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Stablecoins Rivalry: Which New Coin will Replace Tether (USDT)?

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After the recent Tether (USDT) incident, a lot of investors started paying more attention to stablecoins. However, they were quite popular long before USDT started losing its value, and a lot of new ones were in development for a while now. These days, the stablecoin invasion is in its full swing, with around 57 coins being around — either already in circulation, or about to enter.

While most crypto investors already know this, we should explain that stablecoins are cryptocurrencies that are backed by another asset. This other asset is often a fiat currency, such as the USD. This is done so that their price would always be the same. with each coin being backed by the same amount, which is usually $1. That way, the coin is able to escape volatility, and ensure stability, hence the name.

While there were numerous stablecoins in circulation already, the one that made them known and popular was Tether (USDT). This is a coin issued by the Tether company, which claims that it can back each coin in circulation with 1 USD. However, since the company failed to provide proof that it actually has enough money to do so, the coin lost its credibility, and investors started dumping it.

This has left an empty spot in the space, and numerous stablecoins rushed in to fill the gap left by Tether. Today, we will review some of these coins.

1. Tiberius Coin (TCX)

Tiberius Coin (TCX) is a stablecoin issued by a Switzerland-based Tiberius Group AG. This is a large and known trader of commodities and asset manager, which issued the coin almost two months ago, on October 1st. The coin is rather unique, even for a stablecoin, since it is not backed by a single asset. Instead, the company is using 7 precious metals for backing it up, This includes Gold, tin, aluminum, nickel, platinum, copper, and cobalt.

The company’s CEO, Giuseppe Rapallo, stated that the reason for this is diversification, which is supposed to make coin more attractive, as well as more stable. At the same time, purchasing the coin will be just like investing in said metals, as well as in technologies that depend on them, such as electric cars, robotics, solar power, the AI, and more.

2. USD Coin (USDC)

USD Coin, or USDC, was launched on September 26th, 2018, as a joint effort of the CENTRE open-source consortium and Circle Internet Financial Ltd. As the name suggests, this is a dollar-backed coin, just like Tether. It was made on Ethereum’s network, and it can be traded on numerous exchanges already.

The two companies understand what Tether did wrong, and they aim not to repeat the same mistakes. Considering that stablecoins are something of a bridge between crypto and other assets, they have to be legitimate and trustworthy, with open standards and transparency that will provide investors with security. This is why USDC keeps no secrets regarding their funds, and can confirm that each coin is fully backed by $1.

3. Gemini Dollar (GUSD)

Launched on September 10 this year, Gemini Dollar (GUSD) comes as a new project of the Gemini Trust Company. This is a well-known cryptocurrency exchange and custodian which is run by the Winklevoss twins. The twins stated that they are excited to bring this project to life, especially since it aims to combine stability and trust associated with the USD with technology and power of blockchain.

This is another stablecoin that has learned what not to do by watching Tether, and each coin is backed by $1, with the money being held at State Street Bank and Trust Company. In addition, every month, the deposit balance is examined and confirmed, so that the Tether incident can never happen with GUSD. At the time of writing, this stablecoin is already listed on numerous exchanges, including HitBTC, Bibox, DigiFinex, BTEX, and more.

4. LBXPeg

LBXPeg is a stablecoin issued by the London Block Exchange on September 29. This is the first stablecoin to ever be backed by the GBP, with each coin being backed by one pound sterling. The LBX issued a press release recently, stating that they will allow users to transfer their coins quickly and easily anywhere in the world via the decentralized network.

Furthermore, money transfers will be traceable, trustless, and safe, which is why numerous other use cases are expected to arrive as well. Users will be able to pay for goods and services, create smart contracts, and more. In addition, the company is using ETH blockchain for creating, distributing, and managing the coin.

Finally, the coin is an ERC-621 token, which means that it will have enough flexibility in its total supply to match the amount of GBP held in their bank account. The company also announced plans to issue their stablecoin on other blockchains at some point and to tie the value of the coin to that of other currencies, such as the US dollar and Euro.

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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //

Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.

Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.

The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.

NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more.

NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…

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Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?

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2020 has been an incredible year for crypto as investors have generated windfall profits and crypto projects have seen their businesses gain the spotlight they’ve been looking for.  While Bitcoin has received most of the attention after major institutional investors announced they were accumulating the increasingly scarce asset, many altcoins have also seen their fair share of glory.  When looking at all the big winners of the past year, the first project that probably comes to mind is Chainlink, having appreciated by more than 550% YTD and now valued at over $4.5 billion.  But, the actual biggest winner of the year is HEX with a YTD return of over 5,000%.

I mention both of the above projects as they have each taken slightly different paths to achieve greatness.  Chainlink has devoted resources toward building a fundamentally sound business with many strategic partnerships while HEX has spent vast sums of money on marketing and promotion.  Both approaches are valid, but one thing is certain, it is absolutely imperative for crypto projects to let the crypto community know what makes them special.  Of course, one of the reasons that makes crypto so valuable is the powerful blockchain technology that most projects are utilizing.

Cryptocurrency vs. Blockchain Technology

It’s important to make a distinction between blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  Although they are often used interchangeably, they are different.  Blockchain technology and crypto were both created after the 2008 financial crisis, but cryptocurrency…

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XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //

The XENO NFT Hub (https://xno.live) will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.

As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021. 

“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.

He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”

Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”

Mr. Yamagata has been…

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