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Investing in stablecoins? Loaning cryptocurrencies? Making (MKR) it possible.

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Stablecoins were, probably, the most hyped cryptocurrency class of the year. Potentially, they can increase cryptos market usability, serve as a cryptographic and more secure alternative to fiat money and are already basically unanimous in every exchange as middlecurrencies.

Currencies tend to lose their value over time. Investing in a stablecoin pegged to the USD would be pretty similar, thus, to invest in the dollar, which is generally a bad investment, except if you manage to trade them with a small premium instead of a small discount over their par, the latter being much more usual (and you’ll rarely be able to buy a significant amount of them when they are below their par value). There’s also the general mistrust about whether their claimed collateral reserves are true or not. If they cannot prove they possess enough collateral to back their circulation, then they’re not far from a Ponzi scheme which can eventually cause some trouble for their users. Well, in the case of Tether (USDT), there has already been a copious amount of trouble. They still didn’t provide us with a third-party audit for their reserves and, on top of that, there is enough evidence to affirm it was used to manipulate Bitcoin’s price causing its value to skyrocket and then fall at the same pace. Paxos (PAX) and TrueUSD (TUSDT) are two dollar-backed exceptions, providing regular and legitimate audits consistently.

Besides being useful currencies for their given purposes, there are some concerns surrounding the fact that they only work because they rely on regulation. Some worry that these regulations are subjected to the authorities’ scrutiny, which can change at any time, others simply don’t like the idea of mixing cryptocurrencies with the government.

The Maker Platform is an algorithmic stablecoin, not a fiat-backed one, making it an answer to all these issues.

First of all, Maker is one of those “dual token” platforms. The tokens have very different functions but brilliantly complement each other. There is DAI, the stablecoin, kept at $1. Differently from other cryptos that do the same, DAI is not backed by a regulated asset and still, it won’t ever significantly fluctuate even under extreme circumstances, which they have a special mechanism for. It’s back by Ether (ETH). DAIs can be borrowed using Ether as a collateral. Maker issues Collateralized Debt Positions (CDPs), allowing users to lock a certain amount of Ether to loan DAIs. The loan can be paid at any time, unlocking the user’s Ethers and burning the DAIs.

The amount of DAI borrowed is equivalent to the current ETH market price, as 1 DAI is expected to be equal to 1 USD. If the price of Ether happens to appreciate, the user doesn’t need to pay any more than what they borrowed to unlock their ETH. That’s the magic of CDPs: if the price of ETH happens to appreciate, you can settle your loan paying less than the current ETH’s price.
In case the Ether price goes down making the collateral of the CDP to go below a certain threshold, the CDPs are automatically liquidated before there’s insufficient Ether to back for the DAIs. Maker then sells the collateralized Ether to buy enough DAI to pay for the loan. At this point, the borrower wouldn’t have lost anything more than what he would if he just held the Ether (except, well, a liquidation fee and the CDP fee).

Considering the Ether price can crash too fast reaching a value which isn’t enough to back for the CDPs’ DAI, MKR comes into play. In this case, more MKR is issued and sold in the open market to raise the necessary funds to back for DAI. MKR holders are responsible for the governance of the Maker ecosystem, setting parameters such as collateralization rate and liquidation threshold.

They receive the CDP fees in return. As more MKR is created and sold, it’s natural that the token’s price will drop, incentivizing the voters to intelligently regulate the system.

Maker presents a last resource process that basically resets the system, called the “global settlement”. A select number of governors can trigger the global settlement, allowing DAI holders to claim ETH at par value. Although it sounds a harsh movement, it’s Maker’s solution to extreme theoretical situations in which its vulnerability can be exploited.

DAI and MKR’s current market status

Dai
As we can see by this graph, Dai tends to fluctuate by no more than 0.05%, with some rare slips of up to 5%, which doesn’t make it less of a stablecoin, albeit revealing a volatility higher than other common stablecoins’, like Tether and TrueUSD.


source: coinmarketcap.com

MKR


source: coinmarketcap.com

Maker is a solid cryptocurrency, ranked as 24th in market capitalization. Its price tends to be comparatively unpredictable, as it’s not only determined by demand, but by bad governance from the holders. But trading is not the only way to profit from MKR. Taking part in Maker’s regulation is also a way of earning income from it, and it only requires you to hold a few tokens to vote and receive a share of CDPs’ fees.

