not pick sides like Coinbase, and instead, it supported both of them. It promised its customers the ability to access digital assets on both blockchains after the fork is performed, and chains get a chance to stabilize.

It should be noted that there may not be a second coin after the fork is performed. While it is not unusual for a new coin to emerge from a hard fork, this is still not an obligatory result. Right now, it all comes down to whether or not a consensus can be reached.

In the meanwhile, BCH price experienced a noticeable surge after the news of Coinbase and Binance providing support emerged. At the time of writing, the BCH price is $563, which is over $130 more than the coin’s value a week ago. Whether BCH will keep this price or experience a correction after a while has yet to be seen.

In any event, Bitcoin Cash still remains the fourth largest currency by market cap. For now, both sides seem to be moving forward with their plans. It is difficult to predict what will the situation be like after the fork is performed, but the date approaches, and everything will be resolved in less than 10 days.

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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)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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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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