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How Ethereum Classic ETC managed to beat Ripple XRP in the race to being listed on Coinbase

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Whether you like it or not, the Coinbase effect is real in the crypto space. As 2017 came to a close, the rumor of Ripple getting listed on Coinbase resulted in a spike in the price of XRP such that the coin hit unprecedented highs of almost $4 per XRP. Obviously, with the market dip that came almost immediately, XRP market price has corrected ever since and is now priced at $0.54 per XRP.

ETC to be added to Coinbase

Just recently Coinbase made an announcement on their blog about their intention to add Ethereum Classic to their trading and cryptocurrency exchange platform. The announcement that came about on Monday this week hit the crypto space by storm leaving most dumbfounded over how Coinbase made the move to list ETC and not one of the top altcoins like RippleXRP.

Ethereum Classic is now on its way to being the fifth cryptocurrency supported on Coinbase (one of the most popular crypto trading and exchange platform in the US). What took most by surprise is the fact that coins such as Ripple have been gunning for the coveted position of being listed on Coinbase yet Ethereum Classic (listed at position 18 on CoinMarketCap with a market cap of $1.6 billion) managed to beat the competition.

ETC price spike

In fact, right after the announcement, the price of ETC went up by over 20 percent going from $12.81 to $16.40, in a span of about 24hours. This happened even before Coinbase was able to put out a specific date for when ETC would be listed on the retail brokerage platform.

According to the announcement, ETC will be added to Coinbase’s Custody platform, Coinbase Markets, Coinbase Pro, Coinbase Prime, and, Coinbase Asset management in the coming months. Coinbase has reportedly been pushing to get registered by federal registration as an alternative trading system and investment adviser. This will allow the company to list more cryptocurrencies to its exchange.

Coinbase move to pick ETC instead of XRP

Coinbase is known to be super choosy over the coins it supports, however, a couple of reasons as to why they decided to support ETC over other viable options like Ripple XRP are evident. To begin with, ETC (unlike XRP) is a fully decentralized cryptocurrency that was forked from Ethereum after an attack that saw investors lose money on the Ethereum platform. Although IOHK is currently in charge of running the Ethereum Classic Blockchain, ETC remains to be an open source Blockchain project that is transparent and stable. Perhaps it’s the decentralized, stable and transparent nature of Ethereum Classic that has made it worthy of being listed on the giant brokerage firm.

Is XRP a real cryptocurrency?

This is not to say that XRP is unstable. It’s just that Ripple XRP, operates on a centralized framework whereby it cannot be mined and transactions are verified by a centralized Blockchain framework controlled by Ripple labs (the company). It’s for this reason that most cryptocurrency enthusiasts do not consider XRP a “Real Cryptocurrency.”

However, there might still be hope for XRP to be added to Coinbase considering reports that Coinbase might be moving base to Japan where cryptocurrency regulations are much more lenient than in the US. Plus Coinbase has also promised to add more ERC20 cryptocurrencies in the future. Whether XRP makes the cut will be something we have to wait and see.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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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.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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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.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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