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Crypto to revolutionize business and money evolution, Ripple co-founder

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The medium of exchange during the days of barter trade included precious metals, gold, and things considered valuable. Next came flat currency, banknotes, cash, things that have value because they are backed by governments and legal frameworks. Today there are math-based currencies! Currencies that are controlled by protocols and algorithms only. Now indeed, accepting and utilizing the power and potential of these new math-based currencies is going to be the big story in finance and the future of transacting.

In 2017, most of the top news featured included an article about cryptocurrency and Bitcoin’s enthusiastic rise and fall. Bitcoin’s value per unit rose from $900 in January to approximately $20,000 in December, according to CoinDesk. However, after a few days later, the cost of Bitcoin dropped by about 30 percent.

Despite such fluctuations in the crypto market, Chris Larsen, co-founder of Ripple, in a recent visit to his alma mater, predicted that blockchain and cryptocurrency technology would radically renovate and transform global business.

He argues that Bitcoin is making this revolution possible by kicking down doors and opening people’s eyes. Hard currency has always presented technical problems. For instance, how should a person track value in a way that is reliable and useful to extended networks of other individuals? Bitcoins are proving that computer protocols are as effective as institutional procedures in handling reliability and security.

Larsen speaking to students in Assistant Professor Shengle Lin’s Alternative Investment class, on April 9, highlighted that daily trading of digital currency isn’t as attractive as “the internet of value” being introduced by blockchain technology. The internet of value is an efficient system that allows money transfer to be made as quick and easy as an email, text message, or a phone call. The way it works is, if a person owes you $10, they initiate the transaction. The vast community of miners, who have powerful computing resources, verify and authenticate that the operation was done.

Larsen said,

“In the present time, if a person wants to wire money from their bank account to another country let’s say the U.K, it could take three to four days to reflect and would cost a fortune in transaction fees”

He further states, there is no fundamental infrastructure to send and receive money across borders instantly. This is the big problem that needs to be solved. This is where cryptocurrency and digital coins have hijacked the system in regards to enacting available, advanced, and fast transaction procedures that guarantee a swift and safe transaction.

Continuing with his thoughts, Larsen explained to the students that Cryptocurrencies exist on ledger networks, also known as decentralized networks. These networks aren’t controlled by financial institutions or governments; instead of having a central bank to process and record each transaction, every computer in the network records every transaction. The advantages of using cryptocurrencies are that they aren’t under the mercies of exchange or interest rates or transaction fees, and all in all, users have the ultimate control over their digital funds.

Alongside having numerous advantages, cryptocurrencies have their fair share of limitations too. Every ledge network has a unique set of attributes that makes it hard to apply on a global level, Larsen adds.

Subsequently, some digital currencies are not accessible. Bitcoin can only perform seven transactions per second, taking large amounts of power and resources to complete even a single transaction. That is due to all the computers in the network have to process each transaction. Larsen noted. Larsen also hinted at the fact that Bitcoin network consumes the same amount of energy annually as the whole population of Denmark.

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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.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

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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.

In the past few…

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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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