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Here’s how you can buy Stellar Lumen’s XLM easily

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Stellar Lumen’s cryptocurrency gives you a decentralized, international network which enables you to do international transactions very quickly and at a remarkably low cost. That is their goal, to make things swift and painless for you. They do thousands of transactions per second, and it typically takes only three seconds to complete one.

If you’re keeping an eye open on the cryptocurrency market, you know that Ripple has been the star (in performance if not overall price) because it’s just been doing great. This is not that much of a surprise since Stellar Lumen is, in fact, a Ripple fork (they went their own way in 2014).

It’s been a while since that happened, but you can still compare them directly and gain some knowledge. Both currencies are all about international payments (as opposed to a retail currency you can use to buy, say, cigarettes and everyday items) and transfers and they’ve been performing amazingly well.

Stellar’s token (or coin) is called a lumen. They are all pre-mined (which means they don’t need a calculation to become usable). Lumens have been airdropped to qualifying users, and there are around 20 billion lumens in circulation already. This is a huge number when you remember that Bitcoin ‘s maximum number of coins is twenty-one million only. Stellar has a hundred billion lumens available, but they are holding the remaining 80 billion for the time being.

It matters to learn how Stellar works because it affects the currency even before it hits the market. Most alt-coins serve international transactions by converting them into digital currency, sending them around, and then converting them back to fiat money. But that’s not exactly what Ripple or Stellar do.

It works like this. When you go for payment through Stellar or Ripple, the system finds a trusted intermediary that holds the funds turns them from fiat money into digital currency and then does the trick again in the target country. It sounds complicated because it is, but the system is so efficient that it all happens in seconds. It works which is why the financial world is going for it.

Here’s how you can get Stellar’s currency (3 simple steps)

Get a Stellar wallet

This is how you get started. There are several options. Each one has its pros and cons. Consider them.

  • Ledger is a market leader. It supports Lumen’s currency (but also Bitcoin, Ether, and Ripple) and it’s very safe to use. It’s un-hackable, and it will make your life so much easier.
  • Stellar Desktop Client. That’s an option as well. It sends, receives or trades the lumen currency. The software can never be as safe as a hardware wallet is, but this comes pretty close. It gives you access to the Stellar network so you can do what you need or want.
  •  Lobstr. It’s a mobile wallet, and it does a good job. You can get it on Android and IOS. It’s user-friendly and functional, but if you go for this mobile wallet (or any other mobile wallet), you need to keep in mind that security is not the best. It’s the price you pay for convenience.

Get some Stellar Lumens

This was the whole point, right? Just be careful. Stellar’s coin is currently trading under XLM, but it used to be STR, so you need to pay attention because not all exchanges have fixed that situation.

The easiest trade you will find is eToro’s Stellar Trading platform. It’s easy and convenient for sure, but you need to keep in mind that this platform will allow you to speculate on Lumen but not to withdraw your coins. Just be aware and choose right.

You also should always know that cryptocurrencies are a risk, not a guarantee.

Use your fiat currency to buy Stellar

The best way to do this, as far as my personal experience is concerned, is CEX, which has been around since 2013 and is a trusted exchange. It’s based in London and is absolutely reliable.

Buy XLM (Stellar) with Bitcoin or Ethereum

You can also buy Stellar’s XLM coin using other digital coins, and you have several options. You can use Binance, Bittrex, Poloniex or Kraken among many other exchanges. They all allow for exchange among Stellar and other currencies. They are efficient and cheap.

You can’t buy Stellar easily with your credit or debit card right now. You have to go through the exchanges. That could be different soon, but for now, it is just like that.

Withdraw your Lumens

This was the whole point. Make sure once you invest your hard earned money on lumens you withdraw them to your very own wallet from the exchange.

Keep in mind that as long as your coins are in exchange, you remain vulnerable. You could be hacked, or you could be theft victim. So plan correctly in a way in which your Lumens are always available to you in your digital wallet.

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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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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.  

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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

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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.

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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.

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