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Ethereum Price Analysis: Positive Developments in the Cards

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The Ethereum blockchain, which went live on 30 July 2015, has evolved over the years to become one of the largest blockchain ecosystems in the market. Just like Bitcoin, Ethereum operates as an open-source, distributed digital platform built by several people across the globe, offering leading-edge blockchain solutions to investors. But unlike Bitcoin, which is powered by Proof of Work protocol, Ethereum provides a more adaptable and flexible solution, running on smart contracts.

With the crypto market booming with thousands of new currencies, the market has become exceedingly volatile, experiencing frequent price drops. The rapid rise of altcoins, along with the faltering state of the market, has challenged the ascendancy of big currencies like Ethereum. Looking at the market response of the past few months, ether has been in a constant flux, with the market receiving a boost in the form of new innovations. An inside look at the developments in the Ethereum network divulges some exciting upgrades on the blockchain. In case you are missing out on what’s up with this eminent blockchain platform, here’s a brief summary of the latest developments on the blockchain.

Buterin Announces Transition to Casper v2 

As per the Ethereum Core Devs Meeting held on June 15, Vitalik Buterin has revealed some important upgrades to Ethereum, which include Casper and sharding. The update rejects the proposed Casper FFG with Casper v2, which would serve as a beacon chain joined to the main system.  By separating the proof-of-stake (PoS) counterpart from the main chain, Ethereum would enable users to make their own voting rules alongside rules about adding or removing blocks. Subsequently, a sharding function will be activated on the beacon chain, which will run on the PoS consensus algorithm of Casper. Explaining the sharding process in the meeting, Buterin observed that the transition would be smooth “because basically, here, there would only be one validator set and only one way to get into the validator set – only one kind of validator – right from the start.”

Aventus Protocol Goes Live on Ethereum MainNet

Speaking of the latest developments on the blockchain, Aventus’ announcement of implementing Aventus Protocol onto the Ethereum MainNet has generated quite a noise in the crypto market. With the vision of transforming the live entertainment industry, Aventus aims to introduce secure modes of ticketing events. According to the reports, the enterprise anticipates putting an end to widespread problems of fake tickets and abnormally high resale prices by limiting resale prices and eliminating risks of duplicate tickets.

Coinbase Adds Support for Ethereum Testnets and Custom ERC-20 tokens

Toshi, the Ethereum-based digital platform operated by Coinbase, has added support for Ethereum Testnets and custom ERC-20 tokens. Following the integration of Ethereum Classic (ETC), the Coinbase team disclosed that one of the mid-term strategies of the company involves supporting ERC-20 tokens, including initial coin offering (ICO) tokens and independent blockchain projects. The Coinbase official report states: “We have previously announced our intention to support the ERC20 technical standard and Bitcoin forks. We will announce the intention to add specific assets within those categories prior to final engineering integration. This is consistent with our public process for adding new assets.”

Ethereum and the Market

With Bithumb hack generating shock waves across the boards, the aftermath of the event did not leave a long-lasting impact in the market, and much to the investors’ delight, the prices are creeping back gradually. As the total market capitalization is progressing towards $300 billion, all the top currencies are recovering their losses. This means Ethereum is also showing signs of a recovery.

Going by the price records of last 24 hours, Ethereum has witnessed a steady 3.6% rise, taking the value to $540. While it’s hard to determine whether the price has finally stabilized, positive price movements are on the cards, with the price charts showing signs of a further rise. The top-performing altcoins in the market, which are trading the green, are going strong. Interestingly, the only coin trading in double figures as of 21st July 2018 is Ethereum Classic. Available for trading at $541.34, ETH has moved up by 3.45% from its earlier position. With a market capitalisation of $54,246,332,457, Ethereum boasts a trading volume of $1,507,650,000 at the time of writing.

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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.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

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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.

In the past few…

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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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