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On the Path to Recovery: Stellar Lumens (XLM)

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The Cryptocurrency market is arguably one of the most volatile unpredictable trading markets in the world. The number of cryptocurrency tokens has exploded over the last 2 years, which in turn has expanded the total market value of the crypto-market beyond anybody’s expectations. However, there is still a high degree of speculation in this market, which is still comparatively in its fledgling stage. Many tokens have experienced manic highs followed by rapid falls in price over short periods of time. One such crypto project is Stellar Lumens, which had dropped considerably after experiencing an all-time high, but is slowly on the path to recovery as of late. At the time of writing (27/04/2018), Stellar is placed 7th in terms of market cap, which currently amounts to $7,655,606,791 USD, while Stellar tokens are priced at $0.412240 USD.

A Brief History of Stellar

Both Stellar tokens and the Stellar network are a product of the Stellar Development Foundation, led by famed eDonkey creator Jed McCaleb. It was originally introduced as an open-source protocol based on Ripple. However, the Stellar Foundation tweaked the existing protocol and added a new code-based consensus algorithm in November 2015. Since then, the Stellar network has experienced pronounced success in terms of partnerships, striking deals with industry powerhouses such as IBM and KlickEx.

The Stellar Network has had a bittersweet experience since it was launched, experiencing massive spikes, as well as manic drops. For instance, Stellar’s value decreased from a high of $0.003387 USD on August 05 2014, to $0.002760 on August 05 2015 and then to $0.001956 on August 05 2016. However, 2017 seemed to be the year when Stellar’s price started to recover, reaching a high of $0.26538 on August 05th 2017. In spite of experiencing short periods of price slumps, Stellar’s value has been mostly on the rise, with the recent events only bolstering its value further up.

Current Market Scenario:

As of 27/04/2018, Stellar has become one of the favorable assets exhibiting some degree of an hourly volatility. Stellar Tokens are also on the path to recovery, jumping from about $0.36 to $0.42. Much of Stellar’s recent success came as a result of an announcement regarding its association with the Mobile Coin ICO.  The Mobile Coin ICO raised $30 Million on the Stellar Network, and investors have noted the higher degree of security offered by the Stellar team.

This is however not the first time the Stellar network has been making news for an ICO. The KIN Foundation announced some time back, that it plans to migrate to the Stellar Network for improved scalability, which in turn positively affected its price.

Mobile Coin, which is already backed by some of the industry’s big players such as Binance, aims at providing users with a token that allows integration with mobile messaging platforms like Whatsapp. The positive market sentiment around the project is mainly around its potential to introduce cryptocurrencies to the general populous, enabling it to reach billions of users worldwide. The potential for large-scale adoption would, in turn, raise the Stellar network’s profile and as a result, add more value to the project.

The news of the success of Mobile Coin ICO would certainly push Stellar at the forefront of superior blockchain projects in the world, giving stiff competition to other similar projects on the blockchain. Additionally, the fact that Stellar is endorsed by IBM for low-cost cross-border transactions shows the reputation and credibility of the Stellar Network.

Final Thoughts

Among all the platform based blockchain projects, Stellar has to be the one with the most potential to be successful. There is no denying that the Stellar network provides faster transaction speeds as well as improved scalability compared to other platforms like Ethereum and Ripple. This latest piece of news is expected to impact Stellar’s value positively, with the tokens expected to be pumped for a short-term following the confirmation of the deal. Thus the future prospects of Stellar look very encouraging and well on the way to dislodge Ethereum and Ripple’s monopolistic positions. As more and more partnerships are completed, Stellar’s value will only increase and is expected to reclaim the 5th ranking in terms of market capitalization.

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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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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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