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Is it worth HODLing Stellar Lumen (XLM) or not?

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Several factors determine the value and worth of any cryptocurrency, whether they are a viable investment opportunity or worth disposing of. Specific criteria need to be examined to determine the present strength and future potential of virtual currencies, which includes speed, transaction tariffs, scalability, value, technology, and development and leadership team.

This article will try to look at the Stellar Lumen’s (XLM) characteristics and whether it is a good digital currency worth holding or selling.

The 101: What is Stellar (XLM)?

XLM is a decentralized platform that was founded by Ripple co-founder, Jeb McCaleb, that facilitates the exchange of assets efficiently and easily. The platform is a blockchain based technology that allows it to support settlements in a secure yet decentralized way. It is an open-source payment platform that shares numerous comparations with Ripple.

How Does it Work?

Just like many decentralized payment technologies, Stellar runs a network of decentralized servers with the presence of a distributed ledger that is updated after every 5 seconds or so among all nodes.

One of the most prominent factors that distinguish bitcoin and Stellar is its consensus protocol. The Stellar protocol does not depend on the complete miner’s network to approve payments. Rather, it uses the FBA or Federated Byzantine Agreement algorithm, which facilitates faster processing of payments. In other words, what Stellar does is use a portion of their platform to approve and authenticate a payment.

Stellar’s Development Team and Leadership

Stellar Lumen is fortunate enough to have a respectable icon in the cryptocurrency ecosystem as its founder and leader, Jeb McCaleb and a great team working behind the vision and mission laid out by the top management.

In the world of internet technology, Jeb is a highly respected and experienced icon who has initiated many other projects other than Stellar. He first started with peer-to-peer music sharing systems called eDonkey. After this, Jeb developed MT. Gox, one of the very first Bitcoin exchanges, which hosted more than 60% of all Bitcoin transactions at one point. He later went ahead to sell MT.Gox then co-founded Ripple. This is to show you that the person leasing Stellar is a true master of his craft.

Transaction Costs

Thanks to Stellar’s elaborate and efficient consensus protocol, up to one thousand transactions can be safely processed per second at a fixed rate of 0.00001 XLM per settlement.

Stellar’s (XLM) Market Performance

The 7th ranked digital coin in the crypto market on the first impression doesn’t look like it has much to offer. For some time now, XLM has been exchanging under its record price. However, there is more to it than what meets the eyes.

XLM happens to be one of the top 15 best improved digital coins of the year, gaining its value by about 2600%. And of course, its partnerships with top firms like IBM and ICICI (India’s biggest bank) are a proof that XLM is bound to grow.

At the time of writing, XLM is exchanging at the value of $0.23 per coin with a market capitalization of more than 4.4 billion dollars. The currency follows the current bearish trend of the market too, but that does not mean it’s not worth HODLing.

The team and leadership, low transaction costs, the value it provides to the real world, and top-notch partnerships the currency has managed to get in its pocket, make it a good coin to HODL. Stellar (XLM) easily takes the title of the best-improved coin with 2600% of gains that was realized over a period adding its approval rating as a good candidate for HODL.

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Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?

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2020 has been an incredible year for crypto as investors have generated windfall profits and crypto projects have seen their businesses gain the spotlight they’ve been looking for.  While Bitcoin has received most of the attention after major institutional investors announced they were accumulating the increasingly scarce asset, many altcoins have also seen their fair share of glory.  When looking at all the big winners of the past year, the first project that probably comes to mind is Chainlink, having appreciated by more than 550% YTD and now valued at over $4.5 billion.  But, the actual biggest winner of the year is HEX with a YTD return of over 5,000%.

I mention both of the above projects as they have each taken slightly different paths to achieve greatness.  Chainlink has devoted resources toward building a fundamentally sound business with many strategic partnerships while HEX has spent vast sums of money on marketing and promotion.  Both approaches are valid, but one thing is certain, it is absolutely imperative for crypto projects to let the crypto community know what makes them special.  Of course, one of the reasons that makes crypto so valuable is the powerful blockchain technology that most projects are utilizing.

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XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //

The XENO NFT Hub (https://xno.live) will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.

As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021. 

“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.

He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”

Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”

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My Crypto Heroes Announces Issuance of MCH Governance Token

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Tokyo, Japan, 24th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

My Crypto Heroes is happy to announce the issuance of MCH Coin as an incentive to players in the My Crypto Heroes ecosystem, aiming to allow them to craft a “User-oriented world”. The MCH coin is available on Uniswap with a newly created pool with ETH. 

My Crypto Heroes is a blockchain-based game for PC and Mobile. It allows users to collect historic heroes and raise them for battle in a Crypto World. Officially released on November 30th, 2018, MCH has recorded the most transactions and daily active users than any other blockchain game in the world.

What is MCH Coin?

MCH Coin is being issued as an ERC-20 Standard Governance Token. The issuance began on November 9th, 2020, with 50 million tokens issued.

Of the funds issued, 40% are allocated to a pay for on-going development and as rewards for advisors and early investors. 10% are allocated to marketing and the growth of the ecosystem, and 50% are allocated to the community. The Distribution Ratio of the MCH Coin is subject to change via a governance decision.

The MCH coin will be used as a voting right as part of the ecosystem’s governance, with 1 coin being 1 vote. It will also be used for in-game utilities and payments. Additional information can be found here:

https://medium.com/mycryptoheroes/new-ecosystem-with-mchcoin-en-a6a82494894f

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