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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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What Caused So Many Investors to Turn to Bitcoin in 2017?

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Bitcoin (BTC) has been growing increasingly popular in recent years, especially in the last two. About five weeks ago, the coin celebrated its 10th birthday, however, while it has been an entire decade of its existence, it was basically unknown to anyone who is not a particularly interested in new technologies. This all changed in 2017, when Bitcoin’s price skyrocketed from $1,000 to $20,000, making it the biggest trend of the year.

Suddenly, the entire world heard of its name, and cryptocurrencies finally got their place under the spotlight. Investors continued to arrive at the crypto space, cash was flowing, hundreds of new coins emerged, and more optimistic analysts predicted Bitcoin’s price going even higher, potentially reaching $50,000, $100,000, and more.

However, as we know today, it was not to last. 2018 was barely a few weeks in when the market crashed, the prices started dropping, and investors started selling. The profits were quickly lost for anyone who did not cash out in time, and these days, Bitcoin’s price sits at around $3,812. The crash reminded everyone that cryptocurrencies remain as volatile as ever and that they still pose a risk for investors. But, people already knew this, so why did they invest in the first place?

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Top 5 Presidential Candidates Thoughts About Bitcoin

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The cryptocurrency space is growing larger and has more impact on our everyday life with each new year. Despite the low prices and market crashes in 2018, the situation on the market seems to be taking a turn for the better, especially after a new surge that started on February 8th. However, as we progress through another year of cryptos’ fight for survival and adoption, the 2020 US Presidential Elections continue to approach.

With that in mind, it might be worth knowing what the current major Presidential candidates think about the crypto space, and Bitcoin (BTC), in particular. Of course, no one can know who will get elected and whether the next US President will be a crypto investor or someone who will have no problems with imposing even stricter regulations that might limit the market’s potentials.

Even so, we can at least see what they had to say about the crypto industry, and form some sort of expectations regarding the future based on that. It should be noted that the list does not include every candidate, only the major ones, and those who decided to take a notable stance towards Bitcoin.

1) Cory Booker

Let’s start with the Democratic candidates, the first of which on our list is Senator Cory Booker. Unfortunately, Sen. Booker did not reveal what his thoughts are on Bitcoin and the crypto industry,…

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Why Chinese New Year Affects Bitcoin (BTC)

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Bitcoin (BTC) lost about $100 in value in the last week, and, while reasons behind the drop in crypto prices can often be hidden and unclear — this time, that is not the case. The reason for this drop is believed to be the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The New Year celebration was over more than a month ago for most of the modern world. However, things are a bit different in China. This is a country which is considered to be one of the oldest ones in the world, with a long and complex history. The country’s traditions are fascinating to many around the world, as so many of them are different from western culture. One of these traditions is the Chinese New Year.

The New Year celebrations in China start on January 28th, which was a week ago. The New Year itself is today, February 5th, although the celebrations and festivities are going to last until February 19th. For the people of China, and all those around the world who follow the country’s tradition, this is the time to relax, take a break, and perhaps travel and visit friends and family. But, what does it have to do with Bitcoin?

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