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Ethereum Classic (ETC) Is Aiming To Align With Ethereum (ETH)

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The DAO attack recently resulted in the Ethereum hard fork, the significance of which is still lingering and will continue to do so for a long time. The reason behind this is that this attack resulted in the bifurcation of the Ethereum blockchain. The newly formed chain is known Ethereum while the old chain that did not embrace any alterations to the code was renamed as Ethereum Classic (ETC).

Not only did the two coins adopted different roadmaps but also the original chain remained incompatible and lacked upgradation. This implied that none of the current upgrades and updates could be implemented on the platform of Ethereum. For instance, ETH is shifting to a proof-of-stake algorithm while ETC will continue working on a proof of work algorithm. ETH is also equipped with remarkable features like faster block completion times and smart contracts. To aggravate matters, most of the major personalities who used to work in the Ethereum community including Gavin Wood and Vitalik Buterin have shifted towards working at the new chain.

The resulting impasse that resulted from the conceptual and moral differences meant that there were some areas of contention between the two communities of ETC and ETH. While the newly formed ETH has emerged in the second position only after Bitcoin in the crypto market in terms of market capitalization, ETC is lagging behind at 17th position in terms of market capitalization.

Plans for 2018: Ethereum Classic aims to match with Ethereum in the use of smart contracts

Vitalik Buterin has suggested the idea to have the supply of ETH capped at about 120 million coins. This is consistent with the view that a limitless supply of ETH will be likely to cause harm to the value of the value of the currency in the near future. While this recommendation is still to be approved by the Ethereum community, it projects an interesting perspective regarding how the course the future of ETH may be taking. Besides this, it will be interesting to see how Ethereum shapes its monetary reforms and policies. This comes in the light of how ETH is planning to shift from a PoW to a PoS. In spite of the fact that both Ethereum Classic (ETC) and Ethereum (ETH) are decentralized platforms that provide smart contracts; the latter is favored over the former. However, the ETC team has a detailed plan of action, through which it plans to attain the goal of making its platform more appealing to developers.

The ETCdev team has its focus set on several development projects which it plans to carry out in 2018.the primary agenda of the team is to bridge the gap with Ethereum. Their roadmap for 2018 consists of three goals:

  • Developing more scalability of the ETC platform through sidechains
  • Assimilation with the internet of things (IoT)
  • Offering a platform for third-party developer to enable them to design and establish their dApps.

A comparison between the current markets of ETH and ETC

The position for both ETH and also ETC is not particularly bright in the short-term. These coins have witnessed a turbulent season. Their value started declining fast in the last couple of weeks. The valuation of ETH was 857 dollars against the US dollar on 3rd March 2018, and its market capitalization was at a value of 84 billion dollars. On 2nd April its valuation plummeted to 390 dollars and the market capitalization value stands at 38.4 billion dollars. This plunge represents a fall of over 50% within just a month’s time.

ETC has also been going through a rough patch and there are fears that its value will also continue plunging until May. At the beginning of March 2018, ETC/USD traded at 30.79 dollars and the currency had a market capitalization value of 3.08 billion. However, by April 2nd, the valuation has plunged to 14 dollars and the market cap has shrunk to 1.4 billion dollars.

Which one should you choose?

While most believe Ethereum is the coin to bet on as it has the second largest market cap, several new features are being updated regularly, thus making it capable to disrupt several industries. However, there are several big names in the crypto industry that still root for Ethereum Classic. There is also the perception that Ethereum’s price may be exaggerated due to the building of ICOs on the network and the usage of Ether. The market outlook for both coins is negative currently, even though there is still ample opportunity in the future for investors to make a profit by investing in either. However, due to established market position and visibility, Ethereum is the safer bet.

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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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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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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?

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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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