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Cryptocurrencies (BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP) Will Edge Out Traditional Financial Systems

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The crypto markets have been in the red since Sunday and show no signs of stopping. Bitcoin (BTC) has been forecasted to touch $5,700 before any signs of a rebound can be seen. The King of Crypto is currently trading at $7,200 at the moment of writing this and down 1.70% in 24 hours. Ethereum (ETH) has also been affected and is trading at $539. Ripple (XRP) has not been spared and is currently trading at $0.57. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) has gone to levels below $1,000 and currently trading at $926.

The cause of the current decline has been the subject of speculation. Many traders have postulated the theory that Bitcoin manipulation is highly probable. They claim that it all started when the CME Group and CBOE started offering Bitcoin futures back in mid-December. But these institutions really be blamed? The crypto-verse is unregulated and subject to pump and dumps once in a while at the expense of the small traders.

But can it be that the actions of the ‘big shot’ financial institutions are the kicks of a dying horse? Are they seeing pending doom with the introduction of decentralization and peer-to-peer transactions as envisioned by Satoshi Nakamoto?

This might be the case. They are trying to make some profits before they fall like the wooden bricks while playing Jenga.

Niall Ferguson, an accomplished author and commentator, recently told a group at a seminar hosted by the Bank of England, that Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies were the financial systems of the future. He was also keen to note that we might be on the cusp of another financial crisis as the one witnessed in 2008. He had this to say:

“The financial system of today is not fundamentally that different than the financial system of the pre-crisis period, except that big banks are better capitalized. I don’t think much else is really different. The novelties, the things that will really matter ten years hence are still relatively small in scale. Whether its bitcoin or cryptocurrency generally or the massive revolution in online payments that is being achieved by the big Chinese tech companies, that’s the financial system of the future, and it is still small enough not to be systemically important in 2018. In short, I am left feeling we are only a matter of time before the next crisis.”

The last crisis was the fault of the American banks who were trading with derivatives of mortgages held by subprime borrowers. The interest rates of these mortgages fluctuated resulting in a domino effect of delinquent payments. What then happened is a total collapse of the economy due to lack of support for the value of the said derivatives.

Long story short, the banks messed it up. This then gives cryptocurrencies the opportunity of grabbing the wheel in terms of being the financial system of the future. Even with the current decline in the crypto market, there is some light at the end of the tunnel in crypto going mainstream. We hold the key to this adoption.

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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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HODLing Stellar Is A Good Plan For 2019

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HODLing, or holding on to a certain asset or assets has always been an extremely useful investment strategy, even before cryptocurrencies were even imagined. Now, with the market being more uncertain than ever, many are wondering what is the right thing to do with the coins in their possession.

Of course, things change depending on the coin in question, but today, we are going to talk about why it is a good idea to hold on to your Stellar (XLM) in 2019.

Why You Should Hodl Stellar (XLM)

The crypto market is rich with hundreds, and even thousands of different projects at this point, and separating valuable ones from those that are destined to slowly fade away can be tricky. However, even the biggest skeptics believe that Stellar is a coin that is here to stay.

XLM was first launched in 2014, and for a long time now, it has been among the top 10 cryptos by market cap. It is an open-source, decentralized protocol that allows users to send fiat currencies by using cryptocurrency as a method of transport. In a lot of ways, it is very similar to XRP. However, the biggest difference is that Stellar aims to offer its services to regular people, while XRP is more interested in working with banks and financial institutions.

Nevertheless, sending money, especially when it comes to cross-border…

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Reasons To Invest In Electroneum In 2019

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2018 has been quite a rollercoaster for the crypto space. Coins went up and down more times than anyone could have guessed, not to mention two massive market crashes. However, in a few short weeks, the year will be over, and a new, positive period for the crypto world is expected to arrive.

While there are many predictions for 2019, today we are only interested in one thing — Electroneum (ETN). A lot of people quickly took notice of this coin, and many believe that it is among the coins of the future. Indeed, it has received a lot of attention, and many are interested in why that is, and why investing in it is a good idea. So, let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should invest in ETN in 2019.

1) It is fast

Speed and precision of any service have always been very important to people. This importance is even greater when making a profit depends on it. Electroneum developers were aware of this when they created it, and the coin is up to 5 times faster than Bitcoin. This means that ETN transactions can be confirmed much faster, which in turn reduces fees and waiting time.

Furthermore, there are also plans to create Electroneum Virtual Currency Exchange, which will allow the project to act as an exchange. However, the even…

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SEC Postpones Bitcoin ETF Decision Once Again

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The new announcement by the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) states that the decision regarding the potential approval of several applications for a Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded funds) is once again postponed. This time, the SEC declared that the decision will be made by February 27th, 2019.

The application requesting that VanExk SolidX BTC fund get s listed on Cboe BZx Exchange that was published on July 2nd needs to be given order by the commission within 180 days. Originally, the deadline for doing so was December 29th. However, the SEC decided to extend the period for another 60 days, effectively moving it to February 27th.

The SEC stated that designating a longer period for making a decision was found appropriate, as more time is needed in order to properly consider the rule change.

Cryptocurrencies need a sufficient monitoring mechanism, claims SEC chairman

Recent reports claim that the SEC received over 1,600 comments after requesting the public opinion regarding the ETF applications issue. In the past, the SEC rejected many such applications, some of which were even submitted by SolidX itself. In addition, they also rejected the applications submitted by Gemini, the exchange owned by Winklevoss twins. Brothers were attempting to gain ETF approval ever since 2013, although to no avail.

Other applications were also submitted by Direxion, ProShares, as well as GraniteShares. The SEC rejected them…

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