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Can Precious Metals Save Crypto?

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It has been over two weeks since the second large crypto market crash of 2018, and many believe that the bubble we all know as Bitcoin has finally burst. This is the year when BTC has hit its highest value ever, only to gradually drop back down.

While the entire year was progressively bearish, Bitcoin has successfully held its ground at the price of $6,400 for months. However, in mid-November, this changed, and the coin continued to sink. As a result, the same year that gave it the value of $20,000 per coin also brought it down to $3,700. Those who invested in it when it was at its all-time high have lost over 80% of their investment within 11 months.

The drop is not only limited to Bitcoin, however, but to all top currencies, such as Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, XRP, and countless others. However, while many believe that these cryptos are going down, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they will all disappear. It is possible that some of them will manage to survive. Even if they don’t digital currencies are hardly going away for good.

Cryptocurrencies are here to stay

Their utility is a real thing, recognized around the world. Blockchain in crypto came in a pair, and will likely remain together, especially since they provide people with online transactions outside of banking system. This is not only practical for black market merchants anymore, and numerous businesses are already considering this as an alternative to traditional payment systems.

For some of them, this is not only a choice but a necessity as well. Banks often tend to deny services to some of their customers, as do credit cards. Sometimes, the reason is nothing more than their political views. One example of this is what happened to an alternative social networking website called Gab. Gab is known for allowing its members to express controversial views on various topics, which is something that did not sit well with banks. As a result, its founder stated that Gab will be turning to BitPay and Bitcoin.

As this continues, more and more such cases are expected to appear, which is why alternative payment systems have grown to become a necessity. However, major Bitcoin exchanges, like Coinbase, for example, are also becoming very politically correct. So much so, in fact, that they have also started blacklisting those who they don’t like.

In addition, they are collecting their customers’ personal data and giving it to the IRS. In the end, Bitcoin users can only guarantee their privacy by never actually using their coins for anything. This is only one of the problems connected to Bitcoin. It is also very slow when it comes to confirming transactions, it consumes a lot of energy, and there is a constant risk of loss if investors lose their private key. Not to mention outside threats, such as fraud, hack, government crackdown, and alike.

However, the biggest problem with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, by far, is their volatility. Since they don’t have any asset backing them, it is nearly impossible for these coins to have a stable, constant price. This is one problem that can be solved by bringing real assets on the blockchain.

Backing crypto with gold?

One idea that might solve this issues revolves around using precious metals to back cryptocurrencies, just as they were used for backing fiat money some time ago. While there are numerous challenges — legal and technical — as well as a constant threat of scammers, there are many who support this solution.

These are optimists who believe that we are approaching the time when precious metals such as gold can be used on the blockchain for buying things such as shares of stock, real estate, and more, without ever having to us fiat money. This would mark the return of demand for gold and other precious metals, and the entire idea is a bullish view on the future of crypto and blockchain.

However, there is a bearish view as well. Numerous banks around the world are researching the crypto space, with some of them already making plans on launching their own coins. Doing so could potentially satisfy public policy goals, provide customers with protection and security, and even provide privacy in payments, which is something that the private sector failed to do.

While their claim would be that they only have security, privacy, and protection of their customers in mind, they would effectively eliminate competition to fiat currencies, and move to an all-digital economy at the same time. While Federal Reserve officials continue to deny that they are planning to issue their own coin, they still looked into the possibility.

The crypto space is evolving rapidly, and predicting the next turn is impossible. This includes the potential direction that crypto will take, as well as the intentions and potential interventions from the governments, banks, and alike. While precious metals may come into play once again, even this is still only a speculation, with no certainty about anything at this time. One thing is certain, and that is that a big change of a financial sector is happening right now, and it will take a few years for things to stabilize again. During those years, pretty much anything is possible.

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Top 3 Crypto Trends That Might Go Big in Q2 2019

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So far 2019 has brought a significant change to the crypto industry. Q1 of this year has seen the rise of the idea of IEOs, the crypto space has finally managed to shake off the bears, and numerous coins throughout the industry have seen their prices grow once again.

The latest rally happened only several weeks ago, and it allowed Bitcoin to surge up by $1,000. Most other coins followed in their own way, but the investors are now wondering what to expect out of Q2? The Q1 started off badly, but it ended up being extremely successful. The chances are that history might repeat itself in the second quarter, as there are some key trends that might point the way for the further development of the crypto market.

1. The rise of IEOs

Back in 2017 and early 2018, ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) were everything that the crypto space was talking about. Their popularity allowed startups to raise billions upon billions of dollars. Soon enough, however, that ended in a pretty bad way. STOs (Security Token Offerings) emerged as an alternative that does not depend on trust, follows regulations, and it actually holds value. However, asset tokenization might still be in its early stages, and this is something that might come back at some point in the future.

In 2019, however, IEOs (Initial Exchange Offerings) started attracting the…

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The Crypto Space Once Again Divided Over Bitcoin SV

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The crypto community is a strong one, one that managed to bring digital currencies from nothing to an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars. However, while its strength in this regard is undeniable, the crypto community can be just as fragile given the appropriate conditions. With that in mind, the conditions seem to have been set for a new divide, although the cause is once again the same — Dr. Craig Wright and his Bitcoin SV (BSV).

Craig Wright vs. the (crypto) world

Dr. Craig Wright, the chief scientist at nChain, and the creator of Bitcoin SV. has been a well-known and very controversial figure in the crypto industry. Wright was suspected of being Bitcoin’s creator several years ago, which is possible because no one knows who is behind the name ‘Satoshi Nakamoto.’

Wright was believed to be him, and one theory claimed that he and his friend were responsible for giving life to BTC. However, the theory quickly died out, but not before Wright seemingly liked the idea of assuming the mantle of Nakamoto. He himself started claiming to be Bitcoin’s mysterious creator ever since.

Of course, he managed to gather up some followers, but the majority of the crypto community — while confused — did not believe him. Luckily, there is no need for trust, and Wright should easily be able to prove that he…

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Are XRP and Ripple Going to Be Worth Anything by the End of 2019?

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One surprise recently was when XRP took over Ethereum’s long-held second place in the Market Cap leaderboards. It quickly went back to its traditional and respectable third place behind Ethereum, but it could be a sign of things to come.

XRP has a lot of clout in the market because of the platform it is based on, which is Ripple. A coin that is used for a very specific purpose and with a long term goal in mind is always going to fare better than others. Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and others have come about because of disagreements in Bitcoin. Therefore they offer nothing except an alternative to Bitcoin as a pure cryptocurrency, while Ripple (and XRP along with it) has something tangible behind it.

Big Banks Back Ripple

Ripple was created in 2012 for a specific reason. It aimed to become a faster and more efficient method to transfer value between banks and countries. This value can be almost anything from currencies to other instruments. While initially, banks were cautious about investing in the company, recently they have been lining up. The crypto winter has helped with innovation int he industry and Ripple has benefitted immensely for it.

The various payment solutions based on Ripple such as xRapid and xCurrent are seeing a large uptake, and this is having an amazing effect on XRP as a whole.…

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