Conclusion

Although there are already many stablecoins in the market, Maker achieves stability in a different and smart way.

DAI loans are allowing people to buy things they need at the moment without selling an asset they see the potential to grow in the future, and with CDPs, there’s nothing really to lose except a small tax.

There’s certainly a place for a stablecoin like DAI alongside fiat-backed ones that provide sufficient evidence of their reserves to match Maker’s algorithm that dispenses it from audits.

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3 Altcoins That Are Outperforming Bitcoin and Will Likely Face Consequences

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The crypto market is going through a period of massive recovery in the past few months, which has caused the investors’ optimism to return. While all eyes are on Bitcoin (BTC), as usual, the largest coin seems to be struggling with a major resistance level at $8,000 at the moment. While this level was breached a few times now, every breach resulted in a correction.

At the time of writing, BTC is approaching this level yet again, with its current price being at $7,985,79, and rising further. The price managed to grow by 1.06% in the last 24 hours, and will undoubtedly hit $8,000 in a matter of hours, if not sooner.

However, while Bitcoin continues to remain volatile and struggles with waves of growth and decline, there are some altcoins that are not following its path. Of course, most of them are performing in pretty much the same manner as BTC, as they always had. But, a few coins have actually managed to outperform Bitcoin in recent months.

While optimists believe that this might lead to decoupling from Bitcoin — something that only Binance Coin (BNB) managed to pull off up to this point — it is likely that there will be consequences for these cryptos. This likely means that a price drop for these specific coins awaits somewhere in the near future, as outperforming BTC…

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Why Binance May Be Crucial for Tron (Trx) to Reach $1

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TRON (TRX) has been one of the most popular crypto projects in the past year. The coin has received a lot of attention from the entire crypto community, and although the impressions may differ —  the fact is that TRX is one of the most talked-about coins, even today.

However, while the project managed to achieve a lot in less than a year — launch its MainNet, start multiple massive projects, launch dozens of dApps, hundreds of smart contracts, its own DEX, new token, and more — its price remains quite low. Undoubtedly, one of the reasons for this is its massive supply. TRX circulating supply is over 66 billion coins, while the total supply is over 99 billion.

Even so, the coin is believed to be massively undervalued, with its current price sitting at $0.028129, according to TradingView. This price, together with a market cap of $1.88 billion, pushed the coin out of the list of top 10 largest cryptocurrencies, and it currently sits at 11th spot. But, many believe that this is not a permanent position for TRON. In fact, its community believes that it is only a matter of time before TRON rises through the ranks, and its price hits $1. And, the way for the coin to achieve this is believed to be through Binance.

TRON and Binance

Binance is one of the world’s…

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Why Tron (TRX) Price Won’t Remain Low for Long

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TRON (TRX) has been one of the most popular cryptocurrencies in recent years. The project has achieved a tremendous amount of success in less than a year, and while the first birthday of its MainNet is approaching, TRON certainly continues to impress to this day.

With that said, its price is still noticeably low, and many would agree that the project is heavily undervalued. The low price even allowed other projects to push it out of the top 10 list, with TRX currently being the 11th largest cryptocurrency by market cap. However, it is likely that TRON will not remain undervalued forever, and that its price might soon see a surge that its entire community has been waiting for, for a long time now.

Why TRX might see growth soon

As many undoubtedly know, TRON is a lot more than just a cryptocurrency. It has developed a massive ecosystem, which offers a development platform for coins, smart contracts, and dApps. It also acquired BitTorrent last year for its Project Atlas, which will allow torrent users to earn crypto through participation in content sharing.

For this purpose, it also launched BitTorrent (BTT) token, which saw its launch on January 28, 2019 on Binance Launchpad. This was dubbed the most successful ICO in history at the time, although several coins launched since then have broken its record.

In addition,…

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