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Steem Outpaces Competitors to Lead the Uptrend

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Steem, an offshoot of Steemit, the media platform which is internationally renowned for rewarding users for posting content, has become the talking point in the crypto market these days. In the absence of any supply limit or inflation rate, Steem features among the most radical currencies available to the traders. Investors, who are attuned to the market news, must be aware of the meteoric growth of this altcoin. On the onset of the recent price slump in the crypto market, which has affected all the major currencies, Steem seems like the lone survivor of this catastrophic downturn.

Steem’s Value Skyrockets as the Major Coins Turn to Red

As the depression continues to plague the crypto market, this week witnessed some disastrous performance from the leading currencies. With the major currencies turning to Red and Bitcoin creeping back to $8,800 price range, Steem features among the biggest gainers this week, as its price moves up by 25% on April 26. The mid-week market crash, which can be associated with the news of the suspension of ERC-20 tokens following the hacking of smart contracts, was a severe blow to the investors. Much to the traders’ surprise, the price of Steem increased steadily, gaining 29% in the last 24 hours. The financial asset, which has moved by 42% this week, is trading at $3.56 at the time of writing.

Steem’s Market Response

When compared to other currencies, Steem’s performance has been rather impressive. The financial asset has also witnessed a steady rise in trading volumes. As of April 26, 2018, the trading value of Steem stands at $157,106,000. Steem, which is available at $3.56 or 0.00040899 BTC, is available on a number of popular exchanges like BuyUcoin, OpenLedger, Bittrex, Vebitcoin, etc.

Unlike BTC prices, which are exceedingly volatile, the price of Steem has been stable. The rise in the value of Steem, which can be linked to the uptick in Bitcoin prices, has become the talking point at the moment. The sudden rise in the price has taken the traders by surprise, as it is questionable considering the recent technical debacle which attacked the foundation of social media.

The executives of Steem have been silent on the issue, leading to introspections. As proposed by the analysts, such a spike can be pure speculation, created by UpBit, which is responsible for more than 50 percent of Steem trading.  As a relatively new addition in the cryptosphere, the blockchain is yet to reach maturity in terms of market uptake.

Partnerships

Supported by a stable community, Steem can do well without partnerships. However, the coin, which is on the rise, witnessed some exciting development in January. As per the announcement made in January 2018, Steemit will collaborate with the popular monetization platform, Datawallet. Ned Scott, the CEO of Steemit said:

“The social media monetization model is broken, both in terms of how platform users are rewarded, and how their data is owned and distributed. Steemit is currently working to resolve part one of that equation and Datawallet is tackling the second.”

Where Should You Trade Steem?

Steem Dollars are available on a number of notable exchanges, including Binance, UpBit, HitBTC, Poloniex, Tidex, OpenLedger  DEX and Bittrex. Although Steem Dollars cannot be purchased directly with US dollars, it has created quite a noise among the investors.  Investors looking to trade this financial asset will need to buy it using Ethereum or Bitcoin on an exchange that accommodates US dollars. This means investors can explore options like Coinbase, Gemini or GDAX.

Steem’s Forecast for 2018

Nourished by a vibrant community, Steemit has made a special place in the crypto space. Apart from its steady follower base, this lesser known currency boasts several exciting features. Also, it is backed by a team of highly skilled and vibrant developers. With some of the influential names associated with the blockchain, this social media based cryptocurrency has managed to attract the investors’ trust.  What’s more, the team has made it official that investors will now be able to tokenize their content using SMT. At any rate, this radical cryptocurrency, which is clearly leading the uptrend, has the potential to make it big this year. While many analysts dismiss the hype as a mere speculation, others anticipate some positive developments this year. As of now, we can only wait and watch how this cryptocurrency performs in the market. However, going by its price records in the first quarter, it’s not difficult to imagine it as the “game changer.”

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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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