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ICON (ICX) Price Gets A Big Boost

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A new development sees a massive price boost for ICON (ICX), and WanChain (WAN) follows. The coins went up by 25% within only 24 hours, making them the two best performing cryptocurrencies in the last two days.

There is no doubt about it; the crypto market is slowly recovering after more than half a year of price reductions. While many coins are in the green right now, not all of them are progressing equally. Coins like IOTA and EOS have seen big gains, which go from 4% to 15%, however, as great as this is, they are not the stars of the show.

That honor goes to ICON (ICX) and WanChain (WAN), which have experienced a 25% boost in price. And, while it doesn’t seem like much, but it is, the total crypto market cap increased from $213 billion to $214 billion.

Issues with volume

The last week has been interesting for cryptos, and while a lot of them performed rather well when compared to the rest of the year, there were still significant issues. One of the biggest ones that have been bugging the analysts concerns the volume, which was going down throughout the week. Bitcoin volume was specifically low, and it went from $4.5 billion to only $3.5 billion in a single week.

The similar situation can be seen with other top coins, like ETH, XRP, BCH, EOS, and others. Their daily trading volume dropped a lot, especially Ethereum’s, which has seen a decline almost as large as Bitcoin’s (from $2 billion to $1.3 billion).

One interesting thing is that Tether (USDT), which is a stablecoin tied to the dollar’s own value, has not only shown immunity to the decline but has actually managed to advance its own volume from $1.5 to $2 billion. This shows us that a lot of investors still rely on the dollar and more than they do on their chosen cryptos.

While a lot of investors have predicted that Bitcoin will start going down because of this, and will rather drop below $6,700 than go above $6,850, it would seem that they were wrong. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s price is at $6,954.50, which puts it extremely near to $7,000 mark. This came as a surprise to a lot of crypto experts, who seem to have honestly expected BTC just to start dropping again. Contrary to their claims, Bitcoin just keeps on climbing for some reason and is leading every single crypto (except USDT) within the top 50 with it.

Tokens depending on BTC

August has been a busy month in the crypto world, and cryptos have shown every sign that they wish to drop the bear market and start running with the bulls. However, they struggled with a lot of resistance, and Bitcoin itself went up and down almost every day. As expected, the tokens followed Bitcoin’s behavior, and have started making waves on a daily basis.

Until BTC broke off and exceeded $6,850, many expected that it would go down, while the altcoins will experience much bigger losses. However, for some reason, none of this has happened as of yet, and all cryptos are still in the green. With the current situation, a lot of experts have been proven wrong, which is pretty much a good thing, considering their grim predictions. The next few days are expected to show if this is truly a new bull run, or is it just a temporary price surge that simply went better than expected.

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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.  

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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.

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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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