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Cardano (ADA) Making Inroads To China

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The bear market of the first quarter of 2018 is solidly over. No longer in crisis mode, many cryptocurrency projects resumed high profile developments. To this end, major Chinese exchange Huobi recently announced that they would be including Cardano’s ADA cryptocurrency on their site. One of the top coins by market cap, Cardano is still in a somewhat precarious position – their final product supposedly serves as an upgrade compared to many of the existing blockchains. However, as it currently stands, that product is still some distance away.

The market reaction to this announcement was universally positive, as one could expect. Cardano’s ADA nearly doubled in value over the course of the month so far. The listing, combined with the overall positive outlook on the market as a whole, resulted in Cardano being one of the better recent performers. As Cardano continues to move towards a full product release, this trend is likely to continue.

The Huobi Exchange

Huobi is the largest exchange in the Chinese cryptocurrency sphere, placing second globally. With over $1 billion in USD valuation, Huobi is a major player, and their inclusion of Cardano bodes very well for the academically minded cryptocurrency. While it remains to be seen whether the Chinese market has a persistent appetite for the decidedly ‘Western’ coin, any new market is positive news. Initial trading statistics suggest that Cardano should have no problem establishing itself on Huobi.

China’s blockchain environment is as notoriously closed in as their traditional business space. Home-grown blockchain projects like NEO and ONT see little opposition. On the other hand, decentralized exchanges that cannot be controlled by the government face suspicion and hostility. China’s mercurial mindset often swings the global market, for better or worse. The inclusion of Cardano within Huobi means that ADA has slightly more protection than they once did. This is still dependent on the Chinese government avoiding a full ban on crypto-trading, something that they have leaned towards regrettably often in the past.

A Brief History of Cardano

Unlike other blockchain projects, Cardano development focuses on the same rigorous, peer-reviewed process that ensures quality in academic fields. Their board’s design is similar to that of a research institute’s board, with consistent transparency fueling community engagement. Similar to several other projects, Cardano’s intention is not as a cryptocurrency in and of itself. Rather, ADA serves only as a means to fund the development of Cardano’s blockchain protocol. Their software will allow for native decentralized applications combined with token standards. Should Cardano succeed, they would be in direct competition with the more established Ethereum blockchain.

Cardano does have advantages in their roadmap. For instance, their layer separations allow for greater functionality than Ethereum’s single layer. Smart contracts will become available with the release of the Control Layer. The layer works in conjunction with the Settlement Layer – but without bogging down the transaction speed. The blockchain’s strict control system allows these modules to be added via a forking procedure, without the danger of the community splitting. We’ve seen just that problem with Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, as well as Ethereum and Ethereum Classic. The ease of Cardano’s forking system also allows them to plan modules, and fix scalability issues as they appear.

Binance Announces Cardano Trading Pairs

Alongside the addition to Huobi, Binance announced that they would be adding additional trading pairs for Cardano on their own exchange. Already offering Bitcoin and Ethereum pairs, Cardano is now available for trade with both Tether and Binance Coin. This is huge for Cardano, not only due to their increased liquidity but also due to the perceived importance that comes alongside these trading pairs. It is indicative of high volume and a solid belief by Binance in the future of the project.

Cardano’s Academic Future

Once Cardano’s control layer goes live, the blockchain will be able to directly compete with industry giant Ethereum. Considering the issues that Ethereum faces in terms of slow transaction speed and increasingly high fees, the environment is ripe for a usurper. Whether or not this will be Cardano remains to be seen, but given the recent news, it seems possible. It may even be likely.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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