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Ethereum Tops In Crypto Meetups

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For the most part of their decade-long history, cryptocurrencies were unknown or ignored by the large part of today’s traders, investors, and enthusiasts. It wasn’t until the second half of 2017 that most of the current crypto community truly paid attention to this technology.

This is when digital currencies experienced the largest surge in value in the last ten years, and when thousands upon thousands new investors rushed in, wishing to join the new market. However, as soon as 2018 arrived, a price crash followed, with many believing that this will be the end for digital currencies.

While the bear market did not help their development, or their expansion into the mainstream, the interest in crypto did not go away. In fact, it kept growing, and online searches for cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, numerous altcoins, and alike have had a surge of their own.

Additionally, as the community kept growing, it established a large presence on numerous social networks. Websites like Reddit, Twitter, and alike have become a home to some of the largest and most supportive coin communities. One report from September 2018 claims that there has been a 1500% increase in social media activity regarding Ripple (XRP), the third largest coin by market cap.

While this was likely sparked by events surrounding XRP products such as xRapid, the increase in activity also extended to Ripple’s price, which doubled in a span of a few days. However, all of this still pales in comparison to crypto activities on a platform called Meetup.

Crypto meetups growing in number

Meetup is one of the most popular platforms for organizing various events around the world. While it is not crypto-specific in any way, the presence of crypto community on this platform has been quite noticeable in recent months.

Contrary to expectations, however, it is not Bitcoin community that is dominating this platform. Instead, it is Ethereum meetups that have been largest in number so far. So far, Meetup reported over 245 regular Ethereum meetups that were organized around the world. This is likely due to the fact that Ethereum doesn’t focus on being a currency alone. Instead, its network offers the creation of dApps, new altcoins, smart contracts, and alike, which makes it a “busier” place.

Bitcoin, on the other hand, only has around 102 regular meetups, which makes ETH more than twice as popular on this platform. However, Bitcoin doesn’t even take the second place, which was claimed by EOS, with 145 regular meetups around the world. Instead, BTC is third by meetup number, and the last coin to have the number of meetups exceed 100.

On sites like cryptomeetups.io, such events are listed and categorized by cities, which makes it significantly easier to find the closest one, and participate in it. Of course, all information comes from meetup.com itself, which makes it reliable. Furthermore, these meetups are not only for crypto enthusiasts but also for those interested in blockchain technology as well.

Other notable cryptocurrencies that have grown popular on Meetup platform include Cardano, with 54 regular meetups, as well as IOTA, that numbers around 40 of them. Monero is among the most popular privacy coin with around 16 meetups, while Stellar has 24 regular events. Surprisingly, the third largest coin by market cap, Ripple, only has 15 meetups, according to information provided by the platform. However, apart from these coins, other currencies have significantly less.

These numbers clearly indicate which coins are among the most popular ones among the community, with Ethereum undoubtedly leading the race. While this should not be taken as a hint which coins to invest in, it should definitely be kept in mind, since it provides a valuable insight into what actually interests the community.

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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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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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