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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 token manipulation. Unfortunately, there are many altcoins that just aren’t that popular at the moment. In these cases (and there are currently many), exchanges want to charge the token owners in order to “pump” the volume. It’s dishonest and unethical. It hurts crypto traders and it scares away potential new listings.

The risk of identity theft is also a very real possibility. Most exchanges have a daily limit on trading and withdrawals. If a trader wants to increase those limits, they need to submit their identification, such as a passport or other government ID, through an email. In today’s world with so many reports of data theft, especially in the world of cryptocurrency, does anyone really feel comfortable doing that? I certainly don’t.

One last huge problem is fragmented liquidity. Unlike the equity markets, where the prices and bid/ask sizes are standardized, it isn’t the same in the world of crypto. Each exchange maintains its own bid/ask size, its own bid/ask prices, and its own volume. Someone may see a favorable price on one exchange but because they don’t have an account there, they can’t trade it. It’s a huge problem that needs to be addressed in order for the industry to progress.

Although it will take a lot of work to solve all these issues, ICTE may have the answer for several of them.

What is ICTE?

Interplanetary Crypto Token Exchange (ICTE) is a cross-blockchain exchange federation with distributed IEO capability that vastly improves upon the archaic model of cryptocurrency exchanges. Because ICTE is an exchange federation comprised of several regional cross-blockchain exchanges, the liquidity pool will no longer be fragmented as it currently is under the centralized exchange model. Traders will no longer have the frustration of having to have multiple exchange accounts in order to trade size or receive favorable prices.

ICTE Business Model

ICTE will generate the bulk of its revenue from the following:

  • Transaction Fees
  • IEO Listings
  • Membership Dues
  • Validation Expenses
  • Market Data and Enterprise Sales

Even during a fairly slow trading period like now, the 24-hour total volume across all cryptocurrencies was $54 billion. If ICTE can penetrate that market and make a compelling case of why traders should shift away from the centralized model, the business could stand to reap a windfall. Factor in the potential revenue from market data and enterprise sales and the figures quickly become compelling.

When looking around at different crypto projects, one thing I’ve been disappointed with is that the management’s experience doesn’t necessarily correlate to the business they’re trying to build. Fortunately, that isn’t the case with ICTE. The company is led by an extremely competent team with experience in different areas such as trading, market making, and FinTech. That experience is likely to pay big dividends as the business progresses from concept to a full-blown realization.

Final Thoughts

The next few years will be quite fascinating to see how the cryptocurrency market evolves. It has come a long way since 2010, but it still has so much further to go. There are still some very serious issues and problems that need to be fixed in order for crypto to get to the next level. ICTE may help bring about those changes thanks to its interesting and useful business model.

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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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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