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Will NEO Be Amongst The Top 3 Cryptocurrencies Of 2018?

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Cryptocurrency market as a whole had experienced massive ups and downs in the previous year. As a large percentage of Altcoins are dependent on the movement of modern crypto-giants such as Bitcoin, a little volatility in its price and market cap can have a pivotal impact on several Altcoins. Besides, the competition for a decent price and position in the market is getting increasingly tougher and more complicated with the advent of new initial coin offerings (ICOs) that would be eventually tokenized into a legitimate cryptocurrency. Amongst nearly 1800 coins, 1541 coins are currently listed on Coinmarketcap (as per the data on 6th March 2018). Under such circumstances, even a layman in this field would be able to figure out why it is important for a digital coin to offer something unique to its users in order to ensure sustenance and progress.

While most of the coins are suffering due to the capricious nature of this market, some cryptocurrencies are holding their ground with considerable equanimity and showing stability in their prices. NEO, the cryptocurrency developed in China, can certainly belong to the list of such stable digital coins. To many investors, this coin is popularly known as the “Chinese Ethereum” because of its similarity in technology with the blockchain network of Ethereum. Since 6th February of this year, NEO has exhibited a significant upsurge and is currently holding the sixth position on Coinmarketcap. Here, a few aspects of this coin would be discussed that can be the potential reasons behind NEO having a very successful 2018.

NEO Internal Architecture:

Like Ethereum, NEO is a blockchain platform as well as a cryptocurrency that enables Smart Contracts along with the development of digital assets. It was first launched as AntShares in 2014 by Chinese developer Da Hongfei. NEO uses a unique delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance Consensus mechanism and as a result, it can carry out more than 10,000 transactions per second successfully. Another important aspect of NEO’s mechanism is that it can be staked to produce another cryptocurrency that helps to fuel the platform as well as to pay for the deployment of smart contracts and computation within the network. The other cryptocurrency is known as GAS coin.

Reasons Why the Market Trend is in Favour of NEO:

It is nearly impossible to find out the definite reasons behind a coin’s price upsurge as well as the downfall in the cryptocurrency market as the entire mechanism is based on calculative speculation and market sentiment. However, if we could delve into multifarious aspects of a cryptocurrency, some factors can be considered influential in foreseeing a possible future. For NEO, such factors include:

Association with Onchain: Several investors are hopeful about NEO’s future because of its association with Onchain. Although many people mistake Onchain as a derivative of NEO, in reality, it is a completely different entity that helps business organizations across the globe implement blockchain technology into their individual operations. Onchain was developed in order to separate the digital currency from the blockchain development team. Onchain offers a sui generis blockchain solution known as DNA that helps in utilizing the benefits of blockchain technology. The growth of this cryptocurrency is commensurate to the same of Onchain as it offers extra traction along with more interest from clients and business enterprises.

The Presence of Various Assets: Most of the cryptocurrency platforms focus on trading their corresponding digital currencies only. For example, the blockchain platform of Ethereum only focuses on the trading of their default cryptocurrency Ether. NEO, on the other hand, incorporates a significant number of assets on its platform including its own cryptocurrency. This unique feature makes NEO a globally accepted digital system of smart economy. The variety of assets is likely to make a positive impact on NEO’s future.

Improvement in Technology: Despite its similarity with Ethereum Blockchain, the developers of NEO were able to make considerable ameliorations over Ethereum. For example, the smart contracts on Ethereum can only be developed if the user is well versed in Ethereum’s native programming language. On the other hand, smart contracts of NEO can be developed by using familiar languages like Java, C#, JavaScript, Python, etc. This feature makes NEO much more user-friendly and convenient.

Partnerships: In December of 2017, NEO engaged in a partnership with 18 major financial institutions along with cryptocurrencies like Red Pulse, Nex, Qlink, and several others. Such partnerships are likely to provide more exposure to this coin and eventually increase its circulation.

Current Market Scenario and Speculation:

As per the data of 6th March 2018, NEO holds the 6th position on Coinmarketcap with a whopping market capitalization of circa $5.5 billion USD with an individual value of $85 USD.

If NEO continues to follow the upward trend as per the current price chart and be able to hold its ground even when other cryptocurrencies are suffering from drastic losses, 2018 can be a very promising year for this coin. Although it is just the beginning, with the right partnerships and listing on right exchanges, NEO can become one of the prime cryptocurrencies of 2018.

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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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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

The decision to include all forms of internet gambling is a massive hit in the…

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