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Stellar Lumens Set to Host the First Token by IBM on the XLM Blockchain Network

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Despite the bear trend in the cryptocurrency market, the world has been paying more attention to Blockchain technology with more acceptance of this revolutionary technology set to come to fruition in the near future. After all, the fact that it’s an open source technology has whetted the appetites of industry-leading entities that are looking for a technological solution to better their service delivery. In fact, there is a growing concern that with more adoption of Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies from banks and governments, the original principle of decentralization will be a thing of the past as more of these institutions dominate the Blockchain space.

Introducing accountability in Carbon credits through Blockchain

Among the world leading entities that are looking to adopt Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies is IBM. Reportedly, IBM has plans underway to issue its first ever cryptocurrency token on a public Blockchain.

The project to launch the new token is in partnership with Veridium Labs Ltd (a carbon credit startup) and will lead to the creation of the “Verde” token which will be hosted on Stellar’s Blockchain. The purpose of the token will be to give companies that cause pollutions an opportunity to offset their pollution effects by attaching carbon credits to the token such that companies can gain by supporting environmental conservation efforts on a patch of Indonesian rainforest.

IBM’s new solution to an old problem

Granted, there is nothing new about carbon credits, however, the token will provide a means of tracking every detail that will reveal the full extent of the pollution caused by each company. By this virtue, there will be a means of accountability with the funds used to replenish the environment.

According to Jared Klee (the newly appointed IBM token initiative manager), IBM is,

creating a fungible digital asset, a token which part of the goal is to create a market where people can buy, sell, trade and then redeem it for the underlying credits. By having a liquid market you open up a world of possibilities.

He also added that a vibrant market could be the eventual result of the project and a much larger audience would be involved. Thanks to a series of smart contracts on Stellar’s Blockchain the Verde Carbon credit token will be able to account for the entire process of a company’s carbon emissions, therefore, allowing for a convenient and efficient way of offsetting pollution.

This new move by IBM will be the first ever public involvement by IBM in the token issuance space on a public network.

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Importance of Bitcoin ETFs and Bakkt for the Crypto Space

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It is no secret that 2018 was a very bad year for cryptocurrencies, at least when it comes to prices and market cap. However, in its brighter moments, this year managed to set the stage for some very important events that are expected to make 2019 very successful and profitable. Two things have attracted the most attention, both of which were expected to occur in 2018, only to be moved for early 2019. Those two are Bitcoin ETF decision by the US SEC, and the launch of Bakkt.

What are Bakkt and Bitcoin ETFs and why are they important?

Let’s start with Bakkt first. Bakkt Exchange is a business that is set to launch at the very beginning of 2019. It is a cryptocurrency platform that is set to offer a large number of services, including things such as warehousing and trading. However, there is another thing that makes Bakkt special, and that is the fact that the exchange itself is a product of the same company that has created the New York Stock Exchange.

In addition, Bakkt will be supported by some very influential names, such as Microsoft, BCG, and even Starbucks, to name a few. Furthermore, Bakkt will support crypto-to-fiat conversions. Starbucks will actually be one of the companies that have volunteered to help test the system, as users will be able to convert crypto to USD that can then be used in Starbucks.

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4 Best-Performing Cryptocurrencies in the Current Bear Market

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Cryptocurrencies have been experiencing a strong return of the bearish trend for weeks now, and only now does it show signs of weakening. However, experts believe that the situation will not repair itself so easily and that prices will remain low for a certain period.

However, when bear market strikes, the sentiment gets most bearish when the trend reaches the bottom. Everyone starts selling, and while short sellers can make a profit in this situation, analysts usually warn that the sale will only knock the prices down even further. Since most of the crypto-related news is already negative at this point, such predictions often make sense.

However, there is still one thing to keep in mind, which is the fact that when downtrend enters a capitulation, that often signals that a new bottom has been found. That is the perfect time to actually go against the bearish trend, and start buying. It is also a good opportunity to abandon the coins that seem too risky, and do not seem to have that bright of a future ahead of them.

Bitcoin has dropped by 87% from its all-time high, which it hit back in January. However, the rest of the market dropped with it, and it never lost its dominance, which still remains above 50% of the total market cap. In other words, while its price may have sunk to lows that were not seen for a while now, it…

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Will The Stock Market’s Bearish Outlook Affect The Cryptocurrency Market?

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About 3 months ago I was reviewing what was happening in other markets as the cryptocurrency market kept falling. So I opened up TradingView and what I saw was something so incredible I had to look a second time, I thought I had opened up the BTC/USD chart but it had not yet fallen. I was a bit confused, but I realized my TradingView opened to the DOW, at the time it was looking extremely euphoric and then upon a little more research I saw it was in the longest bull since its conception.  I instantly wanted to see does this just apply to the Dow Jones or does it also apply to the likes of the Russel, S&P500, Nasdaq, Vanguard and then I even looked at the housing market. What I saw I am honestly going to say baffled me, what was there before me was a perfect opportunity, I knew that soon the stock market would fall and started letting people know about hedging.

Last year for many was a huge learning experience and even if many lost money, they learned about financial markets for the first time and may have bought their first ever investments. This was a huge plus for many people who were labeled noobs or noob investors. Why you may ask? Well, the simple answer is that noobs tried investing for the…

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