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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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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.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

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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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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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