BitOasis is a cryptocurrency exchange specialized in the Middle East and some zones in North Africa. As of yesterday, the Stellar Lumens’ XLM digital asset is included to the company’s trading platform.
As soon as the press release was published, all BitOasis users will be able to buy and sell XLM with no trading fees at all, paired against the local fiat currency (the United Arab Emirates Dirham), but only if they live in Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. What makes this move particular is, precisely, that pairing with the local currency instead of Bitcoin, which is the usual way to go in most crypto exchanges in the world.
It is an exchange that already offers a wide variety of digital assets such as Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Ripple (XRP), Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), ZCash (ZEC), Litecoin (LTC), and Monero (XMR). XLM is the newest family member.
The announcement came as the crypto market plummeted for the second time in less than a week, losing 25 billion until it settled at 152 billion. Every single coin went down and suffered from the bear’s hug as can be seen by a majority of double red numbers for every single one, except for Ripple that still traded in red but in single digits only.
We are very pleased to announce that Stellar (XLM) is now available on our digital asset trading exchange platform with 0% trading fees until November 27th, 2018.https://t.co/6p2kl5xSmN pic.twitter.com/x9RxNaehFt
— BitOasis (@bitoasis) November 20, 2018
Earlier this year Stellar Lumens was under the spotlight several times. Coinbase announced it for consideration in its platform. The project has secured several interesting strategic partnerships of which the most important is, undoubtedly, the one with IBM.
Stellar is now IBM’s only crypto partner, which means that all the projects that Big Blue wants to bring into the cryptosphere will work on Stellar’s blockchain. It will also use XLM as the native token. In the digital world, it rarely gets any bigger than this.
But despite a year full of good news for Stellar, the token has not been able to avoid taking a beating in the current market. This has nothing to do with flaws in the project, or in the coin, but rather with the fact that the market has been plummeting all year long, and every asset as felt the trend down in varying degrees.
As we write this article, SLM is at $0.2015; it’s not on the rise and trading in the red for more than a full day. Its market capitalization is at 3.86 billion, and the trade volume is of $119 million.
Don’t take its current price into account. Stellar is a blockchain project with good leadership, good technology, a clear purpose, and many relevant partners. Slowly, but surely it’s gaining adoption, and it’s challenging Ripple to become the crypto platform of choice for the traditional financial industry. And since IBM is already doing business in some way with 90% of the world’s banks, we should not underestimate the potential that XLM holds, whatever the current market trend may be.
Stellar’s logo is a rocket headed to the stars. If news like this keeps popping up in the cryptosphere regarding XLM, we don’t doubt at all it will eventually get there.
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