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Move Over Ripple and XRP, Litecoin (LTC) Is Getting Into Banking

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When you mention banking and blockchain technology, the first crypto any crypto-enthusiast thinks is the digital asset of XRP and the Ripple company. (We have actually come to conclude that XRP and Ripple are entirely two different entities.) Another project and digital asset that might come to mind when you mention banking and blockchain technology is Stellar (XLM). The Stellar foundation is geared towards connecting banks, payment systems, and people.

But there is a new cowboy in town by the name of Litecoin (LTC). The Litecoin foundation, through a strategic partnership with TokenPay, has acquired a 9.9% stake in Germany’s WEG Bank. This means we can now put aside the disappointment of Litepay for LTC has found its way into banking.

Through an official announcement, the Litecoin foundation agreed to provide its world-class technology and marketing expertise to TokenPay and several blockchain initiatives that include:

  • TPAY Cryptocurrency
  • eFin Decentralized Exchange (DEX)
  • TokenSuisse Asset Management
  • WEG Bank FinTech Platform
  • Multisignature Transaction Engine

Initially, TokenPay had acquired the 9.9% stake in the Bank. But now, it has been further transacted to the Litecoin Foundation to further expand the outreach of TokenPay through the above-mentioned initiatives.

Charlie Lee, the founder of Litecoin is quoted as saying:

“This partnership is a huge win-win for both Litecoin and TokenPay. I’m looking forward to integrating Litecoin with the WEG Bank AG and all the various services it has to offer, to make it simple for anyone to buy and use Litecoin. I’m also excited about Litecoin’s support in TokenPay’s eFin decentralized exchange.”

This ‘transfer’ of TokenPay’s 9.9% stake in the bank to the Litecoin Foundation is a progressive move in a sense that WEG Bank is part of the institutional investors the crypto-markets are trying to attract. The Litecoin Foundation has shown business acumen by going after an institutional firm and acquiring a stake rather than the other way round.

Prof. Dr. Jorg E. Wilhelm, Head of Supervisory Board of TokenPay Swiss AG added that:

“We are elated to be in the process of acquiring a large stake in a successful business bank based in Germany such as WEG. Our ecosystem consisting of the TPAY blockchain, WEG Bank, TokenSuisse and Litecoin Foundation provides us with a tremendous opportunity regarding merchant solutions, along with a strong and diverse customer base for our crypto debit card business. The tangible reality of bridging the gap between the old and new world is electrifying.”

It is with these two plans of merchant solutions and debit cards that both TokenPay and Litecoin (LTC) will prosper in the coming months. We also need not forget that Verge (XVG) and TokenPay are bosom buddies. Therefore, this new Litecoin and WEB Bank announcement also benefits the Verge Community!

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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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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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