The original cryptocurrency, Bitcoin (BTC), will remain a substantial portion of many investor’s portfolios. And why not? Afterall, Bitcoin (BTC) is still king. Making up a solid third of the total coin market-cap, this behemoth in the cryptocurrency space certainly isn’t going away anytime soon. And if you’ve listened to what the hard-core believers in this mainstay crypto-product are whispering in the chatrooms, you know that by holding it, there’s a great chance of doubling your money in the coming month(s).
Of course, many coins will double in that same amount of time.
The allure of the larger, more popular coins available on your favorite exchange(s) has a lot to do with risk (or the relative lack of it). Perhaps more importantly, however, the big-three, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Ripple (XRP) (collectively making up well over half of the approximately US$560 Billion total market-cap) represent the face of the blockchain to a curious public, standing eagerly at the gates of the crypto-castle. New participants in this market, ready to crash onto the scene, will likely choose from these safe-bets, at least at first, when tiptoeing into the warm waters of the altcoin sea. And while Bitcoin and Ethereum are indeed long-term strategic holds for new and old investors alike, the third largest (and still undervalued) cryptocurrency, Ripple (XRP), looks ready to steal the show.
As the news surrounding Ripple (XRP) intensifies, and the anticipation of quick gains grows in the hearts of the company’s most ardent believers, there is little doubt that this altcoin will again prove itself as a significant player in the month(s) to come. With the Twitter feeds all abuzz, and some predicting a US$10 price target, it’s probably time we all take another look at the potential of this fantastic mover in the crypto-universe.
So what explains the media blitz and current predictions surrounding Ripple (XRP)? And how do we play the current dip to our advantage as we make the leap and entrust our fiat to this giant in the altcoin universe?
The vast media coverage on Ripple (XRP) over the last month may prove to be justified, as potential developments and not-so-far-off predictions are theorized and contemplated in crypto-space. Starting with rumors before the new year about a possible listing on Coinbase, and continuing into 2018 with the cryptocurrency’s potential use by Amazon (and now Moneygram) the buzz surrounding Ripple (XRP) is ever-growing. And new participants (like market-bees attracted to the hype in my altcoin analogy here) are swarming with hive-minded excitement, ready for the sweet digital-honey of potential gains to pour into their waxy, hexagonal shaped wallets.
With the backing of over 100 institutions, this mainstay in the banking sector is helping solve complex problems as a cost-effective solution to handling transactions. Ripple (XRP) allows banks in varying regions of the world make fast, verifiable transactions. For these institutions, Ripple (XRP) and the verifiable immutability of the blockchain technology it utilizes, has proven itself as a useful tool. And when the coin is finally accepted onto Coinbase and used in the transaction systems of major corporations, like Amazon, we will see the justification for the media blitz play out in real-time on the graphs and charts exhibited on your favorite trading platform(s).
Catch the Dip
The best way to succeed in any market is to adhere to the first principle of trading taught in your middle school economics class; Buy low and sell high. The recent downturn in the coin market made a dent in the prices of many altcoins, rolling them back, almost universally, to December support levels. While many investors are still recovering from the recent shock that ate a substantial portion of their gains from the year before, savvy players (and new participants) are eyeing the current dip as a last-chance opportunity to get in. Ripple now sits substantially down from its highs before the entire space crashed last week.
As the market recovers, however, and the sounds of cheers grow louder from your neighbors and friends as they notice their gains in the coming days, you may be tempted to get in on the action as well. And if you want to impress your co-workers, forever gossiping around the water cooler about their favorite crypto-coin-de-jour, just mention your recent foray into Ripple (XPR) and the altcoin-universe. You’ll fit right in.
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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.
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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //
Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.
Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.
The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.
NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more.
NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…
Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?
2020 has been an incredible year for crypto as investors have generated windfall profits and crypto projects have seen their businesses gain the spotlight they’ve been looking for. While Bitcoin has received most of the attention after major institutional investors announced they were accumulating the increasingly scarce asset, many altcoins have also seen their fair share of glory. When looking at all the big winners of the past year, the first project that probably comes to mind is Chainlink, having appreciated by more than 550% YTD and now valued at over $4.5 billion. But, the actual biggest winner of the year is HEX with a YTD return of over 5,000%.
I mention both of the above projects as they have each taken slightly different paths to achieve greatness. Chainlink has devoted resources toward building a fundamentally sound business with many strategic partnerships while HEX has spent vast sums of money on marketing and promotion. Both approaches are valid, but one thing is certain, it is absolutely imperative for crypto projects to let the crypto community know what makes them special. Of course, one of the reasons that makes crypto so valuable is the powerful blockchain technology that most projects are utilizing.
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XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //
The XENO NFT Hub (https://xno.live) will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.
As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021.
“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.
He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”
Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”
Mr. Yamagata has been…