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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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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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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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