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Swiss-based cryptocurrency exchange, Shapeshift, is putting itself in a position to capture market share in a specific niche of the new concept of international currency. Cryptocurrency is backed by notable advancements in payment technology but still lacks the endorsement of a credible entity such as a large corporation or government.

Nonetheless, the company has leaped a long way in the last couple years as it has secured nearly $12 million in its last 3 funding rounds. Nine unnamed investors contributed an astonishing $10.4 million in its most recent Series A funding round back in March of 2017. The company never disclosed its current valuation at the time.

KeepKey Acquisition

In August of 2017, the Seattle based hardware wallet provider was acquired by Swiss-based cryptocurrency exchange, KeepKey, in an all-cash deal estimated by analysts to be worth north of $1 million. As previously mentioned, KeepKey is a piece of hardware used for storing a multitude of cryptocurrencies from Bitcoin to Dogecoin.

The fact that KeepKey is now compatible with Shapeshift means that traders will be able to utilize a trading platform that can export coins to hardware wallets, remaining as the greatest benefit in the acquisition. The acquisition came at an imperative time; right before Bitcoin soared above $19,000. Furthermore, the company was a prime target for acquisition while Shapeshift’s desperate need for security persisted after the 2016 hack that resulted in the theft of $200,000. Other than security, the infamous exchange knew that its next step needs to be attacking its fee schedule.

Bitfract Acquisition

A little over a week ago, Shapeshift AG bought the tool Bitfract, known for its ability to swap currencies in seconds without charging erroneous fees. In just seconds, investors can swap their ‘no name’ coins worth pennies for Bitcoin, or vise versa. Fees on the Shapeshift exchange are said to begin to decrease dramatically as the company looks to provide more efficient solutions to its customers in a competitive landscape for self-made crypto brokers.

The sentiment around the exchange may vary depending on who you ask, as the exchange sits under fire from the world in aiding the process of money laundering. In the process, Shapeshift has created the single fastest digital asset exchange in the world.

Final Thoughts on Shapeshift

The old saying definitely sees fit: “If you can’t beat them, join [buy] them!”. Without these two additions, it would have been hard to predict that Shapeshift would have survived. Right now the company sits atop its latest $10 million funding round, deciding which direction it should move next. If the startup has any aspirations in becoming a top-notch exchange, it should begin by trying to win over the appeal of governments other than Switzerland.

There’s a case to be made that the advantage over using the newly revamped Shapeshift is that once a cryptocurrency is converted to Monero, it’s impossible to crack down on money laundering. If Shapeshift’s leader and CEO, Erik Voorhees wants to scale his technology, then he may want to go against the company’s core values by initiating ‘know your customer’ protocols.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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