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Reasons Why NEO Could Be The Strongest Cryptocurrency Of 2018

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In the current situation of the market where the bull is running loose, a lot of people are getting attracted to cryptocurrencies. They are looking to invest more in coins which are ranked under the top 10 on CoinMarketCap. Big institutional firms and companies are benefitting from the market’s uphill trend due to their early investments. In these circumstances, many traders and investors have their eyes set on NEO. Its ecosystem is currently expanding and it’s been predicted to reach a new peak if the bullish trend continues. In this article, we shall discuss more NEO, its technology and features to ascertain whether you should HODL or not.

About ‘Onchain’- The Company behind NEO

OnChain is the company established by NEO’s founders Da HongFei and Erik Zhang in 2014. The reason why we must understand OnChain is that NEO’s functionality cannot be explained without understanding OnChain. Although, both companies are different but have similar interests that resulted in a partnership between the two. OnChain’s system is known as Decentralised Network Architecture or simply, D.N.A. the company aims to work with Chinese government and businesses that would act as major NEO adoption. OnChain develops public as well as private blockchain suitable for businesses and these blockchains link up to NEO to join decentralized economy. OnChain recently developed the ICO Ontology. The experience of OnChain and its motive to bring blockchain to business is a huge component of NEO’s potential.

Unique Features of NEO:

NEO is a second generation blockchain platform which has been every investor’s attention for the past two years and dubbed as ‘Chinese Ethereum’ but there’s much to know about the features of NEO formerly known as ‘Antshares’. When it was launched in 2016, the project focussed on digital assets and it couldn’t make its presence for the first 9 months. But after a major announcement of working together with the Chinese government and its rebranding to ‘NEO’ this project made everyone’s head turn.

Some of its notable features are as follows:

  • NEO’s Flexible Development Environment

NEO’s platforms support various programming languages which include Java, VN.Net, F#, Kotlin, C#, and Python. It also plans to add support for C, C++, Javascript, and Golang in future. This makes NEO a developer-friendly platform. NEO also provides developers with compilers and plug-ins for the languages it supports. These compilers can compile high-level languages into a set of instructions supported by NEO virtual machines hence, making the platform more accessible and flexible for all kinds of developers.

  • Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance Algorithm

All blockchain platforms rely on consensus to prove the validity of each transaction. Some follow Proof-of-Work methods while others apply another method called ‘Proof-of-Stake’. The main difference between the two methods is that the latter requires less energy than the former and it’s more eco-friendly. But NEO uses a different consensus method which is called ‘Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance’ or dBFT. The major advantage of this method is that it prevents the system from splitting and doesn’t allow forks. Which means there’s no chance of NEO’s platform ever being dragged into a controversial and unstable fork.

  • Notable Transaction Speed

Both crypto giants, Bitcoin and Ethereum have an extremely low transaction speed which is expensive too. But NEO can handle up to 10,000 transactions per second. The NEO platform was designed in such a way that it can handle mainstream apps and its better equipped for future.

  • Quantum Secure

We say NEO is ready for the future of technology because it has a quantum computer proof feature that makes it secure from future of quantum computers. As technology advances, quantum computers are close to being operational and means that nearly all cryptocurrency will be vulnerable because a quantum computer is able to break the cryptography easily. Hence, many blockchain platforms are trying to become quantum resilient. But NEO already has quantum resistant cryptography.

  • Suitable Platform for ICOs

NEO is constantly advancing as a suitable platform for ICOs by allowing projects to launch their tokens on its platform. Just as Ethereum has ERC-20, NEO’s platform has an equivalent token standard called NEP-5. Some projects are choosing NEO for its functionalities and ease and there are lot more ICOs to be up and running during 2018 due to the NEX ICO smart contract template.

All about NEO Trading:

NEO is well positioned on all big-shot cryptocurrency exchanges. It can be purchased from the following exchanges:

  • Bitfinex
  • BigONE
  • Binance
  • Qryptos
  • Huobi
  • HitBTC
  • KuCoin
  • Lbank
  • Coinnest

And many more. However, it’s not currently possible to buy NEO directly with U.S dollars. Investors who want to trade NEO must buy Bitcoin/Ethereum from an exchange that deals in U.S dollars such as Coinbase, GDAX, and Changelly. Then a trader can easily buy NEO from any of the exchanges mentioned above.

  • Current Market position

At the time of writing, NEO was ranked as 10th best cryptocurrency with a positive indication of 6.94% which guarantees that the price point $69.49 will rise even more. It has a total market cap of $4.5 Billion and within the last 24-hrs around $127 Million NEO has exchanged hands. Luckily, there are no radical changes in the crypto market and despite the recent market trend; NEO is set to rise above $75 in no time.

Conclusion

Bitcoin has finally made a comeback from its lowest price point in Q1 and is currently placed above $8100. But there’s no telling whether bulls will remain in command. Although there are huge capabilities in NEO’s project and OnChain is set to reach milestones in the near future, cryptocurrency markets are still volatile and forever unstable. Considering the present state of cryptocurrencies all over the world, we can conclude that NEO is worth HODLing this year.

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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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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
  • Exchange manipulation
  • 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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