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Cryptos to watch from now until 2020: XRP, Stellar, Cardano, DigiByte, Stratis

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If you like to keep updated with cryptocurrency news, you already know that everything everybody has been writing about for the past seven months is the current bearish market. It’s slow, most coins are losing value, and there is no end in sight. But is a long bearish run such a bad thing?

I don’t think so. If you’re going to make any money out of cryptocurrencies (assuming you’re not mining any or own a bank) it will be by buying low and selling high, and nothing brings prices lower than bearish markets.

In short: the current market affords us all the opportunity to buy as many cheap tokens as possible, and hold them until the next bull comes. This takes a bit of research, discipline, and patience but if you have those qualities, you’ll find a way to make today’s market work for you, say, a year from now. I show you five coins that could be the way to go.

Stratis

The Stratis blockchain project and its token (STRAT) have a very low profile within the cryptosphere, yet, it’s a coin with immense potential and fantastic room to grow. It’s currently trading at 1.65 USD, but not too long ago it reached heights of 20.89 USD. The project’s and asset’s lack of fame make it an especially good opportunity because you can find a treasure that nobody else is looking for.

It’s a robust project that aims to make blockchain adoption as painless as possible for both developers and partners, and it’s currently working on making its blockchain available in mobile devices. Bitcoin has shown us many times over that fame does not equate performance, so don’t make the mistake of ignoring Stratis just because it’s not in the news all the time.

Ripple’s XRP

It was the best coin last year, and this year, it’s cheap (around 0.35 USD now after the latest bear run). Ripple is probably the most finely focused blockchain project in the world, and it’s recruited a lot of big players in the global financial industry to go along with it. And now, it’s also a consumer currency that can be used by retail users. When the market leaves behind its current depression, XRP will be one of the coins that will lead the charge.

Stellar Lumens’ XLM

Backed by IBM, Stellar has been gathering a vast amount of new partners that will make XLM a currency that is useful for all kinds of institutions and persons. It was the only token that grew in price during last month, but it’s still very cheap right now (20 cents at the time of press). Stellar is Ripple’s direct competitor, which is hardly surprising as both projects were founded by Jed McCaleb. It’s promising, it’s growing, it has real-life value, and it’s undervalued. It’s an excellent opportunity.

Cardano’s ADA

Cardano is one of the world’s respected blockchains, and ADA is one of the best performing tokens because of the reputation they have achieved through an adamant commitment to scientific principles and peer-reviewed research. In this project, the emphasis is on reliability and innovation.

Nothing is ever rushed, and any Cardano technology is deployed only when it works perfectly. It’s been involved in zero scandals. And it’s also cheap. The main reason to trust Cardano and ADA is, quite simply, that they will certainly won’t slip, whatever comes.

DigiByte

You’ve probably not read a lot about DigiByte. Well, let’s start from the beginning: it costs less than three cents right now which gives you the chance to buy a lot of tokens with very little money, that in itself, is worth considering. It’s been a very innovative project, if low-profile, and it presents its technology as faster, more secure, than any other.

It’s been around for four years already, and it’s managed not just to survive but to be a stable presence and value in the cryptosphere. Like in the Stratis case, the lack of bells and whistles shouldn’t deter anybody from considering this asset seriously.

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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.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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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.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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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.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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