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Bittrex instigates both Litecoin (LTC) and Tron (TRX) into the USD markets

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In massive news for the cryptocurrency community, Bittrex has launched USD markets for two of the most popular cryptocurrencies in the world, Tron (TRX) and Litecoin (LTC). This comes only a week after the cryptocurrency exchange platform announced that they would list the coins.

For those who are unaware, Bittrex is one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange platforms, and boasts a daily volume of tens of millions of dollars, with almost 200 cryptocurrency pairs available for investors and traders globally. Bittrex announced the move on Twitter and clarified that the accounts had to have been created before September 4, even to be eligible to qualify.

This is great news for cryptocurrencies who are concerned about one cryptocurrency dominating the other, as now investors and traders can directly exchange USD for 10 cryptocurrencies. These include bitcoin (BTC) and ethereum (ETC) obviously, but also includes popular cryptocurrencies such as Cardano (ADA), XRP, ZCash, Ethereum Classic, and more.

This also is a significant milestone for Tron in particular, as this is the first time that Tron has been paired with the USD in the United States, which was celebrated by the founder of the Tron Foundation, Justin Sun, in a tweet.

However, it should be noted that these markets are not merely available to everyone. Actually, it can only be accessed for personal and corporate accounts. As if that wasn’t exclusive enough, the ones who benefit from the market are international investors. In the United States, the only ones allowed to participate must live in the following states:

  • Montana
  • California
  • Washington
  • Puerto Rico
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Massachusetts
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • New York
  • West Virginia
  • Corporate customers operating in Pennsylvania
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Utah
  • Washington State
  • Wisconsin

Customers will also be required to fill out a form, and get approved by the Bittrex, before trading the pairs. While the entire process might not be the most convenient, it does mean that an important milestone was reached for Bittrex as a whole, and that more people will potentially be participating in the market, and that cryptocurrency dominance will be affected, on some level.

Also, there are two separate services available: “USD trading” and “USD trading, deposits, withdrawals.” This allows the customer to customize the service to their specific needs.

While the initial inconvenience might deter many in the market, the idea is that Bittrex adapts to the market overall and provides more options when it comes to investors and traders who might want to purchase a particular cryptocurrency directly, rather than through bitcoin and/or ethereum.

This comes at a much-needed time for both Tron and Litecoin, which are trading well below their all-time highs.

For context, Litecoin is trading at a little over $50, with its all-time-high at over $375, and Tron (TRX) currently trades at less than two cents, with its all-time high at around 30 cents.

Their market caps hover at around 3 billion and 1 billion, respectively. This is great news for both projects, and will likely mean an increased amount of volume for both Tron and Litecoin, although time will tell whether this leads to a substantial price increase.

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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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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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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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