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Here’s Why Verge (XVG) Could Overtake Monero (XMR)

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Verge (XVG) is currently trading for little over $0.12 apiece, up close to 100% on its price just 24 hours ago and up just shy of 2000% on its start of December pricing. Even for crypto standards that’s incredible run and it’s one that has drawn a large amount of speculative attention towards the token moving into the end of this month.

Here is our take on this coin and its tremendous growth as well as a look at what we expect from XVG going forward.

XVG is all about privacy.

Privacy is an incredibly hot topic in pretty much all areas right now but the application of cryptocurrency to individual privacy is one that’s garnered a lot of attention on the back of the various data leaks and intrusions that have hit press during 2017. Some coins, like Monero (XMR), have really managed to rocket on the back of their ability to leverage this growing privacy concern and in turn, their ability to use it as a marketing tool for the coins that underpin their market capitalization.

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XVG Daily Chart

While XVG has technically been around since 2014, however, it’s not been nearly as successful in getting its name in front of potential investors. Perhaps the primary reason for this is because, when it was initially introduced, its name was DodgeCoinDark and only since a rebranding in 2016 has it been called Verge, or XVG.

So why so slow off the mark?

Because there’s no real company behind this one – it’s a community-driven coin and this fact has served to dramatically decrease the time and capital available for marketing (as opposed to development).

With that said, however, there is a longer-term advantage of focusing on development in favor of marketing and this is why we think XVG could be an interesting one to look at right now.

Essentially, the coin is one of the number one privacy coins available today. When you talk about privacy, many cryptocurrencies incorporate technology similar to what might be used in a VPN to implement privacy features. This, of course, isn’t particularly secure. Only two coins can claim to be 100% secure and they can do this by employing both Tor (The Onion Router), which is an IP service that allows for anonymous browsing by way of a more than 7000 relay-strong network and I2P (Invisible Internet Project), a more complicated (and not totally necessary to understand for the purposes of this discussion) alternative to Tor.

By harnessing both of these anonymity tools, a coin can ensure 100% privacy and, as mentioned, only two can claim this – XVG and the already mentioned Monero.

One of these currently trades for more than $400 a coin and a market capitalization of $6.5 billion. The other trades for $0.12 a coin and a capitalization of just $1 billion.

Even if we see a small percentage shift of the market away from Monero and towards Verge, therefore, we could see a sharp increase in the price of XVG and it’s likely that the run we are seeing in the markets right now is largely due to this type of shift.

So what comes next?

We think this one has plenty more room to run to the upside based on the fact that it’s one of just two privacy coins that have real potential to answer the security concerns that are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s market. It’s lagging behind Monero right now, sure, but that’s more to do with a lack of market awareness than anything else and the further XVG rises, the more we will see this awareness gap close.

We will be updating our subscribers as soon as we know more. For the latest on XVG, sign up below!

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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Why Bitcoin Price Remains Stable Before the Expected Hike

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The cryptocurrency rallied a few days back, but now, it has moved closer to 38.2% Fib level. Investors are enthusiastic that as it remains at this level for some time, and stabilize. The next move in Bitcoin price will take it to the 61.8% Fib level. This is when the hike in the price of the cryptocurrency will occur towards $4,200. However, after the surge in price, the upcoming weeks will see the Bitcoin falling swiftly to $3,000.

The truth is that if this move fails to occur, there may not be an improvement in the value of the digital currency. Also, this movement will enable the “bullish gartly pattern” we saw on the BTC/USD 4H chart to become a reality. Also, we are expecting that the Bitcoin price will decline the same way it has been recovering since early February.

Why this week’s closing price matters

Presently, Bitcoin price is still trading above what the intrinsic value is showing on larger time frames. However, we can see adequate room to accommodate short-term rallies. The price at which Bitcoin closes this week is very critical. It will be a clear indication as to how the digital currency will move in the coming weeks.

If Bitcoin closes at a price above $4,000, we are hopeful that the correction may come from early next week. On the other hand, any…

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Stanford Lecturer praises XRP over Bitcoin

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The world of cryptocurrencies continues to cause controversies even now, particularly when it comes to matters such as the superiority of one coin over others. According to recent reports, one student from Stanford University has stated that one of Stanford’s guest lecturers — Dr. Susan Athey — bashed the first and largest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, while praising XRP.

Does guest lecturer go anti-Bitcoin?

In late February, Stanford’s student called Conner Brown came out publicly with a claim that Athey described Bitcoin’s network and protocol inaccurately, and that she also used the opportunity to make unfounded criticism. Athey, who also sits on Board of Directors at Ripple Labs — XRP’s parent company — supposedly also stated that XRP provides solutions to all issues mentioned in regards to Bitcoin.

According to Brown’s comments on the matter, the lecture in question took place over a month ago, and after attending it, he wrote an open letter to Standford, explaining the incident. In the letter, Brown claims that Athey inaccurately presented Bitcoin’s consensus protocol and overstated several issues, such as the threat of a 51% attack on the coins network, as well as Bitcoin’s mining centralization.

However, the main problem with the lecture, as Brown sees it, is the professor’s claims that XRP presents a solution to these problems.

The claims caused Dr. Athey to respond publicly via Twitter, stating…

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Bitcoin Chasing Green — First Positive Month Since July In Sight

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The crypto market has started seeing gains in mid-February, with Bitcoin (BTC) following the bullish trend as well. In fact, the largest coin was on its way of seeing the first positive month since July of the last year. Even though its price was struggling to permanently overcome the major resistance at $4,000, the coin kept trying, and as long as its price doesn’t drop below $3,414, this goal can still be achieved

The return of the bearish trend which briefly overtook the market on February 24th caused a lot of damage, although Bitcoin managed to remain above $3,800. Following the crash, BTC started seeing minor gains once again, indicating that the bears have withdrawn for now.

What does the future hold for BTC?

As mentioned, Bitcoin can only complete a positive month if its price remains above $3,500 until the end of February. At the time of writing, the price sits at $3,807 according to TradingView, with an increase of 0.58% in the last 24 hours. As things are right now, it is likely that BTC might succeed in doing this, as its price performed relatively well ever since January 11th, even though it remained between $3,300 and $3,700.

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The recently-emerging bullish trend took it beyond this, and while the price…

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