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Stellar’s (XLM) network is a real-world app. Here’s why.

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The digital ledger notion, also known as the blockchain, has been adopted at exponential rates over the last few years. It all started with Bitcoin, of course.

But Bitcoin has some limitations (purposeful ones), so other projects have created new blockchain networks that address those limitations and make the same technology more versatile, faster and more available.

Stellar (XLM) is one of those relatively new cryptocurrencies (it was released in 2014) that are changing the game for the crypto world, and they are very successful. Firms like Delloite Co. have adopted Stellar to do their work, and they’ve gained efficiency in their businesses in both time and bottom line.

Stellar (XLM) was conceived as a currency to make transactions quick, reliable and easy. But it’s built in a way that every purchase enhances the network’s security as well. You need a minimum 0.5 tokens in your account’s balance to be active in the network, that ensures that every active member is contributing. It also charges a small fee for every transaction which makes DoS attacks either impossible or just too expensive.

When you transact internationally, the risks inherent to foreign currency exchanges play a role and make things more expensive. Stellar (XLM) was designed precisely to reduce those risks thus reducing costs. 

It’s a bridge between currencies that would otherwise be very difficult to exchange due to low international demand. XLM solves this problem as long as there is enough liquidity between each currency in question and XLM.

Stellar is also versatile. Stellar’s apps can be customized so that every customer gets what it needs from them and still gets benefits. This versatility eases the integration for businesses which, in turn, makes adoption more probable. These are some companies that have adopted Stellar just so you get an idea of how useful this network can be.

Parkway project

Mobile transfers are a reality now, and they’re here to stay. But transfers among different providers have been a problem from the start. 

Parkway is solving this problem by using Stellar‘s tech to do transactions that were previously unsupported and keeping costs down for everybody. It now offers transfers between the country’s five major players, and it’s still cheap.

Delloite

Delloite adopted Stellar so that it could manage retail payments (smaller ones) and it’s worked for them. Every transaction takes five seconds or less to be validated, and transaction costs have gone down by 40%. Adopting stellar and customizing it to meet every client’s requirements is relatively straightforward. 

Making Stellar fit into the Delloite ecosystem took only a month’s time (if you have any experience in software development, you’ll know that’s nothing short of a miracle). 

In Deloitte’s industry, this rather straightforward and short effort has reported meaningful increases in profitability, efficiency and potential customer base. It’s made them more competitive in an industry where competition is fierce.

Tempo Money

Transactions across borders have a reputation for being both expensive and slow, which limits their appeal. Tempo’s specialty has been to make remittances available from Europe to the rest of the world. 

Fees went from 4 to 150 euros, depending on the amount. Stellar has reduced those costs a lot. Now they can do 600,000 transfers at the cost of one single USD cent. 

That expands their market significantly. But besides international transfers, this works for payments for health insurance and utility bills at the local level, so it makes things better for clients and Tempo Money at the same time.

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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.

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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)

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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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