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New York Regulators Say Yes: itBit First to Add Stellar Lumens (XLM)

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While Stellar Lumens (XLM) is making progress in the terms of further development with the newly presented Mobile Phone Network YOVO, we can see it going up in the market today by 2.68% against the dollar, showing progress in form of a rising price as well.

Alongside with progressing in the market and presenting new developments, Stellar seems to be active in the field of listings as well, as it was announced that XLM is to be added on a new exchange on June 14th, as well as having a revolutionary listing on a fiat-crypto financial service in New York, itBit.

New York Regulators Epilogue: itBit to add Stellar Lumens

In the last couple of days, New York Department of Financial Services has given the green light to several currencies, including Stellar, making it legal for the currencies to be traded and operated within the state of New York.

Alongside with approving Stellar Lumens, the Financial Department of New York has additionally approved several more digital assets, including Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin, while also approving Stellar Lumens only a day ago on June 14th.

By approving the mentioned currencies, the New York’s Financial Department deemed these digital assets to be approved and added by the interested banking and financial institutions that are dealing with providing requiring services.

One of the first interested banking service providers of such kind was itBit, which is a New York-based exchange, representing a branch of Paxos Trust Company, which is a massive chain of banking service providers that deal with digital asset accounts.

Just as Russia managed to meet the need for cryptos half-way by allowing cryptos to be spent when an where applicable and only in case the used digital assets are trusted and safe, that is how the state of New York and their Financial Department have approved ETH, XLM, LTC, and BCH for being added to financial services in New York, which means that it is determined that operating with the approved coins is safe.

That means that blockchain startups and blockchain and digital asset users will now be able to open an account with Paxos Trust Company’s branch itBit, having their digital assets safely managed from their official accounts.

The regulations brought by the New York’s Financial Department can be marked as revolutionary or at least near-revolutionary as Stellar alongside with its peers from the top list just got the green light from the State of New York, allowing cryptos to come even closer to mass adoption and the mainstream waters of the financial circles in New York State.

The co-founder and CEO of Paxos’ child branch itBit stated that they were able to add Stellar to their list of services because XLM was not marked as a security, which means that since it doesn’t represent an asset similar to bonds or stocks, XLM was approved by Bit License, without having to go through a long and tiring process which would be initiated by SEC if XLM was deemed as a security.

Before the approval on the behalf of the newly added currencies to the service offerings of itBit, this banking institution was only approved of using Bitcoin and offering crypto services related only to the first coin ever to be created, BTC.

Bit License, which is the official approval and a definite pass for Stellar, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin, was created before this occasion as a way of enabling parties that are interested in crypto accounts and asset management in the state of New York, to make that possible under regulatory basis.

However, Bit License only applied to Bitcoin accounts until June 14th with Stellar being added in this stated with the official approval for the first time.

Stellar Lumens (XLM) Performance

Stellar seems to be doing great today as we can see it going up by 2.86% today while it went over 4% on June 14th when it was also approved by the New York Financial Department and added to itBit.

After the change in the market that took place in the last 24 hours, XLM can now be traded at the price of 0.23$, while still ranked as the 7th-best currency in accordance with its market capitalization of around 4.4 billion dollars.

Getting the green light from the state of New York and passing regulations as a nonsecurity, Stellar might get to see additional gains in the following weeks, on the behalf of being added to itBit.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
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  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

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