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Here’s What NEM (XEM) Is And Why It’s Running Right Now

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NEM (XEM) has jumped close to 15% in the last twenty-four hours. This is a coin that’s been hailed as having some real potential in the blockchain space over the last couple of years and it’s very much part of the old-guard of cryptocoins in the space. Until recently, however, XEM has failed to really catch fire but, over the last couple of months, this trend looks to be changing.

Right now, XEM goes for $0.43 a piece. As compares to the USD, this is an all-time high level. We say as compares to USD because back in June this year the coin logged higher levels than is currently the case as compares to BTC but, to keep things simple, we’re going to stick with the USD exchange right now as this is a much more accurate reflection of value from a market capitalization perspective.

NEM Daily Chart

NEM Daily Chart

So, at the start of this year, this one went for $0.003. At the start of November, it had risen to $0.17. As noted above, we’re now looking at $0.43 a coin. That’s an incredible run and it’s very much brought XEM into the crypto-spotlight as the year draws to a close

Anyway, let’s get to the point: is this run going to continue and – if so – what’s going to drive the further upside?

First up it’s worth jumping into the coin and the company behind so as anyone new to NEM can get an idea what it’s all about.

So, NEM is the name of a blockchain technology and it was developed (and is now maintained and advanced) by what’s called the NEM Foundation. The coin, XEM, is a token that’s used to pay transaction fees on the companies blockchain (more on this in a minute).

In some ways, it’s similar to Ethereum, in the sense that it’s designed to allow for so-called smart contracts to be executed and – in turn – to allow for a sort of autonomous operational model. It differs from Ethereum, however, in the sense that it’s a combination of centralized and decentralized solutions. This dramatically increases the integration options (and ease) for and with current enterprise systems.

To put this another way, if a company wants to adopt blockchain technology and incorporate smart contracts into its operations it can use Ethereum but, if it does, it’s basically got to completely rebuild its architecture. On the other hand, it can use NEM and essentially just plug its current architecture into a public blockchain. NEM also allows for private blockchain integration, so the company can build a private blockchain using NEM and then integrate this with its own systems on one side and the public chain on the other side, allowing for easy integration (and the security of a private chain) while also the verification and accountability that comes with a public chain.

The best way to think of this is probably as follows: if you want total decentralization, you’ve got to go with Ethereum. If you’re willing to accept a degree of centralization (NEM operates its own nodes), however, which it’s not unreasonable to suggest that the vast majority of enterprises will be, NEM is probably a smarter, simpler, cheaper, easier and more secure option.

So where does XEM come into this?

Well, a company can build its operational framework using the NEM technology and can set everything up using what the company calls Smart Assets (not that different from smart contracts). In order to execute on these Smart Asset functions, a small amount of XEM is required.

And how does this play into current and future value?

The more companies that use NEM to power their operations, the more XEM is going to be required as a fee settlement token and, in turn, the higher the price will go.

So, as blockchain technology becomes increasingly integral to future industry, we think XEM could be one of the real winners of the adoption wave. It’s still got some way to go, sure, but this just means that current prices might be incredibly low as compares to future capitalization.

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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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The low volatility of Litecoin and Bitcoin on the spotlight

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Just like many other cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, as well as Litecoin, currently sit in vitality as much as the market is concerned. Will Bitcoin and Litecoin recover as much as many have been speculating? Apparently, it is hard to tell how the investors will react to all these recent events.

When looking at the current trend of the volatility of Litecoin and bitcoin prices in US dollars, it is quite clear to note that there is a decrease in volatility. The price of bitcoin stands at $6,574 with a slight change (24h) of +0.06%. On the other hand, Litecoin is trading at $53.94 with a difference (24h) of -1.45% at the press time. Basically, at the moment there isn’t a significant downward movement between the two cryptocurrencies.

Spectators Never Fail to Give Reasons

As always many spectators will seek to give some reasons for the trends and some think that the downward move is just a manipulation by some small group so that they can outscore the stock market. Perhaps, it is a bear market, and with the volatility of the coins being technically low, it means it is cheaper, which is definitely better.

The Real Meaning

What the trends literally mean is that there is an accountable resistance with both Bitcoin and Litecoin contrary to the expectations of many who were anticipating at least some positive movement after the sharp market rise last week.

However, that doesn’t mean that…

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If Tether crashes, will that money pour into Bitcoin?

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For a long time now, the so-called stablecoin, Tether (USDT) has been a topic of discussion within the crypto community.

Tether, as a stablecoin, is said to be fully backed by the USD. This allowed it to be one of only a handful of cryptos that can avoid volatility issues, due to the fact that it is backed by a stable fiat currency. However, for as long as it was around, Tether was very secretive of its bank accounts and funds in general.

While claiming to have the ability to back each of its USDT coins, many have questioned whether or not this can be true. At the time of writing (October 16, 2018), Tether has released 2,256,421,736 USDT in circulation. This means that it needs to have at least $2,256,421,736 in order to cover its circulating supply.

At this point, three questions emerge, and answering them could very well change the future of this stablecoin. The questions are as follows:

  1. Are all USDT coins fully backed?
  2. If yes, then where did that much money come from?
  3. If not, what will happen when the market discovers the lie?

Tether continues to keep secrets

As mentioned, Tether has always claimed to be able to back each of its coins. However, instead of operating on transparency, the coin used different tools, mostly opaqueness, misdirection, and playing the victim whenever someone tried to unveil what is truly going…

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Is Bitcoin (BTC) Better Than USD?

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Despite all its recent progress, cryptocurrencies still do not inspire trust in a lot of people. Many view them as unsafe money, with its very nature being doubtful. However, a recent report by the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Nuclear Physics shows that situation regarding cryptocurrencies may not be as bad as it seems. In fact, the report claims that Bitcoin might even be a better currency than it looks like.

Bitcoin vs traditional money

Bitcoin, as many are already aware of, is the first cryptocurrency. It was created a decade ago and was officially launched in 2009. But, even though it has been around for around 9 years at this point, it is still largely mistrusted by a lot of investors, especially when it comes to large institutions.

However, thanks to the Cracow-based Institute of Nuclear Physics’ recent report, this common opinion might actually be wrong. The Institute has conducted a detailed statistical analysis of the BTC market and has published the results in a scientific journal called Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science.

Surprisingly enough, the report portraits Bitcoin in a very positive light.

The report started by commenting on the credibility of traditional money. In the past, money that people have been using was backed by specific material commodities, such as gold. These commodities gave the money its value and served as a guarantee that the money actually has worth. This is…

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