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Ethereum Joining Hands with Amazon Web Services and Enigma (ENG)

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The launch of AWS Blockchain Templates for Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum by Amazon Web Services recently has been phenomenal. This will hasten the process of building new blockchain networks. About the launch, Jeff Barr, the Chief Evangelist for AWS posted on the AWS blog on 19th April, “We are launching AWS Blockchain Templates today. These templates will let you launch an Ethereum (either public or private) or Hyperledger Fabric (private) network in a matter of minutes and with just a few clicks. The templates create and configure all of the AWS resources needed to get you going in a robust and scalable fashion.”

Prior to this new relationship, Amazon Web Services had joined hands with Corda R3, Sawtooth, PokitDok, and Quorum. Corda lets the users create dApps on the AWS platform. However, with the help of the latest AWS Blockchain Templates, the users can develop fully fledged Ethereum network within a few minutes. The same goes for Hyperledger network. The difference is that the Hyperledger network launched will be completely private while the Ethereum ones can be private or public.

When developing Ethereum templates, the Amazon Web Services users have the option to choose from two different launch options. The blockchain framework chosen as containers by the user will be deployed by AWS Blockchain Templates directly on an EC2 instance fuelling Docker or on the Amazon Elastic Container Service cluster (ECS). Ethereum networks launched with the help of Amazon Web Services will most probably support Ethereum mining. The EthStats page will keep an eye on the network metrics. Amazon will also give an EthExplorer toolkit to the clients such that they can reconnoiter the transactions and the smart contracts that are stored in the ledger. As the networks will be developed directly into the user’s Amazon VPC, it will allow the user to access the subnets of VPC and Access Control Lists. The user also has the option to reduce the use of resources by utilizing granular permissions allocated with AWS IAM.

This venture will be beneficial for many industries as they can launch both private and public Ethereum networks through AWS for analysis of critical financial data and audit and risk assessment tasks and so on.

Ethereum Alliance and Enigma (ENG) and Decentralized Identity Foundation

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) and the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF) have incorporated Enigma (ENG) as a member recently. The cryptocurrency, Enigma (ENG) focuses on privacy, security, and scalability. The platform, Enigma Data Marketplace, launched three weeks prior to this announcement acts as a bridge between data providers and apposite data consumers. The objective of Enigma (ENG) is to assimilate crypto world and financial datasets.

Enigma is also looking forward to improvising decentralization for blockchains by conforming smart contracts like Ethereum’s into “secret contracts”. This technology will hide entered data from the code-executing nodes on the network of Enigma. It is a step that will ensure the safety of sensitive data and is believed to be capable of bringing out hitherto unknown areas for development. These were mainly hindered by privacy concerns. It is expected that this type of platform will enable merging of datasets across several industries by eradicating the barriers that prevent corporate collaborations. This is one of the major reasons for acceptance of Enigma by Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and Decentralized Identity Foundation.

Apart from this new entrance, EEA boasts of notable members like Intel, Accenture, J.P. Morgan, Santander, BP, Bancor, CME Group and many others. The objective is to “evolve Ethereum into an enterprise-grade technology”. Enigma plans to launch Catalyst, its first protocol along with its mainnet in Q3 of this year. The format will be compatible Ethereum such as to make it accessible to all the members of EEA. The Digital Identity Foundation, on the other hand, focuses on keeping one’s data and proof of identity private. As explained in the blog of Enigma, “Enigma enables individuals to share claims without over-sharing sensitive data, i.e. proving you are over 21 without revealing your birthday.”

A Little about Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA)

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) is a not-for-profit and is supported by the industry to basically develop and promote Ethereum based technology open-source reference architectures. This way Ethereum is evolving as an enterprise-grade technology whose main areas of interest are scalability, security, privacy, and confidentiality.

Price Analysis

After the scare of the first quarter in 2018, it seems Ethereum (ETH) is back on its feet. Currently, according to coinmarketcap.com the price of Ethereum is $639.60 USD (3.88%) approximately. (As of 23rd April 2018). As the second quarter progresses, it is expected that the price will increase and will soon break the $648 mark. Currently, it seems that the charts are depicting a bullish trendline. This may be the result of the new partnerships of Ethereum and the efforts of EEA.

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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.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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