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Could ETH Price Drop To Zero?

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As frightening as the above title may sound, the ETH price might go to zero. This is according to several observations by crypto enthusiasts about the technical difficulties the platform is having in scaling. Global Coin Report recently published a piece on how the Stellar network is more advanced than that of Ethereum. In the piece, Stellar was discussed as having a higher throughput that Ethereum as well as being more secure.

It is also with a similar observation that Jeremy Rubin – a technical adviser to Stellar, a Bitcoin Core contributor, investor, and adviser to crypto startups and a freelance consult for cryptocurrency tech – had this to say about Ethereum in a recent TechCrunch post:

“Here’s a prediction. ETH — the asset, not the Ethereum Network itself — will go to zero. Those who already think that ETH will not see real adoption — thanks to a failure to scale, to adopt more secure contract authoring practices, or to out-compete its competitors — don’t need to be convinced that a price collapse would follow as a consequence.”

Life on the Ethereum Network without ETH

He would go on to postulate that the ETH price will go to zero as a consequence of the Ethereum network thriving. The network might reach a point where it will not need ETH to pay for transaction fees on the network.

“But, if one believes that Ethereum will succeed beyond anyone’s wildest dreams as a platform then the proposition that ETH (as a currency) will go to zero will take a bit more convincing running a substantial share of the world’s commerce securely.”

At first, it sounds a bit confusing given the fact that ‘Gas’ in the Ethereum network is paid in ETH. With a thriving Ethereum network, the ETH price will surely go up using traditional laws of economics such as supply and demand.

ETH price not in the Value Proposition of ethereum.org

Jeremy Rubin points out that the digital asset of ETH has been left out of the value proposition given by ethereum.org. The omission of ETH as an asset in the value proposition is grounds to state that it can be replaced in the Ethereum network, thus leaving room for a scenario where its value will automatically fall to zero.

How Will All This Happen?

Firstly, the fees paid to process transactions on the Ethereum network are simply known as ‘Gas’. The latter is a metaphor similar to the fuel used in gasoline-powered vehicles. This fuel can be changed through a slight modification of the engine or changing it completely like how Elon Musk is doing it with electric vehicles. Therefore, with no hard requirement for ‘gas’ to be in ETH, the digital asset can be replaced with another.

The paying for ‘gas’ in a non-ETH asset is sometimes referred to as economic abstraction in the Ethereum community. Miners can be incentivized to mine transactions with another digital asset as a reward.

But the economic abstraction of ETH meets a few challenges such as developing appropriate software to support such a change. There is also getting the approval of the Ethereum community to orchestrate such a hostile takeover of their favorite digital asset.

In conclusion, and according to Jeremy Rubin, there is a hypothetical situation where the ETH price drops to zero if applications on the Ethereum network can run without the digital asset as ‘gas’ for transactions. This situation is a 180-degree turn from the usual thought that the value of ETH will drop due to congestion issues on the network. In the case of the latter, the Ethereum core developers will probably have a solution in the future to solve the scalability issues.

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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

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.

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