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How Risky is it to Invest in BAT in 2019?

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After a bearish 2018, many investors were hoping that the cryptocurrency market will have a fresh start in the new year. The idea was to shake off the bearish grip and have another rally that will take digital coins back to the old glory, or possibly reach entirely new heights.

However, an entire month has passed since then, and the market has yet to show any real signs of recovery. Most cryptocurrencies are still trading in the red, which has caused investors to carefully consider their future investments and only focus on the coins that are the most likely to have a prosperous future.

While the crypto market is vast and it consists of over 2,100 coins and tokens at this point, there are some of them that are attracting more attention than the others. Stepping away from the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap, a lot of investors are interested in what to expect from Basic Attention Token (BAT)?

About BAT

BAT is a coin that is currently being used within Brave browser, with the goal of revolutionizing the way different companies interact with their consumers. BAT has promised companies the possibility of changing how online advertising works, and the change is expected to be highly beneficial to everyone involved.

So far, companies that wanted to advertise their products or services online had to go to large, established websites, including social media sites like Facebook, search engines like Google, or video platforms like YouTube, among others. These websites would receive payments, and in return, they would advertise the companies to their consumers.

The trouble lies in the fact that consumers were not interested in viewing ads, and had no real incentive to do so. Brave hopes to change that by blocking the ads by default and providing users the ability to watch them only when they want to. In return, they get paid in BAT token.

The idea was interesting to the community and companies alike, and many have opted to abandon browsers such as Firefox or Chrome and use Brave instead. However, the ability to view ads and get paid has yet to be fully implemented, although it is expected that it might happen at some point in 2019.

Once the coins start coming in, they can be used for tipping various online content creators and users’ favorite websites. Brave will also allow the withdrawal of the coins, which can then be exchanged for other tokens or fiat currencies, although it will likely be a while until this feature is included.

Is BAT a good investment?

So far, we have seen that BAT has an excited community and an interesting use case. In addition, it has the potential to revolutionize the entire advertising industry, which makes the coin very valuable in the eyes of companies and consumers alike.

It should be noted that the development of the project has been advancing relatively slowly in recent months, with a lot of issues that needed taking care of. Even so, the project is advancing, and more users are discovering BAT and Brave every day. With an expanding community and growing support, BAT is likely a coin that will become quite popular in the future, provided that all the systems and features arrive.

As such, it may be considered a good long-term investment. If the project kicks off later in 2019, the same might happen to BAT’s price. The price is currently rather low, being only $0.109612 per coin. BAT’s market cap is currently at $134,817,358, which has placed it at the 37th spot on CoinMarketCap’s list of largest cryptocurrencies.

However, as mentioned, BAT still has the potential to grow, which is likely to happen once it starts delivering the promised features.

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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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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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