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The Ethereum Crash is Not Over

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The Ethereum crash looks far from over. A few days ago, Ethereum crashed to a new milestone when it dipped to levels below the much dreaded $200 value. Every crypto enthusiast was confident that the King of Smart contracts would continue to hold its own and possibly recover to levels around $400. But that has not come to be as the crypto markets are still stagnant at levels of a total market capitalization of $195.4 Billion and at the moment of writing this, ETH is somewhat stable at $192.

As a result, Bitcoin (BTC) has even increased its dominance to 56% as I write. On the other hand, Ethereum’s dominance is currently at 10% after dropping by a few points for its usual dominance in the markets of between 14 and 18%.

Why Ethereum’s Crash is not Over

To begin with, the rumors that the ICOs from last year are selling the Ethereum they raised is valid. Looking at the EOS project, the team managed to sell off all their Ethereum before they launched their mainnet on the 2nd of June. Further checking the crypto markets, we find that ETH was relatively well priced at around $600 back then. Using this price as a reference, the digital asset had dropped an astounding 57% from its all-time high of $1,400. Therefore, the EOS team was justified in cashing out before it dipped further.

It is with this background that the probability is high for more ETH to be sold in the markets by ICOs still holding bags of it. Common trading sense indicates that when a digital asset is spiraling out of control in the markets, the best option is to opt for BTC or the controversial Tether (USDT) to hedge against further losses.

The number of ICOs still holding ETH are still significant enough to cause a further decline of the digital asset if they decided to systematically trade it for Bitcoin or any of the other stabler digital assets such as Stellar (XLM).

Secondly, and even without the ICOs selling their Ethereum, the crypto markets are in a very fragile state. The bear market that was kick-started by regulatory fears from South Korea and China back in February has shown no signs of abating even with proof positive evidence of institutional investors getting into crypto investing.

Wall Street even has plans of offering Ethereum futures contracts before the end of the year. This should have led to a positive knee-jerk reaction for Ethereum in the markets.

The mood and feel are that we are headed for tougher times this September, especially with the pending SEC decision on the CBOE sponsored ETF on the 30th of September. Global Coin Report had advised in an earlier post that traders tread carefully between now and the D-Day that is September 30th.

What can Save Ethereum?

The answer to this question is simple. The markets need to turn around before it gets worse for Ethereum. Crypto traders and the institutional investors need to start buying and pushing for the massive adoption of cryptocurrencies for day to day commerce such as paying for coffee. That is the only way that demand for all digital assets will go up, thus causing a ripple effect that will raise the price of ETH.

A second option would be for the Ethereum core developers to solve the scalability issues on the network to enable for faster transaction speeds as well as cheaper transactions. This then will prevent DApp creators and users from moving to more efficient platforms such as Tron (TRX) and Zilliqa. The network congestion on Ethereum is the sole reason savvy investors continue to short ETH in the markets.

In conclusion, the short-term future for Ethereum in the crypto markets looks a bit bleak in the current bear market coupled with the possibility of ICOs deciding to sell all their ETH before it is too late. That said, it might be time for ETH HODLers to reconsider their investment strategy moving forward as the Ethereum crash looks far from over.

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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.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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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.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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