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NEM (XEM) Back Among The Top Cryptocurrencies Following The Recent Surge And Announcement Of WeChat App




Things seem to be looking up for NEM following the recent surge that placed it in the top ten list of cryptocurrencies based on market cap.

The recent surge in the price of the altcoin is believed to have been influenced by news announcing the development of a WeChat app. The surge in the price initially saw it rise to $0.47 after which it was ranked 10th on December 11. However, the price has continued to go up and the cryptocurrency was valued at around $0.88 by December 19 with a volume of$233,392,000. This pushed the altcoin up by one position, thus placing it at 9th place.

NEM is one of the cryptocurrencies that made an early debut into the world of digital currencies. The altcoin came into the market in 2014 and its XEM coins were freely airdropped as opposed to the current situation where tokens for newer currencies are sold via ICOs. NEM also happens to be one of the cryptocurrencies that focus on security. It system employs a modular design that shields it from hacks and DDOS attacks.

One good example of NEM’s supreme security measures is the use of the “Node Reputation System” to identify suspicious activity. The system leverages machine learning as well as network nodes that are beyond normal behavior to pinpoint a deviation and also to roll out countermeasures for blocking attacks. This kind of focus on security is a key factor towards creating more confidence especially among developers which has, in turn, boosted its popularity.

NEM not only focuses on security but it also transaction speeds. Its system uses features called “supernodes” which boost transaction speeds and also deliver limitless scalability. The technology combines the payment features of blockchain technology with other technology-based infrastructures.

The NEM infrastructure has also opened doors to the creation of new technology such as the Smart Access System which allows developers to create a variety of decentralized applications. This could range from authentication services, document notarization, ICO, andtracking logistics among others.

As for the performance and growth of the cryptocurrency, it has registered a lot of growth since the beginning of the year but it is worth noting that it experienced a lot of volatility during the second half of 2017. Meanwhile, there was some confusion in the cryptocurrency community when the WeChat app was announced. The partnership was on whether the NEM developers were developing an app or whether they were teaming up with WeChat. However, there was clarification which revealed that it was not a partnership but rather an application for the WeChat ecosystem.

The confusion and a sudden drop in the trading volume caused the price of the cryptocurrency to plummet from $0.63 to $0.33 on Sunday.

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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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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes




While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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4 Reasons Why the New Bitcoin Rally Is Unlikely to Stop Now



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After more than a year of declining prices, the crypto market is finally seeing a period of serious recovery — one that has already brought digital currencies to heights not seen in over half a year now.

Only days ago, Bitcoin surged past several major resistance levels and managed to exceed its yearly high of over $8,000. Already, many skeptics are predicting the soon end of the bull run, and the possibility of yet another sharp decline. However, there are signs that suggest otherwise — that this bull run is only getting started, and that it will not end anytime soon.

There are four reasons why this is the case, and they are as follows:

1) Bakkt

There is the long-awaited Bitcoin futures exchange, Bakkt, which recently announced that the July test date for Bitcoin futures is soon to be set. Bakkt’s launch was delayed multiple times already, so the announcement came as quite a surprise. However, it appears that it will happen quite soon, after all.

As soon as its arrival becomes a certainty, Bitcoin will likely skyrocket even further, just like gold did when gold ETF appeared in 2013.

2) Bitcoin completely ignored the hacking of Binance

Binance has been the largest crypto exchange by trading volume for a while now, and as such, many expected that, if anything were to happen to it, Bitcoin…

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The New Rally Has Arrived: Crypto Market Cap Goes up by $24 Billion Within a Day



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The crypto market’s recovery progresses further, and at a rapid pace, at that. Bitcoin has just surpassed the $8,000 mark, which is the first time its price has been that high since July of last year. In addition, the entire crypto market is making billions within hours.

Bitcoin (BTC) sees another serious surge

In the past 24 hours, the total crypto market cap has gone up by around $24 billion. Meanwhile, BTC price has grown by $1,000 within the same period, as the largest coin traded barely above $7,000 on early Monday. At the time of writing, the coin’s price sits at $8.014.31, with a 14% growth in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the BTC market cap has gone up to $141.85 billion, and even the coin’s trading volume surged to over $31 billion.

While many are wondering whether this is a return to the massive heights seen back in 2017 or only a temporary surge which will soon see a correction — no signs of an upcoming decline have been noticed as of yet. In fact, new heights were made and then exceeded multiple times in the past week, with a massive 33% gain during that time. And, with Bitcoin’s dominance at 60%, many are expecting that massive altcoin surges are to be expected as well.

The growth of altcoins can already be seen, as Bitcoin

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