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This Is Why Monero (XMR) Is Going To Keep Running

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At the start of this year, Monero (XMR) went for around five dollars apiece. Fast-forward 12 months and the coin currently trades for $277, having dipped from highs recorded midweek just shy of the $300 mark. Much of today’s mainstream media coverage of the space is rooted in the incredible rise in price we’ve seen in bitcoin and, to a lesser degree, Litecoin and Ethereum.

As Monero’s 6,000% 12-month appreciation illustrates, however, these mainstream coins aren’t the only ones that have produced supranormal returns for early investors.

So what’s behind the action in this relatively under the radar token and what can we expect next?

Let’s try and answer those questions.

For anybody new to Monero, the coin is very similar in concept to something like bitcoin or Litecoin but, at the same time, it’s designed in such a way so as to promote a considerable degree of security and anonymity. It’s based on a protocol called CryptoNote which essentially ensures its untraceability, whoever is spending it or receiving it and – at the same time – whoever is trying to follow the coins from one place to another.

There are a couple of reasons why this one is gaining strength right now.

First, it has garnered a very large community of followers, both in terms of your everyday cryptocurrency population and, in addition, some of the biggest names in both this sector and the mainstream security space.

Monero Chart

Monero Chart

One of these individuals that’s noteworthy is John McAfee, cybersecurity entrepreneur and current CEO of publicly traded MGT Capital Investments Inc. (OTCMKTS: MGTI). McAfee went on record as stating that Monero has the potential to challenge bitcoin as a leading cryptocurrency and, while this seems like an outlandish statement right now, McAfee has proved many wrong in the space already and it would be foolish to write him off, whatever he’s predicting.

So, outside of a McAfee validation, we are also seeing some mainstream commercial interest in Monero and this is, once again, serving to buoy sentiment towards the token.

Specifically, and as per the most recent development for the company and its coin, news hit press this week that more than 40 top recording artists, including Slayer, Weezer, G-Eazy, Sia and Fallout Boy (among others) are now offering their records in return for Monero as a payment method. Notably, Mariah Carey (who is especially big at this time of year) is offering a 15% discount on her website to anybody that pays with Monero.

The arrangement came together as part of what is being referred to as Project Coral Reef and is really one of the first times we’ve seen a large-scale adoption of this type of technology in the music industry; we’ve seen single artists do a similar sort of thing but there are no examples of more than 40 artists coming together, and especially of this caliber, to accept one particular coin.

So what’s next?

Security and anonymity is very high on people’s lists of priorities right now and is becoming increasingly so in the wake of things like the Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) data breach earlier this year.

Coins like Monero offer a simple solution to these concerns and, right now, it’s the coin that is at the top of the list from a privacy perspective.

For us, this suggests that there is still a long way to go in terms of upside potential as the company and its coin grow to satiate the ever-increasing market and consumer demand for exactly the product it’s offering.

Keep in mind that we may see a near term correction (a little deeper than the one that just took place) but, in line with this, any correction could be an opportunity to pick up some cheap coins.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor.  But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.

Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace.  The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information.  Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed.  Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve,…

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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New Tendencies of Bitcoin Gambling

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Gambling has always been an integral part of human nature. Nothing is sweeter than the money you win, and that’s why wagering games have always captivated people throughout history. Last couple of decades saw the gamblers switch increasingly towards virtual gaming, instead of physically being inside a casino. The popularization of online casinos led to the integration of Bitcoin Gambling into the systems and today a very large share of the casino industry is based on the virtual currency.

Reasons behind the transition

The tendency to switch from classic casino environment was dictated by the fact of mobility and accessibility. But the new age has brought us cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that revolutionized the gambling business. From now on, the gamblers of the world don’t have to rely on traditional banking transactions to be able to enjoy themselves online. A simple crypto-wallet and ownership of virtual currency is enough to engage in Bitcoin Gambling.

Bitcoin Gambling and Blockchain Technology

The big reason for the heavy shift towards Bitcoin Gambling is the fact that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are based on the blockchain technology. This means that the process is decentralized, resulting in a much faster speed of transactions, when it comes to depositing or withdrawal of funds in or from the casino accounts. It also makes gambling incredibly secure,…

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