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.
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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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange
The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.
While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.
The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.
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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.
However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.
Bitcoin as a divorce tool?
In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.
However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…
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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.
These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.
Documentation is key!
There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting. Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.
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