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How Does it Work: Stablecoin Dai and Ethereum’s Maker DAO

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The volatility of cryptocurrencies has been one of the crypto trend’s largest problems, and it is still nowhere near being solved for the vast majority of them. However, as an attempt to combat this issue, researchers came up with a concept of stablecoins — cryptocurrencies that would be backed with real-world assets (fiat currencies, gold, etc.), or by other means, such as control of circulating supply or being backed by other coins.

However, most stablecoins were considered to be shady, and not real cryptocurrencies, as methods of controlling their prices often had a certain level of centralization accompanying them. This changed when the crypto winter struck, and investors needed an alternative that would protect them from dropping prices.

Tether (USDT) emerged as the most popular stablecoin, which is a title that it still holds to this day. However, Tether has had a number of controversies which caused many to lose trust in it and turn to alternatives to this alternative.

This is where Ethereum’s Maker DAO and a stablecoin Dai come in.

Maker and Dai

Dai is a popular stablecoin, backed by ETH coins which are locked within a smart contract. It is currently ranked as 59th largest cryptocurrency by market cap, but even so, it has been a topic of many discussions lately,

Dai coins are created within a network known as Maker DAO, which is a decentralized autonomous organization within the Ethereum ecosystem. Maker has become well-known for its ability to create dais, cryptocurrency-backed stablecoins. It uses the SCD (Single-Collateral Dai) system to allow pretty much anyone to store their ETH coins and create a stablecoin with a value of $1 per coin.

The system has become quite popular since the start of the crypto winter, and some estimates claim that around 1% of Ethereum’s entire circulating supply is currently locked up within the Maker system. The Maker and Dai share pretty much the same community, one that has been quite small, but it is slowly expanding.

What makes Dai different than other stablecoins?

As mentioned, there are several types of stablecoins, most of which are considered ‘traditional’ stablecoins, as they are backed by fiat currencies, such as the USD. Tether is one of them, but so is USD Coin (USDC), as well as Gemini Dollar (GUSD). These are coins created and backed by companies, such as Tether and Gemini, which keeps them centralized, which does not lie well with crypto purists.

Dai, on the other hand, is backed by another cryptocurrency — Ethereum. It has no central authority, and it only has its price thanks to the fact that Ethereum itself has value. In other words, ETH acts as collateral for DAI. The system that allows the creation of Dai also uses a method called overcollateralization (OC) to reduce risks and ensure that Dai will keep its value, even if Ethereum’s price drops. This requires the ratio of ETH collateral necessary to acquire Dai to be fixed at 1.5:1 all the time.

Maker and Dai face criticism

While this system seems to be working, as Dai is still quite popular for such a low-ranked coin (its daily trading volume is at $30.5 million), there are many who criticize it, claiming that the project will fail. They often compare it to the first DAO that Ethereum network had, which lost $50 million in mid-2016.

This happened because some users exploited the DAO’s code, which allowed them to take a large portion of its funds. Others claim that OC is a scheme and that neither the system nor the stablecoin should be trusted. Skeptics also believe that the regulators will crack down on Dai sooner or later and that this project will fail as well.

However, while there are clearly some concerns, the Maker Dao system continues to create new Dai tokens in exchange for the appropriate amount of ETH, and the system appears to be working. The project even hopes to expand the list of possible collaterals in the future, going beyond Ethereum itself.

Not only that, but there was also speculation that other cryptocurrencies might try to create their own version of Maker and Dai, such as Bitcoin Cash. However, this is all still nothing more than speculation, although it might be worth noting that this could be one potential path crypto might travel in the future in hopes of reaching stability.

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Encrypgen’s New HODLING Incentive Program May Send DNA Token Soaring

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Cryptocurrency traders have enjoyed a Bitcoin moon shot during the past few months.  Those gains have created a much more enjoyable environment for crypto bulls.  Whether it’s a temporary or permanent increase remains to be seen but hitting the 10,000 level has put everyone in a better mood.  Unfortunately, altcoins have not had experienced the same type of gains and are lagging significantly behind Bitcoin.

I’ve written articles in the past year that there is at least a decent chance that many altcoins won’t survive the current environment.  The ones that do will do so because they created a platform that has real world usage.  After spending countless hours researching many of the existing altcoins, I’ve yet to see a company that is more promising than Encrypgen (DNA).

Encrypgen Background Information

Encrypgen is a genomic blockchain network that provides customers and partners with best-in-class, next generation, blockchain security for protecting, sharing and re-marketing genomic data. This creates a fair marketplace for a person’s DNA that can be stored privately and sold (if a person wishes to do that). A person’s DNA can also be shared privately and securely with their physician for their personalized care.

Typically, people can send their DNA off to a lab to find out who they are and where they come from. As fun as that might sound, there is a significant security problem…

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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.

In the past few…

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TRON (TRX) Is Likely to Go Big in June

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We are now halfway through 2019, and the situation in the crypto space is better than ever in the past year. Numerous cryptos are seeing large gains, often cut by brief periods of stagnation or small corrections, but the overall sentiment is obviously bullish.

Bitcoin sits way above the $8k mark, and while it struggles to go beyond $8,700, it is still trying to grow. Investors and analysts are quite bullish regarding the foreseeable future, and a lot of altcoins are expected to follow BTC in this regard. However, today, we would like to talk about one particular altcoin — TRON (TRX) — as well as why it is likely to go big in June.

TRON’s progress so far

As many people in and out of TRON community know, TRX is not a project that often sits still. It is rich with announcements, particularly when it comes to his CEO, Justin Sun, whose enthusiastic tweets often seem like hype building to many.

However, TRON made some massive progress in 2018, which was the worst year cryptocurrencies have ever seen. This is not something that can be achieved through hype alone, and the project needs to have true quality and value in order to see such massive development in the middle of the longest and harshest crypto winter in…

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