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Ethereum’s ERC-20 tokens are soon going to be a big deal and here’s why

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The main agenda for Ethereum has always been to set up an ecosystem of decentralized applications where everything seamlessly functions together to form the ‘world computer’. Basically, Ethereum is looking to achieve “different things for different people”. For this to happen, Ethereum has established a reputation as the standard open source Blockchain platform for DAPs across the board.

Cue ERC-20 token standards. These were developed as a set of rules that establishes a basis for DAP developers to create their own tokens. To put it simply, ERC-20 standards enable developers and programmers of DAPs avoid re-inventing of the wheel. As a result, a variety (if not all) of the tokens on Ethereum’s eco-system are ERC-20 compliant.

What’s inside the ERC-20 token standards?

The main purpose of ERC-20 is to define the functions of tokens in the Ethereum eco-system. Since Ethereum runs on smart contracts, each token built on top of Ethereum’s Blockchain basically operates like a smart contract.

This means that ERC-20 token standards are designed to give instruction to how tokens can be transferred from one party to the other and how data concerning the token can be accessed by either party. The ERC-20 standards also describe the signals that particular smart contracts can fire and the reception of those signals by the consecutive smart contracts.

Therefore, by describing the functions and events of each token, ERC-20 token standards, therefore, provide a basis for which every token on the ecosystem can comply and function. These results in ERC-20 tokens getting support from most wallets that also support Ether (ETH). Plus, ERC-20 token standards makes the tokens on Ethereum’s ecosystem important to the success of Ethereum as a world computer as they allow each of the tokens to achieve interoperability at different levels.

In fact, Fabian Vogelsteller ( a developer of Ethereum’s Mist wallet) believes that “we are just at the beginning of tokenizing everything” and that “in the future, you will be able to buy a share of the chair you are sitting on, the paint inside your house or a fraction of the equity in a huge building complex”

Coinbase, ETC and the ERC-20 token uprising

As much as the statements form Vogelsteller might sound a little bit grandiose, it might actually soon come true and here is why. An Ethereum based decentralized application browser by the name of Toshi is now supporting Ethereum’s custom ERC-20 tokens and testnets. Toshi is operated by Coinbase which is one of the largest crypto exchange wallet and brokerage firm worldwide.

Furthermore, after Coinbase’s integration of Ethereum Classic to its platform, the company has announced plans to eventually integrate all ERC-20 tokens and ICO tokens to its platform. a statement issued by the company on June 12 said that they had “previously announced” their “ intentions to support the ERC-20 technical standards and Bitcoin forks.” They further said that  they “will announce the intention to add specific assets within those categories prior to final engineering integration” so as to remain consistent with their “public process of adding new assets.”

Mass adoption of ERC-20 tokens

Already, Ethereum is on the clear with the SEC declaring that it’s not a security. In a way, this move by the SEC has enabled Coinbase the confidence to go ahead and support ERC-20 tokens. Apart from operating and adding new features to Toshi, Coinbase has also acquired Paradex which is a decentralized crypto exchange that supports ERC-20 tokens.

Given that Coinbase is a well-funded conglomerate the support it provides to ERC-20 tokens will result in a possible mass adoption of ERC-20 tokens ahead of every other cryptocurrency in the market (as was the case with Ethereum Classic and Ripple XRP). Already the Toshi team enables users to store their ERC-2- tokens or even add custom ERC-20 tokens that are unavailable to the Toshi database. Going forward, this could massively increase the usage of ERC-2- tokens in the long run.

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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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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.

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